Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Dear members of the Terrace Family,

Welcome back to Term 4. I trust the recent holiday break provided you and your family with the opportunity to recharge the batteries ready for the ‘sprint’ of Term 4.

Over the holiday break, I had the pleasure of spending some time touring with the Terrace Choir and Strings ensemble in Italy.  The 27 young men who formed the tour party ranged from Year 7 to Year 12 and were great ambassadors for Terrace.  During the tour,  the students performed at Mass in St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, participated in a music workshop at the Conservatory in Florence, visited the United Nations in Geneva, performed in the forecourt in front of St Francis’ Basilica in Assisi and performed during Mass at the Basilica Santa Maria Degli Angeli in Assisi. The tour culminated with a performance during Mass at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.  

Video of the performances is on the Terrace Facebook page, and further highlights will be posted over the next couple of weeks. My congratulations to all the staff and students involved with the tour.

Term 4 is traditionally a short, full and busy term with many ‘end of year’ activities occurring.This year will be no different, and I encourage all students to commence their academic journey this week.  For our Year 12 students, the journey is a brief but important one, with a further academic focus and importantly, the end of school and farewell activities.  For all students, a positive and focused start is the key to success.

On the staffing front, we welcome to Terrace Ms Harriet O’Leary, who will be replacing Mrs Karen Negus, who is on leave this term.  We also welcome Mrs Jen Todd, who will be replacing Mrs Andrea Splatt as the College’s Enrolment Officer.  During the term, further staffing appointments for 2020 will be made. I will communicate these via the Terrace News.

Finally this week, I ask you to keep the Griffin family (Finn, Year 9) in your thoughts and prayers.  Damien passed away over the holidays after a long and courageous fight.  He was a wonderful person, a proud Old Boy, husband to Louise and a loving father.  Our thoughts are with the family.

Have a great week.

God Bless.

Dr Michael Carroll
College Principal 

Deputy Principal | Mr Chris Ryan

Staff News

A warm welcome back to Mr Luke Robba and Mr Brendan Ganley from their long service leave last term. Thank you to Mr Josh Kersevani and Mr Innes Harriman for acting in their roles during this time. Mr Sonny Ali and Mrs Kaylene Campbell have left the College after these contracts concluded. Mr Ali is returning for a further contract in Semester 1 next year, and we hope to see Mrs Campbell back at the College one day as well. 

A reminder that Mrs Karyn Negus has taken leave for the remainder of this year. We wish Mrs Negus well for this time. Ms Harriet O’Leary has taken over Mrs Negus’s current classes, and we warmly welcome her to the College.

Mrs Andrea Splatt finishes at the College this Friday. Mrs Splatt has been College Registrar for the past three years and a parent and committee member with the TLG and Rowing. We wish Mrs Splatt continued health and happiness. We welcome back Mrs Jen Todd who has returned to the College in the newly named role of Enrolments Manager.

Mrs Jan Cameron is taking long service leave for the remainder of this year from Week 3 of this term and going on a terrific travelling holiday. Mrs Cameron will conclude her many years of dedicated service to Terrace at the end of this year and is returning for staff week when we can formally thank and farewell her. Mrs Cameron has been a member of the primary school staff, House Dean of Barrett (like Mother like Son) and more recently, the key role of Academic Administrator. We wish her well for her deserved holiday when it comes. Thank you to Mr Chris Zammit who will take Mrs Cameron’s Years 11 and 12 Maths classes for the remainder of the year and Mr Charles Brauer who will assist with daily organisation and exam schedules.

Dean of Studies | Mr Mason Hellyer

Welcome back to Term 4. I trust that families were able to enjoy a restful break from the school routine and students (and parents) are now feeling refreshed and ready for the term ahead.

Term 3 reports will be available from the Parent Lounge from 8am on Saturday 12 October. This reporting timeline is consistent with the timeline from previous years. There are a number of different reports that will be provided at this juncture:

• Years 5-10 will receive a progress report detailing the Term 3 and cumulative results.
• Year 10 will also receive an Immersion report
• Year 11 will receive a detailed subject report with subject based comments. This report marks the conclusion of Unit 2 and formative aspect of each subject. All internal and mock external assessments will be detailed on the report as well as a Term 3 grade, cumulative result and cumulative grade.
• Year 12 will receive a progress report detailing the Term 3 and cumulative results. A ‘bubble’ report will also be available. 

As always, a report is an opportunity to reflect on a student’s academic performance. I encourage students and parents to celebrate the positives and discuss strategies to overcome the disappointments of the report. Additionally, students will have a meeting with their PC Mentor, Leadership Team member (Year 12) or House Dean (Year 11) to discuss their academic progress.

Term 4 is a very short term of only eight weeks. Consequently, there will be six teaching weeks prior to the commencement of exams. On Tuesday’s College Assembly, I discussed the importance of starting ASAP. Academic success comes about through sustained effort over a period of time. As this term is short, the time to start is now. 

All students have received their assessment calendar for the term. The minimum starting point is to get organised by setting out your subject assignment due dates and working backwards to set aside time for their early completion. One tip is to treat your assignment drafting dates as the submission date. That way, your draft is your ‘best’ work and any feedback you receive will enable you to improve upon your best.

All the best for the term ahead.

Dean of Students | Mr Damien Cuddihy

Welcome back to Term 4. The boys have made an excellent start this week and seem prepared for the challenges of the term ahead. Thank you for your support in assisting the staff to creating a positive tone around the corridors and in the classrooms. This term is short and students have heard the message throughout the week that they need to get down to work immediately.

Unfortunately a decision has been made to cancel the Inter-House Track and Field carnival tomorrow. It is always a really enjoyable and wonderful community building day.  However due to the 90% chance of showers predicted for tomorrow we have decided to cancel the event.

Earlier in the week, a number of our year levels had the opportunity to listen to guest presenter John Coutis. John was born with a significant physical disability leading doctors to believe that he wouldn’t survive 24 hours. With the support of his family and the medical fraternity, John turned 50 this year and has developed into a highly regarded motivational speaker. John shared stories of social and physical adversity during his schooling years and his great frustration that no one had the moral courage to stand up for him at various times. He challenged the boys to develop the confidence to step outside of their own comfort zones. John believes that his inner strength lies in the resilience he developed throughout school. He emphasised his core belief that he can’t control how others act but he can control himself. John also used the metaphor that they are the only person who can fill their own shoes. It was an excellent presentation which continued to deliver a number of key pastoral messages for our boys. 

We will continue to push the message about road safety at the College. Students have been asked to ensure they only cross roads at designated crossings, even if it means walking slightly further to do so. The welfare of students is our top priority and we need them to help by making good decisions when it comes to their safety. I look forward to a positive and highly successful final term for all members of our community.

Dean of Identity | Mr Charles Brauer

The expected and unexpected

Sometimes it is the looking back and reflecting on an experience that can affect us more than the experience itself. Perhaps it is getting taken away with a moment or being ‘on the run’ that prevents us from truly appreciating a given moment, although I tried to resist this while away with our students on the Europe Music tour and ‘be in’ the moment. Upon returning to school and reflecting on the tour happenings, I continue to be amazed at what we experienced, the people we met and the memories we forged.

The United Nations Human Rights Council and Edmund Rice International 

A wonderful gift of the Christian Brothers is their humility, both as people and as an organisation. Br Brian Bond of Edmund Rice International (ERI), along with law graduate interns Grace and Andrea, humbly hosted us for two days in Geneva, including a visit to the 42nd Human Rights Council session of the United Nations. ERI works alongside other NGOs to advocate for global human rights, particularly in countries where there are Christian Brother ministries – Australia, Timor-Leste, Philippines, Africa and India, to name a few. Our students were able to see behind the scenes of a humble, yet highly effective organisation, linking the work of ERI with the role and functioning of the United Nations. 

Assisi as pilgrim 

Our timing to visit Assisi was perfect! And completely coincidental. We were in Assisi, the hometown of Italy’s patron Saint, St Francis, during the weekly celebrations of his Feast Day on 4 October. We were able to share time with other travellers who were travelling to Italy as pilgrims. Although the main purpose of our trip was music, we were able to take the time as a pilgrim. That is, to pause and take time to connect with and be still in sacred places to be enriched spiritually. Our Assisi retreat proved to be far more enriching than any planning document had suggested.

At home with St Peter and St Joseph  

We couldn’t have asked for a more fitting place to lead the music of Wednesday’s Mass at the Vatican than at The Chapel of St Joseph within St Peter’s Basilica.  This experience was an extraordinary opportunity for our young men and their families who joined us, a once in a lifetime moment that I am certain we will all remember forever.

Congratulations to our young men who represented the College whilst away on the Europe Music tour. You did our College proud by the way you conducted yourselves and the way you performed. May you continue to reflect on the wonderful experiences, and may fond memories continue to form.

Tuesday Morning Mass will be led by 8 Kearney in The Chapel of the Holy Family from 7.50am. All are most welcome to attend.

Acting Dean of Waterford | Mr Luke Gribble

Welcome back to the final term of the year and your son’s last term at Waterford Place. At our first gathering on Tuesday morning I highlighted to the boys that it had been approximately six weeks since they were sitting in normal classes with the exam block, Immersion experiences and holidays all rolling out consecutively. I went on to emphasise that it is crucial that the boys reset their mindset and work hard to meet our high expectations in the classroom in what will be a short, fast-paced term. Collectively we will continue to work hard and focus on the small things around the place to ensure the boys finish the year with the necessary momentum to start Year 11 well prepared and in the correct frame of mind.

Unfortunately a decision has been made to cancel the Inter-House Track and Field carnival tomorrow. There is a predicted 90% chance of rain and Tennyson is not a venue to keep 1700 people safe and dry. 

The extended break from normal classes experienced by the Year 10 students throughout the Immersion period is a significant time of change for the boys on many levels. I am very pleased to write that the feedback across all Immersions from our staff, our external providers and the many others that encountered our emerging Terrace Gentlemen was very positive. I was fortunate to help facilitate the reflections by the students on the Cape York and Arnhem Land Immersions and was really pleased and impressed with how the boys were able to articulate how the Immersion impacted on them. Many parents have also expressed their gratitude after witnessing the growth and positive changes in their son on their return from these wonderful experiences.

Our Formation program outside the normal curriculum continues next week with a full day program on Friday 18 October. The ‘Your Choices’ program delivered by David and Katie Kobler is aimed at preparing and educating young people to make healthy choices around the topics of sex, dating and relationships. This program has been well received in previous years.

Next Tuesday night, we host the Year 9 community for a presentation by Dr Paul Gibney. I look forward to meeting the parents of the 2020 Waterford cohort.

Director of Culture | Mr Matt Cocking

Terrace Hosts the Australian Chess Federation

Over the holidays Terrace Chess hosted the Australian Chess Federation Queensland Championships. This event saw the highest rated Queensland players join with Grand Masters and International Masters from around the world in a three-day tournament. Well done to Yang Zhang, Ben Zhang, Alex Ong, Jack Giufre, Joshua Alfredson, Patrick Nix and Justin Jeyarajah who all competed in the Under 16 division with Yang coming fourth in his division. This is part of an initiative to immerse our best Chess players in high level competition to continue their journey of excellence.

National Music success

Well done to Jack Gardiner who performed in the Australian Honours Ensemble Program over the September holidays, he was joined by six other Terracians who were selected as part of the State Honours Ensemble Program. Congratulations also to the Terrace Rock Band who were awarded a Gold award in the 2019 Battle of the Bands competition.


To continue the journey of fun education leading to excellence 55 boys attended the Brass and Percussion workshops as well as our first Rhythm Section workshop which was a joint initiative with JMC Music Academy and Terrace Music. The success of these Rhythm Section workshops will become evident in the years to come.

Debating trials

The 2020 Debating Trials will be held on the 19, 20 and 27 October.  This is for current Years 8 – 11 students to be placed in the correct teams for 2020. Sign on is via the below links and is open until this Friday.  Please see Mr Stormonth if you require further details.

Debating Sign-On

Sign on for 2020 Debating is now open in Parent Lounge. As in previous years, it is a two-step process:
1. Accepting the invitation in Parent Lounge
2. Completing the form via the link provided in the invitation
The form allows us to help prepare for trials (2020 Years 9 to 12 teams) and allocations across all teams. If you are going to sign-on for next year, it would be greatly appreciated if you could do this ASAP to help with the organisation of trials and teams.
If you missed the links to complete the form, here they are below:
2020 Years 9 to 12
2020 Years 6 to 8

Terrace Perform at the Vatican

Written by:  Scott Moran (Year 12)

During the holidays I was lucky to participate in the 2019 Europe Tour as a member of the Terrace Choir and Waterford Soloists. The touring experience was unforgettable, visiting the United Nations and Christian Brothers in Geneva, then travelling through France and down though Italy performing masses in locations steeped in Catholic history. This concluded in a Mass sung in St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. It was an experience that meant a great deal to all that toured. Not only were we privileged to perform in such amazing locations, but we also grew as musicians and people by doing so.

Director of Music | Mr Jan Hewerdine

Welcome to Week 1 and the return of our European tour group.   

The 10-day tour started in Switzerland and finished in Italy. Highlights included performances at the United Nations in Geneva, St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Assisi and workshops at the Florence Conservatory. This all culminated in the participation in a mass at the Vatican for our musicians and choristers. Congratulations to our string musicians and choristers, who acquitted themselves so admirably.

Battle of the Bands

On Friday 20 September the Terrace Rock band participated in the Battle of the Bands, coming away with Gold. This was our first time participating in this event and it was a great outcome for our boys. Thank you to Mr Michael Grabbe for his hard work with the band.

Holiday workshops

During the break, Music at Terrace held workshops for rhythm section musicians from the four Big Bands, partnering with staff from the JMC Music Academy. Many thanks to Mr Graham Ritchie for his part in this. Exam workshops for upcoming external music exams, for both Brass and Percussion students were also held. Our thanks to Mr Brad Esbensen, Mr Adrian Head, Mr Zac Brankovich, Mr Michael Grabbe and Mr Sam Hewerdine.

Congratulations are also in order for Jack Gardiner who participated in the Australian Honours Ensemble Programme (AHEP) at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Additionally, the following musicians participated in the SHEP programme:
  • Max Beckmann
  • Sam Dutton
  • William Gu
  • Matthew Shackleton
  • Marindra Welgampola
  • Lachlan Wood

Events - Term 4

• Monday 21 October - Placement Day (Pupil Free Day)
• Thursday 24 October - Chamber Music Concert 
• Monday 28 October – Friday 1 November - Celebration of Excellence rehearsals 
• Saturday 30 November – Sunday 1 December -   SHEP Primary 
• Monday 4 November - Celebration of Excellence 
• Wednesday 13 November - Spring Concert 
• Thursday 14 November - Valedictory Mass 

Events - Term 1 2020 

• 20-24 January - Music Camp 

Director of Sport | Mr Tony McGahan

Welcome to Term 4 Sport 

Welcome back to Terrace Sport for the start of Term 4, following an active Term 3 culminating with the Terrace 1st V Basketball team's great performance in the last game of the season, resulting in the shared 2019 Basketball premiership.

This term,  GPS Track and Field training continues with Friday night meets . The Junior GPS Track and Field carnival will be held on Thursday 31 October and the Senior GPS Track and Field carnival on Saturday 2 November.  Both Head Coach Mr Werner Botha and Track and Field Coordinator Mr Anthony Hayward are still looking to accommodate talented athletes from other sports to compete this term and represent Terrace.

Swimming, Volleyball, Rowing and Cricket start back this term in preseason mode for the Term 1 GPS competition.  

For the 2020 Terrace Sport season we will be having a strong focus across the following areas for our programs. 
• Leadership
• Terrace experience/identity/history – across each individual sport e.g. Terrace Rowing, Terrace Volleyball, etc.
• Training Ethic/Coach Quality
• Athlete Development program

We also welcome past Australian Rugby Union player, Old Boy and current parent Mr Mark Chisholm into the Terrace Sport department as the Director of Athlete Development.  Mark will join us in Week 2 of this term. We look forward to Mark’s impact on our sport program across all GPS sports and sport in general.

Recent Sporting news and achievements 

Congratulations to the students who have competed in the following events recently.


We had a handful of boys compete at the Queensland Schools Championships, with some great results from a limited amount of entries.

• First in the Year 9 Coxed Quad to be crowned State Champions after winning the GPS Head of the River earlier this year
• Third in the Open Coxed VIII 

Parent Lounge

Participation in the College Sport program is growing and will continue to do so due to the quality of the programming that allows for all levels of participation and quality of coaching across the individual sports.  The flow of communication to families is extremely important in keeping everybody informed. It is vital to make sure you have signed on electronically through Parent Lounge.

Attendance at training

I ask that all boys commit to their attendance at training twice a week and present ready for their games, home or away. Representing the College is something to be valued. Being a team member who can be depended on entails sacrifice and commitment, no matter what level or activity.


Please be aware that all Directors, Coordinators and Coaches have been asked to monitor training and playing uniform.  We want to ensure we are representing the College and ourselves on and off the field with the highest standards. 

Have a great Term 4 in Terrace Sport.

Captains’ Corner | College Captain, Oliver Seawright

Like many other Terrace boys, my holiday breaks invariably become marathons of TV or YouTube. This time around, it was the Rugby World Cup that had me hooked. Every game and every try. Afternoons had me watching and re-watching the best highlights and nights had me tossing and turning over Australia’s Fly Half woes. 

But amid the fanfare of Japan’s competition and the great upsets of the last few weeks, I caught a news article – the perspective of legendary All Black number 10, Dan Carter. Now retired from the sport, Carter was asked about New Zealand’s status as the tournament’s outright favourite and was questioned about how they have reached that point. Carter, rather than speaking about the coaching, the training or the unbelievable talent of his compatriots, spoke about the legacy of the All Blacks. He mentioned Tana Umaga and Richie McCaw; men who, in his opinion, had shaped a winning environment and a team culture that would make success inevitable. 

My first thought after reading this was about Terrace’s 1st V Basketball team who, at the end of last term, brought back a seemingly insurmountable margin to claim victory over Ipswich Grammar, and in doing so, a GPS premiership. In much the same way as the All Blacks, I believe that attitude and culture played a more significant role in that game than the skills of individuals. But Carter’s ideas about the All Blacks can be used for more than just sport. 

Why is it that year after year, Terrace performs academically? How is it that our Music program is among the most successful in the country? 

Contrary to a belief that seems popular enough to be taken as fact, there is no magic wand in Terrace’s academic department. As Mrs Quinn said, “the magic is in the team”. Like the All Blacks, the hard work is put in and there is a method to the madness that is the OP and ATAR systems. However, it is the culture at the College that drags us over the line. 

I often hear the question, “will Terrace results suffer once the ATAR system is implemented?”.  Whilst obviously having an understanding of the system is helpful, all that is changing is the system. The culture of work ethic and collaboration – the driving factor behind achievement – will remain unchanged. To me, it makes almost no difference what the system is. Hypothetically, if New Zealand could refocus their nation’s passion for rugby to soccer – their entire culture, history and sense of pride – I do not doubt that they would be among the world’s best. 

Terrace Family

We pray for the families of the following members of our Terrace Family who have gone to their eternal rest:

Mr Brian COOK – GT 1939-41

Mr Damian GRIFFIN – GT 1985-88.  Father of Finn Griffin (Year 9)


Find all your Term 4 Terrace Family events here...

Change her life. She will change her community and the world. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
On Sunday 13 October, Sequins and Sandshoes, hosted by Channel 7's Victoria Carthew, will involve live entertainment from Sam Baxter, The Bentleys and Nick Trovas Band, drink and food stations and most importantly........a jolly lot of fun supporting a great cause.
Are you or do you know someone under 25? If so.......we want you/them there too. To prove it, we have even given your sons/daughters/friends/yourselves, $30 off the ticket price.
Need more incentive to come along.......ok then. Thanks to Eumundi Dairy, the first 150 tickets sold will go into the draw to win a 2 night stay at The Homestead.
For further information or enquiries about the event, please contact
Jarrod Turner |

Sequins & Sandshoes | Book Here

Boys are encouraged to bring $10 to school next Monday 14 October - Thursday 17 October to purchase a pair of pink shoe laces.
All proceeds collected will help education programs for underprivileged women and girls in Africa and South East Asia. 
Boys are welcome to wear their pink shoe laces to school next Thursday in a show of solidarity.

Details: Friday 25 October | 5.45pm - 8.00pm
Where: St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace
Cost: No cost event. Please RSVP for catering purposes using the below link by Monday 21 October.
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Toni Williamson |

Swimming Launch | Book Here

Details: Saturday 26 October | 6.00pm
Where: Tennyson Rowing Sheds, Vivian St Tennyson
Cost: No cost event. Please RSVP for catering purposes by Friday 18 October
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Vicki Spicer |

Rowing Night | RSVP Here

Details: Friday 8 November | 11.45am
Where: The Greek Club, 29 Edmonstone St South Brisbane
Cost: $87pp (+ booking fees) | Includes 3 course lunch & champagne on arrival
RSVP: via the below link by 31 October
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Anne Learmonth | | 0409 655 436 

Mothers' Lunch | Book Here

Details: Sunday 1 December | 1.00pm - 4.30pm
Where: Tennyson Playing Fields
For further information or enquiries, please contact 
Blair Copelin |

Want to help but poor on time?
You can now donate money directly to Terrace's Care and Concern Committee. Cash donations will be used to purchase ingredients to make meals for Terrace families and staff in need. 
All donations are appreciated greatly, and will support the important work this committee undertakes for our community.

Donation | Click Here

Win a brand new Thermomix TM6 - just released model!
Only 200 tickets will be sold. 
$20 per ticket - get in quick before they sell out!
For further details or enquiries, please contact
Nicole Hoffmann | | 0417 793 583

Thermomix Raffle 2 | Tickets Here

Year Level Parent Social Functions

Find all your Term 4 parent/caregiver year level functions here...

Year 10 Parent/Caregiver Function

Details: Thursday 24 October | 6.00pm 
Where: The Alliance Hotel, Spring Hill
Cost: $26pp (+ booking fees) | Includes finger food
RSVP: Please RSVP using the below link by 17 October
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Paula Lazzarini | | 0412 661 036

Year 10 Function | Book Here

Year 11 End of Year Parent/Caregiver Function

Details: Friday 1 November | 6.30pm 
Where: The Regatta Hotel, Coronation Drive, Toowong
Cost: $56pp (+ booking fees) | Includes drink on arrival and substantial finger food
RSVP: Please RSVP using the below link by 25 October
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Mel McEvoy | | 0457 890 940

Year 11 Function | Book Here

Year 6 Parent/Caregiver Function

Details: Friday 8 November | 7.00pm - 11.00pm
Where: Hello Gorgeous, 32A Chester St Newstead
Cost: $41pp (+ booking fees) | Includes drink on arrival and nibbles
RSVP: Please RSVP using the below link by 4 November
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Bec Gasciogne | | 0419 792 463

Year 6 Function | Book Here

Year 7 End of Year Parent/Caregiver Function

Details: Friday 15 November | 7.00pm - 11.00pm
Where: Bloodhound Corner Bar & Kitchen, Brunswick St Fortitude Valley
Cost: $32pp (+ booking fees) | Includes drink on arrival and substantial finger food
RSVP: Please RSVP using the below link by 11 November
For further information or enquiries, please contact 
Anna Wright |

Year 7 Function | Book Here

Year 6 End of Year Break Up

Details: Friday 29 November | From 12.00pm
Where: Centenary Pool, Gregory Terrace Spring Hill 
Cost: $15.50pp (+ booking fees) | Includes drink on arrival and nibbles
RSVP: Please RSVP using the below link by 25 November 

Traditional Commemorative Shorts 
The traditional commemorative shorts will be handed out at this event. 
If you are unable to attend it is still possible to order and receive the shorts. 
The shorts are black Canterbury Rugby shorts (without the Terrace logo).  
On the front will be embroided "GT 2019".
On the back they can choose a name/surname/nickname of up to 12 letters.
Details of sizing are attached to the order.
Cost:  $30 (+ booking fees) for shorts and embroidery.
For further information or enquiries, please contact 
Bec Gasciogne | | 0419 792 463

Year 6 Break Up | Book Here

Community Information

Schedule for make-up Co-curricular photos  

Tuesday 29 October

Please be at Treacy Court in your correct uniform with your student ID at the time stated below.