Glenaeon Newsletter 21 June 2019

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MidWinter Festival: “…Transfiguring All Existence”

Have you ever been SAD in winter? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is the official name given to feeling down as the days shorten, the temperature drops and the world seems gloomier. We are all affected of course by this outer cold, and if we live just in our outer senses, we must inevitably feel a bit down, even a little depressed, as our inner life mirrors the outer world of the declining sun light and the chilling cold.

What is the antidote? Since time immemorial, people have recognized the need to meet the outer cold of winter with the inner warmth of the human heart. Here is a traditional carol from the north of England that captures the inner warmth and joy of the winter season which in the north has a Christmas mood:


This time of the year is spent in good cheer,
    And neighbours together do meet
To sit by the fire, with friendly desire,
    Each other in love to greet;
Old grudges forgot are put in the pot,
    All sorrows aside they lay;
The old and the young doth carol this song 
To drive the cold winter away.

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This week's cover photo

All children and staff celebrated MidWinter this week - the campuses were alight with the warmth of fire, candles, and lanterns. These Kindergarten lanterns shone brightly during their festival, and Class 1 - 6 and Year 7 - 12 walked the MidWinter Spiral at Middle Cove. During the first MidWinter spiral pictured in the newsletter banner photo pictured above, Head of Music Christian Lillicrap led Year 12 in beautiful songs in harmony while musicians played lyre for their spiral walk. Each Year 12 student walked the spiral accompanying a Class 1 child - a special juxtaposition, as it is the final MidWinter Spiral walk for Year 12 students, and the first one for Class 1. 

Go Greener in 2019! Annual Giving campaign


At Glenaeon we have long recognized the importance of leading strongly and acting decisively in addressing global warming and climate change. That’s why this year we have chosen to focus on Sustainability for our 2019 Annual Giving Program. As well as reducing our carbon footprint, we will dramatically reduce our costs. Our Annual Giving Program helps support specific projects which will benefit the lives of current students and future generations of students. 


With your help we can: 

* Install Solar Panels at our Middle Cove Campus on the Sylvia Brose Hall roof and the Design and Technology roof
* Replace standard lighting with LED energy efficient lighting
* Create a more comfortable learning environment through installing energy efficient heating and cooling systems in classrooms

As well as reducing our carbon footprint by going greenER in 2019, we can slash our energy costs and redirect a large percentage of this money to important educational initiatives.

PLEASE DONATE HERE - select 'Glenaeon Foundation Building Fund'

The Giving Program at Glenaeon provides opportunities for the entire Glenaeon Community to contribute to scholarships, new buildings, in kind donations and small projects. Tuition fees only support the day to day operation of the school so we depend on your support to continue to develop our facilities. Through our giving program you can help make a difference for your children and future children who attend Glenaeon.

Your contribution makes a great deal of difference to your children's schooling and comfort, our school's carbon footprint, and the environment as a whole. Thank you.

Kindergarten and LIttle Kindergarten applications for 2020 closing soon - some places available

Glenaeon's applications for Kindergarten and Little Kindergarten 2020 are closing soon and we have some places available. Interviews have commenced, so we ask that if you are interested, or know someone who may be, to please send your application in and/or share this with your friends and networks. 

Part-time Kindergarten is a lovely 3 day a week program (Mon - Wed)  that also guarantees you entry into Kindergarten. Little Kindergarten is for children 4 turning 5 in 2020. It is a gentle, creative and play-based program ithat includes baking, drawing, open-ended play, story-telling, singing, painting, gardening and craft. It is a nurturing and caring environment that is an excellent stepping stone in the year prior to children starting school. 

Kindergarten (Mon – Fri with Wednesday as a half day) is a natural, loving and creative environment where the children learn through ‘playing and doing’. The child’s day is filled with a range of diverse activities: creative play, sewing, beeswax modeling, drawing, baking, painting, music, story-telling, puppet shows, gardening and building. Regular bush-walks introduce the riches of nature to the children. Literacy and numeracy skills are grounded in a rich experience of oral and practical learning experiences. Pre-numeracy skills are practiced through sorting, sharing, naming, building and arranging the natural materials in the classroom and playground. Literacy and a love of language is built through speech, drama, storytelling and song.

All classes are small to enable teachers and children to forge a close relationship. After school care is available until 6:00pm for those who require longer hours. For all enquiries, please call our Enrolments Registrar Chandra Kennedy on 94173913 and see our website at


Year 12 student help needed ASAP - Do you have engineering or industrial design experience?

Ned Musgrove in year 12 is making a 'skateboard brake' as his Year 12 Design and Technology project, and he really needs some design advice from someone with a background in engineering or industrial design in order to take his project to the next level. Please, if you have any ability to assist him, or know someone that could volunteer a small amount of time, he would be most grateful. His project must be completed soon, so timing is of the essence. Please contact Design and Technology teacher Anthony Fiore on  or 02 99322345 . Thank you - Anthony Fiore

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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Kindergarten MidWinter Festival - story, lanterns and fire.

Kindergarten came together on Tuesday evening for the MidWinter Festival - gathering in the Marion Mahony Griffin Hall. They enjoyed a magical winter story and lyre playing before heading out for a lantern walk through the playground. On their return, the fire was crackling. They sat and sung winter songs together, enjoying cookies they had baked in class.

Parent Craft

Come and learn how to create raffia baskets this Wednesday 26th June - 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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Art exhibition 'Arcoiris' by Glenaeon community artists - opening July 6

Art Exhibition “Arcoiris”

You are invited to an exciting new exhibition of 5 artists that all share a deep connection to the Glenaeon community.

Opening 6th July 3:30 pm

Dates – 6th – 11th July
Place – Marion Mahony Griffin Hall
121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag

Bella Garson, Julie Hamann, Poul Eric Hvidkjaer, Christian Lillycrap and Peter Jensen are artists currently preparing for an exhibition of their work at Glenaeon Castlecrag campus on 6th July. 
Bella will exhibit Illuminated colour works and oil paintings, Julie pastel works on paper,Christian oils paintings, Poul Eric and Peter photography.  This talented group were all members of the Glenaeon community as teachers, artisans and parents. Click for more information. 



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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.


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.






What's on at Glenaeon next week

For a full calendar for the term go to : 

Year 11 NT Outdoor Education
Sun, 23 June, 8:30am – Wed, 3 July

Class 4 Parent Evening
Mon, 24 June, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Middle Cove Campus

Twilight Concert
Tue, 25 June, 6pm – 8pm
Sylvia Brose Hall, Middle Cove

Willoughby Preschool Tour
Thu, 27 June, 9:30am – 11:00am
118 Sydney St, Willoughby NSW 2068,

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

Year 10 visit the Museum of Ancient Cultures

During the Ancient History Main Lesson Year 10 visited the Museum of Ancient Cultures at Macquarie University Teaching Collection. We were very lucky to have a visit from one of our ex-students, David Chapman, who has excelled in Egyptology at Macquarie University. He has been honoured with the University Medal for Ancient History 2018 and will be embarking on his PhD in 2019. Andrew is pictured above with current Glenaeon Year 10 guardian Leonie Gastineau-Hill.
David Chapman was in Andrew Hill’s class throughout the Primary years (Class 1 - 8) and was in Glennis Mowday’s Ancient History Main Lesson in Year 10 and Year 11 camp; Year 12 classes. He visited Macquarie University in Year 10 and continued on to excel in HSC Ancient History and History Extension. Leonie Gastineau-Hill taught David for part of Year 11 and began his journey in Hieroglyphs.

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Year 11 organic architecture models

Year 11 are exploring organic architecture in Visual Arts with Donna Miller and Alisan Smotlak. The students have explored architectects such as Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, and have modelled architectural buildings based on organic and sculptural architectural forms.

Class 6 Cave paintings

On their recent outdoor Education camp to the Blue Mountains, Class 6 went to both Abercrombie and Jenolan Caves and experienced cave structures, staligmites and stalactites. They also went caving inside the Plughole - with helmet, light and harness - over ledges and through crawl spaces. It was a very challenging adventure experience that co-incided with their Geology main lesson. Once back at school, they painted these stunning images from with the caves that reflect the beautiful sight of cave interiors. 

The winter gnome

At Glenaeon Preschool's MidWinter festival, children enjoyed a winter story and a visit to the Winter Gnome's cave and were lucky to be given a crystal from her basket.

Lunch time food market - next Tuesday 25th - hosted by Year 10 Commerce

Next Tuesday 25th, at the Middle Cove campus, our Year 10 Commerce students are holding the 1st Annual Glenaeon Marketing Week! With concepts in running a business, marketing and management that the students have learned in Commerce they are offering the entire school community a plethora of different foods and goodies for lunch time. Several stalls will be set up near the amphitheatre with a sausage sizzle, home made chips, wedges, sushi, drinks, ice blocks, jelly cups and a wide assortment that will cater to all tastes!! Prices range from $1-$5 so bring your change to school on Tuesday and enjoy a delicious range of healthy, nutritious food. Click below to see just SOME of the things on offer.

With a percentage of proceeds going to charities, the most enterprising stall will be awarded the Annual Marketing Week trophy at our next school assembly.

See you there!! - David Alami

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Book your Glenaeon Vacation Care now!

School holidays are upon us... and Glenaeon Vacation care is open. Bring friends (from other schools are warmly welcomed)... and join in the creative and fun activities! You can see the program HERE and you can make your bookings HERE. Instructions for new families joining are also on the booking page HERE.

Glenaeon Studios - Repurposing pre-loved garments workshop - July 27 & 28

This great workshop with Aukje Boonstra in Sydney on July 27th and 28th (2 days) at Glenaeon Studios: "Transforming old fashion". Come and join Aukje in this sustainable, slow clothing worshop and learn how to transform preloved articles into something dynamic to add to your wardrobe.
For bookings or enquiries send an email to

This workshop is another great set of skills to work with among fine and like-minded company. Workshop numbers are kept to a minimum to allow everyone time to learn and experiment while being inspired and guided by the talented textile artist Aukje Boonstra. Please see the FLYER here

Workshop - Best practices for the care of the child 0 - 3 - coming on August 10 & 11

A rare invitation to all parents of very young children, expectant parents, carers, playgroup leaders, day carers, early childhood practitioners and all who are interested in deepening the understanding of working with the very young child in a practical way. Please join us in learning about best practices for the care of the child from birth to three with our American guest trainers who have offered to share their sought after expertise and knowledge in this very special area of child development. Jane Swain and Katherine Scharff from Sophia's Hearth, a Waldorf early chilhood training centre in America are coming to Australia, and presenting a wonderful workshop on early childhood best practices for children aged 0 - 3.

You can find the flyer and all the booking details HERE

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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

Grassroots Eco Store

Order this week for Australian made merino wool clothing to arrive before the school holidays. Come into the store and take a look at the catalogue of children's, women's and men's clothing. Feel the difference and see the quality. These are the softest, locally made, Australian merino wool clothing you'll find. By choosing this clothing you are making a renewable, sustainable, biodegradable and ethical clothing choice. You are also supporting an Australian owned family business, Australian designers and makers! A small range of ethical alpaca garments are also available. The range includes hand warmers, scarves, snoods, beanies, wraps and throw rugs. All have been ethically produced and hand knitted by young women in Peru, supported in an Fair Trade environment. Come in, have a look and feel the warmth! Thank you for your patronage - a portion of every sale goes to Glenaeon. 
Warm regards,
Felicity 0416 035 173

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


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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. Can I live with you? I’m a loving and charismatic ginger cat. (and free!). 
5. Honest to Goodness buying group - Organic pantry goods at wholesale prices.
6. Household items for sale and give away - family moving overseas : everything needs to find a new home!
7. Interested to a country retreat near the Warrumbungle national park?
8. Free wooden trundle bed to be given away
Click below for further information about the above opportunities

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



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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Are you entering the City to Surf? Consider joining the 'Warrah Farm' fundraising team!

If anyone is thinking of entering the ciry2surf fun run (or stroll in my case) this year on Sunday 11 Aug you may want to consider joining our fundraising team as it will be fun to have a joint cause and raise money for Warrah at the same time. Class 1 are doing it as a class initiative so I wanted to extend the invitaion to other parents and children of the school. - Tina & Steve Malin (parents Class 1 and 3)
Warrah Specialist School City2Surf Team
Warrah Specialist School is participating in the 2019 City2Surf on Sunday August 11th. We would love you to join this team and help fundraise for our fabulous school. Click below to find out how to register. ontact Tina on
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Term 3 Yoga Program - available now

Yoga at Glenaeon is one agian next term - click to see the programme and come and join in! Open to adults and  children.

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The Mystery of the Will - 2 week intensive in New Zealand 7 - 19th July

The Spirit of the Word School for Creative Speech and the Art of Drama is offering a two-week Winter Course from 7th – 19th  July this year,

 Please also view details on our web site: or contact Astrid:, or +64 (0)6 857 7113.

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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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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This week's Blackboard Beauty

This week's blackboard beauty has been drawn by Class 5 Co-teacher Cathy Bowers for their Botany main lesson. They went on an excursion to the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Gardens this week, and have been drawing and stuyding plant structure and function.