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.”
The children have enjoyed a fantastic range of activities during Chanuka, including making incredible chanukiyot in a school-wide family challenge, arts and crafts projects, eating doughnuts, enjoying a talent show, participating in a Year 2 workshop about how olive oil is made – and even getting a personalised message from the Maccabeats! Many thanks to Mrs Gancz, Mrs Hersh, Mrs Jacobs, Tzivos Hashem, the PTA and everyone else involved for organising such a great week. For more photos and news, visit our Facebook page.
We were privileged to hold an amazing Hachnasat Sefer Torah on Tuesday. It was such an exciting and special morning and we look forward to using and learning from our Sefer Torah for years and years to come. We thank the Weinstein and Sheldon families for donating it to us and for all they have done for our school, and we thank Chief Rabbi Mirvis, Rabbi Lawrence and Jeremy Newman for addressing us. Watch the video here and see more photos on our Facebook page. Mazal tov!
Our school’s architect, Square Feet Architects, has won Barnet’s 2017 ‘Delivering for Barnet Architectural Award’ for the best non-residential alteration. Mazal tov and huge thanks to Dan Leon, Angela Kamiel and all the team at Square Feet Architects, and Zoe Silverman of ZED Architects, shown here with the award.