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I had the privilege this week to attend the Annual EREA Deputy Principals’ National Conference. With 60 Deputy Principals from our schools across Australia it was an opportunity to hear some outstanding speakers but also to network with other key people working in other EREA schools.

There is much good work being done across our schools and I felt great pride in sharing our stories with others, meeting such outstanding people and knowing that our students are engaging the programs that have been put in place across the EREA network. We have all selected to work, or send our sons to an EREA school, like tens of thousands across the country. It is a strong network of communities providing outstanding care and education to so many young people.

Year 5 had the enjoyment of showing their elders around the College today as they celebrated Elder’s Day. Families toured along the ‘Elder’s Trail’, shared the Eurcharist and then enjoyed morning tea together. It was wonderful to see so many grandparents, aunties, uncles, mums and dads enjoying the winter sunshine and our lovely gardens. We hope you had fun seeing where the boys spend most of their days and we look forward to welcoming you again very soon. The professional photos from today will be shared with you next week via a link where you can download, save, print and share the images with your family.

Read on for more details of all College opportunities and Save the Dates to your calendars. There are a number of excursions and incursions coming up across the year levels – more details are below plus on the College app. Tuesday 14 August is significant as Years 4-10 students will all be involved in excursions or incursions to celebrate different aspects of learning across the College. The significant save the date for your calendar is the 80 Years of Education celebrations from October 14 to 20. Don’t put anything else in your calendar for that week.

Aunties and uncles joined in the fun of Year 5 Elder's Day too!

Key dates

Saturday 11 August ATC Trivia Night
Monday 13 August Year 6 Let’s Chat
Monday 13 August QCIS Track & Field Championships
Monday 13 August Year 8 & 9 Subject Selection Due 3pm
Monday 13 August RI Day of Excellence Yrs 7-9
Monday 13 August Foundation Board Information Evening 6.30pm
Tuesday 14 August ICAS Maths 7.15am
Tuesday 14 August Celebrate Learning Day – excursions & incursions Years 4-10 / Normal classes Yr 11
Tuesday 14 August Year 11 Sociable
Wednesday 15 August Ekka Public Holiday
Thursday 16 August Year 11 Drama Shake & Stir Performance
Thursday 16 August Co-curricular Group Photos – further details to follow on the College App
Thursday 16 August – Sunday 19 August QCMF
Friday 17 August Parent Information Evening – Battlefields Tour 2019
Monday 20 August Year 6 Let’s Chat

Save the Date

Tuesday 21 August Year 7, 2019 Parent Info Evening
Wednesday 22 August Junior School Book Week Assembly and dress up
Friday 24 August ERFA Annual Gala 6.30pm
Monday 27 August Chess Age Championships 2018 3.30pm-5.30pm
Friday 31 August Fathers’ Day Breakfast

H2. Foundation Board Information Evening

On Monday 13 August from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in the Chapel, we invite interested parents to an information night with Board members of the Ambrose Treacy College Foundation. Come along and meet with Principal Michael Senior, Chairman of the Ambrose Treacy College Foundation Luke Ingham Myers and other Board Members to learn about the plans and activities that will move the Foundation forward as an integral part of the College as it grows.

80 Year Celebrations

All members of our College community are invited to join us for a week long celebration as we mark the milestone of 80 years of educating boys on this campus. The week will conclude with _Jazz by the River,_on Saturday 20 October. Our celebration of community and the Arts this year promises to be extra special with a Fireworks grand finale! Registrations for Arts Week ATC’s Got Talent competition has been launched today and you can click here for registration. Full details and terms and conditions of the competition are available on the College App.

Formation News

Student Volunteers

A group of students helped out at Brisbane Relief Hub this week, dishwashing, preparing meals and cleaning up in the kitchen. The boys are experienced community volunteers and are learning how they can help and empathise with people are living on the margins of society. Congratulations to this group who are giving up so much of their personal time to give back to others.

Year 11 Sociable

The SociABLE is an important formative event for the Year 11 students being held at Victoria Park, Herston on Tuesday night. We wish all the boys and their partners best wishes for a wonderful night.

Junior School Cook Off competition

The ATC Cook Off reached semi finals stage this week with Year 4 finalists chosen on Tuesday and Year 5 on Thursday. Congratulations to the chefs who have progressed to the Grand Final. Year 6 semi finalists will be judged on 23 August.
Click here to email Mr O'Rourke with any queries.

House Lunch

Years 9 10 and 11 will engage in House activities and share a BBQ lunch on Friday 24 August. If you are available to assist on the day, any time between 10.30am and 2pm, please click here to volunteer.

H2. Chess House Competition

The House Chess competition will be held on Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 August 2018 during second break, in the Nudgee Junior Hall. We encourage all students in Years 4-11 to come along and earn points for their House!

Chess Age Championships

The 2018 Chess Championships are being held on Monday 27 August in the Mt Sion library from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. If you would like your son to participate and compete in this event, please by 3pm Wednesday 22 August.

Learning News

Assessment Planners

Year Level Assessment Planners are on the College App under the tile YEAR LEVELS or you can find them via SEQTA Documents.

Subject Selection Evenings

The College held subject information evenings to outline pathway options, 2019 subject offerings and information regarding the Senior Schooling System ATAR as well as Academic Mentoring and SET Planning provisions for Years 10 & 11, 2019. Presentations from these evenings can be accessed via Seqta Documents and the College app. Please also refer to the College App for Subject Selection Handbooks.

Monday 13 August 3.00pm – Years 8 & 9, 2019 Subject Selections due
Thursday 30 August 3.00pm – Years 10 & 11, 2019 Subject Selections and SET Plan meetings to be finalised

Please also refer to the College App to access the UQ Year 10 Guide to Courses and Pre-requisites. Students considering a university pathway are strongly encouraged to familiarise themselves with this information prior to the set planning process later in the term.

Ambrose Treacy Day – Tuesday 14 August

Details for Ambrose Treacy Day on Tuesday 14 August for Years 4-10 are detailed below. Full details for each year level can also be found on the College App under “Year Levels” tab.

Year 4 World of Maths Incursion
Year 4 students will have a mathematically themed day run by the “World of Maths” Roadshow in the NJ Hall during normal school hours. Students should wear their sports uniform.

Year 5 Eureka Gold Rush Excursion
Year 5 will be travelling to the ‘Eureka Gold Rush Experience’ excursion departing the College by bus at 8.15am and returning at 3.00pm. Students are to come in costume, including wide brimmed hat and closed shoes. Dress up options are teacher, baker, constable/Sergeant, blacksmith, banker. See the College app for more suggestions.

Year 6 Parliament House Excursion
Year 6 boys will be travelling to Queensland Parliament House and will gain an insight into Queensland’s premier heritage building and one of Brisbane’s best-known landmarks, be taken on guided tours and learn about the Legislative Council (Red Chamber), the Honour Boards, the Mace and other important features. The bus departs school at 8.30am, returning at 1.30pm. students are required to wear full formal uniform including suit coat, tie and broad brimmed hat. Students should pack morning tea to take with them, lunch will be as normal back at school.

Year 7 Drama Workshops
On Ambrose Treacy Day, all Year 7 students will dedicate this day to enriching these general learning capabilities and extending their Arts curriculum learning. Boys will be audience for a professional live drama performance and participate in a rotational drama, music and visual art workshop.

Year 8 West End Excursion
As part of the study for Term 3 Geography “Changing Nations”, all Year 8 students will be participating in an excursion to West End to investigate high density living, impacts of traffic congestion and the importance of sustaining the quality of life in these areas. Students should meet at W201 at 8.25am for an overview of the day, before moving to buses. Students are required to wear their sports uniform including wide brimmed hat and closed shoes. Please also pack morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, pencils, colouring pencils, phone or camera for photos, clipboard. Students will arrive back at the College at 3pm.

Year 9 Science Day
All Year 9 students will be engaged with an experiential day of learning which will include a wide range of science related activities including fish dissection, Kidstop electronics and other presentations. The full timetable is available on the College App.

Year 10 University and TAFE visits
Year 10 students will be attending an excursion to either UQ or TAFE as part of the College Program to improve Year 10 students’ understanding of post school pathways. Students are required to wear their full formal uniform, including suit coat, tie and broad brimmed hat. Students should bring morning tea, lunch and water with them in a small backpack. Further details are available on the College App.

Year 11
Year 11 students will have a normal day of classes before finishing at 3pm and preparing for their SociABLE event.

Year 7, 2019 Parent Information Evening

To assist parents with a better understanding of what these changes will be for their sons with regards to their learning, we have decided to hold another information evening on Tuesday 21 August 2018, commencing at 6.30pm. This will be a parent only information session. The focus of this information evening will be ‘Learning in the Middle School at ATC.’ This night in part, will overview how learning is structured in the Middle School, the priorities the College has on students learning and the study expectations for students. We will also overview the learning journey for students as they transition through Middle and Senior School. We aim for this to be a 60-minute presentation and there will be opportunities to ask any questions you have that are not directly covered in the presentation. To assist us with planning for the evening please click here to rsvp by Monday 13 August 2018.

Battlefields Tour

We intend to conduct an immersion experience for students to the battlefields of World War One and Two in June/July 2019. Kath Little, Dean of Learning is currently accepting expressions of interest from parents of students interested in taking part in this immersion opportunity, which are due TODAY. A non-refundable deposit is due to be paid on 24 August 2018. For further details including itinerary, eligibility and costs please refer to the College App. A parent information evening is scheduled for Friday 17 August at 6.30pm.
Please click here to email Kath Little with any queries.

Year 11 Pathways

Earlier this week, Ms Kath Little (Dean of Learning) opened an opportunity for interested students to discuss a specific university entry pathway. UMAT is one of three criteria used by most Australian and NZ universities in selecting students into high demand health related careers such as medicine and dentistry: The three criteria, weighted equally by most universities are:
1. UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test)
2. ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank)
3. Interview performance (Panel or MMI)

On Friday a group of Year 11s met with Dr. Jessica Quinn to discuss what lay ahead of them if they wish to pursue careers in medicine or dentistry. The informal meeting discussed what are the UMAT tests and what type of challenge is in each exam paper. UMAT 2019 will most likely be held on Wednesday, 31 of July 2019(ACER is yet to confirm this date). UMAT 2019 registration (for university admissions in 2020) will most likely open early December 2018.

ATCareers Bulletin

The latest ATCareers Bulletin is ready to download via this link. In this edition there is information about upcoming University Open days, Gap Year options, TAFE courses and scholarships. It makes for a very informative and interesting read about Career Pathway options which is a hot topic with all Senior students at the moment.
Please contact Ms Peacock if you have any queries.

Junior School Book Week

During the week beginning 20 August, we will be celebrating Book Week. The theme for Book Week is Find Your Treasure. Scholastic Book Fair will run from Monday 20 August – Thursday 23 August. We will also have our annual Book Week Assembly and dress up on Wednesday 22 August. We are encouraging all Junior School students to get dressed up for the day in their best pirate costumes.

Year 11 Geography Excursion

As part of the study for Term 3 Geography – ‘Sustaining Communities’, Year 11 students will be participating in an excursion to South Bank and West End – Kurilpa precinct, to investigate urban consolidation and the impacts of high density living, traffic congestion and human wellbeing in built up parts of the city landscape. Year 11 Geography will be going on excursion during Periods 1 and 2 Thursday 30 August 2018. Students will meet at 7.00am at the Kate Street pick up area and are required to wear their sports uniform. Please refer to the College App for full details.

Junior school Science Fair

The Junior School Science Fair is being held on Friday, 31 August at Nudgee Junior Hall with a theme of ‘Moments of Discovery – Game Changers and Change Makers.’ Please refer to the College app under YEAR LEVELS for full details.

Co-curricular News

Co-curricular photos

Group Co-curricular photos will be taken by Silver Rose on Thursday 16 August at the College. Students will be required to bring their uniforms for various sports and music groups. Please refer to the College App on Monday for full details.


All co-curricular music students and families please subscribe to the QCMF section of the ATC app, and check when your ensemble is performing at the Queensland Catholic Colleges Music Festival next week. Please RSVP to Music Department via the on-line form. Congratulations to the Handbell ensemble and Ms McGeever on an outstanding tour to Cairns for the International Handbell Symposium.

Public Speaking competition

In Term 3, the inaugural Year 6 Inter-House Public Speaking Competition will be held. This will involve boys writing a speech and presenting it their House groups on Thursday 16 August. Each student’s speech will be adjudicated and two boys from each House will progress to the final. See the College App for full details.

P & F News

With a fun and busy few weeks ahead, it’s the perfect time to get involved in some P&F activities. There’s coffee mornings, Trivia Night, P&F Meeting, Book Club and planning for Fathers’ Day Breakfast all ahead.

Father’s Day Breakfast Friday 31 August

Dad, Grandad, Uncle – please join your ATC boy and family on Friday, 31 August for a hot and delicious Brekky and Coffee to celebrate Father’s Day on Westcourt Deck, Middle School Precinct. Breakfast served from 6:30am – 8:30am. Bacon and Egg rolls $5.00 – Sausages on Bread $2.50 – Juice $2 – Coffee van (Eftpos/cash sales on the day) Raffle Raffle tickets 1 for $2 or 3 for $5 1st Prize – 4 x $50 gift cards (BCF, Bunnings, Dan Murphy’s and Rebel Sport), 2nd Prize – Carton of Beer, 3rd Prize – Scratchies RSVP – Tuesday 28 August
Please click here to order your breakfasts via Trybooking.

Please click here to email Donna Densley if you have any queries.

Father’s Day Breakfast volunteers needed

If you can assist on Friday with either the setup, cooking or clean up, please click here to register on Volunteer Local. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

Read Between the Wines Bookclub

Our next bookclub is at Vicki Johnson’s place in Kenmore Hills on Thursday, 30 August at 7:30pm. Please click here to email Vicki if you are attending. All new members welcome. The book to read is ‘The Red Tent’ by Anita Diamant. It is what the bible would’ve been like, if it had been written by women. It celebrates mothers & daughters, in a richly imagined world during biblical times. Stays with you, long after you have finished reading it. See you on 30 August.

P&F Meeting

Our next meeting will be held Tuesday 4 September, 6.30pm in the Mt Sion Staffroom. If you’d like to find out about different roles on the committee in 2019, click here to email your ATC P&F Committee.

Year 4 Parents Coffee Catch Up

Year 4 parents are invited to come along on Wednesday 22 August, after school drop-off for a coffee at Simon’s Gourmet Gallery, cnr Witton & Moggill Roads, Chapel Hill. Let us know if you can make it via the Year 4 Facebook page. If you need more details or want to ask a question click here to contact Susan McIntyre.

If you’d like any further information from your P&F committee or want to get involved in upcoming events, please click here to email your P&F committee.

Community News

Women’s Night at Stuartholme

You are invited to the St. Ignatius Parish 13th Annual Women’s’ Night of Spirituality on Tuesday 28 August at 7.30pm at Stuartholme School Chapel Toowong. Listen to four wonderful guest speakers who tell their stories of being wife, mother, career professional and charity worker. See the attached flyer below for parking details and bookings.

Tuckshop Volunteers

Volunteering at the tuckshop enhances social and emotional wellbeing and provides the perfect way for you to meet up with friends or make new friends. Countless hundreds have made life long friends by volunteering at our tuckshop over the years. The Tuckshop can only operate with the support of it’s valued volunteers, so please give ‘a little or a lot’ to help, even if it’s only once a term. Please click here to email Danielle.

Lost Property

There are many named and unnamed items in lost property at both the Main College Reception and Senior School Reception. Please ask your son to check lost property if he is missing any items.

Enjoy the weekend ahead.

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal