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Variety is the Spice of Life

Looking back on the past week of co-curricular life, my head spins at the variety of activities that our boys have been participating in. From the Winter Music Concert on Friday night where Mr Bannon and the percussion ensemble stole the show with a Michael Jackson number; to the first ever QCIS Debating and Chess Championships which saw our boys brave the cold of Toowoomba to battle over their chess boards and to fervently argue for the rights of elite sportsmen to earn lots money; to five of our finest junior AFL players setting off for Mackay for the U12 State Championships, the boys of ATC are certainly living their co-curricular life to the fullest.

As Semester One comes to an end, so too do some of our sports and activities. In particular, I would like to thank all our parents, students and staff involved in the Rugby and Football programs. Much time is dedicated to training, travel and competition during Term 2 and a well-earned rest for all involved is upon us. Looking at our results and performance across the board in comparison to last year, it is great to see development in both results and the quality of our play.

For our AFL teams, the season is just warming up. With a brief break over the holidays, the boys will play right through to August, with some of our teams eying off a top four finish and finals campaigns! Congratulations to all our football and rugby players for a great 2017 season. Good luck to Mr Brett Cashmere, James Preston, Tristan Meekin, Sam Edwards, Kyle Jones, Sam Hewson and Mr Shane Koimans for a successful U12 State Championship as they head off to Mackay this weekend. It is fantastic to see ATC so well represented at a state level.

Athletics Carnival
All students will be involved in the Athletics Carnival on Wednesday 14 June. The day is designed for maximum participation and is not geared solely to the high performers. Students are to make their own way to and from the University of Queensland Athletics track (Sir William Macgregor Drive, St Lucia). Our normal school buses (Brisbane Bus Lines and Southern Cross) will be diverted to drop off and pick up at UQ.

The day will run the normal school hours of 8.25 am to 3.00pm. If you are unable to take your son to UQ on the day, a separate bus will transport boys from ATC to UQ at 8.00am and return to ATC by 3pm. To register your son for the bus service from ATC to UQ and UQ to ATC, please complete the online form by Monday 12 June 8pm. Please click here to register your son on the bus.
Please follow the link below to download the Interhouse Track and Field Itinerary.

Co-curricular Sport

Semester 2 Sign On REMINDER
The Semester Two Sports Sign on is now open for all ATC boys via the ATC App. Sign on will close Friday 9 June at midnight. There is a comprehensive document on the ATC App with information on each Sport offered in Semester Two. This has also been emailed to parents and I would ask that you read this carefully to ensure boys understand the commitment and clashes for each sport and parents understand any additional costs involved. Once boys are signed up for a Semester Two sport, there is the expectation that these boys will follow through with attendance at training and games as we will be entering teams accordingly. For sports that have an additional cost to participate, the amount will be added to school fees once the Sport Sign On has closed on Friday 9 June. If boys select two sports that clash, the Sports Office will contact either the boy or parents for them to decide which sport they will be taking part in.

Holiday Basketball Camp
The ATC Holiday Basketball Camp will be held from Wednesday 5 July to Friday 7 July at Centenary SHS. We will be breaking the camp into two sessions. Year 5-7 will be run from 8:00am-11:00am while Year 8-10 will run from 11:30am-2:30pm each day. The camp will be run by some of the best basketball academy coaches in Brisbane along with the possibility of being joined by some current College Basketball players. Registrations for the camp are open and will close on Friday 9 June at 4:00pm via the ATC App. This camp is seen as an extremely important element to our basketball preseason and we would like to see as many boys attending as possible. The camp will only be open to those boys who are participating in Basketball for ATC in Term 3 & 4. The cost for the camp will be $70 per boy.

College Site Map
A new site map of Ambrose Treacy College has been produced and is available for download via the link below.

Co-curricular Music

Last Thursday evening, we had our Middle school Winter concert and it WAS chilly! The Music Support Group decorated our venue with twinkling lights and transformed us into winter – literally! The Handbells; Jazz Orchestra; Big Band; Chamber and Senior Choirs; Percussion Ensemble; Guitar Ensemble; Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble as well as Hot Brass Squad and Snr Flutes and Clarinets performed in style for the audience and the Music Support families kept us all fed and watered. Next week it is the Junior Ensembles’ who will turn up the heat for us – Tuesday night from 6.30 pm in the Hall.

On Monday night our Junior Choir sang at the finale concert of the QYMA (Qld Youth Music Awards) at St Peter’s Lutheran College. Many fantastic choirs performed including our Junior Choir. Our rendition of Johnny Comes Marching Home and Chicken was a big hit and the adjudicators spoke highly of our performance especially since we were the only ALL male choir. Many thanks to Miss Thompson and Mr Goopy for their hard work.

On Sunday our youngest Jazz band and the Handbell ensembles were College ambassadors and the featured entertainment at the Indooroopilly Montessori Picnic. The Jazz boys performed the James Bond Theme and Tequila in style and attracted a large and enthusiastic audience. The Handbell boys, led by Ms McGeever were like wandering minstrels, roving around the rides and stalls ringing out their tunes. Thanks to the boys and their families for making the extra effort to be part of this on a Sunday.

Co-curricular Activities & Clubs

Lights, camera, action!
ATC TV is an emerging club where boys who are interested in journalism or film and TV can grab a camera and make a story! Boys are taught how to; write a script, work in a team to create a story of interest for boys, and use a video camera to record and review their interviews. The older boys are developing skills in Premier Pro software to edit their stories. Our goal is to ultimately produce our own ATC News TV show. At present, we are still in our infancy and building up our team’s confidence and skills as reporters. Our steering team, of three committed Yr10 Students, who act as the anchors and guide the stories are committed and determined to gain as much as interest from budding young reporters as possible. If boys are interested in joining this club please email Lisa Holohan and join us in Term 3, Tuesday afternoons in C101 from 3- 4.30pm.

Have a great weekend!
Dave Capra, Director of Co-curricular Activities