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Raising the Change Makers

Be who you want to be, not what you want to be.’

With this pertinant statement in mind, the Year 7 students engaged in their 2018 Retreat Day exploring a variety of topics including mindfulness, social media awareness, self-regulation and equality as well as exploring the stories of three very influential men.

Making meaningful connections between Edmund Rice, Patrick Ambrose Treacy and Jesus with the daily life of a 12-year-old boy was a challenge but also paramount to the retreat day to being a success. To shed light on the importance of self-regulation and the issue of equality, Eddie Murray Centre Manager of Blind Eye Ministries, a grass-roots Catholic ministry devoted to journeying with the most vulnerable in our society, spoke passionately to the boys about striving not just be good men, but be great men. Eddie challenged them to do this by looking out for each other and living Jesus in their hearts every day.

With the College’s “Formation Evening for 2019 Year 7 students” coming up on Thursday 24 May, the Year 7 staff have been reflecting on why learning to give back to others is vital for the development of young men. At ATC, we believe that community service ideas and opportunities help boys understand how they fit into society and how they can help solve societal problems. This developmental process grows empathy and fosters boys’ identities as responsive citizens. I recently read the book by Dr. Marilyn Price-Mitchell Tomorrow’s Change Makers: Reclaiming the Power of Citizenship for a New Generation in which she shows how families, schools and communities play critical roles in raising and mentoring the next generation.

Service, Community engagement and a commitment to bigger causes is something that is ingrained in life at Ambrose Treacy College. From the first day of Year 4, boys are asked to be involved in volunteering and service learning opportunities. By the time students reach Year 7 they are well versed in the meaning of service and how it positively impacts in our community and their personal growth. The recent service initiatives designed as part of the Year 7 RE Curriculum, have given rise to some innovative ideas of giving. It has demonstrated that the students have a commitment to community, an awareness of those around them and an understanding of how to demonstrate appreciation to the people who scaffold their busy school and home life.

Staff with Aarav and Thomas.

Last Thursday, Aarav Pant and Thomas Froio in 7 Bodkin prepared a morning tea for Administration and Grounds staff. They set up tables and chairs, brought food and even made their own salsa too! It was in appreciation for those staff who interact with students either directly or indirectly by being a friendly face at Student Reception or by maintaining our beautiful College grounds and ovals for their use. Another group of boys organised a free car wash for staff. This was a very popular initiative and students welcomed staff with a friendly smile, loads of energy and lots of soap suds! Cars were gleaming in the carpark! We are confident that the practical application of topics covered in this unit will assist the boys in their personal development and have meaningful impact on those around them.

We urge you to continue to support and encourage your sons in their Service initiatives. We love to receive photos of them collecting their Service hours so please send your images to

Matthew Ribeiro
Assistant Head of Year 7
ribeirom@atc.qld.edu.au