Captains' Corner | Tom Robinson
Like most weeks at Terrace, the last seven days have been action packed. Between Open Day, the Cross Country Championships and another round of GPS Football and Tennis, it’s safe to say there's been plenty happening.
Last Thursday, Limestone Park played host to the annual GPS Cross-Country Championships in what was a great day of GPS sport. Terrace finished in 8th position on the day and although this was not the result the team was hoping for, the effort and commitment of all our runners could not be questioned. Captain of Cross Country, Tim Bliss, urged the team to ‘run ugly’, something they embodied as they took on the treacherous course. A few boys in the 'Red and Black' even managed to push themselves to complete exhaustion, passing out after they crossed the finish line. Whilst I’m sure this wasn't encouraged by the coaches, I think we can all admire the level of commitment shown by our runners, who truly left nothing in the tank.
More recently, Tuesday’s Identity themed College Assembly gave us all a sneak peak into some of the amazing work done by our Identity Team. We heard from members of the Kolega Café crew, who sell iced coffee each Friday morning made from beans grown in Timor Leste. The funds raised then go back to the Terrace Timor Network, who undertake a range of initiatives to help improve the lives of our friends in Timor. Regular volunteers on Eddie’s Van also spoke about how the small chats shared with the homeless over a warm breakfast have given them so much perspective on life. We were all encouraged to volunteer for Eddie’s Van at least once in our Terrace Journey. At the same Assembly the Terrace Advocacy Group also launched their new initiative, the 'Gorilla Nest', which will provide students with the opportunity to discuss or just think about their mental health on a deeper level.
As we approach the pointy end of the term, I’m sure we have all noticed that the pressures and stresses of school life are slowly beginning to grow. With assignment due dates and exams quickly approaching, I think it’s important that we get on top of our work early, leaving time for the other activities we all undertake. Like the cross country team running up the dreaded 'heartbreak hill', I encourage everyone to embrace the challenges that the business end of the term will throw at us. If we keep 'taking a step', I’m sure everything will begin to fall into place.