Welcome to eNews+

24 July 2015

Welcome to the first edition of eNews+ the next generation of the GlenniEnews.

Why change?

There are a few reasons for the updating of our electronic newsletter. Much of the change was driven by our parent survey on communication and listening to the wishes of parent focus groups.

Much of the familiar structure and information of GlenniEnews has been retained. There are still categories to choose from to tailor your reading experience. Headlights, News and Notices are all there for you to browse through.

Why the name eNews+?

Because we hope that it will deliver much more than just news.

Improvements include:

  • ‘Read more’ options give you the choice to read articles that are relevant to you and skip the ones that are not.
  • Articles that have been added since your last visit are tagged as ‘New’ and the articles are all timestamped.
  • Articles can be shared on Facebook or you can email them to a friend. Images can be pinned on Pinterest and you can even print an article that you would like to keep.
  • Connecting to other important Glennie sites including the Portal and website is simple using the links panel. Saving your Portal password on your device makes the login process easy. Once logged in, you can access ‘Glennie only’ information such as emails, parent reminders calendars, Daymap and morning notices.
  • Social media is another way that we can celebrate our achievements and announce events coming up at Glennie. All the links to the official Glennie social media sites are at your fingertips.
  • The site is mobile and tablet friendly and has been designed to save your bandwidth usage. Photo galleries only download if you click on them and limiting the number of articles displayed on each page reduces data downloads.

From an administrative point of view, eNews+ allows the School to more easily understand which articles are popular and which are not by analysing ‘click through’ rates. This enables us to continue to improve the way in which we communicate with the Glennie community.

We have thoroughly tested this site and don’t anticipate any problems, but that doesn’t mean it is infallible. If you have any issues at all opening articles or browsing the site, please let the Development Office know development@glennie.qld.edu.au.

We hope you enjoy exploring eNews+.

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Tables turn for Glennie teachers

24 July 2015

On Friday, 19 June the tables turned on Glennie teachers and they were put in the learning seats. Australian Director of the Marzano Institute Australia, Dr Janelle Wills, delivered a professional development session for our teachers.

Janelle is the lead training associate for High Reliability Schools, The Art and Science of Teaching and other Marzano topics. Janelle specialises in long-term school improvement efforts. With over thirty years of teaching and leadership experience across the three sectors of schooling, Janelle has a strong commitment to continued learning, enabling her to remain both informed and innovative in her approaches.

In her previous role as Director of Teaching and Learning at Independent Schools Queensland, Janelle developed and implemented significant initiatives. For example: the Literacy and Numeracy Coaching Academy involving over 150 schools and the Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership implementation strategies in independent schools.

"The main aspect of the Art and Science of Teaching that I find really useful is that it gathers all of the best teaching practices into one easily accessible place. This helps give me focus and clarity to my teaching approach as well as many really useful practical ideas to improve my effectiveness in the classroom" says Mrs Pauline Gehrmann.

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Congratulations Semester one Academic Award recipients

24 July 2015

This week at Assembly, Middle and Senior Years girls were recognised for their achievements and efforts in their academic studies for Semester One.

Middle Years

Commitment to Learning recipients:

Year 7
Cassidy Cook, Amelia Lees, Katelyn Nicholls, Rebecca Roellgen, Claudia Simon and Taylor Steinmuller.

Year 8
Georgia Applebee, Jessica Black, Sophie Burke, Madison Draheim, Erin Geddes, Lauren Hopgood and Kasey Lane.

Year 9
Hollie Budd, Shona Davidson, Kiah Hartley, Josephine Mahony, Emma McKelvie, Sinead Murphy, Rosie Peek, Ellie Reedy, Abigail Schoorl, Amanda Taylor, Mari Van der Merwe, Lize Van der Merwe, Stephanie Wentzel and Alexandra Whittaker.

Academic Gold recipients:

Year 7
Lauren Baryla, Lily Bragg, Alice Dent, Taleah McGrane, Karma O’Reilly and Olivia Sharp

Year 8
Ekene Aghanwa, Torwen Eerkens, Sofie Halfpenny, Hope Loveday and Thedini Pinidiyapathirage

Year 9
Courtney Hockaday, Zoë Hulme-Peake, Selinca Lincoln, Charlotte Lindemann, Zoe McLoughlin and Binudi Yapa

Academic Silver recipients:

Year 7
Alyssa Baker, Georgia Barnes, Kate Bellars, Delia Cook, Celine Dixon, Tori Gallegos, Louise Galvin, Mia Grace, Chloe Heidrich, Molly Martin, Anyela Naumann, Emma Prewett, Manju Pynadath, Emily Rattray, Jazmine Rizqallah and Imogen Taylor.

Year 8
Louise Armstrong, Katie Chicalas, Sarah Coggan, Ellen Gall, Hanna Hayes, Ellie Hughes, Eloise Innes, Namitha Jacob, Nikhitha Jacob, Aimee Lawler, Caitline Lipp, Brittney Nicholson and Ella White.

Year 9
Emily Baartz, Olivia Bullen, Renee Clark, Mackenzie Dunn, Rachel Hall, Rebecca Hallahan, Kodi Koina, Sophie Little, Rhianna McKechnie, Amelia Moss, Hannah Smith, Rachel Turner, Sienna Ward and Madeline Webber.

Senior Years

Commitment to Learning

Year 10
Alanah Broom, Rosemarie Dixon, Mia Gardoll, Georgina Hawkins and Naomi Ryan

Year 11
Laura Baartz, Keely Berther, Lemara Foster, Katie Jobling, Shelby O’Keefe, Georgia Parsons, Megan Ryan, Claire Seccombe, Lillian Smith and Tamara Southee.

Year 12
Ashlee Chapman, Tebbany Hannay, Rebecca Kennedy, Meg O’Sullivan, Phillipa Scarlett and Jessica White

Academic achievement – Credit recipients:

Year 10
Zoe Burge, Elizabeth Chicalas, Isabelle Everson-Blacklock, Lucy Geddes, Grace Griffiths, Lorraine Han, Emma Heidrich, Anna Hurn, Courtney Markey, Louise Petersen, Amy Pistorius, Madeline Sands and Sally Wong.

Year 11
Sarah Bellars, Gabrielle Bullen, Trisha Chand, Sarah Dann, Katie Deane, Maggie Gall, Arna Gerussi, Grace Goddard, Georgia Kennedy, Billie Malone, Ellie McInerney, Caitlin McManus, Seana McPhie, Abbey Moller, Jennifer Stewart, Olivia Stonestreet, Aimee Sullivan and Lucy Wells. 

Year 12
Hayleigh Albion, Lily Baldwin, Jaimie Beeson, Taylah Budd, Alice Clavelli, Jenna Cox, Bobbie Lehrmann, Madeleine Lindemann, Madeleine Lipp, Hannah Loughlin, Georgia Manthey, Isabelle McDouall, Hannah Minns, Emma Moss and Georgia Taylor.

Half Colours recipients:

Year 10
Courtney Baker, Eve Eldridge, Victoria Fischer, Lucinda Jensen, Meg Killen, Taliesha Leslie, Noa Levi, Kate Loughlin, Kate McLennan, Cassidy Pugh, Angela Sharp, Abby Smith, Hayley Smith, Lauren Tennent and Sanudi Yapa.

Year 11
Trisanna Adrian, Sommer-Jade Brameld, Madisen Lawler, Elyse McKechnie and Christine Mundell.

Year 12
Rebecca Apel, Laura Ayles, Emily-Louise Coggan, Jane Evans, Charlotte Gehrmann, Ishbel Jones, Eliza Kitchener, Erin Meyers, Nicole Murphy, Molly Parker, Emilie Rogers, Meg Stokes, Abigail Tucker, Jade Wainwright and Harriet White.

Full Colours recipients:

Year 10
Isabel Bracey, Lucy Brodie, Anne Crosby, Ellen de Jong, Emilee Hockaday, Jessie Lilford, Bianca Loughlin, Isabelle Miller, Lydia Paine, Mia Semple, Gabrielle Upton, Abbey Webster and Beining Zhang.

Year 11
Holly Hindle, Sheree Phillips

Year 12
Ainsley Bell, Laura Crosby, Bree Gardoll, Jessica Hall, Phoebe Hanly, Caitlin Judge, Sophie Macansh, Scarlett Raine and Sarah Sellars.

Congratulations, girls!

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IPSHA Leaders Dinner

24 July 2015

Eleven student leaders from Year 6 attended a dinner hosted by Christian Outreach College this week. The theme of this was Looking Back, Looking Forward.

Our girls joined leaders from seven other schools in a formal dinner, where the guest speaker, His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Paul Antonio, talked passionately about leadership and vision, particularly as it related to his role as Mayor of the Regional Council.

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Glennie takes on Search and Rescue Regional Robotics competition

24 July 2015

On the 21st of July, Glennie’s first Search and Rescue team for the Middle and Senior Years competed at the USQ Regional Robotics competition held at the Clive Berghofer Centre at the University of Southern Queensland. The day was full of challenges and much experimenting with programs, testing our own resilience and knowledge of the Lego Mindstorms program. The competition was fierce, with 18 different teams in the secondary division. The two most prominent schools were, Brisbane Boys College and Toowoomba Christian College, entered 13 and 9 teams respectively­ and had plenty of experience. Watching the seasoned competitors was a great learning experience, and helped us to solve  some of the problems that arose throughout the competition. The courses we had to complete were daunting, but we steadily improved from 30, in the first round, to 35, to 65 in the third and final round, bringing us to a total of 130 and placing us 10th on the leaderboard.

Needless to say, we were very proud of our achievement and improvement throughout the day, especially due to the fact that we were the first Glennie team to enter in this kind of competition. A big thank you to Mrs McPhie for the Robotics afternoons which she has been running since Term 1 this year, providing tutoring and guidance with the programming, access to the technology and tools, and for accompanying us to the event. Also, a big thank you to Dan, who came out from USQ to help us with our programming.

Click here to view the photo gallery.

Rebecca Hallahan (Year 9), Anne Crosby (Year 10) and Alexandra Larsen (Year 12)

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Robogals girls place First and Third in Robocup Junior Dance Competition

24 July 2015

Regional Robocup was held this Tuesday at USQ’s Clive Berghofer Arena. Eighteen Year 6 Engineers participated in five teams contesting the Junior Dance category. Teams had to program their robot to dance to music for between 1 and 2 minutes. Girls worked for several weeks to build and program their robots to complete the task.

Our teams gained first and third place although, all five teams performed outstandingly well in what was a very hotly contested category. The results were even more impressive when you consider that this was the very first time the Glennie Junior Years has participated in Robocup.

Girls made the following comments at the conclusion of the competition:

We had a lot of fun performing to the judges, all the girls tried their very hardest;

We couldn’t always rely on the technology or the conditions, so we had to solve problems on the run;

We learnt a lot about our robot and ourselves, it was an incredible experience and very educational;

We had been programing for months and it was fantastic meeting new people and showing what we could do.  

Click here to view the photo gallery.

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Writing for a good cause

24 July 2015

A team of eight girls from Years 9 to 11 spent their Saturday planning, writing, editing, illustrating and publishing a book for the Write-a-book-in-a-day competition. At 8:00am, the Senior Years Library Lovers team received the parameters for their story - main characters, theme, setting and five words to be used. By 7:30pm, a printed and bound copy of Memories of Grandma had been produced, a full 30 minutes before the deadline. After judging, their book will be given to a Queensland hospital for the children to enjoy.

The competition raises funds for the Kids' Cancer Project and the girls in the Senior Years team are thankful for the sponsorship of Glennie Fair patrons. A second team will be competing on Sunday, 26 July and still require $200 to meet their fundraising target and be eligible for prizes. You can support the Middle Years Library Lovers team by sponsoring them online.  All donations of $2.00 and over are tax deductible.

Click here to view the photo gallery.

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Professional Aerobics Instructor Visit

24 July 2015

As part of their Senior Physical Education course, our two Year 11 Physical Education classes are studying Instructional Aerobics. Over the next few weeks, professional instructor Mrs Danah Hillman will be coming in to challenge the girls and guide them towards their final assessment which requires each student to instruct an unfamiliar group of pupils for five minutes, at a very high intensity. It has been wonderful to see our students embrace this task with enthusiasm and determination. Keep up the good work girls!

Mrs Crystal Hede
Health and Physical Education Co-ordinator

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The 26 Storey Tree House

24 July 2015

On Monday, the Year 3 girls travelled to the Empire Theatre to watch the production of The 26 Storey Treehouse. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the theatre as well as the opportunity to have a ride in a bus. Two of our girls shared their thoughts about the play.

It was great fun. Lights, camera, action! There are so many things to tell. I loved the characters Andy, Terry and Jill. There were funny parts like when Terry had dirty underwear and some sad bits like when Jill’s parents got eaten. But mostly it was funny. I would like to go again. Hayley Catlow

At the beginning, it was really funny because Terry’s underpants were dirty. Towards the middle of the play he got changed into shorts and then they told a story about Terry’s life. His parents were very over-protective and they put him in inflatable underpants. Then they told Jill’s story. Her parents were rich and they got her what she wanted most in the world - a pet. Andy didn’t have a story. I really liked it.  It was funny and interesting in one way or another. Isabella Poole

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Industry Experience

24 July 2015

Over the holidays, Hospitality students spent three days in industry training at the Mercure Resort.

It was an early morning start - we boarded the bus at 6:30am and arrived at The Mercure Resort on the Gold Coast in time to begin work. What followed was a jam-packed three days of learning and practising hospitality skills. In two workgroups, we set up function rooms, worked in housekeeping, helped in the kitchen, did events and sales work and polished buckets of cutlery! For both nights we became guests, dining in the à la carte restaurant and staying in the resort rooms.

We learned so many valuable skills, with some of us deciding that the hospitality industry is one that we would like to participate inwhen we finish school. Many thanks to Mrs Johns, Mrs Brown, the Mercure Gold Coast staff and our parents for allowing us to have this wonderful opportunity.

Olivia Hall, Jorga Beutel and Annaliese Crowe
Year 11 Hospitality

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Welcome Mrs Belinda Paul

24 July 2015

We welcomed Mrs Paul to Glennie last week as she commenced her part time role as Vocational Education Training (VET) Coordinator within the School. She will be a welcome addition to the Careers Office working with Mrs Alison Bird who is the Careers Advisor.

Mrs Paul has a registered training organisation called Youth Development and Training and has previously assisted local organisations DISCO with their Get Set for Work program and YWCA with their Employment and Training programs for women.

Mrs Paul will be looking after school-based apprenticeships and traineeships as well as vocational training undertaken through the School and other Registered Training Organisations.

If you would like to know more about VET opportunities, please email Mrs Paul, or telephone 07 4688 8793.

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Glennie Old Girl appears at QIBT

24 July 2015

Our Year 12 girls welcomed Ms Haralampou from Queensland Institute of Business and Technology to Glennie recently to provide them with some information about options in tertiary study. Footage was shared from Siobhan Kerin (GOG 2013) and girls may draw some inspiration from it.

Click here to view clip on You Tube.

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Kindy Sausage Sizzle

24 July 2015

The Glennie Community Kindergarten would like to extend a big thank you to our parent representatives and volunteers for their work with the Master's Sausage Sizzle recently. It was great to see such a supportive group raising funds for the kindergarten.

In particular, thank you to those parents who donated the required items for the day, as well as volunteering their time to assist. We would also like to thank Schulte’s Meat Tavern, Plainland for donating sausages for the event.

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

24 July 2015

Please enjoy a few stories spotted in the media this week:

If you notice a story about Glennie and Glennie girls we may have missed, please email Mrs Tracey Kessels with the details.

Have you seen the Glennie Pinterest page?  Copies of media clippings are posted online for all to view and share.

 

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Library Makeover

17 July 2015

The dark and gloomy non-fiction stacks in the Middle and Senior Years Library received a facelift over the holidays with new shelving, display and seating arrangements. The area now appears bigger and lighter with more room for seating to foster collaboration and more opportunities to display our collection.

We also hope to curate exhibitions of artwork by Glennie girls in our gallery space if we can only persuade them to part with their work for a month or so! Our thanks go out to the Glennie Community for their ongoing support of the library through donations to the Library fund.

Mrs Sue Crocombe
Co-ordinator of Information Resources and Services

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Healthy Start Program prompts Glennie girls to assist refugees

17 July 2015

Following the USQ Change Makers program, a group of Glennie students consisting of myself, Hannah Minns, Sarah Sellars and Alice Rowling recognised an opportunity to assist newly arrived international refugees to Toowoomba. Hope 4 Health is a student health club from Griffith University which has developed the Healthy Start Program.

In this program, students from Griffith University, the University of Queensland and Bond University inform newly arrived refugees to Toowoomba about how to access the Australian healthcare system. The three of us participated in a recent Healthy Start Program day at the Griffith campus in Toowoomba. Around 20 refugees from the Toowoomba region attended the information day. Our role added to the program by advising refugees about accessing the education system. In our presentation, we discussed the main aspects of primary and secondary schooling; compulsory subjects, possible extra-curricular options and the social significance of school life. We also discussed opportunities for students after school. 
Eliza Kitchener, Year 12

The Healthy Start information day was a great way for us to become more active in our community. It was a great experience for our team and I look forward to being a part of future Healthy Start projects.
Sarah Sellars, Year 12

Being able to connect with even a small part of the refugee community in Toowoomba while working with students from different universities was a great experience for us all. It was incredibly rewarding knowing that we could help make a difference.
Hannah Minns, Year 12

Pictured: Sarah, Eliza and Hannah in their Hope 4 Health T-shirts

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Opti-MINDS

17 July 2015

The Opti-MINDS challenge teams have commenced their work in preparation for the regional challenge on Sunday 23 August at UQ Gatton. The Year 5 and 6 girls involved are starting to create their solutions to the problems and are busily creating their scripts and costumes for this event.

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Guest Speaker at Assembly

17 July 2015

This week at the Junior Years Assembly, we were pleased to invite Ms Kathyrn Zimmerman, who spoke with the girls about her bicycle journey around the world.

So far on this trip, she has travelled 30,000km on her three-wheeled bicycle. She is currently resting in Toowoomba, after riding from Melbourne and will be heading to Longreach after this cold spell. Ms Zimmerman spoke about challenge, commitment and perseverance, setting goals and realising dreams and proved inspirational for the girls as they start a new term.

 

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Anna wins Queensland Novice Title in Boxing

17 July 2015

Earlier this year, Anna Christodoulou became a registered amateur boxer with Boxing Queensland. Anna has been preparing to step in to the boxing ring under the guidance of her trainer Mick Shaw from Mick Shaw’s Boxing & Fitness.

After many months of hard work and dedication, her training paid off. On 26, 27 and 28 June, Anna nominated for the Queensland Novice Boxing Titles in Brisbane. She was matched against an opponent from Spiders Gym (at Caboolture) and, after three very close rounds, was declared the winner.

The Queensland Boxing circuit holds competitions regularly and Anna will continue to push her training to ensure future success.

Anna says ”It felt good to win and to make Mick and my family proud. It wasn’t easy to just step into the ring, but I knew I had done the hard work with my training and that would help me get through. I’d like to encourage other girls to have a go at boxing – even if it’s just for fitness. I started boxing when I was 12 and enjoyed it right from the first session. Mick has encouraged me to believe in myself and to give it my best. Thanks go to my three trainers Mick, Katrina and my Dad, and my support team at the gym and my family. It feels good to realise my dream.”

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Science Centre now has a ground floor

17 July 2015

Construction of the Glennie Science Centre is progressing nicely with the pouring of the ground floor concrete foundations now complete. A total of 250 cubic metres was poured, with about 36 concrete trucks rumbling through the gates of Glennie.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can transform a Glennie girl’s life visit our website.

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Where Have the Years Gone?

17 July 2015

At the beginning of each term, our longest serving staff members step up to receive awards from Mrs Ashley-Cooper. This term, Ms Betty Deakin, Mrs Crystal Hede and Ms Kathy Lee each received certificates for 10 years' service and Mrs Kathy O'Brien for 15 years' service. Congratulations! May there be many more years to come

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

17 July 2015

Glennie is in the media regularly.  Please enjoy some stories shared since the last eNews edition was circulated.

If you notice a story about Glennie and Glennie girls we may have missed please email Mrs Tracey Kessels with the details.

Have you seen the Glennie Pinterest page?  Copies of media clippings are posted online for all to view and share. 

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