11 September 2015
The beautiful weather shone on Glennie today as 300 staff, girls and VIP guests witnessed The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall, Archbishop of Brisbane bless, open and dedicate boarding’s newest building, the Heather Smith Wing.
Today, Raylene Smith (Year 9) delivered the acknowledgement of country prior to the singing of the national anthem with Rachel Hall (Year 9) welcoming the guests in attendance. Rev’d Kate Powell offered a prayer prior to an address by Mrs Ashley-Cooper. “It is an honour for Glennie to recognise Heather’s remarkable service to the School over many years and to dedicate this new facility to Heather. The Heather Smith Wing will remind us all of the way Mrs Smith took so many girls ‘under her wing’ when they were far from home” said Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper, Head of School.
Dr Aspinall delivered an address which showed his understanding of girls from the bush, prior to offering a prayer and blessing for the Heather Smith Wing. Mrs Evans gave a vote of thanks to Dr Aspinall for his significant contribution to today’s event. The Glennie Singers and Adelphi Strings complemented the occasion with beautiful musical interludes conducted by Mrs Bravery conducting and accompanied by Mrs Gordon.
Mrs Smith shared recollections of her time at Glennie and the special moments she was blessed to share with Glennie girls and staff. Head of School Council, Mr Bill Armagnacq, gave a vote of thanks prior to the singing of the School Hymn. After the final blessing all guests were invited to inspect the facilities and enjoyed morning tea.
Funds secured through the Flying Start Capital Assistance Scheme from the Queensland Government and a continued commitment by the School to current and new families has enabled Glennie to open this extension to Dowson Boarding House. The extension is a fresh new building, providing 21 additional private roomettes complete with a social living room and kitchen.
Media group members and current boarders, Felicity Brown (Year 7) and Nina Fawckner (Year 8), provided much-needed support with photography and video recording of today’s proceedings.
Boarding is a life-enriching experience for girls and provides a quality education for girls from families living in rural and remote regions. Memories and friendships made in boarding last a lifetime.