Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll
Welcome back to Term 3, a busy term.
Dear Members of the Terrace Family,
Welcome back to Term 3 and I hope the holiday break provided some opportunity to recharge and a break from the routine of school and all that is associated with the normal school week.
Term 3 is a significant term, particularly on the academic front. I, along with other members of the CLT, have spoken with students from most year levels this week and the message has been very consistent – The time to start is now. I encourage families to reinforce this message of getting back into the routine of school straight away.
Over the holiday break many staff, students and parents were involved in activities ranging from overseas tours, sporting camps and clinics and a range of workshops. I wish to thank all involved in the various activities and congratulate the students involved. I had the privilege of spending some time with the music tour in the USA and I can say that the Terrace students were outstanding and performed magnificently at a number of venues. Congratulations to everyone involved with the huge range of activities that took place during the holidays.
School reports were sent over the holidays and the Parent/Teacher interviews are scheduled over the next couple of weeks. These interviews provide an excellent opportunity for staff, parents, and students to reflect on Semester 1 and, importantly, to plan for Semester 2. As such, I encourage parents to make use of these meetings. As well as these meetings, all students from Years 5 to 12 will have an academic mentor interview with either their Tutor, their House Dean, or a member of the College Leadership Team. These mentor interviews will occur over the next few weeks and will provide another opportunity to reflect and plan for the semester ahead.
Needless to say there is plenty happening in Term 3 and I encourage families to make use of the range of communication media the College employs – Website, App, Facebook, Parent Portal and Terrace News, to promote the various school activities.
The Term 3 GPS season commences this weekend with Chess, Basketball and Rugby. There is a significant number of students involved in these activities and I am confident all will give their best. At the Spirit Assembly on Tuesday, the members of the ‘First’ teams were presented along with the Captains of this term’s various co-curricular activities. I congratulate the following young men on their appointment as leaders of their respective activities:
Chess Captain: Charles Marshall
Vice Captain: Hughston Parle
Basketball Captain: Adam Baumann
Rugby Captain: Byron Ralston
Vice Captain: Harry Wilson
At Terrace we encourage support and are proud of the strong spirit that students display. Again, students were reminded at the Spirit Assembly that this support needs to be positive and when competing we do so competitively but also with the highest degree of sportsmanship. A reminder that spectators for First Chess, Basketball and Rugby need to be in full College uniform which includes students wearing blazers and white shirts. Our uniform is an important part of who we are and I ask parents to support the College by ensuring their sons are dressed in the College’s formal uniform each Saturday.
Finally this week, I wish all families the very best for the term ahead and I look forward to catching up with many of you during the term.
Dr Michael Carroll