A Message from Mrs Cohen

27 October 2017

I am delighted to announce the appointment of two new key staff members to The Glennie School for 2018:

Ms Jodi Blades will take on the newly created role of Dean of Students and Rev Sharon Baird will take over from Rev Kate Powell as The Glennie School Chaplain (K to 12). Both Sharon and Jodie come with a wealth of experience in Independent Schools in Queensland.

Ms Blades is a passionate educator who currently holds the position of Head of Year at St Ursula’s. She has a deep understanding of the integral part that relationships play in learning and the interrelationship between pastoral care and academic success. She has led and managed students and teachers across multiple educational platforms. Jodi has a deep commitment to girls’ education and has taught in all girls’ day and boarding schools for 16 years. I have no doubt that the experience, professionalism and passion that she will bring to the role of leading the Pastoral Care team at Glennie will add to the culture of the school and enhance the wellbeing of our students.

Rev Baird has worked as a School Chaplain since 2006 across Kindy, Junior and Secondary campuses. She is currently the School Chaplain at Hillbrook School in Brisbane. Rev Baird is committed to fulfilling God’s call on her life as a Priest and an educator, leading school communities and inspiring young people to explore a relationship with God. As a mother of a teenage daughter, Sharon is sensitive to the joys and challenges of raising and educating girls and young women to live fulfilling lives and to be the best they can be. We are excited to welcome Rev Baird to the Glennie community as she encourages and continues to develop the identity of the School as an Anglican faith community through encouraging and nurturing Christian faith amongst staff and students, developing the practice of Service Learning and offering pastoral care to students, staff and parents.

As we come to the end of the Year of Possibility and I draw close to ‘unveiling’ the new Strategic Plan to the School community at Speech Day, it is timely for me to inform you of changes in the structure of the School’s leadership team.

Until the end of 2017 the structure is:

  • Principal (on executive team)
  • Head of Senior Years: Mrs Tonia Gloudemans (on executive team)
  • Deputy Head of Senior Years: Mr John Farmer 
  • Head of Middle Years: Mrs Jo Matheson (on executive team)
  • Deputy Head of Middle Years: Mr Russell Baldock
  • Head of Junior Years: Mr Steve Warren (on executive team)
  • Deputy Head of Junior Years: Mrs Brenda Suhr
  • Director of Finance and Facilities: Mr Jason Hockaday (on executive team)
  • Director of Operations: Mr John Devine (on executive team)

The new executive team (2018), made up of positions aligned with the new Strategic Plan which focuses on wellbeing, learning, teaching, community and sustainable operations, is as follows:

  • Principal
  • Deputy Principal: Mrs Jo Matheson
  • Dean of Teaching and Learning: Mrs Tonia Gloudemans
  • Dean of Students: Ms Jodi Blades
  • Head of Junior Years: Mr Steve Warren
  • Deputy Head of Junior Years: Mrs Brenda Suhr (not on executive team)
  • Associate Dean of Staff: Mr Russell Baldock
  • Director of Finance and Facilities: Mr Jason Hockaday

After many years in leadership roles, Mr Farmer has decided that he would like to focus on his teaching. Whilst sad that John has decided to step away from a formal leadership position, I am delighted that he will continue to teach Economics and see out the QCS program at Glennie.

Mrs Kerryn Chapman will be concluding her work in Learning Support at the end of the year to pursue a new business venture. I know many of the girls have benefitted so much from her work with them over the years.

Mrs Sue Fuss will also be taking a break from her teaching here at Glennie, as she, too, pursues other interests. Mrs Fuss has worked from Prep to Year 6 over the years and has given wonderful support to the girls.

Miss Lauren Potter will conclude her work in PE and Sport in the Junior Years and is moving to Adelaide. Starting here as a coach, before graduating as a teacher, Lauren took over a much smaller position than she now has, as sport particularly has expanded so much under her direction in the Junior Years.

Mr John Devine, current Director of Operations will be taking on the position of State Manager of AICD Tasmania. In the two years that John has been at The Glennie School he has played a pivotal role through his contribution across numerous areas, but in particular Philanthropy, Development, Community and Enrolments. John and Kirsteen are excited to be returning to Tasmania at the end of the year and they go with our very best wishes as they embark on their next adventure!

I am also delighted to announce that alongside his role as Associate Dean of Staff, a role which will focus on the culture, development, pedagogy and wellbeing of our teaching staff, Mr Baldock will be the new Head of Department - Science. I am every confidence that Russell’s experience, professionalism and passion for education and The Glennie School make him highly qualified for both positions.

A number of parents have asked how they can be involved in farewells to Rev Kate Powell. Kate has requested that her farewells are ‘low-key’. We will have a small service for Rev Powell next week for friends, colleagues and students who have played a major role in her time at Glennie. On Wednesday the Chapel Committee have organised a picnic when staff and students will have the opportunity to farewell Kate in a relaxed environment. The greater community will be able to say their goodbyes at the Carol Service and/or Speech Day later in the term.

Mrs Kim Cohen

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