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Coming Up in Week 3

Week 2 has been one of excellence. We have had three Academic Assemblies – across the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools – to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of over 300 students who excelled in their studies in Semester Two 2020.

Ms Morgan led each assembly with a story involving Alyssa Azar – the youngest Australian to climb Mt Everest. The message was one of focusing on positive thoughts, having ‘scary’ goals, developing a plan and working at it. If each student can follow that advice, we will see hundreds more at the Semester Two Academic Assemblies! The video recordings of the Academic Assemblies will be available to all families next week.

On Tuesday, the Year 10, 11 and 12s welcomed back our outstanding 2020 Seniors. Due to the release of data by QCAA in mid-December we did not have the opportunity to celebrate their successes. The most outstanding student of each subject was invited to the ceremony. Our current Senior School students were given some first-hand, useful tips for success from our three top ATAR students – Tom Perissinotto, Mitchell Bradshaw, and Thomas Kearney – and our Outstanding VET student – Ziggy de Nicolai.

Their advice, based on lived experience, was centred around starting good study habits early, working in teams, enjoying school life and having a balanced approach. These young men were part of the second graduating cohort of ATC and the first group studying under the new ATAR system. Their advice was significant and insightful, particularly for the current Year 10, 11 and 12 students who form the distinctive ATC culture of striving for personal excellence.

I have witnessed in classes across the College this week that all year levels have started very positively and have been on task. The atmosphere around the College has been electric. Teachers have been focusing on being consistent with procedures and expectations and encouraging students to plan for success. The beginning of the year gives students the opportunity to stop and reflect and the opportunity for a fresh start – a chance to create strong habits and then repeat them consistently. While it sounds quite simple, this is how any student can achieve their very best. This week, Lara Morgan our Dean of Learning, presented her 5 Top Tips for ensuring your son has the best school year yet. I urge parents and students to look at her Vlog and refer back to it throughout the year to keep on track with your goals. Please also see the Semester One Assessment Schedules on the App under your son’s Year Level. We encourage students and parents to access these documents to backward map assessment and assist time management for the term ahead. Ms Morgan recommends printing two copies and displaying them on the fridge and above your desk at home.

Catch Up on a Big Week 2

Maths Help

Maths Space provides a place for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to come along to practise maths problems, ask for help and seek feedback from teachers. This is being held every Tuesday and Wednesday in 2nd break in T204 throughout the term. Boys are to bring their Maths books, questions and lunch.

It has also been a significant week with our Parent Information evenings. The three entry points of the College – Years 4, 7 and 10 – were presented with key information from the College Leadership Team. Across the College, the focus was on meeting Homeroom teachers and receiving information relevant to that year level and the homeroom. The role of the Homeroom teacher is being the main contact point for parents and caregivers plus being the provider of key information based around learning, service, and formation. The PowerPoints of the CLT presentation and the Homeroom teachers’ presentation are available on the App for parents to view under your son’s year level. Several answers were based on queries around the process for Co-curricular activities.The Homeroom teachers’ PowerPoints include some slides indicating how to best use the College App and how to set your subscriptions to ensure you receive all relevant information only for your sons. Please check your subscriptions particularly now that you have signed up for Term 1 Clubs and in week 4, sign up for Term 2 Sport!

Families in Years 4, 5 and 6 have also been invited to the Parent Feedback Meetings next week. These are designed to provide an opportunity for parents and caregivers to communicate relevant information regarding their son to his homeroom teacher. This information is a key component of the partnership between families and the College and can prove beneficial in your son’s progress. Hence, I encourage all Junior School families to book a time to meet with the homeroom teacher.

It will be a big weekend as we take on Toowoomba Grammar School up the range, Marist College Ashgrove and club sides in Brisbane and we start our Colours Cup journey, in both Volleyball and Cricket this afternoon. We look forward to cheering on some great games across all ages and for some, this will be their first fixture in the Blue White & Green! Go the Warriors! All fixtures information is on the College App. Please check in regularly in case of any updates to times of games. Locations and helpful information is all under each Sport tag.

Camp Week!

Camp Week is just around the corner and this a perfect opportunity for the boys to bond over shared experiences as well as providing excellent opportunities to demonstrate leadership qualities. It is also an excellent avenue through which teachers get to know their students and vice versa. All important information including equipment lists, dates and departure times are on the College App. Please refer to this to prepare for camp. Parents are reminded to update their son’s personal information (contact information, medical information and emergency information) in Parent Lounge. Groupings for Years 8, 9 and 10 Camps have been communicated to families directly via email. Please contact me or your son’s Formation Leader if there are any concerns or questions.

Thank you to all our families for responding to the EOI for the Year 6 ‘Reef and Rainforest’ Cairns tour. The College has reviewed the responses and, given the overwhelming number of acceptances, the tour to Cairns WILL PROCEED. Payment for the tour will appear on your Term 2 Fee Statement. For those families who declined the tour, classes will be a modified Year 6 timetable across the tour week. Please note that should any family wish to change their decision regarding their son’s participation in the tour please email Mr Stewart before Wednesday 10 February so that final numbers with our tour operator can be confirmed.

Inter-house Swimming Carnival

The Junior School Interhouse Swimming Carnival will take place on Friday 12 February. The focus of the carnival is participation and House spirit. Boys will compete to gain points for their House and help them become the champions on the day. I encourage boys to display their House spirit by wearing their House shirt, House colours, wigs and related costumes which they can change into at first break. Unfortunately, as the number of the boys participating in the event is large, we have insufficient space available under the current guidelines for parents to be able to attend this year. We apologise, however, we will be sure to have wonderful photographs shared on our social media, so that parents can feel part of this special and enjoyable event. See the College App for full details.

KEY DATES

Tuesday 9 February | Opening Mass, Riverlife Baptist Church (Years 10, 11 and 12)
Wednesday 10 February | Junior School Parent, Teacher and Student Feedback meetings
Wednesday 10 February | Junior Band Co-curricular Music Information evening
Thursday 11 February | Junior School Parent, Teacher and Student Feedback meetings
Friday 12 February | Junior School Parent, Teacher and Student Feedback meetings
Friday 12 February | Junior School Interhouse Swimming Carnival
Friday 12 February | Library Lovers Day

Upcoming Events

Monday 15 February | Year 10 Retreat
Wednesday 17 February | Ash Wednesday
Friday 19 February | Year 4 Retreat
Friday 19 February | Brother Miller Shield Swimming at Nudgee College
Saturday 13 March | ATC P&F Welcome Event

Principal’s Message

Monday’s Principal’s Message was based on new life, new beginnings and new resolutions. Chris talked about his expectations and hopes for the year ahead in his blog and if you missed it, I encourage you to CLICK HERE to read it.

Opening Mass Arrangements

The 2021 Opening Mass and Year 12 Commissioning on Tuesday 9 February is impacted by social distancing measures as well. As a result, only Senior School students (Years 10, 11 and 12) will attend the event in 2021. These students will be bused to and from Riverlife for the Mass – after Periods 1 and 2 on Tuesday. Students in Years 4 – 9 will participate in meaningful Catholic rituals in the coming weeks at the College. Full details of the event are on the College App. Year 12 parents are invited to actively participate in the Commissioning ceremony which includes the blessing and presentation of the Senior tie and badges to their son. Year 12 parents actively participating in the Commissioning ceremony which includes the blessing and presentation of the Senior tie and badges to your son. Year 12 students will recite their Senior pledge and be formally recognised as the College Leaders for 2021.

It would be appreciated that you be seated in your allocated place by 11:40am for a brief discussion regarding the logistics of the presentation. We expect the Mass and Commissioning to conclude by 1:45pm, followed by light refreshments for Year 12 students and their parents.

Years 10, 11 and 12 students will travel by bus to the venue. Year 12 students can depart from the venue with their parents after the proceedings. Younger siblings of Year 12 students (who are in Year 10 and 11) may also leave with their families. If a Year 12 student does not have family present, he will be required to return to the College with all other students. Years 10 and 11 students will return to school for a late lunch break. Year 12 students are to wear the Senior white shirt and College tie, but no suitcoat is required. Year 10 and 11 students are to wear their day uniform with College Tie.

Music News

I am pleased to see that the Music Department is in full swing with ensemble, band and choir rehearsals now commenced for 2021 and all other brass, woodwind and percussion lessons commence in Week 3. Please subscribe to the relevant Culture tags on the College App to ensure all timetable and relevant notices are received. There is a Co-curricular Music Information Evening for all new Junior School parents on Wednesday 10 February at 6.30pm in the NJ Hall. See the College App for full details and RSVP information.

ATC P&F Welcome Event Kick Off Cocktails

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. Entry Ticket is $25 which includes finger food, a welcome drink, (your choice of wine, beer or a sparkling) one entry into the raffle, 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. If you have any queries, please contact the Secretary of the ATC Parents and Friends.

Have a great week and remember to follow our Facebook Page and keep an eye on the College App for updates over the weekend.

Good luck to our sportsmen.

David Gardiner

Watch Ms Morgan’s blog to get a headstart on Term 1 study