Cyber Education Announcement

27 October 2017

The School is committed to the protection of our girls in the real and virtual world.  We are pleased to inform you of a new initiative as part of our CyberEducation program: eSafe.  eSafe will be trialled on all student computers for the remainder of 2017.  

After the trial, a decision will be made on whether to implement it on a permanent basis in 2018.

eSafe manages the risk of exposure and provides early visibility of inappropriate behaviour via sophisticated, threat detection technology and a unique specialist incident review, assessment and escalation service. eSafe’s mission is to provide a secure framework to exploit the vast educational resources of the internet and digital environment while delivering a world-class service to identify and manage safeguarding issues as they arise.

For more information on eSafe or to opt out of the trial, please contact the School’s IT staff it@glennie.qld.edu.au

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Kindergarten Playdate

27 October 2017

Tomorrow, we will hold our next Kindergarten Play date from 9:30am to 10:30am for the children entering the Kindergarten in 2018. This will be an opportunity for your child to meet with other children and their teachers, and for parents, to meet with the teachers and ask any questions that they may have regarding next year.

All new Kindy families are welcome to attend.

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

27 October 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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Chess girls reach State Finals

20 October 2017

Bailey Crisp, Janithya Dharmawardhane, Kristen Davies, Meghan Whiteside and Rheanca Lincoln (Chess Team Glennie) were one of six teams to represent the Darling Downs region at the 2017 Queensland Interschool State Finals - Primary held in Brisbane over the weekend.  

The girls played six games of which five were against the number one regional teams and one against a number two team.  After winning two games and drawing one, their performance earned them 28th place in the final standing.

We congratulate the girls on your their excellent performance over the two days. It is a tremendous achievement to reach the State Finals, made even more special by the fact they were the only all-girls team among 38 teams.  

Thank you, Mr Carter, for your expert coaching of the girls preceding the finals and for being there to watch them play.

Here are some thoughts from Glennie chess player Connie-Jane Creevey

The Interschool Female chess tournament was another strong stepping stone in our chess experience. This tournament proved to be an immense learning curve, and taught us about the importance of strategising. It has helped us develop our chess skills deeply and we look forward to attending again next year.

Photo credit:  Selvia Somasundaram

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Love the skin you’re in

20 October 2017

On Monday, it was all about personal development for girls in Years 7 to 10. The Personal Development day allows time for our girls to access specialists who will help them build their personal understanding of the physical and emotional challenges that are facing girls as they progress through Years 7 to 10.

Each year level focusses on age-specific topics that impact them, and ways to enhance their skill sets in dealing with related issues. Girls in Year 7 worked with Robyn Kavanagh (True Relationships and Reproductive Health) to learn about sexuality. Olivia Taylor kindly shared nutrition advice with the girls and Glennie teachers shared a thought-provoking session on cyber education.  Year 8 girls worked on their leadership skills with Marina and Belinda from YLead.  Girls in Year 9 benefitted from the cyberbullying and cyber safety advice from Brett Lee, (Internet Safe Education) consultant.  An insightful game of Jenga Attitude helped the girls realise attitude is a choice and it defines our success. Finally, Year 10 girls enjoyed The Butterfly Effect presentation with Storm Greenhill-Brown exploring friendships, stress management, personal safety, negative stereotyping, body issues and strategies to help them respond intelligently and objectively to messages that bombard them every day.  Girls were also invited to record positive affirmations for their friends in personally decorated journals.

The presenters do an amazing job and we hope the girls share the details of this experience with their families.

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Amanda selected for National Youth Science Forum

20 October 2017

Only 200 students nationwide are selected to take part in the prestigious National Youth Science Forum held in Canberra annually.  Year 11 Glennie girl, Amanda Taylor is thrilled to be one of three students from Toowoomba selected to attend the 35th Forum in January 2018.

Rotary is the founding partner of the Forum conducting a rigorous selection process each year in 21 districts nationally.  After applying to Rotary Club of Toowoomba City, Amanda participated in a number of interviews and delivered an impromptu speech before gaining selection from the local district.

Amanda is looking forward to travelling to Canberra next year for the 12-day residential program.  At the forum, Amanda will enjoy visits to science and technology related laboratories and facilities, go on-site tours, listen to university lectures, take part in workshops, go to social events and participate in group activities that improve communication and presentation skills. These sessions will focus on entrepreneurship, critical thinking, how to work together effectively and more.

Last week, Amanda was invited to Government House for the launch of the 2018 Forum and was excited to meet His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey, Governor of Queensland.  “In addition to an insightful address from the Governor, I got to meet other students from all over Queensland.  I’m looking forward to acquiring new skills at the Forum, learning from leaders in the field of Science.  I wish to pursue a career in Science or Maths and believe attendance at this Forum will assist me to make an informed choice about the course I select and which University to attend after completing Year 12” said Amanda.

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Making Waves

20 October 2017

Junior Years welcomed Dan Cook from Maker Workshop for two days of fun with ‘Waves’. This was another workshop presented in the IdeasPLUS@Glennie program. There was certainly enough water outside to assist, however, the Years 4 to 6 girls stayed indoors and Dan showed the girls a unique way to create waves using masking tape, jelly babies and skewers.  

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Sydney Canberra Trip

20 October 2017

Last week the Year 6 girls had a great week in Sydney and Canberra exploring the many sights and programs made available for school groups. The girls reinforced their learning from this term and spent time participating in mock debates and in learning more about our parliamentary system. They also brought to life some of our early history to support the historical fiction novels investigated in class. Our sincere thanks to Miss Bullock, Mr Broom and the parents who came with us to assist with looking after the girls.

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Junior Years ICAS English and Maths

20 October 2017

Congratulations to all of the girls who received their certificates at this week’s assembly and special congratulations go to Amalia Gomez Faramand, Ava O’Reilly and Amelie Zahra who received High Distinction certificates for being in the top 1% of all participants. Well done, girls!

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From the Archives

20 October 2017

Marking exam papers has always been interesting! These answers were listed in The Glennie Gazette September 1910.

Comic Cuts from Examination Papers

  • Oxford and Cambridge were discovered by Captain Cook
  • Sir William Macgregor (note likeness to Pope Gregor) sent Augustine over to England
  • King Arthur was picked up on the sea-shore by a musician named Merlin.
  • Every kind of grain is grown on these Downs, the chief being the Darling Downs.
  • Most of these volcanoes are active, but one is a dormat (dormant).
  • Gonorell said she loved King Lear so much she would dye for him.
  • The feminine of “Groomsman” is “Housemaid”.

Ms Noeleen Fleming
Glennie Archivist

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Webber Operation Christmas Child 2017

20 October 2017


The Webber Seniors of 2017 would like to thank all girls from the Middle and Senior Years for their amazing support of Operation Christmas Child. We are very proud to announce that Mrs Waters sent off 233 boxes on Wednesday this week. As well as this, we raised nearly $2,000 from the sale of our baked goodies. This will make 233 young children very happy at Christmas time.

A special thanks goes to all Webber Seniors for their delicious baking and to the Senior Committee for thinking of innovative ways to make sure we smashed our goal of 150 boxes this year. Well done, girls!

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Mayoral Medal

20 October 2017

Due to her hard work, perseverance and resilience, Tayla Coote is having a year of achievement. At the annual Mayoral Awards, Tayla was recognised for these qualities, as The Glennie School Middle and Seniors Years recipient of the Mayoral Medal.

Glennie Junior Years girl Sidney Cochrane was surrounded by family, Gennie staff and friends as she proudly accepted her Mayoral Medal.

We are all very proud of these girls’ efforts this year. Congratulations, Tayla and Sidney

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What the new Sports and Health Centre means

20 October 2017

Our new Sports and Health Centre will bring many benefits to all Glennie girls who play sport for competition or recreation. Having an indoor centre means a great place for us to train and play, no matter the weather and it will definitely give us a big home turf advantage.

Sport, health and fitness are a big part of our daily lives at Glennie, especially for our boarders and this new centre will be a space that will benefit our whole community.

Molly Martin, Year 9 Glennie girl.  

Download the attachments below to see our plans for the new centre.

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TERROR-torial

20 October 2017

Shake & Stir Theatre Company visited Glennie yesterday to deliver a performance TERROR-torial for the Year 6 girls. As the girls prepare themselves for a transition to Middle Years they will encounter new timetables, teachers and faces along the way. Tackling this change with the advice of a quirky assortment of supporting characters in the Shake & Stir company endeavours to highlight the time of exciting new beginnings, opportunities and life-altering experiences.

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Little drummers

20 October 2017

Glennie Community Kindergarten received a visit from Hello Africa yesterday. The girls and boys jumped at the opportunity to try out one of the many drums and musical instruments on offer. Maracas and shakers were also on hand for the children preferring a slightly quieter option. The squeals of excitement may be our favourite of all the sounds heard yesterday.

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Designing cupcakes

20 October 2017

Year 10 girls studying Hospitality put their cupcake making, decorating and service skills to the test for assessment yesterday in Cafe G.  This was the first time the girls had used a commercial mixer and the first time that they operated their own café.

Delicious drinks including milkshakes were also on offer proving to be quite popular.  The cakes were excellent - light and fluffy, and the icing was magic! And just enough to make the cakes sing. The second café will be in two weeks' time, so make sure to save $2 for a cake on November 2.

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

20 October 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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Christmas comes early at Glennie

13 October 2017

In recognition of the plight of girls and boys around the world, the Webber Committee girls invited Glennie girls to fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child: an initiative of international relief organisation Samaritan’s Purse. The generosity of the Glennie community has been outstanding resulting in the donation of over 200 boxes today. These gifts will brighten the lives of so many children from developing countries on Christmas day.

In Tutor, girls donated gold coins to support the cause and also enjoyed Christmas treats lovingly prepared by the Webber Seniors at morning tea and lunch. Glennie girls and teachers took full advantage of free dress day and were adorned in many colourful Christmas creations.  

Coincidentally, today is also International Day of the Girl Child. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

Congratulations Webber Committee and thank you Glennie community members.

Enjoy the highlights video

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Oval receives facelift

13 October 2017

Are you curious about the process of rejuvenating the tartan track at Glennie? Enjoy a snapshot of the progress in this short video.

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Design minds tested

13 October 2017

In Design and Technologies, Year 9 girls were asked to help the humanitarian effort towards a refugee crisis and develop a cardboard chair that can support an adult. Constructed from a single sheet of cardboard, the flat-packed designs must be able to be airdropped in bulk at standard transport pallet size. In pairs, the girls came up with some interesting designs, but could they support Mr Tim Causer’s weight?

Watch this highlights video and witness the functionality of each chair.  Disclaimer: Mr Causer was not harmed during the testing phase.

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Mademoiselle Francophonie

13 October 2017

Mademoiselle Francophonie" (Miss French-Speaking World) presentation

Year 8 French Immersion girls bravely put their French speaking skills to the test on Monday to prepare a brief presentation to Madame Jepson and their peers on a country or region in the world. Despite the nerves, the oral delivery was fluent, aided by the introduction of costumes and the support of attractive audiovisuals.

 

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Emergency Services Day

13 October 2017

Last weekend, on a cold and occasionally wet Saturday, six girls from Interact gave up their time to assist our sponsor club, the Rotary Club of Toowoomba, with their food service at Emergency Services Day in Queen’s Park. Despite the weather, the event was very well attended, with the food supplies running out three times! The girls did an outstanding job, representing Glennie and Rotary with pride.

Thank you to Steph, Emilee, Kate, Angela, Maddy and Paige for their willingness to support this event. Thank you also to Mrs Suzie Jepson, who assisted with supervision.

Mrs Kristie Skett
Interact Mentor

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Indigenous Students Making Connections

13 October 2017

Our Indigenous students have had a busy school holidays and start of term.  Here are just some of the happenings:

Abelee Stanley, Tayla Stanley, Kiana Williams and Anna Dingley completed the Cherbourg Walk – a 100km trek in recognition of the journeys Indigenous people made from their homes across the state, to the old settlement of Cherbourg.

On Monday night, Yalari founders Waverley Stanley and Llew Mullins were the subject of the ABC's Australian Story.  Indigenous Boarders, together with Mrs Kim Cohen, Nicolette Dixon, prospective Yalari families for 2018 and key support staff, gathered to view and celebrate the story of Waverley and Llew.

Year 7 and 8 students sampled a taste of university life and made connections with students from around the Darling Downs at the USQ Indigenous Connections Day on Tuesday. Guest speaker, Dr Derek Chong, inspired the girls with his life story. In January 2018, he will become the first Indigenous psychiatrist in Queensland. The day ended with a sing along, led by legendary Indigenous country singer, Mr Roger Knox.

Girls have also been involved in the Queensland All Schools Touch Football Tournament and the Queensland Athletics Championships in Brisbane over the last two weeks.

Contributed by Mrs Janet Reed
Indigenous Co-ordinator

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Poppies in Progress!

13 October 2017

Many hands make light work and members of the Glennie community have been busy making poppies for our 2018 commemorations.

Here’s an opportunity to be as creative as you like to create a poppy that can be added to our planned carpet of poppies. Have a look on the internet, there are so many ideas to choose from. Push the boundaries, why settle for fabric or fibre? As long as it is super-lightweight, waterproof and able to be attached to the backing fabric, the sky’s the limit.

Put your completed poppies in a bag with your name on them and drop them into Main Reception. If you are a boarding family, your daughter can bring them with her after her next visit home.

For more information or if you would like to donate some materials or share your skills, please email poppies@glennie.qld.edu.au

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Japan Exchange

13 October 2017

On 14  September, Jessica Huggins, Georgina Dummett and I began an eye-opening cultural exchange to Japan. We landed in Osaka and immediately caught the train to Kyoto to attend Kyoto Girls’ High School. This school has students ranging from kindergarten to university with each cohort being quite large in size. In the senior school, each year level contains more than 400 students.

The Kyoto Girls’ School was founded in 1899 and as a result, tradition plays a key role in the school's rich history. During our time at this school, we attended classes with our buddy and were able to experience traditional Japanese subjects including tea ceremony and flower arranging classes. We also attended many English classes giving the students at Kyoto Girls Junior and Senior High School a chance to practise their English with native speakers.

During our stay, we were also able to witness the school’s annual School Festival and we found it to be very different from the Glennie Fair. The Festival was organised predominantly by the students and each class was required to put together a performance that they performed at the Festival.

Other highlights from our trip include eating all things matcha (green tea) flavoured and visiting the famous Kinkakuji Temple that is completely covered in gold leaf as well as a trip to Universal Studios Japan.

This exchange proved to be an invaluable experience that helped us to learn more about the Japanese language and culture as well as everyday life in Japan.

Contributed by Mackenzie Dunn

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