Glenaeon Newsletter July 5 2019

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“Warami” to NAIDOC week

Next week is NAIDOC week, celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander cultures. The name stands for National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee, a group which pioneered recognition of indigenous culture in the 1920’s. Every year since then the week has been dedicated to this important initiative. This year’s theme is Voice, to coincide with the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages.

To mark NAIDOC week, I introduced our assembly on Wednesday with some words from the Darug language, the indigenous language that is nearest to Glenaeon and still living: Warami budyari mullinawul, which means Welcome and greetings! We flew the Aboriginal flag, the one recently presented to the school by our local MP Trent Zimmermann.

Also on Wednesday our Year 11 students returned from Katherine and Kakadu in the NT where they worked with aboriginal children at MacFarlane Primary School. This year our students were taken “on country” by the Arnold and Levina, the cultural elders who work with the school, and we look forward to Year 11’s report on their expedition at the first assembly next term.

End of term:

With the school now on winter break, Mike Thomson’s Maintenance team is geared up for a number of projects. An external contractor will be undertaking a large, the installation of solar panels on the roofs of the Hall and the D&T building.

Steiner Education Australia is holding its biennial conference at the Cape Byron Steiner school and a large contingent of teachers will be travelling up to engage with 250 teachers from across Australia for a week of professional learning and celebrating 100 years of Steiner education around the world.

I wish all students and families a restful and refreshing break, and look forward to seeing everyone for the first day of Term 3 on Wednesday July 24th.

- Andrew Hill

Glenaeon campus and waterways in the rain

The rain brought welcome relief this week to our dry land, and the children enjoyed not only the sound of the rain, but the gushing roar of the waterfall that courses down near the oval at Middle Cove and into Scotts Creek. The trees and ferns here form a bright green canopy, enveloping one tributary as it flows towards Middle Harbour. Glenaeon sits right alongside Scotts Creek, and during rainy periods a number of small waterways flow more strongly. Willoughby Council has produced THIS BROCHURE AND MAP of the Scotts Creek Catchment area (Glenaeon is located directly below where 'Scott's Creek' is written). We are very lucky to be surrounded by the bush and waterways, and we always recognise the Cammeraygal people as traditional owners of this land. It is timely that we began Term 2 being gifted our own Aboriginal flag by Trent Zimmerman, MP for North Sydney, and, having flown it this term, we end with our recognition of NAIDOC Week coming up on July 7 - 14.

Little Kindy work and play

This week Little Kindy have been busy making hand squeezed orange juice to help keep winter colds at bay. Every Wednesday is bread baking day in Little Kindy! The children also enjoyed a plant study in the garden, finding that gold and yellow flower petals and bright green leaves are still found in our garden this winter. 


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Castlecrag Term 2 celebrations with stories and songs

Class 2 celebrated their end of term with a winter fire, warm porridge, tea and baked dough-boys around the fire. They played recorder and sang songs as  teacher Roger Richards played his mandolin. Class 1 sang songs with teacher Lucy Armstrong, skipped their way to class in the mornings and listened to Gardening teacher Sandra Frain tell sotries and explain about termite habitats on their weekly bushwalk. Did you know that a tree-termite nest is made from the inside of the tree being eaten and pushed out by the termites? They also baked delicious apple, sultana and cinnamon scrolls on their last day of class. Happy holidays, everyone! See you in Term 3.

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Term 2 Invoices - Please pay by July 31st

Please note that you may have received your invoice for Term 2 outlays via email - these are due by July 31st and we appreciate your attention to this.  If you have any questions regarding payment, please contact Amanda Ford on

Art exhibition 'Arcoiris' by Glenaeon community artists - opening July 6

Art Exhibition “Arcoiris”

You are invited to an exciting new exhibition of 5 artists that all share a deep connection to the Glenaeon community.

Opening 6th July 3:30 pm

Dates – 6th – 11th July
Place – Marion Mahony Griffin Hall
121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag

Bella Garson, Julie Hamann, Poul Eric Hvidkjaer, Christian Lillycrap and Peter Jensen are artists currently preparing for an exhibition of their work at Glenaeon Castlecrag campus on 6th July. 
Bella will exhibit Illuminated colour works and oil paintings, Julie pastel works on paper,Christian oils paintings, Poul Eric and Peter photography.  This talented group were all members of the Glenaeon community as teachers, artisans and parents. Click for more information. 



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Thank you to our Chicken Carers

Each holiday, a dedicated group of 'chicken carers' volunteer to feed the hens and let them in an out every day. A warm thank you to you all for the time and care taken to maintain them whilst teaching staff are away. Please be in touch with others on the roster or Middle Cove reception if there are any significant issues during this time. Our hens are so lucky to have you all!
- The Gardening Team

How to support Sacha Uku Steiner preschool in Colombia

Sacha Uku is a preschool and cultural centre in San Miguel, a poor rural Colombian village that was displaced by civil war 20 years ago. It was founded by Saffron Wadick, an ex-Glenaeon Preschool teacher. We would like to thank all the support that has arrived at Sacha Uku through the Glenaeon community. The children come every day to play, sing, listen to stories, paint, draw, garden, cook, eat a healthy breakfast and lunch and make friends with the other village children. We also run creative after school and holiday activities. Primary and high school children and mums from San Miguel and other nearby villages come to learn drama, knitting, cooking, English, woodwork and crafts with natural and recycled materials. Click to continue


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Simple Sustainability - Glenaeon is committed to reducing waste

Glenaeon is actively using initiatives to reduce waste. Each week we will be bringing you simple facts and ideas around how we can improve our carbon footprints and care for ourselves and the earth simply and sustainably.


Did you know that our local IGA at Castlecrag shops has a stand with a sign saying 'Boomerang Bags'? If you have forgotten your reusable bag, simply take one from there, and return it later, along with any other spares that you have at home.

The "Boomerang' idea is that you bring them back (especially if they are the colourful hand-sewn donated ones) and if you feel like it - why not sew a few and pop them into the 'Boomerang Bag' cycle! It's a movement that is spreading all over Australia. Thank you to whomever set it up at our local IGA!



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Class 3 build Box Town and Class 4 explore early writing

Class 3 have been building a 'Box Town' with Art teacher Brendan Strobl as part of their building Main Lesson. The results are quite impressive! Class 4 have been exploring the history of writing in their "Art, Craft and History of Writing " Main Lesson with Class teacher Tamara Da Silva. They have been making their own paper, creating rock and ochre drawings and are also cross-stitching their own fountain pen cases.

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Year 10 Commerce Marketing Week

At the end of term assembly on Wednesday, Year 10 Commerce teacher Mr David Alami spoke and presented the 1st Annual Glenaeon Marketing Week Trophy! As seen in last week’s newsletter, the Marketing Week was a huge success with the entire school turning out to enjoy the good weather, food and service provided by the Year 10 Commerce students. One aspect that has been mentioned by a large number of students is the fact that this event brought the school community closer together with Year 5-12 all mixing, eating and enjoying the food on offer. This encouragement of enhanced familiarity between the students is a further benefit of a student-centred activity that saw the theory learnt in the class be put in practice- core aspects of a Steiner Education.
While Mr Alami made it clear that he would have liked to reward the entire group for their efforts, the team of Charlotte Layton, Scarlett Sturmey-Volz, Lara Taylor and Rhiannon Arnold hold the trophy for this year as their marketing acumen, formation of a business plan and exemplary efforts in the sales on the day led to their success. Again, a big thank you to all involved and to the future success of this great event.

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

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.

Glenaeon Studios - Repurposing pre-loved garments workshop - July 27 & 28

This great workshop with Aukje Boonstra in Sydney on July 27th and 28th (2 days) at Glenaeon Studios: "Transforming old fashion". Come and join Aukje in this sustainable, slow clothing worshop and learn how to transform preloved articles into something dynamic to add to your wardrobe.
For bookings or enquiries send an email to

This workshop is another great set of skills to work with among fine and like-minded company. Workshop numbers are kept to a minimum to allow everyone time to learn and experiment while being inspired and guided by the talented textile artist Aukje Boonstra. Please see the FLYER here

Workshop - Best practices for the care of the child 0 - 3 - coming on August 10 & 11

A rare invitation to all parents of very young children, expectant parents, carers, playgroup leaders, day carers, early childhood practitioners and all who are interested in deepening the understanding of working with the very young child in a practical way. Please join us in learning about best practices for the care of the child from birth to three with our American guest trainers who have offered to share their sought after expertise and knowledge in this very special area of child development. Jane Swain and Katherine Scharff from Sophia's Hearth, a Waldorf early chilhood training centre in America are coming to Australia, and presenting a wonderful workshop on early childhood best practices for children aged 0 - 3.

You can find the flyer and all the booking details HERE

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Two talks by Early Childhood Educator Jane Swain August 8 and 9

Reknown early childhood educator Jane Swain is presenting two parent education talks whilst she is here in Sydney, in addition to the weekend workshop she is co-facilitating at Glenaeon in August. One is related to understanding the sensory needs of your child and how best to support them, and the other is about motor development and its influence on literacy and numeracy.

Please find the flyers for her talks HERE and HERE


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Co-Chair of the Glenaeon Parents Association needed - please consider this valued position

The Glenaeon Parents Association is an important stakeholder in the school, and central to its successful functioning is an active leadership group. The position of Co-Chair of the Glenaeon Parent's Association is available, and we invite you to please consider stepping into this role and contribute to the school in an extremely valuable manner. It is a shared role with another Co-Chair: should family or work matters arise unexpectedly, then there is always someone else to help carry the tasks. The GPA communicates with the parent body, School Council and Administration in a smooth and productive manner. Meetings are once per term, on time and well-run, and include all Class Parents and a Steering Committee. School and Council representatives are present and a clear agenda is adhered to. The role is supported by the other Co-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and the GPA steering Committee of 6 - 8 parent representatives. If you think you would like to discuss the role or nominate, please email and/or call Matthew Browne on 0404 830 544. The Term 2 GPA Meeting Minutes can be found HERE.


Decluttering? Please donate your Second Hand toys for the Glenaeon Fair

Holidays are a great time to de-clutter!! 
If your shelves are full of many well loved toys that have not been looked at for a while and are now outgrown, consider bringing them into school to be re-newed ready to be loved all over again. 
Class 1 are continuing to gather in toys made from natural materials that we will recycle to sell at the Spring Fair. Our cut-off for collection will be Week 3, Term 3 as we will need the remaining weeks to sort, clean and repair the toys. Please bring your items in to either the Castlecrag or Middle Cove reception. 
If you have any questions please call Tanya (Class 1) on 0414 233 335

Grassroots Eco Store

Thanks for your support this term. Have a wonderful holiday and we will see you back in Term 3!
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


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. Free wooden trundle bed to be given away - pick up Artarmon
9. ASAP please: New school family moving to Sydney from Brisbane requires temporary accommodation or house sitting NOW
10. Cute 6 month old  female guinea pigs for free - Used to children and being held, lovingly grown and daughters of our family guinea pigs. Pair of 2 gorgeous caramel/cream colur FREE Pick up Castlecrag. Melony 0403 855 155 
Click below for further information about the above opportunities

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Holiday Workshops for kids

1. Glanaeon Holiday Care available
2. Soulfood for Kids Workshops -  Move, Learn, Laugh, Relax, Play
3. Marian Theatre for Young People
4. Laughter Club! - Holiday group for kids
5. Art Gallery 307 Holiday Classes - Northbridge


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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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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 - available now

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

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The Mystery of the Will - 2 week intensive in New Zealand 7 - 19th July

The Spirit of the Word School for Creative Speech and the Art of Drama is offering a two-week Winter Course from 7th – 19th  July this year,

 Please also view details on our web site: or contact Astrid:, or +64 (0)6 857 7113.

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 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 beauty has been drawn by Year 8 Guradian Brendan Strobl for their Rhythms and Cycles Main Lesson.