Games afternoon with St Mary's

14 September 2018

Our Years 5 and 6 girls are enjoying a Social Games and Sausage Sizzle hosted by St Mary’s College today between 4:00pm to 6:30pm. Teachers walked the girls to St Mary’s after school and parents will collect their daughters from St Mary’s at 6:30pm.

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Calling all aspiring Vets

14 September 2018

On Monday, 17 September from 3:30pm to 4:30pm we will welcome author Rebecca Johnson, the Author of the bestselling Juliet - Nearly a Vet Series, The Vet Cadet Series and the winner of the 2015 Prime Minister’s Prize for teaching Primary School Science.  This event is open for all children aged 8 to 12 in the Toowoomba community to attend.

Bring a stuffed animal with you and practise your vetting skills with other ‘Nearly Vets’ and learn about the things real vets do.

All participants will receive a “Nearly a Vet” Kit to take home!  Cost: $35 per child (adults free)

Click here to book online.

 

 

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Final Assembly

14 September 2018

This coming Monday, 17 September is the Final Assembly for Term 3 and a Formal Uniform day.

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A Message from the Principal

7 September 2018

This week our Year 12s sat for their QCS tests. The atmosphere was one of positivity and comradery. Whilst the days were long and tiring, the girls were provided with treats to sustain them and enjoyed chatting together between the exams. The feeling that I got when talking with them during breaks was that they felt well prepared and had given their very best effort. Well done to all of you, I hope that the experience was enjoyable.

Tomorrow, 28 Year 9 and 10 students head off to France on the French Immersion trip. They are being accompanied by Mr Vincent Morere, Ms Tonia Gloudemans and Mrs Janene Mills. We wish them well on their exciting journey to one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Make the most of this amazing opportunity.

We have so many phenomenal teachers at Glennie; they are hardworking, professional, nurturing and dedicated. There are currently two awards that recognise high-performing teachers. If you wish to nominate a teacher for either of these you can do so via the following links:

It is that time of term when most members of the school community are feeling the pressure. Students are preparing for assessments, sitting exams, finalising subject choices and applying for tertiary education. Teachers are supervising tests, planning for Term 4 and 2019, responding to umpteen emails, teaching class and marking, marking, marking. Parents have the stresses of their daily lives as well as having to support their children as they learn resilience in times of challenge.

It is at times like these that we can all take heed the words of Hermann Hesse in his novel, Siddhartha, “... you know that soft is stronger than hard, water stronger than rocks, love stronger than force.”

When we are tired, stressed or worried it is so easy to lash out at those closest to us, or those who we believe have wronged us. At high-pressure times I ensure that I double and triple check my emails to ensure that the tone does not give a hint as to my stress levels. When having to write a difficult email I have gotten into the habit of rereading it 12 hours later before pressing send. It is a good habit to foster. Always remembering that there is a human at the other end reading my discourse. A human who will be dealing with their own issues at work and at home. If possible I will have a conversation rather than sending an email, so much more can be achieved in a far shorter space of time.

Please encourage your daughters to be mindful of others’ feelings when they post on social media or send a text or email. So much hurt could be avoided if people just hesitated prior to pushing send, post or share. As adults, we need to be the role models in this behaviour.

Mrs Kim Cohen
Principal

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A message from Mrs Blades

7 September 2018


This week is National Child Protection Week which runs from Father’s Day on 2 September to Saturday 8 September and is an important reminder that protecting children is everyone’s business and that we must all ‘Play our Part’. While child protection is crucial every week, this week is an opportunity for government, business, school and community to come together to promote the safety and wellbeing of all children. Research tells us that a strong community is important for children and helps them to be safe and able to flourish. We all have a role to play in protecting children from harm. The little things we do everyday help to create safer environments for children. For example, being kind to one another, respecting young people, being a positive role model around children, getting involved in the local community, always taking reports of harm and abuse seriously, avoiding blame and judgement, looking out for signs of neglect or harm and reporting any suspicions to one of our Student Protection Officers at School. Any allegation or concern must be reported to our Student Protection Officers.  In the Junior Years, our Student Protection Officers are Steve Warren, Brenda Suhr, Lynne Henare and Sharon Baird who is also in our Middle and Senior Years along with Jodi Blades, Cathy Waters, Susan Rollason and Sue Reynolds. Child abuse, neglect and harm are all preventable. If we work together as a community we can create a safe environment where all our students can thrive. Most importantly, we can all listen to the needs of children and spend quality time with them.

Mrs Jodi Blades
Dean of Students

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Junior Years Musical

7 September 2018

We are looking forward to presenting our Musical this weekend, Beauty and the Beast Junior and our dance concert and visual art display for your enjoyment. The girls and staff members have worked long and hard this year and we hope that you will join us this weekend.

There are only a few tickets left online, so please act quickly if you would like to purchase some for tomorrow.

 

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Year 2/3 students experiment in the Senior Science Lab

7 September 2018

Recently, the Year 2/3 students spent a morning working in Science Lab 6 in the Sue Edwards Science Centre.  The girls conducted a Shadow Stick experiment as the culminating activity for their current unit of work, ‘Day and Night’.  Mr Baldock was on hand to welcome the girls to the lab and oversee the experiment. Once the experiment was set up, the girls moved to the oval and then checked the length and direction of the shadow each hour during the day.  

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Off to France!

7 September 2018

On Saturday a group of 28 Year 9 and 10 French Immersion girls along with three members of staff will be leaving for France for a month. We will depart from Brisbane International Airport at 2:30 pm (Brisbane time) on Saturday and will arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 7:30 am (Paris time) on Sunday. Our first few days will be full of visits to various World War I and II sites including our participation in a wreath-laying ceremony at the newly opened John Monash Centre in Villers-Bretonneux. We will then stay in Saint-Malo for a few days and continue for the next week visiting many castles from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period along the Loire river. Our next two weeks will be spent with our host families in Orléans (one hour south of Paris) where we will attend school with our buddies and participate in various activities including a tour of a chocolate factory located just outside the school. Our two weekends will be spent with our host families. The last few days of our trip will be spent in Paris where we will visit the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and much more. We are all very excited for this amazing experience and can’t wait until Saturday morning.

Isabella Lilford
Year 9 French Immersion Student

Pictured is Mr Morere with one of the poppies made for the Glennie Poppy Project that will be left at the memorial to the Australians at Villers Bretonneux. This is one of the poppies donated by Vietnam Veteran Mr Beattie.

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Upcycling

7 September 2018

Year 7 Design students completed the final activity of their textile unit this week.  Pictured are some of the girls with the t-shirt bags they created in under 80 minutes!  You might see them around school. This way our favourite t-shirts get another life, and there's less plastic going into the ocean.

 

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Dad’s Days at Kindy

7 September 2018

Our Kindy dads and granddads enjoyed a special morning with their child at Kindy. The children performed songs and dances for our special guests and we gave our dads and granddads a glimpse of our Letterland program. The children engaged in activities such as painting, collage, paper plane making and throwing, volcano making, creating with playdough and building Lego. We all enjoyed morning tea together to conclude our lovely morning.

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Vet Visit

7 September 2018

On Tuesday, we had a special visit from one of our mums, Georgie, who is a vet.  We looked at x-rays and tried to guess which animal it was, we bandaged our teddy’s sore limbs and we listened to our heartbeat with the doppler.  We then looked at pictures of dogs to see if we could tell how they were feeling and if we thought it might be safe to pat them. Georgie kindly left us with some gloves, masks and a scrubs for us to dress up in. What a wonderful experience for our Kindy children.

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Reimagining the Past

7 September 2018

On Monday, Ancient and Modern History teachers from around the state came to Glennie for Reimagining the Past, a conference to consider ideas and perspectives from discipline leaders, writers and colleagues about assessment, topics, teaching approaches and resources for the new QCE syllabuses.  There were moments to develop an awareness of the historiography on particular pieces of evidence and chances to explore Unit 1 and 2 content ideas.

Our speakers included:

  • Dr Allan Barrie, Brisbane Grammar School
  • Clayton Barry, State Panel Chair for Modern History
  • Dr Amelia Brown, University of Queensland
  • Tonia Chalk, University of Southern Queensland
  • Michael Cocks, Toowoomba Grammar School
  • Professor Libby Connors, University of Southern Queensland
  • Simon Corvan, Head of Teaching, Learning and Professional Practice, All Hallows’ School
  • Tom Harvey, St Rita’s College
  • Darlene Hill, State Panel Chair for Ancient History
  • Jessica Lalic, Burpengary State High School
  • Dr Jayne Persian, University of Southern Queensland
  • Kay Picton, Senior Education Officer, QCAA
  • Colin Sheehan, Senior Project Officer, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Queensland Government
  • Lyn Sherington, Principal Education Officer, Humanities and Social Sciences, QCAA
  • Rebecca Smith, RD Milns Antiquities Museum, University of Queensland
  • Vince Wall, All Hallows’ School

Our recent educational discourse is often refracted through the paradigm of promoting STEM. Yet as historians, Ancient and Modern we remind the world of the fundamental value of Humanities and Social Science subjects. Historical literacy provides the basis for understanding our world and being able to be critical thinkers who create, shape and use evidence. The skill sets taught by historians have applications across disciplines and faculties both at school and beyond into tertiary pathways.

The conference provided teachers with the chance to develop interconnections and professional learning communities. By doing so, we were collaborating with our colleagues to support teaching and learning.

In deepening our understanding, delegates were able to feel confident, comfortable and supported as we move towards the implementation of the new general syllabuses. It was a very positive and successful day with around 150 people being involved.

We are already planning another conference for 2019 which will focus on the topics for Year 12, providing teachers with another opportunity to connect, share and support one another in this exciting rejuvenation of History teaching in Queensland. Thanks to the many Glennie staff who helped make the day run so smoothly, particularly Miss Emma Kann and Mrs Tina Tilden for the many hours they gave up in assisting the organisers. Thank you also to the girls who assisted on the day.

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Mr Leigh Duffin and Ms Alison Bedford
Conference Co-ordinators

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Rebecca is exploring her options

7 September 2018

The Careers and VET Room is extremely busy at this time of year as our Year 12s begin to prepare their university applications and make some decisions around future pathways. I like to remind the girls that career planning is really an investment in themselves. It is an area that often gets pushed to the side while trying to juggle assignments and prepare for exams, however, good decisions require research and planning. We focus on getting to the finish line and sometimes forget to spend quality time really considering what we are going to do when we get there.

One student who has really taken responsibility for her pathway planning is Rebecca Hallahan. Rebecca, like many other girls, is interested in such a wide range of study fields that narrowing down her choices has been difficult. However, she is certainly taking responsibility for her career growth and utilising all of the resources she has been given through The Glennie School Careers Program.

There is no better way to learn about a job than by speaking with people who do that job. Rebecca has undertaken many work experience placements so she can get first-hand experience of the day-to-day working world of different occupations. She explored different engineering options at Boeing and Chassis Line. Getting a deeper look at the engineering process from planning and computer design, to manufacture and installation helped Rebecca to place many ticks and crosses on her options list. Rebecca then tried her hand at administrative work at Bedford Built, a design and construction company.

To explore her interest in working with young people, Rebecca used her resume writing and interview skills from the Be Real, Get Set program she completed in Year 10 to apply for The Big Freeze holiday program. Successfully obtaining a paid position, her role was to entertain children and interact with parents across different activity stalls at Grand Central. Rebecca can now add this new set of skills to her resume.

Attending university experience and open days is another approach used by Rebecca to explore her options. She attended the UQ’s Science Experience Day as well as their Pharmacy Experience Day. Her interest in Aviation led her to the Griffith Open Day where she learned about their aviation study programs. At the end of Year 11, she attended the Women in Engineering Camp at UQ where she was also able to stay at one of the Colleges. In the upcoming September holiday break, Rebecca is attending USQ’s Aviation Program which is run over two days. I am sure a highlight for her will be the time she gets to spend in the flight simulator.

Rebecca’s motivation for exploring career options is what we hope to encourage in our new approach to work experience. Spreading the requirement over Years 10 to 12 allows the girls to take advantage of the many experiences and opportunities on offer, as well as target their changing interest areas as they progress through their senior years. Rather than spend five days in the one place, it is hoped that girls will do a variety of work shadowing and experience days that help them make informed future decisions. Of course, like Rebecca, the number of days is not limited to five. Using some of your holiday time to grow your life and career skills is an investment in your future. The more you invest in yourself and build your career capital, the greater the dividends both now and in the future.

Well done Rebecca for showing such great initiative in your career planning. Not only have you gained great insight into future options, but you have also developed some excellent transferable skills to build an impressive resume for potential employment.

Mrs Sharon Currie
Careers Coordinator

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Primary Schools Teams Chess Championship

7 September 2018

On Tuesday, 13 Junior Years girls participated in the Toowoomba Regional Primary School Teams Chess Championship. The tournament was held at Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School with over 500 participants enjoying the competition, meeting students from many different schools and extending themselves intellectually.

The Glennie Junior girls represented our school with distinction and wonderful sportsmanship. Our top two teams finished within the top 50 and our development team, comprised of students from the Lower Primary, learnt much from the experience.

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Language Perfect World Championships

7 September 2018

Twenty-six Junior Years girls were presented with their certificates at this week’s assembly. Glennie girls answered 203,233 questions and we were placed 221st out of 1476 schools worldwide. We came 37th in Queensland out or 211 schools and 13th for French in Queensland- a fantastic effort. A special mention to Louise Anderson in Year 5 who answered 12,452 questions and was placed in the top one per cent of the 350,000 competitors in the world. Dulini Dewage entered the World Humanities Championship and was awarded a Credit.

Well done, girls!

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Ancient and Modern History at UQ

7 September 2018

Recently, the Year 11 and 12 Ancient and Modern History students had an opportunity to visit the University of Queensland in Brisbane. The Modern History students had the chance to undertake research in the extensive Social Sciences and Humanities Library. The Ancient History students visited the RD Milns Antiquities Museum which houses an exquisite collection of Egyptian, Greek and Roman artefacts. These students also participated in two workshops. The first investigated the Sanctuaries and the Sacred, examining the remains of an assemblage of Greek objects to determine what types of ritual activities took place at an archaeological site. The students considered which deity was associated with the sanctuary based upon the historical 'clues'. The second workshop examined the history of exploration and archaeology in the Valley of the Kings. It was a rewarding day for all of the students involved developing the crucial skills of research, interpretation, analysis and evaluation based upon evidence.

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Literacy Planet Word Mania

7 September 2018

Girls in Years 3 and 5 have been very busy in class with their spelling in the online spelling challenge along with 160,282 students across Australia and New Zealand. Over 150,000,000 words were spelt with the longest being Antidisestablishmentarianism. The Year 3 girls came 23rd in Australia and the Year 5 girls came 18th in Australia. A fantastic result.  

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IdeasPLUS@Glennie Science Week Workshops

7 September 2018

Last week, Dan Cook from Maker Workshop, facilitated workshops for the girls in Years 4, 5 and 6. During the workshops, the girls constructed a working and wearable circuit. They experimented with a battery, conductive materials and LEDs to connect a circuit, and then designed a way for it to work on a badge or another wearable item.   

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Myths about studying Vocational Training (VET)

7 September 2018

Many girls come to talk with me about VET and it surprises me how they often have incorrect perceptions of VET. The Foundation for Young Australians has released an article that sums up very well the myths of VET. Please read the attached article to find out the truth about VET. If you have any questions about VET please contact me.

Mrs Belinda Paul
VET Co-ordinator    

Myth 1: VET is just for trades

VET is awesome for getting some hands-on skills in a range of different industries. There are courses in Horticulture, Web Development, Business, Psychology or Digital Interactive Games. As you may know, apprenticeships are available to learn a trade like carpentry or welding. But there are also traineeships — these are vocational qualifications too. You can do things like graphic design, business administration or tourism. So many options!

Myth 2: Studying a VET subject in high school means you can’t get an entry score for University

You ARE still eligible. You can still get an OP (or ATAR in the future) and do VET at the same time. Some universities (and courses) will consider a Certificate III VET course as meeting the criteria for university entry. The point is, you can do your subjects to apply to study medicine at university and learn design simultaneously.

Myth 3: VET is the option for low academic scores

Academic intelligence is just one kind of intelligence. A lot of mainstream schools focus on memory, reading and writing as some of the big indicators of doing well at school. But those who are stronger in creative work, performance, kinesthetic learning, lateral thinking and applied learning are also doing well — some schools and systems just recognise it more. TAFE and other Vocational Education training providers often focus on these areas more. Academic results aren’t the whole picture when it comes to someone’s potential and abilities. So, this is less of a bust and more of a refinement. VET is an option regardless of your academic scores. It’s a great way to up your practical skills in a particular area — no matter what your grades are.

Myth 4: VET is a dead-end choice

Not true! VET is like the hot cauldron cooking up skills and experience. You can use it as a pathway, like Alex who studied aged care at school and nursing at TAFE. In her case, her VET qualifications enabled her to get into uni to complete a Bachelor of Nursing and she now works as an Emergency Nurse. Or you can use it to upskill, like Rachel who studied aviation maintenance engineering through VET and then went back to TAFE to gain another qualification for her current position as an International Sales and Business Development Manager. Or you can try VET while you’re still studying as a way to figure out if it’s something you enjoy doing. A great way to find out if you like something is to try, right? So actually, it’s more like a springboard.

Myth 5: VET graduates cannot get a job

In Australia, 78% of VET graduates are employed soon after training. In fact, that figure is higher than university graduates. For VET grads who completed an apprenticeship that jumps to 92%. In fact, wherever we look, VET grads do really, really well. Going through VET gives you that industry experience needed by employers, so when you’re finished your qualification you also have applied your understanding and skills in real life. This is quite the advantage over university students who often need to do internships or volunteer to get job experience which they don’t get at uni.

Myth 6: VET grads earn low wages

Not really. Actually, VET grads can earn more than graduates completing a bachelor’s degree. Check out page 34 of this report to see that the median full-time income for a VET graduate is $56,000, compared to the graduate salary of $54,000 for students completing a Bachelor’s degree. We found that the highest earning starting salary for VET qualification is a Cert IV in Hazardous Areas – Electrical, which starts at $85,400, which is higher than the highest starting salary with a Bachelor of Dentistry at $80,000. There’s also the factor of time and money. University degrees often take between three and five years, while VET qualifications can go anywhere between six months and two years. And the savings, well that can be enough to buy yourself a sandwich every day for the rest of your life. This is pretty complex, as figures change depending on which profession you enter and if you do further postgraduate study. The point is you have no shortage of options and pathways to study and earn decent wages.

Myth 7: Jobs of the future need more than a VET education

By now we’ve probably all heard of automation and that some jobs are likely to be taken over by machines. FYA did a bit of research on those areas which are predicted to grow like the carers and informers cluster. Jobs like personal training, child care, nursing, aged care, teaching and consulting are set to grow. The VET sector currently provides training courses for nine out of ten occupations predicted to have the greatest growth of new jobs over the next five years. So, those new skills of yours will be put to good use. If none of those tickles your fancy, jump on over to myskills.gov.au where they have crunched the numbers on how each industry stacks up.

Source: https://www.fya.org.au/2018/07/03/the-7-biggest-myths-about-vocational-education-training-vet/

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Living History

7 September 2018

On Wednesday, the Year 1 girls had a fun day visiting the Jondaryan Woolshed. Throughout this term, we have been comparing past and present items and experiences in relation to technology, school, family structures, as well as family roles and responsibilities. Our visit to the Woolshed provided us with the opportunity to deepen our understanding of life in the past through making our own damper, exploring the old buildings, sitting in an old classroom and learning about school in the early years of Australia. We were also able to pet and feed farm animals.

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

7 September 2018

Did you spot these stories 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 of the story with us. Kindly forward the story via email to development@glennie.qld.edu.au.

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This week in boarding

7 September 2018

The Year 12 boarders have just completed  QCS testing and I have heard the blow by blow descriptions of what was good and what they were less enthusiastic about. These times are like being in a very large family with 29 children who are both worried and elated. The end of the year busyness and celebrations will shortly be upon our Year 12 boarders and they face many decisions. Formal outfits are being made, and each departing group has its own character and good qualities.

The boarders are studying hard for exams and making the most of the specialist tutoring we provide. Wednesday night following QCS is always set aside in Simmons for some post QCS downtime with the pizza delivery following Chapel. The stress is temporarily reduced and the girls often subside into a much-needed sleep after two days of hard work and a lot of quite intense preparation. QCS is one of those life passages and it is now over for 2018.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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TGS Choral Showcase Concert

7 September 2018

Last week our Combined Grammar and Glennie choir, Xpression performed at Grammar’s Choral Concert. The evening was a showcase of Grammar’s choirs and solo vocalists and featured our combined choir. It was a lovely evening held at the Empire Theatre. A big thank you to our conductor Mrs Wendy Evans and accompanist Mrs Natalie Otto for your continued commitment and support of Xpression.

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“Behind The Hangar Doors” - LifeFlight Ball

7 September 2018

On Saturday night our String Quartet consisting of Miss Teresa Brix, Hannah Smith, Isabel Lanigan and Gabrielle Kleidon had the privilege of being amongst some of the first people to enter the new purpose-built Clive Berghofer LifeFlight Centre when they performed at the annual LifeFlight Rescue Gala Ball. The event, which was attended by over 500 guests is held each year to raise much-needed funds and awareness for our local rescue helicopter service.

 

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PASA Meeting Change of Date

7 September 2018

Please note the at the date for the Performing Arts Supporters Association has changed from the scheduled date of 8 November to the new date of 1 November.

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