The Glennie School, Toowoomba

Caring for boarders

Parents and carers can feel confident that when they entrust us with the care or their daughter, her health and wellbeing will always be our top priority.

We understand boarding can be a difficult step for many families, which is why we carefully select and train our boarding staff to assist you and your daughter to cope with the settling in period and work together to support her through her journey.

We take a holistic approach to developing strong communication channels within our community, ensuring close connections between our boarding families, the students and our day and boarding staff.

Each and every boarder at Glennie is a valued individual, who is encouraged to develop a positive sense of self and embrace life with integrity and confidence. Our boarding staff are always on hand to offer their support to ensure your daughter’s social, emotional, spiritual and physical needs are met.

The Glennie boarding houses are like extended families, encouraging the same strong and open relationships you find in any caring household. We value the opinions and interests of our girls, and enable them to contribute their thoughts and ideas to all scheduled boarder events and activities.

Food at Glennie

Nutritious food is very important, especially when girls are busy with extracurricular activities. Boarding students are served a healthy, balanced diet every day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are taken in the Dining Hall, as are morning and afternoon tea. 

Meals are prepared on-site by our catering team and menus are revised regularly. This ensures we are serving the right blend of boarders’ favourite meal choices while also introducing new and exciting dishes. All dietary requirements are catered for, and we make sure there’s something to suit all tastes.

Throughout the year, we hold various theme nights, etiquette dinners and celebrations such as monthly birthday dinners. Boarders’ favourites include Friday night walkthrough dinners in summer and lazy weekend lunches. Girls can also find a shady spot to sit and eat with their friends al fresco. And while healthy eating is the priority, we sometimes serve tasty treats like our popular dessert bars.

Our catering team also supplies extras for the boarding houses, including bread, cereal, fruit, milk and biscuits. For students with extra-curricular activities, late dinners and packed lunches are available. Boarders are also encouraged to provide feedback and suggest their favourite meals to the chefs.

Supportive staff

Glennie boarding deliberately focuses on creating a family atmosphere in the boarding house. Each year level has a House Mother whose role is to create a warm and welcoming environment for the girls in their care. Our House Mothers nurture the girls’ pastoral lives and work closely with the day school to support their academic performance. 

Our team of boarding supervisors are focused on ensuring your daughters mature and develop essential life skills. Boarders can casually chat with them about their day and any concerns they may have. This informal channel of communication plays an important role in ensuring girls are making progress and feeling comfortable at Glennie.

Safety and Security

Our aim is to make the boarding house a place students enjoy returning to. It is a place of fun and companionship, a place where they can share the positive things in their lives and find support, advice and guidance when they need it. Living and growing together, our boarders learn to be considerate and tolerant of different viewpoints, while developing the independence they require to succeed in life. Boarding staff provide students with firm but fair behavioural guidelines, and encourage them to take responsibility for their actions.

Health Centre

In addition to our Health Centre and registered nurses, Glennie is fortunate enough to be located in a city with a large health and hospital network. With a number of medical centres, doctors, dentists and hospitals on our doorstep, your daughter will always be close to heath services when needed. 

Our boarders can access a General Practioner who currently visits the School weekly. Other allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, also visit on a regular basis.

The Health Centre provides your daughter with excellent access to health and wellbeing support, including:

  • a safe environment for girls to seek help and support for their physical or mental health 
  • primary health care and first aid
  • promotion of and assistance in health education
  • medical and dental appointments
  • referrals to allied health professionals