A prestigious girls’ school in Toowoomba, Queensland has welcomed its first transgender student.
Anglican girls school, The Glennie School, sent out a newsletter to parents this week, announcing the enrollment of the young girl.
The letter, penned by principal Kim Cohen, explained the school’s decision to accept the enrollment.
‘In our middle senior years, we have a young girl, who was born into a boy’s body,’ the letter said according to The Chronicle.
Anglican girls school, The Glennie School (pictured), sent out a newsletter to parents this week, announcing the enrollment of the young girl
‘I know this is a concept many of us may struggle to grasp, but please take time out to think about how much harder it must have been for her to make the realisation.
‘I did not hesitate to accept her enrollment as I know within this nurturing community she will be in the very best place for her to excel and be the very best that she can be.’
The letter was sent to the school community with the parents’ permission, after rumours of the new student surfaced.
Principal Cohen said she wanted to give the girl time to settle into the school before sharing the news, so people could meet her ‘without any preconceived ideas’.
The letter included a message from the girl’s parents which further explained their situation.
Principal Cohen (pictured right, with a senior team member) said she wanted to give the girl time to settle into the school before sharing the news
The Glennie School (pictured) received 50 messages in response to the letter, and all but one, were positive
‘Our daughter was born in a body that does not match her identity,’ they said.
‘When she first told us, we were devastated. Devastated not for what she was telling us, but for what her future may hold.’
The school received 50 messages in response to the letter, and all but one, were positive.
‘It is wonderful news to hear you have joined The Glennie School. Welcome,’ one read.
‘Please tell these beautiful, brave parents and their extraordinary daughter that we are with them, standing shoulder to shoulder all the way,’ another read.