Lent

12 February 2016

Glennie observed the start of lent this week. On Shrove Tuesday, the Chapel Committee girls worked with the Lawrance Dining Hall staff to host a pancake stall for Middle and Senior Years. There were plenty of satisfied customers, both students and staff. Funds raised will be donated to the Bush Ministry Fund.

As you can see in the photos, Bennie the Bee also made a guest appearance at Junior Years for their annual Pancake Day Races. She got to start the races and hand over the Pancake Day trophy. Congratulations Hale and all Junior Years girls for cheering your team members on!

Wednesday morning was much more dignified with members of the Glennie community attending the Ash Wednesday Communion Service in the Glennie Chapel. Thank you to Rev’d Powell for another special service.

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Year 6 Leaders Induction

12 February 2016

All girls in Year 6 were inducted into their roles at Assembly this week and were presented with their badges by the Head of School. It was lovely to have so many parents who were able to attend and then join us for lunch following the ceremony.

Congratulations to all girls. We are looking forward to your leadership throughout 2016.

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Universities on show

12 February 2016

It was a pleasure to host the annual ‘University Showcase’ at Glennie on Wednesday.  Year 11 and 12 girls had the opportunity to learn more about applying for tertiary study, accommodation options, campus life and much more.  The girls were then able to talk about their tertiary aspirations with representatives from Australian Catholic University, Bond University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Southern Queensland, University of Queensland, University of New England and University of the Sunshine Coast. Glennie thanks the universities, parents and girls for their support of the showcase.


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Dux of 2015 returns to Glennie

12 February 2016

Miss Laura Crosby (GOG 2015) was welcomed back into the Glennie boarding community with open arms. Laura is studying Sciences at the University of Southern Queensland this year but will also undertake a Junior Boarding Mistress role at Glennie.  

It’s a wonderful thing that Glennie girls enjoy their boarding experience so much that they want to come back and do it all over again. Miss Crosby will be a great role model and mentor to our boarding girls.

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MindFitness at Glennie

12 February 2016

Navigating the teenage years is a great challenge for most girls. At Glennie we place the highest priority on equipping our girls with the skills and strategies to thrive at school and flourish in life. A key aspect of this is the innovative MFit (Mindfit) program designed by past Glennie teacher,  Mrs Meg Durham, for girls in Years 7 to 9.  The importance of being mentally strong to deal with whatever school life and beyond throws at you is undeniable. As such the program is embedded in our timetable and embraced by staff and girls alike. Our girls should look forward to enjoyable and rewarding Mfit sessions this year with our Year 9 girls about to investigate their strengths, realise that "if it's meant to be . . . it's up to me" and experience positive psychology processes.

Mfit teaches our girls to connect, share and learn through the spiritual, physical, intellectual, relational and emotional aspects of their development. Mfit and the Glennie support network of tutors, teachers, Heads of House, Health Centre nurses, counsellors and our Chaplain help every Glennie girl become All She Can Be®.

This week, Mrs Durham visited Glennie to hold workshops with staff and students to further reinforce her holistic approach of ensuring that not only are girls ready to learn from the program, but teachers are ready to teach this important part of the Glennie curriculum.

Mrs Durham posted some photos on her Facebook page about her visit.

 

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Almost There

12 February 2016

Thank you to all the Glennie families who have offered to host a Kyoto student for their Study Tour to Glennie. There are still a few Kyoto students who need placement. Please consider opening your homes and hearts to these students.

For further information, please contact the Study Tour Co-ordinator, Jenny Black on 07 4688 8730 or email blackj@glennie.qld.edu.au.

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Glennie girls feel the love

12 February 2016

Glennie girls were feeling the love on Thursday ahead of Valentine’s Day on Sunday. The school was adorned with love hearts, balloons and hug squares. What is a hug square you ask? Hug squares are marked with chalk throughout the School. When girls walk over them they are encouraged to hug those close by to signify their friendship and appreciation of their company. This is one of many initiatives of the Student Welfare Committee. Well done, girls!

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

12 February 2016

Did you spot this story in the Media?

Shenae Ciesiolka (GOG 2014) appeared in The Chronicle:  Darling Downs talent provides a highlight at Sydney Sevens

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Ash Wednesday and Lent

5 February 2016

This year, the period in the Christian Year known as Lent begins on Wednesday 10 February, a day known as Ash Wednesday. It is very much a time of reflection, as we turn our minds to the events that led to the death of Jesus and his subsequent triumph over evil and death. To mark Ash Wednesday, you are invited to attend a Communion Service in the Glennie Chapel, beginning at 8.00am. All are welcome.

At this service, we revive a custom dating back to the early Middle Ages, whereby the sign of the cross is made in ash on everyone’s forehead. In the Bible, a mark on the forehead is a symbol of a person's ownership. Having their forehead marked with the sign of a cross, symbolizes that the person belongs to Jesus Christ, who died on a cross.

Every Lent, we raise money for The Bush Ministry Fund, a special arm of the Anglican Church that provides support to rural Parishes.

In Middle and Senior Years, to kick off our fundraising, the Chapel Committee (very much aided by the Kitchen staff) will hold a pancake stall on Shrove Tuesday. An Interyear Coin Challenge will be held on 9 March. Girls in Year 7 to 12 will compete to see which year group can make the longest line of coins on the Glennie track. Start collecting small change, girls!

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Year 6 Leadership day

5 February 2016

All Year 6 girls joined their teachers, Mr Broom, Miss Bullock, Mrs Ashley-Cooper, Reverend Penny, Mr Warren and Mrs Suhr in a day of team building and leadership activities designed to support the girls as they embark on their new roles in 2016. The girls had a great day and enjoyed the many activities. Thank you to the staff for their help and support.

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Experiments begin in Science Centre

5 February 2016

The new Science Centre is open and Wednesday was an exciting day for Year 8 girls and Mrs O’Brien in Laboratory 2 as they conducted their first practical experiment. Girls were introduced to the safe setup and operation of a Bunsen burner. In groups they discovered how to measure the heat of boiled water, record results and look for patterns in their results using graphs. This was one of many exciting experiments they’ll enjoy at Glennie.

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A different road for Paris

5 February 2016

When Glennie’s Year 11 girls invited popular band The Rubens to play at the Day for Paris concert in 2013, their intention was to raise funds for their classmate Paris Turkington. While the concert was a great success, raising money to help Paris recover from life-threatening burns, none of the girls could have predicted the far-reaching effect of their actions.

Prior to the concert at Glennie, The Rubens visited Paris in hospital in Brisbane and she has remained in touch with them ever since. The Rubens recently won the Triple J Hottest 100 with the song “Hoops” from their album of the same name. At their Brisbane concert at the end of last year, Paris and her sister Romy were the band’s special guests and they even dedicated their song “Lay Me Down” to Paris. The Rubens, especially the three Margin brothers, Sam (pictured), Zachary and Elliot, have continued to encourage Paris to finish Year 12 and follow her chosen career path as tour manager for bands and music festivals.

While her peers at Glennie were completing Year 12 as planned, the education pathway Paris took was the Tertiary Preparation Program at the University of Queensland College which operates from the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland. Fitting study around a gruelling schedule of doctor’s appointments, surgery and therapy, last December, Paris completed her course achieving distinctions and high distinctions in all her subjects. She has been accepted into the Bachelor of Entertainment Industries at Queensland University of Technology.

Paris’s life might have changed in just moments in 2013, but nothing will stop her pursuing her goals. She begins her tertiary studies in February 2016. In the future, Paris would like to involve the music industry in raising money for the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation, to improve the treatment of burns patients.

Circumstances may have led to Paris taking a different road from the Seniors of 2014, but The Glennie School is very proud that, with a little help from her friends, she is continuing her journey to become All She Can Be.

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Bonjour to our French Tour guests

5 February 2016

On Tuesday we welcomed 14 girls and boys and two teachers from Lycée Privé Saint Paul Bourdon Blanc Orleans, France.  We will farewell them next Monday so we have packed a lot of fun activities into this week for their enjoyment.

Upon arrival our guests enjoyed a welcome morning tea before spending some time touring The School and exploring Toowoomba. Our guests refuelled at lunch with French Immersion girls and enjoyed a refreshing swim at the Glennie Aquatic Centre. At afternoon tea, our guests met their host families ready for an exciting week ahead.

On Wednesday, our guests attended classes with Junior Years girls and were surprised by a visit from WIN News Toowoomba at their BBQ lunch. On Thursday, a bus trip to Lone Pine Sanctuary and Southbank gave the French visitors a unique opportunity to meet some Australian wildlife and sample an iconic tourist destination in Brisbane.

Today, they sat in on classes with the Middle and Senior Years girls and familiarised themselves with the curriculum at Glennie.

Link for WIN News Toowoomba Facebook page video

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Stay tuned for more photos next week when we say goodbye to our new friends.

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

5 February 2016

Did you spot these stories in the Media?

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Senior Induction

29 January 2016

An excited group of 81 Year 12 girls gathered with parents on friends on the first day of school for the Senior Induction Service. Every Senior girl has a role to play during the year as a mentor and inspiration to the younger girls. Before receiving their Senior badge, Ms Gloudemans reminded them of the responsibility that it carries.

2016 School Captain, Katie Deane and Vice-Captain Sommer-Jade Brameld began their duties as the School’s student leaders, proud to be presented with their Captain and Vice-Captain badges.

In her address, Miss Powell encouraged the girls to consider the metaphor of the seeds which need good soil in which to flourish and produce good fruit.  She urged the girls to work on improving their habits and character in order to be people who bear fruit and make a positive difference to their world.

Mrs Ashley-Cooper charged the girls to remember that they have worth and value and that every other person also has worth and value. She encouraged the girls to be confident and courageous leaders this year. Katie Deane responded on behalf of all the girls.

Good luck to all our Seniors in 2016!

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OP achievements for 2015

29 January 2016

Congratulations to the Seniors of 2015 who once more achieved some excellent results. With almost 90% of the girls choosing to be OP-eligible, we were pleased to see that 85% of them gained an OP of 1 – 15. Three girls achieved the coveted OP1, while 36% gained an OP of 1 – 6.

Well done, Glennie girls! We are proud of every one of you. Keep striving to become “all you can be,” and remember, an OP is only a key. Whether it’s the master key which opens any door, or the one that opens just the door that you want to go through, it is never a measure of your worth or value. You are priceless.

Mrs Ashley-Cooper

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Changes to the Portal

29 January 2016

You may have noticed that the Glennie Portal looks different and things are not where they used to be. This is not change for change’s sake. The software for the old portal was no longer supported and we have switched to a Google platform which has several advantages. One important improvement is the online calendar. Parents who log in using their Glennie email are able to access the Glennie calendar and find the most up-to-date information on school events including camps and excursions. Permission forms, information sheets and details are all attached to the calendar event. Click on the event to see what information is attached.

Our new management system, SEQTA, allows you to check your daughter’s timetable and read important notices. As the year progresses, information such as assessment, reports and course outlines will become available.

There are sections that you might like to explore. As this is a new system we would appreciate parent feedback. If you have any questions or need help with navigating the new system, logging into your emails or using Glennie calendars, the IT department is here to help.   You can email IT@glennie.qld.edu.au or call them on 07 4688 8811.

To help get you started with Glennie emails and to familiarise yourself with using Google calendars, you could have a look at the Glennie Youtube channel where you will find tutorial videos. 

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Ms Miegel earns nomination

29 January 2016

Over the holidays, Ms Miegel learned she had been nominated for the 2015 Qld Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award. The nomination recognises exceptional teacher-librarians and their innovative practice, exemplary contribution to teaching and learning and outstanding service to the profession.  

Although unsuccessful in receiving the award for 2015, we know Ms Miegel is respected in her field, held in high esteem and is treasured at Glennie.

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Room Changes

29 January 2016

There has been a lot of building work going on at Glennie over the holidays. The Science Centre is within days of opening and the girls are looking forward to the new facilities. Mrs Stewart and the Science staff have also been busy unpacking boxes and setting up the new labs.

The old science labs were no longer needed and the ones in the Administration building were turned into classrooms. The science labs on the verandah have been transformed into the new Art rooms. Mrs McNab and Mrs Ryan had a busy time before the start of term unpacking all the art materials and setting up the rooms. The girls were very happy with their new art space and are looking forward to covering the walls with their artworks.

With the expansion of Learning Support, Mrs Bird and Mrs Paul have moved the Careers and VET office temporarily to the old Art Room while their new offices are being completed upstairs in the Administration building.

All this work has required a huge team effort from Mr Pugh and his maintenance team, Mr Hockaday has managed all the projects and the IT team has been busy making sure the rooms all have access to the school’s wireless network. Many staff members and Glennie parents have pitched in to help get the jobs done and we thank them.

We can’t wait to introduce the new Science Centre in next week’s eNews+.

If you need help finding your way, go to the Student Handbook on the Portal, https://sites.google.com/a/glennie.qld.edu.au/student-handbook/general-information/glennie-maps if you would like a printed copy, they are available at Main Reception.

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Farewell Old Girls

29 January 2016

It is with deep regret that we advise GOGA Honorary Life Member Mrs Nena Glasson (GOG 1935) passed away. As a past President of the GOGA Council and Honorary Life Member, Mrs Glasson contributed her time selflessly to Glennie.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Glasson, Arthy, Seccombe and Lipp families.  

Sadly missed will also be Mrs Beryl Thomas (GOG 1946) who died early in December 2015.  Mrs Thomas often attended Old Girl Luncheons as a special guest and enjoyed indoor rowing and swimming.  She competed at the New Zealand Masters Games and won eight medals.

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Farewell Richard

29 January 2016

Today we said goodbye to Mr Richard Reading who has been part of the maintenance and grounds team at Glennie for the past six years. Richard has been a familiar sight in Glennie’s grounds and the girls, parents and staff alike will miss his cheery hellos.

Staff gathered today for a BBQ lunch to say their goodbyes. Junior Years also said their goodbyes yesterday with a special morning tea.

We wish Richard all the best with his new venture.

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Adventure of a lifetime

29 January 2016

New sights, smells and adventures have befallen seven Glennie girls during the Christmas break. The Glennie World Challenge Expedition to Costa Rica and Nicaragua was an adventure of a lifetime and I count myself blessed to have been able to accompany these girls on their journey.

We started our expedition in Leon, a small town in Nicaragua and after getting used to the humidity, noise and new cuisine, we were off on our project phase. The teachers, students and community of La Arenera welcomed us with open arms, despite their complete lack of English. We had a great time working with this community to help them rebuild after the school had been damaged by an earthquake; painting, building classroom dividers, fixing glass and electricity. The highlight for many was being able to play games with the local children each day and travelling to have dinner with local families each night.

After five days on the project, we left with full hearts and went back to Leon to prepare for our trekking phase - hiking five volcanoes in five days! Day one saw us take on a six hour hiking day to the  summit of Rota volcano. With one wrong turn by our guide, this day turned into an epic adventure, hiking 12 hours and returning to camp in the dark (thank goodness for head torches). With a new guide and renewed energy, we completed day two without incident. Day three was very exciting as we hiked to the base of Cerro Negro volcano. After a 45 minute hike to the summit, we then got our volcano boards and rode to the bottom, sand boarding style, in under three minutes! Adrenaline pumping doesn’t even begin to describe the day! Day four was a sunrise hike to the top of El Hoyo. The 2:00 am wake up call was all worth it after the view. Unfortunately, our trekking adventure was cut short by a day due to Momotombo Volcano, our last volcano, erupting for the first time in 110 years!

After a quick trip to the beach, it was time to cross the border and we found ourselves in Costa Rica. The next ten days of our expedition involved lots of travel around the country. Some highlights included Zip wiring through the jungle in Monteverde and white water rafting in La Fortuna. We spent our last two days in country, in a sweet little town called Manuel Antonio, on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. In our hotel accommodation, owned by two wonderful American people, we were able to spend time with sloths, monkeys and toucans and just generally reflect and evaluate the opportunities we have, not only at Glennie but in life, in general.

While all of this sounds like a wonderful holiday, and in many ways it was . . . I must point out that what makes World Challenge expeditions so ‘challenging’ is that they are student led. The seven girls who took on this adventure had to plan it all - from booking accommodation and transport, to deciding where and how we ate each day and of course, managing a budget. At just 15-17 years of age, this is no mean feat! I am so grateful that the students not only rose to this challenge but also pushed themselves well out of their comfort zone on many occasions. I am certainly very proud of them and I know their families are as well.

Miss Leanne Mitchell

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Let the reading begin!

29 January 2016

Year 7 and 8 girls were introduced to new Librarian Mr Letizia yesterday and invited to consider entering a team in the 2016 Readers Cup Challenge. Stay tuned for a future edition of eNews+ to introduce the teams entering.

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Still learning

29 January 2016

In preparation for the 2016 school year, The Glennie School's Junior School teachers and Middle Years English teachers participated in an extremely ​​valuable professional development session with Mrs Annette Curnow, a literacy and education consultant. Annette spent a session highlighting important literacy methodology and skills that related directly to English units taught across various year levels. In particular, she focussed on the important phases found in a narrative. She also discussed important information regarding the NAPLAN tests. Annette is a valuable resource who lives right here on the Darling Downs. We look forward to her visiting Glennie again.

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Oval seating ready for action

29 January 2016

Northbuild have done a marvellous job of constructing the new oval seating.  The turf will surely benefit from the rain received last night.  This will be another popular area for girls to meet and to enjoy at carnivals and many other events.  Glennie thanks the Parents and Friends Association for their significant financial commitment to seeing this project completed.

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