Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll
Dear members of the Terrace Family,
Today our Year 12 cohort finish their regular classes for the final time at Terrace, commencing their external exams next Monday. For 16 days they will carve out their part in Terrace history as the first cohort to graduate as part of the QCE (ATAR) system. On behalf of all within the Terrace Family, I offer my thanks and congratulations to our Year 12 students. In a year of constant change and difference, they have remained resolute and focused, continued to lead, and importantly, they have been Terrace Gentlemen. Well done and good luck.
Over the last couple of weeks, I have received feedback from some of our neighbours and parents regarding noise and parking issues. I ask that we are all considerate of our neighbours. I particularly ask parents dropping students off for early morning training to be quiet, do not sound your horn to say goodbye, and ask your sons to move inside quickly and quietly. Our training programs start early, particularly swimming, and we need to be considerate of those who live in our Spring Hill community. If possible, please drop off on the school side of Rogers Street and avoid unnecessary noise. Thank you for your support on this issue.
Tomorrow, the GPS Senior Track and Field Championships will be held. As has been the case for many of our events this year, no spectators will be permitted. School staff will be present with the athletes. Our Terrace athletes have been working very hard and I wish them all the very best tomorrow - I am confident they will represent Terrace well. My congratulations also go to our Junior Track and Field athletes, who last Friday recorded a very creditable fifth place in their GPS Championships. Many of our athletes registered PBs on the day – well done gentlemen.
Over the coming weeks, the Year 9 Camp and Retreat program will continue at Maroon. The Camp program has been significantly disrupted throughout this year; however, we have been able to offer at least a modified program to all year levels. A significant amount of work has been done by both the Maroon Camp staff and the Identity and Retreat teams to ensure that students have had some Camp or Retreat experience this year. I thank everyone who has worked so diligently to ensure this has occurred.
Finally this week, as Term 4 flashes before our eyes, I encourage parents to reinforce with their sons the importance of finishing well. During the next two to three weeks, the hard slog of the term is needed to ensure a positive finish. The adage, ‘There is no substitute for hard work’ is so very true at this time of the year.
Have a great week.
Dr Michael Carroll
Program Leader: Campus Ministry | Mr Andrew Stormonth
October is the month of mission in the Catholic Church. As a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition, mission is at the core of service learning and is a building block to guide our students to be the best that they can be. At our College assembly this week, we took the time to focus on two ways in which the Terrace Family has supported organisations in our local community.
Firstly, we acknowledged the effort and leadership by a group of Year 12 students in organising a weekly barbecue to raise funds for Edmund Rice Camps (ERC) Queensland. ERC provides recreational activities, programs and camps for children, youth and families who may not otherwise have the opportunity due to a range of factors including mental health, disability, employment, and other contributing factors. Terrace has held a strong relationship with ERC Queensland through the Head to Heart program in Year 10 and continued volunteer support from current and past students, and members of staff. Our Year 12 students raised $1500 for ERC Queensland and we thank them for their support of a wonderful organisation whose mission is centred around the Charism of Edmund Rice: Presence, Compassion and Liberation.
We were also fortunate to have the presence of Ms Penny Wearne and Br Peter Harney from the Welcome the Stranger project. Welcome the Stranger is led by locals who focus on supporting newly arrived, refugee and asylum-seeking families in our community. From creating homely spaces to education and employment support, this group of wonderful people are living and breathing the mission of the Catholic Church. Our Year 11 students held a “happy socks” day and barbecue lunch to raise funds for the Welcome the Stranger project. The funds raised have gone towards providing English tutoring, school materials for children to attend school and the purchasing of food and furniture to help families establish their homes. Penny and Br Peter shared stories about the work of their group and how the funds raised had supported members of our community at College Assembly this week.
At the end of every school day, we take the time to pray the prayer that is a foundation to our mission of being in service to others. It challenges us to hear the call to people of action and compassion to cause change in our community.
O Jesus, make our hearts so human,
that others may feel at home with us.
So like yours, that others may feel
at home with you.
So forgetful of self,
that we might simply become the place
where you and they meet.
In the power of your love
and the joy of your friendship.
Live Jesus in our hearts…Forever!
Dean of Students | Mr Damien Cuddihy
Raising boys…it is a long conversation that reflects on a relationship that nurtures a solid foundation for boys to feel comfortable with being vulnerable and develops good emotional regulation skills enabling meaningful relationships with a diverse range of people in society. It is well documented that the frontal cortex develops later in boys. On occasion, they have been known not to think before they act! Furthermore, boys still tend to engage in action driven activities and possess a general avoidance gene for communicating their feelings. However, ‘tendency’ is the keyword here as boys are certainly emerging from the constricted narratives of the traditional gender roles and stereotypical views of masculinity. While school environments still have significant room to move in this space, educational specialists are witnessing a significant movement in this area. Creating an environment where boys have an opportunity to confidently explore their vulnerability and to understand their emotions in turn promotes resilience and connectedness, which are significant protective factors in adolescent mental health.
This month’s SchoolTV focuses on the topic of ‘Raising Boys’. As usual, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg shares his views on raising boys, focusing on the need to connect your son’s with good role models. However, the interview with Dr Emma Woodward caught my attention with her modern take on the direction our young men are travelling. If you have some time, the interview can be found here.
You would be well aware that the Senior cohort finishes regular classes today, with the first external exam on Monday. My advice to the Seniors over the last two weeks has been predictably simple. Keep working the process, but do not forget to smell the roses! Schools are such an influential aspect of everyone’s childhood, and it is important for our graduating class to spend some time reflecting this week. The boys in their Pastoral Care Group, the traffic jams in the corridors, the epic handball games, teacher mannerisms, tuckshop food and even the bus they have been catching for eight years need to get a run. It brings a smile to their face. This morning Pastoral Care Mentors enjoyed having House breakfasts with our Year 12s across town at various locations. The rest of the House members also had the opportunity to say farewell in House assemblies during the day. Good luck for the weeks ahead.
Dean of Studies | Mr Mason Hellyer
Jonathan Doyle is an author and speaker familiar to students who have completed the Year 10 Formation. The Men We Need program examines modern masculinity, and Jonathan is one of the main presenters. In his recent book, Finishing Strong, Jonathan looks at strategies for thriving rather than just surviving the final years of high school.
Our Year 12 cohort will commence their external exams next week, with English on Monday morning. The next few weeks will be both exciting and challenging. Jonathan’s final chapter is titled The work. His point is that you can be the best prepared student, the most talented student; however, if the work does not continue until the end, all will be in vain. Logic will get you from point A to point B. Imagination and hard work will take you everywhere else (Albert Einstein).
The 2020 Senior cohort has led the College’s academic culture outstandingly this year, considering a new Senior assessment system and the COVID disruption. Their commitment to their studies and assisting younger grades is to be commended. The College will have an opportunity to wish them well for their exams by participating in the Exam Tunnel on Monday morning as students make their way from College Hall and down to the Campbell Centre for the English exam.
Our younger students can take a leaf from the Year 12 academic book by demonstrating the same characteristics. It is Week 3 of an eight-week term, assignments are upon us and exams are on the horizon. We have spent the first part of the term getting back into the normality of the school routine; identifying new ways of working; getting organised; celebrating our academic achievements and talking about how we want to improve. The time for talk is now over. It is time for action.
How? Take a small step first.
- Complete all of your homework, start your revision now by doing some questions from last week’s work.
- Work your way through the checklist book.
- Read back over the notes you took two weeks ago.
- Attend the staff tutoring sessions (timetable on the College App).
- Log your study hours in your diary.
- Ask your teacher for assistance.
We wish our Year 12 cohort all the best over the next three and a half weeks.
Director of Culture | Mr Matt Cocking
GPS Showcase now on Instagram
The GPS Music Showcase is an extraordinary day of music making, culminating in performances by all nine GPS schools in Big Band, Choir, Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra.
Congratulations to Year 9 student Jack Barends who was selected to play Bassoon in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. The highlight for him was performing on the Concert Hall stage at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Nominations for the 2021 GPS Music Showcase are currently open for the event to be held at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
Congratulations to the 75 students who participated in the 2021 Debating trials over the weekend. We look forward to advertising the 2021 placements.
Thank you to Terrace Chess for hosting the Queensland Junior Chess Championships over the weekend. Saturday and Sunday saw both campuses alive with COVID-Safe chess tournaments. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 cancellations throughout the year, our team did not qualify. However, we are working hard to get back there for 2021. Thank you to Mr Liam Herne for making this event possible.
Terrace at the AFL Grand Final
Congratulations to members of our Drumline who will join the best State School drummers and university Music majors from the Queensland Conservatorium and the Queensland University of Technology as they perform at halftime during this week’s AFL Grand Final at the ‘Gabba. They will perform with members from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and international rock band Sheppard.
We look forward to seeing them on TV.
Support Group meetings
Support Group meetings will be held online if necessary. Should you wish to contact the Debating Support Group, please email: DSGChair@terrace.qld.edu.au or the Terrace Performing Arts, please email: TPAChair@terrace.qld.edu.au .
Staying in touch
To keep in touch with all things Cultural, we would suggest you download the Terrace App and follow us on Twitter (@GTCulture) and Instagram (terrace_gtculture) to ensure you don’t miss a thing. If you have any photographs or video that you would like to share, please tag us.
Director of Music | Mr Jan Hewerdine
Welcome to Week 3
Thank you to our Fanfare team who played at the Track and Field Assembly on Tuesday.
Yesterday the Terrace Performing Arts hosted a luncheon for our Year 12 Music cohort. Last night we held our second Chamber Concert for the year. This was filmed and will be streamed at a later date.
Thank you to all who attended Music Practice Hall. I ask that as many students as possible participate in this initiative, to ensure its continuity next year. We are also looking at adding a second day. More to details to come.
If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the Music Department firstname.lastname@example.org
Term 4 events
- Tuesday 17 November - Celebration of Excellence
- Wednesday 18 November - TPA Senior Music lunch
Director of Sport | Mr Tony McGahan
The College and Terrace Sport would like to congratulate the following students on their sporting achievements.
Shaun Andersen (Year 11) has made the Queensland Under 19 Schoolboys Indoor Volleyball team. The team usually play at Nationals but due to COVID-19 it is a merit team this year.
Baxter Ellis (Year 8) was awarded the Best and Fairest for the Queensland AFL Division 1 Under 14 Competition. He was also the Premiership player with the Morningside Panthers Under 14 team and was named Best on the Ground in the grand final.
The Weekly Wrap
Track and Field
Friday 16 October was a very good day for our Junior GPS Track and Field Team- the largest selected for some years. As all 54 boys arrived at College Hall at 7.30am, there was a great deal of excitement about what the day would hold.
At 9am the first gun fired, the first discus and shot put were thrown and the first heights and distances jumped. Throughout the day, Terrace athletes performed admirably and by the end of the championship event, the 12 Years and 11 Years athletes had earned themselves fourth place and the 10 Years boys sixth place. Overall the Team was awarded a commendable fifth place in what was a very challenging day.
To achieve this result, the Terrace athletes displayed grit, perseverance and determination. They finished the day physically spent, having given their all to their performances. Congratulations to the following boys for their commendable efforts.
- Frankie Ilott: First Place 11 Years 200m Division 6
- Tom Nasser: First Place 10 Years 800m Division 1
- Jacob Caltabiano: First Place 11 Years 800m Division 3
- Sebastian Bennett: First Place 11 Years 800m Division 2
- Max Lloyd: First Place 12 Years 800 Division 2 and First Place 12 Years High Jump Division 1
Mr Werner Botha (Head Coach), all of the Track and Field Coaches and I are incredibly proud, not only of the performances throughout the day but of the focus and commitment the boys displayed throughout the season.
Thank you to the parents who so generously offered their time to prepare and cook the food for our Annual Breakfast. Your time and generosity are greatly appreciated.
This Friday sees the culmination of the Senior Track and Field Season as our 13 Years to Open athletes will put their season’s training to the test. We wish them the very best of luck and know they will do themselves and the College proud.
Mr Anthony Hayward
Track and Field Coordinator
Volunteering at the Terrace Shop
During Term 4 we are welcoming our newest students to the Terrace Family and we need your help! We would love to have you assist us in the Shop as each new student is fitted for his Terrace uniform.
It is a lovely tradition to have current parents volunteer in the Shop during this time. It gives new families an opportunity to meet other parents and ask those everyday questions in a friendly and welcoming environment.
It doesn’t matter if you have not volunteered with us before – we warmly welcome everyone! We will be here to help you and will give you a quick cheat sheet for the fitting process.
We will attend to the uniform fittings from Term 4 Week 1 - Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8.30am - 2.45pm.
On Tuesdays 27 October, 10 November and 17 November we will need assistance until 5.15pm. There are two families booked at one scheduled time, therefore we hope to have two volunteers kindly assist after school.
If you are interested in helping us, please put your name down to volunteer via the following links.
- October 26 https://volunteersignup.org/MJERA
- November 2 https://volunteersignup.org/KAW3C
- November 9 https://volunteersignup.org/XTR7P
- November 16 https://volunteersignup.org/8HQ8A
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We both look forward to welcoming you!
Donna Asnicar and Felice Gatenby email@example.com
Find your upcoming Terrace Family invitations below...
Support Terrace Volleyball this Saturday at the the Estee Lauder Corporate Store shopping experience.
With up to 40% off retail including brands such as Estee Lauder, Clinique and M.A.C. - tick off your Christmas shopping list and invite your friends too.
Details: Saturday 24 October & Saturday 31 October | 10am – 4pm
Where: Level 2, 33 Park Road, Milton
Cost: $10 (+ booking fee) | Includes entry
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 31 October
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Diana Weeden | firstname.lastname@example.org
Details: Sunday 29 November | 1 - 4.30pm
Venue: Tennyson Playing Fields
RSVP: No RSVP necessary. All Old Boys and current Terracians and their families are warmly invited to attend.
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Blair Copelin | BlairCopelin@Terrace.qld.edu.au
The perfect accessory for the 2021 Red and Black cricket season is ready to purchase in 3 different options:
- Custom wheel bag (Atomic 1400) | $145 (+ booking fees)
- Custom wheel bag (Atomic 700) | $80 (+ booking fees)
- Custom velocity bag (Duffle 750) | $80 (+ booking fees)
Limited quantities of each so don't delay!Cricket Bag | Purchase Here
Year Level Parent Social Functions
Find your upcoming year level parent/caregiver function details here...
Year 6 Parent/Caregiver Coffee Morning
Details: Friday 6 November | From 8am
Venue: Victoria Park Bistro, Herston
Cost: Pay at the bar
RSVP: Please RSVP using the below link by Monday 2 November
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Kelli McKeiver | email@example.com
Year 6 End of Year Break Up
Details: Friday 27 November | 12 - 3pm
Venue: Centenary Pool, Gregory Terrace Spring Hill
Cost: Admission - $15 (+bf) | Includes admission, sausage sizzle & cake
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Catherine Hennessy | firstname.lastname@example.org
A position exists for a Casual School Crossing Supervisor at St Joseph's Gregory Terrace.
- A School Crossing Supervisor must be able to work in all-weather conditions,
- 1 hour and 30 mins per day - a maximum of up to 5 days per fortnight (on a rostered basis).
- Relief opportunities on your rostered days off.
- Pay Rate $31.11 per hour.
Commencement of employment for the successful applicant is dependent on:
- The favourable outcome of a health assessment.
- A Positive Notice Blue Card (you do not need to have a blue card to apply for the position).
If you are interested in this position, please contact Kellie O'Brien – Road Safety Officer on 3863 9839 for further information.
Applications for Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme
Each semester parents/carers have the opportunity to apply for assistance for student transport costs to and from school through this Scheme. Applications are available online during October for Semester Two.
Parents who may be eligible can apply online for the Transport Assistance Scheme through the Queensland Catholic Education Commission Here.