Fabulous Fun Friday

23 March 2016

The Year 3 girls ended the term with a Fabulous Fun Friday chocolate fondue fountain in their Year 3 chocolate factory’!

All in the name of Science of course, the girls added heat to melt solid chocolate into a liquid, to celebrate the end of their science unit entitled Melting Moments  and just in time for Easter!

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Grill'd

23 March 2016

Last Monday evening, 43 Hale Year 11 and 12 girls came together for their first dinner for the year. It was a very pleasant night at Grill'd with the girls enjoying the food and each other's
company.

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Who stole the birthdays?

23 March 2016

Recently, Bouncy Ben from Letterland wrote a letter to the girls in Year 1 informing them that all the birthdays had been stolen from Letterland.

He asked the girls to complete a number of maths tasks. These tasks included: making a birthday picture graph, creating a class birthday calendar and then exploring the data to find out what the most popular months and days are for birthday in Year 1.

Each time a task was completed magic happened and a birthday party item appeared in their classrooms. The girls created so much magic they filled a birthday box with balloons, streamers, sparkles, candles, banners and whistles and sent it all back to Letterland to allow the birthdays to return.

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Girls rise to Kokoda Challenge

23 March 2016

On Sunday, 20 March, Junior Years students, Mrs Leicht and Mr Carter participated in the Kokoda Challenge. As part of the challenge the girls were required to fundraise and complete a 15km walk/run through Redwood and Jubilee Parks. Congratulations to the girls on such a wonderful physical effort and for their fundraising.  

Speedy Zing Zong Zangs - Caitlin Spanner (Year 6) ,Telile Gehrmann (Year 6), Dixie Townsing (Year 6), Mia Coetzee (Year 6) and Mrs Natalie Leicht.

The Milgems - Maddison Jones (Year 5), Georgia McTaggart (Year 5), Mia Brown (Year 5), Lily Adamson (Year 5) and Mr Ted Carter.

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Girls graduate from USQ Head Start courses

23 March 2016

Ten Glennie girls have graduated from their Head Start courses at the University of Southern Queensland. They are:

  • Sarah Sellars (GOG 2015) - Legal Writing and Research
  • Seana McPhie (Year 12) - Introduction to Law
  • Christine Mundell (Year 12) - Organisational Behaviour
  • Ellen de Jong (Year 11) - Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Holly McDonald (Year 11 ) -  Lifespan Development and Learning
  • Isabelle Miller (Year 11) - Lifespan Development and Learning
  • Madisen Lawler(Year 12) - Introductory Anthropology
  • Jessie Lilford (Year 11) - Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Taliesha-Jayne Leslie (Year 11) - Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Zoe Burge (Year 11) - Human Anatomy and Physiology

The Head Start program is an exciting opportunity for students in Year 10 to 12 who like a challenge. Over one semester our girls completed a unit of study in a USQ course. By completing this unit they are also guaranteed a place at USQ to complete the course after graduating from Glennie.

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Farewells

23 March 2016

This week we farewell Mr Convery, Mrs Bird, Mrs Jepson and Ms Bridgland. Each staff member will be missed after being such positive contributors at Glennie. Beining Zhang and Anthea Moodie delivered heartfelt farewell messages to Mr Convery and Mrs Bird at Assembly yesterday.

Mrs Bird has been at Glennie since April 1999, making her length of stay at this school 16 years. She was originally employed to teach RE and Social Science, and did a few years as a senior Modern History teacher before being appointed as the Careers and VET Co-ordinator in 2008. From then on, Mrs Bird has contributed her time, effort and skills towards numerous aspects involving tertiary education, careers and our future. In accordance with this, she has helped plan the Be Real Get Set program for Grade 10s year after year, making sure we understand concepts and ideas, helping us determine our interests and abilities as well as educating us on the required skills and knowledge for our desired education and training courses and programs after school. The SET planning process has been so beneficial for all students in helping prepare and provide us with the direction and purpose to make decisions about our future. Mrs Bird has become an essential part in our transition into the Senior Years and all that she does, benefits students immensely and provides us with the initiative to set and achieve our goals throughout and after our Senior Years. We wish her all the best for the future.  Beining Zhang (Year 11)

Mr Convery has been an extremely valuable member of our Glennie community over the past three years. Since his placement as Head of Sport in 2013, he has lifted the rankings of Glennie sporting teams across the Darling Downs, Queensland and Australia. His experience, passion and expertise in sport have allowed Glennie girls to enjoy their chosen sport and develop their skills in a professional yet comfortable environment. His enthusiasm and encouragement went out not only to the higher level athletes, but to all girls, no matter the standard. As a result of his hard work and organisation in the sports department, the number of Glennie girls playing a Club G sport has increased from 300 in 2013 to over 500 in 2016.

Not only have numbers almost doubled, but Mr Convery has expanded the number of opportunities available to girls and set a platform which Glennie can build upon in future years. These include the introduction of a sports camp for our four main sports and the organisation of sports tours to New Zealand in 2014 and coming up in 2016. He also introduced a new format of the sports awards evening which has been a success amongst the Glennie community.

It has been my pleasure to be a part of Mr Convery’s Club G touch team for the past two years and also a member of his senior PE class since the start of this year. The class atmosphere is always relaxed, enjoyable and fun but yet can be serious when needed, which is a trait that I know many girls like about his personality. All members of his touch team have learnt a number of fundamental skills which we have taken on board for our future as touch players.

Mr Convery, it is a given that you will be missed in our Glennie Community, whether it’s seeing you practise golf on the oval at lunch or hearing about your love for 75 cent pies.  Although at times, your role as Head of Sport did become extremely challenging, you were always determined for the best outcome and always optimistic about the future of sports at Glennie. All of your hard work and the passion you have brought to the Sports Department have definitely not gone unnoticed and we are all grateful for your contribution to our school.

On behalf of the Glennie staff and students, I would like to say a massive thank you for all you have brought to The School and wish you all the best for your future endeavours.  Anthea Moodie (Year 11)

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Winding Down

23 March 2016

We have experienced a busy time of late and our boarders are "winding down" after their exams. All the girls are looking forward to the coming  holidays. Last Friday saw our Year 6 and 7 boarders head to Fairholme for an afternoon of games and a picnic dinner with their peers. It was a lovely evening that was enjoyed by all. The junior boarders at Fairholme will join us next term for dinner and line dancing!

Chess and Bella Chicks were also available on Friday evening. The pool was open for boarders on Sunday. Monday night saw our special Easter meal which was prepared by the Glennie Catering Staff and conducted by Miss Kate Powell. This meal is most enjoyable, providing our boarders with a rich experience that few young people would have. Miss Powell always makes her services engaging, relevant and understandable with this meal having spiritual and historical significance. Miss Powell also held a lively quiz on Sunday and kindly gave each boarder an Easter egg on Monday.

Tuesday night is the night before most boarders depart so we now have a fun night each term with a pyjama dinner and bingo. This particular evening is also Birthday Tuesday for March, so is a big night. The bingo prizes are always small chocolates and each boarder also receives a small treat. The girls return to their houses after dinner for packing and cleaning and we look forward to their return in Term 2.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

23 March 2016

Did you spot these stories in the Media?

Dana Hassall (GOG 2009) is achieving wonderful things in her singing career:  Queensland Music Awards 2016 Country Award winner

Bennie the Bee and JY Girls appeared in Focus Magazine: Glennie girls meet Bennie the Bee

Grace Wilkie, Jana Park, Emily Dwight and Karli Gallagher (Year 7) appeared in The Chronicle: Students prepare for Kokoda Challenge

If you spot a story about a current Glennie girl or Glennie Old Girl in the media, we would appreciate your sharing the story with us. Kindly forward the story via email development@glennie.qld.edu.au.

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Silver Medal

23 March 2016

Last Saturday night, Alice Rowling travelled to Brisbane to attend the Australian College of Music Annual Awards Night. Alice was awarded a silver medal for receiving the second highest exam marks in the State for her 6th Grade speech and drama examination. At the presentation, she also performed one of her exam pieces.

Congratulations, Alice!  

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Eisteddfod

23 March 2016

Congratulations to all girls who were involved in the Eisteddfod. There were some excellent individual and group results.

The Queensland Eisteddfod is being held over the holidays, The Middle and Senior Years choirs will be competing. The students have worked exceptionally hard to prepare for these performances, and we wish them good luck! We will publish all the results next term.

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Clowning around

23 March 2016

This week welcomed Jennifer from Shake & Stir Theatre Co to conduct a ‘Clowning Masterclass’ with the Year 8 Drama girls. Jennifer provided the motivation and delivery of skills the girls need to unleash their inner clowns and fulfil their curriculum requirements in Drama.  The fun and interactive tasks completed in the Masterclass allowed the girls to become much more aware of vocalisation and body language.

Well done to all girls who participated so fully in the workshop!

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Festival Time

23 March 2016

The Anglican Schools Music Festival brings together students from 14 Anglican Schools from the Diocese of Brisbane to combine for a gala evening of music on the QPAC Concert Hall stage. Fourteen Glennie School students have received an offer to participate in this festival on Friday, 22 April. We would love to have as many people as possible support this event and attend the concert. The Festival only occurs every two years and is a great honour for those students selected.

Performing at the Festival will be a combined symphonic band, string orchestra, choir and the evening will close with a massed symphony orchestra and choir of over 350 musicians.

Girls will travel by bus to Brisbane early that morning for workshops and rehearsals all day. There are some spare seats on the bus if parents would like a day in Brisbane, before attending the concert that night. Tickets to the performance are only $10 and available through the QPAC link below.

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Country Music Honours for Dana

23 March 2016

Country singer and Glennie Old Girl, Dana Hassall has been awarded the Country Award at the 2016 Queensland Music Awards. Her song, Spinning Wheels, was a top four finalist for Song of the Year.

Congratulations, Dana!

Visit Dana’s website to find out about her music career. 

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Fillies kick off

23 March 2016

The Fillies football season kicked off on Friday night. After weeks of trials, the squad of 2016 was recently named. We have a mix of experience, youth and determination led by Captain Melanie Christie, with Claire Seccombe being named as Vice-Captain. Fillies is the highest level of competition for school girls. We have six girls following the elite player pathway, The National Premier League (NPL). Girls who play at this high level of competition are ineligible to play for another association within the sport and therefore are unable to play for Glennie. Sadly, this year we lose both Harriet Killen and Lucinda Jensen to this program but wish them well for their season. On a brighter note, we welcome back the formidable Emmi Lewis who had not lost that golden touch as she opened the season with a goal in the first three minutes!

My vision at Glennie is to offer a football opportunity for every girl who wants to play; be it at the most social level, right up to getting girls ready for the Fillies and ultimately the NPL.

The season opener took us to Gatton. The girls had run their cross country races earlier in the day but spirits were still high. The aim of the game for Glennie was to enjoy the experience and work as a team. This they accomplished and managed to knock a few goals in the back of the net too! Izzy Harris is too young by two years to play for the Fillies and special permission was sought from Football Queensland for her to play.  She dazzled everyone with her ball skills and we actually lost track of the number of goals she scored!

Renee Pickering picked up the keeper gloves in place of Lucinda and did an amazing job.

During the selection process for this year's Fillies team, the girls were asked to respond to the question, "What does it mean to you to be a Fillie?" The overwhelming and quite touching response was, "We want to part of the closest family at Glennie". These family values were certainly evident last Friday as the support and encouragement didn't stop all night.

I was proud to see this new young team come together for the first time and play some good football. The score was irrelevant. It was a comfortable win but there is work to do in training now girls!

Congratulations!

Mrs Sue Watts
Football Co-ordinator

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Swimmers head to State Championships

23 March 2016

This week, Mognild Eerkens (Year 7), Jessica Fitzgibbons (Year 6) and Abbey Wardle (Year 5) competed in the Swimming School Sport State Championships at Chandler.  

Jess finished 5th in her heat and Abbey finished 7th in her heat with both girls unable to qualify for the finals. The event was an exciting opportunity for the girls who were thrilled to represent Glennie and the Darling Downs.

Congratulations girls!

Photo credit:  Mrs Parsons, pictured are Abbey and Jessica.

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Junior Touch

23 March 2016

The girls playing Junior Years touch had a great season. Two teams participated in the semi-finals. The Under 12 Navy team lost their semi-final in a close game. The Under 10 Gold team played in their first Grand Final which they won 5-2. The Under 10 Gold team completed the season undefeated.  

A big thank you to all  the student and parent coaches and managers who assisted with training sessions on Tuesday afternoons and games on Friday night.

The girls certainly improved each time they stepped onto the touch field. Club G touch will resume in Term 4.

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Equestrian News

23 March 2016

Last weekend, the Glennie Equestrian Supporters Team (GEST) hosted the first of its qualifying events at the Pittsworth Showgrounds. Riders competed in Showman and Show Horse competitions and depending on how well they performed, determined whether they can use this event as a qualifier for the State Interschool Equestrian Championships.

All Glennie girls rode well and it was pleasing to see all of the various horse and rider combinations getting back to work for the year.

SHOWMAN RESULTS

Team Results

  • Champion: Secondary Showman Team (Grace Muirhead, Holly Willmington, Imogen Taylor, Aimee Sullivan)
  • 3rd: (Rebecca Roellgen, Maggie Gall, Emily Lawrence, Holly Wilkie)

Major Individual Results

Primary Showman 4 Phase (45cm)

  • Champion: Eve Muirhead

Secondary Showman 4 Phase (45cm)

  • Champion: Grace Muirhead
  • Reserve Champion: Rebecca Roellgen

Secondary Showman 4 Phase (60cm)

  • Champion:Holly Willmington
  • Reserve Champion:Aimee Sullivan
  • 3rd:Maggie Gall

Secondary Showman 3 Phase

  • Champion: Imogen Taylor

SHOW HORSE RESULTS

Team Results

  • Champion: Secondary Show Horse Team (Grace Muirhead, Imogen Taylor, Maggie Gall, Jamie Rodda)
  • 3rd (Aimee Sullivan, Holly Willmington, Rebecca Roellgen, Holly Wilkie)

Major Individual Results

Primary Working Hunter

  • Champion: Eve Muirhead

Secondary Show Horse

  • Reserve Champion: Imogen Taylor
  • 3rd: Maggie Gall                                    

Secondary Working Hunter

  • Champion - Grace Muirhead

A huge thank you goes to the GEST committee and all parents who were involved in setting up on Friday and ensuring that the day ran smoothly on Saturday. Thank you to our  sponsors. Thank you also to Mrs Ashley-Cooper and Mr Convery who came out to support the team.

On Sunday, riders participated in the Fairholme Showjumping qualifier. There were not any team awards but major individual results were:

Secondary 70cm

  • Champion: Grace Muirhead

Secondary 100cm

  • 3rd: Bridie Emmerton

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Don’t do this at home!

23 March 2016

Cobb and Co Museum’s upcoming Easter Holiday program is Science Magic – Don’t Do This at Home. Follow this link for more information. 

An exciting new exhibition, Room for Wild Animals, has just opened at the Museum. Follow this link for more information. 

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Interim Reports Middle and Senior Years

23 March 2016

Interim Reports for Middle and Senior Years will be available through SEQTA. Instructions describing how to access these and an explanation of the criteria will be emailed to your Glennie email address.

If you have trouble accessing this email address or accessing your daughter's report, please contact the IT Department, it@glennie.qld.edu.au or phone (07) 4688 8811.

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Parent Teacher Interviews

23 March 2016

Online bookings are now open for parents of girls in Years 7 to 12. The interviews will be conducted on Monday 11 April 2016 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Monday 18 April 2016 from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

We recommend boarder parents book in for the 11 April interviews to coincide with boarder travel arrangements.

Full instructions and further details can be found in the Glennie Online Calendar on the Portal.

The Parent Teacher Online (PTO) booking system is also available on the Portal.

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New books available in Parent Library

23 March 2016

What to Do When You Worry Too Much

Did you know that worries are like tomatoes? No, you can't eat them, but you can make them grow, simply by paying attention to them... If your worries have grown so big that they bother you almost every day, this book is for you.  An interactive self-help book for 6 to 12 year olds and their parents.

Mindset - How You Can Fulfil Your Potential

Every so often a truly groundbreaking idea comes along. This is one. Mindset explains:

  • Why brains and talent don’t bring success
  • How they can stand in the way of it
  • Why praising brains and talent doesn’t foster self-esteem and accomplishment, but jeopardizes them
  • How teaching a simple idea about the brain raises grades and productivity
  • What all great CEOs, parents, teachers, and athletes know
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Reading Volunteers Needed – TERM 2 & 3

23 March 2016

PAL READING – Parents Assisting with Literacy

  • WHO:   Anyone interested in helping children learn to read
  • WHEN:  Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school
  • TIME:     8:20 – 8:30 am

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – ALL TRAINING PROVIDED
Reading with a child is a very rich and rewarding experience. Volunteer readers enable students to engage in positive reading experiences on a one-to-one basis, which helps our girls to gain confidence and develop critical reading skills that help them to read accurately and fluently with meaning.

This support can make a tremendous difference in the lives of girls who find reading difficult. Some girls just need extra time and practice; and one-on-one reading has been proven to be very effective in helping girls achieve success and improve their reading ability.

An information and training afternoon will be offered at the end of Term 1 and again at the start of Term 2.

If you might be interested in volunteering for this rewarding reading experience, or you would like further information on the program, please contact Mrs Kerryn Chapman (Learning Support Co-ordinator) via the school office or by email chapmank@glennie.qld.edu.au.

Your support means the world to us, and to our girls.

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A Message from the Head of Senior Years

18 March 2016

What a delight it was to have Melinda Tankard Reist at Glennie this week. Melinda is an Australian author, commentator and advocate with a special interest in issues affecting women and girls. She spoke to students in Years 5 to 9 as well as teachers about the difficult world our girls are navigating. She gave students strategies to combat the relentless media focus on sex and the body, as well as the current online environment that encourages peer surveillance and exhibitionism. How rewarding it was to hear the response from one student at the end of a session – “We can act. We are more powerful than we think!” Bravo!

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

(photo: Junior Years with Melinda Tankard Reist)

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Glennie Fair

18 March 2016

Congratulations to Mr Jason Lipp and the Glennie P and F for another successful Glennie Fair. It was a wonderful day full of colour and fun. As usual, the Glennie Fair Co-ordinators are quick to thank everyone including parents, staff and students for their help and support (see the Glennie Fair Thank You article), but The Glennie School would like to make sure that Mr Lipp and his incredible team of helpers get the credit they are due for organising such a huge event.

Thank you Glennie P and F for giving the Glennie community such a wonderful day. Thank you also to everyone who helped in any way, in the lead up to, during and after the 2016 Glennie Fair.

Please view the photo gallery and enjoy some special moments from the 2016 Glennie Fair.

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Technology boost for Physical Education

18 March 2016

Glennie IT and the Physical Education Department teamed up to introduce SoloShot technology to the Year 11 Physical Education class on Monday. SoloShot uses GPS technology linked to a video camera and tripod. For the girls, this device will become a valuable tool to track their performance and improve skills, and it will also assist teachers from an administration perspective. How does it work, you ask? One SoloShot device is positioned on either side of the playing field with one member from each team wearing an armband with built in receiver. As the girls move across the field the signal emitted from each armband communicates with the SoloShot device and in turn pivots the video camera to their current position. The applications for this technology will be endless at Glennie.

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