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Coming Up in Camp Week

Congratulations to the Swim Team Captains and the Senior AFL squad who were presented to the College Assembly this week. The Co Captains of the Swim team, Zack McArdle and Euan McArdle, will be supported by fellow Open Team Members, Tim Geers, Mitchell Densley and Xavier Cuolahan. We wish the swim squad all the best as they tackle quality swimmers in lead up meets and then the GBC Carnival at Chandler on Friday 19 March.

The ATC AFL teams compete in the AFL Schools of Excellence program across Junior, Middle and Senior competitions. It is a credit to the standard of our boys and our coaches that ATC has been invited to be a part of this top level AFL competition. Tomorrow I am hoping to see a sea of blue white and green supporting the First VI Volleyballers when they verse Sheldon College in the St Francis Xavier Centre at 11am.

Catch Up on Week 5 Video


Sunday 28 February | Year 12 Claddagh Retreat
Monday 1 March to Friday 5 March | Camp Week
Tuesday 2 March | Year 11 Mid-Term Exams
Thursday 4 March | Year 4 Ngutana Lui excursion
Friday 5 March | Junior Band Day

Upcoming Events

Sunday 7 March | Clean Up Australia Day
Monday 8 March | International Women’s Day
Tuesday 9 March | P&F Meeting
Wednesday 10 March | Years 7-12 AFL School of Excellence competition
Thursday 11 March | Parent Strategies for Teenage Academic Success
Friday 12 March | Year 11 Study Skills for Success Workshop
Friday 12 March | Year 12 Study Skills for Success Workshop
Friday 12 March | Swimming Age Championships
Saturday 13 March | ATC P&F Kick off Cocktails 6.30pm
Sunday 14 March | ATC Family Fishing day (Fishing Club families)

Camp Week update

Week 6 of the ATC calendar is highlighted by year level camps. Year 6 are the only cohort with a ‘normal’ week, with their camp transferred to Term 2. The challenge of being away on camp can be exciting and challenging. I encourage families to have conversations with their sons over the weekend to assure them the teachers will support them while they are away on camp. Normal school rules and expectations apply on camp, and so does the level of care and support provided by the staff.

Camp Buses Departure
Both the internal drop off zones will be allocated to buses on Monday morning for camp departures. From Monday to Wednesday, there will be no access to either drop off zone between 7.30am and 9.30am. Please use either of the College carparks for drop off on these days. Students have been informed of the departure meeting point for the respective year level/camp group.

Camp Buses Return
From Tuesday to Friday, the internal pick up zones will be closed to traffic between 2.30pm and 4.30pm to allow for campers to disembark from buses safely. Please use the College carparks when waiting for your son to arrive back from camp. The Senior Roundabout will be closed off to cars on Friday afternoon. I ask for patience with drop off and pick up during next week, and please follow directions from ATC Staff who will be directing traffic on campus. Please inform your son of alternative plans for pick up during Camp Week.

School Buses
The School Bus services with Brisbane Bus Lines and Southern Cross will be operating as normal during Camp Week Monday 1 March to Friday 5 March. Please be aware that if your son’s camp bus arrives back to school after the normal school bus departure time, you will need to have alternate pick up arrangements in place. Parents are reminded to download the TransportMe app to their smart device and follow your sons’ bus whilst enroute. When you open the App you will see Bus numbers listed if they are travelling on the road at that point in time. You can follow the bus progress on the live maps.

All medication, in its original packaging with pharmacy label, should be placed in a clearly labelled ziplock bag with the student’s name, class and dosage details. If feasible, it would be great if this medicine could be handed in on the Friday before the camp (February, 26th). If this is not possible, then medicine should be brought on the morning of the camp.

Equipment Lists
Please see the College App and your emails to download the Year Level Camp Equipment lists and Year Level Camp letters for full details of departure times and return bus times and what items are required on camp (and items that are NOT allowed on camp) All Camp Letters are on the College App under your son’s year level. Year 9 boys in Blue, Green and White groups need to bring their great in a soft duffle bag rather than a hard suitcase.

Both Paddy’s Place and Bakehouse will be open every day for morning tea and lunch during Camp week; however, as many students will be away, there will be a reduced menu for the week. Breakfast will not be available all week due to the cancellation of most morning sport and music activities.

Co-curricular Activities during Camp Week

Volleyball, AFL, Cricket, Football, Rugby, Cross Country and Basketball training will not take place in Camp Week. The Aquatics program will run as per normal.

The Clubs program will not operate during Camp Week, however Westcourt Library will remain under its normal operating hours.

All ensemble and choir rehearsals are cancelled in Camp Week. No official lessons will be run unless you have discussed a lesson time directly with your teacher.

I thank all the staff who are involved in Camp Week for providing this wide range of opportunities to the young men of ATC. Further queries regarding camp should be directed to your son’s Homeroom Teacher.

Principal’s Message

In Monday’s Principal’s Message Chris shared insightful and meaningful ways we can all make simple sacrifices and he reflected on the wisdom of his dear friend Br Larkin and words shared by Pope Francis. If you missed Chris’ blog earlier in the week, I encourage you to “CLICK HERE to read it.”:

Learning Message

Kate Watts wrote this week’s Learning blog and shares her passion for creating an environment where all learners feel safe, valued, and have a sense of BELONGING. As Assistant Dean of Learning – Inclusive Practices, Kate knows how we provide challenge and support to each boy and her article is a wonderful read. CLICK HERE.

Community News


The College, with the support of the ATC P&F invite you to the 2021 Welcome Event, Kick off Cocktails on Saturday 13 March at Figs on Sylvan, Wests Rugby Club Toowong from 6.30pm to 11pm. Come along, meet up with old friends, make new friends and be part of our community. Entry Ticket is $25 includes finger food, a welcome drink, (your choice of wine, beer or a sparkling) one entry into the raffle, great music and good company! Raffle tickets in one Term’s Tuition Fees (valued at up to $3414) are $10 each, 3 for $25 or 8 for $50. Entry Tickets and Raffle tickets can be purchased through your Parent Lounge account under the Tours & Excursions invitation. You must be present on the night to be eligible to win the prize

If you have any queries, please contact the Secretary of the ATC Parents and Friends.

The next meeting of the ATC Parents and Friends is on Tuesday 9 March at 6.30pm in Mt Sion Staffroom. All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. CLICK HERE for all 2021 Meeting Dates.

A dedicated Pacific Island Mass is being celebrated on Sunday 28 February at 11am by Fr Pio Fong at Holy Spirit Church, St Ignatius, Auchenflower and any families that are interested are invited to attend.

Remember to follow our Facebook Page and keep an eye on the College App for updates where we will share messages and photos from camps all over South East Queensland.

David Gardiner