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‘Esprit de Corps’

I will be honest, my French is pretty limited, so to say that Esprit de Corp is my favourite French phrase doesn’t mean a great deal! Nevertheless, esprit de corps – a feeling of pride and mutual loyalty shared by the members of a group – is my favourite French phrase and more importantly is the perfect way to describe the tone at ATC this year.

Whether it is in class groups, ensembles, teams, squads or friendship groups, the pride in who we are and how we go about doing what we do is tangible!

Over the past few weeks we have seen our community hit the ground running in all areas of College life. Whether the boys are new or continuing it is great to see the engagement end commitment to ATC.

A great example of this is trail running. This morning saw over 70 boys, parents and staff out running. Some were preparing for cross country, some putting in the hard yards for rugby, AFL or football pre-season and some chasing off the last of the Christmas parties! Whatever the motivation for being there, the commitment was evident and the effort was commendable. With the launch of our new house system today, no doubt the spirit amongst our community will continue to grow!

Sport Education Breakfast – Strength and Conditioning

Each year we facilitate Sport Education sessions which cover a range of topics relevant to sport. Students, parents, siblings and staff are very welcome to attend. Our first Sport Education session is on Thursday 16 February and will be held at Westcourt from 6.45am to 8.00am. A coffee van will be available and a light breakfast will be provided. The topic for this terms breakfast is Strength and Conditioning. We will be covering the context of contemporary lifestyles and the implications on the body, an overview of the philosophy and the facilitation of the ATC Strength and Conditioning program and the correlation between Strength and Conditioning and performance in sport. This talk is open to all members of the ATC community. We hope to see you there! RSVP to

Check out on the app this week:

- Cross Country, Rugby and Football pre-season information
- Weekend Fixtures, team lists and results
- ATC Swimming Age Championships Nominations
- Sports Education Breakfast Info

Cricket Update

Please refer to the app each week for the canteen and set up duties and go to Volunteerlocal to register your name and grab a timeslot.
These teams are responsible for set up, canteen and pack up on Saturday 11 February. Please refer to the app for full details of duties. 4 Ulster, 4 Leinster, 6B, 7 Gold, 6C, 6 Gold Teams.

Aquatics Update

Swimming at ATC has again this year been very well attended by our boys. We continue to see all levels of swimmers from our development swimmers to our recreational and competitive swimmers continue to attend training sessions and follow the path of continually trying to improve themselves.

Whether they are developing a lifelong skill or trying to improve their sporting success, it is excellent to see the sustained commitment to the swimming program.
On the competitive side of the program, ATC have had a number of events already this year with a few more major events still to come.

Brother Miller Shield – 48 boys attended Nudgee College last Friday night to compete at this event. The effort of our boys was outstanding and at the end of the night we finished only 30 points behind Brisbane State High School and closer to the Nudgee and Terrace than we have ever been. This was a great effort considering we still do not have year 11 and 12 students.

West Taylor Bridge Trials – 19 boys went to St Peter’s College on Wednesday to compete in 10-12 years WTB swimming trials. Our swimmers were very competitive and their efforts were outstanding. At the end of the day, 9 ATC swimmers had made the West Taylor Bridge team to compete at the Metropolitan West Swimming trials.

*ATC School Age Championships*– This event is on Friday 10 February at the ATC pool starting at 5.00pm. We would like to see many students entering this event and if you have not already entered by filling out the form located under swimming on the school app then see Mr Paul Jones today to secure a place in this event. It is an event for everyone to participate in and not just the best swimmers.

Other events still to come this term are Metropolitan West Swimming Trials, Dual in the Pool with Brigidine College, QCIS championships and QLD Schools State Championships. We wish all boys every success in the upcoming events.

Water Polo at ATC is coming towards the end of their season. We have had two teams competing in the Brisbane water polo competition. These teams have shown a massive improvement throughout the season and at this stage our u/14 team is sitting in position to play in the finals in a few weeks’ time. A huge congratulations go to the players, coaches and Mrs Fiona Kearney for continually striving to make water polo a successful sport in our college. We look forward to the coming finals and the future growth of water polo at ATC.

Music Update

This week has seen the start of all Woodwind, Percussion and Brass instrumental lessons and we are in full swing here in the Music Department. Regardless of the fact that is so early in the year, the musicians were at their very best – an indication of the year to come!

Welcome to our new musicians and their families who are joining the instrumental music program this year. We hope that this is the beginning of a fantastic, life-long music experience!

Remember men, that like everything in life, hard work is the best way to achieve great results. Practise your instrument every day for 20-30 minutes and then you can be proud of your achievements and commitment.

Dave Capra, Head of Co-curricular Activities