Principal's Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Dear Members of the Terrace Family,

I trust that last week was a good week for parents and students as the transition from holiday routines to school routines was managed. I have been very impressed with the positive attitude and sense of commitment that the boys have shown. It is important that this continues.

The Parent Information Night program commenced this week with Years 5, 6, 7 and 10. I trust that these nights provide additional knowledge for parents, particularly in relation to the year-level specific information. My thanks to the Terrace Ladies Group for their hospitality in providing refreshments on these evenings. The support of the Terrace Ladies Group is always extraordinary and greatly appreciated.

Parent Information Nights for the remaining year levels will be held as follows:

  • Year 8 Parent Information Evening - Monday 5 February
  • Year 12 Parent Information Evening - Wednesday 7 February
  • Year 9 Parent Information Evening - Monday 12 February
  • Year 11 Parent Information Evening - Wednesday 14 February

Tomorrow, all teachers and students will travel to the University of Queensland for the Opening School Mass and Year 12 Induction. This is one of the most significant events in the College calendar. Unfortunately, due to limited seating, the event is only open to parents of Year 12 students. It will be a special day for our Senior students and their families. My thanks to the Year 11 parents who provide the afternoon tea, which is greatly appreciated.

I want to thank parents for their level of cooperation with respect to the afternoon pick-up at the Centenary Pool car park. I would remind parents not to park in the car park early as these parking spaces are needed for the pool and their business patrons. I also remind parents that it is a pick-up process only and parents are requested to make their way to the front of the traffic line to collect their sons. If your son is not waiting there, please do a circuit.

In the mornings I ask that the boys use the lights at the top of Rogers Street to cross the road. It is very dangerous to have students simply crossing the road anywhere as there is a lot of traffic at that time of the morning in Rogers Street.

The building program is well underway, and demolition of Mt Sion will continue this week and should take about two weeks to complete. This demolition is significant and there will be additional dust and noise. The Rogers Street footpath is closed off and I ask parents and students not to use the footpath near Mt Sion until further notice. Please be aware of the additional machinery and trucks during this demolition period.

Finally, this week, I again welcome all our new families to the Terrace Family and I look forward to seeing you at Tennyson on the weekends over the coming weeks.

God Bless,

Dr Michael Carroll
College Principal

College Dean | Mr Chris Ryan

Teaching Staff Professional Development

Last year, I profiled our piloting of ‘Educator Impact’, an online software tool that employs the seven Standards of Teaching articulated by the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership to support classroom teachers in using feedback data to reflect on their practice and set professional learning goals.

We had 10 teachers act as our pilot group in 2017 and this year 35 of our staff are engaging in this process with their Head of Faculty adopting the role of professional coach. The process sees the teacher reflecting on some questions derived from the standards and students providing feedback on lessons along with classroom visitations by the coach. This data is triangulated to provide the teacher with ‘big picture’ feedback in order to develop a focus goal and project for an extended period throughout the year. Ultimately, feedback data is collected once again in order to measure growth and the teacher is provided with coaching and professional reading and resources during the project.

We foresee that our teaching staff will participate in this formal process every three years. However, indicative of our excellent professional culture, a number of staff have also come forward to form professional peer groups to use the online tool to support one another in peer coaching groups as well.

We are blessed with strong teams in our Heads of Faculty and Pastoral Team Middle Leadership groups. During this year, these individuals will engage with another online tool provided by Educator Impact which is designed for leaders. It follows a similar model to the process for teachers where feedback data is collected to provide feedback on particular professional domains. This feedback will be of a 360 degree nature and is designed to emphasise the ‘praise’ in appraisal and to present an opportunity for each leader to develop some focus areas for professional growth throughout the year and beyond.

We also have 12 staff engaged in post-graduate study at Masters level through the Australian Catholic University this year in Religious Education, Theology and Educational Leadership. It is our pleasure to support our dedicated and talented staff in this professional development.

Dean of Studies | Mrs Julie Quinn

It is most encouraging to witness so may boys who have started the term so well. Many boys have indicated that they have made study plans and have completed homework across their first week back.

I have included the “Famous Five “strategies that we need to employ to maximise our learning. Each of these strategies will have an impact on the way we learn, the way we comprehend and retain information. I encourage all students to start the term with good habits and to settle into a routine from the start.

Times for staff tutoring have now been collated and are available via the College App and Parent Lounge. This is a wonderful resource offered by teachers and I encourage boys to make use of this valuable resource.

Terrace subscribes to the study skills website

This is a website that helps students develop essential skills for academic success. There are units of work on topics such as improving time management skills, how to study, research skills, summarising, technology use, brain and memory.

It has sections for teachers and parents to access, health and wellbeing as well as study skills. It is well worth a scroll through the menu.

To access the handbook, go to . The login is as follows:

username: forterraceonly
password: 28results

One of the key criteria for successful study at home is having the right environment such as a clean desk and no distractions. We continue to emphasise the need to work with pen and paper rather than laptops to enhance cognitive memory and to remove the temptation to “multi-task” by accessing different sites.

I have also attached below the findings published by the New York times of a study done on the use of laptops verse the use of pen and paper.

Laptop vs Pen And Paper

Next Tuesday we celebrate the success of the Seniors of 2017 who received an OP score of One - the highest possible score. We will also acknowledge the students who make the most significant improvement across Year 12. Each of these young men will share the strategies that led to their success. We will publish these strategies.

Thank you to all the parents who have attended the Parent Information evenings this week. As always, your support is most valued and is a key to our success as a school.

Dean of Students | Mr Damien Fall

After the excitement that comes with the return to school, Week 2 is all about getting into strong routines in and out of the classroom as well as at home. It has been pleasing to see our young men transitioning from holiday mode and meeting their school responsibilities. We often refer to ‘The Terrace Way’, which is a set of guidelines that we ask students to follow in their efforts to be the best they can be. There is ample evidence to indicate that boys need clear boundaries and high standards. The framework provides a consistent, school-wide set of expectations that we know are so important for students. I applaud our students for what has been a very solid start to the year and I strongly encourage them to get into good habits of study, co-curricular involvement, social interaction, nutrition and sleep. A major focal point for our pastoral team is developing a sense of safety and belonging among our students; we know that when we get these right, students have the best opportunity to thrive.

On Friday of this week, we celebrate our Opening Mass and Senior Induction at the University of Queensland. Moving the entire community to UQ is a significant operation and reflects how important the day is. Details about the day have been sent home and I remind parents that, should you wish for your son to travel home privately from UQ, we require written notification of this. This allows us to track students’ whereabouts and to adjust bus orders. It is assumed that all Year 12 students will travel home privately. We look forward to a memorable day for our community.

The connection between school and home has long been a significant part of the success of Terrace. The early weeks of the year provide multiple opportunities to strengthen these connections, with Parent Information evenings providing year level specific information. Also, on the horizon are our Parent/Tutor Interviews, which provide a wonderful opportunity to connect or reconnect with your son’s Tutor, who is the primary point of contact for pastoral matters. These interviews will be held on Wednesday 14 February as outlined in the information sent home before the commencement of school. Attendance on the evening is always excellent and we look forward to another strong showing this year.

I had the opportunity to spectate at both Tennyson and the Campbell Centre last Saturday as co-curricular activities got into full swing. The benefits of student involvement in these programs is clear. This Saturday, our 1st VI Volleyball team are looking for strong support at Nudgee College. On assembly this week, I made it clear that any spectator at this match must be in his academic uniform. If boys have played in an earlier game, they are asked to change into their College uniform to spectate. It is a great sign of school spirit when boys show up in great numbers and wear their uniform with pride.

Dean of Identity | Mr Charles Brauer

The Way of Wisdom

Often, I catch myself being carried away with my own ‘teacher-talk’. More accurately, it is my wife who catches me out most of the time! I experienced this same sensation during our parent information nights this week when attempting to describe our approach to forming young men into ‘The Terrace Gentleman’. Fortunately, our College crest proudly watching over our gathering in the Campbell Centre was there to assist me and save our parents from being drowned in my ‘teacher-talk’.

The book of learning within our crest symbolises the wisdom that knowledge and humility may lead to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ who, as the Greek letters of the alphabet, Alpha and Omega depict, is the beginning and the end of all things. Have I lost you yet?

Our Terrace Gentlemen are on ‘the way to wisdom’. An experience of liberating their hearts and minds, empowering them to action difference for the common good of society. As a Catholic school, we know that wisdom is the education of the mind, heart and hands to make a difference which is a pathway to God. Are you still with me?

The concept of wisdom has been wonderfully articulated by the Episcopal priest Cynthia Bourgeault, who writes:

The ancient tradition of “wisdom,” sometimes known as sophia perennis, is in fact at the headwaters of all the great religious traditions of the world today. It’s concerned with the transformation of the whole human being. Transformation from what to what? Well, for a starter, from our animal instincts and egocentricity into love and compassion; from a judgmental and dualistic worldview into a nondual acceptingness. This was the message that Jesus, apparently out of nowhere, came preaching and teaching, a message that was radical in its own time and remains equally radical today.

Perhaps I would do well to avoid the teacher-talk’ by simply describing the mission of forming ‘The Terrace Gentleman’ as - educating young men so that they become more loving, more compassionate and more non-judgmental. These virtues have been at the core of a Terrace education for 143 years, and by the energy and dedication displayed by our new and continuing Terrace Family members in these early days of a new school year, they will continue to be signposts on ‘the way to wisdom’.

Years 5 - 6 Program Leader | Mr Brendan Ganley

We speak about the concept of ‘community’ regularly at Terrace, but where do we experience this? Themes of family and community will be present tomorrow as we welcome the new year through our Opening Mass. A great occasion to induct our Senior class, but also to come together as one and celebrate the year ahead. This was such a big week for our new members of the Terrace Family. One of the highlights is to have our new students establish the Terrace bond, all wearing the familiar colours on the sporting field. There is much for the students to take in during their first week and it is always a highlight on that first Saturday to see the new students bound by familiar colours on the sporting field. From only being together for a week, and marching out as one during their first cricket game, our young men could feel a part of this family, whether celebrating a wicket or that first victory, the community spirit was strong on Saturday.

From the first week of a new year, our school, like many work places, can be busy. One way in which we can be prepared at Terrace is to attend to the business side of school life such as consulting our assessment calendars, which are in circulation and should be used to map out the first term. The second useful tool is our academic planner, which allows us to plot all our important events throughout the term. This attention to preparation can give us the time to balance our study lives with sport and family events.

Years 5 and 6 students are reminded about the changes to yard space. They are playing at Victoria Park each morning tea and lunch time. Sunscreen is provided, but it is recommended that this is applied before coming to school each day. Students in Years 5 and 6 are welcome to change into running shoes for play at morning tea and lunch.

It was great catching up with parents at the Parent Information evenings this week. This was a great opportunity to meet each boy’s teacher and to become familiar with his learning environment.

Director of Culture | Mr Matt Cocking

2018 Appointments

Welcome to Mr Phil Hiett who will be leading our Live Production Services. If your son likes the idea of working backstage or in the technical areas of a theatre or performance venue, then this is the ideal activity for him. This activity will offer the perfect opportunity to gain an entry level understanding of the exciting world of live production and services in the live entertainment and events industries. Students will learn from industry professionals on a range of our industry standard equipment and prepare to support future events within the College. Stay tuned for further information.

We Will Rock You

Terrace has a very strong cultural foundation that is constantly being improved. Over the Christmas break, the Musical Production team met and added to the groundwork for the 2018 Senior Musical – We Will Rock You. Leads of the musical rehearsed characterisation, vocal strength and accent workshops. Yesterday, we held a successful first ‘All Cast’ rehearsal. Over 200 students want to be part of the production and we are forecasting this to be the largest cast yet. The Musical will have a season of four nights from Wednesday 16 May – Saturday 19 May at Gardens Point Theatre. Tickets will be released soon and we expect them to sell fast.

Debating Workshop

Well done to the 160 boys who took part in the Debating workshop held on the holidays. This workshop saw the boys work with the Queensland Debating Union’s elite adjudicators to gain a better grasp on case study and further enhance all aspects of their activity. Thank you to Mr Andrew Stormonth and Mr Josh Taylor for putting this together.
GPS Debating is a Term 1 activity this year and begins this Friday GT vs NC at home. Our debaters would love your support.

Music Camp Success

This year the Music Camp had a new element which allowed a greater focus on rehearsal with less boys sharing between ensembles. The outcome was very favourable with all directors reporting more efficient rehearsals. With the school year only just commencing, we have already had three performances and the ensembles have sounded very polished each occasion. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Drumline join to perform at the 2018 Apple and Grape Festival in Stanthorpe on 3 March.

Need an Activity?

If you would like to have your son involved in the Cultural life of the College, please contact for more information on the opportunities available.

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

We have almost reached the end of the second week of term and by this stage all ensembles and instrumental lessons should be in full swing. Students and parents should have received some contact from teachers as well as copies of timetables by this stage. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Music department as soon as possible -

There have been a small number of requests for cancellation of lessons during the past week. While we understand that circumstances may change, please keep in mind that many of our music staff are casual employees with teaching portfolios across multiple schools and last minute changes to scheduling can have a dramatic impact on their overall schedule. As outlined on page 6 of the Co-Curricular Music and Speech & Drama Information Booklet (found in the Terrace App-Culture | Music), two full weeks' notice prior to the end of term is required to cancel lessons for the following term or you will be billed. If you have any questions, please contact

As the year begins and we are all focussing on establishing good habits and regular routines, it is timely to highlight some information about recent research on how musical activity affects the brain. The following link,, will take you to a TED Talk about how playing an instrument engages the participant’s brain. As part of a well rounded education, the study of music provides students with an activity that will assist their development across many disciplines and provides them with an interest they can pursue for many years to come.

Students are reminded that instruments need to be stored correctly in the storage spaces provided in the Instrument Storeroom and MU2 and taken home at the end of the day for personal practice. Please ensure that your son’s instrument case is clearly labelled with his name and a contact phone number and/or email.

On Monday we assigned instruments out to all Year 5 boys. In Years 5 and 6, classroom music at Terrace is taught through instrumental performance and theory. Your son will learn either a band instrument (brass, woodwind, percussion) or a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass). These instruments are loaned for the duration of the course, free of charge, and have been supplied at great personal cost by Mr Norman Clarke (GT, 1947-52). Over the years, Mr Clarke has spent in excess of $200 000 providing instruments for this program. We are very lucky to have this financial support for music and I hope that your son will make the most of this unique opportunity. For new families, please note that this is a curriculum subject, which is separate from Co-Curricular Music.

This Friday at 7am in Room MU2 we commence rehearsals for the newly formed Terrace Symphony Orchestra. This ensemble now replaces the former Terrace Chamber Orchestra. Please be aware that those who are singing at the Year 12 Induction Mass this Friday are not expected to be at the orchestra’s rehearsal, since you have an early start at the university.

We have two workshops running concurrently this Sunday:

Callan Red and Black String Ensembles Workshop and Concert, Sunday 4 February, 9am-3pm, Edmund Rice Theatre, Waterford Place and

Red Concert Band Workshop, Sunday 4 February, 8.45am-12pm.

These events need to be accepted by families as soon as possible through Parent Lounge.

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.

Please note that there has been a correction regarding the GTOBA Mass (see below)

Term 1 Events

  • Opening Mass, Terrace Choir and Mass Band, Friday 2 February, University of Queensland
  • Callan Red and Black String Ensembles Workshop and Concert, Sunday 4 February, 9am-3pm, Edmund Rice Theatre, Waterford Place
  • Red Concert Band Workshop, Sunday 4 February, 8.45am-12pm
  • GTOBA Mass, Terrace Choir, Sunday 11 February, Chapel of the Holy Family
  • GPS Music Showcase, Thursday 22 February, Music Dept.
  • Chamber Music Concert, Wednesday 28 February, 6-7.30pm, Edmund Rice Theatre, Waterford Place
  • ANZAC Day Marching Band (SWE and Red Thunder Drumline), Saturday 3 March, 8.30am-6.50pm, Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival
  • Terrace Open Day, Wednesday 7 March, 4-7pm, Terrace

Director of Sport | Mr Damian Wright

Tuesday’s Spirit Assembly presented to the College community the young men who have been selected in the respective squads for the Cricket 1st XI and the Volleyball 1st VI. Congratulations to all the boys who were presented. The Spirit assembly is just one form of recognition for the boys who have reached the pinnacle of their respective team sport and so are recognised as the flagship teams of their programs.

Special note to the following young men who were awarded the leadership positions


Co-Captains - Tom Pappalardo and Will Kirk


Captain - Connor Mauro

Vice-Captain - Oscar Dixon

Saturday 27 January Round 1 v BBC

It was a significant task to get almost 900 boys organised and sorted into respective Cricket and Volleyball teams from Years 5 through to 12 in a shortened week in preparation for Round 1 on Saturday, but the teams were ready to play and results across the board in both programs were very pleasing.

There are two ways to look at how results fare on a weekend of competition:

Program wise – and that is the overall performance of the teams running from Year 5 through to Year 12 and of course the performance of the flagship teams – the First Representative Teams – the best team in the school of that program.

Program wise both activities won more than their opposition and so we can say it was a successful day in that regard. For the two flagship teams there were mixed results.

The 1st XI Cricket team were sent in on a tough wicket and suffered early wicket losses, but very much to their credit, they fought back strongly to record a competitive total. In defence of this total the team remained competitive and were able to dismiss five of the opposition batsman before eventually being overhauled.

The 1st VI Volleyball team twice fought back to eventually win in five sets – a remarkable fighting performance.

For both flagship teams, regardless of their result, the most pleasing aspect was the manner in which both teams kept competing and never giving in until the end. Well done to both teams.

For the Rowing program the boys travelled to Wyaralong and again perhaps the most pleasing aspect was the fight that was shown by all the crews to compete right to the end. This was perhaps best personified by the performance of the 1st VIII Rowing who recorded a fantastic second place in their first race and third in the second race over 2000m.

This weekend the College will travel to Nudgee to compete against our arch rivals in Cricket and Volleyball. The Cricket 1st XI will play on Ross Oval and if boys are available it would be great to come over to the main oval and support the team. The Volleyball 1st VI will start at 1.15pm in the gymnasium.

Terrace will be hosting the Gregory Terrace regatta at Wyaralong on Saturday and the swimmers have their first swim on Friday afternoon at Nudgee College in the highly competitive meet, the Br Miller Shield.

A reminder that the best way to stay in touch with up to date information is the Terrace Sport Twitter account and the Terrace school App | Sport for greater details around organisation of the programs.

If you need to request information please email the respective staff in charge of the activities.

Pride of Program Day

This year boys in each activity will be asked to be present and support the flagship team of their respective sport. All boys who play are asked to stay – no exceptions. One Day / One Round is identified as the Pride of the Program Day.

Volleyball Round 3 v BSHS is the first sport and round where all boys who play Volleyball are expected to be present in the Campbell Centre in Academic dress to support the 1st VI.

The 250 boys that play are expected to be present to cheer on the flagship team of their sport.

Please plan and budget your time to be present – no excuses for not being there.

Cricket will support through a Pride of the Program day with the Round 5 clash with TSS. The boys are asked to be present for one hour during the game at Tennyson. The cricket uniform on this day will be acceptable.

The Weekly Wrap

The week in Term 1 Terrace Sport



Last weekend’s Round 1 of Cricket was a memorable day both on and off the field with all 47 teams and 584 students competing in matches, a huge effort for the first week of 2018. It was a particularly special occasion for our new Years 5 and 7 students who represented the College for the first time in any sport and did Terrace proud in their presentation and application on the day. In total Terrace won 19 of 31 matches played against BBC - an overall win percentage of 61%. In supplementary matches Terrace only won 6 of 14 matches. However, a lot of these matches were against a higher graded opposition, providing a great learning experience for those boys who played in these fixtures. Regardless of the results Terrace Cricketers are encouraged to play hard but fair, be gracious in victory and humble in defeat. The program is happy to report the spirit in which Terrace Cricket teams play was visibly evident across all age groups on Saturday on both the field and the sidelines and the students and wider cricket community must be congratulated for this.


A very competitive weekend awaits the entire Terrace Cricket Program with GPS matches versus traditional rivals Nudgee College and supplementary matches across the board. The program will be looking to continue the momentum that has been generated during the preseason and on the back of a strong start during Round 1. The coaching staff have been pleased with the efforts and enthusiasm during training sessions and are looking forward to seeing this continue over the coming weeks. Students are reminded of the commitment they have made to play Cricket for the term and the importance of following through by attending training, being available for matches on Saturday and wearing the College uniform with pride.


GT 10/109 (39.1 overs) def. by BBC 5/111 (36.1 overs)

Round 1 of the 2018 GPS season saw Terrace face premiership heavyweights BBC in a blockbuster clash on Internationals Oval. James Hurst (#772), Nick Morton (#773), Michael Pease (#774) and Cooper Simmonds (#775) made their debuts as BBC won the toss and elected to bowl on a bowler-friendly wicket at Tennyson. BBC’s pace trio of Matt Willans (3/8 off 8 overs), Kurt Neumann (3/16 off 7 overs) and James Ward(2/12 off 7 overs) had the ball moving consistently in both directions proving too tough to handle early on. Michael Pease (0), Nick McGill (1), Tom Pappalardo (2), James Hurst (2), Ryan Walker (0) and Riley Sela (1) all fell victim to what was a quality opening spell of bowling as Terrace fell to 6/24 after just 12 overs of play. Standing in BBC’s way was co-captain Will Kirk (42) who played an innings of the highest quality, filled with courage in the toughest of situations. He found willing support in Ed Backstrom (10) and Max Law (28) who showed bravery of their own, both players wearing blows on the body at various stages as Terrace scraped their way to 109. Certainly a below par score in modern GPS Cricket, but given the conditions and the position the team found themselves in early, it was a strong effort by the middle and lower order to give the bowlers a total to bowl at. With this wicket beginning to play more consistently in the afternoon sunshine it would take an extraordinary bowling and fielding performance from Terrace to run the game close and the team started fantastically. Nick Morton (1/15 off 10 overs) claiming an early wicket on debut followed by a great piece of fielding by Walker to create a runout from nothing. Kirk (1/10 off 3 overs) chipped in with an LBW and all of a sudden BBC were 3/30 from 17 overs and the game was hanging in the balance. Whilst Terrace continued to push hard for wickets, the BBC middle order pairing of Max Carlyon (40 not out) and Max Clayton (25) batted beautifully and took BBC to the brink of victory. Ryan Walker (1/44 off 9 overs) claimed a wicket and Cooper Simmonds (1/12 off 4 overs) chipped in with his maiden GPS scalp to make BBC work all the way to the finish, but in the end they claimed victory with the best part of 14 overs remaining. On the scoreboard this looked to be a heavy defeat for Terrace, but for those who attended the game they understood this was anything but a demoralising defeat. There are plenty of positives to take forward into the rest of the season, the fight shown in particular by the middle and lower order and the way the team made BBC work right until the end even with a below par total will serve as an inspiration for the coming games as Terrace look to bounce back next Saturday against Nudgee.


Saturday was the opening of the 2018 GPS Rowing Season with BBC hosting a very sunny Wyaralong regatta.

Many schools did not have the full complement of boats due to sickness and injury, Terrace included. For those that did attend, right from the Karrameer’s Call at the start of the morning, a clear drive was evident amongst the boys to start the season on the front foot.

Best Performances

The day started strongly with the Year 10 3rd Quad (Daly, Campbell-Perry, Nasser, Daly, Godbold) crossing the line first. The highlight of the morning must go to the Open 1st VIII (Rex, Gillard, Sullivan, Farquhar, Langley, Crowe, McGrath, Watt, Pham Van Khanh) who showed their true colours to come within a whisker of the maiden win of the season. Catch the finish of the great Open 1st VIII Race - Watch this space for more footage week to week!

Special mention must go to the other two flagship boats (Open 2nd VIII and Year 11 1st VIII) who both placed third in their competitive divisions.

Other great results throughout the day:

First Place

  • Year 10 2nd Quad

Second Place

  • Year 9 8th Quad
  • Year 9 2nd Quad
  • Year 10 4th Quad

Third Place

  • Year 9 6th Quad
  • Year 9 3rd Quad
  • Open 3rd VIII
  • Year 10 5th Quad

Please see Results and Old Boys Cup Projections.

Representative Sport

Representative School Sport Term 1

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 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 are:

  • Basketball trial date 14 February - Open to all boys turning 12. Nominations close Monday 5 February.
  • AFL trial date 23 February - Open to all boys turning 12. Nominations close Monday 12 February.
  • Hockey trial date 23 February - Open to all boys turning 12. Nominations close Monday 12 February.
  • Rugby League trial date 2 March - Open to all boys turning 11 or 12. Nominations close Monday 19 February.
  • Football trial date 9 March - Open to all boys turning 12. Nominations close Monday 26 February.

Nth Independent Term 1 Sports are:

  • Volleyball trial date 6 February - Open to all boys turning 15 and 18. Nominations close Friday 2 February.
  • Basketball trial date 13 March - Open to all boys turning 15 and 18. Nominations close Friday 19 March.
  • U15 Football trial date TBC - Nominations close TBC.
  • U18 Football trial date TBC - Nominations close TBC.
  • Touch trial date TBC - Nominations close TBC.
  • Hockey trial date TBC - Nominations close TBC.

Direct nominations to Met. Nth Sports are:

  • Baseball trial date 13 February - Open to all boys turning 18. Nominations close Monday 5 February.
  • Tennis trial date 14 February - Open to all boys turning 18. Nominations close Monday 5 February.
  • Swimming trial date 21 February - Open to all boys turning 18. Nominations close Wednesday 14 February.
  • U15 AFL trial date 6 March - Open to all boys turning 15. Nominations close Friday 2 March.
  • U15 and U18 Rugby League trial date 13 March - Nominations close Monday 5 March.

      For Trial Notices relating to upcoming Term 1 Trials please contact:


      Head Coach – Ms Kaitlin Sullivan

      A fantastic start to the GPS Volleyball season over the weekend, with excellent volleyball played throughout all divisions in our first round against BBC. Whilst there were some mixed results across our B-E teams, the 8A, 9A, 10A, 11A, 3rd VI, 2nd VI and 1st VI posted some very close and well fought wins. Some standout performances of the day include Luca Gassman in the 8As settling into his new role as setter very well, and Joachim McMahon continuing to be a strong attacking force in the 9As. Liam Keates-Ryley helped the 10As come back from one set down to win the game with his dominant hitting and serving, and Zachary Hyams’s consistent serve receive and defence he helped the 11As win 2-0. The 1st VI won in a close 3-2 game, with Angus Burton and Pat Millard’s incredible attacking through the middle a key factor. All teams return to training this week with new focus areas as we look towards an important Round 2 against Nudgee College.

      1st VI Report – Mr Ben Bell

      After a long preseason the Terrace Volleyball 1st VI commenced the pursuit of the 2018 GPS Volleyball Premiership with a tough match against Brisbane Boys' College. The early part of the match was plagued by unforced errors by Terrace, allowing the consistent BBC line-up to take the first set. This was the theme of the entire match with Terrace struggling to put together quality actions. The score line of 1-2 down provided the catalyst needed to find the level we could not attain in previous sets. Terrace went on to win the fourth set and comfortably win the fifth.

      Middle players Angus Burton and Patrick Millard provided stability in an otherwise at times fragile team and thus were stand-out players. An important week of training has already begun, with many lessons learned from Saturday’s match. A refocused and determined team looks forward to facing Nudgee away this weekend.

      Captain's Corner | Vice Captain, Thomas Dearlove

      Week 2 is here, and the Nudgee round is fast approaching.

      Several significant events have occurred this week in preparation for the upcoming weekend. The College Captains and myself have worked hard to gain strong support for our 1st XI Cricketers and 1st VI Volleyball. To stress the importance of being shoulder to shoulder in support this weekend, we have introduced five spirit leaders; collectively called the Spirit Squad. With assistance from our Senior cohort, Will Baker (Bakes), Edward Hinz (Hinzo), Jai Eastman (Easty), Max Poteri (Maxy) and Nick Fury (Fury) were selected. These boys are completely dedicated to our co-curricular activities, supporting every event, from Rugby right through to Chess, in full spirit. They lead by example, showing new and younger students the importance of supporting our brothers.

      On Tuesday, we had our first Spirit Assembly. Spirit assemblies have always been one of my favourite aspects of Terrace. It is something that is unique to the community and allows the College to be united in recognition of our sportsmen. As always, the assembly was finished with a whole school war cry. Lucky enough to lead the war cry, I walked through the middle of the crowd and observed the students around me. I was inspired to see the white shirts spread out throughout the Campbell Centre, with their arms around their Years 5 and 7 buddies. Everyone was engaged and cheering as loudly as possible. A great sign of what is to come in 2018.

      On Wednesday, the newly formed Spirit Squad and College Captains went over to Waterford for War Cry practice. It was pleasing to go to Waterford and see how the Year 10s were settling in. The boys seemed to be fully embracing the Waterford experience. This was clearly evident during the War Cry practice. I was surprised and excited to see some of the Year 10s getting up and leading war cries themselves. It will be great to have such loud and enthusiastic support from them this year, and in particular, this weekend.

      I am confident to say that this weekend, against strong Nudgee support, we will stand Shoulder to Shoulder. Good luck to everyone competing.

      Terrace Ladies Group

      Week 2

      Week 2 of Term 1 is always a very busy time for the TLG with the various welcome functions being held and finishing with the wonderful celebration at the Induction Mass for our Year 12s and their families. The functions after the information evenings held so far have been terrific opportunities for parents to meet up as well as clarify topics that were raised during the talks by staff. Tonight, we meet in Waterford Place for our Year 10 parents, and tomorrow at UQ for the Induction Mass lunch, hosted by many of the Year 11 mothers.

      Thank you to the many ladies who have assisted with these functions this week, especially the Year 9 and Year 11 cohorts.

      TLG Meeting

      On Monday 29 January we had our first TLG meeting for the year at the new time of 7.30am. The earlier start has been well received with over 50 ladies attending. We had a delicious breakfast provided by the tuckshop of ham and cheese croissants, warmed muffins and fresh fruit salad. Thank you to Dr Carroll for coming along and giving us an update on College matters. The next TLG meeting will be on 26 March in the Founders’ Room at 7.30am.

      Care and Concern

      From time to time a family within our College community experiences hardship, making it more challenging than normal to care for their loved ones. Our Care and Concern program assists by facilitating the provision of meals for a designated period. When such circumstances arise, we send an email to the school community asking people to contribute towards family meals. Filling those rosters can be a little inconsistent – sometimes filling within hours, other times we struggle, especially if the service is over several weeks. Please keep a look out for these calls for help (it only really comes up a few times a year and is fundamental to our ethos of helping those around us). Mrs Norelle McHugh and Mrs Clare Stephens are the ladies who look after this program on behalf of the TLG. We are currently discussing strategies to make this a more efficient and effective service. It may involve a registration of people who are interested in assisting others this way. More details will come in the following weeks.

      If your family is experiencing a challenge of this nature (eg. health crisis of a family member) or know of someone in this situation, and could do with our assistance, I would be more than happy to speak to you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

      Tennyson Canteen

      I am excited to introduce Mrs Noelene Brookes, our new Tennyson Canteen Convenor. She comes with much experience through running various UQ canteens and last Saturday the Tennyson Canteen ran very smoothly even though it was her first day. Please show Noelene a kind welcome when you come to Tennyson and help out when you can.

      Another piece of exciting news is that we have the Cricket Support Group responsible for the canteen this term, for the first time, with all proceeds going to their program. This has been taken up with much enthusiasm and I’d like to say a special thank you to Mrs Annie Forster and Mrs Kim Holohan for making this a simple transition. The TLG are there in a supportive role as well.

      At the TLG meeting on Monday, I tabled a draft Tennyson Canteen procedures manual to facilitate smooth operations or handover of duties. With a new team on board, it is a great tool to have on hand. We will review through the year and put forward the final document for endorsement at the AGM in October.

      Red and Black Cocktail Party

      I would like to give you all a friendly reminder that the tickets for the Red and Black Cocktail Party to be held on Saturday 3 March at 7pm went on sale today via College Events. 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. The dress code is cocktail/lounge suit.

      Parent Directory

      The Parent Directory is a valuable resource that we all use at some time each term. There is both the hard copy (also unofficially known as the 'Red Pages'), and the electronic version. Please be sure to log onto the Parent Lounge, update your details and “share” if you are happy for others in your various year levels to contact you if the need arises (eg. accidental bag swap, lifts to training, invitations etc). This is also crucial for our year level coordinators. If you have any queries on how to update your details on the Family Directory on the Parent Lounge, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me on the email below. I’d be happy to assist.

      TLG Correspondence

      If you are not on our mailing list but would like to be, please email our Secretary, Mrs Rachel McGahon, on Please also ensure that you save this email address into your contacts as it may find its way to Junk Mail.

      TLG Date Claimers

      Coming Up
      • Week 2: Friday 2 February – Lunch for Year 12 Families after Induction Mass at (UQ)
      • Week 6: Friday 2 March – 7.45am TLG Welcome Mass and Morning Tea
      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

      TLG President | Mel Josephson|

      Terrace Shop

      The Uniform Shop has returned to normal trading hours.

      Tuesday, Thursday and Friday | 7.30am-3.45pm

      You can order school uniforms online through Flexischools

      Student ID Cards are accepted for payment in the shop


      Find all your Terrace Family event details here!

      Details: Year 10 | Thursday 1 February | Waterford Place
      RSVP: No RSVP required. Complimentary finger food. Cash bar.
      For further details or enquiries, please contact
      Leisa Low | | 0433 230 341

      Date and Time: Saturday 3 February | 5.30pm - 9.30pm
      Where: Br Rogers Pavilion, Tennyson Playing Fields
      Cost: Free | Register via College Events
      RSVP: Please RSVP by Thursday 1 February 2018
      For further details or enquiries, please contact
      Annie Forster | | 0411 222 011

      Cricket Season Launch - RSVP Here

      The Terrace Family are warmly invited to attend the 2018 Red & Black Cocktail Party.
      Date and Time: Saturday 3 March | 7pm - 11pm
      Where: Gambaro Hotel | 33 Caxton St Petrie Terrace
      RSVP: Tickets on sale via College Events midday Thursday 1 February
      For further details or enquires, please contact:
      Lea Walker-Franks |

      Red & Black Cocktail Party - Book Here

      Save the date! Booking details coming soon.
      Date and Time: Saturday 21 April | 11.30am
      Where: Doomben Race Course
      For enquiries about sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
      Mary-Louise Condon |
      Vanessa Dollar |
      Kristin Esler |

      Community Information

      The Terrace Tuckshop welcomes volunteers

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

      Week 3 5/2/2018

      Week 4 12/2/2018

      Week 5 19/2/2018

      Week 6 26/2/2018

      Week 7 5/3/2018

      Week 8 12/3/2018

      Week 9 19/3/2018