Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Students need to be well rested and fresh heading into exams.

Dear Members of the Terrace Family,

This week I am in Canberra as part of the EREA Principal’s Conference. This event is always a good event as Principals and school representatives gather from 50 schools across Australia. It is a sign of strength and solidarity for EREA schools. I find it very reassuring that as the Terrace Family, we are also part of a larger Family across Australia. Our common features and our unique qualities, when combined, make the collective EREA schools a significant education provider across Australia. When combined with the common mission of Edmund Rice, and his desire to support those at the margins, I feel both proud and reassured about who Terrace is and what we do as a school.

Last Saturday night I attended the TTN Festa. It was a wonderful evening and was a celebration of the strong and lengthy connection that exists between the people of Terrace and the people of Timor-Leste. My thanks to the people responsible for organising the event. I encourage the Terrace Family to continue to support TTN through the purchase of cards and coffee. The funds raised through the sales of these products allow TTN to provide both financial, human and educational support to the people of Timor-Leste. Orders may be made via the College website.

Yesterday, our Cross Country team, ‘The X Men’ competed valiantly in the GPS Cross Country Championships at Limestone Park. In what is a very competitive carnival, Terrace placed a very credible 7th place. I congratulate all runners and coaches for their dedication throughout the season. Well done to all involved.

In recent editions of the Terrace News I have been publishing achievements by Terrace students - past and present. This week, I wish to acknowledge and congratulate Year 12 student, Reilly Townsend. Reilly has been selected in the Australian Schoolboys Water Polo team in compete in Croatia and Montenegro later this year. This is an outstanding achievement and we wish Reilly all the best. It should be noted that Dominic Mackie (Year 12) is a shadow reserve for the squad. Well done gentlemen.

Finally this week, a note regarding the upcoming exams which commence early next week. It is important that students are well prepared for these exams. Regular study, covering the material on the ‘Checklist’ and having the correct equipment is important for successful exam results. However, a factor sometimes neglected is to be well rested. Some students believe that spending long hours studying the night before the exam is vital for success. However, the opposite is probably more accurate. Students need to be well rested and fresh heading into exams. Having a good night’s rest during exam block is very important. As the exam period approaches, it will be important for the students to be well prepared and well rested.

Have a great week.

God Bless.

Dr Michael Carroll

College Principal

College Dean | Mr Chris Ryan

Each May we celebrate the mothers of our community.

Mothers' Masses

Each May, during the month of Mary, we have a tradition at Terrace where we celebrate the mothers of our community. We do this with a series of Masses, particularly with our Year 12 students and their mums. Also, there is a Mass offered for the Terrace Performing Arts community and the mums who lead this vibrant aspect of our school. At this Mass, I was struck by the words of Father Gerry Hall who spoke about poetry being more true than history and that creativity is within the very nature of God. The creative and artistic people within our community; students, parents, teachers and Old Boys remind us of this almost on a daily basis through the laughter we share, the solemn moments of reflection and the transcendent moments of wonder as we listen to a great singer, musician or storyteller or gaze in amazement at an extraordinary photograph, painting or montage. Father Gerry's words, heard by a few in our beautiful Chapel, are so true of our human experience that what is most meaningful and powerful is often beyond our immediate understanding as is the love Mary had for her Son and our mums have for theirs. Blessed Edmund Rice’s spirituality and mission were profoundly influenced by his Mother and the Mother of God-we gave thanks for the influence, leadership and guidance of all women in our community.

Staff News

Congratulations to Mr Rob Sweeper who has been appointed as the acting Head of the Human Movement Faculty while Mr Mason Hellyer acts as Dean of Waterford during Term 3 and the first two weeks of Term 4. We wish Mr Sweeper well for this professional growth experience. Mr Pat Collins will join the HPE teaching team for this time and Mr Alex Berry will have his Term 2 contract extended, including some work as the HPE aide. Thank you to Mr Sweeper, Mr Collins and Mr Berry for their assistance during this time.

While Mrs Loren Serafin-Huey is on long service leave during Term 3, and Mr James Turner is acting as Head of the Business and Technology Faculty, Mrs Natalie Berndt will join our staff community as a teacher of Accounting and Business. We look forward to welcoming Mrs Berndt and wish Mrs Serafin-Huey well for her leave.

Dean of Studies | Mrs Julie Quinn

With exams coming remember to Prepare, Practice and Persevere.

Preparation against Performance

Many elite athletes will tell the story of training programs that were executed with precision and perfection and subsequent race performance outcomes that were disappointing. With students moving into exams next week, we need to ensure that their mental preparation for the exam matches their efforts in their preparation program. Often my message to boys is to remind them that if they have invested their time into their studies, then it is their expectation and right to obtain strong results. Boys need to feel confident that their preparation will lead to their success. Many boys doubt themselves when under the pressure of exams and this leads to lack of confidence in responding to exam questions. I know that there are many students who have worked diligently across this term- the next weeks of exams are when they deserve their reward.

Some exam strategies for maximising outcomes are listed below

  • The night before the exam make sure you have checked and packed the required equipment.
  • The night before the exam go over rules, dates or any other rote learning that is required.
  • The night before the exam, mentally list off every topic and key points in the topics that you have covered in the exam subject during the term.
  • Make sure you get adequate sleep the night before the exam.
  • On the morning of the exam, make sure you have a good breakfast.
  • On arrival at school do not get caught up in ‘panic conversation’ that could undermine your confidence.
  • Plan your strategy for time allocation prior to the exam.
  • Be positive and confident! If you have worked hard during the term this is the time when you deserve to be rewarded. Go into the exam feeling strong and confident – do not doubt yourself.
  • During perusal read the paper carefully. Use a highlighter to remind or make yourself aware of key points.
  • During the exam be aware of the time. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to answer a question when you know how to do it!
  • Work hard for the whole duration of the exam. Check, check and re-check your work until it is time to hand in your exam paper.
Remember the 3 ‘Ps’ – Prepare, Practice and Persevere

Mathematics Teams Challenge

The Met North Mathematics Teams Challenge attracts approximately 300 keen and enthusiastic Mathematicians from across Brisbane. Teams consist of five students and Terrace was represented by six teams on the day. Students represented Terrace in three divisions: two Junior teams in Year 7/8 (finished 3rd and 5th), two Intermediate teams in Year 9/10 (finished 1st and 5th) and two Senior teams in Year 11/12 (finished 1st and 3rd). Congratulations to all the boys who participated. Thank you to Mrs Griffin for all her efforts in coordinating these boys for the maths teams challenge and to Mrs Harris, Ms MacGinley and Old Boys Mr Liam Fitzgerald, Mr Ben Crowley and Mr Alex Seeto for their assistance on the day.

Terrace Teams 2017

Dean of Students | Mr Damien Fall

This week, I would like to place some focus on the topic of values.

Put quite simply, values are those things that are most important to us. I often refer to Terrace as a values-based organisation; a place where our actions are heavily influenced by values such as respect, humility, commitment, honesty and courage. Our founder, Blessed Edmund Rice, championed these values in all he encountered. As part of their formation as Terrace Gentlemen, our students regularly hear messages about the importance of living our values. I frequently hear from parents that they are attracted to Terrace as a school for their sons because our values are strongly aligned to their own. Our commitment to parents is that we will maintain our standards and expectations in a manner that ensures we remain true to the values we share.

Human nature means that boys will sometimes make mistakes and let us down. At these times, it is important that home and school work together and respond in a way that helps our young men to learn, grow and become a better person. Making mistakes helps to form all us into the best person we can be, as mistakes allow for reflection. I have always felt blessed with knowing that parents are supportive of the school’s actions, even if it does mean that their sons need to be held to account or face consequences for poor decisions. Supportive parents are a wonderful gift to our College and I am grateful to work in an environment with such strong collaboration between home and school.

On the topic of values, I spoke with students at this week’s assembly about the importance of playing and spectating at sporting events in a spirit of humility and respect. It is a wonderful thing to be fiercely competitive and to play to win, but this should never be at the cost of lowering our standards. Similarly, the way we support as spectators needs to be a positive reflection of the school. As we head towards Rugby season and its associated emotions, we will continue to push the message about playing and supporting with the very best of sportsmanship.

Exams commence next week and I wish all students the best at this important time. Year 12 students commence exam block on Tuesday and Year 11 start on Wednesday. I have spoken with these students about expectations during this time, including the need to meet our usual standards regarding punctuality and personal presentation. This is a busy time and the coming weeks will be critical in determining the outcomes of all students. I trust that all students are working hard at home to produce their very best.

Head of Campus Ministry | Mr Paul Antenucci

Year 8 students focus on the concept of life journey during their Emmaus retreat.

Emmaus People

Broken into house groups, Years 7, 8 and 9 camps are followed by retreats. The House Dean, other members of the Campus Ministry team and I meet the boys on Thursday afternoon at the Gregory Terrace Outdoor Education Centre to conclude the week with a retreat. The Year 8 retreat theme is Emmaus, which focuses on the concept of life journey and helps identify the people who have walked beside us.

The students reflect on the Emmaus story in the bible when Jesus walked with the disciples on the road to Emmaus just after his Crucifixion. One of the key messages of this story is that even in the most troubled times Jesus is walking with the disciples, even though they didn’t recognise him until just before he left. Reflecting on our own lives', we identify our "Emmaus person" as someone who walks beside us on our journey through the good times and the bad, challenging us to be our best and helping us through the tough times in our journey.

Received a letter?

It isn’t too often that young men take the time to reflect on their lives in this way, let alone acknowledge the people who really have been there for them all along their short journey. We challenge the Year 8s to write to their Emmaus Person, to say thank you and explain their importance to them. This isn’t an easy task but the boys do it surprisingly well. The next challenge is for the students to deliver that letter to their Emmaus person. That is the true challenge, not just for the Year 8s, but also for all of us to do sooner rather than later. It takes humility to say ‘thank you’, such a simple task that can be very powerful.

Years 7, 8 and 9 Program Leader | Mr Damien Coman

Terrace Mathematicians achieved wonderful results in the the Metropolitan North competition.

Program Leader Years 7-9

1) It was very pleasing to see the wonderful results from our Mathematicians continue in the Metropolitan North competition which recently saw 300 motivated students use their skills, knowledge and problem solving abilities. Terrace had very impressive results across the year levels:

Junior Years 7 and 8 - 3rd and 5th

Intermediate Years 9 and 10 - 1st and 3rd

Senior Years 11 and 12- 1st and 3rd

2) Exam timetables are available. Students need to have a plan for revision specific to the final two weeks of school and of course this weekend and next is very important.

3) Dr Ian Hunter is a writing specialist from the University of Auckland who has worked with both staff and students throughout the year. A large number of Year 9s have worked directly with Dr Hunter on how to create interest, precision and variety in their writing skills. The feedback he has provided has been incredibly beneficial.

4) Our Formation program has concentrated on the following topics recently: Year 7-Team work/special individuals/making a difference, Year 8-Responsible online Terracians, Anti-bullying, Smart study strategies, Year 9- Growth Mindsets/Persistence and resilience/productive habits

5) I recently attended the National Well Being conference with two other House Deans that was a joint production from leading Psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, The Institute of Positive Education and the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education. There were some very telling statistics with youth mental health and giving adolescents the knowledge that is required in this age during their well-being programs (Formation). Terrace is certainly well prepared when most of the topics covered were the ones that are currently in our Years 7-9 Formation Programs. However, it is an area of constant change and innovation where many good ideas were raised and taken on board for our students.

Director of Culture | Mr Matt Cocking

We are halfway through the Terrace Debating program.

Please read for all your cultural happenings.


Red Cravats (Junior B) won last Monday night. Congratulations! This means that we will have at least three teams through to the quarter finals including Senior A, Junior A and Junior B.

Public Speaking

Best wishes to Luke Ames who will be participating in the 2017 Rostrum Voice of Youth State Junior Finals.

These finals will be held at Waterford Place on Saturday 1 July from 1pm. It would be good to see a large contingent of Red and Black to support Luke.

Auction Idol

As reported last week, Charlie Parer once again competed in the finals of the National Auction Idol competition. Well done on your second place, Charlie!


The national Mooting competition takes place at Bond University this weekend. Terrace has a proud and successful history with this competition and we wish Connor Wright, Xavier ClarkandMatt Latter clear and concise thoughts. Thank you to Ms Samantha Knott who will be travelling with and mentoring these students.


As we come to the end of Semester 1, we are halfway through the Terrace Debating program. The GPS competition saw several teams rank highly because of their hard work in both prepared and short prep debates. At the end of next week, the QDU Secondary Competition's qualifying rounds will finish with teams across Years 8 to 12 making it through to the finals in Term 3. The QDU Primary and Junior Competitions also commence next week with four debates being held over the next five months. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the support of the coaches and parents who ensure that our Terrace Gentlemen represent our College to the best of their ability. This weekend, we will be holding our annual Debating Dinner to celebrate the Terrace Debating community. It is always a great night, and the Debate between our Senior A team and parent/coach team is a highlight of the year. Thank you to all involved in the organisation of this wonderful night.

GPS Ranks

Art Union Tickets

Don’t forget to write your Support Group on the back of all your tickets. This is an important fundraiser for our Support Groups.

USA Music Tour

The final preparations are underway for the USA Music Tour. There will be 47 students travelling to the United States for workshops as well as participating in some exciting Fourth of July activities.

The Parent Information Evening will be next Monday night, 5 June, in the GT125 Theatre, starting at 6pm. This is a valuable meeting for all touring families.

House Choir

The beginning of Term 3 always kicks off with the colloquially known, “House Shout”. For the new Terrace families, this evening involves every member of every House in a six minute per House singing competition. Last year, Barrett took the honours with a ‘Christmas in July’ theme. This year…come along and join with the Terrace community on Friday 21 July, starting at 6.30pm, in the Campbell Centre.

There will be various food vendors so come early, have dinner and get ready to have the best Friday night of the College calendar!

Support Group Meetings

DSG Meeting – Tuesday 11 July, 5.30pm, The Founders' Room

Please register your apologies via

TPA Meeting – Tuesday 11 July, 5.30pm, Callan Centre

Please register your apologies via

Date Claimers

Saturday 3 JuneDebating Dinner, Waterford Place

Sunday 3 JuneQDU Workshop, BGS (as per e-mail information)

Tuesday 6 JuneUSA Tour Meeting, GT125 Theatre

Wednesday 7 JuneQDU Round 4 (Senior A and Year 8)

Thursday 8 JuneQDU Round 1 (Year 5 and Year 6)

Director of Music | Mr Brad Esbensen

As we approach the end of term, could I please ask that students keep an eye on their lesson timetables.

Last Sunday the Terrace Choir performed for the TLG Past Mothers’ Mass in the Chapel. This is our last performance for the term as we head in to exams. For the past couple of weeks, rehearsal focus has been on preparation for the upcoming tour to the USA and there will also be some workshop sessions taking place during the first week of the holidays. Details of the additional rehearsals were outlined in a letter from Mr Cocking (emailed 5 May).

Before the end of term, I will be sending out a tour notification regarding participation in the Celebration of Excellence Orchestra and Choir. While this event doesn’t take place until Term 4, we need to have an idea of numbers to assist in planning, both from our end and for the crew at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC), and ordering equipment for the event.

This weekend, we have ten of our musicians in Years 5 to 8 representing Terrace at the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Southbank. The weekend will culminate in two concerts on Sunday at 1pm, for the Wind Ensembles and 3pm, for the String and Vocal Ensembles.

As we approach the end of term, could I please ask that students keep an eye on their lesson timetables and notify their Music/Speech & Drama teachers in advance of any absences related to in class assessment. Most of our teachers are employed on a casual basis with teaching portfolios spread across multiple schools. Early notification of such absences will assist them in making the most of their time and ensuring your sons’ lessons are keep up to date. This week is the final week for you to make changes to enrolments for Music and Speech & Drama lessons before billings are processed for next term. Please fill in the appropriate form on the Terrace App (Culture | Music) and email to or print and return to the Music Dept. office.

Due to exams commencing next week, there will be no further performances on College Assembly for this term.

Please check the Terrace App and Parent Lounge regularly as this is where information regarding various events (see the list below) will now be published. As events are approved and posted to the Parent Lounge, you will be sent an email advising the name of the event, including the Event Memo, to check and you will be required to give a response regarding attendance. Event Memos will also be available through the Terrace App in Culture|Music.

Holiday Workshops

  • Red Thunder Drumline, Monday 19 June, Tennyson
  • Red and Black Big Bands, Tuesday 20 June, Terrace
  • Terrace Jazz Combo, Wednesday 21 June, Terrace

Director of Sport | Mr Damian Wright

The GPS Cross Country.

Come and support both Football and Tennis this weekend.


Congratulations to the Cross Country runners who ran in the GPS Championships. The Juniors came in 5th and the Seniors came 7th. There will be a more detailed report in the Terrace News next week.

With that in mind, it is appropriate to recognise the significant steps forward that have occurred this year under the leadership of Mr Andrew Ebrington and the new head coach Ms Cerene Hughes.

I know the boys have thoroughly enjoyed the coaching periodisation that has come into the program and the variety that now exists in the program around training venues and competitive options.

The Mother’s Day fun runs, twilight run, Mt Cootha hill challenges, Enoggera trails and All Schools Championships are all additions to this year’s program that have entertained and captivated the enthusiasm of the boys.

Thank you to Championship Captain Nick Erzetic and Vice Captains Zac Smith, Jeremy Davis, Connor Ryan and Gus Daley for their efforts this year in showing leadership to all the boys.

It has been a great trip so far and the boys who have enjoyed the running and team culture can continue to run in Term 3 and 4. Coach Hughes will contact boys shortly about upcoming opportunities – the most immediate are the challenges of Middle Distance running at Track and Field – 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m and 400m relays – some 18 events are available.

The distance running culture that has re-ignited over the last two terms will be integrated into Term 3 and 4 activities in preparation for Cross Country next year and will work hand in hand with the Rowing and Cricket programs.


This weekend, Terrace play host to IGS at Tennyson, Ambiewerra and Spring Hill.

The Football program at IGS is particularly strong and the Terrace boys need to be focussed on their game plan and structure – the Tennis program at IGS has been building for several years, so there will be no easy games on Saturday.

This weekend is Round 7, and with Round 8 away at Toowoomba and Round 9 reduced to just First IV and First XI fixtures it is the final home game for the year for Football and Tennis.

Thank you to the Year 12’s for their contributions over the many years at the school in these respective activities.

The Open Football teams from 4ths to 1sts will all play on the Internationals Oval this weekend with the 5ths and 6ths playing an internal on the Tom Parry Oval.

It would be fantastic to once again have a great crowd in attendance for this game – the boys have thoroughly enjoyed the support in 2017.

Tennis is always a little harder to cheer on – but simply being present at the court or on the side of Vic Park supporting is truly appreciated.

Due to the superb skills of the Tennis boys, I would suggest that if you want to see the boys in action then you will need to be there well before lunch time to see them in action.

The Weekly Wrap

All your sport highlights here!

Football Wrap

This weekend, the Terrace Football community will host Ipswich Grammar School at Tennyson which looks to be a tight battle. It’s that time of the season when teams are playing for top spots on their respective levels and everyone has a point to prove. It also marks the final home game day for Terrace Football in 2017. With massive numbers this year, we have had to have a number of in-house games and every match up has been played in the spirit of the game. It’s great to see all smiles after the game from both players and supporters alike.

On the Internationals Field we will start the day at 8am with the 4ths followed by the 3rds at 9.15am and 2nds at 10.30am. This will be topped off with the 1st XI at 12pm. Please get out there and support the Seniors in their last game at Tennyson after many years of them supporting Terrace Football no matter what grade they performed at. Our thanks and gratitude go out to all you young men that have played to the best of your ability for the Red and Black. Congratulations.

The 1st XI are having their best season in recent years and will need all the support they can get to topple the high flying IGS 1st XI. It will be an exciting encounter for all to watch.

Last weekend saw five Terrace Footballers, Max Mikkola, Darcy McCluskey,Byron McLeod, Noah Hitchcock and William Lalic make the Metropolitan North Squad. They all played in a four day tournament in Brisbane. Congratulations goes to Darcy McCluskey (Shadow Player).

Max Mikkola made the starting team of the Queensland Schools U19 XI. Max has been playing extremely well for Terrace and has received the position from a lot of hard work both on the field and off. Well done Max.

Rugby Wrap

Whole School Rugby Sign On

Rugby sign on is now open with all families receiving an email last week inviting your son to play rugby this season. Many thanks to all those families who have already signed up as the playing numbers assist with the organisation of coaches, referees, buses, field usage and ultimately how many teams we nominate in the GPS competition. Registrations close Friday 2 June so please ensure you inform us of your intentions. Boys who participated in Term 2 rugby are required to also register.

Please note that the boys born in 2007 (U10) will play and be graded with the U11 boys. This decision was made by the GPS as only a small number of GPS schools could field U10 teams. The upside is that all Year 5 boys will get to play with their class mates during their first year of rugby here at Terrace.

1st XV Rugby Program

Day 2 of the GPS selection trials takes place this Saturday at IGS. Boys privileged enough to be selected in either of the GPS 1, 2 or 3 team’s boys will go onto the Qld Schools Boys trials during the mid-year break.

Term 2 Preseason Program

It’s pleasing to see the continual improvement of boys who have committed to our Term 2 preseason program. The time and effort on the training field will be put to test this Saturday as we play a number of practice games against BBC. Please see attached schedule for game times.

Refereeing at Terrace

Congratulations to Year 12 student Charlie Marshall who has been selected for the Secondary School Scholarship Program. Selected students will be involved in a range of activities designed to improve their knowledge of the game, enhance their performance as referees, and expose them to a higher standard of rugby. This involves refereeing at junior age championships, having a mentor, receiving extensive coaching and being appointed number six for Reds games. At the QLD State Champs (June/July holidays @ Albany Creek) the scholarship holders will go into “camp” (stay somewhere together) and participate in pre match briefings and post-match reviews of games just as super/premier rugby referees would.

Representative Rugby

Congratulations to Angus Dillman, Charlie Condon, Quinn Siolo, Patrick Elekana and Keegan Vandenberg who have been selected to represent Met Nth at the U15 State Carnival. The carnival will take place early Term 3. Also congratulations to Alex Salter, Harry McKim, Xavier Grambower, Gerard Sheehan and Max Stevens on their selection in the U12 City Districts team.

Mid-Year Holiday Rugby Clinics at Tennyson will take place on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July. The purpose of the clinic is to prepare the boys for the upcoming GPS Rugby season. The key emphasis will be core skills, unit and team focus leading into our trial game against Brisbane Grammar School on Saturday 8 June at Tennyson.

Follow us on twitter @TerraceRugby which is your first point of call for all news and information relating to Terrace Rugby.

Tennis Wrap

Thank you to the Terrace Tennis community who came out and supported the annual Terrace Tennis Doubles Championships. It was a brilliant day, full of fun and highly competitive matches. Having such a day in Round 6 of the competition was perfect. A little reminder about the reason one plays the game. It was a fantastic social day which allowed for opportunities that wouldn’t normally occur. The Van Balen brothers were able to team up and play together, great mates Angus White and Xavier Lim were partners and many other boys from different teams matched up together to play the day. Next year we will introduce the parents of the players in to their own separate competition and make it a great family day out. Congratulations to all the winners, runners up, all boys who entered and a big thank you to the parents along with the Tennis Supporters Group who made this day a great success.

This week the program moves in to Round 7 of the competition against Ipswich Grammar School (IGS). IGS have two home venues and they include the courts at their playing fields at Brassall Tennis Centre, Pearse Drive, Brassall and IDJTA Queens Park, Chermside Road, Ipswich. Please make sure you go to the right venue. We also have supplementary matches to add to our home venues of AMBI and Victoria Park so Terrace Tennis will be well represented around the Brisbane district yet again.

Some important information regarding the program as we move towards the end of the season. Training will finish for the program (except 1st and 2nd IV) on the Friday 9 June, the day before Round 8 against Toowoomba Grammar School. The teams that are scheduled to play in Toowoomba are the Year 11 and OPEN teams so please start to make travel arrangements. The only team that will play against BBC in Round 9 is the 1stIV on the Friday 16th June at BBC. This fixture will be a late afternoon/night match and will start directly at the completion of the last day of school for Term 2. This match, should both schools keep winning, will be the premiership deciding match and one of the most hotly contested matches in GPS tennis history. It will certainly be worth making the effort to see the match live as you will go a long way to see such talent on the court at schoolboy level.

We wish all boys representing the Terrace Tennis program the best of luck for Round 7.

Captain’s Corner | Vice Captain, Will Cook

A reflection on National Reconciliation Week.

National reconciliation week brings us the opportunity to reflect on our country’s history, appreciate the depth and significance of our indigenous cultures and acknowledge the atrocities of our shared history. It is important to look backwards to all the injustice, the stolen generations, the genocide. Steps forward also need to be celebrated; the 1967 referendum, the Mabo decision or Kevin Rudd's historic apology are important events towards reconciliation. They are certainly worth celebrating. However, this year we are called to do more than remember, acknowledge and celebrate, this year we are also called to “take the next steps”. We are not only called to recognise and acknowledge the injustices of the past, but to also act for change. National reconciliation week reminds us that reconciliation is an ongoing process. National reconciliation week reminds us that many injustices still exist in our society. National reconciliation week reminds us that things must change.

Terrace Ladies Group

Plans are advancing for the Ladies Spring Luncheon for 1 September.

Tennyson Canteen

Last Saturday, while it was a bye weekend, saw seventeen football games in the morning against various schools and six rugby trial matches in the afternoon against Churchie. We ended up having a much busier day than expected. Thank you to everyone who assisted, however, more assistance would have been ideal. If you notice the canteen having a busy patch and have a little time to spare, we would really appreciate your assistance, even a short amount of time is of assistance.

This Saturday is a home day at Tennyson with a full football schedule and several rugby trial matches being held against Ipswich Grammar. Please sign up to assist in the canteen if you can. All help is greatly appreciated.

Past Mothers' Mass

The past mothers Mass was held last Sunday with more than 80 ladies in attendance. It was a lovely morning – with a special touch of fine china and lovely champagne. Mrs Maureen Tynan, who had four sons go through the College, gave us an emotionally warm reflection on her time while the boys were at school. She talked about the threads of our lives that make the tapestry of Terrace both while our families are here, and into the years that follow. The wonderful Choir once again provided a very stirring side to the celebration. The ladies who attended all commented on what a lovely Mass and morning tea it was. If you have heard from anyone who was unaware of the Past Mothers’ Mass and would like to be added to our database for next year, please pass on their details to Marianne at

May TLG Meeting

At the TLG meeting on Monday 29 May we had Mr Charles Brauer, Dean of Identity attend as our guest speaker. Charles provided a very interesting insight into the pastoral work our boys are engaged in and explained it in the context of the wider community and global Edmund Rice initiatives. We certainly gained a better understanding on the vast range of caring roles our boys can, and do, participate in and how they are developing the knowledge, humility and wisdom of the “Terrace Gentleman”. Thank you Charles for taking the time to attend the TLG meeting.

Spring Luncheon | 1 September – Hillstone, St Lucia

Plans are advancing for the Ladies Spring Luncheon for 1 September at Hillstone St Lucia. Be sure to put it into your diaries as it is shaping up be a wonderful celebration of our Terrace community all around a beautiful Spring theme. Tickets will be $125 and include a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne on arrival (sponsored by SSKB Strata Managers) with canapés on the terrace, a sit down two-course meal with Riddle Range Sauvignon Blanc and Chateau De Brique “83” Rose on the tables. There will also be special drink prices, including Veuve Clicquot at $75 per bottle (usually $115) at the cash bar, great entertainment and raffle tickets to win amazing prizes.

To continue the festivities, Gambaro’s have provided a host of generous offers for us to enjoy at the end of the day. Transport to Gambaro’s is in the process of being organised.

McKinney’s Jewellers have kindly offered a $5000 voucher towards our fundraising for the event. Thank you once again to McKinney’s for their generosity towards our TLG functions. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated.

There are many other terrific prizes on offer also. Details of these will be available closer to the event. If you would like to contribute a prize or voucher towards our fundraising efforts, please get in touch with Margie Nasser at All contributions are most welcome.

Invitations will be emailed on 3 August (Week 4) with tickets going on sale the following week on Tuesday 8 August through Try-Booking. The covering letter accompanying the invitation will include a link to Try-Booking for your convenience. Seating arrangements are in tables of 10, so it is a good idea to start planning your tables and nominate a table captain. Rest assured that if you are a smaller group or purchasing as an individual, we will accommodate you within your preferred year level. Everyone is sure to have a great time.

Key Dates

Invitations emailed: 3 August - Week 4 with link to Try-Booking

Tickets on sale: 8 August (via Try-Booking) – Week 5

Spring Luncheon – 1 September, Hillstone, St Lucia - Week 8

Coming Up

17 July – TLG Meeting – Guest Speaker TBA

7 August – TLG Mothers Retreat – Tai Chi and fresh produce under the Tennyson jacarandas


TLG President | Mel Josephson:

The Terrace Family

The Terrace Family is asked to pray..

The Terrace Family is asked to pray for the repose of the soul of:

Mr Leonard Francis PUGH, GT 1951-1952

Terrace Shop


Date and Time: Saturday 15 July | 7pm
Where: Tumbling Stone Restaurant & Bar | The Johnson Hotel
Cost: Free entry | Welcome drink on arrival and canapes provided. Cash bar available.
RSVP: Please RSVP by Sunday 2 July 2017
For further details or enquiries, please contact
Anna McMahon | 0408 481 180
Angela Papacostas | 0411 749 044

Basketball Welcome Night - RSVP Here

SAVE THE DATE! Booking details coming soon!
Date and Time: Friday 25 August | 10.30am - 5.30pm
Where: Brisbane Golf Club | 70 Tennyson Memorial Ave Yeerongpilly
Cost: $135 per player (+ booking fees) for golf, BBQ lunch & after game cocktail snacks
For further details, please contact
Steven George | | 0411 723 009

SAVE THE DATE! Tickets on sale Thursday 13 July. More details coming soon!
2017 Inaugural Br Buckley Breakfast featuring special guest speaker Cameron Clyne, ARU Chairman & Former CEO of NAB.
Date: Thursday 12 October
Where: Brisbane City Hall

Support the Terrace Performing Arts by purchasing a 2017 Entertainment Book. Membership costs just $65 and includes over $20,000 of value for discounts on a huge range of activities & services - such as restaurants, travel and entertainment.

TPA Entertainment Book - Purchase Here

Something to keep the budding Masterchef in your family busy over the holidays. Or just to give your son some cooking skills he won't ever regret learning!
Date and Time: Monday 19 - Wednesday 21 June | 9am - 4pm
Where: @ Tennyson Kitchens
Cost: $85 for 1 day class
Places are limited so get in early to avoid missing out!
For bookings please email following the link below.

Cook-Eat Class - Email Bookings Here

Year Level Parent Social Functions

Click here for event details and booking links for the various parent social functions during the Term.

Year 10 Mother's Weekend

Date and Time: Saturday 19 August | 12pm - 4.30pm
Where: Sails Restaurant | On the Beachfront Hastings Street Noosa Heads
Cost: $135 for 4 course set menu
RSVP: Please RSVP by Friday 16 June
For further details or enquiries, please contact
Anne Learmonth | | 0409 655 436

Year 10 Mother's Lunch @ Sail's - Book Here