Ballet Results

17 November 2017

The long wait is over! The after-school ballet girls were presented with their Royal Academy of Dance certificates and medals this week. 12 girls were awarded Distinctions, 20 girls received Merits and 22 girls received certificates and medals for their Class Awards. Samantha Nobbs gained the highest overall score of 92%.

Congratulations on your fine efforts girls!

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Rugby 7s Clean Sweep!

17 November 2017

At Gold Park this week, Glennie won all three age groups in the South-West Rugby 7s Series. The victories capped off a memorable first season for the sport at Glennie. Congratulations go to all players and a special mention to Matilda Leicht and Paige Edwards who were named as Players of the Final (Paige for both 16s and 18s).

Many thanks to our coaches this season: Jason Black, Rob Johnston, Craig Coetzee, Lauren Potter and Shenae Ciesiolka. The girls have progressed so much this season and most importantly, have loved this new opportunity thanks to their coaches’ passion and expertise.

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Music Camp themes announced!

17 November 2017

One of the first jobs of the 2018 Arts Committee was to decide on the themes for our annual Music Camp bowling night and rock awards.

For 2018, girls will be able to dress in an "all white" theme for our bowling night and, for Years 7 to12, to dress up in the theme of "Love" for the Rock Awards.

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Gymnastics

17 November 2017

Last weekend four senior level gymnasts traveled to Caloundra to compete at the 2017 YMCA Caloundra Invitational. It was a great time to try some new skills in competition and upgrade to the next level for those who were ready.

Results as follows:

Level 7 Open:

  • Kari Donaldson: 2nd Vault, 4th Bars, 1st Beam, 6th Floor, 3rd Overall

Level 7 U13:

  • Kaitlyn Sanson: 6th Vault, 9th Overall

Level 8:

  • Delia Cook: 2nd Vault, 4th Bars, 5th Beam, 2nd Floor, 2nd Overall and passed Level 8

Level 9:

  • Elina Schmidt: 3rd Vault, 1st Bars, 2nd Beam, 1st Floor, 1st Overall and passed Level 9.

Congratulations to the girls and their coaches Rachel Pingel and Karlee Peters on a successful event.

 

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Athletics Selections

17 November 2017

Year 5 girls Ruby Leicht and Bethany Casey have been selected for the Queensland 10-12 years Athletics team to compete at the Pacific School Games-Australia. They will travel to Adelaide in December and we wish them every success with their events.

Ruby and Bethany are coached by Rod Frank, Glennie School  Athletics Coach.

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Sports Committee Position Vacant

17 November 2017

The committee members for the 2018 Glennie Sports Supporters Committee were elected at the Annual General Meeting (all parent committees will be announced in eNews next week). Of all the parent committees only one position remains unfilled.

If you would like to be the Secretary of the Glennie Sports Supporters, please contact P & F President Jason Lipp.

The GSS meets once per month during term time.

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Hale wins Swimming Carnival

17 November 2017

On Wednesday, students in Years 7 to 10 participated in the annual Margaret Sharpe and Tim Barrett Interhouse Swimming Carnival. This carnival is unique in that students compete against other girls in their year level, rather than their usual age groups. There is a focus on participation, however, students are also competing for the Margaret Sharpe Cup (for the best overall swimmer in Years 7 to 9) and the Dr Tim Barrett Cup for the best overall swimmer in Year 10. Highlights for the day included the Noodle Relay which involved 32 students from each house, as well as the Inter-Year relay which was narrowly won by the Year 10.

Overall winners were as follows:

  • Margaret Sharpe Cup (Joint Winners) - Keeleigh Cauley-Gleeson and Lily Rowe
  • Dr Tim Barrett Cup (Runner-up) - Torwen Eerkens
  • Dr Tim Barrett (Winner) - Caitlin Lipp
  • Winning House  - Hale

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Christmas Centre Run

17 November 2017

We are very proud to be part of this year's Christmas Centre Run - helping the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation raise funds for the annual Clifford Gardens Toowoomba Hospital Children's Appeal. This is a great family event and the price includes Santa attire. We hope to see you there - it's the perfect opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit. Meet us at The Glennie School oval!

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Fernwood Special Offer

17 November 2017

Here is a special offer from Fernwood Toowoomba for special casual memberships over the holidays.  Any girls going into Years 10, 11 or 12 in 2018 are able to attend Fernwood Toowoomba for a weekly rate of just $20! This gives them full access to all classes and the gym floor.

They will not be locked into anything and choose this casual membership weekly rate as many times as they like over the holiday period.

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Brainways 2018 Academicus Summer Camp - Prep to Year 7

17 November 2017

BRAINways EDUCATION is running a program for gifted and talented students on 15 and 16 January, at USQ. There are two programs being offered: Mathematics/Science (Years 1 to 3 and 4 to 7) and Humanities Years 1 to 3 and 4 to 7). If you are interested in your child being part of the program, please download the workshop flyers and nomination form

Please direct any inquiries or questions to Mrs Roper or Brainways

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Stretch your brain these holidays!

17 November 2017

Mr Carter has an exciting holiday program planned for students who would like to exercise their brains over the holidays.

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Code Camp

17 November 2017

We are excited to announce that we are partnering yet again with Code Camp these school holidays. Code Camp will be teaching your children to build their own iPhone app. Your children will have fun, be creative and learn the skills of the future. Follow the link to read some of the awesome reviews parents have written about Code Camp and see why more than 27,000 Australian kids have loved Code Camp.

Code Camp will be back on Wednesday 13 December to run three-day coding workshops at The Glennie School. This camp will be open to all primary aged students in the area, so please feel free to invite friends, neighbours and family too.

If you are interested in having your child continue on their coding journey or having them take their first steps, please mark your diaries and go to http://www.codecamp.com.au to register your interest in being informed of upcoming camps.

Early bird pricing is available from 2 to 5 November with zipPay also available (book now, pay later)

Children who have already taken part in a Spark Code Camp during previous seasons are encouraged to attend Spark again to grow their confidence further and challenge them some more.

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Vacation Care

17 November 2017

Pitstop has just announced its Summer Vacation Care program. If you would like your child to attend,  please complete the booking form below without delay. Places fill fast for this fun program.

 

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Country Heart Christmas Markets

17 November 2017

Don’t forget to mark the date for the Country Heart Christmas Market that will be held in the Glennie School Assembly Hall from 1 to 3 December.

There will be over 40 handmade art and craft pop-up shops as well as activities for the children.

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Digital Licence and Cyber Education

17 November 2017

Parents of girls in Prep to Year 6 have received a letter via email from Mrs Miegel to inform them about the Cyber Education their daughter has participated in this year.  

Our Year 6 girls have been working towards completion of their Digital Licence, and these will be presented to all successful candidates at our Final Assembly on Monday.

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Parent Tablet Meeting

17 November 2017

Thank you to the parents who attended the meeting for current Year 4 parents on Wednesday afternoon. We hope that you found this very useful. We do require one parent to attend a session with us before your daughter may take home her device next year. We will make sure that all parents have access to the information presented.

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Junior Years Carols

17 November 2017

Parents are reminded that the Junior Years Carols services will be held at St Luke’s Church this Sunday evening: Years K to 3 at 4.30pm and Years 4 to 6 at 5.30pm.

For the service for Kindergarten to Year 3, girls in Kindergarten, Prep, G Minor Choir, and the Bible and prayer readers are asked to be St Luke’s Hall by 4:00pm please. At the conclusion of the Kindy/Prep item, children are to be collected by their parents (from where they finish their item) and they sit with parents for the remainder of the service.

For the Service for Years 4 to 6, G Major Choir, String Ensemble, Dancing, Bible or Prayer Readers and the Tableau are to be at St Luke’s Hall by 4:45pm please. All others sit with their parents.

All children are expected to attend, please, in uniform. No hats are required. Other family members are most welcome to join us for these short services. There will be a collection of groceries for the St Luke’s parish larder. These may be left under the Christmas tree. Thank you in anticipation for your donation. If you have a daughter in both year level groups, you may choose which service you attend as a family, unless she has a specific role in one of the services.

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A Message from Mrs Cohen

10 November 2017

Every year at this time I think not only about the young women in our care who are about to embark on their next exciting adventure, but also about you, as parents, and how you are managing this time of their, and your, lives.

As the mother of three daughters, the youngest of whom graduated from school in 2015, I understand the feeling of panic as the final day of the final year of school arrives. After the dust of the celebrations settled we found ourselves wondering: ‘What now?’ The lines that demarcated rules and boundaries become blurred as the structure, supported by years of schooling, shifted. We all felt somewhat at sea. The comfort and security of the school day routine had been pulled from under our feet and, as a family, we were left to muddle through a whole new set of challenges without guidelines or the clearly defined set of boundaries that school life provided.

I found consolation in the fact we were not alone. Most parents had come down to earth with an anti-climactic bang after all the school-is-out excitement was over and the realisation hit home that our daughters were moving on to the next great adventure — The Rest of Their Lives.

The Year 12s of The Glennie School start this journey in just over a week. It is an exciting and exhilarating time, filled with promise and anticipation; a time of both setting forth and letting go. For many of them it will mean the shedding of an old skin to make way for the new. They will find it necessary to relinquish the idealised versions of themselves and others, of relationships and life after school, in favour of the real version. This process may involve coming to terms with opportunities not taken, situations mishandled and the fact that childhood is definitively over. With all of this there is an inevitable sense of loss; new doors cannot open unless old ones close. Thus, it is important for us to allow our girls a space to negotiate the various and often contradictory range of emotions that accompany leaving.

As your daughters settle into life after school, you as parents may often feel frustrated at their apparent disinterest in taking full advantage of all the opportunities available to them — especially as they may appear to have so much time at their disposal. It helps to remember they are at a different developmental stage to us. They are in the process of finding their own way — and not necessarily taking the path we would have them choose — while seeking to understand their place and role in the world. The ties that bind them to us are often stretched taut during this time of change. The good news is this is the time when they begin to value their parents once more (Carr-Gregg and Shale, 2002) — though this may not be immediately apparent!

While the end of School is exciting, it can also be the source of great anxiety.

Remember, this is a time when many young people may be experiencing a degree of fear. A fear of failure, which may be compounded by the initial lack of recognition of their skills and accomplishments by the university, TAFE or new employers, is not uncommon. With the support of parents and family and the knowledge that it is sometimes safe to fail, they should be well equipped to face what lies ahead. We would be wise to remember the words of Thomas Szasz who said: ‘A child becomes an adult when he realises that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong’. During their time at secondary school they may have experienced what they perceived as failure. This may have been in a test, on the sports field, when applying for positions of leadership or even in the awarding of academic prizes. The fact that this occurred in a safe, supportive environment would have taught them some of the skills required in overcoming disillusionment or failure in later life.

There are a number of ways in which we can support our daughters during these years of transition. These include listening, being encouraging, staying calm, accepting of them (but not their bad behaviour), assisting when appropriate, being patient as they adapt to this new period of their lives and respecting their decisions (Edwards and English, 2005). In respecting their decisions we show them that we view them as young adults. At the same time they know if they make the wrong decisions their parents are always there as the safe haven to which they can return. Relationships will mature into ones based on mutual respect and affection and young people may even accept assistance in planning strategies when making decisions or aiming to achieve goals (Carr-Gregg and Shale, 2002).

And there’s you. Allow yourself a sense of sadness as your girl–woman moves into a new space, emotionally and physically. But also allow yourself a sense of joy. For you, as parents, have brought them this far, holding, nurturing, caring and guiding. And by doing so you have given them the ability to be all they can be.

Mrs Kim Cohen
Principal

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

10 November 2017

Headlights
At 11am on 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding months.

In November, the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted the allied terms of unconditional surrender.

This first modern world conflict had involved over 70 million people and left between nine and thirteen million dead, perhaps as many as one-third of them with no known grave. The allied nations chose this day and time for the commemoration of their war dead.

After the end of the Second World War, the Australian and British governments changed the name to Remembrance Day. Armistice Day was no longer an appropriate title for a day which would commemorate all war dead.

In Australia on the 75th anniversary of the armistice in 1993 Remembrance Day ceremonies again became the focus of national attention. The remains of an unknown Australian soldier, exhumed from a First World War military cemetery in France, were ceremonially entombed in the Australian War Memorial's Hall of Memory.

This ceremony, which touched a chord across the Australian nation, re-established Remembrance Day as a significant day of commemoration to remember those who died or suffered for Australia's cause in all wars and armed conflicts.

Today in the Junior Years, we commemorated this event with a short service in the Assembly Hall focusing on the gallantry of John Simpson Kirkpatrick and I told the girls the story of this soldier and his special donkeys who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his fellow men and his country. One story of so many from the tragedy of war.

We will remember them - Lest we forget.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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It’s Started!

10 November 2017

The first of the Year 12 celebrations for 2018 have begun. Our Seniors have been busy all week completing their exams and finally the moment came. A screaming group of over 100 took the jump into the pool. Parents, siblings and staff were on hand to witness the occasion and the Seniors were joined by their friends on the lawns for lots of very soggy hugs and tears.

Enjoy the week to come, girls.

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Love of learning never ends

10 November 2017

A group of our Middle and Senior Years teachers proudly stepped up to receive proficiency awards from Education Perfect this week. Education Perfect is a program delivering course work written by curriculum experts. Glennie teachers use this content to create individualised learning experiences for the girls to build on their strengths and target their weaknesses.

Congratulations teachers! May your love of learning continue to flourish.

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Rabbi Kennard visits Glennie

10 November 2017

Rabbi James Kennard, Principal of Mount Scopus Memorial College visited Glennie today to tour our wonderful school and speak to the Year 8 girls about Judaism and the Holocaust.  

As well as giving regular shiurim (teaching torah), he is a sought-after speaker at national and international events on topics of Jewish and educational interest. Rabbi Kennard's visit complements the culmination of the Jewish faith studies this year at Glennie.

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Poppies for Year 4

10 November 2017

Isabel Brown and her grandmother have been busy knitting poppies and generously made one for each of Isabel's classmates to wear at the Junior Years Remembrance Service. Isabel has added her remaining poppies to the collection which is growing for the planned 2018 celebrations.

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STEM camp reward for Charlotte

10 November 2017

Each year, the QUT Vice-Chancellor's STEM camp invites high-achieving Year 11 students to a fully funded, five-day research-intensive camp to engage in solving some of the major challenges facing our society today. This year, Charlotte Lindemann applied and was delighted to gain selection.

At the camp, students were split into groups of four to select a project from ten options.  Charlotte’s group were tasked to develop a method to prevent glacial flooding in Bhutan (a country in the Himalayas). They created prototypes for using siphons, a rope pump, and the Archimede’s screw (similar to an auger). Testing pressure effects and mathematical equations proved to be quite challenging, however, useful. In the end, they decided that the rope pump method would be the best. Each group presented their findings to a panel of mentors, professors and current student camp ambassadors.

Charlotte said “the project work was a definite highlight of the camp and I have to admit I had fun at the ‘STEM Camp has Talent’ night and Science Show”.  

When Charlotte finishes school she plans to study a dual degree in Engineering and Science majoring in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry.  We wish her every success as she prepares for her final year at Glennie and beyond.

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Member for Groom visits Glennie

10 November 2017

Following the recent Year 6 Sydney and Canberra trip, The Hon Dr John McVeigh joined us for a junior Years assembly to present the students with certificates recognising their attendance and participation in Parliamentary activities during their visit.

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