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Inspirational Leaders and Role Models

The people who have given us hope, peace and a better life

On 5 May, Edmund Rice communities around the world celebrate the life of our Founder and the mission of our schools and ministries. The Edmund Rice Network is truly international and the date of 5 May was selected as all schools are in attendance throughout the world at this time and can usually pause to join in solidarity with Mass and Eucharist.

I say usually as the pandemic will make that hard this year. But at the same time, the pandemic makes our solidarity with each other even more meaningful and important. There are several Edmund Rice schools in India and ministries in Papua New Guinea as two highly relevant examples. Our Founder’s Day is a time to gather in prayers of thanksgiving and in a special way this year, in prayers of solidarity with our sisters and brothers across the globe who share with us in the person, life and mission of Blessed Edmund Rice on whose shoulders we all stand. We pray for all people of the Earth, for safety, peace, healing and hope.

Mother’s Day

We wish all of our Mums and significant Caregivers a Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday. Mothers are crucial leaders, role models and inspirations in the Edmund Rice story with Blessed Edmund’s spiritual devotion to Mary, the Mother of God, the example his own Mother gave him of prayer, hospitality and service, the love he experienced through his marriage to his wife Mary and his daughter Mary and the inspiration for his founding of his mission and the Christian Brothers, his step-sister Joan who encouraged him in his work.

This relationship and tradition has very much continued in the stories of Nudgee Junior and Ambrose Treacy College where the leadership, role modelling and service of Mothers and significant Caregivers of our community have helped lay the foundations of our culture. We greatly look forward to welcoming the Mums of our community to the Parents and Friends Mother’s Day Breakfast this Friday morning and I take this opportunity to acknowledge, celebrate and thank the Mums and female caregivers of ATC and wish them a wonderful day with their families next Sunday.

Ministerial Designation Application

Late last week, our application for a Ministerial Designation was approved by the State Government. This application was lodged over a year ago so this news was very welcome and is a signpost in the continuing development of our College. The application was based on our Master Planning documents and is approved for the next ten year period for the entire property. Our first priority is the duplication and enclosure of the St Francis Xavier Centre and approval allows us to start planning for this possibility.

ATC Online Payment Platform

Today the College introduced a new online payment system called ATC Shop powered by MonitorBM. Students with funds in their ATC Shop account will be able to purchase breakfast, morning tea and lunch from both The Bakehouse and Paddy’s Place tuckshops in addition to paying for bus tickets, replacement laptop cases, ID cards, badges, locker locks, photocopying top up and swimming classes. CLICK HERE to access the ATC Shop and login using your new ATC PARENTS username and temporary password which were emailed from our IT Department Service Desk. Click on Parent/Student/Staff Login and then click ‘Create Account’. Enter your ATC PARENTS account name and password. Once you have logged in successfully you will see the account summary page and be able to add funds. For further details, please see the letter and instructions attached below.

Volunteers for Saturday Hospitality

The Ministerial Development is also inclusive of development of the Brothers and Jack Bowers sports precincts. When funds allow, we look forward to commencing planning for these projects as well. In the interim, we plan to renew a canteen service on Jack Bowers Ovals and we are presently in the process of planning for this. On Friday, I wrote to all parents and caregivers, asking for you to give consideration to volunteering to help on a Saturday please. This may only be for an hour or more on occasion or you may be able to help regularly. All help and support is great help and support and terrific for community building. Thank you for your help!

RAW Literary Festival

Congratulations and thank you to Ms Sarah McCallan and all staff involved in our inaugural Literary Festival. Literacy skills across the curriculum are central to our school improvement plan and this was a well received week by the boys, parents and staff and created great energy for this important core learning area. We look forward to building on this and future Literary Weeks.

Staffing

Ms Melissa Peacock has tendered her resignation from the College and will conclude her time with us in late May. We thank her for her contribution to the College. We are presently recruiting for the key role of Head of Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Prayers

I ask the community to please keep Oliver Hawes (6 Nolan) in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of his Grandfather and Father-in-Law to Mrs Liza Peapell, PA to the Dean of Formation. We hope that the passage of time will help heal the pain of his passing. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace. Amen.

God bless

Chris Ryan

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