Principal’s Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Dear Members of the Terrace Family,

Tomorrow the 2017 Year 12s have their final day as Terrace students. The day is a special one for them, their parents, the staff and the rest of the student body. I thank and congratulate them.

The 2017 Year 12 students have been fine young men, highly spirited and passionate and have been great ambassadors for their College. Ryan Gassman, Bill Bingham, Jack Kimmins, Matthew Lo Grande and Will Cook for their leadership throughout this year. Well done Year 12 and good luck for your future journey.

As well as students leaving, there are also many families departing Terrace. To the 167 families who leave Terrace this year from Year 12, I say thank you for your support over the years. Thank you for the partnership you have formed and for the journey you have travelled with your son. To all our Year 12 students and their families - Thank you and good luck.

As one group of students leave, another group prepares their transition into leadership. I have previously published the 2018 College Leaders in the Terrace News. I wish College Captain, Jacob Montaner and his team all the best and have great confidence that they will continue the tradition of outstanding student leadership.

With the end of the academic year upon us, all students are currently on exams. It is very important that good revision and exam preparation is followed. It is critical for students to be well-rested in preparation for their exams. Equally important is that they have the correct equipment for their exams. This organisational and physical preparation is as important at this stage as the study and revision preparation. The other factor to consider at this stage of the year is the importance of finishing well and ensuring normal behaviour and uniform expectations are followed. Your reinforcement of these expectations will assist in ensuring a good end of year is achieved by all.

Finally this week, as the end of year approaches, can I remind parents and students that text books need to be returned to Book Hire and that the range of clinics and camps offered over the holidays can be accessed via the Parent Lounge.

Have a great week.

Dr Michael Carroll

College Principal

College Dean | Mr Chris Ryan

Year 12

We look forward to the final rituals for the Year 12 fellows on Friday afternoon and Friday evening. In a Catholic community, this time of sign and symbol is vital and always a special process that brings meaning and structure to an emotion charged time. On behalf of the staff of Terrace, I thank all Year 12 parents for their support of our work and willingness to do this work in partnership with us. Like all human communities, we aren’t perfect and there have been ups and downs along the way, but hopefully each young man will make his mark in his own way and in his own time and be able to draw on his Terrace experience and relationships throughout his life in concert with the love and support of his family and friends. On your behalf, I acknowledge the efforts of our committed and generous staff who work in partnership with the boys to help them be the best that they can be in the classroom, on stage, on the field and in the community. Our prayer is that the Seniors of 2017 are examples of Servire Deo Sapere for the world-wise servants of God’s love. Congratulations to Ryan Gassman and his cohort on their spirited and committed efforts throughout the year.

Dean of Studies | Mrs Julie Quinn

One of the highlights of Term 4 for our Year 11 students is their appointment into leadership roles for next year. The Senior leadership of the College creates and promotes the culture of both a caring community and a community that strives for excellence.

Each year we are blessed with boys who are willing to support their fellow Terracians. Examples of this leadership can be witnessed in many arenas, from a student offering to help a visitor find our reception, to boys helping carry books for their teacher, to boys thanking staff at the end of each lesson, to tutoring a mate.

Preserving our culture of excellence requires our leaders to promote best practices in their classrooms and their study. Our Seniors this year have been outstanding role models in this area.

A number of boys regularly conducted tutorials to fellow Seniors. These tutorials were well attended and the respect offered by the students in the room was a credit to the maturity and commitment of all our Senior students.

As this newsletter goes to “print”, our Seniors of 2017 are completing their final assessment for the year. My heartfelt thanks to this group who have been a pleasure to work with. We wish them well for their final assembly, Mass and Valedictory dinner tomorrow. Our hope is that these young men will move into a world where they can contribute to making a positive difference.

To the remainder of the school, we still have one week to complete exams.

Having a study plan that explicitly states what is to be studied in a particular allocated study time is imperative for efficiency. The plan needs to cover all topics and exercises as per the checklist. The checklist needs to be used as if it was an exam – using pen and paper, respond to the item on the checklist then correct the response. Just reading over notes can result in a student not realising their lack of understanding until faced with the exam.

I encourage boys to work hard until the final pen stroke is made on the final exam. The holidays will be even more rewarding if the year is finished successfully.

On a practical note, I remind all boys that they need to ensure they return all text books to Book Hire prior to finishing school.

Dean of Students | Mr Damien Fall

We often refer to a student’s time at St Joseph’s College as his ‘Terrace Journey’. For most young men, this journey of five, six or eight years represents a large portion of their short life. Hence, the end of the journey is a significant time, bringing a mixture of feelings. This Friday, we farewell our Seniors at their final College Assembly, followed by the Valedictory Mass and dinner. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to what has been a good cohort of young men. I have been pleased by their cooperation, regard for others and their willingness to make the most of their time at Terrace. They will be remembered for their passion and spirit, particularly in the way they supported each other, both at school and in their co-curricular pursuits. On behalf of the College, I wish these men all the very best as they move on to the next phase of their lives. I am sure they have mixed emotions as they depart, but they know that they will always be Terracians and are always welcome through the gates of the College. Thank you and farewell Seniors of 2017.

We have always made a point of inviting parents to be part of their son’s journey at Terrace and we are blessed to have such a strong level of support from our parent body. There is evidence to indicate that a united approach from school and home helps to get the best out of young men. It is clear that parents want to be part of their sons’ education and hence, this Friday’s Valedictory is an emotional time for many parents as well. We know they will be present in large numbers to help us say farewell. More than 100 of our families conclude their time at Terrace this week so the journey will be over, not just for the Seniors, but also for many of our parents. On behalf of the College, I thank all of our departing parents for placing your faith in Terrace over the years. If ever you have a spare Saturday and feel that something is missing, you can always head out to Tennyson to relive some memories!

Year 11 students have now entered exam block and are only required at school when they have an exam – their academic year is finished when they complete their final exam. We have also asked them to make the effort to be present and farewell the Seniors at Valedictory Assembly this Friday. They are asked to be seated in the Campbell Centre at 2.10pm. For all other students, exams will run over the coming days. Please note that for students from Years 5 to 10, school will conclude at 12.30pm on Friday 24 November. It is an expectation that these students are in attendance until this time. All the very best to students over the next week as they complete their final exams for the year.

Dean of Identity | Mr Charles Brauer

‘Men of Faith and Learning’

Monday 5 July 1875. There they stood alongside their parents; hope-filled, nervous, excited, a little bemused. They were greeted warmly by Br Joseph Barrett, Br Stanislaus Nunan and Br Brendan Nugent. Their names were etched in history. Day one of St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace had begun. The sparks of 26 young men were lit. These 26 young men, who stood alongside their parents on the doorstep of the old Cathedral of St Stephen became the first Gentlemen of Terrace, ‘men of faith and learning’.

Tomorrow, we will gather on the very same steps to farewell our most recent graduating ‘men of faith and learning’, our Senior Class of 2017. We will farewell 236 Gentlemen of Terrace who have proudly worn the ‘Red and Black’. They have enthusiastically and sincerely enacted their role as Senior leaders. They have humbly enacted a spirit of service to others, aspiring to personal excellence in all that they have achieved. They have been blessed with a Terrace education that allows them to be the best they can be, an education where their hearts and minds are liberated, an education that has empowered them to make a difference to our world.

As soon to be Gregory Terrace Old Boys, they are about to join the light of the 18 000 ‘men of faith and learning’ who have gone before. They will take with them the gifts of love, patience, kindness, joy, faithfulness, gentleness, peace, understanding and wisdom. It’s with these gifts that they will hope to light a spark in others, leading and inviting them to join us in being bright lights for our world.

Good News of Terrace

The Terrace Family has reached over 700 days of work for the women of Railaco, Timor-Leste. Help us get to 1000! Order here or purchase from the Campus Ministry Office.

Director of Culture | Mr Matt Cocking

We Will Rock You – May 16 - 19

In 2018 Terrace will continue to let our students shine on stage, this time in the production of We Will Rock You (WWRY). It was only announced earlier this year that 2018 has been reserved for amateur theatre. We have been working very hard with the publisher and we will be amongst a limited number of schools with the rights to perform this in 2018. Furthermore, as I understand it, we will be the first of all schools in Australia. To allow this to happen in the public eye the show must be called Schools Will Rock You, while we may call it WWRY internally, in newsletters and programs. The show is actually the WWRY book.

The show will run over four nights to ensure we have enough seating to meet the demand on ticketing. Four nights will allow 1800 tickets to be sold which equals that of Pippin 2016. Pippin sold within the week and we expect these tickets to move even faster. We are fortunate enough at Terrace to have Mr Peter Murphy on staff. Mr Murphy played the role of Galileo in both the West End and Tokyo productions and features in a picture on page seven of the libretto. Mr Murphy is currently on secondment to the Commonwealth Games and will be playing a large part in the guidance of the production. Peter will return on April 30 to give final pointers before opening night May 16 2018 (two days after the 16th Anniversary). We are also in discussions with a choreographer who performed this show in West End and our makeup artist from this year’s middle school production of Shrek Jr.

We Will Rock You – Sign On

If your son or daughter would like to audition, please click on the following link: We Will Rock You

2018 Cultural Activity Sign On

If you would like your son/s to be involved in the Cultural program at Terrace, please check the Parent Lounge for sign on opportunities. While Debating 2018 is well underway, you will see Chess, Live Production Services, Musical, Public Speaking and Theatresports all up on Parent Lounge.

Support Group Meetings

  • DSG Meeting – Date to be confirmed

Please register your apologies via

  • TPA Meeting Wednesday 22, 6.30pm, Newstead Brewing, Milton

Please register your apologies via

Director of Music | Mr Brad Esbensen

As the end of the year approaches and we begin planning for 2018, could you please notify the Music Department as soon as possible of any enrolment changes to your son’s lessons for 2018. Students currently enrolled in the program will automatically have their lessons roll over. During these final weeks and early in the new year you will be receiving information regarding lessons and ensembles.

Following the auditions and placement of students in ensembles, all those involved in our premier ensembles will be receiving an invitation to attend the 2018 Music Camp. There will be some changes to the usual run for camp for 2018 due to increasing numbers of students involved in the program. Dates are currently set for Monday 15 January through to Friday 19 January and a schedule outlining student involvement will be sent shortly. The camp is a great opportunity for our musicians to engage in several days of intensive rehearsals to hone their skills and to develop a sense of teamwork and camaraderie within their ensembles. Please respond to the Parent Lounge request by the due date as numbers need to be finalised with the camp site before the end of term.

Please see below for the list of Term 4 events. Remember to accept tour notifications as they are sent through Parent Lounge and check Event Memos(available through the Terrace App).

Term 4 Events

  • Valedictory Mass: Friday 17 November, Cathedral of St. Stephen’s: Terrace Choir.
  • Music Camp: Monday 15 January to Friday 19 January 2018: Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Terrace Jazz Orchestra, Waterford Soloists, Waterford Strings, Terrace Choir, Red Thunder Drumline, First Percussion Ensemble.

Term 1, 2018 Events

  • Music Camp: Monday 15 January to Friday 19 January 2018: Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Terrace Jazz Orchestra, Waterford Soloists, Waterford Strings, Terrace Choir, Red Thunder Drumline, First Percussion Ensemble.

Director of Sport | Mr Damian Wright

Goodbye and good luck to all of our graduating Seniors of 2017. Thank you for your leadership and sportsmanship during your time at Terrace.

All holiday training information will be available next week.

The Weekly Wrap



The first competition for the Year 9 age group will be held on 2 December at Wyaralong. This Rowing Queensland Regatta is the first test run for the Year 9 – Open program at a competition this season. This regatta will be attended by a number of GPS schools, which should set up for a great day of racing.


A reminder that this week exams are starting for a few age groups, please refer to the Exam Training Timetable (attached) for further information. This document has been amended, so please review (particularly the 24 Nov Training).


The weekend saw racing opportunities for both the Senior Shed competing against Nudgee and Grammar in the second Head race of the season, as well as the Learn to Row group who signed off their Term 4 training with the Edmund Rice Cup against Nudgee. Both competitions were met with wet conditions but all boys handled them well.

Weekend Competition Results | Link HereExam Block Training | Link Here

Captain’s Corner | College Captain, Ryan Gassman

"There is no real ending. It's just the place where you stop the story." -Frank Herbert

The last five years at Terrace have been one incredible story. From day one, stepping out into the school yard for the first time and seeing Levin Matthews take on and beat Seniors in arm wrestles, to this year watching masses of Seniors flood the grandstand at every Terrace sporting event each weekend, cheering until their throats hurt. Each experience has been an incredible one, but after finishing my last exam on Monday morning it hit me. This is one of the last times I will wear the red and black. One of the last times I will see some of these gentlemen I have spent the past five years with. One of the last times I will walk these halls as a student. And it all seems to have happened so fast, from day one to now. Because that is the reality of school. It is brief. A fleeting period of time in which some of the greatest memories, friendships and experiences in one’s lifetime are condensed. But that is what makes it so special.

As we, the Senior Class of 2017, wrap things up in our final week in preparation to leap forward into a new stage of our lives I can honestly say that every one of us has used this brief time at the College to the best of our ability. I have not seen stronger friendships arise out of a cohort nor have I seen the same intent to work so tirelessly for each other. And it is these mates, these attributes that every Terrace Gentleman leaving this year will take into the next part of their journey. And it is why I am so confident that wherever we may go, and in whatever walk of life, as a Terrace Old Boy, success will follow.

Terrace Ladies Group

Year 12 Matters

Thank you to the ladies who joined us on Monday morning to assist with wrapping the presents for the Year 12 boys from the College. It took no time at all thanks to the efforts of all involved. Mrs Jo Tarlington in Student Services wanted me to especially pass on her thanks to those who assisted.

A special thank you also to the ladies who will be helping to set up for the Valedictory Dinner at City Hall tomorrow. As a Year 12 mother, I am very much looking forward to this wonderful event. I have heard many positive comments over the years on what a special evening the College puts on for our graduating chaps and their families and as a mother of a Year 12 boy, I am very much looking forward to attending. Thank you to Mrs Jo Tarlington and your team for all your efforts towards this event.

I would also like to say a heartfelt farewell to the departing parents of Year 12 boys. Thanks to those mothers in particular who have contributed over the years towards TLG related functions and roles. It has been an absolute delight getting to know many of you over the years with lovely friendships that will go beyond the school gates.

College Staff Christmas Lunch – Wednesday 29 November

NB: please note a change to this day – originally scheduled for Tuesday 28 November, now Wednesday 29 November

The annual Staff Christmas Lunch is a wonderful celebration of our staff in appreciation for all their efforts and support of our boys throughout the year. The TLG hosts this through the generosity of our families with contributions of help on the day, food and monetary donations. I am delighted to advise that all the spots for volunteers for food and help on the day have been filled. If you would still like to contribute, a monetary contribution would be most appreciated to allow us to purchase some regular favourite items. Cash donations can be dropped to the Finance Office in sealed envelopes labelled “TLG Staff Lunch”.

Parent Directory

Another reminder for everyone to go to their Parent Directory listing on the Parent Lounge and select the details they wish to be shared. This is how you do it (more detailed instructions are available via the College App):

Parent Lounge | Parent Details | Parent Directory | then select “Maintain” at the “My Parent Listing”. Then you need to select to “Share” which aspect of your listing you want public – be sure to “Save Changes”.

There are still many blank spaces in the Directory across all year levels so if you notice friends without their details on the electronic version, please send them a reminder perhaps. The Parent Directory is a fundamental component of the College’s inclusive community so it is vital we have the information at hand.

A printed version of the Family Directory will also be available for 2018 based on what you allow through Parent Lounge.

Year Level Coordinators

We are wanting to collate names of ladies to be the Year Level Coordinators for 2018. This is not an onerous role, but crucially important, and involves organising events like coffee mornings and a couple of evening functions per year for your year level. Thanks to those who have already put their hands up. I know we are set for Years 5, 7 and 10. If you are interested in the other years, please get in touch via email on

Coming up

Wednesday 29 November – Staff Christmas Lunch (NB: changed from Tuesday 28 November as previously advised).

TLG Date Claimers for 2018

Term 1

  • Monday 22 January: First day of school for Years 5, 7, 10 and 12 – welcome morning tea for new parents after assembly in Primary Quad
  • Monday 29 January – 7.30am: TLG Meeting plus breakfast – Dr Carroll guest speaker
  • Tuesday 30 January: Years 5 and 6 Welcome Function after the Information Evening
  • Wednesday 31 January: Year 7 Welcome Function after the Information Evening
  • Friday 2 February: Year 12 Induction Lunch
  • Friday 2 March: TLG Welcome Mass and Morning Tea

Term 2

  • Friday 27 April: Years 5 - 9 Morning Tea at Victoria Park

Term 3

  • Friday 7 September: TLG Fashion Parade at Brisbane City Hall

Contact | TLG President | Mel Josephson | 0404 806 932

Terrace Shop


Find all your upcoming Terrace event details here!

Place your bid for a brand new Hyundai i30 by 12pm tomorrow, Friday 17 November via the link below and the highest bidder past the reserve will be the proud owner of this fabulous new car! Bidding starts at just $15000.
Not only does the winning bidder get to enjoy driving a fantastic new Hyundai, they also get to enjoy knowing that the money raised will assist with the refurbishment of College Hall.

The ultimate early Christmas gift!!!

Place your email bid here!

Induction Mass - Year 11 2018 Assistance
The Year 12 Induction Mass and Lunch will be held on Friday 2 February 2018, at the University of Queensland, St Lucia. To make this a memorable occasion, it is tradition that the Year 11 parents provide and serve the food for this function.
To assist with planning, please identify where you can assist by Sunday 19 November using the links below.

Food donation - delivered to UQFood donation - delivered to Terrace TuckshopHelp at UQ on the dayCash donation for food

Date and Time: Sunday 26 November | 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Where: Tennyson Playing Fields | Vivian St Tennyson
RSVP: No RSVP required - simply turn up!
For further details or enquiries, please contact
Tom O'Malley |

The Terrace Cookbook is the perfect gift for any number of different reasons - it would make a thoughtful and useful keepsake for boys departing Terrace, a fabulous Christmas present, or something to treat yourself and inspire your Christmas season cooking!

Terrace Cookbook - Buy Here

Please note this registration process is for new students in 2018 only. Current student registration via Parent Lounge.
Date and Time: 11, 12 & 13 December | Years 5 - 6 - 7am - 9.30am | Years 7 - 12 - 9.30am - noon
Where: Victoria Park Training Facility
Cost: $75 (+ booking fees) | Includes 3 skill development sessions under the guidance of Cricket Australia accredited coaching staff
RSVP: Please RSVP Friday 8 December 2017
For further details or enquiries, please contact
Tom O'Malley |

Terrace Cricket Holiday Clinic 2 - Book Here

Please note this registration process is for new students in 2018 only. Current students registration via Parent Lounge.
Date and Time: 11 & 12 January | Years 5 - 6 - 7am - 9.30am | Years 7 - 12 - 9.30am - noon
Where: Victoria Park Training Facility
Cost: $50 (+ booking fees) | Includes 2 skill development sessions under the guidance of Cricket Australia accredited coaching staff
RSVP: Please RSVP Monday 8 January 2018
For further details or enquiries, please contact
Tom O'Malley |

Terrace Cricket Holiday Clinic 3 - Book Here

Date and Time: Saturday 20 January | 7am - 3pm
Where: Tennyson Boatshed
Cost: Free | Register via College Events
RSVP: Please RSVP by 15 January 2018
For further details or enquiries, please contact
Brendan McGrath |

Yr 8 Clinic & Try Rowing Day - Register Here

Calling all Years 7 - 10 boys of Terrace!
Where: Tennyson Boatshed
Register your interest via the link below.
For further details please contact:
Brendan McGrath |

Try Coxing - Register Here

Booking details to come!
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

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Advertising in the Terrace Directory and Terracian magazine is now open for 2018. Advertising with Terrace is a fantastic way to support the College and promote your business too. To place an ad in our 2018 editions please email Costs and specifications are available to view here:

A reminder that to have your contact details published in the Terrace Directory you need to ‘opt-in’ through Parent Lounge. You only need to opt-in once. To check whether your details will be in the Directory and to also select which details are visible, please visit the ‘Parent Directory’ located in Parent Lounge. Instructions can be found here Parent Lounge 3 Step Directory Guidesor on the College App.