Be part of our golf day

17 August 2018

We have a small number of sponsorship spots available for the Glennie Foundation Golf Day. These opportunities to promote your business include a round of golf, golf cart, hospitality package and a player kit.  

If you are looking for an opportunity to promote your business, we are looking for raffle prizes and auction items. Prize donors will be acknowledged at the golf day and in follow-up marketing activities.  

If you would like to support the Golf Day, please contact Foundation Officer, Tammy Wilson. foundation@glennie.qld.edu.au

 

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

17 August 2018

Did you spot these stories in the Media?

Isabel Sharp (nee Campbell GOG 1938) was interviewed by The Chronicle and also Win News and 7 News Toowoomba:  GOGA Reunion

https://www.thechronicle.com.au/videos/glennie-girl/61812/

https://www.facebook.com/WINNewsToowoomba/videos/247315956115482/

https://www.facebook.com/7NewsToowoomba/videos/695781744103682/

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

 

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Solving problems

10 August 2018

On Monday, 6 August, all the girls from Prep to Year 3 participated in World of Maths.  In teams, girls solved problems and grappled with puzzles based on maths concepts from the lower primary mathematics curriculum. The teachers and girls would like to thank the parents who came and helped. Their support contributed to the great success of the morning.

Click here to see a highlights video of their experience

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Countdown to Ribbon Day

10 August 2018

Ribbon Day will be held on 24 August and will be a casual dress day for the Middle and Senior Years students. We encourage all girls to bring a gold coin donation to Tutor that day. During morning tea and lunchtime there will be various stalls where the students will be able to purchase baked goodies, confectionery, sausages and hot chocolate. All funds raised will go to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

Thank you to the families and businesses that have already donated prizes for our Multi-Draw Raffle. The prize list is growing daily, with over 20 prizes now on our list.  Our business donations have so far been from Harper Bee (located in Grand Central), Trinity Rose Creations and Christine Keenan (Consultant for Close to my Heart). Ribbon Day raffle tickets are now on sale. You can purchase your tickets from GOSS and the Middle and Senior Years Main Reception (the prize list can be viewed at these venues). Tickets will also be on sale during lunchtimes for the next two weeks and on Ribbon Day.  

This week the Donaldson and Chapel Committees spent their lunchtimes cutting up 160 metres of ribbon. The hair ribbons will be for sale on Ribbon Day and each girl will receive a lapel ribbon for participating in the day.

Thank you all for your generous support of this fundraising event.

Mrs Susan Rollason
Head of Donaldson

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Naidoc celebrations

10 August 2018

This week, the Junior Years girls participated in NAIDOC activities. At Assembly Indigenous dancers performed for the girls telling stories and dancing. Indigenous storyteller Mr Buchanan told the children a story. The Middle Senior Years Yalari girls conducted a story reading session and our girls did craft activities focusing on the colours associated with Indigenous Australians.

The Indigenous girls also hosted an Indigenous elder at Middle and Senior Years Chapel and spoke to the girls about their culture. 

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Japanese exchange students share the art of origami

10 August 2018

To complement the Year 6 student studies in Japanese, our visiting exchange students spent some time teaching the girls origami techniques.

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Glennie leaders proudly supporting the new Sports Centre

10 August 2018

The Glennie School Principal, Mrs Kim Cohen and Chair of Glennie Council, Mrs Elizabeth Gillam, are proud to be supporting the Sports Centre by purchasing platinum medallions.  

Having a space for Glennie girls to 'play like a girl' and 'develop our next Australian sporting representatives' provided the inspiration for their support.  

The Glennie School Foundation is grateful for the support of Kim and Elizabeth.  

To find out how you can support the Sports Centre, take a look at this short video or contact The Glennie School Foundation on (07) 4688 8862 or foundation@glennie.qld.edu.au

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100 days to go

10 August 2018

On Wednesday the Year 12 students gathered in their courtyard to celebrate 100 days till the end of their Senior journey.

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Pizza capers

10 August 2018

Some of the Year 2 and 3 students enjoyed making pizzas this week as part of the current English unit on Procedures. The girls wrote their own recipe for making a pizza, and the following day followed their recipe to create and cook their pizza.

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Australian Maths Competition

10 August 2018

On Thursday 9 August, over 50 Junior Years girls participated in the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) Mathematics Competition. The competition was delivered online, which supports the Junior Years’ strategy of preparing students for other online assessments such as NAPLAN. The girls are to be congratulated on their attitude and effort throughout the competition!

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Japanese tea party

10 August 2018

Japanese students currently on exchange in Toowoomba had the pleasure of sharing morning tea with Mrs Cohen on Wednesday.  It was a lovely opportunity to catch up on their experience in Australia so far.

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Year 5 Science Morning

10 August 2018

On Tuesday the Year 5 girls attended the Year 5 Science Morning at Toowoomba Grammar School. The girls participated in a morning of science rotations with students from Fairholme and Toowoomba Grammar Junior.  Here are some of their reflections:

Science Morning was really enjoyable.The activity that I enjoyed the most was the mentos and coke experiment. Kate Roper

I enjoyed the Mentos Mayhem experiment. We had containers of water, lemonade and coke and put mentos into each drink. The water did nothing, the lemonade fizzed a little, and the coke made a big explosion! Charlie Alcock Reedy-Ayriss

I enjoyed making catapults at Science morning.  It was fun to see who could get on the ‘brag list’ for each test.  Most of the tests were harder than expected! Louise Anderson

I enjoyed making and testing catapults at Science Morning. We also made invisible ink using lemon juice. You had to dry your picture and put it under a light to see what the drawing was. Alice Sengaroun

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Be part of our Golf Day

10 August 2018

We have a small number of sponsorship spots available for the Glennie Foundation Golf Day. These opportunities to promote your business include a round of golf, golf cart, hospitality package and a player kit.  

If you are looking for an opportunity to promote your business, we are looking for raffle prizes and auction items. Prize donors will be acknowledged at the golf day and in follow-up marketing activities.  

If you would like to support the Golf Day, please contact Foundation Officer Tammy Wilson foundation@glennie.qld.edu.au

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Storybox Library

10 August 2018

This wonderful resource is now available for you to access at home.

  • Go to Storybox Library, then choose Login, 
  • choose the Schools and Early Childhood option.
  • Username: glennie  
  • Password: GlennieJnr

Enjoy the array of stories read by well-known Australian actors, authors and librarians.

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

10 August 2018

Did you spot these stories in the Media?

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

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Ideas explosion

3 August 2018

At Glennie, our IdeasPLUS@Glennie program provides a range of academic opportunities for Junior Years girls. Throughout the year we conduct Excellence Workshops, the High-Performance Program (in which all girls participate), Science and Maths workshops, and various academic competitions.  This year we added another experience to the IdeasPLUS@Glennie suite: IdeasPLUS@Glennie Year Level Workshops.

All girls and their teachers participated in an IdeasPLUS@Glennie Year Level Workshop. The philosophy of the Year Level Workshops is aligned to that of the Excellence Workshops.  Through participation in the IdeasPLUS@Glennie Year Level Workshop, the girls enjoyed:

  • spending time exploring a complex topic in depth
  • investigating an area of interest
  • participating in challenging activities
  • sharing her ideas and thoughts in a positive, stimulating environment

The workshops were held on Wednesday 18, Thursday 19 and Friday 20 July in the Glennie Science Building on the MSY campus.

The workshops were conducted by Mr Dan Cook from Maker Workshop, in Brisbane. Throughout the workshops, a range of topics was explored. There was barefoot coding, science workshops and coding with Arduino. The upper primary students will also participate in activities related to developing memory skills.

Click here to view the highlights video

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From the Chaplain

3 August 2018

This semester we are beginning a series in Junior, Middle and Senior Years Chapel services on the Habits of the Heart. The idea is to help us develop habits in our lives that nourish ourselves and others, helping us to grow in faith and service. To form good habits we need to intentionally repeat a task or activity many times until they become automatically a part of our day. Each Habit of Heart aims to develop an aspect of life that will be positive, encouraging and enriching.

Our first habit is Gratitude; developing an attitude of thankfulness for everything in our lives and expressing gratitude towards others. Often it is easy for us to focus on the things that go wrong in our day, the disappointments and minor irritations. Having an attitude of gratitude helps us to turn those things around, thinking of ways to feel blessed or thankful instead of frustrated. I used a simple example with the girls of being somewhat (or majorly) annoyed at my cat for jumping up on my bed at 3:00am one morning, walking all over me and finally settling down to sleep curling up on my side. The Years P to 3 girls helped me to see that I could be thankful for the extra warmth and snuggling of my cat instead of being annoyed, and maybe I might have gone back to sleep more quickly. With the older girls my complaint was being completely unable to decide what to wear one morning. I tried on five or six combinations and nothing felt right. Most girls seemed to empathise with this dilemma! Of course, being grateful for having such a range of clothes to choose from, for a wonderful job that enables me to continue my shopping vice and thinking of those who go without warm clothes in winter could easily have turned around my thinking. Instead of walking out the door feeling ‘out of sorts’ my perspective on the day ahead would have been one of gratitude rather than annoyance.

When we take the approach of being grateful for the friends we have, even though we sometimes disagree, of being thankful for the educational opportunities at school, even though we don’t always enjoy having to do homework and assignments, we find our day goes more smoothly. We must take time out every day to notice the small blessings and the big ones and to be thankful.

I encourage you to watch this Ted Talk that I used with the Middle and Senior girls. Louie Schwartzberg is a cinematographer, director and producer who captures breathtaking images that celebrate life - revealing connections, universal rhythms, patterns and beauty. He developed a Gratitude Project which gives a wonderful introduction to developing a habit of gratitude.   

To help in forming this habit I have challenged the girls to do two things. At the end each day, before they go to sleep, they are to think of three things they are grateful for that happened that day, then each morning to think of three things they are looking forward to and be grateful for them. With the Years P to 3 girls Kid President got them started with his list of reasons to be thankful. 

St Paul writes in his letter to the Thessalonians, Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Ask your daughter how they have gone with developing this habit of gratitude in their day. (Years 4 to  6 are still to hear this chapel talk and Years 10 to 12 will only start the challenge today). My hope is that our whole community will be inspired to try each Habit of the Heart that we explore and I look forward to hearing about the things each family is grateful for over the coming weeks.

Blessings
Rev Sharon

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A Cat's Tale

3 August 2018

They say it takes a village to raise a child, is it the same for a cat? Glennie’s population explosion of cats is under control thanks to the efforts of the Glennie community.

During the last holidays, the Development Office team wrangled the family of nine cats (three adult kittens, four young kittens and mum) under the Admin building. The cats were trapped using cages loaned by Glennie staff members. (It’s surprising how many people have cat traps).

Glennie staff member Jacinta Elsegood answered the call for a foster parent to house the cats until we had them all caught. Her mother has been taking care of them and has adopted the mother cat and two of the four kittens. Two of the adult kittens (too old to tame) have been adopted by the School. They’re called Mustard and Pickles. Two of the younger kittens are ready to find their furever home.

Glennie mum (and Old Girl) Georgina Terrey is a vet at West Toowoomba Veterinary Surgery. The surgery most kindly agreed to desex and vaccinate our cat family at a very reasonable rate and we thank them very much. We hope that will control our exponential increase in cats in the last 12 months.

The final chapter of our cat tale was the establishment of the “Kitty Kitty” a stockpile of cat food to keep Mustard and Pickles fed. Glennie staff have been very generous in donating cans and packets of food. We give thanks for all the fussy cats out there, because Mustard and Pickles are happy to eat all those unwanted packets of expensive treats!

So, thanks to the open hearts of the Glennie community, our cats are all taken care of. If you think you are the right family to take on one of the kittens (who are still a bit wild and will take a lot of attention), please contact Tina Tilden tildent@glennie.qld.edu.au.

Pictured: The kittens are having a little rest after their trip to the vet.

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Kyoto exchange students arrive

3 August 2018

We welcome students from Kyoto Girls' High School for their cultural exchange. The students will attend classes with their buddies and will enjoy the hospitality of their host families until August 11. Enjoy your time in Toowoomba girls!

 

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A trip to Glenvale Villas

3 August 2018

On Tuesday, the Kindy children visited residents at Glenvale Villas. The children met the Villas’ gardener and enjoyed some time exploring the vegetables, fruit and herbs planted there. They found lettuce, strawberries and parsley.

The children also engaged in activities with some of the residents and met their pet cat, Jimbo. They had a lovely morning tea and even potted up their own seedling to bring back to Kindy.

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New Territory for Father Paul

3 August 2018

For our families in the St George and Dirranbandi area a new partnership has formed between St Luke’s Anglican Church Toowoomba and the local parish. Fr Paul Mitchell will be travelling to St George and the region one weekend each month. While there, he will be supporting the local church community in ongoing ministry as well as conducting services in St George and Dirranbandi, together with occasional services in Bollon and Thallon. Fr Paul would like to build connections with families especially those who have chosen to send their children to Glennie and other Toowoomba schools. I hope to be able to join Fr Paul for some of these visits as well to make contact with our Glennie families.

The following dates show when Fr Paul will be in the area for the rest of the year. The dates in brackets are when he will travel to and from Toowoomba.

  • AUGUST 26 (August  25-27)
  • SEPTEMBER 30 (September 28-October 1)
  • OCTOBER 28 (October 26-28)
  • NOVEMBER 25 (November 23-26)
  • DECEMBER 23 (December 21-23)

Please keep an eye on the parish facebook page for details about service times and events. Also you can check out Fr Paul’s cameo at the recent St George races Fashions on Field.

Rev’d Sharon

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Year 4 visit the Science Centre

3 August 2018

The Year 4 girls had their first lessons in the Sue Edwards Science Centre. The girls wore lab coats and completed a scientific investigation to determine the magnetic force of a variety of objects. Both Year 4 classes look forward to returning to the labs for other lessons this term.

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Safari Adventure

3 August 2018

Donaldson House Families went on a Safari Adventure to celebrate the year's achievements at their Annual House Dinner last Friday night. It was lovely to have so many families join us this year. The costumes were creative and the trivia competition was very competitive. Congratulations to Zoe Waters for winning the Limbo.

A special thank you must go to the Glennie Catering Staff and Hospitality Students for the wonderful meal and efficient service.

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Mrs Sue Rollason
Head of Donaldson House

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A Special Gift

3 August 2018

Glennie mother Mrs Christina Lipp (Caitlin, Year 11), brought in a very special donation of poppies for the Glennie Poppy Project. Family friend and Vietnam Veteran Mr Francis Beattie OAM heard about our project, wanted to be part of it and organised for some poppies to be made. Sadly, Mr Beattie passed away before the poppies could be delivered.

Pictured are his beautifully made poppies which will have a special place in our commemorative display. Thank you, Mrs Lipp for fulfilling Mr Beattie's wish to be part of our fantastic Glennie community project.

If you would like to be part of the Poppy Project, why not join us at the GOGA Family BBQ on Sunday? We will be making poppies and assembling the panels which will comprise our Remembrance Day display.

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Connecting the generations: A trip down Memory Lane

3 August 2018

Our Year 10 Language Skills class was treated to a trip down memory lane with five Brodribb residents as we took on the Archbishop’s challenge to connect across the generations. With over 430 years of stories, experiences and achievements between them, Jessie, Sonya, Teresa, Sarah and Ian entertained us with tales of adventure and resilience. Teresa inspired us with her advocacy, campaigning for bus runs to transport farming children to school. Ian and Jessie described classrooms filled to the brim with over 40 children at once, and the mess made by using inkwells for their school work. Sarah motivated us with her courage, taking a solo journey across the globe and continually working towards achieving her goals.

Talking with the residents really helped us to develop our active listening skills. Our main focus was to engage in conversation and connect with our resident, rather than simply asking questions. We discovered many differences between our “growing-up” years and theirs, such as new technology and the introduction of deliberately ripped jeans. Looking at life through a different lens certainly helped us to see things from another perspective. At 96 years of age, Jessie believes that our teenage minds are constantly full, and we need to go back to the simple life where we have time to enjoy things. However, the stories of war and hardship did not make us think that life was simpler back then. Despite the differences, it was clear after chatting to Ian, Jessie, Sonya, Teresa and Sarah that one thing that hasn’t changed is the importance of good values. Throughout their lives, these five residents have lived with the integrity, respect, compassion and courage that we aspire to achieve today.

Contributed by the Year 10 Language Skills Class

 

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