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The Arts

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Involvement in The Arts forms an essential part in your daughter’s development of listening, co-ordination, teamwork and discipline. We offer a wide range of performing and visual arts activities, both in the curriculum and as extra-curricular endeavours.

The Arts in the Curriculum

In the Junior Years, specialist teachers deliver lessons in visual art and music, dance and drama. All girls from Years 3 to 5 participate in the Instrumental Program. They learn to play musical instruments and gain the skills required to perform in School ensembles. All girls from Years K to 6 study visual arts.
In the Middle and Senior Years, music, drama and visual art are offered as curriculum subjects through to Year 12. Dance is offered to girls in Years 7 to 9.

Ensembles and Choirs

Girls can join music ensembles and choirs as part of the co-curricular program from as early as their Prep year. Some groups are auditioned and others are open to all girls who love to sing or play an instrument. There are regular opportunities for performances at functions and events as well as Eisteddfods and other competitions.
Ensembles and choirs rehearse each week and girls are expected to also practice in their own time. Rehearsals are held before or after school.

Ensembles and choirs include: 

  • G Minor Choir
  • G Major Choir
  • G Major Arpeggios
  • Middle Years Choir
  • Glennie Singers
  • Senior Years Choir
  • Choral Group
  • Junior String Ensemble
  • Junior Chamber Strings
  • Junior String Quartet
  • Junior Concert Band
  • Junior Orchestra Years
  • String Ensemble
  • Adelphi String Ensemble
  • Chamber Strings
  • String Quartet
  • Youth Orchestra
  • Glennie/Grammar Orchestra
  • Concert Band
  • Woodwind Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Youth Jazz Ensemble
  • Big Band

Music Camp

The annual Music camp for girls in Years 4 to 12 held early in Term 1 aids in the establishment of the choirs and ensembles. It is recommended all ensemble members attend. Repertoires are introduced and teamwork begins.

Instrument Hire

Girls who study curriculum music in Years 3 to 5, and classroom music in Years 9 to 12 are allocated a school instrument. School instruments not required in the curriculum program can be hired by students studying extra-curricular lessons for a fee.


The Toowoomba Eisteddfod provides an opportunity for girls to perform individually or in ensembles and choirs. The Eisteddfod is an invaluable chance to experience performing to an audience and to develop skills.


Each year, either the Junior Years or Middle and Senior Years stage a school musical. All girls are invited to audition. The production also includes girls who are interested in set design, costumes, make-up and backstage.

Music Tour

International music tours are held every few years and each girl has the opportunity to attend at least once throughout her years at Glennie. Where possible, these tours are planned to co-incide with international music festivals and provide the opportunity to perform in historic venues throughout Europe.

Examinations and Music Craft

Girls can complete external examinations in instrumental music, ballet and speech and drama. All girls from Years 5 to 12 taking instrumental music lessons are advised to also enrol in Music Theory (Music Craft) classes.

Art Shows

Glennie’s visual artists showcase their work at the Toowoomba Show, the Toowoomba Junior Art Expo, Creative Generation and at the Glennie Community Art Show. Artworks are exhibited throughout the School. Girls are encouraged to enter national competitions that are not school based.

Extra-Curricular Program

Qualified, experienced tutors offer extra-curricular lessons. These lessons help girls develop the skills and confidence to succeed and enjoy performing in their chosen genre. These lessons are an opportunity for girls to study in a field not offered as part of the curriculum.

Our youngest girls begin lessons in the Little Vivaldis or Little Mozarts; programs designed to introduce them to music. From Years 2 to 6, Group Vocal and Group Drama lessons build skills and confidence to perform.
From Year 6 to 12 girls can take private or small group lessons in instrumental music, voice, speech and drama, or ballet.


The Performing Arts Centre

Our purpose built Performing Arts Centre has performance and rehearsal spaces, classrooms, practice rooms, instrument lockers and recording studios. Girls of all ages use the PAC for rehearsals, lessons, performances and workshops.

Middle and Senior Years

The visual art classrooms are ideal for some messy creativity! The drama room is an open plan room ideal for energetic learning. Girls learning dance use the historic Manning Theatre.

Junior Years

Glennie Junior Years has a room with a sprung dance floor where our little girls take their ballet lessons. There is a music room and practice rooms. The Junior Years art room is a bright and vibrant place where girls are inspired to create great work.

Performance Spaces

The Assembly Hall and Manning Theatre have sound and light systems that make them versatile venues for small productions. There are also outdoor performance spaces where girls hold lunchtime concerts to entertain their friends.

Be Informed

Once enrolled, girls and parents keep up to date with key dates, details of performances, rehearsals and excursions by accessing the online calendar and the Glennie Arts website within the School’s intranet (Portal).

Join In

Parents who have an interest in supporting The Arts at Glennie can join the Performing Arts Supporters Association  . . read more.