Principal's Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Dear Members of the Terrace Family,

Last Friday our swimmers represented Terrace with distinction.  At the Annual GPS Swimming Championships our Junior GPS team placed first, whilst our Senior team gained a very creditable fourth place.  Both were excellent results and importantly, a ‘culture of belief’ was very evident amongst our swimmers.  The Open 6 x 50m freestyle relay team personified this culture when they swam into third place in the final event of the night and thus secured our overall fourth place for the team.  Congratulations to all our swimmers and coaches for your dedication and hard work.  Well done.

This weekend we turn our attention to the Head of the River at Wyaralong.  Like our swimmers, our rowers have been training very hard and this weekend is their Grand Final. There will be a strong contingent of supporters heading to the dam with many Cricket and Volleyball teams having a bye weekend.  On behalf of all the Terrace Family I wish our rowers all the very best at the Head of the River this weekend.  I know that they will do us proud.

Last Saturday night the inaugural Red and Black Cocktail Party was held.  It was a very successful evening with 650 guests in attendance.  The Gregory Terrace Foundation hosted the event and during the evening presented the College with a cheque for $1.62M.  Of this money, $320 000 is directed to the Edmund Rice Bursary Fund and the remaining $1.3M will support the College’s building programs.   This is a significant donation to the College and is the result of the generous support of families, both past and present.  My sincere thanks to the Foundation for their generous support.

Finally this week, with the exams just around the corner, I include some words that Mrs Julie Quinn sent to our Year 12 students last week.  Whilst they were directed to Year 12 students, they are equally relevant to all students:

“These final two weeks are our building weeks.  You need to consolidate your understandings and skills with much revision.  Make sure your study plan reflects the timing of your exams”

Good luck to all students as they work towards their approaching exams.  Remember, there is no substitute for hard work.

Have a great week.
God Bless,

Dr Michael Carroll
College Principal

College Dean | Mr Chris Ryan

Staff News

Congratulations to Mr Josh Kersevani and his wife Ellie on the arrival of their first child, a son named Frankie. Everyone is doing well and it is lovely to have so many babies arriving for our staff community.

Mrs Jo Pacheco, a member of our IT Services team has tendered her resignation from the College as she has secured a new role closer to home on the coast. We thank Jo for her expertise, positivity and relational approach to her work here at Terrace and wish her well.

As Mr Mason Hellyer has been appointed as Acting Dean of Studies for the second half of Term 2 while Mrs Julie Quinn is on leave, Mr Rob Sweeper has been appointed as Acting Head of Health and Physical Education for this time. We congratulate Mr Sweeper and wish him well for this experience.

Mr Peter Whitehouse, the Coordinator of IPT and Digital Technologies is also taking some long service leave for the first four weeks of Term 2. We wish him well for this time. Mr Tony Nicita will be joining our staff to look after Mr Whitehouse’s classes for this period and congratulations and thank you to Mr Phil Hiett who will act as Subject Coordinator IPT and Digital Technologies.

Middle Leadership Appraisals and Educator Impact

I have commented on this process a couple of times. Our Middle Leaders are presently engaged in their professional appraisal process which collects data from self reflection, supervisors, peers and direct reports against eight domains of leadership. I thank the Middle Leaders; House Deans, Heads of Faculty and Program Leaders and the wider staff for their professional engagement with this important process. For your interest, I have included the leadership domains being used below:  

• Vision
• Developing People
• Building Trust
• Modelling Excellence
• Catalysing Change
• Communicating Effectively 
• Driving Accountability
• Nurturing Culture
• Managing Issues

Dean of Studies | Mrs Julie Quinn

Recently the media has continued to analyse the Senior results from last year. With statistics allowing for diverse interpretation, the table of top schools has varied among different media articles. Allowing for this variation of interpretation, it was most encouraging to witness the strong placing of our Seniors of last year. To finish within the top four or five schools across Queensland is a credit to both our boys and our staff.

Next year our Seniors of 2019 will be the final group to be awarded an OP score. The Seniors of 2020 will be assessed under the new QCE system and, as such, be awarded with an ATAR score. This score is the system that southern states of Australia operate under. The system will involve students completing three internal assessment items. This internal assessment will be in the form of a report, assignment or an exam. This type of assessment is defined within the syllabus of each subject as outlined by QCAA. The results from these three internal pieces of assessment are then added to the result that a student obtains in the final assessment, which is an exam set externally. The scores from the internal assessment are added to the score from the external assessment. In the case of all Maths and Science subjects, the external exam is worth 50% of the final score. For all other subjects offered at Terrace, the external exam is worth 25% of the final score. These two scores - internal and external - are added to give a final score that contributes to the ATAR score which is based on the best five subjects. As a school we are continuing to attend professional development around the new system and to plan for its inception with our Year 11 students of 2019, our Seniors of 2020.

Exam timetables have now been issued to all boys in all year levels. It is most important that all boys have a study plan to follow in the weeks leading into their exams. These study plans need to state the time that a student intends to spend on their revision and the tasks within the subject that they wish to complete. Having specific tasks/exercises/questions will allow a student to keep focused and will ensure that all work is covered prior to the exams.

Last year one of my diligent and kind students gave me a book entitled “Never Give Up”. I share some of the inspiring quotes- 

“ There is no failure, except in no longer trying” 
“Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors”
“ One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time”

Dean of Students | Mr Damien Fall

On Friday, our Years 5 and 6 students attended the Junior GPS Swimming Championships as supporters, while students from Years 10 and 12 attended the senior session in the evening.  Our community was enormously proud of the swimmers for their commitment, but we were also proud of the spectators, who showed great enthusiasm in providing their support.  It was an excellent display of school spirit and we thank our young men for their contribution.

The Lenten season is the most important time of the Christian calendar and is equally important for us as a Catholic school.  At this time students are challenged to live out the notion of doing something for nothing – serving others with no expectation of receiving anything in return.  Some of the funds raised by each House during the Lenten Appeal will go towards their House Friendship Group and it has been good to observe the creativity behind some of the fundraising ideas.  I encourage students to live out the notion of ‘something for nothing’, not only as part of the Lenten Appeal, but also in their lives outside of school.  

Mobile phone policies in schools have received considerable media attention in recent weeks.  A reminder that our expectation is for students to lock their phone away in their locker upon arrival at the College and leave it there for the day.  This encourages face-to-face interactions, removes the temptation to use cameras inappropriately and takes away one potential distraction in the classroom.  We are always understanding in extraordinary circumstances of students needing to quickly use their phones, but phones used without permission will be confiscated.  We are very confident that this policy is in the best interests of all members of our community and we thank parents for supporting us in our stance.

Our rowers have worked hard throughout the season and this Saturday is the culmination of the program with the Head of the River to be held at Wyaralong Dam.  Whilst there has been much made of this being a ‘bye round’ for Cricket and Volleyball, a large number of students do have games on Saturday and so will be unable to attend as supporters.  Students whose Cricket and Volleyball teams have a scheduled game must honour their commitment and play this Saturday.  For those students who do not have a co-curricular commitment, there is an opportunity to come along and give their support to the rowers.  Due to the nature of the venue, the GPS Association has capped the number of supporters we can send.  Those intending to attend on Saturday must sign up at the Sport Office and are required to wear academic uniform and white shirt.  Please note that the College Akubra hat MUST be worn; Terrace caps are not acceptable and students without an Akubra hat will not be permitted to attend.  Buses will depart from outside the Chapel at 7am and will return by around midday.

Dean of Identity | Mr Charles Brauer

 What’s ‘right’ with this picture?

How many woman can you see in this image? 

Five? Six? Seven? Our Catholic tradition is grounded in the story of women. Although our initial view of our Church may resonate patriarchy, if we look beyond this and to the foundation story of our faith, we arrive at Mary, the mother of Jesus and the first disciple of Jesus. The same can be said of our Edmund Rice tradition, artistically represented in the above Edmund Rice Icon. 
Three women are central to inspiring Edmund Rice to commit his life to the education of the poor and marginalised. His mother modelled ‘walking the talk’ of the Gospel with welcoming strangers into the Rice household. The love for his wife and the pain of her death, drew Edmund into the heart of the marginalised working class of Ireland where humility was the bright light of humanity. The love of his daughter reaffirmed for Edmund his call to commit his life to being an advocate for a just education for young people. Just as Jesus and Edmund, we too are not immune to the power of woman. 

Who have been the significant women in your life who have brought the best out in you?

Proudly pinned to each red and black tie throughout today was a purple ribbon, a symbol of our commitment to acknowledging the role women play in our lives – our personal, social and family lives. This deliberate action by our College community provided us with the opportunity to promote a balanced and ‘right’ perspective of the synergy of women and men. Furthermore, we have been encouraged to consider how, as an individual, our hearts and minds have been nurtured by the significant women in our lives

Just as our Edmund Rice Icon ‘rightly’ represents the powerful impact of woman, if we were to create an image of our Terrace Family we too would have a ‘right’ representation of woman; our mums, our sisters, our teachers, our aunties, our grandmothers, our staff, our volunteers and our friends. 

Happy International Women’s Day to all our Terrace women. May we not rely on this one day to recognise women, rather, may we use the importance of this day as a reminder of the significant women in our lives each and every day.

The Good News of Terrace –The Terrace Gentleman embracing International Women’s Day

Years 7, 8 and 9 Program Leader | Mr Damien Coman

Next week is Week 8 and it is an incredibly important time of term for our young men. It can also become quite stressful for them and therefore this can follow them home. The juggling act of completing all homework, working on assignments and revising for upcoming exams on top of co-curricular commitments is the challenge of students. Some may now reflect on the messages of starting assignments as early as possible to free up more time for revision at this stage. Students need to have a clear plan for tonight and for the week including the subject, the specific work and the time to be spent on each.

We have a number of students contesting the QAMT (QLD Mathematics) test next Wednesday 14 March, some Year 8s attended an interesting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) workshop at QUT and some other Year 7 students participated in an academic ‘cluster’ at All Hallows’ School.
NAPLAN testing for Mathematics, Language Skills, Writing and Reading will be held for Years 7 and 9 during 15-17 May . To help students understand the style of questions, they are being prepared gradually in a number of ways that are incorporated into their English and Maths subjects. English has incorporated a comprehension lesson with the librarians and Maths students are moving through a past paper in classes over a number of weeks. We also have a full practice for both Maths/Language areas in the exam block for Years 7 and 9.
Students could practise with the ‘example paper’ for each segment at  or past papers 2008-2011 at if they wanted to become familiar with the style of questions that they will encounter.
Next week the College celebrates the National Day Against Bullying. Posters are all around the school with the messages that we convey so often. Students in Years 7 and 8 will also talk in more detail about the issues associated with bullying in this day and age and that are well documented through various news outlets. Prevention is always key and boys ensuring that they are aware of the consequences of their actions and words. Support is also widely advertised and at hand at the College through Tutors, House Deans, significant adults in a student’s life (such as coaches) and importantly, our Counselling Department.

Director of Culture | Mr Matt Cocking

Success - Lions Youth of the Year Competition

The Terrace success continues for the Lions Youth of the Year Competition with Finley Prentis winning his round and now making it through to the Regional Final of this national competition.


Well done to the 50 students of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Drumline who recently performed at the Apple and Grape Festival in Stanthorpe. This is a biennial festival which saw our Drumline perform in 2016. It is an excellent show of growth and success to now be sending the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Drumline who together form a parade band. Many comments on the day and after the event indicated that the Terrace boys were a highlight of the parade.

Musical – We Will Rock You

This weekend we welcomed our lead choreographer to the staff - Mr Simon Lind. Simon has been integral in the background creating the choreography and spent this Sunday with the cast of the musical to polish what they had done so far. Simon has an extensive background in dance and his choreography credits include, Australia Idol, Australia’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance. Simon was also an Artistic Director for X-Factor in 2010. We look forward to working with him along this journey.

Musical Donations

As we move forward with the musical we are calling for donations to add to our costuming. The more donated items we can add the less we need to source, which helps us keep the budget down.  We thank you in advance for any items you may be able to assist with. Due to our cast we would like items that you may think would be appropriate for teenagers and as we will be adjusting them we would only like items which you will not require back.

  • Aqua or light blue surgical scrubs – x 2 sets
  •  Stethoscopes x 2
  • Men's Biker style jacket (M or L)
  • Men's leather look jackets - all styles
  • Denim jackets, Denim vests
  • Men's business suits - 2 piece jacket and trousers
  • Ladies business suit - skirt and jacket

If you have any of these items please drop them with your name to the Cultural Office.

Thank you to the parents who were fitting, altering and sewing costumes at last weekend's rehearsal. You are invaluable to our program.


Last weekend Terrace held the Terrace Rapid Chess competition, which went very well. All 31 competitors played great games with Hughston Parle taking out the joint first prize.  Well done to Joshua Alfredson in Year 7 for also being on the team of prize winners.

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 Old Boys’ Room  
Terrace Performing Arts – Tuesday 17 April, 5.30pm in the Callan Centre    

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) to ensure you don’t miss anything.  

Director of Music | Acting Director, Mr Jan Hewerdine

Congratulations are in order to the ANZAC Day Marching Band, who marched last Saturday in the biennial Apple and Grape Festival, held in Stanthorpe. The discipline, as well as the musical output was high calibre and exemplified the values and the public face of Terrace. A surprise bonus was that the Red Thunder Drumline were invited to open the parade! A special thank you too, to all the families who travelled out to see us.

A big thank you also to Mrs Kelly and the string staff for the String Soirée, which was held last night at Waterford Place. This provided a wonderful opportunity for our younger string musicians to perform in both an ensemble and solo capacity. Thank you Mr Michael Manikus for accompanying the soloists.

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. Our first events for Honour Pocket qualification will be happening in Term 2; the ANZAC Day Parade on 25 April and the Norman Clarke Concert on 21 May.

Congratulations to the Red Thunder Drumline, directed by Mr Matt Cocking, for their performance on College Assembly this week. Next week the newly formed Terrace Trombone Choir, under the direction of Mr Adrian Head will be performing.

For any budding composers in our community, I would like to draw your attention to the following initiative:
As an aid, student resources can be found here:

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Home Practice

Private home practice is essential to success in any musical or artistic endeavour. Practise is difficult, it is a solitary activity and you have to spend time trying to figure out things that you can't do. However, if you practise until you can't get it wrong you will be rewarded with a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, knowing you have overcome the challenges. The most difficult part of practice is getting started.  
Here are a few tips to help you on your way. 
• Find a time and place each day where you are able to do your practice without being disturbed, or disturbing others. 
• Invest in a music stand and a comfortable chair so that you practise with good posture. 
• Practise regularly. Shorter, frequent practise sessions are more valuable than one or two longer sessions each week. 
• Use a metronome and listen to recordings to help develop a sense of time and understanding of how music should sound. 
• Divide your practice session into: 
• warm up 
• scales and technical work  
• etudes and solo pieces 
• band music 
• fun music – play along with your favourite songs 
• listen – music is a language, listen to great performers so you know how your instrument is meant to sound. 
The following is a recommended guideline to help you plan your practice sessions. 
While it may not be possible every week, it is good to keep a goal in mind. 
• Beginners: 10 -15 minutes – 5 - 6 days/week 
• Intermediate: 20 - 30 minutes – 5 - 6 days/week 
• Advanced: 30 - 60 minutes – 5 - 6 days/week 
Remember, rehearsals, performances and lessons do not count as private practice.

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 trousers and shorts. The first big concert event for these groups will be the Winter Concert in Term 2. Trousers are available from the Uniform Shop in sizes 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. 

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.

Holiday Workshops

• ANZAC Day Marching Band (consisting of BCB, RCB and Red Thunder Drumline) Thursday 12 April 9-12pm Tennyson.
• Drumline Thursday 12 April 12.30-2.30pm Tennyson.
• ANZAC Day Marching Band (as per above + SWE) Friday 13 April, 9-12pm Tennyson.
• Red Peppers Pep Band (TJO, BBB, Percussion Ensemble Two’s drumline, all tuba players) Friday 13 April, 12.30-2.30pm

Term 2 Events

• ANZAC Day Marching Band, Sunday 22 April, 10am-12pm, Tennyson Playing Fields
• ANZAC Day Marching Band, Wednesday 25 April, 8am-12.30pm, meet at Terrace, march in Brisbane CBD.
• Senior Music Production Wednesday 16-19 May, selected performers only. 
• Winter Concert, Wednesday 30 May, 6.30pm. 
• Norman Clarke Concert, Sunday 3 June, Villanova College. Sound checks from 10.45am, concert at 3pm.
• Drumline and RBB band Workshop Monday 25 June 
• First Percussion Ensemble BBB band Workshop Tuesday 26 June 
• Percussion 2, Percussion 3, TJC band Workshops Wednesday 27 June 

Director of Sport | Mr Damian Wright

Rowing | Head of the River

This Saturday is the culmination of the season for the Terrace Rowing Community. The Head of the River for the Senior shed will take place at Wyaralong Dam. Crews will represent the College in the Year 10 Quads, the Year 11 and Open Eights.  

The Rowing program, as described by Dr Carroll at College Assembly, is the most time and effort taxing activity at the College that any boy can undertake. Yet from the significant demands, it is also one of the most rewarding for the boys – the saying “six months for six minutes” reflects the exceptional commitment that is asked for such a short time period of opportunity. As with all Championship events – the performance on the day, under pressure, is what counts.

All lead up form will count for nothing if the athletes that will represent Terrace at the Head of the River, don’t perform to the best of their ability when called upon.

In Rowing there are two opportunities to be Championship winners:

  1.  “The Old Boys’ Cup” represents the overall point score program Championship winner with points allocated for placings in Year 10 Quads and Year 11 and Open Eights. This Championship premiership rewards all boys and is the same as the Swimming, Cross Country, Gymnastics and the Track and Field Championship event structure. Every boy counts and every boy’s performance and placings count towards the overall premiership. 
  2.  “The O’Connor Cup” is the trophy awarded to the winning Open 1st VIII, specifically only the Open 1st VIII. It is also unique in its nature as it is the only GPS trophy that from 1918 has all the names of the winning crews and those young men who won the race in these crews - individually engraved on it. It is a remarkable piece of GPS sporting history.

The rowers have done the work and will be rewarded by their performance on the weekend. No athlete that has prepared correctly for an event should ever need luck, simply the supporters best wishes for performing at their best when it matters. Good rowing to the Terrace boys on Saturday.

Student support buses depart the college at 7am and will return after lunch on Saturday – traffic and weather dependant. White shirt and Akubra is expected school uniform. I strongly suggest boys bring a water bottle.  

Parents and caregivers who will be looking to support are reminded that wet weather parking conditions have been imposed.  Car parking will be 15kms from the dam, $5 per vehicle (this will include a program and the return shuttle bus).  Parents and caregivers should allow an extra 30 minutes travel time to account for parking and to ensure that you don't miss any racing.


The performance of the Terrace Swimmers on Friday was nothing short of phenomenal, with outstanding performances being delivered from the younger members of the College in the Under 10,11 and 12 age levels all the way through to the Senior boys up to the Open age level.

The morning Junior GPS was a wonderful event to be at and witness so many boys making their best effort to bring Terrace home in first place. The newly created “Junior GPS” has taken over from “CIC” competition and it is the first win for the Junior Swimming program in Junior GPS in the five years that it has been running. History also reaches back to the year 2000, when Terrace last won the CIC competition, so Friday morning's effort is remarkable and significant. It was truly a great expose of depth and commitment from so many young men and was a delight to the full stand of supporters who witnessed the success of Terrace Swimming.

The Senior boys did remarkably well in the afternoon to record fourth place in a competition that is equal, if not greater in its quality of athletes, to a state or national swimming carnival. The intensity and the noise is out of the ordinary – the chanting, the screaming and the support was incredible. Thank you to all the boys that came and carried the young men in Red and Black to the performances that were produced.

So many boys produced their best efforts and therefore their best results for the College, and several boys stepped out of their comfort zone and swam events that might not have been their favourite events – but did so for the team. That is always a difficult selection decision but thank you to those boys. There were many outstanding results. From the College perspective all boys who swam and gave their all, should be congratulated.

With the end of the Championship events for Term 1 2018 concluding officially this weekend with the Swimming Dinner on Friday evening and the Rowing Dinner on Saturday evening, it is appropriate and right to thank and congratulate the two Support Groups behind these two activities who work so tirelessly behind the scenes supporting the boys at many varied events. From simply getting up so early to dropping the boys at the pool or the shed, to cooking breakfasts – endless bacon and egg rolls - thank you for your generous help. Sincere thanks to the bodies – the Swimming Support Group and the Rowing Support Group (Terrow), thank you for everything that you do.

After Saturday evening both groups can turn their attention towards the 2019 season and what lies ahead.

The Weekly Wrap



In one of the biggest weekends of the season thus far, Round 6 saw Terrace take on The Southport School (TSS) as well as a host of supplementary school matches. Tennyson was at capacity as all cricketers embraced the opportunity to play after missing their matches last week due to wet weather. Terrace had its most successful day on the field this season in terms of results, winning 77% of all matches including 20 of 26 matches against the traditionally strong cricketing college TSS. Success on the field is a great reward for all cricketers in the program that have maintained their standards at training and in games in recent weeks. Furthermore, there were some outstanding individual performances across all grades and not surprisingly those boys who excelled have been consistent all year in setting these standards for their team mates to follow. Well done to the entire program including players, coaching staff and the parent group for a great weekend on and off the field for Terrace Cricket.


Although Round 7 in the GPS fixtures is listed as a ‘Bye’ 46 teams will be playing matches in Round 7, Saturday 10 March. Round 7 of Cricket is also ‘Mates Round’, an opportunity for players to celebrate the mateship shaped by cricket and formed through teamwork and a willingness to compete on the field. Mates Round is highlighted by:

• 46 teams playing matches this weekend
• 14 teams competing in the ‘Spring Hill Cup’ Middle School Challenge v BGS at Northgate
• Friday Night Internal Fixtures in the Year 12 Age group
• A number of Bs v Cs Internal matches in various age groups
• Matches v Ambrose Tracey College 
• 1st XI road trip to compete in the yearly fixture against Downlands College

Given the short nature of the GPS season, games will always be scheduled on the designated ‘bye’ round to give more cricketing opportunities to cricketers during the season. This has become apparent this season with a number of teams having multiple matches called off due to weather. A reminder that cricketers are to fulfil their obligation to play on Saturday and support their mates by attending their games on Saturday as the program prepares for a strong finish to the season in Rounds 8 and 9.


GT 10/128 (45.5 overs) defeated by TSS 6/195 (50 overs) 

Round 6 of the GPS season saw third placed Terrace host ladder leaders TSS in a crucial clash in the context of the season. Terrace went with an unchanged line-up from the previous week’s thrilling victory over Brisbane Grammar, and in favourable conditions TSS won the toss and elected to bat on Internationals Oval. 

Terrace took to the field looking to make a statement from the outset and made their best start of the year with ball in hand. Max Law (1/25 off 6) and Nick Morton (0/28 off 10) settled into their rhythm nicely, delivering four maidens in a row before Law was rewarded with an early nick behind. Terrace kept the pressure on throughout the first 30 overs as the spinners kept the run rate below three an over. However, TSS crucially kept wickets in hand and it took until the 35th over for Terrace to get a second breakthrough with Ed Backstrom delivering a pinpoint throw from the cover boundary for a run out. Entering the final 10 overs with wickets in hand, TSS piled on the pressure and were rewarded as Terrace faltered slightly both in the field and with ball in hand. TSS posted 6/195 off their 50 overs despite the best efforts of Ryan Walker (3/30 off 10) who made important breakthroughs at the death and prevented TSS from crossing the 200 mark.

TSS entered the second innings with momentum following the final 10 overs of the batting innings and their new ball spell displayed why they are competition leaders. In a devastating 12 over period, five Terrace wickets fell as the hosts were reduced to 5/15 and any chance of chasing the 196 required for victory looked to be dashed. James Hurst (13) fought hard; however when he fell to a good catch at first slip and Backstrom (8) followed five overs later, TSS sensed an opportunity for a double bonus point victory with Terrace slipping further into trouble at 7/54. This brought Walker and Law together in the middle and the pair showed fight and application as they attempted to add some respectability to the scorecard. Together the pair put on 64 and after fighting hard early, provided some lusty blows before Walker was caught for a well made 47. The final two wickets fell quickly as Law was left unbeaten on 32 with Terrace bowled out for 128.

A clinical performance by the ladder leaders saw them take a bonus point with them back down the M1. Terrace will feel an opportunity has been missed, particularly after the start they made with the ball. A prime example on the day of how much effect momentum can have on the game of cricket and Terrace will be working hard over in the next fortnight in preparation of another important clash against Ipswich Grammar in two weeks’ time.



Congratulations on a great regatta. This was a positive end to the season with all the boys performing well with the limited preparation we have had. Unlike many of the other schools we do not spend as much time training in the younger age groups but work on the FUNdamentals and comradery to create a long term approach for our rowers. This can be seen with an exponential change in performance from year to year as the amount of training increasing and complementing our strong skill base. Thank you again for all of your support this season, looking forward to continuing the Terrace Rowing journey next year as the boys will participate in the week to week regattas with the senior age groups.
REMINDER – All Year 8 boys are required to attend the Head of the River and support their senior counterparts. A bus will be put on from Spring Hill, so please sign up at the Sport Office if this is required.
A pizza day will also be put on for all Year 8 Rowers who attend Head of the River to thank them for a great season – this will be communicated to all boys in the coming week.
The final week is upon us! All the hard work and effort is locked away and is going to culminate into one race on 10 March.
We are not going to get any fitter this week, this week is all about execution, all we can do this week is to focus on quality and preparation.
With this in mind – There will be NO AFTERNOON TRAINING this week to assist with recovery and allow time to catch up on study.
We are looking forward to a great weekend.

Refereeing at Terrace

Congratulations to Year 12 student Cooper Ree who has been selected for the Secondary School Scholarship Program. Selected students will be involved in a range of activities designed to improve their knowledge of the game, enhance their performance as referees, and expose them to a higher standard of rugby. 

Last Friday night, Cooper was appointed number 6 referee for the Reds v Brumbies game. 
More information about the Terrace Schoolboy Referee program will be released shortly via the Parent Lounge.


Congratulations to all the Terrace swimmers who competed last Friday. It was a day of fantastic results with Terrace winning the Junior event and coming fourth in GPS. Many thanks to the wonderful parents who supported the boys throughout the season. The team was cheered on by the passionate Terrace students in the stands and this added to the great atmosphere which is GPS Swimming. A special thanks to the Rackley coaches, Justin, Mackenzie and Matt for preparing the team to be able to achieve these results.

GPS Junior Carnival 

Terrace finished first with 21 first places and three Junior GPS records. These included: Archie Mann (Year 6) with victories in the 50m freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and the medley relay, Jack Moore(Year 6) with wins in the 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and the medley relay, Joseph Gallagher (Year 5) with wins in the 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and the medley relay, Cooper Kennedy (Year 5) with victory in the 50m breaststroke, William Devine (Year 5) with first place in 50m freestyle and breaststroke and the medley relay, Tom Weir (Year 5) with a win in 50m freestyle, Malachi Neill (Year 5) with first place in 50m freestyle, Lachlan Hillary (Year 7) with victories in the 50m butterfly and freestyle, Leo Pomerenke (Year 5) with a win in the 50m freestyle. Terrace swimmers also broke three Junior GPS records during the event. Cooper Kennedy (Year 5) broke the record with a time of 45.06 in the 50m breaststroke Under 10. Jack Moore (Year 6) broke two records, the 50m freestyle Under 11 with a time of 30.70, and the 50m butterfly Under 11 with a time of 34.19.

The GPS Carnival 

The Terrace Swimming team finished fourth and recorded five first places. Hayslee Cassidy (Year 8) won the 50m freestyle Under 13 in 26.36. Felix Wilson (Year 8) claimed victory in the Under 13 breaststroke in 34.58. Felix and Hayslee combined with other Year 8 students, Jack French, Tasman Bunkum, Tom Druve and Caelan Bradley (Year 7), to win the 300m freestyle relay. Tom Neill won two races on the night, the 200m freestyle Under 16 in 1:56.36 and the 100m freestyle Under 16 in 53.64. Well done to these outstanding Terrace swimmers.

Captains' Corner | Vice Captain Tom Dearlove

Last Friday night was the 100th GPS Swimming Carnival and my last race for Terrace. As I sat in the marshalling room awaiting my race, the echoes of Terrace’s famous war cry ‘Boundary Road’ sent a shiver down my spine. I felt spirit surround me as I anxiously awaited my race. A few moments later, as my dive broke the hallowed waters of Chandler, I felt the entire spirit and wild cheers of the Years 10 and 12 cohorts propelling me through the water. In my eight years of GPS Swimming, I have never heard such loud and enthusiastic support. A mate came up to me at the end of my race and stated “I nearly passed out I was cheering that loud”. The hard work of our coaches, parents and supporters led us to the best result Terrace had secured in well over a decade. A final school result of fourth place and an incredible victory for our Junior swimmers who won their carnival. 

This Saturday is another big event on our calendar; Head of the River. A Terrace rower is a unique beast, he epitomises the very essence of hard work. To the boys who are racing this weekend, we admire your commitment and fortitude. It takes guts to do what you do. All rowers rest assured, a convoy will stretch from Brisbane to Wyaralong Dam on Saturday as your supporters travel to stand shoulder to shoulder on the banks of the water course, acclaiming your hard work. To the rowers and their families, we all know what you have committed this year and we wish you strength and success on Saturday. You deserve it.

Upon approaching exam block, hard work has been manifest in our study preparation. This time of the year not only do we juggle the euphoria of GPS sporting conquests, but we also focus on our first term exams - they are just around the corner. There is nothing more important than kicking off the academic year, especially for our Seniors, with a solid performance in Term 1. I wish all the student population the best with their hard work for upcoming exams. 

This weekend and in the upcoming weeks, with pressures of sport and academia, we will stand tall as we stand shoulder to shoulder with one another.

Terrace Ladies Group

TLG Welcome Mass

Last Friday 2 March we had the lovely TLG Welcome Mass in the Chapel of the Holy Family.  It was a very special morning shared together. The Choir graced us with their beautiful singing of some new hymns while still keeping some of our favourites in the ceremony. Thank you to Mrs Bernadette Debattista on the piano and Mr Brad Esbensen on the trumpet, who accompanied the boys to create a most memorable occasion. The new time of 7.45am seemed to have helped our mothers attend before getting on with their busy days, after our brunch of course.

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 Club 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. 

The main prize is a fabulous two nights accommodation package, with breakfast for two people at The Island, Gold Coast, along with a complimentary bottle of French champagne on arrival. Valid for a 12-month period from April, you can find a time that suits your schedule and enjoy a relaxed short break away. 

The prizes to be won between the year levels include, in no particular order:
• $150 BLOW Hair and Beauty voucher;
• $150 King Street Voucher;
• Susan Drive gold plated evening earrings;
• $100 Nat Sui voucher, a bottle of Piper Heidsieck Cuvee and a 30-minute Thai foot massage from Pho Thai Spa; and
• $200 Homewares hamper from The Modern Furniture Store.

Key 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 – RSVPs 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. We also take a lot of care in where we place ladies on tables to ensure you have a wonderful time together. If you have more than one son in these grades, you can nominate which year level you’d like to sit with this year when you purchase your ticket.

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. 

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 mothers, 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 10: Monday 26 March – 7.30am TLG Meeting and breakfast, Founders' Room

Main Functions for the Year:

  • Friday 27 April – Years 5-9 Mothers' Morning Tea, Victoria Park Golf Club
  • Friday 7 September – TLG Fashion Parade, Brisbane City Hall

Contact | TLG President | Mel Josephson:

Terrace Timor Network


During 2018 there will be major changes on the ground in Timor-Leste, particularly the community of Railaco in the Ermera District with whom we’ve been friends for nearly 20 years. The Christian Brothers have decided that their ministry of Timor-Leste will discontinue in 2019. Communidade Edmund Rice (CER), led and enacted by Br Frank Hennessy and Br Peter Coe, will withdraw from Timor-Leste at the end of 2018. However, the mission of supporting the people of Timor-Leste will continue.

Br Damien Price, as representative of the Christian Brothers Oceania Province, St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace and the TTN are currently exploring partnership options with Mary MacKillop International (MMI) to continue the support of the local community of Ermera District. Whilst CER leave with great sadness, we are very confident that the relationship with the people of Timor-Leste will be fostered and continue in the spirit of the Gospel. We will have the opportunity in January 2019 to gather and celebrate our wonderful relationship between the people of Timor-Leste and those Terrace and Christian Brother communities.

For TTN it will be business as usual. We will continue to support the card, coffee and vanilla programs and will also continue to raise awareness and fundraise for Timor-Leste.   

Our plans for 2018 include two major events: -

Mother’s Day Stall Friday 11 May -  selling hampers with Timor products. In previous years this was a very popular opportunity for boys to buy something special for their mums. Mrs Annabelle Watt with a team of helpers will run this event.

Timor Friendship Day at Tennyson  11 August - with help from the Rugby and Basketball Support Groups. This day aims to sell Timor Justice products, as well as raise awareness of the importance of Terrace’s involvement in Timor-Leste. The day will conclude with a gala Timor Festa Drinks at the top of the grandstand. Please join us.

TTN will continue to promote the following activities: -

Kolega Café - Every Friday morning at the Campbell Centre canteen, run by Years 7, 8 and 9 Terrace boys and organised by Dean of Identity, Mr Charles Brauer.
GT Year 10 Immersion - Support for Immersion boys pre and post Timor trip.
Justice Product online store - Sale of coffee and cards managed superbly by Mrs Jo Clark.
Timor Week at Terrace and Timor Independence Day on 20 May -  Includes communication with the Timorese community and support of celebration activities. 
Two Days of Work Campaign - Run by Mrs Bernadette Higgins who will promote the TTN message to other schools.

We welcome the new families to Terrace and look forward to collaborating with the Terrace community during 2018. Thank you for your continued support, your generosity makes a real difference in the lives of our Timor family.

Mrs Amanda Wright and Mrs Rebecca Tweedy | 2018 TTN Co-Chairs 

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: Thursday 15 March | 6pm - 10.30pm
Where: The Marquee | Victoria Park | 309 Herston Rd Brisbane
Cost: $70 (+ booking fees) | Includes 2 course dinner & champagne on arrival
RSVP: Please RSVP by Monday 12 March
For further details or enquiries, please contact 
Sarah Hunter | | 0403 817 131

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

With special guest appearances by Football Legends Michael Theo and Gary Wilkins!
Date and Time: 
Saturday 21 April | 5pm - 8.30pm
Where: Br Rogers Pavilion, Tennyson Playing Fields
Cost: Adults - $36 (+ booking fees) | Includes dinner. Cash bar
Students - Free | Includes pizza & soft drink
RSVP: Please RSVP by Tuesday 17 April
For further details or enquiries, please contact 
Ida Gambaro | | 0403 017 370

Football Launch - Book Here

Tickets on sale via College Events 9am tomorrow, Friday 9 March. Get in quick to be sure you don't miss out!
Date and Time: 
Saturday 21 April | 11.30am
Where: The Grove Marquee, Doomben Race Course
Cost: $185 | Includes race entry, exclusive use of The Grove Marquee, 5 hour food and beverage package, race books and private totes, plasma screens for interstate race viewing and complimentary buses to Cloudland afterparty
RSVP: Please RSVP via College Events by Friday 13 April
For further information or enquiries, please contact:
Mary-Louise Condon |, Vanessa Dollar |,
Kristin Esler |, Katherine Bickle |

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

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

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 |

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

Cancelled function. Refunds will be issued to those people who had RSVP'd by 
For further details or enquiries, please contact   
Nicole Hoffmann | | 0417 793 583

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