Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut were memorably commemorated at school. Thanks to all the staff, visitors, PTA, volunteers and of course the students for making this year’s Yom Hazikaron so meaningful and for celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday in such fantastic style. For plenty more photos, videos and news, visit our Facebook page.
Thanks to the hard work of Howard Josephs, Ben Tenenblat and their teams, a dinner to celebrate our tenth anniversary raised over £150,000, which will go towards the second phase of the school’s premises. Guests were treated to a live question-and-answer session between Lord Sacks and four recentalumni: Ella Goldstein (now at Haberdashers’ Girls), Eli Haffner (Haberdashers’ Boys), Adina Kut (JfS) and Aron Yona (Hasmonean Boys). Our guest of honour was Founding Honorary Principal, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. There was also a fabulous performance by the school choir.
The past fortnight has been fantastic. Purim celebrations went ahead despite the snow, with a wonderful megilla reading by some of our students, a costume parade and sharing mishloach manot.
Science Week featured Year 5’s Science Fair and many parents and grandparents – including Simon Yona, Lara Josephs, Suzi Rose and Lord Winston – spoke to students about their work in various scientific fields.
Our chess team finished the Barnet League this season in 7th place out of 22 teams – a fantastic achievement in one of the most competitive leagues in the country, and the Year 5 and 6 cross-country runners did brilliantly in the annual Barnet competition, with Dina Silverman winning her race. There has also been a trip to Verulamium, a road-safety outing and the school choir’s performance in the outstanding JFS Gala Concert.
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The past month has been wonderful and incredibly busy, ranging from celebrating Tu B’shvat to commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day, when we welcomed Mr Goldberg, grandfather of a Year 6 student, to speak to Year 6 about his experiences during the Shoah.
Our fantastic choir has also been very busy. They performed at the Young Voices Choir, the largest school choir concert in the world at the O2 Arena!, and locally at a concert in aid of Boys’ Town Jerusalem. For plenty more photos, videos and news, visit our Facebook page.
This week we led sessions with the children in Key Stage 2 entitled ‘Talking Mental Health’, based on materials created by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. The aims of the session were to know what language we can use to talk about mental health and well-being; know who are our trusted adults are and how to ask them for help and support; know the difference between small feelings and big feelings, and how to be a good listener.
Feedback from parents included: “Thank you so much. Such an important session, I am so grateful for this to be addressed” and “Excellent! Mental health issued are always so low down on the agenda, so I thank you for addressing them with the children.”