Glenaeon Newsletter 7 June 2019

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Mid Winter Party 2019

Last Saturday’s MidWinter Party was a wonderful evening of fun and community. We owe some key parents of Year 7 a debt of gratitude: not just for organising the Ball, but for taking the risk of holding it offsite at the Treehouse Hotel, and in the process, reinventing what is a much loved event in the school’s calendar. 

It was a fabulous night with great energy and enthusiasm especially in support of the parent band with some teachers adding in guest performances. Katherine Arconati revealed a side of her personality that is not usually present in her Class 3 teacher persona, and PE teacher Jonas Stoebe’s rendition of 99 Luftballons was so revered that he performed an encore later in the night! There was a great sense of warmth, fun and community spirit. 

Apparently staff at the venue commented on how the Glenaeon crowd was a wonderful, polite group and we were welcome back anytime! 170 tickets were sold and there were a total of 47 auction items - the event and auction combined raised $15,000 for the school. A goodly amount of the parent community was involved as some who donated were unable to attend on the night, and many thanks to year 9 parent Felicity Cutts for coordinating the silent auction.

We thank Claire Weir for spearheading the Year 7 effort, organising the venue and so much else in preparing the evening.

Events Coordinator Clare Gordon provided much assistance and liaison with the school.

We thank the following people for their work on the night: 
(click below for thanks, photos and a link to all the photos from the night)


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The Mid Winter Festival June 20 - Call for greenery for Wednesday June 19

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. On Wednesday June 19 we will be making the winter spiral in the Hall at Middle Cove for the Winter Festival. We need your greenery! Please leave your ivy, pine boughs, cotoneaster branches, jasmine vine etc at either campus on Wednesday morning. At Castlecrag please leave in the covered area outside the Class 1 & 2 toilets. At Middle Cove Campus please leave near the Hall. Please deliver in the morning so that we can build the spiral from lunchtime. PLEASE DON’T THINK THAT SOMEONE ELSE WILL PROVIDE THIS - IN PAST YEARS WE HAVE HAD A HURRIED SCRAMBLE AROUND LOCAL STREETS SCAVANGING FOR IVY IF YOU DO HAVE SOME PLEASE BRING IT.

Learning Support - Please consider becoming 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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Little Kindy baking birthday cakes

Recent birthdays means that Little Kindy make delicious birthday cakes - banana or carrot cake. They carefully measure and hand mix the batter, and then play whilst the smell of cake-baking fills the room. Doing things slowly by hand is how things are done in Little Kindy... grinding oats for their own porridge, stirring, mixing, peeling and cutting fruit. Class 1 have been busy counting and sorting sets of 10, 5, 4, 3 and 2 as they embark on the next phase of numeracy learning. They have been counting river pebbles, making houses with rows of ten flowers, windows and people, playing 'friends of 10' card games and enjoying the discovery of number sets. Bushwalking has meant deeper walks and exploration, and the change to cooler weather brings children to sit happily in the sun together for morning tea. Also at Castlecrag, the 'Wound Care' workshop last Tuesday (hosted by Lyn Clifton from Raphael's Rooms) welcomed parents from a range of classes at Glenaeon, visitors from Kamaroi and our local early childhood community. Parents made a range of healing supports for wound care - a rose sphagnum healing protective lotion, tea tree hydrosol wound spray, calendula healing salve, calendula lip balm, eucalyptus chest and muscle rub and several more. The rain was a welcome relief and the gardens sprang to life, as children went out in the rain with gardening teacher Sandra pruning, watering and caring for the plants.

Parent Craft

Join us for Wearable Wishes. We will be making crowns, necklaces, headbands and more. Parent Craft runs from 9am until 12pm Wednesdays this term in the Castlecrag hall kitchen room. All welcome. Many thanks to Melanie Harper for continuing to create a wonderful program for us all. 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.

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School Canteen - Gentle Cafe and Humming Cafe orders

Both the School Canteen (Wed/Thur/Fri) and Humming Cafe (Mon/Tue) are available. 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. Tomo at Humming agrees and is happy to have the orders come this way. 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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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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Second Hand Uniform shop - opening on the 27th June - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Choosing to purchase from the 2nd hand uniform shop has many positive spin offs. Clothing your students for less $$ out of pocket, being ecologically minded ... reduce, re-use, re-cycle. Second hand unifom is often softer on sensitive skin and needs less ironing, as it has been washed many times :)

Did you know?

The money you spend is going to good use. Proceeds are split 50 / 50 between the schools operating budget and supporting The MacFarlane School in Katherine, NT’s Scholarship fund. Each year, Year 11 students travel to work for a week at the end of Term 2. The trip is described by all as very rewarding, and we are extremely lucky to have this experience and to foster such a meaningful relationship between our schools. The scholarship fund is a great way
to thank MacFarlane for their generosity each year.


The last Term 2 Date : THURSDAY  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.

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.

Class 3 planting peas

Class 3 have been planting peas in the newly-prepared garden beds. The summer crops have finished, the soil has been nourished and it is time to grow the next crop. Peas are a favourite amongst all classes, once they are fruiting. The garden beds have been prepared using worm castings, compost and biodynamic gardening preparations.

Year 11 Biology Reef Excursion with Stanley Tang

Science teacher Stanley Tang took his Year 11 Biology students to Long Reef last Friday for their Independent Research Projects. On the rock platforms in low tide, students were collecting data for their own research projects. It was another fantastic opportunity for students to experience what biology in the field is like. Photos form the excursion can be seen HERE. 

What's on at Glenaeon next week

For a full calendar for the term go to : 
Public Holiday - School Closed
Mon 10 June 8:30am - 3:30pm
Castlecrag Campus School Tour
Tue, 11 June, 9:30am – 11:30am
Castlecrag Campus (map)
Year 9 Exams
Tue, 11 June, 8:30am – Thu, 13 June, 3:30pm
Year 10 Exams
Fri, 14 June, 8:30am – Tue, 18 June, 3:30pm
David Novak Storytelling workshop
Sat, 15 June, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Marion Mahony Griffin Hall - Castlecrag Campus 
Glenaeon Studios - Chain Jewellery Design with Keith Lo Bue
Sat, 15 June, 10am – 4pm
Middle Cove Campus - Textile Room (map)

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

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

Come and experience international storyteller David Novak Saturday 19th 9:30am - 12:00 noon

Join international storyteller David Novak - holding a free storytelling workshop on the morning of Saturday June 15

Saturday June 15th June, Glenaeon Parent Education has organised a storytelling workshop 'THE OBJECT OF STORY' with David Novak, suitable for both beginner & more advanced storytellers. There is no cost to attend, and it promises to be a wonderful experience. 
THE OBJECT OF STORY  Saturday June 15th, 9:30 am - 12:00 noon , Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Castlecrag (click for more info)


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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.


Chain Jewellery Design with Keith Lo Bue - Glenaeon Studios June 15 & 16

In the search for interesting materials with which to create, the greatest surprises can come from the most unexpected quarters. Take, for example, a cheap, ubiquitous and unassuming roll of steel wire, sold for use in the construction industry… with some simple tools and layman-ready information, this mundane material comes thrillingly to life. Super-strong, versatile and - best of all - beautiful, this amazing wire can perform like no other material can. 
Join internationally-known artist and found-object 'stuffsmith' Keith Lo Bue as he delves into the world of steel wire creativity. Click for more info

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Pizza Day Tuesday 18th June - Class 5 will be making your lunch!

Get ready for the Class 5 Pizza Day! Tuesday 18th June
Available at lunch time - handmade in the pizza oven at the garden - delicious flavours, with vegetarian and gluten free options also available.
$3 per slice.

Hand-make a spoon in June - 29th or 30th

Enjoy a day of happy slowness - Learn about the joys of falling into spoonmaking meditation 
Join the expert Spoonsmith, Jeff Donne, for a hands-on exploration in the traditional art of carving wooden spoons from a tree. Start the day with a responsibly sourced log and under Jeff's guidance, safely and unhurriedly, turn it into a beautiful wooden spoon using an axe, a knife and your hands.

It's pure analogue bliss! Talk about the fun that can be found in foraging for sticks and logs in the woods, and the value of preserving old crafts.All tools and materials are provided and absolutely no experience is needed. All you need is a willingness to explore and create. This is a one day workshop that runs on Saturday 29th and this is repeated on Sunday 30th June .The flyer for the workshop can be found HERE.  Click below for workshop details

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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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Cross Country Carnival

Last Wednesday 29th May, 35 excited runners made their way to centennial Park to compete in the annual Cross Country Carnival in the ISD Sports Association we share with 12 other schools. The course was a very beautiful loop around one of the ponds in Centennial Park and depending on the age group the Yr 7 – Yr 11 students had to do the course once or twice. 3000m, 4000m and 6000m were the distances for our 13- 16 year old runners. Despite the absence of all Yr 9 students (on camp) we fared formidably with some placings: (click to continue)

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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

To ward off King Winter's icy chill, some alpaca garments have arrived! Lighter and warmer than wool, the range includes hand warmers, scarves, snoods, beanies, wraps and throw rugs. All have been ethically produced and hand knitted by young women in Peru, supported in an Fair Trade environment. Come in, have a look and feel the warmth! Thank you for your patronage - a portion of every sale goes to Glenaeon. Now also on Instagram! See what's new at grassroots_ecostore  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. Household items for sale and give away - family moving overseas : everything needs to find a new home!
8. Interested to a country retreat near the Warrumbungle national park?
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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Fibrex - wool and fibre event - on tomorrow, June 22!



Subject tutoring available

Maths and English Tutor available:  High School up to HSC by teacher Neil Anderson (Eg B Ed English M Ed Maths M Ling Literacy Phd (Theatre) in progress Dip Steiner Speech & Drama
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

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 Eclipse of Baldr - told by international storyteller 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.


Venue: Marion Mahony Griffin Hall
Castlecrag campus, Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School
121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag
Date & Time: Saturday June 15th, 7:30pm
Tkts: Adults $25, Conc $20, Students $12 (family of 4 $60 package)


Bookings & Enquiries: Joy Day 0451 152 227 or & Mary Heard Castlecrag Office 9958 0774.

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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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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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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:

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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This week's Blackboard Beauty

This week's blackboard beauty has been drawn by Year 4 Class teacher Tamara da Silva for their Introduction to Fractions Main Lesson

2 week workshop : The Mystery of the Will, New Zealand

‘The Mystery of the Will’ in the spoken word... in the young child

Two week Winter Course: 7th – 19th July 2019

Professional and Personal Development & Training

 Course Includes: 

Greek Gymnastics (Pentathlon)
Clay Modelling
Course Tutors
Astrid Anderson
John Jackson
Renate Meyer-Hundorf
Eric de Vries

Contact & Details / Tel: +64 (0)6 857 7113

Web site:

Course Venue: Rudolf Steiner Centre, Hastings, New Zealand