Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Dear members of the Terrace Family,

It would appear that we have all successfully navigated Term 3 without any lockdown or closure.  I thank staff, students and parents for their diligence regarding social distancing and hygiene.  It has been important for us all to have a Term 3 that was as normal as possible, and thankfully, we are just about there.

The major focus of my Terrace News article this week is around exams and good practice at this stage of the term.  All students from Years 5 to 11 are now on exam block, and this will continue into next week.  Maintaining a good routine, adequate sleep, appropriate diet and a balanced revision plan are all keys to a successful exam block.  For the majority of students, the Checklist for their year level provides the best revision program possible.  By working through the Checklist, students can identify what content needs to be covered and therefore assess how well they are understand the work that will be examined.  The Checklist, coupled with revision sheets, need to form the regular revision program for students over the coming days.  I also remind students that having the correct equipment (pens, calculator, etc.) is also very important.  Good luck to all students over the coming week.

Term 3 will finish next Thursday 17 September at 3pm.  Friday will be a Pupil Free day and a marking day for the staff.  Term 3 reports will be produced and emailed towards the end of Week 1 in Term 4.

Last Saturday, the GPS Gymnastics Championships were held, and the Tennis, Basketball, Rugby and Football teams played The Southport School, marking the end of our Term 3 GPS program. There will be a few games played against Downlands this week and the 1st XV will play Ipswich Grammar School on Friday 18 September. However, the GPS season for other schools continues this weekend and as such, premierships and final results have not been determined.  I will leave those results until next week’s edition of the Terrace News.

Please keep the family of Prof John McAuliffe AM (GT 1958), father of Stuart (GT 1987) and Brett (GT 1989), and grandfather of William (Year 5 Buckley) in your prayers.  John passed away peacefully this week. Prof McAuliffe was a long-time supporter of the College.

Finally this week, it is my pleasure to announce that Matthew Cho (Year 12 Kearney), has received the 2020 Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education.  This is a prestigious award and Matthew is one of only eleven students across the state to be honoured with the award. Congratulation Matthew and well done.

Have a great week

God Bless.

Dr Michael Carroll
College Principal