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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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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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.

Download the A4 poster

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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.

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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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Mother Earth in Castlecrag Reception

Mother Earth in Castlecrag Reception

06 May 2021

With a few extra special leaves and feathers bought from the children's playground stalls, Mother Earth is collecting her Autumn treasures at Castlecrag Reception.

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Year 9 Wolgan trip

Year 9 Wolgan trip

06 May 2021

The Wolgan trip started
on last Friday morn
As we pulled up with buses,
to find bags on the lawn

Students with parents,
the parents looked on,
As the buses were loaded,
then the students were gone.

We’ll miss you they cried
and waved as we drove,
thinking “at least we don’t have to
get up for the Cove”

And off we drove
and drove some more,
How many hours did it take?
Hrmm, maybe four.

When we finally arrived
and we got to alight,
We breathed in the Wolgan
Then prepared for first night.

Some went to climb
And others to canyon
Some simply walked
With their closest companion

There were glorious vistas
around every corner
We saw pink flannel flowers
and some other cool fauna.

So we climbed and walked and then walked some more,
I don’t think anyone could call that trip a bore!

KG

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To Mum with Love - Mother's Day gifts

To Mum with Love - Mother's Day gifts

06 May 2021

Now that the special day has come and gone, we can share with you some of the beautiful things the children made especially for Mother's Day.

Little Kindy and Class 2 felted soaps, Class 1 stitched gum leaf bookmarks out of hand-dyed felt, Class 3 crocheted brooches and placed holders with their first crochet! Class 4 embroidered lavender pillows and made hand-sewn paper cards.  Over at Middle Cove, Class 5 made clay vases with dried flowers, Class 6 made baskets out of Bangalow Palms, Year 7 baked delicious shortbread with fresh flower petals from the garden, and Year 8 made their own beeswax wraps button brooches. What a bounty of beautiful things for mums and carers. We trust our Mums enjoyed their beautiful hand-crafted gifts.

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Year 7's Archie swims at the AICES Swimming Championships

Year 7's Archie swims at the AICES Swimming Championships

23 Apr 2021

Archie Carter in Year 7 made it through to the zone level AICES Swimming Championships late March to compete for Glenaeon and represent our sports association ISD. He swam in three events: 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke.

Archie set a record for freestyle at our recent swimming carnival and won all his races at our carnival. We then checked his times and Archie qualified to be nominated for the AICES Swimming Championships.

Archie swam very well but ultimately did not qualify for the state level (CIS). However, it is a great achievement to swim at the AICES Swimming Championships in an Olympic swimming pool in the 2000 Sydney Olympics swim stadium in Sydney Olympic Park and battle it out with other very talented swimmers!

We congratulate Archie for his appearance and for representing our school on a bigger stage. Well done Archie!

 

#glenaeon #swimming #AICES #swimmingchampionships #freestyle #butterfly #breaststroke

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Martu People and Clifford Brooks

Martu People and Clifford Brooks

23 Apr 2021

Martu people are the traditional owners of the Martu land including parts of the Great Sandy, Little Sandy, and Gibson Deserts, collectively referred to as the Western Desert. The language of the people is Martu Wangka.  Glenaeon’s connection to the Martu people is through Beniah Brooks, a Year 10 student.  

One well-known Martu artist is Clifford Brooks. Clifford Brooks is Beniah's grandfather. His work is found in the National Museum of Australia. He is now in living in Jigalong with his family.

The painting pictured, titled, Blood in the Ground (2007) is one of Clifford's artworks. The painting shows Clifford's dad looking for his brother (Rover) along the Canning Stock Route. While looking he saw a whitefella had shot Aboriginal people. As Clifford Brooks said, "He been get up on a sandhill and he been look down: whitefella, massacre. They been get shot: [Aboriginal] men, women and children."  This scene is depicted in the top right corner of this painting, where many shapes are surrounded by red dotting (blood). 

Beniah chose this painting to share with Glenaeon because he made her one like this when she was little. Thanks for sharing this Beniah.

 

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Glenaeon Big Band is back

Glenaeon Big Band is back

23 Apr 2021

After all the COVID disruption, Glenaeon's Big Band is back on stage.  On 31 March 2021, the Glenaeon Big Band performed at the high school assembly in our Sylvia Brose Hall. Led by Band Master, Phil Arnold, the 16-member band played three songs.

Glenaeon Big Band students in this performance include: Nathan Yr 10; Miles Yr 7; Lucas Yr 7; Natalia Yr 10; Taran Yr 9; Jack Yr 10; Elke Yr 10; Sasha Yr 9; Anton Yr 8; Antonina Yr 7; Hayden Yr 8; Max Yr 10; Marcel Yr 11; Elliot Yr 9; Mya Yr 10 and Anouk Yr 10.

Our thanks to Evan Sanders for lighting and sound, and parent volunteer Ian Smith www.iancameronsmith.com, for filming and editing. Click here to watch the Glenaeon Big Band performance: https://youtu.be/ysgTFxON_vM

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Thank you HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Thank you HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

23 Apr 2021

The mystery of life and death often causes one to ponder and it is no different with the passing of HRH Prince Philip, founder of the Duke of Edinburgh Program.

The program was first developed in the United Kingdom in 1956 in conjunction with Kurt Hann, German Educationist and founder of Outward Bound and Lord Hunt, leader of the first ascent of Mount Everest. These men wanted to motivate youth to participate in a more balanced program of service, self-development and activity to support their growth into adulthood.

I have been delivering the program at Glenaeon for the past 11 years and have watched participants benefit from his vision and desire to support young people in finding meaning in their lives and purpose in what they do.  Bronze participants, usually Year 9 students, begin to learn consciously, what it means to be in service to others, to practise physical activity as a means of betterment of their health and wellbeing and develop or hone a skill to exercise their brain.  These activities are undergone alongside their normal school workload and what is commonly expected of our adolescents, and it helps them to find focus and work towards achieving a goal. They elect to participate in the program for various reasons at this stage, but for whatever that is, they benefit in so many ways. 

The students that follow on to the Silver and Gold Award have committed to a much extended weekly commitment of service, physical activity and skill to further their development, experience, social interactions and achievements. They are not ‘going with the flow’, being dictated and peer pressured into what is cool or acceptable teenage happenings.  These students have already risen above the materialistic level of adolescence and want to gain something beyond what is the typical offerings.

This is no more evident than in the adventure journey that makes up the Award at each level.  Twelve Year 10 students and one Year 11 student planned and organised their adventure practice and qualifying journeys, which they undertook towards the end of these holidays.  A girls’ group undertook the Six Foot Track walk while the boys conquered a large section of the Great North Walk. Both groups departed at the crack of dawn on Friday, after spending a few hours on Thursday together on final prep and training, equipment checks and packing. The students made all the arrangements: from booking sites, registering with National Parks, enlisting leaders as ‘back-up and safety’ – as required by the Award Office, planning out each day, the distance and kind of terrain, coordinates for designated breaks, navigation, etc. and got on their way.  The first day’s walk for the boys was no less than 27kms with a great deal of that uphill!  Following are some reflections of the participants on their return.

Prince Philip had the foresight and desire to set up a program where more than four million young people worldwide, since its inception, have participated, achieved and grown. This is a gift. Thank you Prince Philip; your legacy will live on.

Donna Miller

 

#DofE #dukeofed #dukeofedaus #worldready #glenaeon #steiner #steinereducation

 

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Duke of Ed: Silver Journey Reflections

Duke of Ed: Silver Journey Reflections

23 Apr 2021

"I started this hike with very little idea, of the amount of memories I was going to have, and the bonds I was very soon going to form with my fellow year 10 trekkers. Some of my favourite highlights of the trek were in the most part, random and at unexpected times whether that be around the trangia circle or after we had just finished walking up a steep hill, and I often thought that our laughter would travel down the valleys and be heard all the way back at Glenaeon. We had many challenges through the trek from bungled river crossings, to end up at the wrong cabins after a long day of walking. Throughout the entirety of the hike we were fully surround by natures delicate beauty, including the miracle regeneration of the bushland, following the catastrophic 2020 bush fires. The hike was made even more poignant given the recent passing of HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, founder of the award, who’s funeral was held during the time of our trek. This trek will always be in my memory along with the memory of The Prince and his legacy." Petal

 

"I really enjoyed our Silver Duke of Ed journey. It was such a fulfilling and rewarding experience and I found that I became a lot closer with the girls in my group. We had so many laughs and we really helped each other get through the hike, as it felt slow going hiking up and down the Six Foot Track.  Our trip went so quickly and before we knew it we were on our last night at Jenolan Caves sitting together and all laughing as we remembered the different parts of our journey. We got to walk through so many different climates throughout the whole of the hike; we began in the rainforest and ended up in an open field with horse, before we went over a suspension bridge over the water. I really feel that I had such a good group of girls to go through the hike together, it was such an amazing experience to share with them." Hana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Class 1 explore numbers to 12

Class 1 explore numbers to 12

23 Apr 2021

At the end of Term 1, Class 1 explored numbers from 1 - 12, including roman numerals. Writing, playing and using bean bags with numbers, they also made them in beeswax and used their new counters and counting bags to explore simple addition and subtraction. 

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Class 2 long stitch pencil cases

Class 2 long stitch pencil cases

23 Apr 2021

Class 2 have been stitching their own pencil cases, and the results are remarkable. One side has mountain and valley patterns in long stitch, whilst the other side contains their own design, carefully stitched. From the Opera House to rainbows, a cricket match, animals and even the sinking Titanic, their pencil cases will take them all the way to Class 6!

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Autumn Festival and celebrating Michaelmas

Autumn Festival and celebrating Michaelmas

23 Apr 2021

All 6 primary school classes came together on the last Friday at the end of Term 2 for the festival of Michaelmas - midway between the summer and winter solstices. It is an experiential treat as the hall is filled with voices, rounds, drama and music. The story of St. Michael and the dragon centres around an evil dragon holding the East at bay, and St. George (an earthly representation of St. Michael) tames the dragon with the Sword of Justice and Courage. It is Harvest time, as we gather our stores for winter, and the story reflects the gathering of our internal strength and light for the coming darkness of winter. Each class rehearses their own part - songs, music, poetry and drama - and they come together to perform as one. Class 2 prepared the fresh bread rolls and steamed corn, Class 3 rehearsed being the dragon, Class 5 played recorder and all classes from 1 - 6 rehearsed the story and their own songs. Thank you to all teachers and Class 5 teacher Katherine Arconati for working together on this event, and to Head of Music Ian Munns for playing the opening piano.

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Class 2 explore the sounds of music

Class 2 explore the sounds of music

23 Apr 2021

Rodney Dean has been working with Class 2 to explore music and sound. Listening to their own rhythms on the xylophone, percussion instruments, kalimba, rain-shakers, bells, chimes and recorder, the children shared what stories and imagery might accompany the various sounds they could create. Each child worked with one rhythm as they explored beat, rhythm, melody and timing together, before playing their own instrument and music to their regular morning song as one group. The result was wonderful! These skills are developed over many years in the primary class teacher period, allowing the children not only to play all their own music for school plays and festivals, but deepen their musical knowledge, experience and appreciation.

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Middle Cove Campus Improvements

Middle Cove Campus Improvements

23 Apr 2021

Our Operations & Facilities Manager Chris Scrogie together with our Maintenance team (Michael, Noel and Sonny) worked hard over the term break with lots of great improvements to benefit students in their campus life.

Our high school students will have noticed new vinyl flooring in high school building corridors, and we have brand new air conditioning units for Year 7 and 8 classrooms, Learning Support room and the Science Lab 1. Dehumidifiers have also been installed in classrooms for Class 3 and 4.

We also have additional bottle fill stations around the campus. Please remind you children to bring their water bottle to school or buy a water bottle from the café so that this can be refilled reducing plastic waste. The team installed the new artwork on the Alice Crowther Building. New lockers were installed for Year 8 and Year 12. In addition, we have upped the quality of our CCTV cameras across campuses to improve safety and security on site.

Our thanks to the team for their continued hard work in keeping our campus safe and looking great.

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Preparing for Michaelmas

Preparing for Michaelmas

23 Apr 2021

Last term Class 2 prepared bread and corn cobs for the whole of primary school on the morning of the Michaelmas Festival. Class Assistant Monique carefully calculated enough flour to make 180 rolls! She and Melony kneaded the dough with some Class 1 children before Class 2 children came in groups. Each child took part to further knead and form the many rolls that were baked to perfection. Can you spot the dough ball in the air?! The corn was peeled and the husks will be made into corn dolls. Class 1 volunteers decorated the Harvest display in the hall and the office was also brimming with lovely donations from school families - thank you. The food was all donated to Oz Harvest, who distribute it to charities to help feed people in need in Sydney.

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Year 12 Solo Camp

Year 12 Solo Camp

23 Apr 2021

At 6am on March 27, Year 12 students left Willoughby Park by bus for the six-hour ride to their Solo Camp on a property near the Warrumbungle National Park.  On arrival we were greeted by our guides Scottie, KG, and Eric. 

Tents were quickly set up and we helped prepare our dinner of kangaroo burgers cooked on the open fire.

During the afternoon students discussed various campsite options with Eric and Scottie before deciding on where they would set up camp the next day.

Students were up early on Sunday morning and were packed and ready to leave for their campsites by 9:30am.   

Once they arrived the sites were checked by the supervisor and a spot for the letterbox was arranged.  By 11am all students had reached they campsites and teachers were back at base camp.  However, there was no rest for them as Scottie and Eric had started building a pizza oven as a surprise for the students on the last night of the camp.

At 5pm on Sunday, teachers undertook the first of the letterbox runs to check if the students had settled in and were comfortable. 

Some had forgotten their torches, insect repellent, or water etc. but it did not take long to supply these missing essentials.

The next day, letterboxes were checked at 9am and again at 5pm. Comments left in the letter boxes were all positive with students being aware of the nature around them and enjoying it very much.

Between letterbox runs and other duties, the teachers continued to work on the pizza oven, and it was completed on Wednesday afternoon – with the help of some students who gave it the final polish.

Students were due back at the main camp at 10am but a few arrived earlier and once everyone had arrived, we sat in a circle and the students shared their experiences of their time alone. Many students saw emus, wallabies, various birds, and other wildlife and kept themselves busy with creative works, such as art or writing.

After lunch we set off for our land care tasks which was to help prevent erosion and scouring by using wood off-cuts in one of the creeks to slow the water and stabilise the creek bed.

On Tuesday evening, Scottie cooked another feast, this time it was freshly harvested goat and a vegetarian curry.

The Landcare work continued on Wednesday and in the evening, we feasted on pizza from our brand-new pizza oven.

After dinner we were treated to an exploration of the night sky by astronomer Donna Burton from Coonabarabran who shared her love of the night sky through her portable telescope. Donna had brought her self-made transportable telescope and we were all in awe being able to watch fascinating sights in the sky that are invisible to the naked eye. I think, none of us will ever look at the stars at night in the same way again after this experience.

Thursday morning came and it was time to say farewell to Eric and his property.  We arrived back at Willoughby Park on time at 4pm and within seven minutes all students had been collected by their parents – the fastest pickup ever.

From all reports the Solo Camp Experience was a resounding success, and all credit goes to the Outdoor Education team. Thanks to Scottie, KG, Taylor, Tom, and Eric, who gave our Year 12 students this unique opportunity not only to enjoy the outdoors by themselves but also give back to nature by working on the land to improve its condition.

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Sail away Sail away Sail away

Sail away Sail away Sail away

23 Apr 2021

Year 10 student Keizo Tomishima and Year 8 student Hanako Tomishima participated in sailing regattas last month and they achieved great results:

Keizo participated 2021 Victorian 420 Championship, and he got 3rd place.

Hanako participated in two regattas: the 2021 Victorian optimist State Championship, 3rd place, and the 2021 NSW optimist State Championship, where she came 2nd.

And in these most recent school holidays, Keizo also came 2nd in the “2021 Australian 420 National Championship” in Sydney, and Hanako participated in the “2021 Australian Optimist Championship” in Adelaide and she came in 5th place, overall, 1st female. Depending on COVID, she is going to World Optimist Championship in Italy later in the year.

The picture is of Hanako out on the water.

Our congratulations to Keizo and Hanako for their brilliant achievements.

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Glenaeon School Office Hours during the Easter Holidays

Glenaeon School Office Hours during the Easter Holidays

31 Mar 2021

The Easter holidays are almost here!  The last day of Term 1 is Wednesday 31 March and Term 2 commences on Wednesday 21 April.

Middle Cove Reception will remain open over the school holidays between the hours of 9am and 2pm. Please contact Sarah via email reception@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au or call 9417-3193

Castlecrag Reception will be closed from Thursday 1 April and will reopen on Monday 19 April. You can contact Melony via email castlecrag@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au or call 9958-0774.

Wishing everyone a safe and restful break.
Glenaeon Admin Team

 

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Bookings open: Glenaeon Holiday Care Autumn Program 2021

Bookings open: Glenaeon Holiday Care Autumn Program 2021

25 Mar 2021

The holidays are almost here! We’ve got the perfect program to keep children busy and engaged in fun activities through the Glenaeon Holiday Care program. It’s a lovely mix of indoor and outdoor activities, along with some new excursions and cultural experiences for all to enjoy.

Glenaeon’s Holiday Care program is open to all children, not just Glenaeon students, so please feel free to invite friends and families from other schools to join in the fun.

All program days are held at our Castlecrag campus, except for some excursions as specified.

Bookings can be made here: http://www.glenaeonoosh.com.au/holiday-care-bookings.html

 

 

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The rain in Spain, falls mainly on Sandra Frain’s compost!

The rain in Spain, falls mainly on Sandra Frain’s compost!

25 Mar 2021

Close to 30 people braved the unrelenting rain last Sunday (14 March) to participate in our Parent Education session on compost making with our Biodynamic Gardening Practitioner and Gardening Teacher Sandra Frain.  Sandra covered all the principles of composting including the scientifically proven balance of nitrogen and carbon products that creates a healthy compost system. Participants all worked together to ‘fill the compost pit’ at Castlecrag in the layering format that creates a good healthy mature soil. Families got familiar with our ‘Compost Pit Corner’ and harvested some mature composted soil to take home having learned how to make compost for their own backyards. Sandra is planning to do a follow up workshop in Term 2, so stay tuned for more information to follow.

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ISD Touch Football Carnival

ISD Touch Football Carnival

25 Mar 2021

Thursday 11 March was meant to be very wet but a courageous group of 36 Glenaeon touch football players travelled to Liverpool, joining 11 other schools to take part in the big ISD Touch Football Carnival.  Some of these schools can kindly be called ‘rugby schools’ meaning that their prime target in PE is to become good at the rugby, the original form of touch football. As a result, in some games, our teams assembled from students in Year 8 to Year 12, struggled to score. In other games though, we really surprised ourselves, winning four games, drawing three. Our main goal was to enjoy a day of physical activity. At times ‘robust’, the games were played in good spirit. We enjoyed a day of meeting other students from different schools and diverse cultures.

One group of friendly students even displayed their backflip skills to some of our older students in what looked like a ‘backflip mini clinic’ between games.

The weather was kind, and this resulted in a great day of outdoor and physical learning in which all students rose to the occasion becoming better players and team mates over the many touch games played.

Well done to all players and a special shout out to the those who scored tries: Remy B and Wesley (both Year 11), Rohan and Jayden (Year 9), Alex (Year 8), Sophie (Year 11), Elke (Year 10), Lotte (Year 9), Quinn (Year 8).

#touch #football #touchfootball #touchfooty #glenaeon #steiner #sydney #lowernorthshore #PE  

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Year 7 discovers Newnes Plateau

Year 7 discovers Newnes Plateau

25 Mar 2021

The Year 7 students were very impressive on their Outdoor Education Expedition. From the moment we boarded the bus, there was positive buzz of social interaction that was at all times supportive, friendly and inclusive to all.

What an experience! We arrived at our rugged campsite, where the effects of recent bushfire, was still quite present. We pitched our tents for the night and then went for a short bushwalk to the edge of a rocky, cliff embankment, were we watched the sun descending. The peace, awe and stillness was only broken by the call of the Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo. The students sat quietly showing a deep reverence and respect for the natural environment. As they did this, they were asked to contemplate the importance of this place for the Indigenous people of the Wiradjuri, Gundungurra and Darug nations.

The enthusiasm and cooperation the students had for cooking their own meals was very impressive. They displayed dexterity and confidence when operating the Trangia stove and an assortment of cuisines was hungrily devoured.

The next morning the whole group was divided into two, and one group went to Deep Pass for an overnight camp, while the other group stayed at the main campsite, to partake in the abseiling challenge.

The campers heading out to Deep Pass needed an overnight pack of food and clothes. They headed out on a 2km, downhill trek through the bush to their campsite. The Wollemi National Park boasts some of the prettiest scenery; a valley surrounded by incredible cliffs, cascading waterfalls and winding creeks. We explored the nearby rock pools; a meeting place for the Wiradjuri, Gundungurra and Darug people that contains ancient handprints; and the T-Slot canyon that squeezes its way through the middle of a mountain.  The students arranged their new campsite using tarps for cover. Being carefully guided in the correct placement and setting of their tarps to ensure a dry bed for the night. In the second week this was especially important as it rained most nights. The students’ tarp building skills were exceptional and they remained mostly dry.

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Autumn inspo

Autumn inspo

25 Mar 2021

You may be tempted to make some Autumn trimmings for your tables at home. 

The mornings and evenings are a little crisper and soon ....

Leaves are drifting slowly down.
They make a carpet on the ground,
Then swish! The wind comes whistling by,
And sends them dancing in the sky!

 

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Glenaeon Charter Bus Bookings Term 2 – NOW OPEN

Glenaeon Charter Bus Bookings Term 2 – NOW OPEN

25 Mar 2021

It’s time to make your booking on the Glenaeon charter bus for Term 2, 2021.   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.  Bookings for Term 2 are due by Wednesday 31 March. 

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

 

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Soccer trial day for the AICES Soccer Championships

Soccer trial day for the AICES Soccer Championships

25 Mar 2021

Last Friday nine excited Glenaeon students from Year 8 – Year 12 headed 70km south-west to Saint Helens Park near Campbelltown to compete in a football (soccer) trial day to represent our school and sports association (ISD) in the Football Championships to be held in early May.

In pouring rain our students battled the elements and competed for selection. They were much-liked by the critical eyes of the observing selectors who went on to choose three students.

I want to congratulate Year 12's Evan Hamele (as outstanding goalie), Jayden Smith (Year 9) and Anton Cope (Yr 8) all as field players in various positions for their outstanding effort and the talent displayed. Given we are a smaller sized school, I couldn’t be prouder that in a team that is formed from all the best soccer playing students from the 12 schools in the ISD Association that Glenaeon had so much talent on display. I want to sincerely congratulate the nominees but also recognise all as well as the effort by parents who facilitated the day for their children, supervised on the day, and for their car pooling and support, including the shift of venue. 

I wish them all the very best when they will compete with other students from across Sydney to fly our Glenaeon/ISD flag on May 5 and 6 in the AICES Soccer Championships in Glenwood, north of Blacktown.

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Meet Alice Livermore

Meet Alice Livermore

25 Mar 2021

We continue our get-to-know our Teachers series, and this week we catch up with Alice Livermore. Alice joined Glenaeon last year, but she has changed roles and is spreading her wings into areas that truly ignite her passion. 

What is your new role at Glenaeon?  

I have several roles at Glenaeon this year! Teacher-Librarian, Careers Advisor and Spanish Teacher.

  • I have joined our wonderful librarian, Chris, in the library this year. While I support him as much as I can, my vision is to really step into the “teacher” part of being a librarian, that is, to actively monitor and assist students during study periods, and to support students and teachers by being a go-to person for resources or to simply find a good book! I have also been working in various classes teaching digital literacy (research/evaluative skills) and have started a lunch time reading and writing club. What I would like to see happen next is for the library to become more of a hub for celebrating community and culture, keeping up-to-date and participating in national and international events (like Book Week, NADOC week, etc.). Over the coming school holidays the library will be receiving a little bit of a makeover and I am very excited for the creation of our “fiction corner” which will give students a cozy place to lounge around and read and play boardgames during recess and lunch.

 

  • I aim to support students from Year 9-12, advising them in regards to subject selection, work experience, HSC and career pathways (life after Glenaeon!). I am particularly passionate about supporting Year 12 students as this can be an overwhelming time in a young person’s life, not only with the pressures of the HSC but also with deciding what’s next. Fortunately there are so many pathways and opportunities available to students today, my goal is to make students aware of this and help them on their way. If students of any age are wondering what they should be thinking about or what they could be doing to prepare for their future, they should check out the Careers page on GLO. https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/968/

 

  • Perhaps the role that is closest to my heart because it is such a personal passion of mine is Spanish-teaching. It was my favourite subject when I was in school and was a huge part of my teenage years. I grew up on the west coast of America where Mexican-Americans and Mexican immigrants make up a significant portion of the population. It was very normal for anyone in the community to be able to speak at least a little Spanish and we were very familiar with Hispanic customs and celebrations. I think it is very exciting and appropriate that Spanish has been introduced at Glenaeon as there are so many students and teachers in our community that come from a Spanish-speaking background. 20 countries world-wide speak Spanish and it is the 3rd most spoken language in the world. Not only do I love the language, but it has been a joy introducing students to the vibrant and varying cultures of these Spanish-speaking countries. Currently Spanish is only being taught in year 7, but so many students in other year groups have expressed an interest and so we will be starting a Spanish Club next term that is open to all students. 

 

What are your hobbies?

I love nature and animals. Mountains, trees, birds and dogs are my favourites of those. I love rock climbing, I love to read and I love to write poetry and short stories.

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Class 5 makes 'dough' despite the rain

Class 5 makes 'dough' despite the rain

25 Mar 2021

Traditionally, Class 5 gardeners host Pizza Day each term with the help of Class 7 Food Technology students who make all the pizza dough.  They utilise fresh ingredients grown in our Middle Cove Biodynamic Garden to create delicious hot pizzas to sell to their fellow students at lunchtime.  This activity combines gardening, health and nutrition, culinary skills and service to their community!  

This Tuesday however, plans for making pizza were washed away in the torrential rain that had fallen on Sydney. Fortunately, they are a resilient group.  With the support of their Garden Teachers, Kathy and Edgar, they sheltered in the Gentle Cafe and baked herb and cheese bread rolls instead. 

“That smells so good!” was a phrase heard across the campus.  A total of $220 in donations was received from students and staff for their tasty snacks.  Monies raised from these lunch events will be given to a worthy cause chosen by Class 5.

Hopefully, next term the weather will be friendlier and there will be pizzas for lunch.  Well done Class 5 and thank you to all the helpers who provided support with this class activity.

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Tree collateral

Tree collateral

25 Mar 2021

The past few days of heavy rain took a toll on one of our turpentines at the top of our Middle Cove campus. The tree developed a lean and was resting on the walkway handrail, hinting at a potential fall.

Our Operations and Maintenance team arranged for an arborist to make an assessment and then emergency removal for safety reasons followed. Students were guided down the driveway at the bell for a safe passage home.

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Class 3 explores Farming and Textiles

Class 3 explores Farming and Textiles

25 Mar 2021

Class 3’s final Main Lesson for Term 1 is Farming and Textiles. So far it has involved a series of highly practical lessons where the children are learning how natural raw materials are transformed into products. One of the activities has been the transformation of wheat into bread. Another, how we prepare and look after soil. 

Below you will see photos of the children threshing a cloth bag of wheat, blowing the wheat as it falls into a bowl to separate the stalk pieces from the grains (winnowing), grinding the wheat with a mortar and pestle and making damper.

The other series of photos are of the children sowing ‘green manure’. This involved a little excursion to the garden where we were met by Kathy Thangathurai, one of our resident Glenaeon Gardening Teachers. Kathy had prepared a garden bed especially.

First, she spoke about the importance of building and nourishing our soil to keep it healthy. Then we were handed a small portion of carefully selected seeds and while we were sprinkling, she explained that when the seeds sprout and grow they draw nutrients from the soil depths and from the air to bring them to the top layer where our plant’s roots grow. The children then took turns ‘turning and tickling’ the earth with a hoe and to end off this wonderful experience, Class 3 blessed the soil with a song to help the seeds grow.

A few children exclaimed that this was their ‘most favourite main lesson ever!’

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こんにちは日本 (Hello Japan)

こんにちは日本 (Hello Japan)

25 Mar 2021

Our Year 9 Japanese Language students recently filmed an introductory Middle Cove campus tour video speaking only in Japanese. The students also took part in a live Zoom video conference with students and teachers from Hamamatsu Nittaidai Junior High School in Japan.   This Japanese school usually has students visit our campus in Australia each year, but sadly not during COVID, so instead we arranged a meeting via video conference to strengthen ties between our schools and to give all students an opportunity to practice and share Japanese culture and language skills.

Our Head of School Andrew Hill was present to officially open the conference.

After the introductory video screening the students engaged in a Q&A session in both Japanese and English. It was a great opportunity for all to hone their language skills and engage in a real conversation.

Our students were surprised by their own capability and are hoping to do this again soon. We look forward to a time when we can have our Japanese friends visit our campus again to experience student life at Glenaeon.

To view Glenaeon’s introductory video click here.

To view the Zoom video conference recording click here.

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The apple of Kindy's eye

The apple of Kindy's eye

25 Mar 2021

Big Kindergarten have been welcoming Autumn and have been busy making some leaf print paintings, as well as enjoying the rainy, windy weather. We have also made some pom pom apples (we even had a noisy minor come and visit our tree) and are looking forward to our Apple Picking excursion to Bilpin this coming weekend, where we will enjoy some delicious apples from the orchard.

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Inside and Outside Rainy Day Play

Inside and Outside Rainy Day Play

25 Mar 2021

Children have been enjoying their inside-outside play at lunch times as the rain has brought some indoor play time. Students have had a chance to get creative with blocks, games and cards, drawing and their own craft projects.

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Here comes the sun!

Here comes the sun!

25 Mar 2021

What a welcome relief it was to finally see the sun! The level of excitement and sheer relief was palpable as children played in the warm air and bright sunshine again after relentless rain. As the children's rain pants dry in the sun, we look forward to some more lovely Autumn days approaching the Easter holidays.

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Grassroots Ecostore at the Castlecrag Campus

Grassroots Ecostore at the Castlecrag Campus

25 Mar 2021

The Grassroots Ecostore is on our Castlecrag Campus, and open every school day for families and the public to visit. Taryn Miller, who took over the store this year, has been a lovely presence and provider of beautiful, useful and wonderful supplies for our families, the community and the public. The shop is beautiful and is real treasure trove of art, craft, lunch box/school supplies, books, toys, felt craft, slippers, candles, drawing and health/beauty products. The shop has a great eco and ethical focus, so products are locally sourced, naturally made and low impact where possible. You will find some lovely Easter and school holiday craft supplies so do come in before the end of school and find some treasures for home, holidays, birthdays and more. We really love having the Ecostore on our campus and thank Taryn for what she has brought to the store. You can also order online any time at grassrootsecostore.com.au or call Taryn on 0409 022 327.

Opening hours during term time are:

Monday 8.30am – 11.30am & 2:00pm – 3:45pm
Tuesday 8.30am – 11.30am & 2:00pm – 3:45pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 12.30pm
Thursday 8.30am – 11.30am & 2:00pm – 3:45pm
Friday 8.30am – 11.30am & 2:00pm – 3:45pm

The shop is closed during school holidays but online orders continue.

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Class 1 dye their chair bags

Class 1 dye their chair bags

25 Mar 2021

Engaged in a very creative outdoor activity, Class 1 students were able to dye their chair bags, even though it was pouring with rain! Under the building overhang, Handwork Teacher Elizabeth Ellean set up dyeing tables, where the children used vibrant colours to dye the bags that will hang on the backs of each of their desk chairs and hold their books, crayons and counters. It was a highly creative and colourful task, supported by our volunteers.

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Class 2 plant the Kefir lime tree and Kindy in the compost

Class 2 plant the Kefir lime tree and Kindy in the compost

25 Mar 2021

We have been slowly developing a Scent Garden outside Reception in beautiful blue pots, and this week gardening Teachers Kathy Thangathurai and Sandra Frain brought a beautiful Kefir lime tree to plant. The children trolleyed the freshly composted soil to the pot and planted it in the rain. Meanwhile, Kindergarten have also been digging out the compost and we welcomed volunteer Guchi to assist.  Our beautiful sunflowers have been a welcoming joy in the early morning duty in the rain! 

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Class 2 Animal Fables Main Lesson

Class 2 Animal Fables Main Lesson

25 Mar 2021

Class 2 students have been introduced to the underlying wisdom of the Animal Fables during their English Main Lesson. They have enjoyed and written texts from The Tortoise and the Hare, and The Lion and the Mouse and many more. The children have this week also painted some most beautiful paintings for the wall, truly a sight to behold.

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High School Harvest Festival

High School Harvest Festival

25 Mar 2021

Yesterday High School Students and Teachers celebrated Harvest Festival. A beautiful mandala of seasonal vegetables and fruits were displayed in the centre of the Sylvia Brose Hall with the students gathered around the colourful display. The Harvest Festival Program was hosted by Deputy Head of School Years 7-12, Liz Nevieve, and proceeded with a Welcome to Country conducted by Year 12 student Scout Higgins. Stuart Wright treated everyone with two piano performances. Our Year 9s performed "Islander Dance" not dissimilar to the Haka, as well as a poem, Spiritual Song of the Aborigine by Hyllus Maris. Year 8 shared their body percussion talents, Year 7 a song titled 'Evening Rise' by Christian Bollmann, and first time since covid restrictions eased, our Years 9-11 Choir performed two pieces: Autumn Moon and Dona Nobis Pacem.  Autumn stories were also shared: The Seed and The Cottage of Candles as told by Storyteller, Educator and Writer, Donna Jacob Sife. Our listening skills were sharpened, our imaginations sparked, and meaningful messages about the virtues of kindness, compassion, and understanding ignited our consciousness.

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In the Alphabet Book for Teens and Adults, “M” is not for 'mouse'

In the Alphabet Book for Teens and Adults, “M” is not for 'mouse'

11 Mar 2021

Wellbeing at Glenaeon

Our Wellbeing Program is a focus at Glenaeon throughout 2021 and is undergoing a full review. Head of School Andrew Hill wrote recently to parents in Years 9 and 10 outlining our plans for respectful relationships education. In response to recently highlighted concerns coming both from our own community and articulated in society generally, Glenaeon High school students will be participating in the ‘LOVE BiTES’ program, teaching students explicitly about respectful relationships and consent, and in workshops presented by facilitators from the Drug and Alcohol Youth Services (DAYSS). A webinar for parents and carers of high school students, hosted by DAYSS, will be held on Monday, 22 March at 7:30pm. Further details and links will be emailed to you.

Reflections on consent... In the Alphabet Book for Teens and Adults, “M” is not for 'mouse'.

In eurythmy, the sound “B” is the first sound in what is known as the ‘Evolutionary Sequence of Sounds’. It is performed with the enclosing of the arms, a protective gesture that draws the surrounding space around the human gestalt like an enveloping mantle. Rudolf Steiner likens the quality of the “B” to that of a house, a solid, architectural structure that holds form about its inhabitants and protects those inside from unwanted intrusion. In English, the word house clearly doesn’t contain the sound “B” and we can only extrapolate that the development of the word in the English language points to a somewhat nuanced inner experience, but we can see that a rounded, holding gesture can be found in many words that do start with the sound, such as burrow, bower, boat, bowl or basin, all nouns which ‘contain’ and which bring me to the word ‘body’.

The use of the word ‘house’ as a metaphor for the human body is well known and reveals a long held experience that our individuality, our sense of self or ‘I’, resides within the body but is not synonymous with the body. For those who hold the belief that the human spirit is independent from the physical form, this experience makes considerable sense and affirms their understanding. For those who do not, this awareness is a puzzlement that inspires neuroscientific investigation. Irrespective as to our belief, the experience is universal and the body as a home or house for our inner being is a perceivable reality.   

When it comes to consent, a crucial right that has been highlighted this year both within schools and at the government level, we find ourselves considering how essential the protective quality of the “B” experience is and how intrinsically the physical barrier which the body affords is linked to the invisible boundary and “B” experience that houses and protects our individuality, our ‘I’. We are aware of how deeply insecure the individual self or ‘I’ may become if the film that protects our sense of self is penetrated even by the most trivial of matters, and we are conscious of just how shattering that experience may be if the walls of the body, our house and our ultimate boundary, have been breached without our invitation. With “B”, both the invisible “B” that shelters the ‘self’ and the “B” of the physical body, we experience a necessary relationship to the world where the ‘I’ is securely held within and where external influences are firmly shut out.

With the sound “M”, the next sound in the eurythmy sound series, we encounter quite a different gesture. The movement for “M” is performed by gently yet firmly moving the arms in a fluid, horizontal, two-directional manner, with one hand and arm moving outward from the body while the other moves inward. At this point in the sound sequence, the eurythmist is taught that from the secure confines of the “B” ‘house’, the possibility for the merging of the inner with the outer exists through a controlled and conscious ‘conversation’, a gentle movement that comes about in the ‘space between’. Whether or not we choose to accept someone or something into our inner world, and into our body, can only be decided through conversation and exchange. Many words beginning with “M” point to the sound’s embodiment of this ‘conversational’ aspect … movement, mindful, merge, mutual. “M” is the experience that mediates the permeability of our boundaries.

And the fact that “M” is the second sound in the ‘Evolutionary Sequence of Sounds’ is the essential point! We do not jump from the experience of “B” to that of, for example, “F” … and in fact the sound “F” comes at a much later stage in the sequence when, actioned appropriately and able to be received, the value of its characteristics can be acknowledged. Qualities such as forceful or fierce have their place, but when used directly to shatter the “B” they have devastating effects.

We all know this. But what we find ourselves struggling with is why, nevertheless, the natural order of things isn’t always respected … from “B” to “M” or, said more pragmatically, from boundary to mutual conversation and respect. One thing is certain, while the “B” of the physical body is a given and exists without our thought, an “F” can be an unruly quality that must be tamed and, in order to do so, we need mastery of the “M”, which requires conscious awareness. It is this element, conscious awareness, that we must strengthen.

Consent is both implicitly and explicitly taught throughout the students’ schooling at Glenaeon, as we know it has also been at other schools where recent concerns have been highlighted, but many are stressing that the degree to which (or the timing when which) these teachings have been brought is clearly not enough. While some may wish to hold a naïve optimism that progression through the ‘Evolutionary Sequence of Sounds’ would naturally unfold in its rightful order and with the appropriate level of awareness, we keenly understand our duty of care to ensure that each stage is brought to consciousness. Understanding the “B” and emphasising the role of the “M” becomes of utmost importance.

As a starting point and in the context of the Alphabet Book for Teens and Adults, “B” must therefore be understood as being for boundary and “M” is not for mouse. “M” is for mindful and mutual. Mindful mutual conversation, mindful mutual understanding and mindful mutual respect … and “F” is not for force, “F” is for friend.

 

Note:

The premise of eurythmy is that our development of language is not arbitrary but has come about through our inherent understanding that qualities of sounds speak to objective, inner experiences and/or perceptions of the outer world. This suggestion can be followed by paying attention to a general tendency in some instances for the sounds in words to match, from a qualitative and movement perspective (for example, how the sound is formed in the mouth and larynx), aspects that pertain to the meaning of the word. The ‘Evolutionary Sequence of Sounds’ is a series of 12 sounds of speech that Rudolf Steiner suggested embodies a basic progression through inner experience. The series is: B   M   D   N   R   L   G   CH   F   S   H   T

 

Deputy Head of School, Years 7-12
Elizabeth Nevieve

 

 

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Gleno Green Team Cleans up Scotts Creek

Gleno Green Team Cleans up Scotts Creek

11 Mar 2021

On Sunday, Glenaeon Student Eco Group, volunteer teachers and parents and children gathered at Glenaeon to help Clean Up Australia by collecting rubbish that has been trapped or run into Scotts Creek, to which our Middle Cove camps adjoins. The 30 plus volunteers pulled plastic, discarded bottle tops, plastic bags and other pollutants from in or near the creek.  Well done to everyone involved! 

#CleanUpAustralia #StepUpToCleanUp #environment #eco #scottscreek

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Meet Emily Fam – Glenaeon’s Student Wellbeing Coordinator

Meet Emily Fam – Glenaeon’s Student Wellbeing Coordinator

11 Mar 2021

What is your new role at Glenaeon?
I’m the new Student Wellbeing Coordinator and this role is new to Glenaeon this year. Its aim is to support the Deputy Heads of School in ensuring the physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of the students from Kindergarten – Year 12. This includes providing one-on-one support for students, as well as implementing broader programs across the school.

What experience do you bring to Glenaeon?
I have 10+ years volunteer and professional experience in supporting young people and families in a variety of contexts including mental health, alcohol and drugs, OOHC/foster care and homelessness. I have worked with young people facing many challenges, some of which include anxiety, depression, trauma, peer and social relationship struggles, low self-esteem, eating disorders, bullying and family breakdown. As a social worker, I have a passion for working from a strengths based, holistic approach to support those I’m working alongside to feel seen, nurtured and empowered.

What are your interests? (hobbies etc)
Some of my favourite hobbies include bushwalking, the ocean, reading, dancing, travelling and sharing delicious meals with friends and family. I have probably set the world record for the amount of times watching the entirety of the series Gilmore Girls, and I also love nerding out on many podcasts that involve any of my interests including low tox and slow living, integrative health, birth and anything by Brené Brown.

What are you most excited about for the year ahead?
The students I have already been able to engage with have made me very excited to continue getting to know and work with more students through individual support and broader programs as the year progresses. In my short time here at Glenaeon, I have already known the students to be empathetic, mature, kind and welcoming, which has been beautiful to see. I also look forward to working in an environment where I get to see the bush every day.

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Staff wellbeing

Staff wellbeing

11 Mar 2021

Staff and Teachers think, talk and take much action when it comes to Student Wellbeing. It’s a big point of discussion and consideration coming out of covid for our entire school community.

Recently our staff managed to take a small break and have a moment looking after their own wellbeing with a social catch up one afternoon.  Thanks to Scottie for the fresh from the wood-oven pizzas!

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When life gives you lemons, help the environment!

When life gives you lemons, help the environment!

11 Mar 2021

The Student Eco Team recently ran a lemonade stall, raising money for The Wilderness Society. Well done to all for this highly refreshing initiative!

 

#lemons #lemonade #charity #fundraiser #NatureWeLove

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Autumn's arrival at Castlecrag

Autumn's arrival at Castlecrag

11 Mar 2021

As the glorious sunflowers begin to fade and the zinnias shine the last bursts of summer, Autumnal colours have arrived. We acknowledge the changing of our seasons and begin to prepare for the upcoming Harvest Festival. Our nature tables tell tales of Harvest, apple picking and the children have also been making Mother Earth a bounty of beautiful apples from beeswax and bringing them to the nature table in Reception.

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School Tours - a window into Class 1

School Tours - a window into Class 1

11 Mar 2021

Our Castlecrag campus tours offer a beautiful window into the worlds within each classroom. The children's bookwork, craft, painting and tools provide a sense of some of what children see, use and create. Here is a little 'window' into Class 1.

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Class 2 - it's time for tables!

Class 2 - it's time for tables!

11 Mar 2021

Class 2 students have immersed themselves in the world of times tables with their 'Ida Spider' Math Main Lesson with Teacher Rodney Dean. Just like Ida with her stunning web formations, Class 2 have used the 10-point number wheels and wool to show that each times table has it's own geometric form and that numbers are inherently linked to patterns, geometry and repetition. This fundamental understanding offers another dimension to the times tables, which they have also been hopping, stepping and jumping all the way up to the twelve times table! Well done Class 2! The path leading from the classroom has a number game that children step times tables as they head out to play. They have also been writing numbers as far as they can and there are some VERY long number scrolls rolling about!

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Class 1 cubbies and mandalas

Class 1 cubbies and mandalas

11 Mar 2021

Class 1 are enjoying their new playground, and have built their first bush-stick cubby. The enterprising builders negotiated with our Bush Regenerist Lindsay in the local currency - gum nuts -  for a pile of palm branches to enhance their building equipment. Nearby, the children create beautiful and intricate mandalas with natural materials, leaving them in the playground for all to enjoy.

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Tadpoles  and frogs in the pond

Tadpoles and frogs in the pond

11 Mar 2021

When children bring the class rolls to Reception, they always stop to look at the tadpoles, which have been growing since last year. They have now grown arms and legs and once they are little frogs can be gently returned to the pond! The children take great care of the pond with Gardening Teacher Sandra Frain, and at dawn and dusk, the frogs can be heard croaking.

 

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Class 1 make their counting bags

Class 1 make their counting bags

11 Mar 2021

Class 1 students have been making their counting bags with Handwork Teacher Elizabeth Ellean. Adding backstitch to their growing repertoire of skills, they sewed the sides of their bags up and threaded the plait through the top hem. These are now ready to hold their counters as they begin their new Math Main Lesson with Class 1 Teacher Jennifer Stone.

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Playgroups at Glenaeon

Playgroups at Glenaeon

11 Mar 2021

Our families with little ones are enjoying Steiner Playgroups and the welcoming space with stories, games, bread-baking and songs. With Playgroup leaders Nancy Amini and Sandra Frain, the children enjoy the creativity, playgrounds and friendships that grow during their regular weekly times together.

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Autumn has arrived at Grassroots Eco Store!

Autumn has arrived at Grassroots Eco Store!

10 Mar 2021

The shop is full of beautiful materials to inspire your Autumn craft projects whether it be making apple pompoms with wool, sewing felt leaf shapes to hang or modelling with beeswax or clay, Autumn provides a wonderful abundance of inspiration for craft activities and the perfect opportunity for children to practice all those amazing craft skills they are learning in class.

Pop in store to view Yuki’s Autumn felt creations, you’ll find a delightful collection of hand-dyed felt gnomes, little mushroom people and toadstools which are perfect for your Autumn nature table displays or play shelves.

The bookshelves have recently been re-stocked with quality children’s books with stories to enrich the experience of the changing seasons and spark the imagination in both young and older readers!

If you can’t make it to the shop, many of our products are now available online: grassrootsecostore.com.au with more products added each week!

 

 

 

Opening Hours for Term 1
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

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

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OPEN DAY 2021 - spread the word

OPEN DAY 2021 - spread the word

10 Mar 2021

Glenaeon has a new social video doing the Facebook and Instagram rounds promoting our Open Day 2021 event on Saturday 20 March 10am-12 noon. If you have family and friends that may be interested in attending, please invite them to visit our Open Day webpage: www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/openday and register. We are looking forward to welcoming people to see our beautiful campus. 

Our thanks to Glenaeon Parent, Actor, Voice, Creator and Acting Coach Stephen Hunter who very kindly volunteered his professional services to give our video a highly professional voice over track, which he mixed at his new studio.  Thanks to Steve for sharing his talents to help our school. 

For more go to: https://www.sweetassounds.com/ and https://www.theactorscoach.com.au/

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Swimming Carnival 2021

Swimming Carnival 2021

10 Mar 2021

On another wonderfully dry and warm autumn day, some 320 Steiner school students from around the state, gathered in Ku-rin-gai Fitness & Aquatic Centre in West Pymble to swim in 50m races for points, enjoy good company, catch up with students from other schools and compete in relay medley events against other teams and even courageous teacher teams!

The students and teachers from Maitland’s Linuwel School, the Newcastle Waldorf School, the Central Coast Steiner School and Glenaeon had a most enjoyable day of out-of-classroom learning by competing in the three house colour teams, Blue taking away the win yet again with 520 points. Again, the best dressed students received extra points for their spectacular and colourful outfits.

As has now become customary, the relay-medley mixed-team races are the highlight as they are the only team event in an otherwise individual sport. The best teams then competed against mixed-teacher teams from all four schools and took away a victory again as they did in 2019. Only last year were the teachers victorious. But as we teachers are here for the students, they enjoy nothing more than seeing teachers try but loose again their efforts – good on them for putting in great team effort to beat three teacher teams in finals!

A day like this cannot be successful without the help of many teachers filling the positions of recorders, starters, announcers, timers and marshalling students in various ways. I want to thank all the teachers from all schools and in particular my Glenaeon colleagues for their kind help on the day: Jacqueline, Amelia, Raphaela, Stanley, David, Donna, Jamie, Alison, KG, Elena, Alice and Lidija.

Let’s do it all again next year!
Jonas Stoebe

 

#swimming #glenaeon #steiner #relay #bestdressed

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Year 12 Society & Culture - Dialogue with Industry Experts

Year 12 Society & Culture - Dialogue with Industry Experts

10 Mar 2021

On Wednesday 3 March, Year 12 Society & Culture had a great opportunity to engage in a dialogue with Lindon Coombes, a proud and highly experienced Indigenous man currently serving as Industry Professor at the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at UTS. He has served a political consultant to State and Federal governments, as well as CEO of Tranby Aboriginal College, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, and Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

Professor Coombes was also the co-author of the recent Collingwood “Do Better” Report; the findings of which have reverberated well beyond the Collingwood Football Club.

We were delighted to welcome such an experienced industry professional into our classroom, via a Zoom call, to respond to students’ questions on our current HSC topic - contemporary issues surrounding the inclusion and exclusion of Indigenous Australians. Professor Coombes’ personal experiences and industry insights were invaluable and provided our students with a unique perspective and a much deeper understanding of the causes, impacts and challenges to overcoming a range of contemporary Indigenous issues.

 

#society #culture #lindoncoombes #indigenous #education #policy 

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Year 10 Geography Study of Environmental Change and Management

Year 10 Geography Study of Environmental Change and Management

09 Mar 2021

Year 10B Geography were welcomed to The Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) in Chowder Bay, Middle Head, to investigate some of the environmental changes that have taken place in the Sydney harbour estuary. They cheerfully braved the morning rain and sieved beach quadrants for examples of large plastics and then gathered sand samples to test in the SIMS laboratory for microplastics under the guidance of the SIMS scientists. The students were taken into the SIMS aquarium and given a hands-on display of the biodiversity of marine life in Sydney's rocky shore habitat. They then donned wetsuits and with the guidance of Outdoor Education Teacher Kristen Gardner the students explored the netted area of Chowder Bay where they observed the sea grass and some of the diverse marine life in their natural surroundings.

 

#marine #environment #sydney #water #microplastics #science #biodiversity #snorkling #nature

 

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Smart Expressions 2021

Smart Expressions 2021

08 Mar 2021

Smart Expressions 2021 is an exhibition of HSC artworks on display from 3-28 March at Art Space on The Concourse in Chatswood. 23 HSC student artists have work on display including five Glenaeon students/alumni.

  • Elicia Ferguson, Shades of Orange
  • Kauri Palmer, απομεινάρι (apomeinári) (Remnant)
  • Max Perkins, Manūs Vitam Enarrant (Our Hands Tell Our Story)
  • Laila Ree, Black Land Matters
  • Emi Takahashi-Beer, Bagi & Bugi

Congratulations to these students, and congratulations to all the HSC Art Students of 2020.  To accompany the exhibition the students were also interviewed about their experience in the particularly challenging year of 2020.  The students selected, created very diverse and conceptual works that represented their interest or passion over the course of their final year of study.  Laila’s work of enamelled sculptural puzzle pieces were a statement on the urgent need for recognition of First Nation Peoples and to build a connection as a way forward to heal the land of which we inhabit. Emi investigated the cycle of life and the inter-relationship between humanity and nature, Kauri developed an interpretation of the concept of remnants and what we leave behind as we live and die.  The impact of war and displacement was the theme for Elicia’s series of large scale paintings while Max looked at the gesture of the hand as a tell-tale sign of a life lived. 

In addition, Lone, Kauri and Max were preselected for Art Express. Also to be acknowledged, Aya's emotive charcoal drawing was selected to be the cover of the 2021 Glenaeon student diary. All 11 students, including Zebedee, Myah, Jasmine and Alani, worked deeply into their practice and resolved their concepts to a very high standard they can feel very proud of.  We congratulate the Visual Arts 2020 cohort on their achievements and wish them well in their future endeavours.

For exhibition times and details or to view the Smart Expressions 2021 catalogue go to: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Events/Smart-Expressions-2021

 

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Ruby Returns for ENCORE

Ruby Returns for ENCORE

08 Mar 2021

Last week Class of 2020 Alumna Ruby Vella addressed current students regarding her nomination to ENCORE in Music and how she made the 2020 HSC distinguished achievers list. Ruby's speech gave our current students much to think about from someone who has lived through the experience and thrived. Click here to watch the video.

 

#glenaeon#school#middlecove#highschool#HSC#HSC2020#Classof2020#GlenX#Alumna#ENCORE#music

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In the family

In the family

08 Mar 2021

Newly named GlenX Alumna, Ruby Vella came to Glenaeon today to talk to the High School Assembly.  She was, inspirational.

Her mother, Amanda Crompton, (currently teaching Drama at SHORE) was a pupil at Glenaeon. I was her Class Guardian (only one teacher back then to look after 30 students) for four years from Year 9 to Year 12. I have fond memories of Amanda and it was so special teaching Ruby for the Parzival Main Lesson in 2019. Ruby's Grandmother also taught English and was a Class Teacher at Glenaeon. I'm still friends with Amanda and Joanna.

By Mz Mo

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Smart Expressions 2021

Smart Expressions 2021

08 Mar 2021

Smart Expressions 2021 is an exhibition of HSC artworks on display from 3-28 March at Art Space on The Concourse in Chatswood. 23 HSC student artists have work on display including five Glenaeon students/alumni! 

Willoughby Council recently filmed a short documentary capturing the HSC experience of students, and the final cut features our own Kauri, Max and Laila.

You can view the documentary here: https://youtu.be/fQ3ictC4AM8 

For exhibition times and details or to view the Smart Expressions 2021 catalogue go to: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Events/Smart-Expressions-2021

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Grassroots Eco Store is brimming with Rainbows and Honey!

Grassroots Eco Store is brimming with Rainbows and Honey!

25 Feb 2021

The shop is brimming with rainbows after receiving a colourful delivery of hand-dyed Silk and Muslin playcloths. These have been made specially for us by Handwork Teacher, Elizabeth Ellean and come in hand-painted rainbow colours as well as gorgeous seasonal colour combinations. The perfect addition to any play scene, nature table or dress-up basket!

We are also fully stocked with 100% pure wool felt fabric, in a full rainbow of colours, to inspire many a creative craft project.

The always popular beeswax foundation sheets are back in store for all your candle-making creative ideas. These organically produced 100% pure Australian beeswax sheets are locally sourced and smell amazing!

The local bees have been busy this summer, and we have just received a delivery of honey, fresh from the hives here in Castlecrag. If you haven’t yet tried it, the 100% organically produced cold-extracted raw honey from Castlecrag’s bushland flora is totally delicious and also available with honeycomb!

If you can’t make it to the shop, many of our products are now available online: grassrootsecostore.com.au with more products added each week!

 

 

Opening Hours for Term 1
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

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

 

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xin nian kuai le (Happy New Year in Mandarin)

xin nian kuai le (Happy New Year in Mandarin)

25 Feb 2021

The excitement of the beginning of the new school year has now settled back into familiar patterns, rhythms and routines.  Our first Main Lesson cycle for the year has just concluded, and for Class 5 in particular, it has been a new and interesting one!

While European, Middle Eastern and Australian history, both pre and post colonisation, have long been a feature of the Main Lesson sequence in Primary School at Glenaeon, for some time, we have been committed to the addition of an integrated Main Lesson experience that reflects our geographic position as part of Asia.  The current Year 9 cohort experienced the first "Tales of Ancient China" Main Lesson when they were in Class 5. This year, Teacher Katherine Arconati has again delved into Chinese legends, myths, history and geography in the Main Lesson, now re-named "The Celestial Empire".

The children have been gleefully immersed in ancient Chinese culture and philosophy through mythology, geography, art, dance, music and verse.  They were treated to calligraphic instruction via a visiting calligraphy artist and decorated the school with their work.  The Main Lesson's timing perfectly coincided with the Lunar New Year celebrations and on the first day of the New Year, we were thoroughly enthralled by Class 5's remarkable traditional Chinese music performance at our Junior School Assembly. 

As part of our rich academic offerings throughout Primary School, it is wonderful to acknowledge and celebrate the diverse cultural perspectives and history of so many members of our community and our neighbours.

 

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

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Meet Pooja, Preschool's New Teaching Assistant (Monday-Wednesday group)

Meet Pooja, Preschool's New Teaching Assistant (Monday-Wednesday group)

25 Feb 2021

My name is Pooja Munjal. I am originally from India, and I moved to Australia about seven years ago.  It's been five years since I was introduced to Steiner education and my journey has just been awesome from there on. Both my daughters age 9 and 12 go to Lorien Novalis Steiner school in Dural and my husband works as a Business Analyst.

It's not just the education, it's the lifestyle that we adapt. It guides you to take up each task through the heart and bring joy into that.

I have taken up Early Childhood teaching to bring a love of learning to children.  I have completed a Diploma in Early Childhood Education (EYLF) and the Foundations Course in Steiner Early Childhood.  For the past few years, I've worked as a casual staff member in Lorien Novalis Steiner Preschool and also have two years of experience in Montessori teaching.

I love yoga and nature walks. I am also fond of cooking and reading books on spirituality, health and wellness.

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Snake rescue

Snake rescue

25 Feb 2021

Last week, we had a Common Tree Snake trapped in the fence of our High School garden. Students called Science Teacher, Dr Stanley Tang in to rescue it. With the help of the maintenance staff, Stanley and team were able to successfully rescue the snake. It was a lovely surprise for many students during lunch time! We even had a mini impromptu biology lesson on site.

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Year 12 Science Extension confirmation seminar

Year 12 Science Extension confirmation seminar

25 Feb 2021

Last week, our Year 12 Science Extension students – Tom and Alex Shaw – presented their research project proposals to a number of teachers in audience and a judging panel. Tom’s project looks at the variations in moulting strategies among birds of different sizes and in different seasons. Alex, on the other hand, investigates the differences of wing aspect ratio in both open and closed habitats. Both did a great job presenting their research ideas.

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Teacher Q&A with Dr Stanley Tang

Teacher Q&A with Dr Stanley Tang

25 Feb 2021

At our most recent High School assembly, Head of School, Andrew Hill introduced a new Teacher Q&A series to enable our students to better know and learn from some of our High School teachers.  Andrew kicked off the series with an interview with Science and Mathematics Teacher & High School Mentor, Dr Stanley Tang. Stanley has been a teacher at Glenaeon for two and a half years. He shared with students his own experience as a student in China, his University studies, love of Nature and his love of Australian animals and birds. Thank you Stanley for sharing your story with our students today. We're very lucky to have you here with us! 

Click here to watch the Interview with Dr Stanley Tang.

#teacherQ&A #glenaeon #steiner #steinereducation #middlecove #teacher #teaching #science #mathematics #nature #birdsofaustralia #QandA

 

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Class 5 and The Celestial Empire Main Lesson

Class 5 and The Celestial Empire Main Lesson

25 Feb 2021

Katherine Arconati’s Class 5 students have been deeply immersed in a renewed Main Lesson, “The Celestial Empire”. Originally created by Susie Hughes in 2017 out of her personal connection to the rich culture and history of one of the most powerful and significant nations of our time, Katherine set out to find her own connection to this unit of work and has been simply delighted by the results.

The children have heard and discussed many myths and legends that describe everything from creation to the invention of silk.  They imagined a migratory bird’s flight to the north-eastern shores of China, stopping at many familiar places along the way (Byron Bay, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Korea) and then drew a simple map of the area.  Visiting Teacher Jing Li taught the children about the traditional art of calligraphic writing using materials that she brought to school in hand from China years ago.  Art Therapist, Julia Byrne also made a guest appearance and led the children to draw the amazing water dragons using oil pastels and citrus turps.

Class 5’s studies culminated with a celebration of the Lunar New Year.  Thanks to Parent Laura, the children made dumplings and experienced some other traditions of the festival.  The class then shared their experience with Classes 3-6 with a performance of songs (in Chinese!) at a Junior School assembly.

#glenaeon #steiner #steinereducation #mainlesson #class5 #celestialempire #china #chinese #deeplearning #immersivelearning #experience #academic #history #art #music #geography #craft #politics #lunarnewyear #food #culture #drawing #painting #language #sydney #middlecove #primaryschool

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A big warm welcome to big school Class 3!

A big warm welcome to big school Class 3!

25 Feb 2021

Class 3 have been settling into their new campus here at Middle Cove. Class 3 Teacher Lucy Armstrong has kept a watchful eye over her students.  It's been a big change from Castlecrag, but our 'little fish in a big pond' are becoming acquainted with the new play areas and classrooms as well as enjoying the bigger spaces and new faces.

They also enjoyed their first experience of a Junior School Assembly in the Sylvia Brose Hall together with students from Classes 4, 5 and 6.

A big warm welcome to big school Class 3!

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Glenaeon Parent and Flautist, Lisa Lewis performs Debussy

Glenaeon Parent and Flautist, Lisa Lewis performs Debussy

25 Feb 2021

Glenaeon Parent and Flautist, Lisa Lewis performed Syrinx by Debussy at our school assembly last week. A remarkable and atmospheric piece for solo flute that our students and teachers enjoyed very much. Thank you Lisa! Click here to watch Lisa's performance.

#glenaeon​ #school​ #middlecove​ #highschool​ #music​ #performance​ #flute #fluetmusic

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Year 11's Cockatoo Island Visual Art Excursion

Year 11's Cockatoo Island Visual Art Excursion

25 Feb 2021

Last week, 14 eager Year 11 students engaged in an all-day intensive drawing workshop with Australian artist, Michael Herron.

Students were instructed and led in several observational drawings of Cockatoo Island's unusual detrius using a variety of drawing materials and techniques. This workshop directly informs their BOW (body of work) for Term 1 Visual Arts on the theme of Transience whereby the students will present finished drawings, manipulated photographs and a sculpture.  These photographs display the students at the excursion.

 

#glenaeon #steiner #steinereducation #visualarts #visualart #art #drawing #australianart #michaelherron #artist #cockatoo

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Stuart Wright's Mozart recital

Stuart Wright's Mozart recital

25 Feb 2021

Music Tutor Stuart Wright performed Rondo by Mozart on piano to open our recent High School assembly. Thank you Stuart for this wonderful recital.

 

Click here to view.

 

 #glenaeon​ #school​ #middlecove​ #highschool​ #music​ #performance​ #piano​ #rondo​ #mozart

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Beautiful Birds keep an eye on our Year 7s

Beautiful Birds keep an eye on our Year 7s

25 Feb 2021

Settling into High School life is not always easy, but our Year 7 cohort have been making new friends and new bonds over an art project. The entire cohort each made a bird by hand, modelled using clay, which were then fired in the kiln, then glazed. Finally, the group placed the completed birds on display in the garden area outside the Classroom as if to keep a watchful eye over the group as they adapt to a new rhythm and a new chapter of their school life journey.

#glenaeon #steiner #Year7 #HighSchool #art #birds #creativity #sculpture #education #MiddleCove

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Farewell The Chill Team with Basketball in Bankstown

Farewell The Chill Team with Basketball in Bankstown

25 Feb 2021

Our first carnival of the year and only the third carnival in over a year due to COVID-19. 34 keen Glenaeon players went to Bankstown Basketball Stadium to compete against many other teams from 14 different schools that are in the ISD Association (Independent Sydney and Districts Secondary School Sport Association).

In many games the junior and senior boys and girls teams fought hard and enjoyed the comradery on the court. It was great to see students mingle who often don’t hang out together otherwise and are in different year levels, form teams and be successful. They were coached by assistant coach Emily Borrud on the day.

The girls had mixed results with some very tight losses and a draw and two wins. They in particular had never played together before and need to be commended for their efforts and team work. 

The senior boys narrowly lost one very physical contest against a great team and won all other games thanks to the enduring contribution of Year 12 boys Elliot, Shuhei, Evan, Ethan, Alex and Tom who all have been team mates of the long-standing The Chill Glenaeon Basketball Team which formed when they were in Year 7 six years ago here at school. It was their last appearance and there was a bitter-sweet taste to it as they played their last minutes on court – ever (see pic with teacher).

The junior boys went one better and made the finals which we could not play due to the need for an early departure as our way home was long. We had to therefore forfeit the final and give the potential overall win away. Still, the group of 34 students couldn’t have been happier and I couldn’t be more proud of their success on the day. They really rose to the occasion and presented their school very well!

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Cal comforts Year 7 and is drawn to Year 9

Cal comforts Year 7 and is drawn to Year 9

25 Feb 2021

After Cal, short for Calico, spent the first hour at school as therapy dog for the Year 7’s getting their vaccine injections, he then modeled for Year 9 art students as they work through their Main Lesson unit on animals. Everyone loved Cal's visit and gained so much from what he brought. Cal, the little labradoodle was just what school required on Friday!

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The cycle of life in the gardens at Castlecrag

The cycle of life in the gardens at Castlecrag

25 Feb 2021

Last year, two large trees needed to be removed following the storms and health of their foliage. The trees were chipped and the sawdust partially decomposed at the tree site. This week Class 1 children and their gardening teacher Sandra Frain mulched the gardens and added the rich sawdust to the compost pit. The wheelbarrow was laden and they bucketed the sawdust and poured the remaining chips into the large deep-pit compost. Sitting in a closing circle with Sandra, they shared their learnings which lead to a discussion on the importance of the cycle of the plant life through rich soil making. To complete the cycle, two new trees have been planted near where the old ones used to be.

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Class 1 learn their letters

Class 1 learn their letters

25 Feb 2021

The Class 1 Main Lesson on upper case letters is well and truly underway and the children are really enjoying the fairy tales, drawings and finding the letters around them in the classroom. They practise writing using correct formation, sounding out and building the phonemic awareness that underlies reading and writing as these capacities unfold. They also used wax to form letters, this week modelling 'T' for Tree and 'N' for Needle. A multi-sensory approach to learning allows the student to experience and learn through song, rhyme, movement, bookwork and art, stimulating the visual, auditory, kinaesthetic and tactile senses as they see, hear and touch to create the things they are learning.

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Class 2 group games

Class 2 group games

25 Feb 2021

Class 2 have a whole-of-class games session each week, which are a huge amount of fun and greatly enjoyed. This week, children played 'Streets and Lanes', which involves rapidly changing directions as an escapee is chased through the 'streets and lanes'. The group also played 'Sheep Sheep come home', involving a sheep trying to get back to their farmer and avoid the hungry wolf; and 'Twos and Threes', where a cat and mouse pair case each other out and seek refuge with their same animal. The children love these sessions, and there is much excitement as Class teacher Rodney and assistant Monique also join in the fun.

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Grinding stones at Castlecrag

Grinding stones at Castlecrag

25 Feb 2021

Grinding the abundant sandstone is a favourite lunch time activity of all classes here at Castlecrag. Children love making 'fairy dust', paint and colours as they pound the rocks to dust and then mix them with water. The ochres, reds and browns of our local sandstone are very beautiful. It is also a very rhythmical and satisfying experience, and one that can also be hard work!

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Jump, climb and balance - all in a day's play

Jump, climb and balance - all in a day's play

25 Feb 2021

Our playground at Castlecrag encourages children to climb, balance and jump, thereby developing their balance and coordination whilst having a lot of fun. Rocks, low trees, balance beams, monkey bars and 'The Fort' are all places where the children develop and explore their own abilities, taking time over the years to improve and learn new skills. 'Monkey bar blisters' are a small rite of passage for the Class 1 children, who relish the opportunity to swing and climb in their new playground.

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Year 10s catch waves at Longy

Year 10s catch waves at Longy

25 Feb 2021

Our Year 10s are enjoying a term of surfing at Long Reef Beach or Collaroy Beach. Donning wet suits and rashie tops, the Year 10s last week managed to catch some waves at this beautiful Northern Beaches location. All students will learn to surf smaller waves over the term or improve existing skills, experiencing many benefits from the sessions including improved flexibility, muscle strengthening, stress relief and improved mental health from a dose of salt water, fresh air and time in the great outdoors! The long standing cooperation with Manly Surf School makes this great program possible as the students learn about the ocean, how to read rip currents, understand the surf better and gain a deeper understanding of the ocean as a playground shared by water creatures, swimmers and surfers alike. Even anxious or rather tentative students will get an introduction to this element that can have lasting positive effects on their relationship to the ocean and their wellbeing and mental health as they get gently introduced to a world they may not feel overly confident in to begin with.

Photo credit: Stanley Tang

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Meet Angela Sutton, Head of Learning Support K-12

Meet Angela Sutton, Head of Learning Support K-12

22 Feb 2021

Glenaeon is a highly nurturing and caring school where every child is given the opportunity to reach their full learning potential. Learning support is available to Glenaeon students that may be facing learning challenges in class or just need a bit of extra help with reading, or managing study.  Meet Angela Sutton, our Head of Learning support for students in K-12.  It is Angela who will make assessments, and if needed, develop a Learning Support Plan and work closely with the Student, Teachers and Parents to get the best outcomes for all.

What is your new role at Glenaeon?
I am the Head of Learning Support (K-12) and High School Learning Support Teacher based at Middle Cove Campus.

What experience do you bring to Glenaeon?
For the past 18 years, I’ve been working in Special Education as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Advisor and Director in the USA, Australia, Bhutan and Indonesia. My experience is with students from preschool to university, therefore, working in the K-12 setting at Glenaeon is a perfect fit for me. I have previously enjoyed working with students with autism and a variety of learning difficulties and needs.

What are your interests?
My interests are in traveling, trekking, exercising and cooking. Pre-COVID, we enjoyed a several month holiday around Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam before landing in Indonesia. I love experiencing different cultures, traditions and foods. I enjoy playing tennis and table tennis, as well as jogging. As a family, we enjoy cooking and baking together.

What are you most excited about for the year ahead?
I’m most excited about getting to know the students and working alongside the staff at Castlecrag and Middle Cove campus. I look forward to watching the students grow as the year progresses.

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Being Well: Wellbeing at Glenaeon

Being Well: Wellbeing at Glenaeon

11 Feb 2021

Our key focus this year is articulating and promoting our Wellbeing and Pastoral Care program. Glenaeon’s founding vision was unique for its era: education in itself should be health promoting with student wellbeing at the centre. At the time in mainstream education, wellbeing and emotional health were seen as collateral damage in the war on academic achievement, like civilian casualties in a war. Since then mainstream education has made a 180 degree shift in its concerns, and student wellbeing is now rightly front and centre for all schools.

Our Wellbeing program has always been an implicit and essential part of what we do. Glenaeon’s vision, based on Steiner education, was that all learning should contribute to whole and balanced human beings. Our wellbeing focus was embedded in all that we did and in this we were ahead of the curve. For example, we were criticised 20 years ago for being “too positive” towards our students. Today many schools have Positive Education (TM) programs, and compete to be more positive than most. Our positive program continues to be implicit and embedded in all classrooms.

Our Wellbeing program aims at promoting health in all that we do. The word health comes from the old German word “hale”, which means whole, a link we hear in the old saying that someone is “hale and hearty”. The word health implies wholeness, and balance. So Glenaeon’s picture of the well human being, whether that is a growing child or a mature adult, is one of health and balance in all the elements that make us human.

What is unique to our Wellbeing program is our clear picture of the growing child, and a clear articulation of the specific personal qualities and elements we are educating. Our curriculum comprises five foundational programs Academic, Aesthetic, Altruistic, Artisan and Active wilderness. Each program addresses one aspect of the whole human being. Together they educate the whole.

Let’s look at what each educational program contributes to a young person’s wellbeing:

Academic: Healthy Thinking: our academic program educates our thinking, and we know only too well what a part thoughts play in our wellbeing. They can be positive, uplifting, growth-oriented, or they can negative, destructive, fixed. We think all the time, and the continual trend of our thinking plays so profoundly into our wellbeing. The evidence is even there on how positive thoughts even affect our immune systems. Our Main Lesson method aspires to build thinking that is deep learning, a thinking that sees every “Big Idea” main lesson topic set within a context, a story that is unfolding and whole, rather than a collection of random facts.

Aesthetic: Healthy Feeling: our feelings define our responses to life, our inner world. They are more than “emotions” (such as anger, fear, lust). They are the subtle dream-like inner experiences by which we navigate our path through life. Our Aesthetic program of the creative and performing arts aims to build a rich feeling life through music, visual arts, speech, drama and poetry: the arts give our inarticulate inner life a language of expression, a subtly differentiated body of feelings.

Altruistic: Healthy Relationships: Our classes are not just collections of separate learners. Each classroom is a community, and we understand that we learn best in relationship. Our teachers work to deliver high quality learning embedded in high quality relationships. On each step of the Glenaeon journey, every student is accompanied by a teacher providing pastoral care, starting with the small but warm classes of Kindergarten. One class teacher for the primary years is a lesson in relationship over six years. Mentors and Guardians in high school are the representatives of the school watching out for each student in our care. And not just pastoral care: students are learning how to manage their relationships with others. In our Service program, students learn to “live for others” in supporting vulnerable groups in our society, from the elderly to aboriginal children.

Artisan: Healthy Willpower: our energy in life is determined by that intangible thing called “will”, a key factor in success in life. Every successful person, in whatever field, is characterized by a strong and focused will. Plenty of people have talent, not so many have the willpower to turn talent into successful enterprise. Our Artisan Program of serious traditional and modern crafts (textiles, wood, metal, stone, plastics, glass) is more than learning skills to make useful and beautiful objects: the practice of the skills builds something deeper, the power to get things done!

Active Wilderness: Healthy Movement: The evidence is now incontrovertible on how important healthy movement is for wellbeing and health generally: regular movement even delays the onset of dementia. Wholeness is when brain and body work as one, in a well and healthy human being. Activity begins in Kindergarten and infuses not just every classroom, but as many learning experiences as possible. Movement First is an old Steiner education mantra, expressing the understanding that in a healthy person brain and body work together, and learning that is moved first, is learning that leads to more effective understanding later. Morning Circle, Sport and our Outdoor Education program all build specific aspects of healthy minds in healthy bodies.

Such is our positive proactive curriculum for promoting wellbeing and health at Glenaeon. But life is not perfect.

  • What happens when we need to step in when things go wrong?
  • What support do we have available to respond to difficulties?

Every difficulty can be a learning experience for a young person, and our aim is to provide support that promotes personal growth and development.

Student Wellbeing Coordinator:

This year we have appointed Emily Fam as our inaugural Student Wellbeing Coordinator, working across the school. Emily is a very experienced mental health social worker who will be available to provide support to students who are referred to her by teachers, or in the high school through self-referral. We look forward to Emily’s contribution in upholding our wellbeing and pastoral care program.

Andrew Hill
Head of School

 

 

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Class 3 discover Middle Cove campus windfall

Class 3 discover Middle Cove campus windfall

11 Feb 2021

Handwork lessons in Class 3 skipped off to a great start this year, with the children taking a walking tour out into their new bush playground and beyond. Together we discovered new pathways leading to new big school areas. With their class teacher Lucy, we walked from their classroom down to the garden, past students working in their classrooms and we met café operators Marian and Peter. On the way we practiced walking quietly past classrooms, taking the steps down the hill carefully, safe road rules as well as observing play spaces and outside boundary areas.

Most importantly we collected interesting windfalls from the trees and bushes to wrap in our bundles to print onto cloth and parchment paper. Class 3 have commenced making their library bags and soon will be using them to take home their first books from the junior library. Firstly, they started embroidering their initials onto their straps and soon the children will sew their straps to their leaf print cloth.

 

Everyone is excited to see how their bundles turn out when they unwrap them.

Welcome to Middle Cove campus Class 3!

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Closing date for Year 7, 2022 scholarships is February 28, 2021.

Closing date for Year 7, 2022 scholarships is February 28, 2021.

11 Feb 2021

Glenaeon offers scholarships for new and existing students in our High School.
Scholarships reflect our ethos of making our education as accessible as possible.

Visit https://glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/enrolments/scholarships/ for more information.

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Class 1 & 2 Handwork

Class 1 & 2 Handwork

11 Feb 2021

"In handwork our hands are nimble and quick!" This is the beginning of the song we sing together, as we make our way into the handwork space.

In the first week for Class 1, Elizabeth told a summer story of the baby dolphin learning to jump in and out of the water. The children were given ocean blue cloth to Dolphin Stitch into, creating the straight and the curved line. This cloth will later be turned into a counting bag for the children to use in their lessons with their Class Teacher Jennifer. Class 2, meanwhile, have begun work on their long stitch pencil cases, a project that will see them first stitch and then sew together their own pencil case to use for many years to come. They create a landscape of pointy mountains and deep valleys, flat-top mountains and castle castellations. From then on, every spare moment they can be found stitching away! In Kindergarten each child sews their own craft bag with their name and an image, and this bag will travel with them through all of the primary classes at Glenaeon.

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Little Kindy come out to play

Little Kindy come out to play

11 Feb 2021

Little Kindy enjoyed outside time in the sandpit this week, digging, creating and working together as they explored and enjoyed their new playground. In their beautiful classroom is a Summer nature table, which celebrates the abundance of the season. What is also very sweet is that their older siblings in Class 1 and Class 2 are often visiting, waving and checking in on their little brothers and sisters; here pictured are some big brothers keeping watch over the 'Kindergarten Gate'. 

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Class 2 - Twiggy the Cave bird Main Lesson

Class 2 - Twiggy the Cave bird Main Lesson

11 Feb 2021

Class 2 have been furthering their literacy and geography skills with a Main Lesson centered around Twiggy the Cave bird. As Twiggy's siblings go out into the world and meet other birds, they learn a lot about them and bring the stories back to Twiggy in the cave. Twiggy is still very small and too fragile to leave the nest, so the stories nourish her and create beautiful pictures in her mind. They are also learning the local geography of Sydney and our own surrounds as the birds travel across our landscapes from Botany Bay to Palm Beach and west towards Parramatta. The children have been writing longer sentences, drawing beautifully and practicing their word families alongside this main lesson.

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Class 2 create birds with beeswax

Class 2 create birds with beeswax

11 Feb 2021

Alongside their main lesson, Class 2 have been making colourful and creative wax birds, which have been popping up all over the place...even in the front office and reception nature table! Wax is a wonderful tool to develop dexterity, perseverance and will, as the cold, hard colours are first softened, then formed into a myriad of shapes and creations. 

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Class 1 Gardening with Sandra

Class 1 Gardening with Sandra

11 Feb 2021

Class 1 are enjoying their gardening time with Sandra. They were busy this week searching for insects and bugs and making little homes for them to live in, as well as enjoying tea before filling up the frog pond, planting lemongrass and visiting the wild strawberry patch! Yum! There are wild raspberries growing that look like they might be getting ready to bear fruit this year too. Wouldn't that be exciting?

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Rivers, dams and waterfalls - Class 1 & 2 at play

Rivers, dams and waterfalls - Class 1 & 2 at play

11 Feb 2021

You could mistake them initially as trying to move the huge stone in the Class 1 and 2 sandpit, but that was only the beginning of a complex and impressive network of rivulets, tunnels and water flows that have captivated the children every lunchtime. Carting water, designing flows and dams, whilst enjoying their outside play time has been the most enjoyable time for all : "Class 1 is fun!... Class 2 is too!".

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Class 5 explore Ancient China

Class 5 explore Ancient China

11 Feb 2021

Class 5 have immersed themselves in the study of Ancient China with Class Teacher Katherine Arconati. Their room is a museum and gallery of their work was well as Chinese artefacts, instruments and calligraphy sets that the children are using. This blackboard beauty was drawn by teacher Katherine Arconati.

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Our Kindergarten Spaces

Our Kindergarten Spaces

11 Feb 2021

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

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Welcome Baby Lua

Welcome Baby Lua

11 Feb 2021

Congratulations to our dear Preschool Teacher Soraya on the birth of baby Lua. What a beautiful blessing!

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Kindergarten go out to play

Kindergarten go out to play

11 Feb 2021

Kindergarten children have had a lovely time this week exploring their special places in the playground, digging, playing in the water, building cubbies and finding many small insects to watch and talk about. The flow form fills with water on warm days, buckets and spades are carried from the 'Kindy Shed' and the children enjoy their outside time together enormously.

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Open Day 2021

Open Day 2021

10 Feb 2021

To find out more about our Open Day event, please visit www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/openday 

Open Day 2021

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Join us for Sea Kayaking @ Hinchinbrook Island

Join us for Sea Kayaking @ Hinchinbrook Island

10 Feb 2021

We are excited to announce that this year our Outdoor Education team are running the Hinchinbrook Sea Kayaking Elective Program. This is a biannual program available to students in Years 10 and 11. Take a look at this short film of our 2019 trip: https://vimeo.com/443339973  

 

Full information can be found on GLO https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/3148

It’s a first-in, best-dressed scenario with positions being secured as deposits are paid.  We look forward to showing the tropics to you!

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Year 9's The Cove, builds character

Year 9's The Cove, builds character

10 Feb 2021

The Year 9 cohort's program The Cove started this week. All Year 9 students showed up at the early time of 7:30am to immerse themselves in the beautiful bush surrounding the school. A 1.5 km run saw them crossing Scotts Creek on the footbridge below the school and everyone gathered at the natural ledge overlooking the creek from high above on the other side. There we sat and exchanged ideas. They heard about the program's purpose and the activities they'll be involved in over the year ahead.

The program aims to instill a sense of belonging, and a better connection to place. It also fosters a sense for community and will involve activities that improve their fitness, yoga, mindfulness exercises, talking circles, cooperative games and activities in which the students reflect on their observations and ideas we discuss together.

The year-end brings the highlight of an amazing race through the city in late November, The Cove's Character Challenge in which all those skills both physical and social/emotional will be put to the test when they work together in groups.

This is the third year The Cove program has been implemented successfully. This year’s Year 9 students will benefit from the fact that the whole cohort works together, outdoors through the seasons, surrounded by nature and by gaining a deeper understanding of themselves as well as their classmates through a shared experience.

We wish them all a successful year and both Donna and I are looking forward to spending valuable and formative moments with them throughout the year.

Jonas Stoebe
PDHPE Teacher & Co-curricular Organiser

 

 

#glenaeon #thecove #sport #community #achievement #autonomy #development #resilience #service #belonging #strength #endurance #teamwork #outdooreducation #PE #selfdiscipline #selfcare

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Grassroots Eco Store is open with new products in-store and online!

Grassroots Eco Store is open with new products in-store and online!

10 Feb 2021

We are well stocked with the beautiful range of Anthroposophical creams and lotions from Southern Swan. If your children need a bit of extra care and comfort being back at school, applying the Sphagni Rose Lotion “can feel like being surrounded by a mother's cuddle, which they can take with them as they go about their day.” While the Lavender Bath Milk added to the bath can be just the thing to transition from a busy day into slumber.

New in the shop this week are these super versatile, breathable cotton Dish Covers in a range of sizes and native flower designs, not only do they look fantastic on your table, storing or transporting your dishes of food, they are also made by and support women working in home industries in South Africa.

We’ve also been lucky to receive a small delivery of the highly sought after Grimm’s Wooden puzzles and rainbow stacking toys. Grimm’s is well known for their natural, high quality wooden toys that are perfect for hours of open-ended play.

If you are in need of new books and stories to spark your child’s imagination and love of reading, come in and browse our bookshelves filled with a curated collection of books sure to delight both young and older readers.

If you can’t make it to the shop, visit us online: grassrootsecostore.com.au more products are added each week!

Opening Hours for Term 1
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

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

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Ruby Vella’s musical ENCORE moment

Ruby Vella’s musical ENCORE moment

10 Feb 2021

NESA has advised that Class of 2020 Student Ruby Vella’s musicology elective Viva Voce was identified as exemplary. Ruby will be recognised on the Honour Roll for Encore 2021. ENCORE will be released as a virtual performance during Term 1, and more information will follow about how to access the virtual Encore performance once it is released.

Congratulations to Ruby for this wonderful achievement. We are thrilled for you!

#NESA #musicology #HSC2020 #Encore

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Stuart Wright's musical gift to students

Stuart Wright's musical gift to students

09 Feb 2021

At Glenaeon's first high school assembly for 2021, Music Tutor & Accompanist Stuart Wright performed his own composition, "To a New Year", a gift to our students embarking on a new school year. Enjoy this recording of Stuart's performance: https://youtu.be/ZQ9iejD2pfY 

Prelude in A-Flat Major: “To a New Year”: Op.19 #1 S.G.Wright Completed February 2021 #glenaeon#school#middlecove#highschool#music#performance #piano

 

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Meet Ian Munns

Meet Ian Munns

09 Feb 2021

What is your new role at Glenaeon?

I am the new Head of Music

What experience do you bring to Glenaeon?

I have been teaching music in schools for just under 30 years. I was Head of Learning & Curriculum (Music) at MLC School (Burwood) for nine years before moving to become Director of Music at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School in Melbourne for the past six years. I am also a conductor, composer and arranger and my passion is for choirs.

What are your interests?

My main passion obviously is for music, but I am also a passionate cook and like to keep fit at the gym. I am also a qualified personal trainer - although I don’t really do that anymore except for myself. I love doing jigsaw puzzles and like movies and musicals. When we can - I really love to travel.

What are you most excited about for the year ahead?

I am excited to become a part of the Glenaeon community and to begin to provide wonderful, rich, real music experiences for every student at our school. I am excited to be teaching HSC Music again and to be in a school where music is such an important part of our lives. I can’t wait until we are able to sing again with unlimited numbers with our Year 7-12 students.

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Glenaeon grabs Bronze, Silver and Gold in the Duke of Edinburgh

Glenaeon grabs Bronze, Silver and Gold in the Duke of Edinburgh

09 Feb 2021

Last week at Assembly, Teacher Donna Miller acknowledged the achievement of our Duke of Edinburgh students. Notably, from the Class of 2020, Joe McCormick who achieved his Gold Duke of Ed. Joe's volunteer service was coordinating E-sports events. For his skill - participating in E-Sports competition and for his Fitness requirement, further developing his skills at tennis. 

Donna then presented Duke of Ed certificates to Year 11 students, Marc and Grace, achieving Bronze level, and Year 12 Student, Lara, for achieving Silver level. Many students were interrupted in their progress on the Award due to the pandemic but it is hoped with the lifting of restrictions, many of last year’s participants will achieve their goals of completing the Award. Congratulations to Marc, Grace and Lara for their wonderful achievement.

Donna then spoke of the benefits of participating in the Duke of Ed program, the great personal growth, learning and development of leadership skills and encouraged all Year 9 and above students to consider taking it up the program.

Glenaeon has offered the Duke of Ed through it Co-Curricular program for the past 11 years and it is gaining in popularity each year.

For more information about the Duke of Ed Program offered at Glenaeon go to GLO: https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/1385 or visit https://dukeofed.com.au/ and email Donna to get started d.miller@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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2020 – A Class Act and good luck to our Class of 2021!

2020 – A Class Act and good luck to our Class of 2021!

09 Feb 2021

We were thrilled to welcome back some members of the Class of 2020 to Glenaeon’s first High School Assembly for the new year – Joe, Chiara, Taro, Justin, Nelson and Keaun –all of whom achieved an ATAR of 95 or above.

Head of School Andrew Hill had just welcomed the current Year 12s and wished them well on the year ahead. He impressed on them that their HSC and ATAR will be important steps in unlocking future possibilities, enabling them to pursue their paths in life. But also important will be what they gain over the next year in learning to work hard, to focus and to organise their time, laying a foundation for a life of service to others and fulfilment as a human being. Our students then heard some wise words of advice from Alumnus Joe McCormick and Keaun Wild. Keaun said, “Study what you enjoy. Focus on your passions. Drop subjects if need be. Put away your phone and don’t let yourself get distracted.” He gave the analogy of a driver getting into a car. “When you drive, you need to be totally focused on the road.” He urged students to keep a strong mindset, then wishes them well and good luck. 

Joe then encouraged students to, “Do what you are passionate about. Enjoy your learning. Give 100% to each subject.” He also urged students to engage with teachers, and not to zone out and take it an extra step to get a deeper understanding of your subjects.  Joe emphasised to students that wellbeing is equally important as the study. “Mental health and physical health are critical. So find a balance whether that be music, reading, spending time with family and friends.”

We wish all our Year 12 students the very best for the year ahead, and congratulate all graduates from the Class of 2020.

Here is what our top ATAR students are up to: 

  • Joseph McCormick
    The University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Dalyell Scholars including Mathematical Science) Physics and Maths Majors
  • Chiara Candotti
    University of NSW
    Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) - Taking a gap year to work and hopefully travel Optional: Sydney University Engineering & Commerce
  • Justin Takayasu
    University of NSW
    Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)/Engineering (Honours)
    Majoring in Mechatronic Engineering
  • Taro Tomishima
    University of NSW
    Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)/Engineering (Honours)
    Majoring in Aerospace Engineering
  • Nelson Hall-Whitington
    University of NSW
    Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy & Economics
  • Keaun Wild
    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Advanced Computing and Bachelor of Commerce

 

 

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Joe McCormick dux of 2020

Joe McCormick dux of 2020

09 Feb 2021

Glenaeon is extremely proud of the excellent effort our 2020 cohort put in to their studies and all the achievements they made.  Glenaeon ranked 64th in State, a great result for a proudly non-selective school. Glenaeon Alumnus and Willoughby resident, Joseph McCormick achieved an ATAR of 99.55 making him Dux of the 2020 Class. He also achieved an All Rounder result, by gaining Band 6 in all 10 units of study.

We caught up with Joe after his summer break to ask him about his Glenaeon experience and to find out what’s next for the now GlenX member.

What is your earliest/fondest memory of our school and what do you think was the most important aspect of your education here at Glenaeon? How did Steiner education benefit you in your studies?

There were a couple important aspects of Glenaeon that I think helped my education and my experience as a whole. Firstly, being a smaller school had two big benefits; I was able to have a strong and close relationship with my entire year group, being a support for each other right throughout school. Additionally, smaller classes meant that the teachers could often give personal and specific advice and support to each of the students directly, creating a much more productive, comfortable, and enjoyable working experience.

An aspect which is unique to Steiner schools is the extent of the outdoor education program. My fondest moments at Glenaeon were all the incredible camps, especially the Year 10 camp to Tasmania. These camps allowed us to appreciate and be grateful for the natural world and further developed the bond of our class, and will be memories that I will hold very dearly. This appreciation from the natural world is further encouraged by being in such a beautiful campus, a very special spot to have had my education.

During the primary school years, Glenaeon focused on presenting education through holistic, engaging, and almost relaxing ways that were appropriate for young students. Instead of being drilled with exams, assessments and pressure at such a young age, we were encouraged to enjoy our childhood, make strong friendships, and learn about the world through stories featured in our main lessons.

In summary, I believe Glenaeon focuses on creating students who have a whole and complete education, including academics but also much more.

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Welcome to 2021: New Year, New Faces

Welcome to 2021: New Year, New Faces

28 Jan 2021

A warm welcome to 2021 for all families of Glenaeon, both continuing and new. The students of Class 1 to Year 12 commenced Wednesday. Kindergarten Thursday, and we now have a school fully occupied and humming with enthusiasm for the year ahead.

In January the school ran our annual week long Glenaeon Class Teacher Intensive of professional training, this year online. The remote access seemed to increase the enrolment even further, and 250 people from around Australia and internationally zoomed in for a week of professional teacher learning sessions.

In preparation for your children returning to school our teachers spent two days of professional development on the very important theme of Being Well: How a Glenaeon education fosters wellbeing and connection in students and staff. We considered how the many elements of a Glenaeon education work together to build a learning community that is in itself positive and promotes wellbeing.

New Year, New Faces

This year there are a number of changes in organisation and people. Our Enrolments Registrar Chandra Kennedy resigned over the summer and in her place we have made a small restructure. Deputy Head of School (K-6) Dani Finch has been undertaking all non-Kindergarten entry enrolment interviews for some time now, so this moment represents an opportunity to formalise her role as Registrar, with appropriate backup support:

·         Dani Finch title will become Deputy Head of School (K-6) and Registrar, managing the Enrolments office and interviews while maintaining overall responsibility for the primary school;

·         Katherine Arconati (Class 5 teacher) will step up as Faculty Coordinator for Primary: she will be supported with additional assistance in the classroom and will be responsible for primary curriculum and faculty coordination, thus freeing Dani from these responsibilities;

·         Clare Gordon our Events Coordinator (2 days) will go full time and take on the role of enrolments officer, managing all the paperwork and back up in the Enrolments office. Her position will be Events and Enrolments Coordinator.

 

New Teachers

It’s a great pleasure to be introducing our new teachers for 2021. They have very diverse backgrounds and all bring a commitment to quality education at Glenaeon:

Jennifer Stone is our Class 1 teacher. Jennifer has just completed a Class Teacher cycle at Kamaroi School, but she has a long connection with Glenaeon. As well as working for us as an assistant some years ago, her daughter completed K to Year 10 here.

Ian Munns is our new Head of Music. Ian has a distinguished record as a musician and educator. He has most recently been Director of Music at Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School in Melbourne, and before that at MLC, Sydney for many years.

Alison Totterdell,Mathematics: Alison is recently qualified and has been working at St Ignatius, Riverview. Her first degree was in Science and she has an interesting background in indigenous land management.

Amelia Gonzalez, English: Amelia comes from Abbotsleigh, and earlier at PLC, and has many years of HSC experience under her belt. Her two daughters have attended Kamaroi and one will be joining Year 7 this year.

Andrew Webster, HSIE: Andrew has wide experience in a range of Histories and HSIE subjects, including being Head of Ancient History at Hills Grammar School: he will take over Society and Culture in Years 11 and 12 while Ella Pooley is on maternity leave.

Angela Sutton, Head of Learning Support: Angela hails for the US originally, and has worked in Special Education and Learning Support internationally. Most recently she was Head of Learning Support at the Australian Independent School, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Emily Fam, Student Wellbeing Coordinator: Emily will be our inaugural appointment in this role. She is a mental health social worker who has significant experience in counselling and advocacy work with vulnerable young people in a range of settings including out of home care, and drug and alcohol dependence.

Kim Mann, Sport/PE and Compliance Officer : Kim will be coming from Kamaroi School where she has worked in compliance and administration for five years. She is a trained PDHPE teacher and will assist in a number of classes. She is already a parent in the school with a daughter in Year 8.

Alice Livermore, Library, Careers and Spanish: Alice will be working for three days per week as our senior librarian and also covering our Careers Information service for Years 9 to 12. She is in addition a Spanish speaker and former Spanish teacher, and will teach that language as one of the three language options in Year 7.

Raphaela Mazzone will be Year 8 Guardian and Main lesson teacher. She has been a high school teacher at Mt Barker Waldorf (Steiner) School, where she was also a student herself. She is also nearing completion of a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology from UNE. She is a professional artist and also a fine musician.

Melanie Harper will be assisting/teaching in Kindergarten, to support Sarah David who will take the one Kindergarten class while Catherine Pilko takes Little Kindergarten covering Junko Nicholas’s maternity Leave.

It’s been a busy start to the term and year, but what else is new? We look forward to an exciting year of learning, one we hope will be as restriction free as possible. With all good wishes to all families and students for the year ahead!

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Grassroots Eco Store is open with all of your Back to School needs

Grassroots Eco Store is open with all of your Back to School needs

28 Jan 2021

During the holidays we had a big delivery of leather slippers in an array of lovely designs with the addition of a (much requested) larger 8-9-year-old size.

We now stock a colourful selection of Australian designed, Bedhead soft cotton Sun Hats and with a UPF50+ rating, these are perfect for children to wear out in the playground and are super comfy too with their no-flop brim!

There is a great selection of sustainable lunch box options available in-store and online along with drink bottles, raincoats and hand-dyed drawstring spare clothes bags.

Visit the shop to see a new collection of Yuki’s enchanting natural-dyed sea creatures, from seahorses, starfish and turtles. These beautiful handmade creations are perfect for your summer nature table and play scenes. Thank you for shopping locally. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon.

Opening Hours for Term 1
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

grassrootsecostore.com.au

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Getting into the Rhythm of School life by Mary Heard

Getting into the Rhythm of School life by Mary Heard

28 Jan 2021

How do we keep the lovely feeling of relaxation and connection we have created over the holidays when we return to school?
The answer is rhythm.

It is one of the tools the teachers use in the classroom of Steiner Schools to maintain the feeling of calm and order.

We can take some of that medicine into our own homes. Of course it will never be perfect but it will at least anchor us and save us being tossed around on the stormy seas of school life.

In my opinion, the best way to set your child up for a successful school life is to get them to school calmly with 15 minutes to play before the bell goes.

So how does “Simplicity Parenting” help you to achieve that?
What we recommend is that you sit down quietly and look at your days........

Start with wake up time  
What time do your children need to wake up in order to comfortably get to school 15 minutes early?

Work backwards from there

  • Pre-schoolers to 7 year olds need 11-12 hours of sleep
  • 8 to 12 year olds need 9-11 hours
  • Adolescents need 8-9 hours

So from there you can work out the bed time
A good balance for a 7-year-old for example, would be sleep by 8 and up at 7
So once you have worked out your bedtime, work back 2 hours to dinner time –  6pm for an 8pm bedtime.

After dinner it is best to keep a regular routine – bath, music practice (for older children) and a book or story.

The younger the child the easier it is to establish a rhythm. No matter what the age the secret is “Start small, stay close, insist and follow through”

This means you cannot get distracted as a parent. I recommend you turn your phone of between dinner and bed.

Once this rhythm is established it will take you all the way through to high school because you will just be able to put the new activities in as the sleep time lessens.

One last benefit from this way of parenting is that rhythm builds discipline into family life. We have dinner because it is ‘dinner time’, we go to bed because it is ‘bedtime’ we get in the car because it is ‘time to leave for school’ – this saves so many arguments.

It may sound like a grind to have so much structure but ultimately this is the path to freedom because it actually creates space to put in things you want without feeling pressure, they just need to fit in around the structure you have created.

Mary Heard is a Simplicity Parenting Coach and runs courses in Simplicity Parenting in N.S.W throughout the Year.

 

 

 

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Baby News

Baby News

28 Jan 2021

Castlecrag's Little Kindy Teacher Junko Nicholas gave birth to a baby boy, Daas Nicholas in the last week of Term 4 last year.  Middle Cove based HSIE Teacher Ella Pooley gave birth to beautiful Millie on the 11th of January. Both are well and thriving. Congratulations to both Junko and Ella and their families on the new arrivals.  And there is more baby news, with Executive Assistant to our Head of School, Anette Babula expecting a bub in mid-March this year.  How wonderful to welcome these newest members to the Glenaeon family! Our congratulations and warmest wishes to all.

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Happy sunflowers bring joy to our Preschoolers

Happy sunflowers bring joy to our Preschoolers

28 Jan 2021

At Preschool, the garden is flourishing. Take a look at these beautiful sunflowers. Last year we enjoyed a story and song about sunflowers with our children, and then planted the seeds. They all flowered just in time for our return to preschool this year. The song we sang was called Sunflowers Growing Tall by Katrina Ross.

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Class 6 Astronomy Main Lesson

Class 6 Astronomy Main Lesson

28 Jan 2021

This Blackboard Beauty was created by Class 6 Class Teacher Brendan Strobl for the Astronomy Main Lesson.

 

#science #astronomy #mainlesson #glenaeon #steiner #steinereducation #blackboard #blackboardart

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Class 1 cross under the Rainbow Bridge

Class 1 cross under the Rainbow Bridge

28 Jan 2021

On the first day of school in 2021, Class 1 children met once again in the Kindergarten playground with their teachers from last year. 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 teachers 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, Jennifer Stone, received them and they made their way as new Class 1 students. The special 'Class Teacher' period thus begins, and Jennifer Stone will now guide these children through their primary years with the help of other specialist teachers.

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Thanks to our Chicken Carers

Thanks to our Chicken Carers

28 Jan 2021

Big shout out to all the wonderful Glenaeon families who looked after the six chickens at our Middle Cove campus during the summer holidays. The chickens appreciated getting fed, watered, cuddled and having their coop cleaned every couple of days during the six school break. They gave many eggs of differing colours, showing off their differing breeds!

THANK YOU from the Glenaeon Garden Team

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A rainy day to come and play

A rainy day to come and play

28 Jan 2021

The rain was a welcome relief after the heat leading up to the first day of school. The Castlecrag playground has been a buzz of colourful raincoats as children discover and explore their grounds again, with the new Class 1 eagerly exploring the new play areas and friends. Class 2 children enjoyed inside lunch play out of the rain with blocks, dice and geometric shapes.

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The Gentle Café – welcome Marian & Peter

The Gentle Café – welcome Marian & Peter

28 Jan 2021

We’ve been so lucky at Glenaeon to have had the wonderful Sharon and Lorna running The Gentle Café up until the end of last year, and we are so thrilled that they have passed the baton on to former colleagues and close friends Marian and Peter Kissner.

 

Marian and Peter will be operating The Gentle Café at our Middle Cove Campus from the start of Term 1 2021. They bring with them many years’ experience in the restaurant and catering business and a passion for delivering fresh, tasty and nutritious meals and snacks for our students, teachers and staff to enjoy.

The menu will still feature some of the firm favourites that our students have always enjoyed, as well as some new items to freshen things up.

We asked Marian & Peter a few questions about what they will bring to the Café in 2021, and beyond:

What attracted you both to running the Gentle Café?Marian and I have worked at The Gentle Café with Sharon and Lorna on many occasions and have enjoyed the environment of the Middle Harbour setting, the students and the staff, so when the opportunity arose to bid for the running of the café it was a no brainer.

 

What’s in store for the Gentle Café in 2021? What will stay the same and what will change?One major change will be the introduction of cashless payments, but we will continue to accept cash.  In regards to the menu, initially we will continue along the same lines as Sharon and Lorna and as we find our way and understand what everyone likes, we will slowly introduce some new items.

 

What’s your approach to providing good nutrition to our students?Fresh and healthy, obtaining the best produce from local suppliers and following the Green, Amber, Red guidelines of the Health Department. 

Sustainability and environmentally friendly options?Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, salads, free-range chicken and meat products.

 

Special dietary requirements? What options are there for students with dietary requirements?Vegan, Gluten Free and Vegetarian options will be available

 

How do parents place an order?We have created a website for The Gentle Café, details below, where parents of Class 3-6 students will be able to order online each evening. We have made it as easy as we can to navigate with instructions on the first page. Students in Years 7-12 can buy food and drinks directly from the café at recess and lunchtime.

A Tap and Pay facility is also now available for contactless payment. We hope everyone will support the Café!

 

Link to online Ordering for Class 3-6 Parents: www.gentlecafe.net  [p/w see GLO]

Parents and Students in Year 9 only are encouraged to volunteer in the café. Link to volunteer sign up: https://signup.zone/FQb2vyyXcMHgmz7jG

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Meet Jennifer Stone

Meet Jennifer Stone

28 Jan 2021

We have some wonderful new teachers on staff here at Glenaeon. Over the course of Term 1, we will introduce you to some of the new faces in upcoming editions of the Newsletter. First up - Class 1 Teacher, Jennifer Stone.

What is your new role at Glenaeon?
My new role at Glenaeon is that of Class Teacher, beginning with Class One.

What experience do you bring to Glenaeon?
Along with many experiences in the School of Life, l have led Steiner playgroups and assisted in Kindergarten at Glenaeon, taught at Lorien Novalis and completed a teaching cycle at Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner School.

What are your interests?
My interests are in anthroposophy, theatre, poetry, theatre, design, theatre, music, theatre, yoga, theatre. And theatre. I also love to travel and have spent time in Paris, New York and Japan. Mostly chasing theatre. Despite the cosmopolitan nature of the above list, Nature is my best friend and greatest teacher.

What are you most excited about for the year ahead?
I am looking forward to getting to know the beautiful children in my new class and establishing a healthy rhythm for our troupe. 

 

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Incoming Year 12s visit AGNSW

Incoming Year 12s visit AGNSW

27 Nov 2020

The new Year 12 students visited the Art Gallery of NSW in a little rendezvous with Visual Arts teacher, Donna Miller, on Sunday to visit three exhibitions. The highlight was the Arthur Streeton and a glimpse of early Australian Impressionism as practiced at the Heidelberg School.

There is so much indigenous art in the Wynne, Sulman and Archibald exhibitions, and students really gained a deeper insight to contemporary First Nation artists. Seeing the works first-hand allows for a much greater appreciation and analysis of the artist’s intent, and everyone was so grateful to have been able to have this experience.

 

#ArtGalleryofNSW #ArtGallery #Sydney #Glenaeon #Art #Streeton #ArthurStreeton #StreetonExhibition #Wynne #Sulman #Archibald

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Cubby Life, and refrigerators

Cubby Life, and refrigerators

27 Nov 2020

"The rain was just stopping as I arrived for my Tuesday morning playground duty at Castlecrag.  Our very busy Class 1 boys were abuzz with excitement and very keen to show me that their cubby was dry inside.   A couple of them mentioned that they were planning to live there, but it was eventually decided that there wouldn't be room for a fridge, so it was probably best to stay living at home for the time being."

Dani Finch, Deputy Head of School, K-6.

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Look! We Have Come Through!

Look! We Have Come Through!

27 Nov 2020

The end is nigh (of 2020 that is), and this newsletter is the last for the year. What a year! Without comparing our challenges with those of earlier generations, as D H Lawrence put it in a classic poem after the end of WW1, We have come through!! Not unscarred, but we have come through and are still standing and moving forward. This moment is one to thank every single member of the Glenaeon community for their good will, and hard work. We have come through together and demonstrated the resilience and community spirit that Glenaeon stands for. My personal thanks go to all staff, students and parents for your support through this most trying of years. Our Executive team for Risk Management has carried the core responsibility for emergency management and I pay tribute to their collaborative work over the past nine months of the pandemic:

  • Deputy Heads of School Dani Finch and Elizabeth Nevieve,
  • Preschool Director Peggy Day,
  • Operations & Facilities Manager Chris Scrogie,
  • Finance Manager Rohan Wijesinghe

Educational Executive members Brigitte Tietge-Rollans (Daily Coordinator) and Catherine Pilko (Castlecrag Senior Teacher) have served the school to ensure all our day to day processes have continued unabated despite the severe pressure of the pandemic. All our staff members have gone the extra mile above and beyond the call of duty, and I thank each and every one.

Christmas Festivities:

COVID-19 has had an impact on our Christmas festivities, so our traditional and much-loved Carol Service and Shepherds Play have been cancelled. In their place the following will occur at the Middle Cove campus for students and teachers. Unfortunately, our COVID controls mean that parents are unable to attend, so we will be recording and distributing parts of the following:

 

  • Christmas Gala Concert on the Oval: Wednesday December 2nd 9.30am

 

The Spring Festival was such a success in the round on the oval that we will be hosting a Christmas end of year event with the same format. It will be an opportunity for all the music ensembles to perform, as they have been starved of opportunities throughout 2020. Students from Class 3 to Year 11 will be seated in the large circle format and we will enjoy music with a Christmas flavour. Performing will be:

 

  • All Class and Year ensembles from Class 4 to Year 8: Strings, Woodwinds and Concert Bands
  • String combinations from high school: violin trio and cello duets
  • Glenaeon Big Band
  • Glenaeon Jazz Combo

There are 25 items on the program, almost all with a Christmas flavour. We are so sorry parents will not be able to join us, but in the outdoor setting, you will probably be able to hear us in Roseville.

  • Christmas Festival: Tuesday December 8th through the day

In place of the Carol Service there will be a number of short assemblies (similar to the Winter Festival) in a carol service format with two or three year groups in each. There will be readings, an Advent wreath with candles and some beautiful carol singing (COVID controlled of course).

Farewell Joy Day

The end of year marks the end of Joy Day’s association and key supporting role in Parent Education at Glenaeon: see later in this Newsletter. Joy has a long association with the school. Her son Max graduated from our Year 12 in 1999 with a stellar result in Mathematics, an ability which went on to earn him a University Medal from the University of Sydney and then a PhD from the University of Oxford. Joy’s four step daughters with husband Malcolm Day (a long term Board member of the school) all graduated from Glenaeon.

Over the past eight years Joy has volunteered an immense amount of time in contributing ideas and organising energy to our Parent Education program. Along with Mary Heard and Catherine Pilko, Joy prepared each term’s program with care, insight and understanding of what was needed to support our parent community. She was foundational in establishing Raphael’s Rooms, our adjunct therapeutic program, and in 2019 she almost singlehandedly carried off our Waldorf100 celebration day at Castlecrag. Joy’s immense passion and dedicated action for Steiner education in general and Glenaeon in particular has inspired countless parents and teachers. I will personally miss Joy’s infectious enthusiasm for new ideas and perspectives that could contribute to a better and wider understanding of what the school stands for.

Joy, we thank you and wish you all happiness in the next phase of your life. I cannot imagine you motionless, so look forward to seeing you bring a grandchild or two to Playgroups, and continue your association with Glenaeon in some other, less demanding ways. Thank you!

End of Year

  • Issue #13 of AEON our school magazine will be delivered home via your eldest enrolled child by the last week of term: please enjoy a good read of the articles chronicling our journey this year.
  • Reports for Class 3 to Year 10 will be issued by email in the last week of term. If for any reason you do not receive one, please contact the Middle Cove office.

Wednesday December 9th is the last day for students and there will be communication from teachers regarding activities and clean up for each year level. Teachers have professional learning days over Thursday and Friday (10th and 11th) concluding with our staff Christmas party on Friday evening. The School office at Middle Cove will close on December 23rd and reopen on January 11th 2021. Term 1 will commence on Wednesday January 27th.

May I wish all families a fulfilling Christmas period and a restful break over the summer. See you in 2021!

Andrew Hill
Head of School

 

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Glenaeon Swap Sell

Glenaeon Swap Sell

27 Nov 2020

A big welcome to all the new parents that have just joined our Facebook Swap and Sell group. It's a good time of year to replace outgrown uniforms and pick up textbooks for next year.  All Glenaeon parents are welcome to join our Facebook Swap and Sell group, which is a great place to recycle clothing and pick up items at a good price. You can also try a WTB = "Wanted To Buy" post so if there is something in particular you need, why not give a shout out to our community?
 
A reminder to all members that the group is for the swapping, selling or buying of Glenaeon uniforms, textbooks, sports equipment or music instruments only. Non-school related item posts will not be approved by the group admin. To join, go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/glenaeon
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Glenaeon Art Show Success

Glenaeon Art Show Success

27 Nov 2020

This year, for the first time, our Glenaeon Art Show went digital due to COVID-19. Thanks to the hard work of our talented and dedicated Class 4 Art Show Committee and our Events Coordinator Clare Gordon, the Art Show was transformed to the digital format, and brought together over 200 art pieces, from 80 artists for display online from 1-22 November. We also held an online silent auction featuring works from our current students, and ran a digital Raffle.

51 pieces of art sold for $20,830. In the silent auction, our student works raised a fantastic $5,890 and the Raffle generated over $3,500 in ticket sales. The winners have now all been notified. The funds raised by the GPA will support the school and the students.  Huge congratulations and thanks to the artists, and to everyone who donated their time, and supported this year's Art Show. We are very grateful and indebted to Glenaeon Parents Jonathan Rush, Airlie McConnell, Tanya Baker, Erika Hosoyama and Lisa Kavanagh for their kind and generous donation of time and skill to see this important and event fundraiser so successful. It really was a mammoth effort. A huge thank you to our Raffle Prize donors Verve Photography, Honest to Goodness, Bunnings, Lyn Clifton, Warrah and the generosity of Class 4 parents.

If you are an artist and would like to make a submission for our 2021 Glenaeon Art Show, or wish to donate a prize next year, please email Clare Gordon to be added to our Artist Call out mailing list.

 

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Glenaeon Holiday Care Program - book now!

Glenaeon Holiday Care Program - book now!

27 Nov 2020

Dear Parents
Not long now until the end of the year!
We have some beautiful activities planned for the children during Holiday Care! Of course, lots of time for healthy outdoor adventures, plenty of time in, and around the water, and a variety of arts, craft, science, woodwork and special events planned.

Download the program and visit our website for bookings http://www.glenaeonoosh.com.au/holiday-care-bookings.html 

We look forward to seeing the children there.

Kind regards,

Margaret & The OOSH Team

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Important Tick Information - please read

Important Tick Information - please read

27 Nov 2020

At Glenaeon we have chosen to take an integrated pest management approach to the problem of ticks. This means that we work against their impact in a range of different ways. Please read our Tick Information booklet and follow the advice.

Download Glenaeon's Tick Information booklet.

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Farewell from Sharon & Lorna

Farewell from Sharon & Lorna

27 Nov 2020

Dear Glenaeon Families,

I’d just like to say a huge thank you to all the children, parents, teachers and all school staff for your loyal patronage over the last four and a half years since we opened the Gentle Café on campus. It has been my pleasure to have cooked (from the heart) for you all, and in such beautiful surroundings.

I have cooked and been in the Restaurant & Food Service industry for just on 40 years, and I am sincere when I say I will miss the school, the children and, well, all of you really. From all the wonderful Parent / Volunteers who have come and shared the day over a coffee and a laugh (and a few beads of sweat HA!). It was fantastic to have met so many lovely mums and dads over my time in the kitchen.  It was not an easy job, but it’s the one that has fit my mind and body comfortably for the last few years.

Friday the 4th of December will mark the final day of a 21-year relationship with the Glenaeon Community for now, and I must say, what a fantastically fulfilling couple of decades it has been, through my boys as students, and my tenure in the school café!

We will be passing on the pots, pans and wooden spoons over to Peter and Marian to create new fare (and some old favourites I’m sure) for you commencing Term 1 2021.

They, like Lorna and I, will be hoping to meet many of you in the kitchen via the sign up zone as volunteers, they will also make you a lovely coffee and feed your child a complimentary morning tea and lunch on that day (as well as  feeding you of course).

Lorna and I would just like to say thank you for entrusting us to have cooked for and nourished all your beautiful children.

It really was our pleasure to have done so.

Merry Christmas to one and all!

Thanks again,
Sharon & Lorna

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Year 9 celebrates NAIDOC Week through Sport

Year 9 celebrates NAIDOC Week through Sport

27 Nov 2020

NAIDOC Week is an Australian observance normally celebrated during the winter break. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. It has its roots in the 1938 Day of Mourning, becoming a week-long event in 1975.

This year, due to COVID-19, it was moved to the week 8-15 Nov and also celebrated at Glenaeon through the Year 9 PE session.

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. As we are all normally on holiday we took the initiative to celebrate it in October being very happy to have Beniah as an indigenous student in our cohort. So we honoured her peoples’ achievements in the form of talking about and looking and trying out activities with an indigenous background.

The students talked and reflected on what they knew of indigenous activities in the community and learned about physical activities and games mostly deriving from the hunting days.

Beniah and her fellow Year 9 cohort students were excited to be on the oval and involved in games and activities using throwing sticks (woomera) in two distinctly different activities. The first one, Kalq, a fighting game in which indigenous people used blunt javelins/spears, while we used the woomera sticks for a safer approach. Two students stand opposite one another and one throws their stick at the other while the second one tries to defend themselves against being hit. A challenging game that required a good eye, quick reflexes to dodge and also care and consideration when in the position to throw the stick and not to throw it too hard to inflict injury.

The second activity was a team event in which two tribes, the students gave their team indigenous names, and had to throw the woomera in dart-like large circles marked by ropes on the oval. Each circle had points much like in dart win which the smallest inner circle has the highest points 50, the outer most circle 10 points. Teams had to add up all team points to determine the winner.

A reflective circle sharing followed at the end in which the students sat together on the grass, appreciating the perspective into indigenous lives through sport and asked if they could learn more about it. Beniah, in her own modest way, felt appreciated and valued through the discussion that was so close to her heart.

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Class 3 Take Time for Main Lesson

Class 3 Take Time for Main Lesson

27 Nov 2020

Class 3 has been exploring the development of Time Measurement over the past few weeks.  We’ve observed and  experimented with shadow-clocks, water-clocks, candle-clocks and, of course, tick tock clocks.  We made our own card game using the months, seasons and days as well as a D’harawal seasonal calendar.  

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The Science of Sunflowers - Class 1

The Science of Sunflowers - Class 1

27 Nov 2020

Class 1 has been exploring the life cycle of sunflowers, from seed to germination, growth, flowering and harvesting with teacher Prue Reid. Students have dried and now eaten the seeds, saving some for planting again next year. Exploring a story and poem about sunflowers, they created beautiful artwork after looking at the living and dried plants.  We have all enjoyed the glorious sunflowers growing and blooming in the Castlecrag gardens.

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Kindergartens harvest their potatoes

Kindergartens harvest their potatoes

27 Nov 2020

In Term 3 Kindergarten planted potatoes in their potato bags and patiently watered and waited whilst the plants grew big and strong. Now they have faded, they are able to take the heavy bags, tip them out and dig to harvest their very own potatoes for lunch! It's an exciting and special day in which they follow through the life cycle of the potatoes, even finding the 'mother potato' from which all the little babies grew. They sat down to enjoy these together, and Little Kindergarten children even found double one with a little baby - just like their teacher Junko Nichols is growing!

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Thank you for our Raffle Prize donations

Thank you for our Raffle Prize donations

27 Nov 2020

A warm thank you to all the generous people who donated prizes for our raffle. A Verve Photography Package Voucher has been won, as well as four beautiful hampers packed with so many donated prizes, gifts and experiences. We gave away a Gardening Hamper, Luxury Pamper Hamper, Foodie Hamper and Creative Craft Hamper. Thank you to all who bought tickets and supported the raffle and fundraising for the Glenaeon Parents Association.

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Compost Building - all hands in the pit

Compost Building - all hands in the pit

27 Nov 2020

It's time to fill the Deep Pit Compost at Castlecrag and begin the cycle of creating our next load of compost, which will be ready for Term 1, 2021! After distributing all the existing rich compost over the last weeks, the compost is filled and layered with grass and leaf clippings, fruit and vegetables, pre-composted paper and hand-towels, lime, straw and biodynamic preparations. We even had assistance from Mary Heard, a keen biodynamic gardener and our previous administrator to help the compost building. The children also came to learn about and scatter the biodynamic preparations of nettle, oak bark, chamomile, yarrow, nettle and dandelion, adding rich compounds and nutrients to the soil. These, alongside the valerian biodynamic preparation that will be added last, will help to activate the process of breaking down the matter into rich, living soil.

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Class 2 reflect on 2020

Class 2 reflect on 2020

27 Nov 2020

Class 2's final Main Lesson for the year is a beautiful 'Reflections' Journal, with a poem encapsulating their year in poetry, script, artwork and embroidery. They are carefully sewing their own covers and filling the book with a poem about their year's work and journey. It will be a special keepsake of 2020 and their last year at the Castlecrag campus, before moving next year with their teacher Lucy Armstrong to the Middle Cove campus to begin Class 3. Their poem reads:

"Our Class 2 journey began, in the morning sun.
With a Rainbow Bridge we welcomed children, starting in class one.
Our first Main Lesson was nature studies, we travelled far from home.
Following the journey of Nino, a brave and curious gnome.
Each day we practiced skip counting, so we would be on track.
To sing our times tables, both forwards and back. 
Weaving her web, Ava spider did wake.
The wonderous beauty of patterns, our number families make.
The King of Ireland Son, was a highlight of the year.
An epic tale of courage and the will to persevere.
It took great effort to learn our play, we pulled together as one.
And on the day we performed with pride; the King of Ireland’s son.
We learned this year to write in cursive, joining our letters with pride.
Each week we’d try to solve a riddle, with Lucy as our guide.
Counting in the thousands, we can add and minus now.
Using knowledge of place value, the squirrels taught us how.
The Saintly lives of people, we explored in Term 4.
Their inner striving power, lives in us for evermore.
St Francis as a youth, pledged his life to the light.
And Offerus did show, his courage over might. 
Painting, dance, creative play, stories that fill our hearts.
We explored, all year round, the magic of the arts.
Class two’s nearly over,
and Christmas is almost near.
We will cherish memories, of our great second year."

- Lucy Armstrong - 

 

 

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Epic sandplay at Castlecrag

Epic sandplay at Castlecrag

27 Nov 2020

In celebration of a term of great lunchtime sandpit play - have a look at some of the recent creations, now that the weather is warmer and water enters the sandpit - carefully carried in watering cans and buckets! Drip castles, bridges, moats and ponds form, as the children create fantastic structures in the sand.

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Year 9 Science Ecology night time field watching excursion

Year 9 Science Ecology night time field watching excursion

27 Nov 2020

Stanley Tang took his Year 9 students on a night excursion at Middle Cove this week. Students were able to explore the nocturnal animals at Glenaeon and our surrounding areas. Using torch lights to search for animals in the bush, they also set up an ultraviolet-lit trap to attract insects for observation. Students learned about the processes of scientific bird banding and had the opportunity to handle wild birds - even a tawny frog mouthed owl stopped by! Dr Stanley Tang is an ornithologist and teaches high school Biology and Science at Glenaeon. He brings a wealth of experience, and a depth of ecological understanding to students in the high school science programs.

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Budding legal eagle flies into first

Budding legal eagle flies into first

27 Nov 2020

Some great news for Year 11 student Elliott Benson, who ranked first in his Accelerated HSC Legal Studies course this year, which he studied externally at St Leonards TAFE. 

"My average result for my internal assessments was 91% and I am now eagerly waiting for my HSC exam result.  It was an interesting experience at times, especially with online learning, but we had a very experienced teacher so it was manageable.  My favourite aspect is probably the fact that I got one subject out of the way early!  I was very surprised that I placed first, as there were some very talented students in the class, however I did study hard over the course of the year."

Congratulations Elliott, we are very proud of you! 

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Memorable Moments for Class 4 Happy Campers

Memorable Moments for Class 4 Happy Campers

27 Nov 2020

Class 4 had a wonderful first camp experience on the oval recently and were lucky to squeeze it in amongst all of the other Term 4 camps happening at the moment.  Despite summer heat and a sleepless night, the children had a wonderful time exploring our local area with smiles and laughter.  This experience supplemented the local geography main lesson which had to be taught remotely in Term 2 and the first Australian history main lesson they just completed.  We revisited some of our favourite spots from our Castlecrag bushwalks and discovered new beauty north of our campus, including a favoured bathing spot frequented by early residents of the Sydney Harbour area.  Memorable moments abounded but none will surpass the shock of the sprinklers coming on just as they were drifting off to sleep on Thursday night!  Our campus and its location are a gift to be cherished and appreciated every day.  I felt so blessed to be where we are with such a fantastic group of children and staff.  Thanks to KG, Scottie and Dani for taking time away from their busy schedules to make this moment happen for Class Four.

Katherine Arconati
Class 4 Teacher

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Year 12s go solo

Year 12s go solo

27 Nov 2020

Our Year 12s head out on their Solo Camp, the last Outdoor Education experience for the Class of 2020.

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Year 12 Graduation Assembly

Year 12 Graduation Assembly

27 Nov 2020

On Friday 13 November, the Class of 2020 gathered once more in the Sylvia Brose Hall for a Year 12 Graduation ceremony with socially distanced Parents invited on site for the last time at the end of their child's schooling years. It was a very emotional ceremony to mark the end of an important journey for this remarkable group of students.  They are now the newest members of GlenX. We wish the Class of 2020 all the best and know they each have exciting futures ahead of them!

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Instrument Return

Instrument Return

27 Nov 2020

If your child has a hired instrument and is leaving Glenaeon, please make sure it is returned after your child’s final instrument lesson.  Students can return their instruments to the Music Administrator’s office in the Hall (10am-2pm), or to Reception outside those hours.

All other students with hired instruments may keep them over the holidays, unless the instrument needs repairs or unless they’re lucky enough to be getting their own instrument. 

Thank you and have a wonderful, musical holiday!

Julie Monteban
musicadministrator@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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Sign up to be a chicken carer

Sign up to be a chicken carer

27 Nov 2020

We are looking for egg-cellent Glenaeon families to look after our six chickens during the holiday period from Dec 12 to Jan 25. Duties include: feeding, watering, collecting eggs, (you take them home) and cleaning the nesting boxes. Caring can be coming to the school every 3rd day for the week/s you pick.  If you can help our happy hens, please fill out this form to indicate which holiday period you can cover or email Sandra.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Frain via email: s.frain@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

 

 

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Year 9s help Class 3 through DofE

Year 9s help Class 3 through DofE

27 Nov 2020

Each Thursday and Friday before school for the past three months several Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh Award candidates came and supported Class 3 children in a special reading program.  The help given was highly productive and new friendships were formed across the campus. A thank you breakfast was prepared as a sign of Class 3’s deep appreciation for their service.

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Castlecrag crafters crochet completed

Castlecrag crafters crochet completed

27 Nov 2020

Handwork Teacher Elizabeth Ellean has helped our young crafters through a big year. And how wonderfully productive they have been! From long-stitch pencil cases, to cushions and recorder bags, bunting and wearable clothing, our artisans are feeling the satisfaction of making something useful and beautiful. Well done to all students for completing their colourful creations.

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Beniah meets Nyunmiti!

Beniah meets Nyunmiti!

27 Nov 2020

Year 9 student Beniah went recently to the gallery to see Indigenous artists entered into the Archibald, Wynne and Sulmann and ran into Nyunmiti Burton, a very well known artist.  What a treat!

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Farewell message from Joy Day

Farewell message from Joy Day

26 Nov 2020

It has been my pleasure and privilege to serve the Glenaeon community and beyond, as Parent Education Coordinator through the past eight years from the Castlecrag campus, and prior to that as a teacher at Kamaroi. With this years COVID restrictions stopping most community Parent Ed events and the other cultural evenings I have enjoyed facilitating in the Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, it feels timely to gracefully bow out during 2021, allowing a natural evolution in the schools community cultural life and my own, with multiple local grandchildren whom I have also thoroughly relished bringing to Ebba’s playgroups through those eight years as each new baby arrived. 

I will miss the regular contact with families at Castlecrag in particular, and when when regulations permit it, I do hope to reconnect with some early childhood families, and meet new prospective parents at Story Garden Saturday mornings that Ebba Bodame and myself will continue to offer in the Marion Mahony Griffin Hall each term. Raphael’s Rooms practitioners will continue to operate offsite during COVID restrictions, and contacts are available via the Raphael's Rooms website.

Parent Ed 2021 is already planned:  themed Healthy Planet - Healthy Humanity, it brings a mix of talks and workshops each term, connecting with this theme from various perspectives, offered by presenters with whom Parent Ed enthusiasts will be familiar. 

During next year, Clare Gordon, Glenaeon Events Coordinator, will step in to become the next Parent Ed events host, of both live events at Castlecrag, and online sessions with support from others in the team and with the generous support of the Glenaeon Parents Association.

The Term 1 2021 program will come to you in the first newsletter of that term, and you can look forward to experiences with Sandra Frain, Mary Heard, Ebba Bodame and Raphaela Mazzzone. Other presenters during the year include Lisa Devine, Lyn Clifton and Evan Sanders.

Meanwhile, may the Christmas spirits of goodwill & joyful gifting beyond the material, live reverently, and playfully within your family culture. Blessings of love & kindness to you all. 

Joy Day

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Extra shopping days in December at Grassroots Eco Store and Pre-Orders for school essentials for 2021 are now available online

Extra shopping days in December at Grassroots Eco Store and Pre-Orders for school essentials for 2021 are now available online

26 Nov 2020

The shop is brimming with beautiful gift ideas for Christmas. We have plenty of art & craft supplies to get you crafting into the Festive Season including some Christmas Gnome Craft Kits to make at home. The bookshelves are well-stocked with lots of exciting titles for young and older readers along with enchanting felt and wooden toys, beautiful Australian beeswax candles, local honey, Weleda products and much more. Don’t miss out on the exquisite Native Bush Wreaths by Melanie Harper that are available to pre-order online or in-store, but numbers are limited!

We know everyone is so rushed at this time of year so we will be opening for two extra shopping days in December:
Saturday 12 December  10am - 3pm
Tuesday 15 December  3pm - 8pm

Please tell your friends and family as all are welcome!

School Essentials Pre-order for 2021 - Available Online
You can now pre-order your school essential items for 2021 such as Bedhead Hats, a range of sustainable lunch boxes, Drawstring Spare Clothes Bags, SPLASHitToMe Raincoats, Leather Slippers and Drink Bottles.  Product styles and sizes can be viewed and ordered online or in-store. 

Pre-orders close 18 December. 

Order Online: https://grassrootsecostore.com.au/collections/school-essentials

Orders will be available for pickup in-store on 25th January 2021 or by arrangement.

Grassroots Eco Store - Opening Hours for Term 4
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8.30 – 11.30am  &  2.00 – 3.45pm
Wednesday: 8.30am – 12.30pm

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SHOPPING OPENING
Saturday 12 December  10am - 3pm
Tuesday 15 December  3pm - 8pm

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Artisan achievements

Artisan achievements

26 Nov 2020

Handwork Teacher Elizabeth Ellean is very proud of her students completed works. Here you will see some of the knitted, sewn, crocheted works by our students. Our wonderful artisan program gives our students a great gift - to be able to make beautiful things, by hand, from scratch, using beautiful colours and imagination with a great deal of personal satisfaction and fulfilment. Well done to all the students. 

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Bliss N Eso record with Year 7

Bliss N Eso record with Year 7

26 Nov 2020

Bliss n Eso are a multi-platinum, ARIA award-winning hip hop band based in Sydney. They are also much-respected Glenaeon Alumni, or GlenX, and they recently invited current Year 7 Glenaeon students to be backup singers for the groups upcoming collaborative track “Chemical Heart”.

10 students spent a number of hours rehearsing in the lead up, and recorded with the band in Glenaeon’s music studios. What a great experience for our music students.  Glenaeon Music Teacher Madeleine Saville said, “Our students not only got to hang out with this very cool band, they also got a wonderful experience in recording a pop track, and collaborating musically with this highly professional group. Our thanks to Jonathan, Max, and their team for this wonderful opportunity, and for paying it forward for our school’s future musicians.

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Glenaeon Raffle - drawn 5pm 22 November 2020

Glenaeon Raffle - drawn 5pm 22 November 2020

12 Nov 2020

The 2020 Glenaeon Raffle is live online.  Please forward the link to your friends, neighbours, colleagues and relatives and encourage ticket sales.  The Glenaeon raffle is a major fundraiser for the GPA and this year, due to the COVID restrictions, it will be a significant contribution to the GPA fundraising.  Once again the generosity of the parents and local businesses has been tremendous and we would like to thank everyone who contributed to our raffle this year.

For more details and to purchase your raffle tickets, please visit www.glenaeonfair.com

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This Place

This Place

12 Nov 2020

“The land is my mother. Like a human mother, the land gives us protection, enjoyment and provides our needs – economic, social and religious. We have a human relationship with the land: Mother, daughter, son. When the land is taken from us or destroyed, we feel hurt because we belong to the land and we are part of it.” – Djinyini Gondarra

I’m writing this newsletter piece as I cross the Great Dividing Range, in a coach with 25 Class 6 students, their teacher Cathy, Hadiah (one of our Outdoor Education sessional staff) and our bus driver Mal! Excitement and spirits are high as we follow the well-travelled road towards Bathurst, en route to Kamilaroi, Wiradjuri and the Weilwan Country – the Warrumbungles! But it is the stop at Wentworth Falls Lake that is sitting with me right now.

Wentworth Falls Lake was created in 1878 by damming Jamieson Creek to store water for the steam railway. In 2020, it is a picturesque picnic spot and has excellent facilities. Functional, clean, and natural but - tame. As I stood, watching the children stretch their legs, I experienced the familiar deep knowing that strikes me on every program; that we must continue to take the children in our charge into wild places. By the time Thursday comes, and the coach pulls into McClelland St, Willoughby, we will have spent some time in the ‘wilderness’, and the children will be quieter, calmer, and more settled into their natural rhythms. In the absence of the stimulation of Sydney’s business, they will have come back to themselves.

As with most elements of a Glenaeon education, Outdoor Education is much more than it says on the label!   By the end of a 13-year journey, our students can complete a self-sustained 48-hour solo camp; they will have been on many incredible adventures - up mountains, down rivers, and into foreign lands; mostly compulsory and for the really keen ones, some extras. All of this will have happened in the wilderness of ‘nature’s classroom’. And yet, Outdoor Education is so much more than adventures. For me, it is about conveying, through lived experience in wild places, a deep knowing and belonging perfectly summed up by Craig Foster in the incredible documentary ‘My Octopus Teacher.” https://tinyurl.com/y5txyvf7

“What she taught me was to feel... that you’re part of this place, not a visitor.”

On this Class 6 program, we begin to build the habits, values and attitudes that will give every student the best chance of experiencing a ‘human relationship with the land’ for themselves. It is an experience impossible to have in the city, with the hum of traffic, and the schedule and stress of our modern lives. 

This week, on country that has been inhabited for millennia by stargazers, we will look up at the stars in wonder, and we will feel ‘part of this place’.

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Class 2 visits big campus ahead of Class 3, 2021

Class 2 visits big campus ahead of Class 3, 2021

12 Nov 2020

This week, Class 2 students went with their Class Teacher Lucy Armstrong and Deputy Head of School K-6, Dani Finch to visit the place where they will be going to school next year, our Middle Cove campus. Students got to see their future classroom, the playground, and meet some of the staff in our Middle Cove office including Sarah at Reception, and Chris Scrogie, our Operations & Facilities Manager. They watched the Class 3 Play and then shared a lunch together with Class 3. There was much excitement about the move to BIG campus and the fun and adventures that lie ahead!

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Class 4’s amazing animal projects

Class 4’s amazing animal projects

12 Nov 2020

Class 4 has been working on Animal Projects as part of their Main Lesson. Students each made a model of an animal and also wrote a poem as part of the written component of their work. The range of animals was broad with students choosing to make a model of a bear hunting for food with its cub, a crocodile, stingray, dingo,  and even a hand-stitched felt koalas,  and a Peacock with its tail feathers on glorious display. Class 4 Teacher Katherine Arconati said, “The effort our students put into these works is truly astounding and I am beyond proud of them.  When you look at their work, you can see how beautifully we educate the will, a life skill that no standardised test can measure.” Well done to Class 4.

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Looking to the future; looking back

Looking to the future; looking back

12 Nov 2020

The time of the year is upon us, in the outdoor education world, where we begin to plan the journey for 2021. We are hoping next year flows along in a smooth, more rhythmic pattern allowing us to provide all those extra experiences to our community.

Scottie and I are keeping our fingers and toes crossed for another elective expedition program for students (and hopefully one for parents), exploring Far North Queensland’s more remote stretches of wilderness.

Hinchinbrook Island is one of those rugged, wild places: turquoise water, met by soaring cliff lines, fringed by jurassic vegetation that rises up to peaks over one thousand metres tall. In 2019 a group of Year 10 and Year 11 students and a group of Glenaeon parents explored Hinchinbrook Island by sea kayak. This short film captures just some of the journey to this remarkable place. Keep your eyes on the Newsletter for updates about Hinchinbrook expeditions in 2021.

Kristen Gardner
Outdoor Education Teacher

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100 Face Masks donated to Chris O'Brien Lifehouse Cancer Hospital

100 Face Masks donated to Chris O'Brien Lifehouse Cancer Hospital

12 Nov 2020

Glenaeon Duke of Edinburgh students Pipi and Olivia, have collected over 100 face masks hand-crafted by a team of Glenaeon volunteers for use by the staff and visitors at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse cancer treatment Hospital in Camperdown.

Students from many year levels gave up their lunchtimes and worked at home to create the masks, using different methods. Handwork Teacher Elizabeth Ellean said she was very proud of the girls and all the volunteers who donated their time, gained a new skill, and did something wonderful for others in our community. “It has been a tremendous experience for our students, and we hope that the patients at the Hospital undergoing treatment get some joy from the brightly-colour hand-crafted face masks worn by their visitors.” 

Head of School, Andrew Hill said this was a great initiative by Glenaeon Teachers and Students and was an example of the altruistic and artisan programs coming together for the good of the community as a whole.

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Year 8 explores Tharwa ACT

Year 8 explores Tharwa ACT

12 Nov 2020

As part of our Outdoor Education program, our Year 8s recently enjoyed exploring Tharwa, bushwalking and camping out amongst ACT's stunning natural landscape. Teacher Elena Rowan took these photos, capturing the beauty and the adventure.

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Grassroots Eco Store is open every day with lots of gift ideas in store

Grassroots Eco Store is open every day with lots of gift ideas in store

12 Nov 2020

We’re starting to feel a little festive with exquisite Native Bush Wreaths that one of our local artisans, Melanie Harper, is creating. Hand-collected as the seasons provide, and crafted into special one-of-a-kind wreaths, ideal for hanging or as a table setting. We will be offering a limited number for pre-order so come in and pop your name down if you would like to take one home for the festive season.

Also, we will soon have Christmas Craft Kits available to take home or give as crafty gifts, so keep your eye out for those in the coming weeks.

A delivery of quality Australian picture books, as well as a selection of titles for older readers, has arrived in store. There are some beautiful editions with enchanting illustrations that would make lovely gifts.

With all the rain we have been having of late, we are now happy to have in store SPLASHitToMe raincoats in childrens' sizes 2-10 with adult and other sizes available to order.

Come along and visit the shop for lots of beautiful gift ideas as well as all the usual favourites like wool felt, modelling beeswax, rainbow wool yarn, crayons, pencils and watercolour paints.

Opening Hours for Term 4
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

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Poppies at Castlecrag

Poppies at Castlecrag

12 Nov 2020

Class 1 and 2 planted poppies, snapdragons and natives in their new garden, and just in time for Remembrance Day, the most beautiful red poppies burst into bloom. There were many busy bees visiting and the garden also attracted the butterflies!

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Knitted Friends in Class 2

Knitted Friends in Class 2

12 Nov 2020

Class 2 are taking their knitting to another level, designing and knitting their own personalised dolls! They follow their pattern, choosing their colours and clothes, and will finish by adding hair, features and accessories, with guidance from the Handwork teacher Elizabeth Ellean, who also drew a beautiful chalkboard to accompany the lessons.

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Sending Love to Sandra

Sending Love to Sandra

12 Nov 2020

When Sandra slipped and broke her collarbone, the children gathered to water the gardens, dig out the compost and care for the gardens at Castlecrag. They also made a plethora of gifts and cards which were delivered by Melony to her door. It is the measure of a great teacher, that the children can continue in their absence, with the same rhythm and enthusiasm. We all wish Sandra a speedy recovery and return! Look at all the composts, watering, flowers, bees, the playground and cups of tea in these cards! Playgroup has continued beautifully thanks to lovely Carly from Preschool, who has enjoyed visiting Castlecrag and meeting all of Sandra's playgroup children. Said Sandra from home: “I am so pleased that they know what to do, even though I am not there! They have learned how to garden, compost and fertilise from Playgroup through Preschool, Kindergarten and it continues through the Primary school. When one person in the team steps out, everyone else knows how to keep all the cycles going. I am enormously grateful to the children and their teachers for coming forward to continue caring for the plants and the animals in all the school gardens until I return.” 

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Sport resumes

Sport resumes

12 Nov 2020

After what seemed like an eternity, Glenaeon’s Middle School students were able to once again measure up in friendly competition against other schools in our ISD sports association: the sports carnival calendar resumed. After eight long months of COVID-19 related waiting, cancelling and postponing of several carnivals, the ISD Soccer Carnival was the first carnival back in Term 4 with the easing of restrictions. It was finally held on October 15.

In far-away Liverpool’s Ireland Park all emotions were displayed in winning, drawing and also losing games in tight competition. The senior boys’ team made it to the finals in which they lost 2:1 to Amity College, a very strong team that had to play with all their wits to beat Glenaeon. I congratulate our goal scorers Elke, Mya (Yr 9), Jayden (Yr 8), Evan (Yr 12) and Remy and Remi (both Yr 10) and all those students who put their heart and soul into playing great games!

Then, on October 28 the ISD Touch Football Carnival was held, again in Liverpool. Due to absences with camp, Glenaeon teams were under strength but not less motivated than had they been in a stronger team with the older absent students. That meant that the junior teams consisted only of Yr 7 students, playing opposition teams that fielded Yr 9 students!

There was a lot of learning that took place for our young and inexperienced sides as they tried to break through defence lines, playing the ball well and attempting to score tries. All in all the losses heavily outweighed the wins but on the positive, 17 tries were scored! The senior girls’ and boys’ teams got a win each and that against teams that play together on weekends and had a lot more playing experience compared to the Glenaeon teams.

I want to pay my respects to the enormous running, dodging and passing efforts of all 37 students who participated. The following students scored tries and need to be congratulated for that: Ethan and Evan (both Yr 12), Remy, Riley, Pipi and Sophie (all Yr 10), Elke and Beniah (both Yr 9) and Deva, Charlie and Luka K. (all Yr 7).

It is so pleasing to see that our students seem to understand, that these carnivals are not just about winning, they are about learning, extending yourself, about comradery and putting yourself out there. They are about experiencing both happiness in winning as well and frustration in defeat in a team setting where learning will ensue as a result of dealing with such emotions. The joy of scoring a goal or a try for the team, the fun we have on the bus rides, and the fact that students play together with other students from other year levels and make new friends which connects them better to their fellow students at school and the school itself. There is so much to like about being active outside in a social setting and so much to learn!

The last carnival will be the ISD Netball carnival on November 10 and we look forward to more great learning on a sports field near us. I want to thank all students for their effort, courage and commitment to representing Glenaeon so positively in the community.

Jonas Stoebe
PDHPE Teacher & Co-curricular Organiser

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Grassroots Eco Store is now open every day on the Castlecrag Campus!

Grassroots Eco Store is now open every day on the Castlecrag Campus!

29 Oct 2020

We’ve been busy sourcing lots of beautiful new products to share with you. Something we know many of you will be excited about are Yuki's natural dyed felt dolls, gnomes, sea creatures and more. Yuki is a parent at Glenaeon and is well-known for her exquisite crafting skills. We are thrilled to have a collection of her beautiful treasures available now through the shop.

There is also a new range of gorgeous soft leather slippers available, beautiful hand-knitted jumpsuits for the little people in your life, some unique gift ideas and LOTS of rainbow and coloured wool in stock. Along with all your usual favourites like wool felt, modelling beeswax, crayons, pencils and beautiful children’s books.While the HSC exams are running in the Castlecrag Hall, the top entrance gate on Edinburgh Rd continues to provide access to Grassroots Eco Store.

Opening Hours for Term 4
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

https://grassrootsecostore.com.au/ 

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Silent Auction 2020 - 1-15 November

Silent Auction 2020 - 1-15 November

29 Oct 2020

Art & Craft Silent Auction goes live today! Please access below link to look at the stunning collection of arts and crafts made by students from Little Kindy to Year 8 for this year’s silent auction. Bidding will open at 9am this Sunday, 1 November. Please pass on the link to friends and families, and help us fundraise for the school’s GPA. Bidding will close on 15 November. A big thank you to all the parents, teachers, and special helpers for assisting the students put these items together. Happy bidding!

https://www.glenaeonfair.com/silent-auction 

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Glenaeon Raffle - drawn 5pm 22 November 2020

Glenaeon Raffle - drawn 5pm 22 November 2020

29 Oct 2020

The 2020 Glenaeon Raffle is live online.  Please forward the link to your friends, neighbours, colleagues and relatives and encourage ticket sales.  The Glenaeon raffle is a major fundraiser for the GPA and this year, due to the COVID restrictions, it will be a significant contribution to the GPA fundraising.  Once again the generosity of the parents and local businesses has been tremendous and we would like to thank everyone who contributed to our raffle this year.

For more details and to purchase your raffle tickets, please visit www.glenaeonfair.com

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Glenaeon Art Show Online 2020 1-22 November

Glenaeon Art Show Online 2020 1-22 November

29 Oct 2020

The Glenaeon Art Show 2020 online will be available for previewing from 1–15 November. We will then be hosting viewing by appointment for interested parties to come and view the artworks they have expressed an interest in.  Note that this is by appointment only and will be held on Sunday 15th November 2020.

Bidding for artworks will then commence from 9am on Monday 16 November and close at 5.00pm on Sunday 22 November.

For more details please visit www.glenaeonfair.com

 

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Reflections

Reflections

29 Oct 2020

Term four is a unique time in a school’s calendar as it brings with it both endings and beginnings. Reflections on the past three terms (or, in the case of Year 12, on a memorable 13 years of schooling!) colour and give context to the ways in which we experience the wrapping up of the year. As summer approaches we also sense a welcomed ‘out-breathing’, a looking forward to languid days of warmth, children playing, teenagers sleeping and, if we are lucky, dreamy rest for ourselves.

But a pulse for what is coming is also very much present. Kindergarten children look forward to meeting their Class Teacher and entering Class 1, Class 6 students from both inside and outside the School anticipate the start of their Glenaeon High School journey, Year 10 feels drawn to the demands of the senior studies program and Year 11 students suddenly find themselves being called Year 12 after only a two-week Spring break!

Where it is understood that 2021 will follow 2020, and that 2022 is around the corner, where a gallop through childhood and adolescence leads to the moment when steps beyond school are taken, anyone could be excused for thinking about time as linear phenomenon. For students and parents (and I can speak from experience about both), the natural progression from one stage to the next is the aspect that stands out… a movement from ‘was’, to ‘now’, to ‘then’.

For those of us working in Kindergarten, the High School or in an administrative role, however, the progression through the year could be likened to a colour-wheel of experiences, where beginnings and endings seamlessly merge though shades of subtle hues that dovetail the past, present and future. 2020 graduations and end of year celebrations lie adjacent to 2021 welcome events, and next year’s calendar becomes as vivid in the minds of the School’s organisers as does the calendar of the year in which we are in. Year 12 of 2020 is celebrated at the end of their secondary school journey while at the same time Year 12 of 2021 step up to the fray (the senior teachers don’t miss a beat as the HSC syllabi are simply turned back to page one!). Eager faces of Year 7 students who will join the school next year experience a High School science lesson at their orientation day just moments after their current counterparts are taught the lesson in earnest. Even tinier children than the current Kindergarten cohort get to play in the flow-form and sandpit where ‘soon to be gone’ children have built mud pies just moments before. And from these perspectives, it can be perceived that time is circular.

For us teachers in the High School, shepherding young people on their journey and having the great pleasure of getting to know their families in the meantime, we are aware of the linear nature of an individual’s path, their growing and maturing, but we are also conscious of the stages of development through which whole year levels evolve…  the parts of the excitements, challenges, questions and answers which are the archetypal stages of young people’s progressions. And we are aware of the cyclical nature of our profession and understand that it is our task to open up, year after year, a journey of becoming that for an individual is an experience in time through which to move but which for us is a moment held in suspension, always ready to be revisited.

There is something beautiful in being able to see the year in this way and in Term 4 time as a cyclical reality is acutely experienced. For the period that is ‘Term 4’, we Kindergarten, High School teachers and school administrators come to feel we are suspended at the pivot point. We are at the moment where the beginnings and endings overlap and I am reminded of a beautiful poem by Judith Wright that starts with the words, “Oh where does the dancer dance, the invisible centre spin, whose bright periphery holds, the world we wander in?” And at this time in the year we could say that we know where that centre is, just for a moment before 2021 carries us away, and we are dancing there.

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Creating Family Culture with Mary Heard – Wednesday 18 November 2020 via Zoom

Creating Family Culture with Mary Heard – Wednesday 18 November 2020 via Zoom

29 Oct 2020

During the past seven months we have all experienced the anxiety of uncertainty, threat of illness, financial and work stress and a restricted lifestyle but we have also experienced slowing down, simplifying, self-sufficiency and more family time. As we move into the transitional phase of the Coronavirus pandemic, we again need to take the initiative as parents to generate security, nourishment and inspiration in our family life. Our children need to know that good things can come out of this time and we can give them that reassurance by actively creating a family culture that reflects these values.

Our family culture is our ‘way of life’ and our family ‘customs’ which tend to be rhythmical activities shared by all family members. Anything we commit to and give a place in the family rhythm becomes important and will automatically take precedence over the unimportant things that are constantly demanding our attention. It is us creating the structure and focus of our family life rather than leaving it in the perilous hands of outside forces.

In the Zoom workshop on Wednesday 18 November we will be reviewing our family cultures to see how we can honour events we have already established as important and where we may need to create new events that can bring us closer as a family, and hold us together as we move into a still uncertain future. We will look at daily rhythms such as dinner times and bedtimes, weekly rhythms such as regular weekend activities and seasonal rhythms such as holidays and festivals. The more predictable we can make these for our children the happier and calmer they will feel knowing there are things in the world they can count on no matter what.

The most important thing about these rhythmical activities is that they are nurturing and fun for the parents as well as the children. They need to be areas of the family where everyone’s needs and wants overlap. It is important that at least some of them are fun things that we do for their own sake rather that to achieve anything or better ourselves in any way. A rhythmical weekend activity might be walking to the local coffee shop so that Mum or Dad can have a coffee while the children have some shared enjoyable time with the whole family and the local community. It might also be a couple of games of Uno every Friday night (maybe progressing to 500 as they get older) or a bushwalk every Sunday morning. If these activities are created as ‘not negotiable’ early in a child’s life they will not be questioned just as children don’t question the school bell ringing at 9am.

Rhythm gives our children a sense of ‘order’ in life. It creates a natural breathing in and out and gives them anchors of predictability to hold onto. The culture we create in or family tells our children that their family matters and that they matter because they are a part of that family, it is their first real sense of living in a community and it is an area where we have significant influence as parents.

I look forward to seeing members of the school community on Zoom at 7.30pm on Wednesday 18 November.

 

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Who's laughing now?

Who's laughing now?

29 Oct 2020

School staff were startled by the loud chortle of a “bushman's alarm clock” a few weeks ago, and discovered that Science teacher Dr Stanley Tang had captured a Kookaburra casually sitting on the Cafe Deck fence post. Stanley recorded the bird’s details as part of his research project taking place on the grounds of our Middle Cove campus. Students assisted in the recording of the birds details for the study. Our Enrolments Registrar Chandra Kennedy held the bird for Stanley as he wrote up the findings. The noisy Kooka was set free shortly after and happily returned to its favourite branch on a nearby gum.

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Introducing Taryn Miller, the new owner of Grassroots Eco Store

Introducing Taryn Miller, the new owner of Grassroots Eco Store

29 Oct 2020

Taryn is the new owner of Grassroots Eco Store located on the grounds of Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School’s Castlecrag Campus on Edinburgh Road.

The store stocks beautiful items such as craft materials, books, toys, clothing, gifts and more.  Grassroots products are either Australian made, fair trade, non-toxic, organic, recycled and sustainable. All products are handpicked as the best ethical, local, natural and fair products for our families and community to enjoy.

Taryn is no stranger to Glenaeon and we’re so pleased to have her here at our beautiful school.  We asked Taryn to share a little bit about herself:

What is your connection to Glenaeon and Steiner?
My connection to Steiner Education started many years ago, on my first day of Kindergarten at Lorien Novalis Rudolf Steiner School (one of Sydney’s other Steiner Schools). The songs, the stories, and the rich content of the lessons completely captured my imagination and I continued at Lorien all the way to year 12.

When my children were born the only parenting certainty I had was that they would go to a Steiner School! After attending Ebba’s beautiful playgroup at Glenaeon with my first child, I knew Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School was going to be a good fit for our family.

Tell us a bit about yourself?
My partner, Cameron and I have two boys who now both attend Glenaeon in Kindy and Class 3. After many years of living in Sydney’s Inner-West, we made the move to Killarney Heights once the children started school. We have loved the “Tree-Change” that living in the little village of Killarney Heights offers. With its tree-lined streets, constantly displaying the changes of the seasons so beautifully. My favourite time of year is Autumn when the trees are awash in autumn colours.

What are your plans for the Grassroots Eco Store?
My wish is to continue to source ethical and environmentally friendly materials and products for our community. I’d like to ensure these products are available, not only in-store, but also online, making it easier than ever to buy, and to share our Steiner inspired collection of products with your family and friends.

From the practical things like lunchboxes, drink bottles, slippers and raincoats to creativity inspiring art and craft materials along with the beautiful felt and wooden toys for hours spent in open-ended play.

I’ve already begun sourcing a curated selection of quality, age-specific books that nourish the imagination, and help parents navigate the question of what book is right for my child’s age? And this is something that I would like to expand on over time.

Lastly, I am also very passionate about being able to promote the work of local makers and artisans. We have a very creative community here at Glenaeon and I would love for Grassroots Eco Store to become a creative hub filled with unique, handmade, locally sourced products representing the many talented people in our community. You will already see a beautiful collection of local makers and artists work starting to emerge in-store.

What products are really popular amongst our community?
With a lot of classes learning new craft skills this term, there has been a big demand for our Australian made 100% wool yarn in all the rainbow colours. Our new range of soft leather slippers have also been very popular with students and are perfect indoor footwear for the warmer months.

The Stockmar modelling beeswax blocks in a rainbow of colours are always popular along with the Stockmar pure beeswax crayons, which the students use in class but often love to have for use at home too.

What are you looking forward to the most about running the store?
Getting to know more people in the community, a lot of people have already stopped by to say hello and introduce themselves which has been so lovely.

I’m looking forward to updating and expanding the Grassroots Eco Store website so that all the beautiful products we stock can be available to a wider online community.

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to support the work of the incredible teachers at Glenaeon, by providing specially sourced craft materials, toys and books that further enrich the Steiner learning experience and bring a little bit of that magic that sparks the imagination into the home.

What are three things you like most about our school?
The teachers and staff at Glenaeon are truly inspiring, they are all so incredibly dedicated and I’m in awe of their creativity to so imaginatively bring the lesson content alive for their students.

The wonderful seasonal festivals celebrated at the school and with the community are a highlight of the year for our family. My favourite is the Harvest Festival in Autumn and spending the day apple picking in the orchards at Bilpin. There is nothing better than eating an apple picked straight from the tree!

The beautiful bushland setting that both the Middle Cove and Castlecrag campus resides on is something I appreciate even more now that I’m working at the campus every day. I have already made friends with the pair of rainbow lorikeets that sit in the gum tree outside the entrance to the shop.

Opening Hours for Term 4
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

Purchases can be made in-store at 121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag, NSW, 2068 or online: grassrootsecostore.com.au
Follow @grassroots_ecostore on Instagram and Facebook to find out about new products and events!

 

 

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Glenaeon Swap Sell

Glenaeon Swap Sell

29 Oct 2020

Have you got outgrown uniforms taking up space in the cupboard at home? Glenaeon parents are welcome to join our Facebook Swap and Sell group, which is a great place to recycle uniforms that your child has grown out of and acquire second hand uniforms at a good price.  You can also try a WTB = "Wanted To Buy" post so if there is something in particular you need, why not give a shout out to our community?
 
A reminder to all that the group is for the swapping, selling or buying of Glenaeon uniforms, textbooks, sports equipment or music instruments only. Non-school related item posts will not be approved by the group admin. To join, go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/glenaeon
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Class 6 perform Aladdin

Class 6 perform Aladdin

29 Oct 2020

Last Friday Class 6 performed the play ‘Aladdin’ in front of fellow students, teachers and school administration staff. They had rehearsed for many weeks, and finally all those rehearsals and preparations culminated in a wonderful show, that told the tale of Aladdin, a poor street boy, who meets a young girl in the market place who happens to be Princess Jasmine, the daughter of the Sultan of Hasbah. She is sad because she is being forced to marry her father's choice of suitor. Aladdin's luck suddenly changes when he retrieves a magical lamp from the Cave of Wonders. What he unwittingly gets is a fun-loving genie who only wishes to have his freedom. Little do they know that the sinister magician Omar has his own plans for both Aladdin and the lamp.

Brightly coloured costumes, hand-crafted and impressive props and enlivening singing, dance and music, came together, with wonderful performances by the talented cast. The students learned a great deal about performance, drama and theatre, and had a great deal of fun along the way. 

We missed the fact our parents could not be in the audience due to COVID-19 restrictions and hope these images go some way to illustrating the wonderful event. Well done to all and thank you to the volunteers, parents and others who contributed to the play’s great success. 

 

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Thanks to our Chicken Carers

Thanks to our Chicken Carers

29 Oct 2020

We extend a big thank-you to the five families from Classes 3, 5 and 7 who fed, watered and cleaned productive nesting boxes throughout the Term 3 and Term 4 breaks. We are delighted that our chickens Pepper, Whitney, Olive, Patsy and Dot provided daily eggs for their ‘holiday carers’.  

Thanks also to Class 5 for harvesting beautiful flowers and vegetables as a token of our gratitude to the chicken carers. 

The Garden Team

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Class 2 play - the King of Ireland's Son

Class 2 play - the King of Ireland's Son

29 Oct 2020

Class 2 rose to the occasion and performed their play 'The King of Ireland's Son' - the story of a young man on an adventurous quest with the help of animals and friends in the deep woods. After losing a bet with the Enchanter of the Back-Lands, he has a year and a day to find the Enchanter's castle and pluck three hairs from his beard, otherwise he will lose his life. Facing many tricks and challenges, he finally succeeds, travelling on a journey of swans, wild birds, steeds to meet the three daughters of the King. The King of Ireland's Son succeeds, winning not only the hand of his beloved Fedelma, but the hearts of the small audience watching too! The children played percussion and lyre, and dressed in colourful costumes on decorative sets. 

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Home made herbal teas from the garden

Home made herbal teas from the garden

29 Oct 2020

Herbs that had been gathered, harvested and dried were carefully put together to make jars of homemade herbal tea to take home. Lavender for relaxation, sage for sore throats, native mint for the nose, lemon balm and lemongrass were combined. The herbs grow in abundance and as the children learn the many uses and ways to upcycle everything! Not much is wasted here at Castlecrag as we recycle all of our plants, organic matter and waste through the compost and recycling systems. The deep pit compost provides an enormous amount of living soil for our garden beds, and children make weed fertiliser and natural tonics for the soil which is transported and shared between all three Glenaeon campuses. No wonder our gardens grow so well! Thanks to Gardening teachers Sandra and Kathy, as well as garden assistants Edgar and Michelle, and all the children for their daily work and enjoyment in our gardens!

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Proud recyclers at Castlecrag ahead of National Recycling Week

Proud recyclers at Castlecrag ahead of National Recycling Week

29 Oct 2020

We are proud recyclers here at Castlecrag. Every day, the children help to sort and deliver the clean, sorted rubbish to the many different bins. We produce a surprisingly low amount of waste for a campus of over 100 people, thanks to our strong recycling and reusing programs. Nothing is wasted, and everything that can be upcycled, recycled or repurposed does not even make it into the bins! We have chickens, composts and gardens that use much of our waste. Children bring no wrappers or packaged foods to school, paper is recycled or composted, and the excess goes to our recycling bins. We sort paper (blue bin), glass/metal (yellow bin), soft plastics (taken back to the supermarket), and pride ourselves a very low landfill output (the red bins). We have solar panels for power, and operate mostly off-grid, repair and resell our toys at our fair (not this year due to COVID-19), and turn our plant waste into fertilisers and plant food. It's worth the effort, with the children learning how important it is to take care of our own planet and place. Every week is National Recycling Week at Glenaeon, with the national environmental campaign kicking off on November 9.

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Kindy wet felt 'Floating Blossoms'

Kindy wet felt 'Floating Blossoms'

29 Oct 2020

Guided by wonderful felter Christine Wiltshire, Kindergarten children have made the most beautiful wet felted piece called "Floating Blossoms" with an exquisite turquoise background. Using soft fleece roving, they carefully formed the blossoms and placed them on the pond, before felting them together. The colours and final piece is stunning. This piece is Kindergarten's contribution to the Silent Auction items, available for sale through the Glenaeon Art Show. https://www.glenaeonfair.com/silent-auction 

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Class 2 blackboard drawings

Class 2 blackboard drawings

29 Oct 2020

We have all enjoyed some really beautiful blackboards for recent Main Lessons in Class 2 at Castlecrag. From Merchants and Sailors, Animal Fables, to the Square Fortress number square and Saintly Lives - such artworks are both beautiful and inspirational to children and staff alike and remain on the board for the duration of each Main Lesson. Enjoy these recent beauties!

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Year 8 – hand-dyed paper and silk series

Year 8 – hand-dyed paper and silk series

29 Oct 2020

Year 8 students experimented hand-dying pieces of rice papers and silks using leaves, steel and rust during handwork class. These items have been turned into a beautiful series of home décor – frames, mobile, and hanging scrolls, all up for grabs in our Silent Auction. Well done Year 8!

 

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Spring is here and Kindy return

Spring is here and Kindy return

15 Oct 2020

Spring is in full swing, and Kindy are out playing in the warm sunshine and the seasonal nature tables have animals and spring fairies on them.  It is lovely to see and hear all the children back at Castlecrag, laughing, playing with water and grinding 'fairy dust' from coloured stones.

 

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Grassroots Eco Store – Goodbye Felicity, Welcome to Taryn!

Grassroots Eco Store – Goodbye Felicity, Welcome to Taryn!

15 Oct 2020

After five years at Grassroots Eco Store on the Castlecrag Campus, I said a heartfelt thank you and goodbye at the end of Term 3. It has been an honour and a privilege to run my store there and feel a strong connection to the Glenaeon community. I am deeply grateful for all the conversations and customers I've had over those years.  Thank you all very much for your support and kindness. I am leaving the store in very capable hands and wish Taryn Miller as much joy as I have had there.
Warm regards, Felicity

Thank you Felicity for making the Grassroots Eco Store such a warm and inviting destination for the Glenaeon community, we know that you will be truly missed on the Castlecrag campus.  Some of you may know me as Leon (yr 3) and Felix’s (kindy) Mum. I also have a deep connection to Steiner Education being fortunate enough to have gone to Lorien Novalis Rudolf Steiner School from Kindy to Yr 12. So my love of rainbows, wooden toys and the smell of beeswax runs very deep!  My wish is to continue to provide environmentally friendly materials that support and enrich the imaginative lessons taking place in the classroom, bringing a little bit of magic and beauty to your family and home.  Please drop in and say hello, there will be lots of beautiful new products and books arriving throughout the term. To keep everyone safe, a COVID-19 safe shop visit means you need to sign in and sanitise hands upon entry to the store, and visitors are not permitted in classrooms or playgrounds.

I very much look forward to meeting you!
Warmest wishes, Taryn

Opening Hours for Term 4
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

 

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Anne Marie Jonas Class of 1979

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Anne Marie Jonas Class of 1979

15 Oct 2020

Anne Marie Jonas graduated from Glenaeon in 1979 having started in Transition at Dalcross in 1967.  Transition was a year between Kindergarten and Class 1 and Dalcross was at Pymble for years Kindergarten to Class 2; Middle Cove was Class 3 onwards. 

This is her story...

What have you been doing since school?
When I left Glenaeon I went straight to work, before moving to Europe.  I went to University 12 years after leaving school.  It seemed travelling and working was a great combination and for the past 25 years I have flown for QANTAS on the International routes working in the First or Business Class cabins; finally using my language skills learnt at school and honed whilst living overseas.

What impact did Glenaeon have on your study/career choice?
I can’t directly say what impact Glenaeon had on my study/career choice but I feel the fact that my choices have always had a human element speaks volumes.  Over the years when people discover I’ve had a Steiner education they’d say (in a positive way) “that explains it” - particularly, when I worked in Merchant Banking (in the 1980’s), one elderly German gentleman added “you must of had extraordinary parents”.

What is your favourite memory of Glenaeon?
Doesn’t everybody, from my era, answer the “favourite memory” question with: “the Bamboo Patch” and watching the sewer bridge overflow?  I always liked school so I could say that’s a favourite memory.

What are you plans for the future?
Many of us must be wondering what our future plans are.  In my case as my wonderful working lifestyle has come to a grinding halt.  However, since early 2018, around the world, in my time between flights, I’ve spent hours developing a t-shirt for people with mobility issues.  I’ve called it Flex-A-Tee and stand down has given me time to pull everything together and to launch www.flexatee.com  

The idea was conceived to help my Mum with Alzheimer’s.  Her carers asked me to look for a top with a larger neckline; as sometimes she wouldn’t bend her arms and wasn’t so easy to dress.  So, look I did - I didn’t want a top that was low cut or wrap around - wasn’t there something with a couple of press studs at the neckline (like baby wear)? In a word, No!  Voila! Flex-A-Tee was born.

In Qantas we call a second job/exit strategy a “red webbing loop” (a reference to the handle in the floor of the door frame to be pulled in the event the emergency slide/raft doesn’t inflate).  Flex-A-Tee is my “red webbing loop “and I plan to continue to make good use of stand down and bring this adaptive/accessible/inclusive wear product to a wider audience.

 

Our GlenX community are invited to share their own “Where Are They Now?” story by contacting newsletter@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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Glenaeon Art Show Online 2020 1-22 November

Glenaeon Art Show Online 2020 1-22 November

15 Oct 2020

Due to the current COVID restrictions we are unable to host the Glenaeon Family Fair this year.  However, although the current restrictions prevent us from holding a physical art show we have decided to host the Glenaeon Art Show online. 

The Glenaeon Art Show will be available for previewing from 1st – 15th November. We will then be hosting viewing by appointment for interested parties to come and view the artworks they have expressed an interest in.  Note that this is by appointment only and will be held on Sunday 15th November 2020.

Bidding for art works will then commence from 9am on Monday 16th November and close at 5pm on Sunday 22nd November.

For more details please visit www.glenaeonfair.com

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Silent Auction 2020

Silent Auction 2020

15 Oct 2020

To all class parents and silent auction volunteers: the time has arrived to finish your class art/craft item for this year’s auction. Please drop the finished item at our Castlecrag campus by Friday, 16 October. Please ring Melony on 02 9958 0774 to arrange drop off.

The auction website will go live on 29 October for viewing. Bidding will open at 9am on Sunday, 1 November and will close at 5pm on Sunday, 15 November. The link to the website will be provided in the next newsletter (29 October) and also mailed out to all class parents for distribution to each class.

Thank you, Lisa & Erika

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Middle Cove campus gets fresh paint, air con and a new outdoor classroom!

Middle Cove campus gets fresh paint, air con and a new outdoor classroom!

15 Oct 2020

Students will no doubt notice the fine work of our dedicated Maintenance Team and Operations & Facilities Manager Chris Scrogie and specialist contractors who have made some exciting improvements at our Middle Cove campus over the holidays. 

Firstly, the basketball courts have been given an upgrade having just been resurfaced, and are ready for students to slam dunk their way through the term.

Secondly, with summer on the way and the warmer weather almost upon us, students should be feeling cool for school, with air conditioning now installed into Year 7 and 8 classrooms.

Finally, the Garden’s Outdoor Classroom build is well under construction and final work is being carried out. Students are not permitted in this work zone until the building works have been completed, but this space will soon be open and will make a wonderful space in the open air to learn about nature in nature. The original outdoor learning space was damaged in the storms in late 2019, and it’s very exciting that we will soon be opening up this new and improved space for all our Middle Cove students to enjoy. Not all classrooms have four walls!

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Class 2 Play Practice - The King of Ireland's Son

Class 2 Play Practice - The King of Ireland's Son

15 Oct 2020

Class 2 has been busy rehearsing for their class play "The King of Irelend's Son". Costumes and props are emerging and the children are rising both to the story and occasion!

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Playgroup is happily back

Playgroup is happily back

15 Oct 2020

Playgroup has returned in small COVID-19 managed groups, and what a delight it is! Stories, bread baking, playing in the sandpit and the children being able to explore and share valuable time together. 

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Class 1 learning to knit

Class 1 learning to knit

15 Oct 2020

Class 1 are learning to knit, and their vibrant coloured wool and hand-made knitting needles are a joy to watch. 

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Glenaeon Raffle

Glenaeon Raffle

14 Oct 2020

The 2020 Glenaeon Raffle is now open and tickets can be purchased online.  Please share the link with your friends and relatives so they too can enter the draw. The Glenaeon Raffle is a major fundraiser for the GPA and this year. 

For more details please visit www.glenaeonfair.com

 

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Year 12 2020 Farewell

Year 12 2020 Farewell

29 Sep 2020

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

Their last day of Term 3 started with a final roll call and gathering with our Year 12 Guardian Yura Totsuka and Year 12 Advisor Brigitte Tietge-Rollans. Following on, in one of the great traditions of Glenaeon, all the students from Years 7-11 and Class 3-6 created a “walk through – guard of honour” with students flanking the main campus walkway through which the Year 12s strode for towards the Hall for their ‘well-wishing’ assembly.

There were tears shed as the school community gifted each of the Year 12 students with COVID safe hummed tunes, poems, a speech, musical performances and all presented with personalised and heartfelt keepsakes for them to remember their school life at Glenaeon. Deputy Head of School (Years 7-12) Elizabeth Nevieve wished the group well. “It has been wonderful to have witnessed your unfolding over the years, especially as I had the pleasure of having been your Class Guardian when we had that structure in place back in 2017! You have always been open to all that a Steiner education has to offer, and have embraced the humanities, sciences, technological subjects and arts (including eurythmy!) with equal interest and vigour. You hold a special place in my heart, and I wish you joyful and invigorating study throughout this upcoming preparation period and success in your examinations”.

Head of School Andrew Hill asked them to enjoy the heartfelt offerings from all the year levels as a parting gift to them, and looked forward to their return after the HSC exams when they would perform a Graduation Assembly as a final gift back to the school. He wished them well for their serious work over the next six weeks and sent them off with the classic line from The Eagles’ Hotel California, “You can check out any time you like, but you never leave”. While they were checking out today, he hoped their spirit would always be part of the Glenaeon community as GlenX.

Students were then cheered and clapped by the Year 11s and their teachers as they exited the Hall and made their way to out of the gates for their Mystery Tour. They enjoyed the day together with a beautiful lunch as prepared by Scottie Williams their Outdoor Education Coordinator on the banks of Scotts Creek, one of the wonderful local haunts where many memories have been created over their school years.

Our message to the Class of 2020: What a year it has been! Good luck with your examination preparations and we look forward to seeing you back after your exams for your graduation assembly. 

 

#Classof2020 #Year122020 #GlenX #Alumni #Glenaeon #MeaningfulLives #Steiner #SteinerEducation

 

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We are SEW close: Can you sew?

We are SEW close: Can you sew?

17 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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Call to Artists  - Glenaeon's Art Show goes digital

Call to Artists - Glenaeon's Art Show goes digital

17 Sep 2020

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

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

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

 

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Now on sale: KFC6 magazine, $2 per copy

Now on sale: KFC6 magazine, $2 per copy

17 Sep 2020

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

 #Take3ForTheSea

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Showcase + Screens + Survey

Showcase + Screens + Survey

17 Sep 2020

Showcase:

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

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

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

Screens:

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

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

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

Taken directly from the paper, the research highlights are:

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

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

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

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

Annual Glenaeon Parent Survey

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Something fishy going on in Class 6

Something fishy going on in Class 6

17 Sep 2020

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

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Class 6 dance through an Astronomy Main Lesson

Class 6 dance through an Astronomy Main Lesson

17 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Year 12s embark on a contemporary scientific journey

Year 12s embark on a contemporary scientific journey

17 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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An Indigenous perspective

An Indigenous perspective

17 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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

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

#indigenous #firstpeoples

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A journey tells a story

A journey tells a story

17 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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

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

KG
Outdoor Education Assistant

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Year 9s and 10s Play the Bard

Year 9s and 10s Play the Bard

17 Sep 2020

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

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Spring has sprung at Castlecrag

Spring has sprung at Castlecrag

17 Sep 2020

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

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Our Preschoolers enjoy Spring!

Our Preschoolers enjoy Spring!

17 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

17 Sep 2020

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

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Class 1 Indigenous Stories - big and little letters

Class 1 Indigenous Stories - big and little letters

17 Sep 2020

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

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Class 1 garden comes to life

Class 1 garden comes to life

17 Sep 2020

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

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Bush Regeneration project, a Natural Progression

Bush Regeneration project, a Natural Progression

17 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Sandra Frain
Gardening Teacher

 

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Kindy Games day

Kindy Games day

17 Sep 2020

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

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Year 11 Parzival Main lesson

Year 11 Parzival Main lesson

17 Sep 2020

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

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Careers Counselling for Year 12s

Careers Counselling for Year 12s

17 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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

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The Cove delivers after Coronavirus disrupts

The Cove delivers after Coronavirus disrupts

03 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Class 6 launches KFC6 magazine, $2 per copy

Class 6 launches KFC6 magazine, $2 per copy

03 Sep 2020

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

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

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

 #Take3ForTheSea

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

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

03 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sew much fun! And for a great cause!

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

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Call to Artists  - Glenaeon's Art Show goes digital

Call to Artists - Glenaeon's Art Show goes digital

03 Sep 2020

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

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

 

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

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

03 Sep 2020

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

 

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

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

 

CALL OUT TO GLEN X

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

 

 

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Ode to Joy

Ode to Joy

03 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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Glenaeon shines bright

Glenaeon shines bright

03 Sep 2020

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

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

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

03 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New public bus service on Glenaeon’s doorstep

New public bus service on Glenaeon’s doorstep

03 Sep 2020

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

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

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Sarah trains up for student wellbeing

Sarah trains up for student wellbeing

03 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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

2.            How long have your worked at Glenaeon?

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

3.            What does your job involve?

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

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

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

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

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

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Year 8 and 12 locker upgrade

Year 8 and 12 locker upgrade

03 Sep 2020

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

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The August winds are blowing... Kindy kites

The August winds are blowing... Kindy kites

03 Sep 2020

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

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Class 2 sewing pencil cases

Class 2 sewing pencil cases

03 Sep 2020

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

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Class 1 Counting

Class 1 Counting

03 Sep 2020

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

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Castlecrag at play

Castlecrag at play

03 Sep 2020

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

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Grassroots Eco Store – Local Beeswax and Honey

Grassroots Eco Store – Local Beeswax and Honey

20 Aug 2020

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

20 Aug 2020

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

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Circles of Friendship: A New Vision of Schooling

Circles of Friendship: A New Vision of Schooling

20 Aug 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20 Aug 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Sew much fun! And for a great cause!

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Simplicity Parenting with Mary Heard: Finding Meaning in Family Life

Simplicity Parenting with Mary Heard: Finding Meaning in Family Life

20 Aug 2020

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

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

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

Some of the ideas we explored were:

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

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

For more information go to:  www.maryheardsimplicityparenting.com

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Our Preschoolers thrive with Creative Play

Our Preschoolers thrive with Creative Play

20 Aug 2020

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

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Class 4 'Animals and Us' Main Lesson

Class 4 'Animals and Us' Main Lesson

20 Aug 2020

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

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

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

20 Aug 2020

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

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

#scienceweek #science #stem #birdsofaustralia #abcmyphotos 

 

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Class 6 launches magazine

Class 6 launches magazine

20 Aug 2020

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

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

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

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Class 2 and the King of Ireland's son

Class 2 and the King of Ireland's son

20 Aug 2020

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

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

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

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Glenaeon Art Show goes digital

Glenaeon Art Show goes digital

20 Aug 2020

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

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

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

 

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

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

20 Aug 2020

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

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

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

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

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Yoga at sunrise for Year 9s in The Cove

Yoga at sunrise for Year 9s in The Cove

20 Aug 2020

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

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Kindergarten - A rainy day bushwalking

Kindergarten - A rainy day bushwalking

20 Aug 2020

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

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

 

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Class 2 - Maths in Motion

Class 2 - Maths in Motion

20 Aug 2020

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

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Class 1 - The Story of Wool

Class 1 - The Story of Wool

20 Aug 2020

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

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Hotel Little Kindy

Hotel Little Kindy

20 Aug 2020

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

 

 
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Farewell to Christian and Liza Lillicrap

Farewell to Christian and Liza Lillicrap

20 Aug 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Crafty parents knit winter warmers for students

Crafty parents knit winter warmers for students

06 Aug 2020

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

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On Friendship

On Friendship

06 Aug 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Art Space open for Class 5 to Year 12

Art Space open for Class 5 to Year 12

06 Aug 2020

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

 

 

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Grassroots Eco Store – Supporting Your Immune System

Grassroots Eco Store – Supporting Your Immune System

06 Aug 2020

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

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

 

 

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GlenXers Sophie and Isa respond to global pandemic by Saving Face

GlenXers Sophie and Isa respond to global pandemic by Saving Face

06 Aug 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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And Sew It Begins…..

And Sew It Begins…..

06 Aug 2020

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

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

So how can you help?

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

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

Sew much fun! And for a great cause!

 

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

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

06 Aug 2020

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

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

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

Numeracy mentors for Class 4 are:

  • Flynn
  • Keizo
  • Maadi
  • Nathan

Readers with Class 3 are:

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

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

Garden volunteer: Taras

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

#worldready #dukeofedaus #DukeofEd




 

 

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Playgroup Begins for Term 3

Playgroup Begins for Term 3

06 Aug 2020

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

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Big Kindergarten begin bushwalking

Big Kindergarten begin bushwalking

06 Aug 2020

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

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Classes 1 & 2 Science - Anthill exploration

Classes 1 & 2 Science - Anthill exploration

06 Aug 2020

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

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Rainbow Magic in Reception

Rainbow Magic in Reception

06 Aug 2020

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

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Spring is Coming to Castlecrag

Spring is Coming to Castlecrag

06 Aug 2020

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

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Scout shortlisted in poetry competition

Scout shortlisted in poetry competition

06 Aug 2020

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

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

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Joe goes for gold

Joe goes for gold

06 Aug 2020

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

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

Well done Joe.

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Class 1 Introduction to Science Main Lesson

Class 1 Introduction to Science Main Lesson

23 Jul 2020

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

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Expressions of Interest - Kitchen/Cafe Manager

Expressions of Interest - Kitchen/Cafe Manager

23 Jul 2020

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

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

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

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

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

23 Jul 2020

Welcome to Term 3!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

The Letter T

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

 

 Leading the People

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

 

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

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

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Thank you for supporting our Annual Giving campaign

Thank you for supporting our Annual Giving campaign

23 Jul 2020

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

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

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

23 Jul 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Hello Dolly

Hello Dolly

23 Jul 2020

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

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Year 9s wrapped about sculpture group

Year 9s wrapped about sculpture group

23 Jul 2020

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

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Kindergarten Winter Festival and Lantern Walk

Kindergarten Winter Festival and Lantern Walk

23 Jul 2020

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

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New Castlecrag Garden takes shape

New Castlecrag Garden takes shape

23 Jul 2020

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

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Our Kindergarten Spaces

Our Kindergarten Spaces

23 Jul 2020

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

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

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

23 Jul 2020

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

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

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

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

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Winter Festival Spiral - Classes 1 & 2

Winter Festival Spiral - Classes 1 & 2

26 Jun 2020

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

 

 

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

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

25 Jun 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Cove looks Inside from Outside

The Cove looks Inside from Outside

25 Jun 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you outside!

Jonas Stoebe
PDHPE Teacher

 

 

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A little bit goes a long way

A little bit goes a long way

25 Jun 2020

Annual Appeal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Café Canteen

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

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

Annual Report 2019

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

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

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Seeking a new owner/operator for Grassroots Eco Store

Seeking a new owner/operator for Grassroots Eco Store

25 Jun 2020

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

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

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

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

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Glenaeon Introductory Webinars - 1st & 30th of July

Glenaeon Introductory Webinars - 1st & 30th of July

25 Jun 2020

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

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

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

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Kindy Work and Warm Soup

Kindy Work and Warm Soup

25 Jun 2020

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

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Kindy Winter Fire

Kindy Winter Fire

25 Jun 2020

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

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King Winter comes to Castlecrag

King Winter comes to Castlecrag

25 Jun 2020

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

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Expressions of Interest - Kitchen/Cafe Manager

Expressions of Interest - Kitchen/Cafe Manager

25 Jun 2020

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

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

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Free vacation care program for the holidays - book now!

Free vacation care program for the holidays - book now!

25 Jun 2020

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

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


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

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


Kind Regards,
Margaret & The OOSH Team

 

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

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

25 Jun 2020

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

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

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HSC students reduce stress with a mega sports study break

HSC students reduce stress with a mega sports study break

25 Jun 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

I couldn’t agree more!

Jonas Stoebe
PDHPE Teacher & Co-curricular Organiser

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Class 4 explores the history of writing

Class 4 explores the history of writing

25 Jun 2020

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

 

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Kindergarten's new shed extension

Kindergarten's new shed extension

25 Jun 2020

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

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Teas from the garden at Castlecrag

Teas from the garden at Castlecrag

25 Jun 2020

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

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Sandpit castles and cascades

Sandpit castles and cascades

25 Jun 2020

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

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Class 3 Construction

Class 3 Construction

25 Jun 2020

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

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Class 4 Paper making with Elizabeth Ellean

Class 4 Paper making with Elizabeth Ellean

25 Jun 2020

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

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Dragon Boat Festival celebration

Dragon Boat Festival celebration

25 Jun 2020

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

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

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

25 Jun 2020

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

Business Studies

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

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

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

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

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

 

Modern History

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

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

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

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

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Class 3 homes of the world

Class 3 homes of the world

25 Jun 2020

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

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Class 2 Squirrels counting for Winter

Class 2 Squirrels counting for Winter

24 Jun 2020

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

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String is in

String is in

23 Jun 2020

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

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

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

22 Jun 2020

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

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

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

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

Well done Kauri, what a great achievement.

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

 

 

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Castlecrag Markets - Classes 1 and 2

Castlecrag Markets - Classes 1 and 2

21 Jun 2020

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

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Simplicity Parenting with Mary Heard: The New New Normal

Simplicity Parenting with Mary Heard: The New New Normal

20 Jun 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information go to:  www.maryheardsimplicityparenting.com

 

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Kindy Bunnies back together

Kindy Bunnies back together

19 Jun 2020

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

 

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Indigenous Games with Class 6 during National Reconciliation Week

Indigenous Games with Class 6 during National Reconciliation Week

17 Jun 2020

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

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

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

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Little Kindy harvest lavender

Little Kindy harvest lavender

16 Jun 2020

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

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

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

14 Jun 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

What will studying English Extension teach me?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How can this subject help students beyond their school years?

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

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

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

12 Jun 2020

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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2020 Annual Giving Campaign - Keep Kids in the Classroom

2020 Annual Giving Campaign - Keep Kids in the Classroom

12 Jun 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Glenaeon Introductory Webinars - 1st & 30th of July

Glenaeon Introductory Webinars - 1st & 30th of July

11 Jun 2020

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

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

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

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Class 5 and the Anti Racism Team

Class 5 and the Anti Racism Team

11 Jun 2020

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Brendan Strobl's Class 5 Main Lesson Blackboard Beauties captivate

Brendan Strobl's Class 5 Main Lesson Blackboard Beauties captivate

11 Jun 2020

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

Botany Main Lesson Class 5 Glenaeon Teacher, Brendan Strobl

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

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

29 May 2020

Welcome Back

 

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

Poetry as a Script for Living in this Coronavirus Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hangout for the Homeless

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

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

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

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

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

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K-2 Glenaeon Introductory Webinar Wednesday 3 June 8pm

K-2 Glenaeon Introductory Webinar Wednesday 3 June 8pm

29 May 2020

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

 

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GlenXers tie the knot

GlenXers tie the knot

29 May 2020

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

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

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

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

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

29 May 2020

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

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Year 8 students draw guitars

Year 8 students draw guitars

29 May 2020

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

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First Day back Excitement

First Day back Excitement

29 May 2020

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

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A Tale of Two Rivers in the Kindergartens

A Tale of Two Rivers in the Kindergartens

29 May 2020

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

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Class 2 Stories of Light

Class 2 Stories of Light

29 May 2020

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

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Gardening with Class 2

Gardening with Class 2

29 May 2020

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

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2020 Annual Giving Campaign - Keep Kids in the Classroom

2020 Annual Giving Campaign - Keep Kids in the Classroom

28 May 2020

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

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Year 10 subject selections: Biology with Dr Stanley Tang

Year 10 subject selections: Biology with Dr Stanley Tang

28 May 2020

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

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

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

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

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Year 10 subject selections: Visual Arts with Alisan Smotlak

Year 10 subject selections: Visual Arts with Alisan Smotlak

28 May 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Little Kindy enjoys the rain

Little Kindy enjoys the rain

28 May 2020

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

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Class 2 – Creating Words with Wool

Class 2 – Creating Words with Wool

26 May 2020

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

 

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Thank you from Kangaroo Island

Thank you from Kangaroo Island

26 May 2020

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

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Noble horses for Class 1 courses

Noble horses for Class 1 courses

16 May 2020

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

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Term 2 Handwork projects underway

Term 2 Handwork projects underway

16 May 2020

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

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Kindergarten and Little Kindy students return to campus

Kindergarten and Little Kindy students return to campus

15 May 2020

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

Catherine Pilko

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“A Wonderful Sight”: Welcome Back to School

“A Wonderful Sight”: Welcome Back to School

15 May 2020

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Welcome back!!

Hangout for the Homeless

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Playgroup room is ready and waiting

Playgroup room is ready and waiting

14 May 2020

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

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Year 10: Subjects backed with passion, win for Finn

Year 10: Subjects backed with passion, win for Finn

14 May 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New books have arrived in the Senior Library

New books have arrived in the Senior Library

14 May 2020

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

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Physics with Jennifer Macgonigal

Physics with Jennifer Macgonigal

14 May 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chemistry is right with Yura Totsuka

Chemistry is right with Yura Totsuka

14 May 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mother's Day gifts made with love

Mother's Day gifts made with love

14 May 2020

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

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Playgroup families connect on ZOOM

Playgroup families connect on ZOOM

08 May 2020

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

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

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

 

Playgroup Zoom enquiries: Sandra Frain 

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Class 6 Home Garden Project

Class 6 Home Garden Project

08 May 2020

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

Class 2 make happy hoppy frogs

08 May 2020

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

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Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt

08 May 2020

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

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Year 10: How to pick your HSC subjects

Year 10: How to pick your HSC subjects

06 May 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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Class 1 begin their first words Main Lesson

Class 1 begin their first words Main Lesson

06 May 2020

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

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Kindergarten planting bulbs for springtime

Kindergarten planting bulbs for springtime

05 May 2020

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

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A celebration of colour at Castlecrag

A celebration of colour at Castlecrag

05 May 2020

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

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Silver Linings Comeback

Silver Linings Comeback

01 May 2020

Worimi Ngani!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stage 1 will now include

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Silver Linings

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

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

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

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

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Year 8 Textiles students stitch a postcard from home

Year 8 Textiles students stitch a postcard from home

16 Apr 2020

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

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Class 6 look out the window, reflect and write

Class 6 look out the window, reflect and write

15 Apr 2020

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

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Class 4 map and divide by 2

Class 4 map and divide by 2

14 Apr 2020

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Staying warm and close in our families during the holidays

Staying warm and close in our families during the holidays

13 Apr 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Heard
Simplicity Parenting

 

 

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Who is looking after the chickens?

Who is looking after the chickens?

13 Apr 2020

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

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Class 2 Animal Fables and kind deeds at home

Class 2 Animal Fables and kind deeds at home

13 Apr 2020

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

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Gardeners from all classes unite

Gardeners from all classes unite

13 Apr 2020

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

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

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Kindergarten at home and lost teeth

Kindergarten at home and lost teeth

13 Apr 2020

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

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Caring for our Castlecrag campus

Caring for our Castlecrag campus

13 Apr 2020

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

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

12 Apr 2020

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

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End, and Beginning

End, and Beginning

10 Apr 2020

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

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

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

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

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

A Verse for Our Time

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


 -Rudolf Steiner

 

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Primary School takes its Steiner Education online during COVID-19

Primary School takes its Steiner Education online during COVID-19

10 Apr 2020

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

 

 

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Rhythm and Discipline in the home

Rhythm and Discipline in the home

06 Apr 2020

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

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

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

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

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

29 Mar 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best, Lennart

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

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Grassroots Eco Store – Opening Hours & Free Local Delivery

Grassroots Eco Store – Opening Hours & Free Local Delivery

29 Mar 2020

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

 

 

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

 

 

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Lucy Armstrong's Animal Fables blackboard

Lucy Armstrong's Animal Fables blackboard

29 Mar 2020

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

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Glenaeon GlenX Daisy Arrowsmith: Hitting the Bullseye

Glenaeon GlenX Daisy Arrowsmith: Hitting the Bullseye

28 Mar 2020

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

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Finding Meaning in Our Present Time

Finding Meaning in Our Present Time

27 Mar 2020

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

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

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

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

That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief

 

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Year 7: From Garden to Plate

Year 7: From Garden to Plate

27 Mar 2020

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

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

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Class 4 Geography Main Lesson an intrepid adventure

Class 4 Geography Main Lesson an intrepid adventure

27 Mar 2020

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

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Year 9 PE bubbles with fun

Year 9 PE bubbles with fun

27 Mar 2020

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

27 Mar 2020

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

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Power of Play video highlights

Power of Play video highlights

27 Mar 2020

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

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Farewell to our Exchange Students

Farewell to our Exchange Students

27 Mar 2020

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

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

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

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

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Meeting the Governor: Glenaeon's gold award winners

Meeting the Governor: Glenaeon's gold award winners

27 Mar 2020

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

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Class 2 stay connected on GLO

Class 2 stay connected on GLO

27 Mar 2020

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

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

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Harvest Festival Time

Harvest Festival Time

27 Mar 2020

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

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

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Kindergarten take-home packs

Kindergarten take-home packs

27 Mar 2020

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

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