TGS Welcome Concert

3 March 2017

Members of Xpression performed last night in the annual Toowoomba Grammar School Welcome Concert. The joint ensemble sang two beautiful pieces: V’amo Di Core and City Called Heaven that were well received by the audience.

Thank you to Xpression’s conductors Mrs Wendy Evans and Mr Neil Roche-Kelly (TGS) for their preparation.

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Sophie to honour soldiers in song

24 February 2017

Sophie Little (Year 11) has been selected to perform at the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux, France on Anzac Day as a member of the Voices of Birralee Anzac Commemoration Choir 2017.

Following an Australia wide bid, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs has contracted Voices of Birralee (a youth choral organisation based in Brisbane) to provide choral services for the Anzac and WWI Centenary Services on the Western Front, France for five years.

In addition to the Anzac Day Services at Villers-Bretonneux and at ‘The Digger’ Memorial, Bullecourt, where they will be performing with the Australian Army Band, Sophie will be involved in pre-commemorative performances including the Ravivage de la Flame sous l’Arc de Triomphe (the Lighting of the Flame under the Arc de Triomphe), the British Embassy in Paris, and memorial concerts in the French communities of Allonville, Vignacourt and Villers-Bretonneux.

Sophie’s outstanding commitment to preparations for the tour will see her vocal talent shine on this significant occasion. Congratulations, Sophie!

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Music Camp

17 February 2017

Last weekend heralded our annual Music Camp at the Sunshine Coast where 180 students and staff spent their days music-making and forming steadfast friendships.

To cool down through the heat wave, we took to the pool for choir rehearsals. This was a great incentive for students to learn the words of their new songs so they could rehearse without sheet music. This inventiveness even caught the attention of WIN TV news, and we shared it on Facebook. Unfortunately for the woodwind, strings, brass and percussion students, they had to make do with fans and the sea breeze!  A highlight of the camp was a wonderful buddy session that encouraged friendships between girls in different year levels who are learning the same instrument.

For the Middle and Senior Years Rock Awards night girls dressed in costumes from Grease, Winnie the Pooh, Wonderland, Cats, Mary Poppins and a host of other musicals. The entire Year 10 cohort dressed as characters from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  

A special thank you goes to all the staff, from both Junior Years and Middle and Senior Years for a wonderful music camp:  Mrs Sharon Gilbert, Mr Jacob Finlay, Mr Jason Wisley, Miss Leanne Mitchell, Miss Wendy Evans, Miss Emma Kann, Mr Steve Warren, Mrs Vicki Bravery, Miss Elizabeth Gordon, Mrs Lorraine Fuller, Miss Andreas Elms, Mrs Sue Greig, Mrs Jeanet Dawson and Mrs Christine Kleidon. A special thank you to Mrs Alicia Hawthorne for her work in preparations for such a successful camp.

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Off to camp

10 February 2017

A large group of very excited girls departed from Glennie at lunchtime to attend Music Camp. Girls in Years 4 to 12 will have lots of stories to tell, we look forward to a report next week.

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Music Muster and Extra-curricular lessons

3 February 2017

Last Friday over 120 girls signed up for their ensembles for the year. There are still places in all groups (especially choirs). Girls who still wish to join an ensemble should come along to rehearsals next week. Visit the Arts site on the portal for the rehearsal schedule.

There are also positions available in extra-curricular lessons for music and speech and drama. To enrol in these lessons, please visit the Arts portal site to complete a form.

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3 February 2017

Middle and Senior Years girls have begun rehearsing for their upcoming musical production, High School Musical. An excited cast of 100 students is working hard to make the performances on April 21 to 23 at the Armytage Centre the very best they can be.

Save the date, tickets will be on sale soon.

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Spirit of Australia announced APRA/ASA 2016 Song of the Year

27 January 2017

In 2016 the Glennie School commissioned Donna Dyson to compose Spirit of Australia to include in the Europe Tour Choir’s repertoire for their Europe Tour held in July 2016. The song, first penned on a napkin by composer Donna Dyson who collaborated with Damien Leith, has transcended expectations and has been announced the APRA/ASA Song of the Year at the 36th National Songwriting Awards.

“It was an absolute pleasure to work with composer Donna Dyson at rehearsals in the months leading up to the Europe tour. Her feedback on our progress with the rehearsal of the song was integral to our success in performing the song for the first time to audiences at the Summa Cum Laude Music Festival held in Vienna” said Mrs Sharon Gilbert, Head of The Arts at Glennie.

Spirit of Australia had its Australian debut at QPAC Concert Hall when the Glennie Middle and Senior Years Choir performed at Brisbane Sings, a community event featuring choirs and singing groups from all over the city. In September, Donna Dyson released the song with Damien Leith adding his special touch as vocalist. With this dynamic duo at the helm, it is no surprise the song is receiving nationwide acclaim.

In addition to the song being the unanimous favourite with the judging panel, Donna Dyson and Damien Leith are celebrating their prestigious win as 2016 APRA/ASA Songwriters of the Year. Spirit of Australia has the potential to be the theme song for national sporting events, awards days and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. It would be an honour for Glennie to be part of the song’s future journey.  

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Glennie to host SHEP Program

27 January 2017

Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, in partnership with The Glennie School, is pleased to present the inaugural State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) Darling Downs from Friday 19 May to Sunday 21 May to be held at The Glennie School, Toowoomba.

SHEP provides an opportunity for secondary school (Years 7 - 12) wind, brass, percussion, string and voice students to work in an intensive environment of musical excellence with their peers from South-East Queensland, under the leadership of a team of eminent conductors from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

SHEP Darling Downs joins Queensland Conservatorium’s SHEP programs taking place in Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton and Townsville, alongside SHEP Queensland which is based in Brisbane and open to all Queensland secondary students.

Placements are available for students studying violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, french horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion and voice.

It is recommended that students should have reached Grade 3 and above standard on their instrument or have choral/singing experience of at least three years (or Grade 2 equivalent).

Interested students can collect a nomination form from the PAC Office

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Speech and Drama

25 November 2016

The final weeks of Speech and Drama have included group activities and workshops to improve improvisation skills and work on ensemble building.

Both the Junior Years and Middle Years students worked enthusiastically in the workshops - stretching their imaginations and stepping out of their comfort zones to try new activities.

Individual and small group Speech and Drama lessons are held at the school. Lessons encourage students with a flair for the dramatic or students who need a little help in speaking in front of a group or their peers,

Speech and Drama can help in many ways. I would like to thank the students, parents and staff for a wonderful year and their never ending encouragement and support.

Have a lovely break and see you in 2017.

Miss Andreas Elms
Speech and Drama Coach

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Major Award winners at Arts Awards

18 November 2016

Recently, Glennie’s Performing Artists celebrated a busy year of performances with the instrumental concert and the Awards Presentations in a mammoth weekend celebrating The Arts at Glennie.

Congratulations to every ensemble and choir that has rehearsed and performed at countless events throughout the year.  

Major prize winners at the Art Awards were:

  • Harley Mead Perpetual Trophy for Excellence in Composition - Arna Gerussi
  • Bronte Graham Prize - Liezel Reed
  • Bonnie Cook Prize - Jasmine Zuyderwyk
  • Perinet Prize for Artist of the Year - Amy Eiser
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Brass Workshop

11 November 2016

Glennie’s brass players were fortunate to have a Brass Player's Workshop with professional trombone player and ex-Toowoomba resident Mr Daniel McIlvride.

He played for the girls, told them of his life as a musician in the Australian Navy Band in Melbourne, got them doing breathing exercises and playing. He also gave them a copy of his band's newly released CD. It was an inspiring afternoon.

The workshop was sponsored by the Brass Music Specialists shop in Brisbane and organised by Mrs Lorraine Fuller.

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State Honours Program

11 November 2016

Glennie girls received their certificates at Assembly this week, for taking part in the State Honours Program. These girls were successful in gaining a place in this prestigious program offered for four days during the September holidays. Girls spent their time rehearsing and performing in concert band, orchestra and choir.

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Exam fun

11 November 2016

The Prep and Year 1 girls were delighted to receive an invitation to be an audience for the Year 10 Music exam this week. Year 10 girls hosted a special concert where their individual and group performances were assessed. It was another stunning showcase of their musical skills and a wonderful opportunity to work on stage. While it was a relaxing afternoon for Prep and Year 1 girls we hope the variety of instruments and quality of vocal performances seen today ignites a love of music in them. Congratulations to the Year 10 girls and to Mr Wisley for their wonderful performance.

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Colours and Service Arts Awards

4 November 2016

Performing Arts students were awarded certificates for three years’ service to music and also for colours at the Middle and Senior Years’ assemblies this week. Girls unable to attend the Performing Arts Awards night were also presented with their certificate .

Congratulations, girls.

Full Colours

  • Hannah Smith (Year 10) Music
  • Isabelle Miller (Year 11) Music
  • Mackenzie Dunn (Year 10) Dance
  • Alice Armytage (Year 9) Music

3 Years’ Service

  • Phoebe Parker (Year 11) Big Band
  • Georgina White (Year 10) Big Band
  • Alice Armytage (Year 9) Big Band
  • Keira Groves (Year 12) Choir
  • Brittany Rodda (Year 12) Choir
  • Eve-Anneke Eldridge Hayes (Year 11) Choir
  • Jessie Lilford (Year 11) Choir
  • Isabelle Miller (Year 11) Choir
  • Phoebe Parker (Year 11) Choir
  • Wathmi Herath (Year 10) Choir
  • Sophie Little (Year 10) Choir
  • Chené Malan (Year 10) Choir
  • Amber Pugh (Year 10) Choir
  • Lize van der Merwe (Year 10) Choir
  • Mari van der Merwe (Year 10) Choir
  • Ekene Aghanwa (Year 9) Choir
  • Alice Armytage (Year 9) Choir
  • Sophie Little (Year 10) Choral Group
  • Aimee Keighran (Year 10) Concert Band
  • Jessica Page (Year 10) Concert Band
  • Alice Armytage (Year 9) Concert Band
  • Isabella Apalais (Year 7) Concert Band
  • Lucy Nicholls (Year 7) Concert Band
  • Lucinda Jensen (Year 11) Debating
  • Lily Bragg (Year 8) Glennie Singers
  • Elyse McKechnie (Year 12) Jazz Ensemble
  • Phoebe Parker (Year 11) Jazz Ensemble
  • Lorraine Han (Year 11) Orchestra
  • Hannah Smith (Year 10) Orchestra
  • Amanda Taylor (Year 10) Orchestra
  • Sienna Ward (Year 10) Orchestra
  • Lilly Wyvill (Year 8) Orchestra
  • Isabella Apalais (Year 7) Orchestra
  • Sophie Little (Year 10) String Ensemble
  • Hannah Smith (Year 10) String Ensemble
  • Sienna Ward (Year 10) String Ensemble
  • Katie Chicalas (Year 9) String Ensemble
  • Emily Rattray (Year 8) String Ensemble
  • Jemima Brodie (Year 7) String Ensemble
  • Peppa Carter (Year 7) String Ensemble
  • Kartia Chin (Year 7) String Ensemble
  • Gabrielle Kleidon (Year 7) Youth Orchestra
  • Jana Parker (Year 7) Youth Orchestra
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Morning melodies delights guests

4 November 2016

Over 50 residents from Churches of Christ Toowoomba Aged Care, Nubeena Churches of Christ Nursing Home, Yukana Retirement and Aged Care Living, Brodribb Retirement Village and Glenvale Villas came to Glennie yesterday for Morning Melodies.

Senior girls Anna Beil, Trisanna Adrian, Alice Rowling, Laura Baartz, Brittany Rodda, Keira Groves, Shelby O’Keefe, Arna Gerussi, Liezel Reed and Trisha Chand performed beautifully for our guests. Keira, Shelby, Liezel and Trisha had the added pressure of their performances forming part of their assessment.

It was delightful to have Leilani Te’o (GOG 2012) in the audience, attending as an assistant to her elderly charges. Today’s performances reminded her of her time as a performing arts student and of the time she performed at Morning Melodies in 2012.

Thanks to PASA for their support and provision of morning tea.

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Arts Weekend

28 October 2016

This weekend will see our Annual Arts Awards night at the Highfields Cultural Centre, where we will celebrate the achievements of Glennie girls in the arts.

On Sunday, all of our ensembles will perform, some for the last time this year, in the Instrumental Concert on the Armytage Theatre stage. The concert starts at 2:00pm, and tickets will be available at the door.  


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Showcase Day

28 October 2016

On Wednesday 2 November, all Year 7 students will be presenting their Music, Dance or Drama performances to their peers during the inaugural Glennie Performance Showcase.  

At the beginning of Term 4, students selected a favourite performance genre and have been working either individually or in groups to devise pieces to present.

The brainchild of the Performing Arts department for the new Year 7 program, the Showcase Day is designed first and foremost as an opportunity for all girls to celebrate the Performing Arts and to share their skills and talents. At a secondary level it is also an assessment day, where students are critiqued only on their ability to communicate meaning to their audience.  As such, this is a closed event where only Year 7 students, invited Year 6 students and staff are permitted to attend.

Individual performances will be recorded and subsequent videos will be shared with group members. Parents will be able to view a video of their daughters’ work after the Showcase Day.

As staff, we are looking very much forward to be an audience to the girls’ work.  Rehearsals have suggested that we will be watching some very creative, entertaining and engaging work.

Mrs Kaye Broadfoot

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High School Musical

28 October 2016

Auditions and call-backs are now complete and the cast will be announced next Monday, 31 October. We congratulate all girls (and boys) who auditioned and are very excited to start preparations for a show with a very large cast!

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AXXIOM Concert

28 October 2016

Next Friday afternoon, at 4:00pm in Manning Theatre, members of AXXIOM will be presenting their work. Students in this Glennie Drama Group have been working hard to polish their performances ready for an audience. Please come along and support their efforts.

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Empire Youth Bursary recipients announced

21 October 2016

The 2016 Empire Theatres Foundation Youth Bursary recipients were announced this week with more than $20,000 in bursaries awarded to 26 young talents.  Congratulations Glennie recipients Hannah Smith and Lucy Brodie. Hannah has received a bursary to attend Australian Youth Orchestra – Young Symphonists and Lucy has received a bursary to attend Australian Youth Orchestra – National Music Camp.

Photo credit:  Empire Theatre Facebook page.

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Paul Morton Choral Festival

21 October 2016

Last Tuesday members of the Middle and Senior Years Choirs participated in the annual Paul Morton Festival at Downlands.

This festival promotes the enjoyment of sharing music with others in a non-competitive way. The girls joined ten other choirs to participate in a massed choir with 402 voices for the finale.

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Prestige Musicfest

21 October 2016

In a busy week for the Arts. Concert Band and Glennie/Grammar Orchestra travelled to Brisbane to compete in the Prestige Musicfest at Iona College.  The bands performed well, with both Concert Band and Orchestra gaining a silver award.

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Singing our farewells

21 October 2016

Pippy Donaldson, Jasmine Zuyderwyk and Eve Eldridge Hayes had the honour of performing "You Raise Me Up" at the farewell picnic for Mrs Ashley-Cooper.  As one of Mrs Ashley-Cooper's all time favourite songs, these girls worked for weeks to have this song "just perfect" for the day.  

The Glennie School's Jazz ensemble also played a big part of the celebrations, performing upbeat songs for nearly half an hour to add to the occasion.  

Middle Years choir took charge of another of Mrs Ashley-Cooper's favourite songs, "Fields of Gold" and sang beautifully. Congratulations to the girls and music staff for their participation in making this day a day of celebration.

For photos of the picnic, click here

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Take Note Concert

14 October 2016

Tonight, the Glennie/Grammar Orchestra and Xpression will perform at the annual Take Note Concert at Toowoomba Grammar School. Members of both ensembles have been rehearsing for months to perfect their repertoire for their performance. The concert starts at 7:00pm at the TGS Assembly Hall with a gold coin donation entry.

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14 October 2016

Due to the great interest in the Musical, we have extended the auditions.

It is not too late to win a role in the 2017 Middle and Senior Years production of High School Musical.

  • Tuesday, 18 October -  3:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, 19 October - 12:45pm to 1:20pm
  • Thursday, 20 October -  3:30pm to 4:20pm
  • Friday, 21 October -  3:30pm to 5:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: We will not be moving any bookings that have already been made (with the exception of those for the French Immersion Tourists).  

Please see Mrs Hawthorne in the PAC to book in your audition time.

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