A Healthy Social Life is found….in the Year 10 Musical

A Healthy Social Life is found….in the Year 10 Musical

15 Sep 2022

Into the Woods certainly took us more than into the woods. The Year 10 musical last week  highlighted so many elements of what education can be.

Our unique model of the whole Year 10 group performing a show seems so counter-intuitive to performing arts brains. The standard school musical of auditioning across year groups to capture the most talented seems so obvious. Yet as Into the Woods demonstrated last week, the standard that Glenaeon reaches in our stage shows from one year group can be quite remarkable. So why do we do it this way, when it could be so much easier to take the tried and standard route?

There are important educational elements at stake:

  • the power of theatre to transform young lives needs to be an experience for all students, just like learning Maths or Science: there were students on stage in major roles who no one would have expected to step up. Those who know them best, parents and teachers, would never have dreamed some of those students could have got up and held an audience in the palm of their hand in the way they did.
  • Some students will probably never again be in a theatre show. But at least once in their life they were, and they can be proud of it. They helped backstage, supported each other on cues and entrances, with props and sets, all contributing their own individual best to the magic that is theatre in creating an imaginary world for the audience.
  • The experience of community building was so obvious. The mutual support gave a unique experience of shared achievement. The lead singers can only do what they do with the sets and props put in place by unseen hands: they can only do their starring role with the support of those unseen hands. Theatre is a unique team-building exercise.
  • Being someone else grows emotional intelligence: theatre has a particular power in stretching an actor’s emotional repertoire to encompass “otherness”, a fundamental pillar of a mature, emotionally resilient personality.

     

Most importantly, each student did his or her best: some sang a lot, some didn’t sing much at all, but every one of the students did their absolute best. They each contributed their “virtue” to the community whole.

There is a saying from Dr Steiner that we quote from time to time: The healthy social life is found, when in each individual soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the community, the virtue of each one is living. The virtue, the best, of each of Year 10 was on display last week, and we are all the better for it.

Tim Ross, parent of two boys in our primary school and TV presenter, wrote to me after the show to congratulate the production team. I think his words speak for many:

…School plays are so formative and I got a little misty eyed at the standing ovation…hitting the stage as a teenager was a defining moment in my life.

I’m sure our year 10 students will look back on Into the Woods as a defining moment in all their lives!

End of term:

Farewell to Year 12 next week is a poignant moment when we say goodbye to our senior class. After a walk through all the classes from Kindergarten up on Monday, we will hold our Farewell assembly on Tuesday morning before Year 12 embarks on their Magical Mystery Tour. I look forward to cooking breakfast for Year 12 on the balcony, before they are farewelled by every class on the campus and they head up the hill to the bus that will take them to a destination unknown for a final and fun day as students. They will return after the HSC for the formal Graduation Assembly, but for now, it’s Farewell Year 12!

Spring festivals next week promise to be a joyful welcome to the warmer weather and the new life which this time of year brings. We hope to have a return to maypole dancing and and a happy in person celebration on the round oval at Middle Cove for Class 1 to Year 11.

As the last Newsletter of Term 3, 2022, I wish all families a restful and refreshing break and look forward to seeing everyone in term 4!

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Showcase Celebrations! 2022 HSC Showcase Visual Arts and D&T

Showcase Celebrations! 2022 HSC Showcase Visual Arts and D&T

04 Aug 2022

Term 3 is a very special time for our most senior cohort. As our Year 12 students really buckle down to their study, focusing on a deep and meaningful synthesis of all they have learnt and honing their examination technique in preparation for their Trial and final HSC exams, it is also a period of celebration and fulfilment as the practical components of their courses are completed and put on show.

The Visual Arts and Design Showcase was an enormous success, and the works on display demonstrated perfectly the significant achievements that are realised when will is directed by thought and enlivened by feeling.

The functional yet incredibly beautiful Pedal Pod, the innovative Cricket Ball Buddy, the very aesthetic Gym Wall that anyone would happily install in a spare room and the calming Terrariums that revealed a philosophical understanding of past, present and future, all spoke to the fulfilment of the design process that births the new through considered, sustained effort. The culmination of Glenaeon’s Artisan program in the HSC Design and Technology course thus examples the pinnacle of student led will activity.

Championing the realm of feeling are the Visual Arts works and this cohort’s offerings were up to the usual very high standard we expect of Glenaeon’s Year 12 students. Whimsical worldviews from childhood, bodies and organs as commodities, perceptions of self, the art of aging, mental states of distress and tranquillity, everyday objects repurposed for adornment, 21st century maturing and the blueprint of form and function were all concepts that were subtly explored by the students through artistic endeavours that evidenced a sensitive feeling-into their personal experiences of being. These works demonstrate fulfilment of the visual branch of Glenaeon’s Aesthetic curriculum and speak to the beautiful awakening that is arrived at through art.

Most wonderfully this year, the Showcases are again open to the broader school community and, along with teachers and Year 12 families and guests, the great number of Year 10 and 11 parents and students present at the event on Friday, 22 July brought a lively buzz to the evening. The works on display were not only admired by all who recognised and appreciated the students’ valuable, creative output, they also inspired our younger cohorts and got students thinking about what they themselves may like to produce in the not too distant future! 

The celebrations will continue, and please come along to the Music and Humanities Showcase on Friday, 26 August!


Thank you!

Our senior teachers play an integral role in the development of each student’s Major Work and I and the Glenaeon community extends deep-felt gratitude to Visual Arts teachers Ms Alisan Smotlak (Head of Department) and Ms Donna Miller and to Design and Technology Senior Teacher, Mr Anthony Fiore. Their reflections on their course and their students’ progress, as well as their blessings, are a delightful read below.  

 

The Year 12 Visual Arts Showcase is a celebration of who you are and what you have achieved thus far.  May the arts take you forward into life with appreciation of what creativity and imagination can be, limitless in its capacity to feed the soul!

I am trying to imagine myself standing in front of you all and the harvest of your hard work and efforts over the past three terms!  You have all produced art that you likely never imagined would be possible!  You have each been on a personal journey of discovery, heartache, problem solving and realisation!  On that journey, I’m sure you have learned a great deal about yourselves, and just what you are capable of! With every hurdle, you drew strength and carried on. When it hurt the most, you recovered to be stronger!  Donna Miller, Teacher of Visual Arts Practical Year 12 2022

 

The HSC Visual Arts is a rich course where the student has the opportunity to explore and discover a variety of materials and concepts. The goal towards the dynamic synthesis of these elements reflects the world experienced by a senior student on the precipice of moving forward into the adult world.

The challenges and joys the artwork takes the student through are backbones to be drawn upon when encountering the many interesting experiences that life will bring.  Alisan Smotlak, Head of Department (Visual Arts)

 

Design and Technology has a unique focus on creativity, innovation and the successful implementation of inventive ideas. Through the development of a Major Design Project, students have the opportunity to explore and develop technologies and demonstrate insight into the future uses of technology. This year, the students have demonstrated qualities of perseverance, project management and creative problem solving in the development and realisation of their projects. Each of them have learnt and developed an appreciation for the complex relationships that exist between factors that impact on designing and using technology. Further to this, each student exhibits a deep understanding of the importance these aspects play in the future use of technology and its relationship to the environment and the forwarding of human kind.   Mr. Anthony Fiore - Design and Technology Teacher

 

*Please note photos of student works cannot be published yet due to NESA embargo restrictions

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The Quiet Miracle: For the Love of Learning

The Quiet Miracle: For the Love of Learning

21 Jul 2022

Welcome to Term 3, with a very warm welcome to the new students and their families who join us to complete their high school years at Glenaeon. 

Last weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald ran a story on the appointment of Diana Drummond as our incoming Head of School. The article prompted a very fine response from Stephanie Dowrick, a former parent of Glenaeon and a widely published author and commentator.

STEPHANIE DOWRICK:

I was a "Steiner parent" for ten years. My children are thoughtful, caring, creative and productive adults now and I am immensely grateful for their Steiner education and all that it gave them. It is far closer to the best in Europe with a highly developed awareness of the natural world, the seasons, our innate creative impulses - and thinking capacities way in advance of conventional education where so much rote/prescribed learning produces far less innovation. This is exactly what's needed in 21st-century life. The emphasis on "deep learning" through focused Main Lessons will also be a vital counter to the agitation of rushing from one "instant" screen excitement to another. Or setting children against one another through constant exams, tests and rankings. To learn to LOVE LEARNING is a quiet miracle. It's not for the most conventional of families, and of course as a private school, it is not within reach of all. But Diana Drummond may well have landed one of the most rewarding principal positions in NSW. May it go very well for her and for Glenaeon.

Our education can be difficult to explain to those that have not yet experienced what it means to be a student at a Steiner school, or a “Steiner Parent”. The qualities of our education are intangible, subtle and nuanced.  In terms of community perceptions, we can be seen as “the road less travelled”.

So can I invite you to consider and share your view on what it means to be a Steiner parent? Feel free to drop me an email at headofschool@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au and I will be very interested in hearing your views.

I must agree with Stephanie that being Head of School at Glenaeon is indeed one of the most rewarding school leader positions in the country. It has certainly been the privilege of a lifetime for me personally.

The Term Ahead:

There is much to look forward to this term including the HSC D&T and Visual Arts Showcase tomorrow night, and the Music Showcase four weeks later, the Year 10 Musical: Into The Woods, HSC Trials, exams, excursions, Outdoor Education experiences like kayaking, a snow trip, rich Main Lessons and a Spring Festival with the promise of warmer days ahead.

Have a wonderful term, and may we all continue to love learning even more!

 

Andrew Hill
Head of School

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Parents welcome our incoming Head of School, Diana Drummond

Parents welcome our incoming Head of School, Diana Drummond

10 Jun 2022

On Tuesday evening we welcomed our incoming Head of School Diana Drummond to the Sylvia Brose Hall. A crowd of 100 parents braved the chilly evening to meet and greet Diana at her first official function with our parent community.  Welcomed by our current Head of School Andrew Hill and Board Chair Peter Candotti, Diana was introduced and shared both her story and her educational philosophy that has drawn her to our school.  Glenaeon Parents’ Association Co-Chair Sabine Simmons gave a warm welcome on behalf of the parents of Glenaeon, followed by drinks and canapés where Diana met and mingled with the enthusiastic crowd.

There will be more events planned to give parents the opportunity to get to know Diana who commences in January 2023.

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Diana Drummond appointed Glenaeon's new Head of School

Diana Drummond appointed Glenaeon's new Head of School

19 May 2022

Education leader Ms Diana Drummond has been appointed the new Head of School at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School. Announced by Peter Candotti, Chair of the School Board at an all staff meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Ms Drummond will commence in the role in January 2023 taking over from Mr Andrew Hill who has held the position of Collegiate Chair and Head of School for the past 14 years.

Ms Drummond joins Glenaeon having completed more than 15 years in school leadership roles, most recently at Wenona where she has been Deputy Principal (Teaching and Learning) since 2018 and is currently Deputy Principal (Professional Practice and Leadership). Diana’s prior experience included Vice Principal of the co-educational International School Bangkok, Head of the Junior School MLC Burwood, Junior School Deputy at St Catherine’s School, as well as senior leadership roles at the AIS NSW.

Of the appointment, Mr Candotti said, “I am delighted to welcome Diana to Glenaeon. She is a committed, passionate educator and leader whose values align with Glenaeon’s holistic, nurturing, and creative approach to teaching and learning. Her experience has demonstrated that she is an innovative, collaborative and future-focused educational leader who listens and invests energy into building relationships with individuals and groups. She is well experienced in leading learning communities, in strategic thinking, and the professional development of teachers and support staff. Building on Andrew’s outstanding legacy, Diana will capably lead Glenaeon in the next exciting phase of the school’s growth and development.”

On her appointment, Ms Drummond said, “Glenaeon presents an outstanding and unique educational offering. By developing each young person’s academic, cultural and emotional capacity through a focus on knowing students deeply, age-appropriate and integrated learning experiences, and strong community connection, Glenaeon is a school of choice for “thinking” parents. I am excited by the opportunity that a move into Steiner education brings with its focus on teaching as an artform and where the education of young people is imbued with meaning and purpose.”

Outgoing Head of School Andrew Hill said, “It has been the privilege of a lifetime to lead Glenaeon. We have achieved so much over the past decade and a half, and I am extremely proud of the united and enriching community that has developed around our school. Diana brings long experience, enormous expertise and great personal qualities that will build on these foundations and take Glenaeon to new heights as a vibrant centre of Steiner education.”

Mr Hill will work with Ms Drummond to facilitate a smooth transition into 2023.

The Board wishes to thank all the candidates who applied and warmly congratulates Ms Drummond, and kindly acknowledges Andrew Hill’s significant contribution to the School, its teachers and staff, parents and students over the past 14 years.

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The cycle of the seasons: “Life and love will always prevail”

The cycle of the seasons: “Life and love will always prevail”

06 Apr 2022

We celebrated the turning of the season last week in our Harvest Festivals through the school. From Preschool to High School there was the annual celebration of the bounty of Nature, and the gathering of the fruits of the summer sun as we prepare for the coming cold and greater darkness of winter. These festivals go back thousands of years and have their origins in humankind’s profound connection with the cycles of the seasons. In this time of deep concern over our environmental crises, more than ever we need to remind ourselves of our dependence on the cycles of the earth and cosmos that sustain our lives. After a beautiful series of offerings by the students, the high school festival gathered fresh fruit and vegetables for OzHarvest which supports the homeless and disadvantaged in our community.

The primary school harvest festival had a deeper symbolism as well. Ancient Harvest festivals also drew on the dragon story of St Michael and his taming of the dark forces that threaten to overwhelm our humanity. The taming of the dragon was a centre piece of the primary festival at Castlecrag, and all the children provided characters in the story, from Class 1 with their symbolic swords aloft through to Class 6 as the main actors in the story. Class 5 children manned the dragon in a suitably menacing way. It was a potent statement of the dark forces in our world, as Class 6 teacher Katherine Arconati introduced the festival with the reminder that the story was an imaginative picture of our own battles with forces within us, and around us.

We do not need to search very far for such reminders in the state of the world today. On the weekend I saw a post from a European Steiner connection who is in daily contact with biodynamic farmers in Ukraine. The Ukraine produces a significant amount of grains, particularly wheat, and the biodynamic farms there work closely with the seasons, planting in the spring to harvest at the end of summer. Their spring is just arriving and yet at this moment their country is threatened by invasion. I was inspired to read of their steadfast response in the face of such threat, a truly courageous and heroic stand.

One contribution to this question reached me from Ukraine on 15 March, in the daily report from Shiva Semliya (Living Earth), a biodynamic farm in Potutory, 100 kilometres south-east of Lviv: "Today was a wonderful, warm early spring day. The mosaic of our fields in dark brown and pale yellow extends in the sunshine and it seems as if the fields were rising toward the light, ready for the power of spring streaming in from the cosmos. And in the morning, Venus, the star of love, stood mighty and high above the Eastern horizon. Life and love will always prevail."

End of Term

We close Term 1 today and I wish all families, students and staff a restful and refreshing break. May Easter be a time of blessing and renewal in spirit. We look forward to welcoming all our students back on Wednesday 27th April for the start of Term 2.

 

Andrew Hill
Head of School

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Main Lessons: Meaningful Learning in World Citizenship

Main Lessons: Meaningful Learning in World Citizenship

17 Mar 2022

Last Thursday I ran a Parent Education session on the “big picture” of the Main Lesson curriculum that our teachers deliver at Glenaeon, and if you wish to see a recording, here is the link: 

https://glenaeon-nsw.zoom.us/rec/share/LJ_-b2ZSeL4FaaHNECLaFF1nKDrDroxOfMbPILQQFB7OYAW7ZAK0227sjVcXLHlU.Lg9TXiUq32C2u5hr
Access Passcode: dhrty12! 

This unique curriculum probably deserves a more expansive name than Main Lessons, which simply describes their place as the main lesson of the day. One very supportive family whose three children had been right through the school suggested Explorations as a better name, more suggestive they felt of the breadth and expansive quality of mind that the Main Lessons foster. 

My own preference for a new name is World Citizenship. This unique curriculum comprises no less than 140 experiences that build understandings in specific subjects and most importantly, tells the story of humanity, the golden thread of human development from the fairy tale world at the dawn of human consciousness to the sophisticated 21st century world that has us facing the challenge of how to maintain a human future. By telling the human story from beginnings to now, the Main lessons build a sense of each student’s place as a future world citizen.

In preparing the talk, I was reminded of a retrospective that one of our long term students wrote just days before she finished Year 12. Mia Westcott’s Year 12 retrospective is a long and considered piece, reflecting the deep intelligence that since leaving Glenaeon has seen her graduate in Medicine and become medical practitioner working with disadvantaged aboriginal women in the Newcastle area. Written as she finished school and was looking back on her journey, one of her final paragraphs describes how powerful she found our Main lesson program.

I have always found Main Lesson such a huge part of my life at Glenaeon, a fascinating and enjoyable experience. The things I have learnt in Main Lessons seem to recur throughout life, and make daily life a richer experience. I have found evidence of this when travelling, such as when I knew as much about Norse Mythology as the tour guide when in Norway, felt like I was with old friends when looking at the wonderful paintings and architecture of the Renaissance in Italy, and actually knew what the guide was talking about in India, as I had studied both the Ramayana and Bhagavad Gita. My parents have made me realise just how lucky I am to have learnt about all these things, and I would have thought it perfectly normal, but for the fact that they often didn't have a clue what I was talking about. Main Lessons were also an excuse to draw and be creative, and when I look back at my main lesson books, I remember the great pleasure I received from this. I have to admit, I still have every single Main Lesson book from primary school and most from high school, and (don't tell anyone), I actually enjoy getting them out and looking through them, remembering the fantastic stories.

Another Glenaeon graduate, also a doctor and also in the Newcastle area, donated his entire Main Lesson book collection to our archives. Dr Andrew Keyworth who runs a family practice in Charlestown, mentioned to me after one of our GlenX evenings that he was cleaning out his garage and couldn’t bear to throw out the product of his primary schooling at Glenaeon. All his main lesson books from his class teacher years has journeyed with him through various family moves, his university training and his own family homes. He was reluctant to throw out the books he had created as a record of his own learning at Glenaeon. We gladly accepted them, acknowledging once again how powerful meaningful learning can be. Meaningful learning builds Meaningful Lives!

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The Cultural Cycle of the Year

The Cultural Cycle of the Year

03 Mar 2022

Every morning we wake up, roll over in bed, sit up and perhaps lie back down, and we then eventually find ourselves standing on our feet. At that moment we are conscious of ourselves in space, although I admit that it would be unusual if that realisation genuinely arose to the level of a concrete thought on a daily basis. At the same time, the fact that it is a new day, that we have moved on from yesterday, are standing in the present, and are starting to prepare ourselves for the future, reveals to us the reality that we are beings in the stream of time. Again, not necessarily a realisation that is dwelt upon at 6:00am. Nevertheless, each morning as we start our day we leave the world of sleep where we have had no sense of space or time and again awake into a three-dimensional physical reality and an inner sense of continuity. When we are feeling well, we awake to a rightful sense of place (space) and an experience of purpose and meaning (time). 

Experiencing wellbeing in the context of ‘the self in space’ relies on our bodies being healthy and in balance, and our environment being safe, beautiful and appropriately stimulating. Experiencing wellbeing in the context of ‘the self in time’ is more complex, but an essential element is the assurance of continuity which relies on our innate trust in and experience of rhythms. Trust in the 24-hour day/night cycle and our unconscious comfort in the knowledge that the sun will set in the evening and rise in the morning is foundational to a healthy sense of ourselves in time, and we all acknowledge the necessity of the rhythmic balance between being awake and descending into asleep. For most of us, trust at this most basic of levels is thankfully a given. The importance of the weekly cycle, and the balance between work and play and the ways in which this rhythm impacts our wellbeing is also something quite universally understood. Having an awareness of how the yearly rhythm gently underpin our wellbeing and sense of purpose and meaning, however, is an aspect that isn’t as immediately apparent. Instead, it is a realisation which rises slowly into relief when elements that enhance our experience of this support are taken away.

Throughout the last two years, the daily and weekly rhythms have, on the whole, been maintained, with the school-week/weekend pattern remaining in place during both on-campus and online learning. The physical nature of the yearly cycle, with the changing of the seasons, has also continued to be experienced. However, cultural events that punctuated the passing of time in the social/emotional sphere largely fell away. With the cancellation of the autumn, midwinter and spring festivals, the annual Year 10 musical and school concert, year-level milestone celebrations and the Carol Service (to name a few), a diminishing sense of time began to emerge. As we failed to find trust in a cycle greater than a single week, we found ourselves finding it hard to connect with a sense of purpose and meaning and with a rhythm larger than our own. We were missing a yearly cycle that on the cultural level punctuated the mundane with celebratory events that unite us as a community through shared activity and experience.

The start of 2022 carried with it aspects that left us still wary, but gradually conditions are again arising that will allow us to plan again for a cultural celebration of the year. The academic program, with our sequencing of the main lessons, ordering of our lesson delivery and timing of assessment deadlines, could be said to present the yearly cycle our high school students experience in the realm of thinking. The seasons, with changes in light, temperature and rainfall (!), present the yearly cycle we encounter in the external, physical world. But it is the cultural, yearly cycle that speaks to our feelings, to our social/emotional selves and to our true humanness.

These months since March of 2020 have for many of us merged to create an undefined period that can’t quite be understood in terms of years. Term 4 last year, with its unusual on-campus start in Week 3, felt more like January than October, and returning this year, with a revival of heightened anxiety following increasing COVID cases, felt somewhat as if Christmas had never happened. But just in the last few weeks a lot has changed. The concept of ‘future’ can be tentatively entertained and there is much to anticipate. The Year 8 Outdoor Education program which occurred last week was a great success. The high school swimming carnival is set for tomorrow, and we are looking forward to again meeting with friends from other Steiner schools. Year 7 students’ trip to the Newnes Plateau will head out over the coming weeks and singing, music ensembles and extracurricular activities are back on! Most importantly, the first of the festivals is being planned. On Monday, 21 March an equinox will occur in the southern hemisphere. On this date, day and night will be very close to being of equal length and we can reflect on what that may mean metaphorically for our inner experiences of ‘lightness and darkness’. This too marks the moment after which nights will become longer, and when we enter autumn and can reflect on that season’s characteristics.

Grounded on the firm foundations of the reality of the annual, seasonal journey, we lift the yearly cycle to the cultural, social/emotional level as we bring these reflections alive for the high school students at the Harvest Festival set for Wednesday, 23 March. And we very much hope that this celebration will be the beginning of many more. Let the rest of the outdoor education programs stream right ahead, and let the twilight music concerts, the midwinter and spring festivals, the Year 10 musical and all the rest unfold. In doing so, let us again find assurance that we can rely on the cycle of the year to provide us with culturally experienced richness and a sense that time is passing meaningfully and purposefully, and that our place in that stream of time is assured.

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Election of New Directors to the Glenaeon Board

Election of New Directors to the Glenaeon Board

17 Feb 2022

Recently our School Board Chair, Peter Candotti, wrote to all members of our school community asking for suggestions of suitable candidates to be considered for election to the Glenaeon Board. The Glenaeon Board (or School Council) is the governing body of the School and currently comprises 10 members who act in the capacity of Company Directors.

The Board is currently seeking suggestions for potential future Director candidates with skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Finance/Accounting
  • Architecture/ Planning/ Construction
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Strategic Marketing

Any parent who has an interest in putting themselves forward as a potential future director candidate for the Glenaeon Board, is invited to email the Nominations Committee via the following address: Board@Glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 

An information pack detailing the role and responsibilities of the Board can be accessed via this LINK.

Expressions of interest should include a brief resume including an outline of relevant skills and experience and a description of how these would contribute to the effectiveness of the Board. If interested, please make contact no later than Monday 21st March 2022.

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Congratulations Glenaeon HSC Class of 2021!

Congratulations Glenaeon HSC Class of 2021!

20 Jan 2022

2021 HSC Results Statement from Andrew Hill, Head of School

I am delighted to be able to congratulate the Class of 2021 whose HSC journey has been one of the most difficult in living memory.

Glenaeon’s Year 12 of 2021, like all HSC students in the state, have set the bar high in their response to unprecedented challenges. They have all met these circumstances with strength and goodwill, stood together and weathered the storm of COVID restrictions and exam uncertainties with an equanimity which belies their years. Their character has certainly been forged in the fire of adversity and they take with them a strong foundation of resilience to build their future lives. My advice to students has always been that success at the HSC is not so much about how smart you are, but how smart you work: they will learn skills in managing themselves that will last a lifetime. This year’s cohort has learned something even more: how to stay the distance even when the finishing line is stretched further than you ever thought.

Well done, Class of 2021, we are proud of you: your efforts, your strength, your resilience and your determination. We look forward to seeing you go forth and do great things!

 

Andrew Hill
Head of School

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An End of Year

An End of Year

03 Dec 2021

Congratulations everyone! We have made it through one of the most challenging of years, and though we are not without scars, we are at least able to look back on some achievements. There will be a final letter to all families with some wrap up details, and plans for next year. Thank you to everyone for your patience and equanimity, and good will in working together.

The missing thing for the end of 2021 is the absence of those events which mark the students’ celebration of Christmas, always so joyful and uplifting. In line with a year of minimal yet meaningful messages, here is a small offering from Michael Leunig which I trust captures a very essential element of this festival of birth and new beginnings. May Christmas 2021 be fulfilling and uplifting in its own unique way. I wish all families a joyful celebration of this end of year and look forward to meeting up again, in person, in 2022.

 

 

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Glenaeon HSC Showcase 2021

Glenaeon HSC Showcase 2021

03 Dec 2021

Welcome to our 2021 Glenaeon HSC Showcase

We are delighted to bring you this snapshot of the brilliant work, creativity, imagination and talent of our Glenaeon Class of 2021.

HSC student work originates from courses including Visual Arts, Music 1, Music 2, Design and Technology, English Extension 2, History Extension, Science Extension and Society & Culture.

It wouldn’t be 2021, without making use of a QR code, so these have been adopted to bring our music and some visual arts projects to life as you scan the pages of this ‘book’ with your mobile phone.

During a disruptive year of enormous challenge, we feel immense admiration for our students who have displayed much resilience and tenacity. We feel confident that all these years of a Steiner Education delivered at Glenaeon has served them well in this extraordinary example of finish-line accomplishment.

May this serve as a recognition and a reminder for years to come of these students’ effort and achievements. It will no doubt become a treasured memento for our parents and carers who have also shone during this final year of the high school journey.

To our students, congratulations and well done. To our parents and carers, thank you for your support and participation and care in this culmination of schooling and end of an era.

Andrew Hill
Head of School

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A Breath of Fresh Air: Taking the Inside Out

A Breath of Fresh Air: Taking the Inside Out

18 Nov 2021

There’s an old architectural design mantra that promotes Bringing the Outside In, which is about using large natural forms and building them into internal design principles. Over the past few weeks we’ve been doing exactly the opposite, and Taking the Inside Out. The need for good ventilation has driven many classes outside, and what a breath of fresh air it has brought, in all meanings of the term.

At Middle Cove we are using seven “official” new outside learning spaces to ensure all our high school lessons are as ventilated as possible. There are other less official spaces that teachers have found, in outdoor nooks and crannies that can accommodate smaller groups of students. Our bushland campus has really come into its own as all schools struggle to ensure students and teachers are as ventilated as possible.

Now there are challenges in outdoor learning. As any good teacher knows, a lesson needs to have a sense of integrity, a “skin” around it that holds the students and teacher/s in a unity with a common purpose in learning. In simple terms, everyone, both students and teacher, need to focus on the lesson and on their common task, otherwise the learning is less.

The four walls of the usual classroom space provide a physical boundary that gives one layer of the “skin” around a lesson. But as we all know, that’s not enough, and a lesson can so easily lose focus even within the most solid walls.

It’s the art of the teacher to create the intangible “skin” by drawing the students into the web of interest, enthusiasm and focused attention that every good lesson needs. Teachers create the “skin” themselves and learning this art, for an art it is, is the result of the sheer hard work that goes into training to be a teacher.

So taking lessons outside has a big challenge in one sense. How do you sustain student attention when you have kookaburras cackling, the wind on the trees, a distant chainsaw and the odd brush turkey wandering past, not to mention the visual distractions of a panorama of pleasant trees to look at? So the art of the teacher comes into its own in the outdoor classroom setting. Teachers need to be on their toes keeping attention and focus.

But the benefits are immense. At a time when clean air is a precious commodity, the sheer  quality of fresh air at Middle Cove is impressive. The thick natural forest next to the waters of Middle Harbour create a highly oxygenated air flow which must make the campus one of the healthiest educational settings you can imagine.

Outdoor learning is nothing new to Glenaeon, it’s been part of our DNA since inception. Embedding learning in a natural environment was the foundational design of the school. One of the founders of our school Eric Nicholls, the junior partner of Walter and Marion Burly Griffin, first articulated his plans for a school in a natural setting as early as 1952, when he described his vision of creating a village-like series of classroom buildings in a bushland setting. His foundational design has echoed on in all the design principles that have shaped Glenaeon’s grounds ever since. Every window in the school looks out on to trees and green spaces.

How ahead of his time was that? Research that started at the University of Colorado in the 1990’s found some interesting results regarding health and wellbeing connected with “green” school yards. In general, and screening out such factors as socio-economic advantage, they found a connection between green spaces on a school campus and the health and wellbeing of its student population. The research is population research, so it covers many schools and many students, but it does suggest we have about as healthy a schoolyard as you can get. The Japanese “Forest Bathing’ movement with its associated research is demonstrating the physical benefits of extended time in forest settings, which is what our students enjoy every day.

The research is so pertinent in this time when air quality for students is such a hot topic. A local researcher is now working on the health of Australian high school grounds: Gweneth Leigh at the University of Canberra is completing a PhD on the how the design of secondary schoolyards has an impact on the wellbeing of students. She is hoping to raise awareness of how profoundly important green school grounds are for student wellbeing and health. Glenaeon is part of her study and we have shared our vision and practice of learning that is integrated into the natural environment.

Hopefully one silver lining from this challenging time might be a realisation that we need to take the inside out more often in schools. Students need their learning integrated into natural spaces for health and wellbeing reasons. If as a society we can learn that, it really will be a breath of fresh air.

 

Andrew Hill
Head of School

 

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Returning to school and life after lockdown

Returning to school and life after lockdown

04 Nov 2021

Returning to school has been a joy. How wonderful it is to sit in my office or walk through the campus and hear the sounds of vigorous handball negotiations, games of tip, and (best of all) the sound of children's laughter! After our long winter in lockdown, with most of us having very restricted contact with friends and family, watching the children rediscovering each other is fascinating and beautiful.

Returning to school and life after lockdown has also been an enormous shift. There is no doubt that finding 'normal' again can be challenging as well as wonderful. At school, we initially saw some homesickness in a few younger children while our older students are learning again how to manage their energy within the rhythms of their regular timetables.

There are many excellent resources available to support families at times of change such as this. 

This term, Our Parent Education series focuses on the theme "Out of Home and into the World" https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/1397 . And Student Wellbeing Coordinator Emily Fam has compiled strategies and ideas which parents and students can find on the GLO Health and Wellbeing page https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/919.

Sometimes though, I look a little closer to home when I'm managing a significant shift. Juliette Najar was my paternal grandmother, and when I was a child, she represented a place of calm in a sometimes uncertain world.   She was born the third of five children in Tripoli, Lebanon, in about 1917 (she was always pretty hazy about her birth date).  I was her first grandchild and, of course, the favourite (just ask my brother and our six cousins)! We called her Sittee, which is Arabic for Grandma, and she was, in short, magnificent! Elegant, composed, and with much to teach about making a child feel safe and secure.  

Here's a little of what I learned from her:

Sit and listen
Sittee would sometimes sit right next to me, put her hand on my hand and say, "Yes, darling?".
I mostly didn't have much to say, but I knew I could if I did – and that made all the difference.
I know now that children and young people need our unguarded presence – someone who is still and undistracted for just long enough.

Take time
Time moved slowly at Sittee and Jiddy's (Grandpa's) house. In a Steiner school, it's what we call rhythm. Slow and steady, predictable, calming. If your children need it, let them take time coming back into the world – see what works and what doesn't – the old 'normal' might fit, and it might not. Take time to relish the extraordinary inside the ordinary. Sittee could make a bus ride to Bondi Junction seem like an adventure in a way that made us appreciate every little step of the journey.

Above all, be kind
In her 80s, Sittee had her handbag ripped from her arm in a random bag snatching. Being elderly, she fell and sustained injuries. We were shocked, upset and angry, but somehow, Sittee reacted with empathy and kindness. "What a terrible life that young man must have to take a handbag from an old lady", she said. In a time of uncertainty, change and division, we are called on to find a fraction of my grandmother's kindness and empathy.

Change can be wonderful, and it can feel uncertain. Sometimes, it can make me think that we could all do with a Lebanese grandmother! I hope Glenaeon families may enjoy a little of Sittee's wisdom as we readjust to the joy of life after lockdown!

 

Dani Finch
Deputy Head of School (K-6)

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Let’s step into the NEW!

Let’s step into the NEW!

21 Oct 2021

And we are back … and I have to say, what a blessing it is!

It’s not very often that we get to experience the freshness of a new school year in October, but arriving at the Middle Cove campus this week after exactly 116 days away, working from home, has been reminiscent of precisely that moment that is usually experience in mid-January, when teachers but not yet students arrive back from the summer holidays ready for new learning and what’s ahead.

At that pivotal point each year there is a quiet readiness and a careful holding of the space, with both teachers and the campus environment itself feeling rejuvenated, preparing to welcome the students back. Interestingly, that same experience is here again now, although I was certainly not anticipating that with a long period of remote learning at my back and a general assumption that I was heading into that aging part of the year where things start to gallop towards a close!

The beauty of the bushland that we all so often take for granted, the nestled classrooms in village-like configurations, the biodynamic garden overflowing with an abundance of nasturtiums, sweet peas, poppies and overall new growth, and the clean and tidy classrooms and hallways are here waiting, looking forward to next Monday when the high voices of the Class 3 to 6 children ring out over the walkway as the Year 7 to 11 students find their way down the hillside and spread out into the body of the school.

Back at home, as your child crawls towards their last day of online study, I anticipate that the picture I have painted hasn’t been alive in your mind or in theirs, as it wasn’t in mine! At least for some, the bedroom may have become a little if not a lot den-like, and the screen may be beaming both the science main lesson as well as the latest Netflix series. I like to think that that hasn’t been the case, and I am conscious that it hasn’t been for all, but I am only too aware that for many high school students the capacity to keep learning fresh without in situ classroom experience has well and truly waned, and that the lack of delineation between home and school, family life and work has reached its expiry date. And … I am happy to announce that that will be all swept away!

As much as staff meetings and collegial planning continued (and in fact intensified) during this lockdown period, and as much as I knew that the answer to a question was at the end of the email, phone call or the Zoom, it was only after I was back on campus that I realised the effect our remoteness and distance had had on the efficiency with which matters could be resolved and in a sense, my motivation. Suddenly, a discussion that would have needed careful scheduling could happen on the driveway and a document I needed to finalise could be edited in a flash.

While the experience of the return will be a little different for each student, I anticipate that much will also be universally felt and may somewhat align with my own. The teachers’ facial expressions, body gestures and the rise and fall of their voices will be that much more engaging, the task at hand will be easier to understand and the work of peers around them will spur effort on. Teachers will readily be able to see the degree to which a student is grasping a concept and whether the work is in fact getting done, right there and then. Importantly, the screen will be off!

But most vital of all, the environment will support the learning activity. The classroom space will be bigger than the bedroom or kitchen table and will be well equipped, the bushland and the Middle Cove setting will bring a feeling of lightness and health, the blue sky overhead will provide that summer expansiveness that engenders a breathing out after a period of contraction, and the community of other people, the students’ friends, will bring to life belonging and connection. And the students will return having grown, not just physically but emotionally and cognitively as well, and their teachers will draw on their newly developed capacities and take hold of the zest for life that will be evident.

Newness brings with it growth potential, and while I had expected to experience a return to the old when I came back on site, I instead encountered the beginnings of something new. I anticipate the students will experience the same.

So I have decided not to welcome the students back to campus next Monday, but instead to welcome them to October 25, 2021, and then to October 26, 27… and on and on to days that haven’t yet happened, to dates which are in the future. So although there is work to be done in ascertaining what was and wasn’t retained during our time away, there is also the realisation that there is no need to go over the old and that in fact we are not coming back. We are instead going forwards and on each day when the students come here to learn, they will be stepping into learning that will be new … and I can’t wait for that to begin.

See you, dear students, next Monday!

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

 

 

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Spring + End of Term

Spring + End of Term

16 Sep 2021

This week we celebrate the arrival of the warmth, the light and the new life that we call Spring. Days are getting longer, the sunlight feels warmer, and all around us we see new leaves, flowers and everything green seems to be growing. What a sense of joy and expansion!

We can’t come together to celebrate in our festivals this year, but every one of us can enjoy the sense of new life nearby, just by looking at it. Let’s have private festivals of joy, where we quietly look on all the growing around us and say a simple Thank You to a world of Nature that is not in lockdown like us, but is in fact expanding and flourishing. This is a time for gratitude and awe, such simple feelings that the season evokes. Whatever our age, the new life of Nature in Spring can make us feel happy, young and fresh.

These feelings just bubble up in us during Spring as a normal enjoyment of the season. If you want some science in there as well, it’s worth noting that there are many studies now showing connections between cultivating these feelings of awe over time with very positive mental health benefits. Some studies even suggest a positive impact of physical health.

Julia Baird’s recent book Phosphorescence gives a beautiful commentary on our deep need for these moments as a kind of inner nourishment for our souls. This lockdown season has shown us more than ever how much we need the feelings of awe and wonder, the phosphorescence that Nature provides. In Spring it comes in abundance. May Leunig’s little hymn be a kind of meditation for us on the power of Nature to bring us a “wisdom that will heal the world”.

End of Term:

It’s been a long and winding road this term, but we are about there. Thank you for to everyone for staying the course. There’s been a lot of strength of character on display this term, and we can be very proud of our community. Our teachers have been magnificent, going above and beyond on every front, and I thank them for the quality and richness of learning they have offered to our students even over the distance of remote.

To all families I wish you a well-deserved break, a restful and fulfilling holiday period, and we look forward to resuming our teaching and learning on Wednesday October 6th. By then we will have more clarity from NSW Health on the roadmap back to regular in person schooling, and we will provide you with a detailed plan for the return to school commencing on Monday October 25th.

Until then, best wishes for the break!

 

Andrew Hill
Head of School

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If you want to feel good….look for the Good

If you want to feel good….look for the Good

02 Sep 2021

Shared at last week’s online assembly for high school students… 

Last assembly I talked about how even though we can feel we have no freedom in this difficult time that the pandemic has brought us, we still have the freedom to think thoughts which can lift us out of this trough.

I suggested saying these words every day: The world is majestic. These four, simple words can really start to change what we see in front of us. The world is majestic. Every morning there is a magnificent sunrise which is majestic, and it’s free and available to everyone. A blade of grass grows with such precision, formed on laws of growth that can be mathematically mapped.

I hope you’ve tried saying The world is majestic, a few times a day, and noticed how you start to see the world differently, and how you feel differently too. You start to see things that you may not have seen before. You can start to appreciate the simple beauty that is around us daily. This is an ancient practice, one that the Stoic philosophers of ancient Greece first described, though it’s been discovered in a slightly different form for the modern world, and Professor Carol Dwerk called it the Growth Mindset.

When looking at people though, a growth mindset can be a lot harder to apply. The majestic, the good is harder to find. With people you find everything is a bit mixed up. We’ve talked about how Australian history is a good example, where we find people doing many different kinds of things, some good, some bad and shocking, and some downright stupid. It’s all mixed up. The good things you have to look for. You have to go and search for them. It’s like precious metals in the ground: they’re not lying there for you to find, you have to search for them. You have to actively look for the good.

Now I was thinking about all this over the past week as we heard terrible stories from around the world about some awful things: the fall of Kabul in Afghanistan, the earthquake in Haiti and the gang violence that followed. But I was reading an article on the weekend about Afghanistan, and one sentence jumped out at me that I thought was worth sharing.

It was written by a young Afghan woman who came to Australia with her mother as a child, she went to school here and became a lawyer, something then she could never have done in her own country. This is what she wrote...

Not a single day goes by where small acts do not remind me to be grateful for the safety and security of Australia and how different life would have been if my mother had not fled with a single suitcase and four children, aged five and under, in 1989.

I was taken by two things: can you even imagine the sheer courage of a mother taking her four little children, with a single suitcase, and starting a new life in a strange country?

But I also noticed something about our country that we who have enjoyed its safety and security can sometimes take for granted. Every day she sees “small acts” that remind her of how grateful she is to be here. Small acts of kindness, care and helping others to be safe, that people like the rest of us probably don’t even see. She looks for the good because she knows what the bad can be. Australia is far from perfect, we have so much to change and improve, but for someone who sees differently, its pretty good. I thought it’s a lesson for all of us to look for the small acts of goodness.

The great thing about seeing small acts of good things is they make you feel good too. They are the best antidote to being down! The media call stories like these the “feel good” stories. Because that’s what they do, they make you feel good.

So as well as saying The world is majestic every day, think about looking for at least one small act of goodness every day as well, among your family, your friends, even strangers with their random acts of kindness. And you never know, you might just start to see human life as majestic too.

 

Andrew Hill
Head of School 

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The Elephant in the Zoom Room

The Elephant in the Zoom Room

19 Aug 2021

To support our parent community through the extended Sydney lockdown, Glenaeon recently launched a series of talks on the theme "Wellbeing During Difficult Times". Evan Sanders, our IT Integrator, hosted the first in the series last week. His talk 'Digital Wellbeing’ addressed the Elephant in the Zoom Room …. how do we, as a school that has long championed an 'unplugged' childhood reconcile the paradox of online delivery?

Dr Steiner and his contemporaries could scarcely have imagined the devices used in many modern classrooms. However, his indications were clear; children thrive when they experience connection with nature, play, home and self. Now reinforced by current research, Glenaeon's approach to (at school) education, particularly in the Primary Years, is natural, home-like, playful and unplugged! At Glenaeon, although we have embraced tools such as iPads, laptops and digital submission of tasks in secondary school, we remain resolute in our view that in the physical Primary classroom, the benefits of using these items during childhood can never offset the costs. 

So how did we come to the view that online learning is not only acceptable but in some ways necessary during remote learning? The answer comes down to one of the very reasons we decry technology in the classroom – connection.  

When children are in a classroom with their friends and their teacher, they are engaged and learning in a space of warm, meaningful, social interaction. They are learning skills, to be sure, but the environment in which those skills are taught holds one of the keys to true, healthy development. During a period where we must work and learn from home to safeguard our physical health, the classroom's rich environment disappears and with it the chance to experience a myriad of learning opportunities each day. Some of these lost learning opportunities are skills-based.  For example, direct and time-sensitive feedback, is much more quickly given during an in-person lesson. However, the other type of learning children miss at home is our connective tissue at Glenaeon - connection! It's the learning found in the 'in-between' moments; a smile, words of affirmation, praise or correction from your teacher; a game in the playground with friends that you haven't played before; a teacher or friend noticing that you look a little sad today and trying to cheer you up. These are the things that can be lost when we are not physically together.  

If we stay with the traditional model and don't use the technology available to us when learning from home, connection can become the opportunity cost of staying safe and well. Our Primary Faculty decided early in the pandemic that this was a cost too great to bear. And so we wondered, what if there were a way to stay connected, engaged and educated during long periods at home? What if we could maintain healthy routines and have a healthy relationship with technology? And so the zoom room was born. It's not perfect, it's not what we would wish for or what we long to return to, but it is what we have. And for us, right now, the balance hangs in favour of connection.  

Our Early Childhood and Primary staff are using GLO and Zoom in innovative and creative ways and for appropriate amounts of time for each age group. From Little Kindy to Class 6, children and their teachers are connecting and learning over the internet. Catherine Pilko, our Senior Teacher at Castlecrag Campus, told her Little Kindergarten class the story of "The Little Gnome Who Had to Stay Home" on a zoom session last week. Written by Susan Perrow in the early days of the pandemic, Catherine has now added her own special touch - a magical 'glowing window' where our friend the gnome, can find his friends even though he has to stay home. I commend the story to you as a soul-filling reminder of the warmth and connection that lives (with the elephant) in our zoom rooms.

 

Dani Finch
Deputy Head of School (K-6)

 

Read Little Gnome and the Magic Window by Catherine Pilko.

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Remote Learning with Feathers

Remote Learning with Feathers

05 Aug 2021

In a recently republished article written by Jonathan Zecher, a word from antiquity was brought to my awareness and I was struck by how aptly the author paralleled the ancient sentiment with our current experience. Acedia, an ancient Greek word for an emotion that is akin to listlessness, and which also hints at lethargy, apathy and indifference, speaks of an experience that can be described as a ‘turning away from the spirit’. But what is the nature of this spirit with which some of us may be struggling to connect?

When the first lockdown hit us in 2020 and when remote learning rolled out in March of that year, it happened fast. It was challenging, daunting and unfamiliar, but it was also a little intriguing, somewhat absorbing and certainly adrenaline producing… it was a new frontier. Teachers and high school students rapidly learnt new skills that definitely weren’t part of the syllabi, and they quickly became accustomed to new uses of technology and an as yet untried approach to lesson delivery and learning. Some things immediately worked well, other aspects needed refining, but we were all on a steep learning curve together. It was exhausting, but in the way running a race is exhausting, where high energy is expended over a short period of time and the respite following offers much needed release and rest that can be taken up. The novel coronavirus was indeed a novelty and like it or not, we all turned to the spirit of the times and embraced what had to happen. 

But this time around it is different. Many of us are accepting but the newness has certainly worn off, and the longer lockdown with an uncertain end date necessitates a sustained reorientation. In many ways, the fact that we all know what we’re doing has enabled a smooth transition that augurs greater success! Many students report finding their lessons engaging and the workload quite manageable. They enjoy seeing their friends and appreciate the structure of the day, with learning introduced by their teachers through teleconferencing before setting off on the tasks themselves. Teachers are impressed with the students’ participation and are confident that learning is still occurring, and they are very grateful for parent support!

However, there is the feeling that the community (along with the State!) is holding its breath. Teachers, students and parents alike are observing this period in the way that fathers and mothers of young children brace for a long car trip. Have we bought enough snacks? Did we work out the rest stops?! (I remember my own mother planning for an 800km road trip with my then four-year-old daughter and telling my step-father to ‘spare no expense!’). But in this context, what specifically are the tasty morsels that will sufficiently interject what would otherwise be a monotonous term and where exactly are the rest stops?

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Inner Tranquillity and How to Find It: Five Minutes a Day

Inner Tranquillity and How to Find It: Five Minutes a Day

22 Jul 2021

In times of trial such as we are all now enduring, it’s natural and appropriate to look for help outside ourselves: a therapist, a professional, the government, the UN. But as well as appropriate outside help, we all have a resource that is often untapped and unused. We all have resources within ourselves. We just need to recognise them and to practise them. The contemporary interest in mindfulness is a version of something that has been developed by many philosophic and spiritual traditions. In times such as we are all facing today, it is worth returning to these inner sources of strength and nourishment that can sustain us all.

The Stoics were philosophers in ancient Greece who learned to deal with life’s challenges by separating what we can control (how we act), from what we can’t control (what life brings us). They taught that ultimately we are only free in how we respond to the things that come to us, the things over which we have no control.

Marcus Aurelius was an Emperor of Rome who kept a daily diary of his Stoic musings on life and the daily practice that enabled him to deal with the troubles of an empire: endless war, disease, rebellion, famine to name a few. His daily inner retreat gave him a strength to deal with it all:

People seek retreats for themselves – in the country, by the sea, in the hills – and you yourself are particularly prone to this yearning. But all this is quite unphilosophic, when it is open to you, at any time you want, to retreat into yourself.

No retreat offers someone more quiet and relaxation than that into his/her own mind, especially if she/he can dip into thoughts there which put him at immediate and complete ease: and by ease I simply mean a well ordered life. So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

The doctrines you will visit there should be few and fundamental, sufficient at one meeting to wash away all your pain and send you back free of resentment at what you must rejoin….

Finally then, remember this retreat into your own little territory within yourself. Be your own master, and look at things as a human being, as a citizen, as a mortal creature.

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 4, 3-4

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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

07 Jul 2021

During the COVID-19 crisis, Glenaeon has been keeping Parents and Carers regularly informed as things rapidly change and unfold.

LATEST: Letter to Parents and Carers - 7 July 2021

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The Sixth A

The Sixth A

03 Jun 2021

In our last Newsletter Dani Finch outlined how our program of 5A’s meets the six 21st century capabilities. But there’s a sixth A, though we don’t talk about it much.

Julia Baird’s recent best-seller has brought it into the open and it’s time to talk about it. Her title says everything: Phosphorescence:  On awe, wonder, and things that sustain you when the world goes dark. The book has sold 150,000 copies in Australia and was the publishing phenomenon of the pandemic year. In the year when so many things went dark, her beautifully written book spoke to so many people about how to seek and find the extraordinary in the ordinary, the inner light in the ordinary world around us. Julia’s book told her own story of survival through extraordinarily challenging difficulties of pain and loss, and how she built reserves that in the face of these challenges, brought her “immense beauty”. She touched death numbers of times and she learned a number of lessons to cope.

A key lesson? “Seek awe, and nature, daily”.

As I read her book, I thought again of a constant question in my mind: how can we prepare children to find that feeling of awe, the sustaining sense that life is spectacular and grand, and we all have a place in it.

If this is such a human need, why aren’t schools making it a part of daily life? How can schools make sure that awe, and nature, are part of every child’s daily education?

Her book is a reminder that we all need bread as much as stones to nourish our inner lives. Feelings of awe nourish our inwardness. How sad that the language of education is yet to embrace this profound and essential human need as a fundamental for schools, just as much as other subjects.

Glenaeon draws on the rich heritage of Steiner education to embed feeling of awe and wonder in our daily school journey. Here are some of the ways we do it:

Morning verse: we start each day with a mindful reflection on the great powers of life. In a little touch of daily awe, a simple non-denominational verse starts our work for each student and teacher/mentor/guardian with a reminder that we are part of a bigger whole, that our lives are woven into a grander design than our minds can sometime fathom.

Stories: the special moment in a primary class day is story time, usually just before morning Recess. When all is quiet, a candle is lit and the teacher tells, in person, a story from world tales or their own imagination. For a teacher there is no more special moment in the day than seeing this crowd of expectant faces, waiting to be moved and touched by the power of imagination. So many of the stories carry the curriculum and in primary school even Maths and Science lessons can be woven out of and developed from a well-crafted story. Right up into high school, our classes enjoy a moment of wonder as the story unfolds, and the mind is taken to far off places and remarkable deeds.

Poetry: Our commitment to spoken poetry through the school says so much, just as a poem compacts meaning into a few lines. How much awe is in these 29 simple words?

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower.
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

 

Festivals: a man of aboriginal descent recently told me how impressed he was at his children’s Steiner school because they celebrated seasonal festivals, such as MidWinter when the children carry a candle and build a communal spiral of lights on the year’s darkest day. He hadn’t found other institutions so connected with the rhythms of the year, something which to him as an indigenous person was so fundamental. Our western style seasons have of course been simplistic and blunt compared to the nuanced and embedded aboriginal consciousness, but at least we have a feeling of awe and connection with the turning of the year.

Nature: “the quiet healing properties of Nature” writes Julia. Our Middle Campus is a haven in the busy north shore, with a backyard that includes the exquisite Scotts Creek as it winds through mangroves to Middle Harbour. Our Outdoor Education program explicitly takes students to wild outdoor places where as well as stretching themselves against the forces of rivers and rocks, they can sit and absorb the quiet majesty of wilderness. The power of place is a sense in itself, and needs regular educating.

Cuttlefish: “For me, cuttlefish are symbols of awe” says Julia. Our Main Lesson curriculum charts a course through the rich stories of history, Science, Maths and literature, finding an implicit sense of wonder in our human connections with the world’s phenomena. How special it was to read Chapter 1 in Julia’s book which is titled Lessons from a Cuttlefish. We traditionally start our study of animals in Class 4 with the cuttlefish and examine their remarkable structure. Implicit in our scientific study is a sense of wonder at the extraordinary way the cuttlefish moves through the ocean.

The 5A’s of the Glenaeon journey educate the whole human being: Academic, Aesthetic, Artisan, Altruistic, Active Wilderness. But holding them all together is the sixth A, the special sense that life is grand and powerful, and we all have a place in it, the sustaining sense of Awe.

Andrew Hill
Head of School

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The Education You Need

The Education You Need

20 May 2021

Inspiration and ideas for newsletter pieces sometimes come at the strangest times. Recently, a left-leaning, Snoopy-loving friend posted this cartoon on her social media page. In it, the mild-mannered and renowned philosopher Charlie Brown turns to his classmate and tells her straight, “No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them”. Responses to my friend’s post ranged from the love heart emoji to “Terrifyingly true!”

I wrote “Inspiring!”  

We hear a great deal in the media and from politicians about preparing children for the future they will inherit. Much of the rhetoric centres around being ‘job ready’, and mastery of technology is paramount.   At Glenaeon, we agree that these are essential elements of a rounded education. Still, when we make them our focus, the capacity of an education system to inspire and inform the next generation of change-makers is savagely diminished.

So, how are we preparing our students to resolve some of the messes we both inherited and created?    How does Glenaeon give students the education they need to ‘overthrow’ and create a new, more equitable and sustainable future? It is interesting to answer this question through the lens of the 6c’s of Education in the 21st Century: Character Education, Citizenship, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Collaboration. Developed by Michael Fullan O.C, Global Leadership Director of New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL) and a worldwide authority on educational reform, the 6 ‘s are inherent in Glenaeon’ s 5A’s program:

Academic – The Main Lesson sequence places a child in time. While in Primary School, teachers immerse children in imaginative pictures that inspire Character and Citizenship; in High School, students are taught to Critically analyse information, sources and their place in the fabric of society.

Artisan & Aesthetic – From craft and beeswax models to 3D printing and performing in an orchestra, a Glenaeon education is inherently one of Creativity.

Altruistic -  Belonging to a community where we abide by a respectful social contract in our interactions and give of ourselves inside and outside the school requires Communication, Collaboration and Citizenship. Be that through caring for Scotts Creek, serving on the Student Eco Group or performing service as part of the Duke of Edinburgh program or in the Northern Territory working with the Aboriginal students at Macfarlane Primary School.  

Active Wilderness –To journey with a group in a remote location (or even on a bushwalk to Warner’s Park) requires Communication, Collaboration and Citizenship.  To do it well builds Character.

Preparing for an uncertain future requires much more than being ‘job ready or ‘tech savvy’. Schools must create environments, and teach in ways, that impart capacities to young people that encourage them to develop and enact new ideas and creative responses to problems. Charlie Brown might be stunned to learn that at a small school in Middle Cove called Glenaeon, we are absolutely preparing to be overthrown by the students we teach, and the future looks very bright indeed.

With thanks to Charles M. Schulz.

 

Dani Finch
Deputy Head of School (K-6) 

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The Development of Capacity

The Development of Capacity

06 May 2021

Term 2 provides a time for rich, concentrated learning when, supported by wintery days, we feel an increased sense of inwardness and a strengthening of our capacity for engagement with ideas, analytical questioning and reflection. At school we make use of the season’s supportive influences and use the winter terms in particular to deepen and extend the students’ academic capabilities. Embedding knowledge and honing skills are emphasised as Year 9 and 10 students prepare for their mid-year examinations, practising memorisation techniques and working to crystallise their understanding into coherent responses under timed conditions, and main lessons such as Mathematics in Nature in Year 7 and The Chemistry of Salts in Year 10 bring the elements of ‘wonder’, then ‘judgement’, then ‘understanding’ seamlessly into harmony as students observe, question and arrive at concepts through a natural learning progression. At the Year 11 and 12 level, a period of solid work is entered into where a significant amount of new content is brought and where the need to determinedly further their abilities through rigorous practise is understood.

In all of the endeavours mentioned, focus is on bringing ‘willing into thinking’ but the opposite is also required and nowhere is bringing ‘thinking into willing’ more essential at this time than in the HSC year. While students juggle the competing demands of diverse course requirements that entail the amassing and understanding a large body of information and the expert demonstration of their knowledge, significant developments must also be made on all projects. Throughout Term 2, practical components of Design and Technology, English Extension 2, History Extension, Music 1, 2 and Extension, Science Extension, Society and Culture and Visual Arts become fully realised and refined, ready for early Term 3 HSC Showcases and NESA submissions; we greatly look forward to seeing the fruits of their labours!

The go-between or oil that enables our application of ‘will’ to result in our capacity for ‘sustained, directed thought’ and the employment of our ‘thinking’ to produce ‘meaningfully guided action’ is, however, the strength and quality of our ‘feeling’ … and, in particular, feeling relationships with what we encounter that inspire and embody wonder, interest, intrigue, aesthetic sensitivity, determination or meaning.

At Glenaeon, teachers are acutely aware that one of their key tasks, therefore, is to present students with daily opportunities for the engagement of their emotions, sometimes subtly and sometimes profoundly. Depictions of beauty, narratives enhanced through dramatic detail, inspirational accounts of lives well led, the fineness of a mathematical formula accurately applied, the lightbulb awakening of a scientific discovery or the exquisite depiction of a personal revelation in a piece of eloquent prose or poetry are all examples of how our feeling life can be activated. When these encounters are brought to the students, their emotions are awakened in ways that allow immersion in learning that links human experience with content matter. Lessons become relevant and material that has the potential to remain detached becomes meaningful. An inspired interest in a topic provides impetus for sustained grappling with complex elements, namely ‘willing in thinking’, and a sense for beauty (or morality) enables actions to be moderated by thoughtful considerations, in other words, ‘thinking in willing’. And it is during these cooler months, when we are less likely to be drawn into the expansiveness of the natural environment, that we are perfectly placed to work on these three aspects of our being. The meaningful interplay between thinking, feeling and willing therefore becomes a focus so as to provide students with learning opportunities that foster inner growth and academic development.

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

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Orange is the new green: Glenaeon's bush regen work on show

Orange is the new green: Glenaeon's bush regen work on show

06 May 2021

Last week we welcomed the Hon. Trevor Evans MP, Member for Brisbane & Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management and Mr Trent Zimmerman MP, Member for North Sydney & Chair of Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport to Glenaeon.

They were here to see the progress we have made so far in the Communities Environment Program - Scotts Creek Valley Regeneration Project for which Glenaeon received a federal government grant last year.

Our thanks to Year 7 & 8 students Catina, Michaela, Finley, Ava, Hayden, Felix, Ria, Archie, Henry, Mia B, Mia W and Sam for taking part.  Our students got into the bush regeneration work suits and showed our visitors the type of work they have been doing, pulling noxious weeds, clearing rubbish from upstream.

It was a wonderful opportunity to highlight our eco work, our bush regen education program and the visit gave these students the chance to tell our government representatives how much they care about the environment, the bird life, local wildlife and other environmental issues important to them. They also communicated the work of the Student Eco Council. Our students had a lot of fun and also learned how we can interact and communicate with elected officials. Special thanks to Lindsay Sherrott, Sandra Frain and to bush regen specialist Richard Blacklock.

#northsydney #middlecove #glenaeon #steinerschool #steinereducation #eco #environment #scottscreek #bushregeneration #cleanup

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Welcome back to Term 2

Welcome back to Term 2

22 Apr 2021

Welcome back to everyone and best wishes for a great start to our new Term!

The good news is that COVID restrictions have eased for schools and we are getting close to a return to what we all remember as “normal” school, pre-pandemic.  

  • Parent/carers can drop off on campus (no sign in required) however it’s assumed that this is for a short period of time. Castlecrag has particular requirements which will be communicated directly to parents of Kindergarten to Class 2.
  • If you are picking up your child early before the end of day, you must sign out at Reception. We need to maintain accurate records of attendance and we appreciate your assistance in this matter.
  • Visitors should maintain 1.5m physical distance from other adults (including staff) where practicable and other visitors when on the school site and at school pick-up and drop-off times where practicable
    • At all times where there are people gathering, personal hygiene, physical distancing, cleaning and record keeping requirements apply
    • Visitors must comply with sign-in arrangements
    • Visitors must be excluded if unwell, even with the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms

Glenaeon has an overarching COVID-19 Safety Plan in place for the school and the standard precautions remain:

Hygiene and Illness procedures – remain the same as always

  • Stay at home when unwell and get tested.
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.
  • Maintain respiratory hygiene.

Life will probably never return to the normal we knew, but with COVID plans in place, and accurate record keeping, we look forward to maintaining a semblance of the happy community life we all enjoy. These new guidelines enable us to confirm and continue planning our key community activities involving parents: the MidWinter Ball Event and the Family Fair in November. Our school festivals can now go ahead, as can in-person meetings. We will maintain some convenient aspects of remote learning such as some Zoom interviews in High School, but overall we can look forward to a resumption of face to face and in person meetings. Hallelujah! Our human community resumes!

Wellbeing Education:

This week Year 9 and 10 will be with a range of presenters undertaking a whole day workshop on respectful relationships. The program LoveBites comes with a very strong reputation in preparing adolescents to navigate the issues of managing relationships and consent. As many schools have found, our existing programs in Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) are strong, but not strong enough. The LoveBites program provides a deeper dive for students, in a safe and secure setting, to really understand the significance of appropriate and inappropriate behaviours, and how to ensure our relationships are healthy and respectful.

In Term 1 there were sessions with DAYSS (Drug and Alcohol Youth Support Services), a well-respected program for both high school students and parents on managing alcohol and substance issues. We also continue to share with parents the workshops and education sessions offered by Headspace, a national youth mental health service. Our Wellbeing program has had a strong start in 2021 and there will be further initiatives and parent education through the year.

The Bird Panel:

During the break our Maintenance team caught up with many small jobs that can get overlooked during a busy term. One special job they undertook was to install the Bird panel: a beautiful rendering of our bush landscape featuring ten different species of birds that inhabit our Middle Cove campus. The project had its genesis when I visited the Newcastle Waldorf School in January and saw some panels they had painted that depicted bird species which had their habitats decimated during the 2019-20 bushfires. I asked Art Teacher Donna Miller and our local ornithologist and Science teacher Dr Stanley Tang whether we could do the same. They were both enthusiastic and we arranged a session of the Teachers Seminar PD days in January to be devoted to painting a panel depicting some of the 100 or so species of birds that inhabit or visit our campus.

The session proved very successful. About a dozen teachers spent hours painting the panels at the seminar, and then later during Term 1 completed a sophisticated rendering of our bushland and some of its bird species. The panels turned out to be enormous, and when put together, measured 4.8 by 2.1 metres. They now adorn a wall of the Alice Crowther Building next to the café.

Stanley Tang spoke at our first assembly for the term on Wednesday, describing the ten species on the panel, and something of their colours and habits. He gave the High school students a challenge to see how many of the ten species they could recognise, as many are tucked away in the painting of the bushland habitat. How gratifying it was to come up immediately after the assembly and see a gathering of five students intently searching the panel to see all the birds. It’s a great piece of work that both adds a beautiful aesthetic to our building, as well as celebrating our bush and birdlife. Congratulations to our creative teachers, and come and enjoy next time you are on campus!

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We do Hard Things

We do Hard Things

25 Mar 2021

If you're reading this piece in the Glenaeon newsletter, chances are that we first met when I interviewed you and your children as part of the school's enrolment process. I enjoy those interviews deeply, getting to know each student and family as I run through the prescribed questions covering academic strengths and challenges, hobbies and interests, musical experience, sport and health information. Each interview, I ask parents to tell me what has drawn them to Glenaeon and a Steiner education. Alongside a variety of responses about creativity, academics, co-education, and Outdoor Education, a large majority of you have responded something along the lines of; "We are seeking a warm, nurturing environment where our child will be known and cared for". And yes, spot-on, that's us! But, and it's a big but, we do hard things at Glenaeon. 

Being nurtured, cared for and deeply known does not equate to being comfortable, at ease or always happy! From Little Kindergarten to Year 12 and beyond, Glenaeon kids do hard things that sometimes make them sad, angry, unsure, or afraid: 

  • In Kindy, it might be saying goodbye to mum and dad even though you want one more hug. 
  • In Class 3, it could be practising your reading, writing and times tables every day even when you don't feel like it, or standing up for what's right in the playground.
  • In Class 6, it might be reciting a lengthy poem in front of an audience or controlling your temper when things don't go your way.
  • In Year 7, it's joining us from another school and learning to draw, paint, and play an instrument alongside classmates who have been doing those things for years.
  • In Year 8, it might be reciting a Shakespeare soliloquy or abseiling down a cliff face.
  • In Year 9, it's volunteering your time to help with something that might not be cool or pretty or fun.
  • In Year 10, it's getting up on stage with a microphone and singing and dancing like you're on Broadway.
  • In Year 12, it's sitting under a tarp in the bush out near Coonabarabran for 48 hours with only your thoughts (and your pre-developed singing, dancing, and artistic skills) to keep you company.

Being nurtured and deeply known is not about wrapping our kids in cotton wool or placing them in an environment where they are always content. Quite the opposite, it's about creating opportunities where they get to do hard things and fail at them in a school community where we make it safe and possible to get up and try again.  

Our students are musicians, artists, orators, performers, hikers, essayists, philosophers, and friends. These skills and attributes don't come easily to any human. Yes, our students are known and nurtured. And yes, they do hard things.  

Dani Finch
Deputy Head of School (K-6) & Registrar

"Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well."

Theodore Roosevelt

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Open Day 2021 event cancelled due to wet weather

Open Day 2021 event cancelled due to wet weather

19 Mar 2021

Our Open Day 2021 event has been CANCELLED due to wet and dangerous weather predicted for the weekend.

Instead, we are hosting an introductory webinar event with an extended Q&A session.

If you had already booked for our Open Day check your email/spam folder for details of the webinar.

Or if you hadn’t already booked, you can join us for the webinar tomorrow at 10am ☔️via our registration link: https://www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/openday

#openday#glenaeon

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Open Day 2021

Open Day 2021

02 Feb 2021

DUE TO WET AND DANGEROUS WEATHER, WE HAVE CANCELLED OUR OPEN DAY EVENT.

AN INTRODUCTORY WEBINAR EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE TOMORROW AT 10AM.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

A very warm welcome, and thank you for your interest in a Glenaeon education. We look forward to welcoming you to our Open Day 2021.

A meaningful life starts with an educated decision, so this is a great opportunity discover how a Glenaeon education equips students with the foundation they need to lead a life of character and contribution.

 

Where: Middle Cove Campus, 5a Glenroy Avenue, Middle Cove

When: SATURDAY 20 MARCH, 10am-12 noon

 

Inquiries: Please call Enrolments Officer, Clare Gordon on +61 2 9417 3193 or email enrolments@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

 

This Open Day event has been adapted to ensure our community stays healthy with COVID-safe practices in place.

All guests must pre-register and sanitise hands on arrival at our beautiful bushland campus and maintain social distance between family groups.

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Year 5 Student Arlo Temple a National Winner in the National History Challenge 2020

Year 5 Student Arlo Temple a National Winner in the National History Challenge 2020

04 Dec 2020

 

11 year-old Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School Student and Rozelle resident, Arlo Temple has been named as a National and NSW State winner in two categories in the National History Challenge 2020 awards.  Arlo won the top award in the Year 5/6 and the Museum Exhibit categories.

Deputy Head of School (K-6), Dani Finch said, “We are thrilled that Glenaeon student Arlo Temple has been announced as both a National and NSW State winner in the National History Challenge for 2020. Arlo has a natural interest and curious mind when it comes to history, and it was a joy to learn of his success in this year’s National History Challenge entry. We feel very proud of his great personal achievement.”

Glenaeon Head of School Andrew Hill commended Arlo, “Everyone at Glenaeon is delighted for Arlo and we congratulate him on this mighty accomplishment. His hard work has been aptly rewarded.”

Arlo received his awards at a ceremony to honour the NSW state and national winners of the National History Challenge at the Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney, last night.

The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for students. It gives students a chance to be an historian, researching world history, examining Australia’s past, investigating their community or exploring their own roots. It emphasises and rewards quality research, the use of community resources and effective presentation.

 “My submission was in response to this year’s competition theme, ‘Contested Histories’ where I explored the devastation of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. I built a scaled diorama of the Hiroshima site and wrote an essay and created a website for my entry”, said 11-year old Arlo.

Arlo’s Mum, Kate Burt said he worked extremely hard on his entry, and said it was exciting to see him standing among other excellent student entries from across the state and country. 

We visited Hiroshima last year and it was a very moving experience. We are proud of how Arlo has expressed his research in his diorama and his interest in Japanese culture and history. We are also glad to have the kitchen table back after two months of his wonderful model making,” Burt said.

Arlo’s website:https://goby-echidna-arfn.squarespace.com/

 

#nationalhistorychallenge #history #contestedhistories #hiroshima #Japan #diorama #Essay #glenaeon #steinereducation

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COVID-19

COVID-19

18 Mar 2020

During the COVID-19 crisis, Glenaeon has been keeping Parents and Carers regularly informed as things rapidly change and unfold. We wish to thank our wonderful community for their support and understanding as we all navigate uncharted territory and wish everyone to stay healthy. For all Glenaeon COVID-19 updates please return to this webpage.

Best wishes,

Andrew Hill

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COVID-19

COVID-19

18 Mar 2020

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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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Curious Carl Visits Class 2

Curious Carl Visits Class 2

A curious character called Carl has been visiting Class 2's Main Lesson and bringing along his famous counting contraption! He has been teaching the children more complex calculation and place value using hundreds, tens and single units. What a contraption! He has bags of different colours that cget filled and moved from box to box to demonstrate adding and subtracting numbers and the various units. Curious Carl has brought lots of fun to the processes and the children and Rodney have enjoyed using his counting contraption during maths lessons - what a fun way to learn maths!

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Glenaeon wins the 2022 'Free the Funk Tips' School Challenge

Glenaeon wins the 2022 'Free the Funk Tips' School Challenge

18 Nov 2022

Glenaeon recently entered the 2022 Free the Funk Schools Challenge – a competition run by Not for Profit OneWave, which delivers 'Free the Funk’ programs in primary schools, secondary schools and universities to raise awareness of mental health. Tackling issues by encouraging early intervention, connection and conversations to save lives, they share tips and tools that young people can use throughout their lives.

Year 9’s through The Cove Program, entered as part of their learning around well-being and the activities they do in the program and…drumroll……we WON!

The Cove, a wellbeing program targeted at Year 9 sees the whole cohort meet at school at 7:30am on a Thursday. Students are immersed in the bush, running, walking, participate in outdoor yoga and team building games to encourage connection and wellbeing. There are lots of circle discussions during this early hour while sitting in nature. Because the campus is in nature it is used as the main tool to free the funk! During The Cove, students made and painted the leaves after brainstorming individual recipes for supporting mental health.

Take a look at our students work – tips for supporting mental health painted on leaves.  This is an installation which hangs from the ceiling above the tables near the Gentle Café as a constant reminder to students of ways they can look after their mental health.

 

Leaf of Faith - Year 9 students, 2022

 

‘The Coves’ wellbeing tree acknowledging recipes for mental health.  The use of fluro colours to make visible these vital and important messages of care that we all need to bring into our lives.  The metaphor of the branch as the ‘tree of life’ – that we all have the tools to live our best lives.

Huge thanks to Donna Miller and Jonas Stoebe for supporting the group on their entry, and well done to the students for their fine work and creativity, but mostly for taking the time to discuss mental health and wellbeing.

The prizes value at over $3,300 will be put to good use at school. Thank you to OneWave and its program sponsors Bupa Foundation and Billabong.

 

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Congrats ArtExpress Nominees

Congrats ArtExpress Nominees

18 Nov 2022

Congratulations to the following Glenaeon students whose work from the HSC Visual Arts Showcase has been nominated for ARTEXPRESS!

ARTEXPRESS features a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the art-making component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts in 2022 and provides insight into students’ creativity and the issues important to them. There are approximately 6,000 works sent in and only 50 are selected for ARTEXPRESS across NSW.

Well done to:

  • Olivia Pethard Brutal Beauty
  • Pipi Joannou At a Price
  • Riley MacPherson Are we there yet?
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Jazz Cafe - a night to remember

Jazz Cafe - a night to remember

18 Nov 2022

On Wednesday evening, November 2, an audience made up of Glenaeon parents, relatives and friends were treated to an evening of superb Jazz at the school’s Jazz Café, organised by a committee made up of members of the school’s music staff, and three parents: Melony Browell, Sabine Simmonds and Ally Seymour-Smith.

Throughout the evening, in a hall suitably decorated by parents and children, and seated around candle-lit tables, the audience was entertained by the twenty-nine musicians that, together, make up the school’s co-curricular wind ensembles: our Big Band, under the direction of Phil Arnold, our Concert Band, under the direction of Christine Young, and our Jazz Combo, under the direction of Adriaan Mees.

They were joined by two ‘pop-up’ groups: a clarinet ensemble, directed by Christine Young, and a saxophone ensemble led by Joshua Willard, as well as two solo items: a vocal solo from Ava Keys and a saxophone solo by Riley Brown.

In addition to enjoying the superb music, audience members were able to purchase a two-course dinner made up of delicious home-made soup and bread, and a dessert of petit fours and an abundant raffle basket of delicious gourmet food. As a result of this, and supplemented by a generous donation of $750 by Anthony Browell, $2,711.50 was raised towards the purchase of equipment for the school’s co-curricular ensembles.

It has been almost three and a half years since the school’s first Jazz Café in pre-covid 2019, and the packed hall of enthusiastic relatives and friends showed just how much the Glenaeon community appreciated the opportunity to, once again, experience the achievements of the school’s growing co-curricular music program.

The school’s music staff wish to sincerely thank the music students for their outstanding commitment, Evan Sanders, for his contribution throughout the process and on the night, and all who contributed to the success of the evening in any way. In particular, we want to thank the parent support committee for their tireless efforts in producing what we hope will be the first of many such musical occasions. 

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Secret Lives of Glenaeon Birds

Secret Lives of Glenaeon Birds

18 Nov 2022

Our resident Ornithologist Dr Stanley Tang, also our Assistant Head Of School (Senior Studies) Science, Mathematics Teacher and High School Mentor,  was invited to participate in the filming of an upcoming episode of the Secret Lives of Urban Birds for ABC Science program, Catalyst – the Sydney version.  You can watch the Melbourne episode here: https://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/the-secret-lives-of-our-urban-birds/13734884.

Five Glenaeon students ably assisted Stanley to capture and tag birds (bird banding) in North Arm Reserve adjacent to the Middle Cove campus as part of the filming plan. Stanley was interviewed by the ABC presenter Dr Ann Jones.  The episode will go to air in 2023.

Thanks to Max (Year 7), Hayden (Year 8), Nathan (Year 11), Anouk (Year 11), Jolan (Year 11) for flying into this project and the early wake up call with such enthusiasm!

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Class 2 visit Middle Cove - Class 3 Orientation

Class 2 visit Middle Cove - Class 3 Orientation

18 Nov 2022

Class 2 children bush walked to Middle Cove for their Class 3 Orientation Day as in 2023 they will move campuses for Class 3! With enthusiastic parents accompanying them, they toured the Middle Cove campus and were hosted by Class Teacher Rodney Dean and the students in Class 3. The children spent time together in the classroom before heading down to explore the Gentle Cafe area and further on to the garden to meet Sandra Frain, whom they know from gardening classes up at Castlecrag Campus and Preschool. It was an enjoyable visit and then embarked on a long, strong bushwalk back to Castecrag Campus, returning to playrgup schedule.

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Class 5 intrepid travel to the Blue Mountains

Class 5 intrepid travel to the Blue Mountains

18 Nov 2022

In mid-September, Class 5 embarked on an adventurous, resilience-building, camp experience. Although our camp was cold, wet and muddy, it was heartening to observe the group's upbeat and positive attitude.

In line with our Australian History Main Lesson, we followed the path trekked by Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson in 1813, who were the first European settlers, to successfully navigate a path across the Blue Mountains. Their exploration over the ridges and through the dense bushland of the mountains led to the discovery of fertile plains beyond. This opened the potential for an expansion of valuable farming land for the fledgling, Sydney settlement.

Under the expert guidance of our intrepid camp leader Scottie and his support team, Greg and Kai, we explored some beautiful pockets of the National Park. The school camp experience is designed to unite the class, strengthen bonds, encourage an appreciation and respect for the natural world and build resilience by stretching the boundaries of our usual, comfortable life. I think our camp ticked all those boxes.

 

Thanks to Dawn P for the photos.

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Year 8 Shakespeare Festival

Year 8 Shakespeare Festival

18 Nov 2022

Year 8 have been working on three Shakespeare comedies - Much Ado About Nothing (Director Elizabeth Nevieve), Taming of the Shrew (Director Brenton Fletcher) and Twelfth Night (Director Tommy Green). They shared a festival with parents and friends in an evening in the Sylvia Brose Hall at Middle Cove campus - families brought nibbles and enjoyed the three comedic productions in a row. Well done, Year 8 -it was a wonderful night of entertaining drama! 

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Castlecrag faces at the Fair

Castlecrag faces at the Fair

18 Nov 2022

The Glenaeon Fair transformed our campus into a playground at another level - with wonderful activities for children, entertainment stage, food and fun for all. Thank you to all families who contributed to making it the most wonderful day after a hiatus due to COVID.

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Glenaeon Movember

Glenaeon Movember

17 Nov 2022

The month of November isn’t just for celebrating thanksgiving and another impending La Niña summer, it’s also for supporting men’s health and questionable facial hair! Movember is a charity with a focus on promoting, funding, and changing the face of men’s health. 

“Men’s health is in crisis. Men are dying on average 5 years earlier than women, and for largely preventable reasons. A growing number of men – around 10.8M globally – are facing life with a prostate cancer diagnosis. Globally, testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men. And across the world, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, with males accounting for 69% of all suicides. Movember is uniquely placed to address this crisis on a global scale. We fund ground-breaking projects all over the world, engaging men where they are to understand what works best and accelerate change.”

Some of our lovely Glenaeon teachers and support staff are sporting their Mo’s for the month of November to raise awareness and funds to support this fantastic organisation.

If anyone would like to donate to the cause, go to: https://au.movember.com/team/2427685

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Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture this Sunday

Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture this Sunday

17 Nov 2022

The Walter Burley Griffin Society will be holding its Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture in our Marion Mahony Griffin Hall next Sunday 20th November. There was a recent exhibition in the National Archives of Australia which featured a large mural that Marion painted in 1932 in the hallway of the George B. Armstrong Elementary School in Chicago (see pic). Her sister was a teacher there at the time, and on Marion’s return to the US for a short period she spent some time completing this remarkable mural as a gift to the school. It’s still there!

We have arranged to have a reproduction made on poly canvas that can be hung for special occasions, such as this lecture, on the walls of our Hall. The canvas enables the mural to be rolled up and stored during normal Hall use. Former Director Malcolm Day and Joy Day are very kindly assisting in the project, and it strengthens our connection with the Burley Griffin heritage, and Castlecrag, and Marion’s origins in Chicago. Glenaeon Teacher Glennis Mowday has visited the Armstrong school and viewed the mural.

Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/CDTDD 

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Ahoy there Preschool!

Ahoy there Preschool!

17 Nov 2022

At Preschool, our new boat arrived on Friday and on Saturday Tim (Owen’s dad), Ben (Yolandi’s dad) and Mike (Axel’s dad) came and helped screw it together and glue it. How lucky we are to have such help?  Tim and Ben can be seen below finishing up around 7pm! Noel will varnish it and make a base. Our thanks to these very kind parents.

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Apply now for Preschool 2023

Apply now for Preschool 2023

17 Nov 2022

Preschool has announced a final tour for prospective 2023 families taking place on Thursday 1 December at 11am. To make a booking click HERE.

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Special Thanks to Anthony Browell

Special Thanks to Anthony Browell

17 Nov 2022

The school wishes to acknowledge and thank Anthony Browell for his recent, and generous donation.

Anthony’s art piece was exhibited in the recent Art Show over the Family Fair weekend earlier this month, and sold for $1,000 raising $250 for the school, and he very kindly decided to give the remaining proceeds to the school’s Music Department.

Our School, and our Music Department is extremely grateful for this kind support.

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Class 1 Garden with Rod and Sandra

Class 1 Garden with Rod and Sandra

17 Nov 2022

Class 1 had a visitor - Rob Greatholder from Warrah Farm - come to work and learn with them during Gardening Class with teacher Sandra Frain this week. Rob came to see how we teach gardening at Glenaeon and to share his own experiences from Warrah Farm. Rob brought organic seedlings, ready to plant out with the children and they got straight to work! Rob was Warrah’s Farm Manager for 6 years before moving into his current role co-ordinating Warrah’s social therapeutic horticulture programs. Rob has been farming and gardening for the last 15 years and has a Diploma of Biodynamic Agriculture from the UK. He has worked in different parts of the world, on broad acre biodynamic farms and market gardens, to 1 acre no-dig permaculture models and off-grid community reforestation projects. He is also an experienced guest speaker on horticulture. Thank you Rob for coming to garden and learn with Class 1 and Gardening teacher Sandra Frain! A warm than you always to parent volunteer Guchi Guevara who assists in Gardening lessons every week at our Castlecrag Campus. See : https://warrahfarmshop.org.au/.Warrah Farm also has a wonderful Fruit & Veggie Coop that delivers boxes to our Castlecrag and Middle Cove Campuses every Tuesday afternoon. Families receive top quality organic and biodynamic produce, while supporting a fellow Steiner organisation. Warrah Society is a disability services organisation with its own certified biodynamic farm in Dural. Warrah-grown produce is supplemented with fresh produce and other goods supplied by certified organic producers. Warrah’s Specialist School and Discovery Program participants work on bagging salad mix and dry goods, weighing fruit and vegetables, packing boxes, loading the delivery van and assisting with deliveries to various collection points in Sydney. All profits from the Farm Shop go towards Warrah’s disability services. Anyone interested in signing up for an order should send an email requesting more information to Debbie at wholesome@warrahfarmshop.org.au

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Class 5 intrepid travel to the Blue Mountains

Class 5 intrepid travel to the Blue Mountains

28 Oct 2022

In mid-September, class 5 embarked on an adventurous, resilience-building, camp experience. Although our camp was cold, wet, and muddy, it was heartening to observe the group's upbeat and positive attitude.

In line with our Australian History Main Lesson, we followed the path trekked by Blaxland, Wentworth, and Lawson in 1813, who were the first European settlers, to successfully navigate a path across the Blue Mountains. Their exploration over the ridges and through the dense bushland of the mountains led to the discovery of fertile plains beyond. This opened the potential for an expansion of valuable farming land for the fledgling, Sydney settlement.

Under the expert guidance of our intrepid camp leader Scottie and his support team, Greg and Kai, we explored some beautiful pockets of the National Park. The school camp experience is designed to unite the class, strengthen bonds, encourage an appreciation, and respect for the natural world and build resilience by stretching the boundaries of our usual, comfortable life. I think our camp ticked all those boxes.

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The Story of Glenaeon @ Castlecrag

The Story of Glenaeon @ Castlecrag

28 Oct 2022

With the Family Fair and Art Show fast returning, it seems that we are getting back to the way things have always been. But they haven’t always. Every time I step onto the Castlecrag campus, I breathe a small thank you for the story that enabled this beautiful little gem of a place to become part of Glenaeon. It was not always so…

I arrived at Glenaeon in 1994 as the new Class 1 teacher, and was told that I would be starting the first Class 1 on the Castlecrag campus. When I went to see my new classroom, there was a red barrier tape on the fence around the entire property with a sign saying Hands Off Our School. Child numbers in Castlecrag had dropped making the school unviable, so the NSW government had put it on the market, and the local community wasn’t too happy. Glenaeon saw the campus as an ideal way to take Kindergarten and Classes 1 and 2 out of Middle Cove, so the school named an offer, and it was accepted. But the negotiations took longer than anticipated.

So my Class 1 continued in what had been Class 1 at Middle Cove for 20 years, the classroom at Middle Cove that now houses Class 3. Kindergarten was directly above in what is now Class 5. We didn’t gain possession until the end of June, so that’s when we moved in.

The Infants School staff had walked out leaving literally everything. It was a mess!

Thus began what was probably the greatest “working bee” in the school’s history. For 20 consecutive days, from sun up until sun down, and sometimes much later, there were teachers and parents working on the campus: throwing out, cleaning, painting, planting and doing all the seemingly infinite number of jobs needed to get the school ready for the start of Term 3.

We just made it, with a lot of paint barely dry. There were just four staff: Peggy Day and Christine O’Neil were in Kindergarten, myself in Class 1 and John Rowan in Class 2. So Glenaeon’s new campus in Castlecrag got underway. There were no other staff: no assistants and no administrator. Teachers answered the phone and took messages. They were all big classes: each of the two primary classes had over 30 children each, as did Kindergarten. We did our own duties and supervised the playground. The only play equipment was the set of monkey bars. There were a few well established trees but not much else. Lindsay Sherrott worked hard to build the landscape, carefully planting and tending the hedge creating the boundary around the Kindergarten.

Regular working bees of teachers and parents continued with more painting, renovating and landscaping. Within a year or so, two parents in the high school (Tom Renton a builder and Rod Dixon a dentist) came to lead a series of working bees that built the “creek”, the fountain and flowform in Kindergarten. A few years later a series of working bees built the large “fort” in the primary area of the playground. So the “little” campus gradually took shape and grew into the beautiful and idyllic centre of Steiner education that it is today.

Ten years later we were able to honour the person who had done the most to make it all possible. Tom Hartigan was the Chair of the School Council (Board) and it was he who had negotiated the purchase of the property for the school. At the Spring Festival in 2004 Tom planted a tree in the playground as a 10-year anniversary celebration. He was a remarkable individual who put his three children through the school: an accountant who after retirement came to school to teach Commerce to Years 9 and 10. Tom’s tireless energy in working for the school was an inspiration, and when he sadly passed away in 2011, his ashes were buried beneath the tree he had planted. We made a memorial bench next to this spot, and here his widow Felicity visits him on weekends.

Relations with the Castlecrag community took longer to rebuild. Some hostility continued, even though we had done the community a favour and saved the school site from being sold off to a developer for a dozen townhouses. We made the grounds welcome to neighbours on weekends. We gave space for community meetings, particularly the Castlecrag Progress Association.

The biggest step was sharing the story of the Burley Griffins. Few were aware that Glenaeon and Castlecrag shared a common ancestry through these two remarkable American architects. They had designed and founded the suburb at the same time as they discovered the work of Dr Rudolf Steiner. We were able to tell the story years later when the BER* funding enabled us to build what became the Marion Mahony Griffin Hall. The Hall was a tangible symbol of the fact that both Glenaeon and the Castlecrag community shared a common ancestry in the Burley Griffins.

So, as we celebrate the return of the Fair and make the most of our beautiful Castlecrag campus, let’s remember the work that has gone into building this jewel in the crown of Glenaeon.

*Building the Education Revolution (BER) was an Australian government program that built school halls as part of the Rudd government's economic stimulus package designed in response to the 2007-2010 global financial crisis.

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Kamaroi and Glenaeon Class 5s join for Greek Olympics

Kamaroi and Glenaeon Class 5s join for Greek Olympics

28 Oct 2022

On Tuesday the heavens mostly held back (only a small shower in the morning) after the previous day saw a soaking of our beautiful venues here at Glenaeon. Still, the forecast predicted warm weather and the High Priest’s presence in the morning to declare the Class 5 Ancient Greek Olympic Games at Glenaeon open, must have helped too. The keen and excited Kamaroi and Glenaeon Class 5 students, their teachers Nicole and Cathy and the helpers Daisy (PE teacher from Kamaroi) and Kathy (class aide here at Glenaeon) were ready to go and support Jonas as head coach and organiser and the parents as judges in the many events. The decision to keep the event small, and invite our sister school Kamaroi to our most beautiful oval paid off as other public fields may have been closed by council due to rain saturation, so a larger event would not have been possible. While rain was a worry for us too, good preparatory work by maintenance made it an injury free event enjoyed by all. The beauty, sportsmanship and determination that were all part of how the ancient Greeks looked at sport performances more broadly, could all happen with much success for the city states of Thebes, Athens, Corinth and Sparta.

All students dressed in tunics representing their city state competing in friendly spirit in long jump, discus, javelin, wrestling, marathon running (400m), 100m sprint, 4x100m relay races and a chariot race to round up a very enjoyable and fun-filled day.

The day was made more special by the appearance of the high priest of God Zeus, the fine food shared by all, the wonderful dance by the Glenaeon Class 5 students, by songs and verses in the opening and closing ceremonies of the day. The wonderful parent communities of Kamaroi and Glenaeon seamlessly worked together to support this event to make it a very special day in the Steiner primary school journey.

Many wristbands could be seen on students’ wrists - one indication of their achievements over the day and in the closing ceremony medals and headbands were awarded to celebrate individual strength and skill and success within the city states. Thebes came away with having the most talented athletes in their ranks but no one went home without recognition of their achievements!

It is a true Steiner community event in which parents, teachers and the students in our care create something wonderful and unique that will hold in their memories for many years to come.

A big thank you to all who contributed to this fine day!

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ISD Basketball in Bankstown

ISD Basketball in Bankstown

28 Oct 2022

On October 18, two teams of very motivated and keen junior basketballers (Yr 7 – Yr 9 students) set out to compete in Bankstown basketball stadium among 16 other schools for points and ran their hearts out to win games.

While some Yr 9 students were on camp the Yr 8s and Yr 7s had to raise to the occasion which was particularly evident in the girls team around Indy, Ava and Grace, Scarlet, Emily and Quinnie.

They made it all the way into the semi-final to lose against the later winner, Amity College girls by 7:9. A very fine effort given they played mostly Yr 9 girls opposition teams on the day!

The boys’ team had a tougher day at the ‘active office’ as opposition is often fierce and quite physical and many opposition teams having players taller than our Glenaeon students to compete against.

Overall however, it was not just about winning, it was about learning, physical learning and experiencing a sport on a bigger stage and in a real tournament! By that measure everyone was winning from the young Yr 7 players like Finn, Isaac and Lenny to the more experienced and strongly playing Xavier and Luka in Yr 9 (among others).

I want to congratulate all those who came along for a great day out to build resilience and gain invaluable experience both physical and cultural!

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2022 Annual NSW Steiner Schools' Athletics Carnival

2022 Annual NSW Steiner Schools' Athletics Carnival

28 Oct 2022

The Annual NSW Steiner Schools' Athletics Carnival was held in late September at Mingara Regional Athletics Centre. The students excitedly journeyed up to the Central Coast on their colour team bus and were very lucky to arrive to some fantastic spring weather for the day! Glenaeon students in Years 7 – 9 and some Year 10 students participated in numerous Athletics Track and field events demonstrating moments of outstanding competitive achievements and great sportsmanship! The competition was strong on the day and all students participated with great enthusiasm, skill, and determination. The Athletics carnival was a great opportunity for students to develop new friendships with students from other Steiner Schools in NSW and provided a unique opportunity for all students to experience success and achievement in a cooperative atmosphere, promoting a sense of belonging through team representation and being a positive participant of the school community. Congratulations to all students who represented both Glenaeon and their colour team on the day!

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New Garden at Castlecrag Campus

New Garden at Castlecrag Campus

28 Oct 2022

There is a beautiful new garden bed at our Castlecrag Campus, already brimming with vegetables, herbs and flowers! Some wonderful garden pots were donated by a generous school family and the children, with Gardening teacher Sandra Frain have transformed the area into a beautiful and bountiful garden! The children worked to dig and clear roots before planting potatoes, garlic, spinach, tomatoes, lettuce, herbs and delightful flowers! Watch these pots for further transformation as we paint and mosaic them with our own designs. A huge thank you to the Maintenance team and Sonny for building this wonderful bed for us!

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Parent Craft at the Fair!

Parent Craft at the Fair!

28 Oct 2022

Come and have a look at the wonderful Parent Craft made by our families! It will be for sale at the upcoming Glenaeon Fair in the 'Parent Craft' Room - which will be in our Class 1 room and also in the 'Grotto' - an area just for younger children. Parents and friends have come together to learn new skills and create these stunning pieces. Heartfelt thanks to out Craft Co-ordinators, especially Alex Bell for her enthusiasm and dedication to making Parent Craft happen. We look forward to sharing this all with families at our Fair! Take home some beautiful hand-made toys and things for your family, nature table and play spaces, knowing it was made with love and much care for our children.

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Year 11s get in front of Art

Year 11s get in front of Art

28 Oct 2022

Year 12, 2023 were lucky enough to visit the Daniel Boyd exhibition, Treasure Island, as they prepare to launch into their HSC year.  The benefits of seeing art live cannot be replicated on-line or from books.  So important for this level of study, as students of Visual Arts, it is essential to get in front of real art.  Some comments by the students:

“It was interesting to learn about how exhibitions are curated, and how the choices made as part of that process adds significant meaning to the artworks, the artist’s intentions, and something you can only fully understand if you see an exhibition in person.”

“Examining specific curation choices made, as well as materials used, size of the work, etc. is a million times more effective when explored physically, as us students spend hours on line every day and appreciate time away to fully immerse ourselves in the art.”

“Boyd is a contemporary artist challenging western history of colonisation.  His work grants insight into history from the perspective of the oppressor. Walking through his exhibition felt as if I was witness to a compilation of his person.”

“Going to the exhibition with my teacher and classmates helped me to think much more deeply about what was presented.  Discussion and reflection are paramount to being an art student.”

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Mayoral visit

Mayoral visit

28 Oct 2022

Mayor Tanya Taylor of Willoughby City Council visited Glenaeon on Wednesday and spoke to our High School assembly. Mayor Tanya was accompanied by our local Ward Councillor Robert Samuels, and together they had a great session with our high school students. Always eager for feedback, and particularly for the youth voice of Willoughby, they engaged with students and answered a huge range of questions. They took comments on everything from skateboard parks and mountain bike tracks to the difficulties of parking your dog at Northbridge Woolworths. Mayor Tanya gave an interesting overview of local government, which showed that our local council is responsible for pretty much everything in our local area from libraries to pools to roads and rubbish collection. The hot topic for many students was green initiatives, and what is being done at a local level for sustainability and recycling. She encouraged students to connect with the Youth Advocacy group that is a voice to Council, and we will be following up with encouragement from the school for our students to really engage and be part of that important initiative.

Thank you Mayor Tanya for the visit!

For further information:

Youth Action Plan Survey
Willoughby City Council’s Youth Services (in partnership with Willoughby Youth Action Group) are launching their Youth Action Plan Survey! 

✿❀ What does this mean for your school? ❀✿
We have 10,667 young people who live, play, work and study aged 12-24 in our LGA. We are aiming for 1,000 responses to feel confident reflecting the needs and wants of our young people through our Youth Action Plan. The plan will include relevant data and information that local schools and services can utilise to inform their planning.  We are aiming to have this available to share with you by Term 1, 2023.  

✿❀ What does this mean for you, as a young person? ❀✿
If you are aged between 12-24, you can: 
1.Contribute to your local community and create more opportunities for young people by sharing your responses and ideas!
2. Feel valued, included and supported!
3. Finish the survey and go in the drawer to win a $200 Westfield voucher!

✿❀ Who can be involved? ❀✿
This is a great opportunity for the following student groups to be involved:
Student Representative council
Senior leaders & Special Interest Group leaders
Year level sports captains
LGBTIQ+ support groups
Students with a disability
Young carers
CALD backgrounds
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
Duke of Edinburgh Students

The survey should only take about fifteen minutes, just log in via the link to complete!
https://www.haveyoursaywilloughby.com.au/youth-action-plan-survey

Chatswood Youth Centre Drop-in
CYC Drop-in open Wednesday to Friday from 3-6pm.
Chatswood Youth Centre | Willoughby City Council (nsw.gov.au)

Food Fridays
Young people prepare, cook and eat together at Chatswood Youth Centre – drop-ins welcome.

January school holidays
Basketball competition
Barista workshop
Paint and sip
Youth Centre exchanges
Contact the Youth Centre for more information

Willoughby Youth Action Group (WYAG)
Willoughby Youth Action Group (WYAG) provides a voice for young people aged 16-21 who live, work or study within the Willoughby local government area. WYAG plays a pivotal role in representing the young people of Willoughby, organising programs and activities, and informing Council on matters of importance to young people. 

The objectives of the group include:
To ensure opportunities for local young people (16-21 years) have input into Willoughby City Council’s (WCC) Youth Services programming
Support and advise the Council’s Youth Services staff to develop and deliver activities relevant to the young people in the Willoughby LGA
Be a voice for the youth of Willoughby
Organise Council-approved events for young people in the Willoughby LGA
Advise Council on matters affecting young people.
You can register your interest for WYAG here > https://willoughby.lgsoftwaresolutions.com.au/Pulse/PublicRegisters.aspx?TypeID=69

For more information about our Youth Programs contact:
Youth Development Officer Lucy Green on youth@willoughby.nsw.gov.au or 9777 1062.

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The Final Main Lesson: Parzival

The Final Main Lesson: Parzival

28 Oct 2022

The story of the grail knight, Parzival is a legendary tail of a knight who has many hardships and adventures. After many errors of judgement and big mistakes, he manages to eventually achieve his higher self and is able to use the wisdom he has gained to help others.

It is the final Steiner Main Lesson for Year XI who are beginning on their journey in Year XII. The purpose is to help the students achieve their goals and overcome challenges during their final HSC year. Then to take on the quest of self-improvement and to help people who are suffering in the world.

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Class 4 explore Animals and Us

Class 4 explore Animals and Us

26 Oct 2022

One of the highlights for Class 4 is the animal project to accompany the Animals and Us main lesson. This main lesson focuses on the unique quality of the human being, compared to the animal world where special physical features in relation to the environment and instinctual behaviour prevails. Children were able to choose an animal they would like to learn more about and make a model of the animal in its natural environment.

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Into the Woods we went!

Into the Woods we went!

15 Sep 2022

Last week, over four magical performances our Year 10 cohort thrilled audiences with their production of Sondheim play Into The Woods.  Students, whose musical schedule had been interrupted by COVID earlier in the year, finally had their moment on stage - and they performed, sang, danced and brought well-known fairy tale characters alive. Our congratulations to all the students on their wonderful performances and huge thanks to the teachers and parents that supported them right through the preparation, rehearsals, costume making, set design, hair and make-up and all the other work behind the scenes, culminating in a wonderful after party to celebrate everyone's success!  It was great to have this event back and for our community to be able to all gather together and enjoy the show.  Special thanks to directors Ian Munns, Caroline Farrell, and to Evan Sanders and Raphaela Mazzone for Lighting and Production gifting our students this experience.  Bring on Musical 2023 (Yes, the planning has already begun!)  Our thanks to GlenXers Ethan Brown, and Luca Bradfield for the photography and to Glenaeon parent, Paul Sproule at CloudVision who so generously filmed our Opening Night performance. 

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Now you're talking my language!

Now you're talking my language!

15 Sep 2022

Recently our Year 7 and Year 8 language - German, Spanish and Japanese students all enjoyed an excursion to a restaurant serving traditional foods for a lunch and the conversation was flowing in their chosen subject language.

The German students dined at German/Austrian restaurant Kaiser Stubn in Terrey Hills enjoying Schnitzel and Strudel.

The Japanese students enjoyed dishes such as teriyaki chicken, tofu, beef and rice and miso soup at MOMOKKO in Belrose.

and this from Year 7 Spanish student Quinnie: "On Friday 2nd September the Year 7 and 8 Spanish students went to the Mexican restaurant Dos Señoritas, in Gladesville. Here, they experienced a Mexican feast, with traditional food and drink.  Students tried nachos, quesadillas, enchiladas, all with pico de gallo and guacamole, and to drink, agua jamaica, a traditional Mexican infusion with hibiscus flowers. Everyone particularly enjoyed the churros which are a cinnamon stick served with chocolate sauce."

Japanese student reviews include this: "Very cool using Japanese language in real life. It really felt like we had learned a lot. Also, very delicious food." and, "The excursion was a great opportunity to experience some of the Japanese culture and food with our friends. An awesome way to spend the day."

A Year 7 German student said, “In my opinion, it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had! The venue was amazing and all the staff were so nice! The food was so incredibly delicious, I loved it so much. I just felt we were in an actual Austrian Hunting Club, the wild boar and stag heads added to that. Easily the best Schnitzel und Strudel I’ve ever had.”

This was a fun excursion where students lived, breathed and ate their way through class! A delicious way to learn in anyone's language!

おいしい!Oishii!

Köstlich!

Delicioso!

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Meet our new Head of Drama, Brenton Fletcher

Meet our new Head of Drama, Brenton Fletcher

15 Sep 2022

What do you teach?  /What is your role?
I am the new Head Teacher of Drama and currently teach Drama and English.

How long have you been at Glenaeon?
I have been at Glenaeon for four weeks now.

Where were you prior? What are your experience and credentials?
Before Glenaeon, I was a Pastoral Care Coordinator and Teacher in Charge of Drama at Brigidine College, Randwick, and before that Drama, Film Studies and VET: Entertainment Industry Teacher at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts for about ten years. 

I have had the opportunity to produce a lot of plays and musicals in that time and love that Glenaeon always has a chance to showcase Drama regularly.

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about the impact the Arts can have on a child’s development and believe it is ready for its renaissance within our world. By bringing this passion to Glenaeon, I hope students will continue to use Drama and its valuable learnings within their interactions with the broader world.

What are you looking forward to most in your role?
I am teaching Drama practical ways to revitalize a student’s imagination, learning and skills for effective communication and collaboration. Additionally, I am going to start co-curricular Drama groups at Glenaeon for students to be able to play with Dramatic experiences regularly. 

What do you love about Glenaeon?
The Glenaeon culture is warm yet vibrant. Students have a strong sense of curiosity, and this is an extraordinary skill for the Drama classroom. I see beauty in so many ways across the school, both from the natural environment, the ways students and staff express themselves through various artistic endeavours and the kindness of spirit that comes from the students. 

What is one of your favourite places on campus so far?
As a dramatist, I do feel completely at home in theatres. I, therefore, enjoy spending time in the Sylvia Brose Hall, assisting with current productions and envisioning future theatre to be performed in the space.

 

DRAMA OFFERED AS A CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY FROM Week 1 Term 4:
Class 6-8 Junior Glenaeon Drama Club (Friday– 3:30 pm -5:00 pm)
Class 9-11 Senior Glenaeon Drama Company (Monday – 3:45 pm -5:30 pm) 

Click here to read more details and sign your child up!

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Grassroots Eco Store - Stock up for the holidays!

Grassroots Eco Store - Stock up for the holidays!

15 Sep 2022

We have plenty of beautiful craft supplies to keep you busy and creative these holidays. Our 100% Wool-Felt Fabric has been restocked and is now available in the full rainbow of colours.

If you're heading off on a long car trip, Happy Car Games, created by Waldorf author Lou Harvey-Zahra is the remedy for backseat squabbles. This fabulous game contains 35 illustrated cards that will provide hours of car game fun for all ages.

The shop will be closing for the school holidays from 12.30pm on Wednesday (21 September). However, the online store remains open during the holidays with free local delivery available.

Term 3, 2022  Opening Hours:
Tuesday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Wednesday: 8:30am—12:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Friday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm

Shop online anytime: grassrootsecostore.com.au

Thank you for shopping locally. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon.

Grassroots Eco Store is located on the Glenaeon Castlecrag Campus, next to the Marion Mahony Griffin Hall. 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag.

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The Great Glenaeon Raffle 2022 is now on sale!

The Great Glenaeon Raffle 2022 is now on sale!

15 Sep 2022

The 2022 Glenaeon Raffle is on sale now. Tickets are $5 each with great discount packages available.

There are some amazing prizes including 4 x Elton John concert tickets, artwork by artist Andy Pachkova, coaching with Sabine Simmonds, photo packages from Verve and much more. Prizes valued at over $13,000.

Go to: https://www.raffletix.com.au/glenaeonfair to buy tickets. Raffle drawn 6 November 2022.

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Holiday Care Program NOW OPEN FOR BOOKINGS

Holiday Care Program NOW OPEN FOR BOOKINGS

15 Sep 2022

We have lots of lovely Spring activities for the children to enjoy and we are hoping for some lovely weather to enjoy our Adventure Camp excursions.
Please make your bookings as soon as possible - many days will be LIMITED NUMBERS due to staff shortages.

BASC vouchers are accepted - please see website for details on how they are processed http://www.glenaeonoosh.com.au/basc-voucher-information.html

Please feel free to pass these details on to other families - all welcome.
TO BOOK, GO TO: http://www.glenaeonoosh.com.au/holiday-care-bookings.html

 

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Year 10 Geography Field trips:  Environmental Change and Management

Year 10 Geography Field trips: Environmental Change and Management

15 Sep 2022

Marine and estuarine processes were the focus of the Year10 environmental studies this term. The students observed the protective role played by mangrove forests in the Scotts Creek environment. They also enjoyed a Geography field day walking from Collaroy to Dee Why Beach. Here they observed the natural marine processes and the changes taking place in this coastal area. They conducted a mock council meeting during which they presented some of the views held regarding the construction of the newly built Seawall. They drew and annotated field sketches of the wall and the surrounding beaches. A new council initiative is the installation of artworks along the coastal walk as part of the Aboriginal Art & Storytelling Project. Yaegl artist Frances Belle Parker has designed bronze plaques, that depict stories of whale migration. The students made rubbings of these plaques on the Long Reef cliff top, from where the indigenous elders had ‘sung in the whales’.

 

 

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Powerful Play

Powerful Play

15 Sep 2022

Classes 1 & 2 have been enjoying their lunchtime play - climbing trees, string games, making mud cakes, running games and immersing themselves in imaginative play too.

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Bushwalking

Bushwalking

15 Sep 2022

This term, Kindergarten, Classes 1 & 2 have been bushwalking. There are many beautiful bushwalks on our campus doorstep and the children really enjoy getting outside. They also explore the many walks designed by Water Burley-Griffin, the founder of the suburb of Castlecrag. Class 2 recently walked to Warner's Park and Class 1 found their way to one of the hidden reserves that are linked up by a series of paths.

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A little farm at Castlecrag

A little farm at Castlecrag

15 Sep 2022

As part of the Handwork program Handwork Teacher Elizabeth Ellean organises beautiful sheep, lambs and an alpaca to come and visit the children at Castlecrag Campus. They spend time brushing, feeding and sitting with them, whilst also learning about wool, lanolin and different types of sheep. The children enjoyed such a lovely time and were also able to send feed the younger lambs, some of whom were orphaned at birth. The large Alpaca loves being patted on the neck and the children felt the soft fleece, as well as the oily and strong sheeps wool. They are making their own knitting needles in Class 2 and learning to knit in Class 1 soon, and the journey begins with the sheep!

 

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Year 8 self-portraits on a skate deck

Year 8 self-portraits on a skate deck

15 Sep 2022

Each year, Year 8s are excited to begin their contemporary self-portrait on a skate deck. It is one of the first opportunities where they can create a work that personifies their specific interests through visual expression.

To assist their decision making they are encouraged to choose a word or a theme.  We also look at a range of works where artist use text in imaginative and metaphorical ways. In addition, we explore in class, the symbology of colour and experiment with a wide range of materials to apply paint. It is always inspirational to see the diversity of works on display and discover with interest the self-portraits the students have portrayed.

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Roma Amor - Class 6 play

Roma Amor - Class 6 play

15 Sep 2022

Class 6 performed their musical play ROMA AMOR this week to rapturous applause. They performed the clever and entertaining Roman romantic comedy to students, parents and friends and enjoyed a delicious Roman Feast afterwards. The story is set in Ancient Rome during the reign of Nero, and centers around a brother a sister's clever plan to trade places for a new life and to also be near their beloveds. Dressed in her brother Marius' armour, Lucrecia heads to the Roman Army whilst he stays and becomes a stonemason in the home of his beloved Sibia. The students played all of their own live music when not on stage themselves in a rich and engaging play that Glenaeon students are known for. Thank you Class 6 for this wonderful play!

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AICES Athletics Championships

AICES Athletics Championships

14 Sep 2022

The Association of Independent Co- educational Schools (AICES) Athletics Championships 2022 was held last Tuesday the 6th September at Sydney Olympic Park. Glenaeon had 16 students who qualified across different athletic events and 12 students were able to represent the Independent Sydney and Districts School Sports Association (ISD) along with other students from other associations who also qualified in the Zone.

Yr 7 students Finn C, Ava F, Grace F, Amelie B, Lenny T, Lenny G, Emily M
Yr 8 students Felix P, Kestrel K, Zac S, Genna H
Yr 9 students Alexander F

Big congratulations to all students who represented both Glenaeon and the ISD, the competition was tough and at a high level, however our students participated with enthusiasm, goodwill and integrity and many placed in the top 10 in their respective events, which is a huge feat considering they were competing against the best in other regions. A special mention to Lenny T who came 4th overall in the u13 100m! And to Year 8 student Genna H who ran a PB (1:09min) over 400m (lane 2) and was mighty proud. Genna came 4th in her two heats.

 

The breadth of events our students qualified in was remarkable but running remains our strongest suit as we had 100m, 400m 800m and also 1500m distance runners in various age groups doing so well.

We can be very proud as a smaller school to have some outstanding young talent among our students! They need to be congratulated for their tenacity, skill and talent. A big shout out to the parents who supervised them on the day.

Well done to all!

 

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Come to the Fair!! The Fair is coming!

Come to the Fair!! The Fair is coming!

01 Sep 2022

It was a great moment this week when our Attendance coordinator announced there is currently no one absent in the school due to COVID. We are officially COVID-free! This moment was a special one after a long time indeed when COVID has affected a large proportion of our student and teacher population. Thank you to all parents for your vigilance, and most importantly for your support for our covid-safe plans which have minimized the impact of the pandemic on our school.

We can now look forward to the return of relatively normal conditions. It does feel like a reawakening. We have had over two and a half years of restrictions and periods of lockdown. The return to normal may be like recovering from an illness or a broken limb: it takes a while to become mobile again, and the same might be said of the return to our regular community events. But there is one special event that will really cement our return to normal community life.

Our Family Fair has been in limbo since 2019. The Fair has been an annual occurrence at Glenaeon since the 1960’s, and this two-year hiatus is the first in our history. The Fair is a huge undertaking, and one that brings our community together in a powerful and sustaining manner. The fund-raising side is important and contributes funds to the GPA which in turn support projects which benefit the students, but the fund-raising side is always secondary to its unifying and uplifting community-building role.

We ask every parent in the school to contribute some time on the Fair day. There are literally hundreds of shifts of work to be completed across all the different activities, and every one of them needs a willing and cooperative parent to do them. The work is social and very joyful. I have personally worked at over 20 Fairs now, and I can honestly say that I have left each one physically tired but deeply happy with the comradeship of shared work for the community good.

Class 4 hosts and coordinates the Fair for the School. Two or three parents act as Fair Coordinators while every other parent in Class 4 takes on a role to be responsible for one activity, such as a game stand or food stall. This way ensures that all aspects of the Fair are covered, and each class coming through the school carries the overall responsibility just once. But we need every parent in the school to be involved.

In order to run all the activities, we ask every parent to work one 2 hour shift on a stall/food/game. The work is simple, enjoyable and child-centred. For new parents it’s a wonderful way to meet other parents and to feel more embedded in the school culture. For longer term parents it’s a time to re-engage and refresh connections. As we recover from the isolations of covid, the Fair is the perfect way to rebuild our community.

In the coming weeks there will be communications around the shifts that are on offer. I urge every family to consider which shift/s you can commit to, and to sign up for your shift on the day. I assure you it will be time that pays real benefits in terms of human connection and personal satisfaction.

The Fair is coming! Come to the Fair!

SAVE THE DATE: 4-6 NOVEMBER 

https://www.glenaeonfair.com/

 

Parent Survey:
The annual Parent survey conducted by MYP Corporation will be in your inbox in the next week. We seek your responses to gain valuable feedback on the school, and we ask that every parent takes the time to complete the survey. There will be a letter coming early next week with all details.

GlenX:
All former students of Glenaeon are affectionately known as GlenX, short for ex-Glenaeon student. Our GlenX/alumni event for 2022 is fast approaching (Saturday September 17th): see the notice later in this Newsletter. We invite all GlenX to join us for a few drinks in pleasant Glenaeon company, a trip down memory lane, and a catch up on developments in the school since graduation.

We enjoy visits from GlenX from time to time, such as the recent visit from GlenX Paul Beasly, now of upstate New York. The Beasly family of Forestville sent their three children right through the school to Year 12. Daniel is now a successful and award-winning architect, Emma is a school psychologist and mum, while Paul earned First Class Honours in a Science degree at UNSW in fibre optics. He then moved into telecommunications, earning a MBA from the University of Texas and becoming area director of a large telco in the New England area of the US. He married a doctor from Boston and they settled in upstate New York, and now have a few children. The most interesting piece of the story is that he left commerce behind and is now a high school Science teacher at the Saratoga Springs Waldorf school in upstate NY. Paul was always very interested in the philosophy behind his education, and it was wonderful to see his evolution from student to teacher.

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08 SEP: Understanding Children's Drawings with Catherine Pilko

08 SEP: Understanding Children's Drawings with Catherine Pilko

01 Sep 2022

In this presentation we will explore the development of children’s drawings in the first seven years as a mirror of the child’s bodily development and changing consciousness.

Thursday 8 September 2022 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (UTC+10)

LOCATION: Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Castlecrag Campus, Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School
121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag NSW 2068

To book go to: https://www.trybooking.com/CAYGU

 

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Tumeric Project Update

Tumeric Project Update

01 Sep 2022

In week one of term three, on the 21st of July we dug up the turmeric from the bed by gently pulling on the stems of the turmeric root. We cut the turmeric root away from the stem and put it in a bucket of water. We then took pieces and individually washed them. We scrubbed the dried pieces of root to remove all of the dirt and stored them in a dark cupboard to dry.

Class 4 also had a lot of fun trying to dig out the turmeric that was buried underground. They liked to call it little pieces of gold nuggets.

Once the bed had been cleared of the turmeric plants we then started to build a new leaf litter bin where the turmeric once was. We put wooden posts for supports where the fence would be for the leaf litter bin. We then wrapped chicken wire around the outside and tied it to the wooden posts with twisty ties. Every major timber post had a metal pole connected to the wooden post with screws.

The leaf litter bin is where you put leaves to compost over time which after two years will give you great colloidal soil which then can be spread around the garden. Colloidal soil is wet and springy and does not lose its shape when pressed into a ball but at the same time it has some brittleness to it because it can crumble in your fingers. It is rich fertilised soil.

We have started to clear a bed on the opposite side of the garden for a new turmeric crop. We have been carefully weeding and avoiding what we want to keep so we can plant turmeric in that bed. Once the leaf litter bin is broken or the soil has turned into colloidal soil we will then start planting a new turmeric crop in the original garden bed.

We usually drink a tea during the garden class and we decided to have lemon water for a change. We found out that hot lemon water was not too nice. We decided to add a turmeric leaf that had been left in the freezer and use that to see if it would change the taste. It made the hot lemon water much nicer because it was a contrast to the lemon and reduced the bitterness of the lemon.

We also wanted to try the recipe for a turmeric latte. We heated almond milk and placed grated turmeric and ginger into the milk along with vanilla extract and then strained the liquid and served with ground pepper. 

As an idea for the future we will attempt placing turmeric in a dehydrator to dry it out and then use a mortar and pestle to grind it up to a powder to use in future recipes.

Photos taken by Marc Monnet-Demarbre  (Year 12 Agriculture Student)

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Springtime inspiration at Grassroots Eco Store

Springtime inspiration at Grassroots Eco Store

01 Sep 2022

 

We are excited to celebrate the changing of the seasons and have lots of beautiful ideas for your Spring Nature Table, Spring inspired craft projects, books celebrating the season and beautiful Spring decorations made by local crafter, Yuki.

Did you catch our week of books on our social pages during Book Week? You can see reviews of our favourite books on our Grassroots Eco Store Instagram and Facebook Page, you’ll find lots of reading inspiration here for children of all ages.

Pop in-store this week if you’re looking for a lovely last-minute Father’s Day gift!

Term 3, 2022  – Opening Hours:
Tuesday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Wednesday: 8:30am—12:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Friday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm

Shop online anytime: grassrootsecostore.com.au

Thank you for shopping locally. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon.

Grassroots Eco Store is located on the Glenaeon Castlecrag Campus, next to the Marion Mahony Griffin Hall. 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag

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Class 6 Skills and Spirit in Sport

Class 6 Skills and Spirit in Sport

01 Sep 2022

Sporty and keen students in Class 6 are currently exploring exciting new games in a unit that introduces new sports and gear to them to extend their understanding of sport and movement.

They started with Frisbee and learned about the game of ultimate Frisbee. Then they explored Sofcrosse, a modified version of a popular game in North America. It is based on an ancient game invented by native American Indians. The word Lacrosse originally meant ‘game played with a stick and ball’ in an Indian language.

While we played a modified version with slightly different stick and no googles, it required new skills in handling the stick for catching and throwing and handling the ball in the air and on the ground. First the students gathered around a laptop to watch a little clip of the game to get an idea of how quick and skillful it can be played. The stick with the basket on the end (the crosse) to catch a ball which is then passed to team mates down the field before thrown into the goal.

The class soon realised how tricky it is to properly catch and throw the ball on to a team member and how much measured force is needed to not throw the ball too high or far. As is the spirit in this class, they went for it with enthusiasm and embraced the new game and way to move across the field. In partner and group exercises they soon got better and surprised themselves at times how well they had learned to play the game!

Next in this unit is a quick introduction to AFL, then we will explore Vortex related games and wrap up the unit of exciting new games with activities using skater boards and how to do this in a team aspect with and without balls. Student active input is strongly encouraged to creatively play with both gear and with rules to adjust and adapt game and movement ideas that may be novel and to develop and try out student ideas in a real sports context.

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Year 7 Cantebury Tales

Year 7 Cantebury Tales

01 Sep 2022

Year 7 students performed their play Chaucer’s The Cantebury Tales, recently in the Middle Cove Sylvia Brose Hall. It was a fabulous play. Thank you to all the parents and carers who came along. Year 7 were highly successful in bringing this masterpiece to life.  Here are some photos from the night!

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Sum Fun in Class 2!

Sum Fun in Class 2!

01 Sep 2022

Class 2 have been learning place value and breaking down numbers for addition and multiplication with Class Teacher Prue Ritchie They have been learning that there are many ways to write numbers, and they have explored the expansion of larger numbers to make them simpler to add and multiply. With characters Tibo Times and Pierre Plus to help them, they have indeed being having a lot of fun with sums!

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Painting and Drawing in Class 1 and 2

Painting and Drawing in Class 1 and 2

01 Sep 2022

This week the children have created the most colourful drawings and painting in painting and drawing classes. Class 1 have drawn mountains and oceans with Class Teacher Jamie Loftus, whose beautiful chalkboard is in this edition of the newsletter. Class 2 focused on the intricate beautify of the wattles which flower on and around our campus at this time of year. Class teacher Prue Ritchie commented that each drawing is as individual as the children in the class! Both classes used the wet-on-wet painting that produces these beautiful images - Class 1 painting a beautiful sunrise and Class 2 deep green trees.

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Year 10 Bay Run

Year 10 Bay Run

01 Sep 2022

On a sunny but cold winter morning last August, our Year 10 PE Extension students gathered at the shores of Iron Cove Bay in the Inner West to attempt their third assessment task of 2022: the iconic 7km Bay Run.

This was the first time after two years of COVID cancellations that the run was happening again and students eagerly trained for this event. After months of training, following their training plans by doing increasingly longer runs in preparation for this event, the day had finally arrived. Their PE teacher Jonas excitedly awaited them with a pep talk and a joined pre warm up. Final tips and strategies were discussed before we all set off for this popular community run. Of the nine students two were unfortunately injured. But the group of seven and their teacher achieved great results over all, many achieving personal best times! Luc passed his teacher some 800m before the finishing line taking away the line honours for Glenaeon in a very competitive time of just over 28 minutes! This is a great result for Luc and testament of his excellent preparation and talent!

Also in the group were Jasper, Roman, Henry, Joe, Julian and Jayden.

It is a great way to introduce students with high ambition to a sport that’s both healthy and easy to do as community runs are plentiful around Sydney all year long. For many it was their first taste of an officially timed run and most of them did very well. It is hoped that this will positively inform them about their potential as runners but more so will make them aware of the profound health benefits that come from an active lifestyle.

It was great to see one of the parents joining the running group while other parents cheered us on and welcomed us back in the finishing area.

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Great Debate

Great Debate

01 Sep 2022

Each Wednesday our students enjoy a master class in debating. There has been a great number of students taking up this co-curricular activity this term learning how to structure their arguments and get their point across.   Our students develop their speaking, critical thinking and persuasive language skills in a fun and supportive environment.

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Class 6 Geometry and the Physics of Sound

Class 6 Geometry and the Physics of Sound

01 Sep 2022

Class 6 parents were able to come to the classroom for parent-teacher night and saw the beautiful workbooks from recent Main Lessons "The Physics of Sound" and Geometry. Also on display were stunning geometric patterns created from their geometric designs, each individual and different. Class Teacher Katherine Arconati demonstrated how the Chladni Plate creates sand geometric shapes that is vibrated by the musical bow. Parents viewed recent artworks from their Astronomy Main Lesson as well as a felted star-sign constellation wall hanging made as a gift for the teacher by one student. It was wonderful to meet back on campus and experience some of the rich classroom learning that Glenaeon students enjoy each day.

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Parent Craft is back on campus

Parent Craft is back on campus

01 Sep 2022

Come and join Parent Craft - it's back on campus. Parents met this week and made the most beautiful heart necklaces, led by parent Bodhi Sherrot. There was also an embroidery workshop held with Handwork Teacher Elizabeth Ellean, and there are several more workshops and meet-ups still this term. Thanks to Alex and the wonderful parent Craft Volunteers for creating such inviting and enjoyable groups and making beautiful things for the students and the fair.

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Welcome Back Soraya!

Welcome Back Soraya!

31 Aug 2022

We are so very happy and excited to have our dear colleague and educator Soraya returning to us from extended maternity leave in Spain. Soraya is full of love, warmth and creativity. She is an incredible cook, gardener and illustrator.  Our Preschool children’s older siblings fondly remember her teaching them songs in Spanish.

Since she was very young, Soraya has been committed to living a life of self-exploration that involved working in a profession that embraced integrity and the sacred. In this path, she came across Steiner Education and found her purpose in life.

Soraya started her journey as an Educator at Glenaeon Preschool in 2018. She left the Preschool in 2022 to welcome her second child, daughter Lua. Her son Rio, now 6, also attended the preschool. Her partner Borja works at Warrah Farm where we get our delicious Biodynamic vegetables from.

Soraya has a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and Steiner Early Childhood Teacher Training. She is currently deepening her knowledge in Education through a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Primary Education.

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Being a Glenaeon Parent

Being a Glenaeon Parent

19 Aug 2022

Being a Glenaeon Parent

The Term 3 GPA meeting was particularly noteworthy. In the first Newsletter of the term I quoted well known author and former Glenaeon parent Stephanie Dowrick. In the comments section under The Sydney Morning Herald article on our Head of School transition, Stephanie wrote a very complimentary paragraph describing her time as a parent here and the very tangible as well as the intangible benefits of a Glenaeon education. We used this comment as a platform for a discussion in breakout rooms on what it means to be a Glenaeon parent. The responses from all groups were thoughtful, considered and very impressive: there was universal positivity about the journey of being a Glenaeon parent including such gems as “As a parent at Glenaeon I have been given a more complete experience of myself as a human being.” Impressive indeed! Thank you to all those who were there.

Careers Update

Following our Parent Satisfaction Survey of 2021, we committed to a greater presence in a number of areas. Prime among these areas were Student Wellbeing, Learning Support and Careers. Here is an update on what the School has achieved in all three areas:

  • Learning Support: last Newsletter we unveiled the rebuilding of the team that manages student support throughout the school. Rebranded as our Learning Enrichment team, and led by Head of Department Angela Sutton, the team are supporting and extending student learning progress throughout the school.
  • Student Wellbeing: our Coordinator and Psychologist Andy Christie is now working fulltime, providing excellent quality emotional and social support for students and families, mainly in the high school. Andy’s background experience in school psychology has been a powerful asset in his proactive mental health education and as a resource for students and families.
  • Careers: I am very happy to introduce our new Careers Advisor Rod Mounjed who has stepped into the role this term:

Rod joined the high school staff this year as the Year 11 and Year 12 Business Studies Teacher. He recently took over the additional role of Careers Advisor for students in Years 10 -12 from Dean Faught.  Rod has an impressive amount of experience in this space having successfully been Careers Master and run the careers program at SHORE School, North Sydney for 16 years.  His careers advisor role at Glenaeon incorporates work experience, subject selection relating to specified careers, VET courses, VAC applications and access consideration.

All relevant careers information and important dates can be found on GLO:  https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/968/

Here you will find really useful and important information and key dates, open days, careers advice links plus more - all designed to support students in their research, consideration and decision making regarding HSC goals, university and post-school learning and career options.

Rod says, “I am looking forward to helping Glenaeon students on this important part of the journey.  To the students I say, it’s important to take time to think about what you really want to do, what makes you happy. Challenge yourself, but don’t be overwhelmed unnecessarily and remember to follow your own path in life.  It’s never too early to investigate and think about your options and create the life you want for yourself.  Read, volunteer, try out, talk with your family, your friends and the adults in your life. Be curious and be inspired!”

Rod promises to be “in your face” about careers. He speaks with students constantly during Mentor time and through the day, reminding them of the need to plan ahead and to start thinking about careers now.

Rod is also a man of many talents. He is a fine pianist, a Musical Director of musicals and shows, a Conductor, Teacher and gym instructor. He even played with our resident pianist Stuart Wright to perform some exciting four hand piano pieces at our high school assembly this week. He knows all about developing talents and he will be doing just that with our high school students!  See his Careers Corner story in this newsletter.

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Performers Wanted!

Performers Wanted!

18 Aug 2022

Hands up if there are any talented performers out there who would love to be part of the entertainment for our upcoming Glenaeon Family Fair on Saturday November 5th?

We are in the process of putting together the schedule, and would welcome any submissions.

From music, dance, singing, acting, poetry recital, juggling, fencing - whatever it might be, please reach out. It’s been a few years since we have all been able to gather together, so we are looking forward to creating a special Fair event this year!

Send your details to: Andrew Klippel : klippel@mac.com + Rebecca Quade beckquade@gmail.com

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Year 7 brings The Cantebury Tales to the stage this Friday night!

Year 7 brings The Cantebury Tales to the stage this Friday night!

18 Aug 2022

Year 7 students will perform their play Chaucer’s The Cantebury Tales, this Friday night at 6:30pm in the Middle Cove Sylvia Brose Hall. Year 7 parents are welcome to attend. Students have been rehearsing for weeks, and have put in an extraordinary effort. The Canterbury Tales is revered as one of the most important works in English literature. Drama, poetry, English, Music and dance all come together, bringing this masterpiece to life.

“Welcome! One and all, to the Tabard Inn! A place of merriment, melancholy a myriad moments of myrth.”

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Sappho named Finalist in Young Writers' Competition

Sappho named Finalist in Young Writers' Competition

18 Aug 2022

Our congratulations to Year 9 student Sappho who was recently named a finalist in the Northern Beaches Young Writers' Competition 2022.

Sappho was in a group of only 24 finalists out of the nearly 300 entries. Sappho’s entry The Last Dance, was awarded Highly Commended at the Young Writers' Presentation Night held on August 10.  Her story is now published in an eBook in the library collection.

This was the thirteenth annual writing competition hosted by Northern Beaches Library Service. Congratulations to Sappho.

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Sandra’s weekly visit to the Kindergarten

Sandra’s weekly visit to the Kindergarten

18 Aug 2022

Each morning in Little Kindy when we start the day we sing:

"Rinka, rinka rosie ray, what day is it today?"

On Tuesday the children recall it is Porridge Day, Painting Day and yes of course it’s SANDRA DAY. Yes, this is the day that Sandra comes to visit Little Kindy on her way to the garden. We must remember to save a bowl of porridge for her.  We all look forward to Sandra joining us at our table. After we finish our porridge the children are keen to join Sandra and her helper Gucchi in the garden where they work each week with the children of all three Kindergartens. 

Last week Sandra brought a special healing mixture to paste on the trees and plants that had been pruned or had broken branches. This wonderfully tactile, cooling slurry (Sandra is the keeper of this special recipe) was lovingly and carefully spread over the cuts and wounds of our beloved trees as the children earnestly sang the tree pasting song: 

Healing healing medicine for our beautiful trees
Healing healing has begun
Soon our trees will be big and strong

Even the most rumbunctious and active kindergarten players were drawn into the calming qualities of the song as they participated in the healing and cooling magic of the tree pasting ritual. Sandra’s tree paste is not only transforming our trees but also our children!

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Come and join Glenaeon Playgroups!

Come and join Glenaeon Playgroups!

18 Aug 2022

Glenaeon Playgroups are back and we are enjoying coming together to sing, play, bake, explore and listen to wonderful stories together! Please come and join our lovely Playgroups - they run 6 times per week - Monday - Friday across our Castlecrag and Willoughby (Preschool) Campus.

The Playgroup time begins with a story journey around the garden - we explore the wonders of nature in a playful adventure. Returning to the Playgroup room, we sit on pillows to listen and watch a beautiful story told by puppets and our felt animals and dolls. We sing together, learning songs with actions and finger rhymes. Then we knead, roll and bake delicious bread together. As the smell of baking bread fills the room, we play with the wooden, felt and natural toys - rocking horses, animals, blocks, scarves, vehicles and much more. Parents enjoy each others' company and the sense of community that grows together.

If the weather is fine, we take our fruit, some bread, butter and toppings to the garden and share a healthy and delicious morning tea together. The children play in the sandpit and gardens, climbing, digging, pumping water, exploring and building creations. Songs bring us all together again and we return to the Playgroup space for a closing circle. We pack up our freshly-baked bread buns to take home.  It's another lovely day at Playgroup so come along and join us!

Regular playgroups run every week day and there are currently paces in our Monday and Tuesday sessions. Please see our Playgroups Flyer HERE.

Try one of our Playgroup sessions: In response to the frequent request for a 'trial session' at our Glenaeon Playgroups, we are delighted to invite you and your families for a single Playgroup session at both our Willoughby and Castlecrag campuses:  Monday Willoughby 22nd August 9:00am-11:00am  and  Tuesday Castlecrag 23rd August 9:30am-11:30am 

Contact : Glenaeon  Playgroups: playgroups@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au.    
Phone: 99322340

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Class 2 making Seasonal Wall Hanging

Class 2 making Seasonal Wall Hanging

18 Aug 2022

With the Glenaeon Family Fair coming up in November, many class groups have begun to work on a piece of their own handwork and art for the 'Silent Auction' - these will be actioned silently as the day progresses, with the lucky winner taking home an artwork. This collection of hand-made work by the students from Kindergarten to high school is simply stunning and a wonderful reflection of the skills and beauty they develop over years in art, design and technology and handwork. Class 2 has begun making a 'Seasonal Wall Hanging' - and are busy long-stitching small panels of seasonal inspirations. They will create an image that reminds them of each season which will be carefully brought together into four beautiful hanging pieces. Thanks to the wonderful parents and teachers for assisting these projects to come to fruition - they are always a focus and favourite destination at the Fair! Watch this space and be sure to visit the Silent Auction room at our Fair to see and bid on these clever student creations.

 

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Class 1 and the wonder of numbers

Class 1 and the wonder of numbers

18 Aug 2022

Class 1 has just started their Maths Main Lesson ‘The Four Operations’ with Class teacher Jamie Loftus. Expanding on the work they began last term. The story continues with the same characters Mighty Minus, Adding Adam, Spider Divider, Many Times Multiply and Kyser the Equalizer. As the story continues, we will work more intensely with the operations through practice and learning some new strategies in mathematics. Working with algorithms to develop their math skills is an ongoing part of this lesson. 

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Grassroots Eco Store - Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Grassroots Eco Store - Father’s Day Gift Ideas

18 Aug 2022

With Father's Day just around the corner, we have a wonderful selection of sustainable and locally made gifts that we think dads will love with customised gift packs and delivery available too.  Pop in-store to take a look at our new range of Pottery for the Planet Ceramic Travel Cups, which make a great earth-friendly and practical gift for anyone who enjoys a takeaway coffee or tea.  You can view our full Father’s Day Gift Collection online or visit the shop to see the display. Wishing all the fabulous father figures in our community a happy Father’s Day!

Term 3, 2022  Opening Hours:
Tuesday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Wednesday: 8:30am—12:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Friday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm

Shop online anytime: grassrootsecostore.com.au

Thank you for shopping locally. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon. Grassroots Eco Store is located on the Glenaeon Castlecrag Campus, next to the Marion Mahony Griffin Hall. 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag.

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Animals and Us

Animals and Us

18 Aug 2022

This Blackboard Beauty was created by Class 4 Teacher Lucy Armstrong for the Animals Main Lesson.

 

 

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Year 7s Outdoor Adventure

Year 7s Outdoor Adventure

18 Aug 2022

Our Year 7 cohort recently went on an Outdoor Education adventure with Scottie Williams and Kristen Gardner (aka KG). They took part in abseiling and kayaking and had lots of fun.  These exciting activities were a local adventure in Harold Reid reserve, in our own “backyard”, just minutes’ walk from the classroom. Glenaeon’s Middle Cove campus is embedded in bush land providing a unique Active Wilderness education.

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Kia Ora for Māori and Islander Day

Kia Ora for Māori and Islander Day

18 Aug 2022

Year 7 students recently received a visit from two Pacific Islands Educators as part of their Polynesia Main Lesson. A learning and celebration of Maori and Polynesian cultures. Indigenous New Zealanders shared important cultural aspects and dances with students learning about language, greetings,  customs, performing the Hakka, plus more.

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Class 4 visit the Zoo for Animals Main Lesson

Class 4 visit the Zoo for Animals Main Lesson

18 Aug 2022

Recently Class 4 Teacher Lucy Armstrong took her students on a visit to Taronga Zoo as part part of their Animals Main Lesson.  The class saw all types of different animals from tigers, giraffes, elephants, meerkats and saw a magnificent peacock with feathers on full display!

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Glenaeon at the EXPO and on Tour

Glenaeon at the EXPO and on Tour

18 Aug 2022

Last weekend Glenaeon took part in the North Shore Schools EXPO held at the Concourse in Chatswood. Our Enrolments Registrar Sunita Shar talked with hundreds of prospective families answering questions about our school. Sunita was supported on the stand by staff including Elizabeth Nevieve, Evan Sanders, Lucy Armstrong, Stanley Tang, Katherine Arconati, Catherine Pilko, Elena Rowan and Raphaela Mazzone and students who gave up part of their weekends to support our school.   Yesterday we had a large turn out at our Middle Cove campus for a tour.

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Careers Corner with Rod Mounjed

Careers Corner with Rod Mounjed

18 Aug 2022

What do you like to do?
This may seem obvious, but the first thing to consider when choosing a career is what you enjoy doing. Think about your interests, the type of work you would be suited to and the skills you have. Do you prefer analytical work, such as maths or science, or are you more on the creative side? Do you enjoy things like researching, planning or reading or do you prefer more practical, physical tasks that allow you to use your hands to build, create or fix things? Perhaps you enjoy helping people or maybe you’ve shown a flair for being organised and methodical. Do you enjoy working as part of a team or individually, or are there certain demographics that appeal to you (children, the elderly, or animals, for instance)?

ITEMS WORTH CHECKING OUT:

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An exciting, fee-free opportunity that guarantees you direct entry to university.
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We are living through uncertain times and that unpredictability is felt most acutely by students completing their Year 12 studies and those who have recently completed Year 12.
But we can put some certainty back in the equation.
Southern Cross University is offering Year 12 students and recent high school graduates an opportunity to guarantee a place at university in 2023.
Transition to Uni is a fee-free, six-week intensive preparatory course designed for school leavers who have completed Year 12 with an ATAR (or equivalent). This full-time program involves 10 hours of class and up to 30 hours of independent study and assessment preparation each week.
(Phone: 1800 626 481)

University of Newcastle and SRS Offers
The University of Newcastle offers many pathways and entry options to give you the best chance of getting into uni. Schools Recommendations Scheme (SRS) offers early entry and guaranteed accommodation and scholarship opportunities for eligible students. The University of Newcastle will begin making SRS offers in November Round 1. To be considered, ensure that you have your SRS application in with UAC by 19 September 2022.
To give yourself the best chance of receiving an early offer to study at the University of Newcastle, lock in your Newcastle degree as preference one by midnight on 3 November 2022.
https://www.newcastle.edu.au/study/undergraduate/getting-in/entry-schemes/schools-recommendation-scheme

University of Wollongong Paid Work Experience through their Cyber Academy
Delivered by Deloitte, TAFE NSW, and UOW, this unique initiative will see eligible cyber security students undergo paid work with Deloitte or an industry or government sector partner and receive coaching, mentoring, soft skills, ethics, and leadership training, plus a pathway to secure a job on graduation. Find out more about UOW Cyber Academy
https://www.uow.edu.au/study/cyber-academy/

Western Sydney University offers $25 million in scholarships every year
Find a wide variety of scholarships recognising academic excellence, community involvement and leadership skills. Scholarships are also available for motivated students experiencing disadvantage. Find out more:
https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/future/why-western/scholarships.html?cid=em:EGMT-CAA-news-sships_aug22 

University of Sydney – Test for Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
All applicants are required to complete the Casper online testing (via Altus Suite) for the 2022/2023 admissions cycle.
16 September 2022
16 October 2022
13 November 2022
7 December 2022
Altus Suite is a standardised, multi-part online assessment that measures different competencies and attributes important for successful students and graduates of these programs. It is a 100–120 minute online, open-response situational judgment test. 
Casper - Altus test site here: https://takealtus.com/
How to apply here:https://www.sydney.edu.au/courses/courses/uc/bachelor-of-veterinary-biology-and-doctor-of-veterinary-medicine0.html

University of Sydney – Bachelor of Design (Interaction Design)
Wed 7th Sept 5-6pm 
The University of Sydney has launched a new Bachelor of Design (Interaction Design) degree. This new degree will prepare you to be at the leading edge of interaction design and a career in an ever-expanding field. 
You will develop a deep and rich understanding of how people interact and experience the world around us, and discover how to design, prototype, and test new products, services and experiences. https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QltufzNARU2-_Pu4nP-DXA

UTS - Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) Co-operative Scholarship
Please note that applications Close 4 September 2022. 
Interviews will be held on the 28 September 2022.
The BIT is a highly competitive course – it’s been designed with future leaders in mind. To get in, you’ll need to demonstrate how you stand out from the crowd. 
Successful students generally achieve a Selection Rank of 88-99.95; however, your ATAR is just one component of your application.
The interview is all about showing us who you are. You will need to demonstrate that you’re highly motivated and have what it takes to progress to a senior management career.
https://www.uts.edu.au/about/faculty-engineering-and-information-technology/bachelor-information-technology-co-operative-scholarship/how-apply/get-ready-apply

Find out the secrets of gaining admission to Harvard, Yale, and Stanford!
Join us online Wednesday 7th September 6pm
Learn everything you need to know about applying to a top-ranked US university from a former Harvard admissions officer! 
Ivy League colleges and other top-ranked US universities are notoriously selective and there are many important things to consider when preparing your applications.
Find out what you can do to get accepted from a former Harvard admissions officer!

Secure your spot here: https://www.crimsoneducation.org/au/campaign/secrets-of-gaining-admission-to-the-ivy-league/

CAREER OF THE WEEK: “Industrial Designer”
In this profession, Industrial designers create and produce designs for commercial, medical and industrial products. They also make models and prototypes of these designs for mass production. The products that industrial designers create cover a wide range of manufactured goods, from toys and toasters to furniture and heavy machinery. Some work is carried out on the development of new products. Other work is related to updating and improving the design of existing products.

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Performers Wanted!

Performers Wanted!

18 Aug 2022

Hands up if there are any talented performers out there who would love to be part of the entertainment for our upcoming Glenaeon Family Fair on Saturday November 5th?

We are in the process of putting together the schedule, and would welcome any submissions.

From music, dance, singing, acting, poetry recital, juggling, fencing - whatever it might be, please reach out. It’s been a few years since we have all been able to gather together, so we are looking forward to creating a special Fair event this year!

Send your details to: Andrew Klippel : klippel@mac.com + Rebecca Quade beckquade@gmail.com

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Raffle - call out for Prize Donations

Raffle - call out for Prize Donations

04 Aug 2022

The Glenaeon Family Fair & Art Show is on again this year.  Tickets will be on sale from 1 September and the raffle will be drawn on the day of the Family Fair.

We are asking for donation of prizes, however big (the bigger the better-like a new car perhaps) or small (free offer of services or the like).

So please put your thinking caps on and let the Raffle team know if you can contribute to the prize pool or if you have any contacts that we can tap on the shoulder to access some worthwhile major prizes ideally by 23 August please.

If you’d like to help or donate a prize, please get in touch:

Alex François
Mobile: 0416040835
Email alexfrancois118@gmail.com

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Learning Enrichment team grows

Learning Enrichment team grows

04 Aug 2022

Here at Glenaeon, we strive to ensure each individual student is met, recognised and best supported to reach their full learning potential. Over the past year our Head of Learning Enrichment Angela Sutton has been rebuilding and growing the Learning Enrichment team. Angela commenced in 2021 as part of our commitment to enhance our support for students with learning needs, and to communicate to parents all the work that is being done. There have been a number of staff changes and now with the most recent appointment, it is a pleasure to re-introduce the team to the community. But just as importantly as rebuilding, Angela has been rebranding. Supporting students with both learning needs and students that require extension throughout the school, her team is enriching their learning and providing great support.

Angela Sutton, Head of Learning Enrichment K-12 & Teacher, is a highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic leader of the team. She has extensive experience teaching and programming for all ages of students and she capably takes into consideration the specific learning and welfare needs of all in her care.  She is capably supported by:

  • Shancel Leacy, Learning Enrichment Assistant has been in the team since 2021, and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Music from Bath University (UK) and Cert 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Ellana McAllister, who joined Glenaeon in February this year as a Learning Enrichment Assistant. She was previously at Chrysalis Steiner School as a Learning Aide and before that at St Edmunds College Wahroonga. Ellana has a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Music and Certificate IV in Education Support.
  • Emma Harrison started with Glenaeon in May this year as a Learning Enrichment Assistant. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Education, and recently completed an Advanced Diploma in Steiner Education at the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar
  • Monique Anderson works as a Learning Enrichment Assistant and is also Class 2 Teacher Assistant: Monique trained at the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar and is a qualified teacher
  • Olivia Jeffrey, Learning Enrichment Assistant (currently on mat leave)

 

Between them, this team covers K-Year 12 Glenaeon students whether supporting or extending the talents of gifted students. As always if you wish to discuss your child’s learning, please speak with your child’s Class Teacher or Guardian/Mentor in the first instance.  If required, your child’s teacher will put in a referral for your child to Learning Enrichment.

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Grassroots Eco Store - Step over the rainbow!

Grassroots Eco Store - Step over the rainbow!

04 Aug 2022

The shop is brimming with even more rainbows after a delivery of gorgeous hand-made wooden rainbow spinning tops, rainbow skipping ropes, wooden puzzles, rainbow stacking toys and the full rainbow of wool yarn, modelling beeswax, crayons and felt fabric colours to inspire colourful creative projects.

If you have visited the shop and stepped on our rainbow felt mat at the entrance (or jumped over it like many people like to do), we now have these in stock so that you can step over the rainbow at home too!

Pop in-store to enjoy the colourful display.

Term 3, 2022  Opening Hours:

Tuesday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Wednesday: 8:30am—12:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Friday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm

Shop online anytime: grassrootsecostore.com.au

Thank you for shopping locally. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon.

Follow us on Instagram @grassroots_ecostore and be the first to find out about our new products and the stories behind them.

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2022 Glenaeon Family Fair - callout for pre-loved items

2022 Glenaeon Family Fair - callout for pre-loved items

04 Aug 2022

In preparation for this year’s Family Fair parent craft stall, Class 1 is calling for any pre-loved felt, cloth or wooden toys, or any Steiner-inspired toys that can be restored and resold. With the last two years of no fair, parents' craft is slowly awakening but us class one folk are new in our skills, so this is a great place for us to start! 

Any donations can be dropped off at the office at Castlecrag. If this drop off is not possible for you please contact Louise Patel on 0414 107 391 or louise.gazzard@health.nsw.gov.au and we can make alternative arrangements. Many thanks!

Louise (Class 1 parent)

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High School Homework Club

High School Homework Club

04 Aug 2022

The Homework Club is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3.30-4.30pm in the Senior Library for all students in Years 7-12. Students may receive assistance with: organisation, homework planning and study timetables, task completion, literacy and written expression, or numeracy. There is a highly experienced Maths Teacher and Tutor available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so any students needing support in numeracy are encouraged to attend on one of those days. Students are welcome to drop in or they may be registered on GLO via https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/4616.

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Kobi Bennett - Steiner family fundraiser

Kobi Bennett - Steiner family fundraiser

04 Aug 2022

Families who were at Kamaroi before Glenaeon may recall former Kamaroi student Kobi Bennett who was involved in a tragic accident on Pittwater recently. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to support Kobi in his recovery and you can support him by clicking on link: https://gofund.me/a6a30497

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Class 2 develop drawing skills

Class 2 develop drawing skills

04 Aug 2022

Class 2 have been developing their drawing skills with Class Teacher Prue Ritchie. Taking an image from their Main lesson story, she works with form, shading and gestures to help the children develop their artistic and expressive skills on paper. The children work with crayon and pencil to create beautiful images that are displayed in their classroom. The display board in the classroom is an ever-changing wall of colour and inspiration for all.

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Class 1 make knitting needles

Class 1 make knitting needles

04 Aug 2022

Class 1 are busy sanding, oiling and finding gumnuts for their knitting needles, which they will use for their upcoming knitting lessons with Handcraft teacher Elizabeth Ellean. There is much excitement as they go and search under the perfect tree for the gumnuts for the ends!

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VALE ALEX GOMERSALL

VALE ALEX GOMERSALL

02 Aug 2022

It is with huge sadness that we share news of the passing of former student Alex Gomersall, (Class of 1999). We extend our deepest sympathies to his parents Alan and Carole, his partner, and his extended family and friends. Head of School, Andrew Hill said, “For any school, the loss of a former student still in the prime of life is to lose a thread in the fabric of our own being.”

Alex had many talents and a passion for nature and animals.

You can see some of his incredible photography here, shared on his memorial website: https://www.alexgomersall-inmemoriam.com/

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Thank you for your generosity

Thank you for your generosity

21 Jul 2022

In May this year, we launched our Annual Giving Campaign: A gift that lasts a lifetime! aiming to raise funds to support our bursary and scholarship programs.

We are delighted to report that we raised just over $36,000!

Heartfelt thanks once again for your solidarity, support and generosity to help our school community in these difficult and challenging times.

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Glenaeon in the News

Glenaeon in the News

21 Jul 2022

Last week, the SMH ran a news article about our incoming Head of School Diana Drummond. You can read the article here: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/why-elite-private-girls-schools-leader-has-switched-to-alternative-co-ed-20220705-p5az51.html 

In preparation for the article, at the end of last term, a Walkley-award winning photographer Steven Siewert visited our campus to shoot our incoming Head of School Diana Drummond with some of our Primary and High School students. The students worked in front and behind the camera, assisting with lighting, taking art direction and making sure we created a great picture for publication in The Sydney Morning Herald.  Our thanks goes out to the Class 6 students and Year 12 students who participated and represented our school. Here are some behind the scenes happy snaps taken by our Marketing Communications Manager.

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Tours

Tours

21 Jul 2022

We have announced five new events for prospective families to come and learn about Glenaeon.  Hosted by Head of School, Andrew Hill and Deputy Head of School, Elizabeth Nevieve we will be running Virtual Tours (webinars) and Campus Tours at both Castlecrag and Middle Cove.  Designed for parents looking at Kindergarten entry 2024 or Year 7 entry 2024, please book in via our website: https://enquiry.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/events

 

 

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Grassroots Eco Store - Plastic Free July

Grassroots Eco Store - Plastic Free July

21 Jul 2022

If you’re looking for ideas to reduce your plastic consumption, we have lots of convenient and sustainable products in-store to help you on your way to plastic-free living.

The lunchbox is a great place to start with a variety of sustainable, stainless steel Food Containers, Insulated Food Flasks, Drink Bottles and Travel Cutlery which also make packing lunches and cleaning a breeze.

Some of our favourite plastic-free alternatives are our new Stainless Steel Pegs which are not only more durable and long-lasting than plastic pegs, they do a much better job of holding your washing on the line. Our fabric Dish Covers look great covering your food, and can be popped in the washing machine to use again and again. And our beautiful Ceramic Travel Cups make it easy to ditch single-use coffee cups and are much more enjoyable to drink from too!

Pop in-store for more ideas along with all the back-to-school essentials!

Term 3, 2022  Opening Hours:

Tuesday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Wednesday: 8:30am—12:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Friday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm

Shop online anytime: grassrootsecostore.com.au

Thank you for shopping locally. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon.

Follow us on Instagram @grassroots_ecostore and be the first to find out about our new products and the stories behind them.

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2022 GlenX reunion date set & call for volunteers

2022 GlenX reunion date set & call for volunteers

21 Jul 2022

In 2022, Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School will host a reunion gathering open to all GlenXer's but with a celebratory focus on the:

  • Class of 2012, 10-year reunion;
  • Class of 2002, 20-year reunion;
  • Class of 1992, 30-year reunion;
  • Class of 1982, 40-year reunion and
  • Class of 1972, 50-year reunion.

The Class of 1992 & 1982 are already underway and we are looking for GlenX volunteers from each of the other cohorts to help find past students, spread the word and help manage the event.

If you can volunteer to be a cohort coordinator for 2012, 2002 or 1972 or support these events in any way please get in touch via email alumni@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

Save the date:

Saturday 17 September 2022
3pm–6pm
5a Glenroy Ave Middle Cove

Alumni are encouraged to join the Glenaeon Alumni Facebook Group to receive updates about the reunion event: https://www.facebook.com/glenaeonalumni

We hope to see as many GlenXer’s as possible!

#Glenaeon#GlenX#Classof2012#Classof2002#Classof1992#Classof1982#Classof1972#schooldays#alumni#reunion

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Class 1 and the wonder of numbers

Class 1 and the wonder of numbers

21 Jul 2022

Class 1 have been learning their numbers up to 100 with Class teacher Jamie Loftus. They created a beautiful number square and have been busy looking for all the patterns that the numbers make. It is remarkable how many ways they can 'read' the table and explore the patters which ultimately represent the times tables and the basis for geometry. What an engaging and rewarding way for the children to discover the wonder of numbers!

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Class 1 make counting mats for Maths

Class 1 make counting mats for Maths

21 Jul 2022

Class 1 had a wonderful wet felting hand work class with teacher Elizabeth Ellean. They learnt about the beauty and softness of wool and placed their fleece in patterns and pictures. With warm soapy water they roll it in the bamboo mat and felt the colours together. These will become beautiful counting mats as they use glass gems to count and do their maths! Even teacher Jamie Loftus made himself one too!

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Class 2's garden sprouts

Class 2's garden sprouts

21 Jul 2022

Class 2 were excited to come back and look at the sprouting garlic and carrots that they planted before the holidays. With gardening teacher Sandra Frain, they observed the beautiful bulbs starting to flower and began digging with earnest in the new garden bed. The light rain has been wonderful for the earth. They sprinkled a rich mineral fertiliser made from weeds gathered in the previous term.

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2022 GlenX reunion call for volunteers & RSVP

2022 GlenX reunion call for volunteers & RSVP

21 Jul 2022

In 2022, Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School will host a reunion gathering open to all GlenXer's but with a celebratory focus on the:

  • Class of 2012, 10-year reunion;
  • Class of 2002, 20-year reunion;
  • Class of 1992, 30-year reunion;
  • Class of 1982, 40-year reunion and
  • Class of 1972, 50-year reunion.

The Class of 1992 & 1982 are already underway and we are looking for GlenX volunteers from each of the other cohorts to help find past students, spread the word and help manage the event.

If you can volunteer to be a cohort coordinator for 2012, 2002 or 1972 or support these events in any way please get in touch via email alumni@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

Save the date:

Saturday 17 September 2022
3pm–6pm
5a Glenroy Ave Middle Cove

Click here to register your attendance

Alumni are encouraged to join the Glenaeon Alumni Facebook Group to receive updates about the reunion event: https://www.facebook.com/glenaeonalumni

We hope to see as many GlenXer’s as possible!

#Glenaeon#GlenX#Classof2012#Classof2002#Classof1992#Classof1982#Classof1972#schooldays#alumni#reunion

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Kindergarten Mandarins and Winter fires

Kindergarten Mandarins and Winter fires

24 Jun 2022

Kindergarten children have been busy doing all sorts of things this term in the Garden, as well of course as playing. Earlier in the term we harvested the mandarins. This year's crop was amazing and the children were able to gift many to all the wonderful people who help us at school: Sandra, Guchi, Lindsay and Melony. We gave a basket full to Class 1 and 2 to enjoy as well.
Now that King Winter is here and the days are cold, we have been enjoying cooking our bread on a fire. The children have been busy collecting kindling and sawing wood. Each bread day we prepare our fire in the morning, so it is all ready for us to enjoy later in the day and bread cooked by the children on the fire tastes so delicious.  

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Class 1 & 2 Castlecrag Winter Spiral

Class 1 & 2 Castlecrag Winter Spiral

24 Jun 2022

It is time for our Castlecrag Winter Festivals which includes the Class 1 & 2 Winter Spiral– a time of inward reflection and light in the darkness of Winter. We celebrate this by walking a beautiful spiral, lighting a candle in the centre and bringing this inner light forth as we journey outwards, placing the light amongst others in an ever-growing and glowing form. It is magical, reverent and exquisite. The actual Winter Solstice – the longest night and shortest day fell on June 21st. The significance of the spiral is finding light in the darkness. In the centre of the foliage spiral is a lit candle. The room is darkened and each child takes a turn to walk the spiral holding an unlit candle resting in an apple. As they reach the centre, they light their candle and retrace their steps out of the spiral. The child brings forth the light as they walk outward and chooses a place along the spiral to set down their own candle. As they each have a turn, more and more lit candles grace the spiral, and the room becomes increasingly filled with shining lights. The mood is quiet and still, apart from singing and gentle music. Music and songs included lyre, recorder, piano, glockenspiel and the beautiful winter songs of the children. Thank you to our lovely parent helpers who prepared the spiral and candles for the children.

"Through the darkness we shall go
With our candles all aglow
Heart grows warm and 
Way grows bright
As we journey through the night"

 

 

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Making Japanese lanterns

Making Japanese lanterns

24 Jun 2022

Class 1 made lanterns with Japanese teacher Junko Nicholas. Using paper mâché they formed little bowls, which dried and were covered with mosaic style coloured paper. The little lanterns were lovely and with shine brightly over winter!

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Class 2 making knitting needles

Class 2 making knitting needles

24 Jun 2022

Class 2 have begun sanding and making their own knitting needles. Taking a dowel rod, they sand it smooth, sharpen the end and go to collect 2 small gum nuts from a special tree in the playground. They glue these onto the end and then polish them with lanolin. The needles are lovely and will be used for their upcoming knitting projects! Watch this space!

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Grassroots Eco Store - Stock up for the holidays!

Grassroots Eco Store - Stock up for the holidays!

24 Jun 2022

 

We have plenty of beautiful craft supplies to keep you busy and creative these holidays or pick up a ready-made Rainbow Craft Pack.

If you're headed off on a long car trip Happy Car Games is the antidote for backseat squabbles. This fabulous idea to make car trips fun was created by Waldorf author Lou Harvey-Zahra and contains 35 illustrated cards that will provide hours of car game fun for all ages.

Keep hands warm during your holiday adventures with our soft alpaca wool fingerless mittens, available in sizes for kids and adults!

The shop will be closing for the school holidays from midday on Wednesday (29 June). However, the online store remains open during the holidays with free local delivery available.

School Term Opening Hours:

Tuesday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Wednesday: 8:30am—12:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Friday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm

Shop online anytime: grassrootsecostore.com.au

Thank you for shopping locally. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon.

Follow us on Instagram @grassroots_ecostore and be the first to find out about our new products and the stories behind them!

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Visual Arts: MURALS-HEADS-PORTRAITS

Visual Arts: MURALS-HEADS-PORTRAITS

24 Jun 2022

Our Visual Arts students have had a very productive term.

Students from Year 9 have almost completed their large murals paintings. Some are two panels wide, some three or more. These murals once finalized, will be proudly displayed around the school, bringing even more beauty and colour to our Middle Cove campus. See photos for a sneak peek at these creations.

Students have also been working on sculpting a head using clay and each student came up with something quite unique and different. Building up the nose, cheeks, and eye brows and crafting eyes took time, patience and skill to bring the structure to the right proportions and bringing each its own distinctive features.

Students have also completed a study of Portraits of the Renaissance. Each student has demonstrated their understanding of this art form by rendering a Rembrandt, using chalk pastel to gain the allure of the time period.  Check out this gallery of faces.

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Class 5 Ancient Egypt

Class 5 Ancient Egypt

24 Jun 2022

Class 5 has been presenting their Ancient Egyptian Research Projects. 

The study of ancient Egypt is one of the ancient civilisations  studied  in Class 5, coming after China, India, Persia and Mesopotamia. 

Egyptian civilisation is filled with so much mystery and has provided  inspiration for the children’s own investigations including:  Pharaohs, Pyramids, The Sphinx, Mummification, Tombs,  Gods and Goddesses, Clothing, Jewellery, Warfare and Daily Life. 

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Class 6's Winter Wonderland

Class 6's Winter Wonderland

23 Jun 2022

Class 6 spent weeks preparing and planning and came to Castlecrag Campus to run a 'Winter Wonderland' afternoon for the younger classes. It was indeed a wonderful time! They ran games for the children - piggy back pony rides, 'Frozen Floor' obstacle course, "Musical Icebergs", Lantern making, Damper Making, Snowball Races (aka egg and spoon race) and story telling. Class 6 were so beautiful in serving the younger children, who stayed for soup, chai and baked goods right until it was dark. By the fire they heard a story and went home filled with the fun and wintery activities. Class 6 also recycled books and pre-loved toys for the children to take home. Thank you to Class teacher Katherine Arconati for this gift to the younger children!

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Class 4 explore the History of Writing

Class 4 explore the History of Writing

23 Jun 2022

Class 4 are working through their History of Writing Main Lesson.

Titled “Stone, Clay, Pen and Ink” students are exploring the world of history looking at writing, an activity that they do each and every day, and how it has come to us as a gift from our ancestors. Students have looked at the origins of writing as a sacred activity used for ritual purposes, and how this has gradually adapted to more practical purposes such as record-keeping. From the picture scripts of ancient Egypt and Sumer and the runes of the northern people of Europe Class 4 have immersed themselves by writing using stone, clay, pen and ink. 

Yesterday, Class 4 hand-made paper on which to write.

Class 4 discovered that paper can be made from a variety of fibres including rice which was popular in China.  Also, that papyrus was used by the ancient Egyptian people to make paper. In more recent times, wood pulp is used to make paper.

The children made paper from the bird of Paradise plant they had harvested and in the style as the Egyptians. By pressing the sinews and fibres that have been softened through boiling the plant stalks in soda ash the children experience the slowed down version of the paper making process.

Class 4 also enjoyed making paper from recycled matt board and paper blending it with water to make a paper porridge.  After squeezing the water from the sheets in a press, the children tried pressing the some of their paper sheets to a tree, brick walls, window glass and left flat on their painting boards. In a few days the papers will dry and will be used to for future projects.

The children really enjoyed immersing themselves in this topic and deep learning through this very practical and hands-on lesson.

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Year 7 Age of Discovery

Year 7 Age of Discovery

23 Jun 2022

Year 7s have enjoyed studying the famous explorers from the Age of Discovery dating from 15th to 17th Century. Students have been making maps and model ships as part of the study. Some very creative maritime exploration work indeed!

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Year 11’s Nathan awarded silver medal at Australian Gymnastics Championships

Year 11’s Nathan awarded silver medal at Australian Gymnastics Championships

23 Jun 2022

Earlier this term, Year 11 student Nathan Sharp travelled to the Gold Coast with his gymnastics partner Eliza on the state team to compete in the Australian Gymnastics Championships.

Only two weeks earlier, Nathan’s partner had experienced every competitive gymnast’s worst nightmare: a serious injury just before a major competition. She had fractured her hand and doctors advised against competing.

But Nathan and Eliza were reluctant to give up. They realised they might still be able to compete, if they modified the routine. With only one training to practise the changes, nerves were high as they travelled to the Gold Coast.

Against all the odds, Nathan and Eliza managed to complete their routines without a fault, and without exacerbating her injury. Showing determination, resilience and sheer grit, they went on to be awarded the silver medal, putting them on the path towards selection for the world team next year.

What an achievement! Nathan manages to balance all his schoolwork with 20 hours of gymnastics training each week. We salute his success in gymnastics, his time management and, most of all, his inspiring passion and commitment.

Well done, Nathan! And best of luck to you and Eliza in the next step.

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Preschool Winter nature tables

Preschool Winter nature tables

23 Jun 2022

In the Indigenous Dharawal seasons it is now the time of the Burrugin, the Echidna. At Preschool we therefore have a nature table depicting a "train" of Echidnas creatively made from casuarina seed pods and beeswax warmed by the children's hands. 

This is the time of year when male Burrugin (echidnas) form lines of up to ten as they follow the female through the woodlands. It is also the time when the Burringoa (Eucalyptus tereticornis) starts to produce flowers, indicating that it is time to collect the nectar of certain plants for the ceremonies which will begin to take place during the next season.  For more about the Indigenous Dharawal seasons see: http://www.bom.gov.au/iwk/calendars/dharawal.shtml 

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Marigold's Blackboard Beauty!

Marigold's Blackboard Beauty!

23 Jun 2022

 

Look at this beautiful blackboard drawing that Marigold our Art/Handwork assistant for Class 2, drew this week for the craft room at Castlecrag.
Thank you Marigold!

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Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival – Big Band performance

Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival – Big Band performance

23 Jun 2022

On Sunday, June 19, our Glenaeon Big Band, directed by Phil Arnold, performed in the Stage Band section of the Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival, along with bands from three other schools.

It was not just a wonderful opportunity for relatives and friends of our own band members to hear them play for the second time this term, but for us to show members of the broader community the standard of musical performance that students at Glenaeon are achieving.

The band’s three pieces: Mission Impossible, My Funny Valentine and Blues Machine, were enthusiastically received by a packed audience at in the Harbord Public School Hall, and comments received from our appraiser and others were very complimentary of the standard our band is achieving.

The Big Band received a participation award, graciously accepted by Sasha Seymour-Smith in Year 10.

Many thanks to Christine Young who entered the band in the festival and was our bass player on the day, and to our parents and band members for making their time available on a Sunday. Your commitment is greatly appreciated.

The parents are also deeply grateful to Phil, Christine and the rest of the Glenaeon’s music department for the support, encouragement and guidance for our kids. They lead before-school rehearsal sessions; then organise and conduct such weekend events so the children can bring their hours of practice and rehearsal alive through performance opportunities for their musical expression.

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Tumeric Project Update

Tumeric Project Update

23 Jun 2022

As we all know the turmeric root is edible but so is the entire plant including the flowers and the leaves! The amazing thing about it is the flower and the leaf both contain the same medicinal properties as the root. They all contain curcumin so they are all anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

With the turmeric leaves you can:

make ground leaf powder
make dried leaves
cook by making steam parcels with the leaves
eat the leaves in a dish as a spice such as a curry or soup
rub the ground leaf powder on cuts
make a face mask from the ground powder
keep them for 1 week in the fridge if fresh
keep them for months in an airtight container if dried

With the turmeric flower you can:

eat them fresh in a salad or side dish 
sprinkle them over cooked dishes
keep them for 1 day in the fridge

If you would like to make some recipes with turmeric root, leaves or flowers please click here

When I arrived back to school in Term 2 I noticed that most of the plants had flowers that were beautifully white. Some of the turmeric leaves were yellow and the flowers too. Some of the flowers were very shrivelled and wrinkled and had turned brown with just a faint touch of yellow remaining. I thought that the plants were starting to die. The plant turns yellow, slowly getting wrinkles then turns brown. It starts to look like soil. It is the natural process of biodegrading back into nature.

I cut the leaves that were still green from the plants to use in an experiment. We stored them in the freezer and the fridge so we could use them later and they didn't go to waste. The bags of turmeric leaves that were put in the freezer had oil in them which turned a whitish colour and formed clumps. That was the oil turning solid but when taken out it quickly goes back into a liquid form and softens the leaf as well compared to the other one in the fridge that still had the olive oil colour and none of the solid clumps. When I pulled out the other ones without olive oil they were brittle and still really frozen. It takes a while for them to thaw. The taste changes as well. It is weaker slightly when frozen. The fridge definitely preserves the turmeric leaves but for a shorter period of time because it keeps it cold but not cold enough.

We have been using turmeric in the garden tea for some time now. We tried experimenting by eating the turmeric leaf in gardening class. Some of the children did not like the leaf the way we had cooked it up. We had steamed the turmeric leaf for a few minutes with some water. It was getting a tad soft but still quite chewy and fibrous. We added some salt and some olive oil which gave it a nice taste. The curcumin in the leaf definitely came through. The water that was left from the steaming process was golden yellow just like the turmeric. We also steamed eggs wrapped in turmeric leaves. My observation of when I pulled the eggs out were that the shells were golden in colour which looked artificial. When you took the shell off the white part of the egg it had a hint of yellow and tasted really good!

We also did another experiment. We put fresh leaves into the chicken’s rice dish and watched to see if they liked it. The first thing that one of the chickens did is eat the turmeric leaf. The chickens liked it too! Everyone can benefit from turmeric!

Photos taken by Marc Monnet-Demarbre  (Year 12 Agriculture Student)

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Winter Warmers at Grassroots Eco Store

Winter Warmers at Grassroots Eco Store

10 Jun 2022

It’s the perfect weather for bringing hot, nourishing soups and leftovers to school or work for lunch. We are stocked up with new stainless steel Insulated Food Flasks that will keep your food hot for 7 hours and are easily transportable.

If your skin and lips are suffering from the cold and wind, our nourishing Weleda range of skin-loving products are excellent at keeping skin and lips hydrated and protected from the elements.

And to keep hands warm on these cold mornings, we have alpaca wool fingerless mittens. Beautifully handcrafted by women artisans in Peru under a fair trade social enterprise. These hand warmers are so soft and practical you’ll never want to take them off!

Pop in-store to see some of Yuki’s magical winter felt-craft creations for your seasonal nature table.

Term 2, 2022  – Opening Hours:
Tuesday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Wednesday: 8:30am—12:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Friday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm

Shop online anytime: grassrootsecostore.com.au

Thank you for shopping locally. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon.

Follow us on Instagram @grassroots_ecostore and be the first to find out about our new products and the stories behind them.

 

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Glenaeon Concert Band performs at the Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival

Glenaeon Concert Band performs at the Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival

10 Jun 2022

Last Sunday, June 5,  the Glenaeon Concert Band performed as part of the 2022 Northern Beaches Instrumental Music Festival program. The band played three pieces:  Metrix, La Madre do Los Gatos, and Fireflies to an appreciative audience including relatives, friends, and members of other school bands. 

Our thanks go to band directors Christine Young and Phil Arnold for organising this great opportunity for our young musicians and to Roscoe Frazier, one of Glenaeon's percussion tutors, who assisted on the day.

It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the achievements of children in Glenaeon's instrumental program, to hear what children in other schools are doing, and for the parents of our children to hear them perform in front of such an appreciative audience. 

Many thanks to the students for giving of their time on a Sunday, and to their parents for supporting them in this worthwhile endeavour.

Photo credits: Erika Hosoyama

 

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Year 7s Milly wins 2022 Youth Climbing Championship

Year 7s Milly wins 2022 Youth Climbing Championship

10 Jun 2022

Year 7’s Milly L won the 2022 Youth Climbing Championships for her age group last weekend and came third in the country over all three Sport Climbing disciplines (lead climbing, bouldering and speed climbing). Milly trained really hard for this, especially in her favourite category of bouldering. The competition was presented by Sport Climbing Australia.

Congratulations Milly! Well done on your efforts and great achievement.

Pic Credits: Rachel Lewis

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Class 5/6 String Ensemble performs at the Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival

Class 5/6 String Ensemble performs at the Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival

10 Jun 2022

The Class 5/6 String Ensemble played for the first time at the Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival on Sunday June 5th. With half of their ensemble unwell and away, they played valiantly and beautifully under the direction of gifted teacher and musician Anna Murkawa, who stood in at late notice for conductor Rosy Johnston who was also unwell. They played three pieces - Fiesta, Mighty Molo and Kingston Calypso. The aim of the Festival is to provide a formal, non-competitive performance opportunity for ensembles that is a positive and encouraging experience. Six bands performed in this event and the students enjoyed the  the opportunity to listen to other and learn from the feedback given by the concert adjudicator. Well done Class 5 & 6 String ensemble members! The concert was held at a school in Mona Vale. The entire festival is co-hosted by the Northern Beaches Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Northern Beaches Orchestra, the Northern Beaches Symphonic Youth Band, and the Northern Beaches Concert Band. All proceeds from the festival go back into community music. Thank you to all musicians and families who braved the chilly Sunday morning to perform! See: www.nbswe.org.au/festival.htm

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Parent Craft workshops return - dyeing coloured felt

Parent Craft workshops return - dyeing coloured felt

10 Jun 2022

After a long-anticipated return following two years of COVID-19 restrictions, Parent Craft workshops are back! This week parents came together and learned to dye felt using vibrating dyes with Glenaeon Handwork teacher Elizabeth Ellean. It was sunny winter day and the dye pots were bubbling as parents mixed and blended colours to form lovely pieces of felt that will be used for many craft projects! The rolls of coloured felt were then steamed in a large basket before being laid out in the sun to dry. Thanks to to all parents who came and craft co-ordinators, especially Alex Bell for hosting such a wonderful event. Coming up soon we will have Wet Felting, Needle Felting and Crocheting, so watch out for those announcements.

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A call out to all Artists!  Glenaeon Art Show 4-6 November 2022

A call out to all Artists! Glenaeon Art Show 4-6 November 2022

10 Jun 2022

Our annual Art Show is back - this is a beautiful way to showcase art and craft from emerging and established artists. It will be held in the Castlecrag campus hall during the famous Glenaeon Fair weekend and will attract thousands of visitors. 

...Drawing-Metal-Textiles-Painting-Mixed Media-Mosiac-Sculpture-Jewellery-Wood-Glass-Ceramics-etc…

Applications are now open. Please see our website for more information regarding how to apply.

www.glenaeonfair.com/art-show  

Julia Henty:      julia@doulalove.com.au
Irena Moore:    lunkevic@gmail.com

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Composting Fun

Composting Fun

10 Jun 2022

Last weekend, we had a Parent Education event where families gathered in the biodynamic garden to learn about compost making and looking after our gardens in winter.  Gardening teachers Sandra and Kathy shared their knowledge with parents and children as part of a blissful morning in the sunny garden.

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Glenaeon OOSH Services - seeking educators

Glenaeon OOSH Services - seeking educators

10 Jun 2022

We are a small OOSH service offering After School Care and Holiday Care in a beautiful Steiner school setting in Castlecrag, Sydney. We are seeking educators to join our lovely team. If you have a passion for working with school age children, a caring approach with parents and lots of creative ideas and enthusiasm we would like to hear from you. Experience working with children is preferred but training will be provided to the right candidate. Please contact us at glenaeonoosh@gmail.com

 

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Class 6 experience the Warrumbungles

Class 6 experience the Warrumbungles

10 Jun 2022

Outdoor Education trips are quite often life changing events where friendships are cemented and personal growth highly evident upon return from time away from the ordinary daily life routines and influences. Here are some snaps of the recent trip that our lucky Class 6 students got to experience in the Warrumbungles 550km north west of Sydney.  Thanks to Class 6 Teacher Katherine Arconati for these photos.

"The Class 6 campers left at the crack of dawn, meeting at 5:45am for a 6am departure. Whilst parents headed to the local café for a 6am wake-up, Class 6 embarked on an Outdoor Education adventure, bringing their current Main Lessons to life - History (Australian Poineers, the Gold Rush and First Nations), Geography and Science (Geology and Astronomy).

The Glenaeon Outdoor Education team and Class 6 teacher Katherine Arconati took the students across the Blue Mountains, stopping for lunch at Wentworth Falls and then on to Bathurst, where they undertook the Macquarie Tour and took part in the ‘Life on the Goldfields’ program, including erecting mud brick and earth buildings, bush cooking and experiencing life in an indigenous wattle and daub hut. They explored the life in the goldfields, panned for gold dust and saw the steam engines of the time.  The visit to the Mineral Museum (Somerville Collection), was a highlight before heading out to the Warrumbungles for 3 days of hiking (including the Grand High Tops Walk), abseiling, nightly fires and camping. The intrepid adventurers returned via the Gulgong Pioneer Museum and were met at the end of the week by parents and siblings eager to hear of their adventures. Many thanks to the greater Glenaeon Outdoor Education team, including Scott Williams and Kristen Gardner and teacher Katherine Arconati."

 

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Mayoral visit

Mayoral visit

10 Jun 2022

This week Glenaeon hosted a visit from the Mayor of Willoughby City Council Tanya Taylor, meeting with Head of School Andrew Hill and Operations Manager Chris Scrogie. Tanya knows many Glenaeon students and a number of parents in her role as long term leader of the Sailors Bay Sea Scouts, and there were a few surprised looks of recognition as she sat and enjoyed a coffee at the Gentle Café. Mayor Taylor was accompanied by Councillor Robert Samuels who recently joined Council representing our local Middle Harbour Ward. Tanya and Robert were interested in a number of local issues of great importance to the school: our traffic management plan and in particular our intent to push for a 40 kilometre per hour zone on Eastern Valley Way where our students cross at the intersection with Victoria Avenue. They committed to promoting our request to the Traffic Committee which makes recommendations to the government authority the RMS (Roads and Maritime Services). We invited Mayor Taylor to return to address a high school assembly where she will outline the role of local government and how students can be more active in their local area.

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High School clothes swap success

High School clothes swap success

10 Jun 2022

Early this week our High School SRC ran a clothes and books swap. Monies raised will go to Red Cross Ukraine appeal. Well done to all the students who organised this event and participated!

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A call out to all Artists!  Glenaeon Art Show 4-6 November 2022

A call out to all Artists! Glenaeon Art Show 4-6 November 2022

10 Jun 2022

Our annual Art Show is back - this is a beautiful way to showcase art and craft from emerging and established artists. It will be held in the Castlecrag campus hall during the famous Glenaeon Fair weekend and will attract thousands of visitors. 

...Drawing-Metal-Textiles-Painting-Mixed Media-Mosiac-Sculpture-Jewellery-Wood-Glass-Ceramics-etc…

Applications are now open. Please see our website for more information regarding how to apply.

www.glenaeonfair.com/art-show  

Julia Henty:      julia@doulalove.com.au
Irena Moore:    lunkevic@gmail.com

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A call out to all Artists!  Glenaeon Art Show 4-6 November 2022

A call out to all Artists! Glenaeon Art Show 4-6 November 2022

10 Jun 2022

Our annual Art Show is back - this is a beautiful way to showcase art and craft from emerging and established artists. It will be held in the Castlecrag campus hall during the famous Glenaeon Fair weekend and will attract thousands of visitors. 

...Drawing-Metal-Textiles-Painting-Mixed Media-Mosiac-Sculpture-Jewellery-Wood-Glass-Ceramics-etc…

Applications are now open. Please see our website for more information regarding how to apply.

www.glenaeonfair.com/art-show  

Julia Henty:      julia@doulalove.com.au
Irena Moore:    lunkevic@gmail.com

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A call out to all Artists!  Glenaeon Art Show 4-6 November 2022

A call out to all Artists! Glenaeon Art Show 4-6 November 2022

10 Jun 2022

Our annual Art Show is back - this is a beautiful way to showcase art and craft from emerging and established artists. It will be held in the Castlecrag campus hall during the famous Glenaeon Fair weekend and will attract thousands of visitors. 

...Drawing-Metal-Textiles-Painting-Mixed Media-Mosiac-Sculpture-Jewellery-Wood-Glass-Ceramics-etc…

Applications are now open. Please see our website for more information regarding how to apply.

www.glenaeonfair.com/art-show  

Julia Henty:      julia@doulalove.com.au
Irena Moore:    lunkevic@gmail.com

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Final call out to all Artists!  Submissions close 7 OCTOBER

Final call out to all Artists! Submissions close 7 OCTOBER

10 Jun 2022

Our annual Art Show is back - this is a beautiful way to showcase art and craft from emerging and established artists. It will be held in the Castlecrag campus hall during the famous Glenaeon Fair weekend and will attract thousands of visitors. 

...Drawing-Metal-Textiles-Painting-Mixed Media-Mosiac-Sculpture-Jewellery-Wood-Glass-Ceramics-etc…

Applications are now open. Please see our website for more information regarding how to apply.

www.glenaeonfair.com/art-show  

Julia Henty:      julia@doulalove.com.au
Irena Moore:    lunkevic@gmail.com

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Tour our beautiful campuses - BOOK NOW

Tour our beautiful campuses - BOOK NOW

09 Jun 2022

We have several tour and webinar events coming up:


9:30 - 10:30am June 16 Middle Cove Campus Visit (Class 3 - Year 12) BOOK HERE
9:30 - 10:30am June 23 Castlecrag Campus Visit (Little Kindergarten - Class 2) BOOK HERE

Below is a little window into our recent Castlecrag Campus Tour, with workbook samples, craft and some of the natural school resources student use in their learning. Castlecrag is a beautiful campus, and we love to showcase it on school tours. 

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Winter…the Simpler, Softer World Within

Winter…the Simpler, Softer World Within

09 Jun 2022

Winter turns us inward. Hasn’t the sudden deep freeze over the past few days brought a different mood? We stay inside to keep warm, we sit by the fire if we have one, and we brace ourselves to face the chill.

Michael Leunig captures the different moods of winter mood so perfectly that there is not much to add. We can touch both the “simpler, softer world within”, as well as the little things of beauty that we find outside us.

Our MidWinter festivals are fast approaching:

  • Middle Cove students: Tuesday and Wednesday June 21 and 22 for Class 3 to Year 12
  • Middle Cove Community for parents and friends: Wednesday June 22, 6.30 pm
  • Castlecrag:  Classes 1 and 2: Wednesday June 22
  • Castlecrag: Kindergarten Tuesday June 29
  • Preschool: Wednesday June 22

For parents new to Glenaeon, the MidWinter spiral walk can be a revelation of how to put the MidWinter mood into a tangible form. For both child and adult, the simple ritual of walking the spiral and lighting the candle are an expression of this turning inward as we walk the spiral and turn into the central light.

Winter and darkness go together. Our festival celebrates the Light.

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Class 1 and 2 craft - counting bags and Etoile's

Class 1 and 2 craft - counting bags and Etoile's

09 Jun 2022

Classes 1 & 2 have been busy making things they will use throughout their school week and year. Class 1 have been sewing counting bags to hold their counters for use in Mathematics and problem solving. Class 2 are sewing a felt e'toile to hold their very own needles, crochet hooks and scissors. Both projects involve them sewing their instils onto the fabric in embroidery cotton. 

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Garden trolley and cubbies for Class 1 & 2

Garden trolley and cubbies for Class 1 & 2

09 Jun 2022

Gardening teacher Sandra Frain handed over the all-important task of assembling the new garden cart to the Class 2 children with the guidance of our parent volunteers. Over two lessons they carefully put all the bolts and pieces together and finally... the wheels! What a joy it is! Not only does it carry heavy soil and compost, but it's also a wonderful people trolley and cart! Thank you Sandra and Class 2! Gardening children also helped to clear the bushes out the front of Class 1 for more planting beds, the trimmings of which became the next fantastic cubbies!

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Gardening one seed at a time

Gardening one seed at a time

09 Jun 2022

The weather has been perfect for early winter planting and gardening teacher Sandra Frain with helper Guchi work alongside the children each week. They may have even planted some more secret bulbs around the place! We have a huge dahlia flower - a Tree Dahlia -  that is as tall as our building and blooming with many blossoms on show! Little hands plants seeds and seedlings, pat the soil and water them too. We wait for the winter sun to warm them and come Spring, we will see what has grown! Thanks to Guchi for these photographs.

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2022 Annual Giving Appeal

2022 Annual Giving Appeal

13 May 2022

Driven by a commitment to making our enriching education as accessible to children as possible, Glenaeon now proudly provides both scholarships and bursaries that literally change lives. 

Over the past five years Glenaeon has supported over 100 families with bursaries and has provided part and full scholarships to 34 students. These are gifts of opportunity that touch so many.

These bursaries and scholarships, tightly governed by a Glenaeon Board sub-committee, rely on your generosity, and we thank you in advance for any End of Financial Year (EOFY) donation you can contribute to our annual giving campaign: a gift that lasts a lifetime!

Please make your donation at www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/donate by end of financial year, June 30, 2022.

Scholarship donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Please note, bursary donations are not tax deductable. Building Fund donations, benefiting all students, are fully tax deductable.

For donations by credit card via phone, EFT/bank transfer or cheque, please contact Amanda Ford via email foundation@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

Thank you for your wonderful generosity.

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Into The Woods – new dates announced

Into The Woods – new dates announced

12 May 2022

We recently made the decision to postpone the Year 10 Musical due to COVID interruptions.

We can now provide new performance dates as follows:

  • Thursday, 8 September 7pm
  • Friday, 9 September 7pm
  • Saturday, 10 September 1pm (matinee)
  • Saturday, 10 September 7pm

For those families who have already purchased June tickets, your tickets will be 100% transferable to the new dates, and refunds will be processed for those that can’t attend the new dates.

  • Friday 24 June tickets will transfer to the new Friday show date – Friday, 9 September at 7pm
  • Sunday 26 June tickets will transfer to the new Saturday matinee show date – Saturday, 10 September at 1pm
  • Monday 27 June tickets will transfer to the new Saturday evening show date – Saturday, 10 September at 7pm
  • Tuesday 28 June tickets will transfer to the new Thursday show date – Thursday, 8 September at 7pm

To book a ticket for the new performance dates, please go to: https://www.trybooking.com/BZNQQ

To arrange a Musical ticket refund, please email events@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au with your TryBooking ID found on your tickets. We thank you for your understanding and patience and look forward to walking Into The Woods again in September.

 

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Year 10 Musical: Into The Woods – buy tickets now

Year 10 Musical: Into The Woods – buy tickets now

12 May 2022

Our Year 10 Musical, Into the Woods will run in September. Our thanks to Year 10 student Charli Keeping for her wonderful Musical poster design. 

Performance dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, 8 September 7pm
  • Friday, 9 September 7pm
  • Saturday, 10 September 1pm (matinee)
  • Saturday, 10 September 7pm

NOTE: For those families who purchased June tickets, your tickets will be 100% transferable to the new dates, and refunds will be processed for those that can’t attend the new dates. To arrange a Musical ticket refund, or date transfer (pending availability) please email events@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au with your TryBooking ID found on your tickets by 31 July. No refunds will be made after this date.

TICKETS NOW ON SALE: https://www.trybooking.com/BZNQQ

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Year 10 Musical: Into The Woods – buy tickets now

Year 10 Musical: Into The Woods – buy tickets now

12 May 2022

 

Our thanks to Year 10 student Charli Keeping for her wonderful Musical poster design. 

Performance dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, 8 September 7pm
  • Friday, 9 September 7pm
  • Saturday, 10 September 1pm (matinee)
  • Saturday, 10 September 7pm

For ticket inquiries, please email events@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 

TICKETS NOW ON SALE: https://www.trybooking.com/BZNQQ

 

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Into The Woods – update from the Director

Into The Woods – update from the Director

12 May 2022

The Year 10 Production of Into the Woods  is going extremely well.  It is always a mammoth task to produce and direct theatrically and musically a school Musical and it is certainly coming together through a group effort here at Glenaeon . A silent cast of staff have dedicated many hours of rehearsals, meetings, set, prop and stage building to get us this far.

Evan Sanders and Raphaela Mazzone have done an extraordinary job on the sets, I have been amazed at both their talents and dedication to the task. The design could easily be used in a professional production and the students are having so much fun working with the moving parts of the set. Elizabeth Nevieve has been working tirelessly with a group of students and helping them transform into a fearful and quite quirky wolf pack who will both dazzle you and disgust you. Ian Munns, Musical Director, has been seated at the piano for hours and hours, supporting the students with his enthusiasm for music and general cheery spirits. Accompanying and playing Sondheim is not an easy task and on top of that, he has diligently transposed several songs for the individual voices of the cast. Excellent stuff!

It is a challenging experience to rehearse and perform in a Musical such as Into the Woods and the Year 10 students are facing that experience with such joy and commitment. It has been an honour to be part of their journey. Some days Ian and I can barely get a word in as they are full to the brim with funny, exciting and inventive theatrical ideas. Now, 36 days out, we come to the stage in the rehearsal process that requires great discipline and patience. Climbing the second tier of the steep hill of challenge has begun. 

We are all very much looking forward to bringing our versions of  this complicated, philosophical and humorous musical story to the community of Glenaeon. See you at show!

Caroline Farrell - Director

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3 weeks to go! Year 10 Musical: Into The Woods – buy tickets now

3 weeks to go! Year 10 Musical: Into The Woods – buy tickets now

12 May 2022

With less than three weeks to go, now is the time to secure your tickets. Performance dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, 8 September 7pm
  • Friday, 9 September 7pm
  • Saturday, 10 September 1pm (matinee)
  • Saturday, 10 September 7pm

For ticket inquiries, please email events@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 

TICKETS NOW ON SALE: https://www.trybooking.com/BZNQQ

 

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1 week to go! Year 10 Musical: Into The Woods – buy tickets now

1 week to go! Year 10 Musical: Into The Woods – buy tickets now

12 May 2022

Opening Night is just around the corner, Thursday 8th September!  Now is the time to secure your tickets.

Performance dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, 8 September 7pm
  • Friday, 9 September 7pm
  • Saturday, 10 September 1pm (matinee)
  • Saturday, 10 September 7pm

TICKETS NOW ON SALE: https://www.trybooking.com/BZNQQ

A NOTE FOR THOSE THAT PURCHASED TICKETS PRIOR TO THE RESCHEDULING FROM JUNE
If you purchased tickets prior to the rescheduling of the Musical from June to September, then please note your June tickets are valid for the following nights:

  • Friday 24 June tickets will transfer to the new Friday show date – Friday, 9 September at 7pm
  • Sunday 26 June tickets will transfer to the new Saturday matinee show date – Saturday, 10 September at 1pm
  • Monday 27 June tickets will transfer to the new Saturday evening show date – Saturday, 10 September at 7pm
  • Tuesday 28 June tickets will transfer to the new Thursday show date – Thursday, 8 September at 7pm

Please check your tickets and contact events@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au ASAP if you wish to change session date or time. The ability to make a change will depend on availability. To avoid disappointment, please do this check ASAP and do not leave until the last minute.

If you have already requested a change this has been done, and you should have received your reissued tickets.  If you still need to arrange a ticket transfer, please email events@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au with your TryBooking ID found on your tickets.

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Farewell Sarah & Sally, welcome Nikki & Anette!

Farewell Sarah & Sally, welcome Nikki & Anette!

06 Apr 2022

Last week we said farewell to Middle Cove Receptionist Sarah, and Executive Assistant Sally. 

Sarah has been the warm, smiling face at the front desk, and kind-hearted First Aid carer to all our Middle Cove students for the past four and a half years.  Over this time she has helped so many students and parents to navigate school life.  As well as the day-to-day Sarah would assist with excursions, help teachers, be a listening ear to our students, help in the Garden and drive ethical and sustainable practices in her every day role.  Her parting gift was to make every single Primary School student a hand-crafted bracelet made with natural materials. Her regret was that she ran out of time to make each High School student one too.  We are so sad to see Sarah go, but wish her well for the future, still in the education sector.

In her place, we welcome Nikki Botha who comes to us most immediately from the Netherlands where she was the Customer Happiness Officer (yes they have them in Europe!) for a company in The Hague. Her school experience was at The British School in The Hague where she was a student supervisor and teaching assistant. Originally from South Africa, she has a Law degree and now has much international experience from working in a number of countries since then. Her son attended a Rudolf Steiner School in Spain. Welcome Nikki!

Also departing is EA, Sally who very capably filled in for Anette on maternity leave.  Our thanks to Sally for being so helpful and going the extra mile, her embrace of the role in looking after families, assisting teachers and the rest of the admin team. No job was ever too big or too small.  Thanks too, for the cakes she baked for the staff to enjoy, looking after the chickens in the school holidays and at weekends. We wish Sally well in her new role at another school.

It is a pleasure to announce that Anette will be returning to Glenaeon from mat leave. Welcome back Anette!

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Extreme Gardening Gold

Extreme Gardening Gold

06 Apr 2022

In our gardening lessons this term, Class 6 has been learning about the effects extreme and excessive weather has on plants and the environment.  A very relevant topic given our heavy rains of late.  Students observed how all this rain has moved around and through our garden area and the resulting damage. The erosion of soil and the movement of debris was in clear evidence near the hall and Class 6 went into action.  They worked with materials on hand to slow and redirect the water flowing, as well as prevent more debris from moving downhill.  Great effort Class 6!

Class 6 also took on the task of building biodynamic compost heaps from materials we have received during Term 1.  Six large holding bins full of food scraps from our Gentle Café and K-2 Campus, cardboard and paper collected from classrooms, chicken straw from our chicken coop, cow manure, rock minerals and grass clipping were all used to make two large compost heaps.  We look forward to harvesting “gardeners’ gold” at the end of Term 2.

The Garden team welcomes any autumn leaves and or animal manures (cow, horse, sheep, alpaca) you may collect during the school holidays. Bags and containers can be left at the Biodynamic Garden at Middle Cove campus. Please do NOT drop off at our Castlecrag campus. Contact Kathy or Sandra with any queries via email  K.Thangathurai@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au or S.Frain@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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Gentle Hands, Kind Words

Gentle Hands, Kind Words

06 Apr 2022

In Term 1 the primary faculty reviewed and clarified our message around bullying and positive behaviour.  As part of this review, we identified our new motto as:  Gentle Hands, Kind Words. 

Primary classes meet regularly, in morning circle or in the afternoon on a weekly basis, to discuss developmental, social and classroom issues as they arise.  Each class enjoyed discussions, role play sessions or stories about bullying – what it is and what action to take.

Students were also invited to draw a poster that illustrates what Gentle Hands, Kind Words means to them.  See images for illustrations of this work.

To support healthy, harmonious, inclusive play we have also begun two initiatives:

  • Lunch Club will occur in the junior library on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays where various games will be on offer for those children who are seeking an alternative from outside play.  This has already been very popular!
  • From Term 2, on Mondays, the round oval will be open to Classes 3-6 for ball free, inclusive games such as bullrush, non-stop tip and other big play that will allow the classes to interact and build our primary school community. 

Classes 3 and 6 have built a beautiful friendship and the Class 6 children even requested a buddy system.  We will be looking at activities that will allow the Class 6 children to mentor and play with their Class 3 friends next term.

We also look forward to resuming our Primary School assemblies from Term 2 to further explore our sense of community and to consider other themes.

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School Holiday Program from OOSH

School Holiday Program from OOSH

06 Apr 2022

We look forward to welcoming children to our upcoming holiday care program at Glenaeon.

We have a lovely mixture of activities for the season that are suitable for all ages.
Please make your bookings ASAP and pass on to friends and family with children who attend other schools.
We CAN accept the BASC vouchers for holiday care - but please bear with us as we navigate how to reconcile these with our Hubworks invoicing system.
Download the flyer to view the program and bookings can be made through our website at http://www.glenaeonoosh.com.au/holiday-care-bookings.html

Email glenaeonoosh@gmail.com with any inquiries.

We are continuing to observe all government health recommendations at this time and ask that parents come in to the campus for drop-off and collections to make contact with staff but NOT into our room. Thank you. We look forward to wonderful times with the children.

 

 Download the Holiday Care flyer

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Class 5 reconnect with community Indian Festival

Class 5 reconnect with community Indian Festival

06 Apr 2022

Class 5 Parents reconnected on campus as Class 5 students celebrated their recent Main Lesson topic with an Indian Festival. Students had dressed in traditional Indian dress, incense filled the air, woven fabrics and elephant ornaments decorated the veranda outside Class 5. The students sang, chanted, played instruments and danced.

The crows and the kookaburras observed from the nearby gums.

The sun shone bright as members of the Hari Krishna Temple “ISKCON” group performed Kirtan meditation. The guests also shared their knowledge, mantras, song, music, and food which was shared as a feast and a Class 5 community celebration.

The Festival was a culmination of the ancient Indian mythology main lesson called, “The Sacred Songs of India”. Whilst immersing the class in the colourful stories from the Vedic epic “The Mahabharata”, the children are introduced to the three main gods; Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Protector and Shiva the Destroyer. However, the stories are an interweaving of gods and humans.  The gods appear in human form and humans are able to perceive and converse with the gods. There is a repeated theme of personal hardship and sacrifice, made in order to attain higher realms. Renunciation of power, wealth, comforts, and pleasure, portend a path to enlightenment.

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Glenaeon students shine at Australian MTB Interschools 2022

Glenaeon students shine at Australian MTB Interschools 2022

06 Apr 2022

From March 23 – 27, over 1,000 Australian school children descended on Thredbo to compete in the 2022 Australian Mountain Biking Interschools Championships. 

Glenaeon’s inaugural MTB team of 10 children from Class 5 to Year 10, was comprised of four girls and six boys who competed in a combination of events across the four days including an All-Mountain race, a Flow race, a downhill race and a X-Country event. 

The Glenaeon MTB team finished an outstanding 7th from 204 schools, and throughout the event embodied true sporting spirit both on and off-trail; not just supporting their own team mates, but creating a chorus of Glenaeon voices cheering on all the courageous riders across the mountain.

In contrast to the overall nine per cent female representation on mountain, girls made up a fabulous 40 per cent of Glenaeon’s team. Anna (Year 10) demonstrated superb riding at her debut championships, taking individual bronze in both the Flow Motion and the Cross Country, whilst younger sister Dora (Class 6) took individual bronze in the Year 5/6 Cross Country.  

As a Class 5/6 team, Maaike, Dora and Skye earned three separate visits to the podium, placing second in both the All-Mountain Assault, the Flow Motion, and the Cross Country.

Endre, Finn and Sammy (Year 8) were strong contenders in an age group that had over 350 participants, and placed 17th as a team for their age division.  Archie and Anton (Year 9) also distinguished themselves in the hotly-contested Year 9/10 division and finished their carnival with exceptional rides in the black diamond ‘Cannonball’ downhill race.

The Glenaeon riders and support crew were thrilled with the debut experience and enjoyed a wonderful camaraderie across the entire team, taking the challenging course and high-energy environment in their stride, and displaying inspirational courage and care for their team mates and the other riders throughout.  Watch a short video of their weekHERE ... enjoy!

If you’re a keen mountain biker and would like to join the team in 2023 you can email Zoltan glozikz@gmail.com 

A special thank you to parents Zoltan Glozik, Simon Clarke, Dawn Piebenga and George Pethard for the behind-the-scenes work getting the children on-mountain and so well supported.

 

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Kindergartens Celebrate Harvest

Kindergartens Celebrate Harvest

06 Apr 2022

Kindergarten celebrated their harvest time with parents invited to join their beautiful outdoor Harvest Festival in the playground. The children sang as they filled the baskets with pumpkins, potatoes, carrots and onions before sharing songs about Farmer Cedric's farm, harvest and apple picking. It was wonderful to invite the parents on campus, who stayed to enjoy a picnic following the festival. The circle songs have been practised in the Kindergarten morning circle times and the children enjoyed sharing these outdoors with their families.

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Class 2 create beautiful pencil cases

Class 2 create beautiful pencil cases

06 Apr 2022

Class 2 have spent this term creating stunning pencil cases that they will use throughout Primary School. Learning long stitch with Handwork teacher Elizabeth Ellean, they design one side as formed shapes - mountains, valleys, hills, castles, brides and more. This early introduction to geometry in a pictorial manner - the children can invent any shape they like that fit together using long stitch. The other side is a freeform image they create and the designs are just beautiful - from pets to sport, rainbows, animals and places. Well done Class 2!

 

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Kindergartens go Apple Picking with Farmer Cedric

Kindergartens go Apple Picking with Farmer Cedric

06 Apr 2022

"Let's leave the city and leave the town
For we're off to visit Cedric's farm
Along the highway, busy and fast
Far over the mountain.. Phew, we're there at last.
At Cedric's Farm there's lots to see
There's apples, blueberries and a big oak tree
There's oranges, pears and pumpkins too
It's Harvest time and there's lots to do!"

The Kindergartens came together to go apple picking at Bilpin Springs Orchard in the Blue Mountains recently. Meeting under the Old Oak Tree, they were taken around the orchard by Farmer Cedric, who showed them all the varieties and bounty of his farm - Golden Delicious, Gala Fuji, Granny Smith and more. Cedric is a special person to Glenaeon, as he was formerly a high school teacher at our school, before becoming a farmer and living at Bilpin. We love to visit Cedric and he always enjoys taking the children on a tractor ride after apple picking if the weather is good! The families all gathered for the picnic and enjoyed the day out together very much.

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Harvest Preparation and Produce

Harvest Preparation and Produce

06 Apr 2022

The Castlecrag Reception became a field of Harvest produce, kindly donated by families for the Harvest Festival and later donated to OzHarvest to be made into meals for those that don't have so much. Our Mother Earth looked over the collection as it grew, and grew, and grew! It was made into the stunning Michaelmas Festival display by parent volunteers and later carried in 12 heavy crates to the OzHarvest truck. Phil and Wendy explained to the children where the produce goes and how it gets distributed to people and families in need. Thank you to our generous families and Oz Harvest.

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Class 1 Letter Party

Class 1 Letter Party

06 Apr 2022

Class 1 went on a Treasure Hunt with Class Teacher Jamie Loftus, finding all the letters they have been learning throughout the playground and grounds. The last letters led them to the school hall, where, as a surprise, parents had gathered and set up a Letter Party! The children were delighted to discover that a plate of food from each letter was prepared - T for tomato, J for Jam sandwiches, R for rockmelon, U for upside down cake and X for Hot cross buns! They delighted in sharing this picnic with parents amongst the tables decorated with letter food! Thank you parents and Jamie for this wonderful event.

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Beware the Dragon

Beware the Dragon

06 Apr 2022

When a fiery dragon scorches their crops and threatens their lives, a group of humble villagers appeal to their wise king for assistance. 

They are eventually saved by the mighty St Michael, who slays the dragon with his powerful sword! This is the story played out annually at our Primary Harvest Festival – through song, verse and movement. The children shudder at the fearful dragon, sing of St Michael’s strength and at the end, enjoy the bounty of the harvest saved - corn on the cob and delicious bread rolls!

As with so many things in our curriculum, this dragon is not just a dragon! At the commencement of the festival, our Faculty Co-ordinator and Class 6 teacher Katherine Arconati encouraged the children to think of the dragon as a symbol of life’s difficult moments – perhaps a really hard math problem or an unkind word from a friend. The slaying of the dragon then becomes a deeply held image to which the children can refer in challenging times. It’s a beautiful example of how the Steiner Curriculum builds imaginative pictures that become a source of wisdom and nourishment for children as they grow. 

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Year 9 make murals

Year 9 make murals

06 Apr 2022

Year 9 Art making, a Glenaeon-designed minor subject, is currently undertaking mural work for around the school.  Students have chosen their site, designed their work and currently resolving the murals ready for hanging in Term 2.  Students have been very imaginative and highly engaged in the activity and we look forward to the results and further beautification of the school.

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The Cove cleans up

The Cove cleans up

06 Apr 2022

The Cove’s bush engagement program has been heavily disrupted by wet weather this term, not allowing for many runs or walks.  As a result, team building, trust and leadership activities held on campus benefitted the cohesion of the group.  Fortunately, The Cove participants did get down to Scotts Creek for a clean-up guided by Marc Lee, resident bush-lover and custodian of the area.  It was after the floods and the level of rubbish in our beautiful environs was shocking.  The students engaged positively and with purpose in the clean-up and voiced strong feelings of care towards our local area and what it requires.

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Harvest Gratitude

Harvest Gratitude

06 Apr 2022

Families recently gathered together in the Middle Cove biodynamic garden with garden teachers Sandra Frain and Kathy Thangathurai for the Parent Education event, "Harvest Gratitude". The group discovered the abundance of beauty growing in the garden by creating their own fresh cut arrangements.  Participants of all ages learned about the importance of living soil, how to use their senses to identify its health and some ways they can care for their soil.  We enjoyed some practical garden activities and shared a morning tea of homemade herb tea and sourdough bread. We all had a wonderful morning together in the sunshine, reconnecting as a community to learn together and appreciate nature's gifts including the chorus of chickens!

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Year 9’s Warrah Specialist School and Biodynamic Farm Excursion

Year 9’s Warrah Specialist School and Biodynamic Farm Excursion

06 Apr 2022

After completing a challenging bush walk and trail run during the Cove Program earlier in the morning, Year 9A continued their involvement in The Cove program with an excursion to Warrah Specialist School and Biodynamic Farm to complete some community service. Warrah facilitates an incredible program for a wide range of students with special educational needs and disabilities.

We arrived to a cold sunny morning on the farm and the students were bubbling with great confidence and excitement, enjoying the sun, cool and refreshing bush air and very green and undeveloped surroundings.

We entered the school gates at recess time and were greeted with lots of inquisitive and smiling faces from the Warrah students. Our Year 9s met people living with a range of special education needs and disabilities and our student’s confidence and excitement was infused with some nervousness.

We joined Warrah students for an open-air communal morning tea. We encouraged the Glenaeon students to mingle with the Warrah students; this came more naturally to some than others.

After morning tea, we split into two groups to commence our service for the school. The first group went off to a newly-built Discovery building to assist with some gardening and preparations for the official opening of the new building. The second group cleaned and organised the kitchen and washed and cleaned the school buses. The help with these hands-on tasks were greatly appreciated by Warrah.

After our service activities we again joined the Warrah students for a communal lunch and playtime in the well-equipped playground. The trampolines were a highlight for everyone! Both groups of students had become much more relaxed and settled and were playing simultaneously which was really lovely time for all.

After lunch, our Year 9s joined Warrah students for a whole school craft activity. Glenaeon students helped the Warrah students make Origami Easter baskets.  Some of the Warrah students needed hand-on-hand support with folding and cutting which was an overwhelming and challenging task for some. The end product was very impressive, and a collective sense of achievement was felt.

Our final activity for the day was a farm tour and visit to the Warrah farm shop. The head farmer Steve spoke of initiatives they are utilising on the farm, and the creative and innovative ways they are engaging all of the students at Warrah. The farm has been heavily impacted from the relentless rain. They have been unable to weed, plant, pick and produce as the same rates they normally have, which means less opportunity for Warrah students to be involved.

We did get to visit the incredible farm shop and this was a really lovely way to finish our afternoon. The Year 9 students were able to buy delicious organic and biodynamic fresh fruit and vegetables, and beautiful home-made sourdough loaves of bread and focaccia! The Year 9s had a great day visiting Warrah and took away many wonderful experiences and moments of gratitude.

 

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Grassroots Eco Store - Autumn Treasures Easter Treats

Grassroots Eco Store - Autumn Treasures Easter Treats

06 Apr 2022

 

The shop is filled with Autumn treasures, Easter craft materials and ideas for chocolate-free Easter treats!

We have some boxes of the popular Wooden Rainbow Eggs still available, some adorable handmade Baby Bunnies and a few very special Rabbits lovingly made by Ebba Bodame.

If you're headed off on a long car trip these holidays we have the antidote for backseat squabbles. Happy Car Games is a pack of 35 illustrated cards created by Waldorf author Lou Harvey-Zahra and will provide hours of car game fun for ages 2+.

You can also pick up a ready-made Rainbow Craft Pack, perfect to keep the kids entertained on holiday or get creative with colourful projects at home.

The shop will be closing for the school holidays from midday on Wednesday (6th April). However, the online store remains open during the holidays with free local delivery available.

Term 1, 2022  Opening Hours:
Tuesday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Wednesday: 8:30am—12:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Friday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm

Shop online anytime: grassrootsecostore.com.au

Thank you for shopping locally. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon.

Follow us on Instagram @grassroots_ecostore and be the first to find out about our new products and the stories behind them!

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Preschool Apple Picking and Harmony Day Cultural Feast

Preschool Apple Picking and Harmony Day Cultural Feast

06 Apr 2022

Around 50 Preschool families went to Bilpin Springs Orchard on Sunday 27 March and after gathering apples, had a Harmony Day sharing of finger foods from their many cultures. What tables full of culinary delights! The rain could not dampen the spirits of all and the tractor rides were a much loved final addition to the experience before families reconvened at Hillbilly Cider undercover lunch tables for further conversation and playtime for the children.

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Year 8 Tangible Textiles

Year 8 Tangible Textiles

06 Apr 2022

This term the Year 8 students have made some explorations into the world of textiles as part of the D&T course in Stage 4.

Together they have considered some of the technical developments that have revolutionised the textile industry and why now there is a growing movement that emphasizes the need for more innovation, ethical and sustainable practice.

Ava researched a textile designer who uses mushroom leather made with mycelium created from Oyster mushrooms. Both Nicholas and Ava shared with the class, their research about Stella McCartney, a famous ethical designer, who developed the Falabella bag.

 One of the features in this sustainable trend in the textile industry, is a return to hand stitching, be it mending or creating beautiful embroidery for embellishment. This includes slow stitching. In the photos you will see Tom trying out the treadle sewing machine for his stitched postcard project.

 The students have been machine stitching their own shorts as well as hand stitching designs on cotton fabric and then dyed with natural Indigo. Later they will turn the indigo pieces into beeswax wraps. They used different techniques such as felting and weaving to experience how fibres are manipulated to make varieties of cloth.

Here in the photos you can see the Year 8 students working in the textile room and outside in the garden planting three varieties of native plants that hopefully will grow and be used for eco printing and Indigo dyeing in the future.

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Rolling, rolling bread rolls!

Rolling, rolling bread rolls!

06 Apr 2022

Class 2 prepared the Harvest food for the entire primary school - no mean feat as they mixed, kneaded and rolled their way to 180 bread rolls! Wow! Starting as early as 7am to get the bread dough mixed and rising, they spent the morning of the festival making and baking - three boxes of corn and bread rolls for all, which was happily even following the Michaelmas Festival. It was wonderful to be able to welcome back parent volunteers for this day. The recipe comes from the 'Kindy Bread' that many of the primary school children remember, so classes from Middle Cove especially enjoy this treat. Amazing work, Class 2! Thanks to Class 2 Assistant Olivia, our fabulous parent helpers, Melony and Clair Cisterne for helping to coordinate the morning.

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Easter in Little Kindy

Easter in Little Kindy

06 Apr 2022

Easter time was celebrated with some baking of hot cross buns in Little Kindergarten. The children formed the dough and crosses, carefully placing them on the trays for rising and baking. They heard of the Easter Hare that had visited the campus, and, following the straw trail, found a beautiful next fulled with colourful hand dyed eggs. What a surprise! Happy Easter! 

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Glenaeon Charter Bus Bookings Term 2 – NOW OPEN

Glenaeon Charter Bus Bookings Term 2 – NOW OPEN

17 Mar 2022

It’s time to make your booking on the Glenaeon charter bus for Term 2, 2022.   Please be aware that seats on these charter buses are limited.  While casual tickets are available to purchase, a casual ticket does not guarantee your child access to the bus if there isn’t a seat available.  In order to allow for adequate planning and capacity to be available for all students wishing to use the charter buses, please make your booking before the end of this term. 

Please complete bookings for Term 2 by Wednesday 27 April.

Please use the following link to make your booking for Term 2 or for further information about the Glenaeon charter bus routes:

https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/1425

If you have any queries, please contact Glenaeon Administration via email adminteam@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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Year 9's Ella in The Crucible

Year 9's Ella in The Crucible

17 Mar 2022

Year 9 student Ella recently performed in the role of Betty Parris in the theatre production of The Crucible by the Point Break Drama Company. Thanks to the Glenaeon staff members and classmates who went along to see the play – it was wonderful to have such lovely support and very much appreciated.

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High School Assembly is back!

High School Assembly is back!

17 Mar 2022

Yesterday, all High School students gathered together in the Sylvia Brose Hall for the first time in six months to enjoy our first assembly of the year.  Head of School Andrew Hill welcomed Year 12 to their new status as the senior class, reminding them that while the year ahead will be challenging, they will learn work habits and attitudes that will set them up for success in life beyond school. Each Year 12 was each presented with a flower from Guardians Yura & Brigitte in recognition of their commencement of their final year of schooling. Year 11 Captains were introduced in their new leadership roles, Duke of Edinburgh students who has achieved Bronze and Silver Awards were presented with their certificates by Duke of Ed Coordinator Donna Miller, and Head of Maths Rene Van Den Tol presented certificates for achievement in the national Maths Olympiad competition.  The Assembly was rounded out with musical performances including Ian Munns performing Bach, a wonderful performance by Year 12's Minyu Vandenburg of “Someone Else’s Story” from the show CHESS, and the Glenaeon Big Band took the stage performing two numbers "It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing" (Duke Ellington), and " (T.W.A) Trumpets with Attitude".

It was truly wonderful to gather in person, be together and share the Assembly and welcome our Year 7s for the first time.

 

 

 

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Harvest Festival for High School

Harvest Festival for High School

17 Mar 2022

Glenaeon High School will be holding their Harvest Festival Assembly on Wednesday 23rd March. This will be a High School student-only event, Year 7- 12 in P2.

Fruit and Vegetables for the Harvest Festival display will be gratefully received on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd, please drop donations at the Sylvia Brose Hall on the Middle Cove campus.

All food donations are given to OZ HARVEST who will distribute them to a range of charities supporting Sydney’s vulnerable people. If you would like more information about the important work done by Oz Harvest please visit http://www.ozharvest.org/what-we-do/

Some suggestions of offerings are as follows:

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • All types of potatoes
  • Onions
  • Pumpkins & gourds
  • Pineapples
  • Corn still in the husk
  • Whole uncut melons

Celebration of Harvest Songs (including a piece composed by Head of Music, Ian Munns) and Poems (class group and solo/small ensemble contributions), with a Harvest story spoken by storyteller, Donna Jacobs Sife 

Students should wear non-uniform clothing that represents ‘farming and/or autumn’. Suitable clothing includes: long pants/jeans, autumnal coloured shirt or checkered/gingham shirt, boots

Students should bring a gold coin donation, to be gifted to Northern Rivers communities affected by the floods.

Thank you in advance.

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MUSIC IS BACK - Calling all Musicians!

MUSIC IS BACK - Calling all Musicians!

17 Mar 2022

Did you know that here at Glenaeon we have several fantastic co-curricular (outside class time) groups, all of which are looking for new participants?

  • Concert Band – wind and brass instruments, plus some percussion. Rehearsals Tuesdays 7:30am. Directed by Christine Young - cyoung@hotmail.com
  • Big Band – brass, saxophone, bass, drums, percussion and keyboard (piano). Rehearsals Wednesdays 7:30am. Directed by Phil Arnold -phila1025@gmail.com  (High School students heard Big Band play at assembly this week)
  • Chamber Choir – For singers who would like the opportunity to sing more challenging choral repertoire. Rehearsals Wednesday lunchtimes (negotiable depending on those who sign up). Directed by Ian Munns - I.Munns@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au
  • Sinfonia – This is the only co-curricular offering at this stage for string players - in our developing orchestra: strings, wind and brass instruments. We invite any string players and also orchestral percussionists to join us. The ensemble also needs two more flutes, one clarinet and trombones. Rehearsals Thursdays 7:30am. Directed by Ian Munns - I.Munns@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au
  • Jazz Combo – a small-ish jazz band made up of various instruments. Rehearsals Thursdays 3:30pm. Directed by Adriaan Mees - adriaanmees@gmail.com

We invite any student who enjoys playing an instrument, and would like to extend themselves and discover the joy of playing music with other people, and the excitement of participating in performances to contact one of the directors above, or Julie at musicadministrator@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

Generally these groups are open to students in Year 7 and up, but enthusiastic, dedicated and talented Primary School musicians will also be considered.

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Crowns for Kindy made in Parent Craft

Crowns for Kindy made in Parent Craft

17 Mar 2022

Last year in a short time between lockdowns and restrictions, some enthusiastic Kindy and Class 1 parents came and began work on beautiful crowns for the Kindergarten children to play with. They received these with enormous thanks and joy from the Kindergarten children and teachers. Thank you to our crafters, and we look forward to Parent Craft starting again soon and parent volunteers contributing to our wonderful campus again. Some of these were made by complete beginner crafters, so please don't be shy in joining Parent Craft! You will be supported in learning enough to get you started.. and who knows what will grow from there! Information will be circulated soon.
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Ida Spider -  the mathematician in a magic web!

Ida Spider - the mathematician in a magic web!

17 Mar 2022

The children of Class 2 have been learning times tables with Ida Spider, the Magic Number Magician and Class teacher Monique Anderson. Every evening Ida Spider weaves into her web a new times table that, in turn, creates a beautiful pattern. Sometimes it is a star and sometimes it is simply a straight line. The children have been singing, walking, jumping, weaving and drawing their times tables. This all helps to imbue an abstract idea with feeling and movement, and an innate understanding that these tables all have very different qualities to one another. 

“Wherever there is number there is beauty” - Proclus

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Music to our ears - the return of recorder

Music to our ears - the return of recorder

17 Mar 2022

Class 1 & 2 have been playing recorder - a welcome sound after two years of restrictions to wind instruments. The merry sound of tunes and notes travels across the campus each morning and children enjoy learning through the bird names for each letter - Bluebird, Albatross and Galah.. Care is taken with these beautiful wooden recorders, as they are cleaned and packed away each time. 
 
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Year 7 enjoy the great outdoors in Wollemi

Year 7 enjoy the great outdoors in Wollemi

17 Mar 2022

After the torrential rain earlier in the week, our Year 7s enjoyed an Outdoor Education adventure in the stunning Wollemi National Park.  The Year 7 program introduces students to adventurous activities such as abseiling and hiking while also teaching them skills of self-care in the outdoors such as cooking.   Here's a few photos of their time.

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Class 1 learn capital letters

Class 1 learn capital letters

17 Mar 2022

Class 1 have been exploring the wonderful world of capital letters with Class teacher Jamie Loftus. They have journeyed through the vowels and consonants, whilst enjoying his stunning chalkboards and adventurous stories filled with characters, animals and lands. Their Main Lesson books are a kaleidoscope of colour, letters and sentences. They have also been modelling the letters out of beeswax, and there is a table in the classroom for all their colourful creations.

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Kindergarten garden surprise

Kindergarten garden surprise

17 Mar 2022

The Kindy garden had a surprise visitor recently - a beautiful tree snake. It must have heard our week's story on the winds: How the snake got its hiss. It stayed a long time and gave the children ample opportunity to watch; it was very still - "just like a statue" said one of the children. They also made beautiful beeswax snakes in the classroom, all sitting on a log.

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Class 3 Measure Up

Class 3 Measure Up

17 Mar 2022

Class 3 have been introduced to the concept of measurement through an examination of the history of linear measurement from the use of human limbs as measuring devices through to the standardisation of the Imperial system, and then into the precision and ease of the metric system.  It is an active main lesson with lots of opportunities to measure things in the classroom and school grounds.

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Harvest Festival for Primary School

Harvest Festival for Primary School

17 Mar 2022

On March 29th, Middle Cove-based primary students and their teachers will walk to Castlecrag campus for Glenaeon's Primary Harvest Festival. After the Festival, we will walk back to the Middle Cove campus and will enjoy a picnic at Willoughby Park on the way. Please provide a packed morning tea and lunch (no cafe orders on this date), and ensure your child has their hat, drink bottle and a rain coat. Please note that this is a student-only event.

Fruit and Vegetables for the Primary Harvest Festival display will be gratefully received in the week prior to the Festival please send your donations in with your primary children.

All food donations are given to OZ HARVEST who will distribute them to a range of charities supporting Sydney’s vulnerable people. If you would like more information about the important work done by Oz Harvest please visit http://www.ozharvest.org/what-we-do/

Some suggestions of offerings are as follows:

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • All types of potatoes
  • Onions
  • Pumpkins & gourds
  • Pineapples
  • Corn still in the husk
  • Whole uncut melons

 

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Class 2 swap apples for beach cleanup

Class 2 swap apples for beach cleanup

17 Mar 2022

Class 2's plan to go apple picking was washed out by the rain and flooding roads, so they changed direction and headed up to Patonga Beach to join in the big beach cleanup taking place. Families met and helped drag larger items to the shore for the barge to collect, whilst others picked plastics, polystyrene and other rubbish out of the piles of wood and debris that covered the whole beach. It was a satisfying day organised by a school family that ended in a big picnic undercover as more rain arrived! The debris travelled in the floods down the Hawkesbury River, taking with it building materials, white goods and household contents. Every small piece counts, especially when we are saving it from getting out to the ocean. As one student accurately said "The fish mistake the small pieces of polystyrene for food, thinking it's good for them, but it's not". Thank you Class 2 students, siblings and families! Class 2 will go apple picking in Term 2 instead!

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Year 11 Science students enjoy an outdoor lesson

Year 11 Science students enjoy an outdoor lesson

17 Mar 2022

After all the rain, it was great to be able to take a lesson outside again. Here's teacher Stanley Tang with his Year 11 students taking a lesson in the Amphitheatre.

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Athletics

Athletics

17 Mar 2022

Pouring rain does not dampen any enthusiasm around here! Tuesday morning is Athletics morning with Jonas followed by a healthy breakfast organised by Sally. Thanks Sally for all the yummy food.

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Class 3 Eco-Dyeing

Class 3 Eco-Dyeing

03 Mar 2022

Class 3 children are sewing their very own library bag and have been learning how to eco-dye fabrics with handwork Teacher, Elizabeth Ellean.  In their first handwork lesson each student collected windfalls and some plant leaves on a walk around their new campus. The natural plant materials were used, to create beautiful colours and patterns on fabric by wrapping the bundles with plant materials, wrapping, immersing in liquid, then drying.

Each fabric is unique and special.  When it came time to finally unwrap the bundles, the children were very excited to see what they had created. The smell of eucalyptus and other flower and leaf scents permeated the classroom as the natural designs were revealed. Great work Class 3!

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Smart Expressions 2022 - open until 20 March

Smart Expressions 2022 - open until 20 March

03 Mar 2022

Congratulations to some of our Visual Arts students from the Class of 2021, whose creative works are on display at the Smart Expressions Exhibition at Art Space on the Concourse in Chatswood until March 20.  

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Year 11 Biology at Bantry Bay

Year 11 Biology at Bantry Bay

03 Mar 2022

Science Teacher Dr Stanley Tang recently took Year 11 Biology students out on an excursion to Bantry Bay. As part of a Depth Study, students collected field data for their individual research projects both in the bushland and in the creeks at Bantry Bay.

Despite the storm, the mud and numerous leeches, students still enjoyed every bit of it.

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Glorious gardens at Castlecrag

Glorious gardens at Castlecrag

03 Mar 2022

Gardening classes with Sandra have been filled with the abundance and excitement of growth, as the rain brings vitality and life to our many garden areas. Class 2 planted beans around the lemon tree that has 45 lemons on board and examined and nibbled the the sunflower seeds from our many golden plants. Class 1 examined the hugel, our living garden pile that is now growing pumpkins, rockmelons, paw and avocado trees, amaranth, sweet potatoes and more. Sandra taught Class 1 all about Funghi and the importance of the mushroom family, exploring the grounds for the natural beauties that pop up during rainy weather. 

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Celebrating birthdays in the Little Kindy

Celebrating birthdays in the Little Kindy

03 Mar 2022

In Little Kindy we have been celebrating some of the first birthdays for the year. As each child in the Little Kindy turns five their birthday is acknowledged with a special ritual and celebration.  As part of the preparation for this celebration the children help make a birthday book and bake a cake. On the day of the birthday a seasonal birthday table is prepared, flowers are picked, songs are sung and a birthday story is told. The birthday story tells of a little star child who looks down on earth and longs to be born. When the time is right for each child to be born on earth they receive their heavenly gifts from the stars, sun and moon and then travel across the rainbow bridge to earth where they are welcomed by their chosen family.  The children all look forward to each birthday being celebrated. The mood that is created is reverent and honours the unique individuality of each child. 

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Happy days at Castlecrag

Happy days at Castlecrag

03 Mar 2022

Despite the ongoing rain, children are enjoying the days - raincoats, gumboots and wet weather are synonymous with fun! There has been great dams built in the sandpit, skipping in the rain, umbrellas at arrival and warm herb teas with Sandra undercover during gardening lessons. A hungry, wet possum came out to eat in a small break from the rain and the children watched as she nibbled on the fresh new shoots.

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Preschool Storytelling

Preschool Storytelling

03 Mar 2022

At Preschool, the children have been told a  story titled, “A little boy went sailing”.  In the following days, the children played alongside and together, and imaginative scenes from the story emerged.

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Year 9 Animal Artworks

Year 9 Animal Artworks

03 Mar 2022

Our Year 9s are currently studying animals, and this week, students used various materials and approaches to creating animal artworks.  Art Teacher Donna Miller brought in her dog, Cal, to be a model. Cal was amazing, sitting still for up to 10 minutes while the students drew him. Thanks Cal, what a good boy you are! The students have captured him so well. See some of our students work below.

The students will be visiting the zoo next week to further enhance their understanding of animals in that environment. This work will culminate in animal sculptures so stay tuned to seem some exciting developments in clay and found object.

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Playgroups coming back!

Playgroups coming back!

03 Mar 2022

Playgroups will be returning soon.  Please contact Sandra Frain for information and booking requests or to waitlist.

 

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Year 7s Knighted during King Arthur Main Lesson

Year 7s Knighted during King Arthur Main Lesson

03 Mar 2022

Year 7 students have just concluded the King Arthur Main Lesson with a knighting ceremony where each student recited an oath they had written to the class. They were knighted by Raphaela and Brendan, and then enjoyed a feast around a table, altogether as a class. 

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Grassroots Eco Store - Back to regular opening hours

Grassroots Eco Store - Back to regular opening hours

03 Mar 2022

With restrictions now easing, we are pleased to extend our opening hours. You’ll find our new opening times below and on our website.

If you’ve been caught out without a raincoat this week, we still have a few children’s raincoats available!

We are excited to have some beautiful new wooden tableware designed by an impressive Australian social enterprise that partners with artisan communities in Indonesia. All their products are created by recycling or upcycling wood and coconut fibre waste that might otherwise end up in landfill. This salvaged material is then handcrafted into individual pieces of functional beauty for your home.

We have welcomed the changing of the seasons in-store with a magical display of handmade Autumn treasures and books with lots of ideas for your seasonal nature table and Autumn craft projects.

Term 1, 2022  – New Opening Hours:
Monday: — closed —
Tuesday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Wednesday: 8:30am—12:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Friday: 8:30am—12pm & 2pm—3:45pm & 2pm—3:45pm

Or shop online anytime: grassrootsecostore.com.au

Click & Collect and Free Local Delivery available.

Thank you for shopping locally. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon.

Follow us on Instagram @grassroots_ecostore and be the first to find out about our new products and the stories behind them!

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Sports Carnival time

Sports Carnival time

03 Mar 2022

The new school year saw the return of our sports carnivals as a form of physical and out-of-classroom learning for many of our students. Term 1 is a busy one at that for our ISD association (Independent Sydney and District School Sport Association) which has grown to 15 member schools now. With these schools we meet for a Basketball Carnival, and later this month for the ISD Touch Football Carnival and junior and senior soccer carnivals.

The NSW Steiner Schools’ Swimming Carnival is happening as we go to press/print and there will be more information about that in the next edition.

For the first carnival in a long time, two keen and ambitious teams formed in mid-February (a girls’ and a boy’s open team) to play in the Bankstown Basketball Stadium against fierce opposition. Our pool had six schools in it and we came second in both the boys’ and girls’ sides. We lost a game each, drew two (for the boys) and won two. That had us miss the final unfortunately but all students came away with a feeling of achievement and realisation that although they had never played together before, it was great unity, support and fun to battle it out on the courts.

We are looking forward to the next carnivals in the next couple of weeks.

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Co-Curricular Sport - still time to join the fun

Co-Curricular Sport - still time to join the fun

03 Mar 2022

The Co-Curricular Sport offerings have grown over the years and much more than just sport activities are now offered before and after school. Yet, all had to rest during COVID as only core educational programs were allowed to run. Now that we are back, we are happier and better for it!

Many students are now returning to all the great activities we offer at Glenaeon. Currently basketball, fencing, archery, yoga, athletics/fitness, soccer for the little ones and badminton are all running. We hope to get enough interest for a middle school soccer activity (not a team, just fun training!), Frisbee, netball and others if interest is there and we have 10 or more students signing up or inquiring for (any) sport from Term 2. For archery and yoga we accept the Active Kids Vouchers, so please inquire and sign up via GLO or send me an email J.stoebe@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au. Badminton on Mondays, athletics/fitness/games on Tuesday mornings as well as primary school soccer on Tuesday afternoons is now full for Term 1. But yoga (Wednesdays before school), fencing (Thursdays before school and archery (Fridays after school) are all still welcoming new students (pro rata payment available).

I run the Tuesday morning athletics/fitness/games activity with 25 students currently enrolled. It comes with a small and healthy breakfast afterwards. As the pictures show, we went for a 1km morning run in the bushland surrounding the school on our first outing before all this rain came down! There’s a huge cave we visited on our way back and the students small and tall were keen to explore the area as the sun made its way up starting to warm and greet the day.

We hope all students have settled in well and we invite them to sign up for one of the many co-curricular activities we offer across a whole range of areas. We also hope that your child will play in some of the upcoming carnivals as we invite anyone who has some expertise in a given sport and is in Year 7 – Year 12 to make themselves heard and speak to me and possibly get a spot on one of the teams this year! If not this year, then next year when they’re a bit older and have found their feet in Year 8.

Jonas Stoebe

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Kindy rains

Kindy rains

03 Mar 2022

Yes it's been raining a bit lately, but that never dampens the Kindy children's enthusiasm to get out into the garden and explore. The transformation created by all the rain is met with great excitement by the children. The sandpit has been transformed into a lake and there are little streams of water running every which way, so there's lots to see and lots of experiments, construction and investigations to be done.

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Smart Expressions 2022 - open until 20 March

Smart Expressions 2022 - open until 20 March

03 Mar 2022

Congratulations to some of our Visual Arts students from the Class of 2021, whose creative works are on display at the Smart Expressions Exhibition at Art Space on the Concourse in Chatswood until March 20.  

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Open Day 2022 new date: Friday 29 April 9am-10:30am

Open Day 2022 new date: Friday 29 April 9am-10:30am

03 Mar 2022

Glenaeon is hosting an Open Day on Friday 29 April from 9am-10:30am.  It will be our first Open Day in two years due to the global pandemic and bad weather, having been postponed once already this year!

We are thrilled to be able to open our doors once again and invite families to discover Glenaeon.  Please help spread the word with friends and family.  Guests can register by clicking on the link below:

www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/openday

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Enrolments & Events Officer enrolments@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

 

 

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Open Day 2022

Open Day 2022

18 Feb 2022

JOIN US FOR OPEN DAY
FRIDAY 29 APRIL 9am-10:30am

A very warm welcome, and thank you for your interest in a Glenaeon education for your child. We look forward to welcoming you to our Open Day 2022.

This is a great opportunity discover how a Glenaeon education equips students with the foundation they need to lead a life of character and contribution.

Where: Middle Cove Campus, 5a Glenroy Avenue, Middle Cove

When: FRIDAY 29 APRIL, 9am to 10:30am

 

REGISTER TODAY

 

Enquiries: Please call our Enrolments Officer on +61 2 9417 3193 or email enrolments@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

This Open Day event has been adapted to ensure our community stays healthy with COVID-safe practices in place.

All guests must pre-register and sanitise hands on arrival at our beautiful bushland campus and maintain physical distance between family groups.

Discover Glenaeon:

  • Looping courtesy bus to take you from parking nearby direct to campus
  • Self-guided walking tours of campus with map provided
  • Meet and talk with our Year 11 Captains
  • View main buildings and facilities including Classrooms, Playgrounds, Sylvia Brose Hall, Biodynamic Garden and Outdoor Classroom, Libraries, Ovals, D&T facilities, Art Studio, Science Lab and more
  • Meet our Head of School, Andrew Hill
  • Meet our Deputy Head of School Classes K-6, Dani Finch
  • Meet our Deputy Head of School Years 7-12, Elizabeth Nevieve
  • Opportunity to talk and ask questions of key teachers and Heads of Department
  • Student work displays including Main Lesson books
  • Witness a food chemistry demonstration in the lab
  • Listen to the Big Band perform on stage in the Sylvia Brose Hall
  • View student artworks in the Art Studio
  • Discover the extensive Co-Curricular program
  • Learn how students are warmly supported and integrated when they begin their Glenaeon journey
  • Discover our award-winning Outdoor Education program 
  • Receive a Prospectus Pack
  • Browse the Grassroots Eco Store pop up shop
  • Enjoy a complimentary barista coffee or spritz drink from The Gentle Café
  • Chat with our Enrolments Registrar and much more!
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Year 9's Ella performing in The Crucible

Year 9's Ella performing in The Crucible

17 Feb 2022

Year 9 Glenaeon student Ella will be performing in an upcoming theatre production of The Crucible by the Point Break Drama Company.

If you are free and would like to support her, please see further information and buy a ticket via https://www.trybooking.com/bwwee

From all at Glenaeon: Chookas Ella!

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Term 1 Parent Education Program: Celebration, Curriculum and Gardening Gratitude!

Term 1 Parent Education Program: Celebration, Curriculum and Gardening Gratitude!

17 Feb 2022

This Term we are hosting four very different Parent Education events. Some will help deepen your understanding of Steiner education, some will support you in working with your child at home, and some may even teach you a new skill.

Our aim is to provide a program that caters to the needs and interests of parents at each stage of their Glenaeon journey, from early childhood right through to parenting teenagers.

Most events will be delivered via Zoom, although a weekend Parent Education session in the Biodynamic Garden will be limited in number, and held outside, rain hail or shine, so be quick to secure your place.

 

All events are FREE and require registration. Booking details can be found on GLO: https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/2351

 

Download the Term 1 Parent Education program flyer

Book with Ebba 26/2 

Book with Andrew 3/3  

Book with Katherine 17/3 

Book with Sandra 20/3 

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School Uniform Recycling Program

School Uniform Recycling Program

17 Feb 2022

Glenaeon is pleased to be taking part in a School Uniform Recycling Program, run by program-partner Worn Up, for a trial period which is fully funded by Willoughby City Council. The program allows textile waste to be diverted from landfill and turned into raw material for new products, which is great for the environment. Glenaeon students can bring their old worn-out uniforms to school and place them into the collection POD which will be delivered soon to our Middle Cove campus.

So now families have an additional option to dispose of uniforms no longer needed:

Uniforms that still are of good quality can be:

  1. Donated to the school and sold through the Second Hand Uniform Shop (please ask your child to drop items to Sarah at Reception)
  2. Privately sold to other parents via the Buy Swap Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/glenaeon

Shirts, jumpers, shorts and skorts, pants and hats that are no longer fit for wear, can be placed in the recycling POD which will be housed at Reception.  We encourage all families to review their uniforms and ask students to bring clothing no longer wearable to Reception and place in the POD.

Please note that the second hand uniform shop is currently closed due to COVID restrictions but students can still drop donations to Sarah at Reception.

For any questions about this program, please email Sarah at Reception reception@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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Year 7 Cooks Up A Storm!

Year 7 Cooks Up A Storm!

17 Feb 2022

Year 7 Food Tech students started off the year creating an Italian antipasto dish 'Brushetta' using ingredients and herbs sourced from our biodynamic garden. From vine to plate, this delicious dish was then communally consumed seated outside our Gentle Cafe on the deck. For a minute our chefs were transported to Tuscany!

Last week, sweet corn and zucchini fritters with tzatziki dip was on the menu.  Students have been learning about safety in the kitchen, and have honed their skills using graters, knives and other utensils. The fritters were a hit.

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New exhibition showcases the life and times of Marion Griffin

New exhibition showcases the life and times of Marion Griffin

17 Feb 2022

The National Archives of Australia’s newest exhibition, Marion: the other Griffin, aims to celebrate the life and achievements of one of Australia’s most influential architects, Marion Griffin.

As many of you will be aware, Glenaeon was founded in 1957 by Sylvia Brose OAM, out of a community around Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin.

Details of the exhibition can be found here: https://www.naa.gov.au/visit-us/events-and-exhibitions/marion-other-griffin

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Thank you chicken carers

Thank you chicken carers

17 Feb 2022

A heartfelt thank you to all the families representative of our Playgroup, Primary School and High School communities for superb care of our flock of 12 plush chickens over the long summer holiday break. A special thank you to Glenaeon staff member Sally Davidson, and her husband Paul who have visited and cared for the chickens every weekend for many months. 

There was also adventure at the chicken coop with so many mouths to feed, new chickens being acclimatised to the Glenaeon flock, and a Tree Monitor invading the chicken house for a daily feed of eggs. 

The chickens are available during the school term for weekend care. Please contact Sandra for the garden team at s.frain@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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Glenaeon students form MTB team at Thredbo

Glenaeon students form MTB team at Thredbo

17 Feb 2022

A group of keen mountain biking enthusiasts from Glenaeon are forming a team to participate in the Australian MTB Interschools event taking place at Thredbo from March 23-27.  The event is open to students from Class 5 to Year 12.

The 2022 Australian MTB Interschools event gives school students the opportunity to experience the enthusiasm and energy of a rapidly growing sport in a competitive, educational and supportive atmosphere. The primary aim is to promote participation and evoke interest in competitive biking in the younger generation. The event involves mountain biking disciplines including Cross Country, Downhill, Flow, Pump Track and a new All-Mountain event. The group has the support of Glenaeon PDHPE teacher Jonas Stoebe and Outdoor Education teacher Scott Williams, and looks forward to bringing their Glenaeon spirit and skill to Thredbo!

At this stage we are aware of 10 riders who will be competing but would love to know about others who are already planning on going. We do plan to get team t-shirts printed so would need to know of others by the end of this week. We would like to encourage anyone from Glenaeon who is keen to join to connect with this group. Please get in touch with Simon Clarke (parent of Sammy – Year 8 and Jasper – Year 10) on 0406 537 848.

We wish all participants in this event, a wonderful time at Thredbo.

See https://www.thredbo.com.au/mtbinterschools/ for more information.

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Class 1 form drawing

Class 1 form drawing

17 Feb 2022

Class 1 have explored line, curve and many shapes in their first Main Lesson with teacher Jamie Loftus. They have journeyed with Geoffrey and his dog Rufus through an adventurous land discovering many forms and shapes in preparation for learning letters and literacy. Straight and curved lines form the foundation of writing, geometry and what will later emerge as mathematical concepts. In English (and most European languages) the orientation of the written word is left to right, top to bottom, and accordingly, the forms we are practising now adhere to these principles. The children have drawn, painted and walked these shapes as a foundation to beginning the adventure of learning the capital letters.

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Co-Curricular Music, Visual Arts & Debating opportunities open up

Co-Curricular Music, Visual Arts & Debating opportunities open up

17 Feb 2022

Glenaeon offers a range of wonderful co-curricular opportunities for students to get involved with.  Here is a summary of all the non-sporting opportunities. There are links below for more information and to sign up.  For all sport related co-curricular options, please refer to the last edition of the newsletter: https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/3292 

Co-Curricular Music

Tuesday 7.30am - 8.30am CONCERT BAND - Band/Percussion Room

This ensemble is for intermediate woodwind (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and saxophone), brass (trumpet, trombone, French horn and tuba) and percussion students. It is an ensemble that performs repertoire that is fun and challenging. It is open to high school students who have had at least 3-4 years tuition on their instrument and are proficient music notation readers and confident in holding an individual part in an ensemble setting. Concert Band is directed by Christine Young - cyoung@hotmail.com and Phil Arnold - phila1025@gmail.com. For more information, please contact either or both directors.


Wednesday 7.30am - 8.30am BIG BAND Band/Percussion Room

This ensemble performs jazz repertoire at an advanced level. It is open to students who are proficient on their instrument and who have good music notation reading skills. Students will also learn skills for improvisation in a jazz setting. This ensemble is open to high school students and features the following instruments: saxophones (alto, tenor and baritone), trumpets, trombones, electric or upright bass, drums/percussion and keyboard/guitar. Big Band is directed by Phil Arnold. For more information please contact Phil - phila1025@gmail.com

Wednesday 12.55 - 1.30pm CHAMBER CHOIR - MUSIC Room 2

This ensemble is open to all students from Class 6 up who have a love for singing. This is a new ensemble to Glenaeon and gives our students the opportunity to rehearse and perform more advanced choral repertoire. Students who join this ensemble will need to be good music notation readers and confident vocalists (it is not necessary to be having voice lessons). The repertoire will be generally in four parts, with students being involved singing soprano, alto, tenor or bass parts. For more information, please contact our Head of Music, Ian Munns i.munns@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au


Thursday 7:30am – 8:30am - SINFONIA MUSIC Room 2

This ensemble (formally known as Sinfonietta) is Glenaeon’s orchestra. It gives students the opportunity to rehearse and perform classical music from the great composers. It is open to performers who are proficient in the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba and percussion. For more information, please contact Ian Munns -  i.munns@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

Thursday 3.30pm - 4.30pm JAZZ COMBO - Band/Percussion Room

This ensemble is for proficient instrumentalists who have a strong interest in jazz performance. It is a small ensemble that focuses on skills for group performance in a jazz setting. Many instruments could become part of this ensemble, and for more information please contact Adrian Mees - adriaanmees@gmail.com

 

For more information, terms & conditions and to sign up for Co-Curricular Music program/s, please click through to GLO and fill out the form: https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/1387

Co-Curricular Visual Arts

Thursday 3:30pm-5pm Art Studio

Art Space (Open to students from Class 5 to Year 12)

Join GlenX Kauri Palmer in the studio to work on either a personal interest project or to receive tutoring in various forms, approaches, materials, and themes over the term. If you are coming for art tuition, some expressive forms being explored this year include sculpture, digital art, and ceramics (hand building and throwing on the wheel).

Please email Donna Miller with any questions: d.miller@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

To register for Art Space click through to GLO, and then click on Art Space and fill out the form: https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/1354

Co-Curricular Debating

Debating will be resuming in March and families will be contacted with more details in due course. Any questions about Debating should be directed to Sally executiveassistant@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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Bursts of Colour at Castlecrag

Bursts of Colour at Castlecrag

17 Feb 2022

Castlecrag has blossomed in the warm, wet weather, and so have the chalkboards in Classes 1 & 2! The chalkboards are alive with stories that accompany the lesson in literacy, letters and learning, and in the Craft room lives the dolphin that dives in and out of the waves, helping the children to learn the path of the needle during embroidery. Here's our glorious sunflowers and blackboards to enjoy.

 

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Students Sailing Success

Students Sailing Success

17 Feb 2022

Over the summer break, some Glenaeon students took part in a sailing regatta and had some wonderful outcomes.  Keizo Tomishima, in Year 11, was chosen to participate in SAIL GP inspire racing (WASZP) in December in Sydney and came in 2nd place.  Hanako Tomishima, in Year 8, was selected to participate in SAIL GP inspire racing (RS Feva) on the in Sydney and came in 1st place.

The results table can be viewed here: https://sailgp.com/general/inspire/results/21/australia/

 

Highlight package can be watched here:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6Ao4AYBbWQ

This year Hanako Tomishima, (Year 9), participated in the 2022 International 420 Australian championship in Adelaide and came 2nd girls place and also the Sail Melbourne 2022 in Melbourne and came in 1st place.

Goro Tomishima, Class 6, participated in 2022 Musto Australian Optimist Championship in Sydney and came 1st place for the 12 years and under category.

Congratulations to all!

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Year 9 Teams Up In The Cove

Year 9 Teams Up In The Cove

17 Feb 2022

Words by Blaise Miller-Hill (GlenX)

I graduated Glenaeon in 2017, unfortunately before the time of The Cove. So when Donna and Jonas asked me to come and help with the first activity of the year I was excited to finally get to see what this great program was all about. I was not disappointed. We spent the morning in the reserve down by the river in six small groups migrating around a course of team building challenges. Watching on I honestly I think I had as much fun and felt as much accomplishment watching them as they did participating in each activity. The first challenge my team participated in proved the hardest. All students were tasked to stand on, if I may say so a very small tarp, and then flip it over without stepping off it. Everyone chipped in, sharing ideas and suggestions of how this task could be conquered. Ahh the relief when they were able to overcome it, onto the next one. They built a beautiful sculpture using things they found in the area, despite being a bit muddy due to the river, their inclusion of coloured glass resulted in an aesthetically pleasing result.

As a team we moved through the rest of the challenges. Everyone stepping up and having a go, sharing their ideas and not being afraid to speak up if they thought their idea would work better. As a former student I know Glenaeon often cultivates quite tightly knit classes, so it is no surprise they were able to work so effectively as a team. Nonetheless it was a beautiful thing to witness and made it easy to imagine each of them flourishing in a team environment outside of school. Walking back up to school it made my day to hear the students talking about their expectations of The Cove and their surprise and shock to find themselves having fun!

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Term 1 Parent Education Program: Celebration, Curriculum and Gardening Gratitude!

Term 1 Parent Education Program: Celebration, Curriculum and Gardening Gratitude!

17 Feb 2022

This Term we are hosting four very different Parent Education events. Some will help deepen your understanding of Steiner education, some will support you in working with your child at home, and some may even teach you a new skill.

Our aim is to provide a program that caters to the needs and interests of parents at each stage of their Glenaeon journey, from early childhood right through to parenting teenagers.

Most events will be delivered via Zoom, although a weekend Parent Education session in the Biodynamic Garden will be limited in number, and held outside, rain hail or shine, so be quick to secure your place.

All events are FREE and require registration. Booking details can be found on GLO: https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/2351

 

Download the Term 1 Parent Education program flyer

Book with Katherine 17/3 

Book with Sandra 20/3 

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Welcome Mosen!

Welcome Mosen!

03 Feb 2022

A warm welcome to Mosen, who has taken over from Paul as our Northern Beaches route bus driver. Thank you Mosen for getting our students to and from school safely each day.

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Introducing our new Preschool Teaching Assistant Sweta

Introducing our new Preschool Teaching Assistant Sweta

03 Feb 2022

A very warm welcome to our new Preschool Teaching Assistant who will work in Room 1 with Carly  Solomon on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Sweta has very kindly shared this introduction:

My name is Mahasweta (Sweta as you will come to know me). I grew up in a place called Dibrugarh in Assam - a state in north-eastern India, located south of the eastern Himalayas. Assam is known for its tea, orchids, one-horned rhino and silk. I love where I grew up and I have fond memories of my hometown. I speak some of the Indian languages like Assamese, Hindi and Bengali. Travelling, learning about new cultures, learning a new language, cooking, gardening, yoga and nature walks make me happy.

I started my career as a Life Skills Trainer for school children in 2009 in Bangalore, India after completing my post-graduation in Psychology. I then worked as an Early Childhood Educator in Bengaluru, Dubai and then finally moved to Australia in 2014 from Dubai with my husband. I completed my Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care from TAFE NSW in 2017 and worked in two preschools in the North Shore since then. We have a 19-month-old daughter, and I am truly enjoying my new role as a mother. My focus as an educator is on facilitating life skills and making learning fun, challenging and organic.

As a psychology graduate, I have deep interest in the realm of Developmental Psychology and Positive Psychology. I have always gravitated towards Steiner’s philosophy in early childhood education. His holistic view on child development has helped me immensely in observing, understanding and facilitating children’s growth physically, cognitively, socially, emotionally and spiritually.

We have a small number of vacancies at our Preschool for 2022. If you would like to learn more, please watch our Preschool online videos and register for our Preschool Online Tour on Tuesday 8th February 11:15am with Preschool Director Peggy Day: https://enquiry.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/events

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Smart Expressions 2022

Smart Expressions 2022

03 Feb 2022

Congratulations to the following Class of 2021 students whose dynamic, thought-provoking and sensitive HSC Visual Artworks will be included in the 2022 Smart Expressions exhibition run by Willoughby City Council:

  • Ryan
  • Scout
  • Lara
  • Daniel

Featuring a range of expressive forms - digital painting, sculpture, film, collage, eco dyeing and ink and pastel drawing our student works will feature in the exhibition that runs from 23 February until 20 March at Art Space on The Concourse in Chatswood.  For more information about the exhibition go to: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Events/Smart-Expressions-2022 

 

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Class 1 walk the Rainbow Bridge

Class 1 walk the Rainbow Bridge

03 Feb 2022

On the first day of school in 2022, Class 1 children met in the Kindergarten playground with their teacher from last year, Sarah David, Senior Teacher Catherine Pilko and Deputy Head of School (K-6) Dani Finch. They shared their morning song together before walking through the playground up to the Class 1 area. Class 2 children formed a beautiful 'Rainbow Bridge' with a long silk and flowers. The Kindergarten teacher then said goodbye and gave each child a flower to take with them 'under the rainbow bridge' to the other side, where their new Class 1 teacher was waiting. The year's Class 1 teacher, Jamie Loftus, received them and they made their way as new Class 1 students. The special 'Class Teacher' period thus begins, and Jamie Loftus will now guide these children through their primary years with the help of other specialist teachers. The rain did not dampen the enthusiasm or enjoyment of this beautiful rite of passage.

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Class 4 Main Lesson Norse Mythology

Class 4 Main Lesson Norse Mythology

03 Feb 2022

 

 

This Blackboard Beauty “The Nine Norse Worlds” was created by teacher Lucy Armstrong for the Class 4 Main Lesson on Norse Mythology.

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Enrolments for Kindy 2023 & Year 7 2024

Enrolments for Kindy 2023 & Year 7 2024

03 Feb 2022

For current parents, with younger siblings, we encourage you to put your application in now to help ensure your siblings place at Glenaeon.  Please note that 1 April 2022 is the closing date for Kindergarten, 2023 and Year 7, 2024. For earlier admissions, please discuss with our Enrolments & Events Officer Clare Gordon, or our Deputy Head of School (K-6) and Enrolments Registrar, Dani Finch, or reach out via email to book a call: enrolments@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 

Enrolments can be completed online and all enrolment information can be found here: https://www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/enrolments/ 

To book a tour: https://enquiry.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/events

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Class of 2021 - Welcome to GlenX

Class of 2021 - Welcome to GlenX

03 Dec 2021

We warmly welcome the Class of 2021 to GlenX.  School might be out, but we'd love to stay in touch.  There are a number of ways to stay connected:

  1. Opt in to receive Alumni News by subscribing to our Alumni database, by completing this form, and emailing it to executiveassistant@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au
  2. Join our Alumni Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/glenaeonalumni
  3. Tag Glenaeon in your LinkedIN profile as your school: https://www.linkedin.com/school/glenaeon-rudolf-steiner-school
  4. GlenX Where Are They Now? Tell us what you're up to email alumni@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 

We can't wait to see you at an upcoming Reunion event. Our plan is to hold an annual event (global pandemics aside!) and we hope you can make it!

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Glenaeon Silent Auction 2021

Glenaeon Silent Auction 2021

03 Dec 2021

After three weeks open to bidding this year’s silent auction came to a finale on Sunday 14th November with some exciting final bidding at the close.  A fantastic effort by all involved enabled an incredible $5,095 to be raised from 24 items kindly donated by the generous students, staff, parents and broader school community.  We would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you who helped bring this important fundraiser to fruition, without whom, there would have been no auction.  In particular, we would like to thank the Class 4 parents; James Fordham, Julie Hutton and Susie de Zoete for taking up the mantle of coordinators; the assistance of Clare Gordon and Jonathon Rush; the class parents and teachers for inspiring the children and bringing the artworks to completion; the creatives who kindly donated individual pieces and finally, Melony for showcasing the artworks at Castlecrag campus and facilitating payment and pick-up.  Thank you all for your input.

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Paul the bus driver to retire at end of this year

Paul the bus driver to retire at end of this year

03 Dec 2021

Paul has been driving our Northern Beaches Charter Bus for the past seven years and he will retire at the end of this year. He will be driving via Greenfield Avenue on his last run on Wednesday 8th December and we will present him with a gift from the school.

One of our High School Students (thank you Scarlett) has very thoughtfully made a card for all the students to sign. The card is now at Middle Cove Reception so everyone who wants to, can sign it. Please encourage/remind your child to sign the card.

We asked Paul a couple of questions about his time safely transporting our students to and from school:

Q: What are the Glenaeon students like?
Paul: I have a well behaved bunch of kids on my bus, I haven’t had any major dramas.

Q: What will you remember/miss the most about the Glenno bus run?
Paul: I won’t miss getting up at 5:30am every day!  I’ll miss the kids, watching them develop and grow.  The parents are all really great too.  I’m also grateful for the connection I have with the staff, I feel very much part of the Glenaeon team.

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The Tumeric Project

The Tumeric Project

03 Dec 2021

Marc Monnet-Demarbre is a Year 12 (Class of 2022) Agriculture Student. As part of his chosen course, he is required to undertake marketing of his project. In support of Marc's studies, we have made some editorial space available in our Newsletter. Watch for more updates to come on Marc's work in 2022.

The Turmeric Project

Turmeric is a flowering plant that is part of the ginger family. The rhizomes are ground to make a spice used in cooking and it can also be used for dyeing. Turmeric is really important as a medicine for animals and humans. It was discovered that it possesses anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, blood thinning and anti-cancer properties.

It was decided to grow turmeric in the school garden for the second time. The turmeric can be grown on a hugel because it has richer properties than a normal patch of soil. Hugel in German means little mound. It is a German version of a compost heap. The hugel is comprised of 3 layers. The first is the hole in the ground full of sticks. The second is a mound above the ground full of straw and food scraps. The third is a layer of soil. The hugel then gets covered by a tarp to prevent animals from destroying it. The hugel only needs watering if it appears too dry.

To make the hugel you dig a massive hole in the ground where you will find good rich soil and fill it up with logs and sticks which will then decompose. Next all the gaps are filled with soil and compacted making sure that there are no air gaps. That is vital to the performance of the hugel. Leaves are then scattered over the top with more sticks and more dirt. This process is a delicate process. The least amount of air escaping will ensure the growth of fungi which will decompose the wood which makes the best hugel.

There is a hugel at Castlecrag and at Middle Cove. At Middle Cove we are growing turmeric again. This project is being worked on by Classes 3-6. Over the past few weeks we have been digging to make way for the second hugel. While doing so we encountered lots of sticks and the remains of the first turmeric crop that were left behind in the harvest process. We washed the turmeric under running water and scrubbed it down. We put it in a basket to dry out and shrink.

Each class enjoys a meal during gardening classes. The turmeric is used in some of the foods such as the bread made by Sandra and the stir fry and the tea drink. I will give you another progress update on our turmeric project in the newsletter next year.

 

Words and photos by Marc Monnet-Demarbre 2021
Year 12 Agriculture Student

 

 

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Class 6: strong finish to a busy Term 4

Class 6: strong finish to a busy Term 4

03 Dec 2021

It's the end of the Primary School journey for our Class 6 co-hort and they have been extremely busy with Physics, Roman History and lots of crafts. 

 

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Kindness at Christmas

Kindness at Christmas

03 Dec 2021

The final weeks of 2021, like much of the rest of the year, are proving to be very 'different'. We are all missing sharing our magnificent Carol Service, Advent Plays, The Shepherd's Play, the Big Handshake up the driveway at Middle Cove, and delicious celebratory feasts.

However, Class Teachers like to look for the silver lining, and in this instance, we have an opportunity to create a new tradition!  Someone watching and listening very carefully in the Primary School this week, might notice something a little bit special;  there are whispers of random acts of kindness, secret angels, cards for our local senior citizens, presents for the giving tree, and gratitude books!  In keeping with the spirit of Christmas, we are drawing attention to the importance of kindness this week.  Ask your children what they are doing in class and you might even like to have a family kindness week as well!

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Year 9 Speaking Japanese

Year 9 Speaking Japanese

03 Dec 2021

Last Wednesday Year 9 Glenaeon Japanese language students took part in a video conference with their counterparts from Hamamatsu Nittai Junior High School. These students from Japan were meant to visit Glenaeon campus this year, however due to the pandemic this was not able to happen.  Students were fortunately still able to meet and speak with each other via a Zoom conference.

Students participated in a pop quiz and also gave film reviews in Japanese which resulted in much conversational interaction and speaking in both languages.

Any initial barriers were quickly dissolved with new found common interests (shared knowledge of Ed Sherran lyrics included) and a great connection with new people and a wonderful cultural exchange.  We hope that this friendship will be continued between our students and our schools in the future. Japanese Language Teacher Keiko Takahashi said this wonderful and practical application of language development and connection with others saw a high level of student engagement and an increased motivation for students to apply their language skills in a highly personable way in a real-life experience.

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Class 5 and the 2021 Olympiad!

Class 5 and the 2021 Olympiad!

03 Dec 2021

The weather gods were smiling on us and set the tone for a wonderful day of healthy competition, great sportsmanship and great fun as Class 5 participated in the 2021 Olympiad! This wonderful occasion was a celebration including dance, music and verses, and of course the chance to compete in friendly competition events that date back to the ancient Greek Olympics. This event is a highlight in the Class 5 annual calendar and an integral part of Steiner physical education in the primary years, celebrating the beauty of physical movement in and through sport.

Students were dressed up in tunics and were part of the four city states of Athens, Sparta, Thebes and Corinth.  “Zeus” declared the games open.  Events included a “marathon” 400m, 100m sprint, Long Jump, Discus, Javelin, Relay races and a new event this year – Chariot racing with wheelbarrows decorated for each City State: Thebes, Sparta, Corinth, and Athens.

The students cheered each other on, helped each other out, worked together in teams and cooperated with each other.  There were big smiles all round, all day!

Class 5 Teacher Katherine Arconati and PDHPE Teacher Jonas Stoebe were fantastic hosts and organisers. Everything ran smoothly and on time.  Katherine had taught the children a song and dance that they performed at the opening ceremony and Jonas was chief of scores and tallies as well as teaching sporting techniques, and looking fabulous in a toga.

Participants shared lunch with table absolutely groaning with food - thank you everyone who contributed, it was much appreciated by all.  Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who manned the various events, took scores and times and generally helped out all day.  Thank you Angela for the food and the olive wreaths. Thank you to everyone who made this day such a memorable one for our children.

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Preschool Advent Festival

Preschool Advent Festival

03 Dec 2021

Recently Preschool celebrated with an Advent Festival with a story, Nature Table and songs.

 

 

Circle: In the Advent Garden 
(Words by Anne Anderson and Marilou Araullo).
 
In the Advent garden, 
Still the earth below,
Stones and crystals resting, waiting, 
Above the stars do glow.
 
In the Advent garden,
Where plants are living so,
Light is glowing, water flowing, 
Fragrant flowers grow.
 
In the Advent garden,
Creatures roam so free,
Birds are singing, fish are swimming, 
On land, in sky and sea.
 
In the Advent garden, 
People gather so,
All are living, sharing, giving, 
The light between us grows.

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A touch of Advent at Castlecrag

A touch of Advent at Castlecrag

03 Dec 2021

In the Little Kindergarten, as we look ahead to Christmas, we have been participating in a little Christmas circle and hearing some Christmas stories which the children have enjoyed. We have heard how Mother Mary travelled through the heavens receiving the golden threads from the stars, moon and sun that together with the children’s love, she wove into a heavenly garment for her child. We have also been hearing the story of Mary and Joseph’s earthly journey to Bethlehem and the gifts they receive along the way from the stones, plants, animals and human beings. This is such a beautiful archetypal and heartfelt story for children to hear. Little Kindergarten children made beautiful Advent calendars to take home from their own paintings.

Last Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent. Each week a different kingdom of nature is acknowledged and added to our school nature tables. This week celebrates the Mineral Kingdom, and our nature tables are filling with crystals and stones is below:

FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT – The Mineral Kingdom
VERSE:  
The first light of Advent is the light of the stones
Light that shines through seashells, crystals and bones

SONG:  Now the stones are on the earth, waiting for the Christmas birth.

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Police visit to educate the Year 8 students on cyber safety and safe social media use

Police visit to educate the Year 8 students on cyber safety and safe social media use

03 Dec 2021

In light of the recent learning from home period, and increased exposure to the online world, as well as more time by themselves navigating friendships and connection through online means, it seemed fitting, and somewhat necessary, to inform students how safest and best to navigate the online and social media world.

I invited Senior Constable Lynda Hart to visit and educate our Year 8 PDHPE co-hort on the pressing and topical issues of cyber safety and safe social media use. In her role as School Liaison Officer, Lynda was a great source of knowledge to have at school. She brought a unique insight and view of the subject matter which was much appreciated by the students who had many questions for her!

Lynda has a thirty-year career in the NSW Police Force and in her current role, educates schools on the north shore of Sydney. Her bottom line was: students must learn and understand how to be safe online. Information is key!

She spoke about the dangers of posting anything on any platform, be it TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp or the ‘old’ Facebook all social media platforms will have the same dangers: once you post anything (and some young people post very personal and revealing things without much thought) it is in the open realm, it’s not yours anymore. Any post can be screenshot, can be passed on and by that be multiplied within minutes! Everything that has been posted can become evidence in a potential police investigation.

Lynda also stressed the obvious which is never to engage and talk online to someone you don’t know! If students feel harassed they can block a caller or person, they do not want to be contacted by and report them. It is advisable to take a screen shot too of someone who contacts a young person without their request.

Students need to be aware of protective behaviours and strategies. The simplest is to put their social media settings on ‘private’ and to regularly check whether or not all of the ‘friends’ in their contacts are in fact still people they would like to share more personal information with. Lynda suggested to regularly go through one’s friends list as often it includes people one has little to do with any more. As a rule of thumb she said: “If you don’t want your auntie to see what you post it’s best not to post it at all”. However, even among ‘friends’ screen shots and passing on of images does occur!

Students should never take a call from or open a message from an unknown source or click on an attachment in such a message/email.

Students must know that it is considered child abuse if someone takes, shows or sends on inappropriate images (nudes) of anyone or themselves if they’re under 18 or the person in these videos or pics is under 18 years of age. It is considered child pornography!

An issue that often occurs is that of ‘sextortion’ where image based abuse happens in the form that often former girl or boyfriends will threaten to send pics of a very private nature on to others if that person doesn’t do certain things. Sending nudes without consent is a crime.

In our very connected online world, it is increasingly easy for predators to find out where someone lives, where someone is at a given moment in time and to locate a person that may think he/she is in a safe place. Lynda encouraged students to check their phones and switch off the geo locator to avoid that scenario.

Lynda spoke about how digital reputation is gold and needs to be protected as future employers will often look up a prospective applicant online before they ever will see them for a face-to-face interview. Students should aim for a clean digital footprint and also change passwords or use different passwords for different sites they sign up to be safer for being hacked. She also stressed the point to blank out one’s laptop camera (with a band aid) as some sites will only state in their T&Cs that they may access the webcam and film when one is unaware of this happening!

When unkind behaviour happens online, it’s best to ignore it, block the person, never reply and report it. No reaction is often the best reaction. Screen shots of messages can be send to that platform to make a complaint or engage with the below named sources.

Students can make complaints about being bullied, harassed and intimidated online. Good sources to turn to and to report unsafe, unkind or dangerous online behaviour or illegal use of one’s pics are the following agencies:

A great site with a lot of information how to report any cyber abuse: eSafety Commissioner: https://www.esafety.gov.au/young-people/cyberbullying

The police themselves have great information and support for any issue to do with cyber safety:

https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/safety_and_prevention/crime_prevention/online_safety/online_safety_accordian/cyberbullying

Kids Helpline, Headspace and Crime Stoppers are further places that also can take the matter of online issues further:

https://kidshelpline.com.au phone: 1800 55 1800

https://headspace.org.au

https://crimestoppers.com.au

Great sites for parents with questions include:

http://www.safety.gov.au/parents

http://raisingchildren.net.au

 

Jonas Stoebe
PDHPE Teacher

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Work and play in the Kindergarten day

Work and play in the Kindergarten day

03 Dec 2021

The Kindergarten children are really enjoying their last weeks together. Their play has been full of great energy and inventiveness, coming together in wonderful ways.  Inside, we have had an architect's office drawing plans for a city that was then built by the on-site construction team. Despite many bosses with lots of ideas as to how to go about the build, the end result was considered a great success. We have also been really busy skipping enthusiastically with our own hand-made skipping ropes, with queues forming at lunchtime to practice.  

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Grassroots Eco Store is open EVERY DAY during the last week of term!

Grassroots Eco Store is open EVERY DAY during the last week of term!

03 Dec 2021

We are so happy to be able to open the shop again during the week. The Thursday evening and Saturday opening times have been so popular that we will continue with these all the way until Christmas. It's never been easier to shop locally!

Can’t decide what to get for that special someone? Let them choose for themselves with our new digital Grassroots Gift Cards. Easy and convenient to purchase online, and delivered straight to your inbox. (A popular choice with interstate grandparents!)

The shop is bursting with gorgeous gift ideas for all ages. There are beautiful, fair-trade felt Christmas Decorations, handmade Ceramic Travel Cups, enchanting Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles and a new selection of beautiful novels, picture books and nonfiction books and lots more!


Opening Hours during last week of Term:
Monday: 8:30am—10:30am & 2pm—3:45pm
Tuesday: 8:30am—10:30am & 2pm—3:45pm
Wednesday: 8:30am—12:30pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Thursday: 2pm—6:00pm
Friday: 8:30am—10:30am & 2pm—3:45pm
Saturday: 10:00am—3:00pm

Free local delivery will still be available throughout the holidays: grassrootsecostore.com.au

SAVE THE DATE:
School Essentials Shopping Day - Saturday 29 January, 2022
Prepare for the new school year and stock up on school essentials before the beginning of Term 1, 2022.

Thank you for shopping locally. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon.

Follow us on Instagram @grassroots_ecostore and be the first to find out about our new products and the stories behind them!

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2021 Glenaeon Raffle Winners

2021 Glenaeon Raffle Winners

03 Dec 2021

After a slow start, I am pleased to share that the raffle this year concluded very successfully, by raising over $7,000. It has been a difficult year for our fundraising activities, including the cancellation, again, of our annual fair. So it’s wonderful that, as a school community, we were able to rally around and raise this amount to help fund many worthwhile projects for the school in the new year.

I would like to extend my thanks, firstly to my fellow raffle team members, Jochen Schweitzer and Karina Schlieper, who made the job this year both easy and fun. Also a big thank you to Clare Gordon and Kath Kissell who greatly assisted in getting the message out there, both within the school community but also on social media. Great effort team!

Secondly, I would like to thank all our generous donors who provided so many beautiful prizes to support our raffle. This included prizes and vouchers from – My General Store, Man About the house show, Verve Portraits, Bennelong restaurant, Pullman Grand,  Kidsnest Childcare centre, Conscious Parenting coaching, Honest to Goodness store,  Grassroots Eco store, Goodieland store, Precision Golf, Rudolf Steiner Book store and Climbfit St Leonards. These were kindly donated by the Ross, Ward, Cameron, Zeus, François, Cruz, Micos, Borrud and Armstrong families.

Lastly, and by no means least, thank you to all of our families who, not only bought tickets, but also encouraged family and friends to buy as well. This was really such a great contribution and I am so pleased that so many of them won prizes themselves. See here for all winners.

Well done everyone!

Alex François – on behalf of the Raffle team

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Class 1 bushwalking

Class 1 bushwalking

03 Dec 2021

Class 1 managed a bushwalking recently in between rainy Fridays with teacher Monique Anderson, Catherine Pilko and assistant Ming-yu. The jacarandas were in full bloom as they set off and enjoyed a journey through the forest paths of Castlecrag. They stopped for lunch together before going to Griffin Rocks for a run and play before returning back to school.

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Bookings now open: Glenaeon Holiday Care Summer 21-22

Bookings now open: Glenaeon Holiday Care Summer 21-22

03 Dec 2021

We are looking forward to offering holiday care for all families from the Glenaeon and wider community in the upcoming summer break. (Subject to government restrictions).

Join us at our summer camp where the children will develop social and physical skills, learn and take on new challenges, develop confidence and a love of nature and have lots of FUN together!

DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM

Dates:  Dec 9-22, Jan 11- Feb 1
Costs:  From $100 / day ** All CCS & government rebates apply.
Times:  8:15am - 5:30pm
Where: Glenaeon School. 121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag (or excursion site as advised)
Program Details & Bookings: http://www.glenaeonoosh.com.au/holiday-care-bookings.html
Email: glenaeonoosh@gmail.com

 

 

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The Cove wraps for another year with Year 9 mini poems

The Cove wraps for another year with Year 9 mini poems

02 Dec 2021

The Cove program saw students create mini poems as part of an in-school Cove Program Character Challenge where they worked together in team building group challenges to achieve various tasks around the school and Scotts Creek. Students had to climb over walls and support each other, find hidden food, read and learn about nature, bond by completing group tasks that needed leadership, diligence, cooperation and communication skills. The last task was to rhyme words in relation to the Cove Program and come up with a mini poem.

Here are three examples:

 

The Cove…
… is waking up early in the summer sun
The winter cold was not so fun
Running, games and yoga too
Jonas and Donna thank you!

 

 

We ran in the sun, we ran in the rain
Jonas and Donna near drove us insane
We learned new skills and challenged our brains
To be honest, we wouldn’t do it so easily again.

 

 

Jonas, who runs the Cove
He broke his ankle but doesn’t stay home
He takes us on runs past the mangroves
And let’s us walk and talk and roam.

 

 

The Cove program will wrap up in the final week with a mindfulness session in nature and reflections on a unique year and the program that was a challenge for some. Donna and Jonas are looking forward to welcoming the new Year 9 cohort in February 2022 to The Cove.

 

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Class 5 student artworks published in book

Class 5 student artworks published in book

18 Nov 2021

Today at 1:30pm Class 5 students Maya, Scarlett, Rosie and Eleanor were recognised in a Zoom Wildlife Storybook launch.

These students had their work chosen for the annual publication by Willoughby City Council.  This is the first year that our school has participated.  Each school was assigned an animal.  Glenaeon was allocated the Australian Wood Duck.  Council came and gave a presentation about the animal, then the children worked on writing and drawing about it in the library lessons with Lynne Collett.  Our students then worked on their illustrations and writing during the long lockdown period.

Well done students for your wonderful work and congratulations!

 

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Class 3 walk through time

Class 3 walk through time

18 Nov 2021

Class 3 has been exploring the evolution of time measurement though the ages.

A story introduced the children to the concept of tracking time based on the position of the sun in the sky. We journeyed back to Egypt where they used great stone obelisks as shadow clocks.

On Monday which was the first sunny day of the Main Lesson, we walked to the school flagpole, just before 9am, to observe the shadow it made. A student came out and walked heel to toe along the shadow’s line and we marked the spot with the number 9 to represent the hour. Next, we walked to the oval where a sundial had been set up by our class assistant Michelle. A stake had been secured in the ground and a string tied to the bottom of it. We brought with us stones and a marker.

Then, on every hour of the day from 9am to 3pm, the children enthusiastically observed the movement of both shadows, each time marking the new spot and predicting the next one. It was wonderful seeing the awe and wonder of their expressions each time they saw that the shadow had not only changed position but also length!

On Wednesday the class made a human clock as an introduction to reading an analogue clock. The children formed a circle of 12 to represent the numerals on the clock-face and in the centre of the circle was a stand which had a yellow and blue thread attached. One child was then chosen to be the ‘hungry minute dog’ who had to run around counting by 5’s. Another child was chosen to be the ‘lazy hour cat’ who was too lazy to run and instead walked slowly to each number once. The rest of the class watched and when dog and cat were told to stop, the watching children worked out the time on the human clock.

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Advent Magic at Grassroots Eco Store

Advent Magic at Grassroots Eco Store

18 Nov 2021

Advent Magic at Grassroots Eco Store

We have had a delivery of the most beautiful Advent Calendars! Pop in-store or online to take a look. There are ten magical illustrations to choose from, as well as some delightful fair-trade felt Christmas Decorations to really bring some magic to your festive season!

The shop is bursting with gorgeous gift ideas for all ages. There are new handmade Ceramic Travel Cups, enchanting Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles and a new selection of beautiful novels, picture books and nonfiction books and lots more!

If you need help with end of year teacher gifts or Christmas Gift-Packs, we can work with you to customise a package full of earth-friendly products to create something they’ll love. Just let us know your budget and a little about the recipient, and we can take care of the rest! Give Taryn a call (0409 022 327) if you would like to chat about any ideas.

We are now open on Thursday Evenings and Saturdays!

During November, due to increased Covid restrictions limiting the shop opening times during the HSC exams (being held in the Castlecrag Hall next door), we have revised shop opening hours:

Thursday: 3pm—6pm
Saturday: 10am—3pm

Free local delivery or Click & Collect is still available if you would prefer to order online - grassrootsecostore.com.au

Follow us on Instagram @grassroots_ecostore and be the first to find out about our new products and the stories behind them!

Thank you for shopping locally. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon.

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Class 2 visits big campus at Middle Cove

Class 2 visits big campus at Middle Cove

18 Nov 2021

Yesterday Class 2 students together with Teacher Rodney Dean, visited the big school campus at Middle Cove. The students were also accompanied by Castlecrag Campus Administrator, Melony, Gardening Teacher Sandra Frain and Assistant Olivia. Students hiked the 2km to Middle Cove, and walked through the gates in a practice run for next year. They visited the Class 3 Classroom, explored the playground and went to say hello at Reception. They then walked past the Gentle Café to the garden and planted wheat with Sandra which will be growing when they arrive next year! This was followed by games on the spacious round oval, before walking up through the beautiful campus, past Class 3 and back to Castlecrag. The sun was shining and it was a great day to see for themselves and imagine themselves at Middle Cove and seeing where they will finish their Primary School years before progressing up to High School.  The children loved their visit and the grounds and they are very much looking forward to their continuing school journey.

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Preschool gets muddy!

Preschool gets muddy!

18 Nov 2021

Mud, mud glorious mud! Here are some wonderful moments capturing our Preschooler’s mud play at the park this week.

We have one final Preschool Tour/webinar this year on Tuesday 30 November, at 11:15am hosted by Peggy Day. We have some 2 or 5-day per week spaces available for 2022. To register for this Preschool Tour click here.  

#glenaeon #preschool #willoughby #nature #outdoor #outdoorlearning #earlychildhood #childcare #steiner #steinereducation #steinerschool

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A kaleidoscope of colour in Japanese

A kaleidoscope of colour in Japanese

18 Nov 2021

Class 1 have been learning their colours and places in Japanese with teacher Julia Carrol. Classes often involve songs, words, games, origami and cards, but this week it was outside in the playground with colours and places. Experiencing the story “The Green Sheep” in Japanese helps to review colours and also the locations "Koko" (here) 'Soko' (there) and 'Asoko' (over there). The children lined up on the wall, each with a coloured scarf. Julia calls out the colour and direction, and the children run to that area together. From there they play and create shapes with the scarves before all coming back and starting again. It is a kaleidoscope of colour and movement when they run back together!

 
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Preschoolers return to the park

Preschoolers return to the park

04 Nov 2021

Some wonderful news for our Preschool families: all groups are going back to their park trips now. Our Preschoolers are once again enjoying tree climbing and running through the wide open spaces. Much excitement prevailed! 

We have one final Preschool Tour/webinar this year on Tuesday 30 November, at 11:15am hosted by Peggy Day. We have some 2 or 5-day per week spaces available for 2022. To register for this Preschool Tour click here.  

#glenaeon #preschool #willoughby #nature #outdoor #outdoorlearning #earlychildhood #childcare #steiner #steinereducation #steinerschool

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Class 5 study Ancient Greece from the great outdoors

Class 5 study Ancient Greece from the great outdoors

04 Nov 2021

Class Five has been enjoying the new “new normal” as they take advantage of the beautiful space outside of the classroom.  They have spent the past week finishing Main Lesson studies of Ancient Greece and working on individual research projects to deepen their knowledge.  First week back has seen a renaissance of artistic work including watercolour paintings of Greek ships and pastel drawings of Alexander the Great taming the wild horse he named Bucephalus. 

#glenaeon #middlecove #mainlesson #class5 #ancientgreece #arts #ancientgreece #watercolour #pastel #drawing #outdoorclassroom

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Interlude Exhibition at the Incinerator Art Space in Willoughby

Interlude Exhibition at the Incinerator Art Space in Willoughby

04 Nov 2021

Handwork Teacher, Elizabeth Ellean had plans for a Year 8 excursion to the Interlude Exhibition at the Incinerator Art Space in Willoughby this term, however due to the current Level 3+ COVID-19 restrictions this is not possible.  Elizabeth would, however, like to encourage all students in High School who are interested in art and textiles get along to this exhibition.

“Interesting point that the building that the exhibition occupies is also designed by Walter Burley Griffin. He also designed the street scape and some houses in Castlecrag as well as his infamous design for Canberra.

“His partner Marion, was none the less and equally talented in her own right.  Glenaeon’s school hall at Castlecrag is indeed named after her. Marion was an artist as well as exceptional draftswoman and probably did a lot of the behind the scenes work that Walter is credited for. She also enjoyed performing Eurythmy with a small group who shared her interests, in the natural hillside theatre that was built into the landscape of Castlecrag.

“I would encourage families to get along to see this exhibition which promises to take you on a textile journey. The artists will be available to talk about their works, when you visit.”

‘Interlude’ runs from 10th to the 28th of November and the Incinerator Art Space is open Wednesdays to Sundays 10am to 4pm. There is a café above and the Willoughby Leisure Centre next door.

https://atasda.org.au/upcoming-events/national/interlude-exhibition

or visit https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Events/Interlude

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World Teachers' Day

World Teachers' Day

04 Nov 2021

Last Friday 29 October was World Teachers’ Day. Head of School Andrew Hill sent out this note of appreciation:

“To all our dear teachers, for all you do, all your commitment, care and contribution to our students and their families, thank you. Teaching is a noble vocation, one that shapes the future of the planet, and on this one day of the year at least, let’s remember the high aspirations we have for this unique profession and all that it means to us.”

We offered our Teachers a small token of appreciation – fresh apples 

#glenaeon#teachers#teacher#WTD2021#WTD#WorldTeachersDay#preschool#primaryschool#highschool#earlychildhood#Batlow#BatlowApples

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Grassroots Eco Store -  Earth-Friendly Gift Packages for Teachers, Friends & Family

Grassroots Eco Store - Earth-Friendly Gift Packages for Teachers, Friends & Family

04 Nov 2021

 

The shop is filled with so many new beautiful gift ideas, stop in and take a peek!

We have already had requests for gift packages for end-of-year Teacher Gifts and Christmas Gift Packs. We can work with you to customise a gift pack full of gorgeous earth-friendly products to create something they’ll love, just let us know your budget and a little about the recipient and we can take care of the rest! Give Taryn a call (0409 022 327) if you would like to chat about any ideas.

We kindly ask that you only enter/exit the shop from the gate in front of Grassroots Eco Store.

Free local delivery or Click & Collect is still available for those who would prefer to order online - grassrootsecostore.com.au

Term 4 Opening Hours (reduced hours during Level 3 restrictions)
Monday: —closed—
Tuesday: 8:30am—10:30am & 2pm—3:45pm
Wednesday: 8:30am—12:30pm
Thursday: 2pm—3:45pm
Friday: 8:30am—10:30am & 2pm—3:45pm

Follow us on Instagram @grassroots_ecostore and be the first to find out about our new products and the stories behind them!

Thank you for shopping locally. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon.

 

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Glenaeon Silent Auction is now live - 9 days left to bid

Glenaeon Silent Auction is now live - 9 days left to bid

04 Nov 2021

The Glenaeon Silent Auction is now live.  There are some wonderful Class items to bid on, projects which have brought a feeling of togetherness to the children during the period of lockdown.  There are also many beautiful handmade pieces created by some very talented members of our community. 

Final bids: Sunday 14th November (auction closes 8pm)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Susie, James and Julie (Class 4 Silent Auction Coordinators)
susie@dezoete.com

 

Click to visit the Silent Auction and place a bid!: https://www.glenaeonfair.com/silent-auction 

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Congratulations to Jasmine Wren - Class of 2020

Congratulations to Jasmine Wren - Class of 2020

04 Nov 2021

Our warmest congratulations to GlenX Jasmine Wren (Class of 2020) who has been awarded a Professional Scholarship with the International College of Management Sydney (ICMS).  To be in the running Jasmine had to submit an application with academic transcripts, a written essay and evidence of leadership roles, community contributions, certificates and high school achievements. She then had to manage two panel interviews.

Well done Jasmine from all at Glenaeon!

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Moth joins German Class

Moth joins German Class

04 Nov 2021

Brigitte’s German class has been burning bright this week, attracting this gorgeous moth spotted in the corner of the Classroom. Brigitte called Science Teacher Stanley Tang who was able to identify it as a Helena Gum Moth (Opodiphthera Helena), male, and native to Australia. The males have feather-like antenna in order to receive the pheromone sent out by females. Caterpillars of this moth can live for a couple of years and the moths will not eat and only live for a couple of weeks. Their sole purpose is just to breed.  Wunderschön!

 

#glenaeon #steiner #steinerschool #steinereducation #moth #science #helenagummoth #nature #beauty

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ICYMI: Welcome Back to Middle Cove

ICYMI: Welcome Back to Middle Cove

04 Nov 2021

In case you missed this on our social media channels, flashback to 25 October:
 
What a glorious day it was yesterday when we welcomed back our students from Class 3 to Year 11. The sun was shining, the flags were flying, and there was a great sense of joy and optimism in the air.
It was wonderful to reconnect and see familiar faces again, and we welcomed some new students too! Some came in fancy dress bringing a great sense of fun to the day.
Our Head of School, Andrew Hill, quite literally took his hat off to welcome back all the students in admiration of their, and their parents/carers efforts over the long lockdown period!
Teachers had painted a big 'Welcome Back' sign near our front gates at Middle Cove in celebration of students return.
Students, we missed you, and we're glad you're back!
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Glenlympics – students are the winners!

Glenlympics – students are the winners!

04 Nov 2021

You may recall that last term, during the lockdown, Glenaeon Mentors and Guardians started the Glenlympics - a fun and entertaining competition between Mentor groups designed to ease some of the lockdown boredom and isolation, and encourage connection and team work amongst student groups.

It’s fair to say that some teams got into the spirit more than others, but as the week’s progressed the friendly games gained serious momentum. From iso-baking, outdoor runs, pet portraits and dress ups, the Glenlympics brought some fun and laughter to lift the lockdown blues!

We are pleased to announce the final results:

·         Maddy’s team 1st with 680 points

·         Jacqueline’s team 2nd 570 points

·         Alison’s team 3rd  510 points

Followed by Donna’s team Rene’s, Clair’s and Stanley’s group.

Special shout out to Mya Hill, Year 10, who was by far the most proactive contributor to the fun-filled competition and all those that dressed up on Day 1 Term 4 for extra points.

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Form Drawing and the outside classroom in Class 1

Form Drawing and the outside classroom in Class 1

04 Nov 2021

Class 1 have been exploring form drawing in many formats and using as many outdoor classroom spaces as possible. They have drawn straight, circular and spiral forms, traced them in the sandpit, playground and asphalt, enjoying the open spaces with teacher Monique Anderson. They are working with more challenging forms and shapes that are reflected in the world - in objects, plants, letters, numbers and other living things. This also lays the foundation for understanding geometry in later years. Experiencing the form through many of their senses helps children to understand the shapes that they see in the world around them. They have been hearing stories inspired by the beautiful poppies blooming outside Class 1 - soft, shy and inward, like some of the forms, bright and outward poppies like other forms. Children learn through walking, skipping, jumping, drawing in the air and sandpit, the blackboard and their own workbooks - they are crossing midlines, and working with the understanding of contraction, expansion and reflection.  It's harder than it looks! 

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Silent Auction items on display - place your bids now

Silent Auction items on display - place your bids now

04 Nov 2021

There are the most beautiful items in the Silent Auction that have been hand-crafted by students, families and parents.  They were all on display at the Castlecrag Campus this week - hanging from the fences, trees and gates - parents and children were able to admire the beautiful workmanship and designs of each piece. They will be on display again but please visit our website to take home one of these beautiful pieces. 

The Silent Auction runs until 8pm on Sunday 14th November. Go to: https://www.glenaeonfair.com/silent-auction 
 
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Year 7 Spanish Class celebrate Day of the Dead

Year 7 Spanish Class celebrate Day of the Dead

04 Nov 2021

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday celebrated on the 2nd of November. It originated in Mexico where it is mostly observed, but has spread to many other countries in Central and South America. Although associated with the Christian observances of All Hallow’s Eve and All Saints’ Day, it is much less solemn and instead a joyful celebration. Family and friends gather to pay respects and to remember friends and family members who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include decorations of marigold flowers and calaveras (skulls), and building ofrendas (alters) to honour loved ones who have died. The ofrendas contain photos, food and items that represent and honour the dead. 

 In the past few weeks the Year 7 Spanish class has been preparing for the big celebration, making flowers and sculpting calaveras to decorate the classroom. Students celebrated on the day by painting their calaveras and baking pan de Muerto (“dead bread” - a traditional Mexican sweet bread). Students were also given the option to honour a loved one who has died, whether they be a family member or friend, beloved pet, or famous person that they admire. 

 

#glenaeon #spanish #languages #dayofthedead #mexico #year7 #highschool #middlecove #northshore #school #education

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Diwali Festival

Diwali Festival

04 Nov 2021

Happy Diwali! There was so much beauty and magic in our Preschool day today as we celebrated Diwali the Hindu Festival of Lights. Our teacher Pooja made a delicious rice porridge for morning tea. After our park play, we came together and Pooja captivated the children with a Diwali story she had written and a joyful, exuberant song and dance. A mandala of flowers from the children’s gardens was created by all and left as a beautiful natural Diwali gift for the park community. The children were delighted at the return of a lunch favourite of Idlis before resting with the magic of their clay diya candles shining light into the darkness. Avi then surprised his friends with a gift of bracelets to celebrate Diwali through dressing up beautifully. Thank you so much to Pooja and Avi and his family for sharing this special day with us.

 

#preschool #willoughby #Diwali #Hindu #Festival

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Playgroups in Term 4

Playgroups in Term 4

21 Oct 2021

 

Due to the current COVID situation and the Level 3+ restrictions on schools, Glenaeon Playgroups sessions with Sandra and Nancy are not able to be held at our Castlecrag or Willoughby campuses in Term 4.

Instead, Glenaeon Playgroups are offering families the chance to connect each Tuesday between 9:30am and 10:30am over Zoom. All Playgroup families are welcome to ‘drop in’ for a song, game, story, show & tell, and guided adult discussion hosted by Sandra.

If you would like the Zoom link for the Playgroups Zoom session, (there is no charge for these opportunities for gathering) or any other queries regarding Glenaeon Playgroups, please contact Sandra Frain via email: playgroups@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 

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Environmental Art & Design Prize exhibition: 12 Nov - 12 Dec 2021

Environmental Art & Design Prize exhibition: 12 Nov - 12 Dec 2021

21 Oct 2021

New dates have been announced for the Environmental Art & Design Prize exhibition: 12 Nov - 12 Dec 2021. Glenaeon has two current students and one Alumna who have been announced as finalists. Please get along and support their work. Congratulations again to Anouk, Kauri and Elicia.

For more information go to: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/arts-and-culture/northern-beaches-environmental-art-and-design-prize

 

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Back to School at last for Little Kindy, Kindy and Class 1 and 2

Back to School at last for Little Kindy, Kindy and Class 1 and 2

21 Oct 2021

This week saw the return of Little Kindy, Kindy and Class 1 students to our Castlecrag campus.  What a wonderful time we have had here at Castlecrag! There may have been some hesitation and a few nerves on Monday morning, but the children have settled beautifully and the mood is calm and joyous. It is so good to have our students back at school and enjoying being with their friends again.

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National Bird Week

National Bird Week

21 Oct 2021

It's National Bird Week and we have been celebrating the birds of Glenaeon by posting beautiful bird photos taken at our Middle Cove campus and sharing these on our Facebook and Instagram channels.  If you missed Dr Stanley Tang's informative bird webinars last week, you can now find them online, thanks to Willoughby City Council:

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Silkworms at Preschool

Silkworms at Preschool

21 Oct 2021

Each day our Preschoolers picked some leaves and watched the silkworms grow larger until we saw the first cocoons being spun. The children look at the silkworms which have just been given the freshly picked leaves from our mulberry tree and one child is delighted to carefully hold one in a leaf.

 

#glenaeon #preschool #willoughby #nature #outdooreducation #outdoorlearning #earlychildhood #childcare #steiner #steinereducation #steinerschool

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Senior Library refresh

Senior Library refresh

21 Oct 2021

Term 3 was a lonely term in the Senior Library, however the silver lining of remote learning was that it gave library staff the opportunity to give the library a much-needed makeover and remodel. The vision was to make it an inviting space not only for students who would like a quiet place to study, but also for students to relax in a quiet corner with a book or gather with friends to play games at recess and lunch. The new layout of the library has increased study space, increased shelving space for books (yay!) and resources, and a cozy space for reading and games.

A special shoutout to Mary Goodrich from Maintenance who went above and beyond in lending her time during every step of the process. The library staff, Chris Tang and Alice Livermore, are very much looking forward to welcoming students back into the library when that can occur. It was lovely to see that Book Club continued strong on Zoom throughout the remote learning period, but we are very excited for both Book Club and Writing Club to resume face-to-face when extra-curricular activities can start up again. 

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Silkworms  - the daily wriggle in Reception

Silkworms - the daily wriggle in Reception

21 Oct 2021

The silkworms in Reception and the classrooms have attracted daily attention and care. The pets of the campus are tended to daily, fed and spoken to by the children with great delight. Soon they will be spinning cocoons and emerging as moths before laying their eggs for next year – a wonderful expression of Spring! If you listen VERY carefully - you can even hear the big ones munching on our delicious mulberry leaves!

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Class 2 - the Tunnel Challenge

Class 2 - the Tunnel Challenge

21 Oct 2021

It wasn’t long before the Class 2 students were back to measure their growth in the ‘Jump the Tunnel’ challenge! Almost a right of passage in the playground, being able to run, jump and get over the tunnel…somehow...anyhow... is all that counts and they support and cheer each other on in their attempts. Prior to lockdown not all could make it, so there were some jubilant smiles as they realised how much they had grown since being away! It's harder than it looks!

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Who’s up for a game of Table Tennis?

Who’s up for a game of Table Tennis?

21 Oct 2021

PDHPE Teacher & Co-curricular Organiser, Jonas Stoebe, has purchased a brand new table tennis table for our students to enjoy.  It is a very sturdy and solid table, and will last a long time. Jonas wanted to have something fun and positive for the students when they come back to face-to-face learning.  It is particularly timely that it arrived just a few days ago, just in time to welcome the high school students back, when they return to school next week.

Jonas said, “The school provided the finances and a skilled maintenance team member, namely Sonny, to put the table together which took three hours of labour! I want to thank both parties for contributing to this new table which will offer countless hours of fun for many students chasing the small ball.”

The school’s PE department is providing the table tennis bats and balls. Students, get ready to lob, smash and spin!

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These are a few of my favourite things...

These are a few of my favourite things...

21 Oct 2021

Children explored some of their favourite places… and missed things… from Castlecrag! Hunting for raspberries, pepinos and mulberries, grinding sandstone and drawing with chalk were high on the playground to-do list. What joy to slide down the slippery dip, pour water in the sandpit, ring the bell and dig endless tunnels and castles together again!

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Class 1 - From the Zoom Room to the Classroom

Class 1 - From the Zoom Room to the Classroom

21 Oct 2021

Class 1 are practicing the four processes, learning to add, subtract, multiply and divide to find a certain number. Whilst this Mathematics Main Lesson began on Zoom during remote learning using Zoom and break-out rooms, the joy of the children finally coming back together and solving maths questions has been wonderful! Using counters, hands, and dancing in rings of 2's, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s and 6’s, the children celebrated the joys of learning together with all of their senses and delight! Led by teacher Monique Anderson, they are finding the many paths home to Grandma's house in their stories by jumping and stepping the times tables all around the classroom! It is such fun to be back together again.

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Baby Butcher Birds at Castlecrag

Baby Butcher Birds at Castlecrag

21 Oct 2021

Two baby butcher birds were found on the 'far corner' wood pile by the children, with mum and dad high in the tree, their nest most likely having blown down in the recent winds. We brought them to the office and rang Stanley Tang, our High School science teacher and ornithologist. It's wonderful having Stanley to talk to and he asked us to feed them worms and place them in a basket hung as high in the tree as we could reach, as they can't fly yet. We went back late in the afternoon and the babies had been able to hop from the basket back up into the tree and out onto a safer branch where mum and dad were flying down to feed them! Hooray!

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Class 2 happy to be back crafting together

Class 2 happy to be back crafting together

21 Oct 2021

Class 2 came together for craft for the first time in over four months to share their projects and progress. There was such a colourful and creative array of projects underway – knitting animals from squares, embroidery. ponchos, and one student repairing their own clothing! Some have also begun to sand and make their own knitting needles. Impressive and beautiful, Class 2!  They are also working on a secret sewing project... I wonder what that could be?

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Welcome to Term 4!

Welcome to Term 4!

07 Oct 2021

What a difference two days make! We deliberately delayed sharing our return to school plans with parents knowing that in the past, plans announced by the Premier have changed, and now even the Premier has changed as well as the plan! So we have both a new Premier and new plans, and all schools across NSW will be scrambling to catch up. An enormous amount of work has gone into our return to school schedules, planning which now has to pivot to accommodate the new return dates. We will be in touch with you shortly to outline Glenaeon’s plans for Term 4.

Schools are very empty places without students, so we await their return with great anticipation. When they do return, the Term 4 arrangements for schools will involve serious restrictions and mandates which mean we have to work within a framework that is not what we would normally choose. These mandates have a potentially fragmenting effect on our community harmony, and we are working very hard to accommodate all sections of our community.

There will be constraints in which we have to work, but we are confident that the school will manage the transition back to normal school life. The Public Health Orders are legally binding on schools: we do not make these rules, but we are obligated to ensuring they are in place. Within the constraints of these orders, we are working to ensure every teacher and staff member remains both safe and connected to their classes.

As the final term for Year 12, we wish all students and families in our senior year a successful period of HSC exams, and a positive ending to the school journey. There will be further details of our return to school in the next few days and in the meantime, I wish everyone a happy start to Term 4!

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Class 1 Aboriginal Dreaming

Class 1 Aboriginal Dreaming

07 Oct 2021

Class One has recently completed a Main Lesson centred on stories from the Aboriginal Dreaming. Stories of those animals unique to Australia were featured, giving a picture of these creatures in their natural habitat, and of course expressing their characteristics, in ways both humorous and profound. We heard about Tiddalik the Frog, who drank all the water in the billabong, and how the other animals tried to make him laugh so all the water would be restored to its rightful place. We heard about the special Platypus, who was invited by the birds to join their special group, by the water creatures to join theirs, and by the land animals, too. We heard, too, a legend about how the spirits in the sky asked Kookaburra to wake them each morning with his raucous laughter, so they would remember to light the fire of the sun each day. These stories were beautifully illustrated by the children, who also wrote sentences to encapsulate a significant theme or moment from each tale. In this way, the children developed both their literacy skills and an appreciation of our natural environment and the cultures of the indigenous communities who wove these tales for the benefit and enjoyment of all.

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Class 2 learn about Saints

Class 2 learn about Saints

07 Oct 2021

One of the key main lessons of Class 2 is the Saints main lesson.  Children turning 8 begin to be more conscious of the differences between the people around them, and between themselves and others.  The animal fable stories we looked at earlier in the year provide a picture of human limitations and how they can get in our way.  The Saints main lesson takes it further.  We provide stories of legendary figures that have developed human attributes such as courage, veneration and compassion, and have stepped beyond their personal limitations to serve humanity or a great cause beyond themselves. 

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October is Mental Health Awareness Month

October is Mental Health Awareness Month

07 Oct 2021

October is Mental Health Awareness Month, an important time where the Australian community comes together to raise awareness and promote better mental health for all, and never has this need been more pertinent than at the moment. For more information about relevant Mental Health Month events, please visit this link - https://www.mhfa.org.au/cms/national-mental-health-month-2021

Below is an ‘Optimistic October’ calendar created by ‘Action for Happiness’ which includes daily activities and challenges that can encourage individuals to take actions towards increasing happiness and positive mental wellbeing. You might like to partake in the activities as a family and share your experiences.

 

Click here to download the calendar.

On the theme of mental health, please also feel free to access resources created by Reach Out for students and families that includes guide to surviving online learning, which may assist in the (hopefully) final weeks of remote learning.

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Playgroups in Term 4

Playgroups in Term 4

07 Oct 2021

Due to the current COVID situation, Glenaeon Playgroups sessions with Sandra and Nancy are not able to be held at our Castlecrag or Willoughby campuses.

Instead, Glenaeon Playgroups are offering families the chance to connect each Tuesday between 9:30am and 10:30am, starting on October 12 over Zoom. All Playgroup families are welcome to ‘drop in’ for a song, game, story, show & tell, and guided adult discussion hosted by Sandra.

Also, on offer is a Playgroup Parent Educational Evening on Tuesday 12 October between 7pm-8pm hosted by Sandra and Nancy.

The Zoom link will be sent out on Sunday October 10th. (There is no charge for these opportunities for gathering.)

If you have any further questions about Glenaeon Playgroups, please contact Sandra via email: playgroups@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 

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Kids in the Kitchen making Kaiserschmarrn

Kids in the Kitchen making Kaiserschmarrn

07 Oct 2021

German Language students recently tried their hand at cooking a much-loved Austrian recipe, a dish called, ‘Kaiserschmarrn’ a light, fluffy, caramelised pancake made from a sweet batter using flour, eggs, sugar, salt, and milk, baked in butter.  It takes its name from the Austrian emperor (Kaiser) Franz Joseph I, who was very fond of this kind of fluffy shredded pancake. It is served as a dessert or as a light lunch.

‘Gut Erledigt’ to all the cooks!

You can download Brigitte's recipe if you’d like to give it a try.

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Grassroots Eco Store - Do you need new lunchboxes, hats and slippers?

Grassroots Eco Store - Do you need new lunchboxes, hats and slippers?

07 Oct 2021

It's not long now until we will be packing lunchboxes again!

If you need to stock up on back to school essentials, you’ll find our slippers, sun hats, sustainable lunchboxes, insulated food containers and drink bottles all available online. Make use of our FREE LOCAL DELIVERY or click and collect.

We are excited to announce that Grassroots Eco Store is now an approved registered Creative Kids NSW Provider. You can redeem your voucher with us and get busy creating with our Seasonal Craft Pack!

Find out more at grassrootsecostore.com.au
Follow us on Instagram @grassroots_ecostore and be the first to find out when the Castlecrag Shop will reopen and opening hours.
Thank you for shopping locally. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon.

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2021 Glenaeon Art Show set to open 17 October

2021 Glenaeon Art Show set to open 17 October

07 Oct 2021

Artist submissions closed a few days ago on 3 October. Organisers are thrilled with the response. Over 150 submissions have been received from both established and emerging artists. At first glance, the quality of the works submitted is really pleasing.  Curators will now review all the artwork and artists will soon be informed if their pieces have been selected for inclusion in the exhibition.

Last year’s Art Show housed around 200 pieces, generating $15,000 in sales. 

This year’s exhibition will open online from Sunday 17 October and will run for three weeks, until Sunday November 7, 2021. This event is sponsored by the Glenaeon Parents Association.

To see the exhibition from October 17, go to: www.glenaeonfair.com and to book a viewing for a particular artwork please email glenaeon.artshow@gmail.com

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Term 4 Parent Education: Out of Home and Into the World

Term 4 Parent Education: Out of Home and Into the World

07 Oct 2021

After months in lockdown, Sydney will emerge during the Spring and Summer of 2021/22.  How can we and the children and young people in our families be supported to experience creative reengagement with our environments?  Approaching this question from a number of perspectives, Term 4 Parent Education at Glenaeon provides practical, hands on, family focused perspectives and ideas on getting out of our winter lockdown and back into the world in a healthy way.

Bookings are now open: https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/1397

Download the Parent Education Term 4 program flyer

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Thank you to our chicken carers

Thank you to our chicken carers

07 Oct 2021

A hearty shout out to our marvelous chicken care volunteers who came to Middle Cove campus every day of the holidays to feed, water and collect eggs from our newly combined flock of eight healthy chooks. Glenaeon families from Playgroup all the way up to Class 6 were involved.

 

Thank you! from the Garden Team 

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Spring Festival celebrated online

Spring Festival celebrated online

07 Oct 2021

The Spring Festival was not able to be held on campus at the end of Term 2, so we celebrated together online. We shared an Acknowledgement of Country and spring poetry together before enjoying a wonderful Spring Festival film produced by Clair Cisterne. Families had shared images and videos from their spring activities at home, including photos, music, stories and even staff sang a beautiful song in rounds for all to enjoy! Thank you to all who participated and shared the springtime spirit with us - it was beautiful to see you all celebrating in your homes, beaches, parks and the bush. 

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Kathy and Willa unwind

Kathy and Willa unwind

07 Oct 2021

During the lockdown, Gardening Teacher Kathy Thangathurai and her daughter Willa, currently completing HSC, have been relaxing and unwinding by winding wool. Looking at the wool in this photo has us feeling relaxed and happy too!

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Dr Stanley Tang celebrates National Bird Week (18-24 October 2021)

Dr Stanley Tang celebrates National Bird Week (18-24 October 2021)

07 Oct 2021

Our very own science teacher, Dr Stanley Tang will be a guest speaker at two separate events celebrating National Bird Week, hosted by Willoughby City Council.

The first, Talking Birds is on Thursday 14 October at 6:30pm on Zoom. Stanley, who is also a researcher, and ornithologist has been carrying out a formal, licensed survey of birds with some of our students in North Arm Reserve, investigating the dynamic of local bird populations.

To register go to: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Eventbrite/Talking-Birds-Birds-of-North-Arm-Reserve-Middle-Cove-157739650541

The second talk Introduction to the Aussie Backyard BirdCount is on Sunday 17 October at 10am and Stanley will explain how to bird watch and contribute to this annual citizen science project. Stanley will also team up with Dr Holly Parsons from Birdlife Australia to introduce some of the local species of birds that use our local reserve networks (including our beautiful Middle Cove campus) and show you how you can do your own Backyard Bird Count.

To register go to: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Eventbrite/Introduction-to-the-Aussie-Backyard-Bird-Count-157563188739

 

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Preschool Introductory webinar 19 OCT 11:15am

Preschool Introductory webinar 19 OCT 11:15am

07 Oct 2021

Preschool Director Peggy Day will host an introductory webinar for Parents considering enrolling their child in Preschool in 2022.

This webinar will take parents through the Preschool philosophy and program, with time for Q&A. To book click here.

 

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Class 5 Journey to Ancient Greece

Class 5 Journey to Ancient Greece

07 Oct 2021

Class Five finished  the term with an introduction to Greek Mythology.  Ancient Greece marks a period in human cultural development of great balance.  It is a time where humanity developed an advanced sense of aesthetic form alongside an attention to the structure of society through government and democratic processes.  The life of the mind evolved to become the essentials of philosophy and profound mathematical discoveries.  Children in Class Five sit poised on the cusp of puberty, and they too experience a sense of inner balance at the completion of childhood and a profound inner awakening.  Hence, the choice of these studies perfectly suits their stage of development.

The children loved hearing the stories of the imperfectly humanist gods and goddesses. They each completed a project in which they read, wrote, illustrated and retold the story of one of the 12 Olympian gods.  They also heard tales of the first heroes before the fall of troy.  Despite the challenges of distant learning, their work continues to demonstrate their devotion to beauty and their ever emerging capacities for writing and expression.
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Going for gold in the Glenlympics

Going for gold in the Glenlympics

16 Sep 2021

With the Olympic and Paralympic flames extinguished, there is one remaining event still running – The Glenlympics. The casual competition between Mentor/Guardian groups has been heating up in the run up to the term break, with a late flurry of activity. In its second week the competition for the games is fierce!  Countries Saville, Totterdell and Rees are at the top of the medal count table with countries like Miller and Tang following up behind.  It is hoped that little known countries like van den Tol will find their way into the games as the momentum builds.  Teams Cisterne, Tang and van den Tol need only to get their points on the board! Some of the best performances are yet to take place, so it is still up in the air to who will take out the winning position.  Celebrating Spring is of course, one of the easiest challenges and before the end of the week, we are hoping to see lots of evidence the competitors can decorate their homes and themselves to acknowledge this long tradition! We envisage a big burst of activity before the end of term!

GLENLYMPICS ‘MEDAL’ TALLY
Team Saville       525 (special mention to Mya for her wonderful enthusiasm)
Team Totterdell   340
Team Rees          310 (with some late entry runs expected from Rohan)
Team Miller         135
Team van den Tol             
Team Tang        
Team Cisterne

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Spring Festival: A reminder to all our Little Kindy to Class 6 Families!

Spring Festival: A reminder to all our Little Kindy to Class 6 Families!

16 Sep 2021

Even though we can’t celebrate traditionally, Spring is here and with it, the joy of enjoying a little more time outside in the warmer weather! Our Spring Festival will be held this Friday, September 17th, at 12 pm and you are warmly invited to join us via the link on the Spring Festival GLO page https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/1431  Please wear your floral garland to join in the Spring spirit.

During our short assembly, a special Spring Film will be uploaded to the same GLO page to be enjoyed immediately or later at your convenience. I have had a sneak peek at a draft version of the film and can confidently say that it will bring a great deal of much-needed cheer!  

We look forward to celebrating together even though we are apart.  

Happy Spring!

Dani Finch
Deputy Head of School (K-6)

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Year 8 PE students live chat with Medecins sans Frontiers health worker on the ground in Afghanistan

Year 8 PE students live chat with Medecins sans Frontiers health worker on the ground in Afghanistan

16 Sep 2021

Afghanistan has been in the news a lot lately since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban over a month ago. Our TV screens show heartbreaking images of anxious people desperate to escape.  Recently more than $1.6 billion has been pledged to help the Afghan people who are in desperate need of food, health care and protection.  So during this turbulent time, with Afghan people living in turmoil, it was unique and exceptional timing for our Year 8 PE students to have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of a health care worker from “Doctors without Borders” Tankred Stoebe – brother of Glenaeon’s PDHPE Teacher Jonas Stoebe - working on the ground in Afghanistan.

As Jonas explains, “My brother Tankred works for Doctors Without Borders around the world and I had organised for him to dial into our PE zoom lesson for an informative and interactive lesson in which he spoke about his work there and students could ask questions.

“Tankred has worked for MSF (Medecins sans Frontiers) for over 20 years and is currently in Afghanistan, Herat, for four weeks just when everyone has been trying to escape. After an introduction by me and a ‘happy to see you brother’ moment, Tankred spoke about the current situation in the country more broadly and also about his specific work and the health system’s need at the moment in Afghanistan.”

Students asked lots of good questions and Tankred was happy to answer all of them. He was able to dispel some myths and answer some challenging questions such as “Isn’t life super dangerous under the Taliban government?”, to which he replied that poverty, deprivation of basic human needs of most people haven’t changed at all and that life in the third biggest city in the country is not much different to what it was a year ago for most Afghanis.

Sadly, this does not include freedoms for women and girls which will be further restricted as the new authority gets into gear. Students learned that the Taliban currently accept aid work and Tankard reported that he saw no immediate danger to hospital staff. Yet, the whole situation is highly volatile.

Students were highly engaged in the session and asked how they could help. For students who have been having many Zoom sessions during lockdown in Sydney, this was certainly one that gave them a unique insight into life in Afghanistan during one of the country’s most defining and difficult times in history, and a timely reminder of our privilege to live where we do.

Immediately after the student Zoom with Tankred, he was interviewed on CNN News Channel. You can watch the interview here: CNN Newsroom with Robyn Curnow

For anyone wishing to support the work of MSF, please donate at www.msf.org.au, the Australian arm of the organisation.

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Campus upgrades during lockdown

Campus upgrades during lockdown

16 Sep 2021

Our Maintenance team has been very busy working away on campus during the long lockdown making many improvements. The Senior Library has had a makeover, the walkways around the Sylvia Brose Hall are completed, the pillars on the D&T Building have been repaired and painted and the Year 8 Classroom has been freshly spruced up with a lick of paint and new carpets.  Year 7 area has also had some painting work to brighten up the area.  Thanks to our hardworking Maintenance team of Chris, Michael, Noel, Sonny and Mary. Special thanks to Mary who has pivoted during lockdown from Traffic Controller at the Middle Cove School Crossing on Eastern Valley Way to COVID cleaning, sanitizing and very capably undertaking maintenance jobs around campus.

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Much eggcitement for new chooks at Middle Cove

Much eggcitement for new chooks at Middle Cove

16 Sep 2021

Our chicken coop at Middle Cove has three new residents. They seem very happy with their new home and are settling in nicely.

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The Great Glenaeon Raffle 2021

The Great Glenaeon Raffle 2021

16 Sep 2021

Well it’s that time again, to get ready for the annual Great Glenaeon Raffle, with many exciting prizes to be won, including designer wardrobes, weekend away, photography packages and “Man about the House show with Tim Ross” packages… just to name a few.

As always, the raffle is an important fundraising activity for the school, which funds many outstanding projects throughout the year. So please get your tickets and check out the many great prizes on offer and spread the word to all your family, friends and networks (Facebook and Instagram posts included).

We are extremely grateful for the many kind donations we received this year from so many of our supporters and families. Thanks also to team members Alex François, Jochen Schweitzer and Karina Schlieper for their dedication to getting this up and running again this year. The raffle will be virtually drawn this year on the 21st of November.  So don’t wait…get your tickets here and good luck!

https://www.raffletix.com.au/glenaeonfair

 

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Spring buds, berries and babies at Castlecrag

Spring buds, berries and babies at Castlecrag

16 Sep 2021

There are a lot of beautiful spring buds, berries and babies growing at Castlecrag, in readiness for children to come back during Term 4! The mulberries are growing... first the tiny leaves and now the berries have grown. We have a special white mulberry that looks like a long lamb's tail that is absoloutely delicious once it is ripe! There are little tadpoles and tiny, baby silkworms that are growing. The native bees are coming out more in the warmer weather and the buds on the lime and lemon trees tell us there will be lots of fruit next season! Happy Spring!

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A Rainbow in Spring

A Rainbow in Spring

16 Sep 2021

There are lots of flowers in bloom and just because it's the week of our Spring Festival ... here's a rainbow of flowers from our campus for you!

 

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Year 10 English Responds to Macbeth

Year 10 English Responds to Macbeth

16 Sep 2021

In English this term, Year 10 students have been studying the beautiful language in William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. Ms Rees’ class wrote some 100-word pieces of Flash Fiction inspired by the play’s desolate setting.

Read Natalia Bennett’s creative response to the opening of Macbeth:

Scotland’s hills rolled out in front of Macbeth. The sky had succumbed to the inky clouds, fat and heavy with rain. An average day. Although, you’d think after a victory, a sliver of sunshine might make an appearance. Trees spotted the surrounding lands in clusters. They shadowed the ground from any sort of light. The vivid green of the country was as usual dulled. Frigid drops of water began to pat the ground, spitting on the soldiers’ faces. Even their helmets couldn’t keep out the cold, the metal stinging their bodies. Soon, the ground was spotted with puddles and mud, which splattered with the begrudging footsteps of the men. Wind snaked past the travelling group, sending freezing air to shake their spines. Home felt like years away.

Ms Gonzalez’ class started their study of Shakespeare’s play Macbeth with a consideration of the Medieval concept of the Wheel of Fortune. It was believed individuals symbolically rode this wheel throughout life as it was spun by Fortuna, the Roman goddess of Luck, Fate and Fortune.

In the context of 2020-2021, many students related to the sense of being spun by forces out of their control, from a position of comfort, into one of endurance. Yet it was reassuring to hear students overwhelmingly articulate an alternate worldview: one based on free will, thoughtful action and self-determination. So, while the wheel of fortune may appear to spin, there was agreement that we can also spin it for the better!

Discussions over whether the glass is half-empty or half-full returned upon encountering this bleak monologue by Macbeth:

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

But do Year 10 agree with Macbeth’s assessment of the futility of life??

Below is a response from student Oscar Street:

Yet even nothing is something
For tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Stroll at this placid pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
Not leaving a single moment unlived.
The way to a joyous newborn, whose candle is newly lit!
Life is the smiling face, a rich player
Who has nothing, but loves his hour on the stage,
And then is remembered by eternity,
for the actions he hath done. Life is a tale
told by a mother, full of interest and care.
Signifying all.

Lovely work, Year 10.

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Spring Clean with Glenaeon Swap and Sell Facebook Group

Spring Clean with Glenaeon Swap and Sell Facebook Group

16 Sep 2021

If you're planning a Spring clean these holidays, why not join our Glenaeon Swap and Sell Facebook Group? This group enables parents, students and alumni to swap, sell or buy items like Glenaeon uniforms, textbooks, sports equipment or musical instruments.  Also if there is an item you need, you can add a WTB (Wanted to Buy) notice.  To join the group, go to: www.facebook.com/groups/glenaeon/ 

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Handwork at home

Handwork at home

16 Sep 2021

Here is Maaike from Class 4 finishing off a home mega craft project that she has been working on during lockdown. A woven rug made from oodles of finger knitted wool and woven onto a round board strung (warped) the same way as the woven recorder bags that are made by most children at Glenaeon.

It is wonderful to see the children at Glenaeon transferring the skills they learn at school to create beautiful handmade treasures at home!

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Spring Nature Tables at school and home

Spring Nature Tables at school and home

16 Sep 2021

Here are some lovely Spring Nature Tables from Castlecrag - enjoy as we wish you all a lovely spring holiday!

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Frankie Bouchier- The Sun Music Video release

Frankie Bouchier- The Sun Music Video release

16 Sep 2021

GlenX Frankie Bouchier (2017 cohort) has recently released a new music video. The Musician, signed to Underfoot Records, recorded the music video at our beautiful Middle Cove campus.  Congratulations Frankie on your growing success.

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The Great Glenaeon Raffle 2021

The Great Glenaeon Raffle 2021

16 Sep 2021

The annual Glenaeon Raffle is on now, with many exciting prizes to be won, including designer wardrobes, weekend away, photography packages and “Man about the House show with Tim Ross” packages… just to name a few.

As always, the raffle is an important fundraising activity for the school, which funds many outstanding projects throughout the year. So please get your tickets and check out the many great prizes on offer and spread the word to all your family, friends and networks.

We are extremely grateful for the many kind donations we received this year from so many of our supporters and families. Thanks also to team members Alex François, Jochen Schweitzer and Karina Schlieper for their dedication to getting this up and running again this year. The raffle will be virtually drawn this year on the 21st of November.  So don’t wait…get your tickets here and good luck!

https://www.raffletix.com.au/glenaeonfair

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Click here to buy your raffle tickets.

 

 

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Join the Clubs! Glenaeon “Clubs” program for Students from Class 1 through to Year 10

Join the Clubs! Glenaeon “Clubs” program for Students from Class 1 through to Year 10

19 Aug 2021

A reminder to, if you haven't already, get on board with Glenaeon's lockdown initiative for students in Class 1 to Year 10. Glenaeon Clubs run from 2:30pm each weekday afternoon.

There are a wonderful variety of activities on offer for students of all ages – from sport to art, book clubs, dance and origami.  Each club’s session length can vary. For example, Art Club runs from 2:30pm-4pm and Sport club runs for 1 hour.  Attendance is voluntary and you can join multiple clubs if you wish (one per day), and all sessions are delivered live.

To find out more about each activity, view the Glenaeon Clubs timetable, and to access the zoom links, please follow the instructions in the guide or click here: https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/3656/

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2021 Glenaeon Family Fair & Art Show

2021 Glenaeon Family Fair & Art Show

19 Aug 2021

The 2021 GLENAEON FAMILY FAIR is scheduled for 5-7 November, however, with the current lockdown it is uncertain whether we will be able to hold a physical event this year.  Please note that the Glenaeon Art Show, Raffle and Silent Auction will all be hosted online and therefore will be able to proceed regardless of any COVID-19 restrictions.

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"Reflection" by Year 10 student, Oscar Street

"Reflection" by Year 10 student, Oscar Street

19 Aug 2021

Last Newsletter we shared the news that two Glenaeon High School students - Charlie Scharf, Year 8, and Oscar Street, Year 10 - had been shortlisted in the Mosman Youth Awards in Literature.

Oscar has kindly shared his shortlisted poem, titled, Reflection:

 

 

 

Waves of stars reflected on the ocean

Wash in from the sea, flowing into your sight

Like the ocean’s dark depths, your eyes shimmer

Strewn with the glowing sand of stars.

 

The milky way flows with them

Like sediment in a great river

Like dust in a whirling tornado,

Like cities on a giant earth.

 

The stars out-glowed only by the boulderous pearl,

The constant in changing,

The sovereign of the sky

The queen of the tide

The floating light of the moon.

 

But still, the moon in all its glory,

Is a holy dot on the star scattered void,

A void that encompasses all water and earth,

A void with the power to rip all to dust,

And a void with the power to create all life.

 

The boundless stretch of the eternal void,

The universe which contains the silver moon and sediment stars,

The stage that has acted every scene of reality…

Reflected in the eyes of one human,

An infinitely small human,

Who gazes into this giant sky and dreams.

 

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Year 12: Exams in Unusual Times

Year 12: Exams in Unusual Times

19 Aug 2021

 

 

Year 12 students are currently hard at work and in the middle of their online HSC Trial examinations.

The students have shown significant flexibility and praiseworthy personal capacity during this very challenging time and it must be acknowledged that, although COVID hit us last year and the Year 12 cohort of 2020 were the first to be impacted by lockdowns, these fine young men and women of 2021 have had to face considerably greater challenges that have, most unfortunately, fallen at a very significant point in their HSC year! We stand in admiration of students and parents who have had to adjust to rapidly changing NSW Health and NESA advice, and who have found their final term of secondary schooling looking quite different. Celebrations of the students’ achievements which would usually be shared with parents, the broader school community and guests at Showcases and assemblies will be made available in digital form later in the year, but at this stage I would like to give you a glimpse into how they’re going, and they are travelling very well!

This image shows the upload process after a very successful English Standard and Advanced Paper 2 exam, completed under examination conditions and supervised via Zoom by Library Technician, Chris Tang and English Advanced Teacher, Jacqueline Rees. At the time of writing we have three days of exams behind us, and all processes have been running very smoothly … and may that continue (I am touching wood as I write this!).

Elizabeth Nevieve, Deputy Head of School (Years 7-12)

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Forest bathing for staff wellbeing

Forest bathing for staff wellbeing

19 Aug 2021

Taking a walk through the bush, listening to the surrounding sounds, maybe a buzzing bee or a trickling creek, going on an adventure to nowhere in particular, or watching the sunset from a rocky outcrop, are wonderful ways of unwinding both mentally and physically. 

During our current lockdown, “switching off” and being present can be especially difficult. So, finding a moment to reconnect with the world around us and taking the time to listen, breath and experience is more important than ever. Connection with the natural world increases our general wellbeing and by slowing down, we are able to have a nourishing break from the stress and challenges we are currently facing. 

Forest bathing is a practice that calms the nervous system and reminds us to be present in our lives. And the great thing is, it can be done anywhere, inside your home, in your garden, in a park or in the bush. It is a research-based framework for supporting wellness and healing through immersion in natural environments. The movement is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to “forest bathing”.

Outdoor Education Coordinator, Kirsten Gardiner (KG), recently led staff in a beautiful forest bathing session as part of our School's teacher wellbeing program. She guided us through a session of exploration, awakening our curiosity, engaging the senses, all the while accompanied by a chorus of cockatoos. We finished our hour-and-a-half “walk” with a tea ceremony, where we thanked the Earth for all that she offers us. Teachers were all in agreement that over that period of time we spent with KG, our ‘busy’ thoughts slowed down and we were able to feel a calm connectedness with the space around us. 

Thank you, KG for a wonderfully recuperating experience. I cannot recommend your session highly enough! 

Elena Rowan, Year 7 Teacher

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Glenaeon in The Sydney Morning Herald

Glenaeon in The Sydney Morning Herald

19 Aug 2021

Last week, Head of School, Andrew Hill was quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald (print and online editions) on how schools are managing student wellbeing and mental health during the extended lockdown period.  Much thanks to Journalist Jenny Noyes for including Glenaeon in her story. You can read the article here.

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Glenaeon celebrates National Science Week

Glenaeon celebrates National Science Week

19 Aug 2021

National Science Week is Australia's annual celebration of all things science. We are mid-way through National Science Week which will run until 22 August. The school theme for National Science Week 2021 is Food: Different by Design. It honours the United Nations International Year of Fruits and Vegetables and the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development.

At Glenaeon, we have been celebrating Science Week 2021 with fruit and light!

 

Year 11 Physics

Year 11 Physics have been studying electric circuits this term and have been enjoying building and qualitatively and quantitively analysing both series and parallel circuits. This is a practical unit, best studied through application, and it has been wonderful that the students have had access to individual kits with all the necessary components to tinker away. Striving for a intuitive understanding of electric circuits is no easy task, especially when learning online, but with the practical kits supporting the students there have been plenty of both figurative and literal light bulb moments!

Jennifer Macgonigal, Physics/Mathematics Teacher

 

Year 11 Chemistry

Year 11 Chemistry students started the term busily analysing and comparing quantities of vitamin C found in various fruits and vegetables as part of their Chemistry Depth Study Main Lesson. Students picked up a mini-chemistry experiment kit from school that allowed them to carry out quantitative analysis at home, on kitchen benches, dining tables and even in bathroom sinks! The fruit of their labour showed that kiwi, broccoli and capsicum are very good sources of vitamin C, storing your food at a cooler temperature will preserve the amount of vitamin C better, and that you want to be quick when you’re washing your fruit and vegetables to avoid vitamin C loss to water. 

Yura Totsuka, Head of Department (Science)

STEM Teachers 'graduate'

Glenaeon is a partner school of The University of Sydney STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy, which at our school is actually run as a SHTEEM unit with English and History included. Some of our Teachers completed the program last month after submitting their reflection of the 2020 unit, ‘Academy of Renaissance Curators’, that last year’s Year 8 students undertook.  So it was a wonderful coincidence that this week, during National Science Week, our 'graduating' Teachers received their certificates.

Our congratulations to Yura Totsuka (Head of Department) Science; Ella Pooley, Alice Livermore, Hernan Carol-Garis, Evan Sanders, Elena Rowan and Stanley Tang for your work in this program.

Unfortunately, lockdown has altered our Year 8 STEM activities this term, but hopefully our students will feel some of the benefit from this wonderful program through GLO and again when they finally return for face-to-face learning.

More information about Science Week can be found at www.scienceweek.net.au

#scienceweek #STEM #physics #chemistry

 

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Student resources packed to go

Student resources packed to go

19 Aug 2021

Our thanks to all the staff involved in getting student learning resources packed and ready for parent pick up, and our thanks to all the Parents who are so marvelously supporting their children through this difficult time.

We miss our students very much, and look forward to having them back on campus and in the classroom once more! We also really appreciate how stressful this situation is for everyone. Thank you students, thank you parents and also thanks to our dedicated teachers and staff.

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Counting Castles in Class 2

Counting Castles in Class 2

19 Aug 2021

Class 2 are building the Coloured Castle in their Mathematics Main Lesson with teacher Rodney Dean. They each have cuisenaire rods at home and are learning more complex mathematics equations, learning to build the castles of numbers - literally, the building blocks of math! Rodney's colourful drawing and explanations both on Zoom and pre-recorded help the children as they deepen their understanding of multiplication with larger numbers.

The story follows a character who is building a hospital and he needs a LOT of bricks. He learns that instead of counting each brick individually, he can use strategies to calculate an area of bricks to make it easier and quicker. His problem is that there are more bricks in each row than he knows time tables for - rows of 30 for example - so he needs to use his prior knowledge of numbers to split 30 into 3 x 10 bricks and then work out the number of rows he has... and he DOES know his ten times table! It saves him so much time too!

 

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Creative crafters from Castlecrag!

Creative crafters from Castlecrag!

19 Aug 2021

Handwork at home is currently supported with a lot of resources that have been sent home  as well as videos, patterns and an online Craft Club to encourage children (and parents!) to join in. This is an opportunity for all to undertake many craft projects and even learn new skills, or make something new with the skills they have! The children in Class 1 have been finishing their beautiful recorder bags with plaited handle, and are moving on to make woven pouches, finger-knitting and even some beginning to knit with needles! Handwork teacher Elizabeth Ellean has prepared may instructional videos and resources so that the children can make any number of wonderful things from home.   Class 1 & 2 are having a go at ponchos, beanies, weaving ideas and even the tricky Egyptian 8-string plait. Well done, clever crafters! We love to see your creations!

Craft Club with Merryn is on Friday afternoons at 2:30pm - come along to enjoy time together crafting, asking questions about your projects and seeing other faces too!

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Castlecrag Building and Blooming

Castlecrag Building and Blooming

19 Aug 2021

Maintenance and staff are making the most of this time on campus to build, repair and rejuvenate the campus, ready for when children return. Melony, Angela, Michael, Noel and Outdoor Education teacher Scott Williams have a fantastic list of projects they are working on so the campus will be shining, tidy and improved! Painting, oiling the outdoor structures, repairing and sorting the children's tool shed, a new Kindy sandpit wall and sorting the costume cupboard for school plays are just some of the projects taking place. Meanwhile, the daffodils are blooming outside Class 1, the jasmine has burst into blossom and this year's poppies are coming up by the hundreds!

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Nature tables at school and home

Nature tables at school and home

19 Aug 2021

Seasonal Nature tables are a tradition at Glenaeon - a small table the celebrates the seasonal changes and often is a little story scene itself. Before we say goodbye to our lovely Winter Nature tables here at Castlecrag, have a look at both the school's and some of the Little Kindy children's Nature tables at home. 

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Year 7 - Wish, Wonder and Surprise

Year 7 - Wish, Wonder and Surprise

19 Aug 2021

Year 7 completed a Main Lesson titled 'Wish, Wonder and Surprise' - and English Main Lesson focusing on poetry, writing and the text 'Jonathon Livingstone Seagull' by Richard Bach. It is an inner exploration of personal development alongside the English curriculum, with students exploring and reflecting on their own wishes and dreams, the role of awe wonder in the world, gratitude and grace. They read classic poems by Ezra Pound, Dylan Thomas as well as a novel study exploring Jonathon Livingstone Seagull's inner challenges and experiences and their own biographical story of their place in this world - truly a wonderful way to explore in Year 7! This Main Lesson also combined beautiful artwork led by Art Teacher Julia Byrne, included in their Main Lesson books.

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Class 5 continue Australian History

Class 5 continue Australian History

19 Aug 2021

In continuation of study of Australian History 'Into Tangled Ravines', Class 5 have been learning about the first few years of settlement. The aboriginal tribes suffered greatly during this time, and the history of Windradyne and the hundreds of indigenous tribal lands was explored. They followed explorers Matthew Flinders, Hovell and Hume, John Oxley, James Ruse, Lawson, Wentworth & Blaxland in their respective journeys inland and circumnavigations. Class teacher Katherine Arconati delivered a rich online curriculum, including an online live excursion to the State Library about the First Fleet, a film-making project from each student on one journey and artwork lessons with Glenaeon Art Teacher Julia Byrne. The children are also reading a text called Tom Appleby Convict Boy which brings their history studies into vivid imagination. The children first made their own antiqued diaries using coffee and tea leaves and have been writing beautifully sensitive responses to the novel, exploring highly relevant themes such as courage and resilience.  Below is a response written by Eleanor Rush in response to the “courage cloak” described by Tom Appleby.

 

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Class 5 Movie Project - Australian History films

Class 5 Movie Project - Australian History films

19 Aug 2021

Lockdown presents an opportunity for families to work together and to engage in other forms of learning tasks that would not be possible at school. Students were asked to make a film of one person from their Australian History Main Lesson, using any technique. The student films are wonderful and highly creative starring themselves, family members and even pets! Techniques used include video film stories, stop-motion, story-reading with hand-drawn illustrations, box puppets, shadow puppetry and old fashioned film styles. Here are some stills from just some of these wonderfully creative films! The Class has its own online Film Festival file and families have been able to sit down, relax and enjoy the class films!

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Class 5 takes square metre challenge to the next level

Class 5 takes square metre challenge to the next level

05 Aug 2021

Class 5 Teacher Katherine Arconati recently set a home learning challenge to her students to create a square metre geometric design as part of their study learning about area.  Students responded very creatively indeed.  Take a look at the results! Lucia decided to also try the Glenaeon emblem and figured it out! It was a family effort with Lucia's Year 4 sister Sigrid also lending a hand. Take a look at these other student creative responses. Well done to all, you've completely warmed our hearts!

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Sport Club kicks off for Classes 4-6 with Jonas

Sport Club kicks off for Classes 4-6 with Jonas

05 Aug 2021

Glenaeon students are reminded of the importance of keeping up physical activity during the lockdown period.  Now, Students from Class 4-6 can participate in Sports Club with Glenaeon’s PDHPE Teacher and host Jonas Stoebe. Jonas will be running Sports Club each Monday from 2:30pm for an hour, via Zoom. This week students gathered together online and were coached through a number of sets of exercises including stretching, planking and other movements that got the heart pumping!  The session  provided a social moment to reconnect with other students and enjoy some fun and activity together. Jonas said, “Students can get some healthy time away from their study desk, take their device outside, enjoy a workout together and share interests and skills. I look forward to energising the young each week!”

For more information, go to the Sports Club page on GLO. BYO juggling balls next week.

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Grassroots Eco Store - Lockdown Gift Packs Delivered

Grassroots Eco Store - Lockdown Gift Packs Delivered

05 Aug 2021

Although the shop on campus is closed during lockdown our online shop remains open with FREE LOCAL DELIVERY. Thank you to everyone who has been ordering online! If you need extra Main Lesson Books, Pencils, Sharpeners, Crayons or Wool you’ll find everything you need in the Arts & Craft section of the website and all items can be delivered straight to your doorstep!

Do you have a friend who could use a bit of love during lockdown? Why not send them an eco-friendly Lockdown Love Package filled with gorgeous Australian-made products sure to lift their spirits and let them know you're thinking of them!

Have kids who need something to brighten their day? We have also put together a Kids Rainbow Craft Pack filled with a beautiful selection of rainbow craft supplies sure to inspire hours of colourful creativity!

It's easy to shop locally online: grassrootsecostore.com.au

If you need something you can’t find on the website, please don’t hesitate to contact Taryn (0409 022 327) and she will be happy to help any way she can.

Follow us on Instagram @grassroots_ecostore to be the first to find out about our new products and the stories behind them!

Thank you for shopping locally. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon.

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Charlie and Oscar shortlisted in the Mosman Youth Awards in Literature

Charlie and Oscar shortlisted in the Mosman Youth Awards in Literature

05 Aug 2021

We’re delighted to share the news that two Glenaeon High School students - Charlie Scharf, Year 8, and Oscar Street, Year 10 - have been shortlisted in the Mosman Youth Awards in Literature.

The Mosman Youth Awards in Literature is an annual prose and poetry competition which attracts budding poets, playwrights and authors from primary and secondary schools across the state, all of whom compete for a share in the $2,000 prize pool.

Charlie wrote a poem as part of our Geography main lesson, and then submitted this as his entry. Oscar also submitted a poem.

Due to COVID restrictions the awards presentation will be announced online later this month.  For more information go to: https://mosman.nsw.gov.au/library/Get-Involved/youth-awards-in-literature

Our warmest congratulations to both Charlie and Oscar for their efforts and achievement. We feel very proud of you both.

Well done Charlie and Oscar!

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Serenity in the garden

Serenity in the garden

05 Aug 2021

It's very very quiet without all our students here on campus. But there is still work to be done. With Sandra and Kathy's guidance, pumpkins have been harvested and chickens are being cared for. Our peaceful garden is also getting the occasional visit from a few familiar faces taking a breather from GLO. Here's Sarah (from reception) in the garden with EA, Sally Davidson, and Wellbeing Coordinator Emily Fam, and our Gardening Teacher and Playgroups Coordinator, Sandra Frain.

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Wrap with Love

Wrap with Love

05 Aug 2021

Wrap with Love is a lockdown project that our students can take part in via our Remote Learning Clubs (Knit for Love) Thursdays at 2:30pm for Class 3 to Year 10 and Craft Club on Friday’s at 2:30pm with Merryn Hamilton.  All students are invited to watch the pre-recorded videos by Elizabeth Ellean on Glenaeon Learning Online (GLO) to help your get started, and join the weekly Knit for Love or Craft Club to make the squares.

A Wrap With Love personal wrap comprises 28 squares, 25 cm x 25 cm (10 inches x 10 inches) sewn together in 4 rows by 7 rows to size 100cm x 175cm (40 inches x 70 inches) completed. A Wrap can be knitted, crocheted, machine knitted or woven , with wool, acrylic or lined patchwork.

Glenaeon will then coordinate delivery of the completed wraps to the ‘A Wrap With Love’ charity warehouse in Alexandria, NSW, then over forty non-denominational and non-political aid agencies distribute them to those in greatest need around the globe.  To find out more about Wrap with Love go to https://www.wrapwithlove.org/ or if your child would like to participate in this wonderful school project, join the club on GLO!

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Playgroups fun

Playgroups fun

05 Aug 2021

Lockdown has meant that our Playgroups team has had to pivot its delivery model and is now provided via Zoom, email and phone calls with our wonderful Playgroup families. Songs, stories and craft ideas are sent through to families to enjoy.  We have also delivered parent-only sessions with Child Development Experts Peggy Day (Director Glenaeon Preschool) and Mary Heard (Simplicity Parenting Coach) to give Parents extra support at this difficult time.

Playgroup leaders Sandra and Nancy are very much looking forward to the time when Playgroup families can once again have fun at our Willoughby and Castlecrag campuses.

Here are some Playgroup photos taken during Term 2.

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Sandra Frain brings Storytime Club home

Sandra Frain brings Storytime Club home

05 Aug 2021

For students and families of Class 1-3 who might feel stuck at home with ‘NOTHING to DO’, Sandra invites you to join her on Zoom for STORYTIME each Tuesday between 2:30pm-3:30pm.

Sandra says, “Bring your favourite pillow and blanket to cozy-up with. Perhaps you have a cuddly doll or animal to bring to STORYTIME too. You can close your eyes and just listen to me, or you may look at the screen to see what you can see.

After the puppet story, we can make a story together with your cuddly friends too.”

No registration is required, please join the Zoom at the start of class each week via GLO.

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Glenaeon launches “Clubs” program for Students from Class 1 through to Year 10

Glenaeon launches “Clubs” program for Students from Class 1 through to Year 10

05 Aug 2021

We are very excited to announce the launch of a brand new initiative for students in Class 1 to Year 10 during the remote learning period in 2021.  Glenaeon Clubs run from 2:30pm each weekday afternoon  and the first sessions ran on Monday with good attendance across the board.

There are a wonderful variety of activities on offer for students of all ages – from sport to art, book clubs, dance and origami.  Each club’s session length can vary. For example, Art Club runs from 2:30pm-4pm and Sport club runs for 1 hour.  Attendance is voluntary and you can join multiple clubs if you wish (one per day), and all sessions are delivered live.

To find out more about each activity, view the Glenaeon Clubs timetable, and to access the zoom links, please follow the instructions in the guide or click here: https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/3656/

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Year 7's Archie Carter in the Australian Baseball Championships

Year 7's Archie Carter in the Australian Baseball Championships

05 Aug 2021

During the middle of last Term, Archie Carter (Year 7) and his representative baseball team, the Ryde Hawks travelled to Mildura, VIC to compete at the Australian Baseball Intermediate League Championships. Archie’s team were the NSW Champions after having won the state tournament undefeated, and had spent the term training hard to take on the best teams from all around Australia.

In non COVID years the winner of the Australian Championships wins through to the World Series, where they play teams from all over the planet.

After a long bus trip and some torrid weather playing in cold and wet conditions, Archie and the Hawks were poised for a top placed finish after three days of pool play. They had locked in top seed semi-final position after winning three games against West Australian and Victorian champion teams, dropping only one game by a single run.

Sadly, on the day of the semi-final, Victoria’s snap lockdown due to COVID cancelled the tournament, but it was still a great experience for Archie, taking on the best baseballers in Australia and showing that he could match it with the best.

Archie is a versatile player, featuring in a range of positions at both the State and National tournaments and was lauded by coaches for his energy, teamwork and aggressive hitting and base running.

Well done Archie!

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Spring has sprung early at Castlecrag!

Spring has sprung early at Castlecrag!

05 Aug 2021

Spring has sprung early at Castlecrag campus! The bulbs planted in Autumn have grown, garden beds that the children turned over with Sandra are growing, and we have beautiful flowers blooming across the campus. We wanted to show you how glorious they are! You can see jonquils, daffodils, the cherry blossom tree, wattles and even the humble dandelion flower! There are also wild raspberries and the tamarillos which grew fruit at the end of last term. Our friendly morning kookaburra still comes every day to say hello, sitting on the fence, a tree or the monkey bars. Sandra has been gardening and watering and we miss the children so much. Hello to all the children at home from Castlecrag!

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Class 1 Zooming with Jennifer and climbing trees

Class 1 Zooming with Jennifer and climbing trees

05 Aug 2021

Class 1 children have been Zooming with Class teacher Jennifer Stone each morning as they recall their story, work in their Main Lesson books and catch up together each day. Keeping the connection to the Class Teacher Jennifer Stone is important, and they have been learning English, grammar and sentence formation through the rich world of the Russian Fairytales. The children also have Jennifer's audio recordings of her stories, Morning Circle, verses and songs, and literacy/maths worksheets and games. They follow a very similar rhythm to what the children would learn if at school, including afternoon sessions of Japanese & Craft. They have also been having fun in their favourite trees, and noted National Tree Day for schools last Friday!

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Castlecrag Packs for Kindergartens  - Class 2

Castlecrag Packs for Kindergartens - Class 2

05 Aug 2021

The Kindergartens, Class 1 & 2 have packed bags for the families to collect as resources for Remote Learning. Initially they all collected their Pencils, books, recorders and other stationery, and further bags of craft supplies. Activities for the Kindergarten children have been prepared for collection. It's a busy time at school supporting all the students working so well at home. We are so proud of the children and families learning and playing at home during this time. We miss them all SO much! We look forward to the day when we can have all children back on campus again and the laughter and chatter returns.

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Chickens enjoying the playground at Castlecrag

Chickens enjoying the playground at Castlecrag

05 Aug 2021

Our chickens Princess, Ebony and Caramel have grown a lot and are enjoy getting out and about at school. They have even ventured into the Class 1 & 2 playground! They are laying eggs now and we look forward to when our Kindy children can cook these again for morning tea! Until then, the egg basket fills up, and some even found their way to the Rainbow Fairy in reception!

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The Kindy garden is waiting

The Kindy garden is waiting

05 Aug 2021

The Kindy Garden has been waiting very quietly and very patiently of late, for all the children to come back and fill the space with their laughter and warmth. Mother Nature has been very slowly doing what she always does towards the end of winter, awakening the plants and trees; even the little native bees in their nest on Grandfather Gum's trunk, have started to venture out in the warmer winter days. The bulbs that the children planted after Easter, are now sweet-smelling, yellow flowers dancing about in the breezes, while the blossom tree is a riot of magenta, as the chickens scratch about her roots. Little Kindy's potatoes have sprung into life and have grown green and tall. And the classrooms too, wait very quietly and very patiently, for the children to come back.

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Save the Date: 2021 Glenaeon Family Fair & Art Show

Save the Date: 2021 Glenaeon Family Fair & Art Show

22 Jul 2021

2021 GLENAEON FAMILY FAIR & ART SHOW
5-7 November 2021
Glenaeon Castlecrag Campus: 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag

Important Note: Please note that the Art Show, Raffle and Silent Auction will all be hosted online and therefore will be able to proceed regardless of any COVID-19 restrictions. Events such as the Art Show Opening Night and the Family Fair will be dependent on what restrictions may be in place at the time. We will advise closer to the time.

Friday 5 November * Art Show Opening Night - wine & cheese, silent auction exhibition, 7pm
Saturday 6 November * Family Fair, 10am - 4pm

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CALL OUT to Glenaeon parents, teachers and community who create their own hand craft, ceramics or jewellery. If you would like to sell your creations at the Fair, please contact Clare Gordon for more information (email: C.Gordon@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

We are looking for musicians and performers!  If you are interested in being part of our Fair Entertainment Program on Saturday 6 November, we would love to hear from you!  

DONATION of pre-loved books and clothes (for adult and children) in good condition, would be greatly appreciated for our school stalls. 
*Details for drop-off will be announced when COVID restrictions ease. Please hold onto your good quality books and clothing until then.*

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Thank you for your generosity

Thank you for your generosity

22 Jul 2021

In May this year, we launched our Annual Giving Campaign, Building for the Future aiming to raise funds for the continued development of our Masterplan. We also took the opportunity to share with those in our community the details of much work that has taken place in the past 18 months by hosting three information events.

We are delighted to report that through this year’s Annual Giving Campaign we raised a total of $70,891.

Thank you to everyone who contributed.  These funds will be used to help keep Glenaeon students learning in high-quality spaces for years to come.

 

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Grassroots Eco Store - Delivering Supplies for Home Learning

Grassroots Eco Store - Delivering Supplies for Home Learning

22 Jul 2021

Although the shop on campus is closed during lockdown our online shop remains open with FREE LOCAL DELIVERY. Thank you to everyone who has been ordering online! If you need extra Main Lesson Books, Pencils, Sharpeners, Crayons or Wool you’ll find everything you need in the Arts & Craft section of the website and all items can be delivered straight to your doorstep!

If you are taking the Plastic Free July challenge and looking for alternatives to reduce plastic products in your home we have some wonderful new products like natural Dish Brushes and Plant-Based Dishcloths that make it easy to go plastic-free in the kitchen. With lots of other ideas to be found in the Home section of the website.

Look out for the full range of nourishing Southern Swan products, which have now been restocked online.

Elizabeth Ellean has made more of her colourfully dyed Silk and Muslin Playcloths, available in all the seasonal colours to add some rainbows to your home learning spaces!

It's easy to shop locally online: grassrootsecostore.com.au

If you need something you can’t find on the website, please don’t hesitate to contact Taryn (0409 022 327) and she will be happy to help any way she can. Follow us on Instagram @grassroots_ecostore to be the first to find out about our new products and the stories behind them! 

Thank you for shopping locally. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon.

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Feeling cooped up?

Feeling cooped up?

22 Jul 2021

We hope that these recently taken photos of our lovely chickens, put a smile on your face, and momentarily make you forget about the lockdown. Our chickens hope to see everyone back on campus very soon! 

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New pathways to surround the Sylvia Brose Hall

New pathways to surround the Sylvia Brose Hall

22 Jul 2021

At the sound of the home-time bell at the end of Term 2, work began on a number of improvement projects around the campus. Whilst the work tools have had to be put down for the time being during the lockdown, we are pleased to showcase the progress that was made in the first part of the school holidays. We can't wait for our new wooden pathways to be walked down. Thanks to our Operations and Facilities Manager, Chris Scrogie and the builders from Aranac for all their hard work on this project.

 

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Year 9's Sophie Lewis shortlisted for The Text Prize

Year 9's Sophie Lewis shortlisted for The Text Prize

22 Jul 2021

We are excited to announce that Year 9 student Sophie Lewis is one of seven authors shortlisted for The Text Prize. In Year 8 every student undertakes a project, and last year Sophie Lewis wrote a novel, The Boy in the Field, about her great-grandfather.  She submitted the novel to the Text Prize and was chosen from hundreds of manuscripts.  The overall winner will be announced on July 29. The prize is $10,000 and a publishing contract. Her proud parents said, "It’s really thanks to the Year 8 Project that she is in this position. Without it she would not have gone the extra mile to finish the book and realise the potential that she had as a writer. It’s one thing to sit and write every day (she does this) but another thing to see a project through to the end."

Congratulations Sophie, on making the shortlist and we wish you well for the final. We are all very proud of you!

Read the blog announcing the shortlisted writers here:

https://www.textpublishing.com.au/blog/announcing-the-shortlist-for-the-2021-text-prize-for-young-adult-and-children-s-writing

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When schooling at home, rhythm is your best friend by Mary Heard

When schooling at home, rhythm is your best friend by Mary Heard

22 Jul 2021

Rhythm is the key to discipline, the secret Steiner schools have always understood. It is also the secret to making children feel secure, 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. Home Schooling last time may have been a bit chaotic or formless but we can start this term mapping out with our child/ren what home schooling is going to look like from now on.

As our children have the school rhythm already built into their body clock it is best to stick with that as much as possible. Insist that our children are dressed and ready to start learning at the usual school time - making sure we are free ourselves at this time to get everyone set up. Younger children can also go to their play area at this time as though they are doing their ‘work’ too.

Keep to the morning tea and lunch times of school, we can try to get all the inside activities completed in the morning and then go outside in the afternoon. Outside of school times we need to engage our children in as much of the home life as possible to keep them occupied and to make our own lives easier. Children should be given as many tasks as they can manage like preparing food, cleaning up their rooms daily, packing away the dishes, looking after the garden etc. I would also suggest a long family walk every day for at least an hour. This way we can wear our children out a bit, get some good exercise ourselves and get some outside time.

In order to establish our authority we need to give directions to our children that they can understand and follow. We must be careful not to disguise our directions as questions or requests. I always think the teacher’s ‘now it’s time to…..’ works very well. Once we have established these actions over a few days they will become habits. Also we should try to talk to our children as little as possible, we will see as we try to do this how many unnecessary things we say during the day.

If we only speak when necessary, we will notice how much more our children will listen.

We can say to our children ‘you need to play by yourself now until I finish my work’ (this time will depend on the child’s age) making it clear that they cannot disturb us for that time as we need to get our work done. So long as children have good solid blocks of our undivided attention they should also be able to cope with blocks of time while we do our work. When we do spend time with them we can spend that time doing household chores like hanging out washing or putting it away so that we have the chance to get things done while also being with them. If we spend our time doing chores with our children they will be even happier to have some ‘downtime’ to just play while we leave them alone.

We should try to resist the temptation to put our children in front of screens as this will just make their behaviour worse the rest of the time, reduce their capacity for deep play and encourage them to whinge and whine hoping for more screen time. if we allow our screen time to increase during lockdown we are bound to regret it when lockdown is over. If we need our child to be occupied in the afternoon for a while without us, audiobooks are a good compromise – we can use the opportunity to expose our children to some of the classics we may not have had time to read like ‘Swallows and Amazons’ or the Narnia series.

This is not an easy time for parents who are going through their own anxieties, trying to work from home, managing different age children, sickness and trying to keep family life manageable. Of course it will be 3 steps forward and 2 steps back a lot of the time however if we put the effort in for the first few days and establish and an element of predictability there will be a lot more room for love, compassion, kindness and fun in the home.

 

Mary Heard is a Simplicity Parenting Coach. Visit https://www.maryheardsimplicityparenting.com/ for more information.

 

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Greater Flexibility in Paying your School Fees

Greater Flexibility in Paying your School Fees

22 Jul 2021

The School is working with Edstart to help give you greater flexibility with your school fee payments. With Edstart, they will pay the school on your behalf and you can spread your repayments in weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments. You can also reduce your repayment amount by extending your education costs beyond the current school year up to 5 years after your child’s graduation.

Edstart is more flexible than a traditional payment plan. You can adjust your repayments at any time without incurring any fees or charges.

Watch this brief video to find out more and to apply, visit https://edstart.com.au/glenaeon 

 

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Three Glenaeon students named as Finalists in the 2021 Northern Beaches Environmental Art & Design Prize

Three Glenaeon students named as Finalists in the 2021 Northern Beaches Environmental Art & Design Prize

22 Jul 2021

Three cheers for three Glenaeon students/alumna named as Finalists in the 2021 Northern Beaches Environmental Art & Design Prize.

Congratulations to our own:

  • Elicia Ferguson, Syria (Class of 2020);
  • Kauri Palmer, Life, Again (Year 12); and
  • Anouk Swanepoel, CAN you Save Me?  (Year 10)

 Presented by the Northern Beaches Council, the exhibition of their work “will celebrate the vibrancy of the Australian arts and design community and the importance of its level of engagement in conversations about renewal, regeneration and issues impacting the human and natural world.”

In the Young Artist/Designer section 53 finalists were selected across the 7-12 and 13-18 years categories. Well done to our student artists!

You can read the announcement here: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/arts-and-culture/northern-beaches-environmental-art-and-design-prize/2021-finalists

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12 AUG - Introductory Webinars now open for bookings

12 AUG - Introductory Webinars now open for bookings

22 Jul 2021

We have two introductory webinar events coming up on Thursday 12 August to help give prospective families an insight into the benefits of a Glenaeon Education.  The Primary School webinar is at 9:30am and the High School introductory webinar is at 7:30pm.  Bookings can be made via our website: www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au Click on the yellow "Book A Tour" link at the top of our homepage.

 

 

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Kindy Winter Festival (Throwback to Term 2, when everything was ‘normal’)

Kindy Winter Festival (Throwback to Term 2, when everything was ‘normal’)

22 Jul 2021

The Kindy children had been preparing for their Festival for a while; they had made their lanterns, their parents had come to school and made theirs. They had enjoyed finding logs and sawing them for the fire and were always on the lookout for any kindling to add to the growing pile. They had been busy on the day making star biscuits to share with everyone and some wonderful parents had made delicious pumpkin soup. 

And so the school day ended and the children were excited to find that they weren't going home, but staying on to have supper at school. The fire was lit and the Festival began. Sitting around the fire at dusk we enjoyed the soup, cheesy scones and mandarins. Then it was off into the growing darkness to watch a surprise puppet play that the teachers had prepared. And then began the lantern walk underneath a beautiful starry sky, with a nearly full moon shining down on the children and teachers, as we wove our way carrying our lanterns so carefully and singing our winter songs. We sang our way back to the fire and found all the parents waiting for us. And as we all sang together and enjoyed the warmth of the fire, the songs and the star biscuits (and a visit from a curious possum), we celebrated the longest night with our Winter Festival.  (Sarah David, Kindergarten Teacher)

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Students explore The Cove on a visit to Warrah

Students explore The Cove on a visit to Warrah

22 Jul 2021

Last month, Year 9s visited Warrah School, as part of our our community engagement and service excursions within The Cove Program.

Community as one of the pillars around which the program is built (achievement and autonomy being the other two), means we want to involve and expose our students to altruistic community based work. The idea of service and giving back is an important aspect of learning at that age and will sensitize the students towards supporting people living life with challenges and to build empathy within them.

The day at Warrah was structured into morning activities around community service when students in groups of four helped the Warrah maintenance team in various tasks around the farm and school including weeding, planting and cleaning tasks. One group was able to clean windows of one of the residences for people who permanently reside at Warrah and who have a much broader age range of up to 75 years. During the cleaning session students were involved in many at hoc encounters with residents who eagerly approached our students and struck up conversations. A shared morning tea brought us even closer to the people looking after the residents and the residents themselves which was a wonderful occasion. The students went from a rather shy and observational start, to an engaging and friendly exchange and deeper understanding of what it can mean to live with a disability.

The lunchtime and afternoon was based around interaction with students at Warrah School, which work with the indication of Rudolf Steiner bringing meaningful interaction to the students being educated at Warrah. Our students met the Warrah students at their playground for some get-to-know-one-another activity on the trampoline and swing. Later, our students brought some games and activities to the Warrah students and staff. Both parties benefitted a lot from one another.

It was visible how important such exchange and engagement is for young people who may not have had the opportunity to get to know people each living with unique and different challenges. Here it was essential to engage, to overcome initial hesitance and to allow oneself to be open. The Glenaeon students really enjoyed the day and also visited the organic farm shop and farm, and left with the experience and appreciation of diversity and inclusion, open hearts and open minds.

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Pizza Day rolls around

Pizza Day rolls around

22 Jul 2021

Our students got to enjoy a wonderful Pizza Day last term. Many hands made light work: kneading the dough, spreading the sauce, and placing toppings including fresh herbs from the biodynamic garden. Then, into the wood-fired pizza oven they went. The pizzas were absolutely delicious and we can't wait until the next pizza day!

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Call for Prize donations

Call for Prize donations

22 Jul 2021

My name is Alex Francois, Gabriel’s dad from Class 4. I am very excited and honoured to be asked to co-ordinate this year’s online raffle for the Fair in November.  I am also being supported in this project by Jochen Schweitzer and Karina Schlieper. 

It’s a great opportunity to raise substantial funds for the benefit of the school and I would like to ask for your generous support with offers of prizes for the raffle. 

The proceeds go to the GPA to support many worthwhile projects at the school for the benefit of all students. 

Please get in touch with any suggestions or offers by 30 July. (Email: alexfrancois118@gmail.com or 0416040835). We look forward to a very successful raffle again this year. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

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Human-centred learning

Human-centred learning

22 Jul 2021

Our creative and dedicated teachers and support staff have worked tirelessly to bring our Glenaeon education into your homes!  The challenge of transforming human-centred on-site learning experiences into online remote education is nothing short of monumental!  Rising to the challenge on a particularly windy Sydney winter morning was Senior Castlecrag teacher Catherine Pilko who ably demonstrated one of the tasks she set for her Little Kindergarten children … kite flying! (see GLO)

Well done Catherine and All! 
Stay safe and warm everyone, Dani

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12 AUG - Virtual Tours with live Q&A  - now open for bookings

12 AUG - Virtual Tours with live Q&A - now open for bookings

22 Jul 2021

We have two Virtual Tour events coming up on Thursday 12 August to help give prospective families an insight into the benefits of a Glenaeon Education.  The Primary School webinar is at 9:30am and the High School webinar is at 7:30pm.  Bookings can be made via our website: www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au Click on the yellow "Book A Tour" link at the top of our homepage.

 

 

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OCT 14 & 21 - Virtual Tours with live Q&A  - now open for bookings

OCT 14 & 21 - Virtual Tours with live Q&A - now open for bookings

22 Jul 2021

We have Virtual Tour events coming up on October 14 and 21, for High School and Primary School respectively, to help give prospective families an insight into the benefits of a Glenaeon Education.  Bookings can be made via our website: www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au Click on the yellow "Book A Tour" link at the top of our homepage.

 

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2021 Glenaeon Art Show -  Call to Artists, applications close SUN 03 OCT

2021 Glenaeon Art Show - Call to Artists, applications close SUN 03 OCT

22 Jul 2021

The Glenaeon Art Show will be hosted online this year. Please share this 'Call to emerging and established Artists' invitation to anyone you know who may be interested in submitting a piece.

Download flyer

Click through to Glenaeon Family Fair & Art Show website

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2021 Glenaeon Art Show -  Call to Artists, applications close SUN 03 OCT

2021 Glenaeon Art Show - Call to Artists, applications close SUN 03 OCT

22 Jul 2021

The Glenaeon Art Show will be hosted online this year. Please share this 'Call to emerging and established Artists' invitation to anyone you know who may be interested in submitting a piece.

Download flyer

Click through to Glenaeon Family Fair & Art Show website

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GlenX reunion event cancelled

GlenX reunion event cancelled

21 Jul 2021

It is with much regret that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current restrictions for Sydney, we must cancel the GlenX Reunion event which was scheduled for Saturday 18th of September.  We were looking forward to hosting all past students of Glenaeon, and celebrating the five decades of graduates from the Class of 2011 (10 years), Class of 2001 (20 years), Class of 1991 (30 years) Class of 1981 (40 years) and Class of 1971 (50 years).  We welcome Alumna from those co-horts in particular to submit any photos or memories from those golden Glenaeon years and email them to alumni@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au with a view to including some in our 2021 AEON Magazine to be published later this year.

 

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Preschool remains open for essential workers

Preschool remains open for essential workers

21 Jul 2021

The Preschool remains open for children of essential workers during the current COVID lockdown.  Our beautiful Preschool also has a new A4 poster. If anyone in our community is able to print and display or share with their contacts we'd be very grateful.

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Preschool remains open for essential workers

Preschool remains open for essential workers

21 Jul 2021

Our Preschool Director Peggy Day is now interviewing for 2022 Preschool placements. If you, or someone you know, is considering Preschool for their child, now is the time to get your application in. Application forms are on the website: www.glenaeonpreschool.nsw.edu.au  There are also limited places available for the remainder of this year.  Childcare is an essential service for all families and our Preschool remains open for children of essential workers during the current COVID lockdown.  Our beautiful Preschool also has a new A4 poster. If anyone in our community is able to print and display or share with their contacts we'd be very grateful. Link to download below.

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Season of Inwardness: We give thanks for the blessing of Winter…

Season of Inwardness: We give thanks for the blessing of Winter…

17 Jun 2021

I can’t say it any better than Michael Leunig, so here is his poem for Winter:

We give thanks for the blessing of Winter.
Season to cherish the heart
To make warmth and quiet for the heart
To make soups and broths for the heart
To cook for the heart and read for the heart
To curl up softly and nestle with the heart
To sleep deeply and gently at one with the heart
To dream with the heart
To spend time with the heart
A long, long time of peace with the heart
We give thanks for the blessing of winter
Season to cherish the heart.

While it's cold outside, it's time to feel the warmth inside, both in our homes and in our hearts. It’s the season of inwardness. Our MidWinter festivals celebrate and nurture this season’s feeling of the warmth of the human heart. The spiral of candles at the close of a festival is a unique joy in the turning of the year, an image of the community of individuals united with the common intention of creating purpose and beauty in the world. We look forward to sharing this inner joy with our students.

MidWinter festivals through the school:

Middle Cove: 
Class 3 – Year 12 over Tuesday and Wednesday June 22/23

Castlecrag: 
Classes 1 and 2: Thursday 17 June - 11.30am – 12.40pm
Kindergarten: Tuesday 22 June

Willoughby Preschool: 
Tuesday 22 June 5.30pm – 7pm
Thursday 24 June 5.30pm – 7pm

Unfortunately, this year we have COVID restrictions on numbers in the Sylvia Brose Hall at Middle Cove. While we can run festivals for the students, due to the unique nature of the MidWinter festival seating, we are unable to hold our community MidWinter festival in the evening. We are unable to maintain physical distancing and the numbers cap on the building. At least we can run the festival for the students unlike last year. We apologise to parents and former students for this year and hope that 2022 will provide an opportunity to hold our community MidWinter festival once gain.

Welcome to Peter Candotti as Chair of the School Council
Lee Hill retired as Chair of the Glenaeon School Council, our Board of Directors, at the recent AGM of the school’s company. Lee has served the school with great distinction for 10 years as a Director and four years as Chair. His professional skills in business and marketing have been invaluable in supporting our work in managing the school and in guiding the School Council’s role as our governing body overseeing budget, risk and strategy. Lee has given unstinting of his time, no more so than last year when he was central in guiding our financial response to the pandemic. He leaves the role with our gratitude and thanks for his service.

We welcome Peter Candotti into the role of Chair of Council. See below for Peter’s full biography and connection to the school. Peter has been an incredibly supportive parent over a very long time and his professional skills will be very much appreciated in steering Glenaeon into the next stage of our journey. Welcome Peter!

End of Term
As the last newsletter of Term 2 2021, I wish all families a restful and refreshing time over the break. There will be a very large building program underway as we replace the deck around the Sylvia Brose Hall. This work will continue for a number of weeks into Term 3, and we will be advising staff and parents around traffic movements on the drive and basketball courts. May the time of our winter break be as regenerating as possible for all staff, students and parents!

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Parent Library open - borrow for the holidays

Parent Library open - borrow for the holidays

17 Jun 2021

Next Tuesday is the last Parent Library day before the holidays, so why not come and borrow some beautiful books for the break? Come and browse a wide selection of titles across areas of parenting, craft, gardening, food, anthroposophy, Steiner education, children's stories and festivals.

The Parent Library is now open on:
TUESDAYS 8:30am - 9:10am and
THURSDAYS 2:30 - 3:10pm

We have Grimms' Fairy Tales, Susan Perrow's "Therapeutic Storytelling", Michaela Glockler's "A Guide to Child Health", Jude Blereau's "Wholefood for Children" and many more wonderful books for infants, preschoolers, young children and parents. See photos below for just some of the lovely books we hold in the library.

If you haven't been to our Glenaeon Castlecrag Campus before, the Parent Library is located in the room to the left of Reception at 121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag. We look forward to seeing you soon and chatting about our wonderful books!

Amity - Parent Library Coordinator (Volunteer)

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Glorious Gardening at Middle Cove

Glorious Gardening at Middle Cove

17 Jun 2021

An enthusiastic group of young and old enjoyed radiant sun and inner warmth at a Parent Education event transforming one of the biodynamic garden beds at Middle Cove recently, with the practical guidance of Glenaeon gardening teachers Sandra and Kathy. 

The gathered group weeded, pulled up plants at the end of their seasonal flourish, for composting, turned the soil, transplanted some good companion plants from other beds, and planted seedlings Kathy had nurtured until participants settled them into their new homes and bedded them down with a drink. The group completed their morning session sharing delicious home-baked sourdough by Sandra and enjoyed Kathy’s herbal tea.  The group were even gifted overflowing parsley and cress to take home for their own gardens.  A happy and satisfied team took off home to continue some gardening there, and are now waiting in the wings to hear what may be springing into garden community life next term!

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Save the Date: 2021 Glenaeon Family Fair & Art Show

Save the Date: 2021 Glenaeon Family Fair & Art Show

17 Jun 2021

2021 GLENAEON FAMILY FAIR & ART SHOW
5-7 November 2021
Glenaeon Castlecrag Campus: 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag

Friday 5 November * Art Show Opening Night - wine & cheese, silent auction exhibition, 7pm
Saturday 6 November * Family Fair, 10am - 4pm

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CALL OUT to Glenaeon parents, teachers and community who create their own hand craft, ceramics or jewellery. If you would like to sell your creations at the Fair, please contact Clare Gordon for more information (email: C.Gordon@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

We are looking for musicians and performers!  If you are interested in being part of our Fair Entertainment Programme on Saturday 6 November, we would love to hear from you!  *Details will be available next term.*

DONATION of pre-loved books and clothes (for adult and children) in good condition, would be greatly appreciated for our school stalls. 
*Details for drop-off will be available in Term 3.*

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Year 10s play games to save life on Planet Earth

Year 10s play games to save life on Planet Earth

17 Jun 2021

At the completion of a semester studying Environmental Issues and Human Wellbeing in Geography lessons, Year 10B enjoyed playing 'Climate Crisis'.

Mr Phil Hopper from Nerd Games, introduced the students to a newly released board game called Climate Crisis, a collaborative game where players cooperate in order to save life on the Planet Earth. It certainly led to much lively discussion and debate as the students sought to make the best decisions to save the health of the environment and the people on planet Earth. The school has been kindly donated five of these environmental games which can be borrowed from the senior library.

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Glenaeon Twilight Concert

Glenaeon Twilight Concert

17 Jun 2021

Last week Glenaeon held a Twilight Music Concert. We had students from Class 5 through to Year 12 performing, including some students performing in front of an audience, for the first time.

We ran two concerts simultaneously to a very responsive and appreciative audience of parents and friends. We had our cello ensemble perform also for the first time, with students in Years 6,7 and 8 taking part. It was wonderful for our students to be able to perform again for an audience after such a long time and we had 44 performers overall taking part.

Special thanks to the tutors who helped contribute to the night and especially those that came along to support their students.

We will be holding a second Twilight Concert next term, and we hope to have even more performers should the COVID restrictions allow it.

Thanks to Parents, Erika Hosoyama and Melony Browell for sharing these photographs.

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2021 Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival

2021 Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival

17 Jun 2021

Glenaeon musicians have taken part in the Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival. The aim of the Festival is to provide a formal, non-competitive performance opportunity for ensembles that is a positive and encouraging experience.  Glenaeon‘s Concert Band (led Phil Arnold and Christine Young) performed in the High School Ensemble section on 6 June and the Glenaeon Big Band (led by Phil Arnold) will play on 20 June Session 4 3:00-4:20pm.

Now in its tenth year, the Festival has become one of the main performance focuses for Concert Bands, Stage Bands and String Ensembles on the Northern Beaches. Well done to all the Glenaeon students who took part. More information can be found here: http://www.nbswe.org.au/festival

Thanks to Parents, Erika Hosoyama and Melony Browell for sharing these photographs.

#glenaeon #music #performance #bigband #concertband #steinerschool #steinereducation

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Welcome Peter Candotti as the new Chair of the Glenaeon School Council

Welcome Peter Candotti as the new Chair of the Glenaeon School Council

17 Jun 2021

As of May 31st 2021, Peter Candotti took up the role of Chair of the Glenaeon School Council. He replaces Lee Hill who has stepped down after four years as Chair and 10 years on the Board.

Peter and his wife Uli have had a long and deep association with Glenaeon. Their children, Luca and Chiara, spent their early years attending Ebba Bodame’s wonderful playgroup and both spent their entire school lives at Glenaeon. Luca graduated in 2017 and Chiara graduated in 2020. Peter and Uli have both been very active members of the school community throughout this time. Peter joined the Glenaeon Council in 2018.

Professionally, Peter is a Chartered Accountant and is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Lawcover Insurance, a provider of professional indemnity insurance to the NSW legal profession.  Prior to joining Lawcover in 2018, Peter spent 16 years at QBE Insurance Group, where he held a number of executive management roles in strategic finance, treasury, capital management and reinsurance, as well as sitting on a variety of management Boards.

Peter Candotti said, “I very much look forward to working with the Council, the School Executive team and all staff to ensure that our Students of Glenaeon continue to receive an exceptional educational experience, equipping them for a positive, fulfilling and exciting future, and that our parents can participate in a vibrant school community.

I would like to recognise and thank outgoing Chair Lee Hill for his tremendous contribution and leadership both as Chair and a Council member over the past 10 years.”

Head of School, Andrew Hill said, “We are pleased to welcome Peter to this important role. He has a wonderful knowledge of Glenaeon past and present and will be a huge asset to our school and community.

We thank Lee for his immense contribution over many years, and are grateful for his leadership and management advice and expertise. Glenaeon is going from strength to strength, and continues to be a leader in delivering a contemporary Rudolf Steiner pedagogy combined with a NESA pathway for Sydney-based students, plus a warm and welcoming community for our parents and families.” 

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2021 Midwinter Ball - A Touch of Green

2021 Midwinter Ball - A Touch of Green

17 Jun 2021

World Environment Day was the day set for our Mid-Winter Ball this year, held at Hunters Hill Sailing Club, one of the few venues that were available for a large crowd to get together. 

With Jade’s creative talents and vision for an environmental theme, together with Merryn, Clive, Erika and many other parents on the day, the setting for our event was fabulously decorated, including a spectacular recycled bottle chandelier as the centrepiece over the dance floor.  Trailer loads of greenery and props were gathered and brought in on the day, with lengths of fairy lights, creating a very scenic backdrop to our event.

Guests arrived hearing wonderful music played by Louise on cello, Patrick on keyboard and Janos on violin.

Melony was behind the ticket sales and through her enthusiasm and drive, we sold all 170 tickets for the ball, so before long the Club was filled and drinks flowed from the bar set up by James.

Patrick and Miranda were MCs for the night and together brought fun and a friendly way for everyone to meet someone they had never met before, with their interactive conversation starters. Later they introduced the energetic and talented band 'Midnite Madness' who so generously volunteered their time and talent to entertain us through the evening and had people on the dancefloor, with touches of green worn by many.

A very big thank you to Nick for his huge effort catering for the evening, where we indulged in a sumptuous choice of middle eastern inspired dishes. 

Agnes, Guchi and Gisele had received many wonderful items for the Silent Auction, which drew many bidders and we successfully raised $7,490 on the night.

Thank you to Louise and Simone for bringing the event together and all the Year 7 parents for contributing their time, effort and talents. Our thanks also, to Clare Gordon from school who encouraged, guided and supported us in bringing our event to fruition, that was enjoyed by so many.  

It was a wonderful evening, successfully raising over $10,000 for the School. Overall it was a memorable way to reunite as a community and a great evening for everyone to have a fun time together.

Story photo credits: Janos Mike's-Liu, Melony Browell and Louise Holt.

All Mid-Winter Ball photos can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/rh7by83v

 

 

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Mid-Winter Ball behind the scenes

Mid-Winter Ball behind the scenes

17 Jun 2021

The Mid-Winter Ball was a fabulous night enjoyed by the whole community. Behind the scenes, Parents from Year 7, GPA and volunteers worked hard to make the night a fabulous one.  From the venue design and decoration, theming, food, photography, silent auction and musical entertainment, we thank and applaud all of those that worked so hard to make this such a grand night.

Once again a huge thank you to everyone who has organised and donated to our Silent Auction.  Here is a list of some of the generous people and businesses who have supported Glenaeon’s Midwinter Ball 2021:

Sabine Simmonds, Jennifer Lancaster and Mark Merton, Cindy Kavanagh, Ally Seymour-Smith, Cathy Horneman, Emma Kidman, Louise Holt, Ben Wilmot, Linda Peter, Natalie Anderson, Justine Williams, Kerry Hill, Cindy Luken, Rose Aung-Thein, Lesley Anne dos Santos, Trish van Asten, Kath and Peter Gilmore, Karen Pethard, Kirsty Cassidy, Alex de Aboitiz, Sahar Manesh, Rose and Mike Watson, Strategic Leadership Coaching, Iconic Sydney Aerial Photograph, Modern Muse Portrait Session, Endota Spa Gift, Beach House McMasters Beach, Amichord String Quartet, Kelly's Bar and Grill, Bondi Junction, Luk Beautifood Lipstick Packs,  Swim school Fitness First, HeartMath, Bennelong Restaurant, Combardis Botanical, Big Music Studios Holiday Rock Camp, Creative Sounds, Taronga Zoo, Melony Browell, Noel Neilson, Elizabeth Ellean, Thrive Dance and The Boat Warehouse.  Thank you again for your support!

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Term 2 CIP deadline 5pm Thursday 24th June

Term 2 CIP deadline 5pm Thursday 24th June

17 Jun 2021

It’s time to submit your Term 2 CIP credits! Read below for information on how to submit. You can start submitting any time from now until 5pm Thursday 24th June. No submissions will be accepted after this cut-off date.

Each family is billed $160 per term for the Community Involvement Program. When voluntary work is done and registered, it can be credited back to your account at the rate of $20 per hour (in other words 8 hours per term will entitle you to the full $160 credit).  As there are many families at Glenaeon it takes some time to process the credits for everybody so we ask that you submit your Term 2 CIP hours by 5pm Thursday 24th June in order to have them credited back to you.

The CIP form is available online so it’s very simple to do! Go to https://www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/community-involvement-program/ , fill out the form and hit ‘submit’. There is a link to the form on GLO as well.

Note, you must submit your CIP hours worked regardless of which committee/event/role you participate in or hold. Note that credits are not carried over from one year to the next. For any questions, refer to GLO https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/1381 or contact Amanda Ford via email: A.Ford@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 

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Class 5 excursion to Mt Annan Botanic Gardens

Class 5 excursion to Mt Annan Botanic Gardens

17 Jun 2021

Last week Class 5 went to Mt Annan Botanic Gardens in Western Sydney to explore this 100% Australian Native Garden as part of their Botany studies. At the gardens they had the chance to explore and understand plant adaptations for arid and rainforest environments. The children were given scientific equipment to collect measurements on soil moisture, humidity, temperature and air movement to gain a greater understanding of the natural world. With these environmental factors in mind they then identified what plant adaptations were suitable for different environments. 

Also, the children were happy to identify and observe a couple of Wood Ducks (their animal of research for Willoughby Council communication project). 

Photo credits: MAJA ROSE

 

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The Main Lesson Project - Class 5 explores Egypt

The Main Lesson Project - Class 5 explores Egypt

17 Jun 2021

Project Based Learning (PBL) is one of the education world’s latest acronyms, but it is nothing new to Steiner education.  Beginning in Class Three, the children are asked to complete at least one major project out of the Main Lesson content each year (see separate article on Class Three housebuilding!).  These are completed at home, independently, after the Main Lesson journey through a particular topic so that the children can go even more deeply and imaginatively into the work. 

As part of the Class Five Ancient Egypt studies, the children had to choose a topic and conduct research, write a report, give a presentation to the class and submit an artistic work related to the topic.  English lessons focussed on instruction in report writing, how to take notes from informational texts and the parts of a report such as introduction, conclusion and bibliography.  Then the children had to work at home to weave their research notes into a well-presented report and develop a project using their own creative impulses.  They love hearing each other’s presentations and are beaming with pride as they bring in the fruits of their labour. 

Through these projects the children discover that learning is a long, continuous process, that there are so many ways to represent our ideas and connect with our learning and that it takes time and effort to make such projects but it is such a satisfying and rewarding experience.  In other words, they develop the will and curiosity required to foster a lifetime love of learning.

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Class 6 design and construct winter garden structures

Class 6 design and construct winter garden structures

17 Jun 2021

This term Class 6 has worked in the biodynamic garden in small groups on a large project.  It has taken them many weeks to complete.  Their task was to design and construct vertical structures to support winter climbing crops such as snow, snap and shelling peas.  The students made biodegradable pots for germinating their seeds, and refreshed their knowledge on key aspects of string climbing structures by deconstructing (mindfully and methodically) our summer climbing structures.   Each group determined their design plan, chose their materials and set about construction. They inspected other groups structures as well as their own and made recommendations for improvement. They also made the necessary improvements to their structures and planted their young pea seedlings.

Well done Class 6 on your efforts and the high standard of your work. Now we watch and nurture and look forward to bountiful harvests in the months to come!

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Year 7 artisan bread-making

Year 7 artisan bread-making

17 Jun 2021

Our Year 7 Kitchen / Garden class combined their gardening, artistic design, and cooking skills to prepare delicious loaves of Garden Focaccia bread.  They drew their designs, gathered the ingredients from the garden, prepared and decorated the bread then baked and enjoyed their beautiful hot loaves fresh from the oven.

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Class 2 journey with the King of Ireland's Son

Class 2 journey with the King of Ireland's Son

17 Jun 2021

One of the essential Main Lessons in Class 2 is The King of Ireland's Son, which is a culmination of all the fairytales heard last year. The motifs have been blended into a wonderful novel that we spend two Main Lessons on. It is a magical story that the children love about courage, love, loss and redemption.

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Class 1 Nature stories

Class 1 Nature stories

17 Jun 2021

Class 1 are immersed in the world of Nature Stories. Beautiful blackboards drawn by Class teacher Jennifer Stone, alongside their bookwork, tell the tales of animals, birds, plants and even underground gnomes and the stars in the great sky. The Class 1 children are now using capital and little letters and forming sentences alongside their beautiful drawings.

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Counting fun in Class 1

Counting fun in Class 1

17 Jun 2021

Having just finished a Mathematics Main Lesson where they met Pierre Plus, Tibo Times, Marion Minus and Queen Divide, Class 1 are playing with numbers in more ways than one! Using games, dice, counters and their fingers, they are having fun forwards, backwards and have begun their times tables too!

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Chicken carers needed for Castlecrag chooks over the holidays

Chicken carers needed for Castlecrag chooks over the holidays

17 Jun 2021

If anyone has a few days over the break when they could pop in and feed the Kindy chooks that would be great. Please send your availability to Sarah via email:  S.David@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au, or let Melony in the office know. Chook carers needed from Thursday 24 June to Tuesday 13 July inclusive. They only require feeding once a day at the minimum, and twice if you have more time. Thank you!

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Class 1 & 2 Winter Spiral

Class 1 & 2 Winter Spiral

17 Jun 2021

Class 1 and 2 celebrated the upcoming winter solstice in their winter spiral, held today at our Castlecrag campus. The significance of the spiral is finding light in the darkness. For those who are new to the winter spiral, it is a tradition in Steiner schools. Greenery and foliage will be laid on the floor to create a spiral. In the centre of the spiral is a lit candle. The room is darkened (or it is night time if held outdoors) and each student takes a turn to walk the spiral holding an unlit candle resting in an apple. As they reach the centre, they light their candle from the centre candle and then retrace their steps out of the spiral. The child brings forth the light as they walk outward and chooses a place along the spiral to set down their lit candle. As they each have a turn, more and more lit candles grace the spiral, and the room becomes increasingly filled with light and a beautiful spiral of lit candles. It was a truly beautiful event and thank you to all who helped by bringing in foliage, helped prepare it and were able to take part.

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Important Drug and Alcohol workshop for Years 9-11

Important Drug and Alcohol workshop for Years 9-11

17 Jun 2021

Earlier this term, we were fortunate enough to have DAYSS (Drug & Alcohol Youth Support Service) return to school to run workshops with Year 9, 10 and 11, alongside two local Police Youth Liaison Officers. DAYSS previously came in Term 1 to run workshops with Year 8 and Year 12, and also ran a Parent Seminar via Zoom in early Term 2. 

The students enjoyed engaging in harm minimisation education in regards to drugs, alcohol and safe partying. Year 9 and 10 were able to try out the “beer googles relay”, a relay race whilst wearing googles that simulate what it is to be different levels of intoxication, as well as standard drink pouring. Lots of fun was had whilst learning, which is what the students and staff always love to see. 

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Class 3 Houses

Class 3 Houses

17 Jun 2021

Class 3 have been learning about a variety of human dwellings from around the world. In this wonderfully practical main lesson, the children have built a life-size Aboriginal hut called a Gunya with sticks and palm fronds.

The main lesson then concluded with the children researching or using their imagination to make a mini model of a shelter using natural or recycled materials.

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Class 6 Camp

Class 6 Camp

17 Jun 2021

Class 6 camp is always a wonderful trip and was this year, for extra special reasons. 

The Class 6 camp covers a lot of ground and includes many special sites. What makes it so significant for Class 6 is how it ties in so many of our main lessons.  This term we studied Geology and on camp we got to visit the Abercrombie Caves and The Warrumbungles, as well as the Somerville Collection at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst. Just before going on the camp we had finished our Australian History main lesson and on camp we stayed in the goldfields and visited the Gulgong Pioneers Museum, both bringing to life many of the things we had studied. 

As well as all this, we got to camp for three nights in the Warrumbungles with the Outdoor Environmental Education team taking us hiking up the top of the Warrumbungles and a special treat, rock climbing and abseiling. One night we spent watching the stars with a guide and a telescope. Students got to recall many things they had learnt during our astronomy main lesson early in the year.

What made our camp extra special was that we were able to visit Edgar, our Gardening Teacher on his property and help him in his garden!  

The camp made many lifelong memories for the students bringing us all closer together, and all made even sweeter as we had been unable to camp last year. An amazing trip was had by all! 

 

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Year 7 discovers the age of exploration and discovery

Year 7 discovers the age of exploration and discovery

17 Jun 2021

As part of this exciting main lesson, the Year 7 students participated in a group project that required them to investigate the world of the late Middle Ages; to write a biography of a famous explorer; to build a model of the ship assigned to their expedition; to create maps of the journey; research navigational tools; to study the local flora and fauna of the new world; to write journal entries of their travels, and much more.

Please enjoy these photos of some of their achievements.

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Year 12 Student Joseph Naffah performs I Will Survive

Year 12 Student Joseph Naffah performs I Will Survive

17 Jun 2021

At the last High School Assembly for Term 2, Year 12 student Joseph Naffah sang, I Will Survive. Well done Joseph! To watch his fabulous performance click here. With thanks to piano accompanist, Stuart Wright.  Pic credit: Ethan Brown

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Meet Raphaela Mazzone  - Year 8 Teacher

Meet Raphaela Mazzone - Year 8 Teacher

17 Jun 2021

I joined Glenaeon this year to teach English, History and Geography to Year 8, as well as to be one of the Year 8 Guardians.

I bring a lifetime of experience with Steiner Education, having been a student at a Steiner school myself. I took a break from the ‘Steiner world’ in my twenties studying visual art at university and completing my a graduate diploma in teaching, but on graduating, I spent a year teaching high school art and music at Mt Barker Waldorf School. 

I soon decided that it was time for some adventure however, so spent the following eight months touring with a chamber choir, performing and teaching in Steiner schools around Australia, Asia, Europe and India. We performed over seven hours of repertoire, taught in over six languages, stayed with 'regular' families, saw rainbows, cheesecloth and wooden furniture used right around the world, and had the most intensely rich, cultural experiences imaginable.

On my return I went back to university to do a Masters of Fine Art. This was a particularly formative time for me as I became most interested in what the communication process is between what we feel on the inside and what is going on in the outside world. The further I delved into the world of ideas around identity, self awareness, mindfulness, communication and empathy however, the more I became frustrated with using art as my medium for communicating with others. I began longing to be back in a classroom.

So I returned to teaching. I chose also to return to Steiner education because embedded in this system is already so much content (both explicit and implicit) that supports the students in developing their own self awareness, their capacity for empathy and the nuance of different types of communication. 

After two wonderful years spent as a primary school class teacher at Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner School, I am now here at Glenaeon, and I must say, it feels wonderful to be back working with teenagers. 

Over the coming years I plan to complete my Graduate Diploma in Psychology and use all I have learned in this degree to continue finding ways we can further embed emotional intelligence skills and knowledge more deeply and consciously into everything we teach so that our students can graduate with not just academic skills, but all the life skills they need to live happy, healthy lives. 

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Stuart Wright performs Clair de Lune

Stuart Wright performs Clair de Lune

17 Jun 2021

Glenaeon's Music Tutor & Accompanist Stuart Wright performed Dubussy's Clair de Lune at our High School Assembly in June. To view his beautiful piano performance click here.

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Ria to perform in Disney’s Aladdin Jr. with NSK’s Musical Theatre Company

Ria to perform in Disney’s Aladdin Jr. with NSK’s Musical Theatre Company

03 Jun 2021

Congratulations to Year 7 Student Ria Aung Thein who has been cast in The North Sydney Kids Musical Theatre Co’s June 2021 production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

This musical showcases a cast of young people all under the age of 18. Ria will be performing in the senior cast (age 13-18 years) in alternating performances. The production is designed to give students the opportunity to develop their skills in musical theatre, and star in a live production. We are thrilled for Ria to have this opportunity. Over the past few months Ria, along with the cast and crew have given up their free time on Sundays to contribute to the creation of the show. 

Performances run 18-20th June at The Independent Theatre, North Sydney. Tickets are available for purchase here: https://www.ticketebo.com.au/nsk

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Socks, dolls and clothing: Handwork makes it all!

Socks, dolls and clothing: Handwork makes it all!

03 Jun 2021

In Year 8 textile students learn to use the sewing machine and follow a pattern to make a pair of shorts or sew long trousers. During the semester they learn about fabric properties and how to manipulate fabric to create colourful patterns and sculptural effects. They are also making buttons and sewing craft bags on the machine and by hand.

Class 6 are keeping their feet warm by knitting socks, perfect for these cold winter nights; Class 5 are making dolls and dressing them with their own bespoke crocheted outfits!

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Stanley owling around campus

Stanley owling around campus

03 Jun 2021

Science Teacher, Dr Stanley Tang captured this wonderful looking owl (Southern Boobook) a few weeks ago, at our Middle Cove campus down near the Scotts creek. This is part of his bird banding project he is running at school looking at movements, moulting strategies of various birds in the North Arm Reserve.

You never know whoooooo you'll meet after nightfall! What a hoot!

#glenaeon #middlecove #science #birdbanding #birds #owl #research

 

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Class 6 gather by the light of the Moon

Class 6 gather by the light of the Moon

03 Jun 2021

This year our wonderful Class 6 Teachers Brendan and Michele have introduced a class gathering at Manly beach to celebrate each full moon rising. So far we have gathered three times, the last being the incredible blood moon.

At each gathering the children share a beach picnic before fun and games with siblings, parents and our super fun teachers on the sandy shores. However, as the moon shyly makes her first appearance upon the watery horizon, all stop as the group takes this moment to admire her magnificence and take in the gentle rhythm held in gentle firmness by her.

It is a sacred event and one which will hold our class throughout the year. Teachers will include the full moon rising in class discussions as well as class learning and activity.

Personally I couldn’t imagine a more magical gift for our children than to learn and gather in such an incredibly meaningful monthly celebration of our beloved Mother Earth.

Rachelle Rose (Class 6 Parent)

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Year 9 bounce into Bubble Soccer

Year 9 bounce into Bubble Soccer

03 Jun 2021

Have you ever run around with a huge bubble (1.5m x 1.5m) surrounding you, whilst trying to shoot a ball into goal?

This is what bubble soccer is like. Last week we had students chasing a very small ball while cushioned by a transparent but huge and bulky bubble around each of them.

When two bubbles collide, because two students from a different team chase the ball, they bump into one another, often intentionally. Consequently, one student has to give, and one student will go down, fall, roll or tumble to the ground! No fear, the falls are well-cushioned and fun. Students can even do a 360-degree forward roll before coming to their feet again.

Other games such as bulrush were also played and therefore, no one in the PE Extension class was not exhausted after the 1-hour bubble intensive experience. Our students had so much fun and who doesn’t love getting fit with vigorous exercise whilst dressed in a bubble?

It left no one disappointed as everyone got to enjoy the bump and roll and kick and just be in a very different mode to what we usually are in.  Any younger student observing the Year 9 group was asking me when they can try out this fun activity – and they will, when they get to Year 9!

#glenaeon #soccer #bubblesoccer #PE #sport #fun

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Year 7 Artworks

Year 7 Artworks

03 Jun 2021

These works express the eastern Main Lesson students undertook on the first cycle of this term. Students worked with ink on rice paper, studied the architecture of the Chinese temples and then the fine lattice of Ancient Chinese gates. This is a sample of their incredible works. 

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Year 9s mentor Year 3 reading

Year 9s mentor Year 3 reading

03 Jun 2021

As service to the community, Year 9 students listen to Year 3 students practice their reading. Through gentle prompting, pausing and praising, the little ones enjoy reading stories before school on Thursdays and Fridays. Beside reading practice, both groups of students form relations that often carry right through their school journey. I know my own girls, both graduated some years ago, retain fond memories or their experience as both the reader, and later as they participate in the DofE Award, as mentors themselves. So much good comes from the program!

Donna Miller

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Year 8 Anatomy Main Lesson - a body of work

Year 8 Anatomy Main Lesson - a body of work

03 Jun 2021

In this Year 8 Anatomy Main Lesson students learned not only about their body, bones and muscles, but also the engineering feat of who we are. They learned how our thinking is reflected, not only through the shape of our skull which houses our brain in stillness, feeling shown through our trunks, where the repeated bones of our ribs contain our heart and lungs and finally our will in the action of our limbs to cause us to do things.

Through artistic rendering, students gained knowledge and understanding of how Anatomy was explored during the Renaissance times and how the science of anatomy came into being.

There were so many fabulous Main Lesson workbooks, too many to showcase all here, but credit goes to: Cezar, Sappho, Dylan, Mathilda, Evie and Ruby, Lincoln, Archie, Henry and Joe.

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Parent Craft and Kindy Craft is warming up

Parent Craft and Kindy Craft is warming up

03 Jun 2021

Parent Craft on Wednesday mornings and Kindergarten Craft on Tuesdays are warming up as the weather gets cooler. The mornings are full of creativity and enjoyment and everyone is welcome on Wednesday mornings.

Kindergarten Parents meet once a week also, and have recently made beautiful felt flowers, starting with coloured roving (soft, fleeced wool), massaging and felting the colours together. Both groups have been making crowns - birthday crowns, as well as a play set for the Kindergarten classrooms. 

Come and join these groups when you can - no experience is necessary and you will learn with the helpful hands of others. Younger siblings and babies are welcome and there is an indoor play area and an enclosed garden. These lovely social mornings are growing and becoming part of the fabric of our community once again. No bookings are required and attendance can be for as long or as little as you like. Attendees must follow the school's COVID safety plan and sign in, use hand sanitiser on arrival and please refrain from coming along if you feel unwell. 

In coming weeks we will be having little workshops on dyeing our own felt, wet felting and continuing a variety of sewing projects. Email castlecrag@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au or contact Melony at Reception, Castlecrag Campus on 9958 0774 for any further information.

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Primary Assembly

Primary Assembly

03 Jun 2021

Last week, our Middle Cove Primary students gathered for an Assembly and honoured the first day of National Reconciliation Week in the amphitheater.
Class 6 delivered the Welcome to Country, followed by a group song. The program unfolded as follows:

Jamie on Didgeridoo to introduce
Class 3:  Morning Has Broken on recorder and voice
Class 4:  Brave and True spoken verse with complex rod choreography
Class 5:  Be Careful What You Think – verse by Ghandi + Prayer to Isis (sung in Egyptian)
Class 6:  My Country – poem by Dorothea Mackellar

The event concluded, with a story from Head of School, Andrew Hill.

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Class 1 begin weaving recorder bags

Class 1 begin weaving recorder bags

03 Jun 2021

In Handwork class with Elizabeth Ellean, Class 1 children have begun weaving their recorder bags, which they will use throughout Primary School. Like the story of the eagle they hear, who must weave her nest round and around to withstand the strong winds on the cliffs, they weave the wool around the wooden weaving board. Starting with bold and bright colours, they move to pastels as they reach the top of their bag, which is then crocheted along the edge. Once complete, they learn to make Egyptian plaits (with 8 strings), making a long and strong handle. Whilst there is no official uniform at Castlecrag Campus... there is a lot of hardy, practical brown boots lined up outside the craft room - certainly good footwear for outdoor play!

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Class 2 show their Morning Circle

Class 2 show their Morning Circle

03 Jun 2021

Class 2 children shared their Morning Circle with parents recently - performing some of their songs, rhymes, mathematics, language and coordination skills in a performance that was both joyous and wondrous to watch. To see literacy, language, mathematics and general knowledge woven through rhyme, verse, music and movement was simply inspiring. As Class Teacher Rodney Dean introduced each item, the children were demonstrably excited to share each and every one - even the difficult ones! The children enjoy this morning circle so much and it was an impressive presentation of their skills and knowledge, not to mention LOTS of fun!

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Class 1 outdoor drawing

Class 1 outdoor drawing

03 Jun 2021

Lunchtimes have been very colourful lately at Castlecrag, with Class 1 enjoying outdoor chalk drawing. Using up all the many smaller pieces of chalk left from the teacher's work, they create the most beautiful images on the walkways and grind the fine coloured powder with the remaining pieces. All items are reused as much as possible at our Campus and we have a deeply integrated recycling system that encompasses not only our rubbish, but all items such as chalk that can be used right up until the very end. Reuse, Recycle, Receive is an understanding that we have, and we put effort and time into the recycling processes that we have. 

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First Nations performer Gwenda visits Castlecrag

First Nations performer Gwenda visits Castlecrag

03 Jun 2021

Gwenda Stanley is a dancer, educator, cultural ambassador and a proud First Nations Gomeroi woman. She came to Castlecrag to share her culture with Class 1 & 2 students on Tuesday 25th May, the day before Sorry Day, 2021. Through song, dance and stories, she shared her knowledge and demonstrated her tools and artefacts, with the children enthusiastically listening and dancing along with her to the animal songs and stories. She told the children about hunting, gatherings sticks and the three types of boomerangs, echidnas, seeds and making bread, dilly bags, grinding stones and much more. Gwenda taught the children many words in her traditional language, and expressed her own joy in sharing her culture with the children at Glenaeon. Thank you Gwenda.  See: https://youngausperspectives.com.au/gwenda-stanley/

 

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Year 12's Kauri Palmer awarded Art Prize

Year 12's Kauri Palmer awarded Art Prize

03 Jun 2021

Year 12 student Kauri Palmer’s Remnant sculpture attained a Highly Commended - Senior Award in the Mosman Youth Art Prize, a prestigious prize for young people age 12-21. Year 10 student Mya Hill is also represented in the exhibition with her work Unhinged.  Past student Maija Tan must also be acknowledged for her work on display In the Big Smoke, it is Hard to Breathe. Congratulations Girls!

To see the Award winners, please follow the link http://mosmanartgallery.org.au/exhibitions/2021-mosman-youth-art-prize

The Exhibition is open daily 10am-4pm until Sunday 6 June at the Mosman Art Gallery.

#glenaeon #art #artprize #artexhibition

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Preschoolers enjoy Ripe Golden Mandarins

Preschoolers enjoy Ripe Golden Mandarins

03 Jun 2021

Our mandarin tree has many ripe golden mandarins this year and each Preschool class has been able to pick some for their nature table and morning or lunch.

They have all heard the story of the little boy who planted the mandarin seed and watched the tree grow. The children gathered the seeds from their mandarin segments with great care.

Our Preschool has some limited vacancies, so please contact Preschool on 9412 4457 to book a private tour or enquire. Or book in to an upcoming group tour online: https://www.glenaeonpreschool.nsw.edu.au/ 

#glenaeon #preschool #willoughby #steiner #steinereducation #earlylearning #longdaycare #daycare #childcare #steinerschool #sydney #naturetable #stories #mandarin #fruit #trees #nature

 

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Sporting endeavours of all abilities

Sporting endeavours of all abilities

03 Jun 2021

Over the past few weeks, our Year 10s have been deeply engaged in learning about the many options in sport for people living with disabilities. 

They have had a visit from Rick, who gave an inspirational and educational talk on safety with an uplifting insight into his life and experiences in the world of wheelchair basketball. It  was a great afternoon which gave the students a chance to try wheelchair basketball themselves, and in doing so, allowed them to connect in an interactive, inclusive, and informative way.

Year 10s also had an enlivening visit from Paralympic champions Julie and Lynda. These inspiring athlete role models shared with the students the value of goal-setting, the power of sport, and encouraged students of all abilities to embrace healthy, active lifestyles. Not only did our Year 10 students get to hear their stories and achievements, they got to see their many medals up close, helping to remind us all that diversity is a strength to be celebrated!

#glenaeon #sport #PE #education #inclusion #GetActive #Sport4All #ChangingLivesThroughSport #DisabilitySportsAustralia

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Super moon lunar eclipse above Sylvia Brose Hall

Super moon lunar eclipse above Sylvia Brose Hall

03 Jun 2021

Did you look up to the sky last week and see the super moon?

Handwork Teacher Elizabeth Ellean took these wonderful shots of the moon over the Sylvia Brose Hall.

#glenaeon #moon #supermoon #eclipse #awe #wonder #fullmoon

 

 

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Parent Library at Castlecrag bursting with books

Parent Library at Castlecrag bursting with books

03 Jun 2021

The Parent Library is now open on:

TUESDAYS 8:30am - 9:10am and

THURSDAYS 2:30 - 3:10pm

Come and browse a wide selection of titles across areas of parenting, craft, gardening, food, anthroposophy, Steiner education, children's stories and festivals.

We have Grimms' Fairy Tales, Susan Perrow's "Therapeutic Storytelling", Michaela Glockler's "A Guide to Child Health", Jude Blereau's "Wholefood for Children" and many more wonderful books for infants, preschoolers, young children and parents. See photos below for just some of the lovely books we hold in the library.

If you haven't been to our Glenaeon Castlecrag Campus before, the Parent Library is located in the room to the left of Reception at 121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag.

We look forward to seeing you soon and chatting about our wonderful books!

Amity - Parent Library Coordinator (Volunteer)

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Glenaeon students  participate in Kids Giving Back day

Glenaeon students participate in Kids Giving Back day

03 Jun 2021

Year 7 students Saorise, Finn P and Antonina along with Finn’s sister Maaike from Class 4 and Saorise’s brother Tighe participated in a recent Kids Giving Back day during Volunteers Week, making meals for homeless and disadvantaged people in Sydney. They were part of a group of about 40 kids and parents at the Paddo on Oxford Street who together made 117 cooked meals and 69 sandwiches.

The event, run by KGB program manager Bec and chef Paul, taught the kids about food preparation and hygiene, kitchen safety skills and helped them understand about homelessness - how people come to be homeless, what life can be like for them and importantly what we all could do to help. 

The group got busy making sandwiches, while others made delicious vegetable ragout with meatballs and pasta.  All of it was nourishing and tasty - made with care and love.  

On our way home, we delivered some of the meals to Tierney House, close to St Vincents hospital, where 12 homeless people can stay to access healthcare and support services.  

Kids Giving Back run their programs regularly, including over the school holidays.  It could be a great class social activity or something to do on the school holidays.  There are family sessions on weekends as well.  If you’re interested to try it out, their website is: https://kidsgivingback.org

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Glenaeon 2021 Annual Giving Campaign: Building for the Future

Glenaeon 2021 Annual Giving Campaign: Building for the Future

03 Jun 2021

The Glenaeon Building Fund provides an important source of funding for capital projects. Our Management team along with the Building Committee has worked hard over the past 18 months to firm up plans for the next exciting phase of our Masterplan development which will see improvements to facilities for Glenaeon students, for many years to come.

You are invited to directly contribute with a financial donation that will support Glenaeon students continuing to thrive in high quality learning spaces, well into the future. Your donation to Glenaeon’s Building Fund will help expand student facilities, improve quality and developments that will not just meet but exceed the needs of our students, teachers and parents.

With much anticipation of the great things to come, we are aiming to raise $75,000 with this Building for the Future campaign. All donations of $2 or more are Tax Deductible. Please make your donation by June 30, 2021.

For donations by credit card, EFT or cheque, please contact Clare Gordon +61 2 9417 3193 or c.gordon@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

To find out more, please join the Building Committee for a Building for the Future update. Click a link to book your place:

Thank you for your wonderful generosity to help build Glenaeon’s future.

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Glenaeon 2021 Annual Giving Campaign: Building for the Future

Glenaeon 2021 Annual Giving Campaign: Building for the Future

03 Jun 2021

The Glenaeon Building Fund provides an important source of funding for capital projects. Our Management team along with the Building Committee has worked hard over the past 18 months to firm up plans for the next exciting phase of our Masterplan development which will see improvements to facilities for Glenaeon students, for many years to come.

You are invited to directly contribute with a financial donation that will support Glenaeon students continuing to thrive in high quality learning spaces, well into the future. Your donation to Glenaeon’s Building Fund will help expand student facilities, improve quality and developments that will not just meet but exceed the needs of our students, teachers and parents.

With much anticipation of the great things to come, we are aiming to raise $75,000 with this Building for the Future campaign. All donations of $2 or more are Tax Deductible. Please make your donation by June 30, 2021.

For donations by credit card, EFT or cheque, please contact Clare Gordon +61 2 9417 3193 or foundation@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

To find out more, please join the Building Committee for a Building for the Future update. Click a link to book your place:

Thank you for your wonderful generosity to help build Glenaeon’s future.

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Yr 10 PDH class – Unit on First aid and sports injuries

Yr 10 PDH class – Unit on First aid and sports injuries

20 May 2021

Former Glenaeon employee and current fully qualified paramedic, Zoe Wheeler, came to teach and share with our students some practical aspects of her job on the road delivering first aid. It was a great first-hand experience for the students who have studied first aid and done some practical CPR in the classroom recently. Zoe spoke about the pathway to becoming a paramedic, what the job involves on a daily basis, with shift work of 4 days on/ 5 days off, and how she copes with the trauma and the things she sees as a first responder.

She also talked of the satisfaction in helping people in a time of urgent need, and about what sort of emergencies she gets called out to most often, chest pain. She also shared some lighter stories before students could ask many questions, which led to a deeper understanding as we spoke about mental health and the need for paramedics to look after their own mental health as they look after our communities often in very difficult or distressing circumstances.

Zoe then demonstrated some of her equipment, demonstrated COVID-19 safe practices, and students were allowed to ‘dress up’ in the protective equipment. Students learned how to safely use the stretcher, realised how tight the space inside the paramedic van actually is, and where and how equipment is stored.

It was a most valuable experience which all parties thoroughly enjoyed. We hope we can have Zoe back to teach our students next year!

#glenaeon #health #firstaid #paramedic #paramedicstudent #safety #emergencyservices @nswambulance #NationalVolunteerWeek2021 #thankyou

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Year 8 master human pyramids and other physical feats!

Year 8 master human pyramids and other physical feats!

20 May 2021

In PE, Year 8 students are now learning about floor gymnastics, making human pyramids, and the art of parkour, which originated in France in the late 1980s. Students gather together in groups and work on a routine that may include elements of all three disciplines as well as their own creations using synchronicity, grace, flowing movements and elements of strength to create a routine that they then demonstrate to the rest of the class.

Last week students were learning about and practising human pyramids between partners, and groups of three, four, five and more! Students learned how to build a strong base, while being particularly careful when building the next row on top of the human base. Interesting pyramids were achieved and cooperation was key to success. Proudly, they managed to create a triangle between 10 students.

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Year 8 Shakespeare Main Lesson

Year 8 Shakespeare Main Lesson

20 May 2021

Year 8 Teacher, Raphaela Mazzone, has created this fabulous Blackboard, for the Shakespeare Main Lesson.

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Preschool goes Apple Picking

Preschool goes Apple Picking

20 May 2021

What beautiful memories we all have from apple picking. The crisp air in the morning, finding apples and pomegranates on the trees, our picnic lunch together and the children on the tractor ride. The whole community was vibrant and smiling. We all feel fortunate to have such lovely families together in our Preschool.

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Year 9’s Jayden aces AICES football comp

Year 9’s Jayden aces AICES football comp

20 May 2021

The AICES football competition was an amazing experience for our own Jayden Smith earlier this month. Jayden, the only Glenaeon student involved, played soccer in the ISD team, which was very welcoming and wonderfully supported by experienced coaches. The wet weather didn’t impact the quality of football that was played by all the teams.

The ISD team was incredibly talented and the level of football in the competition was astounding. For Jayden, to have been a part of it was a really valuable experience in his footballing journey.  The ISD team played four games in all. They opened the competition with a 0-0 draw, the next two games were 1-0 wins, before meeting the Hunter Region team in the Grand Final. They fought valiantly before succumbing to a 2-0 loss very late in the game.

It was an awesome day and has fuelled Jayden’s footballing hunger even more! Well done Jayden! 

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Year 12's Evan Hamele selected for state level soccer as goalie

Year 12's Evan Hamele selected for state level soccer as goalie

20 May 2021

Speaking of aces, our own Evan Hamele (Year 12) was selected as a goal keeper for the senior Combined Independent Schools 2021 soccer team.

The open boys made it to the semi-finals but went down 1-0 so got knocked out of the competition. Significantly, Evan was then selected into the AICES team to play at the state level competition (CIS) later in the term. This is a significant and huge achievement, notwithstanding the pressure as Evan prepares for his HSC. He is a very dedicated and talented goalie.

One of Evan’s biggest fans wrote, “We are so proud of Evan, and his achievement of being selected as one of the goal keepers for the Combined Independent Schools 2021 soccer team. It is accomplishments like this, that make his discipline, dedication and determination to play hard and train hard pay off. We look forward to supporting him in the next phase of this competition, and for him to represent Glenaeon in sport. Huge thank you to Jonas for supporting Evan in achieving his potential by creating sport opportunities outside of school and through leading by example.”

Well done Evan! And our thanks to Jonas for supporting our students so well.

#soccer #football #glenaeon #sport #AICES #ISD

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Class 1  learning mathematical processing

Class 1 learning mathematical processing

20 May 2021

Class 1 has been continuing their working with Mathematics, meeting Pierre Plus, who adds things together, Tibo Times, who counts in equal groups, and Marion Minus, who knows very well how to spend some of her coins, and always knows exactly how many coins she has left. They are working with ‘Dragons Tears’, their very own fingers, rhythms and verses, and they have spent quite a bit of time outside stepping along number lines drawn in chalk, counting forwards, stepping multiples, and counting backwards with joyful enthusiasm. 

 

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Bouncer's Journey in Class 2

Bouncer's Journey in Class 2

20 May 2021

Bouncer is a baby joey that falls out of his mother's pouch and ends up travelling on the back of a truck - all around Australia through our many different landscapes. From the Western Desert to the ocean, he meets a friendly dolphin, Twiggy and Cave-bird again, wombats and his friends the red and grey kangaroos. On his journey he discovers the different land formations and weather systems and learns about rain, oceans and sees snow for the first time. Class 2 children have written and drawn Bouncer's adventures, learning sentence structure, grammar and punctuation as the record moments of Bouncer's adventures in their main lesson books.

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Grassroots Eco Store – New parenting and craft books to inspire

Grassroots Eco Store – New parenting and craft books to inspire

20 May 2021

 

If you’re looking for more indoor activities as the weather gets cooler we have lots of new craft books sure to provide hours of inspiration along with many new parenting books filled with activities, stories and ideas to enrich your family’s daily life. These are now also available online as well as in-store! grassrootsecostore.com.au/collections/read

For your nature table, we have beautifully illustrated packs of Seasonal Cards perfect to place on your seasonal table or display at home with a full-colour seasonal picture on the front of the card and lovely descriptions and ideas for seasonal craft and decorations on the back.

Just as the Autumn leaves are displaying their beautiful colours, we have been lucky to receive a few of Yuki’s natural dyed felt, Autumn Leaf Crowns - pop in-store to take a look at these exquisitely hand-stitched crowns and many of her other hand made creations.

Opening Hours for Term 2
Monday: 8.30am–11.30am & 2pm–3.45pm
Tuesday: 8.30am–11.30am & 2pm–3.45pm
Wednesday: 8.30am–12.30pm
Thursday: 8.30am–11.30am & 2pm–3.45pm
Friday: 8.30am–11.30am & 2pm–3.45pm

If you can’t make it to the store, you can now shop online: grassrootsecostore.com.au

Thank you for shopping locally. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon.

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New record at Castlecrag

New record at Castlecrag

20 May 2021

Children cheered loudly as they declared a new Castlecrag record had been set for the tallest sandcastle! Evolving over several days, it has been protected right up until the last bucket on the top! 

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Little Kindy wet felts soap

Little Kindy wet felts soap

20 May 2021

Little Kindy created felted soaps for Mother's Day with Kindergarten teacher Catherine Pilko. The children teased and softened the beautifully-coloured fleece which was then wrapped around a small piece of soap. After the fleece had been tied onto the soap, each child gently patted the soft fleece. Each soap was then dipped in warm water and the children turned and patted, turned and patted... and as it became soapy they squeezed and rolled it until the fleece had magically felted. It was then dried, ready to be wrapped, and sent home with a beautiful hand-made card for mum.

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Class 5 study the Ancient Civilisations

Class 5 study the Ancient Civilisations

20 May 2021

Class 5 have been exploring the rich history of the ancient civilisations of Persia, Mesopotamia and Egypt. Titled ‘To Roam No More’, this reflects the defining moment when civilisations are born and settle, cultivating crops through the seasons, no longer roaming the lands. The classroom is shining with the students’ work - paintings of ziggurats and the Persian god of the sun and all creation - Ahura Mazda, clay sculptures of Egyptian mummies and a variety of Egyptian gods and goddesses. The blackboard, drawn by Class 5 teacher Katherine Arconati, is simply beautiful, as is the main lesson book work of the students.

In addition to various artistic experiences, the class have heard many ancient stories, mythologies and now histories of these fascinating cultures.  They then engage in the arduous task of remembering these stories and rewriting them in their own words before putting the pen to paper and beautifully writing and illustrating them in their main lesson books.  The final step on this journey will be an Egyptian research project.  Watch this space for a follow up article at the end of term!

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Meet Yura Totsuka

Meet Yura Totsuka

06 May 2021

Many of you will already know Glenaeon’s Head of Science, Yura Totsuka.  She’s been in that role for six years and a member of the Glenaeon community for many years.

 

Yura joined Glenaeon as a high school student starting in Year 7 and graduating Year 12. Coming from Japan, and moving across from a local and rather strict Church of England primary school, she vividly remembers the King Arthur Main Lesson of Year 7 with lots of drawing, creativity and the multi-dimensional aspects of learning that Glenaeon is recognised for. “I found high school engaging and refreshing, and I really enjoyed the deeper learning made possible in the Main Lesson framework.”

Yura now teaches Year 7-10 science and Year 11 and 12 chemistry. She is looking forward to the Year 10 Chemistry Main Lesson, which is coming up next cycle. Some theory, and lots of experiments are conducted. Yura doesn’t want to spoil the surprise by giving away too much detail, but her students will be delving into the world of inorganic chemistry.

In her role as Year 12 Guardian, Yura supports students in their important final year of high school. She is there to help students navigate the final year, classes, study, exams, projects, friendships, achieving a balance…. She’s also there to guide and encourage and be a nurturing presence. She always enjoys spending time with her students on the Year 12 Mystery Tour, which is always a lot of fun and memory making.

Whilst she considers herself a black-thumb in the garden, she does enjoy mushroom hunting in the autumn. In her spare time, she really enjoys cooking and baking, and her 2020 chemistry class worked hard to earn a six layer chocolate and strawberry cake to celebrate the end of the course.  She loves culinary adventures and exploring different cuisines. This year she is challenging herself to make a French Cassoulet.  She also loves a good food market, and occasionally bumps into students and families at the weekends when walking the stalls looking for fresh and inspiring ingredients.

#glenaeon #steinerschool #steinereducation #sydney #middlecove #science #chemistry #teachers

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Resident Wallaby

Resident Wallaby

06 May 2021

We are so fortunate to be immersed in Nature on our beautiful bushland campus at Middle Cove. Check out this picture of our resident wallaby who hangs around between our Admin Building and the Art Block!

#glenaeon #wallaby #middlecove #nature #bushland #steinerschool

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Love Bites

Love Bites

06 May 2021

On Thursday 22nd April, Year 9 and Year 10 participated in the Love Bites Program. Love Bites is a respectful relationships program developed by NAPCAN, and aims to provide a safe environment in which young people can discuss and learn about their rights and responsibilities in relationships, how to identify signs of unhealthy relationships, information regarding providing consent, and, ways to access support if needed – all information that is currently prevalent in the media.

Love Bites ran for a full day with two interactive sessions followed by a creative workshop through which the students were able to create their own campaigns displaying ways they would like to see respectful relationships promoted. Some of the campaign drawings created by the students are displayed.

We had 10 external facilitators delivering the program to Years 9 and 10, who were separated into four groups. These facilitators provided wonderful feedback, expressing that the students were incredibly well behaved and engaged in the program content with immense insight, critical thinking and emotional maturity. The Love Bites facilitator coordinator said she felt Glenaeon is one of the best schools they have presented in.

At the conclusion of the program, without the direction of a teacher, a few of the students in the different classrooms made an announcement on behalf of the rest of the class to thank the facilitators for spending the day with Glenaeon and for all they had shared. Many of the facilitators were so impressed by the initiative and maturity displayed by the students in their gratitude.  One of the facilitators mentioned to me that she wished she could have her time again, and she would send her children to Glenaeon. 

I thoroughly enjoyed spending time throughout the day between the different groups, and hearing the discussions of the students. I especially enjoyed observing the way the students manage difference of opinion so respectfully. We look forward to welcoming Love Bites back for future years. 

Emily Fam
Student Wellbeing Coordinator

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Be more, Do Less by Mary Heard

Be more, Do Less by Mary Heard

06 May 2021

In his latest Podcast ‘Simplicity Parenting’ author Kim John Payne, speaks about what our children really need to get ahead in life - more time just ‘hanging out’ with their parents. It is so easy to buy into the idea that we need to spend more money, rush around and fill our lives up trying to give our children a ‘head start’ but what we may be giving them is an anxiety problem later on.

In the Simplicity Parenting courses I run online, we talk together about ways we can just ‘be’ with our children. Rhythmical weekend family activities like walking to the local coffee shop or the local park are good, so is doing simple chores together like pegging out the washing. To make this down time together happen we need to schedule it into our family rhythm, elevating its importance and allocating it a particular time so that not even busyness can get in its way. We rarely get to just ‘be’ together unless we schedule it into our week because Heaven knows there is always so much to ‘do’!

The other thing about doing less and being more is that we are so consumed with screens these days that all our down time is taken up on them. We are so busy achieving things in life that the only way we can get a break from it is to put ourselves in front of a screen. We need to teach our children that there are other ways to have down time, to relax and not worry about anything without watching screens. In my course we always talk about things that are as fun and relaxing as watching TV.  We make lists of these things -  these are very important lists - and every family needs one. Some of the things that regularly appear on these lists are making a fire together, baking a cake and having a tea party and playing cards.  The best place to look for ideas is in your own childhood.

This is all crazily simple and obvious stuff, but we get so caught up, that we forget about it, and then our kids grow up and have anxiety issues and we spend time and money driving them to expensive therapists to try to fix a problem that may never have developed if the child had less pressure growing up. If our children are still young, we have the power as parents to give them a secure foundation, to spend time with our hearts beating together to the same rhythm. We don’t have to do a lot of it, it is good ‘medicine’ and a little goes along way. The important thing, is that it is regular. So it’s great news when you think about it, that to help our children grow into secure adults we just need to spend more time hanging out with them, with no agenda. It’s hard to imagine anything more fun than that really, and we don’t even have to do anything.

Mary’s online Simplicity Parenting course starts next Sunday 16 May

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Congratulations Anette!

Congratulations Anette!

06 May 2021

Executive Assistant to Head of School, Anette Babula and her husband Nathan welcomed a baby girl on Easter Sunday. Welcome to the world baby Isabella! Congratulations to you from the entire Glenaeon family!

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The importance of drawing: National Drawing Day May 16

The importance of drawing: National Drawing Day May 16

06 May 2021

This article from The Conversation asks: Why is teaching kids to draw not a more important part of the curriculum? Well at Glenaeon, it is.  Glenaeon students are exposed to drawing and creative learning from the moment they step foot onto our Preschool, Primary or High School.  And the teachers who teach our children, are all of the belief that drawing is an important aspect of a child’s development and learning. The mural of birds that was recently unveiled at our Middle Cove campus is a nod to our Teachers own artistic practices, and the high regard that they have for drawing, creating and its place in education. You don’t need to be an artist to reap the benefits of drawing. Glenaeon is providing families with a creative education for students and producing students that become creative members of Australian society – and creative thinkers from the very beginning. When we run School Tours, prospective parents often ask if being able to draw is an entry requirement. When children enter Glenaeon from other schools, they are not expected to be able to draw well from day 1. It’s the act of drawing, that's key. Each child is nurtured and eventually students become better at it over time, but there is no pressure to be an instant artist. With National Drawing Day coming up in May, it might be time to draw some more.

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Year 8 study portrait

Year 8 study portrait

06 May 2021

Year 8 students are embarking on a portrait unit in visual art and who better to teach them than the master himself, Rembrandt! Working from the series of many self-portraits, students practiced working with pastel to reproduce his image. What an amazing likeness they achieved!

Watch this space to see their own self-portraits which will be abstract representations of themselves done on skatedecks.

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Morning yoga is back

Morning yoga is back

06 May 2021

Glenaeon students and teachers are back enjoying morning Yoga sessions with Jonas and Yoga Master Heidi Horne overlooking the stunning bush scenery. What a way to start the day!  Parents are now permitted to join again, by following COVID safe practices of signing in with the QR code, and sanitising their hands before rolling out the mat.

To join, contact PDHPE Teacher & Co-curricular Organiser: J.Stoebe@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 

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Treasure market in the Playground

Treasure market in the Playground

06 May 2021

The playground is alive with pop-up treasure stalls created by Class 1 & 2 children. From delicate flowers and intricate nature craft to a collection of found treasures, children are busy collecting enough gumnuts (the local currency) to buy what they would like. Teachers and staff are also good customers, and the frenzy around the opening of a new shop even requires queueing and crowd control! Shopkeepers are busy with notes, signs and displays and it's just so much fun!

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Friendly Kookaburra visits Castlecrag

Friendly Kookaburra visits Castlecrag

06 May 2021

The kookaburras are always here throughout the day, foraging and finding worms, but this one was particularly friendly and let us get right up close!

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Secret stitching at Castlecrag

Secret stitching at Castlecrag

06 May 2021

There's been a lot of stitching, stitching going on at Castlecrag this week... I wonder why? You can see them in the playground, sitting on the walls and even in the trees! What can it be?

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