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Coming Up Week 3

Ongoing feedback for students regarding their achievements and strategies for improvement are key components of academic success. The feedback from the Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews held on Monday has been very positive.

I congratulate the staff on their continuing professionalism in conducting the interviews, in some case up to 60 interviews, and for their preparation for each of the meetings. Although missing the actual face-to-face contact, the new format using Microsoft TEAMS brought many benefits for families. It is a format that we will implement for 2021, with slight modifications due to feedback we have received.

CLICK HERE to view the Junior School Academic Assembly.
CLICK HERE to view the Senior School Academic Assembly.
Middle School Academic Assembly video will be shared next week.

Co-curricular Photos

On Wednesday 29 July our first co-curricular photo day will be conducted. Students who have participated in the following Co-curricular Sport in 2020, will have their team photo taken in their relevant team gear –

  • Term 1 Cricket, Volleyball, Triathlon/Aquathlon, GBC Swimming, AFL School of Excellence Squads, Term 3 Years 5 & 6 AIC Basketball and Tennis.

All students who have participated in any Co-curricular Music Ensembles and Choirs in 2020, will have their group photo taken in their performance uniform, except for Junior Band and Junior Choir for whom only the Formal uniform is necessary to wear. If your son is in multiple group photos, please make sure he brings all necessary changes of clothes, shoes, boots and runners. To ensure clothing is not lost pleased be sure to have all items clearly named.

Beanies for Brain Cancer

Next Friday 31 July, we will be holding the annual Beanies for Brain Cancer day at ATC. The day will be used to raise awareness, support and funds for brain cancer research. In the past decade, numerous families at NJC / ATC have been affected by brain cancer and its challenges. Beanies for Brain Cancer has been a public event over the last month and next Friday is ATC’s turn to show our support for families affected by this illness. We would love for more than 1,000 members of our community to wear a beanie next Friday and bring in a gold coin donation. We will provide an envelope to every home room to collect the money. All funds raised will go to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, a worthy cause and a very supportive organisation.

College Communication

Classroom time is important and continuity of learning valuable. Parents are asked to refrain from requesting that phone messages be relayed to students except in cases of emergency. Urgent messages only will be relayed to students. Parents are requested to ensure that all personal and transport arrangements are clearly defined before the student arrives at the College. With the busyness of the College at the end of the school day messages cannot be guaranteed to reach students after 2:00pm. If your son is a Middle School student or Senior School student, you are asked to email your son directly or leave a message on his phone. Students are to check their emails and phone messages at the end of the day. If your son is a Junior School student, you are asked to contact the College Office on 3878 0500 and, where possible, the message will be directed to your son.

Parent Lounge

Parents now have full access to update their contact details in Parent Lounge. Your contact details are used in the case of emergency and for all email communication with families so it is imperative that these details are kept up to date so that important information can be passed onto parents in a timely manner. We encourage you to logon to your Parent Lounge account and check your personal details and your son’s medical details which includes permission to administer paracetamol and ibuprofen.

Please continue to read for more details of all the exciting activities that are happening around ATC.

Update Parent Details

Parents and caregivers now have full access to update their contact details in Parent Lounge. Your contact details are used in the case of emergency and for all email communication with families so it is imperative that these details are kept up to date so that important information can be passed on in a timely manner. We encourage you to login to your Parent Lounge account and check your personal details and your son’s medical details which includes permission to administer paracetamol and ibuprofen. “Click here”: to access Parent Lounge.

Subject Selection Due

YEARS 7, 8 AND 9 PARENTSPLEASE LOG IN VIA THE STUDENT SEQTA PORTALIDEALLY USING YOUR SON’S LAPTOP TO MAKE YOUR SUBJECT SELECTIONS FOR 2021. Refer to the helpful videos from Mr Gardiner on the College App. Web Preferences, the platform where students will enter their subject choice, will close at 3pm Tuesday 28 July 2020. This year our Subject Selection for Years 8 to 10 2021 will be online and accessed through SEQTA student portal. Parents, caregivers and students will be able to view subject videos and the Subject Selection Handbooks, which will assist you and your son in making the most appropriate selections.

All instructions and relevant information are located on the SEQTA Splash Page. We encourage families to watch the videos, read the handbook and reach out to the relevant teachers if they have any questions. Time is running out to submit your selections with only 4 days to go! Further details are in the attached letter below.


Monday 27 July | Cross Country Age Championships
Wednesday 29 July | Term 1 Co-curricular Sport and Music photos
Friday 31 July | Beanies 4 Brain Cancer / Footy Colours Day
Friday 31 July | Year 12 English Shake n Stir incursion


Monday 3 August | Year 10 Immunisations
Tuesday 4 August | Senior School House Challenge (Gate to Gate)
Tuesday 4 August | Years 7-9 SRC Leadership Afternoon
Tuesday 4 August | Interhouse Chess Tournament
Wednesday 5 August | Interhouse Chess Tournament
Wednesday 5 August | Year 5 Eureka Excursion
Wednesday 5 August | Year 10 Geography Coastal Management Excursion
Thursday 6 August | Interhouse Chess Tournament
Friday 7 August – Sunday 9 August | Years 11 & 12 Volleyball Schools Cup
Sunday 9 August | Tennis Age Championships
Tuesday 11 August | Ambrose Treacy Day
Friday 14 August | Exhibition Public Holiday
Friday 4 September | Ministerial Pupil Free Day
Friday 18 September | Last Day of Term 3

Principal’s Message

If you missed reading Mr Ryan’s blog on Monday you can catch up by CLICKING HERE. Chris took a moment to think back on his school days and the connections he and his fellow students had with their teachers. Since school and throughout his career, he has come to believe that teaching is all about connection and relationship, even if some of his old teachers were a bit eccentric!


ATConnect Learning Blog

Kicking off this term’s Learning blog, Mr Adam Moss, Head of Digital Technology shares some great geeky facts about robotic automation in the workplace and highlights the Senior students’ programming, coding and designing skills. Take a read and check out Kaveen’s video too! CLICK HERE TO READ.

Year 5 Excursion

Year 5 will be going on the “Eureka Gold Rush Experience” excursion on Wednesday 5 August at Belivah near Beenleigh. Students will be undertaking role plays, making tents, completing mapping activities and activities based around experiences from the Gold Rush. Transport will be by bus departing the College at 8.15am and returning at 3pm. Boys are to come dressed in costume (wide brimmed hat and closed shoes) Options include: Teacher, Baker, Trap (Constable, Sergeant, etc.), General Store Keeper, Blacksmith, Entertainer, Coach driver, Squatter/Wife, Prospector or Digger (Australian, Chinese, American, Irish, etc.), Assayer, Banker, Claims Officer, Government Official (Clerk), Tent Maker, Barber, Butcher, Sly Grog Shop Owner (Barman), Drifter (Swagman), Escaped Convict, Tobacconist, Newspaper Editor. Further details of items to bring on the day are included on the College App.

Geography Excursion Year 8

Year 8 classes – 8 Campbell, 8 Conn and 8 Treacy, will be going on excursion ALL DAY on Tuesday 11 August 2020. Whilst on the excursion, students will hear about how the development of residential property on the foredunes of Palm Beach has meant that erosion has a significant economic impact, as well as how climate change is affecting the Gold Coast and the measure that have been taken to protect the beach in the long term. As part of this excursion, students will have the opportunity to visit Palm Beach and during the excursion, students will be required to complete a field trip booklet. This will then be used as part of a report into the management of erosion on Palm Beach, which they will complete in class and homework time. Students will need attend school as by 7.15am for a departure at 7.30am. Students will return to school in time to leave at the usual time of 3.00pm. Further details are on the College App including a list of items students must bring on the day.

ICAS Exams 2020

The College will run sessions for ICAS Science, English and Maths, for Years 4 to 10, on the dates and times below. UNSW Global have advised that no ICAS subjects will be available for Year 11 or Year 12 in 2020.
· Science: Tuesday 18 August 2020 from 7:15-8:15am; cost $15.95
· English: Tuesday 25 August 2020 from 7:15-8:15am; cost $15.95
· Maths: Tuesday 1 September 2020 from 7:15-8:15am; cost $15.95
For more information on ICAS please CLICK HERE.

Model United Nations (MUN) Club

Commencing this term, ATC will collaborate with Brigidine College in an exciting new club called the Model United Nations (MUN) Club. This is a student lead initiative and is founded by Matthew Perissinotto (Year 9 ATC) and Ameya Jaurigue (Year 10 Brigidine). The MUN Club runs debates and workshops that focus on diplomatic and political issues, with the main activity being a Model United Nations debate. A MUN is an opportunity that allows you to step into the shoes of a delegate from a country to the UN and debate real-world issues. The club will engage students from ATC and Brigidine in diplomacy and decision making, and help students gain a better understanding of how countries cooperate on a global scale. The club is open to Years 7 to 12 students, however, this is particularly an opportunity for Middle Schoolers as it allows students to develop public speaking and reasoning skills that are crucial in Middle School assessments. We will meet each fortnight on Friday afternoons from 4.00-5.30pm. Our first meeting is on Friday 24 July. Delegates can apply via the online form by CLICKING HERE.

Year 12 Pathway into Engineering at Griffith University

Year 12 students who may not meet the prerequisites for admission into Engineering can undertake Griffith Universities Aptitude of Engineering Assessment (AEA) exam. This is a two and-a-half hour multiple choice test that assesses a candidate’s aptitude to think scientifically, solve quantitative problems, critically analyse information and display interpersonal understanding. Upon successful completion of this exam, applications with receive admission into the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at either the Nathan or Gold Coast campus or the Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Electronic and Computer Engineering at the Nathan Campus. Registrations close on Wednesday 16 September 2020. More information is available by CLICKING HERE.

Year 12 TAFE Scholarships 2021

Applications are now open for TAFE Queensland scholarships worth up to $5,000*. Scholarships are available for eligible courses across a wide variety of study areas. Applications close 27 August 2020. Apply now by CLICKING HERE.
Merit scholarships
Merit scholarships are awarded based on criteria which may include things like your previous academic or work history, practical skills, and technical knowledge. You’ll need to demonstrate that you’re doing or will do well in the industry in which you apply for the scholarship.
Access and equity scholarships
Access and equity scholarships are awarded on the basis of specific equity criteria; they’re about making vocational education and training more accessible and affordable. You’ll also need to show a genuine interest in and commitment to your chosen industry.
Advance Queensland – TAFE Queensland Indigenous Pathways Scholarships
The Advance Queensland – TAFE Queensland Indigenous Pathways Scholarships focus on supporting Indigenous students to create pathways to a successful future through education and training. The Advance Queensland scholarships are available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) courses with TAFE Queensland. These are access and equity scholarships offered in partnership with the Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation (DSDTI).

Along with our experienced teachers, industry-standard facilities, and practical training these scholarships provide a great opportunity to upskill and retrain for jobs to keep pace with a changing Queensland economy.

UQ Open Day Online

UQ study options, course information, accommodation, entry requirements and pathways – answers to all your questions and more will be held online on Sunday 2 August 9am to 6pm. The forum will cover their world-class facilities through virtual campus tours; video or text chat with academics, staff, and current students and you can watch exclusive on-demand content about all things UQ – including in-depth looks into programs, accommodation, sports, scholarships and more. Register now online by CLICKING HERE.


Formation Blog

Dave Mapleston has penned a beauty this week as he explores the bubble wrap generation and the reasons behind young people struggling to face the tougher challenges in life. If you only read one blog this week, let it be this one! Let’s work together to build resilient young men who burn bright when the strong winds blow! CLICK HERE TO READ.

House Chess Championships

Represent your House in a Brains V Brains: House v’s House Chess Champions Match in NJ Hall at second break on Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5, Thursday 6 August. Who can beat the reigning Champions Ulster House? No experience necessary. Staff and Students welcome. Full details are on the College App.

Mental Health Parent Information Evening

The College invites parents to an engaging and empowering parent evening on Thursday 20 August at 6.30pm in the NJ Hall. Parenting can be considered one of the toughest jobs going and every parent wants to do the best they can for their children. Ambrose Treacy College wants to give a voice to the ‘elephant in the room’. Please join our community event around smashing the stigma about mental health. batyr is a purpose organisation that focuses on preventative education in the area of youth mental health. CLICK HERE to RSVP. For more information on the batyr group, CLICK HERE

Year 11 RYDA Program

Ambrose Treacy College has a responsibility to take all reasonable measures to ensure the welfare and safety of students and to support our young drivers, ATC will partner with the RYDA Program on the 11 August for a Youth Driver Awareness Program for Year 11 students.

Year 11 Leadership Retreat Updated Information

It has been wonderful to welcome our Year 11 students for Term 3. They have been exceptional in their transitioned return and have been active in the process and preparation for Leadership of the community commencing in Term 4 of 2020 and concluding at the end of Term 3 2021. Over the coming weeks, we will continue to prepare your sons for this opportunity. This process will be facilitated during our Formation lessons. We are also still committed to facilitating a Leadership Retreat however we have revised the format and details will be confirmed shortly. For your consideration, the dates for the NEW Leadership Retreat are the 17-18 August 2020. If you have any further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact your son’s Head of House.


Service Update

Time to Log Hours
We have heard of so many terrific stories about our ATC students who continue to be Signs of Faith in our communities. There was a huge response to the Yellow Brick Road campaign for students across all ages to accrue 10 Service hours by completing tasks that in some way, assisted family, friends and neighbours. In the Senior School, students took part in the Walk the Walk initiative that required them to experience a specific challenge or hardship for a period of 24 hours in order to walk in the shoes of those who may experience these same challenges each and every day. With so many wonderful Service activities happening, students are reminded to get their Service hours logged and recorded by their Home Room teacher.

This Term we are seeking volunteers for the Gully and for Boomerang Bags and you can register by CLICKING HERE.

Beanies for Brain Cancer

As mentioned above, next Friday 31 July, we will be holding our Beanies for Brain Cancer Day at ATC. The day will be used to raise awareness, support and much needed funds for brain cancer research.

Care Packs

As we travel the Yellow Brick Road to Service Hours one of the ideas offered was to make up care packs for those in need or homeless. Please see below a list of items or ideas to include. If you add a couple of items to the family grocery shop over the next couple of weeks, put them together in a Ziplock bag and bring them to the Faith and Mission Office in the Edmund Rice Building. If you have any queries please contact Mr Andrew McCrohon We will deliver these packs to Emmanuel Mission, a daytime sanctuary for the homeless and vulnerable, during this term. See the College App for a full list of items needed.

Year 4 Grand Story

Due to the current situation the Year 4 Elders’ Day event has been cancelled. To replace this special experience, boys will be participating in an activity called Year 4 Grand Story. Mr McCrohon Service Program coordinator, has organised a service opportunity for the Year 4 students. Each boy has been provided with a booklet called “My Grand Story”. Students are to use this booklet to ask questions of their grandparents and / or an important Elder in their lives. The boys will be given service hours depending on the number of questions asked. While it will provide a chance for the boys to gain some service hours, we hope importantly it will provide a chance for the boys to have a conversation with an important person in their lives.



There’s nothing better on a Friday afternoon than seeing the courts a blur of blue and green as Junior Basketballers ran, dribbled, slam dunked and shot their way into the new season. The 5A team played superbly, with players actively engaged at both ends of the court, transitioning the ball quickly to find the open player near the hoop. In defence the team did not allow the opposition any space or time with each player sticking closely to their opposing player limiting the number of scoring opportunities. The boys are to be congratulated on their win. Thank you to Marist College Ashgrove for some great games!

Chess Age Championships

Championships will be held on Friday 28 August – 3:15pm – 6:00pm in Nudgee Junior Hall for Junior School Champion – Years 4, 5, and 6; Middle School Champion – Year 7, 8, and 9; and Senior School Champion – Year 10, 11, and 12.

Tennis Age Championships

2020 Tennis Age Championships will be held on Sunday 9 August at Ambiwerra Tennis Centre – 190 King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson and these classifications will be Junior School Champion – Years 4, 5, and 6, Middle School Champion – Years 7, 8, and 9 and Senior School Champion – Years 10, 11, and 12.


Co-curricular Music, Drama and Production rehearsals and lessons have re-commenced for Term 3 with a great turn-out of students eager to get back into routine and enjoy making music together. Students are reminded to continue to check the SEQTA daily notices and college app for ongoing updates.

Get your white performance shirt washed and ironed as next Wednesday 29 July is Co-curricular Photo Day! Schedule information will be released over the next couple of days but a reminder that all ensemble members are to be in performance uniform, with the Suit Coat.
• Long sleeve white performance shirt
• College Tie
• Long Trousers Years 7-12
• Shorts Years 4-6
• College socks and polished shoes

Junior Band and Junior Choir members only need to be dressed in Formal uniform. No white shirt necessary.

Guitar Lessons

Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University graduate, respected performer, arranger, musical director and instructor, Mr Matt Carpenter, is also an awesome member of the ATC Music Department. Music has taken Matt everywhere from rocking out to 20,000 people at the Gympie Muster to being featured on TV as part of “Creative Generations School Spectacular”. He has played at international gigs entertaining guests on the rooftop bars in Hong Kong hotels and at Island resorts and had the laborious task of playing on the deck of a multi-million dollar yacht! Keeping it all real, Matt has enjoyed working at ATC for the past 3 years and inspires our young musos with his genuine interest in music education and preserving the art of jazz and contemporary guitar styles.


Sacramental Program Toowong Parish

Enrolments are now being taken for those children in year 3 and above, who have been baptised, and wish to complete their initiation into the Catholic Faith Community. The Programme begins with the Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday 8 September 2020 (2 sessions). There are provisions, depending upon the number of enrolled candidates, due to COVID19 social distancing regulations to schedule another 2 sessions on Wednesday 9 September 2020. ENROLMENT forms for Sacrament of Confirmation are available to download from Parish Website by clicking here (select ‘Sacraments’ page, under ‘Sacramental Preparation Programme’). ENROLMENTS CLOSE on Friday 31st July. All Enquiries to: Allison King (Monday—Thursday) Phone: 3870 7818

Women’s Night of Spirituality

St Ignatius also are offering the unique experience of their Annual Women’s Night of Spirituality. Sr Angela Mary Doyle RSM AO will speak about her journey leaving the warmth of her large family in Ireland to being a novice teacher of impressionable young Australian school children before being selected to train as a nurse to take on numerous and challenging roles that eventually led her to be the Administrator of the Mater Hospitals in Brisbane. Sr Angela has witnessed ground-breaking medical advances, viral outbreaks, political intrigues and the enormous generosity of generations of people who have served and contributed to the healthcare of Queenslanders. Accompanying Sr Angela Mary is Dr Sr Maeve Louise Heaney VDMF who will perform her own musical items especially chosen for the occasion. The evening will be hosted by journalist Robyn Emerson, who will unpack the stories of these two exceptional women. This year, you can view the event from Tuesday 28 July in the comfort of your own home by watching their YouTube recording which will be dropped on the St Ignatius Parish website on 28 July. CLICK HERE to go to their website.

Have a great weekend and good luck to our Junior Basketball and Soccer teams who play against St Laurence’s College and Brisbane Grammar this weekend.

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal

My Year 9 Science Class this week.