Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Dear members of the Terrace Family,

As we negotiate the first few days of a Queensland winter, our thoughts remain with our friends in Victoria.  Their lockdown serves as a reminder of just how important it is for us to stay vigilant and ensure that our hygiene practices and tracing processes are robust.  A reminder to all Terrace families that we do not have to check-in at Tennyson or any other outdoor venue anymore. However, we need to continue to check in at indoor venues. We will transition to the Queensland App at all GPS venues by the start of Term 3 fixtures.

Tomorrow, the Br Barry Buckley Breakfast is being held in the Marquee at Victoria Park.  Br Buckley (GT 1952) will be attending, along with our keynote speaker, Professor Paul Young (GT 1972).  It will undoubtedly be an interesting morning as Professor Young explores the COVID 19 vaccine journey.  My thanks to the GTOBA and the College’s Development Office staff for their hard work preparing for this event.

Next week, exams commence for Years 5 to 11.  Exam blocks are no different from regular school time regarding expectations around uniform, conduct and punctuality.  Exam timetables have already been distributed to the students and are also available on the College App.  Students of all year levels must be well prepared, well-rested and have the correct equipment for their exams.  Good luck to all students over the coming exam period.

This weekend sees the final full home Football games played at Tennyson (only the 1st  XI will play TSS at home in Round 9) I thank the Tennyson staff, the Football Support Group, the TLG and the many volunteers for ensuring that a successful 2021 Football Season has been staged.  Similarly, I thank the Tennis Support Group and coaches for their efforts this season.  Good luck to all Football and Tennis teams this Saturday against Brisbane Grammar School. 

Continuing from the information provided in recent weeks, I would like to give details of the next of the Pillars outlined in the College’s Strategic Plan – Towards 150.  I encourage you to review the goals identified for Atmosphere of Care across the next five years; we will:

  • Enhance a safe community environment that promotes student and staff wellbeing and resilience
  • Nurture authentic, respectful relationships
  • Mentor and support members of the Terrace Family
  • Promote servant leadership to inspire and encourage others to realise their potential
  • Provide a breadth and depth of opportunities for Terracians

Finally, this week, I wish to acknowledge the many initiatives undertaken by the College as part of Reconciliation Week. Many of the events and messages have been documented via the College Facebook page and on our Twitter feed.  The engagement of our indigenous and non-indigenous students throughout Reconciliation Week activities has been commendable.

Have a great week. 

God Bless.