In the best interest of your son’s safety, it is ESSENTIAL that you contact Student Services to advise of your son's absence. Email Absentees@terrace.qld.edu.au before 9.00am and provide your son’s name, Year, House and reason for absence including if he will be late for school or leaving early. If email is not available, you are able to advise the College of your son's absence via the College App or by phoning the absentee line (07 3214 5244) prior to 9.00am. If your son has not arrived and no notification has been received by 10.00am, you will be sent an SMS message asking you to contact the College to verify your son’s absence.
Useful Commencement Information
Where possible, these should be organised out of school time. If this is not possible:
- Send a note addressed to the House Dean or make an entry in the student diary giving the date and time of the appointment as well as the time your son will be returning if this is the case.
- Please contact Absentees@terrace.qld.edu.au to let them know that you son will be leaving during the day.
- Students must sign out at Student Services (Mt Sion building near the main gate on Rogers Street) on departure and sign in again on return.
College assembly is held every Tuesday and all students are expected to wear full school uniform. Assembly is an avenue for the College to acknowledge both academic and co-curricular excellence, and for the College culture to be further established. In addition, House assemblies are also held once a week where students and teachers in each House gather together formally.
School commences at 8.25am. Students are required on campus by 8.20am and are dismissed at 3.10pm.
The College does not provide before or after school care programs. The Library is open from 7.30am to 4.30pm for students who wish to access its facilities for study-related activities, and Student Services is open from 7.30am to 4pm.
Students may make purchases from the GT Canteen and Terrace Shop and obtain printing from the College Library by using their student ID card. Information on how to put money on their son’s ID card will be emailed to parents/caregivers just prior to the start of Term 1.
The House System is a fundamental structure in the personal formation of our students and a central component of life at Gregory Terrace. Boys will be assigned to one of nine Houses, who provide the framework for Pastoral Care Groups and the Buddy System, which are more condensed support, communication and social forums.
The Houses are:
More information about each House, including their designated colour, is available here.
Please note, the allocation of new students to Houses prioritises known family connections, where possible, and then placements align to the operational needs of the College. The Enrolments Office is always happy to note House requests on a student’s file; however, they are unable to provide surety regarding specific placement.
Early in Term 1 every student will have his photo taken and will be issued with his student ID card. This ID card is used for borrowing books from the Library, obtaining books from Book Hire, late arrival check-in, and general identification within the school community. Replacement cards can be obtained from Student Services at a cost of $5.00, payable at Student Services.
When linked to the Flexischools Cashless Card account, the ID card will also allow students to purchase items from the Tuckshop and Terrace Shop. They may also pay for IT, photocopying and printing costs incurred in the College Library.
If family circumstances necessitate any absence, then formal permission must be sought directly from the College Principal. It is vital for maximum academic outcomes that students are present during the examination periods, which are clearly documented in the student diary. The practice of extending school holidays by leaving a day before or returning a day after is NOT encouraged.
If a student is late for school, he should report to the attendance registration kiosk next to Student Services (located in the Mt Sion building near the main gate on Rogers Street). He will receive a late slip which must be taken promptly to class and handed to the teacher. If the kiosk is not operational, the student must report to Student Services to obtain a late slip.
Each student from Years 7 to 12 will be provided with a locker in which to keep his school bag, books and other belongings. Each student will be required to purchase a combination lock for his locker from the Terrace Shop. Students in Years 5 and 6 have dedicated bag racks at their classrooms.
The College expects students to look after, and be responsible for, all their own belongings. All clothing and equipment should be CLEARLY MARKED with the student’s name and House. Valuables or large sums of money should be given to the House Dean or PC Mentor at the beginning of the school day or deposited into the Flexischools Cashless Card account (see below for more details).
Liturgies and Masses form an important part of the College calendar and are significant in the spiritual lives and reflective practice of our students and the extended Terrace Family.
- Tuesday Morning Mass (Term Time): held in the Chapel of the Holy Family commencing at 7.30am. All members of the Terrace Family are welcome.
- Daily saying of our College Prayer.
- Whole College Masses celebrating: Senior Induction and Opening Mass, Edmund Rice Day Mass.
- Whole College Liturgies celebrating: Ash Wednesday, St Joseph’s Day, Easter, ANZAC Day, End of Term Thanksgiving.
Medical information for every student is maintained by the College in strictest confidence. It is important that the College is kept informed by updating the student’s medical details via Parent Lounge. Failure to advise the College of any medical, emotional, psychiatric or psychological problems may limit the College’s capacity to offer appropriate support for a student. All parents/caregivers with students commencing next year are asked to complete the Medical Information form located here.
If a student is ill in class, he should tell his class teacher who will provide permission for the student to leave class to go to Sick Bay. It is not acceptable for students to contact their parents/caregivers directly to collect them from school without first reporting to Sick Bay.
There will be times when there is a need to visit Student Services or Financial Services. All money goes to the Financial Services office. All other enquiries (e.g. timetable, messages, late slips, replacement ID cards, etc.) should be directed to Student Services. Financial Services is located on the First Floor, Westcourt Building, Cr Victoria and Waters Streets, Spring Hill. Student Services is located on the ground floor of the Mt Sion building near the main gate on Rogers Street.
The GT Canteen operates daily at breakfast, morning tea and lunch. The menu may vary according to the season; however, a wide range of healthy foods are available. Note that the Canteen does not accept cash: purchases are made via the student’s ID card, which is credited by parents, following guidelines for the Flexischools Cashless Card, which will be emailed home just prior to the start of Term 1.