A Message from Mrs Cohen

18 August 2017

Following on from the success of her 2013 book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, established the Lean In Foundation, which now runs 32,000 Lean In Circles in 151 countries to encourage women to support each other in taking on new challenges and opportunities, such as negotiating a pay rise or seeking a better work life balance. The foundation also runs public awareness campaigns, funds research, and educates women and men on advancing gender equality.

Unfortunately, a lack of confidence starts well before women enter the workforce. Many girls undermine themselves through their words and actions, saying “I’m not sure if this is right but ...”. Girls also use phrases like “kind of” or “sort of” to weaken their statements, or turn a statement about something they know into a question as if they are not sure of their answer. Lean In says that “verbal crutches” like these can “hinder a girl’s ability to share her ideas clearly and confidently - a habit that often carries over into adulthood”.

When women speak confidently, take risks and own their accomplishments, they set a powerful and positive example for girls to follow. Essential to the Lean In philosophy, therefore, is increasing girls’ confidence in their ability to lead. Lean In - along with the Girls Leadership organisation and its co-founder, Rachel Simmons, researcher and author of two best-selling books on teenage girls - have provided a guide for instilling confidence in girls and encouraging them to be the next generation of leaders:

Coach girls to speak confidently

Research shows that in co-educational environments, boys receive more attention from teachers in class. Boys are more likely to call out answers and less likely to be interrupted. Lean In says that we need to “teach girls to counteract this by raising their hands and speaking confidently when they’re called on”. In particular, women should set an example: Speak with confidence so girls hear what it sounds like. Avoid hedging your opinions with disclaimers or apologies. If you observe a girl falling into these same habits, explain how it undermines the point she’s trying to make. Remind her it’s not just what you say that matters, it’s how you say it, too.

Teach girls to navigate conflict

Instead of learning to speak openly and manage conflict, girls are taught to suppress their feelings and keep the peace. As a result, working women avoid giving each other honest critiques and shy away from direct feedback. But while women avoid hurting each other’s feelings, they also miss out on the input needed to advance their careers more quickly. The solution is for women to “model honest, direct communication”. When girls are faced with a difficult situation, they should talk directly to those involved, rather than talking about them to others. Girls should also avoid “social shortcuts” like texting and social media as a means of avoiding direct communication. Role-playing difficult conversations can also be helpful in working out successful approaches. Above all, says Lean In, “explain that conflict is an inevitable part of relationships - it’s the way we handle it that matters”.

Encourage girls to own their own success

Girls who are confident in their abilities are more likely to take the lead. However, girls often underestimate themselves and deflect praise or minimise their accomplishments. As a result, others often underestimate girls, further eroding their confidence. Research by the American Association of University Women found that between primary school and high school, girls’ self-esteem drops 3.5 times more than boys. The same dynamics carry over into adulthood. Women underestimate their abilities and attribute success to “getting lucky” or “help from others”. As a result, women “get less credit for successes and can be blamed more for failures”. The solution, says Lean In, is for women to own their own accomplishments. Women should say “thank you” when receiving a compliment instead of deflecting it, look for opportunities to acknowledge girls’ strengths and celebrate their achievements, and “push back if they fall into the trap of sidestepping praise”.

Inspire girls to go for it

Women who lack confidence and fear making mistakes are held back, neglecting to put their hand up for high-profile projects or seek promotion. Similarly, under-confident girls shy away from risk, failing to speak up in class unless they are 100% sure of an outcome and avoiding new activities and challenges. Girls need to hear women talking about stepping outside their comfort zone: how good it feels to succeed, as well as how much they learnt when things did not go to plan. Girls should be discouraged from saying they are “not ready” or “can’t do it”. Instead, they should be encouraged to break down their goals into achievable steps.

Celebrate female leadership

Research shows that young girls worry they will receive a negative reaction if they take on a leadership role and that, by middle school, girls are already less interested in leading than boys. Women need to talk about their own experiences of leadership and celebrate female

leaders. If girls are criticised for being assertive or described as “bossy”, adults should step in and explain that girls should be “applauded, not chided” for their leadership skills. Finally, says Lean In, girls should be encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities as studies show that the leadership skills they develop stay with them for life. In fact, an American study found that more than 80% of female executives played sports growing up. Similarly, Dr Terry Fitzsimmons of the University of Queensland found that nearly all male CEOs played competitive contact sports at school and all but two held leadership positions in high school. In contrast, few female CEOs played team sports and less than one-third held a leadership position at school, leading Fitzsimmons to conclude that girls should be “given the freedom to engage in riskier forms of play” and “directed towards competitive team sports or other experiences which allow them to acquire leadership capital”.


Fitzsimmons, T.E. (2011). Navigating CEO appointments: Do Australia’s top male and female CEOs differ in how they made it to the top? PhD Thesis, University of Queensland Business School.

Lean In, Simmons, R., and Girls Leadership. (2017). How to be a role model for girls. Retrieved from the Lean In website: Rachel Simmons, Co-Founder. (2017). Retrieved from the Girls Leadership website

Mrs Kim Cohen

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

18 August 2017

I often get asked the question, “so what is the Andrews Cup competition?”

Today, I offer a little history about this amazing competition which will move into its 80th anniversary in 2018 with some special events in the planning stage.

In 1938, Miss Jessie Andrews (1910-2008) and her older sister Isabel, (1898-1981) both teachers at Somerville House, approached the Principal at the school with the idea of commencing a sporting competition for primary aged girls and wished to donate a trophy ‘The Andrews Cup.’ The Principal, Miss Jarrett agreed, (probably very reluctantly at the time!) and an invitation was sent to sister school Clayfield College, to commence some competitive events in swimming, athletics, ballgames, tennis, lifesaving and basketball for the girls at these two schools in the primary years - up to Year 8 at the time.

These amazing teachers were well ahead of their time. Whilst there had been many competitions for boys and a few secondary girls competitions in ‘selected sports’, girls primary sport was not considered a priority, and certainly not necessary, with traditional ‘girls’ activities’ considered to be far more important!

And so ‘The Queensland Girls Primary Independent Schools Andrews Cup Association’ was born! How things have changed over the last 79 years! Today- Glennie, Fairholme, TACAPS, Somerville House, Moreton Bay College, Clayfield College, St Aidan’s, St Margaret’s, Ipswich Girls Grammar School and St Hilda’s - ten schools that all share very similar philosophies on sports competitions, are involved in Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics as core sports, along with the elective sports of Netball, Touch Football, Artistic Gymnastics, Softball, Basketball, and Tennis.

Girls from Years 2 to 6 are involved in core sports and Years 4 to 6 in elective sports across the four terms. With most tracks and pools limited to ten lanes, no more schools are able to join, unless a school resigns from the group.

The Association has worked hard in recent years to become a leading sporting group utilising facilities for the girls such as the Queensland Athletics Centre, Nathan and the Chandler Aquatic Centre (both have been Commonwealth Games venues), providing the competitors with an amazing experience against probably the best primary sportswomen in Queensland. A part time Executive Officer is employed to assist school sportspersons with the organisation of these events.

Glennie is continuing to make great gains and achieve successes across a broader range of sports and our coaches are to be congratulated on their commitment to the girls, and our girls are to be congratulated for their commitment to their sport.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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Junior Years Opens Its Doors

18 August 2017

Glennie Junior Years has been kept busy today welcoming visitors for Open Day. Parents who are considering Glennie for their daughter’s education brought their daughters along for a thorough look at a typical Junior Years’ day.

Thank you to all the families who visited us today. We are looking forward to you joining the Glennie Community.

There will be further tours tomorrow and it is not too late to come along and see our beautiful school and meet the dedicated staff.


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Literature Celebrations

18 August 2017

On Monday, August 14, all girls in Years 7 and Year 8 took part in the annual Middle Years’ Literature Celebration.

Students enjoyed presentations and undertook workshops with guests from the world of Young Adult (YA) Literature.

Authors Steph Bowe, Christine Bongers, Edwina Shaw and Samantha Wheeler; Illustrators David Lovegrove and Brian Doyle; Poet/Authors Richard Yaxley and Michelle Taylor; and Author/Illustrators Kerry Argent and Angela Sunde all shared their skills, experience and creativity with the students.

Students finished the day with notepads filled with story ideas, dialogue notes, character descriptions and animal and manga sketches, and some with a new idea or two about future career paths.

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Contributed by Mr Anthony Letizia

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RoboCup Team Second in Queensland

18 August 2017

Last Sunday, the Queensland Junior RoboCup Championships were held at the University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus. The Glennie School was ably and admirably represented by the six members of the “Dark Knights” robotics team.  

Competing in the Secondary Dance level requires students from Years 7 to 12, to compete against each other to test levels of skill in programming, choreography, building and entertainment value. Preparation at all levels of the RoboCup competition at any level, demands diligence, courage, perseverance, resilience and commitment from the entrants.

The team, comprising  Julianna Soriano, Apoorva Abeysundera, Connie Creevy, Olivia McLevie, Elly Collins and Persephone McLennan were given the challenge to programme three robots to “dance” to a piece of music. It should be noted that this is the first time these students in Year 8, have competed at Senior Level and they should be very proud of their bronze medal performance.

The team put on an impressive display of set design, choreography and programming over two heats before progressing to the finals.  The judges were suitably impressed with their “Batman versus The Joker” efforts.  Each student was presented with an individual medal and a second place trophy was presented to the team.

The girls took the opportunity to explore the University’s campus, with some aspiring to study there in the not too distant future.  It was a most successful and enjoyable day.

Contributed by Mr John Handyside

‘I have enjoyed Robocup this year because it has provided me the opportunity not found in any of my subjects, to learn about programming, creating and building the robots. Robocup uses many life skills including technical skills and building skills. I have found Robocup to be an interesting and valuable activity for me to take part in this year.’ Olivia McLevie 8A

Thank you to Mrs Jennifer McPhie who spent many hours helping the girls prepare for this competition.

Pictured, the RoboCup bronze medal winners with RoboCup representatives Katrina Lo Surdo (left) and Marie Boden (right).

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Year 8 Debating Winners!

18 August 2017

On Wednesday night, the Year 8 Debating team contested the grand final of the Queensland Debating Union's Toowoomba competition and became the champions!

The team, consisting of Laura de Jong, Sandali Gange, Emma Donald and Apoorva Abeysundera, argued the affirmative case for the topic, 'That we should double the time between elections', and in so doing, presented some very convincing arguments. The girls must be congratulated for all their hard work and wonderful teamwork.

On the night, the President of the Queensland Debating Union commended debating as an activity that employed all the 21st century skills which are included in the new National Curriculum - thinking critically, applying knowledge to new situations, analysing information, comprehending new ideas, communicating, collaborating, solving problems and making decisions.

Contributed by Rev'd Kate Powell

(Special thanks go to the team’s coach, Mrs Kate Powell, for all the time and effort that she put into helping the students to prepare for all their debates.)

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Meeting our Captains

18 August 2017

School Captain Ellie de Jong and I visited the  Junior Year classes. We went to introduce ourselves and let them get to know us so we weren't unfamiliar faces. We told them about being Captains and about what we like to do. We even had Q & A time. As a memento of our visit, we framed the class photos that were taken and gave them to each class.  

Contributed by Philippa Beeson, School Vice-Captain

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Sarah swaps schools for a week.

18 August 2017

This year, an opportunity fell into my hands. I travelled to Christchurch, New Zealand and was a student at St Margaret’s College, an Anglican girls’ school. I stayed with my godmother and attended school as a day girl for two weeks. There were many similarities; St Margaret’s was like a sister school. However some of the differences that were apparent have evolved due to the earthquakes that the South Island has had to adapt to. The highlight of the school visit was participating in Interhouse Day (a lot like our Interhouse Dance and Drama). It was fun!. Every girl participated in an interhouse sport or arts-based activity in the morning. In the afternoon, every girl from Prep to Year 13 participated in a play that they had prepared for only two weeks.  I had an amazing experience and I thank Glennie for supporting me in this adventure. The freezing temperatures were worth it!

Contributed by Sarah-Jane Coggan

It looks like Sarah had a little bit of time for sightseeing!

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Welcome Jessica Bilby

18 August 2017

Science teacher Mrs Jennifer McPhie and her Year 7 Science class were thrilled to welcome the newest member of the Glennie community, Jessica Bilby. Named for Jessica Watson the youngest person to sail solo around the world, this Greater Bilby has been adopted by Class 7C. Jessica lives at Save the Bilby Fund’s special breeding centre with her other bilby friends.

In a letter of thanks to the Class 7C Bilby Buddies, from the co-founder of Save the Bilby Fund, Mr Frank Manthey OAM, he commented,

“The Greater Bilby is an important flagship for many other less charismatic but equally important Australian native species facing the same threats in the wild. With your support in saving the bilby, we are confident we will positively impact the conservation of many magnificent Australian arid/semi-arid species.”

If you would like to see Jessica's adoption certificate, visit the science display case near Lab 2

Congratulations girls for supporting this great cause. Hopefully, Jessica will be able to make a special visit one day.


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Poetic resilience

18 August 2017

In the Webber House meeting at Junior Years this week, the girls explored resilience. Here are a couple of the acrostic poems written using the letters of BOUNCE BACK

Be happy and stay optimistic
Other people can make you smile
Under every dark cloud there is a silver lining
Nobody is perfect
Cherish your friends
Everything has a positive side

Bad things don’t last forever
Always try your best
Connect with others
Kindness will be rewarded

by Eryn and Amy

Bind yourself in love and compassion
Others can make you feel better
Understand everyone has problems too that may be bigger
Nobody can be perfect
Concentrate on the good times not bad
Encourage others when they have problems

Beautiful people surround you every day
All problems can go away
Care for everyone and others will care for you
Keeping a positive attitude always helps

by Sophie, Haylee, Amelia and Maeva

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18 August 2017

Last Friday the Unit held our annual photographs which were taken in Toowoomba Grammar School’s Old Hall.  A large number of cadets and staff squeezed onto the stage for the Unit Photograph. This activity was followed by the Unit’s Annual Training Dining in Night. This is an opportunity for our younger members to participate in a formal military ceremony. I researched briefly the history of the Dining In Night and came across a handbook from a military academy.

Some of the comments made were as follows; ‘This is a British custom which arose in the 18th Century in Europe.  In those days there were no barracks. Consequently, officers and men were billeted wherever lodging was available.  A battalion would enter a town, hold a parade, and group the colours at the officer’s billet. This billet became known as the officers’ mess, and was the central meeting place for officers. The mess, besides entertaining guests in the surroundings of traditions and customs of the regiment, served to make the officers aware of the luxuries of life. The main purpose of a mess is to promote cordiality, comradeship and Esprit de Corps. Although the mess is social, there are also solemn traditions which honour the Fallen, The Queen, AAC and the Schools.‘

The Unit’s mess is a very formal evening requiring the cadets to follow mess protocol. The Unit’s Banner and Australian Flag are posted at the start of the occasion and retired after the evening has completed. The cadets are required to be seated for long periods and learn the art of small conversation, as no one can leave the mess till the Dining President has left. The Cadet Corporals are also expected to serve as waiters for the whole evening and did a splendid job. This is a marvellous skill for the cadets, especially as we all have very busy lives and there are few occasions when the family all sit down together to discuss the day’s events over the meal.

Many thanks to all our volunteers for assisting with the massive workload in the kitchen, washing up plates and glasses.

Training has continued on Fridays and we had a First Aid Provider come in and cover a few of the training topics which are part of our program. In addition, we had a successful engineering afternoon where the first year cadets learnt basic knotting skills to put together stretchers.  A number of team activities concluded their training afternoon. A number of senior cadets constructed a rope bridge which was very successful, again learning a number of new knots and methods.

This Sunday 20 August, we compete in the Darling Downs Tri-Service Competition out at Oakey Army Aviation Training Centre.  Units from four Army Cadet Units, one Naval Cadet Unit and three Air Force Units will compete in activities that include: drill, first aid, observation, obstacle course, 11 x 11 tent erection and WTSS. The team has been practising their skills in these areas and we wish them the best of luck for the day.

Contributed by Ann Hallam, TGS Cadet Co-ordinator

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Sharing is caring

18 August 2017

What appears to be an early morning Tufnell House debrief between Head of House Ms Vincent and House Captain Courtney is also another wonderful friendship at Glennie. Thanks for the lovely photo Beining!


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The Plant Kingdom

18 August 2017

Continuing their learning in Biology, Class 7C ventured out into the sunshine this week to collect examples of the Plant Kingdom. A number of specimens from conifers, mosses, flowering plants, and ferns were assembled and taken back to the lab for examination. From here, students will learn how to make microscope slides in order to view the microscopic parts of the specimens (pollen, spores and minute root hairs). Layla Proctor was the photographer for the day and she certainly captured the diversity of plants at Glennie.

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Contributed by Mrs Jennifer McPhie

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Years 5 and 6 Social

18 August 2017

Our girls enjoyed a night of fun and dancing with the boys from St Mary’s last Friday evening. We would like to thank the Year 11 Glennie girls who were our DJs. We had a great night!

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Contributed by Mr Steve Warren

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Science or Magic?

18 August 2017

In order to celebrate Science Week, the French Immersion students have been very active this week:

The Year 8 are finishing their investigation, to be presented next month during Science Fair. The Year 9 girls are exploring the transformation of electric energy in heat in a kettle, and the Year 10 girls are studying the laws of Physics such as speed, acceleration, energy and forces.

Here’s a challenge for you at home.

After investigating the law of conservation of energy with a ticker timer or using chronophotography to observe Newton’s laws, the French Immersion girls have a challenge for you to show the power of friction and resistance.

Problem: What happens to a wooden ruler sitting on a table when you strike it?

Now, cover the ruler with only one sheet of a newspaper. Apply the same force on the ruler. What do you think will happen?

In four weeks, the Year 10 French Immersion students will have the opportunity to visit places in France such as Le Clos Lucé, which is the house where Leonardo Da Vinci spent his last three years, and Le Futuroscope, which is a theme park based upon physics, multimedia and cinematographic techniques.

Bon voyage!

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Contributed by Mr David Park-Ballay, French Immersion teacher

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MS Readathon

18 August 2017

Our Glennie Junior Years team supporting the MS Readathon has 14 members, and so far has raised $610.00. Top fundraiser Ella Hedge and team member Amy Leis are counting all the books they read during the month of August for this worthy cause. Support our team by going to the MS Readathon donation page.

Contributed by Mrs Marie Miegel


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Middle and Senior Years Grandparents’ Day

18 August 2017

It is that time of year we ask Glennie parents and girls to consider inviting their grandparents to join us for Grandparents’ Day on Thursday 14 September 2017.

We have prepared a special program so grandparents can make the most of their day at Glennie and experience the Glennie spirit, just as their granddaughters do.

For catering purposes, we ask you to RSVP by Friday, 8 September by completing the online form.  Email Mrs Tracey Kessels kesselst@glennie.qld.edu.au or call her on 07 4688 8769 to advise of any special dietary or mobility needs.

We look forward to meeting grandparents on the day.


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GOGA Reunion

18 August 2017

Glennie Old Girls from near and far gathered at Glennie last weekend for the GOGA Reunion. Old girls of all ages spent their time reminiscing and rekindling old friendships. Glennie boarders were on hand to conduct guided tours of the School.

It was a true trip down memory lane for some of our guests as they had lunch in the Glennie Room which used to be the Dining Room before Lawrance Hall was built.

Girls who graduated in a year ending in a seven have been holding separate reunions throughout the year and a group attended Glennie’s Jazzfest on Sunday.

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

18 August 2017

Did you spot these stories in the Media?

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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This Week in Boarding

18 August 2017

We are currently working on decorations for the upcoming Recycled Dinner; this is an old joke from me but the food is definitely not recycled! Wednesday evening was a working bee with the younger boarders on "flowers" for the tables and "vases" being attractive plastic protein drink bottles with hourglass waists. There will be a gold coin donation at the Recycled Dinner for Ribbon Day.

The Boarding Committee have completed their scarecrow for their newly established veggie patch. With Mrs Ash, Lucy Geddes and Bella Joseland as chief organisers, a group of boarders prepared raised garden beds. The Glennie Gardening staff kindly did a lot of the heavy lifting with the soil.

My husband sacrificed some of his gardening clothes so we now have a friendly, and slightly bizarre looking creature guarding the growing plants. Kerry Joseland kindly provided the photo of Bella (left) and Lucy (right) with their garden.

Seven boarders conducted tours of the School for  Glennie Old Girls last weekend. The boarders always enjoy this experience and did a great job. Tour guides were Mia Semple and Nicole Seis from Simmons House plus Jennifer Sheehan, Shakita Foster, Kiana Williams, Michaela Horn and Ruby Tighe from Brown House.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Boarder Mothers' Lunch

18 August 2017

Have you purchased your tickets for the Boarder Mothers' Luncheon yet?  Each guest will go into the draw to win a $100 voucher for Forage Kitchen and Coffee Bar. A huge thanks to Mrs Val Lovell, Glennie's Head of Boarding for donating this wonderful prize.

The very talented Rebecca Grice from Bec's Catering Innovation will be doing the catering and the food is guaranteed to be fresh and delicious.

You can find out more about the event by searching for 'Boarder Mothers' Luncheon' on Facebook.

Tickets can be booked online at trybooking.com/RAYZ

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18 August 2017

Last Sunday, the Glennie Big Band, Jazz Ensemble, and special guests, the Toowoomba Grammar R n B Band performed at the annual Jazzfest, held in the Junior Years Courtyard.

The afternoon was full of beautiful weather, great company and wonderful music. Special thanks to PASA for all of their hard work in creating the event, and to the bands for their high-quality music.

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Contributed by Mrs Sharon Gilbert


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Choral Concert

18 August 2017

Join us on Saturday night for one of the highlights in the Glennie calendar - the annual Performing Arts Choral Concert! In the beautiful setting of St Luke's, all the School's choirs will perform their favourites from the year. Choirs include: G Minors, G Majors, G Major Arpeggios, Middle Years Choir, Glennie Singers, Senior Years Choir, Choral Group and a special combined item with all choirs to finish the night. Tickets are available at the door. Concert starts at 6:30pm.

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Grace represents Queensland twice in 2017

18 August 2017

Grace Muirhead has been selected to represent two Queensland teams in Equestrian show jumping. The first as part of the Pony Club Queensland team, and the second being as a member of the Interschool Queensland team.

Sarah-Jane Coggan is another Glennie girl bestowed with the same honour of selection on both state teams.

Both National competitions are being held in Toowoomba in the September school holidays and we wish Grace and Sarah all the best in competing.


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TSSS Athletics Success

18 August 2017

On a very warm Winter's day, a committed and enthusiastic team of Glennie athletes travelled to Harristown for the Annual TSSS Athletics Carnival. On what proved to be a very successful day, Glennie won three of the five age groups, won three of the five relays and Anthea Moodie was awarded the Janetski Trophy for the best female athlete on the day.

We finished as the second girls' school overall, however, the final point score must have been very close! Many thanks to Mrs Draheim and Miss Broom for their assistance on the day, our coaches Mr Franke and Mr Davies for their guidance and to the large group of parents who witnessed a very special performance by our girls.

Contributed by Mr Brad Griffiths

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