Volume 30 Issue 33 - 05 Nov 2021

From the Principal

Andrew Watt – Principal

Changing the culture around traffic and parking

A heartfelt thank you to those families who have supported our revised parking, drop off and collection procedures. Those staff, parents and grandparents who were unaware of the new requirements have been gracious in their response to our traffic supervisors and have joined our GWTP and parking arrangements. In the light of the compliance required to gain a construction certificate for our new building, we have invested significantly in meeting our (legal and ethical) obligations. Our protocols were reviewed and enhanced by our traffic consultant, and we now employ a traffic warden for both our GWTF sites. We have also employed traffic supervisors, who roam the adjacent streets each morning and afternoon. If approached, our hope is that you will continue to be respectful and compliant. The Traffic and Parking Policy (TPP), with enhanced maps, is available in our parent portal and can be accessed here.

The good news is that, on the understanding that our Year 12 drivers will not park in the ‘restricted streets’ (see Traffic and Parking Policy), Randwick City Council has agreed to drop the requirement that no Year 12 student drive to school. Our Year 12 (2022) students will therefore be permitted to drive to school from Term 1. They have been briefed in relation to the parking restrictions and we will remind them next year.

Higher School Certificate Examinations 2021

The time had finally arrived! After a lengthy lead-up, where students across NSW struggled to remain motivated and focussed, the (first) English examination will commence in the coming week. Our practice examination, held at the Emanuel Synagogue, was a great success, and helped both our students and invigilators to become accustomed to the space and the examination conditions. We are very grateful to the Emanuel Synagogue for so generously accommodating us.

I was able to chat with many of our Year 12 students prior to the practice examination and they reported that they felt well prepared and relieved that the HSC had finally arrived. The vast majority have received early entry offers, which has decreased stress levels significantly. They will carry with them our sincere best wishes for success, both in their examinations and for the future.

A snapshot of the Project-Based Learning (PBL) Day

Our second PBL day for the term kicked off on Wednesday this week with a whirlwind of energy and a range of new learning experiences and challenges. All eight of our bespoke Year 8-10 projects were guided by our passionate staff via Zoom, allowing students a broader scope for engaging with and initiating their own learning throughout the day. Most students connected with their projects from home, a few chose to team up together (some even worked together at their local park for a portion of the day), and a small group of students came into school. This flexibility offers a new dynamic for our students to tailor their learning for the day. It is also important to note that some students are yet to fully engage with the PBL program, and I strongly urge those students to give this unique opportunity a go! To echo Adam Majsay’s presentation from this week’s Assembly, “…manage your time, adapt to change, work through different iterations of your ideas, create something from scratch, ask deep questions and persevere with it, even when the going gets tough.”

Year 7 students using QR codes to access quizzes

Flagship PBL – Tikkun Olam

Our Year 7 students enjoyed a very different take on their PBL Day 2. Our “flagship” PBL course, the Year 7 Tikkun Olam project, offered a lively day of student-led learning at school. Students started the day with a campus-wide activity accessing quizzes via QR codes and documenting their learning through photographs. This was followed by intensive targeted workshops about the UN Global Goals guided by our expert Jewish Studies and HSIE teachers and was capped off with a delicious and ethical lunch provided by our canteen.

Combining Maths and Art

Maths and Art joined forces, showing how the two subjects can be combined to produce thought-provoking work. Students used vertical and horizontal lines to create perspective in drawings; used equations and inequations to write names and create pictures and drew pictures using the golden ratio and Fibonacci sequence. The resulting work is very impressive and shows an advanced level of Year 7 students  understanding the concepts and their applications.

Overall, we are enjoying the wide smiles on our students’ faces, as well as the impressive quality and quantity of the work they are producing. Many thanks to Eytan Messiah, our architect of PBL, the Heads of Department and those staff who are leading other projects. I cannot wait to see what PBL Day 3 has in store for us!

Help us complete the puzzle

I can’t believe that Emanuel B’yachad was almost three weeks ago! It was a wonderful opportunity for the community to celebrate all that is wonderful about our School and we are grateful to the families who have already pledged their support either online or by posting their completed pledge cards. However, we are still a fair way off our target of $10 million. 

Every dollar counts – whether you are able to donate $100, $1,000 or $10,000, every single cent takes us a step closer to reaching our goal. We have, to date, raised a very credible $7.5 million. But we have another $2.5 million to go.

Think of it as a 10,000 piece puzzle that’s missing 2,500 pieces. You can see the picture forming, but it can’t be hang on the wall until it’s complete. Each piece you add helps to create the whole. 

Many of you have mentioned that you’re going to donate but just haven’t yet had a chance to make your pledge. Please take two minutes to click here and make your donation today.

Mazal tov

Leah Joshua

“One thing that I would like to say is: This Climate Crisis is urgent. As Greta Thunberg said, ‘Our house is on fire’. Our house is on fire, and we are sitting in the burning flames, discussing how to put it out. But soon enough, the flames will reach us, and there will be no time. We need to act now.”

Leah Joshua, Year 6, was asked to appear live on BBC World News to ask a question of the world leaders at the Global Climate Summit in Glasgow. 

Leah’s question related to the issue of coal and what world leaders are doing to stop mining and production. “Because of the time difference of Sydney and Glasgow, the filming began at 3.00 am, and I had to be at the Harbour by 2.30 am. It was a thrilling experience for me – I got to put pressure on the World Leaders to follow through with their promises, and speak on behalf of all climate activists in Australia. Through this experience, I learned lots more about coal mining and promises by the government, and also about carbon captures and climate investments.

Quote of the week

“I have learned you are never too small to make a difference.” ~ Greta Thunberg (@gretathunberg) – Swedish Climate Change Activist

From the Head of Jewish Life

Rabbi Daniel Siegel – Head of Jewish Life

The lying truth

In big letters on a local church door one is greeted by the words: “Come as you are, you are always welcome”.

We might wonder, “come as you are”? Well, who else could I be coming as?

Yet, our patriarch Ya’akov/Jacob, in this week’s parashah, does not come as he is.

To steal the first right of inheritance from his brother, Ya’akov deceives his father and comes as his brother Eisav, to get the blessing of the first born from him.

Putting goat skins on his hands, Ya’akov comes as his hairier brother, Eisav, before his blind father Yitschak. But his father senses something is amiss and says: “The voice is the voice of Ya’akov, but the hands are those of Eisav”. Yet, he blesses Ya’akov.

The Rabbis have great difficulty with this: Being dishonest and deceiving, not coming as you are, makes you a winner!? Is this the message of the Torah?

The Rabbis offer the following insight and teaching. Jacob did come as he is. He was a trickster and deceiver and did not seek to trick anyone into thinking he was not. Ya’akov was honest in being dishonest. 

Ya’akov was not rewarded for his trickery and deception. In the very next parashah, his father-in-law deceives him, then his wife deceives him, then his children deceive him.

The Bible, throughout, tells us no one is perfect – not our patriarchs nor our matriarchs, not Moshe, not even God. Yet, no one is beyond redemption, beyond positive change-if you come as you are. Only in coming as you are, good or bad, can you become who you might be.

Only in seeing his son as who he was, a deceiver, could Yitschak bless and help him grow into whom he might be.

So, yes, come as you are, for you are always welcome for whom you are and for whom you might be.

תתן אמת ליעקב – Grant truth to Ya’akov
Prophet Mikhah

Primary News

Meghan Carroll – Deputy Head of Primary


Carrie Thomas – Acting Deputy Head of Primary 2022

We are very fortunate to have Carrie Thomas stepping into the role of Acting Deputy Head of Primary in 2022, whilst I am on maternity leave (starting Monday 8 November 2021). Carrie is an incredibly competent and experienced teacher. She joined our staff team in 2017 and has taught Kindergarten and Year 2. Carrie has recently earned the role of K-2 Coordinator and Innovation Leader.

She is a passionate life-long learner who has completed her Masters in Education (Learning and Leadership) and her Graduate Certificate of Gifted Education.

Before teaching at Emanuel, Carrie taught at Claremont College, Randwick. In this role, she worked in a co-teaching model, providing high-quality learning opportunities to encourage students to strive to be critical and creative thinkers, develop growth mindsets, work collaboratively with others and make a positive difference in the world. Prior to this, Carrie worked at Yew Chung International School, China as a Specialist teacher in ICT and Gifted and Talented Education. In this position, Carrie directed the development of programs, implementation and professional development of enrichment programs from K-6.

Before relocating to China, Carrie worked at Independent schools in the UK, including Malvern College Preparatory School and The Downs School, Bristol. During these opportunities, she developed her knowledge of student pastoral care and wellbeing programs, particularly when working as part of the boarding house team at Malvern College Preparatory School. 

Carrie is an innovative, passionate and committed educator who fosters an enriching learning environment for students, parents and staff. During Terms 3 and 4 I have been completing an extensive handover with Carrie in preparation for 2022.

As Carrie steps into the role of Acting Deputy Head of Primary I thought it would be nice to get to know her better through the following interview: 

Carrie Thomas – K-2 Coordinator and Innovation Leader

What are you excited about as you take on the role of Acting Deputy Head of Primary?

I consider it a privilege to work in a leadership role, such as the Acting Deputy Head of Primary, helping to guide students’ learning, supporting teachers and building positive relationships with parents. My goal is to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment that challenges our students to reach beyond their expectations and become lifelong learners who will be the change-makers of the future. I am excited to continue with the excellent Wellbeing Programs we have in place at Emanuel and look forward to working with our students to develop their social and emotional skills and attributes. 

What do you see as central to student wellbeing and flourishing?

To enhance student wellbeing and see all students flourish, schools need to be safe and happy places. The physical, social and emotional environment of a school affects student wellbeing and impacts attainment and behaviour. Positive wellbeing is enhanced when students have a sense of belonging within a school and when all school community members are actively involved in the life of the school. Building a sense of connectedness and belonging will remain a priority as we return to school after facing the challenges of the past 18 months. 

How do you seek to collaborate and partner with parents?

I believe that establishing positive relationships between the school and families is essential to assisting our students to achieve their potential. Therefore, I strive to build strong connections within our community to work together to support students. I am committed to open and active communication, proactively working together.

I look forward to speaking and working with all the Emanuel parents over the next year. 

What do you see as unique to Emanuel that makes the School so special? 

Our school community is the warmest and most welcoming I have experienced and I feel fortunate to be part of the Emanuel community. In addition to this, providing an enriched educational experience, partnered with the focus on pastoral care, makes this a special place to be. I think we see this embodied in the happiness of our students and their joy to be at school. 


Ma Koreh

Adam Carpenter – Head of Jewish Life Primary

Jewish Studies

Year 3  

Year 3 students have been exploring stories from the book of Bereishit (Genesis), learning about the lives and exploits of key Biblical personalities who comprise the Jewish family tree. Based on the concept of Torah meaning ‘teaching’, the students will focus on the ethics, values and moral lessons contained within the Torah and reflected in the lives of the Biblical personalities. 

Morah Gaida and her class have been learning about the story of Joseph, his experiences in Egypt and his relationship with his brothers. Inspired by Doodly Jew and their knowledge of Joseph, students created their own informative and creative Hebrew calligraphy using the name of Joseph.

Year 4 

Together we have been thinking about the song “ עֵץ חַיִים הִיה “ which tells us that ‘Torah is a Tree of Life’. After wandering the campus looking at different types of trees, we identified the many different components and function of trees. These ideas were then put alongside a list of what can be found in the Torah and the role and purpose of the Torah. Students were then asked to make connections between these ideas to creatively explain how the Torah is “ עֵץ חַיִים הִיה   – a Tree of Life”.

Here is a sample of their thinking: 












Pavlova + cream

Michelle Favero, Director, Capital Appeal

I love cooking and baking. With almost 50 recipe books, colour-coded by their spines on my bookshelf, they make for a very pretty colour wall. Ottolenghi, Lawson, Donna Hay, MMCC – they all have their chosen spot. The thing about food is that they have traditional pairings – brisket and tzimmes, chicken soup and matzah balls, pavlova and cream, honey and cake. Oy vey, my mouth is watering and my oven is calling.

Throughout history, we are faced with a similar theme – Napoleon and Josephine, Cleopatra and Mark Antony, Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII (OK, didn’t end too well), Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII.

And in entertainment too – Superman and Lois Lane, Homer and Marge, Sonny and Cher, John and Yoko.

By now you’re picking up a theme. The thing is that, throughout history, in so many quarters, we’ve found that you can’t have one without the other (thanks Frank). 

“How is this relevant?” I hear you ask. “How is it possible to tie this to our current reality?”.

It’s simple really. Take the Capital Appeal – the new building and our bright future, your support and our bright future, your commitment and our bright future – you can’t have one without the other. Whilst we have raised a staggering $7.5 million so far, we are still short of $2.5 million to make our bright future a reality.

So, if you haven’t yet sent in your pledge card or donated online, you still have time (but not much). And if your pledge card is lost amongst the cookbooks, go to ourbrightfuture.com.au where we’ve made it easy for you to donate online. After all, you can’t build a building without money!

Mini Olympics

Kristy Genc – Director of Sports K-12

K-6 Inter-House Step Challenge winners

Earlier this term, K-6 students were invited to take part in the Inter-House Step Challenge. It was great to see students increasing their daily physical activity whilst learning from home and recognising the benefits of being active. Over 90 students took part in the initiative and received their certificates. Well done to all students who took part. This week, the House Captains released a video announcing the final results. 

House results:

1st place: Wynn (2,873,060 steps)
2nd place: Cowen (1,801,710 steps)
3rd place: Monash (1,332,073 steps)



Primary Inter-House Olympics

This week Years K-2 all took part in the Inter-House Mini Olympics. 

Each year group participated in an exciting tabloid-style event with fun modified ‘Olympic’ style events. Well done to all the students, who participated with great spirit and enjoyed the day. 

House winners on Tuesday 2 November 2021:

Year K: Monash
Year 1: Monash
Year 2: Monash 

In the coming weeks, Year 3 (Tuesday 9 November 2021) and Year 4 (Thursday 11 November 2021), will take part in this great event, with the overall winning House announced in Week 7. 




Kristy Genc – Director of Sports K-12

Emanuel Firsts Football

Trials for the Emanuel Firsts Football team will be held in the coming weeks. This team will compete in the CIS Football Cup which commences in February and the CDSSA Football Championships. Competing at the CDSSA event is also the first step in the representative pathway. Students who are selected for the team will be required to commit to the training program, as outlined below in Term 4. Students will also be required to attend a 3-day training camp in January and commit to two training sessions per week in Term 1. Representative level students, who have a high training volume, may be provided with an exemption for some trainings upon individual application. 




Girls Firsts Football Team trial dates

Trial 1: Wednesday 17 November 2021 7.00 am – 8.00 am at Moore Park Synthetic Fields
Trial 2: Monday 22 November 2021 7.00 am – 8.00 am at Moore Park Synthetic Fields

These trials are open to students currently in Years 7-12.

Boys Firsts Football Team trial dates

Trial 1: Monday 15 November 2021 7.00 am – 8.00 am at Moore Park Synthetic Fields
Trial 2: Friday 19 November 2021 7.00 am – 8.00 am at Moore Park Synthetic Fields
Trial 3: Wednesday 24 November 2021 7.00 am – 8.00 am at Moore Park Synthetic Fields

These trials are open to students currently in Years 8-12.

If your child would like to trial for the Emanuel First Football team, please complete the registration form, by Wednesday 10 November 2021.

Students who are successful in their selection will be required to attend the following training sessions in Term 4 and in January: 

  • Girls Term 4 training: Friday 26 November 2021 and Wednesday 1 December 2021 7.00 am – 8.00am
  • Boys Term 4 training: Monday 29 November 2021 and Friday 3 December 2021 7.00 am – 8.00 am
  • Boys and Girls January Camps: 1 1/2 hour sessions on Monday 17 January 2022, Tuesday 18 January 2022 and Wednesday 19 January 2022 

Emanuel Firsts Basketball

Trials for the Emanuel Firsts Basketball team will be held in the coming weeks. This team will compete in the CDSSA weekly basketball competition in Term 1 and the CDSSA championships. Competing at the CDSSA event is also the first step in the representative pathway. Students who are selected for the team will be required to commit to the training program, as outlined below in Term 4. Students will also be required to attend a 3-day training camp in January and commit to two training sessions per week in Term 1. Representative level students, who have a high training volume, may be provided with an exemption for some trainings upon individual application. 

Girls Firsts Basketball Team trial dates

Trial 1: Tuesday 16 November 2021 7.00 am – 8.30 am at Emanuel School
Trial 2: Tuesday 23 November 2021 7.00 am – 8.30 am at Emanuel School

These trials are open to students currently in Years 7-12.

Boys Firsts Basketball Team trial dates

Trial 1: Thursday 18 November 2021 7.00 am – 8.30 am at Emanuel School
Trial 2: Monday 22 November  2021 7.00 am – 8.30 am at Emanuel School

These trials are open to students currently in Years 8-12.

If your child would like to trial for the Emanuel First Football team, please complete the registration form here, by Wednesday 10 November 2021.

Students who are successful in their selection will be required to attend the following training session in Term 4 and in January: 

  • Girls Term 4 training: Tuesday 30 November 2021 and Tuesday 7 December 2021 7.00 am – 8.30 am
  • Boys Term 4 training: Monday 29 November 2021, Thursday 2 December 2021 and Monday 6 December 2021 7.00 am – 8.30 am
  • Boys and Girls January Camps: 1 1/2 hour sessions on Thursday 20 January 2022, Friday 21 January 2022 and Monday 24 January 2022


Terry Aizen – Director of Kornmehl

Bush School visits 

Last week we were delighted to be able to resume our Bush School visits after this long lockdown period. The opportunities and benefits for the children and educators is invaluable. The children are always excited to walk out the gate and confidently and independently carry their own back packs to and from Bush School. The children are extremely familiar with the spaces and challenges that the Bush School classroom offers them. It’s rewarding to see how many of the children are now capably able to climb trees and navigate their way back down again – a skill they might not have been able to do previously.

We are thrilled to have Bush School as an embedded part of our Kornmehl philosophy and are constantly amazed at how much we learn about the children, their strengths, capabilities and interactions when they are in this natural, peaceful space.

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

Our Action Research Project continues…

What does it mean to be Jewish?

As mentioned last week, the Educators are currently engaging in an Action Research Project around the topic of what it means to be Jewish.

We are fascinated by what the children know and how they acquire their information and what Judaism means to them. Over the next few weeks and possibly into next year, we are hoping to ascertain what brings about Jewish identity. We are learning so much.

How do you know you are Jewish?

Neveau: You’ve been to where they live, to that country.
Ollie: Because your mums and dads, when they were pregnant, they figured out your name and they figured our you’re Jewish.
Alice: Your mum has to be Jewish for you to be Jewish.
Penny: Because mums birth children.|
Abby: Because when my mum was a little baby, she was born on the last day of December, when she went out of her mummy’s tummy and inside her heart she thought she was Jewish.
Arlo: That you’re protected, that you have a nice family and nice everything and that you’re half Hebrew.
Zach: You celebrate Jewish holidays.
Alex: Arlo, I’m very interested to learn more about your comment about what it means to be Jewish. You said – “That you’re protected, that you have a nice family and nice everything and that you’re half Hebrew”. Can you share more about it?
Arlo: That is a really hard question.
Zach: You celebrate Jewish holidays.
Finn: That if you’re born in Australia, you’re Jewish.
Ollie: It’s like my parents who were born in Africa, they are maybe Jewish or not Jewish. And maybe we’re half Jewish and half not Jewish.
Neveau: It’s about the culture. Their culture are not trees and forests. They take care for the land, the Hebrews. 
Alice: I like going to my grandma for Shabbat since it’s one of our traditions.
Renee: What do you mean by tradition?
Alice: It’s really hard to explain. That we’re a different type of family to all of the others, that it’s a different thing.
Renee: What do you mean?
Alice: That’s what I can’t explain.
Cleo: I do it. I go to my grandma’s house also for Shabbat.
Daisy: It’s so we can celebrate a new year with everybody. That’s what I explain.
Cleo: I know what tradition means. Something that you do every single time. It’s something to look forward to.

The children’s comments and ideas are deep and provide a beautiful insight into their thinking and understanding. We are so often blown away by their thinking and it’s this that gives us the provocations to explore and go deeper.

What’s on the menu?

The Dolphins have been enjoying creating a menu for our Cafe set up in our Home Corner. We printed some photos of food to inspire the children. The photo of the salmon sparked an interesting conversation:

Zach: Salmon is kosher, and I’m kosher at home. 
Alex: What does kosher mean?
Zach: I don’t know what that really means.
Adam: It means kosher.
Arlo: Well, some fish are not kosher. It’s hard to explain.
Penny: Tuna fish is not kosher.
Zach: I think I ate tuna fish.
Arlo: My dad is not kosher.
Neveau: I eat kosher stuff and not kosher stuff.
Oliver: All my family is kosher because I eat fish and coffee beans. 
Alex: What does kosher mean?
Oliver: It means that all foods have different items in it. If you mix those items together, something may happen that is not good for you. Fish may not be kosher.

We wondered what kosher means. We decided to call in Uriel from the Starfish group to help explain what this means:

Uriel: If you get the Torah and if you wear kippahs and tzitzit and go to Shul, you’re kosher and also Jewish. Only boys wear all of that.
Alex: I go to Shul.
Uriel: That means you’re kosher. If you eat cucumber and carrots and all of that, you’re kosher.
Alice: When my sister goes on school camps, they can only eat kosher food. It’s one of the rules at school camps.

As a whole staff team, we have been discussing these comments, which are inspiring and thought provoking. We are critically reflecting together about ways to take these wonderings further.


Bravo – Music’s back!

Diana Springford – Head of Music

Music in schools has been covered by the latest government “roadmap” for schools and the new rules for music have been set for the whole of Term 4. This gives us a measure of certainty and allows some of our rehearsals to begin again next week, but we also now have a measure of certainty that other ensembles and choirs will NOT go ahead for the remainder of this year. Nevertheless, there is much fun to be had!

Private Tuition

All vaccinated private tutors are allowed on site as of Monday 8 November.

Choirs – Singing is not allowed in choirs or ensembles for the rest of this year.

  • No choirs for the rest of 2021 😢  This includes Infants, Junior and Senior Choirs and the Junior and Senior Chamber Choirs. 

Instrumental Ensembles and bands – Cohort discrete ensembles of instruments that can be played with masks on ARE allowed to rehearse from 8 November so:

  • No woodwind ensemble, brass ensemble, Junior Stage Band or Senior Stage Band for the rest of 2021. 😢
  • To give our wind instrumentalists something fun to do Gershwin, Bernstein and Copland Concert Bands have been converted to large percussion ensembles as follows:
    • Years 3 & 4 Percussion Ensemble with Ms Grieve in M16 (for members of Gershwin and Bernstein Concert Bands) 7.30 am Tuesday Weeks 6-8.
    • Years 5 & 6 Percussion Ensemble with Mr Owen in M16 (for members of Gershwin and Bernstein Concert Bands) 7.30 am Tuesday Weeks 6-8.
    • Years 7 & 8 Percussion Ensemble with Mr Farrugia in M16 (for members of Gershwin and Bernstein Concert Bands) 7.30 am Tuesday Weeks 6-8.
    • Years 7 & 8 Percussion Ensemble with Mr Owen in M11 (for members of Bernstein and Copland Concert Bands) 3.40 pm – 4.30 pm Thursday Weeks 6-8.
    • Years 9 & 10 Percussion Ensemble with Mr Penner-Dilworth in M16 (for members of Copland Concert Band) 3.40 pm – 4.30 pm Thursday Weeks 6-8.

  • String Ensembles can go ahead in cohort groups!
    • Perlman Strings (K-2) with Ms Monique Mezzatesta in M11 7.30 am Thursday Weeks 6-8.
    • Years 3 & 4 String Ensemble with Ms Ezmi Pepper (for members of Rubinstein or Korngold Strings) in M11 8.00 am – 8.45 am Wednesday Weeks 6-8.
    • Years 5 & 6 String Ensemble with Ms Ezmi Pepper (for members of Rubinstein or Korngold Strings) in M11 7.15 am – 8.00 am Wednesday Weeks 6-8.
    • Years 7 & 8 String Ensemble with Mr Shaun Warden (for members of Korngold or Mendelssohn Strings) in M12 lunchtime Monday Weeks 6-8.
    • Years 9 & 10 String Ensemble with Ms Ezmi Pepper (for members of Korngold or Mendelssohn Strings) in M11 7.30 am – 8:15 am Thursday Weeks 6-8.

Small Bands – Cohort discrete ensembles of instruments that can be played with masks on ARE allowed to rehearse from Monday 8 November as long as there is no singing so:

  • Stage 4 Rock Band (no singing!) with Mr George Nikolopoulos in M11 Tuesday lunchtimes.
  • Year 7 & 8 Guitar Ensemble and/or Rock Band Workshop (no singing!) with Mr Oscar Gross in M13 lunchtime Fridays.
  • Year 9 & 10 Guitar Ensemble and/or Rock Band Workshop (no singing!) with Mr George Nikolopoulos in M16 lunchtime Fridays.
  • Year 9 & 10 Jazz Combo with Mr Marty Farrugia in M16 Tuesday lunchtimes.
  • Year 10 Rock Band (no singing!) with Mr Ben Marshall in M11 Monday lunchtimes.
  • Year 11 Rock Band (no singing!) with Mr George Nikolopoulos in M11 Thursday lunchtime.

A Mo for Mike

Sonia Newell – Development Officer – Alumni & Community Relations

Life returning to “normal”

November has started off on a good note and we can now travel all around NSW and to many other states around the country, with life getting busier and busier for those of us who are double vaccinated and, as we note, more “freedoms” will start next Monday, three weeks earlier than planned. Some in our community will have family members return to Sydney from overseas after a long absence, whilst some will head off overseas themselves, as more and more of our day-to-day activities and life in general return to “normal”. We continue to appreciate everything the School does to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and of our students, all of whom are pleased to be back on campus. 

For the latest COVID rulings updates.

Year 12 2021

We wish our Year 12 students (Class of 2021) all the best for their HSC exams which start on Tuesday 9 November 2021 and will be written at Emanuel Synagogue in Woollahra. We look forward to sharing their journey beyond the Waxman Gates with the 2021 HSC officially ending on Monday 29 November 2021. 

A Mo for Mike

Craig and Michael Haifer

The Haifer family has had a connection with our School on and off since the early 2000’s. I recall the wonderful Primary Grandparents and Friends Days when Maurice Haifer and his late wife Reitta would spend very special times with some of their grandsons on campus at these annual events. Maurice’s great grandson James is now at Kornmehl Pre-school.

Here is a poignant message from James’s father Dr Craig Haifer, which he is happy for me to share with our readers: 

Earlier this year I lost my dad, Dr Michael Haifer, to suicide and I have personally struggled with my own inner demons. I know how difficult it is to admit that “things aren’t ok”, but I also know how much worse it is to bottle it up inside. Dad was always there for people, but never reached out for help when he needed it the most. We need to create a community where people feel safe and comfortable to reach out for help, and what better way to start this conversation than by saying “what a big and luscious Mo you have there”.

This year, I’ve decided to dive mo-first into Movember in honour of my dad and to use this as a platform to promote discussion and change, whilst raising money for an extremely worthwhile cause. Start a conversation, even consider releasing your inner Mo and donate as you can.

Beijing – here we come

Ashleigh Werner and her Australian bobsleigh team are heading off to the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing next year. Although she did not complete her schooling at Emanuel, Ashleigh was a student here until the end of Year 9 in 2008, and she remains good friends with many of her cohort from the Class of 2011, whilst her cousins Amber and Sophie Sawicki are Emanuel alumni. Read Ashleigh’s story here.       

Australian Jewish Fertility Network (AJFN) – Monday 8 November 2021 at 8.00 pm

There is still time to join AJFN online for their major event on Monday 8 November at 8.00 pm, an inspirational evening where you’ll see what an incredible impact AJFN – fuelled by community support – has and continues to have, creating miracles together and building the next generation, in the documentary One in Six which tells the story of AJFN couple Janine and Shimon Davidowitz.

Book your free tickets now and you also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for some fabulous prizes at checkout.

All funds raised from this appeal will go towards helping twenty nine couples in our community experiencing infertility who need the support of AJFN.

Kristallnacht Commemoration 2021 – Tuesday 9 November 2021

The night of 9 November 1938 – 10 November 1938, when Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalised Jewish homes, schools and businesses, and killed close to 100 Jews is known as Kristallnacht, or Night of Broken Glass.

Next week online in Sydney, we commemorate this tragic event that heralded the start of World War 2 with a tribute to the one of our great grandparents, the late Eddie Jaku OAM, holocaust survivor and witness to Kristallnacht, who recently passed away, aged 101. Bookings for this free online event are essential.


Grandparents – we will always want you!

Ma Nishma each week remains one of the best ways to stay connected with our School and with our community no matter where in the world you live. Unfortunately, we are still missing up-to-date email contact details for many of our grandparents, so please send through grandparent contact details so they too can read Ma Nishma to find out what is happening at School, albeit it only online for now. They will also receive our Grandparents and Friends newsletter. You can see past issues of this newsletter along with our alumni newsletters online. Living interstate and/or overseas, means some of “our” grandparents never have an opportunity to come to school, so connecting electronically can be really meaningful and a great way for them to see what their grandchildren are doing at School in spite of the distance apart. Having just come out of lockdown, no visitors can come onto campus so even for our local grandparents Ma Nishma and our Community Facebook (FB) page are the best ways to stay connected with us. If not already a member of our FB page, join here.

Jewish Changemakers 2021

This year’s awards nominations have now closed. You can see all nominees here. It is great to see seven of our alumni nominated for a variety of awards including the newly created Joshua Levi Young Professional Award.

We wish every success to Mitch Burnie (Class of 2011), Hannah Beder (Class of 2012), Rikki Stern (Class of 2016), Jordana Blackman (Class of 2017), Nadia Coburn (Class of 2017), Chloe Corne (Class of 2017) and Sean Torban (Class of 2018). There are various “Youth” (High School) and ”Young Adults” (18-35) categories and hopefully next year we can recruit some of our amazing student volunteers for nomination of the prestigious Youth Category awards, as well as alumni for the Young Adult categories.

Challah and sweet treats

Don’t forget you can order challah and sweet treats online from Friendship Bakery at Mark Moran Vaucluse (2 Laguna Street Vaucluse), a social enterprise initiative of the Friendship Circle, engaging young adults with disabilities. Closing on Thursdays for “click and collect” pick up on Fridays between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm. If you miss this cut-off, you can just head up to the bakery on a Friday morning, where no doubt you will see other parents, grandparents and friends in the queue waiting to buy their yummy challah and freshly baked treats for Shabbat and the weekend.

We look forward to sharing our news and yours, so if you have photos or news you would like to share with us, please send to Sonia Newell.                            

Shabbat shalom, stay safe and have a great weekend.


Claire Pech – Careers Advisor

A Day in the Life of a School Psychologist

As we said farewell to our dearly cherished school psychologist, Kim Slender, last month, I decided it would be a great opportunity to interview her and find out about her career highs and lows. Psychology is one of the careers I get asked about a lot and I hope some of the answers can help future students and future psychologists.

What made you decide to become a Psychologist?
I was a professional dancer, and my father always said, “You must have a Plan B”. I studied Psychology as part of my studies through Open University while I was dancing from ages 18-21. I worked in Media for over ten years, then had my children. My brain was fried, and I was considering family life and working hours. I thought about my fathers advice, and reverted to my Plan B. I did my Honours in Psychology and I then a Masters in Family Therapy. I worked in private practice and when I saw a job at the School, with my daughter already there, I applied. I knew I didn’t want to be a Super-Mum. I wanted to be part of my children’s lives and this job allowed me to work with flexible hours within the school day and be with my children in the holidays.

What did you want to study when you were leaving school in Year 12?
I just wanted to dance.

Kim Slender

In another alternate life – would you have spent the last 18 years dancing?
No – this would not have worked in with my value system of being around for the children, as the hours and schedules weren’t compatible.

What is the best part of your job as a Psychologist?
I get a great deal of satisfaction from helping students. But the best part is the continual development. Lifelong learning is a constant and huge part of the role. There is new Professional Development constantly, and this has resulted in the expansion of my skill set and ever-expanding the toolbox. I still find it very interesting and fascinating to understand the human mind. This is the best part. Problem solving is a big part of the day that I love.

And the worst part of your day?
Frustration with systems that are resistant to change. These systems could be working within NESA guidelines, a school, the family or administration within the system that makes this difficult.

What are the three crucial skills needed, to be a good Psychologist?
1.You have to be able to listen. 90% of the job is listening.
2.Soft skills – inferential thinking and high empathy skills.
3.Knowing your boundaries. You can’t use the profession to solve your own issues. You need to have clearly set boundaries. You have to know when to seek supervision. You have to have insight into yourself. You need high Emotional Intelligence (EI/EQ).

Why have you enjoyed working in a school rather than in a private clinic?
I chose a school as it was aligned with my value system. Being a parent first and foremost was very important to me. Also there is great collegiality and lots of extra curricular experiences and projects to get involved in. (Kim has been involved with a lot of trips including Chavayah, the March of the Living and Jilkminggan). The job is very multidimensional. There are lots of people around which keeps it varied and interesting. Private practice pays much more but it is a lonelier working experience.

Are you able to go home and just switch off or do you find you are thinking of student issues at 4.00 am?
Waking up at 4.00 am is very rare. Our aim is to leave the office knowing we have done all we can professionally to help the student and referred on to an external team when we cannot.

Was this skill learnt?
As often students are worried, they will take their emotional issues home with them. It is a learned skill. You also need support and it takes time to learn the skill. I always go to supervision to debrief any student issue. This really helps create those boundaries.

I see many students who tell me they want to become a Psychologist, because they feel they like giving advice to their friends. What career advice would you give these students?
That is the one thing a Psychologist doesn’t do – they don’t give advice. They provide collaborative solutions. They help students identify the solutions that they can then work on, but they never tell clients what to do. 

What do you feel is the most valuable experience you learnt ‘on the job’ at Emanuel?
Learning about resilience from the March of the Living trip with Holocaust survivors. It was a life lesson and a personally transformative experience. I learnt about resilience, in its truest sense.

What do you feel is the most valuable skill your students learnt under your counsel?
Students feeling that they have been believed in. This, in turn, allows the students to believe in themselves. This one act can truly transform the experience of what they are going through.

What will you miss about counselling students all day?
Colleagues, friends, students.

What will you not miss?
The school bell! The rigidity of the school day. All the paperwork and the administration.

What new career venture or studies are you now embarking on?
I now have three roles:
~ Working in private practice for one day a week;
~ Continuing on with my PhD in Intergenerational Trauma of Holocaust Survivors and
~ Adult Education Workshops with the Sydney Jewish Museum looking at the Neuroscience of Resilience. These workshops showcase the survivors’ story to educate others. I feel that this is my ‘happy place’.

What are you most proud of in your legacy at Emanuel School? 
The role I played in the lives of the students that I helped.

What is the mental health tool you use that you feel has helped you the most? (I think I may know your answer to this!). Mindfulness. And learning about the neuroscience of anxiety and depression. This has been a game changer.

Thank you Kim for your fabulous insights!


Love horses? A to Z of Careers with Horses

The thoroughbred industry offers a huge range of roles and career paths. Thoroughbred Careers A-Z can help make sense of it all. 

Sydney University 

Click on each link to find out more information about their webinars. Even if you have no interest in Sydney University but like the sound of the topic area, it is well worth you ‘attending’ via zoom.

Geography: Climate change and vulnerability
Monday 8 November 2021 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm
The next generation of university students are aware of the threat of climate change and are vocal in demanding action. Learn about measuring vulnerability to climate change with Professor Bill Pritchard.  

Economics: Economics and Online Dating: The Market for Love
Tuesday 9 November 2021 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm
Interested in studying economics? In this lecture, find out how economists have been influential in shaping online dating platforms with Dr. Becca Taylor.  

Physics: Physics with your smartphone/smartphone experiments
Tuesday 9 November 2021 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm
Join Professor Michael Wheatland in this first-year introduction to mechanics, thermal physics and oscillations and waves, and learn how to use your smartphone to measure acceleration and rotation.  

Media and Communications: What influences the media
Wednesday 10 November 2021 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm
Curious about media and communications? Learn about the media industry and what influences media in Australia today with Dr. Margaret Van Heekeren.

Sociology: Why do we do the things we do?
Wednesday 10 November 2021 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm
Learn how sociology works to understand the structural influences that shape your behaviour with Dr. Susan Banki and explore the influence of media, pop culture, religion, politics and immigration on the actions and decisions of individuals. 

Business: Future Business Challenges
Thursday 11 November 2021 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm
Have you ever wondered what studying Business at University might be like? Join Dr. Sanri Le Roux to introduce yourself to critical business challenges such as climate change and sustainability, the future of work and workforce diversity. 

Archaeology: How do humans adapt to climate change?
Thursday 11 November 2021 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm
Over the course of a thousand years, people have developed incredible ways to adapt to major shifts in the climate. Discover how the past informs us about our challenges today with Dr. Joseph Lehner and learn about modern scientific techniques used around the world.

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One in eight men

Eden Glass – Year 12

We support Movember and male mental health

Maintaining a facade does not show strength. Bottling things up and forcing yourself to be okay is not a valid option. “Being a man” shouldn’t mean sacrificing your mental health. 

Due to several factors, including social norms, upbringing, and the role models we are presented with, some men’s mental health issues have gone unrecognised for a long time. On average, one in eight men will experience depression and one in five men will experience anxiety at some stage of their lives. Trying to “push through” and go along with it can only worsen your condition, increasing risks of depression and anxiety going unnoticed and untreated. 

If you struggle with mental health, tell someone. Seek help and you will find it.  

This month the Social Action Va’adot is supporting Movember!

If you want to read more about mental health awareness please follow our Instagram. 




Who is Natalie Lijovic?

Natalie Lijovic -Science Teacher,
Mathematics Teacher,
Head of Rashi House

Each month, we find out more about a nominated staff member. 


What is your role at Emanuel School?
Science and Mathematics Teacher, Head of House.

How long have you been at Emanuel School?
A fulfilling 22 years.

What do you enjoy about working here?
I enjoy working with a great team, student interactions and leading Rashi House.

What have you learnt about yourself at Emanuel?
I have learnt to reflect more.

What is your favourite memory?
Receiving a sincere letter from a past student who let me know the positive impact my teaching had on them.

Natalie with her pup

What do you do to unwind/ what do you enjoy doing outside school hours?
I enjoy horse-riding, travelling, listening to music and walking my dog.

What song do you know all the lyrics to?
Treat Me Nice – Elvis Presley

Do you have a hidden talent and, if so, what is it?
I enjoy cooking and entertaining.

What do you wish you could tell your 12 year old self?
Don’t take life too seriously and spend as much time with family and friends.

If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?
Always be truthful, kind and respectful towards others.

Bus changes

Bus Changes 

From Sunday 5 December 2021, Transport NSW will be making changes to the South East bus network following an extended eight week consultation undertaken earlier this year.

These changes will make getting around the South East more reliable for customers, and will provide more frequent services and better connections to key destinations and growth areas.

The plan will see buses working alongside rail and light rail to get local customers and visitors to where they want to go and provide much-needed capacity, supporting existing and emerging travel patterns with improved frequency and connectivity across the region. 

For detailed information about the plan visit My Sydney 

Changes to routes of interest to Emanuel School Community are detailed below:

Previous routes

Current routes as of 5 December 2021

314, 316, 317, 338, 339,
X39, X40, 348, 357, 400

339, 339X, 356, 390X, L2 (Randwick line)

School service changes to school
Trip departing Watsons Bay at 07:15 am will depart two minutes earlier at 07.13 am

School services
634e, 683e, 697e, 704e

Please note that changes to services may not be captured in full detail.  

Please plan your trip at Transport NSW before travelling.

The Transport NSW Trip Planner will be updated with the new changes by Sunday 21 November 2021. 

To ensure dedicated school services appear as a travel option for students, click “refine” and select the “school bus option”. 

Students are reminded to tap on and off on all trips.

Transport NSW will have staff on the ground at key locations prior to service commencement and beyond to help customers and students make the most of their new travel options.

To provide feedback on any services, please visit Transport NSW.


Canteen reminder

Community Notices







Ruby Berkovic and Jennifer Opit

Hello All,

We hope you are all readjusting to being out and about.

P&F meeting

Thank you to everyone that joined our Zoom P&F Meeting this week. The meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.00 pm on Zoom. Everyone is welcome so please join us as your support and input is valued. Email Ruby Berkovic if you would like to attend the final meeting of the year on Wednesday 1 December 2021.

Term 4

As we mentioned last week, unfortunately, although restrictions are lifting, there is still too much uncertainty to proceed with things like our challah distribution and the camping trip, but we look forward to next year when we can resume all of these and connect in person once again.

Weekend Brain Teaser (from last week) and answer

Question: A red house is made from red bricks. A blue house is made from blue bricks. A yellow house is made from yellow bricks. What is a green house made from? 

Have a lovely weekend.

Jen and Ruby

Recipe of the Week

Each week we’ll bring you a tasty recipe passed down by Emanuel families, from the Emanuel School Community Cookbook, The Family Meal. 

From the Kitchen of Sienna, Chelsea and Chloe Opit 

Lemongrass Salmon


1 lemongrass stem, chopped
1/2 cup dark soy
2 cm piece of ginger, grated
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 kg salmon fillet skinless, pin and boned
1/3 cup honey, warmed
1 lime


Using a mortar and pestle, crush the lemongrass.
Place salmon in a container with lemongrass, soy, ginger, and garlic. Let it sit for a couple hours or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 1800C and line a tray with baking paper. 
Place the salmon on the tray and brush with warm honey.
Cook for 10-15 minutes or until pink in the middle.
Squeeze over juice or the lime and serve.
Serves 4 
You can order the Emanuel School Community Cookbook, The Family Meal, by contacting Ruby Berkovic