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Coming Up Week 4

Edmund Rice Day celebrated on 5 May each year, is always a special day for me. Along with 270 schools across the world we gave thanks for the life and mission of our founder, Blessed Edmund Rice. Edmund dedicated his life to helping others, particularly the poor and disadvantaged young men in Ireland, by providing them with an education, clothing, food, shelter, and care.

We are reminded daily of Edmund’s life as our buildings are named after places in Ireland or names associated with Edmund’s life. For example, Mt Sion was Edmund’s first school, the Bakehouse was where he fed the boys in Ireland, Callan was where he was born. Hopefully these names can remind each of others of the legacy of Edmund and a wonderful example of servant leadership that he modelled for us. All Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice tradition strive to offer a Liberating Education based on a Gospel Spirituality within an Inclusive Community committed to Justice and Solidarity.

Year 12 Commissioning

A special component of the first of three Edmund Rice Mass yesterday was the Year 12 Commissioning with our Year 12 students and their parents and caregivers. In Term One we had to change our Year 12 Commissioning & Opening Mass plans twice due to the pandemic and floods. It was fantastic to be able to host families once again. Seeing the unconditional love between the Year 12s and their families during the ‘Senior tie and badge ritual’ was indeed special. The Year 12s have shown that you do not need a badge from a ceremony in February to demonstrate leadership. But it was important to recognise them finally as they received their blessed Senior badges to officially acknowledge them as the leaders of the student body.

Mother’s Celebrations – An Evening in May

The month of May is a time when we acknowledge and give thanks for our mothers and all the special mother figures in our lives. As a tribute, the College is pleased to invite ATC mums and their sons to “An Evening in May”, a sunset soirée at ATC. Junior School mums can join us Tuesday 17 May and Middle and Senior School mums can join us Tuesday 24 May. The events will run from 5pm to 6.30pm on the Riverside terrace.

Mothers with boys across multiple year levels are welcome to come to both events if they wish. Tickets are $20 per mother, which includes champagne and canapes. A sausage sizzle, juice and water will be provided for the boys attending with their mums. Tickets are available via Parent Lounge. We look forward to seeing you in May.

Dash for Crash Sunday 29 May    

The Dash for Crash Running Festival is in memory of Damien McMeniman who died from Mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos. Damien valued access to quality inclusive education and his sons Oliver and Hamish, currently in Year 11 at Ambrose Treacy College, proudly support this event in their father’s memory with their sisters and mother. This is the second year of the Dash, and would be Damien’s 50th birthday. Run 21.1km, 10km, 5km or your own distance with us. Stay on afterwards for a BBQ breakfast and we will have a coffee van onsite! T Shirts also available, see size chart published on the Facebook Event Page for further information. The Ambrose Treacy College Foundation is excited to co-host the event with the McMeniman family. The Foundation has been created to help families access an inclusive education for their sons. Damien often stated that his most enjoyable schooling years were at Nudgee Junior, where he started his collection of friends and his love of learning and community. In lieu of an entrance fee, donations to the Ambrose Treacy College Foundation Bursary Fund are gratefully accepted. Please see further details on the link below and register now. Please note, due to lead times, T Shirt orders must be placed by Monday 9 May for manufacturing. Volunteer opportunities for “Dash For Crash Running Festival 2022” are now open.
CLICK HERE for the Volunteer signup sheet.

Uniforms

From Monday 9 May, there is a change for the student uniform requirements and I urge parents to read the information below and have all uniform requirements ready for the start of Week 4. From Mother’s Day to Father’s Day, the College expects every student to wear their suitcoat and College tie as part of their normal uniform each day. The suitcoat is to be worn with the College badges. A helpful video is below. If the weather is cool enough, students are encouraged to wear their ATC jumper under their suitcoat. Please see the links below to important Uniform and Grooming policies and guidelines.
ATC Uniform Guide:
ATC Uniform, Hair and Grooming policy;

Mothers Day

I wish all our mothers and female caregivers a very happy Mother’s Day this Sunday with your families. A reminder all mothers and female caregivers are invited to our two Evenings in May.

NAPLAN

I wish our Years 5, 7 and 9 students all the best for their NAPLAN next week. As with every aspect of ATC, we hope every individual can achieve their personal excellence. For more details regarding NAPLAN and all the other myriad of activities, please read on.

UPCOMING DATES

Saturday 7 May | Year 5-12 Rugby & Football fixtures
Saturday 7 May | Year 7-12 Indoor Cricket & Touch Football fixtures
Sunday 8 May | Mother’s Day
Monday 9 May | First Day of Formal Uniform
Monday 9 May | AIC Golf Day Invitational
Tuesday 10 May to Friday 13 May | NAPLAN Window (Years 5, 7 & 9)
Tuesday 10 May | Year 8 Geography Excursion POSTPONED
Tuesday 10 May | Churchie Physics Lecture (Senior Physics Students)
Wednesday 11 May | Year 5-12 AIC Cross Country Pre-Season
Wednesday 11 May | Year 11 Geography Excursion
Thursday 12 May | Brisbane Youth Jazz Festival (ATC Jazz Orchestra)
Friday 13 May | Years 10-12 Connacht House Mass
Friday 13 May | Year 7-12 Water Polo fixtures

LEARNING NEWS

This week we celebrated the achievements of our Semester Two Academic Award winners. Ms Morgan and Miss Sainsbury addressed the students and parents at each assembly and their common messaging centred around the attributes demonstrated by successful people such as Elon Musk and Dylan Alcott. Their determination, resilience and work ethic have taken them to the pinnacle of their careers and both teachers encouraged boys to persevere with their school work. Ms Morgan said that “every entrepreneur has a particular quality- the ability to stick with something even when the going gets tough, and never give up.” We congratulate all our dedicated students who proudly took the stage this week, to receive their Academic Awards for last semester.

NAPLAN

As you may be aware, all schools in Australia are required to implement the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) in Years 5, 7 and 9. These tests will take place at Ambrose Treacy College between Tuesday 10 May – Friday 13 May 2022 in morning sessions. We ask parents and students to engage with the NAPLAN schedule available on the ATC App, ensuring students to bring their headphones, fully charged device and a pencil to the test. If your son is absent from the test, and you do not wish him to sit a catch-up test, please contact the Learning Office on the day of the absence. Please note that the Writing Test can only be rescheduled the next day, while all other tests can be rescheduled at any time during the NAPLAN window.

Year 4 Interactive Display

On Monday 30 May Year 4 students will be presenting some of the work from Term Two and will include the units covered in a number of their core subjects. The aim of the activity is to allow the boys to share their work with their peers and their parents and engage in discussion. Parents are invited to join us at NJ Hall at these times: 4 Nolan and 4 Bodkin presenting from 9:15 am until 9:45am;  4 Treacy and 4 Lynch presenting from 11:15am until 11:45pm. The boys have the option of dressing up costume as a character from the period.  This can be worn to and from school unless travelling by public transport. For further information about the activity, please contact Lawrence Gordon.

Excursions

Year 8 Geography
As part of the study for Term 2 Geography – ‘Coastal Landforms and Processes’, Year 8 students in Semester 1 Geography will be participating in an excursion to Palm Beach on the Gold Coast, to investigate coastal erosion and the different management practices that have been put in place to minimise the loss of sand from Palm Beach. Note the REVISED date of excursion is for Year 8 Campbell, Bodkin, Treacy is on Monday 23 May. Full details are on the ATC App.

Year 10 Geography
As part of the study for Term 2 Geography – ‘Environmental Management – Rivers’, Year 10 Geography will be going on excursion on Tuesday 17 May to the Nerang River. Students will investigate the management of the river from its source to Hinze Dam. This excursion covers the Geomorphology and history of the Catchment, biological and chemical testing of the water in the Nerang River at various points, a visit to Natural Arch, visiting the Hinze Dam to consider the impact on the river. It is a terrific experience for the students to really consider in depth all the different kinds of impacts that can occur along the length of the river. Note early departure time of 6.30am. Full details including what to take on the day, can be found on the ATC App. Please be aware of all requirements for this full day excursion.

Year 11 Geography
As part of the study for Term 2 Geography – ‘Planning Sustainable Places’, Year 11 Geography will be going on excursion on Wednesday 11 May 2022 to Fortitude Valley. Students will investigate urban consolidation and the impacts of high density living, traffic congestion and human wellbeing in built up parts of the city landscape. On this full day program, students will have the option of looking at one of two sites in the Fortitude Valley (Fortitude Valley Station entrance and Brunswick Street Mall) with the aim of improving a public space. Students meet at 7:00am at Kate St Pick up area where they will then depart by bus at 7.15am to take them to the excursion destination in Fortitude Valley. Students will return to school by 3.30pm. Full details of what to bring on the excursion are on the ATC App.

Year 5 Humanities
On Friday 27 May Year 5 will be visiting St Helena Island as part of our Humanities and English topics. The aims of the activity are to analyse what life was like for the prisoners of St. Helena and understand the reasons for the establishment of St Helena. Bus leaves school at 8.30am. Boys are to wear their PE uniform and bring morning tea, lunch and water. Full details are on the ATC App.

FORMATION NEWS

ATCommendation

We are proud of Oliver who has worked diligently in Art to problem solve his skateboard design. He had some great ideas and with courage, has listened to feedback with an open mind. His teacher said, “Oliver always accepts challenges that he encounters during the design process and works hard to find possible solutions. I look forward to seeing his skateboard evolve over the coming weeks.” We can’t wait to see the finished product!

School Photograph Day | Thursday 26 May

The College Formal photos will be taken on 26 May for ALL year levels. In support, please ensure your son/s meet the College expectations of the ATC Uniform, Hair and Grooming Policy. Please refer to the ATC Shop should you son requires any replacement College badges.

Years 4 – 11 wear their day shirt, grey shorts, grey College socks, College tie, Suit coat with College badges, clean black leather lace up shoes. Year 12 – Senior shirt and tie, grey trousers, navy blue suit coat with College badges, clean black leather lace up shoes.

Year 6 have their specialist lesson day. Year 6 students are to come to school dressed in their Formal School uniform. Please make sure your son has his PE uniform packed ready to change into. There is a range of training considerations also on the 26 May, coaches have been informed to allocate time for students to change into their Formal uniforms in preparation.

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Ordering on-time helps Studio Kirby get your photos to you as soon as possible. To avoid paying extra, please finalise your order by Friday 10 June. Any orders after this date will incur an $18.00 admin processing and handling fee. Photos are unavailable to view before purchase. If there are any concerns with your photos, please contact Studio Kirby within 10 days of receiving your pack to discuss alternative options.
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Photo Delivery
Kirby endeavour to have all photos delivered to the school and distributed to students approximately 8 weeks from photo day.
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Download code & instructions are supplied in your photo pack upon delivery. (Downloads are available for 6 months)

Year 6 Peer Power Formation Incursion

Peer Power will be coming to meet and speak with all Year 6 classes in Week 6 to conduct their ARROW program. This program aims to develop emotional competency through awareness, restraint and resilience of self and also working with others and their emotions. Peer Power is an organisation that partners with schools to help students develop skills in identifying their emotions they experience; to teach students the necessary skills regarding self-control and management of emotions and moods; to empower participants to form resilient responses to failure and setbacks; and differentiating between the levels of those emotions. This letter is about awareness so that conversations can take place before or after your son’s session. These sessions will take place for three periods per class in homerooms over Tuesday 24 May and Wednesday 25 May. Homeroom teachers will be present during the sessions.

Year 12 Formal Gallery Photographs

The photographs from the Year 12 Formal are now available for either a free digital file or to purchase a printed copy. NOTE: It is the responsibility of the student to seek permission from all individuals in the photos before sharing or posting any images on any social media platforms. INSTRUCTIONS are on the ATC App.

Amplify Forum: Solutions for Online Safety event for Young People

The Queensland Family and Child Commission is excited to launch the upcoming Amplify Forum: Solutions for Online Safety event for young people aged 13-17. The Amplify Forum aims to promote online safety and child rights in the digital environment. Young people will have the opportunity to interact with guest speakers, collaboratively develop resources to promote online safety and most importantly, engage with other likeminded young people across Queensland. The details of the event are as follows: When: 28 May 2022, 12:00pm – 4:00pm via Zoom for young changemakers aged 13-17. We believe young people play an important role in developing resources and strategies related to online safety and take pride in knowing that the Amplify Forum has been co-designed by young people, for young people. We hope our ATC community find this resource useful and appreciate feedback from the participants to upstanding@atc.qld.edu.au Register today by CLICKING HERE.- online-safety-tickets-269248117367

FAITH & MISSION NEWS

Year 4 and 5 Mini Fayres

On the back of a very successful mini-Lenten Fayre, hosted by our Year 6 students at the end of Term 1, we have reviewed our timelines for the Year 4 and Year 5 students to showcase their initiatives. Year 5 students will now host a mini fayre on Thursday 16 June, in the final week of Term 2, whilst Year 4 will host in a lunchtime in the final week of Term 3. This provides opportunities each term for students across the Junior school to be involved in raising funds either through their participation or organisation of stalls and activities.  This also provides opportunities to prepare students for our whole College Christmas Fayre at the conclusion of the school year.

Shoes for Planet Earth

The rate at which children’s feet grow means that they quickly outgrow their footwear. These shoes are subsequently relegated to the back of a closet to collect dust. ‘Shoes for Planet Earth’ are looking for sports shoes that no longer serve a purpose in your household, so that they can be passed onto others who may not have the opportunity to purchase their own pair.  This allows more people to experience the love of running as well as enjoying the many benefits of physical activity. Running shoes, trainers or football boots – if you no longer need them we will take them off your hands! For the month of May we are collecting these shoes on behalf of Year 6 student, Lachlan. Bring your shoes to the Faith and Mission office and Lachlan will happily collect and donate them all to ‘Shoes for the Planet Earth’ at the end of May. For further information about this worthy cause please CLICK HERE.

Claddagh Retreat

Further to communication last term, the rescheduled Year 12 Claddagh Retreat is being held from Monday 20 June to Wednesday 22 June during Pupil Free Week. Further information will be published over the course of this term. PLEASE NOTE all parent documentation is now due on Monday 30 May and is to be returned to the Faith and Mission Office in the Edmund Rice Building, attention Matt Warr.

CO-CURRICULAR NEWS

MUSIC

After a busy few weeks of masses, breakfast, and assembly performances the ATC grounds have been full of the sound of music! Next Thursday 12 May, the ATC Jazz Orchestra are excited to be performing live as part of the Brisbane Youth Jazz Festival at BEMAC under the Storey Bridge.  It is a great performance opportunity for our top jazz musicians, and we wish them all the best. Audience are welcome to attend! Please continue to check the College App for notices of the upcoming performances and workshops for our ensembles and choirs.

CHOIR

Energy is high on a Thursday morning as the Junior Choir prepare for their performance at the Queensland Youth Music Awards on 26 May. Singers from Years 4, 5 & 6 are focusing hard on developing their tone whilst using a variety of techniques in order to memorise lyrics, structure and melodic patterns of their repertoire. It’s a brain and whole body workout!

CLUBS

Golf

Swinging into the season, our keen golfers have been out early each Sunday at The Brisbane Golf Club learning from the experts and honing their skills around the green and in the sand. Have a great morning on the course!

SPORT

Rugby
Round 1 fixtures and Term 2 Rugby kicked off with a bang. It was great to get the season underway with fixtures against Padua, St Edmund’s and Iona. We are very thankful to the QRU for allowing us to host our home fixtures at Ballymore this season. After another fantastic week of training, we look forward to this weekend’s fixtures against Villanova and Iona.

Cross Country season is in full swing for the boys at the moment and there is plenty of training and meets for the boys coming up. Our next meets are the ATC Time Trial which will take place on Friday 6 May at ATC and it will be followed by the 1st AIC Pre-Championships meet at Runcorn on Wednesday 11 May. All information is on the ATC app and registrations will take place on your Parent Lounge account.

P & F NEWS

Rugby Family Night Out

LAST CHANCE FOR TICKETS: for the P&F annual Rugby Night Out at Suncorp when the Qld Reds take on Moana Pacifica on Friday 20 May at 7.45pm. Pizza on the Mt Sion deck prior to us heading in on the train to Suncorp. Tickets are available on Parent Lounge and further details are on the ATC App. Ticket sales close early in May so get in now.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Dash for Crash | Sunday 29 May

The Dash for Crash Running Festival is in memory of Damien McMeniman who died from Mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos. Damien valued access to quality inclusive education and his sons Oliver and Hamish, currently in Year 11 at Ambrose Treacy College, proudly support this event in their father’s memory with their sisters and mother. This is the second year of the Dash, and would be Damien’s 50th birthday. Run 21.1km, 10km, 5km or your own distance with us. Stay on afterwards for a BBQ breakfast and we will have a coffee van onsite! T Shirts also available, see size chart published on the Facebook Event Page for further information. The Ambrose Treacy College Foundation is excited to co-host the vent with the McMeniman family. The Foundation has been created to help families access an inclusive education for their sons. Damien often stated that his most enjoyable schooling years were at Nudgee Junior, where he started his collection of friends and his love of learning and community. In lieu of an entrance fee, donations to the Ambrose Treacy College Foundation Bursary Fund are gratefully accepted. Please see further details on the link below and register now. Please note, due to lead times, T Shirt orders must be placed by Monday 9 May for manufacturing. If you are able to support the event by volunteering your time please contact Marie McMeniman.

CLICK HERE to Register for the Run   
CLICK HERE for the Volunteer signup sheet. and follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do. Thank you for volunteering!

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal