I warmly congratulate these students and wish them well for this responsibility. I also congratulate all of the students who were short listed in this process and acquitted themselves so well. We are indeed blessed by the calibre of young people within our community, and I look forward to the announcement of House Leaders for 2022 and the leadership of the entire cohort. In the meantime, we remain in the capable hands of our 2021 Seniors who are doing a most commendable job across all domains of College life.
Catholic Education Week
As a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition, we join in celebrating Catholic Education Week with all 309 Catholic schools in Queensland. Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society. As a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition, our distinctive mission and ethos are inspired and informed by the Edmund Rice Education Australia Charter and our four touchstones:
Two hundred years ago the first official Catholic school opened in Australia. Catholic schools have long held that education should be directed not just towards personal enrichment for the individual student but also to community contribution. In his recent encyclical, Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship, Pope Francis commented that schooling is a right for all children and that a good education can make an enormous difference in the lives of young people, setting them up for life. Among other things, Catholic schools and universities should offer an education in human solidarity and Christian fraternity and make it possible “for each human being to shape his or her own future”. Teachers must therefore “be conscious that their responsibility extends also to the moral, spiritual and social aspects of life”. At ATC, our formation pillars of Service, Learning and Leadership guide us in our mission as do our role models of Jesus, Blessed Edmund Rice and Brother Ambrose Treacy.
I look forward to joining Charlie Neumann, College Captain, Patrick O’Donoghue, Year 12 student, Lucas O’Connell and Oliver Mitchell, Year 7 students, and Dean of Faith and Mission, Mr Matt Warr at St Stephen’s Cathedral on Tuesday with representatives from fellow Catholic schools to celebrate Mass for Catholic Education Week 2021. #CEW2021
It is most appropriate that we celebrate our three Academic Assemblies during Catholic Education Week. An aspiration to excellence is a principle of Catholic social teaching and an important aspect of our culture at ATC where our students are challenged and supported to strive for their personal best.
One way in which we acknowledge these efforts is through our biannual academic awards. I congratulate the students who will receive these on our assemblies this week and acknowledge the partnership between them, their parents and caregivers and teachers which supports their efforts.
Equally, I celebrate and acknowledge the efforts and achievements of all students, and the home and school partnership of students who may not walk on the stage this week, but very much are doing their personal best and achieving great things. This is also a key domain of the culture of our school and is indicative of our commitment to inclusivity.
Signum Fidei Breakfasts
A tradition at Ambrose Treacy College is to celebrate our students who continued to live the values of Edmund Rice and our three College Pillars of Learning, Leadership and Service. Students who walk in the footsteps of Patrick Ambrose Treacy and are true signs of faith will be recognised and celebrated at our Signum Fidei breakfasts. Congratulations and thank you to these students who are modelling the way in the simple and ordinary things through their example and actions.
Enrolments for 2022
As a growing school, our enrolment patterns continue to evolve. Pleasingly, a pattern which is emerging is very strong interest in our Year 7 entry point with a growing waiting list emerging for 2022 and strong numbers for 2023 and 2024. Encouragingly, Year 4 numbers are strong for 2022. Demand for places is strong and this will hopefully continue in the foreseeable years.
I appeal to all parents and caregivers in any year level who may be considering bringing a sibling to the College earlier than anticipated or a move to another school in 2022 to email Robyn Donaldson, our Enrolments Officer as soon as possible. We are presently planning the 2022 budget, subject selections, timetabling and staffing and while numbers are fluid, it is very challenging to budget and plan confidently, particularly when assessing the pricing of tuition fees and planning for possible capital works in the next few years to continue our growth and consolidation. Your assistance and co-operation are greatly appreciated.
I ask the community to please keep James McAlister-Smiley (5 Bodkin) and his family in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of his Grandfather. We hope that the passage of time will help heal the pain of his passing. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace. Amen.