Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll
Dear members of the Terrace Family,
This time 12 months ago, I was writing to inform you that the College would close a week early and that Term 2 teaching and learning would commence in an online format. Much has unfolded since that time. However, there are ongoing signs of optimism and positivity for our College community. The positive impact of student spectators now being allowed at sport and debates, along with the ability to host concerts, are just some of the reasons for this optimism; and the associated effect on our students' psyche. The renewed ability to connect and engage are significant influences on wellbeing, academic engagement and community spirit.
As Term 1 approaches its conclusion, the majority of students are in exam mode. I have written previously regarding the ingredients for success in exams, but I will re-emphasise the importance of sleep, diet and equipment as key factors at this stage of the exam period.
Reports will be sent electronically on Tuesday 6 April, from 9am. I also remind families that Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held online again this year and are scheduled to occur on Monday 19 April and Wednesday 28 April. The booking system for these Parent /Teacher Interviews will be activated on Tuesday 6 April, following the release of reports.
The Term 1 co-curricular program is nearing its completion and preparations for Term 2 activities are well underway. Last Saturday saw the final Volleyball round played, and I am pleased to report that we are the 2021 GPS Volleyball Premiers, repeating our 2020 Premiership success. I offer my congratulations to all involved in the Terrace Volleyball program, which continues to attract large numbers of participants and enjoy success across all year levels. I particularly wish to congratulate all players, especially our 1st VI players, for their outstanding season. Despite several close games, our 1st VI demonstrated strong self-belief to close out the premiership. Well done gentlemen. Following a washed-out round last weekend, good luck to our cricketers, who will play their final game this Saturday.
At our St Joseph’s Day Mass last week, I had the opportunity to launch the College’s new Strategic Plan – Towards 150. In developing this new plan, the College has renewed both its Vision and Mission Statements.
As a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice Tradition, we inspire young men in their lifelong pursuit of knowledge, humility and wisdom through a liberating Catholic education that is informed by the life of Blessed Edmund Rice.
As the Terrace Family, we commit to the formation and education of young men who will make a difference through service of God, the community and each other.
At the centre of the Strategic Plan are five priority areas that will form the major focus for the College over the next five years.
These areas are:
- Our Faith
- Lifelong Learning Through Excellence in Education
- An Atmosphere of Care
- Responsible Stewardship
- Community Relations
Commencing in Term 2, I will use my Terrace News article to further unpack aspects of the Strategic Plan.
Finally this week, I encourage you to continue to work closely with your sons over the coming days to ensure they remain focused, have a successful exam period and finish well.
Have a great week.