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Racing to the End

Whilst the co-curricular program at the College runs year round, there are many significant beginnings, milestones and endings during this time. Saturday saw the very end of the summer sports season and the culmination of fantastic seasons in triathlon, cricket, volleyball, water polo, indoor cricket, paddle play and canoe polo.

I would like to thank the many staff, students, parents and families who made these seasons a reality. Co-curricular activities are a great way to bring community members together – the past 3-6 months of summer sport has been a great example of this. Next week will also be a significant week for co-curricular life at the College.

Co-curricular Sport

On Wednesday evening we will be holding our Sports Awards Evening for Term 1 2017 and Term 1 2016 sports, which will include cricket, volleyball, water polo, swimming, indoor cricket and triathlon. For the first time we will be welcoming the ATC Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and Big Band to provide entertainment and join in the celebration of the co-curricular program at the College.

Interhouse Cross Country
The final major co-curricular event for the week will be the Interhouse cross country event. Which house will hold up the trophy for the first ever full school event with the new house system! Next Friday 31 March will see this annual event held on campus and this year’s course features two ‘heartbreak hills’, a tour through the gully and a combination of dirt, gravel, grass, concrete, bitumen and with the last week of rain, no doubt a little mud. It is imperative that boys wear a hat, bring morning tea and a drink, and apply sunscreen as often as possible whilst waiting before and after their events.

The events, distances and approximate starting times are below. Please be aware that they will not run exactly according to time – if we can, we will run ahead of schedule.

Road Closures and Parking
- Twigg Street carpark will be closed from 5.30am to 1.00pm on
- Central road will be closed from Twigg St to the Montessori from 8.30am to 11.15am
- Parent Parking – Witton Road Carpark or Jack Bowers car park off Boundary St

Spectators Are very welcome! The best vantage point will be the western side of the Central road.

Golf Clubs
Our Year 10HPE students are beginning golf next term and we are keen to see if there are any spare golf clubs out there in the ATC Community that need a new home. In particular we are chasing 7 Irons, Pitching and Sand Wedges and Putters. If you have any spare clubs or even full sets please drop them off at the ATC Front Office anytime.

Running Results
The running program is in full swing at ATC with over 135 boys involved this term. On the Cross Country tab on the College App you will find results from the boys over the past week – this will be updated as we compete in more events in the coming months in preparation for the QCIS Cross Country Championships. One particularly outstanding achiever from the weekend was Leigh Vasey (Year 7). Along with Cam Kilpatrick, Felix Galluzo and other ATC lads, Leigh ran in the 10km UQ Twilight Run on Sunday evening. Leigh won the U14 age group, placed 27th out of 1569 entrants and set a new course record for U14 at 37.59 minutes. Congratulations to Leigh – we are looking forward to seeing you run for Connacht next Friday!

Co-curricular Music

On Thursday evening 30 March we are holding out Autumn Music Concert which will feature the ATC Jazz Orchestra, Junior Band, Handbell Ensembles, Junior Choir, ATC Chamber Choir, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds. The big milestone of the week will be for the Junior Band and the Junior Choir who will be playing at their first ever full concert. Mrs Esbensen and Ms Thompson have been working hard with our youngest and newest musicians and singers who will no doubt steal the show come Thursday night! Please be sure to keep an eye on the APP notifications about information pertaining to this concert. Regular practise at home will help with the polishing of the pieces to be performed at the Concert. At least 4 practices per week is essential. Please email the Music Department if you are unable to make your lessons next week due to Exams so we can reschedule.

Last Day of Term
All lessons and rehearsals are cancelled next Friday 31 March. The Friday guitar and piano lessons will be made up in Term 2. The Liturgy Band and all Choirs will be performing at the End of Term Celebration liturgy at 2.15 pm on Friday.

First Week of Term 2
All lessons and rehearsals resume in Week 1 of Term 2. Handbells will not be held on Easter Monday but will be rescheduled to another day. Brass Ensemble will be performing on 24 April for Anzac Day Liturgy. On Friday 21 April the Wind Ensemble will be performing on Assembly at 8.30 am and the Symphonic Winds will rehearse on Friday afternoons and finish at 4.15 pm. Please add these dates to your calendar.

Pemulwuy! National Male Voices Festival
ATC Chamber Choir has been invited to participate in the Pemulwuy! National Male Voices Festival in the June/July holidays. Notification has been sent home, but confirmation of ability to attend is essential by the 27 March. RSVP by emailing the Music Department.

Junior Choir performing at Voices from the Trenches.

Last Saturday the Junior Choir participated in an evening of music and stories from World War 1 when they joined with other young people from across Brisbane and the Gold Coast in Voices From The Trenches. The Junior Choir delighted the audience with their rendition of When Johnny Comes Marching Home and shared secrets of successful singing in A Song About How To Sing by Nudgee Jr. Old Boy Timothy Sherlock. The grand finale saw over 300 choristers combine for a WW1 Medley that received a standing ovation. The event also featured ATC staff with Mr Jason Goopy the Master of Ceremonies and Miss Kate Thompson conducting another of the Birralee Blokes and also singing with the 2017 ANZAC Day Commemoration Choir, whom she shortly heads to France with to perform for ANZAC Day. Well done to the young men of the Junior Choir!

Co-curricular Clubs

Term 1 activities come to a close next week. See details and Term 2 dates below:
River Canoeing will be held in Week 10 on Wednesday afternoon as scheduled but please note that it will not resume until Term 4.
Gardening and Environmental Club will finish for the term next Wednesday 29 March and resume Wednesday 19 April in Week 1 Term 2. After that It will be held every Monday, Wednesday Friday mornings at 7.30am. Gardeners to meet at the College garden next to the gym. This is a free club to join.
Homework Club will finish on Wednesday 29 April and not operate Thursday 30 March nor in Week 1 of Term 2. It will recommence on Wednesday 26 April Week 2 Term 2.
Fishing Club finishes next week on Monday27 March Junior School only. Commencing in Term 2, Middle School anglers will meet on Monday mornings at 7am at 6 Nolan classroom.
Gamers Club (SLOG) will finish tomorrow Friday 24 March. It will resume Week 1 on Friday 21 April and continue through Term 2 each Friday from 3pm – 6pm in the Westcourt Library.
Cooking Club will be begin on Thursday 27 April in Week 2 Term 2 from 3pm to 4:30pm in 4 Lynch.It will continue to be held each Thursday through to and including Week 9. Students can be picked up from the Central road pick up zone at 4.30pm.
Art Club is by invitation only in Term 2 with names taken from our current waitlist. If you would like to register for Term 3 please email Shantelle Kerwin
Year 5 Public Speaking and Year 6 Debating will meet on three Tuesday nights in Term 2 at St Laurence’s College to conduct fixtures. More specific details are available on the app.

Key App Notifications this Week – check these out:

Term 2 Activities and Clubs updates
Term 2 Training Schedules
Brisbane Jazz Festival performance
Term 1 Sports awards night
Autumn Music concert
Sport surveys

Enjoy the last week of term!

Dave Capra, Director of Co-curricular Activities