A Message from Mrs Kim Cohen

17 November 2017

What an amazing week this has been, filled with bittersweet emotions. The Year 12s and their parents have enjoyed a time of shared goodbyes. Thank you so much to all involved in the planning and organisation of this very special week and a heartfelt thank you to the Year 12s for ending in such a gracious manner. You girls have been a joy to have as the leaders of the school. God go with you.

As we are at the end of the year it is important that I inform you of some changes that will come into place next year.

In order to create more tangible links across the whole school and to ensure that we provide the required about of time for every subject in every grade throughout the year we have decided to match up the structure of the day across JY and MSY. We will also be starting each school day at 8.30am, except Monday which will start at 8.45am in the Middle/Senior Years:

  • 8:30 – 8:45 Tutor Time (Except Monday)
  • 8:45 – 9:25 Lesson 1
  • 9:25 – 10:05 Lesson 2
  • 10:05 – 10:35 Recess (30 minutes)
  • 10:35 – 11:15 Lesson 3
  • 11:15 – 11:55 Lesson 4
  • 11:55 – 12:35 Lesson 5
  • 12:35 – 1:15 Lunch (40 minutes)
  • 1:15 – 1:55 Lesson 6
  • 1:55 – 2:35 Lesson 7
  • 2:35 – 3:15 Lesson 8

The lessons highlighted in bold will be doubles in the MSY.

According to Ben Jensen et.al., teachers’ professional development is a key factor in improved student outcomes. In their journal article, Beyond PD: Teacher Professional Learning in High-Performing Systems they recognise that PD cannot be an add-on to be done in one’s ‘spare time’

For all of these people, professional learning is central to their jobs. It is not an add-on. It is not something done on Friday afternoons or on a few days at the end of the school year. Teacher professional learning is how they all improve student learning; it is how they improve schools, and it is how they are evaluated in their jobs. They work in systems that are organized around improvement strategies explicitly anchored in teacher professional learning. The reasons for this are straightforward. High-performing systems focus on the professional learning practices that the evidence has consistently shown appreciably lifts teacher and student learning. ... ensures that collaborative professional learning is built into the daily lives of teachers and school leaders, which is reinforced by resourcing policies that free up teachers’ time for collaborative professional learning (Jensen, et.al., 2016).

With this in mind, at Glennie we will be incorporating a portion of teachers’ professional development into the teaching day once a fortnight. This will not impact on learning time as it will be when we timetable specialist lessons, House and Junior Chapel services, guest speakers, personal development workshops, House time, study sessions etc. MSY will also be lengthening their school days by 10 minutes a day, 4 days a week, which equate to 80 minutes a fortnight.

Mrs Kim Cohen
Principal

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A Message from the Head of Senior Years

17 November 2017

What a week it has been for our Year 12 students! Together, they have celebrated the end of their time as a secondary school student through the Senior and House Picnics, the Mother-Daughter Breakfast, the Morning Tea in the Junior Years, the Father-Daughter Bowling, the Formal and the GOGA Mocktails. What a delight is has been to witness, at each event, girls’ thankfulness and recognition of the support they have received from parents, staff and other students over the course of their schooling journey. And so, it was with much excitement but also a bit of sadness, that we said farewell to our Seniors of 2017 on the oval after the “last blast” following the Valedictory Eucharist and Senior Graduation.

We will miss these wonderful girls who have shown outstanding leadership and have been an inspiration to the incoming Senior leaders of 2018.

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

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The Last Blast

17 November 2017

Today our Seniors attended the Valedictory Eucharist and Valedictory Graduation with their parents this morning before taking their final charge down to the Glennie oval.

In a break from tradition and a much more environmentally friendly alternative to helium balloons, our Seniors took their final steps towards the end of their school days and the start of a new life beyond school with the inaugural “Last Blast”.

The girls ran down the hill and gave a final warcry before the confetti cannons blasted off with colourful pieces of rice paper (fully biodegradable). There were lots of happy tears and hugs as the younger girls took the opportunity to say goodbye to our Glennie Seniors of 2017.

Goodbye, good luck and go well, girls.

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A Night to Remember

17 November 2017

Our Glennie Seniors arrived at Picnic Point to a movie star reception as they walked the red carpet to their Formal. A huge crowd of students, parents and friends were on hand to grab a last minute photo and marvel at the array of fashions.

The girls all looked fabulous and from all accounts had a very enjoyable night. Congratulations to Mr Leigh Duffin, Mrs Sue Rollason and the Year 12 Formal Committee for organising such an amazing occasion.

Thank you to Focal Point photos for taking the official formal photos and having them ready for the girls to collect this morning, an enormous effort. Here is a gallery of less official photos taken by Mrs Paula Nicholls and Mrs Tilden, enjoy!

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Seniors reminisce about Junior Years

17 November 2017

One of the special celebrations that our Seniors who began their education in Junior Years enjoy is the Junior Years Morning Tea. This week girls, including many who have been with us since Kindergarten, returned to where it all began for a small reunion with their Junior Years teachers.

It was an opportunity for the girls to say thank you to the staff who laid the foundations for their education. For the staff, it is always an emotional farewell for the girls who are all grown up.

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House Farewells

17 November 2017

 

Every year Middle and Senior Years girls gather in their House groups to farewell the Seniors. It is also an opportunity for the younger girls to meet the incoming House committees.

Each House celebrates in a unique way. Webber girls exchange Willbes who have been handed down for many generations of Seniors and each year the graduating Senior adds a personal touch to her Willbe before passing it on to a Year 11 girl in the Webber Willbe Exchange.

Donaldson House introduced a new award this year, the Duck of the Year. Girls from each year level were elected by their peers for the award and they also selected an overall winner. Congratulations to the following Ducks

  • Year 7:  Lily McGill
  • Year 8:  Elizabeth Causer
  • Year 9:  Alim Deng
  • Year 10:  Louise Armstrong
  • Year 11:  Rachel Hall
  • Year 12:  Anne Crosby
  • Overall:  Lucinda Jensen

Donaldson also said a special farewell to one of their most dedicated Donaldson supporters Miss Powell. In a short speech she revealed that although she held the stop/go sign each year for the athletics carnival as an impartial official, she was always quietly cheering on the Donaldson girls as they went past.

All Houses celebrated with a cake in House colours.

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Fun Assembly

17 November 2017

Glennie Seniors had their audience of Senior Years girls in stitches with a comedic recap of their time at Glennie and their interactions with staff and teachers at the Fun Assembly.

Few teachers were spared a roasting, but it was all in good fun.

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Senior Picnic

17 November 2017

The Hall family opened their home to the Year 12 girls for the Senior picnic. This is a fun and casual gathering for the girls away from the formalities of all the official meetings, events and celebrations of their final week.

Thank you to the Hall family for taking on such a big event.

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Red Frogs care

17 November 2017

We thank our friends Ange and Gerrard from Red Frogs Australia for their visit to Glennie. Glennie Seniors will definitely benefit from their advice ahead of Schoolies Week celebrations. Stay safe and have fun Seniors!

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GOGA Mocktails

17 November 2017

The GOGA Committee hosted the newest members of the Glennie Old Girls’ Association at the Seniors Mocktail Party. The girls were officially inducted into the Association by President Sarah Pfeffer. Guest speaker and Glennie Old Girl Debbie Dieckman spoke of the opportunities Glennie girls are given to follow their dreams and wished the girls well for whatever the future holds.

Thank you to the GOGA Committee for organising the event, Boost Juice for providing the mocktails and the Glennie Catering team.

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Father Daughter Bowling

17 November 2017

As part of their final week, our Year 12s and their fathers got dressed up for the traditional Father/Daughter Bowling night. The teams transformed into their favourite TV or Movie Characters and it was great to see everyone getting into the spirit of the night.

The Cat was wearing his Hat, Dumbledore was casting spells, Bob the Builder was hard at work, the Mad Hatter held a tea party and the force was certainly with Darth Vader. Hosted by the team at Bazinga, the girls and their fathers enjoyed bowling, laser tag, board games and a Glennie themed quiz.  

Special thanks to Mr Devine and Mrs Kessels from the Development Office for making the night possible.

The following awards were presented on the night:

  • Best Dressed: Lucinda & Troy Jensen (Ghostbusters: complete with handmade  'Proton Packs')
  • Laser Tag Champions: Phoebe & Luke Parker
  • Bowling Champions: Holly McDonald & Andrew Moloney
  • Grand Champions (Bowling, Laser Tag & Costume): Sidney & Adrian Lawson

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Mother Daughter Breakfast

17 November 2017

Gip’s Restaurant provided a beautiful venue for a relaxed breakfast for Senior girls and their mothers and special guests. This breakfast is an opportunity for the girls to reflect on the support and guidance their mothers have provided throughout their school years. It is always an emotional day as the realisation hits that for some families this is the end of school days.

Congratulations to Lucinda Brodie’s mum Suzie Holt for organising such an enjoyable break in the middle of the girls’ hectic final week.

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Final Chapel for Years 4 to 6

17 November 2017

On Monday, Reverend Francis Andrews celebrated Communion with our girls in the Chapel. Special prayers were offered for the Year 6 girls by Year 5 girls and the candles were passed from the Year 6 girls to the new leaders for 2018.

We thank Rev’d Francis for assisting with our Communion services in the Junior Years this year.

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The Glennie Chapel's Centenary

17 November 2017

Last weekend we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the consecration of the Glennie Chapel with a special family communion service conducted by Rev’d Kate Powell. In celebrating the centenary of this historic building, we appreciate its value as a calm, meditative sacred space.

Here is a snippet from the Glennie Gazette of April 1918 detailing the consecration.

On 11th December 1917 at the Consecration of the new Chapel by His Grace, Archbishop Donaldson gave a short but very inspiring address on the text “Come ye apart”. He set before us the idea of using the Chapel as a quiet resting place for prayer and meditation and he gave us many helpful thoughts. To many there, the service held a sad significance for they were leaving their school days behind, and they knew the Chapel would soon be only a memory, but one and all felt the beauty and solemnity of the service and were truly glad to have helped in providing their School with such a beautiful little sanctuary.

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Help us reach our target

17 November 2017

There are only 30 more donations to go for Glennie to reach its target of 200 blood donations for the year. We are on our way to be the leading school in the region for the second year in a row. Overall Glennie is sitting in fifth place amongst some pretty impressive company: the Army, Toowoomba Regional Council, University of Southern Queensland and the Fire and Health Services.

We have until 31 December to roll up our sleeves and add to the Glennie tally. Just let the Red Cross know you are donating for Glennie when you next give blood.

With the holiday season coming up blood stocks are always under pressure and this is one way we can help save a life, or two.

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How Sweet Are You?

17 November 2017

This term the Year 6 girls have been researching which drinks contain the most sugar. They investigated a collection of carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks, juices and cordials. The also had to make a personal connection, keeping a 'Drink Diary' and finding out how 'sweet' they are.  All girls had to present their findings during their Science Fair. There were many visitors and the girls enjoyed sharing their results and educating students and staff about the sugar content in some popular drinks.

Some comments from the girls:

We were really surprised by the amount of sugar in poppers.  Mum said we won't be buying them again.

It was really interesting to research the drinks I had consumed in a week.

I enjoyed creating my display.

My sugar samples showed everyone how much sugar (per 100ml) was in each drink.  I think it shocked some people.

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Year 6 Service of Thanksgiving and Graduation

17 November 2017

A lovely evening was held for our Year 6 girls on Monday evening in the Assembly Hall. This was arranged by the Year 6 teachers, Mr Broom and Miss Bullock.

Reverend Paul Mitchell conducted a short Service of Thanksgiving for the year, which was followed by the graduation ceremony for the girls. Junior, Middle and Senior Years staff members and the Year 6 parents joined the girls for this occasion, as we commenced the farewells for these girls and their families.

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Year 5 visit Parliament

17 November 2017

Last Friday, the Year 5 girls went on an excursion to Brisbane. We went to Parliament House and Queensland Museum. Thank you to Mr Griffiths, Mrs Kleidon, Mrs Balzer and Miss Fischer for accompanying us! Here are some reflections on our trip:

We learned lots of things like how in 2014 for the G20 summit many great world leaders came to Parliament House for a meeting, including Barack Obama. Inside Parliament House we got to go and sit in the green room and the red room. Some of the G20 summit meetings were held in the red room and we got to sit on the exact same chairs that the world leaders sat on. In the green room some of us were assigned to the seats of some politicians of Queensland. I got to be Opposition Leader and Hannah T got to be the Premier. Then we had a mini debate about whether sport is better than computer games. After that, we went to the Museum. We had an amazing time learning about the different reptiles and other animals there. A fun fact about green snakes:  the ones with creamish/yellow spots on them are males and the ones with the white spots are females. Overall we had wonderful time. Dulini

We learnt about the history of Queensland politics. I loved how we got to do a roleplay like the debates that happen in Parliament when laws are being created and learned how voting works. We then went to the Museum. I loved the animals and how the lady walked around with us answering our questions. It was a great experience where every student got to see something that they enjoyed. Hayley

I enjoyed learning about how the red and green chambers operate at Parliament. We also went to the Museum and I liked looking at all of the exhibitions.  Bianca

At the Museum, I liked it that there were lots of interactive exhibitions.  At Parliament, we got to have a mock debate. Hannah got to play the Premier of Queensland, and she argued that playing outside is better than playing video games. Charlotte F

I liked the mini debate that we did at Parliament. The rooms looked really interesting, and we got to see the mace.  I liked having a look at the Museum too.  My favourite part was the interactive water display. Claire

I liked seeing the mace at Parliament House.  Our tour guide said that it was worth about $250 000.  In our mock debate, I liked agreeing with the speaker by saying ‘hear, hear’ or ‘shame’ if we disagreed.  I liked all of the gold detail around the rooms at Parliament House.  Kelsey-Rae

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Japanese Farewell

17 November 2017

On Sunday evening, girls studying Japanese in Years 10 to 12 gathered at Harajuku Gyoza for an evening of delicious food and good company. The dinner was an opportunity for the girls to meet outside of the classroom and farewell the Year 12s.

The girls enjoyed sampling the different dishes on the menu and interacting with native Japanese-speaking staff. The most anticipated dish of the night was the "raindrop cake", which is an interesting sight to behold!

Thank you to the girls and their parents for their support of this occasion.

Mrs Skett
Japanese teacher

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Christmas Carols

17 November 2017

Join us as we celebrate our Christmas Carol service at the Empire Theater on Wednesday 22 November from 7:00pm

 

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Scholarships

17 November 2017

Scholarships are now open for students entering Year 7 and Year 10 in 2019. Please see our website for a full list of scholarships available. The ACER Scholarship Test will be held on Saturday 24 February 2018 and applications close on 5 February 2018. To register go to the Acer Scholarship website. If you would like to find out more about scholarships at Glennie, you can visit our website

If your daughter is currently in receipt of a scholarship there is no need to reapply. Please forward this information to any families who may be considering a Glennie education for their daughter in 2019. For further enquiries please contact the Registrar, Mrs Karen Morris, email morrisk@glennie.qld.edu.au or ph: 07 4688 8807.

 

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Cadets

17 November 2017

Glennie Cadets have completed their duties for the year with their final bivouac, a marksmanship competition, a formal dinner and a passing out parade.

All the details are in the Toowoomba Grammar School newsletter

Congratulations to Glennie Cadets Penny Lamshed, Emily Webster, Ellen Collins, Eloise Radford and Grace Fortune on participating in Cadets in 2018. Thank you to their co-ordinators Ms Lee and Ms Zang.

Photo supplied by Shane Richards photography

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This week in Boarding

17 November 2017


The boarding community has experienced a busy and happy week. The Year 11s farewelled our Year 12s on Monday evening. This is always a sad but lovely occasion with the Year 11s spending many hours preparing.

The Mother-Daughter breakfast at Gip's Restaurant on Wednesday morning was a very special function and of course the Formal and Valedictory Service which marks the completion of schooling and boarding. In addition to the beautiful breakfast tradition, the Year 12s enjoyed their last boarding meal with a wonderful Christmas dinner and Santa Claus. This is also an opportunity for their Family Tables to farewell the Seniors.

Our Year 10s headed off on a Riverboat cruise in Brisbane this afternoon. Saturday is a trip to Dreamworld and Sunday should provide some time to relax with Chapel and a quiet swim in the afternoon.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

17 November 2017

Last weekend, the Dowson House boarding girls made a Gingerbread House. After cooking Friday night and assembling on Saturday night the girls took delight in snapping it apart on Sunday and enjoying the spoils of their hard work.  

 

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Arts Committee Changeover Breakfast

17 November 2017

This week our incoming Arts Committee for 2018 had the pleasure of being served breakfast by the outgoing 2017 Arts Committee. The "book of knowledge" was handed over as were letters written from the old to the new. We thank the outgoing committee for all of their work in the Arts Department this year.

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