The start of a new term is always an exciting and energising time in schools and ATC is no exception. Fresh from a break, the boys always hit the ground running, ready to tackle the many opportunities that are available to them.
Term 3 is traditionally the busiest in most schools, particularly for the musicians and singers at ATC. With Queensland Colleges Music Festival, Formal Music Concert, preparation for Jazz by the River and individual AMEB exam preparation, music students and staff alike are in for a hectic, yet rewarding 10 weeks!
Likewise with Basketball, Junior School Tennis and Athletics commencing this week and AFL season continuing, the sporting life of the College will be at full speed. Term 3 is also a traditionally busy term for academics. With this in mind, the way boys manage their time, energy, belongings and health is particularly important. A strategic approach and a little planning will allow for a successful, rewarding and enjoyable term. Whilst each household, family and boy is different, I would suggest the following strategies might be useful for all of us at ATC this term, but particularly for our students:
1. Sleep – quality sleep will allow boys to be rested and refreshed. It also helps with growth! Avoid screens for 30 minutes prior to lights off and remove all devices from bedrooms. 8-9 hours per night should be the goal.
2. Diet – particularly a solid breakfast that is low in sugar and salt is paramount for a successful day. Regular snacks throughout the day and additional snacks on training or long days are a must.
3. Weekly planner – a weekly plan prepared by the boys (with assistance as appropriate) gives them the ‘buy in’ and the opportunity to take responsibility for their own academic and co-curricular life. Scheduled homework, revision and instrument practise time shoul
4. Packing – boys should pack school and sport bags the night before. The first item to come out of their school bag and the last to go back in should be their diary!
5. Ask for help – if boys are feeling overwhelmed or stressed we need to encourage them to ask parents, school counsellors, teachers or a mate for help and guidance.
6. Communicate – it is the boys responsibility to talk to teachers, tutors and coaches regarding any change to routine (i.e missing training or rehearsals). Solid communication can prevent issues in the long run.
And most importantly, monitor for fatigue, stress and anxiety.
From a co-curricular point of view, our staff will always work with boys and parents to support boys to manage and enjoy the various aspects of their lives. In line with this on Thursday 24 August from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, we are holding our second Sport Education Evening for the year. The guest speaker will be Jenny Campbell, mother of Olympians Cate and Bronte Campbell. Jenny will be talking about her experiences in supporting her children (5 in total) as they progressed along different pathways. Bronte Campbell will also be in attendance and will speak about her journey as an Olympian. All are welcome to attend.
Welcome back to Co-curricular Music for Term 3.
Over the holidays our Chamber Choir attended the Pemulwuy! National Male Voices Festival. This festival is only held once every three years so we were very lucky to be able to attend. This was a three day event with workshops; rehearsals and concerts with a Finale Concert at the QPAC Concert Hall. The event catered for male singers from age 8 to 90 and involved choirs from all over Australia and even Japan. The conductors for the weekend were both national and international experts and lead the choirs in song in smaller groups and as a massed choir of 500. We had 24 boys who represented ATC over the weekend and we thank Mr Goopy, Miss Thompson, Mrs Scalia, Mr Bannon and Mr Bolt for being a part of the experience.
We would like to congratulate Miss Brijette Tubb for competing in the Australian Flute Festival over the holidays – and for becoming engaged. We wish Brijette and her fiancé all the best. Mr Nick Laganin, lower brass tutor, also popped the question in the holidays – congratulations Nick. All rehearsals and lessons have resumed this week and we thank those boys who have braved the cold to get to morning rehearsals on time and we appreciate that it is always a bit more difficult in winter. Symphonic Winds will rehearse on Friday afternoons from 3.15 pm to 4.30 pm. Please follow the links below to download the Performance Calendar, Term 3 Timetable and key dates for Term 4. We remind all families to check the College APP regularly for timetable updates and to notify us if you have any clashes or queries.
Cocurricular Activities and Clubs
The Term 3 timetable is available to download via the link below. This term we are again offering something for every boy including chess, gardening, fishing, art, robotics, boardgames, Media and Technology clubs. Please contact the coordinator if you are interested in joining one of these after-school activities.
We released Sport Surveys for Semester 2 sport earlier today. As always, our communities feedback is fundamental in ensuring that we can offer quality programs for our boys. We would greatly appreciate parents and/or boys taking the time to complete these. If you have further feedback, I would welcome the opportunity to have a conversation with members of our community.
Best of luck to everyone involved in sport and music this weekend and in particular to the rugby team travelling to Toowoomba to play Downlands College in the final round of the 2017 rugby season! Warriors go Brach.
Dave Capra, Director of Cocurricular Activities