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Leading the Way into 2021

I was witness to greatness last Friday when Mr Wong, Head of Year 8, sunk a 30 metre putt to win zooper doopers for his whole year level at the Middle School Assembly to ritualise and celebrate the start of the year. This miracle was performed under great pressure because if I had sunk my putt, the staff won the ice blocks. I shanked it of course and the staff present still aren’t speaking to me!

Mr Wong’s pressure putt was a great example of what leadership can be like. There was the task, the challenge and the goal. There was the pressure, the expectation and the hope. My favourite part was the belief the Year 8 boys had in Mr Wong, their cheering and support. More so, their celebration when the objective was achieved was jubilant. Amid it all, Mr Wong smiled as he does.

Tomorrow, we begin our assemblies which acknowledge and celebrate our Ambrose Treacy College Pillar of Leadership. Our Year 7 to 12 students will gather to recognise those young men selected for Student Council, Year Level and House roles and to reflect on our aspirational values for leadership. Our community values the Pillar of Service and this ties into our leadership culture of humility, relationships and being a brother for others. It was no accident that at our Middle School assembly, a Year 12 band played and Charlie Neumann, our College Captain, was the drummer, behind the scenes, keeping the beat, supporting the team and smiling like Mr Wong sinking a miracle putt.

Three wonderful examples of our Pillar of Leadership took place at our Opening Mass last Tuesday. The first was the Welcome to Country shared by some of our boys from our Clontarf Academy. Their pride and confidence in sharing their story, identity and culture with us through dance was, and is always, powerful and meaningful. Year 11 student, Jye Duncan-Cope as leader has a dignity of presence, commitment to honouring his culture and respect and understanding for what he is doing which is palpable and moving.

The other inspiring example of leadership was Year 12 student, Patrick O’Donoghue and his writing and performing of an original hymn for our Opening Mass. I believe that this song will quickly become a part of Ambrose Treacy College tradition. Seeing Patrick share his creativity and commitment to his faith was joyous. The third example was the presentation of our First XI Cricket, First V Volleyball and Music Captains on College assembly during the week. The selection of Charlie as Cricket Captain, Finn Bell as Volleyball Captain and Patrick O’Donoghue, Atticus Solomon and Elliott Beauchamp as leaders for these vital aspects of school life speak volumes about our culture as these are five high quality young men and students of action and example.

Our students have so much potential for good in our community and for the world. Their leadership, when given the opportunity and when they initiate and seize the chance, often surprises, inspires and motivates others. We can’t all be Mr Wong and jag wonder putts on demand, but we can try and we can work together to support our goals, model the way and celebrate our achievements as a College. Congratulations to our Student Council Leaders for Semester One:

ATC P&F Welcome Event Kick Off Cocktails

The College, with the support of the ATC P&F, invite you to the 2021 Welcome Event, Kick off Cocktails on Saturday 13 March at Figs on Sylvan, Wests Rugby Club Toowong from 6.30pm to 11pm. Entry Ticket is $25 which includes finger food, a welcome drink, (your choice of wine, beer or a sparkling) one entry into the raffle, music and good company. Raffle tickets in one Term’s Tuition Fees (valued at up to $3414) are $10 each, 3 for $25 or 8 for $50. Entry Tickets and Raffle tickets can be purchased through your Parent Lounge account under the Tours & Excursions invitation.


I would ask the community to please keep Shayhan Ratnapala (5 Nolan) in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of his Great Grandmother. We hope that the passage of time will help heal the pain of her passing. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon her, may she rest in peace. Amen.

God bless.

Chris Ryan

Congratulations to Sara Condon on the birth of Grace Louise