Glenaeon eNewsletter

From Head of School

It Was A Very Good Year + More than STEM

We enjoyed the 20 year Reunion last Saturday with the Class of ’98. It was a very good day and as the classic song says, ’98 was a very good year. We had Jonathan Notley who came first in the state in HSC Design and Technology and went on to found hip hop band Bliss n Eso, and Yasmin Funk who came first in the state in HSC Visual Arts.

The group covered a wide range. From the global stage Dr Michael Richardson, now Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media at the University of NSW, having worked in Canada and the UK, with his PhD now a published book and a string of awards and papers to his credit. And from down the road Yuki Totsuka who is a veterinary surgeon at the local “Vet” and well known for fixing up so many small animals from the area.

At the photo opportunity in the amphitheatre there was a special moment. Standing together with their Guardians Pia Bartlet and Matthew Wright seemed to recreate those mornings of long ago, and spontaneously they all recited the high school Morning Verse. As we finished in the library and were about to go, another magic moment happened as they spontaneously recited the Irish Blessing (May the road rise before you…) that they had recited on their last day together as a class in 1998. In between there was much hilarity and memory sharing, a reminder of the bonds that last and the experiences that shape character and build meaningful lives.

They also give you the skills to succeed in the 21st century. Daniel Bateson works in IT with a large Australian company and he shared with me how important his Glenaeon education was for shaping the skills that have meant the most to him in his professional IT career. He reminded me of a Washington Post article that appeared earlier this year on the research done by Google on the skills that matter most to its employees’ success. Big surprise: STEM was important, but the most important was not STEM…..
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Sergey Brin and Larry Page, both brilliant computer scientists, founded their company on the conviction that only technologists can understand technology. Google originally set its hiring algorithms to sort for computer science students with top grades from elite science universities.

In 2013, Google decided to test its hiring hypothesis by crunching every bit and byte of hiring, firing, and promotion data accumulated since the company’s incorporation in 1998. Project Oxygen shocked everyone by concluding that, among the eight most important qualities of Google’s top employees, STEM expertise comes in dead last. The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills:
  • being a good coach;
  • communicating and listening well;
  • possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view);
  • having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues;
  • being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and
  • being able to make connections across complex ideas.
Those traits sound more like those one gains as an English or theatre major than as a programmer. Could it be that top Google employees were succeeding despite their technical training, not because of it?  After bringing in anthropologists and ethnographers to dive even deeper into the data, the company enlarged its previous hiring practices to include humanities majors, artists, and even the MBAs that, initially, Brin and Page viewed with disdain.

This, of course, is consistent with the findings of the employer-led Partnership for 21st Century Learning who describe the foundation skills for worker success as the 4Cs: collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity. And the book Becoming Brilliant which adds to those four content and confidence for the 6Cs.

And consistent with the work on the value of a liberal arts degree of journalist George Anders, laid out in his book You Can Do Anything, and in a Forbes article entitled That Useless Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket.

It’s far past time that Michigan policymakers and business leaders stop telling our kids if they don’t get a STEM related degree they are better off not getting a four-year degree. It simply is not accurate. (Not to mention that many of their kids are getting non-STEM related four-year degrees.) And instead begin to tell all kids what is accurate that the foundation skills––as Google found out––are not narrow occupation-specific skills, but rather are broad skills related to the ability to work with others, think critically and be a lifelong learner. The kind of skills that are best built with a broad liberal arts education.

The Post concludes:
No student should be prevented from majoring in an area they love based on a false idea of what they need to succeed. Broad learning skills are the key to long-term, satisfying, productive careers. What helps you thrive in a changing world isn’t rocket science. It may just well be social science, and, yes, even the humanities and the arts that contribute to making you not just workforce ready but world ready.


With warm wishes,

Andrew Hill
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School News

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Blackboard Beauties

This week's blackboard is from the Year 11 Parzival main lesson, drawn by Year 7 guardian, Brendan Strobl. This is the last main lesson blackboard Brendan will draw for Year 11, who are very special to him, as they were his very first class at Glenaeon!! » Read More

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Deck update - it's finished!!

Our deck is finished! Here are the new tables and chairs/benches with our gorgeous new market umbrellas.

And here are the other benches and umbrellas on the new terrace by the canteen. Don't they look fantastic? Come and have a coffee at the cafe and see for yourself.

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Steiner Education Newsletter

The annual Steiner Education Newsletter has being sent home with your children, and you can also find it in pdf on the Steiner Education Australia website. There are articles about new research which backs Steiner education, about a Steiner graduate who runs Skateistan, a skateboarding program supporting young people in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa, about the results of the marketing survey sent to parents, alumni and students earlier this year, and a study about Steiner graduate outcomes. » Read More

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Year 12 Wishing Tree

Year 7 have put a wishing tree in the English room in the high school with wishes for Year 12, who have a couple of weeks to enjoy reading them before they leave for the HSC. High school students and staff have been adding their wishes to the tree. » Read More

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Class 3 bushwalk to Scotts Creek

Class Three have been enjoying bushwalks down to our very own Scotts Creek this week, and then collecting rubbish on the way back. Click below for more photos...

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Pizza Day

Thank you to students and staff for supporting Class 5’s first pizza day this year.  We raised over $600 and that money will go to a charity in Guatemala, providing relief to those who have suffered after the volcano eruption a short while ago. We sold out of our pizzas on the day and do apologise for any disappointment.  Selling out has only happened once before in the many years we have been holding pizza day.  We will be making sure it does not happen next term. Thank you to Year 9 for making the delicious pizza dough.
Thank you,
The garden team

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Year 7 drumming

Year 7 have been learning to drum on African Djembe drums with their guardian, Brendan and they are sounding great!!

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Annual Music Concert DVD order forms

You are now able to order DVD copies of this year's Annual Music Concert at The Concourse, filmed and produced by Year 10 students Joshi Perera and Callum Gualdi. Hard copies have been given to sstudents in Years 5-10, or you can click HERE to access the form.  » Read More

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Student absences

We understand that winter is a more challenging time with sickness bugs going around and greatly appreciate you keeping your child(ren) home when sick to avoid spreading the germs. Please can we ask that you notify the school as early as possible (before 10am) to ensure attendance records are accurate and to minimise the follow up reminders. We want to make sure your child is safe at home if they are not at school.
1) Call and leave a message any time on 94173193 or 
2) Email  or 
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Castlecrag News

Class One visited their Kindy friends

Last week Class One returned to their old stomping ground, the Kindy playground, for a visit and a bite to eat. Kindy had baked bread and shared it with their guests. Each Class One student had a Kindy buddy and off they went to play together. Class One got a chance to check out the new creek and didn’t waste much time getting back to some old time favourites: climbing trees, grinding rocks and body art. It was a lovely afternoon.

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Then Pirate Ric visited Class One

Despite some pirating skullduggery at sea, Captain Riccardo Korderh (friends call him Ric Korderh for short) managed to deliver a chest of recorders to Class 1 last Friday.  He was somewhat surprised to learn that he was wearing the same kind of shoes as their class teacher! Following a contrasting ceremony of reverence on Monday when each child was presented with their recorder, there are now joyous tones of recorder playing echoing from the classroom.

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School Calendar

What's on at Glenaeon next week

For a full calendar for the term go to 

Year 8 Outdoor Education - Barrington Tops
Monday September 17 – Friday September 21

Year 12 Parent, Student and Teacher night
Thursday September 20, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Earthly and Cosmic Nutrition with Lakshmi Prasana
Friday September 21, 9:15am – 10:15am
Castlecrag Campus - Marion Mahony Griffin Hall

Twilight Market
Friday September 21, 3pm – 6pm
Castlecrag campus

Duke of Edinburgh - Bronze qualifying
Saturday September 22 - Sunday September 23

30 year reunion - Class of 1988
Saturday September 22, 4pm – 6pm
Middle Cove
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Ebba's Book Launch

Past and present early childhood families and friends are invited to the long anticipated launch of Early Childhood Wisdom, a new book by Ebba Bodame and Meg Quinlisk.
Saturday September 15 at 4pm
Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag

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Twilight Market

End of Term 3 Twilight Market
Hosted by Class One
Friday 21 September 3-6pm
Castlecrag campus
BBQ, a cake stall and yummy homemade lemonade.
Activities for the children and stalls with homemade wares to browse.

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Spring Festival

Dear Parents and Friends 
You are warmly invited to this year’s Spring Festival where you will experience the creative endeavours of students from Class 1 to Year 11 as they welcome the incoming season through song, poetry, dance and music.
Date: Wednesday, 26th September 
Time: 9:45am festival start 
Place: Round Oval, Middle Cove campus.
Please park in the streets allocated in our parking plan - not Glenroy Ave or Greenfield Ave - and either walk to the school or catch the shuttle buses provided. The buses will loop from Castlecrag campus and from Tyneside Avenue, Willoughby Park and North Arm Road to Middle Cove and back. See map below.
We also ask for gifts of flowers or vines so that students are able to make their floral wreaths or garlands. Your class teacher or class parent will be in touch shortly regarding arrangements. 
We look forward to seeing you there. 
Liz.  » Read More

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Glenaeon School Tours

Glenaeon School Tours & Enrolment Events

Extra tour now added!
Friday 14 September 2018 – 9.30am-11:30am
Monday 22 October 9.30-11.00am
Thursday 25 October - 9:30am – 11:30am 

To book a tour please go to the website and click on Enrolments or click HERE » Read More

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Glenaeon Parents' Association (GPA) News

The healthy social life is found when in the mirror of each human being, the whole community finds it’s reflection, and when in the community the virtue of each one is living” Rudolf Steiner


Twilight market, Friday 21st September 3-6pm
Glenaeon Art Show and Family Fair, 2-4 November, opening night 2nd November
Next GPA meeting, October 24
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Community News

School canteen

Helpers wanted - particularly on Fridays!
We are really aware that not everyone has the time, but helping in the canteen is a very enjoyable few hours (or so we have been told by mums and dads who have shared the space with us to assist)! Some parents have been a tremendous help coming in once a term (you know who you all are) and even once or twice a year is still fantastic. Lorna and I are hoping we will see those we know and those we have yet to meet sign up at It’s fun and interesting to talk, cook and enjoy the bush setting we are surrounded by, come check it out! And you'll meet our resident kookaburras (see below!) Warm regards, Sharon & Lorna

School canteen menu for next week.

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Glenaeon studios

The next Glenaeon Studios workshop, “Bags of personality” with Pam De Groot, takes place over the weekend of Friday 23 - Sunday 25 November (3 days). Pam is a felting and textile artist who will present a workshop in felt bag making. You can visit Pam’s website

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Ahimsa open day

Ahimsa (meaning non-violence) was the home of late Marie Byles, first female solicitor in NSW, eco warrior and peace activist. Mya (Year 7) independently found Marie’s story for a Year 6 project and since then, both she and her mum have both been inspired by this incredible unsung hero. They are hoping to help others discover Marie’s story by sharing information about an upcoming open day, at which they will be helping out with free children’s art activity on the day.

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Japanese students need billets

Dear Glenaeon Parents
In November, our school will host a group of students aged around 15 from the Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. The Japanese students will take part in morning English lessons at our school, while afternoons will be an opportunity for excursion and joint classroom lessons with Glenaeon students. We’d like to offer our visitors a chance to experience Australian hospitality in our homes here in Glenaeon. This will give them the opportunity to practice their English in a relaxed and friendly environment. Click below for more details... » Read More

Japanese students staying in your family would be included in normal family afternoon and weekend activities, and would travel to school with their host family “sister” or “brother” The main expense involved will be to provide meals for the visiting student (including lunch). Families will be paid $50.00 per day per student in advance to cover these costs. If you are interested in hosting a student for a period of 10 nights between the 11th out 21st  November 2018, please contact either Mrs Keiko Takahashi, the Japanese teacher or Mr Takashi Ushinohama, the Homestay Coordinator as below.
Tel:   (02) 9889 4366
Mob: (0408) 468 538
Mail to :
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Looking for staff

Staff wanted for Glenaeon After School Care and holiday care. If you know someone who may be interested please email us at 
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CIPs Term 3 due

Dear Parents,
Each family is billed $140 per term for the Community Involvement Program. When voluntary work is done and registered, it can be credited back to your account at the rate of $17.50 per hour (in other words 8 hours per term will entitle you to the full $140 credit). 
It is now time to start claiming your CIP credits for Term 3.  As there are over 340 families at Glenaeon it takes some time to process the credits for everybody so we ask that you submit your Term 3 CIP hours by Friday 21st September in order to have them credited back to you via next term’s invoice. 

The CIP form is available online so it’s very simple to do! Simply go to the Glenaeon web-site, click on the ‘Community’ tab at the top, then click on ‘Community Involvement Program’. There is a link which appears at the bottom of the page ‘complete CIP form’. Alternatively click on this link to take you directly there:
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You can complete the form on-line and hit ‘submit’. Or if you prefer there is also a link to a paper form (pdf) at the bottom of the page which you can simply print, fill out manually and hand in at reception. The paper forms are also available in the CIP folder held at reception.

Note, you must submit your CIP hours worked regardless of which committee/event/role you participate in or hold. Please refer page 34 of the Parent Handbook for more details (including what tasks are eligible for CIP credit). Note that credits are not carried over from one year to the next.

Kind regards,
Amanda Ford
9932 2310
Part-time (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays)
9am – 3pm
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French Fun Club at Glenaeon

with Delphine Banse
Every Monday afternoon 3.45pm to 4.45pm
Professionally designed course involving songs, drama and a lot of lively games
Places are limited!
Email Delphine NOW to enrol and for more details 0420 242 974 » Read More

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Maths and English Tutoring offered

High School up to HSC
by teacher Neil Anderson
Bachelor of Education (Hons): English
Master of Education ( Distinction): Mathematics
Master of Linguistics:  Literacy
Phd in Theatre (in progress)
Mobile  0404382192
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Glenaeon Playgroups

Glenaeon runs four playgroups during the week and places are available. See below for details. Click below for details about each playgroup...

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Mondays 9:00-11:00am
With Sandra Frain

July 23 to September 24
(10 week term $300)
Glenaeon Preschool
118 Sydney Street in North Willoughby
Please call Sandra on 0413 271 308 or Preschool on 9412 4457 or email to register your interest.

Tuesdays 9:30-11:30am
With Sandra Frain

July 31st -September 25
(9 week term $270)
Glenaeon Castlecrag campus
121 Edinburgh Road in Castlecrag  
For bookings and information contact:
email: phone: 02 9958 0774

Wednesdays 9:30-11:30am
With Ebba Bodame

July 31 –September 26
10 week term 
Glenaeon Castlecrag campus
121 Edinburgh Road in Castlecrag  
For bookings and information contact:
email: phone: 02 9958 0774

Thursdays 9:30-11:30am
With Sandra Frain

July 26th- September 20th
(9 week term $270)
Glenaeon Castlecrag campus
121 Edinburgh Road in Castlecrag  
For bookings and information contact:
email: phone: 02 9958 0774
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Glenaeon Secondhand Uniform Shop

The Secondhand Uniform Shop is open alternate Fridays from 3:00-3:45 pm. We are open Sept 21 this term. We have lots of high school boys shirts in size 22 and 24 in stock, plus the usual bargains priced at $5 and $10 for most pieces. 

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Glenaeon Careers Centre

Glenaeon Careers Facebook group is a brilliant resource for school leavers and those students and their families beginning to think about life after school. Click HERE and ask to join the group for all the up-to-the-minute information about open days, courses, summer schools, application deadlines and articles of interest. » Read More

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Parent Education

Parent Education - Term 3

Our Parent Education schedule for Term 3 can be found here - 

Still to come:

Friday 21st September 9.15am
Earthly and Cosmic Nutrition with Lakshmi Prasana, Marion Mahony Griffin Hall » Read More

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Earthly and Cosmic Nutrition

With Dr Lakshmi Prasanna     
Fri Sept 21st, 9.15am - 11am   
Marion Mahony Griffin Hall Kitchen

The subtle, layered world of nutrition can provide challenges to work with as everything in our atmosphere feeds into our being. Bring your questions into this world of nutrition capacity and process that our physical bodies, minds and souls are seeking to balance for good health every day. » Read More

Lakshmi Prasanna (MBBS, DCH) was the founding president of the Anthroposophic Medical Society in India and has 25 years of experience as a paediatrician and school doctor. She has developed a deep understanding of the connections between education, child development, heath and parenting. She now works as a lecturer and consultant internationally. Her presentations are engaging, heart-warming and popular with parents. For more info on Lakshmi’s work go to
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Mystery of Human Etheric workshop

Lakshmi & Patries Orange will give Part 2 of the workshop Mystery of Human Etheric - Physiology of the Foundation Stone Meditation at Castlecrag campus
Saturday September 22 from 10am - 4.30pm
Sunday 23rd from 9am - 2.30pm
Bookings and enquiries Joy Day 0451152227 » Read More

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Atelier for the Social Quest

A Goethean artistic/scientific study of the forms of nature becomes an apprenticeship for understanding social phenomena, in particular the threefold social order as conceived by Rudolf Steiner. The focus is on polarity, intensification and metamorphosis understood through the faculty of exact imagination. 

This course is comprised of three units: Nature, Society and Self (the evolution of consciousness). It is designed to take a minimum of 30 weeks to complete and is self-assessed. Group study is encouraged. For more information go to: » Read More

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Simplicity Parenting

As I was walking around Willoughby on Monday admiring the freesias that are springing up in everyone’s lawn, a car went by and I noticed the young boy in the passenger seat on his phone instead of looking out the window. I felt sad that he was not seeing what was going on around him and my next thought was that the reason is probably because not much is going on around him and he has more or less lost interest.

This is the dilemma of the world today, not a lot of meaningful work is going on around children and teenagers so they lose interest and look for meaning on their phones. I was talking with the lady at The Source today about how removed we are from the ‘stuff’ we buy, from the food we eat from the neighbourhoods we live in. We pay people to walk our dogs, to clean our houses, to cook our food and then we pay for a gym membership so we can get some exercise and the way we pay for these things is by sitting at a computer. What if we did those things ourselves and sat at the computer less? Would there be more for the boy to see out the window? 

Children need to be involved in transforming the world around them for healthy development, they need to understand the power of work. For them work is a sensory not an intellectual experience - drying the dishes, watering the garden, sweeping the floor, cutting up vegetables. As the Zen master said ‘chopping wood and carrying water’.

Mary Heard is a Simplicity Parenting Coach and runs courses in Simplicity Parenting at Glenaeon throughout the Year.  » Read More

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Raphael’s Rooms

Twilight Markets footbath offering

Lyn Clifton will again be offering footbaths to children and Market visitors on September 21 between 3.30pm - 5.00pm in a Kindergarten room. If you would like to join her in giving foot baths could you please contact 0419 424 935. Thank you

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Parent Craft


Family Fair and Art Show

Wellbeing practitioners wanted for the Fair

Are you a Wellbeing practitioner?
Massage, Healers, Art therapists, and more…
Volunteer at the Fair or refer a friend
We need you at the Fair!
Practitioners are needed to volunteer their time to provide relaxation and wellbeing services at the Fair. Even 1-2 hours would be fantastic.It’s a great opportunity to advertise your business and share your gifts with our community. We will create a beautiful space in one of the Kindergarten rooms. Group sessions also possible. 
Please contact Holly on details below.
Holly Gibbons | 0400180164 |

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Glenaeon Family Fair and Art Show

Class 4 are now well underway planning this headline event for our community, to be held next term over the weekend of 2 – 4 November at our Castlecrag Campus. As is the custom, all parents are relied upon to support this event by volunteering on the day, so please save the date:

FAMILY FAIR – Stallholder Bookings
Bookings are now open for Stallholders who would like to have a stall at the Fair. Please contact this year’s External Stalls Convener, Jules Clyde-Smith - for details: or click HERE to download the application form.

ART SHOW – Calling all Artists
Applications are now open for Artists wishing to exhibit in the Art Show at the Fair. Works should fall within the categories of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture. A range of styles is welcomed including figurative, abstract, traditional and contemporary. In addition, Glenaeon has a strong craft tradition and welcomes all kinds of applied arts including jewellery, textiles, woodwork, metalcraft, and ceramics. 

For more details, please contact the Art Show Coordinator, Sabine Simmonds or click HERE to download an application form. Help spread the word by forwarding details about the Art Show to any artist friends you know.

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Fair Roster out now

Just over 6 weeks to go before this year’s Glenaeon Fair!  A magical, fun day for our families and the local community. Class 4 have been working hard behind the scenes and now it's time for the rest of the community to come together and put your names down on the Fair roster to help Class 4 bring it all together.  To put on such a special event requires every parent at the school to do their part and add their names to the roster. Not only is it a great day for the children but also a great day for parents to catch up with old friends and make new ones.  So, please help Class 4 make this Fair a wonderful experience for everyone by putting your name down for a shift.
With thanks and gratitude to you all, 2018 Fair Team.    

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Silent Auction collection for the Family Fair

I would like to start collecting silent auction pieces by the end of this term, 26th September, so wanted to remind anyone who was kindly offering any items from the community. If any extra time is needed over the holidays, that is okay, but it would be so helpful if anyone contributing could please contact me by the end of term. The latest deadline for submission would be the first day of term 4, 16th October. Please remember to include a little note about the details of the item (who it was made by, what materials used, process and any other special information about the item) I will be collecting from either Middle Cove or Castlecrag campus. 
Thank you so much for your generosity.
Angela Lakkis 0410 600 876
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Clothing and book donations no longer needed

Thank you to everyone who has donated clothing and books to the Glenaeon Fair.  We now have enough, so we will not be accepting any more donations. » Read More

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Grassroots Eco Store – Birds are nesting...

Spring is coming, Spring is coming, Birdies build your nest...!
That is literally happening right outside the shop with a Rainbow Lorikeet building its nest in the possum box on the tree outside the hall. I can't wait to see the baby bird that pops it's head out during the Spring. Come and see, you might hear its little chirps!

Open on the Castlecrag Campus during school terms:
Monday: open by request
Tuesday: 8.45am–11.30am
Wednesday: 8.45am–3.15pm
Thursday: 8.30am–10.30am
Friday: 2.30pm–4.00pm

Now also on Instagram at grassroots_ecostore.
Thank you for your visits. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon. To shop at any other time please call me on 0416 035 173. Please let me know if there are any products you'd like to see in the store and I'll try to source them for you.
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Looking for a nanny

Looking for a responsible and loving nanny to care for our 2 year old daughter Audrey each Thursday from 8am-2pm. Steiner knowledge/interest preferred but not essential. Please contact Amity on 0403304326 or » Read More

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Willoughby Environmental Protection Association (WEPA)

You are invited to the next General Meeting of the Willoughby Environmental Protection Association (WEPA) this coming Tuesday 18th September 2018 at 7pm in the Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Castlecrag
We will be screening the film The Bentley Effect, an inspiring and multi-award winning story of an environmental social movement.
When the coal seam gas industry staked a claim on the Northern Rivers shire of NSW, alarm bells rang out. A critical mass of people from all walks of life organised themselves to rally against the unconventional gas invasion.  Despite the enormous public opposition, the gas industry and the NSW Government were determined to see their gas plan through.  A series of dramatic blockades ensued, before the final battle lines were drawn in the peaceful farming valley of Bentley. Thousands of people flocked to the site to stare down the threat of 850 riot police, ordered in to break up the protest. What happened next set an historic precedent.
​Filmed over five years, The Bentley Effect documents the highs and lows of the battle to keep a unique part of Australia free of gas fields. This timely story of a community’s heroic stand shows how strategic direct action and peaceful protest can overcome industrial might and political short-sightedness ... and can also be a lot of fun.
Gasland showed us the problem with fracking – The Bentley Effect points us to the solution and poses the question “what is truly valuable?’.
​For more information see
All are welcome, there is no charge and supper is provided.
Christina Pender
WEPA Publicity Officer
02 9438 4073
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Waldorf Steiner Clothing Buy Swap Sell

A new group has been made on Facebook for good quality preloved or handmade adult and children’s clothing and footwear. We pride ourselves in our members selling quality goods made from natural breathable fibres without any printing, advertising, numbers, pictures or caricatures. Just search ‘Waldorf Steiner Clothing Buy Swap Sell’ on Facebook and request to join.

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Spring equinox Meditation

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Rudolf Steiner Book Centre

Without each other, there ain't nothing we can do
Why do we want to sing? Most of us sing at some time during our day; either loudly in the shower, car or a choir, or more softly while at work or on the train. At the Rudolf Steiner Book Centre we want to encourage singing, for everyone.
In memory of the great Aretha Franklin, this email contains books that will hopefully encourage you to sing more; join a choir, start a choir, expand your repertoire, be musically infectious and spread the sound.
Rudolf Steiner Book Centre
307 Sussex Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: +61 2 9264 5169
Fax: +61 2 9267 1225

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The Christian Community​

The Christian Community​...a movement for the renewal of the religious impulse in humanity,
founded out of the spiritual scientific work of Rudolf Steiner.
What’s On: September 2018

  • Sunday talks; 11.30am - 1pm (by donation): 

    16 Sept ​The Truth About Lies​ (with Rev. Paul Corman) |
    23 Sept ​Mea Culpa-Good Guilt, Sickening Guilt​ (with Rev. Paul Corman) |
    30 Sept ​War of Wills: Battlefield of the Human Soul​ (with Rev. Paul Corman)
  • Little Stars of Hope Playgroup, Mondays in school term, 9.30 - 11.30am ($20)
  • Youth Camp for 14 - 20 year olds, Balmain, 1 - 5 October
All welcome​. Sydney chapel: 27b Lewellyn St, Balmain. Priest: Rev. Lisa Devine.
Enquiries: 0401 367 808 (please text) or
For schedule of services and more info:

‘To us it is given at no stage ever to rest. There live and there strive active human beings from
life to life, as plants grow aloft from springtime to springtime. Ever raising themselves, through error upward to truth, through fetters upward to freedom, through sickness and death upward to beauty, to health and to life.’
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Rudolf Steiner House

Hi all,
The rooms currently look fantastic, all thanks to the art exhibitions going on at the moment. I strong recommend that you go and have a look over the next few weeks on each of the three floors. And don't forget the working creatively with watercolour technigues workshop that is happening on 22nd September; there are only a couple of spots left.
And speaking of fantastic, Andrew Wolpert is flying into Sydney this week after very successful workshops in Canberra and Melbourne. Everyone who has attended a workshop or lecture with Andrew, speaks highly of him and his expertise knowledge on Shakespeare, Anthroposophy and much. It's promising to be a weekend you don't want to miss.
Warmest thoughts,
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15th & 16th September: The Quest. A weekend workshop with international lecturer Andrew Wolpert. Come join us to delve into the stories of Parzical, the Magic Flute, King Lear, the Tempest and The Merchant of Venice which are all about consciousness soul initiation and see what they can tell us about our own life stories. 
16th September: Inala Fair. This is the annual fair at Inala and is a fun day out for the whole family. Please have a look here for more details.
18th September: Esoteric Science Study group. This study group studies the chapter 'Knowledge of the Higher Worlds' from the book Esoteric Science and meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.
18th September: The Post-Truth World; A talk with Karla Cryer. What are the spiritual, soul and health consequences. The post-truth world is an item on the 2018 Bilderberg meeting to discuss its strategic implications. Should we also have awareness and interest in this? Steiner indicated that we would get to the point where truth was no longer relevant in society. Have we reached this point and what does it signify, spiritually psychologically and physically.
22nd September: The birth of Greek Drama. Part one of a series of three performances with Dawn Langman in Mount Barker. 
22nd September: Working Creatively with Watercolour Techniques. This one day workshop will introduce you to Steiner Painting Techniques including lazure, veiling, wet-on-wet, etc. 
25th September: For Michaelmas: Night of the Dragon. An artistic evening presenting the changing imagination of Dragons. From our First Nation Rainbow Serpent, to the wise, beneficent, hairy Eastern Dragon, to the Western scaly, fire breathing, winged, abductor of virgins and lover of gold, to the mighty battle being fought within the very human soul today. Many contributions from our community including verses, monoloques, stories and music.
29th September: From Shakespeare to Modern Drama . Part one of a series of three performances with Dawn Langman in Mount Barker. 
30th September: Modern Drama - The Path to Our Future . Part one of a series of three performances with Dawn Langman in Mount Barker. 
5th-7th October: Art Research Weekend. A research weekend with the content of lessons 15 to 19 of the First Class.
5th-7th October: A
utism Seminar. As part of the AAMA AGM, there will be a weekend seminar on Autism and ADHD. 
2019: Full time eurythmy training. Pacifica, College of Eurythmy training is opening it's doors in February 2019 for a full time eurythmy training. 

If you would like to contact Sydney Rudolf Steiner College about any of our courses or other information:
Address: 307 Sussex Street Sydney
Phone: +61 2 9261 4001
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Rudolf Steiner College courses

Rudolf Steiner College has a number of courses available. 
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NESA approved
NPD918 Positive Discipline: Effective and Caring Behavioural Management
Fees: $300.00
Presenter: Lou Harvey-Zahra
Course Date: Saturday, 22 September 2018 – 9.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, 307 Sussex St, CBD Sydney.
Individuals: $300
Whole Faculty School Enrolments: $270 per teacher
Classroom discipline can be a stressful component of a teacher’s work life. Therefore, this course provides knowledge and understanding of the reasons behind challenging behaviours and a toolbox of practical, everyday ideas for good classroom management and for transforming classroom behaviours in an effective manner. 
Click HERE for details
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Like a family house swap to England next April?

We house swapped with a lovely family two years ago. They live in a beautiful house in a village near London and would like to swap back to Sydney from 1-21 April next year. It is a great opportunity and much better than a hotel for a family. They have relatives in Sydney, are delightful and looked after our house perfectly. You can ask me for details or email Claire direct at
Details of the house can be found here:

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Looking for a house to rent

Looking to rent a home for myself and my daughter in the area. Also open to longer home sitting. I am a psychotherapist and meditation teacher with great rental references.
Please contact me on 0479164929 » Read More

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Photo Frame for Glenaeon School Photos

Handmade in Tasmanian Blackwood & Tasmanian Oak solid wood, using traditional and conservation techniques, these 'Grow' frames are made to cherish the wondrous years. Tailored to fit 12 or 14 Glenaeon wallet size school photos over the years, and a 5x7" photo, the frame is available in 2 sizes. For orders/questions: » Read More

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Sydney Youth Orchestra

SYO is the leading provider of youth orchestral training in NSW with 2019 marking the 46th continuous year of operation. We welcome your assistance in identifying any aspiring orchestral musicians from your student body, who would benefit from the participating in SYO extension program. Our weekly program caters for strings musicians AMEB grade 1+ and Wind, Brass and Percussion AMEB grade 5+ in 12 different orchestras. All musicians are required to audition each year and are then offered places in these orchestras based on their skill level. 
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Each orchestra rehearses for 3 hours per week with experienced conductors and additional instrument specific tutorials are led by leading professional musicians from Australia’s leading orchestra, including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Opera Australia Orchestra. 

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to perform at professional venues across Sydney, participate in regional and international tours, masterclasses, be challenged by advanced repertory and participate in high profile events SYO is a wonderful way for young musicians to play with their ability peers and showcase their school and community on a broader stage. 

In 2019, SYO will again offer SYO Summer School; an intensive, week-long, open program during the summer school holidays, which includes an HSC preparation stream for students in Years 11 and 12 and accommodation options for regional students. This program is open to all musicians AMEB grade 1+ keen to gain experience orchestral playing. 

There are also several pathways that SYO can to help families overcome barriers to participation in our programs, including Opportunity Scholarships supporting musicians with financial need assistance, Macquarie Group Foundation Regional Scholarships, Regional Musician Discounts and Sibling Discounts. 

For further information please visit HERE.
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Quintessential France - A Date with your Creative Self in Paris and Provence

Natalia Perea is organising a travel sketching tour and workshop in France with a local art teacher  - I am taking a small group that would like to work on their creative skills to Paris and Provence where we will visit a different area or monument or a particular village each day,  practise our drawing skills with our tutor and create our very own “carnet de voyage” (travel journal) to bring back home. You can find more details, images and a blurb on the following page:

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Constitutional Acupuncture in Neutral Bay

People are different. We all have different abilities and preferences, and the same applies to our health and constitution. Constitutional Acupuncture is a new and powerful approach that comes from recognising these differences and treating each patient accordingly.

Knowing your constitution is the key to leading a healthy life, including better weight control, a strong immune system, and healthy skin. Constitutional Acupuncture can also help when children are experiencing sleeping issues, emotional imbalance, headaches, digestion problems, skin complaints, and allergies.

More information at
For all appointments, please call or text Hyonna at 0481 287 346 » Read More

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Craniosacral Therapy - Northbridge

Free 30min Sound Healings & Akashic Record Readings
Hello beautiful Glenaeon Community, 
I am currently studying vocal toning sound healing and have also recently completed a course in reading the akashic records. Both of these modalities I am looking to add to my current Craniosacral and Coaching offerings, but for now I just want to get lots of practice.
So until 18th September I am offering free 30 minute vocal sound healing (amazing at toning and aligning your etheric body) and also free akashic record readings - this can also be used for deep healing, or for getting some universal wisdom on any deep soul questions.
Free sessions will be conducted via Skype or Zoom. Energetic Exchange - I just ask for your honest feedback to help me improve my skills and offering. If you would like to have a session in person I can arrange this, but will need to charge $20 to cover room hire.
Call me on 0424232473 to book a session.
So much love,
Jo x
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Rest, Relax, Recharge & Re-Align to your Own Rhythm with Craniosacral Therapy
Discover and enjoy all this and more with a session of Craniosacral Therapy.
This incredibly gentle light touch therapy is suitable and beneficial for all ages, see more at
Review, Reconnect, Rediscover & Reset With Life Coaching
Empower yourself and begin to Write your Own Story.

* Where are you now
Does your life feel meaningful? 
Are you living with purpose, feeling grateful and enjoying every day?
* How did you get there?
What are your underlying beliefs and habitual behaviours? 
How are these holding you back from your highest potential?
* Where do you want to be and how do you want to feel?
What is the vision you have for your life? 
What is it that lights you up inside? When do you feel most alive?
* Why is it you want that?
What is the reason for your vision? 
Does it inspire you and guide the choices you make?
* How are you going to get there?
Set goals and actions to move your life from where you are now, to where you want to be.
Explore all this and more in a Life Coaching Series. 
Combination packages are also available, call or email Jo for full details.
Coaching and Craniosacral Therapy available at Eastern Valley Way, Northbridge
Bookings and enquiries at 0424 232 473 or
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Magical forests and musical fun in The Vagabond: Art Song for Kids

The Vagabond: Art Song for Kids is a ground breaking show premiering at Sydney Fringe Festival. The show introduces sophisticated classical songs and musical ideas through an accessible pantomime story structure, with lots of interactivity, that encourages children to engage with classical songs and see this genre as something fun, rather than boring.
This is a gap that has yet to be bridged in the Australian kids show landscape and we hope to, through this production, nurture Australia’s next generation of classical musicians as well as classical music audiences. Click below for more details... » Read More

The Story and Songs
The Vagabond is searching for something just out of reach; a Green Dog. Too afraid to follow the Green Dog into the dangerous forest of Erlking, The Vagabond is lucky enough to meet Adam – a brave man on a quest to find the field of daisies where the Nymph, Vilja is waiting for him. The Vagabond and Adam must journey through the forest and overcome their fears, with the help of the audience and some friends they meet along the way, in order to achieve their goals.
With Art Song classics such as Vaughan Williams’ The Vagabond, Franz Schubert’s Die Forelle and The Erlking this show is a treat for children and adults (both uninitiated in the genre and classical music connoisseurs).

The Cast
The cast are all classically trained opera singer from the Conservatorium of Music and will bring their unique interpretations to the Art Song genre. The cast are as follows: Timothy Nunn: The Vagabond Madeleine O’Dea: Nymph/Pet Seller, Oscar Balle-Bowness: Adam, Sandra Liu: Vilja/Wise Woman, Su Choung: Accompanist, Jenna Schroder: Creator, Sarah Graham: Creator

Venue: PACT Theatre
Performance Dates and Times: 22/09/18 and 23/09/18 at 1pm
Ticket price: $15 for children, $25 for adults, group ticket deals available
Ticket Link:
Length of show: 45 mins
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Marian St Theatre Holiday Workshops

Marian Street Theatre for Young People is the North Shore’s leading drama institution, established in 1974, and has drama school and holiday workshops. Get in contact to find out more about their excellent drama programs.

Plus a brand new show for young children...
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Hi my name is Myah Clifton and I am in Year 10 at Glenaeon. I have been doing reading with the Class Threes since the beginning of this year, and have really enjoyed spending time with the children, so I would like to offer myself for babysitting. I am also able to help with homework if needed, and I can be flexible with times.

If interested please contact me on 0422 572 997 or 02 9967 5789 » Read More

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Maths tutoring available

Hi, my name is Chiara,
I am a year 10 student at Glenaeon and am available for maths tutoring for students up to year 10. My rates are very reasonable and I'm flexible with tutoring times. I can supply references from my teachers if required. For further enquiries please contact me on » Read More

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Community Events


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Middle Cove Campus:

Administration & Classes 3 to 12
5a Glenroy Avenue,
Middle Cove NSW 2068

Telephone 61 2 9417 3193
Fax 61 2 9417 5346

Castlecrag Campus:

Kindergarten-Class 2
121 Edinburgh Road,
Castlecrag NSW 2068

Telephone 61 2 9958 0774
Fax 61 2 9958 0754

Preschool Campus:

118 Sydney Street,
Willoughby NSW 2067

Telephone 61 2 9412 4457