Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Dear Members of the Terrace Family,

A belated welcome back to Term 4 and thank you to all those who have enquired about my leave.

I wanted to begin this article by acknowledging and thanking a number of people, who over the last period of time, assumed additional responsibilities so that I could take my leave.

Firstly, I sincerely thank Mr Chris Ryan for accepting the Acting Principal role in my absence. Chris did an outstanding job, as expected, and demonstrated professionalism, care and sensitivity in undertaking the role, I am most grateful. I also wish to acknowledge the passing of his mother during this time. Our thoughts remain with Chris and his family.

Other people who assumed Acting positions in my absence include Mr Damien Fall, Mr Damien Cuddihy, Mr Mason Hellyer and Mr Rob Sweeper. I thank each of these people for assuming additional responsibilities and congratulate them on how they undertook their roles. Finally, I thank the College Leadership Team for their willingness to accept additional responsibilities in my absence. Without the efforts and generosity of many, I could not have taken leave and Liz and I are very thankful. Equally, we were very glad to return home and reconnect with family and the Terrace community.

Term 4 is a short and busy term and is filled with significant events such as graduations, the Celebration of Excellence and farewell assemblies. As we approach the end of Week 3 of an eight week term, I encourage parents to ensure their sons are focussed and working hard. There can be a feeling of “it is the end” during this term and this can adversely affect results, behaviour and attitude. It is always important to ‘finish well’. These are words that I use regularly at this time of the year. I strongly believe that the tone of the year and a measure of its success is very much influenced by ‘finishing well.’

Tomorrow night, the College is holding the Terrace Jazz Night. The evening, Jailhouse Rock will be hosted at Boggo Road Gaol and is shaping up to be a great event. I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Following this week's Junior GPS Track and Field Championships, next week the Senior GPS Track and Field Championships will be held. Our athletes have been training hard and I am confident that this hard work will pay off. I wish all our athletes the best.

Finally, this week, I again reiterate the fact that it is nice to be back at Terrace and I wish all families the very best for this full and very busy final term.

God Bless,

Dr Michael Carroll

College Principal