Welcome back to Term 2 in the year to Be the Reason. I trust that you and your families had a rejuvenating and blessed Easter.
I would like to start the term by inviting you to look through the School’s Strategic Plan that I shared with the School community at the end of 2017, and which is available on the website click here. For the staff at Glennie this is a living document which, along with our core values and the Vision and Mission of The Glennie School, underpins all that we do on a daily basis. Our planning, teaching, wellbeing programs and operational activities, to name a few, are determined by the Strategic Plan with the vision to support every girl to be All She Can Be. This is a document which outlines where we are striving to be by the end of 2020.
The Strategic Plan is made up of five pillars:
We strive to create graduates who are capable and confident young women of strength and integrity – resilient, optimistic, self-aware and adaptable, with a strong sense of compassion and social justice.
The individual needs of every Glennie girl matters. We are working hard to tailor an innovative, rigorous and engaging curriculum to support her on her learning journey, whatever that may be.
Glennie students are supported by staff who embrace a professional working culture that strives to promote excellence, innovation, collegiality and growth.
Glennie students are embraced by our vibrant, welcoming, and family-oriented community that provides opportunities for personal growth and a sense of belonging, as well as local, national and international relationships and partnerships.
The Glennie Community is supported by sustainable operations that maximise financial performance, support investment in facilities and resources, minimise environmental impact and ensure efficient and effective operations.
Each of these pillars are made up of a handful of goals which, in turn, are supported by actions that are required to fulfill these goals. Every year we create an operational working document of what we need to do as staff to ensure that these actions are carried out to the best of our ability. I report on our progress to the Council twice a term.
As always I welcome and encourage constructive feedback from the Glennie community to help us to be the best we can be. I urge parents to have conversations with staff about pressing matters, rather than send emails at times of anxiety. Emails can often result in misinterpretation and much to-ing and fro-ing, when a conversation often results in a far more positive and beneficial outcome in a shorter time frame.
The start of a new term is always an exciting time as we welcome new students and staff to our community.
During the holidays Mrs Bennett, who was away for all of Term 1, informed me of her resignation from her role as English teacher. We are very lucky that Ms Cecilia Rynne is able to continue in her role in Mrs Bennett’s place, where she has already established excellent relationships with her students.
Mrs Emily Scott is on maternity leave and is being replaced by Ms Carly Salomon. While Ms Lynda Shapcott undergoes treatment during Term 2 she is replaced by Ms Lee Perinet (Monday to Wednesday) and Mrs Catherine Parker (Thursday and Friday). We are delighted to have such experienced and dedicated teachers join the team. Welcome back Lee.
Mrs Cynthia Armstrong will be off for the term and her junior Art classes are being covered by Mrs Tess McNab who is coming off maternity leave to help out.
We also welcome back Ian Bywater - Mathematics and Science Teacher (Term 2).
We are excited to welcome onboard a number of new non-teaching staff:
Geraldine Donaghy - Boarding Senior Supervisor
Penny Gardner - Boarding Senior Supervisor
Kirralee Scherlberg - Boarding Senior Supervisor
Kimberly Wippell - Residential Junior
Teagan Ryatt - IT Admin Assistant
Matthew Spain - Cleaner and General Hand
I know that you will join me in making these new members of our family feel welcome.
Mrs Kim Cohen