Glenaeon eNewsletter

From Head of School

Dear Former Glenaeon Students,

Welcome to GlenX News (Issue #2) providing a glimpse of the Glenaeon community in the middle of the Winter season 2014. It’s been a busy and engaging first half of the year and our newsletter chronicles some of those events – The Year 10 Musical ‘The White Rose’, our Outdoor Education program and the Mid-Winter Festival. This year many of our former students joined us to walk the Winter Spiral and reconnect with old friends and teachers at this unique celebration. » Read More

In this issue we also invite you to join us for Founders Day on Saturday October 18th with the inaugural Marion Mahony Griffin lecture which will be given by social commentator Hugh Mackay.

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

From Director of Development

Where are They Now

Lauren Swan (2006)

Talented Glenaeon alum, Lauren Swan (2006) is the founder and artist behind Salty Vibes Artwork. She creates original art & design pieces with a difference, specialising in transforming musical instruments into impressive works of art. » Read More

Lauren left Glenaeon in Year 11, 2005 and went on to study at the Karl von Busse (KvB) Institute in North Sydney, graduating with a Certificate II in Art & Design. She then studied Fine Art at Brookvale TAFE for two years and received a Diploma in Fine Art.

What have you been doing since you left Glenaeon?

I can't believe how many years have gone by now since I left Glenaeon! After school, I travelled to parts of India, Asia and North America. Once I got back from travelling I got part time jobs here and there while I studied art. After I graduated, I started painting musical instruments and anything else I could put paint on too. I enjoy painting and making art, so much so that I wanted to build my own business and now I have the privilege of being able to make a living doing what I love - art and painting!

How did Glenaeon influence your career choice?

Glenaeon was always a driving force in my love of art. The curriculum fostered creativity and gave me the freedom and the encouragement to pursue my own interests, mine always being art.

What is your favourite memory of Glenaeon?

I was at Glenaeon for most of my teenage years so there are so many good memories! I guess I remember all the little things that make Glenaeon so special and unlike any other school. Being able to spend the days surrounded by nature and in the beautiful architecture of the classrooms. The art fairs and festivals, the morning classes, the supportive teachers who were always there to talk to, and of course my classmates who were all so creative and talented and made my school years special.

Julian Brenchley (1985)

Julian Brenchley is creative director and architect at Brenchley Architects. His fundamental architectural design approach is one of 'reading' the built environment as a series of codified forms that are to rarely associated to function. Julian creates environmentally sustainable design solutions that are exciting, dynamic and accessible. » Read More

Julian Brenchley started at Glenaeon in Class 5 in 1978, graduating in 1985. He continued his education at Sydney University - studying philosophy and pure mathematics and finally architecture at the University of Technology Sydney where he graduated in 1994 with Honours.

Julian has been both lecturer and tutor at the University of Technology Sydney in Design Theory, as well as undertaking postgraduate research projects in design philosophy. Julian Brenchley is a Registered Architect in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT. When not at work Julian is trying to get the kids away from TV screens, swimming, sailing, or reading.

Brenchley Architects have won a stream of awards for innovation and sustainability on their commissioned projects and were most recently awarded the 2014 Architizer A+ Award in the residential Mid Rise (5-15 floors) category, as well the 2013 Premiers Sustainability Award and the 2013 Yarra Sustainability Award for 142 Park Street, the building which is better known as The Block Series 7! Brenchley Architects have been the Block Architects since series 1 (2002).  For more on Julian and Brenchley Architects check out his website

Congratulations on all your success Julian!

How did Glenaeon influence your career choice?

My choice of career wasn't directly informed by being at Glenaeon. I think on reflection that Steiner education for me formed a way of thinking about and 'seeing' the world. How one finds a career or the career finds you is a big question. I like to think that my formative years led me to architecture as a means to continue to explore and express my creativity.

What’s your favourite Glenaeon memory?

The great friendships, and the pride I took in presenting a kick-arse main lesson cover page. This includes designing a font and an irreverent hand drawn picture - love it! Actually my favourite memory was about actually learning to learn and coming dux in Three Unit HSC English, which was a personal accomplishment - I learnt about self-motivation the hard way and won!

Cody Sheehan (2006)

Cody Sheehan (2006) is the youngest ever Board Director for Cystic Fibrosis NSW and is founder and director of the Cystic Fibrosis campaign and awareness program ‘The CF Avengers’. He has also worked in the professional entertainment industry for over three years and managed multimillion-dollar cinema complexes. » Read More

After graduating from Glenaeon in 2006, Cody spent a year at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) receiving a Certificate in Production (Film & Screen). He also has Diplomas in Management and Human Resources Management, graduating with a distinction average. Cody is currently pursing a degree in Organisational Learning and Development at University of Technology, Sydney whilst juggling work, philanthropy and personal projects. For more on Cody & The CF Avengers, click here

Congratulations Cody, we are very proud to call you one of our own! 

How did Glenaeon influence your career choice?

Glenaeon has had a substantial impact on the person I am today, the people who are in my life, and the direction I have chosen. I can tell you right now that I would not have done anywhere near as well as I have if Glenaeon was not an ingredient in my educational journey.

What is your favourite Glenaeon memory?

Screening my year 12 major work (film- documentary) in the school hall. Also, creating new pieces of design and furniture for home use in Design & Technology.

What are your plans for 2015?

So many! They are still in planning phases though - overseas travel, launching a new business, forging new partnerships, more fundraising, bigger events, self education and improvement, the list goes on!

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Community News

Alumni Concert

On the fourth of July, the Sylvia Brose Hall was alive with the sound of enjoyment and music for a good cause as twelve members of the Glenaeon Community performed in a loosely jazz styled concert, raising money for Oxfam Australia. » Read More

The scene was set in a cosy, midwinter fashion, with candles on tables and nibbles to help sustain the audience through what turned out to be a solid two hours worth of highly entertaining music! In organising the event, I was lucky enough to get hold of the voices of Evan Sanders, Frankie Bouchier, Tatum Kenna, Sarah Corbett, Lily Robertson and Manon Gunderson-Briggs, as well as hearing a solo set from Taelor Hanley. These wonderful voices were accompanied by Jarrah Bots-Mirkin on the drums, William Hoffmann on piano, Hugo Lee on saxophone and Eitan Muir on the guitar. The atmosphere was wonderful and everyone donated generously, helping to raise over a thousand dollars for Oxfam Australia.

I would like to thank Anna Bouchier and Liz Benedict for their very generous help in organising the food for the evening, and to also extend a big thank-you to Glenaeon School for very kindly donating the use of the school hall and equipment to the cause. I hope to see you all there at the next toe-tapping evening of live music, whenever that may be!

Theodore Lillicrap (2009)

Founders Day

Founders Day 2013 was a celebration of the Burley Griffin's heritage in Australia, and their connection with the founding of Glenaeon. The day was so successful we will be instituting an annual event to tell the story and maintain our connection to the school's heritage. » Read More

Founders Day will bring together our community, past and present, and 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. There will be local heritage walks, displays of Burley Griffin memorabilia, school historical displays, and a sumptuous afternoon tea.

We are happy to announce that the inaugural Marion Mahony Griffin Memorial Lecture will be given by Hugh MacKay, well-known and respected social commentator and novelist, who also grew up in Castlecrag. Hugh has published 16 books of which his most recent is 'The Good Life', and he is about to publish 'The Art of Belonging'. Hugh’s themes resonate closely with the vision and values of Glenaeon, and we are delighted that he has accepted our invitation to deliver this first Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture. We invite all alumni and current members of our community to join us for the lecture, afternoon tea, and community gathering. 

Details for Founders Day 2014 are: 

Saturday 18th October 2014 at 2pm 

Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, 121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag 

Mid-Winter Festival

On Thursday 19th June, Glenaeon welcomed back our Alumni community to celebrate our annual Mid-Winter Festival. Alums from Class 1973 to 2011 joined us around the fire for a glass of mulled juice and then walked the Winter Spiral. We were fortunate to have the Glenaeon Alumni choir take part in the event. The celebration then continued at The Willoughby Hotel, where our Alumni reconnected with old friends and teachers.

Parent Education Program

Do you know about our Parent Education program at Glenaeon? Just as our teachers make each class a 'learning community for our students', we strive to make Glenaeon a learning community for parents and friends as well. » Read More

Here are some of the courses coming up at Glenaeon over the next month: 

Tuesday 5th Aug
Marion Mahony Griffin Hall - Castlecrag
The Sun With Loving Light Makes Bright for me each Day –
Discussion on the curriculum for Class 1 & 2 and how it meets the development needs of the child  and how the teacher supports child development and ‘makes bright each day’.
Elizabeth Baxendale – Glenaeon Kindergarten and Class Co-Ordinator
Friday August 15th
Willoughby Campus
The Joys and Challenges of Parenting- We will look at the gift of childhood and how to guide children through their first years, appropriate approaches to difficult behaviour and skills to help deal with the bumps of everyday life with children.
Ebba Bodame – Ebba has years of experience in Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood education
Friday August 22nd
Marion Mahony Griffin Hall - Castlecrag
The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner – Please join us for the screening of the film ‘The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner’ that provides a survey of the many initiatives around the world based on Steiner’s work. We will have a discussion following the film over organic wine & cheese.
Andrew Hill – Glenaeon Collegiate Chair and Head of School

For a complete list of all the courses on offer please go to

Dates for the Diary

Upcoming Glenaeon Events

We have so many exciting events planned for our Glenaeon Community, so don't forget to add the following Glenaeon dates to your diary. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events! » Read More

Friday August 15th - Glenaeon School Concert at The Concourse Chatswood, 7pm

Tickets will be available soon 

Saturday September 13th - Class of 2004, 10 Year Reunion 

Saturday October 18th - Founders Day at the Marion Mahony Griffin Hall, Castlecrag Campus, 2pm 

Thursday November 13th - Glenaeon Foundation End of Year Cocktail Party, 6.30pm

Monday December 1st - Glenaeon Carol Service at Pitt Street Uniting Church, 7pm

For more information, please email Nicole Crabb at


Class of 2004 - 10 Year Reunion

The 10 Year Reunion for the Class of 2004 is on Saturday 13th September 2014. Join us for a pre-reunion school tour at our Middle Cove Campus with drinks & nibbles at 5pm. We will then move the celebrations to The Willoughby Hotel from 6.30pm onwards. Please RSVP by 22nd August to Class Representative Seaton Kay-Smith (2004) at

Keep In Touch

Official Alumni Facebook Page

The Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School Alumni Facebook Page is now live! This page allows you to re-connect with your former classmates, keeps you up-to-date with what's happening at Glenaeon, Alumni stories and upcoming events & reunions. Please 'like' us at

GlenX Alumni Community Online

Our Alumni Community Portal launched in 2013 - the site allows you to connect with the Glenaeon community, update contact details, keep up-to-date with important information including events & reunions, post photos and share announcements. GlenX also provides Alumni the opportunity to network and mentor current students. » Read More

To register, simply follow the details below:

1.     Go to

2.     Click on ‘register’ button in the login box (top right)

3.     Enter your details

For more information, please contact Nicole Crabb at 

Archive Photos

Photos From Glenaeon's Past

We recently introduced #flashbackfriday on our official Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School Alumni Facebook Page. Below are just a few of the archival photos we have posted to the page so far. » Read More

Christmas Play (2000) Class 1 at Dalcross (1970) Eurythmy with teacher Marj Waugh Recorder Lessons

All photo-boards have been placed on our Alumni Portal website and Facebook Page for you to enjoy!

If you have any photographs from your time at Glenaeon, we would love to see them.  Please forward with names and dates attached to

School News

Years 10 & 11 Whitsundays Camp

With the trusted trade-winds and incredible scenery, it’s easy to see why the Whitsundays are one of the world’s most favoured sailing destinations. As the wind dropped to 10-15 knots and with near-perfect sea-kayaking conditions, our trip to the first campsite on South Molle Island began from Shute Harbour. Laden down with all food, water and snorkelling gear for the next 10 days, we set off » Read More

Our first crossing of the Whitsunday Passage as we headed for Whitsunday Island was complete and with great weather, whale sightings and eager paddling we sped across the channel, reaching the other side early before stopping for a long lunch. Once the tide was on the turn, we floated to our campsite with the tide running out.

The next 5 days featured snorkelling with turtles, battling with tides and plenty of eating as we made our way around Hook Island. Students were split into groups
with each group responsible for the catering for 3 days – a birthday cake was even cooked up one day! Those groups who were not on catering duty used the time off to explore mangroves, go snorkelling, play beach volleyball and wander along butterfly-filled creeks.
Leaving Hook Island was challenging as it required paddling directly into the trade wind for 18km. Luckily the students had chosen the perfect tide time and we reached our campsite on Whitsunday Island at high tide. On the last afternoon we walked up Mt Jeffrey to enjoy some stunning views of the Whitsunday Group.
The Whitsundays trip was a true achievement for the students, and we look forward to taking the next group in 2016.

Scottie Williams
Outdoor Education Program

'The White Rose'

In May 2014, our Year 10's gave an impressive and moving performance of the play 'The White Rose'. The standing ovation was a fitting tribute to the cast and crew for the way they brought the powerful story of Sophie Scholl and her fellow resistance fighters to life. » Read More

This little known musical turned out to be a particularly powerful vehicle for Year 10: the story of university students who resisted the Nazi state in Germany in 1942, and who paid the ultimate price. It was great to see so many from the Glenaeon Community (over 400 audience members) come along to support our Year 10's. Congratulations to all the students and staff involved! 

School Tours

2014 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 - Tuesday 26th August 9.30am - 11.30 am 

School Tour - Tuesday 11th November 9.30am - 11.30am 

 Castlecrag Campus Tour (Years K-2) 

School Tour - Thursday 14th August 9.30am - 11.30am 

To view the complete list of 2014 Open Days & Tours Click Here 

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



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Middle Cove Campus:

Administration & Classes 3 to 12
5a Glenroy Avenue,
Middle Cove NSW 2068

Telephone 61 2 9417 3193
Fax 61 2 9417 5346

Castlecrag Campus:

Kindergarten-Class 2
121 Edinburgh Road,
Castlecrag NSW 2068

Telephone 61 2 9958 0774
Fax 61 2 9958 0754

Preschool Campus:

118 Sydney Street,
Willoughby NSW 2067

Telephone 61 2 9412 4457