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Coming Up for Week 3

The College was awash with pink today as we showed our support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The aim is for the students to have some fun but more importantly to focus on this insidious condition that affects women but, importantly for our boys to understand, can also affect men. On this day especially, we stand in solidarity with all families within our community who have been affected by breast cancer. Funds donated today will be provided to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for research.

Week 2 has seen a wonderful celebration of The ARTs at ATC. We highly value the artists, makers, musicians, creators, actors and designers within our community and the benefits our programs bring for the holistic growth of the young men at ATC. The ARTery exhibition on Tuesday evening was a fantastic coming together of so many aspects of our community. It was uplifting to see so many families able to attend the event. They were amazed with the thousands of artworks made by the ATC students to an array of talented art pieces, the naming of the award winners, entertained by the Hip Hop dance group and the Guitar ensemble, and were feed very tasty food prepared and served by the Year 11 Hospitality students. The division winners of ATC’s Got Talent were presented at College Assembly this week and the audience was entertained by the Senio Band playing two pieces. The bonus of being a Year 4 to 12 College was front and centre as the year 4 boys, who were seated directly in front of the band, were fixated on the Year 12s throughout the performances. ARTS week also has included Media Arts videos online, Drama productions online, lunchtime activities and competitions, and is rounded out with a Choral Concert and three Jazz Showcase concerts tonight and Saturday evening. The Choirs – like many of our Cultural groups – performed live with an audience for the first time in two years. The joy on everyone’s faces – mixed with a bit of nervousness – was a delight to see. Even without the opportunity to sing on stage for that period of time, the level of performance has certainly increased from what was already an extremely high standard.

World Teachers’ Day

World Teachers’ Day in Queensland will be celebrated officially on Friday 29 October. As this week’s Assembly was the final whole College Assembly for the year, – the Year 12s begin External Exams next week – we took the opportunity to acknowledge some special long serving staff. Again, this year has been a challenging and changing landscape due to COVID and our staff have shown their commitment to providing quality education, care and support to ATC students. World Teachers’ Day is an opportunity to publicly thank our teachers for the contribution they make to the future of our students. The theme this year is Say Thank You on World Teachers’ Day. As part of this theme, we would like to acknowledge and celebrate our long serving staff at ATC. These staff are:-

Ms Ellen Bray (15 Years), Mr Darren Cullen (15 Years), Ms Cath Esbensen (20 Years), Ms Robyn Gainer (10 Years), Ms Sue Goonan (10 Years), Mr Sam Hassett (10 Years), Ms Melissa Trowell (10 Years), Mr Bill Walker (15 Years), Mr Bernard Wong (10 Years).

Next week marks an important milestone of the year as the Year 12s have their final school classes on Tuesday. Please continue reading for more details of upcoming events.


Saturday 16 October | ATC’s Jazz Showcase Performance 2 and Performance 3
Tuesday 19 October | Year 12 Last Day of Classes
Tuesday 19 October | Day of Excellence (selected students), Iona College
Wednesday 20 October and Thursday 21 October | Year 12 SWOTVAC
Wednesday 20 October | Year 6 Let’s Chat
Thursday 21 October | Volleyball – Middle School QVSC
Thursday 21 October | Year 8 Retreat
Thursday 21 October | Year 5 Let’s Chat
Thursday 21 October | Orientation Evening FOR NEW FAMILIES ONLY
Friday 22 October to Sunday 24 October | QLD Volleyball Schools Cup (Years 7 & 8)
Friday 22 October | Year 12 External Exams commence
Friday 22 October | IDC Debating (Round 2)
Friday 22 October | Year 11 SociABLE, The Greek Club


Year 4 Minecraft

Year 4 students have access to “Minecraft Education” on their laptops at school. From Week 2, we will give boys an opportunity to use this application as part of their studies. In particular, they will be using it to show their understanding of erosion and how to prevent it. We are hoping to complete on average one lesson on this task per week for the remainder of the term. For both the boys (and Year 4 staff) this process will be a very useful learning tool. The boys will log-in using their school accounts. Please feel free to contact Mr Gordon if you have any queries.

Year 4 Milk Bottle Regatta

One of the highlights for the boys next term will be the annual “Year 4 Milk Bottle Raft Regatta.”  This will be held on Thursday 25 November, the last week of Term 4. Students will work in teams to construct rafts out of plastic milk bottles and race on them in the Pool. More details will be provided early next term. To prepare for this we ask that you and your son begin to collect plastic milk bottles  (1, 2 and 3L), wash them and store them in garbage bags at home.  The bottles are to be brought to school in the week beginning Monday 22 November so construction can begin in preparation for the Regatta. On average, each student should bring in 15 milk bottles and two rolls of packing tape.

Textbook Returns Year 12

A reminder to all Year 12 parents, caregivers and students that when external exams are completed, all textbooks must be returned to the Westcourt iCentre.  The last day for returns is Friday 12 November. Parents can view their son’s textbooks on loan via Parent Lounge. Go to Student Details and see Issued Textbooks. If books are not returned by the due date, parents will incur a replacement cost fee which will be charged to your Fees Statement account.  

Laptop Audits years 7-11

At the end of Term 4 students in Years 7-11 are required to return their laptops for the annual audit and maintenance of the machines. During the next few weeks, an audit will be completed during home room to identify parts that need to be ordered to complete repairs at the end of Term 4.  Damage of IT equipment (intentional or accidental) will incur a repair bill for the family. Devices are covered by Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) for a limited number of parts per claim with an excess of $70.  Once the claim limit has been exceeded, an additional repair cost will be incurred.  Please refer to the ATC Acceptable Technology Use Policy on the SEQTA Engage, Documents section for further details. Parents will be notified if a student’s laptop is identified during the initial audit as requiring a repair at the end of the year.  Year 11 - Laptops will be able to be picked up on the last day of school after handing them in for repair, once boys have completed their final exams.  Year 4 – 10 - Laptops will be returned to all students in Week 1, 2022.  


New Homerooms Senior School

As the College has continued to grow there has been a significant increase in the number of students in the Senior School.  Given this, and our ongoing commitment to excellence in pastoral care, Homeroom positive relationships there will be an additional Senior School Homeroom in each House as of 2022 bringing the total to six Homerooms per House.  The Heads of House will facilitate a process to determine the members of each new Homeroom that will consider a range of aspects including students’ ages, siblings, relationships, academic and leadership strengths and staffing. Students who are identified to benefit from this opportunity will be invited to join the new Homeroom. The students who accept the invitation will join the new Homeroom who will begin to meet toward the end of Term Four in anticipation of a continued journey together as of Term One 2022. 

The students who accept the invitation will join the new Homeroom who will begin to meet toward the end of Term Four in anticipation of a continued journey together as of Term One 2022. 

Year 4 Dance – Celebration of Excellence

A significant annual College event, ‘Celebration of Excellence’, is being held on Tuesday 16 November at Riverlife from 5.30pm. This event not only recognises outstanding excellence in learning, leadership, service and co-curricular activities, but also provides a platform to showcase our students’ talents. In 2021, the Year 4 cohort have been invited to perform a choreographed dance routine which will be taught by Michel Kabana from MnB Entertainment and overseen by Mr Grant Carlson, Junior School HPE teacher. Each Tuesday for six weeks, boys will learn their moves as part of the Physical Education Curriculum. It will be an exciting night for all Year 4 boys as they perform on stage in front of a large audience and it is expected that all Year 4 students attend for the entire evening. As the event draws closer, more details will be released on the ATC App regarding costumes, times and meeting places. I ask all Year 4 families to save Tuesday 16 November to their calendars. It will be a spectacular evening!  Should you have any queries regarding the performance, please contact Mr Michael Stewart, Head of Formation and Administration – Junior School.

Year 12 Families Gift to the College

A message from Year 12 P&F Parent Liaison, Ms Siobhan Knott for all Year 12 families. As is tradition in many schools, the Year 12 Seniors will present a gift to the College as symbol of their gratitude and for other students to benefit from into the future. This year, the Parents and Friends, in consultation with the Year 12 students, have decided the Senior gift will be a Water- Cooling system to be placed at the Senior School. There will be a plaque mounted above the system in recognition. We are grateful for any donations that the 2021 Senior families may be able to contribute towards the Water-Cooling system with estimated cost of approximately $5,600. Please login to your Parent Lounge account and proceed to the “Make a Payment” option in the Events tab. Your Parent Lounge username is your parent code. If you have queries, please contact the P&F Parent Liaison, Siobhan.


Year 8 Retreat

Due to the wet weather this week and the outdoor nature of the program involved with the Year 8 Retreat, this important day has been rescheduled to Thursday 21 October.

Year 12 Parent Information Evening

The Year 12 2022 Parent Information Evening is scheduled for Thursday 4 November at 6pm in Nudgee Junior Hall. This is an important session for all current Year 11 parents outlining what to expect for the Year 12 cohort in 2022 in Learning, Formation, and Faith and Mission. Presentations from each of the respective Deans will provide information about significant dates and milestone events in your son’s Senior Year. Information about this was sent by email on Monday 18 October. Please check your email inbox to ensure you have received and read this communication. Do not hesitate to contact Matt Warr, Dean of Faith and Mission or Helen Hicks PA Dean of Faith and Mission should you have any queries.



Please see important dates for Year 5, 6 and 7 Term 4 Debating. If you have any queries, please contact Mr Thomas Schaab. QDU (Times will be communicated by coaches at a later date)
Year 6 Venue: ATC Week 4 – Wednesday 27 October
Year 7 Venue: St Peter’s Lutheran – Week 4 – Thursday 28 October
IDC (4 students from Years 5-7) Venue: ATC Callan Classrooms – Format: ATC via Zoom. Opponent: Schools from across Oceania. Time: Start time is 3.30pm and conclusion is 6pm. Dates: Round 1 – Friday 15 October ; Round 2 – Friday 22 October; Round 3 – Friday 29 October; Round 4 – Friday 5 November .


The Athletic Development sessions are firing on all cylinders. The sessions are run on the field and/or in the gym and are all about supporting the boys achieve a healthier body and mind. It is not too late to register and this can be done in the Sports Office or by emailing Boys of all ages and abilities are welcome and encouraged to attend and the Term 4 timetable can be seen on all sport pages on the ATC app.


ATC P&F Trivia Night Sat 6 Nov 6pm

The ATC P&F Trivia Night will now be held on Saturday 6 November 2021 at 6pm in NJ Hall. We look forward to seeing you all for a fun night. If you have any queries, please email the P&F Trivia event coordinator, Suzanne Rosolen.

Please keep an eye on the ATC App for any important updates and remember to update your subscriptions for your son’s Term Four activities and sport.

Enjoy Week 3!

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal