A Message from the Head of Senior Years

14 July 2017

With Queensland’s system of senior assessment set to change, a great deal of work has been done by teachers to ensure The School is ready for 2018 and beyond. Central to the changes include:

  • new processes to strengthen the quality and comparability of school-based assessment
  • an external assessment introduced in most subjects
  • a move away from the Overall Position (OP) rank to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

Although we have most of the information we need to make decisions about how we will implement the changes at Glennie, it is important for parents to note that some of the fine print has yet to be released. What does this mean for parents of students who are currently in Year 9? In terms of making decisions about elective subjects for 2018:

  • We may not have enough syllabus information to outline the detail of those subjects on offer
  • We may not have all the answers to questions about student acceleration in the Senior Years
  • We may not know how special arrangements will work for individual students seeking a unique study program 

All parents are invited to read the attached QCAA information sheet outlining a comparison of the current and new systems. We will also have a Year 9 Parent Information Evening later in the term outlining the changes as they will affect students at Glennie. Note: this evening is not the one next week! A date will be determined in the next few weeks.

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

15 June 2017

I am not sure where this term has gone! It has certainly been very busy, with all sub-schools involved in a myriad of activities across the departments of the school. The girls have, on the whole, been very involved and have given of their best in the classrooms and out of them. I congratulate them all on their work and effort. I know that our boarders, in particular, are looking forward to spending some time at home and in their communities.

I would also like to thank the staff, both teaching and non-teaching members, who have worked so hard to provide the best opportunities and care for your children.

On behalf of Mrs Cohen, I wish you all a very relaxing and enjoyable winter break with your sons and daughters. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all back for the start of Term 3.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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A Message from the Head of Middle Years

9 June 2017

As the semester comes to a close, it is time to reflect on the things we have achieved and where we could have improved. This week in Middle Years Assembly, I spoke to the girls about how those who work hard are usually contented and satisfied with the way they have lived their life because they know they have done their best. Educating a child is a team effort but ultimately, it is their future, and they must take responsibility for their own learning. Teachers and parents are there to provide the support they need to embark on their learning journey. The article (linked here), Ten Ways for Parents to Help Teachers Help Their Children Learn, provides some good advice to enhance the partnership between parents and teachers to support a child's learning.

Ten Ways for Parents to Help Teachers Help Their Children Learn

  1. Create a smooth take off each day. Get organised the night before. Give your children a hug before they leave the house, and you head to work. Tell them how proud you are of them. Your children's self-confidence and sense of security will help them do well both in school and in life. A positive, happy start is the best foundation for the day at school.
  2. Prepare for a happy reunion at the end of the day. Create predictable rituals such as 10–20 minutes listening to your children talk about their day over an after-school snack—before you check phone messages, read the mail, or begin dinner. This is truly quality time when your children know your attention is focused on them, and they can count on you every day after school.
  3. Fill your child's lunchbox with healthy snacks and lunches. Have dinner as a family, preferably round the table, at a reasonable hour. In the morning provide a healthy breakfast with whole grains, protein and fruit. A well-balanced diet maximises your children's learning potential and helps them stay alert throughout the school day.
  4. Include peaceful times in your children's afternoons and evenings. Maintain a schedule of regular bedtimes, device free at least half an hour prior to bed time, that allows them to go to school rested. Children need plenty of sleep for healthy physical and mental development and success at school.
  5. Remember it's your children's homework, not yours. Create a homework space that's clutter-free and quiet. Encourage editing and double-checking work, but allow your children to make mistakes, as it's the way teachers can gauge if they understand the material. It's also how children learn responsibility for the quality of their work.
  6. Fill your children's lives with a love for learning by showing them your own curiosity, respecting their questions, and encouraging their efforts.
  7. Fill your home with books to read, books simply to look at, and books that provide answers to life's many questions. Public libraries are an excellent resource and can become a habit from a very early age.
  8. Be a partner with your child's teacher. When you need to speak to the teacher in reference to a specific issue with your child, do it privately, not in front of your child. Never criticise your child's teacher in front of your child. Keep adult disagreements among the adults concerned.
  9. Set up a system where routine items are easily located—such as backpacks, shoes, signed notices. Create a central calendar for upcoming events to make sure everyone is prepared.
  10. Become involved in school activities. This could be helping with a sports team, joining the P & F or helping out at an event. Teachers appreciate the practical support of parents  - and children whose parents are involved do better at school.

Mrs Jo Matherson
Head of Middle Years

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A Message from the Head of Senior Years

2 June 2017

What sort of feedback should students receive on assignment drafts? This is an important question because often there is misunderstanding about the purpose of formative feedback. According to the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority, when teachers provide feedback on drafts, they indicate aspects of the responses that need to be improved or developed in order to meet the objectives and standards. This may include advice to re-sequence ideas, better explain a point raised or amend spelling, punctuation and grammar. Thus, feedback is a developmental process. It is not a re-working of students’ responses, nor is it a summary of all the issues the responses have failed to address.

To put it bluntly, teacher feedback is not a road map to an “A” result. On the contrary, feedback is teaching. It is about developing in students the ability to judge the quality of their own work and to regulate what they are doing while they are doing it. In essence, it is strengthening students’ capacity to self-regulate their own performance. While there is no question that teachers want students to do well, our goal in providing feedback on student performance and how it can be improved is to develop independence in learning.

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

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A Message from the Head of Middle Years

19 May 2017


After such a long dry spell, it was a guarantee that it would rain on the day scheduled for the Junior Years Athletics Carnival. The girls and staff have adjusted quickly to a school day today, and the rain is welcome. In a short term such as this, there are many events compressed into the middle of the term, and the girls are busy with assignments and the seniors are beginning their examination preparation. The Science Experience Day today was an amazing opportunity for girls to engage with scientists from USQ exploring what scientific research is all about and investigate careers in STEM. The timing of this is crucial so that they can make informed decisions about their senior study pathways.

Mrs Jo Matherson
Head of Middle Years

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A Message from the Deputy Head of Senior Years

12 May 2017

Winter is certainly on its way at Glennie. The temperature is dropping, the girls are in winter uniform, and the Term 2 exam block is rapidly approaching. Two ways Glennie girls can be organised this term is to ensure they have all components of the winter uniform, and if need be, hems have been let down to ensure skirts are the right length. Visit the GOSS if you need to replace anything.

Another important way girls can be organised is by ensuring they have looked ahead to their assessment and examination schedule and have developed a study plan that will let them meet their co-curricular commitments, be well prepared for assessment, and also have time to relax. Girls can approach their tutor or classroom teachers if they need assistance in organising their time effectively. We look forward to seeing our warmly dressed and well-prepared girls do their best as we enter the last half of the term!

Miss Alison Bedford
Deputy Head of Senior Years (acting)

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

5 May 2017

With the Middle and Senior Years Musical behind us, our attention now turns to the Toowoomba Eisteddfod which started this week and continues into next week.

Our choirs, speech and drama students and pianists across the school have been preparing over the last few months for their performances’ and we are all looking forward to their presentations in the coming days.

Girls and staff, good luck with your performances and thank you for your commitment to the Arts and all that these activities add to the culture of our school.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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A Message from the Head of Senior Years

20 April 2017

It was wonderful that we were able to present some 15 and 20-year long service awards at our staff meeting this week. We are very fortunate to have so many knowledgeable and experienced professionals at Glennie.

In terms of teaching staff, schools (like universities and governments), have a particular responsibility to nurture and support those new to the profession. The future of education in Australia depends on providing time and space for our best and brightest young practitioners to become proficient and experienced. It takes between five and eight years to become a great teacher. Five to eight years of mentoring, pedagogical development, kindness and understanding. It is a responsibility that we take very seriously here at Glennie. All beginning teachers work as part of a team. Decisions about assessment, marking, moderation, methodology, sequencing, timing and support are all made collectively.

As we appoint new teachers to replace those on leave this year, please trust that our teaching teams are working towards achieving the best for each and every Glennie girl. Different teaching styles of new and experienced teachers – be they direct, student centred or a hybrid of both – are all valued at Glennie. Variety develops in students the skills of critical thinking, metacognition, collaboration, responsibility and adaptability – skills that will assist them to live and work successfully in the 21st century.

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

29 March 2017

When we reflect back over the term, and Mrs Cohen’s first, there have been so many events and activities in which the girls (and our Kindy boys!) have been involved.

The term has been a very busy, yet productive one, with our new students settling into the culture, ways and routines of this special place and achieving well across so many different areas. The staff and girls here last year have assisted, too, in making the transition for everyone very smooth indeed. Thank you!

It is time now for a recharge for all over this ‘HolyDay’ break - an opportunity to relax, reflect and rejuvenate before the new term begins.

Mrs Cohen and all of the staff join me in wishing families a Happy and Holy Easter break together. Stay safe and we look forward to your return!

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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Headlights

24 March 2017

Years 7 to 9 enjoyed the camp experience this week and Year 10 left for their adventure today. Camps offer more than a list of activities to participate in, and the girls learn much about their strengths and how well they manage when taken out of their comfort zone. They learn that it's okay to make mistakes, just give everything a go anyway. When old girls come back to Glennie, it is often camps about which they reminisce. Your daughter may come back excited about her time away, or maybe she did not enjoy the activities much. Either way, remind her that the important thing is what she learned along the way about herself and others. Those are the life-long skills and memories that will stay with her.

Mrs Jo Matherson
Head of Middle Years

Here are a few photos from the Year 8 camp, more to follow next week.

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A Message from the Deputy Head of Senior Years

17 March 2017

As we head into the final two weeks of term, the attention of girls – and staff – is turning to end of term assessment. For Senior Years girls the first exam block of the year is an important moment to set the right pattern to help them get the best results they can. Think of the cricketer who wants to finish the season with a great batting average – good scores in the first few innings are a huge part of the foundation in achieving this goal. The moral of the story?  Hit the ground running, girls!  Now is your chance to show your teachers what you can do and make a start on earning those great results that you dream about getting at the end of the semester – or the year in the case of Year 12s. Good luck in your exams girls!

Mr John Farmer
Deputy Head of Senior Years

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A Message from Mr Warren

10 March 2017

This morning, whilst walking in the courtyard, I was reminded by one of the Year 1 girls; “only two more sleeps until the Glennie Fair, Mr Warren. Are you excited?”

I think we all get very excited by the Glennie Fair, as our Glennie School community comes together for a wonderful day of both ‘Friendraising and Fundraising’- two things for which our Parents and Friends’ Association and our many helpers are so renowned. Thank you, one and all!

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday - excited, like our Year 1s and enjoying this very special day in the life of our school.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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A Message from the Head of Middle Years

3 March 2017

It was lovely to have the opportunity to chat with most of the Year 7 girls individually this week, although the circumstances could have been better. It was immunisation day, and while some of the girls found this easy, others found it more challenging. Something easy is not necessarily memorable, and the girls who found this difficult really had to dig deep and find strength in themselves to see the task through. It was hard work for some, and in the end, they learned that they could push through and complete a task that they originally thought they couldn't. They learned something about themselves and next time this new-found inner strength will serve them well.

Mrs Jo Matherson
Head of Middle Years

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A Message from the Principal

24 February 2017

This week the Chronicle published an article in which they listed the number of OPs 1-5 achieved by schools in the Toowoomba Region. The report was unusual in that it listed total numbers of OPs achieved in this category as opposed to the percentage of OP eligible students who obtained these scores. The article also implies that schools that achieve these scores are of a better standard than those with a greater spread of OPs. I was disappointed that while we are listed as having 15 students who achieved scores in the range of 1 to 5, the article did not mention that this number represents 24% of our OP eligible students. I am personally more interested to know the percentage (not number) of students who were offered their first or second preference of tertiary course. When this information becomes available, I will share it with you.

Interestingly in 2016 across Queensland only 50.9% of students used the OP pathway to gain access to tertiary study. Our approach has been to take a personalised approach to provide expert individual guidance and support to every Glennie girl in order for them to achieve their chosen destination.Every student who finished Year 12 in 2016 did so with a pathway into a career; be that a university entrance through the OP or ranking pathway, a Certificate II or III, a diploma, traineeship or apprenticeship.  

At this point I would like to reiterate what we hold dear at The Glennie school; that is inspiring our girls to Be All they can be, to learn through engagement and taking challenges, to learn how to be critical thinkers, to learn myriad skills such as analysing, evaluation and creative thinking, all of which can be transferred to numerous contexts.  

A great example of a student who has risen to a challenge and achieved reward, as a result, is Bella Joseland (Yr 12). I would like to share with you the story she wrote which won her a prestigious Heywire award and the opportunity to attend the annual Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra. Heywire is a competition where people aged 16 to 22 living in regional Australia can submit a story about life in Australia outside the major cities. It gives young Australians the opportunity to tell their story and allow their voice to be heard. Each winning story was recorded and featured on the ABC website and also the ABC Local Radio in early December.

I hear the UHF radio crackle in its leather case as the mustering helicopter flies overhead. The sound stirs a ripple of excitement through my whole body and I am grateful to be here on my horse and to be trucking our cows back home after so many tough years of drought; mustering them together, loading and moving from one agistment property to the next as the grass vanishes from each place, we’ve been just battling to keep our breeding stock alive. I’m freezing cold and completely wet from my workshirt to my socks but there’s just another 4km to walk the cows though the soaking rain - the rain we’ve been waiting for, for so long. I am heartbroken to look through the foggy, drizzle and see a little mickey calf with a dingo bite and chunk out of his back leg and a cow with a full udder and after birth searching for her calf, I eye off the fresh dingo tracks and know in my gut she won’t find her calf alive.

There is nothing more depressing than the drought and to watch the cottonseed get devoured by starving cattle as fast as I shovel it in the tubs, the cows are still hungry but I know that’s all they can have until tomorrow. At the second water I stop and notice a cow lying down, skin and bone and too weak to stand. I take a deep breath and reach for the gun, I know we have done all we can to keep her alive yet my eyes still well with tears as I am forced to point the barrel, pull the trigger and orphan her 2 week old calf. As I pull up at the last water hole I see a cow struggling to free herself from the bog, I once again hook up the snatch-em strap to the tow ball and drag her up the bank.

It’s a hard life on the land but if you ride out the tough times it is also very rewarding and I would not trade it for anything. Growing up out here in western Queensland is something that for many kids is only a dream. The biggest advantage is the wide open spaces and the close-knit communities. Not every pub has a man like Grimmo, an ex-truck driver who has taken the town on as his family. He’s always there for a yarn, to shout you an ice-cream and most importantly he makes anyone who walks in feel as if they belong.  

Living 30km from your closest neighbour is something that may seem completely unrealistic for people in the city however how I’ve grown up, distance is nothing and just becomes a part of life. Growing up in regional Australia I have gained a perspective about life. It is a unique gift that most will never understand; total value for family, friends, neighbours and community. Through it I have learned to cherish every moment.

I grew up on our family cattle property in the small community of Yaraka where our population of the town is smaller than the number of pets I owned. Just the same as all small communities in outback Australia, Yaraka has taught me everyone has to come together and pull their weight to get the job done. No matter the size of the task ahead, the most important thing is the bond between the people, the spirit they bring and the responsibly taken from such a young age. This truly is what I believe is so special about growing up on the land in rural Australia.

Bella addressed students at assembly last week and said of her experience in Canberra, ‘Over the course of the week we talked of the issues amongst rural and regional areas such as mental health, education in rural areas, not enough young Australians interested in agriculture and drug and alcohol abuse etc. We then split into seven groups depending on what we were most passionate about then aimed to develop ideas into a proposal that will create change in our local communities. Throughout the week we discussed our ideas with politicians, members of the public and people from each different department. They helped us to enhance and develop our idea for our pitch on the final day to the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal who may provide a $10 000 grant for our program if they believe it has a future.

The opportunities Heywire has given me are invaluable, and I believe it taught me two things: that I have a voice, and what my voice is! Thanks for listening and I encourage each and every one of you living in regional Australia to enter your story and may just be lucky enough to be part of Heywire 2018’.

Congratulations Bella and all the best for the outcome of the grant presentation!

Wishing you all a blessed and rewarding weekend and week ahead.

Mrs Kim Cohen
Principal

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A Message from the Head of Middle Years

17 February 2017

After a warm few weeks, the Middle and Senior Years girls were keen to hit the pool today and compete in the annual Swimming Carnival. The cup was hotly contested again this year, and girls proudly displaying House colours cheered on those competing to do their best in each event. A day like today really highlights the vitality you feel as a member of the Glennie community. It is not so much about winning or losing but about having a go, supporting others to do their best and sharing in the highs of House spirit.

Mrs Jo Matherson
Head of Middle Years

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A message from the Head of Junior Years

10 February 2017

This weekend is one of those great events at Glennie, where girls across Junior, Middle and Senior Years join together with their teachers and tutors to practise their repertoire for the Eisteddfod later this year and to learn to work together in ‘ensemble’, not only in music, but in the many social opportunities of Music Camp.

This annual event highlights the benefits of our K to 12 structure, with girls in the Junior Years participating in music with their leaders in the Middle and Senior Years; seeing them as both friends and mentors.  

Thank you to all of the tutors and teachers for giving the girls this fantastic opportunity to both work and have fun together.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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A Message from the Principal

3 February 2017

I thought that I would take this opportunity to share a snippet from my presentation at the Commissioning ceremony last week:

My first goal when arriving at The Glennie School was to touch base with all the staff, students and members of the broader Glennie community in as many contexts and as often as possible. And to this end I have spent much of my time thus far meeting and listening to what these people have to say. From these conversations I have learnt much about Glennie and the requirements of the role that I have inherited:

  • I have learnt that the community is cohesive and excited about the future.
  • I have learnt that the girls are funny, warm, committed to their studies and The Glennie School.
  • I have learnt that the teachers are dedicated to our girls and passionate in their desire to ensure that all Glennie girls can be All She Can Be.
  • I have learnt that the younger girls love learning and want to have fun and feel loved.
  • I have learnt that the facilities staff and the cleaners look forward to coming to work and being in an environment where all members are treated with respect and compassion.
  • I have learnt that parents have justifiably high expectations of the school and want to feel confident that their daughters are in the best hands for the important job of educating them in an all-round manner.
  • I have learnt that the boarders love being here – that this is their second home, where they can study, socialise and feel nurtured.
  • So, we’re in a good place. I have stepped into an environment where the community seem content and good learning is happening.

All of my learnings from my conversations underpin what I believe about girls’ education and why it is so very important. As an educator and leader of young women in girls’ schools for over 13 years and a mother of three daughters, I am passionate about the intellectual development, faith engagement and well-being of girls. My desire is to ensure that our school is a safe, welcoming environment where all students are treated respectfully as individuals and encouraged to develop a love of life and learning that will support them to achieve to their full potential emotionally, spiritually and academically at school and beyond. My vision for The Glennie School is to continue on the trajectory on which Wendy Ashley-Cooper and previous principals placed this school; that is to ensure that Glennie goes from strength to strength as it becomes the school of choice in girls’ education in Regional South East Queensland and beyond.

Middle and Senior Years Parents Focus Group

I would like to take this opportunity to invite interested parents to send in expressions of interest if you wish to be part of the Middle and Senior Years Parents Focus Group that I meet once a term. The group comprises of eight parents and we currently have four vacancies to be filled for 2017 and 2018. Please contact my assistant if you are interested.

All the best for a fulfilling and blessed weekend and week ahead.

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A Message from the Principal

27 January 2017

Welcome to 2017, The Year of Possibility. First up, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the wonderful welcome that I have had to The Glennie School. Students, staff and parents have been overwhelmingly kind in their words and gestures of welcome.

In line with The Year of Possibility I have been speaking to students about the quote by St Francis of Assisi, "Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible”. I explained that whilst at the start of a big project (be it an artwork, a maths assignment or preparing for a big test) the task may seem overwhelming, if it is broken into small chunks anything is possible. An example that I shared was when sitting down to study for two hours for a looming test, rather study for 20 minutes, break for 5, study for another twenty and so on. In this way the task is no longer daunting, yet the outcome has been achieved.

I also stressed the importance of taking risks, of not being afraid of ‘failure’. Afterall, nothing great was ever achieved, no learning ever done without an element of failure, an element of disappointment. At Glennie our focus is on immersing yourself in learning, on becoming more interesting and interested people. As such there can be no such thing as failure, if you are prepared to listen to feedback, revisit the situation and try again, and again and again. I am not promoting a desire to fail, far from it, but rather a desire to rise to the challenge, to take risks in a secure environment. There can be no better place to fall down than when surrounded by supportive staff, students and parents who can help pick you up, dust you off and encourage you to make another attempt. I will leave you with the famous quote by Michael Jordan that I shared with the girls, “I have failed over and over and over in my life and that is why I succeed’.

Ellie de Jong and Pippa Beeson addressed the students on middle Years and Senior years assemblies this week. They had some wonderful messages for the girls. Please see their speech below:

 

Mrs Kim Cohen
Principal

Welcome back everyone to the start of a new school year. It is a real pleasure and an honour for Pippy and myself to be able to welcome you. I hope you all had a great holiday: sleeping in ‘til lunch time, catching a movie or some sun at the beach . . . however you spent your time I hope you feel recharged and ready for 2017.

2017 - The Year of . . . Possibility. Let’s start by asking “what does possibility mean”. Possibility can be interpreted as: a thing that may happen. So, perhaps, the year of possibility means making the most of opportunities that Glennie has in store for us.

Another definition of possibility is "...one's utmost power, capacity and ability." To reach our individual possibility and potential, and really be all we can be, we should try to take every opportunity that comes along to grow and to develop in ourselves, whether it be academically, in sport, performing in the arts, or anything we choose.

Think back to last year....I'm sure we can all think of things that went really well for us - and things that didn't. Things we enjoyed doing, and things we didn't. The challenge this year will be to try to change those things that we didn't enjoy doing, or where we didn't perform at our best. This is where possibility happens! When you begin to think about how things could be different, you are considering 'possibility'.

The only limits to our possibilities, are the limits we place on ourselves. Fear of what others think of us and doubt in our own abilities will stop us from being all we can be.

On the holidays, Pippy and I went a Student Leadership Conference where we had the opportunity to listen to the personal stories from truly inspiring female leaders. One of these speakers was Liz Volpe, one of Australia's leading female entrepreneurs who founded the League of Extraordinary Women. Her message was to embrace the word 'yes' - say “yes” to as many opportunities as we can. She also added that attitude matters - a positive attitude and mindset, and drive to have a go, will lead to success.

One of the workshops we participated in encouraged us to reflect on things that could be changed about our own school environment. Pippy and I both agreed that this year we would like to encourage and challenge everyone to join in school events, whether it be signing up for the swimming carnival, toughing it out at cross country or getting the most out of PDP days. Seize these opportunities while you are at school; they are there for a reason!

Have the courage to be involved. When sport sign-ups come around, consider the possibility of enjoying a new sport – there’s a good chance that you will have fun, learn a new skill and enjoy getting to know new girls, but you will never know unless you take that opportunity. Maybe you need to consider the possibility of putting more time into studying a certain subject to improve your grades. Remember – ‘power, capacity, ability. Set yourself some goals for what you want to achieve this year and write them down - once they're written down they will be easier to stick to. Don't feel like you have to achieve the possible on your own either – decide to do things together, and don’t forget to ask for help - make the most of the many talented, dedicated and experienced girls around you. Put your hand up in class and ask questions - your teachers are here to help you meet your goals. Maybe you are the talented, dedicated one - consider helping your friends and classmates reach their goals!

To the seniors - we are about to begin one of the busiest, most challenging years of school, but it will also be rewarding. It will be a year of 'lasts' - last assemblies, last exams - but perhaps you may also find some way to add in some 'firsts'. Stay organised, stay positive and remember that you don't want to look back wishing you'd done more, or wishing you could've tried harder.

So, ask yourself - what can I do to make this year great? Be courageous and take opportunities to achieve your personal possibilities.

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Ellie and Philippa kickstart leadership journey

27 January 2017

Our 2017 School Captain, Ellie de Jong, and her Vice-Captain, Philippa Beeson kickstarted their leadership journey at the Student Leadership Conference at Bond University.

Ellie writes: The conference was such a worthwhile experience and has certainly given me confidence and a head start in my role as School Captain this year.

We participated in workshops about leadership, listened to amazing guest speakers talking about their own leadership journeys, and had the opportunity to interact with other female school leaders from all over Australia, New Zealand and even the USA.

I hope that, as part of upcoming assembly speeches, I will be able to share some of the lessons I learnt with the rest of the girls at school.

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A Message from the Head of School

25 November 2016

Many thanks to all members of staff and girls who created our signature final events: the three Carols services and the two Speech Day ceremonies yesterday.  These events showcase the heart of The School: our sense of community, our reaching for excellence as well as our spiritual grounding. The recent Arts and Sports Awards nights did the same.  My personal thanks for all the messages of farewell and blessing. Glennie runs on teamwork and I wish to share the credit.  Thank you, too, to our school families for your outstanding support in so many areas. Christmas blessings to you all!

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School
2001 to 2016

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

18 November 2016

We look forward to catching up with most families at our end of year activities with Carol Services this Sunday afternoon and next Wednesday evening and our special Awards Day and Speech day ceremonies on Thursday. This has been an action-packed term, full of events across all areas of our school, celebrating the diverse culture and opportunities of this wonderful place.

This week commenced with the Year 6 Graduation and Service of Thanksgiving, as these girls prepare to move into the Middle Years; for some after seven or eight years. Today, we farewell our Year 12 girls; for some of them after thirteen years at Glennie - most of their life!

We all join together in wishing all of these girls, who have led their school so well during the year, the very best for the future. We are very proud of you all!

Remember, once a Glennie girl, always a Glennie girl!

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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A Message from the Head of Senior Years

11 November 2016

The pool jump is much more than Year 12 Glennie girls marking the completion of their last high school examination. It is a celebration of their entire academic life. From their beginning as a Kindergarten or Prep student, progressing through the thousands of hours in the classroom learning new concepts and ways of looking at the world; consolidating their understandings via innumerable homework tasks, assignments and projects; and participating in over fifty examinations during their senior years alone. Hence the pool jump is a visual feast. It is a collage representing the passing of time - girls in pigtails and short dresses discarding pens and pencil cases for the finale of rejoicing in sparkling waters with their peers. What a wonderful way for Glennie girls to celebrate their entire academic journey!

Mrs Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

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A Message from the Head of Middle Years

4 November 2016

The girls in the Middle and Senior Years are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel as they begin their final assessment block and look forward to end-of-year activities. There is an air of anticipation as the weather warms, and the summer break looms. It is a time in the school year when achievement and commitment are recognised at awards nights, but for some, their achievements for the year are far broader than that which is recognised at school awards nights. My hope is that as the girls look back on the year that was, they are proud of their personal growth. Being recognised by receiving an award is wonderful but achieving growth in who we are is something we can take with us for life.

Mrs Jo Matherson
Head of Middle Years

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

28 October 2016

Today, we celebrated World Teachers’ Day, with the Head of School hosting a morning tea for all teaching staff in the Junior Years Art Studio. This day is an important one as we join together in thanking the teaching staff, in particular, for their wonderful work with all of the girls (and boys!) that we have at Glennie.

World Teachers' Day was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1994 to recognise the role of teachers in society and is celebrated in over 100 countries around the world.

I am sure you agree that the teaching staff at Glennie work so very hard (and well over the hours they are paid), to provide the best teaching and learning experiences, care and support to your children.

Thank you, teachers. We applaud your work!

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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Science Festival ignites scientific minds

28 October 2016

Scientists from USQ filled the laboratories at The Sue Edwards Science Centre for the inaugural Science Festival.  Enjoy a snapshot of the amazing experiments the girls conducted.

WORKSHOP #1 in The Glennie Parents and Friends’ Association laboratory: Forensic Pathology with Ms Leanne Dooley, Lecturer (Laboratory Medicine) at the School of Health and Wellbeing, USQ

  • In this workshop, girls viewed blood slides to identify diseases and illness. They witnessed cell changes for blood collected in different conditions.

WORKSHOP #2 in the Joan Underwood (Osborn) 1931-1938 laboratory: Plant Cell Mitosis with Dr Eliza Whiteside, Senior  Lecturer (Biomedical Science) at the School of Health and Wellbeing, USQ

  • In this workshop, girls used specialised microscopes to identify plant cell mitosis in onion and garlic cells.

WORKSHOP #3 in the Stonestreets  laboratory: UV Investigation with Dr Joanna Turner, Senior Lecturer (Physics), at the School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences, USQ

  • In this workshop, girls designed pictures and applied sunscreen to certain areas in order to see the UV effects experienced in everyday life. Dr Turner is a Glennie Old Girl and it was wonderful to have her work with the girls in our new science centre.

WORKSHOP #4 in the Wippells Autos The Russell Family laboratory: Engineering Pasta Towers with Dr Andrew Maxwell, Senior Lecturer (Electronics and Communications Engineering)  at the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, USQ

  • In this workshop girls were tasked to create cyclone-proof towers of pasta with limited materials. Girls worked in groups to create a tower that could withstand a powerful pedestal fan (cyclone simulation).  Height, flair and functionality all played a part in scoring each group.

WORKSHOP #5 in the Glennie Old Girls’ Association laboratory: Plant Diseases with Dr Anthony Young, Senior Research Fellow (Field Crops Pathology) at the Centre for Crop Health (Administration)

  • In this workshop, girls were able to identify various plant species and witness the effects diseases have on their cells.

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