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Kesser Torah College
Your Weekly eNewsletter
Thursday 29 January 2015 / 9 Shevat 5775
Parshas - Beshalach
Shabbos candlelighting - 7:45pm
Shabbos ends - 8:43pm
Welcome back everyone!
In this week’s special edition newsletter,
we share with you all the
EXCITING and AMAZING INITIATIVES
that will be taking place at KTC!
Primary
(Pgs 4-6)
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Secondary
(Pg 7-9)
Principal’s Message
Dear Parents,
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you back to another exciting year at KTC. Our entire staff has been eagerly preparing
themselves for what IY”H (with Hashem’s help), hopes to be a fruitful and productive learning experience for your child.
Please take a moment to read this first eNewsletter. The sole focus is to present just a tiny snapshot of the amazing new
initiatives we will be integrating this coming year.
In keeping with our open door policy, I would like to impress upon you all that I will warmly welcome any discussions you wish
to have with me - should it be sharing positive feedback or specific concerns, or simply how KTC can better meet the needs of
your children. We want the opportunity to be able to engage with our parents as well as our students. The best way to set up a
meeting with me, is to contact my PA Sarah Vasin on 9301 1109 or [email protected]
Wishing you all a good Shabbos and a restful weekend,
- Rabbi Dr Noteh Glogauer - Principal
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Thursday, 29 January 2015
Important Dates
TERM 1 2015
First Day Term 1 2015
Thursday 29 January
Wk 1
First Day Term 1 2015 - Year K
Wk 2
Tu B’Shevat
Wednesday 4 February
Wk 3
Primary Parent Information Evening
Wednesday 11 February
Advanced PSG Briefing (all Parents)
Tuesday 17 February
Wk 4
Wk 6
High School Meet The Teacher Breakfast
Wk 7
Sunday 22 February
Taanis Esther
Wednesday 4 March
Purim
BOYS Swimming Carnival (Years 3-12)
Wednesday 11 March
Indoor Soccer Competition (Years 7-9)
Tuesday 24 March
Wednesday 25 March
Thursday 26 March
Last Day of Term 1
Tuesday 31 March
Holidays 2nd Night Seder
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Thursday 12 March & Friday 13 March
Indoor Soccer Competition (Years 11-12)
Erev Pesach (1st Night Seder)
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Friday 6 March
Tuesday 10 March
High School Vaccinations
Wk 10
Thursday 5 March
GIRLS Swimming Carnival (Years 3-12)
Pi Days - a Mathematics Event (Primary & High Schools)
Wk 9
Wednesday 18 February
ECC/CRELS Grandparent Wine & Cheese Night
Shushan Purim
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Friday 30 January
Term 2 commences
Friday 3 April
Shabbos 4 April
Tuesday 21 April
General News
PSG Roster - Term 1, Week 2
Monday - Thursday Afternoons: ARRIVE AT 3:00PM SHARP!
Friday Afternoons:
ARRIVE AT 2:15PM SHARP!
Mazel Tovs
To Francois & Tanya Sarzin on the
birth of a daughter.
AM
Mendy Gershowitz
Gil Mizrahi
PM
Ruth Apple
AM
Eli Chaiton
To Lance & Loren Suntup on the
birth of a son.
PM
Chana Raizel Friedman
AM
Michael Berkovits
To Rabbi & Chaya Perlow on the
birth of a grandson; a son to Boruch
Sholom & Chanie Kantor.
PM
Romy Krassenstein
Monday 2 February
Tuesday 3 February
To Zalman & Chaya Lever on the
birth of a daughter; a granddaughter to Rabbi & Aviva Itkin.
Wednesday 4 February
AM
Miriam Ziegler
PM
Cathy Roberts
AM
Mark Ray
Mark Reinhardt
PM
To be filled
Thursday 5 February
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Friday 6 February
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To Rabbi Mendel & Tzippy Kastel
on the engagement of their son,
Shuie to Sheva Tennanhaus.
To Rabbi Elozer & Miri Gestetner
on the engagement of their son,
Shuie to Chaya Greenbaum.
Primary School
The Primary School extends a warm welcome to the following new teachers:
Joel Lewis-Ninyo
Teaching Year 5 Boys
Teaching IT to Years 1-6.
Laura Butler
Teaching Year 4 Girls
Orna Binder
Teaching Ivrit to
Years 3-6
Lynn Saber
Teaching Ivrit to
Years K-2
Mendy Barber
Jewish Studies
Learning Support
Danny Winterfeld
Teaching Year 4 Boys
The Year K dismissal times for Term 1:
Monday - Thursday
Friday
3:10pm
2:30pm
We are delighted to introduce one IT period per week for Year 1-6 classes.
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Mr Lewis-Ninyo has designed a comprehensive IT learning program to develop and enrich the students' IT
skills. Lessons will encompass:
• The use of the computer and iPad operations
• Safe and efficient browsing on the Internet
• Using graphics to create artworks and manipulating images with a digital camera or iPad
• Formatting and editing texts
• Data handling - understanding and creating spreadsheets
• Creating and generating charts and graphs
• Entering basic formulae into a simple spreadsheet
• The creation of slideshows and multimedia presentations
• The use of iMovie to create and edit multimodal texts
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Primary School
In Jewish Studies....
We will be implementing our tailor-made outcome-based Kriah program in the Infants school.
We will ensure continued individualised attention and to allow each child maximum review time, each Year K and 1
class will be divided into three teacher-lead groups three times a week, where they will learn and review the Kriah
skills through engaging and fun activities.
In line with our vision to reach all our students, we will be trialling a special ed Chumash class for Year 3/4 Boys.
The Jewish Studies Learning Centre will be supporting students needing assistance in Kriah.
The implementation of outcome-based learning in Chumash in Years 3 - 6 using the Zekelman Standards.
The implementation of outcome-based learning in Mishnah and Talmud in Years 3 - 6 using Menachem Foundation
and Gemora Berurah Standards.
An emphasis on having fun and meaningful programs for special days both within each classroom and across the
Infants and Primary schools.
Leadership Program for Year 6 students
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It is with great excitement that we introduce a new Leadership Program for the Year 6 Students in 2015. The program
offers every Year 6 student an opportunity to hold a leadership position in the school that they can feel proud of whilst
fulfilling a responsibility that they feel passionate about.
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Primary School
Chess Coaching
Sydney Academy of Chess is looking at running chess coaching at
Kesser Torah College. The classes will be held once per week.
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Chess is a valuable activity for children, developing their logical
thinking skills, concentration and discipline, as well as being a source
of much enjoyment! What better way to combine learning and fun!
These classes begin with an interactive lecture by one of our experienced coaches. During the second half of the lesson
children play games against each other, putting newly learned strategies into practice. As the term progresses and the
children become proficient in all the basics, the lectures will move on to more complex ideas such as strategy, middle
game ideas and chess technique.
The cost for the coaching is $8 per child per lesson. There are approximately 8-10 lessons during each term.
If you are interested in your child taking part in this activity, please contact the school office for a form to complete.
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Use of iPads, including apps specific to students with learning difficulties
Individualised learning targets set for each student, including strategies and resources, based on assessments,
monitoring and observations
Use of newly purchased literacy resources to develop skills of written expression, reading, comprehension and
spelling
Continued support of classroom teachers through in-services and meetings
Use of the Classroom Adjustments document to support students with learning difficulties in the classroom
Closer collaboration between the General Studies and Jewish Studies learning centres
High School
The High School extends a warm welcome to the following new teachers:
Lily Okati
Head of Science Dept
Science Teacher
Michael Benstock
Ivrit Teacher
Amelia Phillips
Geography and Business
Studies
Neta Steigrad
Ivrit Teacher
Hanochas Tefillin / Bar Mitzvah
Many boys in Year 7 will start putting on Tefillin and celebrate their Barmitzvahs in the coming year. These significant
milestones are made all the more memorable when celebrated together with friends and teachers at school. We do
however wish to remind parents about some protocol in this regard:
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Parents need to notify the school by email at least 4 weeks before the day
Siblings in GHS may not attend
If you are going to be providing some sort of refreshments (as is customary) you will need to provide enough for
the entire school (+/- 65 students). However, this is to be “refreshments” only (e.g. a piece of cake and cup of
juice for each student) NOT a full breakfast.
No food may be home-baked, it would need to be bought from an establishment under the KA that is Cholov
Yisroel only (e.g. Glicks)
In addition to the above, the School would be honoured to present a gift to each boy for their Bar Mitzvah at the
Shule service or at the celebration function. Please be in touch with Rabbi Glogauer to coordinate this special gift.
Thursday, 29 January 2015
High School
GHS Bi-Annual Production
The Bi-Annual Girls High School production will be staged at the conclusion of term two, 2015.
We look forward to showcasing the GHS‫׳‬s amazing talent in a kaleidoscope of song dance and drama with an array of
various performing arts.
Celebrating Special Days and Chagim
The Shluchos and Coordinators have planned some fun activities to celebrate special days and Chagim in
the GHS.
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15 Shevat - new year for trees is celebrated with a special class and fruit party. We always provide JNF with
volunteers to man the phones for their annual "plant trees" drive.
22 Shevat - a special and inspirational day for girls. This day will have an activity , special learning and
inspirational speaker.
Purim - Our annual Purim bash with specific theme will take place in our MPH. No one misses this amazing event.
Pesach - Specific learning programs to prep students about the dinim and background of this Yom Tov in order to
enhance the family Seder.
Israel week - A week of learning and activities highlighting the land of Israel with its uniqueness in many areas.
This year will include topics on shmittah and its ramifications.
Lag B’Omer. Our evening event is always full of song dance music and fun
Shavuos program - Includes topic specific learning in school as well as an evening of speakers with inspirational
anecdotes.
Tisha B'Av - A time is self reflection and appropriate learning with a program of community service to reflect on the
needs of others.
Elul - A full month of yom Tov prep with classes, speakers and special activities all leading up to the packed month
of tishrei.
High School
Mathematics Department
Mr Wagner is looking to start a Maths Club for a period a week in each of the boys’ and girls’ High Schools.
Pi Day will once again be taking place on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 March.
Creative Arts Department
In Music
• The First cohort of preliminary year 11 Music students
• The BHS will be performing at the Montefiore this term on the 5th March
• The re establishment of the Ukulele and Keyboard ensemble for years 3-6
• And many more exciting performing opportunities planned
In Visual Arts
• NSW Gallery Trip and study day planned for year 11 /12
• Entries for 2015 Mosman youth art competition opportunity
• Frank Stella Sculpture Workshop and display ( cross curricular initiative/ Maths in Art)
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In Design Technology
• Interior Design development and sustainability workshops
• 3D printer Demonstration / how its changing design production
• Food Technology "in the Kitchen " programme scheduled for years 7/8
• Coffee Barista School
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