Glenaeon eNewsletter

From Head of School

Dear Former Glenaeon Students,

Welcome to the winter edition of GlenX News. It’s been an action-packed first semester at Glenaeon. In March, Year 10 brought us the magical musical, The Beauty and The Beast; Year 11 returned from their Central Australia trip in May working with Aboriginal children at Yipirinya School; Class 1 students enjoyed a visit from some woolly sheep as they began to learn to knit, and in June, the Glenaeon Parents Association held one of our most successful Midwinter Balls ever. Bollywood Bling was the theme and over 160 parents, teachers and alumni bhangra’d the night away. » Read More

We have many more exciting plans for semester two, including our 10, 20 and 30 year alumni reunions happening in September. We’re looking forward to seeing what you’ve all been up to! Check inside for more details on these upcoming reunions. 

On Saturday 17th October, we’d love you to join us for Founders Day with guest speaker, Brenna Hobson (1993), Executive Director of the Belvoir Theatre. More details to follow.

In the meantime, please sit back and enjoy reading about the careers of ABC journalist and co-director of Stem Media, Emily Dawson (nee Mitterhuemer) from the Class of 1999, and health writer and nutritionist, Honor Tremain (1996). We hope you enjoy reading their profiles and are inspired by their stories, achievements and thoughts.

We also congratulate two alumni award-winners, Madelaine Dickie (2004) and Troy Henderson (1994) who are both recipients of prestigious writing prizes.

Please stay in touch and we look forward to seeing you at one of our events or reunions soon. 

With Best Wishes

Andrew Hill
Collegiate Chair

Where are They Now

Emily Dawson (1999)

Emily Dawson (nee Mitterhuemer) is a journalist with the ABC, a producer, voiceover artist and small business owner. With her husband, Stuart, she is one of the directors of Stem Media, a digital content creator which produces corporate video, documentaries and television commercials. Emily graduated from Glenaeon with the class of 1999. » Read More

What have you been doing since you left Glenaeon?

I left Glenaeon after completing Year 12 and enrolled in a Bachelor of Business with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Italian.
I thought I wanted to be a management consultant until I realised just exactly what that meant. I wanted to do something meaningful, not just make money, but I just didn't quite know what that was.

I spent an unforgettable year living and studying in Italy, and another year when I came back, recovering and finishing all my hardest finance subjects. Tip for young players: finish your hardest subjects before you head overseas!
I actually really struggled to find something that excited me and one day, after I had finished my degree, I decided I wanted to be a journalist. I was lucky enough to have a Glenaeon parent help get me an internship at Channel 7, and from there I hassled and hassled every other newsroom for further work experience until eight months later, I a got an internship at Sky News. Luckily for me, they were just about to launch the Business Channel and I was offered a job due to my business studies. My first shift was 2am until midday, which soon became a 4am start — sleep in! If you had a Vodafone phone in New Zealand you probably heard my voice giving you the news first thing in the morning. My first proper producing job for the news coincided with the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the start of the carnage of the GFC in 2008. It was a baptism of fire for me and an absolute rush watching history being made!

I spent nearly 3 years at Sky and met my husband there. He had been a studio director there for more than a decade and we eventually decided to jump off the adrenaline train and head off to South America for three months. Before we left, I interviewed the CEO of a large travel company for one of the shows I was producing and boldly asked whether they needed anything filmed or any stories created for their marketing team. Turns out they did and they paid for much of our trip and so Stem Media was born!
My husband I have been running Stem Media ever since, creating documentaries, corporate videos, TV commercials and providing media training. I have also been freelancing at the ABC on the side to keep my TV skills up to scratch and have been a reporter for Lateline Business, Business Today and more recently ABC News 24.

Our work has taken us to many varied places, including Palm Island to shoot a documentary about indigenous languages, the wilds of Tasmania to shoot a documentary on Tasmanian Devils, around Australia chasing and filming 60 motorbike riders, onto sheep stations in central Queensland and countless boardrooms, sound stages and research facilities. I feel very privileged to be able to tell stories and to be given such fantastic access to people from all walks of life.

How did Glenaeon influence your career choice?

I think something that I really struggled with after my education at Glenaeon was the thought that I had to settle for something mundane. I tried to convince myself I could do an ordinary day job behind a desk but I feel like Glenaeon made me expect something a bit more exciting and very much self-driven. I am a small business owner and I know that I could never go back to working for someone else. It's sometimes terrifying but far less terrifying to me than doing the same thing every day.

What are your favourite Glenaeon memories?

I loved every minute of my time at Glenaeon. It's hard to single out favourite memories as there are so many. School plays were a favourite and games of Bullrush on the oval. I do have a very vivid memory of being at the school one weekend when there was an impending threat from a bushfire. My family and I, and one of my best friends and her family, were on ember-attack watch. My friend and I raided the stash of lamingtons in the staff room and sat in the teachers’ chairs. Good times!

What are your plans for 2015 & beyond?

I think 2015 will be a big year. Our business is starting to hit its stride now, we have just bought ourselves a farm (a little slice of paradise!) and we are also looking at starting another business. Should be a busy one! I guess I had better start thinking about kids soon too ; )

Honor Tremain (1996)

Glenaeon Alumna Honor Tremain (1996) is a popular health writer and nutrition journalist, a qualified complementary health practitioner who has studied not only nutrition, but also herbs and homoeopathy. In April 2015, Honor released her first health/diet and recipe book, A Diet in Paradise, which combines holistic wisdom with the latest scientific discoveries in nutrition. » Read More

What have you been doing since you left school?

Since leaving Glenaeon I went on to do design, and then decided Nutrition and science were my thing, so I gained a diploma in Nutrition and a Bachelor in Health Science at Uni.
I was fascinated with writing, and somehow landed my first writing gig as a columnist for The Fitness First Magazine, where I have been head nutritional journalist.
I have been a nutritional medicine supervisor for one of NSW's largest health colleges, Nature Care College, and now write my own health column for all Queensland APN newspapers.
I’m excited because I just released my first health/diet and recipe book, A Diet in Paradise, earlier this year.

How did Glenaeon influence your career?

Glenaeon definitely allowed me to find my passion for learning, and to build on my strengths and passions in varying fields, which has always been to my advantage. I still have a great desire to keep learning more, not only in nutrition, science, health and writing, but in Egyptology, Astrophysics, Art and Music, and will endeavor to encorporate aspects of them into my career when I can.

What are your favourite Glenaeon memories?

My favourite Glenaeon moment was the main lesson covering Egypt, as it sparked an intense curiosity and wonderment with this highly intelligent and creative culture. This has stayed with me ever since.

What are your plans for 2015 and beyond?

My future plans are to complete and release my next two books, which are children’s focused books, both of which will have healthy kids recipes in the back, and the second of which I will illustrate myself. I plan on creating them as an app once I’m done. I am also looking into cooking segments and lots more fun stuff, all of which wouldn’t have been possible if I had not had the privilege of attending Glenaeon!

You can purchase ‘A Diet in Paradise’ at and don’t forget to ‘like’ Honor Tremain on FB

Community News

2015 Glenaeon Art Show

Calling all our artistic Alumni! The 2015 Glenaeon Art Show is happening again on 6th-8th November at our Castlecrag Campus and entries are now open for any artists who wish to exhibit work in the show. » Read More

Works should fall within the categories of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and sculpture. In addition, Glenaeon has a strong craft tradition and welcomes all kinds of applied arts including jewellery, textiles, woodwork, ceramics and metalcraft. If you would like to exhibit, please download the Application Form HERE

For more information check out the Glenaeon Art Show website and their Facebook page

Glenaeon Art Show Sponsorship Opportunities

Do you have a business that would benefit from being associated with the Glenaeon Art Fair? The Glenaeon Art Show committee is looking for sponsors for their event over the weekend of 6th-8th November. » Read More

A range of sponsorship options are available all of which allows the opportunity to connect: 

  • In the lead up to the event: to over 400 Glenaeon families and the broader Castlecrag/Willoughby/Middle Cove community 
  • Opening Night Launch Party: to over 150 attendees from the school & local community 
  • Over the event weekend: to over 1500 attendees 

To arrange your sponsorship package please contact Stephanie Graham on 0425 393 616 or email her at

Founders Day 2015

Founders Day brings together all in our vibrant community, past and present as well as the local community, in celebrating the vision and values that guided the work of the Burley Griffin's and the work of Sylvia Brose and Eric Nicholls in the founding of Glenaeon. » Read More

We are happy to announce that this year's Marion Mahony Griffin Memorial Lecture will be given by Brenna Hobson. Brenna attended Glenaeon from Kindergarten to Year 12, graduating in 1993. She is currently the Executive Director of Australia's most acclaimed theatre companies - Belvoir St Theatre - and we are delighted that she has accepted our invitation to deliver this year's Mahony Griffin Lecture. We invite all alumni and members of our community to join us for the lecture, afternoon tea, and community gathering. 

Details for Founders Day 2015 are:

Saturday 17th October 2015 from 2.30pm to 5pm.   

Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, 121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag 

Madelaine Dickie (2004)

Congratulations to Glenaeon graduate Madelaine Dickie (2004) who is the winner of the City of Fremantle T.A.G Hungerford Award. The 28-year-old former Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School graduate won the award for her manuscript Troppo, a work of fiction focusing on Australia's relationship with Indonesia. » Read More

Madelaine, who now lives in Broome, said Troppo was her attempt to define the mysterious magnetism and complicated ties that Australians had to Indonesia – a personal quest that began after someone she knew was killed in the Bali bombings. As the winner, she received $12,000 from the City of Fremantle plus a publishing contract with Fremantle Press. What an achievement, congratulations Madelaine!

Troy Henderson (1994)

Congratulations to former Glenaeon student Troy Henderson (1994) who is the co-winner of the 2015 Overland Fiction Prize. This award is considered one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Australia. » Read More

Troy is a PhD candidate in political economy at the University of Sydney. His research topic examines the case for a universal basic income in Australia. His Masters focused on the four-day work week. His writing has appeared in The Australian, Arena, Left Flank and New Matilda. He blogs at

This is a wonderful achievement - congrats again Troy! 


Glenaeon 10, 20 and 30 Year Reunions

Ever wondered what happened to all those children you borrowed Lyra pencils from at Glenaeon? Sometimes ask yourself what became of the fellow Eurythmists after the final curtain fell on your time at school? It's reunion season again and if you left school in 1985, 1995 or 2005 come and see what became of your class. Below are the dates of the up-and-coming 2015 Glenaeon Reunions: » Read More

10 Year Reunion - Class of 2005 - Saturday 5th September

30 Year Reunion - Class of 1985 - Saturday 12th September

20 Year Reunion - Class of 1995 - Saturday 19th September

All reunions will start at 4.30pm and partners are welcome to attend. There will be complimentary drinks and nibbles and a school tour with Andrew Hill (and a few special guests!). Please RSVP to Emily Fraser 

Keep In Touch

Glenaeon Alumni Facebook Page

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

Check out our page at and don't forget to like us! 

School News

Annual Giving 2015 Update

Dear Glenaeon Alums, We made it! Thank you to our Alum community who supported Annual Giving 2015. I am delighted to let you know that we had a final revenue of $89,000. This was in excess of the target of $80,000 and it means we are now in a position to commence building our Community Kitchen. » Read More

We have a Kitchen Designer currently working on the plans and we look forward to sharing more news with you shortly.
We are also pleased to let you know that the Sylvia Brose All Rounder Scholarship, which has been a long term vision for the school, will be launched in Term4. This Scholarship will be for a student entering Year 10 in 2017.
We look forward to launching our Community Kitchen in 2016 and inviting you all in for the launch!

Kind Regards,

Nicole Crabb
Director of Development

Max Skipper (1998)

In May 2015, we welcomed back to Glenaeon talented Alumnus - Dr Max Skipper. Max graduated from school in 1998, coming 4th in the state in Extension 2 Maths (the highest level of this subject). He then went on to achieve the University Medal with First Class Honours in Mathematics from Sydney University, followed by a PhD scholarship at Oxford University on Probability theory. Max returned to school to talk with our senior Maths students (Years 9-12) about his original research at Oxford, the work that Mathematicians do after university, and reminisce on his time at Glenaeon.

School Tours

2015 School Tours Dates

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

Below are the next Tour dates for each campus: 

Middle Cove Campus (Years 3-12) 

School Tour - Saturday 12th September 9.15am - 12noon

 Castlecrag Campus Tour (Years K-2) 

School Tour - Thursday 10 September 9.30am - 11.15am 

To view the complete list of 2015 Open Days & Tours Click Here 

If you wish to make an Enrolment Enquiry the form is available on our Glenaeon website Here

Or email our Enrolments Register Jennifer Keating at  


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

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