Glenaeon Newsletter 28 June 2019

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Annual Appeal + News

In the final few days of the financial year we ask that you consider contributing to the Glenaeon Annual Appeal for 2019 if you have not done so already. Our goal this year is to go even more green than we have ever been! The successful installation of solar panels at Castlecrag where the campus, in summer at least, is off the grid on a regular basis, has inspired us to do the same at Middle Cove.

Our Annual Appeal 2019 will support funding of solar panels on the roofs of the Sylvia Brose Hall, and the Design and Technology Building. In addition, we will commit funds:

    • to replace standard lights with energy-efficient LED lights throughout the Middle Cove and Castlecrag Campus and 

    • to install energy-efficient heating and cooling systems throughout classrooms in the Middle Cove Campus.

Every gift helps!! To give, go to Glenaeon’s Annual Appeal at

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Class 1 developing writing and literacy skills

As Term 2 comes to a close next week, Class 1 are immersed in their 'Nature Stories' Main Lesson, and are well on the way to developing their writing and literacy foundations. Careful attention is placed on consonants, vowels, syllables, word and sentence construction, as well as form-drawing, letter shapes and sounds. Their Main Lesson books become pictorial stories in themselves, which are complemented outdoors as they explore the rich surrounds of our local area during bushwalks. Gardening teacher, Sandra Frain accompanies them on bushwalks, which is always insightful as they explore the local flora and fauna. There are ALWAYS things to discover!

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

A reminder that Glenaeon's applications for Kindergarten and Little Kindergarten 2020 are closing soon so please forward your applications now - we have limited 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 that 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, and 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


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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Castlecrag cubby building

Early in the morning, all classes play together as children arrive slowly at school. It can be a creative and collaborative time and this impressive cubby has sprung up over recent days. They work together, carrying and leaning sticks until it becomes a stable and playful structure. Class 1 have been digging out the rich soil made in the Castlecrag compost pit, and have been filling pots to plant their spring gardens next week. 

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Parent Craft

To all parents who come to learn, craft and ccatch up at Parent Craft - thank you for all of your wonderful help, creativity and work this term. Parent Craft will resume next term, so keep busy with your projects and we look forward to seeing your familiar and brand new faces next term! Parent Craft runs from 9am until 12pm Wednesdays this term in the Castlecrag hall kitchen room. All welcome. A very warm thank you to Melanie Harper for continuing to create a wonderful program for us all this term. 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. We will see you next term!

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School Canteen - Humming Cafe Orders Monday - Wednesday this week!

Humming Cafe is open MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY this week.There is no Gentle Cafe on Wednesday as Humming Cafe will cater for the last day of term. 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. 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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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
Term 2 ends
Wednesday July 3 - Happy Holidays everyone!

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

Twilight Concert - an enjoyable night of performances

Another wonderful music night was held - this term's Twilight Concert. Thank you to all the students, parents and teachers who participated to make it a night filled with the growing talents of our young musicians. Showcasing their best pieces and gaining performance experience is so valuable and makes for an enjoyable family night.

Class 5 - Gardening and composting the Mid-Winter Spiral greenery

Life is full of cycles, and so it is at Glenaeon. Everything has its life cycle, and as we strive for a low-impact campus and as much recycling as we can, our MidWinter Spiral greenery was lovingly chopped and composted by Class 5 this week. Our campus composts as much of its paper, cardboard, greenery, garden clippings, food waste, clay and other natural materials as it can. Composting is not just for food waste - a healthy and functional compost system can transform a huge a amount of waste into healthy, bio-rich soil for gardens and plants. The gardens are the 'living centres' of our campuses, and students have some of their lessons learning about biodiversity, ecology, food technology, gardening and food whilst in the garden. They are open for students to drop in and help as well as structured classes. 

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Year 10 Commerce Food Market in the amphitheatre

Year 10 created a bustling food market in the amphitheatre last Tuesday for their Commerce project on products and marketing. Enticed with a great selection of things on offer, the school came to shop and food sold out in minutes. Reflecting on the first ever event, it was noted to prepare more food for next year's event, due to it's popularity! Well done Year 10 and History and Commerce teacher David Alami for creating and hosting this initiative! 


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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Two talks by Early Childhood Educator Jane Swain August 8 and 9

Reknown early childhood educator Jane Swain is presenting two parent education talks whilst she is here in Sydney, in addition to the weekend workshop she is co-facilitating at Glenaeon in August. One is related to understanding the sensory needs of your child and how best to support them, and the other is about motor development and its influence on literacy and numeracy.

Please find the flyers for her talks HERE and 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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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 – Art and Craft supplies for the holidays!

Come and choose your holiday art and craft supplies! There's plenty of hand dyed wool, yarn and felt in a rainbow of colours! Stock up on modelling beeswax, pencils, crayons and watercolour paint. The store is closed during the school holidays. Thank you very much for your support this term - a portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon. Enjoy your break! Felicity 0416035 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 - pick up Atarmon
9. ASAP please: New school family moving to Sydney from Brisbane requires temporary accommodation or house sitting NOW
Click below for further information about the above opportunities

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Holiday Workshops for kids

1. Glanaeon Holiday Care available
2. Soulfood for Kids Workshops -  Move, Learn, Laugh, Relax, Play
3. Marian Theatre for Young People
4. Laughter Club! - Holiday group for kids
5. Art Gallery 307 Holiday Classes - Northbridge


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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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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.

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 High School Mathematics teacher David Cordiner for Year 8 Rhythms and Cycles Main Lesson.