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The October Odyssey

October is a big month in so many ways with our Arts Week, Year 12 external exams, various special events such as the Year 11 Sociable, our 2022 new students’ Orientation and our annual commitment to national awareness campaigns for Breast Cancer and Dyslexia.

Managing the Pandemic

For some time, I have been gently flagging that October and November may be tricky months in managing the pandemic. Thankfully, our state continues to progress well in terms of cases; long may it continue! The recent change in restrictions present a little bit of good news in that the boys can now not wear a mask when seated in the classroom However, the boys are required to wear masks when moving around indoors and, in the playground, as they cannot socially distance from persons outside of their household. Any encouragement, reinforcement and support with this messaging that you can offer at home is greatly appreciated.

Arts Week

Congratulations to our Arts Faculty staff and students for the upcoming series of student art displays drama and musical performances. Despite the limitations brought about by the current restrictions, our creative students will shine during this time, and I am excited to see all of the art, drama and music coming our way. Congratulations to the over 100 students who have entered ATC’s Got Talent-great to see! Arts education is central to a holistic education and is especially important in a school for boys. I delighted in visiting the ARTery exhibition late last week and the energy, talent, thought and effort that has gone into all the pieces is remarkable.

Pink Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This Friday sees our annual Pink Day in support of “Breast Cancer Awareness month.”: This is a fun day for an important issue which focuses on this insidious condition that impacts women but, importantly for our boys to understand, can also affect men. On this day especially, we stand in solidarity with all families within our community who have been impacted by breast cancer. There will be a festive atmosphere at the College on Friday for a most important cause in contributing to funds for research. On Friday, boys are encouraged to wear pink and bring a gold coin donation for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Dyslexia Awareness Month

Dyslexia Awareness month adopts a ‘Light it Red’ campaign during October. Why Red? It is about reclaiming the colour red for dyslexic people who experience the marking of their written work in red pen. An aspect of the journey for people made by dyslexia is self-esteem and confidence as a learner. Our College will join the Light it Red campaign for a week later in October to light the Edmund Rice Building red and we will join the Dyslexia Awareness Month social media campaign.

Please have a look at this brief video featuring Asma and her journey with the colour red:


Congratulations to Katrina Holmes-Blissner (Drama Teacher) and her husband Kerrod, who were married during the September holidays. We wish them all the best for their future together.


I ask the community to please keep Stefan Karageozis (Year 6 Lynch) in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of his grandfather and Matthew Cheel (School Officer) following the recent passing of his grandfather. 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