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200 Years of Learning, Growing and Caring

The Feast Day of Blessed Edmund Rice is celebrated around the globe on 5 May each year. We were fortunate as a school community to be able to gather for two sacred rituals last week where, through scripture, prayer and action, the life of Edmund was shared.

Students and staff were encouraged to take heed of the Gospel values of Compassion and Justice and implement them in their lives. As Matthew 25 tells us, ‘Whatever we do for the least of our brothers and sisters, we do for Jesus.’ Clearly, Edmund Rice was a person who cared for the suffering and marginalised.

Through his vision and legacy, thousands of young men around the world have been educated through a framework of love, dignity and liberation. In addition to his work in the classroom, tailor shop and bakery, Edmund also educated his students and colleagues on the benefits of prayer and worship. This is why the ancient traditions of Mass and worship remain at the core of our practise at Ambrose Treacy College. We understand that for many families, school is the only experience of regular prayer and faith. This is a responsibility we accept and cherish.

Sacramental Programs

For those families who are eager to remain connected to Parish life, and to have their sons experience the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion) the College has strong connections with our local Parishes. These include Holy Family Indooroopilly, Our Lady of the Rosary Kenmore, St Ignatius Toowong, St Joseph’s Corinda and Christ the King Graceville. I ask any interested families to please contact me and I can provide assistance in linking you with the relevant Diocesan office to enrol your sons for their Sacraments. There is no need for your son to be a designated age or year level, to engage in the Sacraments. If numbers are strong, we may be able to co-ordinate a program which is based at ATC and involves Priests and Parish workers coming to work with our boys on a weekday afternoon. For those boys who regularly engage in Parish life, there is also an opportunity to complete Altar Server or Eucharistic Minister Courses. For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Service Opportunities

Edmund Rice lived his faith and beliefs through his service of others. An Ambrose Treacy Gentleman is encouraged to also be a faithful servant who builds relationships that empower the marginalised. A gentle reminder for all boys and families, particularly before assessment and exam requirements ramp up, to remain committed to serving and supporting others through your actions.

Once boys have participated or completed initiatives, parents can email their son’s Homeroom teachers to have the hours recorded on your son’s report cards. If you are looking for opportunities or inspiration, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Andrew McCrohon. We are always looking for volunteers to assist in partnerships the College has. Stay tuned for some great opportunities for all students in coming weeks.

200 Years of Catholic Education

2021 is the 200th anniversary of Catholic Education in Australia. From humble beginnings in just three schools, hundreds of thousands of children have been, and continue to be educated at pre-school, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels in Australia. Our Assembly on Tuesday 25 May will acknowledge the achievements and impacts of Catholic Schools in the Western Suburbs of Brisbane. In addition, we invite parents and families to join us for a Catholic Community Mass on Saturday the 22 May in the Chapel of St Joseph. Mass will commence at 5.30pm. Please note that this Mass replaces the Community Mass originally designated for Saturday 15 May. We look forward to welcoming our community to celebrate together on this day.

Matt Warr
Dean of Faith & Mission