Glenaeon eNewsletter

From Head of School

No Tech for High Tech Parents

There is a new book out in the US that you will find very interesting: Screen Schooled: Two Veteran Teachers Expose How Technology Overuse is Making Our Kids Dumber. The authors point out in huge detail the negative impact that overuse and misuse of technology has in education. The book is referenced at the end of the following article which appeared recently in The Times (UK) about the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, a Rudolf Steiner school in California which has a number of Silicon Valley executives as parents.

As a contribution to understanding our school’s approach to technology in education, I thought both a summary of the book, and the full article would be of interest to all parents:

Screen Schooled Two Veteran Teachers Expose How Technology Overuse is Making Our Kids Dumber: As two veteran teachers who have taught thousands of students, Joe Clement and Matt Miles have seen firsthand how damaging technology overuse and misuse has been to our students. Rather than becoming better problem solvers, kids look to Google to answer their questions for them. Rather than deepening students’ intellectual curiosity, educational technology is too often cumbersome and distracting, causing needless frustration and greatly extending homework time. Rather than becoming the great equalizer, electronic devices are widening the achievement gap. On a mission to educate and empower parents, Clement and Miles provide many real-world examples and cite multiple studies showing how technology use has created a wide range of cognitive and social deficits in our young people. They lift the veil on what’s really going on at school: teachers who are powerless to curb cell phone distractions; zoned-out kids who act helpless and are unfocused, unprepared, and antisocial; administrators who are too-easily swayed by the pro-tech “science” sponsored by corporate technology purveyors. They provide action steps parents can take to demand change and make a compelling case for simpler, smarter, more effective forms of teaching and learning.

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Silicon Valley execs choose school that bans smartphones, tablets from classroom
Ben Hoyle, The Times

The Waldorf School of the Peninsula is small, exclusive and packed with the children of Silicon Valley executives who love the role that technology plays in the pupils’ education. That is, it plays no role.

Children at the $US25,000-a-year ($32,000) elementary school in Los Altos, California, are learning to explore the world through physical experiences and tasks that are designed to nurture their imagination, problem-solving ability and collaborative skills.

Pencils, paper, blackboards and craft materials abound while tablets, smartphones and other personal electronic devices are banned from the classrooms until they are teenagers studying at the middle and high-school campus nearby. Even then technology is used sparingly.

Alumni and present pupils include the children of Alan Eagle, a director of communications at Google, who helped to write the bestseller How Google Works, as well as those of a chief technology officer at eBay and senior executives at Apple and Yahoo.

Their outlook is in line with some of the most powerful figures in the industry. Last month Apple chief executive Tim Cook said he did not want his nephew, who is about 12, to use social media.

Last year Sean Parker, the billionaire and an early Facebook investor, admitted he and the other creators of the publishing site had deliberately made it as addictive as possible. “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains,” he said.

Beverly Amico, leader of outreach and development at the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, said the emphasis on “experiential” learning meant 13-year-olds studying the Renaissance at a typical Waldorf school might, “in addition to learning stories about the history, reproduce a Renaissance masterpiece. Eighth-graders (14-year-olds) all do a Shakespeare play. Our high-school science pupils do blacksmithing with a 1500C forge to learn about chemistry and heat energy.”

There are 130 US schools in the association, which follows the century-old teachings of the philosopher Rudolf Steiner. Many of them are concentrated in the Bay Area technology hub around San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Ms Amico sees no contradiction. “It’s a very attractive option for people in the tech world for their children,” she said. “All employers, tech world or not, are looking for graduates who can think independently, take initiative, are capable of collaborating, have curiosity and creativity.”

The approach contrasts starkly with the new classroom orthodoxy in most American schools where children are now spending more and more time staring at screens in lessons.

“It seems like the US is the last place in the world to catch on that this is something that might be bad for kids,” said Joe Clement, a high school teacher in Virginia and co-author of the recent book Screen Schooled: Two Veteran Teachers Expose How Technology Overuse is Making Our Kids Dumber.

With best wishes,

Andrew Hill
Head of School
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School News

This week's cover photo

This week's cover photo shows Class of 2017 graduate, Augusta Gunn-Lynch's artwork, Mount Hubris. This work is one of the many student artworks on show from next Wednesday 28 February, as part of Glenaeon's showcase of Academic, Art and Design Education at Art Space at The Concourse in Chatswood. 

Opening event: 6pm – 7.30pm Thursday 1 March to which the whole Glenaeon community of parents and friends, past and present, is invited. Join us for a drink and a bite to eat as you wander around the displays, curated by art teacher, Alisan Smotlak.

The showcase is open from 28 February - 11 March 2018 at the following times:
11am - 5pm Wednesday – Friday
11am - 4pm Saturday - Sunday

A big thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to supervise the showcase, we are very grateful for your time. » Read More

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Blackboard Beauties

This week's blackboard is from the Class 4 Norse Myths main lesson, and was drawn by class teacher, Alisa Southon. Yggdrasil is the tree of life whose branches stretch out over the nine worlds in Norse mythology, and extend up and above the heavens. It is in the middle of Asgard, wherein live the gods and goddesses. » Read More

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Mosaic is now in place

Glenaeon's 60th Anniversary mosaic, designed by Year 7 teacher Brendan Strobl, and produced last year by students and staff, was drilled into the wall of the Sylvia Brose Hall this week. Here you can see two of our maintenance team members, Michael Thomson and Noel Neilson, proudly displaying their handiwork. » Read More

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The Chemistry of Fire

Having had a half-day training session yesterday, Glenaeon's fire wardens were on high alert this morning when they smelled smoke, but were relieved to discover the source was the Year 7 classes joining together on the amphitheatre steps for their Chemistry of Fire main lesson! According to Rudolf Steiner, children need real experiences in science, from which they can learn to order and build living concepts. And the simplest way to show the essential elements of chemical action is through the phenomenon of combustion. Light and warmth, which have been imprisoned in the substance, are released and return to their beginnings along with smoke; the mineral ash falls to the ground. Through the making of smoke and ash water they discover the polarity of acid and alkali. » Read More

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Year 8 food chemistry lesson starts in the garden

Year 8 students are learning about Food Chemistry and what better place to start than our own biodynamic garden. They were sourcing ingredients for their class in the kitchen with teacher,Anne Rouse. Notice those beautiful shibori dyed aprons they made earlier this year?

The study of Food Chemistry in Year 8 flows from the students’ study of health and nutrition in the Physiology Main Lesson in Year 7. In order for students to understand where the foods we eat are produced it is necessary to first look at how plants produce food and why.  » Read More

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Yoga offer for Year 12

Year 7 parent Kerry Hill is a qualified yoga instructor and yoga therapist with years of experience working with adolescents. She has kindly offered three one-hour yoga and mindfulness sessions to 10 of our Year 12 cohort as they head into their mid-course exams.The sessions will run from 4 – 5pm on March 7, 14 and 21 and there is a sign-up sheet on the door of Dani Finch’s office (right opposite the Year 12 room). Admission is on a 'first-come, first-serve' basis but there is a possibility of running further sessions if interest exceeds the number of places offered.

No matter what you're studying, it's guaranteed that at some point, when meeting a project deadline, performing on stage or preparing for exams, you will need high levels of cognitive control, emotional regulation and self-awareness. Yoga combined with mindfulness training for students gives you tools to help you remain calm, sustain your attention and be able to focus. It does this by helping you to pay attention to the present moment through simple movement, breathing and meditation practices which increase awareness of thoughts and feelings so as to reduce stress and anxiety and boost levels of attention and concentration. » Read More

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Year 10 Geography lesson

It must be pretty good being in Year 10 this term. PDHPE lessons at the beach, geography excursion to... the beach, and rehearsals ramping up for their end of term musical, The Little Mermaid. Save the date now - three performances only - Monday 9 April, Tuesday 10 April and Wednesday 11 April. Click below for more photos (all taken by Callum Gualdi)...

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Geography excursion

Surfing at Long Reef (can you see them down there on the beach?)

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Castlecrag News

Class Two sewing

Class 2 begin the year by creating a needle holder and are pictured here being helped by teachers, assistants and many greatly appreciated parent helpers. On Tuesday our Class 1 & 2 craft assistant, Melanie Harper, brought in the craft bag she had made when she was a Class 1 student at Glenaeon to show the children. Looking back, her passion for craft was obvious right from the beginning and even now her enthusiasm is contagious. » Read More

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Biodynamic soil

On Friday after school we unveiled the 'sacred soil' we had created at the biodynamic gardening workshop last October. Families took some soil home for their own gardens and the rest of the soil was distributed over the grounds by the Class 2 children during the afternoon 'work' period on Monday. Next Monday, Class 2 will help our gardening assistant Sandra make another BD compost and they are asked to bring leaves, grass clippings, manures, food scraps and ash (if they have any from last winter) from home. » Read More

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Family Fair and Art Show

School Calendar

What's on at Glenaeon next week

Class 4 Parent Night
Tuesday February 27, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Kindy Parent Night
Tuesday February 27, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Year 9 Parent Night
Tuesday February 27, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Glenaeon Art Showcase Exhibition
Wednesday February 28 – Sunday March 11
Art Space at The Concourse

Little Kindy Parent Teacher night
Wednesday February 28, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Art Showcase Opening Night
Thursday March 1, 6pm – 9pm
Art Space at The Concourse 
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Glenaeon School Tours

Glenaeon School Tours & Enrolment Events for Term One

High School Information Morning and Tour – Saturday March 17 (9.30-11.30am)
OPEN DAY – Friday 6 April 2018 – 9am-11:30am

Castlecrag School Tour - Thursday 15 March 2018 - 9:30am – 11:30am

Willoughby Preschool Tour - Thursday 1 March 2018 - 9:30am - 11:30am
to book a tour go to » 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

Dear Parents,
This is the fortnight of Parent/Teacher nights. It can be a challenge to get there, especially as we are such a geographically spread group. If you’re not sure if you can make the time, and it’s a push with work, can I gently nudge you to do so? The teachers want to have faces for the parents of the children they teach, they want to connect and inform, because they do recognise how precious a responsibility they have. It also means that when you have a question or concern in relation to your child you have a face that you can remember in the phone conversation. Also, you quickly discover that there are no “stupid questions” – and share a laugh. These nights while heavily factual, give you an opportunity to see people in the other parents, rather than names. Parents and teachers who make up the circle of influence of your child’s life that year. Certainly, this has been my experience over the last 15 years at Glenaeon- faces and shared time, no matter how brief, gave me a thread of connection that grounds my involvement, and assures me that this is the right place for my family. It is more challenging to keep turning up for the second child, because part of my head says, “I know all this already” and sometimes I do, but the faces change, and the needs of every Year group also change.
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These evenings also allow you to meet your Class Parents in person. With the changes the Parents Association have instigated this year, the Class Parent is able to be a more responsive conduit to the wider school parent community, able to express the needs of your Class Group directly to the GPA and School Management throughout the term. 

Your Class Parents will be sending you all a copy of your Year’s contact list, so that you are able to plan, organise and arrange things among your year group. Please use this list respectfully, and if your details change or need correction let them know. 

Earn CIP Points, Opportunities to Spread the Love, and in some cases get a free Lunch!
  • Volunteer for shifts at the school canteen - please do so more- the coffee is amazing- your children get a free morning tea and lunch, and you have an insider’s perspective of the student cohort that’s hard to beat- signup link here, and more details in the newsletter.
  • Help needed at his year’s Glenaeon Showcase, with artwork from Kindergarten to Year 12. To supervise the exhibition and interact with members of the public who come to visit. See the art close up and do a shift- parking and lunch taken care of. Week One - 28/02 to Sunday 04/03 and Week 2 – 07/03 until Sunday 11/03 -
  • The Biodynamic Garden at Middle Cove needs a few green thumbs or at least people who want to get their hands immersed in good soil -Thursday mornings Term One 8am-10am. A great way to learn whilst doing. Contact
  • Learning Support- is looking for volunteers to assist during exam blocks and exam times- and in a variety of other practical and valuable ways. Please contact Deborah- Learning Support to see where your unique skills can be helpful:
Glenaeon Parents Association AGM Wednesday March 28th 7.30pm

Deanne Hardwick
Glenaeon Parents Association

Contact us at 

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Community News

School Canteen

Dear Parents,
Lorna and I have now completed four terms at the kitchen and are currently commencing our fifth term. We are preparing delicious wholesome foods from scratch for morning tea and lunch for your children, and lovely they all are - polite, patient and hungry - all great qualities! Thank you to the parent volunteers have helped us so far – it has been a delight to meet and work with you all.

I know how much your children would love to see you at school in the kitchen - their faces light up - and remember, as a thank you, your child has complimentary morning tea and lunch on the day you work. A lovely parent, Anna Street, has put together a roster on SignUp Zone - - and you can log in and sign up to whatever day works for you. I will make you a great coffee while we chat, cook and prepare food!

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We operate Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and most terms are only 9 or 10 weeks, meaning there are about 30 shifts over the four terms, or about 120 shifts per year. As the school has approximately 360 students, if just one third of those families could help with just one shift per year we would have one helper each day, which is really what’s required. Good food requires a good amount of input to produce! I do however understand that not everyone can sign up once a year and some love to come once a term as they have enjoyed the experience so much.

A mum suggested we might get more helpers if we said 9ish (after drop off) until 1pm for four hours, as those extra two hours before pick up for some parents can be a help if you need to fit something else into your busy schedules.

We thank you all in advance, we will look forward to meeting you all throughout the year.
Cheers Sharon & Lorna

To add your name to the canteen roster please:
1. Click this link:
2. You will be asked to log in. Log in by entering your email address and a password of your choice.
3. You will then be guided through the steps to enter your name on the roster.
4. You will receive a confirmation email.

If for any reason you cannot make your nominated shift, please find another volunteer to work in your place. 

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Glenaeon Studios 2018

Workshops for parents, teachers and friends of Glenaeon.

Elizabeth Ellean has put together a program inviting some distinguished workshop presenters. The first one is coming up on Friday 23rd March, with Godwin Yidana who will be teaching the art of the Bolga basket-making, drawing on deeply rooted family traditions from his home village of Dulugu in Ghana.As it is a school day, this workshop will be held in Forestville and will run for 5 hours from 10am-3pm (including an one hour lunch break) - the cost is $190.For more information please email and visit the school website at for more upcoming workshop details. Click below for more details...

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Make a Bolga Basket with Godwin Yidana at Glenaeon Studios
Friday 23rd March 10-3pm in Forestville (just over the Roseville Bridge)
Weaver and cofounder of G-lish Foundation, Godwin Yidana, supported by G-lish cofounder, Gayle Pescud, will show you how to weave your own small basket with recycled Ghanaian fabric and recycled plastic twine handmade by G-lish producers and only available exclusively in our workshops. You’ll also receive recycled Australian shopping bag twine handmade by Godwin. Whether you're a novice or an experienced weaver, you'll have fun, learn and finish your own small basket by the end of the workshop. During the workshop, you'll hear stories about weaving heritage, culture and life in Bolgatanga, the town from which this weaving style originates and still flourishes today. At this 5 hour workshop you'll learn Bolga basket weaving techniques using recycled materials to create and finish your own basket. You will learn traditional Bolga basket weaving techniques, how to start and a finish basket and how to handle twine.
• Traditional Bolga basket weaving technique
• Starting a basket
• Weaving the body of the basket
• Finishing a basket
• Handling twine
Website contact for Godwin Yidana

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Cheer success for Mikayla Segal

Cheerleading is fast-paced and dynamic and one of Australia's fastest growing team sports; at last year's Nationals Championships in Melbourne, 10,000 athletes attended the three day event. In 2016, the International Cheer Union was added to the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports, meaning there is a chance it could be added to the list of sports at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. If so, one of Glenaeon's current Year 7 students, Mikayla Segal, might just be there! Mikayla trains with the Gymstars gym in Brookvale and competed in last year's Nationals in Melbourne as part of a stunt group in Junior Level One and her team won the event, making them National Champions. She also competed in the Junior Level 1 and Junior Level 2 cheer teams, and both came second nationally. Congratulations Mikayla, and hope to see you in Paris in 2024!

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Welcome Home Playgroup

A new playgroup at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner Preschool
Monday mornings: 9:15- 11:15 a.m 

118 Sydney St, Willoughby
Next to Bales Park
A warm, supportive play-based program for parents and young children (birth to three)
When: each school term: 9 week program, beginning Monday 5 February
Maximum 10 parents – Cost $240 per term.
Please call Sandra on 0413 271 308 or Preschool on 9412 4457 or email to register your interest. Click below for more details...

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A joyful time for relaxation and happiness,
Nourishment for parents and children as we learn and grow together.
An indoor and outdoor program: in the cottage, in the garden and the nearby parkland and bush.
We will be cooking, making stories together, learning songs, and will take part in games for young and old, puppetry and toy making

Parent Education Discussions at each play morning, a place for questions and developing answers:
* Creative discipline for challenging behaviours.
* Understanding Stages of Children’s development.
* Parenthood as an ever- evolving adventure of loving and learning.
* Learning skills to support home – making for yourself and family.
* What is ‘Steiner Education’?
* Routine, rhythm and ritual: how to create and practice them to support you and your child and family.
* Boundaries for child and family safety (physical, emotional, social)
* Celebrations: how to create meaningful celebrations for your family: birthday, seasonal.
* Health and Illnesses: how to support healthy daily living and what to do in times of trauma and illness.
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Fees now due

Just a reminder that school fees were due on the 31st January, unless you are paying by direct debit in which case your form should have been returned to Accounts.
Kind regards,
Amanda Ford
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 9am – 3pm
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Volunteer gardeners needed from the community

We need helpers in the garden on Thursday mornings in Term One from 8am to 10am, to help us with general garden jobs like weeding and edging beds. We thought it would be good to invite our wider community to come and help out. You may have a friend of the family who likes gardening, your grandmother, or a neighbour who is interested in plants. Please contact Alison on 0404104534 or » Read More

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Year 7 applications for 2020 closing soon

If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling their children at Glenaeon for Year 7 in 2020, applications close on Wednesday 11 April 2018. Please visit the Glenaeon enrolments page HERE for an application form.

We are holding a High School Information Morning and Tour on Saturday March 17 from 9.30-11.30am. To book a tour, go to
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Volunteers needed for Learning Support

Would you like to directly contribute to the academic life of the school, without taking on an ongoing or overly demanding role? Learning Support is looking for volunteers to assist during examination and test blocks, if and when you are available. This role is to help a student in their examination period for one or more exams, perhaps reading or writing for him or her, or supervising groups of students.
It can’t hurt to find out more by telephoning or contacting Learning Support Teacher Deborah Lloyd on 9417-3193 or email at
This is a very rewarding and important function in the school so your help would be enormously appreciated! We welcome • Parents • Carers • Grandparents • Past students • Friends of the school
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Glenaeon Secondhand School Uniform Shop

The Secondhand Uniform Shop is open alternating Fridays from 3:00 - 3:45 pm. Dates remaining this term are March 2, March 16 and March 30. Your donations of clean, gently worn uniforms are always welcome. Simply drop them at reception in a bag labeled “Uniform Shop” and we’ll put them back into circulation. Most items are priced at $5 and $10, so come grab a bargain.

I am also seeking a parent volunteer who will learn the ropes and replace me later in the year when my son graduates. It’s an enjoyable way to earn your CIP credits and meet the children, staff and other parents. No special skills necessary, and it only takes a couple of hours per fortnight.

Thank you! Lori Graff 0428668056 » Read More

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Glenaeon Careers Centre

Glenaeon Careers Facebook group now has nearly 90 members and is constantly updating them with news about tertiary study, workshops, open days and much more. It's a brilliant resource for school leavers and those students and their families beginning to think about life after school.

Go to 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

Harvest workshop With Ebba Bodame

In the first of our Seasonal Workshops, Ebba looks at the treasures that lie within Autumn, Harvest time and Easter. During the course of this afternoon session, we will cover how to celebrate the turning of the year and bring a sense of the richness of each season to the young child. Ebba will discuss how our contemporary world can so easily miss the rich tapestry of Nature’s garment that is all around us, constantly and subtly changing each day and each season.
• DATE AND TIME Saturday 17th March 2.00pm – 5.00pm
• VENUE Marion Mahony Griffin Hall Castlecrag campus, 121 Edinburgh Road
• COST $10. Material included
Mary Heard, Castlecrag office: 9958 0774
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Topics covered will include:
• Stories and songs suitable for the season
• Seasonal activities
• The Cosmos and the Earth
• You will also learn how to create a Nature table and make an Easter craft for it.

Ebba Bodame has decades of experience in Rudolf Steiner early childhood education.
Her talks, workshops, playgroups and training sessions have inspired a generation of parents towards healthy and creative child raising practices that are positive for children and deeply fulfilling for adults.
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Psyche and Eros

For story and myth lovers and all cultural creatives….we are pleased to welcome back storyteller Jonathan Drew to start our story offerings for 2018. Jonathan, steeped in Greek mythology and teller of Von Eschenbach's Parzival, returns to kick start our cultural evenings at Castlecrag on Sat February 24th 7.30pm, 2018, with the classic EROS & PSYCHE.   

Providing entertainment on the night will be the Glenaeon Alumni Choir, with their selection of love songs to spice the atmosphere for the evening. There will be supper after the show, & we look forward to having you join us at Castlecrag. Bookings & Enquiries Joy Day 0451 152 227 or Bring your high school students » Read More

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Supporting your child through Steiner education

With Lakshmi Prasanna
What are your questions for Lakshmi as she brings her pictures, experiences and wisdom of the developing human being – a being of body, soul and spirit – to support health, wellbeing and balance in yourself, your family and your class community? We look forward to your presence and active participation on the morning.
Friday 23rd March 9.15am–11.00am
Marion Mahony Griffin Hall Castlecrag campus
Mary Heard, Castlecrag office: 9958 0774 or
Joy Day: 0451 152 227, » Read More

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Creative Discipline Workshops for Parents

Lou Harvey-Zahra, bestselling author of ‘Happy Child, Happy Home’and ‘Creative Discipline, Connected Family’ is returning to Kamaroi Steiner School on Sunday 4th March 2018 for two workshops for parents with children from birth to seven, and then eight to twelve.
Sunday 4th March at Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner School
Creative Discipline for the early years, toddler until 7 years (9am to 12.15pm)
Creative Discipline for parents with children from 8 to 12 years (1pm to 4.15pm)

Sessions $55 and $95 couple. Bookings essential to Lou and 0425 780 681 » Read More

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Raphael’s Rooms

Parent Craft



Grassroots Eco Store – New Hand Dyed Felt

Feeling crafty? Find inspiration for your next project using soft, hand dyed, quality woollen felt - each and every piece is unique! Also available is a large range of plain, solid coloured European felt. A portion of every sale goes to support Glenaeon. Come and take a look!
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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

Please call me on 0416 035 173 if you'd like to make a purchase outside the opening hours as I will open on request. Also, let me know if there are other products you'd like to see in the store and I'll attempt to source them.
See you soon!
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Simplicity Parenting

Continuing on our theme of ‘stuff’, we will look this week at how to reduce your children’s toys to a more manageable quantity that invites deeper play and engagement.

The most trusted guide to simplifying your child’s toys will be whether the toy can be lots of things to the child or whether it is ‘fixed’. As I said last week we should have 10% toy and 90% child.

So firstly you need to find a time when your children will be out or asleep for a few hours (depending on how many toys you have) and start by heaping all the toys into a big pile. From the one big pile you want to create 3 smaller piles - one of keepers, one of toys you can give away to someone who may want them and one of toys for the rubbish that no-one should be burdened with.
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The toys that need to go are:
• Broken toys
• Developmentally inappropriate toys
• Conceptually fixed toys (this includes those very popular ‘craft kits’ that people always seem to give to Steiner families but are actually the enemy of craft)
• Toys that do too much
• High stimulation toys
• Annoying or offensive toys
• Toys that claim to give your child a developmental edge
• Toys you are pressured to buy
• Toys that inspire corrosive play
• Toy multiples

From the ‘keepers’ you can take your favourite toys and make a pile that can be put away in 5 minutes. If the children play in their rooms they can each have a 5 minute pile but if there is a common play area just have one . The rest of the toys go into a storage space and from now on for every toy that re-enters the room one toy must go into storage.

I can guarantee that when your children re-enter the space rather than asking ‘where is my …..’ they will be playing delightedly.

Mary Heard is a Simplicity Parenting Coach and runs courses in Simplicity Parenting at Glenaeon throughout the Year. The next course will be announced soon.
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Rudolf Steiner House

Hi all,
I'm sure that you don't always have time to ready through the full list of all the events that are sent out, which is a shame, as there are quite a few new or newish events coming up that you may not yet know about. So I do suggest that if possible, you have a quick scan through the list, as certainly new items are added every time.
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Various 2018: Eurythmy school: Starting in April, the Eurythmy School in Melbourne is now taking applications for the new training to begin
Various 2018: Colour training in the Liane Collot d'Herbois method. It might seem early to mention these courses, but 2018 will be here before you know it and it might take a bit of planning to attend these course.
Various 2018: Leadership program. This is wonderful program run over four 3-day workshops in Melbourne with David Liknaitzky on leadership and how it relates to self-development, interpersonal skills, team development and organisational development. 

24th February: The practice of meditation & working with self-development. This workshop is open for everyone and is part of an ongoing series on meditation and self-development. 
24th February: Psyche and Eros. A storytelling evening with Jonathan Drew on this classical story of finding love. Please have a look here for more details.
27th February: The Earth is in crisis: what would Rudolf Steiner do now? A talk with Hal Ginges.
6th March: What are the spiritual impulses working behind conspiracy theories? A talk with John Pater. This talk is not out to prove that conspiracy theories are right or wrong but to examine some of facts used and the behaviors behind the followers; what are the spiritual impulses working here. In a number of cases truth has been sacrificed to achieve a certain result and it now seems acceptable that it happens this way.
10th-11th March: Reading your life script. This is part of three weekend series of workshops on biography. The second weekend is on the Battle for the Soul. 
13th March: Youth Work; addressing challenges of the globe, culture and the self. A talk with Poppy Zaderigo & Paolo Apostolides.
18th March: Slow composting and stirring BD500. This is a one-day workshop with BD Sydney
20th March: Sculpture, Music and Speech. A talk with Peter Stewart. A path to understanding the human being through developing perceptive artistic faculties
24th-25th March: Reading your life script. This is part of three weekend series of workshops on biography. The third weekend is on Spiritual service towards world transformation
24th - 25th March: The Physiology of the Foundation Stone Meditation. A weekend workshop with eurythmy and lectures of the Mystery of the Human Etheric. 
27th March: The Hero's adventure. A talk with Jonathan Drew. Based on the work of the mythologist and storyteller, Joseph Campbell. 
31st March: Art workshop - working with the 6 basic exercises. The workshop will run for 6 months and cover one of the 6 basic exercises every month. 
31st March: Psyche and Eros. This is a storytelling performance by Jonathan Drew and songs by Robert Hanly. After the performance, there will be a sharing of a warming soup

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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Reading Your Life Script, Biographical Mandala Workshop

These workshops explore our life phases and are a study of biography suitable for teachers, parents and everyone interested in individual development and the course of life. In this three weekend course we span our biography from rebirth to post death to consciously grasp our karma and its intentions. Steiner indicates fundamental chapters in our biographical development.
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Chapter 1, the period 0-20 is the iron necessity of karma where our past karma incarnates. Chapter 2, 21-41, is the battle for liberation/transformation in the sun crucible. Chapter 3, 42- 62, is service and spiritual development, our gift to world transformation. Chapter 4 the karma is now free; preparation and creativity. Deeper penetration of the details of these chapters offers a clear reading of our life tasks, our transformation direction, our karmic debts, as well as identification of the obstacles, challenges, gifts and helpers in our life script. These are made visible in the mandala you will create. 
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House for rent - April – July 2018

Two-bedroom mudbrick home with mountain views on bush acreage, Kurrajong area NSW, approx. one hour drive from Sydney CBD, 1.5 hours by train. 2kw off-grid solar power system, solar hot water with gas backup, gas cooking, slow combustion wood stove, 100kL rainwater tank, dam fed gardens. Part furnished including energy efficient appliances & grand piano. This large property features wooded escarpment, wetland, rainforest, permanent deep creek and abundant native wildlife. This is a unique, character filled, lovingly home-made house, employing passive design principles and many recycled materials. It's a largely finished work in progress.
We are looking for an environmentally-minded, non-smoking tenant while we travel April - July 2018. The property is a 15 min drive from shops & public transport. $225 p.wk. Please call 0416 239 745 » Read More

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Live In caretaker wanted

Environmentally-minded family living on bush acreage in Kurrajong area seek caretaker to live in self-contained, off-grid bus in exchange for some help around the property, feeding animals, watering plants, fencing, building, maintenance, handy with tools highly regarded. Suit single, non-smoking person. Please call 0415 658 686 » 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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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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Lawnmowing service available

I'm a year 12 student, at Davidson High School, and attended Gleneaon from years K-6. I've started a lawn mowing business and offer all domestic lawn mowing, hedge trimming, roof leaf blowing and general garden maintenance services. After learning from my father for the past four years, I have developed a professional quality standard, and provide all my own tools.
If you're interested in my services please contact me at;
Mobile: 0406620832
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German au pair looking for work

I'm Paula Kölker, 18 years old and a Rudolf Steiner student from Aachen, Germany. I would love to come to Australia for a few months from about September/October 2018 and my idea is to stay with a nice family and help them as an au pair for 3-4 months to improve my command of English and to get to know a new country. I have three little siblings and have done some babysitting in the past so I know how to deal with kids.
Yours sincerely
Paula Kölker » Read More

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Craniosacral Therapy Available in Northbridge

Craniosacral Therapy or CST, is a gentle yet powerful light touch healing modality. The client’s whole person is honoured, held and heard – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

A meditative space is held, which allows the nervous system to shift from fight or flight into rest and repair. This activates the body’s own innate healing ability.
The therapist also deeply listens. When the body can express itself in whatever way it needs to, energetic blocks and resistances shift, change and transform.
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Results of CST sessions will differ as they are guided by what your body wants to work through, honouring its ability to heal itself.
The treatment is a safe, gentle way for the whole person to express and unwind and for old traumas to be energetically released from the tissues without the need to revisit them mentally or verbally.
CST sessions are profoundly relaxing and should leave you feeling whole, balanced and aligned. 

Thursdays from 9.15 to 5pm
Dr Krystall Ford’s Chiropractic Clinic, 37 Eastern Valley Way, Northbridge 

Adult Initial Appointment 1.5hrs $150, Follow Up 1hr $100
Child Initial Appointment 45mins $75, Follow Up 30mins $50
Book a series of 3 treatments & receive a 10% discount

Call Jo on 0424 232 473 to arrange an appointment
Or email at & she will call you

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The GAP Project

The GAP Project is a six-month program for young people (18-30) who want to discover themselves and engage meaningfully in society. At The GAP Project participants will be inspired to use their talents and passions to create change and be part of initiatives that have a positive social, cultural and environmental impact.

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Foundations of Early Childhood - Part-time on weekends or Distance

Do you wish to deepen your understanding in Rudolf Steiner early childhood education?
Our Foundation course offers an integrated curriculum that seeks to make living and practical Rudolf Steiner's indications on the growth of the human being from birth to the seventh year. It is suitable for aspiring teachers, playgroup leaders, parents and carers.

It is suitable for aspiring teachers, playgroup leaders, parents and carers. Learn more about our Early Childhood courses in 2018: » Read More

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NHC318 Healthy Communication: Teacher’s Voice

An intensive voice health program working with all aspects of voice health for the classroom teacher. A face-to-face workshop with two full-day intensives and a period of peer observations in between. Completing this course will contribute 10hrs of NESA Registered PD addressing 3.5.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Semester 1: Thursday 22 March and Thursday 12 April (5 hours each day)
Semester 2: Thursday 2 August and Thursday 23 Aug (5 hours each day) » Read More

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Australian Girls Choir February Open classes

Come along and try a free junior@agc class in February to experience the AGC in action!
We are delighted to invite school-aged girls to attend our fun and inclusive Open Classes in February. Our singing, dance and drama classes are the perfect place for girls to build confidence and develop music and presentation skills.

Rehearsal venues are located in Annandale, Beecroft, Dee Why, Kellyville, Mosman, North Parramatta, North Ryde, Strathfield, St Ives, Waverley and NEW venue in Caringbah!
Ph 02 9922 6733 or email » Read More

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Sunshine Garden Playgroup

PLEASE NOTE: Sunshine Garden Playgroup Thursdays now full and TUESDAY playgroup enrolments open and begin Mar 6th. For more details, call Lila Garcia on 0414 059 158

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Diversity PA

Diversity PA offers a bespoke service for busy families and small business owners in the Lower North Shore. With over 17 years experience, I can assist with a variety of tasks including (for details click below):

Bookings are available onsite (in the Chatswood area) or virtually, on a casual basis if needed. If you’re interested in this type of service please see for more information or contact Michelle on 0420 43 23 83. » Read More

• Account reconciliation & bill payments
• Archiving, filing and stock-take
• Creating & distributing marketing material 
• Database management, data entry and collating reports
• Event, birthday or holiday coordination 
• Formatting documents, templates and presentations
• Home or office organisation
• Managing your schedule, appointments and phone calls
• Personal errands or shopping 
• Project administration & office management
• Website updates and so much more…
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Seasonal Yoga

School Hall Castlecrag Campus
Saturday, 8am-9am. Casual class $20, 10 pass card $150 . Mats provided.
Enquiries: Lisa Kavanagh 0409319289 or
Help to bring balance to body, calm the mind, strengthen core, improve flexibility.
Suitable for beginners to advanced. » 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