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Close Encounters of the Outdoor Kind

As a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition, we are called to be a place of hope and possibility and Camp Week plays its part in the jigsaw that is the ATC boys’ journey. The wonderful thing about ATC Camp Week, whether away for 2 days or 5, is the opportunity to encounter self, encounter others, encounter nature and encounter something new, challenging, different or just plain good fun.

The other opportunity is to connect with these things. Sometimes the spark may be the surprise of finding out that something is more possible than expected, a new friend, a new experience, a new view on self or others or a new knowledge or maybe even wisdom. We will not be able to measure this necessarily or put a mark against it or even see the fruit of the seed planted, but I am confident that this unique ATC experience is a very good one and well worth the huge amount of preparation, facilitation and management that goes into making it all possible.

Increasingly, this type of outdoor activity and process is radical in our individualist, technology driven society. Some boys are blessed with families who love to head out on the open road, pitch a tent, go exploring and waste precious time together. But, there are plenty of young people do not have this chance. I know I am guilty of settling into a Netflix series rather than going for a walk, a bike ride, or a game in the park. I offer my best wishes to everyone who is setting out on a camp or retreat experience this week and once again, I thank our staff, their partners, and children for the gift of themselves for this time away and parents and caregivers for your support of your son and the College.

Commiserations to our Year 6 boys who would normally be heading off to Canberra this week but we do have a special journey to North Queensland planned for them in Term 2.

Irish Warriors go Brách!

At our home game of Volleyball against Sheldon College on Saturday, the 2021 Seniors called on ATC students to unite in spirit. It was joyous to see so many boys come along to support. It was also very special to see some Seniors of 2020, who had their experiences greatly curtailed last year, be present with the community showing their support. Our cheering, camaraderie and sense of togetherness were all strong and played a part in the Volleyball side doing their best and securing an emphatic victory. I was very proud of the supporters on the sidelines on Saturday.

Winning isn’t everything, and we are extremely proud of our emerging culture of participation and enjoyment in all of our co-curricular activities across traditional sports, cultural pursuits and our wide range of clubs and activities, but it is nice to see our boys who train and work hard achieving positive results on the playing fields with this victory, a tight win against the Nudgee College First XI in Cricket recently and victories for our First XI Football lads against Brisbane Boys College and St Laurence’s College. There is a good sense of momentum in our programs at present. Well done to all involved.

Kick off Cocktails

I apologise for a misunderstanding regarding numbers allowed to attend the upcoming ATC Parents and Friends welcome night, ‘Kick off Cocktails’ at Wests Rugby Club on Saturday 13 March. Fortunately, we are not limited to 300 persons. Therefore, while ticket sales are off to a great start, we warmly encourage more parents and caregivers to purchase tickets through Parent Lounge and come along. We are blessed to be able to gather in this way and we look forward to a lovely occasion. Thank you to everyone in the ATC Parents and Friends team who are making it possible.

Local Traffic

Thank you to parents and caregivers who continue to support the community through good practices when driving in and around the campus. Your co-operation and support are greatly appreciated. I am liaising with the management of Indooroopilly Workout Gym and need to highlight the importance of refraining from using this car park as a pickup or drop off point or as a thoroughfare from Bridge Street to Witton Road. The Queensland Police are aware of this matter and will conduct traffic checks in the coming weeks. I also continue to make local council aware of key issues regarding traffic and the surrounding roads.

The most important thing is that we ensure the safety of the boys and are respectful of each other, our fellow drivers, and neighbours. Thank you for your support, as on most afternoons the congestion clears by 3.20pm to 3.30pm. As you will have seen in the media, this is an issue across the city.

God bless.

Chris Ryan

Hello from Year 4 Camp!