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A Culture of Personal Excellence

We had our three largest student gatherings since March during last week as we celebrated our academic achievements of Semester One as the Junior School, Middle School and Senior School. It was very energising to gather the boys for these occasions, to acknowledge and celebrate effort and achievement and to have an opportunity to speak with them. I am hopeful that parents, both of award and non-award recipients, took the opportunity to have a look at our recordings of their son’s assembly.

At each of these, Ms Lara Morgan captured the imagination of the boys with the story of Marcus Rashford, a professional football player for Manchester United who has attained excellence as a sportsperson and excellence as a human being in that he is using his influence and profile to support the provision of food for children of the United Kingdom whose families are struggling through the pandemic. His efforts with his partners have seen $36 million dollars raised for this initiative. At the conclusion of each assembly, I spoke with the boys about their learning journey. Each message was a little different to suit the age group and an excerpt from Friday’s assembly is below. I am hopeful that by watching this and the Awards Assembly videos (links are at the end of my blog), you might join us in celebrating the wonderful achievements of our boys and share in the key messages that we expressed at this important occasion. I hope that these messages confirm that our inclusive College community is focussed on promoting and supporting the value of personal excellence in seeking to be the best each individual can be, including an aspiration to excellence.

A Culture of Leadership and Service

I was delighted to announce the College Captain and Vice Captains for 2021 this past week. Congratulations to each of the six students who were short listed for the selection process for these important roles. I was very impressed and proud of them as they are outstanding credits to themselves, their peers and their families.In a special way, warm congratulations and best wishes to Charlie Neumann who has been appointed College Captain for 2021. Charlie is our third Captain and stands on the shoulders of two fine young men in Patrick and Tom. Charlie will have learned from them and will also do things his way and in his style, leading our student body by deed and example. Charlie will be ably supported by the 2021 College Vice Captains; Owen Griffin and Reily Allan who will also stand on their own two feet and do things their way in support of the goals and aspirations of their peers and the College directions for 2021. We look forward to the upcoming selection process for our House Leaders for 2021.

This Friday, as a part of extended Homeroom, our Formation Team have prepared a presentation on the theme of leadership; one of our College pillars. This assembly will launch our focus on being a ‘Brother for Others’ and our participation as a community in the ‘Beanies for Brain Cancer’ initiative. Thank you for your support of your son’s participation in this service action. Please see a video excerpt below of the online assembly where I share with the boys some thoughts on our philosophy of leadership at Ambrose Treacy College as a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition.

A Culture of Participation and Community

It was disappointing to have to postpone our inter house cross country last Friday due to the weather. We look forward to trying again on Friday 18 September. I have greatly enjoyed seeing our boys continuing to re-energise our co-curricular activities from mountain biking, to cooking club, to music ensembles, to the United Nations Club, to basketball, football, tennis and beyond. Our culture of participation and community, even during the pandemic is simply fantastic. The enthusiasm of our Warriors is infectious; at the SFX last Friday afternoon watching the Year 5 basketball boys warm up before their game against St Laurence’s, I was just about ready to run on with the team. I have been greatly impressed by the quality of our coaching and the leadership of our boys on the field or court. In particular, I would highlight our First V Basketball victory over the Gregory Terrace 2nd V in a tightly fought contest in good spirit and on Saturday, a well-managed and executed 3-0 victory by our First XI Football team over the Brisbane Grammar 2nd XI. On both occasions, I was impressed by our discipline, temperament under pressure and team-work against two strong, well prepared and established school communities.

This coming Saturday, we see the Greater Brisbane Conference fixtures added to our Term 3 sport program and we look forward to continuing this new association and relationships. A reminder that for the GBC, one parental spectator per outdoor sport is permitted and none for indoor sport. Thank you to parents for your ongoing support of the pandemic management and understanding that we are engaged with three different associations with GPS fixtures allowing 2 parental spectators for outdoor fixtures and one for indoor and AIC not allowing any spectators other than one for Open outdoor fixtures. We understand that this is somewhat confusing, especially if we have all three happening on the one day! Clear information is updated on the College App each week. Thank you to all parents for your excellent support of the EVA Check in App. I can confirm that all Greater Brisbane Conference Schools will be using it as well, both at ATC and when we have away fixtures at their schools.

School Safety Upgrade

Kate Street is a designated traffic school zone with a speed limit of 40 kmph from 7am to 4pm school days. Cr James Mackay has confirmed a permanent SLOW FOR SAM sign will be installed on Kate Street in the interests of road safety. The LED ‘smiley face’ signs have been shown to reduce speeds by 7 kmph which is important for pedestrian safety. The sign was funded in this year’s Brisbane City Council budget.

Congratulations

I would like to share the news of the arrival of Finn Kenneth Koimans, born on Tuesday 21 July. Finn is the first child for Shane Koimans, Assistant Head of Year 7, and his wife Claire. Congratulations!

Prayers

I would ask our community to please keep Tom Perissinotto (Year 12) and Matthew Perissinotto (Year 9) and their family in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of their Grandfather. I also ask our community to please keep Hamish & Oliver McMeniman (Year 9) and Will Rutherford (Year 7) and their families in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of their Grandmother. We hope that the passage of time will ease the pain of their passing and that the upcoming days can be a time of celebrating the gift that their lives have brought to their families. Eternal Rest grant unto them O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen.

God Bless

Chris Ryan

Academic Awards Semester One Videos