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Coming Up Week 5

Wednesday marked the start of Lent, a most significant time in our Catholic calendar. We share the story of Jesus and his determination to take time to reflect. It is now 40 days until Easter, the most important date in the Catholic calendar. Jesus modelled mindfulness for us and today, thousands of years later, it is important we encourage our young men to be mindful and reflective in their busy world.

Ash Wednesday sets the tone for Lent, a time for self-improvement.The students were encouraged to take this Lent period to reflect on how they can be better men of courage. This may involve giving something up or improving an aspect of our daily lives. The cross marked on each student’s forehead by their homeroom teacher was a small sign that we are not perfect and of a willingness to commit to the Lenten season.

Congratulations to Mr Finn for modelling leadership to our Years 7 to 12 students this week. The Leadership Assembly for Middle and Senior School students was a strong message about belonging. We are aware that school can be challenging for some boys and the most wonderful time for others. Mr Finn acknowledged this and demonstrated how we can make everyone feel they belong at ATC.

The assembly celebrated the young men who have been selected to represent their Year level Student Council or Senior House. I warmly congratulate all these young men. Mr Finn was also very inclusive as he asked a wide range of students and staff to share the message that we can all show leadership in making everyone feel that they belong was very powerful. The Junior School leadership assembly will be held on Friday 26 February.

Rites of Passage for the Middle School are significant ceremonies that are intentional, transitional and meaningful and today we affirmed this by presenting each Year 7 boy with his Celtic Cross at a ceremony in NJ Hall. The Celtic Cross Ceremony included story, values, welcoming and leadership. The Middle School years can be challenging for young men as it is a different phase of school and of life. The boys in the Middle School were encouraged, and challenged, to create opportunities, friendships, and positive routines. The aim is to make the Middle School years a positive environment where every boy can feel that he belongs and can achieve his personal excellence.

Two year groups also had their significant Retreat this week. Each year group and Senior House group have a designated Retreat day each year. The Year 10s headed to Riverlife on Monday with a focus on the story and messages of the Prodigal Son. We all make mistakes, but we can find good in everyone. The feedback regarding the involvement of the Years 10s was excellent as they shared the message of unity, of being good ‘brothers’, the need to affirm and to look for the good in everyone.

Today the Year 4s spent the day exploring across the College for their retreat day. The day was based around Luke 10 and the story of the Good Samaritan. Sessions covered the topics of the story of Edmund, the history of NJC/ATC, team building, and getting to know you activities. It is a big step starting Year 4 at a new school and hopefully today was another important step in every Year 4 boy ‘loving their neighbour’ and being friendly to everyone if the year group.

As the dust settles on a busy start to the school year, I encourage students to plan how they might accrue their Service Hours for the year. Mr McCrohon shared Service news in his blog this week and you can CLICK HERE to find some great ideas for organised Service activities. I know boys have helped in the past with Student Buddy reading programs and Clean-Up Australia Day but there are also new opportunities this year. There’s plenty of scope there to suit all abilities and ages. See the registration links below and go to the College App for full details.
1. TILT Reading Buddy Registration HERE
2. Clean Up Australia Day Registration HERE
3. Smith Family Reading Program Registration HERE
4. Art Club Volunteer Registration HERE

Catch Up on Week 4 Video

200 Years of Catholic Education

Ambrose Treacy College is proud to be a Catholic school in the Brisbane Archdiocese. From our origins of Nudgee Junior College in 1938 through to our growth as ATC in 2021, we have endeavoured to provide a holistic education based on authentic Gospel values. We continue to strive to provide a liberating and faith filled education for all families and stand in solidarity with the hundreds of Catholic schools across Queensland and Australia in the 200th anniversary of Catholic education in our wonderful nation. I share with you a letter from the Bishops of Australia penned to the staff, students and families of Catholic education marking the beginning of this year’s celebrations.

ATC P&F Welcome Event

Ambrose Treacy 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. Come along, meet up with old friends, make new friends and be part of our community. Entry Ticket is $25 includes finger food, a welcome drink, (your choice of wine, beer or a sparkling) one entry into the raffle, great music and good company! Raffle tickets in one Term’s Tuition Fees (valued at $3300 approx) 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. You must be present on the night to be eligible to win the prize If you have any queries, please contact the Secretary of the ATC Parents and Friends.

Road Safety

The safety of our boys is always a priority. If your son needs to cross Kate Street or Bridge Street for co-curricular purposes or travelling home, please have a conversation with him regarding road safety and the necessity to use the traffic lights crossing.

Term Dates

To assist families with their holiday planning, I am sharing the 2022 Term Dates. These are also on the College App and Seqta Documents.

Camp Week update

All Year 4 to 10 students will be involved in ‘Camp Week’ with the exception of Year 6 students who will now participate in their camp in May. Year 11 students have assessment during week 6, and the Years 12s participate in their Claddagh Retreat Sunday to Tuesday that week with normal classes Wednesday to Friday. Information regarding camp programs and ‘what to bring’ lists have been published on the App for Years 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10. If you have any queries regarding camp, please contact your son’s Formation Leader, or myself. 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.

Principal’s Message

If you missed Chris’ blog earlier in the week, I encourage you to CLICK HERE to read it and hear about his failed putting attempt at last week’s Middle School assembly! Chris reminded us that we can all work together to support our goals and celebrate our achievements as a community.

Co-curricular News

Thank you to everyone who has responded to the Junior School Instrument letters of offer. If you have not yet advised the Music Department of your decision to accept or decline the offer please contact them by Monday 22 February. I am eagerly awaiting the Junior Band Day on Friday 5 March We will share more details next week with parents. The Sport Department reminds parents and students that Term 2 Sport Registrations close on Monday 22 February at 3pm. We look forward to another great weekend of fixtures in Volleyball, Swimming, Water Polo, AFL and Cricket. This week our clubs kicked off for term 1 and I saw hundreds of boys enjoying cooking, paddle play, Art, fishing, chess and robotics. What great activities for our boys.

KEY DATES

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

Upcoming Events

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

Winners of Connacht Beep Test Challenge ULSTER HOUSE!

Have a great week 5 as we start the countdown to CAMP WEEK and remember to follow our Facebook Page and keep an eye on the College App for updates where we will share messages and photos from camps all around South East Queensland.

David Gardiner

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