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The Backbone of Co-curricular Life

Budding Manu's at Year 4 Cooking Club

In the lead up to Mothers’ Day it is a great time to reflect on the role of women in our co-curricular program. Over the past 10 years we have seen male football competitions in Australia host rounds dedicated to the many women who contribute to the success of their codes.

Last year the NRL held their 10th Women in League round, celebrating the many women involved in Rugby League. At the time NRL CEO Todd Greenberg reflected on the significance of women in their sport, sharing that “Female influence, participation and perspective is required across the code if it is to expand and thrive. The Australian sporting landscape is highly competitive – no sport or code can afford to neglect the role women can and do play. This is a vital consideration that must remain a constant, consistent priority.”

At ATC we are fortunate to have many strong, influential and passionate women supporting our co-curricular program. For the boys, their mum is often their biggest support mechanism in their lives. When we dads miss some of the subtleties in our boys lives, mums often bring a pragmatic, considered and insightful approach that serves to contextualise, explain and provide a pathway forward for their sons.

From a practical point of view, our mums are a big reason for the success of our co-curricular programs. Whether it is Anne Juillerat standing at square leg umpiring cricket, Judith Thorpe keeping the troops fed at home games, Suzanne Rosolen behind the camera at AFL, Bec Seagg organising the Basketballers, Lisa Morris lugging instruments around performance venues, Karyn Sherlock behind the scenes at concerts or the countless mums who shuttle the boys all over SE QLD, our co-curricular program wouldn’t be where it is without their support. The all-mum Sport Support and Music Support Groups are a testament to the contribution of mothers to our programs!

So too is our community blessed with strong female staff members. With the likes of Lisa Mortlock and Natalie Scalia supporting the two larger Co-curricular programs in the school, Fiona Kearney leading our Strength and Conditioning program, Merryl Bennett coordinating our Swim School, Cath Esbensen inspiring our youngest boys into a lifelong love of music and fantastic coaches such as Erin Moffat, Sharni Webb, Kym Neech, Gwenda Burton, Chrissy Chapman, Miki Gardiner-McIver, Tayla Jones and Kath Woodrow, the ‘female influence, participation and perspective’ that Todd Greenberg spoke of is definitely present in the co-curricular life of ATC.

Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton is quoted as saying “Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts, that’s what girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice”. As a community we are thankful for these qualities and many more that the women of ATC are known for. Happy Mothers’ Day to the women in our community, I know the men in our community will acknowledge your influence on our lives and ensure that, even if for just one day, it is all about YOU!

The next Sport Education session was scheduled for Thursday 18 May, however we have postponed this event until August (date TBC). In line with the emphasis on women in sport, our topic will be welcoming Jenny Campbell, mother of Olympian Swimmers Cate and Bronte Campbell. The focus will be on how to support children as they progress through different levels of sport throughout their lives. We hope also to welcome Cate and/or Bronte as well, depending on their competition and training schedules. Further information will be provided closer to the date.

Co-Curricular Music

Last Friday, we were fortunate to have our Liturgy Band, Handbell Ensembles and choir members lead the musical components of the liturgy. Quality music always enhances the celebration of the Eucharist and we are grateful for the boys and staff involved in this.

As always there are quite a few events coming up in the Co-Curricular Music calendar. Next Thursday 18 May will see our first Vocal/Piano/Guitar Chamber Concert being held in the Chapel, commencing at 6.30pm. This is an opportunity for our soloists to perform for an audience in an intimate setting. A reminder to performers to complete the form on the app for this concert. All welcome at this event.

On Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 May our Junior Choir and ATC Chamber Choir will be participating in the Qld Youth Music Awards which will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran College and The Gap State High School.

Saturday 13 May– Brigidine ATC Showcase – featuring our Senior Singers and Symphonic Winds in the Spectacular at Brigidine College – two shows 4pm and 7 pm (7pm is sold out) so book your tickets by clicking here Make sure you arrive early for whichever show you are attending to grab a drink at the bar prior to the performance commencing.
Wednesday 17 May – Junior Clarinet Ensemble performing at 8.40 am at Junior School Assembly
Thursday 18 May – Vocal, Piano and Guitar Chamber concert. In the Chapel at 6.30 pm – please send your RSVP to the Music Department.
Friday 19 May – Saxophone Ensemble performing on Assembly
Saturday 20 May –The Brisbane Big Band Festival on Saturday 20 May from 12 noon at the Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point will be a fantastic afternoon of Jazz. Tickets to the event are available by clicking here.

Best of luck to everyone involved in what will be a wonderful two weeks in the co-curricular music of the College.

Co-curricular Sport

Cam Kilpatrick at All Schools Cross Country Championships.

On the weekend 34 runners from all ages attended the Queensland All Schools Cross Country. Quality times were run all round with standout performances from the U9 runners Sam Wegner, Rob Mortensen and Jack Alford who took out 3rd place in the U9 Teams Age Championship and to Cooper Beachy-Head who placed 3rd individually in the U10 Age Championship.

Next Tuesday will see the culmination of the ATC Cross Country Season with 60 plus boys heading to the QCIS Cross Country Championships. The boys will be ably lead by ATC Cross Country Captains Cameron Kilpatrick and Thomas Sherratt and have a second consecutive Overall Schools Championship in their sights. Best of luck to all of our runners!

AFL Boys’ Day Out
The Annual Boys’ Day Out at the LIONS vs WESTERN BULLDOGS match is on Saturday 5 August. This is an event for all family members and there are ticket options available. Full package includes pizza & drinks, commemorative ATC cap and ticket with prices ranging from $120 for a Family ticket (2 adults, 2 Juniors) to $25 for a Junior ticket (6-14 y/o). Reduced pricing for package without the cap and for game tickets only.We will meet at 3pm for pizza & drinks and then proceed as a group into the stadium for the match. Closing date for bookings is Friday 30 June so please book your tickets early by clicking here. Any questions, please email Scott Kiel-Chisholm.

Co-curricular Activities & Clubs

Year 4 Cooking Club
The Year 4 Cooking Club has started with a bang! Twenty-five Year 4 boys began their first cooking class last week and produced delicious chocolate balls that were rolled to perfection! Rebecca Smout encourages the boys to create new dishes every week and along the way they will learn how to follow a recipe, measure and calculate quantities, how to work as part of a team and how to clean up properly!

Art Club
This term Art Club are exploring the idea of upcycling. Upcycling is the process of transforming unwanted products into useful items. By reusing old and worn aprons students have been encouraged to create their own unique designs inspired by an artist who they admire. Some students have looked at the work of contemporary street artists such as Stik and Banksy whilst others have explored the historical artists Piet Mondrian and Keith Haring. We look forward to seeing the completed works of art in a few weeks time.

Dave Capra, Director of Co-curricular Activities