Term 2 Week 8
Shabbat Commences 5.02pm/Shabbat Terminates 6.00pm
From the Principal
It is exam season at Carmel!
This week our Senior students have quietly made their way to the exam hall with their writing utensils neatly packed in a transparent case. Some were nervous, others keen to finally have it over with.
When your children receive their exam results it is important to keep the questions and conversations constructive and affirming.
Some helpful questions to ask your children about their exam results may be;
• Which questions did you feel well prepared for?
• What specific things did you do to prepare for the questions you performed well on?
• How did you find your study regime? Was it too taxing? What would you do again next time? What would you do differently?
• Which questions did you find the most challenging? Can you think of why you found these questions challenging?
• Did you feel relaxed during the exams?
• How did you prepare your body for the exam? (Did you have a good breakfast? A good night’s sleep?)
What is most important, however, is not to dwell too much on exam results. After all, they are just a snapshot of academic achievement and rarely tell the whole story.
Before NAPLAN is sat each year, there is a Principal's letter that makes it way around social media. In the letter, students are reminded that the sum total of their existence is not their score; that the NAPLAN score only tells them what they did that day, not what they have achieved over their lifetime; that a NAPLAN score doesn’t capture who they are as an artist, a sportsman, a thinker, a kind and giving friend.
The purpose of the letter is to put tests scores into perspective, to allow students and their parents to keep conversation around test scores balanced and productive.
This week, as our Year 10, 11 and 12 students receive their exam results, it important to reiterate this sentiment. Our students here at Carmel work exceptionally hard at their academic studies but can sometimes place too much emphasis on that one numerical score. The marks received this week are not their whole person. You know that, we know that. Let’s make sure our children know it too.
As some of you may have noticed, there is a lot of activity currently underway in the Science building. This facility is undergoing a major refurbishment on the second floor, with the development of our new lab, which will be known as the Asher and Fraida Shapiro Innovation Laboratory.
In response to the increased demand for Science subjects, the School identified a need for a newer, larger facility with the capacity to fit more students. Rather than just making a larger lab space, however, it was recognised that the lab needed to be multi-purpose in order to respond to the growing number of science subjects available at the School. This new facility will be able to accommodate classes as broad as robotics and engineering technology, design and digital technology, as well as physics classes and STEM workshops. The lab will be fitted out with team workstations that will be able to be arranged in configurations that best suit the teaching needs of individual classes. It will be a ‘maker-space’; an environment that encourages creativity and collaboration.
The need for this sort of facility was kindly responded to by Mr Asher Shapiro who has donated the funds necessary for this refurbishment to take place. The Asher and Fraida Shapiro Innovation Lab will open at the beginning of Term 3 , with the first class in there to be taught by Mr Shapiro. His lesson will focus on brain function and development, areas that he has passion for developed over his years of learning and volunteer work
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Bat Mitzvah Girls visit PHC Mikvah
On Wednesday the 7th of June, as part of our Bat Mitzvah program, the Year 7 girls were lucky enough to be able to visit the Perth Mikvah at the Perth Hebrew Congregation. At the Mikvah we got to learn about some of the different Mitzvot that pertain to woman. We also had the opportunity to toval some dishes: new dishes need to be immersed in the Mikvah before they can be used. The Mikvah is a pool of fresh, natural water which Jewish married women need to use to purify themselves. If for some reason you are unable to access a Mikvah you can go to the ocean or any other source of natural running water. For woman, going to the Mikvah once a month is a law but for men it is a custom. Before entering the Mikvah your body has to be completely clean. You have to remove anything non-permanent such as makeup, jewellery and everything else you are able to remove. Some people would say that the Mikvah is like a spa for your soul and we totally agree! The Mikvah is heated and is STUNNING. Going to the Mikvah is a very special Mitzvah. Visiting the Mikvah is definitely an excursion we will remember.
By Bianca Bennett and Aaliya Simmelmann
Primary School News
Year 5 Robotics
The students used Makey Makey to create guitars which they used to play a guitar hero game on the laptops. This was great fun and the students were so engaged and loved this project. Mr Butler and I hope that parents are able to pop in and see the amazing work done by the Robotics students next Tuesday.
Walk To School
After a very wet night the clouds parted to reveal a crispy and sunny morning for our termly Walk to School event. Large groups of children and adults met at Breckler Park and Yokine Reserve and made their way to school. They were met with cereal for breakfast and friendly Year 6 faces on their arrival. Congratulations to all those who made the effort to join the walkers. Your body thanks you!
Bake Sale results
Year 5 students Aliyah and Erin ran a cupcake stall to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis Western Australia ( MSWA). This was a part of the Year 5 community projects, and was a great success.
The girls raised a total of $182 for their chosen charity, which is a fabulous effort.