Nearly 200 young men put on the ATC uniform for the very first time this week. In addition, we welcomed 28 new staff so there was a mixture of nervousness and excitement across the campus. I was very pleased to hear new staff comment this week how respectful and cooperative our students are. And now the work begins. Our staff will work consistently, in classes and across year levels, to develop a culture of personal excellence, a sense of belonging and a belief that everything is possible.
COVID is still the buzz word around the globe and the ongoing awareness and need for restrictions continue to shape our planning for events. Several P&F and College events are featured in February with some significantly modified while others not so, due to their nature, numbers, and location. The important Parent Information evenings next week have an adjusted format and I share these details below. Our aim is that one parent from every family in Years 4 to 11 can come along and hear vital information and to meet your son/s’ homeroom teacher. Staff are critical in your sons’ journey this year. I invite you to make the effort to be involved next week. It also is a time to meet and connect with parents in the same homeroom. Details are below and on the College App.
The ovals were filled with colour and fierce competition today as the annual Gala Day for years 7 to 12 took place. House spirit, athleticism, agility and good humour had to be employed for each House, Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster, to have a chance of taking the first win of the year. Today we saluted the men on green as the Saints took the first House Challenge win for 2021.
Catch Up on Week 1
The 2021 Opening Mass and Year 12 Commissioning on Tuesday 9 February is impacted by social distancing measures as well. As a result, only Senior School students will attend the event in 2021. Students in Years 4 – 9 will participate in meaningful Catholic rituals in the coming weeks at the College. Full details of the event are on the College App. Year 12 parents are invited to actively participate in the Commissioning ceremony which includes the blessing and presentation of the Senior tie and badges to their son. I remind Year 12 parents to please click here to register for seat allocation for this ticketed event.
At ATC we view technology as a useful tool in education. As such every student has the use of a laptop. To have 1500 laptops ready to go for Day 1 is a significant task. This year this has been complicated with delivery issues across the globe. I wish to thank our IT Department – Seb Tabulo, Derek Trowell, George Ioannou, Kallan Mende and Alastair Bradford for their tireless work over the holiday period to have the laptops ready for all the students and staff. Families in Years 7 and 10 will also notice a different cover on their laptops. In Term 4 last year the Art Department ran a competition to design a laptop skin to go on this year’s laptops. The winning design for the competition went to Jontay Gothachalkenin. Congratulations to Jontay on having his striking artwork selected to be on the Year 7 and 10 laptops.
All 2020 families received a copy of the 2020 Yearbook this week. It is a stunning publication full of colour, energy and action across a massive range of activities that took place in 2020, despite all the restrictions. It records the year in an authentic ATC way. Congratulations and thanks the Communications Department for the time and creativity that went into producing the publication. It is an outstanding record of the special and unique year that 2020 was. On Wednesday, the youngest child in each family received a copy of the 2021 Calendar and boys in Years 6-9 received their copies of the 2021 Student Planner. Please make use of these valuable publications to plan ahead and know what’s coming up.
As the students begin to dive into all aspects of ATC life, the Service Department take the opportunity to promote our Signum Fidei email address to send stories and photos. Signum Fidei translates as Sign of Faith, and captures what it means to be an ATC Gentleman – through our actions we are making our world a better place. Our three pillars of Service, Learning and Leadership frame all that we do at ATC. In the area of Service, students will soon begin (some may have already started!) to accrue Service hours for activities that they get involved in throughout the year both on and off campus. Service hours are recorded in the Service Journal for Years 4 – 5 (this can be found on the College App), and in the back section of the Student Planner for Years 6 – 9. Senior School students log their hours directly with their Homeroom teacher. We love sharing stories of our students being Signs of Faith in the community, so please feel free to email the Service department with photos, stories and details of your son performing their acts of kindness and community service.
Parent Information Evenings
Parent Information evenings are on next week in Nudgee Junior Hall. Due to current restrictions, only one parent per family can attend. Key staff will be sharing information on the year ahead including Camp Week arrangements. Junior School is on Thursday 4 February and all Year 4 parents and new Year 5 and 6 parents are invited to attend a session in the hall from 6pm -6.30pm. Following that, from 6.30pm -7.30pm new parents will join the continuing Year 5 and 6 parents in their son’s classroom to meet his Homeroom teacher.
Middle School is on Wednesday 3 February and Year 7 parents and new Year 8 and 9 parents are invited to attend a session in the hall from 6pm -6.30pm. Following that, from 6.30-7.30pm, new parents will join the continuing Year 8 and 9 parents in their son’s classroom to meet his Homeroom teacher.
Senior School is on Monday 1 February – Years 10 and 11 parents are invited to a session in the hall from 6pm -7pm presented by members of the College Leadership Team.
Camp Letters will be sent to all parents and caregivers of boys in Years 4-10 on Tuesday afternoon. I ask that you read the information carefully, update your son’s medical and personal details including dietary requirements and medication via Parent Lounge and respond to any other requests in the App.
Another year of music making at ATC has begun! This week all Year 4-7 students attended music demonstrations to see and hear our array of wonderful instruments. From Monday all Junior School students will be visiting the Co-curricular Music Department and be tested for suitability. It is always an exciting time of year where the enthusiasm and joy of the students fills the music rooms with chatter, laughter, squeaks and hoots! Letters of Offer will be sent home to families at the end of the recruitment process and a Junior Band Information Evening will be held on Wednesday 10 February at 6.30pm. Our Choirs are open to all students so if your son is interested in singing, please come to rehearsals next week, in the College Chapel. ATC Senior Singers is open to all students in Years 7-12 and rehearse Wednesday mornings at 7am. The Junior Choir, for boys in Years 4-6, rehearse every Thursday morning from 7am. All Choir information is on the College app so please subscribe to Choirs to see the messages. For new and continuing students please note in Week 2 all ensemble, band and choir rehearsals commence and Vocal, Piano, Guitar, Production and Drama & Communication lessons commence. Week 3 has all other brass, woodwind and percussion lessons commencing. Please subscribe to the relevant Culture ‘tags’ on the College App to ensure all timetable and relevant notices are received for your son. If you don’t subscribe to the correct tags, you will NOT receive the messages.
I remind parents that boys are invited to sign-up for Drama & Communication lessons in 2021. Drama & Communication lessons are a valuable way for students to grow in confidence with their public speaking, performing skits, preparing for oral assessments and numerous other benefits. Above all, it is fun! Lessons commence NEXT WEEK so please click here to contact us if you are interested.
Saturday 30 January | P & F Year 4 Welcome Afternoon
Monday 1 February | Years 4, 7, 12 and new students’ individual photos
Monday 1 February | Senior School Parent Information Evening
Tuesday 2 February | Year 12, 2020 Academic Excellence Awards Ceremony
Tuesday 2 February | P & F Meeting
Wednesday 3 February | Middle School Parent Information Evening
Thursday 4 February | Junior School Parent Information Evening
Tuesday 9 February | Opening Mass, Riverlife Baptist Church
Wednesday 10 February | Junior School Parent, Teacher and Student Feedback meetings
Wednesday 10 February | Junior Band Co-curricular Music Information evening
Thursday 11 February | Junior School Parent, Teacher and Student Feedback meetings
Friday 12 February | Junior School Parent, Teacher and Student Feedback meetings
Friday 12 February | Junior School Interhouse Swimming Carnival
Friday 12 February | Library Lovers Day
Monday 15 February | Year 10 Retreat
Friday 19 February | Year 4 Retreat
I hope our Year 4 and Year 7 families have great fun at their Welcome Afternoon events this weekend. I invite everyone to be involved in the life of the College as much as possible during 2021. I am looking forward to seeing people at the upcoming parent events and on the sporting sidelines. All the best for a very positive and productive year for the ATC community.
Remember to follow our Facebook Page and keep an eye on the College App for updates over the weekend.