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What's Coming Up in Week 3

Leadership has been a key feature of Week 2. At College Assembly we recognised and congratulated the new members of the Student Representative Council for Years 6 to 11. These young men have been nominated by their peers and are an impressive group.

On Tuesday after school, they were straight to work during the SRC Leaders afternoon. This was a very energetic productive session with plenty of ideas of how to engage their cohort with the aim to improve ATC. We believe every young person has the capacity to be a leader. That can be at lunchtime, in classes, on the way home, within the family unit or across a multitude of activities that occur at ATC.

Thank you to the many families who were able to partake in the Parent Teacher Feedback Meetings throughout Monday. Hopefully these were very insightful, acknowledging, and purposeful in looking ahead and seeking improvement. Goal setting and action plans are key components for success. I encourage that partnership between parents, caregivers, and teachers to best support each student. Please contact your son’s teachers if you have any questions or insights. With the change to OneNote and Microsoft TEAMS focus across the curriculum, it is important you consistently engage with your son’s OneNote across the subjects to monitor “teacher Posts” and your son’s work.

Subject Selection Years 8-10 2023 

Years 7, 8 and 9 Parents and Caregivers are advised that Subject Selection for Years 8-10 2023 is now online and accessed via the SEQTA portal. Parents, caregivers, and students can view Subject Info videos and the Subject Selection Handbooks as well as helpful instructions on the SEQTA Splash Page. We encourage families to watch the videos, read the handbook, which will assist you and your son in making the most appropriate selections prior to making choices and submitting your form. Web Preferences, the platform where students will enter their subject choice, will close at 3pm Friday 29 July 2022. The selections are a key component to our planning for classes, resources, budgets and staffing for 2023, and hence need to be thoughtful and accurate. I appreciate some students will only have started a particular subject for the semester, particularly in Year 7, and families will be able to contact me later in the year if a change is required.

Subject Selection Year 11 2023 and SET Plan Meetings

Current Year 10 students and parents had the opportunity to attend Tuesday evening to listen to Ms Morgan present details regarding Senior Schooling and the ATAR details. Each family is now required to attend a SET planning meeting with one of the College’s Senior staff. These steps along with the subject videos and the Subject Selection Handbooks on SEQTA, will assist you and your son in making the most appropriate selections prior to submitting your form online via Web Preferences, the platform where students will enter their subject choices. This process needs to be completed before 3pm Monday 8 August 2022. If you have a son currently in Year 10 and have not already booked a SET Planning meeting please refer to the SEQTA splash page.

Please read on for more details from across the College.


Monday 25 July | Year 10 Drama incursion with Zen Zen Zo
Monday 25 July | Year 10, 11 & 12 Drama excursion: The Sunshine Club
Tuesday 26 July | White Card Course
Tuesday 26 July | Senior School Academic Assembly
Tuesday 26 July | Co-curricular Music & Drama Recital evening
Wed 27 July to Fri 29 July | Year 9 & 10 Clontarf Camp
Wednesday 27 July | Junior School Academic Assembly
Thursday 28 July | Year 7 QDU Debating
Friday 29 July | Year 8-10 Subject Selections due
Friday 29 July | Years 5-6 Basketball fixtures
Friday 29 July | Year 7-12 House Basketball
Friday 29 July | Middle School Academic Assembly
Friday 29 July | Years 10-12 Munster House Mass


From the Classroom

Year 6 scientists are focusing on microorganisms this term and exploring the six Living Kingdoms, eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, and the scientists whose discoveries have changed the world for the better. This week our Year 6s did their introductory session on microscopes and how to use them, examining a newspaper, a strand of their hair and premade slides with fish scales, cats hair, and a honeybee’s leg.

ICAS Tests Years 4-10 Registration closes 1 August

The College will run sessions for the annual ICAS English, Science and Maths exams for Years 4-10, on the dates and times below. To register for the ICAS exams you must visit their website below and pay the fee online. The College cannot process payment or registration for students. Please refer to the attached letter from Ms Lara Morgan, Dean of Learning, for further details.
• English: Tuesday 16 August 2022 from 7:15-8:15am; cost $19.25
• Science: Tuesday 23 August 2022 from 7:15-8:15am; cost $19.25
• Maths: Tuesday 30 August 2022 from 7:15-8:15am; cost $19.25

To register and pay, CLICK HERE for the ICAS parent payment link. Use the ATC access code of: BCB794 Please enter your child’s name accurately into the system as it will appear on their ICAS certificate. If you are registering multiple children and different schools, we advise you to clear your cache before placing the new entry for your son. Registration closes Monday 1 August 2022 at 4.00pm Please register and pay via the ICAS Shop Website. NOTE: Tests are not mandatory. If you would like more information on ICAS and the testing, go to the University of NSW website before going to the payment portal.

Junior School Library ‘Boys, Books and Breakfast’

Mt Sion Junior School Library have a fantastic opportunity for parents and boys to pop into the Library to share quality time viewing and reading new novels or old favourites whilst enjoying a light breakfast on Tuesday 26 July from 7.30am. The staff look forward to you joining us. Please RSVP via email to Ms Gwenda Burton to assist with our catering.

Year 5 Gold Rush Game

This term, all Year 5 students will participate in the annual ‘Gold Rush Game’. Boys will be learning about life on the goldfields and the hardships and rewards the early prospectors encountered. This experience fosters students’ resilience, creativity, and entrepreneurship. It is designed around experiential learning and is a mainstay, having been facilitated at ATC/NJC for over twenty years. Next week, all boys will be issued with a ‘Gold Licence’. This will give them the right to receive gold throughout the duration of the game. As part of the game, students (gold prospectors) will be asked to produce their licence if requested by a teacher (Commissioner/Police Officer). If they are unable to, they will receive a fine. They will be given the chance to assay (cash in) their gold and will receive ‘pounds’ for good work and good deeds. For more information, visit the ATC app.


Year 11 Physics Excursion – iFly Chermside
As part of the study for Term 3 Year 11 Physics – ‘Linear Motion and Force’, Year 11 Physics students will be participating in an excursion to iFly Chermside to investigate how different forces impact motion on Thursday 4 August 2022. Please see the ATC App for full details of departure times, what to bring, and how to complete the iFly waiver.

Senior Drama
On Monday 25 July Senior Drama students (Years 10, 11 & 12) will be going on an excursion to QPAC to see The Sunshine Club by Wesley Enoch as part of our Senior Drama curriculum. The aim of the learning activity is to provide students with the experience of viewing live theatre, which helps them understand the practical application of Drama and theatre and build their analytical and evaluative skills. Students are to arrange private transportation to and from the excursion. Students are to arrive at the Wheel of Brisbane, South Brisbane at 5:45pm and parents are to collect students from The Wheel of Brisbane, South Brisbane at 9:10pm. See the ATC App for full important details from Mrs Holmes-Blissner.

Learning Events

Premier’s Reading Challenge
The Premier’s Reading Challenge is well underway, and these school holidays are an excellent opportunity for boys to get busy reading! The PRC encourages students to develop a love of reading for life. Students are encouraged to select a range of fiction and non-fiction books suited to their reading ability and record books read during the reading period, between 9 May to 26 August 2022. To complete the challenge Years 4 ATC students must read at least 20 books and Years 5 to 9 must read at least 15 books. Please see the information letter on the ATC App for more details.



In a week where leadership qualities have been in the spotlight, Mrs Mclean was proud to share a commendation she gave to Year 10 student, Joshua. His leadership and his willingness to share personal reflections in Formation lessons last week impressed her. The class discussion centred around inclusivity for marginalised and diverse groups, and Josh shared his viewpoint on the language used when we speak about people with disabilities. He said he personally finds it more divisive, rather than inclusive. Mrs Mclean said, “I commend Josh on his courage to speak up in front of his peers and offer new perspectives which in turn, encouraged a deeper debate in class.” Congratulations Josh on being an upstander … one of the signs of a true leader.

Term Three Signum Fidei Recipients

Our community celebrates our Term Three Signum Fidei award recipients at the respective Signum Fidei breakfasts. We recognise and celebrate these students contributions to the three College Touchstones of Service, Learning and Leadership. We look forward to welcoming the recipients and their families to the College. A reminder that invitations have been sent to families.  

Inter-House Chess Challenge

Interhouse Chess has been re-scheduled to Week 5 – Tuesday 9 August – Friday 12 August. Represent your House in a Brains V Brains: House v’s House Chess Champions Match in the Year 7 Undercroft and  NJ Hall at second break . Who can beat the reigning Champions Connacht House? No experience necessary. Staff and Students all welcome. Join us to play or cheer you house on Tues 9 August (Year 7 Undercroft),  Thurs 11 August NJ Hall and Friday 12 August NJ Hall at second break.

Formation Lessons Junior School

As part of our Formation program for 2022, students in Year 6 will explore the topic Sexual Self in lessons on 29 August 5 September and 12 September). Year 5 students will explore the same topic on 15 and 22 August in their Formation lessons. To assist in the delivery of this topic, the College is fortunate to have the services of Let’s Chat Education which will deliver much of the content. If you have any queries after reading Michael Stewart’s letter on the ATC App, please don’t hesitate to email him. 

Year 11 RYDA Program

On Tuesday 9 August, Year 11 students will participate in an engaging workshop, front loading students’ understanding of road safety. The workshops sessions are led by a team of Police, driving instructor and community sector experts. We thank  the support of the Rotarians who enable ATC to support this valuable program. RYDA is more than a program, it is partnership that has become part of the College culture, providing our students with the tools and understanding to see themselves as active, responsible road citizens; motivating them to create good habits and stay safe on the roads.

Grandparent’s Day

The Year 4 Mass and Elders’ Day scheduled for Tuesday, August 9th has been postponed. Our hope had been to welcome families, including grandparents and elders of the boys, to the College for Mass and morning tea. However, given the present Covid numbers across the State, the decision has been made to move this scheduled celebration until Term 4. More details about the new date and event will be provided in coming weeks.

Photo Catch Up Day

Get ready for the final photo day of the year on Thursday 18 August. It will be a Co-curricular Photo day plus an individual formal photos catch-up day. If your son is in these categories, please ensure he is in attendance on this day. Students who were absent for the School Photo Day in May, or did not meet the College’s Uniform, Hair and Grooming Policy will have the opportunity to have their school photo taken on Thursday 18 August during homeroom or break times. This is the final opportunity and reminder. CLICK HERE for the Hair & Grooming Policy. CLICK HERE to see the video on How to Wear Your Badges.

How to Order Photos

Go to the Studio Kirby website. Even if your son missed his photo on 26 May and will be having his photo taken on Thursday 18 August, you can still order photos now. Orders can be made online via the Studio Kirby website. “CLICK HERE”:

- Enter Student ID: 012345 (Sample ID)
(If the Student ID number is unknown, please click the ‘Forgot Your ID’ link and follow the prompts)
- Payment options: PayPal, Visa & MasterCard
- Finalised orders will receive a confirmation via email to your nominated email address

Ordering on-time helps the Kirby team get your photos to you as soon as possible. To avoid paying extra, please finalise your order by Thursday 25 August 2022.

Photos will be delivered to the school by 21 October. Any orders after this date will incur an $18.00 admin processing and handling fee. Photos are unavailable to view before purchase. If there are any concerns with your photos, please contact Studio Kirby within 10 days of receiving your pack to discuss alternative options.
- A partial refund is available for packs with digital downloads
- A full refund is available for printed packs when prints are returned to Studio Kirby (Please note: if postage applies this is at the cost of the customer) Order here –


Catholic Education Week 2022

The theme for Catholic Education Week in 2022 is ‘Communities of Faith, Hope and Love.’ Celebrated annually in week 3 of term 3, Catholic Education Week is an opportunity for all 309 Catholic schools in Queensland to celebrate and promote their distinctive mission and ethos. Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society. As a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition, we aspire to be a place where these Gospel values are prevalent and tangible. In our everyday activities, in addition to significant celebrations, faith, hope and love are integral characteristics for people to exhibit. In June, our entire teaching staff did a 5 hour professional development course on how these virtues are evident in Jesus’ teachings and the modern world. Staff were inspired and challenged to promote a place of peace where all students and families can feel valued and cared for. Across the College, from micro service acts in the Junior School to student reflections in Assembly, we will continue to promote faith, hope and love – this week, and every week.


Year 9 Service
As part of Term 3 Service initiatives, the Year 9 cohort will be raising funds to support a very worthy cause, with all proceeds going towards much needed educational resources such as gym mats, iPads, interactive whiteboards, and assessment tools. Students have already been registered through the AEIOU foundation and have an email with their details. They are encouraged to copy the URL on their personalised page before sending it onto family and friends. As a culminating activity and as a display of support, Year 9 students will complete laps around the Jack Bowers oval, standing in solidarity with families affected by the disorder. We encourage you to get behind the cause by supporting students through sponsorship as they complete laps around the college oval. Students who are successful in raising $100 and completing the minimum 5 laps (approx. 3km) will earn 5 service hours, contributing to the 20 hours required by Year 9 students. See the letter on the ATC App from Mr Wong.

Quizit Trivia Afternoon
ATC students have been invited to attend the St Aidan’s Quizit trivia afternoon. Students from Year 10, 11 and 12 are invited to join the St Aidan’s students for a fun afternoon of friendly competition. Please peruse the following details and if you are available to attend please register using the link below. We are hoping to take 60 students so please ensure you are in the first 60 students to register. Gents, this has always been a fantastic afternoon/evening when it has been run in the past. Please get behind the event, all money raised will be donated to Rotary. Your attendance will earn you two hours of Service. For more information and full details, please visit the ATC App.

Year 9 Retreat

The Year 9 Retreat has been rescheduled for Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 August. All students from Year 9 Connacht and Leinster house will attend on the Tuesday and all students from Munster and Ulster will attend on the Wednesday. All other details remain the same, including the request for a Donation Ticket. All information is contained in the letter on the ATC App. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Matt Warr, Dean of Faith and Mission, or Bernard Wong, Head of Year 9.



The QCMF performance times have arrived!  In 2022 the following ensembles will be performing so please keep an eye on the College App and your email inbox for further details. Thursday 11 August and Friday 12 August and Sunday 14 August


ATC’s Got Talent is back for 2022! The competition is open to all ATC students for any type of performance and online registration is free. We are calling for musicians, actors, dancers and talented performers to enter with a video recording of up to 3 minutes of their performance. To be in the running for great prizes students can submit videos online now via the ATC’s Got Talent site via the link HERE  This week-long event is being held from Monday 10 – Friday 14 October 2022. Students must adhere to the following when recording their performance:

Wear school uniform (academic or sport); Record in a common area; Record using a high-quality video/audio device;

Use respectful and appropriate language; Check the video before submission; Not upload the video to social media. Entries are due to be uploaded by Monday 5 September (Term 3 Week 9). Please see the Terms & Conditions document on the ATC App. If you have queries, please email Music Department.

Performance Calendar

The Semester Two Performance Calendar is available on the ATC App, and we have a full calendar of great events coming up!


It is great to have Term 3 sport up and running with most trainings and fixtures starting  this week and weekend. Next week will see us start our Track and Field training in preparation for the GBC and AIC Championship events. There has been a slight change due to the large number of registrations we have received.

Please be advised that Track and Field training has been changed with year groups now being split across two venues. Year 4 to 6 will now be on site at Jack Bowers Oval, whilst Year 7 to 12 will be at Jack Cook Park at Toowong as originally planned.

Buses will transport the Year 7 to 12 boys to Jack Cook Park, however, a reminder that families will have to collect their son from Jack Cook Park after the conclusion of training. Times remain the same. We look forward to a great season ahead.


Term 3 Basketball is in full swing with all teams back and training for their respective Club, GBC or AIC competitions. It is great to see the boys out in strong numbers as we prepare for our first full round of Club fixtures, GBC fixtures versus Sheldon College and Staines, and AIC fixtures versus St Patrick’s College Shorncliffe. The mantra of the group is getting better every session, so we look forward to seeing the boys take on that challenge over the weekend’s fixtures

Representative Sport

Year 10 student Matthew Amo Amo recently represented the Queensland South team at the U16 Australian Junior Basketball Championships in Perth. Matthew and his team came away with a silver medal, an awesome feat, finishing second in Australia! Congratulations to Matthew, who was third in Australia for free throws made, thirteenth overall scoring and in the top 20 for rebounds per game, a tremendous effort!


A reminder that Term 3 Clubs will commence from week 3 – Monday 25 July for all registered students, with the exception of the below –

Golf (Sunday 24 July); Homework Club (Week 2); Actors Studio (Week 2); AV Club (Week 2)

We respectfully ask that students arrive on time to their club session, to allow for a prompt start and for students to gain the most out of the allocated time. Please check the ATC App for the Term 3 Clubs timetable, along with any updates throughout the term.


Trivia Night

The ATC P&F Trivia Night event is on Saturday 30 July from 6pm – 9.45pm in NJ Hall. It is an exciting Themed event and this year it’s “Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhymes”. Table Captains, if you haven’ contacted the Coordinator, please click here to email Suzanne with your table theme. Raffle tickets in the MEGA RAFFLE, are available to purchase via Parent Lounge.

Raffle Trivia Night

Thank you to our sponsors who have kindly donated prizes for our Trivia Night Raffle. You don’t have to be there on the night to be a winner. Everyone can purchase raffle tickets through Parent Lounge. Tickets are 2 for $10 or 5 for $20; 8 for $30 etc. Please click here to email the P&F secretary if you would like to donate a prize for the raffle.  Please support these generous College sponsors when you are shopping in our community:

Year 8 Coffee Morning

Come and enjoy a casual catch up with other Year 8 parents on Friday 29 July at Market Organics, 620 Moggill Road, Chapel Hill from 8:00am onwards.

Year 11 Parents and Caregivers Gathering

The Year 11 P&F Parent Liaisons invite parents and caregivers to a Parent Gathering while the boys are at their Semi-Formal. We are in the process of securing a venue and making arrangements to keep it as flexible and cost effective as possible. Please SAVE THE DATE - Tuesday 9 August from 7pm at a venue to be advised. Further details will be shared on the Year 11 Facebook page.

Year 12 Barefoot Bowls Afternoon

The ATC P&F Liaisons invite all Year 12 Parents and their sons to a Barefoot Bowls afternoon on Sunday 14 August from 2-7pm at West Toowong Bowls. Your sons are welcome but optional depending on their schedules, but need to be included when purchasing tickets. The cost is $17.50 to cover the canapés and buy your own drinks. The cost for a game of Bowls is $10pp . Alternatively drop by, say “Hi” for a drink and nibble, and don’t play Bowls  but please still register so we know numbers. GF and veggie options limited but let us know early. Please visit the App to see all the information regarding registration details. 

Save the Date Ladies Spring Lunch

This year the ATC P&F invite ladies to the Rose Room at Cloudland on Friday 14 October at 11.30am to celebrate spring and to support breast cancer research at this special lunch. Tickets are $78 which includes a 2 course lunch and glass of bubbles on arrival. Tickets will go on sale in August, so save the date and get your friends together for a wonderful day out.

P&F Meeting Dates Term 3 and Term 4

All are welcome to join the Principal, Deputy Principal and the P&F President, Mr Ben Prain at the scheduled meetings which are held in Mt Sion Library.

Tuesday 30 August 6.30pm AGM
Tuesday 11 October 6.30pm
Tuesday 22 November 6.30pm – Planning Meeting for 2023

Enjoy the week ahead and stay dry!

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal

Thank you to these generous businesses who support our P&F