Welcome to the start of the 2021 school year. As we all return to the normality of a school term, I hope that you have all had a refreshing and restorative break, energising you for an exciting year ahead.
I would most particularly like to welcome new families into the Glennie fold. I am sure you will find, as I have done, that every member of the Glennie family will be made feel welcome, accepted, cared for and, for all our girls, encouraged to be All She Can Be®.
Many things will be happening this year; we will be announcing our new Strategic Plan later in the term and we will be launching The Glennie Sports Academy in Semester 2. At Glennie, our vision is to develop in each student her true intellectual, physical and spiritual potential, to prepare her for life, and to make a difference in our world. Underpinning all of this are our core values - Respect, Courage, Integrity and Compassion, nurtured in our Christian community.
To enable this, we are making a conscious decision to employ the best staff who not only possess outstanding credentials but believe in ‘The Glennie Way’ and what we are trying to achieve. Building upon our outstanding ATAR results in 2020, I am pleased to welcome to the Glennie academic team Dr Donna Evans, Head of Senior Social Science and Acting Head of English; Dr Tim Shearer, Chemistry Teacher; Mrs Heidi Phillips, Junior Years Learning Support; Mr Neil Roche-Kelly, Music Teacher; Mrs Michelle Tickle, Middle and Senior Years Teacher and Mr Craig Harris, Mathematics Teacher (one month).
Equally impressive is the appointment of Glennie Old Girl and boarder, Ms Meg Coles, to the position of Registrar. Meg comes to us from Springfield Anglican College with a breadth of registrar experience. Her ability to talk about the Glennie distinctive will be second to none as she has lived it, understands it implicitly, and believes in it.
I am thrilled to announce that Mr Brett Jones has accepted the position of Director of the Glennie Sports Academy (GSA). After a global recruitment search and much interest, Brett was the candidate that offered the most to our vision for the GSA. His credentials are too great to mention here, but simply put, he has coached to Olympic/World Championship and Commonwealth Games levels with both able-bodied and Paralympic athletes; he has 28 years of experience in establishing and integrating new high-performance programs and athlete pathways; biomechanics and physiological evaluation, exercise prescription, injury management and rehabilitation; coordination of sport within elite sporting organisations; injury management, strength and conditioning prescription, and rehabilitation; successful track and field coaching; university lecturing; and a leader and mentor of athletes. He has worked with a number of high-profile teams, some of which are, but not limited to, the Wallabies, National Women’s Rugby Team, Broncos, North Qld Cowboys, Australian Wheelchair Basketball, and the National Women’s Handball Team. Watch this space for more about Brett and his achievements and what this means for our girls.
With the addition of new staff, inevitably we sadly say farewell to others. Mrs Tammy Wilson, our Marketing and Community Engagement Manager, has successfully secured the executive position of Director of Advancement at Toowoomba Grammar School, which is a wonderful achievement. Mrs Colleen Otto, school psychologist, is moving to private practice in a part-time capacity which suits her family’s needs at this point in time. Mrs Sue Contarini, Science teacher, has retired. Mr Rick Barnes, our painter, has secured a teacher's aide job locally. We thank all of these incredible people for their service to Glennie and wish them every success in their new endeavours.
I once again extend every good wish and blessing for the upcoming year and look forward to meeting you all at various engagements soon.
Ms Mary Anne Evans