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Coming Up Week 3

What a fantastic week 2. The highlight has been our inaugural RAW Literary Festival. The cohorts have been engaged by some outstanding guests who have spoken passionately about their love of all aspects of the literary world and passed on strategies for the boys to engage, improve and enjoy their own literary world. College assembly on Tuesday was different from our normal procedure with selected students posing questions to our special panel – Richard Yaxley (“This is my Song”); Remy Lai (“Pie in the Sky”, “Fly on the Wall”); Anisa Nandaula (slam dunk poet); and Christine Bongers (journalist and author).

The authors all spoke of their admiration of the students’ engagement and behaviour. The group were extremely moved and impressed by our indigenous students’ welcome dance, in particular with the leadership and confidence of Jai Duncan-Cope on stage. Each presenter this week were also all extremely enthusiastic and complimentary about the boys’ behaviour at College Assembly, and at all the workshops.

Advanced reminder – In a short period of time the ATC College uniform has become very distinctive in the Western suburbs. Our young men look smart when they wear their uniform well. With the cooler weather approaching it is a signal that we will move into our formal College uniforms. All students are to wear their full formal uniform beginning from Mother’s Day. This requirement will continue until Father’s Day in September. Please ensure Suitcoats, ties and badges are ready to go for Monday 10 May. Please also note that formal photos will be taken on Thursday 27 May.

Co-Curricular photos
Co-curricular photos are scheduled for Thursday next week, 6 May. It is important that students who participated in Swimming, Volleyball, Cricket, AFL, Waterpolo and a number of Music ensembles during Term One bring their team kit for the photos. To maintain appropriate standards we will not allow students to partake in the photo if they do not have the correct team kit.

Southern Cross Transit S64 Service – IMPORTANT UPDATE
Due to a high customer demand to include a section of Fig Tree Pocket on the S64 service, Southern Cross Transit have adjusted this route and timings. This involves a 5-minute addition to the service. Therefore, students in the Pullenvale, Brookfield and Kenmore areas will have a 5 minute earlier pick up in the mornings. This change will commence Tuesday 4 May. Please refer to the timetable and route outlining the changes on the College App.

Sport Canteen Volunteer Base
We are aiming to re-establish our volunteer base for Saturday sport canteen duties and Chris Ryan outlines the plan in his letter emailed today to all parents. Please read and then click here to express your interest in volunteering.

I wish to inform you that Mrs Melissa Peacock has made a decision, for personal reasons, to resign her position from the College. Ms Peacock will finish her time with us towards the end of May. We thank Melissa for her time at ATC and wish her continued health and happiness in the future. The position of Head of VET will be advertised externally and we hope to appoint a suitable candidate in the coming weeks.

Now let’s see what else is coming up:


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
Tuesday 4 May | Friday bell times, Monday Week A timetable
Wednesday 5 May | Feast Day of Blessed Edmund Rice
Wednesday 5 May | Edmund Rice Mass’
Wednesday 5 May | ATC Debating
Thursday 6 May | Co-curricular Photos
Thursday 6 May | Vocal, Piano, Guitar Concerts (5.00pm, 6.00pm & 7.00pm sessions)
Friday 7 May | Year 7 Retreat
Friday 7 May | Mother’s Day Breakfast
Friday 7 May | Senior School Lip Sync Battle
Saturday 8 May | Year 5 7 6 Football & Rugby Union fixtures
Saturday 8 May | Years 7-12 Football, Touch Football & Indoor Cricket fixtures

Principal’s Message

After solemn liturgies and ANZAC ceremonies over the past few days, Chris Ryan reminisces in his blog today about his old neighbours. He shares how, through their stories of sacrifice, courage and hope, they deepened his feelings of gratitude for the women and men who have served our country and the freedom we now all enjoy. CLICK HERE TO READ.

Learning News

Homework Club

Starting this week, 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.

Faith & Mission News

On Wednesday 5 May, the College will celebrate the Feast Day of Blessed Edmund Rice. This will be done in the form of a Secondary School and Junior School Mass in the SFXC. The Mass will allow us to pause as a Catholic community and reflect on the life and legacy of our founder. Through prayer, scripture and song, the spirit of Jesus will be alive in our school. All staff and students will participate in the celebrations.

Service News

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.

Formation News

Year 12 Formal Photos

Last Friday evening, the College held the Year 12 Formal at the Brisbane Entertainment and Convention Centre. Students, their partners and staff enjoyed an evening filled with good company and delicious food, dancing and fun! We appreciated hearing the positive stories and feedback from our students. The photographs are now available for either a free digital file or to purchase a printed copy. Instructions are on the College App and click here to go to the Studio Kirby website to order.

Year 8 students will be taking part in a series of Smart Start physical activities to complement our Academic Mentoring program. Each Friday from 30 April to 21 May, boys must bring running shoes to school for this activity, then change back into their black shoes.

Sport News

Congratulations to the ten swimmers who represented Ambrose Treacy Swimming Club at the Australian Swimming Age Championships during the Easter holidays. ATC students Tom Stegeman and Rafael Ritch de Llera performed strongly under the pressure of a national event. Current ATC student Xavier Cuolahan (100 & 200 breaststroke) and past ATC student Daniel Woodrow (100 freestyle) both made finals and impressed with their top ten placings. Phoebe Fredericks (sister of a past ATC student) finished with a very close 4th placing in the 200 backstroke. It was great to see these swimmers representing ATC Swimming on the big stage and we look forward to taking a bigger team next year.

Term 1 Co-curricular photos are being held on Thursday 6 May for all Term 1 sports – Cricket, Volleyball, Swimming, Water Polo, AFL Middle and Senior School of Excellence. Students involved will need their full playing uniform for team photos. Please keep an eye on the app for information and updates.

Term 2 sport is in full swing with over 800 participants involved in 7 different sports. Please read an important letter from Head of Sport, Mr Jarrod Turner, which has some key messages relating to sport. This letter can be found on the ATC app under each sports tag.

An important letter from Chris Ryan regarding establishing a volunteer base for Saturday sport was emailed to all parents today. Please check your inbox.

Music News

Rehearsals and preparations continue for the following upcoming performances.

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 5.20pm
Sunday 16 May The Brookfield Show – Hot Brass Squad 4pm
Thursday 20 May Junior Drama Evening – 6.30pm Chapel
Saturday 22 May EREA Farewell Dinner – Clarinet Ensemble A & Flute Ensemble
Tuesday 25 May Workshop – Concert Band & Wind Ensemble
Wednesday 26 May Workshop – Junior Band & ATC Symphonic Winds
Thursday 3 June Co-curricular Ensembles Evening

Please continue to check the App for reminders of the upcoming QCMF ensemble recordings.

Community News

ATC Shop replaces Flexischools

From next Tuesday 4 May, the College will no longer be using Flexischools. The new online payment system will be the ATC Shop powered by MonitorBM. All parents and caregivers have been emailed a login for the ATC Shop. This is where you can set up your account and load funds so that purchases can be made at the tuckshops using Student ID cards, and for other items (eg badges, bus tickets and IT replacement items). From next Tuesday, Paddy’s Place and the Bakehouse will no longer have pre-ordering for morning tea and lunch. The tuckshops will only be self-service. Students will need available funds on their ATC Shop account to make purchases at the tuckshops. The App notice contains all the information about this change and details of how to close your Flexischools account and access the ATC Shop. ATC Shop replaces Flexischools and no more pre ordering of food will be necessary at the tuckshops

Mothers’ Day Breakfast

Tickets are closing tonight for breakfast orders for the Mothers’ Day Breakfast being held next Friday 7 May at 6.30am. Please go to your Parent Lounge Account to rsvp and place your breaky orders for mums and their sons. Dads, you are asked to help out at the Breakfast and volunteer for one of the jobs. See the gaps in the roster below:


Year 10 Night out

All Year 10 Parents and Caregivers are invited to White Lies Brewing at Sumner Park on Thursday 20 May from 6.30pm to catch up with old friends and make new ones! All are welcome at this ‘no fuss’ type of evening so please come as you are! RSVP to Annalinda Robinson if you are coming along so a space can be reserved. Pay as you go, no prepayment of money. Details are on the College App.

Year 8 Term 2 Dinner

A reminder that RSVPs are due today Friday 30 April for the Year 8 Term 2 Dinner being held on Saturday 8 May. Year 8 parents and caregivers are invited to Little Beirut, Cnr of Lambert and Clarence Roads, Indooroopilly, for dinner, drinks, and lots of laughter! Cost per head is $45. Details are on the College App.

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

David Gardiner