Volume 1 Edition 1 24 Jun 2020 2 Tammuz 5780

This year in view

Sonia Newell – Development Officer – Alumni and Community Relations

I hope this latest newsletter finds you and your family well and safe.

The world has changed so much since the last edition of this newsletter just six months ago, when Coronavirus and COVID-19, were not words in our vocabulary. Australia really is ‘the Lucky Country’ compared to the impact Coronavirus has had in other countries around the world. We have many alumni living abroad and for some the impact of this virus has been much greater than for us here in Australia. We thank the healthcare workers, teachers and all those working in essential services who continued their vital work whilst others of us had to spend time in social isolation.

This newsletter is filled with details about many wonderful simchas celebrated, interviews with three alumni and school-related news.

“Although we cannot see one another as we normally would – there are other ways for us to connect. We’re planning a number of online events with our alumni in mind.” Natalie Ranki-Goldman, Chair of the Gesher Committee

We are so grateful for modern digital technology such as Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp and other online communications, which have enabled us to stay connected with loved ones and others, no matter whether they live next door, in the next suburb or on the other side of the world.

You may have seen a recent ABC 7.30 interview Meet the coronavirus pivoters – workers changing careers to help on the health front line. Dr Michael Krasovitsky (Class of 2005) who helped set up the Prince of Wales Hospital’s COVID-19 clinic in March, was one of those interviewed. He was also photographed in a series in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Testing Times – NSW Health Pathology at the Prince of Wales Hospital, documenting the Coronavirus testing process at the hospital. As an oncology advanced trainee, Michael had planned to take time off in 2020 to travel, do some medical research and attend conferences overseas, before finishing off the last year of training required to become a cancer specialist. Instead, he now works as a senior doctor at the clinic he helped set up.

Michael Krasovitsky at POW Hospital

School has changed so much these past weeks and months. Term 1 started as normal but quickly changed, with the majority of our students staying at home from late March, attending school via online lessons. Our teaching staff were amazing, as were parents and the children, as they adapted to new ways of teaching and learning. Term 2 saw a staggered return of our students to campus, as well as our fabulous teachers, administration and support staff. We have now welcomed back all Emanuel students and staff who have adapted well to the new reality of physical distancing, washing hands and closed water bubblers.

All face-to-face events we had planned for this year, have at this stage, been cancelled. Thank you to the 30+ alumni who were to be part of our 2020 Careers Space event for Year 11 and 12 students last month. We hope to reschedule this event for Term 4 if the school timetable allows, but if not, watch this space for 2021, and we’d love you to be involved then.

No dates have yet been set for this year’s alumni reunions, but we hope these events will still go ahead towards the end of the year, providing a wonderful opportunity to catch up with your peers and some of your teachers too. Please refer to upcoming events, in this newsletter, for a schedule of Year Group reunions for 2020.

COVID-19 has not and will not stop us wanting to share our news and yours. Let us know what you have been doing since leaving school, and anything else you would like to share. If you haven’t been back to the School for a while and would like a tour of the campus, please enjoy our virtual tour. Also don’t forget to keep us updated if you have moved or changed your email: snewell@emanuelschool.nsw.edu.au

If you did not receive the last newsletter from December 2019, you can catch up and see all past alumni newsletters.