Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Students need to be well rested and fresh heading into exams.

Dear Members of the Terrace Family,

This week I am in Canberra as part of the EREA Principal’s Conference. This event is always a good event as Principals and school representatives gather from 50 schools across Australia. It is a sign of strength and solidarity for EREA schools. I find it very reassuring that as the Terrace Family, we are also part of a larger Family across Australia. Our common features and our unique qualities, when combined, make the collective EREA schools a significant education provider across Australia. When combined with the common mission of Edmund Rice, and his desire to support those at the margins, I feel both proud and reassured about who Terrace is and what we do as a school.

Last Saturday night I attended the TTN Festa. It was a wonderful evening and was a celebration of the strong and lengthy connection that exists between the people of Terrace and the people of Timor-Leste. My thanks to the people responsible for organising the event. I encourage the Terrace Family to continue to support TTN through the purchase of cards and coffee. The funds raised through the sales of these products allow TTN to provide both financial, human and educational support to the people of Timor-Leste. Orders may be made via the College website.

Yesterday, our Cross Country team, ‘The X Men’ competed valiantly in the GPS Cross Country Championships at Limestone Park. In what is a very competitive carnival, Terrace placed a very credible 7th place. I congratulate all runners and coaches for their dedication throughout the season. Well done to all involved.

In recent editions of the Terrace News I have been publishing achievements by Terrace students - past and present. This week, I wish to acknowledge and congratulate Year 12 student, Reilly Townsend. Reilly has been selected in the Australian Schoolboys Water Polo team in compete in Croatia and Montenegro later this year. This is an outstanding achievement and we wish Reilly all the best. It should be noted that Dominic Mackie (Year 12) is a shadow reserve for the squad. Well done gentlemen.

Finally this week, a note regarding the upcoming exams which commence early next week. It is important that students are well prepared for these exams. Regular study, covering the material on the ‘Checklist’ and having the correct equipment is important for successful exam results. However, a factor sometimes neglected is to be well rested. Some students believe that spending long hours studying the night before the exam is vital for success. However, the opposite is probably more accurate. Students need to be well rested and fresh heading into exams. Having a good night’s rest during exam block is very important. As the exam period approaches, it will be important for the students to be well prepared and well rested.

Have a great week.

God Bless.

Dr Michael Carroll

College Principal