This week in boarding

30 November 2018

The girls have been busy preparing their personal items for their return home for holidays.  On Wednesday, we honoured Mrs Lovell’s time at Glennie with a Farewell Afternoon tea. Mrs Shaz Willmington left no stone unturned to ensure this event was befitting the huge contribution Val has made to the boarding lives of students and her colleagues.  Current and past boarding families and Glennie staff gathered with the guest of honour in the Senior courtyard to convey their best wishes for Val’s retirement. The Dining Hall staff prepared delicious treats for all to enjoy and speeches were delivered by Mrs Cohen, Dr Sian Ford (School doctor), Mrs Gaylene Stanford (Boarder parent), Miss Erin Geddes (Boarder Captain 2019) and Miss Chris Putland (Acting Senior Resident Brown House).  A stunning array of roses and gifts were presented to Val as a token of the School and boarding community’s appreciation.

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Secondary students living away from home allowance - NSW

30 November 2018

Living away from home allowance is available for eligible families in New South Wales who must board their children away from home to access secondary education.  Click here to download the application form.

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Farewell Mrs Lovell

23 November 2018

Please join us to celebrate Mrs Val Lovell's treasured time at Glennie next Wednesday for afternoon tea from 3:30pm to 5:30pm in Brownleigh Garden (Mrs Cohen’s residence).

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This week in boarding

16 November 2018

This has been an exciting week in the life of our boarders and in particular our senior Simmons House residents. The week has been spent packing, reminiscing, practising walking on the high heels, spray tans, trial makeup and hairstyles.

The popular event on the boarding calendar is always the Boarding House Christmas dinner with the much-anticipated visit from Santa. The meal was a credit to the catering staff and greatly enjoyed by the boarders and over thirty guests.

The Formal on Thursday night was beautiful and a great credit to the organisers. There is always the sadness of farewelling these girls and their families.

We have enjoyed having the new Head of Boarding Mrs Donna Grant working with us these past weeks and she has been a very welcome presence in all of our lives.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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A Simmons House colourful cake farewell

9 November 2018

There were celebrations all round with rainbow cake in Simmons House on Wednesday night for Year 12s and staff.  Thank you Mrs Ash.

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This week in boarding

9 November 2018

Over the past few months, I have had the privilege of meeting many of the students and families of The Glennie School community.  I have felt welcomed by the support and encouragement that has been extended to me, and am especially glad to be able to spend the next few weeks working alongside Mrs Val Lovell in the handover phase.

As I enthusiastically await the beginning of 2019, I thought it might be a good opportunity to share what I hope to bring to The Glennie (boarding) community and how the Boarding team hope to support the school in giving your daughters opportunities to be “All She Can Be”. These ideas have been suggested as ways to continue to foster the School values of respect; compassion; courage and integrity, highlighting the essence of a Glennie School Boarding experience.

Boarding Committee

Firstly, it is a pleasure to welcome in our newly appointed boarding committee for 2019.  I am delighted to be working with these capable and enthusiastic young people.

We have already had some opportunities to discuss ideas and talk about some key projects for 2019.  These projects all aim to keep our boarding community healthy, strong and connected and include:

Afternoon Activities

From Monday to Thursday, students in Brown will participate in planned afternoon activities aimed at encouraging socialisation in a Tech-free environment. These activities will be for all students who are not involved in other pre-arranged sports training and/or extra-curricular activities, and Dowson House students are welcome to join in.

The activity ideas suggested so far offer a great variety of health and wellbeing, social justice and enrichment options. Shopping will still feature, alongside these exciting choices on offer in Term 1: Reading Club, First Aid Awareness, Team Building and Lateral Thinking, Craft, Tennis, Laurel Bank Park walks, Scavenger Hunt, Cooking, Gardening, Social Justice Awareness, Basic Car Mechanics, Giant Board Games, Nerf Wars, My Kitchen Rules Competition and a variety of sports.  Boarding committee members will assist in the running of these activities and each term we will offer a different scope of activities.

Friday Night Dinner

Another Term 1 initiative is celebrating the end of the week with Friday Night Dinner. We plan on making this an important evening for students who are not out on leave, holding dinner in the form of a BBQ or other arrangements at venues outside of the dining hall.  Dinner may be followed by some evening activities such as an outdoor movie or talent competitions. I see this as an integral part of building rapport and boarding spirit, allowing the girls to mix within the different houses. You never know – we may even have some special guests attending to share stories and adventures. I am really looking forward to making our Friday nights a social evening together.

Academic Prep/Structured Study

The upstairs common room in Brown House is being turned into a “Collaborative Learning Space” to support girls in developing good study habits in the Middle Years. This area will be full of resources and have academic staff on hand to assist with Prep. Students can work collaboratively with staff to work on assignment, homework and drafting tasks. Year 8 students can remain in their roomettes for private study, however, are also encouraged to access the Learning Space for assistance.

Dowson will also have a communal study space with access to a tutor to assist with Prep. Students that may need help or advice on homework and assessment will be able to discuss their work with a tutor. Developing good study habits is crucial for academic success, especially as the curriculum becomes more rigorous. To ensure this is happening, we will be asking the girls to be sitting at their desk with their doors open during Prep time to allow the opportunity for staff to check-in on their progress.

Show Stoppers

Under the guidance and direction of Mrs Gayle Ash, 2019 will see the launch of “Show Stoppers”. This is an exciting initiative that will see students entering their work in sections of Rural Show competitions. Our girls have fantastic talents to display and we want them to support their local communities by sending in some of their work. This could include entries in craft, cooking, horticulture and art divisions. We would value any support parents can provide for this program, especially in assisting us to get entries to the right venues. Our girls show great pride in their local communities, and we hope this will give them the chance to feel connected to home. If you have any ideas, or would like to assist in this venture, please let us know; all offers will be accepted and appreciated.

Reading

There is nothing like reading a book to help you unwind from a busy day.  There is strong evidence that reading for pleasure can increase empathy, improve relationships with others, reduce symptoms of depression, and improve well-being throughout life (The Reading Agency). Brown House is introducing a mandatory reading time before bedtime and lights out each evening. For the younger students, there will be the opportunity to have a book read to them while they sit and relax on a comfortable bean bag. Or if students wish, they can read in their roomettes.  Just 15 minutes each night will not only improve literacy skills, but will also help to settle and relax the girls as they prepare for a good night’s sleep.

These are just a small handful of the exciting initiatives we are undertaking in the boarding community. Working together to maintain a positive environment that fosters academic, social and personal growth is one of my key goals for 2019.

Mrs Donna Grant
Head of Boarding 2019

*Absent from Boarding Committee photo:  Erin Geddes and Sophia Mene

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This week in boarding

2 November 2018

The Year 12 boarders are excited about their end of year celebrations and we are witnessing major transformations with trial hairstyles, fake tans and makeup. It is fascinating to see change and while it is exciting for these young women to resemble a model in a magazine, it is even better to have them simply revert to their natural selves again. Times have changed, and sun safety is so important with fake tans being the norm. This is in stark contrast to the dangerous days of my youth where baking oneself in coconut oil before a big event was perfectly acceptable.

This is a busy time for senior Glennie boarders who have their exams in a matter of days. They will be farewelled by the Boarding House with the Year 11's putting on their annual performance and gift giving evening. Two days later they will enjoy their final boarding meal with a beautiful Christmas dinner.

The Year 11 boarders are also investigating their new leadership positions and committee selections have taken place. Our current boarding Committee are celebrating the success of the past year with an informal dinner next Monday night. New Head of Boarding, Mrs Donna Grant and I have been working together which has been a good experience for both of us and I was surprised by a lovely gift from the senior boarders and Mrs Ash. This outdoor bench will be a welcome addition to my Highfields patio and a wonderful reminder of the 2018 senior boarders.

In three weeks is the annual boarding theme park excursion and activities such as chess, shopping, Christmas craft, cooking and movies continue to enhance our weekends

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

26 October 2018

The Brown House boarders were invited to visit the cinemas on Sunday to see the movie ‘The House with a Clock in its Walls’.  Mrs Ash created some Christmas crafts with the boarders on Saturday and a group of boarders attended the Fairholme Fair with Miss Woodward and Miss Dittman. It was a remarkably wet Sunday afternoon with boarders enjoying the comfort of the Boarding houses with board games proving popular.  

Year 12 boarders were invited to St. Ursula's for dinner on Wednesday evening and thoroughly enjoyed their outing. The next few weeks will be very busy for all boarders with final exams and festivities; particularly affected are the Year 12's who are on the last days of boarding.  They always enjoy their final farewells even if there is a tinge of sadness. The staff and younger girls miss each lovely group as they move out into the wider world.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

19 October 2018

The boarders have settled back into routines and our new residential students are making friends and enjoying their new lives. A busy and happy first week. The offer of a trip to the Scots PGC Warwick Social and a pizza party in the park on Sunday were politely declined as girls retreated to the warmth of their boarding houses in response to the wet weather.

The junior boarders had the opportunity to shop at Grand Central on Saturday but preferred to create some Christmas craft.  Dowson House boarders enjoyed an afternoon of board games and movies with the pool open for all boarders on Sunday afternoon.  

Glennie boarders have been invited to the Fairholme Fair on Saturday and a number of boarders will attend the new film a ‘House With a Clock in it's Wall’ on Sunday afternoon. There will be a Chapel Service on Sunday. Chess commences again on Friday nights.

A short and very busy term, our academic tutors commenced their duties again this week. Attendance for these sessions is voluntary but these specialists are received with great enthusiasm.

The Yalari Boarders will attend the annual Yalari dinner with new Glennie Head of Boarding Mrs Donna Grant on Friday evening. They will be accompanied by the Toowoomba Grammar School boys to Brisbane.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

12 October 2018

We welcomed back all of our boarding families this week, and the boarders quickly settled into their routines. It has been a week of planning because the last term is remarkably short.

We have enjoyed some rain and hope that our many rural families have also received a share. It is good to see some green again, and we hope this extends to paddocks as well. The boarders are always excited to return from holidays and share stories.

There was little interest in attending a boarder social at Scots Warwick on Saturday. However, Brown House will enjoy a trip to Grand Central in the morning. The pool will be open on Sunday and Chess commences the following Friday. Glennie old girl and former boarder Olivia Taylor is entertaining Brown House boarders on Friday nights.

We have started to plan our excursion to Dreamworld at the end of the term in addition to organising our annual Boarder Christmas dinner.  

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

14 September 2018

This week was a quiet one in boarding as girls are busy with exams and end of term packing as well as activities such as the Hale House dinner on Friday evening. We are all looking forward to the holiday break and also Term 4 when there will be many festivities and wonderful activities.

We have welcomed 2019 Head of Boarding Mrs Donna Grant as she does some boarding duties and becomes acquainted with members of our boarding community. Mrs Grant's family joined us for dinner on Tuesday night and sat with some Year 12 Boarders.

Next Tuesday will be Birthday Tuesday, and there will be much packing for the end of the term. Last weekend saw many boarders support the Fillies on Friday night and we will put a supporters' bus on for the Netball over the weekend. Brown House boarders look forward to a shopping trip to Grand Central on Saturday.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

7 September 2018

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

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

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

31 August 2018

The past weekend saw the Year 7 boarders head to Toowoomba Grammar on Friday for a social and a number of our boarders attend the boarders’ Bush Dance at Downlands on Saturday. The bush dance was a new experience for many girls. It took a while for them to appreciate this more formal style of dance and for some, the initial reaction was to head straight back to Glennie. This was, however, not an option, and the girls attending were coaxed out of their comfort zone. They did become involved and enjoyed themselves immensely. How life has changed over the years for a bush dance to be viewed as an "alien" experience.

As part of our Introduction to Glennie Day, incoming Boarders for 2019 joined us on Sunday afternoon for entertainment with games which were organised by Year 11s. The new girls spent time with their boarding buddies while parents headed to an information session in the Glennie Room. At 6.00pm everyone enjoyed a lovely roast dinner together before the parents departed and the new girls had a sleepover in the boarding house. Some new girls even stayed for a second night after Introduction Day on Monday.

This Thursday we held the annual Alphabet themed dinner. In their family tables boarders dressed as a character with their designated letter. It was a lovely evening and there was a gold coin donation for charity. The boarders have also made a collection of non-perishable groceries for St Luke's food drive and will deliver this next week

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Boarder Mothers’ Luncheon

31 August 2018

More than 50 boarding mothers met in Mrs Cohen's garden for the second annual Boarder Mothers' Luncheon on Friday 17 August.  

The ladies enjoyed a delicious lunch and the chance to farewell outgoing Head of Boarding, Mrs Val Lovell and welcome 2019's new Head of Boarding, Mrs Donna Grant.  

Organising committee chair, Mrs Gaylene Stanford and her group of volunteers did a wonderful job putting together a relaxed event.  

You can view photos from the day here

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Boarding news

24 August 2018

We have had a few busy and varied weeks with the girls attending a range of socials. This must be the term for them and dancing energetically in a warm hall certainly provides relief from the ongoing cold outside. We have been to Fairholme College, Toowoomba Grammar School, a dance at Glennie, a junior dance at Downlands College and this coming weekend sees a boarder bush dance at Downlands to raise funds for drought relief. These are much looked forward to events and it is good to see our boarders dress in costumes of their own creation or op shop outfits; they can be highly inventive.

Miss Chris Putland who is a former Head of Boarding has taken over the running of Brown House this semester. Chris is a trained Primary Teacher with a wealth of experience in both teaching and boarding and has brought two homegrown budgies and some guinea pigs with her to boarding school. The latter have a tendency to escape with the strange sight of junior boarders hunting the little creatures through the Vacy Street hedges. Guinea pigs are good disposal units for leftover carrots and other vegetables and are certainly right into the spirit of recycling.

Reverend Sharon Baird brought two Chaplain colleagues and Bishop Cameron Venables to engage boarders in a Q & A style session on Wednesday night. This was highly entertaining and the girls always love listening to Bishop Cam sing. On this occasion, it was a rendition of a Sting classic. This engaging group then joined us for dinner.

We will have new boarder Orientation on Sunday and look forward to becoming familiar with the girls for 2019. Next week has the annual alphabet dinner to look forward to, and as with all of our dinners, this will be a fundraiser for charity.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

10 August 2018

It’s been a busy two weeks in boarding with socials and dinners. Last weekend our Year 7 Boarders attended a junior secondary social at Downlands and our Year 8 to 11 joined in the Fairholme Boarder Bash the weekend before. We have held an etiquette dinner, birthday Tuesday and an Indigenous dinner in the Glennie Dining Room during the past two weeks. On Monday of this week, our Year 12 Boarders joined Fairholme Year 12s for a lovely meal and socialising. We get together twice per year for this function.

The pool is available for Sunday swimming, chess has resumed and so has craft. Brown House attended a weekend movie and we have outdoor activities planned for Saturday afternoon. All boarders will head to Junior Years for a BBQ Lunch as part of the GOGA Reunion Weekend. Tutoring is running again in boarding with the girls taking up the offer of additional homework support.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Last chance for tickets

10 August 2018

If you haven't already bought your tickets for the Boarder Mother's Lunch, now is time. Tickets close on Monday.

The annual Boarder Mothers' Luncheon is being hosted in Mrs Cohen's garden on Friday 17 August.

This is a lovely opportunity for boarding mothers, grandmothers and sisters and School staff to get together in a relaxed and friendly environment.  (This event is not a fundraiser.)

Boarding mothers will have the opportunity to catch up with the current Head of Boarding, Mrs Val Lovell and also meet the new Head of Boarding, Mrs Donna Grant.  

Tickets are $40 and include a light lunch, champagne and beer. Tickets can be purchased online at Trybooking.com.

You can also follow the event on Facebook  

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Boarder mothers to come together at annual luncheon

3 August 2018

The annual Boarder Mothers' Luncheon is being hosted in Mrs Cohen's garden on Friday 17 August.

This is a lovely opportunity for boarding mothers, grandmothers and sisters and School staff to get together in a relaxed and friendly environment.  (This event is not a fundraiser.)

Boarding mothers will have the opportunity to catch up with the current Head of Boarding, Mrs Val Lovell and also meet the new Head of Boarding, Mrs Donna Grant.  

Tickets are $40 and include a light lunch, champagne and beer. Tickets can be purchased online at Trybooking.com.

You can also follow the event on Facebook  

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This Week in Boarding

27 July 2018

Many boarders took leave to attend the Grammar/ Downlands match was on Saturday. The girls travelled by bus and were escorted by Glennie boarding staff. We took our four new German GAP students, Carla Dittman, Antonie Morgenstern, Laura Wacker and Laura-Marie Butenhoff to their first Rugby match which they enjoyed. These intrepid young ladies arrived last Thursday and have quickly settled into their new homes and routines. They are a cheerful group and are welcome additions to our boarding family.

The GAP students will be an important part of our staffing during the next twelve months and a valuable resource for the boarders. The GAP students make wonderful boarder mentors and we look forward to a new group each year.  There is always the sadness of the farewells in June, but many return to visit us and they remember their boarding year fondly. Some of our own boarders head off on GAP years after Year 12 and take a great interest in how the program operates.

This week saw a Chapel service with Reverend Sharon Baird on Wednesday afternoon. Chess lessons resume on Friday night. Over 50 girls in Years 8 to 12 will attend the Boarder Social at Fairholme on Saturday. Sporting fixtures play a big part of the boarding weekend. The pool will be open for boarders on Sunday afternoon.

Chris Putland is settling well into her role of Acting Senior Resident of Brown House and appears to be rapidly slotting into those boarding routines again as are her charges.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

20 July 2018

We have made a great start to the term and welcome Miss Chris Putland into the role of Acting Senior Resident of Brown House this Semester. A former Head of Boarding and primary teacher, Chris comes to this position with a wealth of experience. Mrs Bronnie Stiles who already works as Mrs Matherson’s assistant will take over boarding administration. She is a welcome addition to our team.

We always hold a boarding staff training session at breakfast on the first day back and this time we enjoyed hearing from our Yalari Student Support Officer Nicolette Dixon and her partner Mr Roger Knox regarding cultural matters specific to boarding. Roger is a well-known singer and kindly gave a short performance.

School Council members joined the boarders for dinner on Thursday evening. It was a great opportunity for the girls to ‘Meet the Board’.

Girls have the opportunity to attend the Grammar Downlands match on Saturday where they will be supervised and travel by bus. Chess will commence in Week 2 and the boarders can look forward to attending the annual Fairholme Boarders Bash.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Boarding

21 June 2018

We farewelled Mrs Gillian Reynoldson from her Senior Resident's position in Brown House on Monday night. Gill or Miss R as she is affectionately known by the girls she cares for has been an important part of boarding life at Glennie and is now moving on to another career challenge. We will miss Gill who has been such a good parent to girls away from home. She boarded at St Peter's in Brisbane during her school years and her own children were boarders at Concordia College. Gill also worked in boarding before coming to Glennie so having someone with such extensive experience has been wonderful.

Gill came to us in 2012 with a background in boarding and nursing and has been a highly valued member of our team. She is warm, caring and has the highest regard for our rural families. We have been blessed to have Gill in our lives and the boarders gave a moving presentation to her. This was one of the farewells from Glennie because Brown House boarders also put on a lively Saturday concert for Gill. The girls baked her a special cake and made sure she felt appreciated.

The Brown House Boarders also attended the Junior Year's Winter Wonderland on Saturday evening which was a chilly, but lovely experience.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

15 June 2018

This is always a busy time of the term for boarders with exams and end of term packing to be done. Brown House will attend the Winter Wonderland at the Junior Years on Saturday which will provide them with a lively outing. We have managed well through the cold and flu season with few girls succumbing to illness; fortunately those who did recovered quickly.

Last Saturday girls made beaded creations with Mrs Ash and Brown House students enjoyed a ten pin bowling session on Sunday morning. The Year 12 boarders who were in the midst of exams last weekend enjoyed the combination of a relaxing yoga session followed by pizza on Sunday evening. Shannon Townsend, Manager of the Glennie Aquatic Centre ran the yoga session and will return for further sessions. The heated pool will remain open on Sunday afternoons for boarders.

Although we encourage boarders to take home belongings in the holidays, girls taking public transport or travelling long distances are able to store belongings in designated spaces.

It is good for boarders to take items home when possible so that clothes and doonas can be freshened up. Hopefully some girls will have a cull! I worked for many years in a co-ed boarding environment and boys are minimalists with belongings, this description could rarely be applied to girl boarders. We encourage the boarders to make their rooms homely and they can add their own (removable) decorations.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

8 June 2018

This week Rev’d Sharon invited the Bishop of the Western Region, the Right Reverend Cameron Venables to conduct a lively Chapel Service involving a Scrabble set and singing for boarders on Wednesday evening.

Always entertaining, witty and a good sport, Bishop Cam delivered a message of care, decency and general consideration for one another. He also played his guitar and sang with the boarders. Following the service, Bishop Cam and Reverend Sharon attended the State of Origin dinner.

The majority of our girls are staunch Queensland supporters with a small, but enthusiastic following from NSW. This was a fun night where boarders dressed up in their favourite state colours and indulged in the annual dinner of pies, peas, gravy and chips. This evening is always great boarder favourite, but Thursday was remarkably quiet following Queensland being beaten by their blue neighbours. The NSW contingent quietly glowed!

A group of Brown House boarders attended Cloud 9 last weekend and greatly enjoyed the experience. Bowling is planned for this weekend. Mrs Ash made T-shirt pillows with the girls in craft last Saturday. Girls can swim in the Glennie pool on Sundays. We are holding a yoga session for girls in Year 12 on Sunday evening. They will enjoy the opportunity to unwind during their exam period.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

1 June 2018

I thought that people who are not familiar with boarding might like to know about our meals, an important part of residential life. One of the things that tends to worry children most about boarding is being forced to eat food that they do not like. Good, contemporary boarding schools provide variety and reasonable quantities and never engage in "standover tactics". I have sympathy with difficult eaters. My mother used to lie to me and tell me that things I hated like tripe and brains were vegetables! I must have been really gullible.

Special diets are catered for so if a boarder is vegetarian, she will be provided with suitable food, but we do not support vegan diets; a letter from a parent is all that is required for a vegetarian to access the appropriate food. Lactose and gluten intolerance or allergies such as nuts, eggs or seafood require a letter from a medical practitioner.

Lovely homemade soups are available for lunches two days per week in winter and these are gluten, dairy, and meat free. For other weekday lunches, there are hot offerings as well as an extensive salad bar. Breakfasts include porridge, yoghurt, cereal and often a hot dish. There are casseroles, and baked meats available at night time and always a dessert to enjoy. Rice is always on the evening menu as are vegetables and salads.

A nutritionist checks the menu and ensures that the boarders have a balanced diet available to them. The Boarding Committee work closely with Catering for special functions and the catering staff are always willing to listen to the girls' ideas. In addition, they provide packed meals for girls who will be absent for meal times and late meals for the many boarders who are involved in sport and other evening activities.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

25 May 2018

We extended our successful celebration of last week’s National Boarding Week until Monday evening with an important session on health and nutrition. Toowoomba Nutritionist Leah Stjernqvist gave a before-dinner presentation to the boarding community regarding the importance of good nutrition. It is always good to have presenters with rural and boarding backgrounds. Leah was a boarder at St Ursula's during her school years and understands the nutritional needs of our boarders.

We were impressed with her powerpoint presentation that discussed areas such as weight and health. Leah dispelled many myths. She presented these in a true/false question and answer session which was highly relevant to our boarders. She disproved much of the false information they might receive via social media. Leah kept her session short and to the point and a number of the girls wanted to ask her questions afterwards including discussing her career path.

We have invited Leah to return for more informal discussions with the boarders. In terms of health, Shannon Townsend, Manager of Glennie Aquatic and Gymnastics will hold Sunday yoga sessions for Year 12 boarders. In spite of the cool weather, the pool remains open for boarder swimming on a Sunday afternoon. It’s always Summer in the Glennie pool!

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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