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Co-curricular Life at ATC

During the course of next week, you will notice that ATConnect will have some modifications done to the Header tabs. For easy referencing now, all Co-curricular College activities including sport, culture and clubs will come under the new tab of ‘CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.

It is only a minor change but one that will help to streamline information from this department. My blog will be posted to ATConnect each Thursday beginning next week. I hope you continue to enjoy reading our co-curricular news. Also, over the last two weeks, planning has been finalised for the various co-curricular activities at the College and we are looking forward to seeing the start of these programs.

From the music program, to clubs and sport, every boy at ATC is encouraged to find an activity per term to participate in. With an intentionally inclusive philosophy, our aim is to offer a host of activities which will capture the interests of all of our boys. If you son is having difficulty finding an activity to participate in, I would encourage you to contact Mr Jonathon Bolt (Head of Co-curricular Music, Mr Nathan Burgess (Head of Sport and Coaching Development), or I to discuss what the possibilities are.

I would like to thank the hundreds of people who have installed our very user friendly College App. You will find all the information that you require for ATC Co-curricular life via this tool. As always, I appreciate your feedback so please do send through any suggestions that you might have so we can continue to develop this valuable form of communication.

Cricket and Volleyball
This weekend will see the first full round of trials against a number of different schools. Boys are to be at their venues at the time advised, wearing full school sporting uniforms, ready for what promises to be a great start to the season.

The cricket canteen is staffed by parents for the benefit of the sports program at ATC. We ask ALL teams to volunteer for canteen serving and homebake to support the boys and College. We appreciate all teams to help out at anytime during the day. Click to volunteer your time and register your homebake.

Water Polo
If you are interested in playing water polo at the College, please contact Mrs Merryl Bennett. This is an energetic and fun team sport that builds explosive power and is a great cardio workout.

Term 1 Sports
Cross Country, Indoor Cricket, Canoe Polo and Paddle play begin next week as per the timetable.

Term 1 Clubs and Activities
These Clubs begin operating in Week 2 except for Fishing Club. If you are interested in joining or just want to check out what they do, please come along.

Fishing Club The ATC anglers – Monday mornings from 7am – 8am – Coordinator Mr Sullivan – Meeting point: the pontoon Please download the expression of interest form via the link below.

Chess Club: all ages and abilities – Thursday mornings 7.20am – Coordinator: Mrs Goonan – Meeting point: Mt. Sion Library- Junior School

Gardening Club: everyone welcome – Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 7.30am – 8am – Coordinator: Mrs Burton – Meeting point: at the Veggie Garden above the pool/next to the College Gym

Enviro Club: all welcome – Monday & Friday mornings 7.30 – 8am and Wednesday afternoon 3.15 – 4.00pm – Coordinators: Mr Wong & Mr Cullen – Meeting point outside the Middle School library (Westcourt)

Co-curricular Music
The Co-curricular Music Parent information night will be held on Wednesday 8 February at 6.30 pm in the Chapel.

Week 2
All Band/Choir/Ensemble rehearsals commence including handbells
Lessons for Piano, Guitar and Vocal commence.
Monday 30 January and Tuesday 31 January – Co-Curricular music suitability testing for Year 4.
Wednesday 1 February Co-curricular music suitability testing for Years 5 and 6.

Week 3
All lessons for Woodwind, Brass and Percussion will commence.

All rehearsal times are on the Co-curricular music rehearsal timetable, available on the College APP under the teacher’s name. Please subscribe to your sons music teacher. Music staff will contact parents directly with lesson timetables. Please note there are a couple of changes – namely Guitar Ensemble is now on Friday mornings from 7 am and NOT on Tuesdays.

Try and Instrument Day
All Year 4 and 5 students and any interested or new Year 6 students will be able to try out lots of instruments next week to see what they might like to learn to play and how to be in a band here at the College.

On Friday 3 February the nominations close for the South East Queensland QDU competition. This year we hope to run two teams for each of Year 10, 9 and 8. The times for the QDU debates are listed in the school calendar. Wednesday nights are debating nights with each year level spread out over Term 1 and Term 2. For example, Round 1 starts with Year 9 on Wednesday 1 March, Year 10 on Wednesday 8 March and Year 8 on 15 March 2017.

Enjoy the weekend of activities.

Dave Capra, Head of Co-curricular Activities