Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Dear members of the Terrace Family,

Sunday 8 March was International Women’s Day.  It was a day where we acknowledged the significant role that women play in our lives – our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, wives, colleagues, teachers and friends.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #EachforEqual – 

We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society. 

For more information, head to www.internationalwomen...

This week the College has placed emphasis on International Women’s Day, and more broadly, we have focused on key women in our lives.  Earlier in the week students and staff were invited to wear purple ribbons as a sign of solidarity and support.  The College also hosted a morning tea on Monday for all our female staff.  At the College Assembly earlier today a number of people spoke of the significant women in their lives and the important role that men, particularly young men, have in addressing women’s issues, including domestic violence and assault against women. 

At a school level there continues to be several activities and events occurring.  The Year 12 students have just completed their exam block, our GPS swimmers were a gallant seventh place at last weeks’ GPS carnival, our volleyballers and cricketers continue to compete each weekend and our rowers are preparing for their Head of the River this weekend. Our Year 5 students are preparing for their first journey to Maroon for camp.  All of this activity as we approach the end of Week 7, and exams for Years 5 to 11 are also just around the corner.

Earlier this week, I sent a letter to all families regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The College will continue to liaise with the relevant health authorities as well as continuing to develop our internal contingency processes.  I do reiterate the importance of a strong and consistent message regarding personal hygiene.  I ask parents and caregivers to reinforce the message about washing hands, not sharing water bottles, covering coughs and sneezes and disposing of tissues once they are used.  There are soap dispensers in the student toilets and hand gel dispensers at the entrance to the canteen.  Students have been advised of this and asked to ensure that they wash their hands throughout the day.  I also ask parents  and caregivers to monitor their sons’ health and, if necessary, keep them at home if they have fevers or temperatures.  In the height of the flu season last year there were days when over 200 students were absent from school.  Parents and caregivers were very proactive in isolating their sons if they showed flu-like symptoms, which greatly assisted the College in managing the flu.  I ask families to again assist in managing the current situation.

Earlier today, tickets to the GT2020 Ball to be held on 6 June went on sale.  Whilst we are excited to celebrate this significant occasion as a College community, families should be assured that we will postpone this event if advised to do so by health authorities.  The health of the Terrace Family remains a priority and whilst we have chosen to release tickets to the event, we will not hold this on 6 June if advised against doing so.  

Finally this week, I had the pleasure of attending the 2020 John O’Hagan Lecture at Waterford on Tuesday evening.  This lecture is an annual event hosted by the Queensland Academy of Arts and Science.  This year the guest speaker was Professor Sir Peter Donnelly.  Peter was College Dux in 1975 and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1980.  Peter spoke on ‘The Potential for Genomics to Empower a New, Prevention-first Agenda in Healthcare’.  It was an honour to welcome Sir Peter back to the College.

Have a great week.
God Bless.

Dr Michael Carroll
College Principal

Deputy Principal | Mr Damien Fall

With the amount of media attention currently being given to what is now a pandemic scenario, the COVID-19 virus, one could be forgiven for thinking nothing else is going on in the world. The reality at Terrace is that there is plenty happening as usual. The College Leadership Team and staff have been working hard to ensure we are ready for any scenario that might arise as a result of the virus. It would be fair to say that our current status is well prepared and alert while getting on with the business of holistic education. The teaching, learning and assessment process continues as usual and we still see our young men happily taking part in all the activities that add to their educational experience.

Our GPS swimmers enjoyed the support of many of their peers at the Championships last Friday evening. A large crowd then gathered on Saturday to support the 1st VI Volleyball team as they came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against an excellent ACGS team. The Head of the River will take place this Saturday and we hope to see a strong show of support from all schools for this event. Things may change very quickly with regard to COVID-19, but at this stage it is nice to see people getting on with life. The College will continue to be vigilant in our preparation and response to the virus and we will communicate any updates to families. In the meantime, we hope and pray that its impact, both at Terrace and in the wider world, is as minimal as possible.

This year, we will trial a new system for our first round of Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews. You will note on the College calendar that Monday 20 April will be a student-free day. On this day, we will be offering interviews between the hours of 11am-7pm. The second round of interviews will be held in our more traditional time slot of 1.30-7.30pm on Wednesday 29 April. We hope this range of times will give parents and caregivers the opportunity to find a suitable time to meet up with teachers as required. Bookings will be opened soon, and we will communicate with families when this occurs. Reports will be available to families in the first few days of the Easter break, and bookings will remain open into the second week of holidays, to allow families to read reports and consider which subjects require the most attention. My best wishes to all in our community as we come to the end of Week 7.

Dean of Studies | Mr Mason Hellyer

On Saturday, I stood on the sidelines and watched the 1st VI Volleyball team take on Churchie. In the first set, which they lost convincingly, nothing went right for them, and every time they attempted to take a step forward to get back in the game, it didn’t work – an attack got blocked, a call went against them, the spike just went out. 

However, between sets they regrouped, went back to the basics and worked their way into the next set – their only focus was to win the next point, then the set. And they did. Serves went in, passes went to the setter, attacking spikes hit the floor, blocks were made – this resulted in the team closely losing the second set, closely winning the third set, and then the fourth set, and then the fifth set - and ultimately the game.

For our Years 5-11 students, we are currently in the midst of a demanding part of the term – assignments are due, and exams are only two weeks away. Students will feel like there is a lack of time or motivation at present. However, we need to take a lesson from the 1st VI, when you are feeling pressure and performance is not at its best – go back to the basics and concentrate on what you have to do next:

• Revisit your study plan. If you have moved away from the plan – get back on track.
• As assignments are handed in – reallocate that time to prepare for your exam subjects.
• Students have all received exam timetables – plan backwards from each exam, how much time you will spend preparing. Make sure you spend time to prepare for each subject.
• Use the resources around you. There are many opportunities for staff tutoring (the tutoring timetable is on the College App), be an active learner, use this time to get assistance with the aspects of your work that you don’t know.

Most importantly, start now. Just like the 1st VI, attend to the basics – have a plan, work consistently, focus on the next task. Then you will experience success.

Congratulations to our Year 12 students on the completion of their recent exam block. Year 12 students will be back in class through to the end of term as they prepare for their Internal Assessment (IA) assignments.

Dean of Students | Mr Damien Cuddihy

With the abundance of general information available on COVID-19 in the community, one area that we might overlook is the potential impact it may have on young people. While children are considered at lower risk of infection, they are not immune to the multitude of news reports regularly seen or heard in the media. Some of you may be wondering how best to discuss this pandemic in a way that will be reassuring to kids without making them feel more worried than they may be already. In a special report on SchoolTV, Dr Michael Carr-Greg provides parents and caregivers with some guidelines on how best to approach this topic while still ensuring the wellbeing of their child. We hope you can take the time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report found on here https://terrace.qld.schooltv.m... or on the College App. 

The College will continue to take the advice of Queensland Health and the Australian Government Department of Health with regard to the prevention and spread of COVID-19. Whilst we have hand sanitiser at several accessible points around the College and soap dispensers in the toilets, please consider providing your son with a small personal sanitiser tube for use throughout the day if required. 

Driving to my son’s volleyball game last Saturday, I was caught in traffic as I approached Stafford Road. While this is not uncommon during the week, I wondered why it would be the case on Saturday morning. Of course, the traffic is due to parents (like me) transporting children to sporting or cultural activities. I value children engaging in activities for their school, as it connects them to a community and enhances their ability to feel part of something. Belonging is a very important ingredient in the development of positive wellbeing. We know balance is important to positive wellbeing, and sport and cultural activities provide boys with healthy alternatives and downtime during heavy assessment periods. Boys feeling stressed can relax and recalibrate during their busy schedule. I also value the importance of sleep for boys as part of developing positive wellbeing. We all benefit from quality sleep routines. Sleep expert Lisa Maltman visited the College this week and worked with our Year 7 and 11 students to reinforce this important message. As for my Saturday? In the end, the traffic wasn’t too bad, and it did give me a moment to listen to an extra song or two from my son’s playlist. Whatever happened to my car, my music? 

With the Head of the River this weekend, I have been encouraging those students not involved in other co-curricular activities to come and support the rowers at Wyaralong. The dress code, as usual, is the white shirt and red cap. Sign-on sheets are in Student Services. I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

Acting Dean of Identity | Mr Terry Thompson

International Women’s Day

There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish - Michelle Obama

Sunday 8 March marked International Women’s Day for 2020. It is a special time to honour the significant role that women play in our lives - our mothers and grandmothers, our sisters, our daughters, our colleagues, our teachers and our friends. As a College, we celebrated this day in a number of ways. Students and staff wore purple ribbons this week in reflection and honour of the important women in our lives.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #EachforEqual – we can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society. For more information:

One may argue that we don’t need a special day to acknowledge the amazing work these women do in our society.  However, for me it is a great reminder to appreciate the significant influence they have in my life. Fortunately, I got to spend Sunday with my mum Julie and my wife Vanessa. Both of these ladies have shaped who I am today. They are both strong, resilient, caring and loving leaders who continually challenge me to be the best version of myself. I am so lucky to have these important people in my life. It would be remiss of me if I didn’t mention another important female in my life - my daughter Isabel - who turned two a couple of weeks ago. Her biggest influence in my life is currently her contribution to my sleep deprivation; however, she also inspires me to be a better (more highly caffeinated) version of myself each day. 

For our Terrace students, the women in their lives are an enormous part of their formation as young men. Specifically, in relation to our female staff here at Terrace, they provide students with education, strength, inspiration, respect and care. We are blessed to have these role models within our Terrace Family. 

Women make the world beautiful; they protect it and keep it alive - Pope Francis

We give thanks to God for the gift of women in our lives. May all women have the freedom and the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Amen.

Live Jesus in our hearts…forever.

Director of Culture | Mr Matt Cocking

Debating Captain’s report

The Terrace Debating program has enjoyed record numbers and great success so far this year. With increasing numbers, especially in the primary years, Terrace Debating can look forward to an even stronger program in the coming years as the youngest members of our program grow and develop. On 21 February, our Senior A team competed against Brisbane Grammar for the title of “Kings of the Hill” and for the second year in a row were victorious. Terrace not only won the title, but also won the vast majority of debates across all year levels. The following week, the Senior A team competed for the Dethlefs-Mcmillan Trophy against All Hallows’. While our team were defeated by a narrow margin, the event and large turnout of Terrace boys gave a platform for the Youth Advocacy Centre to discuss their great work in defending youth without a voice and how we could get involved. The 2020 State Debating Team Trials also are nearing to a close, being down to the final 12 across the state. Terrace has three students in the final 12 - Tom Musgrave (Year 10), Luke Ames (Year 11) and myself - which is more than any other school in Queensland. The State team will be announced on 23 March and our program hopes to continue our involvement with this process over the coming years. I strongly urge those who are debating in 2020 to continue in 2021, especially boys currently in Year 11. While debating in Year 12 is a large commitment, it is one that is immensely rewarding and memorable.  

Ben Scuderi
2020 Debating Captain

QDU Debating results - Years 8, 10 and 12

Congratulations to the following victorious teams from the final weeks of Round 1 of QDU Debating:

  • Senior B
  • 10.1
  • 10.2
  • 8.1
  • 8.3
  • 8.7 - a special congratulations for defeating BGS 8.2!

Success at Stanthorpe

Well done to our musicians in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Red Thunder Drumline who travelled to Stanthorpe to perform at the Apple and Grape Festival last Saturday. The Stanthorpe residents were very excited to see our students perform and we, along with other performers from South East Queensland, received many thanks.

Stage Whispers

As School or Rock draws closer, a little video Inside School of Rock has been released. We look forward to seeing the great work of the staff and students at the opening night Wednesday 6 May.


Terrace is once again involved in the National High School Mooting Competition, held at Bond University.  We thank Mrs Samantha Knott for her guidance and look forward to success from our team.  The competition will be held in May.

The roles will be:  

  • Senior Counsel – Finbar Carroll 
  • Junior Counsel – Jack Gibb 
  • Solicitor – William Varvari

Support Group meetings

Thank you to these parent groups who work tirelessly in the background to aid our programs.  If you would like to be involved, please contact Mrs Nicole Hoffmann ( ) or Ms Cate Clifford ( .

Staying in touch   

To keep in touch with all things Cultural, we would suggest you download the Terrace App and follow us on Twitter (@GTCulture) and Instagram (terrace_gtculture) to ensure you don’t miss a thing.   If you have any photographs or video that you would to share, please tag us. 

Director of Music | Mr Jan Hewerdine

Congratulations to the Fanfare team under the direction of Mr Brad Esbsensen, for their performance at the Rowing Presentation Assembly today. 

Last Saturday saw musicians drawn from the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Black Concert Band and the Red Thunder Drumline performing as a marching band at Stanthorpe, for the Apple and Grape Festival. The band performed admirably. Along with the Marching Band rehearsals in the term break (Tuesday and Wednesday 14/15 April) this event provides an opportunity to galvanise our collective marching skills.

In two weeks, our big bands will be participating in the annual Terrace Jazz Night. This will be held in the Edmund Rice Theatre at Waterford Place. This year’s featured artist is Mr Brad Leaver. 

If any students are leaving the program, the Music Department needs to be notified by parents two weeks prior to the end of term (Thursday 26 March).

Terrace App

A reminder that the Terrace App is used to store and disseminate information such as the Music and Speech and Drama handbooks, the weekly rehearsal schedule and event memos for performances. There will still be some information found on the College website, but it will be of a more general nature. 

Term 1 events

  • Friday 27 March - Terrace Jazz Night 
  • Tuesday and Wednesday 14/15 April - ANZAC Day rehearsals 

Term 2 events

  • Saturday 25 April - ANZAC Day
  • Wednesday 6 – Saturday 9 May  - College Musical School of Rock
  • Friday 29 – Sunday 31 May - SHEP Middle School
  • Sunday 7 June - Norman Clarke Concert
  • Tuesday 9 June 5.30pm - TPA Meeting
  • Monday 22 June - Percussion Ensembles 2 and 3 Workshop
  • Tuesday 23 June - Big Band 3 Workshop
  • Monday 6 July - Big Band 2 Workshop
  • Monday 6 July - Terrace Jazz Combo Workshop

The Weekly Wrap

Term 2 Sport sign on is now open

Parents and caregivers are asked to please view the available sport options via Parent Lounge.  Information relevant to each sport is available on Parent Lounge and is linked here.

Sign on will close on Friday 27 March

Cricket wrap 

Round 6

In Round 6, Terrace faced up against the traditionally strong Anglican Church Grammar School (ACGS) program in 31 games across the program. The supplementary draw saw 13 teams against Nudgee College, Brisbane Boys' College, Brisbane Grammar, Brisbane State High School and Ambrose Treacy. Terrace were able to record a winning day against ACGS, winning a total of 54% of the matches played, including the 1st XI, 2nd XI, 11A and 10A fixtures, and only losing one game in the Years 10, 11 and 12 age groups. ACGS were able to win the majority of games in the middle year levels where a number of tight and low scoring games were played out. It was once again the C level sides who were most impressive, going undefeated and playing at a great standard.  
A special mention to Arby Atkinson in the 2nd XI who claimed personal best figures of 7/38 in his side’s victory, whilst Charlie Mee from the 6As picked up the impressive figures of 5/11.
The 1st XI bounced back from a disappointing result in Round 5 to defeat ACGS by seven wickets in a bonus point win. The margin doesn’t portray how closely fought this game was, as Terrace were pushed in all areas of the game, but showed great resilience and fight across the day to close out an impressive victory. Furthermore, this match was played in fantastic spirit and epitomised the way in which all games were played on the day, at both venues. The Cricket program extends its thanks to the ACGS Cricket staff for their hospitality on the day. 
In Round 7, Terrace play Brisbane Grammar School in the in the majority of fixtures. Games against Terrace’s ‘local rivals’ are always a great contest and the program looks forward to these games at both Tennyson and Northgate. Following the day’s play, the ‘End of Season Celebration’ will be held at Tennyson as the Terrace Cricket community come together for one last time before the end of the season. The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the 50 Game Caps as well as the Ron Oxenham Medal presented to the Year 12 cricketer who has best displayed the Terrace Spirit of Cricket in their time in the program.  

Round 6 GPS results can be found here

Rowing wrap

Brisbane Grammar Regatta results and feedback

The penultimate regatta of the season saw the Year 8 cohort join the Senior shed, which meant the Terrace Rowing program was competing together for the first time in 2020. This significant occasion saw the Open 1st VIII don the famous Black Zootie for the first time this season in their lead up to the Head of the River next weekend. The regatta was met with very quick blustery conditions for all crews, which saw some very quick times throughout the day. Unfortunately, the conditions peaked at the end of the day when the feature event for the Learn to Row program was meant to occur, meaning their events were cancelled by the boat race officials. Please read the below statement from the GPS Association regarding the cancellation.  Another opportunity will be provided for these boys over the next week to ensure thatthey finish their season on the right note.

GPS Regatta statement - Year 8 Rowers

The GPS Association would like to acknowledge that there are disappointed rowers and family due to the decision today (7 March) to cancel some races at Wyaralong.  The safety of student crews are the priority of the GPS Association and member schools.  With winds higher than previous Regattas, the GPS Rowing Directors meet prior to racing to assess the environment and take steps for a successful day.  Unfortunately, winds increased and as a result Rowing Queensland as the governing body ruled the conditions too severe and cancelled any further races at 10.36am.  Hazards and associated risks must be managed at all times in GPS competitions, including the rowing course, to ensure the safety of staff, students, officials and others.  The GPS Association hands over the event management to Rowing Queensland for each of our scheduled regattas, and as such we must support their decision in cancelling remaining grade races due to safety caused by winds. 
Jodie Watson
GPS Executive Officer


  • Open 2nd VIII – First Place
  • Year 10 2nd Quad – First Place
  • Year 9 2nd Quad – First Place
  • Year 9 4th Quad – First Place

Old Boys’ Cup Predictor

Round 1 Rankings

  1. Churchie (110 Points)
  2. Nudgee (91 Points)
  3. Terrace (78 Points)


Full link to Brisbane Grammar School Regatta Results

Volleyball wrap

Round 5 vs ACGS

The players enjoyed travelling to Churchie over the weekend. There were many close, hard fought games throughout the day. 

The 1st VI had an exhilarating 3-2 win from behind against Churchie. After losing the first two sets, Terrace showed their determination and played their hearts out to win and put on an excellent match of GPS Volleyball. 

The program overall had 6 wins and 16 losses. 

Team of the week were the 9Bs who continued their undefeated season beating their opponents 2-0. 

Full results attached here.

We look forward to hosting Ipswich Grammar School this weekend for the second last round of the GPS season. Please remember to keep an eye out for new notifications on the Terrace App for all information surrounding training times and game days. 


Find all your upcoming Terrace Family event details here...

Tickets on sale now!

At this stage, the College has not received official advice that the Ball should not be held on the scheduled date.  Should a postponement be required, this will be communicated to attendees as early as possible and refunds will be provided for anyone note able to join us on a revised Ball date.  Should the Ball proceed as planned, for planning purposes we will be unable to issue any general refunds.  

Details: Saturday 6 June | 7.00pm
Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Glenelg St South Bank
Cost: $200 (+ booking fee) per ticket or $2000 (+ booking fees) for a table of 10 | Includes 3 courses designed by Brisbane chef David Pugh with premium beverage package
For further ticketing enquiries, please contact
Nicole Simpson |
For general GT2020 Ball enquiries, please contact
Anna Wright | and Libby Baynton |

GT2020 Ball | Tickets Here

Details: Friday 20 March | 3.30 - 6.30pm
Venue: The Campbell Centre, Gregory Terrace
Cost: $20.50pp (+ booking fee) | Includes buffet dinner. Cash bar
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by Monday 16 March
For further event details or enquiries, please contact
Anne McMahon |

Volleyball Function | Book Here

The Volleyball Multidraw Mega Raffle is back and bigger than ever!

With so many fabulous prizes to win - grab your tickets using the link below or Volleyball families should look out for your raffle ticket book which will be coming home after training this week. 

Mega Multidraw Raffle | Tickets Here

Tickets on sale via College Events 9am Monday 23 March

Details: Friday 1 May | 10.00am - 3.00pm
Venue: Victoria Park Golf Complex
Cost: $59pp (+ booking fee) | Includes champagne on arrival, traditional high tea & lucky door prizes
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 20 April 
For further information or event enquiries, please contact
Tammy Butterfield |

Gregory Terrace & All Hallows' School present their 2020 Musical - School of Rock!

Details: Wednesday 6 May - Saturday 9 May
Venue: Gardens Point Theatre, QUT
Tickets on sale late April.
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Imogen Brown |

Meet the Terrace Family at Open Day

Details: Monday 11 May | 3.30 - 6.00pm
No RSVP required. We look forward to welcoming visitors to the College to take a student led tour, explore our facilities and view our many displays.
For further information or Open Day enquiries, please contact the College Enrolments Manager | 3214 5200

Year Level Parent Social Functions

Find all your upcoming year level parent/caregiver function details here...

Year 5 Parent/Caregiver Function

Details: Friday 20 March | 7.00 - 10.00pm
Venue: The Alliance Hotel, 320 Boundary St Spring Hill
Cost: $41 (+ booking fee) | Includes drink on arrival & canapes
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 13 March
For further information or event enquiries, please contact
Nicki Dalton | | 0417 608 033

Year 5 Function | Book Here

Year 11 Semi Formal Parent/Caregiver Function

Details: Monday 27 April | 6.30 - 10.00pm
Venue: Mr Percival's, Howard Smith Wharves
Cost: $46 (+ booking fee) | Includes substantial canapes. Cash bar
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 23 April
For further information or event enquiries, please contact
Julia Joseph | | 0408 737 733

Year 11 Function | Book Here

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