Dean of Studies | Mr Mason Hellyer

Success is what you make of it

Many quotes attempt to define success. Many refer to the attainment of a physical object; a gold medal, a championship ring, money. Some refer to the attainment of intangibles such as power or influence. These definitions all apply to external rewards as measures of success

External rewards are compelling as they provide a focus or an outcome goal to strive towards. Next Tuesday’s Academic Awards Assembly will be a wonderful opportunity to recognise the achievements of our students. The awardees decided to commit to their studies, follow up on their commitment with hard work and have been rewarded with an academic medal.

The Academic Award is an external recognition of success. However, most of the boys awarded have been motivated by the internal desire to succeed. I see these award winners as a success. Our Diligence and Improvement Award winners are also a success.

At Terrace we intentionally challenge every boy to be a success, or more specifically, to be the best that he can be. Remember, as 2018 College Dux Jacob Montaner said at the Scholars’ Assembly, motivation leads to hard work, and hard work leads to success.

Next Tuesday’s medal assembly will also have a first with it being live streamed via the College YouTube channel. Unfortunately, parents/caregivers will not be able to attend in person due to social distancing rules. However, the Assembly can be watched by following this link

The Year 8 2021 Subject Selection evening will be held online via Microsoft Teams on Monday evening from 6pm – further information is available from the College App. This evening is an important aspect of the subject selection process for Year 8 and supplements the subject selection books already distributed to students. Additionally, there is the opportunity to gather further information and ask questions of Subject Coordinators. The evening is available through student’s College Teams. Year 8 students will be shown how the evening will occur at school on Friday morning.