Glenaeon Newsletter 14 February 2019

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For the Love of Learning: Academic Achievement Assembly

It was an enormous pleasure this week to welcome back some of our Class of 2018 to celebrate their achievements at the HSC. Our Academic Achievement assembly on Wednesday was an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding work of the whole group whose results placed them at the equivalent of 47th in the state, within the top 5% of high schools in NSW.

We invited back three of last year’s students to acknowledge the dedication and hard work that went into their particular individual results:

  • Maija Tan who scored an ATAR of 99.80, a Distinguished achiever in every subject, including completing Mathematics Extension 2 in Year 10;
  • Hugo Stackhouse who scored an ATAR of 99.70 and entry to a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, (Dalyell Scholar including Mathematical Sciences)
  • Richard Nicotra who scored 98.95 and also achieved entry to a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, (Dalyell Scholar including Mathematical Sciences)

(The Dalyell Scholar stream is an elite academic stream with a minimum ATAT entry of 98. The scholarship provides travel money for linking up with universities around the world and supports a global leadership network of scholars and researchers. They also both gained entry into the most advanced or SSP level of Physics 1 at USYD.)

I invited Maija, Hugo and Richard to speak at the assembly to Years 7 to 12, to reflect on their journeys, and to offer any advice or words of wisdom on what they had learned over the past year. They each gave a unique and very personal perspective on their HSC journey.

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Walnut shell wizardry - Parent Craft

Come one, come all and gather round, 
To see what treasures can be found.
A cup of tea a bite of cake, 
See what friendships and magic we can make.

If you can dab glue or sand a stick end, or sew a simple running stitch, you have the skill needed for wielding such magic.

All welcome from Kindy to year 12, parents and grandparents alike.

Wednesday mornings after drop off, 9am-12noon or part thereof in the Marion Mahony Griffin Hall. CIP points a bonus!

Playgroup memories

When they arrive in Kindy many of the children like to go back and see Ebba and remember their time in playgroup - oh the memories!

Castlecrag teachers preparations for the new school year

In the holidays many of the Castlecrag staff got together with Lyn Clifton to prepare salves & ointments to be used for bruises, cuts, bites and tummy aches. These are now in the first aid room to be given to the children as they are needed. Many of these were prepared with plants grown in our own Glenaeon biodynamic garden.

A Kindergarten Story

In Kindergarten we begin the year telling a lot of puppet stories told with simple props. These stories are repeated each day during the week and as the children become more familiar with the story the children may take the story home or they may even retell it or grow it into a new story during Kindergarten play. 

This is a puppet story told in Wattle Kindy this week. The story was built up on the floor as it was told using simple props such as cloths, felt animals, blocks, rocks and standing dolls. Click Show More to read the whole story...

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Class One blackboard renovations

This week the Class One parents repainted the children’s blackboards which they will use this year for form drawing and also for forming their letters and numbers - not an interactive whiteboard to be seen!

This week's cover photo

This week, we feature some of the teachers who are hiking 15km, under moonlight from Mosman via secret bush trails to Manly, for Coastrek. Our Coastrekkers are helping The Fred Hollows Foundation transform lives. It can cost as little as $25 to restore sight, so every dollar counts! 

The 16 team members, including Glenaeon staff plus two parents, have formed four teams, and they are Donna Miller, Dani Finch, David Cordiner, Liz Nevieve, Alisan Smotlak, Elena Rowan, Ella Pooley, Evan Sanders, Jonas Stoebe, Lisa Wood, Stanley Tang, Yura Totsuka, Kirsten Gardner, Jackie Prasad, Kerryn Agnew, and Liza Lillicrap.

Go and see what they're up to, and donate to one of the groups at:

Blackboard Beauties

This week's blackboard beauty is from the Year 7 King Arthur main lesson and was drawn by class guardian Elena Rowan.

Year 11 Biology night excursion

Year 11 went spotlighting after dark with Science teacher, Stanley Tang this week, to look for local animals and insects, as part of their Biology lesson. They walked down the Scott Creek steps into the bush and along the creek, then made their way back up to the oval and the  creek. They then walked back to the garden and set up lures for the insects, in order to observe and identify them.

Year 8 geography

Year 8 guardian, Brendan Strobl, printed out this giant map of the world for his students so they can get right up close and personal with other countries during their Geography of Everywhere main lesson.

Class Three painting

Class Three paint every day in the first week of the term to help them grow into themselves and their new class. Their paintings are uplifting, colourful and filled with the delight of their Hebrew Main Lesson. This series of undersea creatures uses wax drawings, followed by wet paper painting, and the works are simply stunning.

Class Three new friend

Class Three children have a new friend that visits several times a day...mostly after morning tea and lunch to catch any crumbs they have left behind! The Middle Cove campus is alive with wildlife and this friendly water dragon visits the children regularly! The new playground is surrounded by bush, with lots of natural wood timber and rocks to play in and around. 

Travelling recorder bags

The recorder bags that the children weave in Class One travel through the whole primary school up until Class Six. These ones have been brought from the Castlecrag campus with the Class Three children to the new classroom. It is beautiful to see the handmade items that get used every school day and last for so many years.

Class Six Ancient Rome

Class Six is studying Ancient Rome in their main lesson. The classroom is coming alive with their own artwork. It is beautiful to see their skills developed over the years and to recognise what they're capable of drawing at this age. Here they have drawn a Roman soldier and Hannibal's journey through the Alps.

HSC Visual Art student request

Hi, my name is Abbey and I am producing a major project for Year 12 Visual Art and I am asking people from the school community if they can donate fashion magazines and barbie dolls. My work is looking at how female body image is impacted by popular culture and those two things are playing a key role in how I will explore this idea. 

Thank you, Abbey Hardwick

0403 597 883 

Taiko comes to Middle Cove

YuNiOn was formed in 2005 by Masae Ikegawa and Graham Hilgendorf as a duet for taiko, percussion and more. This week, Masae came to Glenaeon for a Taiko drumming session with our Year 9 Japanese class, and she performed a solo at assembly before the group took to the stage. Keiko Takahashi is our high school Japanese teacher and she organised the drumming session for the students, and from these comments, it's something that really resonated.

“Taiko drumming has made me want to explore and take a deeper look into Japanese culture. It took us surprising 45 minutes to learn this earth-shaking piece. The vibration from the drums made of all the worthwhile. Definitely want to do it again.”  By Joseph N (Y10)

“The Taiko drumming was so much fun to play. The drums were very powerful, and I really enjoyed the great opportunity to be able to play these amazing drums. It was an incredible experience and I hope to do it again sometime soon.” By Jake B (Y9)

Masae's solo below at assembly this week:


The Year 9 drummers at assembly:

Artists in residence

This week, Glenaeon has been lucky to have Seamus Maynard and Meghan Witri as artists in residence. They spent time with Year 7 on the basketball courts one morning, inspiring them with the wonders of poetry. They're presenting a fabulous workshop tomorrow, An Invitation: Join Us in the Artistic Steiner ‘Classroom’  Friday 15 February at 9.15am in the Marion Mahony Hall, Castlecrag. The Arts have formed the creative backbone of the Steiner Education curriculum from its inception 100 years ago this year. How does artistic education promote healthy holistic development, and human-centred, age-appropriate learning during the school years in our contemporary world?


Year 7 and their local lorikeets

Year 7 have been feeding the local lorikeets (only a very little bit, because we know its best for them not to be hand fed!) and they have brought much beauty to their lunch spot.

What's on at Glenaeon next week

For a full calendar for the term go to 

Kindy Parent Evening
Tue, February 19, 7:30pm – 9:00pmCastlecrag Campus

Year 10 Welcome Evening
Tue, February 19, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

GPA Meeting
Wed, February 20, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Castlecrag Campus

Glenaeon School Tours

Glenaeon School Tours & Enrolment Events

Friday 1 March, 9.30-11.30am

High School Information Tour
Saturday 9 March 2019 – 9:30am-11:30am

Castlecrag School Tour
Thursday 21 February – 9:30am-11:30am

Willoughby Preschool Tour
Thursday 14 March 2019 - 9:30am - 11:30am

For further information or questions please contact our Registrar on 02 9932 2325 or email

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We need compost ingredients!

Our many compost piles on all three campuses of Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School require farm animal manures such as cow, horse, chicken, sheep and even rabbit or guinea pig! We welcome your fire ashes and raked up leaves too! Will you consider collecting and bringing in goods to help us make soil for our garden beds - aka compost? Perhaps you will pass by bags of manure along the side of the road in your travels. Perhaps you will be visiting friends who have such goodies to share. What a community effort we will compose with all your collectables. Thank you to those who already have helped gather ingredients for us and for joining our growing garden team effort. You are welcome to drive down to the garden directly to deposit any and all goodies at the Middle Cove campus and/or contact Sandra Frain on 0413271308 or Kathy Thangathurai on 0404 593 124. And if anyone can donate any paper shredders, we need 1-2 sturdy paper shredders for us to make easier use of our paper waste on campus. Thanks so much!

Former students still love the outdoors

Friends from the alumni classes of 2017 and 2018 continued their love of outdoor adventures when they went canyoning together in the Blue Mountains earlier this week.

The four mates are:

Sam Finch (2017) – about to start a Bachelor of Psychology Sydney Uni

Flynn Howley (2017) – about to start a Bachelor of Security Studies at Macquarie University

Maija Tan (2018) – Gap year

Hugo Stackhouse (2018) – Dalyell Scholarship to study a Bachelor of Advanced Science with majors in Physics and Maths at the University of Sydney


Glenaeon Careers Centre

Glenaeon Careers Facebook group is a brilliant resource for school leavers and those students and their families beginning to think about life after school. Click HERE and ask to join the group for all the up-to-the-minute information about open days, courses, summer schools, application deadlines and articles of interest.

School canteen

The school canteen operates at the Middle Cove campus for Years 3-12. You can also find the menus on the School Stream app, on Instagram and on the school's Facebook page.

To sign up to volunteer for a shift at the canteen, open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, go to, and pick a shift that works for you. Hours are 9am-1pm and your child eats free on the day you are working! It’s fun and interesting to talk, cook and enjoy the bush setting we are surrounded by, come check it out! And you'll meet our resident kookaburras (see below!) Warm regards, Sharon & Lorna

School canteen menu for next week. 

Click below to see how to order lunches for C3-6.

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Humming Cafe for lunch orders Mondays and Tuesdays

Humming Cafe takes lunch orders on Mondays and Tuesdays at the Middle Cove campus. Order forms are available from reception, behind the Parent Portal on the school website or on the School Stream app. Order forms need to be placed in the basket in reception by 9am, and lunches are delivered at 12.30pm.

Change of Date for the Second Hand Uniform Shop

Just a quick note to say that the Second Hand Uniform Shop will now be open every 2nd THURSDAY afternoon instead of Friday. The time will remain the same, open from 3.00 - 3:45pm. This is due to timetable clashes for the convenors and we hope this will not cause any inconvenience.

The amended dates of the Uniform Shop for Term 1 will are: 
Thursday, 28 February
Thursday, 14 March
Thursday, 28 March
Thursday, 4 April

Click below to see how your purchases help others...

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French Fun Club at Glenaeon

When: The class is on a Monday afternoon from 3.45pm to 4.45pm
Start and End Day for Term 1 2019: 11-02-19 to 08-04-19 ( 9 weeks term )

Lefrench teaching methodology: 
Children just love the French Clubs fun approach to language learning which involves lots of games, songs, drama and other lively activities. You will be amazed at how much they learn and how quickly!

Lefrench Club's Methodology is based on informal, fun activities, such as crafts, music and songs, lively games, weekly activity sheets for each child, and progress reports for parents to reinforce at home (via email).

This interactive and communicative approach is supported by professionally designed materials including flashcards, board games and activity sheets.
The Club’s method makes learning fun and stress-free. While children play games, sing songs, act out role plays and interact with each other, they absorb the new language without consciously thinking about it. Naturally this all takes place within a carefully structured progressive sequence which enhances learning

Mandarin lessons

There will be two Mandarin classes available this year from Week 3.

2019 Beginner Class
Time: Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 pm
Venue: Junior library
Fees: $200/term

2019 Intermediate Class
Time: Wednesday from 3:30-4:30pm
Venue: Junior library

RSVP: Please contact Katrina Pau 
0418 295 428

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School Stream app

Glenaeon has an app called School Stream to help us communicate with you. The app is free and is available for all types of smart phones and for desktop internet access. We have already created a profile for Glenaeon and if you download the app you will be able to select Glenaeon as your school.

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2019 Direct Debit forms due

Dear parents,

There are still a few families who have not returned their Direct Debit Authority Form. The first direct debit is due on the 26th February and in order to ensure there is enough time to set up all the accounts you must return your form ASAP. A link to the form can be found on our website HERE (under the ‘Enrolments’ tab, then click on ‘Fees’ on the left-hand side).

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Warm regards,

Social media for Glenaeon

Glenaeon now has a presence not only on Facebook, but also on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube. Find us, like us or follow us and please share what you like!

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Yoga at Glenaeon

Glenaeon Studios 2019

Glenaeon Studios are preparing a mixed bag of craft workshops for adults this year including lampshade weaving, macramé and preloved garment repurposing! Also eco-dyeing and shibori emersion! Elizabeth Ellean hopes you can join in the wonderful experience. Updates of venue and times will be posted upcoming newsletters and on the Glenaeon website.

Maths and English Tutoring offered

High School up to HSC
by teacher Neil Anderson
Bachelor of Education (Hons): English
Master of Education ( Distinction): Mathematics
Master of Linguistics:  Literacy
Phd in Theatre (in progress)
Mobile  0404382192

Welcome to 2019

Thanks to everyone who turned out last Friday night for our Welcome to 2019 party despite the very stormy weather. We are so glad you made it and we hope our new families felt the love!

Sarah Sandberg news

Many of you may remember me as the Operations Manager at Glenaeon from 2009 to 2017. I’m also an architect and in 2016/17 I completed a master’s degree in Disaster, Design and Development at RMIT in Melbourne. This was to prepare me to cross over into humanitarian work and as a result I’m now in India working on a project to design and build a new preschool.

The project is facilitated by an Australian NGO called The Anganwadi Project (TAP), which has designed and built 16 ‘anganwadi’ or pre-schools in the slum areas of Ahmedabad, India over the last 12 years. This has all been in association with an Indian NGO (Manav Sadhna) that operates out of Gandhi’s original ashram beside the Sabarmati River from which he set out on the Dandi Salt March in 1930. Recently TAP has formed a new partnership with Spanish/Indian NGO, Rural Development Trust (RDT) who are using TAP’s anganwadi expertise to design and build anganwadi in rural villages in Andhra Pradesh in southern India. This is where I’m based now. Click Show More for more details...


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Baby for former violin tutor

Jackie McCaughan, who was for many years was a very popular violin teacher here at Glenaeon, had a baby boy named Tristan on 30 January. Congratulations from us all at Glenaeon. 

An Invitation: Join Us in the Artistic Steiner ‘Classroom’

with Meaghan Witri and Séamus  Maynard
(Meaghan and Séamus are artists, teachers and alumni Steiner students from the USA).
The Arts have formed the creative backbone of the Steiner Education curriculum from its    inception 100 years ago this year. How does artistic education promote healthy holistic development, and human- centred, age-appropriate learning during the  school years in our contemporary world?

Welcome to this opportunity to engage with creative imagination and inspiration though participatingin this ‘class’ of enlivened speech, drama, story, music, song with artists and teachers, Meaghan and Séamus, as they bring learning to life in spirited, soulful, practical ways. Imagine your children here…

Friday 15 February  9:15am
Marion Mahony Griffin  Hall
Castlecrag campus, 121 Edinburgh Road
BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES Castlecrag office: 9958 0774

Supporting respectful relationships through a better understanding of child development

With Susan Laing

When you meet your children with insight and compassion, when you accept that their troubled behaviours are ‘cries for help’ which need attending to,when you truly meet their individual and developmental needs, you are creating the foundation for mutually respectful relationships. This is a complex task because children’s needs are constantly changing according to their age and circumstances— for example, what environment most nurtures healthy growth, what approaches to parental authority are appropriate, and what responses to challenging behaviours are most helpful as they grow older. There is no one rule that fits all. This talk looks at some helpful approaches based on research into child development and behaviours at different stages of childhood.

DATE AND TIME (Two sessions)
Wednesday 13 March 7:30pm
Friday 15 March 9:15am

Marion Mahony Griffin Hall
Castlecrag campus, 121 Edinburgh Road

Castlecrag office: 9958 0774

Grassroots Eco Store – Quality Art Supplies

Plenty of art and craft supplies are available from the quality brand, Stockmar. Based on the principles of a Steiner School education, Stockmar crayons, paints and modelling beeswax are deliberately designed to appeal to, develop, and enhance the child's senses and artistic experience. In order for the senses to be stimulated, the materials need to be of a quality that is perceived from an experiential (feeling) level. The vibrant colours, scent, shape, ease of handling and artistic possibilities all contribute to a total aesthetic, sense-imbued experience. Also good to know, Stockmar products have no negative effects on health or on the environment, of course! Come and try some inspiring new art materials today!

Opening Hours

Monday: open by request
Tuesday: 8.45am–11.30am
Wednesday: 8.45am–3.15pm
Thursday: 8.30am–10.30am
Friday: 2.30pm–4.00pm

Please call me on 0416 035 173 if you need to make a purchase outside my opening hours as I will open on request. Also, let me know if there are any other products you'd like to see in the store and I'll attempt to source them. A portion of all sales goes to support Glenaeon.



Seeking mother and baby

Alison O’Carroll, a mother with two children at Glenaeon, is looking to connect with a mother and her approaching newborn.  As part of her postgraduate studies, Alison needs to complete a year-long infant observation.  This involves observing a mother and her infant for one hour a week over 12 months.  If anyone is interested in sharing their amazing first year with their infant, Alison would love to hear from you and to give you some more information about the process.  
Home: 9922 3101
Mobile: 0438 269 578

Jeannie love yarns summer sale

Honest to Goodness buying group

Would you like to buy your organic pantry foods at wholesale prices? Our buying group is open to new members. Orders placed once a month.  Small or large quantities can be ordered.  ‘Splits’ of bulk items give terrific value.  Pick up in Neutral Bay.  Pricing is at wholesale price + 10% for administration.

If you are interested, please contact Sabine Simmonds 0421 216971

The Christian Community​

The Christian Community​...a movement for the renewal of the religious impulse in humanity, founded out of the spiritual scientific work of Rudolf Steiner.

Little Stars of Hope Playgroup, Mondays in school term, 9.30 - 11.30am

($20 per morning, enquiries: Maryanne, 0478 940 937)

*Youth Group for 14 - 20 year olds, 6 - 9pm

All welcome​. Sydney chapel: 27b Lewellyn St, Balmain. Priest: Rev. Lisa Devine.

Enquiries: 0401 367 808 (please text) or

For schedule of services and more info:

‘To us it is given at no stage ever to rest. There live and there strive active human beings from life to life, as plants grow aloft from springtime to springtime. Ever raising themselves, through error upward to truth, through fetters upward to freedom, through sickness and death upward to beauty, to health and to life.’ - Rudolf Steiner

German classes in Neutral Bay

A little group of children meet in our home in Neutral Bay for German language classes after school on a Thursday. They are taught by Frau Karin Weller, a very experienced German school teacher, retired from the German International School.  Karin prepares the lessons to suit the individual needs of the children.  She is warm and engaging and the kids love her.
The class is conducted in German with play-based games for younger kids & writing/reading/puzzles for older children, songs, pictures and conversation.  
Limited places may be available as we are keeping the group small at max. 4 children.
If you are interested, here are some further details 
When: Thursdays, during school term time
6-8 yr olds 1600-1700
9-10 yr olds 1700-1800
Where: 48 Young Street, Neutral Bay
Cost: $20 - $30 per class depending on size of group
Contact: Sabine Simmonds
0421 216971

Flutes for sale

Bought from THE WOOD WIND GROUP( Leichhardt, NSW)
Serial No  1103101TWG
925( this means SILVER) Head Joint
PLATED body tube
PLATED Mechanism
Includes TWG case, Case Cover and cleaning equipment
If you bought it today it would cost $1659 but our asking price is $1200.

G. flute Gemeinhards brand
Sliver plated
Has a new set of felts, serviced after use.
In original hard leather case
$500 ono
Please contact Cindy Moult on or call 0406 152 129

Picturesque Alpine Creative Journey in ​Paris and Annecy: 7 -15 September 2019

Natalia Perera and art tutor Catherine are extending this invitation to step into a zone of mindfulness and creativity, healing, inspiration and enjoyment within a caring and encouraging circle.

A chance to express yourself and play, by creating your very own Travel Journal in a most picturesque location - starting in Paris and ending in a stunning Alpine chalet and cooking school near the town of Annecy.

The perfect journey to explore your creativity or to find inspiration in the day to day, to recharge or even to initiate change or healing in your life. No particular language, meditation skill or art experience is necessary, just a willingness to explore and play.

Further details can be found here:

Sharing soulful stories

Glenaeon’s gardening co-teacher and one of our playgroup leaders, Sandra Frain, is part of a new online initiative called Sharing Soulful Stories.  Sandra is a beautiful and engaging storyteller, committed to drawing in her audience with wonder and delight. Hear in her story her incredible appreciation of the magnificence of us as humans and of everything on earth. Listen to Sandra’s story here - or sign up at

Election forum on environmental issues

The NSW State election is fast approaching (23 March).  In collaboration with the National Parks Association of NSW and the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, the Willoughby Environmental Protection Association Inc  (WEPA) has invited the candidates for the Willoughby and North Shore electorates to participate in a non-partisan forum.

Join us to hear your local candidates’ views on the big environmental issues of our time.

When: 7pm Tuesday 19 February 2019
Where: Glenaeon School Hall, 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag 

Maths tutoring available

Hi, my name is Chiara,
I am a year 11 student at Glenaeon and am available for maths tutoring for students up to year 11. My rates are very reasonable and I'm flexible with tutoring times. I can supply references from my teachers if required. For further enquiries please contact me on

Rudolf Steiner House

Sydney Rudolf Stiener House has ongoing talks and courses that are available, from short talks, to discussion evenings, workshops and members meetings. If you would like to contact Sydney Rudolf Steiner College about any of our courses or other information:   Address: 307 Sussex Street Sydney   Phone: +61 2 9261 4001 Email:   Click below to see what the calendar looks like for the next few months, Warm regards, Anett:


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