Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, our Year 12 students sat their QCS tests.  The boys have worked very hard throughout the year in preparation for these tests and were very positive in how they approached the two demanding days.  The College will receive preliminary results in early December.

In last week’s Newsletter, I wrote of the swimming achievements of Tom Neill. This week I wish to acknowledge the achievements of the 8.1 QDU Debating Team who last week won the Final of the Year 8 Queensland Debating Union Competition.  Congratulations to Will Ames, Joss Angus-Hellyer, Jack Barends, Liam Cleary, Hugo Panizza and their coach, Mr John McKinlay for this outstanding result.  Well done gentlemen.  Mr Andrew Stormonth was also awarded the QDU ‘Debating Coordinator of the Year’ Award on Finals Night, in recognition of his outstanding work with the Terrace Debating program and for his ongoing support of the QDU competition. Well done Andrew.

Over the past weeks, a number of staff appointments and changes for 2020 have been finalised.  Mr Chris Ryan will finish as Deputy Principal and take up the role of Principal at Ambrose Treacy College. Mrs Jan Cameron will retire at the end of the year, as will Mrs Andrea Kriewaldt. Mr Damien Fall has been appointed as the Deputy Principal for 2020, Mr Michael MacDermott as HOF – Business and Mr Rob Sweeper as HOF – Human Movement.  Ms Zoe Morgan will also return to the Dean of Communication role in 2020.  In the non-teaching area, Mrs Lea Walker-Franks will finish on 13 September and Mrs Andrea Splatt will finish during Term 4.  The College is currently advertising the Dean of Students, Director of Development and Enrolment Manager positions.  As these appointments are finalised, I will update the Terrace Family through the Terrace News.

This weekend the Terrace Long Lunch will be held at Tennyson.  There will be more than 1200 people attending, and it will be a wonderful community day.  I wish to thank the organising committee, the staff involved and the many generous sponsors who have ensured this event will be successful.  I look forward to seeing many of you at Tennyson on Saturday.

Finally this week, I wish our Year 10 students and staff all the best as they commence their Immersion experiences.  Good luck.

Have a great week.

God Bless.

Dr Michael Carroll

College Principal 

Deputy Principal | Mr Chris Ryan

Child Protection Week

This week we have joined communities throughout Australia in acknowledging Child Protection Week. During this time, Edmund Rice Education Australia have launched their Child Safeguarding Standards Framework. This is a comprehensive document which will continue to guide and support our best practice in promoting a safe community for our young people. The framework includes multiple layers of considerations for compliance policy and procedure and the enhancement of a pastoral culture and atmosphere of care for the students of Terrace. The College’s Blue Card working with children register and systems have successfully been externally audited this year, and we continue to invest in personnel and processes which work to help make Terrace a safe place to play, learn and develop. I take this opportunity in Child Protection Week to thank and acknowledge all staff for their commitment to the protection of our students.  A special thank you to our pastoral team, including three full time counsellors and Human Resources and Compliance team that supports our system processes. All of our policy and guideline documentation concerning Child Protection may be viewed on the College website under About Us/Policies.

Staff News

Congratulations to Mr Michael MacDermott and Mr Rob Sweeper on their appointments to the positions of Head of Business and Technology Faculty and Head of Human Movements Faculty respectively. Both gentlemen bring substantial experience and professional commitment to these roles and we wish them well. 

Congratulations to Ms Michelle George who has been appointed to the inaugural role of Subject Coordinator of Literature. This new Senior school subject is growing quickly at Terrace and Ms George brings extensive experience to this role and we wish her every success.

Dean of Studies | Mr Mason Hellyer

This week has seen our Seniors complete a major milestone on their academic journey with the completion of the QCS test. This has been the culmination of a preparation program that started in the first week of Term 1. Exam nerves and anxiety are normal. However, our experience has demonstrated that the best way to mitigate these nerves is to be as prepared as possible. I was heartened to hear from one of our Senior leaders that he was not nervous about the exam as he felt that he was as prepared as he possibly could be. He was looking forward to seeing how the cohort would do. I too am also looking forward to how the Seniors will fare as their effort and commitment in the lead up has been excellent. All students have been issued with copies of the exam schedule. Copies can be obtained from Student Services or downloaded from Moodle. These timetables are a necessary part of a strategic revision plan. This week and next week’s challenge is to ensure that our boys exhibit perseverance in their preparation and commitment until the completion of their final exam. Our aim is for each and every student to finish the term knowing that he has given his best, whatever that outcome may be.

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

  • Be prepared. Work backwards from your exam date to plan when you will prepare. Don’t just leave it for the night before. Complete all of the revision sheets. 
  • Use Moodle and the subject checklist to go back through the content you have covered. 
  •  Test yourself: 
    • use flashcards 
    • do as many practice questions as possible 
    • mind dump – close your notes and recall everything you can in your own words 
  • Continue to exercise and eat well. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. 
  • Have a good sleep the night before, be well rested. 
  • Go back over your study notes before the exam. Don’t engage in speculative talk. 
  • It is okay to be nervous, in fact, it is normal. Your mates may not obviously show it, but they are just as nervous as you. Feeling nerves is your body’s way of getting ready. 
  • Walk into the exam with confidence – you have done the work, now is the time to show it!

All the best for the next week.

Dean of Students | Mr Damien Cuddihy

The first week in September is always associated with QCS in Queensland schools. Next year it will be the new ATAR system which covers both Years 11 and 12. I was very proud of our community when watching the Seniors walk through the QCS tunnel on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. The student body turned out in force to demonstrate their genuine support for this year’s Seniors. They have been working very hard over the last eight months for this moment, and to be honest,  I think they were quite relieved the day had finally arrived. I don’t believe they could have done any more to ensure that they worked together for the benefit of all on Tuesday and Wednesday. Many thanks to the parents who assisted with catering. It was much appreciated. Attention now turns to the fast-approaching exam block as the year quickly disappears. 

This evening we have the Year 7 2020 Orientation program for all students in the 2025 graduating class. I spoke at length to our current Year 6 students during the week about the need to look for opportunities to positively connect with the new students in their Houses this evening. Likewise, our Year 11 students have their first opportunity to lay the platform of servant leadership for 2020. On the back of their recent leadership retreat, I am very confident they will rise to the occasion and send our new Terracians home after orientation very much looking forward to 2020.

On Monday, I had the opportunity to speak to the Year 10 cohort before they commenced their Immersion programs. It is generally a very exciting time for these students with all the immersions having a unique character to them. I asked them to reflect on the famous Lilla Watson quote. 

If you’ve come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. 

For many boys, they will commence their Immersion certainly thinking the outcome is simply to help others. However, as their Immersion progresses, they will start to understand that it is just as much about them as it is the people in the communities that they have been welcomed into. Hopefully, they are in a much better position to appreciate Lilla Watson’s words post immersion. 

Dean of Identity | Mr Charles Brauer

On the Treacy Trail

Tell me, how did you find last week’s Treacy Trail?
It was really good sir. We learnt a lot about Br Treacy and how we can continue his legacy within Treacy House.

Such insight was remarkable for a young man of Year 9 who had spent a brief time with his peers from fellow EREA schools exploring the life story, purpose and legacy of Br Patrick Ambrose Treacy, founder of 27 Australian and New Zealand Christian Brother schools from 1868 – 1912.

Mr Terry Thompson and I had the pleasure of sharing last Friday with students and staff from Brisbane EREA schools, including our very own Year 9 Terracians Hudson Asnicar, Nicolas Astori, Joel Snell, Ryan Larsen and Eddie Heffernan, on the Treacy Trail. Furthermore, we had the privilege of sharing the day with Br Regis Hickey who guided our group through understanding the context, scope and significance of Br Treacy’s life’s work. 

Br Hickey, researcher and author of Br Treacy’s biography, emphasised how the providence of faith was the key driving force to the mission of Ambrose Treacy. From literally a pocket of coins and a small suitcase, Ambrose Treacy visited every major port and city in colonial Australia, raised millions of dollars (in today’s terms) and built and opened 27 schools. What a mission! What an outcome! 

I commence the building of Nudgee without either the money for the building or even a promise from you of staff of Brothers to work. I have confidence however, that God will provide the means as heretofore and that God will come to our assistance in a more than ordinary way. (Brother Ambrose Treacy, 28 June 1889)

I am not sure Dr Carroll, or any other school administrator or school system would get away with this on in today’s world! In a deeply rational world, we are often asked to analyse, evaluate a plethora of information to make a well-informed and strongly justifiable decision. Furthermore, we are asked to evaluate our decisions based on more information, and then, start again. Although such thought processes were most definitely a key feature of Br Treacy’s story, we often don’t make room for that which can’t be measured.  Br Treacy’s story is one of how faith, hope, optimism and determination are driving forces to making decisions and enacting a plan. These virtues were explored by our group on the Treacy Trail.

Br Patrick Ambrose Treacy accepted the challenge to follow in the footsteps of Edmund Rice and answer the call of Jesus by building a better world for all. For more than forty years, Ambrose Treacy placed his trust in God to bring about liberating education for young men. He is remembered and followed for his tenacity, his vision and  his abiding faith in God’s providence. 

The Good News of Terrace

Our Year 12s are continuing with their Brekky for Big Brekky initiative, raising awareness and funds for our Eddie’s Van, all while building a wonderful before school tradition for our Terracians. 

Director of Culture | Mr Matt Cocking


The premier GPS Chess team of Terrace had a challenging few weeks.  We have faced the top three highest rated schools in successive weeks. Unfortunately, this has resulted in losses for our team.  The results may indicate losses but, in each game, we have pushed our opponents to the limit.  The difference in each game being a couple of moves or a few seconds extra of time.   Last Friday we faced TSS and although the result didn’t go our way, we again were very close to gaining a victory.

The team this year features two new players and the other two players are competing on higher boards than they have previously. This season we looked to gain experience rather than challenge for the premiership.  As a team we will grow in strength and will come back stronger next year.  We look forward to our last round match in two weeks and aim to get another win to finish our season on a high.


Gregory Terrace was represented by 23 teams from Year 8 through to Year 12 in the 2019 QDU Secondary Competition. After the four qualifying rounds in Terms 1 and 2, we had eleven of these teams qualify for the finals in Term 3. These teams were: Senior A, Senior B, Senior C, Senior E, 11.1, 10.1, 10.2, 9.1, 8.1, 8.2 and 8.3 teams. The Senior B, 10.1 and 8.1 teams made it through to the semi finals. Our 8.1 team made it through to the grand final and presented a winning debate, receiving the Year 8 Ben Prior Memorial Trophy. Overall, we placed fourth in the 2019 QDU Secondary competition – well done to all our teams who participated in the competition!

We would also like to acknowledge the contribution from Shell Australia secured by Kim Broadfoot.


As per the calendar, our annual Terrace Jazz Night will be held tomorrow night in the newly reopened Duhig Place.  With the theme of Starry Night and the weather being a balmy mid 20s, what better way to spend an evening than listening to jazz in the outdoors.  Tickets are still available by following this link: Terrace Jazz Night .

Each year classroom and instrumental teachers are invited to nominate their most outstanding primary school musicians to participate in the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) run as a partnership between schools and the Conservatorium of Music.  Congratulations to 23 of our Years 5 and 6 students who have been nominated and will participate in this program in October.

Support Group meetings

Please note the change of venues

Terrace Performing Arts – Tuesday 8 October, 5.30pm in the Francis Rush Room, Mt Sion.

Debating Support Group – Tuesday 8 October, 5.30pm in the Mary Rice Room, Mt Sion.

Staying in touch   

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

Director of Music | Mr Jan Hewerdine

Thank you to the Terrace Jazz Orchestra who played at assembly today. 

Further congratulations too to our 23 successful and 10 reserve SHEP Primary candidates. Bravo! 

Successful offers are going to 

  • Joseph Bartley
  • Leo Baynton
  • Charles Blanshard
  • Rohan Clancy
  • Callahan Condon
  • Spencer Connelly
  • Lachlan Cooper
  • James Dabelstein
  • Ethan Daly
  • Cormaic Dunne
  • Oliver Gentile
  • Isaac Hession
  • Harrison Hislop
  • Thomas Kennedy
  • Skyler Lam
  • Edward Marschke
  • Lucas O'Kane
  • Jayden Park
  • Benjamin Sandstrom
  • Orlando Tessarolo
  • Jack Weeden
  • Jarrod Winks
  • Zachary Yoong
  • Lachlan Young

Reserves are

  • Henri Dillon
  • Osten Harrison
  • Hamish Hill
  • Anton Hoeft
  • Campbell Marshall
  • Alfie Newton
  • Conor Sheehy
  • Harold Walters
  • Orlando Whimp
  • Hayden Wiltshire

Year 7 Orientation 

This afternoon the Callan Black Ensemble, the Black Concert Band, The Terrace Youth Choir and Terrace Junior Vocal Ensemble are performing for the College’s Year 7 Orientation. 

Starry Night 

Terrace’s Jazz Night begins tomorrow evening in Duhig Place at 6.15pm. Themed ‘Starry Night’, this event features our jazz ensembles and jazz vocalist Dr Kristina Kelman. Kristina is an academic, teacher, community music facilitator and jazz musician. Her research interests include the education of the aspiring musician. Kristina’s work also takes place in community music settings, most recently she collaborated with Australian ARIA award winner, David Bridie and First Languages Australia on a language project through original song. Since 2015, Kristina has coordinated an intensive recording program and music education project in Chennai, India, which produces an album of original music by emerging independent artists each year, distributed and promoted internationally. Kristina is a Brisbane based musician, who has had a successful 20 year career performing and recording as a jazz singer, and working as both a music director and conductor for various Australian projects. 

In line with our expanding Music program, our jazz credentials are also growing. We have now expanded to a fifth jazz ensemble, who will feature on the night in their first performance outing. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Terrace Jazz Orchestra, Big Band 2, Big Band 3 and the Terrace Jazz Combo on their recent successes at the QCMF. This garnered Gold, Gold, Silver and Gold for each of these ensembles respectively.   

To book tickets for the Jazz Night, please click on the link below:   

Music Practice Hall 

 Can we please continue to support Music Practice Hall on Monday afternoons after school in the music centre? It is definitely having a positive impact on students and we would like to see this expand to a second afternoon, but we need to see more investment from students and families first. 


A reminder to all Years  5 and 6 students to either take their instruments home (preferably) or stow them in the Music Centre, not the verandahs outside their classrooms. A reminder to all families that we require two weeks’ notice before the end of term to cancel lessons (Today Thursday 5 September). Any cancellations after this date will attract a full term’s worth of fees.

Music Events

Term 3 
  • Friday 20 September - Battle of the Rock Bands
  • Monday 23 September - AMEB Brass Clinic
  • Monday 23 - Monday 30 September - European Tour 
  • Tuesday 1 October - Percussion Exam Workshop
  • Wednesday 2 - Thursday 3 October - Rhythm Section Workshop  
  • Tuesday 3 October - AMEB Brass Clinic  
Term 4 
  • Monday 21 October - Placement Day (Pupil Free Day) 
  • Thursday 24 October - Chamber Music Concert  
  • Monday 28 October - 1 November - Celebration of Excellence rehearsals  
  • Monday 4 November - Celebration of Excellence  
  • Monday 11 November - Enter Reports  
  • Wednesday 13 November - Spring Concert  
  • Friday 15 November - Valedictory Mass 
  • Saturday 30 November - Sunday 1 December - SHEP Primary
Term 1 2020 

• Monday 20 - Friday 24 January - Music Camp 

The Weekly Wrap

Basketball Wrap

Round 7 doubled as the penultimate round of the GPS Basketball for the Terrace program. We played against The Southport School, Brisbane Boys College, Nudgee College and Brisbane Grammar School. In a strong on-court display, the program won 18 of the 28 games played between Terrace and TSS.  The 1st V continued their strong season with their sixth win of the season to claim the outright lead in the GPS competition with two rounds remaining. 

In a program first, the 1st V game was streamed live from court side, with the broadcast helping to raise the profile of GPS Basketball and allowing Terrace Old Boys and the wider Terrace community to cheer on the team. It was extremely positive to see three clean sweep of fixtures from the Year 5, Year 10 and Year 11 age-groups. Again, this exemplifies the development and improvement of students as they progress through the program.  A special mention to the Year 5 coaches, Mr Patrick McInerney GT- 2011 and Mr Clinton Probst. I would also like to mention the Year 5 players who have shown growth and passion for Basketball across the season. 

On Saturday, Terrace Senior students played their last home game in the red and black. With only one round to play, it is important that we recognise and thank all of the Year 12 students for their support and resilience to continue playing the sport into their Senior year. We hope that they have enjoyed their time in the program and look forward to their continued involvement and interest in Terrace Basketball as Old Boys. 

Terrace Basketball has a Bye in Round 8 before a final round showdown against a highly competitive Ipswich Grammar School program. The 1st V will have the opportunity to play for a premiership.  A win would secure the first Basketball premiership for the College in 15 years. The season has already been a success for the 1st V and the entire program. To the teams who finished their season in Round 7, we thank you for your commitment, dedication and passion for Terrace Basketball. 

Please see here for Round 7 Results

Track and Field Wrap

Our Track and Field season is well and truly underway. We have just completed the second of four Invitational meets this term and are steadily moving in a positive direction with some solid results.

Metropolitan North Track and Field Championships 

We had 13 boys compete at the Metropolitan North Championships last week.  Those boys who competed included:
Kiyane Gunewardene, Nathan Hiller, Jamaji Iselin-Leone, Rory Jennings, Griffin Kelly, Trevin Loos, Austin Russell, Hudson Seefeld, Zac Seefeld, Jack Smith,Mitch Taylor and Max Van Balen.

We had some outstanding performances during the two days of competition including:
Nathan Hiller - third in the 110m Hurdles
Rory Jennings - third in the 16 years 800m
Griffin Kelly - second in the 16 years  800m and third in the 16 years 1500m
Trevin Loos - first in the 14 years Javelin
Austin Russell - second in the 14 years Long Jump and second in the 14 years Triple Jump

Our most outstanding athlete at the Championships was Max Van Balen who won the 100m, 200m and 400m events.

GPS Track and Field Invitation Meet #3 – (BBC to host)

This week, Friday 6  September, BBC will be hosting the Invitational Meet at QSAC (4.30 -8.45pm approx.). We encourage all of our athletes to attend. An email has been sent to parents with the details and the schedule for the evening.  A link to nominate for the event can be found on the Terrace App. 

Basketball and Rugby have a bye this week. This is a perfect opportunity for those boys involved in the Rugby and Basketball programs to come and post some times and distances at the meet. The selection criteria for GPS Track and Field team requires you to attend at least two lead up meets. 

With only nine weeks until the championships, it is important for all athletes to attend training consistently and take every opportunity available to compete if we want to achieve the best result we can.

Rugby Wrap

Tennyson was at its very best hosting Round 7 of the GPS Rugby competition against TSS. Thanks to everyone who made the day a success and in particular our Tennyson care taker Mr Alan Kennedy and his staff for preparing the fields. Special thanks to the Rugby Support Group and all the parents who generously gave up their time to assist in the BBQ pit, canteen and merchandise tent. Without the help of these people, offering the best game day experience would not be possible. 

Notes to assist with your planning

• Training as normal for the Under 11, Under 12 and Under 13 age groups.
• Training as normal for the Under 14 and  Under 15A/B teams.
• No training for the Under 16A/B teams due to the Bye and Year 7, 2020 Orientation. 
• No training for the Opens 1st XV, 2nd XV and 3rd XV teams on Tuesday due to QSC.

• Round 8 (1st XV, 2nd/3rd XV combined squad, 13B, 13C, 12A, 12B, 11B, 11C, 11D Black). Schedule TBC
• Round 9 – all teams.

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 Kneeshaw - GT 1941-45

Mr Peter MAIDENS – GT 1957-66

May they be consoled by their many memories of those they have loved and lost.

Terrace Shop

Volunteering in the Terrace Shop 

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

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

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

We will attend to the uniform fittings from Week 1, Term 4; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8.30am until 2.45pm. On 29 and 31 October we will need assistance until 5pm. There are two families booked at a time, therefore we need two volunteers for each fitting. 

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

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

Donna Asnicar and Felice Gatenby, Terrace Shop staff


Find all your upcoming Terrace Family events here...

Details: Friday 6 September | 7.00 - 9.00pm
Where: Duhig Place, Gregory Terrace
Cost: Adults $35 | Concession $25 | Performers Free
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by Thursday 5 September 
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Imogen Brown |

Starry Night | Book Here

Details: Friday 13 September | 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Where: The Campbell Centre, Gregory Terrace
Cost: No cost event. No RSVP required. All players and families are warmly invited to join in the celebrations.
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Ange Papacostas |

Details: Saturday 14 September | 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Where: Cloudland, 641 Ann St Brisbane
Cost: Adults $61 (+booking fees) | Includes welcome drink & 2 course dinner 
Students $31 (+ booking fees) | Includes 2 course dinner
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by Tuesday 10 September
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Rosanna Ferguson | 

Rugby Dinner | Book Here

Details: Friday 11 October - Saturday 12 October | Bus from Tennyson following Inter-House Track & Field to Maroon, returning to Tennyson @ 5.30pm Saturday
Cost: Free of charge | Open to all current Year 7 students to attend
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by Wednesday 9 October
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Brendan McGrath | | 3214 5217

Yr 7 Learn to Row | Book Here

Details: Friday 18 October | From 6.00pm
Where: Gambaro Hotel, Caxton St Brisbane
Cost: $44.50 (+ booking fees) | Includes champagne on arrival and canapes
RSVP: Please RSVP via College Events by Friday 11 October
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Libby Baynton |

Girls' Night Out | Book Here

Details: Friday 25 October | 5.45pm - 8.00pm
Where: St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace
Cost: No cost event. Please RSVP for catering purposes using the below link by Monday 21 October.
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Toni Williamson |

Swimming Launch | Book Here

Details: Friday 8 November | 11.45am
Where: The Greek Club, 29 Edmonstone St South Brisbane
Cost: $87pp (+ booking fees) | Includes 3 course lunch & champagne on arrival
RSVP: via the below link by 31 October
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Anne Learmonth | | 0409 655 436 

Mothers' Lunch | Book Here

Want to help but poor on time?You can now donate money directly to Terrace's Care and Concern Committee. Cash donations will be used to purchase ingredients to make meals for Terrace families and staff in need. 

All donations are appreciated greatly, and will support the important work this committee undertakes for our community.

Cash Donation | Click Here

Another brand new Thermomix TM6 available to win!

Only 200 tickets will be sold. 
$20 per ticket - get in quick before they sell out!
For further details or enquiries, please contact
Nicole Hoffmann | | 0417 793 583

Thermomix Raffle 2 | Tickets Here

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