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23 October 2015

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Mayoral Medal

16 October 2015

Claudia Dawson and Alex Larsen were this year’s recipients of the Mayoral Medal. These girls have risen above their personal challenges to thrive at Glennie. Claudia and Alex were supported by family and friends as they received their medal from Councillor Mr Paul Antonio, Mayor of Toowoomba.

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Glennie wins Education and Training division at Heritage Bank Business Excellence Awards

16 October 2015

For the third year running, The Glennie School is honoured to be awarded winner for Education and Training Division at the Heritage Bank Business Excellence Awards. Glennie thanks Heritage Bank for their commitment to Toowoomba business in providing this signature event, category sponsors for their individual recognition of industry in the region and the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce for their work in advocating for local business.  

Congratulations to all division finalists, division and category winners. Glennie thanks the families who entrust their children to our care and education as well as the business community that supports us on a daily basis.

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Emily and Scarlett enjoy morning tea with Governor of Queensland

16 October 2015

Last Monday, Emily and I were very fortunate to attend a morning tea at Government House in Brisbane.  We were invited due to our role as staff members for the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF).  We were greeted on the lawns of Government House and given a lesson in protocol for addressing the Governor. The Governor, His Excellency Paul de Jersey, gave an address outlining the value of the NYSF and the opportunities which arise from the program.  We definitely identified with the Governor’s insights and are continuously grateful for our experiences and association with the NYSF.  As staff members, it was fantastic to meet NYSF students from all over Queensland, with some coming from as far as Townsville. The delicious morning tea was also attended by Rotarians from all over the state, past and present NYSF students, and supporters of the NYSF.  

For the current students, this is only the first exciting and unique opportunity provided by the NYSF, with the upcoming January sessions filled with a multitude of lab visits, site tours, guest speakers, seminars, debates, fora and field trips to sites in Canberra and its surrounds.  We would love to see the NYSF experience carried on at Glennie in the future.

Scarlett Raine, Year 12

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Interhouse Drama/Dance Competition rehearsals begin

16 October 2015

Hale, Tufnell, Webber and Donaldson will be putting forward their best performers for the Middle and Senior Years Interhouse Drama/Dance competition to take place on Tuesday, 24 November at Glennie.

Rehearsals have now commenced and we look forward to enjoying their polished performances in November.

Take a look at the video of the last Interhouse Singing competition and see who you think may be in line for a win this time

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Sydney - Canberra Trip is almost over

16 October 2015

The Year 6 girls had an exciting trip to Sydney and Canberra and are coming home. There has been so much for them to see and do. We look forward to hearing all their stories on their return. We have been keeping track of their progress via the photos we have been sent, the links are below.

Day 1 - Departure, Sydney, Darling Harbour, Rocks Walking Tour, Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Manly Ferry Cruise, Sightseeing

Day 2 – Quarantine Station, Ghost Boy Tour, Taronga Zoo

Day 3 – Embassy visits, Australian War Memorial, National Museum of Australia, AIS-guided tour, Questacon

Day 4 – Royal Australian Mint, National Library of Australia, Lunch at Mt Ainslie, Museum of Australian Democracy, Government House, Telstra Tower and Cockington Green Gardens

Day 5 – Parliament House, National Electoral Education Centre, Last Post at the War Memorial, AIS Swim

Day 6 – Lake Burley Griffin Cruise, Depart Canberra, travel home

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Exciting news for Laura

16 October 2015

Laura Crosby (Year 12) applied for an early round USQ Vice-Chancellor’s Principal’s Recommendation Scholarship in late August this year. This is a $12,000 scholarship for high achieving students who receive a Principal’s recommendation for 2016.  Last week, Laura found out that she has been awarded this Scholarship for 2016!  Congratulations, Laura, on this great achievement!

Laura says of her scholarship, “The application process was fairly straight forward and I would highly recommend it to any current Year 11 girl looking at attending USQ to apply for this scholarship next year. I am extremely honoured to have been awarded this scholarship and thankful to all of the support I received from the Glennie staff through their references and supporting statements. I am sure that this scholarship will make my transition to university life much easier and less stressful.”

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Guest speaker inspires girls at assembly

16 October 2015

Glennie had the pleasure of welcoming Mrs Sally Rigney. Mrs Rigney is Chair of Weengallon Pink Ladies Day, one of the largest fundraising events to be held in rural Queensland and Director of Rigney Rural. Mrs Rigney shared her experiences as a boarding student, details of her career path and touching stories of her family, all of which have shaped the person she is today. Her story has no doubt enriched the hearts and minds of each of the Glennie girls in attendance.

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Diamonds are a scientist’s best friend

16 October 2015

On Wednesday,  the Year 11 and 12 Physics students and Year 10 future Physics girls were privileged to hear the cutting edge science research undertaken by Associate Professor Jodie Bradby from the Australian National University, Canberra.

As part of the National 2015 Women in Physics Lecture Tour, organised in the Toowoomba region by former Glennie alumni Dr Joanna Turner, Lecturer (Physics) USQ School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences, the girls heard how the same processes in forming diamonds are being used to form new crystal structures and their potential applications to areas such as solar energy.The girls also had an opportunity to ask lots of questions about career opportunities in science fields.

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Spelling Bee

16 October 2015

This week Miss Payne and the Academic Committee ran a Spelling Bee. This new event was highly successful, with students from both Middle Years and Senior Years showcasing their incredible spelling talent. Bennie the Bee was present to provide support and cheer everyone on.

The Tuesday heats allowed the top ten students from each division (7 to 9 and 10 to 12) to show their skill and be selected to compete in the hotly contested finals on Friday.  

The finals saw Manju Pynadath (Year 7) and Danielle Wilkins (Year 9) battle it out for the Middle Years prize with Danielle being declared the ultimate spelling master for the Middle Years. She went on to face Senior spelling champion, Georgia Taylor (Year 12) in a spell-off. Quizmaster, Charlotte Gehrmann, threw some tricky words at the competitors and the girls kept getting them right. The deciding word came from Bennie the Bee, phantasmagorical tripped up Danielle and Georgia was announced the 2015 Spelling Bee Champion.

A big thank-you to Miss Payne for all of her assistance, especially with providing all of the tricky words and the prizes.

The winners and runners-up were as follows:

Middle Years:

  • 1st Danielle Wilkins
  • 2nd Manju Pynadath
  • 3rd Hannah Smith

Senior Years:

  • 1st Georgia Taylor
  • 2nd Emma McLennan
  • 3rd Caitlin Judge

Spelling Grand Champion: Georgia Taylor

There are more photo in the gallery, click here

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A wedding is on the horizon for Miss Daniher

16 October 2015

Yesterday, we wished Miss Meg Daniher all the best ahead of her impending nuptials. The Glennie Staff Association were on hand to present her with a small gift recognising her work delivering the MFit program to teachers and girls at Glennie. We’re looking forward to seeing the wedding photos.

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A day of recognition for school officers at Glennie

16 October 2015

Morning tea was held for Glennie School Officers to celebrate the valuable contribution they make to supporting the educational program at Glennie. School Officers’ Day was a chance for staff to enjoy a little time away from busy work schedules with colleagues and share stories.

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Labyrinth Open

16 October 2015

Last Sunday, the labyrinth at St Luke’s was officially opened. Mrs Suhr attended and our own Rev’d Penny Jones was part of the official proceedings. Walking a labyrinth is an age-old form of contemplation and meditation and is a most welcome addition to the grounds at St Luke’s and the people of Toowoomba. Why not try it out?

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Eye spy Glennie in the Media

16 October 2015

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A Special Visitor

9 October 2015

We were delighted to receive a visit, this week, from Mr David Glennie, great-great-great-nephew of our founder, Revd Benjamin Glennie. Mr Glennie and his wife, June, live in Devon, England, and were very keen to seek out places associated with Mr Glennie’s famous forebear.  In addition, they presented an athletics trophy to The School.  This trophy dates from 1909 and was won by another Mr Glennie (also related to our founder) three times, in the 1920s, which meant that he was allowed to keep the silver cup.  The trophy was the prize for a two mile steeplechase race. It was then bequeathed to Mr David Glennie and his brother, Michael, who decided that it would be fitting to donate it to our school.  This trophy will become the handsome (and historic) prize for the Glennie mile.

Mr and Mrs Glennie toured The School and found it quite astonishing to see their name written everywhere.  They were most impressed with The Glennie School and were pleased to be invited to join the boarders for dinner, finding the girls very charming, interesting and good company.

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Bond backs Emily 100%

9 October 2015

Year 12 student, Emily Coggan was selected from 700 scholarship applicants, shortlisted after interviews among 70 students and, chosen to join 23 other outstanding students to participate in the Vice Chancellor’s Elite Scholarship Selection Weekend at Bond University. She rose to the challenge and her performance in interviews, excellent school references, strong character assessment and outstanding achievements to date all contributed to her being awarded the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Elite Scholarship. This scholarship covers 100% tuition, with only 11 students each year receiving this scholarship.  Emily is looking forwarding to immersing herself in campus life at Bond and studying for a Bachelor of Business and Commerce.

Emily commented, “In the future, I aspire to pursue a career in big business specifically in Economics. I have a real passion for Economics and the way in which people connect and interact together to create a unique and complex environment. I enjoy understanding networks and the human brain and how each of us engage with each other based upon our emotions, experiences and logic. Having grown up in rural Queensland I can foresee a future that will have some kind of link with that of the land”.

Congratulations Emily and good luck with preparations to enter tertiary studies.

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French Experience

9 October 2015

Glennie teacher Mrs Crystal Hede joined the Year 10 French Immersion tourists for part of their journey through France and has shared some insights into her experience.

We often talk about the Glennie ‘spirit’, a special feeling that exists within our wonderful community. It is often felt in the atmosphere, and is a feeling of warmth and humility that grips you when you enter the grounds or when interacting with the girls. This sense of spirit was evident during my two weeks spent supervising the initial leg of the French Immersion trip. So positive was my experience with the 23 Year 10 students attending that I felt compelled to share my thoughts. The way in which the girls conducted themselves instilled me with pride and exemplified the qualities we hope to see develop in young adults.

Over two action-packed weeks we travelled around central and northern France visiting eight towns, six chateaus, five museums, five war cemeteries, two memorials, two cathedrals, one goat cheese farm and La Manche, where we trekked through quicksand and water for two hours to reach the iconic Mont St Michel. Of course, there should not be much complaint when you are fortunate enough to do all of the above in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Nonetheless, challenges emerged from time to time. These ranged from illness, homesickness, lack of personal space, difficulties managing personal finances, lost goods and of course, engaging in non-stop conversations in a foreign language. Just when we were sure that cracks would form, they didn’t. The girls displayed patience with one another, impeccable manners, team-work and gratitude for all that they were fortunate to participate in. They demonstrated maturity beyond their years, fully appreciating the educational value of each activity and showing determination to improve their linguistic capabilities. I congratulate the Year 10 French Immersion group on their attitude and wish them all the best during the final segment of their trip!

Mrs Crystal Hede​

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The Stage is Set!

9 October 2015

There has been a new addition to the Junior Years courtyard. The performance stage area is now complete. A huge thank you must go to a number of parents who have supported this initiative as well as to Northbuild and RMA Engineers for their support and sponsorship. This stage will provide a wonderful facility for the girls. As soon as the surrounding grass has grown, it will be open for the girls and staff to use.

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Glennie Junior Year Fundraiser Country Hoe Down

9 October 2015

We hope that you will be able to join us on Saturday 26 October from 4:30pm at the Year 6 Fundraiser which this year will be a bush themed event. (Very easy dress up!)  It promises to be a great night. The organising committee has worked very hard to bring this to reality.

Please support this function with your family’s attendance. All of the girls will benefit from the money raised which will complete the payment of our new performance stage area in the courtyard. Any additional funds will be put towards further resources. A Family Pass is $40. Tickets are available from the Junior Years Tuckshop or online.  

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Year 6 Sydney and Canberra Trip

9 October 2015

This weekend, fifty Year 6 girls and eight adults will travel to Sydney and Canberra. This  annual trip supports the girls’ work learning about early history and the Civics and Citizenship aspects of the curriculum. They are very excited and have been counting down the sleeps!

While in Canberra, on Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm, the girls will be participating in the Last Post Ceremony. They will be laying a wreath on behalf of The Glennie School at the Australian War Memorial. This ceremony can be watched live on the War Memorial’s website.

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“We are almost there!”

9 October 2015

The new six laboratory Science Centre is certainly taking shape on the School’s Middle and Senior Years campus.

As the world looks to science to solve its problems, we aim to give Glennie girls the opportunity to take their place at the forefront of research, development and leading change in society. It will be a great privilege to begin this journey in purpose-built and well-equipped laboratories that provide the very best educational opportunities in the sciences and technology.

To assist the School fund the Science Centre, the Glennie School Foundation has been conducting a fundraising campaign, which has raised over $400,000 toward a goal of $600,000.

We invite you to help us ‘get over the line’ toward achieving this goal by making a tax deductible pledge. Every pledged donation makes a difference. There are a number of ways that you can assist through flexible payment arrangements. You can agree to an amount by month / year over a period up to five years e.g. $42 a month for four years; that suits your current financial arrangements.

Alternatively, you can pledge $2,000, donated over three to five years, for an element from the Periodic Table.  Your name will be recorded on this element and displayed on the Honour Board placed in the Science Centre.

Given that your daughters are currently enjoying the benefits of the facilities and resources funded by those who have gone before them,  please consider the legacy you will leave in your name for future generations of Glennie girls.

Visit the Glennie website for more information. Payments can be made using the School's online payment system. For further information call the Foundation Office on 074688 8862.

Mr Henry Campey
Director, Glennie School Foundation

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Operation Christmas Child

9 October 2015

The Webber Senior Committee is encouraging all Glennie girls and their families to put together a Christmas box for Operation Christmas Child. We aim to send over 100 boxes this year to help make Christmas special for a child in need. If you would like to put together a box for a young boy or girl, please see Mrs Waters and collect a pre-made shoe box and enjoy filling it with lovely gifts.

Complete boxes must be returned to Mrs Waters by Wednesday, 21 October.

For more information or to arrange to collect a box to fill, please contact Mrs Waters watersc@glennie.qld.edu.au

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Highly Commended

9 October 2015

Congratulations to both the Junior Years Gardening Club and to the Year 2 girls who were Highly Commended in the recent Yates Hanging Basket Competition. The competition was part of the Carnival of Flowers and all entries were displayed at the Cobb & Co Museum’s Show Ring for the duration of the carnival.

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Shortlisted

9 October 2015

Congratulations to the Middle Years team who have been shortlisted for the Write-a-book-in-a-day competition. Their story Books hold more than words was selected into the top three from a field of 36 Queensland teams.

Mackenzie Dunne, Ellie Hughes, Robyn Lareman, Gabby Lawson, Karma O'Reilly, Manju Pynadath and Claudia Simon wrote and edited the book which was illustrated by Zali Smith.

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Finalists

9 October 2015

The Glennie School has become a 2015 Heritage Bank Business Excellence Awards finalist! The judges were impressed with the record number of quality applications received this year and it is an honour to be selected.

Category winners will be announced at the gala Awards Night dinner on Saturday night. We’ll keep you posted.

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