ePack

23 October 2015

All the forms that you will need to complete in preparation for the 2016 school year will be available next Friday in ePack which is on the Glennie Portal. You will need your parent login code to complete the forms.

All forms are due back three weeks later on Friday, 20 November. Please make sure you have your parent portal login handy so you can complete the forms on time.

All parents have at least one form, the Annual Consent Form to complete, so don't forget to check the link that will be available in eNews+ next week.

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Mangoes Galore!

23 October 2015

If you love mangoes, here’s your chance to indulge in fresh juicy Kensington Pride mangoes and support the Glennie Pitstop Outside School Hours Care fundraising drive by purchasing one (or more) trays of mangoes . Each tray of mangoes weighs approximately 7kg containing 14 to 20 mangoes. Trays are only $25 with orders accepted until 27 October 2015. Money raised will be used to provide playground equipment for the service.

For further information contact Lynne Henare 0418 882 415.

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Country Hoe-Down Fundraiser

23 October 2015

We hope that you will be able to join us on Saturday afternoon from 4.00pm at the Junior Years Fundraiser which this year will be held outside in the Courtyard, (weather permitting, otherwise on the Blue Court!).

It promises to be a great night, as always, and the organising committee has worked very hard to bring this to reality. Please support this function with your family’s attendance. All of the girls will benefit from the money raised!

Tickets available at the door.

A huge thank you to our major sponsors who have donated prizes for the raffle.

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Nominate Your Library

23 October 2015


We all know that Glennie’s libraries are great. Now we have an opportunity to nominate them in the Great School Libraries competition. Just one nomination will put us in the running. Lots of entries will help our cause.

So, if you love your library, click here to nominate it today.

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Recall

23 October 2015

There has been a power cable recall for a large range of Acer computers which may include those issued with Glennie Notebook Computers. Acer Australia and e-Computing have arranged for replacement cables for Glennie. We are expecting the replacement cables to arrive next week.

Please follow the link to read the article explaining the recall. If your daughter’s notebook cable has LS-15 written on it as per the picture in the article, it should be replaced. Please ask your daughter to bring her power cord to the IT Department to swap it with a new one.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact the IT Department.

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Introduction Day Years 7 to 12

23 October 2015

On Monday 26 October, our Year 6 girls will be attending the Middle and Senior Years  introduction day. The Year Six teachers will escort them to this event.

Some girls will be participating in the Andrews Cup softball.

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Introduction Day for Girls in Years P to 6 in 2016

23 October 2015

The Introduction Day for girls in Years P to 6 in 2016 will take place on Tuesday 27 October from 8:45am. All new girls will be in attendance that day. Current girls in Kindy who are continuing on to Prep and all new Prep students in 2016 will visit Prep and meet their teachers until 11:30am.

New girls entering Year 1 to 6 will spend the day in their year level classrooms, meeting their teachers and getting to make new friends. This gives them the opportunity to become familiar with the Glennie routine.

Current parents are not required to be present. Current students in Years P to 6 will remain in their classes and will assist with the new girls throughout the day.

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Junior Years Christmas Carols

23 October 2015

A reminder that this year, we will be holding two Junior Years Christmas carols services at St Luke’s Church, Herries Street on Sunday 22 November. The Years K to 2 service will be held from 3:30pm to approximately 4:15pm. The Years 3 to 6 service will be held from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Parents with girls in both Year levels may choose which service to attend.

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Teach your Kids to Fail

23 October 2015

Another worthwhile article from Michael Grose's, Parenting Ideas website.

So much parent energy and time is spent helping our kids be successful that we forget to encourage our kids to fail. It’s counter-intuitive! But failing is part of the learning process. Just watch an infant learning to walk and you’ll see that for every step forward there are countless stumbles. He fails more than he succeeds. Anything worthwhile learning usually involves many failed attempts to get it right.

There’s a low tolerance for mistakes. Kids learn many things through trial and error including how to walk, how to feed, and how to dress themselves. Then when they’re older children learn how to form friendships, how to read and how to master many skills through trial and error. The difference is that adults tend to be less tolerant of mistakes as children get older. Parents become impatient. Schools assess performance. Kids compare themselves against the progress of their peers.

Develop a positive approach toward failure. Kids take their initial cues from their parents about how they should interact in the world so your attitude to mistakes, both big and small, will have a huge impact on their attitude to failure. How would you feel if your young child sets the table with knives and forks upside down? Would you correct them straight away or would you acknowledge their best effort and next time you remind them how to do it properly?

If you want your child to take learning risks then I suggest you take the latter approach. He most likely got it wrong due to lack of skill. He’ll only get the skill he needs if he has confidence to learn. Keep his confidence up by thanking him for his contribution to the family. Patience, like faith, is a virtue if you want your child learn.

Teaching kids to fail is counter-intuitive but it’s important if you want to them to embrace all the wonderful opportunities that world offers, rather than restrict themselves to safe options where success is assured.

Want to learn more about how failure can make your child successful? I’ll reveal how you can transform failure into success and many more magic confidence-building strategies in my ground-breaking Cracking the Confidence Code online course next year. It’s part of the Parentingideas Club 2016 Education Program.

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Prep to Year 1 Swimming Carnival

23 October 2015

A swimming carnival for girls in Prep and Year 1 will be held on Thursday, 12 November from 8:30am until 10:30am. Parents are most welcome to come to the Aquatic Centre that morning. Further details can be obtained from Miss Potter or class teachers.

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

16 October 2015

Our Annual Fundraiser, hosted by the Year 6 parents, is being held next Saturday evening, 24 October from 4.30pm, at the Junior Years. This year’s event has a Country Hoe Down theme so it’s a very easy costume! All funds raised will go towards our new stage area in the Glennie Courtyard.  

These fundraiser events are always very popular and all families from Kindergarten to Year 12 are invited to join us for this evening of entertainment and fun. We hope to see you there.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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Mayoral Medal

16 October 2015

Claudia Dawson and Alex Larsen were this year’s recipients of the Mayoral Medal. These girls have risen above their personal challenges to thrive at Glennie. Claudia and Alex were supported by family and friends as they received their medal from Councillor Mr Paul Antonio, Mayor of Toowoomba.

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Glennie wins Education and Training division at Heritage Bank Business Excellence Awards

16 October 2015

For the third year running, The Glennie School is honoured to be awarded winner for Education and Training Division at the Heritage Bank Business Excellence Awards. Glennie thanks Heritage Bank for their commitment to Toowoomba business in providing this signature event, category sponsors for their individual recognition of industry in the region and the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce for their work in advocating for local business.  

Congratulations to all division finalists, division and category winners. Glennie thanks the families who entrust their children to our care and education as well as the business community that supports us on a daily basis.

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Emily and Scarlett enjoy morning tea with Governor of Queensland

16 October 2015

Last Monday, Emily and I were very fortunate to attend a morning tea at Government House in Brisbane.  We were invited due to our role as staff members for the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF).  We were greeted on the lawns of Government House and given a lesson in protocol for addressing the Governor. The Governor, His Excellency Paul de Jersey, gave an address outlining the value of the NYSF and the opportunities which arise from the program.  We definitely identified with the Governor’s insights and are continuously grateful for our experiences and association with the NYSF.  As staff members, it was fantastic to meet NYSF students from all over Queensland, with some coming from as far as Townsville. The delicious morning tea was also attended by Rotarians from all over the state, past and present NYSF students, and supporters of the NYSF.  

For the current students, this is only the first exciting and unique opportunity provided by the NYSF, with the upcoming January sessions filled with a multitude of lab visits, site tours, guest speakers, seminars, debates, fora and field trips to sites in Canberra and its surrounds.  We would love to see the NYSF experience carried on at Glennie in the future.

Scarlett Raine, Year 12

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Interhouse Drama/Dance Competition rehearsals begin

16 October 2015

Hale, Tufnell, Webber and Donaldson will be putting forward their best performers for the Middle and Senior Years Interhouse Drama/Dance competition to take place on Tuesday, 24 November at Glennie.

Rehearsals have now commenced and we look forward to enjoying their polished performances in November.

Take a look at the video of the last Interhouse Singing competition and see who you think may be in line for a win this time

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Sydney - Canberra Trip is almost over

16 October 2015

The Year 6 girls had an exciting trip to Sydney and Canberra and are coming home. There has been so much for them to see and do. We look forward to hearing all their stories on their return. We have been keeping track of their progress via the photos we have been sent, the links are below.

Day 1 - Departure, Sydney, Darling Harbour, Rocks Walking Tour, Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Manly Ferry Cruise, Sightseeing

Day 2 – Quarantine Station, Ghost Boy Tour, Taronga Zoo

Day 3 – Embassy visits, Australian War Memorial, National Museum of Australia, AIS-guided tour, Questacon

Day 4 – Royal Australian Mint, National Library of Australia, Lunch at Mt Ainslie, Museum of Australian Democracy, Government House, Telstra Tower and Cockington Green Gardens

Day 5 – Parliament House, National Electoral Education Centre, Last Post at the War Memorial, AIS Swim

Day 6 – Lake Burley Griffin Cruise, Depart Canberra, travel home

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Exciting news for Laura

16 October 2015

Laura Crosby (Year 12) applied for an early round USQ Vice-Chancellor’s Principal’s Recommendation Scholarship in late August this year. This is a $12,000 scholarship for high achieving students who receive a Principal’s recommendation for 2016.  Last week, Laura found out that she has been awarded this Scholarship for 2016!  Congratulations, Laura, on this great achievement!

Laura says of her scholarship, “The application process was fairly straight forward and I would highly recommend it to any current Year 11 girl looking at attending USQ to apply for this scholarship next year. I am extremely honoured to have been awarded this scholarship and thankful to all of the support I received from the Glennie staff through their references and supporting statements. I am sure that this scholarship will make my transition to university life much easier and less stressful.”

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Guest speaker inspires girls at assembly

16 October 2015

Glennie had the pleasure of welcoming Mrs Sally Rigney. Mrs Rigney is Chair of Weengallon Pink Ladies Day, one of the largest fundraising events to be held in rural Queensland and Director of Rigney Rural. Mrs Rigney shared her experiences as a boarding student, details of her career path and touching stories of her family, all of which have shaped the person she is today. Her story has no doubt enriched the hearts and minds of each of the Glennie girls in attendance.

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Diamonds are a scientist’s best friend

16 October 2015

On Wednesday,  the Year 11 and 12 Physics students and Year 10 future Physics girls were privileged to hear the cutting edge science research undertaken by Associate Professor Jodie Bradby from the Australian National University, Canberra.

As part of the National 2015 Women in Physics Lecture Tour, organised in the Toowoomba region by former Glennie alumni Dr Joanna Turner, Lecturer (Physics) USQ School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences, the girls heard how the same processes in forming diamonds are being used to form new crystal structures and their potential applications to areas such as solar energy.The girls also had an opportunity to ask lots of questions about career opportunities in science fields.

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Spelling Bee

16 October 2015

This week Miss Payne and the Academic Committee ran a Spelling Bee. This new event was highly successful, with students from both Middle Years and Senior Years showcasing their incredible spelling talent. Bennie the Bee was present to provide support and cheer everyone on.

The Tuesday heats allowed the top ten students from each division (7 to 9 and 10 to 12) to show their skill and be selected to compete in the hotly contested finals on Friday.  

The finals saw Manju Pynadath (Year 7) and Danielle Wilkins (Year 9) battle it out for the Middle Years prize with Danielle being declared the ultimate spelling master for the Middle Years. She went on to face Senior spelling champion, Georgia Taylor (Year 12) in a spell-off. Quizmaster, Charlotte Gehrmann, threw some tricky words at the competitors and the girls kept getting them right. The deciding word came from Bennie the Bee, phantasmagorical tripped up Danielle and Georgia was announced the 2015 Spelling Bee Champion.

A big thank-you to Miss Payne for all of her assistance, especially with providing all of the tricky words and the prizes.

The winners and runners-up were as follows:

Middle Years:

  • 1st Danielle Wilkins
  • 2nd Manju Pynadath
  • 3rd Hannah Smith

Senior Years:

  • 1st Georgia Taylor
  • 2nd Emma McLennan
  • 3rd Caitlin Judge

Spelling Grand Champion: Georgia Taylor

There are more photo in the gallery, click here

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A wedding is on the horizon for Miss Daniher

16 October 2015

Yesterday, we wished Miss Meg Daniher all the best ahead of her impending nuptials. The Glennie Staff Association were on hand to present her with a small gift recognising her work delivering the MFit program to teachers and girls at Glennie. We’re looking forward to seeing the wedding photos.

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A day of recognition for school officers at Glennie

16 October 2015

Morning tea was held for Glennie School Officers to celebrate the valuable contribution they make to supporting the educational program at Glennie. School Officers’ Day was a chance for staff to enjoy a little time away from busy work schedules with colleagues and share stories.

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Labyrinth Open

16 October 2015

Last Sunday, the labyrinth at St Luke’s was officially opened. Mrs Suhr attended and our own Rev’d Penny Jones was part of the official proceedings. Walking a labyrinth is an age-old form of contemplation and meditation and is a most welcome addition to the grounds at St Luke’s and the people of Toowoomba. Why not try it out?

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Eye spy Glennie in the Media

16 October 2015

Have you seen these stories in the media?

 

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This Week in Boarding

16 October 2015

The recent walk to support the Leukemia Foundation was well supported by Mrs Gill Reynoldson and 20 Brown House boarders. Mrs Reynoldson was assisted by Year 12 boarder, Belinda Groves.

The junior boarders with Mrs McNab and Mrs Lovell, made the last stars on Wednesday to support the anti-violence installation of a Million Stars. Boarders have made a significant contribution to this worthwhile project.

Letitia Shelton will join us on Friday night for a  Bella Chicks presentation; this is optional for older boarders. Keeping boarders busy and engaged is a priority, but so is providing them with time to simply wind down and relax.

Our Yalari boarders enjoyed the special annual dinner in Brisbane on Thursday evening and were accompanied by Indigenous Co-ordinator Mrs Janet Reed and Head of School Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper. The girls had the opportunity to meet Indigenous Australians who have enjoyed success in their chosen careers.

Many boarders engage in sporting fixtures during the weekdays plus on the weekends and remain busy, committed individuals.

Photo: Kelsie Mahon was happy to have a taken with Powderfinger's drummer, Jon Coghill at the Yalari dinner.

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