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Coming Up Term 4

A lot is happening straight up in Term 4 and I invite you to peruse the upcoming events.


Friday 11 October | Year 8 Retreat
Friday 11 October | Year 12 Surfing lessons S&R
Friday 11 October | Year 12 Biology QIMR excursion
Saturday 12 October | Community Mass

Pupil Free Day

On Monday 21 October, there is a gazetted Ministerial Pupil Free Day and there will be no classes for students. Students are NOT required to be at school on this day.

Night of Excellence

The ATC 2019 Night of Excellence will be held on Monday 28 October 2019 ERPAC. The evening is a celebration of the ATC Community and its achievements throughout the year and we would hope that all students and families attend this significant evening as a culmination to another outstanding year. Please refer to the attached invitation for details.

Community Farewell and Afternoon Tea for Michael Senior

As part of our preparations for Mr Senior’s retirement at the end of this year we have planned an opportunity to say farewell and thank you. Please join us for a complimentary Community Farewell and Afternoon Tea on Saturday 19 October, from 3pm to 4.30pm on Brothers Oval. A cash bar will be operating. To assist us with catering please CLICK HERE to RSVP. The event is open to all families who have had a connection with NJC/ATC and Mr Senior, so please pass on this information to any interested families. RSVPs close 9pm Monday 13 October.

Jazz by the River

There are only a few days to book your tickets to join us at Jazz by the River on Saturday 19 October. This year, JBTR will be following Michael’s Farewell and Afternoon Tea. Showcasing our outstanding Jazz Musicians, Hip-Hop Dancers and Visual Artists the evening will culminate with a performance from renowned Jazz Artist, Mal Wood. Pre-purchase food online or bring your own picnic. No BYO alcohol due to licensing restrictions. Food and beverage stalls will be operating at the event. CLICK HERE to buy your tickets, pre-purchase food, raffle tickets and ‘Jazz Money’. Note: Jazz Money makes purchasing food and drinks faster and easier. By reducing the amount of cash being handled, we reduce queues and waiting times. Please pre-order your Jazz Money online. Bookings close 9pm Monday 13 October.


Year 12 – Connect to your Future Information Evening

You are invited to ‘Connect to your Future’, an information evening hosted by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training Metropolitan Region on Tuesday 22 October at ATC. A range of stall holders will provide information on career planning, apprenticeships and traineeships, vocational education, university pathways, Skilling Queenslanders for Work programs, federal government programs and local entrepreneur organisations. Students will be provided with the opportunity to present their resumes to Australian Apprenticeship Support Networks and Group Training Organisations. Students can also seek clarity with stall holders on the services they provide in the training and employment arena. All the registration and event details have been posted to the College APP.

Year 10 student Harrison Quin met with Queensland Premier, Ms Palaszczuk over the holidays to discuss the problems which face youth. Harrison is the Youth Member for Inala and part of YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament. He is a strong advocate for improving education access, youth employment and training. Thanks for being a strong voice in our community Harrison!

Year 9 HPE

In Term 4 Year 9 students will study a first aid, CPR and lifesaving unit in HPE. As such, HPE practical lessons will be conducted in the pool. Students are to wear their formal uniform every day of the week, bringing their swimmers and towel (goggles optional) on the practical day as designated by their teacher, which will be communicated this week. This is a significant change from previous years and students need to note their practical day in their diary and online calendar and set reminders so as to remember to bring the correct items with them on the correct day. As is the standard expectation in HPE, any students who are unable to participate for medical reasons or are without the necessary equipment will require an email from their parent/caregiver.

Year 11 English

Students in Year 11 English will be commencing Unit 3 in Term 4 2019. In Unit 3, students will explore connections between texts by examining representations of the same concepts and issues in different texts. In doing so, they will consider how the textual constructions of the same concepts and issues in different texts resonate, relate to, and clash with one another. For this unit, students at ATC will be studying the novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell and comparing it with the film, V for Vendetta (2006) to examine the representation of the future. To prepare students for their first assessment instrument for Unit 3, you are asked to purchase a copy and for students to begin reading the novel. Given the prominence of this text though, it is widely available online and in bookstores. If possible, we request that you purchase the Modern Penguin Classics version to assist with referencing of page numbers as part of our study in class. Students will be expected to have read up to and including Book 1 (approx. 110 pages) of the novel on their return to school in Term 4. Of course, students are welcome to read beyond this point if they wish. Students may wish to access the audiobook of this text to support their reading. Please note, that this is not a substitute for purchasing a physical copy of the text though. 1984 by George Orwell – A Penguin Modern Classics

Excursions Term 4

Year 11 Biology Excursion
Year 11 Biol students will travel to Nudgee Beach on Friday 8 November as part of the completion of the mandatory field work, practical activities and the internal assessment items for Biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life. Students will investigate and evaluate the biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics of Moreton Bay Marine Park at Nudgee Beach. Boys will wear appropriate casual clothes, closed in shoes and hat. They will need to bring their own lunch and water. The bus will depart school early at 8.10am. Please be at school by 8am. Bus returns to ATC by 3pm.

Year 9 Justice and Peace Studies
Year 9 Justice and Peace Studies students will visit the Brisbane Police Museum on Tuesday 5 November with a guided tour of the museum and court facilities. This excursion aims to develop students’ understanding of our judicial system and processes. Students will depart the College by bus at 8.25am and return at 11.20am. Participating students are to bring a water bottle, pen and workbook. School bags should be left in their lockers, there is no need to bring them on this excursion. There will not be an opportunity to purchase food so students should bring their own morning tea to be eaten on the bus back to the College.


Flash Fiction writing competition has begun for Junior school students only. What is Flash Fiction? Flash fiction is characterised by being a very short story while still offering character and plot development. The word limit provides a very creative challenge. Boys need to spotlight a short story while hinting at a larger one. For more details and hints, visit the Mt Sion Library in week 1.


Boomerang Bags

Staff and students continue to cut and sew fabrics to make the wonderfully enviro friendly Boomerang Bags. Click here for their update on the journey!

As members Catholic School community in 2019, we are called to walk with the poor and marginalised. This is further emphasised in Pope Francis’ ‘Laudato Si’ encyclical which highlights the need for people to be stewards of creation and empower the sacredness and dignity of the human person. At the end of Term 3 liturgy, Mr Warr promoted two initiatives we are asking all families to be involved with in Term 4.

Selfie for a Farmer

The first is the ‘Selfie for the Farmer.’ Boys are challenged to complete a household chore or task which may merit a pocket money payment of $5 to $10. Whilst completing the job, boys are asked to take a selfie and CLICK HERE to email it to the Fatih and Mission office or if you have any queries. ATC will then donate the funds to a community in Stanthorpe which is crippled by drought. The College will match every donation, dollar for dollar. All money will support farms through water supply or food for livestock.

Best Foot Forward

The second initiative is one which has been accepted by many Edmund Rice Schools around Australia; the majority of which are all boys schools. Close to 1 billion women and girls around the world are not able to read or write. Women cannot put their ‘Best Foot Forward’ without advocacy, support and awareness. The BFF campaign calls on all boys to purchase a bright pink pair of shoelaces to wear on their school shoes, runners or football boots in Term 4. For $10 cash (expensive, but worth it for the cause), boys can demonstrate their commitment to creating a more equal world. Shoelaces will be on sale at the main office from the first day back until Friday the 18th of October; our annual Pink Day at the College. Laces will also be on sale at Jazz by the River. We aim to sell 501 pairs. CLICK HERE for more information on this initiative.

Let’s rally as a College community, support those in need, put our faith into action, and have some fun whilst doing it.

Year 8 Retreat

Year 8 Retreat will be held on Friday 11 October. This day is designed to challenge boys to provide a positive voice to their own and other’s lives. The day is facilitated by Real Talk Australia and coordinated by the Dean of Faith and Mission, Head of Year 8 and the Year 8 Homeroom Teachers. Students are asked to bring a ‘Donation Ticket’ for the day. Please see the letter on the College App outlining the requirements for the day. CLICK HERE for the link to Real Talk Australia for more detailed information about their program.

Walk for Brain Cancer

As a major Junior School Service initiative, we once again invite students, families and friends of Ambrose Treacy College Junior School to join Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and the Newro Foundation for an inspirational 5km walk through 7th Brigade Park, Chermside on Sunday 27 October. Students and families are asked to register under the 2019 Ambrose Treacy College and where possible boys can set a target for additional donations. Boys that register will also gain 3 Service hours towards their service journal. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure registration with our team. CLICK HERE to register.


Year 4 Dance Performance

As we approach the end of year, one of our most significant College events is our ‘Night of Excellence’. This night not only recognises the outstanding excellence of students in many fields across the College, but it also is an outstanding platform to showcase our students. In 2019, Year 4 have been selected to perform on this evening to display their dance routine that they will be learning as part of the Physical Education Curriculum in Term Four. It will be an amazing occasion for all classes as they perform on stage and it is expected that all students be present for the entire evening. Students will be learning their dance routine during PE Lessons on Tuesdays. To assist Mr Jared D’Roza, the College has enlisted the support of Amanda Middleton as choreographer. We can’t wait to see our young Fred Astaires, gliding and tapping across the stage!

Year 12 Term 4 Events

In support of your son and family during this time please find below some information regarding a range of formative events in Term 4:
Tuesday 5 November: Senior School House Assembly (Students Only) An informal occasion for the House to acknowledge the contribution of the Seniors.
Thursday 7 November – Tuesday 12 November Students will be on Block Exams.
Wednesday 13 November: Year 12 Reflection Day (Students Only) Compulsory occasion for students to reflect on their journey at Ambrose Treacy College. Further details will be forwarded via the College App in the coming weeks.
Thursday 14 November: Year 12 Celebration Assembly Parents and Caregivers are welcome to attend the Year 12 Celebration Assembly in the Xavier Centre from 8:25am. It will be an occasion for the College to acknowledge the Seniors’ contribution and for the Seniors to thank the staff and community.
Thursday 14 November: Year 12 Mass and Valedictory Dinner Students and guests meet at St. Stephen’s Cathedral from 4:45pm. The College opens the invitation for family members to attend the Mass. The Valedictory Dinner is at the Howard Smith Wharves, Rivershed, from 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start. As numbers are limited the College invites students and two additional guests for each student to attend. Please Click Here to RSVP for the Valedictory Dinner by 31 October 2019.
We look forward to celebrating with your son and family throughout these important occasions and trust they will be memorable rites of passage in transitioning to becoming Old Boys of Ambrose Treacy College. See the College App for more details of the Valedictory evening’s proceedings.



The details for the final round (Round 4) of the QDU Primary School Comp on Thursday 17 October. Group 1 will compete at 6.45pm and Group 2 will compete at 7.30pm on the topic: That parents should be required to attend detention with their children. Please check the College App for full details.


Only 4 days to book your tickets for the annual Jazz By the River on Saturday 19 October, from 4.30pm-8.30pm. We have a great line-up featuring ATC’s Jazz Ensembles, Hip-Hop Dancers, Visual Artists and the ATC All Stars Big Band featuring Mal Wood. It is a wonderful family event not to be missed! Bring your own picnic hamper or pre-order food online. Tickets are only $20, school children are FREE. Each year the Jazz by the River receives great support through the generosity of ATC families, friends and their associated businesses in the way of sponsorship and donation of goods (raffle prizes). If you or anyone you know is able to assist we would love to hear from you.

The P&F are looking for assistance with the decorations and the BBQ. Any assistance with set-up, working on the bar, cooking burgers or serving are all gratefully accepted. CLICK HERE sign-up for shifts via the Volunteers website. CLICK HERE to contact Brenda Forrest, P&F Music Support Group's Volunteers Coordinator, if you have volunteering queries.


Thank you to the following local businesses (and ATC families) who are supporting Jazz by the River in 2019:
Videopro, The Kenmore, Snooze Jindalee, Byrony O’Neill Estate Agents, One Wybelena, The Rice Hut If you or your business would like to assist with a donation of goods for our raffle, we would love to hear from you. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO EMAIL THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT.

Arts Week

Arts Week will run from Monday 14 to Saturday 19 October and will once again be a feast for the senses, with our visual art exhibition ARTery, music and drama performances culminating in the big event on Saturday night, Jazz by the River! Get your tickets now!

ATC’s Got Talent

ATC’s Got Talent is back for 2019 with new categories including Junior Division, Middle & Senior, Traditional, Middle & Senior Contemporary, House Challenge. All entries in the Junior, Middle and Senior Divisions will receive either a Gold, Silver or Bronze award for their performance and the overall best performance for each category will receive a $50 gift voucher. The House Challenge will add points for each House and the perpetual trophy is up for grabs. All terms and conditions can be found via the links below and entries are due by the end of Term 3 using the link below or available on SEQTA Notices and Sharepoint.


The ATC community, friends and relatives are all invited to our art exhibition ‘ARTery’ on Thursday 17 October from 4pm to 7pm. Canapes and drinks will be served by the river as guests meander under the luminous display of light installations and wander through the exquisite display of art work from our talented students. The inaugural Michael Senior Art Award will be launched and winners announced from two categories of entries: Junior Art Award Years 4-7 and Senior Art Award Years 8-12 We look forward to welcoming you to our annual exhibition. Get pumped for ARTery!

Drama Performance
Arts Week may be weeks away but our budding drama stars are treading the boards rehearsing for their big performances on Monday 14 October at 6.30pm. We will welcome all families to the Senior School to be part of the audience on this night.



The P&F meet monthly on a Tuesday evening at 6.30pm. Final meeting dates for 2019 are Tuesday 15 October and Tuesday 19 November. Our meetings are informative and we are always open to hearing your views and opinions. Our 2020 Event Planning night will be held on 30 October so if you are interested in helping to plan for next year, please CLICK HERE to email us with your ideas, input and let us know if you want to help out with an event.

Book Club

The next meeting of literary giants is on Thursday 24 October at 7.30pm at Tric’s home in Toowong. It will be a fun night where we all get to discuss our favourite book, poem or short story and find out why it affected you! Bring your book with you and maybe read some passages out. Please CLICK HERE to email Tric if you can make it.

Volunteers for JBTR

The P&F are looking for assistance with set-up, working on the bar, cooking burgers or serving are all gratefully accepted. CLICK HERE sign-up for shifts via the VolunteerLocal website. CLICK HERE to contact Brenda Forrest, P&F Music Support Group's Volunteers Coordinator, if you have volunteering queries.

Michael Senior’s Farewell Gift

A Message from P&F President, Brett Solomon
In recent times, as the school prepares for the retirement of Mike Senior to a well-earned rest with family and friends, the P&F has been approached by a number of parents that would like to honour Mike’s long tenure at the college with a gift in appreciation of his efforts. It was thought by the P&F that it might be best if funds were pooled with any family that would like to make a contribution being welcomed to do so, such that a single more substantial memento of Mike’s time at the school might be presented to him on behalf of the families of ATC. A donation page has been set up to facilitate this process. In deference to Mike, we emphasise that contributions, while welcome, are in no way expected. Please click here to make a contribution.


From Term 4, students will need to use their student card to purchase breakfast from the tuckshop. This will make breakfast consistent with first and second break and will ensure efficient service of all students. Please remind your son to take his student card if he will be purchasing breakfast.

If you can help out in the tuckshop in Term 4 or bake us 2 dozen Betty Crocker Choc muffins (these are nut free and suitable for all students) please click here to inform Food Services Manager, Maelisa McNeil.


College App
It is imperative to subscribe to your sons Term 4 sports and activities now on the College App to stay up to date wand to receive the training schedules for Term 4.

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David Gardiner
Deputy Principal