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Coming Up Week 2 Term 4

This week National Mental Health Week begins. It provides an opportunity to promote awareness about mental health and wellbeing and is a reminder to everyone about the importance of our mental wellbeing. There is no doubt that as parents we spend a lot of time worrying about our children. But what are the kids worrying about?

A recent national survey of students revealed that, not surprisingly, they worry about the same things that adults do. The survey found that the thing that children worried most about as their future (43%), family (39%), health (37%) and friends (34%) compared to issues such as school (27%) and being different (24%). The good news is that the survey found that the children would talk firstly to a parent (46%) if they felt worried compared to friends (24%) and teachers (5%).

The biggest reason that children do not share their concerns is when they fear what other people think of them when they share their concerns or that their concerns won’t be taken seriously. In particular, boys are the most reluctant group when they feel that their parents will tell them to ‘harden up’ and that they’re not supposed to worry about things. The survey found that body image is a concern for both boys (27%) and girls (31%), with girls (35%) more likely to want to change their bodies than boys (27%).

The most important news from the survey is that only a small percentage (6%) of children are true worry-warts disclosing that they worry ‘all of the time’. Rest assured that it is normal to worry. Indeed, we all worry and some people worry more than others. This is the nature of life and humanity. The survey also not surprisingly revealed that, in the end, boys and girls are just about as happy as each other, with 64% saying they are happy all or most of the time.

Key Dates up to and including Night of Excellence

(please note key dates beyond 25 October can be found on the School Calendar)
Thursday 6 October – AMEB Soloists Concert 6.30pm
Saturday 8 October – Henry Gardiner Dinner
Saturday 8 October & Sunday 9 October – Father/Son Building Bridges Weekend
Tuesday 11 October & Wed 12 October – Year 4 Let’s Chat
Tuesday 11 October -Year 8 Numeracy Testing P3&4
Wednesday 12 October – Tour Morning
Thursday 13 October – Year 8 Reading Testing P3&4
Friday 14 October – Year 9 Humanities Excursion (Couran Cove) – 1 class
Friday 14 October – Year 8 Retreat
Friday 14 October – 5T&5L St Mark’s Incursion
Saturday 15 October – Jazz by the River
Monday 17 October – Ministerial Pupil Free Day
Wednesday 19 October – Junior School Signum Fidei Breakfast
Thursday 20 October – Middle School Signum Fidei Breakfast
Thursday 20 October – Continuing & New Students and Parents Year 7, 2017 Formation Evening
Friday 21 October – ATC Jazz ensemble perform at Terrace Jazz Night
Friday 21 October – Year 6 Transition Retreat
Saturday 22 October – ATC Community Mass
Tuesday 25 October – ATC Night of Excellence ERPAC

Jazz by the River

Please join us for our Jazz by the River event on Saturday 15 October 2016 from 4pm. Our headline act will be the ATC All Stars Big Band with the international jazz sensation Ms Tamara O’Callaghan as the lead singer. ATC student art work will be on display and another highlight will be the Art Auction. Go to the Trybooking website to secure your tickets early.

Year 8 Retreat

The Year 8 Retreat to be held on 14 October 2016 will have a focus on the ‘Power of Relationships’ and why family and friends are the most important people in our lives. For this day to have maximum impact on the boys’ journey from ‘boyhood to manhood’, we need your support. Please email Matt Warr, Assistant Dean of Formation, Friday 9 September if you are able to assist as a volunteer on the day. Please refer to email sent to families last week for further information.

Henry Gardiner Fundraising Dinner

You are also reminded to book your tickets for the Henry Gardiner Fundraising Dinner to assist the Gardiner family with medical expenses. Please see the link to the flyer below for full details.


Updating Contact Details
A reminder to all parents that if your contact details change, as well as contacting the College, you must also email Contact to update your details in the P&F managed ‘Parent Directory’.

Tuckshop Volunteers – Help Required
Paddy’s Place is in need of extra volunteers on 25 November.
Please email Danielle Milne if you are able to assist

Year 6 Transition Retreat – Change of Date – Friday 21 October 2016

The purpose of the Year 6 Transition Retreat is to provide a reflective opportunity for the boys in this significant time of transition from junior to middle school. There will be three key components to the retreat; storytelling and sharing, reconciliation and healing and affirmation and appreciation. Boys are asked to print out and bring with them on the day a collection of 5 photos that represent different stages of their life. These can be photos prior to year 4 and/or year 4 to year 6. During the day they will reflect and share stories on their Junior School journey. It will be a fun day which engages students in looking back and in preparing for the new journey ahead.

The Retreat is facilitated by the Head of Junior School, Assistant Dean of Formation, Year level coordinator and Class Teachers. A sausage sizzle and drinks will be provided for lunch. Students should wear their PE Uniform and must bring their own morning tea.
Please contact Mr Michael Stewart for further information.

Information for Families of Choral Program

Jazz By The River – Saturday 15 October -Note that Junior Choir will not perform at this event.

Night of Excellence – Tuesday 25 October -Middle School Singers will be the only choir to perform at this event held at ERPAC, St. Laurence’s College.

Timetable clashes
It is great that our boys are able to be involved in so many activities. Unfortunately at times, clashes occur and compromises need to take place. It is also important that boys honour their existing commitments. In the instance a clash arises between choir and another activity, please contact me so we can find a solution.
For boys involved in Junior Choir and Cricket, Brett Henschell has advised that boys in choir are able to miss the Tuesday afternoon team training as there is Friday skills training. In the event a boy still really wants to maximise his cricket time, they must attend at least the first 30 minutes of choir on Tuesday afternoon. They are welcome to come to rehearsal in their cricket gear and leave at 3:45pm. This compromise ensures boys can participate in both activities on a weekly basis. Please contact Mr Jason Goopy for further information.

Mr Conor Finn, Acting Deputy Principal