A Shavuot assembly was held in the primary school last week. Students brought bikkurim and were entertained by the Year 4/5 dance troupe. It was so lovely to see our confident and bright Year 2 students provide gifts for the Maurice Zeffert Residents and the Village. Years 3-6 kindly donated tinned food to Menorah charity. Thank you to all the families who have generously given ...

From then Principle  As many of our students prepare to sit their exams, I am reminded of a recent article in ‘The Australian’ newspaper titled ‘Jewish Genius Abounds, but Why?’  In the article, the author put forth a series of unfounded, hypothetical nonsense points that endeavour to explain a so-called ‘disproportionate’ representation of Jews in areas of scientific and acade ...

Esther and Mordecai made a decision to express their Jewish identity in a non-Jewish community. To what extent should you express your Jewish identity in Australian society? This was the question posed to the six semi-finalists that competed in the Mikolot Speech Night on Tuesday in the School Library. This question elicited a range of responses: discussion of past persecution, ...

Yom Yerushalayim was celebrated in the Primary school on Monday. Students davened in front of the amazing Kotel, made so professionally by Judith Lawrence and Astrid Harries and sang Hallel in honour of the chag. They watched a PowerPoint about the reunification of the city and looked at the gates surrounding the old city. Shira Lloyd, one of the Perth tzevet addressed the asse ...

Last Thursday morning the students in Year 2 received their new Koren siddur at a beautiful Yerushalayim themed Kabbalat siddur celebration. The Koren Educational Siddur is an exciting new project that brings an innovative approach to tefillah education in our school. The siddur is appropriately designed for its developmental stage of the day-school journey, and beyond and the ...

Year 11 and 12 students had the opportunity to attend an Israel Gap Year Fair this week. This gave them the chance to find out more about what this exciting experience would offer them. Thank you to The MASA Israel Programs and all of the participants. A parent information night was also held that evening. ...

Carmel School was delighted to host an art exhibition showcasing the work of the Really Useful Recyclers, a unique enterprise of two young men with Autism, Joshua Flintoff (21) and Courtney Smith (21), committed to producing inspiring PaperArt products from recycled used and unsold newspapers.  The exhibition, which was officially opened by Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for ...

The Year 4 students and their parents enjoyed a fun interactive and educational evening to celebrate Lag Ba’omer. They spent time with their parents learning in a chevruta, discussing a meaningful text and participating in tables in a picture quiz. They then headed outside for a delicious BBQ dinner cooked to perfection by Mr Lawrence and ate together around the fires in the am ...

Students from kindy all through high school had the wonderful opportunity to be involved in the writing of a Sefer Torah at school this week. This rare privilege and huge mitzvah was due to the forward thinking of Rabbi and Odeya White who offered Carmel the honour of having the sofer (scribe) visit us at school. The Sefer Torah has been sponsored by the Todres, Moyal and Whi ...

The Carmel Yom Hashaoh ceremony took place on the first day back at school this term.  The focus was the 80th commemoration of Krystallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass”. We were honoured to be joined by Lore Zusman who spoke about her childhood, witnessing Krystallnacht first-hand. In 1938, these two days of destruction of public property and frenzy of violence was unleashed ...