Old Girls Reunion

22 July 2016

Glennie Old Girls are reminded that RSVPs for the Reunion Weekend are due by 25 July.

You can complete the registration and payment process online.

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Parent Webinar

22 July 2016

Building body confident kids: Many parents tell us that they feel they are walking a tightrope when it comes to fostering health in their children. This presentation helps parents navigate the confusing health messages so that they can foster health in a safe way for their child. Suitable for parents of children of all ages (particularly pre-teens/ teens) and both genders.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER

JUST FOLLOW THIS LINK AT THE ADVERTISED TIME

  • When: Monday, 1 August 2016, 7:45pm - 8:45PM Time (ACT, NSW, Victoria)
  • Presenter/Provider: BodyMatters Australasia
  • Target Audience: All Parents and Staff of independent schools
  • Channel: Special Event
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ParentSpace

15 July 2016

ParentSpace is a new service connecting and supporting parents and carers of adolescents. They have a schedule of information sessions to help them through the minefield of raising adolescents.

The sessions are free and operate from the HeadSpace at 1 Snell Street, Toowoomba. Parents who are interested in attending should contact HeadSpace on 07 4639 9000.

Download the schedule below to see if there is a session for you.

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Pokemon Go, things to consider

15 July 2016

By now, most of you would have seen, or heard a news article about the latest App craze for smartphones. It is a re-development of the classic Pokemon (Pocket Monster) TV show/games.

This app uses AR (Augmented Reality), where the device's screen has data overlaid depending on a range of possibilities, most typically such as what the camera is seeing (as a marker), or as in this case as a geographical location.

The game, reportedly, is fun! And having positive health benefits as moving around in the physical world is the only way to "navigate the game". The developers have plans to expand the "health benefits" aspect of the game, in a manner akin to the original PokeGyms where you trained your Pokemon.

It should be noted that this game has a rating of 13+, based not on the content, but on the gameplay requirements. Further, because the game can involve In-App purchasing.

If you have been following media reports about the game, it's user base is rivalling Apps like Twitter and Instagram. Several layers of concern exist about the game:

  • Players needing to look constantly at their screens to see the augmented reality view of the world. Hence, there is the physical risk of running into things or being run over.
  • Concerns about data security, depending on how users sign up to the App. The developers claim to be patching this, however.
  • Concerns about congestion due to PokeStop locations.
  • Players of certain levels can "lure" other players to PokeStops. This reportedly is occurring and so players, most especially children, should not be playing alone. Worse still, people can simply stalk a PokeStop location.
  • The locations used as PokeStops have been gathered through a range of methods and in some cases the data capture has resulted in some "unsavoury" locations being used. According to the developers, PokeStops should be only in popular, or iconic, geographic locations and therefore in public spaces only. However, it has been shown that they are in private locations and so gamers have been trespassing in order to collect them.

Commonsensemedia.org suggests the following as family discussion points about the game.

  • Families can talk about the privacy and safety implications of a game like Pokémon GO. Discuss the best practices to play securely together: Keep the app updated, set up a separate email account just for gaming, use a made-up display name, turn off location tracking when you're not playing, and avoid signing in through social media accounts. 
  • Talk about physical safety. It's great to get out in the world and be active, but it's not safe to walk, ride, or drive while looking at your phone. Also, your family's rules about neighbourhood boundaries and keeping safe outside should apply. If the game directs you onto private property, don't go, and if a situation with other players feels uncomfortable or unsafe, leave immediately. Kids should play with an adult or with friends so they're not wandering around alone. 
  • Talk about finding a balance between using a screen and other activities. Though Pokémon GO is more active than some games and encourages interaction, it's still an on-screen experience. How can you find a stopping point?
  • Why do app/game companies want to collect user data? What do you think they do with it?
  • Why do you think this particular game is so popular? What sets it apart from other games, and why does it appeal to such a wide range of players? What makes it so much fun, and how can the whole family play together safely? 
  • As always, I recommend discussing with your daughters the App should they wish to play and come to an agreement about what is and isn't acceptable. I hope that this information has been of benefit to families and was not intended to dissuade you from playing: rather, to paint a more complete picture. Please feel free to contact me if you want more information or to provide feedback.

Mr Tim Causer
e-Learning Co-ordinator

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P & F Meeting

16 June 2016

The next P & F Meeting will be held at 7:00pm on 12 July. This is the evening of the first day back at school. The P & F Committee hopes this might be an opportunity for boarder parents to come along as the meeting will have a focus on IT at Glennie.

The guest speakers for the evening will be from the Glennie IT. They will answer any questions you have about IT at Glennie.

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Japanese tour homestay parents wanted

10 June 2016

The Tokyo Kasei Study Tour Homestay arrangements for the August tour to the Glennie Senior Campus will be co-ordinated through Lada (an outside agency) and not The Glennie School Homestay Co-ordinator.

If you have any questions, please telephone Mrs Jenny Black at The Glennie School on 07 4688 8730.

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Aquatic Centre

10 June 2016

Learn to Swim Re-booking week has begun. Book your Term 3 swimming lessons before the end of Term 2 to make sure you receive a second lesson per week for just $5.

It’s Summer all year ‘round in the Glennie Pool and Term 3 is all about the Summer Olympics in Rio. For all of Term 3 the Glennie Aquatic Centre will be enjoying the Rio 2016 Theme. Come along and get into the spirit of the Olympics.

There are lots of important Aquatic Centre dates to remember in Term 3 and 4. Don’t forget to check the Centre’s website and facebook page for all the current information.

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Decorate Your Jeans

10 June 2016

Soroptimist International Toowoomba, a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls, is holding a fundraising project. The proceeds will enable the education of three young women, who are not at school or any other learning activity, and may benefit from a ‘Ready for Work' program to prepare them for employment and empower them to contribute to the community.

If you’re feeling crafty, here is an opportunity to have fun for a great cause. Grab a pair of jeans from the Op Shop, your wardrobe or wherever. Decorate in any way you like eg paint, beads, stamping, stencilling, quilting, glue fabric, printing or any other media. Mix them up . . . there are no limits. You might win a $500 prize.

For more information, download the information below.

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Golf Day

10 June 2016

For the fifth consecutive year, The Glennie School Foundation is very proud to be hosting the Toowoomba Audi Centre Golf Classic on Friday, 29 July, at the Toowoomba Golf Club.

This year, we have the added excitement of including the Audi Quattro Cup in the day's competition.

This Golf Classic has grown to be one of the most successful corporate golf days on the Toowoomba golfing calendar and this has been mainly due to the wonderful support of the Glennie community.  

If you are interested in securing sponsorship or registering to play, please contact the Foundation Office on 07 4688 8862 or email healyj@glennie.qld.edu.au.

All funds raised from the day support the Foundation’s Scholarship Fund and rural bursaries.

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Term 3 Family Communion Services

3 June 2016

Please note that Family Communion Services in Term 3 will be held on Sunday 31 July and 28 August. The printed 2016 Calendar list a Communion Service on the incorrect date of 14 August.

Always check the online calendar for the most up-to-date information about Glennie events.

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P & F Update

3 June 2016

The P & F Committee is keen to provide an update on the events planned by the P & F and its support groups for the remainder of the year. We hope this assists you with planning so we can see you at some of our meetings and events.

Our next event is the P & F Meeting at 7:00pm on Tuesday 7 June which will be held in the new Science Centre. The special guest speaker for the evening will be Mrs Sue Contarini who is the Head of Senior Years Science at Glennie.  

Please Note: The P & F Race Day included on the printed calendar on 30 July will not be going ahead this year.

Don’t forget to check your Glennie parent email account for important updates. Also, things change, check the online calendar for the most up to date details on all events.

Download the P & F Events Schedule and the Agenda for the next P & F Meeting below.

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Toowoomba City Library Holiday program

3 June 2016

Take a look at the exciting holiday program planned for the upcoming school holidays at the Toowoomba City Library.  Download the brochure below for more information. 

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GOGA High Tea

3 June 2016

Glennie Old Girls are invited to attend the GOGA High Tea in Brisbane on Sunday 19 June at the Victoria Park Golf Club. Registrations close on Monday 6 June. If you are a Glennie Old Girl and would love to catch up with other GOGs living in the Brisbane area, don’t delay.

Download the registration form below

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Morning Cafés

3 June 2016

Morning Cafés will operate as usual until Friday 10 June. The Year 11 Hospitality girls will be heading off for their work experience in the final week of school.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us during the semester. The experience of operating the Café continues to be our most important and valuable training exercise within the Hospitality faculty. We hope it provides a valuable service for staff, students and families at Glennie as well.

Happy holidays, in advance!

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Have you lost something?

3 June 2016

The lost property boxes are currently packed with a treasure trove of uniform items, lunch boxes and drink bottles. As Term 2 begins to fade, so too do uniform labels and tags on belongings and unfortunately the majority of items in the lost property boxes can’t be returned to their owners.

Could we ask parents to check their cars and homes to ensure all uniform items and school items have names clearly marked on them. If by chance, your daughter has come home with another girl’s belongings please drop them into Reception and we will ensure they are returned to the owner before end of term.

Junior Years in particular has quite a few track suits missing. Would you please check your daughter's track suit to be sure it has her name on it? We think perhaps we have some girls accidentally wearing someone else's!

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Learn to Swim Rebooking Week

3 June 2016

Re-booking for Term 3 2016 begins Monday 6 June

  • Please pay a deposit in Term 2 to secure your spot.
  • Term 3 Special: 2nd Lesson per week for only $5!
  • Term 3 Learn to Swim is all about the Rio 2016 Olympics. Get into the spirit with us

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Explore Science at Glennie

27 May 2016

Glennie is opening the doors of the new Glennie Sue Edwards Science Centre for tours on Wednesday 8 June. If you know anyone with a science enthusiast aged 11 to 13 who would like to see Science in action in our six modern laboratories, then please spread the word.

They can choose a preferred tour time from 9:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm or 5:00pm and join us as we:

  • Introduce them to Glennie girls who will take them on a tour of the Sue Edwards Science Centre.
  • Listen to Mrs Wendy Ashley-Cooper, Head of School’s vision for girls’ education.
  • Watch Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) teachers in action.
  • Observe stimulating experiments LIVE in the laboratories.

For more information or to register click here.  

For any questions, email enquiries@glennie.qld.edu.au or phone the School on 07 4688 8888

Unable to join the tour but want to know more? Don’t worry, every day is Open Day at Glennie! Email the Registrar, Mrs Annie Muller, enquiries@glennie.qld.edu.au or telephone 07 4688 8888 to arrange a personalised tour.

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Nominate an Excellent Teacher

27 May 2016

If you think your teacher is awesome, here is your opportunity to let everyone know. ASG NEiTA is holding the Take National Excellence in Teaching Awards This is the only independent national awards program where school communities can publically recognise and encourage inspirational teachers, directors and principals who contribute excellence.

By nominating your teacher or principal they will see that their work is valued, and their contribution to the school and wider community is recognised and appreciated. Award winners receive professional development grants,.

Say a special ‘thank you’ to inspirational teachers and principals who demonstrate effectiveness, innovation and excellence in their profession.

Nominating is easy: go to www.asg.com.au/neita, to register and complete the nomination form.

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Term Dates 2017

27 May 2016

The term dates for 2017 are available now on the Glennie website.

Click here

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Sign up for the Chess Tournament

27 May 2016

The 2016 Toowoomba District Secondary School Junior Individual chess championship will be held on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June at Toowoomba Grammar Junior. Entries close 3 June 2016.

Please contact Mr Les Lord 0408 835 880 leslord@hotmail.com for more details.

Download the entry form below

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Pancakes in the Park

27 May 2016

As part of  Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Relationships Australia is holding a Hit DV for Six event at Darling Heights State School, Wuth Street on Saturday 28 May. Free activities for children include pancakes in the park from 9:00am to 12 noon along with a jumping castle, Kim’s Itty Bitty Mobile Petting Zoo, Face painting, Cleo Clown and lots more. From 12 noon $5 BBQ Hot Dogs and $2 drinks will also be available with the proceeds going to Toowoomba Hospital Foundation.

There will be a Cricket Challenge between the  Queensland Police Service and Toowoomba Hospital staff.

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MFit: for Parents

20 May 2016

If you weren’t able to attend the Mindfitness presentation for parents last week, the session was recorded and a video is available. Glennie parents who would like the link should contact development@glennie.qld.edu.au

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Rich and Famous

20 May 2016

The French Immersion Supporters are hosting a Rich and Famous trivia night for girls and their guests in Years 6 to 9.

For all the details, download the poster.

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Fraud Week

20 May 2016

This week is Fraud week. The ACCC regularly updates their website with warnings of the most recent scams.

Don’t become a victim of fraud, know the facts and keep informed.

 

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Password Changes

13 May 2016

We all have so many passwords it is impossible to remember them all. If you have forgotten your Gmail password for your Glennie parent email account, click the Reset Password button on the Portal.  Parent Gmail accounts are the parent billing code (numbers) followed by @glennie.qld.edu.au.

Parents are reminded that many important notices, documents and links relating to their daughter’s education are emailed to the Glennie parent Gmail account. Most parents have activated their accounts but don’t check them regularly. To make sure no messages are missed, we recommend that you forward the emails to your private email account. This can be done by following the instructions in this Youtube tutorial.

If you are having any trouble with your email account and would like some help, contact the IT Department it@glennie.qld.edu.au

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