Europe Tour

16 June 2016

Next Thursday, 23  June, 26 girls from Year 8 to 12 are heading off to Europe to compete in the Vienna International Music Festival. These girls have been rehearsing for nearly a year and are greatly looking forward to the tour. They will fly into Rome, spend four days there, with a workshop and performance at the Vatican, as well as seeing the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel. From there the group moves to Florence and Venice, with a walk over the very famous Rialto Bridge, a ride in a gondola and more choir workshops. Next stop will be Vienna in Austria for five days, where Glennie is part of the International competition involving 24 ensembles from 11 countries. Ensembles come from Austria, China, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Spain, Thailand, America and six ensembles from Australia. There the group will perform a world premiere of two pieces that have been specially written for the choir. Then it is on to Prague in the Czech Republic for three days for more performing and sight-seeing, with a performance at the world famous Smetana Hall. The girls will arrive back home via Germany and Singapore. We wish all the girls going on the tour the best of luck for the competition and all of their performances.

Pre-Tour Performance

On Wednesday 22 June, the touring choir will present a concert in the PAC from 12:30 to 1:30pm. All are welcome. It is a great opportunity for the girls to showcase all of their hard work.

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Sing Out

16 June 2016

On Wednesday, G Major Choir joined with other schools in the region to participate in the biennial Sing Out workshop. This was a great day culminating in a choral concert and massed choir performance.

Glennie’s G Major Choir participated in the Sing Out 2016 festival. Sing Out is held once every two years at the Empire Theatre. Schools from the Darling Downs region came together for a day of choral workshops with guest conductor, Astrid Jorgensen. They performed in their individual choirs and a massed choir of around 500 voices. The day was a wonderful opportunity for girls to enjoy singing with students from other schools. The concert last night was an impressive display of the talent.

Thank you to Mrs Bravery and Mr Finlay for all of their work.

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Lunchtime concert hits the right notes

16 June 2016

After the success of the first Junior Years lunchtime concert, the Middle and Senior Years girls shared their skills on stage once again. Five separate vocal performances took place including, Sophie Little singing Hello by artist Adele; Meg Kirby, Isabelle Lanigan and Lauren Baryla singing Life of the Party by Shawn Mendes; Grace Twidale and Izzy Bracey singing Wake me up by Avicii and Trisha Chand and Keira Groves singing You belong with me by Taylor Swift.

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Extra-curricular enrolments for Semester 2

10 June 2016

There are some vacancies for extra-curricular Music or Speech and Drama lessons for Semester 2. Information can be found on The Arts pages of the portal.

All current enrolments will continue into next semester unless the PAC office is notified in writing. Now is a good time for students in Years P to 2 to start piano lessons as part of the Little Mozart’s program or violin in the Little Vivaldi's program. Please contact the PAC staff for further information.

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Gold for Glennie

3 June 2016

Last Monday, the Middle Years Choir and Glennie Singers travelled to Brisbane for the Queensland Youth Music Awards (QYMA).  The girls performed beautifully, earning a gold award (for results above 90%) and winning the overall trophy for the Middle Years Choir section.  

There were seven schools in the competition, all from Brisbane and the Coasts.  In the next section, the Glennie Singers performed a rousing rendition of Banjo Pickin' Girl and Scarborough Fair, which also won them a gold award.  

Congratulations to Mrs Bravery and Mrs Gordon for their preparation of the choirs and to Miss Brix for adding a beautiful violin accompaniment on the night.

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Peter Pan, a story that never grows old

3 June 2016

Mrs Vicky Bravery has directed the Toowoomba Choral Society Youth Choir Holiday Theatre Production since 2009 and  is proud to have had many Glennie girls, past and present, involved in these productions. The 100 participants in this year’s production Peter Pan Jr come from schools across the region and there are eight Glennie girls involved; Lauren Baryla (Hop-Lost Boy), Alim Deng (Feature Chorus-Indian), Anthea Jones (Dancer), (Meg Kirby (Adella-Mermaid), Harper Lanigan (Brave Spruce-Indian), Isabel Lanigan (Wendy), Phoebe Parker (Brave Gum-Indian), Maeve Sloss (Feature Chorus-Indian),  

Having a regular creative outlet is not just part of a well-rounded education, it is essential for a child’s emotional health and well being. Producing a show brings the arts together and provides growth opportunities for all varieties of learners.  For example, kinesthetic learners engage their bodies through dance, linguistic learners dive into the written and spoken word, spatial learners tackle set and costume design, and musical learners revel in the show’s score.

To learn more about the many benefits that span way beyond singing and dancing, download the notes below.  

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Rising Talent

27 May 2016

Recently, Sara McLean competed in the Ipswich Eisteddfod. Playing the alto saxophone, she competed in four sections (one of her fellow competitors was a third year Queensland Conservatorium student) and she achieved two firsts and two seconds. She was chosen to compete in the Gladys Payne bursary round which she won. It was a very tough competition and Sara did an amazing job. The adjudicator was so impressed with her musicality he said she could be the next Amy Dixon!

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Glennie girls 'Walk Together’ with Josh Arnold

27 May 2016

On Wednesday, 18 schools joined local country singer Josh Arnold to launch a YouTube series called ‘Walk Together’ to promote cultural diversity and acceptance. Each school’s unique YouTube episode will feature music, dance and drama by the students. Twenty Glennie Middle Years girls will enjoy eight Friday sessions with Josh and the project group with filming and recording expected to take place for the Glennie episode in September.  On October 22, all schools will come together for a ‘Walk Together Toowoomba’ concert.

You can view the Launch video on the Glennie Facebook page.

Pictured: Anna Dingley and Charlotte Lamshed (Year 7) participated in the Launch and represented Glennie.

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Extra-curricular lessons Semester 2

20 May 2016

Don’t delay any longer in enrolling your daughter in extra-curricular speech and drama or music lessons. Now is the time to complete the forms, ready to start next semester.

Forms and information can be found on The Arts pages of the portal.

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Thank You, Girls!

20 May 2016

Thank you to the members of the Glennie String Quartet who played so beautifully at the PASA High Tea. Your performance added to the elegance of the event.

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Congratulations, Meg!

13 May 2016

Meg Kirby (Year 9) has successfully auditioned for Toowoomba Choral Society's production of Annie with performances commencing on Friday, 9 September.  Meg will be playing the role of Duffy, one of the orphans.  We wish her every success with rehearsals.  If you would like to know more about the production, visit the Toowoomba Choral Society’s website.

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Gold for Glennie

13 May 2016

On Wednesday night, members of Senior Years Choir travelled to Brisbane to compete in the Queensland Youth Music Awards.

The choir was presented with a Gold Award and a second place prize overall.  Congratulations to all girls involved and to their conductor and accompanist Miss Emma Kann and Mrs Wendy Evans.

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Best of the British

13 May 2016

Mrs Sharon Gilbert, Mrs Wendy Evans, Mrs Vicky Bravery are part of the Queensland Pops "Best of the British" concert at the Empire Theatre this Sunday afternoon.  The ladies are in the choir.  Last weekend they performed at QPAC Concert Hall.  The repertoire involved all things British, ending with the classic "Land of Hope and Glory".

Pictured: Mrs Evans and Mrs Gilbert with conductor Patrick Pickett

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Junior Years Lunchtime Concert

13 May 2016

Performing artists in the Junior Years held a lunchtime concert last week. There were some great performances and the girls should be very proud of their efforts. If you would like to view a few performances visit our youtube clip of the event.

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Toowoomba Show Winners

6 May 2016

As usual, Junior Years submitted plenty of entries into the Toowoomba Show Art Show. The girls were excited to receive some great results.

In some categories, the girls won all major prizes. Well done, girls!

Make a Colour Picture

Prep

  • Highly Commended: Lorali Reese

Year 3

  • 2nd: Freya Statham
  • Highly Commended: Alice Sengaroun

Year 4  

  • 1st: Dulini Dewage
  • Highly Commended: Phillipa Lilford, Aalia Magzub-Colvin

Year 5

  • Highly Commended: Sidney Cochrane

Make a Black and White Picture

Year 1  

  • Highly Commended: Isabelle Jones

Printmaking

Year 2

  • 1st: Alyssa Rollason
  • 2nd: Reagan Wood
  • 3rd: Xanthe Schubert
  • Highly Commended: Ellie Stenzel, Kirra Fells


Handwriting

Prep

  • 1st: Baylian Tzannes
  • 2nd: Emme French
  • 3rd: Gisele Statham

Year 1

  • 1st: Emily Yevdokimov
  • 2nd: Amalia Gomez
  • 3rd: Arabella Gore

Year 2

  • 1st: Ellie Stenzel
  • 2nd: Xanthe Schubert
  • 3rd: Bailey Crisp

Year 4

  • 2nd: Holly Smith

Year 5

  • 1st: Mia Brown

Year 6

  • 1st: Ebony Baillie-Pignat
  • 2nd: Tanvi Chand
  • 3rd: Dixie Townsing
  • 4th: Darcie Wilson
  • Highly Commended: Chelsea Armstrong

Year 6 

  • 1st: Isabella Shelton
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Brass Workshop

6 May 2016

Glennie Trumpet, French Horn and Trombone students took part in a free brass workshop last Monday, learning some valuable tips on tone production. Girls learnt the value of a resonant tone and how to practise achieving this in their everyday playing. The sessions were sponsored by the Toowoomba Municipal Brass Society and the Empire Theatre.

Photo: Some of the Brass students at the workshop, Alim Deng, Hannah Waterfall, Isabella Shelton, Jana Park, Bella Lilford, Ellaryn Gilbert.  

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Eisteddfod

6 May 2016

The next round of the Queensland Eisteddfod began this week. Girls will perform in solo piano, dance and drama duologues. We wish all the performers the best of luck.  Results will appear in a later edition of eNews+.

Photo: Amalia Gomez-Faramand and Shari Gilbert, who won second place, and Miss Andreas Elms

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QYMA

6 May 2016

Members of Concert Band traveled to Brisbane to compete in the Queensland Youth Music Awards; an annual competition open to all bands across Queensland.

The Glennie Concert Band was presented a Silver award which is a great testament to all the hard work all members and their conductor, Mrs Lorraine Fuller, have put in this year.

Congratulations!

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Lorin Nicholson workshop

6 May 2016

On Tuesday, senior music students had the wonderful opportunity to hear from Mr Lorin Nicholson in a music workshop. Mr Nicholson is a motivational speaker and award-winning musician who has been blind since birth.

He extolled the benefits of recording oneself, with a careful critique as a means of improving performance skills.  It was great to also hear his music influences and what happens when you are faced with challenges in your life.

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Festival Time

29 April 2016

Students from The Glennie School and Toowoomba Anglican College and Preparatory School had a wonderful experience at the Anglican Schools Music Festival on Friday 22 April. The festival involved a full day of rehearsals in a combined ensemble, followed by an evening Concert in QPAC (Qld Performing Arts Centre) in Brisbane. Schools involved with the Festival were Cannon Hill Anglican College, Canterbury College, Fraser Coast Anglican College, Matthew Flinders Anglican College, St Andrew’s Anglican College, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School, St John’s Anglican College, Toowoomba Anglican College & Preparatory School, The Glennie School, Coomera Anglican College, The Springfield Anglican College, St Paul’s School and West Moreton Anglican College. The students worked with top conductors and the performances were stunning. The finale involved more than 350 musicians on stage.

Here are Elyse McKechnie’s thoughts on the event:

“We  got on a bus at 6:00am to travel to QPAC for the Anglican Schools’ Music Festival. On arrival, we went our separate ways to either choir, band or string ensembles and spent the day working hard in rehearsals with all the other schools in attendance to prepare for the concert that night. It was an amazing experience to work with such wonderful conductors and talented students to produce a spectacular concert in just one day – it was well worth the early start. Thank you to Mrs Gilbert for taking us.”

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Spirit of Australia

22 April 2016

This week, the girls in the Europe Choir, who will be performing in Europe in July, had a wonderful afternoon working with Australian composer, Mrs Donna Dyson. The School has commissioned internationally and nationally award-winning songwriter Mrs Dyson to write a song for the Glennie Chamber Choir to perform in Europe as part of the Vienna International Festival and Song Competition. Having the opportunity to work with the composer of a piece of music was a very valuable experience. The girls got to hear first-hand the intent and the true meaning of the lyrics.

Mrs Dyson has worked closely with Mr Damien Leith on the piece, Spirit of Australia. The choir is thrilled to be performing this work overseas. This song could even be put forward as the possible theme song for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. There are exciting times ahead!

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Anglican Schools Festival

22 April 2016

QPAC is the venue for today’s Anglican Schools Music Festival. 14 schools from the South-East  combined to present a gala of music incorporating choir, concert band and string orchestra.

Students went through a selection process and 12 Glennie girls were accepted into the Festival. With only a few hours of rehearsal together during the day, students will perform in the Concert Hall tonight, finishing with a massed item involving over 300 students.

Congratulations to the girls involved: Alice Armytage, Laura Baartz, Anna Beil, Lucy Brodie, Trisha Chand, Georgina Dummett, Arna Gerussi, Elyse McKechnie, Alice Rowling, Hannah Smith, Rebekah Smith and Amanda Taylor.

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String Quartet performs

22 April 2016

Our Glennie String quartet performed at the Toowoomba launch of "It's a Bloke Thing" a campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer. The girls provided a lovely atmosphere for the guests at the function.

Our string quartet is available to play at weddings and other functions. Please contact the PAC for further information.

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Skills to create memorable works of art

22 April 2016

This week, Years 10 and 12 Visual Arts girls worked with visiting visual artist Nancy Brown. Girls were guided through the process of printmaking for the creation of books and fabric prints. The progress photos show how each design is unique and intricate. The books and prints would be perfect to record special memories or as a gift for a friend or family member. Nancy is an inspiration to the girls and an asset to their skill development in visual arts.

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The Little Mermaid cast announced

22 April 2016

After an impressive round of auditions, we are delighted to share the details of the cast for the 2016 Junior Years Musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid to be performed on Saturday 10 September, 2016.

Lead Roles

Ariel: Isabella Shelton
Sebastian:Jessica Barnes
Ursula: Tanvi Chand
Flounder: Zoe Dann
Scuttle: Telile Gehrmann
Chef Lois: Sophie Fleming
Prince Eric: Darcie Wilson
Grimsby: Harriet Dummett
King Triton: Mikayla Karl-Russell
Flotsam: Ruby Heffernan
Jetsam: Hayley Broadfoot
Carlotta: Gabrielle Boardman
Mersisters / Princesses: Chelsea Armstrong, Isabella Mundell, Haylee Silver, Meggy Whiteside, Aahliya Drought and Amelia Tranter.

Cast Members

Emma Anderson, Hayley Baker, Ebony Baillie-Pignat, Sally Byrne, Amelie Clifford, Mia Coetzee, Katelyn Collie, Harriet Davoren, Koojitha Dhanankula, Emma Fitzgerald, Ellaryn Gilbert, Courtney Gill, Chloe Gotze, Prisha Gupte, Zara Haynes, Kate Healy, Maddison Jones, Trinity Keenan, Saman Khan, Holly Lareman, Lauren Lester, Rheanca Lincoln, Georgia McTaggart, Eve Muirhead, Arianne Oliveros, Imogen Saal, Isabelle Simon, Caitlyn Spanner, Hannah Stunden, Mia Van der Merwe, Gabby Waterfall

 

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