Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll

 Dear members of the Terrace Family,

Welcome to Week 2. I trust that you and your families have settled into the routine of the term.  The series of shorter weeks provides some pleasant respite, but at the same time, the shorter weeks certainly put pressure on people to ensure that five days of work is completed within four days.  Despite this, the extra Monday holidays are very enjoyable.

Yesterday we completed the second round of Parent/Teacher interviews using the Teams format.  I trust that the experience was a positive one. We are, however, always looking at ways in which we can improve the experience for all involved.  A survey will be circulated shortly, seeking your thoughts on the day of interviews on the first Monday of the term.  Please provide any feedback via the survey.

This week will see Academic Mentoring occurring during Pastoral Care classes and House Assembly.  This important process allows your son and his PC teacher to connect, review Term 1 results and potentially, set goals for Term 2.  During the first week of this term, the College Leadership Team spoke to all year levels during year level assemblies.  Amongst my comments, I challenged each student to improve on one aspect of their Term 1 results.  If each student can build upon their Term 1 achievements, it will certainly set a platform for a positive Term 2 and contribute to a successful academic journey.

Tomorrow I will have the privilege of attending the 2021 TLG Mothers’ High Tea.  This is always a special event, and I thank the TLG for their work in ensuring the success of the day.  It is wonderful to experience the strong sense of community always on show at this event and to witness the opportunities for our new mothers to connect with each other and the wider Terrace Family.

Next Tuesday, the College, in conjunction with the Old Boys, will host the 2021 Career Expo where a number of Old Boys will share their study and career experiences during the afternoon. The event provides an excellent opportunity for students to hear first-hand about a range of career options, as well as tertiary study opportunities.  While the Career Expo is potentially more relevant to students in Years 11 and 12, I encourage all students to attend and listen to the valuable insights shared by our Old Boys.

The Term 2 co-curricular program continues this weekend with our first home game against Brisbane State High School.  I do remind families that it is a requirement that all visitors to our sporting venues, including Tennyson and the Victoria Park tennis courts, check in using the EVA app.  QR codes will be available at all venue entrance points, and I would ask that you please complete the process prior to entry.  This year, unlike 2020, spectators can stay and support all teams competing, including the First teams.  Student spectators are permitted and are required to be in full school uniform, including white shirts, blazers and red caps for all First’s games.

Last week I learned of the passing of Ollie Collins (GT 2011).  Ollie was a young man of great courage and resilience.  Although he battled a physical disability, he was committed to his Terrace journey and was a trailblazer and model for other Gentlemen of Terrace, including those current students with physical disabilities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Ollie’s family at this time of sadness.

Have a great week.

God Bless.