Glenaeon Newsletter 29 March 2019

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How to build real confidence in children: the antidote to Snowplough and Concierge Parenting

There are new words to describe overprotective parents: it used to be the helicopter parent who always hovered, but now it’s the Snowplough parent who intervenes and removes all obstacles. Another term is the Concierge Parent who sits at a little desk by the door and smooths over every difficulty that may face a growing child, whether younger or a teenager. There is widespread concern that such parenting contributes to the “Snowflake” generation of young adults who can “melt” at the slightest difficulty or crumble when confronted by an obstacle.

Recent research provides some interesting data on which family-based activities provide growing children with the most confidence to face life and its challenges. The things that the study indicated work are:

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Year 10 are having an incursion this week - watch out - there are pirates in the hall! The Pirates of Penzance starts next week, and already looks amazing, even before they are in costume! Working with sets, vocals, dance and the wonderful group spirit that comes together in a production, they are looking forward to performing on Opening Night next Friday. Book your tickets now - There are still some nights available (the matinee has already booked out). Why not come on Friday, Monday or Tuesday?  
DATES: 7pm - Friday 5, Monday 8, Tuesday 9 April and 2pm - Sunday 7 April 
Tickets are now available at 
Shows sell out so buy your tickets now!

Michaelmas Festival

All 6 primary school classes came together last Friday for the festival of Michaelmas - midway between the summer and winter solstices. It is an experiential treat as the hall is filled with voices, rounds, drama and music. The story of St. Michael and the dragon centres around an evil dragon holding the East at bay, and St. George (an earthly representation of St. Michael) tames the dragon with the Sword of Justice and Courage. It is Harvest time, as we gather our stores for winter, and the story reflects the gathering of our internal strength and light for the coming darkness of winter. Each class rehearses their own part - songs, music, poetry and drama - and they come together to perform as one. The children were engaged all week - Class 2 prepared the Feast, Class 3 rehearsed being the dragon (thank you to Brendan Strobl), Class 5 played recorder and all classes rehearsed the story and their own songs. Thank you to all teachers and Class 6 teacher Rodney Dean for working together on this event. Click below for photos.

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Baking, making, pulling weeds, delightful play and felting!

Class 2 were busy this week preparing the feast for the Michaelmas festival, including delicious apple crumble.  Strong weeds were pulled by Class 1 using a weight, Little Kindy has a beautiful nature table and is immersed in open-ended creative play, while Class 1 made stunning wet-felted mats for their counting jewels - it was the first time for some parents to learn this skill! Click below for photos

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Come to Parent Craft - Monday and Wednesday mornings at Castlecrag

We have been making these beautiful Star Babies for the school fair. Monday April 1 join into make Easter projects - pom poms and sewing. Wednesday April 3 we are also making bean bags and streamer throwers - a nice easy one for the end of term! Parent Craft runs from 9am until 12pm in the Castlecrag hall kitchen room. 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. 

You're invited to 2018 Year 12's 'The Grand Canyon' movie on the big screen on April 3!

In 2017 a group of Year 12 students joined Scottie Williams, our Outdoor Educator for a month of rafting through the pristine waters of the Grand Canyon. This trip was a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity for our students to be fully immersed in nature for 30 days. Please join us for an exclusive screening of the movie that was filmed during the trip on April 3rd at the Roseville Cinema. We are hosting Drinks from 7pm and Movie at 8pm (approx. 20 minutes). This special event is open to all members of the Glenaeon community however bookings are essential. Please book your complimentary ticket by emailing 

Next Friday 5th is the Twilight Market at Castlecrag

End of term is approaching, which means the Twilight Market comes to town! Come to Castlecrag campus from 3pm onward and enjoy a fun, relaxing afternoon catching up with friends. Class 1 and 2 will be hosting a BQQ and cake stall and there will be various market and school stalls to browse. Friday 5th April from 3pm to 6pm at the Castlecrag Campus .


Mid Winter Party - call for silent auction items and save the date - June 1

Save the date- June 1 for our mid-winter celebrations at the Treehouse in North Sydney on Saturday 1 June. It’s going be a night to remember with live music and fantastic food, good company, prizes and and some amazing silent auction items up for grabs. Book your tickets now as spaces are limited. Get ready for a fantastic evening with a great bunch of people! You can book now at:

Calling for donations for this year’s Silent Auction!  Year 9 are looking for some big ticket items such as weekends away, restaurant vouchers, show tickets, sporting Items, activities, anything you can donate to help raise funds for our school.  Please contact Clare Gordon on



School musical tickets available - Pirates of Penzance

Time to book your tickets to the long-awaited Pirates of Penzance! The matinee is booked out, but there are tickets available for 3 shows. The musical is suitable for all school-aged children with wonderful music, so come along and enjoy! 
DATES: 7pm - Friday 5, Monday 8, Tuesday 9 April and 2pm - Sunday 7 April 
Tickets are now available at   Shows sell out so buy your tickets now!

Is this your lost property?

This week's lost property include - A yellow German main lesson book, a water bottle featuring a woodland scene, a 'Fox A' paint set palette, a white hoodie, black top, grey top and still from last week we have a brown backpack, rainbow top, flowered cap, silver gumboots, beige scarf, blue vest, black hoodie, pen in case and 3 more drink bottles. Please call or email Middle Cove reception and we can pass the item along to your child if anything belongs to you. Thank you for helping us reduce waste. 9417 3193


School canteen and Humming Cafe orders

The school canteen operates at the Middle Cove campusfor Years 3-12. You can also find the menus on the School Stream app. To sign up to volunteer for a shift at the canteen, open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, go to, and pick a shift that works for you. Hours are 9am-1pm and your child eats free on the day you are working! It’s fun and interesting to talk, cook and enjoy the bush setting we are surrounded by, come check it out! Warm regards, Sharon & Lorna. Click below to see this week's menu and how to order lunches for C3-6. 

Humming Cafe provides delicious lunch on Mondays and Tuesdays for the Middle Cove campus. You can order daily using forms and a bag, put into the basket at reception before 9am. If you would like them to deliver a regular lunch on Mon/Tue, you can simply drop into the Humming Cafe and 'pre-book and pay' for a whole term's regular order (or however many weeks are left). It must be the same each week, and can be changed each term. There is no need then to fill in the order form and give to reception each week once this is done. This is the only way Class 3 are allowed to order from Humming Cafe this term. lunches are delivered at 12.50pm. Order forms are available at reception, on the School Stream app or behind the parent portal on the school website.
Shop 4, 217 Eastern Valley Way, Middle Cove 2068 (02) 8959 4641. 

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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.


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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We need compost ingredients!

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

Meet teacher Glennis Mowday

What do you teach? I teach Ancient History (to HSC) I have taught Modern History, Society and Culture, PE and I was a kindergarten assistant for 2 years initially.

How long have you been at Glenaeon?  I have taught here for 36 years.

What are your interests? I love teaching Ancient History. I love having taken Glenaeon children on overseas school trips to Crete, Egypt, Greece and Vietnam. Those trips are just amazing.

What is exciting for you this year? I am passionate about teaching Year 11 the Parzival main lesson. It is such a powerful journey. I really love teaching the 'Spirituality' main lesson where we look at many beliefs and religions with Year 11 also.

What is one of your great memories from your time here at Glenaeon? I love that I was teaching here when 'Miss Brose' (Glenaeon founder Sylvia Brose) was growing Glenaeon. She was wonderful and I feel lucky to have been here when she was leading the school.

What is one of your favourite places on campus? I like the maze down near the creek in the forest near the bridge to the oval. I also love the big rock on the hill behind the senior library. Click for more photos


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Wilderness of the week

This small creek travels between Class 6 and the cafe towards the basketball court. It flows under the small bridge near the music room on the edge of the basketball court at Middle Cove. It's lovely and cool and even has some maidenhair ferns around the edge. 

Jazz Cafe - a wonderful night

The first Jazz Cafe was a wonderful night of jazz and good company, and the hall was full of atmosphere as the tunes of the school jazz bands played - the 5/6 Jazz Ensemble, 7/8 Jazz Ensemble, the Glenaeon Jazz Combo and the Glenaeon Big Band. Thanks to ensemble directors Philip Arnold and Adriaan Mees, Bryn Arnold, students and their families, parent organisers (especially Samantha Graham), Liz Neveive and Dani Finch for making the night possible and assisting in managing the first ever cafe night - may there be many more. Click below to see some photos.

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Year 8 Powerhouse Museum, Year 8 Physics and Maths, and Year 11 bird-banding

Brendan Strobl took Year 8 to the Powerhouse museum for their Industrial Revolution exhibition, learning about steam engines (and having fun!). Year 8 is also learning about the physics of air and water, and Stanley Tang took some Year 11's out very early for bird research. Click to continue 


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What's on at Glenaeon next week

For a full calendar for the term go to 


Glenaeon Studios - Woven Lampshades with Zimmi Forest
Sun Mar 31. 10am - 4pm.
Castelcrag Marion Mahoney Griffin Hall 121 Edinburgh Rd.

HSC Exam Practice Period
Mon, 1 April, 8:30am – Fri, 5 April, 3:30pm

2018 Year 12 'The Grand Canyon' movie
Wed, April 3, 7pm canapes; 8pm movie screening, Roseville Cinema

Second Hand Uniform Shop open
Thus, April 4th 2:30 - 3:30pm, Middle Cove near the Year 6 classroom.

Twilight Market

Fri, 5 April 3pm-6pm Castlecrag campus 121 Edinburgh Rd

School Musical : Pirates of Penzance
Fri, 5 April, 7:00pm – 9:30pm - opening night
Sun 7 April 2:00pm matinee
Monday April 8,  7:00pm – 9:30pm
Tuesday April 9, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Middle Cove Campus - Sylvia Brose Hall 

Glenaeon School Tours

Glenaeon School Tours & Enrolment Events

Wednesday 8 May 2019 – 9:30am-11:30am

Castlecrag Kindergarten Entry Tour - Saturday 18 May 2019 – 9:30am-11:30am
Castlecrag School Tour - Tuesday 11 June 2019 – 9:30am-11:30am

Willoughby Preschool Tour
Thursday 23 May 2019 - 9:30am - 11:30am
For further information or questions please contact our Registrar on 02 9932 2325 or email

Archery and athletics results

Class 3 student Matai Joannou competed with the Balmain Little Athletics club in the NSW state athletics championships at Homebush stadium recently in the 700m walk competition coming third and receiving a bronze medal! Well done!

Earlier this year Grace Leong competed in the Outdoor NSW State Championships for Archery. Not only did Grace win gold in her category, she achieved a National record. Her score of 612 out of a possible 900 is the highest score by an archer of her age and category since records have been kept.  Congratulations to Grace, a fine achievement. Attached is a photo from the Annual Archery NSW presentation night recently. Grace is with the current President of Archery NSW. 

Archery runs as a co-curricular activity at Glenaeon, run by Simon O'Connor from Sydney Archery. Classes are available from Class 4 up to Year 12, and is also available to parents on Friday afternoons 3:45 - 5:00pm, and there is often a whole day school holiday workshop also. For further information, please email Jonas on 


RSVP for Zimmi Forest's Lampshade Weaving this Sunday March 31

This Sunday is your opportunity to come and enjoy the workshop with the amazing Zimmi Forest... Her basket work and natural fire weaving is just so beautiful, and you will surprise yourself how easily you can learn the skills of natural fibre weaving. The lampshade techiniques you will learn can also be used for mandalas, sculptures and dream catchers. Zimmi has been teaching basketry & exhibiting natural fibre basketry and sculpture for over 21 years. Her art practice is ‘art with nature, about nature, in nature’.  She is a forager and collector of nature’s gifts. Having had over 10 solo exhibitions, her work is represented in various regional galleries and private collections.  Her work has also been commissioned for resorts, hospitals, public galleries and institutions as well as many private commissions. See her beautiful work at :
Date: Sunday 31st March , Times: 10:00am – 4:00pm  , Cost: $110 ,  Venue:    Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Castlecrag. Click below for more information 


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Grassroots Eco Store – Free Sonett Liquid Hand Soap

Have you tried using Sonett products in your home yet? Now is your chance to try them and receive a complimentary Calendula liquid hand soap with every bottle of 1 litre Sonett purchased, of any type, until stocks last. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon. I appreciate your visits and support and hope to see you in the store soon. To shop at any other time please call me on 0416 035 173. Please let me know if there are any products you'd like to see in the store and I'll try to source them for you. Warmly, Felicity
Open on the Castlecrag Campus during school terms:
Monday: open by request
Tuesday: 8.45am—11.30am
Wednesday: 8.45am—3.15pm
Thursday: 8.30am—10.30am
Friday: 2.30pm—4.00pm 
Click below to read about Sonett and Felicity's complimentary liquid hand soap.


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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. Mandarin students have had a wonderful term, and had this to say about it!

Sofia Year 9 : "Mandarin classes are a lot of fun! We study both the language and history of Chinese, as well as the culture (myths, traditions, celebrations..). We even get to try traditional Chinese food! We practise both speaking and writing, as well as learning about the origin of each character. 
The teacher is very friendly and has a detailed, easy-to-follow teaching style. I highly recommend this class to everyone who is interested!"  
Cory Year 9 :"Our classes cover a  wide range of topics that go from the history of China to the myths and legends and the ways of writing, speaking and the meaning of the Chinese characters. The teacher herself is very friendly and has a teaching method that is easy to follow. Overall, I enjoy learning Mandarin." 
Lily Year 5 : "For me, learning Mandarin is a bit challenge but fun."  

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



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Subject tutoring available

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

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

There are opportunities available as follows:

1. Waldorf – Family Exchange in Berlin (Germany) October - December 2019
2. S
eeking a mother and infant for infant observation
3. Wanted to buy: Diatonic Soprano 35 stringed lyre
4. Teacher Marie Peters needs a room for Steiner teacher training residential April 14 - 18 and Sept 30 - Oct 4
5. Jessica Ortlepp needs a room for Steiner teacher training residential in Sydney April 14 - 18 and Sept 30 - Oct 4 
6. Honest to Goodness buying group - Organic pantry goods at wholesale prices.
7. Market Stall Position Available: North Sydney Produce Markets
8. Alex available for 1 month homestay/work exchange in July
9. Billet/homestay wanted for 16 year old Japanese boy Goma for 2 weeks April 15 - 18
10. Byron Bay Easter Accommodation: Affordable 4 bedroom cottage for rent Easter holiday accommodation at Byron Bay - Steiner family cottage for rent
Click below for further information about the above opportunities

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Glenaeon Vacation Care and other workshops for kids

Please share if you know of a good holiday workshop coming up - it's always fun when children can go together.

1. Marion Street Theatre runs a creative holiday workshop for children - Click below for details.
2. Glenaeon Vacation Care runs a full school holiday program. See
3. Circus Akimbo in Willoughby runs holiday program
4. Wildbird Learning - Weaving Nature for children
5. Wildbird Learning - Eco-Dyeing for children

Click below fore more information and links

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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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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 out 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 chalkboard is the grand Ancient History timeline, drawn by Ancient History teacher Glennis Mowday