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Hospitality Expands Community and Builds Relationships

Term 2 is roaring along with us in the blessed position where increasingly, activities and events are able to be facilitated normally. It was a delight to host our Mothers and significant Caregivers at the Parents and Friends Mother’s Day function on Friday.

The beautiful riverside setting of the Year 8 area behind the Edmund Rice Building was picture perfect. Thank you to the P and F team led by Ben Prain and all of the volunteers who made it possible and to our Communications, Property, Finance and Administration teams for their support and all students who led by example through their service.

Game Day Hospitality


Thank you to our volunteers who came forward to help out at the Jack Bowers Canteen (Eamonn’s Cafe) on Saturday. It is great to re-introduce this hospitality and your time is greatly appreciated.

There will be more opportunities to volunteer on game days and a notice requesting your help will be posted on the College App.


Lip Sync Battle

Our annual Interhouse Lip Sync battle, held last Friday is always a big hit. Staff and students who haven’t seen it before are sometimes surprised by how ‘into it’ the boys are. Boys love competition and the safe opportunity to take some risks and not take themselves too seriously. The choreography, costuming and creativity are all great leadership and team building exercises and the activity is just good fun. As always, our Year 12 students had the opportunity to shine through their leadership and example and seized the chance with both hands. Our culture is on show here and messages about spirit, inclusivity, positive relationships and support were implicit throughout the four house efforts. Congratulations to dual winners Connacht and Ulster and to the Year 10 and 11 students, Senior Leaders, Homeroom Teachers and Heads of House of the Senior School.

Reef and Rainforest Tour

Best wishes to our Year 6 students and staff who head north to the Cairns area this week for Camp. Our annual Canberra trip wasn’t possible this year and we are very happy that this excursion north for a terrific range of curriculum linked and fun activities is possible. I am sure this will be a memorable experience for the boys and thank our staff for their support.

Interviews

We look forward to our Year 4 enrolment interviews which commence this week. With very strong interest in our Year 7 entry for the next few years and a growing waiting list for this entry point, Year 4 or 5 is becoming an even more important consideration for local families wishing to join the ATC community. We are thinking that, in 2022, it is likely that we will hit our target, set back in 2015 when the College was founded, of a student population of 1350. That is growth of approximately 1000 students over 7 years!

Consent

The dialogue in our wider community continues about the important topic of consent. Our internal reviews and reflections are ongoing to ensure we support our students in this key formation issue. We are also linking with neighbouring schools for young women and external expertise. One such person is Lawyer, Adair Donaldson who presents workshops in a range of schools on this topic. We have engaged Adair for some student and parent workshops in August and will advertise the details of this on the coming weeks. In the meantime, I read an article in the ABC News this morning and I share it with you below as another resource for your reflection and use as you wish. Thank you for your ongoing support of the College and your son.

How do you talk to a child about consent? Three experts share their tips:
Consent can seem like an unwieldy topic for parents when even the law grapples with how to interpret when and how it is given, withheld or revoked. So how do you talk to your kids about it? CLICK HERE to read the full ABC story.

Prayers

I ask the community to please keep Mrs Cath Esbensen, Co-curricular Music Teacher in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of her Mother. We hope the passage of time will help heal the pain of losing her. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon her, may she rest in peace. Amen.

God bless

Chris Ryan