16 February 2017/20 SHEVAT 5777
Term 1 Week 3
Shabbat Commences 6.50pm/Shabbat Terminates 7.46pm
Tu B'Shvat in the Primary School
Tu Bishvat was celebrated in school on Monday with two amazing activities run by the Tzevet. Students participated in a Tu Bishvat seder from K-Yr 6 where they experienced the fruits of Israel – dates, figs , pomegranates, grapes, wheat and olives. They drank grape juice and said the various brachot of each fruit or vegetable whilst learning and talking about the chag.
Students also looked at Tu Bishvat as Tov Beshvat where they spoke about the notion of giving to others. They each made a flower and wrote a wonderful message which was given to the residents of the Maurice Zeffert Home by Year 4 or to staff or other students in both the Primary and High schools
At lunch time members of Habo joined in a ruach session together with the Tzevet and students to celebrate the chag. It was wonderful to see everybody together celebrating in style!
Year 2 Explore Life Cycles
In Year 2, we know what makes a good scientist! We are beginning to explore Life Cycles. . This week we compared living and non-living things. We created a list of things that are living and non- living. Stay posted for our future findings!
News from the Primary Library
Thank you Rori of Year 6.2 for your generous donation of books to our library from your private collection.
Year 9 Food Tech
The family of Gilad Shaar ( one of the 3 Israeli teenagers kidnapped and murdered in 2014) have organized a month long baking session called Gilad's Kitchen to honour what would have been his birthday. Carmel Year 9 Food Tech students took part in this heart warming event.
Each Tuesday and Thursday morning, a core group of High School students engage in rigorous, yet enjoyable, swimming training. Starting at 6:25 am at Bayswater Waves, students are able to choose a program which suits their ability level. I would encourage anyone interested in swimming to join the group, especially if you are likely to be competing in the upcoming Inter-School ACC Swimming Carnival. Aside from being health and fun, it is a terrific way to start the day!
Students in the High School recently enjoyed a House Breakfast in preparation for the Swimming Carnival. Warm bubka and cold orange juice proved to be an excellent combination. This activity allows students to develop spirit within their House groups which we trust will translate into excellent participation on the day.
MOTL 2017 journey has begun!
Three Year 11 Carmel students will be joining participants from Melbourne and Sydney, as well as youth from around the world in April this year, as they embark on the life-changing journey which is March of the Living, They will spend a week in Poland, where they will visit towns and sites where Jewish life once thrived and will commemorate Yom Hashoah by marching from Auschwitz to Birkenau. They will then travel to Israel where they will celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut. It is this transition from darkness to light, from destruction to redemption, that make MOTL a unique experience.
Claudia Galanti, Eden Paletz and Dylan Kotkis travelled to Sydney this past weekend to spend a Shabbat with the other participants.
JNF Green Sunday
Several senior students took part in assisting JNF Green Sunday to raise funds to replenish the trees lost in last years arson fires in Israel. Kol hakavod!
News from the English Department
Year 12 Students Attend ‘Half Hour Hamlet’ Performance
The Year 12 Literature and Drama students enjoyed a performance of ‘Half Hour Hamlet’ on Monday night. The show, which was part of the Fringe Festival, featured a solo performer who ‘broke through the fourth wall’ to make Shakespeare’s language and concepts accessible to the students. The literature students are currently studying Hamlet, so this performance was a great way to enhance their learning of Shakespeare’s text. The drama students left the program thoroughly inspired by performer Patrick Hercamp, and are now contemplating one day submitting their own show to the Fringe Festival. Students were also treated to a question and answer session after the play, where they were able to converse with Hercamp and learn his reasoning behind the adaptation.
Education Perfect – Year 9
Students in lower school English classes are currently trialing a new product – Education Perfect – to facilitate their learning. Education Perfect is an online platform that allows students to individualise their work with regards to a range of topics, including spelling and grammar. Students work through a number of sessions at the relevant level, with words and phrases re-tested as required until the student demonstrates competence.
Alongside Education Perfect, students are also using Read Theory to test their comprehension and reading level. Once their levels are assessed, students have access to texts suitable for them, with accompanying personalised assessments that, once completed, allow them to move up a reading level in the program.
From a teaching perspective, this approach allows the teacher to determine the levels of students in the class, as well as any common areas of proficiency and deficit so that the lessons can be structured accordingly. So far, the students are really enjoying this new learning tool. Here are some pictures of the Education Perfect in action!
Carmel School Musical– Save the Date!
Staff and students are currently hard at work preparing Carmel’s first musical, Little Shop of Horrors. Students are involved in all areas of the production, including performance, set design, chorus and musical accompaniment. Little Shop of Horrors is a musical in the horror-comedy-rock style, with music reminiscent of 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and Motown.
Save the date now for an awesome night out! Shows will run April 2-4. More details coming soon.