Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll

I look forward to seeing many of you at Tennyson on Saturday night for the Timor Festa.

Dear Members of the Terrace Family,

This Saturday night TTN will host the Timor Festa at Tennyson. This will be a great night and a way in which the Terrace community can further connect with Timor. If you have not booked your ticket, I encourage you to do so through College Events. I look forward to seeing many of you at Tennyson on Saturday night.

Last week was a big week for our musicians. Events included the GPS Music Showcase, the Winter Concert and the Norm Clarke concert on Sunday. I continue to be amazed at the talent that exists within our student community. Equally, I am impressed with the professionalism, dedication and passion of our music staff and parents. Thank you and congratulations to all involved. I particularly want to acknowledge and thank Mr Norm Clarke for his extraordinary support of the Terrace Music program. It would not be where it is without Norm’s passion and support. On behalf of all of us, thank you Norm for your support.

This week is a bye in the GPS sporting competition, although there will be some trial games occurring across several sports. With a quieter weekend, it will allow time for students to direct their efforts to their study. With exams around the corner, it is important that the students use this weekend productively.

Next week I will travel to Canberra for the EREA Principal’s Gathering. This is an opportunity to network and to share experiences from our schools. This year, as part of the conference, the principals will gather at the National Arboretum, a unique place of regeneration, renewal and healing, to proclaim as a family of Edmund Rice Schools, a National Apology to the Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse in our schools. This will be a challenging, yet empowering experience. I will report on this event in a future Terrace News.

Congratulations to Mrs Carmel Cole (Grandmother of Hugh Sinclair Year 11) who earlier this year was awarded the Medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (for the Church and the Pontiff), for her services to the Catholic Church. This is the highest Papal award presented to lay people. Congratulations Carmel.

As mentioned in last week's article, the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training will be collecting student residential addresses from 1 March to 31 May 2017 for the recalculation of socioeconomic status (SES) scores. Information for parents/guardians provided by the Department is attached here.

Finally this week, I wish all our cross country runners all the best at the GPS cross country Championships that will be held next Wednesday. The team has been working very hard and I am sure that they will acquit themselves with distinction. Good luck to all the runners.

Have a great week.

God Bless.

Dr Michael Carroll

College Principal