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Coming Up Week 6

Staff have genuinely missed the boys – they are the reason we do what we do. I cannot wait to see all the warm welcomes, good humour, banter, patience, and positive relationships that are always evident between our staff and students when we all gather together on Monday.

We very much are looking forward to having smiling faces fill the ATC campus, and the associated energy the boys bring to our community. Mr Ryan has in recent weeks written about the journey we have undertaken with ATCLearns@Home akin to the journey of the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek. We are all about to be ‘beamed’ from one reality to another. ‘Re-entry’ will be a different experience, particularly for those boys who have been away from the campus for up to eight weeks. We are aware of this and will be patient and supportive of the boys as they negotiate the change in their journey. Year 11 and 12 students will be pleased to see the whole gang back on Monday too!

Once classes resume for all year levels next week, it will not be possible for staff to continue to facilitate ATCLearns@Home in the current format as they will be leading face to face teaching across all year levels. We strongly encourage all students, wherever possible, to return to classes from Monday. If you are concerned about your son’s return as he is vulnerable or is living with a family member who is vulnerable, please make contact to register this with us so that our Formation Leaders and Learning Team can coordinate with families and teachers.

Returning to School Routine

We will place an emphasis on routine and structure for the boys on re-entry. Pastoral care and relationships will be central to our support of the boys. The 2020 Seniors motto of Look Good, Do Good, Feel Good will be significant for a successful ‘re-entry’. Simple things such as haircuts, uniform, shined shoes, cleanly shaved and routines that signal to the boys that school is ‘normal’ again and to help them in their transition from being ‘beamed up’.


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. 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. The College badges should only be worn on their suit coat. College Badges should not be worn on the College tie. Replacement badges are available from Flexischools at $5.00 per badge. See the ‘How to Wear the College Badges’ video below.

Health and Wellbeing

One important lesson we all have learnt during this pandemic is the importance of hygiene. Hand sanitiser will be available in every classroom and around the buildings. Please encourage your son to bring his own cake of soap plus a water bottle, as the bubblers have been either turned off or will have bottle filling options only for better sanitation purposes. The College will operate ‘split’ lunch breaks with modified times, to ensure social distancing is easier to manage around the tuckshops. Your assistance is greatly appreciated in helping your son to understand that a lunch time game of basketball and other games, which involve shared equipment, cannot happen just yet.

In line with Government and Health guidelines we need to be conservative with the students and ball games. During HPE classes students, Tim walker and his team have modified their programs and will be ensuring strict hygiene procedures are followed. In the playground at break times it is more difficult to monitor so we need to have a general rule that no ball games are permitted. This will be a challenge with the full student body back on campus, but we need to be consistent.


With the recommencement of all classes on Monday, there have been several staff appointments: -
o Steve McGiffin – Middle School Science teacher – replacing Georgia Appelhof
o Darren Cullen – 4 Lynch class teacher – replacing Carmen Gendle on Maternity Leave
o Paul Jones – replacing Darren Cullen for Years 4-6 HPE for Term 2 whilst a replacement Junior HPE teacher is appointed.
o Peter Bancroft and Annabel Wolf– contract teachers for the rest of Term 2 while we conduct a process for the positions of Head of Humanities – Middle School and Inclusive Practices Case Manager. A decision was made to not fill these positions whilst we were in ATCLearns@Home mode. Appointments will be made next week.
o Sally Tompson has replaced Mary-Ann Gurney in Senior Reception.
o Susan Creese – continuing until the end of 2020 replacing Kristle Skennar on maternity leave.
o Judith Solomon – commencing 10 June – Year 9 Inclusive Practices Case Manager – replacing Christina Xavier on Maternity leave


Monday 25 May 2020 | School resumes for all students (please note split break times)
Monday 25 May 2020 | Formal Uniform to be worn from today
Wednesday 27 May 2020 | National Reconciliation Week
Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 June – Extended Term 2 School days
Thursday 25 June – School Holidays commence

Parents please note the announcement from Mr Ryan today that the last day of term 2 will be Wednesday 24 June 3pm. There is also another change to the 2020 Calendar after the Premier announced that the Ekka Holiday this year will move from Wednesday 12 August to Friday 14 August to provide a long weekend.


Both Paddy’s Place (Years 4-7) and the Bakehouse (Years 8-12) will be open for pre-ordered morning tea and lunch from Monday 25 May. At this time, students will not be able to purchase over the counter, so all food, including snacks and drinks, must be pre-ordered on FlexiSchools by 8.30am each day. The tuckshops offer nutritious, fresh and tasty options. The term 2 tuckshop menu (link to the website page with menus) includes daily special hot meals; fresh sandwiches, rolls, wraps, salads and fruit; bakery items delivery daily from Chaffey’s Bakery at Chapel Hill; and a range of hot and cold snack options. Breakfast can be purchased from Paddy’s Place from 7.30am each day. Please ensure your son has sufficient credit on his FlexiSchools account and has his student ID card if he will be purchasing breakfast.

Social distancing measures will be in place both outside the tuckshops while queuing and inside the tuckshop when picking up lunch. All students will sanitise their hands before entering the tuckshop.

Microwaves will no longer be available at The Bakehouse to heat up lunch bought from home, so please ensure that you son does not bring a meal that requires heating.

Bus Information

All daily buses are operating as normal. Please click on the link below for full details on the ATC Transport information. Purchase tickets for the Southern Cross Transport buses on the Southern Cross Transit website. Purchase tickets for the Brisbane Bus Lines bus via Flexischools. N.B. The cost of the Term 2 BBL Bus Pass has been reduced to $160 for travel in Weeks 6 – 9 of Term 2.

Junior School Information for Monday

Please see information below regarding arrangements for Junior School students’ return to face to face learning from Monday 25 May 2020.

Homework – As students have spent time this Semester with ATCLearns@Home our focus for Junior School homework in Weeks 6-9 will take an adaptable and flexible approach. The expectations for homework across Junior School will include nightly reading. This supports students with the Premiers Reading Challenge. Homework grids will not be used in Weeks 6-9. Other homework may include the revision of skills or consolidating of work covered during Weeks 1-5. The type and nature of homework will be set and directed by year levels after students settle back into Week 6, based on student needs.

Laptops – From week 6 Junior School devices will remain at school to be used daily and will no longer be transported home.

Preparation for returning to school – In preparation for our return to school we would ask all students to ensure they return all their workbooks and textbooks on Monday. All students should also be prepared with pencils and equipment for learning on the first day back.

TEAMs – Communication from the Junior School will return to normal procedures through the College App for all notices beginning in Week 6. TEAMs will no longer be used as a mode of direct communication between students and teachers. If parents have any concerns, please email your son’s teachers directly.


SchoolTV Report on transition back to the classroom

As lockdown restrictions are slowly being lifted to varying degrees, we enter a time of transition and adjustment. The circumstances of this situation have significantly impacted us all. For some it has been an opportunity to reflect on what is important, whilst others have embraced the opportunity to learn new things. Many young people may be excited at the prospect of restrictions being lifted; others may feel mixed emotions. Reactions will differ depending on how well they cope with stress and change. Keeping a check on your child’s mental health and wellbeing as they adjust to new routines, will be vitally important. Click here to view this special report, from Dr Michael Carr-Gregg as he shares a few ideas to help ease the stress of transition and adjustment. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.

Get Ready! Suit Up!

Senior Jersey 2021

We now set our sights to the future in preparation for their leadership of the College community commencing in Term 4 2020 and concluding at the end of Term 3 2021. With their final year approaching, it is time for the Year 11 students to mark the occasion by ordering their Senior Jersey for 2021. Please login to Parent Lounge to purchase. After payment is made, please click here to complete the online form to choose your son’s size.


Service Opportunity – Gully Working Bee

Now that restrictions have been eased, there is an opportunity to accrue some Service Hours and help with some maintenance of the Gully. Tuesday 9 June (Week 8), from 3:15pm to 4:30pm, come on down to the Gully to help us plant, weed and mulch a newly developed area of the Gully. You will get an opportunity to spot some of the rare species of plants and animals within the Gully, and Year 12 student Alexander D, our award-winning environmental warrior, can tell you all about them! Please bring a hat, water bottle and some gloves. Please register your attendance via the link below and contact Mr Andrew McCrohon if you have any questions.

Push Up Push Through

Senior students have launched the Push-up Challenge through the Microsoft Homeroom TEAMs. Inspiring our community to complete 10 push-ups anytime and anyplace to aid in highlighting people who will experience mental health conditions in their lifetime. We are encouraged with the entries and commitment. Keep sending your stories to


IMPORTANT – As per Mr Ryan’s letter last Friday, information regarding Term 3 Sport will be updated on Monday 25 May.


All Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble members are reminded that rehearsals re-commence at 7am Monday morning. Please note that even if you have not been receiving instrumental lessons via ATCLearns@Home we still want you to re-join rehearsals in Week 6. New lesson timetables will be available on the College app tomorrow morning at 9am for Mr Bain, Mr Bolt, Mr Carpenter and Mr Bannon.

Thank you for all the positive feedback and photos we have received over the past 5 weeks; this ongoing connection with the students has been just as valuable to the morale and wellbeing of our staff as it hopefully has been for you.

We can’t wait to see everyone on Monday!

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal