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Coming Up Week 7

Our inaugural Empower Week was a resounding success! We will continue to build on this framework into the future given schools are powerful places of respect and acceptance where all students, regardless of their religion, culture, sexuality, identity, gender or diffability know they are vital members of their school community. Thank you for the extraordinary messages of support that our caregivers also contributed.

Indeed, every member of our community has a shared responsibility to create a safe, supportive learning environment by modelling respectful and inclusive language and behaviour; and respecting the individual wishes and needs of all people.

Creating an inclusive and positive school environment – free of discrimination – enables students to feel physically and emotionally safe. This approach supports improved academic results, increased confidence and better attendance at school. Thank you also for your ongoing support of our ATC Uniform, Hair and Grooming Policy. It was appreciated during our Formal Photos this week. Those students who were absent or did not meet the policy guidelines will have an opportunity to have their photo taken during the Cocurricular Photo Day scheduled for 18 August.

This week we look forward to celebrating National Reconciliation Week which is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories and achievements and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change” is a challenge to all our staff, students and caregivers to be brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can make change for the benefit of all Australians. Our continued relationship with the Clontarf Foundation and the ATC Clontarf Academy promotes this collaborative aspiration.


Saturday 28 May – Sunday 29 May | Year 9-10 QLD Volleyball Schools Cup
Saturday 28 May | Year 5-12 Rugby & Football Fixtures
Saturday 28 May | Year 7-12 Indoor Cricket & Touch Football Fixtures
Monday 30 May | Year 4 Showcase
Tuesday 31 May | Da Vinci Decathlon (selected Year 5 & 6 students)
Tuesday 31 May | Year 7 Performance incursion: The Apology
Wednesday 1 June – Friday 3 June | Year 9 & 10 Clontarf Students: Gold Coast Rugby League Carnival
Wednesday 1 June | Da Vinci Decathlon (selected Year 7 & 8 students)
Wednesday 1 June | Year 5-12 AIC Cross Country Championships
Thursday 2 June | Online Academic Competition (selected Year 9 & 10 students)
Thursday 2 June | Co-curricular Ensembles Evening
Friday 3 June | Mabo Day
Friday 3 June | House Football Tournament
Friday 3 June | Year 10 Retreat
Friday 3 June | Year 7 & 8 Elevate Education
Friday 3 June | Year 7-12 Water Polo Fixtures
Friday 3 June | Junior & Middle School House Challenge
Friday 3 June | Senior School House Meetings


Senior Assessment Policy – Illness

With winter approaching and an increase in illness, parents and caregivers are reminded of the Senior Assessment Policy  Students who cannot sit an exam or meet an assessment due date due to illness, must submit a Senior Illness and Misadventure form. This is located below but can also be found on SEQTA. It must be submitted via email, with supporting verifiable evidence to the Learning Office. Approval of adjustments will be communicated to caregivers in writing via SEQTA.  


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 11 & 12 Visual Art Excursion

On Wednesday 15 June Year 11 and Year 12 Visual Art classes will be visiting IMA and GOMA to experience the An Alternative Economics and Creative Generation 2022 Excellence Awards in Visual Art exhibitions as part of our unit of study for Term 3. The Bus departs at 9.30am from the College and returns by 2.45pm. Students are required to bring a camera, wear Formal Uniform with suitcoat and tie and take lunch and water bottle in a small backpack. See the letter from Ms Sneddon on the ATC App for more details.


Cupcakes and Conversations

Supportive relationships play a significant role in building resilience, health and wellbeing in our community. This week, the College welcomed Mrs Jane Hopkins and her sons, NJC Old Boys Will Nick and Abe who shared their messages and lived experiences of hope, kindness, acceptance and compassion.

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 go to the ATC App notice to download and complete the medical form for your son by 17 June. Return form to your son’s Homeroom teacher.


On Thursday a group of students from the Ambrose Treacy College Dance Troupe attended and performed at Benarrawa Community Association’s Sorry Day Event. Held at the Sherwood AFL Club, local members of community, teachers, students and elders gathered to commemorate the significant day. Our boys closed the ceremony with traditional welcome and farewell dance Gari Gynda Narmi. Students who attended where: Quantae Ivanov; Keean Duncan-Cope; Jamayhn Nagas; Elwyne Murdoch; Ricky Schiro-Cook; Trent Wylie and Lachlan Rawson.

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.

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.

Year 5 Mini Fayre

Year 5 students will host a mini fayre on Thursday 16 June, in the final week of Term 2. This provides opportunities each term for students across the Junior school to be involved in raising funds either through their participation or organisation of stalls and activities.  This also provides opportunities to prepare students for our whole College Christmas Fayre at the conclusion of the school year.

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


Registrations for the following Term 3 Clubs will open on Monday 6 June at 6:00pm through Parent Lounge, Extra Curricular section. Information letters will be posted on the relevant Club tags from 5:00pm Monday 30 May. Please only consider registering your son if it DOES NOT clash with any other activities (Music, Sport training etc) he may be involved in.
• Art Club – Year 6
• Year 4 Cooking Club (for Year 4 students who have not participated in Cooking Club this year)
• Year 7 Cooking Club (for Year 7 students who have not participated in Cooking Club this year)
• Canoe Polo – Year 5
• Mountain Biking
• Gardening – Year 6
• Golf
• Hip Hop Budding



A great hit out between the St Edmund’s and ATC 1st V teams took place on Thursday afternoon. It was a great game of basketball with both teams playing in good spirits in a back-and-forth contest. ATC were well supported by boys from all year levels, and it was great to see the school “pack the cage” up at Saint Francis Xavier Centre. The game presented a great learning experience for the school’s top team and will put them in good stead as they continue their Club Basketball, as well as leading into the GBC season and CBSQ Tournament in Term 3

While we are right in the mix for Term 2 sport, we will be opening up sign ups for Term 3 Sports tonight, Friday 27 May. These sports/activities include AIC and 3v3 Basketball (Year 5 & 6), GBC and Colours Cup Basketball (Year 7-12), Tennis (Year 5-12) and Track and Field. Athletic Development and the holiday program will be shared shortly.

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 tonight as well.

Meet the Coach – Jem Woolcock

Jem Woolcock, ATC Old Boy (2021) and ATC Football Coordinator, began his football journey similar to many ATC footballers, at the University of Queensland Football Club (UQFC) at the age of 7, where he played for the next seven years. At 14 Jem was selected to be in the Brisbane Roar Academy playing up to under 18 level, before deciding to leave at the end of 2020 and focus on his studies in Year 12. At ATC, Jem was involved with many aspects of school life, playing Football from Year 7 to Year 12, captain of the First XI side, and captain of Connacht House. Since leaving school, Jem has begun his studies in a dual bachelor’s degree in Law and Economics at the University of Queensland, alongside recently taking up a role within the Brisbane Roar Academy as an assistant coach with their under 15’s squad. Jem has loved being back at ATC, as Football Coordinator, and has already seen some serious talent across the board. This was evident with our first week of fixtures against Brisbane Grammar in which we saw a number of strong performances. Jem has been impressed with the senior student’s determination and approach to all things football, particularly the new look First XI, who performed brilliantly at the annual EREA tournament over the Easter holidays, and most recently had a win over St Laurence’s in the Uhlsport Cup.
As a new old boy, Jem is very keen to continue with the philosophy of providing age and stage appropriate sporting programs, ensuring newcomers to the sport have an enjoyable experience, while ensuring our elite and ambitious footballers are being supported and challenged appropriately.


Year 7 Parent Event

It has been fantastic to see so many parents coming to the event this Saturday 28 May, from 5pm. Due to the numbers we have been allocated a private area which is separate to the main building. This room is adjacent to the main entrance to The Kenmore (one opposite Aldi). We have this area booked til 10pm. The room has a bar with a selection of wine, beer and spirits and food can be ordered from the bar menu.

P&F Meeting

The next Parents and Friends Meeting will be held on Tuesday 7 June at 6.30pm in Mt Sion Library. Please RSVP to the Secretary if you are attending and send any agenda items with your email to Catherine.

Enjoy the weekend ahead and I look forward to seeing you in Week 7.

Conor Finn
Acting Deputy Principal