A Message from the Head of Junior Years

9 September 2016

This weekend, sees the culmination of nearly three terms of rehearsals and preparation for the biennial Junior Years Arts Showcase, incorporating the musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr, Dance and Visual Art displays.  

It promises to be an explosion of colour and song and we look forward to seeing the Glennie community coming together to enjoy this production at one of the three performances tonight and tomorrow. We thank you for your support of this event.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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A Message from the Head of Senior Years

2 September 2016

On Tuesday and Wednesday, 64 Glennie Seniors joined 30,000 other Year 12 students in sitting the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) tests. These tests provide the scaling information for the calculation of Overall Positions (OPs) which are then used to select students for tertiary entrance.

As all Glennie girls know, group – not individual – test results are used as part of the scaling processes. In effect, QCS is a team sport! Thus, dressed in Sports uniform, the Glennie Seniors participated in a ‘pre-match’ motivational war cry on the oval, followed by QCS-themed cupcakes and coffee at lunchtime and a sausage sizzle on Wednesday. Well done, girls and staff, for all your hard work and preparation. We look forward to seeing your great results in mid-November!

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Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

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A Message from the Head of Middle Years

26 August 2016

It is a busy time of assessment for many of the girls and the Year 12 girls have QCS tests next week. It is important when feeling stressed and sometimes overwhelmed, to stop, reflect and be thankful for what we have. The Paralympics are around the corner and the advertising emphasising 'Yes, I can' has been a focus in Middle Years assemblies over the past two weeks. Our guest speaker, Trish Jackson (please see the article below) certainly emulated that. It is all about your attitude. We also celebrate Ribbon Day today, and as we raise money for cancer research, it is certainly timely to look outside ourselves and acknowledge the blessings in our life.

Mrs Jo Matherson
Head of Middle Years

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A Message from the Head of School

19 August 2016

Australian of the Year and former chief of the Army, Lt Gen David Morrison, is famous for saying: the standard you walk past is the standard you accept. While these words were not his originally, they are certainly quotable. I am currently asking Glennie girls not to accept anything of mediocre standard in themselves.  I expect the girls to present themselves well and in accordance with school rules.  I expect them to respect each other’s property and keep the grounds very clean and tidy.  And I expect the staff to be checking on the girls.  Thank you for your support.

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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Benjamin Glennie's Legacy

12 August 2016

This week, we commemorated Founder’s day, with three separate services held for Junior girls in the Assembly Hall and for Middle and Senior Years girls at St Luke’s Church.

Reverend Benjamin Glennie was a remarkable man and a wonderful role model and example for us all. It was a shame that he never saw his dream of building a school come to reality, despite having raised the funds through the sale of fruit and vegetables and other enterprises to purchase the land on which Glennie stands, as he died in 1900, but I am sure that he would be very proud if he could see the school today.

2016 commemorates the 108th anniversary of the foundation of our school. The Glennie Memorial School, as it was known started in 1908, at a cost of nearly 7,000 pounds. The official opening conducted by Archbishop Donaldson was held on Wednesday 10 August 1910 and Founder’s Day has been celebrated on this day ever since.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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A Message from the Head of School

5 August 2016

Last Friday’s secondary interhouse athletics carnival and the recent Eisteddfod involvement have given Glennie girls the opportunity to show their good sportsmanship. Our carnivals are both competitive and supportive: the girls are to be commended for the way they strive for excellence without losing their ability to encourage one another. In the world of competitive music, where adjudications are often subjective as well as surprising, the girls were repeatedly disappointed, but they maintained their good humour and positive attitude. We also expect gracious acceptance of whatever sports team a girl is allocated to: attitude thus becomes a mark of character.

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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A Message from the Head of Middle Years

29 July 2016

What a stunning day for an Interhouse Athletics Carnival. As the Middle and Senior Years girls assembled for the marching this morning, the sky was clear and the breeze still. The Marching itself is a wonderful way to begin the day, heightening  House spirit and a sense of team in every girl. The Glennie Interhouse Athletics Carnival day is a culmination of marching practice and athletics trials and pre-events that have been taking place for some weeks. The Sports staff and Heads of House have been working closely with the girls over this time to ensure the success of the day and the Year 12 girls have set the tone for all in their house to be a part of the action and to support their House mates.

As a new staff member at Glennie, it is tangible to me how Glennie girls show spirit, value community, support one another and get in and have a go.

Mrs Jo Matherson
Head of Middle Years

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

22 July 2016

The theme of the Year of Courage was certainly brought to the fore on Wednesday evening when Miss Paris Turkington returned to Glennie to share her amazing story of courage, resilience and determination with nearly one hundred Year 6 leaders, their teachers and Heads of Junior  Schools from the eight member IPSHA Schools in Toowoomba.

Her inspiring talk had the students spellbound. Interviewed by Year 6 girl, Mackenzie Oliphant, Paris talked frankly about her life before and since this tragic event, which has changed her forever.  I thank Paris and her mum, Phoebe, most sincerely for coming back and sharing their time with us at this special event.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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A Message from the Head of School

15 July 2016

The announcement of Mrs Kim Cohen as our new Principal from 2017 is a most welcome one. Mrs Cohen has a strong background of leadership within girls’ schools, both here and overseas. (Her accent is similar to mine!) She is delighted to be moving to Toowoomba and is looking forward to getting to know the Glennie community. To support her, we have many experienced senior members of staff, some of whom have been here longer than I have. The School is well-placed for a seamless transition and parents need not be anxious about the future. There are exciting times ahead!

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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A Message from the Head of School

16 June 2016

Last Sunday’s loss of Mrs Lisa Chan, School Receptionist, has affected our community deeply. Lisa’s bright and bubbly personality, her lively sense of humour and her warmth and helpfulness will be sorely missed. What has helped enormously has been the response of the community.  From many tributes on our Facebook page, to flowers delivered to Reception, and then a Coffee Van: we have appreciated all the support offered.  The students at yesterday’s annual Glennie vs Grammar charity football game also honoured Mrs Chan and loved seeing her daughter, Jess (Glennie senior 2014) there as well.  Thank you, one and all.

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

10 June 2016

Wednesday this week was designated the day for International Education Support Staff. At Glennie, we have over one hundred staff who work tirelessly every day to ensure that all of the services and functions of the school are working effectively, thereby enabling the smooth running of our school.

So much goes on behind the scenes, day and night, of which many of us are unaware. To you all, we say a huge thank you. Your role in the school is vital to Glennie’s success. I know the girls and parents, as well as the teaching staff and Executive, appreciate the important role that you all play. Thank you, one and all!

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

10 June 2016

Did you spot these stories in the Media?

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

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A Message from the Head of School

3 June 2016

A Glennie father was amazed at the quality of his daughter’s English assignment. He commented that there was no way he would have been able to read or think so widely on the topic when he was her age. Sometimes we underestimate the value and power of the resources available to teachers and students. There is so much new knowledge, literally at our fingertips. To see how science and mathematics education have developed, please feel welcome to attend our Science Centre Open Day next week. It’s not all about the building! All are welcome: please bring along any interested friends.

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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A Message from the Head of Senior Years

27 May 2016

This week I was fortunate to hear former Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, speak at the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Conference about the fight for gender equality in Australia. Ms Broderick is a powerful advocate for gender equality, is global co-chair of the UN’s Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group, and has roles with gender programs for the World Bank, NATO and the Australian Defence Force. Although she argues for unique strategies to deal with equalising economic wealth, the strategy of storytelling is a powerful influence tool for other areas of life and is available to everyone – including children. You don’t need to be extraordinary to have influence. You just need an ability to frame a story, make it compelling and enable the listener to connect with the issue. Young people are great storytellers. We should encourage them to use their stories to rally people to take action. What powerful leaders and advocates for change we will be developing!

Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

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Anxiety happens but there is help!

27 May 2016

The Year 11 Health classes welcomed Glennie parent and Associate Professor Gavin Beccaria from University of Southern Queensland to speak on the topic of anxiety this week. Assoc. Prof. Beccaria outlined the common signs and symptoms of anxiety. The girls now have some strategies to implement and share with friends to reduce anxiety. The breathing exercises he shared with the girls will certainly assist them as their assessment commitments increase as the end of Term 2 approaches.

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A Message from the Head of Middle Years

20 May 2016

Recently, I have been focusing on the use of technology in the Middle Years, reminding parents of the age limits for social media apps and our responsibilities to protect our children. Parallel to this, we need to remind the girls of their responsibilities. Often we focus on appropriate use of social media but issues such as identity fraud and online scams are becoming more prevalent and our girls need to know how to engage online, safely. We are working towards becoming an e-smart school and Marie Miegel in the Junior Years is leading this project. This will ensure our girls are regularly reminded about topical issues related to the use of technology and it will engage them in educating others.

Mrs Jo Matherson
Head of Middle Years

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A Message from the Head of School

13 May 2016

It has been a real pleasure, in recent weeks, to visit boarder parents and some of their friends in our rural heartlands. Mrs Jo Matherson and I were delighted to meet current, prospective and even past parents in Glen Innes, followed by a lively function with others in Narrabri. Last weekend I spent time in both Mungindi and Goondiwindi and was warmly welcomed: thank you. It’s a very salutary exercise to “do the drive” and appreciate how far our boarding families have to travel to access a Glennie education. I felt very proud to be leading this particular boarding school!

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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A Message from the Head of Senior Years

6 May 2016

The theme of this year’s Anglican Schools' Conference was through their eyes, a theme challenging school leaders to think deeply about the lives of students and how they see the world. Helping with this task was renowned Australian demographer and social commentator, Mark McCrindle. What makes Generation Z so very different to Generations X and Y? Future forecasts indicate they will have 5 careers, 15 homes and 17 jobs in their lifetime. 1 in 2 will have university degrees and all of them will have grown up in a digitally-rich environment where electronic interactions with others is the dominant mode of communication. Older Generation Z (those around 15 - 20 years of age) are already indicating they are more interested in job flexibility than job security, devices rather than books and paper, learner-centric environments rather than those curriculum-centred, and visual “how to” instructions rather than verbal or written ones (YouTube already has more hits per day than Google!) Today’s students are more globally connected, more digitally competent, more mobile, visual and social than Generation X and Y have ever been. So, what are the new “Rs” for schools? In a nutshell, keeping learning Real, Relevant, Responsive and Relational.

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

Pictured: Mrs Ashley-Cooper was thrilled to meet author John Marsden at the Anglican Schools' Conference.

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Darling Downs Touch Football

6 May 2016

Congratulations to Isabelle Reed, Holly Willmington, Mognild Eerkens and Jessica Barnes on their selection in the Darling Downs Under 12 Touch Football Team. Congratulations also to Jessica Fitzgibbons who was selected as a shadow player in this team.  

These girls will attend the State Championships in Roma in August. Good luck!

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A Message from the Head of Middle Years

29 April 2016

The opening, dedication and blessing of the new Sue Edwards Science Centre on Wednesday was a magnificent confluence of faith, tradition, innovation, hard work and hope. How incredibly fortunate we are to have such wonderful facilities for our current and future Glennie girls. These facilities are the product of a long-standing School commitment to STEM, careful long-term financial planning, extensive consultation with stakeholders, together with remarkable parent and community generosity and support. This interaction stems from a desire to provide the best education for Glennie girls in order for them to make a positive difference to the world, to lead happy and successful lives, and for each girl to become All She Can Be. To those who have played a part in making this possible, we offer our heartfelt thanks.

Mrs Jo Matherson
Head of Middle  Years

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

22 April 2016

Today, we commemorated ANZAC Day with three separate services of remembrance: Junior, Middle and Senior, each conducted by Glennie’s Chaplain, Reverend Kate Powell. The theme for this year’s commemorations was the Battle of the Somme, which took place in northern France. 2016 marks the centenary of the battle, where over 1,000,000 soldiers from all sides were killed or wounded.

Our services also acknowledged the many men and women who serve today across the world in peacekeeping and support missions. We pray for them all, that they may return home safely at the end of their tours of duty.

We remember all Australians who lost their lives in the many conflicts across the world in the pursuit of freedom. Lest We Forget.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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A Message from the Head of School

15 April 2016

Ten years ago, in 2006, we welcomed the first indigenous girls sponsored by the newly-established Yalari Foundation.  During that time, 15 girls have completed Year 12 with us, while 13 others have stayed for lesser periods of time.  Currently we have four girls, with two of them set to graduate from Year 12 in 2016.  The number of years of a Glennie education supported by the Yalari Foundation amounts to 95!  We are proud to be the first girls’ school to partner with Yalari in providing a life-changing education for girls who have, in turn, enriched life for other Glennie girls.

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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A Message from the Head of School

23 March 2016

Term 1 has traditionally been a term during which the girls settle into new subjects, levels and teachers.  The pace used to feel leisurely, at least until March.  Not this time!  Once the starting gun had fired, we were moving at high speed: “stepping up”, as some Year 10s told me today, and they were happy for this pace to be set for the year.  With a myriad of co-curricular activities, as well as a wonderful Glennie Fair, all compressed into a few short weeks, the girls are ready for a rest.  This term has definitely felt like a sprint!

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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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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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

18 March 2016

Did you spot these stories in the Media?

Ms Sandra Jarrett (Past Glennie Arts Teacher) artworks appeared in The ChronicleGallery space provokes thought

Glennie girls appeared on 7News Toowoomba:  Healthy prospects (watch from 10.14 minute mark)

Shelby Emmerton (Year 10) appeared in The Chronicle: Junior Sports
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/122371314853508774/

Ruby Heffernan (year 6) appeared in Highlife Downs Living MagazineGifted Junior

Glennie Sports was mentioned in The ChronicleGlennie looks to technology in sport

Mimi Shaw (GOG 2015) appeared in The ChronicleNo heat relief even though it’s autumn

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

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