Volume 31 Issue 3 18 Feb 2022 17 Adar I 5782

Primary News

Natanya Milner – Head of Primary School

שלא יידעו עוד צער 
Shelo yed’u od tza’ar 

This week we mourn the heartbreaking loss of a much loved member of our Emanuel community, Tandi Rapke. Tandi bravely fought illness for many years and has been a beautiful inspiration too many of us with her warmth, strength and kindness. Our thoughts are with Tal, Liel, Elyad and the whole family through this challenging time. שלא יידעו עוד צער Shelo yed’u od tza’ar – we wish that they will know no further sorrow and we wish them ‘long life’.

Meet the Teacher 

We look forward to seeing you on Zoom on Monday 21 February 2022 for Meet the Teacher 2022. Please refer to this information poster in this Ma Nishma. Paul Dillon is presenting to High School parents on the same evening. We have managed to organise that the recording of Paul Dillon will be available for 48 hours after the event in order to manage this clash.


Next week, we look forward to celebrating Twos-day on Tuesday 22.2.22! We are planning some fun activities in honour of the number 2!

P&F events

Please note that the P&F camping trip dates have changed from Friday 11 March 2022 – Sunday 13 March 2022 to Friday 18 March 2022 – Sunday 20 March 2022. It’s always a wonderful weekend to relax and connect.

The P&F Purim Disco has been cancelled due to COVID regulations. We apologise for any disappointment.

Dr Justin Coulson

On Wednesday 23 March 2022 at 7.00 pm we invite all parents to attend an online event with Dr Justin Coulson. He will be speaking on ‘Parental Guidance – Practicing the Best Parenting Style to Raise Your Child Successfully’.

In this webinar, Justin will share the science and the practice of the very best parenting style and identify specific strategies that parents can practice to change their family for the better. Keep an eye out for the link in Ma Nishma.

Samantha Rogut Head of Library and Information Services K-6

Primary Library – a hive of activity

Over 750 books have been borrowed by Primary School students in the past 14 days. What a fantastic start to the 2022 school year! The library space has become a hive of activity with eager students investigating the newly purchased books and enjoying reading outside in the library courtyard. The new Graphic Novel section is proving extremely popular as is the Year 2 Reading section, which contains books that act as a bridge between the picture book section and Junior Fiction sections of the library, and is specifically for Year 2.

Click & Collect is back

Click & Collect is back! The Click & Collect service for the Primary Library was so popular during lockdown that we have decided to offer it again this term. As well as borrowing books during their weekly lessons, students in Years 3-6 will be able to reserve books online. Students will reserve their first book as part of their online catalogue investigation during library lessons. Reserved books will be delivered to classrooms every Thursday.

Baking a book

During the school holidays, Emanuel School students were invited to participate in the Primary Library Holiday Challenge. The Challenge was voluntary and involved choosing and completing book and reading related activities from a ‘menu’. Activities included students viewing an online exhibition at the State Library of NSW, listening to a favourite children’s author read aloud, visiting their local library, listening to an ABC podcast, writing a story and even ‘baking a book’. There were some terrifically creative entries. The winning entries of the Primary Library Holiday Challenge were Levi Brody 4T and Elise Goldberg 7M (Year 6, 2021) who received their prizes, a book and book voucher, during the week.

Kids and families

Beyond our school grounds there are all sorts of wonderful opportunities to connect with books and reading through public libraries. An example of this are the interesting activities taking place on-site and online at the State Library of NSW. Visit the ‘Kids and Families’ page to access a host of engaging activities including virtual tours of the library, activity sheets, online storytime, inspiration for creative writing and much more. You never know what you’ll discover when you visit a library.