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The Circle of Life

There were some Lion King ‘Circle of Life’ moments at ATC last Friday. Boys and young men love ritual, and it was great to see the enthusiasm our Year 12 students had for the occasion of the presentation of the 2022 Senior Jerseys. It was even better to see so many of them down in the Junior School at lunch for Feel Good Friday games with our youngest students.

The Indigenous design in the numbers on the back of their jerseys, part of an artwork originally commissioned by the College for our Reconciliation Action Plan, looks wonderful. It was a lovely moment when Jontay, our College Captain and proud Wik Waya man, announced this to his Senior cohort on Friday and it was met with resounding applause.

Our Year 4 boys also enjoyed a day of ritual on Friday with their Retreat Program being facilitated by Mr Warr, Mrs Hicks, and their teachers. The theme for the day was The Good Samaritan and the importance of nurturing right relationships.

This day focused on getting to know each other, their new school, and new people. In the Edmund Rice Building where my office is, it was great to see the Year 4 boys filing through the corridors as they searched for answers in the ATC treasure hunt, finding places like the Chapel of St Joseph, historical photos and special places and symbols. Well done to our Year 4 students on a great day. They were absolute champs!

I look forward to our Leadership assembly tomorrow being facilitated by our Formation Leaders.

Child Safeguarding Policy and Practice

Edmund Rice Education schools have a strong commitment to the safeguarding of children and clear policies and practices that we promote and follow here at Ambrose Treacy College. Mandatory reporting of all concerns that are in the interests of protecting our young people’s safety and well-being is a priority at our school. I encourage all parents and caregivers to preview our Child Safeguarding Policy by CLICKING HERE. Further Child Safety information is available on our website or by CLICKING HERE. I encourage all parents and caregivers to feel comfortable to contact a member of our Child Safeguarding Team if you have a question or require assistance or support.

Child Safeguarding Team

Ms Siobhan Brophy – College Counsellor Junior School – brophys@atc.qld.edu.au

Ms Jane Ellice – College Counsellor Middle School – ellicej@atc.qld.edu.au

Ms Keith Halpin – College Counsellor Senior School – halpink@atc.qld.edu.au

Conor Finn – Dean of Formation and Chair of our Safeguarding Team – finnc@atc.qld.edu.au

CLICK HERE for the Edmund Rice Education Australia’s Child Safeguarding policies and frameworks.

Enrolments Year 4 2023 and Year 7 2025

We are presently preparing for these enrolment interviews over the next month. 2025 sounds like a futuristic year far off in the universe but is actually not very far away! A reminder to any current families that have younger siblings, please CLICK HERE to formally apply for your son to be enrolled at the College. If you have any queries, please CLICK HERE to email the Enrolments Office.

Our Year 7 numbers for future years continue to be very strong and it is important that younger siblings are assured of their place formally, so that we can plan for our future together. Year 4 places for 2023 are filling fast and I encourage any late applications to come forward immediately. Please email Mrs Robyn Donaldson, our Enrolments Officer as soon as possible or CLICK HERE to go to our online Enrolment Application form.

In the next couple of weeks, I will be writing to parents of Year 6 regarding their plans for Year 7 2023. We have 198 boys in Year 7 in 2022 and now have over 1000 boys across the Middle and Senior Schools.

COVID Update

I wish to update the community on our current COVID statistics. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support. A reminder to please email College Administration if your son tests positive for COVID.

We have had a notice from Southern Cross Transit that the driver on Friday afternoon’s S64 bus route tested positive on Friday evening. The bus drivers wear masks and sanitise frequently but please monitor your son/s for symptoms if they used this service.

At present, we have 31 students who are in isolation. 11 of these students are COVID positive and 20 are close contacts. 11 students is representative of approximately 0.9 % of our student population. We wish all these boys and their families well and thank them for their communication with us.

We have one teacher who is currently COVID positive and two member of teaching staff who are close contacts. We currently have no non-teaching staff who are COVID positive or a close contact. We have 200 staff onsite each day. Some of teachers who have recently recovered have been well enough to teach online during the week and I thank them for their dedication and generosity.

TEAMs Meetings for Absent Students

A reminder that the TEAMs meetings that we are streaming each lesson where practicable is for students who are COVID positive, a close contact or diagnosed as vulnerable to COVID. All students are registered for their class TEAMs and if applicable, just log on at their timetabled time to link with their class teacher.

This service is not designed for general absences for other health reasons and will not be ongoing post this management of the outbreak. I thank our staff for their dedicated professionalism in making this available to students at home for this acute time. There is no pressure to join these meetings if too unwell; health and well-being is the priority.

Prayers

I ask the community to please keep Henry Chudasko, Year 7, in your thoughts and prayers following the passing of his grandfather and Clancy Davies, Year 9, who recently lost his grandmother. We hope that the passage of time will help heal the pain of their passing. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen.

God Bless.
Chris Ryan