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Coming Up - It's 2020!

Welcome to the new year and another exciting chapter of the ATC story. It really is a great time to be a member of this College Community – we have so much to be proud of. We have all of the traditions of an 81 year old school whilst being highly contemporary in our practice and learning environment. Please see vital information below that will assist you in preparing for the coming weeks. I encourage all families to regularly read our blog ATConnect to keep up to date with all events, news and stories from the classrooms, sporting fields and music stage.

Open Classrooms

On Tuesday 28 January your son’s homeroom teacher will be working in the classroom from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. We extend an invitation to you and your son to come to the College to meet informally with his teacher. You are encouraged to bring your son’s school books to the classroom.

YEARS 4 AND 7
The homerooms for all students in these year levels will be open from 1pm – 2.30pm on Tuesday 28 January. Teachers will be in the classroom to meet and help settle students in preparation for the first day of school. Junior School students will be allocated a laptop for use in the classroom. Year 7 students will be given their laptops on Wednesday and Thursday of Week 1 as part of their Orientation program.

YEARS 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12
All students in these year levels can visit their homeroom anytime between 1pm and 2.30pm on Tuesday 28 January. It is important that these students collect their laptop on this day to ensure it can be fully charged overnight for the commencement of classes on Wednesday 29 January.

Orientation New Students Only Years 8-11

New students commencing in Years 8-11 are invited to an orientation session on Tuesday 28 January from 11am-1pm. Students can be dropped off and collected from College Reception. Alternatively, parents are welcome to attend the orientation sessions with their sons. Students are NOT required to wear school uniform on this day. Orientation will include the following activities:
• Issue of laptop and tutorial on how to access timetables, classes, teachers, assignments.
• Meet their Head of House who will allocate lockers and give a tour which will conclude at their homeroom
• Meet their Homeroom Teacher.

Textbook Collection

Students can make their way to Westcourt iCentre in the Middle School Precinct between 9.30am and 3pm to collect their textbooks on Tuesday 28 January and between 8.30am and 6pm on Wednesday 29 January.
CLICK HERE to email Westcourt iCentre if you have any queries.

Laptop Collection

Junior School students will be allocated a laptop for use in the classroom. Year 7 students will be given their laptops on Wednesday and Thursday of Week 1 as part of their Orientation program. It is important that these students collect their laptop on this day to ensure it can be fully charged overnight for the commencement of classes on Wednesday 29 January.
CLICK HERE to email the IT Service desk if you have any queries.

Locker Padlocks

Continuing students must bring their locker padlock to Open Classrooms on Tuesday 28 January. Continuing students who have lost their padlocks can purchase replacements via Flexischools website. Log in and go to _IT Services, click on Replacement Locker Lock . Cost is $25. Flexischools is the preferred method of payment, however payment can also be made by EFTPOS at Student Reception (open between 8am and 4pm during the holidays.) Once ordered, students will be able to collect their replacement lock from Student Reception in Pupil Free Week. Please note students are only permitted to bring ATC issued locks. New students will be issued with their locker padlock in Week 1.

First Day of School

Arriving on Wednesday 29 January

YEAR 4
Arrive at classroom before 8.15am and unpack bags. Year 4 teachers and Year 6 buddies will escort the Year 4 students to the St Francis Xavier Centre for a Start of Term Assembly held at 8.25am
YEAR 5
Drop off bags at homeroom before 8.15am and meet on the Year 5 deck.
YEAR 6
Drop off bags at homeroom before 8.15am and go to their Year 4 buddy’s classroom.
YEARS 7 – 12
Arrive before 8.15am, drop their bags to their locker and proceed to St Francis Xavier Centre.

Finishing on the First Day

YEAR 4
School will finish for Year 4 students at 2:30pm (only on the first day) and students are to be collected from Nudgee Junior Hall by a parent or caregiver.

YEARS 5 – 9
All students in Years 5-9 will finish at 3pm and pick up is from the Central Road or Bridge Street pick up zones.

YEARS 10 – 12
All students in Years 10-12 will finish at 3pm and pick up is from the Senior School roundabout.

Please make sure your son knows the pick-up arrangements for your family on the first day as the traffic can be quite congested around the College. Follow the link below to download the ATC site maplink below for location of pick up zones.

Items required for the First Day

ALL STUDENTS
College hat, morning tea, lunch, water bottle, school books in College bag.

YEARS 8 – 12
Students must bring their locker padlock if they have not already done so and their fully charged laptop.

Uniforms for First Day

On the first day, students are to wear their Day Uniform to school. This includes the ATC striped shirt, (white shirt for Year 12 students) grey shorts, College hat, long socks and polished, black school shoes. Teachers will inform boys on which day they are to wear their sports uniform. Year 6 have Specialist Learning Day on Wednesdays and will need to wear their Sports Uniform on the first day of Term 1.

A reminder to parents that their son’s hair should be neatly cut before school commences. Extremes of hairstyles are to be avoided, eg undercuts, tracks or lines, tinted or coloured hair, a minimum of gauge three blade.

Parking on the First Day

Parking will be limited to Kate Street and Bridge Street car parks and on surrounding streets on Wednesday 29 January. There will be no parking on the sport ovals. There will no longer be any parking or drop off at the top roundabout and we ask that parents refrain from driving up to College Reception to drop off their sons. This area is a pedestrian zone and the safety of our students and staff is paramount. The Grounds Staff will be on hand to direct and control traffic on the first day of term. Please follow their directions to ensure a smooth start to the day.

Bus Transport

Buses will be running from Day 1, 2020. Click here to jump to the ATC Location and Transport webpage to view bus routes and information on how to purchase bus tickets.

Brisbane Bus Lines Service

We recommend parents purchase tickets as early as possible, prior to school starting. Students can collect their pre-ordered bus pass from Student Reception. Click here to purchase Brisbane Bus Lines bus tickets via Flexischools.

Procedure:
Select the ‘Online Ordering’ tab. Select ‘Register’ and follow the prompt to set up an ONLINE ACCOUNT and ensure you enter your son’s ATC Student ID Card number. Choose a 10 Trip or Term Pass and click ‘ADD’. Make your payment via credit card.

Southern Cross Bus Service

Further bus services are chartered through Southern Cross Transit and shared with Brigidine College. Ticket purchases are made through the Southern Cross Transit office. Please click here to jump to the Southern Cross Transit website for route information and ticket purchases.

Bus Drop Off and Pick Up Points
We encourage parents to discuss drop off/pick up points for buses, with 2019 details as follows:-
DROP OFF POINTS
o Brisbane Bus Lines Bus 1 – Kate Street bus stop
o Southern Cross Transit – Witton Road (behind cricket nets). Students cross at Kate Street pedestrian crossing which is controlled by crossing signals. Students MUST cross here.

PICK UP POINTS
o Brisbane Bus Lines Bus 1 – Witton Road (behind cricket nets). Students cross at Kate Street pedestrian crossing which is controlled by crossing signals. Students MUST cross here.
o Southern Cross Transit – Kate Street bus stop

School Fees

The College Fees Schedule, payment authority for Direct Debit and Edstart information flyer are available by CLICKING HERE.

Accounts and Payments

Fee statements will be emailed in January and payment is due by the first day of term if you have not already completed and submitted a School Fee Payment Authority form. This is the College’s preferred method of payment.

Payment by Instalments Option

Fees paid by weekly/fortnightly/monthly/term instalments can be arranged by completing the College’s School Fees Payment Authority 2020 form which can be downloaded from the link below. Either a direct debit from your nominated bank account or credit card options are available. By selecting the option to pay fees by the Instalment Payment Option,parents agree to pay 40 weekly, 20 fortnightly, 10 monthly or 4 term instalment payments on the designated day(s) of each cycle. The first deduction will be made in February.

Please click here to view the ATC 2020 Fees Policy

School Uniform

Day Uniform

Students are expected to wear a neat and clean Day Uniform to school. This includes the College blue and white pinstripe shirt, grey shorts, long socks, black school shoes and the College hat. Your son does not need to wear his College Tie or suitcoat during the first term unless advised by his teacher. Please note that long grey trousers are OPTIONAL for Years 10 and 11 students. Year 12 students Day Uniform includes the College white shirt (same as the Performance shirt), grey shorts or grey long trousers, grey socks, black school shoes, College hat and Senior Tie which must be worn every day. Students in Years 4-11 are not required to wear their College Tie in Term 1, with the exception of our Opening Mass on Tuesday 11 February 2020. [No suitcoat required].

PE Uniform

Your son’s teacher will inform boys which day they are to wear their sports uniform. Junior & Middle School students (Years 4-8) can wear their PE uniform to and from school only on scheduled PE practical days. Please be mindful that this is the uniform that students wear in public and is therefore representative of our school. Students should be wearing ATC branded socks only. It is not acceptable for students to wear any other socks. Senior School students (Years 10, 11 & 12) are required to come to homeroom in their ATC day uniforms on PE days. They will be given time at the beginning of their double lesson to get changed into their PE uniform. They are NOT to wear their PE uniform to school. Rashies are not compulsory for swimming, given that our pool is fully shaded. Hats can be broad brim College hat or the PE cap – but this cap can only on be worn on PE scheduled days and not worn with the day uniform.

Formal Uniform

The Formal uniform is only worn from Mothers Day to Fathers Day each year. This includes the College suitcoat and College tie. Staff may request that students wear the Formal uniform for special occasions throughout the year. The suitcoat is NOT required for the Opening Mass.

Badges

College Badges including the College Crest, the Formation Pillars of Learning – Open Book | Service – Celtic Cross | Leadership -Star and the House Badge are to be worn. Students wear these as a reminder they are called to be a Signum Fidei; “Sign of Faith”. Please watch the following video from Jared outlining how to wear the badges with pride.

Hats

The College is a sun smart school and all students are required to wear a College hat or College Cap (years 7-12) any time they are in direct sunlight.

YEARS 10-12
Students in Years 10-12 can choose to wear the Senior Cap instead of the College wide brimmed hat.
On Tuesday 11 February all students will be required to wear the College tie to the Opening Mass but DO NOT NEED TO WEAR a suit coat.

Purchasing Uniforms

College uniform items are available from The School Locker, Oxley. They are open 6 days a week. Information regarding purchasing uniforms is available on The School Locker website or by phoning the Oxley store on 3725 2500. Please see the 2019 ATC Uniform Policy via the link below. The P&F also runs a Facebook group called ATC secondhand uniforms buy/sell. CLICK HERE to join.

College App

All parents and caregivers should now have now installed the College App and we appreciate our new parents using the ‘Orientation’ tag over the past 6 months. As the majority of communication from the classroom, Sport Office, Music Department and College Administration is posted to the App at the start of the new school year, you are reminded to subscribe to your son’s 2020 year level and homeroom now as well as his co-curricular activities that he may be interested in participating in during Term 1.

Your co-curricular subscriptions will need to be changed each term as your sons interests and activities change. Remember to update your preferences in the App SUBSCRIPTIONS section. By doing this you will ensure you receive all vital information and more importantly, only receive information that is relevant to your family. By setting your subscriptions, you also guarantee receiving notices when registration for Sport and Club activities are released.

For instructions on how to set your subscriptions and notification on the College App please view the video

Stationery Lists

The 2020 Stationery Lists are available to download via the links below. You can place your order with SchoolStuff and check the date of expected delivery in the letter attached to the list.

Parent Platforms

The College has three online Parent Platforms – SEQTA Engage, Parent Lounge and Flexischools.

Parent Lounge

The Parent Lounge is a portal that will provide you with access to book Parent Teacher Feedback Meetings, allow parents and caregivers to share their contact details in the Parent Directory and to pay for tours, excursions and co-curricular activities. In the near future parents will be able to update their son’s medical details via Parent Lounge.

Logging into Parent Lounge
Username: Parent Code (student number minus the last digit) This can be found on your son’s Student ID card.
Password: ambrose01
The password will be initially set as ambrose01 but you will be able to change this once you have logged in for the first time. If you have forgotten your password, please select Forgot Password.

SEQTA Engage

The parent platform SEQTA Engage will provide you with access to:

• Calendar – parents will see a version of the College calendar with key dates/event/information.
• Assessments – your son’s assessments in each subject plus upcoming assessments will be highlighted.
• Courses – course outline swill be available for your son’s subjects.
• Dashboard – your son’s homework, Timetable and pastoral notes are displayed under this tab.
• Documents – important information for parents including Assessment Planners, Booklists, Policies, Tuckshop, School Locker and more
• Portals – under this tab you will be able to see your son’s student splashpage, plus various parent resources.
• Reports – your son’s reports will be able to be accessed online.
• Settings – you can change your password here.
• Timetable – your son’s timetable is also displayed here.

Logging into SEQTA Engage
As SEQTA engage is a web-based application, you will need to access the platform from your web browser via SEQTA Engage located on the ATC website via your smart device or desktop computer.

1. Open your preferred web browser (eg. Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome or Firefox) and go to the ATC website. Select SEQTA Engage at the top of the ATC website, and the login screen will appear.
2. You will be asked for a username. Your username is your registered email address with the College.
3. To retrieve or set a new password please select ‘Forgot your password?’

The following screen will appear and you will need to enter your email address registered with the College in both ‘User name’ and ‘Email address’. Press ‘Reset my password’.

An email will now be sent to your email address with a link to reset your password. The link expires in one hour.
The following screen will appear for you to enter your preferred personal password. Once entered, press ‘Reset my password and login.’

Once logged in, under the ‘Documents’ tab you will find 2019 SEQTA engage Parent User Guide to assist you in navigation.

Where to Find Parent Platforms

On the College Website

Both SEQTA Engage and Parent Lounge can be accessed from the College website via the links at the top of the page:

On the College App

Both SEQTA Engage and Parent Lounge can be conveniently accessed from the College App. SEQTA Engage has its own tile and the Parent Lounge link is under the Parent Links tile. On some Smart devices, initial login to Parent Lounge may not be successful. It is recommended that you use a desktop computer the first time you login to Parent Lounge.

Flexischools

The College offers Flexischools a convenient online payment platform for tuckshop orders, student ID card replacement, IT repairs, replacement HP chargers, replacement HP stylus’, photocopying, bus tickets (BBL only), padlocks for lockers and College badges.

Flexischools - Online payments
https://www.flexischools.com.au/

Logging into Flexischools

Please click here to go to Flexischools website to set up an account. Select ‘REGISTER’ and follow the prompt to set up an ‘ONLINE ACCOUNT’, making sure you enter your son’s Student ID Card number. If your son does not have a Student ID Card as yet, please select ‘I do not want to link a card to the system’ and continue ordering online.

Linking Student ID Card to Flexischools

Once your son receives his Student ID Card you can visit Flexischools and link your son’s Student ID Card. If you have already set up online ordering on Flexischools at another school, go to Flexischools, click on ‘My Student’, find your son’s name, click on SET UP CARD NUMBER and follow the prompts. It is advisable to set up an AUTO TOP-UP, so when your account gets low it will automatically top up using your credit card with your chosen amount and you will receive an email notification.

Accessing Flexischools

You can go to Flexischools directly from your web browser by “clicking here.”: https://www.flexischools.com.au/ or from the Online Payments tile on the College App.

Tuckshop Orders

The College has two tuckshops, Paddy’s Place in the Junior School for Years 4-7 students and The Bakehouse in Westcourt for Years 8-12 students. Breakfast is served from 7:30am to 8:20am from Paddy’s Place only. We are a cashless tuckshop, so students need to use their ‘Student ID’ card to purchase breakfast, drinks and snacks at the counters. All morning tea and lunch orders are to be ordered ONLINE via Flexischools. The menus can be viewed online and also available via the links below and we encourage parents to pre-order as much as possible to reduce queues at the tuckshops. The cut-off time for online ordering is 8:30am daily. Students can collect their online tuckshop orders from Paddy’s Place (Years 4-7) and The Bakehouse (Years 8-12) during break times.

Junior School Parent Information Evening

The Parent Information Evening for Years 4 and 5 will be held in Nudgee Junior Hall on Thursday 6 February at 6.30pm. After the first session, Year 5 parents will then move to the classrooms. The Year 6 session will be held in the chapel of St Joseph at 6pm and comprise of two parts: Canberra Tour information and then year level information.

Opening Mass

The ATC Opening Mass will be held on Tuesday 11 February at 12:00pm at the Riverlife Church, Jennifer St, Seventeen Mile Rocks. All students are to wear their Day Uniform with College Tie. No bags or hats are to be taken to the church except for Year 12s who can leave from venue with their parents after the commissioning ceremony. All boys will be transported to and from the venue on buses. Buses will return to the College at about 2pm and school will finish at the normal time of 3pm for all students in Years 4-11. A modified timetable will operate on this day and students will eat lunch before they leave the College for the church.

P&F News

Welcome to the new school year! The success of the ATC community is testament to the involvement and friendliness of our families. We are proud of the parent engagement at all our events but particularly with our Welcome Events which are held annually in Term 1. We invite you to join us at these key events, to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. In addition, we have a tradition of holding a Working Bee in January to get the school looking ‘ship shape’ and to lend a hand to our hard working Maintenance staff. See details of all these events below.

Date Claimers
Working Bee – Sunday 26 January
Year 4 Welcome Picnic- Saturday 1 February
Year 7 Welcome Picnic – Sunday 2 February
P&F Meeting – Tuesday 4 February
Kick off Cocktails Parents’ Event – Saturday 15 February
Bookclub Thursday 20 February

Year 4 Welcome Picnic

The ATC P&F invite you to the annual Year 4 Welcome Picnic on Saturday 1 February 2020 on Brothers Oval from 2 – 5pm. This event is for all Year 4 family members to attend and the perfect opportunity to make some new friends and play fun games. We will have the Year 12 ATC boys on hand organising 3 legged races, mini soccer games, cartooning workshops and a handball competition! This is always a favourite day for boys and a great way for parents to get to know one another. Please BYO your picnic and drinks, rugs, chairs and balls.
CLICK HERE to RSVP to assist with our planning.

Year 7 Welcome Afternoon

Join Year 7 families for a fun afternoon of games, waterslides and a picnic on Sunday 2 February in Westcourt Precinct. This is an easy way for boys and their parents to make some new friends and catch up with old friends. BYO a picnic hamper of snacks and drinks and don’t forget chairs, a picnic rug, hats and sunscreen.
CLICK HERE to RSVP to assist with our planning.

Kick Off Cocktails Welcome Event for Parents

Start the 2020 ATC year with ‘Kick of Cocktails’ on Saturday 15 February at 6.30pm on Westcourt Deck. This is a fantastic night for all parents to become part of our community and celebrate the start of a new school year. Entry is $10 per person which includes a 3 free raffle tickets (PRIZE: a terms tuition fees) and finger food. Drinks are available to purchase at the bar on the night.
CLICK HERE to RSVP via the Parent Lounge.

Helping at Kick off Cocktails
Handy with a bottle opener? Can balance a platter of food in one hand? Then we need you! A bunch of helpers are required for the P&F Welcome Event – “Kick Off Cocktails” on Saturday 15 February. Shifts start from 2pm onwards so why not sign up to lend a hand. We look forward to showing you the ropes with setting up, working on the bar, serving food or selling raffle tickets!
CLICK HERE to join in the fun.
CLICK HERE to email Prue Moloney, the P&F Welcome Event coordinator, if you have any queries.

Working Bee

One of the community traditions in recent years has been a P&F Working Bee before school starts to assist in this start of year process. With a main aim of mulching most of the College gardens and general tidying up of our outdoor spaces, this working bee has been greatly appreciated by our hard working grounds team. We are grateful that Steve Davidson (Father of Tate Year 11 2020) has once again volunteered to head up our team of helpers. We look forward to welcoming all our parents and students who can assist on Sunday 26 January from 7.30am.
CLICK HERE to sign up.

Book Club

Our famous Book Club called “Read Between the Wines” is meeting on Thursday 5 March at 7.30pm at Rachel Ames home 37 Elwood St Kenmore Hills. Please just come along, have a glass of wine and meet some new friends! We will also discuss book titles for the year and decide on meeting places. Please email Rachel if you would like to join the group as we are excited about welcoming new members in 2020! CLICK HERE to RSVP to Rachel, or if you have any queries.

Helping Out in 2020

Again in 2020 we will need your help at P&F events and with Care and Concern group. We invite you to indicate your availability by completing the ‘Helping Out in 2020’ online form. As your circumstances may have changed since last year, it is appreciated if everyone completes the new 2020 online form. There are options for occasional volunteering or being on a regular roster.

CLICK HERE to become part of our volunteering community in 2020.

Year 5 Coffee Morning

Calling all Year 5 parents and caregivers for a coffee catch up to celebrate the end of the holidays! Meet at Jamaica Blue cafe, Indooroopilly Shopping centre (ground level) on Wednesday 29 January anytime after drop off. If you have any questions, please CLICK HERE to contact Ann Whitaker, Year 5 Parent Liaison.

CLICK HERE to contact the IT helpdesk if you are still experiencing problems with logging in to any of our parent platforms.

CLICK HERE to email the Administration Office.

CLICK HERE to email the Communications Office.

I encourage you to follow my Coming Up blog each Friday to keep up to date with everything that is happening in and around the College. The link is posted on the College App and to our Facebook page.

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal

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