3 February 2017
I thought that I would take this opportunity to share a snippet from my presentation at the Commissioning ceremony last week:
My first goal when arriving at The Glennie School was to touch base with all the staff, students and members of the broader Glennie community in as many contexts and as often as possible. And to this end I have spent much of my time thus far meeting and listening to what these people have to say. From these conversations I have learnt much about Glennie and the requirements of the role that I have inherited:
- I have learnt that the community is cohesive and excited about the future.
- I have learnt that the girls are funny, warm, committed to their studies and The Glennie School.
- I have learnt that the teachers are dedicated to our girls and passionate in their desire to ensure that all Glennie girls can be All She Can Be.
- I have learnt that the younger girls love learning and want to have fun and feel loved.
- I have learnt that the facilities staff and the cleaners look forward to coming to work and being in an environment where all members are treated with respect and compassion.
- I have learnt that parents have justifiably high expectations of the school and want to feel confident that their daughters are in the best hands for the important job of educating them in an all-round manner.
- I have learnt that the boarders love being here – that this is their second home, where they can study, socialise and feel nurtured.
- So, we’re in a good place. I have stepped into an environment where the community seem content and good learning is happening.
All of my learnings from my conversations underpin what I believe about girls’ education and why it is so very important. As an educator and leader of young women in girls’ schools for over 13 years and a mother of three daughters, I am passionate about the intellectual development, faith engagement and well-being of girls. My desire is to ensure that our school is a safe, welcoming environment where all students are treated respectfully as individuals and encouraged to develop a love of life and learning that will support them to achieve to their full potential emotionally, spiritually and academically at school and beyond. My vision for The Glennie School is to continue on the trajectory on which Wendy Ashley-Cooper and previous principals placed this school; that is to ensure that Glennie goes from strength to strength as it becomes the school of choice in girls’ education in Regional South East Queensland and beyond.
Middle and Senior Years Parents Focus Group
I would like to take this opportunity to invite interested parents to send in expressions of interest if you wish to be part of the Middle and Senior Years Parents Focus Group that I meet once a term. The group comprises of eight parents and we currently have four vacancies to be filled for 2017 and 2018. Please contact my assistant if you are interested.
All the best for a fulfilling and blessed weekend and week ahead.