Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you react to it.
For several reasons (injury, illness etc), the Year 9 ATC Rugby team found themselves with only 12 players last Saturday morning. We went through our warm up and hoped that a miracle might happen – a few uninjured or healthy players might show up! With five minutes to go and still only 12 players, the mood was less than positive amongst the boys. We came into the huddle for our pre-game talk with Mr Bill Walker and myself telling the boys that they had two choices. The first was to ‘throw the toys out of the cot’ and be angry, disillusioned and go into the game knowing that we were behind from the kick off. The second choice would be to make a commitment to positive play, positive talk and working as a team. The boys chose the latter.
For those of us present to watch, it was a great example of resilience, camaraderie and effort. The boys didn’t miss a tackle, they trusted each other to do their jobs, they passed to create space and opportunities, rather than be selfish with the ball and they bounced back when decisions didn’t go their way. At full time, with ATC ahead 37-19, the pride, satisfaction and elation at their achievement was tangible. Faced with the easy option of excuses, frustration and blame, the boys chose to fight the good fight and the result was worth it.
Life will always throw out challenges. The measure of our character is the way we respond. This is just one small example of how ATC boys go about responding to the challenges in their lives. No doubt families and staff see many examples of this on a week to week basis!
In Music this week we have been busy preparing for the Middle School Winter Concert tonight. Fairy lights will twinkle as the more senior ensembles and bands, choirs and handbell ringers show us what they can do to warm up a chilly winter’s evening. On Wednesday the Junior Clarinet Ensemble entertained the Junior School Assembly and various awards were given out to young men who have shown initiative, diligence and hard work over the last two weeks.
There are some new members of the Instrumental family being put out to show off this week too – we have new conga drums; a new and very cool looking snare drum and a very shiny bass trombone – keep an ear and an eye out for these at the concert tonight. Many thanks to the Music Support group for donating a voucher for “Just Percussion” to the music department this week – just what we need to add to our new toys.
Please note that the ATC Chamber Choir is performing in the Pemulwuy! National Male Voices Festival in the June/July holidays and that tickets are available for the concert on Sunday 2 July at the QPAC Concert Hall by clicking here.
The Qld Youth Orchestra is an excellent way to extend your knowledge of and interest in Youth Orchestras and possible involvement. The Twilight concert series is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. You can view their program by clicking here.
Met West Cross Country Championships
Semester 2 Sign On
As we near the end of Semester One, boys and families need to start thinking about their preferences for Sport in Semester Two. The Semester Two Sports Sign on is now open for all ATC boys via the ATC App. Sign on will close on Friday 9 June. There is a comprehensive document on the ATC App with information on each Sport offered in Semester Two. This has also been emailed to parents and I would ask that you read this carefully to ensure boys understand the commitment and clashes for each sport and parents understand any additional costs involved. Once boys are signed up for a Semester Two sport, there is the expectation that these boys will follow through with attendance at training and games as we will be entering teams accordingly. For sports that have an additional cost to participate, the amount will be added to school fees once the Sport Sign On has closed on Friday 9 June. If boys select two sports that clash, the Sports Office will contact either the boy or parents for them to decide which sport they will be taking part in. Please click here to sign on.
Holiday Basketball Camp
The ATC Holiday Basketball Camp will be held from Wednesday 5 July to Friday 7 July at Centenary SHS. We will be breaking the camp into two sessions, Year 5-7 will be run from 8:00am-11:00am while Year 8-10 will run from 11:30am-2:30pm each day. The camp will be run by some of the best basketball academy coaches in Brisbane along with the possibility of being joined by some current College Basketball players. Registrations for the camp will open on Friday 26 May and will close on Friday 9 June at 4:00pm via the ATC App. This camp is seen as an extremely important element to our basketball preseason and we would like to see as many boys attending as possible. The camp will only be open to those boys who are participating in basketball for ATC in Term 3 & 4. The cost for the camp will be $70 per boy.
State Water Polo Selections
Congratulations to Thomas Kearney, Jesse Davies, Tate Burton and Christian Bunn who made the U14 QLD Water Polo Team. The boys will be competing in the 2017 Sydney Youth Water Polo Festival in Sydney during the June holidays. Good luck men!
Ski Trip Meeting
Parents, skiers and snowboarders are strongly urged to attend our pre-departure briefing at 6.30pm in the Chapel. Please bring your son’s PASSPORT to this meeting. SKI TRIP HOODIES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED ON THE NIGHT!
Metropolitan West Selections
Congratulations to Zac McArdle (U15 Soccer), Aaron Iulio, Terry Milligan and Emerson Treasure (U15 Rugby Union) for their recent Met West selections. The boys will compete in State Championships in their respective sports. Good luck!
The Fishing Club had another successful outing to Shorncliffe on Sunday. With a good showing of Middle School anglers, we managed to catch a wide range of species. As the tide turned and the current started to pick up the boys had a brilliant time landing some undersize bream, whiting and sand crabs. It was pleasing to see everyone wanting to improve their skills by tying their own knots and discussing best bait options. Worms seemed to be the pick of the day! See our full gallery of photos on the College Facebook page. The annual Stradbroke Island fishing trip for MIddle School students will be held in the September holidays and registration for this is due by Friday 2 June via the online form on the App.
Have a great weekend!
Dave Capra, Director of Co-curricular Activities