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Coming Up Week 6

The week has continued to be a challenge for our community. Our thoughts have been with the families who have continued to be in isolation. I am sure we will hear them celebrate when their restrictions come to an end. Our teachers have been working very hard to best deliver the teaching and learning to students on campus and to those learning at home. We are very much looking forward to some sense of normality next Monday when nearly all our students and staff will return to face-to-face learning.

Due to the current restrictions still in place for next week, including no assemblies nor external providers permitted on site, several events have been postponed. These include Book Week and the Mental Health Parent Information Evening scheduled for Thursday 19 August. Year 8 Mass is postponed and the Co-Curricular photo day has been postponed until Wednesday 25 August.

The Next Step – Early School Leavers Survey

The Queensland Government is conducting its annual state-wide survey of all students who completed Year 12 in 2020. The Next Step survey is a brief, confidential survey that gains a comprehensive picture of the employment, study and life choices made by Queensland school completers in the year after they finish Year 12. Between August and September, all ATC boys who completed Year 12 last year can expect to receive instructions to complete a web-based survey or a telephone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office. Parents are asked to encourage their son to take part. Thank you for your support of Next Step post-school destination surveys in 2021. For more information, visit their website.

UPCOMING DATES

Monday 16 August | Sport Training recommences
Tuesday 17 August | ICAS Competition (English)
Tuesday 17 August | College Assembly (via TEAMS)
Wednesday 18 August | Year 10 Immunisations
Wednesday 25 August | Co-curricular Photos

LEARNING NEWS

Assessment Schedules

With some disruptions to assessment due to the recent lockdown, assessment schedules have been revised and now shared on SEQTA and on the ATC App.

Book Week

Book Week in the Junior School has been postponed. A new date will be confirmed soon. We look forward to students taking part in writing workshops, flaunt their best character costumes on assembly and be graced by visiting authors. This year’s Book Fair & Book Chat Twilight evening has sadly been cancelled. 

Homework Club

Homework Club resumes from Tuesday 17 August. Year 4: runs each Wednesday 3pm to 4pm. Year 5: runs each Tuesday 3pm to 4pm. Year 6: runs from 3pm to 4pm on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Mt Sion iCentre. Year 7-9:  runs from 3:15pm to 4:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Westcourt iCentre.  Year 10-12:  runs from 3:15pm to 4:30 pm on Tuesday, and Thursday, and 3:15pm to 5:30pm on Wednesday in the Westcourt iCentre. As supervision is only provided within the iCentre, and the intention is to provide a quiet space for students to access support in completing educational activities including homework, assessment work, and revision, students are not permitted to play handball or other games outside the iCentre during these times.  

FAITH & MISSION NEWS

Year 8 Mass

The Year 8 Mass scheduled for Friday 20 August has been postponed. Students will be notified once a new date has been confirmed.

Ignite Conference 21: Unleash

Every year, Ignite Youth hosts one of Australia’s most powerful Catholic youth conferences with the support of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. Ignite Conference draws together a network of high schoolers, young adults, ministry leaders, families, teachers, priests, and religious form around the country, sending them out with a passion for authentic faith in Jesus and a mission to make a difference in the world. In the past few years, several ATC boys have attended this conference and have walked away feeling transformed by their experience in encountering their faith. Ignite Conference is on between the 22 to 25 September. For more information and registration, CLICK HERE for their website.

SERVICE NEWS

Walk the Walk Years 8-12

The Service Program at ATC is central to the values of our College and empowers students to live their faith through action. Advocacy is a powerful tool to engage with the spirit of service at times when there is difficulty finding face to face opportunities. It heightens awareness and shines the light on the difficulties others face in society. The Walk the Walk Service Initiative for Years 8 – 12 provides an opportunity for students to experience service through advocacy. Students will receive information directly via email from Mr Andrew McCrohon during the coming week. Parents are to provide permission for their son to participate in the activity via the online form here. Please contact Mr McCrohon should you have any queries with this activity.

Year 8 Grand Story

Year 8 Students are invited to participate in the My Grand Story activity over the coming weeks. My Grand Story is a Service initiative that sees students work through a booklet of questions with their Grandparents. It is a wonderful way for our ATC Gentlemen to learn the stories of their Elders. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with Grandparents and record their life experiences and lessons. They’ll get 5 Service hours for completing the booklet, but more importantly, they will spend some valuable time with their beloved family members. Click the link below to download the booklet. Students are to save this file to their computer so they can add their responses. Organise a time, either over the phone or in person, and sit back and listen to all the tales and adventures of Grandma and Grandad. So you can receive your service hours please register for My Grand Story on the link here.

Yellow Brick Road

Junior School are invited to commence the Yellow Brick Road Service activity. The YBR, is a 4-week plan that focuses on small acts of Service in and around the home. If there is an activity that you are unable to complete, feel free to substitute it with something else (household jobs/chores cannot be used, like making your bed!).  In times such as these, acts of kindness and service are as important as ever. Students can snap a photo of themselves completing some of the activities and send it to signumfidei@atc.qld.edu.au so we can share the good news to our community! Let’s Lead through our Service!

Indro to India

During the colder months it is always an opportunity to pause and reflect on the circumstances of others who find themselves sleeping rough on those cold nights. Whether it be people across the world or people in our very own communities, homelessness impacts many. ATC students are called to build relationships with poor and marginalised, and through the Indro India initiative, students in the middle school will get an opportunity to show empathy and compassion to those who sleep rough, by sleeping rough in solidarity with those, who tonight do not have a warm bed to sleep in. After registering on the link below, between the Feast Day of Mary Mackillop 8 August and the Feast Day of Mother Theresa 5 September students can spend a night sleeping in their own backyard in a tent or swag. They will be required to eat dinner outside, go to bed, and have breakfast outside, and will not be allowed the use of their phone. In addition to completing the sleeping challenge, students are to donate $5 (sealed in a named envelope and delivered to the Faith and Mission office) which will go towards assisting the St Vincent De Paul Society, which provide wonderful support services for those sleeping rough. Upon completion of the tasks, students can log 5 Service Hours with their Homeroom teacher. Please send any photos through to signumfidei@atc.qld.edu.au .

FORMATION NEWS

Mental Health Parent Info Evening cancelled.

Unfortunately the parent evening scheduled for Thursday 19 August has been cancelled. Thank you to the parents who registered for this event. We hope to host a similar event in the future smashing the stigma about mental health. 

Year 10 Meningococcal ACWY Vaccination  

All Year 10 students that have previously given consent will receive Meningococcal Immunisation on Wednesday 18 August. The Immunisation Clinic will be conducted by a team of specially trained registered nurses. Please ensure your son has a good breakfast on the day of Immunisation.

CLUBS

All internal Clubs, except for Cooking Club, will return to normal activity in Week 6, as per the Clubs Timetable. Cooking Club will return in Week 7 and Coordinators or Lisa Mortlock will be in contact with specific details. Details pertaining to external Clubs, such as Mountain Biking and Golf, will be sent directly to registered participants in due course.

MUSIC

Music lessons will continue to be conducted, either face to face or online where required, as has occurred in Week 5.
All rehearsals, including Choir, will not occur in Week 6 and Mr. Bolt and Mr. Goopy will be in contact directly next week to advise of the Week 7 situation.

QCMF Update

As you will be aware, during Term 2 we filmed/recorded each of our bands, ensembles and choirs in preparation for the virtual QCMF 2021. Given the current restrictions in South East Queensland it has now moved from a streamed event to the release of sections as video clips via YouTube. You will receive the link in an email from ATC Music. Please note that these videos are private YouTube links, and as such, we ask you to please not share them on social media.

SPORT

All Sport training will return in Week 6, including sport specific Gym sessions, as per the Term 3 Sport Training Timetable. “Open” Gym sessions – 19 students maximum. Students MUST register and receive confirmation from Mr. Wellington – wellingtonb@atc.qld.edu.au – to attend . No fixtures will occur until after August 22, in alignment with the QLD Government deadline for community sport restrictions. Specific details will be released in due course.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Local Parish Mission Ambassadors Mission Month

We extend an invitation for students to be Mission Ambassadors in local parishes during Mission Month in October. Brisbane Parishes welcome the presence of students as Mission Ambassadors on the weekend of 23rd & 24th October. In the words, from the Acts of the Apostles, Peter and John must speak, and they must speak what they know about Jesus. This year Pope Francis invites us to reflect on these words and do the same as Peter and John to speak what we know about Jesus and on behalf of our brothers and sisters around the world. We are all called to Mission. That is why the students’ contribution in October could be so powerful: as Mission Ambassadors, they will speak in a parish setting, during Mass, and invite the members of the congregation to offer prayers and donations. This will help ensure the missionary activity of the Church can continue and be sustained. If your son attends his local parish regularly, and is interested in being a Mission Ambassador in October, please email Mr Matt Warr. warrm@atc.qld.edu.au

P & F NEWS

SAVE THE DATE P&F Spring Lunch

Come and celebrate with friends and meet new ones at the ATC P&F Spring Lunch on Friday 15 October. Enjoy a fancy high tea and a glass of Prosecco or Non-Alcoholic Prosecco on arrival plus unlimited tea coffee for 2 hours. The day runs from 11.30am to 2.30pm and is being held at the Matriarch, 22 Masters Street Newstead, a historic Newstead warehouse turned exquisite 19th century French style bar. Cost: $60 ($5 of this goes to Breast Cancer research and a charity of our guest speaker’s choice). Seats are limited to 100 only so keep an eye out for more details coming out on the ATC App. Dress code is a splash of PINK in conjunction with the ATC Breast Cancer Fundraising Day. 

I remind families to keep an eye on the College App and check their email inboxes for up to date, important information for Week 6.

David Gardiner

Deputy Principal