Celebrations and renovations at The Kornmehl Centre Emanuel Pre-school KORNMEHL EMANUEL PRE-SCHOOL The Kornmehl Pre-school celebrates 20 years since its opening by the late Paul Kornmehl, who had the vision to purposebuild a Jewish Pre-school that would offer a quality early learning facility for children in the community. Over 55 children attend the Pre-School daily, spending many hours playing, learning, sharing and exploring. The recent refurbishment of the indoor areas of the Pre-school has given it a new and modern look, providing a beautiful and inviting environment that is rich, stimulating and nurturing. As a starting point, the flooring has been replaced with a wooden look that lifts the spaces, has longevity and ensures a visual seamless transition from room to room. This also helps create authentic, warm and homely areas, that results in an open and harmonious flow. Spaces are flexible and encourage open-ended exploration, independence, the use of natural materials and caters for the needs and strengths of all the children. The carpets and finishes were what you might use in your home, bridging the gap between home and school and allowing children to feel comfortable and relaxed in the spaces.
The newly-refurbished environment evokes imagination and inspires creativity, reflecting the interests of the children. Terry Aizen, Director of the Pre-school, was delighted with the end result: “We have created learning areas that encourage small group collaboration and independence. By providing a constant and secure environment, we encourage children to revisit activities and experiences, enabling them to learn at their own pace.” Leo Marishel (aged 4.7 years) commented: “I like the new carpets because the one in the Dream room has a pattern on it and it feels soft. I was excited to use all the new things. I could see all the tables had been changed. I liked everything.” Hannah Pellow (aged 4.9 years) said: “I felt so happy because we got to play with new things. I like to sit on the comfy ottomans and read with my Mum and Dad in the mornings.” Aizen continued: “We look forward to watching many more children being able to play, experiment, explore, discover, create, improvise and imagine in a supportive environment where they can ask questions, solve problems and engage in critical thinking.”
Mount Sinai College pioneering new educational pathways MOUNT SINAI COLLEGE MICHELLE PRICE The world is changing ever faster, and our education systems are struggling to catch up. At Mount Sinai College, we are embracing this change to pioneer a new model of education, whilst honouring and preserving the important Jewish traditions which have sustained our community for generations. Gone are the days where a teacher sits at the front of the classroom and uniformly presents to students. If we want to produce self-direct and selfmotivated scholars, then teachers must role model this in a flexible and creative environment, supported by inspirational leadership. With the construction of new classrooms and facilities in the final stages of completion, MSC teachers now have the ability to change the landscape of their learning spaces to suit the task at hand and support better immersion and learning outcomes. They can open up a space to allow for interaction, socialisation and the free flow of ideas, or close spaces to facilitate quiet and focus. Their specialist teachers - clinical psychologist, special education, speech/ occupational therapists, gifted and talented and Feuerstein mediators - work closely and intertwine with respective grade teachers with utmost respect and mutual admiration to ensure no MSC child slips through the cracks and that every child receives the individual attention, support and challenge they need.
Importantly, MSC do not have a onedimensional view of success that is just based on academics. They are a proud KidsMatter school, which is a flexible, whole-of-school approach aimed at improving children’s mental health and wellbeing. This is done through formal and informal activities. The formal includes the 6 Kinds of Best Values Programme (Kind to Others, Environment, Self, Community, Learning, Achieving), implementing ‘Bounce Back’ initiatives, lunchtime clubs and societies such as Art Club, Tech Club, Public Speaking, Israeli Dancing, Science Club, Chess. The informal initiatives include a ‘mensch bench’ for students to go find a friend if they are alone at lunch, teachers keeping abreast of any issues they see happening in the classrooms, and so on. Continuing to pioneer in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) and being acknowledged as an Apple Distinguished School for a third designation, as well as the authentic way in which they embrace and cultivate a strong Jewish identity, reaffirms how they are giving children the best foundation for a successful, community oriented and blessed life. With 1.5 hours of Hebrew studies seamlessly embedded into the curriculum and Jewish culture woven into the fabric of the students’ everyday experience means the flame of Judaism will burn brightly in the heart of every MSC child.