Shalom Kehilla,

Summer has been a great time to be in Melbourne, and many of us have enjoyed a Staycation whilst other successfully navigated the travel restrictions over the summer. With great weather, reduced traffic and a holiday vibe, we have all been enjoying a well-earned break whilst preparing for an exciting year.

With the ELC having some exciting work planned over the next year – not least a rain garden, a new seated entrance area and a refurbished kinder play area, as well as the beginning of the scoping for a new Science and Technology provision, this is an exciting year as we enter 2021 with renewed positivity and confidence.

Last week was Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish New Year for Trees (in Hebrew it isראש השנה לאילנות Rosh HaShanah La’llanot). As a Culture of Thinking, and as a school whose early years are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, we describe our environment as our ‘third teacher’.

I am delighted to introduce three new senior leadership roles to the community.

  • Dan Sztrajt has transitioned from Director of Jewish Life to Assistant Principal (Pastoral Care and Head of Middle School). Dan will be reviewing the pastoral provision within the College and planning for an emotionally healthy future for all of the Bialik family.
  • Michaela Strang joins us from Xavier College as Director of Learning. Michaela will be reviewing the Culture of Thinking within the College and planning the next stage of our groundbreaking academic and curricular journey.
  • Zach Gomo’s previous role of Head of Jewish Studies will be undertaken by Dr Bryan Conyer. Zach will be reviewing the leading and reviewing the Jewish Life of the College.  

With Information Evenings in full swing this week and a campus full of busy and active learning, it has been a wonderful start to the year.


Jeremy Stowe-Lindner

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