Principal's Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Dear Members of the Terrace Family,

Tomorrow, Terrace will compete at the GPS Swimming Championships.  This year GPS celebrates 100 years and it is worth noting that Terrace was the winner at the first GPS Swimming Carnival.  I know that the swimmers in our 2018 team have worked very hard and will acquit themselves with distinction tomorrow.  The students in Years 5, 6, 10, and 12 will attend the Junior and Senior events to support our swimmers.  On behalf of all the Terrace Family, I wish them the very best.

Exams for all year levels will commence on Monday 19 March which is the start of Week 9.  We are about to finish Week 6, and at this stage of the term students are getting tired and feeling the effects of a busy and full term.  It is appropriate that all students take time to ‘re-calibrate’ as they prepare for the approaching exam block.  As parents, you can assist by taking some time with your sons to look at the next couple of weeks to ensure that time is allocated for revision and exam preparation.  It will be important for students to re-focus and ensure there is a balance between school work, co-curricular activities and other aspects of family life.  By taking some time with your son to ‘re-calibrate’ it will assist him in his preparation and readiness for the next few weeks.  Good luck with these conversations.

This Saturday night the St Joseph’s College Foundation is hosting the inaugural Red and Black Cocktail Party.  It is an opportunity for the Terrace community to come together, to say thank you to those who have supported the Foundation over many years and to look towards the future.  The event is a ‘sell-out’ and I look forward to seeing many members of the Terrace Family, past and present.

I would like to provide a brief update on the Mt Sion building program.  The demolition phase has now been completed and Mt Sion and Duhig Place have been cleared.  Work on drilling a number of holes in preparation for the footings will commence next week and will continue for a few weeks.  As a result, there will be less ‘apparent’ work occurring as most of it will be below ground.  The traffic and pedestrian restrictions continue in Rogers Street.  I thank parents for their support with the new pick-up arrangements at the Centenary Pool car park.  They are working well.  There will be some major work occurring over the Easter break, however, I will outline this closer to the end of term.

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout will be held at the Brisbane Powerhouse on Thursday 21 June. Last year the CEO Sleepout raised more than $565 695 from its Brisbane event and $5.6 Million nationally – all funds assist Vinnies to give a hand-up to those experiencing homelessness in our community through its wide range of outreach support services. All business and community leaders are encouraged to participate in this event. You can register via or call Vinnies fundraising team on (07) 3010 1091 for more information.

Finally this week, I ask the Terrace Family to keep Mr Rick Sivyer and his family in our thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of his mother.  Rick has been, and still is, a strong supporter of Terrace and particularly to the Terrace Rowing Program.

Have a great week.

God Bless,

Dr Michael Carroll
College Principal

College Dean | Mr Chris Ryan

Staff News

This week the College welcomed back Mr Gary Stickley who is relieving for Mr Terry Thompson while he is on paternity leave. A reminder that for this week and next, Mr John Hawthorne is acting as Treacy House Dean. We thank Mr Hawthorne for his assistance during this time.

In the second half of Term 2, Mrs Julie Quinn, Dean of Studies, will take some well-earned long service leave. We wish Mrs Quinn well for this time and look forward to her return in Term 3. Congratulations and thank you to Mr Mason Hellyer, Head of Faculty, Health and Physical Education, who will act as Dean of Studies during this time. Mr Hellyer has previous experience in this role when he acted for Semester 1, 2014. Thank you also to Head of Faculty, Mathematics, Mr Noel Covill, who will teach Mrs Quinn’s Year 12 Maths B class during this time to minimise disruption for these students. The College will now commence the process of appointing an Acting Head of HPE for this period and other related needs.

It has been lovely to have Mrs Madonna Effeney, former Barrett House Dean back with us recently in a part-time role filling in for Mrs Cath Griffin, who leads the extension Maths program, while she has taken some leave. We thank Mrs Effeney and look forward to Mrs Griffin’s return.

Dean of Studies | Mrs Julie Quinn

One of my favourite youtube clips shows the antics of several young children when given a marshmallow. These young children were instructed they were going to be left alone in the room and when the supervisor returned they would be rewarded with an extra marshmallow if the original one had not been eaten. Results from this experiment showed:

The children who were willing to delay gratification and waited to receive the second marshmallow ended up having higher SAT scores, lower levels of substance abuse, lower likelihood of obesity, better responses to stress, better social skills as reported by their parents, and generally better scores in a range of other life measures. The researchers followed each child for more than 40 years and repeatedly, the group who waited patiently for the second marshmallow succeed in whatever capacity they were measuring. In other words, this series of experiments proved that the ability to delay gratification was critical for success in life.

• If you delay the gratification of watching television and get your homework done now, then you’ll learn more and get better grades.
• If you delay the gratification of buying desserts and chips at the store, then you’ll eat healthier when you get home.
• If you delay the gratification of finishing your workout early and put in a few more reps, then you’ll be stronger. 

Success usually comes down to choosing the pain of discipline over the ease of distraction. And that’s exactly what delayed gratification is all about. The message emphasises a link between distractions on social media, technology and focussing on a task. If we use a similar comparison in training for sport, we would not expect or condone multi-tasking while learning how to tackle in rugby or feather the oar in rowing. The importance on focussing on one task at a time is imperative in successful learning.

With the end of term and exams in our sights, I quote some of the key strategies given to the community at Scholars’ assemblies:

“Use your diary: it is the best quantitative measure of your study.
Attend as many tutoring sessions as possible: these are great opportunities to clarify topics with teachers, seek advice on answering questions and even complete some revision.
Make sure you are revising from day one: rolling revision will ensure that you know every type of question that will appear on your exam paper.”
“If you want to achieve to the best of your abilities, you need to be motivated. Motivated to study when you’d rather be distracted, motivated to skip events to revise your Maths outline a third time, and motivated to move past a bad grade and keep pushing for your limit. 
When studying, write a detailed plan of all that you need to cover; break it down into 30 dot points if need be. Every time you sit down to study, aim to tick as many off as possible. The reward from seeing a large section of “what I need to do” ticked off, incentivizes you to keep going. 
Before beginning to study, switch off your phone until you decide to take a break and use the "self-control” app on your computer to block social media sites – you can study less if you’re efficient.”

Exam timetables will be distributed in the coming days that will allow boys to further refine their study plans to accommodate the placement of each exam. Consolidation of learning needs to happen now and not in the week leading into exams. Our aim is that we finish the term knowing that we have done the best we can.

Dean of Students | Mr Damien Fall

We are into the second half of term, and this is traditionally a time when the holidays are long forgotten, sound routines are critical and staff and students can start to become a little weary.  It is fair to say that this time of term can be a test of a young man’s character; this is when he needs to step up and get into the grind as we head towards the exam period.  It is also a time when relationships can be tested, but our expectations remain as usual during this time.  We ask students to treat each other as they would like to be treated and to refrain from engaging in any sort of negative verbal interactions.  In our community, we can’t be friends with everyone, but we need to at least be respectful.

In the spirit of partnership between school and home, we aim to assist parents with the formation of their sons.  This happens daily at school, but there are also times when we are pleased to present parents with opportunities that may enhance their important role in the home.  One regular offering is SchoolTV, which can be found on the College App under ‘Notices’.  This monthly resource covers topics relevant to parents across all year levels.  This month’s edition looks at diet and nutrition and how it impacts aspects of a young man’s education, including academic achievement.  I recommend having a look at this excellent resource that presents advice from a variety of experts.  

We have also arranged a parent evening on 28 March that looks at the topic of gaming addiction; information has been sent home about the evening that targets what is a regular source of frustration for parents.  We look forward to hosting Mr Cam Adair on the evening, who will share his journey from gaming addict to expert on breaking the cycle of gaming dependence.  Parents from all year levels are most welcome.

We wish our Swimming team all the very best for this Friday’s GPS Championships at Chandler.  We will be sending our students from Years 5 and 6 to support the Junior Championships and Years 10 and 12 to support the Senior Championships.  It has been very pleasing to see a great sense of school spirit throughout Term 1, most notably in the form of enthusiastic support at various events.  The swimmers deserve to have the school behind them and I look forward to  an enthusiastic group of spectators acknowledging the efforts of their mates.

Dean of Identity | Assistant Dean of Identity, Mr Chris Zammit

Ecological Sustainability – It’s time to act!

For a long time we have been aware of the enormous detrimental effects that humans have on the environment. The words ‘Climate Change’ have become synonymous with environmental protection, leaders around the world have signed treaties committing to lowering carbon emissions and environmental focused organisations and political parties have grown in numbers as society becomes more aware and passionate for change in the way we treat our Mother Earth. But creating change in our world involves far more than big institutional and policy efforts; it requires each of us as individuals to be conscious of our own behaviours and create cultural change through our collective action.

“...a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”
Pope Francis, Laudato Si (2015)

In 2017, schools around the Edmund Rice network committed to an ‘Ecological Conversion’; new ways of thinking, seeing and living in our schools and constant reflection on how we can act in more ecologically sustainable ways. We are challenged by Pope Francis in his encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ (Care for our Common Home) to respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. And so it is important that as a College community we continue to ask ourselves what we are doing to ensure that, as custodians of this planet, we tread as lightly as possible on our journey for the sake of all living beings, both present and yet to come.

Our Vision

As a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition we take up Pope Francis’s call to respond to the cry of the earth and the poor and act as custodians of the land. We acknowledge our connectedness with the earth and all living things and encourage a culture of awareness of our actions to the environment and to each other. 

We are committed to stewardship of a whole-school approach that encompasses all aspects of College life, empowering every member of the Terrace Family to take responsibility for ensuring ecological sustainable practices. 

Through teaching and learning we are committed to a curriculum that educates and promotes ecological sustainability, encouraging students to become sustainable citizens, and advocate change through fresh perspectives for their/our world. 

We are committed to ensuring an integrated approach in all areas of master planning and any capital works. We are committed to enacting practices on all College property for the most sustainable use and disposal of resources. 

With this vision in mind, St Joseph’s College will be undertaking a number of actions to harness the passion and commitment of our community to make positive change in our approach to the environment. Students and staff are committed to improving our actions and looking to foster an ecological conversion among all members of our community – that we may support each other on our journey towards creating a better world, one where we are more conscious of the effects of our actions towards the earth and those living on it.

In Term 1 we begin our paper recycling initiative, enabling students to carry out small and simple actions on a day to day basis in the classroom with a greater awareness of the direction of their rubbish and reduce the amount of landfill created by the College. As the year continues we hope to harness the passion and energy of a variety of members of our school community to create a greater impact and awareness of how we can best be custodians of this earth, both individually and collectively.

We look forward to working closely with staff, students and the wider community to create the greatest impact possible in our mission to create a better, more just world. In the words of Pope Francis: “All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.”

Years 5 and 6 Program Leader | Mr Brendan Ganley

The focus this week is on the added opportunity to improve. Preparation is vital at this stage of the year as assignments are being submitted and exams are fast moving upon us. Year 5 exam block begins in Week 8. The cohort then takes part in the first Outdoor Education experience in Weeks 9 and 10. The rest of the classes will prepare for exams in Week 9.  With the assignments being handed in at present, time is to be given in preparation for the Week 8 exam block.

The idea of seizing an opportunity still applies to our assessment period of the term. However, the learning opportunities that Year 5 students experienced last week outside the classroom are also very important. Year 5 students have recently travelled to St Helena Island as part of their History unit that focuses on Local Colonisation and centres on life in the 1800s. Large waves and choppy seas combined to make a rough crossing for our first group, but it was a much smoother trip for a second group heading across Moreton Bay. Students got a taste of what life would have been like as a colonial prisoner on St Helena Island and for the many men, women and children who were settlers or detained there. The long walk from the jetty, weaving past 1800s buildings and even witnessing a ‘simulated’ flogging were highlights of the day.

At our assembly last week, Years 5 and 6 launched our annual Lenten Appeal. Our annual appeal creates awareness of the season we are entering but also gives us the opportunity to continue our support for the people working in Timor-Leste. Our assembly was also a celebration of young men who have contributed to The Terrace Way by striving to be a Terrace Gentleman. Congratulations to the following students

5 Blue: Cormaic Dunne and Jack Eckersley
5 Green: Jarrod Winks and Harry Bates
5 Red: Rehan De Livera and Leo Carrigan
5 White: Archie Ilott and Edward Fletcher
5 Yellow: Caleb Leydon and Conor Sheehy
6 Blue: Liam Bienkowski and Sam Innes
6 Green: Lachlan Conn and Milan Frolov
6 Red: Remy Tollenaere and Will Monckton
6 White: William Rehbein and Thomas O’Regan

Last Friday, Year 5 students enjoyed an afternoon with their buddies as they took part in an Indoor Football competition. The football was played in fantastic spirit and credit must go the Seniors for their enthusiasm. Reidy and Windsor fought out a tense final with Reidy holding on for a 1-0 victory.

Best of luck must goes to our swimmers taking part in the first major carnival of the year. Years 5-6 students will be heading out to Chandler to support our swimmers in chasing their opportunity to shine. Months of preparation have taken place, so we wish them well. Thanks to the coaches who spent endless hours welding this young team together.

Director of Culture | Mr Matt Cocking


Congratulations to Harry Rackemann, Scott Moran, James Hurst and Benjamin Scuderi who have made it through to Round 2 of the State Trials – Current top 48. Good luck to these Terrace Gentlemen as they debate their way through to the next round.

GPS Debating Round 4 v TSS

Due to the illness at TSS, the only debate held last week was the Senior A.  Congratulations to our team who won this round.

GPS Debating Round 5 v IGS

An email has been sent home to all students and parents regarding the transportation for the IGS debates on Friday 9 March. These are important debates as we lost a round due to illness at TSS.  Please ensure you read this email and respond accordingly.

Due to the GPS Swimming Championships, there will be no debates this Friday night.  Best of luck to our GPS Junior and Senior Swimmers.

We Will Rock You

It is important that all students check they are reading the most up to date rehearsal schedule information.  The schedule will change as rehearsal progress.

Term 2 Sign On for Cultural Activities

Your sons can be immersed in a number of Cultural activities.  If he has an interest in Terraflicks, Theatresports, Chess or Public Speaking, please go to the Parent Lounge to 'accept' the event.

If you would like your son to have private Music or Speech and Drama lessons, these are also available to book for Term 2.  Please contact for information.

GPS Centenary Music Showcase

Congratulations to the 22 Terracians who were invited to perform at the GPS Centenary Music Showcase last week.  This year’s event had over 350 students involved from the nine GPS schools.  The response has been overwhelmingly positive.

Apple and Grape Festival

This year, our students will once again march in the Apple and Grape Festival at Stanthorpe. If your son has been invited, please 'accept' the event in the Parent Lounge.

Terrace Chess

This weekend will see Terrace host a Chess competition.  Information has been sent home with the Chess students.  If you would like further information, please contact our Chess Coordinator Mr Liam Herne –

Support Group Meetings  

Part of the success of our Cultural activities can be traced to our Support Groups.  If you would like to be involved, meetings are outlined in the College calendar and on the App.  

  •  Debating Support Group – Tuesday 17 April, 5.30pm in the Founders' Room

  •  Terrace Performing Arts – Tuesday 17 April, 5.30pm in the Callan Centre

Staying in touch  

With so much information to absorb at the start of the year, it can become quite overwhelming.  To keep in touch with all things Cultural, we would suggest you download the Terrace App and follow us on Twitter (@GTCulture) to ensure you don’t miss anything.  

Director of Music | Acting Director, Mr Jan Hewerdine

On Thursday 22 February the GPS Centenary Music Showcase was held at QPAC to a full house. Gregory Terrace Old Boy Marco Taraborrelli (GT, 2016) was a featured soloist with the concert band. In addition, we had 22 Terrace students performing in either the Concert Band, Orchestra or Choir. The culminating work, Carmina Burana was a fitting finish to this historically significant event.

This week’s assembly featured the Waterford Strings, under the direction of Mrs Domenica Kelly playing the Irish folk classic Wind that Shakes the Barley. Next Tuesday’s assembly will be opened by the Red Thunder Drumline.

A String Soirée is to be held on the evening of Wednesday 7 March in the Edmund Rice Theatre, Waterford Place. Please see below for more details.

The ANZAC Day Marching Band (SWE and Red Thunder Drumline), will be marching Saturday 3 March, at the Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival. This event provides an important training opportunity for next term’s ANZAC Day march through the city.

A reminder that we need members to take the marching band jacket (Athletics Band Jacket) and your instrument home before Saturday, as we need to load the bus right on 8.30am.

Students in Years 11 and 12 who participate in our Premier Ensembles are eligible to receive Honour Pockets. The conditions for receiving an Honour Pocket are set out on p.151 of the Student Diary. Please read these carefully and ensure that you understand the qualifications required to receive an Honour Pocket. Students may check their attendance percentage with their ensemble director at any time throughout the year. If you are unable to attend a rehearsal for any reason, please notify your ensemble director via email. 

To discontinue lessons, please email at least two full weeks prior to the end of term (Thursday 15 March). Notification after this time will incur a full term’s fee for the following term.

For those students who perform with our beginner and intermediate level ensembles, it is a requirement that you wear grey trousers for performances. This provides a more formal and unified look as opposed to a mix of student wearing trousers and shorts. Trousers are available from the Uniform Shop in sizes from 8 to 18. Students who perform only as part of the Years 5 and 6 Band and Strings classes do not need to purchase trousers. 

The Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University is pleased to present the inaugural State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) Middle School - South-East Queensland from Friday 1 June to Sunday 3 June 2018; to be held at Queensland Conservatorium's South Bank campus in Brisbane. SHEP provides an opportunity for middle school (Years 5 - 8) wind, brass, percussion, string and voice students to work in an intensive environment of musical excellence with their peers from South-East Queensland, under the leadership of a team of eminent conductors from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. 

Please note that submissions are being made by the student’s instrumental teacher, who then let the family know that they have nominated their child. This closes tomorrow.

Please check the Terrace App and Parent Lounge regularly as this is where information regarding various events (see the list below) will now be published. As events are approved and posted to the Parent Lounge, you will be sent an email advising the name of the event, including the Event Memo, to check and you will be required to give a response regarding attendance. Event Memos will also be available through the Terrace App in Music and will no longer be emailed separately.

Term 1 Events

String Soirée, Wednesday 7 March in the evening in the Edmund Rice Theatre, Waterford Place. Arrive time 5.30pm for a 6-7pm performance

ANZAC Day Marching Band (SWE and Red Thunder Drumline), Saturday 3 March, 8.30am-6.50pm, Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival 

Holiday Workshops

ANZAC Day Marching Band, Monday 10 April and Tuesday 11 April, TBC

Red Peppers Pep Band, Monday 10 April and Tuesday 11 April, TBC

Director of Sport | Mr Damian Wright

At College Assembly this week, the boys were congratulated on how they are competing every week in their matches following two central themes:

Compete fiercely and never give in - The boys have truly been fighting hard and competing as best as they can on every ball and every point. That is great – a never say die attitude in sport transfers over into everyday life – especially their academics, where they should never be satisfied with simply accepting an outcome. Keep trying and do your best every chance you can.

Always in the best of sportsmanship – The boys have displayed great manners and great sportsmanship at all times – and that needs to be recognised, encouraged at all times and congratulated.  It is expected that there is a display of respect for the team and our opponents.  Everyday life throws up examples of athletes that display bad sportsmanship both in the arena of competition and outside in general life – theses athletes should never be role models for the boys. Athletes that espouse virtues of humility and respect, such as Roger Federer, are the style of athlete that Terrace boys should strive to emulate.

Congratulations to the men who are competing and representing the College in our flagship teams, the Cricket 1st XI and Volleyball 1st VI. Currently both these teams are sitting second in their respective competitions and both teams have one very similar trait – a never give in attitude where they compete against their rivals to the very end. Respectfully, neither team, are full of superstars, but both teams are full of hard working diligent and committed young men who try at every point and run to do their best. Both groups could be referred to as great Teams, with 'Team' being the operative word.


If you want the support you need to show the support. At College assembly the boys were congratulated – again led by the Years 11 and 12 cohort, for their support of each other.  Most pleasing has been the support to both Volleyball and Cricket from those boys who are more identified in other activities – such as Swimming, Rowing, Basketball and Rugby to name a few.
Support your mates and support the College – we are all in this together. 

Championship Week - Swimming 

Friday is the GPS Championship day for the Junior and Senior programs for swimming. The First session of the day will be for boys in Years 5, 6 and 7 who are aged 10,11 and 12 years. The Second session is for boys in Years 7 through to 12 who are 13 years to Open.

The Senior Swimming Championships are truly an unbelievable event – noisy, crowded and overpowering in sweat, emotion and passion for swimming and competition. It is an irreplaceable three hours that encapsulates everything great about sport – the triumphs, the challenges  and the thrill of competition. It is an event that is always a sell-out and strictly ticketed – apologies if parents want extra tickets but the College is limited to two tickets per swimming family.

The boys who will represent the College at both events have been completing a mountain of work and need to be congratulated for their efforts. The turnaround in the Swimming program continues under the guidance of Rackley Swimming and the base of Centenary Pool, and boys are reaping the benefits of a good program that encourages and develops their skills. Regardless of the final placing for both programs, the success of the swimming is the program and the development of the boys. 

Championship Week - Rowing 

The Rowing program witnessed the final racing of the Year 9 program with the running of the Junior Head of the River. The Terrace crews recorded third place overall - a good effort. Congratulations to the Year 9 2nd Quad that were victorious in their race. Well done men – the only element on the Year 9 Rowers agenda is now supporting at the Senior Head of the River on 10 March. The Year 8 program wraps up this week with racing at Wyaralong for the first time for these boys. Again they are expected to support at the Senior Head of the River in a weeks’ time.

The Senior Shed had a very good day on Saturday coming home second overall, with great results from many crews – especially the Year 10 Quads. Keep training hard and freshen up for Saturday week.

Saturday 10 March is the Head of the River – which coincides with the 'bye' weekend in Cricket and Volleyball. The only Open team in either activity that is scheduled to play on that day is the 1st XI v Downlands – all other Open Teams in Cricket and Volleyball should be looking to travel to Wyaralong to support the rowers.

Cricket Team Photos 

A reminder to Cricket teams playing at Tennyson this weekend that Yearbook team photos will be taken in the Rowing Shed.  Boys are asked to check the schedule and ensure they are at the Shed in time for the scheduled photo.  Boys are to wear their full Terrace Cricket playing kit.

The Weekly Wrap



Round 5 of GPS Cricket was unfortunately dictated by the weather as torrential rain throughout Friday and the early hours of Saturday washed out all matches excluding the 1st XI fixture. Best efforts from ground staff at both Tennyson and Northgate were made to fit games in; however the volume of water that fell at both venues left all grounds unplayable. Once again being an outdoor sport, Cricket is dictated by the conditions and rain being one of those uncontrollable factors that the program must deal with. The 1st XI were able to make the most of the opportunity to play, securing a hard-fought two wicket win in a tense and gripping battle. We encourage all players to relish their matches over the remaining four Rounds as we look to finish the season well against traditionally strong competition.


This weekend Terrace play The Southport School as well as a number of supplementary matches, providing a great opportunity for players to test their skills and most importantly to enjoy their time representing the College alongside their school mates. Players are reminded of their commitment to the program and their team mates, particularly with some teams having to travel to Southport this weekend as we look to field full and strong squads for this important round. Due to differing start times of teams across the day and other logistical factors NO BUS WILL BE PROVIDED and all students will need to make their own way to matches on Saturday. We wish all cricketers the best of luck this weekend in their matches. 

A reminder that Cricket teams playing at Tennyson this Saturday will have their team photos for the Yearbook taken in the Rowing Shed.  Boys should check the photo schedule and ensure that they are ready for their photo on time and in full Terrace playing kit.


GT 8/172 (41 overs) defeated BGS 8/171 (44 overs)
Round 5 saw Terrace face local rivals Brisbane Grammar at Northgate in what looked another evenly matched contest. Given the significant amount of rainfall before the game credit must go to both the facility at Northgate and the ground staff at Brisbane Grammar as both sides arrived to find a dry outfield and a wicket ready for play. A brief shower delayed the start by 45 minutes as Terrace won the toss and elected to field first in the reduced 44 overs a side contest.

The Grammar openers made a confident start as the Terrace bowlers battled with their footing in the slippery conditions and it took a blinding catch from Will Kirk at 2nd slip off the bowling of Nick Morton to provide Terrace with the breakthrough. Morton (2/11 off 9 overs) proved dangerous as he capped an impressive spell with a second wicket as Grammar fought through tough batting conditions to be 2/50 off 17 overs at the first drinks break. The hosts continued to build throughout the middle overs with their captain Will Sanders (47) batting particularly well before Nick McGill (1/34 off 9) broke the partnership with the score on 93. With wickets in hand, Grammar looked to up the run rate in the final 10 overs of the innings; however Kirk (3/21 off 4) and Max Law (2/25 off 6) chipped in with crucial wickets in the death overs to ensure the hosts never quite got away, finishing with 8/171 from their 44 overs.

Terrace knew that partnerships would be the key in what looked a tricky chase; however it was Grammar that took the ascendency early on. McGill (1), Michael Pease (7) and Tom Pappalardo (6) all falling early to leave Terrace struggling at 3/22 after 11 overs. Lachlan Marshall joined Kirk and together the pair battled hard to consolidate the innings. However, just as they were looking to shift the momentum Marshall (24) was run out by a brilliant direct hit from square leg to leave the game in the balance at 4/62 after 23 overs. James Hurst looked positive early on as he and Kirk took Terrace past the 100 mark before the game turned again. Kirk (22) was caught behind before Hurst (32) and Ryan Walker (7) followed in quick succession to leave Terrace staring down the barrel of defeat at 7/126 still needing 46 for victory from 66 balls. Law joined Ed Backstrom and the pair again battled admirably but when Law was caught and bowled with Terrace still needing 30 from 42 balls the game looked to be going the way of the hosts. Cooper Simmonds joined Backstrom and together the pair inched Terrace closer to their target staying remarkably calm given the pressure situation in the match. With light quickly fading Backstrom (34 not out) launched a six down the ground before Simmonds (10 not out) glided one past the keeper to cap a remarkable fightback and secure a famous victory for Terrace.

The importance of the win on the day was highlighted by the fact that no other GPS 1st XI fixtures were played due to the wet conditions, giving Terrace an important points boost in what has proved to be a closely contested season. The ability of the team to keep fighting their way out of tough situations displays a great degree of mental toughness and belief in each other. Despite having a win while not at their best, the team is well aware that improvements must be made as a blockbuster home clash against ladder leaders TSS awaits next Saturday.

Representative Sport

Terrace students are eligible to trial for selection into District and Met Nth Regional representative teams in many sports. Our primary students nominate via City Dist. and our secondary students via Nth Independent or in some cases Met Nth direct depending on the sport. Boys will only be nominated if they are of a high standard and meet qualifying times in respective sports.

City District Term 1 Sports 

• Football trial date 9 March – Open to all boys turning 12. Nominations close Monday 26 February.

Nth Independent Term 1 Sports 

• Basketball trial date 13 March – Open to all boys turning 18. Nominations close Friday 9 March.
• Touch trial date 14 March – Nominations close 7 March

Direct nominations to Met. Nth Sports 

• U15 AFL trial date 6 March– Open to all boys turning 15. Nominations close Friday 2 March.
• U15 and U18 Rugby League trial date 13 March – Nominations close Monday 5 March. 

For Trial Notices relating to upcoming Term 1 Trials please contact:

or click on the below link https://metnorthschoolsport.eq... 


Congratulations! What a day on Saturday. There were a number of positives not just on the water, but off the water, as waves of Red and Black cheered on the boys from the banks of Wyaralong.


They Year 9 cohort celebrated their season with the Junior Head of the River Championship. The boys did a magnificent job to take out the Year 9 2nd Quad in a dominant performance from start to finish. Although this was certainly a highlight, there were a number of personal best performances by supporting crews. Specifically the Year 9 1st Quad (Mitchell McGeever, Campbell Wright, Henry McCluskey, Samuel King Koi, Jack Turton) who cut down their margin and Year 9 5th Quad (Marcus Caulton, Oliver Ryan, Lachlan Bligh, Harrison Weinrauch, Tom Coogan) who moved through the field to improve by two places.
This strong performance began early in the day with the Senior shed who pulled out their best performance of the year in a strong display of racing. Congratulations to all boys who stood up and represented the Red and Black, the Terrace Rowing Community, but most importantly, yourselves, with pride, honour and determination as we prepare for the final weeks of the 2018 Season.


This week there is a tie for the Crew of the Week due to it being too close to call. With the following crews winning the title in a strong display in their respective categories:

• Year 10 4th Quad (Patrick Petrie-Repar, Noah Stevens, Liam Cox, Nicholas Langford, Charles Gordon)
• Year 10 2nd Quad (Jack Siddle, Fergus Cummins, Will Robinson, Finbar Carroll, Marat Frolov)
• Year 10 1st Quad (Dario Andrijich, Jeremiah Woodward, Benjamin Spicer, Jack Pate, Charles Betts)

Please come to the Sport Office on main campus to collect your prize!

• Year 10 5th Quad – The boys have shown they have the ability to win this race, can they find that quick finish before Head of the River?
• Year 10 3rd Quad – The boys are just coming out of a bit of sickness and injury, with a quicker upbeat start, can they lead the race as they have in the past weeks?
• Year 11 3rd VIII – Growing strength to strength each row they have, can the boys come out and get an early lead in the race to put along with their quick finish?
• Open 1st VIII – With great results and impressive training sessions over the last weeks can the boys again piece together the perfect race ?
A very exciting few weeks ahead!


Kaitlin Sullivan – Head Coach

It was “Battle of the Hill” in Round 5 as Terrace took on our neighbours, Brisbane Grammar School. Traditionally a very tough opponent, BGS put our teams to the test and once again there were very mixed results across the program. The 7As had a heartbreaking loss, narrowly defeated by a strong BGS team with the score 19-17 in the third set. The Most Valued Player was awarded to Archie Marshall for his consistent serving to keep his team in the match and his infectious positivity. The 8As and 9As both went down fighting 2-0. Hudson Seefield and Joa McMahon were awarded MVP for their respective teams for their aggressive and smart hitting decisions. The 10As broke the curse on court 1 and won in two sets, with an outstanding performance from Ben Weeden with aggressive hitting and excellent serve-receive. The 11As were unfortunately unable to capitalise on their opportunities and went down 2-0, despite some momentum shifting hits from Louis Jorgenson. By the time the 2nd VI took the court, the Red and Black Army had well and truly taken over the Grammar stands and their support helped the 2nds to a 2-0 win. Cam Ball was awarded MVP for his excellent skill execution and consistent serving at crucial points of the game. This weekend we have trial matches at Terrace to make the most of our BYE round.

Angus Burton led the way against BGS

Ben Bell – 1st VI Head Coach

After last weekend’s heartbreaking loss against ACGS, Terrace Volleyball 1st VI were seeking redemption in a spirited game against Brisbane Grammar School. Taking note of earlier games in the day it was recognised that a ‘will to win’ approach to the game was paramount – merely waiting for the opposition to hand the game over was not going to suffice. Another stirring introduction from the Terrace Spirit Squad gave the boys the catalyst they needed to put together some high level volleyball in the first set, enabling a convincing first set win. As so often is the case, however, BGS lifted their level in the second set, to which Terrace had no answer. Scores tied at 1-1 Terrace again tapped into the ‘will to win’ attitude and put together mature volleyball to take the final two sets and the game 3-1. Dom Hunter led the way with calculated volleyball, in both attack and serve in a game where at times Terrace struggled to put the ball away.  Terrace Volleyball 1st VI strongly believe we have not reached our peak in this season’s GPS competition. We are continuing the fight for the GPS premiership this week at training and in our friendly match this coming Saturday. 

Captains' Corner | College Captain, Jacob Montaner

Last Friday afternoon, several Seniors kindly decorated the corridor outside Student Services with Head of the River propaganda. The following Monday, there were reports of students and teachers alike stopping just to marvel at its beauty. I cannot blame them.  On Saturday 10 March, the official 'bye' round for Cricket and Volleyball, clear your schedule, hop on a bus and have the time of your life and support the rowers at the Head of the River. 

When I was in Year 8 I found myself one morning tea alone at the back of Level 6, presumably collecting my books early for class. Crouched down at my dark blue locker, trying to navigate my way through the mess inside, I was shocked to hear a deep voice directed at me. Looking up, I was met with the bright-eyed, smiling face of Thomas Murphy, then Mahoney House Captain. Being small, easily intimidated and at the bottom of the pecking order, any man in a white shirt other than my buddy was initially frightening. Tom proceeded to engage me in conversation. I do not remember the words exchanged, but rather, I remember how he made me feel. Special, included and appreciated. From then on, Tom and I were mates. Should Tom have chosen to stay quiet that day, I doubt that would have ever been the case. 

Starting a conversation with someone you previously had no connection with can be exceedingly difficult. On the other hand, it can be exceedingly easy, like a Senior saying “G’day” or “How are you going?” to a Year 5 student. I challenge you to start one ‘hard’ conversation and one ‘easy’ conversation a week until the end of the year. That is potentially 88 new friends and potentially 88 significant impacts on people’s lives. Good luck. With these conversations we can stand together, shoulder to shoulder.  

Terrace Ladies Group

TLG Welcome Mass

All are welcome to join us at the TLG Welcome Mass, tomorrow, Friday 2 March. Mass starts in the Chapel of the Holy Family at 7.45am with coffee and delicious breakfast style items served afterwards in the Founders' Room. Your sons are welcome to join you for the Mass as well. We are fortunate to have the College Choir coming along to help make it a special morning. 

Years 5 – 9 Mothers' High Tea

Planning is well underway for the Years 5-9 Mothers’ High Tea event to be held on 27 April at the Victoria Park Golf Club. Tickets will be $55 each, which include a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival and your chance to win the wonderful main lucky door prize or one of the lucky draw prizes for each of the five year levels coming on the day. More details on the prizes will be coming over the following weeks with invitations being emailed before the end of term. 

Key Dates

Make a note in your diary for the following Years 5-9 Mothers' High Tea dates:

Friday 16 March – Invitations emailed, with a covering letter providing all details. This will include a link to the College Events page for booking your ticket. However, no tickets will be able to be purchased until Monday Morning 19 March.
• Monday 19 March – Tickets sales go live on the College Events page from 9am:- follow the link from the emailed information letter and invitation, or go straight to the Events Page.
• Monday 16 April – RSVP’s close.
• Friday 27 April – Years 5-9 Mothers’ High Tea at Victoria Park from 10am.

Don’t forget that it is always a good idea to get in early to purchase your ticket as these events tend to sell out quickly. Ladies are seated in nominated year groups, so there is no urgency to organise groups to sit with.  Great care is taken to place ladies at tables to ensure that everyone has a wonderful time.  If you have more than one son in these grades, you can nominate which year level you’d like to sit with this year.

TLG Correspondence

If you are not on our mailing list but would like to be, please email our Secretary, Mrs Rachel McGahon, on Please also ensure that you save this email address into your contacts as it may find its way to Junk Mail. Rachel sent an email earlier this week to the TLG email database with the invitation to the Welcome Mass. If you are on our data base, you may need to double check that our correspondence isn’t going through to your junk box. 

Welcome to Terrace Cookbook Special

For those parents new to the school, you may not be aware that Terrace have a gorgeous cookbook that was published a couple of years ago. The recipes are gathered from present and past mothers, and include a huge array of family favourites. It has become a staple in many of our homes, not just for the practical aspects to what’s offered inside, but also because it is truly a beautiful book. At the moment, we have a special running on the cookbooks to mark the commencement of the year. Usually the Cookbooks are $55 each. We are currently offering them for $40 each plus a bonus Red and Black Terrace tea towel. You can purchase your pack via this link cookbook special, and collect from the Uniform Shop. Alternatively, you can also purchase these packs through the Uniform Shop directly. The special ends at the completion of Term 1.

TLG Date Claimers

Coming Up This Term
  • Week 6: Friday 2 March – 7.45am TLG Welcome Mass and Morning Tea
  • Week 10: Monday 26 March – 7.30am TLG Meeting and breakfast, Founders' Room
Main Functions for the Year
  • Term 2, Week 2: Friday 27 April – Years 5-9 Mothers' Morning Tea, Victoria Park Golf Club
  • Term 3, Week 8: Friday 7 September – TLG Fashion Parade, Brisbane City Hall

Contact | TLG President | Mel Josephson:


Terrace Shop


School jumpers

Red blazers and Black blazers

Football shorts, shirts and socks

Basketball shorts and training singlets

Athletics shorts and singlets

Student Diaries | $10


Find all your Terrace Family event details here!

Date and Time: Friday 2 March 2018 | 7.45am
Where: Chapel of the Holy Family, followed by morning tea in the Founders' Room
RSVP: No RSVP necessary
For further details or enquiries, please contact 
Rachel McGahon | 

Date and Time: Friday 9 March | 6.30pm
Where: The Marquee | Victoria Park
Cost: Adults $90 (+ booking fees) | Students $50 (+ booking fees) 
RSVP: Please RSVP via College Events by 2 March
For further details or enquiries, please contact 
Shannon Neill | | 0488 155 71

Swimming Dinner - Book Here

Date and Time: Saturday 10 March | 6pm - 10pm
Where: The Marquee | Victoria Park Golf Complex
Cost: $80 (+ booking fees)
RSVP: Please RSVP by Thursday 1 March 2018
For further details or enquiries, please contact 
Leisa Low | | 0433 230 34

Head of the River Dinner - Book Here

Date and Time: Thursday 15 March | 6pm - 10.30pm
Where: The Marquee | Victoria Park | 309 Herston Rd Brisbane
Cost: $70 (+ booking fees)
RSVP: Please RSVP by Monday 12 March
For further details or enquiries, please contact 
Sarah Hunter | | 0403 817 13

Volleyball Dinner - Book Here

Date and Time: Wednesday 28 March | 6pm - 7pm
Where: GT125 | St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace
Cost: No cost but please RSVP via the link below 
Information: Online and video game addiction - an issue affecting millions of people around the world.  Cam Adair is a Canadian-born speaker on video games, social media & internet addiction. He’s the founder of Game Quitters, the world’s largest support community for video game addiction, with members in over 70 countries.
A video game addict for more than ten years, Cam joins us to share his story on overcoming this addiction and how he changed his life. 
Cam has spoken at high schools and universities, TEDx events, leadership development programs, and international addiction conferences.  His keynotes combine deep and meaningful personal insights with lessons on addiction recovery, personal development, social dynamics, entrepreneurship, leadership, creativity and psychology.
The College is pleased to be able to offer this session with Cam to help support parents and caregivers as they tackle this issue with their sons.  Students will attend a session during the school day and after the presentation students will also gain free access to the Game Quitters "Respawn" program, which includes a downloadable 76-page PDF guide on exactly how to quit gaming.  This includes modules on how to beat boredom and find new activities, how to beat urges and cravings to play, how to navigate identity changes, how to improve time management skills, and more.

Parent Gaming Info Evening - RSVP Here

Appearances by Football Legends Michael Theo and Gary Wilkins!
Tickets on sale Wednesday 7 March. 
Date and Time: 
Saturday 21 April | 5pm - 8.30pm
Where: Br Rogers Pavilion, Tennyson Playing Fields
For further details or enquiries, please contact 
Ida Gambaro |

Booking details coming soon!
Date and Time: Saturday 21 April | 11.30am
Where: Doomben Race Course
For further questions, please contact:
Kristin Esler |

Date and Time: Sunday 10 June | 1.30pm for 2.30pm movie start
Where: New Farm Cinemas | 701 Brunswick St New Farm
Cost: $20 (+ booking fees)| Register via College Events
RSVP: Please RSVP via College Events by 8 June
For further details or enquiries, please contact 
Steven Hohn |

Movie Fundraiser - Book Here

Save the Date! 
Date and Time: Saturday 26 July | 6.30pm
Where: Victoria Park Golf Complex | 309 Herston Road Herston
For further details or enquiries, please contact 
Andrew Stormonth |

The cookbook every Terrace Family should own a copy of! Filled with fabulous sweet and savoury family favourites and beautiful photographs of Terrace's rich history, this book will inspire your cooking repertoire and quickly become a favourite on your kitchen benchtop. At a very special Welcome to Terrace price of $40, including a bonus red and black Terrace teatowel.

Terrace Cookbook - Purchase Here

Year Level Parent Social Functions

Please find your Term 1 parent functions here

Year 10 St Pat's Trivia Night

Date and Time: Saturday 17 March | 6.30pm - 10.30pm 
Where: Waterford Place | Gregory Terrace | 40 Quarry St Spring Hill 
Cost: $20 (+booking fees) | Includes hot meal. BYO drinks, nibbles & glasses 
RSVP: Please RSVP by 15 March 
For further details or enquiries, please contact   
Tanya Boyle | 

Year 10 Trivia Night - Book Here

Year 12 Afternoon Function

Date and Time: Sunday 18 March | 3pm - 5pm
Where: The Pineapple Hotel | 706 Main St Kangaroo Point  
Cost: $20 (+booking fees) | Includes finger food  
RSVP: Please RSVP by Saturday 10 March  
For further details or enquiries, please contact  
Nicole Hoffmann | | 0417 793 583

Year 12 Afternoon Function - Book Here

Year 5 Parent Welcome Function

Date and Time: Friday 23 March | 6.30pm - 10.30pm 
Where: Story Bridge Hotel | 200 Main St Kangaroo Point 
Cost: $35 (+booking fees) | Includes welcome drink & finger food 
RSVP: Please RSVP by Friday 16 March 
For further details or enquiries, please contact 
Mandy Stephens | | 0412 563 229

Year 5 Welcome Function - Book Here

Community Information

The Terrace Tuckshop welcomes volunteers

See below for the sign-on links. You can also access the links via the College App