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It has been a wonderful week of celebrations. In the busy pace of schools, and life generally, we often do not take the time to stop and celebrate. This week has been an exception. Our Celebration of Excellence on Tuesday evening was a fantastic celebration of all the marvellous achievements the community has had throughout 2022. I thank all the staff, and particularly Ms Tammy Sleeth, who contributed to such a professional, slick production for the event. It was entertaining, enjoyable, and on time. I congratulate all the students who received an award for the year. Well done on being selected as the outstanding student in the various categories.

This week also has been the farewell of our 2022 Seniors. Their final External ATAR exam was held on Tuesday. After a gruelling three and a half weeks of exams, there was a huge sigh of relief, from the Year 12s and from Ms Morgan. On Wednesday Mr Warr led the Seniors in a retreat and reflection day at Sherwood. To see over 120 teenagers sitting and sharing stories when their school days were effectively over, was a special time. It is a result of all the rituals, events and work that staff have put into these young men over the years. The energy ramped up on Thursday with a breakfast with staff followed by a farewell assembly and the ‘tunnel’ ritual.

The handover from the Year 12s to the Year 11s is a moving and powerful ritual. Then the highlight is to see the genuine gratitude and best wished being expressed by every student as they formed a tunnel to farewell the Year 12s from SFXC to the Main roundabout and hence to exit the College. For many Seniors, the emotion of leaving their second home of up to nine years, is overwhelming.

The farewell ritual then included a moving Mass in St Stephens’s Cathedral in the city and concluded with a wonderful lunch and ceremony in City Hall with Year 12 families. I congratulate the Year 12 s for everything they have contributed to the ATC community and wish them all the absolute best on the next steps of their journey.

Textbook returns

There are still a number of textbooks which have not been returned by Year 7-9 students. All textbooks MUST be returned to Westcourt library as soon as possible to avoid parents being charged a replacement cost. Years 10 and 11 students should see the message below regarding their books for 2023. Parents can view student textbook loan statements in Parent Lounge account.

NOTE: YEAR 10 & 11
Year 10 and 11 parents and caregivers are reminded to check their Parent Lounge account to ensure their son/s have no outstanding Year 10 and 11 textbooks from 2022. Textbooks already on loan for Year 11 2023 or Year 12, 2023 do NOT need to be returned.

Photo orders

We have received delivery of 2022 school photo packs. Years 4, 5 and 6 had theirs delivered to classrooms on, Thursday, Years 7 & 8 were delivered to classrooms for distribution to students on Thursday. Year 9 were delivered to the Year 9 Head of Year office for distribution on Thursday. Years 10, 11 and 12 were delivered to Senior Reception for collection by students / parents from Friday 25 November onwards. If you ordered a photo book along with the class photo pack, the books won’t be delivered to the College until Friday 8am 25 November.

Last Day of Term

It is an expectation that all students in Years 4 to 10 attend the last day of the school year on Friday 25 November. Due to the activities planned on the day, students are asked to wear their PE/Sports uniform for the day. With the planned Christmas Carnival, the tuckshops will be closed on this day. School will finish at 12pm. This is in line with our friends at Brigidine College, allowing for normal buses to operate at this earlier time. The morning will be spent at the Christmas Liturgy followed by the Christmas Carnival, both ATC traditions that are a highlight of the final week of the school year. The Year 6 students will be welcomed into the Middle School and the Year 9 students into the Senior School, with rituals involving all students. The boys then have over eight weeks holiday, so I do not believe they need an additional day. We look forward to seeing all boys at school for the morning, being engaged As One and ready to Pave the Way towards 2023!

2023 Homeroom classes

On the last day all students in Years 4 to 9 will be allocated to their new homeroom, and where possible, to their new homeroom teacher. Logistics will not allow these details to be communicated at any other time except online when the new timetables are published. A lot of time has been put into allocating students to the particular 2023 homerooms. A balance across many criteria has been achieved and hence requests for further changes will not be considered. Staff from across different components of the College have had input plus a detailed analysis of data, has resulted in a balanced and appropriate allocation.

2023 First Week of Term One

Please see below the event information, dates, times for Week One events in 2023.

MONDAY 23 JANUARY
Orientation session for new students in Years 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 & 11 is from 11am -12.30pm on Monday 23 January.

The P&F will host a Second-Hand ATC uniform sale in NJ hall from 12pm to 3pm on this Monday. There will be a range of sizes and styles of uniforms available on a first in best dressed basis! Each item is a gold coin donation. You can browse the racks while your son takes his books to his classroom.

Open Classrooms afternoon is from 1pm-2pm for surnames A-L and 2pm–3pm for surnames M-Z.

FIRST DAY OF TERM
The first day of Term for Years 4, 7, 10 & 12 is Tuesday 24 January and all students Years 4-12 attend on Wednesday 25 January 2023.

The Australia Day Public Holiday is on Thursday 26 January.

Friday 27 January is a normal school day.

Lost Property

We have a large amount of lost property in the Main College Reception. Please ask your sons to check for any missing items by FRIDAY 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.

Tuckshop

The tuckshop is not open on the last day of term, Friday 25 November. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the Christmas Carnival stalls. Students are to bring coins to buy food and participate in games.

Christmas Carnival

On Friday 25 November we will host the ATC Christmas Carnival. On this day, boys have an opportunity to participate and help at a stall/activity with other students in their class to raise money as part of our Christmas appeal. Each class is organising an activity for the morning. As part of that organization, we need some small donations to hand out as prizes. Please see the College App for full details of your son’s year level involvement.

Staff Christmas Lunch

A message from Mr Benjamin Prain, President of the ATC P&F – With the end of the school year in less than 7 days, you are probably preparing a gift for staff at ATC. Whilst this is greatly appreciated, we would like to assure families that this is not expected. 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 where over 200 ATC staff come together and enjoy a wonderful meal and drinks provided generously by ATC families. 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 their Parent Lounge account to make a donation to the Staff Christmas Lunch 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 special day for ATC staff. We remind parents that contributions are entirely voluntary.

College Reception Final Week

On Friday 25 November, College Reception will close at 4pm. On Thursday 1 December, ATC staff will celebrate the end of the school year with a Mass and Christmas Lunch generously provided by the ATC P&F. College Reception will be open from 8am to 11am on this day. College Reception will reopen Friday 2 December from 8am to 4pm

College Reception Holiday Hours

College Reception will be open from 8am to 4pm over the holidays except for 20 December to 3 January.

There’s one week to go but there is still plenty happening!

UPCOMING DATES

Monday 21 November to Thursday 24 November | Exam Period
Tuesday 22 November | ATC P&F Meeting (2023 Planning)
Wednesday 23 November | Year 6 Transition Retreat
Thursday 24 November | Year 4 End of Year Celebration Breakfast & Liturgy
Thursday 24 November | Year 4 Milk Bottle Regatta
Thursday 24 November | Year 6 Transition to Middle School Celebration
Thursday 24 November | Year 6 Celebration Mass
Thursday 24 November | Year 9 Transition to Senior Day
Friday 25 November | Last Day of Term 4 – students finish at 12:00pm
Friday 25 November | Christmas Liturgy
Friday 25 November | Christmas Carnival
Friday 25 November | Year 6 Tunnel

LEARNING NEWS

Year 4 Raft Regatta

On Monday 21 November Year 4 students are to bring in their saved milk bottles together with packing tape.  On Thursday 24 November we will host the annual Raft Race Regatta. The boys will be racing the rafts they construct for 3 laps of the ATC pool. On completion of the races, the boys will be given the opportunity for a free swim. Each student will need to bring the following items on the day: Swimming togs/boardies; Sun-shirt; Towel; Parents are welcome to come and watch the races.  Students are to wear sports uniform this day. Races will commence at approximately 11:30am and will conclude by 12:15pm.

Library  

Borrowing
Boys are encouraged to drop into Westcourt library at any time before the break to borrow some fresh reads for the upcoming Christmas break. This month is ‘Know-vember’ in Westcourt library! We are proudly showcasing our extensive range of new non-fiction books, specifically purchased with our students in mind. From climate change to mountain biking, computer coding, philosophy and an ever-growing list of biographies and autobiographies – there truly is something for every boy!  Our friendly library staff are always eager to assist boys to find the right titles that will have them engrossed in holiday reading – for both pleasure and purpose these holidays!

Textbooks
Textbooks can be returned to Westcourt library any time. Boys are to return their textbooks to the allocated tables at the entrance to Westcourt library. Please ensure all textbooks are returned before end of term, to ensure we have them ready for 2023 and to avoid any replacement costs.

Digital Catalogue
While our libraries are closed over the break, our digital library is open for borrowing 24/7! We encourage boys to regularly borrow eBooks and audiobooks across the break. Please watch the clip below to learn more about how to access our collection and tips for how digital books play an important role in enticing reluctant readers to pick up a book! Alternative options for digital borrowing during the break: “Epic Books”:https://www.getepic.com/ – a learning digital reading platform app and website – try free for the first month! There are so many Brisbane City Council Apps including Libby and Borrowbox. Enjoy free access to a range of eBooks and audiobooks, using your BCC library membership.

FORMATION NEWS

Year 6 Events

Year 6 Transition Retreat will be held at school Wednesday 23 November. Boys are to bring five photos of themselves at different stages of their life, printed out. A sausage sizzle and drink will be provided for lunch but boys need to bring morning tea. Students are to wear their Day uniform NOT PE uniform. The Retreat is facilitated by Mr Stewart and the Year 6 teachers.

Parents are invited to the End of Year 6 Celebration Mass on Thursday 24 November at 5pm in NJ Hall. This is a chance for the boys to reflect on and be thankful for the opportunities that have been afforded them during their time at the College. The format for the mass will see students seated with parents and during the event your son will be presented with a Transitional Certificate. This memorable occasion is a significant rite of passage for your son and family and marks the end of his Junior School journey. Students will be required to wear their day uniform with College tie but no suit coats . The earlier time of 5pm has been in response to past parents’ feedback to allow time following the Mass for parents and students to go out for dinner. The event is expected to conclude at 6:30pm.

The final key celebration on the last day will be the Rite of Passage Tunnel on Friday 25 November (Time to be advised) from the Junior School to the Middle School. This has been a tradition at the College for many years. Parents are invited to attend and as the time draws nearer, more detailed information will be forwarded to you but at this stage I encourage you to mark the date in your diary.

FAITH & MISSION NEWS

Year 4 End of Year Liturgy and Breakfast

Year 4 families are invited to our “End of Year 4” Celebration Liturgy on Thursday 24 November. You are welcome to gather for a light breakfast outside the Hall from 8:00am. The liturgy will begin at 8.45am. This is a great opportunity for the Year 4 community (students and families) to come together to reflect on and be thankful for the opportunities that have been afforded them during their first year at Ambrose Treacy College.

Christmas Appeal

The catch phrase of the Romero Centre is Small act, BIG IMPACT. This is exactly what we aim to do with the Christmas appeal for the Romero Centre. The Romero Centre was established in 2000 in response to the needs of people arriving in Australia seeking safety and human rights. They, with the community’s support, offer a warm welcome and the right support for people seeking asylum. Providing practical support and expertise around English classes, medical care and counselling, together with food and shelter, the Romero Centre is a worthy organisation for the ATC Community to get behind leading up to the Festive Season. ATC families are asked to donate groceries to assist the Romero Centre provide food hampers to those in need. It would be appreciated that the donations are delivered by Monday 21 November. Specifically, it is requested that donations do not concentrate on festive food products so that those receiving the food can make use of the food everyday. Junior School are requested to bring Breakfast Cereal, Middle School Instant Noodle cups or meals, and Senior School Canned Vegetables, soup or meals. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Warr, Dean of Faith and Mission or the Faith and Mission Office.

Stationery Donations

Year 4 Student Sabre encourages everyone in the Junior School to dig through their used and excess school stationery supplies and see what can be reused by those in need. Sabre has registered as a Collection Partner for Stationery Aid – a new Brisbane environmental and social justice charity that collects used and unused excess school stationery and office supplies that would otherwise go to landfill. Stationery Aid ensures that children don’t miss out on learning just because they don’t have access to stationery. Did you know that today in Queensland alone 5000 children need stationery supplies for their education? Stationery Aid ensures that excess stationery is diverted, cleaned, and packed as a gift for children in need. Educating children has profound benefits not just for the child, but also their family and their community. How can you help?  Donate any of the following items:  all types of pencils, pens, highlighters, crayons, paint, paint brushes, pencil cases, rulers, erasers, sharpeners, glue sticks, unused exercise books / note pads/scrap books. Thank you in advance for helping. Please do not send items that are broken or have missing parts as these are gifts to children in need. You will find collection boxes in and around the Junior school so when you bring in your stationary items, please place them in these boxes.

SPORT NEWS

With the week just gone being the last week of training/trials in Term 4, we are excited to put the finishing touches on a big pre-season for Term 1 sport, with some practice matches/trials over the holiday period. Please make sure that you keep checking the ATC app and the relevant pages for up to date information in preparation for a the season ahead.

CLUBS NEWS

Our 2022 ATC Clubs program has now finished for the year, except for the final Golf session being held on Sunday 20 November (catch up session from rain!). Please keep an eye on the ATC app for the upcoming information for the 2023 Clubs program, with timetable and registration process. Many thanks to the staff and coordinators who have offered their time and enthusiasm to the popular clubs program this year, as without them we are unable to offer such a wide variety of clubs for our students to enjoy.

CULTURAL NEWS

AMEB Results

Congratulations to the following boys who have all received A plus high distinctions for their Voice and Communication exams recently from the AMEB. Kingsley Abood, Conor Morley, Nicholas Nielsen, Zander de Vries, Dashiell Solomon, Alexander Purcell, Tyson Waugh, Elliott Andrew, Juann Lubrin, and Angus Ryall. This is a phenomenal result and all boys have worked very hard and are to be congratulated. Public speaking and communication are life skills for any career. If you would like to give your son the gift of confidence bookings can be made for individual or paired tuition for exam preparation for voice and communication or speech and performance through the online form for extracurricular or email the music office or Mrs Shapcott.

2023 Co-curricular Music and Drama & Communication Enrolments

Enrolments for Instrumental Music, Vocal and Drama & Communication lessons in 2023 are now open. New and continuing students are asked to please complete the on-line form by Friday 25 November. Please find at the following link, the 2023 Co-curricular Music Fees Schedule; please read this document carefully taking note of the Tuition Conditions. Music tuition fees are paid in four quarterly payments via Parent Lounge (three for students in Year 12) with the commitment to the program being for the full year. Students who are new to music are very welcome to contact us at music@atc.qld.edu.au or visit the Co-curricular Music Office during break times; meet our staff and discuss your instrument options.

P & F NEWS

P&F Meeting Dates

All are invited to join the P&F President, Mr Ben Prain, and Deputy Principal at the scheduled meetings which are held in Mt Sion Library. The last remaining meeting for 2022 is on Tuesday 22 November at 6.30pm – a Planning Meeting for 2023. All enthusiastic volunteers are invited to give input and new ideas for our friendraising in 2023.

P&F Book Club | End of Year Dinner Sun 27 Nov 6pm

A Message from Rachel Ames, P&F Book Club coordinator – Our end of year “Read Between the Wines” parents’ book club celebration will be held on Sunday 27 November at Il Viale in Graceville at 6pm. We are reading My Life in Ruins by Adam Ford. Please join us there to mark the end of another year of great reads!  RSVP to my email address by 23 November. rcames@aapt.net.au

Year 7 Catch Up

P&F Year 7 Parent Liaison Julie invites parents for a Coffee Catch on Wednesday 23 November from 8am after school drop off at Market Organics.

Second Hand Uniform Sale 2023

On Monday 23 January the P&F will host a Second-Hand ATC uniform sale in NJ hall from 12pm to 3pm. There will be a range of sizes and styles of uniforms available on a first in best dressed basis! Each item is a gold coin donation. Please note this is the same day as Open Classrooms afternoon, so you can browse the racks while your son takes his books to his classroom.

IT NEWS

Year 4, 5, 6 Laptop Returns

All students in Years 4, 5 & 6 are required to return their laptops, chargers, and bags on Monday 21 November 2022. 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. 
Laptops will be returned in Week 1, 2023.
Year 5 2023 will receive their current 2022 laptops + their old bag and chargers
Year 6 2023 will receive their current 2022 laptops + their old bag and chargers
Year 7 2023 will receive new laptops and chargers + their old bag

Year 7, 8, 10 Laptop Returns

Students in Years 7, 8 & 10 are required to return their laptops on either Wednesday 23 or Thursday 24 November 2022 for the annual laptop audit.

Wed 23 Nov: Year 8 (following Religion exam, except for Business students)
Thu 24 Nov: Year 7; Year 8 (following Business exam) and Year 10

Student’s laptop 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 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.  Laptops will be returned in Week 1, 2023.

Year 9 Laptop Returns

Students in Years 9 are required to return their laptops and chargers on for an annual laptop audit on Wednesday 23 November following the Year 9 Maths exam, except for those students studying Geography who will hand them back after the Geography exam on Thursday 24 November.

Loss of charger will incur a charge. 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.  Students will receive their new laptop and new bag in Week 1, 2023. 

Year 11 Laptops

This year students in Year 11 are not required to return their laptops for the audit and can keep their laptops over the Christmas holidays. During the holidays if your laptop requires a repair, please contact the ATC Service Desk via email, or the College Reception to arrange a time to drop in the laptop. Please note the Office is closed from 20 December 2022 to 2 January 2023. Please email IT Department if you have any queries.

This is my final blog for 2022 and I wishing you a safe, happy and very holy Christmas and New Year. See you in 2023!

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal