Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Dear members of the Terrace Family,

Welcome to Term 4. I hope that the break provided an opportunity to recharge in preparation for the hectic Term 4 that lies ahead. Over the holidays, many Terrace students, staff and parents engaged in a range of training and rehearsals in readiness for the term ahead.

As we commence the term, I ask for your cooperation on two matters:

  1. Student masks – Students need to take greater responsibility for their own masks. As outlined in a communication late last term, a small fee will now be charged for masks supplied by the College.
  2. Parent drivers – Towards the end of Term 3, I noticed a marked increase in poor parent driving behaviour, performing U-turns, stopping in driveways and in the middle of the road to collect students. This driving is a significant safety issue, and I again ask that you please refrain from these illegal actions. If you do not want to sit in traffic in Rogers Street, then I suggest you arrange an alternative pick-up location. I apologise for the tone of my message; however, the safety of our students remains paramount.

It was extraordinary and very pleasing to see the large number of Year 12 students who attended the open classrooms offered during the second week of the holidays. A consistent focus on teaching and learning is key to the success that Terrace experiences in and out of the classroom. Well done, and thank you to all involved.

As we turn our attention to Term 4, we all must assume a ‘start now’ approach. With only eight weeks from start to finish and numerous interruptions along the way, the term will be over before we know. My strong message is, ‘start now’.

Term 3 reports will be sent out tomorrow, Friday 8 October and will reflect your son’s performance during Term 3. There are no parent/teacher meetings following these reports. Should you have queries or concerns regarding your son’s progress, please make contact with his teachers.

Numerous events are occurring this term, and I encourage you to monitor the College calendar or the College App to keep up with what is happening. There are a few events that I would like to draw your attention to specifically:

  • 8 October Inter-House Track & Field Carnival
  • 12 October GPS Track & Field Carnival
  • 13 October Year 5 Orientation
  • 16 October ‘GT on the Green’ – Long Lunch
  • 18 October Celebration of Excellence
  • 29 October Rescheduled RNA Public Holiday
  • 18 November Year 12 Valedictory
  • 26 November Final Day of Term 4

The GPS Track and Field Carnival has been rescheduled to Tuesday 12 October. The team has been training well and will give their best on the day. It is my pleasure to announce the Track and Field Captains for 2021:

  • Captain: Griffin Kelly
  • Vice Captain: Oliver Casey-Ryan

I wish all of our athletes the very best.

I would also like to advise the following staff changes for Term 4. Mrs Maryanne Costi is taking long service leave this term and will be replaced by Mrs Donna Compton, returning from maternity leave. Mr Geoff Ludlow is also taking extended long service leave before retiring and will be replaced by Dr Andreas Ruhmann for this term. Mr Michael MacDermott is on a period of leave during Term 4 to attend to matters of a personal nature. His classes will be covered by current staff. Mr Danny Bliss will also take long service leave before retiring and is being replaced by Mr Conor Bowden, while Mrs Colleen McHugh will join us working part-time as a Library Technician.

The 2021 Giving Day is scheduled for 20 October. The campaign was launched earlier this week. The campaign video ‘One Day’ encourages us to consider how we can help Terrace continue to support students who may otherwise not be able to experience all that a Terrace education offers. We are aiming to raise $400 000. This sum of money will establish an endowed fund that generates income in perpetuity. This endowment fund will provide a Terrace education for a new young man every six years. Your support is valued.

Finally, this week, I welcome you to Term 4 and look forward to journeying with you over the next eight weeks.

God Bless.