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.

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Why Boarding?

22 April 2016

You may find it interesting to know why people choose boarding school. Most of our families decide on boarding because they live in remote locations a significant distance from schools. They want their daughter to have the many opportunities that Glennie provides. Some families are maintaining a generational Glennie boarding tradition.

Some boarders do not live far from Toowoomba, but feel that full or weekly boarding is less tiring for their daughter and provides both opportunity and routine without having to travel long distances daily. Boarding is wonderful for friendships and creating independence. Boarders adapt well to going away to university or the workplace because they tend to be self-sufficient, organised and adaptable.

We welcome casual boarding when parents go away, and encourage before and after school care for girls in Years 6 to 12.

If any day parents would like to discuss boarding options with me, or even have a tour of boarding please phone me on 0419 655 880 to make an appointment.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

15 April 2016

We have had a busy first week in boarding and look forward to some of the older boarders attending a social at Scots PGC in Warwick on Saturday night. Many Brown House Boarders will enjoy a trip to the Japanese Gardens plus a picnic on Sunday.

On Monday the 18th April our boarder leaders have invited their peers from other Toowoomba boarding schools to join them for pizza, socialising and an ideas session. They look forward to hosting this event.

To complete my overview of the Boarding Houses, this week we look at Dowson  House. Dowson is the home for Year 9 to 11 boarders in 2016. This house is run by Mrs Maree Renouf who is the mother of four daughters and a past Glennie parent. In addition to having 17 years’ experience in boarding at Glennie, Mrs Renouf holds an Associate Degree in Social Science (Residential care) from ACU. Mrs Gayle Ash from Simmons House has the same qualification.

During 2015, the extension to Dowson House was completed and named the Heather Smith Wing after a much loved and long term Glennie Staff member. In addition to being the Head of Tufnell House, Mrs Smith filled the role of Head of Boarding at various times.

Dowson House is a large and vibrant establishment with our boarders learning to take on greater responsibility on their way to becoming more self-sufficient young adults. Maree Renouf has a kind and fair approach to her charges and of course resides in a house attached to Dowson. Her girls perform well academically and enjoy the privileges that come with growing maturity.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Winding Down

23 March 2016

We have experienced a busy time of late and our boarders are "winding down" after their exams. All the girls are looking forward to the coming  holidays. Last Friday saw our Year 6 and 7 boarders head to Fairholme for an afternoon of games and a picnic dinner with their peers. It was a lovely evening that was enjoyed by all. The junior boarders at Fairholme will join us next term for dinner and line dancing!

Chess and Bella Chicks were also available on Friday evening. The pool was open for boarders on Sunday. Monday night saw our special Easter meal which was prepared by the Glennie Catering Staff and conducted by Miss Kate Powell. This meal is most enjoyable, providing our boarders with a rich experience that few young people would have. Miss Powell always makes her services engaging, relevant and understandable with this meal having spiritual and historical significance. Miss Powell also held a lively quiz on Sunday and kindly gave each boarder an Easter egg on Monday.

Tuesday night is the night before most boarders depart so we now have a fun night each term with a pyjama dinner and bingo. This particular evening is also Birthday Tuesday for March, so is a big night. The bingo prizes are always small chocolates and each boarder also receives a small treat. The girls return to their houses after dinner for packing and cleaning and we look forward to their return in Term 2.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Boarders volunteer their time for charity

18 March 2016

As well as being engaged in fundraising at School, the Glennie boarders are involved in ongoing activities through boarding to support specific organisations. It is important that young people are encouraged to develop a life-long social conscience and concern for others.

The boarding community is currently assisting with the Lent fundraising for the Bush Ministry by a gold coin donation at our theme dinners. Mrs Gayle Ash recently took on the mammoth task of making over 300 cupcakes for sale, with the funds directed to the Bush Ministry. Mrs Ash is always generous in her gift of time to assist others through baking and crafts. Brown House is undertaking a raffle in aid of the Lent fundraiser. It is anticipated that these combined activities will raise approximately $800.

Over the next two weeks Glennie boarding girls will donate their time after school to volunteer at the Woolworths Clifford Gardens store. Annette Salva, Taylah Stanley, Anna Phillips, Felicity Brown, Meg Ziesemer, Isabella Macpherson, Ellen Bredhauer, Isabelle Simon, Sarah Dann, Madeline Hall, Katie McKay, Ruby Dyer, Katie Jobling, Georgie Wathen, Lisbon Stower, Caitlyn Turley, Kate Reeves, Gemma Thorley, Tilly Parry-Okeden, Felicity Brown, Claudia Simon, Georgia Parsons, Georgia Kennedy and Brenna Kennedy will encourage shoppers to spend an additional two dollars in order to raise money for the Children’s Hospital Foundation. These volunteers have seven days of rosters organised by Boarder Captain Jennifer Stewart, and all involved are willing supporters of this worthy charity. Boarding Vice-Captain Georgia Kennedy and Boarding Committee members Annette Salva, Meg Ziesemer, Sarah Dann, Katie Jobling, Gemma Thorley, and Georgia Parsons will act as supervisors for younger boarders.

Last year a group of boarders walked for Light the Night in aid of Blood Cancers. Boarders will donate through theme dinners and other activities to raise funds for Cancer research. They are involved in projects such as Relay for Life and making items for sale to support Yalari with the sponsorship of a Year 8 boarder in another school. A group of boarders ran in the Peak to Park last Sunday with this event raising money for three different charities. Boarders also regularly donate blood at the Red Cross.

Boarders will sell raffle tickets for Zonta in April to support this important women’s organisation on the day of their Toowoomba Heritage Houses tour. Year 12 boarders Olivia Hall and Georgia Parsons  are travelling to Vietnam to teach children to swim.

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This Week in Boarding

11 March 2016

A highlight for this week in boarding was a talk after dinner on Monday night by e-Learning Co-ordinator and Head of the Information Technology Department, Mr Tim Causer. This talk was addressed to our Years 6 to 9 boarders and reinforced the important messages regarding sensible use of technology.

We held an etiquette dinner last Thursday as a reminder to boarders about the value of good manners. Each boarder now has an etiquette booklet for reference. Brown House enjoyed bowling on Sunday morning.

The boarders also enjoyed chatting with prospective parents when they toured the three houses last Saturday during the Scholarship testing . Friday night saw 80 of our Senior Years boarders attend a social with Toowoomba Grammar School at Glennie.

The exam period is now here and we have the associated focus on study and in addition to this, all are looking forward to time at home during the holidays.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

4 March 2016

Brown House is our Middle Years residence, housing boarders from Years 6 to 8. These younger girls are a delight to work with because of their energy and enthusiasm. However, all children require some down time, so relentless busyness is not our aim. We provide the opportunity for girls to learn many new skills, including how to maintain positive relationships with peers. Girls learn about communal living and how to manage their own belongings. Skills such as dealing with the washing and drying of personal clothes and time management are all worth learning, just as they would be at home. Boarding is also an ideal environment in which to learn about managing finances so long as parents are willing to set and maintain sensible limits.

At Glennie, extended homesickness is never a big issue but we do encourage boarder families to remain well engaged in their child's life, including staying for a meal if in town. Girls are allowed to have a mobile phone to stay in touch but they must hand it, as well as their computer, over to boarding staff at night.

Boarding Staff in Brown House include Senior Resident Mrs Gill Reynoldson; Senior Staff are Mrs Doreen Bermingham, Mrs Linda Rother, Miss Fiona Woodward, Mrs Di Ainsworth, Miss Sue Baglin and Miss Leisa Hindle. Gill and Doreen have backgrounds in nursing and associated work. Fiona was a teacher, Di , Linda and Leisa worked in administration, and Sue is an artist. Resident Tutors include Miss Stacie Broom, Miss Laura Crosby and Miss Emily Hewitt, all of whom study at USQ. Miss Alina Sohst and Miss Katharina Robrahn are GAP students from Germany. This combination provides a wealth of experience and support. Our young residential staff are invaluable to boarding but do not perform duties on their own. They are in addition to, not instead of, Senior Staff and enrich the lives of our boarders. All boarding staff complete a first aid certificate and duty of care course.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Being a Senior Boarder

26 February 2016

I have written about the Glennie Health Centre in recent weeks and thought that some information about the three boarding houses might be of interest to Glennie families. This week will focus on Simmons House which is the residence of our Year 12 boarders. We view Simmons as a training ground between school and real life; the purpose of this house is to provide for effective private study and personal development within a caring, family-type atmosphere. There is  appropriate, increased freedom, however, all of this exists within a strong safety net with highly observant and vigilant staff.

Simmons House was refurbished in two stages, the first being in 2005 and the second 2006. It has resort style accommodation and is something for boarders to aspire to; Simmons still looks remarkably fresh and new. My husband and I are both artists and we have loaned a large collection of original works to the Simmons House boarders.

Each Year 12 boarder has her own private room with access to wireless internet. There are spacious living areas for socialising with friends, monitored homework and some cost free tutoring sessions. Board games, jigsaw puzzles, sporting equipment and DVDs are available in all houses. New outdoor gym equipment has been placed at the back of Simmons House.

The Senior boarders are busy and active, but are given greater freedom and responsibilities. Please be aware that we continue to remain highly vigilant with leave arrangements and parents value our advice, discretion and care.

Having taught for several years in a boarding school  where Year 12 students were still treated like young children, I learnt how not to manage senior boarding. In my opinion, this made for undignified and unhappy residential living. The worst part was seeing young women unable to make sound decisions by their early adult years. Boarding staff have a responsibility to educate, empower and allow for personal growth; the prison warden model is a thing of the past. Boarders need to leave their residential lives as competent young adults.

In addition to being involved in busy academic and sporting lives, some of our senior boarders are engaged in traineeships or have part time work. They have the opportunity after school to change into casual clothes and go for a walk together, so long as they are signed out. The Year 12 girls are highly respectful of privilege plus protective of their trust. A group may attend a coffee shop on a Friday evening or weekend, as extended leave is permitted.

Senior boarders are not woken in the mornings but are expected to attend weekday breakfasts. A more relaxed approach is taken on Saturdays, and there is Chapel for all boarders most Sunday mornings.

I act as Senior Resident of Simmons House. Senior Staff member Mrs Gayle Ash and I cover most of the hours with the support of Senior Boarding Staff Mrs Doreen Bermingham, Mrs Linda Rother, Mrs Di Bywater, Mrs Di Ainsworth and Miss Fiona Woodward. Resident Tutor, Miss Hayley Juhas, is also allocated to Simmons House.There is an on-call staff member in each building overnight for safety and evacuation purposes.

I would be happy to show any interested parents through our boarding facilities so please free to contact me on my mobile phone 0419 655 880. We do have day girls who move into boarding in their final year at Glennie as they and their parents can see benefits in so doing.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

19 February 2016

Week Three saw our Year 12 Boarding Committee head to St Ursula's College on

Monday for a Boarder Leaders' Meeting. This committee is headed by Boarder Captain Jennifer Stewart, Vice-Captain Georgia Kennedy and Dining Room Captain Aimee Sullivan. They perform a great deal of work on behalf of our boarders. The organisation of special events is an important part of their brief, as is boarder welfare. We meet weekly at breakfast on Tuesday mornings.

The Boarding Committee is frequently involved in organising themed dinners. They are great favourites with boarders, plus an important part of fundraising for the wider school community. Functions such as Valentine's day, the alphabet dinner, pyjama/bingo night and the Indigenous dinner are all events which require considerable organisation. As well as decorating, as there is the running of the function, microphone and prizes.The recent Valentine's Day dinner on raised $200 for the Bush Ministry Fund through a gold coin donation. Boarders are encouraged, but not forced to contribute.

The dining room is always a sea of pink and red at this annual event and the Boarding Committee chose lasagna with various delicious salads and heart-shaped icecreams. Each boarder also received a small heart-shaped chocolate from the Committee at the end of the meal. Glennie Boarder Parent Helen Wilson kindly donated  beautiful flowers for the dining room.

Valentine's Day dinner is not focused on romantic love, but rather an emphasis on care, kindness and compassion for family, friends and others.

In addition to the recent Valentine's dinner, the Committee is planning to host the next Toowoomba boarder get-together at the commencement of Term 2. They are also planning to fundraise for the March walk for Motor Neurone disease

The Boarding Committee holds regular meetings with representatives from each year level and they also run Birthday Tuesday and other special activities. The Glennie Boarding Committee distributes and collates food surveys in conjunction with the Catering Staff and Head of Boarding. This is a highly constructive group who work to continually improve the boarding experience, in addition to encouraging boarders' involvement in the wider community.

Leadership is not limited to the Committee. All Year 12 boarders take on leadership roles by being table parents in the Dining Hall. The role of a table parent is a pastoral one. The Senior girls assist the younger ones, listening and caring and alerting the staff if they have concerns. On Mondays and Thursdays each week, these senior girls care for a designated group of boarders. They are much loved role models and mentors to these younger girls. Family tables are ongoing from year to year so the connections are strong.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

To see the Valnetine's Day Dinner photo gallery, click here

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This Week in Boarding

12 February 2016

Last weekend saw the resumption of Chess Club and lessons with Mr Les Lord on Friday night. Girls also enjoyed line dancing following an early dinner on Friday evening. There was card making on Saturday with Mrs Gayle Ash and swimming on Sunday afternoon. In addition to boarding supervision, there is always a lifeguard on duty for the girls when the pool is opened for them on the weekend. Sunday Chapel is a highlight of our week, and the boarders enjoy the time for quiet reflection in addition to Miss Powell's thought provoking and motivating services. Mrs Jo Matherson, Head of Middle Years, was a special guest at dinner, the Year 7 to 9 girls enjoyed getting to know her better.

The Boarding Committee and the junior boarders are currently creating decorations for the Valentine's dinner which will be held on Monday 15 February. Although there will be fun, games and prizes, there is a serious side to the evening with the girls contributing a gold coin towards the Anglican Church's Bush Ministry fund for Lent.

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About the Health Centre

12 February 2016

It would be an opportune time, at the commencement of the School year, to mention the importance of the Glennie Health Centre to boarding. The newly renovated Health Centre is situated in Simmons House and the Registered Nurse on duty stays in an attached flat. This effectively covers potential emergencies and accidents. Even in an emergency, the Senior Resident or on-call person remains in the boarding house. If the nurse on duty decides a boarder needs to attend hospital during the night or any other time, another member of the boarding staff will travel with her. This way the boarding houses are always staffed by a senior staff member and a registered nurse.

Possible medical emergencies are one of the reasons the Head of Boarding lives on site. It is rare to have night-time problems, but comforting to know that high quality professional care is close at hand. Either a GAP Student, the Boarding Administration Officer, a boarding staff member or I escort  younger girls to routine medical, dental and hospital appointments during the weekdays. If Boarders require medication, Baker’s Pharmacy will deliver on the day.

We have four well-qualified and highly experienced nurses, all of whom are parents. Two have worked at Glennie for over a decade. The Nurse Manager of the Glennie Health Centre is Sr Kate Wilshire; with Sr Sue Brown, Sr Angela Matthews and Sr Nicole White, they form a talented and versatile team. We warmly welcome Glennie parent Sr White who is new to the Health Centre Staff.

We are most fortunate in having as our visiting school medical practitioner, Dr Sian Ford who is also a Gennie parent and a member of the School Council. The service that Dr Ford provides is invaluable to our boarding families because she makes regular morning visits to Glennie. Not having to travel to a surgery is financially advantageous to boarder families, and easier for the girls. Dr Ford worked within the Charleville community for many years and has a strong empathy with rural families.

Physiotherapist, Mr James Wiltshire of Wiltshire Health Centre also visits one afternoon a week to assist girls with injury recovery and to help them maintain safe training techniques.

School Counsellor, Ms Kim Coleman can also be found in the Health Centre. Boarding is well supported with excellent pastoral care by  the School Chaplain, Miss Kate Powell and the four Heads of Houses. There is daily communication between School staff, the Health Centre nurses and boarding. We share any concerns we may have about a girl’s wellbeing.

Having the Health Centre located within boarding is a great advantage because of ongoing communication and mutual support. We work well together to care for our boarders, and maintain a strong network of support.

Mrs Valerie Lovell
Head of Boarding

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A Message from the Health Centre

12 February 2016

Parents of new boarders - please check that you have completed the New Patient Registration and Baker’s Pharmacy forms which can be found at the back of your Boarder Handbook. You can return them to the Health Centre by post, fax 07 4688 8873 or email health@glennie.qld.edu.

All boarder parents are reminded that the annual flu vaccinations will take place towards the end of term. The consent form can be found under boarding notices on the Portal.

If your daughter has a medical or allied health appointment please email or call the Health Centre with the details as soon as possible so we can make transport, leave and escort arrangements.

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