Volume 30 Issue 18 18 Jun 2021 8 Tammuz 5781

From the Principal

Andrew Watt – Principal

Our Capital Appeal Anthem and Community Choir 

Last week, many of us enjoyed the Music Camp Showcase which featured the Capital Appeal Anthem, Ha’Shorashim, and the Community Choir, Mak’he’lat Kehila. The words of our new Anthem, written in collaboration with our students, powerfully reflect all that is Emanuel. They speak of our deep connection to our history, our commitment to Tikkun Olam, our traditions, growth, and togetherness. This week’s Music Matters article provides more information about the creation of these extraordinary pieces and the students involved. 

Now that the composition has been created, we can look forward to seeing how our Visual Arts students’ creative animations are woven to complement Ha’Shorashim and create a visual journey. Art and music both take a whisper of an idea and, with talent and creativity, bring it to life, in many different forms. How exciting to have these intertwined to create something that is greater than the sum of its parts!




Thank you morning tea

A special morning tea was held on Tuesday, to thank the many students who have worked behind the scenes, contributing to the Anthem or Community Choral piece. We are very grateful for the dedication and enthusiasm with which they embraced these important projects, all in their own time. Many of the staff involved also enjoyed our morning tea. In addition to Alice Chance, we owe a debt of gratitude to Ms Springford, Morah Harvey, Mr Messiah, Ms Heilpern, Ms Keong and Ms Spira.

Athletics records broken like never before

Our Annual High School Athletics Carnival produced some outstanding individual results. Whilst we expect a small number of records to be broken each year, having 23 new individual records points to a significant increment in skill, fitness, confidence – and perhaps perfect track conditions. The following new record-holders were recognised at our assembly:

  • Hayley Kanevsky – 12 years 800m
  • Amelie Mueller – 13 years 800m
  • Alexander Kirievsky – 14 years Discus
  • Amelie Trope – 14 years 100m, 200m (held since 2004), 400m
  • Shai Farhy – 15 years 800m, High Jump
  • Jonah Trope – 16 years 400m
  • Eden Levitt – 16 years 200m, 400m, High Jump (held since 2001), Long Jump
  • Ben Shapiro – 17 years 800m
  • Aiden Poswell – 18 years 800m
  • Jesse Koslowski – 18 years Shot Put
  • Georgia Kahane – 18 years 800m, High Jump
  • Emily Ruben – 18 years 100m, 200m, 400m, Discus
  • Meir House 17/18 years 4 x 100m Relay.

Queen’s Birthday Honours

The contribution of several members of our community was recognised. These include:

  1. Peter Ivany AO (past parent)

For distinguished service to the community as a supporter of sporting, arts, film, not-for-profit, and natural science organisations. Peter was a Patron of our 2005 Capital Appeal, a former Appeal Chairman of JCA and Honorary Life Governor as well as decades of involvement on the boards of a range of organisations as diverse as the Sydney Swans, NIDA and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

  1. Carol Berg AM (current grandparent)

For significant service to mental health, to social justice, and to the arts. Carol has been a Board member of a variety of organisations across mental health, women’s rights and musical organisations for the last 25 years. She was quoted in J-Wire; “If you look around, there is an awful lot asking to be done. There are so many opportunities to get involved in communities.”

  1. Greg Shand AM

For significant service to the Jewish community, and to charitable initiatives. Greg is the Founder and Chair of The Giving Forum (a group of communal philanthropists), a former JCA Executive Committee member and Honorary Chair of Sydney Jewish Museum Foundation. Greg was the Chair of the JCA Building & Capital who awarded the 2013 Capital Appeal to Emanuel School.

  1. Charlotte (Lottie) Vidor AM (soon to be Emanuel great grandparent)

For significant service to the multicultural community, to tourism, and to urban planning. Lottie was JewishCare Foundation Director for ten years, a board member of Events NSW for 15 years and has served on the Australian Multicultural Council since 2014. She was quoted in J-Wire; “It’s a long way from leaving Poland as a Holocaust Survivor to living here.”

Dancing in the Dark

Who would have thought that dancing with friends in near darkness could be such fun? High School students af all ages enjoyed an evening of dance, fellowship and food, in our Performing Arts Centre (PAC). The theme of the evening was Disco. All entry fees and donations were allocated to DanceAbility. Mazal tov and thank you to our Year 12 organisers; Jade Berson, Dean Reuveny, Lexi Joffe, Ari Merten, Jared Robinson


The countdown has begun to Saturday night when our High School singers, actors and dancers will entertain us with the much anticipated musical, Grease. I am looking forward to humming along to a few very recognisable tunes of my youth!

Mazal tov

  • To Rashi House (1996 points), for winning the High School Inter-House Athletics Carnival, followed by Meir House (1792 points). A full report is included later in this edition. 
  • Eden Levit and Amelie Trope who played in the CDSSA Opens Netball Team today, winning the AICES Championships.
  • Levi Ehrlich, Year 10, recently competed in a powerlifting competition, breaking four  national records including the total record and those for a 180kg squat, 110kg bench and a 192.5 kg deadlift. 

Quote of the week 

“Only those who risk going too far, can possibly find out how far one can go.”
– T.S. Elliot, poet, essayist, publisher, playwright, literary critic and editor