News from the English Department
YEAR 8 PICTURE BOOK ACTIVITY WITH YEAR 2s IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Last week all the Year 8 English students participated in a heart-warming collaboration activity with the Year 2s in the Primary School.
Year 8s had completed an activity which required them to produce their own Picture Books with a meaning, message and value, for a particular target audience. This was a fantastic opportunity for them to have an audience of young readers to share their creative picture books with.
This interactive activity proved to be a marvellous collaborative experience for both the Year 8s and the Year 2s, with the former being able to share their ideas to an appropriate audience and the latter being able to have that warm, fuzzy experience of sharing reading time with High School Students, building bonds and bridging the age gap.
Carmel Novice and Junior Debaters faced a fierce round last week. All teams prepared well and showed their tenacious spirits when they came up against strong opposition in this round.
The Junior Team debated the topic: That we should return cultural property residing in museums to their place of origin, and the team should be congratulated on their astute rebuttal skills. They lost to Perth College by a very narrow margin.
The Novice Teams debated the topic: That musicians should boycott streaming services such as Spotify, with two of our teams debating for the affirmative and one team for the negative. Well done to Arielle Meekan, Rebecca Schwarz, Shoshana Benjamin, Dana Lazar, Aviya Solomon and Alon Tucker for fantastic effort and strong rebuttal, and congratulations to Rafael Cowan, Jacob Parry and Noa Jackson for winning their round this week.
High School Library News
This week, we thank Samuel Blitz for his donation to the Sylvia & Harry Hoffman Library of the "Artscroll Tanach : The Stone Edition" on the special occasion of his Bar Mitzvah. He has donated this book in appreciation of Carmel School. Our heartiest Mazeltov to Samuel and his family. The book will be suitably inscribed and will remain as a permanent reminder of your thoughtfulness and generosity.
IPSHA Performing Arts Festival
Carmel School Year 5 and 6 students shone as the jewel of the evening at the Independent Primary School Heads Association Performing Arts Festival on Tuesday 20 June with their message of Peace. This biennial event is held at the Perth Convention and Entertainment Centre between 17 Independent Primary Schools and a collective audience of 8000. Their performance Brand New Day was choreographed by our ever talented Mrs Bonita Muir along with singing directed by Mrs Marcia Fisher. We thank Mrs Wendy Wiklund for the professional costume design and manufacture and Debbi Benn for her role as coordinator We also thank Mrs Karen Blumberg for the work she has done in supporting individual students ensuring all Carmelites have a chance to shine..Mrs Lynda Fisher plays a key role in organising, coaching and facilitating this 3 day event in her role on the IPSHA Executive as Immediate Past President . Carmel School acknowledges her as does IPSHA.
Torah JCP Programme Year 4
Morah Hart and Morah Galanti’s Year 4 students were filmed last week during their Torah lesson for inclusion in a Chumash celebration evening in England on the 4th of July to celebrate the completion of the curriculum. The JCP requested messages and lesson examples from schools in Australia and South Africa to incorporate into a short film about the programme being taught in schools around the world. The director of the company added that when Rav Eli Kohn visited Carmel Primary school in August last year, he saw one of the best Chumash lessons he had ever seen. This was a great compliment to our staff anwho have implemented this Torah Programme and we are privileged to be represented by video in the UK in a few weeks.
Year 4 – Perth Zoo Excursion
The Year 4 Geography unit has been focusing on mapping and direction skills. On Friday 16th June, in order to culminate these abilities, the Year 4s visited Perth Zoo. The students were involved in navigating themselves around varying parts of the zoo and answering questions about where they visited. The children also engaged in an educational experience called “Going, Going, Gone”, which taught them about endangered species and how we can develop sustainable environments. A huge “Thank You” to all our parent helpers.
Kindy goes vertical!
For the past three weeks, Morah Debra and the Kindy team have been experimenting with vertical work areas for the students. Based on research that shows young people are too sedentary and need to improve core strength, the Kindy kids have been making use of vertical work areas for activities like painting, cutting, drawing and play-doh creation. Making these activities more ergonomically sound means that fine and gross motor skills are improved and the new work areas provide students with more options when it comes to choosing the learning environment that suits them. The proof of success of this initiative is in the excitement the student show when talking about their new work areas (‘it’s really good!’) and jostling to get a space at the bench or easels. If the big corporates on the terrace are introducing standing desks, why shouldn’t we?!
NEWS FROM THE PRIMARY LIBRARY
Thank you Zahra of Prep 1 for your kind donation of The day the crayons quit by Oliver Jeffers and First Day by Andrew Daddo.
Year 5 Hebrew
Dictation took on a new meaning last week when the year 5's participated in a fun running dictation game with Morah Benn and Morah Hart. In groups, students had to run to the teacher and listen to a line from the story being read and tell it to their group. The scribe wrote it down while the next person had a chance to run. What a fun way to use so many different skills!
Year 5 Charity Project
Jada and Ella made slime to raise money to donate to Guide Dogs WA. They were lucky enough to meet Maddy the ambassador guide dog when they handed over their donation. Here is a picture of the girls with Maddy. Thanks to the teachers involved for giving them this wonderful charity opportunity.
Jerusalem 50 years reunification
Students in the Primary School have been putting the finishing touches to their stones which they started painting on Yom Yerushalayim a few weeks ago. They have thought hard about their designs and the end results are fantastic. The stones are going to be varnished in the holidays and built into an olive tree setting at the front of the school as a tribute to Jerusalem. We are very excited to complete this project with a stone from every child from K-Year 6.