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Building a Culture

One of the challenges in building a new school is how to develop the culture of the school. At ATC we are clear in wanting to create programs that engage boys, to have staff who engage students in a range of activities and to work in partnership with parents to enable boys to reach their own personal excellence.

I shared these thoughts on Saturday at the inaugural ATC Formal Music Evening. It was a sensational evening showcasing everything I have listed regarding the development of a culture at ATC. I was impressed with how varied our music programs are and the high participation rate of our boys. The staff we have in the music department are talented musicians in their own right, but what also strongly stands out is their ability to relate to boys, work with their energy, and motivate them to continually improve.

I also saw and appreciate the support and commitment of parents to their son’s education and progress. The product was outstanding. The improvement by the youngest of our performers from the beginning of the year is impressive and the standard of our older musicians is awesome. Although we have lost a number of talented musicians along the journey, our standard has not dropped, but instead improved. This is a credit to Ms Cath Esbensen and Mr Jonathan Bolt and the other 15 members of the Music Department. They and their programs are a shining example of what we want to achieve in developing a strong culture in a new school.

Fathers Day
Sunday brings us an opportunity to show our appreciation for fathers and father figures. Father figures may include stepfathers, fathers-in-law, guardians or foster parents, and family friends. At ATC we believe it is really important for boys to have good role models. This includes having good female role models and good male role models. Sunday is an opportunity for ourselves and the boys to show their appreciation for good male role models. Sunday brings mixed feelings for me as I, like a number of our boys, have lost my father. It was many years ago but I regularly think of the values and beliefs that my Dad modelled for me and that I try to live my life by every day. I remember many of his phrases, such as “it is only money, not blood” when donating what little spare cash he may have had. I hope all of our Dads have a wonderful day on Sunday with those who are special in your lives. I encourage all of us to show some appreciation to those significant male role models in our lives and encourage our young men to do the same. I look forward to sharing breakfast with our community tomorrow morning on the Westcourt deck as we celebrate or fathers and father figures at the P & F Father’s Day Breakfast. Thank you to the wonderful work of our P & F committee for organising this special event.

Staff Appointments 2017
We have continued the process of selecting excellent staff to be involved with ATC from 2017. It is a massive process but one that has produced very pleasing outcomes. Some of these names have been listed previously but I present the latest and fullest list of staff appointments for Middle Leadership and teaching positions for 2017. The list also illustrates the areas of development across the College as we start the development of our Senior School. The list will be added to in the coming weeks with the addition of two more Junior School teachers. I congratulate all these external and internal staff on their appointments and eagerly look forward to working with them in 2017.

Samuel Brown Head of Year 9 (Chisholm College)
Joshua Bryant Middle School STEM teacher (Corinda SHS)
Christina Chapman Head of Senior School Humanities (St Rita’s College)
Alison Earle Exceptional Learners Coordinator Years 4-7 (Corinda SHS)
Mickola Gardiner-McIver Middle School STEM teacher (Mt Maria College)
Michelle Kath Head of Senior School Science (Brigidine College)
Dianna Leonardi Middle School Humanities teacher (Ed Qld)
Adam Moss Head of Digital Technologies (Sheldon College)
Melissa Peacock Head of Vocational Education and Pathways (Iona College)
Hayley Phillips Middle School Exceptional Learners teacher (Marsden SHS)
Sonya Spollen Middle School Humanities teacher (Chanel College)
Patrick Behan Head of Middle school STEM (ATC)
Erin Moffatt Year 6 Co-ordinator (ATC)
Kym Neech Exceptional Learners Coordinator Years 8-12 (ATC)
Kelli Paton Middle School Humanities teacher (ATC)
Dave Sullivan Head of Year 7 (ATC)
Tim Walker Head of Health and Physical Education (Yrs 4-12) (ATC)
Mark Watson Head of Senior School Mathematics (ATC)

Jazz By the River
Our annual celebration of The Arts “Jazz by the River” is being held on Saturday 15 October. The event showcases our ATC Jazz bands as well as guest bands, singers, actors and magicians. The music is supplemented by good food and wine in a picnic style venue that is family friendly. As well as the musical entertainment, there will be a diverse array of Visual Art on display showcasing ATC students work from across the year. I would ask that you consider booking your tickets before the school holidays to assist us with our planning and preparation. Family tickets are $35 which includes a cheese platter. Gourmet BBQ and cash bar facilities will operate on the day. Go to the booking website

David Gardiner, Acting Principal