The School is a not-for-profit company under the jurisdiction of the ACNC. The Company comprises about 14 Members from whom the six Company Directors are elected. The Board of Directors is responsible for the proper operation of the School and the School’s strategic direction. They delegate the day-to-day management of the School to the Principal, whom they appoint.
The School has a Business Manager, Principal, Deputy Principal and Coordinators in the primary school and high school. In accordance with the Company Constitution there is an Education Committee comprising the Principal, Deputy Principal, Realm Coordinators and one or two other experienced teachers. This Committee is responsible for setting and implementing the education policy in the School. This is done in close collaboration with the teaching staff and generally consensus is reached on educational and administrative matters.
Each class teacher is responsible for accepting new enrolments and liaising with parents on all matters pertaining to the students in their class.
Jane Greenslade (Principal)
Jane Farrah (Primary School Coordinator)
Jane Greenslade – Principal
I grew up in England and that is where I completed my Bachelor of Science with Honours in Soil Science and Geology. After a couple of years, I decided to train as a science teacher so that I could share my passion for science with young people. I have been a science teacher for many years, and I have taught in a wide range of contexts including mainstream and Steiner schools, a unit for students with disabilities, high achievers classes, junior science, senior Physics and senior Earth and Environmental Science. I have also taught Mathematics and Geography and did a short stint as a sessional academic at Charles Sturt University.
My journey in Steiner education began at the Central Coast Steiner School where I was one of the first high school teachers. Working in a Steiner school re-ignited my passion for education and after attending many conferences for Steiner teachers I was excited to have the opportunity to study Steiner education more formally; this led to a formal post graduate qualification in Steiner education, and I went on to study for a Masters Degree in Education. It was very hard work but rewarding.
I came to Linuwel in 2018 and I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a warm-hearted school community that puts children first. I served as the Primary School Coordinator for three years before stepping in as Acting Principal in late 2021.I also taught gardening for 6 months when it was needed, teach a short Introduction to IT program for Class 6, and teach Class 11 Earth and Environmental Science. I love the opportunity to do a bit of teaching and connect with the students in this way.
When I am not working I love gardening, and creating and using fibre from sheep’s fleece; from dyeing and spinning to knitting and crochet.
Siubhan Sadler – Business Manager
My Linuwel journey started in the late 1980s when I came to the Kindergarten as a precocious 4½ year old. I was privileged to be taught by Margaret Caisley (one of the school’s founders) in Kindergarten, Diana Scott for Primary and Tracey O’Leary for High School.
I left Linuwel to continue my studies with the HSC followed by Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Newcastle. I worked for seven years as an energy efficiency and waste reduction consultant throughout NSW. During that time I became highly proficient at spreadsheets and working with small and medium businesses to achieve the environmental outcomes they wanted while still being able to maintain or improve their budget bottom line. I maintained a connection with Linuwel through my younger siblings who were also making their way through the school.
When I came to work at Linuwel in mid-2017 I had no idea what was in store for me. I thought I was coming on to provide temporary relief in finance. But as time went by, my role expanded – almost without me realising it – until at last the Board, through Greig Scott (Business Manager) and Tracey O’Leary (Principal), asked me to consider taking on the role of Business Manager as he moved towards retirement.
Stepping up to a role of this importance and breadth is an exciting new challenge for me. I bring my passion for numbers, spreadsheets, systems and resource efficiency to the role and I look forward to working to ensure that Linuwel is here to continue to provide future generations of children with the same wonderful Steiner education that I received.