In ancient Maori times, the haka was used in both time of conflict and peace. In essence, the tangata whenua or tribe from an area would lay down a challenge which was followed by a response from the manuhiri or visiting party. The haka was and still is an opportunity to display pride, strength and loyalty.
On doing a little research around the haka I discovered the words challenge, response, pride, strength and unity resonated with me the most. In life we are often presented with challenges and the way we respond to these challenges are a significant part of who we are. Whether it is a global challenge such as the treatment of refuges and asylum seekers, human trafficking, climate change or acts of terror, or personal challenges such as loss, disappointment, heartbreak, dealing with perceived failure or a breakdown in family relationships, our response to such adversity is indeed a test and an opportunity to learn more about ourselves.
Interestingly, when we look at the life of Jesus, he both laid down the challenge and provided the response. By challenging the societal norms of the time, He inspired us to respond through love and understanding, rather than through judgement and punitive means. Jesus challenges us to celebrate our shared humanity (unity).
Daily we see ATC students responding to challenges. These might be academic or sporting in nature, they might be a difficult social situation that calls for an individual to step forward and stand against a crowd, it might be stepping outside a comfort zone in the interest of serving others or dealing with the ups and downs of family life. When we see our boys responding to these challenges, we see pride in who they are, their upbringing, their faith and their values; we see strength in their conviction and determination to overcome and succeed; we see unity in the relationships that they have with the friends, their families and the ATC staff.
Like the challenge laid down by the tangata whenua, we are called to respond, both as individuals and as a community, and through pride, strength and unity, we are the manuhiri, who accept the challenge and respond.
If you want to learn a little more about the Haka, check out this clip
Sailability is a volunteer organization that provides a friendly environment and active sailing for people with disabilities regardless of age and level of disability. It is an international program first introduced to Australia in the 1990s, which has grown to being available in every state. It represents helping hands, teamwork and looking out for each other. It is all about people in the community joining forces to help others. ATC commenced its involvement with Sailability through The Reid Family connection to the organisation. Each Tuesday Therese Reid picks up 4 year nine students and takes them to the Graceville Sailing Club so that they can assist with rigging boats, launching and generally helping out wherever they can. The boys really get a lot out of the experience and come back feeling really good about helping out in a real way and assisting people who really appreciate their help.
Josh Malherbe in Year 9 spent a week of the holidays looking after a group of year 4 boys at day camp. They sang songs, did craft activities, said prayers, built gunyahs, kayaked and played laser force. Josh was well and truly exhausted after chasing after his very energetic young group but he enjoyed his week immensely particularly the leadership training days and socials too. Josh is happy to be mentoring young boys as he himself was at day camps.
Kokoda Memorial Day
Well done to the group of Year 8 gentlemen who attended the Kokoda Memorial Day in Corinda on Sunday, representing the College by playing an important role in the service. Tom Perissinotto was part of a group of Year 8 students including Tom MacGeorge, Raj Jethwa, Sam Hicks, Kyle Daylight and Matt VanRooyen who lay wreaths in honour of the servicemen and women who lost their lives on the Kokoda.
On Sunday six of our finest Year 9 men attended a touch tournament hosted by Darra-Jindalee Life Teen and St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland. The opportunity provided the like-minded youth from around the Brisbane archdiocese to make connections through sport. The full day of touch saw the boys play 4 games throughout the day to reach the grand final. Although they went down, the boys played with great spirit and took a lot out of the community based program. Well done gents.
Cu Chullain Awards Week 7
Year 4: Jonathon Wong, Hamish McCarthy, William Musgrave, Tobie Williams, Matthew Zischke
Year 5: Sean Bennett Harry Tucker Matthew Collins Matthew Smith
Year 6: Linus Borger, Joseph Lindenburg, Dane Ball, Toby Rose
Raphael Barcelon, Mitchell Bradshaw, Sam Carr, Ziggy de Nicolai, Spencer Harris, Jack Hewson, Christian Hiley, Riki Hiranuma, Rory Kerr, Chris Kiel-Chisholm, Riley Morton, Angus Murray, Cameron Neale, Matt Pankhurst, Will Percival Hayes,Tom Perissinotto, Maarten Raven-Beets, Lachlan Shanahan, Jack Snare, Ryan Webb, Tim Wright.
Live Jesus in our Hearts, forever!
Mr Dave Capra, Acting Dean of Formation