A Time to Remember

On Friday, we will hold ceremonies for Remembrance Day. In a special way, we respectfully acknowledge and remember all family members throughout the Nudgee Junior and Ambrose Treacy College community who have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

This Remembrance Day is poignant as we pray for peace in our troubled world with so many experiencing violence, displacement, and tragedy. We pray for all those impacted by the present conflicts throughout the world and for the safe passage of all those who are serving. 

Our College campus was commandeered by American Forces during WWII and staff and students were sent to Mt. Tamborine. The College became the site of the Allied Intelligence Bureau and the 172nd Station Hospital (US).

We Shall Keep the Faith
by Moira Michael, November 1918

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields

Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honour of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

Summer Concert

Best wishes to all of our musicians for this Tuesday evening’s final concert for 2023. It has been fabulous to be able to have a full year of music for the first time since 2019. As always, our musicians will be a highlight of our upcoming Celebration of Excellence evening as well.

Clontarf Foundation Awards Evening 

On Thursday 9 November our Clontarf Foundation families will gather in NJ Hall for their annual awards evening. Congratulations to all the students who are set to receive an award.

I wish to thank Mr Cameron Pickering, Mr Josh Hoffman, Mr Matt Warr and all staff for their continuing work in supporting and celebrating our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. 

A special congratulations to our Clontarf Academy Director, Cameron, and his wife, Emma on the safe arrival of baby boy, Fletcher. 

Student News

Our Year 12 students continue to manage the demands of the extended external exam process well. Some fellows have finished now and are looking forward to Valedictory celebrations on Thursday 16 November. There are still some major assessments this week to go. Well done to our Year 12 students for doing their best. All other year levels are coming into the business end of term with Year 11 commencing exam block at the end of next week. The exam schedules for Years 7-11 will be made available to parents tonight on the ATC App.

Staff News

Congratulations to Ms Sharni Maclean, our Head of Health and Physical Education who has shared the happy news that she is expecting a baby next year. Sharni will commence her leave period in late Term One. Congratulations to Mr Grant Carlson who will act as Head of Department for Sharni’s year of leave.  

Road Safety 

As we approach the end of the school year, another reminder regarding the safety of our students around the College grounds. ATC is a big busy campus, and especially around drop off and pick up times. Please take an extra minute to slow down – ensure your driving is very slow, ensure you take that extra minute to drop off and pick up your son at the appropriate location. As the final weeks play out, we are finding some unsafe practices are creeping in, please make every effort to be safe on and around the campus. 

Community Prayers

We extend our condolences to the extended Kelly family on the passing of Brother Terry Kelly who dedicated more than 75 years of his life to his vocation as a Christian Brother. May Brother Terry Rest in Peace and May Perpetual Light Shine upon him. 

Lord, we pray for those in our community who are suffering. Be with them in this time of hardship and uncertainty. Give comfort and peace to those who have lost loved ones. May their sorrow be turned into strength, and their distress turned into peace. May our hearts remain loving and pure as we seek to always be compassionate to those around us.

God Bless.

Chris Ryan