Principal’s Message | Acting Principal, Mr Chris Ryan
It is a privilege to act as College Principal for the next six weeks whilst Dr Carroll is on leave. Of course, the main goal is for a business as usual approach. If I may be of support or assistance in any way during this time, please feel welcome to be in contact. I thank the wonderful Terrace Family for your support of me and all those key staff in acting positions.
I am aware that some newer members of the community may not know me as well as some other staff. This is my 26th year of working with firstly the Christian Brothers and then Edmund Rice Education Australia. I enjoyed 20 years at St Joseph’s Nudgee College in various roles including, Head of Year 11 and 12 Boarding, Director of Students Years 5 to 9, Dean of Students, Dean of Identity and Acting Deputy Principal before coming to Terrace in 2012 as Dean of Identity and becoming College Dean in January of 2015. I am husband to Louise who is a teacher at Stuartholme and Father to three teenage girls in Clare, Bernadette and Genevieve. I look forward to the next six weeks and the coming years with enthusiasm and optimism.
Dr Carroll’s final responsibility before going on leave was attending the Spring Luncheon hosted by the Terrace Ladies Group. Thank you to the committee and all who assisted and participated in facilitating this wonderful friend making initiative. I am sure a good time was had by all.
In the coming weeks we have several Old Boy gatherings being celebrated. This Friday evening we welcome the 1967 class who are signposting 50 years of post- school life. No doubt, many a story will be shared. On Saturday, for our final round of GPS Rugby which is being played against BBC at Tennyson, we welcome all Old Boys back to Tennyson. A special area will be designated for these Terracians on the far side of the grandstand and in particular, we welcome the class of 1987 who are gathering for their reunion at Tennyson and later back at the College.
This Saturday, we also celebrate our friendship with the people of Timor-Leste. As I write, our students and staff are on our annual Timor Immersion and on Saturday, the 1st XV will wear special jerseys which symbolize our solidarity with the people of Timor. I thank the Terrace Timor Network for their preparation for this day. Please feel welcome to visit the information stall, purchase some TTN products and find out how you may be able to become involved.
A special word to our Chess community as this program is going from strength to strength and are currently ranked third in the GPS competition coming into the final round. Much effort and commitment has gone into this journey and well done to all involved. We are very proud of all sport and culture participants at every level and wish the 1st V Basketball and 1st XV Rugby teams well for this weekend.
Congratulations to four of our Future Problem Solving teams who have been invited to represent the College and Queensland at the Future Problem Solving Nationals in October at Knox College in Sydney. Thank you to Mrs Tracey McIvor and Ms Karin Coleshill and staff for their support of these boys.
Year 6 | James Garvin, Will Ames, Zachary Vivian, Declan Farrell,
Year 8 | Ben Chatwood, Ben Savage, Dan Fitzgerald, Matthew Mitchell
Year 9 | Finbar Carroll, Yang Zhang, Kevin Ye, Matthew Cho and Patrick Gleeson (reserve)
Year 11 | Josh Bonwick, Max Tracey, Alex O’Meally and Ewan Bryson.
It was a delight last week to welcome our Year 5 class for 2018 at their Orientation Evening as the Seniors of 2025 which will be our 150th birthday year. Well done to the Year 11 buddies and all staff involved in a great evening.
This week has seen the commencement of exams for all year levels bar the Year 10 fellows who are on Immersion. Best of luck for this busy time and thank you to all parents who are supporting the boys to be the best they can be and our dedicated staff who are so busy at this time of year. We look forward to celebrating the safe return of our Year 10 boys next week and sharing in their wonderful experiences.
Acting College Principal