Festival Time

29 April 2016

Students from The Glennie School and Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School had a wonderful experience at the Anglican Schools Music Festival on Friday 22 April. The festival involved a full day of rehearsals in a combined ensemble, followed by an evening Concert in QPAC (Qld Performing Arts Centre) in Brisbane. Schools involved with the Festival were Cannon Hill Anglican College, Canterbury College, Fraser Coast Anglican College, Matthew Flinders Anglican College, St Andrew’s Anglican College, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School, St John’s Anglican College, Toowoomba Anglican College & Preparatory School, The Glennie School, Coomera Anglican College, The Springfield Anglican College, St Paul’s School and West Moreton Anglican College. The students worked with top conductors and the performances were stunning. The finale involved more than 350 musicians on stage.

Here are Elyse McKechnie’s thoughts on the event:

“We  got on a bus at 6:00am to travel to QPAC for the Anglican Schools’ Music Festival. On arrival, we went our separate ways to either choir, band or string ensembles and spent the day working hard in rehearsals with all the other schools in attendance to prepare for the concert that night. It was an amazing experience to work with such wonderful conductors and talented students to produce a spectacular concert in just one day – it was well worth the early start. Thank you to Mrs Gilbert for taking us.”

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Spirit of Australia

22 April 2016

This week, the girls in the Europe Choir, who will be performing in Europe in July, had a wonderful afternoon working with Australian composer, Mrs Donna Dyson. The School has commissioned internationally and nationally award-winning songwriter Mrs Dyson to write a song for the Glennie Chamber Choir to perform in Europe as part of the Vienna International Festival and Song Competition. Having the opportunity to work with the composer of a piece of music was a very valuable experience. The girls got to hear first-hand the intent and the true meaning of the lyrics.

Mrs Dyson has worked closely with Mr Damien Leith on the piece, Spirit of Australia. The choir is thrilled to be performing this work overseas. This song could even be put forward as the possible theme song for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. There are exciting times ahead!

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Anglican Schools Festival

22 April 2016

QPAC is the venue for today’s Anglican Schools Music Festival. 14 schools from the South-East  combined to present a gala of music incorporating choir, concert band and string orchestra.

Students went through a selection process and 12 Glennie girls were accepted into the Festival. With only a few hours of rehearsal together during the day, students will perform in the Concert Hall tonight, finishing with a massed item involving over 300 students.

Congratulations to the girls involved: Alice Armytage, Laura Baartz, Anna Beil, Lucy Brodie, Trisha Chand, Georgina Dummett, Arna Gerussi, Elyse McKechnie, Alice Rowling, Hannah Smith, Rebekah Smith and Amanda Taylor.

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String Quartet performs

22 April 2016

Our Glennie String quartet performed at the Toowoomba launch of "It's a Bloke Thing" a campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer. The girls provided a lovely atmosphere for the guests at the function.

Our string quartet is available to play at weddings and other functions. Please contact the PAC for further information.

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Skills to create memorable works of art

22 April 2016

This week, Years 10 and 12 Visual Arts girls worked with visiting visual artist Nancy Brown. Girls were guided through the process of printmaking for the creation of books and fabric prints. The progress photos show how each design is unique and intricate. The books and prints would be perfect to record special memories or as a gift for a friend or family member. Nancy is an inspiration to the girls and an asset to their skill development in visual arts.

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The Little Mermaid cast announced

22 April 2016

After an impressive round of auditions, we are delighted to share the details of the cast for the 2016 Junior Years Musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid to be performed on Saturday 10 September, 2016.

Lead Roles

Ariel: Isabella Shelton
Sebastian:Jessica Barnes
Ursula: Tanvi Chand
Flounder: Zoe Dann
Scuttle: Telile Gehrmann
Chef Lois: Sophie Fleming
Prince Eric: Darcie Wilson
Grimsby: Harriet Dummett
King Triton: Mikayla Karl-Russell
Flotsam: Ruby Heffernan
Jetsam: Hayley Broadfoot
Carlotta: Gabrielle Boardman
Mersisters / Princesses: Chelsea Armstrong, Isabella Mundell, Haylee Silver, Meggy Whiteside, Aahliya Drought and Amelia Tranter.

Cast Members

Emma Anderson, Hayley Baker, Ebony Baillie-Pignat, Sally Byrne, Amelie Clifford, Mia Coetzee, Katelyn Collie, Harriet Davoren, Koojitha Dhanankula, Emma Fitzgerald, Ellaryn Gilbert, Courtney Gill, Chloe Gotze, Prisha Gupte, Zara Haynes, Kate Healy, Maddison Jones, Trinity Keenan, Saman Khan, Holly Lareman, Lauren Lester, Rheanca Lincoln, Georgia McTaggart, Eve Muirhead, Arianne Oliveros, Imogen Saal, Isabelle Simon, Caitlyn Spanner, Hannah Stunden, Mia Van der Merwe, Gabby Waterfall

 

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Eisteddfod

15 April 2016

Over the Easter weekend at the start of the holidays, Glennie girls were busy performing at the Queensland Eisteddfod in Toowoomba. It was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to see and hear choirs from as far away as Rockhampton.

Both the Middle Years Choir and the Senior Years choirs entered all sections, gaining a number of 3rd placings and Highly Commended results.

Congratulations to all students who attend the eisteddfod and to Mrs Bravery, Mrs Evans, Mrs Gordon and Miss Kann for preparing and performing with the girls.

Here are the results for Glennie’s Ensembles

Queensland Eisteddfod Results

  • Middle Years Choir, Youth Modern Chorus Contest, 3rd
  • Senior Years Choir, Intermediate Choral Contest, 3rd
  • Choral Group, Youth Small Vocal Ensemble, 3rd
  • Middle Years Choir, Junior Choral Contest, HC
  • Glennie Singers, Youth Small Vocal Ensemble, HC

Toowoomba Eisteddfod Results

Senior Years Choir, Secondary School Spiritual / Gospel Choir, 1st

Middle Years Choir, Middle Years Choir, 1st

Glennie Singers, Middle Years Vocal Ensemble, 1st

Senior Years Choir, Secondary School Choir, 2nd

Senior Years Choir, Secondary School Modern Choir, 2nd

Glennie Singers, Secondary School Folk Singing Ensemble, 2nd

G Major Arpeggios, Primary School Vocal Ensemble, 2nd

G Major Choir, Primary School Hymn Singing Choir, 2nd

G Major Choir, Primary School Spiritual / Gospel Choir, 2nd

Senior Years Choir, Secondary School Hymn Singing Choir, 3rd

Middle Years Choir, Secondary School Spiritual / Gospel Choir, 3rd

G Major Choir, Primary School A Grade Choir, 3rd

G Minor Choir, Primary School P-4 B Grade Junior Choir, 3rd

G Major Choir, Primary School Modern Choir, 3rd

Middle Years Choir, Secondary School Choir, HC

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Silver Medal

23 March 2016

Last Saturday night, Alice Rowling travelled to Brisbane to attend the Australian College of Music Annual Awards Night. Alice was awarded a silver medal for receiving the second highest exam marks in the State for her 6th Grade speech and drama examination. At the presentation, she also performed one of her exam pieces.

Congratulations, Alice!  

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Eisteddfod

23 March 2016

Congratulations to all girls who were involved in the Eisteddfod. There were some excellent individual and group results.

The Queensland Eisteddfod is being held over the holidays, The Middle and Senior Years choirs will be competing. The students have worked exceptionally hard to prepare for these performances, and we wish them good luck! We will publish all the results next term.

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Clowning around

23 March 2016

This week welcomed Jennifer from Shake & Stir Theatre Co to conduct a ‘Clowning Masterclass’ with the Year 8 Drama girls. Jennifer provided the motivation and delivery of skills the girls need to unleash their inner clowns and fulfil their curriculum requirements in Drama.  The fun and interactive tasks completed in the Masterclass allowed the girls to become much more aware of vocalisation and body language.

Well done to all girls who participated so fully in the workshop!

Click here to view the photo gallery.

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Festival Time

23 March 2016

The Anglican Schools Music Festival brings together students from 14 Anglican Schools from the Diocese of Brisbane to combine for a gala evening of music on the QPAC Concert Hall stage. Fourteen Glennie School students have received an offer to participate in this festival on Friday, 22 April. We would love to have as many people as possible support this event and attend the concert. The Festival only occurs every two years and is a great honour for those students selected.

Performing at the Festival will be a combined symphonic band, string orchestra, choir and the evening will close with a massed symphony orchestra and choir of over 350 musicians.

Girls will travel by bus to Brisbane early that morning for workshops and rehearsals all day. There are some spare seats on the bus if parents would like a day in Brisbane, before attending the concert that night. Tickets to the performance are only $10 and available through the QPAC link below.

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Country Music Honours for Dana

23 March 2016

Country singer and Glennie Old Girl, Dana Hassall has been awarded the Country Award at the 2016 Queensland Music Awards. Her song, Spinning Wheels, was a top four finalist for Song of the Year.

Congratulations, Dana!

Visit Dana’s website to find out about her music career. 

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Eisteddfod

18 March 2016

Today marks the start of the Queensland Eisteddfod, which is being hosted in Toowoomba this year. The first part is the "local" eisteddfod, followed by the open sections over the Easter weekend. All of the Glennie choirs have been entered into the local sections, with the Middle and Senior Years ensembles also competing next weekend.  

Results from earlier today include the G Major Choir being awarded second place in the Spiritual section and third place in the Modern Section. G Minors placed third in B Grade P-4 Section. 

We wish all the competitors in the solos and small groups, as well as the choirs, good luck!

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Lunchtime Concert (photos)

18 March 2016

Last Friday lunchtime, the first of 2016's Lunchtime Concerts, run by the Year 12 Arts Committee was held.  These concerts give all girls an opportunity to present work for an audience, to have a "trial run" before assessment performances take place.

The audience greatly appreciated the effort of the girls. Congratulations to the Arts Committee for all of their work undertaken for this event.

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Playing for a Cause

18 March 2016

Last weekend, the Glennie Big Band and Jazz ensemble took to the stage to provide entertainment for the guests at the Glennie Aquatic Centre's fundraising event. Congratulations to the girls and their conductor Mr Jason Wisley on their preparation for this event.

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A feast for the eyes

11 March 2016

Last week, Years 9 to 12 Visual Art students visited the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. Here they viewed artworks from the Asia Pacific Triennial 8 exhibition in many mediums and from a variety of different cultures. "This eighth edition emphasises the role of performance in recent art, with live actions, video, kinetic art, figurative painting and sculpture exploring the use of the human form to express cultural, social and political ideas, and the central role of artists in articulating experiences specific to their localities." (from https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/apt8)

Click here to see the photo gallery

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Orchestra and Xpression perform

4 March 2016

Last night, both the combined Grammar and Glennie Orchestra and the vocal ensemble Xpression performed at the annual Toowoomba Grammar School Welcome Concert.

A packed audience enjoyed the concert, with all ensembles performing at a very high standard. We thank Mr Jason Wisley and Mrs Wendy Evans for their work in preparing the ensembles.

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The art of ceramics

26 February 2016

On Monday, 22 February, Year 11 Visual Art girls were lucky to have the talented ceramicist, Clairy Laurence, visit and run an all day ceramic workshop at school.  They were able to view images of Clairy's work and see how talented she is with the creation of ceramic heads.

The girls created ceramic busts; self-portraits, and Clairy taught the girls how to focus on each individual feature and to manipulate the clay to make each facial feature with ease. Girls have continued to work on their busts in class this week and are working hard in order to complete them over the next few weeks for their assessment. Thanks to Mrs Cynthia Armstrong and Mrs Cindy Ryan for their assistance in the workshop.

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Speech and Drama - Why Is It Good For Your Children?

26 February 2016

The Glennie Performing Arts Department offers Speech and Drama lessons, individually and in small groups to girls from Prep to Year 12.  An interesting article expands the benefits of studying Speech and Drama:

The value of Speech and Drama

  1. It improves your public speaking skills. Forcing yourself to speak in front of people will help you get better at it! Volume, enunciation, pitch, inflection – they come in handy in a professional setting.
  2. You learn the value of teamwork. In a Drama environment, you learn to compromise and collaborate with many different kinds of people. Drama and Theatre people know — every individual is valuable, not just the stars.
  3. You’ll gain confidence. The Drama environment is unique in that it supports and encourages participants to be weird and try new things, even if you make a fool of yourself. Learning to shed your ego is a skill few people are willing to commit to in the real world. You will find more success when you are conditioned to embarrass yourself a little to find it.
  4. It is a surefire way of gaining reading skills. The great thing about Drama is that one piece of text can be interpreted in infinite ways. You will find new ways to approach analysis because you get to act it out instead of just reading it at a desk. Not to mention, there’s nothing like “have this memorised by next week” that will force you to improve your reading skills fast.
  5. You’ll gain a higher appreciation of the written (and spoken) word. Theatre has informed culture all over the world throughout history. Studying it exposes you to many great works of literature and ideas you may not otherwise encounter. Even if you don’t end up pursuing it for the rest of your life, there are few directions in life you can take that haven’t been influenced by the artform.
  6. Your memorization skills will be on point. It’s a lot more than just remembering words and actions. The memorisation tricks you teach yourself, and the way you learn to multitask on stage can inform the ways you study, work, and organize your mind later on in life.

(Adapted from “14 Ways Being A Drama Kid Can Help You As An Adult”, (www.buzzfeed.com)

Miss Andreas Elms has been teaching at Glennie for three years. She has been the director of the Middle and Senior Years Musical for the past two productions. She was also the backstage manager for the 2015 Speech Day Ceremony.

Miss Elms enjoys seeing the growth of confidence that is apparent in the girls who have taken Speech and Drama lessons. She is a strong advocate for the benefits of this subject in all areas of life.  

For more information on Speech and Drama Lessons at Glennie, please contact the Performing Arts Centre: pac@glennie.qld.edu.au.

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Hairspray

26 February 2016

Last week we mentioned the Glennie girls who are performing in the production of Hairspray in Brisbane in April. Year 9 girl, Meg Kirby is also in the ensemble. Well done, Meg on being chosen from a huge field of audition hopefuls.

In the case of extra-curricular events such as Hairspray, we only find out who is involved if parents get in touch. If your daughter is involved in something special, even if it is not a Glennie event, we always like to hear about it. Drop us a line development@glennie.qld.edu.au.

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String Quartet performs at Sports Darling Downs Awards

19 February 2016

Glennie String Quartet was honoured to perform for guests arriving at the Sports Darling Downs 2015 Sports Star of the Year Presentation evening. Attendance at events like these assist the girls to improve performance skills and stage presence.  

If you are having a wedding, party or special event, please consider hiring the Glennie String Quartet to perform. The addition of a string quartet to your special day adds that touch of elegance.  Download a booking request form today.  

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Glennie girls to shine in Hairspray

19 February 2016

Hannah Radunz (Glennie Old Girl 2013) and Ellie McInerney (Year 12) are to appear in the Brisbane season of Hairspray.  Thousands of people auditioned for these roles and it is an outstanding achievement for Hannah and Ellie to be a part of the mass Ensemble.  

Break a leg,  girls!  

Visit the website for more details about the musical.

 

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Music Camp

12 February 2016

A weekend of music and fun was had last weekend by 170 girls from Years 4 to12 at the annual music camp at the Sunshine Coast. Three days full of rehearsals kept everyone busy; going from choir to band to string sessions before heading off to the beach or the pool for the afternoon's break.  Before heading home on Sunday with many memories and new friends, the Junior Years ensembles demonstrated their progress with a concert. For their last night, the Middle and Senior Years girls attended the "Rock Awards". This year’s theme was Girl Power. Some very creative costumes emerged; there was even an appearance by Barbie dolls and Ken!  

Congratulations to all girls for all of their efforts and dedication to their own playing over the weekend: the musicality and fluency of ensembles has risen dramatically. Special mention to the Year 12 students who made a very big impact in all areas over the weekend.

Click here to view the photo gallery.

 

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Eisteddfod

12 February 2016

This year, Toowoomba is hosting the Queensland Eisteddfod which is taking place in four parts throughout the year. Glennie has entered the choral sections in Part 1 which will be on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 March. These dates will be for the Junior, Middle and Senior Years choirs. The second section will be held over the Easter weekend (Friday afternoon and Saturday morning). This will affect only the Middle and Senior Years Choir.

More information will be linked to the Glennie calendar once times and details are all finalised.

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Music Theory Lessons

12 February 2016

At Glennie, we offer extra-curricular lessons in Music Theory. This complements the work the girls do during their individual instrumental lessons. Lessons are recommended for all girls learning an instrument from Year 5 and upwards.  Classes are currently being created and these will be either before school or during lunchtimes. Please complete the enrolment forms as soon as possible, or alternatively, contact the PAC.

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