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Coming Up Week 8

ATC has been a place of focused learning this week as the staff and students continue to engage in the business of learning in the classroom. The life for a student outside of the classroom is also a vital component of life at ATC with huge engagement in our music, sport and club programs.

Our music program has continued its successful pathway through the Covid-19 disruption to on-campus learning, and now has accelerated back to some normality with rehearsals once again operating on campus. Next week our sport training will recommence with sessions for Football (Soccer), Rugby Union, Basketball and Tennis. Please refer to the College app on Saturday morning for all the details. Registrations have also opened for our Term 3 Clubs and Activities.

Year 4 2021 Enrolments

Following on from Chris Ryan’s comments in his blog this week, I remind families who may know someone who is considering ATC for their son in 2021 to please make contact with our Enrolments Officer, Robyn Donaldson in the first instance. Our College Mascot, Eamonn, has been out and about visiting next year’s Year 4 students as we begin welcoming new families to the ATCommunity. He is the friendliest and busiest school mascot and boys who are currently in Year 3 were so excited to meet our larger than life mascot and can’t wait til January 2021.

We will also hold small group tours next month, on Tuesday 28 July and Thursday 30 July from 1.30pm until 2.00pm for anyone who hasn’t had the opportunity to look around the campus. Share our Enrolments details with your friends [] and ask them to check out our Year 4 video here.

Please continue reading for upcoming events and a wrap up of Week 7.


Saturday 6 June | Queensland Day
Monday 8 June | Club Registration opens 5.00pm
Thursday 11 June to Wednesday 17 June | Years 7-10 Exams
Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 June – Extended Term School days
Thursday 25 June – School Holidays commence
Monday 13 July – Term 3 commences
Monday 20 July – Parent –Teacher-Student Meetings ( Pupil Free Day)

Tuckshop Helping Out in Week 8

Please click here to email Maelisa McNeil, Food Services Manager if you can help on Monday 8 June in Paddy’s Place and the Bakehouse or on Tuesday 9 June in Paddy’s Place (Junior School).


This week Chris Ryan focused on the future – in the short term, the support for routines, hygiene and safety at school and in the long term, building relationships, planning for Term 3 Sport and our 2021 enrolments. Follow the link to catch up.


Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, learning, making mistakes and having fun” ― Mary Lou Cook At ATC we challenge students to take a fresh approach to problem solving and our Year 9 Biologists recently experimented with the different rates of diffusion through a permeable membrane. Students used varying strengths of food colouring in dialysis tubing to find the rates of diffusion over time and discovered that the colouring with the highest concentration moved out faster than that of a lower concentration.


Our Year 5 students took up the Robotic Arm Challenge as part of their STEM studies. This terms science unit is called ‘Our Place in Space.’ Last week the boys learnt about NASA’s space inventions used on Earth. Nasa recently challenged students around the world to make a model robotic arm to move items from one location to another. Robotic arms are used by NASA on the International Space Station, to assist astronauts on spacewalks and on the Mars Rovers. Secretly the Year 5’s are training their robotic arms to do their homework for them!


Year 12 Biology students hit the lab today to carefully extract the DNA from strawberries. And why do we use strawberries over other fruits? Firstly, because they are easy to pulverise and also because they contain eight copies of each chromosome (they are octoploid), so there is a lot of DNA to isolate!

Industrial Skills

Year 10 Industrial Skills class this term are building a toolbox using hand tools and learning timber joining techniques focusing on accuracy and skill. Mr Simon Martin says ‘Dovetails are challenging but when done with patience and precision, look amazing!’


This semester, Year 8 boys have been looking at contemporary artists who create artworks inspired by Australian culture. Using food as a motivator, students were asked to brainstorm typical Australian foods that connect with memories. Students then developed a plan to transform their food item into a three-dimensional form. Students have purposely enlarged their chosen food to engage their audience to take a closer look and encouraged to think about display ideas for an exhibition of their work in Term Three. Over the last few weeks of the term, students will paint their sculptures and add details that will bring their creations to life. So far we have a tin of Milo, a Melting Moment biscuit, a Neenish Tart and many chocolate bars will be sure to delight. Stay tuned to see the finished pieces.

Year 12 University of New England

Based on the school’s recommendation, UNE will guarantee a student an offer to start university with them in 2021. Students will be able to choose up to 3 course preferences in their free online application which can be accessed by ‘clicking here.’: The school’s recommendation combined with academic performance will determine the best offer of a university place. ATAR’s ARE NOT REQUIRED. UNE guarantee an offer to every student, if not for one of their 3 preferences then for an alternative course. You will receive an offer directly from UNE in November. This does not exclude you from applying through the normal processes of QTAC to any other university. UNE offers fully online study options for most courses. Study on-campus options are also available with affordable accommodation in their on-campus residential system. Find out more about UNE’s Early Entry Program by clicking here.’: This offer is only open until 25 September 2020.

ATCareers Bulletin

The latest edition of the ATCareers Bulletin is now available via the link below. In this edition there are articles about Apprenticeships & Traineeships; Year 12 important information; Defence Force news and University updates. If you have any queries regarding any of these articles, please contact Michelle Kath, Head of Pathways or call Senior School Reception on 073878 0545

TAFE at School Courses Year 11 Semester 2

Applications are now open for TAFE at School courses starting in Semester 2, 2020. The courses that are being offered are listed on the College App on the Year 11 tag. For information about the courses available CLICK HERE, and then click on ‘Greater Brisbane’.

Learning Blog

Annie Connolly, our Coordinator of Geography has changed tactics when talking about climate change! By putting an emphasis on how to make the planet more sustainable rather than debating what is going wrong, she has found it generates a more productive discussion. CLICK HERE to read more from Annie’s blog and see some amazing images and her recommended podcasts and videos.


Feel Good Friday

A sense of belonging enables the ability to see value and can provide coping mechanisms for students when challenges arise. Belonging makes us feel like there is a community behind us; cheering and celebrating with us. It helps our students feel relaxed, receptive and motivated. Sounds like a good state of mind for learning! Our year 12 students know this all too well and today these are some of the belonging moments that made us smile today. Feel Good Friday is all about having fun, playing games and belonging.

Senior Jersey 2021

We now set our sights to the future in preparation for their leadership of the College community commencing in Term 4 2020 and concluding at the end of Term 3 2021. With their final year approaching, it is time for the Year 11 students to mark the occasion by ordering their Senior Jersey for 2021. Please login to Parent Lounge to purchase. After payment is made, please click here to complete the online form to choose your son’s size.


Yellow Brick Road to Service

Follow the Yellow Brick Road… Building on the theme of micro-service, 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 and Mr Warr. View the flyer on the College App for further details. Follow the yellow brick road, click here to share your stories and pictures with us and log your 10 hours!

Faith & Mission Blog

This week, our Head of Religion delves into the role of faith and human nature during uncertain times. Danika Ehlers, has felt privileged to witness the young men of ATC grow in maturity and understanding in recent months and discusses the marvels of 2020 hindsight. Click here to read Danika’s blog.

Gully Working Bee

Due to overwhelming response for the Gully Working Bee registration process we have allocated students to one day over the next couple of weeks. Please note registrations are now closed and parents will be sent an email advising what day their son is registered to participate. Thank you to all students that have pledged to support this initiative. Any queries should be directed to Mr Andrew McCrohon.


Week 8 Sport

Specific information relating to WEEK 8 SPORT including training processes and expectation, training timetable and facilities arrangements have been finalised. All families who have sons registered for sport MUST read the Return to Sport Guidelines via the download link below. Full details will also be available at 9am tomorrow, Saturday 6 June,on the College App.

Strength & Conditioning

Term 2 Circuit Training and Running Club has begun this week with registered students getting back into some fitness training. Students have enjoyed training sessions in groups of 9 with a staff member taking them through a combination of body weight exercises and running sessions.

Next week the gym will be open. Students MUST register in the Sport Office to attend the before and after school session.

Running Club and Junior Circuit training will continue as scheduled and students do NOT have to register for this activity.

All information regarding the above sports, is on the College App.

Term 3 Sport Registrations

Registration closes for Term 3: Football (Soccer), Rugby Union, Basketball and Tennis CLOSES MONDAY 8 June 9am. Registration is via Parent Lounge, TOURS AND EXCURSIONS. Information letters for each sport are available under the relevant tags on the College App. Please subscribe to the sports your son is interested in and access the letters with important details relating to your son/s involvement and discuss with him in regards to participation, commitment and registration.


Registration for Term 3 Club & Activities will open next Monday, 8 June at 5pm via Parent Lounge, TOURS AND EXCURSIONS. All sessions next term will be implemented in alignment with the Queensland Government’s “Roadmap to easing Queensland’s restrictions” and under the guidance of Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC). While we are hopeful and confident that we will be able to deliver each program, we will be guided by the relevant regulations at that time. Thus, all proposals are ‘in principle’ until confirmed.

You will receive an App notice on Monday to alert you that registration has opened. Due to resource restrictions there are limited places available in some activities. You must subscribe to each club’s tag on the College App to receive further information.

- Art Club – Open only to Year 4 and 5 students. Information Letter now on App under “Art Club” Tag
- Chess Club – Open to all Year 4-12 students. Information Letter now on App under “Chess Club” Tag
- Hip Hop Dance Club – Open to all Year 4-12 students. Information Letter now on App under “Hip Hop Dance” Tag

- Actors Studio – Please check Parent Lounge after 5:00pm Monday, 8th June
- Robotics Club – Please check Parent Lounge after 5:00pm Monday, 8th June
- SLOGs – Please check Parent Lounge after 5:00pm Monday, 8th June
- Fishing Club – Parents of registered students will be emailed directly
- Taiko Drumming – Parents of registered students will be emailed directly
- Theatresports – Parents of registered students will be emailed directly
- Year 4 Cooking Club – Parents of registered students will be emailed directly

- Middle & Senior School Book Club – Students interested in being part of the Book Club should visit Ms McCallan in Westcourt Library to register. Please ensure you read the Information Letter in full before accepting the invitation for your son to be involved!


With the further easing of restrictions, we are happy to announce the expansion of some of our ensemble rehearsals. Please check the Co-curricular Music Timetable on the College App for changes commencing from Week 8. Please note there will no rehearsals or scheduled lessons in Week 10. If applicable, staff may communicate make-up lessons directly with some students. Please feel free to contact the Music Office at any time: or call 38780547

Have a great weekend!

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal