Colour Run

14 September 2017

The Glennie Sports Supporters’ Colour Run to raise funds for the new Sports and Health Centre was a fun filled addition to this year’s Grandparents’ Day program and a colourful way for girls to finish the term.

Girls scrambled over, under and through obstacles designed to slow them down and make them the target of a thorough colour bombing and the theory worked. These obstacles were kindly sponsored by Glennie businesses and we thank them all for their support. When the girls weren’t running the course, they enjoyed a dance party and the photo booth.

Congratulations to co-ordinator Mrs Karen Reeves, assisted by Jane Heidrich, Julie Meyer on a spectacular event.  An extra thank you to all the staff and volunteers who were on hand to make sure the event ran smoothly on the day.

Toowoomba Trophy Centre donated the trophies for the top three fundraisers. Tanvi Chand raised the most fund followed closely by Indi-Anna Wolfe. Layla Stevenson came third.

All girls who chose to raise funds for the day will be rewarded with prizes based on the value of the funds raised.

Here are just a few of the literally thousands of photos taken on the day. More photos will be available in the first edition of eNews for Term 4

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Grandparents’ Day and GOGA Ballgames

14 September 2017

It was an action-packed day for Middle and Senior Years grandparents today when they joined their granddaughters for Grandparents’ Day. Grandparents arrived earlier than in the past as there was so much to squeeze into one day. The Year 7 and 8 girls proudly displayed their Science experiments and research work at the Science Fair. Special guest, USQ Lecturer Dr Carolyn Brown was our guest speaker and she awarded the prizes. The Year 9 grandparents enjoyed a digital presentation and performance in Manning Theatre and Senior Years grandparents attended lessons.

After a quick morning tea complete with entertainment by the Performing Arts girls, the grandparents settled down to watch the Ballgames Carnival on the oval. Congratulations to Tufnell who won the games. Some of our grandparents got involved to compete in the Grandparents’ Cup. Congratulations to Donaldson for winning the Grandparents Cup. The trophies were proudly presented by Glennie Old Girl mrs Melanie Reiman.

After all that activity it was time for a picnic lunch in the Centenary Gardens with yet more entertainment by the Performing Arts students.

Some grandparents went home after lunch and some stayed to watch all the fun of the Colour Run that was held by the Glennie Sports Supporters to raise funds for the new Sport and Health Centre.

Thank you to all the grandparents who came to spend the day with their granddaughters. A special thank you goes to Mrs Tracey Kessels for co-ordinating the day and to all the staff who helped in so many ways on the day.

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Boarder Mothers’ Luncheon

13 September 2017

Last Friday's Boarder Mothers' Luncheon was a great success.  Fifty-five boarder mothers enjoyed a delicious luncheon in Mrs Cohen's garden at Brownleigh and all agreed it should become an annual event in the School's calendar. It was a lovely opportunity for boarder mothers to catch up and relax together on a gorgeous spring day.

A number of people helped to make the day a huge success.  Boarder mother Cindy Coggan co-ordinated the day and was assisted by boarder mothers Sarah Parry-Okeden, Belinda Markey, Charise Ladner, Jayne Webster, Michelle Brodie, Gayle McKelvie, Margie Lees, and Margot Black.  

Glennie mum Linda Lester provided the table decorations, Glennie grandmother Joanne Donald provided the beautiful floral centrepieces, Rebecca Grice of Bec's Catering Innovation created the delicious lunch, Glennie girls provided musical entertainment, Glennie hospitality girls assisted with food and beverage service, Mrs Val Lovell and Wendy, from Beauty with Perfection, generously donated the lucky door prizes, and Glennie mum Louise Gall took some fantastic photographs.

Thank you to the Glennie maintenance team who worked hard to set up for the day.

A facebook photo gallery can be found here

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Good Luck Glennie Equestrian Girls

13 September 2017

In the upcoming holidays, two Glennie Equestrians will represent the state twice; in the Pony Club National Championships being held in the first week and in the National Interschool Equestrian Championships in the second week. Both Championships are being held at the Toowoomba Showgrounds.

Imogen Taylor (Dressage), Sarah Coggan (Dressage) and Grace Muirhead (Showjumping) will represent Queensland in the first week at the Pony Club National Championships. Both Sarah Coggan (Dressage) and Grace Muirhead (Showjumping) will then join with Piper Wise (Dressage), Rebecca Roellgen (Combined Training) and Ellie Reedy (Eventing) in the second week of the holidays, representing Queensland at the National Interschool Equestrian Championships.

A huge congratulations goes to Ellie Reedy who has also been named Queensland Vice-Captain for Combined Training which is a great achievement, considering she is only in Year 11.

Good luck, girls!

Contributed by Miss Jacky Redman

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Junior readers triumphant

13 September 2017

The battle for domination in the Junior Years Readers Cup was very fierce this year, with two Year 5 and two Year 6 teams reaching the Final. Year 5 girls were victorious!  Congratulations to The Infinity Five - Sophie Giesemann, Mia Nolan, Dulini Dewage, Charlotte Irwin and Scarlett Martin (pictured).  

We are grateful to The Glennie Parents and Friends’ Association for supporting our annual Readers Cup with trophies, medallions, and prizes.

Contributed by Mrs Marie Miegel

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Defensive Driving

13 September 2017

Last Saturday, after students finished exams, a group of our Year 11 and 12 students took part in a defensive driver training course, with Safe Drive Training at Willowbank Raceway, Ipswich. It was a particularly chilly start to the day but soon warmed up with the revving of engines!

We are very grateful to the Glennie Parents and Friends’ Association who heavily subsidised the cost of the course for the students. The experience was extremely worthwhile and the students, as well as enjoying themselves thoroughly, learned how to protect themselves on the road with ‘hands on’ practice in a range of vehicles. The program’s objectives focus specifically on overconfidence, risk-taking, inexperience and peer influence and students received a certificate of participation. The Glennie School has a commitment to maximising road safety skills for our young drivers.

Contributed by Mrs Nat Bennett

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Magic Lego Challenge

13 September 2017

One of our Library Lunchtime activities was the Magic Lego Challenge.  The groups were given one week to build an adventure for Wendy and write a story about it.  

This week the 'real Wendy' presented prizes to Isabelle Morrissey, Hannah Tucker and Tillie Nixon (Holly Smith absent) for their winning creations.  (pictured with Mrs Wendy Evans)

Contributed by Mrs Marie Miegel

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Circus Soiree Family Fundraiser

13 September 2017

A huge thank you to all of the Year 6 families for their effort in creating a fantastic, fun-filled event on Saturday evening for the Junior Years families. Thank you also to all of the families who supported this event. All funds raised will be going towards Junior Years’ projects, in particular, the new entrance to the Junior Years. This will provide added security and safety for the girls, as well as an aesthetically pleasing entrance.

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Contributed by Mr Steve Warren

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Dad’s Day at Kindy

13 September 2017

Our Glennie Dads were invited to come and play at Kindy on Monday and Tuesday. After some singing and a story, Kindy Owls made paper planes and flew them outside while the Bilbies attempted to ‘fly’ rocket balloons. We did some woodwork, easel painting, spray painting and some building with our big foam blocks and waffle blocks. 

The Owls then tested Dads’ skills by having a sandcastle building competition.  This brought out some competitiveness and we had to stop a few Dads from sneaking down to Bunnings for ‘supplies’. 

We ended our day with dancing and Letterland. The children had baked quiche for their dads using our own chickens’ eggs. We had a lovely morning tea before farewelling our dads who reluctantly returned to work.

Thank you, Dads, for coming.  It was so much fun showing you what we do at Kindy.

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Contributed by Mrs Katrina Wood

 

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Lichen Smoothie

13 September 2017

This week, to complete our unit on Biological perspectives, and classification, Class 7C undertook the study of photosynthesis in more detail. We learned how the process of photosynthesis, where plants use their green pigment in the presence of sunlight to make their food, and create oxygen as a waste product in doing so. The waste product of oxygen is the gas we need to survive, and we, in turn, provide the carbon dioxide for green plants to use to begin the process of photosynthesis.

Lichen is an organism that is formed through a symbiotic relationship between a fungi (Fungi Kingdom) and an algae (Protist Kingdom). The algae uses the fungi to help maintain moisture and the fungi uses the algae for its green pigment (chlorophyll) so it can photosynthesise.

By painting the trees with the lichen smoothie, we can help this organism grow in many areas and in turn help to make our environment healthier.

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Contributed by Mrs Jennifer McPhie

Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis has heard all about this great project, he might even post a photo or two on his Facebook page.

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Chess

13 September 2017

Glennie Chess players have had a busy year so far, the following is a summary of Glennie’s 2017 chess tournament achievements:

Individual Tournament (Primary)

  • Rheanca Lincoln – best female and 4th overall
  • 4 Glennie girls in top 100

IPSHA Tournament (Primary)

  • 2nd overall

Individual Invitational (Primary)

  • Rheanca Lincoln 5th overall
  • 4 Glennie girls in top 50

Teams Tournament (Primary)

  • #1 team 5th overall a
  • #2 team were unfortunately disadvantaged by an error in the entry of results – they will receive trophies from organisers to make up for their mistake . . .  this team deserved Best All Female Team award (#1 team received medallions for 5th and therefore do not also receive other awards)

Teams Tournament (Secondary)

  • Best All Female Team and 4th overall

Our #1 Primary School Chess Team was the most successful all girl team at the local Teams Tournament and will be representing Glennie at the State Finals in October.

Pictured is our Secondary Team

Contributed by Mr Ted Carter

 

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Did you spot Bennie the Bee on Sunrise today?

13 September 2017

It was a beautiful morning to watch the sun rise with Sunrise. Did you spot Bennie the Bee and boarders Lucy, Bella and Abby this morning for the live broadcast of Sunrise weather in Laurel Bank Park?  Fabulous to see so many proud Toowoomba locals gather in the park. As you would imagine, a Bee walking in the park attracted quite a bit of attention with photo requests from Old Girls, children and guests in attendance.

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

13 September 2017

Did you spot these stories in the Media?

If you spot a story about a current Glennie girl or Glennie Old Girl in the media, we would appreciate your sharing of the story with us. Kindly forward the story via email to development@glennie.qld.edu.au.

 

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Book Week Celebrations

8 September 2017

The Junior Years ‘Escape to Everywhere’ Book Week celebrations featured all of our usual highlights, such as the parade, the Book Clue Hunt and barbecue lunch. Thank you, parents, for assisting the girls with their wonderful costumes.  Our Library Monitors and extra Year 6 helpers played an important role in organising creative activities for all classes. This special day concluded with a performance of ‘Super Duper’ by Echelon Productions.

“Did you know Book Day is my favourite part of the year?  I mark it in my home and school diary before it even starts!  You can never know what other people will dress up as. Book Day is the best day ever!  It’s better than every other school day!” Charlotte Tranter Year 3

“Book Day was officially the best day ever!” Alliah Oats Year 3

“I loved the parade, it was so much fun. It was great when the teachers danced the conga - they looked fantastic.” Jinaan Abu Al-Hassan Year 3

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Contributed by Mrs Marie Miegel, Junior Years Teacher Librarian

 

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Year 4 wordsmiths take on the nation

8 September 2017

Glennie Junior Years girls have extended their literary knowledge in the LiteracyPlanet Word Mania 2017 competition with outstanding results.  Word Mania is a free online competition for schools that challenges students to build as many words as they can in three minutes.

After three competitive rounds, over 40 Year 4 girls are celebrating a first place win in the region and an amazing 4th place in Australia.  To achieve this, they explored how they could improve their scores by expanding the length of base words by adding prefixes and suffixes.  They also built words based on vowel patterns and creating plurals.

Also celebrating scores in the top 30 nationally are the girls from Years 2 and 3.  In the spirit of the competition, these girls proactively created opportunities for all the girls to participate in the competition during and after school.

“Word Mania has been a very positive experience for our girls. Word Mania allowed our cohort to work together as a team. It has been wonderful for them to share this success together. We are very proud of their efforts and team approach” said Mrs Jaye Griffiths, Junior Years Glennie Teacher.

Word Mania continues to be a popular online learning forum challenging the girls to improve their literary skills.

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Cadets

8 September 2017

I am delighted to report that Toowoomba Grammar School Army Cadet Unit are the proud winners for the third year running of the Darling Downs Tri-Service Brymaroo Challenge, a military skills competition facilitated by Army Aviation Training Centre, at Swartz Barracks, Oakey.  The purpose of this activity is to encourage local cadet units (Navy, Army and Air Force), to improve their skills by conducting challenging activities in a competitive environment whilst fostering good relationships between AAvnTC and local communities and organisations. The team from the Unit consisted of 14 Cadets from Grades 8-12 who participated in a WTSS shoot, observation lane, tent construction, drill competition, obstacle course, basic first aid activity and general knowledge quiz. The team won the Drill Shield and the General Knowledge Shield and if not placed first in all other competitions we were in the top 3 placings.

On 25 August we also conducted our annual water test and floatation activity at the Toowoomba Grammar School Aquatic Centre. Despite a number of absences due to the flu season, over sixty cadets participated. This test is required for next term’s bivouac which is to take place at the Emu Gully Outdoor Education Centre at Helidon where the cadets will participate in some water activities. Our training program is nearly completed and we have only four more home training, before our Annual March Out Parade which is to be held on Thursday 26 October at 0900 hours. This is to be a significant parade as this will be part of our 125th Anniversary celebrations. We are honoured that the Australian Army Cadets have allowed us to parade with the Corps Banner. The Duke of Edinburgh Banner was originally presented to the Corp by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh in Sydney on 2 May 1970. The current banner was presented by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Major General Michael Jeffery, AC CVO MC on 24 September 2005. The banner can only be carried on parades and guards of honour which are representative of the Corps and approved by the Chief of AAC.

This holiday, fifty-three cadets and two staff will attend the Brigade Annual Camp. The first week of the holidays is for Tier 1 and 2 and will be held at Greenbank Military Training Area south of Brisbane. The second week of the holiday, three cadets and one staff member will do Tier 3 at Canungra Military Training Area.

Contributed by Ann Hallam, TGS Cadet Co-ordinator

The photo gallery includes Glennie cadets testing their skills.

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SRC supports Children with Cancer

8 September 2017

The Junior Years and Kindy children wore their sport uniform with added yellow accessories to support the Student Representative Council’s fundraiser for Children with Cancer. There was a visit from Benny the Bee, raffles, a scavenger hunt and there were bookmarks for all.

We raised $618 and the SRC girls are most grateful to everyone for supporting them.

Contributed by Mrs Brenda Suhr

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Morning Callisthenics

8 September 2017

Physical well-being has always been a priority for students at Glennie. This piece from the very first ‘Glennie Gazette’ in November 1909 describes how this was achieved. School was conducted in a large house, ‘St Alban’s’ in Russell Street while they awaited the construction of new building we are now so familiar with.

10.20am and the well-known bell is summoning all classes to drill in our paddock. Girls are running everywhere, putting away books and seizing dumb-bells and clubs needed for the arduous ten minutes which follow.

There are four divisions, each of which has a special day for dumb-bells, clubs, free exercises and walking. At all times the field is a laughable sight, one division is swinging clubs, another enjoying the click-click of dumb-bells, another vainly endeavouring to walk properly, and another going through a series of free exercises. On Wednesday the whole school may be seen marching in different directions to the tune of “Left, Right, Left,” from the quartette of mistresses.

The D division is most amusing, for in it are new girls, big girls, little girls and girls with round shoulders, all of whom have about the same lack of ability for callisthenics. The girls are arranged according to height, so at the bottom of the line we have our III Form babes. One stands feet apart trying to keep on a hat, which has grown too small for her head, and to wield dumb-bells at the same time. Another is in the land of dreams until it is time for her to touch the ground without bending her knees. A newcomer wept most copiously when it was suggested that she should drill. After several days’ persuasion, she consented to join the ranks and now works most earnestly. Last of all is a mite whose very microscopic dimensions do not prevent her from working as well as any girl in the school.

When drill is over the girls line up on either side of the gate and form a guard of honour through which the mistresses walk. All disperse in different directions to “refresh” themselves before school begins again.

Compiled by Mrs Noeleen Fleming, Glennie Archivist

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Circus Soiree

8 September 2017

We hope to see lots of families this Saturday afternoon from 4:00pm at the Junior Years Fundraiser Circus Soiree in the Assembly Hall. This promises, as always, to be a great event.

Please join us and support this to raise funds for the new entrance to the Junior Years. Online ticket sales have closed but there will be tickets available at the gate.

 

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SRC Visits Adopted Grandparents

8 September 2017

The Junior Years girls in the Student Representative Council visited our adopted ‘grandparents at the Glenvale Villas this week. We were really looking forward to this because we had needed to cancel the last two visits due to illness. We were treated to cupcakes for afternoon tea and we played Bingo with our grandparents. We have so much fun, it doesn’t feel like community service!

Contributed by Janithya Dharmawardhane (6B) and Koojitha Dhanankula (6G)

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It’s good to be negative!

8 September 2017

Calling all O negative blood types! The Australian Red Cross Blood Service hasn’t needed you this much in five years. The cold and flu season hit them hard this year and they urgently need another 3,000 O negative donors in the next two weeks.  

Glennie Club Red currently has a tally of 130 donations. You can add to our target tally of 200 donations in 2017 and you will help save lives. Just let the ladies at the Red Cross know you are donating for Glennie and your donation will count in more ways than one.

Glennie proudly supports everything the Red Cross does, and you can too by making an appointment. Call 13 14 95 or visit the website

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Colour Run Sponsors

8 September 2017

We are pleased to add a further two sponsors to our list of businesses who have supported the Colour Run.

Thank you to

They join our other sponsors and we appreciate their support

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Women in Physics

8 September 2017

This term Year 11 and 12 Physics students had the opportunity to attend The Australian Institute of Physics Women in Physics Lecture Tour, held at the University of Southern Queensland. This tour celebrates the contribution of women to advances in physics.

Highly-regarded cosmologist and theoretical astrophysicist Dr Kate Mack presented the talk on 'A Tour of the Universe (and Selected Cosmic Mysteries)'.  Students were taken on a fascinating journey into the mysteries of the universe. Fundamental cosmology questions such as; What else is out there, and how are we figuring it out? What puzzles wait to be solved? What is dark matter, dark energy, black holes, or the ultimate fate of the Universe were delve into?

Dr Kate Mack has been a researcher at Caltech, Princeton, Cambridge, and now Melbourne University. She has studied dark matter, black holes, cosmic strings, and the formation of the first galaxies in the Universe. Katie is also an active science communicator and is passionate about science outreach. As a science writer, she has been published by Slate, Sky & Telescope, Time.com, and other popular publications, and has been a columnist for Cosmos Magazine.

Students found the lecture very informative and thought-provoking. They were especially interested in Kate’s experience and how she had progressed in the world of Astrophysics. The content was very relevant all girls as they study Space and Time in Term 3 of Year 12. It was a good precursor to the Year 12 girls’ research assignment for this term.

Contributed by Mrs Leanne Klein

Read more in the USQ article.

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esmart Week

8 September 2017

During our Junior Years House Meetings this week our activity focussed on eSmart Week. The girls discussed several scenarios and decided on good choices to demonstrate the smart, safe and responsible use of technology.

eSmart Week is all about how we manage this changing world together – as a community. We owe it to young children to work together to show them how technology can be a positive and beneficial influence on our lives. Let’s remove the fear mongering, and start getting proactive and supporting even the youngest members of our society to be confident and respectful citizens in all aspects of the digital and non-digital lives.

Five Tips for Cyber Families

  • No technology in bedrooms (for parents and children)
  • Set up technology free times or days for the whole family and focus on engaging with each other
  • Share your technology. Parents and children should play games and apps together. Make technology a social and shared space.
  • Negotiate screen time with your children. Even young children – talk about not just how long, but what type of activity a child will be doing while engaging with TV, phone, tablet or computer.
  • Parents must model the behaviours they want their children to have. Don’t stare at your phone all day in the presence of your child.
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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

8 September 2017

Did you spot these stories in the Media?

If you spot a story about a current Glennie girl or Glennie Old Girl in the media, we would appreciate your sharing of the story with us. Kindly forward the story via email to development@glennie.qld.edu.au.

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