Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

24 March 2017

On Friday 17 March I received a letter from Sherril Molloy, Executive Director Anglican Schools Commission. I have included snippets of it below:

Today the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse began a public hearing into the Anglican Church of Australia at which data from a national analysis of complaints of child sexual abuse reported to dioceses between 1980 and 2015 was revealed.

As expected, the figures for the Diocese of Brisbane were shocking, shameful and profoundly disappointing. The Diocese of Brisbane was found to have had the highest number of allegations of any diocese in Australia (371); the highest number of perpetrators (208) and the highest number of complaints to schools (173).

The figures were expected, not just because of the shocking abuse cases unearthed within the Diocese, but particularly because of how the Diocese of Brisbane handles allegations of abuse.

In her opening address to the Inquiry today, Counsel Assisting Gail Furness, SC, virtually singled out Brisbane as the only diocese in Australia that requires the diocese to be notified of all allegations of child sexual abuse in schools.

This is important as the data collection project only requested child sexual abuse data held by dioceses alone. Anglican Church dioceses were not asked to provide information in relation to complaints from associated institutions (such as schools) if information about those complaints was not already contained in diocesan records. In other dioceses, allegations of child sexual abuse in schools are handled by the school and not reported to the diocese.

In addition, the Brisbane Diocese has, for more than a decade, actively sought out survivors of abuse to encourage them to come forward to receive care and assistance.

This may go some way to explaining why Brisbane’s figures in relation to schools are so high, and while the figures from other major metropolitan dioceses are so low. It does not, however, explain away the fact that the Diocese of Brisbane had so many horrifying cases of abuse as there can be no justification for the failure of the Church and schools to protect children in our care.

Please be aware that at The Glennie School we have strict child protection policies and procedures in place, and all our staff undertake significant, regular training in this regard. The measures put in place to better protect children at Glennie (and other Anglican Schools) include:

  • We have seven trained student protection officers who are supported by a former police detective inspector, a current police detective senior constable and a former State Government senior child safety officer at Anglican schools Commission.
  • All staff have regular training to keep them up to date on legislation and issues about child protection.
  • All potential employees undergo screening and have the legislated requirements to work with children.
  • Background checks are done on all potential employees, undertaken by the Director of Professional Standards.
  • There is mandatory reporting of any and all allegations (or suspicions) of child sexual abuse, to the Principal, the Director of Professional Standards, the police and the State Government.
  • We have regular independent school safety audits to ensure child safety.

In support of the Anglican Schools’ Commission and The Glennie School’s commitment to child safety, we will be undergoing an Independent Student Protection and Working with Children Compliance Audit from Wednesday 19 April to Friday 21 April 2017.

Mrs Kim Cohen
Principal

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Headlights

24 March 2017

Years 7 to 9 enjoyed the camp experience this week and Year 10 left for their adventure today. Camps offer more than a list of activities to participate in, and the girls learn much about their strengths and how well they manage when taken out of their comfort zone. They learn that it's okay to make mistakes, just give everything a go anyway. When old girls come back to Glennie, it is often camps about which they reminisce. Your daughter may come back excited about her time away, or maybe she did not enjoy the activities much. Either way, remind her that the important thing is what she learned along the way about herself and others. Those are the life-long skills and memories that will stay with her.

Mrs Jo Matherson
Head of Middle Years

Here are a few photos from the Year 8 camp, more to follow next week.

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Junior Years SRC Fundraiser

24 March 2017

The Year 6 Student Representative Council’s Free Dress day to raise funds for the RSPCA was really enjoyable. The girls throughout Junior Years did animal activities including the hunt for ‘lost puppies’ hidden around the school. All activities reminded us of RSPCA animals and how we might help.

In total, we raised $723.15, and we thank all who participated.

Photo: Sorting the Puppy Hunt entries

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Junior Years Cross Country

24 March 2017

Congratulations to Tufnell House who were victorious at the Junior Years Cross Country this morning at Kearney’s Spring. Second place was shared between Donaldson and Webber with Hale taking out fourth place. Everyone completed the race, congratulations!

Age Champions were

  • 7 Years: Champion, Zoe Sayeg; Runner-up Ruby Richardson
  • 8 Years: Champion, Ella Donovan; Runner-up, Meg Roper
  • 9 Years: Champion, Caitlyn Garratt, Runner-up, Ella Hedge
  • 10 Years: Champion, Ruby Leicht; Runner-up, Anna Park
  • 11 Years: Champion, Jazelle Carter; Runner-up, Abbey Wardle
  • 12 Years: Champion, Bella French; Runner-up, Mia Brown

Click here for a video of the day

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Digital Technologies Staff PD

24 March 2017

This week, Glennie hosted an ISQ region professional development for staff from local schools to discuss the new Australian Curriculum document on Digital Technologies. This session gave staff the opportunity to discuss planning and implementation of this program across our school.

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Kindy connect with Glenvale Villas

24 March 2017

This week kindy enjoyed a visit from some Glenvale Villas residents. Together, we read a story, looked at photos of Glenvale Villas on our Smart TV and sang songs and danced to the Hokey Pokey.

Our visitors helped the children to paint, create with playdough and complete puzzles.

It was a lovely morning enjoyed by everyone, and the children are looking forward to visiting Glenvale Villas next term.

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Glennie says no to bullying!

24 March 2017

Last week the SRC girls led the Junior Years in our seventh Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. They explained what bullying actually is and what we should do if we are feeling bullied. They also reminded us about examples of behaviours that are not acceptable but are not actual bullying.

Each girl was given a bracelet as a reminder that we say: Bullying: No Way!

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Cadets

24 March 2017

Cadet staff plus LT(AAC) Fiona Langston attended a Tri-Service Dinner at Regents on the Park. The evening was a great success and gave the cadets the opportunity to socialise with cadets from other Army, Navy and Air Force Cadet Units.

Last weekend we completed our first bivouac/camp for the year.  Exercise Gallipoli was held at the Cumorah Scout Camp at Murphy’s Creek.  This is an ideal location which is close to Toowoomba and provides a bush setting for the activities conducted over the weekend. Seventy-six cadets, five Army Cadet Staff and volunteers attended the bivouac. The activity started with a pack march of three kilometres to get to the camp site. Our Recruits completed their field phase of training successfully, and were taught the basic field craft skills such as setting up their hutchies; camouflage and concealment; hygiene and routines in the field; movement by day and by night; observation by day and night and communication using field signals.  They also were introduced to the cadet 24 hour ration pack and cooked their meals on hexamine stoves.  On Sunday they completed a round robin of revision activities from the Saturday program and then conducted a tactical activity utilising their new skills.

The second and third year cadets spent the weekend on a survival training weekend. Their survival training started with the basic methods of lighting a fire using a flint which was followed by damper making which was their lunch. In the afternoon we must thank Mr Steve Brown and Mr Robert Hegathy from the Toowoomba Archery Club for providing training in tracking and trapping animals. An afternoon was spent walking around the campsite looking for evidence of native and feral animals. Cadets were shown how to set traps and nine traps were set up. The cadets were successful and managed to trap nine of the Coles variety of chickens.  Their cooking skills were extended for their dinner and they cooked chickens, potatoes and vegetables in camp ovens followed by dumplings in syrup.  No cadets went hungry and their efforts were to be commended, especially for those cadets that had never cooked on a camp fire before the weekend.

With the loan of six Queensland Pitch Tents from Darling Downs Scouts, the cadets set up the wet weather accommodation and sleeping tents.  These tested the engineering skills of the cadets who did a tremendous job of erecting the tents using new knots and lashing skills. On Sunday, despite the hot weather conditions, the senior cadets discussed a number of Remote First Aid Scenarios and in the morning conducted a tactical activity. We were fortunate that the weather held over the weekend, negating the drying of canvas in my shed at home.  Many thanks to our volunteers, Mrs Allison Stalley, Mr Andrew Baker and Ms Jessica Mitchell.

Our focus is now on preparations for the ANZAC parades both at Toowoomba Grammar School and the Toowoomba Services down at the Mother’s Memorial, Toowoomba.  Our Toowoomba Grammar School Honour Guard will yet again participate in the service and will provide catafalque parties for all of the three services on ANZAC day. This is the 94thyear that Toowoomba Grammar School has provided the catafalque parties for the Toowoomba ANZAC Services. The TGS Honour Guard has 18 members from all three schools, Toowoomba Grammar School; Fairholme College and The Glennie School.  In addition, the TGSACU Drum Corp continues to practice under the tutelage of Corporal Files.  Both Eloise Radford and Ellen Collins from The Glennie School are members of the Corp.

Contributed by Toowoomba Grammar School’s Cadet Co-ordinator, Ann Hallam LT(AAC) TGSACU

Pictured, Jenny Wang, Gap student from China, Eloise Radford with her section, A Queensland Pitch tent erected by the cadets.

 

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Lateral Thinking

24 March 2017

Selected girls from Prep to Year 6 stretched their minds, and challenged their thinking, this week during the IdeasPLUS@Glennie Strategic and Lateral Thinking workshops. Mr Carter guided the girls through a range of games and challenges based on strategy and lateral thinking.  If Junior Years girls are interested, they can participate in Chess Club on Thursdays at lunchtime with Mr Carter, in Mrs Miles' room.

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

24 March 2017

Did you spot these stories in the Media?

Glennie Prep students appeared in The Chronicle: My First Year Feature

Glennie girls appeared on the My Police: Darling Downs blog: Popping up at Glennie

Charlotte Townsing (Year 5) and Philippa Lilford (Year 5) appeared in The ChronicleChance for kids to get creative with technology

Glennie Art Show appeared in The Chronicle

Glennie appeared on WIN News Toowoomba: eSmart accreditation

If you spot a story about a current Glennie girl or Glennie Old Girl in the media, we would appreciate your sharing of the story with us. Kindly forward the story via email to development@glennie.qld.edu.au.

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The Week in Boarding

24 March 2017

It has been an unusually quiet week in all houses with so many boarders at camps and the older girls who have remained are busy with study for exams. The Year 10 to 12 boarders have been very industrious and appreciated the tutoring provided. This has meant that little has gone on in the way of activities because of other parts of Glennie life.

The boarders are looking forward to the coming break and being with families again. In the last week of term we look forward to Miss Kate Powell's special Easter meal on Monday evening where we reflect as a community on the meaning of Easter.

Tuesday night is the last night of term and there is a relaxing dinner with pyjamas, teddy bears, bingo - chocolate frog prizes and a small gift to each boarder from the Boarding Committee. The last Tuesday of term is also Birthday Tuesday. We wish all Glennie students a happy holiday.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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High School Musical - tickets on sale NOW!

24 March 2017

The cast of 102 students are excited to be presenting this popular musical to the community and tickets are selling fast. There are only 18 seats left for the Saturday night production.

Performances are:

  • Friday 21 April, 7:00pm, 
  • Saturday 22  April, 2:00pm and 7:00pm  
  • Sunday 23 April, 2:00pm

Tickets for adults cost $25; students and concessions cost $15 and can be purchased via t the Empire Theatre website: http://www.empiretheatre.com.au/event/395/high-school-musical or by phone: 1300 655 299

Don’t miss out, get your tickets today!

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Looking forward to Term 2

24 March 2017

With a very busy Term 1 coming to a close, we are looking forward to an even busier Term 2 in sport at Glennie.

We have rescheduled the Middle and Senior Years Cross Country Carnival for Wednesday 26 April, Saturday Netball, Wednesday Netball, Inter-District Netball, Fillies Football, Bill Turner Football, Tuesday Volleyball, Intermediate Schools Cup Volleyball and the introduction of AFL which will be played on a Friday afternoon.

Please contact the Sports Office if you require any information on any of the above-listed sports. P 07 4688 8878

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Water Polo Grand Final

24 March 2017

This season of water polo has been incredibly successful. Glennie was fortunate enough to have three teams entered into the competition, Glennie Purple, Green and Gold, each of which has done very well and shown great improvement over the season!

Grand Finals were played on Tuesday, with Glennie Gold and Combined Schools (boys and girls) playing off for first place in the Mixed Juniors Competition, Gold played incredibly well, going down by only one point in a very closely fought game!

The most valuable players for the season were, Glennie Green - Courtney Markey and Isabella Macpherson; Glennie Purple- Kasey Koina and Emily Rattray; Glennie Gold - Georgie Daniells and me!

A huge thank you to Mrs Cass Daniells who has done a great job coaching all three teams this season and has helped lead Gold to win the girls competition. The girls have all put in a lot of effort this term and evidently their efforts have been rewarded. 

Jessie Lilford,
Water Polo Captain

Photos, Glennie Gold - silver medalists, Jess Lilford accepting her award.

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Basketball

24 March 2017

Friday night basketball has finished for the term and the girls have enjoyed the experience. The Year 7/8 team were very competitive in all matches enjoying wins, losses and a draw. Our Intermediate team improved greatly across the season and I encourage all students to consider playing basketball again in 2017. The Under 19 team had a great year and were in contention for the Grand Final until the final game. The team was a mix of experienced and not-so-experienced players who combined wonderfully and played some good basketball.

Special mention to 2016 Basketball Captain Lucy White who will be recognised as a member of the All-Star team tonight at the Finals. Our coach Krystal Watson has done an amazing job this year and we thank her for her efforts with all three teams.

Mr Brad Griffiths
Head of Sport

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Darling Downs Selection

24 March 2017

Congratulations to Kasey Lane for her recent selection in the Darling Downs Orienteering team. Kasey will represent the region at the Queensland Orienteering School Championships being held at North Lakes State College and Slickers Horse Riding Denham Road, Kurwongbah from Saturday 29 to Sunday 30 July 2017.

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West Zone Touch Selections

24 March 2017

West Zone Touch trials took place on Thursday afternoon. Congratulations go to Ruby Leicht, Chloe Gotze, Abbey Wardle, Jessica Barnes and Jessica Fitzgibbons who were selected into the 10 to 12 Years West Zone Touch Football Team.

The girls will play in a carnival on Tuesday 2 May at Kearney Springs

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Tennis Selections

24 March 2017

Last Sunday, Junior Years students Rheanca Lincoln, Kristen Davies and Tyler Kinkema attended the 10 to 12 Years Darling Downs Tennis Trials as part of the Toowoomba Zone Tennis Team.

Rheanca and Tyler were invited to continue play on Monday and were both successful in gaining selection into the Darling Downs Tennis Team.  Well done, girls!

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Equestrians fly the flag

24 March 2017

Last Sunday, March 18, we saw the Glennie flag fly high with the running of our first Interschool Equestrian Event for the year. Glennie hosted the Showhorse and Combined Training Interschool Qualifier at the Toowoomba Showgrounds.

Both of these disciplines were well supported with 75 nominations received from local schools as well as from Ipswich, Brisbane, Warwick, Oakey and Goondiwindi. We were blessed with fabulous weather and our convenors Ben and Clare Muirhead, Beth Rodda (past parent) and Scarlett Roellgen ran the event to a professional standard.  One of the guest judges quoted, "the Glennie team were very friendly, motivated and enthusiastic"...."they set the bar very high - what a great bunch!".  

Congratulations should go to all of the Glennie girls, who represented their school with pride, positive attitudes and beautiful manners.  Emma Fitzgerald and Eve Muirhead are to be congratulated for helping at this event all day, even though they were unable to ride.

The GEST Committee wishes to thank the Glennie friends and supporters, for a wonderful day. Special mentions to Yvette Reedy, John Massey and Angela Cordier for running the canteen for the day, and for Miss Jacky Redman for her to support everyone the team. To the wonderful band of helpers for the canteen, caring for judges, filling rostered jobs, selling raffle tickets, set up and pack up on both Friday and Saturday, sincere thank you to you all! Thank you to Erica Buchanan for the scoring assistance, and the man with the velvet voice, Paul Reedy, for manning the PA from dawn til dusk!

The Glennie girls got a buzz from the surprise attendance of Mr and Mrs Kim and Jim Cohen. A huge thank you goes to them both for their support.

GEST wishes to thank all the riders and families for supporting their annual event, along with their sponsors - Turangga Farms, Dynavyte, Riverina Stockfeeds, Deli Delicious, Edwards Saddleworld and Horseland Toowoomba.

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Maggie endures 6 hour trek

24 March 2017

On Friday, 17 March, Maggie Taylor (Year 11) joined her mother and two other team members to compete in the Wild Women on Top Sydney Coastrek.  Not originally planning to trek, Maggie was asked to join the team after an injury sidelined one of the team members.  With the choice of  30km and 60km treks for this event, it took Maggie’s team 6 hours and 17 minutes to complete the 30km. With 553 teams entered in the event, it was a wonderful achievement to finish as the 191st team.

The team battled the elements, rain, wind and never-ending stairs on the circuit.  There were tears, talking, laughter, words of encouragement, music, silence and above all, respect and teamwork which ultimately got them over the line in such a great time!  

Well done Maggie, Mrs Taylor and team members.

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Enrolments for 2018

24 March 2017

Have you got another daughter that you would like to start at Glennie in 2018? Enrolment Interviews for new students entering in 2018 have commenced this term. If you are intending to enrol another daughter in 2018 and have not yet submitted an Application for Enrolment, please contact Mrs Karen Morris, Registrar on 07 4688 8807.

Applications are now being accepted for new students entering Kindergarten to Year 12 in 2018 and 2019. Please pass this on to your friends if they are considering a Glennie School education for their daughter.

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Treasures of the Mediterranean

24 March 2017

If you are joining us (or planning to join us) for the trip of a lifetime, please read the important information below about payments and deadlines.

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Vacation Care

24 March 2017

Exciting things have been planned for the Pitstop Vacation Care Program. Places for this program fill fast, so submit your form today.

 

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A forum out of this world!

24 March 2017

The Australian Youth Aerospace Forum is being held in Brisbane this year from the 3  to 7  July. This five day residential camp aims to provide Year 11 to 12 students with an interest in aerospace with an insight into the career and training options available after high school.

This year’s forum will include opportunities in Aerospace Engineering, Aerospace trades and traineeships, and, Pilot and Military Aerospace entry options. Students will experience professional aerospace first hand through exclusive industry site visits and discussions with key industry and academic leaders.

Applications have opened and will close on 31 May. The forum is designed to showcase the various university and industry opportunities available to students upon completion of secondary school.

Get in quick to save $50 on the biggest and best AYAF ever!

Head to www.ayaa.com.au/AYAF-Bris/ to find out more!

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Harry Potter Day

24 March 2017

Wizards, witches and muggles alike are invited to the City Library for family-friendly fun and Diagon Alley Marketplace thanks to The Eclectic Emporium.

FREE Admission, no tickets required: Saturday, 1 April, 11:00am to 4:00pm

Activities include:

  • Harry Potter trivia challenge (O.W.L.S. and N.E.W.T. rounds), to book email young.people@tr.qld.gov.au
  • 3D Printer snitches thanks to USQ
  • Harry Potter costume competition
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Potions class for kids, to book email young.people@tr.qld.gov.au
  • Harry Potter craft bar
  • Harry Potter photo booth
  • Free face painting

For more information contact Angela Morgan, Young People’s Librarian, Library and Cultural Services angela.morgan@tr.qld.gov.au, P 07 4688 6670, www.tr.qld.gov.au

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