Glenaeon Newsletter 5 April 2019

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Well Said, Sam!!

This week brought a very special surprise. I received a call from the office of Mr Trent Zimmerman, our local Member of Parliament for North Sydney, to tell us that Sam Street in Class 6 had won the primary section of the North Sydney School Speech Writing competition. Sam had entered the competition run by Mr Zimmerman, and his entry was selected from hundreds of other entries from primary schools across the North Sydney electorate. 

What a fabulous achievement! Congratulations Sam! Special mention has also to go to Rodney Dean, Sam’s Class Teacher who has nurtured the writing talent of his class over his six years with them. As part of the competition, Mr Zimmerman promised to read the winning speeches out in Parliament, which he did on Wednesday night. So here, directly taken from Hansard, the official record of the Australian Parliament, is Sam Street’s winning entry, What is special about Australia. It’s a beauty! Click below to read transcript

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Each year the Year 10 Musical brings together such energy, power and talent! Pirates of Penzance showcases what is possible when the whole class dedicate themselves to a production with the skilful help of teachers, musicians, parents and set-builders. There are still tickets to Monday and Tuesday's shows, so make sure you get your tickets, bring family and friends and enjoy! The show is also suitable for all primary school aged children and upwards. DATES: 7pm - Friday 5, Monday 8, Tuesday 9 April and 2pm - Sunday 7 April 
Tickets are now available at 
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All in a day's play... gardening, bush walking and marble runs!

It was a busy week at Castlecrag - lots of play and gardening in the rain and sun. Little Kindy has created new friendships, and as we near the end of term they are an adventurous, cohesive group at work and play. Class 2 are bush walking regularly and are well-coordinated by Roger to get going, and Class 1 has been weeding the Kindy garden bed after all the rain! Big Kindy had a working bee in their garden and have been wonderful at clearing, digging and preparing the garden beds. What an abundant, fun and productive campus we have!

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Parent Craft - the last one for term 1 - 'Wrap up Wednesday" April 10th

There was also a lovely turn out for our "Celebrating Easter" Parent Craft on Wednesday.  Knitted hares are nearly hopping, chicks are chirping and egg cosy hens are ready to lay on Easter Sunday. Using hand dyed felt that is to feature this year, we brought jelly fish to life, each with their own individual flare, seahorses that rode home for finishing touches with their fish and starfish friends. Thanks you for coming everyone, such a lovely way to spend the morning! Parent Craft runs from 9am until 12pm in the Castlecrag hall kitchen room.

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School musical tickets available - Pirates of Penzance

There is still time to book your tickets to the fabulous Pirates of Penzance! (Monday and Tuesday nights) 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!

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



Class 3 farming main lesson - wool, wheat and Warrah Farm!

Class 3 have are nearing the end of their Farming main lesson. They visited Warrah Farm - the Steiner community, farm and school for children and adults with special needs. They sowed seeds, collected manure and saw the larger scale biodynamic farm in action. In the classroom, they washed, carded and spun wool, have been growing seeds, threshing and winnowing the wheat, then grinding flour for their own fresh bread to go with their hand-made herb oil, cheese and jam! It was a busy week!

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Juniors news - Class 4 excursion, Class 3 skipping and woodwork

Developing their measurement skills learned in Class 3, Class 4 takes 'a bird's eye view' and, in rising above, begin to map their desks, room, locality, route to school, bedroom and home. They learn about the local history and characters, including indigenous history, dreaming stories and the changes that have taken place over the years. Class 4 teacher Tamara shares:

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High school news - Lessons on the deck, Kookaburra dreaming, Year 7 and 12 camps

Stanley Tang took advantage of a superb day of sunshine to get outdoors, and taught his lessons to Year 11 on the cafe deck. There are a number of 'outdoor' classrooms that pop up during fine weather - this being a favourite! The cheeky kookaburras come so close, particularly during Food and Technology classes, which use the adjoining school kitchen. Scott Williams is busy preparing the gear for the Year 12 camp - 48 hours of solitude and self-reliance. Also, in camp news - the Year 7's returned from a beautiful week each in Newnes. 

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2018 Year 12 Grand Canyon Movie at Roseville cinema.

The screening of the Grand Canyon movie from Year 12 (2018) was an enjoyable night, with over 120 people attending. There was time beforehand to catch up and talk, share stories from the past year and relax in the cinema. Thank you to Glenaeon, Scott Williams and the outdoor education team for such a wonderful opportunity. 

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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


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.


Art Class after school with Brendan Strobl - new co-curricular activity

Brendan Strobl is starting an after school art class! Running on Tuesday afternoon 3:30 - 5pm. Please see art teachers to join and it will be launched as a co-curricular activity for Term 2. Further information will be available at the beginning of Term 2

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 Brendan Strobl

What do you teach?  I teach Year 8 Main Lesson all year, Design & Technology, Blacksmithing, Year 7 & 8 Art, do the cook-book design with students or Food Technology and I am also the year 8 Guardian, which maintains the essence of the class teacher support in the high school after the class teacher period is finished. I have degrees in Art History & Philosophy, Honours in Art Theory, a Masters of Teaching and have also completed the Steiner Teacher training.

How long have you been at Glenaeon? I have been teaching here since 2011, and I originally did my prac teaching for the Steiner training with Catherine Pilko in 2010, who was teaching Class 4 then. 

What are your interests? I love sculpture, philosophy, teaching, drumming, rock climbing, reading, my family and our pet King Charles Cavalier Wilber. I am currently reading Gramsci's prison diaries and the Mary Kondo method, and my favourite philosopher is Heidegger.

What is exciting for you this year? I really enjoy teaching Year 8 Shakespeare, and we do a significant production at the end of the year.

What do you like about being at Glenaeon? I like teaching the students, and the strong sense of community that we have here. I like the festivals, and all the things we get to share together. I like ceramics and sculpture, and there are quite a few of them on campus. 

What is one of your favourite places on campus? I like being on the Year 8 balcony, as I get a  chance to talk to the Year 8 students, and I really like being in the ceramics/teaching room. Click below for more photos

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Wildlife of the week

This incredible owl landed in the Middle Cove garden this week - what a spectacular wingspan! It not only visited, but is here to stay - it is actually made by artist and teacher Brendan Strobl. It will protect the garden and ward off other birds from the precious produce. Thank you Brendan! Click below to see more photos

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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

Touch Football Carnival

On Wednesday 27th March 20 keen students in Yrs 7 – 11 went out on a slightly overcast day to the sorts fields at Queens Park to compete in the ISD Touch Football Carnival against 8 other schools from our ISD Association. Due to weather issues and a resulting postponement of the event the girls senior (open) team could not travel as all Yr 10 students were busily involved in musical rehearsals and half of Yr 9 was on an excursion. This needed urgent and flexible rearrangement of all teams and resulted in a risky but exciting mix of mostly young players ‘playing up’, meaning that they had to play against older opposition as other schools fielded older players.

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Zimmis' lampshades shone, Class 3 crochet, and Craft room nature table

Zimmi Forest came, and once again we experienced not only her wisdom in basketry, but her beautiful mandala-inspired designs of weaving, which shone as the participants made them by hand. Class 3 has been learning to crochet - warming up their fingers, and making a place mat once they can reach a certain length. The craft room nature table at Castlecrag is also beautiful... showcasing the Harvest and Autumnal colours of Autumn. CLass 6 have also been making their own soft dolls.

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Grassroots Eco Store – Open Mon - Wed next week for Easter goodies

Come and choose your Easter goodies and art and craft supplies for the holidays! There's plenty of hand dyed wool yarn in a rainbow of colours, modelling beeswax and a myriad of felt for sewing! Stock up on pencils, crayons and watercolour paint and paper. Also available for Easter are pure beeswax egg shaped candles, hares and Autumnal fruits and vegetables made from felt. The store is open next week until the last day of school, so come and have a look before closing for the holidays!  It will also be open on Thursday April 16 between 12:30 - 2:00pm. Thank you very much for your support this term. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon. Warm regards, Felicity .0416 035 173 . See what's new on Instagram at grassroots_ecostore. Available by appointment leading up to Easter.
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

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.

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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Lecture : Biography of Goethe

Upcoming Lecture of the Biography of Goethe

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 blackboard has been created by Lucy Armstrong for Class One's Qualities of Number main lesson. Each morning the children have discovered and counted any new animals and plants which have appeared magically in the Autumn garden overnight.