The Power of Play in Nature

The Power of Play in Nature

13 Mar 2020

For those in the community that could not make our Power of Play in Nature forum last week, I am pleased to share my opening remarks.

"I’m very aware that I’m the warm up band at this gig, so I will be brief and just restrict myself to two key points. The first is why Glenaeon is hosting this seminar.

Education is continually changing. Just think student wellbeing. When I went to school, mental health and wellbeing were non-existent issues as core school concerns. If students couldn’t manage, it was seen as collateral damage to the main battle for academic achievement, like civilian casualties in a war. Now there has been a 180 degree turn around. Mental health and wellbeing are front and centre. Every school has an obligation to manage, support and facilitate student mental health. That transformation has happened in a generation.

Consider positive education. Some twenty years ago, I and my school were criticised by a mainstream teacher from a university for being “too positive”. This was about the year Professor Martin Seligman’s first book The Optimistic Child came out. Now just think what Seligman’s Positive Education has become. Today there are many schools which have based their entire wellbeing program on Positive education, and there’s even one nearby that calls it Visible Positive Education. Twenty years ago we were criticised for using positive methods, today you are criticised if you do not use positive methods. That’s a total turnaround in twenty years.

How does change happen? It happens the same general way that positive change happens. First there are problems with the current model or the current understanding of what is generally understood should happen in schools. Cracks and internal contradictions start to happen; new expectations start to emerge. At the same time there is a growing body of research suggesting a new and better way.

Let’s look at our current model. Australia has spent more money on education in recent years than ever before. Australian children spend more time in formal school instruction than all other OECD countries: our school day is the longest in the OECD (something about which Australian parent may be very surprised!). Australian children begin formal literacy instruction at an increasingly earlier age: there is two years’ difference between us (age 5) and Finland (age 7).

Yet what are the figures showing us? Results in NAPLAN and PISA testing show at best a plateauing, at worst a decline in Australian student performance. The recent NSW government review of curriculum received submissions from almost all stakeholders that there is a perceptible decline in student engagement in learning and assessment, particularly in high school.

In other words, we are doing and spending more, and the results are getting less. That sounds to me like an internal contradiction! We need to do something differently.

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Castlecrag students enjoy outdoor play time

Castlecrag students enjoy outdoor play time

14 Feb 2020

Children at Castlecrag are enjoying their outside play and are full of activity as they jump, slide and swing! 

 

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Summer of Challenges

Summer of Challenges

31 Jan 2020

Welcome to 2020! A special welcome to all new students of Glenaeon, particularly in Kindergarten and Year 7, and to all continuing students and families. After a summer of challenges, we look forward to a better year.

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Class of 2019 Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School in top 100 with a perfect score

Class of 2019 Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School in top 100 with a perfect score

19 Dec 2019

Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School warmly congratulates the Class of 2019 on their excellent performance in the Higher School Certificate (HSC).

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AEON Issue 12 Magazine out now

AEON Issue 12 Magazine out now

03 Dec 2019

Issue 12 AEON Magazine out now!

 

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Drawing at Glenaeon Made Him a Better GP

Drawing at Glenaeon Made Him a Better GP

27 Nov 2019

Today we farewelled our Year 12, the Class of 2019. Entering the Hall at 9.30 am as Glenaeon students, they left the Hall at 11 am as ex-Glenaeon students, or GlenX.

It was a particularly beautiful assembly with some exceptional musical performances from both the music students in the group, and a choral piece from the whole year group.

In reflecting on what the school has brought them, I mentioned some of the many ”small things” that make up a Glenaeon education, the many small things that together make a large, meaningful and organic whole. Small things can have a big impact and I shared a story of how one small thing that we do at Glenaeon helped a young doctor become a better GP.

Here is the story in full: Dr Andrew Keyworth built a thriving family medical practice in the Newcastle area. He attended Glenaeon from Kindergarten to Class 7, and when I asked him to reflect on the role the school had played in shaping the person he is today, he gave me the following interesting statement. The bold paragraphs highlight how drawing helped him become a better GP:

 

 

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Spring Festival - music, flowers and festive cheer

Spring Festival - music, flowers and festive cheer

27 Sep 2019

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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Year 7 Surprise African Drumming Workshop

Year 7 Surprise African Drumming Workshop

06 Sep 2019

Year 7 were treated to a surprise workshop with African drummers this week as part of their 'The Wonder of the Word' Main Lesson. The musicians were brothers Thiass and Djogo from Senegal and their sounds rang out over the Middle Cove campus, including a welcome song in numerous languages (all that Year 7 could say "hello" in!) accompanied by over 30 drums! Year 7 Guardians Jamie Loftus and Elena Rowan joined in with Music teacher Sallyanne Barker. 

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Year 10 PE Extension class - the Sydney Bay Run Event

Year 10 PE Extension class - the Sydney Bay Run Event

09 Aug 2019

The Year 10 PE extension class had their Term 3 Assessment Task on the weekend completing the Bay Run in the Inner west in Leichhardt. 

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Year 8 : Students of Shakespearean theatre and costumes

Year 8 : Students of Shakespearean theatre and costumes

02 Aug 2019

Class 8 will perform a Shakespearean play later this term, and are not only busily rehearsing, but also sewing their own costumes in Handcraft classes!

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Class 5 learn the traditional Maypole dance

Class 5 learn the traditional Maypole dance

26 Jul 2019

Traditionally at Glenaeon, Class 5 dance the Maypole at the Spring Festival in a rhythmic and co-ordinated series of steps, whilst intricately weaving numerous ribbons into an impressive pattern.

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Class 6 light up their world

Class 6 light up their world

26 Jul 2019

As a part of their Main Lesson exploring the physics of sound, light and heat, Class 6 began the week by painting the colour wheel, exploring the qualities of colours with teacher Rodney Dean.

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Year 11 Biology Reef Excursion with Stanley Tang

Year 11 Biology Reef Excursion with Stanley Tang

14 Jun 2019

Science teacher Stanley Tang took his Year 11 Biology students to Long Reef

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We are SEW close: Can you sew?

We are SEW close: Can you sew?

17 Sep 2020

We need more volunteers to help reach our target of producing 100 face masks for donation to the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse. Last week in the lunchtime group we had a delightful contingency of Class 4 children come and Eddy from that class came for the second time this week. He was guided by the capable Pipi in Year 10 and was hand stitching his mask. What a commendable effort!

Elizabeth Ellean has created some face mask directions and instruction sheets and these are available to Parents via the Handwork page on GLO (Glenaeon Learning Online portal). Please send an email to elizabethe@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au  if you can help us to reach our goal before the end of Term 3.

 #covid #facemask #sewing #volunteer #altrusitic #community #parents #volunteering

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Call to Artists  - Glenaeon's Art Show goes digital

Call to Artists - Glenaeon's Art Show goes digital

17 Sep 2020

Art Show goes digital
Due to COVID, we are holding an online Art Show in 2020.  If you would like to submit your art works for curation, please contact Clare Gordon at clareg@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au or go to the Glenaeon Fair website Art Show application form for artists  https://glenaeonfair.wixsite.com/glenaeon-fair/apply-to-exhibit 

Parents - if you can help spread the word, please download our Glenaeon Art Show 2020 Call to Artists flyer and share with your friends and colleagues

Donation to the Glenaeon Online Raffle
Calling out for donations to the Glenaeon Raffle.  Help us raise funds for the GPA through our annual raffle.  Please consider donating a prize. Please contact Clare Gordon at clareg@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au with your donations.

 

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Now on sale: KFC6 magazine, $2 per copy

Now on sale: KFC6 magazine, $2 per copy

17 Sep 2020

A reminder for Parents that the Class 6 magazine KFC6 (KIDS FROM CLASS 6) is available for sale. Each copy is $2 and all funds raised will be donated to charity called Take 3 for the Sea a movement to reduce plastic from our oceans. Class 6 Parents can buy copies (photocopy or digital version) by sending a gold coin to school with their child. We also invite all other parents to send a $2 coin to school reception and Sarah will send a PDF copy of the magazine by email.

 #Take3ForTheSea

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Showcase + Screens + Survey

Showcase + Screens + Survey

17 Sep 2020

Showcase:

The Year 12 showcase yesterday was a huge achievement. It was a magnificent experience to walk into the Sylvia Brose Hall and take in the sheer quality and volume of project work in the subjects of:

* Visual Arts,
* Design and Technology,
* Science Extension,
* English Extension 2,
* Society and Culture,
* History Extension.

The students deserve congratulations for the vision and hard work they put into bringing their creative labours to completion over a whole year. The works are for the HSC, and will be marked, but the learning that each student went through will live on as a foundation for the rest of their lives. Their works did not exist a year ago, and by creating substantial works in whatever their subject, out of nothing, they have changed the world, and themselves, in the process. What better way of learning that an individual can change the world, for the better, one small work at a time.

Screens:

What does watching a screen do to a child or young person’s mind? It’s the question that’s been hotly debated for decades since movies, TV, video, then laptops and other devices, and now phones, have become so embedded in everyone’s lives.

Does watching a screen reduce the capacity to make independent thoughts? When we hear a story, we make pictures in our mind, mental images, of what we hear. Does seeing a fixed and vibrant artificial image on a screen reduce the ability of a child to create their own inner mental pictures?

There is a significant body of research now suggesting that it does. In a paper titled Screen-time influences children’s mental imagery performance, recently published in the academic journal Developmental Science, researchers have found further evidence of this link.

Taken directly from the paper, the research highlights are:

  • Screen media provide children with ready‐made and visually dominated mental images, hence may reduce multimodal mental imagery.
  • Using a longitudinal cross‐lagged design with 266 children we tested the effect of screen‐time on mental imagery, controlling for a host of variables.
  • Greater screen‐time is linked to reduced mental imagery in children.

There are important issues for our future in a screen dominated world. Genuinely independent thought requires practice in forming those mental images. The more a child is presented with artificial images, the less practice they have in building the “muscle” of independent image generation.

Glenaeon’s primary school is device-free for this very reason. At a time when young brains are growing, we ensure that the muscles of inner mental activity are kept active. We build that mental image muscle through fostering an active image life in our students: stories, poetry, drawing and painting, sculpture, theatre, and all the active learning that goes into Main Lessons are important elements in this building of mental image “muscle”.

You can read the full research article here:< https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/desc.12978 >

Annual Glenaeon Parent Survey

Our annual parent survey will be in your inbox. The survey is an important opportunity to gather information on how you view the school and any suggestions for improvement.

One of the questions is your response to the School Leadership team. Leadership of the school is vested in the Glenaeon School Executive which comprises two overlapping groups carrying responsibilities for both compliance and education.

The Executive Risk Managers carry responsibility for critical incidents (such as the pandemic this year), risk, strategy and compliance, and meets weekly.

The Educational Executive carries responsibility for broader educational decision-making, and also meets weekly.

The Glenaeon School Executive is currently made up of the following people and roles:

  • Andrew Hill: Head of School (RM/EE)
  • Liz Nevieve: Deputy Head of School (7-12) (RM/EE)
  • Dani Finch: Deputy Head of School (K-6) (RM/EE)
  • Peggy Day: Preschool Director (RM/EE)
  • Chris Scrogie: Operations Manager (RM)
  • Rohan Wijesinghe: Finance Manager (RM)
  • Catherine Pilko: Senior Teacher Castlecrag (EE)
  • Brigitte Tietge-Rollans: Daily Coordinator (EE)

 

The survey is completely anonymous and there is no avenue for personal identity to be tracked back to anyone completing the survey. The survey is running over these final two weeks of Term 3, and there will be a number of reminders sent out as part of the survey process. As they say on the phone, “Your views are important to us….”

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Something fishy going on in Class 6

Something fishy going on in Class 6

17 Sep 2020

Whilst Class 6's single-performance of “Aladdin” has been postponed until Friday 16th October, the play preparations are well and truly reaching new heights with the creation of some extraordinary fish puppets. Under the mentorship of parent, Jade Oakley, three Class 6 students Finley, Lucas and Finn, created these eye-catching, parade-sized puppets. Rehearsals are going swimmingly!

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Class 6 dance through an Astronomy Main Lesson

Class 6 dance through an Astronomy Main Lesson

17 Sep 2020

In preparation for the late July night star watch, Class 6 became acquainted with some of the ‘signatures’ of the ‘visible to the naked eye’ planets that we associate with Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. How do we experience their movements through the sky each night and day as they progress above the eastern horizon and down to the western horizon? The students adorned themselves in representative colours and created a lively ‘planet dance’ moving at differing speeds and proximity to our home ‘planet earth’.

This main lesson session was book ended with the class singing and playing drums to Kuake, a native American chant and then singing the planet honouring harmonious Oh Sun and Moon.

At dusk the class noted the sun setting in the west and  witnessed the moon rising in the east followed in procession by Jupiter and then Saturn. Using the width of their hand from thumb to ‘pinkie’, they learned how to measure the five degree per hour movement of the moon across the sky.

The 13 stars of the Scorpio constellation with the bright red central star Antares were scrutinised. One must ‘connect the dots’ using imagination to see the larger picture of what humans for centuries have collectively but without collaboration noted as particular forms in the night sky. The overhead Southern Cross constellation graced the night before the class closed the evening singing “Oh Sun and Moon” again.

Oh Sun and Moon, oh wind that breathes.
Oh starlight shine, oh rustling leaves.
Moving, weaving, in and out.
Turning changing all about.
All in one together free,
Bind us all together.

 

Kuake
Kuake, leno, leno mahote
Hiya no, hiya no, hiya no
We are one with the infinite Sun.
Together forever and ever.

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Year 12s embark on a contemporary scientific journey

Year 12s embark on a contemporary scientific journey

17 Sep 2020

Science Extension is a brand new NESA-developed course implemented in 2019 aiming at high-achieving science students in Year 12 who want to engage with complex concepts and theories and to critically evaluate new ideas, discoveries and contemporary scientific research. Students propose, develop and conduct an authentic scientific research project.

At Glenaeon, for the first time, three talented Year 12 students took the challenge to embark on this journey of scientific discovery in 2020.

Finn Gladstone discovered his interests in reptiles in Year 11. With the help of researchers from the University of Technology Sydney, he soon developed his scientific research project investigating the efficiency of insulation on artificial rocks in providing suitable habitat for rock-dwelling velvet geckos (Amalosia lesueurii) in Dharawal National Park. Finn spent many days in the field setting up artificial rocks, examining geckos and collecting crucial temperature data. Although the time is limited, he was able to successfully conclude that insulation is an effective strategy to improve the thermal viability of artificial rock models used for habitat restoration.

Justin Takayasu has always been fascinated with chemical engineering. While reading a very complex scientific journal on the application of cyclic voltammetry, he quickly came up with the idea of investigating the effects of pressure on the electrochemical window (electrical potential difference). However, without easy access to expensive equipment such as a potentiostat, Justin realised he had to change his approach. Collaborating with researchers from the University of North Carolina in the US, Justin decided to construct a “do-it-yourself” potentiostat following an existing protocol. After extensive and complex troubleshooting, Justin was able to successfully assess the reliability and accuracy of his “DIY” potentiostat in measuring cyclic voltammetry compared to other commercial potentiostat in published literature.

Keaun Wild took his inspiration from a contemporary issue – the COVID-19 pandemic. His research project focused on analysing the incidence of the novel coronavirus among different age groups in Australia. Taking publicly available large datasets from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Keaun used sophisticated statistical analysis to determine that the age range of 25-29 has the highest incidence in relation to its population proportion. He also argued that this pattern of incidence is different from other coronavirus outbreaks in the past, promoting further research into the susceptibility of the disease among different age groups.

#STEM #Science #Glenaeon #SteinerEducation #AuthenticResearch #InternationalCollaboration 

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An Indigenous perspective

An Indigenous perspective

17 Sep 2020

Last Thursday, Muruwari descendant Matthew Doyle immersed our students in aspects of indigenous culture and perspective. After Matthew’s first visit to Glenaeon in 2019, it is the second time a Year 9 cohort has had the unique opportunity to learn about aspects of indigenous life. Matthew’s modest and casual way of speaking and presenting made it easy and engaging for students to ask questions and get involved themselves as Matthew touched on different aspects of indigenous culture.

He spoke about and showed the students leaves from a tree adjacent to the sports ground and explained the tree and its significance to indigenous people. The leaves were then integrated into a dance the group learned in a very short time, to which Matthew gave a rhythm and sang while the students followed his rhythm and moving the leaves up and down as to hide their faces while doing grimaces. 

Matthew demonstrated different types of boomerangs (some meant to return, others used as weapons to hunt animals). As a very accomplished and celebrated song-man he revealed various simple Indigenous instruments for rhythm as well as the digeridoo. Glenaeon’s own Jamie (Year 7 teacher), himself a good didgeridoo player, played together with Matthew and gave the students an idea of the various ways of playing a digeridoo. Matthew spoke about the close connection to nature and the animal world and how everything Indigenous people did and do has connection to the spiritual world. One very interesting idea was that in Indigenous perspectives, all and everything is interconnected, all actions influence one other, nothing can be seen in isolation. And while we in a modern western context might think the same, our actions tell a very different story. The digeridoo was not just there to play music for example, it can also be used, among other things, to imitate animal sounds and connect to the spirit world of the animals.

The students were encouraged to try out the boomerang and some of the wooden instruments before we all headed to the amphitheatre for a presentation. 

Class 3, 4, 5, 6 and the Year 9 cohort and various teachers witnessed Matthew playing the digeridoo and presenting song and dance he had practised with the classes during his time with them. All groups performed different songs and dances and Matthew sang to them in his very intricate and quiet way. We all came away enriched having been part of a culture so relevant to this country yet often so hidden away. It became visible to our students’ eyes, hearts and minds for at least this day, and hopefully many more to come.

#indigenous #firstpeoples

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A journey tells a story

A journey tells a story

17 Sep 2020

While we slowly adjust to the new rhythms of life in 2020 I often find myself reminiscing on time spent in magnificent places and the stories that each different journey brings. The outdoor education story at Glenaeon has a depth and magnitude difficult to convey through word alone. 

In 2019 I spent 128 nights in the field with different groups of students, and one group of parents. We were immersed in awe-inspiring places and had the world at our fingertips.

I often find that while the locations in themselves are all inspiring, for me, it’s the silent change in the students that is the highlight of the experience. A true sense of accomplishment and self-efficacy that cannot be found within one’s comfort zone or the bounds of four walls.

The Nepalese enrichment experience offered to last year’s graduating class was exactly that, enriching. A student group from the Class of 2019 experienced an incredible location, a inspiring story, and meaningful lives.

I would like to share with you the visual story of our incredible journey to Nepal, created by Nicholas Covelli.

KG
Outdoor Education Assistant

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Year 9s and 10s Play the Bard

Year 9s and 10s Play the Bard

17 Sep 2020

Last week, Year 9 and Year 10 students were treated to a ‘Play the Bard’ incursion of Shakespeare in text and performance. Professional actors Tommy James Green and James Hartley staged a satirical spoof of Shakespeare’s creative process in relation to the plays produced, in this case Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, which led into workshops exploring features of Shakespearean language and aspects of performance. With a scene selected, the students workshopped how to use the stage and engage the audience from multiple angles with limited or no props. It is clear from the photographs that the students enjoyed the experience. David Green (English/HSIE Teacher & Tom’s dad)

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Spring has sprung at Castlecrag

Spring has sprung at Castlecrag

17 Sep 2020

Spring has well and truly sprung at Castlecrag! The warmth is inviting, the sunlight is shining and the blossoms are blooming! The jasmine is in full flower and it's scent penetrates the campus. Spring nature tables are full of life and the children have been enjoying the Spring verses in preparation for their Spring Celebrations next week. Kindy children have been grinding the stones to make ochre paint in the playground. 

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Our Preschoolers enjoy Spring!

Our Preschoolers enjoy Spring!

17 Sep 2020

Here we are at Preschool wondering in the joy of Spring. It is a full sense experience with the warm bright weather, the smell of Jasmine in the air and the incredible growth in the plant world. Tiny mulberries and mulberry leaves are beginning to emerge on our white Mulberry Tree and one of our families has gifted us baby silkworms to nurture through their life cycle.

Silkworm on a mulberry leaf goes wriggle, wriggle, wriggle
Silkworm on a mulberry leaf goes munch, munch, munch
Silkworm on a mulberry leaf goes to sleep
And when he sleeps he has a dream of places he has never seen
He opens his eyes, is wide awake, spreads his wings, he's a moth-afly, flutterby moth-afly, fly fly

(adapted from Caterpillar on a soft green leaf by Ebba Bodame)

Snow peas and sugar snap peas are growing from their flowers and the children are very excited to spot them and check their growth.

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Ring-a-ding-a-ling - our school bell

Ring-a-ding-a-ling - our school bell

17 Sep 2020

The sound of the old brass bell at Castlecrag is a happy sound, prompting children to run from the playground to their class balconies. Children enjoy taking turns to ring the bell, and occasionally even Kindy children find their way to ring its happy tune. It is such a lovely, friendly sound, and there is always a keen collection of children to run to get and ring the bell!

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Class 1 Indigenous Stories - big and little letters

Class 1 Indigenous Stories - big and little letters

17 Sep 2020

To end the term, Class 1 have been experiencing some wonderful aboriginal stories of the Dreamtime. They have heard stories of the Sun Woman, the Moon Man, the Rainbow Serpent, the giant frog that drank up all of the water in the world and many other wonderful stories. They are filling their workbooks with both pictures and text, as they learn the capitals and lower case of each letter alongside the stories. Chalkboard drawings by Rodney Dean.

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Class 1 garden comes to life

Class 1 garden comes to life

17 Sep 2020

Class 1 & 2 have been patiently toiling the soil outside Class 1, in preparation for this day. They have dug out roots and rocks, and planted both enduring natives close to the building, and flowers in the front section. This will be another 'working garden' for the children at Castlecrag, who all work in the garden every week with teacher Sandra Frain. It is lovely to see such care and enjoyment as they carefully tend their baby plants.

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Bush Regeneration project, a Natural Progression

Bush Regeneration project, a Natural Progression

17 Sep 2020

A select number of students from each of Year 7 & 8 have met for a total of eight Fridays since commencing the Bush Regeneration program back on February 14, 2020, with a brief lapse for Covid-19 but has resumed again since August.

Richard  Blacklock and an apprentice have led us as contracted by Willoughby Council for a total of five sessions thus far. As the Liaison between the school and Mr. Blacklock, I support the students in this regeneration project each week. The Bush Care staff member has been present and supportive with some sessions too. 

The students are enthusiastic and motivated to learn and to practice some of the principals of Bush Regeneration. They are interested in plant identification, the methods of weeding and the techniques for planting the desired Native Species. They are also making records by preserving some plant samples, taking photos and scribing. 

Additionally, four wheel barrows of weeds harvested from Scott’s Creek (each session) are delivered to the school’s Biodynamic Garden. A ‘Weed Tea’ is subsequently brewed which harnesses the minerals in the weeds. After fermentation this liquid is used to fertilise impoverished areas of the school grounds. The remaining carbon of the weeds is then composted in one of our many garden compost systems. 

As the students are already familiar with the school garden’s sustainable practices this bush regeneration project is a natural progression that deepens their capabilities for constructive community development around nature’s waterways. 

Sandra Frain
Gardening Teacher

 

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Kindy Games day

Kindy Games day

17 Sep 2020

Once a week, Kindergarten children enjoy structured games and participate in small groups through the activities. They look forward to 'Games Day' and relish the challenges of balance, coordination and fun.

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Year 11 Parzival Main lesson

Year 11 Parzival Main lesson

17 Sep 2020

Year 11 are commencing their Parzival Main lesson, and this Blackboard Beauty is by the talented Julia Byrne.

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Careers Counselling for Year 12s

Careers Counselling for Year 12s

17 Sep 2020

Over the past two weeks our Year 12s have enjoyed career counselling sessions with a professional careers counsellor, Pamela Ledley.

Pamela meet with students to discuss their career aspirations and worked through information gleaned from career profiling tools such as Morrisby Profile (an online career profile tool that consists of a series of assessments and questionnaires) and My Career Match (a career profile tool that matches personality with career suggestions).

These sessions allowed each Year 12 student to work on an individual post-school plan. Of working with High School students Pamela said, "I love being part of their hopeful futures and in turn being inspired by the great things they are dreaming of doing."

Glenaeon has a GLO page dedicated to careers information which can be found by clicking here.

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The Cove delivers after Coronavirus disrupts

The Cove delivers after Coronavirus disrupts

03 Sep 2020

Running, yoga, climbing, canoeing, bush walking, cooking....While The Cove program, built for our Year 9s went quiet during Term 1 and in part, Term 2 due to coronavirus restrictions, we are back strong and active to instill leadership, resilience, outdoor skill and cooperation - to name but a few – in our students.

From invigorating early morning runs along the various and now familiar tracks leading away from school, to yoga sessions that bring mindfulness and provide a calm beginning to the day, to bush walks, canoeing, rock climbing, trangia cooking and cooperative games and team building activities – the Year 9 cohort has experienced it all in the last few weeks.

While the yoga sessions are good to combat stress and teach the students a calm and positive mindset, the climbing challenged them every bit in their physical beings! Canoeing and bushwalking added to the activities experienced over three one-day local excursions in the last few weeks. The students got a renewed appreciation of the beauty of the immediate vicinity of their school as they hiked, paddled, ran, cooked and climbed in it. They even erected tents and tarps as a way to practice their skills for the upcoming Shoalhaven adventure in Term 4.  

Although not every canoe steered by students out of the mangrove-lined exit of Scotts Creek into Fig Tree Cove was going in a straight line, students learned a lot about how to more efficiently manoeuvre the boats across water. Equally, putting up a tent for practice, more than to sleep in, may not be as rewarding, but is an essential to get right in the wilderness that awaits the students on the Shoalhaven River and its banks. The walls students climbed in four different routes were all within Harold Reid Reserve close to our school. The ropes were all set up by our Outdoor Education duo KG and Scottie and catered for different abilities. While half the cohort sat in a semi-circle not far from the walls to cook their mostly healthy meals they had brought along, the other part of the cohort attempted the walls before swapping activities around.   

Three people were in each climbing team, one climber and two belaying the climber before taking turns. Harness and equipment as well as climbing technique were again explained to students as they learned about safety features and how to lower a climber safely down once they had reached their individual end point of their climbs. Some had great success reaching the top of their climbs!

Teamwork was needed in all activities as cooperation and a better connection between students is one of the core ideas about The Cove program that borrows from both PE and Outdoor Ed in the skills it aims to refine.

As bushwalking is such an essential skill in a country like Australia, it is also something we want our students to be confident in. Not every student is an avid bushwalker yet but they are getting better at it and practice makes perfect as we all know.

The Cove offers our Year 9s ample opportunity to catch up, to talk while walking, canoeing or cooking and thereby supporting the students social and emotional wellbeing. This comes at a crucial time as we are all under the COVID-19 cloud and somewhat less connected. It is also a time when teenage development is at a crossroads and many students may feel it’s ‘all about themselves’ feeling they have all the rights and few responsibilities. It is crucial that they have positive intervention, role models and activities that counter this idea and provide meaningful interaction with nature, in nature and with one another.

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Class 6 launches KFC6 magazine, $2 per copy

Class 6 launches KFC6 magazine, $2 per copy

03 Sep 2020

If you are concerned about diversity in media ownership, then you will be pleased to learn that Class 6 is publishing a brand new magazine called KFC6 (KIDS FROM CLASS 6) which will feature original stories, puzzles, illustrations, biographies, book reviews and recipes all created by the Class 6 students. The niche publication will be published twice in Term 3 and twice during Term 4.

Each copy is $2 and all funds raised will be donated to charity called Take 3 for the Sea a movement to reduce plastic from our oceans. Class 6 Parents can buy copies (photocopy or digital version) by sending a gold coin to school with their child. We also invite all other parents to send a $2 coin to school and you will be sent a PDF copy of the magazine by email.

Printed copies are also now available in the staffroom for teaching staff and school administrators to buy. Sources close to Class 6 say Rupert Murdoch is keenly watching and may place a take-over bid should sales go well, although we think Class 6 will want to keep the new title independent.

 #Take3ForTheSea

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And Sew It GLO's - face mask intructions on GLO for parent volunteers

And Sew It GLO's - face mask intructions on GLO for parent volunteers

03 Sep 2020

Elizabeth Ellean has created some face mask directions and instruction sheets and these are available to Parents on the via the Handwork page on GLO (Glenaeon Learning Online portal). 

There was another good turn out this Tuesday lunchtime in the textiles room for face making volunteers including Year 10 students, Pipi and Olivia who are driving the initiative as part of their Duke of Ed service.

The aim is to make over 100 masks for the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse cancer treatment hospital. The hospital is currently giving out huge numbers of masks each day to outpatients and visitors, and wearing a mask is a prerequisite for hospital entry.

Students that cannot make the Tuesday lunchtime session are encouraged to pick up a take home kit for students, family and friends to make.  If you can help cut material and elastic, make up kits or sew masks then please send an email to elizabethe@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 

Parents are invited to help in the off-campus sewing bee:

  1. Download the face mask pattern https://www.mylifehouse.org.au/help-us-by-sewing-masks/ or use the one on GLO.
  2. Find some suitable fabric you have lying around or buy some
  3. Make as many face masks as you can
  4. Send some pics of your mask sewing activity to newsletter@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 
  5. Ask your child to bring the completed masks to school and hand them in at reception

Glenaeon will arrange for delivery of the completed masks to Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at the end of the term. If you need fabric, please let Elizabeth know. If you can sew, donate fabric, elastic or support in any way, please contact Elizabeth via email elizabethe@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

Sew much fun! And for a great cause!

#DukeofEdAus #worldready #dukeofed #covid #facemask #sewing #volunteer #altrusitic #comunity #parents #volunteering

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Call to Artists  - Glenaeon's Art Show goes digital

Call to Artists - Glenaeon's Art Show goes digital

03 Sep 2020

Art Show goes digital
Due to COVID, we are holding an online Art Show in 2020.  If you would like to submit your art works for curation, please contact Clare Gordon at clareg@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au or go to the Glenaeon Fair website Art Show application form for artists  https://glenaeonfair.wixsite.com/glenaeon-fair/apply-to-exhibit 

Donation to the Glenaeon Online Raffle
Calling out for donations to the Glenaeon Raffle.  Help us raise funds for the GPA through our annual raffle.  Please consider donating a prize. Please contact Clare Gordon at clareg@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au with your donations.

 

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GlenXer Ashley Wilderink on the business upside to COVID in SMH article

GlenXer Ashley Wilderink on the business upside to COVID in SMH article

03 Sep 2020

It's great to see GlenX's Ashley Wilderink owner of the Brothers Ben cafe in Petersham is getting support from her local comunity during the COVID pandemic.  If you are in the area, please pop in and grab a coffee and support our GlenX community!

 

Ashley Wilderink, owner of the Brothers Ben cafe in Petersham, says coffee sales during the week are up “a huge amount” compared to before the pandemic.
 
“So many people are working from home and they’re wanting coffee in the morning and they’re wanting lunch options as well, so that’s definitely gone up for us,” she said.
 
“We’ve found the support from our local community has been awesome … right now being in a residential area is a gold mine I think.”
 
The Brothers Ben cafe was forced to close for a fortnight in the early stages of the pandemic after a customer with a reported case of coronavirus visited. It has been serving only takeaway food and drinks since then.
 
“It’s working for us,” Ms Wilderink said. “People appreciate that we’re trying to keep everyone safe.”
  

Read the SMH article in full: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/it-s-a-gold-mine-how-sydney-s-humble-suburban-cafes-bounced-back-20200830-p55qnd.html  

 

CALL OUT TO GLEN X

If you are a member of our GlenX community and would like to share your reflections on your years at Glenaeon, and tell us what you are up to now, please send an email to newsletter@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au. We'd love to hear from you!

 

 

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Ode to Joy

Ode to Joy

03 Sep 2020

When the current Year 12 students were in Year 9, and when their first examinations were looming, I gave them a booklet called, ‘A Guide to Joyful, Invigorating Study’. It contained all of the usual tips - how to plan a revision schedule, the ABC’s of daily to-do’s, the benefits of the Cornell note-taking system, characteristics of different learning styles and how to leverage your personal tendencies, the importance of sleep and nutritious food, the essential absence of the mobile phone! – but more than that it contained a woven-through theme that I hoped would set them up for life, namely the importance of a positive outlook and the buoyancy that joy-filled endeavour brings when moments of contraction are needed and when, in the absence of positivity, pain may be a potential by-product. It became a running joke between that cohort and I, “We’re looking forward to ‘Joyful, Invigorating Study’, Liz” was a comment that subsequently accompanied pretty much all of their following examination periods. But while they teasingly mocked the title because of their adolescent aversion to anything at all profuse, I saw a glint in their eyes, a lightness in their step and academic results that spoke to the fact that many had indeed successfully approach their revision with a light heart and joyful determination.

Fast forward to Year 12 and of course the challenges and demands of the HSC, which at times can feel relentless, can’t be overlooked. Joy-filled study hasn’t accompanied every moment of their year, and certainly individual struggles and personal wellbeing journeys are not to be negated or overlooked. Nevertheless, a generally positive outlook prevails and a healthy sense of perspective is living in the group, and for this I am truly grateful… and this cohort has faced more challenges than many! As COVID-19 hit and as we found ourselves living with an increasing global awareness yet a smaller and smaller sphere of movement, we keenly experienced the pain of contraction. For Year 12 students and parents, and indeed the whole school community, this has meant navigating change and adapting to new necessities that have at times been very challenging. For Year 12 students in particular, it hindered usual parent involvement in celebratory events that, mirroring the handing over of the five-year-old to the kindergarten teacher, usually shepherd the young person into their young-adult years. But amid challenges, a joyful approach (and the assistance of technology!) can build bridges. This week, the HSC Music Showcase, recorded for later sharing with the community and livestreamed to Year 12 parents, did just that. And while the significant achievements of our HSC Music 1, 2 and Extension students were heard by teachers and students in school hall as well as in the lounge room in Cammeray, Belrose, Roseville and Leichardt, I was reminded of the German peoples’ early response to lockdown and COVID-19 restrictions. On the 22 March at 6pm sharp, Germans opened their windows or stood on their balconies and Beethoven’s Ode to Joy was played on cellos, violins, recorders and tin whistles, any instrument that could be found. Professionals, amateurs, grandparents and the very young came together to create a cacophony of tone! And it was joyful. And it allowed the contraction of lockdown to be opened into an expansive coming together, and it allowed something challenging to be more easily overcome. And so I return to the Year 9 study skills booklet, and to the themes of ‘Joyful, Invigorating Study’. As Year 12 students go into this last stretch, I wish them just that. Moments when windows and balconies are thrown open and when a time of concentrated work is supported by an inner sense of positivity. I celebrate our Year 12 students and their achievements, and wish them well as they make space in their hearts and minds for their own Ode to Joy.

Liz Nevieve
Deputy Head of School (Years 7-12)

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Glenaeon shines bright

Glenaeon shines bright

03 Sep 2020

Our thanks and appreciation to Class 1's Cesar and family, Year 7's Evie and family, and Year 8's, Peter and family, for supporting our latest enrolment campaign. Their smiling faces will be appearing on bus shelters down Eastern Valley Way, on digital screens within in selected suburban IGA stores and online to broaden community awareness about our wonderful school.

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Year 9's Eva writes to six senior citizens Pen Pals in lockdown

Year 9's Eva writes to six senior citizens Pen Pals in lockdown

03 Sep 2020

Year 9 student Eva Petkovich’s original Duke of Ed plan was usurped by covid. That resulted in Eva reaching out to six isolated local aged care home residents and regularly writing to them as Pen Pals during the lockdown. Read her story….

Eva, please tell us what you are doing for your Duke of Ed this year?
For my service part of Duke of Ed I wrote to residents living in a nursing home during the quarantine period. I wrote to residents once a week and spoke about my life and what was happening and created a companionship during a tough time.

How did the Pen Pal activity come about? Whose idea was it?
I initially was volunteering in a childcare centre but due to covid-19 I wasn't able to continue, so I had to come up with something else Mum asked around and Aveo Lindfield Gardens said that they would be happy to participate in pen pals, so really it was mum’s idea to write the letters.

Who do you write to? And are they hand written letters or email?
I wrote to six residents, two letters each week and just followed down a list in order to make sure I didn't leave anyone in the home, out. My letters were hand written and I would always stick a floral heart on the envelope, so the residents knew it was from me.

Do they write back to you?
Some do, some don't, one lady wrote to me every week and others I never got a response from. This did not bother me at all because for me it was more about keeping them distracted during the isolation period.

Will you get to meet your Pen Pal/s?
I'm not sure. Hopefully once all restrictions are lifted I will be able to meet and get to know them.

How does it make you feel to know that you are gifting these senior people some great joy?
I feel accomplished at the thought that my letters are making people happy and that I am able to share a bit of my life with them and them share a bit of their life with me.

What have you learned from this experience?
Probably to listen to everyone's story. For example, after writing to a lady about Jindabyne and how I was boarding there in third term she replied to me, saying how she grew up on a farm there and skied in Thredbo a few times. This was such a surprise to me and we wrote often to each other about the snow and her life when she was younger. It was so nice to be able to connect with someone through similar life experiences.

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New public bus service on Glenaeon’s doorstep

New public bus service on Glenaeon’s doorstep

03 Sep 2020

Good news for students on public transport. There is a new bus route, the 194,  stopping at Eastern Valley Way / Victoria Avenue, traveling between the City and St Ives. Download the timetable or click here to see the full route:  https://transportnsw.info/routes/details/forest-coach-lines/194/39194 

Students who usually travel on the 207 up to the Castlecrag shops can catch this bus. The bus then turns left at Cammeray to go over on to the bridge and into the city. 

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Sarah trains up for student wellbeing

Sarah trains up for student wellbeing

03 Sep 2020

Sarah is the smiling face our students and, in non covid times, visitors,  see when they come to our Middle Cove reception desk. Her job is wide and varied, but extremely focussed on looking after our parents, students and visitors.  She is the friendly voice on the phone and the go to person for all inquiries. Ever helpful, there is a wonderful warmth with Sarah, and she makes the task of juggling a million requests for help seem effortless. She is the antithesis of the “cranky school office lady” and always lends an ear to students in need.

Recently Sarah attended a training course called Youth Mental Health First Aid, so we asked her to tell us more about it, and herself.

1.            Youth Mental Health First Aid – what was the course you did, and what did you learn?

The Youth Mental Health First Aid Certificate Australia. Which was a 14-hour course over two days. We learnt how to help students suffering from Mental Health as a first responder. The same way in which we have all learnt about how to help students with a physical first aid problem such as cleaning their wound and putting a band aid on. We were taught how to approach students, listen to their needs and help guide them in the right direction for further professional help.  Find more at: https://www.thewellbeingaffect.com.au/training/mental-health-first-aid/

2.            How long have your worked at Glenaeon?

It will be three years in October which has flown by! The current Class 6 were all dressed in tie dye non-uniform in Class 3 in my first term and soon I’ll see them in their High School uniform!

3.            What does your job involve?

Lots of Band-Aids! Or as I sometimes slip up and say ‘plasters’ which is often returned with a puzzled look. The job is a good balance of general admin tasks as well as juggling the many random situations that arise in reception. I read this book recently called ‘This is Going to Hurt’ which is full of hilarious and raw diary entries from a doctor in the UK spanned over his career. I feel like I could write a similar book from my time at Glenaeon called, ‘Daily requests from students’ to capture all the weird and wonderful elements of my job.

4.            What’s the best part about your job, that you enjoy the most?

Is it too cliché to say the students? I worked in events in the corporate world before I moved to Sydney in 2017 and I applied for the role at Glenaeon for a change. I never assumed I would get the job when I answered no to Andrew’s questions asking if I played any instruments or spoke any other languages. But here I am! I love when a task at work takes me away from my desk where I can be in nature even for just a quick minute to drop something off at a classroom.

5.            How would you describe Glenaeon to someone who has never heard about our school before?

I’m afraid I never do the school justice when asked about where I work. I’m not from a Steiner background so trying to capture the depth and beauty of the philosophy is something I don’t do as freely as our wonderful teachers. However, I say the school is surrounded by nature and the curriculum is taught in stories, colour, music and with an emphasis on creativity and outdoor play. That we are not only growing our minds but connect body, heart and head. Everyone is always super intrigued by this, it’s basically the Australian Hogwarts! [Ed note: We don't know about that description Sarah, but certainly we experience some magical moments here at Glenaeon!]

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Year 8 and 12 locker upgrade

Year 8 and 12 locker upgrade

03 Sep 2020

The High School hallway is looking fresh and clean, thanks to the arrival of brand new lockers for our Year 8 and Year 12 students.  These lockers provide our students with a safe and convenient place to store everything they don't immediately require, allowing them to retrieve books, lunch and equipment as and when needed. There is no need for students to carry heavy backpacks around our undulating campus, so this new installation, makes daily life at Glenaeon a little bit more convenient. Thanks to our Operations and Facilities Manager, Chris Scrogie for arranging the upgrade.

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The August winds are blowing... Kindy kites

The August winds are blowing... Kindy kites

03 Sep 2020

It's gusty in August and Kindy made beautiful hand-painted kites. They take them out for a run when it's windy, and the colours and their delight is just as beautiful.

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Class 2 sewing pencil cases

Class 2 sewing pencil cases

03 Sep 2020

Class 2 have been diligently working on their long stitch pencil cases, which they will use all the way through primary school. They sew a geometric pattern on one side and create their own design for the other side - there are such beautiful and varied designs! They are also collectively sewing some tissue box covers for their classroom.

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Class 1 Counting

Class 1 Counting

03 Sep 2020

There has been a LOT of counting going on in Class 1 with their return to the Land of Numeria in their current Mathematics Main Lesson. They have been adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing, using counters, fingers and bookwork.

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Castlecrag at play

Castlecrag at play

03 Sep 2020

Play is a vital part of each and every day at Castlecrag - time where children create, socialise and enjoy their own games, stories and adventures. Across the campus and with all year levels, play is at the 'heart and soul' of our campus.

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Grassroots Eco Store – Local Beeswax and Honey

Grassroots Eco Store – Local Beeswax and Honey

20 Aug 2020

New to the store are beautifully scented blocks of cosmetic grade, local beeswax. Back in store are delicious jars of honey made from bees in the Castlecrag bush. Beeswax candles, beeswax sheets for rolling your own candles and wicking are also available. Some of the benefits of burning beeswax candles are that they clean the air by producing negative ions which will help to neutralise pollutants present also eliminating dust, odours and mould. This may help to ease allergy and asthma symptoms, improve our health and our mood. Also, they burn cleanly without drips, smoke or toxic fumes. Come and take a look!

Rolling your own beeswax candles is simple. Watch this video to see how it’s done: https://www.instagram.com/p/CDAJrymHufN/?igshid=emqb9ge6xiab

Thank you for shopping locally at Grassroots Eco Store - a portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon.
To shop by appointment please contact Felicity on 0416 035 173.

 

 

Opening Hours (and also by appointment)
Monday: 8.30am–9.30am
Tuesday: 8.30am–9.30am
Wednesday: 8.30am–9.30am, 12pm–1pm & 2.30pm–3.30pm
Thursday: 8.30am–9.30am
Friday: 2.30pm–4.00pm 

 

 

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Australian winning poet, Year 11s Scout, receives "Highly Commended" in Red Room Poetry Object competition

Australian winning poet, Year 11s Scout, receives "Highly Commended" in Red Room Poetry Object competition

20 Aug 2020

You may recall Year 11 Student, Scout Higgins was shortlisted for the annual Poetry Object competition, with her poem, "Untie The Shoes", selected out of 2,200 entries. We are pleased to inform that Scout has received a "Highly Commended" for her submission. Congratulations Scout!

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Circles of Friendship: A New Vision of Schooling

Circles of Friendship: A New Vision of Schooling

20 Aug 2020

Dani Finch’s lovely article on friendship in the last Newsletter reminded me of how central the human value of friendship was to our school founders in their design of the school. It’s no accident that friendship flourishes at Glenaeon, friendship is designed into the system. 

How this came to be is one of the beautiful small stories in Glenaeon’s big story.

Over the past few assemblies I have been telling the story of Glenaeon to our high school students. To make it simple, the history can be told as a biography. Like people, Glenaeon had a mother and a father, metaphorically speaking of course. We even had a grandfather and grandmother. 

The school’s “mother” was Sylvia Brose, the pioneering and courageous woman who was not just the school’s founding teacher but was the guiding inspirer of the school for its first four decades. Sylvia was born in New Zealand of originally German heritage. She initially wanted to be a doctor and started medical school with that high aspiration. But her first task in the medical faculty was to cut up a rabbit, a gruesome task for a young woman who loved animals. She decided against that career and on coming to Sydney retrained as a teacher and taught at Frensham in Mittagong. 

She was repelled by the brutal side of education in that era. Students were pitted against each other through the relentlessly competitive exam system which began in primary school, teachers were mechanistic providers of centrally determined syllabuses. Sylvia had a vision of what a school could be: a place of deep, joyful learning, where students are friends rather than competitors, and teachers are inspired and loving guides on the learning journey. 

The turning point of her life was a meeting with the woman who could be thought of as Glenaeon’s grandmother: Marion Mahony Griffin, wife of Walter Burley Griffin. This couple, so famous in Australian history, are effectively Glenaeon’s grandparents, or at least “intellectual godparents”. Partners in the great Frank Lloyd Wrights’ Chicago studio, they were the architects who won the international design competition to plan Australia’s new capital city Canberra. After Canberra they came to Sydney, and in Castlecrag they planned and built a suburb based on their unique approach: local materials, people engaged in a vibrant community life, buildings embedded into nature, all infused with a contemporary design.

Marion introduced Sylvia to the work of Dr Rudolf Steiner whose schools were just beginning to be established across Europe. In Steiner’s vision of education, Sylvia found the kind of school she was looking for, fulfilling all her ideals and setting the course of the rest of her life. She trained in the UK, and returned to Sydney to found what became Glenaeon in 1957. She passed away in 2001, after being awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM)  for services to education, in recognition of her pioneering work in building Glenaeon to the school we cherish today.

Sylvia framed her vision of friendship as a series of circles: concentric circles radiating from a centre, and that’s how friendship can work in a class. Each of us will have a circle of our closest buddies, and then radiating circles of those who are friends, though not as close. But even to those who are not friends as such, the outside circle, we still respect and understand them.

In this picture she captured the essence of Dr Steiner’s approach to education, what we now call the Altruistic program that runs through Glenaeon from Kindergarten to Year 12. All our teachers work to ensure every class and year group is a community of relationship, a series of circles of friendship. 

At our last assembly, I challenged Years 7 to 9 to step up to Glenaeon’s vision of friendship, to play their part in building the concentric, radiating circles. I asked them to think of everyone in their year group as all friends, just some closer than others, and some further away than others, but all known, respected, understood.

Sylvia’s remarkable vision for a school lives on and it needs work to stay alive. How powerful her vision was for the future, for the time we live in now! In this fragmented covid era, we need all our relationships to be truly supportive, and every student needs to feel they are embedded in a web of support, of relationship, of friendship.

As for the rest of the story, Glenaeon’s “father” and "grandfather”, well, that’s a story for another time.

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And Sew It Grows…..Duke of Ed candidates to drive sewing bee

And Sew It Grows…..Duke of Ed candidates to drive sewing bee

20 Aug 2020

Year 10 students, Pipi and Olivia invite students to come and help with face mask making at lunchtime on Tuesdays in the craft room at the Middle Cove campus. As part of their Duke of Edinburgh service Pipi and Olivia will drive this initiative. They have designed a poster, and are seeking your support. The aim is to make over 100 masks for the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse cancer treatment hospital. The hospital is currently giving out huge numbers of masks each day to outpatients and visitors, and wearing a mask is a prerequisite for hospital entry.

If you cannot make it at lunchtime on Tuesdays you can pick up take home kits for you, your family and friends to make.  If you can help cut material and elastic, make up kits or sew masks then please send an email to elizabethe@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 

Parents are also invited to help in the off-campus sewing bee:

  1. Download the face mask pattern https://www.mylifehouse.org.au/help-us-by-sewing-masks/
  2. Find some suitable fabric you have lying around or buy some
  3. Make as many face masks as you can
  4. Send some pics of your mask sewing activity to newsletter@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 
  5. Ask your child to bring the completed masks to school and hand them in at reception

Glenaeon will arrange for delivery of the completed masks to Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at the end of the term. If you need fabric, please let Elizabeth know. If you can sew, donate fabric, elastic or support in any way, please contact Elizabeth Ellean via email elizabethe@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

Sew much fun! And for a great cause!

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Simplicity Parenting with Mary Heard: Finding Meaning in Family Life

Simplicity Parenting with Mary Heard: Finding Meaning in Family Life

20 Aug 2020

This year the home has become the centre of our lives, more than ever. In the Simplicity Parenting workshop on August 5, we explored how we can create a positive family culture that reflects our core values and nourishes and stimulates us - making life more fun and comfortable both for parents and children and finding a place where the lives of all family members naturally come together.

What we looked at in the workshop was the idea of meaningful work in the home. The image of Italian families meeting on a weekend afternoon in some one’s backyard to make huge vats of pasta sauce conjures up the image of family culture the comes out of meaningful work and connects all age groups from grandparents to toddlers. In this postindustrial society, we can come back and consciously create ‘industry’ in our lives that feeds our souls and creates new family cultures that we have chosen ourselves.

For the children born into this current generation, the capacity of doing meaningful work has been severely compromised by all the gadgets in our homes and the modern ‘throw away’ economy. Children imitate the life around them in their play and for so many of them that looks like talking on the phone and working at a computer, they do not know about looking under the bonnet of a car, changing the washer on a tap or even washing the dishes. What we can do as parents is to choose the way we bring this meaningful work back into our children’s lives. What I suggested in the Simplicity Parenting workshop is that we start with one thing that we will stop buying. It is important that we stop buying this thing otherwise the making of it is token and the meaning of making it is diminished. We make this thing because we need to make it - if we don’t make it we won’t have it. We need to choose something that is easy for us, the children can be involved with, feels nourishing and fun and is something we really like having in our lives.

Some of the ideas we explored were:

  • Giving up buying sweet treats and making biscuits on Sundays
  • Growing something in the garden that you give up buying like basil (pesto can then become your signature family dish)
  • Things like kombucha and sauerkraut making are also good family activities and children are always much more likely to eat things they have made themselves
  • I shared with the group that now that colourful socks are really in fashion our family gets cool socks and darns them instead of buying new ones (they are also very expensive)

Working together as a family reduces waste, as we consume less plastic if we make things from scratch, reduces our energy consumption as we are using our own energy instead of buying things made in factories, brings us together and gives us a sense of sovereignty over our homes while developing important life skills. It also fosters a sense of gratitude as see what actually goes into making things.

For more information go to:  www.maryheardsimplicityparenting.com

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Our Preschoolers thrive with Creative Play

Our Preschoolers thrive with Creative Play

20 Aug 2020

At Glenaeon Preschool every day is one full of creative play, park trips and joyful sharing with friends. You can see the children playing together walking on their stepping stones with delight and making a volcano in the sandpit.

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Class 4 'Animals and Us' Main Lesson

Class 4 'Animals and Us' Main Lesson

20 Aug 2020

Class 4 have been immersing themselves in the animal world as part of the Animals and Us Main Lesson.  Take a look at some of the wonderful animal artworks created, from tigers to giraffes and octopuses. Wait, octopuses? What about octopi? Here's a good explanation: https://education.abc.net.au/home#!/media/2307433/plural-for-octopus. 

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Dr Stanley Tang conducts bird research with Class 4 during National Science Week

Dr Stanley Tang conducts bird research with Class 4 during National Science Week

20 Aug 2020

It's National Science Week, and coincidently Class 4 took part in a research project with our very own Dr Stanley Tang, which dovetailed nicely with the Class 4 Animals Main Lesson. For this part of the project, Stanley took Class 4 students down to the Oval, where nets had been set up to capture some of the natural bird life on Glenaeon's beautiful Middle Cove campus. Stanley recently acquired various permits from the state and the federal governments to conduct a long-term research project on the bird populations at Glenaeon and the surrounding North Arm Reserve. One of the key aspects of the project is to collect biometric data to examine the movement patterns and seasonal changes in body conditions of resident and migratory birds. 

So Class 4 was able to assist Stanley to capture and band,that is,place a metal band, on a leg of the birds. A number of bird species were captured for a short time, just long enough to ID them with tags, inspects the birds, record the specifics and then, the students set them free back into their natural habitat. A total of six birds were captured including a Laughing Kookaburra, a Grey Fantail, a White-browed Scrubwren and three Brown Thornbills.

#scienceweek #science #stem #birdsofaustralia #abcmyphotos 

 

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Class 6 launches magazine

Class 6 launches magazine

20 Aug 2020

Hold the front page! Print is not dead. In fact, the media sector is making a resurgence as Class 6 is creating a new magazine called KFC6 (KIDS FROM CLASS 6) which will feature original stories, puzzles, illustrations, biographies, book reviews and recipes all created by the Class 6 students. The niche publication will be published twice in Term 3 and twice during Term 4.

Each copy is $2 and all funds raised will be donated to charity. Class 6 Parents can buy copies by sending their gold coin to school with their child.

Copies will also be made available in the staffroom for teaching staff and school administrators to buy. Sources close to Class 6 say Rupert Murdoch is keenly watching and may place a take-over bid should sales go well.

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Class 2 and the King of Ireland's son

Class 2 and the King of Ireland's son

20 Aug 2020

The King of Ireland’s Son is an extended fairy tale and is one of the many Celtic stories told in Class 2. The story is one of the King of Ireland’s Son who is striving to develop. In meeting the experiences laid along the pathway of his journey through life, he is tested as to his strength of purpose, his inner ‘substance’ and his inner ‘qualities’.

Such a story is a real support and guide to the Class 2 child as it helps them to develop an inner trust in the world around them. The story provides a picture for the idea that development is worth striving for, even whilst it involves struggle.

The children have been enjoying acting out the King of Ireland’s Son, trotting and galloping their way through lunch play using these handmade horse reins.

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Glenaeon Art Show goes digital

Glenaeon Art Show goes digital

20 Aug 2020

Donation to the Glenaeon Online Raffle
Calling out for donations to the Glenaeon Raffle.  Even if we are unable to run the Family Fair this year we can still support the GPA by raising funds through our annual raffle.  Please consider donating a prize for the raffle.  Please contact Clare Gordon at clareg@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au with your donations.  Many thanks in advance.

Online Silent Auction
Class 4 parents Erika and Lisa are working with Class Parents from Kindy to Year 8 to create beautiful items for the Silent Auction.  Please support their efforts by helping your class create a beautiful masterpiece for auctioning online.

Art Show goes digital
Due to COVID, we are planning to hold the 2020 Glenaeon Art Show online.  If you would like to submit your art works for curation, please contact Clare Gordon at clareg@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au or go to the Glenaeon Fair website Art Show application form for artists  https://glenaeonfair.wixsite.com/glenaeon-fair/apply-to-exhibit 

 

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Constable Darren on empowering students to make informed decisions around drug taking & alcohol use

Constable Darren on empowering students to make informed decisions around drug taking & alcohol use

20 Aug 2020

Last week, Senior Constable Darren Cairns, from the Youth Liaison team at Chatswood Police Station attended Glenaeon’s Middle Cove campus and gave a presentation to our Students in Year 9, and later to a group of our Year 10 and 11 students.

Senior Constable Cairns talked to students about vaping, alcohol and illicit drugs.  His presentation unveiled to the students the damage that can be done not just to their own physical health, but to mental health, and the effects on friends, family and the wider community. He also spoke about some of the legal implications for drug use and drug selling.

Parents are often understandably worried and feel anxious about the thought of their children taking drugs and getting caught up in the wrong crowd. At Glenaeon, we want our kids to be safe and to learn how to make good choices about all illegal and legal substances. This presentation gave our students the opportunity to learn of the realities of how drug use can affect their lives, and their families lives.  It gave practical and moral advice on what to do if a friend was in danger and struggling, and to not hesitate to call an ambulance a situation warranted action. We educate in a way that develops an inner strength in each student, gifts a self-confidence, and imparts the skills needed to deal with perceived or real peer pressure. Constable Darren also gave advice on how to party and stay safe, and how to avoid trouble and still have a good time, and to value good health and take care of each other.

Our thanks to PDHPE teachers Donna Miller and Jonas Stoebe for their work with the students on this important health initiative.

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Yoga at sunrise for Year 9s in The Cove

Yoga at sunrise for Year 9s in The Cove

20 Aug 2020

The early morning Year 9 program, The Cove, supports the wellbeing of our middle High School students by providing an opportunity to connect, build skills, gain fitness, engage with nature and learn about themselves and others. As seen in the photos, students worked in teams to undergo several tasks during a rainy morning earlier in the term.  Yogi Heidi Horne is also bringing the experience of breathing and mindfulness to The Cove, and doing it outside, in our beautiful surrounds, amplifies the experience and benefits the students. As a teacher, it is exciting to listen to students discussing the sunrise they saw on the way to school, the intensity of the colours and how impressive it was.  Hearing the birds, while the students are challenged to hold balance and poses or physically move through the bush, is a gift that makes our job so special. Our students trust us, and as a result, the benefits of this special program will far outlive their school experience. Donna Miller

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Kindergarten - A rainy day bushwalking

Kindergarten - A rainy day bushwalking

20 Aug 2020

"It's raining, its pouring in the Kindergarten Garden
It's raining, it's pouring, we all go out to play"

On a very wet Friday, Kindergarten explored the campus' beauty as the rain came down. The children were all looking for a message of what Old Scribble Gum is saying to them... and if you listen really closely, you can hear the stories that Mother Angophopra whipsers to us… but you need to listen well. They then sang 
 "Rinka rink rosy ray... what shall I make with you today?"  before Outdoor Education teacher Scott Williams helped them whittle beautiful silky oak pieces - what a lovely rainy day!

 

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Class 2 - Maths in Motion

Class 2 - Maths in Motion

20 Aug 2020

Class 2 spend part of each day learning maths, some of which is outside hop-scotching times tables and balancing their way through multiplication and mental arithmetic with poetry, rhyme and fun. Maths is fun!

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Class 1 - The Story of Wool

Class 1 - The Story of Wool

20 Aug 2020

Class 1 experienced 'The Story of Wool' during Handwork class. In groups, they were able to feel and wash shawn sheep's wool and set it to dry. They then carded (combed) the wool, learned to hand-roll wool and then spin it on hand-spindles to make strong yarn. They began to sand wooden knitting needles with gumnut ends, which will be rubbed with the wool's lanolin, once completed. This makes the hand-made knitting needles smooth and easy to knit with.

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Hotel Little Kindy

Hotel Little Kindy

20 Aug 2020

One day this week, Little Kindy children all felt sleepy. They decided to make beds for themselves, "Let's make hospital!" Realising they had already played hospitals last week, they made a Hotel instead, which of course, is full of beds! They were delighted they had single beds, bunk beds and even a bed for their teacher Junko Nicholls. Realising they were all getting hungry, the 'chef' of their hotel took special orders: mashed potato, roast chicken and veggies served straight from the Little Kindy kitchen!

 

 
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Farewell to Christian and Liza Lillicrap

Farewell to Christian and Liza Lillicrap

20 Aug 2020

A long time ago, a letter (remember letters?) arrived at Glenaeon quite out of the blue. The letter was from a music teacher at the South Devon Steiner School in the UK seeking the possibility of a visiting teaching position for perhaps six months. The letter came at a significant time. Glenaeon’s music program was OK, but only just. As a Steiner school, we had decided that we aspired to a far higher standard and spirit of music living through the school, and we needed people who could take us there.

One thing led to another, and in July 2000, Christian and Liza Lillicrap and their children landed in Sydney on a visa sponsored by the school for a two-year engagement. Christian began teaching music immediately, and the improvement in the quality of music was very evident almost as immediately. At the same time, he was joined by a young violinist called Manu Prasad who had taught in our instrumental program but who wanted to be a classroom music teacher. Over the next decade together Christian and Manu built the music program that we enjoy today.

The two-year visa became a permanent resident visa and then they became Australian citizens, and over these 20 years Christian and Liza have been mainstays of the Glenaeon community.

It is not just Christian’s concert level piano skills that have been an inspiration throughout that time. In addition to his music performances, he was very involved in management as a member of the school Management Group which was in operation for a period. Christian’s outstanding work in building the excellent music program leaves a lasting legacy which will live long into the future. He has been involved in so many musical moments, performances, gatherings and festivals that it is difficult to do justice to the breadth of his contribution.

After working at Glenaeon as an itinerant singing and piano teacher from 2001, Liza joined the school in 2006 to teach German as a one-year replacement in the high school, before becoming our German primary teacher from 2007. In addition, she has contributed her own musical gifts as an outstanding soprano singer in so many other areas of the school: singing and choirs, performing as an actor and singer in the annual Christmas plays, managing vocal ensembles, supporting performances in our concerts and Carol Services. Liza worked as High School Coordinator and then transitioned to High School guardian shepherding her year group through the high school years with compassion and dedication. She then was one of the founding mentors in our vertical mentor groups. She has more recently worked in curriculum and compiled a major overview of the service program. For many years Liza carried and subsequently supported the role of Daily Coordinator in managing extras and relief teachers. On a personal level Liza has been extremely supportive and sensitive to the personal needs of so many of her colleagues.

It is indeed difficult to comprehend the sum total of the contribution that Christian and Liza have made to Glenaeon over these past two decades.

It is with a sad heart that I share the news that they have decided to move to Europe and will be leaving Glenaeon finishing on the 11th of September. Their immediate plan is to be based in a seminary of the Christian Community in Hamburg, Germany where Liza will enter the Ordination Semester and Christian will undertake studies. This move brings to fruition a long held plan of study by Liza and a more recent decision by Christian.

Over the next few weeks there will be time to share our feelings for them, our school’s journey with them over many years, and our hopes and wishes for their future. Christian and Liza have had a 20-year association with Glenaeon and we will be doing our best to celebrate in a COVID-appropriate way. We will share details of the plans closer to their last day at Glenaeon.

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Crafty parents knit winter warmers for students

Crafty parents knit winter warmers for students

06 Aug 2020

These colourful woollen fingerless gloves were knitted by Parent Crafters to help keep our students hands warm this winter. We have a limited number available for sale. Please contact Melony via email to organise purchase for your child, or as a gift. We are able to send them home with your child.

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On Friendship

On Friendship

06 Aug 2020

Schools are positioned, fundamentally, as places of academic instruction. The 3 Rs are our raison d'être, and we are charged with developing young minds to tackle the challenges of the future they will inherit. From phonics and number bonds to NAPLAN, STEAM and ATARs, schools, their curricula and pedagogies are studied, analysed, politicised, programmed and re-programmed; not to mention endlessly commented upon! And yet, academic attainment is only one pillar of schools. I often wonder where, in this cacophony, can we find a moment to celebrate another of the real, elemental gifts of school - friendship?

In a happy coincidence, when I spoke to my son about pondering this theme for my newsletter piece, he pointed out that Thursday, July 30 was the United Nations International Day of Friendship!

From the UN website https://www.un.org/en/observances/friendship-day:

Our world faces many challenges, crises and forces of division — such as poverty, violence, and human rights abuses — among many others — that undermine peace, security, development and social harmony among the world's peoples.

To confront those crises and challenges, their root causes must be addressed by promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity that takes many forms — the simplest of which is friendship.

Through friendship — by accumulating bonds of camaraderie and developing strong ties of trust — we can contribute to the fundamental shifts that are urgently needed to achieve lasting stability, weave a safety net that will protect us all, and generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good.

True friendship is undoubtedly one of the worthiest and most rewarding of human endeavours. It is also an area where, to use the words of Rudolf Steiner (out of context), "even the wisest can learn incalculably much from children".  

In my role, I am fortunate to possess a position of great privilege, not least of which is having a 'bird's eye view' of the relationships between the young people in our care. Having worked in other schools, I reflect that the loving bonds of friendship created through the shared experience of a Glenaeon education are rare and beautiful. Friendships here are often forged over many years and with the necessity of working through challenges as they arise, due to the fact we are a small school. Glenaeon is an environment where there is intention and vision supporting strong friendships.  We model and encourage respectful interactions between all community members and team this with continuity of relationships and a cooperative rather than competitive learning environment.  Consequently, the young men and women who become Glen X, have often formed lifelong, sustaining bonds which reflect the aspiration of “promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity”. 

In these uncertain and anxious times, particularly since returning from our remote learning period, being able to witness these relationships, as they evolve, has become even more poignant. When I look through a lens that sees friendship as a vital element that will ready our children to be part of creating a “better world”, I see them preparing like this:

  • A 9-year-old accepting that she's 'in', without arguing,
  • Two 10-year-old boys lying curled up like puppies, enjoying a book together, one gently stroking the other's hair,
  • A 13-year-old coming to check on her classmate in sickbay during lunchtime,
  • A 15-year-old going out of his way to ask me how my day is going,
  • A group of 18 year-olds working together on a research task; playfully but intently working through ideas and solutions.

So, belatedly, I wish you all a ‘Happy Friendship Day’!  I encourage you to both nourish this aspect of your own lives and to cherish it in the unique and the excellent educational environment you have chosen for your children; a school where friendship is noticed, valued and nurtured.  Maybe one day, we can include the importance of friendship in the often noisy discourse on education.

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Art Space open for Class 5 to Year 12

Art Space open for Class 5 to Year 12

06 Aug 2020

Year 11 student Kauri Palmer is passionate about art.  So passionate in fact, she is studying accelerated HSC Visual Arts. On top of this, she is undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and is connecting her passion for art, to the idea of service to the community.  Through her initiative (and fine artwork), she is supporting other students to find passion in art, by offering her tuition to other Glenaeon students as a mentor to help interested students develop an art project of their choice.  She is prepared to help come up with ideas, select a form the student might be interested in working in and assisting with the 'how to' of the activity.  The art department will provide materials within its capacity. Art Teacher, Donna Miller will oversee this great initiative.  If you would like to get involved, please contact Donna Miller by email and join Art Space for the remainder of Term 3, Tuesdays from 3:30pm.

 

 

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Grassroots Eco Store – Supporting Your Immune System

Grassroots Eco Store – Supporting Your Immune System

06 Aug 2020

Supporting your immune system and general wellbeing is very important during the season of winter and especially now. A helpful range of Australian made and Weleda products are available in store. Tasmanian made by Southern Swan, Spahgni Eucalypti aids in supporting the breathing processes and it is especially useful in winter - the Eucalyptus works with the sense of smell to help reduce congestion. Locally made in NSW, a handmade range of long lasting goat's milk soaps to nourish and moisturise while cleansing to keep germs at bay. They are subtly scented with essential oils. From Byron Bay, handmade, organic Ayurvedic warming tea to enhance your immune system as well as a myriad of other benefits! Then there's Weleda's natural herbal and homoeopathic medicines to stimulate the body's own natural healing abilities by using the purest and (often) organic ingredients that nature provides. Good for yourself, your family or to gift a friend. Thank you for shopping locally at Grassroots Eco Store - a portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon. To shop by appointment please contact Felicity on 0416 035 173.

Opening Hours (and also by appointment)
Monday: 8.30am–9.30am
Tuesday: 8.30am–9.30am
Wednesday: 8.30am–9.30am, 12pm–1pm & 2.30pm–3.30pm
Thursday: 8.30am–9.30am
Friday: 2.30pm–4.00pm

 

 

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GlenXers Sophie and Isa respond to global pandemic by Saving Face

GlenXers Sophie and Isa respond to global pandemic by Saving Face

06 Aug 2020

If you needed further evidence of the strong ties and bonds forged at Glenaeon, then read on.

Saving Face. Co was founded by friends, neighbours and fellow Glenaeon alumni Sophie Alais and Isa Crossland Stone. Sophie studied at Glenaeon from Kindergarten to Year 12 graduating in 2015. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Government and International Relations & Gender Studies at The University of Sydney. Isa attended Glenaeon from playgroup until Year 10 in 2017.

Saving Face. Co creates eco-friendly, reusable face masks using a 100% cotton outer and bamboo jersey inner layer with a slip to insert a PM2.5 filter for added protection.

As Sophie explains, “We began Saving Face. Co at the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown. It was the eve of what would become a long and strange period of uncertainty, and as we cancelled plans and prepared for a month indoors we were struck by the way that the invisible enemy, Covid-19, could create such drastic impact on both a universal scale and a personal one.

“While keeping a safe physical distance is imperative for flattening the curve, the notion of total ‘isolation’ felt counterintuitive during a frightening and challenging period. In times of trouble, we find solace in community support and connection, and we see it as important to find a way to foster community and extend a (gloved) hand to those community members who need it more than ever.”

Their artist collaboration collection masks feature designs by Sydney artists Bella Meagher (a fellow Glenaeon alumnus) and Tara Chandra, who each receive a commission for the sales of their designs. For each Saving Face. Co mask purchased, they have chosen to donate $3 to The Asylum Seekers Centre, a charity organisation which provides practical and personal support to people seeking asylum, with $1,000 raised so far.

We congratulate and celebrate these entrepreneurial, environmentally responsible and CSR-aware GlenXers and encourage those looking to purchase a face mask to visit www.savingfaceco.com.au and support our wonderful Alumni.

If you are a GlenXer with an interesting story to tell, please get in touch: newsletter@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

 

#glenaeon #glenx #alumni #steinereducation #steiner #covid19aus #facemasks #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurship 

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And Sew It Begins…..

And Sew It Begins…..

06 Aug 2020

Last week Handwork Teacher Elizabeth Ellean invited students wishing to make their own face mask to head down to the craft room to do just that. So on Tuesday at lunchtime, a group of mostly Year 7 and 8 students – boys and girls - turned up to sew their own mask.  Year 8 student Siena made her mask at school in about 30 minutes and spent more time helping others.  Siena made her mask from offcuts from a stash of material left over from other textile classes, musicals and donations of cotton fabric. 

Having honed our face mask sewing skills, we are now inviting students, teachers and parents to join a covid safe remote sewing bee, to sew masks for donation to the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse cancer hospital in Camperdown.   The hospital is currently giving out 100s of masks each day to outpatients and visitors, and wearing a mask is a prerequisite for hospital entry.

So how can you help?

  1. Download the face mask pattern https://www.mylifehouse.org.au/help-us-by-sewing-masks/
  2. Find some suitable fabric you have lying around or buy some
  3. Make as many face masks as you can
  4. Send some pics of your mask sewing activity to newsletter@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 
  5. Ask your child to bring the completed masks to school and hand them in at reception

Glenaeon will arrange for delivery of the completed masks to Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at the end of the month. If you need fabric, please let Elizabeth know. If you can sew, donate fabric, elastic or support in any way, please contact Elizabeth Ellean via email elizabethe@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

Sew much fun! And for a great cause!

 

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Bronze Year 9 Duke of Ed students serve others in the community

Bronze Year 9 Duke of Ed students serve others in the community

06 Aug 2020

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has been a very popular program amongst Glenaeon students for some years now.  Participants are required to complete four sections -  Voluntary Service, Skill, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey - at each level:

Bronze (for those over 14 years), Silver (for those over 15 years), and Gold (for those over 16 years).

Some of our current Year 9 students participating in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award mentor younger students in literacy and numeracy as their service to the community.  Some operate the sports equipment shed at break times to allow students to borrow equipment during lunch.  The garden is also a prime area for service as there is always a way to help the school community by assisting in the garden, turning the compost, caring for the chickens and general weeding and up-keep. Some students undertake their volunteering outside of school as well, working at the zoo and on various charities.

Numeracy mentors for Class 4 are:

  • Flynn
  • Keizo
  • Maadi
  • Nathan

Readers with Class 3 are:

  • Elke
  • Hana
  • Petal
  • Mili
  • Bibi
  • Jack
  • Max
  • Eliza
  • Clara
  • Natalie
  • Natalia

Sports Shed guards as service are: Elke, Ivan, Cooper

Garden volunteer: Taras

Well done to all the Year 9 participants. Donna Miller is our Duke of Ed program manager.

#worldready #dukeofedaus #DukeofEd




 

 

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Playgroup Begins for Term 3

Playgroup Begins for Term 3

06 Aug 2020

Playgroup has begun in its modified form at both the Preschool and Castlecrag Campuses. Thank you to our patient families who are now able to participate in our lovely '4-family' groups. It's so lovely to be back and to see the children and families connecting again. Playgroup at Castlecrag runs from the Hall Kitchen on Tuesdays, Thursdays and in the Playgroup room on Saturday mornings. Please contact Playgroup Co-ordinator Sandra Frain to join the waitlist for this lovely experience. 

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Big Kindergarten begin bushwalking

Big Kindergarten begin bushwalking

06 Aug 2020

Big Kindy began their bushwalking recently, and with great excitement they lined up with teachers, assistants and Outdoor Education teacher Scott Williams! The children carry their own lunches, backpacks & water bottles as they set off for one of the many well-known walking tracks around our school area. Many of these are designed to walk in and around houses before opening out into a reserve or travelling deeper down into the bush. The children watch, listen and look carefully. Perhaps they'll find a little treasure to put in their double-finger-knitting treasure bags back in Kindy.

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Classes 1 & 2 Science - Anthill exploration

Classes 1 & 2 Science - Anthill exploration

06 Aug 2020

Classes 1 & 2 have been exploring the fascinating worlds of anthills with Prue Reid, who takes them on Wednesday afternoons for some of the science aspects of the curriculum. After hearing a story about the ants over two weeks, they have built very elaborate ant hills in the sandpit, complete with connecting underground tunnels. They have worked in their Gardening books displaying the cycles and different roles of ants and this week are building real ant nest jars to watch in the classrooms.

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Rainbow Magic in Reception

Rainbow Magic in Reception

06 Aug 2020

A trip to Melony in Reception at Castlecrag its often coupled with an important message or job for the children. Each day though, as the children come in, there are colourful rainbows that visit and shine all over the room - floor, ceilings, walls and most importantly - the children! They catch them on each other and wonder WHO could be sending SO MANY rainbows to Castlecrag? Is it the Winter Angel, who hangs above the desk? Is it Mother Earth or King Winter and their gnomes... or is it a Rainbow Fairy that comes and sprinkles the children with her light and delight?! Either way, we love the rainbows and so do the children!

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Spring is Coming to Castlecrag

Spring is Coming to Castlecrag

06 Aug 2020

After the very cold mornings we are having at Castlecrag, comes a period of warmth and sunshine in the middle of the day - a time to treasure and bask in it, just a little, to warm up. In this time between MidWinter and Early Spring, both bulbs and spring blossoms flower. Amongst the daffodils and jonquils, there may not be much jasmine blossoming yet, but the sweet scent is already in the air! As we cannot have parents on campus so much at the moment - we thought it would be nice to bring a little of the campus to you! It is beautiful and blooming!

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Scout shortlisted in poetry competition

Scout shortlisted in poetry competition

06 Aug 2020

Some excellent news! Our talented Scout Higgins (Year 11) has had a poem shortlisted for the annual Poetry Object competition 'Australasia’s largest free poetry-writing competition for young people and their teachers.'  Scout's poem is featured on the Red Room Poetry website. Read her entry here: https://redroomcompany.org/student-poems/19435 

Scout was selected out of 2,200 entries. Finalists will be announced on the 20th August. We have our fingers crossed for you Scout! Good luck and well done!

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Joe goes for gold

Joe goes for gold

06 Aug 2020

Joe McCormick is a Year 12 student undertaking the Gold Duke of Edinburgh International Award. Joe recently shared his experience with his fellow students at a school assembly.  Joe's Duke of Ed participation has seen him help Class 3 students with their reading, playing tennis and organising his own camping expedition where for four nights and three days, Joe and his friends trekked the Katoomba 6-foot track walk, camped under the stars and cooked their own tucker enduring freezing winter conditions during the July school holidays. The planning was further complicated by COVID19, but Joe defeated all the obstacles.

At the assembly, Joe said he would encourage anyone thinking of doing to Duke of Ed, to go for it.  Reflecting on the camp, he said, "It was a great experience being out in the middle of Australia's natural environment and I got a great sense of satisfaction organising it all, implementing the plan, and seeing it come together."

Well done Joe.

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Class 1 Introduction to Science Main Lesson

Class 1 Introduction to Science Main Lesson

23 Jul 2020

At the end of Term 2, Class 1 were taken on a journey introducing them to the science curriculum. They heard imaginative and beautiful stories of how Nature takes care of plants and animals. During the lessons, the children were introduced to the seasons, the water cycle, the parts and lifecycle of plants and other basic concepts from the science curriculum. Each Main Lesson book becomes a beautiful book in itself, with daily writing & drawing developing literacy and creativity concurrently.

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Expressions of Interest - Kitchen/Cafe Manager

Expressions of Interest - Kitchen/Cafe Manager

23 Jul 2020

We are seeking an experienced Kitchen/Canteen Operator who is able to work within the Glenaeon ethos to ensure healthy and sustainable practices in the delivery of the services listed in this EOI document. The position will ideally be an independent contractor.

For further information, please contact Chris Scrogie or Rohan Wijesinghe on 9932 2305 or 9932 2315.

Please forward your expression of interest via email by 5:00pm on Friday 31/07/2020 to rohanw@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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Picture-Story-Sleep: The Holy Trinity of Great Learning

Picture-Story-Sleep: The Holy Trinity of Great Learning

23 Jul 2020

Welcome to Term 3!

Teachers began the term on Tuesday with a Professional Development session that introduced the professional learning program for the term. We looked again at Glenaeon’s Quality Teaching Framework and reviewed some of our core principles of learning.

It’s been fascinating to see how Steiner’s’ intuitions of 100 years ago regarding how we learn best have stood the test of time. Brain research in the 21st century has provided an evidence base for the key learning strategies we employ in introducing new learning content to students.

We’re sometimes called an art school because of our use of visuals and “mental” visuals in the classroom: drawing, images, stories, drama, sculpture. Art school? No, we are not an Art school, we are a cutting-edge school using evidence-based strategies for promoting deep learning.

The latest research shows there is a holy trinity of the most effective learning strategies, and they are play, story and sleep. Surprising? Well, anyone who examines their own learning styles should notice the power of these three strategies in how we remember things.

Watch this YouTube clip of Dr Jared Cooney Horvath of the Melbourne University Graduate School of Education explaining the latest research on the power of these three learning strategies, and then think about how we teach Main Lessons.

< https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3biFgdtCso >

Main Lessons (three week blocks of daily learning) are the core of our curriculum as a Rudolf Steiner school. From Class 1 through to Year 12, their powerful pedagogical impact derives from a methodology that utilises in an age-appropriate way, picture, story and sleep in a rigorous way to introduce and consolidate learning.

 

  • Image or Picture: we only really understand a concept when we can make a picture of it: abstract concepts (e.g. anything from the alphabet in Class 1 to the development of democracy in Year 9) should be introduced in pictures. This is one of the reasons why we teach children to draw before we teach them to write: so they can create pictures of their learning, starting with the alphabet.

The Letter T

The struggle for democracy in Europe is an abstract series of events in history: some key images bring these assorted facts into a focus that deepens the understanding.

 

 Leading the People

  • Story: stories are meaningful sequences of images which provide a context to a particular picture. Stories can be cultured stories (i.e. from cultures around the world such as fairy tales, legends, myths), historical stories and events, or biographies: after all, each person’s biography is a story. Even a high school Maths main lesson becomes a story: the teacher weaves all the images and pictures of content into a meaningful block or “story” that gives a context to all the content.

 

  • Sleep: our unconscious “dreaming” works to process information received by our conscious mind. Used properly by teachers, recall after a night’s sleep embeds new learning in our long term memory. The unconscious processes of deep sleep work in a mysterious way to process the day’s learning. Teachers can use a specific method of active recall to bring back into consciousness the key elements of what has been learned the previous day. Our Main Lesson methodology with its sequence of daily learning uses this powerful learning process to actively promote deep understanding.

Over the coming term teachers will identify one strategy for improvement that he or she will work on over the term, followed by an observation and review of the progress made. We look forward to some great learning for teachers, and of course their students, in Term 3.

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Thank you for supporting our Annual Giving campaign

Thank you for supporting our Annual Giving campaign

23 Jul 2020

Back in May we shared with you the extent of financial and emotional distress placed on a significant number of our current families as a result of COVID-19, and respectfully asked for support with a donation to our 2020 Annual Giving COVID-19 Bursary Scholarship Fund. Our target was set at $100,000, ambitious given the circumstances. Thanks to your remarkable kindness and generosity, we have not only met but surpassed our fundraising target with donations totalling $128,437. It is the most money we have ever raised in the annual giving campaign in Glenaeon Foundation’s eight-year history. These funds will be used to provide short-term fee relief and help keep Glenaeon students in the classroom with their peers. It is heartening to see our community come together in such a supportive way. It humbles us to know that families needing serious support will receive that support, and that our children will continue learning together. Thank you once again for your solidarity, support and generosity.

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Welcome back to our ‘Welcome Home’ Glenaeon Playgroups in Term 3

Welcome back to our ‘Welcome Home’ Glenaeon Playgroups in Term 3

23 Jul 2020

We are happy to announce that our Welcome Home Playgroups are recommencing after the COVID-19 shutdown. 

As we reopen, we have strict social distancing and hygiene guidelines in place as well as an alternate COVID-safe timetable, with a maximum of only four (4) families per group.

Our spots are already fully-booked for Term 3, but families are invited to add their name to the waitlist for Term 4 or for any additional sessions that may be added to the Term 3 timetable, which would occur with any further relaxation of health department and education department COVID-19 guidelines.

Playgroups are joyful and nurturing of the young child’s developmental stages. Our activities and interactions are presented in a carefully structured, educational morning that allows parents and children to enjoy the time together.  

All will benefit from the wisdom and experience of the educated playgroup teachers who capably address the challenges of parenting within a supportive community-oriented environment.

To add your name to the Playgroups waitlist, please contact Sandra Frain by email sandraf@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

 

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Hello Dolly

Hello Dolly

23 Jul 2020

Our Preschool teachers have been busy making lovely little dolls and bees for the children's much loved story time and for our youngest learners to play with. If you've ever wondered why Steiner dolls have minimal or no faces, it is because they are intentionally left blank to allow the child to further develop their imagination and engage creatively in play.  For more about Preschool, download our flyer, or head to www.glenaeonpreschool.nsw.edu.au 

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Year 9s wrapped about sculpture group

Year 9s wrapped about sculpture group

23 Jul 2020

You can see here that Year 9 welcomed a new student who had them all beat on time for holding a plank position.  As hard as they tried, none could compete with the new arrival into class!  In all seriousness, the ceramics and sculpture group have recently been developing figurative works out of packaging tape!  The students literally use each other as models and wrap the tape around themselves which is then cut away and re-attached.  The resulting affect are life-size figures that enhance the school and ensure there is a bodily presence in all areas at all times! What fun they all had and the results were amazing as seen here. 

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Kindergarten Winter Festival and Lantern Walk

Kindergarten Winter Festival and Lantern Walk

23 Jul 2020

It was a special and magical time when Big and Little Kindy celebrated their Winter Festival and Lantern Walk at the end of Term 2. Staying back after school, they enjoyed a fire, warm soup and bread, before going to the darkened hall for their Winter Story. Using marionette puppets, music and song, the Kindergarten teachers told the story of a girl journeying to the stars. The hall is lit only by lanterns as the children enter, which are then taken on a magical Lantern Walk around the campus. It was a special moment seeing all the parents and carers waiting with their own glowing lanterns to meet the children at twilight. This would usually be done as a family event, but despite COVID-19 restrictions we still managed to share the magic of MidWinter.

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New Castlecrag Garden takes shape

New Castlecrag Garden takes shape

23 Jul 2020

During the holidays, our gardener Lindsay (with the assistance of the Maintenance team) worked hard to clear a garden bed and pull out a giant lomandra grass plant outside Class 1. In time, this will become a flourishing garden bed. The children dug earnestly to clear the roots out and condition the soil with minerals and nutrients, water and lots of love! Soon this garden space will be another thriving bed full of natives, delicious herbs, salads, flowers and grains under the guidance of Gardening teachers Sandra Frain and Kathy Thangathurai.

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Our Kindergarten Spaces

Our Kindergarten Spaces

23 Jul 2020

Kindergarten is a special place and much care, thought and meaning is given to the surroundings, equipment and spaces in which the children play. The environment is beautiful, warm and welcoming, inviting open-ended creative play, whilst also nourishing aspects of play such as sorting, counting, building and much social engagement. The Kindy day starts with Outside Play, before moving inside into Morning Circle and then Inside Play. These beautiful play spaces come alive as toys, objects and furniture become trains, planes, houses, gardens and play spaces; endless sessions of creative and imaginative play. They also grind grains for cooking, bake and prepare food each day. A strong rhythm is held by the teachers, which also includes the children tidying up and putting everything away again, ready for tomorrow.

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Year 8 #STEM: How is a snake different to a dog? When English, Science, Maths and Technology come together!

Year 8 #STEM: How is a snake different to a dog? When English, Science, Maths and Technology come together!

23 Jul 2020

Last year, a select group of seven Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School Teachers attended a STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy, led by The University of Sydney, and we are very proudly a Partner School.

Today, we launched a learning project with our wonderful Year 8 co-hort. The setting was Florence, Italy, otherwise known to students as the Sylvia Brose Hall, which was transformed with Teachers in period costume, and theatre set designs, to transport students into the 1500s renaissance period during the Medici reign. The scene was a celebration of the upcoming marriage of Catherine de' Medici to Prince Henry of France. We cannot say too much more as we will give things away.  But this learning project today involved a dog, a snake and a spider, with students getting the opportunity to observe, sketch and write notes on animal movement.  There is a great deal of intrigue and a sense of wonder as to where this will all lead.

The STEM Academy will be evaluating this program and we will be documenting the outcomes and impacts of the Academy on teaching practice and student engagement. Stay tuned for updates in future newsletters.

#USydSTEM #STEM  #SydneyUni #Science #Glenaeon #SteinerEducation

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Winter Festival Spiral - Classes 1 & 2

Winter Festival Spiral - Classes 1 & 2

26 Jun 2020

Classes 1 & 2 held their Winter Festival spiral in the darkened hall at Castlecrag last Friday. Greenery formed the spiral into the centre, at which a single lit candle rests in the dark. The children walk with unlit candles resting in apples to the centre and light their candle. As they make the journey slowly out, they place it on their chosen point on the spiral. The candles transform the darkness of MidWinter into a glowing spiral of lit candles. Three Class 4 children played lyre, the children sang their winter songs and gentle piano and recorder formed the music that accompanied this most reverent and special event. This would normally be held at Middle Cove, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, was held at Castlecrag.

 

 

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A Poem by Sophie Lewis, Year 8, "The Boy in the Field"

A Poem by Sophie Lewis, Year 8, "The Boy in the Field"

25 Jun 2020

I remember years past, in Poland cold,
With wintery whistles and gnarled trees old.
Sitting on my grandfather’s lap,
Hearing his ancient cane tap, tap, tap.

The fire crackled, embers fizzled and spat,
A gale howled outside, oblivious to where we sat.
Snow and hail hammered at the small wooden door,
As I listened to my grandfather’s tales of yore.

He’d told me every kind of fantasy story,
From fairies to pirates to battles quite gory.
Yet tonight was different, he was distant perhaps,
His eyes cloudy in remembrance of the past.

He told me a tale of a boy in a field,
Whose father fought in a war to whom nobody did yield.
When the sun rose in the morn,
The boy had to walk six miles through the red dawn.

It started the day fire fell from the sky,
And triplanes with red swirls emblazoned whirred up, oh so high.
The boy was captured, taken by the enemy,
His father then passed, his last words, “Remember me.”

The boy was taken to a place nobody returns from,
Shackled in chains, he mourned, his father was gone.
Despite his grief, he made a friend, Samuel Kalash,
Together they were forced to obey a man with a tiny little mustache.

After many a moon in that terrible place,
An opportunity came, the two had to make haste!
Bonding forces with a Swiss man named Mitch,
The boy and his friends escaped from Auschwitz.

For dark days and cold nights they were on the run,
Through forests and abandoned villages, hiding from the crack of a gun.
After two lonely years did they return to Poland’s comforting bounds,
Only to find it had been razed to the ground.

The war was over, the English had won,
There was rejoicing in every street; the boy no longer had to run.
Yet he mourned still, as he searched and he searched,
He never found his family, he realised with a lurch.

The boy grew older and left Poland behind,
Traversing the world in vain hope that his mother, he would find.
He moved to Britain and fell in love,
With a woman called Mary, whom he called his “dove.”

My grandfather’s tale ended as every good story should,
With happiness and freedom - I thought that was good.
But confused I was, for my grandfather did not smile;
He just sat by the fire and mused for a while.

Only after he had passed do I realise why:
The boy in the field was him, now the morn is nye.
And I remember back to Poland, sitting on my grandfather’s lap,
Hearing his ancient cane tap, tap, tap.

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The Cove looks Inside from Outside

The Cove looks Inside from Outside

25 Jun 2020

“Take students outside and play” was our mantra leading on from the Chatswood Concourse Theatre Power of Play in Nature seminar with Professor Pasi Sahlberg and Professor Tonia Gray. The debate and has never been more topical in the post-covid phase we are in now. It will be a driving force for the remainder of the term to use our incredible surroundings and take students out of the classroom as much as we can after so much isolation and solitary indoor learning at home.

Naturally PE is done outside most of the time at Glenaeon but the PDH classes/content I teach I sometimes try to teach outside too, adjusting my teaching to non-whiteboard and non-online media use as I do not have it available in the bush.

The students love to be taken outside, they love to sit and learn in nature, it helps them get into a new and different mindset as they listen and smell nature around them talking about issues and discussing matters that are relevant to them of which PDH offers many: friendship, conflict resolution, staying safe, making good decisions, risk taking, relationship, road safety, healthy living to name a few.

The schools Yr 9 program The Cove which is part of the Service Curriculum we are developing more concretely across all year levels also uses nature early in the morning each Monday and this has resumed since Monday June 1. We started off with a 5km run to a natural jetty below Castle Cove (see picture), where we stopped for a few minutes to take in the most beautiful morning scenery before doing some fitness exercises including a moment of conscious mindfulness. It was great to see the students all back sitting in a circle to start the class after a long nine-week forced break.

Students were engaged by identifying some of the positive changes that occurred for them personally and also more globally due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They were encouraged to write and reflect on these positive changes and how to best further pursue and preserve them into the future and what it would take for them to do so. The program builds resilience and aims to connect students to nature and place to enhance the notion of belonging. It fosters communication and how to better support each other through cooperative aspects and team work.

The service aspects of The Cove Program become very real for the Year 9 cohort when we go on four excursions in a year to work and connect with Warrah Farm & School in Dural, an educational facility for people living with disabilities and learning needs and a bio-dynamic farm where students get involved with both aspects through active work on the premises and the farm and by learning with and from engaging and interacting with the pupils of that school.

See you outside!

Jonas Stoebe
PDHPE Teacher

 

 

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A little bit goes a long way

A little bit goes a long way

25 Jun 2020

Annual Appeal

We end the term and the financial year at almost exactly the same time this year. The COVID-19 crisis has made this term unlike any other term in memory, and, at same time has put many families under extreme financial pressure. Having come through the term and managed our remote learning above and beyond expectations, we now face the task of how we can support those families who need it.

Our EOFY Annual Appeal this year is aimed very specifically at supporting those families who need financial help to maintain their enrolment in the school. You can help by donating to the Glenaeon Foundation.

Your donation to the Glenaeon COVID-19 Bursaries Scholarship Fund will help fund the continuing education of COVID-19 affected students. Our ask is only of families who can support, to help those that can’t. Your little bit goes a long way and if everyone gives what they can afford, we can keep our children learning together.

This year we are aiming to raise $100,000 to help our families. We have already raised approximately $87,000 and if you are yet to give, we ask that you consider a donation before the end of the financial year. All donations of $2 and over are Tax Deductible.

Please make your donation at www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/donate by June 30, 2020.

For donations by credit card over the phone, EFT or cheque, please contact Clare Gordon 02 9417 3193 or clareg@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

Thank you for your solidarity, support and generosity to help our own in 2020.

Café Canteen

Term 3 will see a return to more normal school operations in most activities, and one of those returning activities welcomed by students and staff alike will be the reopening of our café in the trees at Middle Cove.

The café has been a real joy over the past four years. As the founding café managers, Sharon and Lorna have established and built a wonderful atmosphere around the café, providing healthy, nourishing food for students, staff and parents in a lively and friendly atmosphere. But all good things must come to an end, and Sharon has let me know that due to personal and health reasons she and her husband Peter, and Lorna, will not be continuing in 2021.  We are seeking a new operator, or team, to take over the café and you will find an Expression of Interest in this Newsletter. There will be time to identify a new manager, and effect a handover during Term 3 and 4.

Annual Report 2019

Our Annual Report for 2019 is now complete and will be available on the website from Wednesday July 1st, with hard copies available at each of the school campus offices. It feels like Ancient history after our recent crisis, but 2019 despite its challenges in Term 4, was a very productive and successful year for Glenaeon. You can read the full story in the Annual Report.

This Newsletter will be the last for Term 2, and what a term it’s been. But we’ve come through! Time to refresh and regenerate, and so I wish all families, staff and students a restful winter break and look forward to seeing everyone again in more normal circumstances in Term 3.

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Seeking a new owner/operator for Grassroots Eco Store

Seeking a new owner/operator for Grassroots Eco Store

25 Jun 2020

Seeking a new owner/operator for Grassroots Eco Store and the beautiful retail store conveniently located on the Castlecrag campus. Felicity has thoroughly enjoyed her association with the Glenaeon community and has been grateful and honoured to run her store at Castlecrag since October 2015. However, she is now seeking to transfer the ownership of her business to a member of our community and is offering the unique opportunity to purchase and operate Grassroots Eco Store.

The school is looking for a candidate to maintain the present standard which includes the following criteria:

  • An existing connection to the school, the community or Steiner inspired education;
  • Experience in, and the wherewithal to own and operate a small retail store;
  • Affinity with and support of Steiner parents and Glenaeon staff in their needs for supplies in accordance with Rudolf Steiner’s educational impulses;
  • A knowledge of, or strong desire to provide, ethical buying choices that support the school’s ethos;
  • An ability to provide consistent opening hours in accordance with Glenaeon’s requirements; and a
  • Working with Children Check

In submitting your written Expression of Interest, please provide no more than two pages that address how you meet, or propose to meet the above criteria, by 5pm Friday 31 July and email both Rohan Wijesinghe - rohanw@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au and Felicity Cutts - felicity@grassrootsecostore.com.au

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Glenaeon Introductory Webinars - 1st & 30th of July

Glenaeon Introductory Webinars - 1st & 30th of July

25 Jun 2020

Following on from three recent very successful and well-attended online introductory webinars, we are now pleased to let you know of two additional webinar event dates.  

The first of these will run on Wednesday 1 July at 8pm and will provide a focus on our Kindergarten-Class 2 Castlecrag campus offering and Kindy entry. Register online here. The second, scheduled for Thursday 30 July will run at 9:30am and will focus on the Class 3-6 Primary and Year 7-12 High School experience at our Middle Cove campus. Register online here. Participants will meet our Head of School, Andrew Hill, view a presentation, and ask questions in a Q&A session with our Deputy Heads via Zoom.

If you have friends who are looking for a great school for their children, please suggest that they book in. Guests can alternatively register their interest by contacting our Enrolments Registrar, Chandra Kennedy.

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Kindy Work and Warm Soup

Kindy Work and Warm Soup

25 Jun 2020

Kindergarten children engage in meaningful work alongside their play, and in Winter this involves collecting and cutting the wood for the fire. Children collect wood and with help, cut it to size. Kindergarten teacher Catherine Pilko also demonstrates the art of chopping wood, splitting great logs into fire-sized pieces. Following this, the children enjoy herb tea made from the garden herbs, before sitting together for a warming winter soup. The children know a story called 'Stone Soup', and in each pot is a magic stone that finds its way into one of the children's bowls.

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Kindy Winter Fire

Kindy Winter Fire

25 Jun 2020

Kindergarten collects wood, builds and enjoys a fire each Thursday together. The methodical and careful collection of kindling, sticks and wood, and the building of the fire takes time, patience and perseverance. Once the coals are ready, children make 'doughies' on sticks and toast them over the warm fire. Pulling them off leaves a steaming hole, which is filled with honey and butter and enjoyed on the logs by the fire. It is a deliciously warming 'Bread Day' enjoyed in our Winter Kindy!

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King Winter comes to Castlecrag

King Winter comes to Castlecrag

25 Jun 2020

The chill of Winter is well and truly here. Children have been making beautiful winter lanterns, snowflakes and paintings. King Winter has graced the nature tables as the Winter Solstice was celebrated this week at Castlecrag.

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Expressions of Interest - Kitchen/Cafe Manager

Expressions of Interest - Kitchen/Cafe Manager

25 Jun 2020

We are seeking an experienced Kitchen/Canteen Manager who is able to work within the Glenaeon ethos to ensure healthy and sustainable practices in the delivery of the above services. The position will ideally be an independent contractor.  Download the EOI document and for further information, please contact Chris Scrogie or Rohan Wijesinghe on +612 9932 2305 or +612 9932 2315.

Please forward your expression of interest via email by 5:00pm on Friday 31/07/2020 to rohanw@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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Free vacation care program for the holidays - book now!

Free vacation care program for the holidays - book now!

25 Jun 2020

We are happy to announce that our holiday care program will be available Monday to Thursday from 6-21 July.
The government relief package will apply until 12 July 2020 so this means that the first week of holidays will be FREE!
Come and try our service. Fees will apply from 13 July (Normal CSS rebates resume).

For bookings please go to http://www.glenaeonoosh.com.au/holiday-care-bookings.html


PLEASE SUPPORT US BY FORWARDING THIS FLYER TO FAMILIES / GROUPS OUTSIDE OF Glenaeon School.

All welcome. Thank you and look forward to fun times with the children.


Kind Regards,
Margaret & The OOSH Team

 

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COVID-19 influenced artworks from Year 8 & 9 now on display in the senior library

COVID-19 influenced artworks from Year 8 & 9 now on display in the senior library

25 Jun 2020

When you are stuck at home, isolating from the world, there is a rather magical uplifting of spirit that overtakes when creating art that literally takes you places….for example, Rome in the 1500s.  

During the COVID lockdown period, our Year 8 students created some inspired renaissance streetscape drawings and our Year 9s got a kick out of utilising a ball point pen in these footwear artworks.  These COVID artworks are now on display to see up close in the senior library at Middle Cove.

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HSC students reduce stress with a mega sports study break

HSC students reduce stress with a mega sports study break

25 Jun 2020

After COVID-19 lockdown and with choir not happening for the Year 12s at the moment, there was a window of opportunity for a one-off PE lesson to be slotted in for the keen Year 12 students stressed out academically due to their HSC preparations. 

Student Tim Bacon was instrumental in rallying the group, and helping organise the day by talking to relevant Main Lesson teachers who had since used the choir session for Main Lesson teaching. Once all agreed and the green light was given by Deputy Head of School (Years 7-12) Liz Nevieve, we went ahead last Friday - a bright and sunny morning, perfect for doing exercise!

We were a big group of around 30 students eager to get moving! We began with a push up challenge before splitting the class and engaging in some heavy duty tug-of-war which was convincingly won by one group three times! Then came the heavily requested and all-time favorite ‘Mac Ball’, an individual dodgeball game to remind everyone of the good ol’ times at the beginning of many PE sessions in years gone by.

To calm us down and relax us a bit while being focused on one another we got into four circles to play a game called ‘The Juggler’ in which increasingly more balls will be passed (thrown) around the circle and be returned to the original thrower in quick and quicker succession. Good attention, eye contact, readiness and accuracy all needed in equal measures for a circle, a tribe, to succeed. It was interesting to observe how well the students worked together as they successfully navigated through an activity that creates more havoc in younger year levels. The Year 12s maturity shone and an illustration of the bonds formed by our students over many years together.

The centerpiece of the session was an ultimate Frisbee game, a sport that relies on self-refereeing as all disputes must be resolved between the parties themselves. We used both the courts and the grass area to create a larger playing field that allowed for the Year 12s to have ample playing area and for the game to have enough room with two end zones. The final score was 4:3 in a very tight and even contest.

After a short reflection on what had been experienced and a recognition that ‘we need more of this’ we all came away with a feeling of achievement, happiness and satisfaction. It again reiterated by so many how much they miss regular physical lessons with their mates here at school. 

I couldn’t agree more!

Jonas Stoebe
PDHPE Teacher & Co-curricular Organiser

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Class 4 explores the history of writing

Class 4 explores the history of writing

25 Jun 2020

Class 4 has been fully immersed in learning the history of writing going back to its origins as far back as 3500 BC! Teacher, Katherine Arconati, even built a cave so her students could experience cave drawing. The class also studied pictography, a form of writing which uses representational, pictorial drawings.  They used a stylus to write in cuneiform on clay and even made their own paper. Having explored these historical writing methods, the children then received their fountain pens yesterday with much excitement. We can’t wait to see what they write next!

 

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Kindergarten's new shed extension

Kindergarten's new shed extension

25 Jun 2020

Thanks to a kind donation, Castlecrag is enjoying a beautiful new shed extension, built by our Carpenter/Maintenance man Sonny. He extended the shed to include a new balcony and steps, which greatly improves the space and use of the shed in all weather. Kindergarten children really enjoyed his industrious presence as the shed was built, and in the nature of imitative play, became builders themselves along the way.

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Teas from the garden at Castlecrag

Teas from the garden at Castlecrag

25 Jun 2020

At the beginning of each gardening class for Classes 1 & 2, Sandra Frain offers the children a cup of warming tea that is made from various herbs freshly picked from the gardens at Castlecrag campus. Leaves of thyme, sage, oregano, four types of mint, lavender and lemongrass make a delicious brew with hot water added to a large teapot. Herbs can help refresh, stimulate, soothe, protect and cleanse the human body. The children have planted, watered and harvested these herbs. They can all show you where these herbs grow and how you too can 'brew your own tea'. Sandra also helps the Kindy children choose their herbs for fresh herbal tea. Ahh... now we are ready to garden!

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Sandpit castles and cascades

Sandpit castles and cascades

25 Jun 2020

Classes 1 & 2 have been very creative at lunchtimes in the sandpit lately. Castles, cascades, drop towers, waterfalls, tracks and ponds have been built and played with by many children. Here are some of their recent beauties in action.

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Class 3 Construction

Class 3 Construction

25 Jun 2020

Class 3 students enjoyed some construction work with Industrial Design & Technology Teacher Anthony Fiore this week. The children used wood, nails, a screw driver, shovels, a spirit level and other tools to create a barn frame in the Primary School playground. Students learned about measurement, creative thinking, and also improved their hand-eye coordination and problem solving skills. The students were very proud of their work.

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Class 4 Paper making with Elizabeth Ellean

Class 4 Paper making with Elizabeth Ellean

25 Jun 2020

Handwork Teacher Elizabeth Ellean took Class 4 through a paper making session as a part of the History of Writing Main Lesson. Students used recycled paper pulp from plant fibres strelitzia (bird of paradise leaf stems) to make the paper. Students used moulds and deckles to make the shape of the paper by hand, pressing and drying it, by pressing it to the window. They also pressed the paper onto patterned brickwork and the bark of a tree to dry. With the plant fibres students tried to simulate what the Egyptians would have done with the papyrus, which is layering the fibres one on top of the other and pressing them together. Class 4 had lots of fun with this activity. The History of Writing is one of the most activity based Main Lessons in the syllabus. The children also made ink and a quill and soon in Handwork the children will be making a cross-stitch fountain pen holder for their new pens.

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Dragon Boat Festival celebration

Dragon Boat Festival celebration

25 Jun 2020

Kindergarten children celebrated the Dragon Boat Festival today. The origins come from China thousands of years ago and many countries today have taken up dragon boat racing, as did Big Kindy this afternoon with our own Dragon Boat race with our drums beating the time. Kindy Assistant Sara Tan created some beautiful origami Rainbow Dragon Boats for all the children to take home and wish their parents a Happy Dragon Boat Festival Day. She also told us the story of this special festival.

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Year 10 subject selection: Modern History & Business Studies with David Alami

Year 10 subject selection: Modern History & Business Studies with David Alami

25 Jun 2020

David Alami has been a Teacher at Glenaeon for almost two years. He educates students enrolled in a number of subjects at the High School including Business Studies and Modern History.  His classes are always near full with these subjects attracting many pupils.

Business Studies

Have you ever wondered how the economy works? What the world of business, finance and marketing really is all about?

If you were thinking of studying human resources, marketing, commerce, accounting, finance, management or business at university then Business Studies is the subject for you. Even if you are not, chances are you are going to be working or be involved in business for a majority of your life, and the knowledge you need to succeed in these endeavours are taught in Year 11 and Year 12 Business Studies.

Business Studies is an interesting course in which the details of the nature of business, management and planning are covered in Year 11. With an emphasis on small and medium businesses, it is a course that many students (and parents) will have some reflections and ideas that will be relatable!

The HSC course looks at large businesses and we look at specific case studies to support the theory. At Glenaeon, we look at teach giant Apple and the national airline Qantas and how they put in practice the main areas of the HSC syllabus: operations, marketing, finance and human resources.

Take note, this is a popular subject and with the recent events affecting our economy, it is a subject choice that will benefit the student long after Year 12 is over.

 

Modern History

To understand where we are or where we are going, we must understand the past”. While variations of this statement have been quoted over the years, in times like today, it is of vital importance to really understand how the world we live in, came to be.  In Modern History, students learn to understand history through different perspectives. By presenting a well-rounded examination of certain events and personalities, the student in turn will build their own interpretation of the events. 

In Year 11, the course starts by looking at some interesting and controversial events in recent history; the assassination of JFK and the reasons behind the Pearl Harbor attacks. While these topics will definitely generate plenty of discussion, most students fall in love with “The Fall of the Romanovs”, where we analyse the fall of the Russian royal family leading up to the Russian Revolution. As well in Year 11, the students conduct a historical investigation in which they will select whatever modern history topic/event/personality/theme that interests them and then study it for their Main Lesson. This year, we round it off by looking at World War I and the effects of the battles on both the Eastern and Western front.

This is all leading to the HSC course, which undertakes a look at “Power and Authority in the Modern World” – How, after World War I most of Europe headed towards dictatorships, particularly Germany and Italy. This is followed by a continuation of the Bolshevik revolution in Russia concentrating on Stalin’s Soviet Union leading up to and including World War II. Finally, we look closer to home, to see how China evolved from Mao’s Cultural Revolution through to the reforms of Deng and Tiananmen Square.

If any of this sounds like it interests you, or your parents have an interest in the world (because history runs in the blood!), then Modern History is for you.

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Class 3 homes of the world

Class 3 homes of the world

25 Jun 2020

Class 3 have enjoyed a Homes of the World Main Lesson this term and currently have a building project happening in the yard.  There was also a separate large scale, unauthorised excavation/mining project that was thoroughly enjoyed and required ‘rediversion’.  It was a great, impromptu engineering feat!

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Class 2 Squirrels counting for Winter

Class 2 Squirrels counting for Winter

24 Jun 2020

Class 2 have begun learning about place value in their current Mathematics Main Lesson. A family of squirrels live in a forest, rich with acorns, ready for collecting and storing for Winter. How will they know they have enough? How many can they eat each day? The family learns to collect single acorns, then groups of ten, followed by ten groups of ten acorns etc. They realise they can group their acorns so they don't lose count along the way! They store them in the hidey-holes in the trees, neatly packed into groups of ten, one hundred and beyond. The classroom reflects this counting journey - a beautiful chalkboard, drawn by Class teacher Lucy Armstrong, daily counting, reflecting the day's story, and hidey-holes at the back of the classroom to store the sorted bags.

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String is in

String is in

23 Jun 2020

Castlecrag grounds have been a web of string games lately. From Kindy all the way to Class 2, they have been learning and stringing their way to make Witches' Broom, Harbour Bridge, Parachute, Cup-and-Saucer, Hammock, Cats' Whiskers, Eiffel Tower and more! They have even mastered doing some together in pairs, as well as transferring them to tiny stakes in the ground.

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Year 11's Kauri Palmer awarded in the Nan Manefield Young Writers Award

Year 11's Kauri Palmer awarded in the Nan Manefield Young Writers Award

22 Jun 2020

Congratulations go to Year 11 Glenaeon student, Kauri Palmer who has received a merit certificate in the 2020 Nan Manefield Young Writer’s Award, a writing prize overseen by Stanton Library and North Sydney Council for her short story entry titled, “I Remember You”. The competition was judged in five age categories by a panel of professional authors with prizes totalling over $3,000.

The idea for Kauri’s awarded piece first came about during a creative Friday class at Glenaeon, where the task was to take a celebrity/famous person and put them in an unexpected environment. Kauri then wrote up her 278 word competition submission during the coronavirus lockdown.

The same entry has been shortlisted for a next round of judging in another competition but has already been included in a short story collection e-book called “The Inside Story”, which makes Kauri a published author!

As a prize, Kauri will receive an invitation to a Writing Masterclass with award-winning young adult author Will Kostakis. 

Well done Kauri, what a great achievement.

Can anyone guess the identity of the famous person in Kauri’s short story, and where he is?

 

 

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Castlecrag Markets - Classes 1 and 2

Castlecrag Markets - Classes 1 and 2

21 Jun 2020

Class 1 & 2 have had a week of busy playground trade. Perhaps co-inciding with their maths Main Lessons, they have been setting up shops and market stalls all over the playground - buying, selling and trading natural treasures, found wool, seed pods, flowers and leaves. The all-important currency - tiny gumnuts - can be collected near the monkey bars and used to negotiate a good outcome!

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Simplicity Parenting with Mary Heard: The New New Normal

Simplicity Parenting with Mary Heard: The New New Normal

20 Jun 2020

Since his book was published in 2009, Simplicity Parenting author Kim John Payne has spoken about the ‘new normal’ of ‘too much, too fast, too soon’ but since the very foundations of our society have been uprooted, we sense the possibility of a “new new normal”. Like the words recently posted on a Japanese subway ‘We can’t return to normal because the normal we had was precisely the problem’.

As things start to wake up again and the restrictions of the corona virus are lifted we take a moment to ponder what we would like to take with us into the ‘new new normal’. During the isolation period we have been more committed to the important things in life, our priorities have shifted and, on that basis, we can turn our direction however slightly towards living a life in accordance with our own values.

Firstly let us look at stuff, many of us have realised how much time we waste shopping, how good it is to use what we already have and how slowly our bank account goes down when we stay home. Being at home amongst the stuff we already have makes us realise how getting rid of things makes us happier than acquiring them.

Rhythm has also taken on a new meaning with no teachers and no school to do the work for us. Rhythm is the secret of discipline (how teachers manage 30 children at once) and without the rhythm of the school day, family life can become formless chaos.  For teachers and for parents, rhythm is our best friend and the return on investment on the time we put into establishing rhythm in our family life makes it well worth the effort.

So many people I talk to are enjoying slowing down and the forced de-cluttering of their lives, realising that time is more valuable than money. For the past few weeks many of us have been thrown off the treadmill only to discover that so many of the things we love doing don’t actually cost money at all! We have seen how nice it is to have days with nothing on, to go for a walk together as a family, to have open ended time at home to pursue our deepest passions or have an afternoon nap.

We have all been relying heavily on virtual reality during the coronavirus and, although it has been incredibly useful, we have all experienced that it doesn’t come close to the real thing. Real human connection feeds the soul and it is worth safeguarding by putting screen free time into our days.

Now the time has come when we can begin the return to business as usual, we may feel pressure to ‘get back to normal’. But this is our big chance to define a new version of normal, to enjoy the fruits of the ultimate de-cluttering we have been through for the past few months, to only bring back what works for us, what makes our lives easier, our hearts warmer and our children happier.

For more information go to:  www.maryheardsimplicityparenting.com

 

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Kindy Bunnies back together

Kindy Bunnies back together

19 Jun 2020

Big Kindergarten children kept themselves busy making pom-pom bunnies and chicks whilst they were home over the Easter break and during the COVID-19 lockdown at home. They all brought them in to visit Kindy.... and what a lovely bunch of bunnies and chicks they were together!

 

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Indigenous Games with Class 6 during National Reconciliation Week

Indigenous Games with Class 6 during National Reconciliation Week

17 Jun 2020

Class 6 PDHPE students marked National Reconciliation Week with a look at some Indigenous Games. We spoke about what we, as a class know about indigenous culture here in Australia and what contributions indigenous people have made to Australia and how that needs to be recognised more.

Indigenous societies played sports although they were often derived from hunting or prepared for hunting and fitness and were at times only played by the men. Some of their games have the potential to become more popular through their introduction and use among current day students to recognise the contribution First Nations people have made in the field of sport. In this spirit, Class 6 students were eager to explore two indigenous games through their unit on tagging, weaving and dodging games. The two games are Buroinjin and Edor and are both a lot of fun to be played with big groups.

Buroinjin was a game of the Kabi Kabi tribe in southern Queensland who used a ball made of kangaroo skin called Buroinjin. Edor is a chasing-tagging game which comes from the Aurukun indigenous community of northern Queensland. Edor is the name given to a runner who gets secretly picked by one team and has to reach the other side of the field without being tagged by the opponents. If tagged, the game instantly changes direction and Edor is now known and easier to tag but can be helped by his ‘people’, his team. The class thoroughly enjoyed both games and were better able to recognise indigenous contribution to sport in society.

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Little Kindy harvest lavender

Little Kindy harvest lavender

16 Jun 2020

Kindergarten children have been enjoying their return to the garden at Castlecrag, and with Gardening Teacher Sandra Frain's help, have been busy harvesting our fragrant lavender blooms.

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Year 10 subject selections: Studying English Extension in Years 11 and 12 with Pamela Laycock

Year 10 subject selections: Studying English Extension in Years 11 and 12 with Pamela Laycock

14 Jun 2020

Pamela Laycock has been teaching at Glenaeon for 20 years, joining the school as a Class Teacher of Year 7.  Pamela studied Visual Arts and English at Sydney University, and upon graduation she began a 10 year career in museum management, working in regional art museums as a Gallery Director and Curator.  Following this she transferred to teaching by completing a Diploma in Education. She has since gone on to become Head of Department and has supported students to excel in English throughout Years 9 to 12. She has extensive experience in teaching all four Year 11 and 12 English courses and, as an HSC marker herself, is best placed to guide students to achieve to their full potential in HSC English.

Students in Years 11 and 12 can study the mandatory subject English at the standard or advanced level for the HSC.  In addition, students can elect to study English Extension 1 in Years 11 and 12, and English Extension 2 in Year 12.  The difference between these two courses is that English Extension 1 is based on coursework, whereas in English Extension 2, students select a personal area of interest to research and compose an extended print in either short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, critical response, sound medium, or multimedia.

English Extension 1 and English Extension 2 have been popular subjects for students who are interested in reading and who wish to work creatively to produce a substantial imaginative composition. 

Philippa Grimshaw, currently in Year 12, was interviewed about her experience of studying English Extension 2. 

Why should I choose to study both English Extension 1 and English Extension 2?

If you are a student who enjoys studying English, and you are passionate about creative writing, then the courses English Extension 1 in Year 11 and English Extension 1 and English Extension 2 in Year 12 will give you the opportunity to apply your focus in these areas.  These courses are about developing your creative potential, as much as they develop your knowledge about the history of the discipline.  If there is a passion for writing, then these are enjoyable courses.

What will studying English Extension teach me?

In English Extension we study a variety of texts from the literary canon.  Students develop their ability to independently research, and further, how to apply the newly acquired skills to areas that personally interest them.  An area of interest could be in short story writing, filmmaking or performance poetry.

What is the number 1 reason why students choose to study English Extension?

Most students who study English Extension love reading and writing.  They are motivated by the possibility of writing creatively, and they wish to see their ideas develop within a sustained literary text of which they can be proud.

What makes this subject such a great one to study in HSC? What makes it so interesting?

The student’s area of passion is what drives their work in English Extension 2.  Students do not have assigned work and so the work they do doesn’t feel like work, but feels like a break from school work.   Students work on the major project for a year, and it is usually satisfying to see their creative efforts progress and develop.

What differentiates Glenaeon’s teaching approach in English to other schools? 

The most enjoyable aspect of studying English to the extension level is that, because of the small class sizes, positive relationships form between the students and between the teachers and the students.  Writing creatively is challenging, but the rewards and the sense of satisfaction on the completion of the project is highly motivating for everyone.  It is so pleasing to be together and witness each other’s growth and pride when the creative project is finished.

How can this subject help students beyond their school years?

Researching something that is of special interest to you is highly motivating.   Not only do you develop research skills, but your areas of interest expand and other directions are suddenly possible.   Literature, whether one is reading a good book or watching a mind bending film, is always relaxing.

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Finding the Why of Our Lives: Seven Reasons Why a Meaningful Education suits a post-COVID world

Finding the Why of Our Lives: Seven Reasons Why a Meaningful Education suits a post-COVID world

12 Jun 2020

 

He who knows the why of his life can bear almost any how” Friedrich Nietzsche

If the COVID crisis has taught us anything, it’s to ask questions about our way of life. What will sustain us through a time when all the material certainties are gone? We all face dark times in our lives, but the COVID crisis has taken us through dark times together.

The experience has marked a generation and there seems to be a sense we can’t go back to being the same. The old certainties have been dissolved. If anything is telling us we need a new compass for direction, the COVID crisis has.

As many commentators have written, people have needed a new sense of purpose and direction to get through the COVID time, a sense of meaning. The sense of meaning gives purpose in the absence of outer constraints. So how can education ignite the inner spark that will sustain our students through this time, and on their future journeys?

Glenaeon’s long-term mission of providing a meaningful education has never been more needed. Here are just some of the meaningful moments a Glenaeon education uniquely gives to students growing up in a post COVID world:

  1. The Human Story: our Steiner curriculum sits as another tier of learning integrated with NESA syllabuses, providing an imaginative experience of the global and historical journey of humanity. Over the years of the primary and early high school, our students pursue the huge story that charts the rise and fall of epochs across the globe. They are given confidence to take their place as global citizens ready to play their part in the next chapter of the grand narrative that is human life.
  2. Creating beauty: all our students learn the creative arts, to draw, paint, sing, sculpt and act, but we are not an art school. We simply teach our students the arts so they learn to think in multiple perspectives, to realise that life is an unfinished composition, and that they have a creative voice to express their joy, and pain. Most importantly they learn to create beautiful moments that will provide them with endless fulfilment throughout life.
  3. Designing and making useful things: our students learn to make things, both useful and beautiful, designed by themselves, from sewing in Kindergarten, knitting in Class 1 to blacksmithing in high school. Have you noticed the many articles from the COVID time on the upsurge in artisan activities? People have wanted to make things, to take a stand and push back against a feeling of helplessness. Here is one from Saturday’s Herald on the resurgence in knitting: “For Millennials in particular it’s the idea of something wholesome but mindful and productive. It’s amazing the sense of achievement from finishing something. A lot of people use it for stress relief. It’s in line with cooking and baking. She says knitting also helps balance out the amount of time spent scrolling on smartphones: “You have to be using yours hands to knit.”
  4. Learning to collaborate, not compete: what has been the stand out learning politically through COVID time? The most successful world leaders have brought diverse people together and built community. They have practised the art of collaborating. Our non-selective, non-ranking classrooms prepare our future leaders to work collaboratively and to build community, a skill learned every day in every class. Take this verbatim comment from our 2019 Year 12 parent exit survey: Glenaeon has a very positive, engaging and accepting student culture; its bully-free, which is astounding in today’s Sydney”.
  5. The Healing Presence of Nature: during the COVID time, so many people have resorted to the healing power of Nature, whether forest, or gardens, or just green spaces. Our campuses are designed to embed our students in Nature, and Middle Cove’s unique bushland valley is a healing space in itself. Our award winning Outdoor Education program (Best in NSW 2019: Outdoors NSW) challenges students to go beyond their physical and personal limitations to reach a level of resilience and strength that continues to astonish their parents.
  6. The Power of Play: We are most human when we play, said Schiller. From self-directed play in the early years, to intense sport and games in high school, our students bring a sense of the playful to all that they do. Play liberates us from fixed forms but enables us to live with and within boundaries. Play gives joy in life and release from the restrictions of drudgery.
  7. A Touch of Transcendence: a sense of something higher, the phosphorescence of life, weaves through our classrooms, our school and our community life. We are inspired by the sublime moments of all cultures, including our country’s roots in The Dreaming.

And through it all, Glenaeon provides an academically enriched and rigorous education: we were in the top 7% of NSW high schools, HSC results over 2018-9.

So have you ever wondered how school could be both mainstream and meaningful? We’ve been doing it for over 60 years, and it works. COVID time has made us more relevant than we have ever been. Meaningful Lives.

 

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2020 Annual Giving Campaign - Keep Kids in the Classroom

2020 Annual Giving Campaign - Keep Kids in the Classroom

12 Jun 2020

A bursary is a monetary gift which enables a student to attend school when they otherwise might not be able to. Bursaries at Glenaeon are not new. We have a long history of providing short term financial assistance to families in need. With COVID-19, that need is now much greater, which is why we have launched our Annual Giving campaign to help families through this hard time with the COVID-19 Bursary Scholarship Fund.

The identities of bursary students are kept highly confidential and such matters handled with utmost sensitivity and respect for the family. Here is an example of the tremendous impact a bursary can have on a family: 

"We have experienced reduced income as a result of the Covid-19 crisis and in years past we’ve had temporary income challenges.  Keeping the children enrolled at Glenaeon has always been the #1 goal whenever we have faced financial challenges.  It has been challenging and difficult but certainly worth it.  

"Glenaeon has been incredibly supportive throughout times of financial challenges in our family.  We feel the school is genuinely committed to families – They are as committed to us as we are to them and in today’s world it is incredibly positive and refreshing.  The Glenaeon bursary has meant a great deal to our family and has made it possible for the kids to remain at the school, surrounded by a kind, stable & positive environment.

"Having our kids attend Glenaeon is extremely important to our family – we are all committed to the school and are proud to be part of the Glenaeon community.  We feel fortunate that our children get to experience all of the unique and positive experiences associated with the school!  The teachers are supportive and committed and provide a great environment for learning and social & personal development." ~ Bursary Recipient

A bursary can be life-changing, which is why Glenaeon is now asking for your support.  It's an opportunity for our community to show unity for those in our school family who are doing it tough. Please help keep our students in the classroom with a gift if you can. Your gift will not only benefit the recipient, but the community as a whole, keeping friends together, and a stable continuing education for our children.

Donations can now be made online www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/donate or by credit card over the phone, EFT or cheque. Please contact Clare Gordon if you can help. All donations of $2 and over are fully tax deductible.

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Glenaeon Introductory Webinars - 1st & 30th of July

Glenaeon Introductory Webinars - 1st & 30th of July

11 Jun 2020

Following on from three recent very successful and well-attended online introductory webinars, we are now pleased to let you know of two additional webinar event dates.  

The first of these will run on Wednesday 1 July at 8pm and will provide a focus on our Kindergarten-Class 2 Castlecrag campus offering and Kindy entry. Register online here. The second, scheduled for Thursday 30 July will run at 9:30am and will focus on the Class 3-6 Primary and Year 7-12 High School experience at our Middle Cove campus. Register online here. Participants will meet our Head of School, Andrew Hill, view a presentation, and ask questions in a Q&A session with our Deputy Heads via Zoom.

If you have friends who are looking for a great school for their children, please suggest that they book in. Guests can alternatively register their interest by contacting our Enrolments Registrar, Chandra Kennedy.

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Class 5 and the Anti Racism Team

Class 5 and the Anti Racism Team

11 Jun 2020

'May you live in interesting times' is purported to be an ancient Chinese curse, and although there is some argument about its actual providence, the saying rings true at this moment in history.

The events of the world unsettling, alarming even for adults, but when viewed through the eyes of a primary school child, the world right now can seem strange, frightening and incomprehensible.  As much as parents try to shield their children from media and adult discussion on these topics, a certain amount, inevitably filters through.  One of our jobs, as educators, is to assist children to not only live in, but also to flourish in these 'interesting times' by giving them a healthy framework in which to place their concerns. 

Last week, one of our students in Class 5, came to school very upset about the treatment of George Floyd and the ensuing riots in the USA.  She explained to her friends and teacher that she felt sad, afraid and helpless. Brendan Strobl (her Class Teacher), talked with her and assisted in transforming her distress into positive local action.  You can see the resulting petition/statement and smiles in the photo below.  Allowing children to voice their concerns while not adding further distressing detail or research can be a transformative and age-appropriate response; one which encourages the feeling that positive and creative local action in the here and now are possible and meaningful. 

At a time like this, educators the world over are putting the ancient curse aside, and for me, there's another great saying that comes to my mind:  "Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay."  Gandalf

Dani Finch
Deputy Head of School (Kindergarten-Class 6)

 

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Brendan Strobl's Class 5 Main Lesson Blackboard Beauties captivate

Brendan Strobl's Class 5 Main Lesson Blackboard Beauties captivate

11 Jun 2020

 Queen Nefertiti from the Ancient Egypt Main Lesson by Class 5 Glenaeon Teacher, Brendan Strobl

Botany Main Lesson Class 5 Glenaeon Teacher, Brendan Strobl

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Concentrated Meaning: Poetry as a Script for Living in this Coronavirus Time

Concentrated Meaning: Poetry as a Script for Living in this Coronavirus Time

29 May 2020

Welcome Back

 

How wonderful to have everyone back at school! The campuses feel alive again as our buildings and grounds resonate with youthful voices and laughter. We have a lot to catch up on, and much to be aware of as we both enjoy the company of all our students while keeping our strict hygiene controls in place. Thank you to all parents for your patience and perseverance though this very challenging time. We have much to look forward to as we return to normal schooling, and normal life. This week is also Reconciliation Week and we posted our own Glenaeon Acknowledgement of Country to mark this significant moment in the year. See School news below.

Poetry as a Script for Living in this Coronavirus Time

Sometime last year I was commiserating with a colleague in the staffroom about a pile of work that we both had still to do when it was already dark and late. Without thinking I just said:

And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

They are the final lines of Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, a poem taught to me and my class in Year 8 at Normanhurst Boys High by an American exchange teacher. They express exactly the frustration and exhaustion of knowing there is a pile of work still to do before rest.

Earlier in the day I was returning from driving a friend to the airport when I watched an enormous and perfect rainbow gradually stretch across Mascot and all points east. It was a magnificent sight which made me feel happy, and into my mind came the opening line of Wordsworth’s sonnet:

My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky…,

The two moments on the same day reminded me of the very special power of poetry. Some things just need special words, and I needed them then. And how we need them now!!  I was reminded today of how much we need the boost that poetic words can bring as I read Vicki Laveau-Harvie in The Guardian (UK) describing her own feelings during COVID-19 time:

Walking home recently under grey skies, I stopped to watch the afternoon light fail. I could have looked at my phone for comfort, but I found myself instead listening to Shakespeare spooling through my mind, words not remembered since school but intact, beautiful, despairing:

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time.

This was a gift. I breathed easier, bathed in the vitality of poetry, the saturation of meaning that gives it weight. The aptness. I needed this…

We all need it Vicki, and the power of a short and simple poem to uplift, to inspire, to heal a tired heart, is one of life’s mysteries. She calls poetry “concentrated meaning”, a good phrase to capture its intensity, and its power to transform difficulties like the coronavirus world which is having such an impact on our mental health and wellbeing:

Poetry may be the antidote to what many of us feel: we are glued to screens, numb with fear, lost in elastic expanses of time. Poetry’s density can steady us. It contains worlds.

Yes, worlds, and a script for living. At last, a mention of the power of poetry to help us through the coronavirus time.

Poetry is alive and well at Glenaeon. A Glenaeon education is also an education in the spoken word, in living poetry. From nursery rhymes in Kindergarten, through action verses and poems, ballads and narrative poetry, right up to Shakespeare and beyond in High school, poetry is learned by heart and spoken aloud, to experience its power and cadence.

We don’t just do poetry as an outcome in the subject of English, to tick off the Poetry Outcome in each stage of the English syllabus. Poetry for us is “concentrated meaning”, and learned by heart so that it becomes a gift for each student to carry through life.

Sadly, often today poetry is something to analyse for meaning, something to deconstruct and just to read, not speak out loud. Who then remembers those precious words and carries their power through life?

A few years ago the writer and columnist Nikki Gemmel wrote a piece in The Australian bemoaning the loss of learning poetry by heart:

My kids don't learn poetry by heart in their Aussie schools. In London they were forced to, for an annual, compulsory, school-wide competition. Five-year-olds were reciting mostly nursery rhymes but the older kids were diving into Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Lear. It was wonderful to witness. The sheer skill of it; the way their little minds would absorb the poem's rhythm, beauty, narrative muscularity. I wish they'd do something similar here…

Well Nikki, they do at Glenaeon. Here poetry is alive and well, and learnt by heart. The cadences can soothe our fears, give a voice to our deepest feelings, and a warmth to our hearts. In this coronavirus time, poetry with its concentrated meaning can give us nothing less than a script for living.

Hangout for the Homeless

Thank you to everyone who supported this project of a sleep out in support of homeless people last Saturday evening, and there are very many of you. It was intended as a small, humble project to remind us to think about others who are doing it tough in the pandemic, rather than a fund raising project as such. The main aim was to encourage some participation, and sleeping slightly rough was a simple gesture of solidarity with the homeless. With a signup fee of $5, I thought if we raised even $150 that would also be a great contribution to the cause.

The total raised so far this morning is $2,319. What an astonishing result! Special thanks to teachers who really challenged students our high school students to get behind the appeal, and did they ever do that!

My warmest thanks to all the many parents who donated, and/or slept rough on Saturday night, as a contribution to this very vulnerable community in our midst. We hope to stay in touch with Kids Under Cover and hear more of their good work.

Kids Under Cover is an organisation that helps prevent young people ending up on the streets in the first place. They work to support young people at risk of becoming homeless by providing simple accommodation close to the family home where the young person can be separate but secure. Space makes all the difference. They build and provide simple, small structures that are flat packed and can be erected in a day to provide studio accommodation in a back yard. They provide scholarships to get the young person back into education and the workforce. Over the past 25 years they have built hundreds of studios across Australia and assisted nearly 2,000 young people.

https://www.mycause.com.au/page/228465/glenaeon-rudolf-steiner-school

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K-2 Glenaeon Introductory Webinar Wednesday 3 June 8pm

K-2 Glenaeon Introductory Webinar Wednesday 3 June 8pm

29 May 2020

COVID-19 saw the cancellation of our 2020 Open Day and school tours at all three campuses. In their place, we have been running introductory webinars for parents where participants get to meet our Head of School, Andrew Hill, view a presentation, and ask questions in a Q&A session with our Deputy Heads via Zoom. The next Introductory Webinar is scheduled for Wednesday 3 June at 8pm and will provide a focus on our K-Year 2 Castlecrag campus offering and Kindy entry. If you have friends who are looking for a great school for their children, please suggest that they come along. Guests can register their interest by clicking on this link or by contacting our Enrolments Registrar, Chandra Kennedy.

 

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GlenXers tie the knot

GlenXers tie the knot

29 May 2020

We have some very joyful, happy news to share. Two graduates from Glenaeon have married.  Alumni Mary Parsch (Class of 1998) and Takeaki Totsuka (Class of 1995) have tied the knot. The pair wed on 21st March. Takeaki is the brother of Glenaeon’s Head of Department (Science) Yura Totsuka. The wedding was initially planned to be held at the Castelcrag campus, but had to be adapted when COVID-19 struck.  With only love in the air, the wedding took place with the couple, two witnesses and a celebrant present. They then moved to our beautiful Castlecrag school campus garden for the official photos.

On behalf of the entire Glenaeon community we congratulate the happy couple and wish them a lifetime of good health, happiness and prosperity. The garden looked so beautiful thanks to Glenaeon’s long-standing gardener Lindsay who has known the Parsch family for a long time.  

Are there any other GlenX weddings for the history books? Share your story with us via newsletter@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 

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Class 3's Evie lets her hair hang down, then chops it off

Class 3's Evie lets her hair hang down, then chops it off

29 May 2020

After growing her hair for over a year in preparation, Evie from Class 3 cut her 50cm locks last week and donated it to Variety's Hair with Heart charity to be made into a wig for children in need.  Evie's Mum explains, "Evie was very excited leading up to the big chop and to put her plan in place to wear a disguise for her first day back at school with short hair. Class teacher Roger welcomed 'Frank' to Class 3 and 'Frank' had a lot of fun with the new hair style." The wigs are given to children in need, but Variety also provides assistance to other children in many ways eg wheelchairs, camps, therapy. See website for more details https://hairwithheart.variety.org.au/  Good on you Evie for giving up your hair and doing something amazing to help others. Glenaeon is proud of you!

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Year 8 students draw guitars

Year 8 students draw guitars

29 May 2020

Hendrix, Knopfler, Page and Clapton all started somewhere! Here, our Year 8 Music students are currently learning all about the guitar. Students recently created these very beautiful drawings of guitars, naming all the parts of the instrument.

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First Day back Excitement

First Day back Excitement

29 May 2020

Last Monday - the first full day back for the whole K - 2 campus - was a kaleidoscope of activity and excitement. Children were thrilled to see each other again, and the playground at lunchtime was a moving picture of climbing, swinging, digging, laughing, running, jumping and cubby building. It really was the 'Giant's Garden' that Andrew Hill wrote about last week!

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A Tale of Two Rivers in the Kindergartens

A Tale of Two Rivers in the Kindergartens

29 May 2020

Big and Little Kindy create worlds of sand and water in the sandpit together. On this occasion starting rivers from either end - aiming to dig and pour enough water to join them together and let it flow as one long river! Many buckets and spades later, they had success! Teamwork, planning and perseverance results in an immense amount of fun being had as they come back together again. The rain is no deterrent!

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Class 2 Stories of Light

Class 2 Stories of Light

29 May 2020

Class Two have begun their 'Stories of Light' Main Lesson with teacher Lucy Armstrong. They practise their literacy skills - writing, spelling and grammar - through the beautiful tales of animals and their adventures. Artist Julia Byrne created this beautiful drawing as an inspiration for today's Main Lesson work, which is drawn on the board in chalk by Lucy, and then created by the children in their own books. This is followed by one sentence written from the story.

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Gardening with Class 2

Gardening with Class 2

29 May 2020

Class 2 enthusiastically helped to collect wheelbarrow-loads of natural matter from around the campus to the compost, taking turns to move the big loads in teams. Once there, it is unloaded and tipped onto the compost and celebrated with a good jump by the children on it's springy top! The children have learned so much about the importance of recycling as much natural material as we can on campus, including plants, food scraps and paper. At Castlecrag we have a very small carbon footprint, as all of our recycling and reusing that the children are involved in make a huge difference. Gardening Teacher Sandra Frain was glad to have her larger troupe of helpers back on campus!

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2020 Annual Giving Campaign - Keep Kids in the Classroom

2020 Annual Giving Campaign - Keep Kids in the Classroom

28 May 2020

This week, we launched our Annual Giving campaign.  We are aiming to raise $100,000 to help keep students in the classroom with donations to the COVID-19 Bursary Scholarship Fund.  COVID-19 has affected a significant number of our families. For those in the community who can afford to assist, we respectfully ask for your kind support. Donations can now be made online www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/donate or by credit card over the phone, EFT or cheque. Please contact Clare Gordon if you can help.  Your gift will make a big difference. All donations of $2 and over are fully Tax Deductible.

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Year 10 subject selections: Biology with Dr Stanley Tang

Year 10 subject selections: Biology with Dr Stanley Tang

28 May 2020

Our spotlight on subject selections for Year 11 & 12 continues.  This story looks at Biology with Dr Stanley Tang...

Perhaps the COVID-19 global pandemic has peaked your child’s interest in joining the health care sector, or maybe they dream of saving marine wildlife?  Studying biology, whether for the career-path ahead, or because it feeds the soul, is a great subject choice. Our biology teacher, Dr Stanley Tang has a Master of Teaching (secondary Mathematics and Science) from the University of Sydney, a Doctor of Philosophy in Conservation Genetics and a Master of Applied Science (Zoology) from James Cook University and has been a Teacher at Glenaeon for the past two years. He also discovered the largest of the two remaining populations of the Black-throated Finch in the centre of the Adani Coal Mine. Stanley is a former volunteer at the Society of Conservation Biology (Sydney chapter) and was on the NSW Young Scientist Awards 2019 organisation committee for the Science Teachers Association of NSW. Now teaching full time, Stanley is committed to his students, studying birds and photography and thinks biology at Glenaeon is a truly exciting subject.

“The science of biology is mainly studying about life. It provides an in-depth, scientific understanding of the variations in the structures and functions of organisms, as well as the effects of the environment on living things. Biology also explores reproduction, inheritance patterns, the causes of genetic variation, and how they are applied in biotechnology and medical fields.

“At Glenaeon, doing biology means you will have many opportunities to work in the field with experts. Some great learning activities we have done in the past include bird banding, rock pool biodiversity research, invertebrate surveys, nocturnal spot-lighting and various genetic and medical workshops in university laboratories.”

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Year 10 subject selections: Visual Arts with Alisan Smotlak

Year 10 subject selections: Visual Arts with Alisan Smotlak

28 May 2020

Year 10 students are about to make their subjects selections for HSC Year 11 and 12. There is much to consider, so we thought we’d interview some of our wonderful school Teachers for their views on subject selection. Alisan Smotlak B.A (Vis Arts) B. ED (Vis Arts) BA. Int Design, has been a Teacher for 25 years and a Teacher at Glenaeon for the past 20 years, the last two years as Head of Department (Visual Arts).

Why should students pick Visual Arts?
Visual Arts allows the student to gain wide perspectives of the world, have the opportunity for self-expression, mental focus, and the shared human experience of artistic enjoyment in appreciation of, and gaining skills in, many different materials.

What will studying Visual Arts teach me?
The student learns to become a liberal thinker, understand and engage about ideas and the world. Creating works empowers the individual to realise their strengths in decision making and tangible completions.

What is the number one reason why students choose to study Visual Arts?
The reasons why students enrol into Visual Arts are varied. Many times they choose it to ‘take a break from the bookwork courses’, or want to engage in artistic pursuits in University. My students have directly been accepted into university using their Body of Work as part of their portfolio eg. National Art School, COFA, NIDA Costume Design, Architectural Degrees. Even if they are not planning on pursuing art, they enjoy the challenge that art-making provides.

What makes this subject such a great one to study in HSC? What makes it so interesting?
The visual arts course allows the interests of the student to be at the fore of their studies. There are no set textbooks that you have to start and finish. The topics are led often by the students’ interests. There is lots of excitement watching artworks develop, serious conversations and a sense of autonomy over learning.

Why are you passionate about this subject?
I have lived and breathed art from a very young age. I have never not had art in my life, in either making, looking or educating. Everyday there is something new to discover in either techniques, materials, ideas. It is always so fulfilling to see students and parents at the end of the HSC year, display their work proudly, stand back and be in awe of what they have achieved. There are always a lot of smiles and happiness in the art room.

How can this subject help students beyond their school years?
To stand in front of an artwork when it’s difficult to know where to go next, and then contemplate, experiment, question, and then discover the next solution, is a tool that will live with you and assist you in the many decisions life gives you. There is always an answer and always hope if you have ambition and experience to work to achieve a solution in whatever aspect of your life.

What differentiates Glenaeon’s teaching approach in THIS SUBJECT to other schools?
Each year the student group is looked at very carefully and the topics that are studied are tailored to them. The groups are often between 8-12 students max, which allows for a very personal connection for every student. The personal approach allows the student to gain a great deal of confidence in their abilities and the group is always very supportive of each individual. As we have a median size group, the opportunity for multiple art making and viewing excursions is highly valued. A strength is Yr 11 and 12 are taught by two teachers. This give the opportunity for one teacher to focus on theory and the other on practical. This benefits the students to keep the subject delineated and focussed in the two different areas, whilst allowing the opportunity to have two teachers following their art making. This creates a very supportive environment as the students always have someone to talk to. Both teachers have been engaged with the school for 20 years each having their own children educated here. Both teachers are involved in other aspects of the school – one in a Guardian and Outdoor Education role and one in creative aspects of the school- musicals and exhibitions. This gives the teachers a broader connection to the school and supports the students’ awareness of the integration that an Art teacher has within the whole school. The HSC students also have their own independent working spaces on the ‘mezzanine’ where they can leave their work permanently and work on it at any time, very much envied by other schools.

Anything else you wish to add that will excite Year 10s about the choices they are about to make?
Art, above all subjects, is an opportunity to really explore materials and develop ideas of what you are really passionate about.  Where the boundaries, are what you create. It will build your self-confidence, and help you learn to articulate your ideas about life in general. It’s a place of activity and rewards that are tangible, in a world where so much exists in the ‘cloud’, it’s wonderful to be able to create something with your hands and have a real sense of achievement.

Alisan shares, “Glenaeon has given me a wide scope to invest my energies into many creative endeavours, I have taught many amazing students, and there are quite a few who I am still in contact with (even from my first HSC group in 1994) I have made life-long friends and on a daily basis richly fulfilled with the diversity of events that our school presents. I have lived near Manly all my life and hence I am very connected to the water. The sounds of the waves, the storms and the wind being near the coast is very important. It is always changing, full of energy and very unpredictable. My other great love is visiting galleries and performances. I was fortunate to have grandparents and my mother who bestowed on me the love of the art world, music, ballet, books and visual arts. My father was always industrious and worked with his hands. These combinations have had a profound impact on what I do.  I will always be involved in the arts in some way and I encourage Year 10s to seriously consider continuing their study of Visual Arts courses at Glenaeon in Year 11 and 12.

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Little Kindy enjoys the rain

Little Kindy enjoys the rain

28 May 2020

The water pond fills during rain, something to which Little Kindy always looks forward to. They don their gumboots, rain pants and coats to head out and cart some water, creating water flows and pools of their own.

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Class 2 – Creating Words with Wool

Class 2 – Creating Words with Wool

26 May 2020

Class 2 children have been busy creating words with wool as a new way to practice their sight words. Class teacher Lucy Armstrong gave each child a set of sight words unique to them, and the students then manipulated the wool to spell out the words. Words are the building blocks for language development and when combined with wool, gives students some gross motor fun to experience real hands-on learning!

 

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Thank you from Kangaroo Island

Thank you from Kangaroo Island

26 May 2020

It was lovely to receive this special thank you card from the Kangaroo Island Koala and Wildlife Rescue Centre last week in recognition of all the supportive work undertaken by our Community. Thank you to all the students, parents, staff and volunteers who gave up their time to help with knitting, crafting and making cards.  Big thank you to Handwork Teacher Elizabeth Ellean for all her work to coordinate this wonderful effort.

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Noble horses for Class 1 courses

Noble horses for Class 1 courses

16 May 2020

Class 1 have been making great use of their new stick crayon sets, which teacher Rodney Dean recently gifted to all his students. Rodney has been busy uploading audio stories and video files for home learning. Class 1 have been practising reciting their alphabet, writing their capital letters with a focus on writing their first sentences. This week’s work comes out of the stories of Rapunzel, The 12 Brothers and other fairy-tales. The children have also drawn some marvellous pictures of a horse in their guided drawing lessons. Great work Class 1!

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Term 2 Handwork projects underway

Term 2 Handwork projects underway

16 May 2020

Term 2 has brought with it some wonderful handwork projects. Class 1 will start work on their recorder bags, a weaving project which, once completed, holds each child's recorder right throughout the primary years. Class 2 will begin their long-stitch pencil case, which they will also use for years to come. The children will be collecting these as they return to school next week. The rich colours of the wool are always inspiring and beautiful. Thanks to Elizabeth for preparing so many take-home kits and for the work done behind the scenes. 

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Kindergarten and Little Kindy students return to campus

Kindergarten and Little Kindy students return to campus

15 May 2020

With COVID restrictions now being gradually eased, the Kindergarten teachers and children were delighted to be back in Kindergarten for two days this week. Despite our rather different start to the day, which involved a very quick goodbye to Mums and Dads at the gate or at the bottom of the Kindy stairs, we all quickly found our way back into the healing rhythmic flow of daily life in the Kindergarten. We were full of joy and enthusiasm as we heartily ate our Kindy morning tea, shared our stories and songs and happily worked and played in the golden light of the Kindy garden. By the end of two days we were once again full with all the magic and wholesome engagement that ‘real-life’ Kindy brings each day. Our time away from Kindergarten has affirmed above all, that the Kindergarten lives in the healing environment and rhythms that we create here each day in our beautiful campus at Castlecrag.  

Catherine Pilko

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“A Wonderful Sight”: Welcome Back to School

“A Wonderful Sight”: Welcome Back to School

15 May 2020

What a joy it was to see Year 12, then Year 11, and Kindergarten at school this week! All three year levels have been back in action: the seniors full time, and Kindergarten for two days. A school without students is an empty place, devoid of soul like a skeleton without flesh and bones.

To see the garden of Kindergarten pulsing with life again as the Kindy’s ran and played was, to quote Oscar Wilde, “a wonderful sight”. It reminded me of that moment in his The Selfish Giant when the giant looks out his window and sees that the children have returned to his garden:

 

"He saw a most wonderful sight. Through a little hole in the wall the children had crept in, and they were sitting in the branches of the trees. In every tree that he could see there was a little child. And the trees were so glad to have the children back again that they had covered themselves with blossoms, and were waving their arms gently above the children's heads. The birds were flying about and twittering with delight, and the flowers were looking up through the green grass and laughing." (Oscar Wilde, The Selfish Giant)

 

The teachers are very much looking forward to having the Kindergarten move to three days back, Class 1 for two days, and the rest of the school present for one day next week. We will review our staged transition back to full time school after that day of full attendance, and any changes to the next stage of the plan will be communicated directly.

In preparation for the full return, we have strict controls in place:

  • Environmental cleaning has been upgraded to ensure all high traffic surfaces are cleaned three times each day;
  • Protocols on hygiene such as hand washing will be emphasised to students and hand sanitizers will be available in all classrooms;
  • Any student or staff member who shows any symptoms of illness must stay at home;
  • Any student who has a family member with a compromised immune system may stay at home if he/she wishes and complete school work at home;
  • Isolation procedures including temperature checks will be in place for any student who develops symptoms of illness during the day; and
  • Parents are not to enter any campus of the school unless there is an urgent need.

On Monday and Tuesday next week, all regular supervision duties for drop off and pick up of students, including the traffic controller on Eastern Valley Way, will be in place. The Traffic Management plan for Middle Cove will be back in force, and we request all parents meeting younger students at both campuses to maintain appropriate social distancing.

Welcome back!!

Hangout for the Homeless

When the news of the lockdown came through with the directive to Stay at Home, my first thought was, what about all the people who don’t have a home? Every night some 100,000 people in Australia spend the night homeless in some form, most sleeping rough, on the streets or in shelters. Of these 100,000 the estimate is that 40,000 are young people.

There are a number of organisations doing wonderful work to support the homeless. But becoming homeless is an end result, and it’s a hard road back to any kind of normality.

Kids Under Cover is an organisation that helps prevent young people ending up on the streets in the first place. They work to support young people at risk of becoming homeless by providing simple accommodation close to the family home where the young person can be separate but secure. Space makes all the difference. They build and provide simple, small structures that are flat packed and can be erected in a day to provide studio accommodation in a back yard. They provide scholarships to get the young person back into education and the workforce. Over the past 25 years they have built hundreds of studios across Australia and assisted nearly 2,000 young people.

Hangout for the Homeless is their fundraiser on Saturday May 23rd. They are asking people to support the homeless by sleeping out yourself, either outside or even on the floor, just not in your regular bed. Try to experience at least a moment of not having your own comfortable bed to lie in.  It costs just $5 to register, and we’ve created a Glenaeon team. When you register, you can join the Glenaeon team.

You can seek sponsorships from family and friends to sponsor you for the night. You can donate as much as you able, to support young people keep a roof over the heads, and hope in their hearts.

Go to: https://www.mycause.com.au/page/228465/glenaeon-rudolf-steiner-school

 [If you are participating in this fundraiser please submit your photos to newsletter@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au so we can share in our next edition]

 

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Playgroup room is ready and waiting

Playgroup room is ready and waiting

14 May 2020

Sandra continued her Playgroup Zoom chat this week and it was another warm, enjoyable session with parents and children able to connect from the playgroup room at Castlecrag. Some of the childrens' little friends help Sandra sing hello to them all. It is such a lovely space, and the toys here are ready and waiting for when playgroup can return! Here are some of your favourite friends, just waiting to be discovered when playgroup resumes. Next week Nancy Amini will also be connecting with her playgroup families using Zoom, and there is also a special Zoom session for new families and those on our waiting lists who would like to say hello and stay in touch this way as well. For all Playgroup Zoom enquiries please contact: Sandra Frain 

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Year 10: Subjects backed with passion, win for Finn

Year 10: Subjects backed with passion, win for Finn

14 May 2020

Our Year 10 students are now contemplating what courses to study in Year 11 and 12. The decision making is not too far away. To date, there have been three separate evening information sessions on Zoom run by Heads of Department or Senior Teachers covering Mathematics, the Sciences and Humanities to give all Year 10 students and their parents, an understanding of what each course involves. There will be another three information sessions running next week to deep dive into Languages, VET and externally studied courses, Business Studies, Art & Design and the Performing Arts plus more.

A copy of the Year 11 & 12 Curriculum Handbook is now available for all students that wish to have a look at what Glenaeon Senior School offers.

In the last newsletter edition, Ruby Vella shared her reflections on subject selection, and this time we have current Year 12 Student, Finn Gladstone sharing his experience...

What subjects are you studying this year?
I’m studying English Advanced with Extension 1, Biology with Science Extension and Music 2 with Music Extension.

Which subjects did you study in Year 11?
I studied English Advanced (+ext1), accelerated Advanced Mathematics, Music 2, Chemistry, Society & Culture and Biology.

How did you decide which subjects to study? How did you pick? What were the factors you considered when choosing?
I primarily examined which subjects I gained the most enjoyment and validation from while studying... In my opinion it’s more efficient and enjoyable in the long run to pick a subject with a background of passion rather than primarily on good marks.

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New books have arrived in the Senior Library

New books have arrived in the Senior Library

14 May 2020

Glenaeon Senior Library has some new additions to the shelves including these two wonderful books: The Art of Kindness by Meredith Gaston and Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It by Gabriel Wyner. Students are welcome to borrow these books during library hours. The desks, chairs, computers and study rooms in the library are cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis.  The library general opening hours are from 8:30am to 5:00pm and parents are most welcome to borrow books under their child’s name.

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Physics with Jennifer Macgonigal

Physics with Jennifer Macgonigal

14 May 2020

Jennifer Macgonigal has been a Teacher for 15 years and has been teaching Physics at Glenaeon for the past six years. Following a career in Veterinary Science she completed a Diploma of Education and transferred to teaching. Her enthusiasm for the Physics started early, when, as a young child, she first pondered the question, ‘Does the universe really go on forever?’ It has been her passion ever since.  We’ve asked Jennifer to tell us why Physics is the pick of the crop….

Why should I pick Physics?
Have you ever wondered how it all began? Where the universe came from? How vast it is and what it is made up of? Does it interest you to find out more about the nature of matter, where energy comes in and what is light? Are you drawn to understanding how a cell phone works, how rockets are launched into space or perhaps how we generate electricity? And what is relativity or quantum mechanics anyway?  These are just a few of the questions we tackle in physics.

What will studying Physics teach me?
In Physics we study how and why things move. We use a series of mathematical equations and laws to describe and predict motion. We conduct experiments to build skills which we then use to make predictions.  We use our understanding of the laws of physics and the mathematical equations that underpin them to make sense of the world around us.

What is the number 1 reason why students choose to study Physics?
Most students who study physics love maths. They are drawn to the concept of using equations to describe and predict the movement of an object, be it a tennis ball in flight, a satellite in motion or an electron orbiting the nucleus of an atom. Students who study physics want to understand more deeply the world in which they live, and they are keen to work hard to develop that understanding.

What makes this subject such a great one to study in HSC? What makes it so interesting? Why are you passionate about Physics?
Physics is fascinating! Is a deeply humbling subject to study. It is conceptually difficult and at times challenging, but that’s what makes it so interesting. I often joke with my students that they will enter my classroom in Year 11 with some sense of the world and leave at the end of Year 12 with far more questions than answers and a greater sense of just how little they know! By studying Physics, you are probing the nature of universe. I find it extraordinary that the same equations that describe a marble rolling down a slope apply to a planet orbiting a star in a distant galaxy.

What differentiates Glenaeon’s teaching approach in Physics to other schools? 
By far the greatest advantage of studying Physics at Glenaeon is the small class sizes. For a challenging subject it is such an advantage. As a teacher I am acutely aware of how my students are placed in the subject and the size of the class allows for some wonderful discussions.

How can this subject help students beyond their school years?
When you consider how much Physics underpins your very existence and the way in which you operate in the world, the subject speaks for itself. And if that hasn’t convinced you? Physics makes for great dinner party conversations!

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Chemistry is right with Yura Totsuka

Chemistry is right with Yura Totsuka

14 May 2020

Yura Totsuka has been Head of Department (Science) at Glenaeon for the past five years and a Teacher for over 18 years. She studied at the University of New South Wales and is as passionate about her students and teaching as she is about Chemistry.

If you are wondering if chemistry is right for you, read on to find out more...

Why should I pick Chemistry?
In Chemistry, you develop a deeper understanding of matter and its behaviour which is fundamental to our world. It is often referred to as the ‘central’ science because knowledge gained can be applied to many other areas of science. It joins together physics and mathematics, biology and medicine, and earth and environmental sciences. Chemistry plays a role in everyone’s lives and touches almost every aspect our existence.

What will the study of Chemistry teach me?
The Chemistry course provides opportunities to develop critical thinking, problem solving and investigative skills. Students who complete this course find the experience extremely fulfilling to persevere with, to grasp abstract concepts, to hone their skill of applying their knowledge of the physical world to understand the phenomena around them, from washing hands to the materials that fill our houses, the fuel burnt to make energy, and the nature of fizzy drinks. 

What differentiates Glenaeon’s teaching approach in Chemistry to other schools?  
The greatest advantage will be the small class size. The concepts presented in the course can be abstract and some mathematical skills are needed. With a small class size, it means your questions are addressed immediately, in class, and allows for robust class discussions. It also means that you will always be involved heavily in the practical works, which is fundamental in the study of Chemistry.  

Yura says it is best summed up by one of our students: “The course is for students who are curious about the world and those who want to understand and explain our day-to-day phenomena. Give it a go, it’s fun!”

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Mother's Day gifts made with love

Mother's Day gifts made with love

14 May 2020

Some of the Kindy, Class 1 and Class 2 children made some beautiful Mother's Day gifts. They produced many lovehearts made with lots of love! Little Kindy made wet-felted necklaces from their take-home packs prepared by Junko, Big Kindy sewed heart necklaces taken home with help from many Dads. Class 1 & 2 made two types of loveheart decorated bags. Thank you to Handwork teacher Elizabeth Ellean for the take-home kits and parent helpers! Love was definitely in the air.

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Playgroup families connect on ZOOM

Playgroup families connect on ZOOM

08 May 2020

Some of Sandra’s regular Tuesday and Wednesday Playgroup Families connected over ZOOM yesterday. It was the first time parents and carers were able to connect since the COVID19 restrictions were put in place over a month ago.  During the joyous session (with song and movement) Sandra led an adult discussion on ‘golden moments’ and other child development themes, and the group discussed how COVID19 had impacted them and their children.  There were many moments of recognition over the struggles that COVID 19 has created for families and the happy memories that past Glenaeon Playgroups have brought too. 

Whilst, nothing quite compares to an actual physical and traditional Rudolf Steiner influenced Playgroup, the families told Sandra that they were very happy to have had the opportunity for social connection, the chance to learn more about Steiner Education’s approach to early childhood development, and the ability to pick up new and different ideas for enjoying this time at home with our children.

The Zoom calls for Playgroup Families will continue with demand and a new Zoom session may be opened up to new families and families in regional areas who might wish to learn more about the attributes of traditional Steiner Playgroups.

 

Playgroup Zoom enquiries: Sandra Frain 

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Class 6 Home Garden Project

Class 6 Home Garden Project

08 May 2020

During Term 2 Class 6 students will be responsible for starting and managing a home garden project. Gardening Teacher Kathy Thangathurai surveyed all Class 6 students about their gardens at home and prepared tailored take-home seeds, seedlings and a Gardening Journal.  It is an opportunity for them to put the gardening skills they have acquired over the years in our school garden to work. They will cultivate edible plants their family, as well as some to support our insects and bees. They will be required to maintain a Garden Journal for the duration of this project . This week, Kathy has been distributing Red Drumhead Cabbage, Ruby Red Chard, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Red Russian Kale and Chinese Broccoli/Kai Lan to add to their gardens! They have also been searching for examples of 'Fabulous Funghi' in their own gardens and local neighbourhood.
 
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Class 2 make happy hoppy frogs

Class 2 make happy hoppy frogs

08 May 2020

Class 2 Teacher Lucy Armstrong makes videos to help her students create beautiful Main Lesson drawings. She also recently used her videos on GLO to help the children make their own moving frogs at home. Look at some of their happy hoppy frogs that were made just before the holidays.

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Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt

08 May 2020

This week's Blackboard Beauty is by Brendan Strobl for Class 5's Ancient Egypt Main Lesson.

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Year 10: How to pick your HSC subjects

Year 10: How to pick your HSC subjects

06 May 2020

Our Year 10 students will soon be making some very exciting and important decisions - what courses to study in Year 11 and 12. It's time for our students to start actively thinking about their interests, and the important things to consider when making these choices.  For some, it's as straightforward as selecting their preferred subjects that allow them to follow their passions, and for others, it’s about carefully considering areas of strengths and a pattern of study that will support them during their final years of High School at Glenaeon.

Glenaeon offers a large range of subjects, from Modern History to Chemistry and from Music to Physics, and with the inclusion of students being able to study courses not run internally through distance education, the choices are almost endless.

Over the next few Newsletter editions we will publish stories designed to help our Year 10s with their choices.  Two current Year 12 students will share their course selection tips and their personal experience of making selections, plus we will have some of our wonderful Senior School teachers pitch their pet subjects. 

The Year 11 and 12 Information Evening will still go ahead, made possible during this period of remote learning by the wonders of Zoom, albeit in a new form. Throughout Week 3 of this term, students and parents will be able to Zoom with the Year 11 and 12 teachers to hear about the ins and outs of each subject, and the exciting areas of study into which each delve. Detailed information about the new format will be emailed to Year 10 students and parents by Liz Nevieve in the coming days, and she looks forward to introducing the subject selection process to you.

First up, current Year 12 Student Ruby Vella shares her reflections on selecting HSC subjects...

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Class 1 begin their first words Main Lesson

Class 1 begin their first words Main Lesson

06 May 2020

It's always an exciting moment in Class 1 when the children receive their first stick crayons, which correlates with their First Words Main Lesson. This year, each child receives a small gift - a rainbow of stick crayon colours. Class 1 teacher Rodney Dean tells the story of two children Ken and Jane, who meet Tilda the kangaroo. Tilda gives them a parchment, but it is blank! They call on Alphabetica, who tells them "Learning letters is important, but you need to learn WORDS. When you have learned enough words, they will magically appear on the parchment". It sounds like it is going to be a great adventure! Rodney has also produced a video on correct crayon grip to help students as they begin their new Main Lesson Book this week. 

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Kindergarten planting bulbs for springtime

Kindergarten planting bulbs for springtime

05 May 2020

At the end of Term 1, Kindergarten children took home a little brown bulb to plant in their own gardens, which will wait and grow slowly, in anticipation of the warmth and flowers in Spring. Kindergarten teacher Catherine Pilko also recorded a story 'Little Brown Bulb' for them to listen to. Here at Castlecrag, our little bulbs are getting excited and starting to peep their green shoots out already! I wonder what sort of flowers we will see when we all come back to play?

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A celebration of colour at Castlecrag

A celebration of colour at Castlecrag

05 May 2020

Castlecrag has exploded with colour. The flowers are glorious. It is a rainbow of colours as you look around the grounds from deep red flowers, huge orange wild cosmos plants (taller than your teachers!), yellow lantern bush, lush greens and deep purple. I wonder if we can plant some blue flowers for Spring?

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Silver Linings Comeback

Silver Linings Comeback

01 May 2020

Worimi Ngani!

“Greetings” in Dharug, one of our local indigenous languages which is staging a comeback.

The literal meaning is “I see you come from far away”, so it’s particularly appropriate as we say welcome to all families and students as we come back to term in this unusual year of 2020. What will Glenaeon’s own comeback be?

As has been said countless times recently, the situation is fluid and the term ahead uncertain. Last Friday I wrote to all parents and staff (Update #12) outlining the three stages of our return to school plan over Term 2.

Since then two reports were released over the weekend that changed the situation for schools:

  • The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), the gold standard in Australian health advice, published updated advice that the “venue density rule” is not realistic or applicable in schools and confirmed the very limited evidence of transmission by students in schools.
  • The NSW government’s transmission of COVID-19 research showed a negligible transmission rate in schools so far in NSW.

In the light of these new reports, and with strict controls in place, we have decided to revise that initial plan with the following arrangements.

Stage 1 will now include

  • a full return to school for Year 12 from next Monday May 4th
  • A full return to school for Year 11 from Monday May 11th
  • Remote learning will continue for Kindergarten to Year 10.

Stage 2 will commence as planned on Monday May 18th (Week 4) with partial returns for all other year levels.

The nature of that return for all classes and year groups, and for how many days per week, will depend on developments over the next two weeks.  All students will be invited to enjoy a return to school in some form in Week 4.

Stage 3 will commence with a full return of all students at a date to be determined, which we hope, and anticipate, will be later in term 2.

Of course these plans could all change if there is a sudden spike in transmissions in the community. We will update all parents regularly with our plans so there is as much certainty as possible in this uncertain time.

I emphasise that any return to school is based on the strict controls we have in place to ensure the health of all students and teachers, controls which are all guided by AHPPC advice:

  • Social distancing will be managed as much as is possible for student-teacher interactions and through protocols on movements in confined spaces;
  • Environmental cleaning will be upgraded to ensure all high traffic surfaces are cleaned three times each day;
  • Protocols on hygiene such as hand washing will be emphasised to students and hand sanitizers will be available in all classrooms;
  • Any student who shows any symptoms of illness must stay at home and continue to learn remotely;
  • Any student who has a family member with a compromised immune system may stay at home if he/she wishes and continue to learn remotely;
  • Isolation procedures including temperature checks will be in place for any student who develops symptoms of illness during the day
  • Movement of parents and other adults on school campuses will be staggered and strictly limited to essential needs.

Silver Linings

The clouds have been dark and dreary but they have had silver linings. Like any crisis, you are reminded of what matters in life, and what you hold most dear.

There have been some voices advocating the triumph of technology, and how this crisis will catapult education into a new technological era. Will it really? The message from so many people is how much students are missing their teachers, their classrooms, their mates, and well, they are quite simply missing school. That’s real school with real human beings around them.

We are also reminded of what school is fundamentally about. Schools can get drawn into so many extra things, all of them fine and uplifting. In these times we are reminded that school is about learning, and learning as a whole person. What has been so inspiring to me over the past month has been observing Glenaeon’s teachers working so hard in lifting their instruction from just delivering content, to building real, living experiences in learning.

Above all, this time has continued to affirm that we learn as whole human beings. The technology has served us well as a tool, but it is not just our brain that learns in front of a screen. The warm, beating heart of a living classroom made up of a community of students and teachers is education at its best, and we look forward to a swift return to that happy state.

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Year 8 Textiles students stitch a postcard from home

Year 8 Textiles students stitch a postcard from home

16 Apr 2020

Handwork teacher Elizabeth Ellean recently set a challenge to Year 8 students and the brief was to use any materials from home to make a Stitched Postcard. The project involved selecting scrap fabrics and other textile materials to make a postcard, with the theme 'From Your Natural Environment'. Below is a picture of Maya's work submitted on GLO, made with some fabric she discovered at home. Nice work Maya.

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Class 6 look out the window, reflect and write

Class 6 look out the window, reflect and write

15 Apr 2020

One of the tasks recently assigned to Class 6 was a writing challenge. Students were invited to write a descriptive passage of what they see outside their window. They were asked to use lots of describing words to help the reader form pictures in their own mind, of what students see, hear and feel. We've had some beautifully written responses. See below for some examples of student work. What's outside your window right now?

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Class 4 map and divide by 2

Class 4 map and divide by 2

14 Apr 2020

Class 4 Teacher Katherine Arconati recently taught her Class 4 students how to divide by 2 in a brand new way. It involves a house, and knocking on a door. Check out the method in Katherine's new video on the Class 4 GLO page. Katherine may or may not have worn the same outfit two days in a row. The tricks of online learning videos!

Also, the class toured the campus early in Term 2 and then from home,  drew maps of our Middle Cove campus. Images of these wonderful maps can be found below.

Class 4 have also been creating some form drawings in chalk on the footpath outside home. This activity is about spreading joy not germs. Great work Class 4!

 

 

 

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Staying warm and close in our families during the holidays

Staying warm and close in our families during the holidays

13 Apr 2020

Social distancing laws will encourage us to examine what creates warmth and connection in our lives. There is no question regarding the link between warmth and immunity but emotional warmth may now also be a factor to be considered. As we approach the Easter holidays our attention will no doubt turn to how we can create warmth and connection in our homes.

Strong family rhythms are the ‘glue’ that holds our families together. Bed time is a good place to start so that everyone stays in synchronicity with each other. I recommend for now that your children keep their regular bedtimes throughout the holidays, parents also need to model strong bedtime rhythms. I recommend having at least a ten-hour period where the phone is on ‘do not disturb’ so that you have an hour away from screens before bed to keep your natural body rhythms intact (of course this also applies to children and teenagers). Also it is good to have an hour of ‘quiet time’ in the morning before the phones start to ring (or beep).

Keep mealtimes regular and connected with everyone sitting down together (no phones). Make them as ritualistic as possible so that they have an obvious beginning and end, this will help to keep everyone present physically and emotionally. Try to engage in conversation about how everyone is going and what things you are all finding different/difficult and what you are enjoying about this strange time.

Bringing love and goodness into the home life and a sense that ‘we are all in this together’, trying to help each other, will also warm the atmosphere of the home. Encourage children to help with family chores, creating beauty, order and cleanliness in the house - keep this high on the list of priorities by modelling it yourself. Creating the home as a pleasing space says that you all matter as a family and that you are all caring for yourselves and each other.

Children can be instructed (not asked but told) to make a daily call to the grandparents or someone who lives on their own to see how they are. This will help children with gratitude and expansion rather than shrinking into self-obsession and entitlement.

Be aware of not letting screen time get out of control. The usual restrictions (from the ‘old’ life) should still apply as we need plenty of time without screens to create the emotional warmth of just being together connected as physical beings in our home environment.

Finally, try not to worry about your children getting ‘down’ or bored. That is a natural reaction to the times we are in and it is always tempting as parents to try to ‘fix’ it with a ‘good idea’, a chocolate or some extra television time. Just being there as a warm and loving presence is the best remedy. Good luck and Happy Easter!

Mary Heard
Simplicity Parenting

 

 

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Who is looking after the chickens?

Who is looking after the chickens?

13 Apr 2020

With almost all students learning at home, you might be wondering, who is looking after our chickens?  You will be pleased to hear that our happy hens have taken a holiday.  Thanks to Class 5 students Kai and Ryder for helping catch the chickens to pop them in the Ute.  Our Middle Cove silky 'Q' and Ruby are currently holidaying at Lucas, Skye & Finn's house.  Ruby has become 'broody' and is sitting on her egg most of the day, except when she gets out for a little scratch and 'Q' is loving her chance to roam a wide grassy patch. Watch this video postcard from the hens.

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Class 2 Animal Fables and kind deeds at home

Class 2 Animal Fables and kind deeds at home

13 Apr 2020

Class 2 have been very busy in their learning at home activities.  From a focus on the Animal Fables Main Lesson writing to celebrating Rufus’s birthday by having a dress up party on Zoom together with his class mates, Class 2 have been keeping the connections with school and friends. Children have completed book work and have also expressed creativity with beeswax sculptures inspired by the fable stories Lucy has been sending them via audio file each night.  Class 2 were also invited to undertake ‘kind deeds’ in the home. Some of the kind deeds performed include: Andre making his Mum a sandwich and a drink, Eloise helping her sister dress up, James patting his cat and Harley making a delicious snack for a family member. What a great thing to do at this time – showing kindness and compassion to others. Well done Class 2 students for your wonderful gestures of good will to spread a little bit of cheer.

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Gardeners from all classes unite

Gardeners from all classes unite

13 Apr 2020

At Middle Cove the garden is missing its young gardeners immensely.

The “school class” that is, students still attending the campus each day, come down to the garden every morning and keep a watchful eye on the vegetables and flowers that are growing, measuring our pumpkins, watching our bees visit their favourite flowers and plant seeds for our winter harvest.  The older students have been coming down to the garden again later in the day and getting to work.  They have been helping to tend the garden beds, harvesting late summer crops, erecting protective barriers to deter our wildlife visitors and enjoying the beauty of autumn in the garden.  We are also doing some preparation in the garden to make way for the new outdoor garden classroom. The banana trees have had to be relocated for the short term.  The children have been a great help in keeping our garden well loved and cared for.  For those missing the garden, here is a video of Sandra Frain taking care of the flowers and vegetables.

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Kindergarten at home and lost teeth

Kindergarten at home and lost teeth

13 Apr 2020

Kindergarten children have been enjoying their home activities - baking, story play, songs and craft, with the help of beautiful resources and stories prepared by their Kindy teachers on GLO. Several have also experienced their first tooth falling out - a familiar Kindy 'right of passage'.

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Caring for our Castlecrag campus

Caring for our Castlecrag campus

13 Apr 2020

Whilst it's quieter at Castlecrag, we have been busy cleaning, washing and gardening, preparing all of our beautiful classrooms and grounds for the time when we can all return. The colours of our washing, some pretty plants and the blooms are a reminder of how special this place is to us all. Whilst the children are at home, we will care for Castlecrag until you all return. Notice how the 'Lantern Bush' is beginning to grow its proud lanterns for the coming of Winter, and how the Cosmos flowers are simply bursting with colour! We also have five of the Middle Cove hens here on holiday and thanks to our local families for looking after them so lovingly for us!

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

12 Apr 2020

Easter time is here and we wish you a restful and enjoyable time together. Perhaps you could camp in your backyard and wake up to see if the Easter Bunny has visited you in the night? Perhaps you could dye some beautiful eggs, make an Easter Table, or make a small rabbit and place it in your Easter Grass? 

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End, and Beginning

End, and Beginning

10 Apr 2020

We end the term in a very different place from where we began. How the world has changed, and with it, all our lives! Who would have predicted our move to online learning in so short a time? Who could have predicted how excellently our teachers from Kindergarten to Year 12 have transitioned to a mode of delivery so different from their natural form? Who could have predicted they would do so in such a seamless manner without skipping a beat? 

I confess to being not just impressed but somewhat awe-struck that the school has moved so fast, so quickly, and so well. Thank you to all our teachers for the work, and to all our parents for the support and good will you have shown us. Glenaeon Learning Online (GLO) is a thriving marketplace of learning and education. 

Teachers are reviewing how the platform works and how we can refine and develop for the future. The advice from government is that remote learning in its present form will continue in Term 2.

Now however is the time to rest for everyone and our teachers look forward to a well-earned rest and recovery, as I am sure all parents and students do too. I wish everyone in the Glenaeon community a restful and refreshing break. 

May the Easter message of renewal, of death in life, and life in death, be as fresh and real as ever. I share with you a meditative verse by Rudolf Steiner, given over 100 years ago, but perfectly suited to our time.

A Verse for Our Time

We must eradicate from the soul
All fear and terror of what comes towards us out of the future.
We must acquire serenity
In all feelings and sensations about the future.
We must look forward with absolute equanimity
To everything that may come.
And we must think only that whatever comes
Is given to us by a world-directive full of wisdom.
It is part of what we must learn in this age,
namely, to live out of pure trust,
Without any security in existence.
Trust in the ever present help 
Of the spiritual world.
Truly, nothing else will do
If our courage is not to fail us.
And let us seek the awakening from within ourselves
Every morning and every evening.


 -Rudolf Steiner

 

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Primary School takes its Steiner Education online during COVID-19

Primary School takes its Steiner Education online during COVID-19

10 Apr 2020

GLO (Glenaeon Learning Online) was introduced to Glenaeon's Primary School as a parent portal at the beginning of this school year. When the COVID-19 global pandemic threw parents and educators a curveball, the platform's value as an educational tool was brought to the fore. The school does not typically introduce technology to students until they reach the High School Year 7. This point of difference has been an attraction for parents wanting their children to have limited /no screen time in those crucial early developmental years. Deputy Head of School K-Class 6, Ms Dani Finch spearheaded GLO's initial rollout to the Primary School as a parent portal. She is now reflecting on the fortunate timing, which is enabling our Parents, Students and Teachers to stay connected, during the virus' disruption to school life.

 

 

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Rhythm and Discipline in the home

Rhythm and Discipline in the home

06 Apr 2020

Now that most of our children are learning at home, parents will be looking to find and maintain a strong rhythm in their daily life. Rhythm is the secret key to discipline schools have always understood, it is also the secret to making children feel secure, it is like ‘a warm blanket’ we can wrap around them. It is a message to their nervous system that some things are still the same in the world and that the life they know really matters.

As parents many of us have a tenuous hold on the sort of rhythm and discipline children experience at school but this is a wonderful opportunity for us to reclaim our dominion as we bring school into our home. Most of us have had school at home for a few days now and it may have been a bit chaotic or formless but it is never too late to map out with your child/ren what the week is going to look like from now on. If you need some authority behind you, I’m sure ‘the school’ would be happy to take responsibility for the directions you are giving your child/ren.

As your child has the school rhythm already built into their body clock it is best to stick with that as much as possible. Insist that your child is dressed and ready to start learning at the usual school time, make sure you are free yourself at this time to see that everyone goes to their assigned place. If you have younger children as well they can also go to their play area at this time.

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Teaching Year 7 PDH outside: Diversity and Inclusion by the waterfall

Teaching Year 7 PDH outside: Diversity and Inclusion by the waterfall

29 Mar 2020

Children spend less time in nature than ever before. It is not only the time spent on recreational activities like watching TV or playing video games, but also for many, school education takes place mainly indoors.

On the 5 March 2020, Glenaeon held a free public seminar named “The Power of Play in Nature.” In that event, the speakers discussed the various benefits of opening the classrooms and give children the possibility to play and learn in the outdoors. Research clearly shows that playing and just being outside in nature can, for instance, enhance creativity, productivity and social learning, as well as boost mood, mental and physical well-being, and lower stress.

Jonas is teaching PDH content outside for that reason in the school’s rotunda adjacent to the courts, but newly inspired by the seminar, we decided to take the class over to an even prettier part of the campus to the rocks beside the waterfall. It was there, that I taught my very first lesson of Personal Development and Health (PDH) in year 7. That meant, first of all, a jog across the courts and the oval, climbing over the little creek and climbing the boulders to find an appropriate sport as an outdoor classroom. Just arriving at this remote and calm spot, the children became aware of the different sounds and sensations from these new surroundings.

The topic of this lesson was Diversity and Inclusion and the students were encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences with the group. Unlike inside a traditional classroom, the awareness for speaking up and listening to one another was heightened right from the beginning.  

Teaching this lesson really was a special experience and it was delightful to see how almost every student wanted to contribute to the discussion, all whilst remaining respectful and attentive. For me personally, this lesson was special in many ways. For one thing, PDH is not a subject that is taught in Germany and after seeing some and now even teaching one of these lessons, I believe that the discussed topics should definitely be implemented in the curriculum, as they are so relevant for the student’s lives and development. I do not think that children usually get enough space to take and share their opinions about the topics that really move them, and these lessons make that possible. Furthermore, except for PE lessons, I hardly ever taught a class outside the classroom, and I can see how the above-mentioned benefits take effect once you take the children outside.

Due to the current situation concerning the coronavirus, this was one of the last lessons I could enjoy here. Unfortunately, this is cutting my stay at the school a bit shorter than expected. Therefore, I want to use this opportunity to say thank you to the school and all the staff that welcomed me so warmly and included me in the day-to-day life as a teacher. I had the most amazing experience assisting and teaching at Glenaeon, it is a wonderful place, filled with wonderful people.

Special thanks go to Jonas, with whom I have worked most closely together, as well as Donna, Jamie, Jak, Brigitte, Michele, Sarah and of course Stuart, who I stayed with for the time here in Australia. Thank you very much for taking me to your lessons, helping me out at school and beyond, with my stay here in Australia, making this adventure possible! I wish that after this situation calms down, I will be able to visit and hopefully see all of you again!

Best, Lennart

Thank you Lennart for your wonderful contribution to Glenaeon and we wish you a safe journey home.

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Grassroots Eco Store – Opening Hours & Free Local Delivery

Grassroots Eco Store – Opening Hours & Free Local Delivery

29 Mar 2020

Thank you to everyone in the community who has visited in the past two weeks as we prepared for social distancing and schooling from home. Your visits are truly appreciated! If you need quality, long-lasting art and craft materials, books and toys to aid your 'homeschooling' or for extra home-based activities, Grassroots Eco Store remains open and an inspiring space to gather supplies. Due to the current COVID-19 situation the store hours will be reduced until the end of term 1 but will also open by appointment, see below. On offer is free local delivery for families living within 8km of Castlecrag with a contact-less drop off to your home. Shipping further afield is via Australia Post. Please contact Felicity on 0416 035 173 to order and organise delivery or to visit the shop at another time. 

 

 

Opening Hours
Tuesday: 8.45am–9.45am
Wednesday: 8.45am–9.45am
Thursday: 8.45am–9.45am
Friday: 2.30pm–3.30pm

 

 

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Lucy Armstrong's Animal Fables blackboard

Lucy Armstrong's Animal Fables blackboard

29 Mar 2020

This week's Blackboard Beauty is drawn by Class 2 Teacher Lucy Armstrong. The class has been enjoying Animal Fables as their English Main Lesson, listening and learning spelling, grammar and literacy, as well as understanding the values and lessons learned in the animal fables themselves. 

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Glenaeon GlenX Daisy Arrowsmith: Hitting the Bullseye

Glenaeon GlenX Daisy Arrowsmith: Hitting the Bullseye

28 Mar 2020

Daisy Arrowsmith is Glenaeon Alumni (Class of 2016) and current soccer coach for the co-curricular soccer on Thursday afternoons. Daisy was recently interviewed by Eric Subijano for Beyond 90 women's soccer newsite. As Eric reports, "Arrowsmith was a latecomer to organised football. She’d always played informally, but didn’t register for a club until she was almost a teenager. When Arrowsmith finally did sign up, however, there was no looking back." You can read the article in full here

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Finding Meaning in Our Present Time

Finding Meaning in Our Present Time

27 Mar 2020

Looking through the items in this edition of the Newsletter made me wistful for what has passed. The Power of Play seminar for example took place only three weeks ago, yet it seems like ancient history. The Kindergarten Harvest Festival was already pared back in the first phase of social distancing, and at two weeks ago it seems like a long time ago.

We are mourning a world that has passed as we try to orient ourselves in a world that is to come, and is still unknown. We feel the loss of what we took for granted, and so much of what we took for granted were things that define our humanness: social closeness, direct communication, gathering together in community. The new world has such a different feel, so distant, so coldly technological, so isolated.

Yet look in this Newsletter and you will find some wonderful human responses in our own community to this new world: the creativity of our primary teachers as they take their teaching into new spaces, the wise and beautiful guidance from Mary Heard in Simplicity Parenting, the very generous offer from parent Paul Borrud to provide transport for those who need it. This is also just the beginning of our responses, and after we have adjusted and found our feet, I am certain there will be many more.

But first we need to find some meaning in this new world. The path to finding meaning has stages to it, as outlined in this very pertinent article from the Harvard Business Review. David Kessler co-wrote the classic text on managing grief, and he has added an important final stage to the stages he then described, the stage of finding meaning. For a school that promotes Meaningful Lives as the foundation of our teaching and learning, this article is a useful aid in helping us find meaning in our grief for what the world is going through now.

That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief

 

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Year 7: From Garden to Plate

Year 7: From Garden to Plate

27 Mar 2020

With the world grappling with COVID-19 and people standing in long queues at supermarket chains around the country, our Year 7 Food Agriculture Technology students were learning how to grow their own food and create a meal.

Our Year 7 Food and Agriculture class created a meal utilising freshly grown herbs and vegetables from our biodynamic garden.  Students harvested kale, spinach and sorrel greens, and added a selection of herbs such as basil, parsley, thyme and mint to flavour their vegetable rolls.  After baking in a hot oven, the rolls were plated and the students went out to the deck area to sit with Teachers and enjoy their culinary treats.

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Class 4 Geography Main Lesson an intrepid adventure

Class 4 Geography Main Lesson an intrepid adventure

27 Mar 2020

Last week, Class 4 extended their Main Lesson studies of local geography with a bushwalk in our immediate surroundings.  Starting from the bottom of the hill, the class observed as Scotts Creek eventually met Sugarloaf Bay and opened into the harbour waters.  They learned to check the sun’s changing position in the sky and how this related to the direction of travel.  Looking at this familiar bushwalk with the eyes of developing geographers, the children began to develop a meaningful appreciation of how our neighbourhood is part of a whole ecosystem.  They also had some thrilling and intrepid encounters with leeches!

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Year 9 PE bubbles with fun

Year 9 PE bubbles with fun

27 Mar 2020

On Thursday 12 March, our Year 9 PE Extension class were involved in a one-off bubble soccer session learning about body control, balance, momentum and force while being strapped into a big bubble. The aim was to operate on a field to kick a ball into a goal while maintaining balance and not fall over when being 'bounced' by an opposing player.

It is a very engaging sport that requires a lot of stamina and energy to do for a prolonged period of time as current bumps lead to repeated and fun-filled falls which can even end up being 360 degrees roll over into a stand-up position again as the bubbles are round and allow for a full body turn while strapped to them safely.

The class truly enjoyed this niche sport and were physically exhausted but energised by the incredible fun this strenuous exercise provided.

In their quest to explore different sport and sports opportunities within and outside the school gates this was their last opportunity this term due to the wide-ranging COVID-19 closures and cancellations affecting the PE Department’s High School program.

 

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Year 9 Japanese students try their hand at traditional black ink painting

Year 9 Japanese students try their hand at traditional black ink painting

27 Mar 2020

Last week, our Year 9 Japanese students each created a traditional black ink art painting of bamboo trees. Initially this was a difficult task, but students soon improved their technique which involved drawing with ink onto the page and then smudging with their fingers. The artwork will now become the student's notebook cover for the duration of 2020 study. This was a peaceful and calm activity for the students to enjoy and very different from what they are used to doing in Japanese class.

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Power of Play video highlights

Power of Play video highlights

27 Mar 2020

If you missed our Power of Play in Nature event, you can now watch the highlights video here

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Farewell to our Exchange Students

Farewell to our Exchange Students

27 Mar 2020

It's time to bid a fond farewell to our exchange students Itzuki and Jamila.

Our Year 11 Japanese exchange student, Itzuki learned so much from his experience at Glenaeon. He built firm friendships and enjoyed a very different style of learning. He loved expressing himself in art, learning about abstraction and exploration of different materials. He says thank you Glenaeon for making his experience here a warm and memorable one. 

Jamila has shared a lovely farewell note which you can read below.

We wish Itzuki and Jamila all the very best and will miss their presence at our Middle Cove campus. お別れ

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Meeting the Governor: Glenaeon's gold award winners

Meeting the Governor: Glenaeon's gold award winners

27 Mar 2020

Class of 2019 students Nikolas Peter, Jaz Miller Hill, Annabelle Kensey-Galvin, Thomas Williams and Alara Sagan achieved the International Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. On 11th March, the now GlenX Alumni were presented with their Award certificates by the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency, Margaret Beazley, at a ceremony in the city before heading to Government House to enjoy a morning tea hosted by Her Excellency. Unfortunately, Jaz was absent from the ceremony and due to attend another one in the near future. Congratulations to these students for their outstanding achievement. The recipients of the award had their personal reflection read out as they were awarded their certificate.

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Class 2 stay connected on GLO

Class 2 stay connected on GLO

27 Mar 2020

Class 2 Teacher Lucy Armstrong has placed videos on her Class 2 GLO page enabling her students to continue to recite the morning and afternoon verse each day. The Steiner verses are a tradition that aim to inspire students about nature and good work. The Morning Verse marks the beginning of each day and sets the tone for the Main Lesson ahead. Watch Lucy Armstrong lead the Morning Verse here

Lucy is also providing daily plans, Main Lesson videos, literacy work sheets, audio files, writing practice sheets and more and encourages Class 2 community to stay connected as much as is safely possible with each other as we all grapple with this new way of educating our beautiful children.

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Harvest Festival Time

Harvest Festival Time

27 Mar 2020

This year Kindergarten celebrated a socially-modified Harvest Festival thanks to COVID-19. The children brought their offerings of fruit and vegetables and  surrounded the scarecrow to sing their Harvest Songs together. Parents formed a 'no-hand-holding' wide circle around the children and we all enjoyed one of the last gatherings until we are able to be back together again.

The food from the Harvest Festival was collected by food charity OzHarvest as our donation. OzHarvest is an Australian food rescue charity. They collect quality surplus food, distribute it to people in need and divert food waste from landfill. Thank you to all the generous families who donated.

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Kindergarten take-home packs

Kindergarten take-home packs

27 Mar 2020

Kindergarten teachers prepared beautiful take-home packs for the children to start some of their activities and craft at home. They were opened with great excitement and children have been busy creating little wax scenes, stories at home and pom-poms to make rabbits and chickens for Easter! 

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Class 3 learning online with Roger Richards

Class 3 learning online with Roger Richards

27 Mar 2020

Class 3 Teacher Roger Richards has been creating short videos to help his students as they start their learning at home.  He is uploading resources to GLO for the children. Parents are then uploading completed work to share with the teacher. See images for some of the completed work done at home by our Class 3 students. Well done to students and well done parents! We are all in this together.

 

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Letter Party for Class 1

Letter Party for Class 1

27 Mar 2020

Rodney Dean's Class 1 has been on a journey with Alphabetica through all of the consonants and the vowels and arrived at the end at a letter party! The children shared the invitation of magic letters which appeared every day over three weeks inviting them to their party in the playground. The path led them to a table filled with delicious edible letter treats! Thank you to the parents who helped make this possible.

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Kindergarten sparks creativity in the home-learning space

Kindergarten sparks creativity in the home-learning space

27 Mar 2020

Whilst Kindergarten teachers are creating things for their Kindy children at home, the children are already coming alive, creating and telling stories to their families, just as their teachers do! What a wonderful reflection of their experience and education to be able to so naturally share this with others! At this young age, imitation is a natural way of learning, and this is deeply fostered in the Kindergarten day. 

One of our Kindy Parents shared this, "Entirely unaided he searched around the house for different things to use - sheets, tshirts and socks for backdrops etc. It was accompanied by a very lovely story about the animals' adventures across the sea, discovering the crystal cave, the gnomes sailing in the boat and the life raft and climbing the mountain."

 

 

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Frida adapting but she misses her Kindergarten friends!

Frida adapting but she misses her Kindergarten friends!

27 Mar 2020

We have been receiving some lovely feedback from our parent community. Here is an email from Kindy Parent, Ben. 

Hi Catherine,
Thanks for all the resources.  As soon as I begin to sing a song or say a verse Frida immediately takes over. She knows them all by heart.

She misses you a lot and says outright that she would prefer to be at school!   But she also loves being around Monty. Here is a couple of shots.  One, of a story Frida set up, and told to Monty, and one of the two of them cooking banana bread.

Keep well,
Ben

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Class 4 girls ZOOM together

Class 4 girls ZOOM together

27 Mar 2020

Class 4 girls gathered for a Zoom meet up after a day of home schooling. As something they would not normally do, it has been a novel way for them to catch up and talk about their day. Exploring the positives of technology in a time when the children are in isolation is an interesting balance, and we are lucky they can at least share some of their experiences together. As time passes, teachers, parents and children will find new ways to explore activities, craft, baking, music and songs together! The possibilities are endless and exploring some of the richness of Steiner education through technology is an interesting and yet rewarding challenge!

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Swimming Carnival 2020

Swimming Carnival 2020

16 Mar 2020

On Friday 6 March, the much-anticipated swimming carnival was held. Students from Year 7 to 10 participated with students from Glenaeon, Central Coast, Linuwel, Newcastle Waldorf and Lorien taking part.  Students dressed according to their respective team colour - red, blue or green. Apart from participation in the swimming races, which scores points for the team, the best three costumes were also awarded with points. Many outstanding dress ups could be witnessed on that day, and it was hard to judge which of those should be rated the best. Ultimately, the decision was made to have the best six costumes rewarded, gaining a good amount of points for their respective teams.

Despite the weather forecast, it remained sunny throughout the whole event. Students swam four strokes over 50m - breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke and butterfly. Participation in either stroke was rewarded with a point for the team. Additionally, the first three swimmers of each race were rewarded with extra points, so despite being good fun, there was an element of competitiveness and everyone was putting in a good effort.

Right after the 50m races, the students formed teams of four for 25m relays, ideally including every stroke. After cheering and supporting their students all day, the teachers could finally take to the water as well, giving the students of the best performing medley-relay teams a chance to challenge their teachers, again in 25m relays. Despite a good effort by teachers, it was the students who triumphed.  

 

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Year 12 Science Extension Seminar

Year 12 Science Extension Seminar

16 Mar 2020

Last month, the three Year 12 Science Extension students presented their research project proposals to 30 or so family members and friends. There was also a judging panel of science teachers and external scientists including Ms Yura Totsuka, Dr Hernan Carol-Garis, Dr Lori Hurley (Avian Physiologist and Ecologist) from Macquarie University and Trish Stockbridge (Curriculum Writer and Lecturer in Science Education) from The University of Sydney.

They have performed exceptionally well in explaining their complex research ideas to the audience. Their topics are as follows:

  • Finn Gladstone – evaluating the application of insulation on artificial rocks to provide suitable thermal ranges for velvet geckos
  • Justin Takayasu – the effect of pressure on the electrochemical windows of water-based electrolytes for use in double-layer capacitors
  • Keaun Wild – an assessment of compost quality based on carbon and nitrogen concentrations

 

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Year 10 visits the Sydney Institute of Marine Science

Year 10 visits the Sydney Institute of Marine Science

15 Mar 2020

Recently our Year 10B students visited the Sydney Institute of Marine Science as part of their Geography studies of Environmental Changes and Management strategies. They conducted field work on Clifton Gardens Beach, using quadrants along a transect to identify plastics and collect sand samples in order to test for microplastics. They also spent time in the SIMS aquarium and discovery centre, where they gained a deeper understanding of the importance of maintaining biodiversity in Sydney Harbour Estuary.

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Class 1 Letters with Alphabetica

Class 1 Letters with Alphabetica

14 Mar 2020

Class 1 are learning their letters, the written foundation of which is the combination of straight and curved lines. Learning at a deeper level includes visual, verbal, kinesthetic and practical approaches, increasing the way in which students connect with and relate to the content. The children have listened to the story of Alphabetica, who leads them through the world of letters, correlating each letter to a picture, a sound and its shapes. In addition to their written and artistic work, they have modelled the letters out of out of beeswax, used song, rhyme and alliteration and baked the letters in hand-made salt dough.

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Playing in the rain

Playing in the rain

14 Mar 2020

Rainy days are welcomed at Castlecrag – from skipping in the rain before school starts, to digging trenches and rivers in the Kindergarten sandpit. The children also pump water which courses towards the sandpit in their hand-built channels, making rivers flow under bridges and over rocks.

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Glennis attends ANME Exhibition opening

Glennis attends ANME Exhibition opening

13 Mar 2020

As the first Steiner School established in Australia in 1957, we are delighted to be a part of the Australian National Museum of Education's Head, Heart and Hands: Reflections on Steiner Education in Australia exhibition at the University of Canberra. Our own Glennis Mowday was present at the opening and spoke of Steiner education coming to Australia and the founding of Glenaeon. The founders of Glenaeon are the General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society, Eric Nicholls and his daughter Marie Nicholls, who also travelled to Canberra as a special guest for the opening of the exhibition. The educational founder of the school was Sylvia Brose AO who began the school with three children one of whom was her neice, Linda St Clair (nee Laycock). Linda also travelled down to Canberra University as a guest for the opening.

The audience in Canberra were very interested in the connection between Walter Burley Griffin, Marion Mahony Griffin and the founding of Glenaeon. Eric Nicholls was an architectural partner in the Griffin firm. Eric and his wife Mollie were keen to start a Steiner school for their children where they lived in Castlecrag. As you might know, the whole Castlecrag suburb was built by the Griffins starting back in 1921.

Linda St Clair and Pam Laycock's father Ronald Laycock supported their Aunt Slyvia Brose by taking over financial administration of the school on a pro bono basis. He was also instrumental in gaining a Federal Government grant for our first science laboratory that is still utlised today in the Lute Drummond building (high school building).

As part of the opening, Virginia Moller, CEO, Steiner Education Australia, gave a fascinating book launch for Thomas Stehlik whose children attended Mount Barker School. The book is titled, 'Waldorf Schools and the History of Steiner Education. An International View of 100 years.'

A huge thank you to Dr Velma McKeachie for inviting Glenaeon to contribute to this special exhibition and to Dr Malcolm Beazley AM as head of the ANME for this initiative.

The exhibition will run until 27 Mar 2020. Download the Flyer If you have any queries about this event please feel free to contact Glennis.

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The Power of Play in Nature - last chance for tickets

The Power of Play in Nature - last chance for tickets

28 Feb 2020

Power of Play in Nature

Glenaeon is proud to present The Power of Play in Nature, a free public seminar featuring two of Australia's leading education experts: Professor Pasi Sahlberg, Professor of Educational Policy, Deputy Director, Gonski Institute for Education, UNSW and Professor Tonia Gray, Senior Researcher, Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University. After the keynote, there will be a panel discussion, facilitated by MC Lucy Clark, Associate Editor of The Guardian and Author of Beautiful Failures. The forum is on Thursday 5 March 4pm-6:30pm at the Concourse Theatre, Chatswood.

This is a ticketed event. Please register via www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/play

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Class 2 Embroidery

Class 2 Embroidery

28 Feb 2020

Class 2 are busy embroidering their own etoile, which they will use for their needles and pins throughout primary school. They initial these carefully, then blanket stitch the edge and sew the inner leaves within, learning different embroidery stitches as they make this lasting piece.

 

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Surf's up for Year 10

Surf's up for Year 10

28 Feb 2020

Each and every year the Year 10 class can look forward to an exciting time in PDHPE that includes surfing in Term 1 and sailing, stand up paddling (SUP) and windsurfing in Term 4. The water setting brings with it a wealth of new experiences for the students as they are exposed to new sports in relation to water and ways to get active in nature which can lead to a lifelong association with one of the sports learned. Over the years, many Glenaeon students have subsequently continued to participate and practice a water sport in their own free time.

The surfing program is a great way to get fit as surfing requires board handling, paddling, balance, courage and a fair bit of guts to conquer the waves which sometimes are small but can get quite big too. Manly Surf School has been our partner over the years and their instructors together with the teachers provide a safe and challenging environment for the students to learn in.

Every Friday afternoon they set out to improve their skills and ride endless waves at Long Reef Beach or Collaroy Beach. The sense of achievement and the growth in confidence are just two very notable attributes in all students.

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ISD Basketball Carnival

ISD Basketball Carnival

28 Feb 2020

On Wednesday 19 February, 37 keen sportsmen and women set out from Glenaeon to the far away Bankstown basketball stadium. Two junior and two senior teams competed in intense games and close battles against 10 other schools which are part of the ISD association of which Glenaeon is a member.  Some of the schools involved such as MFIS are Islamic schools so the carnival is not only a big sports event but also comes with a cross-cultural learning element for our students. Their sporting ability, however, is as strong as anyone’s and impressed our students again as they played along their team mates from different year levels in teams that only form on the day with little practise beforehand.

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Year 9 Fitness in the Community

Year 9 Fitness in the Community

28 Feb 2020

Our Year 9 cohort is currently involved in a unit about fitness in the community where they experience various fitness opportunities that are nearby and might lead to a lifelong engagement in physical activity.  The students are participating in gym classes, circuit training, lawn bowls, aqua aerobics, cycling and a school-based fitness arrangement.  The cohort rotates around the different activities in three groups and we cooperate with partners in the community to make this program versatile, interesting and challenging for all. Students enjoy the challenges although they are at times tough and require every bit of energy hanging in that circuit training at Vision Personal Training and going for just another push up when the muscles want to give in. We cooperate with Vision Personal Training for the gym and circuit training.

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Smart Expressions 2020

Smart Expressions 2020

28 Feb 2020

Year 12 2019 Students TY, Ming and Natasha have had their Artwork selected to appear in Willoughby City Council’s Smart Expressions 2020, an exhibition of  the Year 12 HSC Visual Arts.

The exhibition, which officially opened last night, will run until 22 March at Art Space on the Concourse.  Head of Art, Alisan Smotlak said, “Glenaeon’s representation at this exhibition is testament to the high level of talent fostered at our school. We are delighted by our student’s achievements and proud of Glenaeon’s contribution to the art world in our local community.”

The exhibition is open from 11am-5pm Wed-Sun and 11am-4pm Sat & Sun. Download the flyer

 

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Big Bali Clean Up at Scotts Creek

Big Bali Clean Up at Scotts Creek

28 Feb 2020

This weekend Frau Elizabeth coordinated 25 volunteers from our Glenaeon community to join #oneislandonevoice, a global campaign that reached 130 locations worldwide and gathered over 12,000 people to come together and clean up their local environment. For those who contributed to the campaign they supported an event that is used to:

  • Collect Data in collaboration with Making Oceans Plastic Free in order to create published statistics that enable such NGO's to place pressure on governments to find an effective solution for waste collection, waste separation and waste facilities - a major focus of this years event!
  • Educate the public, especially locals, on the importance of making educated decisions when buying and disposing plastic product.
  • Moving the Masses Beach clean ups are not the ultimate solution however, they provide the perfect opportunity to create 'dinner table discussion' and expose people of all ages to the prominent issue of plastic pollution.

PEOPLE ARE 100% OF THE PROBLEM AND SO WE ARE 100% OF THE SOLUTION.

Thank you so much to everyone that participated, Glenaeon involvement was not only significant as the only event that occurred in Australia, but the school setting is perfect to encourage youth action and empowerment around this important issue.

TO FIND OUT MORE:

www.oneislandonevoice.org

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8GCjrDWWUM

Thanks, Alina

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Class 2 Maths: Ava's Mathemagical Web

Class 2 Maths: Ava's Mathemagical Web

28 Feb 2020

Class 2 is exploring the connection between times tables and geometry in their current Main Lesson. The focus is to discover the geometric patterns that arise out of a circle of 10 points and to develop a multi-layered approach to the times tables. In the stories, Ava the spider spins her web, and a boy works with the times tables to discover the underlying geometry. Each day the children make the web in morning circle, then make a web on the dowel boards and draw it in their Main Lesson books, all the time learning the tables.

 

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Meaningful work in Kindergarten

Meaningful work in Kindergarten

27 Feb 2020

Meaningful work is part of play in Kindergarten, as the children learn by watching and imitating purposeful activities. Here in the Kindergarten playground, the children tend to their own play areas, digging and raking the leaves, weeds and debris away to create a lovely playground and a clean sandpit! After their work, they sit and enjoy a cup of herb tea from the garden. "The best tea EVER!" they say.

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Glenaeon's crafty bushfire volunteer thank you effort

Glenaeon's crafty bushfire volunteer thank you effort

24 Feb 2020

The recent bushfires sparked an unprecedented outpouring of donations and charitable acts to aid in disaster recovery effort which has been wonderful to see. Glenaeon has been busy helping with students, teachers and parents making pouches for injured wildlife. But thanks to the generosity of many Australians and many communities abroad, pouches are aplenty and our attention has now turned to thanking those volunteers who have worked so tirelessly. Handwork teacher, Elizabeth Ellean said, “Glenaeon students from Year 8 and 6, as well as Year 8 Guardian Alice and Olivia from Learning Support have selflessly given up their lunchtimes in recent weeks to create beautiful handmade pouches and thank you cards, which the Animal Rescue Craft Guild will send to the rescue carers.  Class 3 have also been making some wonderful thankyou cards for the animal rescue carers.  It is our way of contributing and giving thanks to all those who are aiding recovery from the devastating fires. Elizabeth Ellean will be sending completed cards to various coordination pods such as Kangaroo Island in South Australia, Kingston in Tasmania and Nymboida in NSW and Cairns in Far North Queensland.  Thank you to all the students and staff who have been involved.

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Kauri wins the Whitehouse

Kauri wins the Whitehouse

14 Feb 2020

Year 11 Student Kauri Palmer recently completed a course at the Whitehouse Institute of Design and came out with a design award, the “Whitehouse Best Interior Design Student” prize! Well done to Kauri for such a wonderful achievement.

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Elicia skates her way to the podium in Zagreb

Elicia skates her way to the podium in Zagreb

14 Feb 2020

Year 12 student, Elicia Ferguson recently participated in 'Zagreb Snowflakes Trophy' an International Synchronized Skating competition for Seniors, Juniors, and Advanced Novices in Zagreb, Croatia. Elicia's team came 3rd overall. This is a marvellous achievement. Well done Elicia!

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Class 2 Transforms the Garden

Class 2 Transforms the Garden

12 Feb 2020

Returning from summer holidays means the garden needs some attention, and Gardening teacher Sandra Frain works with the children each week, digging, turning, composting and planting. Here are Class 2 at work in their patch, creating a pond for our resident frog and space for the new plants to grow.

 

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Teacher Rodney Dean meets Class 1 somewhere under the rainbow bridge

Teacher Rodney Dean meets Class 1 somewhere under the rainbow bridge

31 Jan 2020

The first day in Class 1 is always a special time. Students began with their walk under the ‘Rainbow Bridge’. After spending their morning in the Kindergarten playground with teachers Catherine and Sarah, they then walked under a tunnel of hands and rainbow silk formed by Class 2 students. Emerging from the rainbow, they greeted their Class Teacher Rodney Dean with a flower and the first of many handshakes. This ceremony marks the beginning of the Class Teacher cycle which continues throughout primary school.

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The Journey continues at Middle Cove

The Journey continues at Middle Cove

31 Jan 2020

Welcome to 2020! It's been a rather smooth transition so far for our Class 3 students who have moved across from Castlecrag campus with their teacher, Roger Richards.  A very warm welcome to all of Class 3 2020 and we hope you enjoy big campus.  We extend the warm welcome to our new Year 7 students and their families who now embark on the High School years.

It's an exciting time, and we look forward to providing all students with a supportive and creative learning environment at Glenaeon.

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Playgroups 2020

Playgroups 2020

31 Jan 2020

Glenaeon offers a range of Steiner-inspired Playgroups that are joyful, nurturing and supportive of the young child’s developmental stages.  Playgroups are suitable for children from birth to 4 years of age.

Join us with your children for a joy-filled, wholesome and nourishing play oriented morning. This is a structured, ‘family style’, relaxed time to connect with your child/ren and each other and with nature, in a beautiful expansive setting both outdoors and indoors.  There are a few limited places left for Term 1 Playgroups at our Willoughby and Castlecrag campuses, but places are filling fast, so get in quick. Please contact Sandra Frain to register your interest. Email: sandraf@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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Help bushfire affected animals

Help bushfire affected animals

31 Jan 2020

Handwork Teacher Elizabeth Ellean is offering a weekly workshop for any student or teacher wishing to make animal rescue wraps to support animals traumatised by the recent bushfires. These wraps could be knitted, crocheted, woven or sewn, depending on personal choice, and Elizabeth will facilitate. A very worthy cause! The weekly workshop will take place every Tuesday lunchtime (12:55pm-1:35pm) starting Tuesday 4 February. For more details email Elizabeth Ellean elizabethe@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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Year 12 Science Extension students to present research in a “confirmation seminar”

Year 12 Science Extension students to present research in a “confirmation seminar”

31 Jan 2020

Stanley Tang’s Year 12 Science Extension students are presenting their research project proposals in a “confirmation seminar” on Thursday evening (6:30pm-7:30pm), Thursday 13 February. Stanley has invited two external scientists to be on the judging panel (Dr Laura Hurley, Lecturer in avian physiology and ecology at Macquarie University and M Patricia Stockbridge, Lecturer in Science Education and writer of the Science Extension Syllabus at The University of Sydney).

All inquiries to stanleyt@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 

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Checkmates!

Checkmates!

04 Dec 2019

Congratulations to Glenaeon chess players Maadi Prasad, Oscar Street and Keizo Tomishima who entered the Annual Secondary Schools Chess tournament on Tuesday December 3.

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Carols and Shepherds and More

Carols and Shepherds and More

27 Nov 2019

Next week we celebrate our end of year by coming together as a community for a non-denominational festival of the season, next Monday December 2nd in the Pitt Street Uniting Church in the city. Our Carol Service involves every student from Class 4 to Year 11 (though missing Year 10 who will be in Tasmania, and of course Year 12, some of whom are in Nepal on a service and rafting trip). There is an important role to play for every student who we expect to attend in full school uniform. Students should arrive by 6.15 pm at the latest, for a 6.30 pm start. I am sure the service will send you home uplifted by the music and the spirit of the evening. 

 

 

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

01 Nov 2019

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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What’s In Store in Term Four?

What’s In Store in Term Four?

18 Oct 2019

We began the term with a Years 7-11 assembly that was memorable as the first assembly warmed by the new air conditioning system in the Sylvia Brose Hall. The installation during the holiday break was but one of a number of works that have been done in the holidays to enhance the school by Operations Manager Chris Scrogie’s team and Contractors. Air conditioning was installed in all the Hall spaces, in Class 6 and the Junior Library, and in the high school Art rooms. Quite a job but very efficiently done. With our new solar panels about to be commissioned, the pull on the power system will be minimised as well.

The primary playground play structure was installed and is waiting for a few final flourishes before Class 3 and 4 are unleashed on to its beautiful wooden struts. Watch this space for news of the official opening.

The term ahead holds adventures in body and mind for many of our community:

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What’s In Store in Term Four?

What’s In Store in Term Four?

18 Oct 2019

We began the term with a Years 7-11 assembly that was memorable as the first assembly warmed by the new air conditioning system in the Sylvia Brose Hall. 

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Spring Festival 2019

Spring Festival 2019

27 Sep 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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Year 8 Outdoor Education camp - Barrington Tops National Park

Year 8 Outdoor Education camp - Barrington Tops National Park

27 Sep 2019

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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Kindergarten Spring Festival

Kindergarten Spring Festival

27 Sep 2019

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 One prepare for their first Middle Cove Spring Festival

27 Sep 2019

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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Year 12 journey back through the classes K - 11

Year 12 journey back through the classes K - 11

27 Sep 2019

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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Twilight Market

Twilight Market

27 Sep 2019

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 and a healthy smorgasbord of cakes. Class Five served home made felafel kebabs, fresh lemonade and sausages. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

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Year 12 Farewell Assembly

Year 12 Farewell Assembly

27 Sep 2019

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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Class Five knitting socks

Class Five knitting socks

20 Sep 2019

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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Class One monkey bar fun

Class One monkey bar fun

20 Sep 2019

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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Kindergarten Morning Circle

Kindergarten Morning Circle

20 Sep 2019

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".

 

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Year 7 Food Technology learning about seasonal produce - strawberries

Year 7 Food Technology learning about seasonal produce - strawberries

20 Sep 2019

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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Steiner Schools Athletics Carnival

Steiner Schools Athletics Carnival

20 Sep 2019

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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The Circle of Life

The Circle of Life

20 Sep 2019

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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Photos from ISD Athletics Carnival

Photos from ISD Athletics Carnival

20 Sep 2019

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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Climate and Change

Climate and Change

13 Sep 2019

Dr Rudolf Steiner was at the forefront of sustainable practices. A group of farmers were concerned at the introduction to chemical farming after World War 1. They noticed that the natural vitality of the soils on their farms grew gradually weaker every year as they put on phosphates, even though the farm’s output increased. They found themselves in a cycle of needing more chemicals to maintain their production. They asked Rudolf Steiner a question: how can we farm in a way that keeps the earth sustainable and healthy? 

His response was to travel to a farm in what is now Poland where he gave eight lectures about soil, the earth and sustainable farming practices that used no chemical intervention.

Quoting Wikipedia:

These lectures, the first known presentation of organic agriculture, were held in response to a request by farmers who noticed degraded soil conditions and a deterioration in the health and quality of crops and livestock resulting from the use of chemical fertilizers.

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End of Term

End of Term

13 Sep 2019

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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Class Five Pizza Day!

Class Five Pizza Day!

12 Sep 2019

Class Five held their termly pizza day this week - it's always a popular event, preparing lunch for the Middle Cove school community by hand and cooking it in the Middle Cove Pizza oven near the garden. Harvesting biodynamic greens and herbs from the garden, students made herb-infused seasoning, rolled pizza bases (the dough kindly made by Year 8 students in the Food Technology class), and cooked them in the pizza oven with Class 5 parent helpers Nick Meredith-Jones and Patrick Franklin. Pizza is delivered to the primary classes and the High School and teachers buy directly from the garden stall. Making approximately 110 pizzas is no mean feat. Thanks to Gardening teachers Kathy Thangathurai and Michelle Chambers as well as Class 5 Co-teacher Michele Bosman who all help to facilitate this part of the Class Five curriculum

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Class Two 'Long Stitch' pencil cases

Class Two 'Long Stitch' pencil cases

12 Sep 2019

Class Two have been sewing these striking pencil cases, each with their own individual design. One side is a geometric pattern and the other is an image designed themselves. They are then sewn into a pencil case by teachers as the children complete the side seams. They will use and treasure these unique pencil cases for many years to come.

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Year 9 Athletics training with Jonas Stoebe

Year 9 Athletics training with Jonas Stoebe

12 Sep 2019

Year 9 PE class is training in Athletics - this week during hurdles training, Sports teacher Jonas Stoebe challenged students to a hurdles race, with student Marcel Cope stepping up and facing him in a very fast battle! Here, they are working on form and hurdle jump techniques.

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Spring Festival with Ebba Bodame's playgroup

Spring Festival with Ebba Bodame's playgroup

12 Sep 2019

The children arrived to a bounty of fresh flowers, heard a Spring story and celebrated the arrival of Lady Spring. They made flower head garlands before setting off to the bush for a Spring Festival together. The wreaths are a reminder of the freshness and fragrance of Spring, and the beauty of flowers. It was a special morning together with Ebba for parents and children alike.

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Class Five Blue Mountains outdoor education camping trip

Class Five Blue Mountains outdoor education camping trip

10 Sep 2019

Class Five had a wonderful time in the Blue Mountains for their three-day Outdoor Education camping trip. Leaving on Wednesday morning by two buses, they arrived at Mt York, embarking on a two-hour walk on Cox's Road, built in 1814 by convicts to cross the Blue Mountains. Students then travelled to Blackheath and set up camp for the night. After preparing breakfast and lunches, they travelled to the National Pass in Wentworth Falls, and with the company of National Park rangers walked the 'Grand Canyon' walk, did some plant study and returned to camp. On the final day they packed up camp and travelled to the Three Sisters and Scenic Railway. Students walked down to the base of the railway and caught the train back up - the steepest railway in the world! Sharing tents and working together for all meals, the group developed closer connections and thoroughly enjoyed the experience under the guidance of Outdoor Education teachers Scott Williams and Kristen Gardner as well as teachers Michele Bosman and Kathy Thangathurai. Thanks to parent Paul Lakkis for attending and sharing these photographs.

"One of my favourite days was the Grand Canyon walk. We walked into the bottom of the canyon where there were rivers, fallen trees, ferns, yabbies and caves dripping with water which were cold and damp. Then we walked up thousands of stairs, and at top, there was a fantastic look out! Camp was AWESOME!" - Lucas, Class Five student

 

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Glenaeon History & Snow Tour 2019

Glenaeon History & Snow Tour 2019

10 Sep 2019

For the second year in a row, Glenaeon has combined History & Sport to create a wonderful cross-curricular experience for our students to visit museums in Canberra followed by a ski trip. 

Last Thursday morning 45 keen Year 9 and Year 10 students set out and visited The Australian War Memorial, The Royal Australian Mint and Australian Parliament House, taking in tours to learn about our history, our monetary system and saw in Parliament House the place where policies are discussed and laws made.

While some students returned home via train, the majority headed on to the snowfields of the Australian Alps, the Snowy Mountains.

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'D is for Daddy'... Class 4 Fathers' Day gifts

'D is for Daddy'... Class 4 Fathers' Day gifts

07 Sep 2019

Class 4 made beautiful infused oil bottles and jars with gorgeous hand-made 'D' cards for Fathers' Day. Lucky dads!

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Kindy Rainy Day Play

Kindy Rainy Day Play

06 Sep 2019

In kindy the weather is always fine....

Everyday we go out to play.

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Class 3 Craft - crocheting pillow cases

Class 3 Craft - crocheting pillow cases

06 Sep 2019

Class 3 students have learned how to crochet 'Triple Stitch', and are creating their own pillow cases for their chairs and activities at school. The quality and colours of the wool, combined with their own creative ability, means that each child creates a unique cover for themselves, a lasting and practical item they will use throughout Primary School.

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Class 6 Geometry

Class 6 Geometry

06 Sep 2019

Class 6 are exploring the beauty and wonder of Circular Geometry in Main Lesson with Class Teacher Rodney Dean. Using a compass and pencil, they have discovered the myriad of shapes that are formed by the intrersections of numerous circles.

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Year 8 Group Science Projects

Year 8 Group Science Projects

06 Sep 2019

Year 8 are designing and performing their own experiments in small groups in order to demonstrate and explore a chosen scientific principle. Here, the students are measuring the conductivity of heat through different substances (soy sauce, vinegar and water) and noting results accordingly.

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Class Four Cross Stitch fountain pen covers

Class Four Cross Stitch fountain pen covers

06 Sep 2019

Continuing on from their Writing, Paper and Pen Main Lesson, Class Four are cross stitching their own fountain pen covers with individual designs. They design their pattern on paper first and then work to recreate it on the cross stitch fabric.

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Glen-X 20 year reunion celebration

Glen-X 20 year reunion celebration

06 Sep 2019

Glenaeon was delighted to welcome back students who graduated from Glenaeon in 1999. The 20 year GlenX celebration was held on Saturday 24th August on the deck under the stars, using the beautiful new night lighting. It was wonderful to see so many people return and share their memories of Glenaeon. 

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Soul Man: “…each encounter makes me want to deepen our acquaintance”

Soul Man: “…each encounter makes me want to deepen our acquaintance”

06 Sep 2019

As we celebrate the origins of Steiner education 100 years ago, it’s also worth re-examining the remarkable work of Dr Rudolf Steiner himself. Here’s an interesting article from the New York Times I came across some years ago which describes an exhibition of Steiner’s work. 
Douglas Brenner is a Steiner educated student himself and is now a well know author and writer on design topics in the US. His article gives a personal reflection on the originality and remarkable diversity of Steiner’s work across so many disciplines.

Remember our Glenaeon celebrations of the centenary of Steiner education at Castlecrag on Saturday September 14th. Details are on the flyers later in the Newsletter.
Please share this event with family and friends who may be interested in a glimpse into the wonderful world of childhood that Steiner education promotes and delivers. We welcome all parents and friends of the Steiner education impulse, a healing and enlivening impulse in the world.

Soul Man: “…each encounter makes me want to deepen our acquaintance”

Douglas Brenner

New York Times, April 7th, 2010

By age 12, I had a rote reply for grown-ups’ quizzical looks when they heard I went to a Steiner (Waldorf) school: “It’s based on the ideas of Rudolf Steiner.” Blank stare. “He was an Austrian philosopher who believed in teaching the whole student — mind, body and soul.” Luckily no one ever asked me to elaborate, because I’d have been at a loss for words — except to say that we students got to do lots of drawing and painting, which I loved, but we couldn’t skip Eurythmy class (yuck). Any serious discussions of pedagogic method and what Steiner called his “spiritual science,” anthroposophy, took place out of earshot in the teachers’ room. My only mental picture of Steiner (1861-1925) came from a dim black and white photo showing a stern mouth and X-ray eyes that made me glad this guy wasn’t our headmaster. Oh, well, I reasoned, as soon as I enter the real world after graduation, it’s Goodbye, Dr Steiner.
In fact, decades later, I keep bumping into him, and each encounter makes me want to deepen our acquaintance. A gardener I met praised the ecological marvels of biodynamic farming, a Steiner innovation. An art historian introduced me to the Goetheanum, a temple-like edifice that Steiner — an expert on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s theories of natural metamorphosis and the physiology of colour — designed to anchor the anthroposophical colony in Dornach, Switzerland.

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Active Wilderness: A Meaningful Place in Nature

Active Wilderness: A Meaningful Place in Nature

30 Aug 2019

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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HSC Drama Showcase

HSC Drama Showcase

30 Aug 2019

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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Class 2 have fun with Maths in the playground

Class 2 have fun with Maths in the playground

30 Aug 2019

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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Bananas and asparagus  are the new flavours in the garden

Bananas and asparagus are the new flavours in the garden

30 Aug 2019

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.

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Preschool has a beautiful outdoor weaving loom

Preschool has a beautiful outdoor weaving loom

30 Aug 2019

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!

 

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Class 1 learning to knit

Class 1 learning to knit

23 Aug 2019

Having last week experienced the journey of wool, washing sheep and alpaca fleece, carding it (combing) and spinning it using a drop spindle, the children then fashioned their very own knitting needles. This week, Class 1 children were officially introduced to knitting. They are knitting a simple pot holder, and have already become a very enthusiastic  group of knitters.

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Year 10 Sydney Science Festival excursion

Year 10 Sydney Science Festival excursion

16 Aug 2019

Highschool Science teachers Hernan Carol-Garis and Stanley Tang took all Year 10 students to the Australian Museum for the Sydney Science Festival. Students had fun attending workshops, listening to inspirational speakers and learning about Science. https://sydneyscience.com.au/2019/

 

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Glenaeon Music Concert  at The Concourse

Glenaeon Music Concert at The Concourse

16 Aug 2019

The Music Department was very proud of all the students on Friday night at our Class 5 -11 concert! They all performed as well as we had hoped they would and gave us a wonderful evening of varied music, from Back Street Boys to Russian Romanticism - quite a journey!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the other staff members and some parents of the school who so generously gave their time and attention to this once a year project. It is amazing to have such great colleagues and helpers!

Thanks also to all the parents who support our students in their musical endeavours. It is a hard job to keep children practising through all the distractions of childhood and adolescence but as the results of scientific research keep reinforcing, the rewards are great!

With gratitude,

Christian Lillicrap on behalf of the Music Department

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Grade 6 Gazette - Special Edition on 'Turning Twelve'

Grade 6 Gazette - Special Edition on 'Turning Twelve'

16 Aug 2019

Class 6 produces a weekly Gazette, and last week's edition featured a special report based on the children’s responses to what it is like turning 12 this year.  Class teacher Rodney Dean asked them to write answers to 16 questions on 'Turning Twelve'. Each week, 2 children are the editors, carefully compiling the pages and preparing for printing of all their creative writing and news. They sell for $1 internally at school, and have raised money for climate change research. Well done Class 6! 

 

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Glenaeon Student Art Show Opening

Glenaeon Student Art Show Opening

16 Aug 2019

Glenaeon's Art Show opening was a successful event, well-attended and officially opened with a welcoming speech by the Mayor of Willoughby, Gail Giles-Gidney. Curated by Head of Art Alisan Smotlak, the show highlighted Glenaeon's talent and artistic skill throughout the years from Kindergarten to Year 12. Also present was a selection of hand crafts from Kindergarten to Class 6 and some beautiful Main Lesson book examples. Andrew Hill welcomed the Mayor, who spoke of her support for the arts and the importance of creativity and artistic expression in education. Thank you to Willoughby Council for their ongoing support of this exhibition. 

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Little Kindy enjoy fresh honeycomb with their baked bread

Little Kindy enjoy fresh honeycomb with their baked bread

09 Aug 2019

Little Kindy bake every Wednesday - it's known excitedly as 'Bread Day' by the children and is one of their favourite activities.

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Year 8 explore Shakespeare with Brendan Strobl

Year 8 explore Shakespeare with Brendan Strobl

09 Aug 2019

Year 8 are exploring the history of Shakespeare with Class Guardian Brendan Strobl, creating historic scenes and working with language, poetry and drama.

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Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh reading program with Class 3

Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh reading program with Class 3

09 Aug 2019

Year 9 have the opportunity to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Program at Glenaeon.

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Meaningful Lives through Play

Meaningful Lives through Play

09 Aug 2019

You might have noticed a stream of articles and news stories recently as schools and educators discover that play in nature really matters. Below is an example. 

D’oh! Isn’t it obvious?!

It’s the latest in a long line of “new discoveries” that are well established practices at Glenaeon. Play in Nature is so fundamental you wonder how it is that “research” is needed to demonstrate this alarmingly obvious point. At Glenaeon we regard play in Nature as a fundamental right of childhood. The physical, emotional, social and mental benefits are so obvious:

    • Natural environments are open and undefined, fostering imaginative and creative play 

    • They foster social play that builds social skills and community rather than competing for the next turn on the swing  

    • They are filled with trees that exude nutrients and uplifting micro-organisms

    • They look better than garish plastic play structures.

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Meaningful Music, Meaningful Lives

Meaningful Music, Meaningful Lives

09 Aug 2019

Our School Concert last Friday was a standout. Head of Music Christian Lillicrap deserves our warmest thanks and appreciation for leading such a committed and talented team of performers (students) and backstage organizers (teachers) to produce such a gift to our community.

Highlights? There were many, but in fact every item was a highlight in its own way. From the class choirs to the Chamber Strings, the Big Band, and the Year 10 band, they were all musically impressive and entertainingly fabulous. But the Beginners ensemble was an absolute gem. The sheer joy and pride of these students who have only been playing for six months, but could get up on stage and communicate their enthusiasm so unselfconsciously, was a joy to behold.

The finales to the two halves of the concert were the heart stoppers for me personally. Hearing our unofficial “School Anthem”, John Rutter’s For the Beauty of the Earth, is an ever enriching and moving experience, and it was again on Friday night. At the very end, the finale to Scriabin’s Symphony #1 for orchestra and choir was simply a tour de force. The grandeur and magnificence of the music, bringing together every student from Class 5 to Year 12, left the audience powerfully affected.

 

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Meaningful Learning: Main Lessons

Meaningful Learning: Main Lessons

09 Aug 2019

Main Lessons are one of the most distinctive aspects of schools working out of the impulse of Dr Rudolf Steiner. Our Main Lesson practice is both a method and a content:
Main Lesson Method: Deep Learning

We learn best when we are engaged, when we have time to be immersed in a subject, when our feelings are stimulated, when we can be active in our learning. Dr Steiner’s suggestion was quite simple: all these characteristics of healthy and effective learning can be met if lessons are organised in blocks of teaching over an intense period. So we organise key teaching and learning into significant blocks of time that are spread over a three week period. This extended period enables students to go deeply into a topic, to be immersed in it, to make connections between disciplines. Above all, it enables students (and teachers!) to be deeply and inwardly engaged with a topic in a way that is not possible in the relatively short time of a single period.

Such short periods are ideal for rhythmical learning, where subjects need regular repetition to build a specific set of skills (eg basic skills in English and Maths, Languages, the creative arts, Sport).

In the core subjects of English, Maths, Science and Humanities (History/Geography) the secret of the main lesson success is the daily work. Taking in new material one day and sleeping on it, allows our deep unconscious to embed learning more deeply in our mind. Picking up the learning the next morning ensures a freshness and vitality in how a student embraces the content of the main lesson. Over the three weeks, this daily process builds what has become the “holy grail” of contemporary educators: deep learning. 

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Mermaids in the sandpit

Mermaids in the sandpit

02 Aug 2019

Class 2 children have been extremely creative in the sandpit, turning it into an ocean of mermaids, turtles and craeatures!

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"Oh, Mummy!" What's happening in Class 5?!

"Oh, Mummy!" What's happening in Class 5?!

02 Aug 2019

Class 5 have just finished their Egypt Main Lesson with a class project - building a model from Egyptian History.

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Year 9 visit Warrah Specialist School

Year 9 visit Warrah Specialist School

02 Aug 2019

Year 9 participated in their second visit to Warrah Specialist School today and really got a taste of some of the valuable work that goes on there.

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Meaningful Lives

Meaningful Lives

26 Jul 2019

This month marks the 100th anniversary of Dr Rudolf Steiner’s first training course for teachers as they prepared to open the world’s first school based on his methods. In September 1919 the school opened, and 100 years later we are enjoying the fruits of their pioneering labours. 

Six years after this moment, the lectures of this first training course were published, and in the Foreword, Dr Steiner’s widow Marie Steiner summed up the essence of the complex, organic whole that is Steiner education with the classic words:

“Our highest endeavor is to produce young men and women who out of themselves are able to give meaning and direction to their own lives.”

How contemporary they now sound! At the time, schools were either based on the old, grammar school model of classical languages and learning, or the newer industrial model producing technical professionals and workers for industry. Many schools were founded on a religious base with the aim of producing more adherents loyal to that religion. 

Here Dr Steiner is proclaiming an education that would foster individuals able to build their own meaning and direction out of themselves. He was founding a new education that was for the future, and that future is now, the 21st century. 

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Meaningful Lives through Music

Meaningful Lives through Music

26 Jul 2019

Our School Concert reminds us why we do music. Music brings beauty to our lives, it moves us, it gives expression to our feelings, and as such, it is meaningful. Everyone needs beauty, and meaning, and that’s why we do music, and why everyone does music at Glenaeon. All our students from Class 5 to Year 11, plus our Year 12 Music students, will be on stage on Friday August 9 and we invite you to be part of this entertaining and uplifting evening.

Without music, life is a journey through a desert. 
– Pat Conroy (American writer)

Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.
- Pablo Casals

The legendary cellist Pablo Casals was on to something. Our lives need beauty, and poetry, to fulfil and enrich us, and to make meaning out of the myriad of what life brings us.

How do we build meaningful lives, how do we make meaning from all that comes to us in life? How do prepare our students to live and to love, in the deepest and broadest sense?

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Little Kindy work and play

Little Kindy work and play

05 Jul 2019

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

 

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Glenaeon campus and waterways in the rain

Glenaeon campus and waterways in the rain

28 Jun 2019

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

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The Power of Play: A World of Infinite Possibility

The Power of Play: A World of Infinite Possibility

27 Jun 2019

The debate on play has hotted up this past week with Sir Ken Robinson adding his eminent voice to the push for more play in children’s lives, especially their school lives: see below for his view. It fits perfectly with a Glenaeon view on play. At the Edu-TECH conference held in Sydney last week Professor Pasi Sahlberg, formerly of Finland and now of UNSW, was introducing his new book called Let the Children Play. He documents the decline in unstructured play in children’s lives in mainstream schools and outlines all the health and wellbeing benefits that unstructured play provides.
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Mid Winter Party 2019

Mid Winter Party 2019

26 Jun 2019

Last Saturday’s MidWinter Party was a wonderful evening of fun and community. We owe some key parents of Year 7 a debt of gratitude: not just for organising the Ball, but for taking the risk of holding it offsite at the Treehouse Hotel, and in the process, reinventing what is a much loved event in the school’s calendar.

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Why do we keep doing NAPLAN?

Why do we keep doing NAPLAN?

25 Jun 2019

NAPLAN: “why do we keep doing it when there are all these other unintended consequences?” (Gonski Institute)

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A Fresh Look at Glenaeon’s Masterplan: The Next Generation

A Fresh Look at Glenaeon’s Masterplan: The Next Generation

24 Jun 2019

Recently the School Council commissioned architectural firm Gresleyabas to conduct a review of the Glenaeon’s Masterplan for our Middle Cove campus which was initially approved by Willoughby Council in 1995. Substantial work has been achieved over the past two decades, but as we consider the priorities for future projects, a fresh look at the broad shape of the Masterplan is timely to ensure we continue to meet the needs of our students and teachers, both currently and for the next generation.

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Playground Progress

Playground Progress

23 Jun 2019

Our Annual Appeal 2018 raised some much needed funds for the primary playground upgrade, and it is a pleasure to report on progress as we prepare for the 2019 Appeal.

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In Praise of Pirates

In Praise of Pirates

20 Jun 2019

The show was sheer joy from beginning to end. No matter how well you knew the Gilbert and Sullivan show and its inspired silliness set to sumptuous music, you would have been swept away by the Year 10 production. The brilliant quality of the voices, the laugh-out-loud funny scenes, the wonderful dancing, not to mention the incredible intensity of the stage movements, all made for a perfect entertainment of a show.

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Well Said, Sam!!

Well Said, Sam!!

19 Jun 2019

This week brought a very special surprise. I received a call from the office of Mr Trent Zimmerman, our local Member of Parliament for North Sydney, to tell us that Sam Street in Class 6 had won the primary section of the North Sydney School Speech Writing competition. Sam had entered the competition run by Mr Zimmerman, and his entry was selected from hundreds of other entries from primary schools across the North Sydney electorate.

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How to build real confidence in children: the antidote to Snowplough and Concierge Parenting

How to build real confidence in children: the antidote to Snowplough and Concierge Parenting

18 Jun 2019

There are new words to describe overprotective parents: it used to be the helicopter parent who always hovered, but now it’s the Snowplough parent who intervenes and removes all obstacles. Another term is the Concierge Parent who sits at a little desk by the door and smooths over every difficulty that may face a growing child, whether younger or a teenager. There is widespread concern that such parenting contributes to the “Snowflake” generation of young adults who can “melt” at the slightest difficulty or crumble when confronted by an obstacle.

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Roman Soldiers - Class 6 Rome project

Roman Soldiers - Class 6 Rome project

17 Jun 2019

Luka Stefanovic, Class 6, became a powerful Roman Soldier

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Communities of Hope

Communities of Hope

17 Jun 2019

After the shocking event in Christchurch, there will be questions that every school and every family will need to consider. Evidence from previous such incidents is clear, that the more people watch television footage of these events, particularly children, the more likely they are to experience psychological distress, even trauma.

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Sky's the limit at Glenaeon

Sky's the limit at Glenaeon

04 Jun 2019

Sky Boe has won the Gordon Waterhouse Scholarship competition

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Class Rolls and Autumn leaves

Class Rolls and Autumn leaves

04 Jun 2019

The rolls at Castlecrag are very beautiful

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Class 4 camp

Class 4 camp

30 May 2019

We couldn't have asked for better weather.

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Class 1 form drawing, bushwalking and birthdays

Class 1 form drawing, bushwalking and birthdays

30 May 2019

Class 1 draw 'form' drawings' each week

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Year 11 art : Barangaroo building study

Year 11 art : Barangaroo building study

20 May 2019

The Year 11 Art students discovered some of the new futuristic architecture of SYDNEY

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Year 9 Foot Golf!

Year 9 Foot Golf!

20 May 2019

The Year 9 PE Elective class is currently doing a mini unit

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Ming Sun's Year 12 Design and Technology Major Project

Ming Sun's Year 12 Design and Technology Major Project

15 May 2019

Ming Sun is solving a common problem with an innovative solution!

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Class 6 rock-ing it, MUFTI day and 'The Grade 6 Gazette'!

Class 6 rock-ing it, MUFTI day and 'The Grade 6 Gazette'!

17 Apr 2019

Class 6 raised money this term for 'climate cooling'

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Class 3 Farmstay, fresh bread and feast

Class 3 Farmstay, fresh bread and feast

17 Apr 2019

Class 3 completed their Farming Main Lesson this week

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Glenaeon at the RSL ANZAC Commemoration Service 2019

Glenaeon at the RSL ANZAC Commemoration Service 2019

17 Apr 2019

On April 9, 2019 at the ANZAC Memorial at Hyde Park, Glenaeon was selected by the RSL as one of the representative schools to participate in a state-wide remembrance for ANZAC Day.

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Easter is coming... children were busy...

Easter is coming... children were busy...

17 Apr 2019

Castlecrag was abuzz with Easter craft and cooking this week

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Class 3 farming main lesson - wool, wheat and Warrah Farm!

Class 3 farming main lesson - wool, wheat and Warrah Farm!

09 Apr 2019

Class 3 are nearing the end of their Farming main lesson

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Jazz Cafe - a wonderful night

Jazz Cafe - a wonderful night

01 Apr 2019

The first Jazz Cafe was a wonderful night of jazz and good company

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Michaelmas Festival

Michaelmas Festival

01 Apr 2019

All 6 primary school classes came together last Friday for the festival of Michaelmas

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Class Two Celtic Wonders paintings

Class Two Celtic Wonders paintings

15 Mar 2019

Class two's 'Celtic Wonders' Main Lesson

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Alina Hutton's class twelve Design and Technology Major Project

Alina Hutton's class twelve Design and Technology Major Project

15 Mar 2019

Year 12 Design & Technology student Alina Hutton is working on an inspiring Major Project

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AFL lunchtime clinic

AFL lunchtime clinic

15 Mar 2019

Years 4-8 were lucky enough to have AFL NSW come out to show them the ropes

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Combined swimming carnival

Combined swimming carnival

15 Mar 2019

Four Steiner Schools took to the Pool

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Harvest is coming : Class five making corn dolls

Harvest is coming : Class five making corn dolls

15 Mar 2019

The Harvest Festival is approaching

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Class one news

Class one news

13 Mar 2019

Every morning Class One have been learning rhymes and games

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New Garden Gate

New Garden Gate

13 Mar 2019

Our new Middle Cove biodynamic garden gate has arrived!

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Glenaeon Open Day

Glenaeon Open Day

13 Mar 2019

Open Day is always a wonderful opportunity to showcase what we do best

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Class Five knitting

Class Five knitting

22 Feb 2019

The craft group from Class 5 have begun knitting socks

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Little Kindy news

Little Kindy news

22 Feb 2019

Little Kindy has started with a beautiful summer sea and beach nature table

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Sandpit working bee

Sandpit working bee

22 Feb 2019

Our trusty Maintenance team have been working flat out recently

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