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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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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