Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

23 February 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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From the Chaplain

16 February 2018

This week saw the first Years P to 12 whole school Ash Wednesday service held on the Blue Court in Junior Years. We welcomed Fr Paul Mitchell from St Luke’s Anglican Parish to assist us. The younger girls began our service by bringing forward symbols of our worship; a Bible, Cross, Stole, Candle and the Ashes. The Year 12 Chapel Committee acted out the familiar fable story of the Cracked Pot and we heard readings from Jeremiah and Joel. As we received the ash in the form of a cross on our foreheads we heard the words “Forgive, as you are forgiven. Turn to God”.

Here’s a little of my reflection upon the service.

To prepare us for the celebration of Easter, Christians spend the next five weeks reflecting on their lives. Who they are, what they have done and what things they might like to change. We call this the season of Lent. Some Christians like to give something up or take on something new, to spend more time in prayer and to think about God more, and to think of ways to give generously to those in need.

In the story that the Year 12 girls acted out for us. One of the water jars was a little bit broken and she was feeling pretty unhappy about that. But the servant whose job it was to collect the water didn’t see it as a flaw, she saw it as something to celebrate. God looks at us the same way too. None of us are perfect, we all have things we could think of as flaws, like the crack in the clay pot. But God celebrates all that we are and helps us to see how we can help others and make the best of our lives.

Our Bible reading from Jeremiah talks about a potter moulding some clay. We can think about this as God being the potter and we are the clay. God helps to shape us into being the best people we can be. When we make a mistake that’s ok. If we do the wrong thing sometimes, God says I forgive you, and reshapes us again.

Ash Wednesday is a time when we can say to God, I’m sorry for the times when I have done the wrong thing and I’m sorry for when I haven’t done the right thing. God says in return “I love you, I forgive you. Let’s work together on you being the best you can be.”

Blessings as you being this season of Lent.

Rev’d Sharon

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Hale Wins!

16 February 2018

Congratulations, Hale on winning the Interhouse Swimming Carnival. Stay tuned for next week's edition of eNews for all the results and plenty of photos.

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Library Lovers’ Day

16 February 2018

On Wednesday, which was Library Lovers’ Day, Girls in Years 2 and 3 listed some of the things they love about the Junior Years Library:  the books, the people who work here, the calm and quiet, the activities and the devices. They also came up with some ideas for what they would love to see in our Library: more books, a lolly shop with cookies and candy canes, a pet shop, a library dog, a toilet for when you are busting!

We’ve been watching the Winter Olympics during lunchtime, which has been very popular, but some girls still chose to take crochet lessons with Mrs Miegel.

Mrs Miegel
Junior Years Teacher Librarian

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Lights, sirens, fingerprinting

16 February 2018

Glennie Kindy children met Adopt-a-Cop Senior Constable Joanne Bailey this week. After a brief explanation of her role within the Queensland Police Service, Senior Constable Bailey showed the children her utility belt and explained the uses for each of the items. Curious to know more, the children took every opportunity to ask questions. In groups, the children were then escorted to view the police car, see the lights in action and hear the loud siren. Each of the children had their fingerprints taken and will have a lovely keepsake from their experience this morning.  Don't worry parents, these will not be kept on file!

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Universities on Show

16 February 2018

Our Seniors had a great opportunity to discuss university options with representatives from a wide selection of universities at Wednesday’s University Showcase. The visit included a presentation about student life, application processes, university costs and accommodation. The session concluded with an expo-style session where students could speak with the representatives and collect information about the programs they have to offer. The girls certainly went away with lots of reading material. It was great to see Scarlett Raine (GOG 2015) among our guests.

The universities in attendance included from Southern Cross University, Bond UniversityUniversity of Southern Queensland - Australia, Australian Catholic University, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC)Griffith University, QUT (Queensland University of Technology), The University of Queensland - UQ, University of New England, Armidale and CHC - Christian Heritage College. QTAC were also available to answer any admission questions.

I am sure the showcase sparked some further interest for the girls and helped raise their aspirations for the endless opportunities that are available.

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Mrs Sharon Currie
Careers Co-ordinator

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Pancakes galore for Shrove Tuesday

16 February 2018

Glennie observed Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) this week. The Chapel Committee girls worked with Reverend Sharon and the Lawrance Dining Hall staff to host a pancake stall which was so popular they sold out by the end of morning tea! Junior Years girls and staff held their annual pancake races with Hale winning the student race. Mrs Stone, Mr Broom, Mr Finlay and Mr Griffiths bravely represented the teachers for the students versus teachers race. In a nail-biting photo finish the teachers were announced winners crossing the line with their pancake safely nestled in their frying pan. Thank you to Reverend Sharon for judging our race.

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Feeling the love at Glennie

16 February 2018

The Student Welfare Committee (SWC) girls have done it again. They sprinkled a little love all over Glennie on Wednesday for Valentine’s Day. We spotted a few hug squares throughout the school, read messages of support on the walls and spotted a few gifts exchanged among friends.

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Thank you to our Glennie Fair Major and Gold Sponsors

16 February 2018

This week we acknowledge the generous support of our Glennie Fair sponsors who have supported us at the Major and Gold levels.

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Hale Dinner

16 February 2018

Year 11 and 12 Hale girls once again began the school year with dinner together. A great night was had by all at Absolute Grilled. Despite the slow service, all who attended enjoyed the food, the company and the time together.

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Year 11 Leadership Day

16 February 2018

On Sunday 4 February the Year 11 girls attended a Leadership Day at Glennie run by Character Builders, a Brisbane based company. Although they began a little hesitantly, all thoroughly enjoyed the day and were so pleased they attended. The team building activities proved challenging and unfortunately, the students were unable to beat the teachers in the Tower Building competition and missed out narrowly in winning pizzas for the entire group with the Dominoes challenge. They learnt much about each other and finished the day feeling a more united and cohesive group.

Ms Sue Reynolds
Head of Hale House

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Poppies at the Fair

16 February 2018

Lots of crafty folks have been making poppies of all sorts for our Make a Poppy for Glennie project. Mrs Lovell has been working hard knitting beautiful poppies and is working with the boarding girls on making fabric poppies (pictured). These fabric poppies are super easy and require only basic sewing skills to make a fantastic looking poppy. Here are the instructions.

For anyone interested in learning how to make poppies, there will be a makers’ space at the Glennie Fair. There will be patterns to follow and crafty ladies on hand to get you started. Thanks to a generous donation from our sponsors, Toowoomba’s own wool mill, Rosabella Threads, there will even be some supplies on hand for you to use to make more poppies at home. Visit their Facebook page

We are very grateful for a donation by Mrs Ros Meyer which will go towards buying materials required for this project. Her kindness will make a difference.

Any donations of red fabric, red wool and black buttons would be greatly appreciated. They can be dropped at main reception or bring them with you and drop them at our maker’s space at the Fair.

If you already have some poppies ready to go, you can add them to our installation at the Fair.

For more details, contact Tina Tilden tildent@glennie.qld.edu.au

 

 

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From the Archives

16 February 2018

Keeping cool has been on our minds rather a lot in the past few weeks. Swimming for fun and competition has long been a Glennie tradition. The evolution of the swimming pools and swimming costumes is evidence of the importance of this activity. From scratchy woollen swimmers, which must have taken a week to dry, and ‘baths’ with no fencing or shade to the current aquatic centre, we are indeed fortunate and can appreciate even more our current facilities.

Noeleen Fleming
Archives Officer

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French Connections

16 February 2018

On Tuesday, Mrs Cohen and I attended a meeting at Alliance Française in Brisbane. The Director of AEFE (Agency for French Education Abroad), Christophe Bouchard, the Head of Culture Education, Science and Technology (Embassy of France in Australia), Bertrand Pous, Kerrie Blain (President of AAFEBS, Australian Association of French English Bilingual Schools) and representatives of schools from Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane all participated in a special meeting of AAFEBS.

After introductions and an overview of the AAFEBS’ achievements, our school was welcomed as a new member of the association.

It is a very interesting step forward for Glennie as we now belong to a group of schools where French is taught in both bilingual or immersion programs. The AAFEBS now counts 14 schools all over Australia, 210 teachers and over 4,000 students. Being part of this network will allow us to exchange ideas, experiences and resources to improve our teaching and practices in general. The Glennie French Immersion Program is not on its own, there is actually a whole lot happening around the country as far as French teaching is concerned and now we are part of it.

Le futur promet d’être intéressant!

A bientôt.

Mr Vincent Morère
French Immersion Head of Department

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MYTHBUSTER #2 - CHESS IS FOR NERDS.

16 February 2018

Seriously!? Are we still labelling and tearing down those who push for greater thinking? Bypassing the argument regarding labelling, let’s just have a look at a shortened list of ‘famous people’ who apparently enjoy(ed) playing chess; Heath Ledger, Stephen Fry, Julia Roberts, Madonna, Chuck Norris, Salma Hayek, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Norton, Al Pacino, Anna Kournikova, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Brooke Shields, Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Susan Sarandon, Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Charlie Chaplin, Benjamin Franklin, and Napoleon Bonaparte.

Chess is for high achievers... and for those who struggle academically. In fact, studies show how chess may improve outcomes and raise IQ scores. Chess is enjoyed by the physically fit and those who struggle with co-ordination, the young and old, tall and short, and is played in every country around the world. To think it is a game for just a few, is wrong.

Perhaps, chess is for nerds - that is if you choose to identify yourself as a nerd - but it is so much bigger, broader and brighter than a single stereotype.

Word of the week: cerebrate - to use the mind, think, ponder and consider. Play chess like a girl . . . and cerebrate!

For more information about chess at Glennie, contact email me chess@internode.on.net

Mr Carter
Glennie Chess

 

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Emma is making her mark

16 February 2018

Glennie Old Girl (2015) Emma Moss has caught the attention of the ABC’s rural news program Landline. Landline’s facebook page says “Emma Moss is a young ringer working on a remote cattle station — she's also a photographer whose photos are showing thousands the beauty of station life! See her story, Sunday at 12:30”

There’s a great video about Emma on their page.

The photo, by Emma was sourced from Landline’s facebook post.

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

16 February 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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Activity Program

9 February 2018

As part of the changes to our day and timetable structure for 2018, we now have more teaching time. It has also allowed us to align the Middle and Senior Years and Junior Years times so that break times are the same, allowing for student interaction across the two campuses - something the Year 12 girls are very excited about.

You may have noticed in the girls' timetables that there is a reduction in some activities that occurred regularly in 2017 during Lesson 4. The Activities Program, occurring every second week on Wednesday, provides the time to conduct activities previously found in the timetable, run activities that would have normally disrupted the scheduled lessons, and allow for the whole school to be involved. This will help build connections between the Junior and Middle and Senior campuses. Essentially, this is a redistribution of time and there is less disruption to the regular curriculum.

These activities require a different staffing structure and it allows us to run staff professional development sessions at the same time. We hope that this will reduce the need for staff to take a day away from their classes to attend professional development elsewhere, particularly as teachers prepare for the new Senior Curriculum.

Activities planned for the remainder of Term 1 are as follows;

Week 4

  • Years P to 12 Ash Wednesday Service
  • Years 7 to 9 Camp Meetings
  • Years 10 to 12 University Showcase

Week 6

  • Whole School House Time

Week 8

  • Years 7 to 9 Camp Preparations, Pastoral Care and Chapel
  • Year 10 New Senior Curriculum preparation and Careers
  • Year 11 Sport and Fitness
  • Year 12 Exams

Mrs Jo Matherson
Deputy Principal

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A Message from Mr Warren

9 February 2018

Parent Information Evening

Thank you to the many families who attended our Junior Years Parent Information evening on Wednesday. This was a wonderful opportunity for parents to hear first hand about the program of work for the year in their daughter’s class. We trust that you found this useful. We understand that not all families were able to attend and we will endeavour to upload all information presented to the portal as soon as possible.

I remind parents to come and talk with the teachers if you have any concerns during the year.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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Be Curious, Be Collaborative, Be Outstanding

9 February 2018

The Glennie Learning Hub

‘Learning is best done with people rather than to or for them. It is more effective when learners are participants rather than merely recipients’ - Charles Leadbeater (2008).

In a paper prepared for UNESCO in December 2015 (The Futures of Learning), Fulbright Scholar Cynthia Luna Scott argued that it is just as important to rethink pedagogy for the twenty-first century as it is to identify the new competencies that today’s learners need to develop. If students are to develop critical thinking skills and work collaboratively and with autonomy, traditional approaches to teaching and learning that emphasise memorisation and the application of simple procedures will not be adequate. Schools must engage students in collaborative learning and informal learning opportunities.

Enter The Glennie Learning Hub.

Beginning in 2018 we will no longer run the traditional teacher-centred approach to before and after school Middle and Senior Years tutoring. Instead, we will offer a learner-centred space for active and cooperative learning. In the Learning Hub, students will be able to get together with other students and teachers to solve problems, answer questions, formulate questions of their own, discuss, explain, debate and brainstorm in an environment which supports student thinking and autonomy. By working collaboratively, sharing information and exchanging ideas, student learning will become deeper, more personalised and active.

The Learning Hub will be staffed by Mathematics, Science, English, Humanities and Languages Teachers and supported by members and friends of the Year 12 Academic Committee. Students in Years 7 – 12 will be encouraged to use the Hub to work collaboratively, share skills and knowledge, and deepen their understanding of their coursework.

Opening hours for The Glennie Learning Hub as well as a timetable of sessions will be made available to students and parents via the morning notices in Week 4. The timetable will also be published in the Student Handbook.

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Dean of Teaching and Learning

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Year 6 leaders inducted

9 February 2018

At Glennie, each Year 6 girl has leadership responsibilities. They serve as captains and committee members throughout their last year as a Junior Years girl. This week the girls proudly stepped up to be inducted into their leadership roles. In the company of their peers, teachers and proud parents they received their badges from Mrs Matherson. We wish them every success in fulfilling their duties this year.

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Storytime with Mrs Cohen

9 February 2018

On Tuesday, Mrs Cohen visited the Kindy girls and boys to read Thelma the Unicorn. This lovely book contains a rhyming story that teaches you to love who you are, no matter what. The children are all looking forward to being guests in Mrs Cohen’s office for their next get-together.

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Busy week of dance at Junior Years

9 February 2018

Year 3 girls now have the pleasure of attending Mrs Lyall Blanco’s Ballet lessons at Glennie.  Mrs Blanco is based in the Lockyer Valley and is well versed in the teaching of ballet, character, contemporary, highland, jazz, tap, and almost any style of dance you can think of. Enjoy photos captured at their rehearsal on Tuesday.

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The introduction of Jazz to the Dance program at Junior Years has generated interest amongst the girls with over 50 enrolments this year for after school lessons. Dance Tutor Miss Lucy Panitz worked with the Year 1 to 6 girls yesterday with classes also on offer for Middle and Senior Years girls. Meg Ziesemer (GOG 2016) has returned to assist in the lessons as well as current Year 12, Anthea Jones. It is indeed a collaborative effort.

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Thank you to our sponsors

9 February 2018

The Glennie Fair is going to be great and it takes a lot of organisation and a lot of help. Without sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to make the Fair such a success each year.

We would like to say thank you to our Major sponsors who have made generous contributions towards this year’s Fair.

E-Computing

Burling Brown

GTH Group (Financial Services)

Queensland Specialist Physicians

DO Equipment

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Chess Chat

9 February 2018

MYTHBUSTER #1 - CHESS IS NOT A POPULAR GAME!

Think chess isn’t popular? Last year, the Toowoomba District Primary Chess Championship hosted over 354 students from more than 27 schools. The Teams Tournament had nearly 500 students participating! Chess is popular across the Toowoomba region and it is growing. More and more schools are starting chess programs and parents are recognising the benefits of students engaging in chess. Students enjoy chess because it is fun, they like learning how chess works and they look forward to playing and meeting new friends.

Did you know? Chess, unlike many sports, offers students as young as Year 1 the opportunity to represent their school!

REGISTER FOR THE 2018 TOOWOOMBA DISTRICT PRIMARY SCHOOL INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

  • When: Tuesday, 6 March. 8:30am arrival for 9:00am start. Finish around 4:00pm.
  • Where: Christian Outreach College, 505 Hume St. (please use Ruthven St. entrance).
  • Who: For all primary students – some fundamental knowledge of chess is required.
  • How much: $15 per student.
  • How to register: please express your interest with Mr Carter or Mrs Miles. Permission forms will be available very soon.

WORD OF THE WEEK: rebarbative: to cause annoyance, irritation or aversion. When playing chess, we refrain from being a rebarbative person.

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