16 March 2017/18 ADAR 5777
Term 1 Week 7
Shabbat Commences 6.17pm/Shabbat Terminates 7.11pm
From the Principal
Purim at Carmel continues to get bigger and better every year!
Our Year 12s decorated the campus in a Shrek theme, cleverly disguising themselves as our favourite Shrek characters, including Puss in Boots, Lord Farquar and delightful Fiona. Our school leaders created an atmosphere of fun and warmth, entertaining the High School students with interesting programs and knock your socks off ruach sessions.
In a year when studies are paramount, that our students still have the time and energy to organise these days and give back to the school, is to be greatly admired.
The highlight of my Purim day had to be the Year 6 play. Written and produced by our talented Grade 6s, with the help and guidance of Morah Debbi Benn, the play was a witty take on the story of Megillat Esther. It was hilariously funny, made excellent use of music and movement and was thoroughly entertaining. I, along with the lucky few parents who were present, were in serious fits of laughter as the jokes came thick and fast. The play was everything that Purim is about; laughter, fun and inclusivity (as everyone who wanted to participate was welcomed with open arms!).
If you have never been to Purim at Carmel, I urge you to come along next year. (Save the date, Thursday 1 March 2018)! Come and see our Primary and High School campuses become a place of colour and festivity. It will be the most fun you could ever have!
Purim Celebrations at Carmel School
Primary School Purim Fun
The students in the Primary School had a wonderful day on Friday celebrating Purim.
They all fulfilled the 4 mitzvot of the chag by hearing the megillah read by Rabbi white, bringing Matanot le’evyonim donated to Menorah charity, making Mishloach manot in class and swapping with a friend and participating in a brilliant Seudah in the hall at the end of the day. The Year 6 Judaica students entertained us with a brilliant Purim play and the Tzevet got the students all excited with their minute to win it games. One of the highlights of the day was the annual Purim water games which were enjoyed by all. Students and staff made a big effort to dress up in wonderful costumes for the Purim parade which was enjoyed by all -especially our guests – the grandparents club! Everyone enjoyed eating delicious hamantashen made by the canteen staff.
Kol hakavod to all the Year 6 leaders for giving the students a wonderful Purim to remember and enjoy!
Lots more pictures on Facebook
Our Kindy students have been fascinated by the worm farms in our outdoor environment. To learn more about how to care for them, we had a hands on incursion with Kevin from The Worm Shed. They got up close with the worms and even made their own worm farms! Such an informative and enjoyable activity for our inquisitive Kindy students.
Year 4 Torah
In Torah, the Year 4 cohort have researched their Hebrew names, having studied the birth of Yitzchak and the origins of his name.
Year 4 participate in 10,000 Letters for 10000 soldiers
Our Year 4 students participated in 10,000 Letters for 10,000 Soldiers campaign. The beautiful cards that the year 4 Carmel School students sent gave joy and a strong feeling of appreciation to the soldiers they reached.
These brave young men and women burst into smiles as they opened the cards made by children all over the world.
Kol hakavod to the Year 4s and their teachers Morah Galanti and Morah Hart for participating in this beautiful project. We hope that Carmel School will participate again next year!
Primary School Sport Report
IPSHA Swimming Carnival 2017
An enthusiastic squad of 23 competed in the annual IPSHA co-ed swimming carnival at Wesley supported by a vocal cohort of parents and grandparents. The swimmers were well prepared after their early morning training sessions with coach Bernard Mackin at Terry Tyzack and were looking forward to the occasion. After the swimming captain, Maytal Vider, had taken the group through their warm up, a familiar routine established during training, the team got down to business in hand. Races were keenly contested and the opposition strong but Carmel more than held their own, completing their respective events with a podium finish in more than half the races. Competitors were very supportive of their team mates with much cheering and high fiving with each finish. Whilst no first placings were posted, the team performed better than expected and can be very proud of their efforts on the day.
High School Purim Celebrations
Last Friday, Carmel High School celebrated Purim. The day started with the Year 12s welcoming the students with decorations based on the story of Shrek. Then there was a Prayers program with messages from Megillat Esther, followed by an amazing parade that showcased the costumes of each year level as well as the teachers’. A hearty Mazal Tov goes to the overall costume winner, Jordan Hamburger, who dressed up as ‘Homework’ for the Year 7 theme – Dreams/Nightmares. At the parade, the Year 12s also performed an awesome dance, choreographed by Justine Cohen and Kayli Posner. After recess, the school was split into Juniors and Seniors who each conducted their own Panopticon filled with funny quizzes and some tough challenges! This was followed by some incredible ruach and Just Dance in the Hall. Finally, after lunch, we had great fun on the water slide and slip ‘n’ slide, at the life-size foosball, and making bracelets on the oval. A huge thank you goes to Mrs Niss, Mr Lawrence, Judaica Captains – Grace and Hadassa, as well as the whole Year 12 cohort for all their help, organisation, and planning. We also would like to thank all the students for getting so involved on Friday and we hope you enjoyed Purim as much as we did!
Year 8 Visit to Sculptures by the Sea
Year 8 students spent the morning at Cottesloe beach viewing sculptures created by artists from across Australia as well as countries as different and far apart as China, Germany, Japan, Finland, New Zealand and the Czech Republic. This year the invited International artists was Zadok Ben-David. His work is the "Big Boy" You can see this in the back ground of the group photo.
Students gained a comprehensive overview of the exhibition and engage with a selection of sculptures on site. . They were able to understand the many roles of the arts in society: to engage, entertain, and transmit culture and values; to provide opportunities for creativity and reflection; to sell; to mourn or celebrate; and to provide ceremony and ritual.
Everyone enjoyed the morning and got to see the beach at high tide.