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Coming Up Week 10

What a term! So much action has certainly made the weeks fly by. Students have been very positive and focused throughout another very busy term. Congratulations to Charlie Neuman and his Seniors for the excellent leadership they have shown. The Seniors of 2021 have set a tone that has been taken up by the Junior and Middle School students and created such an respectful and welcoming atmosphere throughout the College.

The end of term signals the important Easter period in our Christian calendar. It has been warming to hear of so many boys who have taken on the spirit of Lent and tried to improve in some personal aspect and/or ‘giving’ up something they treasure this Lent. Being reflective and setting personal goals of improvement as a person, are great attributes that we will continue to foster in our young men.

Last Day of Term

Three components will see the conclusion of Term 1. I remind all families that it is an expectation that every student attends school as normal up to and including Thursday 1 April. Students are to wear their PE uniform with their House Shirts on the last day. We will begin the day with an Easter Liturgy to also celebrate the fantastic term the community has been able to produce. This will be followed by the annual Inter house Cross Country which is structured so that every student can participate and gain points for their house. The third component of the community day will be the Lenten Fayre. This is such a positive way to conclude the term. As Mr Warr has shared, the ‘Easter Ekka’ has become a wonderful tradition at ATC. Each homeroom has been working on their special input into the Fayre with a great range of food and activities sure to be on offer to feed and entertain the whole student body. We ask that all families and boys donate what they can. Can you give more than you get? Can you seek charity, rather than a bargain? If every student has $10-$20 in coins, the coffers of those who need it can be filled.

Interim Term One Reports

The reports will be released on SEQTA on Thursday 1 April. Please ensure you are familiar with logging onto SEQTA and the location of the Reports tab. Please contact servicedesk@atc.qld.edu.au if you have any queries. A reminder that ATC is a continuous reporting school and hence individual assessment task results and feedback are provided though SEQTA within two weeks of the individual task being completed.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Bookings for Parent Teacher Interviews open next Monday and will be held via Microsoft TEAMS on Monday 19 April. This will result in Tuesday 20 April being the first day of classes for Term 2 for all year levels. Please refer to the correspondence regarding the process for booking interviews.

To ensure that Parent / Student and Teacher interviews are productive, can I make the following suggestions:

  • At the interviews have a pen and paper, so that you can jot down important points
  • Come away from each interview with an understanding of the three key things that are currently obstacles to your son achieving a higher mark
  • Come away from each interview with three specific strategies that they can put in place to improve.

Seasonal Influenza

Queensland Health encourages all staff, parents and caregivers to be informed, prepared and proactive during the influenza (flu) season. There are some basic steps people can take to prevent the spread of flu. See Flu prevention resources and the Influenza in education and care services websites for further information. We wish all our community continued good health. Hopefully one aspect to come out of COVID-19 is the awareness of personal hygiene.

COVID-19

As you are aware there has been a positive community COIVID-19 transmission today. Please monitor the situation and present for testing if you were present at any of the sites at the indicated times. Thank you for your continued cooperation and communication with the college. CLICK HERE to access the Queensland Government’s latest COVID-19 updates.

Music Concerts

I am looking forward to the Autumn Music Concert series next Wednesday evening. I encourage our families to come along and be entertained by our wonderful music groups. Last year they were hit with restrictions on their performances so it will be great to see them perform live again.

I wish everyone a special Easter with friends and family.

Principal’s Message

In Monday’s Principal’s Message Chris has reminded students and their support crew how crucial it is to stay focused and on top of the workload. CLICK HERE to read this weeks principals message.

ATCatch Up on Week 9

Learning News

RAW Literary Festival | 27 – 30 April 2021

Library staff are excited to announce our inaugural RAW (Reading And Writing) Literary Festival! Running from Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 April, the College will be playing host to a myriad of talented authors and creatives who will be sharing their love of reading and writing as well as their knowledge, tips and tricks with students in all year levels. Details for each year level’s events will be shared on the App soon. Students will be participating in whole cohort presentations, as well as given the opportunity to participate in smaller workshops with our Writers-in-Residence. Parents and friends are also invited to share in the fun with our Books Under the Stars event, which will see us enjoying wine and cheese, a pop-up shop from Avid Reader and an engaging presentation from renowned bookseller and literary judge Fiona Stager. More details will be shared for this Parent event next week. Registration and payment will be via Parent Lounge.

Art

Are you the next Van Gogh? Can you imagine seeing your artwork on billboards around the country?
Entries are now open for artwork by Primary and Secondary students to create an artwork based on Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.
We have incredible artists in our college, maybe you should give this a go. Come and see your Visual Art teachers if you would like some help. CLICK HERE for more information on how to enter. Entries close 12 April.

NEXT WEEK

Monday 29 March to Wednesday 31 March | Years 4-10 Exam Period

Wednesday 31 March | Years 5/6 Primary AFL Schools Cup

Wednesday 31 March | Autumn Co-curricular Music Concert

Thursday 1 April | Last day of Term 1 – students finish at 3.00pm

Thursday 1 April | Interhouse Cross Country

Thursday 1 April | Lenten Fayre

Friday 2 April | Good Friday Public Holiday

Saturday 3 April | Easter Saturday

Sunday 4 April | Easter Sunday

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday 5 April | Easter Monday Public Holiday

Monday 12 April to Tuesday 13 April| Holiday Clinics: Years 5 7 6 (Football & Rugby Union); Years 7-12 (Basketball, Football, Touch Football)

Wednesday 14 April to Friday 16 April | EREA Football Tournament

Monday 19 April | Pupil Free Day

Monday 19 April | Parent Student Teacher Feedback Meetings

Tuesday 20 April | Term 2 Commences

Wednesday 21 April | Year 4 Big Bang Science Incursion

Thursday 22 April | Year 9 Geography Excursion to Boondall Wetlands

Thursday 22 April | Year 7 (7X, 7T) Geography Excursion to Wivenhoe Dam

Friday 23 April | Year 12 Formal, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Friday 23 April | NAPLAN Practice Writing Test (Years, 5, 7 & 9)

Cocurricular News

Music

Our Autumn Music Concert Series will be on Wednesday 31 March in NJ Hall.  It will be 3 concerts of the following ensembles:

5.00pm – Concert Band

5.30pm – Wind Ensemble & ATC Symphonic Winds

6.30pm – Jazz Ensemble, Big Band & ATC Jazz Orchestra

For most ensembles this will be their first performance together for the year and we are excited to invite 1 family member per performer along to enjoy the performance.

Please note that the Junior Choir and ATC Senior Singers will rehearse as usual in Week 10.  Due to the end of term activities ATC Voices and ATC Gents will not rehearse next Thursday afternoon.

Sport

This weekend sees the culmination of the GBC volleyball season. ATC is playing in six out of six finals at Sheldon College. With premierships on offer we know the ATC volleyballers will give it their all and finish the Term 1 season on a high. Good luck to all involved!

Thank-you to everyone for their patience with the weather over the last week or so. Our trials for Term 2 sport are back in full swing so please have your son attend the relevant session/s in the next week. All details are on the app.

Clubs

Homework Club

The end of Week 9 brings a close to another successful term of Homework Club. We would like to thank those students who attended Homework Club this term and received additional academic support in Mt. Sion and Westcourt iCentre. Although Homework Club has finished for the term, Westcourt iCentre will be open in the last week of term. Please note: the libraries will close at 3pm on the last day of term, Thursday 1 April. No students will be able to stay at the library after school.

Next Week for Clubs

Business as usual for Year 4 & 5 Art Club, Queens Gambit Chess, Actors Studio, Year 5 Canoe Polo and Year 4 & 7 Cooking Club Group 1. Next week there will be no SLOG, Fishing Club, Theatre sports and Robotics.

Community News

Office Hours

Please note that College Reception will close at 4pm on the last day of Term 1, Thursday 1 April 2021 and will be open over the holiday period from 8am to 4pm. Please refer to 2021 Term Dates attached outlining public holidays.

Monday 19 April – Pupil Free Day and Parent Teacher Student Feedback Meetings from 9am to 7.30am

Tuesday 20 April – Term 2, Day 1 for all students

Tuckshop

Both Paddy’ Place and The Bakehouse will be closed on the last day of Term 1 (Thursday 1 April). Students will need to bring their own morning tea and lunch on that day, or they can enjoy the food that will be available to purchase at the Lenten Fayre. The tuckshops will re-open on the first day of Term 2, Tuesday 20 April.

ATC Students Driving to School

As part of our ongoing cooperative partnership between the College, students, families and local residents, Mr Finn has reminded the Year 11 and Year 12 students about our Guidelines for Students Driving to School. We invite your support by discussing the Guidelines with your son including the strong recommendation not to park on Boundary Road via Kate Street beginning Term Two due to the large volume of traffic and safety concerns.

Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation, Holy Family Parish

Holy Family Parish in Indooroopilly is presently seeking expressions of interest for baptised Catholics to celebrate the upcoming Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation. You do not need to be a member of the parish to participate in the program. Although traditionally for students in Year 3 and 4, given restrictions last year we are aware that boys in other year levels may be interested in these celebrations.

If families would like more information regarding the Holy Family sacramental program, please don’t hesitate to contact Matt Warr, Dean of Faith and Mission, on warrm@atc.qld.edu.au

Sacramental Program 2021                            

Communion Grade 4

Parent Information/Lesson (Compulsory): Tuesday 11 May 2021 7pm, Church

Lesson and Rehearsal: Saturday 29 May 2021 4:30pm, Church before Mass

Potential Ceremonies: Saturday 5 June and Sunday 6 June 2021 5:30pm and 8:30am

Confirmation Grade 3

Parent Information/Lesson (Compulsory): Wednesday 4 August 2021 7pm, Church after Mass

1st Lesson and Rehearsal: Saturday, 21 August 2021 4:30pm, Church before Mass

Potential Ceremonies: Thursday 2 September 2021 5:30pm, 6:30pm,7:30pm

Careers

The latest edition of the ATCareers Bulletin is now available via the link below. In this edition there are articles about [Apprenticeships & Traineeships, Year 12 important information, Career Exploration, Defence Force news and University updates.] If you have any queries regarding any of these articles, or call Senior School Reception on 073878 0545.


Remember to follow our Facebook Page for more stories of ATC and keep an eye on the College App for holiday news and start of Term 2 information.

David Gardiner