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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Year 10s play games to save life on Planet Earth

Year 10s play games to save life on Planet Earth

17 Jun 2021

At the completion of a semester studying Environmental Issues and Human Wellbeing in Geography lessons, Year 10B enjoyed playing 'Climate Crisis'.

Mr Phil Hopper from Nerd Games, introduced the students to a newly released board game called Climate Crisis, a collaborative game where players cooperate in order to save life on the Planet Earth. It certainly led to much lively discussion and debate as the students sought to make the best decisions to save the health of the environment and the people on planet Earth. The school has been kindly donated five of these environmental games which can be borrowed from the senior library.

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Glenaeon Twilight Concert

Glenaeon Twilight Concert

17 Jun 2021

Last week Glenaeon held a Twilight Music Concert. We had students from Class 5 through to Year 12 performing, including some students performing in front of an audience, for the first time.

We ran two concerts simultaneously to a very responsive and appreciative audience of parents and friends. We had our cello ensemble perform also for the first time, with students in Years 6,7 and 8 taking part. It was wonderful for our students to be able to perform again for an audience after such a long time and we had 44 performers overall taking part.

Special thanks to the tutors who helped contribute to the night and especially those that came along to support their students.

We will be holding a second Twilight Concert next term, and we hope to have even more performers should the COVID restrictions allow it.

Thanks to Parents, Erika Hosoyama and Melony Browell for sharing these photographs.

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2021 Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival

2021 Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival

17 Jun 2021

Glenaeon musicians have taken part in the Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival. The aim of the Festival is to provide a formal, non-competitive performance opportunity for ensembles that is a positive and encouraging experience.  Glenaeon‘s Concert Band (led Phil Arnold and Christine Young) performed in the High School Ensemble section on 6 June and the Glenaeon Big Band (led by Phil Arnold) will play on 20 June Session 4 3:00-4:20pm.

Now in its tenth year, the Festival has become one of the main performance focuses for Concert Bands, Stage Bands and String Ensembles on the Northern Beaches. Well done to all the Glenaeon students who took part. More information can be found here: http://www.nbswe.org.au/festival

Thanks to Parents, Erika Hosoyama and Melony Browell for sharing these photographs.

#glenaeon #music #performance #bigband #concertband #steinerschool #steinereducation

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Year 9 celebrates NAIDOC Week through Sport

Year 9 celebrates NAIDOC Week through Sport

27 Nov 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Year 9 Science Ecology night time field watching excursion

Year 9 Science Ecology night time field watching excursion

27 Nov 2020

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

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Budding legal eagle flies into first

Budding legal eagle flies into first

27 Nov 2020

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

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

Congratulations Elliott, we are very proud of you! 

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Year 12s go solo

Year 12s go solo

27 Nov 2020

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

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Year 12 Graduation Assembly

Year 12 Graduation Assembly

27 Nov 2020

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

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Year 9s help Class 3 through DofE

Year 9s help Class 3 through DofE

27 Nov 2020

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

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Beniah meets Nyunmiti!

Beniah meets Nyunmiti!

27 Nov 2020

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

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Bliss N Eso record with Year 7

Bliss N Eso record with Year 7

26 Nov 2020

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

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

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Looking to the future; looking back

Looking to the future; looking back

12 Nov 2020

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

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

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

Kristen Gardner
Outdoor Education Teacher

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

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

12 Nov 2020

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

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

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

#DukeofEdAUS #dukeofed #worldready #cancer #covid19au

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Year 8 explores Tharwa ACT

Year 8 explores Tharwa ACT

12 Nov 2020

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

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Sport resumes

Sport resumes

12 Nov 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jonas Stoebe
PDHPE Teacher & Co-curricular Organiser

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Reflections

Reflections

29 Oct 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Who's laughing now?

Who's laughing now?

29 Oct 2020

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

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Year 8 – hand-dyed paper and silk series

Year 8 – hand-dyed paper and silk series

29 Oct 2020

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

 

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

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

15 Oct 2020

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

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

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

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

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Year 12 2020 Farewell

Year 12 2020 Farewell

29 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Something fishy going on in Class 6

Something fishy going on in Class 6

17 Sep 2020

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

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Year 12s embark on a contemporary scientific journey

Year 12s embark on a contemporary scientific journey

17 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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An Indigenous perspective

An Indigenous perspective

17 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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

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

#indigenous #firstpeoples

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Year 9s and 10s Play the Bard

Year 9s and 10s Play the Bard

17 Sep 2020

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

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Careers Counselling for Year 12s

Careers Counselling for Year 12s

17 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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

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The Cove delivers after Coronavirus disrupts

The Cove delivers after Coronavirus disrupts

03 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ode to Joy

Ode to Joy

03 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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

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

03 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New public bus service on Glenaeon’s doorstep

New public bus service on Glenaeon’s doorstep

03 Sep 2020

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

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

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Year 8 and 12 locker upgrade

Year 8 and 12 locker upgrade

03 Sep 2020

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

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

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

20 Aug 2020

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

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

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

20 Aug 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Sew much fun! And for a great cause!

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

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

20 Aug 2020

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

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

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

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

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Yoga at sunrise for Year 9s in The Cove

Yoga at sunrise for Year 9s in The Cove

20 Aug 2020

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

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Art Space open for Class 5 to Year 12

Art Space open for Class 5 to Year 12

06 Aug 2020

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

 

 

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

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

06 Aug 2020

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

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

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

Numeracy mentors for Class 4 are:

  • Flynn
  • Keizo
  • Maadi
  • Nathan

Readers with Class 3 are:

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

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

Garden volunteer: Taras

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

#worldready #dukeofedaus #DukeofEd




 

 

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Scout shortlisted in poetry competition

Scout shortlisted in poetry competition

06 Aug 2020

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

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

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Joe goes for gold

Joe goes for gold

06 Aug 2020

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

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

Well done Joe.

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Year 9s wrapped about sculpture group

Year 9s wrapped about sculpture group

23 Jul 2020

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

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

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

23 Jul 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

25 Jun 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Cove looks Inside from Outside

The Cove looks Inside from Outside

25 Jun 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you outside!

Jonas Stoebe
PDHPE Teacher

 

 

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

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

25 Jun 2020

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

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

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HSC students reduce stress with a mega sports study break

HSC students reduce stress with a mega sports study break

25 Jun 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

I couldn’t agree more!

Jonas Stoebe
PDHPE Teacher & Co-curricular Organiser

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

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

25 Jun 2020

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

Business Studies

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

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

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

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

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

 

Modern History

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

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

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

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

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

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

22 Jun 2020

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

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

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

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

Well done Kauri, what a great achievement.

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

 

 

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

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

14 Jun 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

What will studying English Extension teach me?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How can this subject help students beyond their school years?

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

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Glenaeon Introductory Webinars - 1st & 30th of July

Glenaeon Introductory Webinars - 1st & 30th of July

11 Jun 2020

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

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

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

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Year 8 students draw guitars

Year 8 students draw guitars

29 May 2020

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

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Year 10 subject selections: Biology with Dr Stanley Tang

Year 10 subject selections: Biology with Dr Stanley Tang

28 May 2020

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

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

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

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

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Year 10 subject selections: Visual Arts with Alisan Smotlak

Year 10 subject selections: Visual Arts with Alisan Smotlak

28 May 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“A Wonderful Sight”: Welcome Back to School

“A Wonderful Sight”: Welcome Back to School

15 May 2020

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Welcome back!!

Hangout for the Homeless

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Year 10: Subjects backed with passion, win for Finn

Year 10: Subjects backed with passion, win for Finn

14 May 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New books have arrived in the Senior Library

New books have arrived in the Senior Library

14 May 2020

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

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Chemistry is right with Yura Totsuka

Chemistry is right with Yura Totsuka

14 May 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Year 10: How to pick your HSC subjects

Year 10: How to pick your HSC subjects

06 May 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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Year 8 Textiles students stitch a postcard from home

Year 8 Textiles students stitch a postcard from home

16 Apr 2020

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

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Staying warm and close in our families during the holidays

Staying warm and close in our families during the holidays

13 Apr 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Heard
Simplicity Parenting

 

 

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Who is looking after the chickens?

Who is looking after the chickens?

13 Apr 2020

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

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Gardeners from all classes unite

Gardeners from all classes unite

13 Apr 2020

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

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

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

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

29 Mar 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best, Lennart

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

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Year 7: From Garden to Plate

Year 7: From Garden to Plate

27 Mar 2020

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

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

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Year 9 PE bubbles with fun

Year 9 PE bubbles with fun

27 Mar 2020

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

27 Mar 2020

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

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Farewell to our Exchange Students

Farewell to our Exchange Students

27 Mar 2020

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

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

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

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

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Meeting the Governor: Glenaeon's gold award winners

Meeting the Governor: Glenaeon's gold award winners

27 Mar 2020

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

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Swimming Carnival 2020

Swimming Carnival 2020

16 Mar 2020

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

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

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

 

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Year 12 Science Extension Seminar

Year 12 Science Extension Seminar

16 Mar 2020

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

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

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

 

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Year 10 visits the Sydney Institute of Marine Science

Year 10 visits the Sydney Institute of Marine Science

15 Mar 2020

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

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Surf's up for Year 10

Surf's up for Year 10

28 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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ISD Basketball Carnival

ISD Basketball Carnival

28 Feb 2020

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

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Year 9 Fitness in the Community

Year 9 Fitness in the Community

28 Feb 2020

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

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Smart Expressions 2020

Smart Expressions 2020

28 Feb 2020

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

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

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

 

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Big Bali Clean Up at Scotts Creek

Big Bali Clean Up at Scotts Creek

28 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

TO FIND OUT MORE:

www.oneislandonevoice.org

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

Thanks, Alina

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Glenaeon's crafty bushfire volunteer thank you effort

Glenaeon's crafty bushfire volunteer thank you effort

24 Feb 2020

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

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Kauri wins the Whitehouse

Kauri wins the Whitehouse

14 Feb 2020

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

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Elicia skates her way to the podium in Zagreb

Elicia skates her way to the podium in Zagreb

14 Feb 2020

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

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Help bushfire affected animals

Help bushfire affected animals

31 Jan 2020

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

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

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

31 Jan 2020

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

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

Download the PDF version of the flyer.

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Checkmates!

Checkmates!

04 Dec 2019

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

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Spring Festival 2019

Spring Festival 2019

27 Sep 2019

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

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Year 12 journey back through the classes K - 11

Year 12 journey back through the classes K - 11

27 Sep 2019

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

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Year 12 Farewell Assembly

Year 12 Farewell Assembly

27 Sep 2019

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

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

 

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Year 7 Food Technology learning about seasonal produce - strawberries

Year 7 Food Technology learning about seasonal produce - strawberries

20 Sep 2019

Year 7 have been learning about seasonal produce in Food Technology with teacher Anne Rouse, and this week have been studying strawberries as an example of a fruit that is currently in season. Grown in Australia and transported only from Queensland (not overseas) at this time of year, the current price also reflects their abundance and seasonality. In the two practical applications of this in the curriculum, they have planted strawberries in the school's biodynamic garden, and cooked fresh strawberry jam in the school's food technology kitchen. Complementing the jam, they baked fresh scones, which were all enjoyed together at the end - delicious! 

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Steiner Schools Athletics Carnival

Steiner Schools Athletics Carnival

20 Sep 2019

On a great spring day 150 keen Middle School Glenaeon students from Yr 7-Yr 10 boarded three buses in their respective house colour red, blue or green to compete in the annual Steiner School’s Athletics carnival on the Central Coast in a great meeting of 100s of other students from Steiner schools in Newcastle, Maitland, Linuel (from Sydney) and the Central Coast itself as the host of this event.

 

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Photos from ISD Athletics Carnival

Photos from ISD Athletics Carnival

20 Sep 2019

On a rather rainy and overcast day 48 Glenaeon athletic competitors, who were carefully selected as the best in their respective gender and age group, set off to compete in  the ISD Athletics Carnival at ES Marks Athletics Fields adjacent to Centennial Park for some wet but great competitions in 10 events: 100m, 200, 400, 800, 1500m, shot put, javelin, discus, high jump, long jump and 4x100m relay  racing.

Many great results were achieved, and many were just a bit unlucky to end up 4th in their events  (in fact 18 4th spots were gained!).

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Year 9 Athletics training with Jonas Stoebe

Year 9 Athletics training with Jonas Stoebe

12 Sep 2019

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

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Glenaeon History & Snow Tour 2019

Glenaeon History & Snow Tour 2019

10 Sep 2019

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

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

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

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Year 8 Group Science Projects

Year 8 Group Science Projects

06 Sep 2019

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

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HSC Drama Showcase

HSC Drama Showcase

30 Aug 2019

Congratualtions to the Year 12 Drama students on the quality of their performances at the HSC Showcase on Sunday 25th August. The audience were impressed with the variety and standard of work. All the best for the rest of your HSC!

- Jacqui Wan, Drama Teacher

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Bananas and asparagus  are the new flavours in the garden

Bananas and asparagus are the new flavours in the garden

30 Aug 2019

There are big movements in the Middle Cove Garden. Classes 3, 5 and Class 6 are learning all about asparagus and banana plants while relocating and building new asparagus and banana beds. Look at this beautiful garden glowing and the bananas awaiting their new 'home ground'! The rain will be a great addition as it has been so dry these past few months.

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Year 10 Sydney Science Festival excursion

Year 10 Sydney Science Festival excursion

16 Aug 2019

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

 

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Glenaeon Music Concert  at The Concourse

Glenaeon Music Concert at The Concourse

16 Aug 2019

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

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

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

With gratitude,

Christian Lillicrap on behalf of the Music Department

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Glenaeon Student Art Show Opening

Glenaeon Student Art Show Opening

16 Aug 2019

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

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Year 8 explore Shakespeare with Brendan Strobl

Year 8 explore Shakespeare with Brendan Strobl

09 Aug 2019

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

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Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh reading program with Class 3

Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh reading program with Class 3

09 Aug 2019

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

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Meaningful Music, Meaningful Lives

Meaningful Music, Meaningful Lives

09 Aug 2019

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

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

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

 

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Meaningful Lives through Music

Meaningful Lives through Music

26 Jul 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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Sky's the limit at Glenaeon

Sky's the limit at Glenaeon

04 Jun 2019

Sky Boe has won the Gordon Waterhouse Scholarship competition

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Year 11 art : Barangaroo building study

Year 11 art : Barangaroo building study

20 May 2019

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

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Year 9 Foot Golf!

Year 9 Foot Golf!

20 May 2019

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

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Ming Sun's Year 12 Design and Technology Major Project

Ming Sun's Year 12 Design and Technology Major Project

15 May 2019

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

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Glenaeon at the RSL ANZAC Commemoration Service 2019

Glenaeon at the RSL ANZAC Commemoration Service 2019

17 Apr 2019

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

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