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Coming Up Week 2

The respect shown by the students at the College ANZAC Day Liturgies was impressive as students listened to the solemn proceedings that incorporated hymns, readings, ensemble performances, a laying of the wreath and the Last Post. The actions of the ANZACS were explicitly linked to the ATC Men of Courage theme to reinforce the characteristics we value so much. To commemorate ANZAC Day we also had students represent the College at the Commemoration Service in ANZAC Square on Thursday. I thank Jack Scott and Toby Rutch, Year 10, who were responsible for laying the wreath on behalf of ATC.

Welcome back to the new term and in particular I would like to welcome two new students – Noah in Year 9 and Keilan in Year 4 as well as our new staff, Ms Mort in Year 5; Ms Davids in HPE and Science; Mr Wright, Sports Officer; Mr Walker, Classroom School Officer and Ms Testa in Music.

Week 1 had an unusual start with the Parent Teacher Feedback Meetings on Monday but Tuesday saw 1350 boys descend on the campus and begin Term 2 classes as well as catch up on Term 1 exams that had been postponed. The reallocated exams, due to the COVID lockdown, has reinforced the necessity for students to be continuously revising their work. A consistent study regime will always produce better outcomes. Which reminds me to announce that our Homework Club commences next week and it provides an opportunity to develop regular routines of homework and revision. Please see details further down in my blog.

The highlight of Week 2 will be the inaugural RAW (Reading And Writing) Literary Festival! Running from Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 April, students across the college will be introduced to talented authors and creatives who will share their love of reading and writing. I thank Ms Sarah McCallan and her dedicated Library team for all their planning and effort in organising what looks like an exciting and entertaining week. Don’t forget the parent evening event, Books Under the Stars, being held on Thursday 29 April.

TIMETABLE CHANGE – due to us ‘losing’ three Mondays consecutively this term we have changed Wednesday 28 April to Monday Week B timetable. Please ensure your son has this change noted – SEQTA has the updated lessons listed – and that he has the necessary equipment for the changed timetable.

I wish our Year 12s a wonderful night this evening as they celebrate their Formal with their partners at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. This ritual is a key step in the Seniors Rite of Passage. I hope you can be a part of your local ANZAC Day ceremonies this weekend. There will be staff on hand at two local ceremonies on Sunday morning. Please see the full details below in the Faith & Mission section of my blog. _Now let’s see what’s coming up:


Sunday 25 April | ANZAC Day
Monday 26 April | ANZAC Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 27 April | Literary Festival all week
Tuesday 27 April | Year 6 Big Bang Science incursion
Wednesday 28 April | Monday Week B Timetable
Wednesday 28 April | Year 6 Big Bang Science incursion
Wednesday 28 April | Year 7 (Bodkin) Geography excursion to Wivenhoe Dam
Wednesday 28 April | Years 7-12 AFL School of Excellence competition
Wednesday 28 April | ATC Debating
Thursday 29 April | Year 7 immunisations
Friday 30 April | Year 6 Mass & Morning Tea
Saturday 1 May | Year 5 & 6 Football & Rugby Union Fixtures
Saturday 1 May | Years 7-12 Football, Touch Football & Indoor Cricket fixtures
Monday 3 May | Labour Day Public Holiday
Monday 7 May | P&F Mothers’ Day Breakfast

Changes to Online Payment Platform

From Tuesday 4 May 2021, ATC will no longer be using Flexischools as our online ordering and payment platform. The decision to move to a new provider was made following regular interruptions to service that negatively impacted on parents, caregivers and students. From Tuesday 4 May, ATC will be partnering with MonitorBM to provide a seamless on-line system to parents and students to make online purchases. Please see your inbox today for full details. New logins for the ATC Shop will be emailed this evening to all parents.

Principal’s Message

Chris Ryan was eager to welcome everyone to Term Two take-off! Check out his blog from Monday which was filled with staff news, sporting achievements and a reminder for students to be ready for nine weeks of learning, leading and serving! CLICK HERE TO READ.

Mothers’ Day Breakfast

The ATC P&F invite our mums, female caregivers and their sons to their Mother’s Day Breakfast on Friday 7 May from 6:30am to 8:15am at the Riverside Garden, behind Edmund Rice Building. Tickets are available via Parent Lounge. For catering purposes the ticket sales close on Friday 30 April so get in quick! Breakfast Menu options include:
· Continental Box – smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onion & dill open brioche, mini danish & fruit salad with Emma & Toms juice/bottled water/ hot tea $20
· Breakfast Box – Streaky bacon & parmesan tart, house-baked sweet muffin, fruit salad with an Emma & Toms juice/bottled water or a hot tea $20
· Veggie & Gluten Free Box – Mini GF quiches (2) with caramelized onions, fetta & tomato, house-baked sweet muffin, fruit salad GF, V with an Emma & Toms juice/bottled water or a hot tea $20
· Special Diet Box (3 items per box) Ie. Vegan, Dairy Free, Allergies etc. with an Emma & Toms juice/bottled water or hot tea $20
· BBQ Snag on bread with hot chocolate/Emma & Toms juice or bottled water $5.00

You can grab your morning coffee fix from the coffee vans on site from 6.30am. Don’t forget to support the P&F by buying some Raffle tickets and have the chance to win something special for mum. Prices: 3 for $5 or 8 for $10.

Volunteers: We need dads and senior students to help with set up, serving, cooking the BBQ and cleaning up. If you can assist, please CLICK HERE to sign up to any shift between 6am and 8.30am.

Learning News

Homework Club

Starting Tuesday 27 April in Week 2, Homework Club will be available for all students to attend. Students in Years 4-6 can attend Homework Club on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 – 4:00pm in Mt Sion. Each afternoon we aim to have two teachers available to provide academic guidance as well as Senior School students. Students in Years 7-12 can attend Homework Club on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:15pm – 4:30pm in the Westcourt iCentre. Each afternoon we aim to have two teachers from the Humanities and Maths/Science Departments available to provide academic guidance. Students in Years 10-12 can also extend their study time on Wednesday afternoons to 5:00pm.

Griffith University – Parent/Student Information Webinar

If you’re in Year 11 or 12, Griffith University invites you and your family to get clarity and advice about transitioning to university at their Parent and Student Information Webinar on Thursday 29 April from 5.30-7 pm. At this event, you’ll find out about the experiences, opportunities and support available to Griffith students, hear from QTAC on the application process and how to make the most of your preferences, and get your questions answered during a Q&A session. CLICK HERE to reserve your place.

Public Speaking

This year we are pleased to invite Year 4s to join our Public Speaking team. Student would have to commit to speak are in Weeks 3, 5 and 7 from 6.30pm til 7.30pm .at St Laurence’s College South Brisbane. Year 5 students have already trialed for the team and are busily writing their speeches for our first night. If your son would like to join the team please email Mrs Robyn Gainer. We will compete against St Laurence’s College, Marist Ashgrove, and Padua College. Dates are on the College App. Boys are able to choose their own 2 – 2.5 minute topic each fortnight (a new topic is needed each round). Each school will have 6 to 10 Year 5 Public Speakers. ATC will be bringing Year 4 students as well. If we have lots of boys trial, we will put them on roster. Training is at lunchtimes as required. If your son would like to try out for the team please ask him to prepare a 2 minute speech over the weekend to deliver on Tuesday April 27 at first break, in 6 Campbell classroom. Year 5 boys who missed the trials are also invited to join us on Tuesday and present their speeches. Full details are on the College App under YEAR LEVELS.

RAW Literary Festival

Library staff are excited to announce our inaugural RAW (Reading And Writing) Literary Festival 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 are on the App. 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 on Westcourt Deck, browsing a pop-up shop from Avid Reader and hearing an engaging presentation from renowned bookseller and literary judge Fiona Stager. All details have been shared on the College App. Registration and payment is via Parent Lounge. Tickets are $10 per adult.

The ATC RAW Literary Festival is excited to be hosting authors as part of our Writers-in-Residence series! Brian Falkner is an award-winning international author and writing coach, a highly sought-after speaker in schools around Australia, the US and New Zealand and an author with infectious enthusiasm, humour and energy. He is the author of more than seventeen novels for children and young adults, published in fifteen countries in seven languages. We welcome also welcome Christine Bongers, an author and a former radio and television journalist with 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.

We look forward to hosting Brisbane-based performance poet Anisa Nandaula who will be performing at our College Assembly and presenting workshops to Middle school students. Anisa is a nationally recognised spoken word poet, play writer, educator and published author. She is the 2016 Queensland Poetry slam champion and runner-up for the Australian poetry slam championships. In 2017, she published her first book Melanin Garden and won the XYZ Innovation in Spoken Word Prize. She has performed at the Sydney Opera house, Splendour in the Grass, Queensland Poetry festival, Women of the World Festival and toured the country sharing stories of love and courage.

Writer Dave Lowe will present to the Year 10 cohort and conduct some small group workshops. A Brisbane-based writer of eleven acclaimed books aimed at children 7 – 11 years old, and four plays, in 2019 and 2020, alongside writing new middle grade fiction, Dave adapted Andy Griffiths’ Aussie classic The Day My Bum Went Psycho for a sell out season on the stage as well as adaptations of My Hamster is a Genius, My Hamster is a Pirate, and, for 2021, an original play, Goldilocks, all with Brisbane Arts Theatre. Most recently, he’s written Café, an episode of the hit TV show, Bluey. A busy man indeed and we look forward to welcoming him along with all our other writers in residence next week!

Service News

Community ANZAC Day Services

Students are invited to attend a ceremony in their local area, and participate in the school March. Details of these events are as follows. Note, students wishing to take part are asked to wear formal school uniform including blazer and tie and meet the teachers as listed:
CENTENARY SUBURBS ANZAC DAY SERVICE – Centenary Suburbs War Memorial Gardens, Cnr of Dandenong Rd and Arrabri Ave MT OMMANEY. Mrs Sara Condon will meet students and assemble as a group for the service.

SHERWOOD-INDOOROOPILLY ANZAC DAY MARCH & COMMUNITY SERVICE – Graceville Memorial Park, Oxley Rd GRACEVILLE. Mrs Alison Conlon and Mrs Janine McGrath will meet students for the Community March – Assemble at the cnr of Verney Rd East and Appel St Graceville at 7am for a 7:10am march off, down Verney Rd East onto Oxley Rd then into Graceville Memorial Park for a 7:30am Service.

Friendship Groups

Commencing in Term 2 and continuing throughout the year, boys will be given the opportunity to support Year Level Friendship Group, and soon students will hear form their Formation leader to provide the details of how they might get involved. Mr McCrohon strongly encourages your son to take the opportunity to be a part of the support of his Friendship Group. Further to that point, the entire ATC community is invited to support our Friendship Groups where possible. A list of these groups can be found on the College App.

Send your Stories

As young men of courage, all ATC students are called to be signs of faith for their community. We encourage boys from all year levels to get involved with the Service Program and share their stories about their activities by sending them to the Signum Fidei email address. We are keen to gather a collection of stories of your acts of service out and about in the community. Take a photo, write a few words describing the activity and the impact on those involved and send it in. It’s through this giving of ourselves and Service to others that we truly action the words of Jesus. If you have any queries about the Service Program please contact Mr Andrew McCrohon, Service Program Coordinator.

Sport News

There is a real energy around for Term 2 sport to start this weekend. To view team lists, schedules and further information, please visit the ATC app under the appropriate tags for each sport.

Music News

Rehearsals and preparations are in full-swing for our busy Music Term 2 calendar.  Upcoming events are listed below and please continue to check the App for reminders of the imminent QCMF ensemble recordings.

Thursday 6 May Vocal, Piano, Guitar & Drum Kit Concerts
Friday 7 May Brisbane Youth Jazz Festival – Big Band & ATC Jazz Orchestra
Thursday 13 May The Brookfield Show – Clarinet Ensemble A
Sunday 16 May The Brookfield Show – Hot Brass Squad
Thursday 20 May Junior Drama Evening – 6.30pm NJ Hall

Remember to follow our Facebook Page for more stories of ATC and keep an eye on the College App for all the important updates and events.

David Gardiner