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What's On for the Last Week of Term

It has been a significant week of celebrations with a series of events to farewell our 2021 Seniors. They have been wonderful ambassadors for themselves as courageous young men, for their families and for their college. It is an emotional time for the students, their families and for the staff. Some of the Year 12s have been at NJ/ATC for nine years, half of their young lives. They have been an instrumental part of this community and major contributors as they have grown up and moved through the year levels.

The Seniors had a retreat day at Sherwood Football club, breakfast with the staff, a Valedictory Assembly, a farewell tunnel by the student body, a Valedictory Mass, lunch with their families and some of the staff, and a final Valedictory ceremony to acknowledge and thank them. I wish to thank our fantastic staff who have walked with and supported the Seniors on their journey.

The Celebration of Excellence on Tuesday evening was a wonderful reflection of who we are as a community. I thank all the families who were able to join us for the celebration. With over 1300 people in the auditorium, it was the largest gathering we have had in two years. The evening was a down to earth celebration of what this College offers and what is important to us. It is truly remarkable to see, during one evening, the tremendous array of opportunities that we offer each boy and the amazing talents and achievements of our students.

I wish to thank our professional staff who worked hard to present the evening – Mr Bolt, Mr Bannon, Mr Ramsay and Dr Goopy for the outstanding music; Mr Carpenter for the stunning sound and lighting; Ms McCallan and Mr Gordon for their funny and engaging script writing; Mr Smith and Mr Bradford for making many of the trophies; Mr Hassett, Mr Stewart and Mr Cheel for their professional videos; and my Professional Assistant, Ms Sleeth who did so much work to coordinate the overall production, the trophies and the amazing PowerPoint; and to the young men who, through a degree of nerves, presented so well as our comperes and to our choirs, bands, taiko drummers and the Year 4s for their charismatic and energetic routines.

Term 4  Officially Finishes at 12pm

I ask families to support the College in this finishing date of Friday 26 November and end time of 12pm. It is a half a day filled with special end of year formalities, fun and festivity. This is how we build traditions. The last day of the school year is designed for the boys to have a fun time with their friends. It will involve a Christmas Liturgy, the Christmas Carnival, Year 6 Tunnel, Homeroom 2022 time and a chance to say farewell to teachers and friends as we head into two months of holidays.

Boys will enjoy a final Homeroom gathering and farewell, then move into their 2022 Homerooms and meet with their new Homeroom teacher for the Junior and Middle School students. Often boys lament not being in attendance and missing out on finding out their Homeroom for the following year. If your son is not present on the last day, he will not know his Homeroom until 2022. The boys have nine weeks holiday. Do they really need one extra half day? NO! So please support us by sending your son to school on Friday morning. Remember the tuckshops are closed but there will be plenty of food for sale at the Christmas Carnival stalls.

2022 Timetables

The 2022 student timetables will be emailed to the students before Christmas to assist with planning for the new school year. The timetables are linked to the individual student and hence are sent to the student school email account. Parents and caregivers will receive an App notification to alert them of the release of the timetables and to log onto their son’s email account to see the timetable.

Textbook Returns

Year 12
A reminder that following the completion of Year 12 exams, we ask that you please check your Parent Lounge account to ensure your student has no outstanding textbooks from 2021. Please return all textbooks by 19 November 2021. All 2021 textbooks still outstanding by COB 19 November will incur a replacement cost.

Years 7 – 10
A reminder that all Years 7-10 students should bring any textbooks they still have on loan to their exam rooms in Week 8. They should return their textbooks in the boxes that will be outside the exam room. Any outstanding textbooks still on student accounts after Monday 29 November, will be added as a charge to your school fees. You can access the titles your students have on loan via Parent Lounge.

Lost Property

We have a large amount of lost property in Senior School Reception and Main College Reception, including a large number of unnamed suit coats.  Please ask your sons to check for any missing items by THURSDAY 25 NOVEMBER.  Any remaining items at the end of term will be disposed of over the holidays. We strongly advise caregivers and students to carefully label all items with your son’s name.

Staggered Start Dates 2022

Parents are asked to note in their calendars a staggered start to the 2022 school year. Years 4, 7, 10 and 12 will commence on Tuesday 25 January. On Thursday 27 January all students are to attend school. Please read on for all the events and information for the last dash to the end of term .

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday 24 November | Year 6 Transition Retreat
Thursday 25 November | Year 4 Milk Bottle Regatta
Thursday 25 November | Year 9 Transition Activity
Thursday 25 November | Year 6 Celebration Liturgy
Friday 26 November | Last day of Term 4 – students finish at 12:00pm
Friday 26 November | Term 4 Celebration Liturgy
Friday 26 November | Christmas Carnival

Office Hours during December/January School Holidays

Please note that College Reception will close at 3.00pm on the last day of Term 4, Friday 26 November 2021. The College will be closed for the Christmas period from Friday 17 December and will reopen on Tuesday 4 January 2022.  At all other times, College Reception will be open from 8am to 4pm. Please refer to 2022 Term Dates.

LEARNING NEWS

Year 4 Milk Bottle Regatta

One of the highlights for the boys next term will be the annual “Year 4 Milk Bottle Raft Regatta.” This will be held on Thursday 25 November, the last week of Term 4. Students will work in teams to construct rafts out of plastic milk bottles and race on them in the Pool. More details will be provided early next term. To prepare for this we ask that you and your son begin to collect plastic milk bottles  (1, 2 and 3L), wash them and store them in garbage bags at home.  The bottles are to be brought to school in the week beginning Monday 22 November so construction can begin in preparation for the Regatta. On average, each student should bring in 15 milk bottles and two rolls of packing tape.

Laptop Audit Years 7-11

At the end of Term 4 students in Years 7-11 are required to return their laptops for the annual audit and maintenance of the machines. Year 6 must hand their laptop in on Monday 22 November.

Damage of IT equipment (intentional or accidental) will incur a repair bill for the family. Devices are covered by Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) for a limited number of parts per claim with an excess of $70.  Once the claim limit has been exceeded, an additional repair cost will be incurred.  Please refer to the ATC Acceptable Technology Use Policy on SEQTA Engage, Documents section for further details. Parents will be notified if a student’s laptop is identified during the initial audit as requiring a repair at the end of the year.  

Year 11 Laptops will be able to be picked up on the last day of school after handing them in for repair, once boys have completed their final exams.  

Years 4 – 10 - Laptops will be given to all students in Week 1, 2022.  

Year 12 Laptop Purchase Option

With Year 12 exams finished, students need to hand in their laptop and charger to the IT Department immediately. It is important that Year 12 students back up any files they may wish to keep to a USB or external hard drive. After auditing the current laptops and the needs for 2023, a decision was made to offer the 2021 Seniors the opportunity to purchase their College laptops. After consultation with our IT partners, ATC has been offered $320 for each of the devices. If a family wishes to purchase the College laptop, they will need to pay the market rate of $320 via Parent Lounge, under Events and Payments. Purchase of the laptop must be completed by COB Friday 26 November 2021 and will be returned in the same physical condition as they were handed in. Year 12 purchased Laptops will be available for collection from the IT Office from Monday 6 December 2021.

FORMATION NEWS

Year 6

The return date for laptops and chargers for Year 6 students is Monday 22 November. It is vitally important that both the charger and laptop is returned on this date to avoid any replacement costs to families. Boys will be able to access their laptop here at school for the remainder of the term. 

Wednesday 24 November the boys will engage in their Transition Retreat. Boys wear PE Uniform on Wednesday.
On Thursday 25 November the boys will engage in their Transition Liturgy in the afternoon. Boys wear Day Uniform with College Tie on Thursday. On Friday 26 November boys engage in the Transition Tunnel which is a ritual of transition from Junior to Middle School. Parents are most welcome to come and view the tunnel. We ask that you meet at the back of NJ Hall to check-in prior to 9:15am. At this time I will conduct a small briefing with information for parents about the ritual. Following the tunnel and once all other year levels have moved back to their Year level areas, the Year 6 boys will wait for parents to move near the turning circle before concluding with a final College war cry. Those boys continuing at ATC in 2022 will move to the Year 7 Undercroft to meet Ms Moffat Head of Year 7. Any student not continuing will be supervised by staff in the Year 4 area while others will move to their Homeroom classes for 2022.   Following the Tunnel, boys partake in the ATC Christmas Carnival on Brothers’ Oval. More details of this event are on the App for each Junior School class and includes information on what boys need to bring for the Carnival. Boys wear their House shirt and PE uniform on Friday. 

Year 11 Sociable photos

The photo gallery from the Year 11 SociABLE event is now ready for viewing. You can order digital prints and download them for free. If you require a printed copy of your son’s photos, you can order and pay online and they will be posted to your home address. CLICK HERE to view and order. Use code: ATC21

FAITH & MISSION NEWS

Year 6 Retreat

The Year 6 Transition Retreat is being held on Wednesday 24 November at ATC. The purpose of the Retreat is to provide a reflective opportunity for the boys in this significant time of transition from junior to middle school. There will be three key components to the retreat: storytelling and sharing, affirmation and appreciation and preparation. The Retreat is facilitated by the Head of Junior School- Formation and Administration Junior School, Year level coordinator and Class Teachers.  A sausage sizzle and drink will be provided for lunch.  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. During the day they will reflect and share stories on their Junior School journey. It will be a day which engages students in looking back and in preparing for the new journey ahead.  Student should bring their morning tea and a water bottle and should wear their PE Uniform.

Christmas Carnival

On the last day of term, Friday 26 November, the school will take part in the Christmas Carnival prior to the conclusion of the day at midday. Traditionally our Lenten Fayre, held at the conclusion of Term 1, is the major fundraising event for the College to support charitable works and donations each year. During both 2020 and 2021 we have been unable to hold this event and we now have taken the opportunity to end this year on a high to support those less vulnerable with a smaller scale event.

Each home room in the Junior and Middle School is responsible for a fun activity and parents will be contacted by their son’s home room teacher if any donations or goods are required. The Senior home rooms will coordinate food / drink stalls together in their House groups. Each Junior class is organising an activity for the Carnival. As part of that organisation, we need some small donations to hand out as prizes. The activities and donations we are seeking are:

4 Nolan Lucky Dip Lucky Dip prize (value $5 approx)
4 Treacy Double Trouble (60 second challenge) Packet of wrapped lollies  or chocolates
4 Bodkin Plastic Cup and Cards Challenge (60 second challenge) Packet of wrapped lollies or chocolates

5 Bodkin -Hair Spray / Nail Polish 1 can of coloured / glitter chalk spray or a bottle of coloured nail polish
5 Lynch -Tennis Hit Bottle of soft drink
5 Nolan -Cup Pong Packet of red cups or packet of wrapped lollies / chocolates.
5 Treacy -Nerf fun Packet of wrapped lollies / chocolates.

6 Bodkin Toss a Choc – Varying sized chocolates
6 Campbell  Quoits  -Wrapped lollies for prizes
6 Lynch Coin Toss – Packet of red cups OR packet of wrapped lollies / chocolates for prizes
6 Nolan Balancing Lemon – Bucket/bowl for water OR 1 x Lemon OR Wrapped lollies for prizes
6 Treacy  Card Wars – 1 x Deck of cards OR Wrapped lollies for prizes.

We ask all students to bring up to a maximum of $20, made up of some small change, to participate in the many fun and engaging activities that will be organised by the homerooms across the college. Food and drinks will be for sale on the day. Note: the tuckshops will be closed on the last day of school.

Service Hours Christmas Holidays

With the holidays fast approaching we are all looking forward to leaving the school routine behind for a few weeks to rest and refresh for the new year. The Christmas holidays also provide opportunity for ATC students to continue their Service Journey. All students are encouraged to find activities and possibilities to help a neighbour, engage with community and charity groups or, offer support to the vulnerable and those in need.

Christmas Appeal – Emmanuel City Mission

As we head into the Christmas season, we are reminded of the joy and wonderous reasons we come together with family and friends. Christmas can also be a difficult time for many who are without these connections and seek support from services such as ECM. Our College  has always been a community that shows care and compassion through word and through actions. This year is no different and we ask you to support the Christmas Appeal for Emmanuel City Mission. Of all the things that we might be able to give, what ECM need most is Long Life Milk and Toilet Paper. Mr Warr and Mr McCrohon have challenged our students to bring in as many donations as possible so that we can take over the Faith and Mission Office and build a Donation Castle. Junior School students can deliver their donations to their homeroom teacher, Middle and Senior School students are to bring their donations to the Faith and Mission Office. Donations are required by the end of term. If you have any questions please contact Mr Warr or Mr McCrohon.

CO-CURRICULAR NEWS

Co-curricular Sport & Music Photo Orders | Now Available

The 2021 Co-curricular Sport and Music photos are now available online and ready for parents to order. The online gallery link is below. Please use the password  ATC to enter the gallery and order your son’s photos. CLICK HERE TO ORDER.

MUSIC

2022 Co-curricular Music Enrolments

Enrolments for Instrumental, Vocal, Production and Drama & Communication lessons in 2022 are now open for all new and continuing students. You can find the Schedule of Fees and enrolment link on the College App. CLICK HERE for enrolments online form.

Concert videos

Please see the links below to the full recording of the wonderful [Jazz Showcase] evening held earlier this term. To access, please use the ATC Music dept. password for vimeo.
Jazz Concert
Choral Concert

Thank you to all of our current students and families for another wonderful year of music-making. The staff appreciate your ongoing support and we look forward to welcoming you back in the New Year.

SPORT

With Term 4 sport finishing at the end of this week, we will move very quickly into our Christmas holiday Athletic Development program. These sessions are suitable for all ATC students, irrespective of the boys age or sporting prowess and will support the physical and mental well-being of ALL ATC students. We will be running field sessions (modified games focused on spatial awareness and decision making, as well as physical capabilities) and gym sessions (training that improves body awareness, total body strength and resilience to injury). For more information and to register for these sessions, please visit your Parent Lounge account over the weekend.

TUCKSHOP NEWS

Paddy’s Place and The Bakehouse will be closed on Friday 26 November. That morning students will attend the Christmas Carnival where they will be able to purchase a range of food. School then concludes at 12pm. The tuckshops will be open from the first day of school, Tuesday 25 January, and the term 1 menu will be released before the start of school. The tuckshop team wish everyone all the best for the holiday season and look forward to seeing students back in the tuckshops next year

P & F NEWS

ATC Staff Christmas Lunch – a message from Benjamin Prain P&F President

We have an incredibly talented and dedicated staff at ATC – this includes teachers, administration staff, ground staff, classroom school officers, music teachers and sport coaches. With the end of the year and the spirit of Christmas approaching, we are aware that some families are considering the idea of a gift for staff at ATC.  The College and the P&F would like to emphasise the way for saying ‘thank you’ to ATC staff at the end of the school year is by donating to the annual Staff Christmas Lunch which is coordinated by the ATC P&F. It is a very special day for all staff and one which is looked forward to with great anticipation every year. Families can go to Parent Lounge to make a donation to assist with catering costs.   This will be a great way to celebrate the end of a monumental year and with your help, we look forward to making it a very special day for ATC staff. We remind parents that contributions are entirely voluntary. Please see the College App for further details.  

Volunteers for Lunch

The annual P&F Staff Christmas Lunch is being held on Thursday 2 December at the NJ Hall. The P&F need helpers on the day to set up, serve food and clean up. If you can assist for a shift between 10.30am and 4pm, please CLICK HERE to sign up.

ATC P&F Parents’ Book Club

The last book club for 2021 is a dinner and chat on Wednesday 24 November at 100 Acre Bar St Lucia Golf Club. The book being discussed is “The Invisible life of Addie Larue” by V.E Schwab. Details are on the Club’s Facebook group. Please RSVP to Rachel via the page or via a text to: 0422844622

Enjoy the final week of Term Four!

David Gardiner
Deputy Principal