Glenaeon Newsletter September 27 2019

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End of Term

What a series of Spring festivals we have enjoyed?! The weather was kind to us this year and in sparkling Spring sunshine on the round oval, the Maypole was woven most beautifully by Class 5 at Middle Cove.

After the Acknowledgement of Country, I welcomed everyone with some words from the Dharuk language, the indigenous language that is nearest to Glenaeon and still living: Warami inyari, meaning Hello, how are you?and the high school answered very loudly, Budyari! meaning, we’re good!

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Year 12 Farewell Assembly

It's time to farewell our Year 12 students.  It’s been an extremely emotional week, not only for the students who are saying goodbye to their teachers and younger members of the community, but for the teachers and staff that have encouraged and inspired these people for many wonderful years, some since Preschool. 

The very last day of their Glenaeon journey started with a Year 12 breakfast on the deck, with Head of School Andrew Hill as master chef creating a barbeque feast.Following on, in one of the great traditions of Glenaeon, all the children from Years 7-11 and Class 3-6 create a “walk through” with pairs of students raising arms in a tunnel shape through which the Year 12s walked for the final time towards the Hall for the Farewell Assembly.


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Year 12 journey back through the classes K - 11

On their second last day, Year 12 journeyed through each class, starting at Castlecrag in the Kindergarten morning circle. They were sung to and gifted beautiful finger knitted bracelets. They continued to visit Class 1, walking their morning form drawing with them and continuing on to Class 2 and then to Middle Cove. This is a Glenaeon tradition in which Year 12 students spend a morning revisiting the younger classes, remembering times and joining them in part of their morning class. They ended the day signing off on each others' school shirts and would return the following day for their final assembly.

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Spring Festival 2019

The weather was perfect for our Spring Festival at Middle Cove this week. After the acknowledgement of the traditional owners of the land, our Master of Ceremonies the kookaburra arrived and the festival could begin!  

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Spring Festival - music, flowers and festive cheer

There were plenty of blossoms, crowns and and music for the Spring Festival day. Parents, staff and students enjoyed the warm and relaxing day and the oval was filled with family and friends. Thank you all for coming and for those who helped to create and coordinate the festival.

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Twilight Market

The weather cleared for last Friday's Twilight market, and the community came together for a relaxing afternoon of food, craft, shopping and friends. Class One ran a tie dyeing activity, Class Three sold beautiful T-shirts made by Tanya and Yuki and plenty of cakes, including a healthy smorgasbord made by Sharmayne. Class Five served home made felafel kebabs, lemonade and sausages. Well done fund-raisers and thank you to Clare Gordon for assisting the organisation and bringing in other stall holders, which make for a lovely community market twice a year.

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


Kindergarten Spring Festival

Big and Little Kindergarten celebrated their Spring Festival under sunny skies this week. It was a beautiful celebration - the children prepared fruit sticks and lemonade, and parents brought a delicious selection of dishes for a shared lunch afterwards. Spring is such a lovely time of year and the Castlecrag campus is decorated with children's art and craft.


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Class One prepare for their first Middle Cove Spring Festival

Class 1 were excitedly preparing for their first Spring Festival at Middle Cove, called the 'Big Campus' by the children. Parents brought in greenery and they made wreaths the day before. On the morning of the last day of school, parents helped put fresh flowers in the wreaths and they caught the bus to Middle Cove. Walking down to the oval, they were the first group to perform to the rest of the school and parents. Thanks to the parents who joined in to help prepare the wreaths and travel with the children to and from Castlecrag. The walk back to Castlecrag was a great thing to do together.

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Thank you to our Gentle Cafe Canteen and Humming Cafe

A warm and YUMMY THANK YOU to our lovely canteen team with Sharon Dirken, parent volunteers,Tomo and the team from Humming Cafe for another term of delicious food! We are so lucky to have such wonderful, healthy food for our students and staff. See you next term! To sign up to volunteer for a shift at the canteen, open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, go to, and pick a shift that works for you. Hours are 9am-1pm and your child eats free on the day you are working! It’s fun and interesting to talk, cook and enjoy the bush setting we are surrounded by, come check it out! Warm regards, Sharon & Lorna.

Echidna at Middle Cove

An echindna came out to say hello to Science teacher Ehrnan Carol-Garis down near the oval. We are so lucky to have so much wildlife right here on campus.

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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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Class Three Money Main Lesson - Markets and more!

Class 3 have just finished their Main Lesson learning about Money. From the ancient trades in salt and spices, to barter, coins and notes and the current day, they have been raising money for charity and their own Class Three Glenaeon Bank! They held two market days - the first was a barter trading day, and the second one was a market using real money.

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Year 8 Outdoor Education camp - Barrington Tops National Park

Year 8 returned from their 5 day outdoor education trip to Barrington Tops. They bushwalked, began white water rafting, spent time mountain biking and camped together, before returning to school for a short week until the end of Term 3.

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Jolan Leforestier's painting displayed for the Northern Beaches Art Prize

Jolan Leforestier's painting "Dragon Rescue" has been selected and hung in the Northern Beaches Art Prize - congratulations Jolan!


Blackmores Sydney 10km Bridge Run

On Sunday 15 September, 2019, Jonas and Year 8 student Sophia Thompson took part in the Blackmores Sydney 10km Bridge Run. As this was one of the goals of Sophia’s Year 8 project on fitness, her mentor Jonas was keen to join her and motivate her throughout to achieve a good time. After days of rain the sun shone and it was a beautiful start to the day joining others in the great spirit of this event. Record numbers of runners took part in the early morning race with more than 37,000 people running over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and finishing at the Sydney Opera House. Crossing the finish line at 48 minutes was a great end to a wonderful experience. All the weeks of training had paid off!


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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

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

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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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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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!

Family Fair Cake Stall 2019

Dear Glenaeon Families,

The Fair will have a 'Home Made Cake Stall' and 'Coffee Shop' where the bakes goods are supplied by the loving efforts of Glenaeon Families.

Each family from Little Kindy to Year 11 is asked to make any of the following:

A whole cake
A batch of muffins
Cup cakes
Bliss balls

Anything home made that looks delicious will sell! Gluten free and other allergen free cakes are always popular (no peanuts or store bought cakes please). Cake boxes will be distributed to the Class Teacher from Monday 28th of October, extras are at reception! An ingredient labelis on the box, please fill it out. If your child is able to decorate the cake box, we would encourage them to brighten up the box! Baked good are to be returned to the Castlecrag Campus. On: Friday the 1st of November 12pm-3pm or Saturday the 2rd of November from 7:30am-10am. Class 4 Fair Team thanks you in advance for all your efforts to support the annual Family Fair.

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

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 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

Lou Harvey-Zahra Parent Workshop - Growing Children, Thriving Children -


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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Eurythmy - Making Sound Visible

In October 2019 the “Light-Eurythmy-Group” will be touring Australia and New Zealand. The Performing artists from Switzerland have been travelling the world for many years. Eurythmy is neither dance nor mime, but an art of movement which makes speech and music visible. Eurythmy uses for its expression the most flexible of all instruments – the human body. Eurythmy propounds that each sound is universal and has its own distinctive movement, whether that sound be consonant, vowel, tone or the interval between tones.

This art of making sound visible through movement was developed 1912 by Rudolf Steiner an Austrian writer, scientist, artist and philosopher (1861-1925). The word Eurythmy stems from Greek and means beautiful, harmonious rhythm. The Light-Eurythmy-Group is based in Arlesheim-Dornach near Basel in Switzerland.

Thomas Sutter who has led the group for the past two decades says:

"Lighteurythmy" is the name of our group. This word was created by Rudolf Steiner and refers to the lighting impulse given for Eurythmy, which we cultivate in our performances. Lighteurythmy is not restricted to technical lighting, but includes the eurythmy process, whereby movement, inner striving and outer light become unified. Movement is led by light and conjures colour into the air. With Eurythmy we open and unfold forces of light. Eurythmy is a light-filled art, that spreads light and colour. "

Eurythmy is not only performed on stage, but is taught worldwide in Steiner Schools from kindergarten to Class 12, as part of the curriculum. It is also practised therapeutically for illnesses and general well-being.

 “The Song of the Earth” is a colourful programme of poetry and music which raises questions about our relationship to the earth. Even if the trenches we dig, criss cross her skin and the craters gape like wounds, mother earth resounds from all her wounds and crevices. But she needs us to reconnect to the spiritual sources of our thinking and our deeds. It has its culmination in the “Fairies Scene” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, where the queen of the fairies states that “the seasons change for a reason.” Saturday's Performance will include a scene from the Mysterydramas and the Foundation Stone Meditation by Rudolf Steiner.

Saturday 26th October 4pm „The Song of the Earth“ may human beings hear it!

followed by soup and socializing at

Rudolf Steiner House, 307 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000

Suggested donations $ 20 / $ 12

For inquiries+reservations contact Annette 400301550

Tuesday 29th October 7 30pm „The Song of the Earth“ I matter to matter

Lorien Novalis School, 456 Old Northern Road, DURAL 2158

Ticket prices: $ 20 / $ 12 concessions / $ 40 families

For booking inquiries contact Vivien Sievers 96580700

Bremen town musicians coming to town!

This week's Blackboard Beauty

This week's blackboard beauty was drawn by Class 3 teacher Katherine Arconati for the 'Money' Main Lesson. Also on this board is a reminder for the children to ask themselves if their playtime words are Kind, Necessary and True.