2 March 2017/4 ADAR 5777

Term 1 Week 5

Shabbat Commences 6.36pm/Shabbat Terminates 7.27pm

Carmel School and mobile phones

There has been much talk in the media lately about the use and place of mobile phones in schools. You might be curious about our policy on mobiles and social media. Here at Carmel, we have a long standing policy that mobile phones cannot be used at school; this means not in class, nor during recess or lunch. When you come onto our campus during breaks you will see students sitting in groups talking animatedly with one another, or using the oval to expend energy and kick a ball with friends. We even extend our ‘no phones’ policy to Shorashim. On our Year 10 trip to Israel, students are mobile-free, ensuring that they are mindfully and emotionally present for all the special moments that are packed into this exciting trip.

We have always known that students need to have positive interactions with one another, where conversations are had via talking and not via texting; where students read facial and social cues that are not evident when communication takes place online. Our mobile phone policy reflects the need for students to be phone and social media-free during the time they spend at school .

We thank our school community, including parents, for being incredibly supportive of this policy over the past few years. It is a part of our commitment to encouraging students to engage with their immediate and wider communities and make the most of every moment spent with friends and family.

Shabbat Shalom,


Rosh Chodesh Adar in the Primary School

Rosh Chodesh Adar was celebrated on Monday in the Primary School. Students davened together in the morning which included Havdalah as well as Hallel. Many students came to school in colourful socks, hair accessories and kippot in honour of Rosh Chodesh Before recess students in year 6 ran through the classrooms singing Mishenichnas Adar marbim besimcha to the delight of the younger students.

Chodesh Tov!

Prep and Year 6 Celebrate Rosh Chodesh Adar

Please enjoy this video of our Prep class spontaneously singing after the Year 6 children came into our class to welcome in Rosh Chodesh Adar.

Year 5 learn about Israeli Animals and Trees

Carmel School Musical – Little Shop of Horrors

Tickets are selling fast, with two shows already sold out! If you’re keen to see the 2017 Carmel School Musical, Little Shop of Horrors avoid disappointment and book now! Click here for more information.

Hebrew Club

The Hebrew club with the Tzevet and Morah Ester is up and running after school on Tuesdays. They made delicious challot on Tuesdays which they all took home to bake. All instructions, games and interactions are done in Hebrew! Kol hakavod!!

From the Marketing Team

Seeking fun facts! Do you have a fun fact (or two or three!) about Carmel School that you think everyone should know? Send us your thoughts about what makes Carmel a great, unique and interesting place.

e-mail development@carmel.wa.edu.au


Thank you Halle of Year 4.2 for your donation of four books in the very popular EJ12 series in honour of your forthcoming 9th birthday.

Carmel Clubs

Carmel Primary kids have access to a range of extra-curricular activities that are coordinated and supervised by staff and provided at no cost. These 'Carmel Clubs' happen at lunchtimes or after school and provide an opportunity to extend students’ skills and interests, while developing relationships in an enjoyable environment. There is a broad range of activities on offer, including robotics, choir, jump jam, gardening, yoga, first aid and craft. The clubs started last week and will run to the end of term. Pictured here are students enjoying the wonder of robotics.

UIA Dinner

The Year 11 and 12 Hebrew students along with the SRC were fortunate enough to be invited along to UIA's annual appeal at the Perth Convention Centre. The speakers were outstanding and we were thoroughly engaged by the diversity and talent of the three speakers. The night started with the inspiring twin brother, Tzur, of Hadar Goldin Z"L who was killed by Hamas in Operation Protective Edge in 2014. He was followed by Dana Livshitz who explained her amazing work in the Hi-tech company, Neta, in Israel. Lastly, the ex-Prime Minister of Canada, Steven Harper, inspired the audience with his unwavering and outspoken support of Israel and our right to a Jewish state. We were even lucky enough to meet and have a photo with Tzur Goldin and Steven Harper. The students learnt a lot about the strength of Israeli society, the technological advancement of our homeland and the importance of not being afraid to show our commitment to and love of Israel. A big thank you to UIA for this opportunity and Morah Gunders-Hunt and Mrs.Russell for taking us along.

Hadassa Solomon

Purim Reminder

A reminder that we are celebrating Purim on Friday 10 March in the Primary school. Please send in a kosher chocolate and a fruit on Wednesday or Thursday next week for the Mishloach manot bags which the students will make on Friday during school. Students are reminded to come to school with 2 coins next Friday. (these do not have to be gold coins). A change of clothing into bathers and rashie is also required for our water carnival after lunch. Don’t forget the towel! We are looking forward to a brilliant day!

Dorot Carmel News

Last year's Year 12s catch up with Liora, one of our ex Bachurot in Israel!

From left to right (Gina Steinberg, Jade Lazarus, Liora Behrman, Cassidy Woolf, Jodie Margolis and Mikayla Wasserman)

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