Lesson 3 in authenticity: Authentic people put others at ease. If you feel welcomed, relaxed and at home then you have just encountered an authentic person. Your feelings will feel heard, respected, important, interesting. They make us feel that way because that is how they see us and through their sight we in turn see ourselves in a new light.
This is exactly how I feel when I walk around the Glennie campus and indeed, it is how the Glennie family hopes that every person feels when they enter our grounds - heard, respected, important and interesting.
I witnessed this in spades on Monday when Junior Years celebrated Book Day. The sheer joy on the girls’ faces was breathtaking and testament to what education should be - interesting, joyful and an adventure. A big congratulations to all the Junior Years teachers for putting on an exceptional celebration.
If we didn’t think the year could get any ‘crazier’, the world is now faced with the election fiasco in the US. As I write this article, we still don’t know who will win, however, it does seem that their ultimate fate will be decided by the Supreme Court. One can only pray that, whatever the outcome, it is achieved peaceably.
In times of such uncertainty, it is good to know that the School environment remains consistent: Year 12 external exams; Years 7 to 10 QUEST preliminaries; Sarah McCarthy choreography workshop; 2021 MSY musical auditions; Knowles Cup Tennis finals; Darling Downs Triathlon trials; and our boarders went ice skating with Fairholme College and Toowoomba Grammar School. There is comfort in normality.
This term I have had the pleasure of having morning tea with all girls in Years 10, 11 and 12. These were in House groups and it was insightful. What I discovered were young, authentic women who are clear and confident in their purpose and hold a great passion for their school. They were also empathetic and kind - maybe the American politicians could learn a thing or two from them…...
With every good wish and blessing,
Ms Mary Anne Evans