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Activities and Clubs

Boys by their very nature are passionate, inquisitive and enthusiastic and our club program is designed to harness these great qualities in a variety of different formats. Each year, depending on student interest and teacher knowledge in a particular area, we offer a variety of different clubs and activities which gives boys the opportunity to celebrate their shared passion, learn more about a particular topic and to share their own knowledge with others. Clubs and activities run outside of school time and may include some weekend or holiday activities.


At ATC we use a variety of mediums to communicate with families. Our central source of information for Activities and Clubs is available in ATConnect, our online newsletter. We use the College App which is iPhone and Android compatible for notifications and alerts. Our College Facebook page is used for conveying notifications and posting photos and videos of activities and clubs. The Activity Coordinator will email communication directly to parents once students have been accepted into an activity or club.

How to Get Involved

All boys are invited to join any of our clubs by emailing the coordinator. Opportunities will be promoted initially with general information through the College newsletter ATConnect, at College assemblies, and at times via the App and Facebook page.

Actors Studio

When joining the Ambrose Actors Studio, years 7-12 students enjoy sessions where they engage in
drama and team building games, character and script development as well as role play. As the
excitement and skills build, we will continue to develop and explore Stanislavski and Chubbuck’s
realism techniques, which will build the men towards naturalistic acting. As well as having a great
time, building confidence and new friendships, the actors develop their screen acting with the hope of
making our own shorts. The young men that engage with the Actors Studio will be expected to
rehearse and learn lines for performances both inhouse and for the community.

Actors Studio is coordinated by Mr Paul Towner. townerp@atc.qld.edu.au


Art Workshop

Art Workshops are offered throughout the year to students from all year levels. Students are invited to work collaboratively on group projects and independently on small scale artworks that are put on display throughout the year and at the annual Art Show. Boys are introduced to a range of art mediums and themes to inspire their creativity. Art Workshops are very popular with places filling fast. Information is released via the College App each term, with bookings made on a term by term basis.

Art Workshops are coordinated by Mr Jason Goopy.goopyj@atc.qld.edu.au

Chess Club

Coaches from Gardiner Chess challenge the boys’ minds each week with competitions, problem solving and teaching some really cool moves! As well as coaching sessions on weekday morning from Term 1 to 3, ATC students have the opportunity to participate in a number of interschool chess competitions throughout the year including the QCIS Chess Competition which is held in Toowoomba.

The ATC Interhouse Chess Championships are in Term 3 and are strongly contested by students and staff from right across the Junior, Middle and Senior School. Each year we hold championships where boys compete to be to be the best chess player in Junior, Middle or Senior School. The Junior, Middle and Senior School Chess Champions receive their award at the annual Night of Excellence. There is no fee to participate in Chess Club.

Chess Club is coordinated by the Sport Department. sport@atc.qld.edu.au

Year 4 Cooking Club

This program is one of the most popular amongst our Year 4 boys. With the opening of a full commercial hospitality centre in our Senior School this year, the boys get to use state of the art facilities. Each week the boys produce an amazing dish that they can take home to share with their family for dinner, dessert or a snack! It is so rewarding every year to see how far the boys come in developing their cooking skills. Their cutting and slicing, measuring techniques, mixing and stirring improves in leaps and bounds. Not only do the boys develop their cooking skills, but they also learn how to follow a recipe, mathematical skills (i.e ¼ cup, 250mL etc.) and how to work as part of a team. Year 4 Cooking Club runs all year round so that each Year 4 boy can get the chance to be part of this great program. There is a small fee to participate in Cooking Club which covers the cost of an ATC Cooking Club apron and subsidises the cost of ingredients.

Year 4 Cooking Club is coordinated by Mrs Gillian Nel.nelg@atc.qld.edu.au

Environmental Club

An extension of Gardening club, the Environmental Club is led by Middle and Senior school students with guidance and support of teachers and ground staff. The urban rainforest known as the Gully performs as the backdrop each morning where students have taken on the responsibility for regenerating and maintaining the lush green space; planting and caring for new and existing native trees, clearing the neighbouring waterways, creating inviting pathways and simply enjoying what mother nature has to offer. Participants also monitor the local fauna, watching for any changes to the topography and to help preserve their natural habitat. Enviro Warriors meet most mornings throughout the school week. There is no fee to participate in Environmental club.

The Environment Club is coordinated by Mr Bernard Wong. wongb@atc.qld.edu.au

Fishing Club

We have a really keen group of young anglers who enjoy all things fishing. We meet once a week and aim for at least one trip off campus per term which the club members always look forward to. We have a rather diverse group of anglers who have varying capabilities. We spend the first few weeks of the program learning to tie knots, looking at different rigs, types of bait and other basics such as how to cast a line. We consistently catch fish such as catfish, bream and small mulloway off and around the College pontoon. While fishing, the boys really come together and get to know one another beyond the classroom. Students from all year levels can join the club. Fishing Club is held for Year 7 in Term 2, Year 8 to 12 in Term 3 and Junior School in Term 4. Highlights of the year include the Year 7 Camp to Tallebudgera Creek, the Year 8 to 12 Camp to Stradbroke Island, the Junior School Day Trip to Stradbroke Island and the ATC Fishing Competition held in Term 1. There is a small fee to participate in Fishing Club.

The Fishing Club is coordinated by Mr Simon Martin. martins@atc.qld.edu.au

Gardening Club

Gardening club at ATC gives an opportunity for Junior School students to enjoy being outdoors, digging in the soil, getting dirty, creating things and watching plants grow. Gardening Club meets 3 mornings a week and have lots of run learning about sustainable, kitchen gardening. ATC gardening club is educational and develops new skills including: Responsibility for caring for plants, understanding as boys learn about cause and consequence, love of nature and the outdoor environment, physical activity in doing something fun and productive, cooperation through teamwork and lastly, creativity in finding new and exciting ways to grow food. There is no fee to participate in Gardening Club.

Gardening club is coordinated by Mrs Gwenda Burton. burtong@atc.qld.edu.au

Games Club

The Secret League of Gamers (SLOG) are students from Middle and Senior Schools who enjoy the rolling of dice and playing of cards. Many an adventure has been shared by the participants of this club. We have built up a fine collection of board and card games that the boys have access to and they are always happy to teach the rules to new members. An external ‘dungeon master’ is also employed to allow the boys to take part in tabletop role-playing in the dungeons and dragon’s universe. It is through their co-operation, skill and luck of the dice that their characters to survive these sessions. We meet every Friday afternoon in the Westcourt iCentre. There is a fee of $20 per term for Games club is to cover the cost of games and the attendance of an external facilitator to run the role playing games. Students are welcome to attend a first session for free.

Gamers Club is coordinated by Mr Mark Watson watsonm@atc.qld.edu.au

iCentre Clubs

Our two library centres, Mt Sion and Westcourt, actively promote opportunities for students from all year levels to demonstrate 21st century skills. These include the ability to communicate, collaborate, think critically and be creative. As a result, we offer a number of lunchtime clubs throughout the year based on the interests of boys. These clubs include, but are not limited to, Book Club, Coding Club and Makerspaces. There is no fee to participate in iCentre Clubs.

iCentre is coordinated by Mrs Ros Peters petersr@atc.qld.edu.au

Robotics Club Middle & Senior Schools

The Robotics Club allows students to build and program their own robotic solutions to defined problems. Robotics develops skills in algorithmic and computational thinking and builds resilience in debugging coding solutions. ATC has registered 2 teams into the First Lego League (FLL) regional competition at QUT’s Cube, which takes place in November. The FLL competition requires students to build and program a robot which completes up to 12 missions in a set timeframe. This year’s competition is entitled ‘Hydro Dynamics’ and will require the robot to complete a series of water related puzzles. In this competition the boys are required to deliver a presentation based around a wider water related issue in their local region. The club is looking to develop more sophisticate Senior robotics projects, using 3D printers and drones, leading to projects such as ‘Pie in the sky’ using a raspberry Pi to take images of the curvature of the Earth. We look forward to growing the club and building on the successes of previous years. There is no fee to participate in Robotics Club.

Tech Club is coordinated by Mr Adam Moss mossa@atc.qld.edu.au

Robotics & Tech Club Junior School

Tech and Robotics Club for Junior School students looks at coding and creating games through the Hopscotch program. There will be opportunities for boys to explore the use of iPads and computers and learn stop motion movie making. There is no fee to participate in Robotics Club.

Junior School Robotics and Tech Club is coordinated by Mr Sam Hassett hassetts@atc.qld.edu.au

To download a copy of the latest Activities and Clubs Handbook please follow the link below.