I would hazard to guess that not many people can say that they started their day with a pleasant swim in the Sea of Galilee, but that is what I did. Having reconciled in my mind the fact that it may be called a Sea but is actually a freshwater lake, it made for a lovely dip and many people in the group took advantage of this cooling start to the day. Driving through the Golan ...

When travelling, I’m always fascinated by people’s different habits. Various trip members chose to start their days in very different ways in Tiberius – unfortunately, the divine-looking swimming pool was out of bounds until the lifeguard arrived at 9am which was far too late for us, but that didn’t stop people finding other things to do before breakfast. Some needed a sleep-in ...

Armed with a large paper map kindly provided by the hotel, I set off into the early morning city of Tel Aviv. The end of term back at school had been frantic, and this was one trip where I had uncharacteristically not done much pre-reading, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I discovered over night that the hot sand on the beach must have been hotter than I had realised and the f ...

It’s all very well knowing intellectually that Israel is a long way away from Perth, but it takes the physical experience of the journey to help comprehend just how far away it is. I’d learnt in the past week that Israel fits into Tasmania three times, so it had to be a really tiny country, considering the size of Tassie – a little dot on the bottom right-hand side of the map o ...

As we near the end of Term 2 and reach the halfway mark of 2022, I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on my time so far at AVѧԺ. This time next week, I am lucky enough to be travelling to Israel with the JNF Educators’ tour, so this will be the final Perth-based Harris Post of the semester. We have had a hugely busy term. COVID finally hit AVѧԺ during ...

For me, books are really special things. They hold memories, they help us learn and they enable some of us with overactive thoughts to switch our minds off, just occasionally. When they were little, my children weren’t allowed in the car without a book and, for long trips, it had to be a whole box full. It was the only way to guarantee peace for at least part of the journey and ...

Those of us who were once parents of very small children will doubtless remember the days of urging our offspring to “Share! Share nicely!”, at various points in their upbringing. COVID restrictions have meant that we have not been able to share our school and learning with groups of parents as often as we would have liked to over the past few months, but as those restrictions ...

Safety and security are two things which have so much relevance and so many meanings in a school context. Teachers are constantly considering the physical and psychological safety of their students, usually subconsciously ; mainly because if a student is going to learn effectively, they have to feel safe. If they are to be prepared to take risks in class or ask questions to cla ...

When I started working at AVѧԺ, I was told I would soon notice the benefits of a school with a strong sense of community and during the past fortnight, I have seen this in action. We have been hit hard by COVID-19. With very few days missed during Term 1, this situation has now been reversed and I think that towards the end of this week, we broke the threshold of havin ...