Glenaeon Newsletter 14 June 2019

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The Power of Play: A World of Infinite Possibility

The debate on play has hotted up this past week with Sir Ken Robinson adding his eminent voice to the push for more play in children’s lives, especially their school lives: see below for his view. It fits perfectly with a Glenaeon view on play. At the Edu-TECH conference held in Sydney last week Professor Pasi Sahlberg, formerly of Finland and now of UNSW, was introducing his new book called Let the Children Play. He documents the decline in unstructured play in children’s lives in mainstream schools and outlines all the health and wellbeing benefits that unstructured play provides.
As well as physical health, play is profoundly important for mental and emotional health. The child lives in a world where the definitions of the adult mind are yet to fall into place with their inexorable force. A chair is a chair to us as adults, and only a chair. To the child it may be many things, whatever their imagination can make it to be in their world of play: a horse, a rocket ship, a fire engine, a fortress…whatever will serve the creative vision of the play scenario they are enacting. This wonderful time of childhood play is a world of infinite possibility, where the definitions of the adult world are overturned and a self-directed creative vision is lived out. Click to continue

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YOU ARE INVITED TO THE MID-WINTER SPIRAL WALK - Family and friends are invited are to come on Thursday 20th at 6pm, in the SYLVIA BROSE HALL, Middle Cove Campus. The significance of the spiral is finding light in the darkness. For those who are new to the Winter Spiral, it is a tradition in Waldorf Schools. Evergreen boughs are laid on the floor or ground to create a spiral. In the centre of the spiral is a lit candle. The room is darkened (or it is night time if held outdoors) and each person takes a turn to walk the spiral holding an unlit candle. As they reaches the centre, they light the candle from the centre candle and then retrace their steps out of the spiral. One brings forth the light as you walk outward and choose a place along the spiral to set the lit candle. As person after person has a turn and more and more lit candles grace the spiral, the room becomes increasingly filled with light and a beautiful spiral of lit candles. The children will all enjoy this festival during the week, and on the evening of the last night of the festival, parents and friends are invited to come and experience the spiral walk themselves - a contemplative and transformative process in itself. Please note that the evening spiral walk is for adults only. 

Mid-Winter Festival June 20 - CALL FOR GREENERY for Wednesday June 19

The Mid-Winter Festival is next week, so it's time to think about where you can collect your greenery to bring into school. We always look forward to this time of year, when, in the darkness, light shines and we can reflect upon our inner selves. On Wednesday June 19 we will be making the winter spiral in the Hall at Middle Cove for the Winter Festival. We need your greenery! Please leave your ivy, pine boughs, cotoneaster branches, jasmine vine etc at either campus on Wednesday morning. At Castlecrag please leave in the covered area outside the Class 1 & 2 toilets. At Middle Cove Campus please leave near the Hall. Please deliver in the morning so that we can build the spiral from lunchtime.

Traffic Management Plan

 Parking rules - ordinary school days

 Glenaeon is located in a residential neighbourhood with very narrow streets. Because of this restriction, the School asks that parents and guardians park and or drop-off their children in specific areas to keep the traffic flowing, children safe and our neighbours happy!

 1. No one is to park or drop-off in Greenfield or Victoria Avenues, not even to kiss-and-ride
 2. Parents of Class 3 and 4 students may drop off and collect in Glenroy Avenue, but must ensure they park legally and do not impede driveways.
 3. No one is to park or stop in the No Stopping areas at any time
 4. No one is to turn into the school driveway, or any other drivewayto drop off or to attempt a three point turnPlease turn in the cul-de-sac. Continued below

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Class 1 Maths and caring for children

In Class 1, children have been learning about numbers and counting, odd and even numbers and patterns of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10. With their 'numbers to 100' travelling half way around the classroom wall, they use their felt mats and counters to sort number groups during main lesson and maths games. If a child is a little sensitive, not feeling completely well or needs more focus, these beautiful hand-made felt heat packs, filled with cherry pips, wheat and lavendar help to soothe and support a child, whose focus and comfort is improved enormously. The warmth, weight and scent helps them to settle and calm their senses and is a beautiful way to bring care and support into the classroom.

Parent Craft

Join us as we make winter gnomes, decorate these beautiful hand-dyed crowns and wands. Parent Craft runs from 9am until 12pm Wednesdays this term in the Castlecrag hall kitchen room. All welcome. Many thanks to Melanie Harper for continuing to create a wonderful program for us all. Stay for a short time or until you need to go. Small children are welcome - there are toys and an enclosed play/sandpit area and often a few little friends to make. All welcome, bring your unfinished craft projects, questions and enjoy some crafty company and a cup of tea.

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School Canteen - Gentle Cafe and Humming Cafe orders

Both the School Canteen (Wed/Thur/Fri) and Humming Cafe (Mon/Tue) are available. Click below for the menu and the new information on how to order now from Humming Cafe. For Humming Cafe orders, students can just write their order, name and class on the brown bag and not on a separate piece of paper. This is to eliminate the extra unnecessary waste of paper and ink for ordering. Tomo at Humming agrees and is happy to have the orders come this way. The menu is printed up on the reception noticeboard and Sarah will put one near the basket every morning that Humming is open.

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It's time to get your CIP points in for Term 2

Dear Parents,
It’s time to start submitting your term 2 CIPs now! Read below for information on how to submit. You can start submitting any time from now until Wednesday 26th June. No submissions will be accepted after this cut-off date. Each family is billed $140 per term for the Community Involvement Program. When voluntary work is done and registered, it can be credited back to your account at the rate of $17.50 per hour (in other words 8 hours per term will entitle you to the full $140 credit). It is now time to start claiming your CIP credits for term 2.  As there are many families at Glenaeon it takes some time to process the credits for everybody so we ask that you submit your term 2 CIP hours by Wednesday 26th June in order to have them credited back to you.

The CIP form is available online so it’s very simple to do! Simply go to the Glenaeon web-site, click on the ‘Community’ tab at the top, then click on ‘Community Involvement Program’. There is a link which appears at the bottom of the page ‘complete CIP form’. Alternatively click on this link to take you directly there:

You can complete the form on-line and hit ‘submit’. Or if you prefer there is also a link to a paper form (pdf) at the bottom of the page which you can simply print, fill out manually and hand in at reception. The paper forms are also available in the CIP folder held at reception.

Note, you must submit your CIP hours worked regardless of which committee/event/role you participate in or hold. Please refer page 34 of the Parent Handbook for more details (including what tasks are eligible for CIP credit). Note that credits are not carried over from one year to the next.


Please shut the Middle Cove garden gate

This is a very hungry wallaby and he’s been eating everything in the garden. If you see a garden gate open could you please latch it?  Especially after school hours or on the weekend. Thanks,
The Garden (but not the wallaby)

Second Hand Uniform shop - opening on the 27th June - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Choosing to purchase from the 2nd hand uniform shop has many positive spin offs. Clothing your students for less $$ out of pocket, being ecologically minded ... reduce, re-use, re-cycle. Second hand unifom is often softer on sensitive skin and needs less ironing, as it has been washed many times :)

Did you know?

The money you spend is going to good use. Proceeds are split 50 / 50 between the schools operating budget and supporting The MacFarlane School in Katherine, NT’s Scholarship fund. Each year, Year 11 students travel to work for a week at the end of Term 2. The trip is described by all as very rewarding, and we are extremely lucky to have this experience and to foster such a meaningful relationship between our schools. The scholarship fund is a great way
to thank MacFarlane for their generosity each year.


The last Term 2 Date : THURSDAY  27 June 

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Simple Sustainability - Glenaeon is committed to reducing waste

Glenaeon is actively using initiatives to reduce waste. Each week we will be bringing you simple facts and ideas around how we can improve our carbon footprints and care for ourselves and the earth simply and sustainably.

A large-screen TV turned on for 6 hours a day can generate ½ tonne of greenhouse gas/year. Another good reason to turn off the TV!

What's on at Glenaeon next week

For a full calendar for the term go to : 
Year 10 Exams
Fri, 14 June, 8:30am – Tue, 18 June, 3:30pm

David Novak Storytelling workshop
Sat, 15 June, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Marion Mahony Griffin Hall - Castlecrag Campus 

Glenaeon Studios - Chain Jewellery Design with Keith Lo Bue
Sat, 15 & 16 June, 10am – 4pm
Middle Cove Campus - Textile Room

Kindy Mid-Winter Festival
Tue, 18 June, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Castlecrag Campus 

Playgroup Mid-Winter Festival
Wed, 19 June, 5pm – 6pm
Castlecrag Campus

Mid-Winter Festival for the Community
Thu, 20 June, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Sylvia Brose Hall, Middle Cove Campus

Glenaeon School Tours - join us to learn about our school

Glenaeon School Tours & Enrolment Events

Middle Cove Tour - Thursday 22 August - 9:30am - 11:30am
Middle Cove Tour - Thursday 19 September - 9:30am - 11:30am

Castlecrag School Tour - Thursday 15 August, 2019 - 9:30 - 11:30am
Castlecrag School Tour - Tuesday 10 September, 2019 - 9:30 - 11:30am

Willoughby Preschool Tour
Saturday 17 August, 2019 - 9:30 - 11:30am
Saturday 26 September, 2019 - 9:30 - 11:30am

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

Roman Soldiers - Class 6 Rome project

Luka Stefanovic, Class 6, became a powerful Roman Soldier to present his project as part of his Rome Main lesson home project. After researching soldiers and Roman life, he skilfully created this detailed armour set himself at home, made from light-weight aluminium and metal fasteners. He spoke in detail about the life and experiences of Roman soldiers and Roman culture. Class 6 have each presented their projects over the past weeks, and will revisit Rome in another main lesson later in the year.

Chamber Music Evening

Last Wednesday evening, the third in the Glenaeon Concert Series took place in the hall. It was a lovely evening! Students from Years 6 to 12 performed in a Chamber music evening. There were small ensembles of flutes, saxophones, brass, strings and a piano piece for 6 hands.
Tutors Phil Arnold, Jane Cavanagh, Summer Friedland, Stuart Wright, Cathy Upex, parents Lisa and John Lewis and Year 12 student Bryn Arnold all did a great job preparing the musicians for this event in which the students led their own performances. Afterwards, soup was very kindly provided by Con from the Fruiterers at Castlecrag shops. Parents Samantha Graham, Clair Weir and Giselle Clarke expertly organised the soup and bread and generally looked after everyone very well. 
The next event in the Music Department’s series is the Twilight Concert on Tuesday 25th June at 6pm. 

Christian Lillicrap
Head of Music


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Come and experience international storyteller David Novak Saturday 19th 9:30am - 12:00 noon

Join international storyteller David Novak - holding a free storytelling workshop on the morning of Saturday June 15

Saturday June 15th June, Glenaeon Parent Education has organised a storytelling workshop 'THE OBJECT OF STORY' with David Novak, suitable for both beginner & more advanced storytellers. There is no cost to attend, and it promises to be a wonderful experience. 
THE OBJECT OF STORY  Saturday June 15th, 9:30 am - 12:00 noon , Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Castlecrag (click for more info)


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The Eclipse of Baldr - a story told by David Novak at Marion Mahoney Griffin Hall SATURDAY NIGHT $25/$20/$12

Come this Saturday NIGHT JUNE 15th for a performance by David Novak (please note - this is NOT the free workshop in the morning). He will be performing a piece commissioned especially for Glenaeon Steiner School, bringing fresh depth and insight into his retelling of ancient myth just in time for Winter Solstice celebrations.

Venue: Marion Mahony Griffin Hall
Castlecrag campus, Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School
121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag
Date & Time: Saturday June 15th, 7:30pm
Tkts: Adults $25, Conc $20, Students $12 (family of 4 $60 package)

Bookings & Enquiries: Joy Day 0451 152 227 or & Mary Heard Castlecrag Office 9958 0774.

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THIS WEEKEND : Chain Jewellery Design with Keith Lo Bue - Glenaeon Studios June 15 & 16

In the search for interesting materials with which to create, the greatest surprises can come from the most unexpected quarters. Take, for example, a cheap, ubiquitous and unassuming roll of steel wire, sold for use in the construction industry… with some simple tools and layman-ready information, this mundane material comes thrillingly to life. Super-strong, versatile and - best of all - beautiful, this amazing wire can perform like no other material can. 
Join internationally-known artist and found-object 'stuffsmith' Keith Lo Bue as he delves into the world of steel wire creativity. Click for more info

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Pizza Day Tuesday 18th June - Class 5 will be making your lunch!

Get ready for the Class 5 Pizza Day! Tuesday 18th June
Available at lunch time - handmade in the pizza oven at the garden - delicious flavours, with vegetarian and gluten free options also available.
$3 per slice.

Hand-make a spoon in June - 29th or 30th

Enjoy a day of happy slowness - Learn about the joys of falling into spoonmaking meditation 
Join the expert Spoonsmith, Jeff Donne, for a hands-on exploration in the traditional art of carving wooden spoons from a tree. Start the day with a responsibly sourced log and under Jeff's guidance, safely and unhurriedly, turn it into a beautiful wooden spoon using an axe, a knife and your hands.

It's pure analogue bliss! Talk about the fun that can be found in foraging for sticks and logs in the woods, and the value of preserving old crafts.All tools and materials are provided and absolutely no experience is needed. All you need is a willingness to explore and create. This is a one day workshop that runs on Saturday 29th and this is repeated on Sunday 30th June .The flyer for the workshop can be found HERE.  Click below for workshop details

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Experience the wonder - Sea Kayaking at Hinchinbrook Island!


Your next adventure…

On the back of a successful Franklin River trip we’ve decided to do it again. This year our outdoor education team are offering the Glenaeon community a Hinchinbrook Island Sea Kayaking Trip. This is a fundraising event giving you the chance to experience the wilderness with our amazing staff. 10 lucky people will have the opportunity to explore the tropical coastline where rugged islands meet the Coral Sea.


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Roll up! Roll up! Looking for Circus performers!



Class 1 call for Second Hand toys for the Glenaeon Fair

Class 1 are continuing with last years very successful and appreciated recycled toy theme for this years Parent Craft stall at the Fair. To do this we are asking for the donation of your pre-loved Steiner inspired toys for us to renew, ready to be loved again.  We would like to gather items made of natural materials only and those that will inspire the imagination. We’d love toys that may be broken but are fixable or those needing a wash or a mend. Please drop off any items you would kindly donate to Castlecrag Reception. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to call Tanya (Class 1 parent) - 0414 233 335

Opportunities, positions available, billets & want to buy - can you help?

There are opportunities available as follows:

1. Waldorf Connections - a website for meeting Waldorf-related people
2. S
eeking a mother and infant for infant observation
3. Homestay - long-term creative/home-help exchange available - Anna Lloyd
4. Garage Available to rent in North Sydney
5. Can I live with you? I’m a loving and charismatic ginger cat. (and free!). 
6. Honest to Goodness buying group - Organic pantry goods at wholesale prices.
7. Household items for sale and give away - family moving overseas : everything needs to find a new home!
8. Interested to a country retreat near the Warrumbungle national park?
Click below for further information about the above opportunities

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Mandarin, French and German groups after school

There are currently 3 language groups held after school by private groups/tutors. Mandarin and French are held on campus, and a small privately organised class in German is held in a home in Neutral Bay.

Please CLICK below for more information on all language class times, locations, contact details and prices.



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Fibrex - wool and fibre event - on tomorrow, June 22!



Subject tutoring available

Maths and English Tutor available:  High School up to HSC by teacher Neil Anderson (Eg B Ed English M Ed Maths M Ling Literacy Phd (Theatre) in progress Dip Steiner Speech & Drama
Mobile  0404382192   Email:

Maths Tutor 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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The Christian Community​

The Christian Community​... a movement for the renewal of the religious impulse in humanity, founded by of the spiritual scientific work of Rudolf Steiner. Please click below for information about their playgroup, youth group, services, talks and events that are coming up. 
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


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This week's Blackboard Beauty

This week's blackboard beauty has been drawn by Year 3 class teacher Katherine Arconati for their building main lesson, focusing on the history of human dwellings. The children have also been building cubbies throughout the playground, making mud bricks and are currently building a dwelling as a home project.