Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Dear members of the Terrace Family,

Last week we hosted the Inter-House Track and Field carnival at Tennyson.  It was a tremendous day, albeit a bit hot.  Nonetheless, the Terrace Spirit was well and truly on display.  After a couple of years of cancellations, everyone was primed for a great day.  My thanks to the staff who ensured the day ran so well.  In particular, I thank Mr Tony McGahan and the Sports Office staff, as well as Mr Alan Kennedy and the Tennyson staff for their organisation and preparation, all of which contributed to the success of the day.  My thanks also to the huge number of parents and caregivers who volunteered their time at the Canteen and BBQ throughout the day.  Feeding 1700 boys is not an easy task, but they managed magnificently.  My thanks to Mrs Kirsten Carroll, the TLG and the large numbers of volunteers who gave their time so freely.  As I stood on the main oval at the end of the day, it was wonderful to see the Old Boys’ Grandstand full of students for the first time this year.  COVID-19 crowd restrictions this year have meant that numbers at Tennyson have been very small, making Friday’s crowd and the Terrace Spirit on display even more special.

To round out a very busy day, the Year 12 Formal was also held at the Convention Centre last Friday evening.  This special event for our Year 12 students looked unlikely to occur earlier this year, so to be able to hold the Formal was very important for the Year 12 cohort.  My thanks to the staff who attended the Formal and my special thanks to Mrs Jo Tarlington for all the work she did in coordinating the event.

During the course of last week, the College Leadership Team spoke to all year levels during their assemblies.  There was a consistent message presented to all students around ‘starting early and starting well’.  With only eight weeks in Term 4, a positive start will be critical and re-establishing good homework and study routines will be extra important due to the short term.  You can assist your son by reinforcing this message at home.

Earlier this week, the interviews for 2021 College Student Leaders were conducted.  It is my pleasure to announce the 2021 Student Leaders:

  • College Captain:  Jake Laherty
  • College Vice Captains: 
    • Luke Ames
    • Oliver Casey-Ryan
    • Eden Chan
    • Ben Chatwood

The selection of the 2021 House Leaders will commence on Friday.

The final event on the GPS calendar; the Track and Field Championships, will occur this Friday 16 October for our Junior team, and on Friday 23 October for our Senior team.  Our athletes have been working very hard this season and although no spectators will be permitted at the carnivals, the entire Terrace Family will undoubtedly be there in spirit.  It is also my pleasure to announce the Track and Field Captains for 2020:

  • Captain – Callum Walsh
  • Vice Captain – Joe Maranta
  • Vice Captain – Daniel Migotto

Congratulations to these young men and good luck to all athletes over the next two weeks.

It is with much sadness that I ask the Terrace Family to keep Judge Guy Andrew (GT 1982), in their thoughts and prayers.  Guy, who passed away recently, was a proud Terrace Old Boy and we keep both Guy and his family in our prayers.

In other Old Boy news, it is pleasing to see some of our recent graduates performing so well across a range of sporting arenas.  Congratulations to the following Old Boys:

  • Ben Keays (GT 2014) – Players’ Trademark Award – Adelaide Crows
  • Patrick Carrigan (GT 2015) – Selection in the extended State of Origin squad and Paul Morgan Medallist for the Brisbane Broncos
  • Harry Wilson (GT 2017) – Wallaby Debut v All Blacks
  • Tom Neill (GT 2019) – World Junior Swimming Record in 400m – short course event

These achievements serve to inspire our current students to work hard and believe in their dreams.

I would also ask that the Terrace Family keeps Mrs Noelene Rosengren in their prayers. Mrs Rosengren, who passed away recently, was a proud Terrace mother and grandmother to Peter (GT 1982), Stephen (GT 1983), Andrew (GT 1985), David (GT 1988), Anthony (GT 2003), Ben (GT 2005), Luke (GT 2006), Oliver Nash (Year 12), William Nash (Year 9), Max Lloyd (Year 7) and Jack Brumby (Year 5).  We keep the extended Rosengren Family in our thoughts and prayers.

The next few weeks remain very busy, with a range of activities scheduled.  A reminder that classroom work must remain the core focus for all students during this time.

Have a great week.

God Bless.

Dr Michael Carroll
College Principal

Deputy Principal | Mr Damien Fall

I am delighted to announce that the Terrace Family continues to grow. This week, we were pleased to hear that Mrs Donna Compton, who teaches Year 6 at the College, has welcomed the family’s second child, Lucas. All are doing well, and we wish the Compton family the very best as they get to know each other. We also eagerly await the arrival of Mr Terry Thompson and his wife Vanessa’s second child, due in the next few days. Again, we send our very best wishes for good health and a lifetime of happiness together. As always, the thoughts and prayers of all in the community go to those who most need it, whether they are experiencing good times or hardship.

Last Friday was a lovely return to normality when the weather allowed us to hold our first Inter-House Track and Field carnival in three years. Days such as these are a reminder of the importance of a student’s school experience extending far wider than simply what takes place in the classroom. Similarly, days like Friday are a nice break from routine for staff and an opportunity to interact in a manner that differs considerably from what happens on an average school day. The events of 2020 have seen a number of our regular non-classroom activities impacted and we cannot forget how important these events are for the wellbeing of everyone in the community. The hive of activity with parents running the BBQ and canteen at Tennyson last Friday clearly showed how important the interaction is for parents as well as students and staff. The day was like a breath of fresh air, which we can all be grateful for. The Senior Formal the same evening made the day a special one for our Year 12 students and the staff who joined them.

We are currently working on the 2021 timetable and calendar as well as recruiting new staff. In the next few weeks, we aim to appoint the new College Leadership Team position, Dean of Pedagogy and Learning Innovation, a role tasked with assisting Terrace educators to deliver the best of teaching and learning in our classrooms. We look forward to this exciting new staffing addition. Best wishes to everyone in the Terrace Family, particularly our Year 12 students and their teachers as they enter the final week of teaching and learning before external exams commence.

Acting Dean of Identity | Mr Terry Thompson

Each individual Christian and every community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor, and for enabling them to be fully a part of society. This demands that we be attentive to the cry of the poor and to come to their aid. Pope Francis


Last term, students in Year 8 studied a unit on Catholic Mission in Religious Education. Within the unit, students supported ‘Socktober’ which invited them to engage with developing world issues through the universal language of sport. To raise awareness of the crippling poverty that many children face around the world, the Socktober initiative encourages school students to create their own soccer ball from recycled materials and engage in a fun penalty shootout, to raise funds for Catholic Mission.

Our Year 8 students raised more than $2309 – a tremendously generous effort.  The funds were presented to Sue Williams (on behalf of Catholic Mission) during College assembly on Tuesday. Congratulations to Mrs Monica Keating and the Year 8 Religious Education teachers for leading this significant project. Following assembly, students used their soccer balls in a penalty shootout. Congratulations to Windsor House who were crowned winners for this fun event.

God, thank you for the abundance of life, relationships, health, comfort, and wealth you have provided for us, and thank you that even in times of need, despair, and brokenness, you are there.
Please put your arms around children and families in extreme poverty so they feel comfort and hope; meet their needs both physically and spiritually. Lord, guide me so I can be your hands and feet pursuing justice for the poor and upholding the cause of the needy.

Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Graduation

Each year, Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) holds an Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Graduation at St Stephen’s for Year 12 students within the Brisbane archdiocese. Sadly, this large event was cancelled this year due to COVID-19. We were, however, very fortunate that within our EREA network, St Laurence’s College in South Brisbane was able to host a graduation liturgy for these students. Uncle Joe Kirk (Turrbal elder) and Aunty Thelma Parker (EREA - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Officer) led the acknowledgement of country and blessed stoles and message sticks that were presented to the boys. We had four Terrace students in attendance at this significant occasion - congratulations to Cormac Finn, Lachlan Bishop, Emerson Locke and Maliq Jackson.

Week 3

Monday: 9 Xavier Camp + Retreat (all week)
Tuesday: Mass at 7.30am in the Chapel of The Holy Family
Wednesday: 8 Treacy Retreat - Tennyson
Friday: 8 Reidy Retreat - Tennyson

Live Jesus in our Hearts…Forever

Dean of Students | Mr Damien Cuddihy

On Friday night, the College hosted the Year 12 Formal at the Convention Centre. It was an enjoyable night for the Year 12s and their partners. I thought it was fantastic to see the boys out having fun with each other at this point of the year. Our appreciation goes to Mrs Jo Tarlington for her organisation of the event. This followed a successful Inter-House Track and Field carnival earlier in the day at Tennyson. Again, the excitement on the boys' faces throughout the day was a sight to see. Congratulations to Xavier House for being the overall winners on the day. Many thanks to all the helpers in the canteen as well. Your support of the College never goes unnoticed.

In a normal year, Dr Paul Gibney makes a presentation to our Year 9 parents on the topic Adolescent Boys, Parents and Families: Towards a Mature Masculinity at this time. Unfortunately, Paul is unable to present this year due to COVID restrictions in schools. However, one aspect of his presentation that always resonates with me is the need to embrace your son’s “second family”, his friendship group. This could include the boys in his House group, Rowing crew, Debating team or handball group. In taking a keen interest in this group and the way they interact with your son some insight into what is influencing his decision making becomes a little more predictable. Paul believes that keeping across this group is very important for parents who want to keep close to adolescents at a time when they traditionally push parents away. It is a tricky one. Further to this, the following reflection from Jordan Peterson (2018) is particularly insightful.

The infant is dependent on his parents for almost everything he needs. The child the successful child can leave his parents, at least temporarily, and make friends.  He gives up a little of himself to do that but gains much in return.  The successful adolescent must take that process to its logical conclusion. He has to leave his parents and become like everyone else.  He has to integrate with the group so he can transcend his childhood dependency.  Once integrated, the successful adult then must learn how to be just the right amount different from everyone else.

On Wednesday, we welcomed our 2021 Year 5 cohort to the College for an Orientation Evening to meet their buddies for next year. In addition to this, we announced the Senior leaders for 2021 in the Year 11 area at lunchtime. Change is in the air. 


The Track and Field Junior and Senior photos and make-up co-curricular photos will be taken from 1pm on Tuesday 20 October in College Hall.  Please make sure your son has the correct uniform on the day and his ID card.

Please see schedule below.

Dean of Studies | Mr Mason Hellyer

Our Senior students are six teaching days away from their external exams. Exam success is not just dependent on how much you know. Exam success is also determined by how well you perform. Our athletes and musicians know this fact too well. It is your performance that matters, not what your potential indicates.

Therefore, this week’s focus has been on two aspects of exam management. Firstly, to have the right mindset. The right mindset comes from being prepared, from being rested, and from being supported. Our Seniors are preparing well, have learnt the content, are practising exam questions, interpreting the marking schemes and incorporating the subject specific exam strategies into their revision.

Managing personal wellbeing during the exam block will be crucial. The following habits need to be formed:

Study + sleep + exercise + relax = optimal study and exam performance

Study will take the most time; however, all other aspects need to occur to allow for the best performance possible on exam day.

Finally, support. On Monday morning, the Year 12 parent spirit video was viewed by the cohort. It was a fantastic way of reinforcing that the boys are not alone in the exams and that they have the support and best wishes of their parents and the whole Terrace Family. Thank you to Mrs Loren Serafin-Huey and the contributing parents for a wonderful gesture. The video can be found on Terrace YouTube.

This week has also seen recognition of a wide range of outstanding student achievement in a number of academic pursuits. Late last term, 240 students from Years 5-12 completed the Australian Maths Competition. Terrace had four students gain a prize, 17 attain a high distinction, 81 attain a distinction, and 104 attained credits. The four prize winners were: Hayden Sharpe (Year 8), Reuben Dooley (Year 9), Ryan Wong (Year 10) and Yang Zhang (Year 12).

Our Future Problem Solving teams have progressed to the National finals to be held on 16 October here at Terrace. Only the top two teams in each division in the State have made it through to Nationals. Congratulations to the following teams:

  • Junior Year 6 - Jackson McConnachy, Max Walker, Julian Spark, Harrison Ellis
  • Middle Year 9 - Tasman Bunkum, Reuben Dooley, Zach Vivian, Hugo Smith
  • Senior Year 12 - Yang Zhang, Matthew Cho, Patrick Gleeson, Justin Jeyarajah 
  • Senior Year 12 - Robert McSwiggan, Matthew Rice, Finbar Carroll, Luke Evans 

Finally, our Senior Visual Artists have attained outstanding recognition for their work with the selection of Matthew Schoutrop and Sydney O’Hare as Excellence Winners of the Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art. These artists work will be exhibited at GOMA from April next year. Additionally, John Dillon and Benjamin Spicer have been selected to exhibit their work in the Brisbane Regional exhibition. Congratulation to these artists and the College Visual Art staff.

Dean of Waterford | Mr Luke Gribble

Welcome to Term 4 at Waterford Place.

As Term 3 Reports have now been published, we have the opportunity to review, reflect and set goals for the final term at Waterford.  Today we gathered in Pastoral Care groups for Academic Mentoring. The boys were asked to complete their Study Plan for what will be a fast run to the end of the year. In the classroom, the expectations and subject matter are becoming more and more aligned with the Senior programs. For our young men, it is time to ensure that their engagement in the classroom, homework, study and revision techniques are refined to make the most of every opportunity.

As I write this article, we are preparing many of the Year 10 boys for one of their first leadership roles as a mentor to their little buddy at the Year 5, 2021 Orientation Evening. As parents and caregivers, you have come to know that our Pastoral Care and Formation programs are central to our College. We pride ourselves on growing an atmosphere of care, in which every student is valued and welcomed. This week we will welcome 150 future Terracians from a myriad of Brisbane primary schools. Our Buddy system has become such an important part of our College induction, encouraging positive relationships amongst our students. I am sure our Year 10 boys will do a wonderful job.

As parents and caregivers, I know you appreciate the support and assistance provided by our Waterford reception staff. Last week we welcomed Ms Paige Fitzpatrick to the team. Paige comes to us from St Margaret’s College.

A friendly reminder that if you would like to report your son’s absence from school, please contact Waterford Student Services via or phone 3214 5400.

Director of Culture | Mr Matt Cocking


In Term 4, over 30 students will be competing in our annual end of year Chess competition.  The tournament gives our players the chance to keep sharp over the offseason as well gain valuable Queensland Junior Rating points by playing each other in a competitive setting.  The competition will run from Weeks 2-6 with two rounds playing each week.  Good luck to all students who are participating!

Terrace will be hosting the Queensland Interschool Chess Championships this weekend.  We look forward to hosting some of the greatest Chess minds at our campus over the two days of competition.

Celebration of Excellence 2019 on YouTube

Celebration of Excellence is an occasion for our musicians to perform on a professional stage as we truly celebrate the excellence and diversity of our students. As we start to prepare our featured artists for this year’s performances, we felt it was time to put our 2019 performances on YouTube for all to share.


The trials for the 2021 teams will be held this weekend.  If you have any concerns regarding times or information, please check your email for information. 

Support Group

Thank you to Mrs Cate Clifford (Chair), Mrs Christine Maher (secretary) and Mr Peter Hackett (Treasurer) who have led the parents in the Debating Support Group over the past two years. 

Next year will see a new core of parents assume these positions.  Even though these positions are not onerous, the rewarding experience of helping new and old families and our Terrace Gentlemen by being a key parent lead in this Support Group certainly makes the experience enjoyable.

We look forward to the leadership of Mrs Nicole Quinn (Chair), Mrs Kim Broadfoot (Secretary) and Mrs Vanessa Sullivan (Treasurer) and working closely with this group over the next two years.

Chamber Concert

Our Term 4 Chamber Music Concert will be pre-recorded not live streamed.  We would like our families to sit as a family and watch the concert together.  We will advertise the viewing platform in the next Terrace News.    

Support Group meetings

Support Group meetings will be held online if necessary.  Should you wish to contact the Debating Support Group, please email: or the Terrace Performing Arts, please email: .

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 like to share, please tag us. 

TWITTER            @GTCulture 
INSTAGRAM      terrace_gtculture 
YOUTUBE          Terrace Culture YouTube Channel

Director of Music | Mr Jan Hewerdine

Welcome to Week 2

Rehearsals continue unabated with our new lineup for each ensemble. The focus for SWE, the Waterford String Orchestra, Waterford  Strings 2 and  the TJO rhythm section is on the repertoire for the Celebration of Excellence. In addition, the Terrace Choir and many instrumental and vocal soloists are preparing features for this event.

Next week - Wednesday 21 October we will be holding our second Chamber Concert for the year. Given that we can not have an audience for this event, it will be filmed and streamed at a later date.  More details to come.

Music Practice Hall recommenced this week. We are in the process of bringing in a new string specialist for this, to replace the outgoing Shuhei Lawson.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the Music Department

Term 4 events

  • Monday 12 October - Music Practice Hall recommences
  • Wednesday 21 October (video only) - Chamber Concert
  • Tuesday 17 November - Celebration of Excellence
  • Wednesday 18 November - TPA Senior Music lunch

Terrace Library

The Terrace Family

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

Judge Guy ANDREW - GT 1975-82

Mrs Anne CARMODY - Wife of Kev Carmody (GT 1959), mother of Michael (GT 1984) and Tim (GT 1988), and grandmother to Daniel Dodds (Year 11).

Mrs Noelene ROSENGREN - Terrace mother and grandmother to Peter (GT 1982), Stephen (GT 1983), Andrew (GT 1985), David (GT 1988), Anthony (GT 2003), Ben (GT 2005), Luke (GT 2006), Oliver Nash (Year 12), William Nash (Year 9), Max Lloyd (Year 7) and Jack Brumby (Year 5).

Terrace Shop

Volunteering at the Terrace Shop

During Term 4 we are welcoming our newest students to the Terrace Family and we need your help! We would love to have you assist us in the Shop as each new student is fitted for his Terrace uniform.

It is a lovely tradition to have current parents volunteer in the Shop during this time. It gives new families an opportunity to meet other parents and ask those everyday questions in a friendly and welcoming environment.

It doesn’t matter if you have not volunteered with us before – we warmly welcome everyone! We will be here to help you and will give you a quick cheat sheet for the fitting process.

We will attend to the uniform fittings from Term 4 Week 1 -  Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8.30am - 2.45pm. 

On Tuesdays 27 October, 10 November and 17 November we will need assistance until 5.15pm. There are two families booked at one scheduled time, therefore we hope to have two volunteers kindly assist after school.

If you are interested in helping us, please put your name down to volunteer via the following links.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We both look forward to welcoming you!

Donna Asnicar and Felice Gatenby


Find all your upcoming Terrace Family invitations below...

Terrace Volleyball invites you and your friends to an  Exclusive Shopping Experience at the ESTEE LAUDER Corporate Store 
40% off retail including brands such as Estee Lauder, Clinique, M.A.C., Bobbi Brown, Aveda, Jo Malone, Aramis and designer fragrances.  
Details: Saturday 24 October & Saturday 31 October  | 10am – 4pm 
Where: Level 2, 33 Park Road, Milton 
Cost: $10 (+ booking fee) | Includes entry 
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 31 October
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Diana Weeden |

To comply with COVID-19 guidelines and to ensure physical distancing can be maintained only 8 people per hour will be permitted to enter the store.

Estee Lauder Shopping Experience | Book Here

Details: Sunday 29 November | 1 - 4.30pm
Venue: Tennyson Playing Fields
RSVP: No RSVP necessary. All Old Boys and current Terracians and their families are warmly invited to attend.
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Blair Copelin | 

The perfect accessory for the 2021 Red and Black cricket season is ready to purchase in 3 different options:

  • Custom wheel bag (Atomic 1400) | $145 (+ booking fees)
  • Custom wheel bag (Atomic 700) | $80 (+ booking fees)
  • Custom velocity bag (Duffle 750) | $80 (+ booking fees)

Limited quantities of each so don't delay! 

Cricket Bag | Purchase Here

Year Level Parent Social Functions

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

Year 6 End of Year Break Up

Details: Friday 27 November | 12 - 3pm
Venue: Centenary Pool, Gregory Terrace Spring Hill
Cost: Admission - $15 (+bf) | Includes admission, sausage sizzle & cake
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Catherine Hennessy |

Year 6 Break Up | Book Here

Community Information

A position exists for a Casual School Crossing Supervisor at St Joseph's Gregory Terrace.
  • A School Crossing Supervisor must be able to work in all-weather conditions,
  • 1 hour and 30 mins per day - a maximum of up to 5 days per fortnight (on a rostered basis).
  • Relief opportunities on your rostered days off.
  • Pay Rate $31.11 per hour.

Commencement of employment for the successful applicant is dependent on:

  • The favourable outcome of a health assessment.
  • A Positive Notice Blue Card (you do not need to have a blue card to apply for the position). 

If you are interested in this position, please contact Kellie O'Brien – Road Safety Officer on 3863 9839 for further information.