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Coming Up for Week 5

Keeping you updated following the Qld Government’s announcement of an end to lockdown on Sunday, Mr Ryan has sent a letter to all ATC families with full details of our plans for Week 5 of Term 3. Please read this important letter to help prepare for the week ahead.

Regardless of whether students engage in lessons on-site or from home during the transition phase, all teaching will occur online via TEAMs. All students in Years 4-12 are required to bring headphones to engage in learning on-site. All students in Years 4-12 and staff in attendance on site, must bring masks to school and wear them on-site as we are an integrated Years 4 to 12 campus.

There will be no co-curricular activities involving groups for the next two weeks. This includes all sport, music rehearsals, choirs and clubs. The ATC pool will be closed as well as the gym.

As per the Queensland Government’s directive, parents are asked to remain in their cars at drop off and pick up times and not come onsite unless absolutely necessary.

Advising of Student Absentees

Parents and Caregivers of students who will be absent from online learning need to advise the College each day of absence prior to 8.20am.
• call the absentee line on 38780500 by 8.20am or
• email the Absentees inbox. or
• use the ATC App by tapping on the ABSENTEE tile and log your son’s absence there. There is a new ‘reason’ in the dropdown menu which covers your son being tested or quarantining. Please provide full details of the date of his covid test and / or the mandatory quarantining period in the ‘comments box’. Unexplained student absences will be followed up by Student Reception staff.

Attendance on Site

To assist us with our planning this week, please click here and complete this survey by 3pm today, Sunday 8 August, to indicate whether or not your son will be in attendance on-site this week.

Testing and Quarantine

Information regarding testing and quarantine is to be emailed to College Administration as soon as information comes to hand. If you have not informed the College that your family is in quarantine, can you please email us as a matter of priority.

Transport

Brisbane Bus Lines and Southern Cross buses will be operating as usual from Monday 9 August. Students must wear a face mask when travelling on public transport to school.

Tuckshops

The tuckshops will be operational this week but with a limited menu on Monday.

Health Reminders

  • Parents stay in their cars at drop off/ pick up time;
  • Wear a face mask travelling to school and when onsite;
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested
  • If your son or a member of your household is being tested, please advise the College by clicking here.
  • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people;
  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water or hand sanitiser;
  • Sneeze or cough into your arm or a tissue. Then put the tissue in the bin;
  • Check the Qld Health Exposure Sites weblink regularly

LEARNING NEWS

Year 12 Assessment will continue this week and Examination times and locations will be communicated to students on Monday. Students are advised to prepare accordingly. Years 5 – 11 students are advised to work towards all due dates as per the Assessment Schedule. Subjects with assessment that contains practical elements (Eg Drama, Media Arts in Practice) will have revised due dates communicated via SEQTA.

Senior students who are unable to attend school to complete assessment due to a Queensland Health directive to quarantine are to notify the Learning Office learning@atc.qld.edu.au through the submission of the Year 10-12 Senior Illness and Misadventure Form emailed to families on Sunday.This form can also be found in SEQTA under the School Documents Section – Parent Information category.

Blog | Trends Redefining the Future of Work

Staff Blogger Ms Michelle Kath, Head of Pathways, shares her knowledge and research of what skills will be most beneficial to have in the workforce of the future. Are you interested to know what industry the younger generations are most likely to work in? Or the degree of upskilling that older generations will have to undertake? Click here to find out more.

Year 11, 2022 | Subject Selections extended to Tue 10 Aug 5pm

A reminder that the Year 11 2022 Subject Selection closing date has been extended to Tuesday 10 August at 5pm. All current Year 10 students are reminded to have their correct subject selections in web preferences done by this date; some students may need to enter their correct subject choices after their SET Plan meeting.  All remaining SET Plan Meetings will move to online meetings via TEAMs and be concluded by Tuesday. Parents will be contacted by their mentors to re-schedule meetings to online meetings.

Cancelled Excursions

Due to the current situation, these excursions for Week 5 have been cancelled:
Year 8 Wynne, Conn and Lynch Geography excursion to Palm Beach on Tuesday 10 August The Year 5 “Eureka Gold Rush Experience” excursion on Tuesday 10 August and Year 9 Geography Excursion to Boondall Wetlands and the Brisbane Botanical Gardens on Friday 13 August. The Year 12 Design Incursion, Year 7 Arts Day and Year 7 Drama Performance workshop.

FAITH & MISSION NEWS

POSTPONED Year 5 Retreat

Year 5 Retreat has been postponed and Mr Warr will convey new information when possible. The purpose of the Retreat is to provide an opportunity for the boys to gain a greater understanding of the story and values of the College, how to maintain a sustainable environment and team building and communication. It will be a fun day which engages students in the College’s story and informs them of our responsibilities as global citizens.

Ignite Conference 21: Unleash

Every year, Ignite Youth hosts one of Australia’s most powerful Catholic youth conferences with the support of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. Ignite Conference draws together a network of high schoolers, young adults, ministry leaders, families, teachers, priests, and religious form around the country, sending them out with a passion for authentic faith in Jesus and a mission to make a difference in the world. In the past few years, several ATC boys have attended this conference and have walked away feeling transformed by their experience in encountering their faith. Ignite Conference is on between the 22 to 25 September . For more information and registration, CLICK HERE for their website.

SERVICE NEWS

Indro to India

A journey in your backyard – Indro to India Challenge • During the winter months it’s an opportune time to pause and reflect on difficulties faced by people sleeping on the streets. Whether that’s people here in Brisbane or around the world, homelessness doesnt discriminate and there are people from all walks of life doing it tough right now. #ATCgentlemen have always built relationships with the poor and marginalised through our Service initiatives and this month, students in the Middle School are called to show empathy and compassion by taking part in the Indro to India sleep out. By sleeping rough for a night, you show a solidarity with those who do not have a warm bed to sleep in or enough food to eat. After registering on the link on the ATC App, students can spend a night sleeping in their own backyard in a tent or swag. They will be required to eat dinner outside, go to bed, and have breakfast outside, and will not be allowed the use of their phone. This Service initiative is open to all year levels. Upon completion of the task, students can log 5 Service Hours with their Homeroom teacher. Please send any photos of your sleepout to signumfidei@atc.qld.edu.au

In addition to completing the sleeping challenge, students are to donate $5 (sealed in a named envelope and delivered to the Faith and Mission office) which will go towards assisting the St Vincent De Paul Society, which provide wonderful support services for those sleeping rough.

Upon completion of the tasks, students can log 5 Service Hours with their Homeroom teacher. Please send any photos through to signumfidei@atc.qld.edu.au

Yellow Brick Road

It’s the time to look out for, and take care of each other so Mr McCrohon has designed the perfect way for Junior School boys to do this: just follow the Yellow Brick Road! This Service activity is a 4-week plan that focuses on small acts of kindness that students can complete in and around the home. There’s household job and chores like making your bed, doing the dishes or taking out the bins. Why not cook dinner for your family? In times such as these, acts of kindness and service are more important than ever. Please snap a photo of your sons completing the activities and send them to: signumfidei@atc.qld.edu.au so we can share the good news with our community and log your service hours! Let’s LEAD through our SERVICE!

FORMATION NEWS

Shaping their Future

Michael Stewart shares wisdom gathered over years of working in boys schools and witnessing how a sense of belonging and healthy relationships can impact on learning outcomes and mental health. During this time of great uncertainty, it is comforting to read an insightful article on how boys benefit from being connected to their community. CLICK TO READ.

POSTPONED Year 11 RYDA Program

The workshop for Year 11s scheduled for Tuesday 10 August in conjunction with RYDA has been postponed. This workshops is valuable and provides our students with the tools and understanding to see themselves as active, responsible road citizens; motivating them to create good habits and stay safe on the roads. We will advise the new date as soon as possible.

RESCHEDULED Year 11 SociABLE Friday 22 October

As you are aware from our recent correspondence, the Year 11 SociABLE scheduled for Tuesday 10 August, has unfortunately been postponed. We have been able to secure an alternative date in collaboration with The Greek Club for Friday 22 October [Week 3 of Term 4]. Whilst we are hopeful that this important occasion will proceed, we will be guided closer to the time by any Government health directives. We will share further details with you towards the end of Term 3. Please communicate this information to your son and anyone who is subsequently impacted. If you have any further enquiries please contact Ms Liza Peapell in the Formation Office.

POSTPONED Year 5 and 6 Formation lessons

As part of our Formation program for 2021, students in Years 5 and 6 will explore the topic Sexual Self in Term 3. Due to the current lockdown, these lessons will be held later in August. To assist in the delivery of this topic, the College is extremely fortunate to acquire the services of Let’s Chat Education which will deliver much of the content. It is important that children are given accurate, reliable and appropriate information and skills in a supportive environment, and the home is one of the best places for this education to occur.  However, support from the school environment also is important. For further information regarding the programs being offered, please see the ATC App and CLICK HERE to watch the Let’s Chat Parent information video.

Mental Health Parent Information Evening

ATC welcomes parents to an engaging and empowering parent evening on Thursday 19 August at 6.30pm in the NJ Hall.  Parenting can be considered one of the toughest jobs going and every parent wants to do the best they can for their children. Ambrose Treacy College wants to give a voice to the ‘elephant in the room’. Please join our community event around smashing the stigma about mental health. Batyr is a purpose organisation that focuses on preventative education in the area of youth mental health.  

CO-CURRICULAR NEWS

All Sport, Music rehearsals, Choir, Clubs and Activities are cancelled for Week 5. The pool and gym are both closed. In addition, events that were schedule to happen externally such as debating, choir performance and E-Sports have been cancelled or postponed.

Sport

Online fitness and strength training sessions are offered daily through the ATC Moves@Home program with Mr Wellington’s expert advice shared on the App at 7am. The workouts that are suitable for all age groups and fitness levels, and will include supporting videos and tips. Stay active!

Music

Mr Bolt and our music teachers are keeping in touch with parents directly regarding Private music lessons for Weeks 5 and 6. Music lessons may be delivered face to face or online. Please communicate directly with the Music Department or your Tutor regarding any queries.There are no band rehearsals or choir practice this week.

One of the major events of the year – the Queensland Catholic Schools Music Festival – has also been impacted by the restrictions. QCMF will not be live-streamed as had been planned. Each section of the festival will be rendered into videos that will be premiered on the QCMF YouTube channel. Once we are provided with the links for each section, we will distribute the appropriate link to the families involved with each respective ensemble performance.

Clubs

There are no clubs operating for the next 14 days and this includes Homework Club. As restrictions ease, the community will be informed of the recommencement of both internal and external clubs.

P & F NEWS

SAVE THE DATE P&F Spring Lunch

Come and celebrate with friends and meet new ones at the ATC P&F Spring Lunch on Friday 15 October. Enjoy a fancy high tea and a glass of Prosecco or Non-Alcoholic Prosecco on arrival plus unlimited tea coffee for 2 hours. The day runs from 11.30am to 2.30pm and is being held at the Matriarch, 22 Masters Street Newstead, a historic Newstead warehouse turned exquisite 19th century French style bar. Cost: $60 ($5 of this goes to Breast Cancer research and a charity of our guest speaker’s choice). Seats are limited to 100 only so keep an eye out for more details coming out on the ATC App. Dress code is a splash of PINK in conjunction with the ATC Breast Cancer Fundraising Day. 

Updates from Mr Ryan are provided via email from ATC Communications directly to your inbox. Please make sure you have provided the college with your current email address. If you need to update your details, log in to Parent Lounge. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those families who have been impacted by the current restrictions. Stay safe.

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal