Published in the Warrandyte Diary, August 2012 issue
Following her distinguished service as Warrandyte High School’s principal for almost seven years, Glennis Pitches said farewell to staff and students last month.
Glennis, whose career in education spans more than 34 years, said Warrandyte High had a very strong and unified community.
“All the schools I’ve worked in have been really terrific but I think Warrandyte is particularly special and people are drawn to it because that sense of community exists and it permeates the culture of the school,” she said.
“That’s been a real privilege to work with. Some other schools I worked at didn’t have that.”
Ms Pitches will shortly begin her new role at the Australian Education Union, supporting other Victorian principals with their concerns and issues.
She told the Diary she was excited to begin her new position but was sad about leaving Warrandyte High.
She said the best thing about Warrandyte High School was the students.
“We’ve got fabulous students at Warrandyte. There’s a sense that at this school they punch above their weight and as teachers we are really privileged to work with them. They’re just fabulous young people.”
Before coming to Warrandyte, Glennis worked at Fawkner Secondary College, Eltham High, LaTrobe University and Melbourne University.
She told the Diary that working at Warrandyte High School had been “an absolute gift”.