Volume 30 Issue 14 21 May 2021 10 Sivan 5781

Primary News

Natanya Milner – Head of Primary School

I hope you all had a lovely Shavuot and some special extra time with family and friends. 

Northern Territory trip

Last week, I was privileged to travel to the Northern Territory with a wonderful group of Year 6 students and parents. We had an incredible time visiting Jilkminggan School, swimming in amazing waterholes and being involved in various cultural activities. The group was involved in so many unforgettable experiences and I am grateful for the range of learning opportunities that we were able to seize over the week.

Some of the group’s favourite activities included spending time with the children and community in Jilkminggan School. Talia Pollak loved, “Going to the Jilkminggan School because we got to experience how they learnt in a different culture and place”. Many also enjoyed swimming in Bitter Springs. Lila Friedman thought it was so memorable, “to go to the hot springs at nighttime. Floating in the warm and quiet water is something I have never done before”.

Many different lessons were learnt over the week including:

  • The different cultures of Darwin, Kathrin, Mataranka, and more (Julia Manoy)
  • How to adapt in the bush and communicate with people who don’t speak English as their first language (Summer Schlessinger)
  • What it was like to go to school in a different culture and how to do Aboriginal painting (Talia Pollak)

I would like to thank Kim Haddix and Kim Slender for joining the trip and being such wonderful leaders throughout the week. I would also like to thank the children and parents for being such a joy to travel with, so open minded and such fabulous representatives of Emanuel School.

Cross country 

This week’s ASISSA cross country was a fabulous day with many Years 3-6 students representing the School proudly across the age groups. We achieved strong results from our runners and I would like to congratulate all the children who participated. I look forward to Stuart Taylor’s report and I would like to thank him for organising the Emanuel team for this event.

Year K Haifa Pathways

Today K Haifa celebrated their Pathways ceremony. Unfortunately I was off campus and unable to attend but I have no doubt that it was a very special morning for the Kindy children and their families. Thank you to Morah Bar-On, Adam Carpenter, Sarit Spira, Morah Martine and Morah Shirley for their hard work in organising the beautiful and meaningful Pathways ceremonies, as well as to Ofer Levy for taking photographs.

Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Week takes place from 27 May 2021 – 3 June 2021. This year’s themes include More Than a Word: Reconciliation Takes Action and Under One Sky: Yesterday, Today and Forever. The Primary School children will participate in a range of classroom activities and we look forward to celebrating at school on Friday 28 May 2021. Students are encouraged to come to school in yellow as a part of our celebrations.

We will be participating in ‘Wear It Yellow’ day – an initiative from ‘Children’s Ground’ – an organisation that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Please send your children in with a gold coin to support Children’s Ground. Please diarise this date.