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Thursday 8 August was the Feast Day of St Mary Mackillop. Mary of the Cross is the patron saint of Brisbane and Australia. She was canonised in 2010. Mary Helen MacKillop (15 January 1842 – 8 August 1909), also known as Saint Mary of the Cross, founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart and a number of schools and welfare institutions throughout Australasia with an emphasis on education for the poor, particularly in country areas.

She is the only Australian to be recognised by the Roman Catholic Church as a saint. Brother Patrick Ambrose Treacy followed a similar path in Brisbane and across Australia around the same time in his endeavours in opening Catholic schools. Mary MacKillop was a woman of faith who lived by the power of the cross and always showed respect and defended the human dignity of all in our land. Mary Mackillop and Ambrose Treacy are wonderful role models for all of us in our modern world.

Next Tuesday 13 August, we celebrate the Ambrose Treacy Day. Each year level in the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools have special activities planned for the day to recognise the learning legacy of Brother Patrick Ambrose Treacy. The book symbol on the College crest symbolises learning and the model of Ambrose Treacy. Please read more details below for specific activities.

Last Friday evening a group of parents, students and staff rocked away the night attending the Musical “School of Rock” at the QPAC Lyric Theatre. Based on the Jack Black film, the ATC group were rocking with songs such as I Pledge Allegiance to the Band, Long Way to the Top and the title song. Thank you to the Cultural Support Group for organising the evening. This Saturday night the P&F are hosting another event, the annual Trivia Night. It sounds like another great night of friend-raising and frivolity.

Tuesday and Thursday this week saw the important Parent Teacher Feedback meetings being conducted. I was again impressed by the professional manner of our teaching staff as they prepared and delivered valuable feedback affirming students and providing strategies regarding areas of improvement. We continue to support students in them striving to achieve personal excellence. House challenges continued this week and the year 11 and 12 students were active in leading the Inter-House Chess Challenge. It was wonderful seeing the Year 11 students stepping up to the leadership role and being mentored by our Year 12 men.

P&F Trivia Night, Swagust, Grandparents’ & Elders’ Day, Year 12 Formal, Ekka Public Holiday and QCMF are highlights on the horizon. Read my blog to gather all the dates and details. If you missed Mike Senior’s blog this week, click here to catch up.

Key Dates

Saturday 10 August | P & F Trivia Night
Monday 12 August | QCIS Track & Field Championships, UQ
Monday 12 August | Year 6 Swagust
Monday 12 August | Year 9 Class Music Combined Schools Workshop, All Hallows School
Monday 12 August | Year 10 Drama workshop
Tuesday 13 August | Ambrose Treacy Day
Tuesday 13 August | Year 4 Grandparents & Elders’ Day
Tuesday 13 August | Year 7 Arts Day
Tuesday 13 August | Year 8 Geography excursion
Tuesday 13 August | Year 9 Science/Geography excursion
Tuesday 13 August | Year 9 Ecosystems excursion
Tuesday 13 August | Year 12 Formal
Wednesday 14 August | EKKA Public Holiday NO SCHOOL
Thursday 15 – 18 August | Queensland Catholic Schools’ and Colleges’ Music Festival (QCMF)
Thursday 15 August | Year 11 & 12 Drama excursion
Thursday 15 August | State Championships: 10-12 Years Track & Field, QSAC

Save the Date and schedule the haircut as Co-curricular photos are being held on Tuesday 20 August!


If you can help out in the tuckshop on Friday 16 August, or bake us 2 dozen Betty Crocker Choc muffins (these are nut free and suitable for all students) Please click here to inform Food Services manager, Maelisa McNeil if you can assist.


Year 5 Gold Rush

You may have seen some characters from yesteryear wandering around the Junior School this week! Year 5 #ATCboys have been immersed in gold rush fever, earning and saving pounds, digging up ounces of gold and weighing up the advantages of banking their spoils or hiding it in their desks. The perils of life on the Victorian gold fields are being brought to life through the wonderful experiential learning opportunities at Ambrose Treacy College​. To keep our miners on their toes, bushrangers roam the verandahs looking for opportunities to steal from those who are hiding their gold ‘under the mattress’ and with the strains on miners finances, discontent has been brewing! Could a rebellion be on the horizon? Let’s see how this story has panned out so far:


Year 12 parents and students attended a presentation from QTAC last month. The presentation covered how to apply to tertiary institutions, entry requirements, how to order your preferences, important dates/deadlines and information about adjustment schemes. The presentation is available to view by clicking here. There will then be a follow-up session for all Year 12 students on Tuesday 13 August at 10am in the Chapel.

Year 7 Ambrose Treacy Day Celebrations

Learning in the Arts offer students a unique opportunity to develop critical and creative thinking, personal and social expression, ethical understanding and information technology capability. For the College’s Ambrose Treacy Day, all Year 7 students will participate in experiences designed to enrich these general learning capabilities and extend their Arts curriculum learning. Boys will be an audience for a professional live drama performance and participate in rotational drama, music and visual art workshops. Boys bring normal lunch (The tuckshop will also be available), a charged laptop and headphones and they are to wear old clothes, shoes and hats suitable for painting a possibly getting dirty.

Year 9 Class Music Combined Schools Workshop

All students who study Year 9 Class Music (Semester 1 & 2) have been invited to All Hallows’ School on Monday 12 August 2019 to join St. Laurence’s College, Mt Alvernia College and Mt St Michael’s College in a combined schools Class Music workshop. The afternoon workshop will complement and enrich the boys’ curriculum music studies. Times: 2:30pm Meet outside the ATC gym for a 2:45pm Departure. 3:30pm. Afternoon tea supplied by AHS and 4:00pm Workshop. We will depart AHS at 5:45pm and arrive back at ATC at approximately 6:30pm. Students are to wear their full formal uniform and bring class music materials.

Subject Selection Information Evening

All Year 9 and Year 10 students and their parents can access Kath Little’s presentation from the Subject Selection Information Evening via the College App.

Year 12 Physics

The year 12 Physics students are exploring the quantum nature of the universe by building their own DIY spectrometer. Using their spectrometers they were able to see the atomic spectra of a helium atom. These spectral lines are like the fingerprints of atoms and so are what scientists use to determine the elemental composition of stars and galaxies light years away.

Year 10 – Enrolling at TAFE and Career Outcomes

The applications to enrol in a TAFE at School course in Year 11 2020 are open. A comprehensive list of information on how to apply and all the relevant requirements and links are now available on the College APP. Applications close at the end of Term 3. If you any questions regarding the courses available or queries about the enrolment process, please contact Mrs Kath on 3878 0545.

ATCareers Bulletin

The latest edition of the ATCareers Bulletin is now available on the College APP. Term 3 is a very busy time for all students and there are some very interesting articles about University, QTAC and apprenticeships all relevant to senior students and their study pathways. If you have any questions about any of the articles, please contact Michelle Kath, Head of Senior Pathways & Careers at the Senior School Reception on 3878 0545 or via email.

Excursions Term 3

Year 9 Excursion Tuesday 13 August
On Tuesday 13 August Year 9 students will be traveling to the Botanical Gardens at Mt Coot-tha and the Nudgee Beach as part of their studies in science this term. Students will immerse themselves in nature and explore two very different and unique ecosystems. On the day, students will be split into two groups- one group heading to the Botanical Gardens and following that they will set off to Nudgee. The other group will begin at Nudgee before venturing back to the Botanical Gardens. Both groups will depart by bus from the College at 8.50am and return at 3.00pm. Students can bring a small backpack with lunch (there will no opportunity to purchase lunch), a water bottle, a pen to complete the provided field trip booklets at both locations. Boys must wear their HPE uniform with comfortable walking shoes as well as their school cap.

Year 8 excursion Tuesday 13 August
As part of the study for Term 3 Geography – ‘Changing Nations’, all year 8 students will be participating in an excursion to West End – Kurilpa precinct, Boundary Street, Davies Park & the new developments on Montague Rd, to investigate high density living, impacts of traffic congestion and the importance of sustaining the quality of life in these areas. Pencil this date into your calendar.

Senior Drama Excursion Thursday 15 August
Year 11 and 12 Drama students will attend Queensland Theatre Company’s performance of Storm Boy on Thursday 15 August as part of their immersion and learning in theatre. Performance date is and takes place at the Playhouse theatre, Southbank. Students will depart school for the theatre at 12.15pm by school bus. Return time to school is approximately 3pm. Students are to wear their full formal uniform.

Year 11 Study of Religion Excursion Thursday 22 August
The SOR class is studying rituals and sacred texts in their study of World Faiths. This will be an opportunity to enrich their learning and broaden their perspective and understanding specifically of Judaism. On Thursday 22 August students will travel to a Brisbane Synagogue. Students are to meet teachers at the bus zone after Homeroom. They must wear the College formal uniform. No morning tea or lunch needs to be taken. Bus departs at 8.45 am and returns by approximately 11.15 am. Boys must have their head covered out of respect so students are asked to bring their ATC cap.

Year 11 Modern History Excursion Friday 30 August
On Friday 30 August all Year 11 MODERN HISTORY students will be travelling to the State Library of Queensland to participate in a guided tour by a member of State Library staff. The State Library is a wonderful resource for students of history and this tour is designed to support them in locating and accessing high quality resources for their upcoming research task for 11 Modern History, i.e., FA3 (Essay based on research). Students will be driven to the venue in the College bus. They will depart the College at approximately 12.30pm on Friday 30 May 2019. The tour will take place from 1pm – 2pm. Following the tour, students are able to stay and access the library facilities and resources for their research task. Students will be required to make their own way home from the venue. Students are expected to wear their full formal College Uniform. They should have with them a (charged) mobile phone and their equipment required to conduct research following the tour.


Interhouse Chess Comp

The Houses battled it out this week for the Inter-House Chess Championship…Brain v Brain …House v House. The Ulster Rebels were the ultimate champions tightly contested by Munster. Well done to Connacht and Leinster House in equal third position. Our tactical House Leaders were exceptionally helpful. A great week or fun for out community.

The Year 6 Sleep Out Service Initiative

This unique opportunity for the boys to show their support for our chosen charity this term ‘Share the Dignity’ will be held in the NJ Hall on Monday 12 August. Shared Dignity is a women’s charity that makes a real, on-the-ground difference to homeless women and victims of domestic violence. Boys have been making beautiful earrings to give as gifts to women and also collecting and packing toiletry items. Please be aware that the following day (Tuesday) is a normal school day. Tuckshop lunches for Tuesday 13 August, for all year 6 sleepover students, should be ordered by Monday 12 August 9am.

Not Long Until Grandparents’ and Elders’ Day!

The Year 4 team warmly invite parents, grandparents and significant elders to the GRANDPARENTS AND ELDERS DAY MASS & MORNING TEA on Tuesday 13 August 2019 at 8.20am. The schedule for the morning is as follows: 8:20am – 8:45am Parents and Elders to spend time in the Year 4 classrooms, meet the teacher and look at student’s work; 8:45am Guests, staff and students move to NJ Hall for Mass; 8:50am 9:50am Mass; 9:50am– 10.15am Discovery Trail; 10.15am-10.45am Morning Tea will be shared. See you all on Tuesday!

Cyber Safety Parent Information Night 22 August

Parents and caregivers are invited to an unmissable information session on Cyber Safety presented by Susan McLean, Australia’s foremost expert in the area of cyber safety. Widely known as the ‘cyber cop’ she was the first Victorian Police Officer appointed to a position involving cyber safety and young people. Ambrose Treacy College welcomes Susan on Thursday August 22, NJ Hall at 6.30pm.
Click here to register your attendance.


Reflection is Key to Service Learning

As your son continues his Service-Learning journey for 2019, I encourage you to take the time on the drive home, or around the dinner table, to ask some questions about their experience. No doubt, some Service experiences are more ‘involved’ than others, with more issues to consider; however, even volunteering at a local school fete, or cleaning a storage room, or participating in a fun-run can be reflected upon, and thus learning can occur. Click here for this week’s Service blog.

Share the Good News with Signum Fidei

Thank you for continuing to share the good news via our email address. Should your son be involved in a Service initiative or activity, please let us know, we love hearing all about it. Not only is it wonderful to see our students supporting their communities, it also gives us ideas on how we can further help. So please keep them coming!

Year 8 Mass

We would like to warmly invite you to attend our Year 8 Mass on Friday 23 August 2019 at 8:40am in The Chapel of St Joseph. The Chapel of St Joseph is located at the College, Level 2 of the Edmund Rice Building (above the Year 7 Wynne classroom). We invite parents to sit with their sons during the celebration. Year 8 students are expected to wear their full formal uniform to Mass. There will be a shared Morning Tea for families afterwards. If all attending parents could please bring a plate to share, a wonderful sense of community can be established. Could you please take this plate to the Riverside Stage beside the NJ Hall prior to Mass.



Year 6 Debating
The details for Round 2 of the QDU Primary School Comp are as follows. Please note the different venues and dates for the Year 6 teams. The topic for both is “That you don’t need money to be happy.” On Thursday 8 August debating will be held at Ambrose Treacy College at 7:30pm. On 22 August the team will meet at St Peter’s College, Indooroopilly for a 6:00pm debate. Further details of team members are on the College App.

Public Speaking

The annual Year 6 Public Speaking Competition involves boys who want to participate by writing a speech and presenting it their class. Each student’s speech will be adjudicated, and two boys from each class will progress to the final where they will repeat the speech to an audience in the NJ Hall. Please click here to email Mr Stewart to nominate for this comp by Monday 12 August.


Year 7 student Thomas Waites, competed in the National Mountain Bike Championships last the weekend and came away with a gold and 2 silvers! Minister for Sport,the honourable Mick De Brenni awarded Tom his medals and was very curious about where Ambrose Treacy College was located! Tom was happy to tell Mr De Brenni all about ATC and his sporting interests. Thank you Tom!

Oliver Fanshawe

This young man is kicking goals in and out of the pool. Last week Oliver performed outstandingly at the National Swimming Championships winning Silver in the relay and coming 4th in the Butterfly Final! He also featured in this week’s local newspaper with his mum, Melissa advocating for vision-impaired students’ independence and support. Read the article below:

Good luck to the ATC players, Jeremiah, Tom, Zayden, Reily and Declan who are playing at the u/14-15 State Rugby Union Championships this week. Best wishes also to our 1st VI Volleyball squad of Oliver Hewett, Mac Martin, Matt van Rooyen, Riki Hiranuma, Carlos Sultana, Tom Mulvihill, Finn Bell, Gabe Dela Cruz, Alex Dela Cruz and Tom Lever as they compete in the Queensland Schools Volleyball Cup on the Gold Coast over the weekend. Coach, Mr Hickey will keep us updated via our Instagram page.

Our AFL players fought hard against Ferny Grove State High School in qualifying finals of the AFLQ Schools Cup this week, but unfortunately, were not able to capitalise late in the fourth quarter, with wind playing a factor on goal shot attempts. ATC went down in a very physical 26-34 loss. Our second game was a different story, with an easy win for the boys ending the day on a high note. Click here to see their album on Facebook

Club Basketball
Our Club and Primary Basketball teams continue their season this weekend with Week 4 of fixtures. Good luck to the Primary teams as they take on St Pat’s, Shorncliffe. Details for all matches can be found on the ATC App, please ensure that students are at the games 30 minutes prior to the start time.

Our Athletics season winds up on Monday with our QCIS team competing at UQ Track on Monday at the QCIS Championships. Good luck to the team as they endeavour to bring home the QCIS Track & Field Cup.

House Touch Football
Our ATC House Touch Football gets underway from Thursday afternoon with the Junior House teams playing Thursday afternoon and our Middle/Senior teams playing Friday. Please check the app under the Touch Football tab for further information and team lists.

Junior School Tennis
Our Junior Tennis teams compete against St Pat’s Shorncliffe on Saturday. Please check the app for further information.

Triathlon & Aquathlon
Training starts this week from Monday 12 August. Please check the app for further information. Please make sure interested students have accepted the Parent Lounge invite that was emailed last week.

TWIS This Week in Sport
Please follow the link below for TWIS for fixtures and training updates. It is imperative to subscribe to your sons Term 3 sport on the College App to stay up to date with any last minute changes to games or the training schedule.


All ensembles and choirs are now in their final preparations for next week’s Qld Catholic Colleges Music Festival (QCMF) at Villanova College. The festival runs from Thursday 15th until Sunday 18th August and may cause some disruptions to lessons and rehearsals – students should please check their timetables carefully and keep an eye on App Notifications for all changes. All 22 ensembles and choirs will be performing at QCMF and information is available via the College App. If you have any questions please contact Co-curricular Music Department. This is a major event on the ATC Music Calendar and we are all very excited!
Click here to see our full Formal Music Concert Album on Facebook.


Gardening Club
The wintry weather has put a hold on a lot of growing in our garden but the boys are tidying the garden, planting and watering and waiting for the new spring crops. Our chook coop is full of healthy chickens laying loads of eggs that the Junior School club members are collecting every day!



What a fabulous evening at the theatre to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock the musical. A large gathering of ATC families along with Mike Senior, Dave Gardiner and Matt Warr met at the bar and took over the drum kit and guitar set up to rock out and enjoy a drink and snack. This followed with an amazing performance of what every child would love to see in their classroom –“Rock school”. Incredible guitar riffs and drum solo’s from these young talents along with insanely talented young voices. Inspiration for our boys – Look out QCCMF here comes ATC. Huge smiles and many positive comments have flown since this amazing evening. If you missed out this year – watch this space for the 2020 ATC Cultural night out! See you there!

Year 12 Parents’ Dinner 13 August

Year 12 parents and caregivers are invited to Little Beirut restaurant on Tuesday evening from 6.30pm while the young men are at their Formal. Enjoy delicious share platters. Cost is $20 per person and a ‘pay as you go’ arrangement for drinks. RSVP and prepayment is required via the Trybooking link by Sunday 11 August.
Please click here to RSVP

Year 6 Parents’ Dinner 12 August

Join Year 6 parents and caregivers on Monday 12 August from 6.30pm at the Pig ‘n Whistle Indooroopilly for a casual dinner and drinks while the boys are at the ‘sleepout’. RSVP via the Year 6 event on Facebook, so a table can be reserved. If you have any queries please click here to email Shirley.

Year 7 Mums’ Dinner 21 August

Year 7 Mums are invited to a casual dinner at 6.30pm on Wednesday 21 August, at Station Road Bar & Kitchen, 30 Station Road, Indooroopilly. RSVP BY: Sunday 18 August by text to Suzanne on 0432096235 Please click here to view the menu. We look forward to seeing you there

Fathers’ Day Breakfast 30 August

Dads, Grandads, Uncles are invited to join us at the Fathers’ Day Breakfast on Friday 30 August on Westcourt Deck from 6:30am – 8:30am Bacon and Egg rolls $5.50 – Sausages on Bread $2.50 – Juice $2.50 and a Coffee van – Eftpos/cash sales will be available on the day. A Raffle will be run in conjunction with the event and raffle tickets can be purchased online or on the day 1 for $2 or 3 for $5 1st Prize – 4 x $50 gift cards (BCF, Bunnings, Dan Murphy’s and Rebel Sport); 2nd Prize – Carton of Beer; 3rd Prize – Scratchies.
Click here to buy your tickets which includes pre-purchasing and order your breakfasts.
Please RSVP by Tuesday 27 August 2019
We always need mum helpers for Father’s Day Breaky so if you can you help out please click here to volunteer.
If you need more information, please contact Donna Densley on 0417623367

Year 5 Parents’ Dinner 31 August

Year 5 Parents Dinner is being held at Saint Lucy’s Cucina, UQ Tennis Centre at 6:30pm on Saturday 31 August. Please click here to RSVP to assist us with table reservations by 28 August.
Please click here to email Jodi Dunstan if you have any queries.

Book Club Read Between the Wines 12 September

The next scheduled Bookclub gathering will be on 12 September where we will discuss “The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone”- part mystery, part coming of age story is set in a distant suburb over the long hot summer of 1992. It’s the summer of the school’s Showstopper concert. The summer Tikka never forgot. The summer the Van Apfel sisters disappeared. Blackly comic, sharply observed and wonderfully endearing. Please click here to let Rachel Ames know if you can make it to bookclub and to receive the address and host name.

Spring Lunch 13 September

Put it in the diary – the ATC Spring Lunch will be held on Friday 13 September from 11.30am to 2.30pm at Jo Jo’s Restaurant Melbourne Street South Brisbane. Tickets are $55 per person for a 3 course meal, free parking and a guest speaker from the McGrath Foundation. We aim to raise valuable funds for a breast cancer care nurses and to support families impacted by breast cancer. There will be fantastic lucky door prizes including pamper packs from Stefan and One Wybelena and loads more! Dress code is ‘A Splash of PINK!’ RSVP by 30 August.
Please click here to book your tickets
please click here to email Prue Moloney, Event Coordinator, if you have any queries.

Michael Senior’s Farewell Gift

A Message from P&F President, Brett Solomon
In recent times, as the school prepares for the retirement of Mike Senior to a well-earned rest with family and friends, the P&F has been approached by a number of parents that would like to honour Mike’s long tenure at the college with a gift in appreciation of his efforts. It was thought by the P&F that it might be best if funds were pooled with any family that would like to make a contribution being welcomed to do so, such that a single more substantial memento of Mike’s time at the school might be presented to him on behalf of the families of ATC. A donation page has been set up to facilitate this process. In deference to Mike, we emphasise that contributions, while welcome, are in no way expected.
Please click here to make a contribution.

P&F Year Level Facebook Pages

Are you a member of your YEAR LEVEL FACEBOOK Closed Group? Join your community and keep up with the year level news! Follow the links below, and then click on JOIN GROUP. When you ‘request to join’, please ensure that you answer the admission questions, so you can be properly identified (your request won’t be accepted, until these questions have been answered). CLICK ON YOUR YEAR LEVEL: Year 4 | Year 5 | Year 6 | Year 7 | Year 8 | Year 9 | Year 10 | Year 11 | Year 12



One G- d, Many Voices, an Abrahamic Faiths Concert annual evening of Jewish, Christian and Muslim sacred voices and music, will be held on Thursday 29 August at 7 pm for 7.30pm at Griffith University, Nathan Campus (Building N35) – Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue followed by Kosher-Halal Supper. Free entry. RSVP Ph: 3735 7052 There is free parking after 7 pm.

CourTalk, an Open Court of Open Dialogue will cover the topic of ‘People of Peace in a Time of War.’ 800 years ago, during the Battle of Damietta in the fifth Crusade, St. Francis of Assisi and Malek Al Kamil, leader of the Muslim forces, crossed the lines of battle and religion in peace. History was never the same again… Come and listen to guest speaker, Dr. Matthew Beckham ofm (Lecturer at Yarra Theological Union, Melbourne) when he presents at Duschene College, UQ St. Lucia on Monday 26 August, 6.30pm. Light refreshments from 6pm. For more information please contact UQ Catholic Chaplaincy 0429 495 589

Wishing everyone all the best for a busy and productive Ekka Week 5. Remember that Wednesday is the public holiday. Don’t forget to follow the stories of ATC via our blog ATConnect.

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal