Healthy Harold

4 March 2016

This year, our Kindergarten children joined the other Junior Years girls in attending the Life Education sessions in the Life Education van. They were introduced to Healthy Harold who told them about healthy eating and staying safe in the park. All the girls also had a discussion about the people who can help them. The children loved to meet Healthy Harold and enjoyed the sessions a great deal.

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Great Experience

4 March 2016

Last week, hospitality students hosted lunch for the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia conference at Glennie. While the girls have performed food and beverage service at larger functions, conducting the entire process - from menu selection and food preparation to final service - was a monumental undertaking, with almost 60 guests attending. The girls received excellent feedback from guests on the quality of both food and service.  

Photo - Naomi Ryan and Mr Steve Warren

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Leading Dietitian Visits Students

4 March 2016

On Tuesday, the Year 11 Health Education classes were privileged to be visited by Mr Shane Jeffrey, an accredited practising dietitian and senior dietitian at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Eating Disorder Unit.

Mr Jeffrey's message was positive and empowering. He challenged the girls to consider who the stakeholders may be in the business of portraying the ideal body. They deconstructed the messages that we are bombarded with via advertising and social media, and evaluated the reality of the socially constructed ideal versus natural body variations, given that we all have different genetic and environmental backgrounds.

His overarching message was about health; health at all stages, ages and sizes, and fostering a positive relationship with food, mind, body and self. From there, Mr Jeffrey went on to speak with all Year 10 to 12 students about the RAVES principle of healthy eating. He has kindly offered to share the slides from this presentation with all of the Glennie community. Click on the link below to learn about RAVES - The principles of having a positive relationship with food.

Mrs Crystal Hede
Health and Physical Education Co-ordinator
(Middle and Senior Years)

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Chloe completes solo flight

4 March 2016

Year 11 Glennie girl Chloe Paul has completed her first solo flight at the tender age of 15, making her the youngest Darling Downs Aero Club student to fly solo in the Club's history. Chloe has been flying for over two years - she received her first flying lesson as a present for her thirteenth birthday.

Congratulations, Chloe! We are sure this is the first of many milestones in her future flying career . . .  and the one she will never forget!

Photo credit: Darling Downs Aero Club

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Pi-arians unite

4 March 2016

This week, the Academic Committee hosted an early celebration for Pi Day to promote Maths among the Middle and Senior Years girls. Girls were tasked to recall as many digits of Pi they could remember. The reward of a jelly bean for each correct digit after 3.14 was granted. Over 100 attempts were made with Rachel Hall (Year 10) receiving the top Pi-arian honour on the day with a score of 108. Sommer-Jade Brameld (Year 12), Abbey Webster (Year 11) and Elouise Love (Year 7) were close behind and are to be commended for their efforts. A tasty pie is on its way to each winner.

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First foray into OZClo

4 March 2016

A Junior and Senior team stepped up to represent Glennie for the first time in the OZClo (Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad) competition yesterday.  In teams of four the girls worked on a range of language analysis problems. Rachel, Rhianna, Ekene, Abbey, Lauren, Zoë, Emily and Isabelle were challenged to develop their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating languages.

The girls worked on the Periodic Table in Irish, Somali, Kaqchikel (Mayan Language), Slovenian, Amele (Papua New Guinea) and Hanuno (Mangyan people in Philippines). Their aim is to qualify for the National round on Wednesday, 23 March. If they are successful they could be one of two teams to represent Australia in India.  

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Year 6 girls adopt grandparents

4 March 2016

The Year 6 Student Representative Council (SRC) girls enjoyed their first visit for the year with their 'adopted grandparents' at Glenvale Villas.  They were treated to afternoon tea and games with their grandparents.  A great afternoon was enjoyed by all.

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Eyes opened to careers in the health industry

4 March 2016

Five Years 10 to 12 girls visited Toowoomba Base Hospital with Mrs Paul to participate in a Health Inspiration workshop.  The aim of the workshop was to introduce the girls to a broad range of health careers and to look at the different pathways of study.  Lucy Wells shares her experience with you now:

“It was an amazing day. I think I speak for all the girls that it was really beneficial and it has definitely helped me know what I want to do now, and has given an insight on what it is like.  

The first session we had was a trauma scenario, we were put in a "real life" situation of a motor bike accident.  A few of us were shadowing a team member and they showed what they would do, and how it all goes when a trauma patient gets brought in.   We then had a panel session with people working in different fields of health; a student studying at TAFE, a pharmacist, mental health nurse, a physiologist, social worker, dentist, midwife, doctor and an aged care nurse. They shared how they got to where they were today, what courses they studied, what the daily job is like, why they do that job and the demand for that career.

We then had two presentations relating to medical imaging and physiotherapy. We were lucky enough to watch a lady who was pregnant having an ultrasound.  We finished the day with a tour of hospital facilities, including the renal unit and pathology. Overall it was such a great day. Thank you, Mrs Paul.”

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Prep girls take on French

4 March 2016

This year, Prep girls have been included in the Junior Years French curriculum. Each week, Madame Mills spends time with the Prep girls introducing them to a second language. The girls are enjoying the activities and having lots of fun learning to speak French with their friends.

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Ice cream fundraiser a hit with Junior Years girls

4 March 2016

On Wednesday, the Year 6 Student Representative Council girls hosted an ice cream fundraiser stall to raise money for Swim Vietnam mission. It comes as no surprise the support was outstanding. Great news, girls! We had some ice cream left over so you can enjoy another fundraiser very soon.  Stay tuned for an announcement of the date.

The Free Dress Day will be held on 10 March.  Girls are encouraged to wear blue and bring a $2 donation. There will be a guessing competition to guess the number of fish in a jar. This competition will cost 50 cents for two guesses and is open to all girls from Year 1 to Year 6 if they wish to participate.  

Prep girls will have their own special guessing competition with 50 cents for two guesses as well.

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Year 6 Camp

4 March 2016

As promised last week, here are some comments from the girls who went on Year 6 Camp.

“We all had a great time at Mapleton. It was a very full-on camp and we were all tired, but we had fun. We had a go on a flying fox, which I think most of the girls thought was the scariest thing on camp. We had to climb eleven metres up a tree, get clipped up on a small platform and then jump off. We also did an Indigenous cultural activity. It was really fun tasting all of the bush tucker and fruits. We went on a little walk and did an aboriginal painting. The climbing wall was fun too. Thanks to all of the teachers for taking us and I hope they had a fun time too”. Isabelle Simon

“We went to the French restaurant and ate snails. They were delicious! At Mapleton we did some of these activities: flying on a flying fox, canoeing, archery, and participating in an Indigenous cultural experience. Mapleton was one of the best camps ever! When future Year 6 girls go,  I hope they enjoy it as much as me!” Mikayla Karl-Russell

“Mapleton was a great camp. I enjoyed canoeing, it was really fun. The flying fox was scary but fun at the same time. It was very high. The food was amazing too”. Hayley Baker

“We learnt about the history of aboriginal people and things about nature, and how we need to protect it”. Telile Gehrmann

“I loved archery and canoeing the most”. Jess Rowe

“Camp was wonderful. I particularly enjoyed the French restaurant. I think we all learnt something about having courage”. Mackenzie Oliphant

“The bomb-diving pool was fun. The aboriginal activity was interesting”. Katelyn Collie

“The flying fox was scary!” Christie Wrightson

“We did lots of activities; the flying fox was my favourite because I conquered my fear”. Lauren Lester

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House Committees meet Junior School Students

4 March 2016

Last week, the senior years girls in the four House committees met with the Year 5 students from their respective Houses. Lunch, some games and a deal of fun was shared. Next Monday, the House committees will have lunch with the Year 6 girls.

It is a lovely time for the girls to get to know each other a little better, particularly for the Year 6 girls who will move over the road next year.

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Debating journey begins for Year 7 girls

4 March 2016

The Year 7 Debating team, consisting of Apoorva Abeysundera, Sandali Gange, Laura de Jong and Connie-Jane Creevey (absent: Emma Donald), convened this morning with coach Miss Powell to prepare for their first debate on Wednesday, 9 March. In the first round they will argue ‘We should adopt a proactive shark culling policy’’. All the best throughout the competition girls!

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Open Day

4 March 2016

We are holding a Junior Years Open day on Sunday 13 March ( Glennie Fair Day) from 10:00am to 2:00pm. If you know of families who may be considering sending their child to Glennie, please encourage them to visit us on that day. We would love to meet them.

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

4 March 2016

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New ideas on show

26 February 2016

Deputies from around the region gathered at Glennie last Friday to exchange ideas about best teaching practice. Ms Gloudemans hosted the conference and was able to impress her guests in more ways than one.

The Deputies enjoyed morning tea prepared and served by Glennie’s Hospitality students in Cafe G. It was a great pleasure for Glennie to be able to showcase the great work we are doing in Middle Years with the MindFitness (MFit) program. This wellbeing program is the brainchild of former Glennie teacher and founder of Open Mind Education, Mrs Meg Durham. Mrs Durham takes a holistic approach to this important part of teenage development. Her approach is that Glennie not only teaches the students the benefits of mind fitness, but the teachers are fully trained in how to present the program. It sounds simple but this approach is unique in incorporating wellbeing into the curriculum.

The visiting Deputies were impressed by the MFit program and equally impressed by the technology by which Mrs Durham could give her presentation via video conference. Glennie’s IT Department trialled some new technology from Visual Focus that allowed guests to chat with Mrs Durham about MFit. It was just as if she was in the room. The exciting part about the technology is that it works without a computer.  Advanced microphone technology makes the audio clearer and it is suitable for large classrooms. Technology such as this provides options for international guests, live demonstrations and collaborative lessons. The possibilities are endless.

The day wasn’t complete without a tour of the new Science Laboratories. Mrs Robyn Stewart and Mr Mark Wallace led the group through the laboratories and preparation areas, identifying features that were designed specifically for staff and girls at The Glennie School. All Deputies remarked on how wonderful and cutting-edge these facilities are.

As you can see, there is always a lot going on at Glennie, and many different departments all play their part in showcasing the School.

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IPSHA members convene at Glennie

26 February 2016

Glennie opened its doors today to over 60 Independent Primary Schools Heads of Australia (IPSHA) members.  Heads and number of their Deputies were able to see Glennie girls in action, meet our wonderful staff and tour the facilities at Glennie. The visitors participated in a workshop with the Bravehearts Organisation. Glennie’s hospitality students prepared a delicious lunch which was much appreciated.

The IPSHA meetings are a wonderful networking and professional development opportunity for representatives from schools and colleges from Toowoomba, Ipswich, Logan City, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and Brisbane. Mr Warren and Mrs Suhr wish to thank everyone who contributed to making today such a success.

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Year 6 Camp

26 February 2016

Our Year 6 Campers returned on Wednesday from their annual adventure to Mapleton. The girls challenged themselves with activities such as canoeing, abseiling and climbing the tricky rock wall. Thank you to Mr Broom, Miss Bullock, Miss Broom and Miss Potter for taking the girls to camp.

We look forward to hearing about camp from the girls next week along with lots and lots of photos!

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French experience in their own words

26 February 2016

While the week was action-packed at Mapleton Camp, Year 6 girls will remember their dining experience at Le Coq Bressan for some time to come.  Enjoy recollections in the girl’s own words:

“Going to Le Coq Bressan Brasserie was a different treat. I'm sure if you asked any of the girls, they would agree, it was a definite highlight of our camp. A great way to start a meal is with "escargots" (snails). Just about all the girls tried them! A different treat for the future Year Sixes! Très très bon!” Mackenzie Oliphant

“At the restaurant we had to order in French and talk in French. It was a great experience to do a lot of things in French. At the tables we were greeted with French escargots. The drink that we had was Orangina. This night was "fantastique". Thank you Monsieur Clerc for the excellent meals!” Hayley Broadfoot

“Le Coq Bressan Brasserie was a French restaurant with the best food. C'était délicieux! The owners were Monsieur and Madame Clerc. We got to try snails which were fantastique. For the entrée we could choose from la soupe, la salade or le camembert. For les plats principaux we could choose la quiche végétarienne, le boeuf or le poulet avec une sauce aux champignons. For the desserts we could choose les profiteroles, la crème caramel or la tarte aux fruits. It was a great experience!” Ebony Baillie-Pignat

“Le Coq Bressan in Flaxton was a fancy restaurant and we all had to dress up. When we first got there, the tables were set with Orangina. For appetisers, we had escargots (snails). They were fantastique! For l'entrée, I had la soupe. It was really good but huge. For le plat principal, I had le poulet avec une sauce aux champignons. It was superbe, but a bit too many mushrooms. For le dessert, I had les profiteroles. It was my favourite. It was shaped like a swan and had ice-cream and chocolate sauce. The whole experience was amazing and I would definitely do it again.” Prisha Gupte

Photocredit: Ms Mills

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Surf’s up for Year 9 campers

26 February 2016

Year 9 girls have spent an action packed week at Hastings Point this week for their Ecology Camp. Attendance at this camp will help the girls to complete their Year 9 Science assessment piece. The week was a pleasant balance of work and play.  While the girls learned about the rocky shore, sand dunes and mangrove and estuary structures, Adventure Education ensured the girls were entertained with surfing and many more group activities to keep their young minds sharp.  

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Photo and video credit:  Mr Wallace

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Seniors looking snazzy

26 February 2016

The arrival of senior jerseys created much excitement in the Seniors courtyard this week. Warm weather didn’t deter the girls from trying on the newest additions to their must have wardrobe items. Wear them with pride girls!

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Gracious gappie returns to Glennie

26 February 2016

Glennie has been fortunate to welcome many Gappies over the years and it is truly special when they return to say hello. This week we welcomed back the effervescent Ms Patricia Becker who worked at Glennie from 2011 to 2012. Our Senior boarding and day girls remember Ms Becker fondly as she attended the Year 8 camp and spent a great deal of time getting to know everyone. Ms Becker had a passion to pursue a career with a firm with international business as a focus. Ms Gloudemans recalls Ms Becker jumping at an opportunity to fly to Los Angeles to attend a job interview and realise her dream. Her dedication was rewarded and she subsequently gained employment with the firm. She’s currently studying a Masters in Business. All the best, Ms Becker!

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Please note change to 'The Online World of Girls’ workshop times

26 February 2016

Melinda Tankard Reist is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls.  She is author/editor of four books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls (Spinifex Press, 2009, now in its seventh printing, the biggest selling title for Spinifex), and Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry (Spinifex Press, 2011, co-edited with Dr Abigail Bray).

There has been a slight change to the program for Melinda’s visit. Melinda will speak to Years 5 and 6 girls about their on-line world on Wednesday, 16 March between 1:45pm to 2:15pm and Years 7 to 9 girls between 2:30pm to 3:00pm in the Assembly Hall. Melinda will cover bullying, exhibitionism, pro eating disorder and suicide sites fuelling depression and self-doubt; how to help girls stay positive in cyberspace. Parents are most welcome to attend either session. Please email academicadmin@glennie.qld.edu.au to register your interest.  

A separate session will take place from 4:00pm to 5:00pm for teachers and educators to attend in the Assembly Hall.

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

26 February 2016

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An Announcement by the Chairman of The Glennie School Council

19 February 2016

15 February 2016

Retirement of the Head of School

On behalf of The Glennie School Council, I wish to announce that Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper has indicated her intention to retire on 31 December 2016, following 15 years of dedicated service to and exemplary leadership of the Glennie community of girls, parents and staff.

Mrs Ashley-Cooper and her highly competent management team in conjunction with School Council have realised the School’s expansion, stability and success and have been instrumental in many achievements at Glennie, such as redevelopment of the Junior Years facilities into a contemporary learning centre for girls’ primary education; establishment of the Middle Years Program; curriculum changes, staff professional development programs; a Hospitality Training Centre; continued enrolment strength and a new Science Centre.

The plan for the recruitment of a successor to Mrs Ashley-Cooper will use experienced advisors who have a strong track record throughout Australia of successful recruitment for such a crucial position.

Mrs Ashley-Cooper is an exceptional Christian leader and role model whose vision has reinforced Glennie’s position in the vanguard of girls’ education in Australia. Mrs Ashley-Cooper’s retirement will signal a new era for the School as we move toward the next strategic phase in the School’s educational programs and facilities development.

As the search begins for the 12th Head of School in Glennie’s 108 years, Mrs Ashley-Cooper together with School Council and the School’s strong leadership team will ensure that Glennie’s excellent programs continue to nurture each Glennie girl to develop her intellectual, physical and spiritual potential to be All She Can Be®.

Mr T W (Bill) Armagnacq
Chairman
The Glennie School Council

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