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Coming Up for Week 5

ATC hosts some stunning events, and this morning was another such occasion with the P&F Mothers’ Day breakfast. Large numbers, 457 breakfasts served and 150 coffees ensured it was another significant community building and friend-raising time. The boys helped serve breakfast, spent time with their mothers as well as finding time for playing handball and eating!

It was great to see our mothers taking some time out to relax, marking the start of their special weekend. Thank you to Martin Bradshaw our P&F President and his large band of volunteers who prepped, cooked and served up 457 breakfasts and barista’d 150 coffees! A job well done and much appreciated by our mums.

ATC continues to provide a diverse range of activities for all students and families. The ‘Upcoming’ list below for the next two weeks highlights this range. I continue to encourage families to be involved in the #AmbrosetreacyLife as it’s an important component of developing a strong sense of belonging, contributing to healthy individuals and communities. The activities range from Masses and Retreats to co-curricular activities, from Parent Education evenings to Service opportunities. Please take time to read and add relevant events to your calendar. As always, these events are posted to the College app with reminders. Check the app regularly and manage your subscriptions to ensure you don’t miss an event.


Today – Year 7 Retreat
Saturday 13 May – QCIS Cross Country – Final QCIS Team Run and Breakfast 6.30am
Saturday 13 May – Brigidine/ATC Showcase Spectacular
Monday 15 May – Full Formal Uniform for all students (Years 4-10)
Monday 15 May – Year 7 Immunisation
Tuesday 16 May – QCIS Cross Country, Warwick
Tuesday 16 May – Year 5 Public Speaking & Year 6 Debating
Wednesday 17 May – College Formal Photo day
Wednesday 17 May – QDU Debating
Thursday 18 May – Vocal Guitar and Piano Concert in Chapel
Thursday 18 May – Year 5 St Helena Island excursion
Thursday 18 May – ATC Sport Education Breakfast postponed
Thursday 18 May – Year 10 Geography Excursion
Friday 19 May – Year 5 Retreat
Saturday 20 May – ATC Jazz Orchestra performing at Brisbane Big Band Festival
Monday 22 May – Final Japan tour information evening for all Parents and Tour members
Tuesday 23 May – QYMA Chamber Choir
Tuesday 23 May – Da Vinci Decathlon Years 9 & 10
Tuesday 23 May – Dr Ian Hunter’s Parent forum 18.30
Wednesday 24 May – Da Vinci Decathlon Years 5 & 6
Thursday 25 May – Da Vinci Decathlon Years 7 & 8
Thursday 25 May – Meals on Wheels Client Visit (Year 5)
Thursday 25 May – Tour Morning
Thursday 25 May – Year 7, 2018 Formation Evening
Friday 26 May – House Lunch
Friday 26 May – Year 6 Mass 9.15am
Saturday 27 May – Community Mass 5.30pm
Sunday 28 May – Red Shield Appeal

QCIS Cross Country – Run and Breakfast Saturday 13 May
The QCIS Cross Country team will have a final run from ATC this Saturday, departing at 6.30am followed by a swim and light breakfast. For further details please email LIsa Mortlock, Sports Administration Officer.

How to wear your badges correctly.

Winter Uniform
Students are required to wear their full formal uniform including suitcoat, tie and College badges from Monday 15 May. The winter uniform is to be worn from Mothers’ Day to Fathers’ Day each year. The badges are viewed as part of the formal uniform. To promote the pillars of Learning, Leadership and Service the students are provided with a specific badge at the start of each ‘School’ ie Year 4, 7 and 9. The Junior School students receive a ‘Book’ badge, the Middle School students a ‘Cross’ badge and the Senior students, a ‘Star’ badge. The College Crest should be worn on the right lapel with the additional badges on the left lapel. These should not be worn on the College tie. Replacement badges can be purchased from Student Reception for $5.00

Formal Photos

Formal photos, Year 10 Leaders, Year 7, 8 and 9 Student Representative Councils and Co-curricular Music groups are scheduled for Wednesday 17 May. The School photo pack is included in your fees so you do not need to place orders, fill out forms or pay money for the formal photo pack.

All students are to wear their formal uniform including suit coat and tie with polished shoes and a neat haircut. All boys in Co-curricular Music photos are to also bring their WHITE performance shirt.

Sibling Photos
If you have more than one son at ATC you can order a sibling photo. Sibling Photos must be ordered online before Monday 15 May. If you would like your sons to have a sibling photo, please place one order for the Sibling Pack using the eldest student’s details by clicking here and ENTER ORDER CODE: ATC17

Music Photos
All Co-curricular Music groups will have their photo taken on 17 May: Junior Band, Concert Band, ATC Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, ATC Senior Singers, Junior Choir, ATC Chamber Choir, ATC Jazz Orchestra, ATC Handbell Ensemble 1, Big Band, ATC Handbell Ensemble 2’ Jazz Ensemble, ATC Handbell Ensemble 3, Guitar Ensemble, Senior Flute Ensemble, Junior Flute Ensemble, Senior Clarinet Ensemble, Junior Clarinet Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Hot Brass Squad, Taiko Drumming, Saxophone Ensemble, Liturgy Band. Please remember to bring your white PERFORMANCE SHIRT for these music photos.

Important for Year 5 & 6
PLEASE NOTE: Years 5 and 6 Class Photos will be taken on Friday 26 May 11.00am to 12.30pm as well as any sibling photos that have Year 5 and 6 students in them due to the commitments of these year levels outside the college on 17 May.

St Mark’s Celebration Day – 5 Bodkin & 5 Nolan
As part of our Friendship Groups at ATC, 5 Nolan and 5 Bodkin will be visiting St. Marks Primary School at Inala on Friday 12 May to help celebrate St. Mark’s Feast Day. Students will depart ATC at 9.15am and arrive back at school by 1.15pm. Boys are to wear their sports uniform, school hat and bring a water bottle. Students will be provided with lunch on the day. We know that the day will be an enjoyable and positive experience for our ATC boys as well as the students from St Marks. We look forward to the St Mark’s celebrations and if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to email Gwenda Burton.

Year 7 Immunisations
A reminder that the immunisation team will be here on Monday 15 May 2017 for the Year 7 HPV2 vaccination. The immunisations will be conducted by a team of specially trained registered nurses. Only students who have returned the forms will be immunised. Please ensure your son has breakfast on the day of the vaccinations and discuss the importance of staying calm during the vaccination process. For any enquiries regarding the vaccinations please contact the Brisbane City Council Call Centre and ask for Immunisation Services – 3403 8888.

Year 5 St Helena Excursion
This term Year 5 students will be travelling to St. Helena Island on Thursday 18 May. Students are asked to arrive at 7.45am, wear their PE uniform and College Hat. It is important students bring lunch, 2 filled drink bottles, sunscreen in a small backpack. Please refer to Brett Cashmere’s letter on the App.

Year 5 Retreat
Year 5 Students will travel to Rocks Riverside Park next Friday 19 May 2017 for their Year 5 Retreat. The purpose of the Retreat is to provide an opportunity for the boys to gain a greater understanding of the story of Ambrose Treacy College and what makes this school such a wonderful community to be a part of. Students should wear their PE Uniform and bring a pen/pencil, Clipboard, Hat, Sunscreen, Water Bottle, Morning Tea. A sausage sizzle will be provided for lunch. Please refer to Matt Warr’s letter on the App.

Dr Ian Hunter Parent Evening
ATC invites parents to attend an evening with Dr Ian Hunter from Write That Essay on Tuesday 23 May from 6.30 pm as part of our ongoing commitment to improving outcomes for boys. Ian has worked extensively to improve outcomes for boys across countries, including in New Zealand, Singapore and America. The evening will run in seminar format, in groups, so there will be a cap on numbers. The evening is suitable for all parents, regardless of the grade your son is in. Research has shown that proficiency in writing is critical to student outcomes and opportunities. Parents play an important role both in modelling literacies, as well as in partnering with teachers, in having learning conversations with students. RSVP will be via Flexischools to book your seat. There are limited spaces so be quick.

Year 6 Mass
The celebration of Mass is a means to bring the community together, listen to scripture, give thanks and be united in Holy Communion. We would like to warmly invite you to attend our Year 6 Mass on Friday 26 May 2017 at 9.15am in The Chapel of St Joseph. Year 6 students are expected to wear their full formal uniform to the mass. There will be a shared Morning Tea for parents afterwards. If all attending parents could please bring a plate, a wonderful sense of community can be established. Further information is on the College App.

Term 2 Activities and Clubs
At ATC we view it being important for students to be involved in the ‘life’ of the College. Hence a diverse range of sporting, cultural, activities and clubs are offered to provide as many opportunities as possible for each student to be involved. The Activities and Club program is in full swing and includes the activities below. The full timetable can be downloaded via the link below.

House Lunch
The next House Lunch will be held on Friday 26 May. A BBQ lunch will be provided to all students on this day.

Red Shield Door Knock Appeal
In keeping with the EREA touchstones, we recognise that we are part of a global community seeking justice and peace for all. This year we will conduct a Door Knock for the Red Shield Appeal which will take place on Sunday 28th May, 2017. We need teams of volunteers to collect on the morning of, requiring between 2-3 hours of commitment from your son, registration commencing at the College at 8.30am. Students are to wear their formal uniform including suit coat and tie. Please refer to the APP for further details and online registration. Bernard Wong’s letter can be downloaded via the link below.

Tuckshop News
Check out our new HOT ‘Daily Specials’ available from THE BAKEHOUSE including baked Potatoes, Chicken Korma Curry, Burrito with Mexican Beef & Beans and Mexican Beef & Beans – can be added to Nachos. These menu items are only available to students in years 8, 9 & 10. The Junior School tuckshop needs help on Tuesday 23 May and Wednesday 24 May. The Middle/Senior School tuckshop needs help every Friday and Wednesday 31 May. Please email Danielle Milne:

Student Travel Rebates – Semester 1, 2017
If you live outside the Brisbane City Council boundary or your son has a verified disability that requires transport assistance to and from school, please visit the School Transport for assistance by 31 May 2017.

Japan Tour Final Information Evening
All parents and tour members are to attend this final meeting in the Japanese Classroom on Monday 22 May at 6.30pm. If you have questions or cannot attend you must contact

Annual Boys’ Day AFL
The Annual Boys’ Day Out for AFL LIONS vs WESTERN BULLDOGS match is on Saturday 5 August. This is an event for all family members (dads, mums, sons, daughters and grandparents). Closing date Friday, 30 June so please book your tickets by clicking here. Any questions, please email Scott Kiel-Chisholm.

Calendar Changes
Sport Education Breakfast was being held on 18 May, NOW POSTPONED

I hope all our mothers have a fantastic Sunday with the people they love.

David Gardiner, Deputy Principal