Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Dear members of the Terrace Family,

Recently I had the opportunity to attend the EREA Principals’ Conference in Melbourne.  The theme of the conference was ‘EREA in 2030’.  The conference was guided by Professor Sohail Inayatullah, global futurist and UNESCO Chair of Future Studies.  Much was discussed over the two days and below is a brief summary of some of the key aspects that surfaced across the conference time:

  • What is impossible today, but if possible, changes everything?
  • Principals were asked to consider examples of the used future and the disruptions to these, including emerging issues.  Participants proposed the following responses:
    • Education in a post-state governance world
    • Moving beyond social/cultural hierarchies
    • Discrimination eliminated
    • Less competition and more collaboration
    • Equity in the world
    • Declaration of Human Rights becoming possible
  • Young people from St Joseph’s Geelong, CBC St Kilda, St Patrick’s Ballarat, and St Bernard’s Essendon actively participated in the conference and voiced basic human needs (water, sanitation, vegetation) as a core emerging issue.
  • Professor Sohail led the teams through a process of considering alternative futures.  As part of radical change, young people named greater choice and flexibility in their learning, more focus on creativity and people skills, and more focus on people and the planet.
  • In 2030, participants anticipated schools might consider our national identity, unique charism, multi-level learning, centralised funding, national curriculum, schools without walls and online platforms.
  • Some key questions were posed:
    • Social hubs in a virtual world?
    • How do we design for social relations and spirituality?
    • How do we move from a closed mind-set to something flexible and adaptable?
    • How do we continue to articulate the story with the data?

Next week is the final week of classes for Semester 1, with students heavily involved with their exams.  A reminder to parents that exams will continue until Friday 21 June with the semester finishing with a liturgy commencing at 2pm. The final round of GPS Football and Tennis is also scheduled for this day.  The 1st Xl Football game will commence at 12.30pm at Tennyson, whilst the 1st lV Tennis will commence at 12pm at Terrace. As previously communicated, no other matches in this final round will be played.  As this is the final round, I extend my congratulations to all involved in both the Football and Tennis programs and thank the Support Groups and the many volunteers who have assisted throughout the season.

Finally this week, I again remind parents and students about being prepared for their exams with dedicated revision, correct equipment, adequate sleep and good nutrition being key ingredients which all need to be considered during exam time.

Have a great week.
God Bless,

Dr Michael Carroll
College Principal

Deputy Principal | Mr Chris Ryan

School Officers' Day 

On Wednesday, we joined schools throughout Queensland in acknowledging and celebrating the work of our School Officers. These members of staff work across a wide variety of roles within our community, leading, supporting and facilitating key operations and services. At Terrace, we are blessed with an outstanding non-teaching staff who carry out vital work in enhancing learning and teaching through their administrative and organisational support of the boys, teaching staff and resources, managing and facilitating information technology, leading and coordinating co-curricular pursuits and engaging in the faith and mission life of the College. It is these people who join the teaching staff as the life blood of the culture of our school in partnership with students, parents and Old Boys. 

 Staff News 

This week, we have welcomed Ms Clare Condon in the inaugural role of Human Resources and Compliance Coordinator. Ms Condon will support the work of Ms Katie White and Mrs Louise Smith as we continue to establish and develop our HR and Compliance unit at the College. In particular, Ms Condon will coordinate the vital system work of our Working with Children Compliance and Blue Card register. 

On Monday, we will welcome Mr Duncan Fairley to the College in the role of Fees Administrator in the Finance Team. Mrs Jo Caferra has moved into the role of Accounts Payable Officer and we wish Mr Fairley and Mrs Caferra well in their new positions. 

After the June/July break, we look forward to welcoming Mr Finlay Lester who is completing a practicum in Counselling for three weeks. We also wish Mr Gavin Clements and Mr Paul Antenucci well as they await the arrival of new babies and paternity leave, Mr Luke Robba all the best for his term of long service leave and Mrs Suzanne Cook an enjoyable long service leave for the first two weeks of term. Mrs Kaylene Campbell and Mrs Susie Cooper will continue with us for these first two weeks of term. Again, after the holidays, we look forward to the returns of Mr Anthony Hayward as Windsor House Dean, Ms Sian Graham who returns to her teaching role at Waterford Place after maternity leave, Mr Dwayne Hoy to his Waterford role and Mrs Mary Meadows, who returns to main campus after her long service leave. Thank you and congratulations to Mrs Jane Williams who has acted so ably as Windsor House Dean this term.

Dean of Studies | Mr Mason Hellyer

In recent publications, I have focused on the need for boys to be conscious in addressing their psychological wellbeing. Resilience is an integral part of this wellbeing that assists in giving boys the strength to cope with stress and hardship. I read a recent article (here) that looks at the changes that have occurred in society from our own upbringings in the 80s and 90s to those of our children. The notion of having anxious, stressed-out teenagers is certainly on the rise and may almost be considered a modern day stereotype. The obvious difference when comparing both generations is the unavoidable rise in digital media and portable technology. 

By and large, our children consistently compare themselves to an unlimited number of peers via social media. Never before have young people been able to curate a highly selective, desirable (and inaccurate) version of themselves, and put it out into the world for others to publicly view and judge. This creates an unrealistic ideal for our children for what their lives should look like, often leading to the feeling of being inadequate. In recent year level assemblies, I have been discussing the fact that the feeling of failure is a natural occurrence in normal, healthy adolescents and that they need to believe that these experiences will strengthen emotional wellbeing. The article concludes in suggesting the sweet spot of parenting psychologically robust kids: the freedom to be driven and to take on challenges in an anti-perfectionist way, with parents who support and encourage without rescuing, getting over-involved, or avoiding difficult things. I thought it was useful both as a teacher and as a parent. Similarly, like the Liz Ellis podcast a couple of  weeks ago, I think Neale Daniher has a great message to share on this topic, found here

Exams are now underway and I wish all students the best over this period. Students need to maintain high standards around personal presentation during this period with uniform and personal grooming. Years 11 and 12 students should not be presenting for exams unshaven or with aspects of their uniform missing. Getting the little things right at this time of the term is always a true sign of character. 

Take care. 

Acting Dean of Students | Mr Damien Cuddihy

This week has seen the commencement of exams for our Senior students and I have already witnessed great dedication by many students to produce their best outcomes. I continue to be inspired by the planning, preparation and thought that many students make towards their academic outcomes. One such example is the student who has downloaded all the learning required from the checklists provided and has, across this term, methodically and systematically marked off the lists as he has mastered each topic. His commitment has given him a level of confidence approaching this exam block that is an essential part of success. 

All students have been issued with copies of the exam schedule. Copies can be obtained from Student Services or downloaded from Moodle. These timetables are a necessary part of a strategic revision plan. This week and next week’s challenge is to ensure that our boys exhibit perseverance in their preparation and commitment until the completion of their final exam. Our aim is for each and every student to finish the term knowing that he has given his best, whatever that outcome may be.

Ultimately, the key to good performance is preparation – It is still not too late to be prepared. Therefore, when your son is feeling the pressure of exams, here are some hints that can be shared with him:

  • Be prepared. Work backwards from your exam date to plan when you will prepare. Don’t just leave it for the night before.
  • Complete all of the revision sheets.
  • Use the Moodle and the subject checklist to go back through the content you have covered.
  • Test yourself:
    • use flashcards;
    • do as many practice questions as possible;
    • mind dump – close your notes and recall everything you can in your own words.
  • Continue to exercise and eat well. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
  • Have a good sleep the night before, be well rested.
  • Go back over your study notes before the exam. Don’t engage in speculative talk.

It is okay to be nervous, in fact it is normal. Your mates may not obviously show it, but they are just as nervous as you. Feeling nerves is your body’s way of getting ready.

Walk into the exam with confidence – you have done the work, now is the time to show it!

All the best for the next week.

Dean of Identity | Mr Charles Brauer

This week, I would like to recognise and celebrate the work of James Merrett (Year 7 Treacy) for his wonderful work articulating our friendship with the people of Timor-Leste. The following is James’s response to his Religious Education assessment task, requiring students to explore the origins and development of our long-standing friendship with the people of Railaco, Timor-Leste. Congratulations to James for a well researched response.

A message from James Merrett (Year 7 Treacy)

Timor-Leste is one of Australia’s closest neighbours, yet many don’t know the struggles in its history. Timor has a long history of being colonised.  From the 16th Century, East Timor was occupied by the Portuguese.  In 1975, independence was declared from Portugal only for Indonesia to invade in a matter of days. 

It wasn’t until 1999 when guerrilla warfare and tension between Timor and Indonesia forced the United Nations to call Indonesia to withdraw and allow a vote for independence. Preceding the successful independence vote, the Indonesian military slaughtered 1400 Timorese, displaced 300 000 people into Indonesia and destroyed local infrastructure. Finally, the Australian military peacekeeping force restored peace and allowed the nation to form. The young nation has been slowly rebuilding since.

The Christian Brothers and the Timorese connection began prior to independence, when Brother Dan Courtney – GT 1964 began his work in Timor.  Brother Dan Courtney was an inspirational hero because he carried on his social justice work to support the marginalised Timorese despite the risks. Since the Timorese independence, the Christian Brothers have played a major role in rebuilding their nation. Lack of education and health were major issues for Timor.  However, the Christian Brothers addressed this by providing supplies, wages and training for primary school teachers, and, in association with Timorese government health program, offered consistent health support in the form of immunisations, consultations, blood tests and pregnancy checks.  Diseases treated by this program included infections and Tuberculosis (TB) that were previously not treatable.

Terrace began its connection with Timor in 2005 with a Year 10 student immersion experience.  Terrace students returned and spoke about the poverty they witnessed. Disturbed by what they heard, the boys’ parents formed what is now known as the Terrace Timor Network (TTN).  Although the Christian Brothers completed their missionary work in 2018, the TTN continues to support Timor in the areas of health, education and sustainable economic development.  For example, TTN’s Timor Card program employs 65 women who produce products sold on the Mother’s Day Stall.  The Kolega Café supports over 1000 coffee farming families by selling coffee at the school and across Brisbane. 

As a Catholic College in the Edmund Rice tradition, Terrace is committed to Timor-Leste through the four Edmund Rice touchstones.  For example, Inclusive Community and Justice and Solidarity call Terracians to stand together with the Timorese people and provide practical support programs to assist them to rebuild their nation. Terrace students are connected with Timor by supporting the TTN and learning about Timorese history. The Years 5 and 6 students also partake in the ‘10 for a friend’ program which raises money for infrastructure development.  Finally, Gospel Spirituality is demonstrated as Terrace talks the talk by educating its students about the Timorese people and then walks the walk by taking action through fundraising and immersions.

The faith of Terrace Gentlemen and their families continues to be evident in our relationship with Timor-Leste

James Merrett – Year 7 Treacy  

The Good News of Terrace

Our Terracians at the annual Lantern Parade – promoting the welcome and settlement of our newest Australians.

Director of Culture | Mr Matt Cocking

Debating - The start of QDU Years 5, 6 and 7 

Each year, we come together to celebrate the efforts of our community at the annual Debating Dinner. It is a wonderful night to share a meal and enjoy our annual comedy debate. All members of the Terrace Debating community are welcome to attend. This year, our annual Debating Dinner will be held at the Victoria Park Golf Complex on Thursday 25 July. As part of the Debating Dinner, we hold our main fundraiser, a raffle that directly benefits our program; funds go towards providing more coaching and training opportunities for our debaters. Whether you can or cannot make it to the dinner, we would appreciate everyone’s assistance in promoting this raffle. Dinner and raffle tickets are available via this link:

Norman Clarke Concert – Welcome Year 5

Well done to the 220 students who took part in the Norman Clarke Concert last Sunday. This was one of the best I have seen, and I am pleased to report that Norman was absolutely delighted with the result of a full house and the inclusion of the youngest members of Terrace Music performing alongside the senior ensembles.

2019/2020 Entertainment Books

The Terrace Performing Arts Support Group is once again selling the 2019/2020 Entertainment Books as our major fundraiser.  Those within our community who have used these books before will no doubt know their value for money and the scope of activities covered within their pages.

This year, we have decided to focus on the online 'digital book’.  The book can be downloaded via an App to your smartphone and away you go.  This eliminates the need to carry the physical book with you and move it from vehicle to vehicle.  Of course, if you prefer, the hard copy of the book is still available for purchase and collection from the Cultural office.

For those wishing to purchase the 2019/2020 Entertainment Book, please click: SUPPORT US NOW 

Support Group Meetings

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 anything. If you have any photographs or video that you would like to share, please tag us. 

Director of Music | Mr Jan Hewerdine

Cancellation of music lessons

A reminder to all families that we require two weeks’ notice before the end of term to cancel lessons (Friday 7 June). Any cancellations after this date will attract a full term’s worth of fees.

Congratulations to the following boys who have been successfully nominated for the State Honours Ensemble program:

  • Paul Clarke
  • Finbarr Condren
  • Samuel Dutton
  • Jack Gardiner
  • Aidan Johns
  • Yang Zhang

This event, run by Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium of Music from 3-6 October, brings together the finest school-aged musicians from across the state to rehearse and perform under the leadership of internationally recognised conductors.

Norman Clarke Concert

Last Sunday, the Norman Clarke concert was held in the Hanrahan Theatre at Villanova College. This was a free public concert, which showcased the College’s premier ensembles, with the Year 5 Band and Strings joining us this year for the first time as featured performers. The students played to a full house and received an enthusiastic reception. Our thanks to all the Music staff involved on the day, the Terrace Performing Art committee and of course, our benefactor, Mr Norman Clarke.

Parent Lounge

A crucial component in managing performances and sending out information is the Parent Lounge. I ask that families please respond to requests in Parent Lounge promptly. This provides us with rolls and information so as to best manage equipment, personnel and transport.

Music Practice Hall

For those students who are working towards AMEB exams, a reminder that Music Practice Hall on Monday afternoons 3.15-5pm is an excellent opportunity to work on your pieces and receive assistance with the aural component of the exam.


  • Monday 24 June - Drumline and BB2 workshop. 
  • Tuesday 25 June - First Percussion Ensemble BB3 band workshop. 
  • Wednesday 26 June - Percussion 2, Percussion 3, TJC band workshops.
  • Sunday 23 June to 3 July - USA Music tour.
  • Thursday 11 July - Red Thunder Drumline Workshop.
  • Friday 12 July - First Percussion Ensemble Workshop.

The Weekly Wrap

Tennis Wrap

Round 7 of GPS Tennis saw Terrace come up against The Southport School. The two programs are very evenly matched and the results from the day support this. The Years 5 and 6 teams were outstanding, sweeping their respective matches, while the Years 7 and 8 teams dropped one match each. Our boys demonstrated a great attitude and played with energy and intensity. The boys exhibited an aggressive brand of tennis in both singles and doubles, winning plenty of points close to the net. Both the As and Bs went away with well-earned wins. 

Our older groups had mixed results but managed to compete strongly in almost every match, which is pleasing and most important. Congratulations to our 11B, 9B and 9C teams who won their respective matches. We thank TSS for their excellent hospitality at their home courts on Saturday. All in the program look forward to the next time the two schools meet in season 2020. 

This weekend, the Terrace Tennis program has a few different oppositions including Brisbane Grammar School and Brisbane Boys College. Our aim in the program is to provide the most competitive matches we can, and both schools share the same desire for match play. We are playing Brisbane Grammar School in Years 5A, B, C, D and E and Years 6A, B, C, D and E and Brisbane Boys College in three matches. The remaining teams from Years 7 and 8 will be playing either BBC or an internal challenge which are great ways to finish off the season.

1st IV 

This week we mixed up our doubles combinations to see if we could get some better results against the stronger schools in this area of our play. We played Bryce Robinson and Sean Pacey at number one doubles and Dominic Anderson and Charlie Van Balen at number two doubles. Due to some earlier rain that kept the courts wet for some time, it was decided to play the reverse doubles first.

Bryce and Sean kicked off the day with a comfortable win 6-4, 6-4 against the TSS number two pair while Dominic and Charlie battled hard to take a set off the number one TSS pair before losing in a super tiebreak third set. At one all and up a set, this put us in a better position than expected after the first doubles round.

The singles matches followed. Bryce and Sean both lost their first sets, while Dominic and Charlie both won their first sets. Unfortunately, they were the last sets we were to win for the day. Bryce had his worst singles performance for the year, losing 6-0, 7-6. Sean, who had plenty of opportunities in both his sets, lost 7-5, 6-4. Dominic faded in his match losing 5-7, 6-1, 6-3. Charlie lost his way after winning his first set, losing 2-6, 6-0, 6-0.

After the singles, we were out of the contest with two doubles rubbers to play. Yosua Lumbanradja subbed in for an unwell Dominic Anderson. Bryce and Sean lost to the TSS number one pair 6-4, 6-4 while Yosua and Charlie fought out a 7-5, 6-3 defeat.

The final score was TSS 7–14–106 def GT 1–4–74.

Unfortunately, there is no way to sugar coat the disappointment of this week. Our effort, energy, focus and general competitiveness will have to improve as we go into the final round in two weeks against IGS.

Click here for: Round 7 Results

Rugby Wrap

Season 2019 will once again see large numbers of boys wearing the red and black butcher's stripes. Many thanks to all those families who took the time to register. To ensure the season gets off to a smooth start, please take time to read through the below checklist.

Clothing and equipment

• Terrace jerseys, shorts and socks will need to be purchased before the end of term as we play NC in a trial on the Saturday before     returning to school.
• Mouthguard (a fitted mouthguard from a dentist is strongly recommended). 

Coaching at Terrace

I am keen to hear from any parents who are interested in coaching at Terrace. Currently, we are short of coaches in our U11 age group. Please email me if interested.

Date claimers 

  • Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 July - Holiday Clinics at Tennyson  
  • Saturday 13 July - Whole School practice game v NC at Tennyson 
  • Saturday 20 July – GPS Rd 1 v TGS followed by the Rugby Season Launch

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


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

Get in quick - tickets will sell out!

Details: Friday 2 August | 11.30am 
Where: Howard Smith Wharves 
Cost: $1800 for a Table of 10 | Includes 2 course lunch and drinks package

St Joseph's Lunch | Book Here

Show your support for the Terrace Football program and be in with a chance of winning some incredible prizes, including:

  • 2 nights stay at Brisbane's hottest new hotel, the Calile Hotel on James St. Prize includes accommodation, valet parking, breakfast at the Lobby Bar and a $150 voucher to Hellenika
  • $500 Canterbury voucher
  • $500 Terry White Chemmart voucher

Plus so many more...
Tickets on sale via the below link until 5pm today!

Football Raffle | Tickets Here

Orders extended until Sunday 16 June!
Commemorative Seniors of 2019 jerseys are now ready to order. Please drop in to the Terrace Shop to try on sizing options before placing your order. 

2019 Senior Jersey | Order Here
Rope off Saturday 7 September from 12.30pm in your calendar!

An afternoon to enjoy and celebrate our wonderful community. 
Raising funds for Eddie's Van and ParaSTART. 
More event details to follow in Term 3.

Please join us for a night of celebration as we acknowledge the efforts of all our debaters and coaches throughout the 2019 season. Dinner will be followed by the much anticipated annual Comedy Debate. 
Date and Time: 
Thursday 25 July | 6.30pm 
Where: Victoria Park Golf Complex, 309 Herston Rd Herston
Cost: Adults | $80 (+ booking fees), Students | $70 (+ booking fees), Additional student family member | $60 (+ booking fees)
Includes 2 course dinner & drink on arrival for adults. Soft drinks for students.
RSVP: Please RSVP using the below link by Tuesday 16 July
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Christine Maher |

Debating Dinner | Book Here

Details: Sunday 21 July | 4.00pm - 6.30pm
Where: The Norman Hotel, 102 Ipswich Rd Woooloongabba
Cost: Free | Function includes drink on arrival & canapes. Cash bar
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 
For further details or enquiries, please contact
Ange Papacostas | | 0411 749 044

Basketball Launch | RSVP Here

Date and Time: Saturday 27 July | 6.00pm - 11.00pm
Where: The Grand Chancellor, Leichhardt St Brisbane
Cost: $135 per Old Boy or $95 per "Young" Old Boy (Class of 2018 - 2014) or Vintage Terracian | Includes 3 hour beverage package, canapes & 2 course sit down meal 
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by Wednesday 24 July
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Erin Bowpitt | | 3214 5422

GTOBA Annual Dinner | Book Here

Details: Tuesday 13 August | 6.30pm - 10.45pm
Where: Rydges Hotel, Pool Bar, 9 Glenelg St Southbank
Cost: $56pp (+ booking fees) | Includes welcome drink & canapes
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by Tuesday 6 August
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Anne Learmonth | | 0409 655 436

Formal Parent Function | Book Here

Year Level Parent Social Functions

Find all your upcoming year level functions here....

Reidy House Movie Fundraiser - Rocketman

Details: Sunday 16 June | 1.00pm arrival for 2.00pm movie
Where: Palace Barracks, 61 Petrie Tce Brisbane
Cost: $25.50 | Includes movie ticket to Rocketman, a glass of wine or softdrink on arrival. All proceeds go towards Brisbane Youth Service.
RSVP: Via the below link
For further details or enquiries, please contact           
Joanne Hagenson |

Rocketman Fundraiser | Book Here

Year 12 Parent/Caregiver Coffee Catch Up

Details: Friday 26 July | 7.45am - 8.30am
Where: Victoria Park Bistro, 283 Herston Rd Herston
Cost: Cash bar
RSVP: Looking forward to seeing you there
For further details or enquiries, please contact           
Anne Learmonth | | 0409 655 436

Community Information

A reminder to parents to please notify the school if your son is going to be late to school or needs to leave the school before 3.10pm.

Please contact:

Absentee line: 3214 5244
Student Services: 3214 5269

Information relating to School Absences/Departures can be found in your son's diary on page 121.

There is a large amount of unnamed clothing in lost property.

Please come to Student Services to check for lost items as any unnamed items will be recycled at the end of the term.

UQPaeds warmly welcomes you to our annual Concussion Awareness Gala!

Rugby great David Croft (former Wallaby) will be sharing his experiences around concussion and providing valuable advice to young players in the game. Dr Fatima Nasrallah, neuroscientist and senior research fellow at QBI, will be sharing her perspective on the emerging research surrounding concussion.

FRIDAY AUGUST 9, 2019 | 6.30-9.30 PM WESTS RUGBY CLUB - Figs on Sylvan: 1/65 Sylvan Road, Toowong Tickets: $30 PER PERSON OR $70 PER FAMILY  Nibbles will be provided and drinks available for purchase.