Our community celebration last Tuesday where we formally opened 2020 and commissioned our Seniors was joyful, prayerful and true to who we are. I was delighted to see so many of our Year 12 parents and caregivers there to participate in ritual, sign and symbol. The structure of ritual and more specifically, the Catholic Mass is not necessarily something all young people are overly familiar with today. However, they rise powerfully to the occasion and the occasion is powerful as a result.
Recently, the Australian School Library Association shared a news item from a commercial television station which reported that a newly opening high school in Queensland was to be a paperless, book-less and library-less*‘school of the future’*. Imagine the collective horror of school librarians across Australia when we saw that piece! We all had to undo the top buttons of our cardigans when we read that.
It wasn’t until I left home that I realised how crucial it was that a consistent routine before bed was the key to not only a great sleep, but also ensuring that the following day I found life as the best version of myself. My mother and father were Teacher and Policeman respectively. Added to this, they were both Irish-Catholic so the non-negotiable values in our household were discipline, courtesy, manners, ‘eat everything on your plate’ and routine.
At Ambrose Treacy College we pride ourselves on offering ‘Something for Every Boy’. There are more than 40 sports and activities for boys to choose from so no matter their interest, skill or prowess, whether it is running, rugby, swimming, cricket, fishing, cooking or football, we guarantee boys will find something to keep them active, fit and healthy.
Tuesday marked a special day in our 2020 Calendar. The Opening Mass, Commissioning of Mr Chris Ryan as the second ATC College Principal, and the commissioning of the Year 12 cohort of 2020, marked the ‘official’ start of the 2020 school year. It was a significant ceremony marked by a very strong consistent theme of what this community stands for. Learning, leadership, service, compassion, optimism, spiritual, and community were words and actions, rituals and symbols that resonated throughout the ceremony.