Dean of Students | Mr Damien Cuddihy
The Senior Valedictory held last Thursday was a very special day for the College community and the culmination of the Terrace journey for the Seniors. It was a privilege to enjoy the final gathering of the Seniors in College Hall, as they shared some words before being farewelled on College Assembly. This was followed by Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral and dinner at the Convention Centre. It was a fitting end for our families, who have always supported their sons so strongly on their journey.
And so, we come to the end of another academic year. We started 2021, the 146th year of the College, hoping that the year might resemble the usual flow of activities and events. I am proud of how our 250 new students embraced the College throughout the year, showing a great deal of resilience and flexibility in their learning. As an institution based around developing strong, positive relationships, all members of the community have shared the responsibility of growing the atmosphere of care. As with any family, it would be unreasonable to expect a school year without some clashes and low points. Fortunately, the positive times have far outnumbered the negatives, and I would hope that most of our students can reflect on a year in which they have embraced the ethos of the College and made the most of every opportunity.
I am a firm believer in the adage that it takes a village to raise a child. The House system always has been a cornerstone of the pastoral care of students, and it relies heavily on the contribution of a range of influential adults. We are deeply indebted to the pastoral team: House Deans, Dean of Waterford Place, Program Leaders, Mentors, Counsellors, Identity and Maroon Staff whose efforts combine to form the young men we like to refer to as Gentlemen of Terrace. It is indeed a team effort, and we are fortunate to have such a quality group of people charged with the care of our students.
Finally, I would like to wish all our students and their families all the very best for a relaxing time over the Christmas break. I hope everyone in our community can take some time to recharge and refresh after a particularly hectic year. I look forward to a successful year in 2022.