I had a fantastic Purim this year even though I like routine and I struggle with costumes and chaos, I knew what to expect and was quite comfortable and confident in this year’s Cat in the Hat outfit until, that is, two parents asked me if I were dressed as the Mad Hatter …

Purim is one of those fabulous times where the students just love the day. From the costume parades to the bouncy castles in the gym, from the slushy machines to the throwing of wet sponges at Haman and the eating of hamantaschen, smiles were evident across both campuses. For me, the highlight was seeing the Primary School children working with the High School students – many of us commented that we need to do this more often. The patience shown by the older students and the clear reverence on the faces of some of the younger ones was just lovely to see.

My sole disappointment was that I was still unable to follow Rabbi Dan’s reading of the Megillah, which was simply too fast for me to keep up with. I shall continue working on my reading and will try again next year. Apparently failure will make me more resilient. A sincere thank you must go to Mr Lawrence, Morah Benn, the Tzevet and the teams of staff who embraced the day with gusto and of course to the Year 12 students for their organisation of the impressive Harry Potter theme.

After Purim, it has been back to normal learning this week but for only four days, as we take a break for a week from Good Friday. We look forward to hearing of the brilliant activities the Year 8 students are enjoying on camp. I hope that students and parents alike enjoy the beautiful weather and a wonderful break from school.