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National Reconciliation Week

Ambrose Treacy College is proud to join the nation in actively participating in National Reconciliation Week.

From the Reconciliation Australia website:

At its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians.

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Australia’s colonial history is characterised by devastating land dispossession, violence, and racism. Over the last half-century, however, many significant steps towards reconciliation have been taken.

Reconciliation is an ongoing journey that reminds us that while generations of Australians have fought hard for meaningful change, future gains are likely to take just as much, if not more, effort.

In a just, equitable and reconciled Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will have the same life chances and choices as non-Indigenous children, and the length and quality of a person’s life will not be determined by their racial background.

While always learning and growing, Ambrose Treacy College is proud to commit to our Reconciliation Action Plan and fortunate to partner with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island families and the Clontarf Foundation in forming, supporting, and working with our Clontarf Academy students who are proud of their culture, story, family, and school.

A sign of the commitment of our staff is a recent invitation by Mr Matt Warr, Dean of Faith and Mission, to join Uncle Joe Kirk, a local Turrbal man and elder on a walk to understand the history of Brisbane through an indigenous lens was overwhelmed with interest and engagement.

I take this opportunity to thank the Ambrose Treacy College community for your support of our Clontarf Academy initiative and to thank and celebrate our Clontarf families for their trust, resilience, and positive partnership in developing the program which is now in its third year. I thank and congratulate Mr Brett Grienke, Director of the ATC Clontarf Academy and Mr Josh Hoffman, our Operations Manager for their work with our students and families and all of our staff as we work together in doing our humble but important part in reconciliation.

I also wish to acknowledge and celebrate our three Clontarf Academy Seniors in 2022 in Jontay Gothachalkenin, Owen Hedge and Jye Duncan Cope. All three are a credit to their family, their school and themselves as they are leaders, relational people, and communicators who I hope will continue to contribute to the College as Old Boys and are certainly leaving a legacy for ATC students, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous to build on.

Dash for Crash

Thank you to all members of our community who supported the Dash for Crash on Sunday. This event was a marvellous success and I extend my warm thanks and congratulations to the McMenimen family, all volunteers, the participants and Mrs Helen Hicks who supported the event in administration, organisation and support on behalf of the Ambrose Treacy College Foundation. 

Thank you to our Sponsors and Supporters: 

  • Westaway House, Currimundi Beach
  • J.Ting Florist, Gift and Coffee Shop Oxley
  • Woolworths Indooroopilly and Sherwood
  • Bakers Delight Graceville and Kenmore
  • Australian Venue Co – Jindalee Hotel/Kenmore Tavern/ The Regatta Toowong
  • Snooze Jindalee
  • Corinda Hardware
  • Boucher Restaurant Graceville
  • Marg K Boutique Kenmore
  • Stem Florist and Gift Shop Graceville
  • Corinda Chemist
  • J.B Hi Oxley
  • Name My Stuff Sherwood
  • PMcDowall27 on Insta
  • Dominos Chapel Hill
  • B.W.S Graceville
  • Swimmart Jindalee
  • Twisted Desire Hairdressers Corinda
  • Andrews Meats Indooroopilly
  • Coles Indooroopilly and Corinda
  • Chaffey’s Organic Bakery Chapel Hill

Mother’s Day Functions

The two recent Mother’s Day evenings were a delight. I thank to all the Mums, Grandmothers and significant caregivers who came along to share in this community time which has been so rare for too long. Thank you to the Fathers, students and staff who came together as a team to organise, host and facilitate these events which were greatly enjoyable. Thank you to our generous sponsors for the raffle prizes and to everyone who purchased tickets in support of the work of our Parents and Friends. We look forward to other special occasions.

Flood Repairs

Jack Bowers and Brothers Oval are now free of contamination which is pleasing. However, the extended rain events have left the water table extremely high and the ground soft. A few days of sunshine will be welcomed if we are to be able to mow, set up goal posts and prepare the grounds for the rigours of high traffic teaching, playing, training and sport.

I thank the community for your continued patience and understanding as we repair the fields after extensive damage from the floods. The property team are eager to have the ovals operational as soon as possible but we need the weather to hold for us for a period.

Week 7

Experience has taught me that Week 7 of a term is when it is important that we all do the simple things well in order to finish the term positively. We have a busy three weeks of term remaining and some students and staff grow tired during this time.

Some possible tips:

  • Time for a re-set; haircut, shine shoes, tidy room, clean out school bag/locker.
  • Less online time; limit screen time post 8pm whether it be scrolling, social media, gaming and even school work-busy minds need time to unwind to get a decent sleep.
  • Balance; fun, relaxation, sleep, exercise, school work-team work makes the dream work.
  • Work rate; this should be a time of term where the benefits of a steady study routine are kicking in and an increase rather than a last minute cram is what is required with assessment work, revision and preparation.


I ask the community to please keep the following students and their families in your thoughts and prayers after the recent passing of family members. Nicholas Jeffery (Year 4), Jackson Powe (Year 6) following the passing of his grandmother, Jackson Moore (Year 9) following the passing of his grandmother and Zander Snare (Year 9) following the loss of his grandfather.

We hope that the passage of time will help heal the pain of their passing. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen.

Kind regards,

Chris Ryan

College Principal