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Coming Up Week 1 Term 3

I look forward to a term full of positive energy, exciting learning and a full schedule of sport, music and clubs. The holidays certainly came at a good time for staff and students to reset after an incredible term. It will be important that everyone is ready to go next week. A reminder timetables have changed for Term 3 for Years 7 to 9. Listed below are key dates and changes to the College Calendar for week 1.

The lifting of COVID-19 restrictions continues almost a weekly basis and the College will continue to review these changes and amend events and procedures across the College as appropriate. Like most of us, I missed the sporting and club activities last term. Our students thrive in this space and enjoy being active and creative. Term 3 offers more opportunities for these types of events albeit with the necessary public health regulations in place as directed by the governing bodies. Please read on further for important dates and information regarding digital check-in at sporting fixtures.


Monday 13 July
Tuesday bell times
College Assembly – cancelled
8:25am – Extended Homeroom (Year Level/House Meetings)

Tuesday 14 July
Junior & Middle School Year Level Assemblies – modified
Senior School House Assembly (only Year 11 & 12’s)
NAIDOC Mass & Celebration – postponed until November
8.25am – Extended Homeroom Time:
Years 7-10 Homerooms – 2021 Subject Selection Process launch
Years 11 & 12 – House Meetings
Years 4-6 – Extended Homeroom Activities

Wednesday 15 July
Year 11 Leadership Retreat – postponed to 9 September
Year 4 Hearing Test – cancelled

Thursday 16 July
Year 7 Ngutana Lui excursion (Group 1) – cancelled

Friday 17 July
Monday bell times
College Assembly – cancelled
Year 10 UQ Geography excursion – cancelled


Monday 13 July First Day of Term 3
Monday 20 July Pupil Free Day
Monday 20 July Parent Teacher Student Feedback Meetings
Friday 24 July Interhouse Cross Country
Wednesday 29 July Term 1 Co-curricular Sport and Music photos
Tuesday 4 August P&F meeting
Tuesday 1 September P&F AGM 6.30pm
Friday 4 September Ministerial Pupil Free Day
Friday 18 September Last Day of Term 3

Parent-Teacher-Student Feedback Meetings

These meetings will be held on Monday 20 July. We view the meetings as an important time to reflect on Semester One, affirm each student’s work and discuss strategies for improvement. The meetings will be conducted via Microsoft TEAMs and details have been emailed to all parents and caregivers. Information and booking instructions are also available on the College App.

Semester Two Timetable

Year 8 and 9 students change their electives each semester, and Year 7 classes change some of their subjects for Semester Two. This coupled with new staff commencing in Term 3, will result in the College timetable being different to Semester One. We welcome Ms Lauren Arnell (Year 4-6 HPE teacher), Mr Blake Taylor (Year 7 Case Manager) to the ATCommunity. The Semester Two student timetables will be published in the second week of the holidays.


A consistent and very important message that is often shared by the Sport Department and reinforced in my blog is that engagement with the College App is critical for you to have the most up to date information, including training timetables, fixtures, cancellations and health updates. I would encourage parents to also install the App on their son’s devices and set their subscriptions for their chosen sports, clubs, music and homeroom. With double the number of sports and a wide range of clubs happening in Term 3, we require all students with a mobile device to use the ATC App to get organised, particularly Middle and Senior Schools’ students who can be responsible for their own co-curricular activities and managing their calendars. This will be reinforced in Homerooms in Week 1 by the Formation Leaders and your assistance in preparation for this conversation is appreciated over the holidays. If you require help installing and setting your subscriptions, please see this video:


As Stage 3 lifting of restrictions come into practice, Mr Ryan is liaising with the GBC, GPS and AIC associations to adjust planning in order to comply with Queensland Government sport guidelines. Further information will be provided as it comes to hand.

At this stage, it is clear that the GPS Association will be using the EVA Check In app to site manage at all of their schools. We have decided to use this as well and strongly encourage all parents and caregivers intending to attend sport in Term 3 to follow the instructions below. For our trial weekend of Football and Basketball against St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace in July 11 and 12, it will be necessary to use this technology in order to be present.

Other factors to plan for:
1. Management will be overseeing that no more than 500 persons are on site at any one time (This is facilitated via head count through the EVA Check-in system – more information below).
2. No more than two spectators may accompany a player (inclusive of younger siblings)
3. No food services will be available.
4. Please bring your own water bottle.
5. Please bring your own chair if required.
6. All spectators will be required to observe social distancing eg 1.5m.

EVA Digital Check-in
To meet the regulatory requirements of contact tracing and monitoring visitors on site at Term 3 sport, the College will be using the EVA digital check-in system. Printed posters will display a QR code at the entrance to all zones around the College for parents to scan on their device and digitally check in. Students will also be required to check-in using the EVA system. We ask that parents assist this process by downloading the EVA Check-in app for iPhone only which is free in the App Store. Using the EVA app, you can make a number of profiles with different individual’s information, making the registration process for families on game days more streamlined. If you have an Android device, you can use a QR Scanner app to check in.

*Advantages of Digital Check-in *
No handwritten guest registers, shared pens, or systems that aren’t privacy-focused;
Guests can check themselves in fast with no queues;
Only captures the data that IS REQUIRED to meet sporting regulations; Built-in reporting keeps ATC up to date with check-ins and makes it easy to find who was on site at any time.
Manages multiple zones to organise and track movement around the College grounds;
Monitors exactly how many people are in each zone and sends an alert when we have too many people on site;
Visitor information is stored securely through the software meeting data privacy standards.

How to Use it
Step 1 – We recommend downloading the EVA Check-in App. This is a free download where you can pre-load your personal information;
Step 2 – On arrival at the sporting grounds, scan the QR code displayed by using the EVA App or QR Scanner app;
Step 3 – You are directed to a mobile webpage to complete your details or if using the EVA App, your details will be auto-filled by your phone;
Step 4 – Check-in complete! Parent details are remembered by their phone for fast check-in the next weekend;
Step 5 – When leaving the grounds, check-out using the same link so we know exactly how many people remain in each zone.

Important Information
Newer model iPhones don’t require any special App installation, simply open your devices camera, hover over the QR code, then you will be prompted to a website to enter your data;
Older iPhones and all Android devices will require downloading the EVA app or a QR Scanner app;

If you have any queries or difficulties with the App install, please click here to email the IT service desk.

Swimming Term 3

The ATC Swimming Program will begin again on Monday 13 July 2020. This is very exciting news! There will be a number of changes due to government and health regulations. We will be offering the following lessons and training at the ATC pool:

  • Learn to Swim Level 6-8
  • Stroke Development
  • Squads are only operating in the afternoon – there is no morning training
  • Development Squad will commence at 3.30pm, concluding at 4.30pm (this is open to ATC Students as well as we are not offering a separate squad for them).
  • Junior Competitive Squad will commence at 4.30pm and finish at 6.00pm.
  • State/National Squad will commence at 4.30pm and finish at 6.30pm.

Learn to Swim Level 1-5 will start at a later date. Please note that charges will be incurred by Ambrose Treacy College students for all levels (including Squads) commencing from Term 3. See the link below to download the new price list. If you wish for your son to swim, please CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE BOOKING FORM. Confirmation emails will be sent early next week. If you have any queries, please CLICK HERE to email the Aquatics Coordinator.

NEW Registrations for Sport, Clubs and Activities

New wonderful opportunities in Term 3 and 4 will be available for all students so please be sure to keep an eye on the App, Parent Lounge, and my blog so your son does not miss out. Due to the wide range of offerings and logistics required to organise and implement each program, no late registrations will be accepted for any program. To avoid disappointment, please register your son/s for their respective activities before the closing date and time. See the list of clubs and the registration dates below.

Further Term 3 Sport and Activities
Registrations open Wednesday 15 July 5:00pm – Closes Friday 24 July 12:00pm
ATC Athletics Age Championships
ATC Cross Country Age Championships
ATC Tennis Age Championships
ATC Chess Age Championships
ATC Triathlon and Aquathlon Program
ATC Mountain Bike Club
Pilot Programs
ATC Lawn Bowls
ATC Golf “Come and Try” session on Brothers Oval 3:15pm Friday 31 July
• Club Touch Football (External Registration)

Term 4 Sport and Activities
Registrations open Monday 3 August 5:00pm, Close Friday 14 August 12:00pm
ATC Club Cricket (Term 4 season)
ATC House Touch Football
ATC Golf (NEW – Pilot Program)
ATC All Schools Touch Football (TO BE CONFIRMED)
ATC Water Polo (Year 7 – 12 only) (TO BE CONFIRMED)
ATC Futsal (Year 4 & 5 only) (TO BE CONFIRMED)

Sport Events Update

As the current situation continues to unfold, we advise the ATCommunity of these changes to our 2020 calendar for Sporting events:

Queensland Volleyball Schools Cup – Seniors Friday 7 August
Champion Basketball Schools Tournament
Chess Age Championships – Friday 28 August
ATC Cross Country Age Championships – date to be advised
ATC Athletics Age Championships – date to be advised

Northern Eagles Athletics
Confraternity Rugby League
Met West Athletics

GBC Athletics Carnival


From day one of Term 3, all Band, Ensemble and Choir rehearsals will resume strictly adhering to relevant social distancing regulations. Throughout the remainder of 2020, all Bands, Ensembles and Choirs will have opportunities to participate in various audio/video recording sessions and/or workshops. Details regarding these sessions will be released early in term 3. As social distancing restrictions evolve opportunities for alternative performance opportunities may be added for some ensembles.

Music Events Update

As the current situation continues to unfold, we advise the ATCommunity of these changes to our 2020 calendar for Music Performance events:

2021 Symphonic Winds Rehearsals Commence Week 7
AMEB Soloists Concert Week 10

Simply Strings Day

Formal Music Concert – Dates to be advised
Music Support Group Meetings – Dates to be advised
Auditions for 2021 ATC Symphonic Winds


iCentre Extended Hours

We are delighted to announce that Westcourt iCentre will be trialling extended opening hours in Term 3. Students from Years 7-12 will be able to study and complete homework in the library at the following times:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday before and after school – 7.30am – 4.30pm
Wednesday before and after school – Years 7-9 from 7:30am – 4.30pm and Years 10-12 from 7.30am – 5.30pm
Friday before school – Years 7-12 from 7.30am – 3pm
Only students undertaking homework and study will be allowed to attend the library before and after school. We look forward to sharing this productive learning opportunity with our students!


The last weeks of Term 2 were busy for Year 9 Biologists! They examined the abiotic and biotic factors found in the Brisbane River and the Gully area of ATC. Using sensors the water quality of the river was assessed and the abiotic factors of temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, salinity, pH and conductivity were recorded. Then students went off to the Gully to examine the vegetation, organisms, wind speed and light intensity in different areas of the environment. Year 9 students were also introduced to performing a line transect and using a quadrant to gather data on the living things.

Students were also presented with the process of how amylase breaks down starch into soluble sugars. I explained that amylase is an enzyme found in our saliva and is released into the digestive tract to help digest the starch in our food. There was a great deal of interest in this lab session as anything to do with food gets the boys’ attention! What a productive and interesting term of learning in the Lab and I look forward to working with my science students in Term 3.

University of New England Entry 2021

Based on the school’s recommendation, UNE will guarantee a student an offer to start university with them in 2021. Students will be able to choose up to 3 course preferences in their free online application which can be accessed by ‘clicking here.’: The school’s recommendation combined with academic performance will determine the best offer of a university place. ATAR’s ARE NOT REQUIRED. UNE guarantee an offer to every student, if not for one of their 3 preferences then for an alternative course. You will receive an offer directly from UNE in November. This does not exclude you from applying through the normal processes of QTAC to any other university. UNE offers fully online study options for most courses. Study on-campus options are also available with affordable accommodation in their on-campus residential system. Find out more about UNE’s Early Entry Program by clicking here.’: This offer is only open until 25 September 2020.


Formation Framework focuses on the empowering and accountability. The College uniform is a unifying influence for the school community and is a valuable part of a young man’s education to learn to present himself in a neat and appropriate manner. A reminder that students must neatly wear the school uniform without exception. Parents are asked to ensure that their son/s are wearing the correct uniform and that all items are labelled with their son/s name. In addition, College Badges include:

1. The College Crest
2. The Formation Pillars
a. Learning – Open Book any student commencing in Years 4-6
b. Service – Celtic Cross any student commencing in Years 7-9
c. Leadership – Star any student commencing in Years 10-12
3. The House Badge received in Year 10.

Please refer to the video as a reference on where and how to wear the badges. The College badges should only be worn on their suit coat. College Badges should not be worn on the College tie. Replacement badges are available from Flexischools at $5.00 per badge. We thank all parents in advance for their support in ensuring that our boys represent the College appropriately. Should you have any questions, please contact your Homeroom Teacher.

College Driving Guidelines

In the Senior School, more and more of our students are driving to and from school. While most young drivers are careful, safety conscious and considerate when driving, they are one of the most vulnerable road user groups. Travelling with teenage passengers adds to the risk for these young drivers. With this in mind, at Ambrose Treacy College we have a responsibility to take all reasonable measures to ensure the welfare and safety of students. For your consideration please CLICK HERE for the ATC Driving Guidelines. In addition, we have made significant improvements to the Jack Bowers carpark. Students are to be accountable to park and leave the College grounds safely.

Year 11 RYDA Program

ATC will partner with the RYDA Program on Tuesday 11 August for a Year 11 Youth Driver Awareness Program. Travelling with teenage passengers adds to the risk for these young drivers. With this in mind, at Ambrose Treacy College we have a responsibility to take all reasonable measures to ensure the welfare and safety of students.


Yellow Brick Road to Service

Follow the Yellow Brick Road… Building on the theme of micro-service, the 4-week yellow brick road will provide students with weekly tasks that they can complete at home and in their neighbourhood. This collection of small, yet meaningful tasks will provide students with opportunities to continue to develop their sense of Service, something that we hold so dear at Ambrose Treacy College. Click on the video link below to hear more from Mr McCrohon and Mr Warr. View the flyer on the College App for further details. Follow the yellow brick road, click here to share your stories and pictures with us and log your 10 hours!

Walk the Walk Senior School Initiative

Serving through Advocacy is a chance to walk in someone else’s shoes. The Walk the Walk Service initiative has been presented to all Senior School students (Years 10-12) as a means of raising awareness of and advocacy for those in society that carry a burden or disadvantage of poverty, physical disability or living without privilege. Senior students and their parents have been emailed details of this initiative outlining the tasks and guidelines. Parental permission is required and can be completed by CLICKING HERE for the online registration link. Please contact Mr Andrew McCrohon, Service Program Coordinator, should you have any queries.


I remind families who may know someone who is considering ATC for their son in 2021 to please make contact with our Enrolments Officer, Robyn Donaldson this term as there are very limited places in Year 4 for next year. We invite them to come and take a closer look at ATC at our next small group tour on Tuesday 4 August at 9.30am. Registration is via our website and your friends can come and wander around the campus, speak with Chris Ryan and key staff and see our classrooms in action. Please share this information with your friends, and we thank you for your kind words, recommendations to other families and sincere reviews.


Both Paddy’s Place (Years 4-7) and the Bakehouse (Years 8-12) tuckshops will be closed on the first day of Term 3, Monday 13 July. Please ensure your son brings his morning tea and lunch on that day.


The next P&F Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 21 July. It will be held in the Nudgee Junior Hall from 6.30pm-8pm. The meeting will be addressed by David Gardiner who will give an update on Term 3 events. Chairs will be set up to comply with social distancing. RSVP to this meeting is essential. Please click here to RVSP by email to Helen Dunn, Secretary of P&F, if you are attending. Numbers are limited due to government restrictions.

Enjoy the last days of the holidays and I look forward to welcoming all students back on Monday 13 July.

David Gardiner