It has been a very busy couple of weeks for me and although not managing to write my post did lead to various personal guilt issues, I was gratified that several people noticed and asked why I had failed them in this respect. Having thought that my mum and sister were the only people who actually read it, it was pleasing to learn that this is not the case. My recent trip to Me ...

AVѧԺ is pleased to welcome Diane-Smith AO to be the Keynote Speaker at our 2022 Carmel Business Breakfast, which will run from 7.00am – 9.00am on Tuesday 8 November. Diane Smith-Gander AO is a professional company director with an accomplished business career, 40 years in the making, spanning many industries and countries, with experience at some of Australia’s larges ...

I had occasion to think deeply about security this week, when the School Community Security Group (CSG) forwarded an article on the topic to me. The recent tensions in Israel meant that those who keep us safe at AVѧԺ were considering and discussing measures to ensure that we continue to enjoy the freedoms we are accustomed to in Perth. Far from being disturbed that thi ...

AVѧԺ is one of ten WA schools to be awarded a grant to participate in AISWA’s Wellbeing and Mental Health pilot project from Term 3. Health and Physical Education teacher, Ms Wendy Atkinson, has been appointed to lead this program for the School and will be working alongside the nine other coordinators, as well as an internal team, to implement this holistic approach. ...

The “Siach Va’Sig” Hebrew debating competition named after Sagitte Yom-Tov z”l תחרות הדיונים בעברית: שיח ושיג על שם שגית יום טוב ז"ל Written by Naomi Kawaz, Year 10 Every year the Hebrew students from Years 9-12 come together to participate in the “Siach Va’Sig” Hebrew debating competition named after Sagitte Yom-Tov z”l, and this year was no different. Students were divided ...

A debate entirely in Hebrew? Really? That was surely an invitation that I couldn’t resist! I have worked in many excellent schools and enjoyed many, varied activities outside the classroom, but I have never heard students debate in a language other than English. Listening to Thursday night’s Hebrew debating brought home the great strides our students make in learning the langua ...

It was back to earth with a rather large bump for me, last week. The excitement and fabulousness of my study tour of Israel ended somewhat abruptly, with the home journey involving three days stuck in Turkey (flight arrangements seem to be all over the place at the moment), a suitcase which found it a challenge to travel on the same planes as me and a very exciting trip on a sp ...

Year 11 student, Louis has recently embarked on a new work placement at IKEA. You can read all about his first day in his recount provided below. Great job Louis - we are so proud of you! On Tuesday the 19th of July 2022 I started my work experience at IKEA in Innaloo. First at 9:30am, Grandpa Adam dropped me off at IKEA. I met Kazie there. We scanned in and went in the lift ...

Our last day in Jerusalem gave us a choice of tours – I took the walking tour of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. Our guide had been brought up in Jerusalem and we walked through various suburbs hearing the stories of his life and who lived where. We ended up at his sister’s house and enjoyed a surprise feast with the family. Later in the day we visited Ammunition Hill and t ...

Sitting in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus is, I have discovered, a fabulous place from which to watch the ever-changing scenery as it passes by. As we drove south, the countryside gradually became drier and more barren; by the time we neared Masada, it was quite a lunar landscape –Southern Israel’s Judean Desert. There are allegedly nine Hebrew words for desert and this ...