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Boy Heaven

Fishing, footy, 4WD-ing, swimming, dune wrestling, quality banter and camp cooking, the essential ingredients for 5 days of boy heaven! Every year, without exception I come away from the annual Fishing Club trip to Stradbroke Island with a huge sense of pride in being part of the ATC Community. Being outdoors offers a wonderful opportunity for boys to step outside their comfort zone and demonstrate their independence, strength of character, loyalty, maturity and good nature. Boys are wonderful company, enthusiastic beyond comprehension and always willing to assist in making the camp a more enjoyable experience for everyone.

Spending an extended period of time with a group of generous, humble and energetic parents and staff is also a real privilege. Our parents and staff are great role models and this in itself, is a tangible attribute to the ATC community. Whilst our camp site probably resembled more of a shanty town than a village, it was certainly a real example of the ‘village-raising’ attitude that our College promotes. I commend Year 10 students Connor McCarthy, Alec Robinson, Ben Rogers, Oliver Cooper-White, and Year 9 students Xavier Knight, Cameron Neale and Angus Murray for their outstanding leadership, generosity, patience and enthusiasm throughout the trip. Leadership comes in many different forms and the servant leadership shown by these boys towards the younger anglers was impressive. My thanks to staff members Dave Sullivan, Bernard Wong, Miki Gardiner, Nick Manikot and Darren Cullen for their energy in making the camp possible. Only 50 weeks until our next trip – time to check the tides!

Dave Capra, Director of Co-curricular Activities