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Coming Up Week 6 Term 4 2016

Year 9 students Charlie, Josh and Dom discussing assessment and exam preparation.

The end of school is rapidly approaching and with only three weeks remaining, the focus for all students should be on finishing well. This is regardless of the year level or the subject or the activity. Parents and staff can help this process by encouraging and assisting boys in organisation, in preparation for assessment and by keeping a positive home environment.

This leads me to comment on Term 3 last day of school. A number of families decided to allow their son to not attend school on the last day of term. Unfortunately this undermines the rest of the cohort and the planned program for the day. ‘Finishing well’ includes attendance and involvement. Saying ‘nothing happens’ or ‘no one goes to school’ are soft options and not ones that encourage good standards. With nine weeks holiday for students, I believe there should be no excuse for students to ‘take and extra day holiday’.

Whole School Outing

Part of the College finishing well is celebrating the end of the year with the Annual Whole School Outing. On Friday 18 November Junior School (Years 4-6) students will be travelling to Movie World and Middle School Students (Years 7-9) will have the option of travelling to Wet n’ Wild or to Movie World. This is a very exciting day for the students and teachers, and is a great way to celebrate the finish of the school year. So much has been achieved in our second year as ATC and it will be nice to have the opportunity for staff and students to enjoy an outing together. The letter emailed to all families yesterday is also available via the link below. I look forward to everyone having a positive finish to an excellent year.

Key Dates

Sunday 6 November – ATC Anglers Club – Newstead Park 8am
Monday 7 November & Tuesday 8 November – STEM High Achievers Day Year 7
Tuesday 8 November – Junior Band Breakfast Concert
Tuesday 8 November – Year 7&8 Immunisations
Tuesday 8 November – P&F Meeting
Thursday 10 November – Summer Concert
Friday 11 November – Service Assembly and Remembrance Day
Thursday 17 November – AMEB Music Exams
Friday 18 November – Whole School Outing
Saturday 19 November – Parent and Son Tennis Tournament
Tuesday 22 November – Year 4 End of Year Celebration 9.15am
Wednesday 23 November – Year 5 End of Year Celebration 9.15am
Wednesday 23 November – Year 6 Graduation 6pm
Thursday 24 November – STEM Challenge Yrs 7-9 (6 students)
Thursday 24 November – Year 9 Graduation
Friday 25 November – Last day of Term
Tuesday 29 November – Cultural Boys Day Out – Cirque Du Soleil

To view the 2017 term dates please follow this link to our website.

New School App

Last week we launched the new College App and I encourage all families to install it on your mobile devices. This will provide a quick and convenient form of communication and in 2017 it will become our primary conduit for communication, eliminating the need for emails.

Detailed instructions are included in the Installation and Initial Set-up guide which can be downloaded via the link below. For those families who had the old App installed, please delete this from your devices. It is imperative that once you have installed the App, you ALLOW NOTIFICATIONS and then go to SETTINGS and choose the things you want to subscribe to.

This will include the sports your sons play, the cultural areas they are involved in, the after school activities they have joined and their Year Level. Once you do this, you WILL ONLY RECEIVE NOTIFICATIONS FOR THOSE AREAS.

If you have any questions, please email

2017 NZ Ski Trip

A reminder to the parents of the skiers and snow boarders joining us on the New Zealand Ski Trip next year that the Number 2 payment was due on October 28. To finalise this payment please go to Online Payments on the ATC website. Click on School Fees and you will be directed to the College Payment Portal. Please add your Parent Code, (the first 5 numbers of your SEQTA login) your surname, the amount and your credit card details.


• New Sushi Days are Tuesdays and Fridays
• We are now pre-ordering Sushi and Rice Paper Rolls by lunchtime the day before. So pre-order by Monday 12pm for TUESDAY and by Thursday 12pm for FRIDAY.
• We are now also supplying Vietnamese Baguettes

Other new menu items
• Check out Flexischools to see our new Iceblock range and The Bakehouse Daily Specials

Volunteers Needed
We are in need of extra hands of these final dates for 2016.
Friday 28 October
Monday 21 November
Wednesday 23 November in the Junior Tuckshop

To help out on the dates above or to return your tuckshop volunteer form for 2017 (link below) please email Danielle Milne

Mr David Gardiner, Deputy Principal