A Message from the Head of School

13 May 2016

It has been a real pleasure, in recent weeks, to visit boarder parents and some of their friends in our rural heartlands. Mrs Jo Matherson and I were delighted to meet current, prospective and even past parents in Glen Innes, followed by a lively function with others in Narrabri. Last weekend I spent time in both Mungindi and Goondiwindi and was warmly welcomed: thank you. It’s a very salutary exercise to “do the drive” and appreciate how far our boarding families have to travel to access a Glennie education. I felt very proud to be leading this particular boarding school!

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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Harper is our winner

13 May 2016

We recently ran a colouring in competition at the Nearly New Sale hosted by CPEA Toowoomba and asked our Facebook friends to ‘like’ their favourite picture.  Meet Harper, our lucky winner!  She was excited to accept her Smiggle gift voucher from the one and only Bennie the Bee.  

Great job, Harper!

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Books for all interests

13 May 2016

With such a great selection of books on offer this year at the Junior Years Library, the only hard decision was which one/s to choose?

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Meg Durham shares MFit with girls, teachers and parents

13 May 2016

Mrs Meg Durham, Open Mind Education Director and MFit creator returned to Glennie this week to enjoy some sessions with Glennie Tutor Teachers, Middle and Senior Years girls and Glennie parents. Mrs Durham’s visits to Glennie are always uplifting for everyone. We thank her for investing her time and knowledge with us.

Parents took advantage of the opportunity to Skype the Parent Information session held on Thursday. For parents who weren’t able to attend the session in person and were not available for the Skype session, a link to a video of the event will be available next week. Check eNews+  next week for details.

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Glennie in Dubbo

13 May 2016

Mrs Jolene Healy and Ms Gill Reynoldson enjoyed their first flights out of Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport to attend the Dubbo Boarding Schools Expo yesterday. It is an exciting opportunity to share the Glennie boarding experience with families considering their boarding options. We look forward to welcoming girls from this region in the near future.  

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IPSHA Ecumenical Service

13 May 2016

This week, Year 6 girls joined students from many other Toowoomba Schools for the annual Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (ISPHA)  Ecumenical Service, at Christian Outreach College.

The guest speaker was Jordyn Archer, 2014 Queensland Young Australian of the Year.

“I thought she was very inspiring. I really understood what she said. I think it is incredible what a young age she was when she started her foundation, helping people in need. She made me want to make a big difference in the world. She was very good.” Hannah Stunden

“It was very interesting how she has gone to many places in the world and in Australia as well, helping and caring for others. I was inspired by what she said. She was amazing!” Darcie Wilson

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Mayor’s Morning Tea

13 May 2016

Recently, His Worship, the Mayor of Toowoomba Regional Council, Councillor Paul Antonio hosted his annual morning tea for school leaders at the Empire Church Theatre. Student leaders from over 53 regional schools attended.

Four Year 6 girls and the Year 12 Committee Vice-Captains attended the Mayor and Councillors’ Annual Morning Tea. Councillor Antonio spoke to us about the role we play as leaders in the school. The guest speaker was Mr Buddy Hippi from Winangali Infusion, a business that provides Aboriginal cultural education workshops for community schools and corporate organisations. He reminded us of the value of the family that is our school community. After the speeches, we were given the chance to mingle with leaders from other schools and members of the Toowoomba Regional Council.

We had lunch and then began the Queensland Youth Strategy Forum where all the students split into groups to discuss improvements that could be made to Queensland in the future in areas such as safety, active and inclusive communities, education and training, health and wellbeing, environment and sustainability and employment, jobs, business and industry.

It was a unique chance to have our voices heard and shared directly with the Queensland Government. Thank you to Ms Gloudemans and Mr Warren for attending the day with us.

Elyse McKechnie
Year 12

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Nancy the Naplan Fairy

13 May 2016

Nancy the Naplan Fairy visited the Year 3 and 5 girls at Junior Years to celebrate the girls' efforts in the NAPLAN testing this week.

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Well done, Dr Donna Evans!

13 May 2016

Completing one's PhD is not an easy task. It takes a lot of hard work, determination and resilience. Congratulations to our former Deputy Head, Dr Evans, on this outstanding achievement!

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Growing Legs

13 May 2016

I brought some tadpoles into school, that I got from my grandma's pond so we can see them change into frogs in a few months. They will lose their tails and grow some legs.

Sybella Pattinson
Year 3

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Fire, Fire!

13 May 2016

The Kindergarten children went on their first excursion to visit the Anzac Avenue fire station to learn about fire safety and emergency situations. During the visit, the firefighters showed the children their fire truck and discussed all of the different jobs they do in emergencies.

Everyone learnt to call '000' in an emergency, and even got to have a turn with the fire hose.

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Junior Years Athletics Carnival goes live!

13 May 2016

Glennie IT staff have received some great feedback from their live streaming service of Glennie events. They would like you to know they will live stream the Junior Years Athletics Carnival beginning with the pre-events on Thursday, 19 May from 1:00pm to 3:15pm. On Friday, 20 May you can catch all the live action of the main events from 8:45am to finish. Please use the following links to access the live feed:

Day 1 - Thursday:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpRFjXi8iMk

Day 2 - Friday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfLECPs1_yE

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

13 May 2016

Did you spot this story in the Media?

If you spot a story about a current Glennie girl or Glennie Old Girl in the media, we would appreciate your sharing the story with us.  Kindly forward the story via email development@glennie.qld.edu.au.

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Special Dinner

13 May 2016

On Monday, the Year 12 Glennie boarders invited their Fairholme counterparts to a special dinner held in Lawrance Hall Dining Room. Fairholme will return the favour next term.

This is always a special evening with senior boarders being able to catch up with close friends or make new friends. These dinners have been annual events since my arrival at Glennie in 2006 and something the girls look forward to as one of their special final functions in their final year of boarding.

The Boarding Committee, headed by Boarder Captain Jennifer Stewart and  Vice-Captain Georgia Kennedy worked hard to decorate the room using green as a theme. Beautiful flowers were presented to each visitor and grateful thanks go to boarder parent, Mrs Helen Wilson, for her kind donation. Mrs Gayle Ash created a small arrangement for each visitor to take back to her room.

The Boarding Committee chose the meal and this year was one of the boarders' favourites of lasagne, special salads followed by sticky date pudding. Small gift bags of chocolates were created by Jennifer and Georgia for each table.

This evening always gives the girls the opportunity to socialise, but more importantly to be attentive hosts and good listeners. Traditionally, after dinner time is spent with the boarders visiting and inspecting one another's boarding houses.

We certainly look forward our trip to Fairholme next term.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Congratulations, Meg!

13 May 2016

Meg Kirby (Year 9) has successfully auditioned for Toowoomba Choral Society's production of Annie with performances commencing on Friday, 9 September.  Meg will be playing the role of Duffy, one of the orphans.  We wish her every success with rehearsals.  If you would like to know more about the production, visit the Toowoomba Choral Society’s website.

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Gold for Glennie

13 May 2016

On Wednesday night, members of Senior Years Choir travelled to Brisbane to compete in the Queensland Youth Music Awards.

The choir was presented with a Gold Award and a second place prize overall.  Congratulations to all girls involved and to their conductor and accompanist Miss Emma Kann and Mrs Wendy Evans.

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Best of the British

13 May 2016

Mrs Sharon Gilbert, Mrs Wendy Evans, Mrs Vicky Bravery are part of the Queensland Pops "Best of the British" concert at the Empire Theatre this Sunday afternoon.  The ladies are in the choir.  Last weekend they performed at QPAC Concert Hall.  The repertoire involved all things British, ending with the classic "Land of Hope and Glory".

Pictured: Mrs Evans and Mrs Gilbert with conductor Patrick Pickett

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Junior Years Lunchtime Concert

13 May 2016

Performing artists in the Junior Years held a lunchtime concert last week. There were some great performances and the girls should be very proud of their efforts. If you would like to view a few performances visit our youtube clip of the event.

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Volleyball

13 May 2016

Nell Brodie (Year 11), Taylor Jannusch (Year 12), Jessica Stone (Year 12) and Miss Mitchell (Team Manager) are in Bundaberg for the Queensland School Sport Volleyball State Championships.  Nell, Taylor and Jessica are representing Glennie for the Under 19 competition and we wish them every success with their games.

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Good luck Glennie Equestrian riders!

13 May 2016

Best of luck to our Equestrian girls, who will be competing this weekend at the Darling Downs and South West Regional Equestrian Championships at the Dalby Showgrounds. Gallop on out to see them all in action representing Glennie this weekend!

The photos were taken at the recent Glennie Training Day.

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Glennie Gymnasts Shine on Mother’s Day Weekend

13 May 2016

Over the Mother’s Day Weekend, Glennie Gymnasts competed at the Warwick Invitational in Levels 2 to 4. The Level 2 competition was a competency style event and all eight girls received gold medals for their fantastic overall efforts.

Girls in Level 3 were in the novice or competitive division depending on hours trained. All girls performed well gaining many apparatus and overall placings.

Level 4 girls were together in one division regardless of training hours and all girls performed very well and again picked up many apparatus and overall placings.  

Congratulations to all the girls and their coaches on a great start to the Junior Competition Season.

Next Weekend girls in Levels 4, 5 and 6 will compete in Brisbane at the Delta My Team Rules Event.

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A Grade Touch

13 May 2016

Playing in the A Grade Women competition is a great opportunity for us as developing touch players. It allows us to experience the game at a much higher and faster level, whilst also creating new friendships with girls outside Glennie. As the Year of Courage is upon us, we have strived to step out of our comfort zone and face this challenge. Previously, we have all played touch at a B grade level. However, the expectations and standards of playing in A grade are certainly much higher.

Our coach, Mrs O’Brien is extremely experienced in this field of sport and continues to pass down her knowledge for our benefit. At training and during game time, there is a good balance between the serious and enjoyable aspects, creating a positive sporting environment. Overall, playing in A grade this year is a wonderful experience which we will all make the most of.

Anthea Moodie, Georgie Daniells and Paige Edwards

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All School's Touch

13 May 2016

It is at this time of the year that the girls are undertaking trials in the hope to be selected into the All School’s representative touch football teams. The 13 years girls set a high standard last Friday at the trials with 25 girls aiming for a position in the top team. With such wonderful numbers, we have decided to enter two 13 years teams in the South West Queensland All Schools tournament being held in Toowoomba on Sunday 14 August. From this competition, one team will be selected to go on to compete in the Queensland tournament, held in Brisbane during October.  

The Open and Under 15yrs players have also undertaken trials in great numbers. It is an exciting time for our sport and we look forward to the representative season.

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Fillies

13 May 2016

Old girls Chelsea McCarthy and Georgia Manthey who just happened to be our 2015 Football Captain and Vice-Captain made a surprise visit to cheer on this year's Fillies team last Friday night against St Ursula's.

Things were going well at the half as we took a 2-0 lead. Lapses in concentration by our girls led to two quick goals from St Ursula's. Building on their momentum, they powered home with another two goals and a penalty to make the final Score 5-2!

We learned the hard way that if the other team lifts and we don't match them, or better them, then we lose a game of football.

Captain Mel Christie was quick to lead by example, insisting that her team redo the end of game "three cheers" with more intensity and respect to the team who outplayed us on this occasion. Well done, Mel!

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Bill Turner Cup

13 May 2016

Our Bill Turner Cup Under 15 football team will take on St Joseph's College on Monday 16 May in a home fixture. The girls kick off at 4:00pm and it would be fantastic to have some supporters!

Good luck, girls!

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