Volume 31 Issue 31 - 14 Oct 2022

From the Principal

Andrew Watt – Principal

A warm welcome back to our parents and students as we commence the final term of 2022. I hope that the High Holy days and Chaggim were special for our Emanuel families, and that the break was both relaxing and reinvigorating. Our students have returned to a much-reduced first two weeks of term and have slipped back quickly into the familiar routines, reconnecting with friends.

Our Year 12 students commenced their HSC Examinations on Wednesday calmly and with purpose. The reports thus far are broadly positive and our students are well prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. We are grateful to our Year 12 teachers, for their support in running workshops, marking drafts and providing advice across the break. We have reinforced our expectation that each student simply seek to achieve their personal best, at whatever level this may be. We wish them every success. With examination spaces spread across the SLC, PAC and Brender Moss Building, we are doing all that we can to reduce noise levels throughout the examination period. Year 12 students and parents will have recently received a letter, outlining the NESA rules around COVID.

There is growing excitement around the fast-approaching Chavayah Program. Our Year 10 and Year 11 families are preparing for the much anticipated Israel immersion experience. This will be the first time that we have organised for two Year Groups to participate in the same year, and we are very grateful for the diligent leadership of Kobi Boom, ably supported by Stacey Rosenfeld. Our students will be supported by a strong staff team, including Margaret Lowe, Kobi Bloom, Erika Ktalav, Eli Hajun, Emily Lawrence, Eytan Messiah, Caroline Laumberg, Jessica Shanahan, Kim Slender, Daphna Levin-Kahn and Maya Buhrich. Parents are reminded that the time for all documentation around passports and visas to be completed is approaching.

Term 4 promises to be both busy and productive, with a range of sporting, debating, musical and community service events that will complement our academic and wellbeing programs.

Some High School key dates to note in your diaries include:

  • Wednesday 19 October 2022 – Music and House Group Photo Day
  • Monday 24 October 2022 – Non uniform charity day
  • Wednesday 2 November 2022 – Night of Song
  • Tuesday 8 November 2022 – Year 9 Exams
  • Wednesday 9 November 2022 – Kristallnacht
  • Wednesday 9 November 2022 – Year 9 Exams
  • Thursday 10 November 2022 – Year 9 Exams
  • Friday 11 November 2022 – Years 7-10 Project Based Learning Day
  • Friday 11 November 2022 – Remembrance Day
  • Monday 14 November 2022 – BBQ and Non uniform charity day
  • Wednesday 16 November 2022 – Twilight Concert and Years 7-12 Writers’ Awards
  • Tuesday 29 November 2022 – Sport and Extra-curricular Photo Day
  • Wednesday 30 November 2022 – Tuesday 6 December 2022 – Project Based Learning Days
  • Thursday 8 December 2022 – High School Speech Day and last day of term

Some Primary key dates to note in your diaries include:

  • Tuesday 25 October 2022 – Non uniform charity day
  • Monday 31 October 2022 – Year 6 Fun Day for all K-6 students
  • Friday 4 November 2022 – Innovation Festival
  • Friday 4 November 2022 – 6 November 2022 – P&F Camping weekend
  • Monday 14 November 2022 – BBQ Day
  • Sunday 20 November 2022 – Aladdin Jnr Show 1
  • Monday 21 November 2022 – Aladdin Jnr Show 2
  • Tuesday 22 November 2022 – Aladdin Jnr Show 3
  • Friday 2 December 2022 – Year 6 Graduation and Pathways
  • Wednesday 7 December 2022 – Years K-2 Presentation Day and Years 3-6 Presentation Evening

Staff Milestone Event

The whole-school staff team gathered together on Wednesday to celebrate our colleagues who have been valued members of the Emanuel community for many years. This was a special event, where a total of 21 staff received a milestone award. Between them, they have accumulated 295 years of service to Emanuel! The key milestones included 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service. Awards included a certificate, a leaf on the ‘School Service Tree’ located in the foyer, with gifts, depending on the length of service. Our staff are valued highly; despite the additional workload and stress incurred by staff shortages, they have done a magnificent job in the face of uncertainty – putting the interests of our students first, working long and hard to engage with them and care for them. Our teaching and administration staff remain the heroes of the day!

Principal Sabbatical

At High School assembly this week, I shared a little about my experience on a course conducted by London Business, Training and Consulting (LBTC), Hammersmith. Participating in a course on strategic leadership and change management through solely a business lens was both challenging and thought-provoking. There were many opportunities to reflect on research related to best practice, and how it could apply to our Emanuel School leadership teams. It became clear, however, that many organisations are unclear as to their vision, values and the case for change.

Our vision to unleash the potential of every student and to make a difference in our world, coupled with our clear graduate attributes, stood out amongst the course participants of CEO’s and COO’s. Whether a child or adult, we should never stop learning. Our students were encouraged to commit to a course of lifelong learning – maintaining a thirst to learn more and to extend past their comfort zone.

Thank you to the Board for providing this special learning opportunity, and to Margaret Lowe and our SAT team for running the School so well in my absence.

From the Acting Head of Jewish Life

Daphna Levin-Kahn – Head of Jewish Studies High School

In researching the idea of the Tefillat Geshem that we say on Shemini Atzeret for my Dvar Torah this week, I came across Rabbi Jacob Fine’s Dvar Tefillah. It is written so beautifully, I wanted to share it with you instead of paraphrasing.

Wishing you all a Chag Sameach, Shabbat Shalom and a wonderful Term 4!

Tefillat Geshem: The Prayer for Rain

Recited by Ashkenazi Jews (and Tikkun HaGeshem recited by Sephardi Jews) on Shemini Atzeret, this prayer invokes the merit of Jewish ancestors in requesting the natural resource on which all life depends.

The earth, like most living things, is primarily comprised of a transparent, odorless, virtually tasteless and colorless fluid we call water. Even though our bodies, the ground, and most of the world we experience seems solid to us, just beneath the surface, water is ever-flowing, moving blood and nutrients and earth, enabling life to grow.

The complete dependence of life on water is powerfully conveyed through the Hebrew root ג-ש-ם (gimel-shin-mem), which can mean both rain and physicality. Lest we forget that we are made up of nearly three-quarters water, the Hebrew reminds us that without geshem (rain), there is no gashmiut (physicality). Or in other words, without mayim (water), there is no chaim (life).

Given the centrality of water to our existence, the prominence of rain and water in the Torah and Jewish liturgy comes as no surprise. In the beginning, God created the world by “separating the waters below from the waters above.” Genesis 1:7 Moses was saved by pharaoh’s daughter, who drew him from the water. Upon seeing Rachel for the first time, Jacob rolled the stone from the mouth of the well and offered her flock water. Genesis 20:10 Our path to freedom from slavery in Egypt went directly through water. The priests in the ancient temple sanctified themselves with water. Prayer, we are told in the Book of Lamentations, involves pouring out our hearts like water. Lamentations 2:19

Tefillat Geshem, the prayer for rain that Ashkenazi Jews recite on Shemini Atzeret, recalls many of these transformative encounters with water. (Sephardic Jews recite a different prayer for rain, Tikkun Hageshem, on Shemini Atzeret.) Recited at the conclusion of the festival of Sukkot and at the traditional start of the rainy season in Israel, the prayer calls upon God to remember the righteousness of our ancestors and to grace us with the gift of flowing water. “For their sake, do not withhold water,” we recite. “For the sake of their righteousness, grant the gift of flowing water.”

Here is the full text of Tefillat Geshem in Hebrew.

Through detailing the many and varied ways that water has played a central role in the defining moments of our ancestors, Tefillat Geshem encourages each of us to consider the defining moments that water plays in our own lives. The imagery of the poem describes birth and death, trials and triumphs, vulnerability and strength, scarcity and abundance — all of which seems to suggest that we too are part of this story, part of the cycle of water, the cycle of life.

Water is always in movement. Since the beginning of creation, it has continuously been flowing in an endless cycle with no beginning and no end, from evaporation to condensation to precipitation to infiltration and back to evaporation. And this cycle is a closed cycle; the rain falling outside the window right now is made of molecules that existed when Abraham and Sarah walked the earth.

It is the movement of water, the flow, that supports life. The soil beneath our feet may be rich and fertile, but without water a plant can’t take up the nutrients it needs to survive. And when plants take up water and nutrients from their roots, they must also release water from their leaves. Absorbing and releasing, receiving and giving, this is the miraculous cycle that has happened every second for millions of years.

We too are part of this flow. From Abraham and Sarah to all of us, the water flowing through us is part of an unbroken chain, a cycle of water that continues to move and nourish and support life. Which is why we invoke the merits of our ancestors when we recite Tefillat Geshem and pray that this same water continues to flow for us, for our children, for all of creation — for blessing, for life and for abundance.

“For you are Hashem our God,” the prayer concludes. “Who causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall. May it fall as a blessing and not as a curse. May it be for life and not for death. May it bring abundance and not famine.”

Primary News

Hagit Bar-On, Head of Primary Jewish Studies

Bisli, Bisli and more Bisli….

On the last day of Term 3, Year 5 students had a Hebrew excursion called: “Machane Bisli” (Camp Bisli). The camp took place at Emanuel Synagogue and was run by our Primary Jewish Life leaders Josh New and Mia Shapiro, together with the Israeli leaders, Ella, Yochai and Omri who joined us during Term 3.

Morah (teacher) Martine, Morah Orly, Mrs. Wynhausen and Ms. Cox were all there to support our students. Mrs. Wynhausen and Ms. Cox also enjoyed learning a little Hebrew!

The day started with a beautiful Kabbalat Shabbat and a meditation session ran by Rabbi George Mordechai and Orna Triguboff. Rabbi Ninio told us a story and we all had a spiritual time inside the synagogue.

After a short break, the madrichim (leaders) divided the year group into small groups and ran activities in Hebrew. There was a Scavenger Hunt activity, a Molekules – a fun game – where the students had to listen to instructions in Hebrew and figure out the actions. Some other activities included: Tofeset Tsavaim – catching colours and learning a Hebrew song.

At lunch, we all enjoyed an Israeli Buffet of Falafel, Hummus, Pitot, an Israeli Salad and Chamutsim (Pickles).

The day was enjoyed by all. Thank you to all the madrichim and the teachers. We were also very lucky that Emanuel Synagogue agreed to accommodate us a day before the High Holidays, which is the busiest time of year for them.

Students received a bag of Bisli, as well as a badge for their blazers engraved: “Machane Bisli”



Building Resilience

Adam Ezekiel – Director of Students

Building Resilience: Post Pandemic


Resilience is the capacity to face, overcome, be strengthened and transformed by adversity. Never before have parents needed the skills, the knowledge and the strategies to build resilience in their children as much as they do now.

“Resilience is key to addressing mental health issues. We need to allow our kids to experience adversity. There is a tendency to shield our kids because parents have become a bit over-protective.” Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

Building Resilience: Post Pandemic is a simple and clear article by School TV about developing the 7C’s to build resilience in young people.

The special report highlights:

  • Specific information about each of the 7C’s of Resilience.
  • Examples of ‘how adult carers can help?’
  • ‘Questions of consideration.’

The 7 C’s of Resilience are:

  • Competence
  • Confidence
  • Connection
  • Character
  • Contribution
  • Coping
  • Control

Parenting Courses – WAYS

This FREE four-week course is facilitated by experienced clinicians specialising in adolescent development and behaviour from WAYS. The course will assist parents to build stronger parent-child relationships and better manage and understand their adolescent’s behaviour. This is a skills-building and educational program only.

Dates: Tuesday 8 November 2022 – 29 November 2022.
Time: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Location: WAYS Bondi Beach – 63A Wairoa Ave, North Bondi

Primary SRC – Show us your talent!

Primary Charity Day

Primary Book Collection

Primary Extra-Curricular Term 4

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

Extra-Curricular Term 4, 2022
Including music, sport, and recreational activities

Welcome back to Term 4. Over the holidays we offered a Code Camp and Sewing & Cooking holiday program. It was great to see students on campus learning new skills, developing talents and interests, and nurturing friendships with others. We hope to continue to offer holiday program opportunities in future terms.

Our Term 4 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 enrol your child early to avoid disappointment.

We offer a wide range of Extra-Curricular activities at no extra cost. These activities are led by Emanuel teachers at lunchtimes. 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 have any additional questions.

We are currently reviewing our Extra-Curricular activities on offer and hope to offer further activities next year. If there is an activity that we have not offered this year please feel free to contact Emma Hill with any ideas.

The Term 4 Extra-Curricular Schedule is available now via the Parent Portal.

K-2 Gala Day

Stuart Taylor – PDHPE Teacher

it was such a pleasure to give our Years K-2 students the opportunity to come together and participate in the gala games day. The day consisted of classic “old style” activities including egg and spoon races, gum boot toss and coits. The weather was absolutely perfect, and the students participated with gusto.

Thank you to the parents and teachers who attended and encouraged and supported the students.

A huge thank you is also extended to the Year 6 House Captains who ran the various activities with great enthusiasm.

Enjoy this video I put together of some highlights from the day!

Below are a few more photos of a fun-filled and active day:


Primary CIS Athletics

Stuart Taylor – PDHPE Teacher

CIS Athletics Carnival

The below students represented ASISSA at the CIS athletics carnival at Homebush on the 20 September 2022.

All students performed well. A special mention to Arlo who finished 4th in the 11 Years high jump with a personal best jump of 1.35m.

  • Josh Marishel – 800m
  • Kiki Aronstan – 100m
  • Tamar Granot – Long Jump
  • Netali Jadouin – Long Jump
  • Sophia Kirievskaya – Discus
  • Ryan Miller – 100m/Junior relay
  • Jake Shilbury – Junior relay
  • Aviv Smily – Junior relay
  • Brody Reid – Junior relay
  • Noah Kessell – 800m/Long Jump
  • Arlo Broughton-Oshlack – High Jump/Shot Put/DiscusDylan Pal – Discus/Relay

K-12 Sport News

Kristy Genc – Director of Sports K-12

Sporting Achievements

Congratulations to Josephine Miron who recently competed at Nationals for Rhythmic Gymnastics. To reach the standard required for this level of competition, many hours of training are needed, with a high level of dedication and commitment. Josephine competed in Level 7 and placed 7th overall, which was an amazing achievement. Well done Josephine. 

Upcoming Sport Dates 

Thursday 20 October 2022

Years 4 – 6 Term 4 Thursday inter-school sport commences. Training is held on Thursday mornings, commencing at 7.10 am at Queens Park. Games will be held during the regular school day. 

Wednesday 26 October 2022

  • 15yrs & Under CDSSA Basketball Gala Day
  • CDSSA Girls Firsts Basketball weekly competition commences

Audition for the Addams Family

The Addams Family – a Musical Comedy!

Emanuel School is excited to announce that auditions for this will be held on the 27 October 2022 from 3.35 pm – 6.00 pm in the PAC.

Fill out the google form to register your interest.

Auditions are open to students currently in Years 7 -10.

Audition Details

As part of your audition, you will be expected to:

  • participate in a vocal and physical warm up
  • sing in front of the group (alone if you are auditioning for a lead or with others if you are auditioning to be part of the Ensemble)
  • be a respectful audience member while watching other students perform

If you would like to audition for a LEAD role: 

  • You will be expected to sing on your own in front of the group as well as Mr Burley and Ms Bauer
  • Please prepare one of the songs from the list below:

Please note – All students will be considered for all roles – regardless of the song they choose to sing at the audition.

If you would like to audition for a role in the ENSEMBLE as one of the ANCESTORS: 

  • Please be prepared to sing the following song: When You’re an Addams (Gomez)
  • You will NOT be expected to sing alone – but will sing in a small group in front of the group as well as Mr Burley and Ms Bauer

For more information, please contact: Mr Burley (Musical Director) or Ms Bauer (Producer/Director). 


Visit the Sydney Jewish Museum

Sonia Newell – Development Officer – Alumni & Community Relations

Welcome back – we hope you all had wonderful Yom Tov celebrations during the holidays.

October is a busy month as we start Term 4 and here are just some events –  past and upcoming – that you may find interesting.

Sydney Jewish Museum

Shaken to the Core

If you haven’t already seen the powerful exhibition “Shaken to The Core”, I encourage you to visit the Sydney Jewish Museum for this ground-breaking collection of works by the iconic Australian artist Sir Sidney Nolan. Closing on Sunday 23 October 2022, it is the first time these 90 pieces have been on display in Australia.

This landmark exhibition showcases the very works Nolan created in direct response to the trial of Adolph Eichmann, the high-ranking Nazi official accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against the Jewish people.

Last Sunday morning I met up with Emanuel alumna Ruby Goldman (Class of 2016) at SJM, where she works every Friday and Sunday as Assistant Manager. She says she loves the opportunity of working at this amazing museum that has so much to offer as a living museum, keeping the honour and memory of Holocaust survivors alive as well as so much of our rich Jewish history.

Ruby Goldman

It is wonderful to have survivors who can still share their experiences with visitors. Later that day, at the Sunday Survivor Talk titled Walking Amongst the Garden of the Righteous by Emanuel grandparent Egon Sonnenshein and his adopted sister Aviva Fox, they spoke to a full house about their war-time experiences and their eventually successful nomination for Righteous Amongst the Nations for four members of a Muslim Bosnian family, who saved Aviva’s life during the War. The focus of their presentation was on interfaith connections and the power of shared humanity.

If you have children approaching the ages of 12 or 13, you may be interested to know more about the next SJM Bar and Bat Mitzvah Program – their next session will be held on Sunday 6 November 2022 at 2.30 pm.

The Ballad of Mauthausen
Sunday 30 October 2022

Emanuel grandparent Anne Spira is Chairperson of the Sydney Jewish Choral Society (SJCS). She says “At the moment, we are working with the Australian Hellenic Choir on an exciting project, a concert performance of the Ballad of Mauthausen on Sunday 30 October 2022 and we hope members of the School community will come to this performance”.

Ballad of Mauthausen, with lyrics by Greek poet Iakovos Kambanellis and music by world-acclaimed Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, records in song the love between a Greek prisoner and a Jewish Holocaust victim in the Nazi slave-labour camp of Mauthausen in Austria. Fittingly, Greek and Jewish choirs will together perform the choral arrangement of this famed song cycle.

Anne continues “It’s been a privilege for our choir to learn about the Greek language and the poetry of Greece. This has enabled us to connect with the deep emotional impact of Kambanellis’ songs. How powerful and chilling it will be as 60 singers’ voices resound through the Clancy Auditorium at UNSW with the words:

‘Have you seen the one I love?
We saw her in the frozen square
with a number on her white arm
and a yellow star over her heart.’”

The event’s MC is Emanuel grandparent Vic Alhadeff, whose background blends the Jewish and Greek cultures. His family was one of the largest Jewish families on the Greek Island of Rhodes, and 151 Alhadeffs, including his paternal grandparents, were murdered in the Auschwitz death camp. “I’m honoured to be involved in this exceptionally moving collaboration of the two communities,” Alhadeff said. “The music is magnificent and it promises to be a very moving performance.” 

Formed in 1986, the SJCS is Sydney’s premier Jewish community choir. Under the musical cultural scene, performing a broad repertoire spanning Jewish and secular music of varied styles, a number of other choristers are also members of our extended Emanuel community – not just Anne Spira but also grandparents Anne Shagrin and Robyn Manoy, as well as past parents Shira Sebban OAM, Avril Janks and Susan Moddel.

Tickets: $60.00, concession $50.00. Book here.

Habonim Dror 2023 Federal Camp

A message from Kerryn Finn, Alumni Informal Jewish Life Educator:

Habonim Dror Australia is so excited to announce our 2023 Federal Camp! 

FED Camp is Habonim Dror’s annual senior camp, for Chanichim in Years 9 -11. This will be the first Federal camp run in three years due to COVID and it is making its return back bigger and better than ever!

We are incredibly proud that the Tzevet Machane (Heads of camp) for FED23 is made up of three Emanuel Alumni – Kerryn Finn, Maya Buhrich (both graduating in the Class of 2017 and a current part of the Informal Jewish Life team at Emanuel) and Michal Wolstein (Class of 2018).

The machane (camp) will run from the 12 January 2022 – 22 January 2022 in Victoria, with an overnight bus taking the Sydney Chanichim from Habonim House straight to the campsite! 

FED Camp is a great opportunity to connect with other Jewish youth country-wide, explore your Jewish and cultural identity, to learn and be challenged in a unique way, make new friends and generally have an unforgettable 10 days.

More information and registration details can be found here. 


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 email it to: snewell@emanuelschool.nsw.edu.au

Shabbat shalom, stay safe and as Sukkot continues, we wish you Chag Sameach for Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

School Photo Days

Music, House, and Co-curricular Photo Days

Wednesday 19 October 2022 is a whole–school photo day: Music, House and Co-Curricular groups for High and Primary School students.

High School students

All High School students are to be in their formal winter uniform. This is a change to the High School Wednesday sport uniform day, so hopefully, this will be a good reminder of the expectation for the day.

Years K-6 students 

  • Years 5-6 students involved in various photos will be expected to wear blazer and tie on the day
  • All younger Primary students in Years K-4 who may be involved in a photo will be expected to wear Summer uniform

Please see the music article in this week’s edition for details regarding music students.

Photo days are hectic but enjoyable and students are reminded to be polite, respectful and co-operative.

Music Ensemble Photo Day

Diana Springford – Head of Music

Music Photos
Wednesday 19 October 2022  – PAC

Please refer to the table below (and in Edumate) for the times for Music Ensemble photos for students in Years K – 12 (2023).  Please attend promptly (arrive up to 5 minutes early) in the correct uniform so that we can keep to schedule.

Please note: two teams (A & B) will photograph students simultaneously in the same location to make quick progress.

Uniform standard:

  • Years 5-12 students involved in the various photos will be expected to wear a blazer and tie on the day (formal uniform, including kippot)
  • All younger Primary students in Years K – 4 who may be involved in a photo will be expected to wear Summer uniform.




Fiddler on the Roof – Book now

Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen

The exclusive screening of Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen at the Jewish International Film Festival is around the corner!

This is being hosted by the Emanuel School Foundation at the Randwick Ritz and promises to be a fantastic evening and community event.

Tickets: $25, including nibbles and refreshments.

Tickets are limited and selling fast.

Book now! 



2023 School Travel Applications

2023 school travel applications
Now open

Applications for student travel in 2023 open from Monday 10 October 2022.

Students who need a School Opal card or travel pass for 2023 can apply now. A new application will need to be submitted if they are applying for the first time or if they are requesting an additional travel entitlement as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation (e.g. joint custody).

Students who change address, school, campus location, have repeated a year or received an expiry notification from Transport for NSW for their school travel entitlement should renew or update their details before the end of Term 4. This will ensure that schools can endorse applications, and entitlements remain valid for the start of the 2023 school year. School Opal card holders will have the changes applied to their existing card.

If a student’s distance eligibility has changed based on their grade (i.e. grade two to grade three), the system will automatically update their entitlement if they meet the new criteria. If they do not meet the new eligibility criteria, we will send an expiry notification via email.

Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition that is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.

Students in the Opal network applying for an Opal card for the first time will receive their Student Opal card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out from January 2023.

Travel from Term 1 2023

Parents are asked to plan ahead and make sure their child knows which service/s to use and has a valid ticket to travel; either a School Opal card or Child/Youth Opal card (within Greater Sydney), from the start of the school year.

Applications for 2023 School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) travel open at the start of Term 4 2022, so parents/students can apply or update details early and be ready for the start of the new school year.

Most students using the Opal network will not need a new Opal card and can continue travelling on their existing card each year.

The start of the year is a busy period for local transport operators, and students travelling without a valid ticket make service planning and operations difficult.

School Travel
Term 4 2022

We recognise that for some families last minute changes to school enrolments mean they may not have a School Opal card or Travel Pass for the start of term. In the Opal network, we strongly encourage these families to have their children travel with a Child/Youth Opal card until they receive their valid School Opal card.

Bus operators are flexible and understanding, particularly at the start of the school year, and will ensure students can travel safely to and from school. But to best support our operators we encourage all students to have a valid ticket, as early as possible, from the start of the school year.

Students using School Opal cards are also reminded that they must tap on and tap off in line with the Student code of conduct and Opal terms of use.

Further information can be found here.

Enquiries can be submitted here

Important Dates

What’s happening next week

High School

Monday 17 October 2022

  • School closed for Shemini Atzeret

Tuesday 18 October 2022

  • School closed for Simchat Torah 

Wednesday 19 October 2022

  • Year 12 HSC Examinations
  • Year 9-11 Drama to The Monologue Collective 
  • Year 12 (2023) Parent Information Night (on-line)
  • Music & House Group Photo Day 

Thursday 20 October 2022

  • Year 12 HSC Examinations
  • Year 10-11 Chavayah Parent & Student Information Night (on-line)

Friday 21 October 2022

  • Year 12 HSC Examinations

Primary School

Monday 17 October 2022

  • School closed for Shemini Atzeret

Tuesday 18 October 2022

  • School closed for Simchat Torah 

Wednesday 19 October 2022

  • Music and House Group Photo Day 
  • Year 2 Pathways Parent Information Evening

Friday 21 October 2022

  • Year 6 Placement Allwell Testing


Monday 17 October 2022

  • School closed for Shemini Atzeret

Tuesday 18 October 2022

  • School closed for Simchat Torah 

Save the Date

High School

Monday 24 October 2022

  • Year 12 HSC Examinations
  • Gunawirra Fundraiser (non uniform day)

Tuesday 25 October 2022

  • Year 12 HSC Examinations
  • Year 10 Chavayah Student Preparation 
  • Emanuel School Foundation screening of Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen

Wednesday 26 October 2022

  • Year 12 HSC Examinations
  • Year 7 Shorashim Night

Thursday 27 October 2022

  • Year 12 HSC Examinations
  • Year 11 Chavayah Student Preparation 

Friday 28 October 2022

  • Year 12 HSC Examinations
  • National Bandanna Day 

Monday 31 October 2022

  • Year 12 HSC Examinations
  • Year 10 Peer Support Training

Monday 1 November 2022

  • Year 12 HSC Examinations
  • Year 9 French to Alliance Francaise de Sydney
  • Year 10 Chavayah Student Preparation 

Wednesday 2 November 2022

  • Year 12 Examinations 
  • Night of Song

Thursday 3 November 2022

  • Year 12 HSC Examinations 
  • Year 10-11 Drama to Looking for Alibrandi

Friday 4 November 2022

  • Year 12 HSC Examinations

Tuesday 8 November 2022

  • Year 9 Examinations

Wednesday 9 November 2022

  • Year 9 Examinations

Thursday 10 November 2022

  • Year 9 Examinations

Friday 11 November 2022

  • Years 7-10 Project Based Learning Day
  • Remembrance Day

Monday 14 November 2022

  • BBQ and non-uniform Charity Day

Wednesday 16 November 2022

  • Twilight Concert
  • Year 7-12 Writers’ Awards

Tuesday 29 November 2022

  • Sport and Extra-curricular Photo Day

Wednesday 30 November 2022 – Tuesday 6 December 2022

  • Project Based Learning Days

Thursday 8 December 2022

  • High School Speech Day
  • Last Day of Term 4

Primary School

Tuesday 25 October 2022

  • Non uniform Charity Day

Friday 28 October 2022

  • National Bandanna Day 

Monday 31 October 2022

  • Year 6 Fun Day 

Tuesday 1 November 2022

  • Kindergarten (2023) Parent Information Night 

Thursday 3 November 2022

  • Kindergarten Orientation 

Friday 4 November 2022

  • Innovation Festival

Friday 4 November 2022 – Sunday 6 November 2022

  • P&F Camping Weekend

Monday 14 November 2022

  • BBQ Day

Sunday 20 November 2022

  • Aladdin Jnr Show 1

Monday 21 November 2022

  • Aladdin Jnr Show 2

Tuesday 22 November 2022

  • Aladdin Jnr Show 3

Friday 2 December 2022

  • Year 6 Pathways and Graduation

Wednesday 7 December 2022

  • Years K-2 Presentation Day
  • Years 3-6 Presentation Evening


Community Notices


Thank you to our volunteers for the last week of Term 3
(Monday 19 September 2022 to Friday 23 September 2022)

Peter Goldberg, Danielle Soutar, Carla Hoffenberg, Tal Harpaz, Glynn Prosser, Daniel Zines, Derek Pal, Zoltan Waldner, Yaron Allul, Peter Nothman, Vitali Kanevsky, Phil Paez, Larry Narunsky, Gavin Wertheim, Natalie Pager and Debbie Sullivan.

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