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Article and photos by Jared Story
Two Israeli educators received a warm
welcome to Winnipeg courtesy of Brock Corydon School students.
On Oct. 5, Brock Corydon held an assembly
for Tiki Porat and D’ganit Portal, the principal and vice-principal,
respectively, of Ramat Korazim in northern Israel. Ramat Korazim is Brock
Corydon’s sister school.
Brock Corydon students greeted their guests with dance and songs sung in
Hebrew. The nursery to Grade 6 school has a Hebrew bilingual program.
Brock Corydon principal Ara Morris said the
River Heights school’s relationship with Ramat Korazim started 15 years ago
through the Jewish Agency’s Partnership2Gether program.
“This year we have the principal and vice-principal
of Ramat Korazim and last year two of our teachers went over there,” Morris
said. “D’ganit was here two years ago and you could hear the students today
saying ‘D’ganit! D’ganit!’ because they go into every single class, they spend
time in all the classrooms and they teach lessons.
“They also share about Israel, about their school and we look at the commonalities
between the schools. It’s pretty remarkable the commonalities we have between
our two schools even though we were so far apart.”
In addition to spending a week with Brock
Corydon students, Porat and Portal took part in a community event at Desserts
“Every visit is to strengthen the
relationship and the connection (between the two schools). We try to deepen the
connection,” Porat said.