School History

2016

The newly-refurbished Lynette Sandra Phillips Kindergarten, located in the old High School Art Block, provides children with light and airy, colourful learning spaces, with custom-made and themed furniture and décor. Originally the laundry facilities for the Little Sisters of the Poor in the 1930s, the heritage aspect of the building gives it character, the dedicated space enhancing learning opportunities for the Kindergarten students. Additional music practice and rehearsal rooms are completed adjacent to the Emanuel Fisher Music Centre, and a new deck is opened off the end of the basketball courts to create more leisure space for students.

2015

The Kleinlehrer Family LINC Building is opened, with eight new classrooms for Years 1-4. The Millie Phillips Theatre offers exceptional performance space, while the Angles Leadership and Learning Centre provides open and flexible learning spaces, the Wellness Centre incorporating full gym facilities. The Sherman Art Precinct allows Primary and High School students to develop and showcase their creativity in the purpose-built Visual Arts space, with a wet area and kiln for pottery and sculpture in addition to Photographic and Digital Media and Information Software Technology classrooms.

2014

Construction of the new Kleinlehrer Family LINC Building begins, with the aim of providing eight flexible classrooms, a Visual Arts Precinct, 200-seat tiered Performance Theatre, Wellness Centre, Leadership and Learning Centre, and substantial additional recreational space, including an undercover play area and landscaped gardens.

2013

Emanuel School celebrates its 30th year and is granted its fourth Capital Appeal since inception by the NSW Jewish Communal Appeal. Through the generosity of the school and external communities, over $7.5 million is raised to fund a transformational new building, which will eventually replace both demountable buildings. Aron Kleinlehrer is once again the School’s major benefactor, providing a major donation to the Appeal. 

2011

The largest donation in the history of the School by long-standing benefactors Helen and Aron Kleinlehrer helps fund the construction of the new four-level Kleinlehrer Family Science Building. Also partially funded by a Federal Government grant, the new building is opened in March 2011 and contains a Primary School library, four state-of-the-art science laboratories, an additional classroom, as well as underground parking.

2010

Anne Hastings, a respected leader in her field of Mathematics, and previously Deputy Principal at Kambala, Rose Bay, commences as Principal of Emanuel School. The renovation of the Wolanski Family Specialist Learning Centre is completed.

2009

Dr Bruce Carter AM retires after eight outstanding years leading the School.

2007

The Emanuel School Board develops and adopts a comprehensive and innovative business plan, with the aim of propelling the School into a new era of academic, cultural, social, communal and sporting excellence. The School continues to grow and flourish under the leadership of Dr Bruce Carter AM, with waiting lists in all intake years. This year marks the opening of the newly refurbished Aron Kleinlehrer Perfoming Arts Centre. An unprecedented donation from Mr Kleinlehrer allows the School to proceed with a much needed building program. This includes additional classrooms and the establishment of a scholarship fund for families in need of assistance.

2006

Expansion of the Kornmehl Centre Emanuel Pre-school is commissioned, allowing an increase in student intake from 50 to 60 places, thereby ensuring enrolments for the entire School long-term.

2005

Under the auspices of the NSW Jewish Communal Appeal, Emanuel School runs a highly successful Capital Appeal, which primarily aids in debt reduction and property development.

2002

The Wolanski Family Specialist Learning Centre is established and the newly refurbished Hana Weisz Building opens as the Maria Tirabosco Library.

2001

The Emanuel School Board adopts a new management strategy that revolutionises the direction taken by the School as a Jewish Community Day School and ensures its future amongst premier educational institutions in Australia. Dr Bruce Carter AM is appointed Principal and embarks on attracting a first-rate teaching staff and implementing innovative programs in such areas as Gifted and Talented education, laptop computers and Music.

1999

The Kornmehl Centre Emanuel Pre-school is opened with an initial enrolment of 40 students. Heralded as the first Pre-school to Year 12 Progressive Jewish co-educational Day School in the world, Emanuel School’s enrolment comprises two classes in most years, from Pre-school to Year 12.

1986

The Right Hon. R.J. Hawke PM, officially opens Emanuel School.

1985

The School opens its doors on the Randwick site with 230 students from Years K-8 under founding President Edward Waxman OAM.

1984

With significant financial assistance and personal support from Aron Kleinlehrer, together with communal generosity, Emanuel School purchases the present site at Randwick.

1983

The School opens initially with 53 children from Years K-6, housed at Temple Emanuel Woollahra. Later, Years 3-7 are accommodated at an unused school in Watsons Bay on the grounds of Our Lady of the Sea.

1982

The leadership of Temple Emanuel Woollahra recognises the need for a new Jewish Day School in Sydney for the broader community. Under the inspiration and leadership of Rabbi Brian Fox, together with the co-operation and support of other committed members of the Jewish community, Emanuel School is conceived. For a brief introduction to the School’s foundation from the initial meeting with Rabbi Fox, Dr David Cohen and Professor Sol Encel, recounted by Dr Cohen, click here. Dr Cohen was Associate Professor of Education at Macquarie University and spearheaded many innovative educational programs during his tenure from 1968-1990.

 

From All My Teachers I Grew Wise

Midrash Tehillim 119:99
מכל מלמדי השכלתי - Mikol Melamdai Hiskalti

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