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Coming Up in Week 9

The focus at Ambrose Treacy College is on continuous assessment and feedback. Teachers are expected to upload results and comments for each assessment task within two weeks of the assessment due date. Parents are able to access this information on SEQTA. Term 1 reports will thus focus more on the general progress of a student in each of his classes, along with a comment from his homeroom teacher. These will be available on SEQTA on Thursday 30 March.

Green / Orange Day
Today we celebrate St Patrick’s Day as well as the National Day of Action Against Bullying. Our school community is proud to Take a Stand Together. We do not tolerate bullying nor violence in any form at ATC. Many boys wore orange clothing today to highlight action against violence and bullying. St Patrick’s Day has a strong connection for many Australian families and a specific connection for ATC and our history with Edmund Rice and Ambrose Treacy with their Irish roots and work. Many other students dressed up in green to highlight our Irish connection. As part of the celebrations staff and students played a game of Gaelic Footy as the first leg of the 2017 Charter Cup which sees the staff and students compete in a number of contests across the year. To add to the excitement of the day, 5 boys participated in “Worlds Greatest Shave” on assembly and were very proud to report that they had raised over $2000 for this worthy cause.

Coming Up

Today Friday 17 March – EREA Cross Country Nudgee College
Saturday 18 March – Voices from the Trenches Junior Choir performance
Saturday 18 March – QCIS Cricket Mason Cup
Monday 20 March – P&F Book Club Begins
Monday 20 March – Dads Connect program 6.30pm
Wednesday 22 March – Konan Homestay & Assembly
March 24 & 25 Walkathon & Sausage Sizzle for supporters
Saturday 25 March – P&F Year 5 Family Get together
Sunday 26 March – P&F Year 7 Family Get together
Tuesday 28 March – Ngutana Lui Excursion
Wednesday 29 March – Term 1 2017 Sport Awards Evening
Thursday 30 March- Autumn Music Evening 6.30pm
Thursday 30 March- Years 5, 7, 9 Literacy Numeracy Immersion
Friday 31 March – ATC Cross Country
Friday 31 March – Lenten Fayre
Friday 31 March – Last Day Term 1

Sports Awards Evening – Wednesday 29 March
The 2016 Term 4 & 2017 Term 1 Sports Awards Evening will be held on Wednesday 29 March from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the NJ Hall. We encourage all students to come along and show their support for teammates and ATC Sport.

Ski Trip Final Instalment
The $550 charge for the final ski trip instalment is due for immediate payment.

Year 7 Family event
Come along to Rocks Riverside Park on Saturday 25 March 3pm-6pm for the year 7 KICK UP.

Year 5 Family Event
Year 5 families are invited to a casual afternoon Sunday 26 March at Rocks Riverside Park 3:00-6:00pm.

Rugby Boys Day Out
The P&F invites you to stand together with the 2017 Qld Reds when they take on the Hurricanes from NZ on Saturday 1 April at Suncorp stadium.

ATC P&F Book Club
The first gathering of the ATC Bookclub will be on Monday March 20 at 7:30pm.

A small group of boys are walking the Kokoda track over Easter and as part of their fundraising, they will be doing a 24 hour walk-a-thon at the college next Friday and Saturday 24 – 25 March. A sausage sizzle will operate on Saturday from 8.30am so please sponsor the boys or just pop in to give them your support during the 24 hours! Good luck Aidan, Riley, Robert and Seb!

ATC Swimming
Holiday intensives in the Easter Holidays – Monday 3 April – Friday 7 April 2017

Ngutana Lui Excursion- Postponed to Tuesday 28 March
Please note the change of date for the Year 4 excursion to Tuesday 28 March. Year 4 students will be going on an excursion to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies Centre at Inala. On this day, the boys will be immersed in the richness and diversity of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. The bus will depart at 9.00am and return by 2.30pm. As the boys will spend much of the day outside we are asking that they wear their sports uniform and apply sunscreen in the morning. Please pack usual morning tea, lunch and water bottle in a small backpack.

Armidale Rugby Tour
Please return the ATC Medical Form to Student Reception by Thursday 23 March. Please refer to detailed information from Mr Michael Stewart on the College App uploaded yesterday, including departure times and equipment list.

Personal Electronic Devices
Ambrose Treacy College embraces emerging digital technologies and encourages its teachers and students to look for ways of using them to enhance learning. We recognise that there are times when it is genuinely appropriate and useful for students to have access to personal electronic devices including a mobile phone. But the College expects that devices are always used appropriately. The Ambrose Treacy College Personal Electronic Device Policy can be found in the Documents section of the Parent Lounge. We encourage all parents, caregivers and students to read the latest version of the policy. To have a very clear direction across the College and to prevent interruptions, distractions and any potential issues, we are asking all students to not use their phones across the campus during the school day. Middle and Senior School students may check their mobile phones in their locker at break times.

ATC Dad’s Connect Program

ATC Dads Connect Program started last week. There are 2 more Mondays in the Program and it’s not too late to join in. Please come along to our free program open to all dads with the next meeting scheduled for Monday 20 March. Please download the information letter via the link below. You can register by emailing

App Tips

Please remember to check your subscriptions by tapping on the white Settings COGWHEEL on the face of the App. Click on SUBSCRIPTIONS. Then deselect any activity that doesn’t apply to your son. With new winter sports beginning and holiday camps planned, please make sure you have subscribed to your sons chosen sport for Term 2.

David Gardiner, Deputy Principal