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Celebrating the Women Who Inspire Us, Today and Always

I wish all our mothers and female caregivers a very happy Mother’s Day this Sunday with your families. This month, we look forward to celebrating our mothers and female caregivers at “An Evening in May”, special twilight events being held at ATC. Our Signum Fidei Breakfasts last week taught us that with the growth of our school population we have reached the tipping point with car parking space! In the past, we have been able to access the ovals to accommodate extra cars, but with them out of action, we identified the need to pivot to evening events.

An Evening in May – Celebrating our Mothers

We invite our Junior School mums and their sons to the College from 5pm to 6.30pm on Tuesday 17 May and our Middle and Senior School mothers on Tuesday 24 May to celebrate and show our appreciation for everything they do. Please feel welcome to choose either date if you are a family with sons across different year levels. The price is $20 per mother which includes a glass of champagne and canapes. A sausage sizzle, juice and water will be provided for each boy attending, and tickets to both events are available via Parent Lounge from Wednesday 4 May.

Founder’s Day

ATC joins Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice tradition throughout the world in celebrating the Feast Day of Blessed Edmund Rice on Thursday 5 May 2022. The religious order that Blessed Edmund founded, the Christian Brothers, decided on this date as a practical day to celebrate Eucharist in all of our schools as everyone throughout the globe is at school at this time of year. This is particularly poignant this year as Edmund Rice schools in South America have returned to on-site learning in recent months after two years of disruption caused by the pandemic.

Edmund Rice was a very successful late-18th century Irish Catholic businessman who suffered the terrible loss of his young wife, Mary after the birth of their daughter, Mary. After raising his daughter with the help of extended family, Edmund put his faith, business acumen and heart into educating the poor boys of Waterford, Ireland in order that they access work and enter the professions.

By the time of Blessed Edmund’s death in 1844, the world was changing rapidly, and his mission had begun expanding internationally. This was particularly evident in 1868 when Brother Patrick Ambrose Treacy set sail on the ship Donald McKay for Melbourne. Blessed Edmund inspired Br Ambrose Treacy to found 27 schools in Australia and New Zealand over an extraordinary 30-year period. Of course, our College is named in memory of Brother Treacy who is, perhaps, the greatest unknown of Catholic education in Australia.

On Thursday 5 May, we join over 270 Catholic schools in the Edmund Rice tradition in celebrating the life and mission of our Founder, Blessed Edmund Rice. Over 170 000 young people are formed and taught in our schools.

At Ambrose Treacy College, we will celebrate with three Masses for different age groups within our school. A special one in 2022 is with our Year 12 students and their parents and caregivers. In Term One we had to change our Year 12 Commissioning & Opening Mass plans due to the pandemic and floods. I can think of no better day to formally invest our Year 12 students who are doing a marvellous job leading the College and to celebrate with their families. I look forward to welcoming you on Thursday.


I ask the community to please place Harry and Oliver Hewlett-Smith in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of their great grandfather. We hope that the passage of time will help heal the pain of his passing. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen.

God bless,

Chris Ryan
College Principal