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Principal's Message Week 7

At Ambrose Treacy College we are constantly reviewing the effectiveness of the educational services we provide to our students. As part of this review process, we have appointed Michael Elphick & Associates to facilitate a survey for completion by our parents and caregivers as well as students in Years 4-12. The data we collect on this survey will allow us to make general comparisons in key areas with fellow Edmund Rice Education schools, while also providing benchmarks of our own performance over time. I encourage you to spend approximately 15 minutes of your time to complete the survey.

Michael Elphick & Associates abide and operate by a professional code of ethics established by the EREA Privacy Policy. This ensures that the information you provide will be kept strictly confidential and will not be linked to you personally. The survey will be emailed directly to you on Tuesday 24 August for completion on or before 7 September 2021. Students will also complete the survey on Tuesday.

Ambrose Treacy College prides itself on the partnerships we have endeavoured to develop with our parents and caregivers, and I hope we will have the opportunity to add your opinions to this important review.

ATC Long Lunch and Jazz by the River

Sadly, after careful consideration and consultation, decisions to not host the ATC Long Lunch and Jazz by the River in 2021 have been made. Ticket holders for our Long Lunch have been contacted and we are hopeful of this event being possible in Term One in 2022.

We are very disappointed and sorry that these significant community events will not happen for the second year running. In particular, we are sad for our wonderful student musicians, dedicated staff and terrific parent, caregiver, and wider community supporters. Mr Bolt and the Music Team will be in direct contact to share details of what is possible in terms of opportunities for musicians to perform for parents and caregivers in on a smaller scale as the year progresses. I thank Mr Bolt and the team for their work on this and their commitment to our musicians.

The risk profile for school communities has changed significantly because of the delta outbreaks in Australia. It is important to understand that the risk for event management for schools is very different to the risk profile of public and professionally facilitated venues. Despite the current positive progress here in Brisbane, important lessons about the potential health, safety, organisational and administrative impacts have been learned from the recent local outbreak and difficult situations evolving in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and regional centres. We believe, while yearning for community connection and contact, that in the short to medium term, limiting on site activity to that which is essential is the best way of caring for and protecting our extended community. A fortnight or more of potential sickness, hospitalisation or home quarantine would have significant well-being, social or financial impacts on members of ATC families and staff and we wish to minimise this possibility.

We are particularly focussed on prioritising student rites of passage such as the Year 11 Sociable, Year 11 exams, Year 12 mock exams, Year 12 swot vac and external exams and Year 12 Valedictory along with as many of the usual all year level student on-site activities that continue to be possible. As has been shared through our social media platforms in recent weeks, we are very focussed on supporting the facilitation of our co-curricular activities in sport, culture, and clubs for the boys as much as possible. I thank you for your understanding as we work together through these important months as vaccine rates increase.

Master Planning and Capital Works

The eating and play area project targeted for the Middle School precinct by the river will commence in late November when students conclude classes. It will be completed in the first half of Term One, 2022. This project will provide further structured and shaded seating and eating areas for Middle School students and more handball courts. The area will also be suitable for a year level gathering when weather permits.

Enrolments for Year 7 are looking extremely strong in 2022 through to 2024. So much so that we are presently reviewing our capital works priorities to meet demand in the coming years. The College Leadership Team and College Advisory Council are presently engaged in discussing our approved master plan, ministerial designation, and vision to map our capital works plans for the next 5 to 10 years. ATC now has a waiting list for Year 7, 2022 and strong enrolment numbers for Year 4 to 7 in the following years through to 2024 with interest increasing. I take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the pioneers of ATC led by Mr Michael Senior and all staff, parents and students who joined the journey as we reach this phase of signpost years in our story where full capacity is becoming a reality for the College. I will update the community as our plans are confirmed.

Prayers

I ask the community to please keep Conor McGroarty (Year 6 Bodkin) and his family in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of his Great Grandfather. We hope that the passage of time will help heal the pain of his passing. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace. Amen.

God bless.

Chris Ryan
College Principal

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