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Coming Up for Week 7

Like millions across the nation, we paused yesterday to reflect. The staff and students gathered for a special Remembrance Day ceremony to commence the day. Mr Warr led the ceremony and linked Remembrance Day to the common language we use at ATC of service, gratitude, respect, compassion and hope.

The students were also asked to stop for one minute at 11am. Even though this time fell during their break time, the response from the students was excellent and extremely respectful across the ovals and playground.

With this week down, there’s only two to go and people sometimes ask are we winding down. With so much still to do this year, coupled with planning for 2022, makes this a very busy time. For our students the message is simply, finish well. We spoke at College Assembly this week about being disciplined to finish well. Uniform, grooming, punctuality, focus on work, being aware of their assessment schedule, and dedicating extra time are vital components to finish well.

This week saw the last of our Music performances. The Summer Co-curricular Music Evening and the Junior Band Breakfast Concert rounded out an amazing month of live performances. The smiles on the musicians‘’ faces told the story of how much fun it was to be able to perform on the stage. Congratulations to Mr Bolt and his amazing team for providing such a rich series of opportunities.

Rehearsals Celebration of Excellence Award Winners

Please be reminded that rehearsals for the Celebration of Excellence will be held on Monday 15 November in the NJ Hall. Please ensure that all award winners are available for rehearsals and photos, and will be wearing their full formal uniform, including suit coat and tie. Please refer to your emails regarding the times for rehearsals.

Lost Property

We have a large amount of lost property in Senior School Reception and Main College Reception, including a large number of unnamed suit coats.  Please ask your sons to check for any missing items by THURSDAY 25 NOVEMBER.  Any remaining items at the end of term will be disposed of over the holidays. We strongly advise caregivers and students to carefully label all items with your son’s name.

Staggered Start Dates 2022

Parents are asked to note in their calendars a staggered start to the 2022 school year. Years 4, 7, 10, and 12 will commence on Tuesday 25 January. On Thursday 27 January all students are to attend school.

Please read on for all the events and information for the last dash to the end of term

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday 15 November – Friday 19 November | 2022 Co-curricular Ensembles Audition Week
Monday 15 November | Celebration of Excellence Rehearsals and Photos, NJ Hall
Tuesday 16 November | Celebration of Excellence, Riverlife Church
Wednesday 17 November | Year 12 Retreat & Reflection Day
Thursday 18 November | Year 12 and ATC Staff Breakfast
Thursday 18 November | College Valedictory Assembly
Thursday 18 November | Year 12 Valedictory Celebrations
Friday 19 November | Last Day for Year 12 Students
Friday 19 November | Monday Bell Times
Friday 19 November to Wednesday 24 November | Years 4-10 Exams

Office Hours during December/January School Holidays

Please note that College Reception will close at 3.00pm on the last day of Term 4, Friday 26 November 2021. The College will be closed for the Christmas period from Friday 17 December and will reopen on Tuesday 4 January 2022.  At all other times, College Reception will be open from 8am to 4pm. Please refer to 2022 Term Dates.

LEARNING NEWS

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.

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.  

Year 12 Laptop Purchase Option

A reminder that all Year 12s must return their laptop and charger to the IT Department for an audit as soon as their last exam is over. As part of the College 1:1 Laptop Program, each student was given a College laptop at the beginning of Year 10 for the Senior School three‐year cycle. It is important that Year 12 students back up any files on their laptop that they wish to keep to a USB or external hard drive. After auditing the current laptops and the needs for 2022, a decision has been made to offer the 2021 Seniors the opportunity to purchase their College laptops. After consultation with our IT partners, ATC has been offered $320 for each of the devices. If a family wishes to purchase the College laptop, they will need to pay the market rate of $320 via Parent Lounge, under Events and Payments. Purchase of the laptop must be completed by COB Tuesday 26 November 2021 and will be returned in the same physical condition as they were handed in. Laptops will be available for collection from the IT Office from Monday 6 December 2021.

FORMATION NEWS

2021 Valedictory Lunch Selection

The Valedictory Celebration will be held on Thursday 18 November starting at 10:00am, at Riverlife Church, 47 Jennifer Street, Seventeen Mile Rocks. We now ask you to select your preferred lunch meal from the menu below. One RSVP form reserves up to 3 lunches (1 student +2 parents/caregivers). We request that only one RSVP form be completed per family group. Every endeavour will be made to accommodate your selection. Please ensure you have read all the information on the College App regarding arrangements for the day. Please complete form by Thursday 11 November. CLICK HERE TO RSVP and choose from the menu.

YEAR 6 TRANSITION RETREAT

The Year 6 Transition Retreat is being held on Wednesday 24 November at ATC. The purpose of the Retreat is to provide a reflective opportunity for the boys in this significant time of transition from junior to middle school. There will be three key components to the retreat: storytelling and sharing, affirmation and appreciation and preparation. The Retreat is facilitated by the Head of Junior School- Formation and Administration Junior School, Year level coordinator and Class Teachers.  A sausage sizzle and drink will be provided for lunch. 

Boys are asked to print out and bring with them on the day a collection of 5 photos that represent different stages of their life. These can be photos prior to year 4 and/or year 4 to year 6. During the day they will reflect and share stories on their Junior School journey. It will be a day which engages students in looking back and in preparing for the new journey ahead.  Student should bring their morning tea and a water bottle and should wear their PE Uniform.

Year 11 Sociable photos

The photo gallery from the Year 11 SociABLE event is now ready for viewing. You can order digital prints and download them for free. If you require a printed copy of your son’s photos, you can order and pay online and they will be posted to your home address. CLICK HERE to view and order. Use code: ATC21

Year 6 Transition Events

Please see important information on the College App from Mr Michael Stewart regarding the 2021 Year 6 Transition Events which include the Year 6 Formation Lessons – The Path to Year 7 being held throughout Term 4; Year 6 Transition Retreat on Wednesday 24 November; End of Year 6 Celebration Liturgy on Thursday 25 November at 1:30pm and the Rite of Passage Tunnel on Friday 26 November (Time to be announced).

Year 4 Dance – Celebration of Excellence

A significant annual College event, the ‘Celebration of Excellence’, is being held on Tuesday 16 November at Riverlife from 5.30pm. The Year 4 cohort have been invited to perform a choreographed dance routine. It will be an exciting night for all Year 4 boys as they perform on stage in front of a large audience. The dance routines are coming along very well! To add to the spectacle of their performance at Celebration of Excellence on Tuesday 16 November, all boys are to wear denim jeans and the following plain coloured t-shirt. Bodkin – Green shirt/Denim Jeans; 4 Nolan – Yellow shirt/Denim Jeans; 4 Treacy – White shirt/Denim Jeans.

Road Safety

A number of students travel to school via Indooroopilly Railway Station. It is important that students exit the station on the eastern side and walk/ride along the river boardwalk. Some students are not travelling this way and hence are putting their safety at risk by walking across a very busy four-way intersection. Other students are riding hire scooters part way to school and then leaving the scooters on the road. I invite parents to have a discussion with their son regarding road safety if they are travelling via any of these modes of transport.

FAITH & MISSION NEWS

Christmas Appeal

As we head into the Christmas season, we are reminded of the joy and wonderous reasons we come together with family and friends. Christmas can also be a difficult time for many who are without these connections and seek support from services such as ECM. Our College has always been a community that shows care and compassion through word and through actions. This year is no different and we ask you to support the Christmas Appeal for Emmanuel City Mission. Of all the things that we might be able to give, what ECM need most is Long Life Milk and Toilet Paper. Mr Warr and Mr McCrohon have challenged our students to bring in as many donations as possible so that we can take over the Faith and Mission Office and build a Donation Castle. Junior School students can deliver their donations to their homeroom teacher, Middle and Senior School students are to bring their donations to the Faith and Mission Office.

Year 12 Reflection Day

The Year 12 Reflection Day is being held  Wednesday 17 November at Sherwood AFC as part of the final week at the College for our Seniors. Please see a letter from Matt Warr, Dean of Faith and Mission, on the College App, outlining the details and importance of the day.  

CO-CURRICULAR NEWS

As you know, our Co-curricular staff are enthusiastic about providing supervision support for your son/s during the allocated activity time. We would appreciate your support of our programs by ensuring that students are collected on time so that supervising staff can get home to their families. Students who are not picked up at their allocated times will need to be collected from the College reception. Thank you in advance for your support on this matter.

Co-curricular Sport & Music Photo Orders | Now Available

The 2021 Co-curricular Sport and Music photos are now available online and ready for parents to order. The online gallery link is below. Please use the password  ATC to enter the gallery and order your son’s photos. CLICK HERE TO ORDER.

Music

2022 Co-curricular Music Enrolments

Enrolments for Instrumental, Vocal, Production and Drama & Communication lessons in 2022 are now open for all new and continuing students. You can find the Schedule of Fees and enrolment link on the College App. CLICK HERE for enrolments online form.

Concert videos

Please see the links below to the full recording of the wonderful [Jazz Showcase] evening held earlier this term. To access, please use the ATC Music dept. password for vimeo.
Jazz Concert
Choral Concert

SPORT NEWS

We are looking forward to a big last week of training and trials this coming week (Week 7) for our Term 1, 2022 seasons. We will be sharing our holidays schedule for our Athletic Development and Swimming programs next week over the ATC app.

P & F NEWS

ATC Staff Christmas Lunch – a message from Benjamin Prain P&F President

We have an incredibly talented and dedicated staff at ATC – this includes teachers, administration staff, ground staff, classroom school officers, music teachers and sport coaches. With the end of the year and the spirit of Christmas approaching, we are aware that some families are considering the idea of a gift for staff at ATC.  The College and the P&F would like to emphasise the way for saying ‘thank you’ to ATC staff at the end of the school year is by donating to the annual Staff Christmas Lunch which is coordinated by the ATC P&F. It is a very special day for all staff and one which is looked forward to with great anticipation every year. Families can go to Parent Lounge to make a donation to assist with catering costs.   This will be a great way to celebrate the end of a monumental year and with your help, we look forward to making it a very special day for ATC staff. We remind parents that contributions are entirely voluntary. Please see the College App for further details.  

Volunteers for Lunch

The annual P&F Staff Christmas Lunch is being held on Thursday 2 December at the NJ Hall. The P&F need helpers on the day to set up, serve food and clean up. If you can assist for a shift between 10.30am and 4pm, please CLICK HERE to sign up.

Trivia Night

It was a full house for the Annual P&F Trivia Night on Saturday. After a break in 2020 for COVID, the crowd went “Back in Time” for the 2021 Event. What a fabulous night! The “Cave People” took home the Trivia Trophy while the “Last Table on the Titanic” narrowly took out the honours for table dressing over the “Moon Landing”. Many thanks to our very generous sponsors who donated some great prizes. Thanks also to our Trivia Master (Christian), and to the P&F volunteers who assisted on the night.

Year 7 Evening Get Together

Year 7 parents and caregivers are invited to an End of Year gathering at White Lies Brewery (2/32 Spine Street, Sumner) on Friday 19 November from 5:30 pm. There will be a food van available to grab a bite on the night. Please email Sue, Year 7 Parent Liaison, if you are able to attend so she can count numbers and advise the venue

ATC P&F Parents’ Book Club

The last book club for 2021 is a dinner and chat on Wednesday 24 November at 100 Acre Bar St Lucia Golf Club. The book being discussed is “The Invisible life of Addie Larue” by V.E Schwab. Details are on the Club’s Facebook group. Please RSVP to Rachel via the page or via a text to: 0422844622

Enjoy Week 7!

David Gardiner

Deputy Principal