The School was transformed into a sea of blue and white as students and staff celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut yesterday.
In the Junior School, students started the day with a tekes (ceremony) hosted by the Year 5 leaders followed by the traditional flag parade led by Year 4 students. As the Kindergarten children moved back to their rooms to get ready for their activities, the rest of the Junior School broke out into a joyous Israeli dancing party on the front play space.
Kindergarten children worked their way through rotations cutting up vegetables to make Israeli salad, face painting and decorating blue and white biscuits. The Junior School students participated in diverse range of activities including technion science experiments, Israeli cooking, Israeli geography games, Israeli trivia and a drumming circle. Students also experienced life on a kibbutz including gardening, playing Israeli games and caring for animals in the animal farm.
Senior School students entered an Israeli “kibbutz”, greeted by kibbutzniks (the Hanhaga). They then moved into year level groups to share an Israeli breakfast. After an educational assembly, students moved onto a range of activities including art projects, technion science problem solving, a chef inspired Israeli cooking and a fascinating presentation by Anshel Pfeffer, a British-born Israeli journalist who immigrated to Israel in 1981 and is currently a reporter for Haaretz newspaper. Anshel discussed is in Australia as a guest of the New Israel Fund and came to discuss his new book, Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu.
The lunch time carnival was a highlight for students complete with delicious Israeli lunch, carnival activities and a foam party. The day culminated in an entertaining “Eurovision” style song contest with some outstanding student performances.
Thank you to all the Jewish Experiential Educators and supporting staff who made this day of immersive learning so engaging for all of our students from Pre-School through to VCEShare