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St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace Brisbane QLD

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St. Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace
285 Gregory Terrace
A Catholic Day School for young men from Years 5 - 12, founded by the Christian Brothers, in 1875. Terrace is one of the nine Great Public Schools (GPS) Colleges in Queensland and is among the oldest.
Brisbane Central & East
07 3214 5200

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Primary School, Secondary School
5 - 12
  • Academic Achievement
  • Community
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Personal Values
French, Japanese

Educating “anyone who would come” was the humble vision of the Christian Brothers who founded St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace over 143 years ago. This vision remains equally significant in 2018, as Terrace commits to offering boys a holistic education steeped in the significance of our Catholic values, personal formation and the pursuit of academic excellence.

The Gregory Terrace motto, Servire Deo Sapere or ‘To Serve God is to be Wise’, is a visible reminder of our commitment to identify and develop every boys’ talents and gifts, forming gentlemen of faith and courage whose learning can be used to make a difference in the world.

‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ is the motto of the Gregory Terrace Senior Class of 2018. Led by College Captain Jacob Montaner, Shoulder to Shoulder captures the spirit of the cohort, as they aim to lead and support their fellow students and the wider Terrace Family through upcoming opportunities and challenges. 

Shoulder to Shoulder recognises their commitment to honour the proud academic tradition of the College. With 60 students receiving an OP1 and OP2 in 2017, the Class of 2018 are working together to uphold Terrace’s outstanding academic legacy.

Our faith is central to everything we do, from the classroom to the sporting field, we challenge our students to foster quality, compassionate relationships in the spirit of Blessed Edmund Rice. House Friendship Groups enable students to walk with several community support groups such as Youngcare, Brisbane Youth Service and Orange Sky Laundry, and in doing so extend their faith outside the school gates.

Each student at the College is supported to be the best that he can be through a House-based pastoral care system. Year 12 students assume the role of a ‘Big Buddy’ to new students in Years 5 and 7. The Terrace Family - staff, students, parents and guardians, Old Boys and friends of the College, all nurture each student on their journey to being gentlemen of knowledge, humility and wisdom.


The Sporting program at Gregory Terrace has a long and rich tradition and continues to play a major role in our students’ individual and collective experience and in the College’s goal of providing our men with a well-rounded education. There are invaluable lessons taught through participating in sport that augment and complement our students’ classroom endeavour. Sport is a vital part of learning.

Competing under our famous colours of the Red and Black, Terrace is involved in the Great Public Schools' Association (GPS) competition from Years 5-12. Sport is not compulsory but every student is strongly encouraged to represent the College and the program provides a wide range of choices for participation. Sports offered at Terrace including: Basketball, Cross Country, Cricket, Football, Rugby, Swimming, Rowing, Tennis, Gymnastics, Track & Field and Volleyball.



In providing a holistic education, we believe that it is important to nurture the creative side of our students. The Terrace Culture program helps to foster the College Mission, with students nurtured and guided by staff 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.

Pastoral Care

St Joseph's College has a very active culture of Pastoral Care for its students, which is strongly tied to the sense of family that has become synonymous with Terrace. We pride ourselves on growing an atmosphere of care, in which every individual is valued and welcomed. Central to our work is the concept of 'The Terrace Gentleman'. Our goal is to form the young men in our care in to be the best that they can be.

There are four campuses – the main campus at Gregory Terrace, Waterford Place (Yr 10), Sporting facilities over 10ha at Tennyson and an Outdoor Education Centre at Lake Maroon. All facilities are state of the art, providing excellent learning and co-curricular opportunities for the students.
Gregory Terrace’s commitment to classroom learning and the significance placed on the College’s Academic program, continues to be rewarded with the achievements of its students across many areas of educational endeavour.

The dedication of our teachers across all faculties, the care and attention applied to the delivery of curriculum, the exams and assessment process and the continued support from our parent body, allow us to benchmark our goal of excellence in teaching and learning.

In 2017 60 students received an OP1 and OP2. The Class of 2018 are working together to uphold Terrace’s outstanding academic legacy.

Reporting to parents occurs four times during the year. Both Term 3 and Term 4 reports have data around students’ cumulative results. Electronic tracking of students’ results continues through our database.

Staff tutoring beyond school hours remains a hallmark of studies at Terrace, with a dedicated mentoring week focus each term.

Organisation, often a challenge for many students, is just one of the topics addressed at Terrace. The use of the School Diary, in which students are encouraged to document time spent on homework and study as well as the Term Planner, are very useful resources to enhance organisational skills.

Our curriculum continues to evolve and develop through the use of a higher order thinking framework. This pedagogical approach allows for consistency and fluency across year levels. Through all that we do and facilitate in the Studies Office, our driving goal is within our College Mission Statement - “We seek excellence in teaching and learning with a commitment to curriculum, renewal and academic challenge”.

Co-curricular activities are a key aspect of the Terrace education. The college is consistently among Queensland’s leading schools in areas as diverse as debating, cross-country, volleyball and rowing. It has a proud sporting tradition and offers a wide range of sporting pursuits, including rugby, football, gymnastics and cricket.
Boys from Years 5 - 7 are provided with musical instruments and lessons, while older students are encouraged to learn a musical instrument or continue with tuition. There are a large number of bands, ensembles, orchestras and choirs, who also have the opportunity to perform both in Australia and internationally.

A key facet of the college’s caring environment is its House system. On arriving at Terrace, students are placed in one of nine Houses under the direction of a House Dean. The Houses, which cater for students from Years 5 to12, are divided into tutor groups, each led by a staff tutor, with the Year 12 students cast as role models.


Queensland schools with highest OPs revealed

QUEENSLAND’S leading OP schools have been revealed and just four state schools made the top 30.

Brisbane Grammar School topped the list with 56 per cent of its 2015 Year 12s achieving an OP1-5.

But the top three schools were split across the three education sectors of private, Catholic and state, with more than 50 per cent of 2015 Year 12 students at both St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace and Brisbane State High School achieving an OP1-5.

Note: Only including year 12 classes with 50 or more OP-eligible students.

Terrace is a short walk to both the Central and Fortitude Valley train stations and many students travel to school by train. Being part of the central city area, Terrace is serviced by many Brisbane City Council buses. A number of students utilise private transport options. 

Terrace buses transport students to and from the Tennyson playing fields for sport training. Buses depart and arrive from the Gregory Terrace end of the College. Parents are also able to privately collect their sons from Tennyson.

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Education is a team effort

A Terrace education is a partnership - between the school, the home and the student.

As Terrace celebrates over 143 years of providing a quality Catholic education in the Edmund Rice tradition, we aim to provide an environment in which our young men fulfil their potential.

Whether in the classroom, on the stage, the sporting field, or in Fiji or East Timor as part of our Year 10 Immersion Program, our goal is to ensure that students receive a balanced education that will set them on the right road beyond Terrace.

Our dedicated teachers receive outstanding support from parents, who have chosen a Catholic education in the Edmund Rice tradition for their sons. Our staff take great pride in the many achievements of the nearly 1500 young men who enter the gates of our college.

Our goal is for students to leave Terrace at the end of Year 12 having given their best and to be men of Humility, Wisdom and Knowledge. This is the Terrace Gentleman.


Dr Michael Carroll
College Principal



St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace Brisbane QLD


07 3214 5200
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