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Bright Lights

Though it may only be very early days, if the first combined rehearsal for the Brigidine College and Ambrose Treacy College Showcase Spectacular is anything to go by, it promises to be a huge success.

In addition to rehearsing in small ensembles, choirs and bands separately at each college, on Fridays students from both schools meet to bring together their work and talent into one quality afternoon of performance. Of course, the performance is for the benefit of those of us lucky enough to be in the audience at the Showcase Spectacular on Saturday 13 May.

For the students involved however, it will be a great culmination of a journey which goes beyond the theatre and the music. These types of experiences are a vehicle for much more than just ‘art for arts-sake’. For our boys, the Showcase experience will provide the opportunity to interact with girls their own age and see them as courageous, talented, strong and intelligent performers. We would hope that the our boys love of music, their energy and enthusiasm, the fragilities behind the bravado and the gentleness unique to ATC gentlemen is apparent to the Brigidine girls. In an age of urgency, impatience and instant gratification, the opportunity to form great friendships built on mutual respect, shared experience and a common goal is rare. Our hope is that this Showcase is one such opportunity for the students from both schools.

As a student, I loved the idea of musicals and while I never had the nerve or confidence (or let’s be honest, the talent) to be on stage, I always admired and was more than a little envious of those who could. I never missed the opportunity of going along to see my mates from both my own school and our sister school perform on stage. I often tell the boys that I get ATC FOMO – the Fear of Missing Out on seeing our ATC boys in action. I won’t be missing out on Saturday 13 May and neither should you – check out ticket purchasing details below! Good luck to our talented lads and the young women from Brigidine in their preparations. Book your tickets by clicking here.

Brisbane Big Band Festival
Our Jazz Orchestra is on the home stretch for their performance as part of the Brisbane Big Band Festival on Saturday 20 May at the Brisbane Jazz Club at Kangaroo Point. Our Jazz Orchestra set will include on the day: In the Mood; Vine Street Rumble and Yardbird Suite. It is a fantastic venue for all things JAZZ and tickets to the event are available by clicking here.

Anzac Liturgy performances
Well done to our accomplished Brass Ensemble under the baton of Darren Skaar and Nick Laganin for their stirring renditions of Abide with Me; The Australian National Anthem and Deep Harmony. All 24 boys were respectful and solemn and showed true ATC spirit. Our Senior Singers complemented the Brass Ensemble with the singing of these hymns, the College song and the National Anthem. There has been a strong ANZAC spirit in the Co-curricular music department with various students practising these pieces on all of our instruments. Special mention to Andrew Coogan in Year 10 who played the Last Post and to Darren Skaar for the Reveille.

Sport News

Cross Country – ATC Interhouse Cross Country
The postponed Interhouse Cross Country carnival is being held tomorrow Friday 28 April and the Connacht Saints are red hot favourites to take out the competition. Approximate race times are below.

Supporters are very welcome to attend and cheer on their favourite House. Please be aware that parking will be limited on site and the internal road and bottom (Twigg St) carpark will be closed between 12.00pm and 3.00pm. The best parking will be at the Witton Road Carpark or the Jack Bowers Car Park via Boundary St.

QLD All Schools Cross Country Championships
Registrations are open for the All Schools Cross Country Championships on Saturday 6 May via the Cross-Country tab on College App. This is a key event in the lead up to the QCIS Cross Country Championships and all cross-country squad runners are expected to attend.

Weekend Fixtures
Good luck to our Under 10 and Under 11 AFL teams as they begin their competition season this weekend and to all our Rugby and Football teams as they play their Round 1 fixtures.

Dave Capra, Director of Co-curricular Activities