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Coming Up Week 6

The week has been another one filled with highlights! It was marvellous to finally host 2021 Scholars Assembly with 25 of our 2021 Year 12 graduates return to the College with their parents to celebrate their academic achievements. The assembly highlighted the core goals of ATC – personal excellence for a diverse range of students. To have four students achieving in the top 1% of the State; plus 21% of the eligible cohort achieving an ATAR of 95 or higher , placing them in the top 5% of the State is a phenomenal result. Add to this the excellence in Vocational Education pathways, across such a diverse student cohort, it is an achievement students and staff can be proud of.

Three past students spoke to the student body offering their personal insights into achieving personal excellence. The occasion spoke strongly of the importance of community and the partnerships involved. The success of our graduating students was highlighted due to the strong partnership with families, the outstanding expertise and support provided by the ATC staff, along with the focus, resilience, and hard work from the students themselves. I felt really proud to be a part of this community.

It was fabulous to see so many of our Junior School Mums at the Mother’s celebration on Tuesday. The setting behind the old Edmund Rice building overlooking the Brisbane River is delightful. It reinforced the thought that people simply like to gather and be in conversation. Congratulations to all our volunteer Dads and students who helped with the setting up and catering for the evening. Our second tribute to ATC mums will occur Tuesday 24 May from 5.00pm to 6.30pm. The College will welcome over 350 Middle and Senior School Mums and sons to the sunset soirée at ATC. I hope you all enjoy the evening and the special gift we have made for each mother.

Formal Photo Day

Next Thursday 26 May every student will have a formal photo taken. It is very important that hair, grooming and uniform are immaculate. These photos will then be used for all our formal photos for the yea, including ID photos and Yearbook photos. More details are included below.

I commence five weeks Professional Renewal Leave today. I am very grateful to Edmund Rice Education Australia for providing this opportunity to their Deputy Principals. I have always had a high respect for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s spiritual connection to their land. I intend to spend seven weeks in the Northern Territory and along with a desire to appreciate the country, I also aim to gain a greater appreciation of this deep seated spirituality. I wish everyone the very best for the remainder of this term.

Please keep connected and involved. Below are more details of upcoming events.


Saturday 21 May | Brisbane Careers Expo
Monday 23 May to Friday 27 May | Empower Week
Monday 23 May | Year 8 Geography Excursion
Monday 23 May | CAIA & QAGOMA Excursion (Clontarf Students)
Monday 23 May | College Lockdown Drill
Tuesday 24 May | Year 7 Mass
Tuesday 24 May | Middle & Senior School Mother’s Celebration
Wednesday 25 May | College Tour
Wednesday 25 May | ATC/St Aidans combined workshop/concert (ATC Symphonic Winds, ATC Senior Singers)
Thursday 26 May | Formal Photo Day
Thursday 26 May | QLD Youth Music Awards (Junior Choir)
Thursday 26 May | Junior Drama Evening
Friday 27 May to Sunday 29 May | Year 9-10 QLD Volleyball Schools Cup
Friday 27 May | Start of National Reconciliation Week
Friday 27 May | Year 5 excursion to St Helena
Friday 27 May | Year 7-12 Water Polo fixtures
Friday 27 May | Junior School Assembly
Friday 27 May | Years 10-12 Ulster House Mass


Food Technology

Rolling towards the end of the week, Year 9 Food Tech students tried their hand at rolling fresh dough for pizza scrolls. Diving into the minefield of healthy lunch box options, students are learning about different food groups and the required nutrients for making robust, filling and tasty lunch treats. See Ms Bozzi’s recipe below so you can make these over the weekend for next week’s lunches!


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.


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.


Empower Week

From Monday 23 May to Friday 27 May, our community will celebrate Empower Week. The term ‘Empower’ is included in our Courage Framework and invites students to both feel empowered to live their truth and empower others to do so – particularly those on the margins. The purpose of Empower Week is to affirm all members of our community regardless of their religion, culture, sexuality, identity, gender or diffability to know that they are loved, valued and welcome at Ambrose Treacy College. As part of this commitment, we will have a particular focus on the LGBTIQA+ Community. The position of Ambrose Treacy College is that we are an inclusive community that is accepting and welcoming, fostering right relationships and committed to the common good.

School Photograph Day

School 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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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.

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 Register today by CLICKING HERE.- online-safety-tickets-269248117367

Year 11 Leadership Retreat

An essential part of the leadership journey for our 2023 College Seniors is the Leadership Retreat from Wednesday 13 July to 15 July.  The retreat is a 3-day, 2-night event to be held at Camp Laurence at Moogerah Dam. The 2023 Leadership Team will cook a Brothers breakfast from 7:30am on the 13 July.  Following this, students will be transported to the venue. Students are expected to return by 4:00pm on Friday 15 July.  Please “CLICK HERE”: to complete the medical form for your son.


Year 10 Retreat

The rescheduled Year 10 Retreat is approaching on Friday 3 June. All details of this retreat remain the same and students are to meet in the Year 7 Undercroft on the morning of the retreat at 8:25am to mark rolls and proceed to the bus for transport to Riverlife. Further can be found in the letter to Parents and Caregivers attached below. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Matt Warr, Dean of Faith and Mission.

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

As the rescheduled Claddagh Retreat is approaching at the end of this Term, please note the new Due Date for all Parent Documents is Monday 30 May. It would be appreciated that you return your documents to the Faith and Mission Office in the Edmund Rice Building, Attention Matt Warr. Further details about retreat logistics will be circulated towards the end of this term. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Matt Warr or Helen Hicks in the Faith and Mission Office.



Cooking Club
Delicious cookies and mini quiches have been on the menu at Year 7 Cooking Club this term. Our keen chefs produced golden pastry with cheese, creamy egg and a sprinkling of diced meat. Learning about catering for different tastes, Mr Manson discussed special dietary requirements and the boys used a meat alternative in some of their quiches. The dough for the cookies was very tasty and the smarty decorations only added to the temptation!



It’s been a busy week in the Co-curricular Music department with the ATC Jazz Orchestra performance at the Brisbane Youth Jazz Festival and the ATC Gents, ATC Symphonic Winds and ATC Senior Singers all competing at St Peter’s in the Queensland Youth Music Awards (QYMA).  ATC was well received at all these events and their behaviour and quality of performance were exemplary. Congratulations to all students and staff for your hard work in preparation for these events.

Thank you for your continued support of student attendance at lessons and ensemble rehearsals. Week 6 sees the ATC Senior Singers and ATC Symphonic Winds travelling to St Aidan’s for a combined workshop and concert on Wednesday 25 May, the Junior Choir will have their chance to perform at QYMA on Thursday 26 at ERPAC as well as our Junior Drama Evening here in the ER Chapel.

Please check the College App for all information and Term 2 – 4 Performance Calendar and we look forward to seeing you there!

Congratulations to our ATC Symphonic Winds on an outstanding performance and a SILVER award last night at Queensland Youth Music Awards. We were delighted to enter the ATC Symphonic Winds in the Advanced Secondary Concert Band category for the first time this year, and the ensemble played exceptionally well alongside a line-up of schools known for outstanding ensembles. QYMA is one of the state’s longest running school music competitions which celebrates the participation of over 4,000 young people in the music making process. The Awards provide an environment to motivate young students to develop their skills and raise artistic levels, to be applauded by audiences, other contestants and adjudicators alike. We congratulate the other Silver award recipients, Redeemer Lutheran College and St Paul’s School, and Sheldon College, Matthew Flinders Anglican College and St Peter’s Lutheran College on their Gold awards.


Meet our Coaches – Lily Maw
For ATC Cross Country and Athletics Coordinator, Athletic Development Coach and Cricket Coach, sport has always been a major part of Lily Maw’s life. Representing her region in netball and representing QLD in cricket and athletics, Lily’s passion for sport now sees her undertaking a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Hons) at UQ. Lily has had over 500 hours of experience prescribing exercise in the gym for clients who want to reach specific goals in sport. Lily is also a performance analyst, having worked for QRL (Queensland Rugby League), Netball Queensland and currently for the Brisbane Lions with their VFL team. She has had experience across a range of disciplines within the sporting field and is excited to share her knowledge with ATC students to develop the best sporting programs they can.

While we are right in the mix for Term 2 sport, we will be opening up sign ups for Term 3 Sports next week. These sports/activities include AIC and 3v3 Basketball (Year 5 & 6), GBC and Colours Cup Basketball (Year 7-12), Tennis (Year 5-12), Track and Field and Athletic Development.

Year 4 Legends AFL and Touch Football will take place in Term 3 and more information and registration information will be shared closer to the time. Primary and Secondary Touch Football will also take place later in Term 3 and Term 4. All information will be shared via the ATC app and registrations will be opened in Parent Lounge next week.


Mother’s Celebration – “An Evening in May”

The College will welcome Middle and Senior School mums and their sons to “An Evening in May”, a sunset soirée at ATC on Tuesday 24 May from 5pm. Tickets include champagne and canapes. A sausage sizzle will be provided free of charge for the boys. Last minute tickets can be purchased via eftPOS at Student Reception.


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! 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 the College, 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.
CLICK HERE to Register for the Run   
CLICK HERE for the Volunteer signup sheet. and follow the instructions on the page. Take care, and I look forward to seeing you all in Term Three!

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal