Enjoy Summer Vacation Care

30 November 2018

Summer holidays are just around the corner. Glennie Pitstop has an exciting program of activities planned for Vacation Care. Download the program and booking form.

 

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A message from the Principal

23 November 2018

As the holidays approach it is a good time to encourage your daughters to immerse themselves in a good book - preferably more than one. With the rise of the smartphone and the amount of time spent on Social Media and Netflix, reading is an activity that has become less attractive to a number of students. This is problematic in that the benefits of reading are so much more than just the ability to lose yourself into the world that the author creates.

In a recent article in Education Review, Professor Ross Johnston asks, how is it that in an era when the number of words in our lives is multiplying by the millions virtually each day, “we are now at risk of losing some of the very communication skills, particularly that of reading, that helped us become connected in the first place”?

It is ironic that we seem to be turning into slick readers, skating over the top of words, rather than deep readers, diving for their richness, at a time when researchers from multiple disciplines — not only in literary studies and education, but in psychology, paediatrics and neuroscience — are stressing both the testable importance of reading (and of reading stories), and the positive effects of reading on the brain. As Ross Johnston writes, the brain not only has a region dedicated exclusively to reading, but research from the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT shows that this region has developed the connections for reading before children even learn to read.

Researchers scanned the brains of children at age 5 before they could read and at age 8 after they learnt to read, finding that they could predict the precise location where each child’s visual word form area (VWFA) would develop, based on the pre-existing connections of that region to other parts of the brain associated with language processing. Research by Carnegie Mellon University scientists also shows that an intensive six-month daily reading program in children aged 8 to 10 causes the brain to physically rewire itself, as well as increasing the volume of white matter in the language area of the brain improving communication within the brain. But it is not just that increased participation in reading makes children good readers and better students.

Professor Ross Johnston cites several examples of research showing that reading has positive effects on a person’s wellbeing. Research by Emory University’s Center for Neuropolicy has found that reading a novel can cause persisting changes in connectivity and brain function, as well as improving a reader’s empathy. This is backed up by the research of Canadian academics, Keith Oatley and Raymond Mar, who have found that people who are frequent readers of fiction are better at understanding other people, empathising with them, and seeing the world from their perspective. In fact, Uri Hasson from Princeton University believes that the brains of storytellers and listeners can actually synchronise. As Ross Johnston notes, this is “pretty amazing” research, but how is the sudden impact of the digital generation and all the technological devices we now have access to affecting or changing our reading behaviour and, therefore, our brains?

The ability of the human brain to read only developed 5,400 years ago, helping the brain to develop further critical skills including analogical reasoning, empathy and critical analysis. But as Maryanne Wolf from UCLA asks, if all we do now is skim and skate over the top of words, will we change the neuronal circuit that is so crucial to the brain’s ability to read? Sherry Turkle from MIT says she is not ‘anti-technology’ but she is concerned that essential and complex ‘deep reading’ processes may be coming under threat. There is also wider concern among academics that the loss of deep reading may threaten cultural knowledge and result in the loss of knowledge about language. Maryanne Wolf writes that English literature scholar and teacher Mark Edmundson has described how many students are now actively avoiding the study of the classic literature of the 19th and 20th centuries “because they no longer have the patience to read longer, denser, more difficult texts”.

Research by Ziming Liu from San Jose State University shows that the “new norm” in reading is skimming, with many readers using an F or Z pattern to sample the first line and then word-spotting and browsing through the text. When readers skim like this, writes Wolf, the brain reduces the time allocated to deep reading processes like grasping complexity, understanding other people’s feelings, and perceiving beauty. As Rosemary Ross Johnston writes in Education Review: This all inhibits the development of deep literacy, that essence of literacy — communication of meanings — which grows out of deep and contemplative reading, and helps us not only to think subjunctively (‘How would I feel were that me?) but to develop insight and empathy that acknowledges and values ‘the truth of the other’ (‘this is how she feels because she is she’). “Deep literacy,” argues Ross Johnston, “nurtures the imaginations and minds that generate civil societies.”

Her advice to educators and parents is to observe and teach observation; model looking at details; encourage curiosity and a sense of wonder; question and imagine; exercise and practise thinking and its articulation; and encourage a sense of play. Above all, however, educators and parents should encourage and model deep reading. Not only will deep reading encourage empathy — something that Ross Johnston says seems even more valuable in this “tangled and sometimes angry world” of bullying — but deep literacy will encourage something that genuinely matters and is much needed today: “a generosity of spirit that is mindful and respectful of others”.

References

Raube, S. (2009, December 9). Carnegie Mellon scientists discover first evidence of brain rewiring in children. Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved from: https://www.cmu.edu/news/archive/2009/December/dec9_brainrewiringevidence.shtml

Johnston, R. R. (2018, October 15). Why reading and deep literacy matter in a technologically connected world. Education Review. Retrieved from: https://www.educationreview.com.au/2018/10/whyreading-and-deep-literacy-matter-in-a-technologically-connected-world/

Trafton, A. (2016, August 8). Study finds brain connections key to learning. McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT. Retrieved from: http://mcgovern.mit.edu/news/news/study-finds-brain-connections-keyto-learning/

Wolf, M. (2018, August 25). Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound. The Guardian. Retrieved from: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/25/skim-reading-newnormal-maryanne-wolf

Mrs Kim Cohen
Principal

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Be Real 2018

23 November 2018

Future doctors, lawyers, agronomists, chefs, flight attendants, paramedics, teachers, airforce security and scientists turned up on Monday for the Year 9 Be Real, Get Set program. It is always great to see the girls dressed as their future aspirations, ready to explore potential career paths.  

The three-day program aims to teach the girls some valuable lifelong career planning tools, allowing them to not only look more closely at their own personal skills and interests but also delve more deeply into those required for the jobs they are considering. Girls also learned how to research future job prospects in the changing world of employment.

Our job seeking activities are always a highlight of the program. The girls were asked to create a resume and cover letter highlighting their transferable skills and sent these off to potential employers. 21 community representatives volunteered their time to interview the girls, providing them with excellent feedback to assist them in the future. The girls all performed exceptionally well with our interview panel acknowledging the high standard of the applications.

A final part of the program was undertaking career profiling where the girls completed a series of tests that required them to really consider their skills, values and personality. These profile reports will be used in the SET Planning process in Year 10. Well done girls on your effort and enthusiasm over our busy three days.

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Farewell Mr Warren

23 November 2018

This Sunday, we honour Mr Steve Warren and his 23 years of service to Glennie as Head of Junior Years with a community picnic. Bring along a Sunday evening picnic for you and your family to enjoy in the Junior Years courtyard.

You are welcome to pop in from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm this Sunday to say goodbye to Steve.

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Year 6 Science Expo

23 November 2018

This term the Year 6 girls have been using their science processing skills to investigate sugar in popular drinks.  They have researched the basic implications of sugar, then designed and conducted an experiment to investigate how much sugar you consume when you have a sip of your favourite drink.  The girls visited the Middle and Senior Years Science Labs, and using a Refractometer and Hydrometer conducted tests to measure and record the amount of sugar in each drink. The girls then showcased their findings at our Science Expo, giving useful advice to peers based on scientific evidence.

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Summer holiday fun

23 November 2018

Summer holidays are just around the corner. Glennie Pitstop has an exciting program of activities planned for Vacation Care. Click here to download the program and booking form.

 

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Junior Years Final Eucharist for 2019

23 November 2018

Our last Eucharist for the year was held in our Chapel for Years 4 to 6 on Tuesday. Each term, we offer the girls the opportunity to participate in a Communion service. In 2019, there will be an opportunity for girls to participate in the Admission to Communion program. More details about this will be sent home in the new year.

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Glenvale Villas’ Residents visit Kindy

23 November 2018

Aly (our Co-ordinator from Glenvale Villas), residents Kay, Joyce and Stuart (their gardener) visited Kindy to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and kindly gave all of our children a gift!  We sang one of our favourite Christmas songs for them!

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Year 6 Labyrinth Walk

23 November 2018

This week, the Year 6 girls experienced the opportunity to walk through a Labyrinth during their Religious Education lessons with Mrs Cohen and Mr Warren. This gave them an opportunity to reflect on their life journey so far and then to look to the future. The girls commented on how they found this difficult,  yet enjoyable and an opportunity to slow down and focus without distraction. Unfortunately, we often don't take the time in our busy lives to stop and reflect!

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Equestrian gift

23 November 2018

Last weekend, Glennie Equestrian girls had the pleasure of visiting the Toowoomba Riding for the Disabled arena to present them with a cheque for $400. These monies will assist the organisation to continue providing therapeutic equestrian programmes for young riders. Whilst at the arena, our Equestrian girls had the opportunity to lead around some of the riders. It was uplifting to witness the joy on the riders’ faces and see the special bonds formed.

There are volunteering opportunities available for anyone 14 years and older at Toowoomba Riding for the Disabled. Volunteers are welcome to assist on Saturdays between 7:00 am to 12:00 pm. If you are interested please telephone 0418 733 642.

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Glennie calendar orders open

23 November 2018

As 2018 draws to a close and we're starting to think ahead to the next school year, don't forget to order your official 2019 Glennie calendar.

This year's calendar features beautiful photographs taken by our very own boarders.  All proceeds from the sale of the calendars will be donated to Drought Angels in support of rural families.

The 2019 calendar is proudly brought to you by the P&F and GOSS.  Thanks must go to our sponsors - GOSS, Ken Ball Plumbing, Mini Melts Icecream, Brown Gouge, Carpet One, BOQ Rangeville, K&R Plumbing Supplies, Momentum Well Service, The Glennie School, Glennie Equestrian, and Glennie Sports Supporters.  

Calendars can easily be purchased online through Flexischools when ordering your school book and stationery supplies.  Orders can also be placed at GOSS for those parents, friends and staff not placing an order through Flexischools.

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VET update for 2018

23 November 2018

As the year draws to a close, it is wonderful to see so many of our Year 12 girls leaving Glennie already having a training qualification after completing some vocational studies. In a world where careers are no longer linear, these vocational studies have already equipped our girls with many transferable skills to take with them into their future careers. Research shows that 78% of VET graduates gain employment after completing their vocational training (FYA) as they have been trained in the skills needed by employers and have applied these skills in real-life.

This year 64 girls undertook a School-based traineeship, with 30 of these from our Year 12 class. These traineeships were across 12 different fields including Education Support, Early Childhood, Business, Digital Media, Sport and Recreation, Business and Hospitality. We have had another 57 girls undertaking a vocational qualification through external training providers across 16 different courses.

There are lots of reasons why vocational qualifications have become so popular for our students. Some students choose to undertake vocational courses as a “taster” to explore different career possibilities. Some of our girls have very clear future directions and undertake vocational qualification to start building knowledge, skills and experience in that area. Some girls looking to pursue teaching at university have undertaken a traineeship in Education Support. One of our Year 12 girls, Piper Salisbury, has not only completed her first qualification in Education Support, she has now commenced her second school-based traineeship in Early Childhood which she will continue with next year.

Our nursing students are also another excellent example of girls who have made vocational education a part of their career plan. Seven girls completed the two-year Accelerate to Health program this year in which they completed units from the Diploma in Nursing. Some of these girls will finish their Diploma at TAFE next year, allowing them to work as an Enrolled Nurse, while others are using their qualification to move into a Bachelor of Nursing program at university.

Some of our girls choose to undertake a vocational qualification to help them gain experience to enter the workforce for the first time, and to build their workplace skills to gain employment whilst at university. After completing her Cert III in Fitness, Paige Edwards went on to complete her Cert IV in Fitness.  While she studies at university next year, Paige will use her qualification to work in the fitness industry.

The Glennie School also offers VET studies as a school subject with Hospitality, Business and Volunteering continuing to be popular choices. While the process of using vocational education certificates for university entry is changing under the new ATAR system, some universities are still recognising Certificate III’s as a pathway into specified courses. One qualification of a Certificate III or higher can also be used in the calculation of an ATAR. However, as our girls this year have demonstrated, vocational courses are definitely a value-add for their resume, regardless of their future study or work plans.

Congratulations to all the girls who have completed vocational training this year, and for being proactive in developing the skills you need to get you where you want to go. It is so exciting for us to hear how these VET qualifications are helping you to get to where you want to go.

Mrs Belinda Paul
VET Coordinator

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Venice at night

23 November 2018

The Social Science Department has organised an exciting enrichment and educational travel opportunity for our students in Years 9 to 12 in 2019. We would like to offer you and your daughter the chance to spend the September and October holidays visiting Italy.

Our Italian Treasures Tour offers each of us the prospect to explore the rich history, culture, art, architecture, food and natural beauty of these extraordinary destinations.

Some highlights:

  • The Eternal City, Rome (Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps)
  • The Vatican City (Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and Square)
  • Tivoli – Villa Adrianna (Summer Palace of the Emperor Hadrian) and Villa d’Este (Astounding Renaissance water feature garden)
  • Montecassino Abbey (Destroyed during World War II and rebuilt)
  • Herculaneum and Villa Oplontis (Destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius, remarkable archaeology)
  • Naples, the thriving heart of Southern Italy
  • Sublime Sorrento
  • The extraordinary Amalfi Coast
  • The magnificent island of Capri
  • Assisi – Saints Francis and Clare along with the magical Umbrian countryside
  • Tuscan splendours in Siena and San Gimignano
  • The majesty of Florence (Uffizi Gallery and Accademia)
  • Ravenna (Stunningly beautiful Ancient Byzantine Mosaics)
  • La Serenissima, serene Venice, a city like no other (St Mark’s Basilica and Square, the Doges Palace and views from atop of the belltower)
  • Padua (One of oldest and most remarkable cities in Northern Italy)
  • Verona (Made famous in Romeo and Juliet and by the well preserved Roman amphitheatre)
  • The Italian beauty of Lake Garda
  • Magical Milan (Shop in the Galleria, visit La Scala, arguably the world’s premier opera house and theatre and other highlights)

We will have the chance to learn much more about the people and culture of this remarkable country.  Whilst we aim to utilise our time touring, there will also be plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy the experiences of travel, including shopping and taking in La Dolce Vita, the good life.

People interested are encouraged to indicate this on the Expression of Interest Form. Please return this form to Mr Duffin at school by Monday 3 December 2018. Deposits will be due in early February.

If you are interested and would like more information please contact Mr Leigh Duffin by phone on (07) 4688 8821 (w) or via email duffinl@glennie.qld.edu.au.

Mr Leigh Duffin
Head of Department – Senior Years Social Science
Tour Co-ordinator

Click here to download a Brochure, Introduction Letter, Travel Tour links and Expression of Interest form.

 

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

23 November 2018

Did you spot these stories in the Media?

  • Paige Edwards (Year 12), Lily Black (Year 11), Abelee Stanley (Year 11), Anna Dingley (Year 9), Alex McDonald (Year 10), Ella Kowitz (Year 10) and Matilda Leicht (Year 11) received mentions on the Downs Rugby website:  16 named as part of QLD Youth Sevens Squad.
  •   Glennie Formal photo gallery appeared in The Chronicle:  Glennie red carpet arrivals

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 development@glennie.qld.edu.au.

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Farewell Mrs Lovell

23 November 2018

Please join us to celebrate Mrs Val Lovell's treasured time at Glennie next Wednesday for afternoon tea from 3:30pm to 5:30pm in Brownleigh Garden (Mrs Cohen’s residence).

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PHEP success for Jess

23 November 2018

Jessica successfully auditioned on alto saxophone for 1 of 24 places to represent Queensland in Seattle earlier this month as part of the Pacific Honours Ensemble Program (PHEP). This is a reciprocal exchange program for talented young musicians between Seattle’s Western International Band Clinic and Brisbane’s Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Jessica was fortunate enough to get a position in the top band as saxophone 1.2, this was a huge honour and privilege. Being part of PHEP has been an amazing and incredible way to consolidate her music experience and an inspiring way to complete her final year at Glennie.

“Music has been part of my life for as long as I can remember, I have played piano, guitar, clarinet and saxophone. I love all that music brings to both the performer and the listener. I have been playing Alto Saxophone for three and a half years and I certainly feel at home with this instrument.”

While disappointed to miss the grand finale of events associated with senior years, she would do it again in a heartbeat to gain more experience on the saxophone and be with others who are inspired by music.

“I was confident the PHEP experience would enhance my playing ability as well as my knowledge of music. It was a phenomenal experience; an amazing opportunity for networking with like-minded people.  My goal now is to attend an audition at the Jazz Music Institute in early December and secure a spot to do Bachelor of Jazz Performance so that I can follow my passion to perform music professionally and one day combine this with Music Therapy.”

Jessica is delighted to have been given this opportunity and is grateful to have had an opportunity to represent her family, the Conservatorium, Glennie, and Queensland within PHEP.

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What’s on in Sport?

23 November 2018

The end of term is fast approaching, however, there is still sport to be had.

On Tuesday, 27 November, the U12 and U10 Club G Touch teams will have training on the oval from 7:00 am. It is the last training session of the year and there may be some special rewards, games and drills for the girls!

Also on Tuesday, the U16 and U14 teams will be finishing their seasons with Grand Finals. It is sure to be an exciting afternoon, with each team playing two games. The tackles start at 4:00 pm at Gold Park, and are going to continue for several hours.

Even though it is officially holidays, there will be touch games played on Friday, 30 of November from 4:30 pm.

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Glennie girls named in Youth Squad

23 November 2018

Last week, 16 Darling Downs students were named in the Queensland Youth Rugby 7s Development Squad. Paige Edwards, Lily Black, Abelee Stanley, Anna Dingley, Alex McDonald, Ella Kowitz and Matilda Leicht were all named in the squad. These girls now have the opportunity to compete in the National Youth Sevens Championship at Ballymore in December.

Congratulations, girls!

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Bianca catching people out

23 November 2018

Last week, Bianca Markham (Year 7) represented Queensland at the Australian School Sport 10-12 Years Softball Championships. Bianca's Queensland team finished the tournament in second place after the eight round robin games.  Congratulations, Bianca!

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Margaret Sharpe and Tim Barrett Cup

23 November 2018

As the day dawned dark and cloudy, a mid-morning storm bringing torrential rains only served to heighten the excitement surrounding the last Inter-House Swimming Carnival of the year. The annual Year 7-10 Margaret Sharpe and Tim Barrett Cup was filled with cheering and excitement. There were great swims and even better sportsmanship throughout the day. Thank you to the Sports team for their organisation, and to the Glennie Sports Supporters for the refreshing Zooper Doopers at lunch.

When all was said and done, Hale are champions for the second consecutive year.

Congratulations to the following individual champions:

Margaret Sharpe Cup Joint Winners:

Keeleigh Cauley-Gleeson (Year 8) (Donaldson)
Lily Rowe (Year 9) (Tufnell)
Tim Barrett Cup (Year 10)

Runner-Up: Kasey Koina (Hale)
Winner: Emily Rattray (Hale)

Click here to view the photo gallery.  Photo credit: Genevieve Fielke (Year 10) and Mrs Kessels

 

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Have you got some sporting news?

23 November 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 sport@glennie.qld.edu.au.

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Your time is now

23 November 2018

Exciting sponsorship and promotional opportunities exist for Glennie families with businesses at the Glennie Fair 2019.  More information awaits you in the pdf provided. Please email pandf.secretary@glennie.qld.edu.au.

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Thank you

23 November 2018

Thank you to the following parents and Glennie Old Girls who have volunteered to join the Glennie Fair committee for 2019.  Each of them have one small, but very important, role in making our Fair happen. Your help is very much appreciated by the existing committee.

Teresa Mundt, Angel Fogarty, Hannah Maclean, Shelley Wardle, Petrina McTaggart, Maree Parsons, Jason Black, Libby Bellars, Trish Botten, Linda Lester, Allan Beahan, Toni Gotz, Margot Raccanello, Paula Nichols, Vicki Lourigan, Ange and Jaye Holland, Lisa Wilkes.

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Find us on Facebook

23 November 2018

Have you liked our Facebook page? Keep up to date with news about the 2019 event. 

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Aquatic Centre important dates

23 November 2018

Learn to Swim Term 4 ends Saturday, 1 December.

Gymfun last day Term 4 Monday, 26 November.

Recreational Gymnastics last day Term 4 Tuesday, 27 November.

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