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Are We There Yet?

When my twin daughters, who are now almost 19, were in primary school, their Principal wrote a song for an end of year Christmas concert and the lyrics were, “Are we there yet? How far to go? Are we there yet? I want to know!” It is forever etched in my memory. As we come into Week 6 of Term 4, it is important that we all ‘keep our shape’ and work together to focus on the task at hand, assessment, classes, relationships and the overarching theme of finishing well.

I imagine that most of us have never looked forward to the Christmas break as much as this year or at least in this way before. So with three weeks of classes left, NO, we are not there yet and your support of your son and the College through this busy time is appreciated.

NAIDOC Week

We join people throughout Australia in celebrating NAIDOC Week and the theme of ‘Always was, always will be’ in acknowledging, recognising and respecting the First Nation people of our land. We are blessed and enriched by the over 40 families who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island people in our community. As expressed in our Reconciliation Action Plan, Ambrose Treacy College continues to commit to playing our humble part in the closing of the gap in education, health and employment outcomes for young indigenous people. We have much to learn and we commit to growing in our knowledge, understanding and partnership. I take this opportunity to thank all of our College families for your commitment to this journey.

Music Concerts

I strongly believe in the importance of the Arts in providing holistic opportunities and in the creation of culture for an all-boys school. Our Music program, both in the classroom and in co-curricular pursuits contributes significantly to this end. It has been wonderful to hear the various bands and groups busy in rehearsals before and after school as they have readied themselves for our Summer Concerts. Even though the restrictions continue to hamper us to some degree, I am delighted that our musicians can share their work with their parents in these concerts. We greatly look forward to a future where the magnificent music program we enjoy at ATC can fly free and we can gather for larger concerts and occasions. I take this opportunity to once again, recognise and celebrate our musicians and their dedicated teachers, tutors, and parents. I am sure that the Summer Concerts will be greatly enjoyed. Links are shared each Saturday evening on our Facebook page.

Hair and Grooming Policy Review

We have collected policy documents from a range of similar schools to our own and used these to compare and review our current policy document and practice. After receiving feedback from the 2021 Student Leaders, the College Formation Team of Heads of House and Heads and Assistant Heads of Year met last week to discuss this policy and practice document and their feedback was presented to the College Leadership Team. In Week 7, (next week), I will share our revised policy document with the parent/caregiver and student body for preparation for 2021. The primary focus of this process is to provide clarity about guidelines and expectations. For most students, this process will have minimal to no impact and will hopefully assist parents (and local barbers and hairdressers) to support their sons in their decision-making regarding haircuts and styles. It is acknowledged and understood that for a minority of students, this process will flag a change. I would encourage these persons to work with us in meeting the requirements of the revised guidelines and to liaise with Heads of House or Heads of Year in working it through. Mr Finn as Dean of Formation has overall responsibility for this policy and practice and will lead the process in 2021. I look forward to sharing this document with the community next week.

Staffing News

I have the pleasure of announcing that Mr Jarrod Turner has been appointed to the role of Head of Sport at the College, commencing in mid-January 2021. Mr Turner presently works for the Edmund Rice Foundation in a community relationships and administration role and is the First XI Cricket Coach at Brisbane Boys College. Mr Turner has an extensive background in sports administration and coaching, particularly in the field of cricket where he has a very strong background as a player here in Queensland and overseas as well.

Mr Turner brings many years of experience in working with and mentoring young people in sport in schools and clubs and has a very strong vision for the building of culture and identity in our programs and teams. Mr Turner will have overall responsibility under the leadership of and in partnership with Mr Damian Steele for the organisation and administration of our sport programs and will also fill the role of Cricket Coordinator. I congratulate Jarrod on his appointment to this key role at the College and look forward to him joining our team.

Further, following Ms Kate Watts’s appointment as Assistant Dean of Learning: Inclusive Practices, I am pleased to share the news that Ms Christina Xavier has been appointed to the position of Inclusive Practices Co-ordinator for the Middle School. Christina brings a strong set of experiences to this vital role, especially from her latest experience as a Case Manager within the Middle School team here at the College. We wish Christina every success in her new role commencing next year and look forward to her contribution.

In the near future, we will be able to make announcements for the roles of Co-ordinator of Art and the various teaching positions we have recently advertised.

Prayers

I would ask the community to please keep Phoenix Timoney (7 Conn) in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of his Grandfather and Jackson Moore (7 Lynch) in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of his Uncle. 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.

God Bless,

Chris Ryan

Summer Concert Series

CLICK HERE to view the Taiko Drumming Summer Concert performance.
CLICK HERE to view the Clarinet Ensemble B Summer Concert performance.
CLICK HERE to view the Flute Ensemble Summer Concert performance.

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