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Coming Up in 80 Years Celebration Week

It has been yet another exceptional week celebrating our students’ contribution and achievements through the Winter Sports Awards Evening, Year 8 Retreat and the Junior School Interhouse Swimming Carnival. Next week we mark a significant milestone in the history of the College by celebrating 80 years of education on the Witton Creek Reach of the Brisbane River.

Throughout the week we will reflect on the history and celebrate the future of the College with daily events. I invite you to engage with our community as we mark this momentous occasion with two significant community events, the 80 Year Celebrations Mass and Jazz by the River. Staff and students will also participate in daily activities throughout the week as part of the celebrations.

College 360 Virtual Tour

Ambrose Treacy College is pleased to announce the launch of our new Virtual Campus Tour. We invite you to immerse yourself in our interactive 360-degree tour and experience our facilities from a new perspective. The Virtual Tour can be viewed at any time, from any device and showcases a range of buildings and facilities and our unique location on the Brisbane River. As a College, we are excited to share this new feature with our community and hope you enjoy seeing the campus come to life.

Night of Excellence 2018

All families are cordially invited to attend the 2018 Night of Excellence at ERPAC on Monday 5 November commencing at 6.30pm. Many students will receive awards but the evening is designed for the whole community to come together to acknowledge and celebrate all the wonderful achievements across the ATC community during 2018. Year 4 students have been selected to perform on this evening to display the dance routine they are learning as part of the Physical Education curriculum this term. It is expected that all students be present for the entire evening. Please join us for a special night of awards, videos, and entertainment from our talented young men. Please see invitation attached for further details.

80 Year Celebrations

On 10 July 1938, a long cherished dream of the Christian Brothers was realised with the opening of Nudgee Junior College and thus began the first 76 years of education on this site. Ambrose Treacy College opened its doors in 2015 and our building program has continued through to 2018. We do hope that you will join us for two significant events that week, beginning with Mass on Sunday 14 October and the grand finale, Jazz by the River on Saturday 20 October. Booking details are below.


We begin the week with a special Mass being held this Sunday 14 October at 9.30am in Nudgee Junior Hall. This is a significant occasion where past, present and future students and families of both Nudgee Junior and Ambrose Treacy College along with former staff and current staff come together again as one community. The theme of the mass will be centred around one of hope, of gratitude and of brotherhood for our fellow people. We look forward to seeing you there and invite you to join us for morning tea after Mass.

Commemorative Cheeseboards

These attractive wooden cheeseboards, designed and lasercut by some of our Design students are for sale for $20 each. There are a limited number available and can be bought online via Flexischools, at morning tea on Sunday after mass or at College Reception. They are selling fast so don’t miss out!

Historical Dress Day

On Monday 15 October, all staff and students are encouraged to dress in period costumes that reflect the fashions over the past 80 years.

  • Year 4 will dress in 1930’s
  • Year 5 in 1940’s
  • Year 6 in 1950’s
  • Year 7 in 1960’s
  • Year 8 in 1970’s
  • Year 9 in 1980’s
  • Year 10 in blue and white (NJC colours)
  • Year 11 in blue, white and green (ATC colours)
    If students choose to not dress in period costume, they are to come to school in normal uniform.

On Tuesday 16 October, the inaugural ‘Gate to Gate Run’ will be held and all students will run a course from the old Nudgee Junior gates to the new Waterford gates. Junior School students will also take part in Drama Incursion run by our specialist drama teachers. Students will be exposed to some of the techniques and practices of Drama and will use their creativity, imagination and team work to create original products and participate in group games.

On Wednesday 17 October, the opening of ARTery, our exhibition of student artwork from years 4-11 will be held. The exhibition formally opens at 6pm at Westcourt iCentre, with students, staff, parents and friends invited to view the exhibition and celebrate our artists with drinks and nibbles on the Westcourt Deck. Click here to RSVP by Friday 12 October. In addition, Kings School from Auckland will be visiting us as part of their international music tour. They will be performing in the NJ Hall and also interacting with our Wind Ensemble members in combined workshops. This is an excellent opportunity to share ideas and concepts through peer collaboration for staff and students alike.

On Thursday 18 October, staff and students will enjoy a BBQ lunch and games on Brothers oval. Tuckshop will be closed for lunch on this day.

On Friday 19 October, a special assembly will announce competition winners for writing, photography, best dressed student from Monday’s dress up day and the winners of the ATC’s Got Talent competition will perform. There will be a staff vs students touch footy game at second break so bring your running shoes.

Jazz by the River

On Saturday 20 October, the week culminates with Jazz by the River, a festival of 1930’s Swing Music performed by ATC ensembles and guest bands. At 8.30pm there will be a spectacular fireworks show on the Brisbane River. This is our biggest community event of the year, and we cordially invite all families to come along for an afternoon of great music, good food and loads family fun rail or shine we will be going ahead as we have a wet weather plan in place. Why not bring a picnic dinner or pre-order a meal, sit on the hill and sip a beverage from the licensed Glenn Miller Bar. You can take in the river views as you relax and soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the talents of students and staff as they showcase their musical, artistic and drama prowess.

There will be seven bands and ensembles performing, a Visual Art Exhibition and stalls. It will be a great evening for the whole family. Please join us for the most exciting event on the College calendar.
PLEASE CLICK HERE to book your tickets.
PLEASE CLICK HERE if you can volunteer to help.

Order Your Food or Bring a Picnic

There is the option to bring a picnic dinner to Jazz by the River or pre-order some fabulous cheeseboxes online.
Click to order a box of delicious nibbles to go with your beverages from the Glenn Miller Bar.

Sponsors and Raffle Prizes

Raffle tickets are a hot item at JBTR each year with fabulous prizes again on offer. Grab your tickets online by clicking here. Prizes include 3 x Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speakers valued at $150 each, 3 x $100 vouchers for Name My Stuff, Apple iPad Pro 12inch, 256GB and Cover valued at over $1500, Garmin Vivomove HR – Hybrid Smart Watch, $1000 Snooze voucher, 2 night break in a luxury 2 bedroom apartment – Portobello by the Sea, Dicky Beach, Event Cinema Movie Tickets, Yamaha PSRE353 Portable 61 note touch sensitive Keyboard valued at $349 from Brass Music Specialists and 2 x Double passes to the Brisbane Jazz Club. We are proudly supported by the Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund ($1000) and our generous families and ATC community members. Sincere thanks for your kindness.

Key dates

Sunday 14 October 80 Year Mass
Monday 15 October 2018 80 Years Celebration Week
Tuesday 16 October 2018 Years 9-11 House Assembly
Tuesday 16 October 2018 Gate to Gate Run
Tuesday 16 October 2018 Year 7 Immunisations
Tuesday 16 October 2018 P&F Meeting 6.30pm
Wednesday 17 October 2018 Kings School Visit & Wind Ensemble Workshop
Wednesday 17 October 2018 Year 10 & 11 Drama Students Theatre Excursion late return 3.50pm
Wednesday 17 October 2018 USQ Deadly Ways – Yr 7&8 Students
Wednesday 17 October 2018 Art Exhibition and Photography Show Launch
Wednesday 17 October 2018 Tour Afternoon
Thursday 18 October 2018 BBQ House Lunch
Friday 19 October 2018 Staff v Students games
Friday 19 October 2018 Year 8 Glenleighden Visit
Saturday 20 October 2018 Jazz by the River

Save the Date

Monday 22 October Pupil Free Day – Testing Day for NEW 2019 students
Thursday 1 November Year 10 St Vincent De-Formal
Monday 5 November ATC Night of Excellence at ERPAC 6.30pm
Tuesday 6 November House Lunch


80 Year Celebration Commemorative Cap

This week, to mark the presentation of the 80 Year Celebration caps, all year 11 students gathered outside Edmund Rice building for a group photo, re-enacting the Foundation Year photo of 1938. The commemorative caps will be for sale on Sunday after Mass if you would like to purchase another one for a family member or as a gift for a friend.

Year 7 Immunisations

A reminder that the immunisation team will be here on Tuesday 16 October 2018, 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 original 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.

Senior School House BBQ

Senior School students in Years 9, 10 and 11 will enjoy a BBQ in Term 4 on Tuesday 6 November.

Log Your Service Hours

The opportunity to register service hours for 2018 will close on October 31. Boys are required to complete this set number of service hours within the year as part of being an ATC gentleman. Hours can be easily logged with homeroom teachers through the use of the ATC student diary. Hours that are not logged or are completed after this date will be logged in 2019.

Year 10 Events

A significant focus for Ambrose Treacy College is to build and consolidate community and spirit with our surrounding Colleges. We ask you to “Save the Date” for the Year 10 St Vincent De-Formal on Thursday 1 November from 4.15pm to 7.15pm . Students can purchase an item of clothing for a flat rate of $20 from the St Vincent De Paul ‘Pop Up Shop’. Items of clothing can be purchased both breaks on Monday 29 October to Tuesday 30 November. Wear your ‘Vinnies’ purchases as a part of their attire to the event on 1 November.
Please click here to RSVP for the St. Vincent de Formal event.

Walk4Brain Cancer

As a major Junior School Service initiative, we once again invite students, families and friends of the Ambrose Treacy College community to register for an inspirational 5km walk through 7th Brigade Park, Chermside on Sunday 28 October. Boys are asked to wear their ATC Sports uniform for the walk. After we complete the walk, we can enjoy the entertainment and food stalls that will be set up in the Park. Full details are on the College App. Please click here to register.

Learning News

Year 10 & 11 Drama Theatre Excursion

Please note the revised finish time for the Drama excursion on Wednesday 17 October. Drama students will attend an excursion to Billie Brown Theatre, South Brisbane. Students should meet in the Drama room at the start of Period 4, they will be transported to and from the venue and are expected to arrive back at the College at 3.50pm. Please refer to the College App for full details.

Homework Club

Study Club for Years 7-11 commences again in Week 2 of Term 4 in Westcourt Library. Westcourt is going to be out of action due to the College Art Exhibition, ARTery so Homework club will be held in C102 and C103 that week but returning to Westcourt library in Week 3.


As we are nearing the end of the year, students heading into grades 11 and 12 next year will need to start looking at their options for universities. Students will have the opportunity to hear from recent ADFA graduates about their careers, the pathways available to them and how to apply. Details regarding Defence Careers Information Sessions in October have been posted on the College App. If you have queries relating to any of the information, please click here to email Ms Peacock.

Co-curricular News From Dave Capra

Term 4 at ATC is traditionally packed full of fantastic sporting, musical and celebratory events and with 80 Year Celebrations headlining, the coming 7 weeks will certainly not disappoint.

Junior School Swimming Carnival

Today we held our Junior School Interhouse Swimming Carnival in the ATC Pool. Students, Mr Jones and Mr Stewart, along with the Junior School staff had a fantastic day and we were so pleased to beat the rain and have a great day of competition, participation and Interhouse rivalry.

Gate to Gate

Next Tuesday is our inaugural Gate to Gate running event. Boys will run from the old Nudgee Junior gates on Twigg St and finish at Waterford. With bonus points for those finishing in under 80 seconds and a second handicapped, open age event for the winner in each year level, it promises to be a fast, furious and hotly contested Interhouse Event. All boys will be involved with those not running lining the course to cheer on their mates!

Jazz by the River

The final preparations are underway for the Jazz by the River and with nearly 1000 people already booked in, the only thing we are missing is you… that is if you haven’t already booked your tickets and your food. Remember that bookings for early bird (cheap cheap) tickets and food close this Sunday night at midnight so click here to book your tickets.


There are two things that you can be guaranteed of to signal the start of an ATC cricket season…. Jacarandas in bloom and RAIN! We are of course very pleased to see so much rainfall, however we can expect a few disruptions to training and games over the coming weeks. With a significant amount of rainfall forecast over the coming days, please keep an eye on the College App for updates on all outdoor co-curricular activities, in a particular in relation to cricket. The rules of club cricket are that unless there is a significant weather event and games are called off on the Friday evenings, all players must go to the game venue at the designated time and the two coaches will make a decision regarding the viability of the game.

Year 6 Debating

Year 6 QDU Debating will be held at ATC on Wednesday, 17 October. TEAM 1 vs Hilder Road State School at 6:45pm. Topic: That fairy tales should not always have happy endings and TEAM 2 verse Ashgrove State School at 7:30pm with the same topic. Speakers names are listed on the College App under the Debating tag. Please subscribe if your son is doing debating.

Fishing Club Term 4

Registered anglers for Fishing Club term 4 as asked to bring their rods along if they have one, or handlines are available for use. Meet at Fishing club shed near the pontoon. Follow the crowd if you’re not sure. Fishing Club is still on even if it rains. We will do theory lesson in the classroom as a substitute. All bait and tackle is supplied. Boys to wear whatever they like – may include the ATC fishing shirt. Any queries, please email Mr Sullivan.

P & F News

Melbourne Cup Ladies Lunch

You are invited to the ATC Ladies Melbourne Cup Lunch on Tuesday 6 November at Hunter & Scout Graceville from 11.30am. We have exclusive access to the back courtyard to enjoy our cocktail style lunch. Tickets are only $55 per head inclusive of food and one drink on arrival. The bar will be open to purchase drinks by glass or bottle and the race will be shown live on a large screen TV. We have fantastic prizes and sweeps on the day so please join us.
Please click here to book your tickets NOW.

P&F Key Dates

Tuesday 16 October – ATC P & F Meeting
Thursday 18 October – Whole School House Lunch

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held Tuesday 16 October, 6.30pm in the Mt Sion Staffroom. New faces are always welcome, we value your attendance, input and ideas. If you’d like any further information click here to email your ATC P&F Committee.


Community News

Brigidine Open Mornings

Brigidine College warmly invites you to attend our Open Mornings on Monday 15th October or Tuesday 16th October from 9:30am – 10:30am. The event will include guided, student-led tours of our campus and morning tea with some of our staff members. At Brigidine College, your daughter will thrive as part of a strong academic tradition, balanced by their wellbeing philosophy of Strength and Gentleness. To register online, please click here.

Youth Initiatives

The St Ignatius Parish, Toowong are excited to welcome Andy & Sarah Otto to the Parish on Sunday 28 October. Please see the flyers below for full details.

App Communication

As the term begins, it is the right time to unsubscribe from old sports and activities and subscribe to your sons TERM 4 SPORT, MUSIC AND CLUBS so to not miss any notices.

This week’s message from the Principal

If you missed Mike’s blog this week click here to catch up.

We look forward to seeing you next week for all our celebrations.

Conor Finn
Acting Deputy Principal