A warm welcome to our new families who have joined the Glennie community this term and welcome back to our returning families. As a new term begins, I would like to take this opportunity to clarify our expectations of all students to be present until the end of term which is Speech Day on Thursday, 28 November. Should extenuating circumstances arise and a student needs to leave early (three days or more), then Early Leave must be approved by me. Please contact me via email or phone.
Although a short week, it has been a very important one with a focus on empowering our girls. This week we acknowledge Mental Health Week. The theme for this year is Take Time — for mental health. Mrs Otto, our School Psychologist, prepared resources and activities which were shared in Middle and Senior Years Tutor groups this week.
The Student Welfare Committee and Chapel Committee facilitated ‘Me Day’ during Student Activities on Wednesday which was aimed at empowering girls through various activities such as Protect Yourself, Value and Love Yourself, Express Yourself and Treat Yourself. The girls enjoyed the opportunity to learn some basic self-defence, to do some mindful eating of chocolate and meditation, to identify aspects of themselves they like and to draw, act and sing without judgement.
On Friday, we celebrated International Day of the Girl Child, along with hundreds of other girls’ schools across Australia. It is a day that reminds us of the importance of girls coming together to empower one another and inspire each other. Little acts of kindness can make a huge difference to others. We were gifted compliment cards from the Secret Sisterhood, a non-profit social enterprise, which was given out to all girls and is a little act of kindness that they can spread into the world. The International Day of the Girl Child highlights that each and every one of our girls are worthy, special and loved.
On Monday, 21 October, girls in Years 7 to 11 have a Personal Development Day. This is a very important day with outside presenters facilitating vital sessions on cybersafety, leadership, self-esteem, resilience, etc. More detailed information will be sent home early next week. Please note that school buses do not run as usual on this day so alternative arrangements will need to be made.
Best wishes for a wonderful Term 4.
Mrs Jodi Blades
Dean of Students