A Message from the Head of School

13 May 2016

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

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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A Message from the Head of Senior Years

6 May 2016

The theme of this year’s Anglican Schools' Conference was through their eyes, a theme challenging school leaders to think deeply about the lives of students and how they see the world. Helping with this task was renowned Australian demographer and social commentator, Mark McCrindle. What makes Generation Z so very different to Generations X and Y? Future forecasts indicate they will have 5 careers, 15 homes and 17 jobs in their lifetime. 1 in 2 will have university degrees and all of them will have grown up in a digitally-rich environment where electronic interactions with others is the dominant mode of communication. Older Generation Z (those around 15 - 20 years of age) are already indicating they are more interested in job flexibility than job security, devices rather than books and paper, learner-centric environments rather than those curriculum-centred, and visual “how to” instructions rather than verbal or written ones (YouTube already has more hits per day than Google!) Today’s students are more globally connected, more digitally competent, more mobile, visual and social than Generation X and Y have ever been. So, what are the new “Rs” for schools? In a nutshell, keeping learning Real, Relevant, Responsive and Relational.

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

Pictured: Mrs Ashley-Cooper was thrilled to meet author John Marsden at the Anglican Schools' Conference.

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Darling Downs Touch Football

6 May 2016

Congratulations to Isabelle Reed, Holly Willmington, Mognild Eerkens and Jessica Barnes on their selection in the Darling Downs Under 12 Touch Football Team. Congratulations also to Jessica Fitzgibbons who was selected as a shadow player in this team.  

These girls will attend the State Championships in Roma in August. Good luck!

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A Message from the Head of Middle Years

29 April 2016

The opening, dedication and blessing of the new Sue Edwards Science Centre on Wednesday was a magnificent confluence of faith, tradition, innovation, hard work and hope. How incredibly fortunate we are to have such wonderful facilities for our current and future Glennie girls. These facilities are the product of a long-standing School commitment to STEM, careful long-term financial planning, extensive consultation with stakeholders, together with remarkable parent and community generosity and support. This interaction stems from a desire to provide the best education for Glennie girls in order for them to make a positive difference to the world, to lead happy and successful lives, and for each girl to become All She Can Be. To those who have played a part in making this possible, we offer our heartfelt thanks.

Mrs Jo Matherson
Head of Middle  Years

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

22 April 2016

Today, we commemorated ANZAC Day with three separate services of remembrance: Junior, Middle and Senior, each conducted by Glennie’s Chaplain, Reverend Kate Powell. The theme for this year’s commemorations was the Battle of the Somme, which took place in northern France. 2016 marks the centenary of the battle, where over 1,000,000 soldiers from all sides were killed or wounded.

Our services also acknowledged the many men and women who serve today across the world in peacekeeping and support missions. We pray for them all, that they may return home safely at the end of their tours of duty.

We remember all Australians who lost their lives in the many conflicts across the world in the pursuit of freedom. Lest We Forget.

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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A Message from the Head of School

15 April 2016

Ten years ago, in 2006, we welcomed the first indigenous girls sponsored by the newly-established Yalari Foundation.  During that time, 15 girls have completed Year 12 with us, while 13 others have stayed for lesser periods of time.  Currently we have four girls, with two of them set to graduate from Year 12 in 2016.  The number of years of a Glennie education supported by the Yalari Foundation amounts to 95!  We are proud to be the first girls’ school to partner with Yalari in providing a life-changing education for girls who have, in turn, enriched life for other Glennie girls.

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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A Message from the Head of School

23 March 2016

Term 1 has traditionally been a term during which the girls settle into new subjects, levels and teachers.  The pace used to feel leisurely, at least until March.  Not this time!  Once the starting gun had fired, we were moving at high speed: “stepping up”, as some Year 10s told me today, and they were happy for this pace to be set for the year.  With a myriad of co-curricular activities, as well as a wonderful Glennie Fair, all compressed into a few short weeks, the girls are ready for a rest.  This term has definitely felt like a sprint!

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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A Message from the Head of Senior Years

18 March 2016

What a delight it was to have Melinda Tankard Reist at Glennie this week. Melinda is an Australian author, commentator and advocate with a special interest in issues affecting women and girls. She spoke to students in Years 5 to 9 as well as teachers about the difficult world our girls are navigating. She gave students strategies to combat the relentless media focus on sex and the body, as well as the current online environment that encourages peer surveillance and exhibitionism. How rewarding it was to hear the response from one student at the end of a session – “We can act. We are more powerful than we think!” Bravo!

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

(photo: Junior Years with Melinda Tankard Reist)

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

18 March 2016

Did you spot these stories in the Media?

Ms Sandra Jarrett (Past Glennie Arts Teacher) artworks appeared in The ChronicleGallery space provokes thought

Glennie girls appeared on 7News Toowoomba:  Healthy prospects (watch from 10.14 minute mark)

Shelby Emmerton (Year 10) appeared in The Chronicle: Junior Sports
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Ruby Heffernan (year 6) appeared in Highlife Downs Living MagazineGifted Junior

Glennie Sports was mentioned in The ChronicleGlennie looks to technology in sport

Mimi Shaw (GOG 2015) appeared in The ChronicleNo heat relief even though it’s autumn

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

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Glennie dominates in Futsal

18 March 2016

The Glennie Electricks won the Junior Division of the Futsal competition. They progressed to Wednesday's finals undefeated despite being the youngest team in the competition of 12 teams. They beat the self-named Downlands Indigenous team 6-2. A fantastic effort girls! Congratulations to Izzy Harris for being awarded the "Golden Boot" for the Grand Final!

Glennie Storm placed third in the junior competition this term, beating Downlands in an exhilarating penalty shoot out after the game was tied 2-2 at full time. A great effort this season girls!

The Glennie Agapanthus put up a brave fight in their last game of the season on Wednesday in the junior competition. They won their last game in great style!

Well done girls!

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A Message from the Head of Middle Years

11 March 2016

It has been a fabulous few weeks in the Middle Years. Years 7, 8 and 9 have returned from a week at camp and are now focussed on their Term 1 assessments. Camps do not only provide an opportunity for the girls to get to know each other in a different context but provide very specific challenges for them and they must rise to these in an unfamiliar environment. Whether academic, social, or physical, not everyone succeeds initially. Staff do not step in and solve a situation for them but guide the girls to devise a solution for themselves and work through the emotion that is attached. As parents, it is very important to avoid the temptation to rescue your daughter but support her to think her way through the problem. As part of the Mind Fit program, the girls themselves are learning about strategies in order to pause, take a breath and calmly try a new approach.

Success is not always measured by the final outcome but by the things learned along the way.

Mrs Jo Matherson
Head of Middle Years

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

4 March 2016

There is plenty of excitement amongst the Junior Years girls as they ‘count the sleeps’ to the annual Glennie Fair next Sunday ,13 March from 10:00am. This event is certainly a highlight of our year and I know that all new families are in for a great surprise! This event brings our whole school community together.

So much work has gone on behind the scenes over the last year by a large group of parents to prepare for this day. There is still much to be done. Please volunteer if you have any time available, as the setup is huge and every bit of help is greatly appreciated.

We all look forward to seeing you there!

Mr Steve Warren
Head of Junior Years

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A Message from the Head of Senior Years

26 February 2016

At Glennie, camps and excursions play a pivotal role in enhancing student learning and facilitating personal growth and development. Girls are able to extend and enrich their understanding of the world outside the classroom, as well as develop their teamwork and leadership skills, independence, resilience and resourcefulness. How wonderful it was to note that by Wednesday of this week, almost five year levels (comprising 344 girls and staff), were engaged in off-site curriculum-related activities. For those who remained behind at Glennie, it was a very quiet week! For those who took part, however, it was a week of challenges, new experiences, self-discovery and appreciation of the strengths and qualities of others. I look forward to hearing about students’ adventures and discoveries when they return. Thank you, teachers, for facilitating such a wonderful learning opportunity!

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

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A Message from the Head of School

19 February 2016

It is inevitably a time of reflection for me. It will be difficult to leave this beautiful community in December, but I know that the next leader can bring refreshment and new energy. We also have many excellent members of staff who will keep the Glennie ship steadily on course. Glennie has been, literally, my home for the past fifteen years. In some ways, the Year 12 girls and I are making this journey together. I hope we will all make the most of the time left, to enjoy as well as contribute to the further development of The School.

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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A Message from the Head of Middle Years

12 February 2016

It has been a wonderful start to the year for my family and me. We moved from Armidale to Toowoomba and have thoroughly enjoyed our first month here, despite the unexpected humidity. I could not have felt more welcomed by staff, students and parents alike and have really enjoyed getting to know everyone and the sense of community at Glennie.

It is a lovely walk along the verandah to the new Science Labs and I feel very privileged to teach in such state-of-the art facilities that inspire innovation. 11 February was the very first International Day of Women and Girls in Science and it is very fitting that there is a strong focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the School.

It has been a very busy start to 2016 with many events. Years 7, 8 and 9 are very excited about their upcoming camps. I am looking forward to getting to know Year 9 better by visiting their ecology camp and getting to know Years 7 and 8 as the year progresses.

Mrs Jo Matherson
Head of Middle Years

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A Message from the Head of Junior Years

5 February 2016

Every Junior Years classroom seems to have come alive as the girls and Kindy boys become engaged in their class programs. It is great to see such excitement and activity! We are very pleased with how the new students have settled into their classes.

Excitement too, from both staff and girls in the Middle and Senior Years, as they move into their new, state-of-the-art Science facility for the first time. It is well worth taking the opportunity to walk down the verandah if you haven’t yet seen this first-hand.

Easter is very early this year, and our Lenten preparations commence next week with Shrove Tuesday, including pancake races in the Junior Years and stalls in the Middle and Senior Years.  We will hold our special Ash Wednesday service at 8.00am in the Chapel, to which you are all invited.


Mr Steve Warren,
Head of Junior Years

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A Message from the Head of School

29 January 2016

A warm welcome to 2016, the Year of Courage. We have much to celebrate! The magnificent new Science Centre is ready for next week’s classes. The bend on the oval has been transformed. We welcome over 800 girls to Glennie and nearly 50 little boys and girls to the Kindergarten. We also welcome new staff: Head of Middle Years, Mrs Jo Matherson and Director of Operations Mr John Devine. On this year’s Middle and Senior Years’ Parent Focus Group there are currently three vacancies. Please gather your courage and let us know if you would like to be a member.

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A Message from the Head of School

27 November 2015

If one is feeling somewhat weary at the end of the Year of Action, that is hardly surprising! Nevertheless, it has been a wonderful year, with many actions making a difference to the girls’ progress in knowledge and sense of their place in the world. This community has provided an accepting place to be oneself and expand one’s horizons. I thank the Year 12 girls, in particular, for their outstanding leadership of the student body and I thank all the staff for their unstinting efforts in support of each girl’s quest to become All She Can Be. Happy Christmas everyone!

Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper
Head of School

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A Message from the Deputy Head of School

20 November 2015

This week has been a week of farewells culminating in the balloon release today by our 2015 Seniors. It would be fair to say that it has been a long and tiring week but most importantly, this week is one of the displays of what is the essence of Glennie’s DNA – its focus on community. Parents, siblings, grandparents, extended family members and friends, have all participated in the events of the week. The whole school has joined in the celebrations and our dedicated Old Girls’ community has also welcomed them into their ranks. At last night’s Formal, they were no longer the school girls of last week, but transformed into capable and confident young women, keen to experience life beyond Glennie. We wish them all the best and extend our congratulations to their parents for a job well done. We hope you can enjoy a well-deserved rest!

Mrs Donna Evans
Deputy Head of School
Head of Middle Years

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Darling Downs Success

20 November 2015

Year 7 girl, Josie Larsen competed for the Darling Downs under 12 track & field athletics team at the Queensland School Sport State Championships in Townsville. Josie came second in her 100m race and third in the 200m finals. She has been selected into the Queensland team which will compete in the School Sport Australia 10 to 12 years Track & Field Championship in Canberra in December. Gidget McErlean also competed in the team with Josie.

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A Message from the Head of Senior Years

13 November 2015

On Tuesday evening, at the Parents and Friends’ AGM, a number of Year 12 parent volunteers were acknowledged for their long-standing and enthusiastic support of P & F events and projects. Over the course of thirteen years or so, these Year 12 parents have been a cheerful and energetic group of volunteers! Without doubt their efforts would not have been as significant but for the focus of each of the P & F subcommittees and, particularly, the extraordinary leadership of Mrs Robyn Ayles. Thank you, Robyn, for embodying the spirit of Glennie through your 18 years of volunteering. Your passion and achievements will leave an indelible mark on the school.

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

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A Message from the Head of School

6 November 2015

This week we have announced the results of the Year 11 girls’ election of office-bearers in their service committees for 2016. We have emphasised that the real work of student leadership is done by entire committees: not just by their leaders. It will be the task of the leaders to ensure that all committee members are included. This year’s Seniors are leaving a strong legacy of teamwork, initiative, generosity and enthusiasm, all enlivened by plenty of school spirit. Their captains and mentors were acknowledged today for their leadership in the Year of Action. We are very proud of them all!

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Ruby's Story is a Winner!

6 November 2015

Year 5 girl Ruby Heffernan certainly impressed the judges when she won the Bloomsbury Publishing Fuzzy Mud Short Story competition ahead of the launch of author Louis Sachar’s new book.

Using the title A little mud never hurt anyone, did it? Ruby crafted a terrific short story. She has not only won $200 worth of Bloomsbury books for herself; she has won a further $200 worth of books for the Junior Years library.

Ruby can look forward to a very special delivery in time for some Christmas reading.

Congratulations, Ruby!

A copy of Ruby's story is below.

 

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Volleyball Finals

6 November 2015

On Tuesday this week, semi-finals took place for five of our volleyball teams.

Glennie Senior 1, Glennie Senior 2, Glennie Senior 3, Glennie Junior 1 and Glennie Purple all played semi-final games and performed very well. Glennie Junior 1 has progressed to the gold medal final next week with all the other four teams playing for bronze.

Come along next Tuesday to Harristown SHS gym and support the girls from 4:40pm.

Go, Glennie!

 

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Headlights

30 October 2015

This week, Year 12 students jubilantly received their end of year arrangements sheet, outlining all the special events and activities held during the week of their graduation. The sheet is a timely reminder that, for both parents and staff, the time between now and then is just bursting with study, marking, cross marking, results checking, report writing, excursions, functions, costume making, letter and speech writing, textbook returns, locker clean-outs and multiple rehearsals for everything. This frenzy of activity, quite literally, is the vortex of Term 4. So, like you would do with any extreme weather event, please don’t forget to look after and support each other. Remember, we all handle stress differently and a little bit of kindness and compassion will go a long way towards navigating the maelstrom.

Ms Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

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