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Coming Up Week 7

After spending 10 days in Tasmania celebrating my niece’s wedding it has been a whirlwind and exciting week to ‘re-enter’ into the ATC world. It was wonderful to come straight back into our College Assembly on Tuesday to celebrate 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia. We were joined by special guests Father Mark, our inaugural ATC College captain, Patrick Robinson, plus students and staff from Holy Family, OLR and Brigidine College.

The assembly was enthralled and challenged by Br Damian Price’s presentation on what it means to be in a Catholic community. I personally find it special to work in a Catholic school that aims to be an inclusive welcoming community where everyone is accepted for who they are, where we provide a liberating education so that our young men can make a difference and that we have a strong spiritual and social justice focus in all of our learning. It was a high energy, engaging assembly as we continue to celebrate who we are and to challenge our young men to be a Sign of Faith in their daily lives.

National Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Week allows us to come together as community to celebrate the efforts we are making towards reconciliation and closing the gaps between life expectancy and access to education between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Reconciliation is something that we aspire to achieve every day at ATC through genuine effort inspired and lead by our schools Reconciliation Action Plan. This document allows us to stay aligned to our purpose and is visited on a regular basis. We are growing in this space with the addition of the Clontarf program. The program is aimed to help improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so, equips them to participate more meaningfully in society.

Clontarf Program

Although the program is aimed at helping the young indigenous men in our community, we also look to share culture and promote coming together. Whether that be from teaching cultural dance and art, to reading dreamtime stories to the Montessori students or even running sports competitions or playing games of table tennis together, ATC is committed to genuine reconciliation at the micro and macro level, and we look forward to celebrating that this Reconciliation Week. During our College assembly this week we were fortunate to have the Clontarf dance group welcome us and Jontay Gothachalkenin spoke brilliantly about why reconciliation is important and what it looks like for each and every one of us.

Signum Fidei Breakfasts

The week also was highlighted by three Signum Fidei breakfasts – Junior, Middle and Senior schools – where we were able to acknowledge and affirm a large number of students who have been a Sign of Faith. These young men are not necessary the best in any particular area, but have consistently demonstrated quality in their learning, leading and service. The breakfasts are a simple positive way in which we can recognise these students and their families for doing the little things well on a constant basis. After Covid restrictions last year it was a delight to be able to conduct the breakfasts this week. We need to celebrate every opportunity we have to gather as a community as many across our world are not as privileged.

Annual Student Background Data (SBD) Collection

The annual Student Background Data (SBD) collection by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is coming up and this impacts on the amount of Commonwealth recurrent funding the College receives. The data obtained is also used to populate the MySchool website. Please login to your Parent Lounge account by Friday 11 June, click on the “Student Details” and then “General Details” menu option to update the following data – 1. Languages other than English at Home; 2. School Education; 3. Highest Non-School Education; and 4. Occupation Group.

Best of luck to the boys competing across our normal range of sports and in particular the Tennis Age Championships and in the QLD Volleyball Schools Cup this weekend.

Week 7 is on the horizon so let’s see what else is coming up:


Friday 28 May to Sunday 30 May | QLD Volleyball Schools Cup (Years 9-10)
Sunday 30 May | Tennis Age Championships
Monday 31 May | Year 4 Afternoon of the Infamous
Tuesday 1 June | Met West Regional Cross Country trials, Limestone Park
Tuesday 1 June | Years 5 & 6 DaVinci Decathlon
Tuesday 1 June | P & F Meeting
Wednesday 2 June | Years 7 & 8 DaVinci Decathlon
Thursday 3 June | Mabo Day
Thursday 3 June | Co-curricular Ensembles evening
Friday 4 June | Junior & Middle School House Challenge
Friday 4 June | Years 10-12 Leinster House Mass
Sunday 6 June | Queensland Day

Principal’s Message

This week’s message from the Principal highlights the journeys of people who have gone before us and helped shape who we are today. The Jagera and Turrbal people, Patrick Ambrose Treacy our founder, those who suffered during World Wars and many others whose shoulders we now stand upon. Chris Ryan asks us all to reflect on shared histories, different cultures, and the achievements of many courageous people. CLICK HERE TO READ HIS WEEK 6 BLOG.

Learning News


We are entering the key assessment period for the end of Semester One. Hopefully, there is an increased focus on homework, assignments and revision over the next three weeks. Every set of assessment provides key information affirming students’ learning and a look into what strengths and areas to work on into the future. For Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 students, the Semester One results will be pivotal as we enter the 2022 Subject Selection Process in week 1 of Term 3. More details of this process will be released shortly.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Combining two things that ATC student love – food and helping others, this year’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea event raised a whopping $1800! That tops last year’s total by more than $500. Students and staff came out in support of this worthy cause to support the Cancer Council. Year 10 Hospitality students, led by Mrs Westphal, Miss Holden, Mrs Burge and Mr Westphal made a huge effort, baking and preparing for two weeks and it was lovely to see so many people enjoying all of the delicious homemade goodies. Year 10 Hospitality students are tasked to take part in this event, not only to help a worthy cause, but also to gain experience and confidence in the areas of customer service and providing information to customers. Students did a wonderful job working as a team and communicating in an effective, polite manner. It was very pleasing to see them achieve this competency which will go towards gaining their Certificate I in Hospitality. As always, the ATC community spirit shone brightly. Thank you for your generosity.

Year 4 Day of the Infamous

On Monday31 May Year 4 students will be presenting interactive displays on a convict they have researched in class as part of our Humanities studies. Each display will include a biography, timeline and evaluation of their chosen convict. As part of their homework, students will also prepare items for their display. The aims of the activity are to develop a deeper understanding of the experiences of convicts on the First Fleet and for the boys to use their IT skills to research and present their work. See the College App for the full schedule and dress up requirements.

Faith & Mission News

National Sorry Day

Taking action and understanding that it takes more than just words, Year 11 students Owen and Jye attended the National Sorry Day Service at Sherwood Arboretum yesterday, marking the start of National Reconciliation Week. Owen and Jye were privileged to be Flag Bearers at the official opening which included representatives from local schools and our hosts the Benewarra Community Group. Benewarra is a solidarity group that supports and promotes awareness of Indigenous issues in our community and nationally. National Sorry Day remembers and acknowledges the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities, which we now know as ‘The Stolen Generations’. We were very proud to have our College Captain attend as well as family members and community organisations.

Service News

Year 8 Friendship Groups

Each year level of the Middle School has traditionally had a friendship group, providing an opportunity for boys to link with another school or group in our community as part of the Colleges’ Service program. This year, as has been the case in the past, Year 8 ATC students are linking with Middle and Senior students at Glenleighden School, Fig Tree pocket. To create some consistency and develop friendships, Glenleighden have requested that the same group of students visit for 4 weeks in a row rather than a different group every week. Visits will take place every Tuesday afternoon from 25 May. Students will leave ATC in the 12 Seater mini-bus at 1.15pm with a staff member and return at 2.45pm. Further details are on the College App. If you do not want your son to participate, please email his homeroom teacher.

Yellow Brick Road

Service comes in many forms. From the macro-service of providing meals and bedding for those sleeping rough, to the micro-service of holding a door open for someone; our ATC students know that it all counts. To help build these skills our Junior School students are invited to take on the Yellow Brick Road. The 4-week yellow brick road will provide students with weekly tasks that they can complete at home and in their neighbourhood. This collection of small, yet meaningful tasks will provide students with opportunities to continue to develop their sense of Service, something that we hold so dear at Ambrose Treacy College. Click on the video link below to hear more from Mr McCrohon. View the flyer on the link for further details. Follow the yellow brick road, share your stories and pictures with us at and log your 10 hours!

Donations Needed

As the temperature drops our minds go to those in our community sleeping rough. It is in these times the Ambrose Treacy College community is called to help those in need. Donations of pillows, sleeping bags, blankets, warm socks, beanies and warm clothing are required to help the homeless and vulnerable through the cold winter months. Please bring your contributions to the Faith and Mission Office in the Edmund Rice Building and we will distribute to local organisations. If you have any queries please contact Mr McCrohon, Service Program Coordinator

Leinster House Mass

The Leinster House Mass for Years 10, 11 & 12 students will be celebrated on Friday 4 June in the Chapel of St Joseph at 8:30am. A significant focus for Ambrose Treacy College is to build and consolidate the vertical house system and the spirit and identity of each house. One means to do this is by gathering as a community to acknowledge the great achievements of students within Leinster House and the College.   An important expression of our rich tradition as a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition is the celebration of Mass as an avenue to bring the community together, listen to scripture, give thanks and be united in Holy Communion as the heart of Catholic faith and life. Students are expected to wear their full formal uniform, including suitcoat and tie, and meet their homeroom teacher in the Chapel at 8:25am to mark the roll prior to the commencement of Mass. Whilst we are not able to invite parents and caregivers to this occasion, we encourage all families to attend the Community Masses offered at the College. We look forward to this opportunity to gather for mass with the Leinster students and staff.

Formation News

Year 11 Leadership Retreat

An essential part of the leadership journey for our 2022 College seniors is the Leadership Retreat from Wednesday 14 July to Friday 16 July. The retreat is a 3-day, 2-night event to be held at Camp Laurence at Moogerah Dam. The 2022 Leadership Team will cook a Brotherhood breakfast from 7:30am. Following this, students will be transported to the venue. Students are expected to return by 4:30pm on Friday afternoon. The retreat is very different to a normal ‘camp experience.’ There will be limited time for boys to participate in traditional outdoor educational learning as topics covered will invite boys to reflect on their schooling, leadership, connection and cohort goals. Boys will sleep in cabins for the 2 evenings. The retreat will serve as an opportunity to further strengthen the strong sense of community that is evident in the group. All details are on the College App.

Senior Jersey

It has been wonderful to see our Year 11 students actively participating in the Formation Curriculum actively participating in various leadership initiatives.  As now set our sights to the future in preparation for their leadership of the College community commencing in Term 4 2021 and concluding at the end of Term 3 2022.   With their final year approaching, it is time for the students to mark the occasion by ordering their Senior Jersey for 2022. The College has worked closely with the manufacturer Canterbury to produce a quality product whilst maintaining a reasonable cost. Students will vote on the final design later this term. Please login to Parent Lounge to purchase.

Sport News

Winter Swimming Training

The ATC pool is like a warm thermal bath on these chilly mornings so there is no reason for missing out on a winter swim session. Our pool is heated and operating all year round for Adult Squads, Learn to Swim classes and all levels of coaching continue during Terms 2 and 3. With smaller numbers at the pool, it is a great opportunity to work on your winter fitness and swimming technique under the guidance of our experienced coaches. For more information, please go to our website:

Sport and all of its ‘offerings’ would not be possible without our extremely generous group of volunteers. A prime example of this has been the ATC Sports Canteen on Jack Bowers Oval which has been run by volunteer families. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far and will do for the remainder of the year. If you are in a position to volunteer this Saturday during MAGIC ROUND, please CLICK HERE to register.

Music News

Wind Bands Workshop Week brought together our youngest and least experienced ensemble with our most senior and experienced ensemble for an afternoon of music making. The ATC Symphonic Winds performed for our Junior Band students and then mentored them throughout the afternoon. Junior students were given a glimpse of where they will be a few more years into their music journey! The afternoon concluded with a combined performance of the Junior Band’s classic “Power Rock” which is everyone’s favourite!

Congratulations to our ATC Musicians for a huge weekend of music making across a number of venues. Including our Senior Clarinets and Flutes at the EREA farewell dinner at the Brisbane Convention Centre, our Taiko Drummers at Suncorp Stadium for the Queensland Red’s game, and our musicians who sung and performed for the community mass at ATC on Saturday evening. Congratulations also to our junior drama and communication students who performed in the Chapel on Thursday evening for the Junior Drama Night. For many of those students this was their first time performing in front of an audience.

On Sunday we commenced our filming/recording sessions for QCMF and filmed 6 ensembles across the day. This was a fantastic day of music making and the students involved can take great pride in what we were able to capture on video. A special acknowledgement for a number of students who showed great leadership on the day and who gave up additional time and effort to assist their ensemble or other ensembles: Tristan Sheedy, Carden Wolodzko, Harlen Taylor, Tom Newton, Reily Allan. And finally a very big congratulations to Oliver Bradshaw for his successful application and audition for AHEP (Australian Honours Ensemble Program). AHEP provides an opportunity for Australia-wide secondary school wind, brass, percussion, string and voice students to work in an intensive environment of musical excellence, with their peers, under the leadership of a team of internationally eminent Australian conductors. Gaining entry into this program is exceptionally competitive, and having a student represent ATC at the national level in music is an outstanding achievement. Oliver will participate in this event in October and we wish all the very best and again congratulate him on this outstanding achievement.

Clubs News


Round 3 of Year 6 Debating is on Tuesday 1 June at St Laurence’s College from 6:30pm til 7:30pm. Families can park on Savio Oval (near the sports centre), enter via Stephens Road. The topic is: Zoos should be banned. The team lists are on the App. If you son is not available, please email Mr Lawrie Gordon immediately.

P&F News

P & F Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 1 June in Mt Sion iCentre, commencing 6.30pm.

Rugby Family Night Out

Thank you to everyone who is attending the annual Rugby Boys’ Night Out at Suncorp on Friday 4 June to see the Reds take on the Auckland Blues. Final details are on the College App. Meet the group on Mt Sion Deck (Junior School) at 5.30pm for pizza and drinks and to collect your tickets before heading to Suncorp. ATC Taiko Drummers perform on field at 7.20pm. Game kick off is 7.45pm. Students are asked to wear their ATC PE shirt (we are going to be featured on the live coverage!) If you have any special dietary requirement for your pizza, please email this request to Andrew Taylor by Tuesday 1 June 9am. If you can’t join us on Mt Sion Deck please contact Andrew Taylor and meet him at Gate A Milton Road end of Suncorp, to collect your tickets on the night. His contact details are on the App.

Year 12 Night Out for Parents

A message from ATC P&F Parent Liaison, Siobhan Knott – ATC Year 12 Parents Social Night Out is on Friday 11 June 6pm White Lies Brewing Spine St, Sumner. Food and drinks are purchased at venue and no cover charge or prepayment necessary. Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible, please email siobhan.knott@gmail to RSVP.

Remember to follow our Facebook Page for more stories of ATC and keep an eye on the College App for more important information.

See you in Week 7!

David Gardiner