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A warm welcome to Term 4. I trust that our families were able to enjoy the break and beautiful weather and we look forward to all that our final term for 2020 will bring. It is pleasing that the health situation continues to be steady and I take this opportunity to thank our parent and caregiver body for your excellent communication and support in recent uncertain months. We look to the immediate future optimistically and will continue to manage restrictions proactively and conservatively.

Boom Gate

As I mentioned prior to the break, a boom gate has been installed for the entry area to the Edmund Rice Building. This is fundamentally designed to promote health and safety for this zone as our population has increased and we have a number of students in wheelchairs and using mobility scooters. Parents who require emergency access may still do so through an intercom which is linked to College Reception. However, in general, it will be appreciated if the community please now looks to park in the provided carpark areas and walk into the Edmund Rice Building zone wherever possible. Thank you for your understanding as this is a significant change for the community.

Year 12 Students

Our Year 12 students enjoyed their Formal last Friday evening. We were delighted that this special occasion was able to proceed and I congratulate our young men and their partners on a wonderful evening. Thank you to Mrs Liza Peapell and Mr Conor Finn for making this event possible and to our parents and caregivers for your patience and support as we worked to ensure this signpost event was enjoyed. I was very proud of the way in which the boys enjoyed the evening given the context of their year. I was delighted with their sense of camaraderie and spirit and congratulate them most sincerely.

Our Year 12 students now have 9 days of classes remaining prior to external exams. They will then transition to a week of ‘Swot-Vac’ and then to three and a half weeks of block external exams prior to their Retreat Day followed by Valedictory. Ms Lara Morgan, Dean of Learning has outlined key dates, expectations and requirements for the coming weeks in a letter to Year 12 families and we wish our Seniors the very best for all that lies ahead. We look forward to supporting them through this time.

Staff News

Congratulations to Mr Ben Rerden and his wife Jess, on the recent arrival of their baby girl, Audrey. All are doing well. Ms Kristy Freer has been appointed as Acting Head of Senior Science while Mr Rerden is on paternity leave.

We recently shared the sad news that Mr Elliot Jackson, Head of Sport, will be returning to Sydney to work with the St George Rugby League Club in a strength and conditioning role. This was an unexpected professional opportunity for Mr Jackson to return to the NRL and we wish him well. We have commenced the recruitment process for this key role. I particularly acknowledge and thank Mr Jackson for his commitment and creativity in facilitating our Term 3 sport program through the COVID restrictions as our boys had significant opportunities through this challenging time as a result.

I congratulate Mrs Kate Watts who has been appointed Assistant Dean of Learning: Inclusive Practices commencing in 2021. Kate brings experience, energy and commitment to this important role at ATC. Again, I acknowledge and thank Mrs Sally Flynn for her contribution in this key role and wish her well as she transitions to a teaching position at the College in 2021. We also welcome Ms Amy West-Sadler to the Middle School Inclusive Practices team this term. Amy will work with Year 9 students and families this term and transition with them to the Senior School team in 2021.

Ms Jennifer Watson, Year 5 Case Manager, recently tendered her resignation as she has made the decision to accept a position in a different pathway. Jennifer’s last day will be Thursday 8 October. Mrs Coralie Kalisch and Mrs Julie Conybeare have accepted the combined role as Year 5 Case Managers for Term 4, and will then take the boys into Year 6 in 2021. Mr Troy Jones, who is familiar to many in the Junior School will be covering for two days per week in Term 4 to allow this to occur.

Along with the Head of Sport role we will now recruit for Kate’s role as Inclusive Practices Co-ordinator for the Middle School. Further, after three years of excellent work as Subject Co-ordinator of Art, Ms Melanie Mons Wolff has accepted a position at another school in 2021. We thank Melanie for her strong contribution and will look to appoint a person to this role in the coming weeks.

Mr Brendan Flanagan, Assistant Dean of Formation has taken leave for the first two weeks of Term. We look forward to his return in Week 3. Thank you to Mr Matt Warr and Mrs Sara Condon who will look after his Year 12 RE class, and Ms Danika Ehlers who will look after his Year 10 RE class.

We congratulate and welcome Kallan Mende to the IT Team as our IT Systems Officer.

Term 4

This term is 8 weeks long for all students bar the Seniors, and very full with celebratory events that ritualise and recognise all that has been 2020 and welcome events that set up 2021. As I wrote prior to the break, these events will be different this year including an online Orientation Day and Celebration of Excellence and creative management of Year 12 farewell rituals and Valedictory. While these will be different, they will be no less special or meaningful and I thank all students, staff and our extended community who will work together to make Term 4 the enjoyable, busy and fast paced time it is renowned for being.

Best wishes for the term ahead.

God Bless

Chris Ryan