As the 14th Principal of The Glennie School, it is my pleasure to welcome you all to Term 4, 2020.
As an experienced principal and holder of a myriad of educational leadership positions over the past 29 years in various school sectors, it was a long-held professional goal of mine to work at The Glennie School and it is my honour and privilege to be able to finally do so.
Glennie’s commitment to educate young women who are “capable and confident young women of strength and integrity - optimistic, self-aware and adaptable, with a strong sense of compassion and social justice” encapsulates perfectly my educational philosophy. As Principal, I am leading a team dedicated to holistic education and the all-round development of each girl with a rich diversity of educational opportunities, both within the classroom and in the extra-curricular context.
The provision of active learning and high expectations in all educational experiences lends itself perfectly to a guiding tenet of mine as expressed by Lieutenant General David Morrison AO, 2016 Australian of the Year: “The standard you walk past is the standard you accept”. The girls will hear these words from me time and again, as this, cocooned within Anglican traditions and values, goes directly to the soul of who we need to be as human beings.
The Glennie standard is high and to borrow again from David Morrison (and changing a few words but not the sentiment) is: “If we are a great educational institution; if we care about the legacy left to us by those who have gone before us; if we care about the legacy we leave to those who, in turn will protect and secure this school, then it is up to us to make a difference. This is how you find your place amongst this band of sisters…”.
I am so grateful to have already received such a wonderfully warm welcome from the Glennie community. In fact, this reflects the type of people who are part of this stunning school - engaging, caring, passionate, selfless and stoic in these uncertain times. The only thing we can be certain about in 2020 is that nothing is certain; the agility and courage of students and staff alike to simply make the best out of this challenging situation is refreshing. The memory of what has gone on before is exactly that, a memory not a condition.
The natural question from the Glennie community for the School is, “What next?” Simply put, we want to be better. We do not want to be complacent; we want to continually learn, improve, invigorate and challenge every girl at the School and we want our girls to be authentic. Authentic girls are not afraid to be who they are; authentic girls are interested in others; authentic girls live in the moment; authentic girls are not arrogant or selfish. Authenticity is about being genuine and real; authenticity liberates us from the pressures of always trying to be something else, always trying to be perfect. This is a worthy vision for our young women of Glennie as we prepare them for life beyond the school gates, and it is something that I have already witnessed in the girls in my short time here already.
In conclusion, I look forward to meeting you all in the coming days and months, so that we can embark upon this new chapter of Glennie’s history, with unity and passion.
With every best wish and blessing
Ms Mary Anne Evans