Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Last Friday night House Choir was held and what a great evening it was.

Dear Members of the Terrace Family,

On Tuesday 374 young men were presented with academic medals as part of the Semester 1 Academic Assembly. This is a remarkable achievement and is recognition of the strong culture of learning that exists at Terrace and the strong, productive partnership between staff, parents and students. Our core business focusses on education and I am very proud to see so many young men receiving these academic medals. Congratulations to all recipients.

Last Friday night House Choir was held and what a great evening it was. Congratulations to Buckley House on their win. However, the real winner was ‘Community’. To see the young men from all year levels embrace the evening with an atmosphere of fun and flair was extraordinary – further emphasising the holistic education offered at Terrace. My thanks to the staff, parents and students involved in the planning of the evening. Well done.

The second round of Parent/Teacher interviews were held on Wednesday night and again, they were well supported and I am appreciative of this. My thanks to the teachers for their dedicated and professional approach to these interviews.

In recent weeks, I have attended several briefings regarding the new Federal Government funding model for schools. There is still much detail to be revealed which makes providing updates to parents difficult. Hence, I have limited my comments on this subject thus far. Although there is still more information to be revealed, I can comment that Terrace will be impacted by the changes. At this stage, the extent is still to be finalised. The College has commenced its 2018 budget process. The College Board continues to discuss the issue of school fees and is very conscious of the effort that parents make to pay their fees and is therefore aware of the impact of fee increases. As the budget process unfolds and further information becomes available I will inform the College community. Please be assured that the College takes any fee increases seriously and will attempt to minimise the impact of funding cuts on parents.

Finally this week, I remind those parents of students in Years 7, 8, and 9 that the Senior School Information Evening is scheduled for Wednesday 2 August. The night will commence at 6pm in the Campbell Centre and should be finished by 7pm. Mrs Quinn and myself will share information regarding the new Senior Schooling system and, importantly, ‘what and how’ Terrace will prepare for the new system. I look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday evening.

Have a great week.

God Bless,

Dr Michael Carroll

College Principal