A Message from the Head of School

6 November 2015

This week we have announced the results of the Year 11 girls’ election of office-bearers in their service committees for 2016. We have emphasised that the real work of student leadership is done by entire committees: not just by their leaders. It will be the task of the leaders to ensure that all committee members are included. This year’s Seniors are leaving a strong legacy of teamwork, initiative, generosity and enthusiasm, all enlivened by plenty of school spirit. Their captains and mentors were acknowledged today for their leadership in the Year of Action. We are very proud of them all!

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Ruby's Story is a Winner!

6 November 2015

Year 5 girl Ruby Heffernan certainly impressed the judges when she won the Bloomsbury Publishing Fuzzy Mud Short Story competition ahead of the launch of author Louis Sachar’s new book.

Using the title A little mud never hurt anyone, did it? Ruby crafted a terrific short story. She has not only won $200 worth of Bloomsbury books for herself; she has won a further $200 worth of books for the Junior Years library.

Ruby can look forward to a very special delivery in time for some Christmas reading.

Congratulations, Ruby!

A copy of Ruby's story is below.

 

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Volleyball Finals

6 November 2015

On Tuesday this week, semi-finals took place for five of our volleyball teams.

Glennie Senior 1, Glennie Senior 2, Glennie Senior 3, Glennie Junior 1 and Glennie Purple all played semi-final games and performed very well. Glennie Junior 1 has progressed to the gold medal final next week with all the other four teams playing for bronze.

Come along next Tuesday to Harristown SHS gym and support the girls from 4:40pm.

Go, Glennie!

 

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Headlights

30 October 2015

This week, Year 12 students jubilantly received their end of year arrangements sheet, outlining all the special events and activities held during the week of their graduation. The sheet is a timely reminder that, for both parents and staff, the time between now and then is just bursting with study, marking, cross marking, results checking, report writing, excursions, functions, costume making, letter and speech writing, textbook returns, locker clean-outs and multiple rehearsals for everything. This frenzy of activity, quite literally, is the vortex of Term 4. So, like you would do with any extreme weather event, please don’t forget to look after and support each other. Remember, we all handle stress differently and a little bit of kindness and compassion will go a long way towards navigating the maelstrom.

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

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Thank you Telstra!

30 October 2015

Mrs Lynne Henare and the Pitstop family are very excited to have been successful in receiving the Telstra Kids Fund Grant to the value of $1,200. The grant has enabled them to purchase the pictured Springfree Trampoline. The trampoline has been a popular addition to the Pitstop play area and children use it at every possible opportunity.  A heartfelt thank you to Telstra for making this purchase possible.

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Year 3 Concert

30 October 2015

This week the Year 3 , 4 and 5 students held concerts as part of their Strings and Instrumental programs. The girls have worked hard all year and put on a fantastic show! It was a great chance for the excited Year 2 girls to see and hear all the string instruments offered as part of the Year 3 String Program and for the Year 3 girls to see the variety of instruments offered in the Year 4 and 5 Instrumental Program.

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Congratulations Arts Awards recipients

30 October 2015

Mrs Gilbert had pleasure in presenting the following Performing Arts girls with awards at Assembly this week:

  • Isabel Bracey, Year 10 – Vocal Music Performance
  • Ellie McInerney, Year 11 – Full Colours Dance
  • Trisha Chand, Year 11 – Music Theory High Distinction

Girls in Years 10 to 12 received their Three Year certificates at assembly for their commitment to extra-curricular arts groups (either choir, bands, musical, drama, debating or dance) for the past three years.  Congratulations, girls!

  • Alicia Beccaria, Year 10 - Big Band
  • Philippa Beeson, Year 10 – Choir
  • Isabel Bracey, Year 10 – Choir and Choral Group
  • Lucinda Brodie Year 10 – Chamber Strings, Concert Band, Debating, Orchestra, String Ensemble and Woodwind Ensemble
  • Zoe Burge, Year 10 – Drama
  • Elizabeth Chicalas, Year 10 – String Ensemble
  • Ellie de Jong, Year 10 – Debating
  • Paisley Green, Year 10 – Choir
  • Emily Hall, Year 10 – Musical
  • Lorraine Han, Year 10 – Choir and Choral Group
  • Allyson Human, Year 10 – Choir and Drama
  • Lucinda Jensen, Year 10 – Choir
  • Georgia Lance, Year 10 – Choir
  • Noa Levi, Year 10 – Big Band and Musical
  • Sara McLean, Year 10 – Big Band, Concert Band and String Ensemble
  • Isabelle Miller, Year 10 – Concert Band
  • Eilish Morgan, Year 10 – Choir
  • Phoebe Parker, Year 10 – Drama
  • Louise Petersen, Year 10 – Choir, Choral Group and Concert Band
  • Madeline Sands, Year 10 – Concert Band
  • Lauren Tennent, Year 10 – Big Band
  • Beining Zhang, Year 10 – Choir and Debating
  • Sommer-Jade Brameld, Year 11 – Musical
  • Liezel Reed, Year 11 – Drama
  • Alice Rowling, Year 11, Choir
  • Nicola Sainsbury, Year 11 - Choir
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Andrews Cup Softball

30 October 2015

The Junior Years Softball Teams had a successful day at the Andrews Cup event on Monday.  The teams played in pool matches and final play-offs.  All matches were extremely close and a great standard of softball was played throughout the day. Overall results included:

  • A Grade - 7th
  • B Grade - 4th
  • C Grade - 7th

Thank you for the coaches and staff who assisted the teams throughout the day.

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A special offer for Glennie families

30 October 2015

Springfree Trampolines have extended a special offer to Glennie families looking to purchase a trampoline. Choose from the selection online and contact Lynne at the Glennie Pitstop 07 4688 8787 to place your order.  

If you order within the next six months, you’ll will receive a free gift to the value of $99. Springfree Trampolines will also make a donation to the Pitstop towards the purchase of more play equipment.

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A Message from the Head of Middle Years

23 October 2015

Monday was Personal Development Day where students in the secondary years were able to be involved in a broad range of opportunities. In Years 7 to 10, the program on the day was part of the broader Wellbeing program at The School. Brett Lee, a nationally acknowledged expert in Cybersafety, kept Year 7 and Year 10 girls enthralled and amazed as to how easy it is, even with the tightest of security settings, for personal details to travel across the internet! Years 8 and 10 learnt a lot about being strong and independent young people, comfortable in their own skin and capable of resisting the negative influences in the world around them. These kinds of programs play a critical role in the education of your daughters. We hope they gained much from the day.

Mrs Donna Evans
Head of Middle Years
Deputy Head of School

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Junior Years All Schools Touch Football Competition

23 October 2015

Junior Years took two teams to the regional All Schools Touch Football competition on Sunday, 18 October. Glennie 1 won the girls division, remaining undefeated all day. The second team, which is a development team made up of Year 4 and 5 girls, won two of their games and achieved second place in the other two games.

Both teams now progress to the state event in November.

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Introduction Day for Girls in Years P to 6 in 2016

23 October 2015

The Introduction Day for girls in Years P to 6 in 2016 will take place on Tuesday 27 October from 8:45am. All new girls will be in attendance that day. Current girls in Kindy who are continuing on to Prep and all new Prep students in 2016 will visit Prep and meet their teachers until 11:30am.

New girls entering Year 1 to 6 will spend the day in their year level classrooms, meeting their teachers and getting to make new friends. This gives them the opportunity to become familiar with the Glennie routine.

Current parents are not required to be present. Current students in Years P to 6 will remain in their classes and will assist with the new girls throughout the day.

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

16 October 2015

Our Annual Fundraiser, hosted by the Year 6 parents, is being held next Saturday evening, 24 October from 4.30pm, at the Junior Years. This year’s event has a Country Hoe Down theme so it’s a very easy costume! All funds raised will go towards our new stage area in the Glennie Courtyard.  

These fundraiser events are always very popular and all families from Kindergarten to Year 12 are invited to join us for this evening of entertainment and fun. We hope to see you there.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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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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