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Coming Up Week 9

What a week it has been for our Year 12 OP students. They sat the four components of the QCS Test on Tuesday and Wednesday, along with thousands of Senior students across the State. For ATC the QCS had an extra special significance as it was our very first QCST and due to the change in Senior schooling in Queensland, was also our last ever QCST. The Year 12’s did their very best, as we ask of ATC students. They were well prepared by Ms Kath Little and her team, they stay focussed, were calm and worked to the end of each of the demanding sessions.

The week has ended with two 2020 Orientation mornings. Our soon to be new Year 4 students were full of excitement and bubbling energy and on Friday we had 75 new 2020 Year 7 students. In addition, we also have several new students across the year groups. I felt the new families certainly left with a good appreciation of the community that ATC is – welcoming, friendly, engaging, entertaining and one that offers wonderful opportunities. Thanks to everyone who were involved over these two days to welcome our new families.

The exam block commences next week and families should be familiar with their specific exam schedules that have been published to the College App and on SEQTA documents.

Please read on for the details of all the action for the last two weeks of Term. If you missed Mike Senior’s special Child Protection blog this week, click here to catch up.

School Fee Payment Options

ATC offer a variety of ways for families to pay their school fees. Our Direct Debit option lets you spread your fees over twelve months paying either fortnightly, monthly or quarterly payments. For parents looking for alternative payment arrangements over an extended period of time, (longer than 12 months) we are now offering Edstart, a flexible and low-cost way for you to pay for your son’s education over a time frame that suits your budget. With Edstart, you can fund your tuition fees and levies, VET courses and club fees, tours and tournaments, voluntary building fund contributions, as well as other charges such as uniforms, private music tuition and any amounts outstanding. Apply online at EDSTART The simple three-step process: Calculate => Select Payment => Application can be completed within minutes. Once approved, Edstart will pay the College on the four term instalment dates and you will make regular monthly, fortnightly or weekly payments to Edstart. Please note, in providing information about Edstart, we do not provide any recommendations, brokering or advice services. We do not receive referral fees, commissions or other remuneration from Edstart. If you have any queries, please contact Edstart on 1300 139 445 or click here to email their team.

Community Farewell and Afternoon Tea for Michael Senior

As part of our preparations for Mr Senior’s retirement at the end of this year we have planned an opportunity to say farewell and thank you. Please join us for a complimentary Community Farewell and Afternoon Tea on Saturday 19 October, from 3pm to 4.30pm on Brothers Oval. A cash bar will be operating. To assist us with catering please CLICK HERE to RSVP. The event is open to all families who have had a connection with NJC/ATC and Mr Senior, so please pass on this information to any interested families. RSVPs close 9pm Monday 13 October.

Jazz by the River

Join us on Saturday 19 October at 4.30pm for the annual Jazz by the River event, following Michael’s Farewell and Afternoon Tea. Showcasing our outstanding Jazz Musicians, Hip-Hop Dancers and Visual Artists the evening will culminate with a performance from renowned Jazz Artist, Mal Wood. Pre-purchase food online or bring your own picnic. No BYO alcohol due to licensing restrictions. Food and beverage stalls will be operating at the event. CLICK HERE to buy your tickets, pre-purchase food, raffle tickets and ‘Jazz Money’. Note: Jazz Money makes purchasing food and drinks faster and easier. By reducing the amount of cash being handled, we reduce queues and waiting times. Please pre-order your Jazz Money online. Bookings close 9pm Monday 13 October.

Key Dates

Tuesday 10 September | Year 12 Formation classes Guest Speaker: Kyl Reber
Tuesday 10 September | Term 2 & 3 Sports Awards evening
Wednesday 11 September | Year 4 – Afternoon of the Infamous incursion
Friday 13 September | P & F Spring Lunch
Wednesday 18 September | AMEB Soloists Concerts – 5 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm – Chapel
Thursday 19 September | Yr 7 – 9 Interhouse Swimming Carnival
Thursday 19 September | Yr 10 – 12 Interhouse Swimming Carnival
Friday 20 September | Last day of Term 3 (students finish at 3pm)


Year 4 Dance Performance

As we approach the end of year, one of our most significant College events is our ‘Night of Excellence’. This night not only recognises the outstanding excellence of students in many fields across the College, but it also is an outstanding platform to showcase our students. In 2019, Year 4 have been selected to perform on this evening to display their dance routine that they will be learning as part of the Physical Education Curriculum in Term Four. It will be an amazing occasion for all classes as they perform on stage and it is expected that all students be present for the entire evening. Students will be learning their dance routine during PE Lessons on Tuesdays. To assist Mr Jared D’Roza, the College has enlisted the support of Amanda Middleton as choreographer. We can’t wait to see our young Fred Astaires, gliding and tapping across the stage!

Year 12 Term 4 Events

In support of your son and family during this time please find below some information regarding a range of formative events in Term 4:
Tuesday 5 November: Senior School House Assembly (Students Only) An informal occasion for the House to acknowledge the contribution of the Seniors.
Thursday 7 November – Tuesday 12 November Students will be on Block Exams.
Wednesday 13 November: Year 12 Reflection Day (Students Only) Compulsory occasion for students to reflect on their journey at Ambrose Treacy College. Further details will be forwarded via the College App in the coming weeks.
Thursday 14 November: Year 12 Celebration Assembly Parents and Caregivers are welcome to attend the Year 12 Celebration Assembly in the Xavier Centre from 8:25am. It will be an occasion for the College to acknowledge the Seniors’ contribution and for the Seniors to thank the staff and community.
Thursday 14 November: Year 12 Mass and Valedictory Dinner Students and guests meet at St. Stephen’s Cathedral from 4:45pm. The College opens the invitation for family members to attend the Mass. The Valedictory Dinner is at the Howard Smith Wharves, Rivershed, from 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start. As numbers are limited the College invites students and two additional guests for each student to attend. Please Click Here to RSVP for the Valedictory Dinner by 31 October 2019.
We look forward to celebrating with your son and family throughout these important occasions and trust they will be memorable rites of passage in transitioning to becoming Old Boys of Ambrose Treacy College. See the College App for more details of the Valedictory evening’s proceedings.


Last Friday, the 2020 student leaders from EREA schools in Brisbane met to follow in the footsteps of Patrick Ambrose Treacy. From the century old buildings at St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace, to the modern riverside campus of Ambrose Treacy College, #EREA students and staff discovered the life, legacy and lessons of Ambrose in action. After sharing morning tea on our picturesque Westcourt Deck, students made their way to the historic St Joseph’s Nudgee College to visit the museum. The tour finished at the Nudgee cemetery, with students participating in a liturgy with Brother Regis Hickey, the author of Ambrose’s biography. Our 2020 student leaders, Tom, Mitchell and Rory were able to spend time reflecting on their personal challenge to be pioneers of positivity, opportunity and individual excellence.

Community Mass


Walk for Brain Cancer

As a major Junior School Service initiative, we once again invite students, families and friends of Ambrose Treacy College Junior School to join Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and the Newro Foundation for an inspirational 5km walk through 7th Brigade Park, Chermside on Sunday 27 October. Students and families are asked to register under the 2019 Ambrose Treacy College and where possible boys can set a target for additional donations. Boys that register will also gain 3 Service hours towards their service journal. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure registration with our team. CLICK HERE to register.

Quizit St Aidans

Students in Years 7-12 are invited to join St Aidan’s Interact Club trivia fundraiser Quizit on Wednesday 9 October (Week 1 Term 4) to raise awareness and funds for Headspace, an Australian non-profit organisation for youth mental health. More information is contained in the letter on the College App. Please register your son by CLICKING HERE.

Service Learning

With a national focus this week on child safety and protection during #NationalChildProtectionWeek the College reinforces the message that we all have a role to play in protecting children from harm. David Robertson’s wisdom on keeping children safe offers valuable insight from a man who has worked with Taskforce Argus. CLICK HERE to read Dave’s blog.

As your son continues his Service-Learning journey for 2019, I encourage you to take the time on the drive home, or around the dinner table, to ask some questions about their experience. No doubt, some Service experiences are more ‘involved’ than others, with more issues to consider; however, even volunteering at a local school fete, or cleaning a storage room, or participating in a fun-run can be reflected upon, and thus learning can occur. Click here for this week’s Service blog.


From the Classroom

Our micro students are learning new skills this term, venturing up to the ‘big school’ laboratories for their experiments and investigations into microbes. Exploring the effects of different amounts of sugar on yeast and water, they collected carbon dioxide gas given off in the balloons and measured the circumference. The conclusion was the balloon had put on a little bit of weight around the middle!

Year 12 Brisbane City Council Apprentice Applications 2020

Applications for the 2020 apprentice intake is now open via Council’s careers website from 1-15 September 2019. There are a number of roles in a diverse range of trades located across Brisbane and within various industries, including:
• construction: electrical, plumbing, painting and decorating
• automotive: auto electrical, heavy vehicle mechanical, auto manufacturing, signage and graphics
• horticulture: parks and gardens
CLICK HERE for more information available on the Council Apprenticeship Program website
or you can contact the Council on 07 3403 8888.

Year 4 Afternoon of the Infamous

Year 4 boys are busily putting together their displays for the ‘Afternoon of the Infamous’ event in the NJ Hall on Wednesday 11 September. The Infamous Museum will open in the Nudgee Junior Hall at 1:45pm and close at 3:00pm. Other year levels, their teachers, parents and caregivers are invited to view the interactive displays during this time. Year 4 students are encouraged to dress as a convict or a character of the era. Full details on the College app.

Year 10 – Enrolling at TAFE and Career Outcomes

The applications to enrol in a TAFE at School course in Year 11 2020 are open. A comprehensive list of information on how to apply and all the relevant requirements and links are now available on the College APP. Applications close at the end of Term 3. If you any questions regarding the courses available or queries about the enrolment process, please contact Mrs Kath on 3878 0545.

ATCareers Bulletin

The latest edition of the ATCareers Bulletin is now available on the College APP or download via the link below. In this edition, there is information about post-Year 12 study options, apprenticeship pathways, Australian Defence Force Information sessions and QTAC and University requirements. Very important reading for all Year 11 and 12 students and their parents. If your require more information about any of the articles, please CLICK HERE to contact Michelle Kath, Head of Senior Pathways.


Year 12 A Day in the Life of a Scientist
Students studying Year 12 Biology will be participating in an excursion to QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute on October 11 to learn about how scientists use their knowledge of genetics and inheritance to solve problems and help cure or prevent inheritable diseases. Students will hear from researchers at the forefront of discovery and complete hands-on experiments using state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. Students must wear their formal uniform including suitcoat and tie. Students will be leaving the College on the bus at 8:30am and will return by 3pm. If you have any questions please contact Kristy Freer or Janine McGrath.

Year 11 Biology Excursion
Year 11 Biol students will travel to Nudgee Beach on Friday 8 November as part of the completion of the mandatory field work, practical activities and the internal assessment items for Biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life. Students will investigate and evaluate the biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics of Moreton Bay Marine Park at Nudgee Beach. Boys will wear appropriate casual clothes, closed in shoes and hat. They will need to bring their own lunch and water. The bus will depart school early at 8.10am. Please be at school by 8am. Bus returns to ATC by 3pm.

Year 9 Justice and Peace Studies SAVE THE DATE
Year 9 Justice and Peace Studies students will visit the Brisbane Police Museum on Tuesday 5 November with a guided tour of the museum and court facilities. This excursion aims to develop students’ understanding of our judicial system and processes. Students will depart the College by bus at 8.25am and return at 11.20am. Participating students are to bring a water bottle, pen and workbook. School bags should be left in their lockers, there is no need to bring them on this excursion. There will not be an opportunity to purchase food so students should bring their own morning tea to be eaten on the bus back to the College.


Sports Awards Night

We celebrate our Term 2 & 3 sports on Tuesday night at our Term 3 Sport Awards Night. Come along from 5:30pm to the Year 7 Undercroft where pre-ordered food is available, along with a cash/eftpos bar. Please go to the following link to order food. Please check the app for all information regarding the night.

Club Basketball

Good luck to our First and Second V teams as they play their Semi-final games on Friday night at BBC. The boys would love support for as many supporters as possible. Please check TWIS for game times.
Our Primary teams play against Iona this week, in their second last round for the season.
Our House Basketball season has wound up for the season. Well done to all who participated, both players and our great coaches.


Our Cricket trials have begun this week, with plenty of enthusiasm down on Jack Bowers Oval. We look forward to our ATC Pre-season Cricket Camp on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 September for our registered ATC Cricketers. Please check the app for information and registration details.

House Touch Football

Finals get underway on Thursday 12 September for ALL House Touch Teams. Final draw will be posted after this week’s Semi round. Canteen will be operating on the day.


Triathlon and Aquathlon Program is well under way for the new season. It’s been a terrific start to the season for the ATC triathletes and aquathletes. Over the first few weeks of training we have seen over 25 athletes regularly attending training. Things are looking great for the season ahead. Over the first few weeks we have been assessing the fitness levels of all the athletes and running sessions designed to build up their base fitness. So far we have been working on swim fitness and technique for those who need it, basic bike skills for triathletes and developing running fitness for all. This week Coach Sophie and Vinnie even put the boys through the beep test. In the 2 weeks prior to the end of term 3 we will be starting to coach the boys in transition skills as we approach the first ATC targeted event; Qld Triathlon Series Race 1 at Robina on Sunday 29 September. Please see the below link where parents can register their boys for this race.”: As a further reminder, please do not forget to register your junior athlete for the All Schools Triathlon & Aquathlon at Kawana on 27 October. Please CLICK HERE for the registration link. If parents have any questions about these events please CLICK HERE to contact Mr Fidler. ATC Tri Suits are coming! The on-line store for ATC tri suits will be opening in the coming days and a link to order will be shared on the ATC portal.

Junior School Interhouse Swimming Carnival

Junior School Inter-house Swimming Carnival which will take place on Friday 20 September. The focus of the carnival is participation with boys competing to assist their House to become the champions on the day. This year the carnival will also host the Age Championship events for our competitive swimmers. All boys are encouraged to display their House spirit through colour, wigs and house related costume attire which they can change into after the ‘End of Term Liturgy’ in the morning. Parents are most welcome to attend the day.


Drama Performance

Arts Week may be weeks away but our budding drama stars are treading the boards rehearsing for their big performances on Monday 14 October at 6.30pm. Arts week will once again be a feast for the senses, with our visual art exhibition ARTery, music, drama and the big event, our Jazz by the River!

P&F News

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and more chances for friendraising! Year 5 parents got together for dinner and enjoyed a relaxed evening at a local restaurant. The Spring Lunch is only a week away and over 150 mums will enjoy catching up and supporting the McGrath Foundation. Jo JO’s have extended our allocated space so bookings have been extended til tonight at 10pm. Book now and join us in a great day of ladies fun! Dress code is ‘A Splash of PINK!’
Please click here to book your tickets
please click here to email Prue Moloney, Event Coordinator, if you have any queries.

The P&F are looking for assistance in the organisation and running on the day. We are particularly looking for anyone with an interest and availability to assist with co-ordinating the decorations and the BBQ. Any assistance with set-up, working on the bar, cooking burgers or serving are all gratefully accepted. CLICK HERE sign-up for shifts via the VolunteerLocal website.
CLICK HERE to contact Brenda Forrest, P&F Music Support Group's Volunteers Coordinator, if you have volunteering queries.

Coordinator for Staff Xmas Lunch

Christmas might be 16 weekends away but the P&F are already planning to host a Christmas Lunch for Staff in the first week of December. Helen Davidson is handing over the mantle this year and looking for a new coordinator for this event. All planning schedules and notes will be passed onto the new coordinator and she is happy to discuss all aspects of the role. If you would like to be involved with the P&F and you enjoy planning catered lunches for 200 people, please click here to email Helen Dunn, P&F Secretary.

Michael Senior’s Farewell Gift

A Message from P&F President, Brett Solomon
In recent times, as the school prepares for the retirement of Mike Senior to a well-earned rest with family and friends, the P&F has been approached by a number of parents that would like to honour Mike’s long tenure at the college with a gift in appreciation of his efforts. It was thought by the P&F that it might be best if funds were pooled with any family that would like to make a contribution being welcomed to do so, such that a single more substantial memento of Mike’s time at the school might be presented to him on behalf of the families of ATC. A donation page has been set up to facilitate this process. In deference to Mike, we emphasise that contributions, while welcome, are in no way expected. Please click here to make a contribution.

Book Club Read Between the Wines 12 September

The next scheduled Bookclub gathering will be on Thursday 12 September at 7.30pm where we will discuss “The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone”- part mystery, part coming of age story is set in a distant suburb over the long hot summer of 1992. It’s the summer of the school’s Showstopper concert. The summer Tikka never forgot. The summer the Van Apfel sisters disappeared. Blackly comic, sharply observed and wonderfully endearing. Please click here to let Rachel Ames know if you can make it to bookclub and to receive the address and host name.


Toowong State School Fete

Toowong Hands and Heart Fair is tomorrow, Saturday 7 September at Toowong State School from 11:00am. Michael Berkman, the Greens MP for Maiwar, is speaking at 12:00pm and has volunteered to sit in the water dunking machine from 12:15pm. What swimming costume do you suggest he wear? Click here and vote now!

Little Surf Lifesavers

The first Little Lifesavers Program at Southbank Lagoon is coming up in the September School Holidays from 23 -27 September 8am to 10am each morning. To register your son and see more information please CLICK HERE. The Little Lifesavers Program is designed to be fun, engaging and a great way to educate children on the important aspects of water safety, whilst also increasing their skills and confidence in the water with a variety of water safety and lifesaving techniques which are vital skills leading into this summer season.

I hope you enjoy the final week of Term 3. Remember to book you tickets for our signature event of the year ‘Jazz by theRiver’. All the best for a positive end to the term and for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.
Don’t forget to follow the stories of ATC via our blog ATConnect.

Conor Finn
Dean of Formation