Take Note

16 October 2015

Members of Glennie’s Orchestra and Xpression performed at the annual Take Note concert at Toowoomba Grammar School. Congratulations to the members of both ensembles on their commitment to these groups. Special mention also must go to the conductors and directors, Mr Jason Wisley (Orchestra) and Mrs Wendy Evans (Xpression)

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Photography Visual Art Studies Excursion

16 October 2015

On Monday, seven Year 11 Visual Art Studies students went on an adventure to downtown Toowoomba to photograph our city in all its beauty. The girls ventured through town, passed all the wonderful graffiti and murals that are part of the “First Coat” installation, they walked through Queen’s Park, and ended with a photograph session in and around Glennie.Girls will edit their photos on Adobe Photoshop and hand in a folio of photos for their assessment.

A great (but exhausting) day was had by all with the pedometer saying 16,000 steps were completed. Phew! We certainly fulfilled our daily requirements for the Year of Action!

Click here to see the girls' up-close view of Toowoomba

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Music Information Nights

16 October 2015

Next Monday, 19 October, there will be an information night for all parents with children currently in Year 2. This session is to explain the transition to Year 3 Instrumental Program and is an opportunity to answer questions on the upcoming processes. This information session will take place in the Junior Years Music Room from 7.00pm - 8.00pm.

Next Tuesday, 20 October there will be an information night for all parents with children currently in Year 3 and 4. This session is to explain the Year 4 and 5  Instrumental Program and is an opportunity to answer questions on the upcoming processes. This information session will take place in the Junior Years Music Room from 7.00pm - 8.00pm.

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Upcoming Events in The Arts

16 October 2015

Upcoming events next week in the Arts include:

  • Rewards day. 17 October for Middle Years and Junior Years
  • Paul Morton Choral Festival. 20 October for middle and senior years choirs
  • Information night. 20 October for Years 3 and 4
  • Musicfest Competition (in Brisbane). 22 October for Concert Band, Glennie/Grammar Orchestra and String Ensemble
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State Honours

9 October 2015

In the holidays, three Glennie girls participated in the State Honours Music Program at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane. Laura Baartz, Tash Garthe and Jessica Hall spent four days in rehearsal with some of the world's top conductors. The girls were selected from over 600 applicants across Queensland who auditioned for a place in the program.  

Congratulations to the girls on a wonderful achievement.

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Drama Workshop

17 September 2015

Last Sunday, the AXXIOM drama group attended a workshop with Shake & Stir. The workshop helped the girls perfect and refine their performance. Ross Balbuziente, an artistic director, helped the three different groups, Gothic, Verbatim and Physical Theatre to intertwine their performances into one play. The girls all enjoyed the day, and learnt to how to incorporate different dramatic styles into one performance, under the concept of Dreams.

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Queensland Conservatorium to double in size during September school holidays

17 September 2015

Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University’s South Bank campus will be overflowing with teenagers when 870 of Queensland’s finest young secondary school musicians attend the fifteenth annual prestigious State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) Qld 2015 during the September school holidays. Glennie girls, Tash Garthe, Laura Baartz and Jess Hall will be among the students participating.

Selected from 1900 students; nominated by 150 state, private and distance education schools; participants will represent their schools and work alongside renowned international and national conductors.

Running from 1 to 4 October, the four days of intensive rehearsals will culminate in five Grand Finale Concerts, open to the public, on Sunday October 4 in the Conservatorium Theatre at 10:00am, 12 noon, 2:00pm, 4:00pm and 7:00pm; email open-conservatorium@griffith.edu.au for concert information.

SHEP Qld features four Wind Orchestras, two String Orchestras, a Celtic String Ensemble, four Vocal Ensembles and for the first time a Symphony Orchestra and Big Band; showcasing the best that Queensland has to offer. Wind Orchestras will be led by: Mr Brian Balmages (USA), Dr John Lynch (NSW/USA), Dr Rob McWilliams (Qld), Dr Robert Taylor (Canada); String Ensembles by: Mr Stephen Chin (Qld), Ms Loreta Fin (Qld) and Ms Lisa Stevenson (Qld); Vocal Ensembles by Associate Professor Carl Crossin OAM (SA),  Dr Christopher Kiver (USA), Dr Philip Matthias (NSW) and Dr Chris Shepard (USA).  The inaugural Big Band and Symphony Orchestra will be led by Queensland Conservatorium’s Dr Stephen Newcomb and Dr Peter Morris respectively.

In a reciprocal program between Seattle and Brisbane, twelve American college students (four from Washington, one from Idaho and seven from Oregon) have been selected to represent the prestigious Pacific Honours Ensemble Program (PHEP) during SHEP at South Bank. Fifteen Queensland students from across the State (from Brisbane, Ipswich, Proserpine, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, and the Tweed River) will travel to Seattle during November to attend the Western International Band Clinic as part of the PHEP reciprocal exchange program.

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Year 10 Girls Perform for the Junior Years

11 September 2015

On Tuesday, the Year 10 Music class presented a 40-minute performance to the Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students. The theme was all about healthy eating, with everyday foods and sometimes foods. This was part of the Children's Music unit that the Year 10 girls study in Term 3.

Over 100 girls enjoyed the performance, which featured a variety of songs including nursery rhymes. The girls changed the lyrics of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman", from Frozen, to "Do You Want to Build a Sandwich!"

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Brisbane Sings

4 September 2015

Last Sunday, the Glennie Senior Choir members joined 620 choristers from around Brisbane for the fifth annual Brisbane Sings at QPAC Concert Hall. The girls performed five combined songs, three of which were composed by Brisbane artist  and regular visitor to Glennie, Ms Donna Dyson. One of the songs, Beautiful and True, performed at the Glennie Junior Years Speech Day last year, was written by Ms Dyson in celebration of the Year of the Voice.

Brisbane Sings was a wonderful opportunity for the Glennie girls to be a part of this non-competitive massed choir performance. Thank you to the girls and staff who made the commitment to travel to Brisbane for three Sundays this term to be involved.

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Farewell to Mr Clarke and Welcome to Mrs Bravery!

4 September 2015

Last week we said farewell to our Middle Years and G Major Choir conductor Mr Owen Clarke. Mr Clarke has moved to Brisbane to be with his family. The new Middle Years and Junior Years conductor is Mrs Vicki Bravery, whom many of the students already know from the Junior Strings program.

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Choral Concert

4 September 2015

St Luke's was the venue for this year's Choral Concert last Saturday night. There were performances from all of the School's choirs, including: G Minor Choir, G Major Choir, Junior Choral Group, Middle Years Choir, Glennie Singers, Xpression, Senior Years Choir and Choral Group.  

Thank you to the conductors: Mrs Sarah Cooper, Mrs Emma Kann, Mr Owen Clarke and Mr Neil Roche-Kelly and to our accompanists: Mrs Wendy Evans and Mrs Elizabeth Gordon.  

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2016 Eisteddfod

4 September 2015

Although it seems early to be mentioning the Eisteddfod, next May’s Choral/Vocal program has changed. Every few years, Toowoomba hosts the Queensland Eisteddfod, with 2016 being the year that this will happen. The Queensland Eisteddfod will be held in a number of sections. School choral sections will be over the weekend of 18 to 20 March, while solo and small group vocal will be held on 21 to 24 March. The Queensland Eisteddfod section will then be over the Easter weekend from 25 to 27 March.

Glennie is planning to enter the Youth sections of the Queensland Eisteddfod. For early holiday planning for choir students currently in Year 6 to 11, it would be appreciated if holidays could be booked after 27 March if possible. Choirs will be starting the preparation of repertoire in the next few weeks. We will be encouraging some individual singing practice to happen over the Christmas holidays!

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18 October - Rewards Day!

4 September 2015

Girls who have been involved in extra-curricular music and drama this year are invited to a rewards day to celebrate all of the additional time and effort that goes into participating.  

Junior Years girls are invited to Inflatable World from 10:00am to 12 noon on this day. Middle Years girls are invited to attend Kloud9 from 10:00am to 12 noon on this day. Senior girls are off to Dreamworld for the day.  

More information will be sent to families in the next few weeks. Keep the date free!

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Europe Tour

4 September 2015

There are still some vacancies for the 2016 Europe tour to Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic in June and July next year.  

Click here for an itinerary. It is not too late to join this amazing choral experience. The tour is open to girls currently in Years 6 to 11 who are in a Glennie choir. The cost at this stage is approximately $6,500 per person but this price includes most things, including a lifetime of memories.

Please contact Mrs Sharon Gilbert for further information or to place an expression of interest.

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Creative Generation

28 August 2015

Last Sunday, The Creative Generation Art Exhibition was officially opened at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery. This exhibition features a selection of students’ work that is of a the highest standard from across the Darling Downs region. Two Year 12 Glennie Visual Art students, Lily Baldwin and Abigail Tucker, had work selected to be exhibited.

Abigail’s artwork is Inoubliable Cliché, an Instagram account presented as an ipad on a plinth with projected images. In her artist’s statement Abigail explained: Inoubliable Cliché shows the power social media has on the fashion industry. Models, street style photographers and fashion bloggers post about trends that are developing during Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan and Paris and therefore we no longer have to wait for magazines to publish the latest trends as we are seeing them on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest as they happen. I have created a fashion campaign for the A/W 2015 season, but not a normal print campaign, an Instagram campaign, inspired by Oscar de la Renta who has used Instagram to release his own campaigns.

Abigail’s work was Highly Commended and short listed to be exhibited at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. Congratulations, Abigail on such an excellent result.

Lily Baldwin's installation work has proved a powerfully moving piece. It has received a number of positive comments. Both girls should be proud of their excellent achievement.

This week, students from Year 11 and 12 Visual Art classes visited the Gallery to see the work exhibited. Girls were inspired by the wide variety of skills and media used and these will hopefully influence their own artwork in the future.

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Getting physical with Zen Zen Zo

28 August 2015

In Year 11 Drama the students are currently studying the Strength of Women in Shakespeare's plays. After presenting a traditional monologue of a female character, the girls are now asked to "play with" this monologue to recontextualise it; create and shape a new and contemporary perspective of their chosen female role. To do this, the students are asked to apply a new style to the piece. This style is Physical Theatres, specifically the conventions of Zen Zen Zo. The three workshops they unpacked or participated in have now given them the tools (conventions) to create this new and recontextualised piece of dramatic action.  

Apart from the curriculum function of the workshop, accessing different dramatic styles (especially those that are contemporary) allows the students to extend their own knowledge about Drama itself. They are essentially building a 'tool-kit' of resources / conventions / drama skills that can be used and reused in all things dramatic. 

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Choral Concert

28 August 2015

It’s not too late to get a ticket for the Choral Concert which is being held at St Luke’s Church, Herries Street on Saturday evening commencing at 6:00pm.  

Cost for entry is $10.00 per adult, and $5.00 per child and tickets can be purchased at the door.

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JazzFest

21 August 2015

Last Sunday’s inaugural JazzFest was an outstanding success, showcasing the talents of not only our girls and staff but our parents, too, in organising yet another magnificent function for all members of the Glennie community and beyond to enjoy.

This afternoon highlighted again the dedication of the parent community. JazzFest was the brainchild of Susie and Miles Brodie who worked tirelessly over many weeks to ensure its success. Sincere thanks go to the PASA executive and its many helpers, the sponsors who made this possible and you, the parents who supported this event which truly exceeded all expectations!

The weather was superb, entertainment fantastic and food delicious! Guests enjoyed a leisurely afternoon entertained by the smooth sounds of the Glennie Jazz Ensemble and Big Band, Janelle Fletcher and the Toowoomba Jazz Society Band with Jacob Finlay and the Toowoomba Grammar School R ’n B Band.

The afternoon was a true reflection of our wonderful Glennie Community. Two Moos produced amazing platters. Toni’s Meats, Baker’s Duck and Deli Delicious donated the beautiful local produce and, Anava Cuisine, the sweet treats. With the help of our major sponsors, Struxi, Replica Furniture, Clifford Gouldson Lawyers and Avis Toowoomba, JazzFest raised nearly $11,000. This money has already seen the purchase of 20 new xylophones for the Junior School Music Department.

We can see this being a regular event on the Glennie calendars of the future!

Thank you one and all!

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Ellie gets into Hairspray!

21 August 2015

Year 11 girl, Ellie McInerney is putting her performing arts talents good use. She has successfully auditioned with the Harvest Rain Theatre Company and will be singing and dancing in the mass ensemble of Hairspray which will open at the Brisbane Convention Centre in April 2016.

Over 1800 dancers and singers auditioned for the 500 places.

Congratulations, Ellie!

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Choral Concert

21 August 2015

St Luke's Church is the venue for this year's Choral Concert, which will feature all of the school's vocal ensembles: G Minors, G Majors, Junior Choral Group, Middle Years Choir, Glennie Singers, Senior Years Choir, Choral Group and our combined Grammar/Glennie group, Xpression.

Tickets are available online, or at the door.  

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Choral Concert

14 August 2015

The Glennie Choral Concert will take place on the evening of  Saturday, 29 August at St Luke's Church from 6:30pm.

Tickets are now on sale via our online booking system. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children/concessions. Please come along for a wonderful evening of song in a beautiful venue.  

Ensembles performing include G Minors, G Majors, Junior Choral Group, Middle Years Choir, Glennie Singers, Senior Years Choir, Choral Group and Xpression.

 

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Gold Coast Eisteddfod

14 August 2015

Glennie Middle Years Choir performed last night at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod. This section was the Premiere Grade Harley Mead (inaugural) Competition, where the finest choirs from the Gold Coast region participated. Glennie entered this section to honour the memory of Mr Harley Mead, former conductor of the Glennie Choirs.

Our choir sang beautifully in competition with choirs made up of mostly senior students. Whilst we did not place 1st or 2nd, it was a wonderful opportunity for students to hear some of the finest choirs on The Coast and for the girls to perform for adjudication.

Thank you to Mr Owen Clarke (conductor) and Mrs Elizabeth Gordon (accompanist) for their work in preparing the girls and to Mrs Sharon Gilbert and Mrs Wendy Evans for accompanying the girls to the event.

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JazzFest

14 August 2015

This Sunday, members of The Glennie Jazz Ensemble and Big Band will be performing in a relaxed afternoon of jazz in the Junior Years courtyard. PASA will be serving hot soup and drinks, and pre-ordered platters.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased upon entry.

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Brisbane Sings

14 August 2015

Last Sunday, members of the Senior Choir travelled to Brisbane to participate in the final rehearsals for Brisbane Sings showcase at QPAC on 30 August.  Tickets for this event are available on the QPAC website.

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Glennie girls on air

14 August 2015

If you were tuned in on Monday morning to ABC radio, you might have heard Glennie girls - Hannah Minns, Molly Parker, Eliza Kitchener and Sarah Sellars, perform some of the pieces that will feature as part of this weekend's Jazzfest.  

If you missed it, here is a link to the interview. ABC Radio Inteview

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