Glenaeon eNewsletter

From Head of School

MidWinter Festival: “…Transfiguring All Existence”

Have you ever been SAD in winter? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is the official name given to feeling down as the days shorten, the temperature drops and the world seems gloomier. We are all affected of course by this outer cold, and if we live just in our outer senses, we must inevitably feel a bit down, even a little depressed, as our inner life mirrors the outer world of the declining sun light and the chilling cold.

What is the antidote? Since time immemorial, people have recognised the need to meet the outer cold of winter with the inner warmth of the human heart. Here is a traditional carol from the north of England that captures the inner warmth and joy of the winter season which in the north has a Christmas mood:

This time of the year is spent in good cheer,
And neighbours together do meet
To sit by the fire, with friendly desire,
Each other in love to greet;
Old grudges forgot are put in the pot,
All sorrows aside they lay;
The old and the young doth carol this song
To drive the cold winter away.

Our MidWinter Festivals, celebrated through the school this week, stand exactly in this tradition. By walking the spiral, by lighting the candle and placing our individual candle in the community of lights, we symbolically affirm the triumph of light over darkness, and the power of our inner life over the outer cold and dark. For our students, this ritual is an image of the power they can draw on to meet the winter season with their own inner warmth and light.
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Today we all have a new challenge. Without the support of communities of tradition that did it for us, we have to do it ourselves. Each of us has to find that inner strength and activity to overcome the outer cold and dark, or otherwise we can have a SAD moment.

Rudolf Steiner’s Calendar of the Soul is a guide we can use to build and nourish this inner life: there is a short verse for each week of the year that captures the inner mood of the season. Used as a meditative stimulus, the weekly verse can be an inspiring starting point to an inner experience of the changing year. The MidWinter verses for this time of year provide a beautiful image of the inner power on which we can draw to meet the outer challenge of the winter season:

The Impulse of my soul strives on in blessedness,
To bear the spiritual Light into the world’s wintry night
That the shining soul force may take root
In the foundations of the world,
And the Divine Word resound
Through the obscurity of sense
Transfiguring all existence.

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 children entranced by the bonfire at this week's Kindy Midwinter Festival.  » Read More

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Blackboard Beauties

This week's blackboard is from the Year 5 Ancient Egypt main lesson, and was drawn by class teacher, Rodney Dean. » Read More

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Midwinter Festival

Students from Class 1 to Year 12 walked the winter spiral this week, set up in the Sylvia Brose Hall at Middle Cove. They were accompanied by lyre players from the school, Christian and Liza Lillicrap on piano and Natasha Petit on violin.

Below is this year's spiral before and after candles.





After walking all the way to the Middle Cove campus, Class 2 went home via a three hour bush walk through Harold Reid Reserve with Katherine and some parent helpers. Class One walked back to Castlecrag, where Roger lit a bonfire, toasted some doughies with jam, and sang some songs around the fire.

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Work experience help for Year 10 students

Your work experience forms are due early in Term 3.
You can receive advice, support and extra help for securing a great work experience week.
Deb will be available to chat to about all things Work Experience during these times throughout the rest of Term 2:
• MONDAYS LUNCHTIME
• TUESDAYS LUNCHTIME & MORNING TEA
• THURSDAYS BEFORE SCHOOL - 8.20am to bell - or LUNCHTIME.
Just drop into the Learning Support/Art Therapy room! » Read More

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Class 6 Physics Acoustics work

These fabulous artworks were painted during the Class 6 Physics - Acoustics main lesson.



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Class 3 skip-athon

Class 3 are skipping for our native animals over a two-week period, raising money for WIRES animal rescue. One boy said he's skipped over 4,000 times!! So seek them out if you think you can support their cause.

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Class 3 eco-dyeing

Class 3’s relaxation group have been eco-printing woollen singlets. Lyn Clifton has been supporting children through their senses and as we are in mid-winter, warmth is particularly important.



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Twilight Concerts Term 2

Twilight Concerts this term will take place over two nights, at the Middle Cove Campus in the Sylvia Brose Hall.

Twilight Concert - Classes 4-6
Tuesday June 26, 6pm – 8pm

Twilight Concert - Years 7 and up
Wed, June 27, 6pm – 8pm

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In the Library

This week in the library, we showcase another artwork from our Senior Library. 

Transcience by Year 11 student, Abbey Hardwick
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Games for the Junior library

Now the weather is turning cooler, our primary students are spending more time in the junior library so we are looking for board games suitable for Classes 3-6 with all pieces intact. Examples include Bingo, Cluedo, Boggle, jigsaws, ones that can be played over a shorter period of time. Games can be left at reception at Middle Cove for the attention of Lynne Collett. » Read More

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Castlecrag News

Kindy Winter Festival

On Tuesday of this week Kindy parents and children braved the elements and came together on a very cold and wet winter evening to celebrate their winter festival. After sharing warming soup and bread we all entered the Hall to the accompaniment of a small group of older siblings playing lyre. A highlight of the evening was a very special puppet play prepared by the Kindergarten teachers. The children watched with wide eyes and wonder as they heard the story of a little girl who went on a journey to find the stars. Eventually with the help of 'four feet' who carried her to '0 feet at all', who led her across the sea to the glistening path that led to the shining stairs with no steps, the little girl found the starry realm....

After an adventurous lantern walk into the dark wet night, our little lanterns bravely lighting the way, we finished the evening around a warming fire singing winter songs and eating our freshly baked star cookies.



Below are photos of King Winter and snowflakes from Wattle Kindy's nature table and gnomes from Waratah Kindy.


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Playgroup News

Sandra is seen here holding the light for the playgroup families as they observed their own midwinter festival this week. » Read More

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School Calendar

What's on at Glenaeon next week

Pondering Bio-dynamic Understanding of our Earth and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Connection to Country, Parent Talks in June with Sandra Frain
Tuesday June 26, 1pm – 3pm
Glenaeon Preschool, 118 Sydney Street, Willoughby, next to Bales Park

Twilight Concert - Classes 4-6
Tuesday June 26, 6pm – 8pm
Middle Cove Campus - Sylvia Brose Hall

Twilight Concert - Years 7 and up
Wednesday June 27, 6pm – 8pm
Middle Cove Campus - Sylvia Brose Hall

Year 11 Outdoor Education - Indigenous immersion Northern Territory (cont)
Sunday June 24 – Wednesday July 4 » Read More

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Glenaeon School Tours

Glenaeon School Tours & Enrolment Events

MIDDLE COVE CAMPUS (CLASSES 3 – 12))
Tuesday 7 Aug 2018 – 9am-11:30am
PRESCHOOL
Mon 30 July 9.30-11.00am
CASTLECRAG CAMPUS (CLASSES K – 2)
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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Foundation

Foundation update

LAST 10 DAYS OF 2018 ANNUAL GIVING AND AN EXCITING UPDATE
We’re now 10 days away from the end of 2018 Annual Giving - and we’ve just heard some exciting news.

Two generous donors who are passionate about supporting our Middle Cove Playground redevelopment project have agreed to match all donations made from now until June 30.

That means if you donate today, your contribution will have double the impact. So, for example if you donate $285 the Glenaeon Foundation receives $570!

We’ve been blown away by the Glenaeon communities support so far. Over the past eight weeks, 81 families have donated $83,220! But we still have more work to do to raise $66,780 to reach our goal of $150,000 by June 30.

Don’t forget all donations to the Glenaeon Foundation are Tax Deductible and you will receive an official Tax Receipt.

Will you chip in today to make double the difference? We’ve got 10 days. Let’s do this!
Please donate at www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/giving/donate-now
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GPA

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 Friends and Families of Glenaeon,

After careful consideration and planning the GPA and our class parents have confirmed the items for the 2018 School Project Funding. As such we are excited to announce the purchase of:

  • a set of seven new kayaks allowing Scottie the opportunity to further develop our rich outdoor education program
  • the all-important build of a safety barrier on Eastern Valley Way
  • and chairs, tables and umbrellas for the soon to be completed café deck. We look forward to seeing the new deck in full swing with families and students enjoying this idyllic meeting spot. 
How very fortunate we are to have this opportunity to extend our children’s already magnificent school campus. Important dates for the diary include;
Wed August 8 - Next GPA/Class Parent meeting, 7.30pm Castlecrag Campus
Friday September 21 - Twilight Market (Term 3) hosted by Class 1
Friday November 2 - Opening night of Glenaeon Family Fair and Art Show
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Community News

School Canteen

They're back! And dealing beautifully with all the paving going on around them. We're hoping to have access to the canteen back to normal next week, so thank you everyone for coping so well this week.

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Glenaeon studios

The next workshop is Being (t)here “mapping the poetics of place” with India Flint on Friday 27- Sunday 29 July (3 days) from 9.30am - 4pm. 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 www.indiaflint.com. For more information about Glenaeon Studios email Elizabeth Ellean at glenaeonstudios@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au » Read More

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CIPs Term 2

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 2. 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 2 CIP hours by Friday 22 June in order to have them credited back to you via next term’s invoice. Click READ MORE for further details... » Read More

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:
http://www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/community/community-involvement-program

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. Note that credits are not carried over from one year to the next.

Kind regards,
Amanda Ford
(part time)
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
9am – 3pm
Ph: 9932 2310
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Eurythmy classes

Tuesday 4pm-5pm
Ease, form, grace, balance, flexibility Movement with body, soul and spirit
contact: kimberleyh@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au » Read More

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The 2017-18 Entertainment Books are now available!

The NEW 2017 | 2018 Entertainment™ Book and Digital Memberships are available now and are packed with thousands of up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers. To see what’s inside, click HERE For just $70, you'll receive over $20,000 worth of valuable offers.
Buy an Entertainment™ Membership and support our school!
20% of the proceeds go towards fundraising for the GPA

CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM US TODAY  - http://www.entbook.com.au/204p033
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Welcome Home Playgroup

As the earth and air are cooling in this autumn time so near, we too come closer in this contracting time of year.
A new playgroup at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner Preschool
Monday mornings: 9:00- 11:00am (Our first Monday of the Term 2 is April 30)
118 Sydney St, Willoughby
Next to Bales Park
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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 admin@glenaeonpreschool.nsw.edu.au to register your interest. 

What to bring for playgroup?

Slippers/shoes, hats for warm feet and heads
A wee something healthy to share at morning tea.
Our Thursday - Tuesday playgroup welcomes you:
A spot of herb tea then a gracious morning circle, holding hands together under the sky so high. 
Into the playroom we prance, for a story the puppets gift for our glance.
Washing our hands, and creating with dough.
Now some inside play before a scrumptious shared Morning tea like so. 
The Dusty Gnome leads us to ‘clean our home’, before we scamper out to the welcoming gardens for a play-filled roam.

(Adult-centred activities abound, with supportive discussions on pertinent child-centred issues of the day.)
Our joyous closing circle signals warm home-made bread and fragrant sphagni oil to bless us on our way.
“Slowly, slowly, very slowly slides the little snail, then quickly, quickly, very quickly runs the little mouse.”
See you soon,
Sandra
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New fee payment options for 2019

Dear Parents,
We are introducing some changes to our Billing process to streamline the payment of school fees. From 2019 you will have two options for the payment of Tuition Fees:
1. Prepayment - this will attract a 3% discount on the total yearly Tuition Fees (fees must be paid in full by 29 January 2019)
2. Direct Debit - this enables Account Holders to pay the total annual fees in ten equal monthly instalments (February – November) via a credit card or a bank account. Click below for more details... » Read More

We will no longer be offering the payment of school fees by term, and will send out more detailed payment information in Term 4. Please contact me if you wish to discuss any of these details on 02 9932 2310

Kind Regards
Amanda Ford
9932 2310
Part-time (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays)
9am – 3pm
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Glenaeon Secondhand Uniform Shop - grab a jumper!

The Secondhand Uniform Shop opens alternate Fridays from 3:00 - 3:45 pm during term.
Dates for this term are as follows: last day is next Friday June 29.

We have heaps of nice jumpers for sale at $10 each, and a large selection of blazers at $75 each. Grab a warm winter bargain to keep your child toasty at school this winter. Your donations of clean, gently used uniforms are always welcome. Just leave them in a bag at reception and they will be put back into circulation. Lori 0428668056 » Read More

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Secondhand Uniform Shop needs a New Coordinator

If you are looking for a fun way to complete your CIP points, please consider volunteering as Secondhand Uniform Shop coordinator. As I will be leaving my post at the end of this year when my son graduates, I am seeking a friendly, organised parent to take over. The role takes an hour or two each week, and it’s a great way to meet parents, students and staff. Click below for more details... » Read More

No special skills are necessary, just sort and hang up donations, help parents and students find the uniforms they need, help teachers and staff with any uniform needs (school concert, emergency uniforms, exchange student uniforms, backup sport uniforms etc), and wash the occasional donation as needed. Please contact me at 0428668056 if you are interested. Thank you. Lori Graff
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Careers

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. This week and last, we've posted about the new direct application to ANU university, based in part on a holistic view of the student, and a co-curricular or service requirement. Wow!

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  has been released here so save the dates now!
http://www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/community/parent-education 

Thursday 2 August, 7.30 pm 
The Twelve Senses with Barbara Baldwin, Marion Mahony Griffin Hall

Monday 20 August 7.30pm
Fathers Only Night, for fathers of children up to 7 years, Playgroup room 

Friday 31st August 9.15am
Seamus and Meaghan Music Workshop, Hall kitchen 

 Friday 21st September 9.15am
Food Intolerances with Lakshmi Prasana, Marion Mahony Griffin Hall » Read More


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The JOY of Sourdough Bread Making

A great time was had last Saturday morning at Sandra's sourdough breadmaking workshop with many different age groups learning this time-honoured tradition.

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Parent Talks and Workshops

Glenaeon Preschool is hosting a series of talks on Organic and Bio-dynamic Farming and Gardening and Organic foods, as well as connections of bio-dynamics to the indigenous relationship to country. These talks and workshops are open to the community and are free in the interests of the sustainable approach to the earth we will hand on to our children. Our preschool has a bio-dynamic organic garden and cooks with organic foods. Come and join us for these talks and a cup of tea and some sourdough bread. All welcome.
Parent Talk in June with Sandra Frain
Tuesday 26 June 1.45-3pm - Pondering Bio-dynamic Understanding of our Earth and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Connection to Country. 

Venue: 118 Sydney Street, Willoughby, next to Bales Park
Please RSVP if possible so we can be prepared - 02 9412 4457
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Sandra Frain BCS MSC (ED):
Sandra is a bio-dynamic gardener and has decades of experience creating educational programs for children and their families in a unique celebration of life. Sandra is devoted to supporting people in their quest to nurture nature and humanity. She develops and delivers teacher and parent training programs internationally.
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Simplicity Parenting

As I have spent several days in bed recuperating from my Mid Winter dose of the flu I have been able to spend some time reading “Spirit Led Community” by Lisa Romero.

Lisa talks about how the natural environment and the ‘kingdoms of nature play a lesser role in the process of raising a child today’ than they have in the past. The child, she says is ‘increasingly being educated more through the “invented” world than through the natural world.’ She also says that the ‘kingdoms of nature….are born out of a relationship to wisdom that lives beyond the capacity of the so-called human-made inventions’ and that ‘nature itself is being dethroned from its kingly task of reminding us of the the internal kingdoms within us’

In Simplicity Parenting, Kim John Payne also talks about the four connections – to nature, to family, to friends and to self and how these need to be fostered to create healthy children.

Inspired by these ideas and in the context of the RHYTHM pillar of Simplicity Parenting I would like to look at how we can connect to nature in MID WINTER through our senses and so connect to the ‘internal kingdoms within us’. Click below to read more... » Read More

If you do have central heating in your home I recommend you do not have it turned up too high (21-22 degrees), this way your child can still experience the delight of a warm bath and a hot water bottle, a crackling fire in the fire place or in the back yard. Mid Winter bushwalks are great family activities, everyone can put on their coats and boots and go out and collect things for the nature table. So many native plants flower in the winter and it is healthy for children to experience their colours and smells. Cold winter walks also allow the children to experience a healthy, hearty winter appetite and it is nourishing to come home to the smell of a slow cooked soup or stew. 

Another way to experience Mid Winter in a rhythmical way is to bring the darkness into your homes and into your children’s lives. Ebba Bodame told me that in German kindergartens the children arrive in the darkness and are welcomed only by candle light until the sun rises. This is a lovely way to teach children the ‘inwardness’ of the winter season. One mother told me she did not use lights at night when her children were very young, this way she could give them dinner and have them in bed very early! Just minimising electric lighting and using more candles will bring the mood of Mid Winter into your home.

Mid Winter is also a wonderful time for stories. Telling our children stories of what winter was like when we were young is always fun for everyone. What were your favourite smells, tastes, what was your bed like, what did you wear? Some anecdotes about getting cold and keeping warm. These are all nourishment for your child’s soul. Reading books together is also a good winter activity – getting into bed on a Sunday afternoon with a good book is an experience no child should miss.

If we are very conscious about our relationship with winter our children will learn so much more about themselves in the world and develop a connection with the ‘wisdom that lives beyond the capacity of the so called human-made inventions’. We are also exposing them to so much joy that is awaiting us in our experience of the natural world and to the wonders of the cycles of nature that are at the very heart of our humanity.

Mary Heard is a Simplicity Parenting Coach and runs courses in Simplicity Parenting at Glenaeon throughout the Year. 
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Raphael’s Rooms

Parent Craft

Alumni

Family Fair and Art Show

Book donations needed

We are now collecting donations for the 2nd hand book stall. If you have any books you no longer want, and that are in GOOD CONDITION (very important!!) please bring them into Castlecrag Campus Reception. » Read More

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Do you have broken toys that need a bit of love

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Calling all Clever Crafties

Yes it IS that time already! The 2018 Family Fair Silent Auction team are calling out to our community to help showcase the amazing creatives and generous philanthropes within Glenaeon’s student, family and friends network.

Art & craft donations – extending the invitation to all members of the Glenaeon community - parents, grandparents, individual students, teachers, alumni and friends - your donation of time and talent will add to the incredible array of works and contribute to our fundraising efforts. You might have something already made, or perhaps a new project in mind… please contact Angela Lakkis on 0410 600 876 or angela.lakkis@gmail.com with any questions, offers or ideas you’d like to explore. » Read More

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Noticeboard

Grassroots Eco Store – Full Range of Sphagnis available

If you haven't yet heard about Sphagnis, they are peat moss and plant oil emulsions used externally as a moisturiser to envelop the user in a protective cocoon, helping withstand and protect against outside influences. Rudolf Steiner spoke of a time when we would need extra protection from external stimuli and influences and suggested that this protection could be provided by Sphagnum or Peat Moss. In nature, Peat Moss filters what is in the air and environment above the Moss beds to produce and protect crystal clear, vital and energised water below. Wearing a Sphagni provides a boundary and feels like you are covered in a special membrane filtering external circumstances, stimuli and experiences.
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Sphagni Rose is a most popular variety. For children, wearing Sphagni Rose can feel like being surrounded by their mother's cuddle which they can take with them as they go about their day. It allows the heart to remain open while offering a protective shield to the wearer. So often when overwhelmed or in uncomfortable and unfamiliar surroundings we close our hearts, withdraw and hunch our shoulders forward in a protective gesture.This restricts our breathing, rhythmic and circulatory systems, contributing to tension and constriction in the body. Rose is the traditional heart remedy, used to help remain open, stand tall, take part in and offer valuable contributions to our environment and the situations we find ourselves.

If you are looking for a Sphagni to support you during winter then Sphagni Eucalypti has an affinity for the Rhythmic System, likened to the Rhythmic System's balancing and mediating properties. Eucalyptus supports the chest and breathing processes and can be used in winter when there is a tendency to colds for decongestions. Eucalyptus as an oil, is both warming and cooling. first it will engage the expansive, stimulating effect of the warmth process and then the warmth process is withdrawn as a cooling, contraction takes place allowing a harmonising rhythm to take over.

Southern Swan's range of Anthroposophical and Homoeopathic creams and lotions are available at Grassroots Eco Store. Southern Swan strive to use only the finest ingredients sourced from Biodynamic and where that is not possible, organic, wild harvested and local origins. All products are handmade in small batches. It's all good!

Thank you for shopping locally at Grassroots Eco Store - a portion of every sale goes to Glenaeon.

Opening Hours during term
Monday: open by request
Tuesday: 8.45am–11.30am
Wednesday: 8.45am–3.15pm
Thursday: 8.30am–10.30am
Friday: 2.30pm–4.00pm

Contact me on 0416 035 173 or pop into the shop soon!
Felicity

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Repair café

Set up by a group of skilled and dedicated lower North Shore residents, the Repair Cafe's motto is “Toss it? No way!!” We want to fix it! It’s about breaking the cycle of buy, use, toss it out. Various items such as jewellery, ceramics, shoes, toys, clothes, zips, bags, small woodwork repairs, and household battery-operated items can be repaired. Even if you don’t have something to repair, you can watch and learn or enjoy a fair trade coffee with organic milk and teas, and a range of special home-made cakes.

The schedule for 2018 is 1st and 2nd Sunday each month 2pm to 4pm at Living & Learning Centre, 180 Longueville Road, Lane Cove

All free. Donations are welcomed and appreciated. The donations collected are used to cover the ongoing cost of materials needed for repairs plus any ingredients used for food and drinks.
For more information, email us repaircafesydneynorth@gmail.com or call/text us Wendy 94204884 or 0410280912.  » Read More

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Creative Writing course

Glenaeon parent, Elizabeth Rosa, is running a creative writing course, "Find Yourself Through Journals and Letters", at Sydney Community College on Saturday 30 June. For more information, go to https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/course/emotional.writing.101

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National Arts Conference 1-4 July 2018

All educators in Steiner Schools are warmly invited to attend the National Arts Conference hosted by Samford Valley Steiner School. The conference is for anyone who is interested in deepening their understanding of the mission of the Arts for Human Development in our time. The keynote lectures will be presented by Iris Sullivan and will cover the role of colour and the arts in human and soul development. In these lectures Iris will explore the question “why art?” from an anthroposophical perspective. The conference includes workshops in several artistic disciplines including music, eurythmy, visual art, sculptural art, speech and practical arts/handwork. For more information on the conference, including the program and registration details, please go to: https://www.samfordsteiner.qld.edu.au/news-events/conferences/  » 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: carmen@theauthentic.com.au
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Rudolf Steiner House

There are two conferences taking place in August; please have a look at the calendar below. And this is a call to anyone who is looking for support for Anthroposophical Studies; the Harry and Rose Goldman Trust supports individuals to attend studies based on the work of Rudolf Steiner. So if you or anyone you know is interested in this, please have a look here and here for more details and on how to apply. Please note a correction in the dates for the Winter Study; this will now take place over three Saturdays and starts on 30th June. The lectures can be found in the books 'Man and the world of Stars' or 'Reverse Ritual'.
And for those of you who have missed the performance of the play "Caedmon", there is another performance happening on 23rd June in Newcastle.
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22nd June: Winter Creative Communion. A great morning course for adults to work creatively and artistically. 
23rd June: One more thing or Caedmon. This is a performance of a play is by Christopher Fry, about Caedmon. Starring three graduates from the Harkness Studio Steiner Speech and Drama Training - Neil Anderson, Manfred Beck and Tim McGovern.
24th-26th June: Let the Phenomena Speak! This is a 4-day course at The Nature Institute. 26th June: Tuesday lecture TBA
26th June: 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.
30th June: A Winter study. A series of meetings to work through three lectures given by Rudolf Steiner on the relationship between the Anthroposophical Society and the Movement for Religious renewal.
1st - 4th July: National Arts Conference. This is a four day conference in Brisbane, exploring the mission of the arts for human development, and includes many workshops in various artistic disciplines.
3rd July: The Passing of Arthur. From Idylls of the King by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Performed by Séamus Maynard and directed by Meaghan Witri.
9th - 12th July: Vital Years Conference. Developing the Self: the Inner and Outer Work of the Early Childhood Educator. This is the annual conference for anyone working with young children and the keynote speakers are Lisa Romero and Louise de Forest.
14th July: A Winter study. A series of meetings to work through three lectures given by Rudolf Steiner on the relationship between the Anthroposophical Society and the Movement for Religious renewal.
14th - 18th July: Becoming Human. This is a Youth Conference of the Youth Section at the Goetheanum..
21st - 25th July: Rudolf Steiner's Mystery Dramas around the world. This is a week-long conference at the Goetheanum with Performing, Experiencing & Exploring Destiny Community
24th July: Practical Initiation Science. This is a fortnightly study group and is open to anyone who is able to commit to the work on a regular basis.
28th July: A Winter study. A series of meetings to work through three lectures given by Rudolf Steiner on the relationship between the Anthroposophical Society and the Movement for Religious renewal.
31st July: What is the karma of being a settler Australian in Indigenous Australia? And what is the social challenge? A talk with Phillipa Cordwell.
13th August: Angels and other Spiritual Beings. A talk with John Pater at Lorien Novalis.
14th August: Biodynamics and the healing properties of the Biodynamic preparations. A talk with Chris Miliotis. Biodynamics was a gift to heal the earth. We will explore why this is even more so than ever. 
16th - 18th August: "Perceiving with the Heart - When Knowing Becomes Love" conference. This is the annual conference of the Anthroposophical Society in Australia and is this year held in Perth. Constanza Kaliks and Bodo von Plato are the special guests.
21st August: Health and the Art of Balancing. A talk with Karla Cryer. How do we find Balance in our lives when society is solidly pitted against it?The lecture covers the balancing between taking in and digesting, self and other interest, thinking/action the role of the heart, boundaries, and the role of the subconscious.
24th-26th August: "Developing the Self for Our Tasks in the World" conference. This is a conference organised by the NSW branch and will take place at Linuwel School in East Maitland. The program will be finalised soon.

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
Email: admin@sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com
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Lifeline Book Fair

Sydney's biggest book fair is coming to Wahroonga on Thursday/Friday July 19/20 from 9:00am to 9.00pm and Saturday/Sunday July 21/22 from 9:00am to 5.00pm at Knox Grammar School. With ninety thousand books, plus CDs, DVDs and games, this is not your average book fair! Most importantly, it supports the work of Lifeline crisis support services. » Read More

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Australian Girls Choir – June Open Classes

Look no further than the Australian Girls Choir (AGC) because we encourage, challenge and inspire girls as they learn to sing, dance and perform. School aged girls are invited to try our fun and inclusive classes and learn more about being part of the AGC! Contact us if you would like to attend a free trial class in June.  Ph 9922 6733 or email sydney@aspagroup.com.au » Read More

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Cosy cottage in Katoomba

TO LET - Near village with view to bushland with large garden for children to play.
For fun winter time, library with open fireplace, combustion heater in dining room (wood provided) and gas heating. Spectacular sunsets from sunroom. Will suit 4-6 people, minimum two nights. Linen and towels provided. For enquiries and bookings ring Ebba on 0415 673 747 or Billie 0410 233 499

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Rudolf Steiner College courses

Rudolf Steiner College has a number of courses available. 
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Special invitation - two weekends of anthroposophy, eurythmy, clay and painting.
June 9/10 & July 28/29
An opportunity has arisen for all teachers and parents in the Steiner community to join our early childhood students in their study of the what lies behind the curriculum taught in our schools.
These two weekends offer a special insight and introduction to some key concepts and teachings of Rudolf Steiner. Dr Renate Long-Breipohl leads the weekends with lectures on the three-fold composition of the human being (Body, Soul and Spirit) which is interwoven with a presentation on our four bodies – Physical, Etheric, Astral and Ego.
The Temperaments and the three faculties of the soul – Thinking, Feeling and Willing are also explored in these weekends. Eurythmy, Clay and Painting, support our understanding and time is given to these artistic practices.
All parents and teachers are invited to join us. Please note, places are limited.
Date: June 9/10 & July 28/29
Time: Saturday 9.30am – 4pm, Sunday 9.30am – 1pm Venue: Sydney Rudolf Steiner College
307 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
For more information call Linda St Clair on (02) 9261 4001.
or book at the college. Details HERE

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 2: Thursday 2 August and Thursday 23 Aug (5 hours each day)

Click HERE for details


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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Piano free to a good home

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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 https://www.sageacupuncture.com.au
For all appointments, please call or text Hyonna at 0481 287 346 » Read More

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Craniosacral Therapy - Northbridge

Be Held and Be Heard. Rest and Relax. Allow and Trust. Your body is its own Healer.
What is CST – The Practicalities
This light touch therapy generally includes contact points at the feet, sacrum and head, you will remain fully clothed and (if comfortable) lie on your back on a massage table.
About Me
I’m Jo and I have two children at Glenaeon, in Class 1 and 3. I fell in love with CST when introduced by a friend from Switzerland and I completed my Training in London in 2009. As well as Craniosacral Therapy I work as a Life and Spirituality Coach. 
Availability
Thursdays from 9.15 to 5pm (additional days are available, please call for details )
Dr Krystall Ford’s Chiropractic Clinic, 37 Eastern Valley Way, Northbridge
Prices
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
Bookings
Adult appointments available online (Thursdays only) at www.calendly.com/jogillard/
Or you can call me (Jo) on 0424 232 473 or email me at jo@jogillard.com
More information at www.jogillard.com/craniosacral-therapy/
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Be Held and Be Heard
Your whole system will express and unwind, safely and gently. Traumas, blocks and resistances are given space and time. As they are held, honoured and heard they release and transform. 
Rest and Relax
The safe, meditative space allows your nervous system to shift from fight or flight into rest and repair. In this state that your bodies self-healing abilities are maximised.
Allow and Trust
Using a heightened sensitivity of touch, I will energetically connect to the flows in your body. Deep, intuitive listening allows your body to fully express itself, facilitating shifts and transformation in energetic blocks and resistances.

I am deeply inspired by energy and the interconnection of humans to each other as well as earth and cosmos. I believe that as more people experience and know this connection they will be inspired to live from love, with kindness and compassion for all. 
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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. www.mstyp.org.au
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Babysitting

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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Community Events

IN THIS ISSUE:

See Calendar

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: info@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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

Glenaeon eNewsletter

From Head of School

Building a Mental Map: Something Big Data Can’t Do

Parents at our school sometimes tell me they are fearful that in a future world full of digital data, their children might grow up without the requisite skills to survive and thrive. Here is a book for you! It’s not about us, though Steiner (Waldorf) schools get mentioned very positively, but it’s about the nature of Big Data itself, and what it can and can’t do. Gal Beckerman of Book Review has written this perceptive and thoughtful article about Edward Tenner and his work over years, which was published in the New York Times. 

This is not another review demonstrating the dehumanising effect of big data: there is plenty of literature now saying exactly that. Rather Tenner’s work identifies in some detail where so-called efficiencies created by big data have in fact generated gross inefficiencies. He shows how “intuition, skill and experience” have been effectively crushed by “big data, algorithms and efficiency”, and he documents in detail how this inefficiency has worked through the media and culture, education, transportation and medicine. There are Silicon Valley executives sending their children to Waldorf schools to develop exactly these qualities: intuition, skill and experience of the physical world. Like London cabbies, they learn to build a mental map of their learning through their own inner efforts and guided by passionate teachers. Of course I was taken by the line “Edward Tenner would put us all in Waldorf (Steiner) schools if he could (!)” The article is worth reading and I commend it to you.

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THE EFFICIENCY PARADOX
What Big Data Can’t Do

By Edward Tenner
304 pp. Alfred A. Knopf.

Hypocrisy thrives at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in the heart of Silicon Valley. This is where Google executives send their children to learn how to knit, write with chalk on blackboards, practice new words by playing catch with a beanbag and fractions by cutting up quesadillas and apples. There are no screens — not a single piece of interactive, multimedia, educational content. The kids don’t even take standardized tests.

While Silicon Valley’s raison d’être is making platforms, apps and algorithms to create maximum efficiency in life and work (a “friction-free” world, as Bill Gates once put it), when it comes to their own families (and developing their own businesses, too), the new masters of the universe have a different sense of what it takes to learn and innovate — it’s a slow, indirect process, meandering not running, allowing for failure and serendipity, even boredom.

Back in 1911, the English philosopher Alfred North Whitehead said that “civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.” By that metric, Uber and Google and Amazon Prime have given us a whole lot of civilization. And there’s no doubt our lives are better for it. (Ordering Chinese takeout in 30 seconds on an app might not be up there with Shakespeare or the incandescent light bulb, but it’s pretty great.) This unrelenting drive for efficiency has, however, blotted out a few things we all know intuitively but seem to be forgetting.

To create a product or service that is truly efficient often involves a lot of inefficiency — more like learning to knit than pressing a button. Likewise, gadgets built with a single-minded focus on efficiency can often backfire, subverting their purpose. Algorithms designed to dish up the news and information we most prefer end up blinkering us to all but a narrow slice of political and social reality. Our smartphones untether us from the office, saving us energy on travel, but also allow our lives to be interrupted nearly 24 hours a day, chewing up any productive idle time.

This all seems fairly obvious. But, as Edward Tenner writes in “The Efficiency Paradox,” “we sometimes need to be reminded of the obvious.” Tenner has made a career worrying about unintended consequences. His 1996 book, “Why Things Bite Back,” dealt with phenomena like the overuse of antibiotics leading to resistant bacteria and the introduction of football helmets causing an increase of neck and spine injuries. In 2003, he published “Our Own Devices,” in which he turned to what he called body technologies — sandals, office chairs, computer keyboards — and how they had impaired as much as enhanced us. In short, for every three steps forward, he sees the two steps back.

With the internet now a dominant social force, Tenner is ready with his wet blanket. But he is not a cyber-pessimist or a fetishizer of the analog. He is, instead, a staunch moderate: “Silicon Valley’s mistake is not in developing efficient algorithms from which we all benefit, but in encouraging the illusion that algorithms can and should function in the absence of human skills.”

The dehumanizing effects of big data are well known and Tenner adds no groundbreaking insight here. (Books like Cathy O’Neil’s “Weapons of Math Destruction” and Evgeny Morozov’s “To Save Everything, Click Here” were more pioneering on this front.) But what Tenner brings is a new frame. Unlike critiquing the denizens of Silicon Valley for deepening social and economic inequality, destroying our brains or helping to undermine democratic norms (issues that seem to matter to us more than them), questioning efficiency is truly kicking the geeks where it hurts.

Drawing on an eclectic bunch of anecdotes and studies, Tenner makes his way through four sectors in which “intuition, skill and experience” have been effectively crushed by “big data, algorithms and efficiency”: media and culture, education, transportation and medicine.

A few of his examples:

Search algorithms have extended the ability to find scientific journal articles and books dating to the 19th century. In principle, this means scholars may encounter a broad range of research and discovery, dredge up forgotten work and possibly connect important dots. But in reality, as one sociologist found after studying citations in 35 million scientific journal articles from before and after the invention of the internet, researchers, beholden to search algorithms’ tendency to generate self-reinforcing feedback loops, are now paying more attention to fewer papers, and in general to the more recent and popular ones — actually strengthening rather than bucking prevailing trends.

GPS is great for getting from one point to another, but if you need more context for understanding your surroundings, it’s fairly useless. We’ve all had experiences in which the shortest distance, as calculated by the app, can also be the most dangerous or traffic-clogged. Compare the efficiency of GPS with the three years aspiring London cabdrivers typically spend preparing for the arduous examination they must pass in order to receive their license. They learn to build a mental map of the entire city, to navigate under any circumstance, to find shortcuts and avoid risky situations — all without any external, possibly fallible, help. Which is the more efficient, ultimately, the cabby or Google Maps?

In the early 2000s, electronic medical records and electronic prescribing appeared to solve the lethal problem of sloppy handwriting. The United States Institute of Medicine estimated in 1999 that 7,000 patients in the United States were dying annually because of errors in reading prescriptions. But the electronic record that has emerged to answer this problem, and to help insurers manage payments, is full of detailed codes and seemingly endless categories and subcategories. Doctors now have to spend an inordinate amount of time on data entry. One 2016 study found that for every hour doctors spent with patients, two hours were given over to filling out paperwork, leaving much less time to listen to patients, arguably the best way to avoid misdiagnoses.

Faced with all these “inefficiently efficient” technologies, what should we do? Tenner wants more balance. Let’s not put the brakes on the drive for efficiency. These tools are good. But they should give way a bit to human sensibility, to our own instincts and insights, which could help them work even better. “Analog experience can enhance digital efficacy,” he writes. “Digital tools can improve analog access. We don’t have to choose between the two.”

His recommendations are sensible, if hard to imagine actually coming to pass. He wants us to spend more time in the physical world, in the “terrain” of our cities or between the paragraphs of a printed book. We need to get a little lost, pursue “productive and instructive disorientation, distraction, wild-goose chases, dead ends.” He likes the idea of systematically educating high school students in the skill of online searching, so they can make the algorithms work for them rather than slavishly accepting their results. He wouldn’t mind if we returned to the days of the dial-up modem, when we waited patiently for the pixels to materialize on the screen one by one. Instant gratification has dulled our senses. He’d put us all in Waldorf schools if he could.

If this sounds like Tenner is a man impassioned, I should be clearer: This is no manifesto. There is not much blood flowing through this book, which reads more like a report issued by a concerned think tank. Maybe it’s just that preaching moderation doesn’t lend itself to writing that pulls your face to the page.

But it would be unfortunate if Tenner were dismissed as just a cranky man in his 70s who thinks we spend too much time on our phones. What he is asserting is something we all know to be true. It’s bigger than the tyranny of efficiency. What he’s really asking is that we remember that the tools we’ve invented to improve our lives are just that, tools, to be picked up and put down. We wield them.

Gal Beckerman is an editor at the Book Review.

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 the finale of the Year 11 play, Working Title. Jacqui Wan, one of our high school drama teachers, directed the play and she writes, "We want to thank everyone who attended the Year 11 Production of Working Title last week. One audience member commented that the night was “uplifting”. The students did a brilliant job of not only entertaining their audience, but exploring various styles of theatre along the way. We wish Year 11 Drama all the best on their HSC journey." » Read More

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Blackboard Beauties

This week's blackboard is from the Year 7 Age of Discovery main lesson, and was drawn by class teacher, Brendan Strobl. Click below to see some of the boats being made in class as part of this main lesson, and some of the projects from the previous Middle Ages main lesson. » Read More







Middle Ages projects





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Midwinter Festival for the community

Next Thursday June 21 from 6.30pm, the Glenaeon community celebrates the winter solstice with the Midwinter Festival. Everyone is welcome to join us for the community evening spiral walk, in the Sylvia Brose Hall. Warm apple juice will be served beforehand so make sure you get here early for a park on the basketball courts.

The Winter festival reminds us all of the beauty of the wise spirituality that stands behind the school. The small candle held in our hand is a simple image of the greater light that is accessible to each of us in our human striving.  » Read More

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We need your greenery for the Midwinter Festival!

On Tuesday 19 June, we will be making the winter spiral in the Hall at Middle Cove for the Winter Festival. We need your greenery! Please leave your ivy, pine boughs, cotoneaster branches, jasmine vine, honeysuckle vine, native wisteria, Wonga Wonga vine, native derris, southern sarsaparilla, or any other vines you may have growing, at either campus on Monday morning. 

At Castlecrag, please leave in the covered area outside the Class 1 and 2 toilets. At Middle Cove campus, please leave near the Hall. Please deliver in the morning after 9pm, so that we can build the spiral from lunchtime. Its easy to assume that someone else will provide this, but in part years, we have had a hurried scramble around local streets scavenging for ivy, so if you do have some, please bring it in. Thank you!

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Queens Birthday Honours to former teacher

Professor Jai Singh was a Glenaeon maths and physics teacher in the 1980s, now working as a professor of physics at Charles Darwin University in the NT. Professor Singh was awarded a Queens Birthday Honour, Member in the General Division (AM) last weekend for significant service to education, particularly in the field of physics, as an academic and researcher, and to professional scientific organisations. Congratulations from us all at Glenaeon! » Read More

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Chess and Maths Olympiad news

Glenaeon hosted a friendly chess game against St Pius for both our A and B chess teams, given we all had byes on last week.

The second Maths Olympiad was held yesterday. This paper was harder than the last one. The next Maths Olympiad will be held on Thursday 26 July. That’s the second day back at school!

Kind regards,
David C

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Student Representative Council fundraising

The SRC held a mufti day last week, alongside a bake sale, raising funds to buy a mirror for the boy’s bathroom in the high school building, and for the UNHCR. $270 was raised for each of the projects. Congratulations SRC and great to see such overwhelming student support for your hard work! » Read More

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Class 3 in the garden

Class 3 are caring for our garden and chooks with great care and this week they also learned how to look after themselves with a brew of homemade herb tea!



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Elke Mueller - songwriter

Elke joined Glenaeon in Year 7 this year and is taking lessons with our singing teacher, Magdalena Koehlen. Elke not only sings and plays the saxophone, but she is also a prolific songwriter, transforming events, feelings and thoughts into many songs. They are currently working on a song Elke wrote called Simply Human, and are in the final stages of writing the harmonies. The result – Elke’s first self-produced song - can be heard at the Twilight Concert on Wednesday 27 June at 6.30pm, along with many others of our wonderful, hard-working students.


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All hands on deck

This week it was ‘all hands on deck’ as our construction team laid the concrete for the deck and walkway that surrounds the canteen. This project has been funded through the generosity of the community and the Glenaeon Foundation looks forward to welcoming you to the official opening in Term 4.



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In the Library

This week in the library, we showcase some artworks from our Junior Library. They were painted by Class 6 students during their Geology main lesson.

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Games for the Junior library

Now the weather is turning cooler, our primary students are spending more time in the junior library so we are looking for board games suitable for Classes 3-6 with all pieces intact. Examples include Bingo, Cluedo, Boggle, jigsaws, ones that can be played over a shorter period of time. Games can be left at reception at Middle Cove for the attention of Lynne Collett. » Read More

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Bus information

Our administration team are often asked how to access information about the public bus routes servicing Glenaeon, so they supplied us with this 'how to' guide:

Go to https://transportnsw.info/ and on the left hand side of the screen is ‘Trip Planner’. Fill in ‘From’ and ‘To’ then click ‘more options’ which brings up another similar screen. On that page, click the options button which brings up ‘trip options’ and then un-tick everything except ‘school bus’ and then ‘done’ which brings up the route with only the school bus routes shown. » Read More

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Castlecrag News

Playgroup crowns

The Wednesday playgroup parents have been making crowns for their toddler’s birthdays. These lucky one year olds will have beautiful crowns to wear on their second birthdays and hopefully many more birthdays to come. » Read More

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Kindergarten News

Kindy students were enthusiastic helpers this week as they collected wood being chopped by Catherine for the winter festival. 


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School Calendar

What's on at Glenaeon next week

Kindy MidWinter Festival (parents invited)
Tuesday June 19, 5pm – 6pm
Castlecrag campus

Middle Cove MidWinter Festival (whole community invited with warm apple juice from 6pm)
Thursday June 21, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Sylvia Brose Hall

Year 11 Outdoor Education - Indigenous immersion Northern Territory
Sunday June 24 – Wednesday July 4 » Read More

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Glenaeon School Tours

Glenaeon School Tours & Enrolment Events

MIDDLE COVE CAMPUS (CLASSES 3 – 12))
Tuesday 7 Aug 2018 – 9am-11:30am
PRESCHOOL
Mon 30 July 9.30-11.00am
CASTLECRAG CAMPUS (CLASSES K – 2)
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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Foundation

Foundation update

Did you receive a call from the Glenaeon Foundation Directors this week? Our wonderful Directors, Council Members and Class Parent Representatives were busy on Tuesday night calling parents in our community about our Playground Project that we are raising funds for in 2018.

Thank you for taking the time to speak with our Directors and give them feedback on the Foundation and our Projects.

Our aim is to call every family by the end of June and give them an opportunity to donate to the Playground Project and provide feedback on the Foundation –every voice is important in shaping the future of our school.

With 16 days left of our Annual Giving campaign we need to raise $92,000 to bring our Playground Project vision to life.



Please take a look at the latest Glenaeon Foundation video featuring Foundation Director, Andrew Rogers. Andrew is a parent of two young children at the Castlecrag campus and is passionately committed to living a sustainable lifestyle.


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Plans include:

- Enhancing the primary playground through extending the sandpit, adding a steel tunnel-slide, climbing ropes and a balance beam
- For High School students we will create an area for them to sit, chill, eat and climb. This includes adding an informal sitting area with elevated shipping ropes and raised net seating

Every gift counts. Please play a part in this important project and donate today at www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/giving/donate-now

With Best Wishes,
Nicole Crabb
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GPA

Community News

School Canteen

They're back!

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Glenaeon studios

According to the women who attended last Friday's Glenaeon studio workshop, 'it was a beautiful and creative day!' Below are some photos from the day with the beautiful baskets and weaving. 

The next workshop is Being (t)here “mapping the poetics of place” with India Flint on Friday 27th- Sunday 29th July (3 days)  from 9.30am - 4pm. 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 www.indiaflint.com. For more information about Glenaeon Studios email Elizabeth Ellean at glenaeonstudios@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au



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CIPs Term 2

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 2. 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 2 CIP hours by Friday 22 June in order to have them credited back to you via next term’s invoice. Click READ MORE for further details... » Read More

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:
http://www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/community/community-involvement-program

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. Note that credits are not carried over from one year to the next.

Kind regards,
Amanda Ford
(part time)
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
9am – 3pm
Ph: 9932 2310
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Eurythmy classes

Tuesday 4pm-5pm
Ease, form, grace, balance, flexibility Movement with body, soul and spirit
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The 2017-18 Entertainment Books are now available!

The NEW 2017 | 2018 Entertainment™ Book and Digital Memberships are available now and are packed with thousands of up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers. To see what’s inside, click HERE For just $70, you'll receive over $20,000 worth of valuable offers.
Buy an Entertainment™ Membership and support our school!
20% of the proceeds go towards fundraising for the GPA

CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM US TODAY  - http://www.entbook.com.au/204p033
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Welcome Home Playgroup

As the earth and air are cooling in this autumn time so near, we too come closer in this contracting time of year.
A new playgroup at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner Preschool
Monday mornings: 9:00- 11:00am (Our first Monday of the Term 2 is April 30)
118 Sydney St, Willoughby
Next to Bales Park
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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 admin@glenaeonpreschool.nsw.edu.au to register your interest. 

What to bring for playgroup?

Slippers/shoes, hats for warm feet and heads
A wee something healthy to share at morning tea.
Our Thursday - Tuesday playgroup welcomes you:
A spot of herb tea then a gracious morning circle, holding hands together under the sky so high. 
Into the playroom we prance, for a story the puppets gift for our glance.
Washing our hands, and creating with dough.
Now some inside play before a scrumptious shared Morning tea like so. 
The Dusty Gnome leads us to ‘clean our home’, before we scamper out to the welcoming gardens for a play-filled roam.

(Adult-centred activities abound, with supportive discussions on pertinent child-centred issues of the day.)
Our joyous closing circle signals warm home-made bread and fragrant sphagni oil to bless us on our way.
“Slowly, slowly, very slowly slides the little snail, then quickly, quickly, very quickly runs the little mouse.”
See you soon,
Sandra
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New fee payment options for 2019

Dear Parents,
We are introducing some changes to our Billing process to streamline the payment of school fees. From 2019 you will have two options for the payment of Tuition Fees:
1. Prepayment - this will attract a 3% discount on the total yearly Tuition Fees (fees must be paid in full by 29 January 2019)
2. Direct Debit - this enables Account Holders to pay the total annual fees in ten equal monthly instalments (February – November) via a credit card or a bank account. Click below for more details... » Read More

We will no longer be offering the payment of school fees by term, and will send out more detailed payment information in Term 4. Please contact me if you wish to discuss any of these details on 02 9932 2310

Kind Regards
Amanda Ford
9932 2310
Part-time (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays)
9am – 3pm
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Glenaeon Secondhand Uniform Shop - grab a jumper!

The Secondhand Uniform Shop opens alternate Fridays from 3:00 - 3:45 pm during term.
Dates for this term are as follows: June 15, and June 29.

We have heaps of nice jumpers for sale at $10 each, and a large selection of blazers at $75 each. Grab a warm winter bargain to keep your child toasty at school this winter. Your donations of clean, gently used uniforms are always welcome. Just leave them in a bag at reception and they will be put back into circulation. Lori 0428668056 » Read More

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Secondhand Uniform Shop needs a New Coordinator

If you are looking for a fun way to complete your CIP points, please consider volunteering as Secondhand Uniform Shop coordinator. As I will be leaving my post at the end of this year when my son graduates, I am seeking a friendly, organised parent to take over. The role takes an hour or two each week, and it’s a great way to meet parents, students and staff. Click below for more details... » Read More

No special skills are necessary, just sort and hang up donations, help parents and students find the uniforms they need, help teachers and staff with any uniform needs (school concert, emergency uniforms, exchange student uniforms, backup sport uniforms etc), and wash the occasional donation as needed. Please contact me at 0428668056 if you are interested. Thank you. Lori Graff
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Careers

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. This week and last, we've posted about the new direct application to ANU university, based in part on a holistic view of the student, and a co-curricular or service requirement. Wow!

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

The JOY of Sourdough Bread Making

An Experiential Workshop for Adults
(Children 8 years and over welcome)
Sandra’s workshops are inspiring, nourishing, and meaningful. In the decades of her work with Australian children and adults, sourdough bread making has been a much appreciated activity. Registration (25 people only)
Bookings at Castlecrag Reception: 99580774
Saturday June 16, 2018
9:30-12:30 am

Kitchen of Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Castlecrag campus
121 Edinburgh Road
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Anthroposphic Home Care workshop

The leaves and flowers have infused and we would like to invite all those who would like to join together to make up our infused oils into healing balms and lotions and to as well begin making a care and listening basket for their family to meet this Tuesday June 19 at 9.15am in the Marion Mahony Griffin Hall . Through weaving together a small basket containing the stories of our family's life we can create a "family care and listening basket" which can be used at the dinner table to invite each family member to contribute something of their day for each to listen and also hold some everyday healing lotions.
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Please bring along mementos of your family's journey and of family members which you might like to weave into your basket including strips of clothing, ribbons, feathers, necklaces, crystals etc. Some may like to include symbols of achievements from throughout the year. We will talk about introducing the care and listening basket to your family.

We will together take our infused plants of chamomile, rose and eucalyptus and prepare our eucalyptus chest rub, chamomile tummy oil and lip balm, and rose lotion.
Such things as cream for bruises and bumps, calendula cream for healing cuts and wounds, eucalyptus chest rub for strengthening the chest in times of colds and flu, chamomile oil for rubbing the tummy to help to encourage digestion and calm, sphagnum protective skin lotion to provide a second skin from our overly sensory stimulating world can be included.

As well as preparing these rubs and oils we will look at what other things to include for our family in our care basket depending on the season, and the needs and age of our children, how and when to make use of the items and how to introduce self care to our children in an age and developmentally appropriate way through story and song.

 If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lyn on 0419424935.
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Parent Talks and Workshops

Glenaeon Preschool is hosting a series of talks on Organic and Bio-dynamic Farming and Gardening and Organic foods, as well as connections of bio-dynamics to the indigenous relationship to country. These talks and workshops are open to the community and are free in the interests of the sustainable approach to the earth we will hand on to our children. Our preschool has a bio-dynamic organic garden and cooks with organic foods. Come and join us for these talks and a cup of tea and some sourdough bread. All welcome.
Parent Talk in June with Sandra Frain
Tuesday 26 June 1.45-3pm - Pondering Bio-dynamic Understanding of our Earth and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Connection to Country. 

Venue: 118 Sydney Street, Willoughby, next to Bales Park
Please RSVP if possible so we can be prepared - 02 9412 4457
Click HERE for more details or read more below... 
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Sandra Frain BCS MSC (ED):
Sandra is a bio-dynamic gardener and has decades of experience creating educational programs for children and their families in a unique celebration of life. Sandra is devoted to supporting people in their quest to nurture nature and humanity. She develops and delivers teacher and parent training programs internationally.
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Biodynamic talks

Sandra had a beautiful time this week with some mums who came along for her talk on Organic Foods and What Organic/Bio-dynamic Farming can do for the Earth at the preschool. They had a wonderful time and enjoyed some of Sandra’s beautiful sourdough bread for morning tea.


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Raphael’s Rooms

Parent Craft

Alumni

Family Fair and Art Show

Calling all Clever Crafties

Yes it IS that time already! The 2018 Family Fair Silent Auction team are calling out to our community to help showcase the amazing creatives and generous philanthropes within Glenaeon’s student, family and friends network.

Art & craft donations – extending the invitation to all members of the Glenaeon community - parents, grandparents, individual students, teachers, alumni and friends - your donation of time and talent will add to the incredible array of works and contribute to our fundraising efforts. You might have something already made, or perhaps a new project in mind… please contact Angela Lakkis on 0410 600 876 or angela.lakkis@gmail.com with any questions, offers or ideas you’d like to explore. » Read More

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Do you have broken toys that need a bit of love

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Clothing donations for the Fair

Long weekend ahead! Perfect time to relax and do a wardrobe clean up.
We are receiving donations until Friday June 15th

Twinkle twinkle bring your clothes
Castlecrag or Middle Cove
June 15 is your due date
Bring clean clothes and don’t be late
Good condition if you please
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Books donations needed

We are now collecting donations for the 2nd hand book stall. If you have any books you no longer want, and that are in GOOD CONDITION (very important!!) please bring them into Castlecrag Campus Reception. » Read More

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Noticeboard

Grassroots Eco Store – New Children's Book

Just published and brand new in store is the beautifully illustrated, hardcover children's book called Jelly And The Leaf. “It doesn't matter if flying is in Jelly's blood, he's too afraid to jump! Inner strength is what he needs, but can he be mindful enough to hear it?” Embedded in the story is a practical mindfulness exercise that is easy for children to understand and use – the story does not use language like meditation, stillness or inner wisdom but introduces them to it with ease. Makes a treasured gift and suitable for ages 4-8 years. Copies signed by the author available.
Click below for opening hours..
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Opening Hours during term
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 can 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. Thank you for shopping locally at Grasroots Eco Store - a portion of every sale goes to Glenaeon.
See you soon!
Felicity
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Repair café

Set up by a group of skilled and dedicated lower North Shore residents, the Repair Cafe's motto is “Toss it? No way!!” We want to fix it! It’s about breaking the cycle of buy, use, toss it out. Various items such as jewellery, ceramics, shoes, toys, clothes, zips, bags, small woodwork repairs, and household battery-operated items can be repaired. Even if you don’t have something to repair, you can watch and learn or enjoy a fair trade coffee with organic milk and teas, and a range of special home-made cakes.

The schedule for 2018 is 1st and 2nd Sunday each month 2pm to 4pm at Living & Learning Centre, 180 Longueville Road, Lane Cove

All free. Donations are welcomed and appreciated. The donations collected are used to cover the ongoing cost of materials needed for repairs plus any ingredients used for food and drinks.
For more information, email us repaircafesydneynorth@gmail.com or call/text us Wendy 94204884 or 0410280912.  » Read More

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Creative Writing course

Glenaeon parent, Elizabeth Rosa, is running a creative writing course, "Find Yourself Through Journals and Letters", at Sydney Community College on Saturday 30 June. For more information, go to https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/course/emotional.writing.101

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National Arts Conference 1-4 July 2018

All educators in Steiner Schools are warmly invited to attend the National Arts Conference hosted by Samford Valley Steiner School. The conference is for anyone who is interested in deepening their understanding of the mission of the Arts for Human Development in our time. The keynote lectures will be presented by Iris Sullivan and will cover the role of colour and the arts in human and soul development. In these lectures Iris will explore the question “why art?” from an anthroposophical perspective. The conference includes workshops in several artistic disciplines including music, eurythmy, visual art, sculptural art, speech and practical arts/handwork. For more information on the conference, including the program and registration details, please go to: https://www.samfordsteiner.qld.edu.au/news-events/conferences/  » 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: carmen@theauthentic.com.au
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Rudolf Steiner House

There are two conferences taking place in August; please have a look at the calendar below. And this is a call to anyone who is looking for support for Anthroposophical Studies; the Harry and Rose Goldman Trust supports individuals to attend studies based on the work of Rudolf Steiner. So if you or anyone you know is interested in this, please have a look here and here for more details and on how to apply. Please note a correction in the dates for the Winter Study; this will now take place over three Saturdays and starts on 30th June. The lectures can be found in the books 'Man and the world of Stars' or 'Reverse Ritual'.
And for those of you who have missed the performance of the play "Caedmon", there is another performance happening on 23rd June in Newcastle.
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16th June: 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. 
18th June: Karma and reincarnation. A talk with John Pater at Lorien Novalis. 
19th June: "Where do we come from; What are we; Where are we going?" A talk with Liz Hamilton. Insights into Paul Gauguin's profound art masterpiece on the fundamental questions of existence . How we can find these answers through 'The Way of the One Star'
22nd June: Winter Creative Communion. A great morning course for adults to work creatively and artistically. 
23rd June: One more thing or Caedmon. This is a performance of a play is by Christopher Fry, about Caedmon. Starring three graduates from the Harkness Studio Steiner Speech and Drama Training - Neil Anderson, Manfred Beck and Tim McGovern.
24th-26th June: Let the Phenomena Speak! This is a 4-day course at The Nature Institute. 26th June: Tuesday lecture TBA
26th June: 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.
30th June: A Winter study. A series of meetings to work through three lectures given by Rudolf Steiner on the relationship between the Anthroposophical Society and the Movement for Religious renewal.
1st - 4th July: National Arts Conference. This is a four day conference in Brisbane, exploring the mission of the arts for human development, and includes many workshops in various artistic disciplines.
3rd July: The Passing of Arthur. From Idylls of the King by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Performed by Séamus Maynard and directed by Meaghan Witri.
9th - 12th July: Vital Years Conference. Developing the Self: the Inner and Outer Work of the Early Childhood Educator. This is the annual conference for anyone working with young children and the keynote speakers are Lisa Romero and Louise de Forest.
14th July: A Winter study. A series of meetings to work through three lectures given by Rudolf Steiner on the relationship between the Anthroposophical Society and the Movement for Religious renewal.
14th - 18th July: Becoming Human. This is a Youth Conference of the Youth Section at the Goetheanum..
21st - 25th July: Rudolf Steiner's Mystery Dramas around the world. This is a week-long conference at the Goetheanum with Performing, Experiencing & Exploring Destiny Community
24th July: Practical Initiation Science. This is a fortnightly study group and is open to anyone who is able to commit to the work on a regular basis.
28th July: A Winter study. A series of meetings to work through three lectures given by Rudolf Steiner on the relationship between the Anthroposophical Society and the Movement for Religious renewal.
31st July: What is the karma of being a settler Australian in Indigenous Australia? And what is the social challenge? A talk with Phillipa Cordwell.
13th August: Angels and other Spiritual Beings. A talk with John Pater at Lorien Novalis.
14th August: Biodynamics and the healing properties of the Biodynamic preparations. A talk with Chris Miliotis. Biodynamics was a gift to heal the earth. We will explore why this is even more so than ever. 
16th - 18th August: "Perceiving with the Heart - When Knowing Becomes Love" conference. This is the annual conference of the Anthroposophical Society in Australia and is this year held in Perth. Constanza Kaliks and Bodo von Plato are the special guests.
21st August: Health and the Art of Balancing. A talk with Karla Cryer. How do we find Balance in our lives when society is solidly pitted against it?The lecture covers the balancing between taking in and digesting, self and other interest, thinking/action the role of the heart, boundaries, and the role of the subconscious.
24th-26th August: "Developing the Self for Our Tasks in the World" conference. This is a conference organised by the NSW branch and will take place at Linuwel School in East Maitland. The program will be finalised soon.

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
Email: admin@sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com
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Australian Girls Choir – June Open Classes

Look no further than the Australian Girls Choir (AGC) because we encourage, challenge and inspire girls as they learn to sing, dance and perform. School aged girls are invited to try our fun and inclusive classes and learn more about being part of the AGC! Contact us if you would like to attend a free trial class in June.  Ph 9922 6733 or email sydney@aspagroup.com.au » Read More

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Cosy cottage in Katoomba

TO LET - Near village with view to bushland with large garden for children to play.
For fun winter time, library with open fireplace, combustion heater in dining room (wood provided) and gas heating. Spectacular sunsets from sunroom. Will suit 4-6 people, minimum two nights. Linen and towels provided. For enquiries and bookings ring Ebba on 0415 673 747 or Billie 0410 233 499

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Rudolf Steiner College courses

Rudolf Steiner College has a number of courses available. 
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Special invitation - two weekends of anthroposophy, eurythmy, clay and painting.
June 9/10 & July 28/29
An opportunity has arisen for all teachers and parents in the Steiner community to join our early childhood students in their study of the what lies behind the curriculum taught in our schools.
These two weekends offer a special insight and introduction to some key concepts and teachings of Rudolf Steiner. Dr Renate Long-Breipohl leads the weekends with lectures on the three-fold composition of the human being (Body, Soul and Spirit) which is interwoven with a presentation on our four bodies – Physical, Etheric, Astral and Ego.
The Temperaments and the three faculties of the soul – Thinking, Feeling and Willing are also explored in these weekends. Eurythmy, Clay and Painting, support our understanding and time is given to these artistic practices.
All parents and teachers are invited to join us. Please note, places are limited.
Date: June 9/10 & July 28/29
Time: Saturday 9.30am – 4pm, Sunday 9.30am – 1pm Venue: Sydney Rudolf Steiner College
307 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
For more information call Linda St Clair on (02) 9261 4001.
or book at the college. Details HERE

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 2: Thursday 2 August and Thursday 23 Aug (5 hours each day)

Click HERE for details
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Piano free to a good home

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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 https://www.sageacupuncture.com.au
For all appointments, please call or text Hyonna at 0481 287 346 » Read More

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Craniosacral Therapy - Northbridge

Be Held and Be Heard. Rest and Relax. Allow and Trust. Your body is its own Healer.
What is CST – The Practicalities
This light touch therapy generally includes contact points at the feet, sacrum and head, you will remain fully clothed and (if comfortable) lie on your back on a massage table.
About Me
I’m Jo and I have two children at Glenaeon, in Class 1 and 3. I fell in love with CST when introduced by a friend from Switzerland and I completed my Training in London in 2009. As well as Craniosacral Therapy I work as a Life and Spirituality Coach. 
Availability
Thursdays from 9.15 to 5pm (additional days are available, please call for details )
Dr Krystall Ford’s Chiropractic Clinic, 37 Eastern Valley Way, Northbridge
Prices
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
Bookings
Adult appointments available online (Thursdays only) at www.calendly.com/jogillard/
Or you can call me (Jo) on 0424 232 473 or email me at jo@jogillard.com
More information at www.jogillard.com/craniosacral-therapy/
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Be Held and Be Heard
Your whole system will express and unwind, safely and gently. Traumas, blocks and resistances are given space and time. As they are held, honoured and heard they release and transform. 
Rest and Relax
The safe, meditative space allows your nervous system to shift from fight or flight into rest and repair. In this state that your bodies self-healing abilities are maximised.
Allow and Trust
Using a heightened sensitivity of touch, I will energetically connect to the flows in your body. Deep, intuitive listening allows your body to fully express itself, facilitating shifts and transformation in energetic blocks and resistances.

I am deeply inspired by energy and the interconnection of humans to each other as well as earth and cosmos. I believe that as more people experience and know this connection they will be inspired to live from love, with kindness and compassion for all. 
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Parenting an Adolescent Workshop

A relaxed and enjoyable afternoon of learning for parents of early teens and tweens
Maintaining positive and constructive channels of communication is one off the most important skills that adults must have when parenting teenagers.
Based on the well-known course Engaging Adolescents™, this enjoyable workshop aims to provide parents with effective tools and strategies in the following:
Identifying normal and acceptable teenage behaviour
Family life with teenagers and how to build positive and respectful relationships
How to manage challenging behaviour from your teenager
When: Sunday, June 17 1pm to 4pm
Where: NorthPsych, 362a Pacific Highway, Lindfield
Cost: $125pp or $180 per couple
www.northpsych.com.au
Lorraine Cushing-Kléber M.Ed. (Ed. Psych), Post. Grad Dip. Psych,
Grad Cert. Health Psych, B.Ed, Dip Counselling
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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. www.mstyp.org.au
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Babysitting

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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Community Events

IN THIS ISSUE:

See Calendar

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: info@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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

Glenaeon eNewsletter

From Head of School

Behind Every Earthly Law is a Deeper Magic

Julia Baird the SMH columnist wrote an impressive piece last weekend that deserves republishing and bringing to your attention. I quote below the first part of her article which articulates a beautiful sense of some of the ultimate purposes of living, growing and educating. If life is about these ultimate things, so too should schools have them as part of the intangible substance that lives in the ethos of the classroom. I like to feel that our school, and particularly our Main Lesson curriculum, carries more than a passing glimpse at life’s deeper purposes, here so beautifully expressed.

What I really want to teach my son - and what he is teaching me
By Julia Baird


There are so many things I want to teach my son. To stand like a tree, to be true, to respect women as equal and also as magnificent, flawed, real human beings, to be kind, to understand the depths and shallows of the seas, to forgive fools, to carefully collect the good-hearted like shells on a beach, to find the part of the natural world that most brings him joy and explore every corner of it.

To file his taxes on time and learn to breathe properly over and underwater, to be humble, to fold sheets the right way because I still don’t know how, to scrub barnacles from friendship when they form, to love his family fiercely and never take them for granted.
To swim, travel and make mistakes: so many things to teach a son.
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To find a purpose and honour it, to look for commonality with every person, to laugh at himself often, to hunt awe, to value silence and the discipline of logging off, to find ways to love his enemies, to learn to cook some things that make people happy, to eschew perfection, to seek the divine.

To dance whenever possible, to keep walking in rain and sleet and snow, to learn self reliance, to not waste a second on the leers of cynics or the jibes of hateful people, to endure, to run and meander and swim and travel and allow himself to make mistakes and be honest, with everyone, and himself. To understand the difference between day wear and night wear, and not just, say, jam a jumper over a school uniform before going to bed. And to recognise that even in the madness, the toxicity, the decay and the rot of the world, music is made, and played, and danced to.

That, as Aslan revealed in C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, behind every earthly law is a deeper magic that defies logic; a forgiveness of the unforgivable, a selfless gesture, a moment of grace. That this grace fuels galaxies, that the sun powers the planet and the moon pulls the tides, but the universe is largely unknown, spinning and vast and that in itself is an ode to curiosity.

That he should study the craft of the mathematicians, but also listen to the poets and learn from the bards. That he should respect the 60,000-year history of this country, listen to the lament of its original inhabitants, recognise their rightful, central place in our land, and lean against those who would block, mute, resist or diminish them.

And that’s the start.

But the older he gets, the more I also realise how much he is teaching me….

Thank You Year 7

Dear Year 7 Parents,

I am writing on behalf of the rest of the school: thank you for a truly wondrous night! You went above and beyond all expectations to create one of the most magical evenings in living memory. The Ball always brings out the playful side but to have a whole Hall in costume, and not just token costume but full on costume at that, was a remarkable sight. The whole community draws creative nourishment from the MidWinter Ball and the joy of the night was the so palpable it was a credit to your efforts.

We all owe special thanks to Anna Street and Julia Petkovich, partners in the big task of coordination. Thank you Anna and Julia and I hope the hours of effort were more than repaid in the beaming smiles of a community in full flight enjoying itself. There were many other thank you's due:
Claire Pietersen organised the catering: what more is there to say?! The cakes and biscuits were simply amazing!
Kirsty Cassidy led the hall decorating, and Tegan Clayton and Jane Mills created props for the night: also amazing, and what a magical Wonderland the Hall became on Saturday night.

Also Kylie Eaton, Alix and Rodney Segal, Rino Petkovich, Robin Borrud and Talulah Gough put in huge efforts and to all Year 7 parents who helped in planning, set up, delivery and then clean up on Sunday morning, a massive thank you from all the Glenaeon community.

And of course thanks to Angela Bacot who led the Silent Auction for Year 9.

With warmest thanks from us all,

Andrew Hill
Head of School
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School News

This week's cover photo

This week's cover photo shows some of the fun had at the Wonderland Midwinter Ball. Click below for more photos, all of which were taken by Class 4 parent, Ken Lee from The Authentic. » Read More


 






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Blackboard Beauties

This week's blackboard shows Norse god, Odin, from the Class 4 Norse Myths lesson, and was drawn by Class teacher, Alisa Southon » Read More

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Assembly this week

Assembly this week featured the singing of our school song under the direction of our returning music teacher, Christian Lillicrap. We also heard from Year 12 students Chi Chi Pau and Edward Bacon. Chi Chi played Short Story for piano by Carl Vine and Ed played Bagatelle for trombone and piano by Eric Gross. 

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Class 3 making tomato sauce

Hand made tomato sauce in the making, by Class 3 students and parent helpers for the school’s Produce Stall. All hands are busy at work!


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Preschool Fundraising Friday Cake Stall in June

Glenaeon Preschool is raising money for the new preschool of our colleague Saffron who is working in Colombia and needs to raise another $250.00 for cooking equipment. She has been an inspiration working in South Africa, South America and remote Australia. The teachers are cooking delicious healthy cakes at home and will sell slices or cupcakes for the next four Fridays.
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Dear friends,

I feel so fortunate to be doing the work that I love and to be helping underprivileged children at the same time.

I am extremely grateful for all those who have made Sacha Uku become a reality. Thanks to all our supporters we have been able to provide a beautiful, nurturing environment for the children to enjoy. We have been cooking, gardening, sharing meals, enjoying stories, songs and games, painting, drawing and of course lots of time for free imaginative play. The first few months have been exciting, challenging and a lot of hard work.

There are a few things that we would like that don’t quite fit into our original budget. Firstly, we have the opportunity to work together with the families to build beautiful wooden stands for the doll’s corner, doll’s beds and other wooden toys with a Steiner woodwork teacher and carpenter. The cost of the workshops and materials are $250. We would also like a compost or worm farm, a flour grinder to grind flour for the bread, a ceramic bowl to mix the bread (since we are in a town famous for ceramics) and a rice cooker to make tea using herbs from the garden. The total cost of the extra things is $200. We are asking that you consider giving a donation of $30, or another amount that you choose. We will also be grateful for any other extra donations to help with the ongoing costs. Muchas Gracias!!
Check out the new chuffed campaign - https://chuffed.org/project/sacha-uku
And the facebook page for more photos and updates - https://www.facebook.com/SachaUku/
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Year 9 oils and ceramics

After doing a term of ceramics, these Year 9 students have been developing skills and techniques in using oil paints. When these students were in Year 8 and choosing the minor electives, out of a number of artistic options, this course was devised in response to their desire for exploration using these materials. The Glenaeon based subject has allowed students the opportunity to build their art experiences if they were unable to choose art as their major. Click below for more photos... » Read More





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Cross country carnival

On a wonderful autumn day, 42 keen Glenaeon runners assembled in Centennial Park to run 3000/4000 or 6000m around a beautiful course set around a pond. While the overall result was pleasing, 8 runners made the top 3 of their respective age group and have qualified for the AICES Cross Country Championships this week!


They are:
Matilda Farrell (12 years, 2nd place)
Sophia Thompson (13 years, 1st place)
Noah Bennett (14 years, 1st place)
Si-Yun Tan (14 years, 3rd place)
Lone Bromley (15 years, 2nd place)
Roxanna Skidmore (15, 3rd place)
Tim Bacon (15 years, 2nd place)
Callum Gualdi (16 years, 2nd place)



Big congratulations to all participants who put themselves out there and ran well. Very well done to those eight runners who did exceptionally well among their peers from all participating schools!
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Visit by Ensemble del Mare, Cape Byron Steiner School

Classes 3 to 8 and the Elective Music students from Years 9 and 10 were delighted by the varied program presented by Cape Bryon Steiner School’s ‘Ensemble del Mare’ last Monday in the Sylvia Brose Hall.
The group performed music for strings and guitars ranging from Celtic folk fiddle to Eliza’s Aria from Wild Swans by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin.
For their final number they were joined by volunteer Glenaeon music students from Classes 6 to 8 who played along with a foot-tapping folk dance from Israel.
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In the Library

This week in the library, we showcase some Year 10 artworks, where students were investigating various movements of the Modern Art period. They appropriated a style, approach, subject or image and adapted it around an object of their choice. The collection of works were then put together into an artist book.

The book below was produced by Sacha Linklater and his subject was pills. 




And this artwork was produced by Elicia Ferguson.

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Games for the Junior library

Now the weather is turning cooler, our primary students are spending more time in the junior library so we are looking for board games suitable for Classes 3-6 with all pieces intact. Examples include Bingo, Cluedo, Boggle, jigsaws, ones that can be played over a shorter period of time. Games can be left at reception at Middle Cove for the attention of Lynne Collett. » Read More

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Year 11 Drama play

Please come and support the Year 11 Drama students when they perform Working Title, on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 June at 7pm in the Sylvia Brose Hall.. We’d love to see as many of you there as possible. We promise it will be an entertaining night full of laughs and surprises! Tickets are $10 at the door or you can pre-purchase them at the front office. The play runs for 90 minutes with no interval. Supper will be served afterwards. » Read More

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We need your greenery for the Midwinter Festival!

On Monday 18 June, we will be making the winter spiral in the Hall at Middle Cove for the Winter Festival. We need your greenery! Please leave your ivy, pine boughs, cotoneaster branches, jasmine vine, honeysuckle vine, native wisteria, Wonga Wonga vine, native derris, southern sarsaparilla, or any other vines you may have growing, at either campus on Monday morning. 

At Castlecrag, please leave in the covered area outside the Class 1 and 2 toilets. At Middle Cove campus, please leave near the Hall. Please deliver in the morning after 9pm, so that we can build the spiral from lunchtime. Its easy to assume that someone else will provide this, but in part years, we have had a hurried scramble around local streets scavenging for ivy, so if you do have some, please bring it in. Thank you!

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Wilbur is photo shy

The Middle Cove staff-room received a visit from Wilbur Strobl this week, but he proved to be one of the most photo-shy Cavalier King Charles spaniels we've ever met. Luckily he was so gorgeous, we couldn't hold it against him! » Read More

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Bus information

Our administration team are often asked how to access information about the public bus routes servicing Glenaeon, so they supplied us with this 'how to' guide:

Go to https://transportnsw.info/ and on the left hand side of the screen is ‘Trip Planner’. Fill in ‘From’ and ‘To’ then click ‘more options’ which brings up another similar screen. On that page, click the options button which brings up ‘trip options’ and then un-tick everything except ‘school bus’ and then ‘done’ which brings up the route with only the school bus routes shown. » Read More

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Castlecrag News

Rainy day play

Tuesday was a very rainy day, a lovely day for frogs and a lovely day for frogs to get a new pool. Rain doesn’t stop us working outside here at Castlecrag, so Sandra and her Class 1 father helper Kevin were out with the children in their rain gear digging a big hole in which they buried a recycled 'shell pool' from Rosie's back garden. They laid the black plastic over it and then surrounded it with stones (it was clear that Kevin has done plenty of bricklaying in his life) before replanting the water irises, filling the pond with water and introducing the frogs to their new home.


Meanwhile the kindy children all donned their rain coats and rain pants before going out and getting very dirty. Some of the children also helped Catherine saw the wood for the midwinter festival fires. Rainy days are very active for us and it is so nice to see the children work up a healthy appetite and to go inside in the warmth, eat a hearty lunch and have a well-deserved rest. Later on the Class 2 children got to spend a whole lesson just playing in the craft room while the rain continued to bucket down outside


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School Calendar

What's on at Glenaeon next week

Public Holiday - School Closed
Monday June 11

Year 12 Parent/Teacher Interviews
Tuesday June 12, 4pm – 8pm

Year 9 & 10 Mid-Course Exams
Wednesday June 13 – Fri, June 15

Parent Talks with Sandra Frain
B-D Gardening and Care of the Earth
Wednesday 13 June 9.15-10.30am at the preschool

Sourdough Bread Baking with Sandra Frain
Saturday June 16, 10am – 11am
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One Thing More or Caedmon

Construed by Christopher Fry
First presented at England's soaring Chelmsford Cathedral, and then broadcast on the BBC, the play blends music, poetry and heightened prose in telling the story of Caedmon, Britain's first known poet. Set in seventh century England.

Adult $25, Conc $20, Student $12
This Saturday 9 June at 7:00 pm at Marion Mahony Griffin Hall 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag 
Bookings: Castlecrag performance Joy Day joyful7days@gmail.com 0451 152 227
Featuring Glenaeon's own Harry Goodman, Neil Anderson, Elizabeth Ellean and Tamara Da Silva
Produced by Neil Anderson for Harken Theatre - more details HERE » Read More

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Glenaeon School Tours

Glenaeon School Tours & Enrolment Events

MIDDLE COVE CAMPUS (CLASSES 3 – 12))
Tuesday 7 Aug 2018 – 9am-11:30am
PRESCHOOL
Mon 30 July 9.30-11.00am
CASTLECRAG CAMPUS (CLASSES K – 2)
Wed 13 June - 9:30am – 11:30am (extra tour date added)

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


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Foundation

Glenaeon Foundation invitation

Please join us for Morning Tea and a presentation on the 2020 Strategic Plan and Master Planning Process with Andrew Hill. We would like to invite members of the Glenaeon community to join us and we value your input and feedback on this important initiative.

Event details are as follows:

Date: Thursday 14th June 2018
Time: 9.15am-10.30am
Venue: Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Castlecrag Infants Campus

Format: Round Table presentation and discussion over Morning Tea
RSVP: For catering purposes please RSVP by Wednesday 13 June to nicolec@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

We do hope you can join us and be a part of this important preview session for the future of Glenaeon.

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GPA

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 Friends and Family of Glenaeon,

Without a doubt this years' MidWinter Wonderland Ball stole the show with magic from the point of entry to the very last tune on the dance floor. It was a fantastic sight to see so many Wonderland characters arriving at the Sylvia Brose Hall on Saturday evening, only to slip in side via a cleverly created "rabbit hole," whereupon the story of the evening began.

Once inside the Wonderland garden, guests were met with all the delights of a hugely successful evening; performances by both teachers and parents as well as a sumptuous array of finger food and of course elegant amounts of alcohol to please all guests. The DJ, master of the Wonderland dance floor, ensured guests mixed, mingled and stayed warm with dance floor favourites spinning throughout the evening whilst our Iconic Mr Manu Prasad kept the night ticking along as the evenings MC.

Please note our next GPA/Class Parent meeting will be held on August 8, 121 Edinburgh rd., Castlecrag. All parents, carers of our school community are welcome to join us.

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There was much abuzz surrounding the Silent Auction with so many tempting items listed this year. Thank you to all those who brought these to the table, such generosity and efforts are the hallmark of our school community. We greatly look forward to sharing the results of our silent auction in next weeks' newsletter.

After such a marvellous evening we must congratulate our devoted parents, students and carers of Class 7 and Class 9 as we reminisce upon an evening that bought our school community together for a night to remember.

There were so many people involved and we send a huge congratulations to all who gave their time and efforts, however a very special mention must be made to Anna Street, Julia and Rino Petrovich, Lara Reynolds, Andrea Henwood, Alison Rigby, Genevieve Schuster, Angela Bascot, Kari Hamele, Claire Petersen, Kirsty Cassidy, Tegan Clayton, Kylie Eaton, Alix and Rodney Segal, Robin Borrud, Talulah Gough and Jane. Thank you to you all, the night would not have been the Wonderland it was without your tireless energy and creativity.

A final thank you to all who came to celebrate the MidWinter Ball. There were so many eye-catching costumes displaying great creativity and fun; a true reflection of the spirit of love and laughter we all seek to reflect through our parenting and teaching at Glenaeon.

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Community News

School canteen - no canteen this week due to deck construction

Please note that Humming Cafe will be taking orders Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Order forms can be found behind the Parent Portal on the website. Username - parent, Password - journeys. » Read More

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Glenaeon Studios 2018

Elizabeth Ellean has put together a program inviting some distinguished workshop presenters for parents, teachers and friends of Glenaeon. The second guest artist 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 www.instagram.com/weaving_nature/
“Simple Pleasures” Plant fibre basketry with Zimmi Forest
Friday 8 June  10am - 3pm
Only $100 for 4 hours with one of Australia's most talented weavers.
For more information please email glenaeonstudios@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au and visit the school website HERE for more upcoming workshop details.

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Justin Takayasu success at Australian Gymnastics Championships

Last month Justin Takayasu, Year 10, represented NSW at the Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne. On day one of competitions, Justin's team placed second overall in the Men's Artistic Level 8 Open division. It was an exciting finish on vault where the team all performed outstanding routines closing an eight point gap from first place to less than one point! On day two of competitions the boys again performed routines on six apparatus for overall and individual apparatus awards.

Justin showed great consistency over the two days and achieved an amazing result of 4th place all around! He placed 5th vault, 5th Pommel Horse, 7th Floor and 8th High Bar. Justin is now looking forward to learning new skills to try out later in the year at the National Club Championships in the Gold Coast. » Read More

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Vital Years Conference

The Australian Association for Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce that Registration is now open for the Sydney Vital Years Conference - July 9-12, 2018. “Developing the Self: The Inner and Outer Work of the Early Childhood Educator”
This link www.vitalyears.com.au will take you to our website to discover more about this deeply enriching conference theme, the Program, and our keynote speakers: Lisa Romero and Louise de Forest. We look forward to welcoming you to this Vital Years Conference being hosted at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School - Middle Cove, Sydney. » Read More

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CIPs Term 2

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 2. 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 2 CIP hours by Friday 22 June in order to have them credited back to you via next term’s invoice. Click READ MORE for further details... » Read More

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:
http://www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/community/community-involvement-program

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. Note that credits are not carried over from one year to the next.

Kind regards,
Amanda Ford
(part time)
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
9am – 3pm
Ph: 9932 2310
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Eurythmy classes

Tuesday 4pm-5pm
Ease, form, grace, balance, flexibility Movement with body, soul and spirit
contact: kimberleyh@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au » Read More

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The 2017-18 Entertainment Books are now available!

The NEW 2017 | 2018 Entertainment™ Book and Digital Memberships are available now and are packed with thousands of up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers. To see what’s inside, click HERE For just $70, you'll receive over $20,000 worth of valuable offers.
Buy an Entertainment™ Membership and support our school!
20% of the proceeds go towards fundraising for the GPA

CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM US TODAY  - http://www.entbook.com.au/204p033
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Welcome Home Playgroup

As the earth and air are cooling in this autumn time so near, we too come closer in this contracting time of year.
A new playgroup at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner Preschool
Monday mornings: 9:00- 11:00am (Our first Monday of the Term 2 is April 30)
118 Sydney St, Willoughby
Next to Bales Park
Click below for more details...

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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 admin@glenaeonpreschool.nsw.edu.au to register your interest. 

What to bring for playgroup?

Slippers/shoes, hats for warm feet and heads
A wee something healthy to share at morning tea.
Our Thursday - Tuesday playgroup welcomes you:
A spot of herb tea then a gracious morning circle, holding hands together under the sky so high. 
Into the playroom we prance, for a story the puppets gift for our glance.
Washing our hands, and creating with dough.
Now some inside play before a scrumptious shared Morning tea like so. 
The Dusty Gnome leads us to ‘clean our home’, before we scamper out to the welcoming gardens for a play-filled roam.

(Adult-centred activities abound, with supportive discussions on pertinent child-centred issues of the day.)
Our joyous closing circle signals warm home-made bread and fragrant sphagni oil to bless us on our way.
“Slowly, slowly, very slowly slides the little snail, then quickly, quickly, very quickly runs the little mouse.”
See you soon,
Sandra
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New fee payment options for 2019

Dear Parents,
We are introducing some changes to our Billing process to streamline the payment of school fees. From 2019 you will have two options for the payment of Tuition Fees;

1. Prepayment - this will attract a 3% discount on the total yearly Tuition Fees (fees must be paid in full by 29 January 2019)
2. Direct Debit - this enables Account Holders to pay the total annual fees in ten equal monthly instalments (February – November) via a credit card or a bank account

We will no longer be offering the payment of school fees by term, and will send out more detailed payment information in Term 4. Please contact me if you wish to discuss any of these details on 02 9932 2310

Kind Regards
Amanda Ford
9932 2310
Part-time (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays)
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The ONLY parent program - Franklin River Fundraiser

Places filling fast!
You asked, we listened…

This year our outdoor education team are offering the Glenaeon community ‘The Franklin River Experience’. Our outdoor education program takes our students to amazing places all across the globe, but we’ve kept this special gem, “Scottie’s Sacred Place” just for adults. This is a one-off fundraising event giving you the chance to experience the wilderness with our amazing staff. 20 lucky people will have the opportunity to choose between a 10 day and 9 day expedition down the Franklin River. Guided by our very own Scottie Williams accompanied by a star studded line-up of incredibly experienced guides. Filmed by Nicholas Covelli – wilderness photographer/ videographer, responsible for our outdoor education films.  
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The 9-day trip stays with the river whereas the 10-day trip includes a challenging day walk to Frenchman’s Cap (weather permitting). After the walk, the two trips will join together for the rest of the journey down the Franklin River. 

Trips are all inclusive ex. Hobart. Your donations will go directly towards improving Glenaeon’s outdoor education programs (yes, it is possible). We have highlighted a targeted fundraising amount reflected in the cost however, for the generous among you, we are always happy to accept more. Alternatively, if you are unable to join us on this incredible journey but love what we do for the school, donations of any denomination will be accepted (and greatly appreciated). To express an interest, sign up or find out more, please call Scottie on 0409 093 363
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Glenaeon Secondhand Uniform Shop - grab a jumper!

The Secondhand Uniform Shop opens alternate Fridays from 3:00 - 3:45 pm during term.
Dates for this term are as follows: June 15, and June 29.

We have heaps of nice jumpers for sale at $10 each, and a large selection of blazers at $75 each. Grab a warm winter bargain to keep your child toasty at school this winter. Your donations of clean, gently used uniforms are always welcome. Just leave them in a bag at reception and they will be put back into circulation. Lori 0428668056 » Read More

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Secondhand Uniform Shop needs a New Coordinator

If you are looking for a fun way to complete your CIP points, please consider volunteering as Secondhand Uniform Shop coordinator. As I will be leaving my post at the end of this year when my son graduates, I am seeking a friendly, organised parent to take over. The role takes an hour or two each week, and it’s a great way to meet parents, students and staff. Click below for more details... » Read More

No special skills are necessary, just sort and hang up donations, help parents and students find the uniforms they need, help teachers and staff with any uniform needs (school concert, emergency uniforms, exchange student uniforms, backup sport uniforms etc), and wash the occasional donation as needed. Please contact me at 0428668056 if you are interested. Thank you. Lori Graff
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Careers

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. This week and last, we've posted about the new direct application to ANU university, based in part on a holistic view of the student, and a co-curricular or service requirement. Wow!

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

Simplicity Parenting Media and Screen time talk

We will share ideas of how we manage our own parenting and family life in the context of media and screen time and how we can give our children a refuge from the digital world to discover how they relate to the world, to each other and to themselves.
Friday 8th June, 9:15am
Marion Mahony Griffin Hall kitchen, Castlecrag campus
Bookings: Mary Heard, Castlecrag office: 9958 0774 
Joy Day: 0451 152 227, joyful7days@gmail.com
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This generation’s ‘unregulated social experiment’with screens and media probably arouses more anxiety for parents than anything else. We find ourselves oscillating between normalising our children’s screen exposure and beating ourselves up for not being stronger in protecting them from the damage of screen use. Within the reality of a media-saturated world we will look at:
• How we can hold our family values
• How we can find calmness in the endless sea of distraction
• How we can maintain connection to nature, to friends, to family and to ourselves
• How we can keep our family rhythm and rituals intact
• By exploring the various ages and stages of discipline we will see what we can and cannot control as parents
• That it is possible to say ‘no thanks’ to the new normal of over-exposure to screens
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Parent Talks and Workshops

Glenaeon Preschool is hosting a series of talks on Organic and Bio-dynamic Farming and Gardening and Organic foods, as well as connections of bio-dynamics to the indigenous relationship to country. These talks and workshops are open to the community and are free in the interests of the sustainable approach to the earth we will hand on to our children. Our preschool has a bio-dynamic organic garden and cooks with organic foods. Come and join us for these talks and a cup of tea and some sourdough bread. All welcome.
Parent Talks in June - Sandra Frain
Wednesday 13 June 9.15-10.30am - B-D Gardening and Care of the Earth- How organic gardening and farming could be a major contributing solution to global warming.
Tuesday 26 June 1.45-3pm - Pondering Bio-dynamic Understanding of our Earth and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Connection to Country. 

Venue: 118 Sydney Street, Willoughby, next to Bales Park
Please RSVP if possible so we can be prepared - 02 9412 4457
Click HERE for more details or read more below... 
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Sandra Frain BCS MSC (ED):
Sandra is a bio-dynamic gardener and has decades of experience creating educational programs for children and their families in a unique celebration of life. Sandra is devoted to supporting people in their quest to nurture nature and humanity. She develops and delivers teacher and parent training programs internationally.
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The JOY of Sourdough Bread Making

An Experiential Workshop for Adults
(Children 8 years and over welcome)
Sandra’s workshops are inspiring, nourishing, and meaningful. In the decades of her work with Australian children and adults, sourdough bread making has been a much appreciated activity. Registration (25 people only)
Bookings at Castlecrag Reception: 99580774
Saturday June 16, 2018
9:30-12:30 am

Kitchen of Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Castlecrag campus
121 Edinburgh Road
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Simplicity Parenting

On Friday I will be conducting a workshop in which we look at our family values and consciously relate them to our approach to media in our homes. For every person that relationship will be different, the important thing as a parent is that we are the ones making the decisions.

This is especially true if your child is under 7. Between 7 and 14 the relationship becomes a little more complex and it is important to listen to our children and take their opinions into consideration, although we should still be the ones making the final decision according to our own values - we all know that children under 14 can be easily led. The best answer to a screen use request from a child of that age is ‘I’ll think about it’.
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After 14 we can only really guide our children. A good question to ask a teenager over 14 is whether their screen use is taking them in the direction they wish to go or whether it is just a distraction. 

There is no doubt screen use will be a part of our lives as our children grow older but we need to understand that we are dealing with something that is highly addictive and needs to be treated with the respect it deserves. For every parent there will inevitably be conflict as we say ‘no’ to the media pressure of ‘too much too fast too soon’ but it is a fight worth fighting for our children’s sake.

Mary Heard is a Simplicity Parenting Coach and runs courses in Simplicity Parenting at Glenaeon throughout the Year. 
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Raphael’s Rooms

Parent Craft

Alumni

Family Fair and Art Show

Calling all Clever Crafties

Yes it IS that time already! The 2018 Family Fair Silent Auction team are calling out to our community to help showcase the amazing creatives and generous philanthropes within Glenaeon’s student, family and friends network.

Art & craft donations – extending the invitation to all members of the Glenaeon community - parents, grandparents, individual students, teachers, alumni and friends - your donation of time and talent will add to the incredible array of works and contribute to our fundraising efforts. You might have something already made, or perhaps a new project in mind… please contact Angela Lakkis on 0410 600 876 or angela.lakkis@gmail.com with any questions, offers or ideas you’d like to explore. » Read More

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Do you have broken toys that need a bit of love

Class 1 is traditionally in charge of parent craft for the Fair in November, but this year we are incorporating a re-use/recycle theme and we are asking for the donation of pre-loved Steiner inspired toys, to be repaired, washed and refreshed, ready to be loved again by others. We are seeking items that are typical to a Steiner environment, those made with natural materials and that inspire the imagination. We will be restoring the items so please don't hesitate to hand in broken but fixable toys, dirty but washable items or those with holes to sew up too. Please drop any items you might be kind enough to donate either to Middle Cove Reception or Castlecrag Reception.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to call.
Thanks
Brooke
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Clothing donations for the Fair

Long weekend ahead! Perfect time to relax and do a wardrobe clean up.
We are receiving donations until Friday June 15th

Twinkle twinkle bring your clothes
Castlecrag or Middle Cove
June 15 is your due date
Bring clean clothes and don’t be late
Good condition if you please
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Books donations needed

We are now collecting donations for the 2nd hand book stall. If you have any books you no longer want, and that are in GOOD CONDITION (very important!!) please bring them into Castlecrag Campus Reception. » Read More

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Noticeboard

Grassroots Eco Store – Australian Merino Woollen Singlets

We're starting to feel the icy fingers of King Winter so to ward off the chill wear a woollen singlet! Just in are the softest Australian merino wool singlets, made locally in Sydney and Forbes from Australian wool. Not only are these singlets soft, smooth and warming but in choosing these singlets you are making a renewable, sustainable, biodegradable and ethical clothing choice. You are also supporting an Australian owned family business, Australian designers and makers! Embrace the challenge of Sydney's winter weather by dressing children in a layer of wool underneath their usual clothing. Then, if they peel off an outer layer as the day warms up they'll still have a woollen layer to protect their core. Come in, have a look, feel the difference and see the quality!
Click below for opening hours..
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Opening Hours during term
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 can 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. Thank you for shopping locally at Grasroots Eco Store - a portion of every sale goes to Glenaeon.
See you soon!
Felicity
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National Arts Conference 1-4 July 2018

All educators in Steiner Schools are warmly invited to attend the National Arts Conference hosted by Samford Valley Steiner School. The conference is for anyone who is interested in deepening their understanding of the mission of the Arts for Human Development in our time. The keynote lectures will be presented by Iris Sullivan and will cover the role of colour and the arts in human and soul development. In these lectures Iris will explore the question “why art?” from an anthroposophical perspective. The conference includes workshops in several artistic disciplines including music, eurythmy, visual art, sculptural art, speech and practical arts/handwork. For more information on the conference, including the program and registration details, please go to: https://www.samfordsteiner.qld.edu.au/news-events/conferences/  » 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: carmen@theauthentic.com.au
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Rudolf Steiner House

Hi all, There are a few exciting things coming up. To begin with there will be a short-run winter study group on the relationship between the Anthroposophical Society and the Movement for Religious Renewal, running over four different days and starting in a few weeks. Please have a look here for more details. And there is also a new study group starting on the six basic exercises. Meeting regularly on Tuesday afternoons at 5:30pm to practically explore Initiation Science - starting with the six 'basic/protective' exercises. Please contact allisonartist@gmail.com for the dates they will meet.  And last but not least, please note that the performance of 'The Passing of Arthur' has moved from 26th June to 3rd July. I will let you know what's happening on 26th June in the next newsletter. Click below to see what the calendar looks like for the next few months: » Read More

9th June: Progress meeting for members and friends. This is an informal meeting for the members and friends of the Sydney Branch to share progress on the Branch matters.
12th June: In the beginning was the creative word, not an abstract word. A talk with Wolfgang Devine. Although some of Edith Sitwell’s poetry might be called ‘abstract’, she explores the power of the musicality of language and creates pictures out of the rhythm, rhyme and dynamic of language. The poems here recited are originally spoken to the music of William Walton, Façade. To give language and music its right, we perform them separately. Recitation (with) Domenica Conte; Piano 4-hand with John Statter.
13th June: Understanding the Pre-Adolescent Journey. A great morning course for parents to learn more about pre-adolescence.
18th June: A Winter study. A series of meetings to work through three lectures given by Rudolf Steiner on the relationship between the Anthroposophical Society and the Movement for Religious renewal.  
18th June: Karma and reincarnation. A talk with John Pater at Lorien Novalis. 
19th June: "Where do we come from; What are we; Where are we going?" A talk with Liz Hamilton. Insights into Paul Gauguin's profound art masterpiece on the fundamental questions of existence . How we can find these answers through 'The Way of the One Star'
22nd June: Winter Creative Communion. A great morning course for adults to work creatively and artistically. 
24th-26th June: Let the Phenomena Speak! This is a 4-day course at The Nature Institute. 26th June: Tuesday lecture TBA
30th June: A Winter study. A series of meetings to work through three lectures given by Rudolf Steiner on the relationship between the Anthroposophical Society and the Movement for Religious renewal.
1st - 4th July: National Arts Conference. This is a four day conference in Brisbane, exploring the mission of the arts for human development, and includes many workshops in various artistic disciplines.
3rd July: The Passing of Arthur. From Idylls of the King by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Performed by Séamus Maynard and directed by Meaghan Witri.
9th - 12th July: Vital Years Conference. Developing the Self: the Inner and Outer Work of the Early Childhood Educator. This is the annual conference for anyone working with young children and the keynote speakers are Lisa Romero and Louise de Forest.
14th July: A Winter study. A series of meetings to work through three lectures given by Rudolf Steiner on the relationship between the Anthroposophical Society and the Movement for Religious renewal.
14th - 18th July: Becoming Human. This is a Youth Conference of the Youth Section at the Goetheanum..
21st - 25th July: Rudolf Steiner's Mystery Dramas around the world. This is a week-long conference at the Goetheanum with Performing, Experiencing & Exploring Destiny Community
28th July: A Winter study. A series of meetings to work through three lectures given by Rudolf Steiner on the relationship between the Anthroposophical Society and the Movement for Religious renewal.
13th August: Angels and other Spiritual Beings. A talk with John Pater at Lorien Novalis.

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
Email: admin@sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com
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Cosy cottage in Katoomba

TO LET - Near village with view to bushland with large garden for children to play.
For fun winter time, library with open fireplace, combustion heater in dining room (wood provided) and gas heating. Spectacular sunsets from sunroom. Will suit 4-6 people, minimum two nights. Linen and towels provided. For enquiries and bookings ring Ebba on 0415 673 747 or Billie 0410 233 499

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Rudolf Steiner College courses

Rudolf Steiner College has a number of courses available. 
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Special invitation - two weekends of anthroposophy, eurythmy, clay and painting.
June 9/10 & July 28/29
An opportunity has arisen for all teachers and parents in the Steiner community to join our early childhood students in their study of the what lies behind the curriculum taught in our schools.
These two weekends offer a special insight and introduction to some key concepts and teachings of Rudolf Steiner. Dr Renate Long-Breipohl leads the weekends with lectures on the three-fold composition of the human being (Body, Soul and Spirit) which is interwoven with a presentation on our four bodies – Physical, Etheric, Astral and Ego.
The Temperaments and the three faculties of the soul – Thinking, Feeling and Willing are also explored in these weekends. Eurythmy, Clay and Painting, support our understanding and time is given to these artistic practices.
All parents and teachers are invited to join us. Please note, places are limited.
Date: June 9/10 & July 28/29
Time: Saturday 9.30am – 4pm, Sunday 9.30am – 1pm Venue: Sydney Rudolf Steiner College
307 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
For more information call Linda St Clair on (02) 9261 4001.
or book at the college. Details HERE

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 2: Thursday 2 August and Thursday 23 Aug (5 hours each day)

Click HERE for details
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Piano free to a good home

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Messiah Reimagined

Glenaeon dad to Ben Barker in Year 12 is one of the composers who have re-imagined Handel's Messiah to be performed Sunday June 10 at Marrickville Town Hall. Tickets are available at https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=370164& » Read More

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Vital Years accommodation

Dear Community,
We are three Teachers from Aurora Steiner school (Southern Highlands) looking for an accommodation during the Vital Years Conference (From the 9 to 12 July). One of us needs her own room. The two others are easy going. We are very warm and happy persons, and also very respectful and tidy. We are open to any options, including house swap. Please contact Elodie: 0419 717 555 Warmly, Elodie, Rochelle and Shirley » Read More

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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 https://www.sageacupuncture.com.au
For all appointments, please call or text Hyonna at 0481 287 346 » Read More

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Craniosacral Therapy - Northbridge

Be Held and Be Heard. Rest and Relax. Allow and Trust. Your body is its own Healer.
What is CST – The Practicalities
This light touch therapy generally includes contact points at the feet, sacrum and head, you will remain fully clothed and (if comfortable) lie on your back on a massage table.
About Me
I’m Jo and I have two children at Glenaeon, in Class 1 and 3. I fell in love with CST when introduced by a friend from Switzerland and I completed my Training in London in 2009. As well as Craniosacral Therapy I work as a Life and Spirituality Coach. 
Availability
Thursdays from 9.15 to 5pm (additional days are available, please call for details )
Dr Krystall Ford’s Chiropractic Clinic, 37 Eastern Valley Way, Northbridge
Prices
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
Bookings
Adult appointments available online (Thursdays only) at www.calendly.com/jogillard/
Or you can call me (Jo) on 0424 232 473 or email me at jo@jogillard.com
More information at www.jogillard.com/craniosacral-therapy/
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Be Held and Be Heard
Your whole system will express and unwind, safely and gently. Traumas, blocks and resistances are given space and time. As they are held, honoured and heard they release and transform. 
Rest and Relax
The safe, meditative space allows your nervous system to shift from fight or flight into rest and repair. In this state that your bodies self-healing abilities are maximised.
Allow and Trust
Using a heightened sensitivity of touch, I will energetically connect to the flows in your body. Deep, intuitive listening allows your body to fully express itself, facilitating shifts and transformation in energetic blocks and resistances.

I am deeply inspired by energy and the interconnection of humans to each other as well as earth and cosmos. I believe that as more people experience and know this connection they will be inspired to live from love, with kindness and compassion for all. 
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Parenting an Adolescent Workshop

A relaxed and enjoyable afternoon of learning for parents of early teens and tweens
Maintaining positive and constructive channels of communication is one off the most important skills that adults must have when parenting teenagers.
Based on the well-known course Engaging Adolescents™, this enjoyable workshop aims to provide parents with effective tools and strategies in the following:
Identifying normal and acceptable teenage behaviour
Family life with teenagers and how to build positive and respectful relationships
How to manage challenging behaviour from your teenager
When: Sunday, June 17 1pm to 4pm
Where: NorthPsych, 362a Pacific Highway, Lindfield
Cost: $125pp or $180 per couple
www.northpsych.com.au
Lorraine Cushing-Kléber M.Ed. (Ed. Psych), Post. Grad Dip. Psych,
Grad Cert. Health Psych, B.Ed, Dip Counselling
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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. www.mstyp.org.au
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Babysitting

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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Community Events

IN THIS ISSUE:

See Calendar

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: info@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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

Glenaeon eNewsletter

From Head of School

“Phones Won’t Help You Win a Game”

From Finland to Fittler, it’s the same message. Its not often that I would be quoting the eminent educationalist from Finland Dr Pasi Sahlberg, and the NSW Origin Coach Brad Fittler, in the same article. But this week they both came out in public in total unanimity: ban smart phones when you want to do serious work, whether it’s school, or preparing for a high stakes Rugby League match. Read below why these eminent gentlemen are for banning smart phones.

Our school policy on phones is simple and clear: at school all phones must be in bags and switched off. Any phone seen by a teacher will be given to Reception where they can be retrieved on the way home at end of day. Outside the Middle Cove gate and at bus stops, phones are only to be used for contacting parents regarding changes to travel arrangements. Supervising duty teachers will ensure there is no inappropriate phone usage at bus stops. The only exception is for teacher approved use in senior school for educational purposes in specific subjects.

We ask you as parents to support the school policy on phones by reinforcing the message directly with your children. You can even quote Brad Fittler.
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Education expert urges smartphone ban
SMH May 29
• Smartphones leading to distraction, poor health
• Students must be taught strategies for self-control

Smartphones should be banned at primary level and high schools should "act quickly" to teach tech self-discipline to stem the damage they are causing children's learning, warns world-renowned Finnish education expert Pasi Sahlberg.
Dr Sahlberg, who will join the University of New South Wales as professor of education this year, said smartphones were distracting students from reading, school-related work, physical activity, and high-quality sleep.
He believed smartphone-related distraction is one of the main reasons why Australia and similar countries are sliding down Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings.
"Smartphones don't belong [in] primary schools or young children under 12. For the sake of fairness and equity, [banning them in early years] would be the best thing to do."
Education Minister Rob Stokes said some primary schools were already prohibiting access to smartphones for non-educational purposes, a move he supported.
"Even in the case of high school students, the basic premise should be that there is no role for smartphones inside the school gate unless the device is needed for academic reasons," he said.
"We should teach all children safe, smart and responsible use of technology," Dr Sahlberg said. "Every school in their own way." 
Dr Sahlberg said each country had its own issues but all had one in common.
"That one common challenge is that around 2011 or 2012 in these countries most teenagers carried smartphones in their pockets and, as a consequence, the time youngsters (I am especially thinking of 12- to 16-year-olds) spend daily watching digital devices’ screens exploded," he said.
"Screen time and the inconvenient consequences - psychological, social and physical - have affected students’ learning in schools, especially reading, mathematics and science that all require concentration, attention, and perseverance to do well."
Dr Sahlberg acknowledges Australia's PISA decline began before smartphones, but said children had access to technology earlier than that. There were likely other factors, such as reliance on standardised testing and undue faith in the potential of technology.
He believes Australia must focus on students' general health and wellbeing if it wants to turn its PISA performance around. "If children's health and wellbeing continue to get worse, getting PISA results back on a path of growth will be very difficult."

Talk it up: Fittler places phone ban on Blues
SMH 29 May 2018
It's one of Brad Fittler's novel approaches to this year's NSW Origin camp: Talking. 
Fittler banned the use of mobile phones during his time as NSW City Origin coach and now the rookie Blues mentor has got his Origin team communicating face-to-face rather than via their thumbs.
It is believed Fittler has an unnamed punishment for players caught in front of their mini screen in any team environment throughout the 10-day camp.
"Phones won't help you win a game," Fittler said on Tuesday.
"We're trying to communicate the old way by talking. It's a bit hard. Josh Addo- Carr, we're still working on him at the moment. We're trying that talking thing. It's going okay, we're getting there."
"Common sense, just chuck it in your bag, have a conversation and get to know everyone, their backgrounds. We're only here for a short amount of time and we've got to do our best to gel," he said.

Mid-Winter Ball:

Only two days to go!! Every year we look forward to the surprise theme of the Ball: there’s been a Shanghai Nightclub, an Arabian night, last year was 50’s retro, there’s been Circus and this year? Its’ Alice in Wonderland!! Buy your tickets to this wonderful night of enjoyable company, great music and food, and lots of dancing to warm us up for the coming winter. Year 7 put so much effort into this special night of the year, so buy your tickets now to support a great parent community gathering. Dress up as your favourite Wonderland character and join the fun!! Ticketsavailableat https://www.trybooking.com/CVZU

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 Outdoor Education coordinator, Scottie Williams as the Mad Hatter, and Year 7 parent, Julia Petkovich, as Alice, as the school community counts down to the social event of the year - the Wonderland Midwinter Ball!

If you're sitting on the fence about attending, we can assure you the night will be magical. The food alone is worth the price of the ticket, not to mention the DJ, the silent auction, the decorations which will totally transform the hall into a Wonderland paradise and all the other amazing plans (some of them a big secret) that Year 7 have worked so hard for all year.

We know its cold outside, but we guarantee to warm you up with dance, drink, a delicious dinner and delectable desserts. There'll even be professional photographers there to capture you on the night, 

Remember, you don't have to dress up to attend and no fancy costume is fine! The ball is about having fun, getting connected and supporting our wonderful school, so buy your tickets here: https://www.trybooking.com/CVZU

Saturday 2nd June 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Sylvia Brose Hall, Middle Cove
$60 (includes all food, a welcome drink, and good times)
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Blackboard Beauties

This week's blackboard is from the Year 7 Geometry main lesson, and was drawn by Year 7 Guardian, Brendan Strobl.  » Read More

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Year 9 reading help

Yr 9 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award students work with Class 3 to support their reading. Children read with their older mentor for 10 minutes before school twice a week. The mentor student attends a training program to attain skills in supporting the younger students with their reading, sounding out, pausing to allow time to work out the words and praising the younger ones when they tackle a difficult word. They look at the pictures to help build context and understanding of what the child is reading and then they chat about what they have just read to support the child in their comprehension and ability to retain information. Rotating the Class 3s with 10 minutes in the morning also then allows for socialisation with their friends and play before the school day begins. The Year 9 students develop leadership capacities through this program and gain many benefits from the service of others. Altogether a win-win program! More photos below...


 
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Wild things



Glenaeon Outdoor and Environmental Education Coordinator, Scottie Williams, (yes, him up the top of the newsletter as the Mad Hatter!) has been featured in the May/June 2018 issue of Wild magazine, in an article called 'Wild things'. You can buy the magazine and read the story but the magazine doesn't publish online so we can't share a link unfortunately. The journalist who interviewed him described Scottie's passion for the environment thus - "it's like a gravitational pull sucking you into his interests and adventures and inviting to to join." While many of our students and staff have felt the strength and energy of that gravitational pull, what many of us may not have known before reading this article is that Scottie once captained Tasmania in AFL and was about to start training with a Melbourne AFL club when someone introduced him to kayaking. He never played football again!

The article also described the epic Grand Canyon trip Scottie organised for last year's Year 12. From that year group, five students have enrolled in the Bachelor of Outdoor and Environmental Education at La Trobe University in Bendigo.

Scottie will be taking Year 11 to the Northern Territory in July for their trip to Kakadu National Park and Katherine, where they will work at MacFarlane indigenous school. Thanks for everything you do for Glenaeon Scottie, we are very lucky to have you. » Read More

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Events Coordinator role filled

We welcome Clare Gordon to our new role of Events Coordinator. The creation of this position was the prime recommendation from the review of parent engagement and volunteering conducted in 2016 by then Class Teacher Coordinator Elizabeth Baxendale and the GPA. The need for this role has become apparent as a link between parent volunteers and the school in supporting a range of events: our parent body contributes a huge amount to the wellbeing of the school and it is essential that volunteering is supported so it will continue and flourish.

Clare comes with strong experience in our traditions and community. She was a designer whose two children attended Kamaroi. There she was the Coordinator of two school Fairs and was involved in the organizing and setting up of many of the festivals including Harvest festival, Winter spirals and labyrinth, Spring Festival and Carols evening. She also ran the PA craft group for 18 months. The role is two days per week, and Clare will be in on Wednesday and Friday. » Read More

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Deck progress

The deck has had the concrete poured for the foundations and form-work is going up this week. A big thanks to students and staff for their patience. » Read More

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In the Library

The senior library is a busy hub for high school students and staff at Glenaeon and we wanted to show some of the student work being featured there on a regular basis. The artwork for this week is from Year 8 visual art students.

 
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Year 10 meet the Paramedics

Former staff member Zoe Wheeler, a paramedic, and her husband Anthony, an Intensive Care Paramedic, visited Glenaeon this week to show Year 10 PDHPE students around an ambulance, and how paramedics work on the scene of emergencies. They also taught students how to stay safe themselves when facing an emergency. Thanks guys! » Read More

    
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Year 11 Drama play

Please come and support the Year 11 Drama students when they perform Working Title, on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 June at 7pm in the Sylvia Brose Hall.. We’d love to see as many of you there as possible. We promise it will be an entertaining night full of laughs and surprises! Tickets are $10 at the door or you can pre-purchase them at the front office. The play runs for 90 minutes with no interval. Supper will be served afterwards. » Read More

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We need your greenery for the Midwinter Festival!

On Monday 18 June, we will be making the winter spiral in the Hall at Middle Cove for the Winter Festival. We need your greenery! Please leave your ivy, pine boughs, cotoneaster branches, jasmine vine, honeysuckle vine, native wisteria, Wonga Wonga vine, native derris, southern sarsaparilla, or any other vines you may have growing, at either campus on Monday morning. 

At Castlecrag, please leave in the covered area outside the Class 1 and 2 toilets. At Middle Cove campus, please leave near the Hall. Please deliver in the morning after 9pm, so that we can build the spiral from lunchtime. Its easy to assume that someone else will provide this, but in part years, we have had a hurried scramble around local streets scavenging for ivy, so if you do have some, please bring it in. Thank you!

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Castlecrag News

Work and play

One of the lessons the children learn at Castlecrag Campus is how to care for things both their own things and things that belong to the school. The kindy children learnt the value of the leather we get from the hide of the cow as they worked to polish their boots. They were so proud of them as they shone in the late autumn morning sun. Class 1 have been working with Roger today mending their wooden chairs – we are not a throw away culture, we like to find good things and make them last. We are so grateful we have a skilful maintenance team we can call on when things break to help us put them back together again. This way we model sustainable living to the children.


On Monday afternoon Class 2 divides into four groups and two groups get to work with Sandra and Lucy digging in the garden and emptying the rubbish bins. Last term the ‘sun’ group planted sunflowers and on Monday they noticed how many bees are spending their days buzzing around those sunflowers collecting their pollen. The children and parent helpers of Class 1 were also digging with Sandra as we are putting Rosie’s old blue shell pool in the garden to make a home for our frogs.

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School Calendar

What's on at Glenaeon next week

Gilgamesh - a new telling experience from David Novak
Sunday June 3rd, 7pm
Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Castlecrag

Parent Talks in June with Sandra Frain

Monday 4 June 1.30-3pm
Bio-Dynamic and Organic Foods – their nutritional value for our health.
118 Sydney Street, Willoughby, next to Bales Park

Kindergarten Parent/Teacher night
Wednesday June 6, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Little Kindy Parent/Teacher night
Wednesday June 6, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Year 10 & 11 Vaccinations
Thursday June 7, 9:30am – 10:30am

Simplicity Parenting - Media and Screen Time Parent Educaion
Friday June 8, 9:15am – 10:15am
Castlecrag campus

'Simple Pleasures' Plant fibre basketry with Zimmi Forest
Friday June 8, 10am – 3pm
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Midwinter Ball

The Midwinter Ball is just around the corner (and down a rabbit hole) this Saturday night. Class 7 have worked like packs of cards to create a magical night for you. Without giving too much away, the hall is going to be transformed into a Wonderland that needs to be seen to be believed...Are you on the fence about coming? Don't be, you will love it. No fancy costume needed - if the idea of dressing up is putting you off, just pin some playing cards onto your favourite t-shirt and rock up! Remember the ball is about having fun, getting connected and supporting our wonderful school. You can buy your tickets here: www.trybooking.com/CVZU
Tip 1: Bring gold coins for the Chocolate Wheel and Side Show Ally - there are wondrous prizes to be won!
Tip 2: Save room for dessert!

Saturday 2nd June
6.30pm - 10.30pm

Silvia Brose Hall, Middle Cove
$60 (includes all food, a welcome drink, and good times)
We look forward to seeing you in Wonderland!
Please book your tickets soon to help year 7 with their pre-ball ‘will anyone turn up’ nerves.
We promise you a wonderful time with some wondrous surprises in Wonderland!
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One Thing More or Caedmon

Construed by Christopher Fry
First presented at England's soaring Chelmsford Cathedral, and then broadcast on the BBC, the play blends music, poetry and heightened prose in telling the story of Caedmon, Britain's first known poet. Set in seventh century England.

Adult $25, Conc $20, Student $12
2 June at 7:00 pm at Rudolf Steiner House
Sussex Street, Sydney CBD Contact: Annet 0400 301 550
9 June at 7:00 pm at Marion Mahony Griffin Hall 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag 

Bookings: Castlecrag performance Joy Day joyful7days@gmail.com 0451 152 227
Featuring Glenaeon's own Harry Goodman, Neil Anderson, Elizabeth Ellean and Tamara Da Silva
Produced by Neil Anderson for Harken Theatre - more details HERE » Read More

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Gilgamesh

GLENAEON RUDOLF STEINER SCHOOL & THE AUSTRALIAN STORYTELLING GUILD (NSW) ARE DELIGHTED TO PRESENT GILGAMESH, A NEW TELLING EXPERIENCE FROM DAVID NOVAK.

A rare opportunity to experience this ancient epic from Assyria- Mesopotamia, fragments first discovered from the remains of clay tablets with cuneiform inscriptions. These are the earliest works of literature yet discovered. Here told by acclaimed storyteller David Novak, in Australia participating in the International Storytelling Conference.
Venue: Marion Mahony Griffin Hall
Castlecrag campus, Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School 121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag
Date & Time: Sunday June 3rd, 7pm

Tickets: Adults $25, Concession $20, Students $12 (family of 4 $60 package)
Bookings & Enquiries: Joy Day 0451 152 227 & Mary Heard Castlecrag Office joyful7days@gmail.com 9958 0774 » Read More

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Glenaeon School Tours

Glenaeon School Tours & Enrolment Events

MIDDLE COVE CAMPUS (CLASSES 3 – 12))
Tuesday 7 Aug 2018 – 9am-11:30am
PRESCHOOL
Thurs 7 June 9.30-11.00am
CASTLECRAG CAMPUS (CLASSES K – 2)
Wed 13 June - 9:30am – 11:30am (extra tour date added)

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


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Foundation

Foundation update

This week we spoke with Andrew Rogers, our newest Glenaeon Foundation Director and father to Maya and William at Glenaeon Castlecrag. Andrew is passionate about sustainability and it is a focus for him and his wife Suzi at home and in his career in the field of sustainability.

‘Having my children attend Glenaeon provides an opportunity to embrace a sustainable lifestyle within my children’s education. That’s why this year’s Annual Giving Project is a project close to my heart. Creating new playground hubs at Middle Cove to fit within the natural environment. I am excited that my children will benefit from this important project.’ Click below to read more...

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We spoke with Andrew about some of the exciting elements of our Outdoor Learning Landscape which may include;

• Creating opportunities to recycle water off the Campus as well as implementing a creek management plan to preserve the quality of water and natural vegetation
• Preserving and restoring the pure bushland areas.
• Developing clear pathway systems to enable students to recognize the route while respecting the natural environment they are passing
• Selecting sustainable furniture with irregular shapes, timber and log seating keeping with the character of our Middle Cove campus
• Play elements that allow for sensory play with an extended sandpit and physical challenge with a slide, climbing wall and balance beam.

Please join Andrew in supporting Annual Giving 2018. To create these natural outdoor play hubs we need to raise $150,000. So far we have raised $46,745 – so with one month to go we need to raise $103,255. Please make a gift, every gift counts regardless of the size you will be creating lifelong memories for your children and their precious childhood at Glenaeon.

Please donate through the Glenaeon website. www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/giving/donate-now

Thank you for your support and generosity!

With Kind Regards,
Nicole Crabb
Director of Development


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GPA

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 Friends and Families, after months of preparation the count-down has officially begun as hard-working parents of Year 7 put final preparations into this years’ Midwinter Ball. Each year our committed community come together to celebrate the gifts of Glenaeon at this auspicious occasion; an opportunity to show our support and acknowledge the efforts and achievements of our school community. Tickets are still available so don’t be a tardy rabbit, set your clocks and come join us as we welcome the magic of Wonderland into our school on June the 2nd. You’d simply be Mad as Hatter to miss it! www.trybooking.com/CVZU

Our next community gathering will be the Twilight Market hosted by Class 1. The market will be Term 3, Friday 21st September, and is always a great opportunity to catch up with friends and family. Come and enjoy the wonderful winter meals, snacks, hot beverages before browsing the stalls offering hand crafted gifts and other such treasures.

In the coming weeks Class Parents and the GPA will finalise the allocation of the School Project Funding. As the allocation of funds need to be carefully considered and prioritised, it has been essential all areas of the school be considered and represented at the quarterly GPA meeting. We greatly look forward to sharing the up-coming project list in the next few weeks.

Please note our next GPA/Class Parent meeting will be held on August 8, 121 Edinburgh rd., Castlecrag. All parents, carers of our school community are welcome to join us. » Read More


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Community News

Silent Auction at the Midwinter Ball

Props from the Year 10 musical, The Little Mermaid, will be on offer as part of the Silent Auction at the Midwinter Ball this weekend, plus biodynamic wine, cookbooks, photo sessions, spa experiences, pilates sessions, acupuncture, several weekends away and an interior design consultation. 


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Glenaeon Studios 2018

Elizabeth Ellean has put together a program inviting some distinguished workshop presenters for parents, teachers and friends of Glenaeon. The second guest artist 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 www.instagram.com/weaving_nature/
“Simple Pleasures” Plant fibre basketry with Zimmi Forest
Friday 8 June  10am - 3pm
Only $100 for 4 hours with one of Australia's most talented weavers.
For more information please email glenaeonstudios@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au and visit the school website HERE for more upcoming workshop details.

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Vital Years Conference

The Australian Association for Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce that Registration is now open for the Sydney Vital Years Conference - July 9-12, 2018. “Developing the Self: The Inner and Outer Work of the Early Childhood Educator”
This link www.vitalyears.com.au will take you to our website to discover more about this deeply enriching conference theme, the Program, and our keynote speakers: Lisa Romero and Louise de Forest. We look forward to welcoming you to this Vital Years Conference being hosted at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School - Middle Cove, Sydney. » Read More

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Eurythmy classes

Tuesday 4pm-5pm
Ease, form, grace, balance, flexibility Movement with body, soul and spirit
contact: kimberleyh@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au » Read More

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A Life changing experience

by Sandra Frain
A poem from Goethe well describes the ‘destiny weaving’ many of us experienced as we participated in the formation of Community Biodynamic Vietnam.

How each the WHOLE its substance gives, each in the other works and lives!
See heavenly forces rising and descending, their golden urns reciprocally lending:
on wings that winnow sweet blessing
from heaven through the earth they’re pressing, to fill the All with harmonies caressing.


Community Biodynamic Vietnam is a new community-based group formed to support interested and committed people. Accessing information, facilitating camaraderie and revolutionizing agricultural practices in Vietnam are key motives. Facebook is the underlying medium of communication. To read the rest of Sandra's fascinating account of her time in Vietnam, click HERE.
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The 2017-18 Entertainment Books are now available!

The NEW 2017 | 2018 Entertainment™ Book and Digital Memberships are available now and are packed with thousands of up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers. To see what’s inside, click HERE For just $70, you'll receive over $20,000 worth of valuable offers.
Buy an Entertainment™ Membership and support our school!
20% of the proceeds go towards fundraising for the GPA

CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM US TODAY  - http://www.entbook.com.au/204p033
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Welcome Home Playgroup

As the earth and air are cooling in this autumn time so near, we too come closer in this contracting time of year.
A new playgroup at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner Preschool
Monday mornings: 9:00- 11:00am (Our first Monday of the Term 2 is April 30)
118 Sydney St, Willoughby
Next to Bales Park
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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 admin@glenaeonpreschool.nsw.edu.au to register your interest. 

What to bring for playgroup?

Slippers/shoes, hats for warm feet and heads
A wee something healthy to share at morning tea.
Our Thursday - Tuesday playgroup welcomes you:
A spot of herb tea then a gracious morning circle, holding hands together under the sky so high. 
Into the playroom we prance, for a story the puppets gift for our glance.
Washing our hands, and creating with dough.
Now some inside play before a scrumptious shared Morning tea like so. 
The Dusty Gnome leads us to ‘clean our home’, before we scamper out to the welcoming gardens for a play-filled roam.

(Adult-centred activities abound, with supportive discussions on pertinent child-centred issues of the day.)
Our joyous closing circle signals warm home-made bread and fragrant sphagni oil to bless us on our way.
“Slowly, slowly, very slowly slides the little snail, then quickly, quickly, very quickly runs the little mouse.”
See you soon,
Sandra
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The ONLY parent program - Franklin River Fundraiser

Places filling fast!
You asked, we listened…

This year our outdoor education team are offering the Glenaeon community ‘The Franklin River Experience’. Our outdoor education program takes our students to amazing places all across the globe, but we’ve kept this special gem, “Scottie’s Sacred Place” just for adults. This is a one-off fundraising event giving you the chance to experience the wilderness with our amazing staff. 20 lucky people will have the opportunity to choose between a 10 day and 9 day expedition down the Franklin River. Guided by our very own Scottie Williams accompanied by a star studded line-up of incredibly experienced guides. Filmed by Nicholas Covelli – wilderness photographer/ videographer, responsible for our outdoor education films.  
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The 9-day trip stays with the river whereas the 10-day trip includes a challenging day walk to Frenchman’s Cap (weather permitting). After the walk, the two trips will join together for the rest of the journey down the Franklin River. 

Trips are all inclusive ex. Hobart. Your donations will go directly towards improving Glenaeon’s outdoor education programs (yes, it is possible). We have highlighted a targeted fundraising amount reflected in the cost however, for the generous among you, we are always happy to accept more. Alternatively, if you are unable to join us on this incredible journey but love what we do for the school, donations of any denomination will be accepted (and greatly appreciated). To express an interest, sign up or find out more, please call Scottie on 0409 093 363
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Glenaeon Secondhand Uniform Shop - grab a jumper!

The Secondhand Uniform Shop opens alternate Fridays from 3:00 - 3:45 pm during term.
Dates for this term are as follows: June 1, June 15, and June 29.

We have heaps of nice jumpers for sale at $10 each, and a large selection of blazers at $75 each. Grab a warm winter bargain to keep your child toasty at school this winter. Your donations of clean, gently used uniforms are always welcome. Just leave them in a bag at reception and they will be put back into circulation. Lori 0428668056 » Read More

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Secondhand Uniform Shop needs a New Coordinator

If you are looking for a fun way to complete your CIP points, please consider volunteering as Secondhand Uniform Shop coordinator. As I will be leaving my post at the end of this year when my son graduates, I am seeking a friendly, organised parent to take over. The role takes an hour or two each week, and it’s a great way to meet parents, students and staff. Click below for more details... » Read More

No special skills are necessary, just sort and hang up donations, help parents and students find the uniforms they need, help teachers and staff with any uniform needs (school concert, emergency uniforms, exchange student uniforms, backup sport uniforms etc), and wash the occasional donation as needed. Please contact me at 0428668056 if you are interested. Thank you. Lori Graff
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Careers

Glenaeon Careers Centre

Glenaeon Careers Facebook group now has over 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.

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

Preschool Parent Talks and Workshops

Glenaeon Preschool is hosting a series of three talks on Organic and Bio-dynamic Farming and Gardening and Organic foods, as well as connections of bio-dynamics to the indigenous relationship to country. These talks and workshops are open to the community and are free in the interests of the sustainable approach to the earth we will hand on to our children. Our preschool has a bio-dynamic organic garden and cooks with organic foods. Come and join us for these talks and a cup of tea and some sourdough bread. All welcome.
Parent Talks in June - Sandra Frain
Monday 4 June 1.30-3pm - Bio-Dynamic and Organic Foods – their nutritional value for our health.
Wednesday 13 June 9.15-10.30am - B-D Gardening and Care of the Earth- How organic gardening and farming could be a major contributing solution to global warming.
Tuesday 26 June 1.45-3pm - Pondering Bio-dynamic Understanding of our Earth and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Connection to Country. 

Venue:
118 Sydney Street, Willoughby, next to Bales Park
Please RSVP if possible so we can be prepared - 02 9412 4457
Click HERE for more details or read more below...

 
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Sandra Frain BCS MSC (ED):
Sandra is a bio-dynamic gardener and has decades of experience creating educational programs for children and their families in a unique celebration of life. Sandra is devoted to supporting people in their quest to nurture nature and humanity. She develops and delivers teacher and parent training programs internationally.
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Simplicity Parenting Media and Screen time talk

We will share ideas of how we manage our own parenting and family life in the context of media and screen time and how we can give our children a refuge from the digital world to discover how they relate to the world, to each other and to themselves.
Friday 8th June, 9:15am
Marion Mahony Griffin Hall kitchen, Castlecrag campus
Bookings: Mary Heard, Castlecrag office: 9958 0774 
Joy Day: 0451 152 227, joyful7days@gmail.com
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This generation’s ‘unregulated social experiment’with screens and media probably arouses more anxiety for parents than anything else. We find ourselves oscillating between normalising our children’s screen exposure and beating ourselves up for not being stronger in protecting them from the damage of screen use. Within the reality of a media-saturated world we will look at:
• How we can hold our family values
• How we can find calmness in the endless sea of distraction
• How we can maintain connection to nature, to friends, to family and to ourselves
• How we can keep our family rhythm and rituals intact
• By exploring the various ages and stages of discipline we will see what we can and cannot control as parents
• That it is possible to say ‘no thanks’ to the new normal of over-exposure to screens
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Glenaeon EduCareDo study group

A group of parents have recently commenced a Glenaeon EduCareDo study group and are meeting monthly in the after school room at the Castlecrag campus to discuss and delve into the exercises and content of this introduction to anthroposophy. They would like to extend an invitation to others who may be interested to join before they advance too far into the 26 lessons. Our next meeting is Tuesday June 12 from 9.15-11.30am. Information and enrolment details can be found online https://educaredo.org/enrolment-form-2/fees-and-enrolment/ If you would like more information or which to join please contact Lyn Clifton on 0419424935. We look forward to meeting together. » Read More

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Anthroposphic Home Care basket workshop

At the recent parent workshop on Anthroposphic Home Care, parents were introduced to the idea that children in the modern world are worthy of a lot of extra care and warmth to help support their overly challenged sensory system and their rhythmical and gradual incarnation to earth. Through weaving together a small basket containing the stories of our family's life we can create a "family care and listening basket" which can be used at the dinner table to invite each family member to contribute something of their day for each to listen .
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Lyn would like to invite all those who wish to begin making a care and listening basket for their family to meet on Tuesday June 5 at 9.15am in the Marion Mahony Griffin Hall . Together we will make a simple basket. Please bring along mementos of your family's journey and of family members which you might like to weave into your basket including strips of clothing, ribbons, feathers, necklaces, crystals etc. Some may like to include symbols of achievements from throughout the year. We will talk about introducing the care and listening basket to your family.

At our Home Care workshop, participants commenced infusing some healing plants of chamomile, rose and eucalyptus in preparation for our meeting on Tuesday June 26 at 9.15am, when we will take these infusions and prepare some healing lotions to have in our family care basket for different times through out the year. Our infusions will be ready by then for us to begin making our eucalyptus chest rub, some chamomile tummy oil, and rose lotion.

Such things as cream for bruises and bumps, calendula cream for healing cuts and wounds, eucalyptus chest rub for strengthening the chest in times of colds and flu, chamomile oil for rubbing the tummy to help to encourage digestion and calm, sphagnum protective skin lotion to provide a second skin from our overly sensory stimulating world can be included.

As well as preparing these rubs and oils we will look at what other things to include for our family in our care basket depending on the season, and the needs and age of our children, how and when to make use of the items and how to introduce self care to our children in an age and developmentally appropriate way through story and song.

Please set aside these dates now and we look forward to coming together to further extend this idea of care into our daily family life . If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lyn on 0419424935.
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Simplicity Parenting

I wanted to conclude Scheduling for now by giving some guidelines for parents about when to introduce out of school activities for primary school children. Simplicity Parenting recommends one ‘day of rest’ per week, a complete home day preferably without visitors except maybe close family.

Also for children under eight or nine, Kim John Payne recommends emphasising free play over organised sports, dancing or martial arts. Children under this age are completely capable of entertaining themselves and need as much unstructured play time as possible. For Glenaeon students there is no need for children to have organised music tuition as they learn recorder in Class 1, recorder and lyre in Class 2 and then recorder, lyre and a string instrument in Class 3!

Lastly I would recommend you speak to your class teacher regarding any outside activities relating to their education, including learning support. It is so easy to think you need to hurry your child along with a bit of extra help but it is so easy to waste everyone’s time if the activity does not align with what the child is doing at school.

Steiner Education is ‘slow schooling’ and we need to be patient and let our children show us who they are not try to make them into who we want them to be. What is the biggest gift you can give your child? The occasional gift of boredom is the most fertile opportunity for creativity and learning there is…….

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Raphael’s Rooms

Parent Craft

Alumni

Family Fair and Art Show

Do you have broken toys that need a bit of love

Class 1 is traditionally in charge of parent craft for the Fair in November, but this year we are incorporating a re-use/recycle theme and we are asking for the donation of pre-loved Steiner inspired toys, to be repaired, washed and refreshed, ready to be loved again by others. We are seeking items that are typical to a Steiner environment, those made with natural materials and that inspire the imagination. We will be restoring the items so please don't hesitate to hand in broken but fixable toys, dirty but washable items or those with holes to sew up too. Please drop any items you might be kind enough to donate either to Middle Cove Reception or Castlecrag Reception.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to call.
Thanks
Brooke
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Clothing donations for the 2018 Glenaeon Family Fair

Twinkle twinkle bring your clothes
Castlecrag or Middle Cove
June 15 is your due date
Bring clean clothes and don’t be late
Good condition if you please
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Books donations needed

We are now collecting donations for the 2nd hand book stall. If you have any books you no longer want, and that are in GOOD CONDITION (very important!!) please bring them into Castlecrag Campus Reception. » Read More

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Noticeboard

Grassroots Eco Store – Australian Merino Woollen Singlets

We're starting to feel the icy fingers of King Winter so to ward off the chill wear a woollen singlet! Just in are the softest Australian merino wool singlets, made locally in Sydney and Forbes from Australian wool. Not only are these singlets soft, smooth and warming but in choosing these singlets you are making a renewable, sustainable, biodegradable and ethical clothing choice. You are also supporting an Australian owned family business, Australian designers and makers! Embrace the challenge of Sydney's winter weather by dressing children in a layer of wool underneath their usual clothing. Then, if they peel off an outer layer as the day warms up they'll still have a woollen layer to protect their core. Come in, have a look, feel the difference and see the quality!
Click below for opening hours..
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Opening Hours during term
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 can 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. Thank you for shopping locally at Grasroots Eco Store - a portion of every sale goes to Glenaeon.
See you soon!
Felicity
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Messiah Reimagined

Glenaeon dad to Ben Barker in Year 12 is one of the composers who have re-imagined Handel's Messiah to be performed Sunday June 10 at Marrickville Town Hall. Tickets are available at https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=370164& » 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: carmen@theauthentic.com.au
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Rudolf Steiner House

HERE is a link to the latest newsletter from the Nature Institute. Click below to see what the calendar looks like for the next few months: » Read More

2nd June: One more thing or Caedmon. This is a performance of a poem written by Caedmon, Britain's first poet and is set seventh-century England. 
29th May: Biodynamic nutrition. Cosmic and Earthly nutrition. A talk with Chris Miliotis. How what we choose to eat can reverse climate change.
31st May: Showcase of international Storytellers. Come and experience four different international and national storytellers tell stories as this special event. 
5 June: The karma of illness in our biography. A talk with Karla Cryer. Steiner has very interesting, confronting and comforting indications on the karma of illness.
6th June: Eurythmy: Building Health, Harmony and Intelligence in Children (and Adults!) A great morning course for adults to learn more about eurythmy.
12th June: In the beginning was the creative word, not an abstract word. A talk with Wolfgang Devine. Although some of Edith Sitwell’s poetry might be called ‘abstract’, she explores the power of the musicality of language and creates pictures out of the rhythm, rhyme and dynamic of language. The poems here recited are originally spoken to the music of William Walton, Façade. To give language and music its right, we perform them separately. Recitation (with) Domenica Conte; Piano 4-hand with John Statter.
13th June: Understanding the Pre-Adolescent Journey. A great morning course for parents to learn more about pre-adolescence. 
18th June: Karma and reincarnation. A talk with John Pater at Lorien Novalis. 
19th June: "Where do we come from; What are we; Where are we going?" A talk with Liz Hamilton. Insights into Paul Gauguin's profound art masterpiece on the fundamental questions of existence . How we can find these answers through 'The Way of the One Star'
22nd June: Winter Creative Communion. A great morning course for adults to work creatively and artistically. 
24th-26th June: Let the Phenomena Speak! This is a 4-day course at The Nature Institute. 
26th June: The Passing of Arthur. From Idylls of the King by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Performed by Séamus Maynard and Directed by Meaghan Witri. 
1st - 4th July: National Arts Conference. This is a four day conference in Brisbane, exploring the mission of the arts for human development, and includes many workshops in various artistic disciplines. 

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
Email: admin@sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com
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Cosy cottage in Katoomba

TO LET - Near village with view to bushland with large garden for children to play.
For fun winter time, library with open fireplace, combustion heater in dining room (wood provided) and gas heating. Spectacular sunsets from sunroom. Will suit 4-6 people, minimum two nights. Linen and towels provided. For enquiries and bookings ring Ebba on 0415 673 747 or Billie 0410 233 499

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Rudolf Steiner College courses

Rudolf Steiner College has a number of courses available. 
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Special invitation - two weekends of anthroposophy, eurythmy, clay and painting.
June 9/10 & July 28/29
An opportunity has arisen for all teachers and parents in the Steiner community to join our early childhood students in their study of the what lies behind the curriculum taught in our schools.
These two weekends offer a special insight and introduction to some key concepts and teachings of Rudolf Steiner. Dr Renate Long-Breipohl leads the weekends with lectures on the three-fold composition of the human being (Body, Soul and Spirit) which is interwoven with a presentation on our four bodies – Physical, Etheric, Astral and Ego.
The Temperaments and the three faculties of the soul – Thinking, Feeling and Willing are also explored in these weekends. Eurythmy, Clay and Painting, support our understanding and time is given to these artistic practices.
All parents and teachers are invited to join us. Please note, places are limited.
Date: June 9/10 & July 28/29
Time: Saturday 9.30am – 4pm, Sunday 9.30am – 1pm Venue: Sydney Rudolf Steiner College
307 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
For more information call Linda St Clair on (02) 9261 4001.
or book at the college. Details HERE

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 2: Thursday 2 August and Thursday 23 Aug (5 hours each day)

Click HERE for details
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Accommodation for Vital Years conference

Hello, my name is Hannah Gauci, and I taught for many, many years in Linden Kindergarten at the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School in Warranwood, Victoria. I have been retired for a few years now, but I still retain my great interest in Early Childhood Education and do the occasional relief work in kindergartens as well as work in Steiner Early Childhood courses and do a little mentoring. I will be giving a workshop at this Vital Years Conference. I am wondering if someone in the Glenaeon Community can offer me some form of accommodation?Thank you in anticipation. Hannah Email: hmgauci@bigpond.com Phone: 0409 502 687
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 My requirements are pretty simple, but I would like a room on my own as I will need to prepare myself for the workshop I will be giving. I am happy to bring my own bedding and towels. I will not require meals, although it would be nice if I could prepare my own breakfast, and perhaps make a warm drink before I go to bed. Of course I will clean up after myself! And I will bring all my own food etc 
There is a meeting I need to attend on Sunday before the conference so I plan to come to Sydney on Saturday , also I feel I may need to remain in Sydney on Thursday night before I go further North to visit friends and family. So that is 6 nights' accomodation from Saturday, 7/7/2018 - 13/7/2018. 
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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 https://www.sageacupuncture.com.au
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Craniosacral Therapy - Northbridge

Be Held and Be Heard. Rest and Relax. Allow and Trust. Your body is its own Healer.
What is CST – The Practicalities
This light touch therapy generally includes contact points at the feet, sacrum and head, you will remain fully clothed and (if comfortable) lie on your back on a massage table.
About Me
I’m Jo and I have two children at Glenaeon, in Class 1 and 3. I fell in love with CST when introduced by a friend from Switzerland and I completed my Training in London in 2009. As well as Craniosacral Therapy I work as a Life and Spirituality Coach. 
Availability
Thursdays from 9.15 to 5pm (additional days are available, please call for details )
Dr Krystall Ford’s Chiropractic Clinic, 37 Eastern Valley Way, Northbridge
Prices
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
Bookings
Adult appointments available online (Thursdays only) at www.calendly.com/jogillard/
Or you can call me (Jo) on 0424 232 473 or email me at jo@jogillard.com
More information at www.jogillard.com/craniosacral-therapy/
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Be Held and Be Heard
Your whole system will express and unwind, safely and gently. Traumas, blocks and resistances are given space and time. As they are held, honoured and heard they release and transform. 
Rest and Relax
The safe, meditative space allows your nervous system to shift from fight or flight into rest and repair. In this state that your bodies self-healing abilities are maximised.
Allow and Trust
Using a heightened sensitivity of touch, I will energetically connect to the flows in your body. Deep, intuitive listening allows your body to fully express itself, facilitating shifts and transformation in energetic blocks and resistances.

I am deeply inspired by energy and the interconnection of humans to each other as well as earth and cosmos. I believe that as more people experience and know this connection they will be inspired to live from love, with kindness and compassion for all. 
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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. www.mstyp.org.au
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Babysitting

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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Community Events

IN THIS ISSUE:

See Calendar

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: info@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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

Glenaeon eNewsletter

From Head of School

“Inspiring the Room”: It’s always teachers

It’s refreshing to find friends in unexpected places. Last week I came across an article written by Dr Richard Malpass, the Headmaster of Sydney Grammar School, on the unchanging role of teachers in providing the best form of well, teaching. Is this surprising? Unfortunately, yes, because these days with talk of IT-based classrooms, the device is assumed to have replaced the teacher as the inspirer of learning. Teachers have retreated to being facilitators or coordinators of learning rather than their role of actually instructing. Of course devices can and must assist learning, but the fundamental human interaction between teacher and student is at the core of all human pedagogy.

Dr Malpass wrote the article for his own Grammar community, but it so perfectly expresses my own views on the role of the teacher that I would not want to change a single word. Hence it appears here untouched, and with reference to Sydney Grammar. I thank Dr Malpass who has kindly given permission for us to run his article. His vision of the passionate, committed teacher is exactly the aspiration we have at Glenaeon, and I commend it to all in our community as a vivid statement of the teacher who “inspires the room”. Click below to read more... » Read More

The Twenty First Century Classroom: A reflection

I was struck recently by an archived article I read from The Sydney Morning Herald, advocating as it did the importance of computer-centred teaching and learning in the classroom. As it happens, the article was written by a (then) student espousing the value of such technology, claiming that ‘one of the roles of a twenty-first century school is to equip students in the best way possible for life outside the classroom. In today’s technology-reliant world, learning how to effectively learn and work with technology is an absolute necessity’ (Segaert, 2016). Certainly, proficiency in an age of ubiquitous devices is essential, and perhaps inevitable, regardless of the approaches adopted in the school classroom.

Nonetheless, it seems that those two discrete elements (the ubiquity of devices and the life of the classroom) have been increasingly been merged in the forward thinking of so many educational leaders. A somewhat convenient logic has asserted that the existence of unprecedented technological possibilities will ipso facto transform the classroom to achieve unprecedented teaching and learning. 

This aspirationally-crafted and technologically-progressive ‘classroom’ is unsurprisingly termed the ‘twenty-first century classroom’ by many, and its potential is frequently projected as so impressive as to dwarf the relatively limited classrooms of former eras, bereft (as they might now be seen) of our access to instantaneous online information and effortlessly interconnected approaches to work, general communication and limitlessly-fascinating diversions. Consequently, discussions in the field of education in recent years are thus tightly linked to the role to be played by laptops, iPads and BYODs (bring your own devices) in that envisaged classroom.

A question facing schools across recent years seems to have been how to integrate the use of laptops, iPads and BYODs into the effective (or rather the more effective) running of our classrooms. The question less frequently asked seems to be the more important and pre-determining one: how is the introduction of this technology into a classroom going to lead to a fundamentally more meaningful learning experience for our children? A school needs to be clear on what it believes is the best learning environment for its students. Laptops and iPads are powerfully engaging devices, but that does not in turn automatically amount to them being better tools for children to learn subject knowledge and develop cognitively progressive skills.

We should guard against the risk of losing focus on the essential qualities of a great classroom (whatever the century), and the core dynamic between a fine teacher and his or her students. It has been often said that students don’t in every case easily ‘learn subjects’ but that in so many cases they ‘learn teachers’, a seemingly flippant but often highly relevant reflection of the primacy of the teacher’s too frequently underestimated role as the inspirer and engager of the young people in their classroom. Over the years, I’ve been privileged to witness and learn from a very wide range of teachers across five major schools in Australia and the UK. As an observer of so very many lessons delivered by other teachers, it has become abundantly clear that the most effective lessons were those in which the teacher’s presence, his or her subject knowledge, that palpable passion and communicative warmth in sharing the experience of their topic simply inspired the room.

By contrast, there seems to be a trend in some recent thinking about pedagogy that the teacher should take something of a backward step, and largely cease to be the focus of the lesson; rather, he or she should be a facilitator. Instead, the focus should move to ‘student-centred’ learning, a branding that seemingly presumes to dismiss other classrooms as monolithic chalk and talk. By contrast, student-centred learning is at its peak, I would argue, when a child is shielded from distractions and utterly focused on the idea-rich classroom that such an engaging teacher has brought to academic life. Thus, I do not think that such student-centric learning can best come through the teacher being limited to a facilitator who takes a back seat to the laptop, instead alerting those students to websites and setting them projects to pursue.

I fear that too little consideration has been given to what I’ll term the ‘lived experience of the classroom’ when educational leaders have seen fit to impose iPads and laptops on every child. When I talk of that lived experience of the classroom, I am thinking of a number of aspects

Firstly, sustained student attention is essential. Any teacher knows that the very first duty is to have the attention of your students, whatever their age and whatever the topic. What is profoundly sought is the dedicated and uninterrupted communication between teacher and student, free from diversion and unnecessary distraction. The teacher in decades past who berated the boy for mindlessly doodling in class was bringing him in line for becoming distracted. By contrast, the modern device, notwithstanding its almost incalculable internet reach, is nonetheless the triumph of potentially near-infinite distraction with the temptations of social media and the sheer multiplicity of information on offer instantaneously and ever-temptingly in quick view. Recent research from the US has offered the following:

Online content is more stimulating than traditional classroom distracters (e.g., passing notes or talking), and interferes even more with the student’s ability to learn material. Results showed that students who used laptops in class spent considerable time multitasking and that the laptop use posed a significant distraction to both users and fellow students. (Fried, 2008)

Secondly, how much consideration (and indeed meaningful research) has been achieved to assert the cognitive advantages of such devices in the classroom? Much discussion seems to have skated effortlessly over the impact on learning techniques for those children who now click and type as opposed to those who once handwrote and drew. These are fundamentally different experiences, and such experiences are enormously significant to the quality of learning for a student, of any age. Furthermore, Wegner and Ward in 2013, when exploring the move away from traditional rote-learning towards internet derived factual knowledge, concluded:

The advent of the ‘information age’ seems to have created a generation of people who feel they know more than ever before—when their reliance on the Internet means that they may know ever less about the world around them. Scientific American, 2013 

For some time, research has suggested that even when laptops are used solely to take notes, they may still be impairing learning because their use results in shallower processing (Mueller & Oppenheimer, 2014). These correlational studies have focused on the capacity of laptops to distract and to invite multitasking. Experimental tests of immediate retention of class material have also found that Internet browsing impairs performance (Hembrooke & Gay, 2003). These findings are important but relatively unsurprising, given the literature on decrements in performance when multitasking or task switching (e.g., Iqbal & Horvitz, 2007; Rubinstein, Meyer, & Evans, 2001). I think Nicholas Carr of The Wall Street Journal is right to question ‘what happens to our minds when we allow a tool such dominion over our perception and cognition’ (Carr, 2017).

Thirdly, from an importantly pastoral perspective, what might be the impact on our boys and their social experience of Grammar life if all were accustomed to classrooms in which the laptop screen and internet were their essential daily diet? One of the chief delights of being involved with the life of Grammar boys is to witness and be part of their inexhaustible thirst for discussion and debate, perhaps the key facet of our collective intellectual life.

The opportunities for exciting learning through various computer and device-based approaches will continue to evolve and be adopted by Grammar Masters as they see appropriate. Thinking teleologically, we should remind ourselves that laptops, iPads and the like were not necessarily designed to further the profession of education. There may well be an intersection between their various offerings and the best of educational practice, but the craft of our Masters and their classrooms together, with their exciting Socratic dimensions, have more than a little life in them yet.

Meet our Multi-Talented Mathematicians 

Retraction: My comments last week on our multi-talented Maths teachers in high school were slightly incorrect. We welcomed Stanley Tang (not as written, my error), as a Practicum student for four weeks, and Robyn Kinkead is an actuarial analyst, not Actuary, though she is licensed through the Institute of Actuaries in London. And Rene Van Den Tol also holds an MBA in addition to everything else. Details, but important!

Mid-Winter Ball:

Only one week to go!! Every year we look forward to the surprise theme of the Ball: there’s been a Shanghai Nightclub, an Arabian night, last year was 50’s retro, there’s been Circus and this year? Its’ Alice in Wonderland!! Buy your tickets to this wonderful night of enjoyable company, great music and food, and lots of dancing to warm us up for the coming winter. Year 7 put so much effort into this special night of the year, so buy your tickets now to support a great parent community gathering. Dress up as your favourite Wonderland character and join the fun!! Ticketsavailableat https://www.trybooking.com/CVZU

With best wishes, 

Andrew Hill 
Head of School
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School News

This week's cover photo

The Midwinter Ball is just around the corner (and down a rabbit hole) next Saturday 2 June. Year 7 are busily working to create a magical night and Year 7 mum Anna Street visited Castlecrag campus this week to show parents that you only need to add some playing cards to a jacket and a flamingo to a hat to make a costume!! In fact, no fancy costume is needed at all! Class 2 helped her promote the Wonderland Ball by enthusiastically recited the Jabberwocky, a nonsense poem written by Lewis Carroll. The ball is about having fun, getting connected and supporting our wonderful school, so buy your tickets here: https://www.trybooking.com/CVZU
Saturday 2nd June 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Sylvia Brose Hall, Middle Cove
$60 (includes all food, a welcome drink, and good times)
Look forward to seeing you in Wonderland!

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Blackboard Beauties

This week's blackboard is from the Class 6 Ancient Rome main lesson, and was drawn by the school's Art Therapist Julia Byrne. For examples of the student's work, click READ MORE... » Read More

   

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Liza runs the half-marathon!

One of Glenaeon's two German teachers, Liza Lillicrap, finished the Sydney half-marathon on Sunday and she ran to support the RUOK? organisation. If you would like to donate to this great cause, please go to https://www.ruok.org.au/donate Well done Liza!!

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New school video trailer

As many of you might be aware, the school is making a new promotional video, and we have entrusted this exciting job to two Year 10 students, Callum Gualdi and Joshi Perera. They've been working very long hours editing the video and this is the first trailer! Well done guys and can't wait to see the final film!

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North Shore Times interviews Andrew Hill

Our local paper sent one of its senior journalists to the Middle Cove campus this week, to interview Andrew Hill about his thoughts on Gonski 2.0. The article appears on page 4 of this week's paper, which you can find online here - http://newslocal.smedia.com.au/north-shore-times/ » Read More

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Maths Olympiad

Glenaeon is participating in this year’s Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads (APSMO) again this year, with twenty-six Year 7 and 8 students taking part. The annual APSMO Maths Olympiads have been operating since 1987 with schools from all over Australia, New Zealand and other neighbouring countries taking part. Approximately 57 000 students took part in the 2017 contests. Click below to read more...

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The Olympiads consist of five separate contests approximately one month apart, the first held last week on the 22nd of May. Each contest paper consists of five challenging questions, which each student must try to solve without the aid of a calculator. Although students are competing against others, the overall aim of the Olympiads is to develop important problem solving skills and test the extent of their capabilities in an enjoyable setting. 

Here is a sample question for you to try:
Each day Jeffrey earns $3 for washing the dishes. He can earn $5 instead by also sweeping the kitchen. After ten days, Jeffrey has earned a total of $36. On how many of these days did Jeffrey sweep the kitchen?
Question sourced from: https://www.apsmo.edu.au/pdf/MathsGames_ResourceKit_Sample_2016.pdf

Best of luck to our students in the months ahead!
Further information about the nature of the APSMO programs can be found at www.apsmo.edu.au.
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Natasha Petit violin success

Year 11 student Natasha Petit plays the violin and last night, she competed in the Gordon Waterhouse Scholarship competition at the Zenith Theatre, Chatswood. The competition is run by the Chatswood Rotary Club and features musical performances by representative students from six local schools. Natasha was named the winner on the night and was awarded the scholarship money of $2000 for further study with her violin. Congratulations Natasha! » Read More

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We need your greenery for the Midwinter Festival!

On Monday 18 June, we will be making the winter spiral in the Hall at Middle Cove for the Winter Festival. We need your greenery! Please leave your ivy, pine boughs, cotoneaster branches, jasmine vine, honeysuckle vine, native wisteria, Wonga Wonga vine, native derris, southern sarsaparilla, or any other vines you may have growing, at either campus on Monday morning. 

At Castlecrag, please leave in the covered area outside the Class 1 and 2 toilets. At Middle Cove campus, please leave near the Hall. Please deliver in the morning after 9pm, so that we can build the spiral from lunchtime. Its easy to assume that someone else will provide this, but in part years, we have had a hurried scramble around local streets scavenging for ivy, so if you do have some, please bring it in. Thank you!

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Class 4 cross-stitch

Class 4 is beginning their cross stitch journey, and the way it is taught is quite unique in Steiner education. Elizabeth Ellean is teaching using the many senses and connecting the students' understanding on many levels, which leads to deeper learning. First, she tells a rich story of a quest involving crossing both rivers and mountains, whilst drawing the cross stitch shape upon the chalk board (top right). Then the children move outside, where they step the cross stitch pattern together and experiences the crossing of their own bodies, which stimulates their body/brain pathways and creates a 'moving shape' and flow for the stitch.
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Back inside, Elizabeth draws patterns on the board, highlighting the basic symmetry and geometry of cross stitch.


The children then colour their own first patterns on paper and explore their understanding of symmetry and pattern.


Following this, the children practice the stitch on threading boards until they master the correct pattern and stitch repetition. 

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They then begin their first test piece with thread, exploring their own possibilities and patterns on a larger format material. 


In the lessons to follow they will design and begin to make their very own intricate ink-pen pouch - a lasting, useful tool that they will use and treasure for many years to come. 


This is a good example of the layers of learning that are used in Steiner teaching, which imbues a deeper understanding and meaning to both the process and the product, rather than merely learning to copy the stiches alone. 

"The heart of the Waldorf method is that education is an art - it must speak to the child's experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and his will must be reached, as well as the mind." Rudolf Steiner.
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Class 3 cooking up a storm

Our Class 3 cooking group on Friday have been cooking up a storm! Last week they made potato and arrowroot rolls, both sweet and savoury, and the week before sweet potato gnocchi and pesto from scratch! Every Friday afternoon Class 3 go home with satisfied and full tummies. » Read More

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Year 10 visit Archibald Prize

Year 10 went to see the finalists of the Archibald Prize exhibition at the NSW Art Gallery last week. High school Visual Art teachers, Alisan Smotlak and Donna Miller went back to the gallery after hours and met winning artist Yvette Coppersmith, where they chatted about empowering women, having a voice and being heard as a woman. More photos of some of the finalists below... » Read More



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Class 4 swimming lessons

Classes 4 and 5 and Year 7 take swimming lessons as part of lifestyle and movement to improve their skills and confidence in the water. Class 4 and 5 work intensively on stroke correction, diving and building stamina required to swim laps. They usually finish the lesson with some fun activity or race. Year 7, along with stroke correction, do water safety and rescue followed by a couple of classes of aqua aerobics to mix it up and challenge their fitness. This photo shows Class 4 getting ready for the lesson » Read More

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Year 12 biology excursion

Year 12 Biology students visited the Museum of Human Disease at University of New South Wales last week as part of the HSC course work, Search for a Healthy Life. » Read More

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Year 11 Drama play

Please come and support the Year 11 Drama students when they perform Working Title, on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 June at 7pm in the Sylvia Brose Hall.. We’d love to see as many of you there as possible. We promise it will be an entertaining night full of laughs and surprises! Tickets are $10 at the door or you can pre-purchase them at the front office. The play runs for 90 minutes with no interval. Supper will be served afterwards. » Read More

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Senior students attend Model UN at Ravenswood

Evatt is a Model United Nations Security Council diplomacy competition for students in Years 9-12. Evatt NSW is the state round of Australia’s premier debating and diplomacy competition, and aims to educate young people about Australia’s place in the world and empower them as active citizens by developing public speaking, negotiation, teamwork, research, and diplomatic skills. The competition takes the form of a mock session of the UN Security Council. 

Glenaeon sent four of our senior students to the competition for the first time this week - Mitch Wood (12), Thomas Williams (11), Zac Bettman (11) and Luke Johnston (11), accompanied by Head of School, Andrew Hill. Zac and Mitch (below left) were delegates from Kazakhstan while Thomas and Luke (below left) represented the USA. There is no winner as such, just the experience of having a great time debating international issues with peers from the Sydney area but all four students represented Glenaeon very well!


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Opal Card reminder

An important reminder that students MUST TAP ON and TAP OFF when catching state transit buses, as bus drivers have reported some students are failing to do so. It is illegal to travel without a valid card or ticket. » Read More

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Castlecrag News

Class 1 visited by the police!

Class 1 received a visit from Imaginary Constable Tim Richards. Tim, who allegedly bears a very strong resemblance to his brother, our Class 1 teacher, spoke to the children about road safety before they headed off on their first bushwalk later that afternoon. He also delivered a swathe of speeding tickets that could be issued to anyone running in a walking zone.

We also wanted to share with you the incredible work of Glenaeon alumni, craft teacher and star of our segment on the 7.30 report Melanie Harper. Melanie has made beautiful key rings for all the keys we use at school. So now when you come to the office to get a key you will receive one of these beautiful creations – oh the joy of living in an artistic community!

On the subject of creative parents Tanya Baker, Glenaeon neighbour and mother of Theo in Class 2 has been coming to the Campus at night and mosaicking our last water fountain by torchlight. This was the last of the fountains purchased by the GPA last year, 2 were mosaicked by the Year 10 students for the silent auction but the 3rd had to be installed unfinished in time for the Fair. Thank you Tanya and family for the extra effort you put in to make our school look beautiful.
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Class 2 Bana'murrai'yung-inspired nature table

Class 2, along with several other primary school classes here at Glenaeon, now incorporate the Aboriginal seasons into the nature tables in the classrooms. The six D'harawal seasons follow the deep understanding of weather patterns and the seasonal cycles in our local area and climate, which are distinctly different to the four seasons we know so well but see less clearly in Australia and our native bush.

The current season is Bana'murrai'yung. The weather is getting cooler and wetter and it is time to make cloaks for the cold season approaching. It is represented by the ripening of the Lilly Pilly fuit. Marrai'gang, the Spotted Quoll, calls out through the forest to find a mate. The female carries babies initially in her pouch, then on her back and then leaves them in a safe cave or burrow during the colder months. Here is Class 2's current nature table, with a combination of both native and introduced autumnal leaves, providing a fusion of beauty and inspiration for the children to reflect upon. We see the spotted quoll protected in the cave. For further information see http://www.bom.gov.au/iwk/calendars/dharawal.shtml and http://sydney.edu.au/news/science/397.html?newsstoryid=15064 » Read More

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School Calendar

What's on at Glenaeon next week

Class 4 parent night
Monday May 28, 7pm – 8pm

Class 3 Parent Teacher Meeting
Thursday May 31, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Midwinter 'Wonderland' Ball
Saturday 2 June, 6.30-10.30pm
Sylvia Brose Hall
Tickets https://www.trybooking.com/CVZU » Read More

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Midwinter Ball

The Midwinter Ball is just around the corner (and down a rabbit hole). Class 7 are busily working to create a magical night for you. Without giving too much away, the hall is going to be transformed into a Wonderland that needs to be seen to be believed...Are you on the fence about coming? Don't be, you will love it. No fancy costume needed - if the idea of dressing up is putting you off, just pin some playing cards onto your favourite t-shirt and rock up! Remember the ball is about having fun, getting connected and supporting our wonderful school. You can buy your tickets here: www.trybooking.com/CVZU
Tip 1: Bring gold coins for the Chocolate Wheel and Side Show Ally - there are wondrous prizes to be won!
Tip 2: Save room for dessert!

Saturday 2nd June
6.30pm - 10.30pm

Silvia Brose Hall, Middle Cove
$60 (includes all food, a welcome drink, and good times)
We look forward to seeing you in Wonderland!
Please book your tickets soon to help year 7 with their pre-ball ‘will anyone turn up’ nerves.
We promise you a wonderful time with some wondrous surprises in Wonderland!
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Storytelling opportunities at Castlecrag.

International tellers with different performance evenings, see details in following stories:
Thurs May 31, 7pm: A showcase of international storytellers
Sunday June 3, 7pm: The Epic of Gilgamesh … with David Novak
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John Billing in concert

John will be joined by the Sydney Lyre Ensemble for the concert at Humph Hall, Saturday 26th May, 2018 at 7pm
For the last 23 years John Billing has been earning his living as an independent musician; giving concerts across the globe with the lyre, composing, recording and teaching internationally. For some of that time he has been closely connected to the Camphill Community and other Centers where daily life and work is shared with people with special needs. In recent years he has been extraordinarily busy teaching the lyre to many new groups of lyrists in different cities of China.
Venue: formerly the Allambie Heights Uniting Church, Humph Hall is now the private home of Gial & Wayne.
Bookings highly recommended! 9939 8802 wayne@humphhall.org - humphhall.org
Only seats 50 people so be early. 
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Weaving stories together

NSW Storytelling Guild and Glenaeon Steiner School are pleased to host and invite you to a Showcase of International Storytellers in Sydney for the Weaving Stories Together- Sydney International storytelling Conference 1-3 June 2018.
This will be a real treat! Come and experience International professional storytellers perform, including David Novak, Seung Ah Kim, Lynette Ford and Donna Washington. All the tellers bring their own style and culture to life through the spoken word. The Sydney International Storytelling Conference takes place every two years so it is a great chance to enjoy performances from a variety of tellers whilst they are in Australia.
When: 7pm, Thursday 31st May, 2018 Where: Glenaeon Castlecrag Campus 121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag
Bookings: Joy Day joyful7days@gmail.com 0451 152 227
$20 Adult, $15 Concession - Pensioners and Seniors, $12 Students, $50 Family

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Gilgamesh

Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School & The Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW)
are delighted to present Gilgamesh, A New Telling Experience from David Novak.

A rare opportunity to experience this ancient epic from Assyria- Mesopotamia, fragments first discovered from the remains of clay tablets with cuneiform inscriptions. These are the earliest works of literature yet discovered. Here told by acclaimed storyteller David Novak, in Australia participating in the International Storytelling Conference.
Venue: Marion Mahony Griffin Hall
Castlecrag campus, Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School 121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag
Date & Time: Sunday June 3rd, 7pm

Tickets: Adults $25, Concession $20, Students $12 (family of 4 $60 package)
Bookings & Enquiries: Joy Day 0451 152 227 & Mary Heard Castlecrag Office joyful7days@gmail.com 9958 0774 » Read More

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One Thing More or Caedmon

Construed by Christopher Fry
First presented at England's soaring Chelmsford Cathedral, and then broadcast on the BBC, the play blends music, poetry and heightened prose in telling the story of Caedmon, Britain's first known poet. Set in seventh century England.

Adult $25, Conc $20, Student $12
2 June at 7:00 pm at Rudolf Steiner House
Sussex Street, Sydney CBD Contact: Annet 0400 301 550
9 June at 7:00 pm at Marion Mahony Griffin Hall 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag 

Bookings: Castlecrag performance Joy Day joyful7days@gmail.com 0451 152 227
Featuring Glenaeon's own Harry Goodman, Neil Anderson, Elizabeth Ellean and Tamara Da Silva
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Glenaeon School Tours

Glenaeon School Tours & Enrolment Events

MIDDLE COVE CAMPUS (CLASSES 3 – 12))
Tuesday 7 Aug 2018 – 9am-11:30am
PRESCHOOL
Thurs 7 June 9.30-11.00am
CASTLECRAG CAMPUS (CLASSES K – 2)
Wed 13 June - 9:30am – 11:30am (extra tour date added)

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Foundation

Foundation update

This week the Foundation Team joined Jonas Stoebe, our PDHPE Teacher in his early morning exercise class on a perfect Autumn morning to experience our beautiful bushland environment. After the class, we chatted to some of the students about what it is they love about the outdoor environment at Glenaeon and here are some of their thoughts:

‘Being in nature is great away from technology. It makes me calmer and more positive. ‘
‘I love sitting beside the oval seeing the native animals and watching people play soccer’
‘Being in the bush at Glenaeon is like being on holidays it’s such an amazing place. It makes school a whole lot better’


We also chatted to Jonas. Take a look at Jonas starring in this week’s video for our Annual Giving campaign. To donate please go to www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/giving/donate-now


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 ‘As a Sports Teacher, I see first-hand the benefits for our students of breathing in the fresh air and moving in nature. It rejuvenates and inspires our students. Our school is blessed to be based in a pocket of nature so close to the city. As you walk down the driveway you are transported to a truly magical place. I am thrilled to see that this year the main focus for the Glenaeon Foundation 2018 Giving Appeal is raising funds to create outdoor play areas for primary and secondary students.’

This year the Foundation is raising funds to create new outdoor play hubs for our Primary and Secondary students. We need to raise $150,000 – so far we have raised $45,000 so we have $105,000 to go. Please consider a donation as every gift counts – regardless of the size you will be helping us to build lasting memories for your children.

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GPA

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,
I am delighted to report that the GPA/Class Parents combined meeting was held last night and we had over 20 parents attending, representing 12 of our 14 class years. Andrew Hill, Robin Borrud, Catherine Pilko, Mary Heard and Michele Harris were also present from the School's management and administration. Your Class Parents will provide an email summarising the discussions soon. In the meantime, I just want to remind and encourage you all to book your tickets for the Midwinter Ball. It is much easier on catering if we have a good idea of numbers. It will be a fabulous evening and we had Anna Street (Class 7) and Angela Bacot (Class 9) give us all a taster of how much fun it will be. The GPA/Class Parents are also reviewing which School projects will be funded this year. The School has provided us with their priorities and these range from outdoor sporting and safety equipment, furniture and umbrellas for the cafe deck and comfort improvements to the Sylvia Brose Hall. We will advise on the outcome of these deliberations in the coming weeks.
The next GPA/Class Parent meeting is scheduled for 8 August 2018.
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Community News

Silent Auction items needed

The Year 9 Parents are still looking for some amazing donations for the Silent Auction at the Mid Winter Ball. In keeping with the fantasy theme of Alice and Wonderland, we are looking for creative items that inspire Art and Experience.

Do you know of an artist who would like to offer a piece of art, or a business that has a product or service they would be like to donate? Or, do you have a holiday house in a dream location that you would like to share for a few nights stay. What about those spare frequent flyer points - would you be able to donate some of these and offer flights or accommodation?

The Silent Auction is a wonderful way for local businesses to market to the greater school community by presenting them with the opportunity to display business cards and brochures along with their Silent Auction item. If you do have a good relationship with a local business, or know someone who can donate, please let the Class 9 Reps know:
Ange: 0420 216 138 aabacot@gmail.com
Genevieve - 0468 577 974 genevieve.schuster@me.com
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Glenaeon Studios 2018

Elizabeth Ellean has put together a program inviting some distinguished workshop presenters for parents, teachers and friends of Glenaeon. The second guest artist 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 www.instagram.com/weaving_nature/
“Simple Pleasures” Plant fibre basketry with Zimmi Forest
Friday 8 June  10am - 3pm
Only $100 for 4 hours with one of Australia's most talented weavers.
For more information please email glenaeonstudios@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au and visit the school website HERE for more upcoming workshop details.

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Vital Years Conference

The Australian Association for Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce that Registration is now open for the Sydney Vital Years Conference - July 9-12, 2018. “Developing the Self: The Inner and Outer Work of the Early Childhood Educator”
This link www.vitalyears.com.au will take you to our website to discover more about this deeply enriching conference theme, the Program, and our keynote speakers: Lisa Romero and Louise de Forest. We look forward to welcoming you to this Vital Years Conference being hosted at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School - Middle Cove, Sydney. » Read More

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Eurythmy classes

Tuesday 4pm-5pm
Ease, form, grace, balance, flexibility Movement with body, soul and spirit
contact: kimberleyh@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au » Read More

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The 2017-18 Entertainment Books are now available!

The NEW 2017 | 2018 Entertainment™ Book and Digital Memberships are available now and are packed with thousands of up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers. To see what’s inside, click HERE For just $70, you'll receive over $20,000 worth of valuable offers.
Buy an Entertainment™ Membership and support our school!
20% of the proceeds go towards fundraising for the GPA

CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM US TODAY  - http://www.entbook.com.au/204p033
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Welcome Home Playgroup

As the earth and air are cooling in this autumn time so near, we too come closer in this contracting time of year.
A new playgroup at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner Preschool
Monday mornings: 9:00- 11:00am (Our first Monday of the Term 2 is April 30)
118 Sydney St, Willoughby
Next to Bales Park
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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 admin@glenaeonpreschool.nsw.edu.au to register your interest. 

What to bring for playgroup?

Slippers/shoes, hats for warm feet and heads
A wee something healthy to share at morning tea.
Our Thursday - Tuesday playgroup welcomes you:
A spot of herb tea then a gracious morning circle, holding hands together under the sky so high. 
Into the playroom we prance, for a story the puppets gift for our glance.
Washing our hands, and creating with dough.
Now some inside play before a scrumptious shared Morning tea like so. 
The Dusty Gnome leads us to ‘clean our home’, before we scamper out to the welcoming gardens for a play-filled roam.

(Adult-centred activities abound, with supportive discussions on pertinent child-centred issues of the day.)
Our joyous closing circle signals warm home-made bread and fragrant sphagni oil to bless us on our way.
“Slowly, slowly, very slowly slides the little snail, then quickly, quickly, very quickly runs the little mouse.”
See you soon,
Sandra
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The ONLY parent program - Franklin River Fundraiser

Places filling fast!
You asked, we listened…

This year our outdoor education team are offering the Glenaeon community ‘The Franklin River Experience’. Our outdoor education program takes our students to amazing places all across the globe, but we’ve kept this special gem, “Scottie’s Sacred Place” just for adults. This is a one-off fundraising event giving you the chance to experience the wilderness with our amazing staff. 20 lucky people will have the opportunity to choose between a 10 day and 9 day expedition down the Franklin River. Guided by our very own Scottie Williams accompanied by a star studded line-up of incredibly experienced guides. Filmed by Nicholas Covelli – wilderness photographer/ videographer, responsible for our outdoor education films.  
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The 9-day trip stays with the river whereas the 10-day trip includes a challenging day walk to Frenchman’s Cap (weather permitting). After the walk, the two trips will join together for the rest of the journey down the Franklin River. 

Trips are all inclusive ex. Hobart. Your donations will go directly towards improving Glenaeon’s outdoor education programs (yes, it is possible). We have highlighted a targeted fundraising amount reflected in the cost however, for the generous among you, we are always happy to accept more. Alternatively, if you are unable to join us on this incredible journey but love what we do for the school, donations of any denomination will be accepted (and greatly appreciated). To express an interest, sign up or find out more, please call Scottie on 0409 093 363
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Glenaeon Secondhand Uniform Shop - grab a jumper!

The Secondhand Uniform Shop opens alternate Fridays from 3:00 - 3:45 pm during term.
Dates for this term are as follows: June 1, June 15, and June 29.

We have heaps of nice jumpers for sale at $10 each, and a large selection of blazers at $75 each. Grab a warm winter bargain to keep your child toasty at school this winter. Your donations of clean, gently used uniforms are always welcome. Just leave them in a bag at reception and they will be put back into circulation. Lori 0428668056 » Read More

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Secondhand Uniform Shop needs a New Coordinator

If you are looking for a fun way to complete your CIP points, please consider volunteering as Secondhand Uniform Shop coordinator. As I will be leaving my post at the end of this year when my son graduates, I am seeking a friendly, organised parent to take over. The role takes an hour or two each week, and it’s a great way to meet parents, students and staff. Click below for more details... » Read More

No special skills are necessary, just sort and hang up donations, help parents and students find the uniforms they need, help teachers and staff with any uniform needs (school concert, emergency uniforms, exchange student uniforms, backup sport uniforms etc), and wash the occasional donation as needed. Please contact me at 0428668056 if you are interested. Thank you. Lori Graff
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Careers

Glenaeon Careers Centre

Glenaeon Careers Facebook group now has over 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.

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

Simplicity Parenting Media and Screen time talk

We will share ideas of how we manage our own parenting and family life in the context of media and screen time and how we can give our children a refuge from the digital world to discover how they relate to the world, to each other and to themselves.
Friday 8th June, 9:15am
Marion Mahony Griffin Hall kitchen, Castlecrag campus
Bookings: Mary Heard, Castlecrag office: 9958 0774 
Joy Day: 0451 152 227, joyful7days@gmail.com
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This generation’s ‘unregulated social experiment’with screens and media probably arouses more anxiety for parents than anything else. We find ourselves oscillating between normalising our children’s screen exposure and beating ourselves up for not being stronger in protecting them from the damage of screen use. Within the reality of a media-saturated world we will look at:
• How we can hold our family values
• How we can find calmness in the endless sea of distraction
• How we can maintain connection to nature, to friends, to family and to ourselves
• How we can keep our family rhythm and rituals intact
• By exploring the various ages and stages of discipline we will see what we can and cannot control as parents
• That it is possible to say ‘no thanks’ to the new normal of over-exposure to screens
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Glenaeon EduCareDo study group

A group of parents have recently commenced a Glenaeon EduCareDo study group and are meeting monthly in the after school room at the Castlecrag campus to discuss and delve into the exercises and content of this introduction to anthroposophy. They would like to extend an invitation to others who may be interested to join before they advance too far into the 26 lessons. Our next meeting is Tuesday June 12 from 9.15-11.30am. Information and enrolment details can be found online https://educaredo.org/enrolment-form-2/fees-and-enrolment/ If you would like more information or which to join please contact Lyn Clifton on 0419424935. We look forward to meeting together. » Read More

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Anthroposphic Home Care basket workshop

At the recent parent workshop on Anthroposphic Home Care, parents were introduced to the idea that children in the modern world are worthy of a lot of extra care and warmth to help support their overly challenged sensory system and their rhythmical and gradual incarnation to earth. Through weaving together a small basket containing the stories of our family's life we can create a "family care and listening basket" which can be used at the dinner table to invite each family member to contribute something of their day for each to listen .
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Lyn would like to invite all those who wish to begin making a care and listening basket for their family to meet on Tuesday June 5 at 9.15am in the Marion Mahony Griffin Hall . Together we will make a simple basket. Please bring along mementos of your family's journey and of family members which you might like to weave into your basket including strips of clothing, ribbons, feathers, necklaces, crystals etc. Some may like to include symbols of achievements from throughout the year. We will talk about introducing the care and listening basket to your family.

At our Home Care workshop, participants commenced infusing some healing plants of chamomile, rose and eucalyptus in preparation for our meeting on Tuesday June 26 at 9.15am, when we will take these infusions and prepare some healing lotions to have in our family care basket for different times through out the year. Our infusions will be ready by then for us to begin making our eucalyptus chest rub, some chamomile tummy oil, and rose lotion.

Such things as cream for bruises and bumps, calendula cream for healing cuts and wounds, eucalyptus chest rub for strengthening the chest in times of colds and flu, chamomile oil for rubbing the tummy to help to encourage digestion and calm, sphagnum protective skin lotion to provide a second skin from our overly sensory stimulating world can be included.

As well as preparing these rubs and oils we will look at what other things to include for our family in our care basket depending on the season, and the needs and age of our children, how and when to make use of the items and how to introduce self care to our children in an age and developmentally appropriate way through story and song.

Please set aside these dates now and we look forward to coming together to further extend this idea of care into our daily family life . If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lyn on 0419424935.
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National Institute of Integrative Medicine talk

Last Friday's parent education talk in Castlecrag saw two doctors from the National Institute of Integrative Medicine (NIIM), Dr Narelle Savage and Dr Justin Curtin, talk about fostering health and meeting illness in childhood and adult life as opportunities for development and transformation.
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Dr Savage is an anthroposophic GP and gave a comprehensive overview of the holistic approach of anthroposophic medicine to health and illness and how health can be supported by parents and carers (at home) and by teachers at school (through the Steiner curriculum). Dr Savage talked about Steiner's three-fold model of 'thinking, feeling and willing' and how these capacities are developed in childhood and how they correlate with the development of the nerve/sense system, the rhythmic system (heart, lungs, circulation) and the metabolic and limb system in the years 0-7, 7-14 and 14-21.

Dr Savage stressed the importance of rhythm in our lives. Illness can be seen as a temporary imbalance and an opportunity to grow and strengthen the human organism. Fever, especially in children, is important to develop the immune system and can be crucial in preventing allergies. In today's world with food intolerances and allergies on the rise, we need to be aware of how our internal world (our digestion) and our organs (our skin) meet the outside world (e.g. ingested food, outer stimulants). The relationship between those two worlds and where our boundaries are, needs to be looked at.

Dr Curtin trained as a medical doctor and dentist, is a specialist oral and maxillofacial surgeon and also works as an integrative medical doctor. He supported Dr Savage's view of how imbalances promote sickness and the return to balance brings health. Dr Curtin emphasises the inter-relational model of health in which all systems of the body are connected. The human body is a complex adaptive system (not a linear one) where our psyche constantly interacts with our body and is in connection with multiple other internal (metabolic, immunological, hormonal etc.) and external factors (like diet, environment, medication). Keeping each person's individual constitution in mind, it is the aim to attend to as many factors as possible and in this way restore balance across the multiple bodily systems so the person can regain optimal health.

Both doctors are very enthusiastic about their holistic approach to health and the positive outcomes they can achieve with it. They provided the many people in the audience with a very interesting, inspiring, refreshing and much needed new angle in the approach to human health.

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Simplicity Parenting

Last week we began a discussion about scheduling about the fact that so much advertising and commercialism is centred around ‘doing’ as well as ‘having’. We spoke about choosing to say ‘no’ to ‘too much, too fast, too soon’ and to give ourselves and our children open ended down time to just ‘be’. A huge growth area in this field appears to be the realm of after school activities as well as an incredible multitude of therapists who can make your child ‘better’. Click below to read more... » Read More

Organised sports for example can ‘impose too much structure at too young an age, hindering a child’s progress through the developmental stages of play’. Sports participation now peaks in the US at age 11 and tapers off in the teen years when it has so much to offer developmentally and when the child really needs it. There seem to be endless classes in dance, drama, musical theatre and drawing all presumably to make up for the decline in the arts in the mainstream curriculum. The list goes on ad infinitum.

Then there are an endless number of therapies your child can undergo – Buteyko breathing, kinesiology, kumon, behavioural optometry (all of which my children did) just to name a few. The trap here is thinking that your child needs to be ‘fixed’, of course there are things that can really help our children and so many wonderful modalities but the trick is not to be running your children round to endless appointments trying to fix them when what they really need is some time arguing in the backyard with their big brother or trying to catch lizards, playing house under their bed sheets, racing their match box cars down the drive way, breaking off blades of grass and making it into vegetable soup in the sandpit or just sitting at the kitchen table telling you who lost a tooth at school today.

For all of us who live in Sydney there are so many amazing things to do and incredible opportunities that we need to factor in the downtime first and fit our activities in around that. How much time does your child need at home with you? Make that your first priority and schedule your activities accordingly because downtime is nurturing and nourishing for the soul.

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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Raphael’s Rooms

Parent Craft

Alumni

Family Fair and Art Show

Do you have broken toys that need a bit of love

Class 1 is traditionally in charge of parent craft for the Fair in November, but this year we are incorporating a re-use/recycle theme and we are asking for the donation of pre-loved Steiner inspired toys, to be repaired, washed and refreshed, ready to be loved again by others. We are seeking items that are typical to a Steiner environment, those made with natural materials and that inspire the imagination. We will be restoring the items so please don't hesitate to hand in broken but fixable toys, dirty but washable items or those with holes to sew up too. Please drop any items you might be kind enough to donate either to Middle Cove Reception or Castlecrag Reception.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to call.
Thanks
Brooke
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Clothing donations for the 2018 Glenaeon Family Fair

Twinkle twinkle bring your clothes
Castlecrag or Middle Cove
June 15 is your due date
Bring clean clothes and don’t be late
Good condition if you please
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Books donations needed

We are now collecting donations for the 2nd hand book stall. If you have any books you no longer want, and that are in GOOD CONDITION (very important!!) please bring them into Castlecrag Campus Reception. » Read More

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Noticeboard

Grassroots Eco Store – Australian Merino Woollen Singlets

We're starting to feel the icy fingers of King Winter so to ward off the chill wear a woollen singlet! Just in are the softest Australian merino wool singlets, made locally in Sydney and Forbes from Australian wool. Not only are these singlets soft, smooth and warming but in choosing these singlets you are making a renewable, sustainable, biodegradable and ethical clothing choice. You are also supporting an Australian owned family business, Australian designers and makers! Embrace the challenge of Sydney's winter weather by dressing children in a layer of wool underneath their usual clothing. Then, if they peel off an outer layer as the day warms up they'll still have a woollen layer to protect their core. Come in, have a look, feel the difference and see the quality!
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Opening Hours during term
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 can 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. Thank you for shopping locally at Grasroots Eco Store - a portion of every sale goes to Glenaeon.
See you soon!
Felicity
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Messiah Reimagined

Glenaeon dad to Ben Barker in Year 12 is one of the composers who have re-imagined Handel's Messiah to be performed Sunday June 10 at Marrickville Town Hall. Tickets are available at https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=370164& » Read More

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Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant

Combined Part-Time position/or 2 separate positions
Sydney Rudolf Steiner College is an Adult Learning Centre offering courses in self-development, Steiner Education training from birth to adulthood and other areas based on the work of Rudolf Steiner. We are seeking a person(s) interested in the development of the College who would like a combined position of Bookkeeper and Administrative Assistant. This position would suit a school parent or semi-retired person. Knowledge/experience of Steiner’s work is preferred. Our Admin Assistant is normally the first point of contact for the College and assists with the day to day running of the College, both related to general administrative tasks and to student administration. Knowledge of Filemaker is an asset.
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Our Bookkeeper must be capable of:
• Working with Xero accounting system and Woocommerce
• Accounts payable and receivable
• Bank Reconciliation
• Payroll
• Preparing and lodging BAS statements
• Preparing financial and annual reports
• Budget planning
The Bookkeeper position is for 10 hours per week. The Admin Assistant position is for 8 hours per week. Total combined is 18 hours, 2.5 days per week.
Wednesday – full day (7 hours) Monday – half day (4 hours)
Either Tuesday or Thursday - full day. (7 hours)
Please forward your CV with at least one phone reference and application to: lindas@sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com
Applications need to be addressed to the Directors of Sydney Rudolf Steiner College.
For further information please contact the College. Ph. 02 92614001
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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: carmen@theauthentic.com.au
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Rudolf Steiner House

For those of you who were there this past Saturday at our John Billing concert, will agree with me that it was absolutely fantastic and beautiful. Luckily everyone now has another chance to se and listen to John as he is playing in Allambie Heights this coming Saturday evening together with the Sydney Lyre Ensemble. And HERE is a link to the latest newsletter from the Nature Institute. Click below to see what the calendar looks like for the next few months: » Read More

26th-27th May: AGM for Anthroposophical Society in Australia. Members as well as friends are invited for the meeting and presentations. And on Sunday there is the option for exploring some of Canberra's treasurers. 
26th-27th May: 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. 
2nd June: One more thing or Caedmon. This is a performance of a poem written by Caedmon, Britain's first poet and is set seventh-century England. 
29th May: Biodynamic nutrition. Cosmic and Earthly nutrition. A talk with Chris Miliotis. How what we choose to eat can reverse climate change.
31st May: Showcase of international Storytellers. Come and experience four different international and national storytellers tell stories as this special event. 
5 June: The karma of illness in our biography. A talk with Karla Cryer. Steiner has very interesting, confronting and comforting indications on the karma of illness.
6th June: Eurythmy: Building Health, Harmony and Intelligence in Children (and Adults!) A great morning course for adults to learn more about eurythmy.
12th June: In the beginning was the creative word, not an abstract word. A talk with Wolfgang Devine. Although some of Edith Sitwell’s poetry might be called ‘abstract’, she explores the power of the musicality of language and creates pictures out of the rhythm, rhyme and dynamic of language. The poems here recited are originally spoken to the music of William Walton, Façade. To give language and music its right, we perform them separately. Recitation (with) Domenica Conte; Piano 4-hand with John Statter.
13th June: Understanding the Pre-Adolescent Journey. A great morning course for parents to learn more about pre-adolescence. 
18th June: Karma and reincarnation. A talk with John Pater at Lorien Novalis. 
19th June: "Where do we come from; What are we; Where are we going?" A talk with Liz Hamilton. Insights into Paul Gauguin's profound art masterpiece on the fundamental questions of existence . How we can find these answers through 'The Way of the One Star'
22nd June: Winter Creative Communion. A great morning course for adults to work creatively and artistically. 
24th-26th June: Let the Phenomena Speak! This is a 4-day course at The Nature Institute. 
26th June: The Passing of Arthur. From Idylls of the King by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Performed by Séamus Maynard and Directed by Meaghan Witri. 
1st - 4th July: National Arts Conference. This is a four day conference in Brisbane, exploring the mission of the arts for human development, and includes many workshops in various artistic disciplines. 

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
Email: admin@sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com
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Mindd Mission

Integrative Healthcare offers real solutions for the whole family by combining diet, nutrient therapy, structural support, energy medicine and lifestyle to restore the body’s natural ability to grow, heal and prevent disease. Sometimes neuro therapies are also needed.
Mindd Foundation helps practitioners and patients discover and implement effective treatments for Metabolic, Immunologic, Neurologic, Digestive, Developmental conditions that often affect the mind. Click below for more details...
Mindd Foundation, Healthy Cells For Life https://mindd.org/home/  Brochure HERE » Read More

Our focus is on paediatric disorders such as ADHD, Asthma, allergies, autism, chronic illness, depression, learning and language delay, and digestive and behavioural disorders. Research is showing that these children are coming from families with a history of “brain-immuno-gut disorders” triggered by toxins, malnutrition and infections.
The rise in childhood disease signals a need for preventative healthcare that focuses on cellular health by optimising nutrient intake while minimising toxins.
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Cosy cottage in Katoomba

TO LET - Near village with view to bushland.
For fun winter time, library with open fireplace, combustion heater in dining room (wood provided) and gas heating. Spectacular sunsets from sunroom. Will suit 4-6 people, minimum two nights.
For enquiries and bookings ring Ebba on 0415 673 747 » Read More

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Rudolf Steiner College courses

Rudolf Steiner College has a number of courses available. 
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Free Karma for the World and for Self
with Fiona Cambell.
Life Beyond Karma
Bernard Lievegoed (Phases: Crisis and Development in the Individual) tells us that as we approach the end of our cycle of seven-year life phases, we need to gather up our biography and run for the finish! The latter half of life used to be seen as a time of graceful retirement; yet nowadays, more and more is demanded of us as we age. How can we take the fruits of our youth and turn them into gifts for the world and our future karma? This workshop focuses on the challenges and gifts of the second half of life. Themes include understanding free karma, inner rejuvenation and physical ageing, loneliness and approaching the threshold. Activities include biographical chart, contemplative exercises, painting and group sharing.
Fiona Campbell: Dip. Waldorf Education, BA (Hons) English &Linguistics, MA in Information Science, Ph.D in Communication and Creativity
Fiona is a professional artist, art therapist and researcher. Trained at Emerson College and Tobias School of Art, she has been teaching in Steiner adult education for over 25 years and has a deep knowledge of the foundations of Anthroposophy and Spiritual Science. She specializes in evolving human consciousness, destiny studies and visual arts. She also works in Palliative Care. Her recent workshops include Painting for the Second Half of Life, The Quest and Cognition,
Creativity and Contemplation.
Date: Saturday May 26th & Sunday May 27th
Time: Saturday 9.30am – 4pm, Sunday 9.30am – 1pm Venue: Sydney Rudolf Steiner College
307 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW Cost: $250
Book online @ www.sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com
Enrol Now!
+61 2 9261 4001
admin@sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com 


Special invitation - two weekends of anthroposophy, eurythmy, clay and painting.
June 9/10 & July 28/29
An opportunity has arisen for all teachers and parents in the Steiner community to join our early childhood students in their study of the what lies behind the curriculum taught in our schools.
These two weekends offer a special insight and introduction to some key concepts and teachings of Rudolf Steiner. Dr Renate Long-Breipohl leads the weekends with lectures on the three-fold composition of the human being (Body, Soul and Spirit) which is interwoven with a presentation on our four bodies – Physical, Etheric, Astral and Ego.
The Temperaments and the three faculties of the soul – Thinking, Feeling and Willing are also explored in these weekends. Eurythmy, Clay and Painting, support our understanding and time is given to these artistic practices.
All parents and teachers are invited to join us. Please note, places are limited.
Date: June 9/10 & July 28/29
Time: Saturday 9.30am – 4pm, Sunday 9.30am – 1pm Venue: Sydney Rudolf Steiner College
307 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
For more information call Linda St Clair on (02) 9261 4001.
or book at the college. Details HERE

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 2: Thursday 2 August and Thursday 23 Aug (5 hours each day)

Click HERE for details
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Accommodation for Vital Years conference

Hello, my name is Hannah Gauci, and I taught for many, many years in Linden Kindergarten at the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School in Warranwood, Victoria. I have been retired for a few years now, but I still retain my great interest in Early Childhood Education and do the occasional relief work in kindergartens as well as work in Steiner Early Childhood courses and do a little mentoring. I will be giving a workshop at this Vital Years Conference. I am wondering if someone in the Glenaeon Community can offer me some form of accommodation?Thank you in anticipation. Hannah Email: hmgauci@bigpond.com Phone: 0409 502 687
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 My requirements are pretty simple, but I would like a room on my own as I will need to prepare myself for the workshop I will be giving. I am happy to bring my own bedding and towels. I will not require meals, although it would be nice if I could prepare my own breakfast, and perhaps make a warm drink before I go to bed. Of course I will clean up after myself! And I will bring all my own food etc 
There is a meeting I need to attend on Sunday before the conference so I plan to come to Sydney on Saturday , also I feel I may need to remain in Sydney on Thursday night before I go further North to visit friends and family. So that is 6 nights' accomodation from Saturday, 7/7/2018 - 13/7/2018. 
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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 https://www.sageacupuncture.com.au
For all appointments, please call or text Hyonna at 0481 287 346 » Read More

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Craniosacral Therapy - Northbridge

Be Held and Be Heard. Rest and Relax. Allow and Trust. Your body is its own Healer.
What is CST – The Practicalities
This light touch therapy generally includes contact points at the feet, sacrum and head, you will remain fully clothed and (if comfortable) lie on your back on a massage table.
About Me
I’m Jo and I have two children at Glenaeon, in Class 1 and 3. I fell in love with CST when introduced by a friend from Switzerland and I completed my Training in London in 2009. As well as Craniosacral Therapy I work as a Life and Spirituality Coach. 
Availability
Thursdays from 9.15 to 5pm (additional days are available, please call for details )
Dr Krystall Ford’s Chiropractic Clinic, 37 Eastern Valley Way, Northbridge
Prices
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
Bookings
Adult appointments available online (Thursdays only) at www.calendly.com/jogillard/
Or you can call me (Jo) on 0424 232 473 or email me at jo@jogillard.com
More information at www.jogillard.com/craniosacral-therapy/
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Be Held and Be Heard
Your whole system will express and unwind, safely and gently. Traumas, blocks and resistances are given space and time. As they are held, honoured and heard they release and transform. 
Rest and Relax
The safe, meditative space allows your nervous system to shift from fight or flight into rest and repair. In this state that your bodies self-healing abilities are maximised.
Allow and Trust
Using a heightened sensitivity of touch, I will energetically connect to the flows in your body. Deep, intuitive listening allows your body to fully express itself, facilitating shifts and transformation in energetic blocks and resistances.

I am deeply inspired by energy and the interconnection of humans to each other as well as earth and cosmos. I believe that as more people experience and know this connection they will be inspired to live from love, with kindness and compassion for all. 
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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. www.mstyp.org.au
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Babysitting

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.

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Community Events

IN THIS ISSUE:

See Calendar

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: info@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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

Glenaeon eNewsletter

From Head of School

Multi -talented Mathematicians

Our Maths department in high school this week welcomed Stanley Tang as a Practicum student for four weeks while he completes his Master of Teaching at Sydney University. Stanley also happens to be a professional ornithologist with a PhD from James Cook University. Comparing backgrounds we realised all our Maths teachers have professional qualifications as well as their professional Maths teaching degrees. You might be interested, and impressed, at the extra life experiences and professional perspectives that our Maths teachers bring to their high school Maths lessons:



Robyn Kinkead holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Melbourne University, and also worked as an Actuarial Analyst, being licensed through the Institute of Actuaries (London).


David Cordiner is a qualified Solar Engineer with a Bachelor of Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Engineering (1st Class Honours) from UNSW.


Tony Martinson is a Marine Scientist with a degree from the University of WA.


The Faculty Coordinator (Head of Department) is Rene Van Den Tol who is a Surveyor, a former Colonel in the ADF including a stint as Commanding Officer of the Army Survey Regiment, a member of the Senior Executive Service of the Commonwealth Public Service and last but not least, he holds a Bachelor in Theology (Honours).


Maths is about finding truth in numbers and their relationships, and Rene recently quoted a verse which could encapsulate the aspirations of the department:

Seek not success, but truth, and you will find both.
Work to become, not to acquire.
Measure wealth by the things you have that you would not exchange for money.

Mid Winter Ball:
Only two weeks to go!! Every year we look forward to the surprise theme of the Ball: there’s been a Shanghai Nightclub, an Arabian night, last year was 50’s retro, there’s been Circus and this year? Its’ Alice in Wonderland!! Buy your tickets to this wonderful night of enjoyable company, great music and food, and lots of dancing to warm us up for the coming winter. Year 7 put so much effort into this special night of the year, so buy your tickets now to support a great parent community gathering. Dress up as your favourite Wonderland character and join the fun!! Tickets are available at https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=50018&

With best wishes,

Andrew Hill
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School News

This week's cover photo

On the day children around Australia began their NAPLAN tests, Andrew Hill, Head of School, argued in Tuesday's Sydney Morning Herald for a play-based early childhood, leading to the building of skills such as creativity and collaboration in the early years. "Everyone's asking how we can build creativity and talking about it like it can be taught as a separate subject but we see it as a natural part of growing up." Read the full story HERE

Andrew also spoke to Ben Fordham about NAPLAN on Sydney radio station 2GB that afternoon and you can listen in HERE

And if that is not enough media for one week, Glenaeon also featured on an ABC 730 story about NAPLAN on Wednesday night. The link to the program is HERE The story on the ABC 730 Facebook page has already had 115,000 views!

If you would like to share these articles with the wider community, you can

1. Like, Share or Comment on the article link on the Glenaeon Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/GlenaeonRudolfSteinerSchool/ (You can also find the article by searching for "glenaeon naplan" on Facebook.)

2. Click the Facebook, Twitter links from the SMH article here:
https://www.smh.com.au/education/literacy-and-numeracy-push-sidelining-play-in-early-years-20180514-p4zf6j.html

3. On Twitter, re-tweet the ABCs link to their story
https://twitter.com/abc730/status/996671888435830785

4. Click the Facebook or Twitter links for the ABC story
http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/the-primary-school-where-nearly-all-the-parents/9769002 » Read More

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Blackboard Beauties

This week's blackboard is from the Class 1 main lesson, and was drawn by class teacher, Roger Richards. Roger is telling the children a story to teach them to find the vowels within themselves. The consonants are easy to find out in the world but for the vowels we must look within. The stories involve a little boy with a bow and arrow, and an eagle and a cock sparrow with themes of protection, courage, freedom and joy. » Read More

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Bell Shakespeare Company visit

Bell Shakespeare Company bought their dedicated schools' show, Romeo and Juliet, to Glenaeon last week, for students in years 7-9. This is what their program aims to provide:
We are constantly struck by Shakespeare’s unrivalled ability to present humans in their truest form. In classrooms, tin sheds, school halls and stages around Australia, from remote communities to urban outskirts, we see the remarkable way his plays and characters can transport students and expand their thinking. We see the breakthroughs from what is initially challenging to something worth conquering. And, of course, the transformational learning that can take place for both students and teachers.  » Read More

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Glenaeon's connection to world class actors

It is not generally known that Glenaeon school has, from its very inception, had an intimate connection with some world class acting teachers and performers. For instance, the main staff and administration building at Glenaeon is the Alice Crowther Building. Alice Crowther trained in Speech and Eurythmy in the Dornach Goetheanum, and then taught at the Michael Chekhov school in Dartington Hall in England, and with Chekhov in America. Michael Chekhov was Stanislavski’s star pupil and is regarded as one the leading performers and actor trainers of the twentieth century. Alice, an Australian, returned around 1940 and was the first to bring eurythmy and its companion art, creative speech, to Australia. She also without any government support, kept alive a theatre company in Sydney and gave a strong artistic foundation to Australian Steiner teachers including Sylvia Brose.
Top right: Alice Crowther
Bottom left: Mechthild Harkness Bottom right: Michael Chekov
  


After Alice Crowther’s death, Mechthild Harkness arrived in Sydney to continue the Steiner Speech and Drama impulse. She also had a connection with Michael Chekhov, for her husband Alan Harkness, with whom she toured Europe doing ‘Scenes from Shakespeare’was Michael Chekhov’s leading teacher of his method. After her husband’s death, though an outstanding solo performer in her own right, she focused on establishing a Speech and Drama school in Sydney, the Harkness Studio and took very seriously the task of assisting Steiner teachers in Sydney at Glenaeon and Lorien with their speech. Robin Mitchell who taught eurythmy at Glenaeon for a number of years has this to say about her:
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Mechthild Harkness had a remarkable affinity to the genius of language, especially English. This became clear to me during her individual coaching sessions. I remember the times when she would encourage me to listen for the cloud formations flying by in the sounds found in Shelley’s Wild West Wind, or experiencing the gusts and whirls in mists, the gushing, whirling waters, or the everlasting primeval rocky crags and poetry by so many poets. The unceasing changes and interplays of light and colors that live in English poetry, the blues and grays and greens, the flashes of crimson and cadmium,
the lengthening shadows or rays of sunshine, she showed me how to transmute them into living movement, and therefore into living speech.

Of course it also helped that we shared the art of eurythmy. (She had seen me on stage in Faust and knew about my studies with Lea van der Pals.) With her own background in eurythmy we ‘spoke the same language’. She knew about how much work it takes to take hold of a rhythm and then to let it go. She applied the same principle in our lessons but now in forming the spoken word. She drove me hard to overcome any laziness and become meticulously accurate - and when I had eventually managed it, I had to let it go. Now the task was to play with the verse or simply one line of poetry. Posture, inner gesture, tone of voice, inflection, use of pauses... everything had to be tried out. Then we would both - almost as equals - find the way to simplify, to distill, to refine everything to its archetypal form - as best we could. When Mechthild decided that the time was right, we would sit down and review what we had or had not achieved during our session. This was the time to look back and to look forward. (In her lessons thinking, feeling and willing shared equal places.) During this part of our session, this was also the time when we would discuss different approaches to acting and speech. Naturally, the Michael Chekhov method was central and I learned more about it from her than from any of my other teachers.” Mitchell (2014)

I had the good fortune to study with Mechthild Harkness in my youth and this year I have collaborated with two other graduates of the Harkness Studio, Manfred Beck and Tim McGovern and gathered together a cast including some teachers at Glenaeon: Elizabeth Ellean, Tamara Da Silva and Harry Goodman and a parent from the school, Kylie Harris, to put on a truly marvelous play by Christopher Fry called “One Thing More” on 9 June at Marion Mahony Hall, Castlecrag. Love to see you there!

For more information, you can read  Michael Chekhov’s Imagination of the Creative Word and the question of its integration into his future theatre by Jane Gilmour 
And you can also read an article On Rudolf Steiner‟s Impact on the Training of the Actor by Neil Anderson

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Chess team news

Glenaeon has entered the Metropolitan Secondary School Chess Competition again this year, a large interschool competition which attracted 276 teams from 79 schools in 2017. Matches are held on Friday afternoons over Term 2 on an alternating home-and-away basis and played in three separate grades: junior (Years 7 and 8), intermediate (Years 9 and 10) and senior (Years 11 and 12).

This year Glenaeon has two junior teams in the draw: the Glenaeon A team, consisting of Maadi Prasad, Si Yun Tan, Oscar Street and Aidan Kernahan, and the Glenaeon B team, consisting of Keizo Tomishima, Flynn Tanner, Olivia Koor and Henry Iversen.

Both teams were up against opponents from St Pius this week, and though nervous for their first game they played well against a more experienced opposition. Congratulations to both Oscar and Flynn on their wins and to Si Yun who came away with a draw. Next Friday, Glenaeon A are up against Knox Grammer B, and Glenaeon B have a bye. Best of luck to both teams in the weeks ahead!


Pictured: Glenaon A team playing St Pius X Chatswood team B.
From right to left – Maadi Prasad, Si Yun Tan, Oscar Street and Aidan Kernahan.

 
Pictured: Glenaon B team playing St Pius X Chatswood team C.
From right to left – Keizo Tomishima, Flynn Tanner, Olivia Koor and Henry Iversen.
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Midwinter Ball

For the past 10 years and counting, Glenaeon has thrown a Midwinter Ball on an evening in June. This event is both a fundraiser for the school and also – more importantly – a fabulous night for the grownups in our community to get together, eat, drink, dance, chatter away and be merry.

The Ball is themed and each year parents and staff keenly wait for the theme to be announced! The Sylvia Brose Hall is then transformed for the night by year 7 parents. It never fails to look amazing. In the past the hall has morphed into a 1950’s Supper Club, Shanghai Nightclub, Latin Fiesta, Boogie Nights, Bollywood Bling, and more… Guests come dressed up too and the whole effect is simply marvellous.

This is what to expect in 2018:

The theme is Wonderland! Come as Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, a Butterfly, Deck of Cards, Tea Cup, Chess Piece, Cheshire Cat, Caterpillar, Magic Key, Rabbit, or any crazy, fantastic, out-there colourful creation you want to be.

The food will be delicious. Look out the dessert table as we have a pastry chef on the team who’s creating an amazing Wonderland themed spread.

You will dance the night away, with a DJ setting the Wonderland mood for us. Or if dancing’s not your thing, you can hang out in the lushly decorated Wonderland Lounge.

Last but not least there will be a Silent Auction, where you can bid on all sorts of great things – from hampers to holidays.

Please book your tickets soon to help year 7 with their pre-ball ‘will anyone turn up’ nerves.
We promise you a wonderful time with some wondrous surprises in Wonderland!
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Opal Card reminder

An important reminder that students MUST TAP ON and TAP OFF when catching state transit buses, as bus drivers have reported some students are failing to do so. It is illegal to travel without a valid card or ticket. » Read More

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Our deck begins!

Demolition work began this week on the stairs leading from the current walkway to the canteen, in preparation for the building of our new deck. Very exciting and a big Glenaeon welcome to the team from N J Landscapes, who'll become very familiar to us over the next few weeks!

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Uniform at Glenaeon

All students are expected to wear full school uniform every day including travel to and from school. They should layer as necessary for cooler weather with a plain white thermal layer, jumper and blazer. Please note that students in Years 7 - 12 who do not wear their uniform correctly will receive a conduct entry.
The Uniform list and policy is attached for your reference HERE and extra items are available from Oz Fashions or the second hand uniform shop. » Read More

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French Fun Club starting 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
delphine.banse@lcfclubs.com.au
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Castlecrag News

Mother's Day at Castlecrag

It’s wonderful to be a mother at Glenaeon because Mothers’ Days are always so special with presents the children have put so much care into making. The teachers also put thought into what mothers will actually use and perhaps even cherish for many years to come. Children learn the joy of giving and can barely contain themselves with excitement - sometimes the secret slips out early but Mothers are very good at forgetting (because they have so many other things to remember) and so the present is a surprise again on the day! Here are photos of the raffia hearts made by little kindy, the felt hearts by kindy and the beautiful bookmarks made by class 1. Class 2 picked and dried lavender, sage and rosemary from the garden and sewed little cotton bags.

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School Calendar

What's on at Glenaeon next week

Year 10 Parent/Teacher Interviews
Tuesday May 22, 4pm – 8pm

Class 2 parent night
Wednesday May 23, 7pm – 8pm

Glenaeon Parents Association (GPA) meeting
Wednesday 23 May at 7.30pm
in the Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Castlecrag 

Year 8 Parent/Teacher Interviews
Thursday May 24, 4pm – 8pm

Year 9 Outdoor Education - The Wolgan Valley (cont)
Friday May 18, 8:30am – Friday May 25, 4:30pm » Read More

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John Billing in concert

John will be joined by the Sydney Lyre Ensemble for the concert at Humph Hall, Saturday 26th May, 2018 at 7pm
For the last 23 years John Billing has been earning his living as an independent musician; giving concerts across the globe with the lyre, composing, recording and teaching internationally. For some of that time he has been closely connected to the Camphill Community and other Centers where daily life and work is shared with people with special needs. In recent years he has been extraordinarily busy teaching the lyre to many new groups of lyrists in different cities of China.
Venue: formerly the Allambie Heights Uniting Church, Humph Hall is now the private home of Gial & Wayne.
Bookings highly recommended! 9939 8802 wayne@humphhall.org - humphhall.org
Only seats 50 people so be early. 
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Storytelling opportunities at Castlecrag.

International tellers with different performance evenings, see details in following stories:
Thurs May 31, 7pm: A showcase of international storytellers
Sunday June 3, 7pm: The Epic of Gilgamesh … with David Novak
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Weaving stories together

NSW Storytelling Guild and Glenaeon Steiner School are pleased to host and invite you to a Showcase of International Storytellers in Sydney for the Weaving Stories Together- Sydney International storytelling Conference 1-3 June 2018.
This will be a real treat! Come and experience International professional storytellers perform, including David Novak, Seung Ah Kim, Lynette Ford and Donna Washington. All the tellers bring their own style and culture to life through the spoken word. The Sydney International Storytelling Conference takes place every two years so it is a great chance to enjoy performances from a variety of tellers whilst they are in Australia.
When: 7pm, Thursday 31st May, 2018 Where: Glenaeon Castlecrag Campus 121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag
Bookings: Joy Day joyful7days@gmail.com 0451 152 227
$20 Adult, $15 Concession - Pensioners and Seniors, $12 Students, $50 Family

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Gilgamesh

Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School & The Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW)
are delighted to present Gilgamesh, A New Telling Experience from David Novak.

A rare opportunity to experience this ancient epic from Assyria- Mesopotamia, fragments first discovered from the remains of clay tablets with cuneiform inscriptions. These are the earliest works of literature yet discovered. Here told by acclaimed storyteller David Novak, in Australia participating in the International Storytelling Conference.
Venue: Marion Mahony Griffin Hall
Castlecrag campus, Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School 121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag
Date & Time: Sunday June 3rd, 7pm

Tickets: Adults $25, Concession $20, Students $12 (family of 4 $60 package)
Bookings & Enquiries: Joy Day 0451 152 227 & Mary Heard Castlecrag Office joyful7days@gmail.com 9958 0774 » Read More

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One Thing More or Caedmon

Construed by Christopher Fry
First presented at England's soaring Chelmsford Cathedral, and then broadcast on the BBC, the play blends music, poetry and heightened prose in telling the story of Caedmon, Britain's first known poet. Set in seventh century England.

Adult $25, Conc $20, Student $12
2 June at 7:00 pm at Rudolf Steiner House
Sussex Street, Sydney CBD Contact: Annet 0400 301 550
9 June at 7:00 pm at Marion Mahony Griffin Hall 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag 

Bookings: Castlecrag performance Joy Day joyful7days@gmail.com 0451 152 227
Featuring Glenaeon's own Harry Goodman, Neil Anderson, Elizabeth Ellean and Tamara Da Silva
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Glenaeon School Tours

Glenaeon School Tours & Enrolment Events

MIDDLE COVE CAMPUS (CLASSES 3 – 12))
Tuesday 7 Aug 2018 – 9am-11:30am
PRESCHOOL
Thurs 7 June 9.30-11.00am
CASTLECRAG CAMPUS (CLASSES K – 2)
Thurs265 Oct  - 9:30am – 11:30am

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

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Foundation

Annual Giving video

Bodhi Sherrott, Glenaeon Alumni (1992) and a current parent at Glenaeon, shared with us her fond memories of being a child at Glenaeon in the 80s and 90s. Bodhi’s father, Lindsay is the Bush Regenerist at Glenaeon and recently celebrated 30 years of service. Thank you for your hard work and commitment Lindsay, it is greatly appreciated! Bodhi also joined us to film a short video on her memories of the Glenaeon bushland environment, the importance of play for children and why she is supporting Annual Giving 2018.
I vividly remember playing games with friends in the bush, building cubbies and climbing trees – it was magic and the natural environment was a contributing factor in my decision to send Bijoux to Glenaeon. I am so pleased to see that this year’s Annual Giving campaign is raising funds to create new outdoor play areas for primary and secondary students and I am happy to support a cause so close to my heart.
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Please join Bodhi in supporting Annual Giving 2018. Your gift will go towards;
- Enhancing the primary playground through extending the sandpit, adding a steel tunnel slide, climbing ropes and a balance beam
- For High School students we will create an area for them to sit, chill, eat and climb. This includes adding an informal sitting area with elevated shiping ropes and raised net seating
If you have fond memories of your time at Glenaeon and enjoyed the magic of the natural environment, please consider a gift. Every gift counts. Please play a part in this important project and donate today at www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/giving/donate-now
Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.
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GPA

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

The next Glenaeon Parents Association (GPA) meeting is Wednesday 23 May in the Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Castlecrag from 7.30pm. » Read More


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Twilight Coordinator needed

Dear parents, sadly our last Twilight Market Coordinator moved to a new town, and we are looking for someone new to hold the role. The Twilight Market is a fundraising and community building event held at the end of end of term 1 and term 3 at the Glenaeon Castlecrag Campus, usually on a Friday, from 3pm – 6pm. It is a fun and casual event where parents and children can mingle and enjoy homemade treats from the “Coffee & Cake Stall” (and sometimes other food stalls) and also, browse the wares from a selection of external stallholders who set up stalls for the afternoon/early evening. The Coordinator is the go to person for the Class hosting the Café, and the contact person for the External Stall holders. Please contact Mary Heard at the Castlecrag office if you would like to offer your time and services. Mary Heard: castlecrag@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au or call 9958 0774. Click below for more details: » Read More

Essentially the role involves:
• Liaising with the Class Group running the food stalls.
• Contacting and booking the External Stallholders
• liaising with Michele Harris (Communications Coordinator) to publicise the event
• Overseeing the Set-up and Take-down.
Holding this role is both satisfying and rewarding, not only will you fulfil all your CIP requirements, you will be supporting a much-loved community event whilst being fully supported by the GPA and the school. The role has been well documented, and we are all willing to support the new Coordinator.
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Community News

School canteen

Dear Parents,
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for term 2!
Please sign up to the volunteer roster on SignUp Zone - https://signup.zone/glenaeon-canteen. 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 8 - 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

If for any reason you cannot make your nominated shift, we would greatly appreciate it if you found another volunteer to work in your place.







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Calling all crafters

We meet every Wednesday between 9-12pm at the Castlecrag campus and welcome parents who would like to help make gifts for the School Fair. Come and learn a new skill and be part of our community of crafters, Sewing skills not necessary, just enthusiasm. Tea, cake and company supplied.
For this Saturday only, 19th May at Castlecrag 10-12pm, there will be a CRAFT WORKSHOP to get us inspired with ideas; all welcome! Sarah David
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Glenaeon Studios 2018

Elizabeth Ellean has put together a program inviting some distinguished workshop presenters for parents, teachers and friends of Glenaeon. The second guest artist 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 www.instagram.com/weaving_nature/
“Simple Pleasures” Plant fibre basketry with Zimmi Forest
Friday 8 June  10am - 3pm
Only $100 for 4 hours with one of Australia's most talented weavers.
For more information please email glenaeonstudios@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au and visit the school website HERE for more upcoming workshop details.

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Silent Auction items needed

The Silent Auction at the MidWinter Ball is always a major fundraiser for the school and we are asking the community to dig deep and help Class 9 make it the best auction ever! We already have a range of wonderful auction items but we would be very grateful if you could think about donating more items to make the auction a Wonderland success!
Do you own a restaurant and could you donate a meal?
Are you a chef and who could donate dinner at someone's home?
Do you have a holiday house you rent out or an inner-city apartment?
We'll take artworks, wine, jewellery, anything which will make the auction the big success it deserves to be.
If you can help, please email Angela Bacot on Aabacot@gmail.com or mobile:04 2021 6138
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Simplicity Parenting

We are all very conscious of the advertising process and how it makes us buy things we don’t really need but there is another force at work in our lives about which we are, I believe, far less conscious – the drive to DO, to be part of, to experience coupled with the illustrious ‘fear of missing out’ (otherwise known as FOMO).

One of the four pillars of Simplicity Parenting is scheduling and, in his chapter on scheduling, Kim John Payne acclaims the value of ‘down time’ and says that like good farmers, parents need to give children ‘fallow’ time to develop and grow properly.

So much of Simplicity Parenting is just having the strength to say ‘no’. Your child cannot have that sleepover, you cannot make the camping trip, dancing classes will have to wait till next year – it’s easy to feel like a killjoy but ultimately your family will be so much happier and you will be a great role model out there in a world of ‘too much’.
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As the days get shorter and the earth cools down we naturally turn inward and tend towards hibernation. It is a good time for staying home and playing board games on Saturday nights, having early nights and sleep-ins, slow cooking food and having full pyjama days on Sundays. If we can really slow down and ‘go inside’ for winter we are much less likely to get sick.

Weekends are for resting. Try to have one day on the weekend with absolutely no plans and no reason to leave the house if you don’t want to. Time for your children to get totally involved in a game, time to have a big chat around afternoon tea, time to pull a cupboard apart and see what you find. Open ended time is good for the soul!

One other thing to mention is not to let all this beautiful open ended time get absorbed in screens. Screens are the most effective thieves of open ended time in the modern world.

Next week I will continue this discussion of the epidemic of over scheduling but meanwhile I will leave you with Leunig’s thoughts…

The days are getting shorter
The nights are getting longer,
A part of me is weaker,
Another part is stronger.
Another summer’s over,
And we are going under.
We are going home now
To ponder and to wonder.


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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Vital Years Conference

The Australian Association for Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce that Registration is now open for the Sydney Vital Years Conference - July 9-12, 2018. “Developing the Self: The Inner and Outer Work of the Early Childhood Educator”
This link www.vitalyears.com.au will take you to our website to discover more about this deeply enriching conference theme, the Program, and our keynote speakers: Lisa Romero and Louise de Forest. We look forward to welcoming you to this Vital Years Conference being hosted at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School - Middle Cove, Sydney. » Read More

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Eurythmy classes

Tuesday 4pm-5pm
Ease, form, grace, balance, flexibility Movement with body, soul and spirit
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Changes to several public bus routes

As well as changes to the 207 East Lindfield to City bus (the bus that leaves from the bus stop on Eastern Valley Way that some of out students catch), we've been advised there are other routes affected by timetable changes from May 6. Visit this website for details - https://transportnsw.info/routes/details/sydney-buses-network/207/26207 » Read More

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Welcome Home Playgroup

As the earth and air are cooling in this autumn time so near, we too come closer in this contracting time of year.
A new playgroup at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner Preschool
Monday mornings: 9:00- 11:00am (Our first Monday of the Term 2 is April 30)
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 admin@glenaeonpreschool.nsw.edu.au to register your interest. 
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What to bring for playgroup?
Slippers/shoes, hats for warm feet and heads
A wee something healthy to share at morning tea.
Our Thursday - Tuesday playgroup welcomes you:
A spot of herb tea then a gracious morning circle, holding hands together under the sky so high. 
Into the playroom we prance, for a story the puppets gift for our glance.
Washing our hands, and creating with dough.
Now some inside play before a scrumptious shared Morning tea like so. 
The Dusty Gnome leads us to ‘clean our home’, before we scamper out to the welcoming gardens for a play-filled roam.

(Adult-centred activities abound, with supportive discussions on pertinent child-centred issues of the day.)
Our joyous closing circle signals warm home-made bread and fragrant sphagni oil to bless us on our way.
“Slowly, slowly, very slowly slides the little snail, then quickly, quickly, very quickly runs the little mouse.”
See you soon,
Sandra
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Glenaeon Alumni and Friends Choir looking for Choristers

Singing with the Glenaeon Alumni and Friends Choir is a wonderful way to flex the vocal chords, keep the brain synapses firing and most importantly, have fun! The choir is now recruiting singers and you are invited to join for this single performance, or if you love singing everything from Renaissance church songs to 20th century jazz standards, then this choir is for you. If you are interested, the choir meets every Thursday evening from 7-9pm in a relaxed setting in a home in Willoughby East, where tea drinking also takes place! You need either to be able to read music or be willing to listen and learn songs during the rehearsals. For more information, please contact Theodore Lillicrap on 0416 020 320 » Read More

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The ONLY parent program - Franklin River Fundraiser

Places filling fast!
You asked, we listened…

This year our outdoor education team are offering the Glenaeon community ‘The Franklin River Experience’. Our outdoor education program takes our students to amazing places all across the globe, but we’ve kept this special gem, “Scottie’s Sacred Place” just for adults. This is a one-off fundraising event giving you the chance to experience the wilderness with our amazing staff. 20 lucky people will have the opportunity to choose between a 10 day and 9 day expedition down the Franklin River. Guided by our very own Scottie Williams accompanied by a star studded line-up of incredibly experienced guides. Filmed by Nicholas Covelli – wilderness photographer/ videographer, responsible for our outdoor education films.  
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The 9-day trip stays with the river whereas the 10-day trip includes a challenging day walk to Frenchman’s Cap (weather permitting). After the walk, the two trips will join together for the rest of the journey down the Franklin River. 

Trips are all inclusive ex. Hobart. Your donations will go directly towards improving Glenaeon’s outdoor education programs (yes, it is possible). We have highlighted a targeted fundraising amount reflected in the cost however, for the generous among you, we are always happy to accept more. Alternatively, if you are unable to join us on this incredible journey but love what we do for the school, donations of any denomination will be accepted (and greatly appreciated). To express an interest, sign up or find out more, please call Scottie on 0409 093 363
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Glenaeon Secondhand Uniform Shop - grab a jumper!

The Secondhand Uniform Shop opens alternate Fridays from 3:00 - 3:45 pm during term.
Dates for this term are as follows: May 18, June 1, June 15, and June 29.

We have heaps of nice jumpers for sale at $10 each, and a large selection of blazers at $75 each. Grab a warm winter bargain to keep your child toasty at school this winter. Your donations of clean, gently used uniforms are always welcome. Just leave them in a bag at reception and they will be put back into circulation. Lori 0428668056 » Read More

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Secondhand Uniform Shop needs a New Coordinator

If you are looking for a fun way to complete your CIP points, please consider volunteering as Secondhand Uniform Shop coordinator. As I will be leaving my post at the end of this year when my son graduates, I am seeking a friendly, organised parent to take over. The role takes an hour or two each week, and it’s a great way to meet parents, students and staff. No special skills are necessary, just sort and hang up donations, help parents and students find the uniforms they need, help teachers and staff with any uniform needs (school concert, emergency uniforms, exchange student uniforms, backup sport uniforms etc), and wash the occasional donation as needed. Please contact me at 0428668056 if you are interested. Thank you. Lori Graff » Read More

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Careers

Glenaeon Careers Centre

Glenaeon Careers Facebook group now has over 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.

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

National Institute of Integrative Medicine

Fostering Health and Meeting Illness in Childhood and Adult Life as Opportunities for Development & Transformation.
Imbalances & Illnesses of our times…what might they be bringing?
with Narelle Savage and Justin Curtin
Dr Narelle Savage (Anthroposophic Medical Doctor) and Dr Justin Curtin (Integrative Medical Doctor & Specialist Surgeon) in this first time presentation, will bring pictures from their wholistic approaches to health and illness and care of the individual human being, through the processes of illness and imbalance. They will reference conditions that are on the increase for humanity today and how these may be differently approached and understood than from a mainstream medical approach.
BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES
Mary Heard, Castlecrag office: 9958 0774 or Joy Day:,Raphael’s Rooms Community Liaison
0451 152 227 joyful7days@gmail.com
Click below to read more about Anthroposophic medicine...
 
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Anthroposophic medicine is a wholistic extension of conventional medical science and practice. The anthroposophic doctor works with the Art and Science of Healing to support the individual to find greater wellbeing. Anthroposophic medicine is an integrative approach designed to support the patient’s powers of self-healing.
Each child and adult is recognised as a unique individual
– physical, emotional, intellectual, soul and spirit. Each disharmony or illness is seen as an opportunity for transformation to finding a new and healthier balance and experience of wellbeing.
In diagnosing and treating, we consider the physical, emotional, mental, learning and personality gifts and challenges as a whole, together with the personal circumstances that influence the wellbeing, learning and developmental capacities of that child or adult.
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Parent Education - Term 2

Our Parent Education schedule for Term 2  has been released here so save the dates now!
http://www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/community/parent-education 

Tuesday 8th May 9.15am
ANTHROPOSOPHIC HOME CARE with Lyn Clifton
Wednesday 16th May 7.30pm
THE GLENAEON JOURNEY with Andrew Hill
Friday 18th May 9.15am
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE with Narelle Savage and Justin Curtin
Friday 8th June 9.15am
SIMPLICITY PARENTING – MEDIA AND SCREEN TIME with Mary Heard
Saturday 16th June 10am
SOURDOUGH BREAD BAKING with Sandra Frain » Read More


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The Joys and Challenges of Parenting

A Parent talk at - Tír na nÓg (means land of the young) Rudolf Steiner Home Based Preschool, with Ebba Bodame
Over the course of the evening we will be looking at the gift of childhood - how to guide children through their first years, appropriate approaches to difficult behaviour and skills to help dealing with the bumps of everyday life with children.
Where: Tír na nÓg, Rudolf Steiner Home Based Preschool William St, Leichhardt 2040
When: Wednesday 23rd May at 7.30pm
Cost: $20 (Cash only) Bookings essential please email Anita McCann
RSVP: purple_anita@smartchat.net.au
Tír na nÓg preschool has been running for over 11 years in the Inner West please email Anita for any Preschool or Parent Education enquiries. Click below for more details about the talk. » Read More


Topics covered will include:
• The gift of boundaries
• Children who won’t listen
• The struggle of trying to be a role model
• Rhythm, repetition and rituals
• The need for consistency
• Sibling rivalry
• Family or child centred approaches
• Consequences via threat and bribe
There will also be time for discussion, and to look at any questions you bring along. Bring pen & paper to take notes.

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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Foundation Course in Anthroposophy

Following recent Kindergarten parent morning gatherings, some parents have decided to take up study of an introduction to Rudolf Steiner’s offerings to the world through the online year course EduCaredo.
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We would like to extend an invitation to others who might be interested to join in an EduCareDo study group which we are commencing on Tuesday May 15 , from 9.00am till 11.30am. We will meet monthly in the after school room alongside Little Kindy on the Castlecrag campus.

Those interested enrol individually online https://educaredo.org/enrolment-form-2/fees-and-enrolment/ and makes a note on the enrolment form that they are part of the Glenaeon study group. Each person will be emailed our own 26 lessons and have an individual connection with EduCareDo in the same way as studying on our own, but with the advantage of conversations, sharing resources and motivation from being part of a group. Lyn Clifton is happy to coordinate the study group. If there are more than six new members, the course fee is reduced from $450 to 350 each.
The price includes:
- 26 full-colour lessons delivered via email as a PDF
- tutoring
- a Certificate of Completion once the requirements are submitted.
If you would be interested to find out more or have further questions, please contact Lyn on 0419424935.
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Raphael’s Rooms

Parent Craft

Alumni

Where Are They Now

Over Glenaeon's 60 year history, we have seen more than 1500 students graduate through our gates. Our Alumni Coordinator, Paula Rizzini, collects GlenX stories and publishes them to our website as Where Are They Now. If you know an alumni who we can contact for their story, email Paula at paular@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au You can read them here - http://www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/community/alumni/where-are-they-now#alumni » Read More

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Family Fair and Art Show

Do you have broken toys that need a bit of love

Class 1 is traditionally in charge of parent craft for the Fair in November, but this year we are incorporating a re-use/recycle theme and we are asking for the donation of pre-loved Steiner inspired toys, to be repaired, washed and refreshed, ready to be loved again by others. We are seeking items that are typical to a Steiner environment, those made with natural materials and that inspire the imagination. We will be restoring the items so please don't hesitate to hand in broken but fixable toys, dirty but washable items or those with holes to sew up too. Please drop any items you might be kind enough to donate either to Middle Cove Reception or Castlecrag Reception.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to call.
Thanks
Brooke
0411 068 769 » Read More

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Noticeboard

Grassroots Eco Store – Warm Indoor Slippers

Warm and cosy to keep little (and big!) toes toasty – as soft as a sock and as comfortable as a slipper these new slippers are like a warm hug for you feet! They have an extra soft, flexible sole for maximum comfort that is breathable with non-slip spikes. They come in a cotton blend with sock, ballet flat and a wool and cashmere blend. The good news is they are also machine washable! Made in France by the 4th generation of one family. Also, more woollen slippers from Austria have arrived, the last shipment before they're gone for good. Come and feel with warmth, cosiness and comfort!

See what's new on Instagram at grassroots_ecostore.
Click below for opening hours..
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Opening Hours during term
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. Thank you for your patronage - a portion of every sale goes to Glenaeon.
See you soon!
Felicity
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Messiah Reimagined

Glenaeon dad to Ben Barker in Year 12 is one of the composers who have re-imagined Handel's Messiah to be performed Sunday June 10 at Marrickville Town Hall. Tickets are available at https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=370164& » Read More

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Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant

Combined Part-Time position/or 2 separate positions
Sydney Rudolf Steiner College is an Adult Learning Centre offering courses in self-development, Steiner Education training from birth to adulthood and other areas based on the work of Rudolf Steiner. We are seeking a person(s) interested in the development of the College who would like a combined position of Bookkeeper and Administrative Assistant. This position would suit a school parent or semi-retired person. Knowledge/experience of Steiner’s work is preferred. Our Admin Assistant is normally the first point of contact for the College and assists with the day to day running of the College, both related to general administrative tasks and to student administration. Knowledge of Filemaker is an asset.
Our Bookkeeper must be capable of:
• Working with Xero accounting system and Woocommerce
• Accounts payable and receivable
• Bank Reconciliation
• Payroll
• Preparing and lodging BAS statements
• Preparing financial and annual reports
• Budget planning
The Bookkeeper position is for 10 hours per week. The Admin Assistant position is for 8 hours per week. Total combined is 18 hours, 2.5 days per week.
Wednesday – full day (7 hours) Monday – half day (4 hours)
Either Tuesday or Thursday - full day. (7 hours)
Please forward your CV with at least one phone reference and application to: lindas@sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com
Applications need to be addressed to the Directors of Sydney Rudolf Steiner College.
For further information please contact the College. Ph. 02 92614001 » 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: carmen@theauthentic.com.au
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Rudolf Steiner House

For those of you who were there this past Saturday at our John Billing concert, will agree with me that it was absolutely fantastic and beautiful. Luckily everyone now has another chance to se and listen to John as he is playing in Allambie Heights this coming Saturday evening together with the Sydney Lyre Ensemble. And here is a link to the latest newsletter from the Nature Institute. Click below to see what the calendar looks like for the next few months: » Read More

26th-27th May: 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. 
2nd June: One more thing or Caedmon. This is a performance of a poem written by Caedmon, Britain's first poet and is set seventh-century England. 
5 June: The karma of illness in our biography. A talk with Karla Cryer. Steiner has very interesting, confronting and comforting indications on the karma of illness.
12th June: In the beginning was the creative word, not an abstract word. A talk with Wolfgang Devine. Although some of Edith Sitwell’s poetry might be called ‘abstract’, she explores the power of the musicality of language and creates pictures out of the rhythm, rhyme and dynamic of language. The poems here recited are originally spoken to the music of William Walton, Façade. To give language and music its right, we perform them separately. Recitation (with) Domenica Conte; Piano 4-hand with John Statter.
19th June: "Where do we come from; What are we; Where are we going?" A talk with Liz Hamilton. Insights into Paul Gauguin's profound art masterpiece on the fundamental questions of existence . How we can find these answers through 'The Way of the One Star'

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
Email: admin@sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com
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New Steiner School for Beachmere, Qld

Birali Steiner School, located at Beachmere just north of Brisbane, is very excited to announce the commencement of Stage 1 of the Building Project for the new school, which includes three classrooms, a flexible learning space, administration, car park and associated infrastructure. An application with the BGA for a further three classrooms to be constructed in 2019 has been submitted! We are hoping to move in at the beginning of Term 4 this year. Application for the High School is underway!

Beachmere is a wonderful bayside village an hour north of Brisbane with a growing community that are drawn to Steiner/Waldorf Education. For enquiries please phone (07) 54290511 and visit our website www.biralisteiner.qld.edu.au


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Kamaroi Fair

Kamaroi's Fair is coming up this Sunday May 20 and this is the link to their silent Auction site https://www.myminiauction.com/kamaroisa18   » Read More

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Mindd Mission

Integrative Healthcare offers real solutions for the whole family by combining diet, nutrient therapy, structural support, energy medicine and lifestyle to restore the body’s natural ability to grow, heal and prevent disease. Sometimes neuro therapies are also needed.
Mindd Foundation helps practitioners and patients discover and implement effective treatments for Metabolic, Immunologic, Neurologic, Digestive, Developmental conditions that often affect the mind. Click below for more details...
Mindd Foundation, Healthy Cells For Life https://mindd.org/home/  Brochure HERE » Read More

Our focus is on paediatric disorders such as ADHD, Asthma, allergies, autism, chronic illness, depression, learning and language delay, and digestive and behavioural disorders. Research is showing that these children are coming from families with a history of “brain-immuno-gut disorders” triggered by toxins, malnutrition and infections.
The rise in childhood disease signals a need for preventative healthcare that focuses on cellular health by optimising nutrient intake while minimising toxins.
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Cosy cottage in Katoomba

TO LET - Near village with view to bushland.
For fun winter time, library with open fireplace, combustion heater in dining room (wood provided) and gas heating. Spectacular sunsets from sunroom. Will suit 4-6 people, minimum two nights.
For enquiries and bookings ring Ebba on 0415 673 747 » Read More

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Rudolf Steiner College courses

Rudolf Steiner College has a number of courses available. 
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Knitting for Primary: Supporting Learning
This course will equip participants with the skills they need in order to embark upon a Knitting Project with a Primary Class. Participants will learn practical techniques in order to teach knitting to students, and will be supported in the development of lesson sequences with the clear end goal of a completed item of knitting that students can keep.
Date: 25 May 2018 Sydney Click HERE for details



Free Karma for the World and for Self
with Fiona Cambell.
Life Beyond Karma
Bernard Lievegoed (Phases: Crisis and Development in the Individual) tells us that as we approach the end of our cycle of seven-year life phases, we need to gather up our biography and run for the finish! The latter half of life used to be seen as a time of graceful retirement; yet nowadays, more and more is demanded of us as we age. How can we take the fruits of our youth and turn them into gifts for the world and our future karma? This workshop focuses on the challenges and gifts of the second half of life. Themes include understanding free karma, inner rejuvenation and physical ageing, loneliness and approaching the threshold. Activities include biographical chart, contemplative exercises, painting and group sharing.
Fiona Campbell: Dip. Waldorf Education, BA (Hons) English &Linguistics, MA in Information Science, Ph.D in Communication and Creativity
Fiona is a professional artist, art therapist and researcher. Trained at Emerson College and Tobias School of Art, she has been teaching in Steiner adult education for over 25 years and has a deep knowledge of the foundations of Anthroposophy and Spiritual Science. She specializes in evolving human consciousness, destiny studies and visual arts. She also works in Palliative Care. Her recent workshops include Painting for the Second Half of Life, The Quest and Cognition,
Creativity and Contemplation.
Date: Saturday May 26th & Sunday May 27th
Time: Saturday 9.30am – 4pm, Sunday 9.30am – 1pm Venue: Sydney Rudolf Steiner College
307 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW Cost: $250
Book online @ www.sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com
Enrol Now!
+61 2 9261 4001
admin@sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com 


Special invitation - two weekends of anthroposophy, eurythmy, clay and painting.
June 9/10 & July 28/29
An opportunity has arisen for all teachers and parents in the Steiner community to join our early childhood students in their study of the what lies behind the curriculum taught in our schools.
These two weekends offer a special insight and introduction to some key concepts and teachings of Rudolf Steiner. Dr Renate Long-Breipohl leads the weekends with lectures on the three-fold composition of the human being (Body, Soul and Spirit) which is interwoven with a presentation on our four bodies – Physical, Etheric, Astral and Ego.
The Temperaments and the three faculties of the soul – Thinking, Feeling and Willing are also explored in these weekends. Eurythmy, Clay and Painting, support our understanding and time is given to these artistic practices.
All parents and teachers are invited to join us. Please note, places are limited.
Date: June 9/10 & July 28/29
Time: Saturday 9.30am – 4pm, Sunday 9.30am – 1pm Venue: Sydney Rudolf Steiner College
307 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
For more information call Linda St Clair on (02) 9261 4001.
or book at the college. Details HERE

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 2: Thursday 2 August and Thursday 23 Aug (5 hours each day)

Click HERE for details
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The Whistler Waldorf School exchange program

The Whistler Waldorf School warmly welcomes students from around the world to its high school in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. We accept students who come on exchange as well as those who apply directly to our International Student Program. I would be pleased to speak with you about our high school programs. In addition to exchanges, we have also sucessfully hosted students from the southern hemisphere who come on their summer holidays.  
For further information please contact our admissions office at admissions@whistlerwaldorf.com or visit our website at http://whistlerwaldorf.com/international-student-program/
If you are on social media, find us at https://www.facebook.com/WhistlerWaldorf/posts/1812900295440546 » Read More

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Looking to swap comfortable, spacious homes in Melbourne or Hobart

Looking to swap comfortable, spacious homes in Melbourne (Sat July 7th - Thurs July 12th) or Hobart (any time)
We are looking to swap a house that sleeps 5 adults, ideally in walking distance or on bus route to Castlecrag and Middle Cove campuses. We are Early Childhood Educators on the AARSECE committee attending meetings and the Vital Years Conference, spread over campuses.
We are offering to swap either a home by the sea in Ocean Grove, Melbourne, front row, only separated from beach by sand dunes, with walking track to beautiful beach walks, swimming in both directions. Light filled home, tastefully decorated, sleeps up to 8 over 4 bedrooms.
For more information phone Paulene 0408566800
For home in West Hobart, sleeps 6+ over 3 bedrooms and separate studio for 2+, walking distance to city, views, bush reserve at end of road. Chantal 0407 344 318
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Vital Years accommodation needed

We a kindly requesting accommodation for one of our staff who is attending the Vital Year’s Conference 2018. Ms Lora Buatava is facilitator for our playgroup and we hope to find a volunteer family to host Ms Lora.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Ms Nanise
Co-ordinator.
Waldorf Kindergarten Fiji
240 Richards Road Suva
Postal address: P.O. Box 14465 Suva Fiji Islands
Tel 3310417 or 9267800/8323309
www.waldorfinfiji.com or info@waldorfinfiji.com » Read More

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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 https://www.sageacupuncture.com.au
For all appointments, please call or text Hyonna at 0481 287 346 » Read More

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CoderDojo at Chatswood Library

My name is Sarah Murray and I work at Chatswood Library as Community Programs Librarian. Chatswood Library are starting a new Code Club: CoderDojo, on Tuesday. CoderDojo is a worldwide club for programming enthusiasts between the ages of 10-15. The Dojo will meet fortnightly to explore and share the skills required to start building websites, apps and games, in a fun and informal environment.
Please note:
• Participants must bring their own laptop.
• Children under the age of 12 must have a parent or guardian present in the Library during each session.
• CoderDojo will run fortnightly from 4pm to 5.30pm on Tuesdays 15 & 29 May, and 12 & 26 June.
Due to the popularity of our programs, we ask that you ensure you can commit to the fortnightly workshops before you book.
To register for our CoderDojo, book here https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/EventDetails.aspx?PageID=1892&eventid=5416 » Read More

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Babysitting

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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Community Events

IN THIS ISSUE:

See Calendar

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: info@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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

Glenaeon eNewsletter

From Head of School

HSC @ Glenaeon: 20 Years of Innovation

Last night Year 10 and their families attended our Information Evening introducing students and parents of that year to the program for Years 11 and 12 including the HSC.

Natasha Petit of Year 11, accompanied by our new (and returning) Music teacher Christian Lillicrap, gave a beautifulIy impressive performance of the first movement of the Debussy Violin sonata, a piece she will present for the Performance strand of her Music 2 HSC exam later in the year.

It was an inspired start to an uplifting evening that introduced the Glenaeon Senior Studies Program, the result of 20 years of innovation at the school. Glenaeon was well ahead of the pack in 1997 when we began our commitment to a more reliable and comprehensive way of completing the years of schooling and university/life preparation.

Glenaeon’s work in this field deserves both credit and applause for its commitment to innovation. Only in recent years has the mainstream begun questioning the narrow measures of ATAR and HSC as work/life preparation, yet over the past 20 years Glenaeon has put enormous resources, both human and financial, into addressing this fundamental question for all high schools.

What we now offer is the result of 20 years of deep planning and review. We seriously considered the International Baccalaureate (IB) for Glenaeon. While we admire many features of the IB, we decided against it on the grounds of cost (higher fees), exam focus (many subjects only assessed through final exams) and exclusivity (traditional pass/fail assessment). The HSC offers flexibility and affordability, and so we have continued with this local but internationally recognised system as our Year 12 credential.

The additional features of the IB, creativity, service, philosophy and independent research, are admirable but they are simply versions of the extra dimensions that Glenaeon as a Steiner school has always offered as part of our complete education.

Our Glenaeon Senior Studies Program brings both these features together. We embed the HSC in our broad Steiner education experience which is based at Glenaeon on the five A programs: Academic, Aesthetic, Artisan, Altruistic, Active Wilderness.

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1. HSC
The Higher School Certificate is an internationally recognised qualification obtained by students wh successfully complete secondary education in NSW andprovides a structured program through which particular facets of chosen disciplines are explored in detail. This program prepares students to gain their highest possible results for university or other tertiary education entry. In order to qualify for the NSW Higher School Certificate, students must complete a selection of courses that equate to a minimum of 12 units of study in Year 11 and 10 units of study in Year 12. For more details about the HSC and the RoSA, go to page 11.

2. Glenaeon Record of Accomplishment
The Glenaeon Record of Accomplishment is a credential recognising student achievement in the additional elements of the Glenaeon Senior Studies Program. These components develop thoughtful, well rounded and socially responsible students. They are encouraged to ask challenging questions, to reflect critically, to develop research skills, and to learn how to assimilate knowledge and demonstrate their knowledge effectively. On completion of all modules, students receive a formal academic transcript and the GRoA credential.

Program components include:
Academic Program
• Year 11 Main Lessons – Parzival, Philosophy and First Nations
• Research Project – Building independence, creativeand critical thinking, and presentation skills
Altruistic Program
• Leadership – Participating in leadership roles throughout the senior years
• Service – Working as aides in indigenous education; conservation service
Aesthetic Program
• Choir – ensemble singing
• Eurythmy – the art of movement, revealing music and speech
Active Wilderness Program
• Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
• Year 12 Solo Experience, NSW Central West

You can look at the full Glenaeon Senior Studies Program HERE. Liz Nevieve, our Director of Studies, introduced the program last night, and if you have any questions, she can be contacted at lizn@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au
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We commend the program to our Year 10 students, and all Glenaeon students and families, as the jewel in the crown of Glenaeon’s complete education.

With best wishes,

Andrew Hill
Head of School
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School News

This week's cover photo

It's just over three weeks until one of the greatest social events on the Glenaeon calendar...
The Midwinter Ball!
 
This year the theme is (drum roll...) WONDERLAND!

On Saturday 2nd June follow us down the rabbit hole into a world of wonder...
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Blackboard Beauties

This week's blackboard is from the Class 7 Maths in Nature/Geometry main lesson, and was drawn by class guardian, Brendan Strobl.  » Read More

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Year 9 Art excursion to Nicholson Museum

On Wednesday 9 May, Year 9  main lesson Prehistoric to Roman students visited the Nicholson Museum at Sydney University. Sydney University is the first university of Australia and the grandeur of the place lent itself readily to the Ancient History artifacts. The museum has an extensive display of artifacts from Ancient Egypt, Cyprus, Greece and Rome.
The museum guides gave an extensive overview of the different areas with much enthusiasm, as many of them participate in archeological digs regularly. The students had hands-on experiences touching artifacts from over 3000 years ago. They were able to feel the materials and examine the details, choosing one of the objects to draw. This excursion assisted the students to extend their understanding from their investigations in the main lesson class and their individual interests.

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Jonas' niece here for a month

Jonas’s niece, Yonela, is visiting us from her home in Berlin for the next month. Yonela, 20, graduated from the Hamburg Steiner School in June last year, and will be working with Jonas before travelling around Australia and Canada. She will return to Berlin in August to begin her course in sports science at Humboldt University, named after the famed explorer, writer, scientist of the same name.Welcome Yonela! » Read More

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Uniform at Glenaeon

All students are expected to wear full school uniform every day including travel to and from school. They should layer as necessary for cooler weather with a plain white thermal layer, jumper and blazer. Please note that students in Years 7 - 12 who do not wear their uniform correctly will receive a conduct entry.
The Uniform list and policy is attached for your reference HERE and extra items are available from Oz Fashions or the second hand uniform shop. » Read More

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French Fun Club starting 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
delphine.banse@lcfclubs.com.au
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Castlecrag News

Class 2

Class 2 made samurai helmets out of newspaper in Japanese with Junko this week to celebrate boys day on May 5. The helmet is to encourage bravery, health, kindness and strength. All the classes have been very busy making Mother’s Day presents but we won’t ruin the surprise with any photos this week. Hopefully the children don’t give anything away before Sunday - they are so excited! » Read More

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School Calendar

What's on at Glenaeon next week

NAPLAN
Tuesday May 15, 9am – Thursday May 17, 3pm

Year 11 Parent/Teacher Interviews
Tuesday May 15, 4pm – 8pm

The Glenaeon Journey with Andrew Hill 
Parent Education at Castlecrag campus
Wednesday May 16, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Year 9 Outdoor Education - The Wolgan Valley
Friday May 18, 8:30am – Friday May 25, 4:30pm

National Institute of Integrative Medicine With Narelle Savage and Justin Curtin
Friday May 18, 9:15am – 10:15am
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Gilgamesh

Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School & The Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW)
are delighted to present Gilgamesh, A New Telling Experience from David Novak.

A rare opportunity to experience this ancient epic from Assyria- Mesopotamia, fragments first discovered from the remains of clay tablets with cuneiform inscriptions. These are the earliest works of literature yet discovered. Here told by acclaimed storyteller David Novak, in Australia participating in the International Storytelling Conference.
Venue: Marion Mahony Griffin Hall
Castlecrag campus, Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School 121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag
Date & Time: Sunday June 3rd, 7pm

Tickets: Adults $25, Concession $20, Students $12 (family of 4 $60 package)
Bookings & Enquiries: Joy Day 0451 152 227 & Mary Heard Castlecrag Office joyful7days@gmail.com 9958 0774 » Read More

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One Thing More or Caedmon

Construed by Christopher Fry
First presented at England's soaring Chelmsford Cathedral, and then broadcast on the BBC, the play blends music, poetry and heightened prose in telling the story of Caedmon, Britain's first known poet. Set in seventh century England.

Adult $25, Conc $20, Student $12
2 June at 7:00 pm at Rudolf Steiner House
Sussex Street, Sydney CBD Contact: Annet 0400 301 550
9 June at 7:00 pm at Marion Mahony Griffin Hall 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag 

Bookings: Castlecrag performance Joy Day joyful7days@gmail.com 0451 152 227
Featuring Glenaeon's own Harry Goodman, Neil Anderson, Elizabeth Ellean and Tamara Da Silva
Produced by Neil Anderson for Harken Theatre - more details HERE » Read More

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Glenaeon School Tours

Glenaeon School Tours & Enrolment Events for Term Two

This Saturday 12 May 2018
CASTLECRAG CAMPUS (CLASSES K – 2)

Kindy Entry School Tour - 9:30am – 11:30am


MIDDLE COVE CAMPUS (CLASSES 3 – 12))
Tuesday 7 Aug 2018 – 9am-11:30am

PRESCHOOL
Monday Thurs 7 June 9.30-11.00am

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

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Foundation

Annual Giving video

Earlier this week, Bodhi Sherrott, Glenaeon Alumni (1992) and a current parent at Glenaeon, shared with us her fond memories of being a child at Glenaeon in the 80s and 90s. Bodhi’s father, Lindsay is the Bush Regenerist at Glenaeon and recently celebrated 30 years of service. Thank you for your hard work and commitment Lindsay, it is greatly appreciated!
Bodhi also joined us to film a short video on her memories of the Glenaeon bushland environment, the importance of play for children and why she is supporting Annual Giving 2018.
I vividly remember playing games with friends in the bush, building cubbies and climbing trees – it was magic and the natural environment was a contributing factor in my decision to send Bijoux to Glenaeon. I am so pleased to see that this year’s Annual Giving campaign is raising funds to create new outdoor play areas for primary and secondary students and I am happy to support a cause so close to my heart.
Please join Bodhi in supporting Annual Giving 2018. Your gift will go towards;
- Enhancing the primary playground through extending the sandpit, adding a steel tunnel slide, climbing ropes and a balance beam
- For High School students we will create an area for them to sit, chill, eat and climb. This includes adding an informal sitting area with elevated shiping ropes and raised net seating
If you have fond memories of your time at Glenaeon and enjoyed the magic of the natural environment, please consider a gift. Every gift counts. Please play a part in this important project and donate today at www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/giving/donate-now
Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.

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GPA

Twilight Coordinator needed

Dear parents, sadly our last Twilight Market Coordinator moved to a new town, and we are looking for someone new to hold the role. The Twilight Market is a fundraising and community building event held at the end of end of term 1 and term 3 at the Glenaeon Castlecrag Campus, usually on a Friday, from 3pm – 6pm. It is a fun and casual event where parents and children can mingle and enjoy homemade treats from the “Coffee & Cake Stall” (and sometimes other food stalls) and also, browse the wares from a selection of external stallholders who set up stalls for the afternoon/early evening. The Coordinator is the go to person for the Class hosting the Café, and the contact person for the External Stall holders. Please contact Mary Heard at the Castlecrag office if you would like to offer your time and services. Mary Heard: castlecrag@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au or call 9958 0774. Click below for more details: » Read More

Essentially the role involves:
• Liaising with the Class Group running the food stalls.
• Contacting and booking the External Stallholders
• liaising with Michele Harris (Communications Coordinator) to publicise the event
• Overseeing the Set-up and Take-down.
Holding this role is both satisfying and rewarding, not only will you fulfil all your CIP requirements, you will be supporting a much-loved community event whilst being fully supported by the GPA and the school. The role has been well documented, and we are all willing to support the new Coordinator.
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Community News

School canteen

Dear Parents,
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for term 2!
Please sign up to the volunteer roster on SignUp Zone - https://signup.zone/glenaeon-canteen. I will make you a great coffee while we chat, cook and prepare food!
Click READ MORE for more details, photos of some of the gorgeous food they serve (and our bush friends who'd like to share it) and menus for next week: » Read More

We operate Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and most terms are only 8 - 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

If for any reason you cannot make your nominated shift, we would greatly appreciate it if you found another volunteer to work in your place.









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The ONLY parent program - Franklin River Fundraiser

You asked, we listened…

This year our outdoor education team are offering the Glenaeon community ‘The Franklin River Experience’. Our outdoor education program takes our students to amazing places all across the globe, but we’ve kept this special gem, “Scottie’s Sacred Place” just for adults. This is a one-off fundraising event giving you the chance to experience the wilderness with our amazing staff. 20 lucky people will have the opportunity to choose between a 10 day and 9 day expedition down the Franklin River. Guided by our very own Scottie Williams accompanied by a star studded line-up of incredibly experienced guides. Filmed by Nicholas Covelli – wilderness photographer/ videographer, responsible for our outdoor education films.  
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The 9-day trip stays with the river whereas the 10-day trip includes a challenging day walk to Frenchman’s Cap (weather permitting). After the walk, the two trips will join together for the rest of the journey down the Franklin River. 

Trips are all inclusive ex. Hobart. Your donations will go directly towards improving Glenaeon’s outdoor education programs (yes, it is possible). We have highlighted a targeted fundraising amount reflected in the cost however, for the generous among you, we are always happy to accept more. Alternatively, if you are unable to join us on this incredible journey but love what we do for the school, donations of any denomination will be accepted (and greatly appreciated). To express an interest, sign up or find out more, please call Scottie on 0409 093 363
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Glenaeon Studios 2018

Elizabeth Ellean has put together a program inviting some distinguished workshop presenters for parents, teachers and friends of Glenaeon. The second guest artist 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 www.instagram.com/weaving_nature/
“Simple Pleasures” Plant fibre basketry with Zimmi Forest
Friday 8 June  10am - 3pm

For more information please email glenaeonstudios@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au and visit the school website HERE for more upcoming workshop details. » Read More

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Simplicity Parenting

We are all very conscious of the advertising process and how it makes us buy things we don’t really need but there is another force at work in our lives about which we are, I believe, far less conscious – the drive to DO, to be part of, to experience coupled with the illustrious ‘fear of missing out’ (otherwise known as FOMO).

One of the four pillars of Simplicity Parenting is scheduling and, in his chapter on scheduling, Kim John Payne acclaims the value of ‘down time’ and says that like good farmers, parents need to give children ‘fallow’ time to develop and grow properly.

So much of Simplicity Parenting is just having the strength to say ‘no’. Your child cannot have that sleepover, you cannot make the camping trip, dancing classes will have to wait till next year – it’s easy to feel like a killjoy but ultimately your family will be so much happier and you will be a great role model out there in a world of ‘too much’.
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As the days get shorter and the earth cools down we naturally turn inward and tend towards hibernation. It is a good time for staying home and playing board games on Saturday nights, having early nights and sleep-ins, slow cooking food and having full pyjama days on Sundays. If we can really slow down and ‘go inside’ for winter we are much less likely to get sick.

Weekends are for resting. Try to have one day on the weekend with absolutely no plans and no reason to leave the house if you don’t want to. Time for your children to get totally involved in a game, time to have a big chat around afternoon tea, time to pull a cupboard apart and see what you find. Open ended time is good for the soul!

One other thing to mention is not to let all this beautiful open ended time get absorbed in screens. Screens are the most effective thieves of open ended time in the modern world.

Next week I will continue this discussion of the epidemic of over scheduling but meanwhile I will leave you with Leunig’s thoughts…

The days are getting shorter
The nights are getting longer,
A part of me is weaker,
Another part is stronger.
Another summer’s over,
And we are going under.
We are going home now
To ponder and to wonder.


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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Vital Years Conference

The Australian Association for Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce that Registration is now open for the Sydney Vital Years Conference - July 9-12, 2018. “Developing the Self: The Inner and Outer Work of the Early Childhood Educator”
This link www.vitalyears.com.au will take you to our website to discover more about this deeply enriching conference theme, the Program, and our keynote speakers: Lisa Romero and Louise de Forest. We look forward to welcoming you to this Vital Years Conference being hosted at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School - Middle Cove, Sydney. » Read More

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Changes to several public bus routes

As well as changes to the 207 East Lindfield to City bus (the bus that leaves from the bus stop on Eastern Valley Way that some of out students catch), we've been advised there are other routes affected by timetable changes from May 6. Visit this website for details - https://transportnsw.info/routes/details/sydney-buses-network/207/26207 » Read More

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Welcome Home Playgroup

As the earth and air are cooling in this autumn time so near, we too come closer in this contracting time of year.
What to bring for playgroup?
Slippers/shoes, hats for warm feet and heads
A wee something healthy to share at morning tea.
Our Thursday - Tuesday playgroup welcomes you:
A spot of herb tea then a gracious morning circle, holding hands together under the sky so high.
Into the playroom we prance, for a story the puppets gift for our glance.
Washing our hands, and creating with dough.
Now some inside play before a scrumptious shared Morning tea like so.
The Dusty Gnome leads us to ‘clean our home’, before we scamper out to the welcoming gardens for a play-filled roam.

(Adult-centred activities abound, with supportive discussions on pertinent child-centred issues of the day.)
Our joyous closing circle signals warm home-made bread and fragrant sphagni oil to bless us on our way.
“Slowly, slowly, very slowly slides the little snail, then quickly, quickly, very quickly runs the little mouse.”
See you soon,
Sandra

A new playgroup at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner Preschool
Monday mornings: 9:00- 11:00am (Our first Monday of the Term 2 is April 30)
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 admin@glenaeonpreschool.nsw.edu.au to register your interest. 

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Glenaeon Alumni and Friends Choir looking for Choristers

Singing with the Glenaeon Alumni and Friends Choir is a wonderful way to flex the vocal chords, keep the brain synapses firing and most importantly, have fun! The choir is now recruiting singers and you are invited to join for this single performance, or if you love singing everything from Renaissance church songs to 20th century jazz standards, then this choir is for you. If you are interested, the choir meets every Thursday evening from 7-9pm in a relaxed setting in a home in Willoughby East, where tea drinking also takes place! You need either to be able to read music or be willing to listen and learn songs during the rehearsals. For more information, please contact Theodore Lillicrap on 0416 020 320 » Read More

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Glenaeon Secondhand Uniform Shop - grab a jumper!

The Secondhand Uniform Shop opens alternate Fridays from 3:00 - 3:45 pm during term.
Dates for this term are as follows: May 18, June 1, June 15, and June 29.

We have heaps of nice jumpers for sale at $10 each, and a large selection of blazers at $75 each. Grab a warm winter bargain to keep your child toasty at school this winter. Your donations of clean, gently used uniforms are always welcome. Just leave them in a bag at reception and they will be put back into circulation. Lori 0428668056
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Secondhand Uniform Shop needs a New Coordinator

If you are looking for a fun way to complete your CIP points, please consider volunteering as Secondhand Uniform Shop coordinator. As I will be leaving my post at the end of this year when my son graduates, I am seeking a friendly, organised parent to take over. The role takes an hour or two each week, and it’s a great way to meet parents, students and staff. No special skills are necessary, just sort and hang up donations, help parents and students find the uniforms they need, help teachers and staff with any uniform needs (school concert, emergency uniforms, exchange student uniforms, backup sport uniforms etc), and wash the occasional donation as needed. Please contact me at 0428668056 if you are interested. Thank you. Lori Graff » Read More

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Careers

Glenaeon Careers Centre

Glenaeon Careers Facebook group now has over 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.

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 2

Our Parent Education schedule for Term 2  has been released here so save the dates now!
http://www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/community/parent-education 

Tuesday 8th May 9.15am
ANTHROPOSOPHIC HOME CARE with Lyn Clifton
Wednesday 16th May 7.30pm
THE GLENAEON JOURNEY with Andrew Hill
Friday 18th May 9.15am
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE with Narelle Savage and Justin Curtin
Friday 8th June 9.15am
SIMPLICITY PARENTING – MEDIA AND SCREEN TIME with Mary Heard
Saturday 16th June 10am
SOURDOUGH BREAD BAKING with Sandra Frain » Read More


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The Glenaeon Journey – an introduction for all new parents

With Andrew Hill
Wednesday 16th May 7.30pm
Marion Mahony Griffin Hall Castlecrag campus
121 Edinburgh Road
Enquiries: Mary Heard, Castlecrag office: 9958 0774
Andrew has taught every year of schooling from Class One to undergraduate university level, and is an experienced teacher trainer and adult educator. After years working in academia, a quest for a more enlivened form of education that would suit the demands of the future more creatively, led him to Steiner education, and he left an academic career to become a teacher. He has never looked back, and is still inspired by the creative approach to educating that stems from Dr Steiner’s work. At Glenaeon he has taken two eight year cycles as a class teacher, taught at HSC level, been a mentor and teacher educator, as well as being involved in school management and leadership. He is regular presenter at education conferences. » Read More

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The Joys and Challenges of Parenting

A Parent talk at - Tír na nÓg (means land of the young) Rudolf Steiner Home Based Preschool, with Ebba Bodame
Over the course of the evening we will be looking at the gift of childhood - how to guide children through their first years, appropriate approaches to difficult behaviour and skills to help dealing with the bumps of everyday life with children.
Where: Tír na nÓg, Rudolf Steiner Home Based Preschool William St, Leichhardt 2040
When: Wednesday 23rd May at 7.30pm
Cost: $20 (Cash only) Bookings essential please email Anita McCann
RSVP: purple_anita@smartchat.net.au
Tír na nÓg preschool has been running for over 11 years in the Inner West please email Anita for any Preschool or Parent Education enquiries. Click below for more details about the talk. » Read More


Topics covered will include:
• The gift of boundaries
• Children who won’t listen
• The struggle of trying to be a role model
• Rhythm, repetition and rituals
• The need for consistency
• Sibling rivalry
• Family or child centred approaches
• Consequences via threat and bribe
There will also be time for discussion, and to look at any questions you bring along. Bring pen & paper to take notes.

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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Foundation Course in Anthroposophy

Following recent Kindergarten parent morning gatherings, some parents have decided to take up study of an introduction to Rudolf Steiner’s offerings to the world through the online year course EduCaredo.
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We would like to extend an invitation to others who might be interested to join in an EduCareDo study group which we are commencing on Tuesday May 15 , from 9.00am till 11.30am. We will meet monthly in the after school room alongside Little Kindy on the Castlecrag campus.

Those interested enrol individually online https://educaredo.org/enrolment-form-2/fees-and-enrolment/ and makes a note on the enrolment form that they are part of the Glenaeon study group. Each person will be emailed our own 26 lessons and have an individual connection with EduCareDo in the same way as studying on our own, but with the advantage of conversations, sharing resources and motivation from being part of a group. Lyn Clifton is happy to coordinate the study group. If there are more than six new members, the course fee is reduced from $450 to 350 each.
The price includes:
- 26 full-colour lessons delivered via email as a PDF
- tutoring
- a Certificate of Completion once the requirements are submitted.
If you would be interested to find out more or have further questions, please contact Lyn on 0419424935.
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Raphael’s Rooms

Parent Craft

Alumni

Glenxer touring with Eurythmy ensemble

The Stuttgart based “Fairytale Ensemble”, which is travelling through Europe and Asia is bringing their performance of the Russian fairy tale, “Ivan Wassersohnn and Michail Wassersohn” to children in Steiner Schools in those countries.

The group, which includes Glenxer Emily Collett, is currently touring China, have performed in Germany, Italy, Armenia, Georgia and will continue to take their ensemble performance to Israel and Vietnam. These photos were taken of the performance in Yinchuan China. Their upcoming tour of Vietnam is the first time that an international Eurythmy ensemble will perform in Vietnam. Click below for more photos... » Read More







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Family Fair and Art Show

Do you have broken toys that need a bit of love

Class 1 is traditionally in charge of parent craft for the Fair in November, but this year we are incorporating a re-use/recycle theme and we are asking for the donation of pre-loved Steiner inspired toys, to be repaired, washed and refreshed, ready to be loved again by others. We are seeking items that are typical to a Steiner environment, those made with natural materials and that inspire the imagination. We will be restoring the items so please don't hesitate to hand in broken but fixable toys, dirty but washable items or those with holes to sew up too. Please drop any items you might be kind enough to donate either to Middle Cove Reception or Castlecrag Reception.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to call.
Thanks
Brooke
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Noticeboard

Grassroots Eco Store – Warm Indoor Slippers

Warm and cosy to keep little (and big!) toes toasty – as soft as a sock and as comfortable as a slipper these new slippers are like a warm hug for you feet! They have an extra soft, flexible sole for maximum comfort that is breathable with non-slip spikes. They come in a cotton blend with sock, ballet flat and a wool and cashmere blend. The good news is they are also machine washable! Made in France by the 4th generation of one family. Also, more woollen slippers from Austria have arrived, the last shipment before they're gone for good. Come and feel with warmth, cosiness and comfort!

See what's new on Instagram at grassroots_ecostore.
Click below for opening hours..
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Opening Hours during term
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. Thank you for your patronage - a portion of every sale goes to Glenaeon.
See you soon!
Felicity
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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: carmen@theauthentic.com.au
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Rudolf Steiner House

Just a few things I would like to draw your attention to. First of all there is the poetry afternoon this coming Saturday which is open to all and the theme is 'The Last Page'. Then the following Saturday there is Lyre concert at Steiner House with acclaimed lyrist John Billing. And two weeks after that, there will be a performance of the play 'One More Thing'. So as you can see, plenty of fantastic artistic events are coming up at Steiner House, and there is much more to be seen and heard as you'll be able to ascertain from the list below. Hope to see you at some of these events.
Click below to see what the calendar looks like for the next few months: » Read More

12th May: The last page. An afternoon of poetry, music and conversation. All welcome.
12th May: Pruning and orchard care. This is a one-day workshop with BD Sydney. For more information, please have a look here. 
14th May: 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. Please have a look here for more details.
19th May: Lyre concert with John Billing. Internationally acclaimed lyre player John Billing will be in Australia again for a series of concerts. Please have a look here for more details.
26th-27th May: 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. 
29th May: The karma of illness in our biography. A talk with Karla Cryer. Steiner has very interesting, confronting and comforting indications on the karma of illness.
2nd June: One more thing or Caedmon. This is a performance of a poem written by Caedmon, Britain's first poet and is set seventh-century England. 
12th June: In the beginning was the creative word, not an abstract word. A talk with Wolfgang Devine. Although some of Edith Sitwell’s poetry might be called ‘abstract’, she explores the power of the musicality of language and creates pictures out of the rhythm, rhyme and dynamic of language. The poems here recited are originally spoken to the music of William Walton, Façade. To give language and music its right, we perform them separately. Recitation (with) Domenica Conte; Piano 4-hand with John Statter.
19th June: "Where do we come from; What are we; Where are we going?" A talk with Liz Hamilton. Insights into Paul Gauguin's profound art masterpiece on the fundamental questions of existence . How we can find these answers through 'The Way of the One Star'

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
Email: admin@sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com
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Kamaroi Fair

Kamaroi's Fair is coming up on Sunday May 20 and this is the link to their silent Auction site https://www.myminiauction.com/kamaroisa18   » Read More

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Mindd Mission

Integrative Healthcare offers real solutions for the whole family by combining diet, nutrient therapy, structural support, energy medicine and lifestyle to restore the body’s natural ability to grow, heal and prevent disease. Sometimes neuro therapies are also needed.
Mindd Foundation helps practitioners and patients discover and implement effective treatments for Metabolic, Immunologic, Neurologic, Digestive, Developmental conditions that often affect the mind. Click below for more details...
Mindd Foundation, Healthy Cells For Life https://mindd.org/home/  Brochure HERE » Read More

Our focus is on paediatric disorders such as ADHD, Asthma, allergies, autism, chronic illness, depression, learning and language delay, and digestive and behavioural disorders. Research is showing that these children are coming from families with a history of “brain-immuno-gut disorders” triggered by toxins, malnutrition and infections.
The rise in childhood disease signals a need for preventative healthcare that focuses on cellular health by optimising nutrient intake while minimising toxins.
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Rudolf Steiner College courses

Rudolf Steiner College has a number of courses available. 
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Approaching Literacy through Creative Writing for Years 1-6 with Shelley Davidow
This course enables primary school teachers to create teaching strategies for literacy by using creative writing as a methodology, using their knowledge of students’ developmental context as a base from which to create well structured, effective programs that engage students, improve learning outcomes and support literacy development.
Date: 14th May 2018 Sydney
Click HERE for details


The Stress Proof Classroom with Shelley Davidow
This course empowers teachers to use a newfound understanding of the role stress plays in teaching and learning experiences for their students. The practical tools gained by learning ‘high coherence’, the Restorative approach to classroom management and the adoption of strategies that lead to heart-rhythm coherence equip teachers with the skills to adjust programs and approaches where necessary to meet student needs.
Date: 15th May Click HERE for details


Knitting for Primary: Supporting Learning
This course will equip participants with the skills they need in order to embark upon a Knitting Project with a Primary Class. Participants will learn practical techniques in order to teach knitting to students, and will be supported in the development of lesson sequences with the clear end goal of a completed item of knitting that students can keep.
Date: 25 May 2018 Sydney Click HERE for details



Free Karma for the World and for Self
with Fiona Cambell.
Life Beyond Karma
Bernard Lievegoed (Phases: Crisis and Development in the Individual) tells us that as we approach the end of our cycle of seven-year life phases, we need to gather up our biography and run for the finish! The latter half of life used to be seen as a time of graceful retirement; yet nowadays, more and more is demanded of us as we age. How can we take the fruits of our youth and turn them into gifts for the world and our future karma? This workshop focuses on the challenges and gifts of the second half of life. Themes include understanding free karma, inner rejuvenation and physical ageing, loneliness and approaching the threshold. Activities include biographical chart, contemplative exercises, painting and group sharing.
Fiona Campbell: Dip. Waldorf Education, BA (Hons) English &Linguistics, MA in Information Science, Ph.D in Communication and Creativity
Fiona is a professional artist, art therapist and researcher. Trained at Emerson College and Tobias School of Art, she has been teaching in Steiner adult education for over 25 years and has a deep knowledge of the foundations of Anthroposophy and Spiritual Science. She specializes in evolving human consciousness, destiny studies and visual arts. She also works in Palliative Care. Her recent workshops include Painting for the Second Half of Life, The Quest and Cognition,
Creativity and Contemplation.
Date: Saturday May 26th & Sunday May 27th
Time: Saturday 9.30am – 4pm, Sunday 9.30am – 1pm Venue: Sydney Rudolf Steiner College
307 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW Cost: $250
Book online @ www.sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com
Enrol Now!
+61 2 9261 4001
admin@sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com 


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 2: Thursday 2 August and Thursday 23 Aug (5 hours each day)

Click HERE for details



Special invitation - two weekends of anthroposophy, eurythmy, clay and painting.
June 9/10 & July 28/29
An opportunity has arisen for all teachers and parents in the Steiner community to join our early childhood students in their study of the what lies behind the curriculum taught in our schools.
These two weekends offer a special insight and introduction to some key concepts and teachings of Rudolf Steiner. Dr Renate Long-Breipohl leads the weekends with lectures on the three-fold composition of the human being (Body, Soul and Spirit) which is interwoven with a presentation on our four bodies – Physical, Etheric, Astral and Ego.
The Temperaments and the three faculties of the soul – Thinking, Feeling and Willing are also explored in these weekends. Eurythmy, Clay and Painting, support our understanding and time is given to these artistic practices.
All parents and teachers are invited to join us. Please note, places are limited.
Date: June9/10 & July 28/29
Time: Saturday 9.30am – 4pm, Sunday 9.30am – 1pm Venue: Sydney Rudolf Steiner College
307 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
For more information call Linda St Clair on (02) 9261 4001.
or book at the college. Details HERE
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The Whistler Waldorf School exchange program

The Whistler Waldorf School warmly welcomes students from around the world to its high school in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. We accept students who come on exchange as well as those who apply directly to our International Student Program. I would be pleased to speak with you about our high school programs. In addition to exchanges, we have also sucessfully hosted students from the southern hemisphere who come on their summer holidays.  
For further information please contact our admissions office at admissions@whistlerwaldorf.com or visit our website at http://whistlerwaldorf.com/international-student-program/
If you are on social media, find us at https://www.facebook.com/WhistlerWaldorf/posts/1812900295440546 » Read More

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Looking to swap comfortable, spacious homes in Melbourne or Hobart

Looking to swap comfortable, spacious homes in Melbourne (Sat July 7th - Thurs July 12th) or Hobart (any time)
We are looking to swap a house that sleeps 5 adults, ideally in walking distance or on bus route to Castlecrag and Middle Cove campuses. We are Early Childhood Educators on the AARSECE committee attending meetings and the Vital Years Conference, spread over campuses.
We are offering to swap either a home by the sea in Ocean Grove, Melbourne, front row, only separated from beach by sand dunes, with walking track to beautiful beach walks, swimming in both directions. Light filled home, tastefully decorated, sleeps up to 8 over 4 bedrooms.
For more information phone Paulene 0408566800
For home in West Hobart, sleeps 6+ over 3 bedrooms and separate studio for 2+, walking distance to city, views, bush reserve at end of road. Chantal 0407 344 318
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Vital Years accommodation needed

We a kindly requesting accommodation for one of our staff who is attending the Vital Year’s Conference 2018. Ms Lora Buatava is facilitator for our playgroup and we hope to find a volunteer family to host Ms Lora.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Ms Nanise
Co-ordinator.
Waldorf Kindergarten Fiji
240 Richards Road Suva
Postal address: P.O. Box 14465 Suva Fiji Islands
Tel 3310417 or 9267800/8323309
www.waldorfinfiji.com or info@waldorfinfiji.com » Read More

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Warrah School Open Day

Warrah is a Rudolf Steiner organisation providing services to adults and children with disabilities in Sydney's North West. Their main campus in Dural is set on 30 acres (12 ha) and is an environmental haven. Services include Residential and Day Services for adults with intellectual and other disabilities who need support in their daily lives. Warrah Special School educates children ages 5-18 with disabilities. Warrah’s main campus includes Warrah Biodynamic Farm and Farm Shop.Values of self-determination, creativity and contribution underpin Warrah's approach to supporting people with disability. They are holding an Open Day on Thursday 17 May. For more details, visit http://www.warrah.org/warrah » Read More

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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 https://www.sageacupuncture.com.au
For all appointments, please call or text Hyonna at 0481 287 346 » Read More

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CoderDojo at Chatswood Library

My name is Sarah Murray and I work at Chatswood Library as Community Programs Librarian. Chatswood Library are starting a new Code Club: CoderDojo, on Tuesday. CoderDojo is a worldwide club for programming enthusiasts between the ages of 10-15. The Dojo will meet fortnightly to explore and share the skills required to start building websites, apps and games, in a fun and informal environment.
Please note:
• Participants must bring their own laptop.
• Children under the age of 12 must have a parent or guardian present in the Library during each session.
• CoderDojo will run fortnightly from 4pm to 5.30pm on Tuesdays 15 & 29 May, and 12 & 26 June.
Due to the popularity of our programs, we ask that you ensure you can commit to the fortnightly workshops before you book.
To register for our CoderDojo, book here https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/EventDetails.aspx?PageID=1892&eventid=5416 » Read More

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Babysitting

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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Community Events

IN THIS ISSUE:

See Calendar

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: info@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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

Glenaeon eNewsletter

From Head of School

Getting a Grip on Gonski 2.0: Drivel, Motherhood and Maybe Good Ideas?

The long awaited report from the panel chaired by Businessman David Gonksi (known as Gonski 2.0) is just out this week and my reaction was articulated neatly in private correspondence from the respected Head of a leading Sydney independent school:

At the moment, my initial reaction varies widely – some things I think are drivel, some things are motherhood statements, somethings we have tried before and they didn’t work, some things are interesting and possibly worth a really strong level of support. 

The problem is discerning which is which! This report is 158 pages long, and it is too easy to provide a quick superficial response. We need to read, ponder and provide a thoughtful commentary that really sifts out the drivel, academic gobbledegook and motherhood statements, from the genuinely innovative and useful ideas.

But I can identify the drivel immediately! 

Here is one of David Gonski’s antidotes to sliding PISA test scores by Australian children:

Teachers should prioritise teaching of basic literacy and numeracy in the early years….In fact, our report wants those skills instilled in students by age eight.

Instilled in students by age eight? By age eight?! This is drivel I am afraid as it flies in the face of evidence. 

The much lauded Finland, topping the PISA scores on which Australian students are doing increasingly poorly, has NO formal instruction in literacy prior to age 7.
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Before 7, children engage in creative play, and the whole educational environment is geared to fostering creative play in children before they begin formal instruction in literacy and numeracy in primary school. It takes two years at least to “instil” the basics of literacy (letter –sound correspondence, sight words, phonic patterns and all the building blocks on which fluent reading is based), so they do not expect a child to begin to be emerging into literacy until age 9 at the earliest.

Take for example this quote from one of the many articles online that describe the Finnish late start to learning, and how it is seen as one of the secrets to their success. No grammar schools, lots of play: the secrets of Europe’s top education system, The Guardian, September 20, 2016

Central to early years education in Finland is a “late” start to schooling. In …. all Finnish daycare centres, the emphasis is not on maths, reading or writing (children receive no formal instruction in these until they are seven and in primary school) but creative play. This may surprise UK (and Australian) parents, assailed as they are by the notion of education as a competitive race. In Finland, they are more relaxed: “We believe children under seven are not ready to start school,” says Tiina Marjoniemi, the head of one centre. “They need time to play and be physically active. It’s a time for creativity.”

If a whole country can do it, so can a school. Rudolf Steiner schools the world over are testament to the educational benefits of a later start to literacy than those in standard schools. A major academic study published in 2012 demonstrated that later starters do better in the long run. Children learning to read later catch up to children reading earlier, Early Childhood Research Quarterly. The study compared children in Rudolf Steiner schools in NZ and Germany against children in mainstream schools.

The graph below shows the learning path of children starting literacy in their fifth year as against those starting in their seventh year. It’s the Hare and the Tortoise all over again: early starters gain quickly but the gains are not sustained in the long run. As a group, and after a later start, the Steiner-educated children were significantly ahead in both reading fluency and decoding.



What am I learning from this recommendation?

1. We have not learned anything about genuine child development.
We assume that children learn like adults, and that you can only learn if you start early, at 5, or before. Finland, and our Steiner school practices, demonstrate that learning after age 7 takes on a different shape to learning before age 7. That children who start literacy later can catch up so powerfully demonstrates that when the time is right, learning is faster and more efficient. Horses can be taught to dance, seals can be taught to catch a ball, and children can be taught to read at age 5. But is it natural, healthy or efficient? If you start later, when the brain has developed in more sophisticated and interconnected ways, the learning is quicker, easier and more efficient.

2. Our education sectors have no consistent strategy to deal with healthy child development.
An article in Saturday’s Weekend Australian by Victoria Laurie documents research showing the unhealthy levels of inactivity among young children in Western Australia. A key reason for the lack of healthy movement in general is the move to more formal learning in preschools and early years of primary schools. She quotes Sandra Hesterman, director of early childhood education at Perth’s Murdoch University “Our concern was the demise of play in favour of more schooling, more testing, more adult -direction of children,” says Hesterman. “Play-based learning is being marginalised and parents are getting caught up in the spin.” Early childhood sector is calling for more emphasis on play and movement. Calls to “instill” literacy prior by age eight will only strengthen the drift away from play and healthy movement in the early years.
  
3. As a culture, we have no national vision of childhood.
Traditional cultures gave children rich food for their souls: stories, play, poetry, song, movement and beautiful imagery so their imaginations are enriched. As a culture, what can we offer them? If the best a review of our education system can offer is to “instill” literacy by age eight, then it is simply demonstrating that children are seen as mini, incompetent adults waiting to receive the adult secret code that is literacy as early as possible so they can become literate consumers. But where is the wonder-filled world that childhood can genuinely offer, a world of open creativity and a source of joy that can be a treasure for life?

In the face of these views, our teachers at Castlecrag think of their campus (Kindergarten to Class 2) as a “National Park” for children. I can only hope that across the country, more thoughtful parents will also start to think of the unhealthy pressures on their young ones, and work towards a revival of all that childhood can be.

With best wishes,

Andrew Hill
Head of School
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School News

This week's cover photo

This week we launch Annual Giving 2018 and I am delighted to let you know about this year’s project. Our focus for 2018 Annual Giving is to raise funds for the creation of several outdoor play areas and hubs for both primary and secondary students.

At Glenaeon, we have long recognised the importance of play, which is essential to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of children. We already have a beautiful bushland environment at our school, and our plan is to enhance and add new play areas. We know that playing outdoors creates lasting memories, and for our Alumni some of their favourite memories at school are of the bushland.

‘Spending time with friends in a great environment, running through the bush.. the bushwalks were great too’. Seaton Kay-Smith (2004) Producer, Director, Actor

‘Surrounded by bushland it was a sensory experience in itself that enhanced the education’ David Heimann (1986), Founder of Orson and Blake

And Brenna Hobson (1993), Executive Producer, Theatre of Scotland, ‘Certainly I have very fond memories of the grounds and the magic of being a city kid able to spend time in the bush’.

Primary School Playground Plans include:
• A steel tunnel slide
• Timber climbing wall with holding ropes
• Extending and improving the sandpit
• Animal shaped balance beam
• Log stump seating and landscaping

High School Playground 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

So how can you make a difference?
This year we need to raise $150,000 to create our learning landscape. If every family in our community donates $285 we will reach our target. All donations are Tax Deductible and for many families a $285 donation will equate to around $160 of after-tax dollars.

Every gift counts! Please donate at www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/giving/donate-now

Thank you for your support and generosity.
Kind Regards,
Nicole Crabb
Director of Development
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Some questions that you may have about Annual Giving 2018

1. What do our School fees include and would a project such as the Playground project be included?
School fees cover the day-today operating costs such staff and teachers salaries and basic maintenance. We aim to keep our school fees on the lower end of the spectrum of independent schools on the North Shore and therefore we rely on our fundraising program for capital works and the enhancement of our facilities and our Campuses.

2. My child is at the Castlecrag campus. What plans do you have for the Castlecrag Campus?
We have recently undertaken a number of improvements at the Castlecrag campus – the Glenaeon Parents Association funded a stone wall to enclose the sandpit in addition to installing 3 filtered water bubblers in the playground. Over the recent school holiday break we added a Kindy water feature in the form of the Kindy Creek. We were fortunate to have Alumni volunteers, Richard Blacklock (1983) and Elanor Pilko (2011) build this with the support of our Maintenance Team. A fallen tree was also creatively turned into a cubby house. All our Castlecrag students will benefit from the work we are doing on the Middle Cove campus as they move into Primary School.

3. When will this project commence?
We will aim to commence planning the Playground project in the second half of 2018.
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Blackboard Beauties

This week's blackboard is from the Class 5 Ancient Persia main lesson, and was drawn by class teacher, Rodney Dean. In Class 5, children move through vast pictures of human evolution from the dawn of pre-history in the ancient culture of India through Persia, Babylon, Egypt and Ancient Greece, the great cultures of the ancient world. » Read More

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Holiday maintenance

Holidays are usually a busy time at Glenaeon. Here at our Middle Cove campus, several maintenance jobs have been undertaken.

  • The floor in Reception has been sanded and polished - because first impressions count!
  • The Hall floor was also oiled, and although the musical is over for this year, Michael from maintenance couldn’t resist practicing a few moves for next year.
  • Lindsay Sherrot, our bush regenerator, arranged a crane to remove three large trees that had been identified in our Tree Management Plan as being at risk. The work went to plan with limited people around.
  • A new damp proof course was installed in the Vera Jacobson Building with new render was applied, and the job created quite some mess! 
  • Blinds have also been repaired across the campus and new blinds installed.
  • and new curtains have been hung in the Sylvia Brose Hall!
A big thanks to everyone involved!

 

 
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Teachers' PD day

If a child has been able in play to give up her whole loving being to the world around her, she will be able, in the serious tasks of later life, to devote herself with confidence and power to service of the world.” Dr Rudolf Steiner

These words came to me as we listened to our Castlecrag colleagues give us a wonderful taste of life and learning in Kindergarten and Classes 1 and 2 on Tuesday morning. Many thanks to Catherine, Junko, Roger, Katherine, Mary and Sandra for the inspired presentations and the delicious morning tea you provided us today. You have shared a glimpse into the creative and beautiful word of early childhood and long may it sustain us throughout the school! That was a very happy start to Term 2.
Andrew Hill, Head of School

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Uniform at Glenaeon

All students are expected to wear full school uniform every day including travel to and from school. They should layer as necessary for cooler weather with a plain white thermal layer, jumper and blazer. Please note that students in Years 7 - 12 who do not wear their uniform correctly will receive a conduct entry.
The Uniform list and policy is attached for your reference HERE and extra items are available from Oz Fashions or the second hand uniform shop. » Read More

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Class 3 have a new bush table

Class 3 now have a new bush table, with the wooden top made by D and T teacher Evan Sanders, from wood left over from the bridge to the oval and the legs made by the children themselves, when they made mud bricks last year. Please feel free to come and inspect at your leisure, however, you might want to give the linseed oil a week or so to dry before attempting a picnic! Where do we put in an order? » Read More

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Garden flourishing in April

In our Middle Cove garden in April are thriving greens of the seeds planted in the soil in March. We have also fenced, fertilised and tended the garden with help from the thriving children of Classes 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7! » Read More

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Bye Alison and thanks for all the greens!

And on a gardening note, we bid farewell to Alison Winn, who will be moving on from her role as Gardening teacher as of Friday May 11th. Alison took on the difficult job of filling the big shoes, or rather gumboots, vacated by Ruth Purves who established the garden, and she has kept up those high standards impeccably, maintaining a biodynamic garden of quality that drew in so many children just wanting to be part of it. We appreciate all the work she has put into the garden and the children. It was always a pleasure watching her take the classes down to the garden as she did so with a real sense of care for each of them, and a joy and purpose in their work with the growing forces of Nature. Thank you Alison and very best wishes for the future! » Read More

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French Fun Club starting 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
delphine.banse@lcfclubs.com.au
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Castlecrag News

Class 2 ready for Term 2

It's never too early for a painting jobs roster and Class 2 follow their's closely. They also have a beautiful Autumn nature table for the classroom.

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Family Fair and Art Show

Do you have broken toys that need a bit of love

Class 1 is traditionally in charge of parent craft for the Fair in November, but this year we are incorporating a re-use/recycle theme and we are asking for the donation of pre-loved Steiner inspired toys, to be repaired, washed and refreshed, ready to be loved again by others. We are seeking items that are typical to a Steiner environment, those made with natural materials and that inspire the imagination. We will be restoring the items so please don't hesitate to hand in broken but fixable toys, dirty but washable items or those with holes to sew up too. Please drop any items you might be kind enough to donate either to Middle Cove Reception or Castlecrag Reception.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to call.
Thanks
Brooke
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School Calendar

What's on at Glenaeon next week

Class 6 Camp
Monday May 7 – Friday May 11

Anthroposophic Home Care - Parent Education
Tuesday May 8, 9:15am – 10:15am
Castlecrag campus

Year 7 Parent/Teacher Interviews
Tuesday May 8, 4pm – 8pm

Year 11 & 12 Information Evening for current Year 10
Wednesday May 9, 7pm – 9pm
Middle Cove campus

Year 9 Parent/Teacher Interviews
Thursday May 10, 4pm – 8pm » Read More

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Gilgamesh

Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School & The Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW)
are delighted to present Gilgamesh, A New Telling Experience from David Novak.

A rare opportunity to experience this ancient epic from Assyria- Mesopotamia, fragments first discovered from the remains of clay tablets with cuneiform inscriptions. These are the earliest works of literature yet discovered. Here told by acclaimed storyteller David Novak, in Australia participating in the International Storytelling Conference.
Venue: Marion Mahony Griffin Hall
Castlecrag campus, Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School 121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag
Date & Time: Sunday June 3rd, 7pm

Tickets: Adults $25, Concession $20, Students $12 (family of 4 $60 package)
Bookings & Enquiries: Joy Day 0451 152 227 & Mary Heard Castlecrag Office joyful7days@gmail.com 9958 0774 » Read More

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One Thing More or Caedmon

Construed by Christopher Fry
First presented at England's soaring Chelmsford Cathedral, and then broadcast on the BBC, the play blends music, poetry and heightened prose in telling the story of Caedmon, Britain's first known poet. Set in seventh century England.

Adult $25, Conc $20, Student $12
2 June at 7:00 pm at Rudolf Steiner House
Sussex Street, Sydney CBD Contact: Annet 0400 301 550
9 June at 7:00 pm at Marion Mahony Griffin Hall 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag 

Bookings: Castlecrag performance Joy Day joyful7days@gmail.com 0451 152 227
Featuring Glenaeon's own Harry Goodman, Neil Anderson, Elizabeth Ellean and Tamara Da Silva
Produced by Neil Anderson for Harken Theatre - more details HERE » Read More

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Glenaeon School Tours

Glenaeon School Tours & Enrolment Events for Term Two

MIDDLE COVE CAMPUS (CLASSES 3 – 12))
Tuesday 8 May 2018 – 9am-11:30am
CASTLECRAG CAMPUS (CLASSES K – 2)
Kindy Entry School Tour - Saturday 12 May 2018 - 9:30am – 11:30am
PRESCHOOL
Monday 7 May 9.30-11.00am

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

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Foundation

GPA

Twilight Coordinator needed

Dear parents, sadly our last Twilight Market Coordinator moved to a new town, and we are looking for someone new to hold the role. The Twilight Market is a fundraising and community building event held at the end of end of term 1 and term 3 at the Glenaeon Castlecrag Campus, usually on a Friday, from 3pm – 6pm. It is a fun and casual event where parents and children can mingle and enjoy homemade treats from the “Coffee & Cake Stall” (and sometimes other food stalls) and also, browse the wares from a selection of external stallholders who set up stalls for the afternoon/early evening. The Coordinator is the go to person for the Class hosting the Café, and the contact person for the External Stall holders. Please contact Mary Heard at the Castlecrag office if you would like to offer your time and services. Mary Heard: castlecrag@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au or call 9958 0774. Click below for more details: » Read More

Essentially the role involves:
• Liaising with the Class Group running the food stalls.
• Contacting and booking the External Stallholders
• liaising with Michele Harris (Communications Coordinator) to publicise the event
• Overseeing the Set-up and Take-down.
Holding this role is both satisfying and rewarding, not only will you fulfil all your CIP requirements, you will be supporting a much-loved community event whilst being fully supported by the GPA and the school. The role has been well documented, and we are all willing to support the new Coordinator.
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Community News

School canteen

Dear Parents,
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for term 2!
Please sign up to the volunteer roster on SignUp Zone - https://signup.zone/glenaeon-canteen. 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 8 - 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

If for any reason you cannot make your nominated shift, we would greatly appreciate it if you found another volunteer to work in your place.

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The ONLY parent program - Franklin River Fundraiser

You asked, we listened…

This year our outdoor education team are offering the Glenaeon community ‘The Franklin River Experience’. Our outdoor education program takes our students to amazing places all across the globe, but we’ve kept this special gem, “Scottie’s Sacred Place” just for adults. This is a one-off fundraising event giving you the chance to experience the wilderness with our amazing staff.

20 lucky people will have the opportunity to choose between a 10 day and 9 day expedition down the Franklin River. Guided by our very own Scottie Williams accompanied by a star studded line-up of incredibly experienced guides. Filmed by Nicholas Covelli – wilderness photographer/ videographer, responsible for our outdoor education films.

The 9-day trip stays with the river whereas the 10-day trip includes a challenging day walk to Frenchman’s Cap (weather permitting). After the walk, the two trips will join together for the rest of the journey down the Franklin River. 

Trips are all inclusive ex. Hobart. Your donations will go directly towards improving Glenaeon’s outdoor education programs (yes, it is possible). We have highlighted a targeted fundraising amount reflected in the cost however, for the generous among you, we are always happy to accept more. Alternatively, if you are unable to join us on this incredible journey but love what we do for the school, donations of any denomination will be accepted (and greatly appreciated). To express an interest, sign up or find out more, please call Scottie on 0409 093 363 Click HERE for more information and below for a more detailed itinerary... » Read More

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Glenaeon Studios 2018

Elizabeth Ellean has put together a program inviting some distinguished workshop presenters for parents, teachers and friends of Glenaeon. The second guest artist 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 www.instagram.com/weaving_nature/
“Simple Pleasures” Plant fibre basketry with Zimmi Forest
Friday 8 June  10am - 3pm

For more information please email glenaeonstudios@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au and visit the school website HERE for more upcoming workshop details. » Read More

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Vital Years Conference

The Australian Association for Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce that Registration is now open for the Sydney Vital Years Conference - July 9-12, 2018. “Developing the Self: The Inner and Outer Work of the Early Childhood Educator”
This link www.vitalyears.com.au will take you to our website to discover more about this deeply enriching conference theme, the Program, and our keynote speakers: Lisa Romero and Louise de Forest. We look forward to welcoming you to this Vital Years Conference being hosted at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School - Middle Cove, Sydney. » Read More

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Glenaeon Holiday Care

We had a wonderful holiday care with the children and the lovely weather meant we had lots of healthy outdoor time. They enjoyed lots of art and craft, clay work, a treasure hunt and excursions including exploring the forts at Shelley Beach headland. They were especially keen on bush craft, whittling wood and decorating sticks for bush-walking, talking sticks and natural bows. The Bush Mandalas left a little piece of children's natural art for passers by.

  
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Changes to 207 East Lindfield bus route

The 207 East Lindfield to City bus (the bus that leaves from the bus stop on Eastern Valley Way that some of out students catch) is changing its timetable slightly from the May 6. Visit their website for details - https://transportnsw.info/routes/details/sydney-buses-network/207/26207

We also wanted to let you know the side panel on the bus stop at Greenfield Ave has also been removed to make it safer for our traffic warden, Mary, and the students waiting to cross Eastern Valley Way. Thanks to our ops manager Julie for facilitating this change! » Read More

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Welcome Home Playgroup

As the earth and air are cooling in this autumn time so near, we too come closer in this contracting time of year.
What to bring for playgroup?
Slippers/shoes, hats for warm feet and heads
A wee something healthy to share at morning tea.
Our Thursday - Tuesday playgroup welcomes you:
A spot of herb tea then a gracious morning circle, holding hands together under the sky so high.
Into the playroom we prance, for a story the puppets gift for our glance.
Washing our hands, and creating with dough.
Now some inside play before a scrumptious shared Morning tea like so.
The Dusty Gnome leads us to ‘clean our home’, before we scamper out to the welcoming gardens for a play-filled roam.

(Adult-centred activities abound, with supportive discussions on pertinent child-centred issues of the day.)
Our joyous closing circle signals warm home-made bread and fragrant sphagni oil to bless us on our way.
“Slowly, slowly, very slowly slides the little snail, then quickly, quickly, very quickly runs the little mouse.”
See you soon,
Sandra

A new playgroup at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner Preschool
Monday mornings: 9:00- 11:00am (Our first Monday of the Term 2 is April 30)
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 admin@glenaeonpreschool.nsw.edu.au to register your interest. 

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Justin Takayasu places 3rd at Senior State Championships!

On 22nd April, Justin Takayasu, Year 10, competed in the Men's artistic gymnastics Senior State Championships and placed 3rd overall in Level 8 Open. His results included 1st place Pommel Horse, 3rd High Bar, 5th Floor and 6th Rings.

Justin has been selected to represent the NSW State team at the Australian Championships in Melbourne later in May where he will compete at two events including team and individual competitions. Congratulations Justin and best of luck for the Australian Championships! » Read More

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Colombian Steiner Preschool fundraiser

Sacha Uku would like to send a very big thank you from Colombia to Glenaeon and to all those who donated at the carol services. Thanks to your donations we have been able to create and run a beautiful preschool for beautiful children. I would also like to thank personally my colleagues at Glenaeon Preschool for their wisdom, dedication and love for the children that inspired me to be the teacher that I am now.

Thanks to all our supporters we have been able to provide a beautiful, nurturing environment for the children to enjoy. We have been cooking, gardening, sharing meals, enjoying stories, songs and games, painting, drawing and of course lots of time for free imaginative play. The first few months have been exciting, challenging and a lot of hard work.

We would like to make stands for the dolls corner and some wooden toys - a Steiner woodwork teacher lives near the preschool who will run workshops with the parents to teach them how to make things. She would also like to buy a flour grinder to grind wheat to make the bread and a ceramic bowl to make the bread. You can donate to help the school at https://www.chuffed.org/project/sacha-uku » Read More

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Glenaeon Alumni and Friends Choir looking for Choristers

Singing with the Glenaeon Alumni and Friends Choir is a wonderful way to flex the vocal chords, keep the brain synapses firing and most importantly, have fun! The choir is now recruiting singers and you are invited to join for this single performance, or if you love singing everything from Renaissance church songs to 20th century jazz standards, then this choir is for you. If you are interested, the choir meets every Thursday evening from 7-9pm in a relaxed setting in a home in Willoughby East, where tea drinking also takes place! You need either to be able to read music or be willing to listen and learn songs during the rehearsals. For more information, please contact Theodore Lillicrap on 0416 020 320 » Read More

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Glenaeon Secondhand Uniform Shop - grab a jumper!

The second hand uniform shop will be open the first Friday of term, May 4th, from 3.00-3:45pm. We have lots of jumpers in stock for $10 each - stop by to pick one up on Friday.
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Secondhand Uniform Shop needs a New Coordinator

If you are looking for a fun way to complete your CIP points, please consider volunteering as Secondhand Uniform Shop coordinator. As I will be leaving my post at the end of this year when my son graduates, I am seeking a friendly, organised parent to take over. The role takes an hour or two each week, and it’s a great way to meet parents, students and staff. No special skills are necessary, just sort and hang up donations, help parents and students find the uniforms they need, help teachers and staff with any uniform needs (school concert, emergency uniforms, exchange student uniforms, backup sport uniforms etc), and wash the occasional donation as needed. Please contact me at 0428668056 if you are interested. Thank you. Lori Graff » Read More

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Careers

Glenaeon Careers Centre

Glenaeon Careers Facebook group now has over 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.

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 2

Our Parent Education schedule for Term 2  has been released here so save the dates now!
http://www.glenaeon.nsw.edu.au/community/parent-education 

Tuesday 8th May 9.15am
ANTHROPOSOPHIC HOME CARE with Lyn Clifton
Wednesday 16th May 7.30pm
THE GLENAEON JOURNEY with Andrew Hill
Friday 18th May 9.15am
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE with Narelle Savage and Justin Curtin
Friday 8th June 9.15am
SIMPLICITY PARENTING – MEDIA AND SCREEN TIME with Mary Heard
Saturday 16th June 10am
SOURDOUGH BREAD BAKING with Sandra Frain » Read More


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Anthroposophic Home Care

Lyn Clifton works with anthroposophic home care, and care mantels such as footbaths, sphagnis and compresses to support children and parents in their health and development. She also works with nourishment through herbal teas, food, rhythm in daily life, reflection and community building. Lyn and kindergarten parents have been meeting on Tuesdays to share experiences to support their children’s transition into school life. As we move towards midwinter, parents are encouraged to bring questions and ideas which Lyn will reflect and explore with them.
Tuesday 8th May 9:15am
Marion Mahony Griffin Hall kitchen
Castlecrag campus
• BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
Mary Heard, Castlecrag office:
9958 0774
castlecrag@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au
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Through warmth, rhythm and love, young children are encouraged to find their feet on the earth. They are still in the phase of becoming – their organs, digestion and physical skills are slowly developing. As they are incarnating from the spiritual world, their senses help them into their body and they have much need for warmth and protection. They are sensory beings drinking in everything without the ability to discriminate. As their carers, they ask much of us, they ask us to guide and protect them on their journey into life. Young children learn by imitation so standing firmly on the ground ourselves, embracing parenthood and walking forward with strength and love will be a great support in our children’s development.
Lyn Clifton
Community Health Social Worker BSW
Certificate of Anthroposophic Holistic
Healthcare and Rhythmic Body Oiling NZ
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The Joys and Challenges of Parenting

A Parent talk at - Tír na nÓg (means land of the young) Rudolf Steiner Home Based Preschool, with Ebba Bodame
Over the course of the evening we will be looking at the gift of childhood - how to guide children through their first years, appropriate approaches to difficult behaviour and skills to help dealing with the bumps of everyday life with children.
Where: Tír na nÓg, Rudolf Steiner Home Based Preschool William St, Leichhardt 2040
When: Wednesday 23rd May at 7.30pm
Cost: $20 (Cash only) Bookings essential please email Anita McCann
RSVP: purple_anita@smartchat.net.au
Tír na nÓg preschool has been running for over 11 years in the Inner West please email Anita for any Preschool or Parent Education enquiries. Click below for more details about the talk. » Read More


Topics covered will include:
• The gift of boundaries
• Children who won’t listen
• The struggle of trying to be a role model
• Rhythm, repetition and rituals
• The need for consistency
• Sibling rivalry
• Family or child centred approaches
• Consequences via threat and bribe
There will also be time for discussion, and to look at any questions you bring along. Bring pen & paper to take notes.

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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Foundation Course in Anthroposophy

Following recent Kindergarten parent morning gatherings, some parents have decided to take up study of an introduction to Rudolf Steiner’s offerings to the world through the online year course EduCaredo.
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We would like to extend an invitation to others who might be interested to join in an EduCareDo study group which we are commencing on Tuesday May 15 , from 9.00am till 11.30am. We will meet monthly in the after school room alongside Little Kindy on the Castlecrag campus.

Those interested enrol individually online https://educaredo.org/enrolment-form-2/fees-and-enrolment/ and makes a note on the enrolment form that they are part of the Glenaeon study group. Each person will be emailed our own 26 lessons and have an individual connection with EduCareDo in the same way as studying on our own, but with the advantage of conversations, sharing resources and motivation from being part of a group. Lyn Clifton is happy to coordinate the study group. If there are more than six new members, the course fee is reduced from $450 to 350 each.
The price includes:
- 26 full-colour lessons delivered via email as a PDF
- tutoring
- a Certificate of Completion once the requirements are submitted.
If you would be interested to find out more or have further questions, please contact Lyn on 0419424935.
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Raphael’s Rooms

Parent Craft

Alumni

Alumni Zoe Morley in Head On Photo Festival

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to attend the opening of my solo exhibition, 'Then and Now' as part of the Head On Photo Festival. The opening will begin on the 9th of May at 6.30pm, to be opened by Gail Kelly (former CEO of Westpac) at The Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby. Profits and donations raised from this exhibition will be going directly to helping orphans with HIV/AIDS at Rehoboth Children's Village, South Africa.
The exhibition will run from the 10th - 27th May.
Please find your invitation attached HERE for further details and information regarding the show.
I hope to see you there! Zoë


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Noticeboard

Grassroots Eco Store – Warm Indoor Slippers

Warm and cosy to keep little (and big!) toes toasty – as soft as a sock and as comfortable as a slipper these new slippers are like a warm hug for you feet! They have an extra soft, flexible sole for maximum comfort that is breathable with non-slip spikes. They come in a cotton blend with sock, ballet flat and a wool and cashmere blend. The good news is they are also machine washable! Made in France by the 4th generation of one family. Also, more woollen slippers from Austria have arrived, the last shipment before they're gone for good. Come and feel with warmth, cosiness and comfort!

See what's new on Instagram at grassroots_ecostore.
Click below for opening hours..
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Opening Hours during term
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. Thank you for your patronage - a portion of every sale goes to Glenaeon.
See you soon!
Felicity
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Free Holistic Counselling

Feeling lost, stuck or at a crossroad in your life?
Wanting to gain insights in yourself and heal wounds and move forward?
Express yourself with words, colour, gesture, sound, clay and sand play in a safe and confidential environment
Hi, my name is Uli and I am a 47-year-old senior student in Holistic Counselling at Sophia College. As part of my practicum I am offering free counselling sessions to adults during April and May.
When and where: on Saturday mornings in Castlecrag
If you are interested, require more information or would like to make an appointment, please contact me on 0412 151298 or uli.candotti@gmail.com
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Looking to swap comfortable, spacious homes in Melbourne or Hobart

Looking to swap comfortable, spacious homes in Melbourne (Sat July 7th - Thurs July 12th) or Hobart (any time)
We are looking to swap a house that sleeps 5 adults, ideally in walking distance or on bus route to Castlecrag and Middle Cove campuses. We are Early Childhood Educators on the AARSECE committee attending meetings and the Vital Years Conference, spread over campuses.
We are offering to swap either a home by the sea in Ocean Grove, Melbourne, front row, only separated from beach by sand dunes, with walking track to beautiful beach walks, swimming in both directions. Light filled home, tastefully decorated, sleeps up to 8 over 4 bedrooms.
For more information phone Paulene 0408566800
For home in West Hobart, sleeps 6+ over 3 bedrooms and separate studio for 2+, walking distance to city, views, bush reserve at end of road. Chantal 0407 344 318
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Rudolf Steiner House

Please note that we have decided to postpone the upcoming 'Astronomy & the Spirit' weekend workshop as the AGM is on in Canberra at the same time. We will let you know at a later date when the weekend workshop will take place. Behind the scenes, a few volunteers have worked very hard at getting the new Society in Australia website updated and it looks great. Please have a look for yourself: anthroposophyau.org.au

Also, a call has come from our friends in Germany who are trying to put together a clip of Threefolding. I have attached their request for you (threefolding clip).

Attached is the latest Sydney Branch newsletter for you with a listing of what's coming up at Steiner House, plus articles on the Painting Class, the new Community Board coming up and other informative updates.
Don't forget the members' lecture on Tuesday evening starting at 7pm!

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8th May: The electronic Doubleganger. A talk with Kelly Connor. A review and exploration of the lecture series by Rudolf Steiner, on the mystery of the double in the age of the internet.
12th May: The last page. An afternoon of poetry, music and conversation. All welcome.
12th May: Pruning and orchard care. This is a one-day workshop with BD Sydney. For more information, please have a look here. 
14th May: 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. Please have a look here for more details.
19th May: Lyre concert with John Billing. Internationally acclaimed lyre player John Billing will be in Australia again for a series of concerts. Please have a look here for more details.
26th-27th May: 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. 
29th May: The karma of illness in our biography. A talk with Karla Cryer. Steiner has very interesting, confronting and comforting indications on the karma of illness.
2nd June: One more thing or Caedmon. This is a performance of a poem written by Caedmon, Britain's first poet and is set seventh-century England. 
12th June: In the beginning was the creative word, not an abstract word. A talk with Wolfgang Devine. Although some of Edith Sitwell’s poetry might be called ‘abstract’, she explores the power of the musicality of language and creates pictures out of the rhythm, rhyme and dynamic of language. The poems here recited are originally spoken to the music of William Walton, Façade. To give language and music its right, we perform them separately. Recitation (with) Domenica Conte; Piano 4-hand with John Statter.
19th June: "Where do we come from; What are we; Where are we going?" A talk with Liz Hamilton. Insights into Paul Gauguin's profound art masterpiece on the fundamental questions of existence . How we can find these answers through 'The Way of the One Star'

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
Email: admin@sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com
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Solid Wooden Handcrafted Photo Frames

Photo Frame for Glenaeon School Photos
Handmade in Tasmanian Blackwood & Tasmanian Oak solid wood, using 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.
10% discount for orders before 20th April
For orders/questions: carmen@theauthentic.com.au
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Mindd Mission

Integrative Healthcare offers real solutions for the whole family by combining diet, nutrient therapy, structural support, energy medicine and lifestyle to restore the body’s natural ability to grow, heal and prevent disease. Sometimes neuro therapies are also needed.
Mindd Foundation helps practitioners and patients discover and implement effective treatments for Metabolic, Immunologic, Neurologic, Digestive, Developmental conditions that often affect the mind. Click below for more details...
Mindd Foundation, Healthy Cells For Life https://mindd.org/home/  Brochure HERE » Read More

Our focus is on paediatric disorders such as ADHD, Asthma, allergies, autism, chronic illness, depression, learning and language delay, and digestive and behavioural disorders. Research is showing that these children are coming from families with a history of “brain-immuno-gut disorders” triggered by toxins, malnutrition and infections.
The rise in childhood disease signals a need for preventative healthcare that focuses on cellular health by optimising nutrient intake while minimising toxins.
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Rudolf Steiner College courses

Rudolf Steiner College has a number of courses available. 
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Approaching Literacy through Creative Writing for Years 1-6 with Shelley Davidow
This course enables primary school teachers to create teaching strategies for literacy by using creative writing as a methodology, using their knowledge of students’ developmental context as a base from which to create well structured, effective programs that engage students, improve learning outcomes and support literacy development.
Date: 14th May 2018 Sydney
Click HERE for details


The Stress Proof Classroom with Shelley Davidow
This course empowers teachers to use a newfound understanding of the role stress plays in teaching and learning experiences for their students. The practical tools gained by learning ‘high coherence’, the Restorative approach to classroom management and the adoption of strategies that lead to heart-rhythm coherence equip teachers with the skills to adjust programs and approaches where necessary to meet student needs.
Date: 15th May Click HERE for details


Knitting for Primary: Supporting Learning
This course will equip participants with the skills they need in order to embark upon a Knitting Project with a Primary Class. Participants will learn practical techniques in order to teach knitting to students, and will be supported in the development of lesson sequences with the clear end goal of a completed item of knitting that students can keep.
Date: 25 May 2018 Sydney Click HERE for details



Free Karma for the World and for Self
with Fiona Cambell.
Life Beyond Karma
Bernard Lievegoed (Phases: Crisis and Development in the Individual) tells us that as we approach the end of our cycle of seven-year life phases, we need to gather up our biography and run for the finish! The latter half of life used to be seen as a time of graceful retirement; yet nowadays, more and more is demanded of us as we age. How can we take the fruits of our youth and turn them into gifts for the world and our future karma? This workshop focuses on the challenges and gifts of the second half of life. Themes include understanding free karma, inner rejuvenation and physical ageing, loneliness and approaching the threshold. Activities include biographical chart, contemplative exercises, painting and group sharing.
Fiona Campbell: Dip. Waldorf Education, BA (Hons) English &Linguistics, MA in Information Science, Ph.D in Communication and Creativity
Fiona is a professional artist, art therapist and researcher. Trained at Emerson College and Tobias School of Art, she has been teaching in Steiner adult education for over 25 years and has a deep knowledge of the foundations of Anthroposophy and Spiritual Science. She specializes in evolving human consciousness, destiny studies and visual arts. She also works in Palliative Care. Her recent workshops include Painting for the Second Half of Life, The Quest and Cognition,
Creativity and Contemplation.
Date: Saturday May 26th & Sunday May 27th
Time: Saturday 9.30am – 4pm, Sunday 9.30am – 1pm Venue: Sydney Rudolf Steiner College
307 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW Cost: $250
Book online @ www.sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com
Enrol Now!
+61 2 9261 4001
admin@sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com 


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 2: Thursday 2 August and Thursday 23 Aug (5 hours each day)

Click HERE for details



Special invitation - two weekends of anthroposophy, eurythmy, clay and painting.
June 9/10 & July 28/29
An opportunity has arisen for all teachers and parents in the Steiner community to join our early childhood students in their study of the what lies behind the curriculum taught in our schools.
These two weekends offer a special insight and introduction to some key concepts and teachings of Rudolf Steiner. Dr Renate Long-Breipohl leads the weekends with lectures on the three-fold composition of the human being (Body, Soul and Spirit) which is interwoven with a presentation on our four bodies – Physical, Etheric, Astral and Ego.
The Temperaments and the three faculties of the soul – Thinking, Feeling and Willing are also explored in these weekends. Eurythmy, Clay and Painting, support our understanding and time is given to these artistic practices.
All parents and teachers are invited to join us. Please note, places are limited.
Date: June9/10 & July 28/29
Time: Saturday 9.30am – 4pm, Sunday 9.30am – 1pm Venue: Sydney Rudolf Steiner College
307 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
For more information call Linda St Clair on (02) 9261 4001.
or book at the college. Details HERE
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The Whistler Waldorf School exchange program

The Whistler Waldorf School warmly welcomes students from around the world to its high school in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. We accept students who come on exchange as well as those who apply directly to our International Student Program. I would be pleased to speak with you about our high school programs. In addition to exchanges, we have also sucessfully hosted students from the southern hemisphere who come on their summer holidays.  
For further information please contact our admissions office at admissions@whistlerwaldorf.com or visit our website at http://whistlerwaldorf.com/international-student-program/
If you are on social media, find us at https://www.facebook.com/WhistlerWaldorf/posts/1812900295440546 » Read More

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Vital Years accommodation needed

We a kindly requesting accommodation for one of our staff who is attending the Vital Year’s Conference 2018. Ms Lora Buatava is facilitator for our playgroup and we hope to find a volunteer family to host Ms Lora.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Ms Nanise
Co-ordinator.
Waldorf Kindergarten Fiji
240 Richards Road Suva
Postal address: P.O. Box 14465 Suva Fiji Islands
Tel 3310417 or 9267800/8323309
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Colombian Steiner Preschool fundraiser

Thanks to all our supporters we have been able to provide a beautiful, nurturing environment for the children to enjoy. We have been cooking, gardening, sharing meals, enjoying stories, songs and games, painting, drawing and of course lots of time for free imaginative play. The first few months have been exciting, challenging and a lot of hard work.

We would like to make stands for the dolls corner and some wooden toys - a Steiner woodwork teacher lives near the preschool who will run workshops with the parents to teach them how to make things. She would also like to buy a flour grinder to grind wheat to make the bread and a ceramic bowl to make the bread. You can donate to help the school at https://www.chuffed.org/project/sacha-uku » Read More

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Warrah School Open Day

Warrah is a Rudolf Steiner organisation providing services to adults and children with disabilities in Sydney's North West. Their main campus in Dural is set on 30 acres (12 ha) and is an environmental haven. Services include Residential and Day Services for adults with intellectual and other disabilities who need support in their daily lives. Warrah Special School educates children ages 5-18 with disabilities. Warrah’s main campus includes Warrah Biodynamic Farm and Farm Shop.Values of self-determination, creativity and contribution underpin Warrah's approach to supporting people with disability. They are holding an Open Day on Thursday 17 May. For more details, visit http://www.warrah.org/warrah » Read More

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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 https://www.sageacupuncture.com.au
For all appointments, please call or text Hyonna at 0481 287 346 » Read More

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Babysitting

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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Community Events

IN THIS ISSUE:

See Calendar

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: info@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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

Glenaeon eNewsletter

From Head of School

Open Day: Tales of Tours and Trades

Taking tour groups around our Middle Cove campus on Open Day is always a pleasure. Any teacher would be proud to showcase the rich and vibrant educational offerings that were on show last Friday. From Class 5 music to Year 12 Physics and Biology, it was a vision of a complete education.

We had 63 families attending, with about 110 visitors in total.

The diversity was wonderful. Year 12 Physics students, under the direction of Science Teacher Jenny Macgonigal, were wrestling with measuring the wave length of light, and enjoyed a deep conversation with a visitor to the classroom who just happened to have a PhD in Quantum Physics. There are always wonderful little moments like these that emerge out of interactions between visitors and students.

Year 10’s preview of The Little Mermaid was as expected, beautiful and moving, with magnificent costumes and fine singing. It was equally moving to think that later this year they will definitely not be looking beautiful, but rather muddy, sweaty and exhausted, as they hike across Tasmania. Another vision of a complete education: within a year, every student singing, dancing, hiking, climbing, being both creative and resilient, a unique combination.

My special moment in the whole morning? Watching Year 8 Blacksmithing, under the direction of D&T teachers Anthony Fiore and Evan Sanders. There is something profoundly therapeutic about pounding red hot metal into a nice shape. I was most taken with the girls, kitted up in overalls with googles and gloves: it was mesmerising to see them wielding their hammers not just with power and precision, but also with the single focus and passion they seemed to pour into every hammer blow. Click below to read more... » Read More

I thought again of how important it is for girls, and boys, to learn the artisan crafts that figure so prominently in our middle years’ curriculum, and without any gender stereotypes: girls learn to make a piece of furniture and to shape metal in blacksmithing, boys learn to use a sewing machine and make a piece of clothing. These are real life skills which in their mature form become the skills of the entrepreneur.

The Saturday Australian columnist Nikki Gemmell wrote a fine piece about tradies and their overpricing practices. One strategy she suggested to remedy this situation was for everyone to be more practical, and particularly for women to overcome gender indoctrination and work with trades. It’s a great suggestion, one which completely fits our practice, empowering and strengthening for girls. Here is a quote from her piece:



Women who’ve conquered traditional male spaces tend to do rather well for themselves. New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern’s favourite subject at school was metalwork, because she could “make tools”. Aviatrix Amelia Earhart declared, “Perhaps I have something of a chip on my shoulder when it comes to modern feminine education … I’ve known girls who should be tinkering with mechanical things instead of making dresses.” She dreamt of young women learning in a “catch-as-can machine-shop, where girls may tinker to their heart’s content with motors, lathes, jigsaws”.

It’s not uncommon for women to love the toolbox and mechanical tinkering but we’ve been indoctrinated against it. Why? It’s empowering. We don’t want to be rendered helpless if we can possibly help it. And frankly, all the domestic handymen (ahem) I know tend to be the females of the relationship.

Earhart again: “One of my favourite phobias is that girls, especially those whose tastes aren’t routine, often don’t get a fair break … It’s come down through the generations … which produced the corollary that women are bred to timidity.” I’m not bred to timidity, nor do I want my 10-year-old daughter to be. Last holidays I sent her to “tool school”. She learnt carpentry. Adored it, of course, and can’t wait for another blast of tradie skills. We need more workshops like these, and all-female tradie companies, and car workshops. They’d make a killing.

As we finish the term, I wish all families a restful and refreshing break. Teachers return on May 1 for a PD day, and we look forward to welcoming back all our students on Wednesday May 2nd.

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 the final bow from the Year 10 musical The Little Mermaid. The musical performed to appreciative audiences every night and we share here part of one teacher's response after seeing the show: ...this is the kind of thing where Glenaeon really excels – everyone helping, giving ALL the students the possibility of such a unique and memorable opportunity to fully live into such a musical – the musical becomes a heart-warming and artistic celebration of life. I came away feeling deeply grateful to be able to call myself a member of our special community: we don’t expect students to be perfect before they start and presume that they can, when given the chance, rise to a challenge that ordinarily would be far beyond their abilities. I truly believe that at Glenaeon we offer something unique and can quite rightly be proud of it. » Read More


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Blackboard Beauties

This week's blackboard is from the Class 7 Medieval History main lesson, and was drawn by class teacher, Brendan Strobl. The students have been studying the rise of Christianity and Islam during this period, and this Arabic star was one of the symbols of Islam, many of which can be found on Moorish palaces like the Alhambra in Spain. » Read More

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Student finalists in photography prize

Congratulations to Joshi Perera (Year 10) and Lone Bromley (Year 9), who have been chosen as finalists in the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize - Student category. Established in 2007, the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (MCPP) is a national competition that awards and promotes Australian contemporary photography and excellence in all forms of still, photo based artwork - including analogue and digital photography or staged and directorial photo-media work. The Moran Arts Foundation invites photographers to interpret ‘Contemporary Life in Australia’ with an emphasis on Australians going about their day-to-day life. 

Below: by Joshi Perera


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Assembly this week

Assembly this week was a bittersweet affair, during which we acknowledged sporting achievements and encouraged Duke of Edinburgh participants, and farewelled our much-loved Manu Prasad.

Manu was farewelled in song by Year 11, with whom he travelled as Guardian for two years in 2016 and 2017 and by Year 10. Year 11's song, Anthem, was from Chess, their musical with Manu last year. Year 10 sang a version of 'Kiss the Girl' from The Little Mermaid, reworked as 'Miss the Man'. Alara Sagan from Year 11 spoke movingly on behalf of students and presented Manu with a gift. There was lots of love in the room and quite a few tears around the hall.

One other very special musical farewell came from Stuart Wright and a trio of music tutors at Glenaeon, who played Manu his very own song written by Stuart for the occasion, L'Adieu Waltz. Stuart on piano was accompanied by Cathy Upex on cello, Christine Young on clarinet and Dushanka Pizurica on violin. 

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Exchange farewells

We say farewell to a number of foreign exchange students at the end of this term, most of whom joined Year 10 at the start of the year. Charlotte Aubule, Johanna Schaefer, Marit Eichholz, Maria Brunner, Noemie Mittwede, Sakuya Inaba and Titus Brors all became great friends with our students and were all part of the cast of The Little Mermaid this week. Rusalka Nowitzky joined Year 11 and also made a big impact on the class. They will be greatly missed and we wish them all a safe and happy return home. 

We also bid bon voyage to Year 10 students Aya Nomoto, Nelson Hall-Whitington and Chiara Candotti as they begin their overseas exchanges next term. Chiara and Nelson will be attending the Freie Waldorfschule Düsseldorf - Rudolf Steiner Schule and Aya will be attending the Freie Waldorfschule Cologne. Can't wait to hear from you on your adventures!

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Glenaeon students chosen for Smart Expressions

Congratulations to Augusta Gunn-Lynch and Imogen Hill, two students from the Visual Art class of 2017, who have had their work selected for Smart Expressions, an exhibition of student artworks from the 2017 NSW HSC practical examination in Visual Arts. The exhibition exemplifies the extraordinary achievements of young people and features a selection of artworks from students who attended five local high schools: Chatswood High School, Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner, Mercy Catholic College, St Pius X College and Willoughby Girls High School. The themes are diverse, with social advocacy at the heart of this new generation of artists.
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:00 am -Sunday, 6 May 2018 5:00 am
Art Space on The Concourse, 409 Victorial Avenue, Chatswood
Opening Event: Thursday 12 April, 6pm – 8pm
Below: Augusta's Mount Hubris


Below: Imogen's Metamorphosis

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The Lady and the Unicorn

A second group of Year 7 students attended The Lady and the Unicorn exhibition at The Art Gallery of NSW last week, and we reproduce more excerpts from a couple of student reports about the visit below. Click below to read more...


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Sky Faustmann
The set of six tapestries were made in the fifteen hundreds. My first impression of the work was WOW. The designs were so intricate. The main colours of the tapestries were red, blue, green, gold and white...It was surprising that the tapestries were so big and the patterns were so intricate. These tapestries were made from wool. An artist would paint a small image then it was given to a cartoonist and after that it was given to a weaver. The weaver would weave the wool on a loom and used certain amounts of different colours to create these designs.
There is a set of six tapestries and they represent, taste, hearing, touch, sight, smell and My Soul Desire.
The colours of My Soul Desire were more sophisticated than nowadays colours. They weren’t as bright or as vibrant. In the background there were many animals including rabbits, dogs, birds, sheep and goats. There was also a lot of plant foliage. The design of the plants were simple but when they were put together they stood out more. In the picture on the tapestry (my soul desire) there is a princess giving a box of jewels to another lady that looks to be a servant. The expressions on their faces are happy but solemn. The animals in the picture of My Soul Desire are a lion, unicorn and a dog. The lion was holding up the cloth of a tent. On the left a unicorn was holding up the other side of the tent and it was also holding a flag. Next to the princess there is a fluffy dog sitting on a cushion which was on a stool. The colours for the tapestry called ‘Smell’ are pale and not very bright. In the background there are a couple of species of birds it also had some rabbits and lambs. There are some vines with yellow flowers and plants with blue flowers. There is a servant holding a plate with some flowers on it. It looks like she is going to give them a garland of flowers. The animals in the picture are a monkey eating fruit and a unicorn sitting on its hind legs holding another flag that looks the same except it is flapping in the wind.
I enjoyed the experience and I would love to go and see some more tapestries. It was a very interesting and inspiring work of art.

Mya Hill
The Lady and the Unicorn.
When Year 7 arrived they watched a video explaining the six tapestries as the senses. Smell: the lady marked a flower crown and a monkey smelling a rose. Touch: in one hand the lady holds an emblazoned banner and in the other she gently grasps the unicorns horn. Taste: the lady delicately takes a sugared almond from a bowl to feed her pet parrot and monkey. Hearing: the lady and her young companion are playing a small instrument known as a positive organ, the lion and the unicorn seem captivated by the sound. Sight: the unicorn looks at its reflection in a golden mirror. My Soul Desire: it has these words encrypted on a blue tent and this scene is believed to illustrate a sixth sense, in medieval times this meant the soul.
After this we saw the tapestries themselves, everyone went speechless as they entered the room. The works were really detailed not just the Lady, the lion and the unicorn but there were really an assortment of animals trolling around in the fields of flowers. The size of the tapestries were breathtaking, it would have stretched way higher than most house walls.
Year 7 seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves and are looking forward to more excursions like this in the future.
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Year 11 EAL/D class - English as an additional language or dialect

For the first time, Glenaeon is offering EAL/D - English as an additional language or dialect class, and two Year 11 students, Yuhao Zhang and Minghu Sun, are currently studying for their HSC with teacher, Neil Anderson. Neil introduced them to the work of Australian author, David Malouf, through his book, The Valley of the Lagoons, and below you can read excerpts from their insightful essays. » Read More

An introduction to the David Malouf’s short story ‘The Valley of the Lagoons’ by Minghu Sun
David Malouf has an opinion that his writing heals the wound that separates words from things. In his writings, he always tries to bring the readers back to a true world which he believes in, the world that is actually at the front of your eyes.
David Malouf went on a shooting trip to the Valley of Lagoons in 1955 when he was only 21 years old. His later short story “The Valley of the Lagoons” was based on this personal experience which he described as “the most unforgettable event in his life”. The topic of the story is about a person’s connection with nature. So in the story, Malouf used techniques such as juxtaposition, informal or colloquial language, sound imagery and onomatopoeia to give the readers a sense of reality of life, to engage the reader’s attention but also to emphasise the importance of the surroundings to human beings.
In the story “Valley of the Lagoons”, he sets up the sense in the tropical region of Queensland, a place full of lively birds and beautiful natural swamp. The genre is a Bildungsroman, or “coming of age story”. So, in the story, we see the world seen from the main character, Angus’ point of view. It is a narrative of his life as a teenager and how his experience interacts with his relationship to the nature and people around him, and how he grows up from a boy to a man.

An introduction to the David Malouf’s short story ‘The Valley of the Lagoons’ by Yuhao Zhang
David Malouf is a writer who believes that we as humans have been separated from nature, and the separation is not a physical barrier, it is a wound. The easiest way to heal it is through reading and literature, for the words from those pieces have a tight connection to the human being. Malouf is concerned about this, and seriously gets deeper into it, so in his writing has a sort of code. They are mainly around how to find the true value of yourself.
Malouf perfectly connects his idea to the story “The Valley of Lagoons,”: it can be seen as a process of finding the true value of yourself - who am I? The main character, Angus, is an adolescent who wants to become a real man, so initially he decides to hunt with others, because he believes there is a man code inside such trips, but by the end of the journey, he realises that he has discovered a deep connection to nature when he was left by himself, and that he understands the true value of being human.
This development of the plot in the story refers back to Malouf’s concern. He uses many subplots to engage the reader, to help them stay with the story: such as the relationship between Stuart and Katie, and Matt Riley’s mysterious connection with indigenous. These kind of things force the reader to be drawn to Malouf’s central point. There are also many techniques that have been used to engage readers in the point of the story. There are two types of techniques, one that is used to describe the outward presentation of a subject, this is more visual, but it can’t give a description of the mental activities. The other type is the expression of the inside of the character, it is more the psychological description, and it has the effect of describing the personalities vividly, so readers have the chance to understand the psychological movement and conflict.
Malouf shared similar concerns with a famous German philosopher, Heidegger. Malouf totally agreed with Heidegger’s concern about the disconnection to nature and the mis-relation to language. This whole theory influences Malouf’s writing style.
Malouf uses other techniques to help his reader engage with the story. For example: “I began to forget my own disruptive presence…. I felt drawn, drawn on.” This quote is using the technique of imagery. The effect of it is to create an image that will last in reader’s mind for a period of time, so it creates a realistic feeling, and as the details has been described vividly it invokes a supernatural theme: “naturally into what hummed and shimmered all around me as into a dimension….”
...In general, Malouf uses a lot of technique to address, intensify, emphasize his point of view and concern and the misrelation of language and nature. From the very beginning of the story, Angus is kind of a very childish person, he wants to hunt, because he believes there is a man-code in it. And gradually, after he had experienced the nature in the Valley of the Lagoons, he started know that there is a mysterious relation between human being and nature. Especially when he was left by himself - he has the feeling of connection, he slowly has a great respectful attitude to what he is belong to. Furthermore this can be seen as a process of the growth in Angus from a childish boy to the start notice of adulthood. Also the process is referring back to Malouf’s concern, and by using all the subplots, the storyline attracts reader’s attention to his central idea. To conclude by the very end of the story, when Angus was on his way back, he finally realises the true value of being a human being and what he is longing for, dreaming about, for now the connection is completely stabilized.
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Class 4 garden

We caught Alisa and Kathy watering the newly planted garden outside Class 4 this week, tending to the new herbs in the ground and the new plants in the pond. The garden is protected by a fence made by the students of Class 4, from found wood and crystals. The sun was out and we couldn't resist showing you some of the student's work. 


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From the Music Department

A reminder that fees for individual instrument tuition will increase to $44 per 30 minute lesson from the start of Term 2, in line with the NSW Music Teachers’ Association recommendations. » Read More

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Squash at Glenaeon

Dear Glenaeon parents,
As some of you may know, Glenaeon has been successful in starting a squash program in term 1. The Glenaeon squash program trains at Willoughby Squash Club (443 Willoughby Rd), one of the best squash clubs in Australia, with 10 courts including the only two doubles courts in NSW. They are home of the Sydney Squash Academy, which has a team of top class coaches including retired professionals and current players. Willoughby Squash Club is just 10 minutes away from Glenaeon. Students can be driven from school to the club or take the 207 bus and then walk for five minutes. We recommend carpooling for easy transport. Willoughby provides all equipment, students only need to wear sports clothes. Non-black soled shoes are preferred
In term 1, we had nine players who regularly attended our Thursday training sessions. In term 2, we will be expanding to TWO PACKAGES: Social and Advanced. Click below for more details... » Read More

Social
This is for students who want to have a fun hit of squash, but not too seriously. It is also perfect for students who are aiming to join the advanced group, but do not feel comfortable yet. You only pay for the weeks you attend, so don’t worry if you might miss a few weeks. It includes training on a Thursday afternoon from 4-5pm with Glenaeon year 11 student Bryn Arnold. Bryn has been ranked as high as #3 in NSW in his age group, and placed 15th at the 2017 Australian Junior Open.
Price: $10 per week.
Advanced
This is for students who want to seriously improve their squash as well as have a good time. Students will join a squad run by the Sydney Squash Academy with high standard students from other schools. Run by one of the coaches from the Sydney Squash Academy.
Price: $22 per week
Students can change packages at any time during the term.
In addition to this, we will be running an Open Day in week 1 of term 2. It will run on Thursday from 4-5pm and is free to all students. If you are unsure whether you want to sign up for squash, this is the perfect opportunity for your child to ‘test the waters’.
To sign your child up for squash or for any other enquiries, please email Brynarnold@squashnow.net
Cheers,
Bryn Arnold.
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Castlecrag News

Aesop's fables and a farewell

Yesterday at Castlecrag, Class 2 shared with their parents some of the Aesop's Fables they have been learning in main lesson. Stories such as how the fox flattered the crow to trick him for his cheese. How the lion released the mouse who was later able to save him by chewing through the net in which he was trapped. So many wonderful stories that reflect the complexities of human behaviour in such a perfect way for the young child.

After their sharing it was time to say goodbye to our amazing Class 2 assistant Katherine Myers. Katherine is such a gifted craftsperson and has blessed the campus with so much beauty in her time here. She is also a quietly reliable, intuitive and caring person who has held so much to allow Katherine Arconati to do the wonderfully creative and inspiring work that she does. We will miss Katherine so much and wish her all the best as she and her family move north to Byron Bay where they will join the Cape Byron Steiner community.


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Kindy tree pasters

Kindy children have been tree pasting this week, to nourish and protect wounds on playground trees.

 
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Twilight Market

Last Friday we enjoyed a ‘fair weather’ twilight market on a beautiful early autumn evening. Class 2 provided a delicious smorgasbord of home baked goodies – apple cakes, brownies, pumpkin pies, sushi and a huge variety of sausage rolls – a most impressive spread that kept us all going for hours. The children were kept busy with three activities also organised by the Class 2 parents, face painting, apple bobbing and lantern making. It was lovely to see so many families from Middle Cove. It is such a relaxing way for us to all catch up as a community and share some precious time together.

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Family Fair and Art Show

School Calendar

What's on at Glenaeon next term

Term 2 dates to save now

Term 2 begins

Wednesday May 2
Term 2 Ends
Wednesday July 4
Class 4 overnight camp
Thursday May 3 – Friday May 4
Class 6 Camp
Monday May 7 – Friday May 11
Year 11 & 12 Information Evening for current Year 10
Wednesday May 9, 7pm – 9pm
Year 9 Outdoor Education - The Wolgan Valley
Friday May 18 – Friday May 25
Midwinter Ball
Saturday June 2, 6pm – 10pm
Kindy Mid-Winter Festival
Tuesday June 19, 5pm – 6pm
Middle Cove Mid-Winter Festival
Thursday June 21, 10:30am – 11:30am
Year 11 Outdoor Education 
Sunday June 24 – Wednesday July 4
Year 8 Shakespeare Festival
Monday July 2 and Tuesday July 3 » Read More

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Glenaeon School Tours

Glenaeon School Tours & Enrolment Events for Term One and Two

MIDDLE COVE CAMPUS (CLASSES 3 – 12))
Tuesday 8 May 2018 – 9am-11:30am
CASTLECRAG CAMPUS (CLASSES K – 2)
Kindy Entry School Tour - Saturday 12 May 2018 - 9:30am – 11:30am
PRESCHOOL
Monday 7 May 9.30-11.00am

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

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Foundation

GPA

Twilight Coordinator needed

Dear parents, sadly our last Twilight Market Coordinator moved to a new town, and we are looking for someone new to hold the role. The Twilight Market is a fundraising and community building event held at the end of end of term 1 and term 3 at the Glenaeon Castlecrag Campus, usually on a Friday, from 3pm – 6pm. It is a fun and casual event where parents and children can mingle and enjoy homemade treats from the “Coffee & Cake Stall” (and sometimes other food stalls) and also, browse the wares from a selection of external stallholders who set up stalls for the afternoon/early evening. The Coordinator is the go to person for the Class hosting the Café, and the contact person for the External Stall holders. Please contact Mary Heard at the Castlecrag office if you would like to offer your time and services. Mary Heard: castlecrag@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au or call 9958 0774. Click below for more details: » Read More

Essentially the role involves:
• Liaising with the Class Group running the food stalls.
• Contacting and booking the External Stallholders
• liaising with Michele Harris (Communications Coordinator) to publicise the event
• Overseeing the Set-up and Take-down.
Holding this role is both satisfying and rewarding, not only will you fulfil all your CIP requirements, you will be supporting a much-loved community event whilst being fully supported by the GPA and the school. The role has been well documented, and we are all willing to support the new Coordinator.
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Community News

Glenaeon Studios 2018

Elizabeth Ellean has put together a program inviting some distinguished workshop presenters for parents, teachers and friends of Glenaeon. The second guest artist 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 www.instagram.com/weaving_nature/
“Simple Pleasures” Plant fibre basketry with Zimmi Forest
Friday 8 June  10am - 3pm

For more information please email glenaeonstudios@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au and visit the school website HERE for more upcoming workshop details. » Read More

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Glenaeon Holiday Care

Come and join us for some fun this school holidays!
Holiday Care Dates April 2018
Thurs 12th April 2018 to Tue 1st May
Closed Wed 25th April 2018 Anzac Day

We have a varied program of activities to include Wool Art & Bush Day, Mosaics, Art Fantastic, Treasure Hunt, Clay Sculpture, Water & Bush, Bush Craft, Bows & Wheels, Wood Craft, Scavenger Hunt/Amazing Race and Pottery Wheel. And for Seniors there are more challenging activities including a bush challenge, scooter/skater day, a day camp out and a Seniors only Chill Zone. See our website for bookings and further details.
Children from all schools are welcome to attend. http://www.glenaeonoosh.com.au/holiday-care-bookings.html 
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Vital Years Conference

The Australian Association for Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce that Registration is now open for the Sydney Vital Years Conference - July 9-12, 2018. “Developing the Self: The Inner and Outer Work of the Early Childhood Educator”
This link www.vitalyears.com.au will take you to our website to discover more about this deeply enriching conference theme, the Program, and our keynote speakers: Lisa Romero and Louise de Forest. We look forward to welcoming you to this Vital Years Conference being hosted at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School - Middle Cove, Sydney. » Read More

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Steiner Education Australia Marketing Research Survey

Dear Glenaeon community member,
I am writing to introduce you to a survey being conducted by Steiner Education Australia that will be an important tool in building a better understanding of our schools across Australia. SEA has commissioned Australian Public Affairs, a respected survey company, to conduct the survey on their behalf and I would like to urge you to take a few minutes to complete the survey. The results will be fed back to us in the second half of 2018 and will be of great value to us in understanding your perceptions and views. Please take a moment to complete the survey in the link below which closes on April 16th.
With thanks and best wishes,
Andrew
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Secondhand Uniform Shop needs a New Coordinator

If you are looking for a fun way to complete your CIP points, please consider volunteering as Secondhand Uniform Shop coordinator. As I will be leaving my post at the end of this year when my son graduates, I am seeking a friendly, organised parent to take over. The role takes an hour or two each week, and it’s a great way to meet parents, students and staff. No special skills are necessary, just sort and hang up donations, help parents and students find the uniforms they need, help teachers and staff with any uniform needs (school concert, emergency uniforms, exchange student uniforms, backup sport uniforms etc), and wash the occasional donation as needed. Please contact me at 0428668056 if you are interested. Thank you. Lori Graff » Read More

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Careers

Glenaeon Careers Centre

Glenaeon Careers Facebook group now has 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.

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

Foundation Course in Anthroposophy

Following recent Kindergarten parent morning gatherings, some parents have decided to take up study of an introduction to Rudolf Steiner’s offerings to the world through the online year course EduCaredo.

We would like to extend an invitation to others who might be interested to join in an EduCareDo study group which we are commencing on Tuesday May 15 , from 9.00am till 11.30am. We will meet monthly in the after school room alongside Little Kindy on the Castlecrag campus.

Those interested enrol individually online https://educaredo.org/enrolment-form-2/fees-and-enrolment/ and makes a note on the enrolment form that they are part of the Glenaeon study group. Each person will be emailed our own 26 lessons and have an individual connection with EduCareDo in the same way as studying on our own, but with the advantage of conversations, sharing resources and motivation from being part of a group. Lyn Clifton is happy to coordinate the study group. If there are more than six new members, the course fee is reduced from $450 to 350 each.
The price includes:
- 26 full-colour lessons delivered via email as a PDF
- tutoring
- a Certificate of Completion once the requirements are submitted.
If you would be interested to find out more or have further questions, please contact Lyn on 0419424935. » Read More

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Parent Education - Term 2

Our Parent Education schedule for Term 2  has been released, so save the dates now and further details will be sent out soon.

Tuesday 8th May 9.15am
ANTHROPOSOPHIC HOME CARE with Lyn Clifton
Wednesday 16th May 7.30pm
THE GLENAEON JOURNEY with Andrew Hill
Friday 18th May 9.15am
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE with Narelle Savage and Justin Curtin
Friday 8th June 9.15am
SIMPLICITY PARENTING – MEDIA AND SCREEN TIME with Mary Heard
Saturday 16th June 10am
SOURDOUGH BREAD BAKING with Sandra Frain » Read More


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Raphael’s Rooms

Parent Craft

Alumni

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.

What have you been doing since school?

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.
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What impact did Glenaeon have on your career choice?
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. 

What is your favourite Glenaeon memory?
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. 

What are your plans for the future?
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.
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Free Holistic Counselling

Feeling lost, stuck or at a crossroad in your life?
Wanting to gain insights in yourself and heal wounds and move forward?
Express yourself with words, colour, gesture, sound, clay and sand play in a safe and confidential environment
Hi, my name is Uli and I am a 47-year-old senior student in Holistic Counselling at Sophia College. As part of my practicum I am offering free counselling sessions to adults during April and May.
When and where: on Saturday mornings in Castlecrag
If you are interested, require more information or would like to make an appointment, please contact me on 0412 151298 or uli.candotti@gmail.com
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Simplicity Parenting

MAINTAINING BEDTIME RHYTHM IN THE HOLIDAYS
As the holidays begin it is good to consciously make the decision as to whether your family is going to maintain the bedtime rhythm during the holidays.
It is something to think about and experiment with.

These are some reasons why I think it could be a good idea
• Rhythm makes bedtime so much easier – it is easy to wear yourself out in the holidays with open ended bedtime
• The children will sleep better – body clocks are a real thing
• You still need some time to yourself at night
• It seems like a lot of effort but it will just take you more effort later on (and more and more as the holidays wear on)
• It saves arguments about going to bed “It is time to go to bed” is the best reason and there is no arguing with that
• You don’t need to recreate the habit at the beginning of next term
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One parent told me about a wonderful thing she did when her children were small. When daylight saving finished she didn’t use lights. The children had their dinner and a story by candlelight. It’s an interesting thing to try – we all know how easy it is to get to sleep early when you are camping. Electric lights are very stimulating.

Anyway this is all food for thought.

I would love to get any feedback from parents after the holidays about how they have managed bedtimes and what works for them.
Have a fantastic break.

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

This week I would like to draw some special attention to a number of performances coming up (after we had a wonderful eurythmy performance last Tuesday):
There is the story telling performance of Psyche and Eros this coming Saturday, 14th April.
An afternoon of poetry, music and conversation on Saturday 12th May.
A lyre concert with John Billing on the 29th May.
And a performance of the play 'Caedmon' on 2nd June.
You can find the latest Anthroposophy World Wide HERE.
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14th April: 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. 
8th May: The electronic Doubleganger. A talk with Kelly Connor. A review and exploration of the lecture series by Rudolf Steiner, on the mystery of the double in the age of the internet.
12th May: The last page. An afternoon of poetry, music and conversation. All welcome.
12th May: Pruning and orchard care. This is a one-day workshop with BD Sydney. For more information, please have a look here. 
14th May: 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. Please have a look here for more details.
19th May: Lyre concert with John Billing. Internationally acclaimed lyre player John Billing will be in Australia again for a series of concerts. Please have a look here for more details.
25th - 27th May: Astronomy and the Spirit. A weekend workshop on the stars; exploring them, watching them and learning about them with David Bowden. Please have a look here for details and registration.
26th-27th May: 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. 
29th May: The karma of illness in our biography. A talk with Karla Cryer. Steiner has very interesting, confronting and comforting indications on the karma of illness.
2nd June: One more thing or Caedmon. This is a performance of a poem written by Caedmon, Britain's first poet and is set seventh-century England. 
12th June: In the beginning was the creative word, not an abstract word. A talk with Wolfgang Devine. Although some of Edith Sitwell’s poetry might be called ‘abstract’, she explores the power of the musicality of language and creates pictures out of the rhythm, rhyme and dynamic of language. The poems here recited are originally spoken to the music of William Walton, Façade. To give language and music its right, we perform them separately. Recitation (with) Domenica Conte; Piano 4-hand with John Statter.
19th June: "Where do we come from; What are we; Where are we going?" A talk with Liz Hamilton. Insights into Paul Gauguin's profound art masterpiece on the fundamental questions of existence . How we can find these answers through 'The Way of the One Star'

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
Email: admin@sydneyrudolfsteinercollege.com
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Solid Wooden Handcrafted Photo Frames

Photo Frame for Glenaeon School Photos
Handmade in Tasmanian Blackwood & Tasmanian Oak solid wood, using 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.
10% discount for orders before 20th April
For orders/questions: carmen@theauthentic.com.au
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Mindd Mission

Integrative Healthcare offers real solutions for the whole family by combining diet, nutrient therapy, structural support, energy medicine and lifestyle to restore the body’s natural ability to grow, heal and prevent disease. Sometimes neuro therapies are also needed.
Mindd Foundation helps practitioners and patients discover and implement effective treatments for Metabolic, Immunologic, Neurologic, Digestive, Developmental conditions that often affect the mind. Click below for more details...
Mindd Foundation, Healthy Cells For Life https://mindd.org/home/  Brochure HERE » Read More

Our focus is on paediatric disorders such as ADHD, Asthma, allergies, autism, chronic illness, depression, learning and language delay, and digestive and behavioural disorders. Research is showing that these children are coming from families with a history of “brain-immuno-gut disorders” triggered by toxins, malnutrition and infections.
The rise in childhood disease signals a need for preventative healthcare that focuses on cellular health by optimising nutrient intake while minimising toxins.
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Rudolf Steiner College Professional Development courses

Rudolf Steiner College has a number of Professional Development courses available. 
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Approaching Literacy through Creative Writing for Years 1-6 with Shelley Davidow
This course enables primary school teachers to create teaching strategies for literacy by using creative writing as a methodology, using their knowledge of students’ developmental context as a base from which to create well structured, effective programs that engage students, improve learning outcomes and support literacy development.
Date: 14th May 2018 Sydney
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The Stress Proof Classroom with Shelley Davidow
This course empowers teachers to use a newfound understanding of the role stress plays in teaching and learning experiences for their students. The practical tools gained by learning ‘high coherence’, the Restorative approach to classroom management and the adoption of strategies that lead to heart-rhythm coherence equip teachers with the skills to adjust programs and approaches where necessary to meet student needs.
Date: 15th May Click HERE for details


Knitting for Primary: Supporting Learning
This course will equip participants with the skills they need in order to embark upon a Knitting Project with a Primary Class. Participants will learn practical techniques in order to teach knitting to students, and will be supported in the development of lesson sequences with the clear end goal of a completed item of knitting that students can keep.
Date: 25 May 2018 Sydney Click HERE for details



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 2: Thursday 2 August and Thursday 23 Aug (5 hours each day)

Click HERE for details
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Colombian Steiner Preschool fundraiser

Thanks to all our supporters we have been able to provide a beautiful, nurturing environment for the children to enjoy. We have been cooking, gardening, sharing meals, enjoying stories, songs and games, painting, drawing and of course lots of time for free imaginative play. The first few months have been exciting, challenging and a lot of hard work.

We would like to make stands for the dolls corner and some wooden toys - a Steiner woodwork teacher lives near the preschool who will run workshops with the parents to teach them how to make things. She would also like to buy a flour grinder to grind wheat to make the bread and a ceramic bowl to make the bread. You can donate to help the school at https://www.chuffed.org/project/sacha-uku » Read More

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Warrah School Open Day

Warrah is a Rudolf Steiner organisation providing services to adults and children with disabilities in Sydney's North West. Their main campus in Dural is set on 30 acres (12 ha) and is an environmental haven. Services include Residential and Day Services for adults with intellectual and other disabilities who need support in their daily lives. Warrah Special School educates children ages 5-18 with disabilities. Warrah’s main campus includes Warrah Biodynamic Farm and Farm Shop.Values of self-determination, creativity and contribution underpin Warrah's approach to supporting people with disability. They are holding an Open Day on Thursday 17 May. For more details, visit http://www.warrah.org/warrah » Read More

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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 https://www.sageacupuncture.com.au
For all appointments, please call or text Hyonna at 0481 287 346 » Read More

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Babysitting

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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Community Events

IN THIS ISSUE:

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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
Email: info@glenaeon.nsw.edu.au

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

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From Head of School

You Will Come Out Shining!!