A Message from Mrs Cohen

16 February 2018

In the busyness, we often don't give ourselves time for quiet reflection. But this is so important if we are to keep up with the pace. I struggle to reflect and need guidance on how to do so. A few weeks ago I was pleased to come across this message allegedly from Pope Francis, but there has been some debate about the true author of this piece. Whether he wrote it or not is irrelevant, what it says is relevant.  I thought I would share it with you to read for inspiration and guidance in a moment of quiet reflection.

This life will go by fast.

Don't fight with people, don't criticize your body so much, don't complain so much.

Don't lose sleep over your bills. Look for the person that makes you happy. If you make a mistake, let it go and keep seeking your happiness.

Never stop being a good parent.

Don't worry so much about buying luxuries and comforts for your home, and don't kill yourself trying to leave an inheritance for your family. Those benefits should be earned by each person, so don't dedicate yourself to accumulating money.

Enjoy, travel, enjoy your journeys, see new places, give yourself the pleasures you deserve.

Allow dogs to get closer.

Don't put away the fine glassware. Utilize the new dinnerware; don't save your favourite perfume, use it to go out with yourself; wear out your favourite sports shoes; repeat your favourite clothes.

Why not now? Why not pray now instead of waiting until before you sleep? Why not call now? Why not forgive now? We wait so long for Christmas; for Friday; for Reunions; for another year; for when I have money; for love to come; when everything is perfect, but ...

Everything perfect doesn't exist. Human beings can't accomplish this because it simply was not intended to be completed here. Here is an opportunity to learn.

So take this challenge that is life and do it now...love more, forgive more, embrace more, love more intensely and leave the rest in God's hands.  

Amen.

On Wednesday 21 February at 9:30am, Rev. Sharon Baird will be formally commissioned as The Glennie School Chaplain. The commissioning will occur on the Chapel lawns and parents are welcome to attend.

Mrs Kim Cohen
Principal

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Middle and Senior Years Academic Support

16 February 2018

 At Glennie, there is an extensive range of academic support opportunities for students in the Middle and Senior Years:

Students are encouraged to discuss any academic concern with their teacher outside of class time.
The Learning Hub – The tutoring timetable for Term 1 has been finalised, circulated to all Tutor Groups and published in the Student Handbook. A copy of the timetable has also been attached to this week’s edition of eNews.
Students in Years 7 – 9 can practise English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science and Languages skills and concepts via the program Education Perfect.
Students in Years 10 – 12 have access to Studiosity, which offers one-to-one, personal help in real time for English, Mathematics, Science and Business subjects.
Beginning this year, students have fortnightly study skills lessons.
Students in the Senior Years are encouraged to form subject study groups, to deepen their understanding of the course material.
As always, if students have an academic concern, they should see their teacher in the first instance, or the relevant Head of Department.

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Dean of Teaching and Learning

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Celebrating 80 years of Andrews Cup

16 February 2018

The Andrews Cup sporting competition in which Glennie Junior girls from Years 2 to 6 participate, forms an important part of our sporting events calendar, along with our Interhouse and Friday afternoon sporting competitions. More formally known as the Queensland Girls Independent Primary Schools Sporting Association, QGIPSSA, leads into the Queensland Girls Secondary Schools Sporting Association, QGSSSA and provides a sporting program for girls who share a similar philosophy for sport.

This year, the Association celebrates its 80th anniversary and will commence with the Swimming competition, at Chandler, hosted by The Glennie School. Special pennants and ribbons have been designed for all events this year.

In 1938, the foundation year, there were many long established girls’ independent schools in Queensland, however, few had junior or primary grades.

Two sisters, Isabel (1898-1981) and Jessie (1910-2008) Andrews, both of whom were teachers at Somerville House, felt that young pupils who competed in Interform competitions, with the senior school, though very enthusiastic, were never going to be successful in sporting competitions.
They asked Miss Jarrett, Principal of the School if they might donate a trophy for sporting activities between Somerville House and sister school Clayfield College at the junior school level. Thus the Andrews Cup was born.

At the end of each year the Cup was awarded to the School which had achieved most points in the sports: swimming, athletics, ballgames, tennis, and basketball. By 1944, Moreton Bay College joined the competition; in 1962 St Aidan’s, St Hilda’s and St Margaret’s were added. Two further schools, Toowoomba Preparatory School (now Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School) and The Glennie School joined later (1993) whilst Ipswich Junior Grammar School and Fairholme College became members in 2012.

Today, the range of sports in the Andrews Cup Program includes Swimming, Tennis, Touch Football, Cross Country, Netball, Athletics, Softball and Artistic Gymnastics. Basketball has been included as an invitational event as well.

With the girls interest in different sports changing, the Association is looking to the future with a new strategic plan being developed in 2018, which will investigate the sports on offer to ensure that it remains a relevant Association, as it moves towards its centenary and continues to work towards fulfilling the aim of encouraging girls to remain active in sport.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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From the Chaplain

16 February 2018

This week saw the first Years P to 12 whole school Ash Wednesday service held on the Blue Court in Junior Years. We welcomed Fr Paul Mitchell from St Luke’s Anglican Parish to assist us. The younger girls began our service by bringing forward symbols of our worship; a Bible, Cross, Stole, Candle and the Ashes. The Year 12 Chapel Committee acted out the familiar fable story of the Cracked Pot and we heard readings from Jeremiah and Joel. As we received the ash in the form of a cross on our foreheads we heard the words “Forgive, as you are forgiven. Turn to God”.

Here’s a little of my reflection upon the service.

To prepare us for the celebration of Easter, Christians spend the next five weeks reflecting on their lives. Who they are, what they have done and what things they might like to change. We call this the season of Lent. Some Christians like to give something up or take on something new, to spend more time in prayer and to think about God more, and to think of ways to give generously to those in need.

In the story that the Year 12 girls acted out for us. One of the water jars was a little bit broken and she was feeling pretty unhappy about that. But the servant whose job it was to collect the water didn’t see it as a flaw, she saw it as something to celebrate. God looks at us the same way too. None of us are perfect, we all have things we could think of as flaws, like the crack in the clay pot. But God celebrates all that we are and helps us to see how we can help others and make the best of our lives.

Our Bible reading from Jeremiah talks about a potter moulding some clay. We can think about this as God being the potter and we are the clay. God helps to shape us into being the best people we can be. When we make a mistake that’s ok. If we do the wrong thing sometimes, God says I forgive you, and reshapes us again.

Ash Wednesday is a time when we can say to God, I’m sorry for the times when I have done the wrong thing and I’m sorry for when I haven’t done the right thing. God says in return “I love you, I forgive you. Let’s work together on you being the best you can be.”

Blessings as you being this season of Lent.

Rev’d Sharon

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Hale Wins!

16 February 2018

Congratulations, Hale on winning the Interhouse Swimming Carnival. Stay tuned for next week's edition of eNews for all the results and plenty of photos.

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Library Lovers’ Day

16 February 2018

On Wednesday, which was Library Lovers’ Day, Girls in Years 2 and 3 listed some of the things they love about the Junior Years Library:  the books, the people who work here, the calm and quiet, the activities and the devices. They also came up with some ideas for what they would love to see in our Library: more books, a lolly shop with cookies and candy canes, a pet shop, a library dog, a toilet for when you are busting!

We’ve been watching the Winter Olympics during lunchtime, which has been very popular, but some girls still chose to take crochet lessons with Mrs Miegel.

Mrs Miegel
Junior Years Teacher Librarian

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Lights, sirens, fingerprinting

16 February 2018

Glennie Kindy children met Adopt-a-Cop Senior Constable Joanne Bailey this week. After a brief explanation of her role within the Queensland Police Service, Senior Constable Bailey showed the children her utility belt and explained the uses for each of the items. Curious to know more, the children took every opportunity to ask questions. In groups, the children were then escorted to view the police car, see the lights in action and hear the loud siren. Each of the children had their fingerprints taken and will have a lovely keepsake from their experience this morning.  Don't worry parents, these will not be kept on file!

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Universities on Show

16 February 2018

Our Seniors had a great opportunity to discuss university options with representatives from a wide selection of universities at Wednesday’s University Showcase. The visit included a presentation about student life, application processes, university costs and accommodation. The session concluded with an expo-style session where students could speak with the representatives and collect information about the programs they have to offer. The girls certainly went away with lots of reading material. It was great to see Scarlett Raine (GOG 2015) among our guests.

The universities in attendance included from Southern Cross University, Bond UniversityUniversity of Southern Queensland - Australia, Australian Catholic University, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC)Griffith University, QUT (Queensland University of Technology), The University of Queensland - UQ, University of New England, Armidale and CHC - Christian Heritage College. QTAC were also available to answer any admission questions.

I am sure the showcase sparked some further interest for the girls and helped raise their aspirations for the endless opportunities that are available.

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Mrs Sharon Currie
Careers Co-ordinator

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Pancakes galore for Shrove Tuesday

16 February 2018

Glennie observed Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) this week. The Chapel Committee girls worked with Reverend Sharon and the Lawrance Dining Hall staff to host a pancake stall which was so popular they sold out by the end of morning tea! Junior Years girls and staff held their annual pancake races with Hale winning the student race. Mrs Stone, Mr Broom, Mr Finlay and Mr Griffiths bravely represented the teachers for the students versus teachers race. In a nail-biting photo finish the teachers were announced winners crossing the line with their pancake safely nestled in their frying pan. Thank you to Reverend Sharon for judging our race.

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Feeling the love at Glennie

16 February 2018

The Student Welfare Committee (SWC) girls have done it again. They sprinkled a little love all over Glennie on Wednesday for Valentine’s Day. We spotted a few hug squares throughout the school, read messages of support on the walls and spotted a few gifts exchanged among friends.

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Thank you to our Glennie Fair Major and Gold Sponsors

16 February 2018

This week we acknowledge the generous support of our Glennie Fair sponsors who have supported us at the Major and Gold levels.

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Hale Dinner

16 February 2018

Year 11 and 12 Hale girls once again began the school year with dinner together. A great night was had by all at Absolute Grilled. Despite the slow service, all who attended enjoyed the food, the company and the time together.

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Year 11 Leadership Day

16 February 2018

On Sunday 4 February the Year 11 girls attended a Leadership Day at Glennie run by Character Builders, a Brisbane based company. Although they began a little hesitantly, all thoroughly enjoyed the day and were so pleased they attended. The team building activities proved challenging and unfortunately, the students were unable to beat the teachers in the Tower Building competition and missed out narrowly in winning pizzas for the entire group with the Dominoes challenge. They learnt much about each other and finished the day feeling a more united and cohesive group.

Ms Sue Reynolds
Head of Hale House

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Poppies at the Fair

16 February 2018

Lots of crafty folks have been making poppies of all sorts for our Make a Poppy for Glennie project. Mrs Lovell has been working hard knitting beautiful poppies and is working with the boarding girls on making fabric poppies (pictured). These fabric poppies are super easy and require only basic sewing skills to make a fantastic looking poppy. Here are the instructions.

For anyone interested in learning how to make poppies, there will be a makers’ space at the Glennie Fair. There will be patterns to follow and crafty ladies on hand to get you started. Thanks to a generous donation from our sponsors, Toowoomba’s own wool mill, Rosabella Threads, there will even be some supplies on hand for you to use to make more poppies at home. Visit their Facebook page

We are very grateful for a donation by Mrs Ros Meyer which will go towards buying materials required for this project. Her kindness will make a difference.

Any donations of red fabric, red wool and black buttons would be greatly appreciated. They can be dropped at main reception or bring them with you and drop them at our maker’s space at the Fair.

If you already have some poppies ready to go, you can add them to our installation at the Fair.

For more details, contact Tina Tilden tildent@glennie.qld.edu.au

 

 

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From the Archives

16 February 2018

Keeping cool has been on our minds rather a lot in the past few weeks. Swimming for fun and competition has long been a Glennie tradition. The evolution of the swimming pools and swimming costumes is evidence of the importance of this activity. From scratchy woollen swimmers, which must have taken a week to dry, and ‘baths’ with no fencing or shade to the current aquatic centre, we are indeed fortunate and can appreciate even more our current facilities.

Noeleen Fleming
Archives Officer

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French Connections

16 February 2018

On Tuesday, Mrs Cohen and I attended a meeting at Alliance Française in Brisbane. The Director of AEFE (Agency for French Education Abroad), Christophe Bouchard, the Head of Culture Education, Science and Technology (Embassy of France in Australia), Bertrand Pous, Kerrie Blain (President of AAFEBS, Australian Association of French English Bilingual Schools) and representatives of schools from Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane all participated in a special meeting of AAFEBS.

After introductions and an overview of the AAFEBS’ achievements, our school was welcomed as a new member of the association.

It is a very interesting step forward for Glennie as we now belong to a group of schools where French is taught in both bilingual or immersion programs. The AAFEBS now counts 14 schools all over Australia, 210 teachers and over 4,000 students. Being part of this network will allow us to exchange ideas, experiences and resources to improve our teaching and practices in general. The Glennie French Immersion Program is not on its own, there is actually a whole lot happening around the country as far as French teaching is concerned and now we are part of it.

Le futur promet d’être intéressant!

A bientôt.

Mr Vincent Morère
French Immersion Head of Department

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MYTHBUSTER #2 - CHESS IS FOR NERDS.

16 February 2018

Seriously!? Are we still labelling and tearing down those who push for greater thinking? Bypassing the argument regarding labelling, let’s just have a look at a shortened list of ‘famous people’ who apparently enjoy(ed) playing chess; Heath Ledger, Stephen Fry, Julia Roberts, Madonna, Chuck Norris, Salma Hayek, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Norton, Al Pacino, Anna Kournikova, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Brooke Shields, Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Susan Sarandon, Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Charlie Chaplin, Benjamin Franklin, and Napoleon Bonaparte.

Chess is for high achievers... and for those who struggle academically. In fact, studies show how chess may improve outcomes and raise IQ scores. Chess is enjoyed by the physically fit and those who struggle with co-ordination, the young and old, tall and short, and is played in every country around the world. To think it is a game for just a few, is wrong.

Perhaps, chess is for nerds - that is if you choose to identify yourself as a nerd - but it is so much bigger, broader and brighter than a single stereotype.

Word of the week: cerebrate - to use the mind, think, ponder and consider. Play chess like a girl . . . and cerebrate!

For more information about chess at Glennie, contact email me chess@internode.on.net

Mr Carter
Glennie Chess

 

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Emma is making her mark

16 February 2018

Glennie Old Girl (2015) Emma Moss has caught the attention of the ABC’s rural news program Landline. Landline’s facebook page says “Emma Moss is a young ringer working on a remote cattle station — she's also a photographer whose photos are showing thousands the beauty of station life! See her story, Sunday at 12:30”

There’s a great video about Emma on their page.

The photo, by Emma was sourced from Landline’s facebook post.

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

16 February 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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This week in boarding

16 February 2018

This has been a week of excitement with the annual Valentine's Day dinner. This is a much-loved event on the boarding calendar and a time when our Year 12 Boarding Committee run their first big event. What a busy time of preparing, decorating and choosing the menu it has been!. One of the boarder's favourites is chicken satay followed by heart-shaped ice creams. A lot of effort went into some very creative decorations and prizes were attractive pink striped journals.

A great time was had by all and a number of teaching staff joined us as guests. The Boarding Committee certainly outdid themselves and we raised money for Bush Ministry. Reverend Sharon gave a talk about St Valentine.

A small number of our junior boarders went to St Bart's Youth group last Friday. Word of mouth advertising is a wonderful thing and we have double the number attending this week. Our Year 7 and 8 boarders are looking forward to a pool party at Toowoomba Grammar School on Sunday, something which I am sure they will enjoy.

The week has been particularly hot and we have all been grateful for the joys of air-conditioned boarding houses. Having spent quite a lot of my life in Adelaide the last week has reminded me of the relentless heat.

Our boarding staff undergo continuous training through both the Australian Boarding Schools' Association Duty of Care Program and First Aid courses. During the past holidays a number of us engaged in a Youth Mental Health First Aid program. This is government run initiative held in Toowoomba for two days. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone dealing with young people.

Click here to view the photo gallery from Boarder’s Valentine’s Day Dinner

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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A wedding at Music Camp?

16 February 2018

A group of 140 students and staff spent the weekend at the Sunshine Coast for the annual music camp. As is now a tradition at camp, we had choir rehearsals in the pool to keep cool in the extreme heat. Bowling night was a hit with girls dressed all in white, glowing under the UV lights at the centre. Games night was run by the Year 12 Arts committee and combined all ages in some fun activities. Rock awards for Middle and Senior Years girls was a highlight, with girls dressing to the theme of "LOVE". We even had a few mock weddings!

Rehearsals did play a major part of the weekend, with all groups progressing significantly with their new music over the few days. The buddy sections within instrument groups were a great opportunity for Junior Years girls to work with the secondary girls and to also see what can be achieved with time and effort. We are hoping to keep these buddy pairs going throughout the year.  

Congratulations to the Year 12 Arts Committee on their organisation of events over the weekend and congratulations to staff for their enthusiasm and commitment to the improvement of our Glennie girls.

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Mrs Sharon Gilbert
Head of Department Performing Arts

Photo credits: Mrs Gilbert, Mrs Hawthorne and Mr Warren

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Darling Downs Sports Awards

16 February 2018

Congratulations to Ms Ann-Louise McKellar, aunt to one of our Glennie girls a very deserving recipient who won Volunteer of the Year at the Darling Downs Sports Awards Dinner on Saturday night.

Ann-Louise was recognised for her contribution to Rugby League and Club G Netball. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank Ann-Louise for her continued support in the ongoing development our Netball Program.

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West Zone Swimming Selections

16 February 2018

Congratulations to Iona MacRae, Mya Gilbert, Cara Cronje, Ruby Leicht, Ryanda Craige, Lucy Griffiths, Isabella Kings, Bronte Pfingst, Bethany Casey, Elizabeth Cross, Kate Rattray, Charli Rielly, Ella Donovan, Alliah Oats, Caitlyn Garratt, Xanthe Schubert and Caleiah Budd who were selected into the West Zone Swimming Team.

They will be competing at the Regional Carnival on Wednesday 28 February at Gatton.

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Cluster 1 Darling Downs Trials

16 February 2018

Glennie had a large contingent of girl attend trials in a number of sports earlier this week. To date we have only received the official announcements for Touch Football. Congratulations must go to the following girls on their selection:

  • Under 15: Ella Kowitz, Matilda Leicht, Ava Black, Jess Fitzgibbons, Jess Barnes, Zoe Waters.
  • Open: Paige Edwards, Zoe McLoughlin.

The next round of trials commence next week and we wish all girls the best of luck.

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Fillies Trials

16 February 2018

Trials for the Fillies football team will be held after school next Tuesday. While this is an open division team, all students interested in outdoor football are encouraged to attend. Please meet on the oval at 3:30pm to begin the trial.

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