Principal's Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Dear Members of the Terrace Family,

Welcome to Week 5.  We are now into the “business” part of the term, where the enthusiasm of the start of the year can be overrun by the pressure of a busy term.  It is very important that students are into a regular routine of homework, revision, and assignment work as we progress into the Term 1 exam period which commences in Week 9.

Last Saturday I had the privilege of attending the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) Student Awards.  At this event the top students across Queensland from Year 12 2017 are recognised for their academic achievements.  In a group of 28 students, there were four students from Terrace who were recognised.  Congratulations to Patrick Sharkey, Callum Waite, Connor Ryan and Patrick Cummins on achieving such success.  This is indeed testament to the skill, hard work and dedication of these four young men and the quality of partnership between home and school.  I was very proud to be in attendance last Saturday.  Congratulations to these fine Terrace Old Boys.

On Saturday, I was also witness to the extraordinary Terrace spirit at the 1sts Volleyball game against Churchie.  Although going down in the fifth set (15-13), the young Terrace Volleyballers were extraordinary with their courage and fight.  This spirit was equally apparent with the supporters who cheered for their team for nearly three hours.  Well done boys. 

On Monday, 15 Terrace students, along with a number of staff, attended the launch of the Centenary Year of the Great Public Schools’ Association ‘GPS 100’.  Throughout this year, there will be events and special rounds of competition where we will acknowledge and celebrate this special milestone.  Further to this, tonight will see the GPS Music Showcase performance at QPAC.  Over 300 musicians and singers from across the GPS schools will perform at this event.  I will continue to provide details of the ‘Centenary Rounds’ as the year progresses. 

Finally, this week, I wish to acknowledge the contributions to the College that Mr Lee Lafferty has made over the last 30 years.  Lee has been a cornerstone of the IT area in reporting and data collection during his time at Terrace.  Lee is taking a well-earned rest and on behalf of all within the Terrace Family, past and present, we thank Lee for his valuable contribution and wish him well for the next phase of his journey. 

Have a great week.
God Bless,

Dr Michael Carroll, 
College Principal

College Dean | Mr Chris Ryan

Staff News

Mr Terry Thompson, Dean of Treacy House and his wife Vanessa have been blessed with the safe arrival of their first child, Isabel, this week. Congratulations to all. Mr Thompson will be on paternity leave for the fortnight commencing this Monday. Mr Gary Stickley, a regular member of our relief staff will cover Mr Thompson’s classes during this time. Mr John Hawthorne, a member of Treacy House will act as Dean for this fortnight. I thank Mr Hawthorne for his assistance.

Mr Glenn Brown, our Property and Services Manager is taking well-earned long service leave for the remainder of the term. During this time, Mr Brown is travelling to South Africa for the Australian Test Cricket Series with Merv Hughes as his guide. We hope he comes back! We wish Mr Brown the very best for this exciting time. During the remainder of the term, Mr Terry Cullen, a member of our Property Team, will act as the manager. We wish Mr Cullen the best for this experience. We will also welcome back Mr Hassan Ali who worked with us in 2016 as a part of the Multicultural Development Association Work and Welcome Program sponsored by our staff. We look forward to seeing Hassan again.

Dean of Studies | Mrs Julie Quinn

Last Wednesday, the Seniors completed their first QCS workshop on the Short Response Item. The following day the Seniors attempted their first practice paper of the Short Response Item. This will be graded by external markers and returned to us to share results and plan for further workshops. Our Seniors on their attitude and approach to this demanding practice test, their efforts on the day and their commitment to give their very best are to be commended at the highest level.

We have just received news from QCAA that Patrick Sharkey Callum Waite, Connor Ryan and Patrick Cummins, Seniors of 2017, were recognised as four of the 28 recipients of awards for distinguished academic achievers. Our congratulations are extended to these past students and to the Seniors of 2017 for gaining the most number of these awards across Queensland.

The recipients of these awards were asked their hints on balancing their studies. Their responses follow:  

“My secret to balancing study with other activities is to set out the activities you want to do and then plan your schedule so you can accomplish everything effectively”. 

“My secret to balancing study with other activities is to treat your extracurricular commitments as your breaks so you can have healthy habits when you’re studying”.

“Stay organised and communicate well with my teachers and coaches”. 

“Be selective and then plan your time effectively to fit everything in”. 

“Time management. If you’re good at that you’ll definitely have room to fit everything in”. 

“If you can’t take it on, don’t take it on”. 

“In balancing study with other activities, I found they facilitated each other. For example, with my athletics I found I was able to use this as a method of relaxation”. 

“Time management and good preparation, not procrastinating. Making sure that I still had time to fit in everything that I wanted to do”.

These special occasions when recognition is given to our youth of are both uplifting and instil great confidence in the future of our society.

As we have now completed information evenings for all year levels, I would like to again thank parents for their support of their sons. This triad of school, student and parent allows the best opportunities for our boys to flourish. Copies of these presentations have been posted on the App and in Parent Lounge for further reference. 

As Week 5 comes to a close, I again encourage all students to ensure that they are not just spending time on assignments but also following their study plan that includes committing time to revision. This is often a challenging time for students while trying to juggle all the demands of homework, assignments and revision. The “checklist” provides all the required learning for the Term 1 exams in each subject. Working from this list to complete effective revision should be the key strategy.

Dean of Students | Mr Damien Fall

The topic of bullying has been high on the media agenda in recent times.  It is clearly an important and highly relevant topic in any environment in which adolescents are gathered.  You may have noted that the state government has assembled a task force to investigate and address issues related to bullying.  We will watch with interest and take careful note of their findings and any recommendations as it is an area in which every school would like things to be perfect.  The reality is that we rarely see perfection and that gathering over 1600 boys in a relatively confined space, every day has the potential to lead to some negative interactions.  It is important that both school and home educate young men about how they should be treating others and how they might respond if someone treats them poorly.

Our anti-bullying policy is posted on the College website.  It contains information about what bullying is and is not.  Importantly, one-off incidents or conflict between students are often not regarded as bullying; most often, bullying involves repeat incidents and/or an imbalance of power.  The website also contains information about how a student and parents might act if bullying is taking place.  One option is to make an anonymous report via the ‘Bullying Concerns’ button in the Students section of the College website.  It is not a place for students to report disagreements or minor conflict; rather, it is an opportunity to make a genuinely anonymous report about an injustice that has taken place.

One important step in addressing potential bullying, has been the decision to insist that students’ mobile phones remain in lockers for the duration of their school day.  Not only does this ensure face-to-face communication takes place, but it takes away the opportunity to send inappropriate messages or use cameras while on campus.  We will confiscate any phones that we see around the campus and we thank parents for the strong support they have given to our stance over the last few years.  Our Formation program also includes lessons that address digital citizenship and the need to make good decisions with the use of electronic devices.

One area that often leads to student conflict is known by students as ‘banter'.  It’s an area where many Australian men could behave better, and I think our students often take a lead from high-profile adults.  Students will sometimes trade verbal barbs without the intention of causing harm but lacking the empathy to understand the negative impact it may be having.  When students return the barbs, they are effectively giving permission for the banter to continue.  The best course of action is to assertively ask the other student to stop and to walk away.  It takes courage and resilience, but it is an important response.

Next Friday 2 March, we will be sending students from Years 10 and 12 to support at the GPS Swimming Championships.  Separate communication about this will be going home and we look forward to a strong show of support from our spectators.

Dean of Identity | Mr Charles Brauer

The Joy of Friendship

Amidst the final call for lost property and notices to our students, the ‘joy of friendship’ is the final phrase each school day broadcast from our public announcement system. We intentionally conclude each day with these words resonating through our classrooms and in our minds. This is our daily reminder of the power of right and respectful relationships with one another, a key tenant of our Mission.

Our House Friendship Groups provide each member of the Terrace Family with the chance to enact the ‘joy of friendship’. As a Lenten focus, our nine House groups are reconnecting with their respective Friendships Groups and strengthening mutual friendships centred on mutual liberation. Although there will be some planned fundraisers, the main challenge and focus for our House communities is to foster ‘right’ relationships through face-to-face interactions.

Below is a list of our House Friendship Groups, with links to further information about each friendship community.

Barrett House -  Western Suburbs Special School

Buckley House - Childhood Cancer Support

Kearney House - Milpera State High School

Magee House - St Mary of the Cross School

Mahoney House - McIntyre Centre

Reidy House - Brisbane Youth Service

Treacy House - Orange Sky Laundry

Windsor House - YoungcareGuide Dogs QLD and Red Hill Special School

Xavier House - YourTown

 Throughout this year, you will be invited to support the friendship of your House. Whether it be giving some time visiting your friendship community or participating in a fundraising activity, you too will experience the ‘joy’ of these friendships.

Below:  Our Yeaar 12 Big Brekky Thursday Team enacting their Lenten commitment with our friends of the Eddie's Van, L-R Jacob Montaner, Harry Krek, Cameron Ball, Eddie Lockyer.

Dean of Waterford | Mr Damien Cuddihy

All the students at Waterford are currently very busy completing a range of assignments that are due over the next two weeks. I suspect this weekend should see a concerted effort in writing drafts for History and English for all students in Year 10. The way the cohort has embraced the tutoring sessions on offer in the morning continues to be impressive. The Friday Roll Call sessions have also been recorded and are available to students at Student Services for those that aren’t able to attend these sessions. 

Next Friday, the cohort looks forward to supporting the GPS Swimmers at Chandler. We also have a number of Lent fundraising activities occurring at Waterford at the moment which are aimed at supporting Edmund Rice Camps. 

Finally, I would like to congratulate Toby Snell and Aubrey Stockdale for gaining selection in the Under 15 Australian Cricket team after the recent national titles. A wonderful achievement. 

Years 7, 8 and 9 Program Leader | Mr Damien Coman

As we hit the mid point of the term it is important for boys to look ahead to their plan for each night, each week and for the remainder of the term. What assignments are due when? What parts am I going to do by which dates? Have I read the information including the criteria sheet carefully? What subjects do I have exams for? When am I going to revise certain chapters/topics? How am I going to revise? These are the questions that students should be formulating answers to as they prepare for the second half of the term.
There is no substitute for hard work, and consistency is the key for boys in these middle years of schooling.
We also consider possible distractions. The Year 9s that I teach for Formation were consistent across all four classes-the big areas that take their time are gaming/social media/You Tube clips/Netflix. On Wednesday 28 March we have expert Mr Cam Adair flying in from  America to speak with all Years 8 and 9 about the pitfalls of the time spent on the types of activities where they are spectators rather than being the one ‘in the action’. He is also holding a parent information night at the College from 6-7pm that night. There is no cost for parents to attend - but please RSVP via the link below (more details available in College Events).

Free RSVP to Parent Gaming Info. Evening

Director of Culture | Mr Matt Cocking

GPS Centenary Music Showcase is a Sellout!

The GPS reaches its centenary this year, providing a special opportunity to celebrate 100 years of the GPS spirit of fellowship. The GPS Centenary Music Showcase is a day of music making culminating in performances by students from all nine GPS schools in choir, symphony orchestra and concert band ensemble. The Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) will host the Centenary Showcase featuring the hugely popular work, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, performed by a massed choir of 300 voices and an orchestra of 100 players, conducted by Maestro Andrew Mogrelia.

I am pleased to announce that this concert sold out within a week. If you have reserved tickets we ask that you do not waste the opportunity as many more people wanted tickets after they had sold out. If you no longer require these tickets please ensure you return them through TryBooking to allow them to be allocated to people on the waitlist ASAP.


Chess has begun for 2018 and our teams have been organised and are under the tutelage of our expert Chess team. After many successful years Mr Bruce Devine has stepped down from coordinating this activity and we thank him for his excellent service. Mr Liam Herne is our new Coordinator of Chess and everyone in the Chess program should have received an email from him.  Please make contact with him if you have not been receiving the emails. 


Well done to the Year 7 cohort who remains the most successful cohort in GPS Debating so far. Last Friday our Senior A lost to BBC however we were able to win 16 of the 21 debates. 

This round is against TSS.  Buses will depart the College at 3.15pm and will leave Southport after the completion of the Senior A debate.  An email has been forwarded to all students and parents giving information regarding this trip.  If you have not received an email, please contact Mr Andrew Stormonth.  For return times, please check the Cultural Twitter page.

Cultural Captains

After our recent meeting with Dr Carroll, I would like to publicly congratulate the Cultural Captains for 2018. We look forward to their leadership.


Hughston Parle – Captain
Weng Zhang – Vice Captain


Harry Rackemann – Captain
Henry Silvey – Vice Captain


Alex O’Meally – Captain
Henry Wenck – Vice Captain


Alex Gillard - Captain

Support Group Meetings  

Part of the success of our Cultural activities can be traced to our Support Groups.  If you would like to be involved, meetings are outlined in the College calendar and on the App.  
Debating Support Group – Tuesday 27 February, 5.30pm in the Old Boys’ Room    

Terrace Performing Arts – Tuesday 27 February, 5.30pm in the Callan Centre    

Staying in touch  

With so much information to absorb at the start of the year, it can become quite overwhelming.  To keep in touch with all things Cultural, we would suggest you download the Terrace App and follow us on Twitter (@GTCulture) to ensure you don’t miss anything.  

Director of Music | Acting Director, Mr Jan Hewerdine

Between Tuesday 20 and Saturday 24 February 2018, the Young Conservatorium will be holding their annual Jump In Day. Jump In Day is open to choral and instrumental school aged children of all levels. This is a free event. If you are interested in learning more about this, please contact Young Conservatorium on or 3735 6247. 

The GPS Centenary Music Showcase is on tonight - 7-8.30pm at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

 The GPS reaches its centenary this year, providing a special opportunity to celebrate 100 years of the GPS spirit of fellowship. The GPS Centenary Music Showcase is a day of music making culminating in performances by students from all nine GPS schools in choir, symphony orchestra and concert band ensemble. The Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) will host the Centenary Showcase featuring the hugely popular work, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, performed by a massed choir of 300 voices and an orchestra of 100 players, conducted by Maestro Andrew Mogrelia. Book your tickets through Try Booking

The ANZAC Day Marching Band (SWE and Red Thunder Drumline), will be marching Saturday 3 March, at the Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival. This event provides an important training opportunity for next term’s ANZAC Day march through the city.

Year 5 classroom Music is going very well. Particularly gratifying is the early start we were able to make this term. This is no small part due to the very high return rate we had from families with the online form. 

Success in playing a musical instrument comes from regular application over a long period of time. At the beginner level, 10 to 15 minutes, four or more days per week will see your boys quickly achieve amazing things.  Our experience has shown that tenacity and consistency are much stronger predictors of success than talent.

I commend to you our large range of ensembles that run weekly at the College, before and after school. These groups bring like-minded musicians together to learn ensembles skills and perform throughout the academic year. Please email for more information or consult the College App.

Students in Years 11 and 12 who participate in our premier ensembles are eligible to receive Honour Pockets. The conditions for receiving an Honour Pocket are set out on p.151 of the Student Diary. Please read these carefully and ensure that you understand the qualifications required to receive an Honour Pocket. Students may check their attendance percentage with their ensemble director at any time throughout the year. If you are unable to attend a rehearsal for any reason, please notify your ensemble director via email. 

The Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University is pleased to present the inaugural State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) Middle School - South-East Queensland from Friday 1 June to Sunday 3 June 2018; to be held at Queensland Conservatorium's South Bank campus in Brisbane. SHEP provides an opportunity for middle school (Years 5 - 8) 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. Please note that submissions are now being made by the student’s instrumental teacher, who then let the family know that they have nominated their child. 

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

Please check the Terrace App and Parent Lounge regularly as this is where information regarding various events (see the list below) will now be published. As events are approved and posted to the Parent Lounge, you will be sent an email advising the name of the event, including the Event Memo, to check and you will be required to give a response regarding attendance. Event Memos will also be available through the Terrace App in Music and will no longer be emailed separately.

Term 1 Events

• GPS Music Showcase, Thursday 22 February, Music Dept. Select musicians and singers. Please check the Parent Lounge
• String Soirée on Wednesday 7 March in the evening in the Edmund Rice Theatre, Waterford Place (details pending)
• ANZAC Day Marching Band (SWE and Red Thunder Drumline), Saturday 3 March, 8.30am-6.50pm, Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival 

Holiday Workshops

• ANZAC Day Marching Band, Monday-Tuesday 9-10 April, Timings TBC

Director of Sport | Mr Damian Wright

Last weekend against ACGS was a great example of two schools competing fiercely against each other in true sportsmanship and competitive nature. Our opposition were strong across the board in all fixtures and results were evenly spread across the three areas of contact – Rowing, Cricket and Volleyball.


In the Rowing at the BGS regatta the both schools shared the spoils in the Open 1st VIII race. In Race 1 ACGS were first and Terrace second. In the second race the Terrace boys turned the tables and were victorious with ACGS coming home fourth. Overall ACGS were stronger across the Eights program – Years 11 and 12, and Terrace were stronger in the Sculling program – Years 9 and 10.
The 1st VIII are one of only two schools to win a 1st VIII race this year – they have the confidence to know they can apply the pressure when it is needed and record a result that could see them being the first “1st VIII” in 10 years to win the premiership race at the Head of the River.

The Rowing program will this week farewell their Year 9 division quads with the Junior Head of the River at Wyaralong. I hope these boys have enjoyed their first full season of rowing. The following weekend is when the Year 8 rowers will head to Wyaralong for their first and last hit out at a senior regatta and race over 500 meters. All Year 8 and Year 9 rowers are expected to attend the Head of the River for Senior crews on 10 March.


In Cricket, The Terrace program was victorious winning the majority of fixtures, 15 victories from 25 games against some very good ACGS teams. The 1st XI again had a great victory with a bonus point win – the second week in a row. This team, respectfully, do not have a number of stars who shine and carry the team, rather they are a team of hard working young men who all contribute in some small way in their own right. They are a team and they are led by a very dedicated coach in Mr Hoy. These boys are still in the mix for the premiership and good results against their opposition in upcoming weeks will allow them to be positioned ready to take the lead should another school falter.

Congratulations to Michael Pease who hit a wonderful century for the Open 2nds, Jake Hrstich hit 101 not out in the 10B, and Josh Kelly in the 9Bs who returned figures of 6 for 18, including a hat trick. Well done to these boys on these outstanding efforts.


In Volleyball the ACGS program was too strong across the board in a number of very closely contested matches. Perhaps the closest of all was the 1st VI who were finally, after three hours of play, defeated 15-13 in the final set. For those on hand at this match you could not walk away with anything but admiration for both teams for their sportsmanship, dedication and commitment in the closest match of the season. It was incredibly hard fought – every point was battled for, epitomised by the first set, a 39 – 37 score line to Terrace. There is still an opportunity for Terrace to win the premiership – it just depends on results of other games throughout the season.  The message to the boys is to keep trying and representing as best as possible.


The Tennis program stepped up a gear with the Age Championships happening at Victoria Park and Ambiwerra on Sunday. Thank you to all the boys and parents who attended on the day – record numbers I understand, and to Mr Brimblecombe who coordinated and ran the day. The parents support group assisted by numerous hands ran the BBQ and provided refreshments on the day, supporting the boys and the College. This Sunday the Open Championships will be held at the same venues.

A reminder to all boys – enthusiasm can sometimes get the better of you in regard to other activities that you are involved in. You must always pay respect to the activities in competition and attend all training prior to trials or training. In short Swimming, Cricket, Rowing and Volleyball take priority over Tennis, Football and Cross Country.

The Weekly Wrap



On Saturday, Terrace took on the Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) in Round 4 of the GPS Cricket season, along with supplementary matches against Brisbane Grammar School and Brisbane Boys' College.  In a highly competitive round across the board Terrace teams were tested in a lot of the matches; however the ability of the Terrace players to take most of these matches down to the wire along with some outstanding individual performances proved the difference in many matches. In terms of results, Terrace won 15 out of 25 matches (including one tied match) verses ACGS, highlighted by a bonus point victory by the 1st XI. Overall the program won 54% of the matches played against both ACGS and supplementary schools, with a handful of games unfortunately called off due to the Friday night storm. We thank Churchie for their hospitality  and wish them all the best with the rest of the GPS Season.


This weekend sees Terrace take on local rivals Brisbane Grammar School in Round 5 of the GPS Cricket season at Tennyson and Northgate, with a handful of teams competing in supplementary matches. A great rivalry has been created between these two schools in recent years thanks to many tight matches being played across all grades, highlighted by a number of tight 1st XI matches such as the 2014 Terrace win on the final ball or the tied fixture in 2015. The program eagerly anticipates the matches on the weekend at both venues.  We ask that students continue to drive the high standard of uniform and arrival times at their matches. Students are always encouraged to play positive and proactive cricket and to compete in every ball of every match; regardless of the result if teams and players are buying into this approach then they are doing themselves and the college proud.


GT 8/201 (50 overs) defeated ACGS 10/140 (42 overs)

Round 4 of the 2018 GPS season saw Terrace travel to the picturesque Main Oval at Churchie looking to continue their good form following their first win of the season last weekend. Co-captain Will Kirk returned from injury as Terrace won the toss and elected to bat on a flat looking wicket, albeit with a good covering of grass to assist the seam bowlers early on. Nick McGill and new opening partner Riley Sela started well against the new ball; however the lush outfield provided no value for shots as the pair took the score along to 31 in the 12th over before a mix up saw McGill run out for 17 before Sela (15) edged behind next over. This brought Tom Pappalardo and James Hurst together; however the Churchie attack lifted their intensity and were rewarded with the wicket of Hurst (1) as Terrace slipped to 3/46 after 20 overs. Lachlan Marshall looked to wrestle the momentum back Terrace’s way and put on 40 with Pappalardo before being caught at mid off for 24. When Kirk followed in a similar fashion next ball, Churchie again had an opening with the score reading 5/87 after 29 overs. Pappalardo remained solid at the other end and passed 50 before Ryan Walker (14) was bowled, leaving Terrace still staring down the barrel at 6/120 with 10 overs remaining. Ed Backstrom joined Pappalardo and this proved the catalyst for a shift in momentum as the pair counter attacked against a tiring Churchie attack. Backstrom in particular hit the ball cleanly and his contribution of 23 off 23 balls was much needed alongside Pappalardo who finished 76 not out in a gutsy innings, which displayed plenty of courage and leadership. The pair ensured Terrace finished with 8/201 off their 50 overs, a score that seemed around par given the slow outfield. 

Terrace took to the field looking to capitalise on the momentum gained in the last 10 overs of the batting innings and they made the perfect start. A mix up between the Churchie openers second ball of the innings was punished as Backstrom hit the stumps direct from side on in an extraordinary piece of fielding. As the bowlers battled to find their rhythm it was in the field that Terrace were keeping themselves in the game as Walker came up with another excellent effort for a second run out to leave Churchie 2/28 after the opening 10 overs. The introduction of McGill (1/26 off 10) into the attack proved fruitful as he picked up a wicket in his second over followed up by another to Nick Morton next over. Walker (1/27 off 10) then picked up an LBW second ball of his spell as Churchie slipped into trouble at 5/40 after 18 overs. Terrace pushed hard for more wickets; however Jesse Sia (58) and Hugh Leeson-Smith (25) led a spirited revival for the hosts, taking the score all the way to 5/122 requiring 80 off 80 balls for victory. The reintroduction of Morton (4/28 off 9) proved critical as he picked up the wickets of both the set batters to swing the game back Terrace’s way. Sensing a victory Terrace lifted again as Backstrom (2/22 off 4) capped off his day with two strikes either side of another Morton wicket as Churchie incredibly lost 5/18 to seal a 61 run bonus point victory for the visitors. 

Another important victory for Terrace in a tough contest which saw the momentum swing multiple times throughout the day. The team will be satisfied with how they responded under pressure in the key moments throughout the game ahead of another crucial away trip to face Brisbane Grammar next Saturday. 

GPS Cricket | Round 4 Results

Representative Sport

Terrace students are eligible to trial for selection into District and Met Nth Regional representative teams in many sports. Our primary students nominate via City Dist. and our secondary students via Nth Independent or in some cases Met Nth direct depending on the sport. Boys will only be nominated if they are of a high standard and meet qualifying times in respective sports.

City District Term 1 Sports 

• Football trial date 9 March – Open to all boys turning 12. Nominations close Monday 26 February.

Nth Independent Term 1 Sports 
  • Basketball trial date 13 March - Open to all boys turning 15 and 18. Nominations close Friday 19 March
  • Touch trial date 14 March - Nominations close 7 March
  • Hickey trial date 27 February - Nominations close 23 February
Direct nominations to Met. Nth Sports

• Under 15 AFL trial date 6 March – Open to all boys turning 15. Nominations close Friday 2 March.
• Under 15 and  Under 18 Rugby League trial date 13 March – Nominations close Monday 5 March. 

For Trial Notices relating to upcoming Term 1 Trials please contact

Swimming / AFL / Rugby League / Touch / Hockey / Baseball
Basketball / Volleyball –
Tennis –
Football –

or click on the below link https://metnorthschoolsport.eq... 



After a successful regatta against Nudgee late last year when Year 8  won the Edmund Rice Cup, the boys looked to try and build on this performance against Brisbane Boys' College in the inaugural Challenge Cup Regatta.
Both schools were fairly evenly matched, with both schools winning a number of races throughout the morning. The day ended with BBC giving a resounding “three cheers for Gregory Terrace” at the post-regatta function as the boys enjoyed the spoils of a great morning on the water.
The boys now work towards the GPS 2018 Penultimate Regatta in two weeks’ time, where they will face a number of other GPS schools in their first outing on the Wyaralong Dam buoyed course in front of the entire senior shed. 


Some very promising results from new divisions. Comparing results week to week, if all crews can put in their best performance they have had in a morning race together that would give the program 106 points. This would almost seal the overall Old Boys’ Cup win if this occurred. This insight is quite promising as we now know on our best day we can actually piece it all together at the same time!
Congratulations to the Open 1st VIII who won the afternoon race to prove they are certainly serious contenders in 2018. This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the famous 2008 O’Connor Cup win, which would be a special feat to the current boys representing the Red and Black.


With a number of great results on the weekend, it was hard to pick! But as it is a timely we move into the Junior Head of the River, this week’s Crew of the Week is the Year 9 2nd Quad (Ruari Burke, William Buckley, Edward Dowling, Joe Liddy, c: Charlie Lilwall). Please come to the sports office to claim your prize!

The final three weeks of the season sees each Wyaralong regatta only host one round of racing. Although it is a large effort to make it out there, there are a number of positives – namely a shorter regatta and time restraint as we move towards exams, a single race focus, as well as cooler and safer conditions for racing.
25 February (Junior Head of the River) – The focus point of the Year 9 season. This day will start with Year 10 racing through to Opens and will culminate with the Year 9 crews being the final races of the day. All boys are required back at the shed after the morning races. Although their season is now finished, all Year 9 boys must attend Head of the River.
3 March (2018 Penultimate Regatta) - The focus point of the Year 8 season. This day will start with Year 10 racing through to Opens and will culminate with the Year 8 crews being the final races of the day. All boys are required back at the shed after the morning races. Although their season is now finished, all Year 8 boys must attend Head of the River.
10 March (GPS Head of the River Championships) – The pinnacle of the GPS Regatta Season. All Year 10 – Open boys will compete for the Old Boys’ Cup (Total Points) as well as the Open 1st VIII Competing for the O’Connor Cup. With a BYE for Terrace in both Volleyball and Cricket that weekend, we are expecting big crowds of support. This group will join the support of the Year 8 and Year 9 rowers on the bank as they hope to watch history and aspire to be in these boats in the coming years.


There was plenty of excitement leading into the highly anticipated Round 4 against Churchie, traditionally a very tough opposition. There were mixed results throughout the draw, with many B/C/D teams coming out victorious. Edward Lee helped his 7A team continue their winning streak with a 2-0 win. The 8As found themselves in a third set decider, yet were successful in holding onto their undefeated status. Nick Lawrence was awarded MVP for his strong serving and aggressive hits at the net. The 9As found themselves in a challenging match, and went down 2-1 against a strong opposition; however Riley Tillotson was effective on the net and his improvement in serving did not go unnoticed. Despite strong performances from Archie Hanson (10A) and Louis Jorgenson (11A), the 10As and 11As went down in their first losses of the season.The 2nd VI once again were victorious in their three-set match with a standout performance from Max Keogh with his improved serve-receive and defence. The marathon 1st VI game was watched by the many Terrace supporters and despite the result, it was an incredible display of the volleyball skill we have in the Terrace Volleyball program. We are away again this weekend for Round 5 against Brisbane Grammar School, and this will be a very important round in our quest to keep our GPS premiership hopes alive.

BEN BELL – 1st VI Report

Terrace Volleyball 1st VI taking on ACGS 1st VI was one of the great GPS Volleyball games of recent times. Terrace fans outnumbered ACGS supporters in their own gym, resulting in a full stadium. A nervous start from Terrace was turned around after an early time-out. In control for much of the first set Terrace let ACGS back into the game around the 20 point mark. An arm wrestle for the set ensued with scores reaching the high 30s before Terrace finally won the battle. Terrace struggled with consistency in the second set, however, again was ahead on the score board until the 20 point mark. This time around Terrace wasn’t so fortunate and ACGS capitalised by taking the set. The third set, although close in score, was all Terrace. Leading 2-1 the Terrace 1st VI needed just one more set to close the match. A combination of exhaustion and ‘taking the foot off the gas’ resulted in a blow out fourth set loss. Terrace had chances to take the consequent fifth and final set; however after over two hours of volleyball, ACGS had the composure to take the set 15-13 and the match. 

While of course disappointment is felt, Terrace Volleyball can be very proud of the efforts of the 1st VI in this match. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank each and every Terrace supporter at the game on Saturday - your support is what made the game what it was. The season goes on and a determined 1st VI is looking forward to playing another important match this Saturday against BGS in the ‘Battle for Spring Hill’. See you there! 

Captains' Corner | Vice Captain, Zach Boland

Incredibly we are half way through Term 1. 

The term has rushed by. Already we are up to Week 5, ‘The Wobbly Week’ as Mrs Quinn calls it. So much has already happened and there is so much to look forward to. Last weekend was the Terrace vs Churchie round, which had the title of “The Premiership Round” for our 1st VI Volleyball team, having the opportunity to play the undefeated Churchie; and the 1st XI Cricket team having the opportunity to play an equally strong Churchie outfit. As well, our 1st VIII Rowers had another occasion to fancy their chances of another first place at a regatta. 

Even though our Volleyballers put up an amazing effort, we fell just short in the fifth set. This incredible game lasted three hours and the entire time the GT army were in full voice. We were loud and passionate, so loud in fact that our batting phenomenon Tom Papalardo playing on the Churchie cricket oval said, “I could hear the Terrace war cry from where we were. It gave me goosebumps”. The support drifting down to the cricket oval possibly assisted our 1st XI who outplayed their Churchie opponents for a strong win. To cap off an amazing weekend of sport the 1st VIII pulled off a fantastic first and second placings in their races. 

Well done to everyone who pulled on the red and black on the weekend. And to those who stayed late or came early to support other games - well done to you too. The Terrace spirit is truly thriving. There will be more main events where we can display the Terrace spirit with pride – The Head of the River and the GPS Swimming Championships. 

As we know, there is more to Terrace life than sport. Being Week 5, it is important that we don't in fact get the ‘wobbles’. We need to keep our heads down, phones away and stay on track with our studies. Routines should be entrenched for completing assignments and studying for the exams which are just three weeks away. 

Terrace Ladies Group

Red and Black Cocktail Party

There are only a few tickets left for the Red and Black Cocktail Party to be held just over a week away, on Saturday 3 March at Gambaro Hotel and Restaurant.  Tickets can be bought via this Link on the College Events page. This is the only full school event for 2018 and is a social occasion, not a fundraiser. Tickets are $55 each, which include canapés and live entertainment with a cash bar. 

TLG Welcome Mass

All are welcome to join us at the TLG Welcome Mass, next Friday 2 March. Mass starts in the Chapel of the Holy Family at 7.45am 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 coming along to help make it an extra special morning. 

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 Club Golf Club. More details will be coming over the following weeks with invitations being emailed before the end of term. Ticket sales will be via the Events page on the College website and of course it is always a good idea to get in early to avoid the disappointment of missing out. Ladies are seated in nominated year groups, so there is no urgency to organise groups to sit with.  Great care is taken to place ladies at tables to ensure that everyone has a wonderful time.  

Care and Concern

The Care and Concern role is fundamental to the TLG’s philosophy of building a strong community and providing support to those who need help from time to time (e.g. family crisis due to ill health). At the moment, we are not assisting anyone within the school community. This could very quickly change, and we are hoping to be at the ready when this happens. As per current procedures, an email is sent to the full school community seeking the desired help. Usually this is in the form of family meals. At the TLG meeting in Week 2, it was decided that meals which have been frozen are the most helpful. They are more transportable and also offer some flexibility for the receiving family. A delicious fresh lasagne is no good to them if they are actually unable to have it that night. This also means that when we cook our bulk style meals (e.g. bolognaise, curries), we can simply make extra and put it in the freezer for when we are rostered on.

In conjunction with the normal procedures, the TLG are hoping to put together a group of people that are happy to be called upon in an emergency scenario. These people will have a supportive role, for example, assisting at the commencement of a service (before a formal roster has been established), or to fill gaps on rosters. If you feel you could contribute in this way, please email An email also went out to those on our TLG email data base earlier this week with a link to register.  

Similarly, if you are aware of a family who may be needing Care and Concern, you can contact me directly on, or 0404 806 932. Of course all assistance we do is confidential and only with the consent of the receiving family. We don't want to be intrusive at a time when they prefer their own support channels.

Tennyson Canteen

A special thank you to the Cricket families, in particular Mrs Annie Forster and Mrs Kim Holohan, for making the running of the Tennyson Canteen go so smoothly. Some of the items on offer throughout the day include bacon and egg rolls, burgers, toasties, chicken tenders and delicious fresh fruit salad. Our new convenor, Noelene, has settled in very well and is most thankful to the parent helpers for their enthusiasm. Don’t forget to give Noelene a friendly greeting when you come across her on game days. 

TLG Correspondence

If you are not on our mailing list but would like to be, please email our Secretary, Rachel McGahon, on Minutes from our first meeting of the year were emailed earlier this week. If you didn’t receive them, and are wanting to, please email Rachel so she can ensure your email address is accurately listed on our email database. Please also ensure that you save this email address into your contacts as it may find its way to Junk Mail.

Welcome to Terrace Cookbook Special

For those parents new to the school, you may not be aware that the TLG have a gorgeous Cookbook that was published a couple of years ago. The recipes are gathered from present mothers, 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’s offered inside, but also because it is truly a beautiful book. Wonderful photos from the Terrace Archives are scattered throughout alongside fabulous anecdotal stories about where the recipes originate from. My particularly favourite story is how the Cross Family’s Fireman Scones started. You can find the story in your copy, but I can vouch for the surprisingly simple recipe and the delicious scones! There is plenty more examples just like this.

At the moment, we have a special running on the Cookbooks to mark the commencement of the year. Usually the Cookbooks are $55 each. We are currently offering them for $40 each plus a bonus Red and Black Terrace tea towel. You can purchase your pack via this link and collect from the Uniform Shop. Alternatively, you can also purchase these packs through the Uniform Shop directly. The special ends at the completion of Term 1.

Coming Up This Term
  • Week 6: Friday 2 March – 7.45am TLG Welcome Mass and Morning Tea
  • Week 10: Monday 26 March – 7.30am TLG Meeting and breakfast, Founders' Room
Main Functions for the Year
  • Term 2, Week 2: Friday 27 April – Years 5-9 Mothers Morning Tea, Victoria Park Golf Club
  • Term 3, Week 8: Friday 7 September – TLG Fashion Parade, Brisbane City Hall

Contact| TLG President |Mel Josephson:

The Terrace Family

The Terrace Family is asked to pray for the repose of the soul of:

Mr James John GARDINER - GT 1948 - 1953

Please also pray for the souls of those in the Terrace Family whose deaths are unknown to the College.

Terrace Shop


Red blazers and Black blazers

Football shorts, shirts and socks

Basketball shorts and training singlets

Athletics shorts and singlets


Find all your Terrace Family event details here!

Only a handful of tickets remain - don't delay booking!
Date and Time: Saturday 3 March | 7pm - 11pm
Where: Gambaro Hotel | 33 Caxton St Petrie Terrace
RSVP: Please RSVP by Friday 23 March 
For further details or enquires, please contact:
Lea Walker-Franks |

Red & Black Cocktail Party - Book Here

The cookbook every Terrace Family should own a copy of! Filled with fabulous sweet and savoury family favourites and beautiful memories of Terrace's rich history, this book will inspire your cooking repertoire and quickly become a favourite on your kitchen benchtop. At a very special Welcome to Terrace price of $40, including a bonus red and black Terrace teatowel.

Terrace Cookbook - Book Here

Date and Time: Friday 9 March | 6.30pm
Where: The Marquee | Victoria Park
Cost: Adults $90 (+ booking fees) | Students $50 (+ booking fees) 
RSVP: Please RSVP via College Events by 2 March
For further details or enquiries, please contact 
Shannon Neill | | 0488 155 718

Swimming Dinner - Book Here

Date and Time: Saturday 10 March | 6pm - 10pm
Where: The Marquee | Victoria Park Golf Complex
Cost: $80 (+ booking fees)
RSVP: Please RSVP by Thursday 1 March 2018
For further details or enquiries, please contact 
Leisa Low | | 0433 230 341

Head of the River Dinner - Book Here

Date and Time: Thursday 15 March | 6pm - 10.30pm
Where: The Marquee | Victoria Park | 309 Herston Rd Brisbane
Cost: $70 (+ booking fees)
RSVP: Please RSVP by Monday 12 March
For further details or enquiries, please contact 
Sarah Hunter | | 0403 817 131

Volleyball Dinner - RSVP Here

Date and Time: Wednesday 28 March | 6pm - 7pm
Where: GT125 | St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace
Cost: No cost but please RSVP via the link below 
Information: Online and video game addiction - an issue affecting millions of people around the world.  Cam Adair is a Canadian-born speaker on video games, social media & internet addiction. He’s the founder of Game Quitters, the world’s largest support community for video game addiction, with members in over 70 countries.
A video game addict for more than ten years, Cam joins us to share his story on overcoming this addiction and how he changed his life. 
Cam has spoken at high schools and universities, TEDx events, leadership development programs, and international addiction conferences.  His keynotes combine deep and meaningful personal insights with lessons on addiction recovery, personal development, social dynamics, entrepreneurship, leadership, creativity and psychology.
The College is pleased to be able to offer this session with Cam to help support parents and caregivers as they tackle this issue with their sons.  Students will attend a session during the school day and after the presentation students will also gain free access to the Game Quitters "Respawn" program, which includes a downloadable 76-page PDF guide on exactly how to quit gaming.  This includes modules on how to beat boredom and find new activities, how to beat urges and cravings to play, how to navigate identity changes, how to improve time management skills, and more.

Parent Gaming Info Evening - Book Here

Booking details coming very soon!
Date and Time: Saturday 21 April | 11.30am
Where: Doomben Race Course
For further questions, please contact:
Kristin Esler |

Date and Time: Sunday 10 June | 1.30pm for 2.30pm movie start
Where: New Farm Cinemas | 701 Brunswick St New Farm
Cost: $20 (+ booking fees)| Register via College Events
RSVP: Please RSVP via College Events by 8 June
For further details or enquiries, please contact 
Steven Hohn |

Movie Fundraiser - Book Here

Save the Date! 
Date and Time: Saturday 26 July | 6.30pm
Where: Victoria Park Golf Complex | 309 Herston Road Herston
For further details or enquiries, please contact 
Andrew Stormonth |

Year Level Parent Social Functions

Please find your Term 1 parent functions here...

Year 5 Parent Welcome Function

Date and Time: Friday 23 March | 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Where: Story Bridge Hotel | 200 Main St Kangaroo Point
Cost: $35 (+booking fees) | Includes welcome drink & finger food
RSVP: Please RSVP by Friday 16 March
For further details or enquiries, please contact
Mandy Stephens | | 0412 563 229

Year 10 St Pat's Trivia Night

Date and Time: Saturday 17 March | 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Where: Waterford Place | Gregory Terrace | 40 Quarry St Spring Hill
Cost: $20 (+booking fees) | Includes hot meal. BYO drinks, nibbles & glasses
RSVP: Please RSVP by 15 March
For further details or enquiries, please contact 
Tanya Boyle | 

Year 10 Trivia Night - Book Here

Community Information

The Terrace Tuckshop welcomes volunteers

See below for the sign-on links. You can also access the links via the College App