We take every opportunity to educate the boys about relationships, respect and dignity. Tomorrow as part of “Stella Fella Day” the boys are asked to wear a bow tie (and bring a gold coin donation) to raise awareness of human trafficking. This dehumanising action is one of the world’s largest crimes against humanity, involving child exploitation, slavery, lack of respect for women, violence and discrimination.
I have been fortunate to visit India on a number of occasions and on one of my visits I was privileged to work with the Hyderabad Archdiocese Social Services support team the city of Hyderabad. One area I visited was the Prajwala Workshop which was set up for girls who had been taken from their villages and placed into prostitution. I can clearly recall the fear and apprehension in the eyes of those girls. Traffickers had gone to their villages with false offers of work and had encouraged the families to allow their daughters to go with them. It was a horrible example of families desperate to seek a better life for their children. Severe abuse followed and often the girls became totally traumatised.
These workshops provided ‘rescued’ girls shelter in nearby hostels, a new life, education and employment skills. The time I spent with these girls vividly illustrated for me the trauma human trafficking creates, not only for the individuals involved but also their extended families. I saw the mistrust they had for people, and in particular males. I saw the girls learning skills in areas such as carpentry, welding, book making, screen printing and picture framing. These were steps that were very significant in their recovery journey. The workers were trying to restore the girls’ self-esteem and self-confidence and the girls were so pleased to show us what they were doing and had the most incredible smiles.
Human nature at it’s core is simply amazing. Their resilience was amazing and it was a privilege to be able to sit with them. The trust they showed me, as an adult male, was special. This is one of thousands of stories of the impact human trafficking has around our world. If we remove a person’s dignity we remove so much of their self. We need to continue to raise awareness through days such as Stella Fella Day at ATC tomorrow. In our global world it is important that everyone knows the problems of human trafficking and prostitution.
Year 6- Cook Off Winners
The fantastic ATC Cook Off continues with the final fast approaching. Congratulations to our Year 6 winners this week who go through to the semi final:
Dan Mulloni- Sausage Scrolls
Haydn Roberts- Sausage Rolls
Matt Neroni- Ricotta Canneloni
Sam Miley- Meringues
Sam Pandy- Chocolate Tart
ATC Formal Music Evening
All families are invited to the inaugural ATC Formal Music Evening this Saturday at ERPAC at St Laurence’s, beginning at 6.30 pm. It will be a spectacular evening with all of our ensembles and groups performing. Fresh from their outstanding performances at the recent QCMF the boys are in very fine form. Everyone is invited to enjoy this experience and it is not just aimed at families of the musicians.
We would like to warmly invite our families to attend our Community Mass on Saturday 3 September 2016 at 5:30pm in the Chapel of St Joseph. The initiative acknowledges the primary role of parents and guardians in the growth and development of our boys and provides an opportunity for your participation in the life of our community.
I would ask the community to please keep Matthew (5N) & Thomas (8L) Perissinotto and their family in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of their maternal grandmother and also please keep Lachlan Cummings (8L) and his family in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of his maternal grandfather. Staff members, Bill Walker, Robyn Gainer and Cath Esbensen, have also lost dear family members recently. We hope that the passage of time will help ease the pain of their passing and that they are able to celebrate the gift of life that they have brought to them all. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
Activities and Initiatives
As in any week at ATC, a number of special activities have been offered to our boys. Students from St. Kevin’s College in Toorak Melbourne are here on the Student ambassador exchange program while ten of our Year 6 students are spending the week in Melbourne. The southerners have been enjoying a Queensland winter visiting Southbank, taking a Citycat ride, visiting the Science Museum and Skyzone. The boys from St. Kevin’s college have also immersed themselves in Ambrose Treacy life by joining in some classes including Art, PE and Science. They really enjoyed some fishing and were luckier than the ATC anglers, pulling in a couple of decent catches. Our students who have travelled to Melbourne with Mr Dave Sullivan are enjoying the sights of the big city and have visited the MCG, AAMI Park, Rod Laver Arena, and toured the city centre. Today they were immersed in classes at St. Kevin’s and from all reports have enjoyed themselves immensely.
Book Week 2016
The Junior School students have been celebrating Book Week, and on Wednesday became totally involved in the theme of Australiana with a marvellous array of costumes and gear. The boys made a huge effort and we were lucky to see such iconic Australians such as Dame Edna, Steve Irwin, Snuggle Pot, Ned Kelly and Captain Cook. There was a sea of green and gold and in true Olympic spirit our Australian athletes were well represented! We also had plenty of footy stars, cricketers and tennis players along with music and rock legends and Aussie book characters.
Boys gathered in the hall for the judging of the best costume during Junior School assembly and boys paraded in front of the audience. The judges had a tough job choosing a first place winner from each year level and 2 highly commended based on creativity, originality and the Australiana theme. Congratulations to the students wearing the winning costumes.
Today all of our Year 8 students have participated in the ATC Medieval Festival. Students learnt about ancient defence and war tactics including armoury and battle techniques. They then had the opportunity to try some of the weaponry used in medieval times including the Bow and Arrow.
With best wishes
David Gardiner, Acting Principal