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Coming Up Week 4

Week 3 has been filled with prayerful celebration, plenty of Mother-son love, intense classroom learning, plus plenty of co-curricular activities. As usual, our boys have been kept very busy.

Mothers Day Breakfast
What a wonderful morning today as over 400 mums and their sons gathered to enjoy breakfast together on the banks of the Brisbane River. The beautiful weather added to the lovely atmosphere in the Rivergarden and I thank the dads who were able to help with setting up, cooking and serving so that the mums could totally relax and enjoy their special time with the boys. The photos taken are a record of the love in our community and the smiling faces demonstrate how happy everyone was to be on campus at a P&F function again after so long! I wish all our mums and female caregivers a Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday. Enjoy being spoilt!

Edmund Rice Feast Day
Along with thousands of communities across the world that recognise as Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition the staff and students gathered on Wednesday to celebrate Blessed Edmund Rice Feast Day. The story of our Founder is a key component of our ATC story, with specific link in our College prayer to Edmund and his model of leadership. The students were very respectful throughout the Mass as the Gospel was delivered through words and actions, along with the rituals of the Catholic Mass. Thanks to our Year 12 students who provided the music and singing for the gathering without any staff involvement.

Mother’s Day is a day of gratitude and joy but also a marker for the students to begin wearing their full formal uniform. This requirement will continue until Father’s Day in September. Please ensure suit coats, ties and badges are ready to go for Monday. Full details from Mr Conor Finn are below in FORMATION NEWS.

Formal Photo Day
Please note that formal photos will be taken on Thursday 27 May. It is important that students are in attendance that day and their hair, grooming and uniform are immaculate. This is the only day that formal photos will be taken this year for Yearbook purposes and for families to purchase. Mark your calendar and make the haircut appointment please.

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 this letter emailed to all parents. The sense of community is very strong at ATC and we wish to continue to provide opportunities for this development. Having the canteen and coffee van operating at Saturday sport will contribute to the feel of the day for ATC families and for our visiting families each week. Please read this letter and then click here to express your interest in volunteering. Each little contribution will make a significant difference over the day.

Year 6 Cairns Tour
Due to the uncertainty of interstate travel our Year 6 cohort venture to Cairns next week instead of their usual trip to Canberra. A reminder that Year 6 Cairns Tour students need to gather in the Central Pick Up Zone at 6:15am on the morning of their departure. Buses will transport students from the College to the airport. All medication for the Year 6 Cairns trip Group B is due Monday 10 May and is to be handed to your son’s classroom teacher. Staff will carry an emergency mobile phone throughout the tour. Please make note of the number below should you need to urgently contact Year 6 staff.  The phone will be activated at 6am Monday morning 10 May and will remain with staff in Cairns until Group 2 return on Friday 14 May.  Phone: 0473 456 010   A reminder that Year 6 Tour members are to be picked up by parents at the Brisbane Domestic Airport on their scheduled arrival date. The Virgin Flight will arrive at 7:15pm. Please be at the Virgin arrivals area at least 15 mins prior to the scheduled arrival time. If there is a significant flight delay, we will post an app notice. 

Week 4 will be our first full five-day school week in six weeks so let’s see what else is coming up:


Saturday 8 May | Year 5 7 6 Football & Rugby Union fixtures
Saturday 8 May | Years 7-12 Football, Touch Football & Indoor Cricket fixtures
Sunday 9 May | Mother’s Day
Monday 10 May | First Day of Formal Uniform
Monday 10 May to Friday 14 May | Year 6 Cairns Tours
Tuesday 11 May | NAPLAN Year 5
Tuesday 11 May | Senior Physics afternoon lecture Churchie
Tuesday 11 May P&F Meeting cancelled
Wednesday 12 May | NAPLAN Years 7 and 9
Wednesday 12 May | Year 10 Connacht & Leinster Courage to Care
Wednesday 12 May | Year 8 (N, C, B, T) Geography excursion
Wednesday 12 May | Year 11 Geography excursion
Wednesday 12 May | Year 4 IMCH visits
Thursday13 May | NAPLAN Year 5
Thursday 13 May | College Tour
Thursday 13 May | Year 10 Munster & Ulster Courage to Care presentation
Friday14 May | NAPLAN Year 7 and 9
Friday 14 May | Year 10 Science & Engineering Challenge UQ
Friday 14 May | Years 10-12 Connacht House Mass

Principal’s Message

Building a community through hope, solidarity and love is the foundation of all that Blessed Edmund Rice set out to achieve through his mission. As we marked our Founder’s day on Wednesday this week, Chris also acknowledged and celebrated another group of inspirational role models – our mums! CLICK HERE TO READ HIS WEEK 3 BLOG.

Learning News

Years 4, 5 and 6 Assessment schedules for Term 2 have been posted to the College App. Parents and students are encourage to print a copy of this and display it at home so planning and backward mapping can take place to achieve the best academic outcomes this term. Year 11 Exam Block Schedule has also been shared on the App. These begin on Tuesday 18 May and run til Friday 21 May.

ATC Careers Bulletin

The latest edition of the ATCareers Bulletin is now available via the link below. In this edition there are articles about Apprenticeships & Traineeships, Year 12 important information, Defence Force news and University updates. If you have any queries regarding any of these articles, please click here to contact Michelle Kath, Head of Pathways or call Senior School Reception on 073878 0545 


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 ATC between Tuesday 11 May – Friday 21 May 2021 in morning sessions. See the College App for full details and the schedule.

Year 5 Excursion

On Thursday 20 May Year 5 students 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. Further details are available on the College App. Departure is at 8:40am from school bus zone. Return Time is  2:45pm. Boys are to wear Sports Uniform with wide brimmed hat (school hat)

Year 4 Day of the Infamous

On Monday, 31 May, Year 4 students will be presenting interactive displays on a convict they have researched in class as part of our Humanities studies. Each display will include a biography, timeline and evaluation of their chosen convict. As part of their homework, students will also prepare items for their display. The aims of the activity are to develop a deeper understanding of the experiences of convicts on the First Fleet and for the boys to use their IT skills to research and present their work. See the College App for the full schedule and dress up requirements.


Boys who completed the Easter holiday reading challenge were given exclusive access to the aptly named ‘Mt Sion Book Cafe’ where they could play games, chat books, listen to music and eat a range of delicious treats! To gain entry, boys needed to present their ‘golden ticket’ invitation. What better way to entice our boys to read over the break!

Faith & Mission News

Connacht House Mass

A significant focus for the College is to build and consolidate the vertical house system and the spirit and identity of each house. One means to do this is by gathering as a house to acknowledge the great achievements of students within Connacht and the College. An important expression of our rich tradition as a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition is the celebration of Mass as an avenue to bring the community together, listen to scripture, give thanks and be united in Holy Communion as the heart of Catholic faith and life. The Connacht House Mass will be celebrated on Friday 14 May in the Chapel of St Joseph at 8:30am. Students are expected to wear their full formal uniform, including College suitcoat and tie, and meet their homeroom teacher in the Chapel at 8:25am to mark the Class Roll prior to the commencement of Mass. 

Sacramental Programs

For those families who are eager to remain connected to Parish life, and to have their sons experience the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion) the College has strong connections with our local Parishes. These include Holy Family Indooroopilly, Our Lady of the Rosary Kenmore, St Ignatius Toowong, St Joseph’s Corinda and Christ the King Graceville. I ask any interested families to please contact me and I can provide assistance in linking you with the relevant Diocesan office to enrol your sons for their Sacraments. There is no need for your son to be a designated age or year level, to engage in the Sacraments. If numbers are strong, we may be able to co-ordinate a program which is based at ATC and involves Priests and Parish workers coming to work with our boys on a weekday afternoon. For those boys who regularly engage in Parish life, there is also an opportunity to complete Altar Server or Eucharistic Minister Courses. For further information, see the letter below or please email me

Formation News

Formal Uniforms

The College uniform is a unifying influence for the school community and is a valuable part of a young man’s education to learn to present himself in a neat and appropriate manner. A reminder that students must neatly wear the school uniform without exception. Parents are asked to ensure that their son/s are wearing the correct uniform and that all items are labelled with their son/s name. As instructed in the 2021 Parent Handbook, from the Monday 10 May, the College tie and suit coat are now to be worn. Please refer to the video as a reference on where and how to wear the badges. The College badges should only be worn on the suit coat. College Badges should not be worn on the College tie. Replacement badges are available from the ATC Shop at $5.00 per badge. We thank all parents in advance for their support in ensuring that our boys represent the College appropriately. Should you have any questions, please contact your Homeroom Teacher.

Sport News

Term 3 Sport Registrations will open next Monday 10 May for one week only. Please look out for these notices on the College App and for the invitations on Parent Lounge. This Saturday sees the ATC Sports Canteen run for the first time in 2021. If you are in a position to volunteer, please go to VOLUNTEER LOCAL as register for a shift.

Music News

Jazz Night

This Friday night, students from the ATC Jazz Orchestra and Big Band are combining to perform as part of the Brisbane Youth Jazz Festival.  Led by Mr Darren Skaar this a wonderful performance experience in a professional, live venue the Brisbane Jazz Club. All the best for a wonderful performance boys and if you’d like to go along tickets are available by CLICKING HERE.

Brookfield Show

ATC Music is also gearing up for performances at The Brookfield Show.  Come along and support the Clarinet Ensemble on Thursday evening at 5.20pm and the Hot Brass Squad on Sunday from 4pm. CLICK HERE FOR THE SHOW TICKETS. Please continue to check the App for reminders of the upcoming QCMF ensemble recordings.


The Guitar Ensemble have been invited to perform at the whole school assembly on Tuesday 11 May. All students please meet at the SFX at 8am with your instruments and music.



Last weekend Matthew Perissinotto and members of the ATC MUN club attended the United Nation Youth FunMUN event where they were able to show their MUNing prowess, as well as meet students from across Queensland interested in the UN and international affairs.


On Tuesday 18 May, Round 2 of Year 6 Debating will take place at St Laurence’s College. Families can park on Savio Oval (near the sports centre), and enter via Stephens Rd. The competition will be held in the Primary School (Hogan) Building, located in the main quadrangle of the school. More details are on the College App.

Tuckshop News

ATC Shop Replaces Flexischools
Thank you to all parents and caregivers who have set up their ATC Shop account.  If you want your son to purchase food at either Paddy’s Place or the Bakehouse for breakfast, morning tea or lunch you will need to set up an account in the ATC shop and load funds on to his account. This account is also used to purchase bus tickets, IT replacement items and school badges.  

All parents and caregivers were emailed details of their ATC Shop account and information about how to set up their account on 23 April.  Please ensure that after loading funds to the parent account you then transfer these funds to your son(s) account. This is done by pressing the “transfer value” button. During this transition period we have extended credit to students who needed to purchase food from the tuckshops and who indicated their parents had not yet set up an account. These amounts will be deducted from their account once they are set up.  

From Monday 10 May we will no longer be able to extend this credit. All students will have to have funds available on their account to make any purchases at the tuckshops. Please see the College App for details about these changes and how to set up your account. Pre-ordering is no longer available for Paddy’s Place and the Bakehouse and the tuckshops are now self-service. The tuckshops will continue to offer the same range of healthy and nutritious meals, sandwiches/wraps/salads and snacks for students, including daily specials prepared by our on-site chef. The term menu is attached. Parents are able to review what their son has purchased by accessing their ATC Shop account and selecting the frequency of statements (daily, weekly or monthly) and the level of detail required (summary or detailed statement). We encourage parents and caregivers to discuss this change with your sons. You may also want to discuss your expectations of their purchasing behaviour.  We apologise for the delay in having the allergy notification available. Parents will be notified by an app notice once this option is available.

P&F News

Rugby Boys’ Night Out

Come along and support the ON FIRE Queensland Reds on Friday 4 June as they take on the Auckland Blues in the their final Home Game in the TRANS TASMAN Rugby Competition. Get together with other dads and their sons for pizza and drinks on the Mt Sion Deck in the Junior School at 5.30pm, and then we head off to Suncorp Stadium on the train from Indooroopilly at 6.30pm.Tickets are available via Parent Lounge until 4pm Wednesday 26 May. Strictly NO late ticket sales are possible. The Reds are holding our seat allocation only until Wed 4pm 26 May. Any queries, please contact the coordinator Andrew Taylor. Ticket Options are:
Option 2 JUNIOR TICKET (16 years and under) in the RED ZONE, PIZZA AND SOFT DRINK $22
Option 3 PIZZA and SOFT DRINK only (For existing game ticketholders) $8.00
CLICK HERE to go to Parent Lounge for tickets.

CANCELLED – P & F Meeting

Please note the P&F Meeting scheduled for Tuesday 11 May has been CANCELLED.  The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 1 June in Mt Sion iCentre, commencing 6.30pm

Year 10 Term 2 Parents 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 Parents Night Out

Year 8 Term 2 Dinner is being held tomorrow night Saturday 8 May at Little Beirut, Cnr of Lambert and Clarence Roads, Indooroopilly, for dinner, drinks, and lots of laughter! Cost per head is $45. See you there.

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

David Gardiner

SchoolTV Special Mother’s Day Report CLICK HERE to see the SchoolTV special report about the amazing and supportive women in our boys’ lives.