Year 8 Geography transported to Ho Chi Minh and Tokyo without leaving the classroom

30 October 2015

On Tuesday, Year 8 girls welcomed Mr Chris Audley, from Second Nature Asia Pacific, to Glennie to conduct an incursion and share first-hand knowledge of megacities the students are currently studying.  A live skype connection with Chau Doan, a Ho Chi Minh city resident allowed the girls to ask questions about transport, accommodation, pollution, standards of living and other environment issues faced by the city. Another skype connection with Chiaki Maeda from Tokyo enabled the girls to speak with a resident of the largest and most developed megacity in the world.  Workshops were also held throughout the day to assist them to prepare for their Term 4 assessment item.

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20 Days to Go!

30 October 2015

Seniors are on the final countdown now. They celebrated the fact that there are just 20 days to go before their school days at Glennie come to an end.

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Soap Stars

30 October 2015

Last week, the Year 10 Science Extension classes engaged in the process of saphonication (soap making). This term, the girls are investigating the world of cosmetics, using soaps, detergents, emulsions (creams and sunscreens), perfumes and essential oils, and the ingredients used in some very commonly used items. The students are linking the economic aspects of the cosmetics industry with the personal aspect of skin care, sun health and the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle for strong hair and nails and a good complexion.

Students worked with various oils to make their soap. They were able to test their soap the following lesson and compare its performance against a commercial brand. Next up will be bath bomb production and creating their own cold cream.

The science labs will be smelling lovely!

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Introduction Day

30 October 2015

On Monday, we enjoyed the company of our new 2016 Middle and Senior Years Glennie girls and their parents, for Introduction Day. Girls were introduced to their buddies, House Captains and peers prior to morning tea with parents in Lawrance Hall. Girls then attended classes with their buddies and spent time getting to know the teachers. After lunch, and a tour of the school, the girls enjoyed some House activity time. In one activity, girls were asked to design a show-stopper outfit with disposable bin bags – in House colour of course!

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Glennie Junior Years girls joining us in 2016 spent the day with buddies in their Prep to Year 6 classes for the Junior Years Introduction Day.  New parents enjoyed time getting to know each other over morning tea while girls made new friends in the playground.

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World Teachers’ Day

30 October 2015

Today Mrs Ashley-Cooper hosted a morning tea for the heroes of Glennie: our teachers.  School Captain, Emily Coggan and Vice-Captain Jaimie Beeson, together with Junior Years Student Representative girls, Lily Rowe and Lauren Ryan delivered heartfelt messages of thanks to each of the teachers making such a huge contribution to education for girls at Glennie.

The girls, helped by members of the Student Welfare Committee, also presented each teacher with their very own certificate, apple and keepsake rose (there were buttonholes for the gentlemen, too).  

At Glennie, we are blessed with very dedicated teachers, supported by equally dedicated non-teaching staff, who all go well beyond the call of duty to provide a wonderful program for the students. World Teachers’ Day was an opportunity for the girls to thank them for their dedication, time and effort.

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Adopt-a-Cop

30 October 2015

On Monday our Adopt-a-Cop visited us in Year 1. We learnt about how police dogs work. We learned that police dogs track down bad situations. We also learnt that Adopt-a-Cops also run colouring-in competitions and fun activities. We had a large amount of fun learning about the life of policemen and women and listening to Constable Siobhan.

Bailey Crisp and Meg Roper,
Year One Rankin.

The Prep girls also enjoyed a visit from Constable Siobhan Pratt this week. They were eager to show her how well they could read.

Constable Siobhan, brought with her Constable Dylan (aka Constable Clancy the Koala) and Constable Pete who is a detective. Constable Siobhan will visit Glennie Junior Years again soon to talk about staying safe during the holidays.

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Year 2 step back in time

30 October 2015

Last Friday, the Year 2 girls and Teachers enjoyed an excursion to the Royal Bull’s Head Inn, St Matthew’s Church in Drayton and Queen’s Park. Girls were able to gain real world experience in the importance of conservation of historical sites. The timing of their visit was most fortunate as the USQ were undertaking an archeological dig in the Inn’s grounds! The girls were able to get involved by using a pick and sieve, to find old pieces of blue and white china! They were able to make tangible comparisons between historical lifestyles and those of the present day.

At St Matthew’s Church, Mr Rubb, who built the church organ, showed the girls around. They learned about the history of Benjamin Glennie, his teaching and his work in helping establish churches, not just schools! The Glennie School’s archivist, Mrs Jenny Black, and Reverend Lorraine also told the girls about the history of the Anglican church in Toowoomba.

At Queen’s Park, the girls met Toowoomba Regional Council’s head gardener, Mr Matt Schick who gave special permission for them to pick some flowers.

It was a lovely day to appreciate Toowoomba and its changing landscape over time.

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Maths Certificates

30 October 2015

Mrs Wendy Evans had pleasure in presenting Year 8 girls Gabby Lawson, Thedini Pinidiyapathirage, Megan Kirby and Ellen Gall with Certificates of Distinction for their outstanding performance in the Australian Mathematics Competition held last term. Congratulations girls.

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Donaldson and Webber face off for Interhouse Chess Competition

30 October 2015

With the departure of 2014 Senior, Natasha Bortsova, Hale’s glory days of Interhouse Chess Competition dominance have come to an end. This year, it was Donaldson and Webber who faced off in the finals. After slip, slop slapping, 32 chess piece Glennie girls soaked up the sunshine and put their best foot forward as Chess masters Manju Pynadath (Year 7, Webber) and Alexandria Brown (Year 12, Donaldson) guided them through their strategic manoeuvres. After a nail biting game, Webber emerged as victors on the day.  

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The French Immersion Tour

30 October 2015

This is the first instalment of Amy Pistorius’ account of her trip of a lifetime to France.

The Year 10 French Immersion girls of 2015 went on our trip to France in September. Everyone was extremely excited about what we were about to experience, due to the fact that we had been waiting for that moment for three whole years!

When we arrived in Paris it was early in the morning, so we hopped on the bus and we were told we were visiting a surprise destination before beginning our first two weeks of touring. The surprise destination was the Eiffel Tower! We walked to a spot with a great view of the Eiffel Tower. Mr Park-Ballay went and bought us all our first French croissants! They were absolutely amazing.

The next two weeks went very quickly. We visited castles, cathedrals, memorials and so many other memorable places. We went out one night to try a French version of Toowoomba’s Sizzler, which was especially embarrassing when we were told that we had all been drinking from their water jugs!

Every lunch we had a taste of freedom. We were able to go and choose a place to eat in the local area!  What came with this of course was ordering in French, and trying to seem as native as possible! (Even if our purple French immersion jerseys made us stand out a little.)

We all had so much fun testing out our French and I’m able to say that everyone improved a great deal. There are too many highlights to name but they included the one and only Eiffel Tower, the house of Leonardo de Vinci, La Musée d’Orsay, La Louvre, Champs Elysees and our river cruise on La Seine.

Although it was raining and everyone got considerably soaked on many occasions, touring was most definitely a highlight of the trip that everyone in the class is sure to miss. For the next part of our trip, we were heading off to meet our host families.

To be continued next week . . .

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One Million Stars project update

30 October 2015

A team of star weaving enthusiasts from the Middle and Senior years ran a workshop with girls in Years 5 and 6 at the Junior Years library this week. We are well beyond our target of 500 stars and are now looking to make it to 1,000 before our ribbon runs out.

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Eye spy Glennie in the Media

30 October 2015

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OptiMINDS State Finals

23 October 2015

Our Year 5 Language and Literature OptiMINDS team travelled to Brisbane on the weekend to participate in the State Forum and Challenge of OptiMINDS. The girls enjoyed the opportunity to mix with 117 other schools and to share ideas. Working on the theme of what they wanted to see in their future world , they presented their forum idea of exercise machines generating power to charge mobile devices whilst exercising.

For their challenge on Sunday in the Language and Literature Division, they competed against 13 other schools. The girls worked hard and had a lot of fun. They are looking forward to competing in next year’s challenge.

Thank you to Mrs Henley, Mrs Heffernan and Mrs Healy for accompanying the girls.

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Bangarra Dance Theatre

23 October 2015

A celebration of Indigenous culture was enjoyed by a group of students and staff last Saturday night as they attended The Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Kinship at The Empire Theatre. The traditional Dance of the Brolga in Act 1 explored the relationship between humans, creatures and the land and connected us with the oldest living culture in the world, the Aboriginal culture. Throughout the second half, we were invited to explore what it means to be an Aboriginal today, to think about issues surrounding identity, culture and belonging.

It was a thought provoking and beautiful experience.  For some girls, it reminded them of home and connected them to their past, while others were inspired to talk about issues facing Indigenous people in our community.

Mrs Janet Reed
Indigenous Students Co-ordinator

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Cultural Exchange

23 October 2015

Last holidays, the Year 11 Japanese students embarked on the annual exchange to Japan.  We were hosted by students from Kyoto Girls High School, Glennie’s sister school, for the two weeks we were away. Living with a Japanese family, visiting major tourist attractions and attending school with our buddies proved to be a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.

School life in Japan is significantly different from what we are accustomed to at Glennie. Negotiating the city’s public transport system on the way to and from school was quite an eye-opener and a stark contrast to the average car or bus ride to school in Toowoomba. We experienced a range of classes, with some of our favourites being Flower Arranging, Tea Ceremony and Home Economics. Our schedule included many English classes where we participated in activities with the girls, who were keen to improve their English skills. We were also lucky enough to meet the lively bunch of Junior High students who will be visiting Glennie on a study tour next March. Kyoto’s equivalent of the Glennie Fair, their school festival, was also an action-packed day where we enjoyed observing the girls showcase their school through performances, displays and stalls.

Our host families took us to visit many fascinating and awe-inspiring attractions around the Kyoto area. We were amazed by the deep culture and history behind the shrines and temples. Some of our favourite destinations were Kinkaku-ji - the golden pavilion, Fushimi Inari Shrine - famous for its more than 10,000 red shrine gates, Kyoto Tower – with a beautiful view of the city, and of course, Universal Studios Japan.  We also enjoyed school excursions which showed us even more of the beauty and heritage of Japan.  

Spending two weeks in the home of a Japanese family was thoroughly enjoyable and we learned so much more about their daily lifestyle and customs than we could have ever learnt from a textbook.  Although at times we struggled to understand the overload of Japanese, the cultural experience was irreplaceable. The worst part of the trip was saying goodbye, but we arrived home with so many memories, photos and hopefully much keener language skills.

Anna Beil, Trisha Chand, Mallory Langford, Christine Mundell and Sheree Phillips

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Lunchtime Creativity

23 October 2015

Creative activities enjoyed by our younger girls in the Junior Years Library at lunchtime range from movie-making to dollhouse design!

Thank you parents for your donations of craft items. We are planning ahead for 2016, and would LOVE donations of duplo, lego or puppets and a puppet theatre.

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Legal Studies (use photo)

23 October 2015

Early in the week, the Year 10 Legal Studies classes visited the Toowoomba Courthouse. We split into two different groups and visited the Magistrate’s Court and Supreme Court. In the Supreme Court, we were lucky enough to view a trial of an alleged murder. What made this case interesting was that a body has not been found, yet there was enough evidence to bring the case to a trial. The suspected murder victim has been missing for three years and is the ex-partner of the accused. We saw a Senior Sergeant who was being questioned about the photos that she took at the suspected crime scene. The atmosphere was clinical and organised. It was very different to the Law and Order we were expecting.  

The Magistrate Court was dealing with lesser crimes. We saw crimes such as an obstruction of justice, possession of items associated with drugs and drug usage. These courts will help as a lot with our court reports for class. We were very fortunate to watch examples of both courts as they had different atmospheres and it gave us a wider knowledge of how the justice system works. Having the opportunity to visit the courthouse was beneficial and we are all very grateful for the experience.

Louise Petersen

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A day of discovery – Personal Development Day 2015 (use video)

23 October 2015

While the Year 12 girls were studying hard for their exams and the Year 11 girls were busy at leadership camp, the Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 girls took part in a day of personal development. Guest speakers from yLead, iNESS Internet Education and Safety Services, Enlighten Education and Family Planning delivered age appropriate sessions and facilitated engaging group activities.

Year 7 girls explored the secrets of nutrition and the effects it can have on their wellbeing.  A thought provoking session on feelings, body changes and sexuality allowed the girls to interact and share views.

Year 8 girls participated in a ‘Leadershift’ session which showed girls that leadership must begin with self.  It is about recognising how they interact with others and how they can better serve them.  It’s also about doing things for others; not waiting for others to do it for them.

Year 9 girls spent the majority of the day learning about Cyberbullying and Cyber Safety with the day ending with a game called Jenga Attitude – the game of sabotage.  The girls learned that when they choose an attitude that seeks to bring others down, they sabotage their own results as well as the team.

Finally, Year 10 girls enjoyed The Butterfly Effect presentation 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.

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Glennie Chess team reaches State Finals

23 October 2015

Apoorva Abeysundera (Year 6), Chelsea Armstrong (Year 5), Connie-Jane Creevey (Year 6), Rheanca Lincoln (Year 4) and Sandali Gange (Year 6) proudly represented The Glennie School and Toowoomba region at the Queensland State Finals Primary Interschool Open Tournament held at Brisbane State High School last weekend.  Glennie was the only all girls team for both Primary and Secondary Interschool Open Tournaments.

This is the first time that these girls competed at this tournament. They were  successful in  winning eight and a half games. The girls faced an extra challenge of recording their every move: an arduous task given that they had to juggle strategising, making moves and pressing on their timers, at the same time!

At the conclusion of this event, Glennie is rated as Queensland’s 29th top school in Primary School Chess for 2015. Chess coaches, Mr Carter and Mr Lord are to be congratulated for their hard work preparing the girls for this tournament.

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Glennie old girls gather for Buderim Luncheon

23 October 2015

Each year, faithful Glennie Old Girls meet for lunch at the Headland Golf Club in Buderim.  Sadly, some of the older Old Girls are too frail to attend these days, but their legacy lives on as younger Old Girls are stepping forward to attend and take over the organisation of this event.  It is always a pleasure to talk with Old Girls.  Their memories of their school days are sharp and often very funny.  They have travelled many different roads in their lives but enjoy being united by their shared experiences as Glennie girls.

Photo 1:  Nola Dooley (Stevens 1954), Merle Tozer (Stevens 1953), Genny Kleinhanns (Stevens 1957)

Photo 2:  Pam Nearhos (Hutchinson 1966), Jill Arthy (Glasson 1966)

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A flair for fashion

23 October 2015

Last weekend Year 9 girls, Hannah Smith and Mari van der Merwe put their fashion design skills to the test and entered the Fairholme Fashion Design Competition.  In the Middle and Senior Years category, Hannah and Mari were tasked to design an outfit/dress with the brief being “Spot On”.  The girls spent two days in the September holidays creating their entries with guidance from Glennie mum, Mrs Wendy Smith, their sewing tutor.  

With a definite flair for design, Hannah walked away with second prize for her pretty summer dress with ribbon laced panel on the back and Mari received third prize and a $100 gift voucher for her vintage inspired wrap dress.

Thank you Mrs Smith for sharing your expertise with the girls.  All the best with future sewing and designing projects, girls!

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Sydney and Canberra Trip

23 October 2015

The Year 6 girls have returned from the Sydney and Canberra trip which formed part of their units of work on Civics and Citizenship and early Australian History.

This trip was a great success . Thanks to Miss Bullock, Miss Dunsdon, Mrs Willmington, Dr Little, Dr Brodie, Mrs Ryan and Mrs Creevey for all of their help and support.

Here is what the girls had to say:

This Trip was really fun and the Australian War Memorial was just amazing. L Ryan.

The trip was such an amazing experience! I loved it and I am sure that all the other girls who went loved it too! If someone told me I had to do all of that over again my response would be . . .YES! I loved all of it. I don't think I can pick a favourite activity! If the Year 5 girls are going next year, they are absolutely going to love it! It was my ultimate favourite camp ever! G Beilby

I loved swimming at the AIS pool. It was definitely the highlight of my trip. I Apalais

My trip was AWESOME! The service was great, the food was great and the teachers were great and caring! It truly was the best time in my life! M Bucknell

Throughout the camp we learnt about the rich heritage in Sydney. We paid our respects at the war memorial to the many men and  women who gave their lives. We have many memories to last a lifetime. M Broadfoot

The Sydney and Canberra trip was an amazing experience, I learnt a lot and it was a great way to end my time in the Junior Years. O Smith

The experience was extraordinary, with lots to learn and see. I won’t forget this camp. It has given me lots of gorgeous memories. P Carter

It was really fun and I know much more about the history of Sydney and Canberra and other things. D Ehrlich

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Celebrating success in Maths

23 October 2015

Last term, all students in Years 10 and 12 Maths B participated in the Australian Mathematics Competition. One girl, Ellen de Jong, received a high distinction in the Senior Years. Ellen also won the Prudence Award which is awarded to the student in the school who answers the most number of questions correctly in a row.  Only in  Year 10, Ellen answered 13 questions correctly in a row (out of 30). Congratulations, Ellen!

Congratulations also to the following girls who received a distinction:

  • Year 10 – Anna Neale, Lydia Paine, Lauren Tennent
  • Year 12 – Laura Crosby, Scarlett Raine
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Science Fair reveals talent in girls

23 October 2015

On Grandparents’ Day at the end of Term 3, Year 7 and 8 Glennie girls were involved in the Science Fair where they put on display the experiments they had been working on for several weeks. As part of the fair, girls were required to engage with those present and explain how they performed their investigations and the results and conclusions obtained.

At Assembly on Wednesday, certificates were awarded to girls for encouragement, highly commended, best display and best presentations. Approximately 40 girls received encouragement or highly commended awards with Taleah McGrane and Thedini Pinidiyapathirage winning First Place for Year 7 and 8 respectively.

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Introducing Café G!

23 October 2015

Adorned with the new logo on the doors, there’s no way you can miss the sleek new look of Glennie’s Hospitality Café newly named Café G.  

Beautiful weather, great music, fantastic food and superb service were all on offer at Café G today. Hundreds of girls and staff flocked to Café G to sample free tasters and choose from the lovely array of sweet and savoury snacks and hot and cold drinks.  Mrs Johns and the Hospitality girls are to be congratulated on their wonderful service today.

Check out the photo gallery of all the festivities.

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