Mrs. Giblin: Marymount’s new Headmistress!

Mrs. Giblin: Marymount’s new Headmistress!

Carolina Abdo and Mariam Eapen

It’s 4:45pm and instead of following our normal routines of making yet another cup of coffee and watching yet another episode of ‘Below Deck’, we are doing something much more exciting. Cosy in our separate homes we meet Mrs. Giblin in an ‘authentic’ cartoon classroom (background effects are a hit with the teachers, too!). Microsoft Teams might be an all too familiar place for a chat, but it is a place where we have the opportunity to discuss all things dinner parties and dogs while getting to know our new headmistress.

Mrs Giblin embodies a great passion for teaching,and has always found joy in the classroom. Throughout Mrs Giblin’s teaching journey, she has chosen paths that have led her to leadership-roles such as ‘Head of Faculty’ or ‘Head of Year’. Each opportunity was entertained with interest and passion. After, overcoming the inherent challenges of teaching jobs. Mrs Giblin utilised her expansive skillset and now, occupies the job of Headmistress here at Marymount. Although Mrs Giblin is fully absorbed in the role of Headmistress, she still adores teaching in a classroom. She comments that for teachers and administrators “the classroom is where we all started and it is where we all want to be”. Mrs. Giblin is currently teaching Grade 6 Religious studies. In return, this passion for teaching is reciprocated, as the Marymount community values a Lifelong Love of Learning.

Mrs Giblin perceives the role of Headmistress as a privilege and a role of service, which aligns with a good-hearted nature that comes through her interview. Our new Headmistress has a bright vision for Marymount girls. She hopes that students graduate Marymount overflowing with self-confidence and compassion as leave our ‘Marymount bubble’ and enter the wider world. When asked what drew her to Marymount, Mrs. Giblin emphasised how much she wanted to be an active part of the Marymount community. The tutelage, mission and ethos of the school is one she identifies with and Marymount is a place where she feels she can contribute to the development of an all-girls education.

When reminiscing of her time in her own secondary school, Mrs Giblin points out uncanny parallels. She too went to an all-girls school that “radiated with character”. Mrs Giblin has already noticed the special friendships among students and comments that she had similar friendships with her friends in school. She is still in contact with many these friends today! A friendship that began with a “Hello, can we be friends?”, at twelve years old, evolved into a lifelong friendship – makes us think twice about our friendships now.

Another life-long friendship in the making is Matilda and Mrs Giblin’s dog, Maisie. Mrs Giblin has a beautiful dog, and when asked about her pup’s personality and character, Mrs. Giblin said that she is very loyal yet mischievous and wilful. Very hungry, yet soft in nature. Marymount students and her dog share similar characteristics…perhaps this is what drew Mrs. Giblin to Marymount.

In spending so much time at home, the entire day revolves around the next meal. Breakfast is eaten thinking about lunch, lunch is eaten thinking about dinner and dinner is eaten, well…thinking about breakfast for the next day. Naturally, to liven up these most glorious times of the day, one finds themselves planning elaborate dinner parties. When asked about her dinner party ideas, Mrs. Giblin has an eclectic mix. Elizabeth Ancombe, a philosopher in virtue ethics – one of her interests, Aristotle, who naturally “is at the backdrop of much ethical and philosophical discussion”. As well as, Mother Teresa, Maya Angelou, Mary mother of Jesus, Cathy from Wuthering Heights, Seamus Heaney, and Ed Sheeren- “who could hopefully play the guitar for a sing-song at the end”. Mrs. Giblin is also drawn to music by Christy Moore as the Irish folk tunes remind her of home.

Speaking to Mrs. Giblin felt as though we were speaking to someone who was once a Marymount girl herself. We expected a certain stiffness in conversation between two students. Instead, it was a conversation filled with ease, mutual interest and laughter. Now that we are back at school, we look forward to continuing our conversations about all things dinner parties, literature and dogs. Mrs. Giblin says her door is always open to visitors… she might regret her kind invitation in a couple weeks time.