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Thank you for engaging in this process as the partnership between home and school is so vital. Please be in contact with staff with any matters of follow up as we commence a new semester.

I take this opportunity to thank our staff for the big commitment of these interviews. Some staff have in the vicinity of 50 conversations on these days and their efforts are appreciated.

As always, I offer this simple set of questions for each student for their honest insight and reflection:

1. What am I going to keep doing? (What is working for me)
2. What am I going to stop doing? (What isn’t working for me)
3. What am I going to start doing? (What works for others that may work for me)

The Long Lunch update

The Long Lunch is a popular event at ATC, and it has been sad that we haven’t been able to facilitate this in 2020 and 2021. It was scheduled to be held early this year, but the floods got in the way of that. As you are aware, the ovals were out of action for some months, and we had them handed back just prior to the break. A further aspect just to be transparent about is that we only got power back online for Brothers and Jack Bowers last week. Thus, we haven’t been in a position to consider events such as the Long Lunch during this time and every system and human resource in the school has been very, very stretched.

At the moment, we are planning for the Jazz by the River event and are hopeful of it being a significant community occasion. We will be in further direct contact with persons who have bought tickets for 2022 and please ask for, and thank you for, your continued patience as we manage what has been a major disrupter for 2022.

Middle School Eating and Play Space

This area has now been completed and as I write, new turf is being laid in the surrounding areas. It will be very pleasing to see students using this space in the coming weeks as furniture is moved into the areas and handball wars commence! As mentioned last week, we are in dialogue with local indigenous representatives for a name for this space and once that is finalised, we will have a formal opening ceremony.

NAIDOC Week 

Last week, as a part of our NAIDOC Week celebrations, students who are a part of our Clontarf Academy led Year 4, 5 and 6 in a range of activities learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture and identity. I was very proud to be a part of the ATC community as I watched and enjoyed the authentic way in which everyone participated. The annual bush tucker challenge in the Junior School was a hit again this year with kangaroo, buffalo, camel, and deer sausages on the menu. Congratulations to our students who led our program at school at represented our College proudly at other NAIDOC events throughout the week.  

Year 11 Leadership Camp  

Congratulations to all of these young men on a fine effort on this signpost program. One of the things highlighted is that all Senior students are people of influence and leadership. This week, we move forward with the process of selecting the 2023 College Captain and Vice Captains and I wish the candidates all the best. It was a privilege to listen to them speak to the peers on the camp and all are outstanding young people. I look forward to sharing the news of their selection with the community.  

Staff Acknowledgement  

Mrs Mansfield and Mrs McGrath

Congratulations to Katrina Mansfield and Janine McGrath who are nominees for the state-wide Spirit of Catholic Education Award this year.  These nominations show an outstanding level of commitment and embodiment of the values and ethos of Catholic education.  Congratulations Katrina and Janine who are wonderful examples of our dedicated and talented staff.  

Managing COVID 19 and Influenza

As of Friday, we had fourteen students (1%) of students COVID positive, and two members of staff absent due to COVID. This, however, is likely to evolve. Positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts should follow Queensland Health advice.

Masks

Staff and students are strongly encouraged to wear masks to and from school where social distancing is not possible (e.g., on public transport). At school, masks are optional but strongly encouraged when indoors and may be worn by any staff member or student.  

Prayers

I ask the community to please keep Caelan Quilter (10 Ulster) and his family and Thomas Donnelly (6 Lynch) in your thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of their grandfathers.  We hope that the passage of time will help heal the pain of their passing.  Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen.

God bless.

Chris Ryan
College Principal