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Coming Up Week 3

Junior School students getting to know each other.

On Tuesday 7 February we will formally acknowledge our new school year with an Opening Mass This is a special time when we ask God’s blessing on our new school year. It is expected that all students attend this special occasion. Mass will commence at 11.00am at ERPAC (St Laurence’s College South Brisbane) and I cordially invite parents to attend if you are available.

Students and staff will be transported to ERPAC by bus on Tuesday. The boys will have extended homeroom in the morning, followed by a short break before boarding buses to travel to ERPAC. Upon returning to ATC the boys will have a lunch break followed by the launch of the new House system including House activities during afternoon. All students are to wear their day uniform with College tie on this day. Suit coats do not need to be worn.

Coming Up

Friday 3 February – Brother Miller Shield Swimming
Tuesday 7 February – Opening Mass ERPAC 11.00am
Tuesday 7 February – House Assembly
Wednesday 8 February – Year 10 Retreat
Wednesday 8 February – Music Information Evening 6.30pm
Friday 10 February – Swimming Age Championships
Monday 13 February – Friday 17 February – Junior School Parent Teacher Feedback Meetings
Thursday 23 February – Parent IT information evening
Saturday 25 February Welcome Night Mexican Fiesta

Year 10 Retreat – Wednesday 8 February
The Year 10 Retreat Day will take place next Wednesday 8 February 2017 at the University of QLD, Hawken Engineering Building, St Lucia Campus. 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. Students are asked to bring their hat, water bottle, morning tea and lunch/money to purchase lunch. Students are permitted to wear appropriate free dress on this day. Please contact Mr Matthew Warr, Assistant Dean of Formation for further information.

Junior School Parent Teacher Feedback Meetings
Parent Teacher Feedback Meetings will be held for all Year 4-6 classes during Week 4. This is an opportunity for parents to meet one on one with their son’s Homeroom teacher to share relevant information to best support their son. Please refer to the App today for detailed information.

Co-curricular Music – Week 3
Monday 6 February – All lessons resume. Timetables have been posted on the APP & are available on the noticeboard in the Music Department.
Tuesday 7 February – Opening Mass . NO Concert Band or Jazz Ensemble or Senior Choir rehearsals and NO music lessons.
Wednesday 8 February – Co-curricular Instrumental Music Parent Information Evening (for parents of NEW instrumental students) held in the Chapel from 6.30pm.
Friday 10 February – Acceptance forms due back to Student Reception or email to the Music Department.

Drop Off / Pick Up at the College
In the event that your son is required to be picked up early from school due to illness or doctor appointments, parents and caregivers are permitted to drive to the top roundabout, sign out and collect their son. This applies to all Students in Years 4-10. At all other times, we ask that parents refrain from using the internal road leading up to College Reception. There is no access, drop off or pick up from the roundabout in front of College Reception. Please use the designated pick up/drop off zones at the Central road or Twigg Street areas.

Parent Lounge
Please find attached instructions for new parents to log into the Parent Lounge. Please refer to the 2017 SEQTA engage Parent User Guide under the “Documents” tab in the Parent Lounge. A Parent IT Information evening will be held on Thursday 23 February 2017.

Student ID Card
We hope to have ALL Student ID Cards printed and issued in Week 4. Continuing students are able to use their 2016 Student ID Card until issued with a new one. Students are still able to order tuckshop without an ID Card, via Flexischools. Please read below for set up instructions.

Sushi is available again on Tuesdays & Fridays. Please remember to pre-order by 12pm the day before. Breakfast is served from 7:30am to 8:20am from Paddy’s Place only all year round. If your son is new to the school he will not receive his ID card for a few weeks, so all items will need to be ordered online via Flexischools. Unfortunately we cannot serve breakfast to students until they have their ID card.

All Morning Tea and Lunch orders are to be ordered ONLINE via Flexischools. The Student ID Card is for breakfast, snacks and treats only. The full menu is online and we encourage parents to pre-order as much as possible to reduce queues at the tuckshop. The cut-off time for online ordering is 8:30am daily.

P&F Welcome Night Mexican Fiesta

College APP
To receive up to date notifications, all parents/caregivers should download the Ambrose Treacy College App which is available through the iTunes store or Google Play. All general communication from the College is via the App. Please allow ‘notifications’ and regularly check your subscriptions in the App SETTINGS as many new tabs have been added as co-curricular activities expand this week. See the App tips below.

App Tips
Over 1500 people have installed the College App and we hope you are enjoying the experience and updating your subscriptions regularly.

  • Remember to close your app after you use it. That way, any new subscription tags and new notices will update before you next open it. On iPhone or iPad, double click the home button then swipe up to close the app.
  • Check your subscriptions regularly after closing and reopening your app.
  • New tours to Armidale have been added to the tags this week. If your son is participating in the Cricket or Rugby tour, please subscribe to these new tags.
  • New music lesson teacher’s names have been added to tags this week. If your son takes Co-curricular music lessons, please subscribe to his teachers name to access timetables and get notifications.
  • New Club & Activity information has been added under their tags this week. Check out the activities your son can participate in outside school hours. A list of term 1 Clubs is in the NOTICES section of the app.

Til next week,

David Gardiner, Deputy Principal