Principal's Message | Dr Michael Carroll
Dear Members of the Terrace Family,
Tomorrow, Terrace will compete at the GPS Swimming Championships. This year GPS celebrates 100 years and it is worth noting that Terrace was the winner at the first GPS Swimming Carnival. I know that the swimmers in our 2018 team have worked very hard and will acquit themselves with distinction tomorrow. The students in Years 5, 6, 10, and 12 will attend the Junior and Senior events to support our swimmers. On behalf of all the Terrace Family, I wish them the very best.
Exams for all year levels will commence on Monday 19 March which is the start of Week 9. We are about to finish Week 6, and at this stage of the term students are getting tired and feeling the effects of a busy and full term. It is appropriate that all students take time to ‘re-calibrate’ as they prepare for the approaching exam block. As parents, you can assist by taking some time with your sons to look at the next couple of weeks to ensure that time is allocated for revision and exam preparation. It will be important for students to re-focus and ensure there is a balance between school work, co-curricular activities and other aspects of family life. By taking some time with your son to ‘re-calibrate’ it will assist him in his preparation and readiness for the next few weeks. Good luck with these conversations.
This Saturday night the St Joseph’s College Foundation is hosting the inaugural Red and Black Cocktail Party. It is an opportunity for the Terrace community to come together, to say thank you to those who have supported the Foundation over many years and to look towards the future. The event is a ‘sell-out’ and I look forward to seeing many members of the Terrace Family, past and present.
I would like to provide a brief update on the Mt Sion building program. The demolition phase has now been completed and Mt Sion and Duhig Place have been cleared. Work on drilling a number of holes in preparation for the footings will commence next week and will continue for a few weeks. As a result, there will be less ‘apparent’ work occurring as most of it will be below ground. The traffic and pedestrian restrictions continue in Rogers Street. I thank parents for their support with the new pick-up arrangements at the Centenary Pool car park. They are working well. There will be some major work occurring over the Easter break, however, I will outline this closer to the end of term.
The Vinnies CEO Sleepout will be held at the Brisbane Powerhouse on Thursday 21 June. Last year the CEO Sleepout raised more than $565 695 from its Brisbane event and $5.6 Million nationally – all funds assist Vinnies to give a hand-up to those experiencing homelessness in our community through its wide range of outreach support services. All business and community leaders are encouraged to participate in this event. You can register via ceosleepout.org.au or call Vinnies fundraising team on (07) 3010 1091 for more information.
Finally this week, I ask the Terrace Family to keep Mr Rick Sivyer and his family in our thoughts and prayers following the recent passing of his mother. Rick has been, and still is, a strong supporter of Terrace and particularly to the Terrace Rowing Program.
Have a great week.
Dr Michael Carroll