Insights – our metaphorical flute

Dear Community,

Please see below an excerpt from my speech at this week’s Back to School Service:

Our Jewish tradition teaches us that we must take the opportunity to acknowledge new things. When we mark new experiences we say the Shehecheyanu prayer. We thank God for giving us life, sustaining us, and enabling us to experience this new moment. It encourages us to be mindful, take stock and enter new experiences with optimism and gratitude.

The Back to School Service is our acknowledgment ...

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Friendly competition in the pool

The Years 6 to 12 Inter-House Swimming Gala was a riot of house spirit, colour, talent and ruach! Swimmers from each year level participated well and earned their respective house points. Many of our top athletes are on to the EISM and BDPSSA Swimming Competitions based on their performances in the pool and are congratulated on their outstanding efforts in so many events. The cheer squads for each House kept everyone entertained with their fabulous chants and dance routines providing ...

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Insights – preserving our children’s future

Dear Community,

Whenever I am lucky enough to spend time in our pre-schools and kindergartens, I find children engrossed in all things dinosaur. A random three-year-old seems able to identify with incredible specificity the names and identifying features of different dinosaurs at a level that would make any palaeontologist proud. The fascination with these prehistoric creatures seems to be embedded in children’s psyches and is arguably connected to our awe that such immensely large and powerful beings could ever become extinct.

Sometimes ...

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Launch into Science!

On Tuesday this week, the Year 7 cohort had a double lesson session with Mrs Mall entitled ‘Launch into Science’. Students watched a four minute inspirational video about the wonders of Science followed by a movie trailer about the curriculum, highlights and Science enrichment on offer in 2019.

Three major challenges were set that involved some degree of independent work, however, mostly collaborative. It was obvious that collaborative work helped increase the level of engagement of students and their confidence.

The lesson ...

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A yearning for learning

Wearing their school uniforms with pride and bursting with excitement, our Prep students met their teachers on Friday last week for an orientation morning. They explored their new classrooms, engaged in an art activity before being shown the important landmarks of the Junior School (the toilets!) before welcoming Shabbat with fellow classmates and family.

Wishing our Preppies an exciting learning adventure this year!

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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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Insights – marking the passage of time

Dear Community,

Welcome to our 2019 school year! At our opening Senior School assembly, I addressed our students on the theme of marking the passage of time. It seems to be an almost universal anthropological phenomenon that each culture has formed a way of celebrating or acknowledging the transition between months, seasons or years.

While this is pertinent now due to the celebrations acknowledging Chinese New Year, we can also look to the celebrations in Iran and Afghanistan around Nowruz (Persian new ...

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Chanukah the Musical

Prep to Year 2 students performed Chanukah the Musical this week and by all accounts, it did not disappoint! Below is a note from David Opat, Head of Junior School that appeared in the program, about the show:

“Chanukah is a very important story because it is about bravery and sticking to what is right no matter what adversity one faces. It also speaks about the idea that some things can run out. In this case the oil for the Menorah. ...

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The very hungry caterpillar

It all started in the Gan Dubi room with a parent’s enthusiasm and initiative by sourcing silkworm eggs and bringing them to our room as a learning experience for the the children. We learnt that the silk worm is named tola’at meshi in Hebrew and then our journey began.

Little worms appeared from these eggs. The tola’at meshi ate and ate and became larger silkworms, just like in the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carl. They ate mulberry leaves and became ...

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Exciting challenges on Year 11 camp

Recently, the Year 11 students headed towards the Gippsland lakes to experience a three day camp, where many of us were able to take on a new set of challenges.

Upon arrival in Metung, we ate lunch, divided into groups and boarded our sailing boats. There we learned basic skills including understanding the location of the bow, stern, port and starboard, how to control the jib to throw a tack, navigation, and how to read weather and channel markers.

Under the guidance ...

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