Romy’s Bat Mitzvah was at Chabad Shule. The simcha began at her house on a Shabbat diner – a friend from school attended and there was much excitement due to the arrival of Tal, her brother, from Israel. He has been travelling around the world and Romy hadn’t seen him for a year and a half, so his arrival was very special. Romy’s dad made Kiddish with grape juice and the family ...

The wisdom of youth... I always feel great pride during school assemblies. Last week we enjoyed a Founders’ Day assembly in which we honoured the late Dr Harry Hoffman AM obm and heard from his daughter Sue, about his life and the huge difference he made. We also recognised students’ efforts and contributions in our Colours and Honours assembly, which highlighted the opportuni ...

Some weeks ago, I was blessed to be a part of the inaugural Sacks Scholars retreat in Israel which linked me up with a group of remarkable communal and lay leaders from around the world. The aim of the Sacks Scholars programme is to bring together a group of educators, academics, and leaders to study and develop the teachings of Rabbi Sacks, ensuring that his messages remain r ...

I lost sleep earlier this week after reading an article by some educationalists I have long admired, whose article entitled “The Future of AI in Education: 13 things we can do to minimize the damage” caused me great concern. I have previously confessed to a lack of any great interest in information technology. However, Chat GPT has been a revelation to me and I have thoroughly ...

Balanced Debate I was very impressed with the students’ presentations in this week’s High School assembly. Year 10 students prepared talks to illustrate both sides of the debate around the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum that has caused so much discussion in recent months. It was a great opportunity for me to talk to the students about the responsibility they will e ...

Amy celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on Saturday 15 July at Chabad Shule. Setting up for the occasion started on Friday morning, and a lovely Shabbat dinner with family and friends took place on Friday night with friends from school as well as close family friends. Amy was pleased to welcome her relatives to celebrate, including first and second cousins, aunties and an uncle, her gr ...

Opportunities This week was proof again that anyone who fears a small school has fewer opportunities for its students need not worry. The Parents and Friends Quiz Night on Sunday was a triumph – twenty tables of fiercely competitive community members vying for a prestigious first place, plus a successful raffle and silent auction to help raise funds for Menora Foundation. The ...

The importance of sleep One thing that is often commented on by staff and students alike is that they sleep better during the holidays. I suppose this isn’t entirely unexpected, but a lack of sleep has significant effects on performance and I know that sleep can be elusive for some. As we embark on Term 3 and focus on supporting our students to learn as effectively as they can ...

The first week back at school is always a shock, having to get up early in the morning and put on school clothes, but it has been lovely to see everybody back on campus – a school is a very different and less vibrant place when there are no students around. The term has started with a bang and there have been multiple reasons for me to be a proud Principal. We started with a H ...

Mazal tov to AVѧԺ’s Teacher of Jewish Studies, Hebrew and Food Technology, Shohan Taub for securing one of only 10 available Australian scholarships to the Torah L’Am course. This 12-week course, developed by the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS), has never been offered in Australia before. In partnership with Lead at the Jewish Leadership Council UK (Lead - Insp ...