Vale, Miss Simmons

9 October 2015

We were saddened by the recent death of former Headmistress, Dr Kathleen Simmons. Dr Simmons gave twenty-six years’ service to Glennie, sixteen as Headmistress, from 1966 until 1981. During that time, Science laboratories and the Library were built. She especially loved the Chapel. Miss Simmons (as she then was) lived amongst the boarders, upstairs in the Main building. She was greatly respected by all members of the community for her firm discipline and kind heart. Dr Simmons continued to support Glennie: the last event she attended was the naming of the Mike Norris building in 2013. We will remember her.  

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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A Message from the Head of School

17 September 2015

Term 3 of the Year of Action has certainly fulfilled its promise. One of my favourite sayings - “when all is said and done, there is a lot more said than done,” - has never been less true than at Glennie. Our Year 12 leadership team deserves special mention. From organising house dinners, to lifting “RUOK Day” to new heights, engaging with the Junior Years, bringing to life Bennie the Bee, forming the backbone of the music department and anchoring the sports program, these girls have taken their place within The School’s leadership structure, and fulfilled their roles with distinction.

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

 

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Junior Years Readers Cup Final

17 September 2015

Congratulations to our Readers' Cup winners for 2015. The Five Musketeers (only four on the day) were victorious. Darcie Wilson, Ruby Heffernan, Millie Clifford, Mikayla Karl-Russell and Claudia Dawson (absent) received book vouchers and trophies, thanks to the support of the Glennie P & F.

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Headlights

11 September 2015

This week, I have been in Cloncurry attending the State Conference of the Isolated Children's Parents Association. This organisation works so hard to advocate with Government and other agencies, for the families of many of our boarders. It was important to hear first hand the issues and difficulties many of our rural families are facing on a daily basis. Both the Minister for Education, Honourable Kate Jones MP and the Shadow Minister, Honourable Tim Mander MP were in attendance at times during the conference.

The sense of hope and determination of rural families, to bring about change in providing the best for their families, is to be commended. It was terrific to catch up with some of our families on their 'home turf' and I thank them all and the ICPA Cloncurry Branch for their hospitality.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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A Message from the Head of Senior Years

4 September 2015

Quite recently a number of national and international media outlets ran the story of Malala Yousafzai’s outstanding GCSE examination results. How wonderful it was to read, given her incredible story of bravery and resilience. Incongruously, the article sat alongside other leading stories involving women – those relating to cosmetic surgery, sexting and waitress tell-all’s. As a community we need to challenge this negative cultural narrative, as positive stories of female endeavour and success are all around us. Girls at Glennie and across the country are excelling in their studies, engaging in high levels of volunteering and demonstrating outstanding emotional intelligence. Keep it up, girls; you are wonderful role models!

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

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A Message from the Head of Middle Years

28 August 2015

Our holiday enrichment program, Spring Into Glennie, has sprung! This program offers a range of holiday activities for girls from Years 5 to 9 from Monday, 21 September to Wednesday, 23 September. Glennie girls who would like to attend are also able to invite their girl friends from other schools to join them in the activities. There are two other sessions of interest offered to parents and parents and daughter respectively: a forum, Raising Adolescent Girls, to be held on Tuesday evening, 22 September and a Paleo-inspired Cookery Masterclass from 4.00pm on the same day where parents and their daughters get to learn more about this field of cookery, and go on to prepare, and consume, their dinner! Bookings are open now, via the School’s website.

Mrs Donna Evans
Head of Middle Years
Deputy Head of School

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Glennie wins Andrew’s Cup Athletics

21 August 2015

It’s taken 23 years, but Glennie has finally brought home the Andrew’s Cup for Athletics.

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to attend the Andrew’s Cup Athletics at QEII Stadium, in Brisbane. Whilst our girls are very popular competitors at Andrew’s Cup and are always being commended on their good behaviour and polite friendliness, it was a wonderful thing to be able to come out as winners as well, on the day!

This was an outstanding achievement and the culmination of months of hard work and effort from the Junior Years’ athletes and their coaches. To achieve this against the larger schools like St Hilda’s, Moreton Bay College and Somerville House was remarkable.

The girls’ commitment and grit on the day was outstanding! Congratulations everyone! We are very excited!

Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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Try Glennie Gators at their Free Club Nights

21 August 2015

Want to join the Glennie Gators Swimming Club but not sure how or what happens at club nights? You are invited to try out the Club, watch a couple of the fun relays and races, meet new friends and join in too!


Join the Glennie Gators at the Glennie Aquatic Centre, Vacy Street, Toowoomba.


Tuesday,1 September from 5:30pm to 6:30pm (followed by a BBQ)  or Tuesday, 15 September from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

Coaches and Committee members will be on hand to answer any questions you might have, provide you with copies of their Information Handbook and even help with registration.


Glennie Gators Club encourages and fosters swimming as a healthy and safe form of sport for both recreation and competition.

For more information, download the document below.

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It's Alive!

21 August 2015

The Glennie Aquatic Centre’s new website has gone live! The site has lots of information about all the programs on offer and all the events that are happening at the pool.

The staff at the Aquatic Centre are excited to be part of the Swim Mission to Vietnam in 2016 and are busy raising funds with a raffle. Did you know that 32 children drown each day in Vietnam? The dedicated team at Glennie’s pool is sending some of their highly trained staff  to Vietnam to teach life-saving swimming lessons. Please support this great cause by dropping in to the Aquatic Centre and buying a ticket or two. (use poster)

Feedback Week

Next week is Learn to Swim Feedback Week, at the Aquatic Centre. Find out how your child is progressing by catching up with their instructor after their lesson.

Re-booking Week 

If your child is currently enrolled in Learn to Swim lessons and you would like to re-book for Term 4, you can do so from Monday, 31 August to Saturday, 5 September. If you would like your child to learn to swim or you would like to return to swimming lessons after a break, you can re-book from Monday, 7 to Saturday 12 September.

 

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A Message from the Head of Senior Years

14 August 2015

Excursions and field trips are central to a school’s educational mission. They are experiential, authentic learning opportunities that enable students to construct new ways of knowing a concept or process. Such learning cannot be duplicated in a classroom. Thus, a number of excursions were conducted this week to enhance deeper learning – Year 5 students extended their Science knowledge; Year 9 students refined their Geography skills; Year 10 students examined coastal management strategies; and Year 11 Biology students examined differing ecosystems. Well done, staff and girls!

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

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A Message from the Head of School

7 August 2015

Leading Educational Design is the theme of the international Principals' conference which I am currently attending in Helsinki. Finland is generally considered the world's leading nation in school education. It is an interesting place, known, they say, for "sauna, sisu and Sibelius." And Santa lives in the north!

The idea of "sisu" is widely promoted: it's the Finnish word for perseverance, or grit. The Finns also describe themselves as "a land of people who love to learn". This is a peaceful country which takes education seriously and holds teachers in very high regard. It is an honour to be here.

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

31 July 2015

The Toowoomba Instrumental Eisteddfod at the Empire Theatre complex has just concluded. Now we have the Speech and Drama sections to complete over the next week.

Glennie entered nearly every individual and ensemble section this year, with 361 entries and 268 girls involved from Junior, Middle and Senior Years. The youngest of our entrants participated for the first time, bringing on an anticipated mix of nervous excitement! This is the largest number of participants that Glennie has ever entered into the Toowoomba Eisteddfod.

Glennie girls have gained 112 places out of 260 instrumental entries, producing the best results ever for Glennie!  Glennie also won the secondary schools aggregate trophy for the best two results out of the three sections of Orchestra, Big Band and Concert Band. Junior ensembles too, produced some excellent placings.

A very successful week and an outstanding effort from everyone - staff and girls. Take a bow!

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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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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A Message from the Head of School

17 July 2015

The girls and staff are coping well with the severe weather. We feel for the workmen toiling outside on the Science Centre. This exciting project is taking shape each day, but without further support, The School will be carrying debt for many years to come, thus making it prudent to postpone future projects. We hope you will buy an element if you have not yet done so. Another way to help is by supporting the P & F Science Ball on 1 August. I’m sure you agree that Glennie girls present and future deserve the best we can give them.

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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