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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This Week in Boarding

22 July 2016

I was visited by a wonderful young woman at the end of last week. Belinda Groves was a model boarder, a great supporter of the junior boarders in Brown House and was awarded the 2015 M D and V M Loughnan Family Gift at Speech Day for service in Boarding.

Belinda found a position working on a large property up north and is loving her working life. She plans to attend University in the future to study Rural Science. Always enthusiastic, with a lovely disposition and beautiful manners, Belinda is a most welcome guest.

Belinda is a great boarding success story but most importantly, the product of a loving and balanced rural family. The ability for an extended family to work with boarding staff is essential. I have a memory of Belinda as a delightful Year 7 girl in an evening art session painting a rural scene and I complimented her on this. Her response was "all those years in the paddock were not wasted".

Past boarders keep in touch and we hear of them undertaking a diverse range of tertiary studies as well as interesting traineeships and exciting careers. One of our past boarders has just returned on the HMAS Darwin from her seven month deployment with the Navy in the Middle East. Seaman Amber Phineasa was a past Yalari scholar and has obviously found her niche in the military.

Boarders develop great resilience living away from home and it serves them well in their years beyond Glennie. The aim of  Simmons House is to provide a transition year between school and self-sufficiency. We "loosen the reins" a bit in Simmons so that there is controlled but structured freedom. We remain however, highly vigilant and accountable.

Some Glennie day families decide to board  their daughters for Year 12 to provide them with structured prep and academic support, encourage independence and learn organisational skills so that leaving school is not a shock.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

15 July 2016

We have started the term well with the prompt return of boarders on Monday. The Boarder Parent Forum was held at 5.00pm and was well attended. Some of our parents stayed for dinner afterwards.  

The first week of any term is a time to settle and re-establish friendships. I always find the first dinner back on the evening before term commences to be quite delightful with the excited and lively chatter of the girls sitting with their friends and discussing the holidays. There is never any gloom at this first meal. Some boarders will experience temporary homesickness on their return. While they naturally miss family, they tend to quickly become busy and distracted.

Wednesday night was State of Origin night. To get into the mood, the evening meal was a pie, chips, mushy peas followed by multi-coloured icecream. Please note, this is not a standard boarder dinner! The older boarders are permitted to watch the whole game. The younger ones watch the first half.

Boarders were involved in a number of wonderful Glennie events during the past holiday such as the Sports Tour to New Zealand, the Music Tour to Europe, teaching swimming in Vietnam and the Equestrian Competitions. For others, holidays at home are cherished and often involve working on family properties.

We have a busy weekend ahead of us. Events include the Fairholme Boarder Bash on Saturday and the Year 12 girls heading to Fairholme on Monday for a return dinner. I hope to have photos for you next week!

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

16 June 2016

I have visited the South West of America including infamous places like Yuma and Tombstone, then headed fearlessly and naively into Mexico. Such colourful and romantic destinations seemed like an exciting theme for a dinner and entertainment with Glennie and Fairholme Year 7 boarders.The element of danger associated with the Wild West was obviously absent; it was very Disney like! The dining room looked as though Mexican artist Frida Kahlo had decorated it for a dinner party.

When working out the logistics of theme dinners, one always needs to remember resources and costs. The kitchen staff do wonderful Mexican food and appropriate decorations are fairly easy to access. Even pinatas can be purchased at Big W. We enjoyed the food plus the decor and, thanks to a previous talent hunt, a wonderful line dancing teacher in Cass Daniels from the Glennie Aquatic Centre. Add Bennie the Bee, AKA Boarder Captain Jennifer Stewart into the mix and we were set for fun. Bennie resides permanently in Simmons House and even has her own sign out card for outings.

Two Fairholme boarding staff brought their excited Year 7 boarders to add to ours, and a lovely evening was had by all. Jen Stewart and Webber House Captain Georgia Parsons assisted with the decorations and early entertainment. Many girls had their photo taken with Bennie.

The evening was most enjoyable and we will make this a once per term event. The staff also enjoyed a chat over dinner.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

10 June 2016

The boarders are completing exams this week and looking forward to heading home shortly. The last two weeks of term are an exciting time for them. Whilst we have been fairly quiet during exam times, there have still been interesting activities on offer.

Bella Chicks was available for the Junior Boarders last Friday and Friday chess was well attended. Mrs Gayle Ash put her culinary skills to good use and made spring rolls with Brown House boarders on Saturday. There was opportunity for reflection on Saturday evening with the boarders who were in residence attending Chapel with Miss Kate Powell; her services are calming, but thought provoking and always relevant. When Chapel occurs on a Saturday evening, there is a beautiful Reflective Service with candles and music.

Boarders do have occasions when they can sleep in, and last Sunday provided such an opportunity. The Year 12 boarders and Mrs Ash cooked brunch and all of the girls who remained in boarding enjoyed a leisurely Sunday.

Tonight the Year 7 Fairholme Boarders join their peers for a Mexican meal and line dancing. This evening has a relaxed and colourful South-Western America and over the border theme. Mrs Cass Daniels is an excellent line-dancing instructor and her sessions are always a welcome part of the weekend. All of the above activities are funded by boarding.

Glennie parent, Mrs Helen Wilson kindly supplied lovely flowers to boarding and the dining room during the past week. Many of our parents are generous supporters of boarding.

Please note that casual boarding is available for day girls. I can be contacted on lovellv@glennie.qld.edu.au

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Friendly Rivalry

3 June 2016

Boarders always enjoy a party, and we find all sorts of excuses to have one!

State of Origin Dinner was a fairly simple affair with pies, peas, chips and gravy. It may be simple, but it is a favourite occasion. Our NSW contingent was small but enthusiastic. The boarders were required to organise their study and homework early to allow them to watch the game. Younger boarders watched the first half.

Coming from Adelaide, I find the enthusiasm surrounding Rugby League a bit difficult to fathom. I have, however, embraced what is an important event on the boarding calendar. Mercifully, the middle game falls in the holidays when parents can deal with the enthusiasm!

As Birthday Tuesday was the night before, we rolled the functions into one with the usual monthly birthday cakes being decorated in appropriate colours. One was blue and the other as close to maroon as possible.

The boarders are in exam mode, but they enjoyed a little friendly rivalry and fun as well as celebrating birthdays for May.

During last week of each term is pyjama/bingo night. The girls play after-dinner bingo in their pyjamas. Teddy bears and other stuffed toys are welcome. The prizes are mini chocolate frogs and this is always great fun.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

27 May 2016

People are often interested in the diet of today’s boarders. Prospective boarding parents who have had poor experiences themselves are often filled with wonder at the changes in the past few years. Firstly, a trained Nutritionist assesses our menu, and the Glennie Catering staff work hard to provide a nutritious diet for our boarders. Gone are the days of being forced to eat something one detests; we are certainly not draconian.

There are boarding staff at dinner and breakfast who do subtle checks to see that the girls are eating well and  the catering staff will indicate any concerns. The Year 12s at the Family table two evenings per week monitor eating. This is good leadership on their part.

There are cooked and continental breakfasts four mornings per week plus tea, coffee and juice. Morning and afternoon teas are provided, as is supper each evening. Dinner offers assorted vegetables plus rice or pasta with dessert or fruit. There is always red meat, chicken or fish and we also provide well for vegetarians who simply require a letter of consent from a parent.

Some boarders have medically diagnosed food intolerances or allergies and we accommodate these following confirmation from a medical practitioner. A gluten free diet is available for anyone with a coeliac problem.

Lunch often involves a hot offering such as fried rice, pasta or a burger and there is always an extensive salad bar with many choices of breads and fillings. There is soup two days per week in the winter months.

What happens if a boarder is late from an excursion, has an appointment or is travelling? We have a list which goes to the kitchen staff outlining late meals. If boarders attend excursions or sport during school time or on weekends, their meals are supplied.

The boarders are surveyed on food likes and dislikes and having done this for some years, there is little I can add except no two surveys are alike. In one survey one respondent never wanted to see another fish finger again, while another boarder wrote that she loved fish fingers above all, in very large print. This survey is interesting for the kitchen and boarding staff, and as you can imagine, the responses are often very entertaining.  These surveys are taken seriously and change is made.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

20 May 2016

We are encouraging boarders to be more environmentally aware by recycling and have acquired additional bins in the boarding house for this purpose. To further encourage awareness, we held a special dinner on Tuesday where girls wore outfits constructed from recycled items. I hasten to add that the meal was not recycled!

Our themed dinners always incorporate small prizes for the best and most imaginative outfits and are often handmade items. Also, these special occasions are often used as a way to raise money for charity.

Themed dinners have included an Alphabet dinner where girls in their family tables were allocated a letter of the alphabet. We have had all types of extravagant home-made creations, including eight octopus characters with tentacles made from green tights. I was unaware that octopi actually make a noise, until the eight girls arrived in the dining hall calling out a "who" sound repeatedly. They were very green, memorable and hilarious.

In addition to Valentine’s Day dinner, we have an annual dinner celebrating Indigenous culture, plus a meal where Mexican is the theme. Country and Rural is a comfortable and familiar theme and many girls can celebrate home. Miss Kate Powell conducts a special Easter meal for the boarders. Each year we hold a wonderful boarding Christmas dinner with a Santa who is, of course, a Blue Card holder and member of the Glennie community!

State of Origin nights usually offer pies, peas and chips with blue or red jelly and icecream. Not the most nutritionally sound meal as a rule, but highly enjoyable. There is always a bit of friendly rivalry between the boarders from New South Wales and Queensland. Etiquette dinners provide the opportunity to revise appropriate table manners.

It is not only the dinner that provides the fun; our excellent Boarding Committees take these events on wholeheartedly and create hand-made decorations and prize wrappings. Our catering staff are always supportive and encourage the boarders' creativity.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Special Dinner

13 May 2016

On Monday, the Year 12 Glennie boarders invited their Fairholme counterparts to a special dinner held in Lawrance Hall Dining Room. Fairholme will return the favour next term.

This is always a special evening with senior boarders being able to catch up with close friends or make new friends. These dinners have been annual events since my arrival at Glennie in 2006 and something the girls look forward to as one of their special final functions in their final year of boarding.

The Boarding Committee, headed by Boarder Captain Jennifer Stewart and  Vice-Captain Georgia Kennedy worked hard to decorate the room using green as a theme. Beautiful flowers were presented to each visitor and grateful thanks go to boarder parent, Mrs Helen Wilson, for her kind donation. Mrs Gayle Ash created a small arrangement for each visitor to take back to her room.

The Boarding Committee chose the meal and this year was one of the boarders' favourites of lasagne, special salads followed by sticky date pudding. Small gift bags of chocolates were created by Jennifer and Georgia for each table.

This evening always gives the girls the opportunity to socialise, but more importantly to be attentive hosts and good listeners. Traditionally, after dinner time is spent with the boarders visiting and inspecting one another's boarding houses.

We certainly look forward our trip to Fairholme next term.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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What happens to boarders on long weekends.

6 May 2016

When I first taught in an Adelaide boarding school similar to Glennie, I noticed the term exeat weekend. It transpired that this meant the entire boarding house was vacated and that all boarders were expected to leave. Some girls found this desirable and uncomplicated, others from more remote parts of Australia or overseas struggled and worried. I perceived the concept of a forced break from the Boarders' home somewhat harsh, plus difficult for a number of families.

Glennie boarding does not close down on any long weekend or public holiday in term time, and our boarders are welcome to remain in their house. Some girls catch the bus home, many parents collect children, others visit with extended family and friends. Nobody is pressured into participating in the "exodus" and we remain open all hours. Some girls take the opportunity to study. We cancel some planned weekend activities such as chess and craft simply because of a lack of participants.

There are times when girls simply need a rest and a break. As I type, I am doing duty with the senior boarders; it is just after lunch on Labour Day and some girls are starting to return to us so I am chatting with family members. On Monday holidays, the Catering staff always produce a beautiful cooked brunch and this is something the girls really look forward to. My roll checks in Simmons have found a number of girls sleeping or relaxing which is exactly what they would do if at home. Young people need some time when they are not always rushing and occupied. Most girls have called into my office for a chat. Long weekends in boarding take on a special family time for girls who remain with us.

All of our boarding houses, catering and the Health Centre function as per usual to cater for our boarding families.We would happily welcome day girls whose parents may be going away and would appreciate a study weekend.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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The Boarding Experience

29 April 2016

So often I hear from our girls how much boarding life helps them grow both socially and intellectually as well as developing their confidence. Sadly though, some people have a strong fear of boarding because of their own negative experiences. Also, boarding school has occasionally been used as a threat to make a child behave. The days of draconian boarding have long gone and we emphasise nurture, care and each girl being All She Can Be.

Occasionally, there has been some previously felt distance and friction between a child and a parent that has been repaired through the boarding experience. It is good for children to know that their mother and/or father are not simply ‘picking on’ them by sending them to boarding school. As a second home, boarding is still a place where a daily routine and structure go hand in hand with expectations and standards. Strangely enough, the expectations of boarding staff may appear quite similar to those of the girl’s parents and this is why clear communication between parents and boarding staff is critical in making the boarding experience one of growth, maturity and participation.

Some years ago I took a father and daughter on a tour of the boarding school where I was working and the poor man was obviously struggling. This was a co-ed boarding school and he eventually told me about his awful experiences. Similarly, a dear friend of mine would stay with us and could not even walk over the road to look at where I worked because he had been so unhappy there as a child. That school had completely changed, but his memories were the stuff of ongoing nightmares.

We strive to create only happy boarding memories at Glennie and currently we have two past boarders working happily and making a positive difference to the Glennie boarding experience.

When boarders leave at the end of Year 12, their excitement is tinged with sadness because of the closeness of friendships and the loss of a familiar environment and the second family. May girls are quite disappointed by the reality of University residences which are often inferior to Simmons House!

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Q Fever testing available for Boarders

29 April 2016

Our School doctor, Dr Ford, is offering annual Q Fever testing/immunisation for boarders aged 16 and over and for younger girls providing certain criteria are met. If you are interested in having your daughter tested/immunised please phone the Health Centre 07 4688 8809 or email health@glennie.qld.edu.au.  

For more information, download the  Queensland Health fact sheet below.

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This week in boarding

22 April 2016

The past weekend was busy with a number of Simmons and Dowson Boarders attending a Boarding Social at Scots PGC in Warwick on Saturday night. Brown House Boarders enjoyed a Sunday picnic at the Japanese Gardens, USQ.

The Year 12 boarder leaders organised a lively Monday night with a get-together with boarder leaders from other Toowoomba Schools. This provided an opportunity for the Boarding Committee to entertain and mix with their local peers.

Thanks to our Media Group photographer Felicity Brown (Year 8) who supplied the picnic photos.

Clcik here for the photo gallery

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