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Coming Up Week 3

At ATC, we believe parents are the primary educators of their sons and our role is to support you, the parents, with this. This week has been a significant step for the beginning of the year, with the Parent Information Evenings providing an opportunity to connect with CLT members, Formation Leaders and Homeroom Teachers. Next week, families in Years 4-6 have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with their Homeroom teacher in the Parent Teacher Student Feedback meetings. In addition to these opportunities, I encourage all families to have open and frequent communication with their son’s teachers. This will significantly increase the chance of your son being successful this school year.

Today we celebrated the success of students in Years 8-12 with the first of two Academic Assemblies. I congratulate all of the boys who received certificates for academic excellence, approach to learning or improvement awards. Their persistence and turning skills into habits has contributed to their success. I encourage every student to set their goals for Semester 1 and the steps that they can take to achieve this. See all the photos on our Facebook page.

Next Tuesday, we officially start our 2020 school year with our Opening Mass and Year 12 Commissioning. For the first time, this will be held at Riverlife Centre, Seventeen Mile Rocks. I offer a welcome to all families to join us for this occasion. Further details are below. It is expected that every student will attend this event, noting that it is a formal occasion and students are to wear their formal uniform, including tie (suit coats not required).


Tuesday 11 February 2020 | Opening Mass, Riverlife Baptist Church
Tuesday 11 February 2020 | ATC Sport Forum 6.30pm
Wednesday 12 February 2020 | Junior School Parent, Teacher and Student Feedback meetings
Wednesday 12 February 2020 | Junior Band Co-curricular Music Information evening
Thursday 13 February 2020 | Junior School Parent, Teacher and Student Feedback meetings
Friday 14 February 2020 | Year 10 Retreat
Friday 14 February 2020 | Junior School Interhouse Swimming Carnival
Friday 14 February 2020 | Years 4 – 8 Academic Assembly
Saturday 15 February 2020 | P & F Kick Off Cocktails
Sunday 16 February 2020 | Term 1 Community Mass, St Ignatius Loyola Church, Toowong


The fast pace of Week 1 kept us all busy and was the perfect introduction to life at ATC for our new Principal! Check out today’s blog where Chris shares the positive vibes that he picked up around the College last week. CLICK HERE to read his blog.


Parent Information Presentations

The Junior School, Years 8, 9 and 11 Parent Information Evening Presentations have been shared on the College App for parents to review.

Year 10 and 11 Assessment Planners

Although the school year has just begun, due dates for Year 10 and 11 assessment pieces are approaching. Parents can view assessment planners via the College App, and should encourage their sons to refer to their planners via SEQTA documents to plan for upcoming assessment. If you have any queries, please contact your son’s homeroom teacher.

Feedback Meetings

The Term 1 Junior School Parent, Teacher and Student Feedback meetings are scheduled to take place in your son’s classroom on Wednesday 12, Thursday 13, Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 February 2020. Bookings can now be made via TASS Parent Lounge. Further information and instructions on how to book meetings are available via the College App notice. Please note bookings close at 12noon on Monday 10 February 2020.  Parents will still be able to view their bookings but will not be able to make further bookings or changes after this time.

ATCareers Bulletin

Welcome to 2020 and the first edition of the ATCareers Bulletin! It is now available on the College APP and can be downloaded via the link below. In this edition there are some very interesting articles about the Australia Defence Force, QTAC and Careers advice. If you have any questions or if there are any articles that you are interested in, please contact the Senior School Reception 3878 0545 or email Michelle Kath, Head of Senior Pathways & Careers

Year 12 – ADF Careers Information Sessions and ADFA applications information

If you are interested in applying for the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) a key session for Year 12 students will be held on Tuesday 25th February. All information and how to register is posted on the College APP.

Year 9 Religious Education Excursion

On Thursday 27 February Year 9 cohort will visit the Brisbane Synagogue in Margaret Street.This experience will complement the RE topic of Monotheistic Religions they are studying this term.The guides have kindly offered us two time slots of one hour at 9.30 am and midday to accommodate the large group. Students will attend in their RE classes with their RE teacher. Men are required to cover their heads in the Synagogue thus the students are to bring their ATC caps with them.The students are to wear their full Formal college uniform, including suitcoat and be mindufl they are representing the College.

Year 4 Excursion

On Thursday 5 March, Year 4 students will be going on an excursion to Ngutana-Lui, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies Centre at Inala. Students will be immersed in the richness and diversity of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Please bring a small backpack, sunscreen, water Bottle, morning tea and lunch. The excursion will take place during school hours (leaving by bus at approximately 9.00am and returning by 2,30pm). As the boys will spend much of the day outside we are asking that they wear their sports uniform and College hat.

Year 12 Geography excursion  

As part of the study for Term 1 Geography – ‘Land Cover transformations’, Year 12 students will be participating in an excursion to the Port of Brisbane ON  Friday 13  March, to investigate the impact of the Port operations on the surrounding mangroves. Students must meet at 6.15am at Kate St. Pick up area where they will then move go on the ATC school bus. See the College App for full details.


Opening Mass

The Ambrose Treacy College Opening Mass and Year 12 Commissioning will be held on Tuesday 11 February at 12:00pm at the Riverlife Centre, Jennifer Street, Seventeen Mile Rocks. The day is an important and compulsory event in the College calendar for all students and staff. All students will be transported to the venue by bus after the Morning Tea break. Students in Years 4 -11 will return to the College after the ceremony at approximately 2:00pm and school will finish at the normal time of 3:00pm. Year 12 students can depart the venue with their parents after the Commissioning Ceremony. Siblings of Year 12 students may also leave with their parents.

Blessing and Opening Waterford West

We invite parents, caregivers and students to attend the Blessing and Opening of Waterford West.  This significant event will be held in the Senior School Precinct on Friday 21 February 2020, commencing 4pm followed by afternoon tea concluding at 5.30pm. ATC students are to wear their Day uniform including the College tie. Suit coat is not required.  If you are attending, it is essential that you CLICK HERE to RSVP by Friday 14 February 2020.

Year 10 Retreat

Year 10 students will travel to the University of Qld St Lucia on Friday 14 February for the Year 10 Retreat. The purpose of the Retreat is to provide an opportunity for the boys to reflect on their friendships, life choices and solidarity as a cohort. It will be a day which engages students through examples of Faith in Action and leadership, further preparing them for their Senior School journey and the years that lie ahead. Please see the parent information letter on the College App for further details. If you have any questions please contact Matt Warr, Dean of Faith and Mission.

Service Opportunities

TILT Tutors
Middle and Senior School students are invited to register to be a TILT tutor. The TILT program focuses on literacy support for Junior School students. Middle and Senior students who volunteer to tutor boys will be asked to help after school in a session Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 3:00 – 3:30pm. Please CLICK HERE to sign up online and come on down to the TILT room behind the NJ Hall to lend a hand to one of your Junior School brothers! Please Mr McCrohon if you can join the roster.

Smith Family Student2Student Reading
Ambrose Treacy College will again be partnering with the Smith Family to deliver the Student2Student Reading Program. The reading program is an authentic experience allowing ATC boys the chance to mentor other non-ATC students through a literacy program. Students will receive expert training on how to assist children to read and will use these acquired skills to read once a week with their buddy over the phone. ATC students interested in this program and who are able to commit to 30 minutes a week are encouraged to be a part of this extremely rewarding program. Please see the attached information and sign


Cybersafety Workshop

Ambrose Treacy College welcomes parents and caregivers to a hands on workshop on Thursday 27 February in NJ Hall at 6.30pm. With the explosion of cyber technology, the issues such as cyberbullying, connectivity and sexting, are emerging as the number one issues confronting the safety and wellbeing of young people. Together with associated technology including mobile telephones, Instant Messaging(MSN), online games and the popularity of social networking sites such as Snapchat, Facebook & Twitter, today’s youth have access to and are accessible by many millions of people worldwide. Let us help you navigate this difficult area. Join us on 27 February. CLICK HERE to RSVP to assist with our planning.



Junior School Instrumental testing and recruitment has wrapped up for another year!  Letters of Offer will be emailed home by the end of the week and we look forward  to meeting all new Junior School music student families at the Information Evening on Wednesday 12 February, 6.30pm in the Chapel.

From Week 3 all Instrumental Music, Production, Drama & Communication, Vocal and Theory lessons and rehearsals will be in full swing. Please note that the Opening Mass may interrupt some lessons on Tuesday 12 February but all morning and afternoon rehearsals will go ahead as scheduled.

A reminder to all families to please subscribe to the relevant tags under Culture in the College App – updated timetables can be found daily on via the App. For any information or questions regarding the Co-curricular Music Program please CLICK HERE to email the Music Department.


Year 7 boys who are interested in singing are invited to join ATC Senior Singers with Mr Goopy. All boys are welcome regardless of previous experience. The ensemble performs regularly at school and community events, and is a great place to make new friends and have fun! This year the group will perform at the Pemulwuy National Male Voice Festival in July! Rehearsals take place on Wednesday mornings in K104 from 7am to 8:15am. To join, all you need to do is turn up on Wednesday morning. 


We had a great weekend of results to start off the school year, highlighted by the First VI Volleyball and First XI Cricket both notching big wins and we are looking forward to another big weekend of ATC sport. The following Cricket games cancellations are due to field conditions for Saturday 8 February – First XI GBC Opens 10A 10B 9A 8A 8B 7A 7B 6A 6B 6C 5A 5B 5C 5 Blue 5 White 5 Green 4 Green. We will continue to update any further cancellations as we are advised. If your team is not listed above then please assume the game is going ahead. Follow CRICKET in your App subscriptions to get the latest information.

Brother Miller Shield

This Friday we are heading to Nudgee College for the Annual Brother Miller Shield swimming event. We have been big improvers at this event over the past couple of years and are excited about testing our boys against some quality opposition again. Feel free to come and support, the event will run from 4:00pm to 6:30pm.

Sport Forum

Next Tuesday the ATC Sports Department will be running a Sports Forum to outline the structure for the next 12 months of sport. We are very excited about the current outlook of the program and are looking forward to sharing it with the community. We invite all parents to come along to Xavier Centre from 6:30pm.

Junior School Inter-House Swimming Carnival

The Junior School Inter-House Swimming Carnival will take place on Friday 14 February. The focus of the carnival is participation with boys striving to assist their House be the champions on the day. Students should wear their House shirt, and it is recommended that boys have their togs on ready to go to at the start of the day. All boys are encouraged to display their house spirit through colour, wigs and house related costume attire which they can put on at morning tea following the Academic Assembly in the morning. Parents are most welcome to attend the day.

Wet Weather Procedures

With the forecast of rain for the weekend, we will be communicating any cancellations of sport on the College App. Please ensure you have subscribed to your relevant sports to get up to date details for the weekend.

GBC Round 1

We are gearing up for a massive round of sport on Saturday 15 February, we will be hosting Round 1 of the GBC Competition that will bring ATC & Brigidine College together all at the one venue for the very first time. ATC will be hosting Boys Volleyball, Girls Basketball & Girls Tennis all here on our campus and will also have our regular cricket fixtures running at the same time. It will be a great opportunity to bring to community together and support our combined teams in the GBC competition. Keep your eye out for the schedules next week!


All Term 1 clubs and activities begin in Week 3. Please register via Parent Lounge, Tours and Excursions. Follow the Club by subscribing on the College App and get all future notices. See the Clubs Timetable for Term 1 via the link below.


Year 11 Parent Helpers – Opening Mass Afternoon Tea

As a show of support from the College community for the Year 12 cohort, Year 11 families are asked to provide a plate of something sweet or savoury for the afternoon tea after Opening Mass on Tuesday 11 February. Please drop your plate to the NJ Hall kitchen on Tuesday morning. The Year 11 Parent Liaisons would love to hear from you if you can help prep and serve from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the Riverlife Centre, Seventeen Mile Rocks. If you have any questions or would like to offer assistance please contact Siobhan Knott on 0499 298 111 or on the Year 11 Facebook Page.

Kick Off Cocktails Welcome Event for Parents

Last chance to grab your $10 tickets for ‘Kick of Cocktails’ on Saturday 15 February at 6.30pm on Westcourt Deck. Entry includes a 3 free raffle tickets (PRIZE: a terms tuition fees) and finger food. Drinks are available to purchase at the bar on the night. Helping at Kick off Cocktails There are only a few shifts left for Kick Off Cocktails. Why not sign up to lend a hand. We look forward to showing you the ropes with setting up, working on the bar, serving food or selling raffle tickets!
CLICK HERE to RSVP via the Parent Lounge.
CLICK HERE to help out on the night.
CLICK HERE to email Prue Moloney, the P&F Welcome Event coordinator, if you have any queries.

Book Club

Our famous Book Club called “Read Between the Wines” is meeting on Thursday 20 February at 7.30pm at Rachel Ames home 37 Elwood St Kenmore Hills. Please just come along, have a glass of wine and meet some new friends! We will also discuss book titles for the year and decide on meeting places. Please email Rachel if you would like to join the group as we are excited about welcoming new members in 2020! CLICK HERE to RSVP to Rachel, or if you have any queries.

Year 4 Sunday Chill Out

We warmly invite our Year 4 families to the Hundred Acre Bar for some Sunday Chill & Putt Putt fun on Sunday 1 March. Come and enjoy the glorious views of St Lucia Golf Links with live music, $9 putt putt (per person), and an abundance of bar snacks, tapas and a dedicated kids menu that could easily convert in to an early dinner. There is also a full bar service and drinks available until 8:30pm. What better way to sign off the week that’s been and get together before Camp Week. This is a relaxed way to enjoy some great company. Whatever you buy on the day is up to you (drinks, snacks, putt putt). No upfront cost. 



Both Paddy’s Place and the Bakehouse will be closed for second break on Tuesday 11 February as students will be attending the Opening Mass. Any pre-orders already placed for lunch on that day will be cancelled and your account will be refunded.

Conversation Corner with David Gillespie

Corinda Graceville Parish extends a warm welcome to all community members to attend the second instalment of our Conversation Corner series. Following the highly successful Conversation Corner with Madonna King we are pleased to announce that David Gillespie will be joining us for a brief presentation followed by an opportunity to have a conversation around a controversial and important topic: the impact of screen time on our children’s brains. Tickets are just $10 and are available BY clicking here’:

Edmund Rice Foundation Golf Day

The 3rd annual, ERFA Brisbane Golf Day will be held on Friday 27 March at St Lucia Golf Links. Further information and how to register can be found by CLICKING HERE or via the Edmund Rice Foundation Facebook event page..

I wish all members of our community a really positive week 3.

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal