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Reignited and Energised

Happy Valentine’s Day to all! Students, parents, and staff alike will have appreciated a rest on the weekend after the first week of face-to-face learning, co-curricular activities and the reignition of the busyness of life! We enjoyed a positive week after an unusual start to the year and it was great to see our boys onsite and the year underway. Thank you for everything you have done to support your son and the College.

Anniversary of Apology to the Stolen Generation

I wish to acknowledge yesterday’s anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generation. It is our pleasure and privilege to partner with the Clontarf Foundation in supporting and forming almost 40 ATC students who proudly identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island heritage. As a Catholic community in the Edmund Rice tradition, we are committed to the recognition of our First Nation people and share in our responsibility to care for the Turrbal, Jagera and Yuggera land on which our school stands.

Ambrose Treacy College recognises the importance of teaching, learning, and understanding the story of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We are committed to providing an authentic Catholic education that acknowledges the need for reconciliation, forgiveness, knowledge, and healing in order for our community to make a difference in our world. Please CLICK HERE to download our Reconciliation Action Plan.

Year 12 2021

In the coming weeks we will have the opportunity to celebrate our academic achievements and outcomes for 2021 for all year levels. At ATC, regardless of ability, we are focussed on supporting and nurturing everyone’s best effort and personal excellence. We celebrate all achievements of this and congratulate our students.

It is very rewarding to witness the accomplishments of our Year 12 students and all they achieved academically in 2021. I take this opportunity to highlight the significant achievements of our four students who received an ATAR of 99 or above, placing them in the top 1% of the State.

• Didula Dias, who scored an ATAR of 99.65 and is the College Dux
• Miles Bojorge, who scored an ATAR of 99.60 and is the Proxime Accessit
• Zach McArdle, who scored an ATAR of 99.50
• Euan McArdle, who scored an ATAR of 99.05

It is with great pleasure that we also celebrate:

• 21% of eligible students received an ATAR of 95 or above
• 31% of students received an ATAR of 90 or above, placing them in the top 10% of the State
• 58% of students achieved an ATAR score of 80 or above
• 78% of students achieved an ATAR score of 70 or above
• 93% of our students achieved an ATAR score of 60 or above

We are also very proud to celebrate:

• 21 students achieved a Diploma qualification
• 1 student achieved a Certificate IV qualification
• 48 students achieved a Certificate III qualification
• 30 students achieved a Certificate II qualification
• 26 students achieved a Certificate I qualification
• 4 students completed a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship

COVID Update

As we commence the second week of face-to-face learning, I wish to update the community on our current COVID statistics. At present, we have 30 students who are in isolation. Nine of these students are confirmed COVID positive and 21 are close contacts. We wish all these boys and their families well and thank them for their communication with us. Nine students is representative of a tick under 0.7 % of our student population.

We have three teachers who are currently COVID positive with two who have recovered in the past week and currently no non-teaching staff who are positive or close contacts. We have 200 staff onsite each day. Some of these teachers have been well enough to teach online during the week and I thank them for their dedication and generosity. We wish all our staff a safe return as soon as possible.

Masks

As expected, the wearing of masks is proving challenging for students in the warm weather and in a fluid environment with numerous transitions a day. We are consistently messaging the importance of masks with students and supporting them to make good choices for themselves, their families, and our staff in their workplace. Thank you for your ongoing support of us and mentoring of your son in the importance of this commitment to the common good. Many boys are doing extremely well but we are always looking to improve!

TEAMs Meetings for absent students

A reminder that the TEAMs meetings that we are streaming each lesson where practicable is for students who are COVID positive, a close contact or diagnosed as vulnerable to COVID. This service is not designed for general absences for other health reasons and will not be ongoing post this management of the outbreak. I thank our staff for their dedicated professionalism in making this available to students at home for this acute time. There is no pressure to join these meetings if too unwell; health and well-being is the priority.

Sport Program

It was wonderful to play our first round of AIC (Association of Independent Colleges) sport with Marist College, Ashgrove over the weekend. I was very proud of our engagement, effort, and performances. A reminder that we have been invited to be an associate guest of the association for 2022 and 2023 and will participate in Swimming, Athletics and Cross-Country championships and in the supplementary draw for Cricket, Australian Rules Football, Rugby, and Tennis. It is possible that we may access some Football as well.

Ambrose Treacy College, in partnership with Brigidine College, is also a full member of the Greater Brisbane Conference sport association which equally provides our students with opportunity for competition and participation across a range of sports. We look forward to our participation in GBC sport which recommences this weekend.

We also enjoy relationships with a number of other schools from a variety of associations including numerous GPS schools who generously partner with us in providing opportunities for our students across very successful ATC sports such as Volleyball, Football and Cricket among others. We are grateful for these relationships.

As a new and growing school, we are grateful for the invitation to participate as a guest in various AIC programs and I encourage all our community; students, parents, and staff to proudly display our community, hospitality, respect, and support as we welcome AIC schools to ATC and we visit their communities.

Thank you to our hard-working staff, Old Boys, parents, and volunteers who make our co-curricular programs across sport, music, and clubs a defining element of an Ambrose Treacy College education.

Bridge Street Pick-Up and Drop Off Zone and Car Park

We had some congestion challenges in this space in our first week. A few factors have compounded to cause this, and we are working through them to develop suitable solutions. One safety concern is that a number of parents are using the bottom car park as a ‘loop’ and dropping students off in the middle of the car park. As this poses significant safety and traffic flow issues, I respectfully ask that this cease immediately.

If parents and caregivers are doing standard drop off or pick up, we ask that you quickly transition to the drop and go or pick up and go model that is set up on Bridge Street to assist us in safety and vehicle flow. Please move to the front of the queue, park and assist your son with equipment before pulling away. The boys will look for your car and quickly walk towards you.

As we are now a large community with a student population of 1350 and staff nearing 200, we do not always have the capacity to facilitate onsite parking at key times such as morning and afternoon arrival and departure. Space is now at a premium so we respectfully ask that parents and caregivers please minimise onsite car parking in the mornings and afternoons so that our staff can access parking and to also ensure everyone can arrive and depart as safely and as efficiently as possible. May we also request that if you wish to exercise or go for a walk after school drop off, or before pick up, please do not leave your car in the carpark. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Community Prayers

I ask the community to please place Ted and Sam Challenor of the ATC community in your thoughts and prayers following the recent loss of their grandfather.

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.

Best Wishes

Congratulations to Katie Ohtomo, Music Tutor, on the safe arrival of baby Harry last week. Best wishes and blessings from the Ambrose Treacy College community.

God bless.

Chris Ryan

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