This Week in Boarding

25 May 2018

We extended our successful celebration of last week’s National Boarding Week until Monday evening with an important session on health and nutrition. Toowoomba Nutritionist Leah Stjernqvist gave a before-dinner presentation to the boarding community regarding the importance of good nutrition. It is always good to have presenters with rural and boarding backgrounds. Leah was a boarder at St Ursula's during her school years and understands the nutritional needs of our boarders.

We were impressed with her powerpoint presentation that discussed areas such as weight and health. Leah dispelled many myths. She presented these in a true/false question and answer session which was highly relevant to our boarders. She disproved much of the false information they might receive via social media. Leah kept her session short and to the point and a number of the girls wanted to ask her questions afterwards including discussing her career path.

We have invited Leah to return for more informal discussions with the boarders. In terms of health, Shannon Townsend, Manager of Glennie Aquatic and Gymnastics will hold Sunday yoga sessions for Year 12 boarders. In spite of the cool weather, the pool remains open for boarder swimming on a Sunday afternoon. It’s always Summer in the Glennie pool!

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Boarder Photo Competition

25 May 2018

We have received lots of fantastic entries in our ‘Home’ boarder photo competition. The entries have all been compiled and are currently being judged by a panel of four judges.

Winners of the competition will be announced next week and can look forward to seeing many of the photos on the walls of the boarding houses.

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This week in boarding

18 May 2018

Theme Dinners are always highlights of boarding life and we held a dress-up dinner last Monday night to celebrate National Boarding Week. The theme was Children's Movies and we were blessed with assorted characters, including a very well padded Shrek, Princess Fiona, a table full of Smurfs, pirates, Incredibles and a variety of imaginative fantasy characters.

To save the poor laundry ladies from the horrors of sequins and glitter jamming the washing machines, the Boarding Committee cut up many metres of paper table covers to manage the bling. The dining room looked very festive and a good time was had by all. There was a magnificent 20 question Trivia Quiz which was greatly enjoyed, however, it was about five questions too long! The Year 12 Boarding Committee did a great job and were pleased with the evening.

There were many prizes to be won and at the end of the dinner the sequins and glitter were simply scooped up inside the paper cloths. My greatest concern was for the bathrooms following the Smurfs removing their bright blue skin. By 7.00pm, these characters were finding the blue paint a bit uncomfortable. They looked a bit like cross between a Celtic warrior and the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz.

There was a baking session on Saturday in Brown House and a number of boarders took their efforts to the Japanese Gardens on Sunday. There were talent quests also and next Monday we will enjoy a dinnertime conversation with a local nutritionist.

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Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

11 May 2018

National Boarding Week is upon us next week and we will make the most of this by celebrating as a community.

Events planned include cake baking on Saturday with a trip to the Japanese Gardens on Sunday. Monday will be a fancy dress dinner, there will be talent quests, Year 12s performing and speaking to the audience and our final event will be a visit by a nutritionist the following Monday.

The pyjama dinner, a great favourite amongst the girls, will also be included. Stuffed toys and teddy bears often make an appearance at these simple and entertaining functions.

We plan to make Drought Angels the focus of our attention for fundraising. This organisation was co-founded by a former Glennie boarder.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

4 May 2018

Many boarders look forward to the long weekend and going home or away with family. Some remain here because of distance and others actually stay in by preference. We would invite day families who might be happy to host a boarder for the occasional weekend to send an email to me expressing their interest.

Friday night saw a group of Brown House boarders attend a youth group at St Bart's Anglican Church. Last weekend was particularly busy and we took a bus full of boarders to the Boarder Bash at St Saviour's on Saturday evening. They were accompanied by a number of Glennie Boarding staff and all had a good evening. Brown House held a picnic on the Chapel lawns on Sunday. Mrs Ash made cards and wrapping with boarders on Saturday so they could finish their Mother's Day gifts. Although the photographs show the process of the craft we will leave photos of the gifts until after mothers have received these.

Monday night saw us involved in a boarding tradition where Fairholme Year 12s joined our Year 12s for dinner. This is the twelfth year we have hosted this event and it is always lovely. The boarders from both schools and their staff chatted happily with one another over a dinner of lasagna, salad and fruit. The Fairholme girls then returned to the Simmons House where they had a tour of our senior boarding facilities and the happy socialising continued. It is interesting to watch the cheerful reaction of each group to this evening, and our boarders will enjoy the return visit in Term 3.

Tuesday night was a catch-up Birthday Tuesday from the holidays.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

27 April 2018

Week 1 of any term is always a time when boarders settle back into routines, with Week 2 being a busy, social time. The Year 12 Boarding Committee invited their counterparts from other schools to a social function on Monday evening, and a good time was had by both the attending boarders and boarding staff. They had a brainstorming session and enjoyed a quiz, socialising and pizza. The staff accompanying the boarders were able to chat and do some planning and socialising of their own.

Wednesday saw 100 boarders attend the ANZAC Day Dawn Service. The girls were very organised about rising early and were on the two buses by 4.50am. This was our most impressive turnout and the girls were accompanied by a number of staff. Attendance at ANZAC Day is voluntary, and the boarder leaders rose even earlier to assist Mrs Reynoldson with the younger girls. Boarder Captain Paige Corke wore her grandfather's medals and was able to catch up with her brother from Toowoomba Grammar School who also attended this service.

The Catering staff always make a beautiful grazing brunch on public holidays and the boarders are able to sleep in. They have from 9:00-11:30 am to have this hot meal and public holidays often provide the girls with a much-needed opportunity to relax and enjoy less regimentation. There was an Anzac Service for the whole school on Tuesday and Reverend Sharon Baird held Boarders' Chapel at 5.30pm on Thursday. Mrs Kim Cohen joined the boarders for dinner on Monday and the Dawn Service on ANZAC Day.

Shopping and the movies are on offer this weekend in addition, to Brown and Dowson girls attending the St.Saviour's Boarder Bash on Saturday night. Tutoring and homework support has commenced in all houses and chess will start again on Friday. Last Saturday saw a number of younger boarders make Mothers’ Day gifts with Mrs Gayle Ash. We have some wonderful, comfortable reception chairs in Simmons where parents can relax and chat to staff, their daughters or one another. These were looking a bit tired, as were some items in Dowson. Always intrepid and crafty, Mrs Ash has done some strategic furniture recovering in the holidays with these loved and structurally sound objects gaining a new life. Thanks to the Glennie P & F for some new bright and homely furniture in both Brown and Dowson.

The Health Centre staff and Dr Sian Ford have been busy with influenza immunisations, with boarding staff and boarders being encouraged to participate again this year. This is an invaluable service to the wellbeing of our community and we are most grateful to Dr Ford and our nurses.

Pictured: Paige Corke and her brother Riley were amongst the students who attended the Dawn Service.

Boarder Captain Paige Corke and Boarder Vice-Captain Shannon Rush also attended the ANZAC Day March later in the day.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

20 April 2018

Some boarders had an extended end of Term 1 with a number of our Torres Strait Island Boarders staying until Tuesday morning of the following week. Five girls and one mother remained with us because the weather up north prevented them from travelling. We all managed well with staff and girls having a happy, relaxed and slightly different end of term boarding experience. The boarding parent was a great support in entertaining the girls. In spite of this being a pleasant experience, the girls and mum were pleased to go home.

Term 2 has started well and the Year 12 girls are planning to host their Fairholme counterparts at dinner in two weeks time. A bus will be provided by boarding to take boarders to the Dawn Service on Anzac Day in Queen's Park and, as usual, a lovely grazing brunch will be provided by the catering staff on that day. Evening tutoring will commence next week and we are now using the boarding specific, electronic Reach System for all boarder leave.  

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Boarders’  Photo Competition

20 April 2018

We have already received some exciting entries in the Boarders’ Home Photo Competition. There is still time for girls to submit their entry.

More information can be found here

Entries must be submitted using this entry form but 30 April

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‘Home’ Photography Competition

22 March 2018

What makes your home special?

Where is that one place that you like to be when you go home?

What makes your heart happy when you’re at home?

Boarder girls: during the Term 1 holidays, take some photos that answer the questions above then pick your favourites to enter the ‘Home’ photography competition.

Capture a snapshot of what home means to you.

Winning entries will be printed onto large, framed canvases and hung on the walls throughout the three boarding houses.

For all the details and the entry form, click here.

Entries close 30 April 2018.

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This week in boarding

16 March 2018

Our boarders have been busy with their exam preparation and we therefore limit outings at this time of the term. Reverend Sharon held an Agape meal on Wednesday night when the girls sat on family tables. The word Agape relates to the purest form of love and brotherly love. The focus is on kindness and care rather than romantic love.

The Year 12 girls have conducted some excellent fundraising with over $600 raised for the Bush Ministry and the Dolly's Dream Foundation. This fundraising and giving in itself is an expression of the word Agape. The Boarding Committee fundraising is not about self, but about bettering the lives of others and focusing on important issues such as poverty, drought and the fight against bullying and selfishness.

Our younger boarders are currently packing for camp and home and our older boarders look forward to some study free periods.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Boarding

9 March 2018

The Boarding Community held a Hometown dinner on Monday evening, where the gold coin collection contributed to the Dolly's Dream Foundation. Sadly Amy (Dolly) Everett who was a boarder at Scots PGC passed during the Christmas holidays, and the Glennie boarders wanted to recognise Dolly and support her parents' fight against bullying.

Two of our boarders knew Dolly well. Hanna Hayes spoke against bullying and about Dolly, and Kate Johnstone who was a school friend of Dolly drew the raffle. Dean of Students, Mrs Jodi Blades spoke about kindness and care and we were entertained by two excellent line dancers, sisters Bella and Matylda Agius. Dolly's Dream Foundation items were raffled and Mrs Ash designed the beautiful blue butterfly trees for the tables, in addition to garlands of butterflies. The Rodgers family kindly loaned blue sashes. Much time was spent in preparation, with the Boarding Committee organising table seating, selling raffle tickets and decorating.

In spite of the tragedy surrounding the origins of Dolly's Dream, this was a lovely evening and one that we hope will be thought-provoking for the boarders who attended. Between the dinner and the raffle, over $300 was raised. Mrs Ash's cupcakes should bring this up to $400 as a contribution from boarding. The Catering Department produced a delicious roast and heart-shaped ice-creams for dessert.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

2 March 2018

There were socials with Toowoomba Grammar School last Friday night and many boarders attended these along with supervising boarding staff. In addition, Brown House Senior Resident Mrs Gill Reynoldson took an enthusiastic group of her girls to St Bart's youth group for an evening of games and socialising, so Friday was a busy night. In addition to shopping on Saturday, a group of Brown House boarders made fabric poppies with Mrs Gayle Ash. This is for a School community project run by Mrs Tina Tilden, and we fortunately discovered some large red sheets to cut up. The days of calling into the local draper have sadly disappeared. The Year 7 girls had garbage bag fashion on Saturday evening; this required creativity rather than high-level craft skills.

Reverend Sharon Baird held a thoughtful and calming Sunday morning Chapel Service, and following this a group of boarders and staff walked to the City Library Precinct for Lunar New Year celebrations. There were puppets, teams of lion dancers, crafts and food stalls and the boarders enjoyed this different outing. The pool was open on Sunday afternoon.

Glennie Principal Mrs Kim Cohen joined the boarders for dinner on Monday. On Tuesday evening we celebrated birthdays for the month of February with handmade cards and cake, and on Thursday evening, Mr Tim Causer gave an after dinner cybersafety talk to Brown House.

The Boarding Committee are busy preparing for a fundraising dinner for the Dolly's Dream Foundation next Monday, and there is a blue theme. Dean of Students Mrs Jodi Blades will be the guest speaker. The boarders are looking forward to the Glennie Fair on Sunday, and some of our Year 7 boarders will join their Fairholme counterparts for an al fresco dinner at Fairholme on Friday night. The Fairholme girls will join us later in the year for a return meal. The Year 12 boarders from both schools also have a similar arrangement.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in Boarding

23 February 2018

The past weekend was packed with interesting things to do. Friday night offered Chess Club and a number of younger boarders headed to St Bart's Church with Gill Reynoldson for a ‘messy night’ at Youth Group.  And messy it was; enjoyable for many and mercifully warm, considering a number of boarders needed to be hosed off prior to the trip home!

Saturday saw about 54 boarders and staff head off to a Titans and Broncos pre-season game. Our intrepid Football fan Maree Renouf escorted the boarders and our four international GAP students enjoyed their first experience of Rugby. As an alternative to the Saturday football, Gill Reynoldson and the Yalari girls attended the Bangarra Dance company with the Yalari Support Officer Nicolette Dixon on Saturday night. The cast made time to meet with the girls following the performance which was an exciting experience.

The Year 7 and 8 boarders attended a pool social at Toowoomba Grammar School which was enjoyed by all. They were escorted by a staff member as well as Boarder Captain, Paige Corke, and Vice-Captain, Shannon Rush. This outing was organised by the School.

Gayle Ash taught some basic embroidery skills on Saturday afternoon and the pool was open to boarders on Sunday afternoon. Some boarders were involved in the French Immersion Film evening on Saturday.

Saturday shopping remains available to all boarders and the younger girls are escorted by staff.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

16 February 2018

This has been a week of excitement with the annual Valentine's Day dinner. This is a much-loved event on the boarding calendar and a time when our Year 12 Boarding Committee run their first big event. What a busy time of preparing, decorating and choosing the menu it has been!. One of the boarder's favourites is chicken satay followed by heart-shaped ice creams. A lot of effort went into some very creative decorations and prizes were attractive pink striped journals.

A great time was had by all and a number of teaching staff joined us as guests. The Boarding Committee certainly outdid themselves and we raised money for Bush Ministry. Reverend Sharon gave a talk about St Valentine.

A small number of our junior boarders went to St Bart's Youth group last Friday. Word of mouth advertising is a wonderful thing and we have double the number attending this week. Our Year 7 and 8 boarders are looking forward to a pool party at Toowoomba Grammar School on Sunday, something which I am sure they will enjoy.

The week has been particularly hot and we have all been grateful for the joys of air-conditioned boarding houses. Having spent quite a lot of my life in Adelaide the last week has reminded me of the relentless heat.

Our boarding staff undergo continuous training through both the Australian Boarding Schools' Association Duty of Care Program and First Aid courses. During the past holidays a number of us engaged in a Youth Mental Health First Aid program. This is government run initiative held in Toowoomba for two days. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone dealing with young people.

Click here to view the photo gallery from Boarder’s Valentine’s Day Dinner

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

9 February 2018

The past weekend was enjoyable and energising for our boarders. The weekend commenced with Friday night line dancing. Several Year 12 girls joined in and organised small prizes for outstanding participation.

In spite of the weather being a slight concern on Saturday, we went ahead with a surf education and fun day at the beach. The boarding staff and I monitored the surf via google for three days prior because the weather did not appear to favour us.

There was regular communication with the surf organiser on Friday, and although warmer weather would have been nice, all went to plan and the overcast conditions were actually a blessing. Our big boarding outings often resemble military operations with staff armed with sunblock, first aid supplies and barley sugar for the bus.

The beach excursion was planned through Queensland Lifesaving and the boarders were divided into groups. There were lessons on surfing, bodyboarding and general water safety. Lunch was a sausage sizzle and the day proved to be a memorable experience. This certainly turned into an aquatic weekend with the pool open for boarders’ swimming on Sunday.

Boarding is a positive environment with new boarders settling well and making friends. Ten Year 11 and 12 boarders enjoyed a Hale House outing on Monday, and Chapel was held in the dining room on Wednesday evening. A group of Brown House boarders will attend a youth evening at St Bart's church on Friday night and Chess club with Les Lord also commences this Friday.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

2 February 2018

The long weekend was busy for those girls who remained in residence. It is particularly is important to keep all boarders busy on weekends, but especially so to curb homesickness in the early stages.

Australia Day was a great success. Activities included recreational swimming on Friday morning and Brown House enjoyed a guided tour of Cobb & Co Museum plus a delicious afternoon tea at the venue. This outing was also offered to any interested older boarders. We had an Australia Day themed menu complete with lamb chops for dinner on Friday.

The Brown House girls assisted Mrs Gayle Ash and me to make Valentine's dinner decorations on Saturday afternoon. There was also a trip to Grand Central.

The Glennie Aquatic Centre was open for a swim on Sunday and all Year 12s were involved in the Sunday afternoon leadership program. Girls have an extensive DVD collection to choose from, so in-house movies were available in the evenings.

During the week we had Birthday Tuesday with handmade cards for those girls with a birthday in January. We also enjoyed a visit from our Yalari Support Officer, Nicole Dixon.

On Wednesday at 5.30pm the girls attended Chapel followed by dinner. Tonight there will be line lancing with Cass Daniels in the Assembly Hall. The girls are very excited about their day trip to Burleigh heads on Saturday. They will participate in a surf safety program provided by the Royal Surf Lifesaving Association. The girls will also enjoy a sausage sizzle at the beach and a variety of goodies packed by the Glennie Catering Staff.

Chess with Mr Lord will commence next Friday.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

25 January 2018

The boarders arrived on Sunday afternoon, happy to return and full of stories from holidays. It is good to see them so positive and energetic and looking forward to the challenges of the new year.

Tomorrow is Australia Day, so we plan to have the Aquatic Centre open in the morning for recreational swimming and a trip to Cobb & Co museum in the afternoon. This involves a guided tour, investigating the Da Vinci Exhibition and having scones for afternoon tea. Brown House and any interested older boarders will attend. The Catering Staff are working with us to produce some treats like bacon and eggs for breakfast and the traditional lamb chops for dinner.

The Year 12 boarders are planning to entertain the younger girls this coming weekend. Because of the Friday holiday, the closed weekend will be on the following Saturday with a trip to Burleigh Heads to undertake a water/surf safety program. The Senior boarders and younger girls will also commence the making of decorations for our special Valentine's dinner in a few weeks.

Former Boarder Captains Claire Stewart 2014 and Lucy Geddes 2017 called in while delivering younger sisters to their respective houses. Claire is studying Veterinary Science at James Cook University and has also been appointed to the important role of Residential Assistant.

Lucy Geddes who was our Boarder Captain in 2017 is heading to Longreach as a governess and undertaking university studies externally. It is lovely to continue the association with these wonderful young women and hear of their special journeys.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

24 November 2017

This week our boarders have been busy packing and looking forward to Carols, Speech Day and the trip home.

In spite of a bit of wet weather, the boarders had a lovely day last Saturday with a visit to Dreamworld. These group outings are almost military operations managing transport and meals but are worthwhile in terms of the experience and the opportunity to relax with friends. There was swimming on Sunday in addition to our final Breakfast Chapel with Miss Kate Powell.

We wish all boarding and day families a happy holiday period and blessings for Christmas

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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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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