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Ambrose Treacy College
Twigg Street
Indooroopilly
Queensland
4068
Ambrose Treacy College is an independent Catholic boy's Junior and Middle school catering for students from Years 4 to 12 and is set on a leafy 40 hectare site on the Brisbane River in the suburb of Indooroopilly.
Brisbane West
07 3878 0500
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A CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN THE EDMUND RICE TRADITION


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Ambrose Treacy College aims to be an authentic Catholic community in the Edmund Rice tradition, that promotes excellence in learning, leadership and service in order to challenge its members to make a prophetic difference for our world.

We focus entirely on the unique needs of boys and celebrate their strengths and abilities. With over 75 years of experience in teaching boys, we understand what makes them tick and knowing boys means we teach them the way boys learn best. In each of our stages of schooling we encourage the successful completion of the developmental tasks that boys must negotiate at each stage in their academic lives. In everything we do, we aim to inspire excellence; a personal excellence that sees all boys reach their potential.

About Us

It was with great excitement that Ambrose Treacy College opened on 28 January 2015. The establishment of a Catholic College for boys in Years 4 to 12 has created a great deal of interest and demand for places in both the first year and future years has been very strong. Ambrose Treacy College is proudly a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition. Combining the energy and excitement of a new school beginning and the rich tradition of 76 years providing quality boys’ education through Nudgee Junior College, Ambrose Treacy College will guide boys through their important formation years into manhood.

We focus entirely on the unique needs of boys and celebrate their strengths and abilities. With over 75 years of experience in teaching boys, we understand what makes them tick and knowing boys means we teach them the way boys learn best. In each of our stages of schooling we encourage the successful completion of the developmental tasks that boys must negotiate at each stage in their academic lives. In everything we do, we aim to inspire excellence; a personal excellence that sees all boys reach their potential.

Learning Today Leading Tomorrow

Ambrose Treacy College will be structured to three separate learning and pastoral environments within the overall College structure. This structure comprises three schools:
•Ambrose Treacy College Junior School for Years 4 to 6
•Ambrose Treacy College Middle School for Years 7 to 9
•Ambrose Treacy College Senior School for Years 10 to 12

Each school within the College has its own specialised approach to correspond with the developmental stage of the students’ learning journey. While each school has its own distinct character, it remains one College in the Edmund Rice tradition.

In everything we do, we aim to inspire excellence; a personal excellence that sees all boys reach their potential.
Learning today… at Ambrose Treacy College


At Ambrose Treacy College academic excellence is about each boy striving towards his personal best. We believe engaged and motivated boys achieve their personal best and the curriculum has been designed with this in mind. We focus on the following practices, which have been at the heart of Nudgee Junior College for more than 75 years.
•Expectations & Communication: Put simply, our teachers know our students well, listen to them and engage with them. They have high expectations for all students.
•Teaching Methods: We use a range of teaching strategies to engage our students, because we know that boys’ needs and learning abilities vary from one person to the next.
•Theoretical & Practical: Our teaching involves both a theoretical and practical approach to learning. Where possible, we encourage students to participate, to ensure both theoretical and practical learning, which results in better understanding.
•Feedback & Encouragement: Our teachers provide our students with ongoing feedback and encouragement so they understand their own strengths and weaknesses. This gives our boys a very real and customised approach to working harder in the right areas so they can better manage their school work and aim to improve.
•Keeping It Real: We ensure we’re open, flexible, fair and consistent in dealing with students and above all, we make sure we maintain a sense of humour.
•Community Care: Making connections in their learning with the wider community is important, as we believe learning should be seen as having real world relevance.

We believe learning at Ambrose Treacy College is all about balance. A balanced offering across STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Humanities and the Arts allows boys to grow and excel across the many facets of their emerging self. Here, learning does not start and stop at the classroom door. The rich co-curricular life of the school complements what happens inside the classroom to enable boys to achieve the kind of balanced life that will set them up well for a healthy, happy adulthood.

We also ensure the integration of information technology across all curriculum areas. No longer just a subject in its own right, the use of information technologies is a part of how the 21st century learner discovers the world and responds to it. A careful selection of devices chosen specifically to suit the needs of learners at the various stages of the schooling, ensures a seamless transition from the learner as a consumer to a creator.

One of the most important features of any school is the quality of its teachers. The teachers here at Ambrose Treacy College specialise in boys’ education. They know the structures needed to help them manage the organisational side of their learning. They understand the physical nature of boys and they enjoy the type of learning environment that capitalises on this strength. All teachers, across each of the learning areas, are committed to challenging and supporting boys to the highest standards of literacy and understand the benefits of consistency from one class to another. Most of all, they enjoy working with boys. The mateship, humour and fun boys bring to the classroom are valued by our teachers.

Leading tomorrow

Here at Ambrose Treacy College, we aim to develop young men who will be the leaders of tomorrow.

Throughout their time at the College, our students will be offered a connected holistic formation framework that provides support for their purposeful growth as they journey from boyhood into young men. The College’s formation framework develops courageous young men of character and integrity who build compassionate relationships and proudly contribute to the College, their family and their community. Our program is based on the work of Edmund Rice who demonstrated a respect for self and others.

Our leadership programs are based on presence, dignity and action.

Pastoral Care is an integral component of the College community. Classroom teachers and Middle Leaders develop strong relationships with the students and work with them at an individual level. Leadership programs in Years 6 and 9 provide skills for the students to be buddied up with Year 4 and 7 students respectively.

Our Pastoral Care system is also strongly supported by our Outdoor Education program, Retreat Program, the College curriculum, the College Counsellors and Service Learning Programs. The College develops leaders through a strong co-curricular program encompassing sport and cultural programs.

As a Catholic College in the Edmund Rice Tradition, our Pastoral Care structures are consistent with the spirit and ethos of our faith. We invite all students into the story of Jesus and strive to make his message of compassion, justice and peace a living reality.

 

Sport

Ambrose Treacy College values the role sport plays in the development of boys and we give all students access to a sporting team. Participation in team sports helps build a great spirit in the school, educates students in teamwork and sportsmanship, develops skills in various sports, helps create a sense of belonging to the school community, contributes to a fit and healthy lifestyle, and fosters positive attitudes towards sport as a leisure activity. Our diverse program offers the opportunity for every single boy at our school to enjoy sport, recreation and physical activity during their time with us. 

Ambrose Treacy College offers sporting programs at various levels – participation, competition and elite. This covers traditional school sports including swimming, cross country, track and field, cricket, rugby union, football, basketball and tennis; as well as a variety of other sports including Australian football, water polo, canoe polo, triathlon, kayaking, canoeing, golf, indoor cricket and indoor soccer. Boys have access to competition at a regional, state and national level and belong to the Met West School Sports association.

At Ambrose Treacy College, we offer sporting opportunities across school, club and community contexts, with our fundamental purpose being to provide opportunity for all of our boys to engage in sport and to find personal excellence and enjoyment in all that they do. By not restricting ourselves to a school-only sport structure, we provide increased and varied opportunities for boys to compete.

Coaching and training times are on weekdays before or after school, or at lunch times, and competition is held Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays, depending on the individual sport structure. 

Sporting Facilities

The College is set on beautiful grounds beside the Brisbane River and the sporting facilities include ovals for cricket, rugby, soccer and athletics; a covered 25 metre heated, eight lane swimming pool; two basketball/tennis courts; six cricket practice nets, indoor hall; handball courts for each year group; and shaded play spaces.   We also have partnerships with a variety of external venues which allows boys to access high quality training and competition facilities.

For a complete overview of the Ambrose Treacy College Sport Program, please refer to the ATC Sport Booklet

Cultural Program

Ambrose Treacy College’s cultural program aims to develop self-awareness, self-confidence and inter-personal skills in the students. The program combines classroom programs with co-curricular activities to provide students with a vast range of opportunities, to have fun and develop themselves. We strongly encourage all students to participate in the cultural program of the College. Experienced and talented teachers and tutors guide the boys in developing their creative talents in forming a strong music and performing arts culture in the College community.

The Culture Program presents opportunities in the following areas:

Instrumental Music

The Ambrose Treacy College Instrumental Music Program is an integral part of the school’s co-curriculum. At Ambrose Treacy College the program offers a vast array of musical opportunities for students in the Junior School, and the Middle School. The College currently has the following ensembles:

ATC Wind Ensemble • Concert Band • Junior Band • Middle School Beginner Band • ATC Big Band • Jazz Ensemble • Flute Ensemble • Clarinet Ensemble • Saxophone Ensemble • Brass Ensemble • Percussion Ensemble 1 & 2

These ensembles include instruments predominantly from the Woodwind, Brass and Percussion families. Most ensembles include students across different year levels and are comprised of students with a similar level of musical experience. In 2015, the current Woodwind, Brass and Percussion instrumental music lessons, were expanded with the introduction of Piano and Guitar lessons at Ambrose Treacy College.

Performance opportunities

Students have a range of performance opportunities throughout the year including: School Assemblies, the Autumn, Winter and Spring Concerts, Grandparents Day, the Cultural Trail, Orientation Days and the Night of Excellence. Every year ensembles also compete in the Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges Music Festival. Some students who play the piano or guitar have opportunities to participate in ensembles. All piano and guitar students are provided with opportunities to perform as soloists or in small groups at chamber music evenings, assemblies or other school events.

For any further information please contact:

Catherine Esbensen: esbensenc@atc.qld.edu.au – Junior School Instrumental Music Coordinator

Jonathon Bolt: boltj@atc.qld.edu.au – Middle School Instrumental Music Coordinator

School Choir

As the voice is our first and most personal instrument, singing is encouraged strongly at Ambrose Treacy College.  All Years 4, 5 and 6 Classroom Music students are taught singing through a pedagogically sound Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze based music curriculum. Further to the Classroom Music programme, there are opportunities for students to extend their singing technique and enjoyment through the avenues of Choir and Vocal Ensemble.  To cater for the boys’ enthusiasm, a wide range of repertoire is taught in English, as well as through such languages as Latin, French, Japanese, Welsh, Yiddish and Chinese, and through the varying genres of early and sacred music, international folk songs, music theatre and pop.  Choralography embellishes much of the repertoire.  The groups represent their College at many events, such as all College Masses and Liturgies, School Concerts, Night of Excellence, Orientation Days, Sing Together Festival and the Queensland Schools’ and Colleges Music Festival, where both groups have consistently enjoyed A Section Gold Awards.  In 2014, the Vocal Ensemble was privileged to be one of the guest artist ensembles at PEMULWUY, the prestigious All Male National Choral Festival, and were surprised by a standing ovation.

Ambrose Treacy College caters for singers in the following three groups:

• Middle School Years 7/8 Ensemble • Primary School Years 4, 5 and 6 Choir (non- auditioned) • Primary School Years 4, 5 and 6 Vocal Ensemble (auditioned)

For enquiries about the choral program, please email Barbara McGeever at mcgeeverb@atc.qld.edu.au.

Handbells

The unique sounds of handbells and handchimes enthral all who hear their heavenly quality. Boys particularly like the very many techniques that can be elicited from handbells. Besides the ringing technique, other techniques developed may include malleting, suspended malleting, marting, mart lifting, shaking, rotating, vibrating, swinging, shelleying, four-in-hand and processing while ringing. The ensemble has received Gold Awards (A Section) every year since 2001 in the Queensland Catholic Schools’ and Colleges’ Music Festival. The handbell ensembles are invited to perform at many prestigious events such as the 2014 World Alliance for Arts Education Summit. In 2018, the ensembles will travel to Cairns for the 18th International Handbell Symposium. Their director, Ms Barbara McGeever represented the Handbell Society of Australia (Australia and New Zealand) as one of the guest conductors at the 16th International Handbell Symposium (Jeju Island, South Korea)

Ambrose Treacy College has two handbell ensembles:

• Middle School Years 7/8 Handbell Ensemble • Primary School Year 6 Handbell Ensemble

For enquiries about the handbell program, please email Barbara McGeever at mcgeeverb@atc.qld.edu.au.

Chess Club

Students may participate in a series of lessons, run by Gardiner Chess at the school, to promote chess and encourage skill development. Friendly games of chess can be played at lunch times, in the library, either with a chess set or on computer. Students are also encouraged to enter external competitions to test their abilities against other players of their own age. All boys are given the opportunity to compete in a chess competition against other schools.

Debating

Students are given the opportunity to compete in a debating competition against other schools. Students may then continue developing their debating skills during the rest of the year in competitions held by the Queensland Debating Union.

Public Speaking

All students are given the opportunity to compete in a public speaking competition against other schools. The boys learn public speaking skills as part of the College’s English curriculum, and are also coached for the competition. Students also have an internal competition, from which a ‘Public Speaking Award’ is presented to the winning speaker.

Speech and Drama

Classroom drama lessons are supplemented by a voluntary speech and drama program that is conducted by an external specialist. This program develops drama, speaking and presentation skills for students to perform in productions and to improve their public speaking skills.

Theatre Sports

Theatre sports is an active fun-filled team competition based on games that develop teamwork, acting skills and creativity. The teams compete at various levels with the potential to reach the State final each year.

We are a day school for boys Years 4 - 12

Leading tomorrow

Here at Ambrose Treacy College, we aim to develop young men who will be the leaders of tomorrow.

Throughout their time at the College, our students will be offered a connected holistic formation framework that provides support for their purposeful growth as they journey from boyhood into young men. The College’s formation framework develops courageous young men of character and integrity who build compassionate relationships and proudly contribute to the College, their family and their community. Our program is based on the work of Edmund Rice who demonstrated a respect for self and others.

Our leadership programs are based on presence, dignity and action.

Pastoral Care is an integral component of the College community. Classroom teachers and Middle Leaders develop strong relationships with the students and work with them at an individual level. Leadership programs in Years 6 and 9 provide skills for the students to be buddied up with Year 4 and 7 students respectively.

Our Pastoral Care system is also strongly supported by our Outdoor Education program, Retreat Program, the College curriculum, the College Counsellors and Service Learning Programs. The College develops leaders through a strong co-curricular program encompassing sport and cultural programs.

As a Catholic College in the Edmund Rice Tradition, our Pastoral Care structures are consistent with the spirit and ethos of our faith. We invite all students into the story of Jesus and strive to make his message of compassion, justice and peace a living reality

Service

At Ambrose Treacy College we believe service is central to the authenticity of our community as it empowers a boy’s capacity to live his faith through action. We provide a comprehensive service learning program designed to form young men for others through meaningful and challenging opportunities, programs and immersions. Each boy is required to accrue hours of service as they work with, learn from and build relationships with those on the margins. Our boys are provided with a range of initiatives to serve both within and outside our community, and are invited to create additional service learning opportunities as they progress.

At Ambrose Treacy College each boys reflects upon the nature of their service experiences in light of the stories of Jesus, Edmund Rice and Ambrose Treacy  in order to make their message of justice and compassion a living reality. The service learning initiatives are structured, sustained and integrated into our academic curriculum allowing our boys to develop their faith, community connections and academic achievement

Vision Statement
“Ambrose Treacy College aims to be an authentic Catholic community in the Edmund Rice tradition, that promotes excellence in learning, leadership and service in order to challenge its members to make a prophetic difference for our world.”

As a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition, we are called to be authentic to the Charter of Edmund Rice Education. We aspire to be faithful to the four touchstones of The Charter: Liberating Education; Gospel Spirituality; Inclusive Community; Justice and Solidarity. The integration of the touchstones reflects our mission and helps inform the authentic development of the Edmund Rice charism within our community.

Through a community consultation, a new vision statement for Ambrose Treacy College was developed in 2014. This vision statement aims to capture the essence of what we as a College stand for. Our vision is built around our desire to help educate and prepare young men for a world that is desperately calling out for our future leaders to be young men of character who will help shape the direction of our future communities.
Mission Statement
As a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition, Ambrose Treacy College has developed a Mission Statement that describes the community we will strive to be. In our future endeavours, we strive to be an inclusive community on a journey to:
•Live and grow as a faith community based on the story of Jesus, Edmund Rice and Ambrose Treacy in order to make their message of compassion, justice and love an active reality.
•Demonstrate respect for the dignity of the person by celebrating and supporting the holistic pursuit of their potential.
•Engage boys in dynamic and relevant experiences and pathways that promote learning, personal growth, achievement and service.
•Develop courageous young men of character and integrity who build compassionate relationships and proudly contribute to the College, its traditions and aspirations.

Feature Story

We focus entirely on the unique needs of boys and celebrate their strengths and abilities. With over 75 years of experience in teaching boys, we understand what makes them tick and knowing boys means we teach them the way boys learn best. In each of our stages of schooling we encourage the successful completion of the developmental tasks that boys must negotiate at each stage in their academic lives. In everything we do, we aim to inspire excellence; a personal excellence that sees all boys reach their potential.

Transport Options

Location & Transport

The College charters four bus services for the convenience of our College community.

The following two services (Bus 1 & 2) are chartered through Brisbane Bus Lines. Ticket purchases are made through the Ambrose Treacy College website.

After reading the information below, if you require more information about the exact pick up times and bus stops, please contact:

BRISBANE BUS LINESph: 3354 3633

Bus 1Clayfield, Newmarket, Ashgrove, Bardon, Paddington

Bus 2Annerley, Tennyson, Graceville, Corinda, Oxley, 17 Mile Rocks, Jindalee, Sinnamon Park, Jamboree Heights, Riverhills, Mt Ommaney

**Bus Route 2 Pickup AM & Drop off PM Times

**Route Map AM

**Route Map PM

The following two services are chartered through Southern Cross Transit and shared with Brigidine College. Ticket purchases are made through the Southern Cross Transit office.  After reading the information below, if you require more information about the exact pick up times and bus stops, please contact:

SOUTHERN CROSS TRANSITph: 3812 2520

Bus S63Karalee, Mt Crosby, Anstead, Bellbowrie, Pinjarra Hills, Pullenvale, Kenmore, Chapel Hill (Moggill Rd Only)

Bus S64Karalee, Karana Downs, Anstead, Pinjarra Hills, Brookfield, Kenmore, Fig Tree Pocket

For further information and ticket purchases for buses S63 & S64, please go to the Southern Cross Transit website

Please find the Southern Cross Transit letter here.

Ambrose Treacy College is also accessible via the Indooroopilly train station and Brisbane City Council services 427, 428, 445, the BCC bus stop 30 is located in Kate Street.  Visit Translink for more information

Testimonials

*My son Robert's response to his first week at school was " The days went so quickly because it was busy but lots of fun !"
We are very excited about Ambrose Treacy College.

*Our boy James says he is loving everything about Ambrose!! He is making new friends and learning so much he can't believ...e his second week is nearly over. Very happy parents as well with all the communication we are receiving from the school.

*I can't believe how lucky we are to have this brilliant school expand to secondary just when we needed it. Off to a flying start!

*Very humbling day at Ambrose Tracey College my Son starting yr 4. All the staff were very welcoming and Special Thankyou to The School Principal Welcoming everyone walking in with their Children. The Best School for the boys

Principal's Message

Welcome to Ambrose Treacy College

from the Principal, Michael Senior

Ambrose Treacy College is proudly a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition. Together, we strive to be a community where students and staff work and learn together. Proudly built on the rich, 76-year tradition of Nudgee Junior College, we pride ourselves in providing a diverse curriculum that balances innovation with tradition. The educational environment at Ambrose Treacy College challenges and inspires each boy to achieve their personal potential in spiritual, academic, emotional, ethical, social and physical dimensions.

In many ways Ambrose Treacy College is a unique place which caters for lively boys who are intellectually curious, creative and keen to learn. In response to the contemporary needs of boys’ education, we provide an exciting learning environment lead by experienced teachers who appreciate the boys’ energy, humour, unpredictability and imagination. We work hard to create a school that is challenging, yet friendly; demanding, yet supportive; and serious in purpose yet playful in spirit.

The curriculum here at Ambrose Treacy College is rich, balanced and engaging. We unashamedly encourage all students to strive for individual academic excellence. Through our rigorous academic programme, the diverse co-curricular activities and the strong pastoral care system, Ambrose Treacy College students learn to be young men of faith and courage, who are independent, flexible and creative learners and decision makers with a strong sense of responsibility to their community and society as a whole.

By blending traditional and contemporary pedagogies, we focus on learning experiences that allow all students to experience success at their own level. We believe that in order to be successful, boys must be motivated to learn and this is fundamental to everything we offer at Ambrose Treacy College.  Cultural dimensions such as music, drama and art are emphasised and celebrated as an integral element of a holistic education. Similarly sport and physical activity are seen as intrinsic parts of both a child’s physical development and his development of values such as co-operation, teamwork and self-discipline.

The pastoral care of students permeates all aspects of Ambrose Treacy College life. Our pastoral care framework strives to provide students with security and understanding and ensures that each boy feels valued and valuable. We recognise that each boy has innate gifts and unique strengths.  In working with students across the curriculum, they are encouraged to develop self-discipline and a commitment to work, to set goals and to co-operate as a member of a caring Christian community. Deliberate efforts are made to nurture a family spirit within the school, so that each boy is welcomed, affirmed and supported.

Ambrose Treacy College is an exciting community that wants to make a difference in society by helping to develop young men with a genuine desire to make the world a better place in which to live. Our school is a place of learning and growing. If your son is a young man ready to conquer the world, then Ambrose Treacy College just might be the school to open the door to a whole new world of exciting opportunities. When you send your son to Ambrose Treacy College you can be sure that he will be given every opportunity to reach his full potential and be well prepared for a successful and fulfilling life after school.

Feel free to navigate your way around our website www.atc.qld.edu.au and if you would like more information, or if you’d like a tour of our College, please be sure to make contact with us - enrolments@atc.qld.edu.au

Yours sincerely,

Michael Senior Foundation Principal of Ambrose Treacy College

 
 

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