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The Dawn of a New Term

A warm welcome to Term 3. I hope that our boys and their families had an opportunity for some much-needed rest, fun, friends and family time over the break. I am pleased to welcome new students, James Dunworth in Year 4, Samuel Jacobson and Byron Spiers in Year 9 and Noah Atley in Year 12. I am sure they will benefit from the warm welcome of the ATCommunity and will contribute strongly to it as well.

Parent/Teacher/Student Feedback Meetings

The teaching faculty look forward to these meetings via the Microsoft Teams application next Monday. Please be in contact with the College if you have any questions regarding this process. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to discuss your son’s Semester One report card with him, I would very much encourage you to do so as the new term commences and there is an opportunity for ‘re-set’ and the setting of some achievable goals.

Three simple questions that are often helpful and relevant for boys of all ages are:

1. What am I going to keep doing? Identifying what works and why is an important reflective skill for intentional learning.
2. What am I going to stop doing? Identifying habits or practices that are impeding best performance, behaviour and work ethic is an important skill-as is some good old-fashioned honesty with yourself.
3. What am I going to start doing? Identifying the habits that work well for others and trying them out is wise. Perhaps we already know what to do but have not had the self-discipline to implement this knowledge. Expert research tells us that it takes 6 weeks to form a new habit. There is no better time than a new term and new semester to develop new positive learning habits.

Year 12

I acknowledge our Year 12 young men and wish them well for their final semester of schooling. The College Leadership Team is going to meet with this important group on a weekly basis commencing this Tuesday. The focus of these meetings is supportive where we look to encourage a ‘re-set’ of mind and attitude as we continue to navigate this unusual year together. An aspect of supporting is also challenging our young men to set their minds to maximising their potential in these months that very much matter. I look forward to these sessions and other opportunities to work with our Year 12 group this term and congratulate them on their leadership of our younger students during first semester. Their service to the College in this regard has been exemplary.

Leadership Selection Process for 2021

Amazingly, we must also turn our minds to the process of selecting students to whom Tom and his team will pass the baton for 2021. The next couple of weeks sees presentations and interviews for the positions of College Captain and Vice Captains for 2021 taking place. The Year 11 student body and staff have brought forward six young men who have been shortlisted for this process. I congratulate them for being recognised by their peers and staff in this way and wish them well.

Co-curricular Activities

Thank you to all families who had sons involved in our trial sport fixtures with St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace over the weekend. The following of COVID-safe plans for all co-curricular activities is vital and your co-operation is appreciated. I was very pleased with how our boys presented and competed across both Saturday and Sunday. We look forward to our games with The Southport School this Saturday.

I encourage all parents whose sons are involved in sport this term to download the EVA Check In app. Instructions and information are available via our College App. At present, the APP may only be downloaded onto Apple devices. If you already have the App on an android device, it will work. Alternately, when you present at the sign in station, hover your phone camera over the QR code and it will take you to the website where you can complete your details -a little slower but works just the same. Remember to check out when leaving the venue.

At this stage, GPS Schools have indicated that 2 spectators will be allowed for outdoor activities and 1 for indoor. The Southport School is a GPS school so will operate in a similar manner to how Terrace did over the weekend.

As I have previously indicated, it is possible that different associations and competitions will have different approaches for various reasons. Some of these reasons include the lay out of the school site, size of venues and parking facilities. It will continue to be necessary for us to co-operate with host schools and we will communicate these arrangements as proactively as possible. At this stage, for AIC schools, no adult spectators may attend indoor games or outdoor games up to Open level -one adult spectator may attend AIC outdoor Open games. GBC fixtures commence on Saturday 1 August and I will have updated information for you prior to this.

College Events Semester Two

All schools are undertaking reviews of the College calendar after the Queensland Government updated and outlined Stage 3 restrictions lifting during the break. Many of our event plans are well advanced but will require further investigation and clarification in the early weeks of this term. Again, we will update the community regarding events which are possible and in what form as soon as possible. The emerging situation in Victoria makes it clear that all plans are subject to change and that it is best to be conservative. Our aim has been and will continue to be to prioritise what is possible in the best interests of our students and our Year 12 boys, and, of course, the health and safety of everyone in our community.

Congratulations

I would like to share the happy news of the safe arrival of Reginald Constantine Nair, born on Friday 3 July. Reginald is the first child for Christina Xavier (Year 9 Case Manager) and her husband Yugi. Congratulations! Mum and baby are doing well.

Prayers

I would ask our community to please keep Hamish and Oliver McMeniman (Year 9) and their family in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of their father, Damien. We also ask you to please keep Will Rutherford (Year 7) and Joey & Tommy Carroll (Year 7 and 8,) nephews to Damien, in your thoughts and prayers. We ask the community to please keep Ryan Ellwood (Year 11 M5) and Matthew Ellwood (8 Lynch) and their family in your thoughts and prayers following the passing of their Grandmother last week. We hope that the passage of time will ease the pain of their passing and that the upcoming days can be a time of celebrating the gift that their lives have brought to their families. Eternal Rest grant unto them O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen.

God bless.

Chris Ryan

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