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Coming Up in Week 5

Week 4 had it all – a full five days and one of the most diverse and busy weeks in the Term 2 calendar. With Year 6 away in Far North Queensland and many year levels engaging in NAPLAN tests, humanities excursions and incursions, not to mention hundreds of boys playing sport, performing music and being active in our clubs, we have had plenty of great stories and photos to share with you on our Facebook page this week!

Year 6 students and staff jetted off north for four days touring Cairns, the tropical rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef. The sun has been shining every day and with an action packed tour schedule, the boys are creating plenty of lasting memories and sharing good times.

For our Year 5, 7 and 9 cohorts, NAPLAN took centre stage with still another week to come. The observations and feedback were that the young men were calm beforehand, worked right up to the time limit and did what we always expect, to do their personal best. The best preparation for tests such as NAPLAN is good teaching and student participation on a weekly basis. Thru this approach the students were ready for this two-week testing regime. It is the first time ATC has completed NAPLAN online so it has been a new experience for everyone. Thanks to the Learning Office staff, the IT Department, the Grounds staff and all the teachers for ensuring the environment has been positive for the boys.

In addition, this week the staff have been busy providing a range of learning experiences for our students! The Year 8s studying Geography this semester went ‘outside’ on an excursion to the Nerang River to look at waterways, while the Year 8s studying History took part in an incursion linked to their Medieval history unit. In Semester Two the two groups will switch Geography and History studies and experience more exciting learning.

Year 11 Geography hit Fortitude Valley to explore urban consolidation and the impacts of high density living, traffic congestion and human wellbeing in built up parts of the city landscape. They looked at social, environmental and economic issues being faced and will now begin their assessment task. Our science staff have also been active with Year 10 excursion to UQ for the annual Science & Engineering Challenge and Senior students heard from two professors at a Physics lecture at Churchie where they explored nano particles and delved into career paths for scientists.

Having the courage to care, to feel empathy and show compassion are life skills essential to being an upstander in society. Our Year 10 cohort listened to five guest speakers this week as part of the ‘Courage to Care’ program. This was challenging as the students heard stories of the experiences the Holocaust survivors endured, the hardships, uncertainty and sadness. But they also listened to stories of the many upstanders who came together to contribute to their survival. This powerful program is a direct link to our students unit studied in Term One and their broader studies in Religious Education. The workshops held after the presentations focused on engaging with students around how they can be upstanders in their own sphere of influence. We value this program as it provides strong links to our Formation curriculum also.

The Connacht House Mass was celebrated this morning for the Year 10, 11 and 12 students in that House. It is another of our rolling Masses for the different year levels and Houses. In the year celebrating 200 Years of Catholic Education, the masses celebrated by the students are an important aspect in highlighting the difference a Catholic school offers. Our College Assembly in week 6 will focus on highlighting and celebrating 200 years of Catholic education.

Our co-curricular program has been in full swing. Last Thursday night nearly 40 musicians were involved in guitar, vocal or piano performances. Then on Friday night, students from the ATC Jazz Orchestra and Big Band combined to perform at the Brisbane Jazz Club as part of the Brisbane Youth Jazz Festival. The ATC Guitars entertained College Assembly on Tuesday with a wonderful array of items that had the crowd swaying along. The ATC Clarinet Ensemble performed an awesome playlist at the Brookfield Show on Thursday evening sharing favourites like Radetzky March, Scotland the Brave, Willy Wonka Welcome Song, Old Time Rock ‘n Roll and a funky rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!

Term 3 sport nominations close Monday. Please read below for more details. I encourage very boy to consider being a part of one of the many offerings.

I congratulate our wonderful staff for continuing to provide such an array of engaging learning experiences in and outside of the classroom.

Formal Photo Day
Please note that formal photos will be taken on Thursday 27 May. It is important that students are in attendance that day and their hair, grooming and uniform are immaculate. This is the only day that formal photos will be taken this year for Yearbook purposes and for families to purchase. Mark your calendar and make the haircut appointment if needed please.

College Traffic flow
Please note that the Senior School Roundabout drop off area is not for parking your vehicle unattended. The drop off area can normally handle 4 to 5 cars at a time and works very smoothly however, if parents park and leave their vehicle in the drop off zone, it causes significant delays for other parents and danger to our students. This is strictly a ‘Drop and Go’ zone.

Lost Property
We have a large amount of lost property in College Reception located in the Edmund Rice Building. Please ask your son to check for any missing items before the end of this term.

Week 5 ! Hump week is here so let’s see what else is coming up:


Monday 17 May | NAPLAN Window (Years 5, 7 & 9)
Monday 17 May | GBC Years 4-12 Interschool Cross Country Carnival
Tuesday 18 May to Friday 21 May | Year 11 Exam Block
Tuesday 18 May | No College Assembly; Period 1, Friday Week A Timetabled class
Wednesday 19 May | Year 10 Geography Excursion to Nerang River
Wednesday 19 May | AFL School of Excellence competition
Wednesday 19 May | ATC Debating
Thursday 20 May | Year 5 excursion to St Helena Island
Thursday 20 May | Junior Drama evening
Friday 21 May | Year 9 Mass
Saturday 22 May | Brisbane Careers Expo
Saturday 22 May | Term 2 Community Mass

Principal’s Message

As we enter a phase of lighter restrictions the College has welcomed opportunities to invite the community on campus. Last week’s music concert, Mother’s Day event and sporting home games reminded us how much we have missed gathering and sharing happy times. Chris is delighted too and shared his reflections in his blog on Monday. CLICK HERE TO READ HIS WEEK 4 BLOG.

Learning News

Year 5 Excursion

On Thursday 20 May Year 5 students will be visiting St Helena Island as part of our Humanities and English topics. The aims of the activity are to analyse what life was like for the prisoners of St. Helena.  And understand the reasons for the establishment of St Helena. Further details are available on the College App. Departure is at 8:40am from school bus zone. Return Time is  2:45pm. Boys are to wear Sports Uniform with wide brimmed hat (school hat)

Year 4 Day of the Infamous

On Monday, 31 May Year 4 students will be presenting interactive displays on a convict they have researched in class as part of our Humanities studies. Each display will include a biography, timeline and evaluation of their chosen convict. As part of their homework, students will also prepare items for their display. The aims of the activity are to develop a deeper understanding of the experiences of convicts on the First Fleet and for the boys to use their IT skills to research and present their work. See the College App for the full schedule and dress up requirements.

Faith & Mission News

From humble beginnings 200 years ago in just three schools, Catholic education has grown and this year it reaches a double century milestone firm in the knowledge that it has nurtured the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands students across Australia. Mr Matt Warr, Dean of Faith & Mission acknowledges the greatness of this and also shares news from the Service Department and parish Sacramental programs in the latest blog. CLICK HERE TO READ MATT’S BLOG.

Year 9 Mass

Year 9 will celebrate Mass next Friday 21 May in the Chapel of St Joseph at 8:30am. We will acknowledge the Year 9 cohort and the closing stages of their middle school journey. Students are to wear their full formal uniform, including suitcoat and tie, and meet their homeroom teacher in the Chapel at 8:25am to mark the roll prior to the commencement of mass. Whilst we are not able to invite parents and caregivers to this occasion, we encourage all families to attend the Community Masses offered at the College.

Sport News

Registrations for Tennis and Athletics Age Championships and Term 3 sports close next Monday 17 May. To register your son, please go to Parent Lounge and accept the invitation. The details for each sport will be on the relevant information letter. If you are in a position to volunteer for the Sports Canteen, please go to VOLUNTEER LOCAL as register for a shift.

Term 3 Sport Registrations are open and close on Monday 17 May. Please look out for the invitations on Parent Lounge, accept the sport your son wishes to do and then subscribe to that tag on the College App to get more information soon.

Music News

Rehearsals are well underway in preparation for the upcoming QCMF video recordings. These videos will be playing during the QCMF 2021 Hybrid Festival in August to adjudicators and small live audiences. Please refer to the College App for information on which ensembles will be recording on specific dates. Please also remember that students will be required to wear their full performance uniform, including suit coat, for all video recording sessions.



On Tuesday 18 May, Round 2 of Year 6 Debating will take place at St Laurence’s College. Families can park on Savio Oval (near the sports centre), and enter via Stephens Rd. The competition will be held in the Primary School (Hogan) Building, located in the main quadrangle of the school. More details are on the College App. A meeting for Year 6 team is being held on Monday at break time in Mt Sion.


A rematch is being called for after today’s Rocket League Exhibition Match! Our Year 12 national champions took on challengers from Year 10 and after 5 minutes of intense play and even more intense cheering from the huge audience, we had a winner. Congratulations to the Year 12 team who won 3-1.

Tuckshop News

Thank you to all parents and caregivers who have set up their ATC Shop account.  If you want your son to purchase food at either Paddy’s Place or the Bakehouse for breakfast, morning tea or lunch you will need to set up an account in the ATC shop and load funds on to his account. This account is also used to purchase bus tickets, IT replacement items and school badges.  All students will have to have funds available on their account to make any purchases at the tuckshops. Please see the College App for details about these changes and how to set up your account. Pre-ordering is no longer available for Paddy’s Place and the Bakehouse and the tuckshops are now self-service. The tuckshops will continue to offer the same range of healthy and nutritious meals, sandwiches/wraps/salads and snacks for students, including daily specials prepared by our on-site chef.

P&F News

Rugby Family Night Out

Come along and support the Queensland Reds on Friday 4 June as they take on the Auckland Blues in the their final Home Game in the Trans Tasman Rugby Competition. Get together with ATC Families for pizza and drinks on the Mt Sion Deck in the Junior School at 5.30pm, and then head off to Suncorp Stadium on the train from Indooroopilly at 6.30pm. Tickets are available via Parent Lounge until 4pm Wednesday 26 May. Strictly NO late ticket sales are possible. The Reds are holding our seat allocation only until that date. Any queries, please contact the coordinator Andrew Taylor. Ticket Options are:
Option 2 JUNIOR TICKET (16 years and under) in the RED ZONE, PIZZA AND SOFT DRINK $22
Option 3 PIZZA and SOFT DRINK only (For existing game ticketholders) $8.00

P & F Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 1 June in Mt Sion iCentre, commencing 6.30pm.

Year 10 Parents Night Out

All Year 10 Parents and Caregivers are invited to White Lies Brewing at Sumner Park on Thursday 20 May from 6.30pm to catch up with old friends and make new ones! All are welcome at this ‘no fuss’ type of evening so please come as you are! RSVP to Annalinda Robinson if you are coming along so a space can be reserved. Pay as you go, no prepayment of money. Details are on the College App.

Year 9 Coffee Catch Up

P&F Parent Liaison Suzanne Rosolen invites Year 9 Parents and Caregivers for a coffee ‘catch-up’ at Peach & Billy out the back, 3 Moordale St Chapel Hill (just up from Suburban Social on Friday 21 May from 8.15am. If you are attending please RSVP to Suz via your FB page or text her on 0432096235 so they can reserve an area. See you there!

Remember to follow our Facebook Page for more stories of ATC and keep an eye on the College App for more important information.

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal