ATConnect All >

What's Coming Up in Week 9

Yesterday we had an opportunity to showcase our community as we facilitated our 2019 Junior School Orientation. The occasion was a chance to welcome Year 4 and new year 5 and Year 6 students and families and celebrate the diverse academic and co-curricular opportunities that students and families can engage with.

All students and families are welcome to attend the ATC Formal Music Concert this Sunday 9 September at ERPAC, commencing at 3.00pm. Performances include the ATC Jazz Orchestra, ATC Symphonic Winds, Big Band ATC Senior Singers, Concert Band and more. Join us on the ERPAC rooftop terrace for a relaxed afternoon tea before the concert and take in the city skyline views. Pimm’s, champagne, beer, ribbon sandwiches and cupcakes will be for sale. There will also be lolly bags and chips for the kids! Drinks and food will be served from 2pm and all profits made go directly back into the ATC Music Program.

80 Years of Education Celebrations

The celebration of 80 years of education on the Witton Creek Reach of the Brisbane River will be held at the College from 14 – 20 October. Through daily events we will reflect on the history of the College and celebrate its future. Please mark this week in your calendar and watch our website for further details of the week’s events.

80 Years Celebration Mass

To register your interest in attending the Mass on Sunday 14 October at 9.30am please click here. There is a limited number of seats for this special Mass so early registration is essential. Mass will be followed by morning tea and cutting of the 80 Years cake. We will also unveil our commemorative Timeline tracing the history of the College since 1938. Join us as we celebrate our proud history together.

Jazz by the River

I warmly invite you to be part of our Jazz by the River spectacular and Fireworks extravaganza on Saturday 20 October from 3.30pm as a finale to our 80 Years Celebrations! This is our biggest community event of the year, and we cordially invite all families to mark the date in your calendar and come along for an afternoon of great music, good food and loads family fun. Why not bring a picnic dinner or pre-order a meal, sit on the hill and sip a beverage from the licensed Glenn Miller Bar. You can take in the river views as you relax and soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the talents of students and staff as they showcase their musical, artistic and drama prowess. There will be seven bands and ensembles performing, a Visual Art Exhibition and stalls. It will be a great evening for the whole family. Please join us for the most exciting event on the College calendar. More details will follow over coming weeks.

ATC’s Got Talent

Our celebration of community and the Arts this year promises to be extra special and we have launched the 2nd Annual Arts Week ATC’s Got Talent competition. Registrations are open and you can click here to nominate. Full details and terms and conditions of the competition are available on the College App.

Photography Competition

Another part of our Arts Week celebrations this year is the ATC Photography competition. Capture the ’Life of ATC with either a portrait, landscape or architectural image. Entries are open to Amateur photographers from the ATC community with prizes in the categories of Junior, Middle, Senior and Open Photographers. Great prizes to be won. To nominate, download, print and complete the Entry form via the link below. Submit to College Reception by 12 October. See the College App notice for prizes and full details.

Key dates

Saturday 8 September Community Mass 5.30pm
Sunday 9 September Formal Music Concert ERPAC 3.00pm
Tuesday 11 September Maths Team Challenge Years 4-6
Wednesday 12 September Year 4 Afternoon of the Infamous 2.00pm
Thursday 13 September Exam Block commences
Wednesday 19 September Year 10 Drama Workshop
Thursday 20 September Years 7-11 Business Guest Speaker
Thursday 20 September Year 9 Geography excursion
Thursday 20 September Year 6 Swagtember (overnight)
Friday 21 September Last Day of Term and Year 4 Regatta
Friday 21 September Year 8-11 Stradbroke Island Fishing Club Trip

Save the Date

Monday 8 October First Day Term 4
Monday 22 October Pupil Free Day – Testing Day FOR new 2019 students
Tuesday 6 November House Lunch

Formation News

If you missed this week’s Formation blog from Sam Brown, discussing the challenge of connecting with our true selves, click here to catch up on the news.

National Child Protection Week

National Child Protection Week will run from Sunday 2nd September to 8th September with a range of campaign events and announcements across the country. The enduring message of this week is “Protecting children is everyone’s business” therefore we urge you to play your part. In doing this, we are working collectively and pro-actively to prevent child abuse and neglect. We strive to safeguard our community by ensuring that the processes of the EREA Child Protection Policy are followed. ATC invites you to play your part and become involved in creating safe and nurturing environments for all children. Remember, we all have a role to play in protecting children from harm. And by building stronger communities we can create safer environments for children.
Click here for further information and useful resources on child safety.

Year 10 Events

A significant focus for Ambrose Treacy College is to build and consolidate community and spirit with our surrounding Colleges. To support this and build tradition, we would like to inform parents and students of two important College events for the Year 10 cohort, following on from the Feast of Nations. Firstly, we invite students to participate in the Movie and Pizza afternoon at Brigidine on Thursday 20 September from 4pm. This will be a social justice afternoon watching The Good Lie, a refugee film based on ‘The Lost Boys’ of Sudan. Secondly, we ask you to “Save the Date” for the Year 10 St Vincent De-Formal on Thursday 1 November from 4.15pm to 7.15pm
Please click here to RSVP for the Movie & Pizza night.
Please click here to RSVP for the St. Vincent de Formal event.

College Crossing

As you are aware the lights are now operational on Kate St. As of next week, our crossing supervisor will no longer be manning the lights. Designated staff members will be on duty at the Kate Street bus stop each afternoon to ensure that the students use safe practice when crossing.

Community Mass

We would like to warmly invite all our families to attend the Community Mass on Saturday 8 September at 5:30pm in the Chapel of St Joseph. We are extending a particular invitation to all members from Leinster House who will be our hosts for this Mass. Students can wear smart casual clothes.

Year 6 Swagtember Care Package Donations

Term 3 is Swagtember time for Year 6 students and this year we have been asked by Street Swags to donate a Care package filled with essentials that can be distributed to those in need. Items include, deodorant, wipes, Male/Female Socks (medium – large) and Male/Female Underwear (medium – large). Students can bring the items to their homeroom up until the night of Swagtember sleepout, Thursday 20 September. Please see the College App for full details.

Walk4Brain Cancer

As a major Junior School Service initiative, we once again invite students, families and friends of the Ambrose Treacy College community to register for an inspirational 5km walk through 7th Brigade Park, Chermside on Sunday 28 October. Boys are asked to wear their ATC Sports uniform for the walk. After we complete the walk, we can enjoy the entertainment and food stalls that will be set up in the Park. Full details are on the College App. Please click here to register.

Cook Off Grand Final

With nine boys competing for the title of ATC Master Chef, the Food Technology room was filled with nervous tension! Judges assessed the boys plate presentation, cooking skills and flavours of two dishes, one hot and one cold, which both had to be prepared and cooked in 50 minutes. After a messy, marvellous and mouth-watering Grand Final Mr Finn, Mr Baumber and Rob from Chaffley’s Bakery Chapel Hill, announced this year’s winners. Congratulations to Lenex Hagan 3rd place, Lockie Koenig 2nd place and our winner, Luka Jelekainen. Commendations also go to our finalists Tom Messenger, Ari Iverson, Ed Whalan, Felix Leeson, Lochie Koenig, Ethan Kelly, Jack Rosolen and Lenex Hagan who all prepared wonderful dishes.

Learning News

If you missed this week’s Learning blog from Mr Quinn, click here to catch up on the NAPLAN news

Year 4 Afternoon of the Infamous

The term is fast coming to an end and the year 4 boys are busily putting together their displays for the ‘Afternoon of the Infamous’ display on Wednesday 12 September in the NJ Hall, commencing at 2.00pm. Students are asked to dress as a convict for the display. Please refer to the College App for further details.

Term Block Testing

Years 7-11 Term 3 Block Testing Timetables have been posted on the College App. Students have been emailed a copy of this document and they can also be accessed via SEQTA documents.

Careers Information

With a range of events coming up this spring there are a number of ways for students and parents to test careers and explore their options with TAFE at School courses. Please see the College App for all the upcoming events and links to register for the workshops and information sessions. The latest ATCareers bulletin from the Vocational and Careers Pathways department is available via the link below. Essential reading for all students and parents of boys in Year 10 and 11, Melissa Peacock encourages you to look at this bulletin and discuss topics with your son.You can contact Melissa if you have any queries.

Year 9 Geography Excursion

The Year 9 Geography class will be going on excursion on Thursday 20 September, departing from the internal road at 7.25am and returning at 3.30pm. Please refer to the College App for further details.

Year 8 Retreat

The Year 8 Retreat day, ‘A Stronger Man’ will be held on Friday 12 October at Olympic Park. Students will be challenged to consider their roles in providing a positive voice to their own, and others’ lives. This will allow all in our community to be filled with self-worth, belief and responsible actions. Boys will reflect on their own journeys and the impact they have on others. The day will be facilitated by RealTalk Australia and more information can be found on their website by clicking here. . Please see the College App for full details.

Co-curricular News


The Formal Music concert will be held this Sunday at ERPAC. All are welcome to join us as our orchestra, ensembles and choirs showcase their talents. See details above or on the College app.


Save the date for the Winter Sports Awards Evening where we celebrate the ATC students and their sporting achievements through the Winter season on Wednesday 10 October (first week of Term 4) at 6:30pm. Great food and drinks will be on sale before the awards. We look forward to seeing as many of our ATC families enjoying a Sport get together at the beginning of Term 4. More details to follow next week.

If you missed Dave Capra’s blog click here to read about the highs and lows of sport and how they can be used as a vehicle for developing mental strength, emotional growth and emotional intelligence.


The final day for Junior School Art Club is Thursday 13 September 2018.

Debating Round Three

TEAM 1 Venue – Ambrose Treacy College Opposition –Kenmore South SS Time: 7:30pm Date: Thursday, 13 September. Topic: That children older than ten should have to walk, cycle or use public transport to get to school Side: affirmative. TEAM 2 Venue – Ambrose Treacy College Opposition – Ironside State School Time: 6:45pm
Date: Thursday, 13 September. Topic: That children older than ten should have to walk, cycle or use public transport to get to school Side: negative. Please subscribe to DEBATING tag on the College App for further details

P & F News

Annual General Meeting

A message from the President, Brett Solomon:
The AGM for the P&F was held on Tuesday night. Thanks to all who attended. After three productive years as P&F president, Martin Bradshaw has decided to step down from the role and the P&F committee would like to acknowledge Martin’s strong contribution to the P&F and the broader ATC community over the period of his tenure. We look forward to Martin’s ongoing participation in the P&F in the years ahead. Similarly the P&F extends its gratitude to the excellent financial stewardship of our treasurer, Michelle Martin, who has also handed over the mantle after two years in the role. Well done Martin and Michelle. It is always great to see new faces willing to get involved in the P&F, and in that vein we welcome to the committee our new vice-president, Timothy Kendrick, and treasurer, Helen Davidson. Helen Dunn remains as P&F secretary, and I will move into the role of president.

Thank you to Donna Densley for such a fantastic job co-ordinating the Father’s Day Breakfast. We say, bon voyage and give enormous thanks to Andrea McAvoy, who is always too happy to have her helping hands involved in every event at the College. This week we are also grateful to the friendly parents who volunteered at the Orientation for the Year 4, 5 & 6 new students for 2019. Thank you Helen Hicks, Donna Densley, Anda Bakker, Trish McKenna, Siobhan Knott, Micha Walter, Paige Simpson for welcoming the new students and families to ATC.

Volunteers Needed

The Whole School will engage in House activities and share a BBQ lunch on Tuesday 6 November. If you are available to assist on the day, in any of the time slots between 9am to 2pm. Please click here to volunteer for one of the shifts.
Anda Bakker has kindly offered to co-ordinate the House Lunches. Please click here to contact Anda if you have any queries.

P&F Key Dates

Wed 19 Sep – Book Club
Tue 16 Oct – ATC P & F Meeting
Tue 6 Nov – Whole School House Lunch – Volunteers needed

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held Tuesday 16 October, 6.30pm in the Mt Sion Staffroom. New faces are always welcome, we value your attendance, input and ideas. If you’d like any further information click here to email your ATC P&F Committee.

Read Between the Wines Bookclub

Bookclub night at Vicki Johnson’s last Thurs 30 August was great fun. What made it even more hilarious were the recounts of the Trivia Night. Thank you Vicki for hosting. The new book to read is ‘Outliers’ by Malcolm Gladwell. We are going to discuss Chapter 2 at next month’s meeting. Yes! Bookclub is getting serious! Next meeting is at Rachel’s on Wednesday 19 September at 7.30pm. Please contact Rachel Ames to RSVP and for address details.


Community News


Please ask your son to bring his card when he comes to buy breakfast, as many boys are forgetting their cards and it makes the service very slow. The volunteer roster has been emailed for next term if you have not received the roster or would like to sign up to volunteer please click here to email Danielle. We would love some extra help on Thursday 20 September in both tuckshops please click here if you can help out.

Kenmore Parish Youth Groups

Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Youth will be running a Youth Alpha Series focused on learning and spending some time considering what teenagers would ask God, given the chance. The OLR Church invites Middle and Senior ATC students to be a part of this, each week on a Friday night from 6pm to 9pm. It is a great opportunity to share a meal and spend some time together. Expressions of Interest are also being called for by the Parish for any primary school aged children who are interested in starting a Primary Youth Group. please click here to email the OLR Parish if you are interested in either of their Youth Groups.

This week’s message from the Principal

If you missed Mike’s blog this week click here to catch up on his Fathers’ Day reflection, as he acknowledges the contribution that Dads and significant males have made to our lives.

Enjoy the weekend!

Conor Finn
Acting Deputy Principal