Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Dear members of the Terrace Family,

Thank you to the large numbers of parents who have attended the Parent Information nights over the last few weeks.  It is always pleasing to experience the strong sense of partnership between home and school.  We have attempted to shape each information night to the appropriate year level, both in terms of content and the level of detail provided.  We are interested in your feedback to assist in refining these evenings for next year.  Over the coming weeks, Mr Damien Fall will send a survey to all families seeking feedback and suggestions regarding the nights.  Your feedback is valued.  I also remind parents that the PowerPoints for each information night can be found on the College App.

The last two Tuesday College Assemblies have had a strong academic focus.  The Scholars’ Assembly and the Academic Assembly were both occasions where the students were acknowledged for their academic achievements in 2019.  Congratulations to all medal winners and my thanks to the staff, parents and caregivers who have supported the students in their academic journey in 2019.

The first of the Year 12 Kairos retreats was held last week.  This incredibly powerful experience for our Year 12 students is the culmination of their Retreat program during their years at Terrace.  The engagement of the parents and staff at the final dinner is one of the highlights of the retreat.  My thanks to the staff who were involved.

Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, signifying the start of the Lenten season.  The College will commemorate Ash Wednesday with personal and intimate House liturgies.  Ash Wednesday will also mark the launch of the College’s Lenten appeal.

The GPS program continues in full swing with Debating, Cricket, Volleyball and Rowing occurring this term.  It is great to see so many students involved in the various activities and the strong parent presence at the various venues.  A reminder that Mr Cuddihy has clearly outlined to students the correct uniforms that are to be worn on Saturday.  In simple terms, the students can wear their playing uniform, their co-curricular shirt for warming up or the formal College uniform if supporting the 1st team.  I thank all parents for supporting this position.

Finally this week, it is my pleasure to inform the Terrace Family that James Hurst and Jack Gardiner (2019) have each been awarded the Queensland Certificate of Education Achievement Award for 2019.  These awards are given to the top 31 students across the state.  This is an outstanding achievement, and on behalf of the entire Terrace Family I offer my congratulations to both gentlemen.  Well done.

Have a great week.

God Bless.

Dr Michael Carroll
College Principal

Deputy Principal | Mr Damien Fall

This week, I was in Melbourne attending an EREA conference for staff newly appointed to positions of senior leadership across the national network of more than 50 schools and Flexible Learning Centres. At events such as these, it becomes clear that EREA is an extremely complex organisation that is well resourced and clearly understands the priorities in our schools. The protection of students, health and safety and intentional strategic planning are non-negotiables. Policies and staffing structure in schools such as Terrace reflect these priorities. Recent years have seen us prioritise policy updates and the appointment of extra staff responsible for oversight of risk, compliance and student protection. More than ever before, Terrace is well positioned to ensure our young men can enjoy the Terrace journey and focus on what is most important. 

The College appoints staff as Child Protection contacts – adults to whom any member of our community can report a concern they may have about any student at the College. Any member of the Terrace Family is also most welcome to make contact if you have any questions or concerns regarding the welfare of a student. In 2020, our Child Protection contacts are:

  • Dr Michael Carroll – College Principal
  • Mr Damien Fall – Deputy Principal
  • Mr Damien Cuddihy – Dean of Students
  • Mr Luke Gribble – Dean of Waterford Place
  • Ms Jai-Leigh Beard – Counsellor
  • Mr Paul Antenucci – Counsellor

Our College Counsellors can also be contacted via the counselling request form located under the Parents tab in the top right-hand corner of the College website.

The usual rhythms of school life have changed forever this year as our Year 12 students become the first in Queensland to exit with an ATAR under the new QCE system. The Seniors will commence a period of exams in just over a week, then move to the next unit of work in the weeks before Easter. By the September holidays, all teaching of new material will be finished for Year 12 students, and they will have entered a period of preparation for external examinations. These, and many other changes, represent new territory for our staff as well as students. Many teachers of Years 11 and 12 have likened their recent experience under the new system to being a first year teacher again. Staff and students can find change uncomfortable, but we can have great confidence that our dedicated teachers will have our young men very well positioned to do their best academically.

In the beginning weeks of the term, the College completed a series of parent information evenings, covering all year levels. In the interests of reviewing and possibly improving these evenings, parents will soon receive a brief survey via email that we would appreciate you completing. Whether you attended or not, it would be greatly appreciated if you could take a few moments to help us with our future planning. Many thanks in anticipation of your assistance. Wishing all in the Terrace Family the very best.

Dean of Studies | Mr Mason Hellyer

Success is what you make of it.

There are many quotes that attempt to define success. Many refer to the attainment of a physical object; a gold medal, a championship ring, money. Some refer to the attainment of intangibles such as power or influence. These definitions all refer to external rewards as measures of success.

External rewards are very powerful as they provide a focus or an outcome goal to strive towards. Tuesday’s Academic Awards Assembly was a wonderful opportunity to recognise the achievements of our students. At Terrace, the award recipients made the decision to commit to their studies, followed up on their commitment with hard work and have been rewarded with excellent results and an academic medal. 

The academic award is an external recognition of success. However, the majority of the boys awarded have been motivated by the internal desire to succeed. I see these award winners as a success, our Diligence and Improvement award winners are a success and our 2018 median OP6 student who was offered the University course of his choice is also an example of this success.

At Terrace we intentionally challenge every boy to be a success, or more specifically, to be the best he can be. Whilst I might aspire to be a medallist in the Snowboard Slopestyle at the Olympics, I know I may just miss out at present. However, that does not stop me from being the best that I can be.

Remember, as 2018 College Dux Jacob Montaner said at his Scholars' Assembly:

Motivation leads to hard work, and hard work leads to success.

Our Year 12 students are entering a busy time of the term with internal assessment tasks due and exam block commencing in Week 6. Now is the time where consistent effort will pay off during this peak in the assessment cycle. For our Year 12 students a reminder that staff tutoring, study group and peer tutoring is available for all students.

All the best.

Dean of Students | Mr Damien Cuddihy

The Inter-House Swimming Carnival last Friday was reflective of everything good about the vertical pastoral care system at Terrace. The Seniors were brilliant at running the activities within their Houses. The attention given to the younger members of our community bought a smile to my face on more than one occasion. Whether it was a House Senior swimming behind a Year 5 boy who was worried about making the 50m, buddies walking back to the College together after the carnival having a chat, or just the hype generated around the relays, it was most pleasing. Congratulations to Barrett House for winning back to back swimming carnivals and to Xavier House who were runners up this year.  On Friday, we look forward to seeing our Year 5s in action at the Inter-House Soccer competition. The event aims to provide a platform for the boys to simply have some fun and to develop the friendships already gathering momentum within the year. The event is being held at Waterford Place and will conclude at 5.30pm. Parents and caregivers are more than welcome to come and watch. 

Last evening, we held the Year 8 Father/Son night at the College. This is always a great evening, with over 130 families in attendance.  The 30 Year 11 and 12 students who acted as small group facilitators were excellent. While media attention often feasts on the reality that some famous sportsmen and celebrities fall short of being good role models to our boys, we are confident that some of the best role models are much closer to home. I hope all those involved walked away feeling reassured that your sons are able to speak up and share insights about their life. 

On assembly during the week, I reminded the boys that mobile phones need to be stored in lockers during the day. Boys who do not follow the protocol will have their phone confiscated until the end of the day. This will allow House Deans to monitor repeat offenders and apply appropriate consequences as required. A further reminder that the boys have three uniform options for co-curricular activities; the playing uniform, the co-curricular shirt or the formal (white shirt) school uniform. Boys wanting to support 1sts teams are required to change into their formal school uniform.

SchoolTV has released a special report titled, Surviving the Final Year. Year 12 can be a source of anxiety for students and parents. Studies show a clear link between students taking care of their health and their overall productivity during the final year of school. Understanding how best to support your son’s health and wellbeing during this time will help them perform at their best. A part of this is acknowledging that not all stress is bad. The art is in finding the right balance. The right amount of stress can encourage students to be at their optimal level of alertness and improve behavioural and cognitive performance. Healthy levels of stress can help tune their brain and focus. This special report outlines several strategies that parents and caregivers can use to support their child during Year 12. The report can be found here

Acting Dean of Identity | Mr Terry Thompson

It takes a village to raise a child

In the presence of His Excellency, the Honourable Paul de Jersey, the Terrace family welcomed back the 2019 Buchanan Medal Scholars (students who received an OP1 in 2019) for an assembly last Tuesday. These fine men represent the hard work and dedication that is required for success in school education. James Hurst (College Dux in 2019) addressed the Terrace family with a succinct and eloquent rendition of the recipe to each of the 2019 scholar’s successes. With his permission, I have reproduced it below. Enjoy. 

Without a doubt, I feel incredibly proud to be standing here today among such an outstanding group of men. The 18 scholars to my left have truly worked incredibly hard to be standing on this stage. But to think it was just us that put us on this stage is simply not true, so today, I’d like to share three memories that explore things that have helped me on this journey and have, without a doubt, helped others on this stage.
The first is about every Tuesday and Thursday morning in the room next to GT125. In this room from about 7.45am there is Maths tutoring. There, teachers like Mr Covill, Ms Lather and Ms Meinecke, among others, selflessly give up their mornings to diligently assist anyone that walks through the doors. Someone like Will Long, who attended these sessions almost every morning, credits it with their success. The teachers there don’t ask for thanks, nor let it stop them from staying back and helping after class, their patience seemed to be endless. This attitude is by no means limited to the Maths Department; Tuesday and Thursday morning happens hundreds of time every week at Terrace, without which these 18 scholars wouldn’t be here. So, to our teachers, we say thank you.
The second story is about an initiative in Year 12; Peer Tutoring. The concept is simple; students in the grade give up a morning of their week to go into room 422. They then work in that room and, as the designated peer tutor, selflessly answer questions of others to help them with their academics. Many of these men on stage were involved in this opportunity. In 2019, this happened each and every morning for 30 weeks of the year. Using that metric alone, this group has helped others for over 100 hours. These peer tutors would often be the same men that would cook a burger on Friday morning as a part of the BBQ Squad or that would wake up early for Eddie’s Van. To our peers, we say thank you.
My final story is about a moment I had a few weeks ago while reading the list of these OP1 scholars. To put it simply; I realised all of them, in 2019, went ‘All In’. In your seat, you have a booklet full of Oli Seawrights, who balance incredible running abilities and captaining the school with their academics. Of Alex Sullivans, who, while in Year 12 travelled around Australia as a State Representative for Rowing and Debating. Of Oscar Wilkins, who do Big Brekky almost every fortnight of the year. But it wasn’t just them. When Oli came back from supporting on Saturday, it was Geoff Seawright (Oli’s father) that rode his bike alongside him. When it was Alex almost getting heatstroke every weekend after a regatta, it was Natalie Sullivan (Alex’s mother) who made sure that he was alright. When Oscar woke up before dawn for Big Brekky, it was Tina Wilkins (Oscar’s mother) who woke up with him to drive. Last year, these 18 men went ‘All In’, but without a doubt, so did the community. To our parents, we say thank you.
This group of scholars on stage here are a very public representation of our community, the Terrace community. The adage “it takes a village to raise a child” is all the more evident here. The Terrace village has truly supported us to be on this stage. The 18 men with me are a product of the knowledge given to us by our teachers, the humility of our peers in helping us, and the wisdom our parents bestow when they support us every step of the way. Those pillars of Terrace: Knowledge, Humility and Wisdom aren’t just words that can be thrown into an RE assignment, they are very real qualities that flow through this school and flow through its students. If I have one piece of advice for the class of 2020 and beyond, it is to not hold Terrace at arm’s length. Immerse yourself in this school and all it has to offer. ‘Be the One’ to go ‘All In’.

Live Jesus in our Hearts…Forever. 

Next Week 

  • Monday: 7 Treacy Camp and Retreat (all week)
  • Tuesday: Magee House Mass (7.30am)
  • Wednesday: Ash Wednesday Liturgy

Photos below - 12th Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations at the Southern Cross Catholic College, Scarborough.

Dean of Waterford | Mr Luke Gribble

Next week marks the halfway mark of the term. The Year 10 cohort have well and truly settled into the Waterford Place routine. The boys appear to be enjoying their new home away from home and I am pleased to say that so far, they are looking after this wonderful facility.

The boys will most likely be starting to notice the intentional increase in academic rigour at Waterford Place. Your son should be focused in class and making the most of the opportunity to access the information, expertise and advice offered by his teachers. We are encouraging the boys to be active learners and engage in lessons rather than being passive and waiting to be spoon fed. A great way for students to be engaged is to ask questions to seek clarity as well as challenging themselves to answer questions posed by their teachers. If the boys have a mindset where they are engaged and looking to work with their teachers, the outcomes at the end of term tend to be very positive. At Waterford, due to the generosity of the teaching faculty, there are multiple opportunities for extra tutoring and assistance before and after school. Please encourage your son to make the most of these opportunities. 

Waterford provides a great platform to deliver age appropriate Formation opportunities and next Wednesday the boys will enjoy a presentation by the Shake and Stir theatre company. The entertaining, live performance will focus on issues such as peer pressure, cyber bullying, online addiction as well as consequences for actions. 

This week the Waterford Place Council will assist in the organisation and running of our first ‘Inter’ Pastoral Care Group competitions. With plenty of keen basketballers in the cohort and a great facility, a three on three basketball competition is being held with great enthusiasm. Each PC Group will be represented with teams winning through to the finals, which will be hotly contested, in the coming weeks.

Director of Culture | Mr Matt Cocking


We extend a warm welcome to Mr Hart our new Speech and Drama tutor.  Mr Hart attended Sydney Grammar School, leaving in 2002. He attended NIDA in 2009, completing the Musical Theatre course under the guidance of Avigail Herman. Since then, he has performed as a vocalist in various corporate acts around Australia, Asia and the Pacific. He has also worked for Opera Australia as a cast member in South Pacific, My Fair Lady and La Cenerentola. He was a cast member in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical produced by Michael Cassel. Mr Hart has also been involved in productions of Pete the Sheep, Sinbad (Malaysian production, directed by Joe Hasham), and Kingsford Smith – The Musical. A keen rower since high school, he is also a level 2 rowing coach and currently competes for Toowong Rowing Club. He is very much looking forward to seeing students develop their speaking and creative brains in Speech and Drama classes.

Future music tours

The last eight years have seen many positive initiatives that have provided lasting memories for our students and families.  However, with a school as busy as Terrace we must also be mindful of the impact to family life and finances. Our last music tours have seen students perform across Europe, in the Vatican, at a Fourth of July parade and with classes by the most sought after American educators. To continue this success, we would like to amend the current Cultural overseas and interstate tours 2019 – 2023 document found on the College App. We look forward to bringing new opportunities your way at the end of the year for 2021.

Debating - state trials

Well done to the following students who have made it through to the second round of state trials. 

  • Noah Stevens (Year 12)
  • Ben Scuderi (Year 12)
  • Josh Long (Year 12)
  • Eden Chan (Year 11)
  • Luke Ames (Year 11)
  • Tom Musgrave (Year 10)
  • Adrien Jesuthesan (Year 10)

Support Group meetings

Our first meeting of the year for our Support Groups was held this week.  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 Terrace Saxophone Choir under the direction of Mr Sam Hewerdine, for their performance at the Academic Assembly on Tuesday. 

Thank you also to Mrs Debattista, Mr Esbensen, Ms Amy Phillips and choristers for the musical support at the GTOBA Mass last Sunday.

Please note

Music tours will not be going ahead in 2020. The College App will be updated to reflect this change.

Music Practice Hall

A great initiative of Terrace Music is Music Practice Hall, which is a supervised practice time on Monday afternoons 3.15-5pm. This program is free of charge for any student who is part of our program and provides a practice environment where we employ a Queensland Conservatorium of Music student to ensure the students are pushing forward with the correct tools. The feedback from the students has been outstanding. In particular for percussionists, we appreciate that many families do not have a xylophone, marimba or timpani at home, the afternoon opens our facilities and makes these available for all to work on. I would like to introduce our new Music Practice Hall Tutor Miss Cara Daily. Miss Daily is currently studying her Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music under the tuition of Brent Miller and Michael Askill, majoring in Classical Percussion Performance. She currently teaches at her private teaching studio and is also employed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, as an Outbound Sales Consultant. Alongside studying and working, she is near enlistment into the Australian Army Reserves Artillery Band where she is excited to develop her musical and personal skills. Miss Daily has an aspiration to be an orchestral Percussionist and/or Timpanist, with big dreams of furthering her study in Europe and the UK.


The Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University is pleased to present the inaugural State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) Middle School - South-East Queensland from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 May 2020 to be held at Queensland Conservatorium's South Bank campus in Brisbane. SHEP provides an opportunity for middle school (Years 6 - 9) wind, brass, percussion, string and voice students to work in an intensive environment of musical excellence with their peers from South-East Queensland, under the leadership of a team of eminent conductors from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Nominations will be made by students’ instrumental teachers. 

Talkin’ Jazz

For students who are looking for avenues to learn about jazz, I would like to point you towards the Talkin’ Jazz programme for high school students. For more information please visit  or email

Instrument storage

Last week I wrote about securing instruments at the College. I have repeated the message for this week. Most importantly, no instruments should be left outside the Years 5 and 6 bag racks.

In an effort to help you manage the storage of your musical instrument when you arrive at school, can I ask you to do the following please:

  • If you play either flute, clarinet or oboe, please keep your instrument in your school bag
  • If you play trumpet, trombone, euphonium, alto/tenor saxophone, bassoon, violin, viola or cello, please store these instruments at the start of the day in room MU2, which is located in the Music Centre. The shelving is clearly marked.
  • Please refrain from using your classroom bag racks (and walkways) to store your instruments. The chances of the instrument being stolen are high.
  • Additionally, we ask that you do not leave your instrument in the walkways of the Music Centre.

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. 

Performance and workshop notifications are emailed via Parent Lounge and will be used to ascertain who will be attending performances and for roll marking. Could I ask that you respond promptly to these notifications as we use this information, among other things, to generate rolls and book transport (when applicable). 

Please keep in mind that it is expected that all members of an ensemble participate in all performances, but we understand that from time to time there may be circumstances that prevent attendance. If you are declining a performance, could you also please inform the ensemble director and cc 

Finally, as these notices only go out to parents, could you please discuss the event with your son to ensure that he has the details entered in his calendar. You and he will be able to view the Event Memo via the Terrace App. Links to Parent Lounge will be mentioned in this Terrace News article as they become available. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Music Department

A full list of each term’s events is included at the end of this article and will be updated as required. This list will contain a basic outline of each event with more detailed information being sent directly to those involved via the Parent Lounge.

Term 1 events

  • Thursday 27 February - Chamber Music Concert 
  • Saturday 7 March - Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival 
  • Tuesday 17 March - TPA Meeting 
  • 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
  • Monday 6 July - Terrace Jazz Orchestra Workshop

The Weekly Wrap

Cricket wrap

Round 3 

For the second time in as many weeks, it was only the 1st XI who competed in Round 3. Unprepared wickets and waterlogged fields across all GPS schools resulted in another abandoned weekend of cricket for the majority of the program. The weather is one of the uncontrollable factors in the game. While frustrating for all involved, it is a reminder to all players to make the most of the opportunities they have to train and play, and to soak up the remaining experiences left in the Cricket program for Term 1. 

The 1st XI match was reduced to an 18 over fixture following a lengthy rain delay. Terrace bounced back from their Round 2 defeat to put in a spirited performance to claim a bonus point win. All members of the team contributed significantly to the win and proved their capabilities as a team, with great fight and determination.

It was an encouraging win for Terrace in challenging conditions against a strong outfit and sees them sitting third on the GPS table after three weeks.  As the competition begins to take shape after the two rain interrupted weeks, this Saturday's clash against rivals Nudgee on Ross Oval looms as a pivotal match in the season for both sides.

Over the past fortnight, Indoor Cricket sessions have been run to catch up on sessions lost due to rain. Indoor Cricket training/matches aim to give players extra opportunities to play and develop their match awareness with the skills required for indoor matches easily transferrable to the outdoor game. In coming weeks, students will be run through the remainder of the Term 1 Skill Development program as well as working on match elements with their team coach as the program looks to build momentum into the back half of the GPS season.
Excitement surrounds the remaining five rounds of GPS Cricket, with fixtures against traditional rivals Nudgee College and Brisbane Grammar School. There will also be a number of training opportunities for all students, as well as the Terrace Cricket Luncheon (28 February) and rescheduled End of Season Event (14 March), a great way for the Cricket community to close out the 2020 season. 

Rowing wrap

In contrast to the rain all week, the regatta hosted hot summer conditions throughout the day. There were a number of standout performances by several Terrace crews who were recognised post-regatta back at Tennyson. Below is the point score for each round of racing. The Head of the River Championship will come down to a few key races, so every race at this stage counts towards setting up a very tight finish on March 14.

Old Boys’ Cup predictor

Round 1 rankings:

  1. Churchie (105 Points)
  2. Terrace (87 Points)
  3. Nudgee (81 Points)

 Round 2 rankings:

  1. Nudgee (93 Points)
  2. Churchie (89 Points)
  3. Terrace (88 Points)

Full link to BBC Regatta results here: .

Swimming wrap

College Swimming Championships Results

Thank you to all the parents and staff involved in running the College Swimming Championships last Friday. Please see the attached document for full results.

We look forward to seeing some more fantastic swims this Friday at the ACGS Carnival at Chandler. This will be the last chance for boys to post a time before the GPS team is announced next week.

Volleyball wrap

Round 2

Terrace had a successful day playing away against TGS in Round 2 of GPS. 

Unfortunately, the 1st VI lost to a very talented TGS team, the final score 3-1; there was possibly some complacency from the 1sts, resulting in a valuable lesson learned. Tom Sheehan and Riley Tillotson gave impressive performances, playing with great effort and attitude throughout the game. The 1sts will look to bounce back this weekend against the reigning GPS premiers, BBC.

The program overall had a very successful day, with 15 wins and 7 losses.

The team of the week were the 7As, who put on a serving masterclass against TGS and snagged a 2-0 win.

We look forward to hosting BBC in Round 3 of the GPS competition this Saturday. Please remember to check your notifications on the Terrace App for all information surrounding training and game times, as well as for the BBQ volunteer register.

See results here

Captains’ Corner | Vice Captain, Anton Saunders

On Friday 14 February, against all odds, the sun shone for the first time in three weeks. There was a degree of uncertainty among the Terrace Family as to whether or not the annual Inter-House Swimming Carnival would be possible, given the conditions, but the change of weather resulted in a perfect day for the pool. It was a scorcher – the UV rating was extreme and the humidity 96%. 

On days like Friday, it is easy to forget the three S’s we were taught when we were younger: Slip, Slop, Slap.

This has now changed to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide as we have become more aware of the dangers of the sun and the ways we can protect ourselves.  

Internationally, Queensland is considered the “skin cancer capital of the world.” Even on overcast days, UV ratings can be threatening to our wellbeing. Bearing this in mind, we cannot afford to be forgetting the three S’s. I personally carry a bottle of SPF 50+ in my bag every day. 

The Terrace Family spends a fair bit of time in the sun – whether it be doing HPE, co-curricular sport or eating lunch in the yard. I think it would be remiss of me if I was not to outline a few of the College’s facilities that protect us from the sun. On campus, we have Mt Sion, which provides shaded break areas for the convenience of all year levels, but namely the Year 8s and 12s. There is also the newly refurbished underground pool under Duhig place, adjacent to the Campbell centre, which students use for HPE and squad training. The College has an assortment of hats on offer. For daily use to and from school, as well as in the yard, students have the College Akubra. For HPE and Saturday sport, students have the option of wearing the sports cap or broad brimmed hat. There is also a supporter cap available for staff and parents.

For the sake of the Terrace Family’s health, I implore that everybody reminds each other of sun-safe practices. As the old saying goes, “teamwork makes the dream work” – my dream being that in writing this edition of Captains’ Corner, consciousness and perspective can be imparted on all who reads it. 

Until next time.

Terrace Ladies Group

Welcome Mass

Everyone is welcome to join us at the TLG Welcome Mass, Tuesday 3 March. Mass starts in the Chapel of the Holy Family at 7.30am with coffee and delicious breakfast style items served afterwards in the Founders' Room. Your sons are welcome to join you for the Mass. We are fortunate to have the College Choir and Mr Brad Esbensen coming along to help make it a special morning.  This is a lovely spiritual way to connect with other families at Terrace. 

Years 5 – 9 Mothers' High Tea

Planning is well underway for the Years 5-9 Mothers’ High Tea event to be held on 27 April at the Victoria Park Golf Club. Tickets are $55 each, which include a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival and your chance to win the wonderful main lucky door prize or one of the lucky draw prizes for each of the five year levels coming on the day. More details on the prizes will be coming over the following weeks with invitations being emailed before the end of term. 

Terrace Cookbook special

For those parents new to the school, you may not be aware that Terrace has a gorgeous cookbook. The recipes are gathered from present and past mothers and include a huge array of family favourites. It has become a staple in many of our homes, not just for the practical aspects to what is offered inside, but also because it is truly a beautiful book. We currently have a special running on the cookbooks to mark the commencement of the year. Cookbooks are $25 each, with a current bundle offer of $30 for a cookbook and a Terrace Red and Black tea towel. Please email Kirsten Carroll on if you would like to purchase one.

Terrace to the Fore - celebrating 145 years

This year will mark our College’s 145-year anniversary and, in celebration, the TLG will  hold an Anniversary Ball on 6 June 2020 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday 12 March 2020. For families new to Terrace, this event is held every five years and is always a night to remember.  This year’s Ball will focus on the Terrace Family and our College’s long history of sending Terrace Gentlemen into the world to make their mark. The TLG is currently seeking one or two people to help with the pre-planning of the ball, in particular a graphic designer willing to offer 8-10 hours of time. Volunteers will also be sought to assist on the night.   Look out for the Volunteer Sign Up forms, which will be issued in April/May.  If you are interested in helping coordinate this fantastic event, please email Anna Wright ( or Libby Baynton ( Also look out for the fantastic raffle on the College Events page - win a table of 10.  Get in quickly!  

Family Directory

There are still spaces throughout the electronic Parent Directory on the Parent Lounge.  I am sending out another reminder to parents to sign on. Please log onto the Parent Lounge, update your details and share if you are happy for others in your various year levels to contact you if the need arises (e.g. accidental bag swap, lifts to training, invitations etc). This is also crucial for our year level coordinators. If you have any queries on how to update your details on the Family Directory on the Parent Lounge, again, please email Mrs Sam Mills

TLG correspondence

If you are not on our mailing list but would like to be, please email our Secretary, Mrs Kris Siddle: Please also ensure that you save this email address into your contacts as it may find its way to junk mail. 

Important dates

  • Saturday 22 February 6pm – Whole of school 2020 Ladies' Welcome Function, Gambaro's
  •  Saturday 29 February 7pm - Year 6 Parent/Caregiver Function, Norman Hotel 
  •  Tuesday 3 March 7.30am – 2020 Welcome Mass, Chapel of the Holy Family all welcome 
  •  Friday 6 March 12pm - Year 10 Mothers’ Lunch, Stanley Restaurant, Howard Smith Wharves Precinct 
  •  Friday 6 March 7pm – Year 8 Parent/Caregiver Function, Newstead Brewery Milton 
  •  Saturday 7 March 6pm – Year 7 Parent/Caregiver Function, Port Office Hotel 
  •  Friday 13 March 7pm – Year 9 Parent/Caregiver Function, Alliance Hotel 
  •  Monday 16 March 7.30am – TLG meeting, Founders’ room 
  •  Friday 1 May 10am – Years 5–9 Mothers’ High Tea, Victoria Park Golf Course 
  •  Tuesday 12 May 7.30am – Past Mothers’ Mass and Morning Tea, Chapel of the Holy Family 
  •  Monday 27 April 7.30am – TLG Meeting, Founders’ room
  •  Monday 1 June 7.30am – TLG Meeting, Founders’ room  
  • Saturday 6 June 7pm – GT 145 Ball, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Monday 17 August 7.30am – TLG Meeting, Founders’ room 
  • Saturday 12 September 11am – Terrace Long Lunch, Tennyson sports fields
  • Monday 26 October 7.30am – TLG AGM, Founders’ room


  • TLG President | Kirsten Carroll |email: 
  • Vice President | Samantha Mills
  • Care and Concern Coordinators | Chris Giust and Cathy Nash
  • Vice President (Hospitality) | Holly Hohn
  • Treasurer | Christina O’Kane
  • Secretary | Kris Siddle

The Terrace Family

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

Mr John JEFFERS, GT 1946-50


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

Last chance to RSVP!
Friday 28 February | 12.30pm
Where: Queensland Cricketers' Club, Wooloongabba
Cost: Table of 10 - $1500 or Individual Ticket - $150 (+ booking fees) | Includes 2 course lunch and 4 hour premium beverage package
RSVP: Please RSVP using the below booking link by Wednesday 26 February
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Matthew Jackson |

Cricket Luncheon | Book Here

Join GT Old Boy, former Wallaby and coach Nick Stiles (GT 1992) at the Lang Park Social Club Dinner.
Details: Friday 28 February | 6.00pm onwards
Venue: The Lord Alfred
Cost: $80pp | Includes 2 course steak and wine dinner
For further information and bookings, please follow the below link.

Dinner Information | Follow this Link

Details: Saturday 7 March | 6.00pm - 10.30pm
Venue: Figs on Sylvan, 65 Sylvan Rd Toowong
Cost: $62pp | Includes 2 course dinner & soft drinks. Cash bar
RSVP: Please RSVP using the below link by 2 March
For further information or event enquiries, please contact
Toni Williamson | | 0403 776 034

Swimming Dinner | Book Here

Details: Saturday 14 March | 6.00pm - 10.00pm
Where: The Greek Club, 29 Edmonstone St South Brisbane
Cost: Adult $95, Student $35 (+ booking fees) | Includes 2 course dinner, pre-dinner drink for adults & soft drink package for students. Cash bar available.
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 7 March
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Susie McCluskey | | 0410 432 504

Head of the River Dinner | Book Here

Details: Saturday 14 March | 5.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: Tennyson Playing Fields, Vivian St Tennyson
Cost: Adults | $26 (+ booking fees) | Includes finger food dinner
Students & Children | Free | Includes pizza
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 9 March
For further information or event enquiries, please contact
Paul Little |

Cricket Launch | RSVP Here

Only a handful of tickets remaining! Book now to avoid missing out.
Details: Friday 27 March 2020 | From 12.30pm 
Where: Howard Smith Wharves
Cost: Individual ticket - $120pp | $95 for young Old Boys or Older than GT-1970 Old Boys | Table of 10 - $1200  or $950 Discounted rate for "young/old" Old Boys - Includes 3 course lunch & 4 hour premium drinks package. 
RSVP: Please RSVP using the below link by 20 March
For further information or enquiries, please contact | 3214 5200

T-Bone Lunch | Book 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 |

Please save the date for this very special occasion on the College calendar. Tickets on sale Wednesday 12 March via College Events.
Details: Saturday 6 June | 7.00pm
Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Glenelg St South Bank
Cost: $200 (+ booking fee)
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Anna Wright | and Libby Baynton |

The countdown to the GT2020 Ball in on!
In the lead up to tickets going on sale on 12 March, Terrace Families have the chance to win a table of 10, valued at $2000! What an amazing prize to share with friends. Get your tickets below before draw date 10 March.

GT2020 Raffle | Win a Table Here

Year Level Parent Social Functions

Year 6 Parent/Caregiver Function

Details: Saturday 29 February| From 7.00pm 
Venue: The Norman Hotel, 102 Ipswich Rd Wooloongabba 
Cost: $30 (+ booking fees) | Includes drink on arrival & canapes
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 20 February
For further information or event enquiries, please contact
Hayley McBrien | | 0412 595 148

Year 6 Function | Book Here

Year 10 Mothers' Lunch

Details: Friday 6 March | 12.00pm - 2.30pm
Venue: Stanley Restaurant, Howard Smith Wharves
Cost: $70 (+ booking fees) | Includes lunch banquet & drink on arrival
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 28 February
For further information or event enquiries, please contact
Julia Joseph | | 0408 737 733

Yr 10 Mothers' Lunch | Book Here

Year 8 Parent/Caregiver Function

Details: Friday 6 March | From 7.00pm 
Venue: Newstead Brewery Co, 65 Castlemaine St Milton
Cost: $33 (+ booking fees) | Includes drink on arrival, grazing boards & canapes
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 24 February
For further information or event enquiries, please contact
Sarah Dowd | | 0423 593 109

Year 8 Function | Book Here

Year 7 Parent/Caregiver Welcome Function

Details: Saturday 7 March | From 6.00pm 
Venue: Port Office Hotel, 40 Edward St Brisbane
Cost: $39 (+ booking fees) | Includes drink on arrival& canapes
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 29 February
For further information or event enquiries, please contact
Bianca Ganim | | 0419 712 702

Year 7 Function | Book Here

Year 9 Parent/Caregiver Function

Details: Friday 13 March | 7.00pm - 10.00pm
Venue: The Alliance Hotel, 320 Boundary St Spring Hill
Cost: $36 (+ booking fees) | Includes drink on arrival & canapes
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 3 March
For further information or event enquiries, please contact
Nicole Hoffmann | | 0417 793 583

Year 9 Function | Book Here

Year 5 Parent/Caregiver Function

Details: Friday 20 March | 7.00pm - 10.00pm
Venue: The Alliance Hotel, 320 Boundary St Spring Hill
Cost: $41 (+ booking fees) | 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

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