Established between 1974 and 1975 and formally opened in the College’s 1975 Centenary year by then headmaster, Br Barry Buckley, the Br Buckley Outdoor Education Centre is situated high on the shores of Lake Maroon, near Boonah, west of Brisbane. Our Centre has been host to wonderful and unique learning opportunities to generations of Terracians.
Affectionately known as “Maroon”, the Centre conducts Outdoor Education programs for students from Years 5 to Year 10 as well as hosting a diverse range of College activities and programs, including our Retreat Programs.
We are proud that Gregory Terrace students who visit Maroon cook freshly collected eggs alongside produce that they have picked fresh from the Maroon garden. Vital sustainability lessons are taught through this basic process. However, the garden goes even further than the kitchen at Maroon. The garden also gives back to the community. The local school students sow the seeds and give the seedlings to Gregory Terrace to plant in their garden. When the vegetables have grown they are sold at the local markets and the proceeds go back to the schools and so the cycle continues. It is an experience unique to the students of Terrace and the local community.
Outdoor Education forms a very important part of life at Gregory Terrace and the development of our young men. There are lessons that are powerfully taught at Maroon that help our young men develop, which complement their endeavours in the classroom and support their participation in other College programs.