This week we have had the privilege to attend two special events. Tuesday was a day of food, prayer and storytelling. Ekene Aghanwa and Nikhitha Jacob write of their experience:
On Tuesday 14 May, the Year 12 Chapel committee along with Mrs Matherson, Reverend Sharon, Fr Paul, Mrs Harris and Year 6 representatives, and members of School Council and the Glennie Foundation attended the 27th annual Mayoral Prayer Breakfast held in Rumours International. This year’s guest speakers were Mrs Kate Venables and The Right Reverend Cameron Venables, who shared with us the importance of expressing gratitude for having the opportunity to live in a cohesive community like Toowoomba. All proceeds from the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast were donated to fund the activities of the charities ‘Hear and Say’ and ‘Eva’s Place’. We not only enjoyed the delicious breakfast, but we were reminded of the value of community and how we as individuals can ‘Be the Reason’ that those in our community can feel supported in whatever they do.
Later this same day, we had the opportunity to attend the ‘Loaves and Fishes’ lunch at St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Brisbane. This annual lunch is a fundraiser held to give generously to a different charity each year. This year, the chosen charity was ‘Hummingbird House’, a children’s hospice dedicated to families with children who have special needs and in particular provide end of life care in a homely and caring environment. By the end of the afternoon, over $60,000 had been raised for ‘Hummingbird House’. While we enjoyed a lunch of fish and chips, guest speaker, Peter Greste, shared with us his experience as an Al Jeezera journalist who had been detained in an Egyptian prison under terrorism charges. Overall, it was a wonderful occasion where many organisations had the valuable opportunity of giving back to the community. We also enjoyed a tour of the Cathedral looking at their ancient coin display, stained glass windows and amazing baptismal font with ancient fossils embedded in the stone.
For the girls and staff, these events provide opportunities to connect with our local Toowoomba community and our wider Anglican family in prayer and celebration. A photo gallery of both events can be viewed here.
At Chapel, on Thursday the Chapel Committee held their annual coin challenge. On Ash Wednesday this year, girls were asked to give up something for the season of Lent, to live a little more simply in order to set aside the money that would otherwise be spent on that item. It was now time to bring in the coins they had collected and to see which year level could make the longest line of coins. The funds will be added to our Term 1 Easter and Pancake Day fundraising to give generously to Anglican Church communities in Western Qld. This year we raised a total of $991.35. Thank you to everyone who gave generously.
These funds enable them to not only provide church services but many other community events and services for local people. We also thought about ways we can be generous not just with our money but with our time, brainstorming ways we can be of service to others in our local community and beyond. As a school, we are looking for organisations to partner with, where our students can volunteer their time and talents. If you know of groups, events, charities or areas where Glennie girls could serve in either a once off or regular capacity please be in touch via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next Glennie Family Communion Service is on Sunday 26 May at 9:30am in the School Chapel. All are welcome to join us for this celebration followed by a bring and share morning tea in the boardroom.
The Rev’d Sharon Mitchell