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– Be Connected. –

Welcome Ms Mary Anne Evans As The Glennie School’s 14th Principal

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:

  • A bible and candle presented by Middle and Senior Years (MSY) students, Amelia Van Huisstede and Abbey Holley-  “May they both serve to remind you of the light of Christ and be a lantern for your feet”
  • A prayer book presented by Glennie teacher, Miss Emma Kann - “May the prayers from this book and the people of God surround you and sustain you in all that you do”.
  • A book of School Captains’ speeches from across the years presented by 2021 Captains Kari Donaldson and Sandra Miller - “We hope it will be an inspiration to you in your leadership of our school”.
  • The CRICket Bear presented by Junior Years students Alex Handyside and Meisha Luscombe - “When you look at her she will remind you of our Junior Year assemblies where we acknowledge the girls living our school values, Compassion, Respect, Integrity and Courage.”
  • A Toowoomba Violet in a pot hand painted by MSY students Noami Buchanan from the country of Butchulla and Wadja Wadja and Anna Dingley from the Ait Koedal and Waleku clans in the Torres Strait Islands - “Ms Evans, your interpretation of this pot represents your journey here to The Glennie School from one significant place to the next’. 
  • A collage of photos taken at the homes of our Boarders presented by Boarders Genevieve Dean and Michaela Horn - “May it remind you of the home away from home that you provide for us at Glennie and the love that is shared from our homes into our school community”.
  • An 80yr old Glennie Hat Pin presented by Glennie Old Girls Linda Lester and Elizabeth Pietsch - “This pin represents all of the Glennie girls who have gone before us, helped to shape the traditions we still mark today and now form part of a global Glennie family. May your vision for our School treasure our past, guide the present and look to the future”.
  • A Supporters Medallion for the Honour Wall presented by David Russell, Glennie School Foundation Chair - “We present to you this symbol of the work of the Glennie School Foundation.  The Foundation’s mission to build a culture of financial support to secure Glennie’s future is made possible by our generous donors for the benefit of all Glennie girls now and in the future”.
  • A basket of goodies presented by Jay Holland, P&F President -  “Please accept this gift as a token of our appreciation, thanks and hope as you officially commence your role and begin to lead the charge to be All She Can Be®.”

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 

Attendees:

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

Invited Guests

Glennie staff and Glennie girls

Special thanks:

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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