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It's All or Nothing

The motto, It’s all or nothing rings true around the College as I consistently see boys involved in numerous co-curricular activities and it is not uncommon to hear boys discussing how they can squeeze a new opportunity into their already busy schedule of music lessons, sports training, gym and after school clubs! The boys are well and truly spoilt for choice with our diverse co-curricular program and despite their busy calendars you can be assured that their involvement in co-curricular activities is a key ingredient to them being motivated, active and healthy young men.

Sport

Week 5 saw more outstanding results for the boys of ATC with our cricketers and volleyball boys continuing their strong performances this year. We also had ATC triathletes in the Met West team head to Hervey Bay for the State Triathlon Championships over the weekend and produced fantastic results all round. Congratulations to Mitch Densley for his selection in the Queensland Triathlon team to compete in Penrith in late April – well done Mitch!

Good luck to all boys this weekend in your games after a big week at camp, cricket and volleyball schedules have been posted to the ATC App.

Water Polo players with their coaches Chloe and Katie

A special mention to the Under 14 Water Polo team who will be playing in their semi-final this weekend at 10:15am at the Valley Pool. If anyone is free on Saturday morning it would be great to see ATC supporters around the pool. Good luck boys!

QCIS Swimming
The QCIS championship swimming will be held next Friday10 March at Downlands College Toowoomba. All swimmers will be bussed there. The full team list will be released by Monday.

Sport Awards Night
Just a quick reminder for all families – the ATC Term 1 Sports Awards night will be on Wednesday 29 March, more details will be available next week.

AFL preseason training has begun

Week 7 Training
Next week is the beginning of our preseason for Rugby, Football and Cross Country, please check preseason letters on the ATC for information regarding training sessions. If your son missed sign on for Rugby or Football, please direct him to the Sports Office as soon as possible. Sign on lists will be placed on the App for double checking. Football training will be held on Tuesday 7 March and Tuesday 14 March at Chelmer from 3.30pm – 4.45pm. Parents can collect their sons from Queenscroft Street Chelmer after training. Please see the Rugby and Football letters Cricket training resumes as usual with only changes to the Year 5 and 8 Cricket sessions (please refer to ATC App). Volleyball training resumes as usual this week.

Volleyball Update
Volleyball training resumes as usual this week after a break over Camp Week. The ATC Volleyball program has continued to improve under the guidance of our great coaches. The boys improvement from the first training session at Centenary through to where we are now has been a pleasure to watch and gives an insight into an exciting future. A big thank you to the coaching staff who have recently undertaken their Level 1 Accreditation to benefit the development of our boys, it is greatly appreciated. There will be an exciting finish to the season with a couple of teams still with a chance to go undefeated so keep your eye out for results!

Co-curricular Music

Week 5 was an exciting week in the Co-curricular Music department, with lessons and rehearsals well underway and some very exciting repertoire is be tackled. Also last week our brand new Brass Woodwind and Percussion students attended their first lessons of the year. During this introductory session they learnt how to correctly set-up their instruments, produce a sound and to pack-up and maintain their instruments. Please make sure that you have subscribed to the relevant instrument teacher on the College APP so that you receive the notifications and the timetables for ongoing lessons.

Clarinet Ensemble members at rehearsal

Junior Band Day
Tomorrow, Friday 3 March our Junior School beginning musicians will be involved in the Junior Band Day. This is a very important day for all students new to our Co-curricular Music program. All students will need their instruments (bought or hired) and their music book Tradition of Excellence Book 1 for the relevant instrument, as well as a GREEN display folder and pencil and eraser. Please ensure all students have everything labelled.

Junior Band Day CONCERT
The day will culminate with a concert at 2.15pm in the hall. This is a very exciting opportunity to see your son perform at the beginning of his musical journey – come along and bring your cameras!

Rehearsals
In week 7 all ensemble rehearsals and lessons resume as normal as we begin preparations for our Autumn Music Evening to be held on Thursday Evening the 30 March. More details regarding which ensembles are involved in this concert will be announced next week.

Choirs
Chamber Choir and any interested singers will be performing our Community Mass being held this Saturday 4 March 5.30 pm in the Chapel. All students can wear casual clothes including boys in the chamber choir. All family and friends are welcome to join us in celebrating the Eucharist.

Jonathon Bolt, Head of Co-Curricular Music

Co-curricular Activities & Clubs

All activities and clubs including Homework Club, Rainbow Reading, River Canoeing, Fishing, Chess, Art, Gamers, Gardening and Environment will resume in Week 7. Please make sure your sons know this and adjust their calendars accordingly.

Cooking Club
Year 4 Cooking Club online registration was sent out on the App on Wednesday. Any year 4 boys who are interested in starting in Term 2 or Term 4 must register their interest as soon as possible. This is a very popular activity and is often over-subscribed. If you have any queries please email Mrs Smout.

Chess Competition
Registration is closing for this important Competition being held on Sunday 19 March at Somerville House, Graham Street South Brisbane from 11am – 3pm. The cost is $20 and is to be paid on the day. Please register your son’s interest by the 9 March by emailing Liza Peapell.

Nathan Burgess, Head of Sport
burgessn@atc.qld.edu.au