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2021 College Leaders Harness Courage for the Journey Ahead

It was great to gather as a Senior School last Friday and invest our selected student leaders for 2021. I hope parents and caregivers have had an opportunity to watch this special presentation via the online link. Charlie, our College Captain for next year, spoke clearly and convincingly about the themes and meaning of belonging and belief in each other and our community as the new leadership journey begins.

We acknowledged Patrick Robinson and the Seniors of 2019 and Thomas Perissinotto and the Seniors of 2020 on whose shoulders the Seniors of 2021 stand. Charlie can articulate our values and culture as they have been modelled by our two senior groups and the wider staff and parent community throughout his time at the College. On behalf of the extended community I congratulate our College, House, Cultural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island student leaders and our Bainisteoir who will lead our spirit in a special way for the year ahead.

Vocational Education and Training Pathways

It was also wonderful at Friday’s assembly to acknowledge and celebrate the outcomes and achievements of our Year 12 students in the VET area of study. The diversity of achievements across the sixty students presented was inspiring. Many of these students will transition into apprenticeships, work or tertiary study either through TAFE or University in 2021 and we wish them continued success and happiness in their chosen fields. It is important as a school community that we celebrate these achievements as they are well-earned, and we can be justifiably proud of our commitment to inclusivity and diversity at ATC.

On Friday I congratulated and thanked the parents and caregivers of these young men for their commitment and support-there are so many stories behind this moment on stage. I also acknowledged and thanked our staff from Year 4 to 12, all teaching and non-teaching staff and especially our Inclusive Practices Team for their work with many of these fellows from Years 4 to 12. The entire College shares in the joy of seeing these young people achieve their goals and we wish them well.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Graduation

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of joining Mr Damien Zammit, Mr Brett Greinke and Mr Matt Warr at St Laurence’s College for the Edmund Rice Education Australia graduation ceremony for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from our schools. This is usually a larger Diocesan celebration at St Stephen’s Cathedral, but this wasn’t able to proceed under the current restrictions. I was very happy that EREA was able to host a celebration for our boys and warmly congratulate Zeke Fimeri, Henry Lucas, Ezra Mam and Tedo Wraight on their achievements and thank them for their contribution to our community and to the culture of our group in the first year of the Ambrose Treacy College Clontarf Academy. We look forward, along with all future Old Boys, to their continuing to stay connected to the College and our boys. At this occasion, I acknowledged and thanked their parents and families who couldn’t be with us but were very much present in the hearts of the boys. I thank the parents and caregivers of these young men for their wonderful support of them in their journey.

Thank you to our Parents and Friends

An initiative that came forward from our Parents and Friends Association was an idea to have some humble acts of kindness to stand in solidarity and support with our Year 12 students as they enjoy their final days of classes after a big year.

Year 4 present their funky socks to Year 12

We have seen the Year 7 boys sharing some chocolate with our oldest students through to Year 4 boys gifting pairs of crazy socks and there have been ice-creams and other simple but meaningful gestures along the way. These moments have been greatly appreciated and are demonstrative of the kindness and support of our community culture. I am sure this thoughtfulness has made a difference in a time of change and will be fondly remembered. We wish all our Year 12 students the very best as they enter their exam period after this Friday. We look forward to supporting them during this time.

Arts Week

I am aware of the terrific tradition that has been established at ATC for Arts Week which usually culminates in Jazz by the River. Music, Drama and Art play a significant role in the holistic formation of our boys and in bringing our community together in ritual and celebration. While it is sad that we can’t experience this week as we would prefer, it does not diminish the vitality and quality of the artistic work carried out by our boys and supported by their teachers and parents.

The Arts are a central building block of a quality education for boys and we are very blessed by the teachers we have who work with and support our boys. I thank them and congratulate them on your behalf. This morning I enjoyed a wonderful hour exploring the visual artwork of boys from Years 4 to 12 which is just amazing. Thank you and well done to all of the boys who will contribute to ATC Arts Week 2020 through their Art, Music and Drama.

Prayers

I would ask the community to please keep Daniel Weideman (7 Senior) in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of his Grandmother. We hope that the passage of time will help heal the pain of her passing. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon her, may she rest in peace. Amen.

God Bless,

Chris Ryan

Year 7 present a chocolate treat to Year 12s