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Coming Up in Week 8

It has been a week focused on completing classwork, assignments and preparing g for the upcoming exams that are only two weeks away. Exam schedules have been published and I encourage every family to produce a clear chart of the schedule for their son.

House Challenges

Along with the hard work, the House challenges have been running this week offering competitions in chess and running. Some serious chess battles were fought in NJ Hall as Junior, Middle and Senior schools brought their strategic moves to the fore and on Friday, the king of the chessboard was determined.

House Chess Challenge

After the three days of competition, we congratulate the Equal 3rd winners – Leinster Giants and Ulster Rebels. In 2nd place Munster Kings, and the 2021 Chess House Champions are the Connacht Saints. Well done to all players and supporters and thank you to the staff who organised this wonderful event. It was great to see the camaraderie amongst competitors amidst the concentration, strategizing and manoeuvring.

Gate to Gate

Today the inner road of the college grounds was filled on both sides as nominated students from each year level raced up the hill in the House Gate to Gate challenge. The noise was loud, and the efforts of the runners was right up there also. Congratulations to the respective year level winners –

4: Nick Ledwig. CON, 5: Ethan Shine ULS, 6: Harley Rapa ULS, 7: Max McGrath ULS, 8: Sean Majendie MUN, Aidan Crouch CON, 10: Harvey Cole ULS, 11: Jasper Knight ULS, 12: Thomas Denny ULS. The winning House will be announced soon!

The Junior School boys will finish the term with their Interhouse Athletics Carnival on Friday 17 September. This will be another great opportunity for the Junior School students to show their colours and gain points for their house. Bring on the next House Challenge – Term 4 Touch and Service Hours. So don’t forget to log these!

Student voice is an important component of ATC. This week all students were involved in completing an EREA Student Satisfaction Survey. The aim was to amplify student voice within our community across a range of topics so that we can better inform our practices.

Next week marks a few special dates. Of course, Father’s Day rounds off the week and is a special day for all the fathers in our community. It also marks the final day that students are required to wear their full College uniform. Students are welcomed to continue to wear their formal uniform but it is not a requirement following Father’s Day. Please also note that Friday 3 September is a designated Pupil Free Day and no students are required to attend school. The long weekend should be an ideal time to help prepare for those exams around the corner. Normal lessons resume on Monday 6 September.

UPCOMING DATES

Tuesday 31 August | ICAS Competition (Maths)
Tuesday 31 August | Year 6 Let’s Chat
Tuesday 31 August | P & F Meeting
Wednesday 1 September | Year 4 IMCH visits
Thursday 2 September | Last day of Formal Uniform
Friday 3 September | Pupil Free Day

LEARNING NEWS

Year 12 Mock Exams

Year 12 Mock Exams to be held over an Examination Block commencing on Friday 10 September and finishing Friday 17 September 2021. Please see an important letter from Lara Morgan, Dean of Learning along with the Exam Schedule, Equipment List and Directions for Students on the College App.  

ATCareers Bulletin

The latest edition of the ATCareers Bulletin is now available via the link below. In this edition there are articles about Apprenticeships & Traineeships, Year 12 important information and University updates. If you have any queries regarding any of these articles, Contact "kathm@atc.qld.edu.au" linktext="please click here to contact Michelle Kath, Head of Pathways"/> or call Senior School Reception on 073878 0545 

FAITH & MISSION NEWS

Walk the Walk Years 8-12

The Service Program at ATC is central to the values of our College and empowers students to live their faith through action. Advocacy is a powerful tool to engage with the spirit of service at times when there is difficulty finding face to face opportunities. It heightens awareness and shines the light on the difficulties others face in society. The Walk the Walk Service Initiative for Years 8 – 12 provides an opportunity for students to experience service through advocacy. Students will receive information directly via email from Mr Andrew McCrohon during the coming week. Parents are to provide permission for their son to participate in the activity “via the online form here.”:https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=duwPwuQ1702XcQiAqAQRhNCU5vOakHZJtQVw2fV9QbBUM0c0VElESzJNR0NPS1gzQlROOEpRMEhNTC4u Please contact Mr McCrohon should you have any queries with this activity.

Year 8 Grand Story

Year 8 Students are invited to participate in the My Grand Story activity over the coming weeks. My Grand Story is a Service initiative that sees students work through a booklet of questions with their Grandparents. It is a wonderful way for our ATC Gentlemen to learn the stories of their Elders. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with Grandparents and record their life experiences and lessons. They’ll get 5 Service hours for completing the booklet, but more importantly, they will spend some valuable time with their beloved family members. Click the link below to download the booklet. Students are to save this file to their computer so they can add their responses. Organise a time, either over the phone or in person, and sit back and listen to all the tales and adventures of Grandma and Grandad. So you can receive your service hours please register for My Grand Story on the link here.

Yellow Brick Road

Junior School are invited to commence the Yellow Brick Road Service activity. The YBR, is a 4-week plan that focuses on small acts of Service in and around the home. If there is an activity that you are unable to complete, feel free to substitute it with something else (household jobs/chores cannot be used, like making your bed!).  In times such as these, acts of kindness and service are as important as ever. Students can snap a photo of themselves completing some of the activities and send it to signumfidei@atc.qld.edu.au so we can share the good news to our community! Let’s Lead through our Service!

Indro to India

During the colder months it is always an opportunity to pause and reflect on the circumstances of others who find themselves sleeping rough on those cold nights. Whether it be people across the world or people in our very own communities, homelessness impacts many. ATC students are called to build relationships with poor and marginalised, and through the Indro India initiative, students in the middle school will get an opportunity to show empathy and compassion to those who sleep rough, by sleeping rough in solidarity with those, who tonight do not have a warm bed to sleep in. After registering on the link below, between the Feast Day of Mary Mackillop 8 August and the Feast Day of Mother Theresa 5 September students can spend a night sleeping in their own backyard in a tent or swag. They will be required to eat dinner outside, go to bed, and have breakfast outside, and will not be allowed the use of their phone. In addition to completing the sleeping challenge, students are to donate $5 (sealed in a named envelope and delivered to the Faith and Mission office) which will go towards assisting the St Vincent De Paul Society, which provide wonderful support services for those sleeping rough. Upon completion of the tasks, students can log 5 Service Hours with their Homeroom teacher. Please send any photos through to signumfidei@atc.qld.edu.au

FORMATION NEWS

Formal Photograph Distribution

The Formal College Photographs have arrived and they will be distributed to students by their Homeroom teachers in Week 8 between Monday 30 August and Thursday 2 September. All students who had photo orders placed will receive their package. We will remind your sons to take care of their photos whilst transporting them home. Please keep an eye out for them. 

MUSIC

QCMF Results

The QCMF results are in and we couldn’t be prouder of the time and effort the boys put into this year’s festival recordings. Congratulations to everyone involved!

ATC’s Got Talent

ATC’s Got Talent is back for 2021! Students are invited to film their act and upload it by Wednesday 6 October. Full details and the registration to participate is all available via SEQTA and the ATC App. Entries are now open and we’re hoping for some great prizes this year so if you are a family or business who would like to contribute we would love to hear from you! Any queries can come to music@atc.qld.edu.au

Formal Concert Series

We are delighted to announce that the ATC Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Junior Band, ATC Jazz Orchestra, Big Band and Jazz Ensemble will have the opportunity to perform here at ATC during week 9 for our Formal Concert Series. The ensembles involved in the week 9 concert series have now received relevant information and details are also posted in the relevant sections on the College APP.

Rory Kerr

ATC Co-curricular Music has had the wonderful support of ATC Old Boy Rory Kerr in his role as Ensemble Assistant in Terms 2 and 3 this year. Next week Rory takes a giant leap in his career as he heads to the Wagga Wagga embarking on a career in the Royal Australian Air Force. Thanks for everything Rory, and all the best!

SPORT

We have had record numbers at Athletics training this week which has been fantastic to see. Whether you are trying out for the GBC Athletics team or working on your running, jumping and throwing, you are more than welcome. Training is on five mornings a week and for a full training timetable, please visit the ATC App under the tag ‘Athletics’

P & F NEWS

P & F Annual General Meeting

The P&F AGM scheduled for Tuesday 31 August has been postponed to Tuesday 12 October.  Instead, a normal P&F Meeting will occur via TEAMs on Tuesday 31 August, commencing at 6.30pm.  If you would like to attend this meeting online, please RSVP via the email below before 5pm Monday 30 August and include your preferred email address for the TEAMs link to be sent to.  Please note your details will be visible to other attendees.  An Agenda and calendar invite will be sent to all registered attendees only, prior to the meeting. Email: admin@atc.qld.edu.au

Ladies Spring Lunch SOLD OUT

Ticket holders can still buy Raffle tickets via Parent Lounge and have the chance to win great prizes such as an O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat voucher for two nights in one of their new glamping Safari Tents, with daily breakfast for up to four people; or a $100 Nest Homewares voucher and a bottle of Chandon bubbles. More prizes to be announced in the coming weeks! 

I remind families to keep an eye on the College App and check their email inboxes for up to date, important information for Week 8.

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal

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