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The Value of Achievement

I am a firm believer in the value of hard work. ‘The harder you work, the luckier you get.’ (Ann Landers) When we look at every task, there often looks like an easy way to complete it but rarely is it the best way and rarely do you see quality outcomes, as a result from taking the easy option.

I do believe that we live in a time where things do come easier than they might have for our parents or their parents and sometimes, the opportunities that Ann Landers speaks of need to be presented to us for us to work hard, realise the results and appreciate the value of the achievement.

Over the past week there have been countless examples of our students realising the benefits of the work they have put in. Saturday evening was a wonderful example of this. Our singers and Symphonic Winds came together to present two shows which featured songs from Billy Elliot, Matilda, Chicago and Oliver. Amongst many great performances, for me, it was Rory Kerr, David Keady, Levi Morris and Nick Sherlock singing both solo and together as a quartet. The hours of practise, the steely nerves and the dedication was evident and the result was fantastic. Likewise, our largely Symphonic Winds played without a conductor for this first number – relying solely on the hours of practise, trust in each other and the steady beat of Charlie Neumann on the drums to keep them in sync. For years, we have talked about a vision of who ATC gentlemen will be, Saturday was a great example of the great young men they actually are!

Likewise, the 66 boys who travelled to Warwick for the QCIS Cross Country, achieved results and personal bests that exceeded all our expectations. Along with Brigidine, we were again Aggregate Champion School as well as champions in the U10 through to U15 boys’ divisions. Along with many top 10 finishers, we were particularly impressed with the depth of our runners. Every one of our boys ran a great race, putting to work the many hours of training that have been put in during this season.

Our football and rugby teams, particularly in the Middle and Senior school enjoyed strong performances. Tightly contested games with Nudgee College, in particular our football teams, are a great indication of the growing depth and breadth of our football program and the passion that our boys have for the game.
I often tell our boys that there is plenty of room on top of the mountain, there just isn’t enough to lie down! In the wake of great achievements, we need to take the time to celebrate and rest, but not for too long. The next opportunity for hard work is just around the corner, let’s roll up our sleeves and get stuck in!

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

Tonight we will be holding our first guitar, piano and vocal concert in the Chapel at 6.30pm and all are welcome. 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. On Friday 19 May the Saxophone Ensemble are performing on Assembly. On Saturday 20 May our our ATC Jazz Orchestra will be performing at The Brisbane Big Band Festival from 12 noon at the Brisbane Jazz Club, Kangaroo Point. It will be a fantastic afternoon of Jazz. Tickets to the event are available by clicking here. Then on Sunday 4 June the Montessori picnic is being held on Jack Bowers oval and we have been invited to perform. We are asking all boys in handbells ensemble 2 and 3 and ATC Jazz ensemble and Big Band to to enjoy the experience performing in front of an audience of eager young children and their parents! Please email to indicate your availability for that time on Sunday 4 June to Jonathon Bolt

Co-curricular Sport

Volunteers for Saturday
For all Football and Rugby teams that have home games this weekend Saturday 20th May, can you please assist your sons team on Saturday by helping with field set up or packing away. Would you also please be able to help in the canteen with BBQ or serving duties.

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

Chess Club
Thursday morning chess club has been well attended each week this term by many eager minds keen to expand their chess knowledge. The boys start each lesson by playing each other with whatever moves and stategies they can use to out play their opponent. They are then given coaching by their coach from Gardiner Chess. The last part of the lesson is the boys once again trying to put into practice what they have just been taught.

Gardening Club
The gardening club has been in full swing, with a solid number of junior students making frequent visits to the top of the college to meet Mrs Burton who is always with cup of tea in hand. The energetic bunch have grown a selection of herbs, beans, capsicums and chillies; and with the change of season, they have picked mandarins and lemons from our citrus trees.

At present, the group is readying the garden for visitors from the Meals on Wheels program, where the boys will welcome elderly clients, sharing the successes and challenges of maintaining the garden. This will be followed by a morning tea and an extended tour of the college grounds. Well done to the young men who have consistently made the effort to make a difference to the lives of others who have benefited from the College garden. Your determination and hard work has not gone unnoticed.

Anglers Club
The fishing trip for the Middle and Senior School anglers only is on Sunday 28 May at Frank Doyle Park, Allpass Parade, Shorncliffe. Time: 8:00am – 10:00am The 20-seater school bus will be departing ATC at 7:15am for those students who will require a lift. Otherwise parents / families can meet us there. The bus will be returning to school at approximately 10:45am. Full details are on the app.

Dave Capra, Director of Co-curricular Activities