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Coming Up Last Week of Term

Sound the horns, the end of term is around the corner. There’s more than a few key points below to ensure you are up-to-date with all that’s happening in Week 10.

Exams

Exam schedules are available on the College App and students will have exams right up until Friday 17 September. This has been planned so we maximise the learning time prior to the exam period.

Junior School Athletics Carnival

The Junior School students will participate in their Inter-House Athletics carnival on Friday September 17. Mr Stewart has published more details on the ATC App regarding the day.

End of Term Liturgy

All Year 4 to 10 students will complete the term by participating in an interactive end of Term Liturgy on Friday.

First day of Term 4

Term Four will commence for all students on Tuesday 5 October. Please note that Monday 4 October is a public holiday.

Lost Property

Lost uniform items to be collected from Student Reception before end of Term. We have a large amount of lost property in Senior School Reception and Main College Reception. Please ask your sons to check for any missing items by THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER. Any remaining items at the end of term will be disposed of over the holidays. We strongly advise caregivers and students to carefully label all items with your son’s name.

Service Hours

Service hours need to be logged before the end of next week.

Music Concerts

COVID restrictions have had a significant impact on the College’s Music program but I was delighted to see the ensembles and bands perform at a Formal Concert Series this week. Under set seating arrangements and with limited numbers, there were three evenings of small scale performances in the NJ Hall for the Junior Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, ATC Symphonic Winds, Jazz Ensemble, Big Band and ATC Jazz Orchestra. Congratulations to all the young men who performed this week and thanks to the staff for their persistence and desire to ensure the boys had an opportunity to perform. Nerves were visible due to the long absence between live concert performances but that was quickly forgotten as boys swung into action to deliver a great sound and outstanding entertainment.

VET Assembly

An important component of ATC is the diverse pathways offered to the students. This week at the College Assembly we acknowledged the 69 Year 12 students who have gained a VET qualification during their studies at ATC. The VET courses covered areas such as Certificate I and II in Hospitality, Certificate I in Construction which are delivered by ATC teachers, plus Certificate III in Business and Certificate III in Fitness endorsed by Binnacle Training; plus the Diploma of Business delivered by Barrington College) plus a wide range of Certificate II and III courses offered through “TAFE at School” e.g. Electrotechnology, Screen & Media, Plumbing, Engineering Pathways, Information Digital Media & Technology, Sound Production, Crime & Justice, Automotive Vocational Preparation, Logistics. I congratulate the Year 12 students who have taken advantage of this vast array of courses to obtain significant qualifications and skills.

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.

UPCOMING DATES

Friday 10 September to Friday 17 September | Years 4-11 Exam Period
Friday 10 September to Friday 17 September | Year 12 Mock Exams
Monday 13 September | Years 4-6 PAT Diagnostic Tests
Tuesday 14 September | Years 7-9 PAT Diagnostic Tests
Wednesday 15 September | Years 4-12 GBC Interschool Athletics Carnival
Thursday 16 September to Sunday 19 September | Basketball – Opens CBSQ
Friday 17 September | Last day of Term 3 (students finish at 3.00pm)
Friday 17 September | Term 3 Celebration Liturgy
Friday 17 September | Junior School Interhouse Athletics Carnival
Saturday 18 September to Monday 20 September | ATC Year 7 & 8 Fishing Club trip to Sunshine Coast Rec Centre
Monday 4 October | Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
Tuesday 5 October | Term 4 commences

LEARNING NEWS

Reading Hour

Next Tuesday 14th September we will be observing ‘Reading Hour’ in the Junior School as part of the national initiative ‘Australia Reads’. Australia Reads is on a mission to get more people reading more books, more often.
We invite all Junior School boys to come along to the library next Tuesday and engage in entertaining Storytime sessions with Mr Stewart and Mrs Sainsbury! As if that isn’t enough incentive, there will be lucky door prizes too! Did you know that reading for just 10 minutes a day at the average reading rate of 300 words per minute means you could be reading 3,000 words a day, leading to 90,000 words (the average length of an adult book) each month! So come on ATC boys, let’s champion reading as a healthy daily habit to improve on all aspects of literacy!

Year 5 HPE

The Physical Education program for Year 5 in Term 4 is swimming. The boys will be participating in 8 swimming lessons starting in Week 1 of Term 4. The boys are required to wear their PE uniform to school as normal and will have time at the start and end of each lesson to change in and out of their swimming gear. As the pool is under a shade structure, there is NO requirement for sun shirts to be worn and the boys may wear any swimwear that they feel comfortable swimming in. Both shorts or swim training togs are appropriate for this unit and swimming goggles are an optional item. ATC swimming togs may be worn but are not required. The unit will focus on swimming technique in freestyle and then move to learning lifesaving survival strokes as we progress through the term. We encourage the boys to take responsibility for packing swimming gear on a Wednesday morning and boys who are unable to swim for any reason will be asked to complete written work relating to the swimming topic of the day. If you have any questions or concerns relating to this unit, then please contact Mr Paul Jones, Year 5 HPE Teacher.

Debating

The details for Round 3 of the QDU Primary School Comp has the topic “That schools should have compulsory community service on the weekends.” The Venue is at home, Ambrose Treacy College, Waterford Building on Thursday 13 October and the times for each vary. See below. Covid Requirements are 1 spectator per speaker (masks for spectators compulsory). TEAM 1 Affirmative (6:00pm) v Indooroopilly SS. TEAM 2 Negative (6:45pm) v Ironside SS. Any queries, please contact Lawrie Gordon gordonl@atc.qld.edu.au

FORMATION NEWS

Term 4 Signum Fidei Recipients

We will recognise and celebrate students’ contributions to the three College Touchstones of Service, Learning and Leadership at the Term 4 Signum Fidei breakfasts. We look forward to welcoming the award recipients and their families to the College. A reminder invitation has been sent to families. See you on Wednesday 6 October for Junior and Senior School awards and Thursday 7 October for the Middle School awards.

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.

FAITH & MISSION NEWS

A reminder that the final week of being able to log your son’s service hours is Friday 17 September, Week 10 of Term 3.

Pay to Dare

As a means of raising funds to give to the poor and marginalised, and as a way of making the final day of Term 3 even more fun, a proposal was presented to the Junior School this morning. ‘Pay to Dare’ is bound to raise proceeds, laughter and the heart rate of our Junior School Staff. Each student in the Junior School is asked to donate money ($3, $5 or $10). If more than $1000 is raised, the staff will perform a ‘dare’ which has been carefully designed and selected for them. Examples include Mr Stewart racing some Year 6 swimmers in a 25m Butterfly race (in his formal work attire) and some Taylor Swift karaoke performed by the somewhat musically talented trio of Mr Thompson, Mrs Emu and Mrs Gainer. Our Year 6 leaders are still gathering some further ideas for all staff. Students are asked to bring the money to their Home Room Teachers prior to Friday September 17. Any support and money raised will be much appreciated and passed on to those in need. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Matt Warr, Dean of Faith and Mission.

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 signumfidei@atc.qld.edu.au CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK.

MUSIC

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 entries close Wednesday 6 October. Full details and the registration to participate is all available via SEQTA and the College App. Great prizes are up for grabs including Cinema Vouchers including drinks & popcorn, Jazz Club double-passes, 4 x $50 Visa Gift Cards, instruments, fun paraphernalia and more! What a great incentive to enter!  Thank you our wonderful ATC families and businesses who are supporting this event: Event Cinemas Indooroopilly; The Rice Hut; Brisbane Jazz Club; The School Locker.

SPORT

Holiday clinics for sport will be conducted during the first week of the holidays. The College app has further details. Term 4 sport timetable and relevant information is on the App. Registration is open for some sports with the remaining being opened at the start of Term 4. To register your son, please accept the invitation in Parent Lounge. GBC Athletics will also take place at QSAC on Wednesday 15 September. We wish the boys involved all the best.

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: aquatics@atc.qld.edu.au

TUCKSHOP NEWS

Both tuckshops will be open on the last day of term, Friday 17 September, and Junior School students (who are having their athletics carnival on Friday) will be able to access Paddy’s Place tuckshop at both breaks. Please note that both Paddy’s Place and the Bakehouse tuckshops will be open on the first day of term 4, Tuesday 5 October.

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 Tuesday 12 October ONLINE 6.30pm

Benjamin Prain, ATC P&F President warmly welcomes all Parents and Caregivers 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 like to take on an active role within the P&F Executive as nominations are called for the position of Secretary. Or you may be interested in being involved with your son’s Year Level and take an active role on the Committee. Options for involvement include Year Level Parent Liaison, Event Coordinator and Event Volunteer. You may like to come to meetings to keep up to date with news from the Principal and the Deputy Principal, who attend our meetings each month. If you are interested in nominating for a role in 2022, please join us for the online meeting by emailing the Secretary. 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! 

Enjoy the warm weather over the weekend and we will see everyone on Monday for the final week of term!

David Gardiner

Deputy Principal