As we head into the last weekend of the holidays, I have a number of reminders for families in today’s blog:
Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent Student Teacher Feedback Meetings will be held via Microsoft TEAMs on Monday 19 April, the Pupil Free Day. This will result in Tuesday 20 April being the first day of classes for Term 2 for all year levels. Please refer to the correspondence on the App regarding the process for accessing your TEAMs Meetings and see your emails for instructions and the links to your TEAMs meetings with teachers. To ensure that Parent / Student and Teacher interviews are productive, can I make the following suggestions:
- At the interviews have a pen and paper, so that you can jot down important points
- Come away from each interview with an understanding of the three key things that are currently obstacles to your son achieving a higher mark
- Come away from each interview with three specific strategies that they can put in place to improve.
Monday 19 April | Pupil Free Day
Monday 19 April | Parent Student Teacher Feedback Meetings
Tuesday 20 April | Term 2 Commences
Wednesday 21 April | Year 4 Big Bang Science Incursion
Thursday 22 April | Year 9 Geography Excursion to Boondall Wetlands
Thursday 22 April | Year 7 (7X, 7T) Geography Excursion to Wivenhoe Dam
Friday 23 April | Year 12 Formal, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Friday 23 April | NAPLAN Practice Writing Test (Years, 5, 7 & 9)
Exams in Week 1
After some exams were delayed due to the Covid Lockdown in Week 10, students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 are advised to complete revision this weekend in preparation for Week 1 Exams. Please see the Exam Schedule on the College App.
NAPLAN Practice Tests
Years 5, 7 & 9 students will take part in the NAPLAN Online Practice Tests on Friday 23 April. These tests will provide an additional opportunity for students to become familiar with the portal functionality and the types of questions which they will encounter for the NAPLAN tests in May. Results from the readiness and practice tests are not scored, marked or reported. Students will be required to bring their headphones and fully charged device to the test.
RAW Literary Festival | 27 – 30 April 2021
Library staff are excited to announce our inaugural RAW (Reading And Writing) Literary Festival! Running from Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 April, the College will be playing host to a myriad of talented authors and creatives who will be sharing their love of reading and writing as well as their knowledge, tips and tricks with students in all year levels. Details for each year level’s events are on the App. Students will be participating in whole cohort presentations, as well as given the opportunity to participate in smaller workshops with our Writers-in-Residence. Parents and friends are also invited to share in the fun with our Books Under the Stars event, which will see us enjoying wine and cheese on Westcourt Deck, browsing a pop-up shop from Avid Reader and hearing an engaging presentation from renowned bookseller and literary judge Fiona Stager. All details have been shared on the College App. Registration and payment will be via Parent Lounge. Tickets are $10 per adult.
The ATC RAW Literary Festival is excited to be hosting authors as part of our Writers-in-Residence series! Brian Falkner is an award-winning international author and writing coach. He is a highly sought-after speaker in schools around Australia, the US and New Zealand. His infectious enthusiasm, humour and energy make every appearance a popular and memorable one. He is the author of more than seventeen novels for children and young adults, published in fifteen countries in seven languages. His most recent YA novel is Cassie Clark: Outlaw. Details on the App.
We welcome also welcome Christine Bongers, who will present to the Year 11 and 12 cohorts as well as conduct a small group workshop on writing. Christine Bongers is a former radio and television journalist who is now happier writing fiction. She has a Master of Arts (Research) in Children’s and Youth Writing. Her debut YA novel Dust was a CBCA Notable Book and long-listed for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Children’s Fiction. Her middle school novel Henry Hoey Hobson was shortlisted for numerous awards including the CBCA Book of the Year for younger readers. Her latest young adult novel Intruder won the 2015 Davitt Award for Best Debut Crime Book and was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers.
We look forward to hosting Brisbane-based performance poet Anisa Nandaula! Anisa will be performing at our College Assembly and presenting workshops to Middle school students. Anisa is a nationally recognised spoken word poet, play writer, educator and published author. She is the 2016 Queensland Poetry slam champion and runner-up for the Australian poetry slam championships. In 2017, she published her first book Melanin Garden and won the XYZ Innovation in Spoken Word Prize. She has performed at the Sydney Opera house, Splendour in the Grass, Queensland Poetry festival, Women of the World Festival and toured the country sharing stories of love and courage. Anisa is also the co-founder of the arts collective Voices of Colour which creates spaces for migrant, refugee and first nations artists to share their work.
Writer Dave Lowe will present to the Year 10 cohort and conduct some small group workshops with nominated Middle school students! Dave is a Brisbane-based writer of eleven acclaimed books aimed at children 7 – 11 years old, and four plays. In 2019 and 2020, alongside writing new middle grade fiction, Dave has adapted Andy Griffiths’ Aussie classic The Day My Bum Went Psycho for the stage – it had a sell-out run – as well as adaptations of My Hamster is a Genius, My Hamster is a Pirate, and, for 2021, an original play, Goldilocks, all with Brisbane Arts Theatre. Most recently, he’s written Café, an episode of the hit TV show, Bluey.
Commencing in Term 2 and continuing throughout the year, boys will be given the opportunity to support Year Level Friendship Group, and soon students will hear form their Formation leader to provide the details of how they might get involved. Mr McCrohon strongly encourages your son to take the opportunity to be a part of the support of his Friendship Group. Further to that point, the entire ATC community is invited to support our Friendship Groups where possible. A list of these groups can be found on the College App.
As part of the ANZAC Day Service and Shell Green Cricket Game at Brookfield Showgrounds, volunteers from Years 9 – 11 are sought to assist with duties surrounding the service and cricket match. Please register your son’s participation on the link below. A maximum of 15 volunteers are required for the day and further details will be provided closer to the date to those registered. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
As young men of courage, all ATC students are called to be signs of faith for their community. We encourage boys from all year levels to get involved with the Service Program and share their stories about their activities by sending them to the Signum Fidei email address. We are keen to gather a collection of stories of your acts of service out and about in the community. Take a photo, write a few words describing the activity and the impact on those involved and send it in. It’s through this giving of ourselves and Service to others that we truly action the words of Jesus.If you have any queries about the Service Program please contact Mr Andrew McCrohon, Service Program Coordinator.
As part of our ongoing cooperative partnership of between the College, students, families and local residents Mr Finn has reminded the Year 11 and Year 12 students about our Guidelines for Students Driving to School. We invite your support by discussing the Guidelines with your son including the strong recommendation not to park on Boundary Road via Kate Street beginning Term Two due to the large volume of traffic and safety concerns. The Guidelines are available to view on the College App.
Rugby Union season will commence in Week 1 of Term 2, with training as per the Term 2 Sport Training Timetable on the College App. There will be fixtures/training on the first Saturday for all players so can you please ensure players have the appropriate playing and protective equipment. Each weekend’s fixtures will be put on the App on Wednesday night, and alterations made and communicated if/when they occur.
Football team lists and the schedule for fixtures against Gregory Terrace tomorrow, Saturday 17 April are available on the College App now. As mentioned yesterday, we would love it if your son could play a 2nd game should there be some gaps with some teams. If you are unavailable for the games this Saturday, firstname.lastname@example.org
Queensland Volleyball School Cup Trials for Year 9 & 10 are on this Thursday April 22, in the Saint Francis Xavier Centre at 6:30am – 8:00am. ALL Year 9 & 10 Volleyballers are welcome to trial if they would like, however only three teams will be selected for the tournament. No registration is required to trial, students simply need to be at Saint Francis Xavier Centre by 6:25am on Thursday April 22. Full details are on the College App.
Please find Sport Training Timetable for Term 2 Sports, commencing Tuesday 20 April (Term 2, Week 1) on the College App along with the Strength and Conditioning Timetable for Term 2. PLEASE NOTE -there will be NO Training on Monday 19 April.
All Brass Ensemble members are required at rehearsals Tuesday morning from 7am in the Chapel. Please ensure you have read the details of the ANZAC Day liturgies in the letter available on the College App.
Please join us on Tuesday evening 20 April (first day of Term 2) at 6.30pm in Mt Sion Staff room in the Junior School precinct for our P&F Meeting with Mr Benjamin Prain, P&F President and Mr Chris Ryan, College Principal. All are welcome. For contact tracing purposes, please RSVP your attendance to Mrs Katey Daley, email@example.com
Update Contact Details
Have you moved house, got a new mobile number or changed email addresses? Parents and caregivers are reminded to update their contact details and their son’s medical details in Parent Lounge over the holidays. Why? These details are used in the case of emergency and for all email and telephone communication, so it is imperative that they are kept up to date. Login to your Parent Lounge account and check your registered email addresses, residential address, mobile numbers and your son’s medical details before Term 2 begins on Tuesday 20 April 2021.
Both Paddy’s Place and the Bakehouse will be open on the first day of term, Tuesday 20 April with a new menu. Go to Flexischools to check it out and make your order!
Please note that College Reception be open Monday 19 April from 7:30am to 5pm. This is the Pupil Free Day and Parent Teacher Student Feedback Meetings Day. On Tuesday 20 April – Term 2, Day 1 for all students, the College Reception is open each day from 7:30am to 5pm.
Remember to follow our Facebook Page for more stories of ATC and keep an eye on the College App for more important Term 2 information. See you Tuesday for Day 1 Term 2!