Volume 24 Issue 33 - 28 Oct 2016

From the Principal

Anne Hastings

Anne Hastings – Principal

I hope everyone enjoyed their time over Sukkot. It has been an unusual start to Term 4, but now we are underway on a continuum of learning for the rest of the term, which will come very quickly for Year 10, who leave for their Chavayah experience in Israel on 23 November.

During the week I received this lovely email from one of our parents, commenting on our Year 8 students:

This morning I am moved to write to you with feedback about the impeccable behaviour displayed by students from Emanuel School. Yesterday I was lucky enough to be at a harbour beach with my kids and two of their friends.  

When we arrived, there was a large group of about 15 or so kids, and we recognised them as Year 8 students from Emanuel… It was a delight to watch these kids interact with each other. They were friendly, cooperative and well-behaved. They passed around and offered each other food(!), were mindful not to get sand on towels, did a lot of laughing, and generally were a perfect example of well-balanced and happy young adults.

Importantly, they did not interfere or interrupt other mid-week beach frolickers. There was no swearing, no sand throwing, no belligerence. As a parent, I felt really proud of them, and really thankful to belong to a school that facilitates the positive development of our kids. Thank you for the amazing work that you and the staff contribute.

Parents & Friends Co-chairs, Susie and Sharon

I’d like to draw your attention to the P & F page this week. After six years of sterling service to the School leading the P & F, Susie and Sharon are stepping down. We will miss them greatly as they have done a fantastic job in this role, overseeing so many events and guiding the important work of the P & F in friend-raising and fund-raising. We are very grateful to them and will express our gratitude formally at the end-of-year events. We are looking for someone or a couple of dedicated parents to step up into this role and guide the enthusiastic P & F team into 2017 and beyond. Please consider putting yourself (or yourselves!) forward for this or just contact Susie and Sharon to discuss further.

HSC Examination Feedback from Teachers

Our class of 2016 has been sitting their HSC examinations over recent weeks. Here is some feedback from their teachers about the papers. There will be more next week.

English Advanced

Both Papers 1 and 2 for Advanced and Standard were quite good papers. The questions were specific and thus required more than just a memorised response. However, they were not too specific to throw the students off. I spoke to the students after the first paper and most of them felt that it had gone well. There was no visual text in the comprehension section, which was annoying to some students as there has always been some visual element in the past, but it did not overly affect them. The texts that were there were fairly straightforward. There were some different weightings for questions, but this should not have caused any issues. 

With paper 2, the questions were again specific and fair. The only question that caused a bit of a stir was our Module B question in Advanced, which asked students to refer to a specific poem (out of five they had studied) and one of their choice. We prepared them for this, so it shouldn’t have been a big deal, but sometimes students don’t prepare enough for each poem to cover this eventuality. One question in Standard was also quite interesting, as it provided students with some stills from the movie they had studied that they had to refer to in their answer. 

[David Camp]

Music 1 and 2

The Music 1 examination was unusual in that for one question it used a particular wording that has not been used ever (to my knowledge). This would have thrown some students, but feedback from most students was that they were confident answering this strange question and also the other three more usual questions.

The Music 2 examination was a break from conventions of recent times in that there were less score-reading questions and more audio-alone questions. The questions themselves were more general (referring to the overarching concepts rather than specific technical terminology or sub-elements). In this sense it may have been a Music 2 examination in Music 1 clothing, but only time, and the BOSTES “marking guidelines” and “sample answers”, will tell. The choice of musical excerpts was excellent and interesting and it was very pleasant to sit through this examination!

[David Gwilliam and Diana Springford]


The HSC Modern History examination was well received by students who described it as fair and even, in one instance, ‘nice.’ This is a testament to the hard work of the students as much as it is an indication of generous examiners. Thanks to their diligence and commitment, most were well equipped to cope with questions about the experiences of British women in WWI, the significance of the American entry into the war in 1917, the failure of Germany democracy in 1933, Nazi foreign policy, the dictatorships of Hitler and Mussolini, the significance of the battle of El Alamein and the life of Albert Speer. 

The HSC Ancient History Examination took place at St Andrew’s Cathedral School on Monday. The students coped well with the change of venue and declared the paper fair and accessible. They wrote about the impact of new research and technologies on our understanding of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the nature of the Persian army, the political career of Julius Caesar and the fall of the Roman Republic. The students were enthusiastic about the opportunities that the paper provided to demonstrate the depth of their knowledge and understanding. 

[Sally Cove]


The general feeling amongst the students was that the PDHPE examination today was “very fair” and focused on a wide range of the syllabus dot points. There were no questions that posed any major problems, the students were well prepared for the questions and they all seemed to be happy upon completion. 

[Ray Francis and Kristy Reed]

Mazal tov to:

  • Danielle Rutstein (Year 8) who was nominated for the Bradley Matthews Memorial Award for Sporting Excellence 2016. Although she did not win the major award, Danielle was a finalist and received a Commendation Certificate for her continued success and effort in sport. 
  • Erin Baskin (Year 10) who represented Emanuel School at the Global Dignity Day, which was held recently at Parliament House
  • The students who played in the CDSSA Netball Gala Day last week (see the story under High School Sport)
  • The students who completed their silver adventure expedition canoeing along the Hawkesbury last week (see the story and photos under Duke of Edinburgh Silver Expedition).

Coming up

  • Night of Song, Tuesday 1 November, 6 pm, MPH
  • Year 7 2017 Parent and Student Information Evening, Wednesday 2 November 7 pm, Millie Phillips Theatre
  • Writers’ Awards, Thursday 3 November, 7 pm, Millie Phillips Theatre
  • Last Day of the HSC Examinations Friday 4 November
  • High School House Music Festival, 6 pm 8 November, MPH
  • East Timor Information evening, 5:30 pm 9 November, MP Theatre
  • Years 9 and 10 Music Soiree, 5:30 pm, MP Theatre

Quote of the week

‘Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character’. [Johann Kaspar Lavater]

Best wishes for a relaxing weekend.

Anne Hastings



Devar Torah/Sukkah Homeless Dinner

סוכת שלום

Rabbi Daniel Siegel

Rabbi Daniel Siegel – Head of Jewish Life

Sukkat Shalom

Keeping the structure of our School sukkah whole (shalem) was a challenge. As many times as our students and staff reinforced its walls and sides it insisted upon coming down again, as the buffeting winds reminded us that the very nature of a sukkah is but temporary.

On Sukkot, we read the book Kohelet, whose first words are havel havalim, hakol hevel, “Our life is but a brief breath, all existence is but a vanishing moment”. And, yet, in a seemingly most incongruous sentiment, Sukkot is the sole holiday in which we are continually reminded to be ach sameach, ‘utterly joyous’.

It was in this structure, threatening to be blown away, that Emanuel students from Years 9-11 gathered together with homeless individuals from our Sydney community to share a sukkah meal. Amidst laughter, song, storytelling and the sharing of personal stories of challenge, hope and triumph, the winds and cold of the evening gave way to an embracing warmth and fellowship of community.

While the book Kohelet reminds us of the impermanence and vicissitudes of life, at the same time the very meaning of the word kohelet suggests the Jewish response to the difficulties we all encounter – kahal (community).

As darkness descended upon us gathered in the sukkah, I was reminded of the words we say each night in the ma’ariv prayer פרוס עלינו סוכת שלומיך, “Extend over us Your sukkah of wholeness”. That evening we understood that the wholeness of our sukkah is not to be found in the walls providing security from without but in the fellowship creating community from within.

We are commanded to be joyous on Sukkot, not despite, but because of, the fragile and fleeting nature of life. We are reminded to live fully in the present for that is the wholeness of life.

“I have come to understand, there is nothing better in our lives than to be joyous and to practise goodness upon our life’s journey”.

Kohelet 3:12

Please find below reflections of some of our students who shared in the sukkah meal with the homeless of our community.

30101-belkin-tomerTomer Belkin – Year 10

The experience was incredibly eye-opening and  not what I expected. I think it’s safe to say that a lot of us arrived with some stigmas and expectations about the way our guests might look or behave, but all of these stereotypes were thrown out the window the more we got to know them.

We sang, laughed, ate until our stomachs burst and talked about our life stories. It goes to show that no one wants nor deserves to be without a home, and that those we see on the streets are people who have gone through a tremendous struggle.

I think it was an amazing experience and I hope it becomes a yearly tradition.

20199-sadra-edenEden Sadra – Year 9

Ten Emanuel students were lucky enough to spend an evening in the Sukkah with some very special people. A group of homeless individuals came to share dinner with us and it was really amazing to hear their stories and share ours.

I listened to the story of a lady called Tu. She explained to us her journey from Indonesia to Australia, and what an interesting one it was. As I listened to her speak so openly about how hard her life is I not only realised how lucky I am to have a home but to have access to all the amazing opportunities we get.

As we sat through dinner we laughed and talked about each other’s lives and routines and I was quite surprised to see how interested they were about the Sukkah. We shared the story of Sukkot with them, explaining why we sit in the temporary dwelling for seven days. I also found it quite ironic that we were sharing dinner with them in the Sukkah. Maybe it was a way of reminding us that everything in life is temporary and that nothing should be taken for granted. Sadly but true, it is not just like the lives of the people we sat with that night that were taken away. Thousands of men, women and children in Australia are living on the streets and it’s our job to create awareness to support them. I was truly touched by the experience  and I thank Rabbi Siegel and all the other teachers who made this happen.

10717-goldman-genevieveGenevieve Goldman – Year 10

I was a bit nervous to meet the visitors as I didn’t know what to expect. We greeted our guests at the gate, and from the moment of meeting them, they were very kind and warm. We sat around a long table in the Sukkah and we listened to many fascinating stories about their lives and experiences. Their stories illustrated their resilience and made me think about everything I take for granted. It’s good to remember that the festival of Sukkot is all about appreciation of the security of a home, and sitting in the Sukkah at school made me realise how incredibly lucky we are to have stability in our lives and how our relationships can grow from that. Sukkot teaches us not to take these things for granted, given that so many other individuals (including our homeless visitors) don’t have the luxuries that we sometimes take for granted. It was humbling that after a life of hardship they all seemed happy and willing to share their experiences with us. Every Jewish festival gives us the opportunity to reflect upon aspects of our everyday lives, not just on history – and I’m glad that I had this opportunity.

10661-baskin-erinErin Baskin – Year 10

The Sukkah meal with the homeless was an experience that was unique and irreplaceable. The way that we see other people often leads us to form conclusions,

But, through this opportunity, I was able to see past barriers that lead us to making assumptions.

Every story that was told was distinct and different and taught us that things in our lives are not forever because they can come crashing down at any moment – the same wisdom that is shared on Sukkot. The most important thing I learnt from those with whom we talked was to keep close relationships with your friends and family, because it’s a lot easier to make it with the support of those you love and to be thankful for what you have in the present.

The Sukkah may be fragile, but it also shows us that when others fall down we need to make sure we are supportive of regeneration and second chances to pick oneself back up again. The experience was truly unforgettable and showed me the value of what others’ stories can offer to my life and just how far a dignified conversation can go.

4090-reuveny-jadeJade Reuveny – Year 10

I have always been interested in the way homeless people go about their day and approach situations which we wouldn’t find issues with. The dinner under the Sukkah last Thursday night was a small insight to a particular section of the homeless community.

A particular lady that my friend and I got the pleasure of meeting explained her situation and the way she has been living in commission housing in a dangerous suburb. She explained that she is scared to sleep at night because her neighbours in the apartment next door bang on her door all night, screaming and yelling, scaring this mid-60 year old lady, living alone. She further explained that she has made several complaints to government services but they refuse to move her or help her situation. Her story continued, and I realised how her whole life is basically to some degree out of her control as she relies on aid from government services.

Listening to the stories of these individuals caused me to reflect upon my life and the everyday things we simply take for granted, as well as sometimes luxuries we believe are our right, such as a car or a phone. To have the dinner under the Sukkah tied all the factors in and acted like a metaphor to trigger thoughts about both the lives of these individuals, along with Jews who lived in sukkot years ago. I hope the School continues this beautiful tradition so that more students can benefit the way I did. 





Hotline Review



Ricky Blank – Year 11

Hotline – A Review by Ricky Blank 

I recently had the privilege to watch the screening of Hotline in the Millie Phillips Theatre along with approximately 70 members from our School community. The film showcased the work that volunteers and employees undertake in the small non-government organisation, The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants (HRM), a leading organisation working on behalf of migrants and refugees, combatting human trafficking in Israel.

“The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants (HRM) was founded in 1998 as a non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation to defend the rights of migrants and refugees in Israel and to combat human trafficking. The HRM assists vulnerable individuals, particularly those held in immigration detention, to uphold their rights. By combining client advocacy with impact litigation, policy initiatives and public outreach, we aim to achieve broad-based, systematic improvements in policies and practices ensuring that the human rights of migrants in Israel are respected.” *

HRM was approached by Silvina Landesman, who directed and wrote Hotline, to film the work of the small NGO, although the organisation wasn’t able to control the content of the movie. Filming commenced in 2012 and the film was released in 2015.

As Hotline shows, HRM continues to fight, even when their perspective may not be popular, for the rights of those who may not have a voice. 

Since the establishment of the organisation, several significant achievements have come about. One example is that as of 2013, all asylum seeker children are no longer confined in detention. In a case on behalf of an Eritrean woman who had been held in detention with two children for more than 10 months, a judge declared that for humanitarian reasons, children should not be held in detention. 

As Jewish people, it wasn’t long ago that we were asking the world to open its borders and let us in. The State of Israel is seen as a safe country for people around the world, including those from Eritrea and Sudan. The final word from the Q & A session hosted by Tamara Newman, Emanuel alumna and the Director of Resource Development at Hotline, encouraged us all to discuss this in our Jewish communities. I too encourage us all to educate ourselves about Israel’s policies and positons regarding migrants and refugees. If we consider the past of the Jewish people, would we want others to be treated the way we were as refugees and migrants seeking help from the world community?

* rf: Hotline website

Review from Tamara Newman

Dear Friends

I am writing to personally thank you for attending the screening of Hotline at Emanuel School on Wednesday night.

Thank you for your openness to deal with such a challenging topic, and for sharing in an interesting conversation. I hope you enjoyed it.

I also want to thank Emanuel School for hosting me. It was incredibly meaningful for me to come and speak about the work I am doing in the School where I was educated.

I wish I had also taken the opportunity to mention that so many of the people you saw speaking to clients in the movie – all the girls in the office – are volunteers. We have many volunteers who, together with our small but incredibly hard-working and talented staff, ensure that we are able to assist so many vulnerable individuals on a very small budget. As I mentioned, we are able to operate due to the support of organisations like the UNHCR, but it is also due to the support of many individuals who believe in what we are doing and who enable our work by donating. If you were moved by what you saw I hope that you too will want to be a part of our community of supporters. Donations of all size, no matter how big or small, enable us to do the work of protecting the rights of some of the most vulnerable people in Israel.


Please be in touch with any further questions or suggestions, Thank you again for coming to the film.


Students with Tamara Newman, Director of Resource Development for Israel-based The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, following their viewing of the film Hot Topic. From left to right: Gabriel Sebban, Sara Bortz, Tamara Newman, Edan Amsalem and Rabbi Daniel Siegel.

From the Head of Primary

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Natalya Milner – Head of Primary

Roslynn Pardy

Last week we farewelled Roslynn Pardy who left Emanuel to have her baby. I don’t think she expected to go into labour quite so quickly but we are thrilled to announce that Roslynn and Marc welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Esme Khadija Pardy, on Sunday 23 October. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Roslynn for her fantastic contributions to Emanuel School over the past years. Roslynn has been at Emanuel since 2010 when she was teaching as Miss Jamani. After spending some time in Canada, we were thrilled when she returned to Australia and was able to join the Emanuel team again. Over this time, she has been an outstanding educator with a strong commitment to both student learning and wellbeing. She has warmly shared her expertise and passion with the staff and students. We will miss her greatly and hope to welcome her back in the future.

It is my great pleasure to welcome Hugo Adrian back to Emanuel a term earlier than previously planned. He will be teaching 2 Tzfat for the rest of the term.


In the final week of last term, we were lucky enough to travel with our largest ever group to the Northern Territory. We had an incredible time visiting Jilkminggan School as well as some magnificent sites filled with natural beauty and rich in culture. I would like to thank this wonderful Emanuel group for opening their hearts and minds to all the experiences on offer and for displaying such interest, commitment and enthusiasm for the program. Thank you to Adam Carpenter, Anna Economou and Hugo Adrian for accompanying me on the trip and for their hard work, energy and support. They were wonderful travel buddies! I would also like to thank Holly Dillon for her amazing work to assist me in preparing for the trip – she is quite phenomenal. Emma Clemens is also a wonderful support, holding the fort so admirably while I am away. Thank you so much, Emma.

World Expo

It was such a pleasure to be involved in Wednesday evening’s 6 Hertzliya World Expo. The creativity, confidence and care shown by the students were outstanding and I was so proud of them all for the obvious effort that they had put into their work and presentation. It was wonderful to see the children’s research skills be extended to create new countries with climates, governments, histories and more. What an impressive event! I would also like to thank their teacher, Anna Economou for her support and commitment to creating this celebration of the students’ learning. Finally, I would like to thank the parents, community and school staff who came along to support this fantastic evening.

Knowing Me, Knowing You

Thank you to all the Year 5 students and teachers for this week’s sensational Knowing Me, Knowing You, presentation. The project is a wonderful example of individual passions, research and deep learning coming together to create an engaging and meaningful learning experience. The children have each researched a person of eminence and reflected on their own lives in order to create their fabulous projects and presentations. I would like to thank all the Year 5 students as well as their teachers, Colleen Elkins, Corey Jamieson and Tanya Jeckeln for their wonderful efforts to create this opportunity. I would also like to thank all those who attended on Thursday evening for their support and interest. The classrooms were so full that I no longer think we can fit in classrooms for this event. What a lovely problem to have!

Seussical, The Musical

I am getting so excited to see Seussical, The Musical in the coming weeks. The students have been working so hard on their parts and I am incredibly grateful to the main cast and teachers involved who have been committed to after school and Sunday practices for quite some time. Please remember to book your tickets if you haven’t already done so via this link. Tickets are selling fast, so don’t miss out: http://tinyurl.com/ESSeussical

IPSHA Gymnastics

This week our gymnastics team entered the IPSHA Gymnastics competition in Rooty Hill. Our students worked hard to prepare for the event and represented us proudly. I would like to thank each of the students involved for their enthusiasm and commitment to their training. Thank you to Sharon Fairfax for her dedication to our gymnastics team and I would also like to thank Sharon and Stuart for attending on the day and supporting the team.

The Busy End of 2016

I know it has been a bit hard to get into the swing of the term with the short weeks and I have been asked to give an overview of what is to come for the rest of the year. Please diarise these dates and events.

Week 4 (31 October-6 November)

  • Monday 31 October: Kindy to the Observatory, Year 1 to the Farm and Year 2 to Centennial Park
  • Tuesday 1 November: Night of Song – 6 pm MPH
  • Wednesday 2 November: Year 4 to the zoo, Year 7 Information Night – 7 pm, Millie Phillips Theatre
  • Thursday 3 November: Sport training is on (this is different to the earlier communication), Kindy Orientation 2.15pm

Week 5 (7-13 November)

  • Monday 7 November: Athon World of Maths (Years 4-6)
  • Tuesday 8 November: Year 2 IP Information Morning 7.30-8.20 am, Athon World of Maths (Years K-3)
  • Wednesday 9 November: Year 3 to Centennial Park, Year 6 to 7 Transition Day
  • Wednesday 9 November: Touch football gala day (Years 3 and 4 selected students), Timbrell Park, Five Dock at 8 am
  • Thursday 10 November: Kindy orientation, information evening for Kindy 2017
  • Friday 11 November: Remembrance Day, Year 6 Science Show, K Eilat assembly 2.10 pm

Week 6 (14-20 November)

  • Monday 14 November: Healthy Harold (Years K-3)
  • Tuesday 15 November: Year 2 Musical Trials/Blow Tests for IP Instrument Selection, Healthy Harold (Years K-3)
  • Wednesday 16 November: Healthy Harold (Years K-3)
  • Thursday 17 November: Early morning sport
  • Friday 18 November: Year 2 Pathways 8.20 am in Millie Phillips Theatre

Week 7 (21-27 November)

  • Tuesday 22 November: Volunteers’ Assembly
  • Thursday 24 November: Early Morning Sport, Seussical Dress Rehearsal
  • Friday 25 November: Seussical Dress Rehearsal
  • Sunday 27 November: Opening Seussical performance at 4 pm in MPH

Week 8 (28 November-4 December)

  • Monday 28 November: Year 5 Madrichim speeches, Seussical performance 6pm in MPH
  • Tuesday 29 November: Seussical performance 6 pm in MPH
  • Wednesday 30 November: Optional late start for Years K-6 students – must arrive by 11.10 am
  • Thursday 1 December: Early sport training
  • Friday 2 December: New student orientation day

Week 9 (5-11 December)

  • Wednesday 7 December: Year 6 fete
  • Thursday 8 December: No early morning training
  • Friday 9 December: Year 6 Pathways 12.30-4.00 pm

Week 10 (12-14 December)

  • Monday 12 December: Year 6 Gratitude Day
  • Tuesday 13 December: Years K-2 Presentation day 9 am, Years 3-6 presentation evening 6 pm (No IP for Years 3-6)
  • Wednesday 14 December: Final day for students. Picnic BBQ at Centennial Park and Talent Quest 

Enjoy camping this weekend if you are heading off on the P&F camping trip.

Mazal tov

Congratulations to Jesse Keyser whose poem was selected as ‘commended’ by the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition. His poem will be published in the 2016 anthology. Mazal tov, Jesse!

Mazal tov to Ben Cohen who received an A in his Grade 4 AMEB saxophone exam. Well done, Ben!



Primary Musical – Seusical


From the Head of Drama


Samantha Bauer – Head of Drama

Emanuel School is excited to present in 2017 …….


Auditions for students in Years 7-11 will take place next week.

Date: Thursday 3 November

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Venue: PAC (The Aron Kleinlehrer Performing Arts Centre)

To better prepare for your audition please come along to AT LEAST one of these ‘learn the songs’ sessions.

Tuesday 1 November (Week 4) – Lunchtime in the Millie Phillips Theatre

Wednesday 2 November (Week 4) – Lunchtime in the Millie Phillips Theatre

Here is a link to the specific songs for the auditions:

Girl’s solo: Learn these songs if you are interested in auditioning for a lead role (you will be required to sing alone at the audition)

Boy’s solo: Learn these songs if you are interested in auditioning for a lead role (you will be required to sing alone at the audition)

Chorus song: Learn these songs if you are interested in auditioning for a chorus role (you will be required to sing as part of a group in the audition)

You will only need to sing a short section of the songs. The videos above include the whole song.

If you haven’t collected a handout yet, see Ms Bauer in the Drama Staffroom.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Ms Bauer and Mr Majsay

Note – current Year 6 students will have the opportunity to audition for a role in the chorus at the beginning of next year.


High School Merit Awards


Margaret Lowe – Deputy Principal

Term 3 Merit Awards

Each term our High School students can be nominated for a number of Merit Awards. Improvement and term attendance awards are handed out at House assemblies. Excellence level awards are handed out at the High School Assembly. Some of our students received all four of the excellence level awards for last term – Excellence in Classroom Behaviour, Excellence in Uniform Presentation, Participation in the Life of the School, and Community Conscience. Those students deserve special congratulations for their outstanding efforts.

Year 7

Jade Berson

Tara Linker

Jessica Lowy

Ari Merten

Jacob Rose

Jessica Turtledove


Year 9

Rachel Turtledove

Chelsea Rutstein

Ashlee Orleow

Joshua New

Erin Nabarro

Matthew Joffe

Jake Hyman

Maddalena Grigoletti-Labi

Isabella Flax

Year 10

Michelle Wolstein

Gabriel Wolf

Gabriel Sebban

Danielle Kramer

Aron Jaffe

Dheanna Eller

Year 11

Sophie Lew

HSC Disabilities


Eliah Dean


Dr Lynn Joffe

2017 HSC Disability Provisions (DP) Application Process

The application process for 2017 HSC Disability Provisions will begin in Week 5.

Disability Provisions (DPs) are allowances determined by BOSTES on the basis of a detailed application to establish disadvantage through disability. The rationale for DPs is to create a level playing field for all students, taking into account any factors that potentially disadvantage them, relative to their cohort. They are not intended to provide any undue advantage.

In order to ensure fairness, information related to any disability is submitted to BOSTES and verified by a panel of experts. Teachers’ comments, observations and information about the overall performance of students are also collected and analysed as part of the application process.

As outlined at the Year 12 information evening, any student who thinks he or she might be eligible should make an appointment with Mr Dean or Dr Joffe as soon as possible.

Both individual and group sessions may be required for data collection, depending on the reason for the application. Students will be advised of times for individual sessions.

Whilst every effort will be made to use timetabled study periods for data collection, students must be prepared to meet at other times if requested, including on ‘early leave’ days (with notice).

The process of data collection and submission of applications requires rigour and can be lengthy. Students who do not adhere to the advertised timelines and notification of sessions should be aware that this might result in a delay in their applications being submitted.

Dr Lynn Joffe and Eliah Dean

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Camp

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Ray Francis – Head of PDHPE

Silver Duke’s Hawkesbury Classic

Congratulations to the silver Duke of Edinburgh’s award group who completed a challenging three-day canoeing expedition on the Hawkesbury River last week.

Starting at Crosslands Reserve near Hornsby, the group paddled and camped along the banks of the river, finishing at Mooney Mooney Bridge on Friday.

Glorious weather contributed to a very pleasant journey along the majestic Hawkesbury, although an incoming tide and 35km per hour winds on Friday resulted in some aching shoulders by the end of a tough day.

Well done to all the students who challenged themselves through participating in this program!

High School Sports Events Next Week



  • Running club
  • Years 7/8 basketball skills
  • 14’s boys basketball training
  • Years 7-9 girls touch training


  • Pilates
  • Cricket development squad



  • Girls fitness
  • Years 7-9 boys touch training


  • Open boys basketball training
  • Kickboxing/box fit



  • 16s boys basketball training


  • Beach volleyball
  • Kickboxing/boxing fitness



  • Boys fitness
  • Year 10-11 boys touch football training


  • Open boys basketball training


  • Indoor rock climbing
  • Junior girls netball competition
  • Emanuel-Moriah Basketball Challenge



  • Swimming squad
  • Year 10-11 girls touch football training
  • 16s boys basketball training
  • Surfing


  • 14s boys basketball competition
  • 16s boys basketball competition
  • Open boys basketball competition



Netball Gala Day

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Kirsty Reed – Sport Co-ordinator and PDHPE Teacher

Combined Districts Secondary Sports Association (CDSSA)

Netball Gala Day

The CDSSA Netball Gala Day was held last Friday at Minto Sports Stadium. Emanuel School entered teams into all three of the divisions on what was an excellent day of sport.

The junior girls’ team had been training for this competition for some time and were well prepared to play against some very competitive teams. The team comprised of Jade Berson, Nina Brown, Elia Gil-Munoz, Alexis Joffe, Amber Langman, Romi Lapidge, Hannah Lax, Zoe Miller and Ashley Nabarro. Despite the squad being quite young, the girls played exceptionally well and finished in third place.

The senior girls’ team was selected after several trials last term. The senior coach, Lauren Erhlich, had prepared the team well and the players demonstrated excellent skill and determination at the event. The team members were Rebecca Friderich, Pnina Hagege, Jade Laishevsky, Tasha Lapidge, Jade Reuveny, Mia Shapiro, Sarah Sharwood, Rachel Turtledove and Katie Vasin. The squad was missing some key players who were completing their Duke of Edinburgh expedition, however, they still finished in a respectable third place.

In what is a relatively new initiative, the gala day had an open mixed division. Emanuel was very consistent across the divisions, once again finishing the tournament in third place. Well done to Gemma Beinart, Reece Berelowitz, Amy Collins, Joel Epshteyn, Jemima Firestone-Greville, Jake Kurlansky, Georgia Linetsky, Erin Radomsky and Laurence Siltchenko.

Congratulations to all players on representing the School at CDSSA event.


Senior girls team


Junior girls team


Basketball Emanuel vs Waverley College

Basketball News

Last week the Emanuel Open Boys Basketball team played their first game against the Waverley College first team. The game was very tight for the entire 50 minutes and was a great display of skill and technique.

Fatigue eventually proved to be the difference and after playing a squad with a very large bench, the Emanuel boys went down by only five points. This is the first of several inter-school games this term and I look forward to some more very exciting matches.

Well done to Joshua Behr, Robert Feher, Shalom Frischling, Darren Sacks, Jake Sharwood and Aidan Zlotnick.


Kristy Reed

Sport Co-ordinator and PDHPE Teacher

Kol Szenes

Kol Szenes

Welcome back to Term 4 Szenes. Get ready for a jam-packed term filled with opportunities for everyone to participate!

Our first and biggest event of Term 4 takes place in Week 5, HOUSE MUSIC! House Captains, Charlie Wrublewski and Isabella Kidman, House Music Captain, Talia Rubinstein and Music Madrich, Robert Feher, are busy ensuring a memorable Szenes victory. Make you sure don’t miss out on being able to have a boogie with your House on the night. 

Mazal Tov to: 

  • Year 10 students who participated in the Duke of Edinburgh Silver qualifying camp, including from Szenes House: Liron Smith, Liahm Simon, Gabriel Wolf and Shai Stern 
  • The participants of the CDSSA Netball Gala Day, which was held on Friday 21 October including Szenesians:
    • Years 11/12: Jade Laishevsky, Aidan Satz and Rebecca Friderich
    • Year 10: Jade Reuveny, Amy Collins, Gemma Beinart, Joel Epshteyn and Jake Kurlansky
    • Year 9: Ashley Nabarro, Tasha Lapidge and Zoe Miller
    • Year 7: Elia Gil-Munoz, Alexis Joffe, Hannah Lax and Romi Lapidge
  • Erin Baskin, Year 10, for representing Emanuel School at Global Dignity Day, which was held at Parliament House. 

Erin Baskin – Year 10

Erin wrote:

“Attending Global Dignity Day was a really great experience that aimed to inform us about the tolerance and respect that a human being should receive. We listened to stories from many students from across Sydney, which demonstrated the fundamental values associated with maintaining your own dignity and others. I personally thought the experience was incredibly valuable and a really memorable event.”


A ‘no hat no play’ policy for High School students is in place in Terms 1 and 4. If in the sun at lunchtimes, you need a hat!

Make sure to check Kol Szenes for the latest Szenes updates and House Music notifications!! 

Quotation of the Week

‘Where words fail, music speaks’.

Hans Christian Andersen

Shabbat Shalom

Szenes House





Claire Pech

Claire Pech


Last week I attended the 2016 National Conference for Career Advisors. This is where careers staff from all the schools in NSW get together to hear about what is new, trending, failing and soaring in the world of careers. For a career-nerd like me, I absolutely love these days! It is also a great time to hear what other schools are doing and how we can best assist our own students. Over the next few weeks I will draw attention to some key issues that stood out.


Digital Disruption – Rowan Kunz, The Art of Smart Education, How Technology is disrupting the Future of Careers (Part 1 Week 3)



Rowan raised some key elements in his talk about the future of careers for young people:

Moore’s Law – that the power of computing doubles every year, has been around since the 1970s. By 2045 artificial intelligence will be possible. By 2035, 44% of current jobs will be automated by technology.

The least at-risk areas are:

  • Medical practitioners
  • Education
  • Midwifery and nursing
  • Advertising

So you need to choose a job where your role cannot be taken over by a machine.

The most at risk:

  • Accounting
  • Office administration
  • Sales and services
  • Entry-level and casual jobs

This will affect young people and job seekers straight from University.

  • Automation/Globalisation/Outsourcing will affect the world we work in
  • Low level and admin roles are and continue to be outsourced to Asia
  • There will be less chance to get to higher positions due to globalisation.

Bad news statistics

  • One in three people are unemployed or underemployed
  • One in three university graduates cannot find full-time work
  • One in two vocational graduates cannot find work
  • 60% of university students are currently training for jobs that won’t exist in the future
  • It may take seven years to find full-time work after University (most posts will be part-time contracts, rather than full-time)

Good news statistics

  • One in four employers want to hire more people
  • 41% cannot find skilled workers

So what do our young people need for the job market of the future? Wait for Part 2 in Week 4 to find out more. 

UNSW: bridging courses

Prospective students are very interested in bridging courses. The link below outlines information for students to understand how they work and their course content. 




Sonia Newell

Sonia Newell – Development Officer

Nine and Dine – Bookings are now open. Don’t miss out.

We hope you will join us on Thursday 17 November for a fun afternoon of golf followed by BBQ dinner – see the poster below for details.  All levels of play are welcome.  Bookings: tinyurl.com/Gesher-Nine-and-Dine

Many of our graduates leave our campus after finishing school to return at some stage down the track – perhaps to help with various school-based activities and/or for particular events. Others return as parents having enrolled their own children as students at the School.  We currently have a very special group of five alumni who are now here as members of staff.  The latest alum recruit is Daniel Samowitz (Class of 2004) who wrote an entertaining article in last week’s Ma Nishma titled Jewish Life Madrich.  Katie Narunsky, a Primary Teacher, graduated in 1989 in the very first Emanuel School Year 12 graduating year. Katie is also a school parent, with her three children here as current students. Talia Hynek (Class of 2008) is one of our Year 1 teachers whilst Genna Radnan (Class of 2009) is our School Nurse and Adam Ezekiel (Class of 2007) teaches PDHPE and sport.


Left to right: Daniel Samowitz, Talia Hynek, Katie Narunsky, Genna Radnan and Adam Ezekiel


From the Parents and Friends


Susie Rosen and Sharon Schulz – P&F Presidents

P&F news


With a group of almost 200 our Aladdin tickets have finally arrived and the process of ticket allocation and distribution is underway. Everyone who booked will be contacted via email. We anticipate that tickets will be distributed by 4 November.
If you have any queries email emanuel.aladdin@gmail.com

Camping Trip

To all those families camping at Cattai this weekend, we know that you will have an amazing time and look forward to sharing your adventures in this column next week. To Lindi Bloch, an enormous thank you for organising this very popular weekend in the P&F calendar.

It’s soon time to say goodbye …..

We joined the P&F almost five years ago, together as friends having been been class parents together, volunteers together, our kids sharing the same daycare, Pre-school, Primary School and High School. It was just a natural transition for us to volunteer to head up the P&F together.

It’s been a wonderful journey of fun, laughter, early mornings, late nights but most importantly creating lifelong friendships through meeting some truly wonderful people, both within the Emanuel community and those who support our community. 

The experience has been one we will both treasure for years to come, providing us a sense of fulfilment that is hard to put into words.  The priceless look on our children’s faces as they see us wandering the grounds of the School and just being part of their School and their School experience is something we will also remember.

It’s now time though for us to pass the baton over to a someone new or perhaps two friends, like us who would like to enjoy the same experience and joy we have.

If you are keen to put your name forward, please contact us at emanuelp&f@emanuelschool.nsw.edu.au

Remember it’s so much fun sharing the role with a friend and making your own lifelong memories.

Susie and Sharon