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A message from The Principal 15 Feb

We have highly professional, appropriately qualified and experienced staff at Glennie.

I would like to use this opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of two of our teachers: Dr Alison Bedford (Data Analyst, IT Professional Development Coordinator and English and Modern History Teacher) and Mrs Crystal Hede (Head of Department HPE). Last week Dr Bedford completed her PhD in English Literature and Mrs Hede has recently authored a textbook for the new senior Physical Education curriculum.

Dr Bedford’s research thesis explored the importance of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as a science fiction text and will be published as a book in 2020. She will also be part of a writing team working on an upcoming text for Modern History. Having completed her studies, Dr Bedford is turning her attention to tertiary opportunities, securing a position as a sessional lecturer in a course on Secondary History Curriculum and Pedagogy this semester. Dr Bedford’s expertise both as an educator and a scholar are of great value to the school and are a benefit to the students she teaches.

Mrs Hede's textbook, Physical Education for Queensland Units 1&2, is the second edition of her 2010 publication and the first in a two-volume series that provides complete coverage of the new senior syllabus. Her research has spanned many topics including motor learning, functional anatomy, biomechanics, sports psychology, equity - barriers and enablers, tactical awareness, ethics in sport and exercise physiology. The publication has also involved the production of digital resources such as video tutorials, teacher unit and lesson plans, practice examinations, and student activities. The second volume, Physical Education for Queensland Units 3&4, is still in production and due for publication later this year.

On a slightly negative note, unfortunately, I have again been informed of rumours that some staff are not qualified for the positions that they hold. These rumours are damaging to the reputation of our school and to the staff members. Please rest assured that every staff member at The Glennie School has the qualifications required of them to do their jobs at the very high standard that is expected of them; the majority going above and beyond their position descriptions in their care and support of our girls. Every teacher has at least a Bachelor's degree and the appropriate teaching qualifications in their subject with many having higher postgraduate qualifications. If any parent has concerns with regards to this please speak to me directly.

Late last year I emailed all Year 6 and MSY parents with regards to a presentation that has been organised by the Darling Downs Secondary Principals for next week.

Once a term I meet up with colleagues across all sectors of education in the Darling Downs; Independent, Catholic and State. As a group, we have become increasingly concerned with the effect that pornography is having on adolescents in our society.

Because of this, we have organised to bring educator Marie Crabbe to Toowoomba to present to parents on the topic: ‘It’s time we talked’. Specifically, Marie will be discussing pornography and its effects on adolescents as well as the alarming rise in domestic violence due in part to the nature of the pornography that is on offer on the internet. She is a noted presenter worldwide and her research work explores the repercussions of the easy access that many young people have to pornography; repercussions that are felt deeply by families, adolescents and schools but not necessarily well understood or discussed.

We acknowledge that values and beliefs vary across our parent populations. This presentation does not advocate a position; it simply seeks to address and discuss issues that are real and trending and demand the attention of schools and their communities – including, and most importantly, parents of adolescents. I do encourage you to attend this unbiased, evidence-based, factual presentation. Marie Crabbe will also work with staff.

Please see the attached advertisement that was created by the Glennie Development Office and appeared in the Chronicle yesterday.