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Sneak Peak at Term 3

To make sure everyone was kept busy until the 3pm bell, the final day of term held some special events including the culmination of the Year 7 Service sleepover. Congratulations to the staff and students on their engagement with this initiative that included visits to Blind Eye Ministries, Youngcare, Cairns Aged Care, Making Boomerang Bags, Cooking for the Homeless as well as a range on environmental initiatives across the campus.

This morning at Assembly, we explored the notion of what it means to be the face of Jesus. The concept of Church and Christianity can sometimes be confusing and complex in our modern world. A recent Bishop’s survey shows that less people are practicing their faith through traditional Mass than in the past 50 years. However, through regularly being the ‘hands and feet’ of Christ in our interactions with each other, the true message of God (Love) can be spread. As Jesus stated in Matthew 25, ‘Whatever you do for the least of my brothers and sisters, you do for me.’ This is what it means to be an inclusive, caring and loving Christian. We are the face of Jesus.

A series of special events for students, parents and families are scheduled for Term 3. A few of these are listed below for you to make a date claimer in your calendars. I wish to thank the ATC staff who have put in an incredible amount of effort and time this semester to provide the very best support for our students. Congratulations to the boys for such a big commitment this semester. Our overseas cultural tour is running over the holidays and I wish all travellers a safe and happy trip discovering new cultures in Japan. Parents can follow their escapades on the College Facebook and Instagram pages.

Semester 1 2019 Report Cards

Semester One Report Cards will be available online via SEQTA engage next week. You will receive an App notice and an email once they are released. Please click here if you need information on how to log into Seqta.

Key Dates

Sunday 14 July | Operation Rimau Commemorative Service
Monday 15 July | First day of Term 3
Tuesday 16 July | Year 11 Leadership retreat
Friday 19 July | Year 10 Geography excursion
Saturday 27 July | Formal Music Concert
Sunday 28 July | Classic Car and Motorcycle Show
Friday 2 August | Brigidine College Dance Years 9-12
Friday 2 August | School of Rock
Tuesday 13 August | Year 12 Formal
Tuesday 13 August | Year 8 excursion
Thursday 15 – 18 August | Queensland Catholic Schools’ and Colleges’ Music Festival (QCMF)
Friday 13 September | Spring Lunch
Thursday 14 November | Senior Valedictory Mass & Dinner

ICAS Testing

As ATC strives to be a dynamic learning community where students are challenged to participate and aspire to personal excellence, we offer our students external testing challenges such as ICAS (International Competition and Assessments for Schools). The benefit of ICAS is that student achievement can be compared nationally and internationally. Please see the College App for registration details and click here to visit the UNSW website.

Excursions Term 3

Year 10 Geography excursion Friday 19 July
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 7 Excursion Friday 26 July

Year 7 Willowbank Excursion
In Term 3, students in Year 7 are studying the strand of Physics in Science. As part of our studies, students are exploring the concepts of forces and how we interact with them daily. On Friday July 26, all students in Year 7 will be travelling to the Queensland Raceway at Willowbank to learn more about forces in a real-life context. The purpose of the excursion is to allow students to observe forces such as acceleration and deceleration and how they affect a moving vehicle. Wear – ATC PE Uniform with hat. Bring – morning tea, lunch and water.

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.

Year 11 Modern History Excursion 30 August
On Friday 30 August all Year 11 MODERN HISTORY students will be travelling to the State Library of Queensland to participate in a guided tour by a member of State Library staff. The State Library is a wonderful resource for students of history and this tour is designed to support them in locating and accessing high quality resources for their upcoming research task for 11 Modern History, i.e., FA3 (Essay based on research). Students will be driven to the venue in the College bus. They will depart the College at approximately 12.30pm on Friday 30th May, 2019. The tour will take place from 1pm – 2pm. Following the tour, students are able to stay and access the library facilities and resources for their research task. Students will be required to make their own way home from the venue.
Students are expected to wear their full formal College Uniform. They should have with them a (charged) mobile phone and their equipment required to conduct research following the tour.


Fabric Drive Years 7-9

In our commitment to sustainability, reducing plastic waste and land fill, we have teamed with Boomerang Bags in a project that will help change the world! Students in Years 7-9 will be involved in re-purposing old fabric to make sustainable reusable shopping bags. Sewing machines and all the necessary equipment has been purchased and now all we need is the FABRIC! We are asking for you to donate any unwanted bed linen, including sheets, pillow cases, doona covers or any old fabric (not too thick). This will be sorted, cut and sewn into funky new bags! Students in Year 9 will lead this project and then boys from years 7-9 will have the opportunity to join in the project across the year. See the College App for full details.

Brigidine College Dance Years 9-12

Brigidine College will be hosting a Year 9-12 Dance as part of their College’s 90th Anniversary celebrations on Friday 2 August. The Dance is open to girls from Brigidine College and boys from Ambrose Treacy College ONLY. The theme of the Dance is ‘Through the Generations’ where students are invited to come dressed in a costume that represents a decade from the past 90 years. The dance will be held at the College in Kildare Hall and will be fully supervised by parents and Brigidine College staff. It will be held from 7:00-10:00pm. Tickets cost $10 and are available by clicking here. Possession of a ticket is essential and boys attending must hold a current school photo ID card. Ticket includes a bottle of water and refreshments.

Leadership Retreat Year 11

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.

Formal Year 12

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 are available to purchase via the TASS Parent Lounge for $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.
Click here for Registration.
Click here to login into Parent Lounge to purchase tickets.

Faith and Mission

Operation Rimau Commemorative Service

Students in Years 10, 11 & 12 are invited to take part in the commemorative service on Sudnay 14 July for the Z Special Operatives who lost their lives in Operation Rimau. Staff will meet students at 9.30am outside the front gate of the Queensland Maritime Museum at Southbank with the Service starting at 10:00am and concluding at approximately 11:30am. Please click here to register your attendance for this special annual event. If you have any questions please click here to email Mr McCrohon.

Co-curricular News


Term 3 will again be busy with two of our major annual events occurring in the first 5 weeks. Please ensure you have the following dates in your diary and look out for further information shortly. All Co-curricular Music Rehearsals and lessons will be running in Week 1 Term 3. This includes Concert Band at 7am on Monday morning and Junior Band at 7am Wednesday morning. See below the link to download the Term’s rehearsal schedule and this can also be found under the Ensemble tags on the College App. Additional App Notification reminders for Concert Band only will be sent on Sunday 14 July. Some lesson timetables are already on the App and the others will be posted before the term begins. Please check your son’s ensemble and Teachers tags on the App regularly.

Formal Music Concert – Saturday 27 July
Formal Music Concert will be held at Riverlife Church Jennifer Street, Seventeen Mile Rocks on Saturday 27 July from 5.30pm. Tickets are free but we ask you to CLICK HERE to RSVP to assist with our catering.

DATE CLAIMER – Queensland Catholic Schools’ and Colleges’ Music Festival (QCMF) – 15 – 18 August


Basketball trials
Our Basketball trials are well underway, with teams being decided for our Term 3 competitions. Please check the app for the Basketball season Information and subscribe to BASKETBALL in the SUBSCRIPTIONS are of the App settings [via the white cogwheel].


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.

School of Rock 2 August

Come join us for a night out at QPAC Theatre on Friday 2 August to see the Broadway hit musical – School Of Rock. We will be meeting at the bar at 6.30pm. With the story is based on a hit movie and the music by Andrew Lloyd Webber this hilarious new musical is set to thrill audiences of all ages. It follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Bring the whole family to our Cultural Night Out.
CLICK HERE to book now!
Any questions, please click here to email Lisa Morris.

Spring Lunch 13 September

Put it in the diary – the ATC Spring Lunch will be held on Friday 13 September from 11.30am to 2.30pm. Our Guest speaker is from the McGrath Foundation and we aim to raise valuable funds for a breast cancer care nurses. There will be fantastic lucky door prizes and loads of fun! Dress code: ‘A Splash of PINK!’ More information to come in Term 3.

Book Club Read Between the Wines 12 September

The next scheduled Bookclub gathering will be on 12 September where we will discuss “The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone”- part mystery, part coming of age story is set in a distant suburb over the long hot summer of 1992. It’s the summer of the school’s Showstopper concert. The summer Tikka never forgot. The summer the Van Apfel sisters disappeared. Blackly comic, sharply observed and wonderfully endearing. Please click here to let Rachel Ames know if you can make it to bookclub and to receive the address and host name.


St Ignatius Parish’s Annual Women’s Night of Spirituality

On Tuesday 30 July at 7.30pm Stuartholme School will host the Toowong Parish’s “Women’s Night of Spirituality”. Guest speakers include Juliette Wright (CEO– Givit Organisation) an inspired and passionate social justice campaigner, Jen Witheriff, an executive leadership coach and leadership course facilitator and
Aunty Evelyn Parkin, an Indigenous Spritual Guide from Quandamooka, who will tell their stories and give inspirational messages. Attendees will be invited to reflect on their own values and priorities. Donations at the door and Supper will be provided. No booking required.

Cricket Clinics

A Winter Holiday Cricket Clinic for boys and girls aged 6-17 will be conducted by Henschell Cricket at Fig Tree Pocket State School, Cubberla Street, Fig Tree Pocket from 8-11 July from 9:00am-12:30pm. The cost is $199.00 (incl. GST) per player or there are family rates available. Click here to sign-on via email or to have your queries answered. You can also call Mr Henschell on 0458 026 224

Have a great winter holiday.

Conor Finn
Acting Deputy Principal