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.
At ATC, we believe parents are the primary educators of their sons and our role is to support you, the parents, with this. This week has been a significant step for the beginning of the year, with the Parent Information Evenings providing an opportunity to connect with CLT members, Formation Leaders and Homeroom Teachers. Next week, families in Years 4-6 have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with their Homeroom teacher in the Parent Teacher Student Feedback meetings. In addition to these opportunities, I encourage all families to have open and frequent communication with their son’s teachers. This will significantly increase the chance of your son being successful this school year.
From the innocence and excitement of the Year 4s to the pride and focus of the Year 12s, the ATC campus has had an immensely positive feel all week. Our staff have undertaken professional development and prepared for the return of the boys and greeted the new academic year with much enthusiasm and energy. I always find the start of the school year to be an energising time.
The rain has made our newly landscaped gardens lush and green and I welcome you to another exciting chapter of the ATC story. It really is a great time to be a member of this College Community – we have so much to be proud of. We have all of the traditions of an 81 year old school whilst being highly contemporary in our practice and learning environment.
The first day of lessons for 2020 is Wednesday 29 January. Open Classrooms afternoon is Tuesday 28 January.