Principal's Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Dear Members of the Terrace Family,

Welcome to the 2018 academic year. I particularly welcome all our new families to the Terrace Family. I trust that the Christmas holiday break was a restful and enjoyable time and provided some valuable ‘recharge’ time in preparation for the year ahead.

I wrote to all families earlier this year outlining several matters pertaining to the start of the school year. I trust this information has assisted you to have a smooth start.

With the commencement of the new year, there are a number of events scheduled in the weeks ahead. These include:

  • Parent Information Evenings – I strongly encourage families to attend these important nights. The dates are included in the College calendar and the Terrace Ladies Group generously assist with the hospitality for the Year 5, 7 and 10 evenings.
  • Opening School Mass and Year 12 Induction – This is a special event on Friday 2 February at the University of Queensland. Students from all year levels will be transported by bus to the University of Queensland. Because of space restrictions at the university this event is only open to parents of Year 12 students.
  • Scholars’ Assembly – On Tuesday 6 February we congratulate and welcome back to the College the 30 students who achieved an OP1 at the end of 2017.
  • Inter-House Swimming Carnival – The first of the House events in the 2018 calendar will take place at the Centenary Pool on Friday 9 February.
  • Academic Medals Assembly – will be held on Tuesday 13 February, when we will take the opportunity to congratulate our Semester 2 2017 Academic Medal winners.
  • Ash Wednesday Liturgy – to mark the start of the Lenten period on Wednesday 14 February.
  • Parent/Tutor Interviews – the first of the formal parent meetings and a great opportunity to connect with your son’s tutor on Wednesday 14 February.

All of these events, and others, are detailed in the 2018 College calendar, on the College website and will be advertised via our various social media applications.

At the beginning of the school year there is always a greater volume of cars at drop off and pick up times. With the building program underway, we have moved the afternoon pick-up to the Centenary Pool car park. This move has generated a couple of issues that we are working through. However, there are a couple of requests that I would ask parents to follow if they are collecting their sons in the afternoon.

Firstly, I ask that parents do not park in the Centenary Pool car park if they arrive early. We are sharing this car park with Rackley Swimming and they have asked that the car spaces remain free for their patrons arriving for swimming lessons. If you arrive early, please park in other streets around the area and head to the Centenary Pool car park at 3.10pm. Secondly, the pick-up arrangement is a drive-through pick up only. Your son needs to be familiar with your car and we will ensure he safely makes his way to your car as you approach the top of the line. If your son is not waiting when you reach the top of the line, we ask that you do another loop.

There are a large number of cars using the Centenary Pool car park, so your support and cooperation is needed. Another suggestion would be to arrange alternative meeting points (not in Rogers or Victoria Streets) to pick up your son. He should be able to walk a few hundred metres to you, making your trip quicker and lessening the volume of cars in the area. The final suggestion is to consider a car-pooling arrangement and of course, public transport. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and I thank parents for their support.

I look forward to our journey together in 2018 and wish you and your families all the best for the year ahead.

God Bless,

Dr Michael Carroll

College Principal