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Citius, Altius, Fortius - Faster, Higher, Stronger

In the coming weeks, the boys will see a very different Mr Stewart and this beast only appears every four years. There will be days that he bounces off the ceiling and enters class announcing, “I’m feeling very Olympic today”. There will be days where his eyes are just managing to stay open from the late night viewing due to the different time zones.

Enough of talking in the third person! My voice is shattered usually by day 2 of the swimming. My family send me downstairs due to my constant loud cheering and how if I could, I would wear just Green and Gold for the entire period of the Olympic Games. I love the Olympics and supporting Australian athletes in every sport.

There is also another quality of the Olympics that I have always admired and that is the principles behind the games. Pierre de Coubertin stated, “I remain convinced that sport is one of the most forceful elements of peace, and I am confident in its future action.” It is the values of the games: “striving for excellence”, “demonstrating respect” and “celebrating friendship” that make the Olympic Games a sporting event that can be matched by no other.

Characteristics of the three Olympic values:
Encourage Effort – Striving for Excellence
“Encourage effort” is derived from the Olympic motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius” and the fundamental principle of Olympism, which states that “Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example”. In this sense, “aim for excellence” means always doing and giving one’s best.

Preserve Human Dignity – Demonstrating Respect
“Preserve human dignity” is based on several fundamental principles: Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.

Develop Harmony – Celebrating Friendship
“Develop harmony” implies the combination in a balanced whole of the qualities of body, will and mind. Sport must thus be at the service of the harmonious development of mankind.

In keeping with the Olympic Spirit of Rio 2016, this week on assembly we launched the 2016 ATC Junior School Olympics. Boys we be striving for excellence, demonstrating respect and celebrating friendship through games and activities. A medal tally will be on display from August 1, with the first medals awarded after homeroom time on the oval. The next two weeks will be very exciting both in Rio and here at ATC!

Mr Michael Stewart, Head of Junior School


Service Program Week 3 Term 3

This week, Adrián in Year 5 shared with us his experience of volunteering at the Lifeline Bookfest during the holidays. He did a great job pricing all the books and helping the cashier to take the donations from hundreds of customers.

Ziggy helping out at Lifeline Bookfest.

Ziggy in Year 8 has been very busy too. During his holidays he attended his previous school and assisted Ms Kellie and Ms Glenys in the P-2 class. Ziggy assisted with reading, sport and playground monitoring. He left with a greater appreciation for the work educators do. “I was so tired by lunch time” was one of his comments!

Pat a Pet” program at ATC has concluded with the boys going out to the Guide Dogs Queensland training centre at Bald Hills. The boys had an informative morning meeting a dog trainer. Questions were being fired off thick and fast! Jackson, Will C-R and Alex learnt that a guide dog receives a tremendous amount of training and is assigned to one person for approximately ten (doggy) years. Most dogs when retiring remain with their owner as such a close bond has been formed.

Meals on Wheels continues with enthusiasm and great support from students and their ‘chauffeurs’. Thank you to Mrs Perissinotto and Mrs Smith and to Ed, Will, Jem, Max, Seth, Will, Mitchell and Jake for volunteering this week.

Don’t forget to take photos of any service you may undertake and send email them to Signum Fidei

Cu Chullain Awards

Year 4
Will Parkinson, Sam Bell, Clarence Murphy, George Hammer

Year 5
Ethan Marsh, Seamus Duell, Mitch Ramm, William Reid

Mr Michael Stewart, Head of Junior School