Celebrating Literature

21 August 2015

It was a pleasure to welcome talented authors and artists to Glennie on Monday to celebrate Middle Years Literature Celebration Day. Steph Bowe, Peter Carnarvas, Brian Doyle, Brian Falkner, Dave Hackett, Lucia Masciullo, Richard Newsome, Angela Sunde, Nadia Sunde and Charlie Thomson, together with Mrs Evans and Mrs Lovell, opened the eyes of Glennie girls in Years 7 to 9 to the many opportunities for them to express themselves through literacy.  


Twelve workshops were offered throughout the day including: cartooning, character design, drawing with scissors, how to write a story when you’re out of ideas, it’s all about the song, writing micro-stories, murder-mystery story writing, storyboarding, story sports, telling stories with pictures and to emcee or not to emcee, which involved a Shakesperian insult battle rap.


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Year 7 Debating Team are 2015 QDU Champions

21 August 2015

On Wednesday night, Glennie’s Year 7 Debating team - Madeline Brassington, Veronica Fischer, Manju Pynadath and Karma O'Reilly - contested the grand final of the Toowoomba Region Queensland Debating Union competition. They were declared the winners!

To achieve this great result, the girls worked very hard to learn the practice of debating, skills with which they won seven consecutive debates. As there were 16 other teams in the competition, the girls are to be congratulated on a superb effort.

 

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Sally honoured with Vocational Education prize

21 August 2015

We congratulate Sally Ziesemer, Glennie Old Girl of 2014, for receiving a 2014 Australian Vocational Student Prize and an Australian Award for Skills Excellence in School. These awards promote the benefits of vocational education and reflect the commitment of schools in ensuring students not only have skills for enhanced employment opportunities, but also have the skills employers need, and are central to Australia’s economic growth.


Sally is now a full-time employee with McAdam Turnbull Realty and we wish her all the best with her career.

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UV Beads light up our week

21 August 2015

In celebration of Science Week, Glennie Junior Years girls had the opportunity to make and wear UV Bracelets. UV detection beads are off-white when not exposed to UV light but colour brightly into four different colours when exposed to a UV source such as the sun. The beads are used to teach the girls about ultraviolet radiation and the care that needs to be taken to prevent the damage it may cause.  

Ultraviolet light is the invisible radiation that will give you a sunburn and injure your eyes if you’re not careful. Sunglasses and sunscreens absorb UV protons.

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Prints add splash of colour

21 August 2015

It is with great pleasure Glennie accepts a most generous donation of 16 Giclee prints from artist, Mr Max Lovell. These prints now adorn the walls of the Health Centre and the new wing in Dowson House.

What is a Giclee print you ask?  Giclee (pronounced Gee’clay) is a French term meaning to spray or squirt, which is how an inkjet printer works. These prints have all the tonalities and hues of the original paintings by Mr Lovell.  No screen or other mechanical devices are used in the production of these prints and therefore there is no visible dot screen pattern. Mr Lovell used special light-fast inks which will remain true for up to 25 years.

Thank you Mr Lovell.

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Year 10s tantalised by High Tea

21 August 2015

On Tuesday, the Hospitality girls treated nine Year 10 girls to a High Tea experience. A variety of delicious sweet and savoury options was beautifully presented and served. Functions like this provide the Hospitality girls with much needed experience in the areas of food service and presentation.

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Junior Years teachers take a Brain Break

21 August 2015

Or so they thought!  In celebration of Science Week at Glennie, the Junior Years teachers were put through their paces during morning tea yesterday to answer 10 scientific questions as teams. Competition was friendly yet fierce with the ultimate prize of UV bracelets up for grabs for the winning team.  

Mrs Roper and Mr Broom reviewed responses carefully and were pleased to announce the winning team was Mrs White, Mrs Fuss, Mrs Edwards, Mrs Griffiths, Miss Dunsdon and Mrs Suhr.

Here are the questions. How would you have performed without the assistance of Google?

1 How much honey can a domestic bee make in its lifetime?
a.  10.2 grams  
b.  0.8 of a gram  
c.  3.5 grams
d.  16.7 grams

2 Is Hippology a study of Hippopotamus?  Yes or No?

3 What do solar panels use to make electricity?
a.  Heating from the sun
b.  Reflecting the sun’s light
c.  Energy in the sun’s light
d.  Static electricity in the air

What do the bones in a whale’s flipper look like?

What are baby possums called?  
a.  kittens
b.  pups
c.  joeys
d.  puggles

As plants grow, they get heavier.  Where does the added matter come from?
a.  soil   
b.  rain   
c.  carbon in the atmosphere
d.  sunlight

If your filtrum was itchy, where would you need to scratch?

When looking through binoculars or a telescope why do Mercury and Venus have phases:

a.  They orbit each other
b.  Don’t have any moons
c.  Are smaller than Earth
d.  Are closer to the Sun than Earth

What is the difference between hair and fur?

What makes the Blue Mountains blue?
a.  The colour of the leaves
b.  Evaporated oil droplets from leaves gathering light
c.  Smoke from bushfires
d.  An optical illusion.

Answers:

  1. 0.8 of a gram  
  2. No, it is the study of horses
  3. Energy in the sun’s light
  4. A hand
  5. Joeys
  6. Carbon in the atmosphere
  7. The dimple under your nose
  8. They are closer to the sun than Earth
  9. Nothing
  10. Evaporated oil droplets from leaves gathering light

 

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Stargazing at USQ with Rodger Macqueen

21 August 2015

This week we had over 120 members of the Glennie Junior Years community participate in star gazing sessions. The aim of the evenings was was to encourage participants to consider the wonders of the night sky and to learn a little about astronomy. Mr Rodger Macqueen, an astronomer from USQ, provided expert commentary and participants were able to look through telescopes to view a variety of planets, moons and stars. The evenings were held at the USQ Astronomy Dome. We thank Mr Macqueen for sharing his time and knowledge of Astronomy with us.

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Opti-MINDS

21 August 2015

This weekend, Glennie Junior and Middle Years teams will travel to UQ Gatton to participate in the Regional Finals for Optiminds. They have been preparing their solutions to the challenges over the last six weeks. Good luck, everyone!

 

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Starlab

21 August 2015

All our Year 4, 5 and 6 girls participated in sessions by StarLab Education on Monday. The presentations were held in a large inflatable dome theatre, called a Cosmodome. The girls and their teachers entered into the Cosmodome and, inside, shows were projected above the students. This provided presentations with a 3D effect. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being in the Cosmodome and the presentations allowed our girls to build on their knowledge of stars, planets, moon phases, eclipses, Earth’s rotation and constellations in our Milky Way galaxy.

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Road Safety

21 August 2015

Jenna Cox, Eliza Kitchener and I attended the Road Safety Week Toowoomba Youth Forum on Wednesday. This forum was designed for new drivers (on their Learner or Provisional license) to discuss with members of the Darling Downs District Crime Prevention Unit ways that, as novice drivers, they could prevent accidents or injuries resulting from driving.

We discussed the reasons why we believed accident-related statistics were so high for young drivers and what we could do to prevent this statistic from growing larger. It was a highly informative evening as we learned tips and tricks from experienced drivers about road safety and road 'craft'.

Sarah Sellars, Year 12

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World Challenge Girls Set to Sizzle Sausages

21 August 2015

During the World Challenge Car Wash last week the girls raised $540 by washing and vacuuming 30 cars.

The girls will be heading to Nicaragua to complete an aid work mission and are busy raising funds to help them make a difference in the world. The girls hope to increase their total this week when they sizzle sausages outside the Anaconda shop at the Harvey Norman Centre on Saturday. If you’re out and about, drop past and help save the world, one sausage at a time.

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Stripey the Emu Chick

21 August 2015

Glennie students from Prep to Year 2 were delighted when familiar literary characters from books by Australian author Wendy Binks, came to life on stage at the Empire Theatre for the production of Stripey the Emu Chick.

It was awesome when Stripey finally found his Dad! Wajd Eisa

The echidna was crying when she found her baby, it made me happy too. Aishani Kumar

Stripey popped out and looked so cute! Lara Thompson

The Empire Theatre looked like it had stars with all the disco lights. Sabrina Khan

My favourite part was when the characters were finding who owned the egg. Stripey was the best character. I really liked dancing along to the music. Clara Anderson

I thought the show was very funny. My favourite character was the Mummy emu, Sheila, because she got mad and she was funny. April Stevenson

My favourite part was the tiny echidna because he was cute. My favourite character was the Mummy Kangaroo because she helped the baby echidna. I thought the costumes were really fancy. Ellie Stenzel

My favourite part was when the kangaroos kept the egg safe in her pouch. My favourite character was Stripey because he looked cute. Maria Paul

I liked being able to do the actions and join in with the show. My favourite characters were the the kangaroos. Chloe Ruthledge

My favourite part was when Stripey found his dad Crikey after being lost. The best character was the Mummy Kangaroo because she was able to keep the baby echidna nice and warm in her pouch. Priscilla Neuendorf  

My favourite character was ‘Boganvillia’ with her sparkly hair. The costumes were great. Georgi Nicholls

My favourite part was going on the bus and looking out the windows. I liked the part where the animals were looking for who owned the egg. Natalie Hockaday

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

21 August 2015

Glennie is fortunate to have the support of The Chronicle and Highfields Herald to share our school stories.  Here are a couple of articles spotted this week.

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Junior Years Founder's Day Celebrations

14 August 2015

Girls in Years P to 6 gathered in the Assembly Hall on Tuesday to celebrate Founder’s Day. Led by Mr Warren and Rev’d Penny Jones, the girls took time to reflect upon the work of our founder, Benjamin Glennie. Mr Warren based his address on the story of the Armour of God, complete with props from the Sports Department!

Girls in Year 6 assisted during the service and everyone enjoyed the performance by the G Major Choir and accompanying musicians.

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GOGA Reunion Weekend

14 August 2015

On Saturday, Glennie welcomed back Old Girls for the Reunion Weekend, with this year being the focus of The Year of The 5s.  Approximately 60 Old Girls attended the event with five ladies from 1945 joining us for lunch. Old Girls enjoyed catching up over morning tea and lunch as well as having a guided tour of Glennie by current Senior boarders, Jane Evans, Fiona Murray and Belinda Groves. Many of the ladies were very impressed with the changes Glennie has undergone and how very “different” the boarders have it today compared to when they attended school. Many stories were shared and friendships renewed over lunch, with promises to keep in touch.

A big thank you to The Glennie Hospitality staff and students who gave up their Saturday to serve us a beautiful meal. The Old Girls love being waited on by current girls and enjoyed the opportunity to interact with them. For some of the older ladies this is the highlight of their day. Thanks must also go to the Senior girls and Development Office staff who assisted with school tours and proceedings on the day. We also thank the Old Girls’ Committee because, without them, we wouldn’t be able to have this function each year.

Congratulations to our Raffle and Lucky Door winners and donors. We’re sure everyone had a very enjoyable day and we look forward to welcoming the year of the 6s in August 2016!

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Christina Drysdale (Hansen 1995-1996)
GOGA President

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Spectrum Clarifies Subject Choices

14 August 2015

Girls in Years 9 and 10 are busy making their subject selections for next year.  As always, this year the Student Academic Committee ran the student academic festival, "Spectrum" to help girls with their choices.  Academic Captain, Scarlett Raine, Vice-Captain Charlotte Gehrmann and their committee encouraged Year 12 girls to join in by presenting displays representing all the subjects offered in the senior curriculum. 

At the stalls, Year 12 girls passed on the benefit of their accumulated experiences to help the younger girls who are in the process of narrowing down their subject choices. The prize for the best stall went to the Ancient History girls.

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Geography on the Gold Coast

14 August 2015

On Wednesday, the Year 10 Glennie geographers left Toowoomba bright and early and headed to the Gold Coast to collect data for their upcoming assessment. We arrived at Palm Beach where we met our instructors for the day: Chris, Haydon and Grace. Whilst at Palm Beach we learnt a variety of skills such as measuring wind and wind direction. Along with these skills we learnt how longshore drift, training  walls, sand dunes, vegetation and infrastructure affect the Palm Beach coastline and coastal erosion.

From Palm Beach, we headed off to our next destination which was Broadbeach for a quick stop to look at how sand nourishment affects this beach. Along the way, we saw a large tube along the coast pumping sand to Broadbeach, providing the sand nourishment. We then boarded the bus again and headed to Burleigh for a lunch break. Whilst at Burleigh, Chris pointed out an example of good coastal planning and talked about the positive effects that will come from this type of planning.

We then took a drive pass Narrowneck Beach and Surfers Paradise to have a look at the artificial reef and the coastal planning design of infrastructure in the area.

Our last Destination of the day was The Spit where we looked in detail at the sand bypass system which provides sand to other beaches along the coast. We also looked at the training walls and what effect they had on longshore drift and humans.

Our trip was worthwhile and will prove beneficial to our Geography studies. On behalf of all the girls we would like to thank Chris, Grace and Haydon for their time and help. We would also like to thank Miss Mitchell, Miss Vincent, Miss McNair and Miss McCormack, as without them the trip would not have been the success it was.  

Courtney Baker and Lucy Geddes

 

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Ribbon Day

14 August 2015

Our special annual fundraising day for cancer research – ‘Ribbon Day’ – is fast approaching.

Scheduled for Friday, 21 August, the Seniors in the Donaldson and Chapel Committees are working hard to ensure that they are ready for Ribbon Day. They would really appreciate your support of the raffle. With 34 prizes on offer, you’ll want to be sure to secure your tickets.  

Tickets are $2 each and are available from the Main Reception, GOSS, Miss Powell, Mrs Rollason and at the Boarding Houses. Don’t miss out.

The Middle and Senior Years girls are already looking forward to the recess and lunch time stalls which promise a load of delicious treats.

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Visitors from Japan

14 August 2015

Glennie welcomed three Japanese girls from Kyoto Girls' Junior High School who are participating in a reciprocal exchange program. Yuka Shimamura, Takami Sakata, and Ako Nogami will be at Glennie until Monday, 17 August. In return, five Year 11 Glennie girls will travel to Kyoto in the September holidays. This was yet another enjoyable cultural exchange for Glennie.

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Backyard Blitz at Pitstop

14 August 2015

Work started on the new pergola and development in Pitstop's back yard last week.  With the weather warming up, this space will certainly be popular in the months to come.

Pitstop thanks Masters for donating the pavers for this space with Mr Ryan (Glennie parent) and Troy donating their time to prepare the space. We thank Mr Henare and friends, Mr Richardson (Glennie parent), and the Brown and Townsend families (Pitstop families) for spending time over the weekend to see the paving completed.  

Pitstop is looking forward to the outcome of a Telstra grant submission with a view to complete the next stage of development which is new playground equipment.

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Look What I Made!

14 August 2015

Girls in the Junior Years Library are engaging in a new program of lunchtime activities. Tuesday is the day for creative crafts, and this week the challenge was origami.

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Discovering the Bard

14 August 2015

In the next fortnight, Ms Katrina Cutcliffe, our resident Shakespeare aficionado, will be visiting the Year 10 classes to discuss the different ways readers can view Shakespeare's Macbeth. She will walk the students through three different theoretical approaches and show how they can be applied to understanding Shakespeare.

This is an excellent extension opportunity for the girls that has also allowed our staff to work collaboratively and draw on Ms Cutcliffe's expertise. We look forward to further opportunities to extend the study of English and draw on our staff experience in upcoming lessons. 

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Telling Stories

14 August 2015

The Glennie Middle Years Literature Celebration is an annual opportunity for girls in Years 7 to 9 to connect with stories and the people who create them. The correlation between reading for pleasure and academic success is well documented. Taking workshops with published authors and illustrators can often encourage young people to start reading and to tell their own stories using words and/or pictures.

We have a range of writers, illustrators and performers lined up for the Literature Celebration on Monday, 17 August which promises to be day that entertains, educates and inspires.

Mrs Sue Crocombe
Co-ordinator of Information Resources and Services

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Level 1 Set in concrete!

14 August 2015

An early start was required on Wednesday morning for tradespeople to start work on the concrete pour for level one of the Science Centre. 290 cubic metres of concrete was required for the job with thirty seven concrete trucks passing through the Glennie gates throughout the morning.


Don’t forget to check out the Periodic Table of Elements Honour Board. Over 50% of the elements have been sold so far.

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