Transition Day

15 September 2016

On Tuesday 18 October, the Year 6 girls will work with Open Mind Education founder and developer of the MFit program, Mrs Meg Durham on a ‘Mindfit Junior’ style program involving workshop scenarios to support their transition across into the Middle Years.

They will also have the opportunity to meet with the Heads of House and hear from some current Year 7 girls about their experiences of moving from Primary School to Secondary School.

This will be the first of a few activities that have been arranged for the girls next term. Mrs Durham will also be running a parent session that evening for Year 6 parents to provide you with support and ideas in relation to your daughter’s transition.

Further details will be distributed after the holidays.

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Parenting Ideas

15 September 2016

This is the latest offering from parent educator Mr Michael Grose. Visit his website www.parentingideas.com.au to see his latest books and blog.

How to turn requests into problems for kids to solve

When parents solve all children’s problems we not only increase their dependency on adults but we teach them to be afraid of making mistakes. That’s fertile ground for anxiousness and perfectionism, which often go hand in hand. Kids get used to bringing their problems to parents to solve.

Of course, if you keeping solving them, they’ll keep bringing them. “Mum, my sister is annoying me?” “Dad, can you ask my teacher to pick me for the team?” “Hey, I can’t find my socks!” It’s tempting if you are in a time-poor family to simply jump in and help kids out.

Alternatively, you can take a problem-solving approach, cueing them to resolve their own problems and take responsibility for their concerns. “What can you do to make her stop annoying you?” “What’s the best approach to take with your teacher?” “Socks, smocks! Where might they be?”

Here are 5 questions you can ask kids to encourage them to resolve their own problems:

  1. “Can you solve this yourself?”
    Get kids thinking they can do it.
  2. “What do you think needs to happen?”
    Start kids thinking about solving problems.
  3. “What’s the first step?”
    Sometimes just getting kids started is enough to get them working out issues themselves.
  4. “How would you like me to help?”
    Get kids considering the type of assistance they need.
  5. “What’s the best way to do this?”
    Get kids assessing and prioritising.

Problem-solving is one of the four major skills (optimism, social skills & independence being the others) that resilient kids share, yet it’s the one that many of us aren’t equipped to develop. Start by stepping back and asking good questions when kids bring you their problems to solve.

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Monday Eucharist

9 September 2016

On Monday, we will hold our Eucharist in the Chapel for girls in Years 4 to 6 at 12 noon. Parents are welcome to attend.

We will also be having our term grocery collection and any items donated will go to the St Luke’s Parish Larder for those less fortunate than ourselves. Thank you for your support with this.

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Year 6 Canberra Trip Meeting

9 September 2016

A reminder that there will be a meeting for all Year 6 girls and their parents in the Assembly Hall on Monday 12 September at 5:00pm. It is an important meeting for all, as we outline the final arrangements for this year’s trip. We understand that for families that this can be tricky, however, it is important that at least one parent attend this meeting. If you cannot attend, please contact Mr Warren.

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Pitstop Vacation Care

2 September 2016

Holidays are fast approaching. It is time to book your daughter into the Vacation Care program at Pitstop. 

Download the information and booking form below.

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Final Payments for Canberra

2 September 2016

Final payments for the Year 6 Sydney and Canberra Trip are due by Monday 5 September. The girls are very excited and very much looking forward to this trip on 9 October.

Year 6 parents are asked to ensure that all payments are made by the date to allow us to pay our travel providers. Thank you for your support with this.

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Book Week

2 September 2016

On Monday, we have Book Week day with lots of literacy-related activities and a costume parade celebrating the girls favourite book characters.

Please do not go to any expense to hire costumes: the best ones are simple and handmade out of recyclables. Lunch is provided for the girls that day, but they do need to bring morning tea. Glennie parent and friends are welcome to attend the costume parade which will take place first up on the Blue Court.

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Fathers Day Stall

26 August 2016

The Glennie Community Kindergarten is hosting a Father’s Day Stall for the Junior Years on Tuesday 30 August from 8:30 to 12.15pm and on Thursday 1 September at morning tea.

All gifts are $5 and all proceeds go to the Kindergarten

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Colds, coughs, sore throats and other viruses

26 August 2016

We are experiencing high levels of viral infections within many of the Junior Years classrooms. We continue to encourage the children to wash their hands regularly. If your child is unwell, please would you refrain from sending him/her to school as this will help to prevent the spread of viruses amongst other class members.

 

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Introduction Day

26 August 2016

All Year 6 girls will join new Glennie girls for the Year 7 Introduction day on Monday next week. A note has been sent home to families about this.

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Absentees

19 August 2016

If your Junior Years daughter is absent from school for some reason and you send an email, would you please send the email to both the class teacher AND Junior Administration. (junioradmin@glennie.qld.edu.au).

Sometimes, staff do not get to read emails early in the school day and the office or class teacher marks them absent and then sends an unnecessary SMS, which causes worry or concern. Your assistance with this would be greatly appreciated.

In order for us to streamline our process in recording absentees, we have set up a dedicated Junior Years absentee line for parents. This can be accessed at any time. Please leave details of your child’s name and class and the reason for their absence.  The number for absentees is 07 4688 8877. Please do not use this line for general messages. These should still be left on the Junior Years Reception line. Thank you for your support with this.

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SRC Fundraiser

19 August 2016

The Term 3 Student Representative Council fundraiser is to be on Wednesday, 24 August in aid of Bright Beam Solar Buddies. The girls will raise money for solar torches for children in Africa who do not have any form of lighting.

The girls ask that all students from Kindy to Year 6 bring a $2 donation for Free Dress.

As a gesture to show how much we care, we will have one lesson during that day without lights in our classrooms.  

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National Early Childhood Educators day

19 August 2016

Wednesday 7 September is National Early Childhood Educators day. This day provides an opportunity to recognise the exceptional work of our Early Childhood teachers and educators.

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Final Payments for Canberra

19 August 2016

Final payments for the Year 6 Sydney and Canberra Trip are due by Monday 5 September. The girls are very excited and very much looking forward to this trip on 9 October.

Year 6 parents are asked to ensure that all payments are made by the date to allow us to pay our travel providers. Thank you for your support with this.

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Languages and Cultures Festival

12 August 2016

This Sunday, our Year 4 girls will be singing a number of French songs on the Harmony Stage from 9:40am to 10:20am  at the Languages and Cultural Festival at Queen’s Park.

This is a great event for all of the family.

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Book Week Program

12 August 2016

This year, our Book Week events at Glennie Junior Years will begin on Monday 22 August. The following events will be held in the Junior Years Library.

  • Monday 22 to Friday 26: The Pegi Williams Book Shop in the Junior Years Library
  • Monday 22 from 2.30pm to 3.00pm. Book Chat with Parents.  All parents are invited to hear about the shortlisted books and Book Week winners. There will be a door prize for one lucky parent!
  • Wednesday 24 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Bedtime stories around the campfire.  Children can come in their pyjamas, and there will be an Aussie quiz for the older girls and their parents.
  • During the week August 29 - September 2.  Step into Stories. A celebration of children's literature  for schools in the Toowoomba Region. We will have an author and a poet visiting the Junior Years during these days, conducting sessions with all girls, from Prep to Year 6.  Our guests are Aleesah Darlison and David Stavanger.

Book Day at Junior Years

Monday 5 September. Book Day The theme for this year is ‘Australia. Story Country’.  All children from Kindy to Year 6 will be involved in a variety of activities during the day. We will begin our day with the Grand Parade of Costumes at 8.30am, to which all parents are invited.

Children are invited to dress up as a favourite book character or in a costume based on the ‘Australia. Story Country’ theme. Competitions for all ages are available from the Junior Years Library, and winners will be presented with prizes on the day.  

To add to this day, we have organised lunch: a sausage sizzle, juice and ice block.  The cost of this lunch is included in the fee package. If your child has special dietary requirements, please discuss this with your classroom teacher, and arrangements can be made. Children will still need to bring their own morning tea.

This year, the children will be attending a performance of ‘Fair Dinkum’ on Book Day at 2.00pm. This is for students in  Year P to 6 only.  

We look forward to this celebration of reading.  If you have any questions about the events planned for Book Week 2016, please talk to your child’s teacher or email me.

Mrs Marie Miegel, Teacher Librarian

Click here to view the program

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Absentees

12 August 2016

If your Junior Years daughter is absent from school for some reason and you send an email, would you please send the email to both the class teacher AND Junior Administration. (junioradmin@glennie.qld.edu.au).

Sometimes, staff do not get to read emails early in the school day and the office or class teacher marks them absent and then sends an unnecessary SMS, which causes worry or concern. Your assistance with this would be greatly appreciated.

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Authors in the Library

5 August 2016

Junior Years students will participate in Step into Stories from August 29 - September 2 when two of the three visiting authors will visit our school.

As part of Step into Stories 2016, all students are invited to the Authors in the Library event. This will be held on Wednesday,  August 31 at the City Library, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm.

Use the order form below if you would like to pre-order a book by Aleesah Darlison or Stephen Axelson, which you can then pick up and have signed on the day.

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Years 5 and 6 Social

5 August 2016

Next Friday, 12 August from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, our Years 5 and 6 girls have been invited to a social with Fairholme and Grammar Junior at Toowoomba Grammar Junior. Girls will need to be dropped off and collected from Grammar Junior on Herries Street.

Further details are available from the classroom teachers and on the online calendar on the Portal.

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Founder’s Day Service

5 August 2016

We will be holding our Founder’s Day service on Wednesday 10 August at 8.30am. This is an important occasion when we commemorate the life and work of Rev’d Benjamin Glennie, the Founder of our School.

We would appreciate your assistance in making sure that your daughter is at school by 8.20am that morning so that we can commence our service on time.  Parents and guests are more than welcome to join us for this in the Assembly Hall.

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Year 5 Science Day

5 August 2016

As we celebrate Science Week, the Year 5 girls will be travelling to Grammar Junior on Thursday 11 August to participate in a morning of science activities. These are always enjoyed by the girls who will be working with the boys and also girls from Fairholme Junior. Girls will travel to and from Grammar by bus.

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Playgroup

29 July 2016

Parents are reminded that Playgroup operates on Thursdays at the Pitstop house from 9:00am to 11:00am. If you are interested in attending with your child, please contact Mrs Katrina Wood on 07 4888 8726 for more information.

Please feel free to invite your friends with pre-school age children along. It operates for members of the wider Toowoomba community too.

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Get Ready for Book Week

22 July 2016

It’s time to start thinking about your Book Week costume. Australia. Story Country is the theme for Book Week this year.

Junior Years will celebrate Book Day on Monday, September 5 with dress-up, a BBQ lunch and special activities.

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Junior Years Tuckshop

22 July 2016

Breakfast is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from the Junior Years Tuckshop. This is available for senior girls attending sport in the Junior School on these mornings too!

You can order Wednesday Afternoon Tea and there is a great winter menu for our lunchtime tuckshop which is available Monday and Friday.

Ordering is easy. Order online at www.flexischools.com.au

MARK YOUR DIARY: There will be no Junior Years Tuckshop on Friday, 29 July.

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IPSHA Leaders Dinner

15 July 2016

A number of our Year 6 Leaders will attend the annual IPSHA Leaders’ dinner on Wednesday 20 July this year being hosted by Glennie in Lawrance Hall. The girls will join leaders from seven other Independent schools in Toowoomba. The Guest speaker will be past Glennie student, Paris Turkington.

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