A Message from Mrs Cohen

22 March 2018

I am very happy to let you know that construction of our wonderful new Sports Centre will commence after Easter.  As you travel up and down Vacy Street you will be able to see the progress of the build.  This new centre will be a great asset to our whole School community and I look forward to sharing updates with you all throughout the year.

As holidays start, many parents will be worrying about the amount of time their children spend in front of screens. Many of us struggle with exactly how much screen time is okay for their children. Is a half-hour TV show okay but a full-length movie bad? How much time on social media should you allow when your children also use their computer for homework? Does Wikipedia count as reading? Is it unhealthy for adolescents to spend days binge watching Netflix series after series? And when does a passion for, say, online gaming become problematic?

The truth is, there is no magic formula. And just as every family differs in what they eat, when they eat and how they eat, a healthy media diet is different for every family. The key is making sure that the things that are important to your family are fairly balanced over the long term. A healthy media diet balances activities (games, social media, TV), time (fifteen minutes? three hours?) and choices (YouTube, Minecraft, The Bachelor) with offline activities (sports, face-to- face conversations, hobbies).

Here are some guidelines for you to look at as you decide what is in the best interests of your family and your individual children:

  1. Find balance. Instead of counting daily screen-time minutes, aim for a balance throughout the week. Help your children plan a week that includes stuff they have to do and stuff they like to do, such as activities, chores, reading, socialising, family time and TV or gaming. Decide on limits and behaviour using a Family Media Agreement.
  2. Walk the walk. Put your own devices away while driving, at mealtimes and during conversations. Children learn habits from the adults around them. Model for them the importance of being in the moment with the people who are around you.
  3. Talk about it. Ask questions about their favourite games, shows and characters. Discuss ideas and issues they read about or learn about online, through a TV show or a game. This is an opportunity for bonding, learning and sharing your values.
  4. Create tech-free zones. Set rules that fit your family, such as no devices during dinner, no social media during homework or all screens off an hour before bedtime. Some families have a central spot for charging and all devices must remain there after bedtime.
  5. Check ratings. Choose age-appropriate, high-quality media and technology for your children.

Acknowledgement: Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media

You should also read the article on Cyber Education, in the News section of this edition of eNews, for more tips on how to lure your children away from their devices.

It is that time of term when we acknowledge staff who are leaving us or going on leave.

Mrs Michelle Tickle leaves us after filling in for Ms Peta Vincent during Term 1. We thank Mrs Tickle for the time she spent here, the girls loved her classes and warm manner, and staff appreciated her collegiality, friendship and professionalism. Mrs Tickle will continue to help us out on a casual basis.

Mrs Susan Rollason will be on Long Service Leave for the whole of Term 2. We wish her all the best as she enjoys a very well deserved break. We welcome Ms Rebecca Denny, a qualified and experienced maths teacher, to cover her teaching load. Mrs Kathy Lee will be Acting Head of Donaldson House in Mrs Rollason’s absence.

While Ms Vincent is returning in her teaching role, she is taking leave from her role as Head of Tufnell House for the remainder of the year. Mrs Sue Watts will be stepping into the role for Terms 2 to 4.

I wish all families a relaxing and enjoyable holiday, and a blessed Easter.

God of all, open our minds, our hearts and our souls to you
as we spend time in relaxation and personal space.
May we return refreshed and filled with a renewed vision for our lives here.

Mrs Kim Cohen

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A Message from Mr Warren

22 March 2018

The end of Term 1 is always exciting for the Junior Years children from  K-6 who, after counting the last few “sleeps”, have the opportunity to share their day with their grandparents; showing them their classrooms, introducing their friends and joining with them in various activities in and out of the classroom.

Well over four hundred grandparents and ‘adopted special guests’ joined us for one of three special days across the Kindergarten and Junior Years. The grandparents too, enjoy the opportunity to come back to school and share some special moments and record others for reminiscing over later.

Each year, I highlight to them the important role that they play in the lives of their special children. This role has in most instances, increased over the last few years, as more and more families have both parents working to make ends meet and grandparents taking on the role of caring for their children’s children on a more regular basis. The Census held in 2011, found that grandparents are the biggest providers of informal child care for children between birth and 12 years,  particularly babies and toddlers while their parents are in the workforce or studying (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011).

I don’t yet have my own grandchildren, but can only imagine what a special time it is when the first grandchild is born and you can be actively involved in the child’s growth and development. Time to spend with them listening, observing and attending to the smaller things for which busy parents do not have the time.

Grandparents can reflect and pass on to their grandchildren cultural knowledge as well as family and community traditions, building a sense of belonging and connectedness to the past. Research has shown that hearing stories about family members overcoming hardship can actually help children become less discouraged when they face hardships - such an important life skill for them all. When they tell stories to their grandchildren, it assists in making them more real in the lives of the children.

Traditions, too, help children feel secure, give them a sense of family identity and let them know that they are a part of something larger than themselves. New traditions are often created during these times together.

Grandparents are also great at teaching basic skills and often have more patience with their grandchildren than perhaps they had with their own children! For many, growing up in a less mechanized time, means they have skills that some parents lack and because of their concern for their grandchildren, they will teach these skills safely. Skills such as sewing, knitting, gardening, small repairs, carpentry, cooking and baking are just a few.

From a very young age we can teach the children to set a table, sew on a button, pump up bicycle tyres, fold towels, tighten screws and hammer in a nail or to use simple hand tools. Older grandchildren can be taught more complex tasks, especially around their particular interests.

Grandparents understand so well that life is full of ups and downs, we all falter and fall, and it is at those times we need a little extra love and support. A close relationship with grandparents helps grandchildren grow in confidence and realise that mistakes and failures are a very important to growth and a normal part of life, helping  them maintain a sense of self worth and sense of security.

So, we salute you and thank you for what you do! Keep being involved!

What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humour, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies. ~ Rudy Giuliani

An hour with your grandchildren can make you feel young again. Anything longer than that, and you start to age quickly. ~ Gene Perret

My grandkids believe I’m the oldest thing in the world. And after two or three hours with them, I believe it, too. ~ Gene Perret

A full gallery of photos from today's Grandparents' Day and Ballgames Carnival will be featured in the first eNews of the new term.

Happy Easter!

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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Baton Relay

22 March 2018

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay promises to be an exciting event for Glennie as it will be travelling through Newtown on Wednesday 28 March. While it is during the holidays, it would be wonderful to have you and your son or daughter support this event by lining the footpath along Herries Street, with Glennie students in uniform please.

Our very own Anthea Moodie (Sport Captain, 2017) is set to receive the baton outside Glennie at 3:19pm, with Glennie parent Eliza Whiteside also in the baton relay at 2.45pm along Holberton Street. We have been advised to be here by 3:00pm to be sure not to miss it. The participants will be stopping and regrouping outside Glennie, so that is quite exciting.

There will be temporary road closures in the area to enable the community to safely view the QBR. Parking will be available in our western carpark or the Chapel area and pool carpark. Street parking will be very limited due to restrictions imposed.

This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of our students, especially being so close to the action! You may find this interactive map interesting as it outlines the Toowoomba routes and the list of baton bearers:  

Exciting times indeed.

Ms Jodi Blades
Dean of Students

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Sayonara Kyoto

22 March 2018

Our guests from Kyoto Junior Girls High have returned home after another successful study tour. The girls spent their time immersed in the Australian culture, improving their English and making new friends.

To thank the School and their host families, the girls held a Sayonara Party where they had the opportunity to share their culture.

This annual cultural exchange has been part of the Glennie calendar for many years and is a valuable opportunity for all involved.

Thank you to Jane Greenhalgh for co-ordinating the tour and an extra thank you to all our host families who made the Japanese girls part of their families for the week. A final thank you goes to the Glennie girls who were the school day buddies to our guests. These buddies helped to make sure that the girls were in the right place at the right time.

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Big REaD Chair visits Glennie

22 March 2018

Monday was made brighter today at The Glennie School with a special visit from author, publisher and literacy advocate for The Child Writes Fund, Emma McTaggart, and the Big REaD Chair.

All around the world today we celebrate International Read to Me! Day, a campaign aimed at encouraging children to remind adults to read to them often.  With thanks to the generosity of Sowerby’s Towing, this oversized chair is touring Toowoomba schools to spread the joy of reading.

Yesterday, our Prep students and Junior Years Library monitors sat and listened as Emma read a few hand-picked stories including The Gruffalo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  An opportunity to climb aboard and sit on the chair proved to be very popular, motivating a couple of our Prep students to comment. “It was cool” said Anacita Holland,  Georgie Hedge added “It was comfy, I wish a big friendly monster could fit on there.”

“Reading aloud to our children is the single most important activity parents can do, in order to encourage language development.  It is a huge indicator of reading success” said Mrs Marie Miegel, Teacher-Librarian, Glennie Junior Years.

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Prep transformed into Letterland

22 March 2018

Glennie preppies swapped their uniforms on Tuesday to come to school dressed as their favourite Letterland character. Letterland is a valuable worldwide teaching tool with its child-friendly, multi-sensory system for teaching children to read, write and spell. The secret of its worldwide success lies in its pictogram characters and their ability to make learning fun!  

Enjoy a few photos captured on Tuesday.


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Grandparents galore at Kindy

22 March 2018

We were delighted with the attendance of Grandparents and special persons in the Kindy rooms on Tuesday and Thursday this week.  This day is a highlight of the school calendar for the children and we hope the grandparents enjoyed the day as much as we all did.

Click here to view the photo gallery. 

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Grandparents on the job

22 March 2018

It was great to talk to all the grandparents at Junior Years today. We have given away lots of poppy making kits to keen grandmothers who will be helping their grandchildren make poppies during the holidays.

There are still kits left at GOSS and Reception. Main Reception is open every weekday except for the Easter public holidays.

Instructions for making poppies can be found on the Glennie website.  Share photos of your completed poppies on Facebook.

Don’t forget we are having a workshop on Sunday 22 April in the Home Economics building. Email Tina Tilden, for more details.

Pictured: Isabel Brown’s grandmother has been busy making poppies for Glennie. Isabel visited our poppy stall during Grandparents’ Day to deliver her grandma’s latest work.


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Welcome to ice-cream heaven

22 March 2018


Congratulations to the Year 7A girls once again, on winning the Mystery Bottle Competition for the New Look Glennie Fair 2018!

Baskin Robbins supplied some deliciously decadent ice cream flavours for the 7A tutor girls to savour.


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What’s in a motto?

22 March 2018

How often do we stop and consider our motto? The strength of the words lies in the feelings and beliefs which underpin them. This explanation of the motto appeared in The Glennie Gazette, April 1920.

Dieu le Veult

God wills it. Could any motto be more appropriate for a girls’ school  than this one of the old Crusaders, who battled onward in the cause of Right and are an everlasting example of the unselfish devotion of their creed?

Just as the Crusaders upheld the cause of the Right, so should the girls unite together for the purpose of increasing and cultivating the true womanly spirit in themselves, and thus, unconsciously in one another. For the true woman’s ideas and deeds are always noble, as God wishes they should be.

To be happy and unselfish, and therefore thoughtful, truthful and earnest, willing to be helped and to help others, is to live as God wishes us to live. He wishes us, above all, to be happy, for when we are truly happy, we are leading the right sort of life. Nobody leading a careless and useless life is really happy, though she may be deluded for a time into thinking that she is.

Schoolgirls should always be thankful to God that he has willed that they should be women, for what greater work in the world is there than the work of a good woman?

As Ruskin says “The path of a good woman is indeed strewn with flowers, but they rise behind her steps, not before them”. The true woman leaves peace and content wherever she goes. To her is due the credit of fine and noble generations. She is queen of the home, and the power of home is great. All noble nations owe their power to the strength of their home life, just as the degeneration of a nation begins with the degeneration of the people’s ideas of home life.

Thus, we should all realise the values of the powers God has given to us school girls, and be happy to absorb and benefit by the training we are given, so that, when we begin our work as women of the world, we will be such as God wills us to be.

Ms Noeleen Fleming
Archives Officer

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Broadway virtuoso inspires young thespians

22 March 2018

New York-based Australian composer/lyricist and performer Matthew Lee Robinson was in Toowoomba on Saturday, 17 March to conduct a workshop with aspiring thespians from The Glennie School as their rehearsals ramp up for their production of ‘Beauty and the Beast JR’.

Matthew has been awarded the University of Tasmania Stephen Schwartz Songwriting Award, the Pratt Prize for Music Theatre, the $100,000 Australian Council Music Fellowship and nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work. As a Churchill Fellow, Matthew was recognised as a talented Australian and encouraged to pursue excellence for the enrichment of fellow Australians.

As a star of stage and screen and talented composer and lyricist, Matthew continues his work as a theatre educator in Australia and internationally.  Matthew worked with the girls on phrasing, breath support, energising phrases, connection to text and relationship with given circumstances.  There was a masterclass for the leads to work on their solo items. The full cast was incorporated so Matthew could teach them about lyric specificity, the connection between actor and character and vocal technique.

“This workshop was an excellent motivational tool for the girls as they prepare for their own theatrical performance in September. The opportunity to listen to a highly respected industry professional with Broadway experience inspired the girls in the many rehearsals to come leading up to production week,” said Mr Jacob Findlay, Junior Years Music Teacher at Glennie.

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Physics in Action

22 March 2018

Year 11 Physics students had the exciting chance to experience physics in action at Dreamworld.

As part of this term’s assessment task, Theme Park Physics, students were required to take measurements and collect data relating to a variety of rides in order to analyse the physics of motion of the assigned rides. From the data and measurements, students had to complete an extended research task where they were to evaluate how the design of the rides affects the forces experienced by the rider. This experience helped them to understand the concept of G-forces and associate this with the excitement produced for each of the individual rides. The students were able to experience a real world context which gave them a tangible experience of the physics concepts covered this term such as displacement, velocity, acceleration (linear and circular) and force and energy changes.

Some students had more of a stomach for the rides and attempted them  multiple times. For others, once was enough to gather the data and the experience they needed. The day was an exciting and fun-filled way to put Physics into context.

This will be the last year students will do this experience in light of the new senior syllabus beginning next year.

Mrs Leanne Klein


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Chess Chat

22 March 2018

Glennie should be proud of the two teams from Junior Years who represented the School at the annual IPSHA Chess Tournament.

The tournament is a teams-based event comprising of four rounds, that was held at Concordia Lutheran College, Hume St campus. It was an opportunity for the Glennie teams to put their training into practice against some of Toowoomba’s more challenging squads.

The A-Team was just 1.5 points behind  third position and our developing B-Team was less successful but gained valuable experience.

Congratulations to Mashal Imam who won all four of her games – a very commendable achievement, given the calibre of competition she faced.

Registrations are now open for Term 2 Chess Academy (Monday and Thursday after school). Limited spaces are available. Email Mr Carter chess@internode.on.net for more information.

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Junior Years Easter Service

22 March 2018

The girls from P-6 attended our Easter service on Wednesday in the Assembly Hall. Our chaplain, Reverend Sharon and Reverend Paul from St Luke’s combined to present a very engaging service for all of the girls as we prepare for the Easter season.

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Cyber Education

22 March 2018

The Glennie School continues on the ESmart journey. Having completed the ESmart accreditation process, our School has now achieved ESmart Membership status. This will assist our Cyber Education committee as we continue to improve our policies and procedures.  

During Families Week, May 15 - 21, we will be giving parents the opportunity to view the movie Screenagers. After the movie there will be time for discussion and sharing as we work together to help our children become safe and responsible digital citizens.

Here are some tips to assist you with managing your children’s screen time during the holidays.

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Thank you, Parents and Friends Association!

22 March 2018

The Junior Years girls are already enjoying the convenience of the new water bubblers provided by the Parents and Friends Association recently. One has been placed near the sports shed, which will be great for all of the girls in the School, and the other is near the rear of the Assembly Hall. We so appreciate the P & F’s support in funding these bubblers for the girls. Thank you to Mr Russell Pugh and the maintenance team for installing them.


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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

22 March 2018

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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‘Home’ Photography Competition

22 March 2018

What makes your home special?

Where is that one place that you like to be when you go home?

What makes your heart happy when you’re at home?

Boarder girls: during the Term 1 holidays, take some photos that answer the questions above then pick your favourites to enter the ‘Home’ photography competition.

Capture a snapshot of what home means to you.

Winning entries will be printed onto large, framed canvases and hung on the walls throughout the three boarding houses.

For all the details and the entry form, click here.

Entries close 30 April 2018.

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SHEP Darling Downs

22 March 2018

At the end of the first week of Term 2, 38 Glennie girls will participate in the Darling Downs SHEP, hosted at Glennie. Over 180 musicians from across the region will descend over the weekend to rehearse and create some wonderful music. There will be a public concert at the Assembly Hall at the conclusion of the weekend.  All welcome!

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Choirs getting ready for Eisteddfod

22 March 2018

On Monday, 16 April, there will be additional rehearsals for all girls in choirs (excluding G minor choir) to prepare for the upcoming Eisteddfod. Schedules have been emailed to parents and girls involved. Girls are encouraged to learn the words of all their Eisteddfod songs over the holidays.


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Holiday practice

22 March 2018

With three weeks of holidays just around the corner, this is the perfect opportunity for students to catch up with some practise on their instruments (or singing)!  Recommended daily practice is different for each age group and level:

  • Beginners - 15 - 20 minutes per day, 5-6 times per week
  • Intermediate - 30 - 40 minutes per day, 5-6 times per week
  • Advanced - 1 hour+ per day, 5-6 times per week

Consistency is the key for improvement and every bit will aid development of skills. Practice can include: note reading, playing small sections at a time, singing the melody, clapping the rhythms, playing with accompaniment, listening to the song being played by others and learning words (if applicable).


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Abby wins again

22 March 2018

With all the swimming Abigail Schoorl has been doing this year, it’s hardly a surprise that she broke a 20 year old record at the recent TSSS Swimming Carnival. The previous 100m Backstroke record was held by Kim Bugden, from Glennie, with a time of 1:08.12, set in 1998. Abby broke the record in a time of 1:07.91. Congratulations Abby on yet another fantastic swimming achievement!

On top of this, after winning four gold medals and a silver medal at the Queensland State Sprint Championships for swimming, Abby was awarded the Country Swimmer of the Meet.

To receive this award swimmers must be a member of a club that is not within the Brisbane, Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast regions. Abby’s performances over the weekend led to her receiving the highest total points out of all country swimmers.  Abby received her award at a competition on Sunday, where she qualified for another two national events.


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Friday Night Touch

22 March 2018

Friday night touch has ended for Term 1, with two junior Glennie teams receiving top honours for their efforts. The 10 Years team of Amélie Zahra, Zoe Wardle, Kate Roper, Meg Roper, Skyla Fleming, Alliah Oats, Ella Hedge and Coach Matt Hedge were rewarded for their efforts by winning their division. The 12 Years division was also victorious with a team of Eve Muirhead, Lily Adamson, Anna Park, Zoe Wardle, Caleiah Budd, Amelia Tranter, Bridget McSweeney, Bethany Casey, Jazelle Carter, Ruby Leicht and coach Miss Abbie Prendergast.

Congratulations to all players involved in the competition and we look forward to the next season starting in Term 4.

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National Athletics Success

22 March 2018

Over the weekend Charlotte Lindemann (Year 12) and Jessica Rowe (Year 8) travelled to Sydney to compete in the National Junior Athletics Championships.

Jessica competed in four throwing events in the Under 14 divisions, winning three medals: Gold in hammer throw, Silver in discus, Bronze in shotput and sixth place in javelin.

Charlotte competed in the Under 18 800m and 400m running events, placing 16th and 11th respectively.

Congratulations to both girls on these outstanding results in their athletic endeavours!


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Darling Downs Trials and Selections

22 March 2018

Under 11 & 12 Toowoomba Netball

Congratulations to the following girls who made it through to the the Darling Downs Selection trials for Netball; Ruby Leicht, Bethany Casey, Anna Park and Bianca Gill.

Under 12s Darling Downs Softball

Well done to Bronte Pfingst & Bianca Markham who have been selected into the Darling Downs Softball Team to go to Rockhampton later in the year.

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