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Coming Up Week 4

I spotted some stylish head wear around the College today as students and staff donned their favourite beanie to support our annual Beanies for Brain Cancer fundraiser. The money raised will go towards funding vital research into brain cancers and to raise community awareness around the disease. With many in our community suffering from this insidious disease, we stand in solidarity with them and their families. Thank you to the ATCommunity for your generosity.

Health Update

Unfortunately, community concerns regarding COVID-19 have escalated this week and the cases this week in Logan have increased the focus on schools. It is a reminder of the need to be vigilant with cleaning and hygiene protocols and to remain prepared for spot closures.

Please continue to ask your children to:
• wash their hands regularly with soap and water, particularly before and after eating, and after going to the toilet;
• use alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap is unavailable;
• cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of their elbow;
• dispose of used tissues in the bin immediately;
• apply social distancing as much as possible at school.

If your child develops flu like symptoms, please:
• keep your child at home and seek advice about undergoing COVID testing
• contact your doctor or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) immediately
• call ahead to the medical centre or doctor’s surgery, advising of your child’s symptoms

To protect all members of the ATCommunity, please follow these guidelines:
• Boys are not to attend school if they are sick
• Students must Isolate at home if they have been tested for COVID-19
• Parents must advise the school if their son or immediate family member is being tested
• Students cannot return to school until a negative result is confirmed
• Parents must advise of their son’s test result.


There have been more Service Initiatives this week with the wonderful ‘Boomerang Bags’ sewing activity and ‘The Gully’ working bee. A large workforce was down in the Gully, mulching, weeding and planting. I congratulate the Senior students Alexander Davies, Tom McGeorge, Tom Van Gilst who are leading the younger students in this great environmental project. Boys are engaged in making bags from recycled material with an increased awareness of the importance of reducing plastic use and landfill. If you have any material that can be used to make these bags, please drop it off at the Faith and Mission Office. We are seeking more volunteers for the Gully and for Boomerang Bags and you can register by CLICKING HERE.

Cross Country

Unfortunately, due to the wet weather last week, we had to postpone the Inter-house cross country. This will now be held on the last day of Term – Friday 18 September. The sun shone on Monday and we were able to run the Age Championships for Cross country in the afternoon. Congratulations to every boy who competed and especially to our Age Champions: 9 Years – Nicholas Addae; 10 Years – Fergus Costello; 11 Years – Sam Ellice; 12 Years – Pieter Roeloffs; 13 Years – Jack Boyce; 14 Years – Jake Mardell; 15 Years – Matthew Power; 16 Years – Matson McAdam and our Opens champ – Cam Kilpatrick. CLICK HERE for the Facebook album of photos.

Next week is the first stage of the House Challenge – Gate to Gate. Boys across the four houses in each year level will race from the bottom ‘gate’ of ATC at Twig Street up the hill and thru the campus to the other end (gate) of the College. The final of the Gate to Gate will be held on Friday 28 August.

Road Safety

With the current roadworks occurring in Radnor Street, can I take the opportunity to remind parents to be mindful and respectful of our near neighbours. Do not park or stop across driveways and please do not park or pick up your son in the carpark of the Workout Gym. We are all part of one community and need to work together especially during the disruptions of roadworks near WItton Road. I also urge parents to be mindful when picking up their sons from training on Jack Bowers ovals. The safety of students and our coaches is paramount and we need to be careful where we park and be patient during busy times.

Immunisation Year 10

Brisbane City Council Immunisation Services are aware that due to the current COVID-19 situation some parents may wish to withdraw their son from the immunisation program. In this case please email Brisbane City Council with your sons first name, last name, school and date of birth prior to Monday morning. Alternately you may send a note with your son on Monday stating you no longer wish your son to be vaccinated. Please ask him to hand it to Mrs Mansfield at Student Reception in the Edmund Rice Building.

Please read ahead and note that some events have been cancelled due to the current situation.


Monday 3 August | Year 10 Immunisations -See above.
Tuesday 4 August | Senior School House Challenge (Gate to Gate)
Tuesday 4 August | Years 7-9 SRC Leadership Afternoon
Tuesday 4 August | Interhouse Chess Tournament
Wednesday 5 August | Interhouse Chess Tournament
Wednesday 5 August | Year 5 Eureka Excursion CANCELLED
Wednesday 5 August | Year 10 Geography Coastal Management Excursion CANCELLED
Thursday 6 August | Interhouse Chess Tournament
Friday 7 August – Sunday 9 August | Years 11 & 12 Volleyball Schools Cup


Sunday 9 August | Tennis Age Championships
Tuesday 11 August | Ambrose Treacy Day
Tuesday 11 August | Year 8 Geography excursion CANCELLED
Friday 14 August | Exhibition Public Holiday
Thursday 20 August Batyr Parent Evening CANCELLED
Friday 4 September | Ministerial Pupil Free Day
Friday 18 September | Last Day of Term 3

Principal’s Message

If you missed reading Mr Ryan’s blog on Monday you can catch up by CLICKING HERE. Chris witnessed the culture of ATC from every angle last week, whether it was celebrating excellence at the Academic assemblies, congratulating our new 2021 Student Leaders or cheering our players on from the sidelines at the weekend. He also laid down a challenge to ATC boys in the form of the ‘Marcus Rashford 3’!


This Week’s blog

Christina Chapman is working with Year 12 English classes preparing them for their external exam. She explores ways to combat stress and uses famous explorers like Magellan as a motif. She also shares an awesome TEDTalk from neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, on staying calm in situations that you know will stress you. CLICK HERE to read.

Excursions Cancelled

Geography Excursions
In the interests of student health and safety, a decision has been made to cancel the Years 8 and 10 Geography Excursions that were being held in August. While this is disappointing, our biggest priority must be the health and well-being of everyone. After consultation with Griffith University (the presenters) – a live Webinar will be hosted for the excursion which will be recorded for all classes to view. The benefit is that students will have the opportunity to engage with the information that they would have learnt and experienced while on the excursion. Students will be able to complete their assessment tasks despite not going to the Gold Coast to do the investigations in person. It is the best possible outcome given the current situation.

Year 5 Eureka Excursion
The Year 5 Excursion “Eureka Gold Rush Experience” that was scheduled for Wednesday 5 August at Beenleigh has been cancelled due to the current situation. Wednesday will be a normal day in class for Year 5.

Year 12 News

Year 12 PE

Wearing industry standard GPS tracking units, Year 12 HPE students are exploring the energy, fitness and training data from their Touch Football sessions this term. Over the coming weeks students will analyse the information gathered and evaluate their performance in set field positions. Check out our Instagram page for the photos.

Year 12 Construction Certificate 1

One of the satisfying aspects of working in the construction industry is creating something that others will use and enjoy. Year 12 Building and Construction students are currently working on two major projects within the College after having already completed a series of garden beds. One class is completing a 65 metre section of the gully fencing project, while the other class has designed and is now building a new chicken coop for the College chickens. At this stage of their Certificate I in Construction ATC men are reading plans and specifications, planning and organising work, conducting workplace communication and working independently to complete the tasks set out in each lesson. Anyone looking for an apprentice next year? We have some talented and committed men ready for the next phase of their learning life. Contact Simon Martin to discuss.

Latest Edition of ATCareers Bulletin
The latest edition of the ATCareers Bulletin is now available via the link below. In this edition there are articles about Year 12 important information and University updates If you have any queries regarding any of these articles, or call Senior School Reception on 073878 0545

UQ Open Day Online
UQ study options, course information, accommodation, entry requirements and pathways – answers to all your questions and more will be held online this Sunday 2 August 9am to 6pm. The forum will cover their world-class facilities through virtual campus tours; video or text chat with academics, staff, and current students and you can watch exclusive on-demand content about all things UQ – including in-depth looks into programs, accommodation, sports, scholarships and more. Register now online by CLICKING HERE.


This Week’s Blog

In the week 3 Service blog, Andrew McCrohon puts out the call to all enviro warriors to care for our little slice of paradise here at ATC. Find out how ATC boys are being part of the solution in minimising pollution, waste and land degradation with their involvement in the ATC Service initiatives. Essential reading for all stewards of the earth (and their parents!) CLICK HERE to read.

Signum Fidei Awards

Signum Fidei means the ‘Sign of Faith’ and has a direct link to our Christian Brothers and the College heritage. Its conviction inspires our students to live and grow as powerful signs of faith for others who make compassion and justice an active reality. This week we acknowledge students whom epitomise and live our three College Pillars of Service, Learning and Leadership at our year level assemblies; celebrating in cohorts. ’Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ Proverb 4, 23. Congratulations to all award recipients.


Service Stories Week 3
As local clubs, events and organisations slowly begin to re-open, ATC Men of Courage have been quick to lend a hand where they can. Ethan has been doing his part on the sporting field, supporting UQFC on Friday nights by helping pack up the fields; collecting cones, goals and collecting any left behind items and rubbish. Year 4 students Darby and Shayhan have also sprung into action, with Darcy helping out at Chapel Hill Kindergarten while Shayhan has been spending his Sunday mornings making care packs for those in need. Kaden has volunteered his time to be Head Coach of an Under 10s AFL team. Thanks to all these boys for being signs of faith in our community. See the College App for details and get involved next week. Remember to send your Service stories and photos to us.

Model United Nations

ATC students and Brigidine students met for the inaugural ‘Model United Nations Club’ meeting last Friday with 35 student delegates attending. Delegates participated in a fast paced, dynamic debate on the topic of Police Brutality and the international community’s role in preventing it. Alliances were formed, tensions flared, at one point China and Canada almost went to war! Everyone learned lots about international diplomacy and the way that the United Nations General Assembly works. The meeting was a success and our inaugural members slipped effortlessly into their delegate roles mirroring the men and women who represent their countries on an international level. Such a great real-life experience for our aspiring international lawyers and politicians.

Care Packs

As we travel the Yellow Brick Road to Service Hours one of the ideas offered was to make up care packs for those in need or homeless. Please see below a list of items or ideas to include. If you add a couple of items to the family grocery shop over the next couple of weeks, put them together in a Ziplock bag and bring them to the Faith and Mission Office in the Edmund Rice Building. If you have any queries please contact Mr Andrew McCrohon We will deliver these packs to Emmanuel Mission, a daytime sanctuary for the homeless and vulnerable, during this term. See the College App for a full list of items needed. Lachlan W in Year 4 is sharing the love by donating a care package for our Service initiative, Yellow Brick Road. Well done Lachlan for inspiring other Year 4 boys to bring their packs to school next week.

Year 4 Grand Story

Due to the current situation the Year 4 Elders’ Day event has been cancelled. To replace this special experience, boys will be participating in an activity called Year 4 Grand Story. Mr McCrohon Service Program coordinator, has organised a service opportunity for the Year 4 students. Each boy has been provided with a booklet called “My Grand Story”. Students are to use this booklet to ask questions of their grandparents and / or an important Elder in their lives. The boys will be given service hours depending on the number of questions asked. While it will provide a chance for the boys to gain some service hours, we hope importantly it will provide a chance for the boys to have a conversation with an important person in their lives.



This week, our community recognised and celebrated the new Student Council Representatives for Semester two. Each homeroom elected students who felt demonstrated exemplary courage and leadership. SRC are all about that: representing students in the big and complex system of the College, being a positive influence and making a difference in everyday situations. We look forward to witnessing what these men of courage can achieve by harnessing their knowledge and working as a group. Some great photos of the council groups are on our Facebook page today.

Year 6 Formation

Let’s Chat
As part of our Formation program for 2020, students in Years 6 will explore the topic Sexual Self in Term 3 (August 17, 24 and 31). 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 the majority of the content. An overview of the content of the program is provided on the College App and includes these three workshops, Workshop 1: My Changing Body – in class 17 August; Workshop 2: Where babies come from? – in class 24 August; Workshop 3: Media Madness– in class 31 August

Public Speaking
In Term 3 we will be running the annual Year 6 Public Speaking Competition. This is aimed at boys who wish to practice their speech writing and provides them with an opportunity to present to their Class. Each student’s speech will be adjudicated, and two boys from each Class will progress to the final, where they will repeat the speech at Junior School Assembly. If your son wishes to nominate, please email me no later than Friday 7 August. The boys will have to present their speech to their Class group in the week commencing Monday 17 August with the finalists presenting to the Junior School in Nudgee Junior Hall on a date to be advised. More specific times will be announced after the heats.

Year 5 Formation

As part of our Formation program for 2020, students in Years 5 will explore the topic Sexual Self in Term 3 (August 3 & 10). 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 the majority 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.. An overview of some of the content of the program is on the College App and includes these workshops: Workshop 1: My changing body – in class on 3 August and Workshop 2: Who am I? – in class on 10 August.

Year 11 Leadership Retreat Update

We are committed to facilitating a Leadership Retreat however we have revised the format and details will be confirmed shortly. For your consideration, the dates for the NEW Leadership Retreat are the 17-18 August 2020. If you have any further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact your son’s Head of House.

House Chess Championships

Represent your House in a Brains V Brains: House v’s House Chess Champions Match in NJ Hall at second break on Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5, Thursday 6 August. Who can beat the reigning Champions Ulster House? No experience necessary. Staff and Students welcome. Full details are on the College App.

Mental Health Parent Information Evening

The College has made the decision to cancel the parent evening on Thursday 20 August at 6.30pm. We look forward to planning another event to support parents in conjunction with Batyr in the future.

SchoolTV Presentation for July

This month’s School TV edition focuses on ‘School Refusal’. School refusal, sometimes called school avoidance or school phobia, is not uncommon. It is different to ‘wagging’ or truancy and is often related to worry or anxiety-related issues about going to school. School refusal may start gradually or happen suddenly. Although it is normal for a child to occasionally miss a day of school, parents should only be concerned if a child regularly complains about feeling sick or often asks to stay home due to minor physical complaints. School refusal is a complex issue as there is rarely a single cause. It affects children of all ages across primary and secondary levels. It can often occur during times of transition at school. More recently, the Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the educational experience of all students, affecting some more than others. Dealing with a school refusal child can affect the whole family, adding pressure to an already challenging time. School refusal is not considered a formal psychiatric diagnosis. It’s a name given to an emotional and/or behavioural problem. In this edition of SchoolTV, adult carers will learn how best to approach this issue and work towards a solution. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback. Please contact your son’s Head of Year or Head of House for further support. CLICK HERE for more information and to view the presentation.



Junior Band rehearsals are back in full swing, and the 2020 edition shows signs of great things to come. The group brings together six months of music learning to play full band arrangements for the first time, and with some awesome results! Keep an ear out for some really exciting virtual performances in the near future.

Senior Singers are back rehearsing and preparing for some recording sessions later in the year. ATC men in Years 7-12 are enjoying the harmonies of a range traditional, musical theatre and pop music. New members are always welcome and you can join Dr Goopy on Wednesday mornings from 7:00am in the Chapel! It’s more fun than singing in the shower!


Term 4 registration opens on Monday 3 August for Sport, and Clubs & Activities opportunities. To register, please go to Parent Lounge, TOURS AND EXCURSIONS. For any sport or activity that requires payment of a fee, you will be directed to the payment page.

Registrations Open – Monday, 3 August at 5:00pm (Week 4)
Registrations Close – Friday, 14 August at 1:00pm (Week 5)

Sport/Activity Information is now available on the relevant tags on the College App, and through Parent Lounge once registrations open, by clicking on the document icon. Please read the information carefully and discuss involvement with your son/s to support us with registration accuracy. For ongoing information, please subscribe to each tag on the College App to receive the most up to date information. Please note that due to the organisation and logistics required to implement each Sport/Activity, no late registrations will be taken. To avoid disappointment, please register before the closing date and time.

New Registrations for Term 4
ATC Club Cricket (Term 4 season)
ATC 2020/2021 Swimming Season
ATC Golf Program (New Registrations)
ATC House Touch Competition
ATC All Schools Touch – Year 7 – 12
ATC Primary All Schools Touch – Year 5 & 6
ATC Water Polo – Year 7 – 12 only
ATC Junior Futsal – Year 4 & 5 only (NEW – Pilot Program)
ATC Beginner Board Riders – Year 7-12 Surf Lessons (Restricted Registration Numbers)
ATC E-Sports – League of Legends – Year 8 – 12 (NEW – Pilot Program, Restricted Registration Numbers)
ATC E-Sports – Fortnite – Year 8 – 12 (NEW – Pilot Program, Restricted Registration Numbers)
ATC E-Sports – Rocket League – Year 8 – 12 (NEW – Pilot Program, Restricted Registration Numbers)


Our ATC Rugby gets underway this weekend as we travel to Sunshine Coast Grammar School. Please check the College app under the Rugby tag for information regarding team lists, schedules, bus details and important COVID information. A reminder to check which bus your son will travel on from ATC in the morning. Unfortunately, NO spectators are allowed on Sunshine Coast Grammar grounds. Good luck to all our ATC sportsmen across Football, Rugby, Basketball and Junior Tennis this weekend.


Unfortunately we shared the news that the Greater Brisbane Conference (GBC) has made the difficult decision to not proceed with the first round of competition fixtures this Saturday 1 August 2020. This is a result of the COVID-19 Health Alert which has been released as a number of the competing schools are in areas indicated in the warning.

Chess Age Championships

This year’s Championships will be held on Friday 28 August – 3:15pm – 6:00pm in Nudgee Junior Hall for Junior School Champion – Years 4, 5, and 6; Middle School Champion – Year 7, 8, and 9; and Senior School Champion – Year 10, 11, and 12.

Tennis Age Championships

This year’s Tennis Age Championships will be held on Sunday 9 August at Ambiwerra Tennis Centre – 190 King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson and these classifications will be Junior School Champion – Years 4, 5, and 6, Middle School Champion – Years 7, 8, and 9 and Senior School Champion – Years 10, 11, and 12.


Art Club

Maryanne Gillespie coordinates Art Club and enjoys spending afternoons creatively engaging with students. Making art has always been one of her favourite activities – as well as her favourite subject. In our Club #storiesofATC this week, Maryanne told us – “Art can be many things: a great escape, colourful and messy or detailed and refined; expressive, enlightening, confronting and surprising; physically and conceptually challenging; and a connecting experience.” Boys who join Art Club learn about significant artists who have changed the way we look at the world. With plenty of variety in weekly projects, club members have hands-on fun using different techniques and mediums. In Week 1, boys learnt about Henri #Matisse and his famous ‘painting with scissors’ technique. As you can see in our photos, our young artists were fully engrossed in the wonderful world of creating their own masterpiece while developing a keen eye for colour, shape, pattern, and balance. They had great fun meeting new friends too! Among other cool projects this term, we will use watercolours, charcoals, and oil pastels, and boys will sculpt wire and sketch an old rusty ute. We might need to expand the gallery space in Student Reception. This week’s photo gallery is on the College Facebook page!

Book Club

There’s a new cult group in the Library and last week they had their first meeting! Our Middle School Book Club christened “The Book Cult” is for all Middle School students interested in connecting with with great books, great conversation and great new friends! We celebrated our first meeting by playing “Book Face” – recreating book covers of some great books with our faces and bodies. Check out #bookface on social media to see some of the other amazing images from around the world! More pics on Facebook on the weekend!


P&F Meeting

Our next P&F Meeting is on Tuesday 4 August at 6:30pm in the Nudgee Junior Hall. Due to the current situation, attendees will need to observe social distancing of 1.5 metres at all times. To assist us with organisation, please CLICK HERE to RSVP to Helen Dunn if you are attending. Numbers will be strictly monitored, hand sanitizer will be available and social distancing will be in place.

Update Parent Details

Parents and caregivers now have full access to update their contact details in Parent Lounge. Your contact details are used in the case of emergency and for all email communication with families so it is imperative that these details are kept up to date so that important information can be passed on in a timely manner. We encourage you to login to your Parent Lounge account and check your personal details and your son’s medical details which includes permission to administer paracetamol and ibuprofen. CLICK HERE to access Parent Lounge.

I wish you all a great weekend. Stay safe and follow all government directives. We look forward to a wonderful week 4 together. Remember to follow our Facebook Page and keep an eye on the College App for all our communication and updates.

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal