From the Archives

31 August 2018

Miss Kathleen Winifred Simmons Principal 1966-1981

In 1966 Miss Kathleen Winifred Simmons, who had been a member of Glennie staff for ten years, became Headmistress. She preferred this title over that of Principal. Miss Simmons had a deep sense of loyalty to the school and its ideals. Her long tenure at Glennie made a major impact. Her main aim was to increase enrolments, reduce expenditure and maintain firm discipline and stability. She stressed the ideal of encouraging the development of fine women. This was not an easy task considering the major cultural changes occurring at this time. The physical appearance of the school was changing with the demolition of the old Sutton House, music block, gym and change room.

At the annual speech day in 1981, Bishop Wicks said, “Miss Simmons has succeeded in bringing the school through times of difficulty, in establishing a stability of purpose in the school and in increasing both the spiritual and the material quality of the school. She could look with pride at a job well done”. She had devoted 26 years to Glennie.

(Ref: 100 years of friendship p.151)

Noeleen Fleming
Archivist

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We welcome our new students

31 August 2018

On Monday girls who will commence at Glennie in 2019 visited us for Introduction Day.

The Year 6 girls came over to the ‘big school’ and the other Junior Years girls new to the School spent the morning discovering what is in store next year. In the Middle and Senior Years, girls who will become boarders next year spent Sunday night in the boarding houses getting to know the routine and they all made some friends along the way. The new boarders then joined the new day girls on Monday for a day of experiences as Glennie girls.

Thank you to: the current Glennie girls who were such great buddies for the day; the teachers whose classes were filled with new faces; the boarding staff and the boarders who welcomed some very nervous new girls into their home and made them feel welcome; the catering and cleaning team for feeding everyone and cleaning up afterwards; the maintenance team for their help with set up; and the Development Office, in particular Shaz Willmington for adding her special flair.

For our Registrar, Mrs Karen Morris, Introduction Day involves a great deal of organisation in making sure that all our new students have a wonderful experience and are excited to start their time at Glennie in the new year.

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Picture books with Angela Sunde

31 August 2018

Author Angela Sunde visited Junior Years this week and conducted workshops with the girls in Prep to Year 3.

Using her current work in progress as an example, Angela led the girls through the steps of creating a children’s picture book. From preliminary roughs, developing characters, storyboarding, designing page layouts, to creating a dummy book, they learned how text and images interact with and complement one another, striking the right narrative balance.

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Josephine Wants to Dance

31 August 2018

Girls in Prep to Year 2 enjoyed a visit to the Empire Theatre on Tuesday to watch the stage performance of Josephine Wants to Dance. This is a story about dreams, believing in yourself . . .  and a dancing kangaroo. The girls enjoyed watching a variety of dance styles including classical ballet and hip-hop. They learnt about underdressing which allowed quick costume changes to be made so the dancers could portray a range of characters. All the girls learnt the valuable lesson of the importance of following your dream.

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Gappie Returns

31 August 2018

It was wonderful to see Abigail Lawrence return to Glennie this week.  Four years ago Abigail signed on as a Gappie at Glennie and enjoyed her experience here and in Australia so much she has decided to return for work.  Abigail currently works for a London based recruitment firm that has a Sydney office too. The opportunity to further her career in a country she holds close to her heart was too good to pass up.

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New Chicks!

31 August 2018

The Kindy’s resident chickens, Daisy and Poppy have moved to a new home in Tenterfield for a quieter life in the country. The Warby family kindly donated two new chicks in their place. Brielle (black chick) and Sparkles (brown chick) are the names decided upon by the children who have been very excited about introducing them to their new home.

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London, a trip of a lifetime

31 August 2018

The London International Youth Science Forum was a once in a lifetime opportunity I was fortunate enough to attend. The forum was a whirlwind of opportunities involving learning, networking and touring. Hosted at Imperial College London, this was the perfect place to be as it is situated in South Kensington, walking distance from many amazing places such as Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall.

Within the first day of being in London, I had already started to meet new people from around the world including Italy, Cyprus, Canada and many more places. The official forum then began and was full of exciting and invigorating opportunities. I witnessed lectures from inspirational scientists such as Prof. Mark Miodownik who talked about Materials for the 21st Century, considering the rapidly increasing problem of climate change. As well as the plenary lectures, there were also more field-specific lectures and visits. Some of these included visits to the Rolls Royce factory and learning about how mathematics will be used to regulate the future of artificial intelligence. I also had the opportunity to take part in debates regarding the future of science, with topics including “Is the Genetic modification of babies a viable research field?”. It was particularly interesting hearing different viewpoints on these controversial topics from people around the world.

As well as the educational side, there were opportunities for social and tourist activities. These included visiting Stonehenge and going to West End theatre performances. An amazing way to meet new people was through the science treasure hunt hosted around Imperial College and Hyde Park. This involved getting into teams of 15 participants from at least six different countries and answering different questions relating to the area. As well as these activities, we were also given the opportunity to visit world-class universities such as Oxford and Cambridge and tour throughout their leading facilities.

Whilst visiting Cambridge University I met Glennie old girl, Stephanie Bazley. During my visit, Stephanie showed me some of the “behind the scenes” areas around the university. She helped me understand the difference between university in Australia and the United Kingdom and told me about her research in Neuroscience and Alzheimer’s disease. Meeting with Stephanie was an inspirational experience and I am extremely grateful that she took time out of her day to show me around the university.

After spending two weeks in London, the forum came to an official close however, I took part in an extension of the program which included a week-long tour through Paris, France and Geneva, Switzerland. Whilst in Paris we visited the Cite des Sciences which was an interactive science museum. We also had time for tourist activities such as climbing the Eifel Tower and walking along the Champs-Elysees. Our last leg of the trip was to Geneva where we visited the CERN Large Hadron Collider and toured their facilities accompanied by scientists currently researching there.

The London International Youth Science Forum has been a life-changing experience and I am so thankful for everyone who supported me in going. I have met so many new and amazing people and it has helped show me what the future of science is going to be and how I can help make a difference.  

Amanda Taylor, Year 12

 

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BeeBots, LittleBits, OzoBots and Spheros

31 August 2018

On Monday afternoon, the Junior Years staff worked with Dan Cook for an afternoon of robotic construction and exploration. These resources have been purchased through the generous support of Glennie families who have provided Woolworths and Coles vouchers over the last couple of years. We have nearly $2,000 worth of resources. It’s not just the staff who enjoy experimenting with these, they will be used widely across all year levels in the coming months.

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Junior Years Father’s Day Breakfast

31 August 2018

It was great to see so many dads and other special people in the lives of our girls and boys at breakfast on Thursday morning. Everyone enjoyed bacon and egg burgers while mingling and chatting. It’s wonderful to see so many returning faces (one father has attended fourteen Father’s Day Breakfasts) and lots of new ones too.

To all of those special people in the children’s lives, we hope that you have a great day on Sunday. Enjoy being looked after and waited upon!

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Year 3 Literacy Day at Fairholme

31 August 2018

The Year 3 girls enjoyed attending the Fairholme Literacy Day this week. Each year, the students from Toowoomba Grammar Junior, Fairholme Junior and Glennie Junior Years get together to participate in a range of exciting Literacy activities. This year it was Fairholme’s turn to host the day.  

Guest author, Emma McTaggart, guided the students through a series of engaging activities designed to inspire the students and foster a love of writing, illustrating and creating books. Emma presented each of the schools with one of her picture books for their school library.

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Year 10 Science Festival

31 August 2018

The Glennie School welcomed USQ lecturers Ms Leanne Dooley, Dr Joanna Turner and Ms Stephanie Piper, Coordinator of USQ’s MakerSpace on Thursday, for its annual Science Festival with Year 10 students.

“We are fortunate to have three high profile USQ educators come to share their expertise with our students.  The Science Festival is one of many initiatives opening the students’ eyes to careers in the STEM field” said Russell Baldock, Associate Dean of Staff and Head of Department – Science.  

Medical laboratory scientists can tell a lot about a person just by looking at their blood cells. In the ‘Teardrops, Targets and Pencil Cells’ workshop led by Ms Dooley students diagnosed serious, and not so serious medical conditions by looking for abnormalities in blood cells.

Plasma is the most common state of matter in the universe and was the first state of matter to exist after the big bang. In Dr Turner’s ‘Plasma Balls’ workshop students explored the concept of plasma with hands-on activities that involved plasma lamps, and also explored electrostatics, oscillating electric fields and plasma as a conductor.

USQ’s Coordinator for Community Engagement Ms Stephanie Piper guided students through the basics of 3D printing and 3D scanning with a live demonstration.  There was also a presentation on the progress in the Biofabrication research sector with real samples for show and tell.

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Paralympian shares resilience secrets

31 August 2018

On Wednesday, we welcomed Brant Garvey, paralympian and motivational speaker to chat to our Year 9 girls about a new initiative called the ‘Tilly’s Resilience Project’. It was delightful to have Mrs Helen Tilly, past Glennie parent and staunch Glennie supporter in attendance to see the project unveiled.

After briefly sharing his life experiences, challenges and achievements, Brant asked the students to participate in some resilience building activities. It is our hope Brant’s session will inspire the students to see their potential and to know what they choose to do next matters most.

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

31 August 2018

Did you spot these stories in the Media?

  • Amanda Taylor (Year 12) appeared in Highlife Magazine online: Global Glennie Girl
  • Glennie Sports Centre appeared in Highlife Magazine online: Glennie Sports Centre
  • Glennie Science students (Year 10) appeared in The Chronicle: Glennie students witness the potential of science

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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Junior Years find their treasure

24 August 2018

Junior Years was a colourful sea of pirates and other inspired costumes for our annual Book Day on Tuesday. The theme was ‘Find Your Treasure’. Thank you to parents who worked with their girls to create such eye-catching costumes.

There were fantastic Readers Theatre performances from all year levels, featuring stories such as ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and ‘Captain Sneer the Buccaneer’.

The Pegi Williams Book Shop will continue in the Junior Years Library next week, with orders due on August 31.

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Junior Years Girls Language Perfect

24 August 2018

Glennie girls gained 46 awards in the Language Perfect World Championships held in Term 2. Competing against secondary students, 26 of these awards were achieved by Years 5 and 6 students.

Awards included 14 Credits, 5 Bronze, 2 Silver, 4 Gold and 1 Emerald Award to Louise Anderson who answered 12,452 questions.

Bravo les filles!

Madame Mills

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100 years of GOGA celebrated in style

24 August 2018

The Glennie Old Girls’ Association centenary reunion weekend was a celebration of old memories and making new ones.

School tours and a lovely brunch were highlights on Saturday 11 August when around 50 guests enjoyed the displays of photos from the “years of eights” and other Glennie history highlights.

GOGA was delighted to welcome our most senior alumnus and honorary life member Mrs Isabel Sharp (GOG 1938) who, at 97 years old, is an inspiration. Her knowledge of Glennie history is encyclopaedic! Isabel was joined by her daughter Jean Kent (GOG 1968) and we were also delighted to have honorary life member Miss Nan Hart (GOG 1946) as a special guest.

The chapel service and family barbeque on Sunday were well attended and enjoyed by all. Many old girls commented on the talents of the Glennie girls who performed at the barbeque and the friendliness of the girls who gave some current-day insights on the school tours.

Thank you to the Development Office, Archives, Performing Arts Centre, GOSS and Glennie catering teams and the girls for their invaluable help in putting together such lovely events befitting the GOGA centenary milestone and showcasing the contemporary Glennie so well.

Mrs Linda Lester
GOGA President

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Let’s go shopping

24 August 2018

Year 2M Girls have been collecting little grocery items and using them to learn about shopping and money.

Complete with a price list and a cash register, the girls have been able to engage in more “real world” and hands-on learning, which is often the most effective way to learn. The girls would like to thank everyone for the donations of mini shop items. Any extra donations would also be appreciated.

Mrs Stone
Year 2M Teacher

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Mrs Hede presents at conference

24 August 2018

Mrs Crystal Hede (Head of Department – Health & Physical Education) has just returned from presenting at the Australian Council for Health and Physical Education and Recreation (ACPHER) conference. ACPHER is the leading professional association representing teachers and other professionals working in the fields of health and physical education. Mrs Hede presented on the topic  ‘Gathering, analysing and synthesising data for success in QCE Senior PE (2019)’ which was enjoyed by over 100 teachers.

Mrs Hede was delighted to learn her presentation was well received by colleagues and came away feeling inspired ahead of the HPE implementation next year.

 

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Literature celebration

24 August 2018

Literature Celebration saw over 160 Years 7 and 8 students write, draw, rhyme and meditate their way through an exciting day celebrating the wonders of literature.

In the company of ten guest creative presenters, Glennie girls had the opportunity to improve their skills in descriptive or persuasive writing, learned about more effective ways to start stories, build plots, and develop impressive characters. Other students turned their hand to new digital art mediums and cartooning, along with storytelling, slam poetry and meditation for sensory writing.

The professional authors, Allison Marlow Paterson, Candice Lemon-Scott, Christine Bongers, Dave Lowe, Edwina Shaw and Steph Bowe, delivered interactive workshops alongside cartoonist Brian Doyle, illustrator David Lovegrove, slam poet Angela Peita, and storyteller, Louise Phillips.

All our guests praised the conduct and enthusiasm of the Glennie girls, that helped to make the day so enjoyable.

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PARTY at Toowoomba Base Hospital

24 August 2018

A group of Year 10 students recently spent a day at the Toowoomba Base Hospital, attending the PARTY (Prevent alcohol and risk-related trauma in youth) program. Funded by the government, this annual health promotion initiative is delivered statewide with the aim of illustrating the consequences of risky behaviour and encouraging critical thought around the choices students can make when it comes to alcohol and drugs.

The girls were moved to tears on many occasions as the reality of living with a traumatic injury became apparent. In the morning, they were spoken to by a paramedic and an Emergency Department (ED) doctor before touring the ED and Intensive Care Unit. They witnessed an ED team respond to the mock scenario of an unconscious teenager arriving by ambulance due to an alcohol-related accident. The students then attended presentations by physiotherapists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists who outlined the rehabilitation process typically experienced by individuals who have suffered a traumatic injury.

In addition to thanking our supervising staff, Mrs Leanne Wisley, Mrs Sue Watts, Mrs Tanya Draheim and Miss Lauren Torr, I would like to extend my thanks to the Toowoomba Base Hospital and the PARTY team for delivering this excellent program.

Mrs Crystal Hede
HOD Health and Physical Education

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Debating

24 August 2018

Congratulations to our Year 9 Debating team. The girls were narrowly defeated by Highfields State Secondary College in the final of the Queensland Debating Union competition. Connie-Jane Creevy, Mckella Young, Apoorva Abeysundera, Emma Donald, Sandali Gange and Laura de Jong, were excited to receive their silver awards.

Team coach, Mr Farmer, said ‘the girls debated at a consistently high standard throughout the competition and were unlucky to lose the final following a split decision from the adjudicators’.

Well done, girls!

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3M Science Week Activities get ‘eggciting’

24 August 2018

The 3M scientists donned their lab coats last week and conducted a different science experiment each day to celebrate Science Week.

They made sundials and discovered they work differently in the Southern Hemisphere. They explored static electricity using balloons and paper. They learned about surface tension by making ‘magic milk’ using food colouring and detergent. They were able to make predictions when they changed the colour of carnations using food dye. Their favourite ‘eggsperiment’ by far was dissolving an eggshell using vinegar. This created so much discussion and the girls wrote wonderful descriptions of what they observed. Some girls even repeated the experiments at home. Thank you, Mums and Dads!

The girls also found plenty of ‘egg’ words to describe their eggsciting eggsperiment. They decided they were eggsperienced eggsperts who knew eggsactly what to do. Waiting for the eggshell to dissolve was eggscruciating and eggsasperating but also an eggsellent way to observe chemical reactions. They particularly loved it when the egg eggsploded over Mrs Henley and caused much eggscitement!

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French in Queen’s Park

24 August 2018

On Sunday 12 August, 29 Junior Years girls from Years 4 to 6 sang French songs at the Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival in Queen’s Park. It was a wonderful atmosphere and the audience even got involved with some of the songs.

Here is a link to images taken by the festival's photographer, Tina Ebenal 

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Bonjour à tous

24 August 2018

This week Glennie hosted the inaugural French Poem and Song Competition. Students from Fairholme College, Downlands College, Toowoomba Grammar School and Glennie participated in the event and presented either a French song or a French poem. Competitors could choose to compete in groups or individuals and were divided into Middle Years and Senior Years.

Many students were nervous but the result was just amazing and each participant has to be commended for their performance. I think the Competition was a success and I certainly enjoyed watching and listening to the 14 acts.

Congratulations to the winners:

  • Middle Years, poem: Isaac Driessen (Downlands College)
  • Middle Years, song individual: Bella Lilford (The Glennie School)
  • Middle Years, song group: Mia Brown, Kristen Davies and Lilias O’Connor (The Glennie School) 
  • Senior Years, poem: Josephine Mahony (The Glennie School)
  • Senior Years, song individual: Celine Dixon (The Glennie School)
  • Senior Years, song group: Alyssa Baker, Lily Bragg, Kate Bellars, Alim Deng and Imogen Taylor (The Glennie School)

I would like to say ‘Merci’ to our Principal Kim Cohen for giving me the opportunity to hold the Competition and to all the people who have helped with the organisation: parents, students and staff, thank you! Watch this space next year because we will be back.

Bravo! Merci et à bientôt.

Mr Vincent Morère
Head of French Immersion

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Bedtime Stories

24 August 2018

With teddies, slippers and warm dressing gowns, girls and boys from Kindy to Year 6 joined Mrs Suhr, Mr Warren, and Mrs Miegel for a storytelling session in the library as a part of our Book Week celebrations.

Lots of fun picture books were shared with great laughter and excitement with the younger ones, whilst the older girls and their parents joined Mrs Miegel for a quiz session and games. The evening finished with hot milo and marshmallows - perfect on a cold night!

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