Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll
Dear Members of the Terrace Family,
Welcome to Term 4. I hope that the recent holiday break provided an opportunity for you and your family to have some downtime and recharge the batteries. I can personally vouch for the fact that many Terrace families spent some time at Noosa over the break.
The September holidays also marked another page in our rich history with Terrace hosting its first Open Classroom program during the second week. Each day, a large number of Year 12 students attended school to participate in study classes, practice exams or engage in one on one interviews with their teachers. It was a significant show of commitment by the Year 12 students and reflected their dedication to their studies. This effort will undoubtedly place them in a good position for their upcoming external exams which commence on 26 October. I also wish to thank the many staff involved in the Open Classrooms week, particularly Mr Mason Hellyer, Mrs Loren Serafin-Huey and Mrs Colleen Watson for all they did to coordinate the week. Well done to all involved.
Term 4 is traditionally a short and sharp term with many events packed into a short number of weeks. This year will be no different, despite its unusual nature. Over the coming weeks, we will have the Inter-House Track and Field Carnival and the Year 12 Formal both occurring this Friday, as well as the House Breakfasts, Celebration of Excellence, the GPS Track and Field, Year 12 Farewell Assembly, Graduation and Terrace Giving Day. The term is only eight weeks long for the students. It is critical for all students to start now and start well.
Tomorrow is the Inter-House Track and Field Carnival at Tennyson. For various reasons this event has not occurred in recent years, so everyone is looking forward to a great day. A reminder that this is a normal school day and attendance is expected. Students are to wear their sports uniform to school and please ensure they have water, sunscreen and a hat. Students will be either dismissed from Tennyson or travel back to the College on buses at the conclusion of the day. The TLG will operate the canteen and would appreciate any volunteer support that you may be able to provide.
Over the next couple of weeks, the selection process for our 2021 College and House Leaders will be finalised. This is an important process for our Year 11 students and marks the beginning of their Year 12 leadership journey. I take this opportunity to wish all the Year 11 students the very best with this process. I will announce the appointments in the Terrace News over the coming weeks.
At the end of last term, Mr Dom Cacciola resigned from Terrace. Over the holiday break interviews were conducted for the Acting House Dean role for Term 4. It is my pleasure to announce that Mrs Emma Hatchett has been appointed to the role for Term 4. The process for the appointment of the full time Xavier House Dean for 2021 will take place during Term 4.
Finally this week, please keep in your thoughts and prayers Mrs Beryl Hall and Mr Danny Collins who passed away over the holidays. Beryl was the mother of Mrs Judy McGuire (staff) and Danny was the father of Mr Darren Collins (staff).
Have a great term.
Dr Michael Carrol
Deputy Principal | Mr Damien Fall
Welcome to the final term of what has been a busy and rather unusual academic year. In my maths class this week, we revisited factorising quadratics, a topic first covered in Term 2. I was reminded that our first time covering this topic was online via Teams as the boys learned from home. As some students in southern states are still learning from home, I am reminded of how fortunate we are to be enjoying relative normality at Terrace. The final eight weeks of the academic year promise to fly by and we look forward to them doing so with minimal interruption.
I wish to make special mention of the large number of staff who gave up their time to help with Year 12 Open Classrooms, tutoring and mock exams during the second week of the holidays. External exams are a new paradigm for Queensland education, and it has been fabulous to see the way all in our community have engaged in preparing for them. Holiday preparation was optional for both students and staff, and we were overwhelmed by the uptake and enthusiastic engagement. Many schools did not provide such an opportunity for their Senior students, and we hope that it will make a difference with the all-important final exams. The entire Terrace Family wishes the Seniors every success for their final weeks of school.
We often speak about the fact that our students come to school each day, influenced by the variety of experiences that their lives deliver. Most are positive experiences, but at times, some are forced to deal with difficult circumstances as they go about their school lives. Similarly, our staff carry their own stories, and I would like to acknowledge a number of our teaching and non-teaching staff who are currently dealing with difficult life situations. While I will not elaborate on others’ experiences, I would like to extend the thoughts and prayers of the Terrace Family to Mrs Judy McGuire, whose mum passed away during the holidays, and Mr Darren Collins, who lost his dad last week. May they rest in peace and may the support of our community help in some way. We are also delighted to congratulate Mr Devon Naeser, who was married during the holidays.
As is often the case, the new term brings about a number of staffing changes. We congratulate Mrs Emma Hatchett who will act as Xavier House Dean for the term. We also welcome Mrs Angela Wood who will teach Mrs Compton’s Year 6 class for the term, and Mr Geoff Smith, who will be teaching a combination of classes including Maths, RE, PE and Formation. Ms Aimee McLean also joins us this term in place of Mrs Christine Hansen, teaching Years 5 and 6 LE. Ms Paige Fitzpatrick also commences on Reception/Student Services at Waterford Place. Finally, Mrs Madonna Effeney and Mrs Susie Cooper are completing short contracts during the term. We wish all these new and not-so-new members of staff the very best for the weeks ahead.
Acting Dean of Identity | Mr Terry Thompson
Patrick Ambrose Treacy
A warm welcome back to the final term of the year. Good luck to our Year 12 students who commence their final term of high school.
Last Friday, 2 October, marked 108 years since the death of Br Patrick Ambrose Treacy. Br Treacy was born on 31 August 1834 at Thurles, in County Tipperary, Ireland. He was educated at the Christian Brothers' school in Thurles, and joined the congregation in Waterford in February 1852.
In 1869, Br Treacy was sent to Melbourne, Australia to lead the Christian Brothers here. Undaunted by the lack of money and resources for this task, Br Treacy initiated a colony-wide campaign to finance land and buildings. With perseverance and determination, Br Treacy and three other Christian Brothers founded Parade College in Melbourne in 1871.
By 1900, when Br Treacy retired after 30 years as a provincial superior, he had established 27 schools in Australia, and one in New Zealand. He was recalled to Ireland in 1900 as an assistant to the superior-general of the Christian Brothers only to return to Australia in 1910. Although he could have retired on his return to Australia, he insisted on working and was sent to Brisbane, where he died at St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace (in the Treacy Centre), on 2 October 1912.
Among the Christian Brothers in Australia and New Zealand, none is held in higher esteem than Br Treacy. His faith, energy and dedication underpinned the beginning and growth of the Brothers in Oceania.
Br Treacy accepted the challenge to follow in the footsteps of Blessed Edmund Rice and answer the call of Jesus by building a better world for all. For more than 40 years, Br Treacy placed his trust in God to bring about a liberating education for young men. He is remembered for his tenacity, his vision, and his abiding trust in God’s providence.
In your loving providence, O God,
You showed us in Br Patrick Ambrose Treacy a man of faith who lived by the vision of Jesus.
Teach us to embrace what he pioneered: new ways of living the gospel that respect and defend the human dignity of all in our land.
May his tireless dedication to the education of all inspire in us fresh energies for all works of love:
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Tuesday morning Mass
Tuesday morning Mass recommences this term at 7.30am in the Chapel of The Holy Family. Year 12 students will be leading Mass on Tuesday.
Due to the current COVID restrictions in place, parents/caregivers who attend will need to sign in (via the EVA check-in app) and follow social distancing requirements. We appreciate your support with this.
Live Jesus in our Hearts…Forever
Dean of Students | Mr Damien Cuddihy
Welcome to Term 4. The boys have made an excellent start this week and seem prepared for the challenges of the term ahead. Thank you for your support in assisting the staff in creating a positive tone around the corridors and in the classrooms. This term is short, meaning there is no time to waste. Students have heard the message throughout the week that they need to get down to work immediately.
This Friday, we hold our annual Inter-House Track and Field Carnival. The day will include a range of fun events culminating in the much-anticipated all-age House relay and the staff v student touch rugby match. As with all House events, the focus is on participation, fun and connection. On this day, all students are asked to wear their PE uniform to school. It is an expectation that every student who is physically able to do so, competes in all events for his House. This is an enjoyable, important and compulsory day for all students, and I look forward to everyone attending and participating to the best of their ability. The forecast is for a hot and sunny day. Hats, sunscreen and water bottles are a must. Buses will leave Terrace at 8.15am and return by 3.10pm. Students being dropped directly to Tennyson need to arrive by 8.45am and can be collected at 2.30pm.
While a number of boys have very busy schedules that compete for time, it is important that sleep remains a priority. Frequently, a sleep deprived student lacks engagement in the classroom, preventing them from keeping on top of the content. The sooner a student gets behind in the term, the more problematic things become, often leading to wellbeing issues that may impact on other aspects of life. So, particularly for the parents of our younger students, keep fighting the good fight with phone use and gaming. Both have the potential to erode good sleep patterns as they get older, which will become increasingly difficult to recover from. Many parents have found the School TV resource to be insightful across a range of topics specific to adolescence, including sleep. The link to a variety of these topics can be found here.
We will continue to push the message about road safety. Students have been asked to ensure they only cross the road at designated crossings, even if it means walking slightly further to do so. The welfare of students is our priority, and we need them to help by making right decisions when it comes to their safety.
I look forward to a positive and highly successful final term for all members of our community, especially our Seniors.
Dean of Studies | Mr Mason Hellyer
Welcome to Term 4. I trust that families were able to enjoy a restful break from the school routine and students (and parents) are now feeling refreshed and ready for the term ahead.
Term 3 reports for Years 5-11 will be available from the Parent Lounge from 8am on Saturday 10 October. This reporting timeline is consistent with the timeline from previous years. There are a number of different reports that will be provided at this juncture:
- Years 5-10 will receive a progress report detailing the Term 3 and cumulative results.
- Year 11 will receive a detailed subject report with subject based comments. This report marks the conclusion of Unit 2 and formative aspect of each subject. All internal and mock external assessments will be detailed on the report as well as a Term 3 grade, cumulative result and cumulative grade.
As always, a report is an opportunity to reflect on a student’s academic performance. I encourage students and parents to celebrate the positives and discuss strategies to overcome the disappointments of the report. Additionally, students will have a meeting with their PC Mentor, Leadership Team member (Year 12) or House Dean (Year 11) to discuss their academic progress.
Term 4 is a very short term of only eight weeks. Consequently, there will be six teaching weeks prior to exams commencing. In year level assemblies this week I have discussed the importance of starting as soon as possible. Academic success comes about through sustained effort over a period of time. As this term is short, the time to start is now.
In the second week of the holidays, the Year 12 cohort were offered the opportunity to attend Open Classrooms. This program was an opportunity for Senior students to continue their preparation for the upcoming external exams. The week was well attended, with over half the cohort on site for each of the five days. This is a wonderful reflection of the commitment that each student has toward their academic performance and a reflection of the Terrace academic culture. My thanks to the students who attended and the staff who enabled the week to occur and run smoothly.
All the best for the term ahead.
Director of Culture | Mr Matt Cocking
Workshops begin for 2021
With a new Senior schooling system taking our Year 12 students out of our programs for Term 4, our Cultural activities have looked to the future to start the term. As a result, we saw many workshops undertaken in the September holidays, which grew the knowledge and skills of our students. Debating ran two seminars which, as always, are open to the whole College, whether you are a seasoned debater or want to start your skills in preparation for the upcoming 2021 trials. The rhythm sections of our 2021 Big Bands and Rock Bands had a great two days of learning how to work as the engine room of an ensemble, while our choir began its journey towards a video we have planned for release in 2021.
The holidays also saw staff give their time to students who are preparing for external music examinations through AMEB, Trinity College of London or Rockschool; all of which will occur this term. The musical videoed its Sizzle which we will release soon, and the Guitar Orchestra filmed and recorded a Cold Play classic which will also be released shortly.
Thank you to the staff, students and families for their time in ensuring we have solid seasons in 2021 and continue to give experiences that prepare and grow our students.
SHEP Primary success
The State Honours Ensemble Program (Primary) results have just been emailed to the school. Congratulations to our young musicians from Years 5, 6 and 7 with 25 successful nominations and 11 reserve positions being offered to our Terrace Musicians.
Support Group meetings
Support Group meetings will be held online if necessary. Should you wish to contact the Debating Support Group, please email: DSGChair@terrace.qld.edu.au or the Terrace Performing Arts, please email: TPAChair@terrace.qld.edu.au .
Staying in touch
To keep in touch with all things Cultural, we would suggest you download the Terrace App and follow us on Twitter (@GTCulture) and Instagram (terrace_gtculture) to ensure you don’t miss a thing. If you have any photographs or video that you would like to share, please tag us.
Director of Music | Mr Jan Hewerdine
Welcome to Week 1
Much occurred during the holidays for Terrace Music, with many boys coming in for workshops including AMEB Brass Clinics, a Percussion external exam workshop, Choir workshop, AMEB Speech and Drama exams, Rhythm Section workshops and a Guitar Orchestra video session. Additionally, some of our most experienced musicians came in independently to rehearse for the upcoming Chamber Concert. My thanks to all staff who made themselves available during this time.
Congratulations to Liam Tse (Year 7) who participated in the recent Australian Percussion Eisteddfod. His results follow:
- Solo 2 mallets =- Grade C - 2nd
- Solo 4 Mallets - Grade C - 2nd
- Snare drum Solo Grade B - 2nd
- Drum Kit solo - Grade C - 2nd
- Timpani solo – Grade B – 1st
Further congratulations to the following boys who sat their AMEB Grade 8 Speech and Drama exams over the break:
- Henry Dollar - A
- Luke Evans - A+
- Noah Fenech - B+
- Andrew Hatton - A
Well done also to Rory Jennings, who achieved a C in his AMEB Grade 8 Violin exam. Bravo!
Additionally, we would like to congratulate the following boys on their successful nominations to SHEP Primary:
- George Barnes
- Liam Clancy
- Spencer Connelly
- Finn Connor
- William Coyle
- Leo Crombie
- Hugh Devine
- Henri Dillon
- Darcy Dowd
- Max Elliott
- Don Gambaro
- Aiden George
- Jayden Harrison
- Anton Hoeft
- Noah Litzow
- Campbell Marshall
- Rupert Mihala
- Luca Muscillo
- Alfie Newton
- Fenton Skinner
- Neil Trainor
- Harold Walters
- Orlando Whimp
- James White
- Thomas Wong
Performing Arts levy
The Performing Arts Levy is $110 per student and is billed with the Term 3 school fees. This levy applies to any student who participates in an ensemble in the school year. These funds primarily go to providing the ensemble leadership and the resources needed to advance the student’s level of skill, knowledge and expertise in their ensemble. The levy is the only fee charged, whether a student plays in only one or numerous ensembles.
As of Term 4, we will be running all ensembles based on our 2021 membership. For many, this will mean a change.
If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the Music Department email@example.com
Term 4 events
- Monday 12 October - MusicPractice Hall recommences
- Wednesday 21 October (video only) - Chamber Concert
- Tuesday 17 November - Celebration of Excellence
- Wednesday 18 November - TPA Senior Music lunch
Director of Sport | Mr Tony McGahan
Welcome to Term 4 Sport
Welcome back to Terrace Sport for the start of Term 4, following an active Term 3.
Track and Field
This term we have the continuation of the GPS Track and Field program.
- Week 1 Friday 9 October - night meet at Nudgee after our Inter-House Track and Field carnival.
- Week 2 Friday 16 October - Junior GPS Track and Field carnival.
- Week 3 Friday 23 October - Senior GPS Track and Field carnival.
Mr Werner Botha (Head Coach) and Mr Anthony Hayward (Coordinator) are still looking to accommodate talented athletes from other sports to compete this term and represent Terrace; it is not too late to join!
Swimming, Volleyball, Rowing and Cricket start back this term in preseason mode for the Term 1 GPS competition. First Squads in Volleyball, Cricket and Rowing started to build their program over the holidays with an introduction to the program, standards and general organisation to start the season organised and ready to improve.
For the 2021 Terrace Sporting season, we will have a strong focus across the following areas of our sporting programs.
- Terrace Experience/Identity/History – specific to each sport, e.g. Terrace Rowing, Terrace Volleyball.
- Training Ethic - increase our ability to stay in the contest for longer and and more consistently each week of competition.
- Athlete Development program – we have made some definite improvements in this area thanks to Mr Mark Chisolm’s great energy and drive, but we have more to do to make sure this is part of our performance programs, not just an add on.
The College’s expectations for student behaviour and presentation applies to all co-curricular activities. These activities include before and after school training, performances, matches, tours and camps. Students who do not maintain the appropriate standards can expect to be subjected to a variety of responses from the College which aim to reinforce our expectations. The College’s responses may include temporary or permanent withdrawal from co-curricular programs, removal from eligibility for leadership positions and awards, detentions, school suspensions or expulsion from the College, depending on the severity of the student’s actions. Please refer to the College Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy on the College website for further reference.
Participation in the school Sporting program is growing. It will continue to do so due to the quality of the programming that allows for all levels of participation and quality of coaching across individual sports. The flow of communication to families is extremely important in keeping everybody informed. It is vital to make sure you have signed on electronically through Parent Lounge.
Attendance at training
All boys must commit to their attendance at training twice a week and present ready for their games, home or away. Representing the College is something to be valued. Being a team member who can be depended on entails sacrifice and commitment, no matter what level or activity.
Please be aware that all Directors, Coordinators and coaches have been asked to monitor training and playing uniform. We want to ensure we are representing the College and ourselves, on and off the field, with the highest standards.
Have a great Term 4 in Terrace Sport!
Captains’ Corner | Vice Captain, Dan Migotto
Term 4 has officially begun and alongside it the final term for our Year 12 students. As everyone is well aware, 2020 has been an unpredictable year, but I can say with confidence that when the time comes for us to walk out of the front gates for the last time as Terrace students, there will be no regrets. Coming into Year 12 I didn’t want my Terrace journey to end, but now, as the finish line gets closer and closer, I know that Terrace has prepared the class of 2020 for whatever lies ahead.
So, as this is my last Captains’ Corner, I took some time to stop and reflect. As I prepare to depart, I have realised that in all of my fondest memories of this beautiful place we call home, my friends were by my side. While we may be an unconventional bunch, the laughs we have shared at the lunch table will last me a lifetime, and for that, I will be forever grateful. I honestly believe what makes Terrace so unique is the relationships you share with other members of the Terrace Family, and that isn’t just limited to the students. The relationships and interactions students have with teachers, staff and families are a cornerstone for moulding a Gentleman of Terrace.
In my Terrace journey, I have had the privilege of learning from many wonderful mentors, and this year was no exception. Every morning for Pastoral Care Group, the Captains go up to Dr Carroll’s office, where I often find myself enthralled in conversation with staff. A few of which in particular pushed me to be better every day without even knowing. They treat us as if we are adults, which challenges us to live up to their expectations. These people make Terrace culture, and I could not find words to truly express how grateful I am to have been under their mentorship all these years.
I could continue, but my time is almost up. Farewell to all and good luck to the Seniors of 2021. Enjoy leading the College and never take it for granted. I will be cheering you on as an official Gregory Terrace Old Boy.
The Terrace Family
We pray for the families of the following members of the Terrace Family who have gone to their eternal rest.
Mr Barry Edward STURDY, GT 1951-52
Mrs Beryl HALL, mother of Terrace staff member, Mrs Judy McGuire.
Mr Danny COLLINS, father of Terrace staff member, Mr Darren Collins.
Volunteering at the Terrace Shop
During Term 4 we are welcoming our newest students to the Terrace Family and we need your help! We would love to have you assist us in the Shop as each new student is fitted for his Terrace uniform.
It is a lovely tradition to have current parents volunteer in the Shop during this time. It gives new families an opportunity to meet other parents and ask those everyday questions in a friendly and welcoming environment.
It doesn’t matter if you have not volunteered with us before – we warmly welcome everyone! We will be here to help you and will give you a quick cheat sheet for the fitting process.
We will attend to the uniform fittings from Term 4 Week 1 - Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8.30am - 2.45pm.
On Tuesdays 27 October, 10 November and 17 November we will need assistance until 5.15pm. There are two families booked at one scheduled time, therefore we hope to have two volunteers kindly assist after school.
If you are interested in helping us, please put your name down to volunteer via the following links.
- October 12 https://volunteersignup.org/AFR9Y
- October 19 https://volunteersignup.org/K3DPT
- October 26 https://volunteersignup.org/MJERA
- November 2 https://volunteersignup.org/KAW3C
- November 9 https://volunteersignup.org/XTR7P
- November 16 https://volunteersignup.org/8HQ8A
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We both look forward to welcoming you!
Donna Asnicar and Felice Gatenby firstname.lastname@example.org
Find all your upcoming Terrace Family invitations below...
Terrace Volleyball invites you and your friends to an Exclusive Shopping Experience at the ESTEE LAUDER Corporate Store
40% off retail including brands such as Estee Lauder, Clinique, M.A.C., Bobbi Brown, Aveda, Jo Malone, Aramis and designer fragrances.
Details: Saturday 24 October & Saturday 31 October | 10am – 4pm
Where: Level 2, 33 Park Road, Milton
Cost: $10 (+ booking fee) | Includes entry
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 31 October
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Diana Weeden | email@example.com
To comply with COVID-19 guidelines and to ensure physical distancing can be maintained only 8 people per hour will be permitted to enter the store.
Year Level Parent Social Functions
Find all your upcoming year level parent function details here...
Year 6 End of Year Break Up
Details: Friday 27 November | 12 - 3pm
Venue: Centenary Pool, Gregory Terrace Spring Hill
Cost: Admission - $15 (+bf) | Includes admission, sausage sizzle & cake
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link
For further information or enquiries, please contact
Catherine Hennessy | firstname.lastname@example.org