Reading in the Financial Review this week that 38,618 cases of CoVID have been reported in Australia in the past seven days made me stop and reflect on how different my thinking about the pandemic is from this time last year. The main difference is that CoVID occupies significantly far less headspace than it used to - I’ve kept my immunisations up to date and consoled a few fri ...

Hope and Optimism Although it may be hard to believe that we’re already half way through Term 2, I find the mid-point in the term a good time to reflect on what I’ve learnt and what is important. Senior students are working hard preparing for and sitting their Semester 1 exams and their teachers are supporting them in their learning endeavours. A professional learning day at ...

Our school purpose is “To provide students with an excellent education where they connect meaningfully with their Jewish identity and embrace the opportunity to make a difference”. This week highlighted for me the significant number of ways in which AVѧԺ provides such opportunities for our students. The whole cohort of Year 11 students had the opportunity to visit Roy ...

Excitement at AVѧԺ There was quite some excitement at the High School this week, with the arrival of fire engines on two consecutive days. Happily no roaring flames were evident at any point and I even managed to wangle my first-ever photo with a firefighter. It only took two days for us to trace the source of the triggered smoke alarm – a nest of ants who had taken u ...

It has been great to see so many students getting straight back into school life in this, our first full week of Term 2. The weather was perfect for our cross country on Wednesday, and it was fabulous to witness those who ran their hearts out and were clearly working to beat their personal best. Others took the opportunity to chat with friends as they power-walked the course an ...

Meetings Mention ‘meetings’ to many people and they will sigh, groan or comment that meetings are a waste of time and that they wish they didn’t have to attend them. But every human encounter we have is effectively a meeting. Looking up a definition of the word clarified this for me - the sigh response probably relates to “an assembly of people for a particular purpose, espec ...

Lots of discussions … It has felt as though the past week has involved lots of discussion on issues that have emerged in the media. Some of these are seen as controversial, others less so, but I strongly believe that it’s always far more constructive to talk widely about these issues and involve as many people as possible in discussions than it is to ignore them. Internationa ...

For me, the past week has involved a lot of thinking about leadership. Walking my dog early this morning, I found myself wondering who is the leader in this particular relationship. After some consideration, I concluded that I am the leader on our walks, but that I sometimes nobly let her think that she is. I certainly know that I am the worrier of the two of us - I often worry ...

It has been a busy and exciting week at AVѧԺ. Board games club after school on Tuesday was a welcome distraction as the Primary School students enjoyed an enthusiastic session of Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan and Balderdash. On Wednesday afternoon, the Israeli Ambassador to Australia, Amir Maimon, visited AVѧԺ and spoke to High School students at a specia ...

I was accosted at the school gate the other morning by a Primary School student keen to thrash out why we are having such a big focus on our AVѧԺ values. He knew what our five values were (connectedness, curiosity, courage, excellence and integrity) but he let me know in no uncertain terms that he didn’t see why discussing them was necessary. Was it perhaps because I w ...