This week, on a momentous occasion for The Glennie School, The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall, Archbishop of Brisbane commissioned Ms Mary Anne Evans as The Glennie School’s 14th Principal. Dignitaries, family, and Principals, both from local schools and the wider Anglican Schools Commission community attended the ceremony to support Ms Evans.
In what was a most uplifting celebration, students offered prayers for Ms Evans, soloists performed pieces of reflection and girls from Years 4 to 12 combined to sing three beautiful and meaningful hymns, one of them aptly titled ‘When Our Voices Join Together’.
With great pride, individuals representing various facets of the Glennie community came forward to present Ms Evans with symbolic gifts:
The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall offered a thought-provoking address, prompting those in attendance to look to Jesus Christ as a guiding light. "As you discover His mind in yourself, and lead in the way He led, you will find it life-giving for yourself and for the whole Glennie community."
School Captains, Kari Donaldson and Sandra Miller were nothing short of inspirational to every Glennie girl sitting before them as they used the analogy of posture to celebrate what it means to be a Glennie girl who stands tall, proud and considerate of the honour it is to wear the Glennie badge. "Our distinctive posture is what unites us, what characterises us as part of the Glennie community. Glennie walks with her shoulders back and her chin up, opening her heart and mind to what is in front of her, not behind. Glennie stands tall, but her feet are planted firmly on the ground. Each step Glennie takes considers her past but is ultimately taken for her future. Glennie always walks with a bounce in her step. This bounce, her optimistic movement, keeps her contemporary, fun and full of life."
Upon being presented by Chair of Council, Mrs Paddy Nicholls, Ms Evans thanked all of the people who have been influential in her leadership journey thus far and rejoiced to be leading Glennie’s remarkable young women of tomorrow, emphasising the School’s vision to make an outstanding impact for the good of society through quality teaching and leadership in education; ensuring that every student reaches her full spiritual, physical and academic potential. Ms Evans spoke of the power of unity saying, “my team consists of every person in this room - and I need every one of you to stand together with me to enact our united vision for this great school. That is what our School Reading encapsulates from Colossians; that is the message in the song: “When Our Voices Join Together” -
“come together as one; we are united and can do amazing things” strong are our voices big is our heart.”
Ms Evans, the Glennie community warmly welcomes you as our 14th Principal. We are delighted to have you as our leader. Your sincere enthusiasm for the care and growth of every girl instils us with hope for a bright future. Please know that you have the support of a vibrant community and we wish you the very best for the years ahead as you inspire each Glennie girl to be All She Can Be®.
Mrs Crystal Hede
Head of Operations
The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinal, Archbishop of Brisbane
Mr Garth Hamilton, Member for Groom
Mr Trevor Watts, Member for Toowoomba North
His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Paul Antonio, Mayor of the Toowoomba Region
Mr Tim Reid, General Manager of Anglican Church Southern Queensland
Mrs Sherril Molloy, Executive Director of Anglican Schools Commission,
and ASC staff
Mrs Paddy Nicholls, Chair of The Glennie School Council
Mr David Russell, Chair of The Glennie School Foundation
Ms Mary Anne Evans and her family
Principals of Anglican Schools and Toowoomba Schools
Glennie staff and Glennie girls
Thank you to all who contributed to the planning, preparation and running of the special service. We particularly appreciate the support of the Development Office and Mrs Sharon Willmington, The Rev’d Sharon Mitchell, Mrs Paula Nicholls, the Performing Arts Staff and Students, Readers, the Workshop Staff, IT Staff, Catering and Cleaning Staff, and Hospitality Students also thanks to for their assistance. We acknowledge the Toowoomba Flower Market, Veetone Entertainment, ‘Mini Label Co’ and ‘Harold’s Finishing Touches’ for their continued support of our events.
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