Friday 20 November

Yom Manhigut was a day full of activities, excitement and fun. However this year, as we know, our normal looks somewhat different. Via Zoom MP Josh Burns started the day sharing with us his personal story of becoming a leader.  Our Principal Jeremy Stowe-Lindner facilitated this session and we thank both leaders for giving up time from their busy day to address the leaders of tomorrow.  Dr Jared Cooney Horvath, our neuroscientist in residence, practically demonstrated plasticity of our brain through a fun game and a captivating talk. Even though Jared was on video, his charismatic presence was felt in the room as if he was with us in person.  The main message from Karen Friede was T.E.A.M. Together Everyone Achieves More. Karen also spoke about the five main leadership skills we value here at Bialik which are:

  • 1. Speak Up
  • 2. Step Up
  • 3. Have a Go
  • 4. Think Team
  • 5. Show the Way

Our Year 4 teachers, together with members of the Informal team, organized and ran activities that focused on Manhigut skills such as, team building, responsibility, event organisation and knowing your own strengths. A detailed explanation of the six portfolios were provided, the portfolio include;

  • Yahadut V’tziyonoy – Jewish Life and Zionism
  • Omanuyot – The Arts
  • Tarbut – School Culture
  • Madaim – Science & Sustainability
  • Tikshoret – Media
  • Tkasim – Assembly

Students nominated their four preferred portfolio and are now eagerly awaiting the outcome as to which portfolio they will be assigned in 2021.

However, no event is complete without yummy food. Our Year 4s enjoyed a BBQ lunch and in the afternoon had a chance to schmooze (socialise) with friends, and enjoy an icy pole on such a hot day.  We concluded the day with a Year 4 Kabbalat Shabbat.

Stay tuned.

Dalia Gurfinkel
Manhigut Co-ordinator

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