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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A Message from the Head of School

21 October 2016

What a delight to attend a farewell picnic with the girls and staff of the Middle and Senior Years yesterday.  The exceptional talent of the girls was displayed during several memorable singing performances, and the speeches were humbling as well as moving.  The “flash mob” finale was absolutely astonishing: all the more so as rehearsals had been kept a closely-guarded secret.  As a community event, this picnic was fun and worth repeating in the future, albeit for different reasons.  Bravo all: most especially, Ms Tonia Gloudemans, Head of Senior Years, whose creative mind was the driving force behind the day.  

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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Walk Together

21 October 2016

This week it was Glennie’s turn to showcase our school in Josh Arnold’s project Walk Together, celebrating cultural diversity and acceptance in local Schools.

Josh Arnold visited assembly this week to launch the collaboration between Small Town Culture which created ‘A Face in the Crowd', a song about proudly stepping out from the crowd to make your mark on the world.

A group of middle years girls worked with Mr Arnold during Terms 2 and 3 to write the song and create the film clip. The girls should be very proud of their efforts.

The Chronicle was on hand to take photos of the performers.

This project is supported by MDA and the Queensland Council of Unions

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Leadership conference takes girls to new heights

21 October 2016

The Year 11 leadership weekend started at Glennie on Sunday afternoon where the girls were captivated and inspired by the energy and insight of Mr Bernie Kelly. After a BBQ dinner and a reflective Chapel Service, the girls travelled to Emu Gully where Bernie continued to show them the benefits of seeing the good in others.

Monday gave the girls the opportunity to practise teamwork, good communication and encouragement through a series of challenging physical tasks.

In the coming weeks girls will be placed in Senior Committees, and then voting will commence for Committee captains and School Captain and Vice-Captain.

The attitude and conduct of all girls at this camp was exemplary.

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

14 October 2016

By the time you read this, the Year 6 girls will be arriving home from a week in Sydney and Canberra.

Yesterday, the Junior Years girls attended the Last Post Ceremony, and were invited to lay a wreath at the Australian War Memorial on behalf of The Glennie School, and in particular memory of all of the soldiers who needed to come to the Surgical Division for the 117 Australian General Hospital, which was on The Glennie School site during World War II.

Our Assembly Hall, Gymnasium, Performing Arts and Junior Years Administration buildings were all built at this time and were hospital wards and operating theatres. For more information on this part of the School’s history, click on the link below.

Glennie During World War II

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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Tennis

14 October 2016

Glennie tennis players travelled to Brisbane last weekend for the first round of Knowles Cup. We were drawn to play All Hallows and Lourdes Hill, with All Hallows, in particular, being a traditionally strong tennis school.

Despite very hot and humid conditions, we recorded some fantastic results, and all girls can be proud of their efforts.

The Intermediate team was dominant, winning 17 of a possible 20 points on the day. Our Junior team also defeated their opponents in both fixtures, and our Senior teams were competitive and played a high standard of tennis, winning a number of sets.

Our tennis girls play Fairholme this Saturday at Grammar in what should be a great competition. Games start at 8:00 am. Why not come along and show your support?

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A Message from the Head of School

7 October 2016

Everyone loves Term 4!  That’s the theme of so many conversations.  The days are warmer and longer. The boarders anticipate the end of the school year and the chance to go home for the long summer holidays. Glennie girls have never been more mature nor more competent in their grade level.  There are exciting events to look forward to: some of them momentous!  No wonder everyone loves Term 4. It will pass in a flash, although there is much to be learned and completed in just seven weeks. I hope to make the most of every last minute of it.

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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A Message from the Head of School

15 September 2016

Another Term 3 has seen many triumphs and highlights. Congratulations to the Junior Years on an outstanding Arts production! The Eisteddfod and Choral Concert provided many memorable performances. Chess history was made when Glennie girls were named  “best girls’ team” at the Toowoomba championships. Several netball teams won grand finals, while the footballers took the Red Lions trophy from Harristown after eleven years. Over $8,000 was raised for cancer research on Ribbon Day...Once again, the girls have made us proud.  I pay tribute to them and especially to the staff who teach, coach, encourage and care for them.

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

9 September 2016

This weekend, sees the culmination of nearly three terms of rehearsals and preparation for the biennial Junior Years Arts Showcase, incorporating the musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr, Dance and Visual Art displays.  

It promises to be an explosion of colour and song and we look forward to seeing the Glennie community coming together to enjoy this production at one of the three performances tonight and tomorrow. We thank you for your support of this event.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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A Message from the Head of Senior Years

2 September 2016

On Tuesday and Wednesday, 64 Glennie Seniors joined 30,000 other Year 12 students in sitting the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) tests. These tests provide the scaling information for the calculation of Overall Positions (OPs) which are then used to select students for tertiary entrance.

As all Glennie girls know, group – not individual – test results are used as part of the scaling processes. In effect, QCS is a team sport! Thus, dressed in Sports uniform, the Glennie Seniors participated in a ‘pre-match’ motivational war cry on the oval, followed by QCS-themed cupcakes and coffee at lunchtime and a sausage sizzle on Wednesday. Well done, girls and staff, for all your hard work and preparation. We look forward to seeing your great results in mid-November!

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Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

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A Message from the Head of Middle Years

26 August 2016

It is a busy time of assessment for many of the girls and the Year 12 girls have QCS tests next week. It is important when feeling stressed and sometimes overwhelmed, to stop, reflect and be thankful for what we have. The Paralympics are around the corner and the advertising emphasising 'Yes, I can' has been a focus in Middle Years assemblies over the past two weeks. Our guest speaker, Trish Jackson (please see the article below) certainly emulated that. It is all about your attitude. We also celebrate Ribbon Day today, and as we raise money for cancer research, it is certainly timely to look outside ourselves and acknowledge the blessings in our life.

Mrs Jo Matherson
Head of Middle Years

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A Message from the Head of School

19 August 2016

Australian of the Year and former chief of the Army, Lt Gen David Morrison, is famous for saying: the standard you walk past is the standard you accept. While these words were not his originally, they are certainly quotable. I am currently asking Glennie girls not to accept anything of mediocre standard in themselves.  I expect the girls to present themselves well and in accordance with school rules.  I expect them to respect each other’s property and keep the grounds very clean and tidy.  And I expect the staff to be checking on the girls.  Thank you for your support.

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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Benjamin Glennie's Legacy

12 August 2016

This week, we commemorated Founder’s day, with three separate services held for Junior girls in the Assembly Hall and for Middle and Senior Years girls at St Luke’s Church.

Reverend Benjamin Glennie was a remarkable man and a wonderful role model and example for us all. It was a shame that he never saw his dream of building a school come to reality, despite having raised the funds through the sale of fruit and vegetables and other enterprises to purchase the land on which Glennie stands, as he died in 1900, but I am sure that he would be very proud if he could see the school today.

2016 commemorates the 108th anniversary of the foundation of our school. The Glennie Memorial School, as it was known started in 1908, at a cost of nearly 7,000 pounds. The official opening conducted by Archbishop Donaldson was held on Wednesday 10 August 1910 and Founder’s Day has been celebrated on this day ever since.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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A Message from the Head of School

5 August 2016

Last Friday’s secondary interhouse athletics carnival and the recent Eisteddfod involvement have given Glennie girls the opportunity to show their good sportsmanship. Our carnivals are both competitive and supportive: the girls are to be commended for the way they strive for excellence without losing their ability to encourage one another. In the world of competitive music, where adjudications are often subjective as well as surprising, the girls were repeatedly disappointed, but they maintained their good humour and positive attitude. We also expect gracious acceptance of whatever sports team a girl is allocated to: attitude thus becomes a mark of character.

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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A Message from the Head of Middle Years

29 July 2016

What a stunning day for an Interhouse Athletics Carnival. As the Middle and Senior Years girls assembled for the marching this morning, the sky was clear and the breeze still. The Marching itself is a wonderful way to begin the day, heightening  House spirit and a sense of team in every girl. The Glennie Interhouse Athletics Carnival day is a culmination of marching practice and athletics trials and pre-events that have been taking place for some weeks. The Sports staff and Heads of House have been working closely with the girls over this time to ensure the success of the day and the Year 12 girls have set the tone for all in their house to be a part of the action and to support their House mates.

As a new staff member at Glennie, it is tangible to me how Glennie girls show spirit, value community, support one another and get in and have a go.

Mrs Jo Matherson
Head of Middle Years

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

22 July 2016

The theme of the Year of Courage was certainly brought to the fore on Wednesday evening when Miss Paris Turkington returned to Glennie to share her amazing story of courage, resilience and determination with nearly one hundred Year 6 leaders, their teachers and Heads of Junior  Schools from the eight member IPSHA Schools in Toowoomba.

Her inspiring talk had the students spellbound. Interviewed by Year 6 girl, Mackenzie Oliphant, Paris talked frankly about her life before and since this tragic event, which has changed her forever.  I thank Paris and her mum, Phoebe, most sincerely for coming back and sharing their time with us at this special event.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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A Message from the Head of School

15 July 2016

The announcement of Mrs Kim Cohen as our new Principal from 2017 is a most welcome one. Mrs Cohen has a strong background of leadership within girls’ schools, both here and overseas. (Her accent is similar to mine!) She is delighted to be moving to Toowoomba and is looking forward to getting to know the Glennie community. To support her, we have many experienced senior members of staff, some of whom have been here longer than I have. The School is well-placed for a seamless transition and parents need not be anxious about the future. There are exciting times ahead!

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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A Message from the Head of School

16 June 2016

Last Sunday’s loss of Mrs Lisa Chan, School Receptionist, has affected our community deeply. Lisa’s bright and bubbly personality, her lively sense of humour and her warmth and helpfulness will be sorely missed. What has helped enormously has been the response of the community.  From many tributes on our Facebook page, to flowers delivered to Reception, and then a Coffee Van: we have appreciated all the support offered.  The students at yesterday’s annual Glennie vs Grammar charity football game also honoured Mrs Chan and loved seeing her daughter, Jess (Glennie senior 2014) there as well.  Thank you, one and all.

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

10 June 2016

Wednesday this week was designated the day for International Education Support Staff. At Glennie, we have over one hundred staff who work tirelessly every day to ensure that all of the services and functions of the school are working effectively, thereby enabling the smooth running of our school.

So much goes on behind the scenes, day and night, of which many of us are unaware. To you all, we say a huge thank you. Your role in the school is vital to Glennie’s success. I know the girls and parents, as well as the teaching staff and Executive, appreciate the important role that you all play. Thank you, one and all!

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

10 June 2016

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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A Message from the Head of School

3 June 2016

A Glennie father was amazed at the quality of his daughter’s English assignment. He commented that there was no way he would have been able to read or think so widely on the topic when he was her age. Sometimes we underestimate the value and power of the resources available to teachers and students. There is so much new knowledge, literally at our fingertips. To see how science and mathematics education have developed, please feel welcome to attend our Science Centre Open Day next week. It’s not all about the building! All are welcome: please bring along any interested friends.

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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A Message from the Head of Senior Years

27 May 2016

This week I was fortunate to hear former Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, speak at the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Conference about the fight for gender equality in Australia. Ms Broderick is a powerful advocate for gender equality, is global co-chair of the UN’s Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group, and has roles with gender programs for the World Bank, NATO and the Australian Defence Force. Although she argues for unique strategies to deal with equalising economic wealth, the strategy of storytelling is a powerful influence tool for other areas of life and is available to everyone – including children. You don’t need to be extraordinary to have influence. You just need an ability to frame a story, make it compelling and enable the listener to connect with the issue. Young people are great storytellers. We should encourage them to use their stories to rally people to take action. What powerful leaders and advocates for change we will be developing!

Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

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Anxiety happens but there is help!

27 May 2016

The Year 11 Health classes welcomed Glennie parent and Associate Professor Gavin Beccaria from University of Southern Queensland to speak on the topic of anxiety this week. Assoc. Prof. Beccaria outlined the common signs and symptoms of anxiety. The girls now have some strategies to implement and share with friends to reduce anxiety. The breathing exercises he shared with the girls will certainly assist them as their assessment commitments increase as the end of Term 2 approaches.

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A Message from the Head of Middle Years

20 May 2016

Recently, I have been focusing on the use of technology in the Middle Years, reminding parents of the age limits for social media apps and our responsibilities to protect our children. Parallel to this, we need to remind the girls of their responsibilities. Often we focus on appropriate use of social media but issues such as identity fraud and online scams are becoming more prevalent and our girls need to know how to engage online, safely. We are working towards becoming an e-smart school and Marie Miegel in the Junior Years is leading this project. This will ensure our girls are regularly reminded about topical issues related to the use of technology and it will engage them in educating others.

Mrs Jo Matherson
Head of Middle Years

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