This Week in Boarding

12 May 2017

Our Year 12 boarders enjoyed a lovely dinner with Fairholme Year 12 boarders on Monday night. This is a much anticipated annual event and is always a happy, chatty evening. The meal consisted of lasagne, various delicious salads, bread rolls and a fruit platter. The Boarding Committee decorated the dining Room and the Fairholme girls visited our Senior Boarders in Simmons House. Boarder Captain Lucy Geddes and Vice- Captain Bella Joseland ran the evening. There was a friendly quiz with mixed tables competing against one another.

On Friday 2  June our Year 6 and 7 boarders will entertain their Fairholme peers with a Mexican meal and line dancing.  These boarding groups from the two schools are a similar size and these evenings provide the opportunity to make new friends.

Brown House boarders tell me that they really enjoyed an outing to mini golf on the weekend and although a visit to the Jondaryan Woolshed has been postponed, we will look at this for later in the the term.

On Wednesday evening the Year 6 and 7 boarders made macrame keyrings. On Thursday evening all Boarders had fun at the hometown dinner. There were prizes and small treats on the tables. The girls gave a gold coin donation to raise money for Juvenile Brain Cancer research which is a project of the Australian Boarding Schools Association. It is National Boarder week next week.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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5 May 2017

The past weekend saw a number of boarders head off for a three-day break and, for the rest of us, a slightly quieter time in boarding. Mrs Ash made Mother's Day gifts with the younger girls on Saturday and Brown House headed to the PCYC markets on Sunday, and the movie, Beauty and the Beast on Monday.

The Catering Staff created a lovely grazing brunch on Monday which they always produce as a treat on public holidays. The later start provided an opportunity for many girls to relax and have some additional sleep. I was on Monday duty in Simmons House, and the remaining Year 12 boarders had a sleep in, some study time and a generally relaxing day. It is important for boarding to be home-like and allow young people to have the benefits and comforts of home.

For the coming weekend, there will be Friday chess, line dancing and some of the Brown House boarders are travelling to Jondaryan Woolshed on Sunday. Fairholme Year 12 girls will join our Year 12s for dinner and socialising on Monday.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

28 April 2017

The first Monday back saw excited and happy boarders. Although the girls miss their families, there is the obvious joy of catching up again with friends. The dinnertime of the night of return buzzes with excitement as boarders chat over the meal and discuss holiday exploits.The Boarding Staff also participated in a breakfast session on marketing with Mr John Devine.

Friday evening of the first week back was chess night and Bella Chicks in the Assembly Hall. Saturday night saw over 100 boarders and staff attend High School Musical at the Empire Theatre. Brown House enjoyed a sausage sizzle in Laurel Bank Park on Sunday.

Tuesday morning was the Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Mother's Memorial. This was the first time I have ordered a second bus for attendees, and 76 boarders volunteered to go. They were Joined by Principal Mrs Kim Cohen, Mrs Gill Reynoldson, Miss Cassie Ross, Miss Stacie Broom. Our three Gap Student, Misses Jody Hender, Theresa Meyer and Jenny Wang were also interested attendees.

Tutoring commences again in the boarding houses.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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The Week in Boarding

24 March 2017

It has been an unusually quiet week in all houses with so many boarders at camps and the older girls who have remained are busy with study for exams. The Year 10 to 12 boarders have been very industrious and appreciated the tutoring provided. This has meant that little has gone on in the way of activities because of other parts of Glennie life.

The boarders are looking forward to the coming break and being with families again. In the last week of term we look forward to Miss Kate Powell's special Easter meal on Monday evening where we reflect as a community on the meaning of Easter.

Tuesday night is the last night of term and there is a relaxing dinner with pyjamas, teddy bears, bingo - chocolate frog prizes and a small gift to each boarder from the Boarding Committee. The last Tuesday of term is also Birthday Tuesday. We wish all Glennie students a happy holiday.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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The Week in Boarding

17 March 2017

The Glennie Fair was a great success and we were busy in boarding with numerous Open Day tours. It was good to see so many interested prospective families.

The coming weekend has girls attending Bella Chicks on Friday night combined with Chess with Les Lord. Many girls are playing sport on weeknights and Saturdays and of course, there are exams on the horizon and camps for younger girls.

The new recreation room in Brown house is being well used by the boarders and we are currently planning a variety of outings and activities for next term.

We always look for an opportunity to celebrate or socialise together and Mrs Cohen kindly joined us for an evening meal on Tuesday. We held a celebration for St Patrick's day on Thursday with a lot of green in the dining room, prizes, frog in the pond for dessert and jelly snakes on the tables. Why snakes? Just a spot of whimsical symbolism; legend has it that St Patrick drove all of the snakes from Ireland.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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The Week in Boarding

10 March 2017

We are looking forward to the Glennie Fair on the weekend and boarding remains very busy. I must admit that living on sideshow alley was not exactly on my bucket list, but it is quite interesting! Girls are also preparing for the Webber House Dinner on Friday. Sport is currently keeping many of our boarders busy plus the Catering and Boarding staff are supporting as many as forty late dinners in the evenings.

The boarders are accessing tutoring as part of their preparation for the coming exam period. We also look forward to an end of term break. The Year 6 and 7 boarders are currently learning different knots with me and developing some patience. On Thursday night Brown House had the benefit of an after dinner session on cyber safety with Mr Tim Causer. We will have chess on Friday night, craft on Saturday with Gayle Ash and due to the Fair, we will not be holding Sunday swimming.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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The Week in Boarding

3 March 2017

Boarding should never be considered a place that is a holding bay between bouts of academia. Academic commitment is a high priority in our community.  Of course we have down time, socialising, games, activities and fun, but there is that important opportunity to receive ongoing assistance with homework and this is advertised to our boarding families on the Glennie Portal.

Brown House Boarders have staff with them at night who can assist with homework, as do Dowson House girls. Tutoring Senior Boarders is more specialised, so we have a Science specific tutor who assists with Physics, Chemistry and Biology on Tuesday nights, and a Maths A, B and C tutor on Thursday nights. Fiona Woodward, one of the Simmons House Staff is a trained Humanities teacher who offers support to any Senior girls while she does duty on Saturdays and also assists the Brown House girls with their homework at night.

Boarders have an advantage in this regard, and are reminded to make the most of what is on offer. This type of academic support is very important for children who live away from home. They become comfortable with the people offering assistance and this in turn builds confidence.

We do encourage boarder parents to utilise what we have on offer before exploring external tutoring services. Ours is group tutoring but that can be advantageous because of the peer interaction. Further support is also available through the day School where tutorials are regularly offered.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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The Week in Boarding

24 February 2017

I have early dinner with our youngest boarders once per week and follow this with an art and craft session. Last week we engaged in scratch art which is similar to what many people remember doing with coloured crayons covered by black. I managed to source some scratch art boomerangs last week, and we will do these tonight.

As well as being a trained art teacher I was also a practising artist, and am a great believer in being multi-skilled. Arts and crafts are not just about mindless entertainment; they enhance patience, self-worth, improve concentration and develop fine motor skills. Most importantly, art trains the ability to think in a divergent fashion, or in other words, art encourages problem-solving and the ability to think laterally.

The boarders enjoy learning these skills and what we do is certainly worthwhile. My hope is to engage children and encourage them to be less reliant on mass production and be more self-sufficient. Next week, we will be sewing on buttons and learning a bit of basic stitchery. They will then know what to do when their hem comes down!

Gayle Ash takes craft on a Saturday, and last week the boarders created mini succulent gardens. They have also done basic embroidery and decorated a mug with porcelain paint.

Some years ago I was teaching Art in a school similar to Glennie; it was the last lesson on Friday afternoon and I must admit I was feeling a bit jaded. A class of Year 8s arrived and one brightly raced through the door with the comment "I have been hanging out for this class all day". Her cheerful comment has remained with me.

I love my computer dearly, but the joy of creating something myself is something I will never lose and I hope this love of learning something new stays with our boarders. Please note that art, craft and much of our Boarder Enrichment Program is at no charge to our families.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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The Week in Boarding

17 February 2017

This week in boarding saw a special annual event, the much anticipated Valentine's Day dinner. Girls dressed imaginatively, and there were prizes as well as a lovely meal of the Boarders' choice. They enjoyed a beautiful chicken curry, heart shaped ice creams and a sparkling apple drink.

The dining room was a sea of pink and red with the decorations made by the Boarding Committee and junior boarders. The Boarding Committee put in many hours of preparation and the night was a great success. There were prizes for the best dressed and spot lucky prizes. Many day staff including Mrs Kim Cohen joined in the celebration.

School Chaplain, Miss Kate Powell said the Grace and spoke about the real St Valentine. We took up a collection for the Bush Ministry and raised $165. Mrs Gayle Ash baked lovely cupcakes this week as a fundraiser for the same appeal.

This Friday is the start of Bella Chicks, a program of self-esteem for teenage girls. Our Year 6 and 7 boarders will attend this, and any other interested girls are welcome. Our initial chess session with Mr Les Lord was popular last week and is a continuing Friday activity.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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The Week in Boarding

10 February 2017

The junior boarders were entertained by the Boarding Committee last Friday and enjoyed an evening of popcorn and a movie with our senior girls.

Mrs Gayle Ash helped boarders to make hand painted mugs last Saturday afternoon and they will have the opportunity to learn some sewing skills with me this Saturday.

Swimming for boarders is available on Tuesdays before breakfast as well as a special two-hour session on Sunday afternoons.

An exciting addition of a recreation area in Brown House was completed during the holidays; our grateful thanks to all of the Glennie staff concerned. We have commenced furnishing this beautiful space. A pool table and multiple bean bags will arrive shortly. There is a TV for movie evenings which has been used already. We purchased some high-quality educational documentaries suited to younger boarders. There are board games and a table tennis table. We will develop the space further over the next weeks.

We are currently busy with planning and making sessions for our Valentine's Day dinner on Tuesday. The Boarding Committee and our most junior boarders have enjoyed bonding sessions to make bright and attractive decorations for this lovely occasion. Our focus is, as always, the concept of "agape" which is kind and altruistic love as opposed to the romantic. There are prizes for best dressed and lucky door prizes. A gold coin donation is taken to aid Bush Ministry.

A number of boarders are looking forward to Chess on Friday. Boarding tutoring is well underway. A list will be available on the Portal next week.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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The Week in Boarding

3 February 2017

Last Saturday, all boarders enjoying a relaxing outing to Southbank which helped new girls to strengthen friendships and for continuing boarders to re-connect in a fun environment. The Glennie pool was open on Sunday afternoon as an escape from the heat (although the boarding houses are lovely and cool thanks to the air-conditioning).

Next week, Maths and Science tutoring for senior boarders will commence. There is in-house homework support available for all other boarders. Chess lessons with Mr Les Lord commence next week.

The Year 6 and 7 borders enjoyed making Valentine's decorations with Mrs Ash, Year 12 boarder Sally Wong and me on Thursday afternoon. The Boarding Committee enjoys contributing to the welfare of our younger boarders.

There are many sporting fixtures starting for girls to challenge themselves and enjoy. Parents can be assured that boarders are well supervised whilst in transit and at the venue.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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The Week in Boarding

27 January 2017

It has been a busy and productive week with our new boarders settling well into residential life. All boarders, former and new, had a good first day on Sunday and were excited to be here. Many boarder parents enjoyed the P&F drinks on Sunday afternoon,

Australia Day was a fairly quiet day with a lovely "grazing brunch" provided in the morning, and the pool open in the afternoon. On Saturday boarders travel to Southbank for an outing and an opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones. The Boarding Committee is preparing to entertain the younger girls on Sunday.

Mrs Kim Cohen will join the boarders for dinner on Wednesday evenings commencing in Week 2. The Year 6 and 7 Boarders will learn craft with me on Thursdays following an early dinner.

We welcome USQ Nursing student Michelle Hain to her role in Dowson House.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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The Week in Boarding

25 November 2016

The boarders always enjoy the last weekend of the year and the trip to a Gold Coast theme park. Due to the recent tragedy at Dreamworld we changed venues and the girls enjoyed the outing to Movieworld and some down time. Even a bus trip can be relaxing! The younger boarders were accompanied to the Park by the incoming Seniors on Sunday and all of Brown House took part in a movie evening with popcorn.

The last week of term is always enjoyable with many festivities to be involved in. A significant feature of the last week of any term is the packing for home. Our Year 11 and Year 8 girls anticipate the change of boarding house.

The 2017 Simmons boarders chose their rooms on Monday. We looked forward to the Carols evening on Wednesday and also Speech Day. Boarding wishes all of our Glennie Families a safe and happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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The Week in Boarding

18 November 2016

 

This is a big week for boarders. The Year 11 girls farewelled the Year 12 girls  with a presentation on Monday evening and the Boarding Christmas dinner was a special annual function with a magnificent spread of food prepared by the catering team and a visit from Santa. The evening is run by the Boarding Committee with the Boarder Captain  Jen Stewart and Vice-Captain Georgia Kennedy manning the microphone.

We took the opportunity to make a farewell presentation to Mrs Wendy  Ashley-Cooper and we were joined by a number of Boarder Parents who presented her with the special gift of a handmade silver and gold enamel brooch featuring the School badge (pictured). The presentation from Boarder Parents was made by the organiser Mrs Suzie Killen who also attended Glennie, as did her mother before her. Mrs Killen described her own School days under the Headship of Miss Kathleen Simmons.

After the excitement of the Formal there is the Year 10 River Cruise on Friday, with Saturday being spent at Movieworld. A busy and exciting two weeks!

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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The Week in Boarding

11 November 2016

This is a particularly busy time of year for all in boarding with many festivities to look forward to including our annual Christmas dinner next Wednesday. There is the Mother Daughter Breakfast, Father Daughter Bowling and the Formal high on the list for the Year 12 girls, the River Cruise for the Year 10 girls and all boarders are looking forward to a day trip to Movie World. The Carol Service and Speech Day will close a busy term.

A small but significant thing happened this week when I invited the Year 11 boarders who will be the 2017 Boarding Committee, to have early dinner and craft with the Year 7 boarders. We made collaged cards for Christmas, and the older girls assisted the younger ones following a practical demonstration. It was a lovely and impromptu session with the leaders spending quality time with younger girls, and it was worth the lengthy preparation.

There are many moments in boarding that make this a highly worthwhile profession. Sadly, we farewell a lovely group of Year 12 boarders who are looking forward to the next exciting stages of their lives. We wish them every happiness and success as they leave us in a few days and in spite of missing them, along with their parents, we take pride in the wonderful young women they have become.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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The Week in Boarding

4 November 2016

Boarding students enjoyed a fun evening of dressing up in work shirts and combining this with Bingo on Tuesday evening. There was a voluntary donation, with contributions going towards the Year 12 girls’ chosen fund. The only gambling at Bingo nights is for mini chocolates! Bingo remains a much-loved boarder after dinner activity, and we do this once per term. Some enterprising girls suggested weekly Bingo!

This and the Christmas dinner will be two of the last functions organised by the current Boarding Committee. 2016 Boarder Captain Jennifer Stewart and Vice-Captain Georgia Kennedy have been wonderful organisers and role models. Aimee Sullivan has also successfully fulfilled the role of Dining Room Captain.

The 2016 Boarding Committee have been a cohesive group of young women who have made a significant contribution to boarding and we celebrated their successful year with a lovely afternoon tea at the Parkhouse Cafe on Monday.

We welcome new Boarder Captain Lucy Geddes and Vice-Captain Bella Joseland to their roles and also Courtney Baker to the position of Dining Room Captain. The 2017 Boarding Committee looks to be an impressive and energetic group who held their first breakfast meeting on Wednesday.

There are many functions at this stage of the year for boarders to enjoy. Due to the recent tragedy at Dreamworld, our end of year boarding excursion has been transferred to Movie World which was the choice of both Brown and Dowson boarders.

Chess and the Sunday Swimming session are available this weekend. The Year 7 boarders enjoyed making Scratch-Art Christmas trees and calendars with me on Wednesday evening (pictured).

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in Boarding

21 October 2016

The Year 7 boarders enjoyed craft on Wednesday night learning to sew on sequins. We are currently engaged in Christmas ornament making so that the boarders have the opportunity to make inexpensive items themselves.

Friday night sees Chess with Les Lord and in-house activities. The swimming sessions on Tuesday mornings and Sunday afternoons are popular. Mrs Gill Reynoldson took a small group of younger girls to the zoo last Sunday.

Boarders have a trip to Dreamworld to look forward to on the last weekend of term. The Boarding Christmas dinner is a wonderful occasion and will be held the night before the Year 12 Formal. This is the senior boarders' last meal as a Glennie boarder, so it is a lovely occasion, mixed with some sadness.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

14 October 2016

This week in Boarding
Wednesday evening saw the Brown House boarders enjoying a session on self-esteem with well-known presenter Helen Everingham. The girls had dinner with Helen prior to the seminar.

Bella Chicks is on in the Assembly Hall on Friday evening. Boarders have the option of this, board games, chess or conversational Italian with staff member Francesca Breda.

This Friday has been designated a screen free evening in Brown House.

Gill Reynoldson is taking a group of boarders to the local zoo on Sunday. In addition to this, the pool will be open for recreational swimming for boarders on Sunday. Craft with Gayle Ash is available on a Saturday afternoon.

There is fitness training available for boarders on Tuesdays in the pool from 6.45-7.45am and there are also fitness sessions with Mr Brad Griffiths at this time on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in Boarding

7 October 2016

The boarders have returned and are excited to be with their friends once again. I love the the sound of happy chatter at dinner on the first night where they exchange holiday stories.

This first weekend back features a Boarders' Social at Concordia on Saturday night with the majority of guests being from Brown House. We will commence recreational swimming on Sunday afternoons and there is craft on Saturday. Weekend sporting fixtures keep the girls busy as usual.

The Year 7 boarders were involved in craft following an early dinner on Wednesday. The focus this term will be handmade Christmas decorations and will involve the development of a number of skills. Term 4 Chess will commence on Friday of next week.

Next Wednesday is an important evening for our Brown House boarders who will attend a self-esteem program with presenter Ms Helen Everingham from the Centre Within. I first met Helen when she was an impressive speaker at an ICPA conference several years ago. The Brown House girls will have dinner with Helen prior to her workshop and I am sure that they will find her to be relevant and engaging in her discussion of being resilient.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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The Small but Significant Things

15 September 2016

There are many great moments in boarding and it is often the regular acts or events that create the most joy. The boarders seated  in the candlelight at a lovely Reflective Service in the Glennie Chapel on a Saturday night; their keenness to get up early on Anzac Day to attend the Dawn Service to pay their respects for terrible losses in a war long past. We are always proud of the boarders when we take them out and receive positive comments.

We are always overwhelmed with offers of assistance for Boarder Orientation plus the lovely sight  of quietly contemplative Year 7s creating Christmas decorations. Who can forget boarders' enthusiasm in preparing for Athletics Carnivals or theme dinners. Our girls are kind, busy, enthusiastic and very funny.

One of the most unusual and endearing sights is dinner on the last Tuesday of each term when the boarders have Birthday Tuesday combined with Pyjama Bingo. This is the one day of the term where pyjamas are acceptable at mealtime and "gambling" for mini chocolate frogs is permitted. As soon as the meal is over, the bingo cards are distributed, and the Boarding Committee efficiently runs the session which usually lasts about 30 minutes.

This is such a simple activity and, as Senior Resident Mrs Maree Renouf commented, "they just love it". This is a highly democratic game and even the girls who did not win a frog, receive a mini lollipop. Inexpensive, amusing, entertaining and a great bonding activity, this evening is much cherished as an end-of-term wind-down.

Our boarders are looking forward to holidays and have been packing post exams. We wish them and their families happy times together.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

2 September 2016

Queensland Core Skills is something of a rite of passage for many Year 12 students. Our boarding house has been very quiet, but busy and productive.

Special occasions are significant for boarders. They remain important aspects of boarding life and times to look forward to in addition to being the makers of happy memories. Tuesday was Birthday Tuesday for August and was celebrated with cake for all boarders. Wednesday was a pizza night followed by a piece of cake for dessert in Year 12 to celebrate the end of QCS, to enjoy a brief wind down before exams, and to celebrate a boarding staff member’s birthday with the girls. These family type events are a great way to bond over a simple and relaxing meal, as one would do at home. Our "family" just has a few more members than most.

I have worked as a teacher in boarding schools since the late 1970s. I have witnessed the old ways of operating which were repressive, horrible and draconian. It always appeared sad that boarders lived for going out, and viewed staying in as punishment. We have created an environment where staying in is a good experience and the boarding houses are comfortable, well resourced, home-like places. Boarding at Glennie is seen as positive and enjoyable, and not a misery. The girls who were not undertaking the QCS asked me if they could have study days in their rooms and this is indicative of them viewing boarding as home.

Our current Year 11 girls just experienced one of their own rites of passage by providing important leadership at last weekend's New Boarder Orientation. These girls did a magnificent job of caring for and entertaining new families; they were most generous with their time and their planning was thoughtful; The 2017 Seniors proved to be most engaging hosts.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

26 August 2016

On Sunday 28th our new boarders for 2017 will join us for Boarder Orientation Day. The Year 11 boarders work hard for this day as a part of their leadership responsibilities.

Boarding peers are always happy to be involved because they enjoy supporting new boarders and helping them find their way in what is generally an exciting time. These prospective Glennie Boarders enjoy meeting the Year 11 girls who care for them as big sisters would, and they spend time with their peers who will be living with them next year. This day is a part of our focus on being family oriented.

As well as the boarding staff making preparations for this special day, the future Seniors of 2017 are planning a day of activities. Parents will have an afternoon of gathering information regarding boarding with the opportunity for social time. We will all meet up for an evening meal of lasagne and salads. The Year 11s will host the parents for this meal, manage the dining arrangements and engage in conversation. Indoor and board games are planned for the evening as ice-breakers. Breakfast is available for new families in the morning before the new boarders join new day girls to experience a school day at Glennie.

Orientation is always an enjoyable time for us in boarding, with both the younger and older boarders being kept busy using their interpersonal skills and being good hosts. We do place a great deal of importance on being caring, welcoming and engaging. We emphasise communicating with and nurturing new boarding families.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

19 August 2016

Mrs Gayle Ash runs craft workshops on Saturday afternoons for boarders. These are mostly attended by the younger girls and the past two weeks' offerings have included a mini garden in recycled crockery, plus a hand-painted plate for Father’s Day.

Features from the past two weeks have included the fundraising Alphabet dinner, Bella Chicks and chess.

Our Year 11 boarders are putting on their "leadership hats" to run the entertainment for the New Boarder Orientation on Sunday, 28 August. The Year 11 girls are a particularly capable and engaged group of boarders and their enthusiasm is apparently endless. They are looking forward to not only entertaining new boarders with activities, but hosting the family at an evening meal and playing board games in the evening.

We constantly investigate non-digital type recreation for our boarders and try to source games that encourage the development of fine motor and intellectual skills. Brown House needed some additional board games. I prefer the traditional games of Monopoly, Draughts, Snakes and Ladders, Scrabble etc. Most girls are familiar with them and associate playing them with fun family time, and this, of course, has the great flow-on effect of providing useful bonding activities with new girls.

I was delighted to find packets of plastic "jacks"at BIGW several weeks ago. This is a brightly coloured version of the lamb knuckles from the childhood Sunday roast. I remember collecting and cleaning these week after week and giving them a coat of paint. How lovely to see these old games revived!

Jigsaw puzzles remain well used in Simmons House and older boarders enjoy these as a break from study. I recently treated the Simmons boarders to some 3D jigsaws and they loved them. I must admit, they made me feel slightly queasy! Colouring in therapy and numerous art and craft materials are also available for those feeling the need for some quiet self-expression.

Our Year 12 boarders will soon have their QCS testing so Mrs Ash and I will follow this with the traditional wind-down pizza and movie night in boarding. We do make every effort to celebrate these special milestones as a family would and this particular night is something that is always enjoyed as a break from routine, and looked forward to by senior boarders as a "rite of passage".

If any families have spare or unwanted board games and jigsaw puzzles, we would be delighted to accept these from you.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

5 August 2016

The next two Mondays will be themed dinner nights with boarders raising money for cancer research. The Catering staff are always supportive of these lovely and slightly crazy evenings.

Next Monday is the annual Alphabet dinner where family tables are allocated a letter of the alphabet and dress up accordingly. We have had some hilarious costumes and this is always a good way to bond with one’s peers as well as raise money to support Miss Kate Powell in her amazing efforts to assist people in need.

The Boarding Committee is organising both theme dinners and they will decorate the dining room. There are always small prizes to encourage a sense of competition. In addition to this annual alphabet dinner, there is an Olympic dinner the following Monday to celebrate this exciting event. Once again, the different family table members have a dress up theme.

We will conduct a food survey this term and boarders are encouraged to be honest in their responses. As each girl has her own likes and dislikes when it comes to food, the answers tend to cancel each other out, with as many girls happy with a particular offering as not. The catering staff and boarding staff enjoy reading the sometimes highly entertaining comments.

This survey does serve a serious purpose and  assists considerably in the planning of meals. The girls’ ideas and suggestions are taken very seriously.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

29 July 2016

Our boarder leaders and new GAP students headed to Fairholme on Monday for a boarding leadership meeting. A good time was had by all and the girls returned with some exciting ideas. We hosted a similar function early this year and, as well as getting to know one another, the boarders find the exchange of ideas and planning sessions very valuable.

The Year 7 boarders enjoyed a session on how to draw a tree by starting at the top and we had early dinner together. We are once again blessed to have four new GAP students with us in boarding. These wonderful, adaptable and intrepid young women are excellent role models for the boarders and we enjoy having them living with us.

Miss Theresa Meyer, Miss Nicole Lindt and Miss Jule Bandow are from Germany, and Miss Jody Hender from Canada. They will be living and working predominantly in the Junior Years and the Boarding Houses over the next twelve months. They provide much support in boarding and act as escorts for many medical and dental appointments. GAP students tend to be quite homesick on arrival in boarding, but by the time their year is over, few wish to depart and this is often a very sad time. We love having these young women with us and they certainly enrich our lives.

The GAP students are included as much as possible in outings and functions and they also interact with their peers from other schools.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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