Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Dear members of the Terrace Family,

Term 3 is progressing rapidly with the Year 11 subject selection process commencing this week.  In last week’s edition of the Terrace News, I included a link to a PowerPoint presentation that Mr Mason Hellyer has used to outline key elements of the new QCE (Senior Schooling) system.  I encourage parents to review this link, particularly if you have sons in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 as it will assist you to understand the changes with the new system and the subsequent initiatives the College is introducing in preparation.

This week the Arts Faculty is hosting Winterfest, showcasing the breadth of opportunity and talent that exists within the school.  Many students participate in the music, visual and performing arts during the evening.  My thanks to the staff, students and parents involved in coordinating Winterfest, and I particularly congratulate the students involved for their skill and expertise.

In the last week or so there has been a significant amount of illness amongst students and staff.  I know we encourage students to be at school, however, it is also important to keep unwell students isolated and at home to minimise the spread.  Hopefully, we have seen the worst of the sickness.

Over the coming weeks, a number of important student related events are occurring.  These include the Year 12 QCS practice days, the Year 12 Formal, and the Year 11 Leadership Retreat.  These are significant events and I wish our students and staff involved all the best.

Earlier this week I announced that Mrs Lea Walker-Franks, Director of Development and Mrs Andrea Splatt, College Registrar are both leaving Terrace later this year.  Lea will be moving to BBC as their Director of Community Engagement and Foundation Executive Officer.  I take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank both ladies for their valuable and dedicated contributions to the Terrace Family and wish them the best with their future journeys. 

The well wishes of the entire Terrace Family are with Thomas Neill (Captain of Swimming and Treacy House Captain) as he leaves this weekend to compete in the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary.  Good luck Tom.

Finally this week, I remind families that Open Day is scheduled for Monday 19 August.  The College has engaged in an advertising campaign to promote this event.  Whilst Open Day is partially designed to showcase our school to the public, I again invite and encourage our current parents to visit and see the breadth and scope of what occurs at Terrace.  As well, it would be an opportunity to view the new Mt Sion building and the surrounds.  I hope to see many of you there.

Have a great weekend.

God Bless,

Dr Michael Carroll
College Principal