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Coming Up for Week 6

In a world which contains so many examples of ‘the haves’ and the ‘have nots,’ our Year 9 cohort gathered today for their annual Mass and were challenged to look outside their inner sanctum for those who need their support. As Matthew’s Gospel tells us, it is easy to pretend the sick, the poor and the desperate do not exist, but we are called as members of a Catholic Community to show compassion to all. The boys will get an opportunity to put these lessons into practise during their Term 3 retreat when we visit some of the most marginalised and forgotten members of Brisbane.

Year 5 visit to St Helena Island
Yesterday, students from Year 5 visited St Helena Island as part of their Humanities and English topics. The aim of the activity was to analyse what life was like for the prisoners of St Helena and understand the reasons for the establishment of St Helena. The boys enjoyed participating in a variety of activities and taking in the stunning views of the national park.

National Reconciliation Week
Reconciliation Week allows us to come together as community to celebrate the efforts we are making towards reconciliation and closing the gaps between life expectancy and access to education between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Reconciliation is something that we aspire to achieve every day at ATC through genuine effort inspired and lead by our schools Reconciliation Action Plan. This document allows us to stay aligned to our purpose and is visited on a regular basis. We are growing in this space with the addition of the Clontarf program. The program is aimed to help improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so, equips them to participate more meaningfully in society. Although the program is aimed at helping the young indigenous men in our community, we also look to share culture and promote coming together. Whether that be from teaching cultural dance and art, to reading dreamtime stories to the Montessori students or even running sports competitions or playing games of table tennis together, ATC is committed to genuine reconciliation at the micro and macro level, and we look forward to celebrating that this Reconciliation Week.

Formal Photo Day
Please note that formal photos will be taken on Thursday 27 May. It is important that students are in attendance on that day and their hair, grooming and uniform are immaculate. This is the only day that formal photos will be taken for Yearbook purposes and for families to purchase.

Online ordering codes are now activated and parents/carers who would like to start placing orders are now welcome to. All photos are to be ordered online via the Studio Kirby website ( by Friday 11 June. Any orders placed after midnight Friday 11 June will incur an $18 late fee. Mark your calendar and make the haircut appointment before Thursday if needed please.

Year 10 Meningococcal ACWY Vaccination
All Year 10 students have been given a Consent Form for free vaccination against Meningococcal ACWY today. Please complete this form and return it to Senior School Reception by Tuesday 1 June. If you do not wish your son to be vaccinated please note this on the form.

Principal’s Message

In his blog on Monday, Chris shared exciting details around the EREA Principal’s Conference being held in Brisbane this week and the special way in which our students are going to be involved. There is also an enrolments update and a reminder to make contact with Mrs Donaldson regarding applications for younger siblings. CLICK HERE to read ‘Giving Students a Voice in Educational Change’.

Week 6 is on the horizon so let’s see what else is coming up:


Saturday 22 May | Brisbane Careers Expo
Saturday 22 May | Term 2 Community Mass
Monday 24 May to Friday 28 May | Wind Bands Workshop week
Wednesday 26 May | Junior School Signum Fidei breakfast
Wednesday 26 May | ATC Debating
Thursday 27 May | ATC Formal Photo Day
Thursday 27 May | Middle School Signum Fidei breakfast
Thursday 27 May | Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
Thursday 27 May | Start of National Reconciliation Week
Friday 28 May | Senior School Signum Fidei Breakfast
Friday 28 May | Years 10-12 Ulster House Mass
Friday 28 May to Sunday 30 May | QLD Volleyball Schools Cup (Years 9-10)

Learning News

This Week’s Learning Blog

This year at Ambrose Treacy we have been taking a closer look at the forms of teacher learning that supports student learning: How do our teachers learn best? Lisa Holohan, Assistant Dean of Learning – Teacher Growth and Development revealed in her blog the exciting experiences teachers are engaging with in 2021. CLICK HERE to read Lisa’s article.

Brisbane Careers Expo

The Brisbane Careers Expo is being held this Saturday 22 May 9am-4pm at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Students can explore stalls from Leading universities; TAFE; Training & Course Providers; the Defence Force; and Apprenticeship providers. Expo details can be found via their website and you can register by CLICKING HERE.

Year 4 Day of the Infamous

On Monday, 31 May Year 4 students will be presenting interactive displays on a convict they have researched in class as part of our Humanities studies. Each display will include a biography, timeline and evaluation of their chosen convict. As part of their homework, students will also prepare items for their display. The aims of the activity are to develop a deeper understanding of the experiences of convicts on the First Fleet and for the boys to use their IT skills to research and present their work. See the College App for the full schedule and dress up requirements.

Transport Financial Assistance

If your child has a verified disability that requires transport assistance to and from school, you can apply for financial assistance from the Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme (NSSTAS).  To see if you qualify to receive help with the cost of transport, visit and apply by Monday 31 May 2021. Late applications cannot be accepted after that date.

Faith & Mission News

Community Mass

ATC Senior Singers are leading the singing at the Community Mass this Saturday May 22nd at 5.30pm. Singers are reminded to please wear smart casual and arrive at the Chapel at 4:45pm for rehearsal. All families and friends of the ATC Community are welcome to attend Mass.

Ulster Mass

The Ulster House Mass will be celebrated Friday 28 May in the Chapel of St Joseph at 8:30am. Students are expected to wear their full formal uniform, including suitcoat and tie, and meet their homeroom teacher in the Chapel at 8:25am to mark the roll prior to the commencement of Mass. We look forward to this opportunity to gather for mass with the Ulster community.


Yellow Brick Road
Service comes in many forms. From the macro-service of providing meals and bedding for those sleeping rough, to the micro-service of holding a door open for someone; our ATC students know that it all counts. To help build these skills our Junior School students are invited to take on the Yellow Brick Road. The 4-week yellow brick road will provide students with weekly tasks that they can complete at home and in their neighbourhood. This collection of small, yet meaningful tasks will provide students with opportunities to continue to develop their sense of Service, something that we hold so dear at Ambrose Treacy College. Click on the video link below to hear more from Mr McCrohon. View the flyer on the link for further details. Follow the yellow brick road, share your stories and pictures with us at and log your 10 hours!

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
We are hosting Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday 27 May at First Break 10:20-10:50am as a fundraiser and all students can support this initiative by bringing money to buy morning tea items. An assortment of sweet and savoury goodies will be on offer (with gluten free options available too). Prices of items will range from $1-$5. The Year 10 Hospitality students are working towards meeting customer service requirements for their Certificate I in Hospitality. To gain this experience, they will be baking and hosting Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to raise funds for the Cancer Council to sell at the Hospitality kitchen near SFXC in the Senior School. Please follow signs and line up appropriately when coming to the event. Students can pay using their ID Card or coins. Please ensure there is sufficient funds in their ATC Shop account.

Red Shield Appeal
Year 10 students are invited to volunteer as collectors for The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May. Please CLICK HERE for further information and how to register. It is important to note that each volunteer is required to complete the Salvation Army Event Volunteering Agreement form, which is available on the College App (Year 10 tag). This must be submitted prior to students being allocated to the roster. Please contact Mr Andrew McCrohon if you have any questions.

Donations Needed
As the temperature drops our minds go to those in our community sleeping rough. It is in these times the Ambrose Treacy College community is called to help those in need. Donations of pillows, sleeping bags, blankets, warm socks, beanies and warm clothing are required to help the homeless and vulnerable through the cold winter months. Please bring your contributions to the Faith and Mission Office in the Edmund Rice Building and we will distribute to local organisations. If you have any queries please contact Mr McCrohon, Service Program Coordinator

Formation News

Signum Fidei Recipients.

This week our community celebrates our Term Two Signum Fidei award recipients at the respective Signum Fidei breakfasts. We recognise and celebrate these students contributions to the three College Touchstones of Service, Learning and Leadership. We look forward to welcoming the recipients and their families back to the College. A reminder that invitations have been sent to families.
Years 4-6: Junior School Invitation on 26 May 7:30am – 8:15am – Westcourt Deck
Years 7-9: Middle School Invitation on 27 May 7:30am – 8:15am – Westcourt Deck
Years 10-12: Senior School Invitation on 28 May 7:30am – 8:15am – Westcourt Deck 

Year 11 Leadership Retreat

An essential part of the leadership journey for our 2022 College seniors is the Leadership Retreat from Wednesday 14 July to Friday 16 July. The retreat is a 3-day, 2-night event to be held at Camp Laurence at Moogerah Dam. The 2022 Leadership Team will cook a Brotherhood breakfast from 7:30am. Following this, students will be transported to the venue. Students are expected to return by 4:30pm on Friday afternoon. The retreat is very different to a normal ‘camp experience.’ There will be limited time for boys to participate in traditional outdoor educational learning as topics covered will invite boys to reflect on their schooling, leadership, connection and cohort goals. Boys will sleep in cabins for the 2 evenings. The retreat will serve as an opportunity to further strengthen the strong sense of community that is evident in the group. All details are on the College App.

Senior Jersey

It has been wonderful to see our Year 11 students actively participating in the Formation Curriculum actively participating in various leadership initiatives.  As now set our sights to the future in preparation for their leadership of the College community commencing in Term 4 2021 and concluding at the end of Term 3 2022.   With their final year approaching, it is time for the students to mark the occasion by ordering their Senior Jersey for 2022. The College has worked closely with the manufacturer Canterbury to produce a quality product whilst maintaining a reasonable cost. Students will vote on the final design later this term. Please login to Parent Lounge to purchase.

Sport News

Winter Swimming Training

The ATC pool is like a warm thermal bath on these chilly mornings so there is no reason for missing out on a winter swim session. Our pool is heated and operating all year round for Adult Squads, Learn to Swim classes and all levels of coaching continue during Terms 2 and 3. With smaller numbers at the pool, it is a great opportunity to work on your winter fitness and swimming technique under the guidance of our experienced coaches. For more information please go to our website.

Music News

It’s been a busy few weeks in the Music Department with performances by the Clarinet Ensemble A and the Hot Brass Squad at The Brookfield Show, and performances by the Flute Ensemble and Clarinet Ensemble at this Saturday night’s EREA Principal’s Conference dinner at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Thank you to all the students, parents and teachers who have given their time in support of these wonderful performance opportunities!

On Sunday we commence the first of 22 recordings for this year’s Queensland Catholic Colleges’ Music Festival (QCMF).  All Jazz Bands, Hot Brass Squad and Guitar Ensembles members are required for these recordings and the schedule and details are available on the College App or please visit the Co-curricular Music Office.

Choral Update

ATC Senior Singers are leading the singing at the Community Mass this Saturday May 22nd at 5.30pm. Singers are reminded to please wear smart casual and arrive at the Chapel at 4:45pm for rehearsal. Mass should conclude by 6.30pm. ATC Voices will also be recording during this week’s rehearsal time. Singers are reminded to please wear full performance uniform and meet at W201 promptly at 3.15pm.

Purchase of reeds

Parents can now purchase reeds on behalf of their sons via the ATC Shop. Alternatively, if boys have money on their ATC Shop account or hold a credit card, they can login themselves and complete the purchase. An email will be sent to the Music Department following the purchase, and reeds can then be collected from the Music Office.

Clubs News


Round 3 of Year 6 Debating is on Tuesday 1 June at St Laurence’s College from 6:30pm til 7:30pm. Families can park on Savio Oval (near the sports centre), enter via Stephens Road. The topic is: Zoos should be banned. The team lists are on the App. If you son is not available, please email Mr Lawrie Gordon immediately.

ATC Shop and Tuckshop

Due to an update from our payment facility, the ATCShop was unable to process credit card transactions between 10am and 4pm today. In order to utilize the updated credit card payment facility in the ATC Shop, parents will be required to re-enter credit card details and reconfigure automatic top-ups. We apologise for this inconvenience and ask that you login to your ATC Shop account and re-enter your details. See the College App for instructions on how to setup an automatic top-up. If you have any queries please click here to contact the IT Service Desk.

Thank you to all parents and caregivers who have set up their ATC Shop account.  If you want your son to purchase food at either Paddy’s Place or the Bakehouse for breakfast, morning tea or lunch you will need to set up an account in the ATC shop and load funds on to his account. This account is also used to purchase bus tickets, IT replacement items and school badges.  All students will have to have funds available on their account to make any purchases at the tuckshops. Please see the College App for details about these changes and how to set up your account. Pre-ordering is no longer available for Paddy’s Place and the Bakehouse and the tuckshops are now self-service. The tuckshops will continue to offer the same range of healthy and nutritious meals, sandwiches/wraps/salads and snacks for students, including daily specials prepared by our on-site chef.

P&F News

Rugby Family Night Out

Ticket sales close in five days! Get yours before Wednesday 26 May and come along and support the P&F Family Night Out at the Queensland Reds on Friday 4 June when they take on the Auckland Blues in their final Home Game in the TRANS TASMAN Rugby Competition. Get together with other families for pizza and drinks on the Mt Sion Deck in the Junior School at 5.30pm, and then we head off to Suncorp Stadium on the train from Indooroopilly at 6.30pm. Tickets are available via Parent Lounge until 4pm Wednesday 26 May. Strictly NO late ticket sales are possible. Ticket Options are:
Option 2 JUNIOR TICKET (16 years and under) in the RED ZONE, PIZZA AND SOFT DRINK $22
Option 3 PIZZA and SOFT DRINK only (For existing game ticketholders) $8.00

P & F Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 1 June in Mt Sion iCentre, commencing 6.30pm

Remember to follow our Facebook Page for more stories of ATC and keep an eye on the College App for more important information. See you in Week 6!

David Gardiner