From the Principal

17 August 2018

You will notice that this week’s eNews is very much ‘bare bones’. This is due to staff illness. Any articles and photo galleries that appear to be missing will be included next week. Our apologies to those who were looking forward to reading about and seeing photos of specific events and functions in this edition.

Last Friday we celebrated Founder’s Day and 110 years of Glennie’s existence. Mrs Crystal Hede, Glennie Old Girl (‘99); former School Captain; current Head of Department and Glennie mum, made a powerful and inspirational speech at the Middle and Senior Years services. I have shared it with you below.

Good morning Mrs Cohen, Reverend Sharon, staff and students,

There was once a little country girl, from a small town. She lived a simple life which involved long days of free play, being the chief rouseabout for her older brothers and lots of sport. Her youth was based on the solid foundations of family time, love and support. Her parents had never considered sending her away to boarding school as they saw no reason to change life as they knew it; however, a series of events and opportunities meant that private school became an option. For the girl’s parents, the decision concerning whether to send her to boarding school or not, was a divisive one. Whilst they desperately wanted to keep her at home, they couldn’t ignore the artistic, sporting and academic opportunities that private schooling might afford her. What they could agree on was that the school of choice had to feel like home; not just for their daughter, but for their entire family. For it was much easier for them to accept their daughter not being with them if they knew she was being raised in a warm, homely environment. There was one particular school that shone, because as they set foot on the campus, they were greeted with a sea of smiles, the sound of laughter and a hum of contented activity. Some of the students waved to them as they walked past and many said hello. This school that I speak of was called...The Glennie School. And as you have no doubt guessed, that girl, was me.

Reverend Sharon asked me to speak with you today as an old girl, as 2018 represents the 100th anniversary of the Glennie Old Girls’ Association. It is my privilege to represent the thousands of Glennie girls who have proudly called this school - your school - their own over its rich history. I reflect upon that difficult decision my parents made when I was their 11 year old ‘baby’ and I truly see it as a sliding doors moment in my life. There was one path, and then there was the Glennie path. I am so glad my parents chose Glennie. There are many positive things that I have to say about my days as a Glennie girl, but if I had to summarise it, I would say that Glennie was a gift that my parents gave me, and that gift gave my life a positive direction.

This gift came in three forms: it taught me determination, it taught me to have aspirations and it gave me a strong moral-compass.

Determination developed though my immersion in a safe, nurturing, high-achieving, yet nonjudgmental learning environment. I wasn’t your typical straight A student, but I never felt as though there was a ceiling on my academic capabilities. Ok, maybe that’s a lie. I did have the art teacher tell me in Year 8 that art probably wasn’t for me. And there was that time in Home Economics when the teacher had to remind me that we were making fondue, not glue (easy mistake). But jokes aside, our teachers taught us to celebrate our own and each other’s improvements. Therefore, we learned to place value on the process of learning, not the outcome. Interestingly evidence is now showing that the most successful people in life are not those with high IQs, but those with grit and determination. I took those lessons learned at Glennie and I applied them at university, where I did achieve high grades. Glennie gave me the skills. I just needed to find the thing that made my heart sing.

The second gift, aspiration, came from being a small part within Glennie’s big community and rich heritage. Glennie opened up my mind to a world of possibilities that I had not yet imagined. As I celebrated the achievements of older students graduating before me, I became more and more inspired to make their stories my own. I watched graduates become world travellers, rocket scientists (seriously), Olympians, nurturing mothers, politicians, fighters for a cause and generally good, kind, humans. It caused me to question what I wanted to do; what I wanted to be. Nobody in my family had ever been to university. My mother came from a small island near Madagascar and my father worked hard to make his own business from scratch. They were immensely proud of me when I decided to seek a pathway that was never an option for them.

The most important gift Glennie gave me though, was a moral-compass: to know right from wrong and to know when to act on something. All of my experiences, be them boarding, sporting, academic or spiritual, gave me a toolkit of values that I could take with me through life. These values are exemplified in the school prayer and represent what our school’s founder, Benjamin Glennie, would have wanted for those in the care of this institution:

  • to give and not to count the cost refers to the values of kindness, generosity and selflessness
  • to fight and not to heed the wounds teaches us to stand up for what is right regardless of whether we stand to gain from it or not, to fight for what we believe in and to fight for those without a voice
  • to toil and not to seek for rest suggests that we should always persist in the face of setbacks and to never shy away from a challenge
  • to labour and not to ask for any reward reminds us that we have to find motivation from within.

To finish, I will leave you with some questions upon which you can reflect. How will you embrace the gift that is Glennie? How do your actions say ‘thank you’ to your parents for giving you this opportunity? How do you show pride in your school? How can you contribute to the legacy that was created by Benjamin Glennie and been left behind by Glennie Old girls over the last 110 years? It is important that amidst the busyness of our lives we take the opportunity to reflect on these things. I say thank you to my parents by speaking to you now. By advocating for a new generation of Glennie girls to embrace the opportunities that my parents wanted for me. There’s so much waiting for you girls, so make your actions count and go get ‘em.

Over the weekend, we celebrated 100 years of the Glennie Old Girls’ Association. Many GOGs attended the Saturday brunch and Sunday Chapel and family barbeque. It was wonderful to catch up with the Old Girls and hear their fascinating stories. It was an honour to talk to Isabel Sharp (1938), who joined us for all of the events. Glennie girls who helped over the weekend and took the Old Girls on tours of the School, were intrigued to hear how naughty girls were in times past!

I would like to extend a very big thank you to all who made the day possible but particularly to our Development Office and the Glennie students who helped out over the weekend.

Mrs Kim Cohen


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17 August 2018

As parents, we all value and support independence in our children. I know I was certainly happy when our own children gained greater independence, self-help and problem solving skills. Parenting guru, Michael Grose’s latest book entitled, ‘Spoonfed Generation: How to raise independent children’, provides some valuable thoughts, tips and ideas to assist in supporting this development and also provides some food for thought in what we should not be doing as parents, if we are to really develop this independence.

We all know that we do too much for our children every day, often because it’s seems easier and less stressful at the time to just do it ourselves, but is this really helping in the long term? Michael Grose would argue that this makes them more dependent for longer and hence our redundancy does not occur. It is well documented that this generation are the most spoonfed of all others. Think back to your own childhood. I am sure that like me, the expectation was there to do more for yourself. Perhaps because families were larger and parents just didn’t have have time to do everything for everyone.

Michael reveals that  “it’s time to remove the spoon and put it back in the drawer.” He feels that parents know what to do, but perhaps they need help in understanding what not to do.

In the book, he reveals a number of poor behaviours. We have all exhibited these, I certainly have, but it’s about being aware that they are very unhelpful! To which of these can you say yes?

Doing too much: We all know that children need to learn to fend for themselves and stand on their own two feet. Independence is the aim for parents. Learn to delegate. This is the number one problem

Winning arguments: The need to win arguments and prove that we are right harms relationships and creates fertile ground for conflict. Which ones are really worth fighting for and which ones we should let go?

Expecting too little: Expectations are tricky. Too high and children can give up. Too low and children will meet them too easily. We need to make sure that expectations match their developmental level.

Speaking when angry: Choose the right time to speak to your children. It’s better to wait until you are in the correct frame of mind before responding.

Failing to give proper recognition: We often take good behaviour for granted. Catch your children doing the right thing and recognise this.

Playing favourites: Children usually know who’s the favoured or preferred child in their family. Your discipline and expectations give this away. Share the parenting so you share the favouritism.

Letting your children drop out of the family: In small families, every child has a bedroom, which means isolation is easy to achieve. Teenagers, in particular, tend to prefer their own company, rather than the company of peers and parents. Put rituals in place and make sure everyone turns up to meal-time.

Taking the easy way out: Unfortunately, as we all get busier with work and other things, we can be tempted to avoid arguments by giving in to our children. Refrain from this when you know it’s the right thing to do.

Judging yourself too harshly: Parents are generally hard markers of themselves. Children are more forgiving of their parents’ blunders than their parents are on themselves.

Solving too many problems: Parents try to solve their children’s problems, rather than leave them some to solve. Forgetting their lunch or musical instrument is their problem, not yours.  Pose problems for children, rather than solving them.

Confusing helping for responsibility: We all love it when our children help at home, but this shouldn’t be confused with taking responsibility. A child who gets herself up in the morning is learning to take responsibility. If you want a child to be responsible give her real responsibility.

Not listening: We always want to talk and help them solve their problems so they go away. Listen first and then decide if you need to speak.

Refusal to express regret: Sometimes parents can work themselves into a tight corner after they’ve said something out of anger or desperation. Sometimes you need to acknowledge your mistakes and start over again.

Failing to use communication processes: Establish communication processes and communication places well in advance of when you really need them.

Neglecting your own well-being: Many families operate under a child-first mentality, which places a lot of pressure and stress on parents in our fast-paced lives. Carve out some time for your own interests and leisure pursuits.

Giving feedback at the wrong time: Timing is everything when we give children feedback. If you give negative feedback immediately after an event or action, you risk discouraging them. Use ‘just in time prompts’ to remind them how to do something. Pick your timing when you give feedback.

Clinging to the past: in some instances we unknowingly put some of our problems onto our children. The problems we may have experienced growing up won’t necessarily be shared by our children. Retune your parenting antennae to your children’s lives.

Believing everything your children say: As loving parents, we want to trust our children and believe everything they tell us. Children are faulty observers and frequently only see one side of an issue. Help children process what happens to them and see issues from every side.

How did you go? It’s tough being a parent isn’t it!

Source: ‘Spoonfed Generation: How to raise independent children’ Michael Grose

Penguin Random House Australia, 2017.


Mr Steve Warren

Head of Junior Years


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Be part of our golf day

17 August 2018

We have a small number of sponsorship spots available for the Glennie Foundation Golf Day. These opportunities to promote your business include a round of golf, golf cart, hospitality package and a player kit.  

If you are looking for an opportunity to promote your business, we are looking for raffle prizes and auction items. Prize donors will be acknowledged at the golf day and in follow-up marketing activities.  

If you would like to support the Golf Day, please contact Foundation Officer, Tammy Wilson.


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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

17 August 2018

Did you spot these stories in the Media?

Isabel Sharp (nee Campbell GOG 1938) was interviewed by The Chronicle and also Win News and 7 News Toowoomba:  GOGA Reunion

If you spot a story about a current Glennie girl or Glennie Old Girl in the media, we would appreciate your sharing of the story with us. Kindly forward the story via email to


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Performing Arts events coming soon

17 August 2018

There are some wonderful Performing Arts events coming soon, we hope to see you there.

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What’s on in Sport?

17 August 2018

Nine Club G Netball teams begin their finals campaign on Saturday 18th August, with nine teams qualifying for the finals rounds. Games are at 8:30, 10:50, 12:15 and 1:35. Cheer squads are encouraged to attend to support our girls!

This weekend, six Middle and Senior Years students are travelling to Maroochydore to represent the Darling Downs at the Queensland Secondary Schools 14-15 years Rugby League Championships. Good luck to Skye-Maree Brameld, Anna Dingley, Ella Kowitz, Alex Mcdonald, Jemmah Ronsen and Taylah Stanley.

Sunday 19th August has two major events for Glennie Middle and Senior Years students. Twenty-two students will be fighting for the title of Glennie Tennis Champion at the Glennie Tennis Courts from 9am, while 40 students will be scoring tries at Kearney Springs Touch Football Fields from 8am.

Wednesday 22nd August will see 40 Middle and Senior Years students running, jumping, hurdling and throwing their way to victory in Athletics. The Toowoomba Secondary School Sports Athletics competition is being held at Harristown State Secondary School from 8:30am. Glennie is hoping to retain their hold on the relays trophy, while also looking to knock Fairholme out of their dominant winning position!

Thursday 23rd August will see the Junior Years Andrews Cup Athletics Team travel to Brisbane to compete against nine other schools. Competition will begin at 9:30am at the Queensland Athletics Centre. With extremely strong age groups, Glennie is hoping to have a very successful day of competition.


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Tickets selling fast

17 August 2018

Find the tickets for the Junior Years Dance Showcase and Musical here  


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Queensland Hockey

17 August 2018

Last week, Ella White (Year 11) represented Queensland in the U16 Australian School National Championships at the Gold Coast. As a team, Queensland performed exceptionally well, making it into the Grand Final, where they lost against NSW in sudden death shot-offs.

Ella had a fantastic time playing at the hockey fields which hosted the Commonwealth Games earlier this year. Congratulations, Ella!


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Inter-district Netball

17 August 2018

Congratulations to all the girls who were members of an inter-district netball team this year. Many students played for either Glennie, Toowoomba or Highfields at various carnivals across the year. We hope that you had a fantastic experience and are keen to shoot some hoops again next year!


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Saturday Netball

17 August 2018

Congratulations to all teams who have made it through to the finals for Saturday netball. If you have the opportunity to go to Nell E. Robinson on Saturday and support the girls playing, they would greatly appreciate it.

8:30 am: 11A Purple, 11B Red

10:50 am: 12A Purple, 12C Red, 13A Purple, Div 3 Purple

12:15 pm: Cadets D Red

1:35 pm: Cadets F Silver, Div 4 Gold


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Darling Downs Touch Representatives

17 August 2018

Last week (8-12 August),  Abbey Wardle, Georgette Emmerton, Ruby Leicht and Harriet Naumann, represented the Darling Downs in the 10-12 Years State Touch Football in Bundaberg. Ruby was named Captain of the side. The girls played 11 games of touch over the four days. The girls greatly enjoyed the experience and are ready to play touch for Glennie next term. Congratulations girls!


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West Zone Athletics

17 August 2018

I had the pleasure on Tuesday to watch the Glennie Team in action at the West Zone Athletics Carnival and overall, we had a very successful competition. We have 19 students representing West Zone at the Darling Downs Athletics Carnival on Tuesday 28 August.

Congratulations go to Jane Butler, Jazelle Carter, Bethany Casey, Ryanda Craige, Ella Donovan,Georgette Emmerton, Skyla Fleming, Caitlyn Garratt, Kristen Hurlock, Ruby Leicht, Iona McRae, Annabelle Munson, Anna Park, Kate Rattray, Meg Roper, Kate Roper, Xanthe Schubert, Amelia Telford and Abby Wardle.

Author: Abby Varley


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Have you got some sporting news?

17 August 2018

If you have any news about your daughter’s sporting success, we would love to hear from you. Don’t forget, if your daughter was in a team with other Glennie girls, we need to include them too.

Send any news and photos to


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Book day is nearly here

17 August 2018

Find your Treasure and join us for this year’s Book Day Parade this coming Tuesday 21 August. Please see the program and letter attached to the calendar.


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Bedtime stories and pyjamas

17 August 2018

On Wednesday 22 August, 6.30pm-7.30pm, students in Kindergarten to Year 6 are invited to wear their pyjamas and bring their teddy and join Mrs Suhr and Mr Warren for some stories in the Junior Years Library, followed by a delicious hot milo. Older girls and parents can join Mrs Meigel for a 'Find your Treasure' challenge.

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Andrew’s Cup Athletics

17 August 2018

Andrew’s Cup Athletics is taking place on Thursday 23 August. Information has been sent home and we wish all the girls competing in track and field events, the best of luck!


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A Message from Mrs Cohen

10 August 2018

Today is a very important day in the Glennie School calendar - Founder’s Day. It was on this day 108 years ago that Glennie was officially opened on its current site. The Glennie Memorial School had, in fact already been operating for two years, since 1908) out of a large house in Russell Street called St Alban’s, with daily classes held in the Masonic Hall in Neil St. There were five boarders and between 20 and 25 day girls. The Toowoomba Chronicle, 10 August 1910, had the following to say, 'The opening of the new home of The Glennie School in Toowoomba is an event of interest to all church people of the diocese. For it means that we now have on one of the highest and healthiest spots in Queensland a thoroughly up-to-date school conducted on modern methods, and housed in a thoroughly modern and specially-designed building'. The building referred to is today our main administration building.

This year is also 100th anniversary of the Glennie Old Girls Association and we are having a weekend of celebrations in recognition of the Old Girls, starting with a Reunion Brunch tomorrow.

As we all settle into the rhythm of Term 3, I would like to remind you of a few upcoming events and extend a warm invitation for you to attend them:

All families are invited to celebrate with the Glennie Old Girls (GOGs) as they celebrate 100 years of history, on Sunday 12 August. The day starts with a Chapel service at 10.30am, followed by a family barbeque at 12 noon in the Junior Years courtyard. Tickets for the BBQ are available at the venue. I hope you can join us.

  • The Boarders Mothers Lunch will again be held in my garden this year, and I am delighted that our new Head of Boarding (2019), Donna Grant, will be in attendance to meet all the guests. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you to meet and chat with Donna in an informal setting, as well as catch up with, or meet, other mums. Please make sure that if you are attending you purchase your tickets by Monday (extended deadline), for catering purposes. I am very much looking forward to seeing you all there.
  • On Saturday 18 August, the Toowoomba Branch of the National Trust will hold a Free Community Day at the Royal Bull’s Head Inn. Benjamin Glennie celebrations will be part of this day. These are being held to commemorate the achievements of Reverend Glennie, not only for the church but also for the Darling Downs. Members of The Glennie Singers and Choral Group will be singing during the church service at 11:00am. Here are some details of the day. 

We have many very talented students at our school and because I could never possibly acknowledge all those who have achieved well in their fields I urge you to read the eNews thoroughly to witness all their amazing achievements.

Please enjoy a piece of writing by Rita Martin, Glennie student 1911 to 1915:

Remember? Remember? The risings at dawn,
With ice in the jugs of each cube and dorm?
Long walks before seven, be it sunny or wet?
In calm and in wind our goloshes we’d get

And wend our way slowly, in Toowoomba’s red soil;
At every few steps with bogged shoes we would toil.
No bitumen roads, no footpaths secure,
But mud and long grass we had to endure.

Mrs Kim Cohen

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Solving problems

10 August 2018

On Monday, 6 August, all the girls from Prep to Year 3 participated in World of Maths.  In teams, girls solved problems and grappled with puzzles based on maths concepts from the lower primary mathematics curriculum. The teachers and girls would like to thank the parents who came and helped. Their support contributed to the great success of the morning.

Click here to see a highlights video of their experience

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Countdown to Ribbon Day

10 August 2018

Ribbon Day will be held on 24 August and will be a casual dress day for the Middle and Senior Years students. We encourage all girls to bring a gold coin donation to Tutor that day. During morning tea and lunchtime there will be various stalls where the students will be able to purchase baked goodies, confectionery, sausages and hot chocolate. All funds raised will go to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

Thank you to the families and businesses that have already donated prizes for our Multi-Draw Raffle. The prize list is growing daily, with over 20 prizes now on our list.  Our business donations have so far been from Harper Bee (located in Grand Central), Trinity Rose Creations and Christine Keenan (Consultant for Close to my Heart). Ribbon Day raffle tickets are now on sale. You can purchase your tickets from GOSS and the Middle and Senior Years Main Reception (the prize list can be viewed at these venues). Tickets will also be on sale during lunchtimes for the next two weeks and on Ribbon Day.  

This week the Donaldson and Chapel Committees spent their lunchtimes cutting up 160 metres of ribbon. The hair ribbons will be for sale on Ribbon Day and each girl will receive a lapel ribbon for participating in the day.

Thank you all for your generous support of this fundraising event.

Mrs Susan Rollason
Head of Donaldson

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Naidoc celebrations

10 August 2018

This week, the Junior Years girls participated in NAIDOC activities. At Assembly Indigenous dancers performed for the girls telling stories and dancing. Indigenous storyteller Mr Buchanan told the children a story. The Middle Senior Years Yalari girls conducted a story reading session and our girls did craft activities focusing on the colours associated with Indigenous Australians.

The Indigenous girls also hosted an Indigenous elder at Middle and Senior Years Chapel and spoke to the girls about their culture. 

Click here to view photo gallery.

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Japanese exchange students share the art of origami

10 August 2018

To complement the Year 6 student studies in Japanese, our visiting exchange students spent some time teaching the girls origami techniques.

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Glennie leaders proudly supporting the new Sports Centre

10 August 2018

The Glennie School Principal, Mrs Kim Cohen and Chair of Glennie Council, Mrs Elizabeth Gillam, are proud to be supporting the Sports Centre by purchasing platinum medallions.  

Having a space for Glennie girls to 'play like a girl' and 'develop our next Australian sporting representatives' provided the inspiration for their support.  

The Glennie School Foundation is grateful for the support of Kim and Elizabeth.  

To find out how you can support the Sports Centre, take a look at this short video or contact The Glennie School Foundation on (07) 4688 8862 or

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100 days to go

10 August 2018

On Wednesday the Year 12 students gathered in their courtyard to celebrate 100 days till the end of their Senior journey.

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Pizza capers

10 August 2018

Some of the Year 2 and 3 students enjoyed making pizzas this week as part of the current English unit on Procedures. The girls wrote their own recipe for making a pizza, and the following day followed their recipe to create and cook their pizza.

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Australian Maths Competition

10 August 2018

On Thursday 9 August, over 50 Junior Years girls participated in the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) Mathematics Competition. The competition was delivered online, which supports the Junior Years’ strategy of preparing students for other online assessments such as NAPLAN. The girls are to be congratulated on their attitude and effort throughout the competition!

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