8 June 2017/14 Sivan 5777
Term 2 Week 7
Shabbat Commences 5.02pm/Shabbat Terminates 5.59pm
From the Principal
I remember it like it was yesterday.
The end of Semester 1, Year 9 was drawing near. Distracted by the excitement of my upcoming year at boarding school in Israel, I took my eye off the ball and ended up with a less than average school report. I knew my parents would be disappointed, and they were, and I vowed to work hard in Israel and thereafter. I will never forget how heavy my school bag felt, bringing that Year 9 school report home.
I reflected on this memory this week as I experienced the learning journeys in the Primary School. Reporting has changed so much since I brought home those credit card slips of doom, and feedback at Carmel school is a positive, productive experience for the students, teachers and parents.
Firstly, with the use of SEQTA, our teachers report home much more frequently than once a semester. Our students and parents receive regular, targeted feedback about both achievement and effort, enabling them to modify and rectify behaviour and study patterns. No end of semester report is a surprise as both parents and students have been an integral part of the learning journey from the start.
As well as this, feedback received on work submitted is not a one liner. Teachers spend time and effort crafting detailed advice so that student know what needs to be done, and how it needs to be done in order to improve. And while a hand written note can be somewhat personal or sentimental, the typed or spoken comments of our teachers are professional, reflecting the competence and proficiency of the educators at our school.
The learning journeys were a positive, enriching experience for our students. As our parents had already seen much of the work the children had completed, children had to choose the piece of work they were most proud of to show their parents. Children spoke articulately and delightfully about their achievements, an experience that builds self-esteem and positive self-image. Instead of the report going home, the ‘report’ was done at school, a way for parents to encounter the Carmel School Day, live a few moments in our classrooms of colour and joy, all the while receiving detailed, important and relevant feedback about their child’s learning.
And while my Year 9 report was a learning experience of sorts for me, the learning experience had by our students on Monday was a much more positive one, reflective of the values our school holds dear.
We thank Mrs. Lynda Fisher, our dynamic and energic head of primary school, for bringing this concept to Carmel, and to our dedicated teachers for executing it so perfectly.
Primary School News
Students celebrated Shavuot in the Primary School last Tuesday. An assembly was ably run by students in the Year 6 leadership group. The younger children paraded with beautiful Bikkurim. We were entertained by the Year 3 class who sang a medley of songs and the Year 4 dance group who danced beautifully. The Year 6 group performed an enjoyable play about Moshe receiving the luchot. All students received ice-cream in honour of the Chag.
After lunch the Year 3s went to the Maurice Zeffert Village to hand out bikkurim to the residents who warmly accepted them
Mrs Bensky from Menorah Charity Fund came to collect tins of fruit and vegetables which were kindly donated by Years 4-6.
Thank you to all parents and students for your generosity and support.
Peek and Picnic
The Carmel Kindy Peek and Picnic took place on Thursday 25th May, for Kindy 2018! The children had a marvelous time exploring and experiencing the magic of Carmel Kindy. They wrote letters and posted them to our chickens in the Eco Garden, they baked Challah with Mrs Lazar and Morah Hazel, they explored the Kindy classroom with Morah Debra and Morah Dionne, and they enjoyed story time with Mrs Fisher. Morning tea was served outside in the sunshine, and each child left with a special gift from Carmel School and their own delicious, warm challah. We loved meeting these gorgeous children and their families, and we hope to see them attend Carmel Kindy 2018.
Primary School Learning Journey
Carmel Primary School took advantage of parent availability on WA Day and held their annual Learning Journey Day on June 5. Students took their parents on a tour of the learning activities they had participated in across the curriculum over Semester 1. They showed that they are assessment capable learners who understand and own their learning programme, recognise the success criteria associated with tasks and understand what the next steps are to progress their learning. The rooms were abuzz with student talk related to topics such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities, literacy products, artworks and Jewish Studies multi media investigations.
One parent wrote:
Dear Mrs Fisher
Thank you for a fantastic and worthwhile experience today. We were impressed by the joy, enthusiasm and pride that our children had in their work and in the school. We thought that the academic standard was excellent with wonderful opportunities. In feedback attached to the work the teachers communicated a strong grasp of the individuals’ strengths and clear suggestions for further development.
Year 6 Speakers Challenge
On Tuesday the 6th of June the Year 6 students participated in the school final of the Speaker's Challenge. Nine speakers delivered their amazing four minute speeches on topics ranging from the dangers of the Internet and phobias to the benefits of plastic bags. We had lots of good news and some trips to far flung places but we also experienced many moments of laughter and even one speech about that very topic. Congratulations to all the amazing participants. The two students selected to represent Carmel School at the next round of the challenge are Emma Levy who educated us on the benefits of reality television and Maytal Vider who gave us an insight into the literal world. We wish both these talented public speakers good luck when they give their speeches in the final at Scotch College on the 28th June.
Primary Chess Club News
On Wednesday 7 June the Carmel Chess Club were very excited as we had the opportunity to play a friendly match against the Yokine Primary Chess Club. The children displayed great sportsmanship and enjoyed this wonderful experience.
NEWS FROM THE PRIMARY LIBRARY
Thank you Ari of Year 5.1 for your very generous donation of dozens of exciting titles from your private library.
Thank you, Elay, for your generous donation of many popular titles from your home library.
NEWS FROM THE BOOK FAIR
Thank you to all the parents and children who helped make the Book Fair 2017 such a success.
We sold over $4000.00 worth of books which has benefitted our Library with a large selection of popular titles.
We also had four winners of the Read Aloud More in May competition who each selected a book from the Book Fair as a reward. They are: Emma Rockman, Charlotte Walters, Sacha Rubenstein and Naomi Kawaz. Congratulations to these dedicated readers!
Looking forward to seeing you all again next year! Same time, same place!
From the P&F
Great Night had by all at the Carmel School Quiz Night!
Sunday night saw the Annual Carmel School P&F Quiz Night at the Silvia and Harry Hoffman Hall in the Primary School grounds. It went off without a hitch and great fun was had by all attendees. Challenging questions were put to the group of 140 and clear winners were announced at the end of the night - and this year it wasn't the teachers!
Our evening started with a prayer for London, written by Rabbi Sacks, read by Principal Shula Lazar.
The fun kicked-off with Bubble Wrap Haute Couture, the tables really got into this activity and we had some fabulous creations! Our judge and bubble wrap compere Lynda Fisher chose the waterproof Tzitzit.
While the questions were testing, our Quiz Masters Chris Hall and Neill Glasser held their own with any tricky words that came their way.
Table 7 were delighted winners! Comprising of Nicki & Jason Saunders, Eric & Anne Yamen, Joanna & Brad Suiter, Natalie Bompard and Lisa & Andrew Dare.
They were rewarded with excellent prizes including movie passes, ice cream vouchers and day spa treatments!
A successful silent auction helped achieve an excellent result towards this year's fund raising for a covered walkway at the High School.
The Quiz Night Subcommittee have many people to thank in creating this wonderful night including our many generous donors, Lynda Fisher, our volunteers and our fabulous Quiz Masters. To catch a run down of our donors (and their links so you can find them) and those who helped, watch the videos below.