The Last Blast

17 November 2017

Today our Seniors attended the Valedictory Eucharist and Valedictory Graduation with their parents this morning before taking their final charge down to the Glennie oval.

In a break from tradition and a much more environmentally friendly alternative to helium balloons, our Seniors took their final steps towards the end of their school days and the start of a new life beyond school with the inaugural “Last Blast”.

The girls ran down the hill and gave a final warcry before the confetti cannons blasted off with colourful pieces of rice paper (fully biodegradable). There were lots of happy tears and hugs as the younger girls took the opportunity to say goodbye to our Glennie Seniors of 2017.

Goodbye, good luck and go well, girls.

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A Night to Remember

17 November 2017

Our Glennie Seniors arrived at Picnic Point to a movie star reception as they walked the red carpet to their Formal. A huge crowd of students, parents and friends were on hand to grab a last minute photo and marvel at the array of fashions.

The girls all looked fabulous and from all accounts had a very enjoyable night. Congratulations to Mr Leigh Duffin, Mrs Sue Rollason and the Year 12 Formal Committee for organising such an amazing occasion.

Thank you to Focal Point photos for taking the official formal photos and having them ready for the girls to collect this morning, an enormous effort. Here is a gallery of less official photos taken by Mrs Paula Nicholls and Mrs Tilden, enjoy!

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Seniors reminisce about Junior Years

17 November 2017

One of the special celebrations that our Seniors who began their education in Junior Years enjoy is the Junior Years Morning Tea. This week girls, including many who have been with us since Kindergarten, returned to where it all began for a small reunion with their Junior Years teachers.

It was an opportunity for the girls to say thank you to the staff who laid the foundations for their education. For the staff, it is always an emotional farewell for the girls who are all grown up.

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House Farewells

17 November 2017

 

Every year Middle and Senior Years girls gather in their House groups to farewell the Seniors. It is also an opportunity for the younger girls to meet the incoming House committees.

Each House celebrates in a unique way. Webber girls exchange Willbes who have been handed down for many generations of Seniors and each year the graduating Senior adds a personal touch to her Willbe before passing it on to a Year 11 girl in the Webber Willbe Exchange.

Donaldson House introduced a new award this year, the Duck of the Year. Girls from each year level were elected by their peers for the award and they also selected an overall winner. Congratulations to the following Ducks

  • Year 7:  Lily McGill
  • Year 8:  Elizabeth Causer
  • Year 9:  Alim Deng
  • Year 10:  Louise Armstrong
  • Year 11:  Rachel Hall
  • Year 12:  Anne Crosby
  • Overall:  Lucinda Jensen

Donaldson also said a special farewell to one of their most dedicated Donaldson supporters Miss Powell. In a short speech she revealed that although she held the stop/go sign each year for the athletics carnival as an impartial official, she was always quietly cheering on the Donaldson girls as they went past.

All Houses celebrated with a cake in House colours.

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Fun Assembly

17 November 2017

Glennie Seniors had their audience of Senior Years girls in stitches with a comedic recap of their time at Glennie and their interactions with staff and teachers at the Fun Assembly.

Few teachers were spared a roasting, but it was all in good fun.

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Red Frogs care

17 November 2017

We thank our friends Ange and Gerrard from Red Frogs Australia for their visit to Glennie. Glennie Seniors will definitely benefit from their advice ahead of Schoolies Week celebrations. Stay safe and have fun Seniors!

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GOGA Mocktails

17 November 2017

The GOGA Committee hosted the newest members of the Glennie Old Girls’ Association at the Seniors Mocktail Party. The girls were officially inducted into the Association by President Sarah Pfeffer. Guest speaker and Glennie Old Girl Debbie Dieckman spoke of the opportunities Glennie girls are given to follow their dreams and wished the girls well for whatever the future holds.

Thank you to the GOGA Committee for organising the event, Boost Juice for providing the mocktails and the Glennie Catering team.

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Father Daughter Bowling

17 November 2017

As part of their final week, our Year 12s and their fathers got dressed up for the traditional Father/Daughter Bowling night. The teams transformed into their favourite TV or Movie Characters and it was great to see everyone getting into the spirit of the night.

The Cat was wearing his Hat, Dumbledore was casting spells, Bob the Builder was hard at work, the Mad Hatter held a tea party and the force was certainly with Darth Vader. Hosted by the team at Bazinga, the girls and their fathers enjoyed bowling, laser tag, board games and a Glennie themed quiz.  

Special thanks to Mr Devine and Mrs Kessels from the Development Office for making the night possible.

The following awards were presented on the night:

  • Best Dressed: Lucinda & Troy Jensen (Ghostbusters: complete with handmade  'Proton Packs')
  • Laser Tag Champions: Phoebe & Luke Parker
  • Bowling Champions: Holly McDonald & Andrew Moloney
  • Grand Champions (Bowling, Laser Tag & Costume): Sidney & Adrian Lawson

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Mother Daughter Breakfast

17 November 2017

Gip’s Restaurant provided a beautiful venue for a relaxed breakfast for Senior girls and their mothers and special guests. This breakfast is an opportunity for the girls to reflect on the support and guidance their mothers have provided throughout their school years. It is always an emotional day as the realisation hits that for some families this is the end of school days.

Congratulations to Lucinda Brodie’s mum Suzie Holt for organising such an enjoyable break in the middle of the girls’ hectic final week.

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Final Chapel for Years 4 to 6

17 November 2017

On Monday, Reverend Francis Andrews celebrated Communion with our girls in the Chapel. Special prayers were offered for the Year 6 girls by Year 5 girls and the candles were passed from the Year 6 girls to the new leaders for 2018.

We thank Rev’d Francis for assisting with our Communion services in the Junior Years this year.

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The Glennie Chapel's Centenary

17 November 2017

Last weekend we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the consecration of the Glennie Chapel with a special family communion service conducted by Rev’d Kate Powell. In celebrating the centenary of this historic building, we appreciate its value as a calm, meditative sacred space.

Here is a snippet from the Glennie Gazette of April 1918 detailing the consecration.

On 11th December 1917 at the Consecration of the new Chapel by His Grace, Archbishop Donaldson gave a short but very inspiring address on the text “Come ye apart”. He set before us the idea of using the Chapel as a quiet resting place for prayer and meditation and he gave us many helpful thoughts. To many there, the service held a sad significance for they were leaving their school days behind, and they knew the Chapel would soon be only a memory, but one and all felt the beauty and solemnity of the service and were truly glad to have helped in providing their School with such a beautiful little sanctuary.

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Help us reach our target

17 November 2017

There are only 30 more donations to go for Glennie to reach its target of 200 blood donations for the year. We are on our way to be the leading school in the region for the second year in a row. Overall Glennie is sitting in fifth place amongst some pretty impressive company: the Army, Toowoomba Regional Council, University of Southern Queensland and the Fire and Health Services.

We have until 31 December to roll up our sleeves and add to the Glennie tally. Just let the Red Cross know you are donating for Glennie when you next give blood.

With the holiday season coming up blood stocks are always under pressure and this is one way we can help save a life, or two.

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How Sweet Are You?

17 November 2017

This term the Year 6 girls have been researching which drinks contain the most sugar. They investigated a collection of carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks, juices and cordials. The also had to make a personal connection, keeping a 'Drink Diary' and finding out how 'sweet' they are.  All girls had to present their findings during their Science Fair. There were many visitors and the girls enjoyed sharing their results and educating students and staff about the sugar content in some popular drinks.

Some comments from the girls:

We were really surprised by the amount of sugar in poppers.  Mum said we won't be buying them again.

It was really interesting to research the drinks I had consumed in a week.

I enjoyed creating my display.

My sugar samples showed everyone how much sugar (per 100ml) was in each drink.  I think it shocked some people.

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Year 6 Service of Thanksgiving and Graduation

17 November 2017

A lovely evening was held for our Year 6 girls on Monday evening in the Assembly Hall. This was arranged by the Year 6 teachers, Mr Broom and Miss Bullock.

Reverend Paul Mitchell conducted a short Service of Thanksgiving for the year, which was followed by the graduation ceremony for the girls. Junior, Middle and Senior Years staff members and the Year 6 parents joined the girls for this occasion, as we commenced the farewells for these girls and their families.

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Year 5 visit Parliament

17 November 2017

Last Friday, the Year 5 girls went on an excursion to Brisbane. We went to Parliament House and Queensland Museum. Thank you to Mr Griffiths, Mrs Kleidon, Mrs Balzer and Miss Fischer for accompanying us! Here are some reflections on our trip:

We learned lots of things like how in 2014 for the G20 summit many great world leaders came to Parliament House for a meeting, including Barack Obama. Inside Parliament House we got to go and sit in the green room and the red room. Some of the G20 summit meetings were held in the red room and we got to sit on the exact same chairs that the world leaders sat on. In the green room some of us were assigned to the seats of some politicians of Queensland. I got to be Opposition Leader and Hannah T got to be the Premier. Then we had a mini debate about whether sport is better than computer games. After that, we went to the Museum. We had an amazing time learning about the different reptiles and other animals there. A fun fact about green snakes:  the ones with creamish/yellow spots on them are males and the ones with the white spots are females. Overall we had wonderful time. Dulini

We learnt about the history of Queensland politics. I loved how we got to do a roleplay like the debates that happen in Parliament when laws are being created and learned how voting works. We then went to the Museum. I loved the animals and how the lady walked around with us answering our questions. It was a great experience where every student got to see something that they enjoyed. Hayley

I enjoyed learning about how the red and green chambers operate at Parliament. We also went to the Museum and I liked looking at all of the exhibitions.  Bianca

At the Museum, I liked it that there were lots of interactive exhibitions.  At Parliament, we got to have a mock debate. Hannah got to play the Premier of Queensland, and she argued that playing outside is better than playing video games. Charlotte F

I liked the mini debate that we did at Parliament. The rooms looked really interesting, and we got to see the mace.  I liked having a look at the Museum too.  My favourite part was the interactive water display. Claire

I liked seeing the mace at Parliament House.  Our tour guide said that it was worth about $250 000.  In our mock debate, I liked agreeing with the speaker by saying ‘hear, hear’ or ‘shame’ if we disagreed.  I liked all of the gold detail around the rooms at Parliament House.  Kelsey-Rae

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Japanese Farewell

17 November 2017

On Sunday evening, girls studying Japanese in Years 10 to 12 gathered at Harajuku Gyoza for an evening of delicious food and good company. The dinner was an opportunity for the girls to meet outside of the classroom and farewell the Year 12s.

The girls enjoyed sampling the different dishes on the menu and interacting with native Japanese-speaking staff. The most anticipated dish of the night was the "raindrop cake", which is an interesting sight to behold!

Thank you to the girls and their parents for their support of this occasion.

Mrs Skett
Japanese teacher

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Cadets

17 November 2017

Glennie Cadets have completed their duties for the year with their final bivouac, a marksmanship competition, a formal dinner and a passing out parade.

All the details are in the Toowoomba Grammar School newsletter

Congratulations to Glennie Cadets Penny Lamshed, Emily Webster, Ellen Collins, Eloise Radford and Grace Fortune on participating in Cadets in 2018. Thank you to their co-ordinators Ms Lee and Ms Zang.

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It’s Started!

10 November 2017

The first of the Year 12 celebrations for 2018 have begun. Our Seniors have been busy all week completing their exams and finally the moment came. A screaming group of over 100 took the jump into the pool. Parents, siblings and staff were on hand to witness the occasion and the Seniors were joined by their friends on the lawns for lots of very soggy hugs and tears.

Enjoy the week to come, girls.

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Love of learning never ends

10 November 2017

A group of our Middle and Senior Years teachers proudly stepped up to receive proficiency awards from Education Perfect this week. Education Perfect is a program delivering course work written by curriculum experts. Glennie teachers use this content to create individualised learning experiences for the girls to build on their strengths and target their weaknesses.

Congratulations teachers! May your love of learning continue to flourish.

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Rabbi Kennard visits Glennie

10 November 2017

Rabbi James Kennard, Principal of Mount Scopus Memorial College visited Glennie today to tour our wonderful school and speak to the Year 8 girls about Judaism and the Holocaust.  

As well as giving regular shiurim (teaching torah), he is a sought-after speaker at national and international events on topics of Jewish and educational interest. Rabbi Kennard's visit complements the culmination of the Jewish faith studies this year at Glennie.

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Poppies for Year 4

10 November 2017

Isabel Brown and her grandmother have been busy knitting poppies and generously made one for each of Isabel's classmates to wear at the Junior Years Remembrance Service. Isabel has added her remaining poppies to the collection which is growing for the planned 2018 celebrations.

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STEM camp reward for Charlotte

10 November 2017

Each year, the QUT Vice-Chancellor's STEM camp invites high-achieving Year 11 students to a fully funded, five-day research-intensive camp to engage in solving some of the major challenges facing our society today. This year, Charlotte Lindemann applied and was delighted to gain selection.

At the camp, students were split into groups of four to select a project from ten options.  Charlotte’s group were tasked to develop a method to prevent glacial flooding in Bhutan (a country in the Himalayas). They created prototypes for using siphons, a rope pump, and the Archimede’s screw (similar to an auger). Testing pressure effects and mathematical equations proved to be quite challenging, however, useful. In the end, they decided that the rope pump method would be the best. Each group presented their findings to a panel of mentors, professors and current student camp ambassadors.

Charlotte said “the project work was a definite highlight of the camp and I have to admit I had fun at the ‘STEM Camp has Talent’ night and Science Show”.  

When Charlotte finishes school she plans to study a dual degree in Engineering and Science majoring in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry.  We wish her every success as she prepares for her final year at Glennie and beyond.

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Member for Groom visits Glennie

10 November 2017

Following the recent Year 6 Sydney and Canberra trip, The Hon Dr John McVeigh joined us for a junior Years assembly to present the students with certificates recognising their attendance and participation in Parliamentary activities during their visit.

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Year 9 Gets Real!

10 November 2017

The Year 9 girls arrived at school looking a little different this week, spending three days learning valuable skills to start them on their future career journeys. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, scientists, engineers, physiotherapists, creative artists and psychologists were just some of the careers explored in the Be Real, Get Set program.

It is never too early to start thinking about the future and to begin developing the skills and knowledge that enable you to plan and make informed decisions about your education, training and career choices.

One of the most significant changes of the 21st century world of work is that the concept of a “job for life” is no longer a reality. Most individuals will likely change jobs, if not careers, numerous times throughout their working life. Through the  Be Real, Get Set program, the girls had the opportunity to learn and practise skills that they will use on an ongoing basis to manage their life, learning and work.

The program began with self-exploration of strengths, interests and values and how these fit within a variety of career interest areas. The girls were shown how to find valuable information about potential career paths, including the future outlook and employment trends for their fields of interest. Changes in the world of work requires the development of skills that make an individual more employable and a focus on the transferable skills such as interpersonal skills, critical thinking, creativity and enterprise allowed the girls to consider ways that they can build these throughout their senior education.

One of the culminating activities of the Be Real, Get Set program is the chance to trial the job application process. The girls were required to apply for a traineeship in one of their interest areas, prepare a cover letter and resumé, and interview for that position. This is a very valuable experience for the girls, as, for some of them, this was their first formal interview. The buzz of nerves and excitement that was heard before the interviews, was quickly replaced by a sense of accomplishment. We would like to thank the members of our interview team (acknowledged at the end of this article) who gave up their time to offer this experience for the girls. The confidence gained and feedback received will certainly strengthen their skills as they encounter many more interviews in the future; for jobs, college positions and leadership roles.

After a jam-packed three days, it is hoped that the girls will walk away with some key skills to begin planning and preparing for their senior phase of education and feeling empowered not to choose, but to construct their careers.

Mrs Sharon Currie
Careers Advisor

  • Julie Meyer, Westpac Bank
  • Jamie McMillan, Westpac Bank
  • Nick Fortune, Retired Glennie parent
  • Melody Labinsky, Fairfax Media
  • Mark Stevens, Busy at Work
  • Lyndon Dadwell, Retired Vet
  • CAPT Sarah Bowden, Australian Defence Force
  • CPL Corey Holland, Australian Defence Force
  • Ann Wilshire, Retired Physiotherapist
  • Amy Cook, SHE (Shining Hearts Everyday)
  • Terri Davis, USQ Nursing
  • Sorita McGrane, TAFE Queensland
  • Danny Carter, Retired Teacher
  • Craig Irwin, Range Lawyers
  • Senior Sergeant Regan Draheim, Queensland Police
  • John Whiteside, Telstra
  • Mark Hancock, Queensland Ambulance
  • Victoria MacRae, Iona Health
  • Geordie Galvin, Astute Environmental
  • Prue Leyden-Smith, Bella Lucia Photography

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Volunteering rewarded

10 November 2017

Alice Dent (Year 9), Ekene Aghanwa (Year 10), Mari Van der Merwe, Selinca Lincoln and Sinead Murphy (Year 11) were delighted to receive Certificates of Appreciation for volunteering their time and skills during the Carnival of Flowers. Well done girls!

Absent from photo:  Alice Dent

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