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Bringing Community Back to Campus

It was wonderful to have so many parents on campus at our recent special events from our Signum Fidei (Sign of Faith) breakfasts, to Academic Assemblies, Music concerts and Year 12 Commissioning on Founder’s Day. We look forward to welcoming more guests this month to our Mother’s Celebrations on Tuesday 17 May and Tuesday 24 May at sunset soirées from 5pm to 6.30pm on the Riverside terrace.

Tickets are $20 per mother, which includes champagne and canapes. A sausage sizzle, juice and water will be provided for the boys attending with their mums. Tickets are available via Parent Lounge. I hope all ATC mothers and significant caregivers had a very special Mother’s Day together and I look forward to seeing you at ATC this month. The ATC P&F are looking for dad volunteers to assist on both evenings with food and drink service and cooking the BBQ. If you are available from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on either evening I would appreciate you advising Jane Rowan from the P&F as soon as possible.

NAPLAN Years 5, 7 and 9

We wish our students in Years 5, 7 and 9 all the very best as they participate in the NAPLAN process this week.  Thank you to our parents, caregivers and staff who have helped prepare them and will support them. NAPLAN is a snapshot in time and one tool amongst many that helps us to benchmark our progress in literacy and numeracy learning. It’s important for students to not get too worked up about the tests, and I recommend they have a good night’s sleep, and an nutritious breakfast in readiness to engage positively and do their best.

Staffing News

Congratulations to Mr Simon Martin who is acting as Head of Vocational Education and Training (VET) for the remainder of this term. The College is currently recruiting for this ongoing key middle leadership role, and we thank Mr Martin for taking on this responsibility.

With Mr David Gardiner taking professional renewal leave from Week 6 of this term and Mr Conor Finn acting as Deputy Principal, Mr Sam Brown has been appointed acting Dean of Formation for this time. We congratulate Sam and wish him well for this experience. In turn, Mr Jared D’Roza has been appointed acting Head of Leinster House and we look forward to his contribution in this role.

Change to Winter Uniform

As has been advised, it is our practice to transition to the Formal uniform (College suitcoat and tie) after Mother’s Day. We are aware of a degree of supply challenge with some items at the School Locker. These items are all on order and should come into the store this week. If there are any temporary issues with your son not being able to comply with the Uniform Guidelines, please contact your Homeroom Teacher, Head of Year or Head of House to let them know. We are happy to work with families as this process is facilitated.

Flood Repairs

This process is ongoing, and it is my hope to provide detailed timelines for each project very soon. We are currently awaiting the results of recent toxicology reports to arrive from Melbourne to help us plan for the use of Brothers and Jack Bowers Ovals. Planning for the repair of the three Year 4 classrooms is well advanced but this project will take an extended period due to supply and demand challenges in sub-contracting and materials availability. Further, as previously explained, the ground floor and several offices and spaces throughout the Edmund Rice Building sustained significant damage and this is proving a complex project. This has limited operational impact on teaching and learning but has impacted the Co-curricular Music and IT Teams significantly and all staff situated within the building in offices, staff, and shared spaces. I thank them most sincerely for their ongoing patience and goodwill. I will keep the community updated regarding our progress.

Pandemic Management

COVID positive cases at the College remain low with an average of twenty-five students from Years 4 to 12 (1.9%) reported as positive each day last week and today we have one teacher and one non-teaching staff member reported as COVID positive.

Prayers

The Ambrose Treacy College community extends our condolences to family, friends, colleagues, and the Christian Brothers on the passing of Brother Tony White. Br White was the Principal of St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace during the 1980s and lived and worked on our site when the Provincial Centre of the St Francis Xavier Province was situated in the Edmund Rice Building. May Tony Rest in Peace.

I ask the community to please place the following students and their families of the ATC community in your thoughts and prayers following the recent loss of their loved ones. Josh Kosanovic, Year 8 on the loss of his great grandfather and Kyan Currie, Year 9, on the passing of his grandfather. 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