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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Literature Circles

10 November 2017

This term the girls in Year 4 Cottee have been reading the novel Wonder by R J Palacio. We had a lovely time reading this book together. We have worked in small groups taking on a different role each week; these have formed our Literature Circles.

These roles have linked to the comprehension strategies we have worked with all year. The roles consist of Summarisers, Directors, Connectors, Illustrators and Word Wizards. As we have taken on a role we have had a different prop and activity to complete.

“I really liked wearing the props as we worked because it made the activities a lot more fun.” Ava Rowe.

“I liked how we got to change around all the time each week. As we read more of the book, the activities became even more fun.” Addison Silver

“I enjoyed working as a team and helping each other.” Isabella Raccanello

“I liked being a connector because I got to make connections between the book and other books I have read and the book and my own life”. Holly Donaldson

“I liked being an illustrator because drawing is one of my passions.” Isabella Jones

“I liked being an illustrator because it helped me to visualise the book a lot more.” Kate Roper

“I liked being a Word Wizard because this meant we found new words and expanded our vocabulary.” Amy Leis.

“I liked that we got to converse about our findings in the book.” Bailey Crisp.

“My favourite role was Director because I got to ask questions about the book.” Kate Leis.

“I am looking forward to reading the ending because I do not know what is going to happen.” Evie Archer

“I am really looking forward to finishing the book because some of the girls in Year 4 are going to the cinema to see the movie together when it comes out these holidays.” Addyson Jones.

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Interact Changeover

10 November 2017

The Glennie Interact Committee for 2018 were as excited to receive their badges as the 2017 girls were sad to part with them!

It was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the year's achievements, as well as to mingle not only with each other, but also with Glennie parents and Interact members from St Ursula's and Concordia.

Thank you to Mrs Cohen, Rotary Club Toowoomba's Rob McCormack, parents and guests for your attendance on the night.

Mrs Skett
Interact Mentor

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Cupcakes

10 November 2017

The final cupcake cafe took place last Friday at Café G with Year 10 Hospitality girls delivering some impressive products. As you can imagine, cupcakes are a welcome addition to any Friday!

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Glennie Girls Star at Yalari Celebrations

10 November 2017

Recently, the annual Yalari Queensland dinner was held at the Brisbane Convention Centre, celebrating another year of achievement. This event is a prestigious affair, welcoming Yalari sponsors, families and students from all over the state. Shakita, Anna, Seferina and Chenille played a significant role in the evening, performing a number of dances and songs from the Torres Strait, with the girls from St Margaret’s. Their performance was mesmerising and a testament to the many hours of practice put into its preparation. Seferina also presented the Acknowledgement of Country, in language, with confidence and eloquence. Meanwhile, Kiana and Jamika used their event management skills to usher guests to their seats and Abelee and Taylah enjoyed a gathering of the Stanley mob. As expected, all girls represented Glennie, Yalari and themselves with pride.

Mrs Janet Reed
Indigenous Co-ordinator

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Morning tea with Mrs Cohen

10 November 2017

Year 6 girls had nothing to be concerned about when visiting the Principal’s office this week.  The girls enjoyed a delicious morning tea with Mrs Cohen and an opportunity to ask any questions they may have about their transition to Middle Years. On Thursday, the girls visited the Middle and Senior Years campus to meet the Heads of House again and had the chance to talk to some girls already experiencing Year 7.  

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Excellence in English

10 November 2017

Congratulations to Gabrielle Kleidon, Miranda Broadfoot, Emma Donald and Hannah Scotney (Year 8) who were awarded ICAS English Distinction certificates from UNSW Global at last week’s Middle Years Assembly.

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Glennie Fair Sunday 4 March 2018

10 November 2017

Today we, welcome and say thank you to our 2018 Glennie Fair Committee that includes Hanna Rose,Katrina Cross, Oliver Rook, Lynette Poole, Jo McSweeney, Michael Crane, Julie Grieve, Fleur Winter, Craig and Kyleigh Rutledge, Spiro Lewis, Shaz Willmington, Lyndall Brown, Allan Beehan, Sarah Parry-Okeden, Karen Smith, and Jason and Christina Lipp.

We held our initial fair meeting and 2018 promises to be another exciting event.  We have a few surprises planned plus some familiar stalls and activities – it will be a great day to be part of.

If you are keen to be involved, please see your parent rep (Junior Years) or contact any member of the fair committee above. Contact details are in the Parent Directory in the Portal.

We need everyone’s help to succeed, with the beneficiaries of the 2018 fair profit to be the new Glennie Sports Centre and our grateful charities, as in prior years.

Initial year level stall allocation follows:

  • Kindy - Noahs Farm
  • Prep - Mystery Bottles
  • Year 1 - Crazy Hair & Photo Booth
  • Year 2 - Fishing Stall
  • Year 3 -  Lucky Dip & Coin Toss
  • Year 4 - Sample Bags
  • Year 5 - Fairy Floss & Popcorn
  • Year 6 - Wine & Cheese – Balcony Bar
  • Year 7 - Tea Hut
  • Year 8 - Drinks Van & Produce
  • Year 9 - Cake Stall
  • Year 10 - Sweets/Greenfingers
  • Year 11 - Cup Cakes
  • Year 12 - Chip Van & Dumplings
  • Sarah Parry-Okeden - Boarder Baskets
  • PASA - BBQ

Watch your emails for updates and, for Facebook users, please search for the “Glennie Fair” page and “like” – we need you all to share our posts far and wide, with the goal being to ensure the whole community is keen to attend and support the event.

Jason Lipp
P & F President

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The race that did not stop the nation

10 November 2017

Year 9 Design Technology girls were tasked to build a toy boat capable of crossing the Glennie Pool. The boat could be constructed from any materials, however, either (or both) the hull or propulsion or mounting system had to be 3D modeled and 3D printed.  A battery box, batteries, and motor(s) were supplied with string to guide the boats in the pool and nullify the need for steering.

Enjoy a short video from the testing phase and see if you can pick which boat achieved the brief.

 

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Junior Years Classes

10 November 2017

The organisation of classes is a long and involved process involving many of the staff. However, we will endeavour to get the classes out to the girls and families with their reports this year.

The teachers for classes in 2018 will be as follows

  • Kindergarten, Ms Amanda Harman and Mrs Kathryn Pinwill
  • Prep, Mrs Cathy Somerfield and Mrs Karen Taylor
  • Year 1, Mrs Jeanet Dawson and Mrs Sue Greig
  • Year 2 Mrs Fiona Stone, 
  • Year 2/3 Mrs Sonya Vickers 
  • Year 3 Mrs Wendy Henley
  • Year 4, Mrs Jodi Miles and Mrs Jaye Griffiths
  • Year 5, Mrs Emma-Lee Kleidon and Mr Darryl Griffiths
  • Year 6 Miss Angela Bullock and Mr Cameron Broom

Specialist staff teaching responsibilities will be announced once the new appointments have been made.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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Foot Health

10 November 2017

We thank Lisa Wilkes for her presentation on foot health to parents this week. She covered areas such as what parents need to look for in their child’s gait and who to go to if their child shows signs that may lead to issues later in life.

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Christmas Party

10 November 2017

This week, to mark the end of our year of visits to the Glenvale Villas, our Year 6 Student Representative Council girls celebrated an early Christmas with their ‘adopted grandparents’. A great time was had by all, with lots of food, singing, and gift-giving!

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Miss Powell farewelled by Chapel Committee

3 November 2017

The Chapel committee girls encouraged everyone to enjoy a picnic to farewell their beloved Miss Powell yesterday. Isabel Bracey and Grace Twidale performed while the girls and staff enjoyed an ice block on the Chapel lawn. Staff and girls also shared a few cheeky memories about Miss Powell's time at Glennie.

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Spelling Bee Champions

3 November 2017

Thank you to all the students and staff who participated in the 2017 Spelling Bee.

Middle Years Winners:

  • 1st Julianna Soriano (Year 8), 2nd Sandali Gange (Year 8), 3rd Larissa Davies (Year 9)

Senior Years Winners:

  • 1st Gabby Lawson (Year 10), 2nd Hannah Smith (Year 11), 3rd Courtney Markey (Year 12)

Congratulations girls and a big thank you to the Academic Committee for running the event and Mrs Bennett for organising the gift certificate prizes.

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World Teachers’ Day

3 November 2017

Last Friday we celebrated World Teachers' Day. At a special morning tea hosted by Junior and Senior School leaders and members of the Student Welfare Committee, we acknowledged our teachers and the significant contribution they make in our Junior, Middle and Senior Years classrooms and the Glennie community. Sunsuper kindly donated delicious cupcakes for the teachers and judging by the empty boxes around the room, they were a hit.

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