Director of Culture | Mr Matt Cocking

USA Music tour a great success!


Hughston Parle (Terrace Chess Vice Captain, Year 11) competed in the Queensland Under 18 Chess Championships over the holidays. He is now the Queensland Under 18 Chess Champion at age 16. Congratulations Hughston and we look forward to seeing you results in the upcoming GPS Chess competition.

Gairdner Chess posted:

Hughston Parle is the new QLD Junior Chess Champion in what was one of the toughest fields in many years! Well done Hughston! Results can be seen at

Joshua Alfredson (Year 6) and Will Ames (Year 6) competed at the Nudgee College Holiday Chess Tournament in the Novice Division. Josh took out first place (winning all games and tied in two) and Will was awarded a Merit (only narrowly missing third place on count-back). Well done gents!

Terrace Chess will be competing at Nudgee College this Friday night. A bus will leave the College after school and parents will be required to collect their sons from Nudgee. Please check the information that Mr Devine emailed early in the week.


Congratulations to Luke Ames (Year 8) who was the runner up in the Rostrum Voice of Youth State Finals held at Waterford Place over the holidays. We look forward to hearing more from this young Terracian in the coming years.


During the holiday period, 47 students, five staff and over 500 kilograms of luggage toured to America. The first week was spent in Ball State University, Indianapolis at the Music For All Summer Symposium. Here our touring party joined with over 2000 students, directors and an elite array of faculty for a week of intensive music workshops. There were over 150 faculty training the students and staff and to put this into perspective we do see these clinicians in Australia but at the rate of one a year at best. The camp was long and intensive running from 6.30am – 11pm. Each night finished with a concert of an artist or group also featuring students from the camp who had worked with the artists during the day and stood out. The concert were inline with a great rock concert awesome production, lighting and vibe. Well done to trumpeter Eden Chan (Year 8) who was selected to perform with Rodney Marsalis and the Philadelphia Brass. Our touring party learnt a new level of dedication, excellence and being on-time this week which will last for years to come. The second week was spent in and around Los Angeles where our ensembles performed at the LA Sparks home game – Staples Stadium, 4th of July Parade – Huntington Beach, 4th of July Celebrations – Santa Ana, performances on the Pier – Santa Monica as well as Performing Artists Workshops at Disney.

This USA tour was a true success and will never be forgotten by the tour party or their families. Well done to all involved for making this such a success.


Next Friday sees our annual House Choir evening. If you are new to the College, make sure this is an event you don’t miss! There will be food and drink available in our Terrace Eat Street with food trucks working from 5pm with the evening proper starting at 6.30pm. It has been suggested by the Food Vendors that cash will be quickest meaning smaller lines and less wait time. We have increased the food vans on last year or the returning vans have increased their capacity as they under estimated the size of the whole community event.

The order for this year:










Each House ‘performs’ for six minutes with a slick rendition of their chosen songs within their 2017 theme. As always, there are two pieces of silverware the Houses compete for: the People’s Choice Award and the House Choir Cup. The Cup is decided by a group of specialized adjudicators. The shield is decided by votes from the audience. Votes happen after each House with students running through the audience collecting ‘votes’ in their buckets. $1 = one vote. Change is available in the Campbell centre.

We look forward to seeing an overflow of people in Duhig Place and Treacy Court watching on the big screens.

Support Group Meetings

DSG Meeting – Tuesday 12 September, 5.30pm, Old Boys Room

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TPA Meeting – Tuesday 18 July, 6pm, Callan Centre

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