During the winter break, I attended a leadership course run by Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) with 11 other deputies or senior leaders. Over the course of the three days, each and every one of them pulled me aside and spoke of a recent professional development they attended regarding the implementation of the new Senior Curriculum at Churchie, also run by ISQ. Glennie's Dean of Teaching and Learning, Tonia Gloudemans, presented on the day, outlining the process Glennie took to transition, our structure, our vision and the challenges we have faced. The deputies and senior leaders talked about how innovative and forward-thinking our approach is and how our insight has clearly benefited the girls. They have all had lengthy discussions at their schools about our journey and how they can learn from our experience and apply that to their context. I wish to congratulate Tonia for her presentation and her integral role in designing our new system. It is clear that others wish to emulate our success.
The beginning of Term 3 has been a flurry of events in the co-curricular space and with the Instrumental Eisteddfod beginning this week, this will continue well into the term. I would like to thank the Performing Arts staff and PASA for such a relaxing and rejuvenating Jazz Fest last weekend. Seeing the girls enjoying themselves so much on such a beautiful day was food for the soul, and if the standard of music on the day was anything to go by, they will be a force to be reckoned with at the Eisteddfod.
I also had the pleasure of attending the Newtown Cup Netball competition against St Ursula's College on Monday and congratulate the sports staff and the GSS on the first big event in the Clive Berghofer Sports Centre. There were many spectators and the atmosphere was electric as the girls formed a tunnel to celebrate the entrance of their respective Senior A teams to the court. In every game, our girls played with determination, courage and great sportsmanship. I was extremely proud of all of them.
In staff news, we welcome back our Registrar, Mrs Karen Morris from leave and thank Mrs Narelle Wiseman for stepping in to take Year 12 Ancient History in Leigh Duffin's absence.
As you would have seen in your parent emails this week, we are delighted to welcome Eleighta Hannam as Head of Department - Science, beginning Term 4 2019. Eleighta has been at St Mary's College since 2013 and is currently the Director of Senior Pathways after a period in the position of Curriculum Leader - Science. Eleighta is known for her high energy and engaging teaching style and is adept in leading curriculum change as well as nurturing and supporting teachers to do the same. She enjoys mentoring staff in designing innovative learning experiences which are accessible to all students.
Eleighta was a Senior Boarding Supervisor and Mathematics Tutor at Glennie in 2007, we are delighted that she is once again joining the Glennie community and are looking forward to welcoming her.
We wish Mrs Kim Cohen all the best while she spends time with her father and our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.
Mrs Jo Matherson