Glenaeon eNewsletter

From Head of School

From Director of Development

Dear GlenX and Parents Community,

Welcome to the ninth edition of GlenX News!

The first term of the year has moved by swiftly. Last week we celebrated the Harvest Festival in the Sylvia Brose Hall, where Year 7 and 12 students joined together for a beautiful rendition of a song from the Year 7 King Arthur main lesson.

In this issue you will also read about alumnus Joe Purves (1996) and his life post-school and an update about the Glenaeon Foundation. We also invite you to a range of school events from the Year 10 Musical to Open Days and Playgroups.

We hope you enjoy reading this issue and invite you to stay in touch. We also look forward to seeing you at the school for one of our events or reunions this year.

Nicole Crabb
Director of Development

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Where are They Now

Joe Purves (1995)

Joe is a digital creative specialist with 18 years of industry experience and a passion for creativity and design aesthetics. He has worked in the UK, USA, Asia, and Australia and clients include CommBank, Citibank, Optus, Telstra and Virgin. Joe's curious nature urges him to understand the technology, the business goals and the user needs before he embarks on the design process.
Recently awarded as the Winner of the 2017-2018 AIMIA AMY Awards for “Digital Person of the Year”, Joe is an industry leader in inspiring creativity and passion.


After I left Glenaeon, I studied Interactive Digital Media at Sydney Institute of Technology between 1998 and 2000. I later studied at the University of London. After working client side as a Digital Designer for Virgin, 3 Mobile and Optus, I wanted to try working for Digital Agencies. I really enjoyed the pace and variety of work in agencies. I then took a contract at CommBank and it was here that I realised that I wanted to start my own agency. 

I decided to jump in and become a CEO overnight. I am the Founder & Digital Creative Director of DMG and since the birth of DMG in 2014, I have had the privilege of seeing my agency evolve from a one-man show to a fully-fledged agency of Digital Creative & Experience specialists with the key aim to create highly immersive and engaging design solutions.

The entrepreneurial seed was planted when I started working for Virgin in London and I had the honour of meeting Sir Richard Branson on three separate occasions. From attaining inspiration from Branson himself, who said “if you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose” and “jump-in”, I was driven to initiate a start-up. I knew from that very moment, that I would be an entrepreneur. With the challenges endured and the risks involved, DMG has without a doubt been the greatest achievement of my professional career.


Glenaeon has a key focus on creativity and the arts. Without this education, I would not have built up the passion for art and design so early and I would not be a Creative Director today. 


It's no secret that humans benefit from interactions, a sense of community, the arts and music. These are the things that make life interesting and make life worth living. Glenaeon has a key focus on all of these elements and it is what makes it hard to have one key memory. My favourite key memories are running around in the bamboo with friends, exploring natural wonders, creating tangible artworks with my hands and making friendships that last forever. 


Glenaeon has given me an education for life and I feel positive and confident about my future ahead. I often think back and remember what my teachers and my classmates taught me and how they helped me grow. 

My goals are to continue to be an entrepreneur and grow our digital agency, continue to be part of creative and innovative digital projects and to continue to grow and mentor my team of passionate creative design specialists.

For more information, check out Joe’s website, and profile on LinkedIn

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Community News

Foundation Update

We would like to keep you updated on the Foundation Projects that many of you in the community have contributed to over the past few years. Our new Operations Manager, Julie Skuja has been busy making the necessary plans to make these projects a priority.

Our community of staff, teachers and students have been enjoying delicious and healthy treats prepared by Sharon and Lorna in the Glenaeon Canteen for 18 months now. Our Canteen team are doing an excellent job in catering for our students and school events and are an integral part of the fabric of Glenaeon.

Planning for Stage 2 of the Community Kitchen Project is well underway. Stage 2 involves completing our vision for the ‘heart and soul ‘of the school; a communal area where students and staff can gather and connect over a healthy nutritious meal. We will build a deck and seating overlooking the glorious bushland that surrounds Glenaeon. Council has approved a Development Application for the Deck subject to our preparation of a Flood Management Plan. We have appointed Accor Engineering for this piece of work and once completed we can move to the next stage of implementation. We are hopeful of the Deck being completed by the end of 2018.

Our Project for 2018 has just been announced. Annual Giving 2018 will focus on re-developing the Primary and Secondary School Playgrounds.

Playing outdoors creates lasting memories, builds greater environmental awareness, encourages independent thinking and allows children to feel challenged and excited about the prospect of gaining knowledge.

Included in this exciting project is enhancing the sand-pit, installing a 2.6m Tunnel Slide and a climbing wall.

For the Secondary students plans include;
• A timber and rope structure providing physical challenges and measured risk-taking
• Informal sitting area with elevated shipping ropes, raised net seating and informal log perches
• A new deck under the existing canopy structure

We will aim to raise $150,000 through this project and we hope you will consider supporting this.
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2018 Reunions

Whether you graduated in 2008, 1998 and 1989 please join us at the 2018 reunions!
Below are the list of 2018 Glenaeon Reunions:

Year 10 (Class of 2008) – Saturday 1 September 2018

Year 20 (Class of 1998) – Saturday 8 September 2018

Year 30 (Class of 1988) – Saturday 22 September 2018

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 [email protected]

You can also keep up to date with all the latest reunion and alumni news at
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School News

Glenaeon Studios

Program 2018

Glenaeon studios hold craft and artisan workshops which cover a variety of artistic fields including indigo dyeing, eco-printing, basket-making, felting, knitting and crochet.
Glenaeon Studios workshops are generally for adults, parents, teachers and friends of the Glenaeon community. In the future some workshops may be tailored to suit children.
For workshop information and bookings, email [email protected]

“Simple Pleasures” Plant fibre basketry with Zimmi Forest
  • Friday 8 June 10am - 3pm
  • One of our guest artists is a weaver of nature, Zimmi Forest, and she will lead the group through the simple pleasures of basketry, with two new techniques, involving palm sheath stitching and weaving with Dracena Draco. Find Zimmi on Instagram

Being (t)here “mapping the poetics of place” with India Flint
  • Friday 29 - Sunday 31 July (3 days) 9.30am - 4pm
  • In July we are very fortunate to have India Flint present at Glenaeon Studios for three days to guide us into an adventure with eco-printing and felting.
You can visit India’s website
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Open Day

In just over one week, on Friday 6 April, we will showcase our school at Open Day.

We are writing to invite you and/or friends and family to come and explore our beautiful bushland campus at 5A Glenroy Avenue, Middle Cove.

From 9am when our gates open, there will be an opportunity to view the classrooms in action, followed by a delicious morning tea while Year 10 performs a scene from their musical, The Little Mermaid, with a short presentation about a Glenaeon education. The Open Day concludes at 11.30 am.

To book a tour go to
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Other Glenaeon School Tours

Castlecrag campus Kindergarten Entry Tour, Saturday 12 May 9.30am-11.30am. K-2 School tours incorporate a tour of the grounds, and a presentation about Glenaeon and our Steiner curriculum, including time for questions. Students are welcome to attend. To book please go to

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Parent Education

Anthea and Eleanor Pilko
Thursday 29 March 7.00-10.00pm
Marion Mahony Griffin Hall Castlecrag campus
121 Edinburgh Road
Mary Heard, Castlecrag office: 9958 0774

An introduction for all new parents
With Andrew Hill
Wednesday 16 May 7.30pm
Marion Mahony Griffin Hall Castlecrag campus
121 Edinburgh Road No bookings required

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The Little Mermaid Year 10 musical

Tickets now available at trybooking on

Friday 6 April 7.30pm
Sunday 8 April 2.00pm
Monday 9 April 7.30pm
Tuesday 10 April 7.30pm

Adult $30.00
Student (13 years – University)/Concession $20.00
Child / pensioner (under 12) $15.00

The Little Mermaid is a stage musical produced by Disney based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name and the classic story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love.

Based on Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film
produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker
and written & directed by John Musker and Ron Clements
Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions
Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).
All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.
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Twilight Market

Friday 6 April at the Castlecrag campus from 3-5pm. Stalls, food and drink and great company. All welcome.

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Welcome Home Playgroup

As well as our three playgroups up and running at our Castlecrag campus, we now have a playgroup operating from our Preschool campus in Willoughby.
Monday mornings: 9:15- 11:15 am 

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
Maximum 10 parents – Cost $240 per term.
Please call Sandra on 0413 271 308 or Preschool on 9412 4457 or email [email protected] to register your interest.
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Keep In Touch

Glenaeon Alumni Facebook Page

Have you joined 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.
Check out our page at and don't forget to follow us! 

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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:

We looking forward to hearing from you! 

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For all alumni enquires:

Paula Rizzini
Foundation Coordinator
Telephone: 61 2 9417 3193
Email: [email protected]

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
Email: [email protected]

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