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See What's Coming Up Week 5

We congratulate Mitchell Bradshaw, Thomas Kearney, Jack Hewson, Tom Perissinotto, Rory Kerr and Raphael Barcelon on their nominations for 2020 College Captain and Vice-Captain positions. Nominated by their peers and short listed for these positions, this week they addressed their cohort with their vision for Leadership in 2020. It was a privilege to listen to the nominees speak with such pride and passion for our College and our mission. On Monday, Mr Gardiner will officially announce our 2020 Leaders.

It has been a significant week for our Year 5, 7 and 9 students as they completed three days of NAPLAN on top of their normal week. These ‘single point in time’ tests will provide families and the College with relevant data compared with National Standards. It will also validate the judgments our teachers make every day. The continual aim is to best support each and every student at ATC.

We also finished our final House Challenges which saw fantastic engagement from all students across the College. This week our staff and students painted their thumbnails white as a follow on from our recent White Ribbon Assembly. It was a demonstration of solidarity for women who are victims of violence and abuse and to highlight, as Men of Courage, the positive role that men play in this social movement and support them to stand up, speak out and act to stop men’s violence against women. Finally, the students have looked very smart this week as they donned their formal winter uniform. I ask families to continue to encourage the boys to wear their uniform, including their badges, with pride.

Key Dates

Saturday 18 May | Year 12 Parents Afternoon by the River
Saturday 18 May | Year 4 Parents Night Out
Monday 20 May | Northern District Track & Field Trials; QSAC, Kessels Road, Nathan
Monday 20 May | QLD Youth Music Awards (Junior Choir); Mansfield SHS
Tuesday 21 May | AFL School of Excellence ATV vs Mountain Creek SHS
Tuesday 21 May | Library Event ‘Murder by the Book’, Years 6-9
Tuesday 21 May | Year 11 Mid-term Exam Block
Friday 24 May | Year 10 Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo
Friday 24 May | Met West Math Teams Challenge (Years 6-10), Indooroopilly SHS
Wednesday 29 May | Formal photo day (full Formal Uniform to be worn)

Formal Photo Day

The Formal College photos will be taken on Wednesday 29 May for ALL year levels. Photos taken will include class and homeroom group photos, individual portraits and sibling photos.

Uniform Expectations
Years 4 – 11 – Blue & White striped shirt, grey shorts, grey College socks, College tie, navy blue suit coat with College badges, clean black leather lace up shoes
Year 12 – Senior shirt and tie, grey trousers, navy blue suit coat with College badges, clean black leather lace up shoes. Please also ensure that your son’s hair is of a neat appearance.

Ordering Process
Photos are available through Studio Kirby Online Ordering only.
School Code: ATC19
Student ID: (6-digit ATC student ID number)
Sibling Code: use “SIB” then eldest child Student ID number (eg, SIB012345)
Payments: Can be made using either a Credit Card or PayPal
Online ordering is available until Wednesday 12 June 2019; however, any orders placed after this date will incur an $18 late fee and photos sent to the home address. Photos will be sent to the College within 8 weeks of ordering. Click here to order photos online using the information above.


Feedback is a valuable tool in learning but only one step in the ongoing process of development. Feedforward is the next step and one that should be embraced by students to have its maximum effect. Dallas Moffat shares some very powerful advice for students in his blog this week.

Digital Technology

Junior School students in Digital Technology were tasked with the challenge to make a version of the classic arcade game Frogger using the computer program, Scratch. This term they are using the Makey Makey program to build a controller to play their game. Student put their creative as well as their digital knowledge to use by sourcing materials from around the school to build their playable game controller.

Year 11 Exam Block

Year 11 Examination Block is scheduled from Tuesday 21st May – Friday 24th May. An additional day (Tuesday) was required to ensure that examinations were sufficiently spaced, giving our students every opportunity to succeed. Senior students (Year 11s and 12s) are not required to attend school unless they have a scheduled examination or have been asked to complete competency catch up work, as part of their certificate courses. The College understands that many students will appreciate the time to study at home. Where this isn’t possible or desirable, students are most welcome to attend school and work on private study in the Westcourt Library. Students are required to attend examinations in their full school uniform and with the appropriate equipment (including calculators for their Mathematics examination). Please note that attendance at the TAFE in Schools program is not a reason to miss a College examination. At all times, College examinations take priority over attendance at TAFE.

RSVP NOW – Journey Begins for Year 7 2020

On Thursday 30 May 2019 the College will host a Learning and Formation Evening for new and continuing students of Year 7 2020 and their parents and caregivers. The evening will commence with a BBQ dinner at 5pm outside the Nudgee Junior Hall. Parents and caregivers will then move into the NJ Hall for an information session on Learning in the Middle School. Students will move to another area to participate in sessions on Team Building and Formation. We anticipate that the evening will conclude at approximately 7:30pm. To assist us with planning for the Learning and Formation Evening please CLICK HERE to RSVP by Friday 24 May 2019.

Japan Tour

On Tuesday 28 May at 6pm in the Japanese Room [E101], there will be a meeting for all boys and their parents who are going to Japan this year. Please click here to email Mrs Oghanna if you have any queries or cannot make this final meeting.


Year 10 geography students enjoyed a day learning about coastal management, soil erosion foredunes and how this is managed by the Gold Coast City Council and Griffith University. Environmental staff from the council shared information on why coastal foredunes and coastline are vital to maintaining plant and animal diversity and well as their central role in protecting the coastline from erosion. Students investigated human impacts on the Gold Coast coastal region and how these can be alleviated/managed to ensure the long-term viability of this ecosystem. They then visited Burleigh Heads National Park; completed field activities and attended a seminar with Griffith University Staff. A visit to Q1 tallest building on Gold Coast gave them a ‘big picture’ view of the of the human impact on the coast.

Year 10 Employment Expo Friday 24 May 2019
Student travel to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Southbank as part of their Career Development program and participate in numerous initiatives to build their awareness of career and vocational opportunities. See the College App for full details.

Year 10 Careers Expo Friday 21 June
Year 10 will visit University and TAFE colleges on Friday 21 June. Bus will depart at 8.20am. Students are to wear their formal uniform and bring morning tea and lunch in a small bag. No school bags will be taken. See the college app for full details.

Year 10 Geography excursion Friday 19 July 2019
As part of the study for Term 3 Geography – ‘Geography of Wellbeing’, all year 10 Geography students will be participating in an excursion to the University of Queensland for ‘Earth and Environment Day’. Pencil this date into your calendar.

Year 8 excursion Tuesday 13 August
As part of the study for Term 3 Geography – ‘Changing Nations’, all year 8 students will be participating in an excursion to West End – Kurilpa precinct, Boundary Street, Davies Park & the new developments on Montague Rd, to investigate high density living, impacts of traffic congestion and the importance of sustaining the quality of life in these areas. Pencil this date into your calendar.


White Ribbon Initiative

As a White Ribbon school, our ATC gentleman have been called to action and have nominated to pledge building positive and respectful relationships, amplifying a healthy vision of masculinity. The Year 12’s have been active in the “Courage to Polish” campaign symbolic to this pledge to visibly embed the values of respect, grace and inclusion across the College. We are making strong progress as a community in being accountable following Mr Flanagan’s Assembly. Notably demonstrating this in raising their painted thumbs today. Well Done Boys!

Year 6 Friendship Program

As part of the educational program offered to students of Ambrose Treacy College, boys are required to participate in a Service-Learning program. This term, we are offering Year 6 students the opportunity to participate in our ‘Friendship Group’ Program at our local Cairns Aged Care Centre, Chapel Hill. In small groups, Year 6 students will visit the Aged Care facility every second Friday. This program will run during lunch, commencing Friday 17 May 2019. Full details are on the College App.

Year 11 Leadership Retreat

An essential part of the leadership journey for our 2020 College seniors is the leadership retreat from Tuesday 16 July to 18 July 2019. The retreat is a 3-day, 2-night event to be held at Camp Laurence at Moogerah Dam. The 2020 Leadership Team will cook a Brotherhood breakfast from 7:30am. Then students will be transported to the venue. Please see full details on the College App and CLICK HERE to complete the online medical form by 10 June.

Year 12 Formal

The Year 12 Formal is an important formative event for students. It will be held in the at Hillstone, Carawa Street, St. Lucia, on Tuesday 13 August. It will begin at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start and will conclude at 11:00pm. Tickets will be available to purchase via the TASS Parent Lounge. Tickets will be $130 per student or $260 per couple. The cost covers the hire of the music, photography, function room, security, soft drinks and banquet style food. We ask parents to be aware and to discuss the information in the letter that is shared on the College App for the night to be successful for all involved.

Faith and Mission

As we welcomed potential new families to our College Tour this week, it’s a timely little blog from Matt Warr as he looks at the reasons why parents choose a particular school for their sons. Read about the quandary he is in and take part in his Facebook survey by commenting on our Facebook page!

Connacht Mass

Parents and students from Year 10-12 Connacht House gathered today for their House Mass and Breakfast. Despite the rain, an enthusiastic crowd enjoyed a cooked breakfast and positive conversations. During mass, Mr Robertson discussed the Connacht theme of ‘Courage and Kindness’ and this was evident throughout the scripture and prayers today. The boys were challenged to look for every avenue to show support and inspiration to all their ATC brothers as the year progresses.

Year 5 Mass and Morning Tea

Parents and Caregivers of Year 5 are warmly invited to Mass and Morning Tea on Friday 24 May in the Chapel of St Joseph at 8.30am. Students are to wear their formal uniform and parents are asked to bring a plate of food to share for morning tea. Full details are on the College App. We look forward to celebrating the Eucharist with you.


Red Shield Appeal

On Sunday 26 May ATC students are invited to participate in the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal and door knock local residents in an effort to raise much need funds for this great cause. Please complete your details by clicking here to register your son to participate in the Red Shield Appeal Door Knock with other ATC students RSVP which is required by 9.00am Saturday 25 May.

Year 4 Elder’s Day Tuesday 12 August
As part of the celebrations on this day, we will be making a display of photos of the boys’ grandparents and elders. We request that you email photos you wish displayed on this day, with or without your sons in the photo, to your son’s homeroom teacher by Friday 7 June.

Student volunteers for Montessori picnic

The College is seeking student volunteers from Years 11 and 12 for the ATC promotional stall at the upcoming Montessori picnic on Sunday 9 June. ATC will have a gazebo set up and some promotional toys and brochures to give away to prospective families. We would like some students to man the stall for any period of time between 10am – 2pm. If you can attend, please notify Mr McCrohon along with your availability, as soon as possible to secure a time slot. Click here to contact Mr Andrew McCrohon.


Music Concerts

Last night was the College’s Ensemble Evening and what an amazing night it was! For some of our ensemble students, this was their first performance of the year, which offered a valuable opportunity to perform for a smaller, intimate crowd. Again & again, the ensembles blew the audience away with their skill, sounds, confidence & fun. The performers proved that all of those early morning rehearsals, practise diaries and incessant phone calls to remind students of lessons well and truly paid off!

Best wishes to Junior Choir who on Monday evening will perform in the Primary Choir heats of the Queensland Youth Music Awards (QYMA) at Mansfield State High School. The ATC Chamber Choir also are rehearsing hard for their upcoming performance of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Chorale and other schools. The boys are excited to be performing in the Concert Hall at QPAC, the state’s premier performance venue. Parents are reminded to be aware of all the details regarding these rehearsals and performances, with information available on the College App.


Year 9 debates will take place at ATC on Wednesday 22 May. The topic is That children should not be allowed to attend protests. Fixtures are as follows:
9.1: Negative. VS. Indooroopilly State High School 9.1 at 8:00pm
9.2: Affirmative. VS. The Gap State High School 9.1at 8:00pm
9.3: Affirmative. VS. Brigidine College 9.1at 7:00pm

Year 10 debates will take place at ATC on Wednesday 29 May. This is a short-response debate so all debaters have to arrive 1.5h prior to their debate.
10.1: Affirmative. VS. Brisbane Grammar School 10.12 at 8:00pm (Please arrive before 6:30pm)
10.2: Affirmative. VS. Brisbane Christian College 10.1 at 8:00pm (Please arrive before 6:30pm)


Today we acknowledged our outstanding sportsmen who are striving for excellence, training to succeed and focusing on their goals. We congratulate Harry Elders and Jack Steele – Australian representatives for Canoe Polo, Daniel Woodrow and Oliver Fanshawe Queensland representatives for Swimming, Lachlan Durant – Queensland representative for Aquathlon, Ben Rogers – Queensland representative for Rugby Union and Andrew Coogan – Queensland representative for Baseball. What a line up of champions!

Swimming training continues even through the winter months and our dedicated squad swimmers are found in the pool most afternoon doing laps under the instruction of Mr Paul Jones. If you are interested in your son improving his swimming please click here to email the ATC Aquatics administration officer, Meryl.

QCIS Cross Country was held in Warwick today with hosts, Scots College providing a magnificent venue for the competition. Our boys ran well, but were slightly disappointed to not come away with the metal this year, placing second behind Downlands College.

Helpers Needed at Homegames

If you can assist tomorrow, Saturday 18 May at our homegames please click here. Follow the link below to TWIS for all the week’s sports training and games.

Musical Bingo

Get a table of 10 together and join us on Saturday 15 June in the NJ Hall from 7-10pm for a fun night supporting ATC Sport and our Confraternity Shield team. Order pizzas with your table or ticket booking and Pizza Capers will deliver them to the NJ Hall from 7.30pm! Bar snacks are available on the night – cash or EFTPOS available. Come and show your True Colours dressed in your favourite sports outfit or get your team to dress in Team Colours. Raffles and great prizes on offer and we look forward to seeing you there! Click here to buy your tickets.
We also need helpers on the night to assist the Sport Support Group make the Musical Bingo Night a success.
Click here to sign up to a volunteer timeslot.

P&F News

Many thanks to Be for hosting a lovely night where we discussed the book “Memoirs of a Geisha”. It was nice to see some new faces and Be spoilt us with some delicious platters and chocolate cake! The next Bookclub meeting will be at Trishelle’s house in Oxley on 6 June at 7.30pm and further details are below. There are many opportunities to be a part of our Friendraising events that range from the AFL Boys’ Day Out to our Classic Car and Bike Show! Click here to see all our Term 2 events and to book your tickets and mark your calendars or read on for full details:

Year 12 Parents Afternoon by the River 18 May

Year 12 parents and caregivers are invited to an afternoon by the river on Mt Sion Deck on Saturday 18 May from 3:30pm-7:00pm. Please BYO drinks and a small plate to share. Click here to RSVP to Alicen.

Year 4 Night Out 18 May

Don’t forget to come along to the Year 4 parents and caregivers casual catch up at the Regatta Hotel tomorrow night from 5pm. This is an adults only gathering and there is no need to RSVP. Just turn up!

Year 10 Coffee Morning Tuesday 21 May

All Year 10 parents and caregivers are invited to drop in for a coffee at Simon’s Deli on Moggill Road on Tuesday morning 21 May. There will be discussions on planning events for term 3 and term 4. Come along a meet some other parents!

AFL Boys’ Day Out 1 June

The footy season is in full swing and our AFL fans are invited to the Boys’ Day Out annual trip to the Gabba on Saturday 1 June. Prior to the game, at 5.15pm we will gather at East Brisbane State School for eats and drinks and then head over the road to support the Lions. Public transport is FREE before and after the match. There are ticket options to suit everyone.
Click here to email the coordinator Scott Kiel-Chisholm.
Click here to book your tickets today! Bookings close Monday 20 May.

Year 7 Parents Evening 8 June

Year 7 parents and caregivers are invited to get together at Suburban Social Moordale Street Chapel Hill, from 5pm on Saturday 8 June. Live music is from 5.30pm and their tapas-style menu allows you to order snacks from the bar, or just pop in for a drink. This is a great opportunity to meet other Year 7 parents and build up our friendships. To assist the venue with planning seating, click here to let us know you are coming by 25 May. Click here for the Suburban Social website, to view the menu and see their location.
Any queries, please click here to email Suzanne Rosolen, Year 7 Parent Liaison.

Bookclub 6 June

The book we are reading is “Boy Swallows Universe” by Trent Dalton. It’s a novel of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age, set in Brisbane’s violent working class suburban fringe. If you can’t get a copy from the library, it’s on sale at both Kmart and Target for $9. Please click here to RSVP to Trishelle and she will supply her home address. Everyone is welcome! Happy reading, and see you all in June.

Classic Car and Motorcycle Show 28 July

The whole family is invited to our show and shine event at ATC. There will be a sausage sizzle, hot coffee and amazing vehicles to see. Gold coin donation on entry. There will be a ‘People’s Choice Award’ and all display vehicles will have double spaced parking.
Click here to RSVP online to assist with our catering.
Click here if you would like to show off your car or motorcycle, to register online.
For any enquiries please click here to email the coordinator Paul Burbidge.

Tuckshop News – Allergy Statement

An Allergy Statement has been added to our Flexischools page. When you next login to order tuckshop items, you will be asked to click “Yes” to confirm you have read the Allergen Statement. If your son has a food allergy, you will be prompted to choose which food he is allergic to. This information will then be printed on his tuckshop order label. If he has no allergy, move on to ordering as normal. Below is a screen shot of how the Allergy Option will look when you next login. Customers have to select this every time an online order is placed. This is to ensure our staff and volunteers can offer the highest level of food safety to our students.

Community News

Autism Seminar

A community seminar on autism will be presented by Professor Tony Attwood on 8 June from 12.30-4pm at Our Lady of the Rosary School Kenmore. The topic for discussion is ‘Managing Feelings.’ Proceeds from this seminar will go towards providing resources to support a sensory area at local events. To book your ticket please click here

Students with Disability Travel Rebate

If your child has a verified disability that requires transport assistance to and from school or your school’s learning support teacher has assessed your child’s travel capability rating as ‘semi-independent’ or more dependent then you may qualify for financial assistance to help with the cost of transport . Please apply to by clicking here by 31 May 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers

The College is supporting Woolworths Earn and Learn campaign which has already begun in store. With every $10 spent at Woolworths, one sticker is collected. These stickers can be placed onto the Earn & Learn sticker sheets and dropped into the collection box at Student Reception or Senior School Reception. This is an easy way for the school to get money for resources so please support us by collecting your tickets when next grocery shopping.

Enjoy the weekend.

Conor Finn
Acting Deputy Principal