Principal's Message | Dr Michael Carroll
Dear members of the Terrace Family,
As we approach the end of Term 1, the GPS competitions and activities continue to unfold. This Saturday the ‘Head of the River’ will be staged at Wyaralong Dam. This is a significant event on the GPS calendar and is the culmination of months of training for our rowers and their families. Our crews have had a good season in the lead-up regattas and there is a sense of anticipation as we approach this weekend. My thanks to the coaches and staff involved and also to the Terrow Committee and the committed band of parents who support our rowers throughout the season. As Terrace is hosting this year’s ‘Head of the River’ meet we will need all hands on deck to ensure a successful day. Good luck to all our rowers on Saturday.
As I reported last week, the GPS Swimming Championships were held last Friday. Our swimmers performed very well, with the Junior team placing 6th overall and the Senior Team placing 3rd – our best result since 2007. Well done and congratulations to all of our swimmers, coaches and families.
Yesterday marked International Women's Day and Terrace hosted an all staff breakfast to mark the occasion. We also welcomed Heidi Cooper, CEO of Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ) as guest speaker for the event. Heidi spoke about the influence of women in many aspects of our lives and the importance of gender equity and respect. International Women’s Day is powered by the collective efforts of us all and it is this collective action and shared ownership as we strive for gender equity that makes International Women’s Day so significant. We all have the opportunity to raise awareness around discrimination and gender parity and collectively, we can all embrace equity. The staff breakfast, along with presentations at College and House Assemblies this week, reinforced that Terrace can embrace equity and celebrate women’s many achievements and contributions to our community and beyond.
The coming weeks are heavily loaded with assignments and exams. Our Dean of Studies, Mason Hellyer and our Dean of Pedagogy and Learning Innovation, Ralda Deoki have focused on the 5 Study Principles during College Assembly for the past few weeks. The diagram below has been developed as part of a joint Terrace - UQ Research Project which has been undertaken over the past two years. Employing these Study Principles will assist students prepare well, be efficient and maximise their study time.
Finally this week, as a date claimer for families, 2023 NAPLAN testing for Years 5, 7 and 9 will occur from next Wednesday. These tests are much earlier than in previous years and will conducted completely online. The staff and students have been preparing for NAPLAN and I wish all involved the very best.
Have great week
Dr Michael Carroll
We pray for the families of the following members of the Terrace Family who have gone to their eternal rest.
Mr L C Reilly (GT 1957)
Mr G K Mitchell (GT 1977)
Mr J Conley (GT 1959)
Mr L Bell (GT 1943)
Mr J MacMillan (GT 1978)