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

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

06 Apr 2022

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

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

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

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

End of Term

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

 

Andrew Hill
Head of School

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Main Lessons: Meaningful Learning in World Citizenship

Main Lessons: Meaningful Learning in World Citizenship

17 Mar 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Cultural Cycle of the Year

The Cultural Cycle of the Year

03 Mar 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Election of New Directors to the Glenaeon Board

Election of New Directors to the Glenaeon Board

17 Feb 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Congratulations Glenaeon HSC Class of 2021!

Congratulations Glenaeon HSC Class of 2021!

20 Jan 2022

2021 HSC Results Statement from Andrew Hill, Head of School

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

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

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

 

Andrew Hill
Head of School

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An End of Year

An End of Year

03 Dec 2021

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

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

 

 

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Glenaeon HSC Showcase 2021

Glenaeon HSC Showcase 2021

03 Dec 2021

Welcome to our 2021 Glenaeon HSC Showcase

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew Hill
Head of School

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A Breath of Fresh Air: Taking the Inside Out

A Breath of Fresh Air: Taking the Inside Out

18 Nov 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Andrew Hill
Head of School

 

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Returning to school and life after lockdown

Returning to school and life after lockdown

04 Nov 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dani Finch
Deputy Head of School (K-6)

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Let’s step into the NEW!

Let’s step into the NEW!

21 Oct 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you, dear students, next Monday!

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

 

 

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Spring + End of Term

Spring + End of Term

16 Sep 2021

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

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

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

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

End of Term:

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

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

Until then, best wishes for the break!

 

Andrew Hill
Head of School

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

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

02 Sep 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Andrew Hill
Head of School 

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The Elephant in the Zoom Room

The Elephant in the Zoom Room

19 Aug 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dani Finch
Deputy Head of School (K-6)

 

Read Little Gnome and the Magic Window by Catherine Pilko.

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Remote Learning with Feathers

Remote Learning with Feathers

05 Aug 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

22 Jul 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book 4, 3-4

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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

07 Jul 2021

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

LATEST: Letter to Parents and Carers - 7 July 2021

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The Sixth A

The Sixth A

03 Jun 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Andrew Hill
Head of School

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The Education You Need

The Education You Need

20 May 2021

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

I wrote “Inspiring!”  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With thanks to Charles M. Schulz.

 

Dani Finch
Deputy Head of School (K-6) 

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The Development of Capacity

The Development of Capacity

06 May 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

06 May 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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Welcome back to Term 2

Welcome back to Term 2

22 Apr 2021

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

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

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

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

Hygiene and Illness procedures – remain the same as always

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

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

Wellbeing Education:

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

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

The Bird Panel:

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

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

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

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We do Hard Things

We do Hard Things

25 Mar 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Theodore Roosevelt

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Open Day 2021 event cancelled due to wet weather

Open Day 2021 event cancelled due to wet weather

19 Mar 2021

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

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

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

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

#openday#glenaeon

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Open Day 2021

Open Day 2021

02 Feb 2021

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

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

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

 

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

When: SATURDAY 20 MARCH, 10am-12 noon

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

04 Dec 2020

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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COVID-19

COVID-19

18 Mar 2020

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

Best wishes,

Andrew Hill

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COVID-19

COVID-19

18 Mar 2020

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The Power of Play in Nature

The Power of Play in Nature

13 Mar 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Castlecrag students enjoy outdoor play time

Castlecrag students enjoy outdoor play time

14 Feb 2020

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

 

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Summer of Challenges

Summer of Challenges

31 Jan 2020

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

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

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

19 Dec 2019

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

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AEON Issue 12 Magazine out now

AEON Issue 12 Magazine out now

03 Dec 2019

Issue 12 AEON Magazine out now!

 

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Drawing at Glenaeon Made Him a Better GP

Drawing at Glenaeon Made Him a Better GP

27 Nov 2019

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Spring Festival - music, flowers and festive cheer

Spring Festival - music, flowers and festive cheer

27 Sep 2019

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

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Year 7 Surprise African Drumming Workshop

Year 7 Surprise African Drumming Workshop

06 Sep 2019

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

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Year 10 PE Extension class - the Sydney Bay Run Event

Year 10 PE Extension class - the Sydney Bay Run Event

09 Aug 2019

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

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Year 8 : Students of Shakespearean theatre and costumes

Year 8 : Students of Shakespearean theatre and costumes

02 Aug 2019

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

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Class 5 learn the traditional Maypole dance

Class 5 learn the traditional Maypole dance

26 Jul 2019

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

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Class 6 light up their world

Class 6 light up their world

26 Jul 2019

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

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Year 11 Biology Reef Excursion with Stanley Tang

Year 11 Biology Reef Excursion with Stanley Tang

14 Jun 2019

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

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Curious Carl Visits Class 2

Curious Carl Visits Class 2

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

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Kindergarten Mandarins and Winter fires

Kindergarten Mandarins and Winter fires

24 Jun 2022

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

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Class 1 & 2 Castlecrag Winter Spiral

Class 1 & 2 Castlecrag Winter Spiral

24 Jun 2022

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

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

 

 

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Making Japanese lanterns

Making Japanese lanterns

24 Jun 2022

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

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Class 2 making knitting needles

Class 2 making knitting needles

24 Jun 2022

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

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Grassroots Eco Store - Stock up for the holidays!

Grassroots Eco Store - Stock up for the holidays!

24 Jun 2022

 

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

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

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

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

School Term Opening Hours:

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

Shop online anytime: grassrootsecostore.com.au

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

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

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Visual Arts: MURALS-HEADS-PORTRAITS

Visual Arts: MURALS-HEADS-PORTRAITS

24 Jun 2022

Our Visual Arts students have had a very productive term.

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

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

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

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Class 5 Ancient Egypt

Class 5 Ancient Egypt

24 Jun 2022

Class 5 has been presenting their Ancient Egyptian Research Projects. 

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

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

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Class 6's Winter Wonderland

Class 6's Winter Wonderland

23 Jun 2022

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

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Class 4 explore the History of Writing

Class 4 explore the History of Writing

23 Jun 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Year 7 Age of Discovery

Year 7 Age of Discovery

23 Jun 2022

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

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

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

23 Jun 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Preschool Winter nature tables

Preschool Winter nature tables

23 Jun 2022

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

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

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Marigold's Blackboard Beauty!

Marigold's Blackboard Beauty!

23 Jun 2022

 

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

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Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival – Big Band performance

Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival – Big Band performance

23 Jun 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tumeric Project Update

Tumeric Project Update

23 Jun 2022

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

With the turmeric leaves you can:

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

With the turmeric flower you can:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Winter Warmers at Grassroots Eco Store

Winter Warmers at Grassroots Eco Store

10 Jun 2022

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

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

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

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

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

Shop online anytime: grassrootsecostore.com.au

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

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Glenaeon Concert Band performs at the Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival

Glenaeon Concert Band performs at the Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival

10 Jun 2022

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

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

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

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

Photo credits: Erika Hosoyama

 

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Year 7s Milly wins 2022 Youth Climbing Championship

Year 7s Milly wins 2022 Youth Climbing Championship

10 Jun 2022

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

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

Pic Credits: Rachel Lewis

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

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

10 Jun 2022

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

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Parent Craft workshops return - dyeing coloured felt

Parent Craft workshops return - dyeing coloured felt

10 Jun 2022

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

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

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

10 Jun 2022

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

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

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

www.glenaeonfair.com/art-show  

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

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Composting Fun

Composting Fun

10 Jun 2022

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

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Glenaeon OOSH Services - seeking educators

Glenaeon OOSH Services - seeking educators

10 Jun 2022

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

 

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Class 6 experience the Warrumbungles

Class 6 experience the Warrumbungles

10 Jun 2022

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

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

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

 

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Mayoral visit

Mayoral visit

10 Jun 2022

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

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High School clothes swap success

High School clothes swap success

10 Jun 2022

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

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Parents welcome our incoming Head of School, Diana Drummond

Parents welcome our incoming Head of School, Diana Drummond

10 Jun 2022

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

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

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

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

10 Jun 2022

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

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

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

www.glenaeonfair.com/art-show  

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

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Tour our beautiful campuses - BOOK NOW

Tour our beautiful campuses - BOOK NOW

09 Jun 2022

We have several tour and webinar events coming up:


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

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

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Winter…the Simpler, Softer World Within

Winter…the Simpler, Softer World Within

09 Jun 2022

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

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

Our MidWinter festivals are fast approaching:

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

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

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

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

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

09 Jun 2022

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

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Garden trolley and cubbies for Class 1 & 2

Garden trolley and cubbies for Class 1 & 2

09 Jun 2022

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

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Gardening one seed at a time

Gardening one seed at a time

09 Jun 2022

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

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2022 Annual Giving Appeal

2022 Annual Giving Appeal

13 May 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your wonderful generosity.

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Into The Woods – new dates announced

Into The Woods – new dates announced

12 May 2022

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

We can now provide new performance dates as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Farewell Sarah & Sally, welcome Nikki & Anette!

Farewell Sarah & Sally, welcome Nikki & Anette!

06 Apr 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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Extreme Gardening Gold

Extreme Gardening Gold

06 Apr 2022

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

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

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

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Gentle Hands, Kind Words

Gentle Hands, Kind Words

06 Apr 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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School Holiday Program from OOSH

School Holiday Program from OOSH

06 Apr 2022

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

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

Email glenaeonoosh@gmail.com with any inquiries.

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

 

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Class 5 reconnect with community Indian Festival

Class 5 reconnect with community Indian Festival

06 Apr 2022

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

The crows and the kookaburras observed from the nearby gums.

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

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

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Glenaeon students shine at Australian MTB Interschools 2022

Glenaeon students shine at Australian MTB Interschools 2022

06 Apr 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Kindergartens Celebrate Harvest

Kindergartens Celebrate Harvest

06 Apr 2022

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

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Class 2 create beautiful pencil cases

Class 2 create beautiful pencil cases

06 Apr 2022

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

 

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Kindergartens go Apple Picking with Farmer Cedric

Kindergartens go Apple Picking with Farmer Cedric

06 Apr 2022

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

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

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Harvest Preparation and Produce

Harvest Preparation and Produce

06 Apr 2022

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

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Class 1 Letter Party

Class 1 Letter Party

06 Apr 2022

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

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Beware the Dragon

Beware the Dragon

06 Apr 2022

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

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

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

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Year 9 make murals

Year 9 make murals

06 Apr 2022

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

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The Cove cleans up

The Cove cleans up

06 Apr 2022

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

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Harvest Gratitude

Harvest Gratitude

06 Apr 2022

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

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Year 9’s Warrah Specialist School and Biodynamic Farm Excursion

Year 9’s Warrah Specialist School and Biodynamic Farm Excursion

06 Apr 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Grassroots Eco Store - Autumn Treasures Easter Treats

Grassroots Eco Store - Autumn Treasures Easter Treats

06 Apr 2022

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shop online anytime: grassrootsecostore.com.au

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

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

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Preschool Apple Picking and Harmony Day Cultural Feast

Preschool Apple Picking and Harmony Day Cultural Feast

06 Apr 2022

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

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Year 8 Tangible Textiles

Year 8 Tangible Textiles

06 Apr 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rolling, rolling bread rolls!

Rolling, rolling bread rolls!

06 Apr 2022

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

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Easter in Little Kindy

Easter in Little Kindy

06 Apr 2022

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

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Glenaeon Charter Bus Bookings Term 2 – NOW OPEN

Glenaeon Charter Bus Bookings Term 2 – NOW OPEN

17 Mar 2022

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

Please complete bookings for Term 2 by Wednesday 27 April.

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

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

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

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Year 9's Ella in The Crucible

Year 9's Ella in The Crucible

17 Mar 2022

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

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High School Assembly is back!

High School Assembly is back!

17 Mar 2022

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

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

 

 

 

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Harvest Festival for High School

Harvest Festival for High School

17 Mar 2022

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

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

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

Some suggestions of offerings are as follows:

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

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

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

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

Thank you in advance.

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MUSIC IS BACK - Calling all Musicians!

MUSIC IS BACK - Calling all Musicians!

17 Mar 2022

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

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

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

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

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Crowns for Kindy made in Parent Craft

Crowns for Kindy made in Parent Craft

17 Mar 2022

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

Ida Spider - the mathematician in a magic web!

17 Mar 2022

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

“Wherever there is number there is beauty” - Proclus

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Music to our ears - the return of recorder

Music to our ears - the return of recorder

17 Mar 2022

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

Year 7 enjoy the great outdoors in Wollemi

17 Mar 2022

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

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Class 1 learn capital letters

Class 1 learn capital letters

17 Mar 2022

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

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Kindergarten garden surprise

Kindergarten garden surprise

17 Mar 2022

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

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Class 3 Measure Up

Class 3 Measure Up

17 Mar 2022

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

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Harvest Festival for Primary School

Harvest Festival for Primary School

17 Mar 2022

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

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

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

Some suggestions of offerings are as follows:

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

 

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Class 2 swap apples for beach cleanup

Class 2 swap apples for beach cleanup

17 Mar 2022

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

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Year 11 Science students enjoy an outdoor lesson

Year 11 Science students enjoy an outdoor lesson

17 Mar 2022

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

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Athletics

Athletics

17 Mar 2022

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

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Class 3 Eco-Dyeing

Class 3 Eco-Dyeing

03 Mar 2022

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

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

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Smart Expressions 2022 - open until 20 March

Smart Expressions 2022 - open until 20 March

03 Mar 2022

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

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Year 11 Biology at Bantry Bay

Year 11 Biology at Bantry Bay

03 Mar 2022

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

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

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Glorious gardens at Castlecrag

Glorious gardens at Castlecrag

03 Mar 2022

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

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Celebrating birthdays in the Little Kindy

Celebrating birthdays in the Little Kindy

03 Mar 2022

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

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Happy days at Castlecrag

Happy days at Castlecrag

03 Mar 2022

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

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Preschool Storytelling

Preschool Storytelling

03 Mar 2022

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

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Year 9 Animal Artworks

Year 9 Animal Artworks

03 Mar 2022

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

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

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Playgroups coming back!

Playgroups coming back!

03 Mar 2022

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

 

Download our flyer.

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Year 7s Knighted during King Arthur Main Lesson

Year 7s Knighted during King Arthur Main Lesson

03 Mar 2022

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

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Grassroots Eco Store - Back to regular opening hours

Grassroots Eco Store - Back to regular opening hours

03 Mar 2022

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

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

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

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

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

Or shop online anytime: grassrootsecostore.com.au

Click & Collect and Free Local Delivery available.

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

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

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Sports Carnival time

Sports Carnival time

03 Mar 2022

The new school year saw the return of our sports carnivals as a form of physical and out-of-classroom learning for many of our students. Term 1 is a busy one at that for our ISD association (Independent Sydney and District School Sport Association) which has grown to 15 member schools now. With these schools we meet for a Basketball Carnival, and later this month for the ISD Touch Football Carnival and junior and senior soccer carnivals.

The NSW Steiner Schools’ Swimming Carnival is happening as we go to press/print and there will be more information about that in the next edition.

For the first carnival in a long time, two keen and ambitious teams formed in mid-February (a girls’ and a boy’s open team) to play in the Bankstown Basketball Stadium against fierce opposition. Our pool had six schools in it and we came second in both the boys’ and girls’ sides. We lost a game each, drew two (for the boys) and won two. That had us miss the final unfortunately but all students came away with a feeling of achievement and realisation that although they had never played together before, it was great unity, support and fun to battle it out on the courts.

We are looking forward to the next carnivals in the next couple of weeks.

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Co-Curricular Sport - still time to join the fun

Co-Curricular Sport - still time to join the fun

03 Mar 2022

The Co-Curricular Sport offerings have grown over the years and much more than just sport activities are now offered before and after school. Yet, all had to rest during COVID as only core educational programs were allowed to run. Now that we are back, we are happier and better for it!

Many students are now returning to all the great activities we offer at Glenaeon. Currently basketball, fencing, archery, yoga, athletics/fitness, soccer for the little ones and badminton are all running. We hope to get enough interest for a middle school soccer activity (not a team, just fun training!), Frisbee, netball and others if interest is there and we have 10 or more students signing up or inquiring for (any) sport from Term 2. For archery and yoga we accept the Active Kids Vouchers, so please inquire and sign up via GLO or send me an email J.stoebe@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au. Badminton on Mondays, athletics/fitness/games on Tuesday mornings as well as primary school soccer on Tuesday afternoons is now full for Term 1. But yoga (Wednesdays before school), fencing (Thursdays before school and archery (Fridays after school) are all still welcoming new students (pro rata payment available).

I run the Tuesday morning athletics/fitness/games activity with 25 students currently enrolled. It comes with a small and healthy breakfast afterwards. As the pictures show, we went for a 1km morning run in the bushland surrounding the school on our first outing before all this rain came down! There’s a huge cave we visited on our way back and the students small and tall were keen to explore the area as the sun made its way up starting to warm and greet the day.

We hope all students have settled in well and we invite them to sign up for one of the many co-curricular activities we offer across a whole range of areas. We also hope that your child will play in some of the upcoming carnivals as we invite anyone who has some expertise in a given sport and is in Year 7 – Year 12 to make themselves heard and speak to me and possibly get a spot on one of the teams this year! If not this year, then next year when they’re a bit older and have found their feet in Year 8.

Jonas Stoebe

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Kindy rains

Kindy rains

03 Mar 2022

Yes it's been raining a bit lately, but that never dampens the Kindy children's enthusiasm to get out into the garden and explore. The transformation created by all the rain is met with great excitement by the children. The sandpit has been transformed into a lake and there are little streams of water running every which way, so there's lots to see and lots of experiments, construction and investigations to be done.

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Smart Expressions 2022 - open until 20 March

Smart Expressions 2022 - open until 20 March

03 Mar 2022

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

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Open Day 2022 new date: Friday 29 April 9am-10:30am

Open Day 2022 new date: Friday 29 April 9am-10:30am

03 Mar 2022

Glenaeon is hosting an Open Day on Friday 29 April from 9am-10:30am.  It will be our first Open Day in two years due to the global pandemic and bad weather, having been postponed once already this year!

We are thrilled to be able to open our doors once again and invite families to discover Glenaeon.  Please help spread the word with friends and family.  Guests can register by clicking on the link below:

www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/openday

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Enrolments & Events Officer enrolments@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

 

 

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Open Day 2022

Open Day 2022

18 Feb 2022

JOIN US FOR OPEN DAY
FRIDAY 29 APRIL 9am-10:30am

A very warm welcome, and thank you for your interest in a Glenaeon education for your child. We look forward to welcoming you to our Open Day 2022.

This is a great opportunity discover how a Glenaeon education equips students with the foundation they need to lead a life of character and contribution.

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

When: FRIDAY 29 APRIL, 9am to 10:30am

 

REGISTER TODAY

 

Enquiries: Please call our Enrolments Officer on +61 2 9417 3193 or email enrolments@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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

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

Discover Glenaeon:

  • Looping courtesy bus to take you from parking nearby direct to campus
  • Self-guided walking tours of campus with map provided
  • Meet and talk with our Year 11 Captains
  • View main buildings and facilities including Classrooms, Playgrounds, Sylvia Brose Hall, Biodynamic Garden and Outdoor Classroom, Libraries, Ovals, D&T facilities, Art Studio, Science Lab and more
  • Meet our Head of School, Andrew Hill
  • Meet our Deputy Head of School Classes K-6, Dani Finch
  • Meet our Deputy Head of School Years 7-12, Elizabeth Nevieve
  • Opportunity to talk and ask questions of key teachers and Heads of Department
  • Student work displays including Main Lesson books
  • Witness a food chemistry demonstration in the lab
  • Listen to the Big Band perform on stage in the Sylvia Brose Hall
  • View student artworks in the Art Studio
  • Discover the extensive Co-Curricular program
  • Learn how students are warmly supported and integrated when they begin their Glenaeon journey
  • Discover our award-winning Outdoor Education program 
  • Receive a Prospectus Pack
  • Browse the Grassroots Eco Store pop up shop
  • Enjoy a complimentary barista coffee or spritz drink from The Gentle Café
  • Chat with our Enrolments Registrar and much more!
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Year 9's Ella performing in The Crucible

Year 9's Ella performing in The Crucible

17 Feb 2022

Year 9 Glenaeon student Ella will be performing in an upcoming theatre production of The Crucible by the Point Break Drama Company.

If you are free and would like to support her, please see further information and buy a ticket via https://www.trybooking.com/bwwee

From all at Glenaeon: Chookas Ella!

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Term 1 Parent Education Program: Celebration, Curriculum and Gardening Gratitude!

Term 1 Parent Education Program: Celebration, Curriculum and Gardening Gratitude!

17 Feb 2022

This Term we are hosting four very different Parent Education events. Some will help deepen your understanding of Steiner education, some will support you in working with your child at home, and some may even teach you a new skill.

Our aim is to provide a program that caters to the needs and interests of parents at each stage of their Glenaeon journey, from early childhood right through to parenting teenagers.

Most events will be delivered via Zoom, although a weekend Parent Education session in the Biodynamic Garden will be limited in number, and held outside, rain hail or shine, so be quick to secure your place.

 

All events are FREE and require registration. Booking details can be found on GLO: https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/2351

 

Download the Term 1 Parent Education program flyer

Book with Ebba 26/2 

Book with Andrew 3/3  

Book with Katherine 17/3 

Book with Sandra 20/3 

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School Uniform Recycling Program

School Uniform Recycling Program

17 Feb 2022

Glenaeon is pleased to be taking part in a School Uniform Recycling Program, run by program-partner Worn Up, for a trial period which is fully funded by Willoughby City Council. The program allows textile waste to be diverted from landfill and turned into raw material for new products, which is great for the environment. Glenaeon students can bring their old worn-out uniforms to school and place them into the collection POD which will be delivered soon to our Middle Cove campus.

So now families have an additional option to dispose of uniforms no longer needed:

Uniforms that still are of good quality can be:

  1. Donated to the school and sold through the Second Hand Uniform Shop (please ask your child to drop items to Sarah at Reception)
  2. Privately sold to other parents via the Buy Swap Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/glenaeon

Shirts, jumpers, shorts and skorts, pants and hats that are no longer fit for wear, can be placed in the recycling POD which will be housed at Reception.  We encourage all families to review their uniforms and ask students to bring clothing no longer wearable to Reception and place in the POD.

Please note that the second hand uniform shop is currently closed due to COVID restrictions but students can still drop donations to Sarah at Reception.

For any questions about this program, please email Sarah at Reception reception@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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Year 7 Cooks Up A Storm!

Year 7 Cooks Up A Storm!

17 Feb 2022

Year 7 Food Tech students started off the year creating an Italian antipasto dish 'Brushetta' using ingredients and herbs sourced from our biodynamic garden. From vine to plate, this delicious dish was then communally consumed seated outside our Gentle Cafe on the deck. For a minute our chefs were transported to Tuscany!

Last week, sweet corn and zucchini fritters with tzatziki dip was on the menu.  Students have been learning about safety in the kitchen, and have honed their skills using graters, knives and other utensils. The fritters were a hit.

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New exhibition showcases the life and times of Marion Griffin

New exhibition showcases the life and times of Marion Griffin

17 Feb 2022

The National Archives of Australia’s newest exhibition, Marion: the other Griffin, aims to celebrate the life and achievements of one of Australia’s most influential architects, Marion Griffin.

As many of you will be aware, Glenaeon was founded in 1957 by Sylvia Brose OAM, out of a community around Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin.

Details of the exhibition can be found here: https://www.naa.gov.au/visit-us/events-and-exhibitions/marion-other-griffin

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Thank you chicken carers

Thank you chicken carers

17 Feb 2022

A heartfelt thank you to all the families representative of our Playgroup, Primary School and High School communities for superb care of our flock of 12 plush chickens over the long summer holiday break. A special thank you to Glenaeon staff member Sally Davidson, and her husband Paul who have visited and cared for the chickens every weekend for many months. 

There was also adventure at the chicken coop with so many mouths to feed, new chickens being acclimatised to the Glenaeon flock, and a Tree Monitor invading the chicken house for a daily feed of eggs. 

The chickens are available during the school term for weekend care. Please contact Sandra for the garden team at s.frain@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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Glenaeon students form MTB team at Thredbo

Glenaeon students form MTB team at Thredbo

17 Feb 2022

A group of keen mountain biking enthusiasts from Glenaeon are forming a team to participate in the Australian MTB Interschools event taking place at Thredbo from March 23-27.  The event is open to students from Class 5 to Year 12.

The 2022 Australian MTB Interschools event gives school students the opportunity to experience the enthusiasm and energy of a rapidly growing sport in a competitive, educational and supportive atmosphere. The primary aim is to promote participation and evoke interest in competitive biking in the younger generation. The event involves mountain biking disciplines including Cross Country, Downhill, Flow, Pump Track and a new All-Mountain event. The group has the support of Glenaeon PDHPE teacher Jonas Stoebe and Outdoor Education teacher Scott Williams, and looks forward to bringing their Glenaeon spirit and skill to Thredbo!

At this stage we are aware of 10 riders who will be competing but would love to know about others who are already planning on going. We do plan to get team t-shirts printed so would need to know of others by the end of this week. We would like to encourage anyone from Glenaeon who is keen to join to connect with this group. Please get in touch with Simon Clarke (parent of Sammy – Year 8 and Jasper – Year 10) on 0406 537 848.

We wish all participants in this event, a wonderful time at Thredbo.

See https://www.thredbo.com.au/mtbinterschools/ for more information.

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Class 1 form drawing

Class 1 form drawing

17 Feb 2022

Class 1 have explored line, curve and many shapes in their first Main Lesson with teacher Jamie Loftus. They have journeyed with Geoffrey and his dog Rufus through an adventurous land discovering many forms and shapes in preparation for learning letters and literacy. Straight and curved lines form the foundation of writing, geometry and what will later emerge as mathematical concepts. In English (and most European languages) the orientation of the written word is left to right, top to bottom, and accordingly, the forms we are practising now adhere to these principles. The children have drawn, painted and walked these shapes as a foundation to beginning the adventure of learning the capital letters.

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Co-Curricular Music, Visual Arts & Debating opportunities open up

Co-Curricular Music, Visual Arts & Debating opportunities open up

17 Feb 2022

Glenaeon offers a range of wonderful co-curricular opportunities for students to get involved with.  Here is a summary of all the non-sporting opportunities. There are links below for more information and to sign up.  For all sport related co-curricular options, please refer to the last edition of the newsletter: https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/3292 

Co-Curricular Music

Tuesday 7.30am - 8.30am CONCERT BAND - Band/Percussion Room

This ensemble is for intermediate woodwind (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and saxophone), brass (trumpet, trombone, French horn and tuba) and percussion students. It is an ensemble that performs repertoire that is fun and challenging. It is open to high school students who have had at least 3-4 years tuition on their instrument and are proficient music notation readers and confident in holding an individual part in an ensemble setting. Concert Band is directed by Christine Young - cyoung@hotmail.com and Phil Arnold - phila1025@gmail.com. For more information, please contact either or both directors.


Wednesday 7.30am - 8.30am BIG BAND Band/Percussion Room

This ensemble performs jazz repertoire at an advanced level. It is open to students who are proficient on their instrument and who have good music notation reading skills. Students will also learn skills for improvisation in a jazz setting. This ensemble is open to high school students and features the following instruments: saxophones (alto, tenor and baritone), trumpets, trombones, electric or upright bass, drums/percussion and keyboard/guitar. Big Band is directed by Phil Arnold. For more information please contact Phil - phila1025@gmail.com

Wednesday 12.55 - 1.30pm CHAMBER CHOIR - MUSIC Room 2

This ensemble is open to all students from Class 6 up who have a love for singing. This is a new ensemble to Glenaeon and gives our students the opportunity to rehearse and perform more advanced choral repertoire. Students who join this ensemble will need to be good music notation readers and confident vocalists (it is not necessary to be having voice lessons). The repertoire will be generally in four parts, with students being involved singing soprano, alto, tenor or bass parts. For more information, please contact our Head of Music, Ian Munns i.munns@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au


Thursday 7:30am – 8:30am - SINFONIA MUSIC Room 2

This ensemble (formally known as Sinfonietta) is Glenaeon’s orchestra. It gives students the opportunity to rehearse and perform classical music from the great composers. It is open to performers who are proficient in the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba and percussion. For more information, please contact Ian Munns -  i.munns@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

Thursday 3.30pm - 4.30pm JAZZ COMBO - Band/Percussion Room

This ensemble is for proficient instrumentalists who have a strong interest in jazz performance. It is a small ensemble that focuses on skills for group performance in a jazz setting. Many instruments could become part of this ensemble, and for more information please contact Adrian Mees - adriaanmees@gmail.com

 

For more information, terms & conditions and to sign up for Co-Curricular Music program/s, please click through to GLO and fill out the form: https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/1387

Co-Curricular Visual Arts

Thursday 3:30pm-5pm Art Studio

Art Space (Open to students from Class 5 to Year 12)

Join GlenX Kauri Palmer in the studio to work on either a personal interest project or to receive tutoring in various forms, approaches, materials, and themes over the term. If you are coming for art tuition, some expressive forms being explored this year include sculpture, digital art, and ceramics (hand building and throwing on the wheel).

Please email Donna Miller with any questions: d.miller@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

To register for Art Space click through to GLO, and then click on Art Space and fill out the form: https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/1354

Co-Curricular Debating

Debating will be resuming in March and families will be contacted with more details in due course. Any questions about Debating should be directed to Sally executiveassistant@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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Bursts of Colour at Castlecrag

Bursts of Colour at Castlecrag

17 Feb 2022

Castlecrag has blossomed in the warm, wet weather, and so have the chalkboards in Classes 1 & 2! The chalkboards are alive with stories that accompany the lesson in literacy, letters and learning, and in the Craft room lives the dolphin that dives in and out of the waves, helping the children to learn the path of the needle during embroidery. Here's our glorious sunflowers and blackboards to enjoy.

 

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Students Sailing Success

Students Sailing Success

17 Feb 2022

Over the summer break, some Glenaeon students took part in a sailing regatta and had some wonderful outcomes.  Keizo Tomishima, in Year 11, was chosen to participate in SAIL GP inspire racing (WASZP) in December in Sydney and came in 2nd place.  Hanako Tomishima, in Year 8, was selected to participate in SAIL GP inspire racing (RS Feva) on the in Sydney and came in 1st place.

The results table can be viewed here: https://sailgp.com/general/inspire/results/21/australia/

 

Highlight package can be watched here:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6Ao4AYBbWQ

This year Hanako Tomishima, (Year 9), participated in the 2022 International 420 Australian championship in Adelaide and came 2nd girls place and also the Sail Melbourne 2022 in Melbourne and came in 1st place.

Goro Tomishima, Class 6, participated in 2022 Musto Australian Optimist Championship in Sydney and came 1st place for the 12 years and under category.

Congratulations to all!

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Year 9 Teams Up In The Cove

Year 9 Teams Up In The Cove

17 Feb 2022

Words by Blaise Miller-Hill (GlenX)

I graduated Glenaeon in 2017, unfortunately before the time of The Cove. So when Donna and Jonas asked me to come and help with the first activity of the year I was excited to finally get to see what this great program was all about. I was not disappointed. We spent the morning in the reserve down by the river in six small groups migrating around a course of team building challenges. Watching on I honestly I think I had as much fun and felt as much accomplishment watching them as they did participating in each activity. The first challenge my team participated in proved the hardest. All students were tasked to stand on, if I may say so a very small tarp, and then flip it over without stepping off it. Everyone chipped in, sharing ideas and suggestions of how this task could be conquered. Ahh the relief when they were able to overcome it, onto the next one. They built a beautiful sculpture using things they found in the area, despite being a bit muddy due to the river, their inclusion of coloured glass resulted in an aesthetically pleasing result.

As a team we moved through the rest of the challenges. Everyone stepping up and having a go, sharing their ideas and not being afraid to speak up if they thought their idea would work better. As a former student I know Glenaeon often cultivates quite tightly knit classes, so it is no surprise they were able to work so effectively as a team. Nonetheless it was a beautiful thing to witness and made it easy to imagine each of them flourishing in a team environment outside of school. Walking back up to school it made my day to hear the students talking about their expectations of The Cove and their surprise and shock to find themselves having fun!

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Term 1 Parent Education Program: Celebration, Curriculum and Gardening Gratitude!

Term 1 Parent Education Program: Celebration, Curriculum and Gardening Gratitude!

17 Feb 2022

This Term we are hosting four very different Parent Education events. Some will help deepen your understanding of Steiner education, some will support you in working with your child at home, and some may even teach you a new skill.

Our aim is to provide a program that caters to the needs and interests of parents at each stage of their Glenaeon journey, from early childhood right through to parenting teenagers.

Most events will be delivered via Zoom, although a weekend Parent Education session in the Biodynamic Garden will be limited in number, and held outside, rain hail or shine, so be quick to secure your place.

All events are FREE and require registration. Booking details can be found on GLO: https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/2351

 

Download the Term 1 Parent Education program flyer

Book with Katherine 17/3 

Book with Sandra 20/3 

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Welcome Mosen!

Welcome Mosen!

03 Feb 2022

A warm welcome to Mosen, who has taken over from Paul as our Northern Beaches route bus driver. Thank you Mosen for getting our students to and from school safely each day.

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Introducing our new Preschool Teaching Assistant Sweta

Introducing our new Preschool Teaching Assistant Sweta

03 Feb 2022

A very warm welcome to our new Preschool Teaching Assistant who will work in Room 1 with Carly  Solomon on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Sweta has very kindly shared this introduction:

My name is Mahasweta (Sweta as you will come to know me). I grew up in a place called Dibrugarh in Assam - a state in north-eastern India, located south of the eastern Himalayas. Assam is known for its tea, orchids, one-horned rhino and silk. I love where I grew up and I have fond memories of my hometown. I speak some of the Indian languages like Assamese, Hindi and Bengali. Travelling, learning about new cultures, learning a new language, cooking, gardening, yoga and nature walks make me happy.

I started my career as a Life Skills Trainer for school children in 2009 in Bangalore, India after completing my post-graduation in Psychology. I then worked as an Early Childhood Educator in Bengaluru, Dubai and then finally moved to Australia in 2014 from Dubai with my husband. I completed my Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care from TAFE NSW in 2017 and worked in two preschools in the North Shore since then. We have a 19-month-old daughter, and I am truly enjoying my new role as a mother. My focus as an educator is on facilitating life skills and making learning fun, challenging and organic.

As a psychology graduate, I have deep interest in the realm of Developmental Psychology and Positive Psychology. I have always gravitated towards Steiner’s philosophy in early childhood education. His holistic view on child development has helped me immensely in observing, understanding and facilitating children’s growth physically, cognitively, socially, emotionally and spiritually.

We have a small number of vacancies at our Preschool for 2022. If you would like to learn more, please watch our Preschool online videos and register for our Preschool Online Tour on Tuesday 8th February 11:15am with Preschool Director Peggy Day: https://enquiry.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/events

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Smart Expressions 2022

Smart Expressions 2022

03 Feb 2022

Congratulations to the following Class of 2021 students whose dynamic, thought-provoking and sensitive HSC Visual Artworks will be included in the 2022 Smart Expressions exhibition run by Willoughby City Council:

  • Ryan
  • Scout
  • Lara
  • Daniel

Featuring a range of expressive forms - digital painting, sculpture, film, collage, eco dyeing and ink and pastel drawing our student works will feature in the exhibition that runs from 23 February until 20 March at Art Space on The Concourse in Chatswood.  For more information about the exhibition go to: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Events/Smart-Expressions-2022 

 

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Class 1 walk the Rainbow Bridge

Class 1 walk the Rainbow Bridge

03 Feb 2022

On the first day of school in 2022, Class 1 children met in the Kindergarten playground with their teacher from last year, Sarah David, Senior Teacher Catherine Pilko and Deputy Head of School (K-6) Dani Finch. They shared their morning song together before walking through the playground up to the Class 1 area. Class 2 children formed a beautiful 'Rainbow Bridge' with a long silk and flowers. The Kindergarten teacher then said goodbye and gave each child a flower to take with them 'under the rainbow bridge' to the other side, where their new Class 1 teacher was waiting. The year's Class 1 teacher, Jamie Loftus, received them and they made their way as new Class 1 students. The special 'Class Teacher' period thus begins, and Jamie Loftus will now guide these children through their primary years with the help of other specialist teachers. The rain did not dampen the enthusiasm or enjoyment of this beautiful rite of passage.

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Class 4 Main Lesson Norse Mythology

Class 4 Main Lesson Norse Mythology

03 Feb 2022

 

 

This Blackboard Beauty “The Nine Norse Worlds” was created by teacher Lucy Armstrong for the Class 4 Main Lesson on Norse Mythology.

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Enrolments for Kindy 2023 & Year 7 2024

Enrolments for Kindy 2023 & Year 7 2024

03 Feb 2022

For current parents, with younger siblings, we encourage you to put your application in now to help ensure your siblings place at Glenaeon.  Please note that 1 April 2022 is the closing date for Kindergarten, 2023 and Year 7, 2024. For earlier admissions, please discuss with our Enrolments & Events Officer Clare Gordon, or our Deputy Head of School (K-6) and Enrolments Registrar, Dani Finch, or reach out via email to book a call: enrolments@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 

Enrolments can be completed online and all enrolment information can be found here: https://www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/enrolments/ 

To book a tour: https://enquiry.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/events

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Class of 2021 - Welcome to GlenX

Class of 2021 - Welcome to GlenX

03 Dec 2021

We warmly welcome the Class of 2021 to GlenX.  School might be out, but we'd love to stay in touch.  There are a number of ways to stay connected:

  1. Opt in to receive Alumni News by subscribing to our Alumni database, by completing this form, and emailing it to executiveassistant@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au
  2. Join our Alumni Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/glenaeonalumni
  3. Tag Glenaeon in your LinkedIN profile as your school: https://www.linkedin.com/school/glenaeon-rudolf-steiner-school
  4. GlenX Where Are They Now? Tell us what you're up to email alumni@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 

We can't wait to see you at an upcoming Reunion event. Our plan is to hold an annual event (global pandemics aside!) and we hope you can make it!

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Glenaeon Silent Auction 2021

Glenaeon Silent Auction 2021

03 Dec 2021

After three weeks open to bidding this year’s silent auction came to a finale on Sunday 14th November with some exciting final bidding at the close.  A fantastic effort by all involved enabled an incredible $5,095 to be raised from 24 items kindly donated by the generous students, staff, parents and broader school community.  We would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you who helped bring this important fundraiser to fruition, without whom, there would have been no auction.  In particular, we would like to thank the Class 4 parents; James Fordham, Julie Hutton and Susie de Zoete for taking up the mantle of coordinators; the assistance of Clare Gordon and Jonathon Rush; the class parents and teachers for inspiring the children and bringing the artworks to completion; the creatives who kindly donated individual pieces and finally, Melony for showcasing the artworks at Castlecrag campus and facilitating payment and pick-up.  Thank you all for your input.

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Paul the bus driver to retire at end of this year

Paul the bus driver to retire at end of this year

03 Dec 2021

Paul has been driving our Northern Beaches Charter Bus for the past seven years and he will retire at the end of this year. He will be driving via Greenfield Avenue on his last run on Wednesday 8th December and we will present him with a gift from the school.

One of our High School Students (thank you Scarlett) has very thoughtfully made a card for all the students to sign. The card is now at Middle Cove Reception so everyone who wants to, can sign it. Please encourage/remind your child to sign the card.

We asked Paul a couple of questions about his time safely transporting our students to and from school:

Q: What are the Glenaeon students like?
Paul: I have a well behaved bunch of kids on my bus, I haven’t had any major dramas.

Q: What will you remember/miss the most about the Glenno bus run?
Paul: I won’t miss getting up at 5:30am every day!  I’ll miss the kids, watching them develop and grow.  The parents are all really great too.  I’m also grateful for the connection I have with the staff, I feel very much part of the Glenaeon team.

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The Tumeric Project

The Tumeric Project

03 Dec 2021

Marc Monnet-Demarbre is a Year 12 (Class of 2022) Agriculture Student. As part of his chosen course, he is required to undertake marketing of his project. In support of Marc's studies, we have made some editorial space available in our Newsletter. Watch for more updates to come on Marc's work in 2022.

The Turmeric Project

Turmeric is a flowering plant that is part of the ginger family. The rhizomes are ground to make a spice used in cooking and it can also be used for dyeing. Turmeric is really important as a medicine for animals and humans. It was discovered that it possesses anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, blood thinning and anti-cancer properties.

It was decided to grow turmeric in the school garden for the second time. The turmeric can be grown on a hugel because it has richer properties than a normal patch of soil. Hugel in German means little mound. It is a German version of a compost heap. The hugel is comprised of 3 layers. The first is the hole in the ground full of sticks. The second is a mound above the ground full of straw and food scraps. The third is a layer of soil. The hugel then gets covered by a tarp to prevent animals from destroying it. The hugel only needs watering if it appears too dry.

To make the hugel you dig a massive hole in the ground where you will find good rich soil and fill it up with logs and sticks which will then decompose. Next all the gaps are filled with soil and compacted making sure that there are no air gaps. That is vital to the performance of the hugel. Leaves are then scattered over the top with more sticks and more dirt. This process is a delicate process. The least amount of air escaping will ensure the growth of fungi which will decompose the wood which makes the best hugel.

There is a hugel at Castlecrag and at Middle Cove. At Middle Cove we are growing turmeric again. This project is being worked on by Classes 3-6. Over the past few weeks we have been digging to make way for the second hugel. While doing so we encountered lots of sticks and the remains of the first turmeric crop that were left behind in the harvest process. We washed the turmeric under running water and scrubbed it down. We put it in a basket to dry out and shrink.

Each class enjoys a meal during gardening classes. The turmeric is used in some of the foods such as the bread made by Sandra and the stir fry and the tea drink. I will give you another progress update on our turmeric project in the newsletter next year.

 

Words and photos by Marc Monnet-Demarbre 2021
Year 12 Agriculture Student

 

 

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Class 6: strong finish to a busy Term 4

Class 6: strong finish to a busy Term 4

03 Dec 2021

It's the end of the Primary School journey for our Class 6 co-hort and they have been extremely busy with Physics, Roman History and lots of crafts. 

 

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Kindness at Christmas

Kindness at Christmas

03 Dec 2021

The final weeks of 2021, like much of the rest of the year, are proving to be very 'different'. We are all missing sharing our magnificent Carol Service, Advent Plays, The Shepherd's Play, the Big Handshake up the driveway at Middle Cove, and delicious celebratory feasts.

However, Class Teachers like to look for the silver lining, and in this instance, we have an opportunity to create a new tradition!  Someone watching and listening very carefully in the Primary School this week, might notice something a little bit special;  there are whispers of random acts of kindness, secret angels, cards for our local senior citizens, presents for the giving tree, and gratitude books!  In keeping with the spirit of Christmas, we are drawing attention to the importance of kindness this week.  Ask your children what they are doing in class and you might even like to have a family kindness week as well!

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Year 9 Speaking Japanese

Year 9 Speaking Japanese

03 Dec 2021

Last Wednesday Year 9 Glenaeon Japanese language students took part in a video conference with their counterparts from Hamamatsu Nittai Junior High School. These students from Japan were meant to visit Glenaeon campus this year, however due to the pandemic this was not able to happen.  Students were fortunately still able to meet and speak with each other via a Zoom conference.

Students participated in a pop quiz and also gave film reviews in Japanese which resulted in much conversational interaction and speaking in both languages.

Any initial barriers were quickly dissolved with new found common interests (shared knowledge of Ed Sherran lyrics included) and a great connection with new people and a wonderful cultural exchange.  We hope that this friendship will be continued between our students and our schools in the future. Japanese Language Teacher Keiko Takahashi said this wonderful and practical application of language development and connection with others saw a high level of student engagement and an increased motivation for students to apply their language skills in a highly personable way in a real-life experience.

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Class 5 and the 2021 Olympiad!

Class 5 and the 2021 Olympiad!

03 Dec 2021

The weather gods were smiling on us and set the tone for a wonderful day of healthy competition, great sportsmanship and great fun as Class 5 participated in the 2021 Olympiad! This wonderful occasion was a celebration including dance, music and verses, and of course the chance to compete in friendly competition events that date back to the ancient Greek Olympics. This event is a highlight in the Class 5 annual calendar and an integral part of Steiner physical education in the primary years, celebrating the beauty of physical movement in and through sport.

Students were dressed up in tunics and were part of the four city states of Athens, Sparta, Thebes and Corinth.  “Zeus” declared the games open.  Events included a “marathon” 400m, 100m sprint, Long Jump, Discus, Javelin, Relay races and a new event this year – Chariot racing with wheelbarrows decorated for each City State: Thebes, Sparta, Corinth, and Athens.

The students cheered each other on, helped each other out, worked together in teams and cooperated with each other.  There were big smiles all round, all day!

Class 5 Teacher Katherine Arconati and PDHPE Teacher Jonas Stoebe were fantastic hosts and organisers. Everything ran smoothly and on time.  Katherine had taught the children a song and dance that they performed at the opening ceremony and Jonas was chief of scores and tallies as well as teaching sporting techniques, and looking fabulous in a toga.

Participants shared lunch with table absolutely groaning with food - thank you everyone who contributed, it was much appreciated by all.  Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who manned the various events, took scores and times and generally helped out all day.  Thank you Angela for the food and the olive wreaths. Thank you to everyone who made this day such a memorable one for our children.

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Preschool Advent Festival

Preschool Advent Festival

03 Dec 2021

Recently Preschool celebrated with an Advent Festival with a story, Nature Table and songs.

 

 

Circle: In the Advent Garden 
(Words by Anne Anderson and Marilou Araullo).
 
In the Advent garden, 
Still the earth below,
Stones and crystals resting, waiting, 
Above the stars do glow.
 
In the Advent garden,
Where plants are living so,
Light is glowing, water flowing, 
Fragrant flowers grow.
 
In the Advent garden,
Creatures roam so free,
Birds are singing, fish are swimming, 
On land, in sky and sea.
 
In the Advent garden, 
People gather so,
All are living, sharing, giving, 
The light between us grows.

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A touch of Advent at Castlecrag

A touch of Advent at Castlecrag

03 Dec 2021

In the Little Kindergarten, as we look ahead to Christmas, we have been participating in a little Christmas circle and hearing some Christmas stories which the children have enjoyed. We have heard how Mother Mary travelled through the heavens receiving the golden threads from the stars, moon and sun that together with the children’s love, she wove into a heavenly garment for her child. We have also been hearing the story of Mary and Joseph’s earthly journey to Bethlehem and the gifts they receive along the way from the stones, plants, animals and human beings. This is such a beautiful archetypal and heartfelt story for children to hear. Little Kindergarten children made beautiful Advent calendars to take home from their own paintings.

Last Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent. Each week a different kingdom of nature is acknowledged and added to our school nature tables. This week celebrates the Mineral Kingdom, and our nature tables are filling with crystals and stones is below:

FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT – The Mineral Kingdom
VERSE:  
The first light of Advent is the light of the stones
Light that shines through seashells, crystals and bones

SONG:  Now the stones are on the earth, waiting for the Christmas birth.

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Police visit to educate the Year 8 students on cyber safety and safe social media use

Police visit to educate the Year 8 students on cyber safety and safe social media use

03 Dec 2021

In light of the recent learning from home period, and increased exposure to the online world, as well as more time by themselves navigating friendships and connection through online means, it seemed fitting, and somewhat necessary, to inform students how safest and best to navigate the online and social media world.

I invited Senior Constable Lynda Hart to visit and educate our Year 8 PDHPE co-hort on the pressing and topical issues of cyber safety and safe social media use. In her role as School Liaison Officer, Lynda was a great source of knowledge to have at school. She brought a unique insight and view of the subject matter which was much appreciated by the students who had many questions for her!

Lynda has a thirty-year career in the NSW Police Force and in her current role, educates schools on the north shore of Sydney. Her bottom line was: students must learn and understand how to be safe online. Information is key!

She spoke about the dangers of posting anything on any platform, be it TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp or the ‘old’ Facebook all social media platforms will have the same dangers: once you post anything (and some young people post very personal and revealing things without much thought) it is in the open realm, it’s not yours anymore. Any post can be screenshot, can be passed on and by that be multiplied within minutes! Everything that has been posted can become evidence in a potential police investigation.

Lynda also stressed the obvious which is never to engage and talk online to someone you don’t know! If students feel harassed they can block a caller or person, they do not want to be contacted by and report them. It is advisable to take a screen shot too of someone who contacts a young person without their request.

Students need to be aware of protective behaviours and strategies. The simplest is to put their social media settings on ‘private’ and to regularly check whether or not all of the ‘friends’ in their contacts are in fact still people they would like to share more personal information with. Lynda suggested to regularly go through one’s friends list as often it includes people one has little to do with any more. As a rule of thumb she said: “If you don’t want your auntie to see what you post it’s best not to post it at all”. However, even among ‘friends’ screen shots and passing on of images does occur!

Students should never take a call from or open a message from an unknown source or click on an attachment in such a message/email.

Students must know that it is considered child abuse if someone takes, shows or sends on inappropriate images (nudes) of anyone or themselves if they’re under 18 or the person in these videos or pics is under 18 years of age. It is considered child pornography!

An issue that often occurs is that of ‘sextortion’ where image based abuse happens in the form that often former girl or boyfriends will threaten to send pics of a very private nature on to others if that person doesn’t do certain things. Sending nudes without consent is a crime.

In our very connected online world, it is increasingly easy for predators to find out where someone lives, where someone is at a given moment in time and to locate a person that may think he/she is in a safe place. Lynda encouraged students to check their phones and switch off the geo locator to avoid that scenario.

Lynda spoke about how digital reputation is gold and needs to be protected as future employers will often look up a prospective applicant online before they ever will see them for a face-to-face interview. Students should aim for a clean digital footprint and also change passwords or use different passwords for different sites they sign up to be safer for being hacked. She also stressed the point to blank out one’s laptop camera (with a band aid) as some sites will only state in their T&Cs that they may access the webcam and film when one is unaware of this happening!

When unkind behaviour happens online, it’s best to ignore it, block the person, never reply and report it. No reaction is often the best reaction. Screen shots of messages can be send to that platform to make a complaint or engage with the below named sources.

Students can make complaints about being bullied, harassed and intimidated online. Good sources to turn to and to report unsafe, unkind or dangerous online behaviour or illegal use of one’s pics are the following agencies:

A great site with a lot of information how to report any cyber abuse: eSafety Commissioner: https://www.esafety.gov.au/young-people/cyberbullying

The police themselves have great information and support for any issue to do with cyber safety:

https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/safety_and_prevention/crime_prevention/online_safety/online_safety_accordian/cyberbullying

Kids Helpline, Headspace and Crime Stoppers are further places that also can take the matter of online issues further:

https://kidshelpline.com.au phone: 1800 55 1800

https://headspace.org.au

https://crimestoppers.com.au

Great sites for parents with questions include:

http://www.safety.gov.au/parents

http://raisingchildren.net.au

 

Jonas Stoebe
PDHPE Teacher

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Work and play in the Kindergarten day

Work and play in the Kindergarten day

03 Dec 2021

The Kindergarten children are really enjoying their last weeks together. Their play has been full of great energy and inventiveness, coming together in wonderful ways.  Inside, we have had an architect's office drawing plans for a city that was then built by the on-site construction team. Despite many bosses with lots of ideas as to how to go about the build, the end result was considered a great success. We have also been really busy skipping enthusiastically with our own hand-made skipping ropes, with queues forming at lunchtime to practice.  

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Grassroots Eco Store is open EVERY DAY during the last week of term!

Grassroots Eco Store is open EVERY DAY during the last week of term!

03 Dec 2021

We are so happy to be able to open the shop again during the week. The Thursday evening and Saturday opening times have been so popular that we will continue with these all the way until Christmas. It's never been easier to shop locally!

Can’t decide what to get for that special someone? Let them choose for themselves with our new digital Grassroots Gift Cards. Easy and convenient to purchase online, and delivered straight to your inbox. (A popular choice with interstate grandparents!)

The shop is bursting with gorgeous gift ideas for all ages. There are beautiful, fair-trade felt Christmas Decorations, handmade Ceramic Travel Cups, enchanting Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles and a new selection of beautiful novels, picture books and nonfiction books and lots more!


Opening Hours during last week of Term:
Monday: 8:30am—10:30am & 2pm—3:45pm
Tuesday: 8:30am—10:30am & 2pm—3:45pm
Wednesday: 8:30am—12:30pm & 2pm—3:45pm
Thursday: 2pm—6:00pm
Friday: 8:30am—10:30am & 2pm—3:45pm
Saturday: 10:00am—3:00pm

Free local delivery will still be available throughout the holidays: grassrootsecostore.com.au

SAVE THE DATE:
School Essentials Shopping Day - Saturday 29 January, 2022
Prepare for the new school year and stock up on school essentials before the beginning of Term 1, 2022.

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

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

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2021 Glenaeon Raffle Winners

2021 Glenaeon Raffle Winners

03 Dec 2021

After a slow start, I am pleased to share that the raffle this year concluded very successfully, by raising over $7,000. It has been a difficult year for our fundraising activities, including the cancellation, again, of our annual fair. So it’s wonderful that, as a school community, we were able to rally around and raise this amount to help fund many worthwhile projects for the school in the new year.

I would like to extend my thanks, firstly to my fellow raffle team members, Jochen Schweitzer and Karina Schlieper, who made the job this year both easy and fun. Also a big thank you to Clare Gordon and Kath Kissell who greatly assisted in getting the message out there, both within the school community but also on social media. Great effort team!

Secondly, I would like to thank all our generous donors who provided so many beautiful prizes to support our raffle. This included prizes and vouchers from – My General Store, Man About the house show, Verve Portraits, Bennelong restaurant, Pullman Grand,  Kidsnest Childcare centre, Conscious Parenting coaching, Honest to Goodness store,  Grassroots Eco store, Goodieland store, Precision Golf, Rudolf Steiner Book store and Climbfit St Leonards. These were kindly donated by the Ross, Ward, Cameron, Zeus, François, Cruz, Micos, Borrud and Armstrong families.

Lastly, and by no means least, thank you to all of our families who, not only bought tickets, but also encouraged family and friends to buy as well. This was really such a great contribution and I am so pleased that so many of them won prizes themselves. See here for all winners.

Well done everyone!

Alex François – on behalf of the Raffle team

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Class 1 bushwalking

Class 1 bushwalking

03 Dec 2021

Class 1 managed a bushwalking recently in between rainy Fridays with teacher Monique Anderson, Catherine Pilko and assistant Ming-yu. The jacarandas were in full bloom as they set off and enjoyed a journey through the forest paths of Castlecrag. They stopped for lunch together before going to Griffin Rocks for a run and play before returning back to school.

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Bookings now open: Glenaeon Holiday Care Summer 21-22

Bookings now open: Glenaeon Holiday Care Summer 21-22

03 Dec 2021

We are looking forward to offering holiday care for all families from the Glenaeon and wider community in the upcoming summer break. (Subject to government restrictions).

Join us at our summer camp where the children will develop social and physical skills, learn and take on new challenges, develop confidence and a love of nature and have lots of FUN together!

DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM

Dates:  Dec 9-22, Jan 11- Feb 1
Costs:  From $100 / day ** All CCS & government rebates apply.
Times:  8:15am - 5:30pm
Where: Glenaeon School. 121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag (or excursion site as advised)
Program Details & Bookings: http://www.glenaeonoosh.com.au/holiday-care-bookings.html
Email: glenaeonoosh@gmail.com

 

 

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The Cove wraps for another year with Year 9 mini poems

The Cove wraps for another year with Year 9 mini poems

02 Dec 2021

The Cove program saw students create mini poems as part of an in-school Cove Program Character Challenge where they worked together in team building group challenges to achieve various tasks around the school and Scotts Creek. Students had to climb over walls and support each other, find hidden food, read and learn about nature, bond by completing group tasks that needed leadership, diligence, cooperation and communication skills. The last task was to rhyme words in relation to the Cove Program and come up with a mini poem.

Here are three examples:

 

The Cove…
… is waking up early in the summer sun
The winter cold was not so fun
Running, games and yoga too
Jonas and Donna thank you!

 

 

We ran in the sun, we ran in the rain
Jonas and Donna near drove us insane
We learned new skills and challenged our brains
To be honest, we wouldn’t do it so easily again.

 

 

Jonas, who runs the Cove
He broke his ankle but doesn’t stay home
He takes us on runs past the mangroves
And let’s us walk and talk and roam.

 

 

The Cove program will wrap up in the final week with a mindfulness session in nature and reflections on a unique year and the program that was a challenge for some. Donna and Jonas are looking forward to welcoming the new Year 9 cohort in February 2022 to The Cove.

 

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Class 5 student artworks published in book

Class 5 student artworks published in book

18 Nov 2021

Today at 1:30pm Class 5 students Maya, Scarlett, Rosie and Eleanor were recognised in a Zoom Wildlife Storybook launch.

These students had their work chosen for the annual publication by Willoughby City Council.  This is the first year that our school has participated.  Each school was assigned an animal.  Glenaeon was allocated the Australian Wood Duck.  Council came and gave a presentation about the animal, then the children worked on writing and drawing about it in the library lessons with Lynne Collett.  Our students then worked on their illustrations and writing during the long lockdown period.

Well done students for your wonderful work and congratulations!

 

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Class 3 walk through time

Class 3 walk through time

18 Nov 2021

Class 3 has been exploring the evolution of time measurement though the ages.

A story introduced the children to the concept of tracking time based on the position of the sun in the sky. We journeyed back to Egypt where they used great stone obelisks as shadow clocks.

On Monday which was the first sunny day of the Main Lesson, we walked to the school flagpole, just before 9am, to observe the shadow it made. A student came out and walked heel to toe along the shadow’s line and we marked the spot with the number 9 to represent the hour. Next, we walked to the oval where a sundial had been set up by our class assistant Michelle. A stake had been secured in the ground and a string tied to the bottom of it. We brought with us stones and a marker.

Then, on every hour of the day from 9am to 3pm, the children enthusiastically observed the movement of both shadows, each time marking the new spot and predicting the next one. It was wonderful seeing the awe and wonder of their expressions each time they saw that the shadow had not only changed position but also length!

On Wednesday the class made a human clock as an introduction to reading an analogue clock. The children formed a circle of 12 to represent the numerals on the clock-face and in the centre of the circle was a stand which had a yellow and blue thread attached. One child was then chosen to be the ‘hungry minute dog’ who had to run around counting by 5’s. Another child was chosen to be the ‘lazy hour cat’ who was too lazy to run and instead walked slowly to each number once. The rest of the class watched and when dog and cat were told to stop, the watching children worked out the time on the human clock.

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Advent Magic at Grassroots Eco Store

Advent Magic at Grassroots Eco Store

18 Nov 2021

Advent Magic at Grassroots Eco Store

We have had a delivery of the most beautiful Advent Calendars! Pop in-store or online to take a look. There are ten magical illustrations to choose from, as well as some delightful fair-trade felt Christmas Decorations to really bring some magic to your festive season!

The shop is bursting with gorgeous gift ideas for all ages. There are new handmade Ceramic Travel Cups, enchanting Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles and a new selection of beautiful novels, picture books and nonfiction books and lots more!

If you need help with end of year teacher gifts or Christmas Gift-Packs, we can work with you to customise a package full of earth-friendly products to create something they’ll love. Just let us know your budget and a little about the recipient, and we can take care of the rest! Give Taryn a call (0409 022 327) if you would like to chat about any ideas.

We are now open on Thursday Evenings and Saturdays!

During November, due to increased Covid restrictions limiting the shop opening times during the HSC exams (being held in the Castlecrag Hall next door), we have revised shop opening hours:

Thursday: 3pm—6pm
Saturday: 10am—3pm

Free local delivery or Click & Collect is still available if you would prefer to order online - grassrootsecostore.com.au

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

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

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Class 2 visits big campus at Middle Cove

Class 2 visits big campus at Middle Cove

18 Nov 2021

Yesterday Class 2 students together with Teacher Rodney Dean, visited the big school campus at Middle Cove. The students were also accompanied by Castlecrag Campus Administrator, Melony, Gardening Teacher Sandra Frain and Assistant Olivia. Students hiked the 2km to Middle Cove, and walked through the gates in a practice run for next year. They visited the Class 3 Classroom, explored the playground and went to say hello at Reception. They then walked past the Gentle Café to the garden and planted wheat with Sandra which will be growing when they arrive next year! This was followed by games on the spacious round oval, before walking up through the beautiful campus, past Class 3 and back to Castlecrag. The sun was shining and it was a great day to see for themselves and imagine themselves at Middle Cove and seeing where they will finish their Primary School years before progressing up to High School.  The children loved their visit and the grounds and they are very much looking forward to their continuing school journey.

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Preschool gets muddy!

Preschool gets muddy!

18 Nov 2021

Mud, mud glorious mud! Here are some wonderful moments capturing our Preschooler’s mud play at the park this week.

We have one final Preschool Tour/webinar this year on Tuesday 30 November, at 11:15am hosted by Peggy Day. We have some 2 or 5-day per week spaces available for 2022. To register for this Preschool Tour click here.  

#glenaeon #preschool #willoughby #nature #outdoor #outdoorlearning #earlychildhood #childcare #steiner #steinereducation #steinerschool

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A kaleidoscope of colour in Japanese

A kaleidoscope of colour in Japanese

18 Nov 2021

Class 1 have been learning their colours and places in Japanese with teacher Julia Carrol. Classes often involve songs, words, games, origami and cards, but this week it was outside in the playground with colours and places. Experiencing the story “The Green Sheep” in Japanese helps to review colours and also the locations "Koko" (here) 'Soko' (there) and 'Asoko' (over there). The children lined up on the wall, each with a coloured scarf. Julia calls out the colour and direction, and the children run to that area together. From there they play and create shapes with the scarves before all coming back and starting again. It is a kaleidoscope of colour and movement when they run back together!

 
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Preschoolers return to the park

Preschoolers return to the park

04 Nov 2021

Some wonderful news for our Preschool families: all groups are going back to their park trips now. Our Preschoolers are once again enjoying tree climbing and running through the wide open spaces. Much excitement prevailed! 

We have one final Preschool Tour/webinar this year on Tuesday 30 November, at 11:15am hosted by Peggy Day. We have some 2 or 5-day per week spaces available for 2022. To register for this Preschool Tour click here.  

#glenaeon #preschool #willoughby #nature #outdoor #outdoorlearning #earlychildhood #childcare #steiner #steinereducation #steinerschool

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Class 5 study Ancient Greece from the great outdoors

Class 5 study Ancient Greece from the great outdoors

04 Nov 2021

Class Five has been enjoying the new “new normal” as they take advantage of the beautiful space outside of the classroom.  They have spent the past week finishing Main Lesson studies of Ancient Greece and working on individual research projects to deepen their knowledge.  First week back has seen a renaissance of artistic work including watercolour paintings of Greek ships and pastel drawings of Alexander the Great taming the wild horse he named Bucephalus. 

#glenaeon #middlecove #mainlesson #class5 #ancientgreece #arts #ancientgreece #watercolour #pastel #drawing #outdoorclassroom

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Interlude Exhibition at the Incinerator Art Space in Willoughby

Interlude Exhibition at the Incinerator Art Space in Willoughby

04 Nov 2021

Handwork Teacher, Elizabeth Ellean had plans for a Year 8 excursion to the Interlude Exhibition at the Incinerator Art Space in Willoughby this term, however due to the current Level 3+ COVID-19 restrictions this is not possible.  Elizabeth would, however, like to encourage all students in High School who are interested in art and textiles get along to this exhibition.

“Interesting point that the building that the exhibition occupies is also designed by Walter Burley Griffin. He also designed the street scape and some houses in Castlecrag as well as his infamous design for Canberra.

“His partner Marion, was none the less and equally talented in her own right.  Glenaeon’s school hall at Castlecrag is indeed named after her. Marion was an artist as well as exceptional draftswoman and probably did a lot of the behind the scenes work that Walter is credited for. She also enjoyed performing Eurythmy with a small group who shared her interests, in the natural hillside theatre that was built into the landscape of Castlecrag.

“I would encourage families to get along to see this exhibition which promises to take you on a textile journey. The artists will be available to talk about their works, when you visit.”

‘Interlude’ runs from 10th to the 28th of November and the Incinerator Art Space is open Wednesdays to Sundays 10am to 4pm. There is a café above and the Willoughby Leisure Centre next door.

https://atasda.org.au/upcoming-events/national/interlude-exhibition

or visit https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Events/Interlude

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World Teachers' Day

World Teachers' Day

04 Nov 2021

Last Friday 29 October was World Teachers’ Day. Head of School Andrew Hill sent out this note of appreciation:

“To all our dear teachers, for all you do, all your commitment, care and contribution to our students and their families, thank you. Teaching is a noble vocation, one that shapes the future of the planet, and on this one day of the year at least, let’s remember the high aspirations we have for this unique profession and all that it means to us.”

We offered our Teachers a small token of appreciation – fresh apples 

#glenaeon#teachers#teacher#WTD2021#WTD#WorldTeachersDay#preschool#primaryschool#highschool#earlychildhood#Batlow#BatlowApples

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Grassroots Eco Store -  Earth-Friendly Gift Packages for Teachers, Friends & Family

Grassroots Eco Store - Earth-Friendly Gift Packages for Teachers, Friends & Family

04 Nov 2021

 

The shop is filled with so many new beautiful gift ideas, stop in and take a peek!

We have already had requests for gift packages for end-of-year Teacher Gifts and Christmas Gift Packs. We can work with you to customise a gift pack full of gorgeous earth-friendly products to create something they’ll love, just let us know your budget and a little about the recipient and we can take care of the rest! Give Taryn a call (0409 022 327) if you would like to chat about any ideas.

We kindly ask that you only enter/exit the shop from the gate in front of Grassroots Eco Store.

Free local delivery or Click & Collect is still available for those who would prefer to order online - grassrootsecostore.com.au

Term 4 Opening Hours (reduced hours during Level 3 restrictions)
Monday: —closed—
Tuesday: 8:30am—10:30am & 2pm—3:45pm
Wednesday: 8:30am—12:30pm
Thursday: 2pm—3:45pm
Friday: 8:30am—10:30am & 2pm—3:45pm

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

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

 

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Glenaeon Silent Auction is now live - 9 days left to bid

Glenaeon Silent Auction is now live - 9 days left to bid

04 Nov 2021

The Glenaeon Silent Auction is now live.  There are some wonderful Class items to bid on, projects which have brought a feeling of togetherness to the children during the period of lockdown.  There are also many beautiful handmade pieces created by some very talented members of our community. 

Final bids: Sunday 14th November (auction closes 8pm)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Susie, James and Julie (Class 4 Silent Auction Coordinators)
susie@dezoete.com

 

Click to visit the Silent Auction and place a bid!: https://www.glenaeonfair.com/silent-auction 

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Congratulations to Jasmine Wren - Class of 2020

Congratulations to Jasmine Wren - Class of 2020

04 Nov 2021

Our warmest congratulations to GlenX Jasmine Wren (Class of 2020) who has been awarded a Professional Scholarship with the International College of Management Sydney (ICMS).  To be in the running Jasmine had to submit an application with academic transcripts, a written essay and evidence of leadership roles, community contributions, certificates and high school achievements. She then had to manage two panel interviews.

Well done Jasmine from all at Glenaeon!

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Moth joins German Class

Moth joins German Class

04 Nov 2021

Brigitte’s German class has been burning bright this week, attracting this gorgeous moth spotted in the corner of the Classroom. Brigitte called Science Teacher Stanley Tang who was able to identify it as a Helena Gum Moth (Opodiphthera Helena), male, and native to Australia. The males have feather-like antenna in order to receive the pheromone sent out by females. Caterpillars of this moth can live for a couple of years and the moths will not eat and only live for a couple of weeks. Their sole purpose is just to breed.  Wunderschön!

 

#glenaeon #steiner #steinerschool #steinereducation #moth #science #helenagummoth #nature #beauty

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ICYMI: Welcome Back to Middle Cove

ICYMI: Welcome Back to Middle Cove

04 Nov 2021

In case you missed this on our social media channels, flashback to 25 October:
 
What a glorious day it was yesterday when we welcomed back our students from Class 3 to Year 11. The sun was shining, the flags were flying, and there was a great sense of joy and optimism in the air.
It was wonderful to reconnect and see familiar faces again, and we welcomed some new students too! Some came in fancy dress bringing a great sense of fun to the day.
Our Head of School, Andrew Hill, quite literally took his hat off to welcome back all the students in admiration of their, and their parents/carers efforts over the long lockdown period!
Teachers had painted a big 'Welcome Back' sign near our front gates at Middle Cove in celebration of students return.
Students, we missed you, and we're glad you're back!
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Glenlympics – students are the winners!

Glenlympics – students are the winners!

04 Nov 2021

You may recall that last term, during the lockdown, Glenaeon Mentors and Guardians started the Glenlympics - a fun and entertaining competition between Mentor groups designed to ease some of the lockdown boredom and isolation, and encourage connection and team work amongst student groups.

It’s fair to say that some teams got into the spirit more than others, but as the week’s progressed the friendly games gained serious momentum. From iso-baking, outdoor runs, pet portraits and dress ups, the Glenlympics brought some fun and laughter to lift the lockdown blues!

We are pleased to announce the final results:

·         Maddy’s team 1st with 680 points

·         Jacqueline’s team 2nd 570 points

·         Alison’s team 3rd  510 points

Followed by Donna’s team Rene’s, Clair’s and Stanley’s group.

Special shout out to Mya Hill, Year 10, who was by far the most proactive contributor to the fun-filled competition and all those that dressed up on Day 1 Term 4 for extra points.

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Form Drawing and the outside classroom in Class 1

Form Drawing and the outside classroom in Class 1

04 Nov 2021

Class 1 have been exploring form drawing in many formats and using as many outdoor classroom spaces as possible. They have drawn straight, circular and spiral forms, traced them in the sandpit, playground and asphalt, enjoying the open spaces with teacher Monique Anderson. They are working with more challenging forms and shapes that are reflected in the world - in objects, plants, letters, numbers and other living things. This also lays the foundation for understanding geometry in later years. Experiencing the form through many of their senses helps children to understand the shapes that they see in the world around them. They have been hearing stories inspired by the beautiful poppies blooming outside Class 1 - soft, shy and inward, like some of the forms, bright and outward poppies like other forms. Children learn through walking, skipping, jumping, drawing in the air and sandpit, the blackboard and their own workbooks - they are crossing midlines, and working with the understanding of contraction, expansion and reflection.  It's harder than it looks! 

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Silent Auction items on display - place your bids now

Silent Auction items on display - place your bids now

04 Nov 2021

There are the most beautiful items in the Silent Auction that have been hand-crafted by students, families and parents.  They were all on display at the Castlecrag Campus this week - hanging from the fences, trees and gates - parents and children were able to admire the beautiful workmanship and designs of each piece. They will be on display again but please visit our website to take home one of these beautiful pieces. 

The Silent Auction runs until 8pm on Sunday 14th November. Go to: https://www.glenaeonfair.com/silent-auction 
 
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Year 7 Spanish Class celebrate Day of the Dead

Year 7 Spanish Class celebrate Day of the Dead

04 Nov 2021

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday celebrated on the 2nd of November. It originated in Mexico where it is mostly observed, but has spread to many other countries in Central and South America. Although associated with the Christian observances of All Hallow’s Eve and All Saints’ Day, it is much less solemn and instead a joyful celebration. Family and friends gather to pay respects and to remember friends and family members who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include decorations of marigold flowers and calaveras (skulls), and building ofrendas (alters) to honour loved ones who have died. The ofrendas contain photos, food and items that represent and honour the dead. 

 In the past few weeks the Year 7 Spanish class has been preparing for the big celebration, making flowers and sculpting calaveras to decorate the classroom. Students celebrated on the day by painting their calaveras and baking pan de Muerto (“dead bread” - a traditional Mexican sweet bread). Students were also given the option to honour a loved one who has died, whether they be a family member or friend, beloved pet, or famous person that they admire. 

 

#glenaeon #spanish #languages #dayofthedead #mexico #year7 #highschool #middlecove #northshore #school #education

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Diwali Festival

Diwali Festival

04 Nov 2021

Happy Diwali! There was so much beauty and magic in our Preschool day today as we celebrated Diwali the Hindu Festival of Lights. Our teacher Pooja made a delicious rice porridge for morning tea. After our park play, we came together and Pooja captivated the children with a Diwali story she had written and a joyful, exuberant song and dance. A mandala of flowers from the children’s gardens was created by all and left as a beautiful natural Diwali gift for the park community. The children were delighted at the return of a lunch favourite of Idlis before resting with the magic of their clay diya candles shining light into the darkness. Avi then surprised his friends with a gift of bracelets to celebrate Diwali through dressing up beautifully. Thank you so much to Pooja and Avi and his family for sharing this special day with us.

 

#preschool #willoughby #Diwali #Hindu #Festival

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Playgroups in Term 4

Playgroups in Term 4

21 Oct 2021

 

Due to the current COVID situation and the Level 3+ restrictions on schools, Glenaeon Playgroups sessions with Sandra and Nancy are not able to be held at our Castlecrag or Willoughby campuses in Term 4.

Instead, Glenaeon Playgroups are offering families the chance to connect each Tuesday between 9:30am and 10:30am over Zoom. All Playgroup families are welcome to ‘drop in’ for a song, game, story, show & tell, and guided adult discussion hosted by Sandra.

If you would like the Zoom link for the Playgroups Zoom session, (there is no charge for these opportunities for gathering) or any other queries regarding Glenaeon Playgroups, please contact Sandra Frain via email: playgroups@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 

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Environmental Art & Design Prize exhibition: 12 Nov - 12 Dec 2021

Environmental Art & Design Prize exhibition: 12 Nov - 12 Dec 2021

21 Oct 2021

New dates have been announced for the Environmental Art & Design Prize exhibition: 12 Nov - 12 Dec 2021. Glenaeon has two current students and one Alumna who have been announced as finalists. Please get along and support their work. Congratulations again to Anouk, Kauri and Elicia.

For more information go to: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/arts-and-culture/northern-beaches-environmental-art-and-design-prize

 

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Back to School at last for Little Kindy, Kindy and Class 1 and 2

Back to School at last for Little Kindy, Kindy and Class 1 and 2

21 Oct 2021

This week saw the return of Little Kindy, Kindy and Class 1 students to our Castlecrag campus.  What a wonderful time we have had here at Castlecrag! There may have been some hesitation and a few nerves on Monday morning, but the children have settled beautifully and the mood is calm and joyous. It is so good to have our students back at school and enjoying being with their friends again.

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National Bird Week

National Bird Week

21 Oct 2021

It's National Bird Week and we have been celebrating the birds of Glenaeon by posting beautiful bird photos taken at our Middle Cove campus and sharing these on our Facebook and Instagram channels.  If you missed Dr Stanley Tang's informative bird webinars last week, you can now find them online, thanks to Willoughby City Council:

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Silkworms at Preschool

Silkworms at Preschool

21 Oct 2021

Each day our Preschoolers picked some leaves and watched the silkworms grow larger until we saw the first cocoons being spun. The children look at the silkworms which have just been given the freshly picked leaves from our mulberry tree and one child is delighted to carefully hold one in a leaf.

 

#glenaeon #preschool #willoughby #nature #outdooreducation #outdoorlearning #earlychildhood #childcare #steiner #steinereducation #steinerschool

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Senior Library refresh

Senior Library refresh

21 Oct 2021

Term 3 was a lonely term in the Senior Library, however the silver lining of remote learning was that it gave library staff the opportunity to give the library a much-needed makeover and remodel. The vision was to make it an inviting space not only for students who would like a quiet place to study, but also for students to relax in a quiet corner with a book or gather with friends to play games at recess and lunch. The new layout of the library has increased study space, increased shelving space for books (yay!) and resources, and a cozy space for reading and games.

A special shoutout to Mary Goodrich from Maintenance who went above and beyond in lending her time during every step of the process. The library staff, Chris Tang and Alice Livermore, are very much looking forward to welcoming students back into the library when that can occur. It was lovely to see that Book Club continued strong on Zoom throughout the remote learning period, but we are very excited for both Book Club and Writing Club to resume face-to-face when extra-curricular activities can start up again. 

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Silkworms  - the daily wriggle in Reception

Silkworms - the daily wriggle in Reception

21 Oct 2021

The silkworms in Reception and the classrooms have attracted daily attention and care. The pets of the campus are tended to daily, fed and spoken to by the children with great delight. Soon they will be spinning cocoons and emerging as moths before laying their eggs for next year – a wonderful expression of Spring! If you listen VERY carefully - you can even hear the big ones munching on our delicious mulberry leaves!

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Class 2 - the Tunnel Challenge

Class 2 - the Tunnel Challenge

21 Oct 2021

It wasn’t long before the Class 2 students were back to measure their growth in the ‘Jump the Tunnel’ challenge! Almost a right of passage in the playground, being able to run, jump and get over the tunnel…somehow...anyhow... is all that counts and they support and cheer each other on in their attempts. Prior to lockdown not all could make it, so there were some jubilant smiles as they realised how much they had grown since being away! It's harder than it looks!

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Who’s up for a game of Table Tennis?

Who’s up for a game of Table Tennis?

21 Oct 2021

PDHPE Teacher & Co-curricular Organiser, Jonas Stoebe, has purchased a brand new table tennis table for our students to enjoy.  It is a very sturdy and solid table, and will last a long time. Jonas wanted to have something fun and positive for the students when they come back to face-to-face learning.  It is particularly timely that it arrived just a few days ago, just in time to welcome the high school students back, when they return to school next week.

Jonas said, “The school provided the finances and a skilled maintenance team member, namely Sonny, to put the table together which took three hours of labour! I want to thank both parties for contributing to this new table which will offer countless hours of fun for many students chasing the small ball.”

The school’s PE department is providing the table tennis bats and balls. Students, get ready to lob, smash and spin!

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These are a few of my favourite things...

These are a few of my favourite things...

21 Oct 2021

Children explored some of their favourite places… and missed things… from Castlecrag! Hunting for raspberries, pepinos and mulberries, grinding sandstone and drawing with chalk were high on the playground to-do list. What joy to slide down the slippery dip, pour water in the sandpit, ring the bell and dig endless tunnels and castles together again!

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Class 1 - From the Zoom Room to the Classroom

Class 1 - From the Zoom Room to the Classroom

21 Oct 2021

Class 1 are practicing the four processes, learning to add, subtract, multiply and divide to find a certain number. Whilst this Mathematics Main Lesson began on Zoom during remote learning using Zoom and break-out rooms, the joy of the children finally coming back together and solving maths questions has been wonderful! Using counters, hands, and dancing in rings of 2's, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s and 6’s, the children celebrated the joys of learning together with all of their senses and delight! Led by teacher Monique Anderson, they are finding the many paths home to Grandma's house in their stories by jumping and stepping the times tables all around the classroom! It is such fun to be back together again.

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Baby Butcher Birds at Castlecrag

Baby Butcher Birds at Castlecrag

21 Oct 2021

Two baby butcher birds were found on the 'far corner' wood pile by the children, with mum and dad high in the tree, their nest most likely having blown down in the recent winds. We brought them to the office and rang Stanley Tang, our High School science teacher and ornithologist. It's wonderful having Stanley to talk to and he asked us to feed them worms and place them in a basket hung as high in the tree as we could reach, as they can't fly yet. We went back late in the afternoon and the babies had been able to hop from the basket back up into the tree and out onto a safer branch where mum and dad were flying down to feed them! Hooray!

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Class 2 happy to be back crafting together

Class 2 happy to be back crafting together

21 Oct 2021

Class 2 came together for craft for the first time in over four months to share their projects and progress. There was such a colourful and creative array of projects underway – knitting animals from squares, embroidery. ponchos, and one student repairing their own clothing! Some have also begun to sand and make their own knitting needles. Impressive and beautiful, Class 2!  They are also working on a secret sewing project... I wonder what that could be?

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Welcome to Term 4!

Welcome to Term 4!

07 Oct 2021

What a difference two days make! We deliberately delayed sharing our return to school plans with parents knowing that in the past, plans announced by the Premier have changed, and now even the Premier has changed as well as the plan! So we have both a new Premier and new plans, and all schools across NSW will be scrambling to catch up. An enormous amount of work has gone into our return to school schedules, planning which now has to pivot to accommodate the new return dates. We will be in touch with you shortly to outline Glenaeon’s plans for Term 4.

Schools are very empty places without students, so we await their return with great anticipation. When they do return, the Term 4 arrangements for schools will involve serious restrictions and mandates which mean we have to work within a framework that is not what we would normally choose. These mandates have a potentially fragmenting effect on our community harmony, and we are working very hard to accommodate all sections of our community.

There will be constraints in which we have to work, but we are confident that the school will manage the transition back to normal school life. The Public Health Orders are legally binding on schools: we do not make these rules, but we are obligated to ensuring they are in place. Within the constraints of these orders, we are working to ensure every teacher and staff member remains both safe and connected to their classes.

As the final term for Year 12, we wish all students and families in our senior year a successful period of HSC exams, and a positive ending to the school journey. There will be further details of our return to school in the next few days and in the meantime, I wish everyone a happy start to Term 4!

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Class 1 Aboriginal Dreaming

Class 1 Aboriginal Dreaming

07 Oct 2021

Class One has recently completed a Main Lesson centred on stories from the Aboriginal Dreaming. Stories of those animals unique to Australia were featured, giving a picture of these creatures in their natural habitat, and of course expressing their characteristics, in ways both humorous and profound. We heard about Tiddalik the Frog, who drank all the water in the billabong, and how the other animals tried to make him laugh so all the water would be restored to its rightful place. We heard about the special Platypus, who was invited by the birds to join their special group, by the water creatures to join theirs, and by the land animals, too. We heard, too, a legend about how the spirits in the sky asked Kookaburra to wake them each morning with his raucous laughter, so they would remember to light the fire of the sun each day. These stories were beautifully illustrated by the children, who also wrote sentences to encapsulate a significant theme or moment from each tale. In this way, the children developed both their literacy skills and an appreciation of our natural environment and the cultures of the indigenous communities who wove these tales for the benefit and enjoyment of all.

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Class 2 learn about Saints

Class 2 learn about Saints

07 Oct 2021

One of the key main lessons of Class 2 is the Saints main lesson.  Children turning 8 begin to be more conscious of the differences between the people around them, and between themselves and others.  The animal fable stories we looked at earlier in the year provide a picture of human limitations and how they can get in our way.  The Saints main lesson takes it further.  We provide stories of legendary figures that have developed human attributes such as courage, veneration and compassion, and have stepped beyond their personal limitations to serve humanity or a great cause beyond themselves. 

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October is Mental Health Awareness Month

October is Mental Health Awareness Month

07 Oct 2021

October is Mental Health Awareness Month, an important time where the Australian community comes together to raise awareness and promote better mental health for all, and never has this need been more pertinent than at the moment. For more information about relevant Mental Health Month events, please visit this link - https://www.mhfa.org.au/cms/national-mental-health-month-2021

Below is an ‘Optimistic October’ calendar created by ‘Action for Happiness’ which includes daily activities and challenges that can encourage individuals to take actions towards increasing happiness and positive mental wellbeing. You might like to partake in the activities as a family and share your experiences.

 

Click here to download the calendar.

On the theme of mental health, please also feel free to access resources created by Reach Out for students and families that includes guide to surviving online learning, which may assist in the (hopefully) final weeks of remote learning.

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Playgroups in Term 4

Playgroups in Term 4

07 Oct 2021

Due to the current COVID situation, Glenaeon Playgroups sessions with Sandra and Nancy are not able to be held at our Castlecrag or Willoughby campuses.

Instead, Glenaeon Playgroups are offering families the chance to connect each Tuesday between 9:30am and 10:30am, starting on October 12 over Zoom. All Playgroup families are welcome to ‘drop in’ for a song, game, story, show & tell, and guided adult discussion hosted by Sandra.

Also, on offer is a Playgroup Parent Educational Evening on Tuesday 12 October between 7pm-8pm hosted by Sandra and Nancy.

The Zoom link will be sent out on Sunday October 10th. (There is no charge for these opportunities for gathering.)

If you have any further questions about Glenaeon Playgroups, please contact Sandra via email: playgroups@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au 

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Kids in the Kitchen making Kaiserschmarrn

Kids in the Kitchen making Kaiserschmarrn

07 Oct 2021

German Language students recently tried their hand at cooking a much-loved Austrian recipe, a dish called, ‘Kaiserschmarrn’ a light, fluffy, caramelised pancake made from a sweet batter using flour, eggs, sugar, salt, and milk, baked in butter.  It takes its name from the Austrian emperor (Kaiser) Franz Joseph I, who was very fond of this kind of fluffy shredded pancake. It is served as a dessert or as a light lunch.

‘Gut Erledigt’ to all the cooks!

You can download Brigitte's recipe if you’d like to give it a try.

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Grassroots Eco Store - Do you need new lunchboxes, hats and slippers?

Grassroots Eco Store - Do you need new lunchboxes, hats and slippers?

07 Oct 2021

It's not long now until we will be packing lunchboxes again!

If you need to stock up on back to school essentials, you’ll find our slippers, sun hats, sustainable lunchboxes, insulated food containers and drink bottles all available online. Make use of our FREE LOCAL DELIVERY or click and collect.

We are excited to announce that Grassroots Eco Store is now an approved registered Creative Kids NSW Provider. You can redeem your voucher with us and get busy creating with our Seasonal Craft Pack!

Find out more at grassrootsecostore.com.au
Follow us on Instagram @grassroots_ecostore and be the first to find out when the Castlecrag Shop will reopen and opening hours.
Thank you for shopping locally. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon.

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2021 Glenaeon Art Show set to open 17 October

2021 Glenaeon Art Show set to open 17 October

07 Oct 2021

Artist submissions closed a few days ago on 3 October. Organisers are thrilled with the response. Over 150 submissions have been received from both established and emerging artists. At first glance, the quality of the works submitted is really pleasing.  Curators will now review all the artwork and artists will soon be informed if their pieces have been selected for inclusion in the exhibition.

Last year’s Art Show housed around 200 pieces, generating $15,000 in sales. 

This year’s exhibition will open online from Sunday 17 October and will run for three weeks, until Sunday November 7, 2021. This event is sponsored by the Glenaeon Parents Association.

To see the exhibition from October 17, go to: www.glenaeonfair.com and to book a viewing for a particular artwork please email glenaeon.artshow@gmail.com

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Term 4 Parent Education: Out of Home and Into the World

Term 4 Parent Education: Out of Home and Into the World

07 Oct 2021

After months in lockdown, Sydney will emerge during the Spring and Summer of 2021/22.  How can we and the children and young people in our families be supported to experience creative reengagement with our environments?  Approaching this question from a number of perspectives, Term 4 Parent Education at Glenaeon provides practical, hands on, family focused perspectives and ideas on getting out of our winter lockdown and back into the world in a healthy way.

Bookings are now open: https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/1397

Download the Parent Education Term 4 program flyer

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Thank you to our chicken carers

Thank you to our chicken carers

07 Oct 2021

A hearty shout out to our marvelous chicken care volunteers who came to Middle Cove campus every day of the holidays to feed, water and collect eggs from our newly combined flock of eight healthy chooks. Glenaeon families from Playgroup all the way up to Class 6 were involved.

 

Thank you! from the Garden Team 

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Spring Festival celebrated online

Spring Festival celebrated online

07 Oct 2021

The Spring Festival was not able to be held on campus at the end of Term 2, so we celebrated together online. We shared an Acknowledgement of Country and spring poetry together before enjoying a wonderful Spring Festival film produced by Clair Cisterne. Families had shared images and videos from their spring activities at home, including photos, music, stories and even staff sang a beautiful song in rounds for all to enjoy! Thank you to all who participated and shared the springtime spirit with us - it was beautiful to see you all celebrating in your homes, beaches, parks and the bush. 

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Kathy and Willa unwind

Kathy and Willa unwind

07 Oct 2021

During the lockdown, Gardening Teacher Kathy Thangathurai and her daughter Willa, currently completing HSC, have been relaxing and unwinding by winding wool. Looking at the wool in this photo has us feeling relaxed and happy too!

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Dr Stanley Tang celebrates National Bird Week (18-24 October 2021)

Dr Stanley Tang celebrates National Bird Week (18-24 October 2021)

07 Oct 2021

Our very own science teacher, Dr Stanley Tang will be a guest speaker at two separate events celebrating National Bird Week, hosted by Willoughby City Council.

The first, Talking Birds is on Thursday 14 October at 6:30pm on Zoom. Stanley, who is also a researcher, and ornithologist has been carrying out a formal, licensed survey of birds with some of our students in North Arm Reserve, investigating the dynamic of local bird populations.

To register go to: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Eventbrite/Talking-Birds-Birds-of-North-Arm-Reserve-Middle-Cove-157739650541

The second talk Introduction to the Aussie Backyard BirdCount is on Sunday 17 October at 10am and Stanley will explain how to bird watch and contribute to this annual citizen science project. Stanley will also team up with Dr Holly Parsons from Birdlife Australia to introduce some of the local species of birds that use our local reserve networks (including our beautiful Middle Cove campus) and show you how you can do your own Backyard Bird Count.

To register go to: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Eventbrite/Introduction-to-the-Aussie-Backyard-Bird-Count-157563188739

 

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Preschool Introductory webinar 19 OCT 11:15am

Preschool Introductory webinar 19 OCT 11:15am

07 Oct 2021

Preschool Director Peggy Day will host an introductory webinar for Parents considering enrolling their child in Preschool in 2022.

This webinar will take parents through the Preschool philosophy and program, with time for Q&A. To book click here.

 

Download our Preschool poster and share with your friends and family.

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Class 5 Journey to Ancient Greece

Class 5 Journey to Ancient Greece

07 Oct 2021

Class Five finished  the term with an introduction to Greek Mythology.  Ancient Greece marks a period in human cultural development of great balance.  It is a time where humanity developed an advanced sense of aesthetic form alongside an attention to the structure of society through government and democratic processes.  The life of the mind evolved to become the essentials of philosophy and profound mathematical discoveries.  Children in Class Five sit poised on the cusp of puberty, and they too experience a sense of inner balance at the completion of childhood and a profound inner awakening.  Hence, the choice of these studies perfectly suits their stage of development.

The children loved hearing the stories of the imperfectly humanist gods and goddesses. They each completed a project in which they read, wrote, illustrated and retold the story of one of the 12 Olympian gods.  They also heard tales of the first heroes before the fall of troy.  Despite the challenges of distant learning, their work continues to demonstrate their devotion to beauty and their ever emerging capacities for writing and expression.
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Going for gold in the Glenlympics

Going for gold in the Glenlympics

16 Sep 2021

With the Olympic and Paralympic flames extinguished, there is one remaining event still running – The Glenlympics. The casual competition between Mentor/Guardian groups has been heating up in the run up to the term break, with a late flurry of activity. In its second week the competition for the games is fierce!  Countries Saville, Totterdell and Rees are at the top of the medal count table with countries like Miller and Tang following up behind.  It is hoped that little known countries like van den Tol will find their way into the games as the momentum builds.  Teams Cisterne, Tang and van den Tol need only to get their points on the board! Some of the best performances are yet to take place, so it is still up in the air to who will take out the winning position.  Celebrating Spring is of course, one of the easiest challenges and before the end of the week, we are hoping to see lots of evidence the competitors can decorate their homes and themselves to acknowledge this long tradition! We envisage a big burst of activity before the end of term!

GLENLYMPICS ‘MEDAL’ TALLY
Team Saville       525 (special mention to Mya for her wonderful enthusiasm)
Team Totterdell   340
Team Rees          310 (with some late entry runs expected from Rohan)
Team Miller         135
Team van den Tol             
Team Tang        
Team Cisterne

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Spring Festival: A reminder to all our Little Kindy to Class 6 Families!

Spring Festival: A reminder to all our Little Kindy to Class 6 Families!

16 Sep 2021

Even though we can’t celebrate traditionally, Spring is here and with it, the joy of enjoying a little more time outside in the warmer weather! Our Spring Festival will be held this Friday, September 17th, at 12 pm and you are warmly invited to join us via the link on the Spring Festival GLO page https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/1431  Please wear your floral garland to join in the Spring spirit.

During our short assembly, a special Spring Film will be uploaded to the same GLO page to be enjoyed immediately or later at your convenience. I have had a sneak peek at a draft version of the film and can confidently say that it will bring a great deal of much-needed cheer!  

We look forward to celebrating together even though we are apart.  

Happy Spring!

Dani Finch
Deputy Head of School (K-6)

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Year 8 PE students live chat with Medecins sans Frontiers health worker on the ground in Afghanistan

Year 8 PE students live chat with Medecins sans Frontiers health worker on the ground in Afghanistan

16 Sep 2021

Afghanistan has been in the news a lot lately since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban over a month ago. Our TV screens show heartbreaking images of anxious people desperate to escape.  Recently more than $1.6 billion has been pledged to help the Afghan people who are in desperate need of food, health care and protection.  So during this turbulent time, with Afghan people living in turmoil, it was unique and exceptional timing for our Year 8 PE students to have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of a health care worker from “Doctors without Borders” Tankred Stoebe – brother of Glenaeon’s PDHPE Teacher Jonas Stoebe - working on the ground in Afghanistan.

As Jonas explains, “My brother Tankred works for Doctors Without Borders around the world and I had organised for him to dial into our PE zoom lesson for an informative and interactive lesson in which he spoke about his work there and students could ask questions.

“Tankred has worked for MSF (Medecins sans Frontiers) for over 20 years and is currently in Afghanistan, Herat, for four weeks just when everyone has been trying to escape. After an introduction by me and a ‘happy to see you brother’ moment, Tankred spoke about the current situation in the country more broadly and also about his specific work and the health system’s need at the moment in Afghanistan.”

Students asked lots of good questions and Tankred was happy to answer all of them. He was able to dispel some myths and answer some challenging questions such as “Isn’t life super dangerous under the Taliban government?”, to which he replied that poverty, deprivation of basic human needs of most people haven’t changed at all and that life in the third biggest city in the country is not much different to what it was a year ago for most Afghanis.

Sadly, this does not include freedoms for women and girls which will be further restricted as the new authority gets into gear. Students learned that the Taliban currently accept aid work and Tankard reported that he saw no immediate danger to hospital staff. Yet, the whole situation is highly volatile.

Students were highly engaged in the session and asked how they could help. For students who have been having many Zoom sessions during lockdown in Sydney, this was certainly one that gave them a unique insight into life in Afghanistan during one of the country’s most defining and difficult times in history, and a timely reminder of our privilege to live where we do.

Immediately after the student Zoom with Tankred, he was interviewed on CNN News Channel. You can watch the interview here: CNN Newsroom with Robyn Curnow

For anyone wishing to support the work of MSF, please donate at www.msf.org.au, the Australian arm of the organisation.

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Campus upgrades during lockdown

Campus upgrades during lockdown

16 Sep 2021

Our Maintenance team has been very busy working away on campus during the long lockdown making many improvements. The Senior Library has had a makeover, the walkways around the Sylvia Brose Hall are completed, the pillars on the D&T Building have been repaired and painted and the Year 8 Classroom has been freshly spruced up with a lick of paint and new carpets.  Year 7 area has also had some painting work to brighten up the area.  Thanks to our hardworking Maintenance team of Chris, Michael, Noel, Sonny and Mary. Special thanks to Mary who has pivoted during lockdown from Traffic Controller at the Middle Cove School Crossing on Eastern Valley Way to COVID cleaning, sanitizing and very capably undertaking maintenance jobs around campus.

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Much eggcitement for new chooks at Middle Cove

Much eggcitement for new chooks at Middle Cove

16 Sep 2021

Our chicken coop at Middle Cove has three new residents. They seem very happy with their new home and are settling in nicely.

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The Great Glenaeon Raffle 2021

The Great Glenaeon Raffle 2021

16 Sep 2021

Well it’s that time again, to get ready for the annual Great Glenaeon Raffle, with many exciting prizes to be won, including designer wardrobes, weekend away, photography packages and “Man about the House show with Tim Ross” packages… just to name a few.

As always, the raffle is an important fundraising activity for the school, which funds many outstanding projects throughout the year. So please get your tickets and check out the many great prizes on offer and spread the word to all your family, friends and networks (Facebook and Instagram posts included).

We are extremely grateful for the many kind donations we received this year from so many of our supporters and families. Thanks also to team members Alex François, Jochen Schweitzer and Karina Schlieper for their dedication to getting this up and running again this year. The raffle will be virtually drawn this year on the 21st of November.  So don’t wait…get your tickets here and good luck!

https://www.raffletix.com.au/glenaeonfair

 

Download the Raffle pic and share it with friends and family!

Click here to buy your raffle tickets.

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Spring buds, berries and babies at Castlecrag

Spring buds, berries and babies at Castlecrag

16 Sep 2021

There are a lot of beautiful spring buds, berries and babies growing at Castlecrag, in readiness for children to come back during Term 4! The mulberries are growing... first the tiny leaves and now the berries have grown. We have a special white mulberry that looks like a long lamb's tail that is absoloutely delicious once it is ripe! There are little tadpoles and tiny, baby silkworms that are growing. The native bees are coming out more in the warmer weather and the buds on the lime and lemon trees tell us there will be lots of fruit next season! Happy Spring!

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A Rainbow in Spring

A Rainbow in Spring

16 Sep 2021

There are lots of flowers in bloom and just because it's the week of our Spring Festival ... here's a rainbow of flowers from our campus for you!

 

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Year 10 English Responds to Macbeth

Year 10 English Responds to Macbeth

16 Sep 2021

In English this term, Year 10 students have been studying the beautiful language in William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. Ms Rees’ class wrote some 100-word pieces of Flash Fiction inspired by the play’s desolate setting.

Read Natalia Bennett’s creative response to the opening of Macbeth:

Scotland’s hills rolled out in front of Macbeth. The sky had succumbed to the inky clouds, fat and heavy with rain. An average day. Although, you’d think after a victory, a sliver of sunshine might make an appearance. Trees spotted the surrounding lands in clusters. They shadowed the ground from any sort of light. The vivid green of the country was as usual dulled. Frigid drops of water began to pat the ground, spitting on the soldiers’ faces. Even their helmets couldn’t keep out the cold, the metal stinging their bodies. Soon, the ground was spotted with puddles and mud, which splattered with the begrudging footsteps of the men. Wind snaked past the travelling group, sending freezing air to shake their spines. Home felt like years away.

Ms Gonzalez’ class started their study of Shakespeare’s play Macbeth with a consideration of the Medieval concept of the Wheel of Fortune. It was believed individuals symbolically rode this wheel throughout life as it was spun by Fortuna, the Roman goddess of Luck, Fate and Fortune.

In the context of 2020-2021, many students related to the sense of being spun by forces out of their control, from a position of comfort, into one of endurance. Yet it was reassuring to hear students overwhelmingly articulate an alternate worldview: one based on free will, thoughtful action and self-determination. So, while the wheel of fortune may appear to spin, there was agreement that we can also spin it for the better!

Discussions over whether the glass is half-empty or half-full returned upon encountering this bleak monologue by Macbeth:

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

But do Year 10 agree with Macbeth’s assessment of the futility of life??

Below is a response from student Oscar Street:

Yet even nothing is something
For tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Stroll at this placid pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
Not leaving a single moment unlived.
The way to a joyous newborn, whose candle is newly lit!
Life is the smiling face, a rich player
Who has nothing, but loves his hour on the stage,
And then is remembered by eternity,
for the actions he hath done. Life is a tale
told by a mother, full of interest and care.
Signifying all.

Lovely work, Year 10.

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Spring Clean with Glenaeon Swap and Sell Facebook Group

Spring Clean with Glenaeon Swap and Sell Facebook Group

16 Sep 2021

If you're planning a Spring clean these holidays, why not join our Glenaeon Swap and Sell Facebook Group? This group enables parents, students and alumni to swap, sell or buy items like Glenaeon uniforms, textbooks, sports equipment or musical instruments.  Also if there is an item you need, you can add a WTB (Wanted to Buy) notice.  To join the group, go to: www.facebook.com/groups/glenaeon/ 

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Handwork at home

Handwork at home

16 Sep 2021

Here is Maaike from Class 4 finishing off a home mega craft project that she has been working on during lockdown. A woven rug made from oodles of finger knitted wool and woven onto a round board strung (warped) the same way as the woven recorder bags that are made by most children at Glenaeon.

It is wonderful to see the children at Glenaeon transferring the skills they learn at school to create beautiful handmade treasures at home!

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Spring Nature Tables at school and home

Spring Nature Tables at school and home

16 Sep 2021

Here are some lovely Spring Nature Tables from Castlecrag - enjoy as we wish you all a lovely spring holiday!

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Frankie Bouchier- The Sun Music Video release

Frankie Bouchier- The Sun Music Video release

16 Sep 2021

GlenX Frankie Bouchier (2017 cohort) has recently released a new music video. The Musician, signed to Underfoot Records, recorded the music video at our beautiful Middle Cove campus.  Congratulations Frankie on your growing success.

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The Great Glenaeon Raffle 2021

The Great Glenaeon Raffle 2021

16 Sep 2021

The annual Glenaeon Raffle is on now, with many exciting prizes to be won, including designer wardrobes, weekend away, photography packages and “Man about the House show with Tim Ross” packages… just to name a few.

As always, the raffle is an important fundraising activity for the school, which funds many outstanding projects throughout the year. So please get your tickets and check out the many great prizes on offer and spread the word to all your family, friends and networks.

We are extremely grateful for the many kind donations we received this year from so many of our supporters and families. Thanks also to team members Alex François, Jochen Schweitzer and Karina Schlieper for their dedication to getting this up and running again this year. The raffle will be virtually drawn this year on the 21st of November.  So don’t wait…get your tickets here and good luck!

https://www.raffletix.com.au/glenaeonfair

Download the Raffle pic and share it with friends and family!

 

Click here to buy your raffle tickets.

 

 

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Join the Clubs! Glenaeon “Clubs” program for Students from Class 1 through to Year 10

Join the Clubs! Glenaeon “Clubs” program for Students from Class 1 through to Year 10

19 Aug 2021

A reminder to, if you haven't already, get on board with Glenaeon's lockdown initiative for students in Class 1 to Year 10. Glenaeon Clubs run from 2:30pm each weekday afternoon.

There are a wonderful variety of activities on offer for students of all ages – from sport to art, book clubs, dance and origami.  Each club’s session length can vary. For example, Art Club runs from 2:30pm-4pm and Sport club runs for 1 hour.  Attendance is voluntary and you can join multiple clubs if you wish (one per day), and all sessions are delivered live.

To find out more about each activity, view the Glenaeon Clubs timetable, and to access the zoom links, please follow the instructions in the guide or click here: https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/3656/

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2021 Glenaeon Family Fair & Art Show

2021 Glenaeon Family Fair & Art Show

19 Aug 2021

The 2021 GLENAEON FAMILY FAIR is scheduled for 5-7 November, however, with the current lockdown it is uncertain whether we will be able to hold a physical event this year.  Please note that the Glenaeon Art Show, Raffle and Silent Auction will all be hosted online and therefore will be able to proceed regardless of any COVID-19 restrictions.

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"Reflection" by Year 10 student, Oscar Street

"Reflection" by Year 10 student, Oscar Street

19 Aug 2021

Last Newsletter we shared the news that two Glenaeon High School students - Charlie Scharf, Year 8, and Oscar Street, Year 10 - had been shortlisted in the Mosman Youth Awards in Literature.

Oscar has kindly shared his shortlisted poem, titled, Reflection:

 

 

 

Waves of stars reflected on the ocean

Wash in from the sea, flowing into your sight

Like the ocean’s dark depths, your eyes shimmer

Strewn with the glowing sand of stars.

 

The milky way flows with them

Like sediment in a great river

Like dust in a whirling tornado,

Like cities on a giant earth.

 

The stars out-glowed only by the boulderous pearl,

The constant in changing,

The sovereign of the sky

The queen of the tide

The floating light of the moon.

 

But still, the moon in all its glory,

Is a holy dot on the star scattered void,

A void that encompasses all water and earth,

A void with the power to rip all to dust,

And a void with the power to create all life.

 

The boundless stretch of the eternal void,

The universe which contains the silver moon and sediment stars,

The stage that has acted every scene of reality…

Reflected in the eyes of one human,

An infinitely small human,

Who gazes into this giant sky and dreams.

 

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Year 12: Exams in Unusual Times

Year 12: Exams in Unusual Times

19 Aug 2021

 

 

Year 12 students are currently hard at work and in the middle of their online HSC Trial examinations.

The students have shown significant flexibility and praiseworthy personal capacity during this very challenging time and it must be acknowledged that, although COVID hit us last year and the Year 12 cohort of 2020 were the first to be impacted by lockdowns, these fine young men and women of 2021 have had to face considerably greater challenges that have, most unfortunately, fallen at a very significant point in their HSC year! We stand in admiration of students and parents who have had to adjust to rapidly changing NSW Health and NESA advice, and who have found their final term of secondary schooling looking quite different. Celebrations of the students’ achievements which would usually be shared with parents, the broader school community and guests at Showcases and assemblies will be made available in digital form later in the year, but at this stage I would like to give you a glimpse into how they’re going, and they are travelling very well!

This image shows the upload process after a very successful English Standard and Advanced Paper 2 exam, completed under examination conditions and supervised via Zoom by Library Technician, Chris Tang and English Advanced Teacher, Jacqueline Rees. At the time of writing we have three days of exams behind us, and all processes have been running very smoothly … and may that continue (I am touching wood as I write this!).

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

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Forest bathing for staff wellbeing

Forest bathing for staff wellbeing

19 Aug 2021

Taking a walk through the bush, listening to the surrounding sounds, maybe a buzzing bee or a trickling creek, going on an adventure to nowhere in particular, or watching the sunset from a rocky outcrop, are wonderful ways of unwinding both mentally and physically. 

During our current lockdown, “switching off” and being present can be especially difficult. So, finding a moment to reconnect with the world around us and taking the time to listen, breath and experience is more important than ever. Connection with the natural world increases our general wellbeing and by slowing down, we are able to have a nourishing break from the stress and challenges we are currently facing. 

Forest bathing is a practice that calms the nervous system and reminds us to be present in our lives. And the great thing is, it can be done anywhere, inside your home, in your garden, in a park or in the bush. It is a research-based framework for supporting wellness and healing through immersion in natural environments. The movement is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to “forest bathing”.

Outdoor Education Coordinator, Kirsten Gardiner (KG), recently led staff in a beautiful forest bathing session as part of our School's teacher wellbeing program. She guided us through a session of exploration, awakening our curiosity, engaging the senses, all the while accompanied by a chorus of cockatoos. We finished our hour-and-a-half “walk” with a tea ceremony, where we thanked the Earth for all that she offers us. Teachers were all in agreement that over that period of time we spent with KG, our ‘busy’ thoughts slowed down and we were able to feel a calm connectedness with the space around us. 

Thank you, KG for a wonderfully recuperating experience. I cannot recommend your session highly enough! 

Elena Rowan, Year 7 Teacher

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Glenaeon in The Sydney Morning Herald

Glenaeon in The Sydney Morning Herald

19 Aug 2021

Last week, Head of School, Andrew Hill was quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald (print and online editions) on how schools are managing student wellbeing and mental health during the extended lockdown period.  Much thanks to Journalist Jenny Noyes for including Glenaeon in her story. You can read the article here.

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Glenaeon celebrates National Science Week

Glenaeon celebrates National Science Week

19 Aug 2021

National Science Week is Australia's annual celebration of all things science. We are mid-way through National Science Week which will run until 22 August. The school theme for National Science Week 2021 is Food: Different by Design. It honours the United Nations International Year of Fruits and Vegetables and the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development.

At Glenaeon, we have been celebrating Science Week 2021 with fruit and light!

 

Year 11 Physics

Year 11 Physics have been studying electric circuits this term and have been enjoying building and qualitatively and quantitively analysing both series and parallel circuits. This is a practical unit, best studied through application, and it has been wonderful that the students have had access to individual kits with all the necessary components to tinker away. Striving for a intuitive understanding of electric circuits is no easy task, especially when learning online, but with the practical kits supporting the students there have been plenty of both figurative and literal light bulb moments!

Jennifer Macgonigal, Physics/Mathematics Teacher

 

Year 11 Chemistry

Year 11 Chemistry students started the term busily analysing and comparing quantities of vitamin C found in various fruits and vegetables as part of their Chemistry Depth Study Main Lesson. Students picked up a mini-chemistry experiment kit from school that allowed them to carry out quantitative analysis at home, on kitchen benches, dining tables and even in bathroom sinks! The fruit of their labour showed that kiwi, broccoli and capsicum are very good sources of vitamin C, storing your food at a cooler temperature will preserve the amount of vitamin C better, and that you want to be quick when you’re washing your fruit and vegetables to avoid vitamin C loss to water. 

Yura Totsuka, Head of Department (Science)

STEM Teachers 'graduate'

Glenaeon is a partner school of The University of Sydney STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy, which at our school is actually run as a SHTEEM unit with English and History included. Some of our Teachers completed the program last month after submitting their reflection of the 2020 unit, ‘Academy of Renaissance Curators’, that last year’s Year 8 students undertook.  So it was a wonderful coincidence that this week, during National Science Week, our 'graduating' Teachers received their certificates.

Our congratulations to Yura Totsuka (Head of Department) Science; Ella Pooley, Alice Livermore, Hernan Carol-Garis, Evan Sanders, Elena Rowan and Stanley Tang for your work in this program.

Unfortunately, lockdown has altered our Year 8 STEM activities this term, but hopefully our students will feel some of the benefit from this wonderful program through GLO and again when they finally return for face-to-face learning.

More information about Science Week can be found at www.scienceweek.net.au

#scienceweek #STEM #physics #chemistry

 

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Student resources packed to go

Student resources packed to go

19 Aug 2021

Our thanks to all the staff involved in getting student learning resources packed and ready for parent pick up, and our thanks to all the Parents who are so marvelously supporting their children through this difficult time.

We miss our students very much, and look forward to having them back on campus and in the classroom once more! We also really appreciate how stressful this situation is for everyone. Thank you students, thank you parents and also thanks to our dedicated teachers and staff.

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Counting Castles in Class 2

Counting Castles in Class 2

19 Aug 2021

Class 2 are building the Coloured Castle in their Mathematics Main Lesson with teacher Rodney Dean. They each have cuisenaire rods at home and are learning more complex mathematics equations, learning to build the castles of numbers - literally, the building blocks of math! Rodney's colourful drawing and explanations both on Zoom and pre-recorded help the children as they deepen their understanding of multiplication with larger numbers.

The story follows a character who is building a hospital and he needs a LOT of bricks. He learns that instead of counting each brick individually, he can use strategies to calculate an area of bricks to make it easier and quicker. His problem is that there are more bricks in each row than he knows time tables for - rows of 30 for example - so he needs to use his prior knowledge of numbers to split 30 into 3 x 10 bricks and then work out the number of rows he has... and he DOES know his ten times table! It saves him so much time too!

 

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Creative crafters from Castlecrag!

Creative crafters from Castlecrag!

19 Aug 2021

Handwork at home is currently supported with a lot of resources that have been sent home  as well as videos, patterns and an online Craft Club to encourage children (and parents!) to join in. This is an opportunity for all to undertake many craft projects and even learn new skills, or make something new with the skills they have! The children in Class 1 have been finishing their beautiful recorder bags with plaited handle, and are moving on to make woven pouches, finger-knitting and even some beginning to knit with needles! Handwork teacher Elizabeth Ellean has prepared may instructional videos and resources so that the children can make any number of wonderful things from home.   Class 1 & 2 are having a go at ponchos, beanies, weaving ideas and even the tricky Egyptian 8-string plait. Well done, clever crafters! We love to see your creations!

Craft Club with Merryn is on Friday afternoons at 2:30pm - come along to enjoy time together crafting, asking questions about your projects and seeing other faces too!

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Castlecrag Building and Blooming

Castlecrag Building and Blooming

19 Aug 2021

Maintenance and staff are making the most of this time on campus to build, repair and rejuvenate the campus, ready for when children return. Melony, Angela, Michael, Noel and Outdoor Education teacher Scott Williams have a fantastic list of projects they are working on so the campus will be shining, tidy and improved! Painting, oiling the outdoor structures, repairing and sorting the children's tool shed, a new Kindy sandpit wall and sorting the costume cupboard for school plays are just some of the projects taking place. Meanwhile, the daffodils are blooming outside Class 1, the jasmine has burst into blossom and this year's poppies are coming up by the hundreds!

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Nature tables at school and home

Nature tables at school and home

19 Aug 2021

Seasonal Nature tables are a tradition at Glenaeon - a small table the celebrates the seasonal changes and often is a little story scene itself. Before we say goodbye to our lovely Winter Nature tables here at Castlecrag, have a look at both the school's and some of the Little Kindy children's Nature tables at home. 

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Year 7 - Wish, Wonder and Surprise

Year 7 - Wish, Wonder and Surprise

19 Aug 2021

Year 7 completed a Main Lesson titled 'Wish, Wonder and Surprise' - and English Main Lesson focusing on poetry, writing and the text 'Jonathon Livingstone Seagull' by Richard Bach. It is an inner exploration of personal development alongside the English curriculum, with students exploring and reflecting on their own wishes and dreams, the role of awe wonder in the world, gratitude and grace. They read classic poems by Ezra Pound, Dylan Thomas as well as a novel study exploring Jonathon Livingstone Seagull's inner challenges and experiences and their own biographical story of their place in this world - truly a wonderful way to explore in Year 7! This Main Lesson also combined beautiful artwork led by Art Teacher Julia Byrne, included in their Main Lesson books.

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Class 5 continue Australian History

Class 5 continue Australian History

19 Aug 2021

In continuation of study of Australian History 'Into Tangled Ravines', Class 5 have been learning about the first few years of settlement. The aboriginal tribes suffered greatly during this time, and the history of Windradyne and the hundreds of indigenous tribal lands was explored. They followed explorers Matthew Flinders, Hovell and Hume, John Oxley, James Ruse, Lawson, Wentworth & Blaxland in their respective journeys inland and circumnavigations. Class teacher Katherine Arconati delivered a rich online curriculum, including an online live excursion to the State Library about the First Fleet, a film-making project from each student on one journey and artwork lessons with Glenaeon Art Teacher Julia Byrne. The children are also reading a text called Tom Appleby Convict Boy which brings their history studies into vivid imagination. The children first made their own antiqued diaries using coffee and tea leaves and have been writing beautifully sensitive responses to the novel, exploring highly relevant themes such as courage and resilience.  Below is a response written by Eleanor Rush in response to the “courage cloak” described by Tom Appleby.

 

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Class 5 Movie Project - Australian History films

Class 5 Movie Project - Australian History films

19 Aug 2021

Lockdown presents an opportunity for families to work together and to engage in other forms of learning tasks that would not be possible at school. Students were asked to make a film of one person from their Australian History Main Lesson, using any technique. The student films are wonderful and highly creative starring themselves, family members and even pets! Techniques used include video film stories, stop-motion, story-reading with hand-drawn illustrations, box puppets, shadow puppetry and old fashioned film styles. Here are some stills from just some of these wonderfully creative films! The Class has its own online Film Festival file and families have been able to sit down, relax and enjoy the class films!

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Class 5 takes square metre challenge to the next level

Class 5 takes square metre challenge to the next level

05 Aug 2021

Class 5 Teacher Katherine Arconati recently set a home learning challenge to her students to create a square metre geometric design as part of their study learning about area.  Students responded very creatively indeed.  Take a look at the results! Lucia decided to also try the Glenaeon emblem and figured it out! It was a family effort with Lucia's Year 4 sister Sigrid also lending a hand. Take a look at these other student creative responses. Well done to all, you've completely warmed our hearts!

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Sport Club kicks off for Classes 4-6 with Jonas

Sport Club kicks off for Classes 4-6 with Jonas

05 Aug 2021

Glenaeon students are reminded of the importance of keeping up physical activity during the lockdown period.  Now, Students from Class 4-6 can participate in Sports Club with Glenaeon’s PDHPE Teacher and host Jonas Stoebe. Jonas will be running Sports Club each Monday from 2:30pm for an hour, via Zoom. This week students gathered together online and were coached through a number of sets of exercises including stretching, planking and other movements that got the heart pumping!  The session  provided a social moment to reconnect with other students and enjoy some fun and activity together. Jonas said, “Students can get some healthy time away from their study desk, take their device outside, enjoy a workout together and share interests and skills. I look forward to energising the young each week!”

For more information, go to the Sports Club page on GLO. BYO juggling balls next week.

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Grassroots Eco Store - Lockdown Gift Packs Delivered

Grassroots Eco Store - Lockdown Gift Packs Delivered

05 Aug 2021

Although the shop on campus is closed during lockdown our online shop remains open with FREE LOCAL DELIVERY. Thank you to everyone who has been ordering online! If you need extra Main Lesson Books, Pencils, Sharpeners, Crayons or Wool you’ll find everything you need in the Arts & Craft section of the website and all items can be delivered straight to your doorstep!

Do you have a friend who could use a bit of love during lockdown? Why not send them an eco-friendly Lockdown Love Package filled with gorgeous Australian-made products sure to lift their spirits and let them know you're thinking of them!

Have kids who need something to brighten their day? We have also put together a Kids Rainbow Craft Pack filled with a beautiful selection of rainbow craft supplies sure to inspire hours of colourful creativity!

It's easy to shop locally online: grassrootsecostore.com.au

If you need something you can’t find on the website, please don’t hesitate to contact Taryn (0409 022 327) and she will be happy to help any way she can.

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

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

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Charlie and Oscar shortlisted in the Mosman Youth Awards in Literature

Charlie and Oscar shortlisted in the Mosman Youth Awards in Literature

05 Aug 2021

We’re delighted to share the news that two Glenaeon High School students - Charlie Scharf, Year 8, and Oscar Street, Year 10 - have been shortlisted in the Mosman Youth Awards in Literature.

The Mosman Youth Awards in Literature is an annual prose and poetry competition which attracts budding poets, playwrights and authors from primary and secondary schools across the state, all of whom compete for a share in the $2,000 prize pool.

Charlie wrote a poem as part of our Geography main lesson, and then submitted this as his entry. Oscar also submitted a poem.

Due to COVID restrictions the awards presentation will be announced online later this month.  For more information go to: https://mosman.nsw.gov.au/library/Get-Involved/youth-awards-in-literature

Our warmest congratulations to both Charlie and Oscar for their efforts and achievement. We feel very proud of you both.

Well done Charlie and Oscar!

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Serenity in the garden

Serenity in the garden

05 Aug 2021

It's very very quiet without all our students here on campus. But there is still work to be done. With Sandra and Kathy's guidance, pumpkins have been harvested and chickens are being cared for. Our peaceful garden is also getting the occasional visit from a few familiar faces taking a breather from GLO. Here's Sarah (from reception) in the garden with EA, Sally Davidson, and Wellbeing Coordinator Emily Fam, and our Gardening Teacher and Playgroups Coordinator, Sandra Frain.

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Wrap with Love

Wrap with Love

05 Aug 2021

Wrap with Love is a lockdown project that our students can take part in via our Remote Learning Clubs (Knit for Love) Thursdays at 2:30pm for Class 3 to Year 10 and Craft Club on Friday’s at 2:30pm with Merryn Hamilton.  All students are invited to watch the pre-recorded videos by Elizabeth Ellean on Glenaeon Learning Online (GLO) to help your get started, and join the weekly Knit for Love or Craft Club to make the squares.

A Wrap With Love personal wrap comprises 28 squares, 25 cm x 25 cm (10 inches x 10 inches) sewn together in 4 rows by 7 rows to size 100cm x 175cm (40 inches x 70 inches) completed. A Wrap can be knitted, crocheted, machine knitted or woven , with wool, acrylic or lined patchwork.

Glenaeon will then coordinate delivery of the completed wraps to the ‘A Wrap With Love’ charity warehouse in Alexandria, NSW, then over forty non-denominational and non-political aid agencies distribute them to those in greatest need around the globe.  To find out more about Wrap with Love go to https://www.wrapwithlove.org/ or if your child would like to participate in this wonderful school project, join the club on GLO!

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Playgroups fun

Playgroups fun

05 Aug 2021

Lockdown has meant that our Playgroups team has had to pivot its delivery model and is now provided via Zoom, email and phone calls with our wonderful Playgroup families. Songs, stories and craft ideas are sent through to families to enjoy.  We have also delivered parent-only sessions with Child Development Experts Peggy Day (Director Glenaeon Preschool) and Mary Heard (Simplicity Parenting Coach) to give Parents extra support at this difficult time.

Playgroup leaders Sandra and Nancy are very much looking forward to the time when Playgroup families can once again have fun at our Willoughby and Castlecrag campuses.

Here are some Playgroup photos taken during Term 2.

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Sandra Frain brings Storytime Club home

Sandra Frain brings Storytime Club home

05 Aug 2021

For students and families of Class 1-3 who might feel stuck at home with ‘NOTHING to DO’, Sandra invites you to join her on Zoom for STORYTIME each Tuesday between 2:30pm-3:30pm.

Sandra says, “Bring your favourite pillow and blanket to cozy-up with. Perhaps you have a cuddly doll or animal to bring to STORYTIME too. You can close your eyes and just listen to me, or you may look at the screen to see what you can see.

After the puppet story, we can make a story together with your cuddly friends too.”

No registration is required, please join the Zoom at the start of class each week via GLO.

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Glenaeon launches “Clubs” program for Students from Class 1 through to Year 10

Glenaeon launches “Clubs” program for Students from Class 1 through to Year 10

05 Aug 2021

We are very excited to announce the launch of a brand new initiative for students in Class 1 to Year 10 during the remote learning period in 2021.  Glenaeon Clubs run from 2:30pm each weekday afternoon  and the first sessions ran on Monday with good attendance across the board.

There are a wonderful variety of activities on offer for students of all ages – from sport to art, book clubs, dance and origami.  Each club’s session length can vary. For example, Art Club runs from 2:30pm-4pm and Sport club runs for 1 hour.  Attendance is voluntary and you can join multiple clubs if you wish (one per day), and all sessions are delivered live.

To find out more about each activity, view the Glenaeon Clubs timetable, and to access the zoom links, please follow the instructions in the guide or click here: https://glo.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/homepage/3656/

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Year 7's Archie Carter in the Australian Baseball Championships

Year 7's Archie Carter in the Australian Baseball Championships

05 Aug 2021

During the middle of last Term, Archie Carter (Year 7) and his representative baseball team, the Ryde Hawks travelled to Mildura, VIC to compete at the Australian Baseball Intermediate League Championships. Archie’s team were the NSW Champions after having won the state tournament undefeated, and had spent the term training hard to take on the best teams from all around Australia.

In non COVID years the winner of the Australian Championships wins through to the World Series, where they play teams from all over the planet.

After a long bus trip and some torrid weather playing in cold and wet conditions, Archie and the Hawks were poised for a top placed finish after three days of pool play. They had locked in top seed semi-final position after winning three games against West Australian and Victorian champion teams, dropping only one game by a single run.

Sadly, on the day of the semi-final, Victoria’s snap lockdown due to COVID cancelled the tournament, but it was still a great experience for Archie, taking on the best baseballers in Australia and showing that he could match it with the best.

Archie is a versatile player, featuring in a range of positions at both the State and National tournaments and was lauded by coaches for his energy, teamwork and aggressive hitting and base running.

Well done Archie!

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Spring has sprung early at Castlecrag!

Spring has sprung early at Castlecrag!

05 Aug 2021

Spring has sprung early at Castlecrag campus! The bulbs planted in Autumn have grown, garden beds that the children turned over with Sandra are growing, and we have beautiful flowers blooming across the campus. We wanted to show you how glorious they are! You can see jonquils, daffodils, the cherry blossom tree, wattles and even the humble dandelion flower! There are also wild raspberries and the tamarillos which grew fruit at the end of last term. Our friendly morning kookaburra still comes every day to say hello, sitting on the fence, a tree or the monkey bars. Sandra has been gardening and watering and we miss the children so much. Hello to all the children at home from Castlecrag!

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Class 1 Zooming with Jennifer and climbing trees

Class 1 Zooming with Jennifer and climbing trees

05 Aug 2021

Class 1 children have been Zooming with Class teacher Jennifer Stone each morning as they recall their story, work in their Main Lesson books and catch up together each day. Keeping the connection to the Class Teacher Jennifer Stone is important, and they have been learning English, grammar and sentence formation through the rich world of the Russian Fairytales. The children also have Jennifer's audio recordings of her stories, Morning Circle, verses and songs, and literacy/maths worksheets and games. They follow a very similar rhythm to what the children would learn if at school, including afternoon sessions of Japanese & Craft. They have also been having fun in their favourite trees, and noted National Tree Day for schools last Friday!

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Castlecrag Packs for Kindergartens  - Class 2

Castlecrag Packs for Kindergartens - Class 2

05 Aug 2021

The Kindergartens, Class 1 & 2 have packed bags for the families to collect as resources for Remote Learning. Initially they all collected their Pencils, books, recorders and other stationery, and further bags of craft supplies. Activities for the Kindergarten children have been prepared for collection. It's a busy time at school supporting all the students working so well at home. We are so proud of the children and families learning and playing at home during this time. We miss them all SO much! We look forward to the day when we can have all children back on campus again and the laughter and chatter returns.

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Chickens enjoying the playground at Castlecrag

Chickens enjoying the playground at Castlecrag

05 Aug 2021

Our chickens Princess, Ebony and Caramel have grown a lot and are enjoy getting out and about at school. They have even ventured into the Class 1 & 2 playground! They are laying eggs now and we look forward to when our Kindy children can cook these again for morning tea! Until then, the egg basket fills up, and some even found their way to the Rainbow Fairy in reception!

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The Kindy garden is waiting

The Kindy garden is waiting

05 Aug 2021

The Kindy Garden has been waiting very quietly and very patiently of late, for all the children to come back and fill the space with their laughter and warmth. Mother Nature has been very slowly doing what she always does towards the end of winter, awakening the plants and trees; even the little native bees in their nest on Grandfather Gum's trunk, have started to venture out in the warmer winter days. The bulbs that the children planted after Easter, are now sweet-smelling, yellow flowers dancing about in the breezes, while the blossom tree is a riot of magenta, as the chickens scratch about her roots. Little Kindy's potatoes have sprung into life and have grown green and tall. And the classrooms too, wait very quietly and very patiently, for the children to come back.

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Save the Date: 2021 Glenaeon Family Fair & Art Show

Save the Date: 2021 Glenaeon Family Fair & Art Show

22 Jul 2021

2021 GLENAEON FAMILY FAIR & ART SHOW
5-7 November 2021
Glenaeon Castlecrag Campus: 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag

Important Note: Please note that the Art Show, Raffle and Silent Auction will all be hosted online and therefore will be able to proceed regardless of any COVID-19 restrictions. Events such as the Art Show Opening Night and the Family Fair will be dependent on what restrictions may be in place at the time. We will advise closer to the time.

Friday 5 November * Art Show Opening Night - wine & cheese, silent auction exhibition, 7pm
Saturday 6 November * Family Fair, 10am - 4pm

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CALL OUT to Glenaeon parents, teachers and community who create their own hand craft, ceramics or jewellery. If you would like to sell your creations at the Fair, please contact Clare Gordon for more information (email: C.Gordon@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

We are looking for musicians and performers!  If you are interested in being part of our Fair Entertainment Program on Saturday 6 November, we would love to hear from you!  

DONATION of pre-loved books and clothes (for adult and children) in good condition, would be greatly appreciated for our school stalls. 
*Details for drop-off will be announced when COVID restrictions ease. Please hold onto your good quality books and clothing until then.*

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Thank you for your generosity

Thank you for your generosity

22 Jul 2021

In May this year, we launched our Annual Giving Campaign, Building for the Future aiming to raise funds for the continued development of our Masterplan. We also took the opportunity to share with those in our community the details of much work that has taken place in the past 18 months by hosting three information events.

We are delighted to report that through this year’s Annual Giving Campaign we raised a total of $70,891.

Thank you to everyone who contributed.  These funds will be used to help keep Glenaeon students learning in high-quality spaces for years to come.

 

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Grassroots Eco Store - Delivering Supplies for Home Learning

Grassroots Eco Store - Delivering Supplies for Home Learning

22 Jul 2021

Although the shop on campus is closed during lockdown our online shop remains open with FREE LOCAL DELIVERY. Thank you to everyone who has been ordering online! If you need extra Main Lesson Books, Pencils, Sharpeners, Crayons or Wool you’ll find everything you need in the Arts & Craft section of the website and all items can be delivered straight to your doorstep!

If you are taking the Plastic Free July challenge and looking for alternatives to reduce plastic products in your home we have some wonderful new products like natural Dish Brushes and Plant-Based Dishcloths that make it easy to go plastic-free in the kitchen. With lots of other ideas to be found in the Home section of the website.

Look out for the full range of nourishing Southern Swan products, which have now been restocked online.

Elizabeth Ellean has made more of her colourfully dyed Silk and Muslin Playcloths, available in all the seasonal colours to add some rainbows to your home learning spaces!

It's easy to shop locally online: grassrootsecostore.com.au

If you need something you can’t find on the website, please don’t hesitate to contact Taryn (0409 022 327) and she will be happy to help any way she can. Follow us on Instagram @grassroots_ecostore to be the first to find out about our new products and the stories behind them! 

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

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Feeling cooped up?

Feeling cooped up?

22 Jul 2021

We hope that these recently taken photos of our lovely chickens, put a smile on your face, and momentarily make you forget about the lockdown. Our chickens hope to see everyone back on campus very soon! 

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New pathways to surround the Sylvia Brose Hall

New pathways to surround the Sylvia Brose Hall

22 Jul 2021

At the sound of the home-time bell at the end of Term 2, work began on a number of improvement projects around the campus. Whilst the work tools have had to be put down for the time being during the lockdown, we are pleased to showcase the progress that was made in the first part of the school holidays. We can't wait for our new wooden pathways to be walked down. Thanks to our Operations and Facilities Manager, Chris Scrogie and the builders from Aranac for all their hard work on this project.

 

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Year 9's Sophie Lewis shortlisted for The Text Prize

Year 9's Sophie Lewis shortlisted for The Text Prize

22 Jul 2021

We are excited to announce that Year 9 student Sophie Lewis is one of seven authors shortlisted for The Text Prize. In Year 8 every student undertakes a project, and last year Sophie Lewis wrote a novel, The Boy in the Field, about her great-grandfather.  She submitted the novel to the Text Prize and was chosen from hundreds of manuscripts.  The overall winner will be announced on July 29. The prize is $10,000 and a publishing contract. Her proud parents said, "It’s really thanks to the Year 8 Project that she is in this position. Without it she would not have gone the extra mile to finish the book and realise the potential that she had as a writer. It’s one thing to sit and write every day (she does this) but another thing to see a project through to the end."

Congratulations Sophie, on making the shortlist and we wish you well for the final. We are all very proud of you!

Read the blog announcing the shortlisted writers here:

https://www.textpublishing.com.au/blog/announcing-the-shortlist-for-the-2021-text-prize-for-young-adult-and-children-s-writing

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When schooling at home, rhythm is your best friend by Mary Heard

When schooling at home, rhythm is your best friend by Mary Heard

22 Jul 2021

Rhythm is the key to discipline, the secret Steiner schools have always understood. It is also the secret to making children feel secure, it is a message to their nervous system that some things are still the same in the world and that the life they know really matters.

As parents many of us have a tenuous hold on the sort of rhythm and discipline children experience at school but this is a wonderful opportunity for us to reclaim our dominion as we bring school into our home. Home Schooling last time may have been a bit chaotic or formless but we can start this term mapping out with our child/ren what home schooling is going to look like from now on.

As our children have the school rhythm already built into their body clock it is best to stick with that as much as possible. Insist that our children are dressed and ready to start learning at the usual school time - making sure we are free ourselves at this time to get everyone set up. Younger children can also go to their play area at this time as though they are doing their ‘work’ too.

Keep to the morning tea and lunch times of school, we can try to get all the inside activities completed in the morning and then go outside in the afternoon. Outside of school times we need to engage our children in as much of the home life as possible to keep them occupied and to make our own lives easier. Children should be given as many tasks as they can manage like preparing food, cleaning up their rooms daily, packing away the dishes, looking after the garden etc. I would also suggest a long family walk every day for at least an hour. This way we can wear our children out a bit, get some good exercise ourselves and get some outside time.

In order to establish our authority we need to give directions to our children that they can understand and follow. We must be careful not to disguise our directions as questions or requests. I always think the teacher’s ‘now it’s time to…..’ works very well. Once we have established these actions over a few days they will become habits. Also we should try to talk to our children as little as possible, we will see as we try to do this how many unnecessary things we say during the day.

If we only speak when necessary, we will notice how much more our children will listen.

We can say to our children ‘you need to play by yourself now until I finish my work’ (this time will depend on the child’s age) making it clear that they cannot disturb us for that time as we need to get our work done. So long as children have good solid blocks of our undivided attention they should also be able to cope with blocks of time while we do our work. When we do spend time with them we can spend that time doing household chores like hanging out washing or putting it away so that we have the chance to get things done while also being with them. If we spend our time doing chores with our children they will be even happier to have some ‘downtime’ to just play while we leave them alone.

We should try to resist the temptation to put our children in front of screens as this will just make their behaviour worse the rest of the time, reduce their capacity for deep play and encourage them to whinge and whine hoping for more screen time. if we allow our screen time to increase during lockdown we are bound to regret it when lockdown is over. If we need our child to be occupied in the afternoon for a while without us, audiobooks are a good compromise – we can use the opportunity to expose our children to some of the classics we may not have had time to read like ‘Swallows and Amazons’ or the Narnia series.

This is not an easy time for parents who are going through their own anxieties, trying to work from home, managing different age children, sickness and trying to keep family life manageable. Of course it will be 3 steps forward and 2 steps back a lot of the time however if we put the effort in for the first few days and establish and an element of predictability there will be a lot more room for love, compassion, kindness and fun in the home.

 

Mary Heard is a Simplicity Parenting Coach. Visit https://www.maryheardsimplicityparenting.com/ for more information.

 

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Greater Flexibility in Paying your School Fees

Greater Flexibility in Paying your School Fees

22 Jul 2021

The School is working with Edstart to help give you greater flexibility with your school fee payments. With Edstart, they will pay the school on your behalf and you can spread your repayments in weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments. You can also reduce your repayment amount by extending your education costs beyond the current school year up to 5 years after your child’s graduation.

Edstart is more flexible than a traditional payment plan. You can adjust your repayments at any time without incurring any fees or charges.

Watch this brief video to find out more and to apply, visit https://edstart.com.au/glenaeon 

 

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Three Glenaeon students named as Finalists in the 2021 Northern Beaches Environmental Art & Design Prize

Three Glenaeon students named as Finalists in the 2021 Northern Beaches Environmental Art & Design Prize

22 Jul 2021

Three cheers for three Glenaeon students/alumna named as Finalists in the 2021 Northern Beaches Environmental Art & Design Prize.

Congratulations to our own:

  • Elicia Ferguson, Syria (Class of 2020);
  • Kauri Palmer, Life, Again (Year 12); and
  • Anouk Swanepoel, CAN you Save Me?  (Year 10)

 Presented by the Northern Beaches Council, the exhibition of their work “will celebrate the vibrancy of the Australian arts and design community and the importance of its level of engagement in conversations about renewal, regeneration and issues impacting the human and natural world.”

In the Young Artist/Designer section 53 finalists were selected across the 7-12 and 13-18 years categories. Well done to our student artists!

You can read the announcement here: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/arts-and-culture/northern-beaches-environmental-art-and-design-prize/2021-finalists

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12 AUG - Introductory Webinars now open for bookings

12 AUG - Introductory Webinars now open for bookings

22 Jul 2021

We have two introductory webinar events coming up on Thursday 12 August to help give prospective families an insight into the benefits of a Glenaeon Education.  The Primary School webinar is at 9:30am and the High School introductory webinar is at 7:30pm.  Bookings can be made via our website: www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au Click on the yellow "Book A Tour" link at the top of our homepage.

 

 

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Kindy Winter Festival (Throwback to Term 2, when everything was ‘normal’)

Kindy Winter Festival (Throwback to Term 2, when everything was ‘normal’)

22 Jul 2021

The Kindy children had been preparing for their Festival for a while; they had made their lanterns, their parents had come to school and made theirs. They had enjoyed finding logs and sawing them for the fire and were always on the lookout for any kindling to add to the growing pile. They had been busy on the day making star biscuits to share with everyone and some wonderful parents had made delicious pumpkin soup. 

And so the school day ended and the children were excited to find that they weren't going home, but staying on to have supper at school. The fire was lit and the Festival began. Sitting around the fire at dusk we enjoyed the soup, cheesy scones and mandarins. Then it was off into the growing darkness to watch a surprise puppet play that the teachers had prepared. And then began the lantern walk underneath a beautiful starry sky, with a nearly full moon shining down on the children and teachers, as we wove our way carrying our lanterns so carefully and singing our winter songs. We sang our way back to the fire and found all the parents waiting for us. And as we all sang together and enjoyed the warmth of the fire, the songs and the star biscuits (and a visit from a curious possum), we celebrated the longest night with our Winter Festival.  (Sarah David, Kindergarten Teacher)

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Students explore The Cove on a visit to Warrah

Students explore The Cove on a visit to Warrah

22 Jul 2021

Last month, Year 9s visited Warrah School, as part of our our community engagement and service excursions within The Cove Program.

Community as one of the pillars around which the program is built (achievement and autonomy being the other two), means we want to involve and expose our students to altruistic community based work. The idea of service and giving back is an important aspect of learning at that age and will sensitize the students towards supporting people living life with challenges and to build empathy within them.

The day at Warrah was structured into morning activities around community service when students in groups of four helped the Warrah maintenance team in various tasks around the farm and school including weeding, planting and cleaning tasks. One group was able to clean windows of one of the residences for people who permanently reside at Warrah and who have a much broader age range of up to 75 years. During the cleaning session students were involved in many at hoc encounters with residents who eagerly approached our students and struck up conversations. A shared morning tea brought us even closer to the people looking after the residents and the residents themselves which was a wonderful occasion. The students went from a rather shy and observational start, to an engaging and friendly exchange and deeper understanding of what it can mean to live with a disability.

The lunchtime and afternoon was based around interaction with students at Warrah School, which work with the indication of Rudolf Steiner bringing meaningful interaction to the students being educated at Warrah. Our students met the Warrah students at their playground for some get-to-know-one-another activity on the trampoline and swing. Later, our students brought some games and activities to the Warrah students and staff. Both parties benefitted a lot from one another.

It was visible how important such exchange and engagement is for young people who may not have had the opportunity to get to know people each living with unique and different challenges. Here it was essential to engage, to overcome initial hesitance and to allow oneself to be open. The Glenaeon students really enjoyed the day and also visited the organic farm shop and farm, and left with the experience and appreciation of diversity and inclusion, open hearts and open minds.

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Pizza Day rolls around

Pizza Day rolls around

22 Jul 2021

Our students got to enjoy a wonderful Pizza Day last term. Many hands made light work: kneading the dough, spreading the sauce, and placing toppings including fresh herbs from the biodynamic garden. Then, into the wood-fired pizza oven they went. The pizzas were absolutely delicious and we can't wait until the next pizza day!

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Call for Prize donations

Call for Prize donations

22 Jul 2021

My name is Alex Francois, Gabriel’s dad from Class 4. I am very excited and honoured to be asked to co-ordinate this year’s online raffle for the Fair in November.  I am also being supported in this project by Jochen Schweitzer and Karina Schlieper. 

It’s a great opportunity to raise substantial funds for the benefit of the school and I would like to ask for your generous support with offers of prizes for the raffle. 

The proceeds go to the GPA to support many worthwhile projects at the school for the benefit of all students. 

Please get in touch with any suggestions or offers by 30 July. (Email: alexfrancois118@gmail.com or 0416040835). We look forward to a very successful raffle again this year. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

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Human-centred learning

Human-centred learning

22 Jul 2021

Our creative and dedicated teachers and support staff have worked tirelessly to bring our Glenaeon education into your homes!  The challenge of transforming human-centred on-site learning experiences into online remote education is nothing short of monumental!  Rising to the challenge on a particularly windy Sydney winter morning was Senior Castlecrag teacher Catherine Pilko who ably demonstrated one of the tasks she set for her Little Kindergarten children … kite flying! (see GLO)

Well done Catherine and All! 
Stay safe and warm everyone, Dani

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12 AUG - Virtual Tours with live Q&A  - now open for bookings

12 AUG - Virtual Tours with live Q&A - now open for bookings

22 Jul 2021

We have two Virtual Tour events coming up on Thursday 12 August to help give prospective families an insight into the benefits of a Glenaeon Education.  The Primary School webinar is at 9:30am and the High School webinar is at 7:30pm.  Bookings can be made via our website: www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au Click on the yellow "Book A Tour" link at the top of our homepage.

 

 

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OCT 14 & 21 - Virtual Tours with live Q&A  - now open for bookings

OCT 14 & 21 - Virtual Tours with live Q&A - now open for bookings

22 Jul 2021

We have Virtual Tour events coming up on October 14 and 21, for High School and Primary School respectively, to help give prospective families an insight into the benefits of a Glenaeon Education.  Bookings can be made via our website: www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au Click on the yellow "Book A Tour" link at the top of our homepage.

 

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2021 Glenaeon Art Show -  Call to Artists, applications close SUN 03 OCT

2021 Glenaeon Art Show - Call to Artists, applications close SUN 03 OCT

22 Jul 2021

The Glenaeon Art Show will be hosted online this year. Please share this 'Call to emerging and established Artists' invitation to anyone you know who may be interested in submitting a piece.

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Click through to Glenaeon Family Fair & Art Show website

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2021 Glenaeon Art Show -  Call to Artists, applications close SUN 03 OCT

2021 Glenaeon Art Show - Call to Artists, applications close SUN 03 OCT

22 Jul 2021

The Glenaeon Art Show will be hosted online this year. Please share this 'Call to emerging and established Artists' invitation to anyone you know who may be interested in submitting a piece.

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Click through to Glenaeon Family Fair & Art Show website

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GlenX reunion event cancelled

GlenX reunion event cancelled

21 Jul 2021

It is with much regret that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current restrictions for Sydney, we must cancel the GlenX Reunion event which was scheduled for Saturday 18th of September.  We were looking forward to hosting all past students of Glenaeon, and celebrating the five decades of graduates from the Class of 2011 (10 years), Class of 2001 (20 years), Class of 1991 (30 years) Class of 1981 (40 years) and Class of 1971 (50 years).  We welcome Alumna from those co-horts in particular to submit any photos or memories from those golden Glenaeon years and email them to alumni@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au with a view to including some in our 2021 AEON Magazine to be published later this year.

 

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Preschool remains open for essential workers

Preschool remains open for essential workers

21 Jul 2021

The Preschool remains open for children of essential workers during the current COVID lockdown.  Our beautiful Preschool also has a new A4 poster. If anyone in our community is able to print and display or share with their contacts we'd be very grateful.

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Preschool remains open for essential workers

Preschool remains open for essential workers

21 Jul 2021

Our Preschool Director Peggy Day is now interviewing for 2022 Preschool placements. If you, or someone you know, is considering Preschool for their child, now is the time to get your application in. Application forms are on the website: www.glenaeonpreschool.nsw.edu.au  There are also limited places available for the remainder of this year.  Childcare is an essential service for all families and our Preschool remains open for children of essential workers during the current COVID lockdown.  Our beautiful Preschool also has a new A4 poster. If anyone in our community is able to print and display or share with their contacts we'd be very grateful. Link to download below.

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Season of Inwardness: We give thanks for the blessing of Winter…

Season of Inwardness: We give thanks for the blessing of Winter…

17 Jun 2021

I can’t say it any better than Michael Leunig, so here is his poem for Winter:

We give thanks for the blessing of Winter.
Season to cherish the heart
To make warmth and quiet for the heart
To make soups and broths for the heart
To cook for the heart and read for the heart
To curl up softly and nestle with the heart
To sleep deeply and gently at one with the heart
To dream with the heart
To spend time with the heart
A long, long time of peace with the heart
We give thanks for the blessing of winter
Season to cherish the heart.

While it's cold outside, it's time to feel the warmth inside, both in our homes and in our hearts. It’s the season of inwardness. Our MidWinter festivals celebrate and nurture this season’s feeling of the warmth of the human heart. The spiral of candles at the close of a festival is a unique joy in the turning of the year, an image of the community of individuals united with the common intention of creating purpose and beauty in the world. We look forward to sharing this inner joy with our students.

MidWinter festivals through the school:

Middle Cove: 
Class 3 – Year 12 over Tuesday and Wednesday June 22/23

Castlecrag: 
Classes 1 and 2: Thursday 17 June - 11.30am – 12.40pm
Kindergarten: Tuesday 22 June

Willoughby Preschool: 
Tuesday 22 June 5.30pm – 7pm
Thursday 24 June 5.30pm – 7pm

Unfortunately, this year we have COVID restrictions on numbers in the Sylvia Brose Hall at Middle Cove. While we can run festivals for the students, due to the unique nature of the MidWinter festival seating, we are unable to hold our community MidWinter festival in the evening. We are unable to maintain physical distancing and the numbers cap on the building. At least we can run the festival for the students unlike last year. We apologise to parents and former students for this year and hope that 2022 will provide an opportunity to hold our community MidWinter festival once gain.

Welcome to Peter Candotti as Chair of the School Council
Lee Hill retired as Chair of the Glenaeon School Council, our Board of Directors, at the recent AGM of the school’s company. Lee has served the school with great distinction for 10 years as a Director and four years as Chair. His professional skills in business and marketing have been invaluable in supporting our work in managing the school and in guiding the School Council’s role as our governing body overseeing budget, risk and strategy. Lee has given unstinting of his time, no more so than last year when he was central in guiding our financial response to the pandemic. He leaves the role with our gratitude and thanks for his service.

We welcome Peter Candotti into the role of Chair of Council. See below for Peter’s full biography and connection to the school. Peter has been an incredibly supportive parent over a very long time and his professional skills will be very much appreciated in steering Glenaeon into the next stage of our journey. Welcome Peter!

End of Term
As the last newsletter of Term 2 2021, I wish all families a restful and refreshing time over the break. There will be a very large building program underway as we replace the deck around the Sylvia Brose Hall. This work will continue for a number of weeks into Term 3, and we will be advising staff and parents around traffic movements on the drive and basketball courts. May the time of our winter break be as regenerating as possible for all staff, students and parents!

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Parent Library open - borrow for the holidays

Parent Library open - borrow for the holidays

17 Jun 2021

Next Tuesday is the last Parent Library day before the holidays, so why not come and borrow some beautiful books for the break? Come and browse a wide selection of titles across areas of parenting, craft, gardening, food, anthroposophy, Steiner education, children's stories and festivals.

The Parent Library is now open on:
TUESDAYS 8:30am - 9:10am and
THURSDAYS 2:30 - 3:10pm

We have Grimms' Fairy Tales, Susan Perrow's "Therapeutic Storytelling", Michaela Glockler's "A Guide to Child Health", Jude Blereau's "Wholefood for Children" and many more wonderful books for infants, preschoolers, young children and parents. See photos below for just some of the lovely books we hold in the library.

If you haven't been to our Glenaeon Castlecrag Campus before, the Parent Library is located in the room to the left of Reception at 121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag. We look forward to seeing you soon and chatting about our wonderful books!

Amity - Parent Library Coordinator (Volunteer)

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Glorious Gardening at Middle Cove

Glorious Gardening at Middle Cove

17 Jun 2021

An enthusiastic group of young and old enjoyed radiant sun and inner warmth at a Parent Education event transforming one of the biodynamic garden beds at Middle Cove recently, with the practical guidance of Glenaeon gardening teachers Sandra and Kathy. 

The gathered group weeded, pulled up plants at the end of their seasonal flourish, for composting, turned the soil, transplanted some good companion plants from other beds, and planted seedlings Kathy had nurtured until participants settled them into their new homes and bedded them down with a drink. The group completed their morning session sharing delicious home-baked sourdough by Sandra and enjoyed Kathy’s herbal tea.  The group were even gifted overflowing parsley and cress to take home for their own gardens.  A happy and satisfied team took off home to continue some gardening there, and are now waiting in the wings to hear what may be springing into garden community life next term!

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Save the Date: 2021 Glenaeon Family Fair & Art Show

Save the Date: 2021 Glenaeon Family Fair & Art Show

17 Jun 2021

2021 GLENAEON FAMILY FAIR & ART SHOW
5-7 November 2021
Glenaeon Castlecrag Campus: 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag

Friday 5 November * Art Show Opening Night - wine & cheese, silent auction exhibition, 7pm
Saturday 6 November * Family Fair, 10am - 4pm

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CALL OUT to Glenaeon parents, teachers and community who create their own hand craft, ceramics or jewellery. If you would like to sell your creations at the Fair, please contact Clare Gordon for more information (email: C.Gordon@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

We are looking for musicians and performers!  If you are interested in being part of our Fair Entertainment Programme on Saturday 6 November, we would love to hear from you!  *Details will be available next term.*

DONATION of pre-loved books and clothes (for adult and children) in good condition, would be greatly appreciated for our school stalls. 
*Details for drop-off will be available in Term 3.*

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Year 10s play games to save life on Planet Earth

Year 10s play games to save life on Planet Earth

17 Jun 2021

At the completion of a semester studying Environmental Issues and Human Wellbeing in Geography lessons, Year 10B enjoyed playing 'Climate Crisis'.

Mr Phil Hopper from Nerd Games, introduced the students to a newly released board game called Climate Crisis, a collaborative game where players cooperate in order to save life on the Planet Earth. It certainly led to much lively discussion and debate as the students sought to make the best decisions to save the health of the environment and the people on planet Earth. The school has been kindly donated five of these environmental games which can be borrowed from the senior library.

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Glenaeon Twilight Concert

Glenaeon Twilight Concert

17 Jun 2021

Last week Glenaeon held a Twilight Music Concert. We had students from Class 5 through to Year 12 performing, including some students performing in front of an audience, for the first time.

We ran two concerts simultaneously to a very responsive and appreciative audience of parents and friends. We had our cello ensemble perform also for the first time, with students in Years 6,7 and 8 taking part. It was wonderful for our students to be able to perform again for an audience after such a long time and we had 44 performers overall taking part.

Special thanks to the tutors who helped contribute to the night and especially those that came along to support their students.

We will be holding a second Twilight Concert next term, and we hope to have even more performers should the COVID restrictions allow it.

Thanks to Parents, Erika Hosoyama and Melony Browell for sharing these photographs.

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2021 Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival

2021 Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival

17 Jun 2021

Glenaeon musicians have taken part in the Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival. The aim of the Festival is to provide a formal, non-competitive performance opportunity for ensembles that is a positive and encouraging experience.  Glenaeon‘s Concert Band (led Phil Arnold and Christine Young) performed in the High School Ensemble section on 6 June and the Glenaeon Big Band (led by Phil Arnold) will play on 20 June Session 4 3:00-4:20pm.

Now in its tenth year, the Festival has become one of the main performance focuses for Concert Bands, Stage Bands and String Ensembles on the Northern Beaches. Well done to all the Glenaeon students who took part. More information can be found here: http://www.nbswe.org.au/festival

Thanks to Parents, Erika Hosoyama and Melony Browell for sharing these photographs.

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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.

 

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 #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

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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 assoc