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Coming Up in Week 6

We are thankful that the prayers of our community and those across the country have been answered with Cleo Smith having been found safe and well. It reminds us all to remain hope filled and to have faith in positive outcomes, no matter how difficult a situation may seem.

On Tuesday, Melbourne Cup wasn’t the only important event on the calendar! Our community came together to acknowledge outstanding students as we celebrated the College Service Assembly and the Clontarf Awards Ceremony.

During a Covid-impacted year, it has been amazing that our students have recorded over 20 000 service hours. I congratulate our staff for coming up with innovative alternatives to many of our usual service activities that have not been able to occur due to restrictions. It was wonderful to recognise a hundred Gold Service Award winners from the Middle and Junior Schools. Mr Andrew McCrohon Service Coordinator, challenged the student body to respond to a Christmas Appeal to support Emmanuel Mission by donating long life milk and toilet paper. Two simple requirements which are essential items for people in need.

Ambrose Treacy College has a partnership with the Clontarf Foundation and on Tuesday evening our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families gathered in NJ Hall to review the year and acknowledge students who have demonstrated outstanding attendance, academic achievement, application, and commitment. I congratulate Mr Brett Greinke for his leadership and support throughout the year and for organising this special event.

Yesterday afternoon we hosted over 70 prospective families at our College Tour. It is always a pleasure to always share the wonderful stories of what is happening across our campus. Our enrolment numbers are in high demand and I encourage parents who have a son who is intending to come to ATC to contact our Enrolments Officer Robyn Donaldson.

Last night we welcomed Year 11 Parents to a Year 12 2022 information night where we shared important details about the upcoming academic year. It focused on how we support the boys as they transition into their final year of schooling and their role as leaders of the College.

To end a busy week, I look forward to welcoming all the Trivia buffs to the ATC P&F Trivia Night tomorrow in NJ Hall. It will be a night of competitive fun and as always, the costumes and decorations will add to the festive atmosphere. Thank you to Suzanne Rosolen who has spent many hours coordinating the event.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday 6 November | Touch Football – Primary QLD All Schools
Monday 8 November to Friday 12 November | Year 12 External Assessment
Monday 8 November | Year 10 Sport & Rec 1 Canoe Day Trip
Tuesday 9 November | Year 11 Japanese Restaurant visit
Tuesday 9 November | Summer Co-curricular Music Evening
Wednesday 10 November | Junior Band Breakfast Concert
Wednesday 10 November | Year 9 Japanese Restaurant visit
Thursday 11 November | Friday Bell Times
Thursday 11 November | Remembrance Day
Thursday 11 November | Year 10 Sport & Rec 2 Canoe Day Trip
Friday 12 November | Year 11 RYDA Program
Friday 12 November | Year 4 and 5 Mass

Office Hours during December/January School Holidays

Please note that College Reception will close at 3.00pm on the last day of Term 4, Friday 26 November 2021. The College will be closed for the Christmas period from Friday 17 December and will reopen on Monday 3 January 2022.  At all other times, College Reception will be open from 8am to 4pm. Please refer to 2022 Term Dates.

A reminder that students are still required to bring their own face masks to school – we’re going through A LOT of face masks because boys don’t bring their own.

LEARNING NEWS

Book Swap

Roll up, roll up – it’s a Mt Sion Book Swap! We have boxes and boxes of ex-library and donated books to sell next week. Prices will range from just $1 – $3 and 100% of profits go to Story Dogs, the wonderful not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve literacy outcomes for children, our very own ‘Archie’ is a much-loved Story Dog.

Year 4 Milk Bottle Regatta

One of the highlights for the boys next term will be the annual “Year 4 Milk Bottle Raft Regatta.” This will be held on Thursday 25 November, the last week of Term 4. Students will work in teams to construct rafts out of plastic milk bottles and race on them in the Pool. More details will be provided early next term. To prepare for this we ask that you and your son begin to collect plastic milk bottles  (1, 2 and 3L), wash them and store them in garbage bags at home.  The bottles are to be brought to school in the week beginning Monday 22 November so construction can begin in preparation for the Regatta. On average, each student should bring in 15 milk bottles and two rolls of packing tape.

Textbook Returns Year 12

A reminder to all Year 12 parents, caregivers and students that when external exams are completed, all textbooks must be returned to the Westcourt iCentre.  The last day for returns is Friday 12 November. Parents can view their son’s textbooks on loan via Parent Lounge. Go to Student Details and see Issued Textbooks. If books are not returned by the due date, parents will incur a replacement cost fee which will be charged to your Fees Statement account.  A similar process will operate for Years 7 to 11 later in the term.

Laptop Audits Years 7-11

At the end of Term 4 students in Years 7-11 are required to return their laptops for the annual audit and maintenance of the machines. During the next few weeks, an audit will be completed during home room to identify parts that need to be ordered to complete repairs at the end of Term 4.  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.  Please refer to the ATC Acceptable Technology Use Policy on the SEQTA Engage, Documents section for further details. Parents will be notified if a student’s laptop is identified during the initial audit as requiring a repair at the end of the year.  Year 11 - Laptops will be able to be picked up on the last day of school after handing them in for repair, once boys have completed their final exams.  Year 4 – 10 - Laptops will be returned to all students in Week 1, 2022.  

Year 12 Laptop Purchase Option

A reminder that all Year 12s must return their laptop and charger to the IT Department for an audit as soon as their last exam is over. As part of the College 1:1 Laptop Program, each student was given a College laptop at the beginning of Year 10 for the Senior School three‐year cycle. It is important that Year 12 students back up any files on their laptop that they wish to keep to a USB or external hard drive. After auditing the current laptops and the needs for 2022, a decision has been made to offer the 2021 Seniors the opportunity to purchase their College laptops. After consultation with our IT partners, ATC has been offered $320 for each of the devices. If a family wishes to purchase the College laptop, they will need to pay the market rate of $320 via Parent Lounge, under Events and Payments. Purchase of the laptop must be completed by COB Tuesday 26 November 2021 and will be returned in the same physical condition as they were handed in. Laptops will be available for collection from the IT Office from Monday 6 December 2021.

FORMATION NEWS

Year 12 Valedictory Lunch Selection

The Valedictory Celebration will be held on Thursday 18 November starting at 10:00am, at Riverlife Church, 47 Jennifer Street, Seventeen Mile Rocks. We now ask you to select your preferred lunch meal from the menu below. One RSVP form reserves up to 3 lunches (1 student +2 parents/caregivers). We request that only one RSVP form be completed per family group. Every endeavour will be made to accommodate your selection. Please ensure you have read all the information on the College App regarding arrangements for the day. Please complete form by Thursday 11 November. CLICK HERE TO RSVP and choose from the menu.

Year 11 Sociable photos

The photo gallery from the Year 11 SociABLE event is now ready for viewing. You can order digital prints and download them for free. If you require a printed copy of your son’s photos, you can order and pay online and they will be posted to your home address. CLICK HERE to view and order. Use code: ATC21

Year 6 Transition Events

Please see important information on the College App from Mr Michael Stewart regarding the 2021 Year 6 Transition Events which include the Year 6 Formation Lessons – The Path to Year 7 being held throughout Term 4; Year 6 Transition Retreat on Wednesday 24 November; End of Year 6 Celebration Liturgy on Thursday 25 November at 1:30pm and the Rite of Passage Tunnel on Friday 26 November (Time to be announced).

Year 4 Dance – Celebration of Excellence

A significant annual College event, the ‘Celebration of Excellence’, is being held on Tuesday 16 November at Riverlife from 5.30pm. The Year 4 cohort have been invited to perform a choreographed dance routine. It will be an exciting night for all Year 4 boys as they perform on stage in front of a large audience. The dance routines are coming along very well! To add to the spectacle of their performance at Celebration of Excellence on Tuesday 16 November, all boys are to wear denim jeans and the following plain coloured t-shirt. Bodkin – Green shirt/Denim Jeans; 4 Nolan – Yellow shirt/Denim Jeans; 4 Treacy – White shirt/Denim Jeans

Road Safety

A number of students travel to school via Indooroopilly Railway Station. It is important that students exit the station on the eastern side and walk/ride along the river boardwalk. Some students are not travelling this way and hence are putting their safety at risk by walking across a very busy four-way intersection. Other students are riding hire scooters part way to school and then leaving the scooters on the road. I invite parents to have a discussion with their son regarding road safety if they are travelling via any of these modes of transport.

FAITH & MISSION NEWS

Year 5 Retreat

Today the Year 5 Retreat provided an opportunity for the boys to gain a greater understanding of the story of Ambrose Treacy College and what makes this school such a wonderful community to be a part of. The stories of Jesus, Edmund and Ambrose were woven into recollections about the Irish roots from which Edmund and Ambrose came.

On Friday we will celebrate the Eucharist with both Years 4 and 5 in the Chapel at 8.40am.

On Thursday the College comes together to commemorate Remembrance Day with a special Liturgy at 8.40am.

CO-CURRICULAR NEWS

Please be reminded that our Co-curricular staff are  enthusiastic about providing supervision support for your son/s during the allocated activity time. We would appreciate your support of our programs by ensuring that students are collected on time so that supervising staff can get home to their families. Students who are not picked up at their allocated times will need to be collected from the College reception. Thank you in advance for your support on this matter.

Music

The Summer Music Concerts are being held on Tuesday 9 November at 5.30pm & 6.30pm. To book your tickets, please CLICK HERE

2022 Co-curricular Music Enrolments

Enrolments for Instrumental, Vocal, Production and Drama & Communication lessons in 2022 are now open for all new and continuing students. You can find the Schedule of Fees and enrolment link on the College App. CLICK HERE for enrolments online form.

Debating

*IDC Round 4 is on Friday 5 November. The students from Years 5-7 will debate at ATC Callan Classrooms via Zoom against opponent schools from across Oceania. Start time is 3.30pm and conclusion is 6pm.

SPORT NEWS

We are 1 week into the 2-week Athletic Development House Challenge. This challenge is encouraging boys in Years 4 – 11, to attend their athletic development sessions, fuelled by some friendly competition. Over the 2 weeks, attendance will be tallied according to houses, with the winning house having a special lunch put on for them in Week 7. This is the time for the boys to start preparing for 2022, whether they are wanting to develop their skills as a player, improve co-ordination, or just get fit, this is the program for all! Please encourage the boys to bring their mates along and get their house across the line! Please check the “Athletic Development” section of the “Term 4 Sport Timetable” for relevant times and we look forward to seeing ALL students who are interested at the sessions.

P & F NEWS

The ATC P&F Executive look forward to seeing all attendees on Saturday night from 6pm at NJ Hall for a night of trivia, games, raffles and friendraising.

Year 7 Evening Get Together

Year 7 parents and caregivers are invited to an End of Year gathering at White Lies Brewery (2/32 Spine Street, Sumner) on Friday 19 November from 5:30 pm. There will be a food van available to grab a bite on the night. Please email Sue, Year 7 Parent Liaison, if you are able to attend so she can count numbers and advise the venue

ATC P&F Parents’ Book Club

The last book club for 2021 is a dinner and chat on Wednesday 24 November at 100 Acre Bar St Lucia Golf Club. The book being discussed is “The Invisible life of Addie Larue” by V.E Schwab. Details are on the Club’s Facebook group. Please RSVP to Rachel via the page or via a text to: 0422844622

Enjoy Week 6!

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal