This Week in Boarding

4 March 2016

Brown House is our Middle Years residence, housing boarders from Years 6 to 8. These younger girls are a delight to work with because of their energy and enthusiasm. However, all children require some down time, so relentless busyness is not our aim. We provide the opportunity for girls to learn many new skills, including how to maintain positive relationships with peers. Girls learn about communal living and how to manage their own belongings. Skills such as dealing with the washing and drying of personal clothes and time management are all worth learning, just as they would be at home. Boarding is also an ideal environment in which to learn about managing finances so long as parents are willing to set and maintain sensible limits.

At Glennie, extended homesickness is never a big issue but we do encourage boarder families to remain well engaged in their child's life, including staying for a meal if in town. Girls are allowed to have a mobile phone to stay in touch but they must hand it, as well as their computer, over to boarding staff at night.

Boarding Staff in Brown House include Senior Resident Mrs Gill Reynoldson; Senior Staff are Mrs Doreen Bermingham, Mrs Linda Rother, Miss Fiona Woodward, Mrs Di Ainsworth, Miss Sue Baglin and Miss Leisa Hindle. Gill and Doreen have backgrounds in nursing and associated work. Fiona was a teacher, Di , Linda and Leisa worked in administration, and Sue is an artist. Resident Tutors include Miss Stacie Broom, Miss Laura Crosby and Miss Emily Hewitt, all of whom study at USQ. Miss Alina Sohst and Miss Katharina Robrahn are GAP students from Germany. This combination provides a wealth of experience and support. Our young residential staff are invaluable to boarding but do not perform duties on their own. They are in addition to, not instead of, Senior Staff and enrich the lives of our boarders. All boarding staff complete a first aid certificate and duty of care course.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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