Sending a girl to school

3 November 2017


Did you know that there are 66 million girls that aren’t able to attend school around the world? They can’t attend school for a number of reasons including lack of money, violence at school, early marriage or pregnancy, poverty or simply because they are a girl. When a girl living in a third world country receives a full eight years of education she is four times less likely to be married as a child, and just one extra year of schooling can give her the opportunity to earn up to 20% more as an adult.

This year, instead of spending money on a tutor party or secret Santa, the girls from Tutor Group 8D have decided to put that money towards a better cause, sending a girl to school.  8D are confident they can raise $140 and are calling upon the Middle and Senior Years girls to be involved. Any leftover funds raised will help to purchase school supplies for children to use,  hand washing stations for hygiene or even small animals for a farm that could provide an income and a source of food.

We are asking the girls in Middle and Senior Years to open their hearts and pockets to donate whatever they can. If each girl contributed, even just a little, we may be able to change the world... one girl at a time. All donations will be gratefully accepted through tutor classes.

Click here to view the World Vision video, ‘We believe in Girls’

 

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Poppies are multiplying!

3 November 2017

Thanks to the efforts of some dedicated members of the Glennie community our poppy collection is rapidly growing. These are just some of the poppies already completed.

With this many poppies already we will have plenty for a fantastic display in November 2018 to celebrate 100 years of GOGA and also 100 years since the end of the Great War. 

Find out more about our poppy project, download the brochure

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Kindy visits Mrs Cohen

3 November 2017

Children from Mrs Pinwill’s Kindy class visited Mrs Cohen’s office on Monday.  They were encouraged to look around, ask questions and Mrs Cohen shared details of the type of daily interactions she would have in her office.  As you can imagine, the girls and boys were buzzing after their visit.

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Mentor’s lunch

3 November 2017

Every year the Year 12 Committee Captains join their staff mentors for a special lunch to celebrate the end of their leadership journey. It is an opportunity to for the girls to thank their mentors who have offered them sage advice and the free rein to try, possibly fail and learn from their mistakes.

Girls and staff alike enjoyed an informal lunch and a celebratory cake.

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Exams for our Glennie Ballerinas

3 November 2017

Ballet Exams
Over 50 Glennie girls from Junior and Middle Years took part in the Royal Academy of Dance Examinations and Awards, held in the Assembly Hall. The examiner, Ms Anna Veretennikova, whose mother was a Glennie Old Girl, was very excited to visit the School. After all the hard work the girls put into weekend and holiday rehearsals, it was a delight to see them come out of the exams beaming with happiness. Well done girls!

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Year 3 Sleepover

3 November 2017

Last week both Year 3 classes attended their annual sleepover at Koojarewon Youth Camp in Highfields. The girls participated in a variety of activities that took them outside their comfort zones. These included Jungle Fever, Giant Games, Pirates of the Caribbean and a scavenger hunt. They described their adventures as enjoyable, awesome, wonderful, exciting and incredible fun!

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Court Visit

3 November 2017

On Tuesday, the Year 10 Legal Studies class visited the Toowoomba Courthouse for their Court Report assessment task.

The girls were able to sit in on a murder trial in the Supreme Court, as well as observe arrests court proceedings in a very busy Magistrates Court. The girls were also given a rare opportunity to tour the Toowoomba Watchhouse, seeing the holding cells, exercise yard, clothing and booking procedures. In combination with their experience viewing court cases, the girls gained a very clear understanding that the consequences of criminal acts were definitely not desirable.

On behalf of the girls, I would like to thank Roger Stark, Toowoomba Courthouse Registrar and Senior Sergeant Regan Draheim for their time and hospitality.

Mrs Kristie Skett

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Latest French Immersion Program graduates

3 November 2017

Say hello to the latest group of graduates in the French Immersion Program at Glennie.  

Pictured (L-R): Aimee Lawler, Ellen Gall, Torwen Eerkens, Chloe Musch, Ella Stone, Alice Armytage, Olivia Gibb, Isabel Lanigan, Erin Geddes

Absent from photo: Georgia Grimley, Sophie Halfpenny and Emily O'Connor.

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From the Archives . . .

3 November 2017

As the process of selecting student leaders for 2018 concludes, this poem and photograph from the past indicate how treasured these girls have always been as leaders of The Glennie tradition.

From The Glennie Gazette October 1912

The Glennie Prefects

(With apologies to Lewis Carroll)

One fine day the Glennie Prefects
Thought they’d get their photos taken,
Thought they’d get them taken nicely
To adorn the Glennie paper.

Thought they’d make the morning lively
By beginning with refreshments,
After which their way they wended
T’wards the Studio of Schaefer.

Tastefully did he arrange them,
Thought a book of illustrations
Would be nice for “Miss McDougall,”
Placed a chair for “Miss McCallum”
Just to rest her slender arm on.
Thought a pensive sad expression
Suited Dora’s charming features.

Then all steady and unblinking,
Nobly did they face the camera,
Till he told them to be quiet,
Not to breathe or sigh or quiver.

Then did Mildred start to giggle,
Giggled so, they could not stop her,
Giggled till they all were giggling.

Then he had to rearrange them,
Putting Emmie more to forward
Just because she looked so thoughtful.

Readers all – I bid you gaze on
Eight fair maidens with big bows on,
Bows which now are all the fashion,
Therefore we must all admire them.

Readers, prithee please remember
That this counterfeit presentment
Does not fully do them justice
In our private estimation.

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Foundation AGM

3 November 2017

The Glennie School Foundation held its AGM on Wednesday. Chair of Directors, Mr David Russell, expressed his appreciation for the support the Foundation has received over the last year. The wrap up of the Sue Edwards Science Centre capital campaign, Ben's Pop Up Picnic, the Audi Centre Toowoomba Corporate Golf Classic and the launch of the Sports and Health Centre capital campaign were just a few of the highlights Mr Russell mentioned in his report to the board.

Elections were held for Foundation directors and Mr David Russell was returned as Chair of Directors and Mr Philip Saal as Vice Chair. Directors are: Mr Mark Norman, Mrs Cindy Coggan, Mr Shane Barnes, Mrs Ros Whittaker, and Mrs Lisa Frappell.

Photo:  Mr Philip Saal, Mrs Cindy Coggan and Mrs Lisa Frappell are absent

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Donaldson Dinner

3 November 2017

Last Monday night, the Donaldson Year 12 students and staff got together to celebrate as a group for one last time.  We enjoyed a dinner at Absolute Grill. It has been a pleasure to work with these girls over the last 6 years and on behalf of Donaldson House, I wish them well for the future.

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New Togs!

3 November 2017

The Glennie One Stop Shop is considering introducing long leg swimmers as an option for the School swimming costume.

Before they go ahead, GOSS management is seeking pre-order/expressions of interest to see if it is viable to order stock for 2018.

Please email GOSS goss@glennie.qld.edu.au if you are interested.

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Aussie Bird Count

3 November 2017

Glennie is home to many native birds. Year 4 are investigating the requirements of our native bird population here at Glennie. To help our population, Year 4 has planted native bird attracting plants. We have planted nine different plants. We have Grevilleas, Fringe Myrtles and Bottlebrushes. As we were planting, we also entered our observations in the “Aussie Bird Count.” Our class spent 20 minutes every day walking outside and counting every bird we saw. We mostly saw birds like Australian Magpies, Currawongs, Plovers and Noisy Miners. It was a fun experience to see birds and feel the nature all around us. As we sat quietly one morning, we were quiet enough to hear little chicks chirping in their nest. We couldn’t see them though. The Bird Count was an amazing experience for Year 4 and everyone enjoyed it. Grace de la Croix, Year 4.

This term in Year 4 O’Shane we have been citizen scientists by being involved in the “Aussie Bird Count”. Girls from Year 4 saw many species of birds. We planted some special native bird-attracting plants in our Year 4 garden. Some of the plant names are Callistemon, Grevillea lanigera, a fringed myrtle, a Micromyrtus ciliata and a Melaleuca thymifolia. The most frequent bird we saw was the Australian Magpie.

The new bird feeder we hung up in a tree certainly increased the number of birds we put in the bird count. Some of the birds we saw roaming around the courtyard were a Rainbow Lorikeet, Laughing Kookaburra, a Noisy Miner and an Australian King Parrot. Hopefully our plants will grow so that we can have more than just birds.

I hope that we can bring wildlife to our school and that the birds in Glennie will always be happy. Freya Statham, Carrie Coetzee, Skyla Fleming and Charlotte Baker. Year 4.

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#39 Vacy street is gone

3 November 2017

Now you see it, now you don't. Today we say goodbye to #39 Vacy Street as plans progress to build the new Sports and Health Centre. The house was dismantled piece by piece and all salvageable materials were kept. You can like and follow The Glennie School Foundation facebook page to find out about their exciting medallion offer for the Centre.

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Frogtails

3 November 2017

Hale "Frogtails"
The Hale Year 11 and 12 girls gathered for the annual 'Frogtails' last Sunday afternoon. The girls arrived looking beautiful in cocktail dresses ready for an evening of fun and laughter and a final opportunity for the Year 11s to gain tips on leadership. It was a most enjoyable time for all including the 'mocktail maker' and the staff who came along. The Hale seniors were farewelled with the traditional cake, this year made by Louise Petersen (Captain) and Savannah Franey (committee member) in shades of green. Well done girls!

The Year 12 girls have shown qualities of true leadership and are wished well as they move out into the 'big, wide world' as are the Year 11s as they embark on serving the School in 2018.

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Ms Sue Reynolds
Head of Hale House

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Prep gives chess a go

3 November 2017

The Prep girls have been enjoying learning the basic skills of chess with Mr Ted Carter. These activities promote problem-solving and learning to cooperate. Thanks, Mr Carter!

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

3 November 2017

Did you spot these stories in the Media?

  • Jane Harbison (Council Deputy Chair and Chair of the Finance and Facilities, Glennie School Council) wrote an article for Local Families Magazine: By Design
  • Year 11 School Captain & Vice-Captain candidates appeared in The ChronicleTouch of Toowoomba

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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Years P-1 Swimming Carnival

3 November 2017

Please note the change of date for the Year P to 1 Swimming Carnival. It is now Thursday 16 November from 1:30 to 3:00pm. We apologise for this unavoidable clash.

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USQ Family Week Breakfast

27 October 2017

Our three Year 6 boarders represented the Junior Years at the Family Day Breakfast, hosted by the Toowoomba Regional Council. Ellie and Jessica Fitzgibbons represented Middle and Senior Years. The guest speaker, Mr Peter Varghese AO, delivered a most entertaining speech about his family.

 

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SRC Fundraiser

27 October 2017

This week the Student Representative Council conducted their final fundraiser for the year. The free dress day supported the great work carried out in this region by Anglicare.

The SRC girls would like to thank all members of the Junior Years community for their generous support throughout the year.

 

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Year 2 walks through history

27 October 2017

The Year 2 girls went to St Matthew's Church Drayton and The Royal Bull’s Head Inn as part of History this term.

At the Inn, the girls dressed in period costume and cooked damper and shepherd's pie, including pulling the vegetables, mincing the meat and making the butter. Some girls dressed as washerwomen and learnt to wash and wring out the clothes. Others served the meal, emptied the chamber pots and washed the dishes. The travellers lived the high life, playing cards and singing around the piano.

All the girls explored the history behind this magnificent building and the important role it plays in the history of Toowoomba and it's connection to The Glennie School

It was a fabulous opportunity and learning experience for the girls.  

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Moo, Baa, Munch

27 October 2017

This week, 26 students went to Moo Baa Munch - a showcase of the agricultural industry. Most of the girls who went are very interested in working in or studying Agriculture after they leave school, so this excursion proved very helpful for them to see the wide range of fields covered in this industry. Below is what some of the girls had to say:

It was a great day and broadened our knowledge of agriculture from dairy farming to Gatton College to angora goats with mohair. As a Year 12 girl leaving school in a few weeks, this day was a great help in deciding that I want to further my education in agriculture. The first-hand information received from people living and working in the industry was invaluable for me while I am trying to decide a career pathway Bella Joseland.

It was a great way to learn about all the different sections in agriculture and rural businesses. From naming the parts of a pig, to getting fresh milk and branding a cowhide. It was really fun and I would love to do a Certificate in Agriculture judging from this experience Nina Fawckner.

The Moo Baa Munch excursion was a great way to find out what's out there in the agricultural world. It provided many different aspects from dairy farmers to breeds of sheep that enabled us to broaden our knowledge and respect the passion these people have for this industry Meg McKinlay.

Moo Baa Munch was a very exciting day. I got to learn many different things about all animals. I also got to put an ear tag in a cow’s ear, brand a cow skin, name different types of cattle and what some body parts are. As well as that, I saw a goat being shorn and best of all I got to hold and feed a little joey. Overall it was a fun and exciting day Shelby Dann.

I had a great day going through all of the agriculture industries and pathways to get there. Also the presenter's background and what they do in their jobs was interesting Grace Griffiths.

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Poppies in Progress!

27 October 2017


The poppies are rolling in for our big 2018 commemoration of 100 years of GOGA and the end of the First World War.

There are some creative ideas coming from the Middle and Senior Years Visual Art rooms as girls investigate ways in which to use recycled materials to make their poppies.

Thank you to past Glennie librarian Mrs Sue Crocombe for her delivery of poppies today. They are pictured with two of the recycled poppies made in the Art room today

To find out more, download an information flyer.

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Celebrating a Journey

27 October 2017

The end of each year always brings special opportunities for girls to reflect upon the year they have had.  And for the Year 12 girls of Tufnell, Monday night’s dinner was one of these occasions.  Although the girls are not finished just yet, and still need to undertake a series of exams and assessment tasks, this dinner was a relaxed and informal get-together to celebrate the journey they have had this year as senior leaders of this wonderful red House.

I commended the girls on their humility, sense of pride, initiative and willingness to serve. One attribute I neglected to comment on though was their sense of joy.  This is one quality that is unique about this group of seniors, they understand the importance of happiness and companionship.  It is these two characteristics that have, I believe, enabled the girls to make this journey together a very special experience.

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Mrs Kaye Broadfoot
Acting Head of Tufnell House

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Sports Centre Options

27 October 2017

As school holidays and Christmas draw closer, our bank accounts and credit cards are going to be busy.  If you order your Sports and Health Centre medallion today, you can pay next year.

We have payment options to suit all budgets. Our helpful payment plan table shows you the fortnightly or monthly breakdown for payments over one, three or five years.  

If you are currently paying for a science centre Periodic Table element, you can also start your medallion payment once your first pledge is finalised.  

You can find out more on the Glennie website

or contact Tammy Wilson at the Foundation on 07 4688 8862 or foundation@glennie.qld.edu.au.

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