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Coming Up Week 9

The end of semester is in sight. It has been such an engaging positive semester. The leadership of the Seniors and the buy-in from our younger students have been impressive. The final week is all about assessment. It is important that students are aware of their exam schedule and room allocation. Extra study time over the weekend obviously is important. The reward for all the hard work is three weeks of holidays!

Three key holiday tasks to take care of are: potential 2022 Subject Selections (current Year 7, 8, 9, 10 families); update personal details in Parent Lounge; book Parent Teacher Student Feedback Interviews with bookings opening 7:00pm Monday 28 June. There may even be time to squeeze in some Service hours for the Yellow Brick Road initiative!

If you have moved house, got a new mobile number or changed email addresses then we need to know. Parents and caregivers are reminded to update their contact details and their son’s medical details in Parent Lounge over the June/July holidays.  This enables us to have up-to-date information and ensure effective communication.

Last Day of Term 2

A reminder that the last day of Term 2 is Friday 18 June. The College will celebrate with an end of semester Liturgy. This will be followed by a normal schedule in the Junior School and an Interhouse Athletics carnival for the Middle and Senior School students. In line with our inclusive approach the program for the House competition is a variety of activities that every boy can participate in, and gain points for their House. I encourage all families to not start the holidays early, but to support the House system for the last day. College Reception will close at 4:00pm on the last day and will be open over the holiday period from 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday. Senior Reception is closed over the holidays.

Learning News

Subject Selection – Current Years 7, 8 ,9, 10

All parents and carers from current Years 7 – 10 will be able to access Subject Selection online via the SEQTA portal. Detailed instructions and important dates will be forwarded to parents early Term 3 for the students to enter preferences in Web Preferences. This software program is linked to individual students’ codes and finally generates their specific timetable. Hence it is student based and emails are sent to the student account. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to log on with their son to work together in the selection process. Parents are also sent an email to verify the subject selections. Families in Year 10 will be involved in a SET planning meeting with an allocated mentor.

During next week, Homeroom teachers in these year levels will lead the students in viewing the Splash Page in Homeroom and will ask every student to download a copy of their Year levels Booklet (a PDF file). After the release of reports, I encourage families in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 to have a discussion over the holiday period as to what this may look like for 2022. Planning and discussions at home are the key to this process going smoothly without any rushed decisions.

Parent Student Teacher Feedback Meetings

Monday 28 June the Parent Teacher Student Feedback Interview bookings open at 7:00pm. These meetings will be held on Monday 19 July which is a Pupil Free Day at ATC. The meetings will be conducted via Microsoft TEAMS and we encourage your son to be present at the discussions.

Date Saver for Current Year 9 and 10 families

Year 10 and 11 2022 Careers Expo – University displays 5pm – 6pm and the Parent and Student Subject Selection Evening from 6pm on Wednesday 21 July at the NJ Hall.

Upcoming Events

Mon 14 June – Tues 15 June | Years 4-10 Exam Period
Wed 16 June – Thurs 17 June | Years 4-10 + 12 Exam Period
Thursday 17 June | Year 7 Service Expo Sleepout
Thursday 17 June | Athletics Age Championships (Field Events)
Friday 18 June | Last day of Term 2 finishes at 3:00pm. Office closes at 4pm.
Friday 18 June | Athletics Age Championships (Running Events)
Friday 18 June | Middle School & Senior School Athletics Carnival
Friday 18 June | Term 2 Celebration Liturgy and College Assembly
Saturday 19 June – Tuesday 22 June | Year 9-12 Fishing Club Camp
Monday 21 June – Wednesday 23 June | Senior Music Camp, Nudgee College
Sunday 27 June – State of Origin Game 2
Monday 28 June – Friday 2 July | Confraternity Rugby League Carnival, Iona College
Monday 28 June | Parent Teacher Student Feedback Interview bookings open 7:00pm
Thursday 8 July – Friday 9 July | Holiday Clinics: Year 5 & 6 (Basketball & Tennis) and Years 7-12 (Rugby Union & Tennis)
Monday 12 July | First day of Term 3

Principal’s Message

As JFK famously said “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” At ATC, we have grown and changed enormously over the past six years and looking to the future is in our DNA! In his blog this week, Chris shared updates on staffing changes, future community events and a wonderful new addition to the extended ATC family. CLICK HERE to read more of Mr Ryan’s Blog.

Faith & Mission News

Service

Gully Precinct Environmental Program
The Gully area adjacent to the College property continues to be an important environmental focus for our community. As we continue to promote the Service Program at the College, we ask students to consider giving their time to the Gully Precinct Environmental Program to assist with weeding, planting and rejuvenation of the area. Parents, please register your son by Wednesday 16 June on the link below for Tuesdays in Term 3 from 3:00pm to 4:15pm. A roster will be sent to all registrations to indicate the week/s allocated. If you have any questions, please contact Mr Andrew McCrohon, Service Program Coordinator. CLICK HERE to register.

Yellow Brick Road
Service comes in many forms. From the macro-service of providing meals and bedding for those sleeping rough, to the micro-service of holding a door open for someone; our ATC students know that it all counts. To help build these skills our Junior School students are invited to take on the Yellow Brick Road. 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. Watch the video below to hear more from Mr McCrohon. Follow the yellow brick road, share your stories and pictures with us at signumfidei@atc.qld.edu.au and log your 10 hours!

Donations Needed
As the temperature drops our minds go to those in our community sleeping rough. It is in these times the Ambrose Treacy College community is called to help those in need. Donations of pillows, sleeping bags, blankets, warm socks, beanies and warm clothing are required to help the homeless and vulnerable through the cold winter months. Please bring your contributions to the Faith and Mission Office in the Edmund Rice Building and we will distribute to local organisations. If you have any queries please contact Mr McCrohon, Service Program Coordinator

Grandparent’s Days Year 4 and 5

We warmly invite parents and the significant elders in your sons’ lives, to spend time in the Year
4 and Year 5 classrooms and attend the Year level Masses in August. Full details of both events are of the ATC App. On Elders’ Day we like to display photos of the boys’ grandparents/elders. We ask that you email a maximum of four photos of grandparents and elders, with or without your sons in the photo, YEAR 4s to: year4grandparentsday@atc.qld.edu.au and YEAR 5s to: year5grandparentsday@atc.qld.edu.au by Friday 18 June. When emailing, please put the Student’s Name and Student’s Class [ie: Joe Smith 5T] as the Subject of the email. We look forward to welcoming you to the College in August.

Formation News

Last Chance to Order 2022 Senior Jersey

There is only one more week to order Senior Jersey’s – ALL ORDERS CLOSE ON Friday 18 June. It has been wonderful to see our Year 11 students actively participating in the Formation Curriculum actively participating in various leadership initiatives.  As now set our sights to the future in preparation for their leadership of the College community commencing in Term 4 2021 and concluding at the end of Term 3 2022.  With their final year approaching, it is time for the students to mark the occasion by ordering their Senior Jersey for 2022. The College has worked closely with the manufacturer Canterbury to produce a quality product whilst maintaining a reasonable cost of $77.00. Students will vote on the final design later this term. There are two steps to the ordering process:

1. Please login to Parent Lounge to make your payment by Friday 18 June;
2. While in Parent Lounge, select DETAILS and choose the size of jersey for your son.

The jerseys will be presented by your son’s Head of House at the beginning of 2022. A reminder, the Senior Jersey is not part of the College uniform and can only be worn on nominated House days and exam practice or during Exam block.  It is not a replacement for the College jumper or sport jacket. 

Year 11 Leadership Retreat

An essential part of the leadership journey for our 2022 College seniors is the Leadership Retreat from Wednesday 14 July to Friday 16 July. The retreat is a 3-day, 2-night event to be held at Camp Laurence at Moogerah Dam. The 2022 Leadership Team will cook a Brotherhood breakfast from 7:30am. Following this, students will be transported to the venue. Students are expected to return by 4:30pm on Friday afternoon. The retreat is very different to a normal ‘camp experience.’ There will be limited time for boys to participate in traditional outdoor educational learning as topics covered will invite boys to reflect on their schooling, leadership, connection and cohort goals. Boys will sleep in cabins for the 2 evenings. The retreat will serve as an opportunity to further strengthen the strong sense of community that is evident in the group. All details are on the ATC App.

Year 11 SociABLE

The SociABLE is an important formative event for the Year 11 students. It will be held at The Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane on Tuesday 10 August from 6:30pm to 10:00pm. Full details are on the College App. Ticket sales close on Monday 19 July. Please go to Parent Lounge to purchase your son and his partner’s ticket/s. Also please fill out the ONLINE FORM to confirm attendees and other details. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

Library News

Premier’s Reading Challenge
All Junior School boys are strongly encouraged to participate in this year’s Premier’s Reading Challenge! This annual state-wide initiative aims to improve literacy and encourage children to read widely for pleasure and learning.  All boys need to do is collect a reading record form from the library and get reading! When finished, hand your completed form to Mrs Reynoldson. Students who complete the challenge will have their efforts recognised with a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier of Queensland!

Co-curricular News

Sport News

It has been a great first semester of sport so far and we look forward to finishing off well this weekend with Magic Round from 7.30am on Jack Bowers Ovals. Come along and join in the cheering from the sidelines. One area that we are working extremely hard on is showing respect for officials, opposition, the grounds and each other under all circumstances. This is the ATC way and we would 100% love your support in this space please.

Music News

Last Sunday ATC Hot Brass Squad performed at the Riverwalk opening. It was a great community event and our musicians set the tone for a fun morning.

QCMF Recordings are nearly at completion. Thank you to all the staff and students involved – it has been a huge, combined effort but a rewarding experience for all!

All Wind Bands are due to record on Monday 21 June at Riverlife at Seventeen Miles Rocks. Please check the schedule on the ATC App for your ensemble times. Riverlife is an amazing professional venue and this will be a great experience for all musicians.  Please ensure you have advised Music Department via email music@atc.qld.edu.au if you are not available on this occasion.

Clubs News

Please see the below updates for clubs and activities for Term 2.

Homework Clubs

The end of Week 8 brings a close to another successful term of Homework Club. We would like to thank those students who attended Homework Club this term to receive additional academic support in Mt. Sion and Westcourt iCentre. Although Homework Club has finished for the term, Westcourt iCentre will be open in Week 9 on Monday and Wednesday until 4:30pm.

Now Finished for Term 2
These clubs will NOT operate in Week 9- Art Club Year 6; Board Riders; Canoe Polo; Cooking Club – Year 4; Esports; Fishing Club; Mountain Biking and Robotics.

Finishing Week 9
These clubs WILL operate in the last week of Term- Actors Studio; Cooking Club – Year 7, Group 2 Final session; Chess Club (Introductory/ Intermediate); Chess Club (Queen’s Gambit); Golf – Group 3; SLOG; Hip Hop – Eisteddfod Monday Night


COMMUNITY NEWS

ATC Long Lunch

The Ambrose Treacy College Foundation invites you to the third ATC Long Lunch on Sunday 12 September at 12.00pm on Brothers oval. This community event aims to raise funds to support a bursary for a young man to attend the College who may not otherwise have the opportunity. Tables of 10 are $750. Our 2019 and 2020 Old Boys are encouraged to attend at the special price $25 a head. Food is BYO or why not order from Rosalie Gourmet Deli and have your food delivered to the event. Entertainment is provided and drinks are for sale. We look forward to bringing the community together to support the Ambrose Treacy College Foundation.
Please CLICK HERE to secure your tickets.
Please CLICK HERE to view the Rosalie Gourmet Market Menu. here. This is an 18+ only event.

World Refugee Day Welcome Event

Join us on World Refugee Day, Sunday 20 June 2.00pm at St John’s Cathedral, to welcome our new friends, pray, celebrate and recommit ourselves to work for unity in the world. All welcome!

St Ignatius Parish’s Annual Women’s Night of Spirituality. 

With great pleasure, St Ignatius will be presenting the 15th Annual Women’s Night of Spirituality on Wednesday 28 July at St Ignatius church Toowong from 6pm when dinner will be served followed at 7.30pm for the event. This year’s speakers are Fr Richard Leonard sj, World renowned Author and Speaker & Dr Danielle Anne Lynch, Theologian,  Musician, Teacher at Marist College, Ashgrove. “CLICK HERE”: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/womens-night-of-spirituality-tickets-156038151311 to book or watch the Live Stream Link   All Welcome.  If you have any queries, contact Allison King pw.toowong@bne.catholic.net.au 

P&F News

SAVE THE DATE: Spring Lunch

Come and celebrate with friends and meet new ones at theATC P&F Spring Lunch on Friday 15 October. Enjoy a fancy high tea and a glass of Prosecco or Non-Alcoholic Prosecco on arrival plus unlimited tea coffee for 2 hours. The day runs from 11.30am to 2.30pm and is being held at the Matriarch, 22 Masters Street Newstead, an historic Newstead warehouse turned exquisite 19th century French style bar. Cost: $60 ($5 of this goes to Breast Cancer research and a charity of our guest speakers choice). Seats are limited to 100 only so keep an eye out for more details coming soon for bookings, guest speaker and raffle prizes!

SAVE THE DATE: Trivia Night

The famous ATC P&F TRIVIA NIGHT is being held on Saturday 31 July, 6pm – 9.45pm. The theme is “Back in Time”. Tables of 8 with be sold at $20 per head. Raffle tickets will be 3 for $10. Tickets go on sale in Term 3. Get your table and outfits together!! Any queries, please contact P&F representative, Suzanne.

Remember to follow our Facebook Page for more stories of ATC and keep an eye on the College App for more important stories.

See you for the last week of Term 2!

David Gardiner

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