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Co-curricular Life at ATC

Boys by their very nature are passionate, inquisitive and enthusiastic and our cultural, sporting and clubs programs helps young men to be creative, active, learn teamwork, develop routines and set their goals and priorities.


Please use the links below to download the 2019 Cultural Handbook and the 2019 Co-curricular Music timetable. The 2019 Ensembles Lists have been posted to the College App. All rehearsal times are on the Co-curricular music rehearsal timetable below and music staff will contact parents directly with lesson timetables.

Notes For Your Diary 

Music Demonstration
On Friday 1 February 2019 there will be a music demonstration in Nudgee Junior Hall for the Junior School students.

Instrumental Lessons:
Guitar, Piano and Vocal lessons begin in Week 2. All other lessons begin in Week 3.

Years 4-7 Co-curricular music suitability testing
This testing is held in Week 2.

Choral and Instrumental Rehearsals:
All Choral and Instrumental Music rehearsals begin Week 2.

Parent Information Evening

All new parents to the Instrumental Music department are invited to attend the information evening on Co-curricular Music Information Evening will be held on Wednesday 13 February, 6.30pm in the Chapel. The evening is designed to impart detailed information on the program and the upcoming performance events.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to email the Music Department.

Jonathon Bolt
Head of Instrumental Music Performance


Drama and Communication

The College offers a voluntary drama and communication program that is conducted by an external specialist. This program develops drama, speaking and presentation skills for students with the option to sit for AMEB examinations. If your son is involved in this program, there is an additional cost to families. Tuition features small group, age-related classes that are suitable for all levels of experience. The cost is outlined below in the fees Schedule. If you would like to continue lessons in 2019 or begin lessons, please see the Cultural Handbook and click here to enrol via the online form.

Megan Shapcott
Drama and Communications Teacher



Holiday Swimming Camps

With the Term 1 School Swimming Season quickly approaching, we are offering boys an exclusive ATC swimming camp in order to be fully prepared for the season ahead. These camps are designed for all students to be involved in the school swimming season, not just those who are swimming on a regular basis for the ATC Club. These camps are available for any Ambrose Treacy College student who wishes to be involved in swimming at the College. Junior School Camp is open to any Year 4-6 students on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 January 2019. Middle and Senior School Camp is open for Years 7-12 students on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 January 2019.

These camps are day camps running from 9am to 4pm and will follow the format of:
• Swim training session
• Strength and conditioning session
• Lunch
• Non-swimming activity
• Swim skills session (starts, turns etc)

The cost of each camp will be $50 and this fee will be added to your school fee account. The cost will include all coaching, lunch and a light morning and afternoon tea. If your son has any particular food requirements, could you please fill out the dietary questions on the form. If you would like your son to attend these camps, then please click here to complete the online form to register.
If you have queries regarding the camp, Contact

Cricket Cricket training will commence from Tuesday 29 January as per the Sport Timetable on the ATC App. First round of fixtures will be on Saturday 2 February against Brisbane Grammar School. The Cricket Season Information letter will be posted to the ATC App before the end of the week.

Volleyball Volleyball trials will be held from Wednesday 23 January through to Thursday 31 January. The trial schedule will be released on the Volleyball Season Information Letter via the ATC App which also has information regarding training dates and season fixtures. Training will commence as per the Sports timetable from Monday 4 February. We will hold a trial round of fixtures on Saturday 2 February against Nudgee College.

Water Polo The Under 14 Water Polo team will commence training again on Thursday 31 January with fixtures starting again on Saturday 2 February.

AFL Schools of Excellence Students selected in the Year 7-9 School of Excellence Squad will have preseason camp on Tuesday 29 January and Wednesday 30 January. Information has been emailed directly to parents of players.

Roar Active Program & Reds Advanced Course Students in Year 4-6 who registered for one of our Grassroots Programs will need to ensure they have registered and paid prior to the sessions commencing. Registration links will be active by the end of the week for both programs on the College App.

Strength and Conditioning Please follow the link below to download the Holiday Strength and Conditioning schedule. If you have any queries please click here to email Elliot Jackson.

ATC Grassroots Program

The Basketball program for Year 4-6 boys starts on 6 February and we will have registration links provided on the College App in mid January. Please subscribe to Basketball on the College App (go to SETTINGS then SUBSCRIPTIONS) if you are interested in this program.

The Roar Active Football Program for Years 4-6 starts on 6 February 2019 and registration links are provided on the College App. Please subscribe to Football if you are interested in this program.

_The Co-curricular Sport timetable is available via the link below and on the College App. Parents can access all Sport information via the App by subscribing to the individual sports that your son is participating in.

Nathan Burgess
Head of Sport


Clubs generally start in week 2 of each term and parents will be advised via the College App when registrations are open. If your son is interested in one of the clubs listed below, please go to your App settings, click on SUBSCRIPTIONS and choose to subscribe to the relevant activity or club prior to the term starting.

Actors Studio

When joining the Ambrose Actors Studio, Years 7-12 students enjoy sessions where they engage in
drama and team building games, character and script development as well as role play. As the
excitement and skills build, we will continue to develop and explore Stanislavski and Chubbuck’s
realism techniques, which will build the men towards naturalistic acting. As well as having a great
time, building confidence and new friendships, the actors develop their screen acting with the hope of
making our own shorts. The young men that engage with the Actors Studio will be expected to
rehearse and learn lines for performances both in-house and for the community.

Actors Studio is coordinated by Mr Paul Towner.

Art Workshop

Art Workshops are offered throughout the year to students from all year levels. Students are invited to work collaboratively on group projects and independently on small scale artworks that are put on display throughout the year and at the annual Art Show. Boys are introduced to a range of art mediums and themes to inspire their creativity. Art Workshops are very popular with places filling fast. Information is released via the College App each term, with bookings made on a term by term basis.

Art Workshops are coordinated by Mr Jason Goopy.

Chess Club

Coaches from Gardiner Chess challenge the boys’ minds each week with competitions, problem solving and teaching some really cool moves! As well as coaching sessions on weekday morning from Term 1 to 3, ATC students have the opportunity to participate in a number of interschool chess competitions throughout the year including the QCIS Chess Competition which is held in Toowoomba.

The ATC Interhouse Chess Championships are in Term 3 and are strongly contested by students and staff from right across the Junior, Middle and Senior School. Each year we hold championships where boys compete to be to be the best chess player in Junior, Middle or Senior School. The Junior, Middle and Senior School Chess Champions receive their award at the annual Night of Excellence. There is no fee to participate in Chess Club.

Chess Club is coordinated by the Sport and Activities Department.

Year 4 Cooking Club

This program is one of the most popular amongst our Year 4 boys. With the opening of a full commercial hospitality centre in our Senior School this year, the boys get to use state of the art facilities. Each week the boys produce an amazing dish that they can take home to share with their family for dinner, dessert or a snack! It is so rewarding every year to see how far the boys come in developing their cooking skills. Their cutting and slicing, measuring techniques, mixing and stirring improves in leaps and bounds. Not only do the boys develop their cooking skills, but they also learn how to follow a recipe, mathematical skills (i.e ¼ cup, 250mL etc.) and how to work as part of a team. Year 4 Cooking Club runs all year round so that each Year 4 boy can get the chance to be part of this great program. There is a small fee to participate in Cooking Club which covers the cost of an ATC Cooking Club apron and subsidises the cost of ingredients.

Cooking Club is coordinated by the Sport and Activities Department.

Environmental Club

An extension of Gardening club, the Environmental Club is led by Middle and Senior school students with guidance and support of teachers and ground staff. The urban rainforest known as the Gully performs as the backdrop each morning where students have taken on the responsibility for regenerating and maintaining the lush green space; planting and caring for new and existing native trees, clearing the neighbouring waterways, creating inviting pathways and simply enjoying what mother nature has to offer. Participants also monitor the local fauna, watching for any changes to the topography and to help preserve their natural habitat. Enviro Warriors meet most mornings throughout the school week. There is no fee to participate in Environmental club.

The Environment Club is coordinated by Mr Bernard Wong.

Fishing Club

We have a really keen group of young anglers who enjoy all things fishing. We meet once a week and aim for at least one trip off campus per term which the club members always look forward to. We have a rather diverse group of anglers who have varying capabilities. We spend the first few weeks of the program learning to tie knots, looking at different rigs, types of bait and other basics such as how to cast a line. We consistently catch fish such as catfish, bream and small mulloway off and around the College pontoon. While fishing, the boys really come together and get to know one another beyond the classroom. Students from all year levels can join the club. Fishing Club is held for Year 7 in Term 2, Year 8 to 12 in Term 3 and Junior School in Term 4. Highlights of the year include the Year 7 Camp to Tallebudgera Creek, the Year 8 to 12 Camp to Stradbroke Island, the Junior School Day Trip to Stradbroke Island and the ATC Fishing Competition held in Term 1. There is a small fee to participate in Fishing Club.

The Fishing Club is coordinated by Mr Simon Martin.

Gardening Club

Gardening club at ATC gives an opportunity for Junior School students to enjoy being outdoors, digging in the soil, getting dirty, creating things and watching plants grow. Gardening Club meets 3 mornings a week and have lots of run learning about sustainable, kitchen gardening. ATC gardening club is educational and develops new skills including: Responsibility for caring for plants, understanding as boys learn about cause and consequence, love of nature and the outdoor environment, physical activity in doing something fun and productive, cooperation through teamwork and lastly, creativity in finding new and exciting ways to grow food. There is no fee to participate in Gardening Club.

Gardening club is coordinated by Mrs Gwenda Burton.

Games Club

The Secret League of Gamers (SLOG) are students from Middle and Senior Schools who enjoy the rolling of dice and playing of cards. Many an adventure has been shared by the participants of this club. We have built up a fine collection of board and card games that the boys have access to and they are always happy to teach the rules to new members. An external ‘dungeon master’ is also employed to allow the boys to take part in tabletop role-playing in the dungeons and dragon’s universe. It is through their co-operation, skill and luck of the dice that their characters to survive these sessions. We meet every Friday afternoon in the Westcourt iCentre. There is a fee of $20 per term for Games club is to cover the cost of games and the attendance of an external facilitator to run the role playing games. Students are welcome to attend a first session for free.

Gamers Club is coordinated by Mr Mark Watson

iCentre Clubs

Our two library centres, Mt Sion and Westcourt, actively promote opportunities for students from all year levels to demonstrate 21st century skills. These include the ability to communicate, collaborate, think critically and be creative. As a result, we offer a number of lunchtime clubs throughout the year based on the interests of boys. These clubs include, but are not limited to, Book Club, Coding Club and Makerspaces. There is no fee to participate in iCentre Clubs.

iCentre is coordinated by Mrs Ros Peters

Robotics Club Middle & Senior Schools

The Robotics Club allows students to build and program their own robotic solutions to defined problems. Robotics develops skills in algorithmic and computational thinking and builds resilience in debugging coding solutions. ATC has registered 2 teams into the First Lego League (FLL) regional competition at QUT’s Cube, which takes place in November. The FLL competition requires students to build and program a robot which completes up to 12 missions in a set timeframe. This year’s competition is entitled ‘Hydro Dynamics’ and will require the robot to complete a series of water related puzzles. In this competition the boys are required to deliver a presentation based around a wider water related issue in their local region. The club is looking to develop more sophisticate Senior robotics projects, using 3D printers and drones, leading to projects such as ‘Pie in the sky’ using a raspberry Pi to take images of the curvature of the Earth. We look forward to growing the club and building on the successes of previous years. There is no fee to participate in Robotics Club.

Tech Club is coordinated by Mr Adam Moss

Robotics & Tech Club Junior School

Tech and Robotics Club for Junior School students looks at coding and creating games through the Hopscotch program. There will be opportunities for boys to explore the use of iPads and computers and learn stop motion movie making. There is no fee to participate in Robotics Club.

Junior School Robotics and Tech Club is coordinated by Mr Sam Hassett