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Coming Up Week 2

It has been a massive week – a return to school bookended by Easter and ANZAC Day. As Christians, Easter brings us hope. That when things may appear tough, signs of resurrection suddenly spring up. As imperfect humans we can wonder at times about God when so much can appear unjust and evil in our world.

But always we are enlightened by someone, or an event, that gives us hope and happiness. I certainly hope that the Easter message of love can permeate in our lives for the coming months. As usual I have been energised by the return to school of the students. It has been a calm week as the students have quickly settled back into their routine. The message to staff has been very much about routines and being consistent in our support of the boys. We greatly value the partnership with our families in educating our young people.

I thank our teachers who put in a very long day on Tuesday conducting Teacher-Parent-Student feedback meetings. I have these meetings were affirming and constructive. I encourage families to strengthen this partnership be emailing teachers when a need arises.

Across the Nation this Monday we celebrate ANZAC Day. As a community we shared the solemn message in two ANZAC Day Liturgies this morning. I thank Mr Warr for leading us in the ceremonies and congratulate the student body for the respectful manner they conducted themselves. Hopefully many families will also be out at local ceremonies early on Monday morning. See details in the FAITH & MISSION NEWS section below.

Road Safety

Return to school also means reminders about safe driving and transport. I remind parents and caregivers that speed of 10km/hr around the College is important, as is respect for our neighbours and fellow drivers. Drop off at the bottom of the College grounds is best at the drop off/pick up zone and not in the staff carpark. Reminders to students who travel by public transport or travel independently to school, are also important at the start of a new term.

Parent Logins and ATC App update

In an upcoming change to the way parents and caregivers login to our platforms, we’ll be removing the need to remember three separate usernames and passwords to log into these systems and instead be replacing it with a single login solution. Under the new parent login system, once you’ve signed into one of the platforms using the email address you have registered with the College, you’ll be easily able to move between systems, without having to sign in with separate usernames and passwords for each system. Furthermore, if you tick for the system to remember you on the login screen, you should not have to sign in again for several weeks. Further details are outlined in a letter shared on the App from the Director of IT, Mr Sebastian Tabulo. Please take the time to read it carefully. There is also a very helpful video demonstration step by step how to use the new additions of the ATC App.


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. All students must neatly wear the school uniform without exception. Parents and caregivers are asked to ensure that their son/s are wearing the correct uniform and that all items are labelled with their son/s name. Mother’s Day is around the corner, and this signals a change in the uniform requirements.

From Mother’s Day till Father’s Day the College expects every student to wear their suitcoat and tie as part of their normal uniform each day. The exception is Years 4 to 9 who when they have PE on a particular day they wear their Sports uniform, or when notified by the College. The College suitcoat is also to be worn with the College badges. If the weather is cool enough, students are encouraged to wear their ATC jumper under their suitcoat. The College tie is be worn with the top button of shirt done up.

The new ATC Hoodie is for Weekend and Co-curricular activities in the cooler months such as in Term 2 and Term 3. It is NOT a part of the Monday to Friday uniform and is not worn during school hours. The ATC Spray jacket can be worn as part of the Sports uniform on PE days. Please see the links below to important Uniform and Grooming policies and guidelines.
ATC Uniform Guide:
ATC Uniform, Hair and Grooming policy;

Parents are advised that The School Locker Oxley store will be closed on Tuesday 26 April for stocktake. The store will reopen on Wednesday 27 April. The School Locker’s trading hours slightly differ over the Anzac and Labour Day long weekends, with the store being open Saturday 23 April and Saturday 30 April (9:00am – 3:00pm) but the store will be closed both Monday 25 April and Monday 2 May.

Year 12 Formal

Finally, I wish our Senior students and their partners all the very best for an enjoyable and memorable Year 12 Formal tonight. After two years of restrictions, I am particularly pleased that we will be able to host parents and caregivers for the first hour of proceedings.

Literary Festival

Next week will be very special with the Literary Festival featuring many exciting events for students and parents. Read below for more details about the Literary festival and many, many other upcoming events.

All the best for a smooth-sailing Term Two. See some important dates below for your diary:


Saturday 23 April | Year 5-12 Rugby & Football Trial Matches
Saturday 23 April | Year 7-12 Indoor Cricket & Touch Football fixtures
Monday 25 April | ANZAC Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 26 April to Friday 29 April | Literary Festival
Tuesday 26 April | College Assembly
Tuesday 26 April | Years 4-9 Writing Program Parent Workshop
Wednesday 27 April | Year 7C & 7 W Geography Excursion
Wednesday 27 April | Middle School Signum Fidei Breakfast
Wednesday 27 April | Year 8 & 9 Drama incursion (Shock Therapy Productions of Undertow)
Thursday 28 April | Year 7B & 7T Geography Excursion
Thursday 28 April | Junior & Senior Signum Fidei Breakfast
Thursday 28 April | ‘Authors in Conversation’ Parent Evening
Friday 29 April | Year 7-12 Water Polo Fixtures
Friday 29 April | Year 9 Geography Excursion
Friday 29 April | Year 6 Mass
Friday 29 April | Year 7 Immunisations


Literary Festival

The annual ATC Literary Festival takes part from Tuesday 26 April to Friday 29 April featuring many exciting events for students and parents. Read on for more details about the festival.

*Years 4-12  Manga competition *
Years 7-12 students are invited to submit their best original Manga Artwork (A4 or A3), which will be judged by visiting Manga artist, David Lovegrove on Thursday. At first break, Brisbane’s premier Anime and Manga store, Zombster will also showcase an interactive display for boys to view and select anime and manga books for inclusion in our library collection. Winners of the Manga Art competition will be invited to select an item from Zombster as their prize! Submit entries by Friday 22 April to any of our friendly library staff. Further details can be found on our Library Homepage. 

*Years 9, 10 11 & 12 *
Nick Earles  -We are excited to announce the inclusion of renowned local author, Nick Earls in our 2022 Literary Festival line-up!  Nick will feature at our Literary Festival Assembly, as well as a cohort presentation to our Year 11 boys and workshops with Year 9 and 10 boys. He will also feature in our ‘Authors in Conversation’ parent event on Thursday 28 April.   

Christine Bongers   -The ATC Literary Festival will host Brisbane author Christine Bongers, who will present to Year 10, 11 and 12 students on Wednesday and Thursday. Christine is a former radio and television journalist who is now happier writing fiction. She has a Master of Arts (Research) in Children’s and Youth Writing. Her debut YA novel Dust was a CBCA Notable Book and long-listed for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Children’s Fiction. Her middle school novel Henry Hoey Hobson was shortlisted for numerous awards including the CBCA Book of the Year for younger readers. Her latest young adult novel Intruder won the 2015 Davitt Award for Best Debut Crime Book and was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers.  

Contemporary Shakespeare Performances and Workshops   -Charlie Thomson will be presenting to our Year 11 and 12 students Friday 29 April as well as ‘rapping’ workshops with our Middle School boys. He is a rapper who has spent the past ten years teaching at a number of high schools and youth training facilities around Australia. His hip-hop crew, The Winnie Coopers, were winners of the 2012 MusicOz Award (Urban). Charlie was a key presenter at the World Shakespeare Congress in Brisbane, 2006. He is passionate about engaging young people in the works of Shakespeare in a contemporary and relevant way through his project The Shakespeare Sessions. Charlie delivers edgy, engaging and inspiring sessions to help students “really get” Shakespeare.  

Richard Newsome -We welcome Richard Newsome to our 2022 Literary Festival lineup. Richard will feature in our Festival Assembly, as well as conduct a presentation to Year 12 students. Richard grew up on Queensland’s Gold Coast where he enjoyed his time at school and discovered the joy of the written word. He wrote his first book at the age of 12 as part of an English assignment. He is the author of the very popular Billionaire Series which has been sold to publishers in Australia, the US, Canada, Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain and Turkey and another novel which is popular with our younger readers, Stella the Unstoppable.  

If you have any queries about the week’s events, please contact Mrs Kristy Reynoldson. 

Parent Writing Workshop

Ambrose Treacy College is committed to a Whole School Approach to Literacy. In support of our parents, we will welcome registered Years 4-9 parents and caregivers to join us on Tuesday 26 April 2022 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm for a Parent Workshop – How to Help My Son Write at Home. This event is now fully subscribed and we look forward to hosting it again in 2023. Attendees are to meet in classroom C101, in the Callan Building next to College Main Reception, Middle School.

Year 4 Interactive Display

On Monday 30 May Year 4 students will be presenting some of the work from Term Two and will include the units covered in a number of their core subjects. The aim of the activity is to allow the boys to share their work with their peers and their parents and engage in discussion. Parents are invited to join us at NJ Hall at these times: 4 Nolan and 4 Bodkin presenting from 9:15 am until 9:45am;  4 Treacy and 4 Lynch presenting from 11:15am until 11:45pm. The boys have the option of dressing up costume as a character from the period.  This can be worn to and from school unless travelling by public transport. For further information about the activity, please contact Lawrence Gordon.

Geography Excursions

Year 7 Geography
As part of the study for Term 2 Geography – ‘Water on the World’, all Year 7 students will be participating in an excursion to Wivenhoe Dam and surrounds to investigate our water supply here in South East Queensland. Full details are on the ATC App. Note which classes are travelling on each day: 7 Wynne and 7 Campbell –Wednesday 27 April and 7 Treacy and Bodkin – Thursday 28 April 2022.

Year 8 Geography
As part of the study for Term 2 Geography – ‘Coastal Landforms and Processes’, Year 8 students in Semester 1 Geography will be participating in an excursion to Palm Beach on the Gold Coast, to investigate coastal erosion and the different management practices that have been put in place to minimise the loss of sand from Palm Beach. Note the date of excursion is for Year 8 Campbell, Bodkin, Treacy is on Tuesday 10 May. Full details are on the ATC App.

Year 10 Geography
As part of the study for Term 2 Geography – ‘Environmental Management – Rivers’, Year 10 Geography will be going on excursion on Tuesday 17 May to the Nerang River. Students will 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 what to take on the day, can be found 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. Students will 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.

Year 10 Term 2 Senior Pathways Program

Throughout Term 2, Year 10 students will be working through the Senior Pathways program, with their MPC teacher or with Mrs Kath. We look forward to assisting students through this very important decision-making process. This program will be vital in assisting Year 10 students to better know themselves, their interests, values, strengths and much more, please see full details on the College App.

Academic Assemblies

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


Signum Fidei Breakfasts

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.

Amplify Forum: Solutions for Online Safety event for Young People

The Queensland Family and Child Commission is excited to launch the upcoming Amplify Forum: Solutions for Online Safety event for young people aged 13-17. The Amplify Forum aims to promote online safety and child rights in the digital environment. Young people will have the opportunity to interact with guest speakers, collaboratively develop resources to promote online safety and most importantly, engage with other likeminded young people across Queensland. The details of the event are as follows: When: 28 May 28 2022, 12:00pm – 4:00pm via Zoom for young changemakers aged 13-17. We believe young people play an important role in developing resources and strategies related to online safety and take pride in knowing that the Amplify Forum has been co-designed by young people, for young people. We hope our ATC community find this resource useful and appreciate feedback from the participants to Register today by CLICKING HERE.- online-safety-tickets-269248117367


ANZAC Liturgy

ANZAC Day is one of the most sacred days in Australia each year. Citizens of all ages and backgrounds come together to remember and celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of the armed services. The powerful legacy created in Turkey on April 25th, 1914 was remembered at the College this morning. Through poignant reflections from Year 10 student Hugo Zorzetto and RAAF member Sally Knox, students were able to connect the lessons of the past to own our world in 2022. We pray that the extraordinary deeds of all service men and women in Australia is always acknowledged and respected. Lest we forget.

ANZAC Day Ceremonies in our Community

On Monday there are a number of local ANZAC Day services. Each year these services are always well attended by our families and we encourage you to attend. Students are asked to respectfully wear their ATC uniform and hat and if possible, wear their suitcoat and tie. Please send your photos of your son at the ANZAC Day ceremonies to:

Sherwood / Indooroopilly ANZAC Day Main Service and March Graceville Memorial Park
Meet staff Mrs Janine McGrath and Mrs Ali Conlon and march together as a College at this ceremony. Join the Sherwood Indooroopilly RSL Sub-branch to commemorate ANZAC Day at Graceville Memorial Park on Sunday April 25. Service starts 7:30am at the cenotaph behind the grandstand. 7:00am Assemble at the cnr of Verney Rd East & Appel St Graceville (near music shop). Marshalls will be there to assist. 7:10am March off down Verney Rd East onto Oxley Rd then into Memorial Park. Police will be in attendance for the march. 7:30am Service starts. All Veterans, serving ADF, families, schools, community groups and public welcome to march.

Kenmore / Moggill ANZAC Day Main Service Brookfield Showgrounds
Main Service 9:00am – The main service and parade will be conducted at the Brookfield Oval as per last year with a start time for the parade of 0900 hours with the service immediately after the parade. Members wishing to participate in the parade are asked to form up on the far side of the Oval with the parade proceeding in an anti-clockwise direction past the saluting dais before taking their seats on the ground. The school children and other parties will follow the Veterans and form up on each side of the Veterans after they march past.

Centenary Suburbs ANZAC Day Main Service
Meet at the Corner of Dandenong Rd and Arrabri Ave Mt Ommaney for an 8:00am service.

Edmund Rice Day Mass Year 12

As we move into a new term, we look forward to seeing many of the Year 12 Parents and Caregivers at the Edmund Rice Day Mass and Morning Tea on Thursday 5 May. Please note the mass will begin at 8:45am in the St Francis Xavier Centre and followed by morning tea in the Senior School Precinct in front of the Waterford West Building. It would be appreciated that you RSVP on the link below by Friday 29 April for catering purposes. Please see letter published on the College App for further information about parent participation at the Mass.

Claddagh Retreat

Further to communication last term, the rescheduled Year 12 Claddagh Retreat is being held from Monday 20 June to Wednesday 22 June during Pupil Free Week. Further information will be published over the course of this term. PLEASE NOTE all parent documentation is now due on Monday 30 May and is to returned to the Faith and Mission Office in the Edmund Rice Building, attention Matt Warr.

Year 7 Retreat

The Year 7 Retreat is being held on Friday 6 May at the Sherwood AFC Club in Chelmer. Please see the letter on the ATC App outlining the details of day and the donation items for Emmanuel City Mission. It is appreciated that your son brings this with him on the day.

Year 6 Mass

A rich tradition at ATC is the celebration of Mass as a means to bring the community together, listen to scripture, give thanks and be united in Holy Communion as the heart of Catholic faith and life. Our Year 6 cohort will celebrate Mass on Friday 29 April at 8.30am in The Chapel of St Joseph. Students are expected to wear their Formal uniform including suitcoat and College tie to the mass and then will continue with normal classes for the remainder of the day. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Matt Warr, Dean Of Faith and Mission.



The Co-curricular Music Department have an incredibly busy term coming up! A few events are listed below including the Vocal, Piano, Drum Kit & Guitar Concert.  This series of concerts are open to all current students, if you have not yet nominated to perform please discuss with your teacher or refer to the College App for details. Nominations close Friday 29 April. Please ensure you have a look at the performance calendar on the App for full dates, venues and times.


We are looking forward to Term 2 sport ramping up this weekend. Club Basketball, Football (Soccer) and Rugby Union fixtures start this Saturday and we look forward to training/fixtures starting for our other Term 2 sports in the coming week/s. We would like to encourage all boys to continue with our focus of committing to all training sessions and fixtures. If this is not possible for whatever reason, that we encourage the boys to communicate that with us.

Canoe Polo Australian Championships Open Men's B and U18 Men's teams

Last weekend, eight of our ATC boys competed in the Australian National Canoe Polo Titles in Adelaide. Our Under 18 team, consisting of Cameron Booth; Jontay Gothachalkenin; Campbell Loader-Chown; Elliott Loader-Chown; Daniel Morris; Sean Reid; Darcy Renouf; Angus Mulvihill, won a silver medal, which is an amazing achievement. A number of the members of the Under 18 Men’s team also competed in the Open Mens division too, which has a few of the ATC old boys in its squad. Many of these young men started their canoe polo journey in Year 4 with Paddle Play under the esteemed direction of Mr David Peters, who is the Coach for Brothers Canoe Polo Club, to which the boys are all members. It’s an amazing sport where great friendships can be formed. Brothers Club is open to both male and female players. If you’re thinking that you’d like to try out this fantastic sport, why not sign up to the come and try sessions run through ATC, so keep an eye on the Clubs tag in the ATC App to see when it’s your years levels turn to sign up.
Photo credit: Carolyn J Cooper

Thanks again for everyone’s support in a busy Term 2 period and we look forward to supporting your boys on the sidelines with you all.


We look forward to our Term 2 Clubs beginning from next week for those students registered.  Please check the timetable posted on the app for times and locations of your son’s club.  We ask that students are prompt when arriving on time to their club along with being picked up on time to allow our staff to continue with their day.

Debating Round One- Year 6
Round One will be held on Tuesday 3 May at  St Laurence’s College. Families can park on Savio Oval (near the sports centre), enter via Stephens Rd. The competition will be held in the Primary School (Hogan) Building, located in the main quadrangle of the school.  Please arrive before 6:30pm. The event finishes at 7:30pm. Topics being debated will be advised at meeting on Friday 22 April in First Break with Mr Gordon. Parents of the Year 6 students who are in the team for Round One have been emailed this week.


P&F Meeting

Join the ATC P&F for the next meeting on Tuesday 3 May, at 6.30pm in Mt Sion Library in the Junior School. We look forward to welcoming parents who are interested in hearing the latest updates from the Principal and how to become involved with any of the P&F events in 2022. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to email the ATC P&F Secretary.

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. Ticket sales close early in May so get in now.


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