Glenaeon Newsletter September 20 2019

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The Circle of Life

On a personal note, I started at Glenaeon in 1994 with a Class One, in what is now the Class Three room in the Vera Jacobson Building. One of the children who made their way down the stairs from Kindergarten to the Class One room for me to meet them on an auspicious day in December 1993 was a little girl called Dillon Cross. She was a lively, imaginative girl who seemed to have the sun shining out of her on a permanent basis, such was her happy, joyful nature.



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Spring Festival invitation and information - Wednesday 25 September 2019


Spring Festival is taking place on Wednesday 25 September 2019 at our Middle Cove campus on the oval. All Parents and the wider Community are welcome to attend.
The Spring Festival is a whole school event (Kindergarten have their own separate Spring Festival celebration) that takes place to celebrate and welcome the new season. Our children will participate with activities such as singing, dancing, music and performing poetry for all to enjoy.
When does it start?
The Spring Festival starts at 9.45am sharp and will run for about one hour. Please plan to be seated by 9.40am.

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The Festival of the Winds - Tuesday 24 September 2019

On the evening of Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 6pm in the Sylvia Brose Hall, there will be a performance dedicated to wind instruments. Students from different years will perform solos and small group pieces in a short concert that will include light refreshments at the end. 
Everyone is welcome to support this concert, which forms part of the Glenaeon Concert Series. 

A reminder to all guests that parking is not permitted on Glenroy Ave or Greenfield Ave so please park in the usual offsite options or drive down the school driveway and park on the basketball court

We look forward to seeing you there.

Christian Lillicrap

Head of Music


It's a Climate for Change - Glenaeon Students attend Climate March in Sydney

Over 85 Glenaeon students joined in the Climate March on Friday at 12 midday, some meeting earlier in Bradfield Park, North Sydney and walking across the Harbour Bridge to the Domain. Students from both Primary and High school attended the march, proudly carrying placards and posters. They joined up to 80,000 people in the Domain, where speeches, music and indigenous elders were heard, before marching through the city past NSW Parliament. It was an inspiring afternoon that coincided with marches all over the world.

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Centenary Day Celebration and Evening Sioree - 100 years of Steiner Education

The Centenary Day and Centenary Soiree on Saturday at Castlecrag was a perfectly appropriate celebration for 100 years of Steiner education. The day ran in two sections, from a morning of bread, play, stories and lunch to a cultural evening of music, poetry and stories. 

Inspirers and key organisers of the whole event were Joy Day, Mary Heard and Catherine Pilko, who together grew a beautiful vision of a rich but simple celebration of the century that has passed since Dr Rudolf Steiner launched this new impulse in education.
They were the key organisers who were supported by Clare Gordon as Events Coordinator.

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Save the Date - Upcoming Glenaeon Art Show and Fair - 2 November, 2019


Little Kindy walking in the rain

Little Kindy loves to get out and about - and rain is no hindrance! Here they are, walking out in the pouring rain, gumboots, raincoats and all.

Kindergarten Morning Circle

Morning Circle takes place in the Kindergarten playgrounds after the bell rings, and is a gathering of all children and parents from the 3 Kindergarten classes.

The morning song is sung together, itself an acknowledgement to the indigenous people of our local area, the Cammeraygal tribe.

The words are:



"We greet the Earth, on which we stand,
Hand-in-hand on Cammeraygal Land
We thank the ancestors present and past
Who cared for the earth so it will last
We greet the sun that shines so bright
And shares with us its lovely light
Good morning everyone
Good morning, everyone".


Class One monkey bar fun

The monkey bars are a feature in the Castlecrag Class One and Two playground, and are enjoyed by many students during morning recess and lunchtime. In addition,each morning, Class One undertakes an obstacle course, including any combination of climbing along the monkey bars, balancing activities, rope wall climbing, slippery dip, skipping, handstands, crawling, hopping, partner activities and tracing patterns and shapes with their steps. 

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Parent Craft

Thank you to all of our parents who have contributed such wonderful help this term, creating beautiful items during Parent Craft. Thank you to Melani Harper for coordinating again this term and we look forward to next term!

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. Thank you also to parents who are helping the craft teachers wind the many colours of pure wool for the children to use. The colours are simply inspiring!

What's on at Glenaeon next week COPY

Class 1 Play Performance
Sat, 21 September, 11am – 12pm
Castlecrag Campus - Marion Mahony Griffin Hall
Class of 2009 Reunion
Sat, 21 September, 4pm – 6pm
Middle Cove Campus 
Festival of the Winds
Tue, 24 September, 6pm – 7pm
Middle Cove Campus - Sylvia Brose Hall 
Spring Festival
Wed, 25 September, 9:30am – 11:00am
Term 3 Ends
Wed, 25 September, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Preschool Tour
Thu, 26 September, 9:30am – 11:00am
118 Sydney St, Willoughby NSW 2068, Australia

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

Humming Cafe lunches only this week

It's HUMMING CAFE ONLY this week as it is the last week of Term. Mon - Wed. 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 HUMMING CAFE MENU IS HERE and also on the reception noticeboard.

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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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Simple Sustainability - Glenaeon is committed to reducing waste


Here’s just 2 reasons:

They last longer. Without a filament to break or burn out, LED light bulbs can last for over 100,000 hours without showing their age (that's over eleven years at full brightness). This lifespan is twice that of typical fluorescent bulbs and twenty times longer than incandescent light bulbs.

They are energy efficient. An incandescent light bulb loses 80 percent of its energy to heat, leaving only the last 20 percent for light. LED light bulbs turn this around, giving up a scant 20 percent of their energy to heat loss. Not only that, but they operate at 10 to 20 percent of the power required for incandescent bulbs of similar brightness.

Class Five knitting socks

Class 5 have been following the complex pattern of knitting socks on 4 needles, and the results are impressive! Choosing their own colours and length, their socks are coming along well - here is an end-of-term photo showing skill, vibrancy and colour of their work. Knitting and craft is known to assist brain development, and the process of following patterns in more complex knitting develops the skills of planning, visualisation and fine motor skills.

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Wind Ensembles prepare for the Festival of the Winds - Tuesday 24 September 2019

The Wind Ensembles have been busy practising their pieces ahead of next week's Festival of the Winds evening, coming up on Tuesday 24 September. Here is Music teacher Sallyanne Barker practising with one Wind Ensemble group. There will also be solo and duet performances on the night. We look forward to seeing you there.

Year 7 Food Technology learning about seasonal produce - strawberries

Year 7 have been learning about seasonal produce in Food Technology with teacher Anne Rouse, and this week have been studying strawberries as an example of a fruit that is currently in season. Grown in Australia and transported only from Queensland (not overseas) at this time of year, the current price also reflects their abundance and seasonality. In the two practical applications of this in the curriculum, they have planted strawberries in the school's biodynamic garden, and cooked fresh strawberry jam in the school's food technology kitchen. Complementing the jam, they baked fresh scones, which were all enjoyed together at the end - delicious! 

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Year 10 visited by cardiac surgeon Emily Granger

Year 10 were lucky this week to have a visit from cardiac surgeon Emily Granger, in connection with their Main Lesson 'Circulation and the Inner Organs".  In addition to her experience and enthusiasm, she brought some of the valves that are used for cardiac valve replacement and explained how and when they are used. 

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Gardening for Life

Gardening teachers Sandra Frain and Kathy Thangathurai organized a biodynamic stir for all three campuses at school, designed to help support and nurture our bushland campuses. The ingredients of this stir were selected to help increase microbial life in the soil and to strengthen the plant life here (grasses, shrubs and trees,) helping to build more resilience to extremes in their environment. It was very appropriate timing, given the important issue that was being advocated around Australia during the climate marches.

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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. Please note that that the following dates will be at MIDDLE COVE CAMPUS - - Tuesday 8 October 2019, Thursday 10 October 2019 & Fri 11 October, 2019

Steiner Schools Athletics Carnival

On a great spring day 150 keen Middle School Glenaeon students from Yr 7-Yr 10 boarded three buses in their respective house colour red, blue or green to compete in the annual Steiner School’s Athletics carnival on the Central Coast in a great meeting of 100s of other students from Steiner schools in Newcastle, Maitland, Linuel (from Sydney) and the Central Coast itself as the host of this event.


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Photos from ISD Athletics Carnival

On a rather rainy and overcast day 48 Glenaeon athletic competitors, who were carefully selected as the best in their respective gender and age group, set off to compete in  the ISD Athletics Carnival at ES Marks Athletics Fields adjacent to Centennial Park for some wet but great competitions in 10 events: 100m, 200, 400, 800, 1500m, shot put, javelin, discus, high jump, long jump and 4x100m relay  racing.

Many great results were achieved, and many were just a bit unlucky to end up 4th in their events  (in fact 18 4th spots were gained!).

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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

Moon Festival : Mid Autumn Chinese Festival

Last Friday was 15th August in Lunar Calendar. Some past and current parents of our school, and people from local Chinese community gathered in Castlecrag to celebrate Mid Autumn festival, one of the important Chinese festivals. Round moon cakes filled with mung bean paste were made to represent the wholeness and harmonious of family and community. Thank you to Jing Lee, Learning Support teacher, who organised this event.

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Volunteering for Willoughby Council - make a difference

Would you like to make a real difference to the lives of others?
Would you like to ‘give back’, make friends and learn new skills?
Do you have some spare time during the week?

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Sign Up Roster is out for the Fair!

Sign-Up Zone is now OPEN for the School Fair! There are food stalls, activities, organisational jobs, set up and many other available roles for you to sign up to! Do you fancy being a photographer? Would you like to help with a children's game, or be the new Madame Butterfly...counterpart to the Prince of Pockets? Please sign here early so that you get the role that you want and will enjoy the day!

Drumming Circle at the Fair - you can book your child in now!

Drumroll.....well it's time! The booking link for the Drumming Circles at our Fair have opened, and Class 2 is already almost booked out! Come and have a look and get into the drumming groove whilst sipping on your delicious hot or iced chai. Book your child in for their 'Class group' for the added fun of drumming with your friends! This booking link is open to class groups first, before other places are given to the public, so get in early if you'd like to be a part of the drumming motions on the day.




ONLY $12.00




Drum Master KAYA BOOM from Vibe Life in Bellingen will run fun, all-ages drum circles in our CHAI TENT.  If you’ve ever visited Bellingen markets, you’d have seen Kaya leading the vibrant community drumming.  Direct from the waterfalls and crystal clear rivers of The Promised Land - Kaya brings the magic to Castlecrag, under the cover of a beautiful Bedouin Stretch Tent.

We’re offering pre-sale tickets to the student community class by class, and then to the wider community on the day. 
Class Four is already SOLD OUT !  
30 drums in each 20 minute workshop.  Older students are welcome to join the Community Drumming aimed at teens and young adults at the end of the day

Call to Artists!


Grassroots Eco Store – Gifts of Seeds for Spring!

Spring is here and so are Gifts of Seeds to delight young green thumbs and novice gardeners. Watch with wonder and joy as the seeds germinate and slowly grow into a delicious, edible plant or flower. The seeds are non-hybrid, non GMO varieties. They come packaged as a gift card in 100% post-consumer recycled cardboard that is made in Australia. This is an eco-friendly, meaningful gift that grows and keeps on giving. 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

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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?

There are opportunities available as follows:

1. TABBY URGENTLY NEEDS TO FIND A HOME THIS WEEK - Tabby is a very healthy 6yr old Desexed Microchipped Male cat. He is a very affectionate, playful and loyal boy. You would find your kindness and care being met with much love from him. He is at ease with children and adults alike. Though, like many cats, would be happiest in a single animal home. We must move home next week and urgently need to find him a home after a potential family for him fell through at the last minute.  Please call me ASAP for more information or to meet him. Tanya mb. 0414 233 335 .CLICK BELOW for photos of Tabby.

2. Free Loom for pick up in Sydney City this week. Does anyone have a textile business (or textile friend) who could give a new home to this beautiful weaving loom? This loom was given to the War Widows Guild. They have to leave their current premises Friday this week, and they are either going to give it away or dump it.  It needs to be collected from Level 14, 277 Elizabeth St. Sydney. If you want it enough to collect it, contact Liz Nisbett, phone (02) 9267-6577 at the War Widows Guild.  Please do not contact the guild itself- just this number.

3. House available for rent near Glenaeon School: " Glenaeon family looking for neighbour - 2 bed room free standing house for rent.   Minutes WALK to Middle Cove campus, Beautiful front yard, quiet street.   Contact Laura @ 0406 760906 or email" Click 'SHOW MORE' below to see photos of the house.

4. For Sale: Jupiter 606 Trumpet in as new condition. Includes case, original instruction manual, piston lubricant and 3 trumpet music books. Purchased for $700. Selling for $395. Contact Felicity Cutts 0416035173

5. Kohler & Campbell KC145D Upright Piano for Sale - In great condition- purchased as new 6yrs ago. Colour- Ebony. With German Roslau(TM) strings 100% German premium wool for its hammers and felt and sand casting iron plate. It has a slow closing fallboard which prevents finger injuries. $2,500.00 For more information contact Tanya on 0414 233 335

5. 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: Click below for more info

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

6. From Anna Lloyd - Request for House sitting and/or Skills Exchange for Accommodation:  Click below for more info

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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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Wooden Bow Making Workshop with Lars Richter - 26 and 27 October COPY

Wooden Bow Making Workshop with Lars Richter - 26 and 27 October

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

Workshop : Where Do New Ideas Come From? Becoming a Creative Thinker

Where Do New Ideas Come From? Becoming a Creative Thinker?

A Learning and Teaching Development presentation with Fiona Campbell

This presentation explores how the way we think influences our ability to be creative. It takes a new look at the role the Higher Order Thinking Skills play in learning and teaching development and suggests practice-based strategies and exercises for developing these skills, based on Steiner indications and Goethean Inquiry.

Date: Wednesday 3 October 2019
Time: 7pm
Venue: Gleneaon School Hall, Castlecrag
Cost: $10

Fiona Campbell, PhD (UTS), MA (UTS), BA Hons (Macq), Dip. Waldorf Ed. (Emerson College)

Fiona is a Visual artist, interdisciplinary researcher and learning experience designer. Fiona has 20 year’s experience teaching anthroposophical studies and visual arts at Sydney Rudolf Steiner College. She has recently returned to Sydney from England and Canberra where she has been offering workshops on developing creativity skills.


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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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 was drawn by Class 6 teacher Rodney Dean for their "Federation of Australia' Main Lesson.