There’s a famous psychological experiment described in a book published in 2010 called The Invisible Gorilla. In this experiment, individuals were asked to count the number of times a set of volunteers in a video passed the basketball to each other, which they all got correct, only to miss the person dressed as a gorilla casually strolling by in the background. The experiment demonstrates that people who are focused on one thing can easily overlook something else.
The climate for all organisations right now is one of hypervigilance – of ensuring we stay abreast of government notifications and enacting the rolling changes to COVID-19 regulations and safety plans involving social distancing, tracking and cleaning. It is easy to lose sight of the other important functions of an organisation, such as continuing to cultivate a sense of community and sharing culture through stories, rituals and artefacts.
This week we presented Academic Awards to students in Years 7 to 9, which we recorded to share with parents. Assemblies allow us to gather as a school family to recognise, celebrate and value each other. This week it was about celebrating individual excellence; in other weeks, we reflect on the values of the School or use these values to consider where we sit on a social issue. Excellence has also been evident in last weekend’s successful Equestrian Dressage and Showjumping event held at the Toowoomba Showgrounds. From all accounts, competitors and their families had a wonderful weekend, attributable to the careful COVID-19 safe plans developed and enacted by the Glennie Equestrian Supporters Team.
For girls currently considering subjects for next year, the pop-up festival ‘Spectrum’ run by the Year 12 student Academic Committee facilitated some wonderful information sharing about the subjects on offer in 2021. It was a vibrant, colourful, and delightfully noisy example of inter-year sharing and support. As the Junior Years Musical rehearsals spiral towards opening night, we see another example of the School community collectively nurturing this sense of togetherness and unity. With eagerness and anticipation, I look forward to the Glennie activities of the week ahead.
Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Deputy Principal- Head of Curriculum
Click here to view the Middle and Senior Years Assembly - 30 July 2020