Volume 31 Issue 30 23 Sep 2022 27 Elul 5782

From the Acting Principal

Margaret Lowe – Deputy Principal

Farewell Year 12

Fun facts about Year 12

20 students started in Kornmehl Pre-school and have now spent 15 years at Emanuel!
14 started in Kindergarten
2 started in Year 1
1 started in Year 3
1 started in Year 4
8 started in Year 5
8 started in Year 6
17 started in Year 7
5 started in Year 8
1 started in Year 9
1 started in Year 10
3 started in Year 11
5 are called Ben!
1 was born in 2003, the year of the final Concorde flight
61 were born in 2004, the year the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918
19 were born in 2005, the year YouTube was created


Our Year 12 students formally completed their secondary schooling this week. Each House (Meir, Rabin, Rashi and Szenes) hosted breakfasts for the Year 12 students and gave them a gift. The students were farewelled at a formal assembly on Wednesday morning and a dinner on Wednesday night. Parents attended the events and shed many a tear, in a good way! Our students have forged lifelong friendships and will continue to make special memories together as they continue on their life paths. Our Year 12s have been involved in every aspect of our School – musicals, productions, chess, debating, sport, academic pursuits, camps, House events, ruach, Jewish Life etc – and have been outstanding leaders.

In the year our Year 12 graduates started their High School journey, 2017, Thomas Mayor commenced a special journey. The Uluru Statement from the Heart was created that year and calls for the establishment of a First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution and a Makarrata Commission, a coming together in agreement and truth telling. Thomas Mayor is still on that journey, and our students can read more about as the gift from the School is Thomas’ book, Finding the Heart of the Nation. Thomas Mayor recorded a special video message for our students as did our Principal, Andrew Watt, who is concluding his Sabbatical this week.

Our students are on their way. Their life journeys are unknown but much dreamt about. There will be celebrations like our graduation events as various milestones and life events continue to unfold for them. For some of our Year 12s the journey till now has been smooth, despite including a once in one hundred year pandemic! For others, it has been hard. There have been twists and turns that they and their parents did not expect, nor want, but our Year 12s have made it! Their life ATAR is well beyond anything we will see in the coming months.

We wished our Year 12 graduates the very best and bid them farewell.

To Year 12
May you stay true to your life’s purpose and passion and not be distracted from your journey.
May you be kind to others and help them to fulfil their purpose, perhaps ensuring their voice is also heard.
May you be as determined to achieve as the Boston Red Sox even if it takes just as long!
May you find peace, acceptance and contentment within your journey whatever it brings.

End of Term 3

We have had an incredibly busy term with so many events, activities, camps, excursions and stimulating classes. Our students are lucky to have such committed staff who ensure their school lives are full of opportunities for their growth. When you see the term’s list it is impressive and does explain the tired faces around campus this week!

Year Group



Cheeky Emus
Bush School
Steps Eye Screening for all 4 year olds
Breakfast and Pyjama Day
Grandparents’ Day concert
Burger Centre visits
Parent Club Fundraiser event
Bee Workshop
Fathers’ Day Breakfast
Post Box visits
Rosh Hashanah celebrations
Individual and Group Photos


Healthy Harold visit
K-2 Gala Day
K-2 Perform Education Musical for Book Week

Year 1

Planetarium visit
Healthy Harold visit
K-2 Gala Day
K-2 Perform Education Musical for Book Week

Year 2

Healthy Harold visit
Science activity – Kaleidoscope Science
Light and Sound Show
K-2 Gala Day
K-2 Perform Education Musical for Book Week

Year 3

Sport and Recreation Camp
Healthy Harold visit
Maths Explorer (Australian Problem Solving Maths Olympiad)
Australian Maths Competition (Australian Maths Trust)
3-6 Book Week Presenter

Year 4

Sport and Recreation Camp
Muru Mittigar Centre
National History Challenge Showcase
Australian Maths Competition (Australian Maths Trust)
Maths Olympiads (Australian Problem Solving Maths Olympiad)
3-6 Book Week Presenter

Year 5

Taronga Zoo
Sport and Recreation Camp
Knowing You Changes Me
Machane Bisli
National History Challenge Showcase
Australian Maths Competition (Australian Maths Trust)
Maths Olympiads (Australian Problem Solving Maths Olympiad)
Author visit
3-6 Book Week Presenter

Year 6

Sydney Jewish Museum
Project Heritage
Maths Cup
Australian Maths Competition (Australian Maths Trust)
Maths Olympiads (Australian Problem Solving Maths Olympiad)
3-6 Book Week Presenter


K-2 invitational Shabbatot
Deborah Blackman talk (Years 1, 2, 3 and 5)
Musica Viva Concert
NSW PS State Futsal Championships
PS NSW JCL NSW Inter School Chess Competition
Poem in my Pocket Day
ICAS Competition
IPSHA Debating competition
Fathers’ Day Breakfast
Mother’s Day Celebration
Grandparents and Friends Day
ASISSA Athletics Carnival
CIS Athletics
K-6 Trivia Athon fundraiser
Teaching Assistant Appreciation Week (K-6)
Book Week Parade and activities
Science Week Activities
Charity BBQ
Aladdin rehearsal

Year 7

Interfaith Program
History Guest Speaker – Eve Guerry
Maths Olympiad
Australian Mathematics Competition
Jerusalem Bagel Baking

Year 8

Y9 (2023) Subject Selection Evening
Geography Guest speaker – Dr Mary Brydon-Miller
Machane Krembo (Hebrew Camp)
French Day
SLC Elective Big Day In
Warragamba Dam visit
Tiyul Sukkat Shalom
Maths Olympiad
Australian Mathematics Competition
Linguafest competition

Year 9

Love Bites Presentation
Drama & Music to FANGIRLS
PDM to The Armory, Newington and Callan Park, Rozelle
Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood
Ski Camp
Be the Change to Chifley School and Thread Together Warehouse
Share-Your-Talent Program
Australian Mathematics Competition
Hebrew/Radio – A two-day podcasting/radio course at AFTRS

Year 10

History Guest Speaker – Paul Drexler
JST Guest Speaker – Noam Weissman
Love Bites Presentation
SESLHD Vaccinations
Future Proofing Study
Machane Ayekah
Hebrew/Radio – A two-day podcasting/radio course at AFTRS

Year 11

Nitzavim Training
The Sleep Connection Workshop
JST Guest Speaker Series
.b Program
Leadership Induction
PDHPE First Aid Course
Music to Burger Centre
Future Proofing Study
Drama Showcase
Music Showcase

Year 12

HSC Trials
HSC Drama Showcase
English Extension 2 Hand in Day
Elevate Study Skills
Geography to Hunter Valley
Society and Culture Tea CeremonyGraduation Dinner


Visits from Rabba Amsellem and Rabbi Moskowitz
More Able and Ambitious Day
Stretch and Challenge Study Day
Middle School Ethics Olympiad Training Day
Investment Club Guest speaker series
Night of Dangerous Conversations
House Breakfast Farewells
Year 12 Graduation Assembly
NSW 14yrs Schools State Futsal Championships
NSW 16yrs Schools State Futsal Championships
NSW 18yrs Schools State Futsal Championships
Cut for Cancer Day Fundraiser
Metropolitan Chess Competition
Science Week Activities
Future Problem Solving
Rugby Matches
3v3 Basketball Competition
SSC Netball Competition
CDSSA Athletics Championships
AICES Athletics Championships
CIS Athletics
JDS AFL Gala Day
JDS Netball Gala Day


Sports Photo Day
Twilight Concert
Night of Instrumental Music
Torres Strait Island Flag Raising with Thomas Mayor
Fuse Cup – 2022 Live Australian Competition
Years 5-12 Cely Malki Program


 Another farewell

Towards the start of Term 3, after a very long journey and with more than a touch of jet lag, four young Israelis stepped off the plane at Kingsford Smith Airport. Our  new Israeli Madrichim, Ella Ben Moshe, Or Kaufman, Yohay Noymark and Omri Osteryung have filled our campus with so much energy, laughter and ruach.

Every one of our High School students (and our Year 5s) have had the opportunity to learn and grow under the guidance of these wonderful madrichim. Ella, Or, Yohay and Omri played a pivotal role in the success of Year 10 Machaneh Ayekah, Year 8 Machaneh Krembo, Years 7, 9, 10 and 11 Mifgashim and Year 5 Machaneh Bisli (held today). They have inspired and shared their knowledge and shown their deep love of Israel in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Classes and Jewish Life events and activities. We will miss them and farewell them knowing that they have made a difference to the lives of many of students. 

Term 4

We look forward to another activity-filled Term 4. We wish our Year 12 (Class of 2022) students all the very best for their HSC examinations which begin with English Paper 1 exam on Wednesday 12 October. Our Staff Development Day will be held on Wednesday 12 October and we welcome students in Years K-12 (Class of 2023) back on campus on Thursday 13 October.  

Wishing you all a Shanah tovah and well over the Fast. 

Mazal tov

  •  Emanuel defeated the Kings School in the quarter finals of the Year 11 J.A. Thompson History Debating Competition. The topic for the debate was “that the Cuban Revolution failed Cubans”. 1st Speaker was Jesse Carpenter, 2nd Speaker Jake Newfield, 3rd Speaker Ma’ayan Granot and Team Advisor, Daniel Solomon. We wish the team all the best for the Semi Finals next term.

  • This week Emanuel won the Jewish Day Schools Netball Cup in spectacular fashion with a score of 49-28. As a result of this win, Emanuel is the overall JDS Cup winner for 2022, winning three of the four sports played!
  • Eden Levit, Shai Farhy and Zac Urbach competed at the Secondary NSWCIS Athletics Championships with the following outstanding results:
    • Zac Urbach won the 100m and 200m 
    • Eden Levit won gold in the 200m and bronze in the 100m 

Quote of the week

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” ~ Milton Berle, American actor and comedian