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Here Comes Term 3!

Holidays are an opportunity to have a break from normal routines. This hopefully is a refreshing time for staff and students. Term 3 begins next Monday – 15 July – for all students. The day will begin with a College assembly in St Francis Xavier Centre at 8.25 am where we will officially start Semester 2 plus welcome back Mr Senior as College Principal.

Students are expected to wear their formal uniform until Father’s Day. Hopefully where needed the holidays have also been a time to get an appropriate haircut for the start of term 3. Student timetables for Term 3 are available in SEQTA. Due to elective changes for Years 8 and 9 there are several timetable changes across the College. I recommend every family checks the SEQTA timetable prior to Monday.

Our staff again have been very generous over the holiday period in providing opportunities for our boys. Erin Moffat, Paul Ramsay and Michael Bannon lead a group of students on a cultural exchange tour to Japan. This is a significant contribution from staff – this is Paul’s 20th trip to Japan!! I am sure it has been a memorable time for the boys involved. ATC was represented by 19 boys at our first ever Confraternity Rugby League Carnival. Thanks to Pam Mansfield, Lisa Mortlock, Elliot Jackson, Brett Greinke and Tim O’Rourke for providing this opportunity for the boys. The team found little game success early in the carnival as they were ‘new’ to the game of League. But the improvement during the carnival was significant and the boys were wonderful ambassadors for ATC.

Term 3 also will see several staff changes:-
- Leanne Gordon, who is well known to many of us, will cover most of Sharon Davidson’s classes for Semester 2.
- Annabel Wolf has requested extended family leave for Term 3 and will be replaced by Paul Grealy.
- Kate Nankivell has extended her leave for the rest of the year and will be replaced by Deena Cooper in the Counselling team.
- Dave Sullivan will be on LSL for the first three weeks of Term 3 with his role covered by Shane Koimans/Joshua Bryant, and his classes will be covered by Peter Bancroft.
- Dave Mapleston will be on Paternity and LSL for the first four weeks of Term 3 and will be replaced by Bernie Wong / Kristy Freer (role) and Ashleigh Ramsay (classes).
- Brett and Sally Tompson will be on leave for Term 3 working in Portugal. Brett will be replaced by Natalie Scalia and Alison Conlan. Sally is replaced by Helen Barton.
- We also welcome David Tobin back for the commencement of Term 3.

Elijah and Hamish (Year 8) were spotted supporting Sharni McLean at the AFLW at the Gabba on Saturday afternoon. Thanks to all members of our community who came out in force and joined the ATC crowd cheering on the Lions Womens’ team.

To help your forward planning a number of key dates are listed below.

Key Dates

Sunday 14 July | Operation Rimau Commemorative Service
Monday 15 July | First day of Term 3
Tuesday 16 July | Year 11 Leadership retreat
Tuesday 16 July | Year 10 Senior English Author Visit: Phillip Gwynne
Tuesday 16 July | P & F Meeting
Wednesday 17 July | Year 12 English Shake n Stir Performance
Friday 19 July | Year 10 Geography excursion
Friday 19 July | NAIDOC Mass and Celebrations
Saturday 20 July | State Championships: 10-19yrs Cross Country, Toowoomba
Tuesday 23 July | Year 11 RYDA Program
Wednesday 24 July | Years 10 & 11 2020 Subject Selection Evening for Parents and Students
Thursday 25 July | Years 8 & 9 2020 Subject Selection Evening for Parents and Students
Friday 26 July | Year 7 Excursion to V8’s, Willowbank
Saturday 27 July | Formal Music Concert
Sunday 28 July | Classic Car and Motorcycle Show
Friday 2 August | Brigidine College Dance Years 9-12
Friday 2 August | School of Rock
Tuesday 13 August | Year 12 Formal
Tuesday 13 August | Year 8 excursion
Thursday 15 August | Senior Drama Excursion QPAC
Thursday 15 – 18 August | Queensland Catholic Schools’ and Colleges’ Music Festival (QCMF)
Friday 13 September | Spring Lunch


ICAS Testing

As ATC strives to be a dynamic learning community where students are challenged to participate and aspire to personal excellence, we offer our students external testing challenges such as ICAS (International Competition and Assessments for Schools). The benefit of ICAS is that student achievement can be compared nationally and internationally. Please see the College App for registration details and click here to visit the UNSW website.

Year 9 Class Music Combined Schools Workshop

All students who study Year 9 Class Music (Semester 1 & 2) have been invited to All Hallows’ School on Monday 12 August 2019 to join St. Laurence’s College, Mt Alvernia College and Mt St Michael’s College in a combined schools Class Music workshop. The afternoon workshop will complement and enrich the boys’ curriculum music studies. Times: 2:30pm Meet outside the ATC gym for a 2:45pm Departure. 3:30pm. Afternoon tea supplied by AHS and 4:00pm Workshop. We will depart AHS at 5:45pm and arrive back at ATC at approximately 6:30pm. Students are to wear their full formal uniform and bring class music materials.

2020 QTAC Guide to Further Study

Each Year 12 student will shortly receive a free copy of the 2020 QTAC Guide to Further Study. However, while they wait, they can download the on-line version by clicking here.

QTAC Presentation Evening Wednesday 31 July

All Year 12 parents and students are invited to a presentation from QTAC on Wednesday 31 July at 6.30pm in the Nudgee Junior Hall. The presentation covers how to apply to tertiary institutions, entry requirements, how to order your preferences, important dates/deadlines and information about adjustment schemes. The presentation is one hour and the presenter is more than happy to stay after the session to answer any questions. There will also be a follow-up session for all Year 12 students on Tuesday 13 August at 10am in the Chapel.

Excursions Term 3

Year 10 Geography excursion Friday 19 July
As part of the study for Term 3 Geography – ‘Geography of Wellbeing’, all year 10 Geography students will be participating in an excursion to the University of Queensland for ‘Earth and Environment Day’. Pencil this date into your calendar.

Year 7 Excursion Friday 26 July

In Term 3, students in Year 7 are studying the strand of Physics in Science. As part of our studies, students are exploring the concepts of forces and how we interact with them daily. On Friday July 26, all students in Year 7 will be travelling to the Queensland Raceway at Willowbank to learn more about forces in a real-life context. The purpose of the excursion is to allow students to observe forces such as acceleration and deceleration and how they affect a moving vehicle. Wear – ATC PE Uniform with hat. Bring – morning tea, lunch and water.

Year 8 excursion Tuesday 13 August
As part of the study for Term 3 Geography – ‘Changing Nations’, all year 8 students will be participating in an excursion to West End – Kurilpa precinct, Boundary Street, Davies Park & the new developments on Montague Rd, to investigate high density living, impacts of traffic congestion and the importance of sustaining the quality of life in these areas. Pencil this date into your calendar.

Senior Drama Excursion Thursday 15 August
Year 11 and 12 Drama students will attend Queensland Theatre Company’s performance of Storm Boy on Thursday 15 August as part of their immersion and learning in theatre. Performance date is and takes place at the Playhouse theatre, Southbank. Students will depart school for the theatre at 12.15pm by school bus. Return time to school is approximately 3pm. Students are to wear their full formal uniform.

Year 11 Study of Religion Excursion Thursday 22 August
The SOR class is studying rituals and sacred texts in their study of World Faiths. This will be an opportunity to enrich their learning and broaden their perspective and understanding specifically of Judaism. On Thursday 22 August students will travel to a Brisbane Synagogue. Students are to meet teachers at the bus zone after Homeroom. They must wear the College formal uniform. No morning tea or lunch needs to be taken. Bus departs at 8.45 am and returns by approximately 11.15 am. Boys must have their head covered out of respect so students are asked to bring their ATC cap.

Year 11 Modern History Excursion Friday 30 August
On Friday 30 August all Year 11 MODERN HISTORY students will be travelling to the State Library of Queensland to participate in a guided tour by a member of State Library staff. The State Library is a wonderful resource for students of history and this tour is designed to support them in locating and accessing high quality resources for their upcoming research task for 11 Modern History, i.e., FA3 (Essay based on research). Students will be driven to the venue in the College bus. They will depart the College at approximately 12.30pm on Friday 30 May 2019. The tour will take place from 1pm – 2pm. Following the tour, students are able to stay and access the library facilities and resources for their research task. Students will be required to make their own way home from the venue.
Students are expected to wear their full formal College Uniform. They should have with them a (charged) mobile phone and their equipment required to conduct research following the tour.


Premier’s Anzac Prize 2020

If you would like the opportunity to see the battlefields of WW1 you might consider nominating for the Premier’s Anzac Prize in 2020. The RSL Queensland has partnered with the Department of Education to sponsor the Anzac Prize for the next three years. Each year, eight students will be selected in Queensland to visit the battlefields of Europe where Australian troops fought during World War I. It’s a great opportunity for students to see firsthand the places where our ANZACs fought, and to gain a better understanding of what they went through. This year, ATC student Atticus Solomon (pictured) was privileged to be chosen to join the tour and experienced a trip like no other. Please click here to learn more about how to apply.

Fabric Drive Years 7-9

In our commitment to sustainability, reducing plastic waste and land fill, we have teamed with Boomerang Bags in a project that will help change the world! Students in Years 7-9 will be involved in re-purposing old fabric to make sustainable reusable shopping bags. Sewing machines and all the necessary equipment has been purchased and now all we need is the FABRIC! We are asking for you to donate any unwanted bed linen, including sheets, pillow cases, doona covers or any old fabric (not too thick). This will be sorted, cut and sewn into funky new bags! Students in Year 9 will lead this project and then boys from years 7-9 will have the opportunity to join in the project across the year. See the College App for full details.

Brigidine College Dance Years 9-12

Brigidine College will be hosting a Year 9-12 Dance as part of their College’s 90th Anniversary celebrations on Friday 2 August. The Dance is open to girls from Brigidine College and boys from Ambrose Treacy College ONLY. The theme of the Dance is ‘Through the Generations’ where students are invited to come dressed in a costume that represents a decade from the past 90 years. The dance will be held at the College in Kildare Hall and will be fully supervised by parents and Brigidine College staff. It will be held from 7:00-10:00pm. Tickets cost $10 and are available by clicking here. Possession of a ticket is essential and boys attending must hold a current school photo ID card. Ticket includes a bottle of water and refreshments.

Leadership Retreat Year 11

An essential part of the leadership journey for our 2020 College seniors is the leadership retreat from Tuesday 16 July to 18 July 2019. The retreat is a 3-day, 2-night event to be held at Camp Laurence at Moogerah Dam. The 2020 Leadership Team will cook a Brotherhood breakfast from 7:30am. Then students will be transported to the venue. Please see full details on the College App and CLICK HERE to complete the online medical form by 10 June.

Formal Year 12

The Year 12 Formal is an important formative event for students. It will be held in the at Hillstone, Carawa Street, St. Lucia, on Tuesday 13 August. It will begin at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start and will conclude at 11:00pm. Tickets are available to purchase via the TASS Parent Lounge for $130 per student or $260 per couple. The cost covers the hire of the music, photography, function room, security, soft drinks and banquet style food.
Click here for Registration.
Click here to login into Parent Lounge to purchase tickets.

h2.Cyber Safety Parent Information Night Thursday 22 August

Parents and caregivers are invited to an unmissable information session on Cyber Safety presented by Susan McLean, Australia’s foremost expert in the area of cyber safety. Widely known as the ‘cyber cop’ she was the first Victorian Police Officer appointed to a position involving cyber safety and young people. Ambrose Treacy College welcomes Susan on Thursday August 22, NJ Hall at 6.30pm.
Click here to register your attendance.

ATC Driving Guidelines

In the Senior School, more and more of our students are driving to and from school. While most young drivers are careful, safety conscious and considerate when driving, they are one of the most vulnerable road user groups. Travelling with teenage passengers adds to the risk for these young drivers. With this in mind, at Ambrose Treacy College we have a responsibility to take all reasonable measures to ensure the welfare and safety of students. For your consideration, please see the College app for the ATC Driving Guidelines and complete the forms if your son is going to be driving to school. Return forms signed to the Formation Office. In addition, Year 11 students will participate in a partnered Youth Driver Awareness and Education Program facilitated by RYDA on the 23 July.

Faith & Mission


ATC P & F Car and Motorcycle Show
The ATC P & F are running the Classic Car and Motorcycle Show on Sunday 28 July and are eager to have students assist with the logistics of the day.
Please click here to register your son for this service opportunity.

CTK Fun Run Sunday 28 July
ATC students in Middle and Senior School are encouraged to sign up to volunteer to assist with this local community event. Parents please click the link below to register your son.
Click here to register your son for this service opportunity.
Click here for the Facebook event.

Co-curricular News


As most students were setting off for a well-earned three-week break, nearly 50 of ATC’s finest senior musicians immersed themselves in three days of intensive music making at Nudgee College for the inaugural ATC Senior Music Camp. The camp offered a variety of rehearsals, sectionals and incredible workshops with internationally renowned conductors and performers. There was plenty great fun had and even the ATC’s amazing race that took place around the Nudgee College campus. The camp concluded with a concert at Tierney Hall which demonstrated the outstanding work that was done across the three days.

Term 3 will again be busy with two of our major annual events occurring in the first 5 weeks. Please ensure you have the following dates for our Formal Concert and QCMF in your diary and look out for further information shortly. All Co-curricular Music Rehearsals and lessons will be running in Week 1 Term 3. This includes Concert Band at 7am on Monday morning and Junior Band at 7am Wednesday morning. See below the link to download the Term’s rehearsal schedule and this can also be found under the Ensemble tags on the College App. Additional App Notification reminders for Concert Band only will be sent on Sunday 14 July. Some lesson timetables are already on the App and the others will be posted before the term begins. Please check your son’s ensemble and Teachers tags on the App regularly.

Formal Music Concert – Saturday 27 July
Formal Music Concert will be held at Riverlife Church Jennifer Street, Seventeen Mile Rocks on Saturday 27 July from 5.30pm.
Seats for the concert are now available. Tickets are free but you need to reserve them by clicking here to assist us with our preparations.
MYO Hamburgers and raffle tickets are available for pre-order by clicking here.
We will have soft drinks, chips, lollies, a sausage sizzle and home-bake items for sale from 5.30pm.
If you can assist with set-up, serving or by providing some delicious home-baked goods please click here to volunteer.

DATE CLAIMER – Queensland Catholic Schools’ and Colleges’ Music Festival (QCMF) – 15 – 18 August


Book Club Read Between the Wines

The next book we are reading is “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts, in which a convicted Australian bank robber and heroin addict who escaped from Pentridge Prison flees to India. The novel is commended by many for its vivid portrayal of tumultuous life in Mumbai. It’s a decent sized book but luckily we have a bit of extra time over the holidays to get it read; just don’t leave it to the last minute! The next meeting will be at Rachel’s home, on Thursday 18 July at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP by email to let Rachel know if you can make it.

Classic Car and Motorcycle Show 28 July

The whole family is invited to our show and shine event at ATC. There will be a sausage sizzle, hot coffee and amazing vehicles to see. Gold coin donation on entry. There will be a ‘People’s Choice Award’ and all display vehicles will have double spaced parking.
Click here to RSVP online to assist with our catering.
Click here if you would like to show off your car or motorcycle, to register online.
For any enquiries please click here to email the coordinator Paul Burbidge.

School of Rock 2 August TICKETS SOLD OUT

Come join us for a night out at QPAC Theatre on Friday 2 August to see the Broadway hit musical – School Of Rock. We will be meeting at the bar at 6.30pm. With the story is based on a hit movie and the music by Andrew Lloyd Webber this hilarious new musical is set to thrill audiences of all ages. It follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Bring the whole family to our Cultural Night Out. Any questions, please click here to email Lisa Morris.

Trivia Night 10 August

It’s time to exercise your brain and get dressed up for this year’s P&F Trivia Night on Saturday 10 August at 6p in NJ Hall. Tickets are $25 per person or $250 for a table of 10. There are only 22 tables available so get in quick. The theme of the night is ‘BANDS’ so you must text the coordinator, Be Yeo-Bradshaw 0410 160 779 to secure your favourite band. BYO everything including your food, drinks, costumes, table decorations, money for raffles, glassware, cutlery & plates. Table decorating opens from 5pm. Bookings open Monday.

Spring Lunch 13 September

Put it in the diary – the ATC Spring Lunch will be held on Friday 13 September from 11.30am to 2.30pm. Our Guest speaker is from the McGrath Foundation and we aim to raise valuable funds for a breast cancer care nurses. There will be fantastic lucky door prizes and loads of fun! Dress code: ‘A Splash of PINK!’ More information to come in Term 3.

Year 7 Facebook Page

We welcome some new families to year 7 this term and remind all Year 7 parents that they are warmly invited to join the year 7 Facebook Group. The group name is updated each year, so you only need to join ONCE! We already have parent-members for over 75% of the boys in year 7. It’s a great place for casual questions about what’s going on in year 7; last minute reminders about excursions; lost property notices (LOTS of them!) and helpful hints from other parents. Please “ask to join” after you’ve clicked on the link, and ensure you answer the admission questions, so we can properly identify you.
Click here to sign up to be a member.


CTK Fun Run Sunday 28 July

We invite you to join us for a fun and friendly riverside run (or walk) through Graceville, hosted by the Christ the King school community. Choose from our 500m Athletes Foot Indooroopilly Junior Dash, the Fitter Futures 2km or the Place 5km. Entering the CTK Community Fun Run puts you in with a great chance to win some fantastic prizes either as part of our random draw for all participants or for the competitive spirits we have cash prizes for category winners! Whether you’re aiming to be first across the finish line or a first time runner/walker, the greatest reward is getting out and being active as a family and we can’t wait to share this experience with you! Please click the booking link below to enter or check out the Facebook page
Race starts: 8am sharp, Sunday, 28 July 2019 (Check in from 7am)
Starting point: Simpsons Playground (Boat Park) – Graceville Ave / Nadine St, Graceville.
Route: The 500m, 2km and 5km cover a mostly flat course, out and back, along the bike path; 5km course (only) has one supervised road crossing each way and one supervised car park crossing each way.
Click here to book.
Click here for the Facebook event.

Catholic Education Week Parent Dinner

Catholic School Parents Queensland invite you to a Catholic Education Week Parent Dinner on Monday 29 July at Marymac Community Centre Annerley. Andrew Oberthur is Guest Speaker presenting on ‘Building a culture of Trust, Collaboration and Enquiry between Parents and Teachers’. Andrew has been teaching for over 30 years including the last 17 as principal across two schools within Brisbane Catholic Education. His message is relevant to all school settings. Please click here to book for free ticket. to make a booking which will assist with catering.

St Ignatius Parish’s Annual Women’s Night of Spirituality

On Tuesday 30 July at 7.30pm Stuartholme School will host the Toowong Parish’s “Women’s Night of Spirituality”. Guest speakers include Juliette Wright (CEO– Givit Organisation) an inspired and passionate social justice campaigner, Jen Witheriff, an executive leadership coach and leadership course facilitator and
Aunty Evelyn Parkin, an Indigenous Spritual Guide from Quandamooka, who will tell their stories and give inspirational messages. Attendees will be invited to reflect on their own values and priorities. Donations at the door and Supper will be provided. No booking required.

Wishing everyone all the best for a great start to Term 3.

David Gardiner Deputy Principal