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Coming Up Week 8

A challenged world is an alert world and we can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. ATC, as part of the EREA community, is committed to justice and inclusion, where all people are celebrated and have the opportunity to thrive in an environment reflective of the diversity of our community. I was proud to take part in celebrating International Women’s Week at various assemblies and presentations.

A crucial message shared on assembly this week by one of our teachers, Ms Michelle Kath urged women to challenge the status quo. It takes COURAGE – courage to face the challenge and then the COURAGE to act. A champion at challenging the status quo, Ms Kath was one of the very first female Chemistry teachers, a Head of Science and a member of a College Leadership Team in EREA. Ms Kath challenged our community to instigate change, to be courageous when we see injustice and call out gender bias. I urge you to read her full story here.

Lara Morgan addressed female staff at the IWD Morning Tea saying IWD is a chance to celebrate how far women have come to gain equal rights to men and acknowledge how far we still have to go. While across the world we have seen advances, there is still no country that has achieved gender equality.’ Her blog this week had 3 key points for her audience:
1. Commit to educating ourselves and our community about gender stereotypes and gender bias
2. Speak up and challenge where we see inequity;
3. Commit to women supporting women.
This is an excellent article for our mums to read and share with their sons.

Finish Well

With Camp week behind us, the end of term looms near. Significant topics need to be completed in classes and then term one assessment to be completed. Organisation is key. Assessment Schedules Semester 1 are available on the College app and a summary of the specific assessments will support your son in being prepared to do his best. Anxiety levels can rise as we approach assessment so having no surprises and an overview of what needs to be completed will assist in keeping emotions in check and performance at a high. Exam schedules will be released in Week 8 on the College App.

Ambrose Treacy College will be conducting NAPLAN Online Practice Tests for Years 5, 7 & 9 on Thursday 25 March and again on Friday 23 April. These tests will provide an additional opportunity for students to become familiar with the portal functionality and the types of questions which they will encounter for the NAPLAN tests in May.

We are currently conducting interviews with families for Year 7 2024. This seems a distant time, but it is essential for our, and families, to have accurate placements now. The continual feedback from new families during the interview process is the overwhelming positive information they receive from our current ATC families. Thank you for continuing to spread the good news about ATC.

I am looking forward to seeing parents tomorrow night at the ATC P&F Welcome Event, Kick off Cocktails 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 the opportunities for the community to gather, and so this event will be a special occasion.

Principal’s Message

In Monday’s Principal’s Message Chris wrote about ‘Achieving an Equal Future’ recognising and celebrating the women on our staff and in our lives. He reminded us all that we have a part to play in challenging unfair gender bias and behaviour from males. If you missed Chris’ blog for International Women’s Week, I encourage you to CLICK HERE to read it.

ATCatch Up on Weeks 6 and 7

Learning Blog

The College offers are a broad range of opportunities that teach our students the skills and strategies of independent learning and in this week’s Learning blog, Dallas Moffat gives a rundown on the programs and opportunities that are offered to ATC boys. If you want to know more about Academic Mentoring, the Study Skills Framework and Homework Club, you should take a look at this article.


Saturday 13 March | ATC P&F Kick off Cocktails 6.30pm
Sunday 14 March | ATC Family Fishing day cancelled. 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 | Year 7 NAPLAN Omnibus Test
Friday 26 March | Cross Country Age Championships
Wed 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

Co-curricular News


On Wednesday 31 March we will be holding a series of Autumn Music Concerts in the NJ Hall.  5.00pm – Concert Band; 5.35pm – Wind Ensemble & ATC Symphonic Winds and at 6.35pm – Big Band, Jazz Ensemble & ATC Jazz Orchestra. All information will be available on the College App and we are looking forward to this evening of performances!


Term 2 Sport Trials information along with season information letters are now available on the College App under the relevant Sport tags.  Please check the trial information carefully to avoid missing trial dates.  Registered students must attend trial sessions to be included in a team.

Remember to follow our Facebook Page for more stories of ATC and keep an eye on the College App for Week 8 training and sport updates as well as the recent Holiday Clinics that have been advertised.

David Gardiner


The latest edition of the ATCareers Bulletin is now available via the link below