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Thursday 5 February 2015 / 16 Shevat 5775
Parshas - Yisro
Shabbos candlelighting - 7:39pm
Shabbos ends - 8:37pm
Tu B’Shevat @ KTC
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Principal’s
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General
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Thursday, 5 February 2015
ECC
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Primary
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Secondary
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What’s On
At BINA?
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Principal’s Message
In this week’s Parsha, we bear witness to one of the most monumental events in education that the world has ever known.
Indeed if one makes even a small effort, one can detect the impact of Jewish Values and Jewish Ethics – the impact of Divine
Truth that comes from our Holy Torah in western thinking, western laws, courts of law, health systems and acts of charity
worldwide and this week, most poignantly here at home.
Parshas Yisro, the sedra in which ‫בני ישראל‬, the Children of Israel, reach the foot of Mount Sinai and prepare themselves for the
receiving of the Torah. According to the Chassidic masters, the ultimate purpose of the Torah being given to the Chosen People
is to bring Peace to the world. And where was the Torah given? In the wilderness of the Sinai desert, an ownerless desert.
There is no one person who has an exclusive claim on the Torah and its wisdom. It speaks to all people at all times. And who
were trusted to be the guarantors of such a precious legacy? Lest we forget, it is our children whom Hashem finally accepted as
worthy guarantors for Torah being given to the world. What are the messages for how to achieve Peace that we can gather
from where and to whom the Torah was given? Peace – Unity through Diversity. In every aspect of our daily lives, we are faced
with incredible diversity in our opportunities and choices. This is especially true in the arena of education for our children. And
what more provocative issue faces us than this choice? Where we choose to educate our children affects their values and their
direction for their life as a Jew in today’s world.
There is a complicated array of educational opportunities we have available in today’s world. Clarity and peace of mind result
only from a good choice, a choice for the best Torah education which includes a guarantee that the educational institution will
focus on the individual needs of our children. The vision of an appropriate educational institution must be founded on the
premise that students of all ages must be permitted to learn at their instructional level with pace and depth of content matching
their abilities in a context that respects their path and journey through Yiddishkeit. Unity through Diversity. Kesser Torah
College.
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The Unique Nature
Each child possesses a variety of intelligences, as well as a unique learning style, temperament, pattern of growth and
development. Because children grow and develop at variable and irregular rates, they learn in different ways. These differences
are valued. Children should be grouped not solely by age, but by a variety of factors including interests, abilities, learning rates
and styles.
Learning: A Definition
The first years of schooling are critically important for developing and sustaining a passion for Yiddishkeit and Jewish learning.
Learning is a continuous, cyclical, non-linear process. It has more to do with analysing, synthesising, and asking questions than
accumulating facts. The process of learning is equally if not often more important than the product. Learning is most meaningful
when children are actively engaged and interested in their own learning.
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Thursday, 5 February 2015
Principal’s Message
Role of the Teacher
Teachers can best serve students by promoting initiative and self-direction in learning. After all, a teacher’s role is nurturing the
guarantors of our Divine Legacy. Flexibility in grouping students, an ability to create an atmosphere conducive to developing
both skills and self-esteem, and a desire to seize opportunities as they present themselves, allows the teacher to be responsive
to the varied needs of the students.
The Curriculum: Content & Methodology
Students of all ability levels benefit from a differentiated academic program defined as: use of alternative teaching styles;
flexible grouping and level of instruction; instruction of students of similar ability in small groups or individually; strategies of
instruction and level of instruction that enable students to learn without the limits of traditional age-based curriculum.
Classrooms should provide a wide range of activities so that students may demonstrate a variety of talents, skills and
competencies. Creativity, problem-solving, risk-taking, critical thinking, and basic skills are best taught when integrated into the
content of a subject rather than as separate courses.
Just as modest Mt. Sinai blossomed miraculously, throughout the coming year, you will notice the personal attention your child
will receive and the immeasurable positive effects this will reap. The dedicated, capable, professional staff at KTC is committed
to focusing on the individual needs of each KTC Torah scholar.
May we immediately reap the benefits of their Torah learning by seeing miracles of Peace and Harmony in the world
recognising at last the legacy of Sinai.
Wishing you all a good Shabbos and a restful weekend,
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- Rabbi Dr Noteh Glogauer - Principal
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TERM 1 2015
Wk 3
Primary Parent Information Evening
Wednesday 11 February
Advanced PSG Briefing (all Parents)
Tuesday 17 February
Wk 4
High School Meet The Teacher Breakfast
Taanis Esther
Wk 6
Purim
Shushan Purim
Wk 7
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Wednesday 11 March
Indoor Soccer Competition (Years 7-9)
Thursday 12 March & Friday 13 March
Tuesday 24 March
Wednesday 25 March
Indoor Soccer Competition (Years 11-12)
Thursday 26 March
Last Day of Term 1
Tuesday 31 March
Holidays 2nd Night Seder
Thursday, 5 February 2015
Friday 6 March
BOYS Swimming Carnival (Years 3-12)
Erev Pesach (1st Night Seder)
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Thursday 5 March
Tuesday 10 March
High School Vaccinations
Wk 10
Wednesday 4 March
GIRLS Swimming Carnival (Years 3-12)
Pi Days - a Mathematics Event (Primary & High Schools)
Wk 9
Wednesday 18 February
Term 2 commences
Friday 3 April
Shabbos 4 April
Tuesday 21 April
General News
PSG Roster - Term 1, Week 3
Monday - Thursday Afternoons: ARRIVE AT 3:00PM SHARP!
Friday Afternoons:
ARRIVE AT 2:15PM SHARP!
Monday 9 February
AM Robert Tockar
Gil Mizrachi
PM Shlomit Leinkram
AM Royce Isacowitz
Tuesday 10 February
PM To be filled
AM Marc Carr
Wednesday 11 February
PM Danielle Garson
AM Daniel Friedman
Mazel Tov !!!
To Natan & Zehava Aharoni on the
birth of a grandson; a son to Tom &
Kerry.
To Rebecca Butnaro on her
engagement to Ben Seidman; and
to Bex’s parents Ofer & Brenda
Butnaro.
To Mr Greg Wagner on his
marriage to Natalie Miller (during
the holidays).
To Ms Anika Krause (Davey) on
her marriage to Cal Davey (during
the holidays).
Thursday 12 February
PM Robin Mitchell
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AM Lisa Nailand
Friday 13 February
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PM Tamar Lurie
Condolences
To Gail Gottlieb on the passing of her
brother-in-law. May we share only simchas.
General News
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Tu B’Shevat @ KTC
Mitzvah Class
Tree Cake
Yr K - Craft
Dreidel Class - Fruit Sticks
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CRELS - Planting veges
Thursday, 5 February 2015
High Schools enjoy
yummy Fruit Sticks
Early Childhood Centres
Class Phone Numbers
Welcome!
Welcome to all our ECC and CRELS families, as this is our first
official newsletter for 2015 we would like to welcome all our
returning families and hope you all had a wonderful holiday.
To all our new KTC families we would like to welcome your
children and your families and hope 2015 is a fun, dynamic and
wonderful year.
Shofar
9301 1153
Megillah
9301 1152
Dreidel
9301 1142
Torah
9301 1140
Simcha
9301 1125
Mitzvah
9301 1126
Menorah
9301 1129
Mazel Tov
We would like to wish many of our children a Happy birthday in almost every class we have been celebrating with several
birthdays a week what a great start to the year.
ECC
Dreidel
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Turning 3....
Zac Garson
Gil Lurie
Liba Brocha Joseph
Nathan Groll Mendel
Lazarus Mendel
Milecki Nossen
Schlanger Ruvy
Litzman
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Torah
Morah Trish
Morah Chaya Perlow
Simcha
Turning 4....
Yitzchak
Koncepolski
Aimee Danielli
Shira Ben Shimol
Sienna Mattes
CRELS
Mitzvah
Turning 4...
Noam Cohen
Dinah Ozehekh
Menorah
Shofar & Megillah
Turning 4...
Racheli Joseph
Turning 2....
Basia Leinkram
Liana Rothschild
Early Childhood Centres
New Staff
On Monday 2 March we will be welcoming our new Simcha teacher, Luanne Lobel, who has been working in the Child Care
industry for many years as both a teacher and as a Director.
Luanne has a passion for Early Childhood and will bring a wealth of knowledge, commitment and compassion to her role.
I have been having a wonderful time working with Morah Carmit and Morah Chaya in the Simcha class, so if you wish to get
in touch with me, please email [email protected] or phone 9301-1125 (Simcha class).
Upcoming Events
Tu B’Shevat - Wednesday 4 February.
Please see all the beautiful work and planting your children have done.
Rosh Chodesh - Thursday 19 February
Children will celebrate by group dancing in the playground.
Clean Up Kesser Torah - Monday 23 - Friday 27 February
In conjunction with Clean Up Australia Day.
....A proposed Calendar of events for 2015 will be coming your way soon.
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Flexischool Lunch Orders - not available for ECC
Please be advised that lunch orders should not be ordered for ECC students through Flexischool system.
This is due to KTC’s delivery arriving at 1:00pm, which is 1 hour after the ECC children have their lunch (at 12:00pm).
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Early Childhood Centres
Class of the Week - Megillah
How do trees grow?
Tu B’Shevat is here! During our play experiences we have been very eager to discover what there is to learn about
trees and our natural environment. Each day we are excited to participate in painting, collage, digging up soil,
sensory exploration and dramatic play with our teachers and our friends. We have created trees using paint,
shaving cream and our hand prints, collected leaves to make flowers, filled pots with soil and much more.
Throughout our group discussions Morah Christina has explained to the children how important it is for a tree to
have water and sun to grow. Together we have drawn big pictures of a seed, a baby tree and a big tree to
demonstrate the progression of growth. It is wonderful to see all of the children listen, sing and participate in our
group discussions. Fantastic! We are all very excited to plant our lettuce, corn, dwarf peas and snow peas in our
garden bed outside. Each day we will water our plants and watch them grow. We are having so much fun!
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Primary School
Mishmor After School Learning Program: Year K-6
The objective of this program is to provide learning enrichment for those parents who wish to extend their children’s
understanding and appreciations of the Chabad ethos.
Areas of study include aspects of Chassidus, special days in the Chabad calendar, Pirkei Avos, the 12 pesukim,
Chassidic nigunim (melodies), reading, Chassidic insights into the Yomim Tovim, Rambam (Maimonedes) Sefer
haMitzvos, stories of the Chabad Rebbes, building good character via stories of tzaddikim, learning Tanya off by heart,
learning the Mah Nishtana in Yiddish and more.
If you would like to enrol your child in this program, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can
better arrange the classes. My email address is [email protected]
Important to Note:
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Please see schedule on next page.
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Most of the Mishmor classes take place in the Yr. 3G classroom. I will show the children where their Mishmor
class is being held.
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Please pick up your children promptly from the front entrance of the school. Please look carefully for the finishing
time of the lesson and ensure you arrive on time.
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Each child to please bring 1 packet of snack on the first day of the Mishmor program. We will then distribute this
throughout the term to their class.
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Please check your emails as we will correspond via email and ensure that the school has your correct email.
Payments for this term are due Monday 16 February via any of the following methods:
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1. given to Rachel Smith (at reception) in cash, or
2. a cheque made payable to Rochel Blasenstein, or
3. please contact me on [email protected] for alternative payment methods.
Primary School
Mishmor After School Learning Program: Year K-6 Schedule
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High School
An amazing start to the year in the BHS!
It has been an extremely busy first week in the BHS with
many special treats, guest speakers, learning sessions
and gatherings taking place:
Treats:
On day 1 the boys enjoyed icy poles.
Guest Speakers (pictured right):
Shlomo from the JNF spoke about Green Sunday
Rabbi Moss spoke in honour of Yud Shevat
Learning Sessions and Gatherings:
Special learning session with the Rabbis (and cokes) in honour of Yud Shevat
Mesibos Shabbos Farbrengen at the Berkovits home on Shabbos afternoon attended by over 30 boys.
Tu B’Shevat learning and fruit kebabs...(our first of many) - click here for Tu B’Shevat photo collage
Tuesday afternoon BBQ and learning with over 20 boys!
New Programs:
Launch of the GCC.
Simchas (pictured left):
Hanochos Tefillin of Shloime Ulman - Mazel Tov!
There will be much more kicking off in the coming week, including: Purim plans...BBQ and
soccer...Thursday night schmooze.....so STAY TUNED!
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BHS Pick Up Protocol
All BHS being collected by car need to be picked up along Rodney Street, near the oval at the end of the day and not
outside the front of the school.
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What’s On At BINA?
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