Chance meeting

8 June 2018

Glennie Junior Years Teacher/Librarian Marie Miegel was in Sydney last weekend and happened to meet Diane Bertelsmeier (Alexander) who is a Glennie Old Girl. She attended Glennie in more austere times, from 1958-1961, and attends the annual GOGA get-togethers in Sydney. Dian has also worked as a Librarian, so they had that in common as well!  

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$14,000 Raised!

8 June 2018

The Glennie High Tea Committee is delighted to announce an incredible $14,141.18 was raised at the 2018 PASA High Tea!

The committee is overwhelmed and very grateful for all the support to achieve this tea-riffic result for girls in the Performing Arts.

The proceeds will be used to purchase a conductor’s podium, light boxes, portable performance curtains, art drying racks and a set of iPad minis. A soprano saxophone and alto flute are also on the “wish list” if funds allow.

The next High Tea is scheduled for 2020, with Jazzfest to be hosted next year.

A big thank you to all our guests, sponsors, volunteers and other supporters.

Major sponsors and supporters: Aarolly Pork, Carter Industrial NDT, Green Stix and Toowoomba Flower Market, Middle Ridge Family Practice, Morrissey ENT, Odd Violet Creative Photography, O’Donnell’s Bakehouse, Special Occasions Hire and Accessories, The Source Bulk Foods Toowoomba, Treats Chocolates, Two Trees Creative, WWAgri.

Stallholders: Fox & Willow Boutique, The Nook - Noosa Amsterdam & Beautiful Accessories, Lisa Kennedy Collections, Vintage Girl and The Glennie Poppy Project.

Raffle prize donors:  Enlite Electrical, Hair By Design, Luxe Platters by Ash, Middle Ridge Family Practice, The Southern Hotel, Treats Chocolates, Wearing Memories: Wine Merchants, Younique Beauty with Erin, The Lippy Empire, Jammin with Jode, Wrap with Katrina, our stallholders and many generous Glennie families.

Mrs Linda Lester
PASA

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Win a Jersey

8 June 2018

The Glennie Sports Supporters are excited to announce the launch of their major raffle. You could win a framed and signed Emilee Cherry's Australian Women’s Rugby 7s Jersey that includes special photos of the team's visits to Glennie in 2017!  

The winning ticket of this special memento will be drawn at this year's Sports Award Presentation Evening. Tickets are just $2 each or 3 for $5 and can be purchased at GOSS or the Junior Years Reception. Tickets can also be purchased right up until the draw at the Athletics Carnival, Grandparents’ Day and at nominated Glennie sporting events. Thank you in anticipation for your support!

This raffle has been kindly supported by Gayle's Picture Framing!

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Sydney Reunion

8 June 2018

Glennie Old Girls who live in Sydney gathered at the penthouse apartment of Carolyn Burt (Allen) overlooking the incredible Sydney Harbour. It was a day full of fun, frivolity and great food in the perfect sunshine on the balcony.

Guests (pictured) from left were Christine Killinger, Diane Bertelsmeier (Alexander), Judith Higginson (Stirling), Jenny Stephens (Clark), Sue Longstaff (Lee), Narelle Kennedy (Wilkins), Carolyn Burt (Allen), Pam Donovan, Helen Gardner (Douglas) and Joan Stobo (Clift).

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Junior Years Library donate to Kindy

8 June 2018

Mrs Miegel visited Kindy this week with a wonderful surprise. It was a box of books, valued at $500! The Junior Years Library takes advantage of the Walker Books Bonus each year to earn these free books for our Kindy. We want to encourage all the girls and boys to love, love, love reading!

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A flair for photography rewarded

8 June 2018

A basic camera and a flair for photography were the only prerequisites required for girls to enter the first ever ‘Home’ photography competition especially for boarders. During the last school holidays, boarders captured a photograph that depicted what home meant to them.  

We were overwhelmed with the submission of over 170 captivating images from girls as far north as the Northern Territory and as far south as Melbourne. Our judging panel consisted of Mrs Kim Cohen, Mr Jim Cohen, Bev Lacey (The Chronicle) and Emma Moss (GOG 2015). Shortlisting twenty finalists and then ultimately selecting three winners was not an easy task.

First prize was awarded to Chloe Hatton from Wandoan for a photograph of herself walking barefoot on an unforgiving track of dirt and rocks towards the beautiful glow of dusk. “On my family property, I enjoy peaceful time in the paddocks experimenting with photo techniques and enter my work in the local show. I was shocked and proud to win this competition and will definitely continue my photography journey,” said Chloe.

Paige Corke from Greymare was awarded second prize for a photograph showcasing the contrast of colour on her family property. Her subject was captured casually strolling along the boundary in boots on a blanket of red soil, with the greens from shrubs lining either side of the track to the white fluffy clouds obscuring the early afternoon sunshine.

Third prize went to Ellen Gall, a boarder from Jondaryan who photographed the family Kelpie standing on the back of the quad bike awaiting its final instructions for the day with a stunning sunset in the background.

Winners received a gift voucher, and their photographs will be printed onto large canvases to be hung in the boarding houses for all to enjoy. These artworks will be a beautiful addition as they represent places and moments unique and dear to our boarders.

Competition organisers were so impressed with the quality of entries that they will choose extras to join the winning entries on the walls.

Major Prize Winners

Judges Choice

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A Celebration of the life of Mr Tim Davies

1 June 2018

The service to celebrate the life of Mr Tim Davies will be held at the Glennie Chapel of St Alban on Tuesday 5 June at 10:00am. Members of the Glennie community are invited to share in this celebration. Seating will be limited and we ask that Tim’s family and close friends are able to be seated at the front of chapel first. Following this service, there will be a family only burial at 11:30am. The family invites those who wish to join them for refreshments after this, to meet at Burstow’s Pioneers Room, 1020 Ruthven St, Toowoomba.

Those students who wish to attend are to be in Formal Winter Uniform. We ask that girls in the Junior Years who would like to attend, be in the care of their parents. They will need to be signed out at Junior Years reception beforehand and signed back in following the service. Middle and Senior Years girls will need permission from their parents to attend. Please email academicadmin@glennie.qld.edu.au by 10:00am Monday 4 June if your Middle and Senior Years daughter will be attending. Tim’s immediate training group will be invited to form a guard of honour at the conclusion of the service. Staff will direct students with this.

Visitor parking will be available in a section of the Chapel lawn. Please take note of the reserved areas and follow the directions of staff.

Please continue to keep Tim’s family and friends in your prayers this week.

Blessings

Rev’d Sharon

 

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We give thanks to our coffee fairy

1 June 2018

We have a coffee fairy in our School community. This week their generosity allowed members of our administration team to enjoy a complimentary coffee from the Two Moos coffee van. The identity of our coffee fairy is unknown but we want to send out a huge heartfelt thank you for your act of kindness. You know who you are!

 

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Guests of the Mayor

1 June 2018

Glennie student leaders were the guests of Mayor Paul Antonio and Councillors recently for the Mayoral Morning Tea. We enjoyed delicious food and the company of other school leaders from the region’s schools.

We listened to motivational speeches including a thought-provoking session on tackling bullying and how we as leaders can make a change as the future generation.

Lily Ryan (Year 12)

 

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Thedini contributes to National Youth Week

1 June 2018

Earlier this term, at the Mayoral Morning tea, I had the honour of being appointed to the Toowoomba Regional Youth Leader’s Program 2018. The Youth Leaders program, run by Toowoomba Regional Council, allows youth from across the region to learn about their local communities, events and services.

As a youth leader, I was provided with the opportunity to learn about Council processes and the role of local governments, as well as assisting in developing projects that benefit young people and the wider community. My individual project delivered a series of activities around the region for National Youth Week. As part of my training, I participated in three residential camps which gave me a better understanding of challenges faced by youth in our community.

The youth leaders meet on a monthly basis to plan future projects and I really enjoy being a part of this dynamic group. I would strongly encourage other Glennie girls to apply to the program when 2019 applications open this winter.

Thedini Pinidiyapathirage, Year 11

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Fun and fundraising on the menu at Glennie High Tea

1 June 2018


The Glennie Performing Arts Supporters’ Association (PASA) hosted its biannual high tea on Sunday 27 May and treated 240 guests to a wonderful experience.

The high tea committee of Glennie mums was determined to keep the fun in fundraising and enjoyed the creativity of putting together an event of modern elegance across morning and afternoon sittings.

The dining hall was transformed into a gorgeous Kate Spade-style setting for delicious handmade sweet treats and savoury morsels, a selection of freshly brewed teas served in antique fine china, and a delightful boutique shopping precinct.

Guests generously supported the raffle of more than 40 prizes at each sitting and enjoyed the talents of Glennie musicians while enjoying welcome drinks. The final fundraising total is yet to be tallied but will be included in a future eNews along with the planned purchases to support the Performing Arts and Art programs. Join the Glennie High Tea Facebook page for updates. The next event is set to be held in 2020, with Jazzfest to be the major fundraiser in 2019.

PASA is grateful for the support of the Hospitality and Performing Arts girls, volunteers and staff who helped put together the successful event.

A special thank you to:

Major sponsors and supporters: Aarolly Pork, Carter Industrial NDT, Green Stix and Toowoomba Flower Market, Middle Ridge Family Practice, Morrissey ENT, Odd Violet Creative Photography, O’Donnell’s Bakehouse, Special Occasions Hire and Accessories, The Source Bulk Foods Toowoomba, Treats Chocolates, Two Trees Creative, WWAgri.

Stallholders: Fox & Willow Boutique, The Nook - Noosa Amsterdam & Beautiful Accessories, Lisa Kennedy Collections, Vintage Girl and The Glennie Poppy Project.

Raffle prize donors:  Enlite Electrical, Hair By Design, Luxe Platters by Ash, Middle Ridge Family Practice, The Southern Hotel, Treats Chocolates, Wearing Memories: Wine Merchants, Younique Beauty with Erin, The Lippy Empire, Jammin with Jode, Wrap with Katrina, our stallholders and many generous Glennie families.

Go to the Glennie High Tea Facebook page to see photos and more

Photo credit: Odd Violet Creative Photography

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Special Gift from a Glennie Old Girl

1 June 2018

This week we had a special visit from Mrs Joan Stobo (Clift 1938 - 1943) who was a boarder at Glennie during the war years. Mrs Stobo lives in Sydney and keeps in touch with other Glennie Old Girls. She attended the GOGA Sydney Reunion just last week. For her visit, Joan brought with her a photo album full of photos from her time at Glennie. We are delighted to say that she donated the album to the Glennie Archives. Still sprightly in her nineties, Joan had fond memories of her time at Glennie, recalling the names of the girls and staff in the photos and telling us the stories behind them. These photos are a precious gift and an invaluable addition to our historical collection. We thank Joan for parting with her treasured mementoes of her school years.

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Glennie community support for the Sports Centre

1 June 2018

The Glennie School and Glennie School Foundation are grateful for the Glennie community's support of the new Sports Centre. It is this strong community that helps us to transform the lives of Glennie girls.   

The P & F invests every dollar we raise back into the School for the direct benefit of our daughters and financially supporting the new Sports Centre helps us to do that. The Sports Centre will allow our girls to engage in more sporting activities that will support their physical and also mental health and wellbeing. 
Mr Jason Lipp,
The Glennie School P & F President
and proud Glennie dad

To find out how you can support the Sports Centre, take a look at this short video or contact The Glennie School Foundation on (07) 4688 8862 or foundation@glennie.qld.edu.au

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A poppy for every year of Glennie

1 June 2018

Glennie Old Girl Amanda Gurnett (Burton 1987) and her mum Lois Burton have been very busy making poppies. They attended the Glennie High Tea on Sunday and delivered a lovely bundle. Amanda made 110 in honour of the time Glennie has been operating. How special!

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P & F thanks Seniors

1 June 2018

The P & F and Glennie parent Mr Marsh from Pizza Capers at The Ridge surprised Glennie Seniors on Tuesday with a free lunch of pizzas. The P & F acknowledges and appreciates the outstanding work they did to assist on stalls at the Glennie Fair this year.

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Great Debate Glory

1 June 2018

On Monday, the Interact Committee and some confident club members gathered to face off against our sponsoring Rotary Club, RC Toowoomba, for the sixth annual Great Debate.

The topic chosen was "That cosmetic procedures should be banned", and the Rotarian team of David Hamilton, Monica Wilson, and David Snow came out firing, arguing the affirmative case. However, the Glennie team of Sienna Ward, Portia Jones, and Claudia Sullivan were more than up to the task, winning the debate by one point, and restoring the trophy back to its rightful home! The chairing of the debate by Sarah Coggan was also a highlight of the evening.

On behalf of the Interact Committee, I would like to thank Nicole Maden of USQ for giving up her evening to adjudicate. I would also like to acknowledge the Rotarians, as they have made this annual debate a much-anticipated event on the calendar. We are already looking forward to next year's instalment!

Mrs Kristie Skett
Interact Mentor

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Year 4 Maths Morning

1 June 2018

On Thursday the girls in Year 4 attended the annual Maths Morning with the Year 4 students from Fairholme College and the Toowoomba Grammar School.

The girls really enjoyed their morning. They worked in small groups to complete some challenging tasks.

“I made a tower with cups that I built to fourteen cups high without touching the cups with my hands.” Natalie Hockaday

“I quite enjoyed the activity where I got to build an Eiffel Tower with alfoil. I liked meeting other girls too.” Scarlett Gordon

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2M Maths Market

1 June 2018

Students in the Year 2M class have been practising generosity to improve their maths skills!

"We've been collecting non-perishable food items and toiletries for some weeks, and we have put them into our class shop, called the 2M Maths Market explained teacher Mrs Fiona Stone.

"Research will tell us that the best way to improve maths skills is to engage children in real life and hands-on activities".

Students used a cash register and pretend money to 'go shopping' and learn to add up Australian coins and notes. Extension opportunities for students to 'give change' also created exciting challenges for students. Students also learned about tally marks to count the ever-increasing items.

“Today, we got to pack up the shop and we feel very glad that the supermarket items are going to be used by families in need”.

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Get to know your Past Principals - Part 3

1 June 2018

Miss Gwendoline Cowley Dowson 1939-1962

Coming to Glennie from St Hilda’s Church of England Girls’ School in Cottlesloe, WA, Miss Gwendoline Cowley Dowson took up her position as Head of School in 1939. Miss Dowson had wide teaching experience and a remarkable gift for languages. She was widely travelled and studied French, modern European literature, art and philosophy at the University of Brussels. Her urge to travel had included a year in India where she had the opportunity to interview Mahatma Gandhi at Wardha.

Wartime conditions made life at the school difficult with shortages of material and staff. Trenches were dug and blackout curtains and air-raid practices were implemented. The school was heavily and directly involved in the war effort through fundraising, knitting socks and balaclavas for the troops and baby bonnets for war orphans. In 1942 the Australian Army requisitioned the Glennie School to establish the Surgical Division for its 117 Australian General Hospital. This forced the movement of the Glennie Preparatory School and the Boarders to ‘Smithfield’ an 80-acre property on the corner of Drayton Road and Alderley Street. After the war there was a strong period of rebuilding and modernising education.

At the beginning of the 1960s, Miss Dowson began to consider retirement. She felt strongly that it was best to leave the school at a peak period in its development. To sum up, “she was sincere, sensitive, dignified, devoted, outspoken, courageous, yet diplomatic and a woman of warmth and charm. She genuinely cared for the girls who were placed in her care. She had a great sense of integrity and justice. She liked individuality.” After 24 years, in 1962,  Miss Dowson left a wonderful and strong legacy.

(Ref: 100 Years of Friendship p 131)

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Kindy Fire Station Visits

1 June 2018

A Kindergarten excursion is always exciting, what makes it even more exciting is when we get to visit the Fire Station! This week, our kindy children visited the Anzac Avenue Fire Station. They learnt about fire safety, had a look in the fire truck, visited the locker room and even got to have a turn of the big, powerful fire hose! Firefighter Julia dressed in her firefighter’s outfit. It was such an exciting excursion! Thank you to the fantastic crew at Anzac Avenue.

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Join our online community

1 June 2018

Did you know you can follow what is happening at the school as a member of online social community?

Follow us on Instagram: @the.glennie.school

Like and follow us on Facebook: @TheGlennieSchool

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel: The Glennie School

We recently added the following videos:

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SRC Red Shield Appeal

1 June 2018

This week the Year 6 Student Representative Council conducted a fundraiser for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal. The girls were overwhelmed by the response to their appeal for food, toiletries and linen.

Boxes were placed in each classroom for food collection. There was a competition to see which class could bring the most items. Year 6G won the award for the most number of food items donated. 178 items from 18 girls and their families! A great result! The girls each got to choose a lucky dip prize for their efforts.

Mrs Tranter spoke to us about the work of the Salvation Army and the Red Shield Appeal. She and her team help Toowoomba people who are marginalised. The girls’ and their parents’ generosity, was amazing! Thank you!

  • Prep OC - 34
  • Prep OW - 22
  • 1F- 39
  • 1R- 33
  • 2M- 125
  • 2/3C- 138
  • 3M- 98
  • 4C- 109
  • 4O - 109
  • 5D - 74
  • 5K- 58
  • 6B-54
  • 6G- 178 

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

1 June 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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Academic Awards

25 May 2018

One of the key Goals of our 2018 – 2020 Strategic Plan is to encourage a growth mindset in order to foster in students independence, resilience, perseverance and highly adaptive thinking and learning. Set this against the backdrop of implementing a new Senior Curriculum and you have the perfect opportunity to review school structures, processes and procedures.

Last term, I outlined a new model of Middle and Senior Years reporting involving changes to interim, progressive and end of semester/end of course reporting that will allow us to effectively meet student, parent, school, system and government expectations in 2018 and beyond.

Following an extensive data-informed review of student achievement in Years 7 to 12, I am delighted to now announce a new model of Academic Awards that will celebrate both academic achievement and student growth, beginning this year at our Academic Awards Assembly at the start of Semester 2.

As we have done for many years at our Academic Awards assemblies and Annual Speech Day and Prize-giving Celebrations, we will continue to recognise outstanding achievement in students’ academic results as well as application of effort. However, for the first time, we now will celebrate significant improvement in a student’s academic achievement over the course of a calendar year.

Information about these Academic Awards, including the criteria for determining the awards can be found in the Student Handbook. A link to the relevant page is provided here.

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Dean of Teaching and Learning

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From the Chaplain

25 May 2018

Over the last two weeks we have had a focus on Prayer in our Chapel services and daily routines. Participating in the worldwide week of Prayer called “Thy Kingdom Come”, students and staff were encouraged to pray for our world, our community, ourselves and each other. This initiative began with the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in the UK two years ago and has spread across the globe, not just in the Anglican Communion but across all Christian denominations. Our girls sent in prayer requests via a google form and the Chapel Committee prayed these aloud together during morning tea each day.

This week we have celebrated Pentecost with our very first prayer space. Girls across the school have cut, coloured and written prayers on flames of the Spirit and these were attached to coloured fabrics in the Chapel. By the end of the week our Chapel was filled with the Holy Spirit! Chapel services told the story of the Holy Spirit coming to the disciples in a rushing wind and tongues of fire. The girls were encouraged to think about how they experience God’s presence in their lives. A gentle breeze, the breath of God, or a rushing wind filling our school and our lives with encouragement and empowering us for the work we do. Junior Years girls sang about the gifts of the Spirit as they prayed for God to help them bring more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to their own lives and to those around them.

Here are some images of the prayer space for you to enjoy.

Reverend Sharon
Glennie Chaplain

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