A day of celebrations

24 November 2017

On Thursday we celebrated the Junior Years Awards Morning and the Middle and Senior Years Speech Day and Prize-giving. The Empire Theatre was packed for both events as special guests, students, parents and staff gathered to acknowledge the academic achievements of our Glennie girls.

Celebrations included an address by Mrs Elizabeth Gillam, Chair of Council and The Right Reverend Cameron Venables, Bishop of the Western Region gave the blessing. Guest speaker at the Middle and Senior Years celebration was Professor Helen Chenery, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University. All three special guests took part in presenting prizes to their worthy recipients.

An enormous amount of work goes into preparing for these presentations. Not only do the girls rehearse for the various performances, but staff in both Junior Years and Middle and Senior Years have worked late into the evenings to make sure that all the prizes are allocated correctly and everything is in order for such an important day.

Mention should be made of the sponsors who contribute towards the named prizes that are given annually. These generous members of the Glennie community are greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to every girl who earned an award. Special congratulations to the winners of the major awards.

Junior Years Major Awards

  • Archbishop’s Award: Haylee Silver
  • Mayoral Medal: Sidney Cochrane
  • Alyssa Azar Award for Inspirational Leadership: Valentina Holland
  • Ivy Waugh Award for Citizenship: Sophie Fleming
  • Egan Family Award for Junior All-Rounder: Dulini Dewage
  • Ibell Award for Academic Excellence: Mia Brown
  • Head of Junior Years Award for Academic Excellence and Effort
  • Sponsored by Glennie School  Foundation Limited: Janithya Dharmawardhane
  • Barkla Family Award: Tyler Kinkema
  • Ayles Family Ayl Dro Award: Mia Brown

Middle and Senior Years Special Awards

  • Glennie School Foundation Award – Academic First in Year 7: Sienna Richardson
  • Glennie School Foundation Award –  Academic First in Year 8: Olivia Taylor
  • Dorothea Brightman Prize for Leadership and Fellowship: Lily Bragg
  • Glennie School Foundation Award –  Academic First in Year 9: Molly Martin
  • Jocelyn King Memorial Prize for French Immersion: Torwen Eerkens
  • Spark Cup for Citizenship: Erin Geddes
  • USQ Year 10 Excellence Award –  Runner-up to the Academic First in Year: Sofie Halfpenny
  • Glennie School Foundation Award –  Academic First in Year 10 (Shared): Nikhitha Jacob and Thedini Pinidiyapathirage
  • USQ Year 11 Excellence Award –  Runner-up to the Academic First in Year: Claudia Sullivan
  • Glennie School Foundation Award –  Academic First in Year 11: Charlotte Lindemann
  • TAFE Queensland South West Outstanding Vocational Student Award: Grace Dunstan
  • Grace Lawrance Cup for Conscientious and Consistent Effort: Alanah Broom
  • Archbishop’s Award for Improvement: Phillipa Donaldson
  • Principal’s Award for Service: Paige Caldwell, Susannah Hilliar, Abby Smith, Grace Twidale
  • The Glennie Character Cup: Courtney Markey
  • The House Shield – Best All Round Performance: Hale

Middle and Senior Years Awards of Distinction

  • Beris Sheehan Memorial Trophy – Best Year 7 All Rounder: Tanvi Chand
  • Beeson Family Trophy and Trevor Watts Prize – Best Year 8 All Rounder: Genevieve Dean
  • Principal’s Award for Academic Excellence – Middle Years: Lauren Baryla and Emma Prewett
  • Roberts Family and Jenny Lavers Trophy, Trevor Watts Prize – Best Year 9 All Rounder: Alyssa Baker
  • The Glennie School Ethos Award – Middle Years: Bella Mott
  • ADF Long Tan Award for Leadership and Teamwork – Year 10: Katherine Chicalas
  • Margery Martin Memorial Shield – Best Year 10 All Rounder: Ekene Aghanwa
  • Caltex Best Year 11 All Rounder: Georgia Meise
  • ADF Long Tan Award for Leadership and Teamwork – Year 12: Angela Sharp
  • Principal’s Award for Academic Excellence – Senior Years: Lucinda Brodie, Ellen de Jong, Emilee Hockaday, Bianca Loughlin and Lydia Paine
  • Mitchell Shield and Parents and Friends’ Prize – Best Year 12 All Rounder: Phillipa Donaldson
  • The Glennie School Ethos Award, Sue Edwards Trophy – Senior Years: Bianca Loughlin
  • USQ Year 12 Excellence Award – Proxime Accessit: Bianca Loughlin
  • GOGA Prize for Dux of the School and the ANFIN Bursary: Emilee Hockaday

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Cruising along

24 November 2017

Last Friday, our Year 10 girls enjoyed a ‘semi-formal’ evening cruising on the Brisbane River. Although their departure for the trip to Brisbane did not attract quite the same rock star status as the Senior Formal, the girls all looked glamorous and there was an impressive crowd of family and friends on hand to make their evening start on a high note.

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Junior Years Thank You

24 November 2017

I would like to congratulate all of the girls on their effort and commitment to their schoolwork and co-curricular activities this year. There have been so many successes and personal stories and it really has been a Year of Possibility for us in the Junior Years. I am currently checking reports and it is pleasing to see the progress that most girls have made.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all families of the Junior Years for their support during this year. There are so many activities in which parents have offered support to the staff and girls of the School. For this we are very grateful.  I would also like to pay tribute to the Parent Representatives in the Junior Years this year, who have gone above and beyond their role, to support the School and families. Thank you, so very much!

I wish all Glennie families a happy and Holy Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2018.  

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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Song, Dance and Drama

24 November 2017

After weeks of rehearsals and preparations, the day finally arrived for the girls in Years 7 to 11 to celebrate the end of the year with the Interhouse Singing, Dance and Drama Competition.

Donaldson won the singing and dance, Hale won the drama.  Individual results are as follows:

Drama (Adjudicator Andreas Elms):

  • 1st - Hale presented ‘A Very Hale Christmas’
  • 2nd - Donaldson presented ‘The Missing Teachers’
  • 3rd - Webber presented ‘When you miss one day of school’
  • 4th - Tufnell presented ‘House Feud’

Drama Encouragement Awards:  

  • Webber - Karma O’Reilly,
  • Donaldson - Felicity Brown,
  • Hale - Alyssa Baker and
  • Tufnell - Hannah Scotney
  • Best Supporting Actress Award:  Sandra Miller
  • Best Actress Award:  Alim Deng
  • Best Script Award:  Donaldson

Singing (Adjudicator Martin Paroz):

  • 1st - Donaldson singing a Glee mashup of ‘Living on a Prayer’
  • 2nd - Webber singing ‘Let’s hear it for the boys’
  • 3rd - Hale singing ‘Man in the Mirror’ and ‘Don’t Stop Believing’
  • 4th - Tufnell singing ‘I’m walking on Sunshine’

Dance (Adjudicator Lauren Budden):

  • 1st - Donaldson presented ‘Willy Wonka’s Creations’
  • 2nd - Tufnell presented ‘Peter Pan’
  • 3rd - Webber presented ‘Movies through the Decades’
  • 4th - Hale presented ‘Trapped’

Best Dancer awards:

  • Webber - Sienna Richardson
  • Donaldson - Rachel Hall
  • Tufnell - Anthea Jones
  • Hale - Mackenzie Dunn

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Carols Service

24 November 2017

Thank you to our Junior Years families for attending our Carols services last Sunday at St Luke’s. It was great to see so many families at the services. Thank you to Reverend Paul Mitchell for leading our services. Kevin the Christmas Koala was definitely a hit!

Thank you so much for your generous grocery donations towards the Parish Larder. These was gratefully received by Reverend Paul

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

Although we hear the Nativity story every year, each Christmas gives us a fresh opportunity to reconsider its message, and the extraordinary way in which God chose to make himself known to our world.

To that end, on Wednesday 22 November, the Middle and Senior Years' gathered at The Empire Theatre to celebrate the Christmas message, focusing us in ways that are good, and the difference it can make to the way we live.

To help make the Service special, the Middle and Senior Years Choirs contributed some beautiful Choral music, and the String Ensemble led the Carol on the theme of light – how the life and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth can guide singing. Many other students were involved as readers, actors and dancers.

Warm thanks must go to all the music staff for all their time and effort in preparing the choirs and string ensemble, and to the staff who worked backstage.

Rev’d Powell
Glennie School Chaplain

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Meet the Committees

24 November 2017

Congratulations to all our parents who have been elected to Committee roles in the Parents and Friends’ Association and its sub-committees.

Office bearers for 2018 are:

Parents and Friends’ Association

  • President - Jason Lipp
  • Vice President- Louise Gall
  • Secretary - Cherie Gibb
  • Treasurer - Karen Reeves

Glennie French Immersion Supporters Group

  • President - Mary-Lou Barnes
  • Vice President- Jacinta Baryla
  • Secretary - Anne Shelton
  • Treasurer - Tonya Grant

Glennie Sports Supporters

  • President - Karen Reeves
  • Vice President - Sharon Willmington
  • Secretary- Vacant
  • Treasurer - Jane Heidrich

PASA

  • President - Fleur Winter
  • Vice President - Susan Carter
  • Secretary- Amy Casey
  • Treasurer - Robyn Dunn

GOSS

  • Chair - Tracy Nicholson
  • Secretary - Hanna Rose
  • Treasurer - Julie Meyer

The Glennie Old Girls’ Association has also held their annual general meeting and the following office bearers have subsequently been appointed.

  • President - Linda Lester
  • Vice President - Sarah Gleeson
  • Secretary - Jennifer Shirtcliff
  • Treasurer - Mel Reimaan
  • Notes & News Editor - Christina Drysdale
  • Social Convener - Kellie Templeman
  • General Committee Members - Lisa Frappell, Rosemary Ogg, Joan Kelly, Ruth Doyle
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French Immersion Graduation

24 November 2017

On Monday, the Year 10 French Immersion students: Alice Armytage, Torwen Eerkens, Ellen Gall, Erin Geddes, Olivia Gibb, Georgia Grimley, Sofie Halfpenny, Isabel Lanigan, Aimee Lawler, Chloë Musch, Emily O'Connor and Ella Stone received their certificate for completing the French Immersion Program over the last three years.

Erin Geddes was awarded the Linda Gray Memorial Trophy for Perseverance and Participation. Sofie Halfpenny received a prize for being the most positive student and Torwen Eerkens was awarded the Jocelyn King Memorial Trophy for the Best Student in French Immersion.

In Year 9, Molly Martin and Louise Galvin received prizes rewarding the best two students. Olivia Taylor and Amy Grant were the recipients for the Year 8 class.

Well done to all the girls for studying some of their subjects in a foreign language.

Mr Park-Ballay
French Immersion Teacher

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Kindy's Last Week

24 November 2017

This week saw our Kindergarten children celebrate their final week with their teachers and friends. This began with our K-3 Carols Service on Sunday afternoon where the children joining their prep friends to sing ‘Shining Brightly’. Toowoomba Christian College students visited on Monday to share a performance of ‘The Story of the first Christmas’.

The week concluded with a Christmas party where children shared songs and party food with their families!

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Winner, winner, ham dinner!

24 November 2017

The winner of The Glennie School Foundation Christmas food hamper is Junior Years mum, Tanya Archinal. Tanya and her family will be enjoying a ham, pudding, and tray of mangoes. Thank you to everyone who entered the Foundation's competition and liked their Facebook page.

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

24 November 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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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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Senior Picnic

17 November 2017

The Hall family opened their home to the Year 12 girls for the Senior picnic. This is a fun and casual gathering for the girls away from the formalities of all the official meetings, events and celebrations of their final week.

Thank you to the Hall family for taking on such a big event.

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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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