Dean of Students | Acting Dean of Students, Mr Damien Cuddihy

Welcome to Term 4 after what was a particularly nasty flu season here at Terrace. I hope that all of our families were able to enjoy the September break and I trust that our young men have returned feeling rested and full of enthusiasm for the final term of the year. A quick look at the calendar indicates that this will be a short term, meaning there is no time to waste; students have heard the message that they need to get down to work immediately.

This Friday we hold our annual Inter-House Track and Field carnival. The day will include a range of fun events culminating in the much anticipated all age House relay. As with all House events, the focus is on participation, fun and House connection. On this day, all students are asked to wear their House sports uniform to school. It is an expectation that every student who is physically able to do so, completes in all events for his House. This is an enjoyable, important and compulsory day for all students and I look forward to everyone attending and participating to the best of their ability.

A reminder that this month’s TerraceSchool TV topic looks at the impact of gambling in the sports marketing industry. Many of our students are particularly vulnerable to marketing tactics and this is greatly concerning. It is having a major impact on the way in which young people think about the relationship between gambling and sport. The 'normalisation' of sports betting is posing a threat to Australian teenagers. Many parents have found this resource to be particularly insightful across a range of topics specific to adolescence. The link to TerraceSchool TV can be found here.

This term, we continue to push the message about road safety. Students have been asked to ensure they only cross roads at designated crossings, even if it means walking slightly further to do so. The welfare of students is our top priority and we need them to help by making good decisions when it comes to their safety. I look forward to a positive and highly successful fourth term for all members of our community.