Glenaeon Newsletter July 26 2019

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Meaningful Lives

This month marks the 100th anniversary of Dr Rudolf Steiner’s first training course for teachers as they prepared to open the world’s first school based on his methods. In September 1919 the school opened, and 100 years later we are enjoying the fruits of their pioneering labours. 

Six years after this moment, the lectures of this first training course were published, and in the Foreword, Dr Steiner’s widow Marie Steiner summed up the essence of the complex, organic whole that is Steiner education with the classic words:

“Our highest endeavor is to produce young men and women who out of themselves are able to give meaning and direction to their own lives.”

How contemporary they now sound! At the time, schools were either based on the old, grammar school model of classical languages and learning, or the newer industrial model producing technical professionals and workers for industry. Many schools were founded on a religious base with the aim of producing more adherents loyal to that religion. 

Here Dr Steiner is proclaiming an education that would foster individuals able to build their own meaning and direction out of themselves. He was founding a new education that was for the future, and that future is now, the 21st century. 

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SAVE THE DATE : Friday August 9 - Glenaeon School Music Concert

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.  

Tickets for the event will be on sale this coming Wednesday and we will send you an email with how to purchase your tickets.

FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN ONLY IN CLASSES 5 & 6: Please use SCHOOLSTREAM after 12pm on MONDAY 29th. We are preparing a new online permission slip form which will link immediately.


The 2019 Glenaeon School Concert Rehearsal Permission Slip is now available on the GLO homepage.  For further information, please refer to email sent 26 July - Introduction of Digital Permission Slips.

  1. Go to the Glenaeon Website and click on PORTAL LOGIN (top right-hand corner of the homepage). Then Select GLO

  2. Select Years 5-11(+HSC Music students) Music Concert Permission Slip

  3. You will be directed to an electronic form which you will be able to complete
  4. If you have a number of children participating, please complete one form for each child
  5. If you experience difficulty or have any questions, please email Margaret Millikin at


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'Meaningful Lives' Glenaeon Student Art Exhibition 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.


Sun, solar and safety at Middle Cove

School holidays are always a busy time for Glenaeon’s Maintenance team who work hard to make our school better for students and the whole community. Our students will enjoy new water bubblers, deck lighting near our Cafe, and a new fence and gate near the Vera Jacobson building for increased student safety, all as a result of their work.

In addition we are happy to report that we now have solar panels installed on both the Sylvia Brose Hall and our Art/DT Buildings at our Middle Cove campus! A total of 99.6 kW of solar collectors (330+ panels) were installed by the solar company Energus. Thanks to the generous donors in our Annual Giving campaign who made the solar project possible! We have indeed, gone greener in 2019.

Our HS&E officer Karen Canton encouraged teachers to experience using a a real fire extinguisher in order to familiarise themselves with a realistic response, should they ever need to use one. Several new secure storage areas were also constructed across campus also, as well as a new office for Maintenance Manager Michael Thomson.

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Casual shuttle bus from Middle Cove to Castlecrag has come to an end

Dear Parents,

Sadly the casual shuttle bus service from Middle Cove to Castlecrag has come to an end. Due to increased numbers in After School Care and additional students booked on the bus service to the Inner West, there is very limited seating remaining. It is therefore not possible for us to fairly manage any additional travelers. The alternative options are for your child to take the school public bus: 668w or Public bus 207. Details are in the images below.

We are happy to show your children how to take these buses until they are comfortable remembering the new routine. Please just let us know. We have students who ride this bus regularly as well as our duty teachers dotted along the way to help keep everyone safe.

We would like to thank you all for your support and cooperation in managing this service over the past few years.

Kind Regards,

Admin Team

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A busy term for Craft teacher Melanie Harper

Term 3 is a rich one for craft, including the Glenaeon School Fair, Parent Craft, Class craft and some of the Silent Auction pieces to be sold at the school Fair in November. Elizabeth Ellean is on leave this term, so Craft teacher Melanie Harper is preparing Class 1 and 2 craft supplies at Castlecrag. She is also collecting pieces to display at the 'Meaningful Lives' Art Show at the Concourse and invites you to come and see the selective display of art and craft pieces from Kindergarten right through to Year 12.

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:

25 July
8 August
22 August
5 September
19 September

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Simple Sustainability - Glenaeon is committed to reducing waste


Nearly all plastic bottles can be recycled, however, most of the tops cannot!

Remove all plastic bottle tops before putting the actual bottle in the recycling bin – otherwise the air inside the bottle can cause problems at the recycling plant. When they’re crushed, the air cannot escape from the bottle and builds pressure.

A good rule of thumb when it comes to bottle tops/lids is to measure it against a business card – if it’s bigger than the card then put it in recycling if it’s smaller pop it in the trash. Bottle beer caps are too small to get collected in the recycling process, however, they can be recycled if they are placed inside a can of similar material. That way they can’t jam the machinery!


What's on at Glenaeon next week

For a full calendar for the term go to 

Glenaeon Studios - Repurposing Preloved Garments with Aujke Boonstra
When Sat, 27 July, 10am – 4pm
Where Middle Cove Campus - Textile Room
Class 5 Technology Parent Meeting with Evan Sanders
When Tue, 30 July, 7pm – 8pm
Where Middle Cove Campus
Meaningful Lives : a student work exhibition at ArtSpace, The Concourse
When Wed, 31 July, 11am – Sun, 11 August, 5pm
Where ArtSpace, The Concourse, Chatswood (map)
Description 11am–5pm Wednesday-Friday, 11am–4pm Saturday/Sunday Opening event: 6pm–7.30pm Friday 9 August

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

Class 3 at work in the garden

Class 3 are seasoned gardeners, and returned from holidays to check and aerate the liquid fertiliser they prepared last Term. It is made from sorghum plants, which releases silica and other nutrients into the solution that is then sprinkled onto the plants. Here they are learning how to aerate the natural fertiliser in a hand-mixer that has been repurposed from the art and building department to the garden and will start a new life as a garden tool! Class 3 are also particularly fond of the chickens, and we are delighted to introduce the newest 3 hens Dot, Whitney and Olive. They get a LOT of cuddles when Class 3 are around!

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Class 5 learn the traditional Maypole dance

Traditionally at Glenaeon, Class 5 dance the Maypole at the Spring Festival in a rhythmic and co-ordinated series of steps, whilst intricately weaving numerous ribbons into an impressive pattern.

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Class 6 light up their world

As a part of their Main Lesson exploring the physics of sound, light and heat, Class 6 began the week by painting the colour wheel, exploring the qualities of colours with teacher Rodney Dean.

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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


Call out for Clothes and Books for the Fair


Call to Artists!


Grassroots Eco Store – Open for the new term!

Open again with all the products to support your childrens' learning: quality beeswax crayons, pencils, main lesson books, chalk, watercolour paints, woollen felt and yarn and many more beautiful supplies! Come and take a look! Thank you for your support - a portion of every sale goes to Glenaeon. Warm regards, 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. 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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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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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

Are you entering the City to Surf? Consider joining the 'Warrah Farm' fundraising team!

If anyone is thinking of entering the ciry2surf fun run (or stroll in my case) this year on Sunday 11 Aug you may want to consider joining our fundraising team as it will be fun to have a joint cause and raise money for Warrah at the same time. Class 1 are doing it as a class initiative so I wanted to extend the invitaion to other parents and children of the school. - Tina & Steve Malin (parents Class 1 and 3)
Warrah Specialist School City2Surf Team
Warrah Specialist School is participating in the 2019 City2Surf on Sunday August 11th. We would love you to join this team and help fundraise for our fabulous school. Click below to find out how to register. ontact Tina on
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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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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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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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This week's Blackboard Beauty

This week's blackboard has been drawn by Class 5 Co-teacher Cathy Bower for their 'Greek Gods and Heroes' Main Lesson.