Eisteddfod starts

28 July 2017

The second part of the Toowoomba Eisteddfod started this week with sections in Strings, Woodwind and Brass over the next few days. We wish all our performers well. A list of results will be published in a future edition of eNews+.

Pictured is the Primary Woodwind Ensemble

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State Honours Ensemble Program - Brisbane

21 July 2017

Congratulations to Emily Baartz, Isabel Bracey, Lucy Brodie, Peppa Carter, Celine Dixon, Gabby Kleidon and Grace Twidale who have been selected for the SHEP Program in Brisbane during the September holidays. Georgina Dummett, Sarah Lamshed, Lauren Lester, Jess Page, Emily Rattray and Kristen Teo received a reserve place.

This auspicious program includes the finest school-aged musicians from all over the State who work with renowned conductors in their ensembles for four days. The program culminates in a gala performance at South Bank. We congratulate these girls on their selection for this program.

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Empire Theatre Bursaries

21 July 2017

Applications are open for students who wish to apply for an Empire Theatre Youth Bursary. Successful applicants have the opportunity to attend courses across the country to develop their performing arts skills.

Application forms and information packs available from the Empire Theatre website 

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Glennie inspired at Aspire Music Festival

14 July 2017

Early on Sunday 9 July, 52 students from Glennie’s Middle and Senior Years Choirs combined to create The Glennie Chamber Choir, and boarded a bus to attend the ASPIRE Festival of Music in Brisbane.

The girls presented their adjudicated performance where they came equal second to Westlakes Choir from Auckland. The girls then attended a workshop with Brett Wehmark from Sydney, where he inspired the girls to new heights. After a public concert, the girls prepared for their performance at the Gala Concert in the evening where the Glennie Chamber Choir closed out the evening with a brilliant performance of Spirit of Australia that was written for Glennie by the composer Donna Dyson and Damien Leith.

Well done to all of the girls and to Miss Kann and Mrs Evans for their exceptional work as conductor and accompanist.

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The Glennie Jazz Fest is back!

15 June 2017

If you have enjoyed attending the Glennie Jazz Fest in the past, rest assured you will get another opportunity, this time in Term 3!. This year we are going to coincide with the festivities on the GOGA Weekend. On Sunday August 13, The Glennie Jazz Fest will once again bring great music to audiences and we look forward to meeting up with Old Girls who may have played in our ensembles! Times are yet to be confirmed, but please put us in your diary.  

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Work Experience at the PAC

15 June 2017

During this week, I have been doing work experience at Glennie's own Performing Arts Centre to see what the life in the music education industry is like. I began on Monday, after a session of Youth Orchestra, where I jumped straight into the experience with some filing of sheet music. On Tuesday I went over to the Junior Years to work with the younger children and that was extremely fun and I had the most splendid time there. In the afternoons on Tuesday and Wednesday, I assisted in the Year 3 string ensemble with Mrs Bravery. On Thursday afternoon, I assisted with the small concert that was on at that time and it was also very enjoyable.I also helped with lots of administration work.  This was fun and helped to expand my organisational skills.

Chloë Musch, Year 10

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Musical movie night

15 June 2017

On Tuesday night, it was time to “get’cha head in the game” as the songs and sounds of Glennie’s High School Musical once again came to life. We’re all in this together as many of the cast and crew brought doonas and pillows to watch the video of the musical. Much laughter was had as the students got to watch their efforts “from the front” so to speak. It was entertaining watching them see what they looked like on stage and understand many of the gags that the audience got to laugh at. After much singing and laughing we decided we were breaking free before we do it all again in two years time!

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Glennie Girls play for Donor Recognition Ceremony

15 June 2017

Well done to Pippy Donaldson, Lauren Baryla and Kate Bellars, who performed at the Toowoomba Donor Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday night. This ceremony recognises those community members who donate to the Red Cross Blood Bank. One recipient was awarded for providing over 500 donations. Glennie was invited to perform in the lead up to the event, as we are in the top 10 donor organisations in Toowoomba. The girls performed admirably establishing a lovely atmosphere for the award winners as they arrived.

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15 June 2017

All the best to the students who will attend the ASPIRE Music Festival on Sunday 9 July in Brisbane. A group of 65 students from Glennie’s Middle and Senior Years Choirs will combine to create The Glennie Chamber Choir, and will attend workshops with industry professionals and perform in an adjudicated concert and a public concert. If you are in Brisbane at Southbank, our public concert will be held on the steps of the Conservatorium of Music at 12.30pm. The girls will perform Spirit of Australia by Donna Dyson as well as other items of repertoire.

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String Quartet finds Diamonds

15 June 2017

Well done to the girls in String Quartet for their performance at the Ladies Diamond Luncheon that was held at Gip’s Restaurant last Friday. Lucy Brodie, Sophie Little, Rebekah Smith and Hannah Smith, entertained 130 guests who attended the luncheon with the aim of raising funds to support the Triple M Give Me 5 for Kids appeal. All funds raised will be directed towards the purchase of four advanced monitors for the children’s ward at the Toowoomba Hospital. The girls played very well and can be seen here performing under the trees at Gip’s.

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Glennie Girls to appear in Opera Australia’s The Marriage of Figaro!

9 June 2017

Congratulations go to Harper Lanigan in Year 8 and Keeleigh Cauley-Gleeson in Year 7 as they have gained a place in the Opera Australia Toowoomba Children’s Chorus for the upcoming performance of The Marriage of Figaro. The performance will be held at The Empire Theatre on Tuesday 18  July at 7.30 pm. Harper and Keeleigh successfully auditioned for their place in the children’s chorus and will take to the stage with the professional opera singers from Opera Australia. This will undoubtedly be a very exciting opportunity for them both.

The Marriage of Figaro is a comic opera by Mozart. On the Opera Australia website, it has been referred to as “the Downton Abbey of opera, but a whole lot more fun!”

Glennie has been offered $8 tickets for the performance for anyone who would like to attend. This offer is open to students, staff, parents, family members, even your neighbours! To gain your $8 ticket, please click here and complete the form before close of business on Thursday 15 June 2017 so that you appear on the Glennie booking. Please note that these tickets will be subject to availability, so we will attempt to get in early so as not to miss out!

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R & B Extravaganza

9 June 2017

Glennie girls Sara Mclean (saxophone) and Philippa Beeson (vocals) performed as part of the Toowoomba Grammar R&B Band at an Extravaganza at the Empire Theatre Church on 26 May.

Congratulations girls. From all accounts, it was a fantastic concert.

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Voices of the Trenches

2 June 2017

Well done to the Junior Girls in the G Major Choir and to the Middle and Senior students in Xpression; the choir comprised of students from Glennie and Toowoomba Grammar School. On Sunday they performed at the Voices of the Trenches concert that was held at the Empire Theatre.

The concert was organised by The Voices of Birralee, a Brisbane based choir that recently sang at the ANZAC services in France. This event recognised the sacrifice soldiers made in World War I. The Glennie girls also performed as part of two mass choir items with approximately 300 other students from around the Darling Downs.

Well done to the staff involved; Mrs Wendy Evans, Mr Jacob Finlay, Mrs Vicki Bravery, Mrs Elizabeth Gordon and Mr Neil Roche-Kelly from Grammar. The concert was a wonderful success and I am sure everyone involved was touched by the significance of the concert and the quality of the performances.   

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SHEP Darling Downs

25 May 2017

Last weekend, over 100 music students from across the Darling Downs Region converged upon Glennie to work with staff from The Queensland Conservatorium of Music. The State Honours Ensemble Programme, or SHEP, as it is known, is designed to offer students the opportunity to make music with other like-minded teenagers whilst gaining the experience of learning from industry professionals.

It was a very successful weekend filled with rehearsals and the opportunity to make new friends with students from across the region. The final concert featured the Choir, String Ensemble and Concert Band and was of a very high standard. Special thanks to Mr Finlay and to Mrs Hawthorne for their efforts. Well done to all of the students involved.

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25 May 2017

On Sunday 9 July, members of the Glennie Senior and Middle Years Choirs will have the opportunity to attend Aspire, a brand new music festival based in Brisbane that offers opportunities for music students around Australia and internationally to come together and share their musical abilities and meet like minded people.

Students will attend workshops with industry professionals and perform in concert and public formats. This year Glennie will form a choir to perform Spirit of Australia by Donna Dyson as well as other items of repertoire.

If your daughter is in Choir and you would like her to attend, the cost is $80.00 and can be charged to your School account. You will have received an email that contains the information to complete the attendance form.

This is an exciting opportunity and we are looking forward to adding ASPIRE to our list of festivals that we attend in the future.

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Junior Art Expo Winners

25 May 2017

The final results are in from the Junior Art Expo. Congratulations to all girls how had work chosen and in particular to the major award winners. 

  • Artshop Fine Custom Picture Framing Award for Best Picture (any medium): Harriett Killen
  • Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society award for Runner-up to the Culliford Prize for Open Drawing: Harriett Killen
  • Murray’s Art and Framing Award for Open Painting and Multimedia: Jasmyn Bloodworth
  • Dornbusch Partners School Encouragement Award: The Glennie School
  • Murray’s Art and Framing Junior Encouragement Award: Gisele Hede

Girls to have work selected were:


  • Gisele Hede  (2)
  • Mabel Hede

Years 1 and 2

  • Palakh Garg
  • Zoe Wardle
  • Miranda Boxall-Thomas
  • Ella Donovan
  • Olivia Kemp
  • Amelia DeClark
  • Darcy Vaschina
  • Elle Middleton
  • Meg Roper

Years 3 and 4

  • Charlotte Baker
  • Grace De La Croix
  • Aalia Magzub-Colvin
  • Samantha Azar
  • Pip Lilford
  • Kate Roper
  • Holly Finn
  • Alliah Oats
  • Chloe Archinal
  • Freya Statham
  • Jazelle Carter

Years 5 and 6

  • Mia Van der Merwe
  • Emma Anderson
  • Kate Healy
  • Mashal Imam
  • Jayde Pearson
  • Charlotte Townsing
  • Harriet Dummett

Years 7 and 8

  • Charlotte Hall (2)

Open Drawing

  • Harriett Killen
  • Amber Lane

Open Painting and Multimedia

  • Jasmyn Bloodworth
  • Pippy Donaldson
  • Harriett Killen
  • Alexandra Rhodes

Read more about the girls’ achievements in this Chronicle article

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Toowoomba Royal Show Art Awards

25 May 2017

The Toowoomba Royal Show provided an opportunity for our art students to demonstrate their outstanding abilities. The Middle and Senior Years girls’ achievements were recognised in Assembly this week.  Well done to Brittany Nicholson for achieving first prize in her section. A special mention goes to Georgia Marsh for not only achieving first prize but also Champion for her Black and White Freehand Drawing.

  • Georgia Marsh, First Prize, Champion: Black and White Freehand drawing 
  • Brittney Nicholson, First Prize: Year 9 Freehand drawing
  • Brittney Nicholson, Second Prize: Year 9 Drawing 
  • Lauren Hopgood, Third Prize: Year 9 Drawing 
  • Angela Sharp, Third Prize: Year 11 Freehand
  • Josie Fawckner, Fourth Prize: Year 11 Freehand
  • Paige Caldwell, Highly Commended: Year 11 Freehand Drawing

Click here for the photo gallery

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State Honours Ensemble Program

19 May 2017

This weekend approximately 120 music students from the Darling Downs Region will converge upon Glennie to work with staff from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. SHEP is designed to offer students the opportunity to make music with other like-minded teenagers whilst gaining the experience of learning from industry professionals. This is a wonderful opportunity for the 60 Glennie students involved.

The final concert on Sunday 21 May at 1:00 pm will feature the Choir, String Ensemble and Concert Band. These ensembles will have worked across the weekend, and the concert promises to be of a very high standard. The concert is open to the public for a gold coin donation. It will be held in the Glennie Assembly Hall.

Good luck to all of those involved in this auspicious weekend.

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Eisteddfod Results - Individual

19 May 2017

Round 1 of the Toowoomba Eisteddfod concluded last week with the Glennie girls bringing home a number of awards and prizes in the Singing, and Speech and Drama sections. Many of the Speech and Drama students competed for the first time and received high praise for their performances. Well done to all of the students and parents. Also a big thank you to the staff, conductors and tutors for their time and effort before and during the eisteddfod.

Round 2 of the Toowoomba Eisteddfod occurs in August, with some preparations already beginning. Stay tuned for dates and times in the coming months.

Below are the individual results from Round 1

Section 084 - Year 7 to 9  Vocal Duet

  • Laura Hunt & Taylor Steinmuller - 2nd 

Section 055 Year 8 Vocal (Female) Solo

  • Amy Grant - HC 

Section 054 Year 9 Vocal (Female) Solo

  • Katelyn Nicholls - HC 

Section 082 Open Vocal Duet

  • Vicki Bravery - 1st (Current Strings and Vocal tutor)

Section 151 Years 7 to 9 Piano Duet

  • Emma Donald & Olivia Taylor - 1st 

Section 130 Years 7 to 9 Australian Composer Piano Solo

  • Zoe Dann - 1st

Section 143 All Age Graded Piano Solo Grade 4 Standard

  • Olivia Taylor - 2nd 

Section 213 Years 5 and 6 Dramatisation of Poem Group

  • Year 5 Drama Group - Elizabeth Cross, Philippa Lilford, Keira Nicholls, Isabelle Morrissey, Isabella Poole, Felicity Russell - 2nd 

Section 212 Years 1 and 2 Poems in Pairs

  • Olivia Kemp & Sophia Kavanagh - 2nd
  • Amalia Gomez-Faramand & Caitlyn Morrissey - 3rd

Section 209 Year 5 Poem in Pairs

  • Isabelle Morrissey & Keira Nicholls - 3rd
  • Elizabeth Cross & Philippa Lilford - HC
  • Felicity Russell & Isabella Poole - HC

Section 68 Year 7 Music Theatre Performance Solo

  • Isabella Shelton - HC

Section 66 Year 9 Music Theatre Performance Solo

  • Lauren Baryla - 2nd

Section 210 Year 4 Poem in Pairs

  • Anastasia Hand & Isabella Poole - HC

Section 50 Years 10 to 12 Vocal Championships

  • Isabel Lanigan - 2nd 

Section 65 Year 10 Music Theatre Performance Solo

  • Isabel Lanigan - 1st

Section 75 Year 7 Contemporary Commercial Vocal Solo

  • Isabella Shelton - 1st

Section 80 Years 8 and 9 Contemporary Commercial Ballard Solo

  • Laura Hunt - 1st
  • Celine Dixon - HC

Section 78 Years 8 and 9 Rock Song Solo

  • Laura Hunt - 1st
  • Taylor Steinmuller - 2nd
  • Celine Dixon - 3rd
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Billets required

19 May 2017

The School has been asked if ten families could billet female students from the Birralee choir. They have requested we source families able to billet the girls in groups of two or three from 4:00pm Saturday 27  May until 11:00am Sunday 28 May.

If you are able to assist, we would be very grateful. Please contact Alicia Hawthorne in the PAC office on 07 4688 8816.

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Voices of the Trenches 27 and 28 May

19 May 2017

Members of Glennie’s Xpression and G Major choirs have been invited to participate in "Voices from the Trenches". This concert is a musical tribute to the First World War soldiers, not just those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in The Somme, France but also for the soldiers who returned home.

Presented by Brisbane’s Voices of Birralee, the festival will unite the community. School choirs will perform stunning music reflecting the WW1 era, with modern compositions. These will include a beautifully poignant and emotionally charged commissioned piece, ensuring the Anzac legacy is preserved.

This event will be run over the weekend of Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May. Sunday will conclude with a concert uniting Voices of Birralee, Toowoomba school choirs, and community choirs to honour our Anzacs. Tickets for the concert can be purchased through the Empire Theatre.

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Seeking New PASA President

19 May 2017

The Glennie School Performing Arts Supporters Association (PASA) is seeking a new President for the remainder of 2017.

PASA undertakes fundraising activities to assist in supporting the School's arts programs and students. This year PASA ran the BBQ at the Glennie Fair, a raffle at the Junior School Grandparents’ Day and, a sweet stall and raffle at the very successful High School Musical performances.

Upcoming events are already planned and include a social dinner for PASA members at Fitzy’s in Term 3, JazzFest, Morning Melodies and helping with the girls at July Eisteddfods.   

The President will be well supported by the Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-President and the active PASA members who always provide many helping hands at PASA events.

A Glennie School sub-committee is a fantastic way to contribute to an area of special interest for your daughter at the school.  

If you are interested in the PASA President role, please contact PASA.

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Toowoomba Eisteddfod

12 May 2017

Well done to all of the Glennie students who performed in the Choral Eisteddfod sections from Thursday to Sunday last week. Choirs from the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools competed, sometimes against each other in the same section. The standard of performance from all competitors was very high. The staff and students involved are to be commended for their professionalism and obvious passion that they have for choral singing. Well done to Miss Kann and Mrs Bravery for their outstanding conducting and to Mrs Evans and Mrs Gordon for their wonderful accompanying. Thanks to Mr Finlay and Mrs Kleidon for their co-ordination of the Junior choirs, Mrs Hawthorne for her organisation and to all of the staff that supervised across the weekend. It is evident from the excellent results below, and also from the sections where we didn’t place, that choral singing is alive and well at Glennie and that each choir should be proud of their high standard of performances.    

Toowoomba Eisteddfod July/August

Entries for the second part of the eisteddfod for Instrumental, Drama and Dance close very soon. If your daughter would like to participate in this part of the eisteddfod that occurs in July/August, entries close on Thursday 18 May. Students can enter via their instrumental teacher or to Mrs Hawthorne in the PAC office.


  • Primary School Spiritual Song or Gospel Choir; G Major Choir - 3rd
  • Primary School Modern Choir; G Major Choir - 3rd 
  • Primary School A Grade Choir, G Major Choir - 3rd 


  • Secondary School Choir; Senior Years Choir - 1st
  • Secondary School Vocal Ensemble;  Glennie Singers - 3rd 


  • Secondary School Hymn Singing Choir; Middle Years Choir - 3rd 
  • Secondary School Folk Singing Ensemble; Choral Group - 3rd  


  • Primary School Vocal Ensemble; G Major Arpeggios - 2nd 
  • Primary School Hymn Singing Choir; G Major Choir - 2nd 
  • Middle School Vocal Ensemble; Glennie Singers - 1st 
  • Middle School Choir; Middle Years Choir - 1st

Photos: G Minor Choir, G Major Choir

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State Honours Ensemble Program (Brisbane, September)

12 May 2017

Girls are reminded that nominations for the State Honours Ensemble Program, which will be held in Brisbane at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in October, close on Friday 19 May. Please contact the PAC Office for more details.

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Congratulations Colours award winners

5 May 2017

Congratulations to girls whose hard work in The Arts was rewarded when they were presented with their colours at assembly this week.

  • Alyssa Baker - Half Colours:  Speech and Drama, Year 8
  • Imogen Taylor - Half Colours:  Dance, Year 9
  • Jessica Rutledge - Half Colours:  Music, Year 10
  • Ellen de Jong - Half Colours:  Debating, Year 12
  • Lucinda Jensen - Half Colours:  Debating, Year 12
  • Lucinda Brodie – Full Colours with Honours:  Music, Year 12

Absent from photo: Lucinda Brodie.

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