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Coming Up to Christmas

Today signalled the end to another wonderful year. 2019 will always be remembered as the year ATC had its first complement of Year 4 to 12 students. It has been an exceptional year, led by our inaugural Senior cohort. This has been possible with the passion and skill of the staff, the energy of the boys and the support of the families. The sense of community at ATC is immense and is commented on by all who have visited us this year.

Rituals have been an important part of ATC developing an authentic culture. Today the Year 6 students were involved in the Tunnel Ritual with the Years 4 and 5 students farewelling them from the Junior School and the Years 7 and 8 students welcoming them to the Middle School. Year 9 students moved into their new Senior School Homerooms and bade farewell to the Middle School but not before celebrating with a pool party and barbeque yesterday!

Students also visited their 2020 Homerooms and met with their new homeroom teacher. All students finished the day in their new 2020 homerooms with their allocated home room class. A lot of discussion has gone into homeroom allocations for 2020 based on many aspects of school life. It is therefore very difficult to move students from their allocated homeroom and I ask parents to respect these decisions.If your son was not at school today, then they will have their homeroom and timetable emailed in January.

The boys celebrated the end of the school year together with an End of Year Liturgy. It was also nice to see so many students taking the opportunity to say thank you to their teachers. The liturgy finished with the Seniors of 2020 unveiling the new College mascot. I congratulate the new Senior class on their initiative, fund raising and leadership regarding the design and purchase of the ‘Irish Warrior’. It is a really positive sign of their leadership capabilities for next year. The students will also forever remember who was the first person to wear our Irish Warrior mascot uniform. All students were dismissed at midday amidst cheers and Christmas well wishes.

This week Michael Senior announced to the College community that following indepth investigations and discussions, ATC has been invited to compete in the Greater Brisbane Conference (GBC) Sporting competition from 2020. We believe that this will be a significant boost for our organisation of sport. The GBC program will complement all the sports that we currently offer at ATC. It will not replace any of our sports currently offered to our boys. On Tuesday 11 February 2020, a parent sport information evening will be held to outline the sport program that will be offered in 2020 and beyond. This will involve an expansion of our sporting program with introductory, recreational, competitive (internal and external) and elite playing levels.

Senior Students required

Senior students are asked to help out at the Year 4 Welcome Picnic to be held on Saturday 1 February 2020. Year 11 and 12 in 2020 students are encouraged to email Conor Finn if they can assist with games, set up and welcoming our youngest and newest students and their families to the College. This is an important first gathering of the new 2020 Year 4 families.

Lost Property

Front Office staff have emailed parents and students regarding Lost Property items that are to be collected from Edmund Rice Student Reception by Friday 13 December.

Christmas Holidays Office Closure

The College Office will be closed from 3 pm on Friday 20 December 2019 and will re-open at 8 am on Monday 6 January 2020. Please note that the College Office will be closed on Thursday 5 December for Staff Mass and celebrations.

Helping Out in 2020

Thank you to the many families who helped out in the Tuckshop, assisted with Care & Concern Group and for being involved with the P & F in 2019. Our friendly community is very welcoming largely due to the fact that we have parents and caregivers who actively give of their time to the College. Again in 2020 we will need your help and invite you to indicate your availability and willingness by completing the ‘Helping Out in 2020’ online form. As your circumstances may have changed since last we asked, it is appreciated if everyone completes the new 2020 online form below. There are options for occasional volunteering or being on a regular roster. Please CLICK HERE to complete the online form by Friday, 6 December 2019.


In his final newsletter to the community as Principal of ATC, Mike looks back on the friendships and the community that have been part of his life for so many years. ‘Goodbyes can bring to light all the magic contained in a place.’ CLICK HERE to read Mike’s farewell blog.


Friday 20 December 2019 | College Office closes
Monday 6 January 2020 | College Office reopens
Sunday 26 January 2020 | P & F Working Bee
Monday 27 January 2020 | Australia Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 28 January 2020 | Open Classrooms
Wednesday 29 January 2020 | Day 1 Term 1 for all students
Year 4: 8.25am – 2.30pm
Years 5-12: 8.25am – 3.00pm


After School Care 2020

Commencing January 2020 Ambrose Treacy College will cease our current on site after school care arrangement with Camp Australia and partner with Holy Family Parish Outside School Hours Care (HFPOSHC) at Holy Family Primary School Indooroopilly. Please see the College App for further information including contact details, how to book, fee schedule and policy handbook.

Year 6 2020 Tour to Canberra

The tour plays an important role in the Year 6 curriculum, perfectly complementing student studies of Democracy, Leadership and Government. Students will engage in several interesting activities that provide them with a ‘hands on’ understanding of the Australian electoral system and function of the Federal Government. Through participation in the tour we will provide the boys with new experiences, encourage increased responsibility, develop leadership skills as leaders of the Junior School and provide a significant experience as a Year 6 Cohort. The tour will occur in ATC Camp Week from Tuesday 3 March to Friday 6 March. Check the College App for full details and tour booklet.

Tuning Into Teens Info Night at Brigidine in 2020

This Parent Information Evening being hosted by Brigidine College on 4 February at 6.30pm is an introduction to what parents can learn to support their teen by participating in their 6 week program. It will provide parents with skills and strategies to better connect, understand and assist their teen navigate these challenging years. Tuning into Teens™ is a 6 week small group, parenting program in 1.5 hour sessions being held each Tuesday evening from 11 February until 17 March 2020. Cost is $210 per person. Maximum of 10 participants. CLICK HERE to RSVP for the information session at Brigidine by Thursday 30 January.


Claddagh Retreat for Year 12

Year 12 Claddagh 2020 – Additional Parent Information Session
A additional information session is being offered by Anne Connolly, Claddagh Facilitator, next Tuesday 3 December in the Nudgee Junior Hall at 8:00am – 8:30am for any Year 11 parents who missed the evening last week. Please note there is important formative event for your son and this session will outline the required steps for parents so that their sons can take part in the Claddagh experience. If you have any queries please email Anne Connolly directly.


In her final blog as Dean of Learning at ATC, Kath Little shares her passion for education and thanks our teachers who have continued to build educational programs that not only engaged students in the world around them, but also challenged and formed them to make a prophetic difference in the world. CLICK HERE to read her farewell article.

Stationery Lists

All stationery lists are on the College App. Note there was an amendment to the Year 5 list with regards to an item being delivered in Term 1.


Students in Years 10 & 11 who have been issued with textbooks in Term 4, 2019 that are needed for Term 1, 2020 are exempt from returning their books. (These books may be used for review purposes over the summer holidays, in preparation for mid Term One assessment.) Students who do not have books relevant for Term 1 are to return those textbooks by Monday.


Year 12 students are invited to collect their laptops and 2019 Yearbook from today, Thursday 28 November until Friday 13 December. Please go to the IT Department to collect.

Mt Sion Library

Board games and puzzles have been really popular in the cool, calm Mt Sion library. Chess, Cluedo, Uno, The Game Of Life, 5 Second Rule, Guess Who and the classics like Lego and Rubik’s cube have been keeping #ATCboys busy. As usual, our youngest students continue to enjoy reading and sharing books especially books from the non-fiction collection. Rocketing us towards the Christmas holidays, our final Makerspace session for the year had successful launches of mini figurines in parachutes and Kyan won the Caterpillar challenge!


Thank you to all the students who auditioned for ensembles in 2020 – the lists are now finalised and will be released on the College App tonight. If you have any questions or there is an error please don’t panic – just let us know by clicking here to email the Music Department.

If you are a continuing student or are interested in commencing lessons in Instrumental Music, Vocal, Piano, Production or Drama & Communication lessons please CLICK HERE enrol via the following form.


Roar Tickets

As part of our partnership with the Brisbane Roar, they are offering our school community 20% off tickets for home games! Book in your home game tickets through the link below, there will also be deals for Season Memberships in the next couple of weeks. All tickets purchased through the link will be seated together, so it will be a little ATC community at Suncorp! “CLICK HERE”: to purchase.


Good luck to our U15 Basketballers as they play in the Grand Finals for the BBI Competition on Saturday and the U15 Blue and U17 Blue as they play off for Bronze on Friday and Saturday. A well deserved result for their hard work. Keep an eye on Instagram for results and photos.


Our ATC Volleyball Schools Cup teams are preparing well before they head off to the Gold Coast to compete in the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup competition, the largest school-based sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere. The invitational comp at Stretton and games at St Laurence’s this week will give them plenty of practice before the AVSC competition starts from Sunday 8th December. Good luck to our Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10/11 AVSC teams.


P&F Roles for 2020
Year Level Liaisons perform an important role and if you would like to be the Parent Year Level Liaison for Year 10 in 2020 email the P&F.

Date Claimers
P&F hosts Staff Christmas Lunch – Thursday 5 December
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

ATC P&F Committee CLICK HERE to email the P&F Secretary, Helen Dunn if you have any queries.

2020 Working Bee

One of the nice traditions over the last couple of 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. Sunday morning January 26 is the designated working bee day and I would ask any parent and /or student who can assist on this day to please keep this date free. More information will be forthcoming via the College App.

Year Level Parent Liaisons

The ATC P&F are looking for enthusiastic, community-minded parents who would like to take on the role of Parent Liaison for Year 10 in 2020. If you enjoy meeting new people and organising social gatherings to connect with other parents from your year level then we want you to volunteer for these positions. The tasks involved are not onerous and we even have a comprehensive Handbook to help you with the role. The main duties include being an Administrator for your Year Level Facebook Page, promoting P&F Events via the Facebook page and maybe organising a Year Level Coffee Morning or Dinner once a semester. No experience is required and the P&F will assist you every step of the way – we even have a Messenger group of other Parent Liaisons that you can communicate with on a regular basis. If you are interested or would like any further information please contact P&F Secretary Helen Dunn

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. Don’t hesitate to contact the event coordinators, Ben and Therese if you have any queries. We look forward to getting to know you and begin our journey at ATC. Please 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. BYO picnic hamper and drinks and don’t forget chairs, a picnic rug, hats and sunscreen. CLICK HERE to let us know if you are coming along.

Save the Date Kick Off Cocktails

Start the 2020 ATC year with ‘Kick of Cocktails’ on Saturday 15 February at 6.30pm on Westcourt Deck. A fantastic night for all parents to meet new and old friends and celebrate the start of a new year. Entry is free and finger food will be served. Drinks available to purchase at the cash bar on the night. More details will be shared soon. Mark it in your calendar!

I wish all our families a happy, holy and safe Christmas. Enjoy a restful break.

David Gardiner, Deputy Principal.