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Coming Up Week 10

Week 10 has probably never felt sweeter. Staff, students, and families have dealt with so much this term. We need to put in one more week of maximum effort and then relax over the two weeks of Easter holidays. I spoke to the students at College Assembly this week and reminded them to be organised and to do everything possible to ensure they succeed at the ‘biggest game they play’ – the one in classroom.

Co-curricular Activities

At College Assembly this week we acknowledged our Open Team members in AFL, Cricket, Swimming and Volleyball, and celebrated the accomplishments across various sports and teams this term. I would like to thank Mr Damian Steele, Mr Jarrod Turner and Mr Jono Bolt for their excellent leadership in maintaining the College’s Co-curricular program during a very challenging term. Training and rehearsals have begun for Term 2 sport, music and clubs. There certainly is no down time at ATC. To assist everyone, I remind all that commitment and communication are key factors with our co-curricular program. With the change of of sports and continuation of music programs, we need students staff and families to be punctual to rehearsals, games and pick-ups. If any problem arises, communication to coaches and coordinators is most helpful.

As Mr Ryan communicated in his letter this week, we are encouraging students and staff to wear masks, particularly in the context of large gatherings and while moving between classes. We would greatly appreciate it if you could also reinforce this message with your sons. Please discuss the importance of wearing a mask for individual protection and for the common good. We will continue to monitor students’ health and the wider situation concerning COVID cases and the Government advice. A reminder that online learning is available only to students who are absent due to being COVID positive or a close contact. This is a concern for some families but it is the only manageable process.

This is your last chance to provide us with some feedback regarding aspects of the Parent Teacher Information evenings that were held earlier in the term. This feedback is important as we plan ahead to 2023 meetings. CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY THIS WEEKEND.

Next week is very much focused on completion of assessment for the term. Please ensure your son is aware of the tasks he needs to complete, due dates, and room allocations for exams.

End of Term – Last Day Arrangements

Friday 1 April will see us celebrate the end to a most unusual term. This will involve an End of Term Liturgy at 8.40am plus the Inter-House Carnival for all Year levels. Junior School students will participate in both Inter-House Cross Country and Swimming Carnivals, whilst the Middle and Senior school boys will partake in Inter-House Cross Country and other House challenges. The day is aimed to be one of celebration, leadership, participation, and fun with friends. All boys can wear their PE uniform with House Shirt or PE shirt on Friday and bring House spirit supporter outfits to change into after Liturgy. School finishes at 3pm. Full details are on the ATC App.

Reports

Term One Interim Reports will be released on Thursday 31 March. These will be available online on SEQTA. The Interim Report will include a Homeroom comment plus Approach to Learning ratings for each subject. More detailed information and instructions will be provided next week. Parent -Teacher-Student Feedback Meetings will be held on Tuesday 19 April. This is a PUPIL FREE DAY. Bookings will open online on Friday 1 April. More detailed information will be released next week. For now, please note Tuesday 19 April in your calendars.

UPCOMING DATES

Saturday 26 March | Year 4 Paddle Play
Saturday 26 March | Year 5-12 Rugby, Football Trial Matches
Saturday 26 March | Year 7-12 Volleyball Fixtures
Monday 28 March to Thursday 31 March | Exam Period
Wednesday 30 March | Clontarf End of Term Pool Party & BBQ
Thursday 31 March | Junior School Mini Lenten Fayre
Thursday 31 March | Autumn Co-curricular Music Concert
Friday 1 April | Last Day of Term 1 – students finish at 3:00pm
Friday 1 April | Term 1 Celebration Liturgy 8.40am
Friday 1 April | Whole School Interhouse Cross Country – No Spectators
Friday 1 April | Junior School Inter-House Swimming Carnival
Friday 1 April | Middle School & Senior School Cohort House Activities

LEARNING NEWS

Absence in Assessment Time

Students who are severely impacted by covid or the recent flood event may find that they are unable to meet the new cohort due dates for assessment or exams. Please notify the Learning office immediately if your son is impacted. You are encouraged to apply for Illness and Misadventure. Please EMAIL full details and attachments to the Learning Office with any questions. Email learning@atc.qld.edu.au

COVID-19 – Students impacted by Covid should attach evidence of their/family member’s PCR result or evidence of their RAT registration (screenshot or parental email stating the result).

FLOOD IMPACTED – Students who are impacted by flooding will need to attach a parental email stating their current circumstances.

Assessment and Absence
All classes (in Years 4 – 10) have spent Week Seven onwards working on a meaningful task that will be given feedback. This assessment has also been designed so that students could still demonstrate their understanding despite absence. This will allow teachers to look at the work students have been able to produce in the classroom with a view to give a result and feedback on SEQTA. Where there is insufficient evidence of a student’s ability, we will not award a grade and instead SEQTA will have feedback comment to reflect what they have produced.

Exams
Due to the volume of student absence and missed exams, there will be no exam catch up sessions this week. If a student is absent for an exam, they will be granted exemption. This will allow all students to begin Term Two with a clean slate.

Semester One Reports
When we report at the end of Semester One, teachers will be asked to disregard any atypical results from Term One due to the disruption in learning. We encourage all students to attempt assessment without fear of getting a low result.

Due to the disruptive nature of the term, teachers continue to collect in class evidence of student learning which will be used in conjunction with summative assessment to inform the reporting period in Semester One.

Geography Excursions in Term Two

Year 10
As part of the study for Term 2 Geography – ‘Environmental Management – Rivers’, Year 10 Geography class will be going on excursion on Tuesday 17 May to the Nerang River to investigate the management of the River from its source to Hinze Dam. This excursion covers the Geomorphology and history of the Catchment, biological and chemical testing of the water in the Nerang River at various points, a visit to Natural Arch, visiting the Hinze Dam to consider the impact on the river. It is a terrific experience for the students to really consider in depth all the different kinds of impacts that can occur along the length of the river. Note early departure time of 6.30am. Full details including the what to take on the day are on the ATC App. Please be aware of all requirements for this full day excursion.

Year 11 Geography As part of the study for Term 2 Geography – ‘Planning Sustainable Places’, Year 11 Geography will be going on excursion on Wednesday 11 May 2022 to Fortitude Valley, to investigate urban consolidation and the impacts of high density living, traffic congestion and human wellbeing in built up parts of the city landscape. On this full day program, students will have the option of looking at one of two sites in the Fortitude Valley (Fortitude Valley Station entrance and Brunswick Street Mall) with the aim of improving a public space. Students meet at 7:00am at Kate St Pick up area where they will then depart by bus at 7.15am to take them to the excursion destination in Fortitude Valley. Students will return to school by 3.30pm. Full details of what to bring on the excursion are on the ATC App.

ATC Literary Festival

Ambrose Treacy College is very excited to announce the highly anticipated return of our ‘Literary Festival’ from 26-29 April. We will play host to a myriad of talented authors and creatives who will be visiting to share their knowledge and skills with our students. Boys from all year levels will participate in whole cohort presentations, as well as smaller workshops with our talented ‘Writers-in-Residence’.

Parent Literary event

Parents and caregivers are invited to join us for a very special ‘Authors in Conversation’ twilight event, Thursday 28 April from 6.00 -7:30pm on Westcourt Deck featuring renowned local authors Nick Earls (ZigZag Street, Empires), Christine Bongers (Henry Hoey Hobson, Intruder) and Richard Yaxley (This is my Song, The Happiness Quest). We will enjoy a relaxed evening by the river, chatting with our guest authors about books and writing while also enjoying delicious wine and cheese. Also in attendance will be YA literary expert, Pauline McLeod with her pop-up shop featuring popular titles from local independent bookstore, Riverbend Books.  Registration and tickets ($10) are now available via Parent Lounge.

Griffith University Experiences

Queensland Conservatorium Tertiary Preparation Workshop – The Tertiary Preparation Workshop (TPW) is for students applying for entry to a university music degree and can help prepare them for the theoretical and practical requirements of the audition process.  Dates: Monday 27 June – Friday 1 July 2022  Venue: Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. For Registration please CLICK HERE.

Griffith Uni Campus Tour – Free tours of their campuses at Gold Coast, Nathan or South Bank are available these school holidays from Monday 4 April – Friday 22 April 10.30am-3.00pm. For registration please CLICK HERE.

Parent and Student Information Webinar – Find out about Griffith Uni’s Year 12 early offer guarantee, subject prerequisites, pathways to uni, scholarships and more on Thursday 28 April – 5.30pm-7.00pm. For registration please CLICK HERE.

Academic Assemblies – Rescheduled

The College will acknowledge and celebrate the academic achievements of students from Semester Two 2021 in Term Two. Parents of award winners will be invited to attend assembly on the following dates:
Junior School Assembly – Wednesday 4 May 2022 at 8:40am
Middle School Assembly – Tuesday 3 May 2022 at 8:40am
Senior School Assembly – Tuesday 3 May 2022 at 9:20am
Further details about this event will be communicated in early April.

FORMATION

House Challenge Term One

Last Friday, Connacht House challenged Years 10, 11 and 12 to the ultimate endurance test on Friday. Curbing the urge to go out hard at the start of the Beep Test, it’s imperative to balance energy output while watching the time and runners relished the opportunity to compete at the first House Challenge of 2022. The tally board shows the Mighty Munster Kings took 1st place and claimed the Golden Boot. In 2nd place were our hosts, the Connacht Saints, followed by Ulster in 3rd and Leinster in 4th place.

Testing the endurance of Middle School boys, today’s Connacht House Golden Boot Challenge put them through their paces. The ultimate winners were Leinster House, with House Captain Angus celebrating ‘the boot’ with his younger House members.

Immunisation Year 10

Ambrose Treacy College is participating in Queensland Health’s annual School Immunisation Program conducted by Ozcare Immunisation Services. Year 10 Students are offered a free Meningococcal ACWY Vaccination next term. Please Note: On Monday 21 March during Homeroom time, a consent form and information pack was given to your son. Consent forms are to be completed and returned to Senior School Reception by no later than Friday 1 April 2022.

Year 12 Formal

The Year 12 Formal is an important formative event for students. It will be held on Friday 22 April at The Plaza Room Brisbane Convention Centre, Corner of Merivale and Glenelg Street, South Brisbane from 7:00pm -10:00pm. Parents are welcome to attend at the start of the event to help celebrate and have a professional photograph with their son/s from 6:00pm. We ask you to depart the Convention Centre by 7pm. We would love all students to attend, however we know the recent floods have greatly impacted our community. If you are experiencing financial hardship, please make contact.

Signum Fidei Breakfasts Date Change

Our community celebrates our Signum Fidei award recipients at the respective Signum Fidei breakfasts on Thursday 28 April for the Junior and Senior Schools and on Wednesday 27 April for Middle School. We recognise and celebrate students’ contributions to the three College Touchstones of Learning, Leadership and Service. We look forward to welcoming the recipients and their families to the College. Invitations to the families of award recipients have been emailed.

FAITH & MISSION NEWS

Sacramental Programs

Many of our local Catholic Parish Churches are currently finalising their Sacramental Programs for 2022. Traditionally, the Sacraments of Confirmation, Penance and First Holy Communion are offered to boys in Year 4-6. However, Parishes welcome students of any age if they are keen to continue to continue their Sacramental journey. Please connect with your local Parishes, or contact Matt Warr if further information is required.

Junior School Mini Lenten Fayre

During break time on Thursday 31 March Year 6 students have an opportunity to organise and run a stall or activity with other students in their year level to raise money as part of our Lenten Appeal. Students in Years 4 and 5 are encouraged to bring some small change on this day to participate in the many fun and engaging activities that will be offered. Years 4 and 5 students will have a day set aside in Week 3 of Term Two, during the week of Edmund Rice Feast Day, where they will showcase their stalls and activities with an opportunity to raise funds. See the ATC App for full details from Mr Stewart.

ANZAC Image Collage – Send in your pictures

In preparation for this year’s ANZAC Day we would love for you to send in pictures of relatives that have served in the armed forces. Please send these pictures to signumfidei@atc.qld.edu.au complete with details such as name, rank, relation to ATC student, Defence Service, years of service and details of conflict. These photos will form a collage for ANZAC Day. Please note – As this was a project launched in 2020, if you have previously sent us these photos you do not need to re-send them. Any queries please contact Mr Andrew McCrohon, Service Program Coordinator.

Edmund Rice Day Mass

Parents and Caregivers of Year 12 are invited to commemorate Edmund Rice at Mass with the 2022 Senior Cohort on Thursday 5 May. As was intended with Opening Mass, parents are invited to actively participate in the ceremony. Please refer to the App notice from Matt Warr, Dean of Faith and Mission, outlining details of the morning. Please note RSVP is required by 29 April by CLICKING HERE. Do not hesitate to contact the Faith and Mission Office at the College should you have any queries.

SERVICE NEWS

World’s Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation

Some staff and students are on a mission to shave the world from blood cancer by taking part in the World’s Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation. By supporting this initiative, we can give families facing blood cancer the emotional and practical support they need as well as fund vital research to help more people survive blood cancer. Adopting the motto “A little bit of hair can make a big difference”, these staff will face the chopping block on 29 March – Mr Steele and his beard, Mr Bebendorf and his impressive mo, and Mr Towner and his abundance of chest hair! In addition, Mr Eden, Mr Cullen, Mr Pickering and four Senior students will shave their heads. Please CLICK HERE to donate.

Remember to log your service hours with your homeroom teacher and CLICK HERE to email in your pictures doing your Service actions to signumfidei@atc.qld.edu.au

CO-CURRICULAR NEWS

MUSIC

On Thursday 31 March we will be holding our Autumn Co-curricular Music Concert. This will be a particularly significant occasion as we bring a number of our ensembles to perform together in the same concert for the first time since the Summer Music Concert of 2019. Performing on the River Stage from 5.40pm will be the Jazz Ensemble, Big Band and ATC Jazz Orchestra. Performing in the NJ Hall from 6.30pm will be the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, ATC Symphonic Winds and ATC Senior Singers.

Each performer is welcome to have 2 family members attend the performance. On this occasion there will be no allocated seats, but the number of seats available in the NJ Hall is limited so we appreciate your understanding and support in working within this audience number limit. It is requested that all families plan to stay to the end of the evening (approximately 7.30pm) so that our final performers of the evening can enjoy as large and enthusiastic an audience as those performing first.

There will be drinks and chips available for purchase via EFTPOS from 5.40pm until 6.15pm. We invite all families to enjoy a drink by our lovely river side location but please ensure that students have had a substantial meal prior to arrival.

We look forward to celebrating the ATC Co-curricular Music Program with the 2022 Autumn Music Concert!

SPORT

1st XI Cricket Team

Thank you again to everyone adapting to our new sports program and also for your patience with the release of the Term 2 training program. This was completed a number of weeks ago but is taking shape in a new format. We hope to have this ready shortly and will share this as soon as it is completed on the app.

Attendance at training and trials has been quite good across the board but it certain age groups and sports, numbers have been down. We understand that there are many challenges currently. At the same time, we would love the boys to commit to their training, trials and during the season, or have the boys communicate accordingly. We thank you for your support here as it helps us a lot with the planning for these sessions.

Another fantastic day of racing in the pool for our ATC Swimmers, at GBC Swimming last week. Well done to all swimmers on a fantastic season of racing, and congratulations to our Under 12’s and Under 13’s who won their age groups on the day. Thank you to GBC for organising a wonderful day of competition, and to Brigidine College Indooroopilly and All Hallows’ School for teaming up with ATC.

CLUBS

Term 2 Clubs registrations close 3:00pm next Monday 28 March.  Please log onto your Parent Lounge account, Extra Curricular to register for remaining availability. Term 1 Clubs wind down in Week 10 so please check the timetable for when your specific Club concludes.

A reminder that students please turn up to their nominated club on time, to get the most out of the sessions.  It is very disruptive if students walk in late or halfway through a session.  We also request that students are picked up on time at the completion of the session, as staff and coaches also have commitments where they need to be on time. 

TUCKSHOP NEWS

Tuckshops open on the last day of term
Both Paddy’s Place and The Bakehouse will be open on the last day of term, Friday 1 April. The cross country will be run that day, so why not drop in for a cold drink and something to eat after the race.

Student ID cards for Purchases
All students have been issued new student cards, so the tuckshops are now operating on no card no service. If students do not have their current 2022 student card or an EFTPOS payment method they will not be able to make a purchase. Old student cards will not be accepted as they are no longer able to be tapped for purchase. Please ensure that if your son is purchasing from the tuckshop, he is aware that he will need to take his student card to the tuckshop to pay for his food and also ensure there are sufficient funds on the account. If needed, replacement student cards can be purchased from IT Services on the ATC Shop at a cost of $5. We thank you for your support in ensuring the efficient operation of our tuckshops. This change will reduce the time waiting in the tuckshop queue.

P & F NEWS

Year 8 End of Term Parent Gathering

Please join Year 8 parents at the Kenmore Tavern, in the Courtyard/Terrace area Friday 1 April at 6pm for a casual drink. Come after work, grab a drink and dinner. Reserved under- Year 8 ATC -Sue The KT can accommodate 30 people in this area so please RSVP to Sue if you are coming via your Facebook Year Level page.

Year 12 Parent Night Out

Last year for cheer! Amidst the challenges shaping up let’s take a breather together to toast to our beloved boys on the night of their Formal! Friday 22 April, 7.30-9.30pm. Please join Year 12 parents and carers at the Soleil Room, Rydges Hotel, Southbank (just down the street from the Brisbane Convention Centre). $35 p.p. (Includes drink on arrival and canapés) — please RSVP via Try Booking. Let’s get together to celebrate this special year and this wonderful milestone. Strict RSVP cutoff is Thursday 7 April 2022.

Rugby Family Night Out

Book your tickets for the P&F annual Rugby Night Out at Suncorp when the Qld Reds take on Moana Pacifica on Friday 20 May at 7.45pm. Pizza on the Mt Sion deck prior to us heading in on the train to Suncorp. Tickets are available on Parent Lounge and further details are on the ATC App.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Pacific Islands Mass

A dedicated Pacific Islander Mass will be celebrated on the last Sunday of each month, by Father Pio Fong Waqavotuwale SM at Holy Spirit Church Auchenflower at 11.00 am. All are welcome to attend Sunday 27 March.

Shave for a Cure

Year 6 student Will is bravely shaving his head in support of his little cousin who has recently been diagnosed with Leukaemia. He believes this is a great way for him to raise much needed funds for research and to support families like his that are going through a tough time. If you’d like to donate and help him reach his goal please CLICK HERE.

Poolwerx Moggill Marathon

Grab your friends, family or co-workers and run/walk together in the inaugural Poolwerx Moggill Marathon happening Sunday 22 May 2022. Register today by CLICKING HERE. and support Bravery Box charity and local community groups!

David Gardiner Deputy Principal