Dean of Students | Mr Damien Cuddihy

A good friend of mine from school shared some photos of his property down near Hebel on the weekend. The paddocks are covered in water which was a far cry from what it looked like this time last year. He had been destocking for quite a while, and like many people in the bush, finding it quite difficult. It was just such a joy to feel the excitement in his messages and the chat that followed from our group. For many people in rural communities who have been lucky enough to receive rain recently, I am sure the impact will be significant on many levels. I shared this story this week with our Senior students during assembly. The most influential group in our school each year is the Senior cohort; they set the tone and drive the engagement of other students at many levels. Last Friday, we formally recognised all 238 Senior leaders at our Opening Mass at the University of Queensland. It was delightful to have the parents present to witness this important occasion. I remind all Seniors that leadership at Terrace is a form of service. It requires a commitment to others and an understanding of other-centred actions.

At the Parent Information evenings over the last two weeks, I have mentioned my concerns about the appropriate use of social media by our students.  It can be a difficult road to navigate for parents, but from my perspective, we have three options. Firstly, to hold off letting your son open accounts as long as possible. This is particularly important for students in Years 5, 6 and 7. Secondly, once you allow your son to use social media platforms to monitor the conversations that are occurring and provide guidance on the appropriate use of language and themes. Finally, if the monitoring ship has sailed, at the very least try to have conversations with your son about his online life. I realise that it is easier said than done, but I am aware that many parents have been able to position themselves well to be of influence, especially if they intervened early. 

All students are required to wear their HPE gear to school tomorrow for the Inter-House Swimming Carnival. While the canteen will be open at Centenary Pool, I would encourage students to bring their own lunch as the line can often be quite long and slow. Please remind your sons not to bring any valuables over to the pool and to leave them in the safety of their locker at school. Sunscreen will be available throughout the day, but all students are required to swim with a rashie and to wear a hat throughout the day. 

Finally, just a quick reminder to Year 8 families of the booking portal for the Father and Son night on Wednesday 19 February. The link to the registration page can be found on the Terrace App under notices, Year 8 Father and Son Event. The other important parent information session  we have coming up is the Boys and Gaming Evening with Cam Adair on Wednesday 4 March. Again, information can be found on the College App.