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Coming Up Week 4

Tuesday marked a special day in our 2020 Calendar. The Opening Mass, Commissioning of Mr Chris Ryan as the second ATC College Principal, and the commissioning of the Year 12 cohort of 2020, marked the ‘official’ start of the 2020 school year. It was a significant ceremony marked by a very strong consistent theme of what this community stands for. Learning, leadership, service, compassion, optimism, spiritual, and community were words and actions, rituals and symbols that resonated throughout the ceremony.

We look ahead now to some key events in the coming weeks. This Saturday night the P&F are hosting their annual Kick off Cocktails. With nearly 500 attending it is certainly achieving the P&F’s aim of ‘friend raising’. I am sure it will be a fun filled evening plus have the opportunity of raising some valuable funds to support the school community. The partnerships between families and the school.

Next Friday marks another milestone in the history of Ambrose Treacy College. All families are cordially invited to the official Blessing and Opening of the Waterford West Building. This will commence at 4.00pm in the Chapel before proceeding to the Waterford West building. This is Stage D, the final stage, of the building project that has facilitated the growth of our College. If you are attending, it is essential that you CLICK HERE to RSVP by 5pm on Monday 17 February.

Two evenings will be offered across the next two weeks to support families on the IT side of their son’s education. Next Tuesday evening, a Parent IT Tutorial will be held in the Nudgee Junior Hall to demonstrate the operation of SEQTA (the College’s Learning management System), Parent Lounge and the College App. To register your attendance for this tutorial, please CLICK HERE to RSVP by Monday 9pm. We also appreciate the issues that are raised when we provide students with laptops and thus access to the internet. Hence, a Cyber parent Information evening will be held on Thursday 27 February.

In the development of ATC, we have focused on a holistic education for the boys. This has involved developing a range of opportunities in and out of the classroom for every boy. Sport plays a significant role within this goal. Last Tuesday we held a Sports Forum to explain the vision we have for sport at ATC. Topics included the journey so far, our entry into Greater Brisbane Conference, levels of participation, new recreational activities, specifics for each term in 2020, other opportunities, and a focus on life-long engagement. As we understand many families are not able to attend every such meeting, the presentation of the evening has been posted on the College app.

Information has been posted to the College App with regards to the Federal Government’s 2020 Student Residential Address & Other Information Collection Notice. Please ensure that you have read this important letter.  For more information about this collection, please contact the Department of Education, Skills and Employment by phone 1800 677 027 (Option 4). 

From time to time, due to wet weather, after school training may be cancelled. All cancellations are posted to the College App by 1.30pm and an email is sent to teachers to advise of the cancellation with the advice for teachers to inform students. It is important that your son knows your PLAN B and has clear instructions before he departs home in the morning about his alternate plans if after-school training is cancelled. As I’m sure you can appreciate, it is very disruptive for the class of students and teachers to receive numerous messages advising students of their alternate plans if training is cancelled. Please ensure that you have subscribed to your son’s relevant activities on the College App. We appreciate your cooperation with this matter.

Finally, safety for the boys is always paramount for us. Could all parents who drive on the property please respect the need for safety. The lower carpark off Bridge Street is not to be used for drop off/ pick up as it creates an unsafe space for the boys if cars are queued and students getting out of vehicles. Please use the dedicated drop off zone at the bus shelter. Vehicles travelling through the College grounds should never exceed the 10 km/hr speed limit.


Saturday 15 February 2020 | P & F Kick Off Cocktails

Sunday 16 February 2020 | Term 1 Community Mass, St Ignatius Loyola Church, Toowong

Monday 17 February | Junior School Parent, Teacher & Student Feedback meetings

Tuesday 18 February | Junior School Parent, Teacher & Student Feedback meetings

Tuesday 18 February | Parent IT Tutorial evening

Wednesday 19 February | Years 11 & 12 Drama Students excursion

Wednesday 19 February | Year 12 REE incursion: Guest Speaker

Friday 21 February | Year 4 Retreat

Friday 21 February | Years 7-12 Leadership Assembly

Friday 21 February | Blessing and Opening of Waterford West Building

Friday 21 February | Duel in the Pool (ATC & Brigidine)

Wednesday 26 February | Ash Wednesday (note Tuesday bell times)

Thursday 27 February | Tour Afternoon

Thursday 27 February | Cyber Parent Information evening

Friday 28 February | Year 7 Mass & Morning Tea


Celebrating academic results includes acknowledging persistence and effort and on Friday, Chris was very proud to congratulate our award winners who took up the challenge to aspire to personal excellence. CLICK HERE TO READ.


Academic Assembly Years 5-8

Lara Morgan, Dean of Learning told guests and students today that “The butterfly struggled to push its way through the tiny opening of the cocoon and expanding its wings. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly. And just like the butterfly, ATC students need to persist in their struggle through effort, application and self discipline in order to achieve their best in all aspects of learning.” We congratulate all our butterflies who today proudly spread their wings and took the stage to receive their Academic Awards for last semester. See the Facebook album of images from today’s celebration by clicking here.

What digital technology have you engaged with this week? Did you use your smart watch, log into your smart device and tap on your smart home comms system? And that’s probably just the tip of the iceberg! In this week’s learning blog Belinda Emmi Head of Learning in the Junior School, discusses digital literacy, ICT capabilities and 21st century skills that are all part of the curriculum at ATC. CLICK HERE TO READ.

Assessment Planners

All Assessment Planners for Years 4-12 have been uploaded to the College App and are also available on the student and parent portals of SEQTA under documents. Students and parents are encouraged to access these to plan for upcoming assessment.

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.

Drama Excursion

Year 11 and 12 Drama students will attend Queensland Theatre Company’s performance of Emerald City as part of their immersion and learning in theatre on Wednesday 19 February at the Playhouse theatre, Southbank. Students will depart the College for the theatre at 12.15pm by school bus. Expected return time is 4pm.

UQ Science Ambassadors 2020

After the success of our inaugural UQ Science Ambassadors Tom Perissinotto and William Percival-Hayes, ATC is excited to accept nominations for the 2020 program. This year we have six spaces available for Year 11 students to take on the role of promoting science across the ATCommunity. This is a great opportunity to connect and collaborate with like-minded science lovers from other schools and with scientists from UQ. If you love science and want to share this passion with others, please contact Mr Rerden. Nominations close Wednesday 26 February so get in quickly!

Senior Pathways and Careers News

Year 11 and 12 students currently on a VET pathway are encouraged to participate in work experience in an trade or industry of interest. The Vocational Education and Training program at Ambrose Treacy College assists our students, from Year 10 onwards, in securing Work Experience in industry areas that they may be interested in pursuing post-school. We are appealing to the ATC community to help us expand our data base of trade/industry area contacts for our Seniors to experience invaluable work experience opportunities. Please contact Senior Reception if you can help out. The latest edition of the ATCareers Bulletin is out now and has information about Apprenticeships & Traineeships, Indigenous news and University applications. If there are any articles that you are interested in or would like to discuss further, please contact Michelle Kath. Download the bulletin via the link below or see it on the College App. If you have queries on any of the above, please contact Senior School Reception on 3878 0545 or email Mrs Kath, Head of Senior Pathways and Careers.


Compassion and Optimism are the perfect ingredients for Service and in this weeks blog from Andrew, we are introduced to a new year of serving and being signs of faith in our community. CLICK HERE to read.

Community Mass

A new initiative implemented in 2020 is to link more closely with our local churches, parishes and diocese. To facilitate this, one Mass a semester will be celebrated at ATC, and one at a traditional Sunday service at a local parish. This Sunday at 5pm, we will join with the St Ignatius Parish in Toowong for their Youth Mass. Some ATC students will participate formally through music and in the choir. We would like to warmly invite all our families to attend the Mass on Sunday 16 February 2020 at 5:00pm at St Ignatius Church 30 Kensington Terrace, Toowong.  Students attending are expected to wear their College uniform including their tie but no suitcoat. See the College App for full details.

Year 4 Retreat

The Year 4 Retreat will be held on Friday 21 February during school hours at the College. It is aimed at providing our youngest ATC Men with a greater understanding of the story of Ambrose Treacy College and what makes this school such a wonderful community. Students are to wear their sports uniform. Please see the parent information letter on the College App for further details.

Year 11 India Immersion

A message from Matt Warr, Dean of Faith & Mission: My own teaching career at ATC started the same year as your sons began their Secondary Schooling here; 2016. During that time, I have got to know many of them through interactions in the classroom, on sporting fields and through College events. They are a remarkable group.  Having had the opportunity to travel to India in 2018 and 2019, I am certain that the current Year 11 boys will love, learn and embrace India so much. I am confident that not one student or staff member who has travelled in the past 2 years would have any regrets about their decision to travel. The India immersion is a combination of cultural, service and fun activities. Your sons have the opportunity to connect with people, learn from another culture, and gain a perspective which can only be gleaned by visiting India. It’s also highly enjoyable and develops friendships; new and existing. I personally want to invite you to peruse the  letter and PowerPoint on the College App and decide if you think the India Immersion could interest to your son. Please let me know if the suggested time and date for a further information session suits you. I look forward to hearing from you soon and cannot wait to travel to the sub-continent again in 2020.CLICK HERE to register your interest.

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. See the College App for full details and registration.


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.

Interhouse Junior Swimming Carnival

Boys in Years 4 to 6 were loud and proud today supporting their House in the Junior School Swimming Carnival. Swimmers put their best fin first as they motored through the pool to gain points for their team. Our new Year 4 students were very quick in the water and the Year 5 boys pushed themselves to the limit in the relay. Our Year 6 boys are to be congratulated on their exceptional leadership demonstrated throughout the day. Congratulations to Munster House who won the day and well done to all our Junior School boys. The energy in and around the pool was electric! See all the pix on our Facebook page.

Japan Tour

As time creeps ever closer for the awesome Cultural Tour to Japan, the final date for passports for students to submit their passport to College Reception is Monday 17 February. Also due on this day, is the second installment. If you have any queries regarding this please contact Mrs Oghanna.



Junior School Instrumental testing is now complete and all letters of offer have been sent home. Thank you to all families who were able to attend the Junior Band Information evening on Wednesday, we are really looking forward to getting the new students started on Junior Band Day Thursday 27 February. Those families who have not yet responded to their offer please complete the on-line form by Thursday 20th February .

For continuing students all rehearsals and lessons are now well underway. 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 the College App.


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.  Year 4 & 5 boys who are interested in singing are invited to join the Junior Choir with Mrs Tyson. Rehearsals take place Thursday mornings from 7am, all you need to do is turn up!

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.


Br Miller Shield

Our swimmers had their eye on the prize and were hungry for victory when they competed against Nudgee and State High for the coveted Brother Miller Shield. We had forty of our fastest swimmers competing in the competition. Our boys are training hard in the lead up to the GBC championship in March, which is our major competition for the year. Last week’s Brother Miller Shield meet serves as a competitive opportunity for our boys to see how we measure up against two very strong GPS schools. Swimmers will have more opportunities to test the waters and flex their muscles when they participate in ‘Duel in the Pool’ with Brigidine College and the ATC Age Championships.

GBC Round 1

This weekend marks a big occasion for the school, ATC & Brigidine College will team up for the first Round of the GBC competition. Round 1 will be played at ATC and we are hoping for plenty of support from the ATC community. Volleyball will be played in the Xavier Centre, Girls Tennis & Basketball will be played on the ATC Outdoor Courts and GBC Cricket will be played just down the road at Chelmer. We also have our GBC Indoor Cricketers playing at Springwood for their first official fixture. We invite everyone along to come and support our teams!


What a weekend of Volleyball we have coming up! Every ATC team will be playing at home this weekend against a number of different opponents. Our GBC teams will be battling Faith Plainlands for premiership points in the first round of GBC while our other teams will look continue the strong start to the season!


We have another big weekend of cricket ahead of us, assuming the weather can hold off! Our Middle and Senior teams are battling Toowoomba Grammar, St Laurence’s College and Brisbane Grammar while our Junior teams will playing a round against St Laurence’s. Good luck to the crickets for this week and fingers cross the rain slows down!

Monday afternoon’s Batting Master Class is only for students who registered specifically for these Master Classes. Master Class time will be 3:30pm – 4:30pm and students should bring their bat and gloves if they have some. No need for pads or full kit bags and those who do not own bats and gloves will be given some from the school kits. If the weather is still poor and we have to cancel, we will put an App notice out by 1:00pm on Monday. If there is no App notice, the Master Class is going ahead. We are very excited to have Chris Lynn and his batting Coach and former player Gavin Fitness along, and we are sure it will be a great experience for the students.

Northern Eagles Rep Sport

Please keep your eye on SEQTA notices for upcoming Northern Eagles Trials. Please note that for sports that are played in the ATC Sport Program, the Sports Department will select the relevant students to trial. For sports not played at the College (Golf, Baseball, Squash etc.), the trial notices will be placed of SEQTA notices.


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 6 Coffee Catch up

Year 6 parents and caregivers are invited to drop in for a coffee at Market Organics corner of Moggill Road and Witton Road, Chapel Hill,on Friday 21 February at 8:15am.

Year 4 Sunday Chill Out

We warmly invite our Year 4 families to come along to the Hundred Acre Bar for some Sunday Chill & Putt Putt fun for the whole family! 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. 


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 4.

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal