Dean of Students | Mr Damien Fall

Last Friday was a very special day for the College community and for me personally. The culmination of the Terrace journey is Senior Valedictory, and it was a privilege to enjoy the final gathering of the Seniors as they shared some words before being farewelled at College Assembly. As always, we had an enormous attendance from families; a fitting end for our families who have always supported their sons so strongly on the journey. At the assembly, I shared the story of German artist Albrecht Durer, one of 18 children in an understandably poor family. Albrecht’s brother worked for four years in the mines to financially support Albrecht as he went off to follow his dream and study Art. In the process, the brutal mine work destroyed the brother’s hands and any opportunity to also follow his own passion for Art. In appreciation for his efforts, Albrecht completed the now famous work, known as ‘Praying Hands’, which depicted his brother’s badly beaten hands. I shared the story, an incredible example of sacrifice, in recognition of the great sacrifice that so many families make to allow their sons the opportunity for a Terrace education.

The day was particularly special for me because my wife and I attended our own son’s Valedictory that same evening. Seeing our youngest son graduate and finishing our time after 13 years at his school was a powerful experience. I was able to understand the mix of emotions that many of our parents feel as they come to the end of their time here. Their sons are blessed to enjoy a Terrace education and the College is equally blessed to enjoy the strong support of so many wonderful families. On behalf of the Pastoral Team, I wish all of our recent graduates and departing families the very best for the future. Please know you are always welcome here.

An important member of our Pastoral Team, who rarely receives the recognition she deserves, is Mrs Philomena Burke, our personal counsellor. Philomena has worked tirelessly in this critical role during her time at Terrace. She has always handled a significant case load with class and expertise. Happily for her, but sadly for Terrace, Philomena has resigned in order to find a little more time for herself. She has been a tremendous asset to the College and we will miss her greatly. All the very best to Philomena in the future.

Finally, a word of best wishes to all members of our community as we conclude another year. I trust that all will find at least a little time to rest, recuperate, and be with loved ones. Thank you to all our students and their families for another successful year. Have a Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.