Glenaeon Newsletter 24 May 2019

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A Fresh Look at Glenaeon’s Masterplan: The Next Generation

Recently the School Council commissioned architectural firm Gresleyabas to conduct a review of the Glenaeon’s Masterplan for our Middle Cove campus which was initially approved by Willoughby Council in 1995. Substantial work has been achieved over the past two decades, but as we consider the priorities for future projects, a fresh look at the broad shape of the Masterplan is timely to ensure we continue to meet the needs of our students and teachers, both currently and for the next generation.

The principals of the firm are:

Greg Burgess, a widely known and respected architect who has a significant CV of work in Steiner schools across Australia, and award winning work with and for indigenous communities such as the Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre, NT and the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre in the Grampians, a collaborative design for five Aboriginal communities. 

Greg has been a winner of numerous awards including the nation's most prestigious architectural prize - the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal for Architecture which he was awarded for his culturally sensitive designs and in recognition of his stature as an architect of great distinction throughout the world. We have been very fortunate to secure Greg’s services in reviewing our Masterplan.

Ahmad Abas, originally from Perth has built a solid practice in organic and natural architecture and now works as a partner with Greg. Click to continue

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Your invitation to Glenaeon's Masterplan: The Next Generation - May 30 & 31

We are delighted to invite you to a presentation of Glenaeon's new

Masterplan - The Next Generation.

We have two opportunities for engagement:

There will be two sessions for parents to hear from Greg and Ahmad from Gresleyabas architects on either:

    • Thursday evening May 30th at 7pm – 8.30 pm: at Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Castlecrag OR

    • Friday morning May 31st at 7.30am – 9 am: at Sylvia Brose Hall, Middle Cove.

The morning session will provide tea and coffee and some light breakfast snacks. Parking is on the basketball courts. If you wish to bring children there will be child–minding in the form of sport activities provided by Jonas Stoebe on the oval. If you need to leave early in the morning session, you may do so before 8.20 when the gate will be closed as per usual from 8.20 to 8.50 am.

Please RSVP to Events Coordinator Clare Gordon at  so we can plan the catering, and childcare for Friday morning.


Mid Winter Party ticket sales extended - 8pm this Sunday night!

The Treehouse have extended our booking deadline until 8pm Sunday night, so if you've left it very late, you still have time to buy you tickets to the gig of the year!
On the night you'll be in the running to bid for a VIP corporate package to the Sydney Swans, tickets to the Sydney Film Festival, tickets to the Grammy award winning musical "Once", The Archibald prize, Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb family pass and recording studio packages. Vouchers for Massages, restaurants, dog-walking, yoga and the movies are also up for grabs. There are so many great items to bid on.  Canapes included with a PAYG bar. See you there!
You won't want to miss this party so, you know the drill - get your tickets here 
for a super night out on 1 June. A huge thank you to the businesses and parents in our community who have so generously supported the school by giving to the silent auction  - have a look at these and many more on the night :

Anthroposophic Home Health Care Substance Making Day – Wound Care - June 4

Anthroposophic Home Health Care Substance Making Day – Wound Care

The warmth and love experienced by a child through the presence of their parent can bring transformation and healing. The care that each child experiences through the use of home-made wild-crafted substances adds another healing component. In this workshop, we will be creating substances that reintroduce simple health care practises into your family life. Gain information, confidence and understanding around caring in this natural way, knowing you will serve as a future role model for children. We will make afresh or replenish your supply of wellbeing supports that parents found most useful, and introduce “Wound Care” for children. Tending to their physical and emotional wounds individually helps us to become more aware of each child’s sense of life, and how we can support their development. Home-made wound care products also make special gifts.

• TUESDAY 4TH JUNE 9:15–11:00AM/12 NOON (Contribution for materials requested)

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Class 1 form drawing, bushwalking and birthdays

Class 1 draw 'form' drawings' each week - first they 'walk' the pattern outside, working with space, counting and understanding the shape of the pattern. They then move inside and draw the patern, which correlates to their handwriting and letter-forming, as well as understanging of symmetry and left/right brain development. They have been bushwalking weekly, with teacher Sandra Frain joining in. She explains the wonders of the plants they encounter whilst they climb over rocks and explore the local bush reserves. They have also been making little treasure wonders out in the playground. 

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Parent Craft

King winter heads tucked into bed under knitted capes until next Wednesday when they will stand tall to greet the winter season. 
There will also be plenty of opportunity to work on other projects next week, such as one of these beautiful pocket gnomes and much more.

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What's on at Glenaeon next week

For a full calendar for the term go to : 
Class 2 Parent Teacher night
Class 2 Parent Teacher Night, 5 June, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Chamber Groups Concert
Wed, 5 June, 6pm
Sylvia Brose Hall, Middle Cove.
School Tour
Thu, 6 June, 9:30am – 11:30am
Middle Cove Campus (map)
Glenaeon Studios - Shibori Dyeing with Elizabeth Ellean 
Thu, 6 June, 7pm – 9pm
Middle Cove Campus - Textile Room (map)

Glenaeon School Tours - join us to learn about our schools

Glenaeon School Tours & Enrolment Events

Middle Cove Tour - Thursday 6 June 2019 - 9:30am-11:30am
Middle Cove Tour - Thursday 22 August - 9:30am - 11:30am

Castlecrag School Tour - Tuesday 11 June 2019 – 9:30am-11:30am
Castlecrag SChool Tour - Tuesday 10 September, 2019 - 9:30 - 11:30am

Willoughby Preschool Tour
Thursday 27 June, 2019 - 9:30 - 11:30am
For further information or questions please contact our Registrar on 02 9932 2325 or email

School Canteen and change to Humming Cafe order

Both the School Canteen and Humming Cafe are running again next week! Click below for the menu and the new information on how to order now from Huumung Cafe. For Humming Cafe orders, students are now to 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 notice board and Sarah I will put one near the basket every morning that Humming is open.

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Please send in your OZ FASHIONS plastic bags

If you have any of the durable OZ FASHIONS plastic bags from ordering a new uniform piece, could you please send them in to either reception for reuse? We would like to use them for some take home activities. Thank you very much. 

Reminder - Tick Information

Dear Parents,
The bushwalking months are coming and we ask that you acquaint yourselves with the attached information on ticks. If your child is prone to allergies please be particularly vigilant as this can influence your child’s response to a tick bite. Any questions please feel free to contact the School reception who will do their best to advise. Please CLICK HERE for our document on ticks.

Second Hand Uniform shop - dates for your diary

Thank you everyone for a successful first term. Come and look for what you need on every second Thursday in Term 2. Just a quick reminder that the uniform shop does not accept any heavily stained or torn clothes. If you wouldn’t dress your child in it, other parents won’t either. If you have damaged clothes you would like to recycle, there are two red collection bins in the Chatswood Westfield car park on the bottom (green) level at the western end. The clothes are collected and turned into rags for charity. If you are looking for warm clothes for the winter, the uniform shop has jumpers and sports jackets in various sizes as well as long pants. 
The uniform shop will again be open from 3.00 - 3.45 every second Thursday starting on 2 May, 2019. Year 12 student Thomas Williams runs the second hand uniform shop - thank you!

Term 2 Dates THURSDAYS, fortnightly : 30 May, 13 June, 27 June 

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Meet teacher Elena Rowan

What do you teach? I am the Year 7 Co-guardian with Jamie Loftus, so I teach all of Year 7's main lessons. This year I also teach English to Year 7 & 8, Maths to Year 7 and Junior Library to Year 4. I also attend outdoor education camps with Year 7.
How long have you been at Glenaeon and what is your background? I have been teaching here since 2017, and have also taught German (highschool and primary) and European Studies. I have previously taught Geography, German and taken outdoor education camps at Knox Grammar, TESOL (English as a second language) in Europe and tutored in English, Mathematics and German. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and German, a Masters of Teaching, and have also studied Spanish, Arabic, French and European Studies. I have also been a business owner and taught English in Germany in companies and business school. I am an ex-student of Glenaeon, and attended K-12, so I have a deep appreciation of the teaching processes here.

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Wildlife of the week - Assassin Bug

Get ready - this one is intense! Assassin bugs use their proboscis to impale prey (insects and spiders) and inject powerful saliva that turns the prey's body contents to liquid. The bug then sucks up the juices through the proboscis, which acts like a straw. Eeeew! However, this majestic looking bug landed in the garden and Kathy Thangathurai captured this photo. It is beneficial to other plants in the garden, so, whilst it might be lethal to some other insects, it's a welcome visitor, as long as you don't get too close! See :

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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. Just ponder this fact:

(The World Economic Forum Report 2016)
What can we do? :
Have a look at: 

So remember:
Reduce: "Do I need this?"
Reuse: "Can I re-purpose this to avoid it going into landfill?" and
Recycle: "Can it be remade into something else?"

Class 4 camp

We couldn't have asked for better weather for the class 4 camp out on the school grounds, with the Autumn the leaves out in full colour. It became a beautifully clear night for star gazing. The kids had a blast with highlights from them being the food, Nicky's didgeridoo playing, and being by the camp fire. After a full day of bushwalking they were all asking for bed and we didn't hear a peep past 9pm. In the morning watching the sun rise over the camping area it was easy to forget we were in Middle Cove and not in the middle of nowhere. 
- Scott Dawkins


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Class 4 Mapping and Class 3 Autumn paintings

Class 4 have been bushwalking, and making 'mud maps' of their journeys as they go, as well as making the clay sculptures of the Norse giant Ymir. Class 3 has been painting in Autumn colours and marvelling at the bee pollen on the native bees.

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Year 7 'Mathematics in Nature' main lesson

Year 7 explore the underlying geometry and mathematics that can be found in many living things - plants, shells, snowflakes and the constellations. The geometry beneath these formations is beautiful, and yet also predictable and complex. This main lesson draws its inspiration from Plato’s idea that God constantly geometrises; that geometry is visible thought. It will consist of both geometric constructions and illustrations. Beginning with the circle, we move to the oval, the hexagon, the pentagon, divine proportion and the human body as a temple of phi relationships. The children will construct all kinds of spirals and be introduced to the Fibonacci series. They look at leaf forms and other geometric forms found in nature. There drawings on black paper are a spiral galaxy and the golden mean spiral. Class 7 Co-guardian Elena Rowan's blackboard drawings are two logarithmic spirals (the colourful ones) the other is the two ways the golden mean spiral can work.


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Year 10 German and Japanese Excursions

As a German class we had been exploring Germany from the classroom (a distant, outsider’s perspective of a place we’d never seen). When we had the opportunity to go on an excursion we thought what better thing to do than to use our newfound skills and explore our own city with the eyes of a German tourist. Click for both Year 10 Japanese and German excursion photos and articles

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Bryn Arnold receives 3rd prize in drama competition

Bryn Arnold joined the Sydney Eisteddfod Monologue/Character Section for children aged 16-18 Years, sponsored by Sydney Savage Club. It was held for the James Brunton-Gibb Memorial Awards at the Lighthouse hHristian Churchin Crows Nest. Bryn performed a monologue (up to 4 minutes) in costume -  a scene from' The Wolf Of Wall Street' by Terence Winter. He was awarded with 3rd prize - a medal, certificate and $200. Congratulations to Bryn!



Year 11 Drama - play 'Missing' coming is on TONIGHT, June 7

Year 11 are performing their Drama play 'Missing' on Friday June 7th in the Sylvia Brose Hall and invite you to attend. 'Missing' is a modern Australian play inspired by Aboriginal Dreamtime Folklore. The play explores some of the problems for refugees in Australia today. It gives an insight into various attitudes to refugees and the hardships they have suffered, and ends on a note of hope.  It is ultimately a play of peace and redemption.

The play runs for 55mins approx. and contains some adult themes.


Go Green 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 green 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'
View the flyer of our appeal HERE

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.

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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Year 12 support - choosing courses through UAC

Year twelve students have a lot on their plate at the moment.

To support Year 12 in their university course selections, JobJump provides some simple to follow help in the FLYER ATTACHED, and this VIDEO :  

Get Ready - How to Easily Select Your Courses
Watch this 3 minute video. It will show you how to select and store your favourite courses in seconds. From there you have your 5 choices (and any back up preferences) ready to apply for UAC as per their advice in the flyer attached.

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Mid Winter Festival: save the date! June 20, Middle Cove

The Mid Winter Festival is approaching, so it's time to mark your calendar. We always look forward to this time of year, when, in the darkness, light shines and we can reflect upon our inner selves.

Learning Support - become a 'Special Provisions' volunteer for examinations and make a real difference

Some students require “special provisions” in their exams to ensure their result truly reflects their learning. These are practical arrangements designed to help students who couldn’t otherwise make a fair attempt to show what they know in an exam room. This may include the use of a reader or a writer, extra time or rest break supervision. As staff members are not permitted by NESA to take on this role, Glenaeon relies on the generosity of our school community to ensure our students have access to a “level playing field”. Click to see how you can help


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Warrah Farm Produce Delivery - Tuesdays at Castlecrag

You may have stopped by the Warrah Farm stall at our recent Twilight markets. The produce was simply shining! There is a Warrah Farm biodynamic produce 'Co-op Hub' that delivers to Castlecrag on Tuesdays, ready for pick up at the end of school. . It comes from Warrah Farm, a Steiner community and farm village in Dural, Sydney: . Warrah is a Rudolf Steiner organisation providing a range of engaging, responsive services for children and adults with intellectual disability that maximise each person's capacity for self-determination, creativity and contribution. Please see Warrah's co-op box information HERE and the customer information HERE. How a Co-op Hub works is everyone orders directly with Warrah, who processes the payments. Produce is packaged and delivered to the Castlecrag campus for after school pick-up, and sits under cover on the porch outside Class 2. Please contact Borja Valls (the Warrah social enterprise manager) on or mobile 0448881060 for any further information, joining up and choose which box size works. Regular orders can be paused simply if you are away etc. and the system has been working very well so far for the Glenaeon families that are already enjoying the service.
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The Eclipse of Baldr - a story told by David Novak

Commissioned especially for Glenaeon Steiner School, acclaimed storyteller David Novak, brings fresh depth and insight into his retelling of ancient myth just in time for Winter Solstice celebrations. See the flyerHERE

Venue: Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, 121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag   Date & Time: Saturday June 15th, 7:30pm
Tickets: Adults $25, Conc $20, Students $12 (family of 4 $60 package)
Bookings & Enquiries: Joy Day 0451 152 227
& Mary Heard Castlecrag Office9958 0774

Tatiana Pavlova's charcoal drawing workshop

Tatiana Pavlova ran an Art Therapy workshop for two nights this week, using charcoal drawings to explore the concepts and fears around freedom and the teenage years. It was a deep, insightful journey, and charcoal was the perfect medium to bring out the journey and process of staying open and in the light through darker moments. Here are some of the evocative works. She also spoke at Castlecrag Parent Education on Friday morning about the deep process of children developing in both their body and spirit though Steiner education.

Glenaeon Parent Education booklet available

Have a look through the Term 2 Parent Education booklet - available HERE. There are some wonderful talks and workshops by inspiring presenters. Come and make some nourishing salves and soothing treatments with Lyn Clifton in her Anthroposophic care workshops and enjoy learning storytelling skills with international story teller David Novak.

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 – NEW range of Indoor Slippers

New to the shop are Moccis - quality hand sewn Swedish moccasins that keep feet snug, dry and odour-free. They come in a cotton or wool blend sock style and the soles are made from non-slip leather, preventing slipping and injury. Inside they have an invisible support strap so they don't fall off or lose their shape. More good news – they are machine washable! Ethically produced in Sweden and made with the highest possible craftsmanship. 

Thank you for your visits - a portion of every sale goes to Glenaeon. See you soon! 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. 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. Position Vacant - Steiner Class Teacher needed in New Zealand
8. Boomerang Bags - a great initiative - You are invited to a gathering on May 25
9. Position Vacant - Kindergarten Teacher/Centre Manager - in New Zealand


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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Yoga Classes held at Glenaeon

Come and experience what half an hour of yoga can do for you to start your day. Held on the deck of the hall, overlooking the bush, this class is restorative and rejuvenating. Children welcome to attend this class. See image below.

Ki seasonal yoga with Lisa Kavanagh; also Wednesday mornings in the Uniting Church Hall in Charles St (near Castlecrag Campus). 

Please click to see images below of yoga classes an times.

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Skincare Support : workshop with Lyn Clifton : Friday May 31st

Skin care support for young people and the young of heart

with Lyn Clfton

Friday May 31: 6.00 – 9.30pm
Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Castlecrag

Supper and conversation whilst making our natural organic skin care support kit together – face wash, cleanser, toner, moisturiser and lip balm – all using organic, chemical free ingredients made from locally infused plants. Numbers are limited. This is a unique opportunity to experience making your own natural face products with experienced practitioner Lyn Clifton. Please contact Lyn for bookings: 0419424935. Contrbution $100

Please see FLYER HERE

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Consultations with Lyn Clifton: Wednesday afternoon, Castlecrag campus

Raphael’s Rooms Home Health Care service offering drop-ins for tea, questions, clarifications of how to do home health care applications such as foot baths, oil cloths, compresses, inhalation’s etc most Wednesday’s between 11-12 for Kindy parents and 2-3 pm for others in the Raphaels room behind the staff room commencing from Wednesday May 22. I can take short half hour consultations ($50) after these times too. If needed parents could book 0419424935.  I could offer Well-being supports such as footbaths, leg/feet and arm/hand rhythmical body oiling, inhalations/steam baths for children and adults. 
I will be there next Wednesday after 11.45 am setting up if parents wished to pop in.

I am offering this as a community health social worker working in the light of anthropososophy. I use home health care and rhythmical body oiling as a consultant through Glenaeon’s Raphael’s Rooms.

Please see flyer HERE Thank you, warmly, Lyn Clifton

Call for linen

Call out for pink, peach, white or cream coloured 100% cotton sheets and / or 100% Woollen blankets for making compress kits for home health care. If you are sorting through your linen cupboard and find some of these that are ready for recycling I would be happy to receive them.
Please call or text Lyn 0419424935 

Gilgamesh - a night of storytelling with David Novak

A rare opportunity to experience this ancient epic from Sumeria-Abyssinia-Mesopotamia, fragments first discovered from the remains of clay tablets with cuneiform inscriptions. These are the earliest works of literature yet discovered. Here told by acclaimed storyteller David Novak, in Australia on his way to the Singapore International StoryFest. Please see the flyer for this HERE.
Venue: Steiner House 307 Sussex St Sydney 2000
Date & Time: Tuesday June 11th, 7pm
Tickets: Adults $15, Conc $10,
Bookings & Enquiries: Joy Day 0451 152

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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EURYTHMY CLASSES - Ease, Form, Grace, Balance and Flexibility - Thursday mornings

EURYTHMY CLASSES  - Ease, Form, Grace, Balance and Flexibility

A new impulse of movement with Body, Soul and Spirit Open to teachers
121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag NSW 2068 Email:

Please see flyer HERE:

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 has been drawn Class 4 teacher Tamara da Silva for the Norse Myths main lesson.