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Coming Up In Week Two

That wonderful energy that boys bring is back on campus with the student body engaging in and out of the classrooms. The football finals over the holiday break highlighted the successful teams have a strong culture and clear expectations and routines.

At ATC we believe it is important that everyone settles back into the routines around school and the expectations. We seek parent support in ensuring the little things are in place for students to succeed this term. Term Four only consists of eight weeks for Year 4 to 11 students so the quick re-engagement with uniform, grooming, classwork, homework and general expectations is important.

Our first gathering for Term Four was the 2022 Leadership Commissioning Assembly on Tuesday. I congratulate all the young men who were selected as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Leaders, Cultural Leaders, House Leaders and College Leaders. Jontay Gothachalkenin addressed the assembly and presented the 2022 Seniors theme of As One. I very much look forward to working with the elected leaders and the whole 2022 senior cohort as they look to further develop the culture of ATC.

2022 Theme Unveiling

Building on tradition and standing on the shoulders of our founding brothers, the 2022 Seniors unveiled their theme this week – ‘As One’. Enacting positive change across the College through a vision to Engage, Challenge, Encourage and Inspire the College community, our new College leaders vowed to be united as one. The banner reveal was met with enthusiasm and excitement across the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools. With their positive and proactive presence, our Year 11s will use the College Pillars and the Forming Men of Courage framework as their inspiration to bring the ATC community together for an exciting 2022. Congratulations to all our new College leaders and we look forward to working with you as one.

Signum Fidei Breakfasts

Term Four Signum Fidei Recipients were recognised and celebrated for their contributions to the three College Pillars of Learning, Leadership and Service at the Term Four Signum Fidei breakfasts. Award recipients and their families gathered for breakfast outside the Edmund Rice building overlooking the Brisbane River on two glorious spring mornings. The breakfasts aim to acknowledge the students of different year levels who have been a Sign of Faith and have shone through their actions in the areas of learning, leadership and service. I congratulate all the students who have been a Sign of Faith throughout this year.

Book Week

Each year since 1945 schools across Australia have celebrated CBCA Book Week. The Junior School has enjoyed a glorious week celebrating books and Australian children’s authors and illustrators, but the highlight at ATC each year is the Book Week parade! Teachers, librarians and students followed this year’s theme of Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds to create colourful outfits of their favourite book characters. The end goal is to reinforce the importance of reading and encourage boys to pick up a book instead of their phone. Today’s parade and literary celebrations showcased the passion that our students and staff have for reading.

Homeroom Classes 2022

The process of allocating students to homerooms for 2022 has begun. This is a complex task and involves a great deal of care and time. Many factors are considered, and they include but are not limited to academic ability, friendships, group dynamics and balance across all homerooms. As you will appreciate, consideration of all these factors makes class placement a very time consuming and thought-provoking process. We feel positive that the extensive time and care that we give to this process mean that we can produce the best class combinations that benefit each student. We know that you appreciate the careful consideration that goes into these decisions. Students will be informed of their 2022 homeroom on the last day of Term Four whilst, where possible, meeting with their new homeroom teacher.

We celebrate Arts Week during week 2. This is a special time that acknowledges the wonderful work created by students across years 4 to 12 in music, drama, visual art and media art. I very much look forward to the series of events, and I encourage you not read on to find out more details of Arts Week and other key events coming up.

ARTfest and ARTery

Week 2 will be highlighted by two visual spectaculars, ARTery our annual art show and as part of that, the ARTfest gala event, a special art awards evening. ARTfest gala is on Tuesday 12 October from 2pm to 7pm in NJ Hall, and will include the Principal’s awards presentations, live performances from the ATC Guitars and the ATC Hip Hop Dance Troupe. Numbers are limited so please book your preferred session via Trybooking link below to avoid disappointment. Light refreshments and drinks will be served. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR ATTENDANCE. & then on Friday 15 October and Saturday 16 October, a series of Jazz Concert Showcase events will occur. As usual, more details are also available on the ATC App.

Celebration of Excellence SAVE THE DATE

The College invites all students, parents and caregivers to attend the ATC 2021 Celebration of Excellence on Tuesday 16 November 2021 at Riverlife, Seventeen Mile Rocks from 5.30pm. This evening is a celebration of the ATC Community and its achievements throughout the year, and we hope that all students and their families attend this significant event to commemorate the 2021 school year.


Monday 11 October to Friday 18 October | Arts Week and Book Week
Tuesday 12 October | ATC’s Got Talent Finals
Tuesday 12 October | ARTery evening
Tuesday 12 October | ARTery Awards Presentation
Tuesday 12 October | P&F Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 13 October | Years 4-10 SRC Leadership Afternoon (selected students)
Wednesday 13 October | Year 6 Debating
Thursday 14 October | Year 5 Let’s Chat
Thursday 14 October | Year 8 Retreat
Thursday 14 October | Choral Concert
Friday 15 October to Sunday 17 October | Basketball – Middle School CBSQ
Friday 15 October | Pink Day
Friday 15 October | Years 7-9 and Year 11 LIVIN Mental Health presentations
Friday 15 October |Year 12 English Shake n Stir incursion/performance
Friday 15 October | Year 6 Service Afternoon
Friday 15 October | ATC’s Jazz Showcase rehearsals
Friday 15 October | ATC’s Jazz Showcase Performance 1
Friday 15 October | IDC Debating (Round 1)
Saturday 16 October | ATC’s Jazz Showcase Performance 2


Year 4 Minecraft

Year 4 students have access to “Minecraft Education” on their laptops at school. From Week 2, we will give boys an opportunity to use this application as part of their studies. In particular, they will be using it to show their understanding of erosion and how to prevent it. We are hoping to complete on average one lesson on this task per week for the remainder of the term. For both the boys (and Year 4 staff) this process will be a very useful learning tool. The boys will log-in using their school accounts. Please feel free to contact Mr Gordon if you have any queries.

ATCareers Bulletin

The latest edition of the ATCareers Bulletin is now available via the link below. In this edition there are articles about  Year 12 important information and University updates.  If you have any queries regarding any of these articles, please click here to contact Michelle Kath, Head of Pathways or call Senior School Reception on 073878 0545 

Junior School Book Fair

In Week 2 of Term 4 we will be running our ‘Book Fair’ which will see visiting authors Aleesah Darlison, Richard Newsome and Christine Bongers as well as writing workshops, a book fair hosted by Avid Reader Bookstore, and ‘Surprise Guest Storytime’ sessions. Students will also get the chance to browse and buy at the pop-up Library Book Shop from Monday 11 to Friday 15 October. Order forms are due on Friday 15 October.

Art Excursion Year 11

On 15 October, Year 11 Visual Art students will be exploring Brisbane as inspiration for their artmaking throughout Year 12. They will visit a range of exhibitions at Museum of Brisbane (MoB), embark on a Brisbane City walking tour of public art and historical architecture, visit the City Botanic Gardens and kayak the Brisbane River. Students are asked to meet in E111 at 8:25am before departing via bus at 8.45 am at the internal road bus stop. Students will return to the College at 4:30 pm. Bring: Lunch and water in a small bag, drawing equipment, hat, sunscreen, small towel. Wear/bring clothes that can get wet. Cameras/GoPro’s are encouraged. Phone cameras are allowed- sole purpose is to document the experiences of the day. Safari theme clothing encouraged. Please access Parent Lounge to update the medical and emergency contact details for your son prior to the excursion.

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.  

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.  


Camp Year 10 2022

Mr Gardiner met with all current Year 9 students at the end of last term to discuss options for the Year 10, 2022 camp and, following that presentation, an email was sent with a link to the Camp Preferences form. Please be reminded that preferences are due to be submitted before Monday 11 October. If you have already submitted a camp preference, you are not required to take any further action. After 11 October, the form will close and late submissions will not be accepted. This allows the College to finalise bookings for providers, and organise accommodation, tickets and travel arrangements.

Year 4 Dance – Celebration of Excellence

A significant annual College event, ‘Celebration of Excellence’, is being held on Tuesday 16 November at Riverlife from 5.30pm. This event not only recognises outstanding excellence in learning, leadership, service and co-curricular activities, but also provides a platform to showcase our students’ talents. In 2021, the Year 4 cohort have been invited to perform a choreographed dance routine which will be taught by Michel Kabana from MnB Entertainment and overseen by Mr Grant Carlson, Junior School HPE teacher. Each Tuesday for six weeks, boys will learn their moves as part of the Physical Education Curriculum.

It will be an exciting night for all Year 4 boys as they perform on stage in front of a large audience and it is expected that all Year 4 students attend for the entire evening. As the event draws closer, more details will be released on the ATC App regarding costumes, times and meeting places. I ask all Year 4 families to save Tuesday 16 November to their calendars. It will be a spectacular evening!  Should you have any queries regarding the performance, please contact Mr Michael Stewart, Head of Formation and Administration – Junior School.

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.


Go Pink for Breast Cancer

Each year the young men of ATC show their support for the important work of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Next week, guest speakers Angela and James will address the whole school assembly on Tuesday talking about their experience with Breast Cancer. This year we will hold our Go Pink for Breast Cancer Day on Friday 15 October. On this day boys are encouraged to wear pink and ‘Become A Zero Hero’ by bringing a Gold Coin donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to homeroom on Friday morning. The Junior School will also be completing a 57 minute walk on this day to highlight that 57 Australians are diagnosed every day with this disease. Please support this important day, increasing awareness of the impact Breast Cancer has on our community.

Year 8 Retreat

The Year 8 COURAGE Retreat will be held on Thursday 14 October Sherwood Australian Rules Football Club, Chelmer. Students will be challenged to consider their roles in providing a positive voice to their own, and others’ lives. This will allow all in our community to be filled with self-worth, belief and responsible actions. Boys will reflect on their own journeys and the impact they have on others. The day will be facilitated by ATC staff. the retreat will challenge students to be examples of Signum Fidei and to live lives which reflect their values and beliefs. It is a compulsory school day. Students should bring a Hat, Sunscreen, Water Bottle, Pen, light morning tea (BBQ lunch will be provided), Donation Item and wear their ATC PE UNIFORM AND SPORTS SHOES. The Retreat will be coordinated by the Dean of Faith & Mission, Head of Year 8, and Year 8 Class Teachers. There will also be a variety of other presenters throughout the day. The boys will commence the day with home room. Boys will walk to the venue at approximately 8:45am following roll marking and return for dismissal from school at 3:00pm. All Year 8 boys are asked to bring a ‘donation item’ to the event. In the lead up to Christmas, it is proposed that this would be a children’s toy which can be donated to a charitable cause. This can be a toy up to the value of $25. We encourage our boys to raise the funds to purchase this by completing extra chores or jobs around the family home.

Year 12 2022 Parent Information Evening

The Year 12 2022 Parent Information Evening is scheduled for Thursday 4 November. This is an important session for all current Year 11 parents outlining what to expect for the Year 12 cohort in 2022 in Learning, Formation, and Faith and Mission. Presentations from each of the respective Deans will provide information about significant dates and milestone events in your son’s Senior Year. Please Note this is a PARENT ONLY evening, no students are to attend. More information will be forwarded closer to the date.

Term 4 Community Mass

There is an opportunity for families to gather to celebrate the Eucharist at the Term 4 Community Mass being held in the Chapel of St Joseph, on Saturday 23 October at 5.30pm. All family members and friends of ATC are welcome.  


The Gully Precinct

Mr Andrew McCrohon has sent all participants the roster for Gully Work to commence on Tuesday 12 October in Week 2. If you have any queries, please contact Mr McCrohon.


The Choral Concert and Jazz Showcase Concerts are returning to ATC! The Choral Concert is Thursday evening from 6:30 to 7:30pm in NJ Hall. In addition, there are three Jazz Showcase concerts across Friday and Saturday. On Friday 15 October the performance is from 6:30-7:30pm and on Saturday 16 October they are from 5:30pm-6:30pm and then 7:30pm-8:30pm. All concerts are being held in NJ Hall.


We look forward to a big last term in sport for 2021. Sports registrations are now closed so please look at the Sports Timetable on the ATC App for relevant trials/training information. The new Athletic Development sessions are going really well and we’d encourage all boys of all levels to get involved. Subscribe to your son’s chosen sport on the App so you don’t miss any of the news and updates. If you are not subscribed, you WILL NOT SEE the details.

Athletic Development

This week saw the commencement of the Term 4 Athletic Development Programs which are dedicated to supporting the physical and mental well-being of ATC students, as well as develop sporting performance. This is achieved through a combination of gym and field sessions. These sessions focus on movement, balance, coordination, fitness, strength and are tailored by age, experience, and intended outcomes. We would love to see some more boys give this a go as it is a great way to meet new people, get fit and have some fun! Please check the ATC App for the session timetable and to express your interest, please email Sport Department.


Resilience, persistence and dedication to his favourite sport has paid off for ATC Volleyballer Cameron M who was selected in the Qld U15 Volleyball team to compete in the 2021 Australian Championships in Victoria. With the ongoing restrictions, that wasn’t possible so instead, the team competed in the recent U17 Division at the Queensland Volleyball Championships and won. It was a great result for a group of 14 year old players.

T20 Cricket

ATC First XI Cricketers fought hard and placed second in the Open Division for South QLD. After a successful campaign starting back in Term Two, the boys qualified for Monday’s #StreetSmarts Secondary Schools Queensland T20 Challenge, where they won one of their two games. Well done to all boys on their remarkable campaign, the Year 12s were outstanding leaders and there is no doubt that they have laid a great foundation for our cricketers of the future. A huge thanks goes to coaches Steve McGiffin and Steve Magoffin. This couldn’t have been done without their amazing support and guidance.


Through to the State Preliminary Final! ATC AFL School of Excellence Years 7-9 team took on Miami SHS today in the Semi Final at Zillmere AFC and has progressed through to the final four teams out of 546 secondary schools who began competing in the AFLQ Schools Cup at the start of 2021! Congratulations to Mr Koimans and the team.



Please see important dates for Year 5, 6 and 7 Term 4 Debating. If you have any queries, please contact Mr Thomas Schaab. QDU (Times will be communicated by coaches at a later date)
Year 6 Venue: ATC Week 2 – Wednesday 13 October; Week 4 – Wednesday 27 October
Year 7 Venue: St Peter’s Lutheran – Week 2 – Thursday 14 October; Week 4 – Thursday 28 October
IDC (4 students from Years 5-7) Venue: ATC Callan Classrooms – Format: ATC via Zoom. Opponent: Schools from across Oceania. Time: Start time is 3.30pm and conclusion is 6pm. Dates: Round 1 – Friday 15 October ; Round 2 – Friday 22 October; Round 3 – Friday 29 October; Round 4 – Friday 5 November .


P & F Annual General Meeting

Benjamin Prain, ATC P&F President invites all Parents and Caregivers to the Annual General Meeting ONLINE via TEAMs, 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.

Year 12 Encouragement Gifts

You may recall last year that each Year Level provided a nominated ‘Encouragement Gift’ for the Year 12 boys, which were handed out during their final study/exam period. Gifts across the year levels include funny socks, face masks, ice-blocks, keep cups and deodorant. These gifts are intended to show community support for and engagement with the ATC Seniors through this important exam period.  Please see the College App and your Year Level Facebook page for full details of gifts, cost and to make any queries.

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. We look forward to seeing you all for a fun night. If you have any queries, please email the P&F Trivia event coordinator, Suzanne Rosolen.

Ladies Spring Lunch Raffle

All ticket holders for the Spring Lunch are asked to advise the event organiser if you are unable to attend the Spring Lunch as there is a very long waitlist for tickets. Email Prue Moloney by Saturday 9 October if you can't attend. A reminder that ticket holders can still buy Raffle tickets via Parent Lounge up until Sunday 10 October 9pm…. and just in is another fantastic prize from Stephanie’s Spa - a Romance package for two people valued at $280! Two hours of pampering including a Rose Petal Foot Immersion | Skin Brushing | Opal Rasul Steam Temple | 60 minute Massage. Other great prizes include 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; a $100 Nest Homewares voucher and a bottle of Chandon bubbles. 

Please keep an eye on the ATC App for any important updates and remember to update your subscriptions for your son’s Term Four activities and sport.

Enjoy Week Two!

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal