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Coming Up in Week 3

There is always something special happening every week at ATC. This week was special as we held several events that meant our parents and caregivers were able to attend. After so many events have had to be postponed or cancelled during Term One, it was wonderful to host families on site once again.

Signum Fidei Breakfasts

The Signum Fidei breakfasts are always a lovely occasion seeing students, their families and their teachers casually mingling and enjoying a sumptuous breakfast catered by the College. Congratulations to all the students who were recognised for being a Sign of Faith and doing the little things right in their learning, leadership, and service.

Literary Festival

During the week we also hosted two key events – the Writing Workshop on Tuesday evening and last night, the Author’s in Conversation evening. Both events were well attended and provided useful tips to support boys with their writing plus wonderful engaging conversation from our guest writers. Congratulations again to Ms Kristy Reynoldson and her team for such an outstanding array of events to engage and educate the students this week throughout Literary Festival.

Mother’s Celebration – An Evening in May

The month of May in the Catholic calendar is traditionally a celebration of Our Blessed Lady, Mary and also a time where we acknowledge and give thanks for our own mothers. As a tribute to the wonderful mother figures in our lives, the College is pleased to invite mums and their sons to “An Evening in May” to be held at ATC. Junior School mums are asked to save the date for Tuesday 17 May and Middle and Senior School mums save the date for Tuesday 24 May. Tickets are $20 per mother, which includes a glass of champagne and canapes. Their sons attend free of charge and a sausage sizzle, juice and water will be provided for the boys. The two evenings will run from 5pm to 6.30pm. Tickets go on sale via Parent Lounge on Wednesday 4 May. We look forward to celebrating with our mothers and their sons in May.

Academic Assemblies

Next week I look forward to the Academic Assemblies when we will be able to acknowledge and celebrate the academic achievements of students from Semester Two 2021. The three assemblies will be further opportunities for the College to host families onsite to share in the celebrations. Next week also marks the Feast Day of Blessed Edmund Rice, our founder, and we will celebrate this special occasion with three Masses next Thursday. Year 12 parents have been invited for a special component within the Year 12 Mass. The partnership with families across so many components is a critical positive of the ATC community.

Covid-19 Close Contact Changes

With the recent update to guidelines from Queensland Health for anyone who is deemed a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case, Mr Ryan has sent a letter to the community outlining these changes and how they impact our families. Under the new guidelines for close contacts who do not have COVID-19 symptoms, it means they no longer need to quarantine. Students who are close contacts must notify their school that they are a close contact. For seven days after becoming a close contact, students over the age of 12 must wear a face mask while outside of their home, including at school, and when outdoors if unable to physically distance. Queensland Health also recommends that children under the age of 12 wear a face mask when it is safe to do so. It is recommended that students undertake a rapid antigen test (RAT) on the first day they leave home, and every second day (e.g. days 2, 4, and 6) until they are no longer a close contact. Close contacts who develop COVID-19 symptoms must not attend school and should isolate until their symptoms resolve. Please see the ATC App for further details from Mr Ryan.


Amongst all the special events, excursions, incursions and co-curricular, classwork continues. With the first fortnight of the term concluded, assignments and assessment are very much front and centre. To assist families in planning for the term, the Assessment Schedules and Curriculum Overviews for Term Two are now available on SEQTA for each year level.  Schedules are also posted on the ATC App.


With just over one week to Mother s Day, a change for the student uniform requirements is close. The College uniform is a unifying influence for the school community and is a valuable part of a young man’s education to learn to present himself in a neat and appropriate manner. All students must neatly wear the school uniform without exception. Parents and caregivers are asked to ensure that their son/s are wearing the correct uniform and that all items are labelled with their son/s name. Mother’s Day is around the corner, and this signals a change in the uniform requirements.

From Mother’s Day till Father’s Day the College expects every student to wear their suitcoat and tie as part of their normal uniform each day. The exception is Years 4 to 9 who when they have PE on a particular day they wear their Sports uniform, or when notified by the College. The College suitcoat is also to be worn with the College badges. If the weather is cool enough, students are encouraged to wear their ATC jumper under their suitcoat. The College tie is be worn with the top button of shirt done up.

The new ATC Hoodie is for Weekend and Co-curricular activities in the cooler months such as in Term 2 and Term 3. It is NOT a part of the Monday to Friday uniform and is not worn during school hours. The ATC Spray jacket can be worn as part of the Sports uniform on PE days. Please see the links below to important Uniform and Grooming policies and guidelines.
ATC Uniform Guide:
ATC Uniform, Hair and Grooming policy;


Monday 2 May | Labour Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 3 May | Middle School Academic Assembly
Tuesday 3 May | Senior School Academic Assembly
Wednesday 4 May | Monday Week A Timetable
Wednesday 4 May | Junior School Academic Assembly
Thursday 5 May | Blessed Edmund Rice Feast Day
Thursday 5 May | Edmund Rice Mass (Year 12’s + Parents)
Thursday 5 May | Edmund Rice Mass (Years 7, 9, 10 & 11)
Thursday 5 May | Edmund Rice Mass (Years 4, 5, 6 & 8)
Thursday 5 May | Year 7 Performance incursion: The Apology
Thursday 5 May | Vocal, Piano, Drum Kit & Guitar Concerts
Friday 6 May | Mother’s Day Breakfast
Friday 6 May | Year 7 Retreat
Friday 6 May | Year 7-12 Water Polo QLD Invitational Tournament
Friday 6 May | Senior School Lip Sync Battle (Second Break)


Literary Festival

Amongst the flurry of visiting authors for the ATC Literary Festival, we also hosted a ‘Junior School Reading Morning’ with parents, fun ‘Storytime’ sessions with the College Leadership Team, and an ‘Authors in Conversation’ event featuring Nick Earls, Christine Bongers, and Richard Yaxley. It was great to welcome parents back on campus and see them sharing their love of literature with their sons. These events offer insights into boys’ reading patterns and authors’ writing processes as well as giving us the opportunity to share valuable tips to get boys reading more books. Thank you to the ATC community for embracing these special days and supporting your sons with their reading and writing.

From the Science Labs

Starting the month of May with renewed energy, our Year 9 Scientists are demonstrating their knowledge of Heat, Sound and Electricity. In this unit, boys are looking at different forms of energy, exploring how heat is transferred, and how the medium the heat is stored in affects this transfer. Because we know boys learn best when working in a practical way, Mr Gardiner’s class designed and conducted an experiment to test the effect of different insulation materials on heat transfer and follow up with a scientific report on their experiment. A key question of inquiry to answer is “How and why does the movement of heat energy vary according to the medium through which it is transferred?” Year 9s will then explore how this is applied to everyday life. We look forward to sharing more stories from our learner-centred classes that focus on the personal learning journey of each boy.

Term 2 Assessment Schedules

Please be advised that the Assessment Schedule and Curriculum Overview for Term 2 is now available on SEQTA and on the App. 

Year 4 Interactive Display

On Monday 30  May Year 4 students will be presenting some of the work from Term Two and will include the units covered in a number of their core subjects. The aim of the activity is to allow the boys to share their work with their peers and their parents and engage in discussion. Parents are invited to join us at NJ Hall at these times: 4 Nolan and 4 Bodkin presenting from 9:15 am until 9:45am;  4 Treacy and 4 Lynch presenting from 11:15am until 11:45pm. The boys have the option of dressing up costume as a character from the period.  This can be worn to and from school unless travelling by public transport. For further information about the activity, please contact Lawrence Gordon.

Geography Excursions

Year 8 Geography
As part of the study for Term 2 Geography – ‘Coastal Landforms and Processes’, Year 8 students in Semester 1 Geography will be participating in an excursion to Palm Beach on the Gold Coast, to investigate coastal erosion and the different management practices that have been put in place to minimise the loss of sand from Palm Beach. Note the date of excursion is for Year 8 Campbell, Bodkin, Treacy is on Tuesday 10 May. Full details are on the ATC App.

Year 10 Geography
As part of the study for Term 2 Geography – ‘Environmental Management – Rivers’, Year 10 Geography will be going on excursion on Tuesday 17 May to the Nerang River. Students will investigate the management of the river from its source to Hinze Dam. This excursion covers the Geomorphology and history of the Catchment, biological and chemical testing of the water in the Nerang River at various points, a visit to Natural Arch, visiting the Hinze Dam to consider the impact on the river. It is a terrific experience for the students to really consider in depth all the different kinds of impacts that can occur along the length of the river. Note early departure time of 6.30am. Full details including what to take on the day, can be found on the ATC App. Please be aware of all requirements for this full day excursion.

Year 11 Geography
As part of the study for Term 2 Geography – ‘Planning Sustainable Places’, Year 11 Geography will be going on excursion on Wednesday 11 May 2022 to Fortitude Valley. Students will investigate urban consolidation and the impacts of high density living, traffic congestion and human wellbeing in built up parts of the city landscape. On this full day program, students will have the option of looking at one of two sites in the Fortitude Valley (Fortitude Valley Station entrance and Brunswick Street Mall) with the aim of improving a public space. Students meet at 7:00am at Kate St Pick up area where they will then depart by bus at 7.15am to take them to the excursion destination in Fortitude Valley. Students will return to school by 3.30pm. Full details of what to bring on the excursion are on the ATC App.

Academic Assemblies

The College will acknowledge and celebrate the academic achievements of students from Semester Two 2021 in Term Two. Parents of award winners will be invited to attend assembly on the following dates:

Junior School Assembly – Wednesday 4 May at 8:40am
Middle School Assembly – Tuesday 3 May at 8:40am
Senior School Assembly – Tuesday 3 May at 9:20am

The College will also be holding a special Academic Assembly for our 2021 Year 12 Scholars on Tuesday 17 May at 8:40am in the SFXC.


Amplify Forum: Solutions for Online Safety event for Young People

The Queensland Family and Child Commission is excited to launch the upcoming Amplify Forum: Solutions for Online Safety event for young people aged 13-17. The Amplify Forum aims to promote online safety and child rights in the digital environment. Young people will have the opportunity to interact with guest speakers, collaboratively develop resources to promote online safety and most importantly, engage with other likeminded young people across Queensland. The details of the event are as follows: When: 28 May 28 2022, 12:00pm – 4:00pm via Zoom for young changemakers aged 13-17. We believe young people play an important role in developing resources and strategies related to online safety and take pride in knowing that the Amplify Forum has been co-designed by young people, for young people. We hope our ATC community find this resource useful and appreciate feedback from the participants to Register today by CLICKING HERE.- online-safety-tickets-269248117367


Year 6 Mass

Today our Year 6 cohort enjoyed coming together to celebrate the Eucharist and their friendships.

Edmund Rice Day Mass Year 12

As we move intoWeek 3, we look forward to seeing many of the Year 12 Parents and Caregivers at the Edmund Rice Day Mass and Morning Tea on Thursday 5 May. Please note the mass will begin at 8:45am in the St Francis Xavier Centre followed by morning tea in the Senior School Precinct in front of the Waterford West Building. Please see letter published on the College App for further information about parent participation at the Mass.

Claddagh Retreat

Further to communication last term, the rescheduled Year 12 Claddagh Retreat is being held from Monday 20 June to Wednesday 22 June during Pupil Free Week. Further information will be published over the course of this term. PLEASE NOTE all parent documentation is now due on Monday 30 May and is to be returned to the Faith and Mission Office in the Edmund Rice Building, attention Matt Warr.

Year 7 Retreat

The Year 7 Retreat is being held on Friday 6 May at the Sherwood AFC Club in Chelmer. Please see the letter on the ATC App outlining the details of day and the donation items for Emmanuel City Mission. It is appreciated that your son brings this with him on the day.



Our 2nd big set of Championships events are fast approaching and this term will feature our Cross Country lead-up and championship meets/event in AIC and GBC. Please make sure you follow the Cross Country page on the ATC app for all relevant information, as well as details on how to register your son. Training is taking place on Tuesday (Year 4-8) and Wednesday (Year 9-12) mornings and we welcome all boys who are keen to be involved.

With another great week of training under our belt, ATC Footballers looking forward to tomorrow’s matches against St Patrick’s College, Iona College and The Southport School. Last weekend’s Football fixtures at Northgate against Brisbane Grammar School and Brisbane Boys’ College were a great start and for many players, it was their first game as a team. Despite the interruptions to our pre-season, the boys played really and across the day we had a mix of wins, losses and draws, all of which provided valuable game experience. Good luck tomorrow to all teams!


It is wonderful to see our ATC Clubs program up and running again for Term 2.  We have welcomed new students into our Year 4 and Year 7 Cooking Clubs, Year 4 and 5 Art Club, Golf program and Chess – Emerging Players.  Our remaining clubs have picked up from Term 1 and continue to develop their skills and knowledge across the program. Thank you for your patience as we have had to tackle the odd challenge through Term 1 and we look forward to hopefully a clear run through Term 2.


Our friends from ChessMates are once facilitating our popular Chess Club sessions for both Queens Gambit and new emerging players. Boys are learning or expanding on their tactical skills, strategic moves and various openings as they aim to master the mindful game of Chess.


P&F Meeting

Join the ATC P&F for the next meeting on Tuesday 3 May, at 6.30pm in Mt Sion Library in the Junior School. We look forward to welcoming parents who are interested in hearing the latest updates from the Principal and how to become involved with any of the P&F events in 2022. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to email the ATC P&F Secretary.

Rugby Family Night Out

Book your tickets for the P&F annual Rugby Night Out at Suncorp when the Qld Reds take on Moana Pacifica on Friday 20 May at 7.45pm. Pizza on the Mt Sion deck prior to us heading in on the train to Suncorp. Tickets are available on Parent Lounge and further details are on the ATC App. Ticket sales close early in May so get in now.


Poolwerx Moggill Marathon

Grab your friends, family or co-workers and run/walk together in the inaugural Poolwerx Moggill Marathon happening Sunday 22 May 2022. Register today by CLICKING HERE. and support Bravery Box charity and local community groups!

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal