Volume 31 Issue 19 - 24 Jun 2022

From the Principal

Andrew Watt – Principal

Moving to a new Canteen team 

Sadly, our wonderful Canteen team have indicated that they are finishing up at the end of Term 3. Miriam and Gayle, together with their team of Margaret, Andy and other fabulous helpers, have worked tirelessly to provide our staff and students with a varied, healthy and delicious menu of snacks and lunches, aligned to our Kashrut Policy. We have been blessed with outstanding food and service for many years now, and the Canteen team will depart with our sincere best wishes for a more restful future! We will be advertising within the Emanuel School community shortly, in the hope of receiving Expressions of Interest to run our Canteen from Term 4 onwards. Miriam and Gayle have generously offered to provide a detailed handover.

Our magnificent music program

Like sport, music enjoys a high profile at Emanuel, with a significant number of students participating in bands, choirs, ensembles, individual tutorials and music classes. Our K-12 music program is one of the key features in the life of our School, providing students with a range of benefits including:

  • An appreciation of the art and beauty of music
  • Promoting discipline and perseverance
  • Reducing stress and improving mood
  • Providing an outlet for creativity
  • Developing skills in teamwork and collaboration
  • Enhancing memory and hand-eye coordination.

Over the years, we have supported many very impressive musicians. Our Music Department has long-fostered a capacity for musical autonomy in our students. This is most evident in nights like House Music and the Talent Quest at Music Camp where students create and share their music together.

Many students complete their A Mus and L Mus when they are young but stop once the musical structures of school are no longer available to them. They are nervous to play with others, or even for family and friends at social gatherings. Our students love playing and making music together and will be ‘jamming’ with new friends long after they leave school. The Music Team, over the years, has encouraged independence, knowing that experimentation plays an important role in music development.

We are very thankful for our music team.

Annual Music Camp 

Our Music Camp was held for over 200 students in Years 4 to 12, with students from Mount Sinai College joining us. Lake Macquarie Outdoor Recreation Centre was a wonderful venue, with plenty of play space, rehearsal space and lakeside views. The program from Monday to Wednesday was a great mix of workshops, rehearsals, performances and free time activities. Learning and performing music in a relaxed setting is hard to beat! Our thanks to Diana Springford and her Music staff team: Danny Burley, Adam Majsay, Remington Owen and Sarit Spira. Thanks also to our peripatetic team and team of teachers, who supervised our students 24/7.

Music Camp Showcase Concert 

The last Music Camp Showcase for our Year 12 students – what wonderful memories they will carry with them.

This special event was held on Thursday evening, with our tired campers lifting for the culmination of the week’s rehearsals. The audience was blown away by the quality of the performances, with observable increments of skill, poise and confidence, as each age group progressed onto the stage. We owe a debt of gratitude to our committed Music Department, with special thanks to concert organisers, Jo De Araujo and Diana Springford.

Lexi Bader Futsal Cup Finals 

The Inter-House competition was fiercely contested this year, with plenty of spectators supporting their House team. The finals in each of the three divisions were held on Wednesday, with Meir emerging as impressive victors in the Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 competitions. A clean sweep by one House in the senior divisions is rare! Mazal tov to all who played in the finals; each game was of a very high standard. Thank you to the competition organisers and officials, led by Talia Kleviansky, Layla Goldberg, Tammy Kurlansky and the Sport Va’ad, on a seamless and enjoyable competition worthy of Lexi’s memory. We look forward to the Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 competition finals next week.

JCA EOFY fundraising drive 

For over 50 years, JCA and its supported organisations have been meeting the needs of our community. Covering programs and services across aged & community care; culture, engagement & outreach; Jewish education; history and heritage; and security & advocacy everyone is touched in one way or another.  As we reach the end of the financial year, your support of the JCA  will help us to sustain and strengthen our community for generations to come. it’s so easy to donate, just click here.

We need you!

Every morning and afternoon you will have noticed a group of dedicated parents patrolling Avoca, Stanley and Market Streets. They are the eyes and ears of our School, helping to ensure the safety of our community. As we prepare for Term 3, the Parent Safety Group (PSG) needs your help – a one hour commitment once a term in the morning (7.30 am – 8.30 am) or afternoon (3.00 pm – 4.00 pm) makes a significant difference.

All it takes is 60 minutes once every 10 weeks to help us keep your children and the community safe. Please register here today – we need you!

Mazal tov 

So many wonderful sporting achievements this week! Mazal tov to:

  • our Year 10A Netball team won their Grand Final against St Catherine’s by one goal
  • our 1sts Rugby team defeated Grammar 3rds in a trial match in the lead up to the David Horowitz Cup in Term 3
  • our Junior Boys took home the Sydney Schools Cup Futsal Competition, defeating Moriah 1-0 to finish the season undefeated
  • Daniel Alull Orozco, Rohan Britton, Riley Carr, Aviv Farhy, Jack Kessell, Daniel Newfield, Jake Newfield, Aaron Pal, Rebecca Salamon, Isaac Shammay and Noah Sherman who were selected to compete at the AICES Cross Country Championships.

Quote of the week

“Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.” ~ Sarah Dessen, author





I Spy – Perception and Diversity

Daniel Van Sluys Erlich – High School Informal Jewish Life Educator

I Spy – Perception and Diversity

This week’s parasha is Parashat Shlach (The ‘Send’ Portion). I think it’s the parasha where the Jewish people make one of their biggest mistakes. God tells Moses to send out 12 spies into Canaan – one leader from each Tribe – to scout the land and find out what was inside. After 40 days scouting out the land, the 12 spies return and report back to Moses and the rest of the Jewish people what they saw.

Good news first…the spies reported that the land was definitely flowing with milk and honey: it had ripe fruit, fertile land, and beautiful nature. But unfortunately, ten of the spies reported that the existing inhabitants of the land were too powerful for the Israelites to defeat. They told Moses, “the people that dwell in the land are too strong, and the cities are greatly fortified” (Bamidbar 13:29). This created massive doubt and uncertainty amongst the people, with some of them going as far as asking to return to Egypt. “We would rather have died in Egypt than to have come here to this land to be fallen by a sword. Let us go back to Egypt”, (Bamidbar 14:1-3) they pleaded to Moses and Aaron. Now, this is quite crazy! After all that they had been through, after all of the miracles they witnessed on their way out of Egypt, the Israelites now want to turn back? It just doesn’t make sense.

Understandably, this makes God quite angry. God makes the Israelites wander for 40 years in the desert as punishment; one year for each day the spies were exploring the land. The ten spies who said the inhabitants of Canaan were too powerful suddenly died before God, and only Joshua and Caleb, the two spies that believed that the Israelites could conquer the land, would be allowed to enter the Promised Land. So the Israelites then wander off into the desert for a very long 40-year walk. That’s the bulk of the story.

There are two big takeaways from this parasha. The first is that our perception of the things around us shape our reality. This is important. We all interpret and judge the world around us – the objective facts – to then determine our choices, actions, and how we live our lives. This is exactly what the 12 spies did at the end of their 40 days. They looked back at what they had seen, and made subjective judgements on the safety and quality of the Promised Land. What matters most is that no matter what the objective facts around us are, we each hold the power to perceive them whichever way we want. The 12 spies all explored the same land and witnessed the same nephilim/yelidei anak (giants) who already lived there. Ten of them perceived this as an impossible challenge, but Joshua and Caleb chose to perceive a different reality – a reality filled with hope in which the Israelites – with God’s support – could inhabit the land.

Bringing this back into our lives, there are numerous psychology studies that demonstrate a clear correlation between optimism and increased physical health, recovery from injury and subjective well-being. Perceiving your world with gratitude, hope, and compassion (for ourselves and for others) is associated with more resilience, better emotional coping, more social connections, and even lower blood pressure. Our perception shapes our reality, and you can control what world you want to live in.

Another idea which we can find in this parasha is the importance of diversity within our communities. The phenomenon of Groupthink is defined as, “the tendency for decision-making groups to suppress/ discourage disagreeing opinions in the interests of group harmony and consensus”. This is exactly what happens in the parasha. When Joshua and Caleb voiced their different opinions on the land and its inhabitants, they were attacked by the wider community for disagreeing with the majority. Allowing Groupthink to foster is dangerous. It leads to unchallenged, poor-quality decision-making, which can lead to horrible consequences for those not involved in the decision-making process. Homogeneity – when things are identical or the same – is what brings down communities. It can lead to the end of critical thinking about why and how we do things. On the other hand, Diversity – diversity of thought, diversity of beliefs, diversity of behaviour – is what drives communities forward. It’s what keeps us on our toes and ensures that we continue considering other points of view.

Parashat Shlach teaches us that how we choose to perceive our world matters, and that diversity is crucial to maintaining healthy and thriving communities.

Shabbat Shalom


Primary News

Felicity Donahue – Co-ordinator of Gifted & Talented (K-6)

Mistakes help us learn

This is a common phrase uttered by students and teachers throughout the day. Mistakes are a key element of the learning process and can be one of our most powerful teaching tools. Mistakes can help us to understand potential gaps in learning, focus teaching towards clarifying a misunderstanding in order to progress to more challenging concepts. 

Teachers make mistakes too. Our team of teachers model how to acknowledge mistakes and show how common mistakes are. Nobody’s perfect and we are all on a journey of trying to improve ourselves for the better. A little stumble along the way is very common and completely normal. 

In the context of gifted students, we see many instances where students have built up a pre-conceived notion that because they are ‘smart’ or ‘bright’, leaving no margin for error. In many instances, we see students disengage from their learning or hover on the edge of their activity as they perceive the risk of diving deep into their learning and the associated risks that come with it to be damaging to their self-image. Many times we will hear students say indicators such as ‘that’s too easy’ or ‘i’m bored’ or avoid the task altogether with a quick trip to the nurses office. These are all markers of a child who may be building up performance anxiety and a fear of mistakes.

In order to shift the focus from task avoidance to task engagement, we need to focus on the well-being of the child. Ensuring a student builds a positive self-image and establishing a growth mindset is just as important as a student excelling in their area of giftedness. However, these two concepts are not mutually exclusive, as a growth mindset and positive attitude to learning will then lead to a child being ready to tackle learning challenges appropriate to their level of understanding. 

Seeing mistakes as a positive can be challenging for many of our gifted and high potential students, but regular conversations about what we can take away from our mistakes, praising reflection and building a growth mindset is the strong foundation we can build for our students to help them reach their full potential.

If you would like to find out more about growth mindset and the value of mistakes, The Big Life Journal is a valuable resource with lots of support for families.



Ma Koreh

Adam Carpenter – Head of Jewish Life Primary

In Jewish Studies we viewed and analysed the art of Hillel Smith, an American Jewish artist who combines Hebrew text with graphic design and typography. 

Inspired by his work, students in Year 5 applied these concepts of one of the Hebrew names for God in our tradition. After selecting a Hebrew name of God, students incorporated these names in posters to express and communicate beliefs and conceptions of God.

Here is a sample of some of their interpretations:

I chose God’s name Ain Sof – Without End. I used the infinity sign to represent God being without beginning or end and going on forever. Black and white are both colours that you can lose yourself in. By Ella Cohen-Peace.  

My artwork uses God’s name HaMakon  – The Place. I chose an image of the sky to represent God being in a place everyone can experience, just like the sky. The colours make me feel relaxed and comfortable, just as God can be a source of comfort to people. By Ciel Sharabani Kat

I chose God’s name HaShem – The Name. I was playing around with the idea of placing God’s name on a name tag, so people could meet and get to know God. I wanted the font to look handwritten, like God has written the name down. By having the images say “Hello”, it represents God as inviting and wanting to encourage a connection with us, inviting us to say ‘hello’’ back. By Kira Maizel

My artwork uses God’s name HaShem  – The Place. My image uses the bold colours of black, white and grey in a mirror-like reflection to show how people can have different ideas and beliefs about God. By Joel Hersh


Primary Term 2 highlights

Lexi Butt

Netali Jadouin

Year 6 has had a very eventful term. From a trip to Canberra, to writing a book in a day, this semester has been full of fun activities.

As Year 6 leaders, we have been so involved in our roles. The House Captains really enjoyed going to and assisting with all of the sporting events this term. The Madrichim have done a wonderful job providing Emanuel School with great ideas in order to make the Emanuel environment achieve its full potential. The Gross Motor and K-2 Play Leaders have had a ball leading the younger students in a variety of fun activities. There are many others who have done an excellent job with their roles, contributing to the School and making the School a better place.

At the start of the term, Year 6 took a trip to Australia’s capital, Canberra. We went to The War Memorial, New Parliament House, Old Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia, the Arboretum and Embassy Drive. We also were lucky enough to go to Hoyts to watch a movie and thoroughly enjoyed our time at Questacon. We stayed at the Ibis Hotel and our days were jam-packed and full of fun activities. We all had a great time in Canberra.

In Week 8, Year 6 participated in the ‘Write A Book In A Day’ challenge where we wrote books for The Kids Cancer Project. The book had to be between 1500 – 2500 words and we were given a list of characters, settings and words that we had to include in the story. Students were put into groups and had to sort out who were the authors and who were the illustrators as we were staying at school until 8:00 pm in the evening. Everyone was quite excited to finish their books and we worked very hard to do the best we could. In the end, all groups managed to write a book in a day. It was an awesome experience!

Overall, Year 6 has had such a fun term and we hope that the rest of the year will be as enjoyable as the previous semester has been. As this semester is coming to an end, we are so excited to begin a new term and we are all looking forward to starting Project Heritage.



Primary Extra-curricular Term 3

Emma Hill – Primary Teacher and Coordinator of Extra-Curricular Programs

Holiday Camp and Term 3, 2022
Including Music, Sport and Recreational activities

There is still time to book into JeSTAR Theatre Academy holiday program. It will be held on Friday 1 July 2022, Monday 4 July 2022 and Tuesday 5 July 2022 from 9.00 am – 11.30 am. Please click here to register your interest

Due to low enrolments we will not be running Code Camp in these holidays. We plan to offer this in the September school holidays, along with further holiday programs.

There are sports activities running from Monday 4 July 2022 in the afternoons. If your child is participating in both the morning and afternoon activities we will ensure they are supervised during the lunch break between activities, this will be 11.30 am – 12.00 pm. 

Our Term 3 Extra-Curricular schedule is now available online. This includes a range of music, sport and recreational activities. Many activities have set enrolment numbers so please ensure you book your child in early to avoid disappointment. There are also a range of teacher led lunchtime clubs which are free for students, please click here for further information about these clubs. Students may join these clubs by approaching the listed teacher.

The Extra-Curricular schedule on the Parent Portal is regularly updated throughout the term, so please refer to this if you have any questions about the scheduling of activities. There are email links on each activity to help direct you to the relevant person if you do have any additional questions.

The Extra-Curricular Schedule is available now via the Parent Portal

We hope to offer Sewing Club for Years 5 – 6 students in Term 3. Please click on the link to register your expression of interest before Wednesday 29 June 2022. Once minimum enrolment numbers are reached a booking link will be emailed to parents.



Alex Levy – Acting Director, Kornmehl Centre Emanuel Pre-school


The Starfish had an Open Session of Playball on Monday for parents to  watch. Our visitors were all amazed at the great skills the Starfish have developed since the start of the year and how good they are at listening to instructions from their coaches.

Library visits

Each week the children visit the Primary School Library and share an interactive lesson with Mrs Rogut.

Mrs Rogut starts off each lesson by allowing the children to select a book, which has been placed on a piece of square carpet in the library, and to sit down and read their chosen book. This is followed by story reading time. Mrs Rogut will discuss the author and illustrator with the children and invite them to look at the pictures on the front cover and make predictions about the story. As she reads the book, she asks the children open-ended questions: “What might happen next?”, “What do you know about ….?”.

Rhyming words are also highlighted and brought to the children’s attention. A discussion may ensue about the characters or main idea of the story and the children often share their own experiences and relate it to the story. 

This special time in a library setting is very much valued and appreciated. We are lucky enough to be on one campus and for the children to be able to visit the library on a weekly basis and familiarise themselves with this space, the rules of the library and the teachers. This all helps to build their sense of belonging to the wider Emanuel community, as well as prepare them for the transition to Primary School.

Benefits of reading and sharing stories

  • Reading helps children get to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills and concepts such as colours, shapes, numbers and letters.
  • Children learn to value books and stories.
  • Reading sparks children’s imagination stimulates curiosity and builds listening skills.
  • Reading helps develop children’s brain, ability to focus, concentration, social skills and communication skills.
  • It helps children learn the difference between ‘real’ and ‘make-believe’.
  • It helps children understand new or frightening events, and the strong emotions that come with them.
  • It helps your child learn about the world, their own culture and other cultures.
  • Reading together makes you bond with your child stronger, and this gives your child a sense of intimacy and well-being.
  • The intimacy of reading is such a pleasurable experience, that children will have a positive attitude towards reading as they grow up.
  • Reading calms children down and helps them to regulate.
  • It promotes increased communication between you and your child.
  • Pre-school children who are exposed to language by hearing words that are read to them and in conversation tend to do well in school.
  • Through starting to read early on to your child, they learn the basics of reading a book, that words represent sounds and concepts, words are read from left to write, and stories continue when you gently flip/turn the pages.
  • Reading promotes longer attention span, which is an important skill for children to acquire from a young age.
  • Reading teaches thinking and comprehension skills, understanding cause and effect, logic, as well as how to think in abstract terms. 
  • Through reading children learn the consequences of actions, and the basics of what is right and wrong.
  • Books teach children about relationships, situations, personalities, and what is good and what is bad in the world they live in.
  • Reading builds brain networks that will benefit children long-term when they transition from verbal /listening to stories, to actually reading them by themselves.
  • Reading activates an important part of the brain – all about multi-sensory integration, integrating sound and visual stimulation.
  • If children learn early that reading is fun and not a chore, as they grow up and start formal schooling, they will not be stressed about reading, as they will already know reading is a pleasurable habit. Reading to your child early on, influences them to be lifetime readers! 
  • Sharing stories with your child doesn’t mean you have to read from the book. Just by looking at books with children and talking about them, you can be a great storyteller and a good model for using language and books. 
  • Reading stories with children has benefits for grown-ups too. The special time you spend reading together promotes bonding and helps to build your relationship with your child.



Gardening on the Wildside

Sonia Newell – Development Officer – Alumni & Community Relations

Time flies

Term 2 has just flown by, with just one more week of school before the holidays. I hope you enjoy reading my page each week, learning something new about some members of our School and our extended community.

Gardening on the wildside

Alumnus Mitch Burnie, Manager of Adamama, would love to see more Emanuel families take part in the wonderful opportunities available at the farm. He says “at our new home at the hub there are so many amazing opportunities to learn and grow, including this awesome one! Join us at the award-winning Randwick Regen Hub each Friday afternoon and learn skills under expert guidance in a friendly setting”.

Join Adamama for the new 10-week program, Gardening on the wildside, where you will learn how to create garden homes for tiny native bees, frogs, insects, fairy wrens, blue tongue lizards and other creatures using low maintenance garden techniques that mimic nature and which can provide hours of enjoyment using native Australian plants. The course is free for PermaBees and members of Randwick Community Groups, $110.00 for everyone else. Click here for more information and bookings.

Sasha’s Game

Lexee Gordoun

Alumna Lexee Gordoun (Class of 2017) has already won international film awards for her work on the big screen and her latest production, Sasha’s Game, is about to start shooting. Speaking with Lexee during the week, she says “my team and I are currently three weeks away from shooting a non-for-profit 40 minute short film titled Sasha’s Game which is adapted from Melbourne author, Anita Seltzer’s book, I Am Sasha.

“Anita approached me with her book in 2021, which recounts her family’s journey in hiding during the Holocaust in Poland. It follows her father, Sasha, who at the time was a teenage boy, entering years of puberty, while his single mother, Larissa, sourced fake papers for him under the identity of a teenage girl. We witness his transformation into a woman as she teaches him how to walk, talk, dress and act like a girl in order to survive the war in the opposite gender and avoid confrontation to preserve his life. 

“Not only is there a war happening just outside their doors, but Sasha fights an internal war of identity while going through pivotal years of growth and transformation. 

“We have launched a fundraising page for anyone that might be interested in donating to this project and seeing it come to life. Any donation is really appreciated. If you’re not in a financial position to donate, we’d appreciate it so much if you’re able to share this link around to people who might find this project equally important in preserving the stories of Holocaust survivors.”

@AKinderWorldNow – Thursday 30 June 2022

Friendship Circle, Jewish House, Maccabi All Abilities, The Choice Foundation, One&all, The Central Synagogue and Jewish Care invite members of our community to this free event – a panel discussion with passionate community members with lived experiences of disability.  Bookings are essential. 

Until next year

VIVID 2022 is done and dusted as the saying goes. If you didn’t get the chance to visit any of the installations, you can watch this amazing drone fly through which features most of the VIVID displays, including alumnus Zac Levi’s Crowded Cadmans.

Maccabi Life – NSW

Keep an eye out for the many fun activities for all ages coming up to connect our Jewish community outdoors and in an active way. You can find booking links in events on @maccabilife-NSW Facebook page or contact: maccabilife.NSW@maccabi.com.au  Last week it was tennis and zumba. Informative talks by guest speakers often preceded by an interesting walk or run and other activities for all ages help to keep us healthy both physically and mentally along with connecting with like-minded members of our extended community. Some faces you might recognise from School along with the opportunity to make new friends too.

For our 65+ readers

If your parents are in this age group but are not regular readers of Ma Nishma, please let them know about the upcoming launch of Seniors – Walkie Talkie, Maccabi Life next Wednesday 29 June 2022. The aim is to connect the 65+ age group via a leisurely walk outdoors, in the fresh air, followed by an inspiring talk/entertainment. For their first event on Wednesday, they will meet at 10:00 am at the Friendship Bakery, Laguna Street Vaucluse and walk for an hour around Christensen Park area then go upstairs at the Mark Moran Vaucluse to play Bingo, with coffee and cake provided by the Friendship Bakery.
Bookings are essential for this event.

Friendship Bakery

If you haven’t visited Friendship Bakery in Vaucluse, you’re in for a very pleasant treat. All purchases from the Bakery support this amazing social enterprise run under the banner of Friendship Circle. Check out their opening hours and goodies online.

School holiday activities

With July School holidays just around the corner, it’s not too late to check out and book for the numerous camps and workshops on offer, many of which have a strong Emanuel connection. Perhaps your children will be attending Habonim’s winter camp Machane Dvash or for students aged 13 plus, or maybe volunteering at Friendship Circle (FC) 5-day camp. Click here for details.  

FC is also seeking young adults to join their Young Adult leadership team, so for our readers with older children, please tell them about this opportunity. Click here for more details. 

If your children have an interest in photography, they might like to attend one of the B’nai B’rith Photo Workshops during the holidays. For more information or to book.

Community Theatre Group

Past parent Vivienne Radomsky, Marketing & Development Manager B’nai B’rith NSW, invites members of our School community to email her with expressions of interest to join the B’nai B’rith Players, a community theatre group with Director and Producer Moira Blumenthal: email vivienne.radomsky@bbnsw.org.au or call 9321 6307.

Save the date 

2022 Friendship Circle Walk – Sunday 28 August 2022

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

Shabbat shalom, stay safe, stay warm and have a great weekend.

K-12 Sport news

Kristy Genc – Director of Sports K-12

Student achievements

Congratulations to Ben Rozen,Year 12 who, since being selected in the AICES 1st XV Rugby team earlier in the term, has attended the AICES rugby camp and played several matches against other associations over the last few weeks. Under the guidance of Emanuel staff member, Heath Morley, who is also the AICES Rugby Coach, Ben has risen to every occasion and the experience will hold him in good stead for the upcoming Term 3 rugby program. 

Phoebe Machlin in Year 8 recently represented Emanuel at the Northwest Equestrian Expo, with her horse Max. The Northwest Expo is Australia’s largest High School Inter-school event, hosting 560 riders and 720 horses from all over NSW, over five days of competition. Phoebe finished equal Reserve Champion in the Open Show Jumping Championship, 80cm – Division 1. This was based on her combined results in showjumping and dressage, competing against riders of all ages up to Year 12.  

Her results over the five days included:

  • 3rd and 4th in the 80cm show jumping and super phase jump-off (all ages)
  • 7th in combined training (dressage and show jumping, all ages)
  • 4th in the Funkhana hack class (14 Years)

Phoebe Machlin with Max

Events coming up

  • Monday 27 June 2022: Years 3-6 Primary Athletics Carnival 
  • Wednesday 29 June 2022: Lexi Bader Inter-House Futsal Competition Finals
  • Thursday 30 June 2022: 18 years NSW Schools Regional Futsal Championships
  • Thursday 30 June 2022: Final day of Term 3 K-12 weekly sport
  • Wednesday 20 July 2022: K-12 weekly sport commences


Cross country news

Kristy Genc – Director of Sports K-12

Years 3-12 Cross country news

The Cross country season has come to an end, with some great results.

Congratulations to Daniel Alull Orozco, Rohan Britton, Riley Carr, Aviv Farhy, Jack Kessell, Daniel Newfield, Jake Newfield, Aaron Pal, Rebecca Salamon, Isaac Shammay and Noah Sherman who, after outstanding performances at the CDSSA Cross Country Championships, were selected to compete at the AICES Cross Country Championships.

The standard at AICES is always of a very high level and the Emanuel team competed with great enthusiasm in what was a cold and windy day at Sydney International Equestrian Centre, Horsley Park. Aaron Pal, finishing in 6th place, qualified to compete at the CIS Championship the following week, where he put in a great effort, placing 18th, with a time of 12 minutes 40 seconds.  

In the Primary School, after great performances at ASISSA Cross Country, Zella Benko, Dan Kalinko, Noah Kessell, Joshua Marishel, Heidi Martin, Cooper Rosen and Aviv Smily competed at the CIS Cross Country Championships at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek. All students competed with such a great effort and represented Emanuel with pride.

A special mention to Joshua Marishel who placed 15th out of 105 competitors. Well done Joshua!


Football and Futsal news

Aytek Genc – Head of Football and Futsal

Primary Football

Term 2 has offered great opportunities to our Primary Football (Soccer) enthusiasts through the Year K – 4 after-school football programs and the Year 4 – 6 ASISSA Inter-school competition. The after-school programs have been a great success with almost 40 students taking part on a weekly basis.

These programs will continue in Term 3 as part of the Winter Sport Program. 

Term 3, Years 5 – 6 Futsal competition

In Term 3, Years 5 and 6 students will have the opportunity to take part in a new Futsal (indoor soccer) program. The program will involve a combination of training sessions and games against ASISSA schools each week:

  • Year 5 – 6 Boys Futsal: Monday afternoons 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm at Emanuel 
  • Year 5 – 6 Girls Futsal: Wednesday afternoons 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm at Emanuel

If your child is keen to play Futsal for the School, please contact Head of Football & Futsal, Aytek Genc via email     

High School Futsal success

Throughout Term 2, as part of the compulsory sport program, Emanuel took part in the Sydney Schools Cup Boys Futsal Competition. Emanuel had a great season coached by Futsalroo, Ethan De Melo, and remained undefeated.

The boys showed great improvement throughout the term, working well as a team and this was evident in their Grand Final win over Moriah 1-0.

Congratulations to Coby Baskin, Zac Fraser, Eli Jocum, David Miller, Aaron Pal, Jonah Raphael and Noah Sherman. 


Congratulations to the Years 7 and 8 students who recently took part in the Jewish Day Schools Futsal Gala Day. It was a great day of Futsal and it is always a great opportunity for students to connect with other schools in the Jewish community.

A special mention to the Junior Girls A’s: Jemma Adler, Emma Butt, Riley Carr, Hayley Kanevsky, Leah Mervis and Toni Sher who won the tournament, with a strong performance over Masada. 



Claire Pech – Careers Advisor

Year 10 subject selection – resources

A successful information evening was held for Year 10 as they start the process of selecting their subjects. Here are some resources that may help finalise those subject choices in the next few weeks before the deadline:


Year 12 early offers

I am often asked about early offer programs. As I have told our senior students, this now makes up the majority of applications as universities and colleges try and open up access and diversify their entry points.

Most of these schemes are now officially open for business or are just on the cusp of opening. The universities our students are most interested in – as discussed with the current Year 12s are –  Macquarie Leaders and Achievers and UTS – Early Offer Portal.

There is also a centralised document that hosts all of the information on all of the schemes. There is an enormous amount of information to wade through. Research, research, research is the key and targeting those institutions of interest. The process can be straightforward utilising Year 11 Grades and/or an application that showcases the student with extra curricular involvement, leadership, adversity or equity.

Upcoming webinars

I often discuss the path of Psychology with students.  Here is the chance to chat to current Psychologists at this talk with ACU:

ACU | Talk with Psychologists
Wednesday 14 September 2022 from 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm, online

Take part in a Q&A session with our graduates and learn what it is like to provide meaningful insight and support to others, when they need it most. Find out more here.

InspirationED | ACE the HSC
Macquarie University: Monday 4 July 2022 from 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
University of Technology Sydney: Wednesday 6 July 2022 from 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

The ACE the HSC session is a free lecture for Year 11 and Year 12 students. You will learn vital strategies that have proven to improve exam results and allow you to prepare better for your exams. Find out more here.

UNSW | Girls in Business Camp 2022
Tuesday 5 July 2022, 9.00 am – Thursday 7 July 2022, 5.00 pm, online

This program is open to any Year 10, 11 or 12 female High School student in New South Wales who has a genuine interest in studying Actuarial Studies, Banking & Finance, Economics or Information Systems, at the UNSW Business School. It is strongly recommended that students be studying Mathematics if interested in participating in this program. Find out more here.

2023 Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships

Value: Up to $8,000.00 
Open/Closing dates: Friday 1 July 2022 – Sunday 31 August 2022

Pinnacle provide educational scholarships, mentoring and opportunities for young LGBTIQ+ Australians to realise their full potential and overcome challenges arising from their identity. Scholarships are awarded for full time study at public institutions of higher education in Australia, for the purpose of gaining an educational or vocational qualification in any profession, trade or the arts. Find out more


Let’s sign

Rebecca Gaida – Hebrew Teacher Primary

Israeli sign language שפת הסימנים הישראלית

Shalom! שלום

We had the High School sports carnival last week so I thought we could learn a few words to do with sport. Can you see from the video who likes sport? We also have two very useful words for you to use everyday: ken – yes כן and lo-לא-no from our fabulous IT leaders.

Thank you to Dean Wolf, Jakob Pager, Jasper Shraibman, Netali Jedouin and Daniel Miller.

Toda veChofesh naim (Thank you and have a good holiday)!



Uniform shop trading hours

Uniform shop trading hours

Emanuel School Uniform Shop will close for the school holidays on Thursday 30 June 2022 at 5.00 pm and will re-open on Monday 18 July 2022 at 8.00 am

Throughout the school term opening hours are:

  • Monday: 8.00 am – 11.00 am
  • Tuesday: 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm
  • Thursday: 1.00 pm – 5.00pm

You are welcome to purchase from the online uniform shop, password ES1983. All orders will be completed when the store reopens.

Contact details for the uniform shop



Events to diarise

Justine Hofman – Head of P&F

Save the date
Father’s Day Breakfast – Friday 26 August 2022

It’s back! Father’s Day Breakfast with a new twist. All will be revealed next term.

In the meantime, block out 7.00 am – 8.20 am on Friday 26 August 2022 for some great fun with dads, grandads, special friends and kids. We will also be holding the Father’s Day gift stall the same day where children can select a $10 gift for their dad.

Term 3 challah orders
Don’t miss out

Don’t miss out on getting your Jesse’s Bakery challah hand-delivered each week on a Friday afternoon at school. Choose from regular challah without seeds ($5.00 per week) and gluten-free challah ($10.00 per week) and collect each week from school.

Order and pay here before Monday 18 July 2022.

 Any questions? Please contact Sharon Miller 

P&F Innovation brainstorms
Reminder to register

Don’t miss your opportunity to help us come up with new ideas to connect our community Register here to participate in a one hour brainstorming session next term. 

Events to diarise

Friday 26 August 2022: Father’s Day Breakfast and Stalls
Friday 21 October 2022: Emanuel community event (details to come)
Friday 4 November 2022 – Sunday 6 November 2022: Emanuel Family Spring Camping 





Thank you to our volunteers for last week
(Tuesday 14 June 2022 – Friday 17 June 2022)

Paul Berkovic, David Vitek, Ron Hirsch, Daniel Grynberg, Vlad Yakubson, Peter Freed, Steven Durbach, Sarah Vasin, Elan Miller, Guy Olian, Jerry Solomon, Ron Efrat, Paul Filipczyk, Meital Winter, Brett Adler, Dorran Wajsman, Martin Becker and Leon Kantor.

Help keep our kids and community safe: sign up to PSG here

Community notices








FRESS with Ms Lowe

Ms Lowe in action

Green Shakshuka


1 tbs olive oil
1 leek, pale section only, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
250g packet frozen spinach, just thawed, excess liquid removed
300ml light thickened cream
1 1/2 cups (180g) frozen peas
200g sugar snap peas, trimmed
4 eggs
100g drained Persian fetta, crumbled
Chilli sauce, to serve


Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add the leek and cook, stirring, for five minutes or until the leek softens. Add the cumin and paprika and cook for one minute or until aromatic.

Add the spinach and cream to the pan. Cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Add the peas and sugar snap peas. Bring to a simmer.

Use the back of a large metal spoon to make four large indents in the pea mixture. Carefully crack an egg into each indent. Cook, partially covered, for five mins for soft yolks or until the eggs are cooked to your liking. Remove from heat and sprinkle with the fetta. Drizzle with the chilli sauce.