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Bringing Structure and Stability to a New Term

Welcome to Term Two. As a Catholic community, we are called to be Easter people all year round, a community of hope, compassion, and relationship. I hope that the recent days have been filled with family and friends and the peace and joy of the Risen Jesus.

I am sure we are all hopeful of a steadier Term Two, and we look forward to everything the next nine weeks will bring.

Staffing News

Welcome back to Ms Christina Xavier, Ms Lisa Emu and Mr Brendan Flanagan following periods of leave. Also returning this term, Mr Kevin Van Der Weide who is with us for the next three weeks while Mrs Katrina Mansfield is on long service leave.

Welcome to Mr Dugald Young who joins our Property and Services Team, and Ms Emma Palmer and Mr Ed Raben who join us for the term while Mr Paul Reeves and Mr David Tobin are on long service leave.

Dash for Crash Date Claimer

Forward notice that the Ambrose Treacy College Foundation is partnering with the McMeniman family in hosting a fun run event in memory of ATC Dad and Nudgee Junior College Old Boy, Mr Damien McMeniman. Damien’s sons, Hamish and Oliver are in Year 11 at ATC and we are pleased to partner with their mum, Marie, and family and friends in hosting the “Dash for Crash”. The event will commence and conclude at ATC on Sunday 29 May 2022, and entries may be made for 5km, 10km or 21.1km as well as virtual participation which may be more my speed! Funds raised are kindly being donated to the ATC Foundation which works to provide an opportunity for a young man to attend our school and enjoy all the wonderful opportunities as Damien did, and as your sons do. Further information will be forthcoming, but I ask the community to save the date for this exciting upcoming event.

Parent/Teacher/Student Feedback Meetings

I hope that today’s sessions were fruitful for all concerned and a good plan for the term ahead is established.

A simple framework of questions I always offer to students of all ages at this time is:

What am I going to keep doing?
•What are some habits and practices that work for me?

What am I going to stop doing?
•What are some habits and practices that don’t work for me and stop me from doing my best?

What am I going to start doing?
•What might be something that I know would work but I haven’t tried or haven’t had the self-discipline for?
•What works successfully for somebody else?

Flood Repairs

The process of repairing the College post the flooding period continues. Both Brothers and Jack Bowers Ovals remain under repairs to treat the E. coli infections caused by the floods. The ovals are being top dressed over the coming days. This process is somewhat weather dependent so it is challenging to predict how long it may take. We are hopeful of it being approximately half of the term but are prepared and braced for it to take all of Term Two. The Co-curricular Team will keep the community informed for all Term Two sport training and game arrangements. Thank you for your ongoing understanding and co-operation.

The demountable classrooms which we will use for Mr Gordon and Mr Cullen’s Year 4 classes have arrived and are located behind the Year 6 play area by the river. The repairs of the three Year 4 classrooms damaged are estimated to take 20 weeks so will not be ready until sometime in Term Three.

The Music Rooms and IT offices impacted in the lower parts of the Edmund Rice Building continue to be repaired. Thus, instrumental music lessons will continue to be located in various alternate places that will be explained to the students taking lessons. It was fantastic to conclude Term One with the Autumn Music Concert and well done to all our musicians and tutors after a challenging term.

The building site below Westcourt Library for the Middle School play and eating space was damaged during the floods and what was to be concluded by Easter holidays, will now hopefully be concluded for the beginning of Term Three.

Sport

Warm congratulations and well done to all our teams who participated in Rugby and Football opportunities over the Easter break and, in particular, the Under 12 Rugby team who won the Division B section of the Darling Downs Rugby Challenge.

Community Prayers

I ask the community to please keep the following students and their families of the ATC community in your thoughts and prayers following the recent loss of family members. Aiden Cattell, Year 8, Vince Figliano, Year 6, and Finn Snell, Year 9. 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.

Thank you to the ATC community again for your support, faith, good will and patience during Term One and as we continue to repair post a significant natural disaster. We are happy to be largely fully operational and look forward to all systems gradually returning to normal as soon as possible.

God bless.

Chris Ryan