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Coming Up in the Last Week of 2019!

As we swing into the last term for 2019, it is with excitement and some sadness that we farewell such a milestone year. We looked forward to this year with so much anticipation as we commissioned our first cohort of Senior students began our journey as a Year 4 to 12 College. And guess what? The celebrations have continued all year!

This week, Year 4 and 5 students, staff and parents celebrated the end of the school year with liturgies and we had the opportunity to reflect on a year of learning, leading and serving. It was heart-warming listening to the boys’ reflections on what was important to them and to hear them share their fondest memories of 2019. Staff members – teachers and school officers, were acknowledged for their wonderful contributions and were presented with gifts from families.

Year 6 families will celebrate their end of year mass on Wednesday 27 November. Further details are below. Year 9 students will have a full day of celebration on Thursday 28 November culminating with families coming together at a celebration liturgy from 5pm.

Year 7 students, for their end of year celebration, will join the Junior School for the traditional end of year outing to WetnWild on Thursday 28 November. Full details of what to bring are on the College App.

It was great to see the convicts venturing from England to Australia via the ATC Pool today. Year 4 students have been constructing their rafts from milk bottles over the term and today tested their buoyancy in the annual Raft Regatta. What a great lead up to the last week of term. CLICK HERE to see all the action on the high seas!

Planning for 2020 is well underway. Across the last two days of term, current students will be advised of their 2020 Homerooms and will have the opportunity to visit their new Homeroom.

Year 12 Valedictory Photos

Please click here to view the album of Valedictory photos from last Thursday’s celebrations at the Mass and Dinner.

Yearbook Distribution

Please see below the arrangements for Yearbook distribution in the last week of term. Along with the yearbook, the youngest child of each family will also receive a copy of the ‘Whole School Photo’.

  • Years 4-7 youngest child in the family will receive a copy of the 2019 Yearbook and Whole School photo on Tuesday.
  • Years 8-11 youngest child in the family will receive a copy of the 2019 Yearbook and Whole School photo on Wednesday 27 November during a special homeroom time of 2.45pm
  • Year 12 students will receive their own copy of the 2019 Yearbook and this, along with their laptop can be collected from Thursday 28 November in the IT Department.

Stationery Lists

With the release of stationery lists, you may have some queries regarding subjects selected by your son for 2020. I have emailed all current students in Years 7-10 their 2020 subject selections. The email can only be generated from the Timetabler Program to each student’s email address and as such, parents will not receive a copy. Please discuss this with your son. To assist you with queries you may have, please see below.
Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: My son would like to change his subjects for 2020. Subject combinations have been set for 2020 and please be aware that changes may now NOT be possible.
A: For students in Years 8 & 9, 2020 – please email David Gardiner, cc Mark Watson For students in Years 10 & 11, 2020 – please email Kath Little for approval
Q: My son didn’t receive an email
A: Please email David Gardiner to arrange another copy to be sent.
Q: My son is new to ATC next year and I am unsure of his subject selection
A: Please refer queries for new students to Robyn Donaldson.

KEY DATES

Monday 25 November | White Ribbon Day
Tuesday 26 November | Year 6 Transition Retreat
Tuesday 26 November | Years 7-10 Exam Block & Assignment Moratorium
Wednesday 27 November | Year 6 Celebration Mass
Thursday 28 November | Years 4-7 End of Year Outing to Wet n Wild
Thursday 28 November | Year 9 Celebration Mass
Friday 29 November | Last day of Term 4, students finish at 12pm
Friday 29 November | Term 4 Celebration Liturgy
Friday 29 November | India Immersion excursion depart

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE WEEK 7

The 2019 Seniors’ Graduation Rituals have enhanced the culture of the College and added a new dimension to ATC traditions. As our Seniors transitioned into the next phase of their life, they left us with some very poignant moments that will form the basis of how we farewell each Senior cohort in the future. In his second last blog before he transitions to the next phase of his life, Mike looks at how our 2019 Seniors ritualised, celebrated, rejoiced and shared their cherished memories of ATC. Follow the link to his blog.

LAST DAY

8.25am Homeroom
• 8.45am Liturgy
• 9.30am Homeroom/clean up
• 10.10am Morning tea
• 10.45am Year 4-8 line the transition tunnel for Year 6 students. 11.15am Students move to their 2020 Homerooms
• 11.45am Farewells
• 12 noon Dismissal

All ATC students will finish at 12pm on the last day of Term 4, Friday 29 November 2019.

Bus Arrangements Last Day

Brisbane Bus Lines, Bus 1 will depart at approximately 12.15pm. Southern Cross Transit Buses, S63, S64, S65 will collect students from Brigidine College and then should depart from ATC at approximately 12.30 pm

FORMATION

Year 6 Final Week’s Events

Completing Year 6 is a significant part of your son’s journey and this week we will celebrate this in various forms. This Friday 29 November, at approximately 10.45am, students in Year 6 will participate in a ritual of transition from Junior to Middle School in the traditional College Transition Tunnel. Following the tunnel, Year 7 2020 ATC students will move to the Chapel to meet Mr Sullivan, the Head of Year 7. Those boys exiting ATC this year will be farewelled by Mr Senior before being supervised by Junior School staff in the Year 4 Undercroft whilst the remainder of the students move to Homerooms for 2020. Parents are most welcome to come and view the Transition Tunnel, with the best viewing spot on the riverside of NJ Hall. As we approach the finish line at 12pm on Friday, boys are reminded that they are NOT to have anyone draw or write on the uniform they are wearing. Boys are asked to bring another ATC shirt to school for their friends to sign and write an appropriate message. Boys are to wear their PE uniform on Friday as per normal. We look forward to seeing Year 6 families at the Celebration Mass on Wednesday evening commencing at 6pm with the night concluding just before 8pm. Boys are to wear the school uniform with tie on Wednesday evening.

After School Care 2020

Commencing January 2020 Ambrose Treacy College will cease our current on site after school care arrangement with Camp Australia and partner with Holy Family Parish Outside School Hours Care (HFPOSHC) at Holy Family Primary School Indooroopilly. Please see the College App for further information including contact details, how to book, fee schedule and policy handbook.

End of Year Outing Years 4-7

On Thursday 28 November, students in Years 4-7 will travel to Wet ’n’ Wild for our traditional School Outing. This is a very exciting day for the students and teachers and is a great way to celebrate the finish of the school year. Students are to assemble at school in Homerooms by 8.25am on Thursday 28 November. Buses depart for Wet ’n’ Wild at 8:45am and return to ATC at approximately 4:00pm. Students in Years 4-7 should take a small backpack with them for their belongings (lunch, sunscreen, water bottle, wallet and morning tea). They must also wear the following uniform to assist the Wet ’n’ Wild and ATC staff, making them easily identified as ATC students:
ATC Sports shirt and shorts
• Sports socks and joggers
• Swimming gear (board shorts are acceptable), rashie/swim shirt compulsory and towel
• All students will be given a fluorescent armband to be worn for the duration of the day
NB _We previously advised parents that we would be holding a sausage sizzle for the boys on the day; however, this information was incorrect. Please ensure that your son either brings his own lunch or brings money so that he can purchase lunch on the day.

  • Due to Wet n Wild safety regulations, students in Years 4 and 5 are not allowed to enter the Wave Pool.

Year 6 2020 Tour to Canberra

The tour plays an important role in the Year 6 curriculum, perfectly complementing student studies of Democracy, Leadership and Government. Students will engage in several interesting activities that provide them with a ‘hands on’ understanding of the Australian electoral system and function of the Federal Government. Through participation in the tour we will provide the boys with new experiences, encourage increased responsibility, develop leadership skills as leaders of the Junior School and provide a significant experience as a Year 6 Cohort. The tour will occur in ATC Camp Week from Tuesday 3 March to Friday 6 March. Check the College App for full details and tour booklet.

IT NEWS

Laptop Audit for Years 7-11 PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Students in Years 7 & 8 are required to return their laptops, including stylus (if applicable), on Wednesday 27 November 2019 for an annual laptop audit. Homeroom teachers will provide each student with a checklist to note any known defects. Student’s AC adaptor chargers and bags are not required – please keep these in a safe place over the holiday period. Damage of IT equipment (intentional or accidental) will incur a repair bill for the family. Loss of stylus, charger or bag will also incur a charge. Devices are covered by ADP for 3 claims parts per calendar year. Each claim can consist of up to 3 parts. These 3 claims are at a cost of $70. Once 3 parts are exceeded in any one claim, an additional repair cost will be incurred. Please refer to the ATC Acceptable Technology Use Policy on the SEQTA Engage, Documents section. Laptops will be returned to students in Week 1, 2020.

Students in Year 9 are required to return their laptops, including AC adaptor chargers on Thursday 28 November 2019. Laptops have been assessed for during home room in Term 4. Damage of IT equipment (intentional or accidental) will incur a repair bill for the family. Loss of charger will also incur a charge. Devices are covered by ADP for 3 claims parts per calendar year. Each claim can consist of up to 3 parts. These 3 claims are at a cost of $70. Once 3 parts are exceeded in any one claim, an additional repair cost will be incurred. Please refer to the ATC Acceptable Technology Use Policy on the SEQTA Engage, Documents section. Students will receive their new laptop in Week 1, 2020.

Students in Year 10 are required to return their laptops on Thursday 28 November 2019 for an annual laptop audit. Homeroom teachers will provide each student with a checklist to note any known defects. Student’s AC adaptor chargers and bags are not required – please keep these in a safe place over the holiday period. Damage of IT equipment (intentional or accidental) will incur a repair bill for the family. Devices are covered by ADP for 3 claims parts per calendar year. Each claim can consist of up to 3 parts. These 3 claims are at a cost of $70. Once 3 parts are exceeded in any one claim, an additional repair cost will be incurred. Please refer to the ATC Acceptable Technology Use Policy on the SEQTA Engage, Documents section. Laptops will be returned to students in Week 1, 2020.

Students in Year 11 are required to return their laptops to IT following the completion of their assessment for an annual laptop audit. Unlike other year levels, Year 11 students will have the opportunity to collect their laptops from the College to take them home over the summer holidays following the completion of any required repairs.
For students that have no damage they will be able to collect them from IT on the last day of school, Friday 29 November. Where a laptop requires a repair, the laptop will be held by IT until a repair has been completed. Parents will be notified via email when their son’s laptop is available to be picked up, should they choose to collect it.
Student’s AC adaptor chargers and bags are not required – please keep these in a safe place over the holiday period. Damage of IT equipment (intentional or accidental) will incur a repair bill for the family. Devices are covered by ADP for 3 claims parts per calendar year. Each claim can consist of up to 3 parts. These 3 claims are at a cost of $70. Once 3 parts are exceeded in any one claim, an additional repair cost will be incurred. Please refer to the ATC Acceptable Technology Use Policy on the SEQTA Engage, Documents section. Any laptops not collected before Friday December 13 will be returned to students in Week 1, 2020.

TEXTBOOKS

This is a timely reminder that all school issued textbooks are to be returned by the end of the year. The text books currently on loan to your son can be viewed through the parent lounge. The due date for all returns is Friday 22 November. Books should be returned in good condition to the staff in the Westcourt iCentre only. Failure to return books or if they are returned damaged, will incur a replacement fee to families. Please note: Students in Years 10 & 11 who have been issued with textbooks in Term 4, 2019 that are needed for Term 1, 2020 are exempt from returning their books. (These books may be used for review purposes over the summer holidays, in preparation for mid Term One assessment.) Students who do not have books relevant for Term 1 are to return those textbooks by Monday.

FAITH & MISSION

Year 6 Transition events and Celebration

As we mark the end of this year, it is important to recognise the transition that your son is about to experience as he fast approaches the conclusion of his Junior School journey. To assist students with the transition to Year 7 in our Middle School, the College has developed a program with three components:
• Year 6 Transition Retreat Tuesday November 26
• End of Year 6 Celebration Liturgy Wednesday November 27 at 6pm
• Rite of Passage Tunnel Friday November 29

REMINDER: at 10.45am on Friday students in Year 6 will participate in a ritual of transition from Junior to Middle School by taking part in the traditional College Transition Tunnel. Following the tunnel, Year 7 2020 ATC students will move to the Chapel to meet Mr Sullivan, the Head of Year 7. Those boys exiting ATC this year will be farewelled by Mr Senior before being supervised by Junior School staff in the Year 4 Undercroft whilst the remainder of the students move to Homerooms for 2020. Parents are most welcome to come and view the Transition Tunnel, with the best viewing spot on the riverside of NJ Hall. Boys can bring a spare ATC shirt for their friends to sign.

Year 9 Celebration Ceremony

Year 9 students and their families are invited to the Year 9 Celebration and Mass on Thursday 28 November at 5pm. Parents are asked to bring a plate of food to share on Westcourt Deck. For planning purposes please CLICK HERE TO RSVP. Further details are included in the Parent Information letter on the College App. If you require any further details, please contact Mr Matt Ribeiro, Head of Year 9.

MUSIC

After 5 years of commitment to Friday night rehearsals for QYO Wind Ensemble and QYO Wind Symphony with regular performances at the old museum building and QPAC, Quentijn Whitfield (ATCOB 2019) is representing Rotary Australia on an exchange year next year and is hoping to continue his music education at a school in Borås in Sweden. He also completed his grade 6 AMEB Basson exam in year 11 and has played in a jazz quintet formed by students at ATC at numerous external gigs and charity events. We wish Quentijn the very best for his musical future.

Thanks to all Co-curricular Music students and families for a wonderful year of music-making!
Enrolments are now open for continuing and new students who would like to be involved in the program in 2020. Further details can be found in the Parent Handbook or by contacting the Co-curricular Music Department. We offer lessons in Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, Piano, Guitar, Vocal, Production and Drama & Communication.

Current students who have hired an instrument from the school this year please ensure it is returned by Wednesday 27th November to the Music Office. Please ensure you notify a Music Staff member when you return it to ensure the details are noted.

Music Enrolments 2020

Enrolments are now open for continuing and new students who would like to be involved in the program in 2020. Further details can be found in the Parent Handbook or by contacting the Co-curricular Music Department. We offer lessons in Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, Piano, Guitar, Vocal, Production and Drama & Communication.

Instrument Return

Current students who have hired an instrument from the school this year please ensure it is returned by Wednesday 27th November to the Music Office. Please ensure you notify a Music Staff member when you return it to ensure the details are noted.

SPORT

Term 4 has been a massive for sport at ATC. We had five teams play in the Queensland All Schools Touch, with our Year 6 team coming away as the Plate Champions for the tournament. We have number of our club basketball teams in contention for finals and premierships. Our triathlon students recently competed at the Queensland All Schools triathlon championships where 11 ATC boys were selected in the Metropolitan West team. Finally our Club Cricket program is booming with over 30 teams playing each Saturday. We are setting up well for a big summer of Cricket. Looking ahead, we will be sending four Volleyball teams to the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup in December, good luck to those students attending!

Basketball

The ATC U15 Blue and U15 Green teams enter the Semi Final BBI rounds on Saturday at Hibiscus Stadium. Good luck to both teams as they play against each other to see who makes the final. Our U17 Blue team also is in the finals round. Good luck to all ATC Basketballers this weekend.

Volleyball

Our AVSC teams are training hard in preparation for the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup competition on the Gold Coast in December. A reminder for our Volleyball trials this week for our 2020 Years 8 – 12 teams. Please check TWIS for trial schedule.

Cricket

The SLC Cricket co-ordinator has notified ATC they unfortunately have to forfeit the game against the ATC 9 Blue team scheduled to play at Brookfield Showgrounds at 7:45am tomorrow morning Saturday 23 November.

Swimming

CLICK HERE if you would like to register your son for the ATC learn to swim and stroke development intensives in December and January.

CLICK HERE if you want to register for squads in December and January, please complete the form.

TWIS

Please see the link below for this week’s edition of TWIS for all that is happening in ATC Sport for the final week of Term 4, from Friday 22 to Thursday 28 November.

CLUBS

Fishing Club

Last weekend was the final ATC Fishing Club trip for 2019 and nearly 80 boys ventured to Currumbin Creek to try their luck. The fish were the winners on the day with our catch and release policy and had plenty of time to practice rod rigging and chat about plans for next year’s fishing trips. This has been our biggest Fishing Club year and 2020 holds more exciting options for our anglers. Keep an eye out early next year for App notifications about the ’2020 Family Fishing Day’ and much more! Mr Martin, Fishing Club Coordinator hopes our anglers haul in some mighty catches over Christmas. Happy fishing lads!

Clubs and Activities that have finished for the year are Robotics and Bookclub and Senior Homework club. In Week 8 Gardening Club and Cooking Club finish Wednesday 28 November. All other clubs have finished for the year.

P&F NEWS

Year Level parent Liaisons

The ATC P&F are looking for enthusiastic, community-minded parents who would like to take on the role of Parent Liaison for Years 4, 7 and 10 in 2020.  If you enjoy meeting new people and organising social gatherings to connect with other parents from your year level then we want you to volunteer for these positions.  The tasks involved are not onerous and we even have a comprehensive Handbook to help you with the role.  The main duties include being an Administrator for your Year Level Facebook Page, promoting P&F Events via the Facebook page and maybe organising a Year Level Coffee Morning or Dinner once a semester.  No experience is required and the P&F will assist you every step of the way – we even have a Messenger group of other Parent Liaisons that you can communicate with on a regular basis.  If you are interested or would like any further information please contact P&F Secretary Helen Dunn helen.dunn1@gmail.com

Year 4 Welcome Picnic

The ATC P&F invite you to the annual Year 4 Welcome Picnic on Saturday 1 February 2020 on Brothers Oval from 2 – 5pm. This event is for all Year 4 family members to attend and the perfect opportunity to make some new friends and play fun games. We will have the Year 12 ATC boys on hand organising 3 legged races, mini soccer games, cartooning workshops and a handball competition! This is always a favourite day for boys and a great way for parents to get to know one another. Please BYO your picnic and drinks, rugs, chairs and balls. Don’t hesitate to contact the event coordinators, Ben and Therese if you have any queries. We look forward to getting to know you and begin our journey at ATC. Please click here to RSVP to assist with our planning.

Staff Christmas Lunch

Each year the P&F host a lunch to say thank you to the ATC Staff. This year it is being held on Thursday 5 December in NJ Hall. If you can dress a table, carve a ham, balance a few dinner plates in one hand and look good in a santa hat, then we need you! Various shift times and jobs available to choose from between 11am and 4pm. To help out at the fun, annual P&F event where we serve lunch to all the staff of ATC, please CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER.
If you have any queries regarding donating to or volunteering for the lunch, please click here to contact Helen Dunn, the Lunch Coordinator.

Year 6 Treacy Gift

Shannon and Marcia, Year 6 Treacy parents are organising an end of year present for Mr Pickering and school officers to show our appreciation might like to donate money towards the 6T class present that will be presented to Mr Pickering and school officers at the Class party in the final week of term. If you would like contribute funds to a class gift for Mr Pickering and our school officers, please transfer to the bank account listed in the App notice with reference ’6T Your Son’s Name’. Alternatively, you can give money in envelope to Student Reception marked “6T EOY COLLECTION” by Monday 25 November. We will also organise a fun class photo to give to Mr Pickering.

Save the Date Kick Off Cocktails

Start the 2020 ATC year with ‘Kick of Cocktails’ on Saturday 15 February at 6.30pm on Westcourt Deck. A fantastic night for all parents to meet new and old friends and celebrate the start of a new year. Free cocktail food and entry. Drinks available to purchase via bar on the night. More details will be shared soon. Mark it in your calendar!

COMMUNITY NEWS

Uniforms

With the move to white shirts for Year 12 students, if your Year 11 son has outgrown his current uniforms please consider donating these items to the College to assist families in need. Washed items can be left at Edmund Rice or Senior Receptions offices.

Tuckshop

Both Tuckshops will be closed on the last day of school and Paddy’s Place will be also closed on Thursday 28 November as all Years 4-7 students will be at the End of Year Outing. NO BREAKFAST WILL BE SERVED ON THAT DAY.

Community Support Group OCD

The Brisbane OCD Youth Support Group provides peer-based support and connection for young people with OCD and their families. Their meetings are at Sherwood Neighborhood Centre 38 Thallon Street, Sherwood on the first Friday of every month from 4:00 – 5:30pm. The next meeing is on Friday 6 December at 4pm. Meetings are always attended by an adult and RSVP’s are essential by clicking here. Cost is $3 pp.

Have a great weekend

David Gardiner

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