From this survey, there were several trends that I would like to share with our community to keep you up to date. In addition to the areas mentioned below there were many specific comments that we value and will use to guide our planning.
Key themes in the commendations for the ATC Sport program are: Quality of coaching Inclusive nature of the program Quality of key staff involved (Sport Coordinators)
The two most standout commendations for our program were the variety of sports available and the presence and involvement of ATC Staff in our program. We have been intentional in looking to provide a program that reflects the interests and energies of our community, rather than dictating a specific program. We also have a very strong culture of participation in the sporting program from our staff and it is wonderful to see that these two factors are appreciated by our community.
As well as some key themes in commendations, there were also some suggestions and comments made that have been really helpful on guiding our decision making into the future. I would like to use this forum to share some information with our community regarding our progress and plans in some key areas that were mentioned in the survey.
As a new school the development of high quality facilities is very much as the forefront of our dreams and planning. The priorities for these facilities are largely determined by our needs and our ability to fund them. As a new school we are fortunate to be able to access capital funding through the Queensland Catholic Education Commission. QCEC determine strict guidelines around this funding to ensure equity and transparency for the government funds that are distributed. Within the confines of this funding our first two stages of our building has been primarily focused on building facilities that support our core business of academic pursuits. As we grow, we are now able to focus some funding towards facilities of an extra-curricular nature.
In the third stage of building, which is planned to start in January 2017, a covered court for Sport and HPE has been included. Currently we are in the process of finalising the finishings on this building (floor surface, basketball hoops, volleyball systems etc). The covered court will be ready for handover in time for the start of the 2018 school year.
Over the past three years, we have been working closely with various levels of government and Brisbane City Council to investigate more green space for our sport program. The signing of a 5 year lease at Chelmer was a significant part of this, allowing for our AFL program, cricket turf wicket and a training space for soccer beginning next year. We are working with council on two other sites close to the College at the moment which will allow for several matches of cricket, football or rugby to be played at the one venue at once.
In terms of additional sporting infrastructure on site we have plans for 14 additional cricket nets, which includes a 30m x 20m open net area which can be used for PE lessons, indoor soccer etc, an additional four tennis courts, an upgrade of the current cricket nets and a general upgrade of the Jack Bowers hill / canteen areas to improve game day facilities.
As you will be aware all communication for ATC is being moved onto our new App. From the beginning of 2017, all information regarding sport and co-curricular activities will be available in this one location. This will also be the medium with which we communicate last minute changes, wet weather plans etc to our community. I urge you to install the Ambrose Treacy College App from the App Store or Google Play depending on your mobile device. Full details on installation and setup are included in the document below.
Variety of Sports
Whilst variety of sports was our highest commendation, there were also many mentions of additional ideas for inclusion in our program. Through our house competition structure, we will look to expire some of the options that were suggested and if they prove to be a success we can look at further opportunities into the future. In line with the information above regarding development of our facilities, our priorities will be on improving the facilities for sports that we currently offer, rather than allocating funding for new sports.
ATC Sport into the Future
Another theme in the survey was questions around our plans into the future. As we grow as a College we will continue to offer sport at a school, club and community level. The development of the QCIS Association in 2016 has been providing great opportunities for our boys and as per the calendar I put in the newsletter last week, this will only continue to grow into the future. In 2017 our swimming, cricket, basketball, triathlon and AFL club program will continue to grow. In rugby, football, cricket, tennis and basketball all Year 5 and 6 teams will play against AIC schools for 7 rounds of sport as a part of their supplementary draw. Students in Year 7 to 10 will play against a combination of schools from across SE QLD with the large majority of games being made up of opportunities through supplementary draws. By Christmas, parents will be able to view draft draws on the College App for each sport.
Into the future, as we grow as a College and continue to establish ourselves as a sophisticated, strong and rigorous sporting school, the opportunities continue to present themselves. Our focus will be on remaining to be an inclusive sporting school, that offers sports that reflect the interests of our community. We will continue to prioritise a culture that promotes the achievement of personal excellence, where teachers maintain a high level of involvement in programs and where sport is a vehicle for personal and community growth. Ultimately, our ambition is to connect boys with meaningful sporting opportunities that engage them in a love of lifelong physical activity and health lifestyles, well beyond their time at ATC.
Many thanks to all who contributed to this survey, your input is greatly appreciated.
Sport Sign On
As you would be aware from conversations with your sons and emails home, we are in the midst of our Semester One 2017 Sport Sign On. So that we can continue to offer great sporting opportunities for our boys, we ask that parents and boys support this process by ensuring that we get these forms back by Wednesday 23 November.
Warriors go Brach!
Mr Dave Capra, Head of Sport and Activities
Aquatics Report – Week 7 Term 4
Swim Club is over for 2016 and we would like to say thank you to all the families that came along and took part. We had an average of 50 swimmers each night and we look forward to resuming Swim Club in Term 1, 2017.
Squad training continues as normal until December 16 when the pool closes for 2 weeks for Christmas holidays.
Holiday intensives are running in December and provide a great opportunity to consolidate on the term of swimming lessons or make up for lost time due to long term illness or medical conditions. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding these classes.
With only 1 game on the weekend for our Under 15 team and this team playing for the first time in a different level of competition, the boys fought hard and contested the ball for 4 quarters against a classy opposition. We welcomed Rocco Moltoni for his first game for the season after an injury and he promises to be a formidable part of the team. Tom Perissinotto was outstanding in goals. A big thank you to Sam Moss for coming along on the day to help fill the team. We look forward to watching the development of this team over the remainder of the season.
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Games this weekend – Sat 19 November
Under 15 – ATC V Barras 2 – 11.20am
Under 14 - ATC V River City – 1.20pm All Hallows
Next weekend – Sat 26 November
Under 15 – ATC v Barras- 12.00 noon
Under 14 – ATC v Barras – 1.20pm All Hallows
Mr Paul Jones, Aquatics Coordinator
Basketball Report Week 7 Term 4
ATC Club Basketball End of Season Awards Breakfast on Sunday 20 November at the College Pool from 8:30am-10:30am. We are serving pancakes and drinks. BYO Bathers, Sunscreen and Towel. Parents please suit up in your swimming gear as we hope to play an Adults v Kids Water Polo game after the presentations!
Basketball Skills session are still on offer for all students!
Tuesday 7.00am – 8.00am ATC Courts – 3on3 competition for senior players and skill development for junior players
Friday 7.00am 8.00am ATC Courts – Skills and 3on3 Competition for junior players (Year 4 to Year 8)
Please download the link below to view all club fixtures.
Cricket Report Week 7 Term 4
Morning matches were played in warm conditions without issue on Saturday but afternoon matches were interrupted by the mid-afternoon storm. U9 and U10 teams played Round 6 matches, U11 and above teams played the second day of Round 3 matches, and Development teams travelled to Toowoomba for a return bout with TACAPS.
The four U9 teams played each other on Brothers Oval East and West and the ATC cricket community spirit was on show. A great morning was had by all and the players enjoyed themselves too. U10 teams had mixed results with two wins and three losses but played some really good cricket. U11 posted three wins from four matches, U12 won two from four, U13 was the best performed of the older age groups winning both matches, U14 missed out in both matches and U15 were beaten by a very good Valley team. The Year 4/5/6 and Year 6/7 Development teams travelled to Toowoomba and were building on their previous performance before the predicted storm caused both matches to be abandoned with 12 overs bowled. Please see the link below to download results for Saturday 12 November 2016.
Notable performances were:
• Drew Wagner 46 runs and 2/17 for ATC U9 Kildare v ATC U9 Clare
• Sam Kearney 4 wickets and 3 catches for ATC U10 White v Toombul Yellow
• Trent Semiao 59* for ATC U11 Blue v Toombul White
• Josh Rivalland 30* and 2/1 for ATC U12 White v Valley Yellow
• Shaun Adams 2/9 and 3/10 for ATC U13 Blue v Ferny Green
• Jack Hewson 24* for ATC U14 Blue v Wilston North Blue
• Noah Ryan 29*for ATC U15 Blue v Valley Purple
End of season
Players and parents are reminded that Term 4 junior club cricket fixtures will be played right up to Saturday 3 December 2016, despite the ATC school year concluding 25 November 2016. Please make sure you are available for Saturday 26 November 2016 and Saturday 3 December 2016 so that your team is not forced to play short or forfeit.
ATC has entered a team to play in the Impact Cricket Challenge 5 – 9 December 2016 inclusive. The best cricketers from the College will take on intrastate, interstate and international teams in this locally based tournament. Spectators and supporters are very welcome with all of our matches to be played at the Brookfield Showgrounds (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday).
Cricket Coaching Clinics
Clinics will be held on campus exclusively for ATC students 28 November -1 December 2016 inclusive (first week of school holidays) and 16-19 January 2017 inclusive (last week of school holidays). The December Clinic is designed to build on the skill base established in Term 4 whilst the January Clinic is designed to prepare players for the Term 1 school and club cricket seasons. Bookings must be made for boys to attend either or both Clinics as numbers are limited (there is a financial and time commitment necessary and thus will not suit everyone). Please see the link below to download the Clinic Flyer. Every effort will be made to place boys with potential teammates to implement protocols and strategies. Bookings and enquiries should be directed to email@example.com.
Good luck to luck to all this Saturday. Have fun!
Please see the link below to download results for Saturday 12 November.
Please download the link below to view the ATC Season fixtures.
Please check the training timetable to confirm your son’s commitments to cricket in 2016.
Mr Brett Henschell, Cricket Coordinator
Rugby Sevens Report Week 7 Term 4
This Friday night will be the last instalment for Sevens Rugby for both the social and premier competitions. I had the pleasure of getting down to watch the social competition here at ATC last Friday and the atmosphere was electric. The rugby that was on display was an absolute spectacle to watch, there were a number of long range tries and as equally as impressive were some of the try saving tackles. Well done to all involved. I would also like to make special mention to the parents that are able to get to the games and watch the boys run around, without your support these programs don’t happen, so thank you.
Please note: I am aware of the all-school excursion that is happening on Friday, while it is a little unfortunate that this coincides with the last round of rugby it is important that we finish the season off well and make our last efforts count until that final whistle blows. I look forward to seeing you all out there on Friday night and best of luck to all teams.
Mr Kieran Moffat, Head of Rugby
Strength and Conditioning Report Week 7 Term 4
ATC Strength & Conditioning Challenge – Thursday November 24 & Friday November 25 during 2nd break.
This S &C Challenge will be open to all Middle School boys. It will involve stair running, rowing, push ups, bench press, box jumps, ball slams, rope slams to name a few. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 place getters.
The gym will be open as usual until end of term. We will then open on a modified timetable until we resume Term 1 in 2017. Please download the link below to view the ATC Gym Timetable.
Mrs Fiona Kearney – Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Tennis Report Week 7 Term 4
On Saturday two buses of ATC boys travelled to Toowoomba to compete in the 2nd round of the QCIS Tennis tournament. Following on from the 1st round in Brisbane the boys were looking forward to putting in a good performance. Battling through the heat and flies all boys did a fantastic job playing some high quality tennis.
QCIS Tennis Competition Results
First Place – Downlands College
Second Place – Concordia Lutheran College
Third Place – Ambrose Treacy College/Brigidine College
Fourth Place – Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School
Fifth Place – Scots College
Well done to all players for their commitment throughout the tennis season, the improvement from the beginning of pre-season to now has been terrific. Thank-you to Bruce Dick and his coaches for their tireless work this season and the constant positive attitude in regards to the boys.
The season will come to a close this Sunday with the annual Parent and Son tennis competition at Ambiwerra from 1.00pm – 4.00pm, I look forward to seeing you all there.
Mr Shane Koimans, ATC Tennis Coordinator
Volleyball Report Week 7 Term 4
A great week last week with all 3 teams fighting hard and getting some good wins. This week is our final week of The Gap Invitational competition. Keep an eye out for information from our Sport Department about Volleyball in Term 1 2017, we are excited to be invited to play weekly fixtures against other independent schools in Brisbane. Please refer to my earlier email about extra opportunities in Volleyball for any students wishing to continue Volleyball over the holidays.
WE HAVE AN ISSUE THIS WEEK WITH TRANSPORT. OUR BIG BUS (21 SEATS) IS OUT OF ACTION MEANING THAT WE WILL REQUIRE PRIVATE TRANSPORT TO THE GAMES. THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT AT SHORT NOTICE.
YEAR 7 – 5.00pm v Kelvin Grove 1 (3rd/4th Playoff)
YEAR 8 – 4.00pm v Gap 1 (1st/2nd Playoff)
YEAR 9 – 5.00pm v Terrace 1
The Gap State High School address in 1020 Waterworks Road, The Gap. Please arrive 15 minutes before the match start time for students to complete the official warm up.
A reminder also that jerseys will need to be washed and handed to Mrs Champion in the Sport Office (not me) by Wednesday next week 23 November. Please do not leave them in the office, they must be handed to Mrs Champion.
The draw is also available by clicking here.
Mr Tim Walker, Volleyball coordinator