Embracing our cultural identity

Cultural identity is a strong element of the Early Learning Centre (ELC) curriculum, as we ensure each child has a greater understanding of both Australian and Jewish culture. This is embedded into our everyday routines and practices, from the start of the week through to the end.

Each Monday morning begins with our Havdallah ritual, we discuss the end of Shabbat and welcome the week ahead. It is a beautiful way to start our week as it gives the children and ...

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Learning about Chinese New Year in Pre-School

In Gan Keshet this week, we’ve been listening to Chinese folktale stories such as how the Chinese Zodiac came about (through a great race) and how the Chinese New Year celebrations came about. We are also using Art to reinforce the children’s understanding and encourage discussions. This led to a group and individual art project involved creating a Chinese dragon (which can be found on the wall outside our room). Chinese dragons are a symbol of China’s culture and they ...

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Gan Keshet Celebrates Shabbat with Grandparents and Special Friends

Gan Keshet hosted grandparents and special friends last Friday and welcomed Shabbat together participating in a number of special activities. The children prepared their own challot to then take home to be baked in time for the Shabbat meal and sang Shabbat songs, accompanied by Ari on guitar. Rabbi Kim joined the celebration and helped made the brachot over the candles, wine and challah and treated everyone to the sounds of the shofar in preparation for the month of Elul.

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Igniting the love of learning

In celebration of Lag B’Omer, our Kindergarten children helped prepared the fire pit with pretend marshmallows made from crepe paper yesterday at Pre-School. They prepared the gum leaves and helped with getting the roast potatoes into tin foil for cooking. All the children at the Pre-School were greeted by Meital and she led everyone in Acknowledgement of Country. She told the story about Lag B’Omer and highlighted the importance of us being strong Jews and strong people.

Jake played his guitar ...

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A Cultural Experience in Kinder

This week we celebrated India Day in Kinder in support of the annual fundraiser the Senior School has hosted for the ‘Sewing the Seeds’, a women’s empowerment initiative in India. The children participated in many different activities, starting with making roti bread. The children took turns mixing the flour and water to make a dough. Then they each flattened out their roti to cook in the pan. It was delicious!

Each class also participated in making sand art mandalas. These small ...

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Pesach at the Pre-School

The story of Pesach and the gift of freedom is celebrated by the Jewish people.

At the Pre-School we encourage the freedom of creative thinking while exploring all areas of development as we investigate the process of learning. As Moses led the Jews to freedom in the story of Pesach, we as educators encourage each child to analyze, evaluate and put into practice all the tools they have learnt into their everyday life to lead a respectful, compassionate and loving ...

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Gan Rimon ‘Around the World’ Concert

This year Gan Rimon spent a lot of time discussing different countries and their cultures. Alongside this learning, we also journeyed through the Jewish year of Chaggim.

We discussed how in each country they speak different languages and that even though there are many different cultures, we are actually all very similar.

The children also appreciated the fact that Jewish people around the world celebrate the same festivals and sing the same songs.

Our Concert showcased songs from various countries as well as ...

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