Early to School – Middle & Senior Years Day Girls

26 February 2016

Day girls who arrive at school well before the commencement of the school day are required to go to the Dining Hall until 8:00am (or until the commencement of their before-school supervised activity). Although some teaching and non-teaching staff are at school between 6:00am and 8:00am, the supervision of students does not begin until 20 minutes before the official start of the day, at 8:20am. If parents need to drop their daughter/s early to school, the Dining Hall is well-staffed and resourced. There are a number of tables and chairs to do homework and study; it has lovely bathroom facilities and super-fast internet connectivity. In the winter time it will also be lovely and warm. Girls should not be waiting in classrooms, corridors, locker rooms or outside buildings or facilities without a supervising staff member between 6:00am and 8:00am. Your assistance with this matter will enable the school to fulfil its duty of care.

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Get unstuck, finish study faster, make 2016 your best year with YourTutor.

26 February 2016

Everyone gets stuck during study, especially when studying alone after-hours or on weekends, whether working on an assignment draft or a maths problem.

Learning can happen anywhere, anytime. We know families have busy afternoon schedules. YourTutor is a resource supplied by Glennie to provide online resources that are practical for learning.

YourTutor has been the trusted name across Australia in schools and governments for over ten years. YourTutor is one-to-one, anonymous, online study help from an expert – right when you need it, from 3:00pm to 10:00pm, Sunday to Friday.

Glennie girls in Year 7 to 12 can access YourTutor at yourtutor.com.au/connect

Girls will receive an activation code from their teachers. They then need to use this activation code to create a FREE 2016 account. Once activated, students can log in whenever they have a question.

Click here to see a short youtube clip.

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Life Education

26 February 2016

Junior Years girls will continue to visit the Life Education van for sessions which support their health curriculum. Further details are available from Mrs Suhr or the class teachers.

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Cross Country

26 February 2016

A reminder that due to our Eisteddfod commitments the Junior Years Cross Country will now be held on Thursday 17 March. Please read the sports section of eNews+ for more details.

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A Message from the Head of School

19 February 2016

It is inevitably a time of reflection for me. It will be difficult to leave this beautiful community in December, but I know that the next leader can bring refreshment and new energy. We also have many excellent members of staff who will keep the Glennie ship steadily on course. Glennie has been, literally, my home for the past fifteen years. In some ways, the Year 12 girls and I are making this journey together. I hope we will all make the most of the time left, to enjoy as well as contribute to the further development of The School.

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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An Announcement by the Chairman of The Glennie School Council

19 February 2016

15 February 2016

Retirement of the Head of School

On behalf of The Glennie School Council, I wish to announce that Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper has indicated her intention to retire on 31 December 2016, following 15 years of dedicated service to and exemplary leadership of the Glennie community of girls, parents and staff.

Mrs Ashley-Cooper and her highly competent management team in conjunction with School Council have realised the School’s expansion, stability and success and have been instrumental in many achievements at Glennie, such as redevelopment of the Junior Years facilities into a contemporary learning centre for girls’ primary education; establishment of the Middle Years Program; curriculum changes, staff professional development programs; a Hospitality Training Centre; continued enrolment strength and a new Science Centre.

The plan for the recruitment of a successor to Mrs Ashley-Cooper will use experienced advisors who have a strong track record throughout Australia of successful recruitment for such a crucial position.

Mrs Ashley-Cooper is an exceptional Christian leader and role model whose vision has reinforced Glennie’s position in the vanguard of girls’ education in Australia. Mrs Ashley-Cooper’s retirement will signal a new era for the School as we move toward the next strategic phase in the School’s educational programs and facilities development.

As the search begins for the 12th Head of School in Glennie’s 108 years, Mrs Ashley-Cooper together with School Council and the School’s strong leadership team will ensure that Glennie’s excellent programs continue to nurture each Glennie girl to develop her intellectual, physical and spiritual potential to be All She Can Be®.

Mr T W (Bill) Armagnacq
Chairman
The Glennie School Council

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Sports Award winners

19 February 2016

As soon as guests entered the venue for the annual Sports Darling Downs 2015 Sports Star of the Year presentation dinner a strong Glennie presence was felt.  The Glennie String Quartet performed for guests as they arrived for the night of nights on the Toowoomba sporting calendar. Emma Meyer (GOG 2015) was awarded the Junior Sports Star winner for December. Ella White (Hockey) and Grace Muirhead (Equestrian) were both awarded Quarterly Incentive prizes of $250.  

The Glennie Equestrian team was awarded one of the major awards of the night,  the John Fox Memorial Trophy for Team of the Year. Throughout 2015, the team won Champion Primary School, Champion Secondary School and Grand Champion School for the second year in a row at the Darling Downs Interschool Championships. At the State Interschool Championships, Glennie’s Junior Years riders won four out of five disciplines. The Middle and Senior Years girls were Reserve Champions in three disciplines and gained third in two other disciplines. At the National level, of the nine Glennie girls who were chosen to represent Queensland, five  placed in the top six in Australia. Two of our Junior Years riders are in the top two in Australia in their respective disciplines.

At the recent Equestrian Queensland Awards evening, Glennie was nominated for School of the Year and Team of the Year. Although the team did not win, three students were presented with the Spirit of Interschool Queensland Awards. Maggie Gall (Year 12) and Sarah Coggan (Year 9) were presented with Gold Awards whilst Emily-Louise Coggan (2015 Senior), was presented with a Bronze award. These awards are presented based on how many Interschool Queensland events the student competed in along with the level of assistance the student gave willingly to the the organisation at various events.

Congratulations to all girls on the Equestrian team, Ms Redman and the parents involved with the Glennie Equestrian Supporters Team who do a wonderful job all year.

Congratulations, girls!  May 2016 be another successful year for you all.

Photo: The Equestrian Team proudly holding their newest trophy

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Girls build prosthetics at Glennie

19 February 2016

Yesterday we welcomed Origin Foundation and Engineers Without Borders Australia to Glennie for the ‘Regioneering Roadshow’.  The aim of the roadshow is for today’s school students to see engineering as an appealing career option. These workshops offer a different aspect to engineering and the exciting future that it offers.  

After a short presentation from Engineers without Borders, girls in the Years 10, 11 and 12 Physics, Chemistry and Biology classes were tasked to build a functional prosthetic limb with a limited supply of materials that may help polio and landmine survivors. In teams, girls were inspired to think big, share ideas, problem solve and exercise time management to explore the mechanics of prosthetics.

Click here to view the photo gallery.

 

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‘The Online World of Girls’ comes to Glennie

19 February 2016

Melinda Tankard Reist is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls.  She is author/editor of four books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls (Spinifex Press, 2009, now in its seventh printing, the biggest selling title for Spinifex), and Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry (Spinifex Press, 2011, co-edited with Dr Abigail Bray).

We are delighted to announce that Melinda will be coming to speak to Years 5 to 9 girls about their on-line world on Wednesday, 16 March between 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the Assembly Hall. Melinda will cover bullying, exhibitionism, pro eating disorder and suicide sites fuelling depression and self-doubt; how to help girls stay positive in cyberspace. Parents are most welcome to attend at 2:00pm. Please email academicadmin@glennie.qld.edu.au to register your interest.  

A separate session will take place from 4:00pm to 5:00pm for teachers and educators to attend in the Assembly Hall.   

Click here to learn more about presenter, Melinda Tankard Reist

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Join Glennie Red25

19 February 2016

Nine Glennie girls from Year 11 and 12 have accepted the challenge to be Red25 Ambassadors for Glennie. On Wednesday, they enjoyed a morning of training with Ms Amy McDowell from Australian Red Cross Blood Service.  In this session, girls learned all they need to know about donating blood, blood types, donation procedures and processing and how donations are used to save lives and improve the lives of cancer patients, trauma victims and many more.  

The girls now have the tools they need to approach friends and family members about blood donations.  If you currently donate whole blood, plasma or platelets, why not consider quoting the Glennie  Red25 club next time you donate.  Simply mention it in your appointment and your donation will be added to the tally of donations for Glennie.  

If you would like to know more about donating visit:  http://www.donateblood.com.au/learn

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

19 February 2016

Did you spot these stories in the Media?

Grace Muirhead (Year 7), Ella White (Year 9), Glennie Equestrian and Emma Meyer (GOG 2015) appeared in The Chronicle Sports Darling Downs Award Winners list

Mrs Ashley-Cooper appeared in The Chronicle online:  Principal leaves behind a philosophy of compassion

Glennie Aquatic Centre team appeared in The Chronicle online:  Bohemian wonderland event to raise serious funds

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Donations welcome

19 February 2016

It is not long now till Glennie Fair time.  Can you assist with donations of the following items?   

  • Sample Bag items
  • Prizes for the multi-draw raffle
  • Lucky Dip
  • Ingredients for the cooking days for the Cake stall
  • Plastic bags for the stalls to use
  • Ice cream containers for money tins
  • Mystery bottles (hoping for 1000 bottles for the day)
  • Plants and produce
  • Small bales of straw/mulching hay (looking for 25 bales)

Donations can be left with the ladies at GOSS.  Simply let them know which stall the items are for.

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Can you help with Boarder Baskets for the Fair?

19 February 2016

If you would like to help co-ordinate a basket from your area or if you can donate an item, please contact Mrs Sarah Parry-Okeden, alambypo@bigpond.com or call on 07 4627 8486 or 0427 278 486.

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Do you like to cook?

19 February 2016

Is your schedule free on Saturday, 20 February and/or Saturday, 27 February? It’s time to cook heaps of yummy treats to sell from the Cake Stall at the Glennie Fair. Your cooking skills, assistance and company would be most appreciated. The more the merrier: it is a lot of fun! See you at 8:30am in the Home Economics room.

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The Sport of Kings!

19 February 2016

Ever dreamed of racing a thoroughbred? Well here’s your chance! We are assured that all the little piglets that run in the Glennie Fair Pig Races have the best of breeding.

This is your opportunity to promote your business and support Angel Flight along the way. It will cost you just $200 per race to sponsor a racing pig: much cheaper than owning a racehorse, and lots more fun!

Contact Mrs Sally Sainsbury for more details. pandfsecretary@glennie.qld.edu.au.

If you don’t believe that pig racing is great fun, check out the video

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Arm Bands now on sale

19 February 2016

Arm bands are on sale from the GOSS for $35 (only $30 for families of 3 or more children). Arm bands will also be available on the day for $40. Single ride tickets will be on sale on the day for $5.

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Support your year level at theGlennie Fair

19 February 2016

Can you spare some time on Sunday, 13 March to help out on your year level stall at the Glennie Fair?  Click here to download a copy of school stall managers and roster preferences.

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Wine tasting at the Fair

19 February 2016

Mr Peter Orr from the Queensland College of Wine Tourism will provide two presentations on winemaking and tastings of Banca Wines at the Glennie Fair.  Be sure to take a look at the program when available in the days leading up to the Fair for times of presentations.   

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This Week in Boarding

19 February 2016

Week Three saw our Year 12 Boarding Committee head to St Ursula's College on

Monday for a Boarder Leaders' Meeting. This committee is headed by Boarder Captain Jennifer Stewart, Vice-Captain Georgia Kennedy and Dining Room Captain Aimee Sullivan. They perform a great deal of work on behalf of our boarders. The organisation of special events is an important part of their brief, as is boarder welfare. We meet weekly at breakfast on Tuesday mornings.

The Boarding Committee is frequently involved in organising themed dinners. They are great favourites with boarders, plus an important part of fundraising for the wider school community. Functions such as Valentine's day, the alphabet dinner, pyjama/bingo night and the Indigenous dinner are all events which require considerable organisation. As well as decorating, as there is the running of the function, microphone and prizes.The recent Valentine's Day dinner on raised $200 for the Bush Ministry Fund through a gold coin donation. Boarders are encouraged, but not forced to contribute.

The dining room is always a sea of pink and red at this annual event and the Boarding Committee chose lasagna with various delicious salads and heart-shaped icecreams. Each boarder also received a small heart-shaped chocolate from the Committee at the end of the meal. Glennie Boarder Parent Helen Wilson kindly donated  beautiful flowers for the dining room.

Valentine's Day dinner is not focused on romantic love, but rather an emphasis on care, kindness and compassion for family, friends and others.

In addition to the recent Valentine's dinner, the Committee is planning to host the next Toowoomba boarder get-together at the commencement of Term 2. They are also planning to fundraise for the March walk for Motor Neurone disease

The Boarding Committee holds regular meetings with representatives from each year level and they also run Birthday Tuesday and other special activities. The Glennie Boarding Committee distributes and collates food surveys in conjunction with the Catering Staff and Head of Boarding. This is a highly constructive group who work to continually improve the boarding experience, in addition to encouraging boarders' involvement in the wider community.

Leadership is not limited to the Committee. All Year 12 boarders take on leadership roles by being table parents in the Dining Hall. The role of a table parent is a pastoral one. The Senior girls assist the younger ones, listening and caring and alerting the staff if they have concerns. On Mondays and Thursdays each week, these senior girls care for a designated group of boarders. They are much loved role models and mentors to these younger girls. Family tables are ongoing from year to year so the connections are strong.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

To see the Valnetine's Day Dinner photo gallery, click here

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String Quartet performs at Sports Darling Downs Awards

19 February 2016

Glennie String Quartet was honoured to perform for guests arriving at the Sports Darling Downs 2015 Sports Star of the Year Presentation evening. Attendance at events like these assist the girls to improve performance skills and stage presence.  

If you are having a wedding, party or special event, please consider hiring the Glennie String Quartet to perform. The addition of a string quartet to your special day adds that touch of elegance.  Download a booking request form today.  

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Glennie girls to shine in Hairspray

19 February 2016

Hannah Radunz (Glennie Old Girl 2013) and Ellie McInerney (Year 12) are to appear in the Brisbane season of Hairspray.  Thousands of people auditioned for these roles and it is an outstanding achievement for Hannah and Ellie to be a part of the mass Ensemble.  

Break a leg,  girls!  

Visit the website for more details about the musical.

 

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West Zone Swimming representatives

19 February 2016

On Monday, 20 girls from Years 4 to 7 competed in the West Zone Swimming Carnival at the Glennie Aquatic Centre. Our girls entered 30 events and gained 35 first, second or third placings. In addition, ten Glennie girls gained selection into the Toowoomba West Zone Swimming Team. They will compete at the 2016 Darling Downs Primary School's Swimming Carnival on Wednesday, 2 March at the Gatton Aquatic Centre.

Well done to all the girls who swam their hardest. Special congratulations go to Mia Brown, Mognild Eerkens,  Jessica Fitzgibbons, Telile Gehrmann, Mya Gilbert, , Samantha Joyce, Ruby Leicht, Jessica Rowe,  Abbey Wardle and Holly Willmington.

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Darling Downs trials

19 February 2016

This week, the first round of Darling Downs sports trials took place. Glennie girls trialled in all sports in this round; tennis, touch, softball and volleyball.

Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected into the Darling Downs team for State Championships.

  • Touch – Under 15:  Paige Edwards, Zoe McLoughlin and Matilda Leicht, 
  • Touch - Open: Anthea Moodie
  • Softball: Taylor Jannusch and Emily Byrne
  • Volleyball: Nell Brodie, Jess Stone and Taylor Jannusch.

The next round of sports for Toowoomba and Darling Downs will be the Under 15 and open netball, soccer, basketball and orienteering teams and the open hockey and golf teams.

Sign-up sheets for these sports are outside the Sports Office. Girls with any questions are encouraged to see sports staff.

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Athletics

19 February 2016

Last weekend, Ireland Lee, Anthea Moodie and Charlotte Lindemann competed in the Queensland Junior Athletics Championships in Brisbane. All three girls performed well with the following results.

  • Ireland Lee:  Third, Under 18 girls Shot Put, 12.93m. Third, Under 18 girls Discus, 35.63m.
  • Charlotte Lindemann: Fifth, Under 18 girls Long Jump 5.00m, Fifth, Under 16 400m in a heat time of 62.48s. Fourth, Under 16 Long Jump, 5.11m. 
  • Anthea Moodie: Fourth, Under 17 High Jump 1.60m. Fourth, Under 17 High Jump, 5.04m.
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Peak to Park fun run

19 February 2016

The annual Peak to Park fun run is only two weeks away. We have over 80 girls signed up this year to run either the 5 or 10km races. Girls should be attending running training Monday and Wednesday afternoons to give themselves the best chance of running well, particularly if they are doing the 10km.

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