Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Dear members of the Terrace Family,

Welcome to Week 9 of what has been a busy term for all within the Terrace Family.

Students across all year levels are deep in their exam blocks this week. As always, all students need to maintain focus during this time. The well-earned holiday break is just around the corner. However, finishing well needs to be the focus over the coming days.

Term 3 will finish next Thursday at 3pm. Several end-of-term activities and presentations are planned for Thursday, including the Years 5 and 6 Science Fair, which is always a highlight for students and parents/caregivers alike.

The GPS season concludes this weekend with Chess, Basketball and Rugby against The Southport School at home. These will be the final matches played by our Year 12 students, and we wish them the very best as they represent the Red and Black for the last time. This weekend also marks Timor Friendship Day with our Basketball and Rugby 1st teams wearing special jerseys to commemorate this important day. The Terrace Timor Network will have a presence, and as usual, the Tennyson coffee stall will be featuring Merlo Kolega Coffee. This is always a special day on the Terrace calendar, and I encourage families to engage with the TTN and support the wonderful work they are involved with in Timor.

Later this week, all families will be invited to complete a survey regarding school fees. As outlined in the letter accompanying the survey, the College remains very conscious that families make many sacrifices to provide the opportunity for their sons to attend Terrace. We are also very aware of the challenges involved in balancing affordability with the provision of a quality Catholic education. This challenge has certainly increased in recent times, with a significant reduction in government funding expected over the coming years. As mentioned in the survey letter, the College has committed to capping any fee increases in 2022 and 2023. Your engagement with the survey will provide valuable data for the College regarding our future planning, and I thank you in advance for your involvement.

Finally this week, I am pleased to confirm that the Terrace Long Lunch – GT on the Green is back this year on Saturday 16 October. Further information will be released shortly, including the names of our charity recipients. Please make sure you have the date of this fantastic community event pencilled into your diary.

Have a great week.

God Bless.

Assistant Dean of Identity | Mr Chris Zamitt

Over the weekend, many of us celebrated Father’s Day in our own unique way. It was an opportunity to honour all the things our fathers do for us throughout our lives. Fathers come in all forms, so the day was also a chance to acknowledge those stepdads, older brothers, uncles, grandfathers and all the men, living and deceased, who tirelessly and selflessly give themselves for their families with unconditional love.

The role that fathers play in our lives is an important one. Research shows that fathers play a vital role in the social-emotional wellbeing of children. Children look to their fathers for physical and emotional security, not to mention affection and support. Fathers who are involved promote inner strength and influence the kind of respectful relationships children have with others. For boys, many will seek approval from their fathers at a very young age and learn how to interact and function in the world.

On our Year 8 Emmaus retreat, we have explored what it means to be a 'man' in our world today and the idea that our young men often look for role models on their journey to adulthood. The saying Being a male is a matter of birth; being a man is a matter of age, but being a gentleman is a matter of choice readily comes to mind. The social construct of masculinity opens us up to so many ideas of what it means to be men in our world today, but inevitably we look to those close to us who model this every day.

For me, Father’s Day is a slightly toned down occasion as I reflect on my father and the enormous role he played in my life. Sadly, he passed away suddenly in 2019, but he endowed many essential life lessons that I hold close; the importance of being present to others, contributing to the community, and enjoying the simple things in life. He loved the outdoors and always made an effort to include those on the outer. And he knew that relationships, above all else, are about looking for the face of Jesus in others.

We also learn from the story of St Joseph the values of loyalty, patience and obedience, and it is fitting that in this Year of St Joseph, we acknowledge the fatherly role he plays in the life of Jesus. Chosen by God to be both Mary’s husband and the father of Jesus, Joseph willingly took up the responsibilities of a faithful servant and loving husband. He modelled hard work and humility, both values prized here at Terrace. Above all, he was a man of faith who gave without expectation of receiving a reward.

Thank you to all the dads out there, in whatever form you come! I hope it was a special day of celebration for everything you do.

On this Father’s Day, in the year of St Joseph, we ask God’s blessing on all fathers and for those who play a fatherly role in our lives. May every grace be given to them, and may the virtues of St Joseph; prudence, bravery, obedience, loyalty and patience, be theirs in abundance.

Live Jesus in our Hearts… Forever!
St Joseph… Pray for us!

Dean of Students | Mr Damien Cuddihy

Many of you would be aware that it is RU OK Day today. The significance of this day has never had so much relevance as it has over the last 18 months. Our vulnerable students, who work so incredibly hard to keep in the green zone, have recently felt the pressure build in subtle ways. The need to have a genuine sense of connection with those around us continues to be challenging. This year’s theme, Are they really OK? focuses on encouraging everyone to take the risk and ask the question. On Thursday, a social hub was created at Duhig Place with a sausage sizzle, music, balloons, RU OK shirts, banners and handball games to raise awareness and encourage the boys to check in with each other from time to time.

The influence of others has always been a powerful force in the lives of our young men. In many cases, this unfolds as a positive influence, but we do become acutely aware of the potential pitfalls this influence can have on our sons as well. In schools, it is the unwritten rules that people fear being judged over. Whether it is being too loud or too quiet, too different, too interested in sport, not interested enough, or the way you look, that can lead to that feeling of being disconnected within a community. Often boys will choose to blindly conform rather than staying true to their values and individuality to avoid being in the spotlight. Building one’s capacity for moral courage is certainly a long game. Schools will never stop judgment, but at Terrace, we can teach boys to make judgements more mindfully. Furthermore, we can teach the students that it is possible to make a judgement and not feel the need to articulate it to others. I am sure we all remember our parents reminding us that if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all! It is still sound advice today.

With the last round of Basketball, Rugby and Chess this weekend, I would like to thank you all for your support of these programs throughout the term. The mid-week training, the weekend drop-offs and pick-ups are always challenging to manage, but it is your presence that we thank you for. I know it means a great deal to the boys when they know someone is on the sideline watching them play.

Dean of Studies | Mr Mason Hellyer

Exams started this week for Years 5-11 students. This summative assessment is an opportunity to inform students of their subject progress and attainment. However, for many subjects, this is the culmination of formative assessment, checkpoints, and drafting ongoing through the term. As Bob Stake, an assessment expert from the University of Illinois, explains – When the cook tastes the soup, it is formative; when the guest tastes the soup, it is summative. Both formative and summative assessment is important. All assessment is an opportunity for both students and teachers to be informed of student progress.

Assessment outcomes are compelling for teachers. Professor John Hattie from Melbourne University posits that a major purpose of assessment should be to provide information to schools and teachers about their impact on student learning. This knowledge is the chance to adapt further teaching and learning.

For our Year 12 teachers and students, the insights gained from the recent mock exams will strongly shape their revision strategy moving forward. Year 12 students will be receiving feedback on their mock external exams when they return to class next week.

At Terrace, following an assessment period, we examine student results and utilise them in several ways:

  • Identifying students who require further support with literacy or numeracy and implementing an intervention to assist students—for example, a Learning Assistance program (LAP).
  • Identifying students who need extension and implementing programs to extend, e.g., the Maths and English Honours program.
  • Intervention interviews with students who have demonstrated a significant downward trend in their results.
  • Identification and tracking of cohort strengths and weaknesses in literacy and numeracy. Both class teaching and external program support is then supplied as needed.

Consequently, this assessment period is an opportunity for both students and teachers to inform progress and ascertain attainment. Most importantly, it is not the knowledge gained that is of paramount importance. It is the reinforcement of behaviours that have led to success, or conversely, the changing of those that did not enable success, that is the mark of successful assessment.

I wish students all the best for the remainder of their exam block.

Terrace Library

Director of Culture | Mr Matt Cocking

Debating Grand Final

Last night the Terrace Senior A won against Nudgee College in the semi-final for the Queensland Debating Union. In the other semi-final, Churchie defeated All Hallows’. Next Wednesday will see a very hotly contested grand final between Terrace Senior A and Churchie. Congratulations to these young men. This has been a long season with lockdowns and rescheduled debates. This final debate will be held at Somerville House. To date, we have not been made aware of the spectator limits. Please keep an eye on our social media as we would love as many Terrace Family members to Answer the Call and support our students at the final debate.

Our 9.1 and 9.3 teams also debated last night. Congratulations to these eight young men who also won their respective debates. These students will now go on to the quarter-finals with the 10.1s who won last week. The debates will be held at Brisbane Girls Grammar School on 13 October.


Last week we played Churchie, who are always a tough Chess opponent, with many highly rated players. The Terrace teams were reduced to 16 players instead of the regular 44 due to other commitments for Immersion and Orientation night. This meant that some of our boys were playing at much higher levels than they usually would. Despite this, they fought hard and kept their opponents at bay. One of our players was up against a Year 8 student, the second most highly rated player in Queensland, and even though the Churchie player won, he knew he had been well challenged. Congratulations to Charlie Macuga for his draw and Ben Sandstrom for his win against our most powerful GPS opponents.

Music success

Each year we strive for enthusiastic excellence in education. Part of this journey of success is being nominated for, and being accepted into, the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP). Congratulations to the 11 students who have been selected to participate in SHEP Primary held at the Queensland Conservatorium in November.

Support Group meetings

Support Group meetings will be held on 14 September in the Board Rooms at Mt Sion. Should you wish to contact the

Staying in touch

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

Director of Music | Mr Derek Rose

Effortless mastery

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.

In his book Effortless Mastery, Kenny Werner discusses what journey we must take if we are to achieve mastery. In his words: The sky is the limit on what you want to affirm or create. You don’t have to temper your affirmation with what you think is realistic.

Kenny is a professional pianist who discusses the many challenges we are surrounded by daily and how we must overcome these to achieve ultimate success.

Before we can truly express our inner self, we must first learn to be at peace and overcome the distractions that can make performance difficult. Seeking new levels of technical mastery should be a lifelong pursuit - not because you want to impress, but to facilitate any direction the great spirit inside you wants to go.’ ‘As musicians, we have the potential of doing great things. Everyone can remember at least one great concert they’ve been to. The performance was so inspiring that it stayed with them well after they went home. Perhaps the fragrance of it was still there the next day. The feeling it created caused those present to behave differently for a while, possibly with more grace, with more mindfulness of the soul.

All boys at Terrace are on a journey, and it is our role as educators to support, nourish and assist these young men in growing and excelling to the best of their ability. At the end of the day, it is not necessarily about the result but rather the journey they take.

State Honours Ensemble Program 2021

Congratulations to George Barnes, William Caro, Leo Crombie, Max Elliott, Benjamin Fraser, Marcus Frawley, Alexander Gordon, Harry Hammermaster, Nicholas Morris, Chimeze Ngini, Fenton Skinner, Douglas Lane and Matthew Lyons, who have all been successful in selection for the State Honours Ensemble Primary School Program (SHEP). This program connects the finest musicians from various schools into various ensembles, including Wind Orchestra and String Orchestra.

Year 7 Orientation

Congratulations to all boys who performed at Year 7 Orientation evening. Concert Band 2, Terrace Vocal Ensemble and Waterford Strings 3 showcased their talents at various locations around the College. Thank you to Mr Dabelstein, Ms Dixon-Whitbourne and Mr Bradford for their time and dedication in preparing the boys for their performance.

Term 3

  • Tuesday 14 September 5.30pm - TPAmeeting
  • Friday 17 September - Terrace Choir and Youth Choir Workshop
  • Monday 20 & Tuesday 21 September - Guitar Orchestra Workshop
  • Monday 27 & Tuesday 28 September - Rhythm Workshop
  • Thursday 30 September - SWE Holiday workshop

The Weekly Wrap


GPS Basketball fixtures against Anglican Church Grammar School are always a great spectacle, and Saturday’s Round 8 clash against Churchie was true to form, delivering a highly competitive and memorable day of games.

Terrace performed strongly, recording 14 wins in 35 games for a 41% win/loss ratio. Despite losing the day, this win/loss ratio is pleasing considering the strength of the Basketball program at Churchie. Terrace won all but one game on the Churchie main court, as the A program had its best day winning the 5A, 6A, 9A, 11A, 2nd V and 1st V games while the 7As tied and the 10As lost by one point. These results point to the steps the performance program in Basketball has taken in recent years, with this group now able to compete at the highest level.

Congratulations to the Year 9 age group who won the 9A, 9B, 9D and 9E games, while the 6As won over the previously undefeated Churchie 6As. The 7Ds fought back from a 10-point first quarter deficit, while Caleb Reinders led the 8Cs to a gritty five-point win. The 11As, bolstered by Nazar Angallo, who returned from injury, were clinical in their 28 point win.

While the wins are a nice reward for many teams, it is the way Terrace represented themselves on Saturday which is most pleasing. Win, lose or draw, Terrace Basketballers are to play the game hard, fair and with the utmost respect for all involved.

The Terrace 1st V recorded a classy 19 point victory over Churchie, a fixture that is always tough to win. Geordan Papacostas was a key player and led from the front. Cooper Marshall was the best on the court, shooting several three-pointers in the second quarter to a lead they never surrendered.

The program looks forward to the final round of the GPS season against The Southport School. We wish all Basketballers the best of luck this weekend.


As we head into the final Round of the GPS competition I would like to acknowledge all Year 12 players and thank them for their efforts over the years playing Rugby at Terrace. The Terrace Family is very proud of you, and in your final year at Terrace, we want to publicly thank you for pulling on the Red and Black Jersey for the final time.

Team Man Award

Congratulations to this week’s Team Man Award winners. The Team Man Award is presented to the players who make an outstanding contribution to their team both at training and in a game. It is not often that we have brothers nominated on the same weekend so well done to Charlie and Oscar Ingham-Myers (Years 7 and 9).

Rugby Results

The weekend results can be found by clicking on the GPS Rugby link below and then click on “Season Draw”. This will give you access to all results across all schools and age groups. Please note that the 1st XV competition is the only grade that plays for a premiership


Past Mothers' Mass and Morning Tea

We are very much looking forward to hosting our Past Mothers' for the annual Mass and Morning Tea this Sunday 12 September. Please share this invitation with family and friends.

Tennyson Canteen volunteering

This Saturday will be a huge Rugby home round with Back to Tennyson Day. We will be welcoming our Old Boys back to catch up with mates and be a part of the Tennyson action. The canteen and BBQ will require extra volunteers to help us cater for the additional spectators. We would be very grateful if parents/caregivers could click on the link below and sign up for a time slot if possible:

TLG Committee for 2022

The TLG is a Support Group to the College, and we are involved in coordinating a range of events and activities. Our executive committee consists of six positions – President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and VP of Hospitality (x 2). These positions have a two-year tender, and elections are rotated so that the executive committee has consistency from year to year. We will be calling for nominations for Secretary, Treasurer and VP of Hospitality (x2) to join the executive committee for 2022. If you are interested in nominating for one of these roles, please register your interest to or feel free to email to ask for more information about a particular role.

Upcoming Events

  • 12 September – Past Mothers' Mass and Morning Tea
  • 8 October – Track and Field Carnival - TLG running the canteen for the day
  • 11 October – TLG meeting 7.30am – Guest speaker, Mr Mason Hellyer, will speak to the group about ATAR
  • 16 October – The Long Lunch - GT on the Green
  • 8 November – TLG AGM


Details: Saturday 11 September | Entries close at 9am
Venue: Will be drawn outside the Campbell Centre before the 1st V fixture
Cost: $25 per ticket (+bf)
For further event information, please contact
Angela Papacostas |

Details: Sunday 12 September | 9.00am - 12.00pm
Venue: Chapel of the Holy Family, St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace
Cost: $25pp (+bf) | Includes morning tea
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by Wednesday 11 August
For further information or event enquiries, please contact
Nicole Hoffman |

Past Mothers' Mass | Book Tickets Here

Details: Sunday 12 September | 1.30 - 4.30pm

Venue: The Marquee, Victoria Park Golf Complex, Herston
Cost: Adults - $70pp (+bf) | Students - $35pp (+bf) | Includes two course dinner
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by Sunday 5 September
For further event information, please contact

Michael Liddy |

Purchase Tickets Here

Details: Saturday 9 October | 7.00am - 5.30pm
Venue: Maroon Dam | Bus departs and returns to Tennyson
Cost: Free
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by Friday 17 September
For further event information, please contact
Brendan McGrath |


GT on the Green

The annual Terrace Long Lunch is back! Join us for GT on the Green on Saturday 16 October.

Booking details coming soon.

Holiday Clinic #1

Details: Tuesday 30 November - Wednesday 1 December | 7.00am - 11.45am
Venue: Victoria Park Training Facility | Gilchrist Avenue, Herston
Cost: $70 (+bf)
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 29 November
For further event information, please contact
Mr Blair Copelin |

Holiday Clinic #1 Register Here

Want to help but poor on time?

You can now donate money directly to the Terrace Family's Care and Concern. 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 HereCare and Concern | Confidential Referral Form

Year Level Parent Social Functions

Year 12 Parent Morning Tea...with a twist

Our coffee morning also has the option of a manicure or pedicure.

Details: Friday 10 September | 8.30 - 10.30am
Venue: Gasoline Expresso at the Emporium, Fortitude Valley
RSVP: No RSVP required for the coffee however there are only 10 spots for a Pedi/Mani available nearby at Deluxe Nailspa at 9.30am. Spots will be allocated based on first to reply.
To book for manicure or pedicure, please contact
Sarah Ward |

Year 7 Parent/Caregiver Mid-Year Function

Details: Saturday 11 September | 6.30 - 10.30pm
Venue: Gusto da Gianni, Portside Wharf, Hamilton
Cost: $48pp (+bf) | Includes canapes & glass of prosecco on arrival
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 1 September
For further information or event enquiries, please contact
Monica Katsanevas |

Year 7 Function | Book Here

Year 12 Formal Parent/Caregiver Function

Details: Thursday 16 September | 7.30 - 10.30pm
Venue: Viet de Lites, Southbank
Cost: $35pp (+bf) | Includes buffet dinner
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by Friday 10 September
For further information or event enquiries, please contact
Sharon Loudon |

Year 12 Function | Tickets Here

Year 5 Mothers' Long Lunch

Details: Sunday 14 November | 12.30 - 3.30pm
Venue: Blackbird Bar & Restaurant, Riverside
Cost: $140pp (+bf) | Includes 3 course lunch & 3 hour beverage package
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 1 November
For further information or event enquiries, please contact
Monica Katsanevas |

Year 5 Mothers' Long Lunch | RSVP Here