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Jazz by the River

It certainly has been a very busy week in the co-curricular life of the College. Most notably the Jazz by the River was again a roaring success with our talented musicians, artists and actors providing an afternoon of entertainment and fun that engaged a huge number of the ATC community.

Whilst there has already been acknowledgement of the effort that was put in by the staff, student and parent body I would like to use this forum to congratulate and thank a few people individually. First and foremost, Carla Sernia our Music Administration Officer is to be congratulated for the practical and efficient manner in which she coordinated the event. No task was to great or too complex and more often than not, despite having never even attended the event before, had answers to questions and problems before they even came about. To Jonathon Bolt, my congratulations again on the quality of the music across all bands. The passion that our boys have for music is a direct result of the example Jono sets and his leadership as well as the wildly talented music staff who support him.

Volunteers

We also have a huge number of parents who worked with the 225 registered volunteers and more who showed up and pitched in on the day, to create an amazing workforce. I thank and congratulate the following convenors for their hard work, creativity and passion for this event:

Brenda Forrest – Volunteer Coordinator
Danielle Derry – Raffle Convenor
Karyn Sherlock, Lisa Morris and Helen Davidson – Registrations
Jenny Goh and Jude Solomon – Homebake
Judith Thorpe and Paul Larter – Bar Convenor
Maelisa McNeil – Catering Coordinator
Nicole Whitfield and Zoe Tkal – Decorations and signage coordinators
Richard Bradford – Lighting Coordinator
Scott Reid and Geoff Renouf – BBQ Convenors
Therese Reid – Usher Coordinator

I particularly thank Maelisa McNeil for her energy across all areas of the organisation of Jazz by the River and for her timely wisdom and advice for both staff and parent convenors throughout the planning and facilitation of the event. Finally I would like to acknowledge Year 10 student Ryan Webb. Ryan is well known for his service across a variety of College events, however we all felt on Saturday that he had again gone above and beyond in his contribution. Starting at 8.00am in the kitchen assisting with assembling the antipasto boxes, through to carrying desks back to Callan block at 10.00pm after the event, he was a generous, enthusiastic and cheerful volunteer throughout and is to be commended for his humble service to others in our community.

Click here to view the album of photos from the event.

Junior Volleyball Schools Cup

Over the weekend, in the shadows of Metricon Stadium at Carrara, our Year 7 & 8 Volleyball teams competed in the annual Queensland Volleyball Schools Cup. The three day event saw our students play a variety of schools from across Queensland in one of the best events for the year. In their first year of volleyball, our Year 7 team had an outstanding tournament. The boys went undefeated throughout their pool stages before blitzing St Laurence’s College in the quarter final to reach the final four. The boys narrowly went down in a nail biter of a semi-final before taking out the bronze medal in their final match of the tournament. This was great preparation for these boys as they are less than 8 weeks away from travelling to Melbourne for the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup. Our Year 8 boys were the big improvers across the weekend. With some inconsistent play throughout the pool stages, the boys snuck into the repechage round before pulling off an upset to book their place in the final four. Similar to our Year 7 boys, the Year 8 boys narrowly went down in their semi-final with a 13-15 third set score before going on to finish fourth. From finishing in the bottom three last year as Year 7 students to finishing in the top four in Year 8, the improvement these boys have showed over last past 12 months makes us very excited for this group moving forward. As a school we are extremely proud to have two teams finish in the top four and is certainly a positive sign for the volleyball program. Thank you to the Mr Tim Walker and Mr Adrian Cullen and the parents and students for their commitment over a very long weekend of volleyball, we are looking forward to going back next year!

Touch Football

Congratulations to all of the boys who played in the first round of House Touch Football on Friday evening. With some very closely fought games, quality team work and the odd bit of individual brilliance, the competition got off to a great start. After the first round Leinster have surged out to a great lead with Connacht hot on their heels!

We continue this Friday evening. Please click here to see the week’s Sport training arrangements. or subscribe to the Touch Football tag on the App for this week’s draw.

Triathlon

This weekend our extended Triathlon squad will be travelling to Kawana for the Regional Triathlon and Aquathlon Trials where our boys will trial for selection in the Metropolitan West team which compete at the State Titles in Hervey Bay in February next year. This year 12 of our students were selected into the Met West side and we are looking to better this in 2019. Best of luck to our triathlon coach Mr Graham Fidler and our boys for a great event and an enjoyable weekend!

Athletic Performance Coordinator

Over the September holidays we wrapped up a recruitment and interview process for the role of Athletic Performance Coordinator with the appointment of Mr Elliot Jackson to commence on Monday 29 October. Elliot holds a Bachelor of Sport Exercise and Exercise Science and is a Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach. He has recently finished as the NRL Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Penrith Panthers, and prior that was the Athletic Development Coordinator at Padua College and a rehab Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Brisbane Broncos. Elliot will oversee all Strength and Conditioning across all sports at the College, implement a functional movement program in the junior school and will support the facilitation of various programs within the ATC Sport Department, including Rugby Union and Rugby League. We look forward to welcoming Elliot to our Sport Department and wider College community.

Dave Capra
Director of Co-curricular Activities

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