The week has been another one filled with highlights! It was marvellous to finally host 2021 Scholars Assembly with 25 of our 2021 Year 12 graduates return to the College with their parents to celebrate their academic achievements. The assembly highlighted the core goals of ATC – personal excellence for a diverse range of students. To have four students achieving in the top 1% of the State; plus 21% of the eligible cohort achieving an ATAR of 95 or higher , placing them in the top 5% of the State is a phenomenal result. Add to this the excellence in Vocational Education pathways, across such a diverse student cohort, it is an achievement students and staff can be proud of.
It certainly has been a wet and wild week. My thoughts are with those who have been affected by the wet and who have experienced increased anxiety following the impacts of the floods earlier this year. Please continue to take care and be patient when dropping off and collecting your sons from the College. In bad weather, the surrounding streets are busier than normal and awareness is key to safety.
Edmund Rice Day celebrated on 5 May each year, is always a special day for me. Along with 270 schools across the world we gave thanks for the life and mission of our founder, Blessed Edmund Rice. Edmund dedicated his life to helping others, particularly the poor and disadvantaged young men in Ireland, by providing them with an education, clothing, food, shelter, and care.
There is always something special happening every week at ATC. This week was special as we held several events that meant our parents and caregivers were able to attend. After so many events have had to be postponed or cancelled during Term One, it was wonderful to host families on site once again.
It has been a massive week – a return to school bookended by Easter and ANZAC Day. As Christians, Easter brings us hope. That when things may appear tough, signs of resurrection suddenly spring up. As imperfect humans we can wonder at times about God when so much can appear unjust and evil in our world.