Regional Readers’ Cup

10 June 2016

Glennie will host the Regional Readers’ Cup in our Assembly Hall on Wednesday, June 15. Our girls have been busy reading their books and are looking forward to the competition. The Year 5/6 team will compete at 4.00pm and the Year 7/8 girls will compete at 7.00pm.

Teams from at least 16 local schools are coming to Glennie to compete. Good luck to our Glennie girls!

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Off to the Zoo

10 June 2016

Our Year 3 Taxonomists in Training headed off for a roaring good time at the Darling Downs Zoo. As a culmination of their Science unit ‘Feathers, Fur or Leaves’. the girls looked at all the animals, learned all about them, and classified them on their Branching Keys!

It was pretty big day of learning, and fun.

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Hale girls bond over dinner

10 June 2016

Hog’s Breath Restaurant was the venue for the second of Hale’s Year 11 and 12 dinners this year. It was an excellent occasion on Tuesday evening. The girls thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company, the food and a time to relax and celebrate the completion of their exams that day.

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Mathemagics in Junior Years

3 June 2016

Years 4 to 6 girls who have demonstrated very high achievement in Mathematics this year had the opportunity to participate in an IdeasPLUS@Glennie Mathemagic workshop with Dr Oleksiy and Mrs Anna Yevdokimov on Tuesday. Six teams worked their way through a number of mathematical scenarios with some interesting problem solving presented throughout the day. The team names were obviously essential to their motivation and performance in the workshop.

On Thursday, girls in Prep to Year 3 had their chance to discover the magic of Maths. Dr and Mrs Yevdokimov are also Glennie parents and their knowledge and visits are always most welcome.

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Sports Tour - here we come

3 June 2016

Excitement is building for the 31 girls in Years 10 to 12 who are eagerly counting down the days till they depart on Thursday,16 June for the New Zealand Sports Tour.  The tour jackets have arrived thanks to the generosity of Back to Health Chiropractic with Melanie, Olivia and Katie jumping at the opportunity to try them on. The support of major sponsor Stonestreets Coaches will allow the girls to experience a

The support of major sponsor Stonestreets Coaches will allow the girls to experience a 10 day tour of the North and South Islands, arriving in Auckland and finishing their tour in Queenstown.  During this time Glennie girls will travel with Mrs Susan Watts, Mrs Tanya Draheim and Mrs Lisa Cooper to compete against six schools in Netball, Volleyball and Football.

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Junior Years Teachers become students

3 June 2016

This week, all the Junior Years teachers participated in professional learning workshops with Tom Barrett from NoTosh. The partnership with NoTosh carries over six days throughout 2016. Our teachers are working on the concept of Design Thinking throughout the sessions.

Research-based teaching practices are highly regarded by our teachers and working with high-quality consultants allows us to ensure our pedagogy is rigorous and dynamic. Further information about NoTosh can be found at http://notosh.com/

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Aquatic Centre has a New Manager

3 June 2016

Mr Lindsay Clyde retired recently from his position as Manager of the Aquatic Centre. We asked him for some career highlights: here is what he wrote.

Of the 35 years I have coached swimming, 22 years were spent at Glennie. Mr Ian Findlay recruited me in 1994. It was the beginning of a very formidable team and swimming program. At one stage, the Glennie Swim Club was one of the top five biggest clubs with over 380 members.

Highlights at Glennie have been many. Four Glennie girls broke the National Age IM relay record in successive years to win Gold. Three Glennie girls were selected into  Australian youth teams. One Glennie girl won seven consecutive Queensland Sprint Championships. There have been many girls who have achieved at National Open and Age competitions. Swimming for the club, many boys have also achieved great things. One took home Gold at the School PAN PACs.

A high point of every year were Glennie’s Interhouse Swimming Carnivals. The level of participation and enthusiasm was outstanding. The girls are very lucky to have such a great facility in the Glennie Aquatic Centre.

I would like to thank all the staff who have worked at the pool over the years and also thank the Sports Office staff for their support. I wish everyone the best for the future.

A very familiar face at the Glennie Aquatic Centre is Ms Shannon Townsend. She has been working at Glennie initially as the Learn to Swim Co-ordinator, progressing to the position of Aquatic Programs Manager and she has now been appointed as the new Glennie Aquatic Centre Manager. Congratulations, Shannon!

My educational background includes degrees in Human Movement Studies, Leisure Management and Business, along with other study as a Yoga Teacher and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. I train people to become qualified Swim Instructors, Coaches, Lifeguards, and CPR and First Aid providers.

My career started as a 13 year old swimming instructor. I have started and successfully operated two swim schools and have also worked in retreats, resorts and recreation centres in the delivery and management of facilities and programs. I look forward to the new challenge of taking the Aquatic Centre to new heights.

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Henny Penny

3 June 2016

Some very precious visitors from Henny Penny Hatching joined Kindy for two weeks. They arrived with their own special incubator. It was a wonderful opportunity for the children to observe chicks hatching and to then interact with them as they quickly grew over the two weeks. We explored the life cycle of a hen and enjoyed having a cuddle with the newly-hatched chicks. This also led into a discussion surrounding farm animals and pets.

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SRC Soup Kitchen

3 June 2016

The Year 6 girls in the Student Representative Council held a free dress day to raise funds for the Salvation Army. As part of the day, they operated a soup kitchen to demonstrate how important such charities are to the homeless, especially during the winter months. Our wonderful Junior Years Tuck Shop Manager, Mrs Anthea Rowe made pumpkin soup from the pumpkins the girls had grown in the Junior Years vegetable garden.

Mrs Bernadette Tranter, Administration Officer for the Salvation Army, attended Assembly to speak about what the Salvation Army does in our community.

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Science and Engineering Challenge

3 June 2016

A group of 25 Year 9 and 10 students formed eight teams to compete in  the 2016 Science and Engineering Challenge at the Clive Berghofer Centre, University of Southern Queensland. The girls  competed on day one of the four-day regional event. Seven schools (independent and state) competed on the day, with 29 schools competing overall over the four days.

Our teams worked cohesively to complete the tasks given. Four teams remained working on the same challenge as full day event, while the four other teams worked on two half-day events.

Competition was very strong; two competing schools put forward 16 teams each, doubling their entry this year.

All of the engineering concepts were both innovative and inspiring, covering aspects of mechanical, environmental, electrical and civil engineering. While we weren't successful in gaining a position for the State event this year, it was an enjoyable day where our girls gained valuable insight and experience into the world of engineering. An added bonus was experiencing aspects of the university environment.

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Bishop Cam

3 June 2016

The Right Reverend Bishop Cameron Venables visited the girls in Prep and Years 1 to 3. The girls were delighted to hear his stories and join in with a song or two. Thank you, Bishop Cam, for spending time with us.

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Debating Experience

3 June 2016

Glennie Junior Years hosted the annual IPSHA Debating competition this week. Students from Toowoomba Christian College, Fairholme, TACAPS and Glennie competed. This is the first opportunity for girls in Junior Years to experience debating and sets them up well for debating in Middle and Senior Years.

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Maths Morning

3 June 2016

Year 4 girls attended the annual Maths Activity morning at Fairholme. The competition involved students from Fairholme, Toowoomba Grammar Junior and Glennie Junior Years.

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

3 June 2016

Did you spot these stories in the Media?

Glennie Middle Years Choir received a mention on the QYMA Facebook page for their 1st place win in the Secondary Choirs section.

Glenne Europe Tour girls and staff received a mention on the Summa Cum Laude Facebook page for their upcoming tour to Vienna.

Glennie girls appeared in The Chronicle online: Region’s students explore science at USQ Challenge

Glennie Junior Years Library appeared in Local Families Magazine Toowoomba:  Glennie Library makes Honours list

Shenae Ciesiolka (GOG 2014) appeared in The Chronicle: Etheridge races clock.

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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Glennie places third in Cartography at da Vinci Decathlon

27 May 2016

On Tuesday, two teams of eight girls from Years 9 and 10 woke up in the dark to travel to the da Vinci Decathlon at A B Paterson College on the Gold Coast. The girls were tested extensively on their knowledge of cartography, code-breaking, English, creative production, science, mathematics and chess, art and poetry, general knowledge, philosophy and engineering. These questions in the ten separate divisions were difficult and it took a lot of brain-power to complete them.

Ekene Aghanwa, Katherine Chicalas, Louise Armstrong, Sofie Halfpenny, Namitha Jacob, Nikhitha Jacob, Hope Loveday and Thedini Pinidiyapathirage participated in the Year 9 team. In the Year 10 team were Amy Eiser, Rachel Hall, Rebecca Hallahan, Courtney Hockaday, Rhianna McKechnie, Zoe McLoughlin, Amanda Taylor and Sienna Ward.

In the weeks prior to the decathlon, the girls practised and trained almost daily in preparation for the task. The girls put their absolute all into the competition. Both teams placed third in the cartography divisions. Congratulations, girls!

Rhianna McKechnie,
Year 10

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Pitstop welcomes snazzy new cubby

27 May 2016

Thanks to the wonderful support from the Glennie community during last year’s Mango Drive and Sausage Sizzle, Glennie Pitstop was able to purchase and erect a new cubby that now takes pride of place in the back yard.  

This project has taken weeks to complete. Mr and Mrs Henare were supported by Pitstop parents and grandparents to construct the cubby.   

What would a cubby be without furniture?  Specially designed furniture for primary aged children was painted by the children attending Pitstop with the assistance of Gap student, Lucy McNair. Pitstop Mums assisted with sewing the soft furnishings, giving the cubby a homely feel.  

Last  Friday, the cubby was officially opened by Harriet Davoren (Year 6) who cut the ribbon. Mrs Henare and Mrs Suhr thanked everyone who assisted with the project. Children then enjoyed playing in the cubby.  

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Spirit of ANZAC

27 May 2016

Year 5 and 6 girls were among the Glennie girls who went to the Spirit of the ANZAC Exhibition. Girls discovered Australia's history of courage, service and sacrifice from the First World War to the present day. It was unlike any other touring exhibition. The Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience is the flagship community project of the Australian Government’s ANZAC Centenary national program. The Experience allows Australians living in cities and regional areas around the country the opportunity to see first-hand an extensive collection of military artefacts and interpretive materials. The exhibition tells the story of Australia on the eve of the First World War, and follows the footsteps of our sailors, soldiers, airmen and nurses throughout the campaign and beyond. The Experience is driven by Australian stories and more than 200 artefacts from the Australian War Memorial, with interactive technology employed throughout.

We saw lots of memorabilia from the wars. We used iPods and headphones to listen to each section. We were able to listen to stories of soldiers. Hayley Baker

It was a great experience. We could read, watch videos and there were headsets to hear people telling you their stories all about war.  Isabelle Simon

I believe I speak for everyone in my class when I say that the Spirit of the ANZAC Exhibition was a once in a lifetime experience. It explained a great story that all should hear. The audio guides led us through an amazing adventure, through what the soldiers thought was going to be a great opportunity, the battle of Gallipoli. Thank you to all the staff who took the Years 5 and 6 classes to this great opportunity. Bella Watkins

This was a fascinating  experience. The set-up was amazing and there were lots of people there to enjoy it with us. Isabella Mundell

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A Winning Debate

27 May 2016

The Year 8 and 9 debating team, Thedini Pinidiyapathirage, Ekene Aghanwa and Sarah Coggan with Maddie Brassington as chairperson, debated against St Ursula's College. We argued that penalty rates should be abolished. We won the debate, putting us into the next round of the Queensland Debating Union competition.

Thedini Pinidiyapathirage

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Old Girl returns to Senior Years Assembly

27 May 2016

On Wednesday the Senior Years girls and staff welcomed Genevieve Beresford, Glennie Old Girl (2013) who returned to share her experiences since leaving Glennie. Genevieve has embraced the many opportunities on offer at university and college. She is achieving the highest results in her Economics course and complementing her studies by contributing to her college community. She has been a member of the Emmanuel College Student Club, responsible for organising social events for over 350 people. Genevieve was also fortunate enough to hear US President, Barack Obama speak when he visited UQ. She has also squeezed in some international travel.

In her time at Glennie, Genevieve made a significant contribution to the School. She was a leader in The Interyear Program, and Captain of both the Webber House Committee and Club G Waterpolo. Genevieve was also committed to her studies, receiving Academic Full Colours. She is remembered by Glennie staff as is a confident and capable leader with a great sense of humour who strived to do her best at all times.

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University Experience Days

27 May 2016

Throughout the year, many universities offer students in Year 11 and 12 the opportunity to experience a day on campus exploring different areas of study. These days are a great opportunity for students to find out more about university life and spend the day attending various interactive sessions and exploring different areas of study as they face decisions about their future career options.

Glennie girls have attended student experience days at The University of Queensland, The University of Southern Queensland and Bond University.  Brittany Mendezona has kindly shared her summary of the Year 11 and 12 girls’ visit to USQ.  

We were given the option to attend three interactive sessions for the day: I chose Psychology, Paramedicine and Electrical Engineering. It was such an awesome day! As well as getting a small taste of what university life is like, attending the sessions helped us discover what we might, or might not like to study in the future. As well, I met so many new people from different schools who were interested in the same things I was. I would highly recommend it to the Year 11 girls  next year.

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Trainees

27 May 2016

This week we signed up our 26th school-based trainee for the year. This is exciting news as this is a record number, and it’s still only May! School-based trainees are employed by a business and they complete a vocational qualification relevant to that place of employment.

Our girls are completing a range of qualifications, including Childcare, Business, Hospitality, Pharmacy, Hairdressing, Education Support, Agriculture, and Retail.

A school based traineeship is extremely beneficial. Not only do girls complete a qualification, but they receive up to 8 QCE points and are guaranteed a minimum ranking. It also gives them valuable employment skills that they can include in their resumé.

We are also very pleased that we have 17 students undertaking vocational courses as part of their education. These girls are studying in a range of areas including Nursing, Beauty, Hairdressing, Rural operations (Horse Husbandry), Interior Design, Fashion Design, and Tourism. These courses range from a Certificate II to a Diploma level qualification and are worth QCE points as well as potentially assisting with ranking (Certificate III and above). Undertaking a course whilst at school gives girls a head-start in their preferred career direction.

If anyone would like more information about school-based traineeships or vocational courses, please contact Mrs Belinda Paul (VET Coordinator) on paulb@glennie.qld.edu.au

Pictured are just some of our trainees, the rest were at work!

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Glennie girls eyes opened to TAFE experience

27 May 2016

Six girls from Year 10 and 12 went to the TAFE open day this week and experienced a range of workshops including Rural operations, Health, Beauty, Hairdressing, Photography, Construction, Engineering, Hospitality, Business and Childcare.  

With such a great range of workshops on offer, girls were able to explore areas of particular interest. While Gemma was learning how to paint nails and curl hair, Rosie was learning about working in confined spaces and how to weld. Georgie and Olivia experienced nursing and health, and soon realised their hand washing techniques need a little work. When they held their hands under the blue lights, the bacteria and germs remaining on their hands were an eye opener. The day ended with a delicious lunch, and the girls were grateful they had the opportunity to learn so much about TAFE and future directions.

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Beating Cancer one step at a time

27 May 2016

Last weekend, the Queensland Cancer Council hosted the annual ‘Relay for Life’ event at Queen’s Park. The 18-hour overnight experience celebrates cancer survivors, honours loved ones, and takes positive steps to fight back against cancer. Captained by Anthea Jones, Glennie Year 10 girls Sophie Little, Scarlett Morgan, Amber Pugh, Amanda Taylor, Anthea Jones, Amber Lane, Chene Malan and Courtney Taylor (ex Glennie girl, now at uni) each participated to make a difference and help beat cancer in the community.

Photo credit:  Ms Kelly Campion

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Eye Spy Glennie in the Media

27 May 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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Mayoral Breakfast

20 May 2016

Two Year 6 leaders joined students from the Senior Years, at this year’s Mayoral Breakfast. The guest speaker, Mr Andy Gourley, is the founder of the national organisation Red Frogs. He is an excellent example of how one person can make positive changes by working with young people, as he turned a great idea into a life-changing national organisation. He encouraged the girls to realise that although we can’t change the world, we can all do something to help others.

Today, 2000 volunteers from all around the world have formed the Red Frogs Global Chaplaincy Support Network.

The group offers information on how to be a positive role model, pre-Schoolies seminars plus leadership and life training education. They connect with a variety of age groups, from students at high school to university students, and give presentations at schools, music festivals and sporting events.

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