Principal's Message | Dr Michael Carroll

Dear Members of the Terrace Family,

Welcome to Week 3. The Information Evenings have continued this week with Year 8 and Year 12 families. I thank parents for your ongoing support of your sons and the genuine interest you have in nurturing a strong relationship between home and school. The final Information Evenings occur next week for Years 9 and 11.

A highlight of this week has undoubtedly been the Scholars’ Assembly on Tuesday. The 30 young men from Year 12 2017 who achieved an OP1 returned to the College so that we could acknowledge their efforts and achievements. The entire Year 12 cohort worked very hard last year. They persevered and encouraged each other and, as a cohort, were rewarded with excellent results.The 30 young men who were our guests at Assembly on Tuesday were fine role models for the current students and epitomised what it is to be a Terrace Gentleman. The 2017 College Dux, Patrick Sharkey, spoke on behalf of his cohort and urged the current students to “strive to be their best, engage into the life of the College and to take up the opportunities offered by their teachers”. We are all very proud of these young men and wish them all the best with their journey at university and beyond.

Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. This marks the start of the 40 days of Lent and is a significant time in the Church’s calendar. As a College, we will have our Ash Wednesday liturgy as recognition of who we are as a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition. Throughout the Lenten period, there will be several events and occasions, individually and as the Terrace Family, when we can focus on the importance of Lent and subsequently Easter.

Also scheduled for next Wednesday, we have the Parent/Tutor interviews. Information regarding the booking process has already been detailed. I encourage parents to make use of this opportunity to connect with your son’s tutor.

Finally, this week I wish to acknowledge and thank those people within the Terrace Family who assisted in ensuring the Opening Mass and Year 12 Induction was so successful. It was a wonderful occasion and an opportunity for all of us to acknowledge our Year 12 cohort as they begin their Leadership journey in 2018. Our College Captain, Jacob Montaner, urged each of us to adopt their motto of ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ as we journey through 2018.

Have a great week.

God Bless,

Dr Michal Carroll
College Principal

College Dean | Mr Chris Ryan

Child Protection

St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace is committed to best practice in ensuring the safety and protection of all students. Please feel welcome to peruse the Edmund Rice Education Australia Child Protection Policy and Processes document which may be found on our website under About Us/Policies.

All full-time, part-time, contract, relief, seasonal and volunteer employees are required to register with Blue Card Services in order to work with young people at Terrace. A central register of these persons is kept. All of these persons are also required to complete an online training module about Child Protection policy and process every two years.

Our full-time staff have regular onsite training about updates in legislation and advice on best practice in mandatory reporting.

Our School Referral Officers for Child Protection matters are:

  • Dr Michael Carroll: College Principal
  • Mr Chris Ryan: College Dean (Deputy Principal)
  • Ms Jai-Leigh Beard: Counsellor
  • Mr Damien Cuddihy: Dean of Waterford

Please always feel welcome to contact any of these members of staff or your son’s House Dean at any time.

Staff News

Over the past week, we have welcomed three members of the non-teaching team to part-time contract positions for periods during this term:

  • Ms Claire Tynan is working part-time with the College Foundation team as Development Officer. The full time continuing position is currently being advertised nationally.
  • Ms Cath Gooley is working part-time in administration in in the Registrar’s Office and when Mrs Marie Allen, Assistant to the Principal, takes some leave later in the term.
  • Mr Mikhail Hastings is assisting as a part-time HPE Aide for the remainder of the term until Mr Steve Chapman commences this role full time in Term 2.

In the next few weeks, Mr Terry Thompson, Dean of Treacy House, is expected to take some paternity leave. Mr Gary Stickley will take Mr Thompson’s classes during this time. We wish Mr Thompson the very best at this time and will keep the community updated.

Dean of Studies | Mrs Julie Quinn

On Tuesday we celebrated the academic success of our Seniors of 2017, 30 students received Scholars medals for their achievement of an OP score of one – the highest possible result. Our assembly not only gave recognition to the boys who received this OP score but also to their peers and their teachers.

Each of the students listed below shared the strategies that they believed were most helpful in enhancing their study. These strategies along with individual achievements were published in a booklet that was issued to each of the boys at Terrace.

I strongly encourage our current students to read this booklet and use the wisdom of “the men who have gone before them”

Our congratulations to the following students who received the Scholars' medal:

  • William Bingham
  • Hamish Brown
  • Daniel Burgess
  • Joshua Cabucos
  • Alexander Campion
  • Joseph Cappello
  • Seunghwa Cheong
  • William Cook
  • Patrick Cummins
  • Xavier Cunningham
  • Lachlan Dunk
  • Liam Falconer
  • Carl Franzmann
  • Sean Galloway
  • Joshua Hagemann
  • Henry Hanson
  • Jack Kimmins
  • Charles Marshall
  • Adam McNamara
  • Jack Moore
  • Hunter Preston
  • Hamish Quinn
  • Connor Ryan
  • Patrick Self
  • Patrick Sharkey
  • Isaac Wade
  • Callum Waite
  • Benjamin Wilson-Boyd
  • Benjamin Woodrow
  • Connor Wright

Congratulations also to Liam Byrne who received the student award for significant improvement across the year both in results and work ethic.

Below is an extract from the address from Patrick Sharkey (Dux 2017) to our assembly:

“In his final address to the 2017 College community, Vice-Captain Bill Bingham brought a Rubik’s Cube to the lectern. For those of you who weren’t here (or don’t remember because you were distracted by Bill trying to solve the cube), Bill used the Rubik’s Cube as a metaphor for the process of progressing through school. While Bill acknowledged that there are millions of ways a cube can be solved from any one position, there is no doubt that some of these paths would be much more efficient than others. It is all well and good to say that you are going to sit down and try to solve a Rubik’s cube, but without any proper direction or strategy, are you actually going to make progress and be any closer to a solution, or will you end up just twisting faces? In the same way, when you sit down to study, have you made a specific plan that will give you the best chance of improving your understanding, or, like the person who doesn’t know how to solve the Rubik’s Cube, will you just sit there and turn pages? Indeed, it is how you study, not just the act of studying itself, that will assist you in achieving your academic goal. As my recently-retired piano teacher always said, “practice does not make perfect, but perfect practice will lead to improvement.”

When you take the time to study, it is important that you are actually being productive. While it can sometimes feel as if you should be studying for hours on end, shorter sessions with an effective plan can be much more worthwhile. Just as a Rubik’s Cube is simpler to solve if you know the right algorithm, it is easier to maintain focussed periods of study if you can construct an effective plan.

Different techniques will work for different people, but I always found that answering questions was a much more effective method of study than reading material or taking notes. Questions not only require you to recall the information you have learnt, but they ask you to link it to its applications and related concepts. The more you have to think about something the higher chance you have of retaining that information, and it is easy to copy notes from a textbook without actually thinking about what you are writing. While you can be falsely convinced that you know something when you read it, answering a question will show you whether you actually know it, and whether you may need to spend some more time on it. Planning a series of questions to complete in a period of study will help you stay focussed and engaged with the material, and hence contribute to an effective study session.

To study effectively, you must also minimise distraction. With this in mind, you will be a much more effective studier if you write by hand. Not only has handwriting been shown to create a better link to your brain, but you also remove the distractions that are associated with your laptop when you close it, use a hard-copy textbook, and write on paper. Although your laptop is an excellent learning tool, you will be surprised at how much work is possible without using it; you are given hard-copy textbooks – try to use them as much as you can.

You can also maximise your study time by adapting your study materials to make them more effective. For example, just because a revision test is designed as a multiple-choice test doesn’t mean you have to use it as one. Answer the question as if it was a short-answer question, and write a justification as to why your answer is correct. You could even take the next step to write a justification as to why the other options are wrong. All of this means that you are thinking more about the question than if you just circled the correct response and are therefore more likely to retain the information.

Doing hours and hours of preparation does not necessarily mean that you will meet your goal for the upcoming exam; that time must be used effectively. By studying effectively, and using methods that work for you, you can work through more material in more subjects, and also afford to spend a little more time away from the desk. “

Dean of Students | Mr Damien Fall

Last Friday’s Opening Mass and Senior Induction was a wonderful event; it is a significant day in the College’s calendar and I wanted to make a point of highlighting how well our young men recognised this. It is an enormous undertaking to move the entire College community to UQ, but we feel it is well worth the effort. The way the boys engaged in the day was a reason to be very proud. The day is significant for our Senior students and their parents and we continue to wish them well as they embrace their role as the College’s leaders.

This Friday, we hold our annual Inter-House Swimming Carnival at Centenary Pool. Communication has come home about this event, which has a focus on spirit, participation and enjoyment. We ask that, barring exceptional circumstances, all boys are in attendance and contributing wholeheartedly to the event and their House.

A reminder to Year 8 families about the upcoming evening for Year 8 boys and their father or another significant male mentor. The event will be held in the Campbell Centre from 6.30pm on Wednesday 21 February and we look forward to a strong attendance. Details have been sent home, but please contact Student Services if you have any questions.

In the last year, the College has invested in a parent-specific educational tool known as School TV. This resource provides parents with expert advice about many issues they face as they travel the school journey with their sons. School TV can be accessed through the Notices icon on the College App and I recommend it to all parents. A new topic is added each month and topics are archived for future reference.

A number of year levels have heard me speak about the concept of compliance vs commitment. As boys grow and mature, we encourage them to make decisions for reasons other than ‘so I don’t get in trouble’. The concept of commitment to a Terrace education means that a young man makes a decision because he knows it is the right thing to do for himself and the community. It is said that the measure of a man is what he does when he knows no one is watching and this becomes evident when a student makes the shift from compliance to commitment. The concept of 'The Terrace Gentleman' is something we strive to inculcate in our young men and those who are truly committed to all aspects of a Terrace education show many of the traits we are looking for.

Dean of Identity | Mr Charles Brauer

We Will!

The scene for our 143rd year is set. The red and black banner that proudly hung as a backdrop for our Opening Mass was the creation of our Year 12 leaders. The banner is far more than a backdrop for last Friday’s celebration. It represents the pride, passion and purpose of our Senior class, who last Friday committed themselves to standing ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with their peers, their buddies and each member of the Terrace Family.

What are we called to do when we stand ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with one another? The messages and stories shared at our Opening Mass and Year 12 induction provided us with some answers, as well as some challenges. Most pointedly, was the final line in our Frist Reading:

But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. 1 Timothy

Furthermore, our Gospel for our celebration last week provided us with some very practical advice with respect to how we should treat one another:

Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me. Matthew 25

Taking time as a community to consider and celebrate how our faith can be a source of reflection and inspiration should not be taken for granted. The commitment and dedication displayed by our parents, students and staff with making last week’s Opening Mass and Year 12 Induction possible is indicative that we don’t take this for granted. Rather, we deeply value coming together as a Terrace Family, centering our attention on forming men of faith and learning.

With all that has occurred in these first few weeks, let us not lose sight of the commitment we made to each other last Friday (if you weren’t there, here’s your chance!). We were called to commit ourselves to being courageous and humble with enabling each other to the best we can be. This was, and will be, our commitment throughout the course of this year:

As members of the Terrace family, will you work together to provide an education that liberates young men to believe in hope and possibility? We will!

As members of the Terrace Family, will you open your hearts to the truth of the Gospel and by word and example support your sons and students as they strive to model their lives on their brother, Jesus? We will!

As members of the Terrace Family, we have been gifted the commandment to ‘love one another as I have loved you’. In building an atmosphere of care, inclusion, hospitality and diversity, will you welcome everyone to the table Jesus sets for us? We will!

As members of the Terrace Family, will you support the Gentlemen of Terrace to know the wisdom of serving God through humble actions of justice, compassion and solidarity within our own community and for those most in need in our world?We will!

The Good News of Terrace – Our first Year 12 Kairos program in full swing

Dean of Waterford | Mr Damien Cuddihy

Thank you for your attendance last week at the Year 10 Information Night. I hope you gained a good insight into the aims of Waterford Pace and how the year has started for your sons. I would particularly like to thank Mrs Mel Josephson and the members of the Terrace Ladies Group who assisted with the social function.

The numbers at before school tutoring have been steadily increasing and the tone in the classrooms has been very positive over the first three weeks. We have also had a great uptake for the “Big Brekky” roster.

Next Wednesday 14 February is Parent/Tutor night. The Year 10 Careers Information night will also be held concurrently in the Main Campus Library. The Parent/Tutor interviews will be held at one end of the Library and the Careers presentation in an adjoining room. Mr Paul Ianniello, College Careers Counsellor, will commence a series of 20 minute presentations at 4pm that repeat every half hour.

Just a reminder that the phone number at Waterford Place is 3214 5400 (email ). Mrs Colleen Watson and Mrs Julie Ferris will be able to assist you with your enquiries. Student Services at Waterford is open from 7.30am-4pm.

Years 7, 8 and 9 Program Leader | Mr Damien Coman

Can you believe next week is Week 4? That is the question I have been posing to students to indicate just how time flies and how you have to prepare early or the workload can get on top of you. Boys should have completed a weekly plan in Formation and have it up in their room at home. The main idea here is that the ‘realities of life’ are taken into consideration such as travel, co-curricula commitments and dinner, so that they can then see the time available for homework, revision and assignments.

If there are days where boys are home later it is good for them to have written, in front of them, what time they are aiming to start their homework and revision. On the other hand, those days where boys are home quite early can be a great chance to spend more time on their work and actually have some of their own time as well. That may involve getting started on homework at 4pm though to set up the rest of the night.

Whilst writing times on plans is obviously easy and sticking to it is more challenging, one thing is for sure, if it is not in front of the student they will often take the easier option and postpone work until later. Adults know that getting routines and good habit forming is essential in time management.

Students need to be revising in their checklist booklets (these were handed out in Years 7, 8 and 9 assembly on the first day of school). Each Head of Faculty has provided the main areas that students need to understand and recall for their end of term exams.

Year 7 - This can be a rollercoaster for both students and families in their first weeks. The Year 7s have done very well so far navigating the system. Camps have also commenced and we had a Parent Information evening where House Deans went through how they will be working with the boys.

Year 8 - Parent information night was held on Monday. Students need to ask themselves if they are using the processes that they have learnt and the resources available to help them improve.

Year 9 - Roll Call had a good attendance last week and I would like to see more boys join in the conversations and note taking that we hold in Room 5.4 from 7.50am on Fridays.

Director of Culture | Mr Matt Cocking

Cultural Scholars

At this weeks Scholars' Assembly we celebrated 30 2017 Terracians who received OP1s. We are proud to give the following statistics from these students who participated in the Cultural program last year:

  • 4/5 Senior A Debaters received an OP1; 1/5 OP2
  • 4/5 Senior B Debaters received an OP1
  • 4/7 Senior A Theatresports team members received an OP1
  • 1/3 Mooting team members received an OP1
  • 1/1 Year 12 Chess players received an OP1
  • 4 OP1 students were members of one or more premier ensemble

We are also very proud of and congratulate the four Cultural students who, through their journey at Terrace, grew a significant passion for their activity. This passion lead them to apply for and be accepted into tertiary courses within the following fields:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) at the Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film, Screen and New Media) at the Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Music at Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Popular Music at Griffith University

Whilst there is a certain busyness for the families and students when they are at Terrace, the balance of Cultural activities certainly shows through in the results. There are many studies that show music and fine arts are beneficial for studying. Recent discoveries have led scientists to believe that playing a musical instrument strengthens mental capacities thereby making one smarter, stronger and better at doing the day to day activities. It is never too late to learn a musical instrument or learn the skills needed to debate or speak publicly. The ability to think on your feet is a skill needed everyday and can be enhanced through Theatresports. The connection between chess and maths has long been known and highlighted.

There is still time for your son to join the various Cultural activities at Terrace.

Queensland Debating Team State Trials

Every year, the QDU coordinates the selection of the Queensland State Team and runs a trial system for the selection process. This is a great opportunity to receive detailed feedback from a range of adjudicators. At Terrace, we encourage students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to apply.

To apply for the trials, please complete the form through this link:

Trials commence on 17February and registration closes on 14 February. More information about the Queensland State Team Trials can be accessed here:

Making the team is an excellent achievement and an opportunity that we want to make available to as many students as possible. Students who make the team this year will attend the National Schools Debating Championships in Perth, where they will have the chance to debate against the best high school debaters in the country and may even be selected to represent Australia.

Even for students who don’t eventually make the team, the state team trials process is extremely valuable and rewarding. Trials gives students the opportunity to develop their skills by participating in debates with other skilled debaters and by receiving detailed feedback from some of Queensland’s best debaters.

Debating Round 1 GT v NC

Well done to the Debaters who convincingly won their debates against Nudgee College last Friday. 10 of the 14 teams came away victorious, with the Senior A winning by an outstanding eight points.

This week we debate against Brisbane Grammar School for the title ‘King of the Hill’. The Senior A debate is at 7.15pm in the Lilley Theatre, Brisbane Boys Grammar. Student numbers are limited and debating and non debating spectators must sign on at the Cultural Office. All parents are welcome.


Congratulations to our 2018 Chess Captain (and 2017 Chess Vice Captain) Hughston Parle who represented Australia at the FIDE World Youth Under 18 Chess Olympiad in India."India was amazing, what an experience for our boy. The competition was so tough. There were 28 countries represented with an official opening ceremony and all. We were so glad we did it for Hugh." (Mrs Parle)

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

On Friday morning 2 February, we held our first Terrace Symphony Orchestra rehearsal. We had a great turnout and the boys did an admirable job sight-reading their first full orchestral work. This group replaces the Terrace Chamber Orchestra and is geared towards a larger string group coupled with select Middle School aged wind and brass players.

Congratulations and a huge thankyou to our Terrace Choir and Liturgy Band for the inspirational music that supported the Opening Mass and Year 12 Induction, which was held at the University of Queensland on Friday 2 February. A special thank you to Mrs Debattista and Mr Esbensen for preparing the music for this special event.

Last Sunday, the Callan Red and Black String ensembles spent the day in workshops and rehearsals at Waterford Place, under the direction of our string department. The Red Concert Band also workshopped on the Sunday, focussing on new concert repertoire and committing to memory music for the ANZAC Day parade.

Students in Years 11 and 12 who participate in our premier ensembles are eligible to receive honour pockets. The conditions for receiving an honour pocket are set out on p.151 of the student diary. Please read these carefully and ensure that you understand the qualifications required to receive an honour pocket. Students may check their attendance percentage with their ensemble director at any time throughout the year. If you are unable to attend a rehearsal for any reason, please notify your ensemble director via email.

All music students are reminded of the importance of attending to regular and purposeful practise, both privately and in ensembles. An essential tool of the trade is the trusty pencil, 2B or not 2B… Taking note of difficult passages and suggestions from your band director will help foster improvement rather than waste time repeating mistakes.

Between Tuesday 20 and Saturday 24 February 2018, the Young Conservatorium will be holding their annual Jump In Day. Jump In Day is open to choral and instrumental school aged children of all levels. This is a free event. If you are interested in learning more about this, please contact Young Conservatorium on or 3735 6247.

GPS Centenary Music Showcase is on Thursday 22 February 7-8.30pm at the Qld Performing Arts Centre.

GPS reaches its centenary this year, providing a special opportunity to celebrate 100 years of the GPS spirit of fellowship. The GPS Centenary Music Showcase is a day of music making culminating in performances by students from all nine GPS schools in choir, symphony orchestra and concert band ensemble. Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) will host the Centenary Showcase featuring the hugely popular work, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, performed by a massed choir of 300 voices and an orchestra of 100 players, conducted by Maestro Andrew Mogrelia.

Book your tickets at


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 use the Parent Lounge to ascertain whether your son is specifically involved. Some events are only for specific participants.

Term 1 Events

  • GTOBA Mass, Terrace Choir, Sunday 11February, 9.30-10.15am, Chapel of the Holy Family
  • GPS Music Showcase, Thursday 22 February, Music Dept. Select musicians and singers - please check the Parent Lounge
  • 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

Holiday Workshops

  • ANZAC Day Marching Band, Monday -Tuesday 9-10 April Timings TBC

Director of Sport | Mr Damian Wright

Saturday Results v Nudgee College

Unfortunately, the Cricket program was heavily affected by the constant rain on Saturday with the clear majority of fixtures washed out either before starting or mid game. The 1st XI had started their game strongly, taking vital wickets to have NC on the back foot at eight wickets down for 92 runs before rain intervened and the game was abandoned. The boys were disappointed to not be able to carry on, however the determination shown highlighted to all that witnessed their efforts, that the team was back on track. Bring on Round 3 v BSHS at Tennyson.

The Volleyball program had a fantastic day, winning 14 of their 16 fixtures against NC, with the 1st XI dominating their opponents in a strong 3-0 victory. The day highlighted the great work that has been going on behind the scenes in coaching the boys. Congratulations to the 1st VI for such a dominant display, resulting in two wins from as many games.

In Swimming, the Terrace program travelled to NC on Friday evening to take part in the Br Miller Swimming Shield – an annual event with our brothers from NC. There were some promising results from the boys who swam very well across the board in cold and wet conditions in their first hit out of the 2018 GPS season. GPS Championships are not that far off so keep training strongly.

In Rowing, the Terrace Rowing program had a very good day with strong placings and victories across many crews. Numerous crews through the year levels recorded placings with perhaps the stand out performances being the two victories recorded by the Year 10 1st Quad and the powerful and very impressive victory by the Open 1st VIII. Hard work and commitment is paying off for many of these boys.

As with Swimming, the Rowing program will demand the performance of the boy’s lifetime under pressure at the championships. There will be no second chances come championship day.

GPS Swimming Championships – Chandler, Friday 2 March
GPS Rowing Championships – Wyaralong, Saturday 10 March

Pride of Program Day “You Play – You Stay”

On College assembly all boys were told of the initiative to support our flagship teams with “Pride of Program” day – in short “You Play – You stay”

It is important to support all boys but especially the flagship teams of the programs. Every boy involved in their respective activities will be asked for one weekend of the term to attend and cheer on the Red and Black in great numbers. This Saturday, boys who play Volleyball are asked to ensure they are present in the Campbell Centre for the 1st VI fixture v BSHS at 11.15am.

Boys will be provided with a free sausage sizzle and drink. The boys' attendance is not optional and is not too great an ask to support for one day. Dr Carroll has asked all boys at the Campbell Centre be dressed in school uniform.

Make a day of it and stay and represent the best of Terrace.

In Cricket, the Pride of the Program day takes on a different aspect due to the length of the fixture – the 1st XI v BSHS. Boys are asked to present to Internationals oval and support the best cricketers in the school and stay for an hour. Cricket whites are acceptable.

Saturday 10 February v B.S.H.S.

As previously communicated this fixture represents the Pride of Program day, and boys are expected to support the Cricket 1st XI and the Volleyball 1st VI. The Rowing program again head to Wyaralong for the NC regatta this Saturday and the Swimming program complete their College Swimming Championships at Centenary Pool on Saturday evening.

The start of the Swimming Championships will be held in the morning session on the Friday prior to the College Inter-House Swimming Carnival.

Many thanks to the tireless support that the parent community provide in our sporting activities, with perhaps the weekend showing off two fine examples of parents going above and beyond the normal call of duty. In Cricket, the Cricket Support Group provided the substantial logistics behind the Cricket launch, held at Tennyson on Saturday evening. On Saturday the Rowing Support Group provided the enormous assistance needed to stage the Gregory Terrace regatta.

To both parent bodies the College is very thankful for your assistance in running both of these events, which were thoroughly enjoyed by numerous members of the greater Terrace community and also in fellow GPS sporting communities.

The Weekly Wrap



Unfortunately, rain was the ultimate decider in most games of Round 2 of GPS Cricket at the weekend. In what promised to be a great weekend of fixtures vs traditional rivals Nudgee College, only 11 matches reached a result with the majority of matches being abandoned after starting or being cancelled all together. From the games that took place Terrace were able to win seven out of 10 matches played against Nudgee College. Despite the brief games, it was heartening to hear ‘Terrace to the Fore’ being sung at both venues as teams celebrated.


Round 3 of GPS Cricket sees the Terrace Cricket Program play Brisbane State High School (BSHS). As BSHS only enter 17 teams into the competition the majority of the program will play supplementary matches against various opposition this weekend, games that in most cases offer a richer cricketing experience and greater opportunity to those who are playing.


The Terrace Cricket community once again gathered at Tennyson on Saturday evening for the 2018 Terrace Cricket Season Launch. Students from Years 10 and 12 were presented with their ‘50 Game’ caps, a justified recognition to those boys who have showed discipline, resilience, dedication and commitment to the program during their time at the College. ‘The Ron Oxenham Medal’, awarded to the gentlemen who have personified the best qualities and values of a Terrace Cricketer during their time in the program was presented to Henry Grose and Will Baker. The program would like to thank the members of the Terrace Cricket Support Group who volunteered numerous hours to help with the preparations and running of the night.


GT v NC 8/92 (34 overs). No result – match abandoned due to rain.

Round 2 of the GPS season saw the Terrace 1st XI travel to Ross Oval for another blockbuster clash against traditional arch rivals Nudgee. Under ominous skies Nudgee won the toss and elected to bat first, looking to make the most of conditions that would almost certainly worsen as the day wore on.

Terrace applied some early pressure as Max Law (0/10 off 4) and Nick Morton (0/28 off 7) both delivered probing opening spells, however some errors in the field let Nudgee off the hook as the score progressed to 0/34 in the eleventh over. The introduction of Will Kirk (2/12 off 2.1 overs) proved pivotal as he produced two fantastic deliveries in a short period of time to dismiss both openers. An ankle problem then forced him from the field as Nudgee looked to rebuild with rain beginning to fall.

With a partnership building Terrace turned to spin as Ryan Walker (4/23 off 10 overs) and Nick McGill (2/4 off 6 overs) turned the game on its head in a remarkable 12 overs of play that saw Nudgee slide from 2/70 to 8/92. Walker in particular had the ball spinning significantly in both directions and proved too tough for the Nudgee middle order in what was a fantastic spell of bowling. Unfortunately, at the second drinks break conditions worsened again and forced the players from the field. Whilst every effort was made to get the game moving again, the rain would not relent and the match was abandoned. Whilst the result goes down as a draw, great confidence will be taken by the group from their performance. Terrace will now look to take this momentum into their Round 3 fixture against the always competitive Brisbane State High School at Tennyson this Saturday.

GPS Cricket | Round 1 results

Representative School Sport

Term 1

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 District and our secondary students via Nth Independent or in some cases directly to Met Nth District (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:

  • 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:

  • Basketball trial date 13 March – Open to all boys turning 15 and 18. Nominations close Friday 19 March.
  • U18 Football trial date 19 February– Nominations close 12 February
  • U15 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:

  • Swimming trial date 21 FebruaryOpen 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:

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We have had very exciting results with a number of crews being at the front of the field in their races as the red and black celebrated the 2018 season to date.

The regatta started on a strong note with the Year 9 crews leading the charge out of the top four Old Boys’ Cup schools. As the points officially began to start in the Year 10 round of racing, the age group rallied to three wins and two seconds in an inspiring start to the Gregory Terrace Regatta, which they also backed up in the second round. The Year 11s will look to build on their rankings as the 3rd VIII will join the regatta racing next week. The Opens showed some great potential with better results in the afternoon, claiming a second (Open 3rd VIII) and third place (Open 2nd VIII).

The day culminated with the Terrace Open 1st VIII claiming victory for the first time since 2011, breaking the drought and beating the undefeated Churchie crew in one of the closest races seen in years. Watch the final stages Right Here!Congratulations again to Nick Rex (Captain of Boats), William Gillard, Alex Sullivan, James Farquhar, Matthew Langley, Maximilian Crowe (Vice-Captain of Boats), Harry McGrath (Vice-Captain of Boats), Harry Watt, Cox: JeromePham Van Khanh on their performance.

In front of the waves of red and black support it is hard not to be proud and inspired to want to be a part of the Terrace Rowing journey.

Watch more of the Open 1stVIII Race Here


* Year 11 3rd VIII Missing

^ Not Counted Towards Old Boys’ Cup

(X) Rank in Age Division


Open 1st VIII

Year 10 1st Quad (Jeremiah Woodward, Benjamin Spicer, Jack Pate, Dario Andrijich, Cox: Charles Betts)

Year 10 3rd Quad (Samuel Daly, Christian Campbell-Perry, Fergus Nasser, Tom Daly, Cox: Dylan Godbold)

Year 10 4th Quad (Patrick Petrie-Repar, Noah Stevens, Liam Cox, Nicholas Langford, Cox: Charles Gordon)

Year 9 2nd Quad (Ruari Burke, William Buckley, Edward Dowling, Joseph Liddy, Cox: Charlie Lilwall)


Open 3rd VIII (Matthew McDonald, Elliott Parker, Jacob Lewis, Sam Patane, Angus Calvird, Matthew Dean, Cameron Newcomb, James Fallon, Cox: Liam Ryan)

Year 10 2nd Quad (Jack Siddle, Fergus Cummins, Will Robinson, Finbar Carroll, Cox: Marat Frolov)

Year 10 5th Quad (Lachlan McInerney, Archie Esler, Noah Low, Angus Mohr, Cox: Finn Cummins)

Year 9 1st Quad (Mitchell McGeever, Campbell Wright, Henry McCluskey, Samuel King Koi, Cox: Jack Turton)

Year 9 3rd Quad (Joseph Dowling, Matthew Bucolo, Hugh Menegazzo, Paddy O'Toole, Cox: Lachlan McGeever)

Year 9 4th Quad (Harry Ward, Samuel Lilwall, Remo Italia, Jon Condon, Cox: Tom Coogan)


Open 2nd VIII (Luca Scoglio, Callum McCracken, Tom Waldie, Finley Prentis, Thomas Lillicrap, Edward Hinz, Angus Lilwall, Oliver Milne, Cox: James Tyquin)

Year 10 6th Quad (Harry Mills, Tom O’Sullivan, Henry Dollar, Jack Mills, Cox: Edward Fanning)

Year 9 6th Quad (Jack Camilleri, Daniel Wright, Henry Coronis, Noah Fenech, Jameson Whimp)

Year 9 7th Quad (Cormac Murphy, Tobias Mohr, Eamonn Carroll, Benjamin McCauley, Riley Mills)

Please click here for: 2018 St Josephs College Gregory Terrace Results


Head Coach – Ms Kaitlin Sullivan

Round 2 saw Terrace Volleyball match up against our traditional rivals, Nudgee College. It was a successful day and Terrace won 14 of the 16 matches against Nudgee, with many other wins in the supplementary draws. In a thrilling three set match 7A earned their first win with tough hitting and serving from Ethan Sun. The success continued with 8A taking their match out 2-1. Ben Chatwood served the second set out to win 25-3 for the 9As. Matt McKay and James Sheehan were relentless in the 10A and 11A teams and helped their respective teams win with strong attacking. The 2nd VI found themselves in a third set decider once again, but came out victorious, with help from the support of the many Terrace boys who made the trip out to watch. The 1st VI finished the day with a convincing three set win over a credible Nudgee side, with excellent serve-receive and attack from MVP Will Lalic. This weekend we are back at home for Round 3 against State High and this Saturday is Pride of Program day. Everyone is encouraged to stay for the 1st VI game to support their sport.

1st VI Report – Mr Ben Bell

Anticipation for Saturday’s game against Nudgee was high all week at training – with both players and spectators not being disappointed on game day. A large crowd witnessed a convincing 3-0 win for Terrace over our traditional rivals. While comfortable in set scores, each point was played at a high level with both teams refusing to let the ball hit the floor without a fight. A much improved serving and serve reception performance from the boys in the Terrace colours allowed setter and captain Connor Mauro to utilise multiple options in attack. Will Lalic received MVP for the match, showing leadership in both attack and serve receive. The 1st VI look to continue their winning ways against Brisbane State High School this Saturday at home and we look forward to filling the Campbell Centre.

Captains' Corner | Vice Captain, Tom Pappalardo

For the final time last Friday, the Seniors of 2018 celebrated the annual Induction Mass held at The University of Queensland. Whilst the occasion formally symbolises the acknowledgement of the Year 12s commitment to lead, it also holds a level of excitement for the rest of community as to what the year will bring. I have no doubt 2018 will be another successful year for the school and I have complete faith in the Senior cohort’s ability to lead.

The term is well and truly underway and we are more than a quarter of the way through the term’s lessons. I encourage everyone to ensure that they are on top of their schoolwork and start revising as early as possible. The happiest students are the ones doing the work.

On Tuesday at assembly we were joined by the OP 1 recipients from last year. Whilst it is fantastic to see so many familiar faces, it is their success that offers inspiration to the rest of the community to try and achieve the best possible academic outcomes. Every year each scholar offers a small section of advice which is handed out to the students in small booklets. The underlying message from each of the former students is that “hard work pays off”. I again have no doubt that 2018 will bring more fantastic academic results.

Shifting the focus, the weekend’s co-curricular activities were full of stand out performances and incredible results. The Senior A and B Debating teams won their respective debates, whilst the 1st VI Volleyball team also won in straight sets. A special mention to the 1st VIII rowing crew who recorded their first regatta win since 2011.

I hope everyone has had a smooth first few weeks (parents included!) and are looking forward to what 2018 has to bring.

Terrace Ladies Group

A Special Thank You

Last Friday, the mothers of Year 11 boys prepared and served lunch for our Year 12 boys and their families after the Induction Mass at UQ. A very special thank you to Mrs Jacinta Hearne and Mrs Lisa Klemenc for their highly organised planning for the day and for their vast team of helpers: from donating food, preparing and serving and of course the clean-up. I heard one of the ladies say on Friday that it was in fact a terrific social occasion for the Year 11 mothers too. They certainly were a happy bunch and the day went very smoothly as a result. Thank you to you all. It is very much appreciated.

Thank you again, too, to the many Year 9 mothers who helped with the functions last week after the Information Evenings for Years 5 , 6, 7 and 10.

Red and Black Cocktail Party

I’d 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 can be bought via this Link on the College Events page . This is the only full school event for 2018 and is a social occasion, not a fundraiser. Tickets are $55 each, which include canapes and live entertainment with a cash bar. Out of the 700 tickets available, there are less than 150 left at this stage, so don’t delay in getting your tickets if you are wanting to come. It is looking likely to sell out. The dress code is cocktail/lounge suit. This will be a terrific social event which has been planned by our Foundation to celebrate achievements. All new families are especially encouraged to attend as they immerse themselves in the heartbeat of Terrace.

Parent Directory

Another reminder 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 (e.g. 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 This Term

Week 6: Friday 2 March – 7.45am TLG Welcome Mass and morning tea

Week 10: Monday 28 March – 7.30am TLG Meeting and breakfast, Founders’ Room

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:

The Terrace Family

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

Mr Leslie John ROGERS - GT 1955-56

Mr Gerard Francis SHEEHAN GT -1945-46

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


Find all your Terrace Family event details here!

Date and Time: Thursday 22 February | 7pm - 9pm
Where: Concert Hall, QPAC | All tickets collected via QPAC box office from 5.30pm on the day
Cost: Free | Register via College Events
RSVP: Please register your interest by Monday 19 February
For further details or enquiries, please contact
Matt Cocking |

GPS Centenary Music Showcase - Book 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

Date and Time: Thursday 15 March | 6pm - 10.30pm
Where: The Marquee | Victoria Park | 309 Herston Rd Brisbane
Cost: $70 (+ booking fees)
RSVP: Please RSVP by Monday 12 March
For further details or enquiries, please contact
Sarah Hunter | | 0403 817 131

Volleyball Dinner - RSVP 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 |

Save the Date! Further booking details coming soon
Date and Time: Saturday 26 July | 6.30pm
Where: Victoria Park Golf Complex
For further details or enquiries, please contact
Andrew Stormonth |

Community Information

The Terrace Tuckshop welcomes volunteers

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