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A Dynamic Start to the New Term

Welcome back to all our families. I always find the start of Term 4 so much better that the end of Term 3. Everyone hopefully is refreshed after the break and the weather is warmer and everyone has an extra bounce to them. It was great to see the boys back with big smiles and their full on energy.

Holiday Activities
Many staff and students were engaged in activities over the holiday period. Mr Dave Sullivan, Mr Dave Capra, Mr Kieran Moffat, Mr Darren Cullen, Mr Bill Walker and Mr Cameron Pickering spent the first part of the holidays with the Middle School Anglers Club members on Stradbroke Island. Mr Moffat backed up at the end of the break to coordinate the Rugby 7s camp with Mr Shane Koimans. Mr Tim Walker and Ms Sharni Webb held a day of volleyball trials for the upcoming Qld Junior Schools Cup. Mr Brett Henschell and his large team of coaches ran a series of cricket clinics for boys across the year levels including a large number of Year 3 boys who will be starting at ATC in 2017.

Mr Bernard Wong and Mr Adrian Cullen took a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to Stradbroke Island for a cultural immersion program. I sincerely thank all these staff who volunteered their time to provide such significant opportunities for our students. It is a wonderful reflection of a vocation that our staff passionately believe in.

Key Dates
The Jazz by the River event is now just over one week away. It promises to be a fantastic occasion and I encourage you to purchase tickets now if you have not already done so. It is an event that we have targeted in Semester 2 to be our main community event. Over 700 people have purchased tickets so there promises to be plenty of atmosphere. Bookings can be made by clicking here. I hope you can join the ATC community for a wonderful night celebrating The Arts.

Night of Excellence
This annual event will be held at ERPAC St Laurence’s College on Tuesday 25 October. It is a night when we celebrate the achievements of the College in 2016 and showcase the talents of our young men. It is not just designed for the students who are receiving an award but hopefully is a whole community event. Speeches will be at a minimum, entertainment will be frequent and high class, and the evening will conclude at 9.00pm. As a sign of respect it is always important that the boys receiving an award are acknowledged by their peers. It is another special occasion for our community and I ask for your support.

Term 4 Focus
I am a big believer that it is always important to finish well. After such a tremendous year so far it is vital that every student finishes the year as well as they can. At ATC we want each boy to strive for their individual potential best. As a staff we will be working hard to support the boys throughout this term. As parents you can help your son by sitting down with him and helping him formulate some goals for the term. This may relate to a particular subject, perhaps to an overall achievement of a medal for Learning, maybe something in the co-curricular arenas. It will assist our young men if they have some goals to work towards. It is often the struggle to achieve something that is the greatest achievement. It is a fairly short term of only eight weeks so assessment and final tasks will soon be upon our young men.

I would ask you to please keep Angus Parnell (6 Bodkin) and Rowan Parnell (4 Bodkin) and their family in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of their father Grant Parnell. We would also like you to keep Jack Daly (9 Lynch) and his family in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of his paternal grandfather Kevin Daly. We hope that time will help heal the pain they will feel in their absence. Eternal rest grant unto them our Lord, May perpetual light shine upon them, May they rest in peace. Amen.

David Gardiner, Acting Principal