Father’s Day is a special day for all father figures in our community. Our boys need good role models – both male and female and at ATC we understand the significance of this. I wish all our fathers a very special Sunday and hopefully there will be plenty of time well spent. Fathers, Uncles, Grandfathers, neighbours, coaches and teachers all play a significant part in raising our young men. We were disappointed to cancel the scheduled Father’s Day Breakfast this year, due to the uncertainty of restrictions earlier in the term, but hopefully next year will see the return of this significant community event at the College. I hope you enjoy your family celebrations.
The College was a lot quieter today with our students enjoying the day off for the designated Pupil Free Day. But it wasn’t a totally student free day on campus as we welcomed 200 of our newest ATC Gentlemen. The 2022 Year 4, 5, 6 and 7 students attended for a Testing Day. After some hard work in the classrooms, a lot of fun was had with friend raising activities and every boy went home knowing more about ATC and having met some new friends.
For the first time in over a month we were able to gather on Tuesday at the College assembly. The highlight for me was the significant number of students who stood when Mr McCrohon asked who had participated in the Indro to India Service initiative. During lockdown restrictions and uncertain times, it was warming to see over 400 boys had thought of others and put themselves outside (literally) of their own comfort zone. Our Service Program is a point of difference for ATC and the boys have taken on the values and intent extremely well.
It has been wonderful to see Raissa Martin – one of our School Officers – compete in the Australian Goalball team at the Paralympics. The Aussie Belles knocked a team or two out of the way – including the World Champions (Russia) – to make it to the quarter finals. Unfortunately, they narrowly lost to Turkey (Rio Paralympic Gold medalists). This is the first quarter final reached in 25 years for any team and a first for a women’s team! Raissa works with me in Year 9 science classes and I have been impressed with her dedication and passion for her training and her sport. It is wonderful to see Raissa and her teammates achieve so much – particularly on such a modest budget. Hard work and persistence do pay off.
Yesterday was the final day 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 from Week 9 onwards. Generally, the students have been very good in complying with the requirement to wear masks in classes and inside buildings. However, the College Reception is distributing around 200 masks each day. It is important that every student comes to school with a mask and takes care of it throughout the day.
A date claimer – The P&F Trivia night has been rescheduled for Saturday 6 November 2021. Hopefully COVID restrictions will not be in place to cause this fun event to be cancelled. Table captains are directed to read the information on the College App and in the P&F NEWS section below for details on this new date.
If a student is absent, caregivers should either phone the absentee Line (3878 0500) prior to 8:25am on that day or submit an Absentee Form via the College App. If your son is likely to be absent for several days, please send an email to your son’s Homeroom Teacher and Head of Year/House and Student Reception at email@example.com
Extended absences of more than a week should be requested in writing to the Principal at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the event your son is absent for assessment, please also refer to the ATC Assessment Policy and Procedures, available in SEQTA | Documents section. Students whose ability to attend or participate in an assessment is adversely affected by illness or an unexpected event may be eligible for provisions for illness and misadventure. It is important that families do not plan any holiday/days away from school during the assessment period.
A reminder that Term 3 concludes on Friday 17 September. I encourage all families to support the College in ensuring their son/s attend school right up to the closure of the day at 3pm. With only two weeks to go until the holidays attention is fully on completing assignments and preparing for exams. It can be a busy and unsettling time for students and hence a time when we adults need to be very supportive and assisting them plan for the tasks ahead.
All the best for the upcoming assessments.
Sunday 5 September | Father’s Day
Monday 6 September – Friday 10 September | National Child Protection Week
Monday 6 September – Thursday 9 September | Years 4-11 Pre-Exam Blockout
Tuesday 7 September | VET Recognition Breakfast & Assembly Friday 10 September to Friday 17 September | Years 4-11 Exam Period
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.
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 email@example.com so we can share the good news to our community! Let’s Lead through our Service!
STEPtember Year 10 Service Initiative
Year 10 students are invited to take part in STEPtember, by registering 10,000 steps a day for the duration of the month of September. STEPtember is dedicated to raising money and awareness to improve the lives of those living with Cerebral Palsy. Students need to register via the link below, including a parent acknowledgement that they will complete 10,000 steps each day of September. They will need a step counting device (a watch or pedometer) to complete this challenge as well as a $5 donation, that will go to the STEPtember organisation. This donation should be enclosed in a sealed envelope and delivered to the Faith and Mission office. By completing this task students can log five service hours with their homeroom teacher and email any images to the Service Office firstname.lastname@example.org CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK.
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 email@example.com
Term 4 Signum Fidei Recipients
Our community celebrates our Term Four Signum Fidei award recipients at the respective Signum Fidei breakfasts. We recognise and celebrate these students contributions to the three College Touchstones of Service, Learning and Leadership. We look forward to welcoming the recipients and their families to the College. A reminder that invitations have been sent to families.
Year 12 Gift to the College
A message from Year 12 P&F Parent Liaison, Ms Siobhan Knott. As is tradition in many schools, the Year 12 Seniors will present a gift to the College as symbol of their gratitude and for other students to benefit from into the future. This year, the Parents and Friends, in consultation with the Year 12 students, have decided the Senior gift will be a Water- Cooling system to be placed at the Senior School. There will be a plaque mounted above the system in recognition. We are grateful for any donations that the 2021 Senior families may be able to contribute towards the Water-Cooling system with estimated cost of approximately $5,600. This is a fitting gift and one that students will benefit from in years to come. Please login to your Parent Lounge account and proceed to the “Make a Payment” option in the Events tab. Your Parent Lounge username is your parent code. If you have queries, please contact the P&F Parent Liaison, Siobhan.
Late Orders Formal College Photos
ATC Formal College Photographs are still available to order online from Studio Kirby. Please follow the ‘how to order’ instructions on the College App. Note that this weblink expires on Friday 17 September. Orders will incur a $18:00 late fee and photos will be posted to your home address. This can take up to 14 days. CLICK HERE TO ORDER AND PAY.
As the assessment period begins all students are asked to please remember to advise your relevant music teacher prior if you are unable to make a scheduled lesson time.
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 College 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 please email the Music Department firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you to EVENT CINEMAS who have kindly donated vouchers as one of the prizes for the Talent quest.
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 on the College App.
Next week we will be opening up Sports registrations for Term 4 (a lot of which is pre-season for the 2022 season). This will be open for a week so we encourage you to please register your son/s via Parent Lounge before the invitation expires. We will also share training and season information at the same time so you know what is involved.
Aquatics Centre News
With the warmer weather upon us, it is time to think about swimming lessons or squad training. ATC provides a comprehensive swimming program. It is available to students of the College and also the wider community. We offer Learn to Swim lessons through to National level squads. We are running a Holiday Program and if you wish to book your son in, please complete the registration form via this link The ATC Aquatics Centre has the Term 4 bookings open for please register here. Further details on the program and a price list can be found on our Website. If you would like further information, please email the friendly staff at the Aquatics Centre: email@example.com
As we come to the end of the term, please check the app for the conclusion of the Term 3 Clubs. Updates and timetable have been posted with all relevant information.
P & F NEWS
ATC P&F Trivia Night New Date Sat 6 Nov 6pm
Restrictions permitting, the ATC P&F Trivia Night will now be held on Saturday 6 November 2021 at 6pm in NJ Hall. Team Captains who have already purchased a table should check that all their team members are available for the new date. If your table can no longer attend, you can request a full payment refund for your table booking. Refunds can only be made for whole tables, and not individual per-person refunds. Table captains only are to email Suzanne Rosolen by Wednesday 15 September to confirm their table members’ availability for the new date or to request a table cancellation/refund. If tables become available after this process, they will be advertised for sale to the College community. We cannot offer a wait-list for this event. We look forward to seeing you on 6 November. If you have any queries, please email the P&F Trivia event coordinator, Suzanne Rosolen.
P & F Annual General Meeting
Benjamin Prain, ATC P&F President invites all Parents and Caregivers to the Annual General Meeting ONLINE, on Tuesday 12 October at 6.30pm. He welcomes you to be part of the P&F in 2022 as we friendraise and bring our community together at various gatherings throughout the year. You may be interested in taking on an active role on the P&F Executive as nominations are being called for the position of Secretary. You may want to be involved with your son’s Year Level as a Year Level Parent Liaison, or help plan and stage P&F events during the year. Please join us online for the AGM by emailing the Secretary with your preferred email address by Sunday 10 October 6pm. The link to join the meeting will be emailed to you.
Ladies Spring Lunch Raffle
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 9.