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Coming Up - It's Week 10!

Our musicians stunned the crowd once again with our Autumn concert last night. The staff have put in significant time and encouragement and the bands and ensembles displayed the outstanding results of this and their own hard work. Congratulations to Mr Jonathan Bolt and his team for the impressive level at which the boys are performing. Click here to view the wonderful album of photos from the evening.

A highly productive and busy Term One is about to reach it’s conclusion. The final assessment tasks need to be completed over the next week and then we will ‘celebrate’ the end of term. This will be in three sections – the End of Term Easter Liturgy, the Interhouse Cross Country Carnival and the Lenten Fayre. Each of these items are significant in their own way. They are also all important in helping form our culture and form this new community. I ask that you encourage your son to be involved to his full potential in each of the three activities next Thursday. To allow him to ‘opt out’ of any of the events is not allowing him to be a full participant in this community. Parents and family are invited to join us for the day or part thereof. We will commence with the Liturgy in the new St Francis Xavier Centre at 8.30am on Thursday, then every student will compete in the Interhouse Cross Country event over a 2km course. Our Lenten Fayre will follow this on the oval. We look forward to the community enjoying a great last day as they reflect on and celebrate a fantastic Term 1 2018.

Konan Elementary School Japan Visit

Yesterday we welcomed our visitors from our brother school,Konan Elementary, in Kobe, Japan. We have been fortunate enough to share a wonderful relationship for over thirteen years with them. The strength of this relationship is evidenced by the reciprocal homestay arrangement we are able to experience each year when ATC students travel to Osaka and Kobe. Junior school students and teachers participated in an assembly recognising the strenghth of our relationship and were treated to a beautiful musical performance showing some of the tremendous talent of the Japanese students from Konan. Thank you to the homestay families who have generously opened their homes to our friends from Japan.

Key dates

Friday 23 March – Commencement of Exam Block and assignment moratorium
Friday 23 March – SLOG Gamers Club cancelled
Wednesday 28 March – QDU Debating
Wednesday 28 March – Years 5, 7, 9 Literacy & Numeracy Immersion
Thursday 29 March – Year 5 Mums Coffee Morning
Thursday 29 March – Celebration Liturgy 8.30am
Thursday 29 March – Interhouse Cross Country Carnival
Thursday 29 March – Lenten Fayre
Thursday 29 March – Last day of Term 1 finishing 3pm
Thursday 29 March – Term 1 Interim Report Cards released
Monday 16 April – Pupil Free Day
Tuesday 17 April – First day of Term 2
Wednesday 18 April – Parent Forum – Help Your Son Become a Better Writer
Tuesday 24 April & Thursday 26 April -Years 4-11 Parent Teacher Feedback Meetings

Please note due to the Commonwealth Games and transport issues, Monday 16 April is a Pupil Free Day. The first day of Term 2 starts on Tuesday 17 April 2018.

Co-curricular Music & Choral Rehearsals and Lessons Week 10

• No lessons or rehearsals for Year 11 students. All other students as per usual but around exam timetable
• No rehearsals for Symphonic Winds, Flute Ensemble & Flute Quartet
• Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal – will move to Wednesday 28 March to accommodate Year 11 student’s attendance
• Thursday 29 March – No lessons or rehearsals (except Chamber Choir shortened rehearsal until 4pm)

Term 1 Interim Report Cards

The Interim Report Card for Term 1 focuses on the College Pillars of Learning, Leadership and Service. It is primarily a pastoral report indicating how the student has demonstrated ability in Learning and Leadership criteria. Report cards will be released on SEQTA Engage next Thursday 29 March. Parents and caregivers will be notified of the release time via the College APP. Teachers will release marks and feedback comments on SEQTA for each assessment task over the coming weeks. Date Claimers – Parent Teacher Feedback Meetings will be held on Tuesday 24 April and Thursday 26 April. Further, detailed information will be sent via the College App

Lenten Fayre Thursday

We mark Lent and the Lenten Appeal through a Fayre being held on Thursday 29 March commencing at 1pm on Jack Bowers Ovals. Students are asked to bring gold coins up to the value of $20. All money goes to charity with a goal this year of raising $20 000. To reach this goal, each year level will host a stall. Please see the app for full details of what Junior School boys need to bring. Middle and Senior School students have discussed their stalls in homeroom.
Fayre Schedule
12.30pm Lenten Fayre set up and lunch break
1.00pm Lenten fayre commences (Jack Bowers’ Ovals)
2.15pm Lenten Fayre concludes, move to homeroom/clean up
2.30pm Homeroom
2.45pm Year Level Assembly (4-8), House Assembly (9-11)

Debating and Public Speaking

This year we will again offer Debating and Public Speaking to our Junior School boys. We have the opportunity for ten Year 5 boys to participate in Public Speaking and two teams of Year 6 boys to participate in Debating. St Laurence’s College, Marist College (Ashgrove), Padua College and ATC will meet on three Tuesday nights in Term 2, at St Laurence’s College to conduct these fixtures. Please refer to Robyn Gainer’s letter on the College App for specific details.

Year 5 Mums coffee morning

Join parents at Simons Gourmet Deli on Moggill Road after drop off on Thursday for a coffee and chat before you come back to watch the Interhouse Cross Country race! See the app for full details from Leonie Usback, year 5 Parent Liaison.

Read Between the Wines Book Club

Our next gathering for the ATC Parents Book Club infamously known as “READ BETWEEN THE WINES” is on Monday 16 April 7.30pm at Tric’s house. Our next book is ‘One Life: My Mother’s Story’ by Kate Grenville (who also wrote ‘The Secret River’ & ‘Lieutenant’) When Kate Grenville’s mother died she left behind many fragments of memoir. These were the starting point for One Life, the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change. It sounds fascinating, so please join us at Tric’s home in Toowong. Any queries please New book lovers are always welcome.

Parent Forum – Help Your Son Become a Better Writer

Dr Ian Hunter will be hosting another informative evening for parents to help you support your son to become a better writer on Wednesday 18 April. The evening will have a focus on paragraphing and developing ideas. Parents play an important role both in modelling literacies as well as in partnering with teachers in having learning conversations with the boys. ATC invites you to attend this event as part of an ongoing commitment to improving writing outcomes for boys. This was a very popular event last year.
Click here to reserve your free seat.

Year 4 Mass

We warmly invite Year 4 caregivers and the significant elders in your sons’ lives to spend some time in the Year 4 classrooms and to attend the Year 4 Mass on Friday 27 April 2018. Students are to wear their day uniform including the College tie. They are to pack their sports uniform to change into for Friday activities later in the day. Following the Mass there will be a shared Morning Tea for Year 4 students, parents and elders. It would be appreciated if all attending parents could please bring a plate of food to share (no nut or seafood products). Please leave the plate of food at the NJ Hall canteen on arrival at school. See the College App for more details.

Staff Volunteers at Commonwealth Games

Keep an eye out for ATC staff members who are volunteering at next month’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Senior school teacher Adrian Cullen (pictured left) is working in media services at the triathlon, marathon and mountain bike riding events, School Officer, Michelle Parcell (centre) is on duty at the swimming at Optus Aquatic centre Southport, Melissa Peacock, Head of Vocational & Career Pathways (right) is volunteering in Spectator Services at the Anna Meares velodrome, and School Officer Kylie Gallagher, (absent) is a driver with Transport Services. We wish our volunteers all the best for a very exciting couple of weeks.

App Tips

Please remember to check your subscriptions by tapping on the ‘Settings COGWHEEL’ bottom right side of 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 son’s chosen sport, music and activities for Term 2.

Have a great week ahead.

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal