2015 Annual Report

30 June 2016

The Glennie School 2015 Annual Report is available now. The report can be found on the Glennie website or you can download the web friendly version below. 

If you would like a printed copy of the Annual Report, please visit Glennie Main Reception to collect one, or email them to arrange for one to be sent to you. 

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Vale, Mrs Chan

16 June 2016

The Glennie Community has been coming to terms with the sudden death of Mrs Lisa Chan. For many in the Glennie community, our receptionist Mrs Chan was their first experience of Glennie, and she made a lasting impression. Expressions of condolence have been flooding into Glennie this week and the messages invariably include memories of her cheerfulness, positive attitude and genuine interest in everyone she met.

As incomprehensible as this loss is to Glennie, our thoughts turn to her family. She was immensely proud of her children, Jessica, Michael and Chris and a constant support to her hard-working husband, James. We keep them in our prayers and wish them the strength to see their way forward.

Rest in peace, Lisa. You will be missed.

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Confirmation

16 June 2016

On Wednesday evening, five of our Year 10 girls renewed the promises made for them at baptism, when they were confirmed by Bishop Cameron Venables. The Confirmation Service was an occasion of great joy, affirming the Christian faith that lies at the heart of The Glennie School. It gave Rachel Hall, Isabella Morgan, Rachel Turner and Lisa and Mari Van der Merwe, the opportunity to make a public commitment to this faith.

The Service was followed by a celebratory supper which included the cutting of a special Confirmation cake.

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New Zealand Sports Tour

16 June 2016

Today 31 very excited girls and staff members Mrs Sue Watts, Mrs Tanya Draheim, Ms Lisa Cooper and Miss Amy Brider left bright and early on their 11 day sports tour of New Zealand. The girls will hit the ground running with six games scheduled and a multitude of sight-seeing activities. The tour starts in Auckland and the girls will make their way south through Te Aroha, Palmerston, Wellington, Nelson, and Christchurch to finish in Queenstown. The girls will return on Sunday 26 June.

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Aquatic Centre Coach

16 June 2016

We are pleased to announce that Mr Codie Grimsey will be joining Glennie from the start of Term 3 as our new Aquatic Centre Senior Coach. Mr Grimsey has been involved in competitive swimming for the past 10 years. In 2011 he became an Australian Champion and represented Australia at the World and Oceanic Swimming Championships.

He is currently Assistant Coach at St Joseph’s Nudgee College and is also the director of Grimsey’s Adult Swimfit. Codie is looking forward to joining the Glennie community and further developing our swimming programs.

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Pierre de Coubertin award

16 June 2016

Congratulations to Ireland Lee (Year 12), who is this year’s Glennie School recipient of the coveted Pierre de Coubertin award. This is made all the more special with it being an Olympic year as Pierre de Coubertin is considered the father of the modern Olympic Games. Ireland has represented Glennie, Darling Downs and Queensland in the sport of Athletics with her strength being throws. She has also competed at representative level in Touch Football, Swimming and Triathlon.

Over her time at Glennie, Ireland has been an amazing role model for the younger girls and she is always willing to lend a hand wherever she is needed.

Congratulations, Ireland. We are very proud of you.

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What lies beyond the stars?

16 June 2016

The Year 7 girls have completed their Science course for Term 2. They were asked to compile a newsletter or magazine article about aspects of the solar system.

The results were impressive. Cast your mind back to the kind of assignments you did in Year 7 with paper glued to a piece of cardboard and compare it to the quality of work the girls can produce today.

The sample attached was submitted by Sorrelle Young and is a fair indication of how our girls use their IT skills to demonstrate their knowledge of the subjects they study.

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Chess

16 June 2016

Six girls competed in the Toowoomba Chess Club Individual Competition at Toowoomba Grammar School. The girls played against students from Toowoomba schools in a very male dominated competition.

Rheanca Lincoln (Year 5) claimed first prize. Apoorva Abeysundera (Year 7)  won the Outstanding Female Achievement Award. Along with Apoorva, Selinca Lincoln (Year 10), Connie-Jane Creevey (Year 7), Sandali Gange (Year 7) and Bailey Crisp (Year 2) competed strongly. Well done, girls!

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Industry Experience

16 June 2016

Year 11 hospitality students have undertaken three days of work experience at Mercure Resort at the Gold Coast this week. The girls worked in all areas of the resort. They worked alongside resort staff in both front and back of house areas.

Mercure staff always comment positively on the attitude and skills of our girls. It is a fantastic learning opportunity and a chance for students to see the opportunities the hospitality industry can offer them.

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Bush Day

16 June 2016

Kindy students celebrated the Australian bush with a special Bush Day. They dressed the part and enjoyed a ‘campfire’, damper and all things that make the Australian bush so special.

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Be Real, Get Set

16 June 2016

It has been a busy week for Year 10 girls as they swapped their uniforms and textbooks for workwear and employability skills. Throughout Be Real, Get Set week, girls have gained a new understanding of the world of work.

After preparing a job application, girls were taken through the interview process through a very engaging presentation by Mr Shane Ridley. The girls were then interviewed by a team of community members with expertise in a wide range of fields including medicine, pharmacy, business, engineering, information technology and human resource management. This was an excellent opportunity for the girls to practise job interview skills and gain valuable feedback.

The interview panel commended the girls on the high standard of the interviews, and in particular their excellent communication skills. The girls had the opportunity to hear about the career journeys of six inspiring women with key messages of chasing the career path that makes you happy and energised, not being afraid to put your hand up, and remembering that every choice you make sets you up for the future. We hope that the girls finish the Be Real Get Set program with raised aspirations, confidence and motivation.

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Helping Kids Like Nick

16 June 2016

On Wednesday, Glennie once again hosted Grammar for the annual Glennie vs Grammar Football match to raise funds for the charity, Help Kids Like Nick.

Glennie's Fillies put up a valiant effort and were more successful than in previous years, winning the penalty shoot out at the end of the match. Unfortunately, Grammar scored more goals overall!

The members of the Interact Club provided some homemade goodies, drinks and a sausage sizzle to help raise funds. At the end of the day, over $600 was raised, with some monies still being counted. These funds will be presented to Help Kids Like Nick once they are finalised.

Thank you to all who helped to make the afternoon a success, and may we get our revenge on the field next year!

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Farewells

16 June 2016

Today we said goodbye to our Gap students Lucy McNair, Alina Sohst, Anne Landsmann and Katharina Robrahn, as they head home. We thank the girls for all their hard work and we hope the have lots of happy memories of their time at Glennie. Also leaving is Mr Ian Bywater who has been teaching at Glennie for many years. We thank him for his willingness to return when needed, and his excellent teaching while here. Leaving today on maternity leave is Mrs Skett, while Mrs McNab left last week. We look forward to being introduced to their new arrivals next term!

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Shake & Stir Theatre stirs up thoughts on technology

16 June 2016

On Monday, the Year 9 girls enjoyed a visit from the Shake and Stir Theatre Company, to watch a performance titled Oversharer. The show was about six teenagers, who were all addicted to technology in different ways. With this addiction, they made terrible choices like Brittany and Sam, who wished death upon one of their peers in a private conversation online. The performance was extremely thought-provoking, with the ending leaving many people thinking about the consequences of using technology unwisely.

Although the show started off light-hearted and funny, it slowly became darker, as the characters made more mistakes and realised the weight of their choices. The performance made the audience experience a range of emotions, from happiness and laughter to anger and sadness within a few minutes.

We were warned at the beginning of the performance that we were allowed to laugh when we wanted, and to cry when we needed. But none of us were expecting to feel so emotionally distraught by the end. We had no idea that the performance would finish with something so devastating as the monologue that sounded similar to a suicide note. Laughter was quickly replaced with tears, and left some of us wondering about what happened to the characters that we had unknowingly become invested in.

Our grade walked into the hall expecting a dorky performance with a lot of laughs, but we were met with a heartbreaking story that will stay with us, and make us question every decision we make online.

Isabella Murphy & Mya Watkins

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

16 June 2016

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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Science on Show

10 June 2016

The Sue Edwards Science Centre was exploding with experiments on Wednesday for the ‘Explore Science at Glennie’ tours.  Tour attendees were greeted by Year 12 Glennie girls, welcomed by Mrs Ashley-Cooper and then guided through the Centre by Ms Tonia Gloudemans (Head of Senior Years), Mrs Jo Matherson (Head of Middle Years), Mrs Sue Contarini (Head of Senior Years Science) and Mrs Annie Muller (Registrar).

While walking through the Centre, our tour guests were able to witness actual Science lessons, marvel at the bright and spacious laboratories and watch an excellent variety of experiments scheduled for the day. Glennie Science teachers, ably assisted by laboratory technician Mrs Robyn Stewart, were integral to the success of the day, conducting experiments in chromatography, trolley cars and ticker timers, strawberry DNA extraction, saturated solutions, density, flame tests and microscope exploration.

This Centre will enhance the learning experience for girls in STEM for many years to come and it was our pleasure to have guests at Glennie to share the experience.

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Be Real, Get SET

10 June 2016

Today, the Year 10 Girls are busy being real and getting set for their future pathways through Glennie’s, Be Real, Get SET careers program. Run over a week, the girls get the chance to learn skills needed in the real world of work.

Today, girls arrived at school prepared for their new career role. There were 68 different roles the girls could choose from and they each have different life scenarios. We have farm hands, medical officers, teachers, physiotherapists, journalists, engineers, baristas, IT specialists, wildlife officers and many more, all dressed for their various roles. The girls spent the morning session planning their dream life as their chosen character, and after morning tea were brought back to reality when they were required to complete a budget based on their first income.

The girls have formed communities where they will use their transferable skills to overcome community challenges.

Be Real, Get SET continues next week where the girls will apply for jobs, and be interviewed for the position by a team of experienced interviewers who have kindly volunteered their time.

The Be Real, Get SET career program is such a worthwhile learning experience for the girls, and has become an important part of The Glennie School calendar. We hope the girls gain much value from the time spent on their career development.

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​USQ Careers Day

10 June 2016

On Thursday, 24 Glennie girls headed to USQ for the Year 9 and 10 Careers Day. We participated in a range of fun career sessions, learning activities, subject sessions and more. We all chose two individual sessions that focused on career pathways such as nursing, education, engineering, business, agriculture, the Australian Defence Force, and University life.

These sessions gave us an insight into what we might, or might not want to do, when we leave school. There were many highlights throughout the day such as playing with kittens, firing the Army machine guns (well, pretending to), climbing on the Army tanks, learning about Uni life, talking to students from other schools interested in the same careers as us, and of course, the free pizza.

I encourage students in Year 9 and 10 to go along next year. It was definitely worthwhile.

Nina Fawckner,
Year 9

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Sewing, a life skill

10 June 2016

The Year 10 and 11 Home Economics girls have been busy with some outstanding sewing this term. The Year 10 girls made fashion jumpers for themselves. The Year 11 girls made quilts and cushions that are suitable for a children's hospital.

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52 Storey Treehouse

10 June 2016

Ask any third grade child and they can probably tell you all about the 52 Storey Treehouse. The treehouse of Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s best-selling books started at 13 storeys, grew to 26 and is now a whopping 52 storeys. These books have come to life on stage and our Year 3 girls were delighted to attend the stage play at the Empire Theatre.

Mr Big Nose had mysteriously disappeared, Jill had fallen into a deep sleep and Andy and Terry couldn’t wake her up. Could they solve the mysteries and survive the dangers that tested their ingenuity?

My favourite part was when Terry said “ let’s solve the mystery of the missing Mr Big Nose!” and Andy said “you can say that again!” So Terry did. Aishani Kumar

My favourite part was when they had to put their bottom on the finger scanner to identify themselves. I would really like a Mega Monster Fish but I think it would be too big for our house and would eat the fridge instead of the fish food. Summer Finn

I loved the great big butterfly that flew over them. It was also funny when Terry was looking through the magnifying glass and thought there was a giant caterpillar on the treehouse. Carrie Coetzee

A favourite part of mine was when Terry said Mega Monster Fish instead of metamorphosis and Christmas List instead of chrysalis. Ava Rowe

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Cupcakes for a Cause

10 June 2016

The girls in Tufnell and Hale have been busy baking hundreds of cupcakes to raise funds for Drought Angels. Girls in Middle and Senior Years enjoyed a free dress day and cupcakes galore for morning tea and a lunchtime treat.

Drought Angels raises funds to help farming families affected by drought: a very relevant charity for many of our boarding girls whose parents are facing battles at home due to the prolonged drought.

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Alyssa Azar Visits

10 June 2016

The Year 3 girls had a very special visitor this week. Samantha Azar was very proud to show off her famous sister Alyssa who has just returned from Mount Everest.

The girls had lots of questions for Alyssa about her climb. Thank you, Alyssa for visiting the girls and answering all those questions. It was such a treat!

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Year 8 Get-Together

10 June 2016

Last Friday after school, 25 Year 8 Glennie girls walked to St Mary’s oval and the joined the Year 8 boys for an afternoon of games. This was followed by a BBQ tea. Despite the cold conditions, the girls and boys enjoyed their time together. Year 11 students from both schools did an excellent job organising the games and running the BBQ.

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Year 2 Triples their Reading!

10 June 2016

Children who are good readers are usually successful learners. (http://www.better-beginnings.com.au/research).

The early years reading programs Glennie’s younger girls experience enable them to use a myriad of strategies to become fluent readers. Our readers critique texts and contribute to our world through communication.

However, media articles citing declining time spent reading by Australian children are concerning. Glennie’s Year 2 students are ‘bucking the trend’ by increasing their time spent reading books. Girls read home readers, picture books, chapter books, magazines, comics, and recipe books.

In our statistics unit, we learnt how to use graphs to display information as a picture. We began timing how much we each read at home, before school, after school and on weekends. By focussing on trying to read more, and use devices less, we have slowly increased the amount of time we are all spending reading books at home, explained Year 2 teacher, Mrs Fiona Stone.

As a result, in eight weeks, Year 2 girls have tripled their at-home reading time. We calculated in Week 1 that we read for a total of 18 hours. This week, we read for a total of 60 hours. That’s more than tripling our reading time, continued Mrs Stone. That’s something to be proud of.

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Teddy Bear Hospital

10 June 2016

On Wednesday, the Owl and Bilby Kindergarten groups had a visit from medical student volunteers from the University of Queensland. The kindergarten children brought their teddy bears to Kindergarten so they could care for them in the 'Teddy Bear Hospital'.

The children enjoyed an interactive experience which involved learning about healthy eating, exercise, sunsmart behaviours and visiting the doctor. The volunteers helped the kindy children to care for their teddies, including bandaging their wounds and getting them dressed in their sunsmart clothing ready for play. The children and staff of the Kindergarten are very appreciative of the volunteers for sharing this experience.

Children in the Possum and Wombat groups will participate in this experience in Term 3.

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