Over the weekend Middle and Senior years students took to the stage in what can only be described as top quality performance; certainly higher than what one would normally expect from a school production. The huge effort, thousands of hours and dedication of staff, students and parents alike paid off as the performers delighted the audience with an outstanding production of Legally Blonde. I am so very proud of every girl on that stage, as well as those in the wings and in the dressing rooms. I cannot thank the parents enough for the time they put into this production, be it carry students back and forth, sewing costumes, doing makeup, working backstage or even providing coffee for exhausted staff. To Andrea Elms and her team - well done on an exemplary effort!
At Glennie, we proudly acknowledge the importance of the Arts in the lives of our girls; not only for the forum they provide for students to express themselves through music, dance and drama, but also for the enormous benefit that derived in the form of creative thinking, resilience, and development of ideas. The Arts require dedicated and passionate people in order to be sustainable and we have myriad of these at Glennie.
In the words of author, John Steinbeck, “The theatre is the only institution in the world which has been dying for four thousand years and has never succumbed. It requires tough and devoted people to keep it alive.”
On Wednesday we had the official opening of our sports centre, The Clive Berghofer Sports Centre. Named as a reflection of Mr Berghofer’s generous financial support of The Glennie School covering a span of nearly 30 years. Mr Berghofer has donated significant funds to the School, benefiting all Glennie girls and is a Patron of The Glennie School Foundation.
We recognise that all students, no matter their perceived ability need to be accommodated in any sport on offer, thus we ensure that we have teams across the board - for those, like me, who may struggle to catch a ball or run in a straight line, to the likes of Angela Lambert, Glennie Old Girl and Olympic hockey player who joined us to celebrate the opening.
This beautiful new centre will help us to deliver our vision of developing in each and every Glennie girl (no matter her level of sporting prowess) the physical potential to be healthy and active in mind, body and spirit. We do this through our HPE program, the senior subjects of Health and Physical Education, and of course our extensive sports program facilitated by dedicated Glennie staff.
Not only does this space allow for Glennie girls to embrace sport and fitness, it will also be used by the community and various sports associations, as well as for Toowoomba Primary Schools sports competitions throughout the year encompassing basketball, netball, futsal and swimming, and of course holiday sports camps. Thus enabling us to build our connections with the wider Toowoomba and Darling Downs community and rural communities further afield.
This building will become a hub of connectivity within the Toowoomba community and beyond.
But equally as important, we now have an indoor space where our whole school community (and then some) can come together for a range of purposes - be they celebratory, in worship or merely to be together as a whole school.
As Principal, I honestly believe that we have the best HPE and Sports staff a school could hope for and now we have, what we believe to be, the best facilities to compliment these staff. You just need to look around you at our magnificent sports arena, the 25m heated indoor pool and the 400m running track.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the State Government for their funding of our project; the School Council past and present for their vision and perseverance; the Foundation for the enormous effort they put into fundraising especially during these tough financial times, and the major donors for their philanthropic support. I acknowledge Mr Jason Hockaday, Glennie Director of Finance and Facilities, for the enormous amount of time and energy he has put into project managing this build.
Mike Singletary, a professional American football player said, “Do you know what my favourite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”
So girls we’ve come along way since the first documented female athletes at the Heraean Games 2600 years ago paved the way for female athletes.
Here is your sports centre - treat it with care, take every opportunity to play no matter how good or bad you are and enjoy every minute of it.
Mrs Kim Cohen