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Coming Up for Week 6

ATC has a wonderful College uniform and it was impressive to see the young men start wearing their Formal Winter uniform this week. It is unifying to have the students across the year groups wearing the same uniform and belonging to the one strong community. The formal photos taken on Wednesday were very striking and will be available shortly. A reminder the Year 5 and 6 class photos have been postponed until next Friday 26 May.

Suddenly we have reached the end of Week 5 and that means there is only four weeks left in this semester. It is a time to ensure our boys are organised with their planners and are aware of all the assessment tasks they have over this four week period. Parents can access the Assessment calendars for each year level through ‘Documents’ in SEQTA to help their son be organised. This not only reduces stress levels but helps produce better outcomes for your sons.

Upcoming:

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
Monday 22 May – QYMA Junior Choir
Monday 22 May – Debating Championship at ATC
Tuesday 23 May – QYMA Chamber Choir
Tuesday 23 May – Da Vinci Decathlon Years 9 & 10
Tuesday 23 May – Author Visit Year 5
Tuesday 23 May – Dr Ian Hunter’s Parent Forum 6.30pm
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
Saturday 3 June – Middle & Senior School Parent Gathering

Year 5 Retreat
Due to the weather the Year 5 Retreat has been postponed from today to Friday June 2.

Brisbane Jazz Festival
On Saturday 20 May The ATC Jazz Orchestra will perform at the Brisbane Jazz Club at Kangaroo Point. Students should arrive at 11.45am in full performance uniform (long pants, white shirt, tie and suit coat). It will be a fantastic afternoon of Jazz and tickets to the event are available by clicking here.

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

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. Download the link below for full details.

Year 7, 2018 Formation Evening
The first significant stage of our Year 7 2018 Orientation process begins next Thursday 25 May. This evening is for all current Year 6 students continuing at ATC plus all the new Year 7 2018 students and their families. The evening will provide some relevant information specific to Year 7 2018 and a process working with this group of parents and the boys.

ATC and St. Kevin's Exchange Program

Year 6 Student Exchange and ATC Ambassador Program 2017
If your son would like to be involved in the Student Exchange Program with St. Kevin’s College Toorak, download the letter from Michael Stewart below for full details.and indicate your interest and consent via the online form by Wednesday 24 May.

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. Download the link below for full details.

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. The details are as follows: Tuckshop will be closed for 2nd break, student’s are to wear their usual Friday uniform, Connacht and Ulster will compete on Brothers Oval in Tug of War, Leinster and Munster move to The Gully for Tug of War. Each student will be allocated 2 sausages in bread and there will be gluten free sausages available.

Community Mass
We would like to warmly invite all families to attend our Community Mass which is being hosted this term by Year 5 & Year 7 on Saturday 27 May 2017 at 5:30pm in the Chapel of St Joseph. Download the link below for full details.

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. Download the link below for full details.

Tuckshop News
The Middle/Senior School tuckshop needs help every Friday and Wednesday 31 May. Sushi and Rice Paper rolls are off the menu at both Tuckshops for winter. They will return in term 4. Please email Danielle Milne: tuckshop@atc.qld.edu.au

Get Caught Reading
This month the Library has launch the Get Caught Reading initiative in the Middle School. You can take a photo of your son reading and share it with the Library. Photos will be displayed in at Westcourt and entries go into the draw to win goody bags. Send your photos to Westcourt Library

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.

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.

Year 10 Pathways
As part of a program to improve Year 10 students’ understanding of post school pathways, the College has undertaken (and will continue to undertake), numerous initiatives to build student awareness of career and vocational opportunities. Some of these initiatives include comprehensive career profiling (using the Harrison Navigation System), work place health and safety training, a program on the world of work in Formation classes and the choice to participate in work experience.

In addition to these initiatives, the College has organised university and TAFE visits which will take place on the following days:
• June 15 – QUT, Gardens Point (9-10.30am) and USQ, Springfield (11.30-2.30pm). Please note students will return late on this day at 3.30pm
• August 15 – UQ, St Lucia for students intending to be OP eligible and TAFE QLD, Southbank and TAFE Qld SkillsTech for students intending on a ranking or vocational pathway. Download the link below for full details.

Community Sleep Out – Year 8
The Year 8 group has been invited to a community sleep out, hosted by the Darra-Jindalee Parish youth on Saturday 24 June from 5:00pm – Sunday 25 June at 9:00am. The purpose of the evening is to create an awareness for the plight of ‘youth homelessness’ in Australia. Please note that this is a community event and not a college run event. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr Bernard Wong. Download the link below for full details.

QCEC Influenza Awareness
Please refer to the Queensland Health awareness campaign poster highlighting the value of vaccinating against influenza as well as promoting other prevention and control measures. Further resources and information can be found at: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/clinical-practice/guidelines-procedures/diseases-infection/diseases/influenza and via the link below.

David Gardiner, Deputy Principal
gardinerd@atc.qld.edu.au