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What's Coming Up in Week 6

It has been a significant week for our Year 5, 7 and 9 students as they completed three days of NAPLAN on top of their normal week. These ’single point in time’ tests will provide families and the College with relevant data compared with National Standards. It will also validate the judgements our teachers make every day. The continual aim is to best support each and every student at ATC.

Years 7 and 8 students enjoyed their House Lunch and activities today with Munster House winning the tug-o-war in Year 7 and Connacht House winning the Year 8 challenge! There were unsubstantiated claims of cheating which were vehemently denied by Mr Robertson! The judges will be keeping a closer eye on Connacht at the next House Lunch! Thank you to the mums who kindly volunteered their time to cook the BBQ today.

Two important parent evenings will be held next week. The Year 11 Parent Information Evening is Tuesday 22 May and the Year 7, 2019 Formation/ Orientation Evening is on Thursday 24 May. Both of these meetings will focus on the development of our community and highlight important events and processes. More details are below.
Friday morning we continued our new Senior School House Breakfasts and Masses. This week is was the Connacht families who were invited to gather and celebrate the specialness of the first Senior School group of Connacht students. These events continue to emphasise the development of our evolving new Senior School culture. Leinster Year 9-11 families will have their opportunity in two weeks’ time. The students have looked very smart this week as they donned their formal winter uniform. I ask families to continue to encourage the boys to wear their uniform, including their badges, with pride.

Key dates

Monday 21 May QYMA Junior Choir 4.45pm
Tuesday 22 May Middle & Senior School Author Visit 1.30pm
Tuesday 22 May Year 11 Parent Information Evening 6.30pm
Wednesday 23 May Year 9 &11 QDU Debating
Wednesday 23 May Year 5 Retreat
Wednesday 23 May Deadly Choices Program P4
Wednesday 23 May Board Meeting
Wednesday 23 May Ensembles Evening 6.30pm
Thursday 24 May Year 7, 2019 – New & Continuing Formation Evening 5pm
Friday 25 May Year 6 Mass
Friday 25 May Met West Team Challenge – Year 6
Friday 25 May Year 8 Glenleighden School Visit
Friday 25 May QCIS Indoor Soccer Tournament 4pm

New Events

2018/2019 Ski Trip

Over the past 10 years we have offered our boys ski trips to Australia, New Zealand and Japan using Sno n Ski Travel Agency who specialise in school ski trips. In 2018/2019 we would like to offer students the opportunity to attend a ski trip to either Japan or Canada. To register interest for your son please complete the registration form found on the College App. Registrations close TODAY Friday 18 May 2018.
Please contact Dave Capra for further information.

Learning News

Author Visit – Jay Krisoff

We are very excited to announce that the New York Times best-selling author, Jay Krisoff, is coming to ATC on Tuesday 22 May. All Middle & Senior School boys are to assemble in the Hall during Period 5. Jay has just launched a new book called LIFELIK3 and is touring Australia to promote the publication in May. He will be in Brisbane for 2 days only and we are lucky to have been able to secure a visit.

He is the author of the Nevernight Chronicles, the Lotus War series and co-authored the Illuminae Files. He is the recipient of the 2017 Aurealis Award and has been named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books lists. Copies of his books will be for sale on the day ($20 or $23) or can be ordered. Pre-order forms are available in Westcourt.

Writing Tutorials

Ms Kath Little’s Writing Tutorials are held each Wednesday from 3.15 – 4.30pm through to Wednesday 13 June in Room W101 at Westcourt. Tutorials will focus on sentence variation, paragraphing, idea development and coherence. Tutorials are open to all students in Year 7 – Year 11 and boys are actively encourage to attend as many sessions as possible.

Design and Technology Tutorials

The Department of Design and Industrial Technology will be running tutorials for students every Tuesday at second break. While there is no requirement that students attend the tutorials, we offer this to support your son through the design and production process. These sessions will offer the boys an opportunity to clarify their understanding in a smaller group context and practise skills that they may not have consolidated in class. The tutorials will be attended by all staff members of our Department in order to maximise support for students.

Study Club

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday students in Years 7-11 can attend the club in Westcourt iCentre after school for Study Club. The sessions are supervised by teaching staff and provide valuable time for boys to complete homework and do assignments in a quiet space. Term 2 Study Club continues from Tuesday 8 May 3.15pm til Thursday 14 June.

Year 6 Round 2 Debating

Round 2 will be held on Tuesday 22 May at St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane. The topic for Round 2 is ‘That city life is better than country life.’ Families can park on Savio Oval (near the sports centre), enter via Stephens Road. The competition will be held in the Primary School (Hogan) Building, located in the main quadrangle of the school. Please arrive before 6.30pm. The evening concludes at 7.30pm. Please subscribe to the Debating tag on the College app for all updates and debating news. Students should meet Mr Gordon in the Mt Sion iCentre at first break on Monday 14 May for a quick meeting.

Year 5 St Helena Island Excursion

This term Year 5 students will be travelling to St Helena Island for an excursion. Due to limits and restrictions set by the excursion company, we will be dividing the cohort and going on the following days: Thursday 31 May- 5 Bodkin, 5 Campbell, 5 Nolan and Friday 1 June- 5 Lynch, 5 Treacy. Students are to arrive at school at 7.45am wearing their sports uniform, school broad brimmed hat and apply sunscreen. ATC Tracksuit top may also be required. Students are required to bring packed lunch (there are no canteen facilities available), 2 filled water bottles, small back pack and any necessary medications, sunscreen and roll-on insect repellent. Please hand all medication to the class teacher on the morning before departure time. Please refer to the College App for more details

Formation News

Year 11 Parent Information Evening

Year 11 Parents and Caregivers are invited to attend a Parent Information Evening on Tuesday 22 May at 6.30pm in the Chapel regarding upcoming important events for the Year 11 cohort. This is our first journey through Year 11 and naturally Year 12 next year. The evening is designed to provide parents with key information for this important journey. Please refer to the College App for more details.

BBQ Breakfasts – Years 9-11

Senior School students are providing BBQ breakfasts each Thursday morning at 7.30am. The next BBQ will be held on Thursday 23 May. Please bring $2 to purchase a sausage before Homeroom

Year 5 Retreat

The Year 5 Retreat will be held on Wednesday 23 May at Rocks Riverside Park. Please note the change of day for this retreat from the listed calendar. Students should wear their sports uniform and bring a Pen/pencil, Clipboard (to lean on), Hat, Sunscreen, Water Bottle, Morning Tea (A sausage sizzle will be provided for lunch). The boys will commence the day with normal roll marking in home classes before the whole cohort travels on buses to Rocks Riverside Park. The boys will work through a series of rotations on the day in their class groups. Buses will return to ATC at approximately 2:30pm and the boys will work until 3pm in their classrooms. If you have any questions about the Year 5 Retreat please do not hesitate to contact either Brett Cashmere or Mr Matt Warr.

Year 6 Mass

We would like to warmly invite Year 6 parents and caregivers to attend our Year 6 Mass on Friday 25 May 2018 at 9.15am in The Chapel of St Joseph. We invite parents to sit with their sons during the celebration. Year 6 students are expected to wear their full formal uniform to the mass. There will be a shared Morning Tea for parents afterwards. If all attending parents could please bring a plate, a wonderful sense of community can be established.

Leinster House Breakfast & Mass

Leinster Giants are invited to join Sam Brown, Head of Leinster House, at the inaugural House Breakfast & Mass on Friday 1 June from 7.30am. We ask that parents and caregivers, please click here to register your attendance for catering purposes.

Red Shield Appeal

All students are invited to take part in the Door Knock for the Red Shield Appeal on Sunday 27 May. We need teams of volunteers to collect on the morning of, requiring between 2-3 hours of commitment from your son. We require parental assistance as well in accompanying the boys, driving them to their designated area and returning them to the college upon completion. Your son should wear his formal ATC uniform (suitcoat and tie), sunscreen, wide-bream college hat and a water bottle. To register please click here to complete the convenient online registration form. Please refer to the College App for detailed program details.
If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Paul Towner, Head of Munster House.

Co-curricular News

Please see the links below to download the Co-curricular Music, Sport and Strength and Conditioning Timetables. Also find attached TWIS – This Week in Sport!

Grease the Musical Boys’ Cultural Day Out

Join the ATC Community for the Cultural Boys Day Out. This event is for the whole family. Very limited seats available, so be quick! Last year’s Cultural event sold out and there were many disappointed families. We only have a certain allocation of tickets and we cannot secure more. BOOK NOW. Boondall Entertainment Centre on Saturday 14 July 7.30pm (note, last weekend in the holidays, event starts at 7.30pm). Cost: $75 per ticket. Enjoy a night out listening to all the hit songs from the popular movie, Grease. The production includes over 500 performers. RSVP is strictly by Sunday 25 May.
Click here to book tickets.
Click here to email Andrea McAvoy with any questions.

Parents News

Memory Walk Sunday 3 June

All ATC Families are invited to join in the Year 6 Cohort in their upcoming service initiative The Dementia Australia Memory Walk on Sunday 3 June at Rocks Riverside Park in Seventeen Mile Rocks. Family Registration is $80.00. (Other registration prices also available.) Race welcome starts at 8:10am with 10Km, 5Km and 2.5Km races with staggered starts from 8:45am.Please refer to the College App for further details.
Click here to register for the Year 6 Memory walk.

P&F Meeting

Our next ATC P & F Meeting is on Tuesday 5 June, 6.30pm in the Mt Sion Staffroom. All are welcome to share your views, give feedback and present any issues you’d like to discuss. If you’d like any further information

Tuckshop volunteers

We need help in the Junior Tuckshop on Monday 28 May as well as the breakfast shift EVERY TUESDAY. You could consider dropping your son for sport training or music rehearsals and stay for a while to help out. We also require assistance in The Bakehouse on Tuesday 22, 29 & 19 June, Wednesday 7 June, Friday 25, May, 1 & 15 June.

Mums’ Connect

The Mums’ Connect sessions run by Powerhouse Programs will be held over four evenings and cover similar topics and exercises as the Dads’ Connect program. Couples can benefit from a consistent approach to parenting and discuss themes and strategies at the coal face! The sessions operate in Term 2 on Monday Nights from Weeks 6-9 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm in the Chapel on these dates: 21 May, 28 May, 4 June and 11 June.
Click here to RSVP and register your attendance.

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal