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– Be Connected. –

From The Principal 12 March 2021

As I reflect upon this week, I am once again amazed by the strength and depth we have in our student community, and their ability to be heard. We have all celebrated International Women’s Day in a variety of ways and isn’t it pleasing to see this initiative continue to grow?

The International Women's Day website defines this celebration as “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements or rally for women's equality.”

Marked annually on March 8, International Women's Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:

  • celebrate women's achievements
  • raise awareness about women's equality
  • lobby for accelerated gender parity”

Fittingly, the colour purple is one of the 3 colours that is representative of the day. It signifies justice and dignity which encapsulates the theme, #Choose to Challenge. 

Monday’s concert, with performances by the Glennie Big Band, Youth Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and a line up of soloists was a fantastic event where every girl and staff member was asked to write down what they choose to challenge on IWD.

Equally affirming was the IWD 2021 - Toowoomba Choose to Challenge Breakfast, hosted by the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network. This group of impressive women, who connect, develop and inspire the wonderful women in rural, regional and remote Queensland areas, invited local School Leaders to spearhead a panel of young women from Glennie, St Ursula’s, Downlands and Fairholme discussing the topics of:

  • As the next generation of women coming up in 2021, what do you see as the critical challenge for women realising their place and purpose?
  • Looking forward to 2030, what do you want to see women contributing?
  • Turning to the actual and the practical, what can the women who have gone before, those of us in the room today, do to help and support you in realising those goals?

Each of these young women (Sandra Miller and Genevieve Dean were our representatives) were outstanding. They were articulate, progressive and thoughtful. I leave you all with the encouraging thought that our world is in safe and capable hands, and whilst I do not trivialise the complexities of gender parity, I do know that the young women of Glennie are more than up to the challenge because they are ‘Brave’.

Signing off as a very proud Principal.  Enjoy the upcoming week.

Ms Mary Anne Evans