Smiles abound at Sony Camp

12 October 2018

On the last weekend of Term 3, 16 Glennie students kickstarted their Spring break with three days on the annual SONY Camp experience.

Hosted by Toowoomba Grammar School, this 3-day camp is a unique respite program that aims to give students with disabilities a fun weekend of growth and learning and provide their families with some time away from the daily challenges involved with raising a child with a disability.

Complete responsibility for these children, with often quite complex and demanding needs, is taken on by the Year 11 students for the three days, while they participate in a wide variety of activities, expertly planned for, organised and run by Year 12 students.  Bennie the Bee even made an appearance.

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From the School Chaplain

12 October 2018

Blessings of Pets Service this Sunday

Come and celebrate all of God's creatures in this relaxed worship service on Sunday, 14 October from 10:00 am. Bring your pets along for a blessing or bring a photo if your pet is a little shy or not able to be transported! The blessing will take place on the Chapel lawn (or on the blue court in the case of inclement weather).   Bring a chair or picnic rug to sit on. All are welcome.

Pictured:  Mitsy with Revd Baird.  Mitsy is the newest resident at Brown House with owner Miss Chris Putland.

Rev’d Sharon Baird
Chaplain

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French Immersion Tour

12 October 2018

On Monday, 8 September, 28 Glennie students in Years 9 and 10 along with Ms Mills, Ms Gloudemans, Monsieur Morère and Mr Hynch gathered at the Brisbane International Airport to say “Au revoir” to Australia for the following four weeks. There was a mixture of emotions as we left our parents and boarded the plane, but we soon settled into our 24-hour journey to the other side of the world.

We touched down in Paris the next day at 7:30 am; we had arrived! We immediately hopped on our bus and travelled to our first destination; la Cathédrale d’Amiens. By the end of the first day, everyone was rather exhausted but very happy. Over the next five days, around la Somme and la Normandie, we visited various War museums, memorials and cemeteries, all of which were very interesting and allowed us to fully understand just how big the effect the First and Second World Wars had been on France, Europe and the whole world. The massive death toll was especially overwhelming for me. We also visited the village of Villers-Bretonneux which has a very strong connection with Australia as it was freed from German soldiers by Australian troops on 25th April 1918. Also, if you ever visit France, do not hesitate to visit the newly opened Sir John Monash Memorial as it is one of the most interesting places to remember and celebrate our heroes who fought to defend peace and freedom around the world.

On day 7, we made our way to St Malo, visiting en route a farm where cider and Calvados are produced. One particular highlight for me was walking across la Baie du Mont Saint Michel during low tide, during which we experienced quicksand. It was a memorable event filled with laughter and excitement.

On the 17th, we departed from St Malo. Before reaching the city of Angers, we stopped for a couple of hours to visit a goat cheese farm. This leg of the tour along the Loire Valley was devoted to visiting and learning about the castles of France, from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and their respective kings and queens. Over four days we visited 7 castles, each unique and impressive in their way. My personal favourite was the castle of Azay-le-Rideau, centred in a river; it boasted spectacular views and its very own surrounding forest.

From there we went to the much-anticipated city of Orléans where we met our host families and attend the French school, Saint Paul-Bourdon Blanc. I couldn’t have asked for a better homestay experience. My family was very friendly and welcoming, and on my second day with them, they took me to Disneyland! I instantly felt at home, and they helped me improve my French skills. Fortunately, this hospitality also applied to the school. The students and teachers were very accommodating, and our group was very well looked after. I particularly enjoyed being immersed in my buddy’s classes.

After a teary goodbye to our buddies, we finally made our way to Paris on the 2nd of October. The four days we spent there was jam-packed full of incredible sights and tours; including la Cathédrale de Notre Dame, le Musée du Louvre, le Musée d’Orsay, Montmartre, le Sacré Coeur and le Château de Versailles. It was at this time we fully realised our trip was no longer a distant dream, and three years of hard work had been worthwhile. On our second last night after narrowly missing the Eiffel Tower twinkling, we were lucky enough to wait 55 minutes and see it at 10:00 pm. It truly was magical!

Overall the trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I feel very fortunate to have gone. It taught me a lot about French history and culture but also about just how big the world is. It was an eye-opening experience that I will never forget.

Finally, I’d like to thank M. Morère, Ms Gloudemans, Ms Mills and Mr Hynch. Without them, our trip wouldn’t have been as amazing as it was. Our trip also wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our teachers M. Park-Ballay and Mlle Lelion, without them we never would have had the skills to take on our French adventures.

For me, every day was a highlight, and I’ll cherish the memories I made forever.

Celine Dixon
Year 10

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Japan Exchange 2018

12 October 2018

In the September holidays, seven girls studying Japanese from Years 10 to 12 participated in the annual reciprocal exchange program with Kyoto Girls’ High School. On the exchange program, you get the chance to see the sights of Kyoto as well as the excursions during class time. Participating in the school Sports Festival and Cultural Festival was a highlight of the trip. The games were entertaining and gave us the opportunity to see just how different it was to Australian sports carnivals.

The Japanese exchange program was fantastic, and I highly encourage others who are interested in learning and applying Japanese to consider taking the trip. It gives students a chance to apply what they have been taught in class to the real world, using their skills from the classroom to form lifelong friendships with their host sisters and the other girls. While in Japan I made friends that I know will be with me for life. It was not too difficult to understand and respond in Japanese, and I was surprised at how much I innately knew without having to turn to a translator. I enjoyed it so much I want to go back again next year!

Mya Watkins
Year 11

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Inspired by Annie

12 October 2018

Annie Flamsteed Glennie Old Girl (2012) is currently in town as a presenter for the Unleash the Beast Symposium and dropped in to present to our Senior Years students during the Student Activities session yesterday.  Annie is the founder and CEO of company iNSPIRE Sport Australia, a platform for young people, which provides them with high quality, research-based educational content relating to wellbeing.

Together with co-founder Chloe Watson, and colleague Charlie Wyatt, Annie delivered an energetic session on wellbeing and will return to Glennie shortly to set our Year 10-12 girls up with the online platform and mobile App ‘iNSPIRE’.  Essentially, the program is about improving our student wellbeing. Stay tuned; we’ll share more details about this exciting initiative in the very near future.

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ICAS success

12 October 2018

Each year, girls from Year 2 to 6 can choose to participate in the ICAS English Competition.  The competition assesses reading and language skills in a range of contexts. Congratulations to the following girls who received awards:

High Distinction Award: Ira Kedilaya, Xanthe Schubert, Kate Leis, Freya Statham

Distinction Award: Gisele Hede, Sofia Shephard, Elizabeth Thompson, Olivia Zahra, Amalia Gomez-Faramand, Amelie Zahra, Louise Anderson, Bailey Crisp, Amy Leis, Kate Roper

Credit Award: Rian Bakly, Demi Hardgrave, Giselle Statham, Keeley Archer, Sophia Kavanagh, Olivia Kemp, Holly Travers, Mischa Barnes, Caitlyn Garratt, Megan Roper, Charlotte Tranter, Zoe Wardle, Holly Donaldson, Raynee Flynn-Bowman, Aishani Kumar, Dulini Dewage, Isabella Poole

Merit Award: Phoebe Manthey, Alyssa Rollason, Grace De La Croix, Vijetha Gowda, Mashal Imam

Achievement certificates were presented at our Final Assembly last term.

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Aquaversity returns

12 October 2018

Glennie Aquatic team members are busy this week with swim intensive lessons and the popular new ‘Aquaversity’ lessons for migrant families and their children in the region.   Over 40 toddlers and children joined Glennie Aquatic team members in the pool to gain water confidence and learn basic swimming skills. Through programs like this, participants get to be involved in a popular Australian sport, experience achievement in a supportive and inclusive environment and learn a skill for life.  It was great to see Glennie students, Ariana, Gemma, Olivia and Jess in the pool assisting with this program. They are extending their swimming instruction skills to complete individual certificate courses. Judging by the looks on the participant's faces, these students were quite popular.

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Swimmers soar at intensives

12 October 2018

The September Spring break was bustling at The Glennie Aquatic Centre with over 140 children enjoying the water every day during the first week of the holidays.

Eighty children enrolled in the highly progressive Accelerator Program; these programs are becoming increasingly popular.  Families travel from the west to visit and stay with family and friends and also participate in the program for the week. Lessons were 45 minutes in length and ran for a consecutive five days. These Accelerator programs allow a higher rate of progression of skills than in the average half-hour lessons per week. The Glennie Aquatic Centre Supervisor Cass Daniells highly recommends that both are undertaken if possible and says 'that the confidence and skill progression in a short week is not only amazing but is extremely impressive to see.' The children who participated in the Accelerator program were lucky enough to swim alongside the Squad swimmers.  It was a positive experience, allowing them to witness what their swimming skills will become.

The next Accelerator blocks is as follows:

Summer 1: December 17 to 21

Summer 2:  January 7 to 11

Summer 3:  January 14 to 18

Contact the Glennie Aquatic team on 4688 8845 for further information.

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LifeFlight

12 October 2018

Mrs Amy Luhrs, from Life Flight, and pilot Mr Murray Gladwin, attended Assembly this week to accept a cheque from the SRC for $789.00, which was the money raised last term at our Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Amy and Murray spoke to the girls about the work of Life Flight, and Murray answered lots of questions about how the Life Flight helicopter operates. The SRC girls would like to thank everyone for their support of our fundraiser.

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Sandra to perform at Empire Theatre

12 October 2018

We would like to congratulate Year 9 student Sandra Miller on her successful audition to perform with the Senior Impact Ensemble production 'Of Myths & Monoliths'. This year the Senior IMPACT Ensemble worked to create a stirring piece of Australian Gothic theatre, inspired by the long-lasting myth of lost girls vanishing into the Australian landscape. Wishing you all the best for your performance Sandra.  To find out more about the performance, please visit the Empire Theatre website:  or visit the Facebook page.  

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Soaring to new heights

12 October 2018

Rebecca Hallahan (Year 12) received a certificate of attendance from Captain Adrian Young, Head of Flying Operations, Chief Pilot QantasLink and Professor Paul Bates, USQ Head of Aviation for the Aviation Two-Day Experience which she attended during the school holidays.

Rebecca fully embraced the leadership, communication and teambuilding workshops over the two days and had the experience of flying in our world-class flight simulator. She was awarded Most Outstanding Student, as voted by three USQ Student Ambassadors who helped facilitate workshops during the experience.

This experience will run again in 2019 for any interested students in Years 11 and 12:

  • 11 and 12 July 2019
  • 26 and 27 September 2019

Photo credit:  USQ Photography

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Celebrating staff

12 October 2018

On Monday we had the pleasure in welcoming new staff members to Glennie. They are:

Carl Mayanja - IT Assistant
Katrina Cross -  Junior Years Tuckshop  (commencing week of 15 October)
Lyndrea Lynch - Assistant to the Deputy Principal
Daphney Brown - Cleaner
Roz Riley - Teacher Aide, Learning Support
Amanda Whittingham - GOSS (commencing week of 15 October)
David Moore - Maintenance

Mrs Cohen presented Mrs Tanya Draheim with her 10 Years long service award and Mrs Karen Fulwood and Mrs Susan Rollason received their 15 years long service awards.

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Poppies stream in

12 October 2018

Thank you Jenni Giesemann, these poppies will make a lovely addition to the Remembrance Day Service display.

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Assembly Hall garden revived

12 October 2018

Dry weather took its toll on the gardens outside our Assembly Hall.  Over the holidays our Maintenance team worked hard to revive this space with new turf and new plants.  It is now a pleasure to navigate the path and enter the Hall.

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Know Your Past Principals

12 October 2018

Miss Marian Christine Stone Principal 1982-1985

Miss Marian Christine Stone was chosen as the successor to Miss Simmons in 1982. Born in the Scilly Isles, she was educated at London University and had travelled widely and accumulated a broad range of teaching experience before her appointment at Glennie. She adhered to Dr Thomas Arnold's philosophy of what a school should be. This included “the perfect system, the playing of games, Christian values, classical curriculum, personal contact with students and the correct choice of teachers.

Miss Stone was a no-nonsense Principal with devoted, competent staff and a generally receptive student body. She was firm yet decisive in her dealings with all. It was a time of great change at Glennie and a time of rapidly increasing enrolments. Underpinning this growth and development was the perceived and proven need for a school founded on the faith of a strong and enduring religious basis. Dr Stone’s tangible gift to the school may be witnessed in the form of the school’s magnificent physical appearance and the visionary educational concepts she pre-empted.

Photo credit:  From the Archives  (Ref: 100 years of friendship: a centenary history of the Glennie School 1908-2008. Henderson, C & J Winn)

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Bon appétit!

12 October 2018

On Wednesday, 10 October Year 6 students in Mrs Bullock's class participated in a French immersion cooking class in the Home Economics building.

Miss Lelion, Mrs Johns and Mrs Brown took them through the steps of making a traditional yoghurt cake (Gâteau au yaourt) traditionally made by many kids in primary school in France.

The girls had a great time and successfully followed the whole class in French and got to eat and share their baking with their classmates in the afternoon. Well done girls!  

Mademoiselle Lelion
Middle and Senior Years Teacher

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Glennie drink bottles now available

12 October 2018

GOSS are excited to let you know new spill proof drink bottles are available for $12.  They look fabulous in Glennie purple and are waiting for new homes.

 

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“Write like an author”: Holiday writing workshop

12 October 2018

Eight Glennie girls were amongst 25 students who attended the ‘Write Like an Author’ Camp with Brian Falkner during the school holidays.  

Clara - The Writer's Camp was such a great experience. I learnt more about how an author writes which has helped me with my writing.

Lily - I liked learning about how to use action and suspense when writing. I learnt to write at a much higher level.

Palakh - It was terrific! I had so much fun playing all the games and learning to be an author.

Amalia - I really liked learning new ways to create cliffhangers in my story so that when I write I can hook the readers into my stories.

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Peter Carnavas visits years’ three and four

12 October 2018

This week, author and illustrator, Peter Carnavas came to visit the girls in Years 3 and 4.

The girls really enjoyed looking through the planning of his book The Elephant, which was studied by the girls in the Year 3 / 4 Book Club last term.

The entire presentation was very engaging. Peter worked on some drawings while he was at school and has left one for us to keep in the library.

Ella Donovan - Peter Carnavas is an amazing!

Emily Statham - I liked watching Peter draw and paint!

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International Day of the Girl Child

12 October 2018

Every year on 11 October the world joins in to celebrate International Day of the Girl Child, This year’s theme is  “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force”. The United Nations recognises this day as a day to stand with girls everywhere as they inspire, innovate and take charge of their own future.

The 1.1 billion girls in today’s world is challenging the status quo. They’re redefining girlhood, and they’re doing so against the odds.

Across the world, girls face adversities that hinder their education, training and entry into the workforce. They have less access to information, communication technology and resources, such as the internet where the global gender gap is growing.

A quarter of young people, most of them girls, are neither employed nor getting an education or training.

This day helps us to reflect on the inequalities which exist and allows us to reflect on how we can raise awareness to bring about meaningful change.

 

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Graduates Gather at Kindy

12 October 2018

On Wednesday afternoon, some current Year 12 students, joined the staff at the Glennie Kindergarten as we celebrated our first Kindy graduates reaching the end of their formal schooling. Foundation staff member Miss Jody Lutvey joined many of the students as they shared their memories of their earliest schooling experiences.

In 2005, when we first reopened the Kindergarten, (after it had closed in 1968), the Kindergarten became a joint initiative with C & K Association of Queensland, is one of the first to be established on a school campus. We no longer have this link. Instead, our Kindy forms an important part of our School.

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Year Six set off for Sydney and Canberra

12 October 2018

Exciting times await as 34 Year Six students and eight adults will leave Toowoomba on Sunday for the week to spend time in both Sydney and Canberra visiting key sites related to class programs in history, Civics and citizenship. You can follow our trip on the Glennie School Facebook page. The tour returns on Friday afternoon when we fly back to Wellcamp Airport.

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Glennie families proudly supporting the new Sports Centre

12 October 2018

Many of our wonderful Glennie families are proud to be supporting the Sports Centre by purchasing sporting medallions.  

'Our love of sport' provided the inspiration for Halayna and Vicki Lourigan.    

The Glennie School Foundation is grateful for the support of the Lourigan family and all Glennie families that are backing the Sports Centre campaign.  

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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Webber’s Operation Christmas Child Campaign

12 October 2018

WOW!  Webber Seniors were overwhelmed today by the generous response from all Tutor Groups to support their annual Operation Christmas Child Appeal.

An impressive 215 boxes were collected this morning.  Our boxes are being sent to the Philipines this year so this means 215 precious children from disadvantaged communities will experience the joy of receiving gifts this Christmas.

Thank you to every girl who contributed either a gift or a whole box.  A special thank you to the Year 11 and 12 Webber girls who baked delicious treats for our ‘Baked Goods’ sale and Mrs Johns who with her Year 11 Hospitality girls baked 100 cupcakes to donate to the cause.

It’s heartening to see the Glennie community in action.  Thank you, everyone.

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

12 October 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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