Glenaeon Newsletter November 1, 2019

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In Memoriam

Our much loved teachers Christian and Liza Lillicrap suffered one of the most ultimate of losses last week, and our community is the lesser for it. As we grieve with them, we remember Theodore in all his joyous and mischievous energy, but also his profound depths of thought and feeling. 


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It's Opening Night of the Art show and Fair Day tomorrow!

Roll up, roll up... it's opening night to the Glenaeon Fair and Art Show!

Our gratitude to Class 4 for working to make our Fair day great! It's time to enjoy and celebrate! Please support our major fundraiser by :

1) Buying your Raffle Tickets NOW to win some incredible prizes and experiences at:

2) SIGNING UP to your shift to fill the last minute gaps PLEASE on the roster: EVERYONE needs to do one - there are shifts before Fair day, on the day and afterwards to suit all families. Sign up at:

3) Booking your kids into the circus and Drumming events if they would like to join in the fun at:

4) Coming to Opening Night at the Art Show on Friday, November 1 ! It's a wonderful celebration of art, friendship and community. If you are taken by one of the beautiful pieces on show, 25% of all proceeds are donated directly to the school! Come and see our feature artist Harriet Schwartzrock's stunning glass art. See

Your invitation to the Opening Night is HERE

5) TURNING UP and having a Great Day on Saturday November 2 ! Bring your children, family and friends and enjoy the wonderful event that Class 4 has worked so hard to prepare for us all to enjoy!



There are a few vital spots left to fill on the Sign Up Roster - please help these stalls!

If you haven't signed on yet - please look for shifts that have NO-ONE on them yet - look for Childrens' Activities, Treasury, Flying Squad, Photo Booth, Prince/Princess of Pockets and some others. This will help ENORMOUSLY on the day!

Pizza Day Term 4 Tuesday November 12

It's one of our favourite days coming up... TUESDAY NOVEMBER 12 is PIZZA DAY!

Mark your diary, have a day off bringing lunches and we'll see you for pizza Day instead!

Recycling at the Fair - Look out for the Fair Gnomes!


Running a school with multiple campuses has many challenges. Waste management is an ongoing one.

Mary Heard has led the charge on reducing waste at Castlecrag and has set a brilliant example for us all.

The Family Fair on 2nd November presents some unique challenges when it comes to waste management. This year, we aim to continue the efforts of Patrick Franklyn and his 2018 team to Reduce, Reuse & Compost.

Please help us manage the sorting of rubbish for least impact and maximum diversion from landfill.


  • Bring a bag for shopping.

  • We’ll be using RUZI recyclable cups again this year. Please place these in the receptacles provided.

  • Look for our Care Gnome at the Fair: Think twice before placing anything in the general rubbish: you will see CARE STATIONS for soft plastics as well as compost buckets around campus. Please place compostable food scraps, plates and cutlery in these.

Our heroic gardening teachers Sandra Frain and Kathy Thangathurai plan to build a huge compost mound to turn our Fair waste into life-giving soil amoebas. The Fair Lives on!

The Fair showcases our community’s sustainable values so please:


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Glass artist Harriet Schwartzrock is our feature artist at the Art Show

Harriet Schwarzrock graduated from Sydney College of the Arts in 1999 with Honours in Visual Arts, majoring in glass, after transferring from a science degree.

Prior to graduating, Schwarzrock travelled through North America visiting renowned workshops and studios, assisting artists including Laura Donefer and Steven Rolfe Powell. On her return to Australia, Schwarzrock began assisting at Denizen Studio, Sydney, working with many of Australia’s best glassblowers, developing her skill and technique and finding inspiration and influence for her own work. 

Schwarzrock’s practice is currently based in her backyard, where she and her partner and glass artist, Matthew Curtis  ( a hot glass studio together, tinting custom coloured glass. See:

​Schwarzrock has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and abroad. Her work is widely collected, and her piece, breathe, won the sculpture prize in the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize in 2014 ( )
"In my artistic practice, I endeavor to explore balance and interconnectivity. I am repeatedly drawn to those tenuous and often fleeting moments where an individual object and the asymmetrical fit together sympathetically.  I work predominantly with blown glass components and metal fixtures. I position multiples of similar biologically inspired forms into compositions. The components appear to be unfurling, evolving, floating and shifting in their assemblage. Whilst aligning these forms, I seek to capture a quiet sense of poise, rhythm and balance. I aim to be attentive to the poetry of the spaces created between forms."

Bee Workshop with Sandra a buzzing success

Despite the hot afternoon, many families turned out to hear Gardening teacher Sandra Frain talk about the bees in our own gardens! Here they are enjoying a circle in the shade as Sandra explained the wonder of the bees.

Big Kindy working on their Silent Auction piece

Big Kindy have been working on their Silent Auction Piece - here they are starting work on the piece of felting, which will be available for bidding in the Silent Auction room in the hall kitchen at the Fair. They put the finishing touches on recently and it is very beautiful.

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Help to knit a 'Square of Care' for the children at Castlecrag

Knit a 'Square of Care' 

Join us in creating a new blanket for our children to snuggle under when in need of care in the 'Care Bay' at Castlecrag.

Learn a new stitch or knit the ones you know with love.

Community 'KNIT ALONG' 9am Mondays at Castlecrag kitchen, or knit at home with your child. 

All pastel coloured yarn provided, but you will need your own needles.


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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Second Hand Uniform shop - dates for your diary for Term 4

We welcome and thank Lara Taylor from year 10 who is our new 2nd Hand Uniform Shop co-ordinator. A warm thank you to Tom Williams from Year 12 for managing the shop so well in his final year. We look forward to seeing parents again this term. The uniform shop will be open from 3.00 - 3.45 every second Thursday starting on October 31, 2019.

Term 4 Dates:

November 14

November 28



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Simple Sustainability - Glenaeon is committed to reducing waste


Brush your teeth with the tap off.

Leaving the tap running when brushing your teeth wastes up to 10L per minute.



Regular attendance at school is essential for children to achieve their educational best, increasing career and life options. I would like to remind you that the Education Act (1990) requires parents to ensure that children of compulsory school age attend school each day it is open for instruction. Class rolls are marked every morning and parents are required to sign their child/children in at the school office if they are late and out if they are leaving early. Thank you for your ongoing support with this issue.

The world is run by those who turn up.

Attending school every day = 100% attendance

Attending school 4 ½ days a week = 90% attendance = 4 weeks missed per year

Attending 4 days a week = 80% attendance = more than half a term missed per year.

Attending school 3 ½ days each week = 70% attendance = more than a quarter of the school missed per year.

An average attendance of 80% or less across a child’s school career adds up to missing a whole 2 years from school.

Being late for school reduces learning time.

If your child is 5 minutes late every day they will miss three days of learning each year.

If your child is 15 minutes late every day they will miss 2 weeks of learning each year.

Make every minute count.


Term 4 CIP Points Due Tuesday November 20, 2019

Dear Parents,


As It’s the last term of the year and we will be finalising our final direct debits on the 26th November it’s time to start submitting your term 4 CIPs now (if you haven’t already done so). Read below for information on how to submit. You can start submitting any time from now until Wednesday 20th November. No submissions will be accepted after this cut-off date.


Each family is billed $140 per term for the Community Involvement Program. When voluntary work is done and registered, it can be credited back to your account at the rate of $17.50 per hour (in other words 8 hours per term will entitle you to the full $140 credit).

It is now time to start claiming your CIP credits for Term 4.  As there are many families at Glenaeon it takes some time to process the credits for everybody so we ask that you submit your Term 4 CIP hours by Wednesday 20th November in order to have them credited back to you.


The CIP form is available online so it’s very simple to do! Click on this link to take you directly:


You can complete the form on-line and hit ‘submit’. Or if you prefer there is also a link to a paper form (pdf) at the bottom of the page which you can simply print, fill out manually and hand in at reception. The paper forms are also available in the CIP folder held at reception.


Note, you must submit your CIP hours worked regardless of which committee/event/role you participate in or hold. Note that credits are not carried over from one year to the next. Thank you.

Rare Kingfisher at Glenaeon

The Sacred Kingfisher usually arrives in the Sydney region in late spring or early summer from PNG or northern Australia. They breed throughout the summer months and feed off insects in the forests. The parents usually burrow through termite mounds or use tree hollows for nest building.

Our Gentle Cafe operator Sharon found this gorgeous boy on the ground – who probably flew into the window. With an overnight rest, he was ready to fly back to the wild. - Stanley Tang, High School Science/Mathematics Teacher & Ornithologist 

What's on at Glenaeon during the next fortnight

Glenaeon Art Show
Fri, 1 - 3 November, Opening Night Friday November 1, 6pm – 9pm
Castlecrag Campus
Glenaeon Family Fair
Sat, 2 November, 10am – 4pm
Castlecrag Campus
Year 7 Vaccinations
Thu, 7 November, 9am – 10am
Description HPV dose 2 Year 7
Year 10 Exams
Mon, 11 November, 8:30am – Wed, 13 November, 3:30pm
School Tour
Tue, 12 November, 9:30am – 11:30am
Castlecrag Campus (map)
HSC Ends
Tue, 12 November, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
School Tour
Thu, 14 November, 9:30am – 11:30am
Middle Cove Campus
School Tour
Fri, 22 November, 9:30am – 10:30am
Middle Cove Campus
Class 3 Social Camping Weekend
Fri, 15 November, 8:30am – Sun, 17 November, 5:00pm
Glenaeon Uniform Fittings
Sat, 23 November, 9am – 4pm
Middle Cove Campus
Glenaeon Studios - Eco Dyeing with Elizabeth Ellean
Thu, 14 November, 7pm – 9pm
Middle Cove Campus - Textile Room the :'Craft Room'.
Year 12 Graduation Assembly
Fri, 15 November, 9:30am – 11:00am
Middle Cove Campus
Year 12 Formal 
Fri, 15 November, 7pm – 9pm
Class 3 Social Camping Weekend
nFri, 15 November, 8:30am – Sun, 17 November, 5:00pm


Glenaeon School Tours - join us to learn about our school

Glenaeon School Tours & Enrolment Events

Middle Cove Tour - Friday 22 November - 9:30am - 11:30am

Castlecrag School Tour - Tuesday 12 November, 2019 - 9:30 - 11:30am

Willoughby Preschool Tour
Thursday 26 September, 2019 - 9:30 - 11:30am
Thursday 21 November, 2019 - 9:30 - 11:30am

Parents of children in Preschool are encouraged to attend our November 12 Castlecrag Tour, and Parents of Students in Junior School are welcome to join us on a Tour of the High School on November 22. These tours can give you an insight in to the next chapter of your child’s learning at Glenaeon so please feel free to come along. Call Chandra to book your place or book via the website.

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

Class 3 play - By the Waters of Babylon

Class 3 performed their play "By the Waters of Babylon" to students, staff and parents last week. It was glowing accolades from everyone who was able to see it, and Class teacher Katherine Arconati said that "it was such a privilege to share the experience with the children". Playing live music with cellos, violins, recorder, xylophones and percussion, they told the story of 3 successive ancient Hebrew Kingdoms searching for the Truth, centred around the stories of Daniel, his 3 wise friends, their love of their God and survivals in the burning fire and lions den. The play was alive with lions, priests, counsellors, soldiers, servants, fire dancers, town folk, the mighty statue of Baal and many more.

Class 5 Greek Olympics event

Class 5 studies Ancient Greece, and as part of this they explore the origins of the early Olympic Games. It is tradition that Class 5 from neighbouring Steiner Schools come together for a Greek Olympics, hosted by Glenaeon this year at Rotary Athletics field in Chatswood West. This year celebrated the 21st year it has taken place, itself a significant milestone. Lorien Novalis and Kamaroi travelled to meet us, and the students were divided into the 5 different states of Ancient Greece in mixed-school teams - Corinth, Sparta, Athens, Thebes and Megara. After an Opening Ceremony and athlete parade, the Games were officially opened by the high priest of Zeus! Wearing state-coloured tunics, the students took to discus, javelin, sprint, long jump and traditional Greek wrestling, as well as 400m and relay events. The students cheered each other on all day and there were precious wooden medals awarded for individual places at the closing ceremony. The overall winner of the State team was Corinth! Congratulations to all students, and thank you to Kamaroi and Lorien Novalis' teachers and many parent helpers who made the day a thoroughly enjoyable event.

Good luck to all of our HSC students

Good luck and well done to the Class of 2019 who will finish HSC Exams on November 11. All the best for this exam period, and beyond. We look forward to seeing you again at your Graduation Assembly and Year 12 Formal.

Farewell picnic for Ebba Bodame December 5, 2019 3:30pm

Dear Playgroup Families past and present. Ebba Bodame is retiring from Glenaeon & all her playgroup work at the end of this year. She would love, as a family farewell, to gather with playgroup families past & present for a casual afternoon tea on the last playgroup Thursday of this year, December 5th, at 3.30pm - 4.30pm, in the playground at Castlecrag for a shared afternoon tea. Please bring a simple finger food plate to share. 

Language Day at Glenaeon - Tuesday November 5, 2019

The Glenaeon Language Day will be happening again this year. It will take place this coming Tuesday November 5, 2019. There will be a sharing of poems and songs in French, Japanese and German by students from Years 5, 6, 7 and 8. Before the sharing session, Years 7 and 8 will partake in various language specific activities.

As is now tradition, there will be French, German, and Japanese Food sold at lunchtime, as well as Mexican food organised by the SRC, with any money raised going to the Newtown Refugee Centre. The food will include Japanese Curry, Green Tea Ice Cream, Sausage Rolls, French Baguette, and Pretzels. We will also once again be holding a cake competition. These cakes will be sold at lunchtime as well. We would recommend that you still send your child to school with some food, just in case our supplies run out. Food will range in price from $2-$5. We look forward to seeing the students in the Amphitheatre next week!


School Carol Service - Save the Date - December 2, 2019 6:30 - 8:30pm

School Carol Service - Our service will be held on December 2, so please mark your calendar accordingly. The children from classes 5,6,7,8,9,and 11 have begun rehearsing their songs and music for this special event. 

Twilight Concert - November 26 - Save the Date

The next Twilight Concert will be held on November 26 - Save the date - it's the last one for the year.

Recent GPA Meeting Minutes and thank you to our Class Four Fair organisers

The recent GPA meeting was informative and a great round up before the Fair. Thank you to all of our Fair organisers this year from Class Four - your efforts have been wonderful and we are looking forward to a wonderful day!

The next GPA meeting will be held next Wednesday November 27 at 7:30pm in the Marion Mahony Griffin Hall. We welcome all parents to join us and nibbles and tea are provided. Come along and listen or contribute towards updates and issues arising from the lass Parents, greater parent body and school. Our meetings are relaxed, focused and generally keep to time. It is a great way to hear more about other years at the school and updates from Head of School Andrew Hill and the School Council, and contribute if you would like to. 

We are also inviting parents to contribute ideas and think of any items/projects that you might like to GPA to consider investigating and funding. Please send these ideas to, come to the meeting or let you Class Parent know before the next meeting. We would like to have a 'wish list' that we can consider and start our planning for next year's projects. Thank you.

ISD Netball Carnival

On a very warm Tuesday (29/10), 16 keen netballer from Glenaeon took to the courts at Moore Park Netball Courts in Centennial Park to compete in a junior and senior draw against eight other schools from around the city. Students from Yr 7 to Yr 11 formed the teams and had never played together before but gelled quickly to form formidable sides in six games they played.

Both juniors and seniors came second in their respective pools winning their games comprehensively and also at times tightly and by that qualified for finals. In the finals both teams faced the strong girls from Reddam House who they had both lost to in the group matches.

Again, in the final the Glenaeon girls could not overcome the power from the Bondi based school and lost their finals. However, all players came away with a feeling of achievement and were thoroughly exhausted as they played with no subs and in hot conditions.

It was beautiful to observe how in such a short time students bonded over a common cause – to play together and be just that little bit better than the opponent! The elation of getting to the finals was equally important as it was to deal with the defeat and the emotions that come with a loss. Sport has unique capacities that expose students to these feelings and where they can genuinely support each other and celebrate their achievements openly and with great joy!

 The girls carried themselves wonderfully and were fantastic ambassadors for our school!

 We will try to win next year again!

 - Jonas Stoebe, PDHPE Teacher

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

Warrah Farm Produce Delivery - Tuesdays at Castlecrag

You may have stopped by the Warrah Farm stall at our recent Twilight markets. The produce was simply shining! There is a Warrah Farm biodynamic produce 'Co-op Hub' that delivers to Castlecrag on Tuesdays, ready for pick up at the end of school. . It comes from Warrah Farm, a Steiner community and farm village in Dural, Sydney: . Warrah is a Rudolf Steiner organisation providing a range of engaging, responsive services for children and adults with intellectual disability that maximise each person's capacity for self-determination, creativity and contribution. Please see Warrah's co-op box information HERE and the customer information HERE. How a Co-op Hub works is everyone orders directly with Warrah, who processes the payments. Produce is packaged and delivered to the Castlecrag campus for after school pick-up, and sits under cover on the porch outside Class 2. Please contact Borja Valls (the Warrah social enterprise manager) on or mobile 0448881060 for any further information, joining up and choose which box size works. Regular orders can be paused simply if you are away etc. and the system has been working very well so far for the Glenaeon families that are already enjoying the service.
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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

Term 4 Yoga Program

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

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Grassroots Eco Store – Open this Saturday during the Family Fair!

Stocked up with lots of new, wholesome products to nurture your child's learning, play and your home life. The store will be open all day during the Family Fair. It's a good time to come and take another look! Thank you for shopping locally - a portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon. Contact Felicity on 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

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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Workshop - Traditional Wisdom for Modern Health


Sammi Zajko will outline some of the principals of Traditional Wisdom for Modern Health. Sammi will share the main principals of traditional diets around the world, and how they can be easily incorporated into a modern, busy lifestyle. Early Bird tickets booked by 24 Oct 2019 will receive a big discount - $29 per ticket 

Booking after 24 Oct  tickets are $39 & At the door on the night tickets are $50 - so big saving to book in advance especially before 24 Oct. Weston Price Diet is filled with traditional wisdom to promote good Immunity, Supporting gut health  is very nourishing and beneficial, especially for childrens' early developmental years. 

African Drumming Group for children after School

African Drumming Group - Open to Glenaeon Primary Children

When: Mondays 3.45 - 4.30pm during Term 4, starting 21 Oct – finishing 2 December 2019
Where: Willoughby Park, under trees adjacent to sports ground near bowling club. Approval given by Willoughby Council
What: African drumming and different rhythms, teaching about African instruments and culture, interactive storytelling using the drums, body percussion, rhythm games, singing African songs and movement . A minimum of 16 children is needed  and parents welcome to join in too!
Drums & stools are supplied.The classes will be run by Soul Drumming.
How much: $180 for 8-class term.  Payment is to be made by bank transfer. Commitment is needed to begin classes, so please register your interest ASAP. For more information, please speak to Sabine (0421 219671, so we can get an idea of numbers!

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Early Childhood Course at Sydney Rudolf Steiner College 2020

The Number 3

In Rudolf Steiner education and philosophy the number 3 has a prominent place. The Early Childhood Intensive was a real experience of three-folding as the timetable was designed to demonstrate breathing and rhythm, which are integral to a program for little ones. We began with a lecture in the morning, followed by a workshop and concluded with artistic activities.

Our Intensives for our Distance students are essential for making real connections with the Steiner community and save our courses from being dry theory all through a computer. In Early Childhood, the modelling that teachers do for the children can only be truly understood with a ‘real life’ model as an exemplum. So, students come away from our Intensives enriched and nurtured with the human contact through our wise, passionate and experienced tutors.

Highlights of the week of many and varied sessions included nutrition and biodynamics, a study of biographical rhythms, celebrating festivals, craft and much more.

So, come and join us in 2020, in our Foundations of Early Childhood Distance Course (EC05)!


Au Pair Position Available in Germany 2020

Are you about to finish school and want to live and travel in Europe next year? Do you like kids? This opportunity may be for you:

A lovely German family is looking for an au pair for 6-12 months starting February 2020. They live in Cologne Germany a vibrant, beautiful city with plenty of things to do. They have one 3 year old boy and are about to give birth to twin girls. The job will be mainly looking after their son.


  • Au pair to 3 year old boy but also supporting the mother with her twin girls

  • The job consists of looking after the child, bringing him/picking him up from kindergarten as well as taking him to afternoon clubs (music and sport). It also entails getting him ready in the morning (getting him dressed, brushing teeth etc) and eating breakfast with him

  • Cooking basic recipes and basic house work (e.g. cleaning the kitchen) is also required as well as doing some shopping


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This week's Blackboard Beauty

This week's Blackboard beauty was drawn by Class 5 teacher Cathy Bower for the Ancient Greece Main Lesson. The students have immersed themselves in Ancient Greek culture, songs and history, culminating this week in recreating the early Olympic Games at a combined athletics event with Kamaroi and Lorien Novalis Steiner Schools.