Glenaeon eNewsletter

From Head of School

Dear former Glenaeon students,

Can you believe that we will be celebrating our 60th Anniversary at Glenaeon this year?

Since 1957, more than 1500 students have graduated from Glenaeon, having experienced a unique and enriching Steiner education.  » Read More

Over the year, we are hosting a range of Glenaeon events and activities to celebrate this milestone, one of which was our annual GlenX evening on May 4. It was an unique night of creative vision, stories and new ideas, with notable alumni opening up about their careers and Glenaeon memories.

We have shared ‘Where Are They Now’ profiles on Roshan Keating, Tom Reeve and a few of our Glenaeon teachers. 

This issue also includes all the 2017 reunion dates, how to stay in touch with us and the latest from our archives.

Happy reading,

Andrew Hill
Head of School
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Welcome Message

From Director of Development

Where are They Now

Roshan Keating (1995)

In celebration of International Women’s Day earlier in the year (Wednesday 8th March) our first Where Are They Now profile for 2017 is Roshan Keating (1995). Roshan recently started her own business about empowering women to love their bodies! In her own words, Roshan describes herself as ‘a coach for women who want to live a life of their creation, who value personal growth and self-awareness, who want to live as their authentic self and feel deeply connected to their whole being.’ » Read More

What have you been doing since you left Glenaeon?

I went to University and completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in accounting and management. For years I worked in the fashion retail industry in a variety of management roles at a store, state and national level. I then decided I wanted a career change and I have just completed a life coaching course and now have my own business as a wellness coach, empowering women to honour and create a joyful relationship with their body, to connect to their inner wisdom and embody their true essence.

How did Glenaeon influence your career choice?

I found my time at Glenaeon really allowed me to explore and develop my creativity and embrace looking at life and problems through creative thinking. It has definitely influenced my choice to be an entrepreneur and develop a coaching business which requires creativity, resilience, drive, persistence, self-confidence, and a love of learning.

Favourite Glenaeon memories?

I loved the time we dedicated to main lesson each day. I loved the balance of writing and drawing it involved, and the focus on a particular topic allowed me to become immersed in the subject. I also loved woodwork…I really enjoyed creating something with my hands! As someone who lives in their head a lot it allowed me to be more present and focused. I really enjoyed the different formats in which I was able to be creative at Glenaeon!

Plans for 2017 & beyond?

I plan to move to the Sunshine Coast and continue to grow my business creating and offering online group programs and weekend workshops focusing on developing the habit of self-care and growing a loving connected relationship with your body.
For more information, check out Roshan’s Facebook page
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Tom Reeve (1986)

Tom Reeve (1986) attended the 30 year reunion for his cohort last year and we were lucky to have him back to the school for GlenX to tell us about his career as a lawyer! 

Tom has an Honours Degree in English Literature and a Masters Degree in Law.

He has many years experience as a Specialist Family Law solicitor at Marsdens Law Group and as such is now considered an expert in this field.  » Read More

He has been involved in all stages of the Family Law process and in addition manages a large team of family lawyers with varying case profiles. Tom is also an accredited specialist in Advocacy and has used those skills to conduct matters at all levels in the family law process. He is also a qualified Migration Agent.

Tom is actively involved in his local community. He is a member of Business Network International and is closely involved with various community organisations and projects through his work in Family Law and Migration. Tom is also the President of BNI Face and a White Ribbon Ambassador.

During his insightful talk, Tom told us family law is all about telling stories and creatively solving people's problems. He said storytelling at Glenaeon made him more open to the differences between people. In his own words, despite being a bit of cheeky student, he knew his teachers always cared for him, he knew that he mattered.
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Where Are They Now...Teachers Edition!

In addition to bringing you the latest on our alumni we thought you might be interested in what some of your former teachers are up to.  » Read More

Former Glenaeon teacher Sue Moody has been helping our archivist, Ruth O'Hea, since mid-2016. Her incredible memory has been put to work as she sorts through our Glenaeon archives. Sue has also been a great support to our reunion program and we look forward to continue working with her throughout 2017. 

Ann Jacobson has requested Long Service Leave for 2017 which will complete her cycle with the class she has carried through the primary school years. This journey has been one of rich and substantial learning for the class and we all thank Ann for her dedication and commitment over the past seven years. We wish her a happy and refreshing break over the next year.

Liza Lillicrap is currently on Long Service Leave for 2017. 2016 marked Liza’s 11th year as our German teacher and she has faithfully carried her Guardian duties above and beyond the call of duty with her graduating Class of 2016, providing them with support and thoughtful and loving care. She has been an Angel in all senses, both the Christmas Play version and the human version in remembering birthdays and having quiet supportive words with those who needed them, just at the right time. We wish Liza a restful, refreshing and restorative time in 2017.

Elena Rowan (2002) a Glenaeon alumni has been appointed to fill Liza's place. Elena’s family has a long association with Glenaeon: her father John was a long term Class Teacher and mother Leonie was a Chair of the School Council. Elena herself was fully educated here before training as a teacher at Sydney University. Elena also completed an internship at Glenaeon as part of her degree and she impressed everyone with her fresh and vital classroom presence.

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Did you Know?

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Community News

Vale David Hatton

David Hatton was a long standing Class Teacher at Glenaeon for over 25 years, taking three classes through the 8 year cycle, as well as playing a major role in the school’s development at that time, working closely with Sylvia Brose, almost, some said, as her right hand man. He was active in everything from school plays, to the Craft Expos, to the Artists Holiday both of which over years raised major amounts to fund the buildings we enjoy today.
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He married Ursula who was Glenaeon’s music teacher at the time, and have a son, David Jnr, as well as Ursula’s two boys from a previous marriage. He passed on his teaching expertise to many teachers in many training courses, and was also the Coordinator of Glenaeon’s Teacher Training program in the 90’s. He was also very active in landscaping the Middle Cove campus and though the memory of his projects will be lost in the mists of time, He was largely responsible for the landscaping and terracing around the Vera Jacobson building (more prosaically, the 3/4/5 building).

David moved to Orana Steiner school in Canberra in the 90’s where he took another class through, and also played a major role in that school’s development as Chair of College, particularly in the purchase of the school’s second campus. He was also a prolific painter and was for many years the President of the Canberra Art Society, as well as exhibiting widely.

David was a commanding personality, and a significant contributor to the growth of Steiner education both at Glenaeon, and across Australia. Prior to Glenaeon he was a Deputy Principal in a government school, and turned down a job offer from Newington to come to Glenaeon. He was responsible for the primary education of over 120 people, and influenced the education of many more.

David has been ill in Canberra for some time, and went into palliative care in May -  he passed away on Sunday 29th May.

Farewell David!
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Former students and teachers, current students and staff, parents new and old, joined together for a joyous celebration of the unique impact of a Glenaeon education and its place in the lives of its alumni. » Read More

Brenna Hobson, soon to be Executive Director of the National Theatre of Scotland, shared how Main Lessons allowed her to think as a generalist, able to bring a wide array of useful knowledge to her field.

Tom Reeve, a partner at Marsden Lawyers, said storytelling at Glenaeon made him more open to the differences between people and taught him resilience in a demanding career. 

Manon Gunderson-Briggs is a talented performer recent graduate from the Australian Institute of Music and from NIDA, and she shared two songs with the audience. One was Vanilla Ice Cream from the musical, She Loves Me, and the other, I'll Be Here, from Ordinary Days. Remember her name!

Finally, artist Patrick Hartigan remembered the impact of wet-on-wet painting from his early years at Glenaeon, which manifested in him a state of surrender he still tries to emulate in his artwork today.

Thank you to all our fascinating alumni for the generous gift of their time, talent and memories
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Foundation Update 2017

For over thirty years, the Sylvia Brose Hall has been the cornerstone of life at Glenaeon. But after hundreds of plays, festivals, concerts, and assemblies, the hall is in urgent need of renovation and repair. That’s why this year, the Glenaeon Foundation has chosen the refurbishment of the Sylvia Brose Hall as the main focus of its 2017 Annual Giving Appeal. » Read More

Your donation to the 2017 Annual Giving Appeal will help us:

• Install a new energy-efficient heating and cooling system
• Create a more modern feel through rendering the brick walls
• Extend the life of the flooring through sanding and repairing the boards
• Install a new state-of-the art audio-visual system
• Replace the worn curtains with stage quality curtains

Sylvia Brose All-Rounder Scholarship

The 2017 Giving Appeal also gives you the opportunity to contribute directly to the Sylvia Brose Scholarship Fund. This is a means-tested six-year Scholarship for a student starting at Glenaeon in Year 7. The first recipient of the Sylvia Brose Scholarship started at Glenaeon this year.



For these important projects to be realised, we need to raise $100,000. If you enjoyed your time at Glenaeon and would like to see the school thrive, please consider a gift to this important appeal. If every Alumni donates just $100, we can reach our target. If you’re not currently in a position to give or can only manage less, we understand that too. Regardless of the size of your gift, you’ll be benefiting future generations of students in the special and unique education that Glenaeon offers.

Donations can be made at

With Best Wishes,

Nicole Crabb
Director of Development
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Dates for the Diary


2017 Reunions

If you left school in 1987, 1997 or 2007 we would love to hear from you! Below are the list of upcoming 2017 Glenaeon Reunions: » Read More

10 Year reunion (Class of 2007) - Saturday 5th August
20 Year reunion (Class of 1997) - Saturday 2nd September
30 Year reunion (Class of 1987) - Saturday 16th September

All reunions start at 4pm in the staffroom at our Middle Cove campus.

Reunions are a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends, see what's new at Glenaeon and share stories with your class teachers. We would love to get in touch with all of our graduates from these classes, so feel free to email us with your contact details at

You can also keep up to date with all the latest reunion and alumni news at
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Class of 1988 Update

On 19th November 2016, the Class of 1988 celebrated their 28 year reunion. Many thanks to Eddie Jardine for sharing this fabulous photo from the night. Looking forward to seeing you all for the big 3-0 reunion in 2018! » Read More

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Keep In Touch

Glenaeon Alumni Facebook Page

Have you 'liked' the Glenaeon Alumni Facebook Page yet? This page allows you to re-connect with your former classmates, keeps you up-to-date with what's happening at Glenaeon, shares Alumni stories and upcoming events & reunions. » Read More

Check out our page at and don't forget to like us! 
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Did you know...we now have a Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School Alumni Group on LinkedIn? We regularly post updates including job advertisements and recent alumni news. » Read More

Plus, it's a great way to keep in touch with the school and network with fellow alumni. Click here, become a member and join the conversation!

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Stay Connected

Are your contact details up to date? Did you get married and change your name? Don't forget to let us know! You can now easily change/add your contact details by completing and submitting the Stay Connected form on our website: » Read More

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Archive Photos

Archive Rooms get a makeover!

While the rest of us sweated it out in air conditioned offices or at the beach during the summer holidays, the boys from Crookwell Constructions spent their days digging, hammering and plastering Glenaeon's new archive department below the main office building. » Read More

The school archives - including photos, newspaper articles, handwritten class rolls, minutes from meetings and valuable historical material from the fifties and sixties - are being overhauled as a very special 60th birthday to the school, by former teacher and parent, Sue Moody, and former parent and professional archivist, Ruth O'Hea.

These new spaces being created over the holidays will allow Sue and Ruth to sort, catalogue and store our precious historical records from the school's 60 year history.
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School News

Anniversary Anecdotes: Celebrating 60 Years!

It all started with the gift of a book, sometime in 1926. Marion Mahony Griffin was living in The Parapet, just fifty metres down the road from where the Hall bearing her name now stands on our Castlecrag campus. Marion was relatively new to Sydney, having left Canberra just a year or so before after helping to lay the ground plan for Australia’s new national capital. Her husband Walter’s magnificent vision for the city was in place, though challenged by the bureaucrats of the time, but his architectural practice was now established across the country and he was developing a new suburb on the foreshores of Sydney Harbour, which he called Castlecrag. » Read More

Sometime in 1926, someone lent Marion a book by Dr Rudolf Steiner called Esoteric Science which outlined what he called the science of the spirit, a path to develop the higher faculties of insight in each human soul. As a woman of higher interests and purpose, Marion was a seeker after the deeper things of life, and while we don’t know exactly who gave her that book, we know it changed her life. As she put it in her memoirs, “It changed me completely from a pessimist to an optimist….from this standpoint it was possible to attain a basic purpose for life.”

She shared it with Walter and together they became students of Dr Steiner’s work. While Walter was designing buildings that still draw admiration today, Marion’s personal energy was devoted to building Castlecrag into a place that reflected the values of aesthetic design, harmony with Nature and community relationships. She encouraged a shared study of Dr Steiner’s work and drew many people to the groups that sprang up with that purpose.
It helped that her next door neighbor was Mrs Edith Williams, the first secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in Sydney.

Marion’s spiritual interests were also fostered through theatre, and with Walter she built the Haven Amphitheatre as a place for the community to celebrate together in Drama. In 1936 she directed a production of the ancient Greek tragedy Antigone by Sophocles in the amphitheatre. A young student called Sylvia Brose joined the production and was inspired by Marion to write her own play, one she called Mirrabooka, based on indigenous Dreaming themes and stories. The Griffins had been inspired by indigenous spirituality too, and Marion later called Sylvia a “young, antipodean Shelley”, high praise indeed.

Marion was childless, but children were drawn to her. She in return was able to meet their “impossible questions” with a rich stream of stories and vivid anecdotes. She wrote that she “was able to make friends with the children whose lives are being parched by the arid teaching of our present communities. Parents began sending their children to me when they asked those ‘impossible questions’ ”. As a result she set up a Kindergarten for the children of Castlecrag in Sunnyside Crescent, and hoped that one day it would grow into a full school.

It was not to be in her lifetime. Marion returned to the US in 1937, but left behind a vision; a vision for a school that would educate children in a healthy, aesthetic and inspiring way, based on Dr Steiner’s indications. Sylvia carried that vision, and after teaching experience at Frensham, she left Sydney to travel to Edinburgh where she trained in Steiner education for four years, funded by the Anthroposophical Society. On her return, she opened the doors of that school envisioned by Marion, in a small hall in Pymble with just three Kindergarten students. It was 1957, 60 years ago this May, and the school was called Dalcross at first, as it slowly grew into the early years of primary school. The name Glenaeon came later, but that’s another story, and can wait for our next Anniversary Anecdote to celebrate 60 years. Watch this space!
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Back to School

We were thrilled to see former students Sasha and Hugo Lee at school in February, to visit one of their former teachers, Rene van den Tol.

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Sasha graduated in 2014, took a gap year, and is now in her second year of a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) - Science degree at Canberra’s ANU.

Subjects she’s tackling include maths, chemistry, biology and computer programming. She is living in college on campus and, in her spare time, enjoys running, cycling and rogaining (an orienteering sport of long distance cross-country navigation, involving both route planning and navigation between checkpoints using a map and compass).

Hugo left Glenaeon in 2011 and has just completed a double degree in Music and Physics, also at ANU. He is a saxophone player, composes his own music, produces CDs and plays in several bands. He’s about to move to Melbourne to continue his music career, performing a mix of funk, world and electronic music.

Big brother Oliver has also finished his Renewable Energy Engineering / Science degree at ANU and is working for a strategy consulting firm in Canberra.

Great to see you both and best wishes from us all for your continued success.
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Lucia Langen (2014)

It's always lovely to have Glenaeon alumni come back to work at the school, and this term we welcomed back Lucia Langen (2014) who is studying to become a teacher and is doing her practicum at Glenaeon in the primary school.

Lucia joins a group of alumni who are teachers at the school, including David Green, Pam Laycock, Elizabeth Ellean, Liz Nevieve, Yura Totsuka, Evan Sanders and Elena Rowan. » Read More

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School Tours

2017 School Tours

If you have children and are considering sending them to Glenaeon, we invite you to come and meet the staff and see our school in action. All school tours incorporate a tour of the grounds and a slideshow presentation about Glenaeon and our curriculum. Students are welcome to attend. » Read More

Below are the next tour dates for our Middle Cove, Castlecrag and Preschool campuses. 


5a Glenroy Avenue, Middle Cove

Tuesday 25 July – 9.30am-11:30am
Tuesday 15 August – 9.30am-11:30am


121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag

Thursday 15 June 9:30am – 11:30am
Thursday 27 July 9:30am – 11:30am

K-12 School Tours incorporate a tour of the grounds, and a slideshow Presentation about Glenaeon and our Curriculum, including question time. Students are welcome to attend.

For further information or questions please contact our Registrar on P: 9932 2325 or by email at:

118 Sydney Street, Willoughby

A Preschool Tour will give you and your child an experience of our Preschool with the grounds and classrooms open, and a presentation on the philosophy and program for the parents, including question time.

Monday 24 July  9:30am – 11:00am
Saturday 26 August 9:30am – 11:00am
Monday 16 October 9:30am – 11:00am
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For all alumni enquires:

Emily Fraser
Foundation Coordinator
Telephone: 61 2 9417 3193

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