Glenaeon Newsletter 3 May 2019

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The land is silent, but the flag is a voice

Welcome to Term 2!

Trent Zimmerman, MP for North Sydney, was a special visitor at our first assembly for the term. Trent was here to make two presentations:

• Sam Street of Class 6 won the Primary section of Trent’s North Sydney Speech Writing competition (as mentioned here last term) which drew 200 entries. Trent presented Sam with a certificate and book voucher, and congratulated him on his outstanding speech which Trent had read out in Parliament in March. He pointed out that Sam’s speech is now in Hansard and in the permanent record of Australia’s parliament. 

• An Australian flag and an aboriginal flag as an official gift to the school from the Australian government.

We also acknowledged ANZAC day. History teacher David Alami gave an overview of Anzac day stressing the now universal and inclusive picture of what Anzac day means, and Year 11 students Ruby Vella and Nelson Hall-Whitington read a moving poem of a young soldier’s sacrifice, followed by a minute silence.

Ruby and Nelson accepted the flags on behalf of Glenaeon. Here is my response to the gift : (with photos)

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Classrooms, nature tables and grounds are ready for play and learning!

Preparation for the term begins during the holidays... the grounds are cared for by the maintenance team, the equipment and classrooms are organised, beautiful nature tables are decorated... and then the children return! Preparing space for learning and play is a meditation in itself and the classrooms and grounds are ready to welcome the children back.

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Class 1 begin their 'Angel Letters' on an adventure with 'Alphabetica' and the Book of Codes

Class 1 have started their new main lesson - 'Angel Letters' - the vowels, and their learning explores these letters, sounds and literary uses through poetry, games, painting, drawing, writing and sounding out. The children are building their understanding daily, as Class teacher Lucy Armstrong leads them through the adventures of the character 'Alphabetica' and her magic book of secret codes. Their work is beautiful as they discover this world. 

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Castlecrag campus was busy and alive these holidays!

Castlecrag campus came alive in the holidays in a different way – it hosted the Sydney Rudolf Steiner College teacher and early childhood intensives, for upcoming Steiner teachers (primary, secondary and early childhood) and parents studying early childhood. Vacation care was also held here, so the mix of over 45 adults studying art, music, Goethean Science, Inner Development, Early Childhood and Anthroposophy alongside the bubbling children’s activities made for a creative, engaging and nourishing week. Click to continue and see photos.

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Parent Craft - Knitting and Gnomes

Haven't knitted for years? Or Ever? Or one of those knitting masters who can knit in the dark? Come and learn and teach how. Be amazed by turning a simple square of knitting into a beautiful hare.. Donation of knitting needles sizes 4.5 and 6 to 7 would be greatly appreciated. Make sure you also come past the Castlecrag office to see the stunning parent craft pieces made in Term 1 - they are on display in the wooden cabinet in the office. Click below for photos from of this display and the program for this term. 

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ATTENTION: A quick and easy online fillable PERMISSION TO USE CHILD'S PHOTOGRAPHS FORM is now available

ATTENTION : A fillable PERMISSION TO USE CHILD’S PHOTOGRAPHS form is also now available on Schoolstream either on a mobile or desktop computer. 

You can simply CLICK HERE now and fill out your form quickly, easily and have it instantly submitted without the need for any paper or other digital copy. Alternatively, you can copy and paste this link into your browser to access the form simply.

Your choice is important to all of us, so please take a moment to complete it - it's quick, easy and then it's done. Thank you very much for taking the time.

A copy of Andrew Hill's email is here: 

1 May 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,


Students at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School will be involved in school activities where they may be photographed/video recorded. Photographs/video of students may be used in a variety of ways to  celebrate a student’s participation and success in a particular area or for educational purposes or to promote activities at the school. Photographs/video of children are also used in newsletters, advertisements and editorial, school publications, websites, social media, digital ads, bus signage, special displays and other promotional channels. 
The school will be conducting a special promotional photoshoot in mid-May 2019 and these images will be used in marketing campaigns over the next few years. We understand that the majority of parents are happy for their child’s photograph/video to be used and usually children enjoy seeing their photographs in the newspaper and in publications. Other parents and students might be less enthusiastic, and we respect your position. We ask that you discuss this with your child if age appropriate, and make your decision. We respectfully request parental permission to publish your child’s/children’s photographs/video. No child’s photograph/video will knowingly be published without parent permission. Accordingly, I ask that you complete the form below and return it to school as soon as possible. In order to help us manage permissions in time for the upcoming shoot, please return your completed form by WEDNESDAY 8 MAY 2019.
As much as possible we will manage the May 2019 photoshoot to ensure only those children with permission granted take part in the shoot. Please make sure your child understands your decision. This permission form is valid for the duration of your child’s schooling at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School K-Year 12; however, your permission can be withdrawn at any time upon written notification. Please fill the online form in, or if you prefer, print and return your signed form to Middle Cove or Castlecrag reception or take a photo/scan of Permission Form and email to

Thank you for your continued support.
Andrew Hill

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”.  If yourself, another adult family member or friend of Glenaeon would like to know more about this process and to find out more details without any obligation, we would love to hear from you. No compulsory meetings or obligatory tasks are involved if you agree to be a part of our pool of volunteers for Special Provisions. To know more, please contact Deborah Lloyd on and 94173193 Thank you, Deborah Lloyd Learning Support Teacher


Glenaeon Parents Association AGM and World Café - May 15th

You thought we have a Café where people meet and talk? Yes we do but we also have another kind of café, one that is portable, reusable, pop up and very engaging. It’s called World Café, and it’s a format we use for deeper engagement with parents, teachers and the community. As part of the AGM of the Glenaeon Parents Association on May 15th, we will be hosting a World Café session to explore some key questions for our community. Come along and be part of the conversation. The 'World Cafe' is wonderful opportunity for parents to contribute constructive ideas and thoughts towards the development of the school. Please, make time on the evening of May 15th for a night of great discussion and meeting around school issues. Click below to see how it works, access the previous 2018 Minutes, 2018 Annual Report, and Term 1 2019's Minutes:




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School Canteen and Humming Cafe

Both the School Canteen and Humming Cafe are running again next week! Click below for the menu and all the information on how to order.

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

Get your tickets for the Mid-winter Celebration on Saturday June 1 at the Treehouse in North Sydney. 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 and tickets are selling fast. 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!  Thank you to those that have donated so far! Year 9 would still love some more 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 Thank you!



Ordering new school uniforms - QKR app and how it works!

Winter is coming, and in case you need to order any new uniforms or warmer items, here is the information on the way to purchase these. Glenaeon Uniforms can be purchased in two ways. Click below for instructions and Frequently Asked Questions


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Glenaeon Parent Education booklet available - events start soon

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 or be transported into the depths of Steiner's intentions with Lisa Devine. Enjoy learning storytelling skills with international story teller David Novak and experience Tatiana Pavlova talking about freedom in education. 

Kamaroi Fair coming up on May 19 - musicians needed!

We ALL love a good Fair, and our fair neighbours Kamaroi Steiner school at Belrose are having theirs on May 19! Come along and enjoy the atmosphere, food, music and activities! There is one time slot still available for a music performance during the day, so if you would like to take part and play some music for an appreciative crowd, please contact Rachel Henderson on Mob: 0417 215 886 to discuss.


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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Do you have the SchoolStream App? - it's very useful!

SchoolStream is an app that Glenaeon uses to link parents with information about a many useful things like school events, canteen menus, GPA information, bus information, Alumni, school handbooks, health information, timetables, co-curricular activities, forms, after school care, parent education, school resources and uniform information and more. see:

As you can see, it is a 'hub' of helpful informative links and information that help to 'centralise' our information flow and reduce the number of emails and reminders that you, the parents receive! Once you have this installed on your phone, you can easily access any of this information whenever you need to.

If you haven't made the move to install the free SchoolStream app and want to, here is the link:

It is simple to download and select Glenaeon, and you are then able to access every topic using the menu on the left hand side.

Meet Eurythmist Clair Cisterne

What do you teach? I teach Eurythmy to classes 1 - 8 and Class 10. I also choreographed the recent Pirates of Penzance and co-directed it with Jacqueline Wan. 

How long have you been at Glenaeon? I've been teaching Eurythmy here since 2015. I am a professional dancer, trained at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, and have danced professionally for 10 years with BalletLab (Melbourne), Chunky Move and The Australian Ballet (also as a guest choreographer), performing across Australia and Germany, Japan and in the USA. I’m a graduate of Lorien Novalis Rudolf Steiner School where I was originally a student of the wonderful Eurythmist Josephine Porteous. She ignited my love of Eurythmy and encouraged me to study and practise it. I spent a further 4 years training and performing with Eurythmists Josephine Porteous and Liz Nevieve (who is here at Glenaeon). 

What do you like about being at Glenaeon? I really enjoy being a full-time teacher here as I have wonderful colleagues. I also really enjoy getting to know each student and watching them grow. I love that I am surrounded by artistic activities - from my eurythmy room I can hear music being played, the ensembles and drama practice. I am surrounded by creative endeavours.

What are your interests? I also like to study, read, play guitar badly, drink tea and stare out windows and contemplate.

Tell us about your experience choreographing and co-directing Pirates of Penzance? I enjoyed every second of working with the students through many, many hours of the rehearsals - it was not a 'task'. The reason I could bring so much to it was that I performed the same musical when I was in Class 6! I knew it 'through and through' and  literally could perform it at any given moment! It was serendipitous that it was selected as the Year 10 musical. What I took away from it was that my connection with the students was really special and I enjoyed imparting my years of professional work as a performer to them.

What is on the horizon for you this year? I'm busy teaching eurythmy full-time and also preparing a eurythmy performance for the end of Term 3 with Years 8 & 10.

What is one of your favourite places on campus? I love to stand by myself at the back of the hall on the balcony and look out towards the bushland. 

Click below to see photos of Clair's work and places she likes to be.

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Wildness of the week - Cosmos!

The Kindy Autumn garden is ablaze with the colour of flowering Cosmos... such a joyful welcome to term 2 . The giant 'Cosmos Sulpherus'  was an unexpected beauty that has grown massively over the break. We can’t call this one a native wildflower to Australia (it is native to Mexico and Central America)… but it’s just so wild it has to have it’s moment in the (sun) light! They are showing their full, glorious worhship of the sun by blooming in radiant abundance! Taller than an adult, their blossoms reach far and wide like a ‘cosmos’ of tiny suns or stars. The word Cosmos in Greek means orderly, beautiful, and ornamental.

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What's on at Glenaeon next week

For a full calendar for the term go to 

Class 6 Outdoor Education - Camp Blue Mountains 
When: Mon, 6 May, 8:30am – Fri, 10 May, 4:00pm

Year 10 Vaccinations
When : Tue, 7 May, 9am – 10am
Meningococcal Year 10 - single dose

Year 7 Parent/Teacher
When: Tue, 7 May, 4pm – 8pm
Where: Middle Cove Campus

School Tour 3 - 12
When : Wed, 8 May, 9:30am – 11:30am
Where: Middle Cove Campus

Class 1 meeting
When: Wed, 8 May, 7pm – 8pm
Where: Castlecrag campus

Year 11 and Year 12 Information Evening for Year 10
When: Wed, 8 May, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: Sylvia Brose Hall, Middle Cove Campus 

Glenaeon School Tours - join us in May

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

What holiday?! Our industrious maintenance team's achievements

The Maintenance Department is incredibly industrious whilst the children and families are off campus during the holidays. Michael, Noel, Yves and Suni work with Operations Manager Julie Skuja, completing projects that can't easily be done with the children around. Look out for: the 3 new 'sail shades' installed outside Class 5, the amphitheatre and at the Preschool campus, the brand new roof on the Vera Jacobson (Class 5 and 3 building), two freshly painted Year 7 rooms, the 32 beautiful hand-crafted new desk tops for Year 7 that Suni made, new chip bark in the Castlecrag playground and new flooring at the Castlecrag After School Care and Little Kindy balcony. A big thank you to our great team, who also manage the aborists coming in to check our trees during the holidays (to remove dangerous branches) the repair our furniture as well as being available at short notice to come to the rescue of just about anything! Click more to see photos of all of their work on the campuses!



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The teachers and children return... and Class 3 get into the garden.

The peaceful grounds come to life again with the chatter of lunchtimes, the aromas from cooking in the Gentle Cafe, and the Class 3 children have begun in the garden clearing the garden beds out and checking the worm farm and hens in readiness for winter planting.

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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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Notice of upcoming AGM and call for nominations - we need you!

The AGM is the time at which all current GPA Steering Group members and office bearers stand down from their positions and an election is held for the 2019 Steering Group. Up to 12 members may be elected to the Steering Group, which consists of Ordinary Members, two Co-Chairs, one Treasurer and one Secretary. To nominate yourself for the Steering Group, either as an Ordinary Member or an office bearer, simply complete the attached Nomination Form and forward to the GPA Secretary via school reception or email to Nominations must be received by Tuesday 14 May 2019; if less than 12 nominations are received by that date, further nominations may be made at the meeting. The link to the nomination from to print is HERE.

Macrame Hanging with Sonia Stackhouse - Glenaeon Studios Workshop

Learn the macramé techniques to create a beautiful wall hanging. These techniques can then be used on future projects such as plant hangers and screens. All materials supplied.
Date: Sunday 19 th May  Times: 10am-1.30pm  Cost: $175  Venue: Kamaroi School, Belrose
Click for more information and workshop poster is available HERE 

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Grassroots Eco Store – Indoor Slippers

Has your child outgrown their indoor slippers? If they need a new pair then come and try these warm and cosy slippers to keep little (and big!) feet secure. As soft as a sock and as comfortable as a slipper, Collegien slippers are like a hug for your feet! They have an extra soft, flexible sole for maximum comfort that is breathable with non-slip spikes. They come in cotton or wool with cashmere blend in a sock, ballet flat or espadrille style. Made in France by the 4th generation of one family. The good news is they are also machine washable! Thank you for your visits - a portion of every sale goes to Glenaeon. 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
I hope you'll come and have a look soon! Felicity 0416 035 173

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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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This week's blackboard beauty has been created by Class 2 teacher Roger Richards for their Dreamtime Stories Main Lesson. During this main lesson the children read, write, spell, sing and create artwork as they weave through the indigenous stories.

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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