This week in Boarding

17 November 2017


The boarding community has experienced a busy and happy week. The Year 11s farewelled our Year 12s on Monday evening. This is always a sad but lovely occasion with the Year 11s spending many hours preparing.

The Mother-Daughter breakfast at Gip's Restaurant on Wednesday morning was a very special function and of course the Formal and Valedictory Service which marks the completion of schooling and boarding. In addition to the beautiful breakfast tradition, the Year 12s enjoyed their last boarding meal with a wonderful Christmas dinner and Santa Claus. This is also an opportunity for their Family Tables to farewell the Seniors.

Our Year 10s headed off on a Riverboat cruise in Brisbane this afternoon. Saturday is a trip to Dreamworld and Sunday should provide some time to relax with Chapel and a quiet swim in the afternoon.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

17 November 2017

Last weekend, the Dowson House boarding girls made a Gingerbread House. After cooking Friday night and assembling on Saturday night the girls took delight in snapping it apart on Sunday and enjoying the spoils of their hard work.  

 

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The Week in Boarding

10 November 2017

The Year 12s are excited and their final exam today was followed by the annual watery tradition of the Pool Jump.

Gayle Ash and I waited at the back door of Simmons at lunchtime to distribute towels and collect wet uniforms. Our laundry ladies kindly clean all of the clothing and towels, ready for the girls by late afternoon.

The Year 11 boarders will give a farewell presentation to the Year 12s on Monday evening and of course we have the spectacular Boarder Christmas dinner to look forward to on Wednesday.

The Christmas dinner this year will have an Australian theme and this is a slight departure from the usual. The holly bush in my backyard will be saved from its annual savage pruning with the focus being on native flowers as decorations. Santa is well prepared for his visit and has a glamorous outfit to wear.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

3 November 2017

How does the Boarding House celebrate Christmas and the end of the year? Like a number of families, we have parties, functions and outings, albeit on a fairly large scale. There is an end of year trip to a theme park and our Year 12 Boarders enjoy their final meal in boarding with a sumptuous Christmas dinner. These Senior girls assist at this meal by serving and it is the last meal they have with their family table. So as well as the excitement, there are some sad farewells. The Year 10 Boarders enjoy the river cruise in Brisbane.

On the night of the Formal, the senior Boarders show their gowns to the boarding community in the dining room prior to moving to Picnic Point. The Year 11 boarders also do a humorous presentation to the 12s on the Monday night before their departure.

The Senior Boarders have many functions to attend during their last week. In that final week of school our whole community looks forward to the Carol Service at the Empire Theatre and the presentation of Awards. There is much excitement as boarders pack, some will move houses and all look forward to a long break at home. Glennie is not a school with a "wind down" mentality. We are always busy to the end.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Dowson House Years 11 Farewells

3 November 2017

Year 11 Dowson House boarders enjoyed the hospitality of The Cube recently for a farewell to Dowson House dinner. As the girls prepare to move on to Simmons House, Mrs Renouf and boarding staff wanted to treat the girls to a beautiful dinner in a private function room where they could play billiards, play games, listen to music, dance and sing to their heart’s content.  

Enjoy some photos captured at the event.

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This Week in Boarding

27 October 2017

Our Year 12s are busy, excited and facing their final school exams and assignments. It is a happy and very involved time of year for all in boarding.

There are the practice tans, hairstyles and makeup trials to observe. In addition, there are excited girls showing their friends new gowns. To those parents who have yet to experience a Year 12 Formal, one of the loveliest and most elegant gowns I have seen was discovered at a garage sale for $20. Another wonderful outfit was a stylish black cocktail length dress found in a Sydney vintage shop. This timeless outfit was versatile, stylish and suited to many types of future functions.

The Glennie boarders look forward to our end of year celebrations including the famous boarding Christmas dinner. This particular group of Year 12 boarders have been delightful, and we will miss them and their families. For those girls who are the last in the family line to attend Glennie we always miss the regular contact with their parents. Fortunately many call in from time to time to reconnect with us.

In addition to our Senior boarders departing, we will sadly farewell School Chaplain Miss Kate Powell at the end of this year. Miss Powell has been vital to the boarding community as a mentor, friend, counsellor and inspirational speaker; she has encouraged our boarders to be kind, generous, spiritual individuals who are quick to recognise and challenge injustice and are prepared to stand apart from the fashionable pack.

Miss Powell's words are always relevant to contemporary times, and she connects with young people with humour, care and great subtlety. She also has a deep understanding of the issues associated with boarding, having been to a boarding school herself.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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The Week in Boarding

20 October 2017

Organising boarding Activities, or enrichments, as we describe them in boarding, is an interesting part of my work and provides both joys and frustrations. The joys are those moments when you know that a planned outing has worked well, and the frustrations come when one has to deal with things outside of one’s control, the weather being one such factor. The annual Fairholme Fair was offered last Saturday and even though the sky was bleak our four GAP Students and a supervisor took eight girls from Brown House who were determined that the weather would not dampen their spirits.

Ten-pin bowling, putt-putt, PCYC markets and other regular events on offer are regular features of our weekends and are well attended and the swimming on Sundays is popular as the months become warmer.

We have already commenced planning for the whole of next year and more specifically, for Term 1. The Boarder closed weekend will involve a highly organised water safety program at Burleigh Heads on the second weekend of term. This year, Australia Day falls on a Friday making that first weekend back a long weekend so we are looking to involve our junior boarders in an Australia Day trip to the Darling Downs Zoo at Pilton. The day is structured and I have been assured that the young crocodile who is being patted will have his or her jaws taped shut. I patted a baby croc outside Rockhampton. It was well taped and had the most beautiful soft skin.

The Year 11 boarders are planning to farewell the Year 12s and the last week of Year 12 will be particularly busy. The Year 12s do a walkthrough in the dining room to show their gowns to the younger girls and the last week of term involves a special Christmas dinner for boarding featuring a visit from Santa. This is the final role of the 2017 Boarding Committee and we celebrate with a beautiful meal and many guests.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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The Week in Boarding

13 October 2017

The week has been exciting with a lot on. Boarding tutoring has commenced again this week. The weekends remain busy with offerings such as chess, cooking, shopping, craft and movies. Both in-house and theatre movies will be available this coming weekend. There were Christmas Crafts last Saturday, and interested boarders will be taken by bus to the Fairholme Fair this coming Saturday.

Due to an external swimming carnival last weekend, the first Sunday Boarder recreational swimming starts this week. Our Boarding Committee is busy planning a Carnival themed dinner plus the Christmas dinner, and of course, our Year 12 boarders are very excited about the final weeks of their lives at Glennie. They have been an outstanding group and a delight to have in boarding. We also have boarders who have returned from France and the historical sights of Greece and Italy. They value these wonderful opportunities.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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The week in Boarding

6 October 2017

The boarders have returned refreshed from their holidays. A few fortunate girls are arriving this week from the immersion trip to France and some others enjoyed a wonderful tour of Greece. A number of boarder parents joined them on the latter. Overseas travel provides opportunities and wonderful lifetime memories.

Although holidays for boarders provide time to socialise and catch up with family and friends, many of our girls work very hard on properties and support their families with their much-needed presence. These are highly competent and skilled young women with strong backgrounds in rural living.

We had hoped that a number of our boarding families have enjoyed some much-needed rain, but when I have asked individual parents, many properties have been missed by recent downpours, the likes of which Toowoomba has just enjoyed. These are certainly challenging and unpredictable times and we hope that a break from the seemingly endless dry will soon be upon us.

Sarah-Jane Coggan and Piper Wise performed well at the recent equestrian events. The boarders' Veggie patch is thriving and thank you to Mrs Gayle Ash for her holiday watering and weeding.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

13 September 2017

The last Friday of term saw a group of boarder mothers and boarding staff meet in Mrs Cohen's garden for a lovely lunch. On a sunny day, it was good to be outside and have some time to socialise with one another, in addition to catching up with old friends. Hopefully, this luncheon will be an annual event, and a new tradition to look forward to.

Monday night of this last week of term was an evening of boarding frivolity with Lucy Geddes, Bella Joseland and our energetic Boarding Committee organising a display of Boarding talent.

Amelia Arthur effectively played the superficial, over the top and self-absorbed MC and three other senior boarders the slightly "catty" and superficial judges. Simon Cowell became Simone Cow. The judges were predictably limited, boring and critical in their responses to the acts. There was considerable talent on show and many surprises in terms of the variety.

Boarders, accompanied by Glennie staff, travelled to Toowoomba Grammar School to watch the Grammar/Downlands Rugby match between TGS and Downlands and boarders were accompanied by staff to the main match.

Term 3 is usually plagued by colds and flu. We have managed well in spite of some illness and we continue to encourage members of our boarding community to have annual influenza immunisations.

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Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

8 September 2017

I recently discovered that a former boarder of mine is now a member of the MLA in Canberra. She was a bright, funny, capable young woman who at the age of thirty has recently made the leap to politics. There can be a misconception that boarding is detrimental to future professional and personal development, but in reality, the opposite is true. This girl was Dux of her school, in addition to being a delightful person with a strong social conscience.

Boarders become independent at quite a young age; they usually develop great confidence plus many boarding schools offer academic support. Having been a Head of Boarding for many years I have watched with interest the paths boarders in our care have taken. I became fairly fearless at a young age because I was also a practising artist organising exhibitions for myself and I needed to become confident, organised and self-sufficient. Being self-sufficient was essential because nobody other than me was prepared to fund my ventures! This was the profession I had chosen and nothing was going to get in the way; gender was a non-issue and this resilience is something I hope to encourage in others.

Boarders I have known have gone on to do the following. Some have worked in the rural industry and many have combined careers with parenthood. There are nurses, midwives, journalists, teachers, chefs and a variety of hospitality workers, travel consultants, cultural workers, dentists,  personal trainers, managers, administrators and paramedics. Others I am aware of include an associate professor, an actuary, lawyers, doctors, scientists, an apiarist, vets, retail workers, pilots including an airline pilot and at least one politician that I now know of.

I believe that boarding increases confidence, invincibility and enhances life journeys; some former boarders have even become boarding supervisors. There are women who are highly successful people without being academics, and some have discovered their calling a bit later on. The mother of a boarder who arrived at Glennie as a disengaged and bored Year 9 girl some years ago recently wrote to let me know how well her daughter was doing, and how she had benefited from the whole Glennie experience. Both mother and daughter have stated that this was a great, if temporarily unpopular decision.

There was a wonderful girl at my last school who found academic studies challenging, but her parents had sent her to boarding school because they wanted something better for her than being in a very small town with limited opportunities. She worked in retail to support herself following Year 12; she was sensible with her money and funded her own dreams.  I maintained contact with this girl and her proud parents. A trucking license was her aim, and she found a good job in mining, driving heavy transport. I consider her a great success story as she, like the now politician, was confident and driven. They are empowered women with a strong sense of self-worth.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Boarding

1 September 2017

The boarders are rapidly heading into exam mode and this is a busy time of the year when girls can become unwell and tired. Although the Health Centre has been busy, it has not been any more so than previous years and remains manageable. Having an efficient  Health Centre contained within boarding is an enormous asset, and staff can closely monitor any unwell girls. Our Glennie  Doctor, Sian Ford, is also an invaluable member of our caring team and works to support our boarding families.

A hectic week was had by all with new boarder orientation taking place last Sunday and Monday, with some girls remaining in boarding until Tuesday. Caring for the new boarders and their entertainment on Sunday night has always been a task enjoyed by the Year 11 boarders as a part of their leadership.

Monday night saw one of our final fundraisers for the year with the Recycled dinner which was the result of considerable Boarding Committee organisation. Tuesday and Wednesday were days of QCS for our Year 12 boarders who poured back into Simmons on Wednesday afternoon looking relieved but somewhat exhausted.

Simmons House staff organised the annual pizza party for our Year 12 boarders; this is always a wind down night with pizza for dinner and a celebratory mud cake for dessert. While people think these older girls might let off steam, many had a rest after dinner to resurface at supper time for cake. Completing QCS is one of those significant rites of passage that we celebrate, as day girls would with family at home.

Our younger boarders had the opportunity to make hand painted crockery with Mrs Ash. The purpose of their efforts being lovely Fathers' Day gifts.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Boarder Mother Lunch

1 September 2017

Our Boarder Mothers' Luncheon is fast approaching and now is your last chance to purchase tickets.  

Please do join us for a relaxed garden luncheon and a glass of bubbles. This is not a fundraising event, just a lovely opportunity for our boarder mothers, grandmothers and older sisters to get together with boarding staff.

Tickets can be purchased online at trybooking.com/RAYZ until 10am on Monday 4 September.  

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This week in boarding

25 August 2017

The boarders, led by the Boarding Committee, are preparing for their recycled dinner next Monday evening. Decorations have been created from materials available in boarding, discards and recycled items. Many clever outfits are being planned. As a part of their leadership preparations, the Year 11 boarders are planning a day of games for boarders who will be starting in 2018 on Sunday afternoon as part of Introduction Days. All boarders look forward to this day when they can entertain and be good hosts. The Glennie boarders are warm and welcoming.

Thank you to our many day parents who host boarders in their homes. We greatly appreciate this and would like to take this opportunity for some reminders. If you wish to host more than three boarders overnight, you do need to apply for special permission. The person designated as the driver for boarder outings, and the  host of boarders needs to be the one who collects and returns the students. It places us in a very difficult position when someone other than the person specified by the parent returns girls. Any drivers and hosts apart from siblings must be over 21. Please be aware that boarders must never be placed in a vehicle with a learner driver. Thank you for continuing to befriend our boarders and they certainly enjoy your care and hospitality; you are a very important part of their lives.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Boarder Mothers' Lunch

25 August 2017

Have you purchased your tickets for the Boarder Mothers' Luncheon yet?  Each guest will go into the draw to win a $100 voucher for Forage Kitchen and Coffee Bar. A huge thanks to Mrs Val Lovell, Glennie's Head of Boarding for donating this wonderful prize.

The very talented Rebecca Grice from Bec's Catering Innovation will be doing the catering and the food is guaranteed to be fresh and delicious.

You can find out more about the event by searching for 'Boarder Mothers' Luncheon' on Facebook.

Tickets can be booked online at trybooking.com/RAYZ

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This Week in Boarding

18 August 2017

We are currently working on decorations for the upcoming Recycled Dinner; this is an old joke from me but the food is definitely not recycled! Wednesday evening was a working bee with the younger boarders on "flowers" for the tables and "vases" being attractive plastic protein drink bottles with hourglass waists. There will be a gold coin donation at the Recycled Dinner for Ribbon Day.

The Boarding Committee have completed their scarecrow for their newly established veggie patch. With Mrs Ash, Lucy Geddes and Bella Joseland as chief organisers, a group of boarders prepared raised garden beds. The Glennie Gardening staff kindly did a lot of the heavy lifting with the soil.

My husband sacrificed some of his gardening clothes so we now have a friendly, and slightly bizarre looking creature guarding the growing plants. Kerry Joseland kindly provided the photo of Bella (left) and Lucy (right) with their garden.

Seven boarders conducted tours of the School for  Glennie Old Girls last weekend. The boarders always enjoy this experience and did a great job. Tour guides were Mia Semple and Nicole Seis from Simmons House plus Jennifer Sheehan, Shakita Foster, Kiana Williams, Michaela Horn and Ruby Tighe from Brown House.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

11 August 2017

This week has been busy with evening sport and it is wonderful to see the boarders happily involved in a variety of offerings through Club G. It is an opportune time to inform members of the Glennie community of how involvement in sports works in boarding.

The boarders have the opportunity to order late or packed meals every day. Reasons for this can include sport, tutoring and work. Packed morning and afternoon tea plus lunches can be ordered any day for excursions. It is our obligation to provide all meals including special diets every day regardless of the girls’ commitments. On occasions, the Glennie Catering staff will have over thirty late dinners to prepare. This may be in addition to supplying early meals.They are always helpful and make sure that the girls are well fed.

Boarders are transported to and from sporting venues and supervision is provided.

Our Boarders are a wonderful asset when promoting Glennie. Year 12 boarders volunteered to assist at last week's Golf Day. Four Boarders will take School tours on Saturday for the GOGA weekend.

We enjoyed an Etiquette dinner run by the Year 12 Boarding Committee on Thursday night. The art of orderly soup consumption was an important part of the evening.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Boarding Mothers’ Lunch

11 August 2017

All mothers, grandmothers and sisters of current boarders are invited to the Boarder Mothers' Luncheon on Friday 8 September.  

Being held in Mrs Cohen's garden, the luncheon is the perfect opportunity for the boarding community to get together in an informal setting. Tickets are $40 and will include a glass of champagne on arrival and a relaxed luncheon.  Tickets are available online via trybooking.com

If you would like any information, please contact Mrs Cindy Coggan (boarder mum) on 0427 177 049 or Tammy Wilson (Glennie School Foundation Officer) on 07 4688 8862.

This luncheon is not a fundraiser, just a nice chance for boarding mothers and school staff to get together

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This week in boarding

4 August 2017

The term is already four weeks long and well underway with very busy boarders and staff. The junior boarders are making decorations for our forthcoming Recycled theme dinner. They are also looking forward to an etiquette dinner where we have a reminder session about basic good manners, plus how to consume soup without looking silly. Soup and a bread roll are always on the menu on etiquette dinner night.

All Glennie boarders are provided with a boarding produced etiquette booklet. We always enjoy taking the boarders out, and having many positive comments from the public is encouraging. It is important to know what to do in a dining setting and as I have explained to our boarders, one job interview I had included a dinner. While this was pleasant and friendly, the invitation to a meal was also an observation of my manners and ability to hold a conversation.

The Year 12 boarders enjoyed their visit to Fairholme last Monday for dinner. It is always lovely to see the warm and friendly interaction between the senior girls and the boarding staff from the two schools. The Brown House boarders enjoyed putt-putt last weekend and a trip to Cobb & Co museum is planned for Sunday.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

28 July 2017

The boarders had their annual Alphabet Dinner this week where each family table dressed up as a character with a letter provided for each particular table. As usual, there were some very inventive costumes. There is a serious side to the dinner as we took a collection for Ribbon Day in aid of cancer research.

The younger boarders enjoyed mini putt-putt, ten pin bowling and an in-house movie night. As the Year 7 boarders missed out on the recent Fairholme social, Mrs Reynoldson will take them and the Year 8 girls to a junior social at Downlands on Friday evening.

We held the monthly Birthday Tuesday for July this week. Boarding Captain Lucy Geddes and Vice Captain Bella Joseland dressed as a pair of rappers complete with backwards caps and sunglasses. They performed an original rap song and dance for the July birthday girls. It was very funny and quite special.

Senior Resident of Brown House Mrs Gill Reynoldson will attend the Federal ICPA conference in Alice Springs next week. She is looking forward to connecting with any Glennie boarder parents who may be attending.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

21 July 2017

The Boarding Committee and I held our regular weekly meeting on Wednesday and on the agenda was the topic of theme dinners for the term. The Alphabet dinner will be the first at the end of July. In addition to this, there will be the Recycled dinner in August. Both will involve more than just a meal. These sorts of occasions lend themselves to other activities such as the making of decorations and costumes. In addition to the creative aspects, there is the opportunity to raise money for cancer research.

Please be aware that the recycled dinner involves recycled clothing and decorations, not food! The Year 12 boarders look forward to attending a dinner with the Fairholme Year 12 boarders on 31 July and we will also hold an Etiquette dinner this term.

We have four new GAP students joining us this term. Three young German women arrived on Thursday morning and a GAP student from Ecuador will also become a part of our boarding community. GAP students reside in self- contained motel-style rooms within boarding. They contribute considerably to the community. They undertake boarding duties with supervision from Senior Boarding staff and, as well as managing general boarding life, they are encouraged to get to know the boarders and staff.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

14 July 2017

The boarders returned with great cheer and enthusiasm on Monday afternoon and we held the Boarder Parent Forum in the Dining Room at 5.00pm with some parents staying for dinner. Everyone appears to be in good spirits and refreshed after a break.

We welcome Miss Jessica Carroll as a resident staff member to Dowson House with three GAP students joining us late next week. There was a lively State of Origin dinner on Wednesday night.  On Thursday night we held a celebration of indigenous heritage organised by Mrs Janet Reed and the Indigenous boarders and day girls.

There will be craft with Mrs Ash on Saturday afternoon and the Fairholme Boarders' bash on Saturday evening. As well as providing some relaxation on Sunday, Brown House has a morning outing arranged. Boarding tutoring and chess commence next week.

Mrs Val Lovel
Head of Boarding

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Welcome to Hogwarts

9 June 2017

The famous fictitious character Harry Potter shed a new light, or in fact, a fantastic glow on the entire concept of boarding school. Those of us who work in boarding sincerely thank JK Rowling for her efforts in this regard because Harry reinvented boarding school and made it far more attractive to young people.

Boarding can be great fun. Fortunately, Glennie is less risky an environment than Hogwarts and brooms are not a part of the uniform. I doubt that Hogwarts as a safe environment for children would come close to passing any contemporary risk assessment test!

Thursday evening was devoted to a Harry Potter theme dinner. I guess many boarding schools have attempted these, all with a different take on the fantastical lad and his intrepid friends.

Dinners like this provide the opportunity to be creative. Our frog races were actually hopping origami frogs, and stretch the snake involved jelly snakes. There was a collection to support cancer research and a quiz made up by Harry Potter devotee, Miss Chris Putland.

Mrs Gayle Ash and the Year 12 boarders led by Lucy Geddes ad Bella Joseland spent many hours involved in the making of props and special treats to create an entertaining and unusual evening. The Junior boarders were also helpful and creative.

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Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

2 June 2017

The boarders have had a busy week with exams but there has been some frivolity as a balance. We ensure that there is reward for study. I recently asked a Year 7 boarder how she enjoyed boarding and she was pointing out the many positives to me. She explained that some of her favourite things were the great theme dinners which are a credit to the Boarding Committee and the Captain and Vice Captain Lucy Geddes and Bella Joseland.

We held Birthday Tuesday for May this week with a glorious chocolate cake and birthday cards. There was the traditional pie and chips meal for State of Origin night on Wednesday. There is always friendly rivalry between our NSW and Queensland boarders and the dining room was a sea of maroon with a few patches of blue. In order to remain neutral, I wore both colours!

Our Year 6 and 7 boarders will enjoy an evening with their Fairholme counterparts tonight. It will be a South of the Border night with a Mexican meal followed by line dancing. The dining room will be a festive environment and I am sure that the dancing that follows will wear off the calories.

The boarders are planning outfits to wear to the Harry Potter evening next Thursday. Refectory style dining will be the go with a beautiful and imperious owl, jelly beans in jars, and non-flying broomsticks. There are prizes and other lovely surprises to look forward to.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

19 May 2017

This week is a celebration of National Boarding week and the Glennie boarders raised $184 for the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA) fundraiser Beanies for Brain Cancer. There was considerable fun at the Hometown dinner last week. The girls also participated in a walk organised by boarder Captain Lucy Geddes and Vice-Captain Bella Joseland. ABSA does considerable work with boarding schools to provide support, encourage friendships between schools and supply professional training.

The Year 6 and 7 boarders joined in by creating small paintings on canvas about Glennie and home. The plan is to join the images together to create one large painting. The boarders were invited to write a small piece on why they loved boarding, and there were many heartwarming responses.  

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Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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