Principal's Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Dear Members of the Terrace Family,

Welcome to the 2018 academic year. I particularly welcome all our new families to the Terrace Family. I trust that the Christmas holiday break was a restful and enjoyable time and provided some valuable ‘recharge’ time in preparation for the year ahead.

I wrote to all families earlier this year outlining several matters pertaining to the start of the school year. I trust this information has assisted you to have a smooth start.

With the commencement of the new year, there are a number of events scheduled in the weeks ahead. These include:

  • Parent Information Evenings – I strongly encourage families to attend these important nights. The dates are included in the College calendar and the Terrace Ladies Group generously assist with the hospitality for the Year 5, 7 and 10 evenings.
  • Opening School Mass and Year 12 Induction – This is a special event on Friday 2 February at the University of Queensland. Students from all year levels will be transported by bus to the University of Queensland. Because of space restrictions at the university this event is only open to parents of Year 12 students.
  • Scholars’ Assembly – On Tuesday 6 February we congratulate and welcome back to the College the 30 students who achieved an OP1 at the end of 2017.
  • Inter-House Swimming Carnival – The first of the House events in the 2018 calendar will take place at the Centenary Pool on Friday 9 February.
  • Academic Medals Assembly – will be held on Tuesday 13 February, when we will take the opportunity to congratulate our Semester 2 2017 Academic Medal winners.
  • Ash Wednesday Liturgy – to mark the start of the Lenten period on Wednesday 14 February.
  • Parent/Tutor Interviews – the first of the formal parent meetings and a great opportunity to connect with your son’s tutor on Wednesday 14 February.

All of these events, and others, are detailed in the 2018 College calendar, on the College website and will be advertised via our various social media applications.

At the beginning of the school year there is always a greater volume of cars at drop off and pick up times. With the building program underway, we have moved the afternoon pick-up to the Centenary Pool car park. This move has generated a couple of issues that we are working through. However, there are a couple of requests that I would ask parents to follow if they are collecting their sons in the afternoon.

Firstly, I ask that parents do not park in the Centenary Pool car park if they arrive early. We are sharing this car park with Rackley Swimming and they have asked that the car spaces remain free for their patrons arriving for swimming lessons. If you arrive early, please park in other streets around the area and head to the Centenary Pool car park at 3.10pm. Secondly, the pick-up arrangement is a drive-through pick up only. Your son needs to be familiar with your car and we will ensure he safely makes his way to your car as you approach the top of the line. If your son is not waiting when you reach the top of the line, we ask that you do another loop.

There are a large number of cars using the Centenary Pool car park, so your support and cooperation is needed. Another suggestion would be to arrange alternative meeting points (not in Rogers or Victoria Streets) to pick up your son. He should be able to walk a few hundred metres to you, making your trip quicker and lessening the volume of cars in the area. The final suggestion is to consider a car-pooling arrangement and of course, public transport. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and I thank parents for their support.

I look forward to our journey together in 2018 and wish you and your families all the best for the year ahead.

God Bless,

Dr Michael Carroll

College Principal

College Dean | Mr Chris Ryan


A warm welcome to all new members of our extended community and a warm welcome back to everyone for all things Terrace in 2018. We commence a new year full of optimism and energy for what will be an exciting time of development and transition as we continue preparations for the new Senior Schooling model, which commences in 2019, and carry out the major building works on the main campus, which will provide several new facilities and will serve us well deep into the 21st century. Along with over 300 students who had their first day at Terrace this week, and a fired-up group of Seniors who are looking forward to making their mark, 2018 stands to be an exciting year at Terrace.

Staff News

Congratulations to Mr Jonathan Rubino who was married over the Christmas break.

We welcome back to the Terrace staff Mrs Donna Compton and Mr Michael Wooldridge who have both been on extended leave.

We also welcome back to the College, former staff who are commencing new teaching positions, Mr Alex Berry, Mr David Giles, Ms Natalie Berndt, Mrs Lisa Betts and Mr Patrick Collins.

We welcome the following staff who are new to Terrace this year and wish them every success in their new professional journey:

Ms Jai-Leigh Beard | Counsellor

Mrs Ann Caune | English/Exceptional Learners

Mr Steve Chapman | HPE Aide

Mrs Nicolette Cleary | English

Mrs Maryanne Costi | Year 6

Ms Emma Hatchett | Drama Coordinator

Mrs Lisa Hudson | Fees Administrator

Dean of Studies | Mrs Julie Quinn

Welcome back to our existing families and a warm welcome to the new members joining the Terrace Family. I trust that the holiday break has offered time for a slower pace to life for everyone.

As we gather to commence the new year, we are most proud of the achievements of our Seniors of 2017. These outstanding results of a median OP score of five and with just over 26% of the cohort receiving an OP one or two, give the community much to celebrate. As I often quote, these results do not happen by chance or by luck. The commitment made by staff, the boys and families are all part of the successful outcomes produced. It is this commitment to excellence and each person striving to achieve the best possible outcomes that makes the difference. We will gather on Tuesday 6 February to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of the 30 students who received the highest possible OP score of one.

Our first few weeks commence with the many Parent Information evenings where we aim to inform you of the plans for the year ahead and the strategies that we believe can assist your sons to be “the best that they can be”.

During this week we have met with each year level and acknowledged the efforts of many students from their end of year academic outcomes. Again, we have record numbers of boys who have achieved academic medals and many boys who made significant improvement in their results. During these year level assemblies, we have also highlighted some of the early practices that the boys must employ to make the most of this start to the year.

All students in all year levels have been issued with an assessment calendar outlining the type of assessment and due dates. Copies can be obtained from Student Services and electronic copies are also available on Moodle. Course outlines are also available on Moodle. Every boy in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 has been issued with a copy of a checklist book which allows a designated place for revision for exam subjects to be completed and tracked.

As the boys will note, we are back and into “business” mode. We need to start well for the term if we wish to finish well for the term. Getting organised around study desks at home and starting routines of completing homework and then following through with assignment work and revision work will set the tone for the term and year ahead.

Best wishes for a very productive and rewarding start to the year.

Dean of Students | Mr Damien Fall

On behalf of our pastoral team, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all of our families as we commence the new academic year. I trust that the return to school has been as smooth as possible, whether you are a GT veteran or joining us for the first time. There are two terms which are a common part of the Terrace language. The first is what we call the Atmosphere of Care – the idea that all members of our community have a responsibility to build a culture in which everyone is valued for their unique gifts. The second is Formation of the Terrace Gentleman, which refers to our efforts to help parents in ensuring the young men of Terrace grow to be the best they can be. A great deal goes into making these concepts a reality, and while we can never claim to be perfect, they are of the highest priority.

It is important that parents are aware of the key staff in the lives of their sons. From a pastoral perspective, the first points of contact are the House Tutor and House Dean. I encourage families to build strong relationships with these people and to make contact if you ever need assistance or advice. The first formal opportunity to connect is at our Parent/Tutor evening on 14 February and I encourage parents to come along and spend a brief time with your son’s Tutor. Information about this event is being sent home separately.

Two important events that are approaching are our Opening Mass / Senior Induction on 2 February and the Inter-House Swimming Carnival on 9 February. Details about these events are also being communicated separately. We look forward to full attendance and participation at these important College events.

A key to the success of our students is a set of guidelines we have termed ‘The Terrace Way’. If students are able to follow The Terrace Way, they are most likely to be performing to their potential, both in and out of the classroom. One expectation is that students lock their phones in their lockers while they are at school. The distraction of phones gets in the way of learning and genuine human interactions. Students have been made aware that staff will confiscate phones they see being used at school. This stance has been met with great support from parents and we look forward to this continuing throughout 2018.

I look forward to another highly productive year. All the best to our families as we get into the full swing of Term 1.

Dean of Identity | Mr Charles Brauer

Ballybricken to Gregory Terrace

Ballybicken, 1794. The muddy and rough end of town. The bustling commerce centre of Waterford, Ireland. The place where our story began. The site of awakening for our founder. It was in this setting that the spark of Ricean education was lit. Through commencing a new year together as a Terrace Family, we have a wonderful opportunity to revisit ‘Ballybricken’ to rediscover the core of our College’s Mission.

Reconnecting as a Terrace Family has been a theme that has resonated throughout this week’s student and staff gatherings. By gathering in these forums and purposefully re-visiting our foundations, we also reconnect with the heart of our College – our identity as a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition. The scene on Monday morning in Treacy Court of new families and Terracians being greeted by their Year 12 buddies highlighted that somewhere along the way we have connected to the Terrace Family and the wider Edmund Rice community.

At some point in time – a parent decision, a car park conversation, a mention by a friend, each of us connected to the Terrace Family. Be it by design or by a twist of fate, we have all connected to this 215 year old story of Edmund Rice education.

How are you connected to the story of Edmund Rice?

January 12, 1868. The day Australia was connected to the mission of Edmund Rice. Br Ambrose Treacy, Br Fursey Bodkin, Br Barnibas Lynch and Br James Nolan stepped off the ‘Donald Mackay’ and onto the docks of Melbourne determined to invite others into the mission of Edmund Rice. After 20 years and 27 schools, Edmund Rice education spanned Australia and crossed the Tasman Sea to New Zealand. Fast forward another 130 years to today and 1633 Terracians proudly wear the ‘Red and Black’, proud men of faith and learning.

Our Terrace Family is deeply connected to the stories of Edmund Rice and Ambrose Treacy. We were the first Edmund Rice school to open in Queensland and the site of Ambrose Treacy’s passing. This is worthy of celebrating each and every day. With 150 years of Edmdund Rice education residing firmly in Australia, 2018 will see our College community make an extra special point of celebrating our deep connection to the Edmund Rice and Ambrose Treacy story, our connection to ‘Ballybricken’.

Dean of Waterford | Mr Damien Cuddihy

The Waterford community commenced their year this week with a series of lessons aimed at refocusing the mindset of the boys for the year ahead. There were some tired boys sitting in classes throughout the week, but I’m happy to say that the cohort has made a very positive start to the year on a number of fronts.

The doors at Waterford open at 7.30am in the morning and reception is attended until 4pm. However, if students wish to remain at school to study after 3.10pm, they will need go to the library on the main campus. As indicated in Dr Carroll’s parent letter, students are not allowed to use mobile phones throughout the day and have been asked to put their phones in their lockers upon arrival at school. Correspondence with your son throughout the day can be made through student services (P: 3214 5400) or via email using your son’s school email address. Students can check email accounts frequently throughout the day.

The Year 10 Parent Information and TLG Welcome function evening starts at 6pm at Waterford Place next Thursday night. Please don’t hesitate to be in communication early with your son’s tutor or subject teachers if you have any questions or concerns with his learning. Likewise, my door is always open if you would like to discuss any matters involving your son.

I hope the year is a positive experience for your son.

Years 7 - 9 Program Leader | Mr Damien Coman

We welcomed students across Years 7, 8 and 9 on Monday. This is never an easy time for students and they have done extremely well in their orientations so far. The reality is that the term will start flying past us before we know it. For adolescent boys, organisation is the key! Of course, this is not every student's strength. Our Formation subject takes boys through how to organise their term, how to revise and also discusses a number of pastoral matters.

Every student in Years 7, 8 and 9 will attend a Year level assembly on their first day and receive a Terrace planner to put up in their room at home. They will be taken through how to fill this out in Formation and then should place this information on the planner so it is clear to all at home, especially when tasks are due and when they should be started.

Students also received a checklist booklet, this is where they write notes, diagrams, examples etc. to help their revision throughout each week. This also contains all assignment due dates and has a ‘checklist’ of what they need to cover for subjects where they have an exam at the end of the term. In this way, it gives very clear direction to help students revise consistently throughout the term.

Finally, last year Terrace set up SchoolTV with a group of professionals led by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg (the child psychologist at the forefront of adolescent research and practices). Topics are available monthly via the College App and cover a wide variety of challenges faced by both school students and their parents. There are also archived materials on past topics. In this way, our parents have access to seeing what the leading Australian experts say about how to work with your son and what is best practice.

Year 9 Roll Call

Every Friday (with the exception of during exam block) I will meet in room 5.4 from 7.50-8.20am with any Year 9 students who wish to attend roll call. Boys can attend as often or as little as they like, they are not locked into anything and there is of course no charge. We simply go through what the main points for the week have been across their subjects. Boys found this very helpful in ‘staying on top of their revision’. A pad and pen is all that is required.

Exceptional Learners | Ms Karin Coleshill

Challenge Program

These academic extension classes will start in Week 2. The Maths Honours classes are once a week and Year 7 parents will receive an email if their son is eligible. We have changed communication this year and we are emailing the student with the invitation and then parents can see this on the Parent Lounge where they will still need to accept or decline.

Placements are determined on the academic result and change at the start of each term. An 'A' needs to be maintained and boys need to commit to the program.

The English Honours Program is three times a term and is again based on the 'A' result and follows the same principles as Maths Honours.

The Future Problem Solving classes will also start next week, boys are encouraged to sign up in 4.4 as soon as possible. These classes are also on a weekly basis with a team commitment.

There will be an information evening on Thursday 8 February at 6pm in GT125. This will cover the programs and provide an opportunity for discussion with program teachers.

General Tips and Organisation

New parents will find this link useful as it contains many different ways your son can be supported with his study at home, with a number of different ideas to create good study habits, once you access the site the username is: forterraceonly and the password: 28results.

Learning Enrichment

The Learning Enrichment (support) classes will be visible on your son’s timetable. They take the place of a Language other than English. Placement in these classes is based on testing results and consultation with parents. There will be an information evening on Tuesday 20 February in GT125 at 6pm for parents of primary boys and 7pm for parents of secondary students. An overview of the program will be covered as well as chance to speak to the faculty teachers.

The Learning Assistance Program (LAP) will start in Week 3, further details can be found on the website. Boys who missed out on the Year 7 placement testing will be required to catch this up after school, further details will be sent to parents closer to the time.

Director of Culture | Mr Matt Cocking

2018 Appointments

At the end of 2017, Mr Brad Esbensen stepped down from the Director of Music role. On behalf of the College (parents, staff, students – past and present), I would like to extend a sincere, "Thank you" to Brad for his warmth, knowledge, encouragement, sincerity and willingness to go the extra mile.

I would like to welcome Mr Jan Hewerdine to the position. Jan has been part of the Terrace Music program for a number of years. He brings many years of experience and expertise in both education and performance to the role. Welcome Jan and we all look forward to working with you.

There have been other new appointments to the Music portfolio over the Christmas break. Welcome to:

Ms Sophie Collis – Double Bass

Mr Graham Ritchie – Guitar and Electric Bass

Mr Michael Manikus – Piano and Keyboard

Mr Greg Moore – Speech and Drama

I’d like to publicly thank the efforts of, Mr David Jon O’Niel, Mr Chris Palmer, Ms Amanda Tio and Mr Julian Wade for their excellent work over their years here.

This year, we also welcome Mr Liam Herne as our Terrace Chess Coordinator. Mr Herne is well known to the students and will continue to grow our Chess squad with our two expert coaches Mr Tyson Walker and Mr Charles Tsai. I would like to thank Mr Bruce Devine on behalf of the Chess community for his excellence in leadership and vision which along with hours of hard work and passion brought our Chess squad to its current level.

Support Group Meetings

Debating Support Group – Tuesday 23 January, 5.30pm in the Old Boys’ Room

Terrace Performing Arts – Tuesday 23 January, 5.30pm in the Callan Centre

Director of Music | Acting Director, Mr Jan Hewerdine

Welcome to Terrace Music for 2018; both to students continuing in our program as well new students who will be joining us for the first time. The year is off to a great start with our annual Music Camp being held at both Terrace and Brookfield last week. Under the leadership of Alex O’Meally (Music Captain) and Henry Wenck (Music Vice-Captain), this was a great opportunity for our Senior ensembles to bond and make great headway on our repertoire for the year. Additionally, students were able to work with our new staff for 2018. These were Mr Graham Ritchie (guitar/bass guitar), Mr Greg Moore (Speech and Drama), Ms Sophie Collis (Double Bass) and Mr Michael Manikus (Piano). By the end of the camp the groups were sounding very strong indeed, promising a great year ahead for Terrace Music. Thanks to the dedicated Music Staff for their work with the boys. For your forward planning, next year’s camp will take place from 14 to 18 January.

Congratulations to the Red Thunder Drumline who performed on Monday for the welcoming tunnel for the new Years 5 and 7 students and the SWE plus the Red Thunder Drumline on their first performance of the year at College Assembly on Tuesday morning.

Music lessons, Speech and Drama lessons and all ensemble rehearsals, unless otherwise notified, will have commenced this Wednesday in Week 1. You should have received an email notification of lesson times and ensemble involvement. If you have not done so, please contact The ensemble rehearsal schedule is available through the Terrace App under Culture | Music.

A reminder that the Terrace App is being used to store and disseminate information such as the Music and Speech and Drama Handbook, the weekly rehearsal schedule, and Event Memos for performances. There will still be some information found on the College website but it will be of a more general nature.

Performance and workshop notifications are sent out as a Tour, emailed via the Parent Lounge, and this will be used to ascertain as to who will be attending performances and for roll marking. Could I ask that you respond promptly to these notifications as we use this information, among other things, to generate rolls and book transport when applicable. Please keep in mind that it is expected that all members of an ensemble participate in all performances but we understand that from time to time there may be circumstances that prevent attendance. If you are declining a tour, could you also please inform the ensemble director and cc: Finally, as these notices only go out to parents, could you please discuss the event with your son to ensure he has the details entered in his calendar. You and he will be able to view the Event Memo via the Terrace App. Links to the Parent Lounge will be mentioned in this Terrace News article as they become available. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Music Department

A full list of each term's events is included at the end of this article and will be updated as required. This list will contain a basic outline of each event with more detailed information being sent directly to those involved via the Parent Lounge.

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 12 February, Chapel of the Holy Family
  • Chamber Music Concert, Wednesday 28 February, 6-7.30pm, Edmund Rice Theatre, Waterford Place
  • Terrace Open Day, Wednesday 8 March, 4-7pm, Terrace
  • ANZAC Day Marching Band, Sunday 3 March, Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival

Director of Sport | Mr Damian Wright

Dear Terrace Family,

Welcome to the 2018 school year. It will be a busy time for the boys with all that is on offer. The in-season activities are well and truly underway with the Rowing, Swimming, Cricket, and Volleyball seasons all heavily active over the December and January holiday periods. Thank you to the boys and their families for making yourselves available for the training sessions that were on offer, not to mention the tours to Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Grafton and Bundaberg.

This weekend is Round 1 of the GPS Round Robin competition, with Terrace competing against BBC.


Cricket and Volleyball will both be at split venues, so different year levels will be travelling to different venues. – check your team, venue and start time.


Welcome to the 2018 swimming season all new and returning swimmers. By signing up to Terrace Swimming you are now part of Rackley Swim Team and can attend squad training sessions (see timetable on the app). For those unsure where to start you only need to attend one of the junior sessions and the coaches will do an assessment.

College Championships

The Gregory Terrace College Swimming Championships is the only carnival where a nomination is required. It is held from 9-10 February (distance events are held on Friday 9 at 7am at Centenary pool and sprint events are held on Saturday evening at Centenary pool (4.30pm for 5.30pm start). This carnival will determine selection in the Terrace GPS team and placings for age group champions. If your boy attended the swim camp, he is already nominated.

Age group races for College Championships:

  • Under 10-12: 50m of each stroke and 100m freestyle
  • Under 13-15: 50m of each stroke | 100m freestyle | 200m freestyle
  • Under 16: 50m of each stroke | 100m freestyle | 200m freestyle | 400m freestyle | 200m IM
  • Open: 50m free | 100m of each stroke | 200 freestyle | 400m freestyle | 200m IM


City Districts and Met North Swimming

Any swimmers who would like to nominate for City Districts or Met North swimming please contact Mr Tyron Mandrusiak ( This is for individuals and restricted to good club level swimmers who would progress through the district system.


In Rowing the first regatta will occur at Wyaralong, with first races at 8am. It is an early departure via private transport – remembering there will be no bus transport in 2018 to Wyaralong.

Please read the specific reports from the activity coordinators and stay in touch with the College through the College Twitter feed.

For greater detailed information specifically re training and events download the College App / Sport

Good luck to all in 2018.

The Weekly Wrap

Athlete Development

Welcome back to all families for 2018. The College Athlete Development program has already gained momentum leading into Term 1 with sessions being run from 9 January.

Term 1 is the busiest term of the year for the sporting calendar with many in season and preseason sports utilising the facility. Please refer to the Athlete Development Centre timetable below to ensure the correct session times are attended. Once again, we will be offering Pilates and Yoga programs to all interested students. Both of these programs have proven highly successful throughout the Sport program in 2017 with a major reduction in sport related injury. In conjunction with the strength and conditioning program, these programs are specifically designed to further enhance our athletes. Each session will run from 3.15-4.15pm in College Hall.

A reminder to follow the @TerraceGym twitter page for all relevant information and updates throughout the year.


On the back of a successful and highly productive Term 4 Skill Development Program, the Terrace Cricket Program engaged in several cricketing activities over the December/January holidays. To best prepare for the 2018 GPS Cricket season, students attended trainings, clinics, tours and trial matches in high numbers, developing the skills learnt during Term 4 and applying them to the game sense focus of the holiday program. Some highlights include:

  • Over 450 participants attended December/January Skill Development Clinics at Victoria Park
  • 67 students travelled interstate (Adelaide and Perth) on domestic Cricket Tours
  • 56 trial matches played during the Terrace Cricket Trial Week
  • 96 students involved in the traditional Christian Brothers Cricket Week (CBCW) Tournament

The skills learnt, and amount of match practice experienced leaves the program poised for an exciting 2018 season. With 579 students registered to play Cricket in Term 1, Terrace is the largest cricketing program in the GPS competition. Round 1 of GPS Cricket begins this weekend 27January with most teams playing Brisbane Boys' College (BBC). We wish all cricketers the best of luck in season 2018 and look forward to another exciting summer of Terrace Cricket!

Cricket Draw


Last year was another highly successful year for the Terrace Tennis team. Our boys went into the last match of the season against BBC undefeated. Unfortunately, we went down to a more experienced BBC side but there were a number of positives for GPS Tennis and for our Terrace Tennis program. Overall our 1st IV finished second for the 2017 season while all teams performed admirably throughout the season.

Over the holiday break a large number of Terrace players have continued to perform. Bryce Robinson (Year 11) and Steven Stoddart (Year 12) contested in the 16s nationals at the December showdown. Xavier Lim (Year 11), Charles Van Balen (Year 11), Dominic Anderson (Year 9) and Tom Brannigan (Year 10) have all performed extremely well in AMT events throughout the summer of tennis. Yosua Lumbanradja (Year 9), Max Van Balen (Year 6), Andre Ferro (Year 10) and Todd McElwaine (Year 7) have contested in a number of different AR junior events.

Our commercial coaching program through Lifetime Tennis kicks off from Weeks 2 – 5 of Term 1. During this period, we have our Terrace Age and Open Championships to be contested on 18 and 25 February. Weeks 6 – 9 is our preseason training program which will see the start of our Terrace team training program. Over the Easter break there are clinics and tours available for our boys. This will be our final hit out before the start of the GPS season beginning Week 1 Term 2.

All Tennis information is now on the Terrace App.

I look forward to seeing you all at the courts and wish you all a terrific Tennis season.

Mr Graeme Brimblecombe | Head Coach Tennis


Many Terrace swimmers competed in the Queensland Championships in December.

  • Will Bradley (Year 10)
  • Lachlan Bell (Year 11)
  • George Williamson (Year 9)
  • Nick Langford (Year 10)

Personal Bests and fantastic results were recorded by:

  • Sam Voltz - 6th 200 Butterfly | 5th 100 Butterfly, (Year 10)
  • Xavier Moloney – 6th 200 Butterfly (Year 9)
  • Terrance Suttie – 6th 200 Butterfly (Year 9)
  • Terence Siao - 4th 200 Butterfly | 9th 400 IM. (Year 10)

Some exceptional swimmers were:

  • Felix Wilson - Gold in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke (Year 8)
  • Tom Neill - Gold in the 100, 200, 400, 1,500 Freestyle | Gold 200 & 400IM | Gold 200 Backstroke | Silver 100 Backstroke. (Year 11)

Tom was also named 15 years Queensland Champion.

Over the holiday period six College Swimming records were broken.

  • Jack Moore set a new record for the under 10yrs 50m Butterfly - time 33.16. (Year 6)

The other five records were broken by Tom Neill.

  • 50m Freestyle - 24.63
  • 100m Freestyle - 52.73 (bettered his previous mark of 53.88)
  • 200m Freestyle - 1.53.76 50
  • 50m Backstroke - 28.00
  • 50m Butterfly - 27.46.

Tom now holds all the Under 15 records except for the 50m Breaststroke.

In other swimming news, 2017 Senior, Reilly Townsend captained the Australian Schoolboys Water Polo team in a game against New Zealand.

Congratulations to all these Terrace Swimmers on their outstanding achievements.

Representative Sport

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 direct 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:

  • Swimming trial date 6 February - open to all Years 5 and 6 students. Nominations close Monday 29 January.
  • 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:

Swimming / AFL / Rugby League / Touch / Hockey / Baseball -

Basketball / Volleyball –

Tennis –

Football –

or click on the below link


The weekend saw Gregory Terrace compete in the 2018 Queensland State Championships. The regatta was well represented by both clubs and schools alike, across a variety of divisions. The program saw some great rewards for the effort the rowers have put in over the break. Notable performances were:

  • Under 15 Men’s Quadruple Scull – Gold Medal (Mitch McGeever, Joe Liddy, Harry Ward, Sam Lilwall, Lachlan McGeever)
  • Under 17 Men’s Single Scull – Silver Medal (James Farquhar)
  • Under 17 Men’s Double Scull – Gold Medal (James Farquhar and Dario Andrijich)
  • Under 17 Men’s Quadruple Scull – Silver Medal (Dario Andrijich, Liam Dewar (SPLC), Ben Spicer, Jeremiah Woodward, Charles Betts)
  • Under 17 Men’s Quadruple Scull – Bronze Medal (Finbar Carroll, Will Robinson, Fergus Cummins, Jack Siddle, Marat Frolov)
  • Under 19 Men’s Eight – Silver Medal (Harry Watt, Harry McGrath, Max Crowe, Matt Langley, James Farquhar, Alex Sullivan, William Gillard, Nick Rex, Jerome Pham van Khanh)

This weekend is the official start of the GPS season as Brisbane Boys' College host the first regatta at Wyaralong Dam. Watch this space for all results and updates through the season, which culminates on March 10 at the GPS Head of the River.

Captains' Corner | College Captain, Jacob Montaner

Welcome back everyone! And a special greeting to those who recently joined our Terrace Family. After nudging closer and closer, our Senior year is finally here and what an exciting time it is to be a Terracian. First and foremost, I would like to introduce you to the Vice Captains; Zachary Boland (Bolus), Thomas Dearlove (Dearlove), Thomas Pappalardo (Paps or Pappa) and William Roach (Roachy), each of whom serve as an inspiration for myself and many others. On behalf of the team, I sincerely thank the Seniors and teachers alike for entrusting their faith in us as leaders.

Since my early days in Year 8, I have always been aware of a certain “feeling” in my cohort. This “feeling” has expressed itself in various forms, from the immense support given to the Under 13As in their battle for the Rugby premiership, to the passing “g’days” in the corridors. It is an indescribable, intangible and unforgettable feeling. When elected as College leaders late last year we were immediately asked to decide upon a motto. The motto would provide a direction for our school community and, ideally, be a reflection of our grade. What better than “Shoulder to Shoulder”?

In 2018, we will achieve wonderful things, but we will also experience moments of failure and defeat. That is to be expected. What will set us apart however, is our support for one another, our respect for one another and our love for one another. In 2018, we will stand shoulder to shoulder, on a community level, a school level and an individual level. Shoulder to shoulder we will reach out to those in need, and shoulder to shoulder we will stand with those in need. Shoulder to shoulder we will cheer on our 1st XV, and shoulder to shoulder we will stand with our 1st XV. Shoulder to shoulder we will help our mates through thick and thin, and shoulder to shoulder we will stand with our mates through thick and thin.

On behalf of the Seniors, I invite all Terracians to stand shoulder to shoulder with us and work together to make 2018 the most successful year possible.

Terrace Ladies Group

Welcome back to another exciting year for the Terrace Ladies Group (TLG) and a special welcome to those parents who are new to the College. We had a lovely start to the first week back with a morning tea on the Treacy Centre verandah for the Years 5 and 7 parents on Monday morning. There was so much excitement after the wonderful morning gatherings with tutor groups and the Red Thunder Drumline parade to assembly. Even those of us who have been here a while always enjoy watching the start to the school year this way.

Next week the TLG will be hosting Welcome Functions upon the completion of the Information Evenings (which commence at 6pm) for the following years. All parents are welcome to come along and enjoy a catered light supper with a cash bar (EFT available).

  • Years 5 and 6 Tuesday 30 January (Treacy Court)
  • Year 7 Wednesday 31 January (Treacy Court)
  • Year 10 Thursday 1 February (Waterford Place)

The TLG has requested assistance from the Year 9 families with these events. We have enough helpers for Tuesday evening, so if you are able to come along on Wednesday or Thursday evenings, please follow these volunteer sign-on links: Volunteer for Year 7 Wednesday evening here; and Volunteer for Year 10 Thursday evening here. We are most grateful for your help.

On Monday 29 January in the GT125 Theatre at 7.30am our first TLG meeting for the year is being held and all are welcome to attend. Dr Carroll, the College Principal, will be our guest speaker. We look forward to hearing about what has been happening over the holidays in the school and what he has planned for the new year. Important information regarding the building work and how the boys and families will need to adjust around it will also be provided. Please join us for breakfast style refreshments in the Founders’ Room afterwards.

New Format of TLG Meetings: Please note the new start time of TLG meetings of 7.30am. We are commencing the new format of breakfast style meetings to reflect the work and family commitments of our mothers. The Founders’ Room is where we will be meeting for the remainder of the year, with the exception of the AGM in Term 4 where we will be in GT125. The purpose of the meetings is to provide an update on TLG matters and provide a forum for conversation around items of interest. This may also involve guest speakers from either within the College or external experts. An email to the TLG database will be sent out the week prior as a reminder of the meetings. If you are not on our mailing list but would like to be, please email our Secretary, Mrs Rachel McGahon, on

TLG Date Claimers

Term 1, Week 2

Monday 29 January – 7.30am TLG Meeting, GT125

Tuesday 30 January – Years 5 and 6 Welcome Function Treacy Court

Wednesday 31 January – Year 7 Welcome Function, Treacy Court

Thurdsay 1 February – Year 10 Welcome Function, Waterford Place

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

Contact | TLG President | Mel Josephson:

Terrace Performing Arts

The Terrace Performing Arts (TPA) group meets twice per term to plan and coordinate social and fundraising activities and assist with College Cultural events. The TPA is a point of contact for parents of Music and Drama students and provides an opportunity to bring together like-minded parents whose sons share an interest in music and performance.

We encourage all parents to participate in this group. You can contribute by attending the meetings, donating prizes for fundraising activities and assisting at Cultural events.

This year sees the Senior musical production in conjunction with All Hallows’ of We Will Rock You, 16-19 May. Events in 2018 include; Open Day, the ANZAC Day march, House Choir Night and the Norm Clarke Concert. We are also fortunate to cater for the “All British Day Car Rally” in the September holidays.

Terrace provides a holistic education, we believe that it is important to nurture the creative side of our students. The Terrace Cultural program helps to foster the College Mission, with students nurtured and guided by experienced staff and professional musicians with a genuine empathy and concern for the development of well-rounded students.

Participating in the various cultural activities further enhances the development of self-confidence, emotional intelligence, communication, higher order and creative thinking skills, self-discipline and team work.

The continued involvement and great achievements of Old Boys in a diverse range of cultural pursuits serves as a testament to the positive direction of the Terrace Cultural program. Meeting dates are listed in the College Calendar and below for your convenience.

2018 Meetings: 5.45pm in the Callan Centre (Staffroom near Student Services)

  • Tuesday 27 February
  • Tuesday 17 April
  • Tuesday 17 July
  • Tuesday 4 September
  • Tuesday 16 October
  • Tuesday 27 November AGM

The Terrace Family

The Terrace Family is asked to pray for the repose of the soul of:

Dr Edward John NICE - GT, 1944-47

Mr Blair SMITH - GT, 1981-88

Mr Peter COLE – GT, 1951-58

Please also pray for the souls of those in the Terrace Family whose deaths are unknown to the College.

Terrace Shop


Find all your Terrace Family event details here!

Details: Years 5 & 6 |Tuesday 30 January | Treacy Court
Year 7 | Wednesday 31 January | Treacy Court
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

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. If you are able to assist, please sign up using the links below.

Food donation - delivered to UQFood donation - delivered to Terrace TuckshopCash donation for food

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. This is a social event - not a fundraising event!
Date and Time: Saturday 3 March | 7pm - 11pm
Where: Gambaro Hotel | 33 Caxton St Petrie Terrace
RSVP: Tickets on sale via College Events midday next Thursday 1 February.
For further details or enquires, please contact:
Lea Walker-Franks |

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