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Winter Signals the End of Term

As another term draws steadily to a close, I thank our staff, students, parents and caregivers for all that has happened within the classroom, at cultural activities, through Service initiatives, on the sporting fields and throughout the extended community. It has been a full and active term that started with some lockdown uncertainty but has played out as a busy and engaging ‘normal’ term. I wish everyone in the ATC community an enjoyable and restful winter break when it arrives.

We are nearing the end of our Year 4, 2022 enrolment interviews. A huge thank you to our Junior School students and staff who are so warm and welcoming to our guests. The way in which our Year 4 boys connect with our visitors, tell stories about their new school and answer questions is delightful.

Academic reports and transcripts for the semester will be available towards the end of next week. My hope is that, for most students, they are reflective of the effort put in by all members of the student-centred partnership. Please take some time to have a discussion with your son about his progress, successes, challenges, and goals going forward. We look forward to the next round of Parent Student Teacher Feedback Meetings on Monday 19 July, Week 2 Term 3. This day is a Pupil Free Day.

We also look forward to the Years 7 to 12 Interhouse Athletics Carnival on Friday to finish the term. With a goal of maximum participation and fun, students will compete in a range of traditional athletics events as well as fun activities like wheelbarrow races, vortex throwing, tug-of-war and much more. Which House will win?

I take this opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate our Year 12 students. In many ways, because of the interrupted nature of 2020, we are all experiencing the true rhythm of the new Senior School model for the first time in 2021. It is very different from the past and there is a constant hum of busyness for our Year 12s, staff, and parents. The year is going quickly for them, and their leadership and example have been strong. I particularly acknowledge and thank Charlie, Reilly and Owen and the House Leaders for their daily example, energy and input. At the beginning of May, I told the Year 12s that the early months of the year had laid the foundation, but it was their character and support of one another across the life of the school from May to August that would bear the most fruit as they head into their external exams in October and November. Well done Year 12. Remember to leave no man behind.

Road Safety

I understand that the volume of traffic at the conclusion of the school day is significant and I remind parents to exercise patience when joining the ‘system’ that is in place. Students have also been reminded during Homeroom about road safety in and around the College particularly when crossing roads.

The opening of the Indooroopilly River Walk provides safer travel between our College and the Indooroopilly train station and we ask that all students use the walkway in full rather than crossing roads. Parents and caregivers whose sons use this facility regularly are encouraged and thanked for emphasising safe behaviour and for reminding their sons they are representing our community when they access this facility.

Staffing News

Mrs Michelle Parcell, our Science Laboratory Technician has let us know that she will finish her time with us at the end of this term. Michelle is chancing her arm in another industry, and we wish her well. She has been fantastic in her role and will be missed. We also wish Mrs Helen Barton, one of our School Officers who assists with Inclusive Practices all the best as she retires at the end of this term. We also wish Mr George Ionnau, our IT Service Desk Officer, the very best as he also finishes at the end of this term. Thank you to Michelle, Helen and George for their strong contributions to our community.

Congratulations to Mr Dallas Moffat who has been appointed Acting Director of Administrative Operations for the remainder of this year. Mr Ben Rerden will therefore continue as Acting Assistant Dean of Learning: Student Development and Learning Analytics and Ms Kristy Freer as Acting Head of Senior Science for the remainder of 2021. We congratulate these staff and wish them well for this time.

We look forward to welcoming Mr Maioha Gregory as our new Head of VET and Mr Michael Crowe as our new Head of Junior School: Learning in Semester Two. Both gentlemen come with significant experience that will contribute to these key leadership roles and we look forward to their contributions.

The College is currently recruiting for the position of Acting Head of Year 6 for Semester Two and a Year 6 teacher to cover for Ms Erin Moffat. These processes will be completed this week, ready for Semester Two start.

Baby News

Billie Maclean and Oscar Tyson

Congratulations to Kate and Stu Tyson on the safe arrival of baby Oscar last week and Sharni and Andrew Maclean on the safe arrival of baby girl, Billie, an early surprise over the weekend. Both families are doing well and it is lovely to a welcome two new members to the ATCommunity.

ATC Long Lunch

Sales for this significant community event supporting the ATC Foundation, are off to a very strong start. I encourage you to get a table of 10 together quickly as our 500 seats are being filled at a rapid rate. The ATC Long Lunch will be held on Sunday 12 September from 12pm on Brothers Oval. CLICK HERE for tickets. We look forward to a wonderful community occasion. Further details are on the ATC App.

God bless and have a safe and happy holiday.

Chris Ryan