School is all about boundaries. In fact I am so old that I have realised that life is actually all about boundaries. I am regularly amused when students leave school at the end of Year 12 and return, some months later, to report that they are surprised that there are actually more rules and boundaries and restrictions in their subsequent places of work or study than they ever e ...

“So what does a Principal actually do?”, I was asked in December, by a friend who does not work in a school. I replied that a Principal does a huge variety of things and I even tentatively named a few of those tasks, but my response was evidently deemed unsatisfactory and I ended up having to assure them that I would let them know when I’d started my new job. It’s now February ...

AVѧԺ warmly welcomed back primary and high school students on Monday 31 January 2022. The first day was a hive of activity and filled with smiles, positivity, and excitement. Primary School students couldn’t wait to get started in their new classrooms and the new Year 7s were made to feel right at home by their friendly high school community. Incoming Principal, Dr. Ju ...

It is with immense pride that we congratulate our graduating class of 2021. We congratulate our Dux of 2021, Aidan M who achieved an ATAR of 99.75, one of two Carmel students who achieved a score in the top 0.5% of the State. We also congratulate two Carmel graduates who achieved a perfect score of 100%, one for the combined moderated subject mark in Human Biology and another ...

It is with a tinge of melancholy that I write my last Kesher article. I am thinking about all Perth has given me and my family, recognising and celebrating the gift that the past six years have been. I am going to really miss Perth, especially Carmel and the Perth Jewish community. This week’s Parsha is all about the redemption of Judah – Yehuda, the brother who instigated the ...

I wrote this Kesher piece below over a week ago. And, while the message is still relevant, I feel compelled to also write about the tragedies that have befallen our community in the past week. Even with the rich language of English, I am unequipped to convey how shattered and broken we feel, for the children, for the families, for Carmel. While there are no answers to the diff ...

One of the many joys I receive from working in an institution of learning is the opportunity for intellectual discussion with my colleagues. Mr George and I regularly exchange podcast and book recommendations, newspaper articles, and then engage in friendly arguments about our sometimes differing views. In having to articulate my thoughts, our banter has often been an opportu ...

As I write, we have just concluded the festival of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The time in Shule (synagogue) was wonderful, uplifting, joyous and reflective. As I pondered the year that was and thought ahead to the year that will be, I also took stock of all that I am grateful for. When I think of the one thing that has had the greatest, most positive impact on my lif ...

Every year I take the time to meet with our Year 12 students before they finish their time at Carmel… hopefully they never say farewell to their Carmel family. I ask them to reflect on their years at the School; the highlights and lowlights of their Carmel experience. The students tell me about the teachers who have made a positive impact on their educational journeys and we di ...

This term, I had the privilege of hearing our Year 6 public speaking finalists and thesubsequentagony of having to choose justthreeto represent Carmel at the interschool speaking challenge at Scotch College. The calibre of speeches, both in their content and delivery,was simply mind-blowing. The students researched their topics,learnt their speeches by heart sothat eve ...