Easter Celebration

20 April 2018

On Wednesday this week Middle and Senior Years students and staff attended our annual Celebration of Easter at St Luke’s Anglican Church. The Year 12 Chapel Committee led the congregations in a retelling of the Easter story using the significant symbols of the journey from Palm Sunday to Easter Day. At the conclusion of the reflection three symbols remained on the Altar. The water jug and towel representing Jesus’ act of loving service in washing the disciple's feet; the chalice and bread representing the enormity of God’s love for us; and the Easter Candle, a symbol of light and hope in the resurrection of Christ. Each of these symbols reminds us of God’s continual presence with us and our mission to bring God’s love, hope and peace to all we meet.

Many thanks to all who contributed to our celebration through their gifts of music, reading, liturgical assistance, bus driving, organisation and technical skills. Special thanks to Fr Paul Mitchell and the St Luke’s community for their generous hospitality in hosting us for these services.

I hope your Easter celebrations were blessed and the holiday break rejuvenating.

Last call for any students who would like to be confirmed this term. Preparation classes will begin next week for the Confirmation Service on 20 May at St Luke’s Church. Please be in touch by Tuesday if you would like to be involved.

Blessings

Please enjoy a video of the service.

Rev’d Sharon

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Bridge Builders

20 April 2018

The Junior Years is introducing Bridge Builders; a conflict resolution program which gives children strategies to constructively deal with everyday conflicts. Teachers will be facilitating this program, and the online component will be available for parents to assist their daughters with reinforcement at home.

Thank you to the many parents who attended our evening session in the Assembly Hall. Creator of this program, Jocelyn Chirnside presented to over eighty parents; practically explaining the program being introduced. We hope that you found this useful. This program does require the support of parents. We ask that you work with your daughters at home on the online component from next week onwards.

Copies of Jocelyn’s book which outlines the program in detail and provides very practical parenting tips, is available for purchase from the Junior Years Reception for $20. You may prefer to add your name to the list and borrow it from the Library after the staff have completed their reading!

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Art Prize

20 April 2018

Congratulations to Elizabeth Thompson in Year 2, who received a Highly Commended in the Queensland School Library Week art competition. Elizabeth's picture of the book Gary by Leila Rudge won her a $30 book voucher.

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A Birthday Present for Anthea

20 April 2018

What an amazing way to celebrate an eighteenth birthday! Glennie Old Girl Anthea Moodie was all smiles as she proudly carried the Commonwealth Games relay baton past The Glennie School during the holidays.

It was a very proud moment for Anthea and it was fantastic to see the number of Glennie girls and families who came to cheer her on.

Well done Anthea, we’re sure this is a moment you will never forget.

Watch the video here

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London Bound

20 April 2018

Amanda Taylor and Thedini Pinidiyapathirage are pursuing their love of Science on a trip of a lifetime to London. Read more in the Chronicle's online story

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Honouring our Anzacs

20 April 2018

Fibre artist and Glennie Old Girl Christine Just is very excited to be installing her art installation honouring the Anzacs in the Glennie Chapel next week. She will be installing it on Monday and the Chapel will be open on Monday and Tuesday for anyone who would like to take a look.

Our own poppy artists will be creating the first part of their installation this Sunday, just in time for the Anzac service next week. This is the beginning of a commemorative display that will be completed in time for Remembrance Day in November.

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Cybersafety

20 April 2018

Parents are reminded to stay vigilant about the apps and sites their children are using. Girls under the age of thirteen should not be using Social Media apps, such as SnapChat or Instagram. Please be cautious about allowing your daughter to use Musical.ly as and make yourself aware of the pitfalls.  

I have included the Common Sense Media links to reviews of all these apps. I urge you to have conversations with your children if they are using any of these social media platforms and be aware of who they are communicating with, what content they are posting, and check their privacy settings.  There is great advice on Rebecca Sparrow's website, including procedures for checking privacy settings on devices.  Just scroll to the bottom of this page.

Mrs Marie Miegel
Junior Years Teacher Librarian

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Commonwealth Games

20 April 2018

Two past students doing their bit at the Commonwealth Games in their beloved sport of Gymnastics were Glennie Old Girls Stacie Broom and Lucy Norman.

The girls were delighted to learn they had scored volunteer roles and were able to be of assistance during the Gymnastics competition. Middle and Senior Years Teacher and Languages Co-ordinator Mrs Kristie Skett officiated at the High Jump, Pole Vault and Long Jump events. In her words, ‘The noise from the spectators cheering on the competitors was phenomenal’.

After posting on Facebook about teacher Mrs Skett and old girls Stacie Broom and Lucy Norman volunteering at the Commonwealth Games we discovered that there were many more members of the Glennie community doing their part. Check out our Facebook post of 9 April. If you know of any more Glennie people who volunteered, let us know.

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Grandparents’ Day

20 April 2018

As promised at the end of last term, please enjoy some highlights from the Junior Years Grandparents’ Day.

Click here for the video.

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Don't Miss Out!

20 April 2018

This weekend will be your final chance to book your tickets for Ben’s Pop Up Picnic. The Box Office closes on Sunday.

You will pay $50 per person to attend for which you get FREE transportation, LIVE bands and entertainment and access to a beautiful venue, and, you will be contributing funds to benefit the girls at Glennie. You can then bring everything you need for your own picnic, or, for an additional cost, you can purchase a packed picnic hamper and hire everything you need.

Join us for Ben’s Pop Up Picnic, a sensational Sunday afternoon in the sun 'Le Diner en Blanc' style where guests dress in predominantly white, black or silver.

Enjoy a long table lunch featuring gourmet food hampers while you sip beautiful wines and listen to the live music, all while the sun sets on a magical surprise location.

Lots of prizes to be won!

This picnic is a lot of fun, and this year's surprise location promises to make it even better than last year! Brought to you by The Glennie Foundation, JUMP ONTO TRY BOOKING NOW to secure your tickets!

 

 

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The Glennie Library is Born

20 April 2018

Did you know that in 1910 Mr Arthur donated a cheque to the School for the purchase of 100 well bound, green covered books to establish a permanent library? This was a momentous start to the pursuit of academic excellence which has always been a focus at Glennie. In 1910 there were five boarders and 20 day girls enrolled at Glennie, then called The Glennie Memorial School (The Church of England Grammar School for Girls).

How fortunate we are today to have a Library which provides an amazing range of resources, both physical and digital and with professional staff to support the girls and their teachers in their learning and teaching. The girls’ research needs are extensive and the amount of information needed to sort through and filter can be overwhelming. The Resource Hub provides a portal for access to selected and recommended resources and is the place to start the research and assignment journey. Quite a different process from what was required in 1910!

Once again the vision, foresight and generosity of our founding community led the way to a solid grounding for all aspects of life at Glennie.

Ms Noeleen Fleming
School Archivist

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

20 April 2018

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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Sayonara Kyoto

22 March 2018

Our guests from Kyoto Junior Girls High have returned home after another successful study tour. The girls spent their time immersed in the Australian culture, improving their English and making new friends.

To thank the School and their host families, the girls held a Sayonara Party where they had the opportunity to share their culture.

This annual cultural exchange has been part of the Glennie calendar for many years and is a valuable opportunity for all involved.

Thank you to Jane Greenhalgh for co-ordinating the tour and an extra thank you to all our host families who made the Japanese girls part of their families for the week. A final thank you goes to the Glennie girls who were the school day buddies to our guests. These buddies helped to make sure that the girls were in the right place at the right time.

Click here to view the photo gallery

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Big REaD Chair visits Glennie

22 March 2018

Monday was made brighter today at The Glennie School with a special visit from author, publisher and literacy advocate for The Child Writes Fund, Emma McTaggart, and the Big REaD Chair.

All around the world today we celebrate International Read to Me! Day, a campaign aimed at encouraging children to remind adults to read to them often.  With thanks to the generosity of Sowerby’s Towing, this oversized chair is touring Toowoomba schools to spread the joy of reading.

Yesterday, our Prep students and Junior Years Library monitors sat and listened as Emma read a few hand-picked stories including The Gruffalo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  An opportunity to climb aboard and sit on the chair proved to be very popular, motivating a couple of our Prep students to comment. “It was cool” said Anacita Holland,  Georgie Hedge added “It was comfy, I wish a big friendly monster could fit on there.”

“Reading aloud to our children is the single most important activity parents can do, in order to encourage language development.  It is a huge indicator of reading success” said Mrs Marie Miegel, Teacher-Librarian, Glennie Junior Years.

Click here to view the photo gallery.

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Prep transformed into Letterland

22 March 2018

Glennie preppies swapped their uniforms on Tuesday to come to school dressed as their favourite Letterland character. Letterland is a valuable worldwide teaching tool with its child-friendly, multi-sensory system for teaching children to read, write and spell. The secret of its worldwide success lies in its pictogram characters and their ability to make learning fun!  

Enjoy a few photos captured on Tuesday.

 

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Grandparents galore at Kindy

22 March 2018

We were delighted with the attendance of Grandparents and special persons in the Kindy rooms on Tuesday and Thursday this week.  This day is a highlight of the school calendar for the children and we hope the grandparents enjoyed the day as much as we all did.

Click here to view the photo gallery. 

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Grandparents on the job

22 March 2018

It was great to talk to all the grandparents at Junior Years today. We have given away lots of poppy making kits to keen grandmothers who will be helping their grandchildren make poppies during the holidays.

There are still kits left at GOSS and Reception. Main Reception is open every weekday except for the Easter public holidays.

Instructions for making poppies can be found on the Glennie website.  Share photos of your completed poppies on Facebook.

Don’t forget we are having a workshop on Sunday 22 April in the Home Economics building. Email Tina Tilden, for more details.

Pictured: Isabel Brown’s grandmother has been busy making poppies for Glennie. Isabel visited our poppy stall during Grandparents’ Day to deliver her grandma’s latest work.

 

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Welcome to ice-cream heaven

22 March 2018

 

Congratulations to the Year 7A girls once again, on winning the Mystery Bottle Competition for the New Look Glennie Fair 2018!

Baskin Robbins supplied some deliciously decadent ice cream flavours for the 7A tutor girls to savour.

 

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What’s in a motto?

22 March 2018

How often do we stop and consider our motto? The strength of the words lies in the feelings and beliefs which underpin them. This explanation of the motto appeared in The Glennie Gazette, April 1920.

Dieu le Veult

God wills it. Could any motto be more appropriate for a girls’ school  than this one of the old Crusaders, who battled onward in the cause of Right and are an everlasting example of the unselfish devotion of their creed?

Just as the Crusaders upheld the cause of the Right, so should the girls unite together for the purpose of increasing and cultivating the true womanly spirit in themselves, and thus, unconsciously in one another. For the true woman’s ideas and deeds are always noble, as God wishes they should be.

To be happy and unselfish, and therefore thoughtful, truthful and earnest, willing to be helped and to help others, is to live as God wishes us to live. He wishes us, above all, to be happy, for when we are truly happy, we are leading the right sort of life. Nobody leading a careless and useless life is really happy, though she may be deluded for a time into thinking that she is.

Schoolgirls should always be thankful to God that he has willed that they should be women, for what greater work in the world is there than the work of a good woman?

As Ruskin says “The path of a good woman is indeed strewn with flowers, but they rise behind her steps, not before them”. The true woman leaves peace and content wherever she goes. To her is due the credit of fine and noble generations. She is queen of the home, and the power of home is great. All noble nations owe their power to the strength of their home life, just as the degeneration of a nation begins with the degeneration of the people’s ideas of home life.

Thus, we should all realise the values of the powers God has given to us school girls, and be happy to absorb and benefit by the training we are given, so that, when we begin our work as women of the world, we will be such as God wills us to be.

Ms Noeleen Fleming
Archives Officer

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Broadway virtuoso inspires young thespians

22 March 2018

New York-based Australian composer/lyricist and performer Matthew Lee Robinson was in Toowoomba on Saturday, 17 March to conduct a workshop with aspiring thespians from The Glennie School as their rehearsals ramp up for their production of ‘Beauty and the Beast JR’.

Matthew has been awarded the University of Tasmania Stephen Schwartz Songwriting Award, the Pratt Prize for Music Theatre, the $100,000 Australian Council Music Fellowship and nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work. As a Churchill Fellow, Matthew was recognised as a talented Australian and encouraged to pursue excellence for the enrichment of fellow Australians.

As a star of stage and screen and talented composer and lyricist, Matthew continues his work as a theatre educator in Australia and internationally.  Matthew worked with the girls on phrasing, breath support, energising phrases, connection to text and relationship with given circumstances.  There was a masterclass for the leads to work on their solo items. The full cast was incorporated so Matthew could teach them about lyric specificity, the connection between actor and character and vocal technique.

“This workshop was an excellent motivational tool for the girls as they prepare for their own theatrical performance in September. The opportunity to listen to a highly respected industry professional with Broadway experience inspired the girls in the many rehearsals to come leading up to production week,” said Mr Jacob Findlay, Junior Years Music Teacher at Glennie.

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Physics in Action

22 March 2018

Year 11 Physics students had the exciting chance to experience physics in action at Dreamworld.

As part of this term’s assessment task, Theme Park Physics, students were required to take measurements and collect data relating to a variety of rides in order to analyse the physics of motion of the assigned rides. From the data and measurements, students had to complete an extended research task where they were to evaluate how the design of the rides affects the forces experienced by the rider. This experience helped them to understand the concept of G-forces and associate this with the excitement produced for each of the individual rides. The students were able to experience a real world context which gave them a tangible experience of the physics concepts covered this term such as displacement, velocity, acceleration (linear and circular) and force and energy changes.

Some students had more of a stomach for the rides and attempted them  multiple times. For others, once was enough to gather the data and the experience they needed. The day was an exciting and fun-filled way to put Physics into context.

This will be the last year students will do this experience in light of the new senior syllabus beginning next year.

Mrs Leanne Klein

 

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Chess Chat

22 March 2018

Glennie should be proud of the two teams from Junior Years who represented the School at the annual IPSHA Chess Tournament.

The tournament is a teams-based event comprising of four rounds, that was held at Concordia Lutheran College, Hume St campus. It was an opportunity for the Glennie teams to put their training into practice against some of Toowoomba’s more challenging squads.

The A-Team was just 1.5 points behind  third position and our developing B-Team was less successful but gained valuable experience.

Congratulations to Mashal Imam who won all four of her games – a very commendable achievement, given the calibre of competition she faced.

Registrations are now open for Term 2 Chess Academy (Monday and Thursday after school). Limited spaces are available. Email Mr Carter chess@internode.on.net for more information.

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Junior Years Easter Service

22 March 2018

The girls from P-6 attended our Easter service on Wednesday in the Assembly Hall. Our chaplain, Reverend Sharon and Reverend Paul from St Luke’s combined to present a very engaging service for all of the girls as we prepare for the Easter season.

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Cyber Education

22 March 2018

The Glennie School continues on the ESmart journey. Having completed the ESmart accreditation process, our School has now achieved ESmart Membership status. This will assist our Cyber Education committee as we continue to improve our policies and procedures.  

During Families Week, May 15 - 21, we will be giving parents the opportunity to view the movie Screenagers. After the movie there will be time for discussion and sharing as we work together to help our children become safe and responsible digital citizens.

Here are some tips to assist you with managing your children’s screen time during the holidays.

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Thank you, Parents and Friends Association!

22 March 2018

The Junior Years girls are already enjoying the convenience of the new water bubblers provided by the Parents and Friends Association recently. One has been placed near the sports shed, which will be great for all of the girls in the School, and the other is near the rear of the Assembly Hall. We so appreciate the P & F’s support in funding these bubblers for the girls. Thank you to Mr Russell Pugh and the maintenance team for installing them.

 

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