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Make Your Bed

It’s September, which for many of us means footy finals in AFL and League! Whether you are backing the Broncos home, hanging onto one last hope for the Cowboys or sailing home with the Swans, it is an exciting time as teams strive to not only make it to the ‘the big dance’ but to come away as 2017 Premiers. It is the pointy end of the season and the time when the hard work through the pre-season, in-season and during the finals really separates those who can cut it, from those who have fallen short.

I look forward to the clichés in news conferences in the next week about ‘rebuilding phases, learning from mistakes made, overcoming dissent within the player groups (or even coaching groups) and the odd talk of dynasties.’ So, what separates the teams that win premierships from those that don’t? Do you really have to lose one to win one? Just ask the Swans players and coaching group. I suspect losing the 2016 final was not a carefully executed step in a plan aimed at the flag in 2017! On Fox Sports last night, much discussion was focused on the Melbourne Storm as they are being called (hailed, lauded??) the greatest team of all time. What do the Storm do differently to the Tigers or the Brisbane Lions?

I wrote and spoke extensively earlier in the term about Working Smart, Working Hard and Working Consistently. Whilst I am very confident that my musings did not quite reach beyond our immediate community, I am confident that these notions are a significant part of success in a footy team. All clubs have the capacity and the desire to win games. Sometimes player rosters in a given year are stronger or weaker or perhaps more suited to a particular style of game and this does effect their outcome. Yet, with an intelligent, dogmatic and disciplined approach, success is there for the taking, realising this is a task unto itself. Changing a losing culture, turning the a devastating season into a successful one can be achieved through working hard, working smart and working consistently. We have seen it with the Rabbitohs in 2014, with Adelaide United in 2015 or the Western Bulldogs in 2016. Teams can find success following failure, there is such a thing as a Cindarella story in sport!

I came across the following clip a couple of months ago, and it resonated with me. Sometimes, big change starts with small steps. I have always believed that any task is achievable, it just has to be broken down into small steps. Not unlike eating an elephant – one bit at a time! I would encourage parents to share the following very brief clip with your sons. Success, self-satisfaction and pride starts with making your bed.

If your team didn’t make it to the finals, best of luck for next year. I am still hoping that the Cowboys can knock off the Sharks this weekend. Seeing Paul Gallan lose and the Cowboys progress through to the next step in the finals will be the ‘icing on the cake’ that has been a great term! Perhaps the Brisbane Lions make their beds over the off-season….
Term 2 and 3 Sports Awards – Wednesday 13 September 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Next Wednesday evening is the Term 2 and 3 Sports Awards Evening. Beginning with a BBQ, bar and entertainment at 5.30pm, followed by an hour of presentations at 6.30pm, the evening will be a celebration of all winter sports. Parents were notified today if their sons are receiving an award. All boys who participated in Term 2 and 3 sports are expected to attend and support their mates.
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Co-curricular Sport

Interschool Basketball and Junior Tennis
This weekend will see the final round of Basketball and Junior School Tennis. With 15 teams in school Basketball and 4 Tennis teams, it has been a fantastic 8 weeks of competition and we hope that the boys have enjoyed the opportunity to train and play alongside their mates. With the new covered sports hall ready to come online in 2018 and the prospect of more multicourts on site in the coming years, opportunities in court sports are set to increase significantly over the coming years. With Basketball in particular, the growth in both numbers and quality of play has been significant over the past 12 months and we are looking forward to continuing this into the future. Congratulations to all boys who participated, to coaches for their time and energy and to parents for your support of both the boys and the school during the season.

Queensland Rugby Union Junior Gold Squad Selection
Congratulations to Year 10 students Aaron Iulio and Emerson Treasure who have been selected in the QRU Junior Gold Squad which will be playing in the ARU Junior Gold tournament in the Northern conference against teams from Western Australia, Victoria and the National Indigenous team. The competition will be played at Ballymore from 24 to 28 September. Best of luck to Aaron and Emo for a great tournament.

Co-curricular Music

Our Wind Ensemble, Big Band, Percussion Ensemble and Junior Choir entertained our newest students today at the Orientation morning. Thanks to the students and conductors for putting on a great show and we are certain to find some budding musicians in amongst our Yr 4 intake for 2018. All eyes are on JAZZ at present in the music department – we are in full preparation mode for the Jazz by the River event on 14 October. With a Beatles themed main event on the night, Beatles tunes can be heard being practiced across the College. The online booking system is up and running and we have had a good response so far. Please consider booking your tickets and food and drink packages as well as raffle tickets for the fantastic multi-draw raffle before the September holidays.
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Co-curricular Activities

Cook Off Finals
Congratulations to Jarvis Warr who cooked Pork and Beef burger with bacon jam and red cheddar. He served this with a banana and strawberry smoothie. In 2nd place was Elliot Smart who prepared Seared Salmon with rice and seasonal vegetables. He accompanied this with a fruit smoothie. In a close race, Sam Bell came in 3rd with a stunning San Choy Bao and a delightful mini Pavlova as dessert. Thank you to our amzaing and enthusiastic judges Andrew Ready stalward of the Qld Reds front row, Sam Talakai another Qld Reds front row behemoth, Alistair the owner of Simon’s Gourmet Gallery in Chapel Hill, Matt Fosker the Executive Chef of Fritzenburger and Harajuku Gyoza and Mitch Larkin, 2 time Olympic Games Swimmer, 2015 world record holder and Commonwealth games Gold medalist! Simon’s Gourmet Gallery are putting the three lucky chefs dishes on the Simon’s menu in October for all to order. Some of the proceeds of these orders will be donated to the ATC P & F. See you in the kitchen in 2018!

Judges Andrew and Sam from Queensland Reds took the taste testing seriously!

Enjoy the weekend,
Dave Capra Director of Co-curricular Activities
caprad@atc.qld.edu.au