This Week in Boarding

5 February 2016

Whilst this column usually list activities for the week (in addition to regular letters to boarder parents outlining boarding events), I felt that it may be of general interest for me to explain how boarding supports academic and co-curricular pursuits.

Boarding should never be considered a holding bay between bouts of schooling. Glennie boarding staff are expected to promote good study habits and educate their charges for life. Boarders often cope well when they go to tertiary institutions or work away from home because they have experienced independence, albeit carefully monitored. The Year 12 boarders are given a range of sensible and age appropriate freedoms to allow for a transition period. They also learn that being trustworthy is in their best interests, and we are very similar to home in many respects.

Time spent in boarding takes up the majority of a boarder's week so we remain dedicated to support the girls’ co-curricular sport and arts commitments. This is effectively managed through negotiating with the various departments. It can involve opening the houses at 6:15am, or earlier, for girls who wish to attend supervised early training.  Escorts may even be necessary.

The Catering staff often prepare over thirty late meals to feed boarders who have out of school hours’ commitments. Boarders who require a late meal complete a form before breakfast and this is taken to the kitchen. Packed lunches are made available for excursions, external courses and traineeships.

It is our role to support individual pursuits; for example, some older girls have work outside of school. We ensure that they travel safely and have a meal waiting on their return. Obviously parental approval is a necessity for outside work. Boarding manages and encourages traineeships.

As well as regulated prep sessions, there are also tutors in boarding who can support the girls. A variety of people help with homework. Some of this is informal and others have advertised set times. Glennie teacher, Mr Ian Bywater, assists with Maths and sciences out of my office on a Tuesday evening. Tufnell Head of House, Miss Peta Vincent also assists. We have three new resident tutors who specialise in Sciences and Maths plus other staff who look after the Humanities areas. We are currently setting up our boarding tutoring for 2016 and will advertise this to boarder parents next week.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

Photos: This week the girls celebrated February birthdays with cake and a card made by Mrs Lovell. The Seniors helped the younger girls make the decorations for the Valentine’s Day dinner next week.

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This Week in Boarding

29 January 2016

A warm welcome to the new boarding year. We hope that all boarders will settle well and enjoy the many connections of communal life at Glennie. The first week of the year is always busy with settling, organising, and reconnecting with friends Weather permitting, Saturday is our day for a trip to Southbank. There will be activities on Sunday morning and the pool will be open for boarders on Sunday afternoon. The following Tuesday evening will mark our birthday celebrations for January.

The Senior boarders enjoy caring for younger girls and there is a genuinely warm welcome provided. The Year 12 girls have arrived back full of good spirits and are looking forward to their year of transition between school and life after Glennie. This is the type of positive experience we provide for these older girls so that they can face the next stage of life with common-sense and maturity.

I often describe Simmons House as a training ground for the real world after school. That is why Glennie provides university-style accommodation with some increased freedom. This is of course a gradual loosening of reins, not a sudden arrival of adult privilege.

Next week, the junior boarders will make the decorations for the coming Valentine's dinner. Being busy and involved assists with the settling process, especially for our new girls.

In addition to other new boarding staff we are thrilled to welcome 2015 boarder and School Dux, Laura Crosby as a Resident Tutor. Laura is studying Science at USQ and working in Brown House. Boarders often achieve excellent academic results and Laura is a fine role model to all in our community,

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This Week in Boarding

20 November 2015

On Monday, the boarders enjoyed an evening where the Year 11 boarders farewelled their Year 12 peers with special gifts and a  performance. This is an annual event and one that is looked forward to by all. The evening was a combination of nostalgia and humour; 2016 Boarder Captain Jennifer Stewart and Vice-Captain Georgia Kennedy ran the evening with significant input from their peers. Georgia produced a delightful slide show which showed many changes over the past few years.

The Boarding House Christmas dinner on Wednesday was a wonderful evening with a beautiful meal and a visit from Santa, AKA Simon Wilshire. Apart from the boarders, there were 33 guests. The 2015 Boarding Committee served the meal and Boarder Captain Jane Evans and Vice-Captain Fiona Murray acted as MCs and gave a warm and nostalgic speech. Both girls have done very well in their roles and the Boarding Committee has worked hard for our girls.The boarders also took the opportunity to farewell Mrs Jeannie Baxter and Mrs Donna Evans.

On Thursday was the excitement of the Formal, when the girls paraded their dresses for the younger boarders before heading to Picnic Point.

Friday is always a sad day when we farewell our Year 12 Boarders for the last time.

The Year 10 boarders look forward to their River Cruise on Friday evening and it will be an early start on Saturday with an excursion to Dreamworld.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

To see the photos from the Boarder Christmas Party, click here

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This Week in Boarding

13 November 2015

This week, the boarding houses were in exam mode. The Year 12 boarders were very focused but are becoming increasingly excited about next week and all of the special events pertaining to them.

Mrs Gayle Ash and I were prepared for the the "mopping up" of emotional girls as they returned from the pool jump today after their last exam. We will also farewell the Year 12 boarders with a supper this evening.

Next Monday is an evening when the Year 11 girls have some fun with presentations to our departing boarders. One of the highlights of the boarding year is the special Boarding Christmas dinner next Wednesday. This involves a sumptuous meal plus time to farewell members of family tables and staff. Santa pays a quick visit at the end of dinner and distributes chocolates to all. This dinner will also be attended by thirty special guests.

Lawrance Hall will be the venue for a walk through by the Year 12 boarders in their formal dresses. This is something all boarders look forward to. Our Senior boarders have been a wonderful and involved group and will be missed by all. They have been very special.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Boarders on Boarding

13 November 2015

Last week we interviewed a few of our Senior boarders to gain insight into their boarding experience. Although most of them found it challenging at first, they have grown to love the friendships and opportunities that boarding brings.

Take a look at the girls’ comments on our Youtube clip.

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This Week in Boarding

6 November 2015

This is the busiest time of the year in boarding.

The Year 12 Boarding Committee had afternoon tea with me at the Parkhouse Café on Wednesday afternoon. The 2015 Committee have been ably led by Captain Jane Evans and Vice-Captain Fiona Murray. Isabelle McDouall has been a highly effective Dining Room Captain. The Boarder Captain for 2016 is Jennifer Stewart with Vice-Captain Georgia Kennedy. The Dining Room Captain will be announced next week.

We had the excitement of a pyjama/bingo dinner on Monday with prizes of mini frogs. On Friday evening there will be line dancing. Of course, we are in that important exam period where focus and study are priorities. The Pool will be open for boarders on Sunday afternoon and we are making preparations for farewelling our lovely Year 12 boarders plus the Christmas festivities with a special dinner and a visit from Santa. For the last weekend of term, girls in Years 6 to 11 will take the annual day trip to Dreamworld.

Mrs Val lovell
Head of Boarding

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Help Glennie shine on the ABSA Facebook page

6 November 2015

Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA) is currently running a Facebook competition to raise awareness of boarding schools in Australia.  Each school is invited to enter a creative photo featuring their senior boarding girls, with the winning photo receiving the most likes featured as a cover photo on the ABSA Facebook page.

We had a great deal of fun with the senior boarding girls during the week to capture our photo and would love your support to generate the most likes.

All you need to do is:

  1. Like the Australian Boarding Schools Association Facebook page
  2. Like the Glennie photo (as pictured above)

Feel free to share the post with friends and family to help us boost the like tally.

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The Week in Boarding

30 October 2015

Last weekend was busy with line dancing and chess on Friday night.

As part of introducing new boarders to the routines of boarding at Glennie, our current boarders did a great job entertaining new girls and their families on Sunday. The excited and slightly nervous new girls were quickly put at their ease by current boarders who played games with them and made sure that they were comfortable. The afternoon was organised by Year 11 boarders.

New parents had an Information afternoon with Boarding, Health Centre Staff, Mrs Ashley-Cooper, Mrs Evans and  Miss Kate Powell.

We all came together for a family dinner in Lawrance Hall and the new boarders returned to Dowson House for the movie, Paper Planes and a sleepover. The new boarders joined all new girls for Introduction Day on Monday.

The current Boarding Committee will have their farewell outing to the Parkhouse Café next Wednesday while the Year 12 boarders enjoyed dinner at Fitzy's with two of their Senior Boarding Staff this week. Monday night provided an opportunity for some fun where boarders could dress up in the outfits of their possible career path. There were several vets and even a boy band.

We will have chess on Friday night and the pool is open for boarders on Sunday.

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This week in Boarding

23 October 2015

Glennie boarding is preparing for this coming Sunday when we welcome our new 2016 boarders for an information afternoon and sleepover.

The current boarders always enjoy this opportunity to care for the new girls. They revel in showing new families around the Glennie facilities in addition to providing peer support by assisting the new girls to settle. The sleepover provides excellent opportunities for developing social skills as well as allowing for positive leadership at all levels. Many of the Year 11 girls will initiate games and provide the entertainment.

For new boarding parents, an event such as this is well received. Their daughters can enter next year with a sense of familiarity. During the afternoon, parents have the opportunity to speak with boarding staff, the School Chaplain and Health Centre staff in an open forum and enjoy time to relax, become acquainted with one another and socialise before saying goodbye to their daughters for the night.

On Monday, the new boarder girls will join all Glennie’s new students for the Introduction Day.

We know that the entry to boarding can be hard and we encourage ongoing family contact. Boarder parents and siblings are welcome to stay for a meal or take their child out any time they are in town. It is so important for boarders to stay connected to their extended family and their community.

The Year 12 Boarders are excited about the final weeks leading up to the end of their schooling. Feelings at this stage of the year are often mixed because although we are excited for our senior girls, there is a sense of loss. This particular group has been lovely to live with and have been excellent role models for younger girls.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Yalari Dinner

23 October 2015

Last Thursday, our five Yalari scholarship students attended a dinner at the Brisbane Convention Centre to celebrate Yalari’s tenth anniversary. The evening was full of great entertainment and food and the girls enjoyed networking with other students, Yalari staff and corporate sponsors. Chelsea Oliver and Kelsie Mahon were recognised for being 2015 graduates and Kelsie eloquently gave a vote of thanks to Waverley Stanley, the founding Director of Yalari. Waverley spoke passionately about his vision to be a driving force behind generational change for Indigenous students, so that they face a future of hope and personal success. The girls found his words ‘truly inspiring’.

Mrs Janet Reed
Indigenous Student Co-ordinator

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This Week in Boarding

16 October 2015

The recent walk to support the Leukemia Foundation was well supported by Mrs Gill Reynoldson and 20 Brown House boarders. Mrs Reynoldson was assisted by Year 12 boarder, Belinda Groves.

The junior boarders with Mrs McNab and Mrs Lovell, made the last stars on Wednesday to support the anti-violence installation of a Million Stars. Boarders have made a significant contribution to this worthwhile project.

Letitia Shelton will join us on Friday night for a  Bella Chicks presentation; this is optional for older boarders. Keeping boarders busy and engaged is a priority, but so is providing them with time to simply wind down and relax.

Our Yalari boarders enjoyed the special annual dinner in Brisbane on Thursday evening and were accompanied by Indigenous Co-ordinator Mrs Janet Reed and Head of School Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper. The girls had the opportunity to meet Indigenous Australians who have enjoyed success in their chosen careers.

Many boarders engage in sporting fixtures during the weekdays plus on the weekends and remain busy, committed individuals.

Photo: Kelsie Mahon was happy to have a taken with Powderfinger's drummer, Jon Coghill at the Yalari dinner.

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This week in Boarding

9 October 2015

We have commenced this term with a flourish! The boarders are excited to be back with their friends and have warmly welcomed two new members into our community.

There has been a focus on community service this week. Mrs Sue Crocombe, Co-ordinator of the Middle and Senior Years Library, attended dinner with some of the junior boarders on Wednesday to make stars. These woven ribbon stars will form a part of an installation in 2017 for the Million Stars project to end violence. A star-making session will also be held in Brown House on Saturday afternoon with Mrs Gayle Ash.

The woven stars are currently on display in the Library. If you would like to make a star or two, have a look at the website to find out how. Mrs Crocombe has supplied of ribbon for you to use.

Nineteen Brown House boarders will participate in Light the Walk in Queen’s Park on Saturday night. Mrs Gill Reynoldson and Miss Lisa Hindle will accompany the girls to this event to support cancer research. There will be swimming for boarding girls on Sunday afternoon at the Glennie Aquatic Centre and chess for boarders will resume on Friday evening.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

17 September 2015

The last week of the term is always lively and exciting with boarders looking forward to family time, and for many, returning to life on a rural property. The Hale and Tufnell House dinners were well attended by boarders, and we held our annual Alphabet dinner on Tuesday night. There were some amazing home-made outfits featuring fantasy characters as Shrek and Fiona, rural workers and even animals. There was a quiz with an array of small prizes. Alphabet soup was a feature of the meal and the junior boarders created colourful decorations.

Wednesday night also saw some frivolity with a Pyjama and Bingo dinner, with mini chocolate frogs as the prizes.

The past weekend was busy with Bella Chicks in the Glennie Assembly Hall on Friday night, sporting fixtures on Saturday, the Glennie Tennis Championships on Sunday and a movie afternoon at the cinema with boarders from Concordia and TGS.

Girls have been moving rooms during the past week. Year 12 boarders keep their rooms for the whole year, but the Years 6 to 11 boarders shift rooms each term. This allows the younger girls to have a change of scenery and explore new friendships. It also provides time for practicalities such as culling possessions, or at least, sending the excess home. The opening of the Heather Smith Wing was an exciting time for The Dowson boarders who are making good use of this well-appointed new area.

The Year 6 boarders took time out after school to go to Grand Central with Mrs Suhr, as a treat to celebrate the end of term and birthdays.

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Memories set to soar as boarding wing takes flight

11 September 2015

The beautiful weather shone on Glennie today as 300 staff,  girls and VIP guests witnessed The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall, Archbishop of Brisbane bless, open and dedicate boarding’s newest building, the Heather Smith Wing.  

Today, Raylene Smith (Year 9) delivered the acknowledgement of country prior to the singing of the national anthem with Rachel Hall (Year 9) welcoming the guests in attendance. Rev’d Kate Powell offered a prayer prior to an address by Mrs Ashley-Cooper. “It is an honour for Glennie to recognise Heather’s remarkable service to the School over many years and to dedicate this new facility to Heather. The Heather Smith Wing will remind us all of the way Mrs Smith took so many girls ‘under her wing’ when they were far from home” said Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper, Head of School.

Dr Aspinall delivered an address which showed his understanding of girls from the bush, prior to offering a prayer and blessing for the Heather Smith Wing. Mrs Evans gave a vote of thanks to Dr Aspinall for his significant contribution to today’s event. The Glennie Singers and Adelphi Strings complemented the occasion with beautiful musical interludes conducted by Mrs Bravery conducting and accompanied by Mrs Gordon.  

Mrs Smith shared recollections of her time at Glennie and the special moments she was blessed to share with Glennie girls and staff.  Head of School Council, Mr Bill Armagnacq, gave a vote of thanks prior to the singing of the School Hymn. After the final blessing all guests were invited to inspect the facilities and enjoyed morning tea.  

Funds secured through the Flying Start Capital Assistance Scheme from the Queensland Government and a continued commitment by the School to current and new families has enabled Glennie to open this extension to Dowson Boarding House. The extension is a fresh new building, providing 21 additional private roomettes complete with a social living room and kitchen.

Media group members and current boarders, Felicity Brown (Year 7) and Nina Fawckner (Year 8), provided much-needed support with photography and video recording of today’s proceedings.

Boarding is a life-enriching experience for girls and provides a quality education for girls from families living in rural and remote regions. Memories and friendships made in boarding last a lifetime.

Click here to view more photos of the Blessing of the Heather Smith Wing

 

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This Week in Boarding

11 September 2015

The Glennie boarders have been studying hard for exams and are looking forward to the coming break. Naturally, our focus has been on work rather than entertainment. We did, however, celebrate the September birthdays with cake and cards on Tuesday.

This coming weekend will see the last session of Bella Chicks for this term with our junior boarders attending on Friday night. Miss Chris Putland has organised a special cinema presentation of the Pixels movie on Sunday.

On the final Tuesday of term, we will hold a special alphabet dinner. This is an annual event where the members of the various family tables dress up. Each table is provided with a letter of the alphabet and the girls always devise creative interpretations of their letter. The girls will also participate in a quiz. Prizes for both the quiz and the best outfits will be hotly contested. Our junior boarders have made table decorations. As Wednesday will be the last week of term, the boarders will enjoy a pyjama party dinner with bingo. This combination may sound quite odd, but it is a most enjoyable evening, with mini chocolate frogs for prizes. Both functions are run by the Glennie Boarding Committee.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Boarding News

4 September 2015

The Year 12 boarders completed a milestone in their lives this week with their participation in the QCS. Like any household when there are such occasions, boarding uses these special times as a cause to celebrate. The Year 12 boarders enjoyed a relaxing pizza party in Simmons House on the Wednesday night following the completion of their papers. This is a tradition in boarding and something to look forward to as a brief "wind down" before exams.

On Monday, boarding held an Etiquette Dinner. We had an evening of engaging in traditional dining skills, and the meal was enjoyed by all. Each boarder received a small booklet to help her negotiate modern social expectations.

Last Friday night saw a line dancing session with Mrs Cass Daniells in the Glennie Assembly Hall. Many older boarders enjoyed the annual Grammar Downlands football clash last Saturday, but this weekend will be a time for serious pursuits like productive study time.

For Glennie families who are unfamiliar with boarding, we do our best to support the needs of our boarding families. Boarder parents often make medical appointments for their daughters towards the end of term and we are currently busy attending to these. Younger boarders are always escorted to appointments with either a member of staff, a Gap Student or the Head of Boarding. We tend to escort older girls as well, especially if they require a medical procedure or are visiting a specialist. We understand that distance is an issue for many of our families who would like to support their daughters in person, but we do our best to offer our services and be the ‘parent’ in their place.

If a boarder goes to hospital in an emergency, she is escorted by a staff member. The boarding staff may take shifts until the situation is sorted out and the child is either admitted or returned to boarding. I had a nine hour shift one day following the discovery of a girl with appendicitis.

There is a significant benefit in having three experienced Registered Nurses who share duties for the week. They reside at Glennie during their shifts. We are also blessed to have a highly experienced visiting General Practitioner in Dr Sian Ford, who sees boarders three mornings per week before school. In addition, there is a visiting Physiotherapist on a Wednesday afternoon.

Valerie Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

28 August 2015

Boarding girls are getting out their 60's gear for the rock and roll line dancing in the Assembly Hall for boarders on Friday night. Brown House boarders will attend, and this is optional for girls in both Simmons and Dowson. Glennie’s own linedancing queen, Mrs Cass Daniels, will run the session. The girls should be exhausted and sleep well tonight!

Girls in Simmons and Dowson girls will take a supervised bus trip to watch the main game of the Grammar-Downlands matches on Saturday. Mrs Gill Reynoldson will escort a group of girls to the Choral Concert at St Luke's Church on Saturday evening.

Mrs Gayle Ash will be making sock animals in Brown House on Saturday afternoon and Year 9 girls will have a picnic in the Japanese gardens on Sunday.

During the past week we celebrated the August birthdays at our monthly Birthday Tuesday. The birthday girls for the month received cards and shared two lovely, decorated cakes.

A feature of the coming week will be an etiquette dinner in Lawrance Hall on Monday evening. The boarders will be seated at family tables headed by a senior girl. There will be demonstrations of how, and how not, to handle cutlery, how to behave at a formal meal and how to consume soup in a dignified fashion. Simple things like the breaking of a bread roll rather than cutting are included and all girls will receive a small etiquette manual.

The evening is being hosted by the Glennie Boarding Committee. Good manners continue to be important life skills, and we hope that the attendance at any future formal dinner will not be a daunting experience. All girls are expected to wear Chapel dress.

With the exam period coming, our tutors in the boarding houses have been kept busy as the girls revise the work they have learned and work through problem areas.

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This Week in Boarding

21 August 2015

Congratulations to Brown House boarders Karma O'Reilly, Ellie Hughes, Gabby Lawson and Claudia Simon for their recent fundraising efforts for Kids' Cancer. These boarders wrote a book in a day.

The Glennie Boarding Committee ably led by Boarder Captain, Jane Evans and Boarder Vice-Captain, Fiona Murray work hard on behalf of our boarders to organise activities and outings. They are currently  planning a Bingo night combined with a pyjama dinner and an alphabet dinner where family tables dress up as a letter of the alphabet.

We use these theme dinners as a part of our annual fundraising for Bush Ministry, Cancer Research and for a Year 8 Yalari Student in another school.

Bella Chicks, featuring singer, Vita Adams, was well attended by boarders in the Assembly Hall last Friday evening. This was a lively session with a country theme. These evenings were initiated by boarding, but are open to Glennie day girls and girls from other schools at a cost of $3 per person. Boarders are funded. Letitia Shelton from City Women is the organiser of Bella Chicks.

On Saturday afternoon, Mrs Gayle Ash held a craft session in Brown House. The girls who attended enjoyed painting ceramic items for Father's Day.

Miss Kate Powell ran a Reflective Service in the Chapel on Saturday afternoon. These are always calming, positive and meditative experiences.

Mrs Gill  Reynoldson escorted a number of our boarders to the Fairholme/ TGS performance at the Empire Theatre on Saturday night. The show on offer was Titanic the Musical, and this outing was greatly enjoyed.

Mrs Krystal Watson from Brown House escorted a group of boarders to the PCYC Markets on Sunday morning. This outing involved a lengthy walk and the browsing of the market stalls.

On Wednesday evening, after an early dinner, a group of Year 6 and 7 boarders joined Mrs Tess McNab and Mrs Val Lovell in the Art Room to make table decorations for the annual alphabet dinner. Each family table dresses up as a letter of the alphabet and there are prizes for the most imaginative table and the best dressed in each year level.

Mrs Val Lovel
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

14 August 2015

It is always busy in Glennie’s Boarding Houses. Last Friday, girls attended Chess Club. Several senior boarders attended a musical performance in Queen’s Park with Mrs Linda Rother.

Three Year 12 boarders - Jane Evans, Fiona Murray and Belinda Groves conducted well received tours of the School on Saturday during GOGA reunion weekend. The girls enjoyed listening to stories of boarding life from past boarders.

There was a Saturday craft session in Brown House with Mrs Gayle Ash.On Saturday evening, a group of Brown House boarders attended a line-dancing session with Mrs Cass Daniells in  Manning Theatre. Dowson House boarders hosted a team of Helensvale High School volleyball players from Friday to Sunday. This is now an enjoyable annual event. Mrs Krystal Watson escorted a group of boarders to the Languages and Cultures Festival in Queen’s Park on Sunday.

On Monday, we held the home town themed dinner where the boarders dressed up to represent their places of origin. Mrs Cass Daniells and her daughters performed a line-dancing demonstration with the boarders joining in with lots of fun and laughter. There were prizes for the best outfit in each year level and the best town of origin. The latter was won by the group from Taroom.

On Wednesday, Junior boarders had an early dinner before learning basic sewing skills with Mrs Lovell and Mrs McNab.

Tonight, a Bella Chicks presentation will be held in the Glennie Assembly Hall. There will be a special guest singer, Vita Adam, and a country theme. Boarders from other schools have been invited to attend this teen-positive event.

A group of boarders and boarding staff will attend the Toowoomba Grammar School and Fairholme’s joint production of the musical, Titanic at the Empire Theatre.

To view the hometown dinner photo gallery, click here

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Boarding News

7 August 2015

We continue our popular weeknight tutoring program, and as the term becomes busier, so do our tutors. 

Chess games will be held in the Art Room, a comfortable and heated venue, on Friday night. In-house movies in Brown House will also be available on Friday.

Mrs Cass Daniells from the Glennie Aquatic Centre will teach line dancing to a group of boarders in Manning Theatre on Saturday evening. Mrs Daniels will kindly provide a demonstration at our "home town" boarders' dinner next Monday night. Boarders have been asked to dress up as a representation of their locality. The girls have chosen a meal of pie and chips, which is usually saved for State of Origin nights! There are of course prizes for the most innovative outfits.

Sourcing a capable line dancer has not been an easy task, as I discovered when I tried to phone various dance schools. I then sent an email to all Glennie Staff and we found that Mrs Daniells had talents other than her aquatic skills. I continue to have visions of Billy Ray Cyrus singing "Achy Breaky Heart" and look forward to dinner on Monday night.

Led by Mrs Watson, we will escort boarders to the Cultural and Language Festival at Queens Park on Sunday. Such Toowoomba family events are safe, high quality and inexpensive for the girls. We had planned an informal volleyball game with St Ursula's last Sunday, but unfortunately we were unable to attend due to the host changing the time to much later in the day.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Art Club

7 August 2015

On Wednesday evenings, Year 6 and 7 boarders attend Art Club, supervised by Mrs Lovell and Mrs McNab. This week, girls created hair wraps, experimented with watercolours and practised their drawing skills.

It is so lovely to see the girls be creative in a relaxed atmosphere and they clearly love learning these new skills!

Click here to see a Youtube video of their efforts.

Mrs Tess McNab
Visual Arts

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A Week of Boarding

31 July 2015

Saturdays are busy times in boarding with many girls playing Club G Sport. A large group of boarders attended the Interact film evening in the Hall last Saturday.

On Sunday, Mrs Crystal Watson took an activity period with a group of girls walking to Zaraffas. In addition to working as Senior Boarding staff in Brown House, Mrs Watson, an outstanding sportswoman, has recently joined us to take the boarders for some outdoor activities. Unfortunately, the Toowoomba weather made going outside a less than attractive proposition, but some girls cheerfully managed a walk in the rain. I never like to complain about rain, because we have so many families who desperately need it.

Birthday Tuesday in boarding is held on the last Tuesday of the month. We hold this regular celebration to recognise boarder birthdays with a special birthday cake, plus a card for each girl. Holiday birthdays are not forgotten and are celebrated either before or after the vacation period. All boarders who had a birthday in July enjoyed their special celebration.

On Wednesdays, the junior boarders have an early dinner before their craft activity. This is a weekly event run by Mrs McNab and Mrs Lovell.

Last Friday, Bella Chicks was a great success, all boarders were invited to attend this teen-focused event. This Friday, Mr Les Lord will hold chess lessons and Brown House is offering pizza making as an activity.

Boarding tutoring commenced last week with Mr Andrew Burger holding his first evening Maths tutorial on Thursday, 23 July. Mr Burger is available for maths support in the Head of Boarding office from 7:00 to 9:00pm each Tuesday and Thursday. Mrs Sharon Burger is assisting younger boarders with homework in Brown House on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Miss Fiona Woodward, Mrs Anna Salomon, Miss Peta Vincent and Mr Ian Bywater also provide valuable academic assistance to boarders.

Mrs Valerie Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Boarding News

24 July 2015

Ninety boarders attended the Fairholme Boarders' bash last Saturday. The girls had a great time meeting new friends, many of whom are rivals on the sporting field!  Mrs Gillian Reynoldson and a group of boarding staff accompanied the girls.

On Monday, our Year 12 boarders and three staff attended a lovely dinner at Fairholme. We undertake this reciprocal arrangement with both groups of Year 12 boarders each year. Fairholme came to us last term. Some of our Junior boarders, along with Mrs Valerie Lovell and Mrs Tess McNab, enjoyed dinner together followed by craft on Wednesday evening.

After a busy day for the Indigenous girls at the dollmaking workshop, on Thursday in celebration of Naidoc Week, they hosted a special meal showcasing Indigenous culture that was enjoyed by the boarding community and special guests. Year 12 boarder Chelsea Oliver ran the evening and gave the Welcome to Country. Chelsea-Joyce Ryan from Maningrida spoke in her own language. A group of girls produced an entertaining dance. The evening was organised by our new Indigenous Co-ordinator, Mrs Janet Reed. She was assisted by Miss Jocelyn Makin, who formerly held this position and returned to Glennie for this special event.

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Boarding News

17 July 2015

Our Glennie boarders have settled well into the third term. We welcomed several new members into our community. The girls chatted happily at their first dinner on Monday night and shared stories from the recent holiday period.

We look forward to the commencement of weekend activities; Friday evening chess with local expert Mr Les Lord, has a good following. Approximately 100 Glennie Boarders will attend the Fairholme Boarders’ Bash on Saturday evening. There is also craft with Mrs Gayle Ash on Saturday afternoon.

We are pleased to welcome Mrs Krystal Watson as a Senior Boarding Staff member to Brown House. Mrs Watson is a fitness expert and will do some work in this area as well as supervision on Sundays and alternative Saturdays.

I would like to draw your attention to the Bella Chicks evening to be held in the Glennie Assembly Hall the following Friday. These are wonderful evenings and day girls are welcome.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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