Volume 31 Issue 12 - 06 May 2022

From the Principal

Andrew Watt – Principal

Celebrating Israel’s 74th Independence Day

This week is always a highlight in our school calendar! Dave Sharma, Federal Member for Wentworth, spoke at our High School Assembly and to our Year 11 students in their Speaker Series on Tuesday, in the lead up to Yom Ha’atzmaut. He spoke fondly of his experiences as Australia’s Ambassador to Israel and of Israel’s growth and unique contributions globally in the face of challenges, as well as his hopes for Israel’s future on the local, regional, and global stage. 

On Wednesday, the day before Yom Ha’atzmaut, a special event was held to commemorate Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers The message of linking these two days is clear: Israel owes their independence – the very existence of the state – to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for it. The student-led service was both poignant and respectful. Thanks to the Informal Jewish Life Team and Year 12 students for creating and presenting the event, and to Coby New, Jamie Schneider and Adam Rothschild for their performance of Od Ach Echad by Hadag Nahash. I hope you find their performance (below) as moving as I did.’

The first celebration took place when the State of Israel was established formally, on the 5th day of Iyar, when the provisional government, led by David Ben Gurion, read and signed the Declaration of Independence in Tel Aviv, in 1948. Some 74 years later, the celebrations of Yom Ha’atzmaut are equally joyful, with our Primary School students arriving at school wearing blue and white and engaging in a variety of activities to learn about and celebrate Israel. The High School celebrations commenced with a special assembly, again with students wearing blue and white, followed by dancing and Israeli trivia and games. Many thanks to the Informal Jewish Life team and the Primary Jewish Life team.

Year 8 Israel Expo

The Expo was timed to coincide with our celebration of Israel’s independence. This event is the culmination of Year 8 students’ collaborative and creative efforts throughout their Term 1 Jewish Studies. We were pleased to see so many parents and grandparents as well as other students and Kornmehl children enjoy the event, as one of the first High School events they have been able to attend in a long while.

Kol Hakavod to the Year 8 students for their engaging and informative displays and fun activities!

Creating a Start-Up – Business Creators Day

Our Year 9 and 10 Business Creators Course includes a full-day interactive and collaborative workshop, led by our HSIE staff, and supported by UNSW student consultants. Using the mindset, skills and scaffolds developed through this course, our students enjoyed the opportunity to focus single-mindedly on the development of a new product or service, in a group exercise. Each idea was researched and developed in detail, followed by a ‘pitch’ to the panel. This experience provides a small glimpse into the frustrations, challenges, and joys of developing a start-up. Our students will now complete a Performance of Understanding (PoU) on their idea.

Congratulations to the students on the range of interesting and creative ideas put forward – and thank you to David Bartlett and Max Friend.

Young Archies

Grandpa Maurice by Jessica Linker

A hearty mazal tov to Lotus van der Starre, Year 11 and Jessica Linker, Year 9, whose submissions to the Young Archie’s portrait competition, run by the Art Gallery of NSW, have been accepted into the competition. Only 70 entrants out of 2400 were selected from around Australia. This is an outstanding achievement for both students. 

From the Mountain by Lotus van der Starre

Lotus’ portrait (left), From the Mountain, is of her grandmother: “The portrait depicts my oma Marian. My oma has been someone I looked up to since I was a child. I don’t see her often but she has always inspired me to help others as she has a very caring and nurturing nature and I love her very much.”

Jessica explained the inspiration for her entry, Grandpa Maurice: “This is a drawing of my paternal grandfather Maurice, who is a special person in my life. He holds a photo of his teenage self when he was in a displaced persons camp just after World War Two, not long before he migrated to Australia. I love the youthful, almost cheeky grin that his older self bears, in juxtaposition with the solemn expression of his younger self. I think it tells quite a story!”

Humanitix – partnering for good

As part of the School’s ethos of Tikkun Olam, we favour partnerships with companies that embrace the same spirit of giving back and working towards supporting the Jewish and wider communities. You may have noticed that we have started using the Humanitix ticketing platform for various events and activities across the School.

Humanitix donates 100% of profits from their booking fees towards helping to create a brighter future for disadvantaged children and communities around the world. To date they have raised over $1 million dollars, helping their partner charities like Room to Read and code.org to provide access to and resources for education.

We encourage our students to be compassionate advocates – to actively live the values of Tikkun Olam and be optimistic changemakers who have the courage to act. Humanitix’s commitment to giving aligns with this and shows us that every action, no matter the size, can have a significant impact on the lives of others. 

Visitors on campus

The Public Health Order requiring Education and Care Workers to be vaccinated will cease on 13 May 2022. As all our staff are vaccinated, this will have no impact on our teaching and learning. After conducting a risk assessment, a decision has been made to permit access to our campus for unvaccinated parents or visitors, from Monday 16 May 2022. Parents should continue to use GWTF in the morning and make an appointment or email, if they need to communicate with their teacher. 

I urge you to read the updated COVID-19 Parent Handbook which reflects these and other important changes. 

Happy Mother’s Day

Wishing all Emanuel Mums and special friends a very Happy Mother’s Day. I hope that you have a lovely weekend together.

Thank you to the P&F for arranging the Retro Schvitz and the Mother’s Day gift stall. It is always a highlight for the students who love choosing their perfect gift for Mum.

Mazal tov

  • Tamar Granot in Year 6 was selected for the ASISSA representative netball team. She will play at the CIS competition and trials at Genea Netball Centre, Homebush this Friday 6 May 2022.
  • Our Senior Ethics Team – Ella Hart, Willow Gelin, Alice Milner, Gabrielle Utian and Ashley Goldman – were awarded the bronze medal for finishing in third place at the Senior Ethics Olympiad. 
  • Eden Levitt, Year 11, has been very busy at the Surf Life Saving Nationals Beach Sprit event in Queensland, bringing home Gold, Silver and Bronze medals! When not competing for the SLS team, Eden is playing soccer at national level and will be off to Israel to represent Australia at the Maccabiah Games in July this year. 

Quote of the week

“To move forward, you have to give back.” Oprah Winfrey


From the Head of Jewish Life

Daphna Levin-Kahn – Head of Jewish Life (Acting) and Head of Jewish Studies 7-12

Kedoshim – Democratising holiness

This week’s Parasha, Parashat Kedoshim, starts in an unusual manner. Rather than being advised or commanded what to DO (though that comes later), the Parsaha opens with God telling or commanding us how to BE. קְדֹשִׁים תִּהְיוּ, Kedoshim Tehiyu. Be Holy. 

What do you think of when you hear the word “Kadosh”?

Often, when we think of holiness, Kedusha, the first things that come to mind are Shabbat or Chaggim, festivals, for others, perhaps saying Kaddish or keeping kosher, or the long-gone Kedusha or Kadosh Kedoshim, the Holy of Holies of the Temple and its sacrifices. 

Yes, those are definitely elements of Kadosh in Judaism, and in this section of the Torah. However, this parasha reveals something that was a game changer in the ancient world, in the understanding of human purpose.

In those times, and possibly all the way to more recent times, for most civilisations and religions, godliness and holiness were the privilege of the upper echelons of society; kings, pharaohs, caesars, popes and priests, whilst the rest of humanity lived in service and often in fear of these near demi-gods or messengers of God.

However, the Torah demands a different reality, a different morality:

וַיְדַבֵּר ה׳ אֶל־מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר׃

דַּבֵּר אֶל־כׇּל־עֲדַת בְּנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם קְדֹשִׁים תִּהְיוּ כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אֲנִי ה׳ אֱלֹהֵיכֶם׃

And God spoke to Moses, saying:

Speak to the whole Israelite community and say to them: Be holy, for I, your God, am holy. (Vayikra/Leviticus, 19:2)

Here, the term ֶכׇּל־עֲדַת בְּנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵל “kol adat bnei yisrael” is used, rather than, just “bnei yisrael”, which is understood to mean every individual member of the Jewish people, 

Not only is every human being created in the image of God, as expressed in the opening chapters of the Torah, but each man, woman and child has the potential to live a life of holiness, to connect to God and to lift their mundane everyday actions into a higher level of morality.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, z”l, explain this masterfully; “Kedoshim is the radical democratisation of holiness”.

This concept was expressed earlier in the Torah as well, in the book of Exodus (19:6):

וְאַתֶּ֧ם תִּהְיוּ־לִ֛י מַמְלֶ֥כֶת כֹּהֲנִ֖ים וְג֣וֹי קָד֑וֹשׁ

You shall be for me A kingdom of priests and a holy nation – every single person – Kol Adat B’nei Yisrael.

Here in Kedoshim, we learn that the representation of Kedusha lies not just in the holy days and holy places, but in lifting our game in how we treat others; 

Not just looking after the needy, but even leaving the corner of our fields or the fruit that has dropped in our harvesting of the orchards – providing sustenance for the needy to access in a dignified manner without needing to beg.

According to Kedoshim, not only must we not steal, but we must be scrupulous in all our business dealings and ensure justice prevails in society, with no exploitation, cheating, lying, grudge bearing, vengeance and so forth.

It is in this parasha, Kedoshim, that demands holiness of us all that we find some of the most well-known mitzvot:

  • Do not put a stumbling block before the blind nor curse the deaf
  • Do not stand by the blood of your brother
  • Love your fellow human as yourself

Through our mindful, purposeful actions that improve the lives of others and ourselves, in every aspect of our day to day lives as well as in actualising our larger hopes for humanity, we imbue our lives with holiness and become Kadosh.


Shabbat Shalom.


Primary News

Natanya Milner – Head of Primary School

It is wonderful to feel like we are back on campus in a more permanent manner. COVID provided us with an opportunity to re-evaluate what is most important and we all became very focused on the health and safety of those around us. Whilst this will always remain most important, we have noticed some impacts of the past two years and feel it is now time to address these. 

The children have been moved around a lot and seem to be taking less care and pride in their appearance as well as the appearance of our campus. The Primary School staff are working together to take action and address some of these issues. In the first instance, we will be looking at uniform and neatness around the campus.

We will be addressing and expecting:

  • Children to be in full uniform (either sport or school uniform) every day. Some common areas to improve include wearing sports uniform only on the correct days, wearing no (or only approved) jewellery items, wearing the correct shoes and socks. Students who have an Emanuel-based sport commitment before or after school are permitted to wear full sports uniform. This exception does not apply to sport clubs and activities that are not part of Emanuel. Please support us by demanding these high standards of your children. For further information about the schools uniform requirement, please head to the uniform section of the parent portal.
  • Children to keep their playground and bag areas tidy. We will be working together to achieve this on campus, but I thought I would let you know in case you wanted to harness this skill in some children’s bedrooms too 😊.

The goal of these first steps is to improve the standards we are encountering each day. We feel confident that this will benefit many areas include pride in oneself and school and generally more settled behaviour. 

There will be some motivation for the children along the way so we will be in touch if your child’s class achieves certain rewards such as a mufti day.

Something else that I would like to address is the need for children to arrive at school on time every day. The number of late arrivals has increased and suggests that people are not leaving enough time in the morning to get ready and get to school. ‘Traffic’ may be a one-off reason for lateness on a particularly bad day, but ‘traffic’ as a regular excuse suggests leaving home earlier is the solution. I would really appreciate if these families could prioritise improving in this area. I see the children arrive awkwardly to sign in, hunt around for their class who are often out of their room doing something else and try to settle themselves into a group of already settled peers who are part way through an activity. It really does not set them up well for a positive day.

Primary Naplan

Katie Brody – Director of Students K-6

NAPLAN gives teachers and parents a picture of several aspects of students’ learning. These include: their performance under test conditions, their basic use of punctuation, grammar, spelling, numeracy skills and their ability to write a persuasive text or an imaginative text (Narrative). This timed version of literacy, numeracy and writing isn’t reflected in the rich learning that occurs in our classrooms. Contrary to the exam environment, classroom life is a mix of independent and collaborative learning, creativity, scaffolding and support, problem-solving and discovery methods. All these are essential in the process of developing a breadth of knowledge, deep understanding and a wide range of literacy, numeracy, language, creative, technological, physical and interdisciplinary skills. In addition to this, learning is about equipping students with the self-management skills and interpersonal skills that make them successful, well-rounded young people. 

In 2022, both Year 3 and Year 5 are new to NAPLAN owing to the cancellation in 2020. Subsequently our class teachers have been supporting the students to prepare for the task they will face but to also recognise the place of NAPLAN amongst the myriad of other tasks, assignments, tests and assessments we do throughout the year. We have explored the NAPLAN demonstration site to recognise the various question types and we have continued with our explicit teaching of knowledge and skills in all key learning areas, encouraging students to engage and persevere. 

As we head into next week, the students may feel some trepidation about working under test conditions. Please know that we aim to create a sense of calm in the structures required and whilst we will certainly encourage students to do their best and utilise sound advice in relation to test taking, they do need to keep the purpose of NAPLAN in perspective and feel proud when they have completed each task.   

Four tips to help your child in the lead up to NAPLAN:

  1. Prepare for the day
    Good preparation is the key. Going to bed early the night before, having a healthy breakfast to start the day. Keep stress levels low and arrive at school a little earlier. Don’t forget to wish them good luck!
  2. Discuss their feelings and concerns
    Tests commonly bring out feelings of anxiety, so let them know that these feelings are normal. Listen to their concerns, show empathy and maintain a caring and positive attitude. More often than not talking about their fears can help to lessen these feelings.
  3. Encourage them ‘to give it a go’ and ‘to try their best’
    NAPLAN is not supposed to be a test of the students but rather a check to make sure that Australia is providing the best educational outcomes for children. Encourage your child to give it a go and try their best.
  4. Keep NAPLAN in perspective
    Remember that NAPLAN is just one assessment and that teachers and the school use this information in conjunction with numerous other data to determine a students’ academic level. It is important for your child to understand that their success is not determined by this one test.



Emanuel Primary NAPLAN Schedule 2022


Tuesday 10 May

Wednesday 11 May

Thursday 12 May

Friday 13 May

Year 3


No NAPLAN task 

Reading Test and Language Conventions


Year 5


Reading test and Language Conventions

No NAPLAN task 



Ma Koreh

Adam Carpenter – Head of Jewish Life Primary

We celebrated Israel’s 74th year of Independence on Thursday. Our Years 3-6 Morning Tefillah incorporated prayers that reflect the Jewish people’s connection to the Land of Israel. Additional readings were added for Yom Hazikaron, as a memorial candle was lit and students stood for a minutes silence to remember Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, was marked with the recitation of the prayer for the State of Israel and the singing of Hatikvah. 

Primary students engaged in a various Yom Ha’aztmaut celebrations and activities on the day including:

  • Face painting, Israeli flag biscuit decorating and Israeli dancing
  • Learning about the city for which their class is named after and creating class posters to reflect that city and its people
  • Learning about Israel’s Flag and Emblem and then designing a new Israeli flag
  • Creating an advertising campaign to promote a city, region or aspect of Israel or Israeli society
  • Reflecting on the meaning of Hatikvah and creating a video clip to a accompany a chosen rendition of Hatikvah (versions included contemporary, traditional, rock and hip-hop renditions)
  • A visit to the ‘Shuk – Marketplace’, run by Youth Movement Madrichim and Year 11 students. This was an opportunity for students in Years 3-6 to play sheshbesh, matkot, decorate biscuits, write prayers that were placed in the ‘Kotel’, order pita, hummous, olives and pickles in Hebrew.

Todah Rabah to the Jewish Life Department, Hebrew teachers, the Primary Jewish Life Educators, Joshua New and Mia Shapiro, and to the Youth Movement Madrichim from Netzer and Habonim who came to be part of the shuk. 


Primary Innovation Leaders

Let’s innovate

The Innovation Leaders started Term 1 with a flurry of excitement and activity. We had a busy end of term supporting the school’s innovation and technology programs including lunch time clubs, filming major events and supporting the new school initiative of Hebrew Sign Language. 

Throughout the last few weeks of Term 1 and this term, we have been assisting Mora Gaida in filming Year 6 students teaching others Hebrew Sign Language. The Hebrew sign language videos are a great way to connect to the Hebrew language and acknowledge those who have to use sign language and be in their shoes. It is like spreading love and congratulating others on how far they’ve got doing that. It shows that we are all together and can learn the same thing. Hopefully this could help someone in the future. 

Our plan for Term 1 was to see what clubs Primary students enjoyed, and then to make clubs based on the knowledge we gathered. We have clubs for lower primary and upper primary, including Minecraft club which is very popular throughout Primary School. The Year 1 and 2 students love coming to the MakerSpace. We helped them explore spheros as we built courses for them to try and navigate. It was a lot of fun for them and for us. We started our leadership by trying to think of ideas for new clubs for different year groups. This was a very fun activity which allowed us to come up with great  club ideas. We also got the chance to join the Minecraft club. Then we filmed classes doing their Pesach seders. Everyone was very cooperative and kind, which made filming so much easier. 

The IT and Innovation Leaders have been attending the weekly Years 3-4 Minecraft club and thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the students having fun and helping them. We were very impressed with some of the abilities and creations of the younger students. Minecraft is a wonderful tool for students to develop their creativity and enthusiasm for learning. In the club this term, students engaged in multiple build challenges where they worked in teams to complete a design brief. Students had to learn self-control, communication and negotiation. 

The last thing we did in term one was to film the students making gifts for the Montefiore Home and then send them all the gifts everyone made. Now we are looking forward to learning how to use the equipment in the Millie Phillips Theatre and in the MPH. It will be interesting and fun to work with different teachers and learn different things. 

We are also very excited about the Years 5-6 Minecraft club, and helping students to learn to build and create. We hope we can be of assistance in any way and look forward to all the opportunities presented to us.

By Jacob Davis, Jake Rosenfeld, Yonni Shmuel, Matthew Simon, Nate Weinberger and Dean Wolf 
Year 6 Primary Innovation Leaders


Terry Aizen – Director of Kornmehl

Yom Ha’atzmaut

The children spent time with Yigal Nisell from the JNF on Wednesday. He brought a huge map of Israel that helped give the children a visual perspective of all the cities in Israel and where they are on the map. The activities that he shared with the children were interactive and fun. Each child received a cardboard bluebook to decorate, a map of Israel and a photo frame to take home. The children enjoyed the workshop very much. A big thank you to Yigal for coming to share his love of Israel with us all.

What a wonderful day we had celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Day of Independence on Thursday. We discussed how Israel is turning 74 years old.

Yigal Nisell

The children engaged in many blue and white activities to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut. We also virtually flew to Israel on our pretend aeroplane and shopped for yummy goodies at the Kornmehl Shuk. We gathered outside on the oval and sang, danced, waved our flags and ate yummy blue and white cake. The cake was baked by Kornmehl dad – Rick Lawton. Thank you very much for your help. We blew out the candles and sang happy birthday to Israel.

At morning tea, we all enjoyed pita bread and Israeli salad. We had a happy and beautiful time. 

Family Day Breakfast

We have been working hard this week to prepare for our Family Day Breakfast on Monday morning. At Kornmehl, we are inclusive of all family types and embrace diversity and equity for all. We acknowledge all our special Mum’s and wish you all a beautiful Mother’s Day on Sunday. The children have been very busy creating cards, bags and presents for their special person. Our breakfast on Monday morning will start at 8.00 am and finish at 9.15 am.

Image of the Child

Deeply embedded into our Kornmehl philosophy are our beliefs on the image of the child:

We view the child as being capable, competent, creative, responsible, resourceful and resilient. We believe that children learn in many different ways. They are experimenters, scientists, researchers, artists, collaborators, explorers and observers, each with 100 languages and more to explore. We value and encourage all of their learning styles, processes and contributions in their quest to make sense of their world.  

Our pedagogical approach is underpinned by the theorists Malaguzzi, Dewey, Piaget and Vygotsky who have transformed the perspective of and practice in early childhood education. 

We nurture each child’s innate sense of curiosity and wonder, using these attributes to foster a lifelong love of learning. We provide a foundation for children to become responsible social citizens of the world. (Kornmehl Philosophy, 2022)

At Kornmehl, we view children as competent, capable and co-constructors of their own learning in relationship with others. We offer children a variety of ‘intelligent materials’ such as clay, wire, paper, wood, collage, and loose part to help them explore their thinking and ideas as they experiment and create.

The image of the child as competent and capable is demonstrated when educators invite children daily to be directly involved in research about the world around them. Recognising children as researchers means acknowledging the vital role they play in co-constructing their own knowledge, ideas and understanding over time.

Our image of the child shapes everything that we do with children. We aim to develop deep relationships with each child, to slow down, listen attentively, question and make meaning together. This allows visibility, an in-depth respect for children and an opportunity for thoughtful work, reflection, meaningful conversations, and observations during the day. 

This mapping of the landscape will inform our practice with children so that they can reach their potential. It’s the foundation for everything that we do and allows us to give children multiple ways of seeing and knowing.

We work in small groups and really listen deeply to children and support children’s experiences to become more complex and for them to have multiple views of the world around them. 

Happy Birthday

We wish a very happy birthday to Ana Freedberg (5), and Fred Scaife (5). We hope you both had a beautiful day.

Mosaic Madness

Mosaic madness has come to town! Last year Kornmehl children, Primary students and Year 10s spent many hours collaborating on a series of colourful Jewish-themed mosaics reflecting the Capital Appeal’s theme of Creating our Bright Future. It took many hours, some blood (yes, a tiny bit), lots of sweat (they’re really heavy) and luckily no tears (because it was so much fun).

The resulting pieces now adorn a large wall in the School, reminding us of our heritage, chaggim and just how wonderful it is to work together – beyachad.

By Michelle Favero, Manager Marketing and Communications


Mozaics in the making

Year 5 and OC Information evening

Pandemic Pen Pals

Sonia Newell – Development Officer – Alumni & Community Relations

Site Unseen

You may have watched Site Unseen on Compass last Sunday a most insightful documentary, produced by Emanuel past parent, Judy Menczel, about Jewish artist Wendy Sharpe and a major but temporary work she created at the Sydney Jewish Museum just before lockdown last year. If you missed it, catch it now on iView 

Music for this documentary was composed by alumnus Sam Weiss (Class of 2012).

COVID Courage – Pandemic Pen Pals

Commissioned by Plus61J Media and supported by Multicultural NSW, this series was written and directed by Emanuel alumnus, Sydney filmmaker Benjamin (Ben) Strum (Dux, Class of 2009). It provides a compelling insight into the ordinary and extraordinary ways that Sydney Jewish people have responded to life in lockdown in a series of three documentaries under the banner of ‘Covid Courage: Stories of Sydney Jewry.’ 

Ben has done a remarkable job of showing how Sydney Jews have grown from this period of loss and uncertainty and he says: “Culture keeps us going during dark times. The stories of George, David, Laya, Rabbi Slavin and Hanna Sandler showcase the gamut of Jewish perseverance in the face of hardship. We weathered multiple COVID shutdowns and positive tests results while making these films. I learned so much from our subjects, whose resilience will continue to inspire me”. Part one, Pandemic Penpal, charts an unlikely friendship between ageing, isolated Holocaust survivor, George, and Barmitzvah-aged student, David, brought together as penpals in the midst of a lockdown.

Part two, Frontline Frum, tells the inspiring story of Orthodox Rabbi Dovid Slavin, who leads a team of volunteers at Our Big Kitchen, preparing thousands of meals each day for Sydney’s homeless and hungry.

Part three, Goddess Vengeance, captures a brave journey of self-discovery by young woman, Hanna, who must confront loneliness and uncertainty wrought by the pandemic.  

2022 Maccabiah Games

From Thursday 7 July to Tuesday 26 July, 535 Australians in the Maccabi Australia Team will connect with more than ten thousand Jewish athletes from over 80 countries and compete in the 21st Maccabiah Games in Israel. Some of these athletes are Emanuel alumni and are keen to share their story!

  • Lara Joffe (Class of 2018): “We have been training together each week in anticipation for the games, which I have been looking forward to since representing the Junior Football Team in 2017. We have a strong team and I am excited to embrace this opportunity and hopefully make Australia proud.”
  • Lara Rutstein (Class of 2020): “When I went to the Maccabiah Games in 2017, I couldn’t wait for the next one! From the competitive sporting side to the social side, every inch of the experience was laced with excitement and made me so proud of my Jewish identity. This year, 8 Australian girls, including myself, will be travelling to the games to compete in the Opens Womens Futsal Team. We have been training so hard and can’t wait to compete against the mighty Israel and USA, with the ultimate goal of coming back to Australia with a gold medal.”
  • Ethan De Melo (Class of 2020): “I’m so excited to travel to Israel for Maccabiah. The team has great chemistry and has been training very hard in preparation. Last time they got a silver medal, losing to Argentina in the final, so the goal this time is gold. We received the draw on Sunday so it’s all becoming very real now. I’m sure it will be amazing as we will be competing for Gold while building lifelong friendships.”

Athletes from all the teams have been tirelessly fundraising to ensure that they can go to the Games. If you would like to support their fundraising endeavours, the raffle organised by Lara Rutstein has over 20+ prizes on offer. Here is the link to check it out! Your support would be much appreciated – it closes on Thursday 19 May 2022.

NSW Maccabi Rugby Club has a strong presence and a place in the hearts of so many in our School community. A number of players from the team will also be heading to Maccabiah in July. Although no longer playing, alumnus Kevin Jankelowitz is Club President, whilst his brother Shaun (Class of 2004) is one of the players along with a number of our more recent graduates including Dylan Herdan, Jake Kurlansky, Elijah Grynberg and Jacob Hodes. Past Emanuel grandfather, David Emanuel, who sadly passed away in February this year was a founding member of the Rugby Club and, as a former Wallaby, he was a sporting and community legend. How apt that he shares his surname with the name of our School! He was also a coach and mentor to many Maccabi Rugby players spanning decades. The team will be playing a memorial game for David Emanuel on Thursday 9 June 2022, versing a St Ives team with all their Jewish players. David presented the team with their Maccabiah jerseys each year, always came to the games, and was just generally an inspiration to the players.

Dave Myers who coaches our School rugby team is a stalwart of the club and was playing up until just a few years ago.

Players from the club have also formed the backbone of Australia’s Maccabiah Games teams with a gold medal win in 2009 and silver in 2013. You can show your support for Jewish Rugby in Australia by getting behind the boys competing at the upcoming Maccabiah Games in Israel. All support is gratefully appreciated and goes a long way in securing a bright future for rugby in Australia. To get involved or for any more details please contact the club by email

Another school connection to Rugby is current parent David Davis who plays for UNSW but he did join the Maccabi team for a game that was featured in a recent AJN article. His brother George coaches the NSW Maccabi Rugby team and David will join the Australian team for Maccabiah.

Friendship Bakery

Hope you get the chance to visit the bakery, where you can you purchase some of their yummy treats and also sit at their outdoor tables to enjoy a coffee and a catch up with friends, whilst supporting this social enterprise – 2 Laguna Street Vaucluse.

Order online or just head up there to check out their delicious rugelach, quiches and fresh Challah just to mention a few – all prepared and baked in their Kosher kitchen onsite. You can also buy dough for baking your own choc chip cookies.

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 snewell@emanuelschool.nsw.edu.au

Shabbat shalom, stay safe and have a great weekend.


Claire Pech – Careers Advisor

Early offers – you’re invited

Next week Monday 9 May 2022 from 7.00 pm – 7.45 pm I will be running an Early Offer Webinar for our Year 12 parents. I will run through some of the schemes that are out there for approximately 30 minutes and there will be time for questions at the end.

Topic: Year 12 Early Offers – Parent Evening
When: Monday 9 May 2022, 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Please click here to join the webinar.

Sydney University

As always a vast array of information sessions from Sydney University:

Key Dates

Careers Space 2022 

On Wednesday 18 May 2022, we will have between 30-35 Alumni on campus to speak to our senior students in round table discussions and Q&A sessions about Alumni current careers, how they got to where they are and current students who are just setting up their careers. We look forward to having them all back on campus and to hearing any insights from our students.

Year 12

This week I launched the How To Apply process with Year 12. Most of our students will be applying through UAC at the end of the year, and the application is one that forms over time. UAC is officially open for business but just like a 24 hour shop, it does not mean that they have to start now. The most important date that I usually repeat is the steep price hike –  it changes from $73 dollars to $200 if students apply after the end of September. These dates are an important reminder for all students and parents in Year 12.

The Careers Reshet page for Year 12, has helpful and relevant links to resources that are commonly used.

HSC and Careers Expo    

This annual expo is taking place at Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park from Thursday 2 June 2022 – Sunday 5 June 2022.

Tickets must be pre-booked in advance here and cost $12 each or a family ticket for $30 (where parents can also attend).

I encourage all Year 12s and Year 11s to attend. All careers, tertiary colleges, universities, the Defence Forces, private colleges and anything career related will be represented here.

A full list of exhibitors can be found here.

Music Matters

Diana Springford – Head of Music

Welcome to our Music Matters page! 🎶

Here you will find announcements about our busy Music program, so please check this on a weekly basis. 

Music Camp (Week 9) – last chance to sign up!

Information about booking Music Camp has only been sent to existing members of our ensembles and choirs who have made a year-long commitment to those ensembles. If your child is a member or has only recently joined and would like to come to Music Camp but you haven’t yet signed up, please contact jdearaujo@emanuelschool.nsw.edu immediately, as we must finalise the complete list of campers by Wednesday 11 May 2022.

We’ve had a wonderful response and a huge group of talented students from Years 4-12 are already registered to attend Music Camp in June. Our list of participants is being finalised and a detailed packing list will be sent to attendees in Week 6. If you are unsure whether you have registered or not, please check that your name is on the list on the noticeboard in the Music Department.  

Parents and carers, please remember to put the Music Camp Showcase Concert in your diary for Thursday 23 June 2022, from 6.15 pm – 8.00 pm.

Extra-Curricular Music Program  

You will find the rehearsal schedule here describing ensembles in more detail on a second tab. Those interested in playing their instrument or singing as part of a group should get involved. 

Please visit our Music Portal Page for information about:

  • Private Music Tuition (beginning and discontinuing)
  • Ensemble and Choir membership for K-12 students
  • Infant Strings Program (ISP) for K-2
  • Performance opportunities
  • Borrowing an orchestral instrument

Music Department Instagram page 

Please follow us and ensure your Instagram account is set to private and your name is visible, so we know who you are.

K-12 Sport

Kristy Genc – Director of Sports K-12

Term 2 Sport and events coming up

The Term 2 Sport Program commenced this week for K-12 students, with a great variety of sports on offer for all students to get involved in. With the return of some lovely weather, it was great to see students back out on the courts. There are limited places remaining in some Term 2 sports.

Please contact the Sports Office at sport@emanuelschool.nsw.edu.au if you have any enquiries about the Term 2 program, or visit the Sports Page of the Parent Portal.





Events coming up next week:

Monday 9 May 2022

  • ASISSA Cross Country Training
  • CDSSA Cross Country Training
  • CDSSA Rugby Trials

Tuesday 10 May 2022

  • AICES Rugby Trials

Wednesday 11 May 2022

  • 16s & 18s Girls Futsal Trials

Thursday 12 May 2022

  • AICES Opens Football Championships

Friday 13 May 2022

  • AICES 15s & 16s Football Championships

ASISSA Netball Gala Day

Stuart Taylor – PDHPE Teacher

After two dates were cancelled due to rain, the annual ASISSA Netball Gala Day finally took place on Friday 29 April 2022.

Held at Heffron Park, nine Emanuel girls pitted their netball skills against teams from IGS, Moriah, Mt Sinai, SACS, Reddam and the Barbarians – a team comprised of girls from some smaller schools who were unable to field an entire team.

The aim of the day was twofold. The first was to win as many games as possible in the Round Robin format to be crowned Gala Day Champions. The second was to gain selection in the ASISSA representative team.

In the games that they played, Emanuel achieved the following results and finished in third place overall:

Emanuel 13 defeated IGS 0
Emanuel 6 defeated Mt Sinai 1
Emanuel 9 defeated SACS 2
Barbarians 6 defeated Emanuel 5
Moriah 15 defeated Emanuel 1

Back Row: Chloe Opit, Lexi Butt, Ally Rockman, Tamar Granot, Rose Greenberg, Noaa Smily
Front Row: Nava Weiss, Akira Aronstan, Shayna Abitz

Congratulations are extended to Tamar Granot, who was selected to represent ASISSA at the CIS Netball Championships. This prestigious event will be held at Netball Central at Sydney Olympic Park on Friday 6 May 2022. We wish her and the team all the very best.



NSWCIS Football Cup

Kristy Genc – Director of Sports K-12

The Emanuel Girls 1sts Football team played their Round 2 NSWCIS Cup match last Friday at Heffron Park against Charlton Christian College.

The team put in an amazing effort and controlled the game from the very start of the match. The strong back line of Hannah Kim (co-captain), Mischa Spielman and Sienna Poswell ensured that the ball remained in our attacking half for the majority of the game.

A special mention to the goalscorers, Gemma Odes who scored an amazing five goals, and Riley Carr, Sienna Poswell and Victoria Miller (co-captain), all scoring one each. The team will now progress to Round 3 in the coming weeks.

Fress with Ms Lowe

Ms Lowe in action in the Food Lab

When Ms Lowe isn’t busy writing, reporting, emailing, policing, counselling and generally doing what Ms Lowe does, she can be found cooking up a storm. She has promised to share her ‘greatest hits’ with us each week and very generously posed for a rare photo. 

Ms Lowe’s Texan Rub ‘n Baste Combo


Mix together:
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp ground black pepper

Rub on meat at least an hour before cooking.


Mix together
½ cup tomato sauce or passata
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs American mustard
1 tsp ground paprika

Boil the baste until it thickens and reduces a little.
Roast the meat brushing with the baste.


Duke of Edinburgh

Head of PDHPE and Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
Bronze Adventurous Journey 

Congratulations to the 43 Year 9 students who completed the challenging Bronze Award two day camp on Thursday and Friday last week.

This journey took place in the Heathcote National Park, with students hiking approximately 12km each day whilst carrying all their camping gear, clothing, food and water.

Students had to cope with some difficult conditions – rain during most of Thursday and some very wet trails and a very sodden campsite.

The students managed all of these challenges with good spirits and should be very proud of their efforts.

Many thanks to Ms Scahill and Mr Peacock who volunteered to join us on the first of two Bronze Award Adventurous Journeys that we will complete this year.

Let’s sign

Rebecaa Gaida – Hebrew Teacher Primary

Shalom! שלום

This week our amazing Year 6 IT leaders have made two videos. We have יערה Pepper Banki with the word ספר sefer (book) and Jakob Pager with כן ken (yes).

We have also had three important days come up in the past week: Yom HaShoah(Holocaust Remembrance day), Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Remembrance Day) and Yom Haatzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) so I have included how to say them in the video as well as how to say Israel.

Chag Sameach!

Toda, תודה



We’re hiring!


Thank you to our volunteers for last week
(Monday 27 April 2022 – Friday 29 April 2022) 

Daniel Butt, Alan Arnott, Warren Aronstan, Craig Forman, Tony Gellert, Ben Berger, Nicolas Meer, Shaun Gross, Steven Durbach, Steven Trope, Gary Gordon, David Camiller, Jackie Elias, Darren Isenberg and Martin Becker.


Justine Hofman – Head of P&F

Hi everyone,

What a week! It was so great to see so many smiling faces and everyone on campus celebrating our mums, grand-mums and special friends at our Mother’s Day Morning – aka Retro Schvitz.

We got moving with a fun 80’s-inspired aerobics session that was a hit with all ages. Coffee was flowing and the chocolate croissants went down a treat.

This wouldn’t have been possible without the energetic positivity of our volunteers. There were over 40 of you chipping in beforehand and on the day – that’s what made it a success.

On the Mother’s Day Morning committee: Thank you Mia Kalinko for leading the team and bringing together a wonderful morning. Equal thanks to Yaffa Shnirman, Naomi Hersh, Nat Chesler, Anna-Lisa Palmer and Kate Wise. What a committee  – you ladies really did bring the fun! Special thanks to Jesse’s Bakery for looking after us with the pastries and Justin from Muggshot for the caffeination.

On the Mother’s Day Stall: Thank you to Carli Rothman and Lynn Ross for coming up with the thoughtful gifts and championing the new charity gift initiative for Years 5 and 6. Your careful selection of this year’s gifts is appreciated by all.

While we are on the thank-yous, I would also like to acknowledge the other wonderful parents who have been working through Term 1 on various initiatives:

Camping Weekend: Mary Glikin – you were born for this role. Thank you for the creativity and we will certainly see the fruits of this in November camping. Also thanks to Yury Glikin, Rupil Ismin, Ilan Bloom and Guy Olian.

Friday Challot and Friday Chills: Sharon Miller –  thanks for taking on the role of Challah Queen. Thank you to Mel Shilbury for being the Icy-pole Queen. You are both awesome.

More thank yous: Rebecca Pal who is our  wonderful P&F Treasurer, Sam Butt who is the our terrific P&F Class Parent Coordinator  – thank you both for all your work behind the scenes. And to Ruby Berkovic for all her guidance, support and humour.

Events to diarise

Sunday 22 May 2022: Family Nature Walk and Picnic 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm
Friday 26 August 2022: Father’s Day (Breakfast and Stalls)
Friday 4 November 2022 – Sunday 6 November 2022: Emanuel Family Spring Camping 

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