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True Grit

A gritty win against Downlands last weekend.

Off the back of one of the greatest series come backs in the history of State of Origin, there has been much talk about the difference that strength in character makes in key sporting moments. Back when I first started following Rugby League and Rugby Union it was people like Mal Meninga and John Eales, Tim Horan and Jason Little who stood out as men of substance, ethic and talent.

Likewise, I always admired Susie O’Neill and Cathy Freeman for their tenacity and grit in times of adversity and challenge. These sporting heros were always a living example of the old saying that ‘a diamond is a just a lump of coal that had a bit of pressure put on it’. As we grow as a community and our boys negotiate that tricky pathway into adulthood, the increase in the number of key moments where character shines through are evident. Our Academic Awards on Friday and the Year 10 Rugby match against Downlands on Saturday are two great examples.

Year 10 Academic Award Winners.

On Friday, Ms Little presented seven Year 10 students with Academic Honours, an award for students who have achieved an A in all subjects for both academic standards (grades) and effort. This was a brilliant representation of the quality characters who are leading our community. Not only were the most students awarded honours, Year 10 has the smallest number of students by far across the College, so from both an aggregate and percentage point of view, our Year 10s are leading the academic culture of our College through example. One could argue that without other years’ ahead of them to set a standard of academic accountability and excellence, their achievements are all the more significant and powerful for those in years to come.

Terry Milligan and Aaron Iulio in action.

Likewise, on Saturday, our Year 10 rugby team led by example to win a very close game against rugby stronghold Downlands College. After a very close first half the two teams went to a well-deserved half-time break at 14 points all. The second half saw Downlands College set up camp in the ATC half, battering our boys relentlessly for 20 minutes. At this point of the game, I had already written this article in my head, because as anyone in the sporting world would know, to defend your own line for 20 minutes is nothing short of heroic! With 4 minutes to go, a questionable penalty saw Downlands kick a penalty goal to lead 17 points to 14. Our boys kept their heads, and withstood two more minutes of attack from Downlands before calm play by Terry Milligan and Ezra Mam saw our boys make a length of the field break only to be brought down metres before the Downlands try line. Quick thinking and even quicker hands saw Emerson Treasure off-load to Angus Hosking who crashed over the try line to secure the win. Alec Robinson’s conversion was icing on the cake.

Last weekend's Round of Basketball against St. Peters.

It was just a game of rugby, and in the grand scheme of things, not particularly important. Yet, the insight into the characters of the young men who played is important and in the grand scheme of things will place them in good stead for the challenging situations that life will throw them in years to come. Maturity, patience, grit, trust and loyalty were all evident as the boys held back the tide that was Downlands and waited for their moment to strike. A great win for the boys and a wonderful way to end the season.

Cocurricular Music
We will be celebrating Catholic Education and as as part of the journey our Senior Singers will be performing at the Cathedral of St. Stephen on Sunday 23 July. We have been busily rehearsing and preparing for our first big event in Term 3, the Queensland Catholic Colleges Music Festival which is being from Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 August at Villanova College, Coorparoo and St James’ Church, Coorparoo. This year we have 21 Ensembles entered into the Festival and over 300 boys involved. The schedule is available on the College APP. The bulk of the events will be held on the Friday with buses travelling between ATC and Villa throughout the day. Parent involvement is most welcome and there is nothing like having an audience to play to! The boys have been working hard on their repertoire as they aim for GOLD. Please make sure you note your sons arrival times and performance times in your diaries. For all guest information please click here.

Did you know that Mr Darren Skaar,Trumpet and French Horn tutor, conductor of Brass Ensemble, Wind Ensemble and Co-conductor of our Junior Band is a freelance Trumpeter who regularly plays at iconic Brisbane and Coastal venues. He can be seen at Cloudland; Jupiter’s Casino; Noosa Food and Wine Festival and Jazz Festival as well as being a regular member of the Qld Navy Band and playing at Government events; citizenship ceremonies; Anzac and Remembrance day services. This year, and every year, Darren and the Qld Navy Band perform at the Wynnum Jazz Fest on Fathers’ Day. Click here to plan an afternoon at the Bay watching great jazz bands and our very own Mr Skaar as well as Mrs Esbensen and Mr Jozinovic.

Cocurricular Activities and Clubs
All Term 3 Clubs and Activities are now up and running. Please see the Clubs and Activities Timetable on the College App or download via the link below. Homework Club jhas begun and is available to all Middle School students from Tuesday to Thursday afternoons in the Westcourt Centre from 3.15 – 4.40pm. This is a great opportunity for students to catch up on extra study with the assistance of teaching staff.

Best of luck to everyone involved in sport and music this weekend. Warriors go Brach.

Dave Capra, Director of Cocurricular Activities
caprad@atc.qld.edu.au