A Message from Kim Cohen

15 June 2017

I would like to wish all members of the Glennie community a joyful, relaxing and warm holiday. I have spoken to all students from Prep to Year 12 about helping around the house and allowing their parents to have a break too. Feel free to remind them of my words when necessary! If you are travelling, may God be with you and keep you safe.

NEW POSITION
I would like to formally congratulate Rebecca Brownhall as she takes on the new role of Learning Support Co-ordinator from the start of Semester 2. This is a big and important role within the School and I have every confidence in Rebecca’s ability to perform at the highest level.

FAREWELLS
It is the time of year when we say farewell to a number of staff and students who are leaving us for various reasons. We are always sad to say farewell, but wish all those moving on a bright and fulfilling future.

Joanna Schooling
Joanna leaves us after eight and a half years at Glennie school, with her greatest contribution being in the French Immersion program. Joanna has made a huge contribution to the program during her time her and the students in her classes have enjoyed her dynamic lessons. Joanna will be missed by the Glennie community as we wish her well as she moves down the mountain to spend more time with her parents who have recently moved to Australia.  

Sandy Cox
Sandy has been working in the area of Learning Support during Term 2. Her input during this time has been invaluable and in her short time here she has built great relationships with both the students and the staff.

Gappies: Jody Hender, Theresa Meyer, Jenny Wang
Our Gappies program has been running successfully for about 15 years and continues to be a point of difference at Glennie. It is a program where all parties gain great benefit; our students  enjoy interacting with young women from different cultures and love the experience of sharing stories, our teachers and boarding staff receive much-needed support in many areas where the Gappies work across the school and, of course, the Gappies themselves learn so much about themselves, others and Australia. We wish all three young women a successful and happy ‘life after Glennie’.

STAFF TAKING LEAVE
We wish all our staff taking Long Service Leave a happy and very relaxing break. You work so hard teaching, nurturing and supporting the students in your care and we hope that you have a wonderful, well-deserved time away:

  • Jody Lutvey  (Kindy)
  • Cathy Waters (Head of Webber House)

REPLACEMENT STAFF

  • Susie Jepson - French Immersion Teacher (taking over from Joanna Schooling)
  • Jill Loveday - Kindy (covering for Jody Lutvey)
  • Kaye Broadfoot - Acting Head of Webber (covering for Cathy Waters in her role as Head of House)

RETURNING STAFF
At the start of Semester 2, Sharon Gilbert and John Farmer will return after being on Long service Leave for Term 2. I would like to take this opportunity to say a very heartfelt thank you to Jason Wisley (Acting Head of The Arts) and Alison Bedford (Acting Deputy Head of Senior Years) for the outstanding way in which they seamlessly stepped into these positions.

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

15 June 2017

I am not sure where this term has gone! It has certainly been very busy, with all sub-schools involved in a myriad of activities across the departments of the school. The girls have, on the whole, been very involved and have given of their best in the classrooms and out of them. I congratulate them all on their work and effort. I know that our boarders, in particular, are looking forward to spending some time at home and in their communities.

I would also like to thank the staff, both teaching and non-teaching members, who have worked so hard to provide the best opportunities and care for your children.

On behalf of Mrs Cohen, I wish you all a very relaxing and enjoyable winter break with your sons and daughters. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all back for the start of Term 3.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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Spiritual Journeys

15 June 2017

On Monday we welcomed Reverend Frances Andrews from St Luke’s Church to Glennie to preside over a special Admission to Communion service at Glennie Junior Years.  We congratulate Scarlet Carroll, Anna Park, Indi-Anna Wolfe and Cara Cronje on their Baptism and also Felicity Russell, Savannah Hewett, Sally Byrne and Scarlett Martin on their Admission to Holy Communion.

On Wednesday, our Regional Bishop, The Right  Reverend Cameron Venables presided over our annual Service of Confirmation in the Chapel. Five students were confirmed, and in so doing made their adult affirmation of Christian faith, supported by their families and godparents, as well as some of their friends and teachers. The Service was followed by a celebratory supper in the Dining Hall, which included the cutting of a special cake!

It is lovely to be able to support all these girls as they take the next step in their spiritual journey.

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Fairy day in Prep

15 June 2017

This week, Prep was transformed into a fairy wonderland for the day as a culmination of the term's fairy tale theme. The Prep girls enjoyed fairy themed activities in specialist lessons as well as in the classroom.

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Chess

15 June 2017

Primary Years Individual Invitational Chess Tournament and Toowoomba Regional High School Chess Tournament

Last weekend Junior Years students, Rheanca Lincoln, Bailey Crisp, Meghan Whiteside, Mashal Imam, Matilda Hill,  Janithia Dharmawardhane and Colleen Beahan attended the Primary Years Individual Invitational Chess Tournament. Middle and Senior Years students, Connie-Jane Creevey, Sandali Gange, Apoorva Abeysundera, Olivia McLevie, Olivia Sharp, Selinca Lincoln, Juliana Soriano and Ellen Collins participated in the Toowoomba Regional High School Chess Tournament.

The competitions were held simultaneously at Toowoomba Grammar. Junior Years participants played seven rounds over two days, Middle and Senior Years participants played six rounds.

Junior Years Results

From seven rounds (therefore a maximum score of 7 points) the Junior Years girls earned some very strong scores.

  • Rheanca Lincoln 5.5 points, 
  • Bailey Crisp 5 points, 
  • Meghan Whiteside 4.5 points, 
  • Mashal Imam 4 points, 
  • Matilda Hill and Janithia Dharmawardhane 3 points, 
  • Colleen Beahan 1 point.

Rheanca finished the tournament with the trophy for the Most Outstanding Female Player (equal points as the student who came third).

All the girls were supported by two renowned Australian chess players and coaches: Dusan Stojic (FIDE Master and #34 ranked Australian male player) and Alexandra Jule (Woman International Master and #5 female player in Australia). Dusan and Alexandra spent time with students in between games and hosted a special coaching session before the start of the second day’s play.

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Prep girls tackle STEM challenge for Goldilocks

15 June 2017

During the term the Prep girls have taken on STEM challenges, including helping Rapunzel escape from her tower, building a strong new chair for Goldilocks to give to the three bears, and designing and making a boat for the Gingerbread Man to escape the fox.  Great work, girls!

 

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Mums come and try Kindy

15 June 2017

On Tuesday and Thursday this week, our mums experienced a morning in the life of their child at Kindy.

We read one of the class' favourite stories, the children performed interactive songs for their mums and engaged in various activities during free play time.

We demonstrated our Letterland program on the smart TV and sang a selection of Letterland songs. The children had baked some goodies for morning tea that were shared while having a picnic.

It was a lovely morning and thank you to our mums who spent time with us!

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Bookworms triumphant at Regional Reader’s Cup

15 June 2017

The Regional Reader's Cup, organised by the Children's Book Council of Australia, attracted 15 Primary Schools and 8 Secondary Schools to The Glennie School this week, coming from as far away as Goondiwindi and Tara.  In teams of four, students were tested on five novels, and the competition was fierce! Our Glennie teams competed well, with the Primary team, Tyler Kinkema, Ava O'Reilly, Janithya Dharmawardhane, Mia Brown and Sophie Fleming coming 4th, and the Secondary team, Ebony Baillie-Pignat, Kate Healy, Lauren Lester and Sienna Richardson coming 3rd.

The competition was very close and our girls are to be congratulated on the reward for their efforts, and the positive way they shared the team experience.

School competition launched

Guest readers from Middle and Senior Years helped to launch the annual Glennie Junior Years Reader's Cup School Competition.

During Term 3 all girls in Years 5 and 6 compete in teams of four or five to win the coveted Glennie Reader’s Cup by reading ten books and answering questions.  

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Mr Stink

15 June 2017

On Thursday, girls in Years 3 and 4 went to see a musical called Mr Stink. It was hilarious and everyone enjoyed it. It was a heart-warming show about a tramp and a nine-year-old called Chloe - a girl who does wondrous things. It really was mind opening!

Contributed by Charlotte Baker, Year 4

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Junior Years Merit Award recipients for Term 2

15 June 2017

Congratulations to the Term 2 Merit Award recipients who received their certificates at Junior Years Assembly this week.

 

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Career Exploration!

15 June 2017

Last week the Year 10 girls commenced their preparations for Senior Education and Pathways planning by participating in the Be Real, Get Set program. Dressed for success, the girls arrived on Wednesday ready to explore their chosen career paths. It was refreshing to see such a diverse range of interest areas including Health, Business, Education, Design, Creative Industries, Law and Humanities.

Throughout the three-day program, the girls undertook some self-reflection, examining how their skills and values link to their career interest areas. Mrs Deborah Munro, from the University of Southern Queensland, gave an informative presentation on the key transferable skills needed for today’s world of work. The girls needed to put their transferable skills to the test, completing some groups activities that required teamwork, enterprise, organisation and problem-solving skills.

After learning skills in resumes, cover letters and interviews preparation, the girls were set the task of applying for a traineeship. This culminating activity was well supported by our team of industry representatives, who interviewed the girls, providing them with an excellent opportunity to practice their skills. The feedback we received from our interview panel was fantastic. They commented on the high quality of the interviews, which certainly shows that the Year 10 girls are job ready. A presentation from the Tax Office on applying for Tax File Numbers finished a very valuable learning experience.

Another important part of the Be Real, Get Set program is the preparation for Senior Education Planning. It is important that the girls are thinking about their career options as they start to make decisions about their learning pathways in Year 11 and 12. Be Real, Get Set allowed the girls to develop important career exploration skills that they can utilise throughout their senior years, and beyond.

After this rehearsal for the work environment, this week girls got to experience the realities of working firsthand as they undertook work experience.

The girls have thoroughly enjoyed their placements and we thank them for their commitment to the Year 10 Careers Program.

We would like to thank the friends of The Glennie School who offered their time for interviews or supported students through work experience.

  • Julie Meyer, Westpac Bank, Banking/home loans
  • Christopher Fox, Westpac Bank, Banking / IT
  • Dugald Storie, Bush Recruitment, Business/Finance
  • Nick Fortune, (retired parent)
  • Prue Leyden-Smith, Bella Lucia Photography, Music/Photography
  • Melody Labinsky, Fairfax Media, Journalism
  • Mark Stevens, Busy at Work, 
  • David Eaves, Retired Pharmacist, Pharmacy
  • Lyndon Dadswell, Retired Vet, Vet Science
  • Heather Woodrow, Maintrain Employment, Education/Early childhood
  • Corporal Jacqueline Ternouth, Australian Defence Force
  • Corporal Cory Holland, Australian Defence Force
  • Victoria MacRae, Iona Health, Nursing
  • Ann Wilshire, Retired Physiotherapist, Physiotherapy
  • Amy Cook, Rodtek (Qld Government)
  • Terri Davis, USQ Nursing Lecturer
  • Isabella Gosper, UQ Medical 
  • William Hopson, UQ Medical 
  • William Steadman, UQ Medical 
  • Debbie Lee, UQ Medical 
  • Sorita McGrane, TAFE Queensland
  • Danny Carter, Retired Teacher, Education
  • Leigh-Ann Geddes, Aurora Training

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Breezeway Café

15 June 2017

The votes have been counted and we have a new name for the Junior Years Tuckshop. The Breezeway Café was revealed during assembly this week. When we return in Term 3 the café will have new, fresher look.

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Year 7s in Space

15 June 2017

For the last two weeks, Year 7C has been learning about space. We have been learning about how the sun affects our days, seasons and years, and how the moon affects our tides. The topic has also included eclipses and planets of the solar system. Last week we were given the task to create something of our choosing about what we had learnt in the previous week. It could include a model planet, newspaper article, planet/solar system travel guide, planet postcard or other creative items. There were some great creations such as nebulas in jars, papier mache planets, the creation of games and newsletters. These demonstrated great knowledge on the topic and how much we enjoyed learning the unit.

Contributed by Prisha Gupte and Olivia Prewitt

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Mercure Work Experience

15 June 2017

Three amazing days that have opened our eyes forever . . .

A group of 17 Year 11 Hospitality students went to the Gold Coast this week for three days of work experience at Mercure Resort. We found out what happens behind the scenes of the resort and got to work in departments including housekeeping, maintenance, food and beverage, human resources, finance, sales and marketing. This experience opened our eyes to what it is like to work in the hospitality industry and all of the different areas that are involved.

Our work in housekeeping showed us that details matter - no matter how small, it all makes a difference - from how to make towel animals to the proper way to make a bed.

After the long day of being a staff member, we got to experience what it is like to be a guest. We had amazing dinners and buffet breakfasts. We have many great stories to tell, and lots of new techniques to try in our own hospitality work at Glennie   

Contributed by Emma McKelvie

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Learning about Judaism

15 June 2017

All Year 8 students study the religion of Judaism, including its history and culture. After completing an assessment piece about Jewish Food and the specific rules, students then cooked a Kosher dish and brought it in to share with the class. During the party, students also spent some time learning the dance steps to the famous Jewish Hora or Circle Dance.  

 

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

15 June 2017

Did you spot these stories in the Media?

Glennie traineeship girls appeared on the Busy at Work website: The Glennie School sets the pace in school based traineeships

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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Date Claimers

15 June 2017

There are lots of events coming up in Term 3 so now is the time to make a note in your calendar. All of these events will be advertised in full in the lead up to the day.

  • 8 September: Mothers, grandmothers and sisters of current Glennie boarders are invited to join boarding staff at a luncheon in Mr Cohen’s garden. Enquiries to the Glennie School Foundation on 07 4688 8862 or foundation@glennie.qld.edu.au
  • 9 September: Circus Soirée (Year 6 Fundraiser)
  • 13 August: Jazzfest
  • 14 September: Colour Run (registrations opening soon)
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The Glennie Jazz Fest is back!

15 June 2017

If you have enjoyed attending the Glennie Jazz Fest in the past, rest assured you will get another opportunity, this time in Term 3!. This year we are going to coincide with the festivities on the GOGA Weekend. On Sunday August 13, The Glennie Jazz Fest will once again bring great music to audiences and we look forward to meeting up with Old Girls who may have played in our ensembles! Times are yet to be confirmed, but please put us in your diary.  

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Work Experience at the PAC

15 June 2017

During this week, I have been doing work experience at Glennie's own Performing Arts Centre to see what the life in the music education industry is like. I began on Monday, after a session of Youth Orchestra, where I jumped straight into the experience with some filing of sheet music. On Tuesday I went over to the Junior Years to work with the younger children and that was extremely fun and I had the most splendid time there. In the afternoons on Tuesday and Wednesday, I assisted in the Year 3 string ensemble with Mrs Bravery. On Thursday afternoon, I assisted with the small concert that was on at that time and it was also very enjoyable.I also helped with lots of administration work.  This was fun and helped to expand my organisational skills.

Chloë Musch, Year 10

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Musical movie night

15 June 2017

On Tuesday night, it was time to “get’cha head in the game” as the songs and sounds of Glennie’s High School Musical once again came to life. We’re all in this together as many of the cast and crew brought doonas and pillows to watch the video of the musical. Much laughter was had as the students got to watch their efforts “from the front” so to speak. It was entertaining watching them see what they looked like on stage and understand many of the gags that the audience got to laugh at. After much singing and laughing we decided we were breaking free before we do it all again in two years time!

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Glennie Girls play for Donor Recognition Ceremony

15 June 2017

Well done to Pippy Donaldson, Lauren Baryla and Kate Bellars, who performed at the Toowoomba Donor Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday night. This ceremony recognises those community members who donate to the Red Cross Blood Bank. One recipient was awarded for providing over 500 donations. Glennie was invited to perform in the lead up to the event, as we are in the top 10 donor organisations in Toowoomba. The girls performed admirably establishing a lovely atmosphere for the award winners as they arrived.

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Aspire

15 June 2017

All the best to the students who will attend the ASPIRE Music Festival on Sunday 9 July in Brisbane. A group of 65 students from Glennie’s Middle and Senior Years Choirs will combine to create The Glennie Chamber Choir, and will attend workshops with industry professionals and perform in an adjudicated concert and a public concert. If you are in Brisbane at Southbank, our public concert will be held on the steps of the Conservatorium of Music at 12.30pm. The girls will perform Spirit of Australia by Donna Dyson as well as other items of repertoire.

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String Quartet finds Diamonds

15 June 2017

Well done to the girls in String Quartet for their performance at the Ladies Diamond Luncheon that was held at Gip’s Restaurant last Friday. Lucy Brodie, Sophie Little, Rebekah Smith and Hannah Smith, entertained 130 guests who attended the luncheon with the aim of raising funds to support the Triple M Give Me 5 for Kids appeal. All funds raised will be directed towards the purchase of four advanced monitors for the children’s ward at the Toowoomba Hospital. The girls played very well and can be seen here performing under the trees at Gip’s.

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Thoughts from the Sports Office

15 June 2017

The end of this week marks a year since I started at Glennie and I must say that the time has passed very quickly! I've had the opportunity to witness our students participating in a wide range of sports. It still amazes me how young people (and their parents) are able to fit all of their activities into a week. At times, the cracks start to show, commitment starts to slip and motivation begins to wane.

Whilst the Sports Office is supportive of the Glennie motto, All She Can Be®, we also understand that being all you can be doesn't necessarily mean signing up for every opportunity possible. Instead, a balanced approach to academia, the arts, physical activity and life outside of school will result in a more meaningful and manageable experience at school. In my experience, students who follow this approach will generally meet the demands of senior study more efficiently than those who bite off more than they can chew!

At the end of a long semester, I would like to take the opportunity to remind members of the community that as members of the Glennie family, we all agree to abide by the Community Code of Conduct. This guiding document highlights the ways in which we, as community members, are expected to interact with each other. It is fortunate that I have rarely needed to refer people to this document, but tiredness has a funny way of influencing our decision-making processes and elevates the chance of saying or doing something that we might regret. I’d encourage all readers to refresh their memory with regard to this important document.

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Hale wins 2017 Interhouse Cross Country

15 June 2017

It finally happened! After more than one cancellation due to rain, the weather held just long enough for the Middle and Senior Years girls to hold their Cross Country Carnival at Glennie. Girls completed a couple of circuits of the school before crossing the finish line in the middle of the oval.

Girls who weren’t running at the time took full advantage of the new seating as a platform to cheer their Housemates on.

Congratulations to Hale who won the competition and well done to our 2017 Age Champions and runners-up.

Age Champions

  • 12 Years: Runner-up: Jessica Fitzgibbons, Hale, 10:42
    Age Champion: Telilé Gehrmann, Hale, 10:33
  • 13 Years: Runner-up: Tahlia Dwan, Tufnell, 10.01
    Age Champion: Isabelle Reed, Tufnell, 9:58
  • 14 Years: Runner-up: Miranda Broadfoot, Webber, 10:02
    Age Champion: Alyssa Baker, Hale 8:57
  • 15 Years: Runner-up: Emily Rattray, Hale, 10:09
    Age Champion: Molly Martin, Hale 9:12
  • 16 Years: Runner-up Charlotte Lindemann, Webber, 9:20
    Age Champion: Abigail Schoorl, Tufnell, 8:37
  • Open Division: Runner-up Ellie de Jong, Hale, 9:41
    Age Champion: Kate McLennan, Tufnell, 8:58

Trophies

  • The Drysdale Family Trophy - fastest Senior.  Abigail Schoorl, Age: 16 Years, Time: 8: 37
  • The Oeser Family Transport Trophy - fastest 3km. Alyssa Baker Age: 14 Years, 8:57

Overall House Results

  • 1st: Hale, 635 points
  • 2nd: Tufnell, 514 points
  • 3rd: Donaldson, 389 points
  • 4th: Webber, 368 points

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Work experience student Gabby Lawson created a video of the day, click here.

 

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