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Diversity, Inclusion, Respect & Compassion - a Liberating Education for All

I look forward to the week ahead which acknowledges and celebrates the importance of diversity, inclusion, respect, and compassion for all students in our school community.

The purpose of Empower Week is to affirm all members of our community regardless of their religion, culture, sexuality, identity, gender, or diffability to know that they are loved, valued and welcome at Ambrose Treacy College. As I wrote last week, it is our intention to facilitate other Empower Weeks in the future which give voice to a range of themes.

EREA Principal’s Conference

Last week, I attended the Edmund Rice Education Australia National Principal’s Conference in Wollongong. It was wonderful to be able to gather in person with my fellow Principals across our fifty-five schools and members of our National Executive Leadership Team.

The focus of our gathering was the launch and exploration of the new Edmund Rice Education Australia Learning Statement. This document, which I share with you for your awareness and interest, will assist and inform us over the next few years in reviewing, renewing, and reimagining our approach to learning at Ambrose Treacy College.

Much of what it articulates affirms and confirms what has been established in our young school and also provides us with a rich opportunity to plan for our future with the dynamic of a new National Curriculum roll out and implementation, the continuing growth in understanding of the new Senior Schooling curriculum and assessment model, our aspiration for growth and improvement in our vocational education pathways, our commitment to inclusive practices and diversity and last but definitely not least, our partnership with First Nations families and the Clontarf Foundation.

We look forward to studying and interpreting the EREA Learning Statement in examining how it interrelates with our current learning models, frameworks and focus areas. It is a significant signpost in the story of EREA in its sixteenth year of evolution and in our eighth year of development as it breaks open and deepens our understanding of our first touchstone as a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition, a Liberating Education for our students.

Enrolments

Year 7 for 2023, 2024 and 2025 is now full to overflowing with waiting lists in place which is terrific news for the future of our College. A small number of Year 4 positions for 2023 are still available so if you have family, friends or neighbours considering joining our community, please share the link to our Enrolments webpage.

Co-Curricular Programs

I take this opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate Mr Damian Steele, Mr Jonathan Bolt and Mr Jarrod Turner and their teams for the fabulous work they have done in ensuring the continuity of our co-curricular programs in recent months. The weather continues to be unkind and is impacting programs across numerous schools and our teams have been remarkably resilient, agile, and adaptable in striving to provide as much opportunity as possible for our students. I thank our parent and study body for their understanding and support and assure all of our ongoing commitment to maximising opportunity as much as possible.

Staff News

Paul Ramsey will be taking Long Service Leave for the remainder of the year, and we wish him well for this time. As a result, Tanya Oghanna has been appointed as Acting Coordinator of Japanese and Sharon Mathieson has been appointed as Japanese Teacher in Paul’s absence. Simon Martin has been appointed to the Head of Vocational Education role. We wish Simon every success in this position. Holly Westphal leaves us at the end of this term to take up a Middle Leadership position at another school. We thank Holly for her strong contribution to the ATC story and wish her health and happiness. As a result, Karen Bate has been appointed as Hospitality/Food Technology Teacher. Tim Walker will be going on Long Service Leave for the duration of Term 3. We wish Tim and his young family all the best for this special time. Jared D’Roza has been appointed as Acting Head of HPE during this time.

Sharni Maclean will be returning from maternity leave in Term 3 to fill the teaching gap created by this shuffle, as Middle/Senior School Teacher and therefore, Alison Robins will continue in the Acting Assistant Head of Year 9 role until the end of the year. Brett Cashmere will be going on Long Service Leave for the first five weeks of Term 3 and Maryanne Gillespie has been appointed as Acting Coordinator of Year 5 during this time. Amy West-Sadler will be going on maternity leave in August and Stacey Tait has been appointed as Acting Inclusive Practices Coordinator – Senior School whilst Amy is on leave. Gail Northcote will be on leave for the remainder of the year and Gwenda Burton and Annabel Wolf will be extended in Junior School until the end of the year.

We welcome Vincent Tan who has been appointed as Tuckshop Chef/Cook and Hendra Hendrawan who has been appointed as Kitchen Assistant.

God bless.

Chris Ryan