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.  

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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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Boarder Photo Competition

25 May 2018

We have received lots of fantastic entries in our ‘Home’ boarder photo competition. The entries have all been compiled and are currently being judged by a panel of four judges.

Winners of the competition will be announced next week and can look forward to seeing many of the photos on the walls of the boarding houses.

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This week in boarding

18 May 2018

Theme Dinners are always highlights of boarding life and we held a dress-up dinner last Monday night to celebrate National Boarding Week. The theme was Children's Movies and we were blessed with assorted characters, including a very well padded Shrek, Princess Fiona, a table full of Smurfs, pirates, Incredibles and a variety of imaginative fantasy characters.

To save the poor laundry ladies from the horrors of sequins and glitter jamming the washing machines, the Boarding Committee cut up many metres of paper table covers to manage the bling. The dining room looked very festive and a good time was had by all. There was a magnificent 20 question Trivia Quiz which was greatly enjoyed, however, it was about five questions too long! The Year 12 Boarding Committee did a great job and were pleased with the evening.

There were many prizes to be won and at the end of the dinner the sequins and glitter were simply scooped up inside the paper cloths. My greatest concern was for the bathrooms following the Smurfs removing their bright blue skin. By 7.00pm, these characters were finding the blue paint a bit uncomfortable. They looked a bit like cross between a Celtic warrior and the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz.

There was a baking session on Saturday in Brown House and a number of boarders took their efforts to the Japanese Gardens on Sunday. There were talent quests also and next Monday we will enjoy a dinnertime conversation with a local nutritionist.

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Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

11 May 2018

National Boarding Week is upon us next week and we will make the most of this by celebrating as a community.

Events planned include cake baking on Saturday with a trip to the Japanese Gardens on Sunday. Monday will be a fancy dress dinner, there will be talent quests, Year 12s performing and speaking to the audience and our final event will be a visit by a nutritionist the following Monday.

The pyjama dinner, a great favourite amongst the girls, will also be included. Stuffed toys and teddy bears often make an appearance at these simple and entertaining functions.

We plan to make Drought Angels the focus of our attention for fundraising. This organisation was co-founded by a former Glennie boarder.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

4 May 2018

Many boarders look forward to the long weekend and going home or away with family. Some remain here because of distance and others actually stay in by preference. We would invite day families who might be happy to host a boarder for the occasional weekend to send an email to me expressing their interest.

Friday night saw a group of Brown House boarders attend a youth group at St Bart's Anglican Church. Last weekend was particularly busy and we took a bus full of boarders to the Boarder Bash at St Saviour's on Saturday evening. They were accompanied by a number of Glennie Boarding staff and all had a good evening. Brown House held a picnic on the Chapel lawns on Sunday. Mrs Ash made cards and wrapping with boarders on Saturday so they could finish their Mother's Day gifts. Although the photographs show the process of the craft we will leave photos of the gifts until after mothers have received these.

Monday night saw us involved in a boarding tradition where Fairholme Year 12s joined our Year 12s for dinner. This is the twelfth year we have hosted this event and it is always lovely. The boarders from both schools and their staff chatted happily with one another over a dinner of lasagna, salad and fruit. The Fairholme girls then returned to the Simmons House where they had a tour of our senior boarding facilities and the happy socialising continued. It is interesting to watch the cheerful reaction of each group to this evening, and our boarders will enjoy the return visit in Term 3.

Tuesday night was a catch-up Birthday Tuesday from the holidays.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This Week in Boarding

27 April 2018

Week 1 of any term is always a time when boarders settle back into routines, with Week 2 being a busy, social time. The Year 12 Boarding Committee invited their counterparts from other schools to a social function on Monday evening, and a good time was had by both the attending boarders and boarding staff. They had a brainstorming session and enjoyed a quiz, socialising and pizza. The staff accompanying the boarders were able to chat and do some planning and socialising of their own.

Wednesday saw 100 boarders attend the ANZAC Day Dawn Service. The girls were very organised about rising early and were on the two buses by 4.50am. This was our most impressive turnout and the girls were accompanied by a number of staff. Attendance at ANZAC Day is voluntary, and the boarder leaders rose even earlier to assist Mrs Reynoldson with the younger girls. Boarder Captain Paige Corke wore her grandfather's medals and was able to catch up with her brother from Toowoomba Grammar School who also attended this service.

The Catering staff always make a beautiful grazing brunch on public holidays and the boarders are able to sleep in. They have from 9:00-11:30 am to have this hot meal and public holidays often provide the girls with a much-needed opportunity to relax and enjoy less regimentation. There was an Anzac Service for the whole school on Tuesday and Reverend Sharon Baird held Boarders' Chapel at 5.30pm on Thursday. Mrs Kim Cohen joined the boarders for dinner on Monday and the Dawn Service on ANZAC Day.

Shopping and the movies are on offer this weekend in addition, to Brown and Dowson girls attending the St.Saviour's Boarder Bash on Saturday night. Tutoring and homework support has commenced in all houses and chess will start again on Friday. Last Saturday saw a number of younger boarders make Mothers’ Day gifts with Mrs Gayle Ash. We have some wonderful, comfortable reception chairs in Simmons where parents can relax and chat to staff, their daughters or one another. These were looking a bit tired, as were some items in Dowson. Always intrepid and crafty, Mrs Ash has done some strategic furniture recovering in the holidays with these loved and structurally sound objects gaining a new life. Thanks to the Glennie P & F for some new bright and homely furniture in both Brown and Dowson.

The Health Centre staff and Dr Sian Ford have been busy with influenza immunisations, with boarding staff and boarders being encouraged to participate again this year. This is an invaluable service to the wellbeing of our community and we are most grateful to Dr Ford and our nurses.

Pictured: Paige Corke and her brother Riley were amongst the students who attended the Dawn Service.

Boarder Captain Paige Corke and Boarder Vice-Captain Shannon Rush also attended the ANZAC Day March later in the day.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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This week in boarding

20 April 2018

Some boarders had an extended end of Term 1 with a number of our Torres Strait Island Boarders staying until Tuesday morning of the following week. Five girls and one mother remained with us because the weather up north prevented them from travelling. We all managed well with staff and girls having a happy, relaxed and slightly different end of term boarding experience. The boarding parent was a great support in entertaining the girls. In spite of this being a pleasant experience, the girls and mum were pleased to go home.

Term 2 has started well and the Year 12 girls are planning to host their Fairholme counterparts at dinner in two weeks time. A bus will be provided by boarding to take boarders to the Dawn Service on Anzac Day in Queen's Park and, as usual, a lovely grazing brunch will be provided by the catering staff on that day. Evening tutoring will commence next week and we are now using the boarding specific, electronic Reach System for all boarder leave.  

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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Boarders’  Photo Competition

20 April 2018

We have already received some exciting entries in the Boarders’ Home Photo Competition. There is still time for girls to submit their entry.

More information can be found here

Entries must be submitted using this entry form but 30 April

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‘Home’ Photography Competition

22 March 2018

What makes your home special?

Where is that one place that you like to be when you go home?

What makes your heart happy when you’re at home?

Boarder girls: during the Term 1 holidays, take some photos that answer the questions above then pick your favourites to enter the ‘Home’ photography competition.

Capture a snapshot of what home means to you.

Winning entries will be printed onto large, framed canvases and hung on the walls throughout the three boarding houses.

For all the details and the entry form, click here.

Entries close 30 April 2018.

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This week in boarding

16 March 2018

Our boarders have been busy with their exam preparation and we therefore limit outings at this time of the term. Reverend Sharon held an Agape meal on Wednesday night when the girls sat on family tables. The word Agape relates to the purest form of love and brotherly love. The focus is on kindness and care rather than romantic love.

The Year 12 girls have conducted some excellent fundraising with over $600 raised for the Bush Ministry and the Dolly's Dream Foundation. This fundraising and giving in itself is an expression of the word Agape. The Boarding Committee fundraising is not about self, but about bettering the lives of others and focusing on important issues such as poverty, drought and the fight against bullying and selfishness.

Our younger boarders are currently packing for camp and home and our older boarders look forward to some study free periods.

Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding

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