Glenaeon Newsletter August 2 2019

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Meaningful Lives through Music

Our School Concert reminds us why we do music. Music brings beauty to our lives, it moves us, it gives expression to our feelings, and as such, it is meaningful. Everyone needs beauty, and meaning, and that’s why we do music, and why everyone does music at Glenaeon. All our students from Class 5 to Year 11, plus our Year 12 Music students, will be on stage on Friday August 9 and we invite you to be part of this entertaining and uplifting evening.

Without music, life is a journey through a desert. 
– Pat Conroy (American writer)

Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.
- Pablo Casals

The legendary cellist Pablo Casals was on to something. Our lives need beauty, and poetry, to fulfil and enrich us, and to make meaning out of the myriad of what life brings us.

How do we build meaningful lives, how do we make meaning from all that comes to us in life? How do prepare our students to live and to love, in the deepest and broadest sense?

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Glenaeon Student Art Show - ON NOW : July 31 - August 11

You are warmly invited to attend an art exhibition by Students of Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School. Join us at Art Space on The Concourse, Chatswood to view over 50 works by students from Kindergarten through to Year 12.

Glenaeon’s unique and innovative approach to learning offers students a multi-dimensional education through a high quality academic program, a flourishing creative and performing arts experience and practical training in traditional and contemporary technologies. 

“The heart of the Waldorf (Steiner) method is that education is an art - it must speak to the child's experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and his will must be reached, as well as the mind.” - Rudolf Steiner

31 July–11 August 2019 11am-5pm Wednesday to Friday

11am-4pm Saturday to Sunday

FREE EVENT Art Space on The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood

CELEBRATION EVENT 5.30pm-7pm Friday 9 August

Contact Alisan Smotlak 02 9417 3193

Please CLICK HERE to see the flyer.


Please SIGN your Glenaeon School Music Concert online permission form

Just a reminder that the Glenaeon School Music Concert will be held this year on Friday 9th August from 7pm at The Concourse in Chatswood.  Years 5-12 will be performing on the night.  

FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN ONLY IN CLASSES 5 & 6: Please use SCHOOLSTREAM. There is an online permission slip form which will link immediately.


Click below for instructions

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Buy your tickets to the Glenaeon School Music Concert

Please purchase online via Ticketek at

This event is booked out every year, so to avoid disappointment, we recommend you purchase your tickets as soon as possible.

Important 'Rehearsal and Performance Information' is also attached HERE. This contains ALL the information yo need to know for the evening regarding your child's performance, presentation and pick-up/drop-off instructions.

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Monteban, Music Administrator on 9932 2356 between 10am-2pm or Margaret Millikin on 9932 2302. 

Mermaids in the sandpit

Class 2 children have been extremely creative in the sandpit, turning it into an ocean of mermaids, turtles and craeatures!

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Everyone loves a rainbow!

This rainbow was seen over the Class 2 captured by Craft Teacher Melanie Harper.

Parent Craft

Do you have a special crafting talent to share? Are you a Wet Felting Wizard? Crocheting Queen? Eco Dying Enthusiast? Please be in contact with Melanie Harper if you are able to run a one off afternoon/evening/ weekend workshop for parent crafters. Email:

Parent Craft runs from 9am until 12pm Wednesdays this term in the Castlecrag hall kitchen room. All welcome. 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.

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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Second Hand Uniform shop - dates for your diary


Thank you everyone for a successful second term. We look forward to seeing you again this term and the uniform shop will again be open from 3.00 - 3.45 every second Thursday starting on 25 July, 2019.

Term 3 Dates:

8 August
22 August
5 September
19 September

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Simple Sustainability - Glenaeon is committed to reducing waste

RECYCLING BATTERIES – though not renewable, the materials found in batteries can be recycled an infinite number of times. All ALDI stores recycle batteries for free. imply drop your used household batteries into the recycling bin located in every ALDI store - (removing any packaging) - and you're done! Whilst any brand of battery can be brought back, only AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sized batteries (rechargeable and non- rechargeable) are accepted through the program

"Oh, Mummy!" What's happening in Class 5?!

Class 5 have just finished their Egypt Main Lesson with a class project - building a model from Egyptian History.

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Year 8 : Students of Shakespearean theatre and costumes

Class 8 will perform a Shakespearean play later this term, and are not only busily rehearsing, but also sewing their own costumes in Handcraft classes!

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Year 9 visit Warrah Specialist School

Year 9 participated in their second visit to Warrah Specialist School today and really got a taste of some of the valuable work that goes on there.

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What's on at Glenaeon next week

For a full calendar for the term go to 

Meaningful Lives : a student work exhibition at Art Space on The Concourse
When Wed, 31 July, 11am – Sun, 11 August, 5pm
Where Art Space on The Concourse, Chatswood (map)
Description 11am–5pm Wednesday-Friday, 11am–4pm Saturday/Sunday Opening event: 6pm–7.30pm Friday 9 August
Celebration of “Meaningful Lives: A Natural Education” a Glenaeon student artwork exhibition
Fri, 9 August, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Art Space on The Concourse, Chatswood (map)
Glenaeon School Music Concert
Fri, 9 August, 7pm – 9pm
The Concourse, Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW 2067, Australia (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
Middle Cove Tour - Thursday 19 September - 9:30am - 11:30am

Castlecrag School Tour - Thursday 15 August, 2019 - 9:30 - 11:30am
Castlecrag School Tour - Tuesday 10 September, 2019 - 9:30 - 11:30am

Willoughby Preschool Tour
Saturday 17 August, 2019 - 9:30 - 11:30am
Saturday 26 September, 2019 - 9:30 - 11:30am

For further information or questions please contact our Registrar on 02 9932 2325 or email

Promotion at Northbridge Plaza - August Glenaeon School Tours

Glenaeon is promoting its August School Tour dates to the wider community with a digital ad featuring Coco from Class 4. The ad will be running at Northbridge Plaza Shopping Centre outside Woolworths from Aug 5-18.

Our thanks to Coco and her parents for supporting this campaign.

Please view the piece HERE.

August School Tour Dates

Thursday August 15 Castlecrag Campus (K-Year 2)
Saturday August 17 Preschool Campus (Age 3+)
Thursday August 22 Middle Cove Campus (Class 3-Year 12)
All tours run from 9.30am-11.30am

To book a tour visit



Playgroup baking delicious bread

Castlecrag is often filled with the aroma of playgroup's delicious bread - it's a favourite part of the playgroup rhythm and children love both the creative and textural experience of kneading and rolling their own rolls together, which are baked and shared or taken home.

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Parent Education - 'Motor Development and its Influence on Literacy and Numeracy' - talk by educator Jane Swain

An evening talk with Jane Swain
on Thursday 8
th August 2019 at 7:30pm at Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner School

The circuits of the brain that are used for mental action are the same ones that are used for physical action. . . . The movement of the body as a child matures is essential for the optimal development of memory, language, and learning.”

Harvard neuropsychologist, Dr. John Ratey, 2002.

Decades of brain research have validated the causative influence of motor development on cognitive development. In her work with children of all ages over many years, Jane has explored this topic as it relates to numeracy and literacy. She will bring concrete examples from her work, so that parents and teachers can go home equipped with new insights to support their children’s healthy development. Please view THE FLYER HERE.


but KAMAROI Rudolf Steiner School 

220 Forest Way Belrose Ph: 94501651 (no cost and just come)


Parent Education - Know Your Child talk by educator Jane Swain

Know Your Child

A morning lecture with Jane Swain on Friday 9th August 2019 at 9:15am

Have you ever noticed how one child thrives in a loud and bustling environment while another responds to the same situation by squeezing behind the sofa and covering up with a blanket?

Sensory experiences are very individual, and they change over time. We tend to expect that everyone else experiences sensation as we do, but this is not the case! Come learn the secret language of interesting, unusual and even perplexing behaviour and how behaviour may be your children's ways of meeting sensory needs. You will get to know your own children more fully as the unique individuals they are and ways to help them cope in a variety of sensory situations. Please view THE FLYER HERE.

PLEASE NOTE THIS VENUE IS AT GLENAEON in the Marion Mahony Griffin Hall  Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School 

121 Edinburgh Rd  Castlecrag 2068 Ph: 99580774 (no cost and just come)

Compost Making Stir and Apply Biodynamic Fertilizer - August 18, Castlecrag Campus

Compost Making

Stir and Apply Biodynamic Fertilizer

Sunday 18th August

9.30am – 12 noon

Castlecrag Campus

$30 per Adult

$50 for Family 2 x adults plus children

Presented by Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner Gardening teachers

Sandra Frain and Kathy Thangathurai


Class 1’s final call for pre-loved toys - Friday August 16!


Kindly bring your timber and natural toys in to reception at either Castlecrag and Middle Cove until Friday 16th August. 


We will clean and restore them ...ready to be loved and enjoyed once more. Recycling toys are a wonderful way to reduce waste and show care for the environment.



Call out for Clothes and Books for the Fair


Call to Artists!


Grassroots Eco Store – Winter treats!

A beautiful array of winter inspired items are available as King Winter comes to town again! There's a limited number of Australian made, woollen singlets, Fair Trade alpaca hand warmers and beanies as well as cards, songs and stories especially for the season of winter. Come and take a look! Thank you for your support - 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


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

There are opportunities available as follows:

1. Waldorf Connections - a website for meeting Waldorf-related people

2. S
eeking a mother and infant for infant observation

3. Homestay - long-term creative/home-help exchange available - Anna Lloyd

4. Can I live with you? I’m a loving and charismatic ginger cat. (and free!). 

5. Honest to Goodness buying group - Organic pantry goods at wholesale prices.

6. Household items for sale and give away - family moving overseas : everything needs to find a new home!

7. Interested to a country retreat near the Warrumbungle national park?

8. I'm a parent of a 7 year old child at Glenaeon. (I also went to Glenaeon!) We currently live in Newtown and are looking to move. I'm an artist and open to different areas and types of dwellings- house, warehouse, granny flat, boat shed! Many thanks 0410125478.

After School child minding for Glenaeon family. 14 yo girl & 9 yo boy. Hours 3.30-5.00/30pm Duties include Supervising afternoon home routine, Arranging afternoon tea, Supervising Homework, Ability to start  evening meal and  carry out some light housekeeping. We are located in Greenfield Ave, Middle Cove - a very short stroll, from the Middle Cove campus. No driving required. If you are in Year 10/11, or an ex Glenaeon student, available 2 x a week, after school, throughout the School Term  (+ school holiday availability), please contact Kirsty Cassidy, on 0412 660 533.

I am seeking a builder with an ethical and ecologically sound approach to assist my mother and I in renovating the relatively small downstairs area of my mother's house in Lane Cove as soon as possible. If anyone is able to recommend a builder of this calibre, please contact Belinda Lang on




Click below for further information about the above opportunities

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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

Term 3 Yoga Program

Yoga at Glenaeon is one agian this term - click to see the programme and come and join in! Open to adults and children.

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Miso Making Workshop - Saturday August 17

A Saturday afternoon miso making and tasting
Please find attached a flier inviting you and others you may think interested, to join together to make some soybean and chick pea miso on Saturday afternoon, August 17.  Everyone will leave with a jar of fermenting miso and some recipes. To book a place , please contact me on 0419424935 or return email. Further details on venue what to bring etc will be forwarded out to you then.

Please see the flyer for the workshop HERE

Warmly, Lyn Clifton

 + 61 (0) 419 424935 
Community Health Social Worker  BSW
Certificate of Anthroposophic Holistic
 Healthcare and Rhythmic Body Oiling NZ


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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:. 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

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Sydney Youth Orchestra Auditions - an opportunity for your child

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

The Sydney Youth Orchestras program gives students the experience of playing great music in graded ensembles, as well as giving them the opportunity to meet students from other schools. I would highly recommend considering the organization if your child shows interest in orchestral playing and is keen to branch out! Please see the FLYER HERE

Christian Lillicrap,
Head of Music


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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Summer Soccer at Chatswood Rangers

This week's Blackboard Beauty

This week's blackboard has been drawn by Class 4 Class teacher Tamara Da Silva for their Norse Mythology III Main Lesson. This scene is inspired by the animals of the Earth in their oath to Frigg to never hurt her son Baldr. Frigg is known as highest-ranking of the Aesir goddesses, the wife of Odin (the leader of the gods) and the mother of Baldur.