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.

Shabbat Shalom,


Primary School News

Shavuot Celebrations

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.

Having fun at the Peek and Picnic

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.

Thanks again!

Lynda Fisher

Primary students enjoy sharing their learning with parents

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.


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.


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!

Wendy Wiklund.

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.

High School News

Carmel High School Tikkun Leil

This past Shavuot I attended the school's tikun leil and I was absolutely blown away by the atmosphere of the whole night, it was fun, inviting and it really made me realise that we are so privileged to attend a school that provides so many experiences and opportunities that you wouldn't get anywhere else. We learned a lot about Shavuot and the customs which gave me the ability to really connect with the celebration. Overall it was a very different and enjoyable experience.

By Batya Cinamon Year 10

Year 9 Science - Mrs Anne Poustie

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein

Last week I planned a lesson for my Year 9 class as an introduction to Acids and Bases. The planned lesson integrated small group cooperation, practical demonstration and large group discussion to provide the platform on which the rest of the week’s application of this understanding would be based.

Today, I watched as the lesson transformed as a result of student engagement in the topic and their ever questioning minds. A simple test of pH level of distilled water and then tap water showed unusual results. These then led the class on an investigation that was unplanned and included the entire class in discovery, sharing of ideas and problem solving.

This lesson achieved the same goals as the planned lesson which would have been interesting, challenging and fun, where the students would have left thanking me for a great lesson. Instead, the students chose their own Science adventure and were energised and inspired in the process and at the end of the lesson I did not receive the normal ‘thank you’, instead the students told me that they loved the lesson, they loved the spontaneity, they loved what they had created by asking questions and experimenting.

Thank you to my Year 9 class for making my Monday morning remarkable. You inspire me.

My final comment, don’t drink the water in the Science Lab!!!

Anne Poustie Year 9 Science teacher

Year 9 learn about acids and bases

Year 7 Statistics

This week, in Mathematics, the Year 7s embarked upon their first statistics project under the watchful eye of Mrs George and Ms Dunis, who is with us temporarily from UWA. The class are learning about making hypotheses, testing their predictions, analysing their results and deciding how best to display their conclusions. The class got to grips with the hot topic of fidget spinners as an introduction and discovered learnt that blue was the most popular colour and the most people had two spinners. They then headed outside to create a physical representation of their results – a human bar graph. The class is having great fun and we look forward to their completed projects in two weeks time.

Year 7 explore statistics

News from the English Department

Year 12 Literature

Creative Perspectives on the Past

It is said that “a book brings its own history to the reader.” The Year 12 Literature students set out to prove this with their most recent creative task.

Their prompt was to create a text or an extract that responds to a historical moment. They were allowed to write in the form of poetry, prose or drama, but needed to demonstrate a sound understanding of the techniques and conventions specific to their genre of choice.

The following prose piece, written by Jacob Posel, is an extract that responds to Julius Caesar’s assassination. Jacob’s rationale for his text precedes it below.


This prose piece is a series of diary entries written by Marcus Junius Brutus -- in chronological order -- before and up to the assassination of Julius Caesar. Caesar was a Roman politician and military general between the years of 100 BC – 44 BC. He was responsible for numerous military campaigns and dominated much of Roman politics, which lead to him gaining unprecedented power. Caesar was assassinated on the 15th of March, 44 BC, where he was tricked into attending a Senate meeting and subsequently attacked and stabbed 23 times by 60 Roman Senators. It was believed that his death would halt Rome’s transition from a Republic to an Empire. One of the leaders of this assassination of Marcus Junius Brutus. Brutus was a great friend, ally and rumoured son of Julius Caesar.

The purpose of these diary entries are to attempt to interpret why and how Brutus could kill his great friend Julius Caesar. The chronological entries are meant to show a decline in mental state and increase in sadness and distress. However, the underlying perspective is that although the actual act was sad and cruel, it was necessary from a political and moral standpoint. Julius Caesar was undoubtedly turning the Roman Republic into an Empire, and it is unlikely this could have stopped if Caesar remained alive. Ironically, however, his death only accelerated the transition from a Republic into an Empire.

‘The Ultimate Betrayal’

26th of January

Today has proven to be a distressing and unfortunate day for the wellbeing of the Republic of Rome. My dearest friend Julius Caesar has been declared as ‘Dictator Perpetuo’ by the Senate, gifting him unprecedented political and military power. Although I respect Caesar, it has become abundantly clear to me that if this recent political trajectory continues, we shall deteriorate into a political system of tyranny and corruption.

I have begun to notice subtle but significant changes in the Julius. He stands taller, his shoulders broader and his eyes full of hunger. Men, including myself, shrink in his shadow and yet are enthralled by every word which leaves his mouth. He walks like a demi-god amongst mortals. I have known Caesar for many years, and cannot deny he is a true, natural-born leader. However, as a young man I never expected him to rise above a Legatus Augusti pro praetor, or perhaps a well-established Senator. Now I can safely say Julius Caesar is the most powerful man in Rome, more powerful than a man should ever be.

It pains me to speak in such a way towards one who has only ever aided me in all of my ambitions. Caesar is a truly good man and strong Roman whom I owe much of my success to. Therefore, perhaps I should trust him. I have decided to watch his actions with a wary eye, like a guard on duty, and will do all I may to attempt to correct the trajectory we are headed towards.

Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger

15th February

As every day passes I have become more distressed by the rise of Caesars power. The realisation of his position has begun to dawn upon the men of the Senate and fear has begun to strike their hearts. There is nothing we can do, nothing I can do. His clear insatiable hunger for power and limitless ambitions are stronger than any army I have ever fought.

I am torn. My loyalty to my friend is great and our bond is iron. However, I have sworn to protect my motherland as both a military man and a Senator, and have done so on every occasion. I consider Rome to be my mother, who may not have conceived me but undoubtedly raised me. I will always do whatever is in my power to protect my mother and all of her people.

By threatening the foundations of our political system, Caesar has threatened the longevity of our Empire. How long would we survive, how could we survive if not as a Republic? Can a single man hold such a weight on his shoulders? No. Unaccountable tyranny can only benefit one man. If Caesar continues to rise he will have to climb a mountain of bodies…Roman bodies.

But how can Caesar be stopped? History has shown us through the likes of Hannibal and Pompey that such conquering can only cease in death. Should I kill my friend? Could I kill my friend? There are whispering of such ambitions in the Senate, however, to publically voice them can only result in death. If anyone reads this, then I shall surely die. There is a lot I must consider, most importantly of all, does my loyalty to Rome outweigh my loyalty to my greatest friend?

Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger

20th February

I do not have long to write; however, I feel it is important to document this day. The whispering regarding the murder of Caesar have escalated within the Senate. I was approached today by Cassius where I was bluntly requested to join a meeting regarding the future and fate of Caesar. This was a treasonous act and although Cassius seemed strong, I felt a true sense of desperation in his voice. I do not want to go to today’s meeting, and yet I must. Tonight I will find myself on the estate of Cornelius Balbus, where the fate of the greatest ruler of the greatest Empire in history will be decided.

Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger

20th of February

I have just returned from my meeting. It is late, very late and yet I know I shall not sleep tonight. I do not think I can describe the emotions within me. I feel hurt, pain, anger and distress not only because of what I agreed upon tonight, but because I know that it was right. On the 15th of March in the Theatre of Pompey, Caesar will die. On that day, Gaius Julius Caesar, my friend, brother, ally and leader will fall by my own hand. I feel I write tonight with a knife, not a pen. It is necessary, truly necessary that this is done, but that does not ease the pain it brings me. I do not think I will ever be forgiven for my future acts, but I know that one day, history will thank me. From now until that dreaded day it is important I act only normal, in order to hinder the chance of any suspicions from Caesar himself. Therefore, I must sleep, or at least attempt to. Alea iacta est.

Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger

15th of March

It is done. I feel sick, sick to my very core due to my treacherous betrayal. Today, 60 Senators led by myself, Gaius Cassius Longinus and Decimus Junius Brutus surrounded Caesar as he approached the steps of the Theatre of Pompey. He was totally defenceless as knives were pulled from toga’s which rained upon him like vipers. He tried to fight, it was of his nature, but even he stood no chance to the sheer number of angry, bloodthirsty men.

I will never forget what happened next. Caesar turned and his eyes fell upon me. He slumped, visibly defeated for the first time and said the words that I will carry to my grave, Et tu, Brute? Caesar died as he said those words, blood pouring from 23 wounds covering his body. As he died, a sigh of relief left the lungs of those 60 assassins, as finally Rome was safe. Tyranny and dictatorship would cease to exist, and life would… go on.

We were terribly wrong. The aftermath of today’s assassination was unforeseen by anyone directly involved. Caesar was immensely popular with the public, and when his death was announced their love turned into an angry beast, its prey anyone who killed their champion.

I have been forced to leave the city and the people I only wished to protect. At this very moment my entire estate is being packed into carts which will head towards Crete. There I will reside, in hope I am one day forgiven for my crimes.

I know what I did was right. In the depths of my heart I know that Caesar was a cancer, corrupting Rome. But he was still my friend, and I will never say, can never say that even I fully forgive myself for his death. But alas, the Republic is saved and one day, many years from now, history will remember me as a man who betrayed his friend in order to save a nation.

Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger

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