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Coming Up Week 9

It was a big thumbs up for Tuesday 15 March 2022 as we celebrated a College Assembly with all year levels in attendance. I believe this was our first whole College assembly since October last year. It was very exciting to have all the students gathered as a community, and especially exciting to have over 200 new students who had never gathered as part of the whole community before this week!

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all those affected by the local floods, by COVID and by the war overseas. We very much stand in solidarity with all these people as they try to overcome suffering in their lives. May peace be with all people, and all communities across the world.

Thursday 17 March and Saturday 19 March mark the Feast Days for two famous Saints in the Catholic Church; St Patrick (17 March) and St Joseph (19 March). Mr Matt Warr shared this information with staff and students this week:-

St Patrick, as the patron Saint of Ireland, is influential in the story of our College. I’m not sure if there is a place within the school where a subtle, or indeed overt, reference to Ireland isn’t visible. St Patrick is acknowledged as the man that converted Ireland to Christianity. Despite his humble upbringing and adversity, he established monasteries, churches and schools. In this way, he shares similarities with the stories of Edmund and Ambrose. His legacy inspired a deep sense of faith, hope and optimism. Indeed the famous Irish shamrock is said to explain the holy trinity – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Apparently, your odds of finding a 4 leaved clover are 1 in 10,000.

Today the communities of Gregory Terrace and Nudgee College celebrated St Joseph through a whole school Mass. I feel it is important for us to acknowledge St Joseph given our historical context as St Joseph’s Nudgee Junior College, and because our Chapel, in the Edmund Rice Building is called, St Joseph’s Chapel. As the father of Jesus, Joseph’s commitment and unwavering support of his son is evident in the Bible. Indeed his vocation as a carpenter influenced many of Jesus’ stories and lessons. Furthermore, the trust and faith that Joseph and Mary demonstrated are examples of humility, belief and love. I believe these are all values that Ambrose Treacy students are called and encouraged to live through being a Signum Fidei.

We have previously sent out a survey regarding aspects of the Parent Teacher Information evenings that were held earlier in the term. This feedback is important as we plan ahead to 2023 meetings. I am aware that the survey coincided with the onset of the floods, so I have attached the link to the survey again. I would appreciate if you can take five minutes to provide us with feedback to assist our future planning. CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY THIS WEEKEND.

Two weeks remain in the term and the focus is very much on final work and completion of assessment. Please refer to the College app for the amended assessment schedules for each year level. All the best for a smooth and successful end to an amazing term.


Saturday 19 March | Year 4 Paddle Play
Saturday 19 March | Year 5-12 Cricket & AFL Fixtures
Saturday 19 March | Year 7-12 Volleyball Fixtures
Monday 21 March to Thursday 24 March | Pre-Exam Blockout
Monday 21 March | Year 8 Friendship Group Activity (selected students)
Tuesday 22 March | College Assembly
Tuesday 22 March | Clontarf Family Evening
Friday 25 March | Exam Period
Friday 25 March | Monday Bell Times
Friday 25 March | Junior School Assembly


Students have relished being back in routines again, and this week classrooms will be buzzing, as we ready for assessment period.

Absence in Assessment Time

Students who are severely impacted by covid or the recent flood event may find that they are unable to meet the new cohort due dates for assessment or exams. Please notify the Learning office immediately if your son is impacted. You are encouraged to apply for Illness and Misadventure. Please EMAIL full details and attachments to the Learning Office with any questions.

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.

Naplan Online Practice Tests For Years 5, 7 and 9

Ambrose Treacy College will be conducting NAPLAN Online Practice Tests for Years 5, 7 and 9 on Thursday 24 March, Week 9 of Term One and again on Friday 22 April, Week One of Term Two. 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. Results from the readiness and practice tests are not scored, marked or reported. Students will be required to bring their headphones and fully charged device to the test. Should you wish for your son to be exempt from the NAPLAN tests this should be communicated by email to the Dean of Learning.

ATC Literary Festival

Ambrose Treacy College is very excited to announce the highly anticipated return of our ‘Literary Festival’ from 26-29 April. We will play host to a myriad of talented authors and creatives who will be visiting to share their knowledge and skills with our students. Boys from all year levels will participate in whole cohort presentations, as well as smaller workshops with our talented ‘Writers-in-Residence’.

Parent Literary event

Parents and caregivers are invited to join us for a very special ‘Authors in Conversation’ twilight event, Thursday 28 April from 6.00 -7:30pm on Westcourt Deck featuring renowned local authors Nick Earls (ZigZag Street, Empires), Christine Bongers (Henry Hoey Hobson, Intruder) and Richard Yaxley (This is my Song, The Happiness Quest). We will enjoy a relaxed evening by the river, chatting with our guest authors about books and writing while also enjoying delicious wine and cheese. Also in attendance will be YA literary expert, Pauline McLeod with her pop-up shop featuring popular titles from local independent bookstore, Riverbend Books.  Registration and tickets ($10) will be available via Parent Lounge in Week 9.

From the classroom

Ms Woodbridge’s Year 7 Maths class we were learning how to add and subtract integers using a number line to visualise the direction they were travelling. Their unit, ‘Numbers and Integers’ explores the number concepts of strategies for multiplication, division, addition and subtraction, estimating and rounding and order of operations. They are also looking at multiples, factors and prime numbers which is adding up to a successful end to the term.

Modern History
In Year 9, Ms Richter has introduced students to Modern History beginning with the Industrial Revolution. Students are investigating how innovations in technology, manufacturing and transport led to the industrialisation of Britain and the social, political and economic impacts of these. In particular, students will investigate the rise of the working class and rapid urbanisation through analysis of primary sources. Fascinating eyewitness accounts, political cartoons and contemporary images have helped boys develop empathy for children in during this extraordinary time in history. Further analysis and comparisons to today’s lifestyles led to lively classroom debates and will add a deeper dimension to their assessment task for this unit.

Academic Assemblies – Rescheduled

The College will acknowledge and celebrate the academic achievements of students from Semester Two 2021 in Term Two. Parents of award winners will be invited to attend assembly on the following dates:
Junior School Assembly – Wednesday 4 May 2022 at 8:40am
Middle School Assembly – Tuesday 3 May 2022 at 8:40am
Senior School Assembly – Tuesday 3 May 2022 at 9:20am
Further details about this event will be communicated in early April.

ATCareers Bulletin

Edition 4 of the ATCareers Bulletin is now available via the link below and on the ATC App. Please click here to contact Michelle Kath, Head of Pathways or call Senior School Reception on 073878 0545


Year 12 Formal

The Year 12 Formal is an important formative event for students. It will be held on Friday 22 April at The Plaza Room Brisbane Convention Centre, Corner of Merivale and Glenelg Street, South Brisbane from 7:00pm -10:00pm. Tickets are available to purchase via Parent lounge until Friday 25 March. Tickets are $145 for a single ticket and $290 per couple. The cost covers the hire of the music, photography, function room, security, soft drinks, pre-parent gathering, and students’ sit-down dinner. Parents are welcome to attend at the start of the event to help celebrate and have a professional photograph with their son/s from 6:00pm. We ask you to depart the Convention Centre by 7pm. We would love all students to attend, however we know the recent floods have greatly impacted our community. If you are experiencing financial hardship, please make contact.


ATC SchoolTV Report – Flood Support and Recovery

Being exposed to a natural disaster, either directly through lived experience or indirectly through the media, stirs up various feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety and frustration. Communities and families around Australia have been touched by the recent floods in NSW and Queensland with many still coming to terms with what has happened. While others are rallying together to provide much needed moral and financial support. As the clean-up continues, families are faced with the real presence of the disaster. Dealing with their emotions and providing support to their children and teenagers. How well young people cope, or manage any trauma, will depend on specific risk factors in existence before, during and after the event. It is vital to talk and listen to them to help them process their feelings.

Parents and caregivers need to remain vigilant in monitoring their children during this time and check in with them regularly. They may be distressed by images they have seen either physically or through social media and news reports. Young people may exhibit or experience a wide range of emotional reactions and it is therefore important to reassure them that what they are feeling is considered normal. This Special Report offers a number of strategies to help support families during this time of recovery. We hope you take a moment to reflect on the information offered, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If this raises any concerns for you, a loved one or the wellbeing of your child, please seek medical or professional help. CLICK HERE to watch the special report.

Signum Fidei Breakfasts

Our community celebrates our Signum Fidei award recipients at the respective Signum Fidei breakfasts on Thursday 28 April for the Junior and Senior Schools and on Wednesday 27 April for Middle School. We recognise and celebrate students’ contributions to the three College Touchstones of Learning, Leadership and Service. We look forward to welcoming the recipients and their families to the College. Invitations to the families of award recipients have been emailed.


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.

Edmund Rice Day Mass

Parents and Caregivers of Year 12 are invited to commemorate Edmund Rice at Mass with the 2022 Senior Cohort on Thursday 5 May. As was intended with Opening Mass, parents are invited to actively participate in the ceremony. Please refer to the App notice from Matt Warr, Dean of Faith and Mission, outlining details of the morning. Please note RSVP is required by 29 April by CLICKING HERE. Do not hesitate to contact the Faith and Mission Office at the College should you have any queries.


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



Autumn Concert
ATC Co-curricular Music Department is pleased to announce the return of the Autumn Concert on Thursday 31 March in the NJ Hall. The following ensembles and choir will be performing at this exciting event: Big Band Concert Band Jazz Ensemble Wind Ensemble ATC Jazz Orchestra ATC Symphonic Winds ATC Senior Singers. Please check the College App for full details.


The remainder of the Term One training schedule has changed quite substantially due to the floods. Please ensure that you check the ATC app for ALL updates and relevant information.

Pick up 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).

Thank you so much for all families support, understanding and adapting to our new sport training schedule and fixtures. We are working hard on setting up the remainder of our pre-season and Term Two training/playing schedule and once it is confirmed, we will share all details via the ATC app on the relevant sport tags. 

Age Champions Swimming
Please go to our Facebook page to view the Swimming Age Championships album of photos.


P&F Book Club

All parents are invited to the next P&F Bookclub being held at Mary’s home in Indooroopilly this coming Thursday 24 March, at 7.30pm. Please message Rachel 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.

Year 8 End of Term Parent Gathering

Please join Year 8 parents at the Kenmore Tavern, in the Courtyard/Terrace area Friday 1 April at 6pm for a casual drink. Come after work, grab a drink and dinner. Reserved under- Year 8 ATC -Sue The KT can accommodate 30 people in this area so please RSVP to Sue if you are coming via your Facebook Year Level page.

Rugby Family Night Out

Book your tickets 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 available on Parent Lounge next week.


Will C in Year 6 is bravely shaving his head in support of his little cousin who has recently been diagnosed with Leukaemia. He believes this is a great way for him to raise much needed funds for research and to support families like his that are going through a tough time. If you’d like to donate and help him reach his goal please CLICK HERE.

David Gardiner

Deputy Principal