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Building Quality Relationships

While politicians extol the values of positive relationships between men and women, at ATC we are encouraging healthy boy/girl friendships by giving boys opportunities to spend time with girls on the sporting field and in the classroom. While parents often fear the time in a boy’s development when he starts making friends with girls, I believe that in today’s social scene, boys and girls can form meaningful friendships without the next dimension.

There are a number of benefits to your son having friendships with girls. The first is that he will develop a sense of respect and understanding of what behaviour is expected of him when he interacts with girls. By having healthy friendships with girls your son’s future relationships will be built on a solid foundation that reflects your family values. Boy-girl friendships provide an opportunity to teach the full spectrum of what healthy, respectful relationships should look like.

Winners of the QCIS Swimming Aggregate Cup

At Ambrose Treacy College, we are fostering positive friendships with students from Brigidine College. We aim to do this across all areas of Co-curricular life including in music and sport. We compete very successfully as a combined team at QCIS meets with Brigidine. Last September we took out the Cross Country Aggregate Cup and again, in March we were combined winners of the Swimming Aggregate Cup. Recently, students from Brigidine joined the Taiko Drumming troupe for an afternoon of cultural learning and interaction and this term some of our students will be performing in the Brigidine Musical Showcase. Opportunities for your sons to socialise with girls is an important part of their growth. Can I offer these useful tips:

• Talk on a regular basis about what makes a good friend and point out the strengths your son already has in making good friendships with girls
• Offer to help him with the areas of socializing he still needs to learn
• Talk to him without pushing and it will be more likely that your son will come to you for the guidance he needs to have the best friendships possible with girls.


Over the Easter holidays we held three significant sporting events which have provided a great starting point for the winter school football season. Over the Easter holidays we held three significant sporting events which have provided a great starting point for the winter school football season.

Armidale Rugby Carnival
The Year 6A team travelled to Armidale for our 5th year in a row at the Armidale Rugby Carnival. It was again another successful year for the boys, winning 4 of the 6 games that they played and finishing 4th in division two. Thanks to Mr Michael Senior and Mr Nick Manikot for stepping in at the last minute to travel with the boys after illness and family emergencies precluded the planned staff from attending. Well done to coach Mr Will Findlay and the 6A boys for a great carnival.

Year 6 putting it all on the line at Armidale.

ATC Rugby Camp
Following on from the Armidale trip many of the players and coaches backed up for the ATC Rugby Camp held here on Jack Bowers. With just under 100 players in attendance, the camp was a huge success. The focus on the camp was on developing core skills, providing position specific skill development and setting a base for the season ahead. Thanks again to staff and students involved!

EREA National Football Tournament
The big event of the holidays for ATC was the EREA National Football Tournament which was co-hosted by St Laurence’s and Ambrose Treacy College. This year the tournament included 16 schools from all states and territories in Australia except WA with 40 teams competing in total. Played over three days, the tournament was a great opportunity for EREA schools to come together as a community and celebrate a mutual love of sport. EREA Executive Director Dr Wayne Tinsey travelled up from Melbourne to attend the presentations and offer support for the growth of sport across the EREA network. Our footballers performed well, with our Year 8 and Year 10 teams finishing 4th in their division and our Year 7 team (playing in the Year 8 division) finishing 10th. Congratulations in particular to Mr Matt Ribeiro and the 6A team who defeated St Laurence’s to place 2nd in the Primary competition. Our Year 5 team who were also in the Year 6 competition lost three games and drew one to finish midfield. From 18 teams in 2016 to 40 teams in 2017, we hope to continue to grow the competition again in 2018 to build it into one of the biggest school sporting events in Australia.

Action packed EREA Football Tournament.

National Championships – Triathlon and Swimming
This week both the Triathlon and Swimming National Championships were held in Sydney and Brisbane respectively.
As our first ever representative at a National Triathlon Championships, Mitchell Densley performed brilliantly this morning to finish 4th in Australia for his age group. This is a huge effort and a massive achievement across the three disciplines of swimming, cycling and running. Well done Mitchell!

At the Swimming Nationals in Brisbane this week Daniel Woodrow has performed well to make finals in all his events, narrowly missing out on a Bronze Medal in the 100m Free by 1 hundredth of a second to former NJC student Tom Neill. Tonight Daniel, Tom Kearney, Josh Nowland and Nic Chapple are swimming in the final of the 4 × 50m Freestyle. The team is ranked 6th in the country going into the event and are pumped up for a big performance this evening. Daniel is going into the 200m Freestyle final tomorrow morning ranked second and is hoping to finish his nationals campaign on a high note as well. Congratulations to all boys for a great preparation and the achievement of selection in the QLD team. Best of luck for the remaining events!

ATC Interhouse Cross Country Carnival
This event will now be held next Friday 28 April, commencing at 12.30pm. All students are to wear their HPE uniform on this day and are to wear their wide brim hat. Event times are on the App. Please be aware that times will vary slightly on the day.


Music Showcase with Bridigine College
Tomorrow afternoon is the first rehearsal for the Music Showcase, a performance that our Symphonic Winds and Senior Singers will be performing in. There will be two performances on Saturday 13 May and all community members are very welcome to attend. Ticket purchasing details will be advised in coming weeks.

Assembly Performances
On Friday 21 April the Wind Ensemble will be performing at assembly in the NJ Hall at 8.25 am and on Monday 24 April our ANZAC Liturgy will be held at8.40 am in the hall with our Choirs and Brass Ensemble performing.

Dave Capra, Head of Co-curricular Activities