A Message from the Head of Senior Years

20 April 2017

It was wonderful that we were able to present some 15 and 20-year long service awards at our staff meeting this week. We are very fortunate to have so many knowledgeable and experienced professionals at Glennie.

In terms of teaching staff, schools (like universities and governments), have a particular responsibility to nurture and support those new to the profession. The future of education in Australia depends on providing time and space for our best and brightest young practitioners to become proficient and experienced. It takes between five and eight years to become a great teacher. Five to eight years of mentoring, pedagogical development, kindness and understanding. It is a responsibility that we take very seriously here at Glennie. All beginning teachers work as part of a team. Decisions about assessment, marking, moderation, methodology, sequencing, timing and support are all made collectively.

As we appoint new teachers to replace those on leave this year, please trust that our teaching teams are working towards achieving the best for each and every Glennie girl. Different teaching styles of new and experienced teachers – be they direct, student centred or a hybrid of both – are all valued at Glennie. Variety develops in students the skills of critical thinking, metacognition, collaboration, responsibility and adaptability – skills that will assist them to live and work successfully in the 21st century.

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

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