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Principal's Message Week 3

It was simply great to see so many parents and family members able to enjoy our Visual Art, Drama, Media Art, and Music with our students last week. Congratulations to everyone involved, especially our talented students, supportive parents, and dedicated staff. Special thanks and congratulations go to our Year 12 students.

Year 12 Co-curricular Music and Choral students present a gift to the College.

At the Choral and Jazz Concerts, I was particularly struck by their presence and contribution to our culture over a 9-year period. Their gifts will be missed in our Arts programs, and we thank them for their legacy. We look forward to many more such opportunities and fingers and toes crossed for a return of Jazz by the River in 2022.

Dyslexia Awareness Month

Our approach to literacy learning across the curriculum at ATC is currently paying dividends in improved confidence, tools, and skills for many of our boys. This documentary gives an insight into the journey of many learners, both children and adults in this key learning domain. A strong example of this is Steven Spielberg, the genius film director who was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 60 and he describes this moment like the final jigsaw puzzle piece of understanding himself coming into place. This week, I invite families to watch an SBS documentary entitled ‘Lost for Words’ that explores the journey of a group of Australian adults engaging in an adult literacy program. Note: this link requires a sign in for SBS on Demand.

It has proven bizarrely challenging to source red lighting to light up the Edmund Rice Building to join the Light it Red campaign for Dyslexia Awareness Month. COVID appears to impact everything with our ordered red lights taking some time to arrive. We are aiming to do this for the final week of October! If we can’t get it done, we will be ready for 2022!

Sport

Our Sport Program continues to grow and go from strength to strength. Please enjoy a snapshot of current participation and success shared by Mr Jarrod Turner, our dedicated and energetic Head of Sport:

Volleyball
Our Year 7, 8 and 11 teams are getting ready for Queensland Volleyball Schools Cup at the end of the month. Congratulations to Jackson Hiskins and Hennessy Le Riche. Both boys played in the 7C’s in Term 1 and made the top QVSC Year 7 team. Huge improvements through plenty of hard work and great coaching.

Basketball
The 1sts team won a bronze medal at the CBSQ Tournament over the holidays and qualified for a higher division in 2022. The boys who competed were Patrick Moloney, Thomas Lever, Owen Griffin, Tom Denny, Charlie Neumann (Year 12), Alec Martin, Haydn Roberts, Dylan Denny, Ky Schmitt (Year 11), Matt AmoAmo and Luka Cuda (Year 9).

AFL
Our Year 7-9 team made it all the way through to the state final of the Queensland Schools of Excellence competition. Well done! While they went down to a very strong team, these boys will be back! The boys in the squad are Aidan Brennan, Sam Russell, Elliot Sinfield, Trent Semiao, Sam Nuss, Jack Harrison, Finn Mahoney, Elliot Smart, Will Parkinson, Michael Romelo, Rowan Parnell, Jack Boyce, Finn Vickers, Julian Cremona, Sam Kearney, Declan Lever, Caelan Quilter, Xander Rival-Quinn, Brady Hipkins (Year 9), Spencer Glover, Cooper Oghanna, Jake Samra, Jarvis Warr, Will Howard, Mitchell Mackay (Year 8), Gus Murray, Nicholas Cremona and Louis Molloy (Year 7)

Touch Football
ATC had three teams compete in the QLD All Schools Touch Football Tournament, which was held at the Gold Coast Performance Centre, Runaway Bay. This tournament was host to over 400 teams and was ATC’s third, and most successful year in terms of performances and results. The U13s played with tremendous spirit and determination, they looked to use every situation as an opportunity to learn and grow their Touch Football IQs. The U15s team showed outstanding commitment and cooperation, which saw consistent improvement throughout the tournament, highlighted by some wonderful defensive sequences and high-quality tries. The Opens team this year displayed huge improvements with their performance, playing some really tough opponents. The team were very competitive and signed a warning light for those schools who took us lightly. We must not forget the effort and support that the coaches put in for this five-day competition, thank you Bernie Wong, Andrew McCrohon, Nick Manikot, Tanya Oghanna, Blake Taylor, Alice Hill, and Brandon Wellington.

Cricket
The 1sts team played in the Open QLD T20 Cricket Competition finals. After games in Term 2 and 3, they won their 1st game and lost their 2nd. This gave them a silver medal in the competition for south of QLD. The boys in the team were Charlie Neumann, Owen Griffin, Tom Denny, Reily Allan, Elijah Bolton, Jack Mitchell, Sami Walsh (Year 12), Samuel Edwards, James Preston, Sam Hewson, Harrison Gardner, Ryan Mayer (Year 11) and Michael Neumann (Year 9). Well done to these boys and a huge thank you again to all the staff and coaches who continue to work with us to make better people through sport.

Year 12

We wish our Year 12 students the very best as they enter their external exams period on Wednesday this week. We offer our prayers of support and confidence in them to do their best as these exams, whilst important, do not and will not define them. Good luck gentlemen, ATC is behind you.

Prayers

I ask the community to please keep Yared McDonald (Year 5 Treacy) in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of his grandfather and Ellen Bray (Library School Officer) following the recent passing of her father. We hope that the passage of time will help heal the pain of their passing. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen.

God bless.

Chris Ryan