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Lenten Fayre - The Ekka on Jack Bowers Oval

24 March 2021

Of all the sacrifices that Covid-19 enforced upon us, perhaps the loss of Lenten Fayre was the one which hurt the most. The ‘Easter Ekka’ has become a wonderful tradition at ATC, occurring on the final day of Term 1. Each class devises, plans and implements an activity for other students to enjoy, picture a Sideshow Alley on Jack Bower’s Oval. Colour, laughter, and competition erupts as boys toss, race, throw and scheme their way to glory. Divine rewards await in the form of sweets, savouries, drinks, or bragging rights! Gourmet hotdogs, buffalo skewers or chicken kebabs ensure that no-one goes hungry. Furthermore, ‘lob a choc’, ‘ping pong challenge’ and ‘sponge the teacher’ are simple examples of the frivolity that awaits.

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Belong

03 March 2021

We have a natural-born desire to belong; to find – and own – our place. In his study on the effects of community living, head of Psychology at Stanford University, Gregory Walton found that belonging is inextricably tied to increases in motivation, health, happiness and even life expectancy.

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Resilience, Relationships and Belonging

02 February 2021

At the moment he reached his limit, my son started crying. It didn’t take long for his face to turn crimson. To others he looked angry, but I could tell deep down, he was sad. My wife and I often take our young children to the playground on the weekends. Regularly there are a couple of other boys there and each time my son has tried to play with them, they have said they didn’t want to.

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