And now more remote students will be able to receive quality education as The Glennie School, a Toowoomba private girls school, open a new extension to their boarding house.
Recently, funds secured through the Flying Start Capital Assistance Scheme from the Queensland Government and a continued commitment by the School to current and new families has enabled Glennie to open an extension to Dowson Boarding House. The extension is a fresh new building, providing 21 additional private roomettes complete with a social living room and kitchen.
The Chair of School Council Mr Bill Armagnacq and the Head of School Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper invited The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall, Archbishop of Brisbane to open and bless the extension, which will be formally known as the Heather Smith Wing.
Mrs Heather Smith continues to have a close association with Glennie since her recent retirement. For over 30 years Heather taught Science and Physical Education, captivating the hearts and minds of the girls and equally with colleagues holding her in high regard.
For many years, Heather was the Director of Students, with a focus on the pastoral needs of the girls and first point of contact for parents. Then, as the Head of Boarding, Heather became a mother figure to all the boarders and earned the respect of their parents.
When the Pastoral Care system was expanded, Heather continued the fruitful association with girls and their parents in the role as Head of Tufnell House. Whilst in retirement, Heather is enjoying the fruits of her many years of hard work: travelling, learning to play bridge and spending time with family and friends.
“It is an honour for Glennie to recognise Heather’s remarkable service to the School over many years and to dedicate this new facility to Heather,” said Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper, Head of School.
“The Heather Smith Wing will remind us all of the way Mrs Smith took so many girls ‘under her wing’ when they were far from home.”