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We are delighted to report a vibrant and positive start to the 2021-22/5782 year across all Carmel sections. For Carmel School’s 30th year in operation, it is uplifting to witness such student delight and visible energy at being back at school face-to-face, as well as the hands-on academic creativity shown by both new and returning faculty. In mentioning the School’s momentous milestone, we look forward to upcoming events to celebrate and commemorate the School’s achievements.

Congratulations to the Elsa Class of 2021 on their outstanding IB achievements in a most challenging year. The average points obtained by our candidates was 39/45, on par with the HK average and far exceeding the global average of 33.02. Two Carmel students attained a perfect score of 45/45, and overall 27% attained 44 or 45, 47% attained 40+, and 87% attained 36+. All students received confirmation of entry to their first-choice universities, including McGill, UCL, NYU Stern Business School, UC Irvine, Monash, Durham, The Technion and more. This cohort is to be commended for their resilience in the face of adversity, for their unity, and for their ability to act on and benefit from teacher feedback. They have set the bar high and have been excellent role models to younger Elsa students. We wish them every success going forward.

The start of the academic year has gone smoothly, and we have been fortunate to be in the position to run events including the Achdut Unity Experience, Tashlich Ceremonies, and preschoolers not only writing Rosh Hashanah cards to their parents, but this year also able to go the post office themselves to post them. Community events such as Parent Curriculum Sessions, PTA events, and Career Advice seminars took place both online and in small groups. We look forward to the rest of the year running smoothly and more opportunities for events as Hong Kong continues to return to normal. 

All staff are busy preparing for the forthcoming joint International Baccalaureate (IB) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Evaluation visit which is scheduled for the penultimate week of March 2022. There is much to do in this area and I am grateful to staff for their proactivity and positivity in engaging in the process in addition to their existing teaching duties.

I thank our community, PTA, and faculty for their ongoing support.

Shabbat shalom and Chag sameach.

Mrs. Rachel Friedmann