Sky's the limit at Glenaeon

04 June 2019

Sky Boe has won the Gordon Waterhouse Scholarship competition

17-year-old Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School student and Middle Cove resident, Sky Boe has won the Gordon Waterhouse Scholarship competition run by the Chatswood Rotary Club, held at the Zenith Theatre in Chatswood last week. Sky competed against nominees from six other schools.

Sky sang three songs ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ by Sondheim, ‘La Vie en Rose’ by Edith Piaf and Louiguy and ‘Will there really be a morning’ by Ricky Gordon with words by Emily Dickinson to win the competition and take home the $2,000 prize. Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School student Natasha Petit, who won the competition in 2018, returned to provide entertainment whilst the judges made their decision. The violinist performed Café 1930 from L’Histoire du Tango by Piazzolla. Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School, which has won the competition two years in a row now, has a very strong musical education program. 

Head of Department (Music) Mr Christian Lillicrap said, “Studies have shown without doubt the importance of a music education and at Glenaeon we take this seriously. Right up to Year 12, every student sings in a choir regardless of their HSC elective subjects and all students learn an instrument until Year 9.  It is very exciting for us as a small school to be fostering musicians such as Sky and Natasha who perform at such a high standard. We are very proud of them.”

Head of School, Andrew Hill said, “Music is an integral part of the Glenaeon curriculum at all age levels. From the fluid, heartfelt singing and movement of early childhood to the conscious discipline of more formal music tuition, music is a core component of Steiner education.

“Music deeply nurtures the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of the growing child. It enriches the learning process of each individual, enlivens the family home, enhances the atmosphere of the classroom and draws together the whole school community. Acquiring the skills and tools for artistic expression offers an opportunity to explore and experience the highest qualities of what it is to be human.”