Glenaeon Newsletter August 30 2019

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Active Wilderness: A Meaningful Place in Nature

Glenaeon receives NSW Outdoor Education Program Award: Congratulations Scott Williams

Last weekend was the annual conference of Outdoors NSW, the peak body of all Outdoor Education professionals including coordinators for schools, adventure operators and guides. Our own Coordinator Scott Williams along with teacher Kristen Gardner was there representing Glenaeon. 

Each year this peak professional body makes an award for the most outstanding Outdoor Education program conducted in a NSW school in 2019. Scott had submitted a very fine application outlining Glenaeon’s unique and extensive program running from Class 4 to Year 12, and it was a great moment to learn that Glenaeon received this award. Within our community we all appreciate how outstanding the Glenaeon program is in practice, but to have this publicly acknowledged by the peak body of Outdoor Education professionals in NSW is a great honour.

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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.

100 Years of Steiner Education - Glenaeon celebrates on September 14

You are invited to a celebration of 100 years of Steiner Education at the Castlecrag Campus of Glenaeon School on Saturday September 14th.
Please see the flyers attached for more details.


The Day program is a family friendly day with activities on campus for families with younger children and a guided Burley Griffin tour of Castlecrag for families of older children or adults on their own. This will be followed by a Centenary address and a shared lunch and Centenary cake in the hall.


10am Story Garden Saturday storytelling with Ebba Bodame – stories for children up to 10 years
10am Walter Burley Griffin Society guided walk through Castlecrag – come and find out how it all started (2-hour walk)
11am Sourdough Bread Making with Sandra Frain – preparing bread for our shared lunch – activity for adults and children
12 noon Centenary Address from Head of School Andrew Hill - ‘Play: The Source of Creativity for Life’ (childcare available)
12.45pm A look inside the Kindergarten with Catherine Pilko
1pm Shared simple lunch of sourdough bread and a healthy salad followed by Centenary cake

The EVENING PROGRAM FLYER IS LINKED HERE and is a separate adult and high school aged evening celebration  and includes:

7:30pm to 10:00pm Story, Song, Poetry, Music and more, including a social celebratory supper at interval.

Creative presenters on the night are:


We look forward to sharing this special day and evening with you.


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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Little Kindy harvest Cardamom

Classes at Castlecrag, including Little Kindy, have been harvesting the cardamom plants that have been growing abundantly. Here is Little Kindy beginning the 'cardamom dig' as Gardening Teacher Sandra Frain calls it! Many of us have never seen or realised that these are 'rhizomes', which are plants that send out horizontal root stems that multiply and spread. You can plant the rhizomes at home as a garden greenery or they can form a lovely hedge. They also build up the soil and are part of the ginger family. One thing that the cardamom is great for is using the leaves as natural platewear or for wrapping other produce in -  Cardamom Bio-wrap and Bio plates! Many families got to take some home last week so make sure you get it in the ground! The cardamom seeds are what we use in cooking as a spice, which is harvested from dried flowers. In Sydney we are generally not tropical enough to be able to harvest the seeds, so let's enjoy the rest of the plant!

Class 2 have fun with Maths in the playground

Class teacher Roger Richards and assistant Prue help the children learn mathematics with fun games in the playground in the mornings. The children eagerly line up, each assigned a number. Roger calls out a result, for example : "All those who can be divided by 2!"... and those who can run to the other side of the playground and back. It gets trickier and even more fun when he calls "Hold hands with the right people to add up to 10!" or "Find who makes you times by 2!". Morning maths is a great way to wake up the body and the brain! 

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Class 2 cleaning the garden pond

In the garden at Castlecrag lies a small pond, wihch periodically needs a good clean! Here are Class 2, carefully taking care of the delicate water plants as they clean the pond and waters. 

Parent Craft

Come and see the display in the cabinet at reception at Castlecrag. Also, 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.

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Preschool has a beautiful outdoor weaving loom

The weaving loom at the Preschool is a beautiful outdoor feature, where children can be creative with natural fibres as well as grasses and treasures that they find. What a wonderful idea!


Wednesday playgroup enjoys morning tea together

Wednesday playgroup prepares and enjoy their morning tea together in the playground led by Playgroup teacher Sandra Frain. It is a time for both parents and children to relax and catch up, share food and play in the natural environment.

School Canteen - Gentle Cafe and Humming Cafe orders

Both the School Canteen (Wed/Thur/Fri) and Humming Cafe (Mon/Tue) are available. The school canteen operates at the Middle Cove campus for Years 3-12. You can  see the menu below and also find the menus on the School Stream app. 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 give it to Reception before 9am. The menu is printed up on the reception noticeboard.

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Canteen Volunteers: one space left for Term 3 - Thank you from Sharon

There is just one space left to fill for this term if you would like the opportunity to help and thank you to our canteen volunteers! Please feel free to put your name down for Term 4. The first week of Term is always good to fill before it begins!

Lorna and I operate the canteen on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and volunteers work between 9am-1pm. Some people sign up once a year and some love to come once a term as they enjoy the experience so much!

I will make you a real coffee and you and your child will receive free food for the day. The kitchen has a wonderful vibe, with the Canteen surrounded by bush and our very friendly kookaburras. Your children also enjoy seeing you working in the canteen!

If you can help, please put your name down on the roster - 

For any questions, please contact me on 0418677402 or email

Thanks so much in advance for your help,

Sharon Dirken

Canteen operator

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Glenaeon school buses are inspiring!

It's hard to miss the smart new designs on the Glenaeon school buses with our new logo and 'Inspiring Meaningful Lives' message.

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Hosts needed for Japanese students in November 2019

Dear Glenaeon Parents,
In November, our school will host a group of students aged around 15 from the Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. The Japanese students will take part in morning English lessons at our school, while afternoons will be an opportunity for excursion and joint classroom lessons with Glenaeon students.
We’d like to offer our visitors a chance to experience Australian hospitality in our homes here in Glenaeon.

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What to do if your child is absent from school

If a student misses as little as 8 days every school term, by the end of Primary school they will have missed over a year of education.


1)      Notify the school by 9.30am on the day your child is sick or absent (phone, email, Schoolstream)
2)      Provide a medical certificate for 2 or more consecutive days off sick (hand delivered or emailed)
3)      Apply to The Principal in advance of any leave that is required for 2 or more days

Education for your child is important and regular attendance at school is essential for your child to achieve their educational best and achieve the career and life options. Schools work in partnership with parents to encourage and support regular attendance of children and young people. When your child attends school every day, learning becomes easier and your child will build and maintain friendships with other people.



At Glenaeon we have a number of students with a

Even a small trace of nut, peanut or nut/peanut product may trigger a severe allergic reaction called Anaphylaxis, which attacks the immune system leading potentially to death within minutes.
This reaction can happen by taste, touch and sometimes can be airborne. All of these students have access to an adrenaline injection in the form of an Epipen, which can save lives. Photo posters are displayed in the staffroom and First Aid room for easy identification of these children.
Glenaeon works with parents/carers to support students in developing an awareness of their allergies and what foods to avoid. Students are encouraged not to share food and to always check with a parent/adult/teacher if unsure at any time.


Please help us by not including peanut or any nut products in your child’s lunchbox. This includes peanut butter and Nutella.
Please avoid products with any nuts/peanuts listed as an ingredient.
Explain about nut/peanut allergy to your child and encourage the ‘no food sharing’ rule.
Please consider what you are sending for birthday treats to share with the class, checking there are no nut products included.
The school canteen does not serve products containing nuts.
It is only with the continued support of all parents and staff that we can effectively maintain a safe school environment for these children.
Thank you for your understanding. We know you will want to support the school and these children.


A reminder that all students who have a new or existing health condition must provide updated documentation to the school. This is extremely important for students with anaphylaxis - the school requires an ASCIA Action Plan every school year, signed and dated by a medical professional with an updated photograph.
EpiPens and other medication also need to be replaced/expiry date checked at this time.
Medical Updates and Action Plans

1)      ASCIA for Anaphylaxis
2)      Asthma Action Plan
3)      Other life threatening medical plans

Parents/carers of students with medical conditions already identified need to ensure all information is updated, and any forms returned to Reception. Any questions or changes to Plans, please contact Lisa Wood on 9932 2304

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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:

5 September
19 September

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Simple Sustainability - Glenaeon is committed to reducing waste


Plastic as we know is not good for the planet and yet it is very hard to avoid, often lurking in places we would least suspect. For instance standard tea bags – the dunking kind, as opposed to loose-leaf tea – aren’t one hundred percent biodegradable. Most of the ingredients are paper fibre (around 80% as an average), however to keep the tea leaves inside of the ‘bag’ (no one likes a leaf burst mid-stir), many brands heat-seal the contents. This means that a thin layer of polypropylene, essentially ‘sealing plastic’, is used to fasten the bags together to stop the leaves from falling out. Many tea bags also contain acrylic copolymer emulsion, which is a plastic-based glue.

HSC Drama Showcase

Congratualtions to the Year 12 Drama students on the quality of their performances at the HSC Showcase on Sunday 25th August. The audience were impressed with the variety and standard of work. All the best for the rest of your HSC!

- Jacqui Wan, Drama Teacher

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Bananas and asparagus are the new flavours in the garden

There are big movements in the Middle Cove Garden. Classes 3, 5 and Class 6 are learning all about asparagus and banana plants while relocating and building new asparagus and banana beds. Look at this beautiful garden glowing and the bananas awaiting their new 'home ground'! The rain will be a great addition as it has been so dry these past few months.

Twilight Market coming up on Friday 20 September 2019

The Twilight Market is coming up on Friday 20 September 2019. Class 5 are hosting the savoury food and BBQ, with Class 3 on the cake stall. Class 3 have also been very busy dyeing T-shirts for sale at the market, so come along to see their own stall! There will be activities for children, some other stalls and tables where you can sit, relax and catch up before Term 3 ends. See you there!

Gleneaon Studios Ceramics Classes - Wednesdays 7:30 - 9:30pm

Gleneaon Studios  Ceramics Classes

Brendan the Year 8 Guardian and Art Teacher will be teaching a class in ceramics.
Every Wednesday Evening from 7.30 till 9.30pm
A class for parents, friends and teachers
Beginners and the more experienced welcome.
Hand-building, pottery wheel, sculpting
Many options available!
$20 a class, all materials provided.
Limited numbers
Please call Brendan 0420 557 917

Call out for Clothes and Books for the Fair


Call for Sponsors – Glenaeon Art Show & Family Fair Sponsorship

Parents & Friends, do you own a local business or work for an organisation that would like to sponsor our 2019 Glenaeon Art Show & Family Fair 1-3 NOV ? We have four gold sponsorship opportunities which will put your business in the spotlight through our event promotion program including:

·         Your business name mentioned on the Glenaeon Fair website
·         Glenaeon Fair Instagram Post
·         Glenaeon Fair Facebook page posts
·         Your business name on 25,000 flyers distributed in the local area
·         Mention of sponsor names in our event welcome and thank you speeches
·         Full page advertisemnt in the Art Show catalogue
·         BYO pull up banner at event and BYO collateral (e.g. flyers/business cards/leaflets)

For all sponsorship inquiries contact: Clare Gordon, Events Manager by 3pm Friday 30 August

Call to Artists!


Call out for beads or felt balls - craft activity at the Fair

Calling out for your old wooden beads or felt balls ... for a natural craft activity at the school fair!!

Do you have any spare wooden beads or felt balls lurking around, perhaps from an old unfinished project or one you just haven't got round to starting? Then please consider donating them to be lovingly used for a new purpose at this years spring fair!  Coloured or natural wooden/glass thread-able beads (must be able to get a large pin head through them and sorry NO PLASTIC or RESIN beads please)!!!"

Thank you warmly ... contact Natalie 0457 131775

Grassroots Eco Store – Benefits of Alpaca Beanies for Young Children


These hand knitted beanies are made from alpaca wool, known for its soft, fine fibres that protect during varying temperatures throughout the seasons. Lyn Clifton from Raphael's Rooms at Glenaeon, has advised that they support the developing head forces, offering protection and calm to the nerve sense system. As children’s growth forces move to the head and nerve sense system between 7-9 years they can become overly sensitive to noise and visual stimulation. Children benefit from having their head protected by a light cap due to their sensory openness a it can be very supportive especially for the very young child and the Class 1-3 child. This particular design helps to keep the ears warm in the windy weather we're experiencing as well as helping to ease earaches, head and tooth pains. Alpaca fibre has the innate ability to regulate warmth depending on temperatures so  they are suitable to be worn all day inside and out. Children wearing them will have the added benefit of warmer feet and clearer thinking.

Warm regards, Felicity

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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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

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

There are opportunities available as follows:

1. Three students attending the Steiner Teacher Training Seminar from the 29th of Sept-4th of October at Glenaeon need assistance with billeting or are able to house-sit if you are going away. They travel to Sydney to study and would greatly appreciate you are able to help them: 

Halina Mutton – I am attending the week long teacher training intensive run by Sydney Rudolf Steiner College at Glenaeon’s Castlecrag campus. I am from the Fleurieu region of South Australia. I have been interested and involved in a small handful of Steiner schools since my first prac in 2012. Currently working for Nature Play SA but hope to begin class teaching soon. Passionate about nature-human relationships! Happy to house sit or be billeted. Please contact me if you can help out. Thank you!

My name is Ethna Brave, I am a 33 year old high school English and History teacher. After growing up in a Camphill Community in Ireland and attending a Steiner school in Dublin and Amsterdam, I am now embarking on the Sydney Rudolf Steiner College teacher training to become a Steiner teacher myself. I'm a quiet and considerate person. Please email

Marie Peters is a primary school teacher at Milkwood Steiner School, in Darwin and would greatly appreciate being billeted with a family near Castlecrag. House sitting is fine. Considerate, mature and respectful. Please email

2. Full size violin wanted to buy: Please contact Julia, 0414 585 870  Thank you.

3. 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.

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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Workshop - Craft, Painting and Storytelling at Sydney Rudolf Steiner College

Sydney Rudolf Steiner College welcomes all parents or carers to attend this beautiful day of creative making. College tutors Ebba Bodame, Julia Byrne and Meg Quinlisk will take participants on an exploration of Steiner inspired art and craft. Learn how to create a seasonal table and relax in an immersive experience of water colour painting, craft making and inspiration.  No experience required. Bookings are limited so please enrol as soon as possible. See


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A small workshop exploring a large Journey : Clay and Changing Form

'The essence of artistic feeling is to become one with the form, to live with the form',
Rudolf Steiner.

The Sydney Rudolf Steiner College is excited to have Emerson trained ceramicist and sculptor, Samantha Kuhn working with our second year students doing the Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education. Samantha is running a special workshop exploring human metamorphosis through clay work. We are opening ten places only for the Steiner community to participate in this intense three hour workshop. No prerequisites, just come expecting to be hands-on and led through a meditative contemplation on the inner and outer evolution of the human form.  
This workshop will be run at Glenaeon - Castlecrag campus on Tuesday 1 October, 2019 from 4-7pm. Numbers are limited so book early on

Marian Theatre for Young People Holiday Workshops

Marian Theatre production - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

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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Summer Soccer at Chatswood Rangers

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


This week's Blackboard Beauty

This week's Blackboard Beauty is drawn by Class 4 teacher Tamara Da Silva for their Fractions Main Lesson. Here is Thor with his hammer (from Norse Mythology) smashing his rocks into pieces to explore fractions.