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Coming Up Week 7 Term 4

Whole School Outing

Plans have been finalised for the Whole School Outing on Friday 18 November. This is a special opportunity for the staff and students to celebrate all the wonderful achievements of 2016.

Having a different environment to enjoy together gives it a special feeling. All Junior school boys (Years 4-6) plus a number of Middle School boys will travel to Movie World, whilst the majority of Middle school boys (Years 7-9) will travel with staff to Wet n’ Wild. Mr Senior has spoken to all the boys regarding the significance of the day and the standards expected.

Each boy has been grouped with at least two other boys to ensure no-one is left by themselves during the day. Any boy seen walking by himself at either park will be asked to sit ‘out’ with some staff. Students are to assemble at school in year level areas by 8.25am on Friday 18 November. Buses will return to ATC at approximately 4.30pm. Southern Cross School Buses will not be operating after school. Parents will need to make other arrangements. Brisbane Bus Lines will operate as normal.

Students should wear ATC College hat, sports shirt and shorts, sport socks and joggers and swimming gear including rashie/swim shirt and towel (for Wet n’ Wild). Please pack sunscreen, water, morning tea and lunch and/or money. For further details, please refer the link below to download the letter emailed to all families last week. I look forward to everyone having a positive finish to an excellent year.

Middle School Laptops

All Year 7-9 student laptops will be collected on Thursday 24 November. This will allow the IT staff to audit every laptop and if necessary, submit a repair job prior to 31 December to have it listed as a 2016 job. Students in Years 8-10 in 2017 will have their own specific laptop returned to them in full operating condition during Open Classrooms Day Monday 23 January 2017 after returning a signed Acceptable Usage Agreement.

Homeroom Structure 2017

Staff currently are allocating students to homeroom classes for 2017. Final allocations are then made by Mr Senior and myself. We believe we have in place age appropriate processes to best support the boys. Our policy is to ‘mix up’ the boys each year level to allow them to experience a wider spread of boys. This can increase their friendship group plus enhance the sense of community across the year level. We are seeing the benefits of this in our current Year 9 cohort who are an integrated mix of young men who appreciate each other and work very well together. The Homeroom teacher in Years 4, 5 and 6 is a key contact as they teach the boys for a large majority of the week. In Years 7 and 8 we extend this strong relational model to a Homeroom teacher who may teach the boys 2 or 3 subjects, or even four in some cases. The Homeroom classes in Years 7 and 8 will generally have two key teachers. In Year 9, the model changes again slightly as the classes are more mixed due to the boys selecting a range of subjects to suit their particular pathway. With our first year level in 2017 in the Senior school, the boys will be placed in homeroom classes based on their House group. This will aid leadership from the older students and the development of a strong House structure.

Key Dates

TONIGHT Thursday 10 November – Summer Concert 18.30
Friday 11 November – Service Assembly and Remembrance Day 10.50
Wednesday 16 November – Senior Schooling Parent Information Evening 17.30
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 9.15
Wednesday 23 November – Year 5 End of Year Celebration 9.15
Wednesday 23 November – Year 6 Graduation 18.00
Thursday 24 November – STEM Challenge Yrs 7-9 (6 students)
Thursday 24 November – Year 9 Graduation
Friday 25 November – Last day of Term (Please ensure your son is in attendance up to 3pm on final day)
Tuesday 29 November – Cultural Boys Day Out – Kooza, Cirque Du Soleil

Monday 23 January – Open Classrooms afternoon (more detailed information to come)
Tuesday 24 January – First day of term 1
Thursday 26 January – Public Holiday
Friday 31 March – Last day of term 1

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

New School App

Find out what’s ‘Appening! Last month 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


• 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.
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
Friday 18 November for Whole school outing (not even open for Breakfast)
Friday 25 November Last day of school – tuckshop clean up day