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Commemorating Milestones and Celebrating Accomplishments

I was very proud of the way in which our ATC students engaged with our two ANZAC Day ceremonies on Friday. They were respectful, participative, and reflective. So many of our community families are connected to stories of service in theatres of war, through Great Grandparents, Grandparents, Uncles, Aunties and Mums and Dads.

ANZAC Day is a significant day in the Australian story and never about glorifying the tragedy of armed conflict but honours and remembers all those women and men who have served and sacrificed so that we may live as we do today. As our world appears to be in a constant cycle of rapid and reactionary change at present, it was particularly poignant to share in these ceremonies with our young people. We hope and pray for peace in our world.

Year 12 Formal

Warm congratulations and thank you to our Year 12 cohort who enjoyed a fabulous evening at their Formal last Friday evening. It was terrific to be able to host our parents and caregivers at the welcome function and the students and their partners had a great time thereafter. Given the context of the year, there has been considerable ‘crossing of the fingers’ that this group would be able to celebrate this milestone event in this manner and I was delighted for them. Thank you to Ms Liza Peapell and Mr Conor Finn for their organisation of the event and to all families for your support.

Literary Festival

A love of language, reading, writing, story making and story- telling are all vital for young people and their well-being, development and engagement with cultures, communities, self -conception and reflection and the world around them. In recent years, we have had a particular focus on cross curricular literacy skills and our annual Literary Festival activities are an important aspect of this strategy. We look forward to a great cross section of guests, experiences and conversations and I thank Mrs Kristy Reynoldson and her team for what I know will be a rich week for students, staff, parents, and caregivers alike.

Mother’s Day

May is the month of Mary in the Catholic calendar and, of course, Mother’s Day is celebrated on Sunday 8 May. The College will host two twilight functions from 5-6.30pm on site, to celebrate the special Mum’s, Grandmothers, and significant female caregivers in the lives of our students. Thank you to the ATC Parents and Friends volunteers who will assist with the facilitation of these events. Tickets go on sale via Parent Lounge. Please SAVE THE DATE: Years 4 to 6 -Tuesday 17 May and Years 7 to 12 – Tuesday 24 May 2022

Mr David Gardiner, Deputy Principal

Mr Gardiner is taking some well-deserved professional renewal leave for the second half of this term. We wish he, and his wife, Sue, the very best for this time and for the professional development he will undertake. Edmund Rice Education Australia have appointed Mr Conor Finn as Acting Deputy Principal for this time. We congratulate Conor and wish him well for this experience. The College is presently facilitating an internal process for the position of Acting Dean of Formation for this time.

COVID Update

At present, we have 24 students or 1.8% of the student body COVID positive and 5 teachers. There are presently no administration or support staff COVID positive. As you are aware, close contact rules change of this Thursday at 6pm. Thank you for familiarising yourself with these Queensland Health guidelines. We will provide a synopsis during the week when details for schools are finalised and confirmed.

Federal Election Parent Forum

An important forum hosted by Catholic School Parents Queensland will take place on Wednesday 4 May from 7-8pm at Our Lady of the Rosary School, 1 Kenmore Road Kenmore. Hear what the Ryan Electorate candidates have to say about supporting your child’s Catholic education and their future.

Enquiries can be emailed to info@cspq.catholic.edu.au

Community Prayers

I ask the community to please place the following students and their families of the ATC community in your thoughts and prayers following the recent loss of family members. Will Mickleson, Year 9 on the loss of his grandfather and Jackson Powe, Year 6, on the passing of his grandmother. We hope that the passage of time will help heal the pain of their passing. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen.

God bless.

Chris Ryan