Masterclass and Dinner

4 September 2015

Tuesday, 22 September from 4:00pm in the Hospitality Kitchen.

Learn how to cook like a masterchef at our masterclass cooking lesson. Held in Glennie's commercial hospitality kitchen, this masterclass is sure to be a fun event. The best part is that you get to eat what you have cooked afterwards!

This masterclass will allow participants to dip their toes into the world of Paleo, and experiment with different cooking and preparation techniques. Meet our Thermomix!

For Glennie girls and their parents, the cost will be $25 per person. Bookings and payment for the Masterclass can be made by contacting Main Reception on 07 4688 8888. Be quick to register as numbers are limited.

This special event is being held during the Spring into Glennie Holiday Fun Program. To nominate your daughter or any other sessions, please be sure to use the registration form.

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We Need Your Blood!

4 September 2015

Holidays are approaching and this puts stress on Red Cross blood stocks.Only one in six of us donates blood products yet one in three of us will need a donation at some time. Holiday time always sees blood stocks running low. Hospitals and emergency care units depend on blood banks having maximum stored products prior to school holiday time.

This season, blood stocks across all regions are low due to serious influenza outbreaks and longer recovery times over the colder months for general colds. This prevents potential regular donors from keeping up the blood stocks to maximum storage capacity.

Prior to the school holiday break, consider rolling up your sleeve and making that valuable contribution. For one hour (or less) of your time, you can help save three lives and help the Australian Red Cross Blood Service meet demand.

Call 131495 to make an appointment. Donate either full blood, platelets or plasma. Blood banks are open early morning to late evening (so donations before and after work are possible). Don't forget, when making your valuable donation, nominate the Glennie School Club Red Account, because just as each donation is valuable to them, it’s also valuable to our school target for 2015 in the Club Red School Challenge.

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Subject Selection

4 September 2015

It was lovely to see so many girls and parents at the information night for Middle Years Subject Selection on Monday. If you were unable to join us for the session, it was recorded and is now available on the Glennie Youtube channel. 

Next week the subject selection process for the Middle Years begins. Information regarding subject and offerings are available from the 2016 Middle Years Subject Information Book

From Tuesday, 1 September, forms will be available via the Subject Selection Button on the Portal:

  • Year 9 Subject Selection Form 2016
  • Year 8 Language Choice From 2016

All Forms are due back by Monday, 7 September in hard copy form to Tutor Teachers, faxed or can be scanned and emailed back to  

Year 8 into 9 2016

On Tuesday, 1 September, in Period 4, the Year 8s will have an Information Session outlining the Subject Selection process for 2016.

Girls will receive their Subject Selection form for parent discussion and signing as the initial stage of the process.

Year 7 into 8 2016

Girls will receive their Language Choice Forms on Tuesday, 1 September, for parent discussion and signing. Girls will be required to nominate their Language (French or Japanese) subject or register their interest for the French Immersion Program.

Students considering the French Immersion Program will be required to submit a written application form as well since only one class will be offered in 2016.

French or Japanese language studies are compulsory until the end of Year 9 (unless students are part of the Language Skills/LANP program). The French Immersion program continues to the end of Year 10.

Please direct any enquiries about subject selection to   

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Spring Reads

4 September 2015

Enjoy a good Spring read these holidays courtesy of the Middle and Senior Years library. Holiday borrowing starts on Monday, 7 September.

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Hoe Down

4 September 2015

Tickets are on sale now for the Glennie Junior Years Country Hoe Down! This Year 6 fundraiser is sure to be wonderful family event with lots of fun games for all ages, great singing and dancing. There will be a tasty country BBQ, amazing raffles and prizes to win, and so much more!  

Support a fantastic event by purchasing your tickets either at the Junior Years Tuckshop Cafe from 8:00am to 8:45am and  2:00pm to 3:45pm during the last week of Term 3 or, you can purchase them online using Glennie’s online payment system.

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Vacation Care

4 September 2015

Once again, Pitstop is pleased to offer a wonderful program to keep your children entertained over the holidays. All primary aged children are welcome to attend: not just Glennie students. Please get your bookings in promptly to avoid disappointment.

To see the full range of events, download the Spring Vacation Care Program. To book, download the booking form below.

If you have any questions, contact Pitstop Co-ordinator, Mrs Lynne Henare, on 0418 882 415.


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Where in the World is Wanda?

4 September 2015

In September, follow the clues at the Cobb & Co Museum for a globe-trotting adventure through world celebrations. This program is for children aged 3 to 12 years and costs only $6.50 per child.  

Visit the Cobb & Co Museum website for more details.  


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Re-booking Week at the Aquatic Centre

4 September 2015

Bookings are being taken for Learn to Swim lessons.

Make sure that your child is safe in the water, book swimming lessons today.

Refer an friend and get a free swimming lesson. Contact the Glennie Aquatic Centre for more details 07 4688 8845.

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Dive into Spring at the Aquatic Centre

4 September 2015

Bookings are open now for the Spring Holiday Intensive Learn to Swim Program. 

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Fathers' Day Breakfast - Wednesday, 2 September

1 September 2015

Fathers' Day Breakfast

This is just a reminder that our Fathers' Day Breakfast will take place Wednesday morning - 2nd September, 2015, from 7.00am, in the Junior Years Courtyard.

Our staff will be cooking up a storm on the barbecues, providing a tasty egg and bacon roll, and there will be fruit platters, fruit juice and a cup of tea or coffee, for our hard working dads and their daughters.

Our Cafe will also be open, and you can purchase a cappuccino or fancy coffee, a hot chocolate or a piece of cake if you choose to do so.

We look forward to seeing you here!

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A Message from the Head of Middle Years

28 August 2015

Our holiday enrichment program, Spring Into Glennie, has sprung! This program offers a range of holiday activities for girls from Years 5 to 9 from Monday, 21 September to Wednesday, 23 September. Glennie girls who would like to attend are also able to invite their girl friends from other schools to join them in the activities. There are two other sessions of interest offered to parents and parents and daughter respectively: a forum, Raising Adolescent Girls, to be held on Tuesday evening, 22 September and a Paleo-inspired Cookery Masterclass from 4.00pm on the same day where parents and their daughters get to learn more about this field of cookery, and go on to prepare, and consume, their dinner! Bookings are open now, via the School’s website.

Mrs Donna Evans
Head of Middle Years
Deputy Head of School

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Accounting Matters

28 August 2015

Recently, girls studying Accounting, Business and Legal Studies were privileged to welcome Glennie Old Girl, Mrs Melanie Reimann to the classroom to discuss with them the various career roles, and advantages of, pursuing studies in these areas.

Since finishing her Accounting studies at Glennie in 1998, Mrs Reimann has completed degrees in Commerce and Business with majors in Accounting, Finance and Business Law. She has qualified as a CPA and gained her MBA.

She recounted to the girls the many benefits and rewards, both personal and professional, of her career pathway through various senior financial and managerial roles at the Toowoomba Regional Council, the University of Southern Queensland and most recently for the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service.

The girls certainly gained an excellent insight into the many directions in which further study in these areas can lead. She proved an inspirational role model. Her remarks were not only relevant to girls considering accounting as a career but to all girls who recognise that an understanding of accounting is a vital life skill.

Her message was clear: “pursue your goals, no matter what they may be and success will follow”.

We thank Mrs Reimann for taking the time to visit the girls and we congratulate her on her recent appointment as Chief Finance Officer.

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Ribbon Day Thanks

28 August 2015

Friday, 21 August was ‘Ribbon Day’, our annual Middle and Senior Years’ fund raising effort in support of cancer research. Special thanks must go to the groundsmen for their help setting up the stalls, as well as the catering staff, Mrs Gayle Ash, Mrs Vicki Radunz, Mrs Cathy Waters, Mrs Melissa Galvin and Tebbany Hannay (Year 12) for their wonderful baking and cooking. Thanks too, to the Sports Supporters Group for making and selling snow cones and donating the ingredients. We were also grateful to Baker’s Delight for their generous donations of goods to sell.

The Good Guys, Mrs Susan Rollason, Mrs Vicki Radunz, Mrs Val Lovell, Mr and Mrs G Judge and Mrs Barbara Jesser must be specially thanked for their equally generous donations of raffle prizes. The total raised on the day was $8,349, all of which will go to The Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

Rev’d Kate Powell

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SRC Goes Blue

28 August 2015

The Year 6 Student Representative Committee girls would like to thank everyone for the great support they received for their fundraiser this week. It was a huge success and they raised a record-breaking amount of $907.00. The funds will be shared between Go Blue for Autism and St Luke’s Church to help complete the labyrinth in the church grounds.  

Girls from Kindy to Year 6 enjoyed a free dress day for a $2 donation. The girls from Years P to 6 enjoyed an extra treat when they were able to buy donuts. We say a special thanks to Mr and Mrs Dwight who donated over 300 donuts This was a massive boost to the fundraiser and is greatly appreciated. Thanks also to Mrs Rowe, who helped distribute the donuts to all the girls. She also donated the gluten-free cake.

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28 August 2015

Last Sunday at UQ Gatton, six Glennie teams, three from Junior Years and three from Middle Years, participated in the Regional Challenge of Opti-MINDS. They competed against 78 teams from across the Darling Downs.

This event was the culmination of a six week preparation period, during which the teams prepared their solutions to challenges in Social Science, Language Literature and Science Engineering. The girls worked very hard to be ready for the day. In addition to the challenge for which they had prepared, the day also involved a Spontaneous Challenge and the girls had ten minutes to prepare a group response.

All the teams performed extremely well. Three of the six teams earned honours in their division. The Year 5 Language and Literature team went one better, winning their division and progressing to the state competition.

Glennie has been participating in Opti-MINDS for 23 years, exceeded only by Dalby State School and each year teachers and parents give a great deal of time in helping to prepare the girls. Congratulations to all members of all of the teams and thank you to Miss Theobald, Mrs Ayles, Mrs Armstrong, Mrs Henley, Mrs Suhr, Mrs Anderson, Mrs Oeser and Mrs Rowe for their work. Thanks also go to the parents who travelled to Gatton to support the teams.

Congratulations to all the girls who participated.

  • Glennie 1 - Language Literature Division One - Honours
    Isabella Apalais, Miranda Broadfoot, Aimee Freund, Charlotte Gotze, Ella Harvey and Isabelle Reed
  • Glennie 2 - Science Engineering
    Ellen Collins, Sophie Daniells, Poppy McIvor-Joy, Lucy Nicholls, Makayla Oeser and Lily Rowe
  • Glennie 3 - Language Literature Division One - Region Winners
    Emma Anderson, Ebony Baillee-Pignat, Prisha Gupte, Kate Healy and Ruby Heffernan
  • Glennie 4 - Science and engineering Division Two - Honours
    Skye Dawson, Emily Byrne, Aimee Keighran and Georgia Meise
  • Glennie 5 - Social Science Division Two
    Ellie Hughes, Lola Cavelli, Holly Lareman, Robyn Lareman and Gabby Lawson
  • Glennie 6 - Social Science Division Two - Honours
    Alyssa Baker, Veronica Fischer, Alice Dent and Chloe Heidrich
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Wellbeing Week at Glennie

28 August 2015

The Student Welfare Committee (SWC) has been busy with a few activities this week promoting wellbeing within the school.

On Monday, they held a dance session in Manning Theatre attracting the attention of over 70 girls who requested dance favourites and followed choreographed routines played on the big screen with a great deal of flair.

The SWC girls ventured over to Junior Years on Thursday to play some games with the girls promoting activity and fun and for wellbeing.

Today was hug squares day.  

View the wellbeing wrap-up video now on the Glennie Youtube Channel 

Or view the photo gallery 

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An Eye for Responsibility

28 August 2015

Year 10 Hospitality girls participated in a Responsible Service of Alcohol training course at Glennie yesterday. Over 20 girls benefitted from sound advice delivered by Aurora Training (link to: and were introduced to the beer goggles. These goggles are specially designed to simulate the effects of being under the influence of alcohol.  

Girls took turns in wearing the goggles and tried to pour water from one glass to another as well as  attempting to walk in a straight line. It was a beneficial exercise for the girls to see how much their actions were impaired. It was scarier still for them to think that people do this while driving.  

View the photo gallery and video.

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Prepared for QCS

28 August 2015

On Thursday this week, all the Year 12 girls met with Mr Farmer for the final QCS briefing before their Core Skills testing on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. ‘Coach’ Gloudemans made a special appearance to help motivate the team ready for the big days next week!

The girls are looking forward to coffees prepared by the Year 10 Hospitality class, cupcakes and a sausage sizzle over the two days of testing which should help to help keep their spirits up.  

Good luck, girls!

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An excursion of Biotechnological proportions

28 August 2015

On Tuesday the Year 12 Science 21 girls left Glennie for an excursion to the Monsanto Biotechnology Research Centre in Toowoomba.The research manager encouraged the students to apply for a day’s work experience during the September holidays. Two week work experience placements are available in December as well. There is a GAP placement opportunity in 2016 with the company where they can learn valuable research, group and some management and organisational skills. Any Year 12 girls with an interest are invited to apply and should make contact with Mrs McPhie.

The excursion was an insight into what really goes on in our world and the people who try so hard to fix and improve it with the use of Biotechnology. The facilities were impressive and well-established and I found the experience to be enjoyable. We had the opportunity to see up close and personal, the techniques the scientists use to work with bugs (of the insect variety) and how they can invent new ways of helping our farmers to safely and effectively produce their plants and crops. The day was enjoyable overall and we all were able to take something from it, whether it was a new fact or skill, or a free hat. Hayleigh Albion

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

28 August 2015

Please enjoy some stories we spotted throughout the week. If you’ve seen something we’ve missed, please share with us via email or telephone 07 4688 8769.

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This Week in Boarding

28 August 2015

Boarding girls are getting out their 60's gear for the rock and roll line dancing in the Assembly Hall for boarders on Friday night. Brown House boarders will attend, and this is optional for girls in both Simmons and Dowson. Glennie’s own linedancing queen, Mrs Cass Daniels, will run the session. The girls should be exhausted and sleep well tonight!

Girls in Simmons and Dowson girls will take a supervised bus trip to watch the main game of the Grammar-Downlands matches on Saturday. Mrs Gill Reynoldson will escort a group of girls to the Choral Concert at St Luke's Church on Saturday evening.

Mrs Gayle Ash will be making sock animals in Brown House on Saturday afternoon and Year 9 girls will have a picnic in the Japanese gardens on Sunday.

During the past week we celebrated the August birthdays at our monthly Birthday Tuesday. The birthday girls for the month received cards and shared two lovely, decorated cakes.

A feature of the coming week will be an etiquette dinner in Lawrance Hall on Monday evening. The boarders will be seated at family tables headed by a senior girl. There will be demonstrations of how, and how not, to handle cutlery, how to behave at a formal meal and how to consume soup in a dignified fashion. Simple things like the breaking of a bread roll rather than cutting are included and all girls will receive a small etiquette manual.

The evening is being hosted by the Glennie Boarding Committee. Good manners continue to be important life skills, and we hope that the attendance at any future formal dinner will not be a daunting experience. All girls are expected to wear Chapel dress.

With the exam period coming, our tutors in the boarding houses have been kept busy as the girls revise the work they have learned and work through problem areas.

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Creative Generation

28 August 2015

Last Sunday, The Creative Generation Art Exhibition was officially opened at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery. This exhibition features a selection of students’ work that is of a the highest standard from across the Darling Downs region. Two Year 12 Glennie Visual Art students, Lily Baldwin and Abigail Tucker, had work selected to be exhibited.

Abigail’s artwork is Inoubliable Cliché, an Instagram account presented as an ipad on a plinth with projected images. In her artist’s statement Abigail explained: Inoubliable Cliché shows the power social media has on the fashion industry. Models, street style photographers and fashion bloggers post about trends that are developing during Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan and Paris and therefore we no longer have to wait for magazines to publish the latest trends as we are seeing them on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest as they happen. I have created a fashion campaign for the A/W 2015 season, but not a normal print campaign, an Instagram campaign, inspired by Oscar de la Renta who has used Instagram to release his own campaigns.

Abigail’s work was Highly Commended and short listed to be exhibited at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. Congratulations, Abigail on such an excellent result.

Lily Baldwin's installation work has proved a powerfully moving piece. It has received a number of positive comments. Both girls should be proud of their excellent achievement.

This week, students from Year 11 and 12 Visual Art classes visited the Gallery to see the work exhibited. Girls were inspired by the wide variety of skills and media used and these will hopefully influence their own artwork in the future.

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Getting physical with Zen Zen Zo

28 August 2015

In Year 11 Drama the students are currently studying the Strength of Women in Shakespeare's plays. After presenting a traditional monologue of a female character, the girls are now asked to "play with" this monologue to recontextualise it; create and shape a new and contemporary perspective of their chosen female role. To do this, the students are asked to apply a new style to the piece. This style is Physical Theatres, specifically the conventions of Zen Zen Zo. The three workshops they unpacked or participated in have now given them the tools (conventions) to create this new and recontextualised piece of dramatic action.  

Apart from the curriculum function of the workshop, accessing different dramatic styles (especially those that are contemporary) allows the students to extend their own knowledge about Drama itself. They are essentially building a 'tool-kit' of resources / conventions / drama skills that can be used and reused in all things dramatic. 

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Choral Concert

28 August 2015

It’s not too late to get a ticket for the Choral Concert which is being held at St Luke’s Church, Herries Street on Saturday evening commencing at 6:00pm.  

Cost for entry is $10.00 per adult, and $5.00 per child and tickets can be purchased at the door.

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AIS Research Information Week 5

28 August 2015

Identifying talent and the concept of recycling

In this, the last of a series of stories regarding the AIS study of junior sporting talent in Australia the focus turns to the actual process of identifying talent and its effectiveness in this country. Through the course of the three-year study, the AIS team found talent identification (TID) programs in many sports were unclear and ad hoc. Both junior athletes and parents found the process at times negative, confusing and deflating rather than positive. This is a major issue for sport in Australia. All parents and athletes like to feel they enter higher sporting honours on a level playing field but the reality and perception the researchers found was very different. Recommendations from the study outlined all sporting organisations should have a published structured process for TID and clear opportunities for formal and informal feedback should be given to junior athletes.

This feedback was the key to researchers recommending more sports engage in the process of recycling. This process involves junior athletes who are not targeted or selected at ages 12 to 15 being encouraged to remain in the sport, work hard and at ages 16 to 18 they could really make an impact. There exists large amounts of evidence that athletes who develop later have a greater chance of succeeding at senior level. This is due to many factors.

I hope this series has been helpful and thought provoking. If you would like more information or to discuss any of the issues raised, please contact me.

Mr Greg Convery
Head of Department - Sports

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