St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace

St Joseph's College
Gregory Terrace

Latin: Servire Deo Sapere
"To serve God is to be wise"[1]
Springhill, Brisbane, Queensland
Coordinates 27°27′26″S 153°1′31″E / 27.45722°S 153.02528°E / -27.45722; 153.02528Coordinates: 27°27′26″S 153°1′31″E / 27.45722°S 153.02528°E / -27.45722; 153.02528
Type Private, Single-sex, Day school
Denomination Roman Catholic, Christian Brothers
Established 1875
Headmaster Dr. Michael Carroll[2]
Staff 160
Years offered 512
Enrolment ~1,500 (Years 5-12)[3]
Colour(s) Red & Black         

Servire Deo Sapere
Meaning to Serve God is To be Wise

Catholic faith, personal formation and scholarly development (Also known as : GT, Gregory Terrace, Terrace)

St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace (commonly known as Terrace or GT) is a Greater Public Schools private, Catholic, day school for boys only, located in Spring Hill, an inner suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Founded on 5 July 1875 by three Irish Christian Brothers,[4] the College follows the Edmund Rice tradition, and currently caters for about 1436 students from Years 5 to 12.[3]

St Joseph's College is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[5]It is no longer affiliated with the Combined Independent Colleges (CIC),[6] and is a founding member of the Great Public Schools' Association Inc (GPS).[7] An Old Boy, (former student who graduated from Terrace) Hugh Lunn, wrote books about his life at St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace.

The "Battle of the Colours", the Start of a Great Rivalry

Terrace was founded in 1875 as both a day school and a boarding school. The original colours for the school were Navy Blue and White, adopted from the Congregational Crest of the Christian Brothers. In 1891 the boarding school was moved to Nudgee and in time became what is now Nudgee College, the boarding school adopted colours of Royal Blue and White. The original Gregory Terrace Navy and White rugby jersey was adopted by the Brothers Old Boys Rugby Club upon formation in 1905 and is still worn by them today.[8] The schools both competed in the famous "Butchers' Stripes" in different shades of blue until 1923 when it was suggested by the newly appointed Gregory Terrace Headmaster, Brother Reidy that, even though the Terrace Navy Blue was close to black, one of the schools change their White to Red for easier recognition on the rugby field. At the time the Christian Brothers were changing their Motto and Crest and Brother Reidy decided to change the Terrace colours to Black and Red at the same time the crest changed.[9]

Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill, Brisbane, 1954

The rivalry between the original school and the offshoot is legendary and no more so than at the annual GPS rugby match. The game attracts large crowds and is fiercely contested between the two schools. The "Battle of the Colours" adds to old school tie passion that surrounds the traditional rivalry and the atmosphere of the day.

2011 Brisbane Floods

During the January floods, St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace had their playing fields at Tennyson, inundated with toxic waste and water from the nearby Rocklea Fruit Market. No sports were able to be played at Tennyson during the 2011 school year and a massive refurbishment and rebuild involved the canteen and Boatshed, the iconic Grandstand was destroyed. Soil and turf were removed and completely relaid due to foul nature of the debris. During 2011 Terrace played only one home game, at Brisbane Grammar Sports ground, which were very kindly lent for the day, all other games were played at the opposing schools facilities.

Tennyson reopened in 2012 and in 2014 is building a new grandstand and player facilities.

Extra curricular activities

GPS premierships

St Joseph's College's Queensland Great Public Schools (GPS) premierships include:

Activity Premiership Years
Rugby 1927, 1929, 1932, 1956, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1996, 2004
Rowing GPS Premiership (Old Boys Cup) 1997, 2007, 2008, 2009,

1st VIII (O'Connor Cup): 1982, 1994, 1996, 2008

Swimming 1918, 1919, 1921, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1970, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991
Basketball 1997, 2000, 2004
Tennis 1955, 1992, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003,2015
Gymnastics 1919, 1941, 1942, 1995
Cross Country 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013,[10] 2014
Athletics 1927, 1930, 1934, 1950, 1951
Cricket 1952, 2004
Volleyball 1996, 1997, 2000, 2010, 2014, 2015
Debating GPS 1975, 1976, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2015

QDU 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2015


Gregory Terrace has produced more Wallabies than any other school in Queensland and second in Australia, with 32 players having represented Australia.[11]

House system

There are nine houses at Terrace: Barrett, Buckley, Kearney, Magee, Mahoney, Reidy, Treacy, Windsor and Xavier. Originally six, 3 new houses were introduced at the beginning of the 2009 school year.[12]

Original Houses

Barrett House - after Br James Barrett, the founding headmaster of the College, who arrived in Australia in 1871. (House Colour: Dark Blue) (House Dean: Mrs Madonna Effeney)

Kearney House - after Br James Kearney who came to Australia in 1911, teaching and serving as headmaster in many schools. He was the author of the School Song. (House Colour: Yellow) (House Dean: Mr John Hinch)

Mahoney House - after the Mahoney Family, including several Rhodes Scholars. (House Colour: Light Blue) (House Dean: Mr Steven Hohn)

Reidy House - after Br Mark Reidy, who spent 23 years at Terrace, for 16 of which he was headmaster. (House Colour: Light Green) (House Dean: Mr Rob Johnson)

Treacy House - after Br Patrick Ambrose Treacy, who in charge of the three Brothers who restarted the mission of the Christian Brothers in Australia in Melbourne in 1868. (House Colour: Orange) (House Dean: Mr Adrian Pauley)

Windsor House - after the Windsor Family. Dr Henry Windsor he became an eminent benefactor of Terrace when he arrived in Australia and provided the funds to build the original college pool. (House Colour: Grey) (House Dean: Mr Anthony Hayward)

New Houses

Buckley House – after Br Barry Buckley, Headmaster at Terrace from 1973–1981 and a past student 1951-1952. Br Buckley is highly respected by the community for the significant contribution he made during his time as Headmaster. Br Buckley was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2008 Australia Day Honours List for his contribution to education and the church.[13] (House Colour: Dark Green) (House Dean: Mr Luke Gribble)

Magee House – after Br Ted Magee, Headmaster at Terrace from 1990-1992. Although Br Magee was only Headmaster for three years, during that time he introduced the current House system that has become the hallmark of this community’s pastoral care system which supports the students. (House Colour: White) (House Dean: Mr Anthony O'Shea)[14]

Xavier House – to acknowledge the long history of the St Francis Xavier Province. Br John Stanislaus Campbell (Headmaster 1959 - 1964) was the first provincial head of St Francis Xavier Province. (House Colour: Purple) (Acting House Dean: Mr Dom Cacciola for: Mr Damien Coman)

Notable alumni

See also


  1. "A Message form the Principal". Administration. St. Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace. Retrieved 2007-12-27.
  2. "2015 Senior Induction Mass and Commissioning of College Principal Dr. Michael Carroll". St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  3. 1 2 "Annual Report 2006" (PDF). Administration. St. Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-27.
  4. "Our Proud Heritage". History. St. Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace. Retrieved 2007-12-27.
  5. "AHISA Schools". Queensland. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. November 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2007-12-26.
  6. "The Terrace Sporting Program". Sport. St. Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace. Retrieved 2007-12-27.
  7. "GPS Schools". Sport and Music. Brisbane State High School. Archived from the original on 2009-09-13. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  8. "The History of Brothers Old Boys Rugby Club". Tradition. Brothers Old Boys' Rugby Club. Retrieved 2010-11-12.
  9. "The Adoption of New Colours and Crest". Tradition. Official Archive, St, Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  11. Wikipedia:Citation needed
  12. 'Gregory Terrace: House System' - Official Webpage
  14. "College Personnel" (PDF). St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
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