Term 2 Week 2

Shabbat Commences 5.18pm/Shabbat Terminates 6.14pm

From the Principal

The start of Term 2 is always emotionally heavy.

The two memorial days of Yom Hazikaron and Yom Hashoah remind us of the cost of having a state, and the cost of not.

The ceremonies are touching and heart felt and prompt our students to be cognisant of how much they owe to those who gave their lives so that we may live.

And after we have taken stock, remembered and cried, we move almost instantaneously into a mode of happiness and joy, celebrating the birth of our very own State of Israel just a mere 69 years ago.

And what a celebration is was!

With our campus decked in blue and white, with matching students to boot, the entire school danced exuberantly to Israeli and Jewish music. Year 12s joining in the dance circles of young Primary students, teachers and madrichim, we all rejoiced for Israel and with Israel in the best birthday party of the year.

The dancing and festivities were followed by engaging activities that brought Israel to Carmel School and the students had a blast!

This is why Carmel exists; to imbue the next generation with an appreciation of and a love for Israel that will stay with them all their lives.

Thank you so much to Simon Lawrence, Debbi Benn and the Jewish Studies team for making Yom Ha'atzmaut a day to remember!

Shabbat Shalom


Yom Hazikaron in the High School

A moving Yom Hazikaron Assembly was held on Monday followed by activites run by the Tzevet. Thank you to the Tzevet, Gilad and Arik.

High School students commemorate Yom Hazikaron

Yom Hazikaron in the Primary School

The Primary School participated in a short meaningful commemoration on Monday morning to remember Israel's fallen soldiers and victims of terror. Year 6 students led the ceremony in a dignified manner and the choir sang Mi Ha'ish accompanied by Mrs Reynolds.

Rabbi Kitay recited Kel Maleh Rachamim and our shaliach and Mr Lawrence also read tefillot in honour of the soldiers.

Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebrations at Carmel School

Yom Ha’atzmaut was celebrated in style on Tuesday at Carmel School. Students and staff came dressed in white and blue in honour of the Chag. The entire school assembled together on the oval where they were entertained by the Year 6 dance troupe, the Year 3 and 4 classes singing Hadegel sheli and the amazing flag dance choreographed by the Tzevet and High School students. The ruach provided by Mikey Shaked and his band enhanced the morning and all students danced together in a sea of blue and white. A delicious cupcake of blue or white in the shape of the Israeli flag was enjoyed by each student at recess.

After recess Primary school students participated in an amazing carnival of Israel where they rode camels and ponies, played with animals, made bandanas and much more. A bbq lunch was held at Café 61.

After lunch the Primary and High school students buddied up to create the map of Israel together in the classrooms. It was fantastic to see the interaction between the students from both campuses and some outstanding pieces of work were created by students working collaboratively together.


Carmel celebrates Yom Ha'atzmaut by Hadassa Solomon and Grace Ehrenfeld - Judaica Captains

Israel's 69th birthday celebrations were in full force at Carmel School on Tuesday the second of May. The day started with a musical Hallel full of singing and dancing, followed by a tekes with the whole school in honour of Yom Ha'atzmaut. Kindies to year 12s together, enjoyed a flag March by the High School students, an incredible dance by the year 6s and an enjoyable song from the year 3's and 4s. After singing a moving Hatikva, the oval turned into a dance floor, where all students from various ages danced and laughed together to Israeli music played by Mikey Shaked and his live band. This was a real highlight of the day and a true celebration of Israel. Following recess, the High School watched Nancy Spielberg's 'Above and Beyond' documentary. We learnt all about the beginnings of the Israeli airforce, and were inspired by the brave, young soldiers who sacrificed their lives to fight for Israel's independence.

For last part of the day, each High School student was buddied up with a Primary School student for an art project. Each pair made a 3D map of Israel, from real sand, salt and shells! New friendships were formed, and a whole new understanding of Israel geography was gained. This day will always standout as a real highlight of the year, and a big thank you must go to all the teachers involved!

Israel's Birthday Celebration's

The Kindy and Prep Cubby House is open!

What a very touching morning we have had today - the opening ceremony for our beautiful new cubby house in the Kindy/Prep playground.

The Grandparents Club along with the Silver and Katz families, donated the magnificent cubby house in loving memory of Bobbi Ray.

Bobbi Ray was an incredibly special and loved friend of our Carmel family, especially our Kindy classes. The days she spent listening to and loving our little ones; her incredible attitude and outlook on life; and her wise words and advice, will be remembered always with so much love.

News from the English Department

Year 8 English

Short Story Peer Review

Last term, the Year 8s were working on a short story assessment. Mrs Ward’s class were introduced to a form of peer editing and we trialed it to provide feedback on their short stories. The philosophy behind this is that the students should understand enough of the requirements of the task, as well as the conventions of the genre, to be able to comment constructively on another’s work.

The students were given large, orange post-it style note paper and were told to form groups of four and read each other’s stories. They then had to write two comments on the post-it note beginning with the sentence starters of ‘I noticed…’ and ‘I thought…’ This means that they notice that something is not quite right and then offer a solution in the ‘I thought’ sentence. Students could also offer comments on what they felt worked well. The students were fully engaged in the activity and

Art Club

Gia Ismay is passionate for the visual arts. She has initiated an art club for young students every Wednesday. Her first lesson was a look and draw session which culminated in numerous students feeling very satisfied with the kangaroo take away drawing they created. Acknowledgement to Ben Masel, Dina Avichzer, Merav Taub and Alexa Barron for supporting their peer as co-tutors.


Meisha’s grandparents donated Wilma Jean and the Worry Machine by Julia Cook, and her parents donated Rockhopping by Trace Balla to the Primary Library in honour of her recent 7th birthday which she celebrated on the 23rd April.

Thank you Meisha

Year 8 Picture Book Incursion with Author James Foley

The Year 8 English classes were lucky enough to have a visit from writer and illustrator James Foley last week. James has written and illustrated several picture books for children and young adults. The purpose of his visit was to help students generate ideas for their books and give them practical tips for the construction process.

The Year 8 students are studying the picture book genre this term and will make one of their own, which will form an assessment task, but also, more excitingly, will be entered in the annual ‘Make Your Own Picture Book’ competition. James told us that his class also entered the competition when he was at school and he came third! This has served as inspiration for many students because they realised that it is not always the winners who achieve their goals; effort and perseverance are the most important attributes to foster within yourself.

James Foley talks to the Year 8 English class

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