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Coming Up Week 8

What a fortnight in the history of Ambrose Treacy College. The floods have caused havoc across South East Queensland and into NSW. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families who have suffered over the last two weeks. As you have seen from the many photos and from Mr Ryan’s regular updates, ATC has been hit very hard. It was fantastic to see the boys from Years 7 to 12 back on campus this week, and we very much look forward to having all year levels back on campus next week.

I really feel for those who have been hit in 2022 as well as 2011. Our three Year 4 teachers – Mr Gordon, Ms Gainer and Mr Cullen – were in the same classrooms this year as in 2011 when they lost much of their resources and work. Several families have also been impacted twice from floods. Once more this community has shown wonderful resilience and the bounce back has been very strong. As a College, we still have many obstacles to overcome on campus but we are working constantly to solve every one of them.

Getting back into routine is probably the biggest challenge for many students. Online learning works well for some and poses challenges for others. Resilience is a characteristic we continue to try to develop in our young people. The ability to bounce back is a strength. We can support them in helping them be organised, by being positive, setting clear obtainable goals and supporting routines.

Assessment calendars have been adjusted. The next fortnight will see students work on and towards assessment with their teachers. An assessment period is scheduled for weeks 9 and 10. Further details have been uploaded on to the College app for the respective Year levels.

This week was a historical moment in our co-curricular field. I congratulate our swimming squad who were the first athletes to represent ATC in an official Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) sporting carnival. Congratulations to the whole team and the ‘team behind the team’. The coaches, officials and the ‘first time AIC’ supporters in the stands have all done ATC proud.

Next week senior staff begin interviews for Year 7 2025. That date sounds quite futuristic but that is where our planning is currently. Spaces are limited at our two main entry levels- Year 4 and Year 7 – so if you know of any family who may be considering enrolling their son, please ask them to email Mrs Robyn Donaldson, our Enrolment Officer as soon as possible or CLICK HERE to share our enrolment application.

Many events have been postponed while we get the College back into full operation. Please read on for upcoming date sand events that are happening soon.


Saturday 12 March | Year 5-12 Cricket & AFL Fixtures
Saturday 12 March | Year 7-12 Volleyball Fixtures
Monday 14 March| AIC AGM & Ecumenical Service
Tuesday 15 March | College Assembly (National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence)
Wednesday 16 March | 1st XI Football vs St Peters
Thursday 17 March | Year 4-12 ATC Swim Club Meet
Friday 18 March | Year 4-12 GBC Swimming Championships
Friday 18 March | Junior School Assembly
Friday 18 March | Middle & Senior School Cohort Assemblies


Please find the updated Year 11 and 12 Assessment Schedules on the ATC App. Extensions have been granted to accommodate for disrupted and missed learning and teaching. The College continues to liaise with the QCAA to minimise the impact of disrupted learning on student assessment; consequently, an updated Assessment Schedule for Week 8 and beyond will be released in the coming days. Students who are severely impacted by covid/flooding may find that they are unable to meet the new cohort due dates and encouraged to apply for Illness and Misadventure. Students impacted by Covid should attach evidence of their/family member’s PCR result or evidence of their RAT registration (screenshot or parental email stating the result). Students who are impacted by flooding will need to attach a parental email stating their current circumstances. Please contact the Learning Office with any questions.

Visual Art

Year 12 are creating clever visual answers to their individual inquiry questions, looking at all sorts of focus areas. Some of these include the relationships between humans and nature, how people are affected by colour and what discoveries can occur when we stop and really look at the world around us with wonder… something we have all been doing lately!

ATCareers Bulletin

The latest edition of the ATCareers Bulletin is now available via the link below and on the ATC App. In this edition there is important Year 12 information, Career Exploration and University updates. If you have any queries regarding any of these articles, please click here to contact Michelle Kath, Head of Pathways or call Senior School Reception on 073878 0545


ANZAC Image Collage – Send in your pictures

In preparation for this year’s ANZAC Day we would love for you to send in pictures of relatives that have served in the armed forces. Please send these pictures to complete with details such as name, rank, relation to ATC student, Defence Service, years of service and details of conflict. These photos will form a collage for ANZAC Day. Please note – As this was a project launched in 2020, if you have previously sent us these photos you do not need to re-send them. Any queries please contact Mr Andrew McCrohon, Service Program Coordinator.


World’s Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation

Some staff and students are on a mission to shave the world from blood cancer by taking part in the World’s Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation. By supporting this initiative, we can give families facing blood cancer the emotional and practical support they need as well as fund vital research to help more people survive blood cancer. Adopting the motto “A little bit of hair can make a big difference”, these staff will face the chopping block on 29 March – Mr Steele and his beard, Mr Bebendorf and his impressive mo, and Mr Towner and his abundance of chest hair! In addition, Mr Eden, Mr Cullen, Mr Pickering and four Senior students will shave their heads. Please CLICK HERE to donate.

Remember to log your service hours with your homeroom teacher and CLICK HERE to email in your pictures doing your Service actions to



This week staff have been excited to be back having face-to-face lessons with our music, drama, and production students. To the Junior students who have remained learning remotely, we are really looking forward to having you back next week!

Students are asked to please tag-in at the NJ Hall before each lesson and continue to monitor the daily notices, emails and the College App for updates and room changes.

We have a full ensemble, band and choir rehearsal timetable going ahead next week; please check the App for relevant locations. And, occurring for the first time this year, the 2022 Junior Band will commence rehearsals Wednesday morning at 7am in the NJ Hall. We can’t wait to welcome this year’s enthusiastic (and patient) students to
Declan Ryan’s new single
Declan Ryan (Year 11) had his new single drop on Spotify at midnight last night and we are proud to share ‘Far Again’ with our community. Happy listening and congratulations Declan! CLICK HERE to open in Spotify


Our popular ATC Clubs Program resumes with Year 4 Paddle Play on Saturday, Golf on Sunday and other clubs from Monday. There is an updated Timetable on the ATC App tagged to the relevant clubs. We look forward to seeing registered students attend their Club as per the updated Timetable.PLEASE NOTE: unfortunately due to the damage to the Gully, Environmental Club has been postponed.


Swimming AIC
Congratulations to our AIC swimming team and supporters on their brilliant performance in and out of the pool on Tuesday. The spirit shown with our back against the wall was first class and you have set a great platform for us to launch from.

The remainder of the Term 1 training schedule has changed quite substantially due to the floods. Please ensure that you check the ATC app for ALL updates and relevant information. A huge thank you to Kenmore State School for offering up their fields in a time of need, it is much appreciated. While we are waiting for our emergency order of Footballs and equipment to arrive, we ask if boys can bring their Footballs to training to help us get through in the interim. I have below some information relevant to the school and making the collection of your sons as smooth as possible. Attached is also an image of the locations mentioned below. The school has no on-site parking. The best places for parking include:
*Council Car Park: 1076 Moggill Road, Kenmore. The carpark backs on to the school oval (same entrance as Kenmore District Kindy and Kenmore Girl Guides).
*Council Car Park: Princeton Street, Kenmore. The Princeton Street Car Park is located directly opposite the school.
*Street Parking: Cranwood Street, Kenmore or Fairholme Street, Kenmore. Cranwood St and Fairholme St run alongside the school oval. Entry via Almay Street (next to Red Rooster).


P&F Book Club

All parents are invited to the next P&F Bookclub being held at Mary’s home in Indooroopilly on Thursday 24 March, 7.30pm. Please message for the address. The next book is “That Will Never Work” by Marc Randolf which is interestingly all about the birth of Netflix. All are welcome to join us. We are a friendly bunch who enjoy reading, chatting about books and getting together. To obtain Mary’s address and to RSVP, please email Rachel Ames, P&F Book club Coordinator.

Rugby Family Night Out

Save the date for the P&F annual Rugby Night Out at Suncorp when the Qld Reds take on Moana Pacifica on Friday 20 May at 7.45pm. Pizza on the Mt Sion deck prior to us heading in on the train to Suncorp. Tickets will be released next week.


Irish Saint Patrick’s Day Mass

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Mass will be celebrated again this year in the Cathedral of St. Stephen, Elizabeth Street City, at 10 am on Thursday 17 March. Father Gerard McMorrow will be the celebrant and all are welcome to attend.

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal

Flood waters

Drone footage of the campus on Thursday 3 March as flood waters began to recede: