A Message from the Head of School (Acting)

24 July 2015

This week in Middle and Senior Years, girls were presented with their awards for academic achievement and commitment to learning based on their first semester reports. These awards reflect the academic qualities we endeavour to promote at Glennie including persistence, endeavour, and extended creative and complex thinking. For the first time, parents of award recipients were also invited to attend.

Congratulations to all recipients and thank you to the parents, family and friends who were able to be present on the day. In this the Year of Action, and at the beginning of a new semester, all girls are encouraged to set their sights high and work hard to achieve their goals.

Mrs Donna Evans
Head of School (Acting)

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Tables turn for Glennie teachers

24 July 2015

On Friday, 19 June the tables turned on Glennie teachers and they were put in the learning seats. Australian Director of the Marzano Institute Australia, Dr Janelle Wills, delivered a professional development session for our teachers.

Janelle is the lead training associate for High Reliability Schools, The Art and Science of Teaching and other Marzano topics. Janelle specialises in long-term school improvement efforts. With over thirty years of teaching and leadership experience across the three sectors of schooling, Janelle has a strong commitment to continued learning, enabling her to remain both informed and innovative in her approaches.

In her previous role as Director of Teaching and Learning at Independent Schools Queensland, Janelle developed and implemented significant initiatives. For example: the Literacy and Numeracy Coaching Academy involving over 150 schools and the Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership implementation strategies in independent schools.

"The main aspect of the Art and Science of Teaching that I find really useful is that it gathers all of the best teaching practices into one easily accessible place. This helps give me focus and clarity to my teaching approach as well as many really useful practical ideas to improve my effectiveness in the classroom" says Mrs Pauline Gehrmann.

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Congratulations Semester one Academic Award recipients

24 July 2015

This week at Assembly, Middle and Senior Years girls were recognised for their achievements and efforts in their academic studies for Semester One.

Middle Years

Commitment to Learning recipients:

Year 7
Cassidy Cook, Amelia Lees, Katelyn Nicholls, Rebecca Roellgen, Claudia Simon and Taylor Steinmuller.

Year 8
Georgia Applebee, Jessica Black, Sophie Burke, Madison Draheim, Erin Geddes, Lauren Hopgood and Kasey Lane.

Year 9
Hollie Budd, Shona Davidson, Kiah Hartley, Josephine Mahony, Emma McKelvie, Sinead Murphy, Rosie Peek, Ellie Reedy, Abigail Schoorl, Amanda Taylor, Mari Van der Merwe, Lize Van der Merwe, Stephanie Wentzel and Alexandra Whittaker.

Academic Gold recipients:

Year 7
Lauren Baryla, Lily Bragg, Alice Dent, Taleah McGrane, Karma O’Reilly and Olivia Sharp

Year 8
Ekene Aghanwa, Torwen Eerkens, Sofie Halfpenny, Hope Loveday and Thedini Pinidiyapathirage

Year 9
Courtney Hockaday, Zoë Hulme-Peake, Selinca Lincoln, Charlotte Lindemann, Zoe McLoughlin and Binudi Yapa

Academic Silver recipients:

Year 7
Alyssa Baker, Georgia Barnes, Kate Bellars, Delia Cook, Celine Dixon, Tori Gallegos, Louise Galvin, Mia Grace, Chloe Heidrich, Molly Martin, Anyela Naumann, Emma Prewett, Manju Pynadath, Emily Rattray, Jazmine Rizqallah and Imogen Taylor.

Year 8
Louise Armstrong, Katie Chicalas, Sarah Coggan, Ellen Gall, Hanna Hayes, Ellie Hughes, Eloise Innes, Namitha Jacob, Nikhitha Jacob, Aimee Lawler, Caitline Lipp, Brittney Nicholson and Ella White.

Year 9
Emily Baartz, Olivia Bullen, Renee Clark, Mackenzie Dunn, Rachel Hall, Rebecca Hallahan, Kodi Koina, Sophie Little, Rhianna McKechnie, Amelia Moss, Hannah Smith, Rachel Turner, Sienna Ward and Madeline Webber.

Senior Years

Commitment to Learning

Year 10
Alanah Broom, Rosemarie Dixon, Mia Gardoll, Georgina Hawkins and Naomi Ryan

Year 11
Laura Baartz, Keely Berther, Lemara Foster, Katie Jobling, Shelby O’Keefe, Georgia Parsons, Megan Ryan, Claire Seccombe, Lillian Smith and Tamara Southee.

Year 12
Ashlee Chapman, Tebbany Hannay, Rebecca Kennedy, Meg O’Sullivan, Phillipa Scarlett and Jessica White

Academic achievement – Credit recipients:

Year 10
Zoe Burge, Elizabeth Chicalas, Isabelle Everson-Blacklock, Lucy Geddes, Grace Griffiths, Lorraine Han, Emma Heidrich, Anna Hurn, Courtney Markey, Louise Petersen, Amy Pistorius, Madeline Sands and Sally Wong.

Year 11
Sarah Bellars, Gabrielle Bullen, Trisha Chand, Sarah Dann, Katie Deane, Maggie Gall, Arna Gerussi, Grace Goddard, Georgia Kennedy, Billie Malone, Ellie McInerney, Caitlin McManus, Seana McPhie, Abbey Moller, Jennifer Stewart, Olivia Stonestreet, Aimee Sullivan and Lucy Wells. 

Year 12
Hayleigh Albion, Lily Baldwin, Jaimie Beeson, Taylah Budd, Alice Clavelli, Jenna Cox, Bobbie Lehrmann, Madeleine Lindemann, Madeleine Lipp, Hannah Loughlin, Georgia Manthey, Isabelle McDouall, Hannah Minns, Emma Moss and Georgia Taylor.

Half Colours recipients:

Year 10
Courtney Baker, Eve Eldridge, Victoria Fischer, Lucinda Jensen, Meg Killen, Taliesha Leslie, Noa Levi, Kate Loughlin, Kate McLennan, Cassidy Pugh, Angela Sharp, Abby Smith, Hayley Smith, Lauren Tennent and Sanudi Yapa.

Year 11
Trisanna Adrian, Sommer-Jade Brameld, Madisen Lawler, Elyse McKechnie and Christine Mundell.

Year 12
Rebecca Apel, Laura Ayles, Emily-Louise Coggan, Jane Evans, Charlotte Gehrmann, Ishbel Jones, Eliza Kitchener, Erin Meyers, Nicole Murphy, Molly Parker, Emilie Rogers, Meg Stokes, Abigail Tucker, Jade Wainwright and Harriet White.

Full Colours recipients:

Year 10
Isabel Bracey, Lucy Brodie, Anne Crosby, Ellen de Jong, Emilee Hockaday, Jessie Lilford, Bianca Loughlin, Isabelle Miller, Lydia Paine, Mia Semple, Gabrielle Upton, Abbey Webster and Beining Zhang.

Year 11
Holly Hindle, Sheree Phillips

Year 12
Ainsley Bell, Laura Crosby, Bree Gardoll, Jessica Hall, Phoebe Hanly, Caitlin Judge, Sophie Macansh, Scarlett Raine and Sarah Sellars.

Congratulations, girls!

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IPSHA Leaders Dinner

24 July 2015

Eleven student leaders from Year 6 attended a dinner hosted by Christian Outreach College this week. The theme of this was Looking Back, Looking Forward.

Our girls joined leaders from seven other schools in a formal dinner, where the guest speaker, His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Paul Antonio, talked passionately about leadership and vision, particularly as it related to his role as Mayor of the Regional Council.

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Glennie takes on Search and Rescue Regional Robotics competition

24 July 2015

On the 21st of July, Glennie’s first Search and Rescue team for the Middle and Senior Years competed at the USQ Regional Robotics competition held at the Clive Berghofer Centre at the University of Southern Queensland. The day was full of challenges and much experimenting with programs, testing our own resilience and knowledge of the Lego Mindstorms program. The competition was fierce, with 18 different teams in the secondary division. The two most prominent schools were, Brisbane Boys College and Toowoomba Christian College, entered 13 and 9 teams respectively­ and had plenty of experience. Watching the seasoned competitors was a great learning experience, and helped us to solve  some of the problems that arose throughout the competition. The courses we had to complete were daunting, but we steadily improved from 30, in the first round, to 35, to 65 in the third and final round, bringing us to a total of 130 and placing us 10th on the leaderboard.

Needless to say, we were very proud of our achievement and improvement throughout the day, especially due to the fact that we were the first Glennie team to enter in this kind of competition. A big thank you to Mrs McPhie for the Robotics afternoons which she has been running since Term 1 this year, providing tutoring and guidance with the programming, access to the technology and tools, and for accompanying us to the event. Also, a big thank you to Dan, who came out from USQ to help us with our programming.

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Rebecca Hallahan (Year 9), Anne Crosby (Year 10) and Alexandra Larsen (Year 12)

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Robogals girls place First and Third in Robocup Junior Dance Competition

24 July 2015

Regional Robocup was held this Tuesday at USQ’s Clive Berghofer Arena. Eighteen Year 6 Engineers participated in five teams contesting the Junior Dance category. Teams had to program their robot to dance to music for between 1 and 2 minutes. Girls worked for several weeks to build and program their robots to complete the task.

Our teams gained first and third place although, all five teams performed outstandingly well in what was a very hotly contested category. The results were even more impressive when you consider that this was the very first time the Glennie Junior Years has participated in Robocup.

Girls made the following comments at the conclusion of the competition:

We had a lot of fun performing to the judges, all the girls tried their very hardest;

We couldn’t always rely on the technology or the conditions, so we had to solve problems on the run;

We learnt a lot about our robot and ourselves, it was an incredible experience and very educational;

We had been programing for months and it was fantastic meeting new people and showing what we could do.  

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Writing for a good cause

24 July 2015

A team of eight girls from Years 9 to 11 spent their Saturday planning, writing, editing, illustrating and publishing a book for the Write-a-book-in-a-day competition. At 8:00am, the Senior Years Library Lovers team received the parameters for their story - main characters, theme, setting and five words to be used. By 7:30pm, a printed and bound copy of Memories of Grandma had been produced, a full 30 minutes before the deadline. After judging, their book will be given to a Queensland hospital for the children to enjoy.

The competition raises funds for the Kids' Cancer Project and the girls in the Senior Years team are thankful for the sponsorship of Glennie Fair patrons. A second team will be competing on Sunday, 26 July and still require $200 to meet their fundraising target and be eligible for prizes. You can support the Middle Years Library Lovers team by sponsoring them online.  All donations of $2.00 and over are tax deductible.

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Professional Aerobics Instructor Visit

24 July 2015

As part of their Senior Physical Education course, our two Year 11 Physical Education classes are studying Instructional Aerobics. Over the next few weeks, professional instructor Mrs Danah Hillman will be coming in to challenge the girls and guide them towards their final assessment which requires each student to instruct an unfamiliar group of pupils for five minutes, at a very high intensity. It has been wonderful to see our students embrace this task with enthusiasm and determination. Keep up the good work girls!

Mrs Crystal Hede
Health and Physical Education Co-ordinator

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The 26 Storey Tree House

24 July 2015

On Monday, the Year 3 girls travelled to the Empire Theatre to watch the production of The 26 Storey Treehouse. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the theatre as well as the opportunity to have a ride in a bus. Two of our girls shared their thoughts about the play.

It was great fun. Lights, camera, action! There are so many things to tell. I loved the characters Andy, Terry and Jill. There were funny parts like when Terry had dirty underwear and some sad bits like when Jill’s parents got eaten. But mostly it was funny. I would like to go again. Hayley Catlow

At the beginning, it was really funny because Terry’s underpants were dirty. Towards the middle of the play he got changed into shorts and then they told a story about Terry’s life. His parents were very over-protective and they put him in inflatable underpants. Then they told Jill’s story. Her parents were rich and they got her what she wanted most in the world - a pet. Andy didn’t have a story. I really liked it.  It was funny and interesting in one way or another. Isabella Poole

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Industry Experience

24 July 2015

Over the holidays, Hospitality students spent three days in industry training at the Mercure Resort.

It was an early morning start - we boarded the bus at 6:30am and arrived at The Mercure Resort on the Gold Coast in time to begin work. What followed was a jam-packed three days of learning and practising hospitality skills. In two workgroups, we set up function rooms, worked in housekeeping, helped in the kitchen, did events and sales work and polished buckets of cutlery! For both nights we became guests, dining in the à la carte restaurant and staying in the resort rooms.

We learned so many valuable skills, with some of us deciding that the hospitality industry is one that we would like to participate inwhen we finish school. Many thanks to Mrs Johns, Mrs Brown, the Mercure Gold Coast staff and our parents for allowing us to have this wonderful opportunity.

Olivia Hall, Jorga Beutel and Annaliese Crowe
Year 11 Hospitality

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Welcome Mrs Belinda Paul

24 July 2015

We welcomed Mrs Paul to Glennie last week as she commenced her part time role as Vocational Education Training (VET) Coordinator within the School. She will be a welcome addition to the Careers Office working with Mrs Alison Bird who is the Careers Advisor.

Mrs Paul has a registered training organisation called Youth Development and Training and has previously assisted local organisations DISCO with their Get Set for Work program and YWCA with their Employment and Training programs for women.

Mrs Paul will be looking after school-based apprenticeships and traineeships as well as vocational training undertaken through the School and other Registered Training Organisations.

If you would like to know more about VET opportunities, please email Mrs Paul, or telephone 07 4688 8793.

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Glennie Old Girl appears at QIBT

24 July 2015

Our Year 12 girls welcomed Ms Haralampou from Queensland Institute of Business and Technology to Glennie recently to provide them with some information about options in tertiary study. Footage was shared from Siobhan Kerin (GOG 2013) and girls may draw some inspiration from it.

Click here to view clip on You Tube.

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Kindy Sausage Sizzle

24 July 2015

The Glennie Community Kindergarten would like to extend a big thank you to our parent representatives and volunteers for their work with the Master's Sausage Sizzle recently. It was great to see such a supportive group raising funds for the kindergarten.

In particular, thank you to those parents who donated the required items for the day, as well as volunteering their time to assist. We would also like to thank Schulte’s Meat Tavern, Plainland for donating sausages for the event.

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

24 July 2015

Please enjoy a few stories spotted in the media this week:

If you notice a story about Glennie and Glennie girls we may have missed, please email Mrs Tracey Kessels with the details.

Have you seen the Glennie Pinterest page?  Copies of media clippings are posted online for all to view and share.

 

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Boarding News

24 July 2015

Ninety boarders attended the Fairholme Boarders' bash last Saturday. The girls had a great time meeting new friends, many of whom are rivals on the sporting field!  Mrs Gillian Reynoldson and a group of boarding staff accompanied the girls.

On Monday, our Year 12 boarders and three staff attended a lovely dinner at Fairholme. We undertake this reciprocal arrangement with both groups of Year 12 boarders each year. Fairholme came to us last term. Some of our Junior boarders, along with Mrs Valerie Lovell and Mrs Tess McNab, enjoyed dinner together followed by craft on Wednesday evening.

After a busy day for the Indigenous girls at the dollmaking workshop, on Thursday in celebration of Naidoc Week, they hosted a special meal showcasing Indigenous culture that was enjoyed by the boarding community and special guests. Year 12 boarder Chelsea Oliver ran the evening and gave the Welcome to Country. Chelsea-Joyce Ryan from Maningrida spoke in her own language. A group of girls produced an entertaining dance. The evening was organised by our new Indigenous Co-ordinator, Mrs Janet Reed. She was assisted by Miss Jocelyn Makin, who formerly held this position and returned to Glennie for this special event.

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Welcome Mrs Hawthorne

24 July 2015

This week, we welcome the new Performing Arts Assistant, Mrs Alicia Hawthorne. She has come to us at a very busy time for the Performing Arts Centre and has got stuck straight in to the daily logistics of the Eisteddfod.

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Singing in Memory of Harley Mead

24 July 2015

This year, the Middle Years Choir will be competing in the Gold Coast Eisteddfod on Thursday, 13 August at 6:30pm. Glennie girls will compete in the Premier Grade (inaugural) Harley Mead Memorial Award. This award recognises the work of the late Mr Harley Mead, who was involved with our choirs over recent years. It is quite exciting to be a part of this inaugural competition section at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod this year. Our choir will be singing four songs in a 15-minute performance bracket.

More details regarding travel and arrangements will be sent to parents over the next week.

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Brisbane Sings

24 July 2015

Last Sunday, the first rehearsal for the 500-strong voices performing in this year's Brisbane Sings concert was held. This is a mass choir event involving many student and community choirs from around the Brisbane region.

Glennie girls will return to Brisbane for another rehearsal next weekend and again to perform in the concert on 30 August at QPAC. The concert will raise funds for breast cancer. We encourage all those who are able to attend, to come along.

Tickets are available from the QPAC website.

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Eisteddfod

24 July 2015

The Eisteddfod has started and we have had many girls grace the Empire Theatre stages in woodwind, brass, percussion and strings. Our Junior Years ensembles have had consistent success in all ensemble sections. We congratulate all girls on having the courage to walk onto the stage and play their music. A full list of results will be published in a future edition of eNews+. We hope that the girls performing over the next week enjoy the experience and learn valuable performance and personal skills in the process.

Mrs Sharon Gilbert
Head of Department, The Arts

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Ballerinas shine

24 July 2015

How lucky were the 32 ballerinas to have warmer weather as they put on their tutus for the Royal Academy of Dance Awards and Examinations last Sunday? After many months of very hard work and holiday rehearsals the girls' exercises and dances were looking beautiful. Congratulations on your fine efforts!

Thank you also to all the parents for their assistance, particularly Karen Ciesiolka and her family, Ann-Louise McKellar, Joanne Crowe, Jane Radford and Sharon Willmington.

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Research Results

24 July 2015

Over the next five weeks, I will be reporting to the Glennie community in eNews+ about a landmark research project completed by the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra on the link between junior success and transitioning to senior success in sport. This study was the first of its kind conducted in Australia and internationally. The research has interesting implications for Glennie assisting girls in their sporting journey. The research project is titled; Improving the identification and development of Australia’s sporting talent. Led by Dr Juantia Weissensteiner from the AIS, the project focused upon junior boys and girls involved with tennis, cricket and kayaking (and just boys in AFL) progressing into senior sport. It took three years to complete.

Starting next week’s eNews+ and for the following four weeks, the topics will be:

  • Father’s influence and teenage sport.
  • Importance of self-regulation.
  • Developing sport psychology skills in junior years sport.
  • Rural versus city-based athletes and transition.
  • Identifying talent and the concept of recycling.

The reports will be brief and to the point and hopefully provoke some thinking in the Glennie community regarding our sports program.

Mr Greg Convery
Head of Department, Sports

 

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Student Sporting Success

24 July 2015

Congratulations to the girls who competed for the Darling Downs at the Queensland Schools Cross Country Championships at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast last weekend. The eight Glennie girls and the entire Darling Downs team ran very well with some of the best results seen in the last few years. Well done, girls!

  • 11 years: Mognild Eerkens - 29th
  • 13 years: Molly Martin - 29th, Torwen Eerkens - 51st, Emily Rattray - 52nd
  • 14 years: Abigail Schoorl - 23rd, Yinte Eerkens - 38th
  • 15 years   Lucinda Jensen - 27th, Eden Willmington - 37th
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Interhouse Athletics Carnival

24 July 2015

The Middle and Senior Years Interhouse Athletics Carnival is very close. It will be held on Friday of Week 3. All houses are busy finalising their nominations. Pre-events will occur through the whole week beginning on Monday, 27 July, during lunch time.

A one-page program overview is available on the home page of the Sports Portal. This overview includes the pre-events and the Friday carnival.

Training continues all through the term as part of the GAP program.

  • Mr Franke hold jumps practice on Monday and Wednesday afternoons after school and Senior sprints practice on Tuesday and Friday afternoons after school.
  • Mr Davies holds senior school throws practice on Wednesday mornings from 6:45am to 7:45am. Junior sprints practice is held on Monday morning before school and Wednesday and Friday afternoons after school.
  • Mr Sparson holds distance training on Monday and Thursday afternoons after school.
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Careers and VET

24 July 2015

The position of Careers and VET Co-ordinator has been split into two separate roles. From the beginning of this term, Mrs Alison Bird will remain as Careers Advisor and Mrs Belinda Paul will be the VET Co-ordinator.  Both will work part time.  Mrs Bird will be available from Tuesday to Friday during Term 3 and Mrs Paul will be available on Monday and Wednesday.

Mrs Paul comes to Glennie with a lot of experience working in the VET sector and will be dealing with all Vocational Education and Training matters including traineeships and apprenticeships.  Mrs Bird will remain the point of contact for all careers matters, including pathways advice, QTAC, subject choices and SET Planning. 

If your daughter is thinking of participating in a traineeship, apprenticeship or a VET course she must now contact Mrs Paul rather than Mrs Bird.  Her contacts details are paulb@glennie.qld.edu.au and her direct phone line is 07 4688 8793.

SET Planning for the Year 10 girls has started and this is a reminder that girls need to see Mrs Lesley Walker to book appointments.  SET Planning interviews are an hour long and parents are encouraged to attend with their daughters.  Those Year 12 students who wish to see Mrs Bird for a transitional interview regarding their post-school plans, can also book through Mrs Walker.  These interviews are half an hour long and parents are also welcome to attend. Mrs Walker will be available to book appointments at the following times:

  • Before school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday only
  • Every lunch time between 12:45pm and 1:30pm and
  • After school every day between 3:15pm and 3:45pm

Girls are reminded to use the School Careers and VET website as their first port of call for all information. Also a reminder that the School has subscribed to the MHS Careers newsletter and if you wish to receive this please use the contact form on www.mhscareers.com or email mhscareers@internode.on.net with your name and email address and the name of the school.

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Year 10 PDP

24 July 2015

Parents of girls in Year 10 are asked to read the important message on Parent Reminders regarding upcoming topics in the girls' Personal Development Program.

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