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Coming Up Week 4

The highlight of Week 3 has been the Opening Mass and Year 12 Commissioning. Rituals and symbols are very important in connecting with young men. The scenes of the Year 12 parents placing the Senior tie onto their sons was very special. It was a clear sign that these young men are now officially taking on the role of leaders across our College. The support and love displayed from the parents was very powerful.

I was impressed by the messages that were communicated in dance, through prayer, by song and in words. Students were inspired by the speeches given by Chris Ryan and Charlie Neumann, our College Captain. I thank the Year 10 and 11 students who were respectful and congratulatory at this special event.

Catch Up Video Week 3

If you missed some of the key events this week on social media, here’s a little snippet of what went on in the classroom, on the sporting field, in the pool and around our community.

Interhouse Swimming Carnival

The Middle and Senior School students participated in their Gala Day in Week 1 and today it was the Junior School’s turn to show their House pride. The focus was on participation and House spirit and it was a great opportunity for our youngest students to connect with their House group. In the pool the action was fierce as House foes battled it out in freestyle, backstroke, novelty races, and relays. Most pleasing was the leadership demonstrated by our Year 6 students as they encouraged and guided our younger boys through all the events. The Senior boys did a great job of rousing the war cries and sharing their House spirit too.


Next week is the beginning of the Lent. This solemn religious period begins with Ash Wednesday and continues through until Easter Sunday. During this time, our young men will be encouraged to reflect on important people in their lives and actions that they may decide to take. On Wednesday all students will participate in a liturgy with their cohort to celebrate the commencement of Lent and to look ahead to the important time of reflection and renewal that Easter signifies. As part of our Catholic tradition, meat will not be served in the tuckshops on Ash Wednesday.

Camp Week update

All Years 4 to 10 students will be involved in ‘Camp Week’ during Week 6. Year 6 students will now participate in their camp in May, whilst the Year 11 students have assessment during Week 6. Years 12s participate in their Claddagh Retreat from Sunday 28 February to Tuesday 2 March with normal classes from Wednesday to Friday. These camps are designed to promote a stronger relationship with peers and staff, develop leadership skills, a love of outdoor activities, and to grow from being challenged. The programs develop from a 2-day experience in Year 4 through a range of activities and experiences, to a four-day experience in Year 10. As camp week draws closer, parents are reminded to check and update their details via Parent Lounge. Your contact details are used in the case of emergency and for all email communication from the College so it is imperative that these details are kept up to date so that important information can be passed onto parents in timely manner. We encourage you to log on to your Parent Lounge account and check your personal details and your son’s medical details which includes permission to administer paracetamol and ibuprofen. Please also ensure your son’s records are up to date regarding any access and custody arrangements, including Court Orders.

Formation Vlog Conor Finn

There is no doubt that it’s never been more challenging for parents to raise boys who feel they belong. Our Dean of Formation Conor Finn shared a video with the community this week and some words of wisdom in his blog. CLICK HERE to read some great tips for building resilience and relationships. See his video here:

Co-curricular News

Junior School Instrument letters of offer went out last week and there has already been a great response from excited students. If you have not yet advised Music staff of your decision to accept or decline the offer please let Carla Sernia know by Friday 19 February.

Term 2 Sport registrations open on Monday 15 February at 3:00pm through Parent Lounge. Please check the College App for all relevant sport and information letters, with options available to Junior School, Middle and Senior School. I know our boys will enjoy the many opportunities on offer.

Year 7 Celtic Cross Ceremony

Rites of Passage for the Middle School are significant ceremonies that are intentional, transitional and meaningful and on Friday 19 February at 8.25am, we will affirm this by presenting each Year 7 boy with his Celtic Cross at a ceremony in NJ Hall. Due to current restrictions, parents are unable to attend this event.

Principal’s Message

Chris praised our Year 12s as put their plan into action to make every boy at ATC feel like he belongs. In his blog on Monday, he applauded the philosophy behind their theme of BELONG and said he was proud of the way they were ‘walking the talk’. If you missed Chris’ blog earlier in the week, I encourage you to “CLICK HERE to read it.”:


Sunday 14 February | Valentines Day
Monday 15 February | Year 10 Retreat
Tuesday 16 February | Years 8-12 Leadership Assembly
Wednesday 17 February | Ash Wednesday (Friday Bell Times)
Friday 19 February | Year 4 Retreat
Friday 19 February | Brother Miller Shield Swimming at Nudgee College

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 23 February | Years 7-9 SRC Leadership Afternoon
Thursday 25 – Friday 26 February | Year 12 Mid-Term Exams
Friday 26 February | Year 7 Mass
Friday 26 February | Years 4-6 Leadership Assembly
Friday 26 February | Volleyball Colours Cup Finals Day
Friday 26 February | Invitational Cross Country Time Trial
Sunday 28 February to Tuesday 2 March | Year 12 Claddagh Retreat
Monday 1 March to Friday 5 March | Camp Week
Wednesday 3 March to Friday 5 March | Year 11 Mid-Term Exams
Thursday 4 March | Year 4 Ngutana Lui excursion
Friday 5 March | Junior Band Day

Academic Assembly Videos

Last week were celebrated students’ academic success at three assemblies. The video links to view the assemblies for Junior, Middle and Senior school academic awards from Semester 2 2020, can be viewed via the links below.
CLICK HERE for Junior School video.
CLICK HERE for Middle School video.
CLICK HERE for Senior School video.

ATC P&F Welcome Event Kick Off Cocktails

The College, with the support of the ATC P&F, invite you to the 2021 Welcome Event, Kick off Cocktails on Saturday 13 March at Figs on Sylvan, Wests Rugby Club Toowong from 6.30pm to 11pm. Entry Ticket is $25 which includes finger food, a welcome drink, (your choice of wine, beer or a sparkling) one entry into the raffle, music and good company. Raffle tickets in one Term’s Tuition Fees (valued at up to $3414) are $10 each, 3 for $25 or 8 for $50. Entry Tickets and Raffle tickets can be purchased through your Parent Lounge account under the Tours & Excursions invitation. If you have any queries, please contact the Secretary of the ATC Parents and Friends.

Have a great week 4 and remember to follow our Facebook Page and keep an eye on the College App for updates over the weekend.

David Gardiner