I am always interested when at the end of Year 12 the boys share stories and reflect on their school journey that camps are always a key component of their memories. The Year 4s tasted, for many of them, their first night away from home. This is an important and significant occasion. The Year 5s loved their experiences up at the Sunshine Coast. I was impressed how well they engaged in the different activities and how well they worked together. Good signs for their year ahead.
The Year 7s fully immersed themselves into the program at Emu Gully – going into the tunnels replicating the Rats of Tobruk at 40C earlier in the week, plus the fabled mud trenches. Our visit to the Year 8 camp discovered boys being highly active across returning from overnight camp outs via mountain bikes, canoes, and hiking, plus preparing to camp out, plus a range of team activities situated around the beautiful Moogerah Dam.
The weather at the Sunshine Coast posed an additional challenge for the Year 9s as they participated in their expedition across many locations. It was great to hear of one group who banded together to devise a way to carry one a boy’s backpack for a full day hike when he was suffering an injury.
The range of activities the Year 10 students have been involved in satisfied all interests- from a hospitality tour of many delights; Science ‘camp’ to the Science Centre, SeaWorld and UQ Moreton Bay Research centre, to the construction boys building furniture, to a group sailing across Moreton Bay, plus a large group experiencing the beauty, culture and opportunities on the special Stradbroke Island, the Mountain Bikers have been challenged by three demanding courses, plus a group have been learning more about their city. I particularly acknowledge and thank the staff who have participated in, facilitated and administrated the Camp Program. They have provided a range of experiences that are exceptional. Many backed up after camp to teach classes the next day, continued to prepare lessons and mark drafts and exams as well as look after their own families.
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL. NO MORE REGISTRATIONS CAN BE TAKEN. Parents of Years 4-9 are invited to a workshop focused on our College Writing Program. Join Lisa Holohan on Tuesday 16 March 6pm in NJ Hall as she equips you with the skills to support your son with academic writing. Arrive by 5.45pm and bring your son’s laptop, his password, and login details. During the workshop you will have an opportunity to engage in ATC online writing tools.
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The other event is a Year 11 & 12 ‘Parenting Strategies for Teenage Success’ workshop on Thursday 11 March at 6pm in NJ Hall with study skills expert, Darren Pereira, who will speak to parents about how to support your son in becoming well organised, developing positive study habits and communicating effectively. When teachers and parents use the same common language and reinforce the same key messages, students are better able to develop critical study and organisational skills.
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On the social front, I am looking forward to seeing parents at the ATC P&F Welcome Event, Kick off Cocktails on Saturday night 13 March at Wests Rugby Club Toowong from 6.30pm. I thank Lois Smith for organising the evening. Due to COVID restrictions, last year we missed a lot of opportunities for the community to gather and make friends. I hope many parents have taken the opportunity come along and also get in the raffle draw to win a term’s tuition fees! Please book your tickets via Parent Lounge asap. You do need to be in attendance on the night to be in the running to win the raffle prize of one Term’s Tuition Fees valued at up to $3414.
In Monday’s Principal’s Message Chris wrote about Embracing the challenges of outdoor activities and connecting with nature and why they are important aspects of ATC’s Camp Week. He revealed that he is more determined than ever to turn off Netflix and get off the couch! If you missed Chris’ blog earlier in the week, I encourage you to CLICK HERE to read it.
Sunday 7 March | Clean Up Australia Day
Monday 8 March | International Women’s Day
Tuesday 9 March | Year 7 & 8 Numeracy Extension Afternoon
Wednesday 10 March | Years 7-12 AFL School of Excellence competition
Thursday 11 March | WORKSHOP Year 11 & 12 Parents 6pm
Friday 12 March | Year 11 Study Skills for Success Workshop
Friday 12 March | Year 12 Study Skills for Success Workshop
Friday 12 March | Swimming Age Championships at ATC
Saturday 13 March | ATC P&F Kick off Cocktails 6.30pm
Sunday 14 March | ATC Family Fishing day (Fishing Club families)
Tuesday 16 March | Year 11 P.A.R.T.Y Program
Wednesday 17 March | College Tour
Wednesday 17 March | ATC Debating
Thursday 18 March | Year 11 & 12 Drama excursion
Thursday 18 March | Year 9 & 10 Numeracy Extension Afternoon
Friday 19 March | Years 5-12 GBC Interschool Swimming Carnival Chandler
Thursday 25 March | Years 4-10 Exam Period
Friday 26 March | Cross Country Age Championships
Wednesday 31 March | Years 5/6 Primary AFL Schools Cup
Thursday 1 April | Last day of Term 1
Thursday 1 April | Lenten Fayre
Thursday 1 April | Interhouse Cross Country
Friday 2 April | Good Friday Public Holiday
Monday 5 April | Easter Monday Public Holiday
Remember to follow our Facebook Page for more camp week photos in the coming days and keep an eye on the College App for Week 7 training and sport updates.David Gardiner