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What's Happening in Last Week of Term!

With only one week of the school year remaining the main focus is on the times and requirements of assessment tasks. Term 4 block testing has begun for Year 7–11 students and timetables have been given to all students. Years 4-6 have scheduled tests and assignments due next week and I ask that parents please ensure your son is aware and prepared for his assessments on each particular day.

Nuts and Bolts

Next Thursday students and staff in Years 4-7 will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy a day out together at WetnWild. Students are to assemble at school in their Homerooms by 8.25am, and buses will depart for Wet’n’Wild at 8:45am and return to ATC at approximately 4:00pm.

Students in Years 4-7 should take a small backpack with them for their belongings (sunscreen, water bottle, wallet, morning tea and lunch). They must also wear the following uniform to assist the WetnWild and ATC staff, making them easily identified as ATC students:

ATC Sports shirt – to help proceedings on the day, boys can wear their boardshorts to school, with their ATC Sports shirt, and bring their ATC Sports shorts for changing to come home
• Sports socks and joggers
• Swimming gear (boardshorts are acceptable), rashie/swim shirt compulsory and towel
• All students will be given a fluorescent armband to be worn for the duration of the day

Please be aware the central pick up zone will be closed prior to the estimated arrival time of buses, to to allow for buses to enter the College and we ask all parents to park in the car park off Kate Street and/or surrounding streets. We ask for your patience and understanding on Thursday afternoon.

Please note: Brisbane Bus Lines and Southern Cross Transit buses will run as normal to and from school. Students who normally catch Southern Cross Transit and Brisbane Bus Lines buses in the afternoon will need to arrange alternative transport home. After-school Care will be operating as normal.

It is expected that all students will attend school up to and including Friday 30 November. The plan is for the final day to be purposeful and significant, including:-
- Being a part of the community
- Celebrating the end of the school year together at the Christmas Liturgy
- Celebrating in homerooms
- Being involved in the Tunnel Ritual of the Year 6 boys moving from Junior School to Middle School
- Receiving the 2018 ATC Yearbook
- Receiving the 2018 Commemorative Christmas Decoration
- Going to 2019 Homerooms with the new homeroom teacher
- Taking the opportunity to say thank you to the teachers
- All students will be dismissed at midday and then have nine weeks holiday.

Key Dates

Tuesday 27 November Year 6 Transition Retreat
Year 4 End of Year Celebration SFXC
Wednesday 28 November Year 5 End of Year Celebration SFXC
Year 11 Biology Camp (overnight)
Year 6 Celebration Mass 6pm
Thursday 29 November Year 11 Biology Camp
Years 4-7 School Outing – Wet n Wild
Year 9 Celebration Mass 6pm
Friday 30 November Year book distributed to youngest child of each family
Term 4 Liturgy
Students finish 12pm
India Immersion departs
Year 7 Family gathering at Jindalee Pool 12.30pm

Formation News

India Immersion $5 Give Up a Treat Campaign

Last week for donations! Give up a treat this week and donate $5 to help children in desperate need. The Year 11 Students participating in the India Immersion wish to stand in solidarity with these children and we encourage your son to make a direct difference in the lives of others by giving up a single treat to the value of $5.00 this week. All money raised will go to children in need in India. Please send $5 in an envelope marked INDIA IMMERSION, to your homeroom teacher or to College Reception by Thursday 29 November. Thank you for caring.

Christmas Appeal

The Christmas tree is surrounded by hundreds of items of donated food and festive goods. We can give HOPE where it is needed the most at Christmas by supporting the ATC Christmas Appeal. Please bring in non-perishable food items to your homeroom teacher or place under the tree before Wednesday 28 November. ‘Tis the Season to Give.

Lord Mayors Youth Advisory Council

Mitch Bradshaw, Year 10, participated in the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council ( LMYAC) contributing to the success of the program with thoughtful initiatives and quality ideas including the development and presenting innovative projects which contributed in creating ‘Vibrant and Creative Brisbane’. The Student Council provided suggestions for the Creative Brisbane Creative Economy 2013-22 strategy, sharing knowledge, experiences about making Brisbane more inclusive and accessible. Mitch participated in providing feedback at a mental health and wellbeing workshops lead by the youth-led, not-for-profit organisation batyr. In addition, he volunteered at Council-supported community events, including running donation drives and participating in Homeless Connect, running a stall at Youth Week, the Zillmere Multicultural Festival and the Mental Health Expo. The College congratulates and encourages Mitch to continue to be involved in shaping awareness and fostering interest in grass roots community issues at ATC.

Years 4 and 5 End of Year Celebration Liturgies

Year 4 and 5 parents and caregivers are invited to our END OF YEAR Celebration Liturgies. This is a chance for each year level to reflect on and be thankful for the opportunities that have been afforded them during the year.
The celebrations will be held in the St. Francis Xavier Centre on the following dates:-
Year 4 – Tuesday 27 November at 9:15am
Year 5 – Wednesday 28 November at 9:15am
After the liturgies, parents are invited to join staff and students for morning tea. To assist with the morning tea, students are asked to bring a plate to share. Further details are available on the College App.

Year 6 Transition Retreat Wednesday 27 November

Year 6 retreat will see the boys immerse themselves in this day engaging in ‘reflection and appreciation’ of their first 7 years of schooling through photos and story-telling. This activity will occur in school hours and be facilitated by College staff. Boys are asked to print out and bring with them on the day a collection of 5 photos that represent different stages of their life. These can be photos prior to year 4 and/or year 4 to year 6.

Year 6 Celebration Liturgy Wednesday 28 November

The liturgy is a celebration to mark the completion of your sons Junior School journey. We invite you to join us for End of Year 6 Celebration Liturgy on Wednesday 28 November at 6pm in Nudgee Junior Hall. This is a chance for the boys to reflect on and be thankful for the opportunities that have been afforded them during their time at the College. As the time draws nearer, more detailed information will be forwarded to you.

Year 9 Graduation Ceremony

On Thursday, the 29 November at 6pm all Year 9 students are invited to a celebration Mass to mark their movement into the Senior school of Ambrose Treacy College in 2019. This event will take place in the College Chapel. During the day, the boys will engage in a number of enjoyable activities to celebrate their final days as Middle School students. The boys will need to meet on the Westcourt Deck at 5pm for a 45 minute ceremony to be hosted by Sam Brown. During this time, parents are invited to share a light supper at the Hall. It is asked that all families please bring a plate to share and drop it at the canteen area at the NJ Hall. We ask that you kindly RSVP so we can accommodate for all attendees by clicking here.

Year 7 End of Year Party

Year 7 Parent Liaison, Micha Walter invites all Year 7 students and parents to Jindalee Pool, 11 Yallambee Road, on Friday 30 November from 12.30pm – 2.30pm to celebrate the end of the school year. Parents can BYO food and drinks and the pool centre has full BBQ facilities. It is a prerequisite that any boy attending the party must have been at school on that morning from 8.25am til 12pm. Students who do NOT attend school Friday morning are excluded from attending the Pool Party. The Swimming Pool management have stipulated that the supervision ratio of boys to parents is 1 parent to 3 boys. Parents cannot drop their son off at the pool and leave unsupervised. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RSVP BY MONDAY 26 NOVEMBER. Payment is at the gate: Boys: $4.10, Parents: $4.00, Family: $12.10 – 1 adult 2 kids, Family: $17.00 – Adults 2 kids Any queries, please call Micha on 0474207261

Senior Students required

Senior students are asked to help out at the Year 4 Welcome Picnic to be held on Saturday 2 February 2019. Year 11 and 12 students are encouraged to email Conor Finn if they can assist with games, set up and welcoming our youngest and newest students and their families to the College.

Learning News

Textbook Hire Pick up

In addition to providing your son with access to e‐books in some subjects, the College will provide hard copy textbooks in some subjects. To ensure the more efficient distribution of textbooks, can I ask parents and students of Years 7-12 to collect resources at the following times. If you are unable to make these dates, it is your responsibility to visit Westcourt iCentre and arrange to pick up your books in your own time. Textbooks for 2019 will be available for collection from the Westcourt iCentre. As you will require your books for the beginning of the school year, we suggest that students in Years 8-12 collect their books on the following dates and timings:
FRIDAY, January 25 between 8.30 – 3pm.
TUESDAY, January 29 between 8.30 – 3pm.
WEDNESDAY, January 30 – between 9.30am – 3pm.
NEW Year 7 students will be able to collect their books from THURSDAY, January 31 during school time. If you are unable to make these dates, it is your responsibility to visit Westcourt iCentre and arrange to pick up your books in your own time.

Stationery Lists

Please find attached the relevant stationery list for your son/s as well as information from Schoolstuff, the preferred supplier of booklists to Ambrose Treacy College. This list has been carefully prepared by teachers with specific items and brands listed. Schoolstuff recommends that parents order early to avoid back‐to‐school stress. While they do not have cut‐off dates and will pack all orders received, they recommend ordering and payment before Friday 4 January 2019. Items ordered after this time will not be guaranteed for delivery or collection prior to Term 1. All stationery lists are available on the College app.
To facilitate student organisation, particularly in years of transition, we ask parents to ensure that books are covered in the following colours:
• Maths – Red
• English – Blue
• Humanities – Lime
• Science – Yellow
• RE ‐ Purple


Congratulations to Phil Gerridzen Year 11 who has just received the news that he has been awarded an A+ for his Grade 8 AMEB. Phil’s music journey began at Nudgee Junior College in Year 4 and he has been a dedicated, motivated and musician ever since. This achievement is the result of 8 years of persistence and conscientious practise. Congratulations Phil, you are an inspiration to all of our musicians at ATC and have a big future ahead of you.

Return of Hire Instruments

Please remember if you have hired an instrument from the school it needs to be returned to the Music Office next week please. Please ensure you let a staff member know when you have returned it to ensure it is marked off on our list. If you have any queries regarding your instrument, please email

Performances for Last Week of Term

2019 Junior Choir – Current Year 4 and 5 boys will perform at:
Year 6 Graduation Mass on Wednesday 28 November 5:00pm Rehearsal, 6:00pm Mass and 7:15pm Approximate dismissal. Wear: Academic day uniform and tie (no white shirt or suitcoat)

2019 Senior Singers – Current Year 6, 7, 8, 10 & 11 boys will perform at:
Year 9 Graduation Mass on Thursday 29 November at 5:00pm Rehearsal, 6:00pm Mass and 7:15pm Approximate dismissal. Wear: Academic day uniform and tie (no white shirt or suitcoat)

The Liturgy Band and the 2019 Senior Singers will also lead the music at the End of Term Celebration Liturgy on Friday 30 November. All member are expected to be in attendance on the last day and perform at the Liturgy.

Enrolments for co-curricular Music Lessons, Production and Drama in 2019 are now open by clicking here.
This link can also be accessed via the 2019 Cultural Handbook. In Week 7 we will be holding “informal auditions” for students in place of their usual lessons (in their regularly scheduled times) for placement into 2019 ensembles. Further information will be distributed to parents shortly.



Our basketball boys just keep on producing, this weekend we have two more teams playing their semi-finals for the season. Please see below for game times: 17B – Friday 23 November, 7:40pm at Runcorn High School Hill Street, Runcorn and 13A – Saturday 24 November, 10:30am at Runcorn High School. If you are free to come along and watch, the boys would really appreciate the support. Thank you to the staff members who made it out to the 17A Grand Final last week, it was a great atmosphere and the boys were very pleased with how much support they had.

Touch Football

Friday evening saw the culmination of our inaugural House Touch Football Competition. After four rounds of competition, each team played in a repechage final, with points contributed to a house total. Based on finals results and results throughout the competition, Connacht House were the overall winners, followed closely by Leinster House in second and Ulster and Munster tied in third position. Read the full wrap up by clicking here.

Brisbane Roar Community Team

The Brisbane Roar Community team are returning to Ambrose Treacy College in Term 1 2019 with a 6 week football program. With a focus on skills and drills boys will be very active, have fun and do what they love doing – playing football! For registration and information please visit the Roar website and check the College App FOOTBALL tag, for further information.

This Week in Sport

Please click here to see the week’s Sport training arrangements.

Tuckshop News

Please note the following operating times for Tuckshops – Thursday 29 November – Paddy’s Place closed for Years 4-7 day at WetnWild. Friday 30 November – Both Tuckshops closed as school finishes at 12pm. Thursday 31 January – We will reopen both tuckshops on first day of school.

P & F News

Staff Christmas Lunch

Every year since 1998 our generous community has provided Christmas lunch for the wonderful staff here at the College. Continuing this tradition the P & F are hosting a lunch at the College on Thursday 6 December and ask that you make this a tradition for your family. Staff really look forward to this event and it is a great way to celebrate the wonderful year. It is suggested that Junior School families support gifts for the Year 4-6 homeroom teachers, whilst the Middle and Senior school families support the Staff Christmas Lunch. This aims to spread the cost across the families. For this to be a success we ask that families contribute in one of two ways.
Click here to donate $10, $20 or $30 for catering.
Click here to help out on the day with either set up, serving or clean up.

Position Vacant

Two Ham Carvers needed for Thursday 6 December at lunchtime. Must be good with a carving knife, must love their meat and must like helping out. IN RETURN you will receive eternal gratitude and cool beverages to relax afterwards.
Take this once in a lifetime chance to up-skill and be ready for your own Christmas lunch. “Click here to help out on Thursday 6 December in NJ Hall.” Go on, don’t be a ham!

We thank you for your generosity and support. If you have any queries please click here to contact Helen Davidson.

Hello 2019!

Year 4 2019 Welcome Picnic

The Year 4 Welcome Picnic is on Saturday 2 February 2019 and is a great way to meet other new Year 4 families while the boys enjoy a run around the oval from 2pm-4.30pm. This is a family friendly event for all to attend including siblings. BYO picnic blanket, food and drinks. Please click here to RSVP to this free event.

Year 7 2019 Welcome Afternoon

Year 7 families are invited to the College on Sunday 3 February to meet new friends and enjoy a fun afternoon of water activities and play from 2pm to 4.30pm in the Westcourt precinct. BYO picnic food and drinks and picnic blankets. More information will be shared next week.

Kick Off Cocktails

Kick off the new school year with a friendly welcome! The ATC P&F invite all parents new and old from all year levels to celebrate the start of the new school year with an evening of cocktails, entertainment and light refreshments under the stars by the tranquil Brisbane River. Entry is free and there will be a raffle with an amazing first prize of a term’s school fees FREE! Save the date: Saturday 23 February from 6.30pm – 10.30pm. More information will be released next week.

Year Level Parent Liaisons and Class Liaisons 2019

Thank you to the parents who responded to our call out for Liaisons for 2019. We are so happy to welcome these parents to their new roles:

Year 4 Parent Liaison Sharon Ward
Year 5 Parent Liaison Prue Moloney and Sue McIntyre
Year 6 Parent Liaison Leonie Usback
Year 7 Parent Liaisons Suzanne Rosolen
Year 8 Parent Liaison Micha Walter
Year 9 Parent Liaison Helen Davidson
Year 10 Parent Liaison Judith Solomon
Year 11 Parent Liaison Scott Kiel-Chisholm
Year 12 2019 Parent Liaisons Alicen Warriner and Jay Mooney

In addition, the roles for coordinator of our Parent Groups and Support Groups have also been filled. Thank you to these parents for helping out next year:

House Lunches Coordinator Anda Bakker
Care & Concern Coordinator Sara McGarvey
Parent Book Club Coordinator Rachel Ames
Sport Support Group Helen Hicks, Donna Densley and Reg Roberts
Music Support Group Lisa Morris, Brenda Forrest, Claire Neumann, Danielle Derry, Judith Solomon, Karyn Sherlock, Kay Perissinotto, Richard Bradford, Moya Pattie, Jenny Goh, Maelisa McNeil.

Please Email: if you have any queries.

Book Club

The first meeting of 2019 will be at Anda’s home and the date, time and address will be conveyed via the College App. Please subscribe to BOOK CLUB, the in the CULTURE section. If you have any questions about joining the club please email Rachel Ames.

Community News

ATC Long Lunch 2019

After this year’s amazing inaugural Long Lunch event this year the Ambrose Treacy College Foundation is excited to release tickets for the ATC Long Lunch being held on Sunday 28 April 2019. Gather a table of friends to enjoy an afternoon of great music, BYO food or order from Rosalie Gourmet Market. A Cash Bar will be operating on the day.

The event provides opportunities for the school community and friends of the College to help boys on the margins through the bursary program of the Foundation. This is an afternoon of great entertainment so click here to purchase your table of ten early. This year’s event sold out quickly. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this popular event at the College and recognition for businesses is offered on many levels. For any event or sponsorship enquiries please contact the Foundation Administration Officer, Helen Hicks.


Meeanjin Markets is the only First Nations run and operated event being held from 7-8 December promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurship in the city and with the recent ruling by the ACCC against a business selling problematic art, designs and artefacts, this event shows the Brisbane community and South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce leading the way in promoting integrity-based art and culture. T

Enjoy the week ahead.

David Gardiner