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Friday 18th January 2019
This week has been exceptionally busy. We have had a number of speakers and sporting events. Please ensure that you look through this week's blog.
Mike Freer visited us today in the run up to our School Council Elections at the end of this month. His talk focused on democracy which is an important part of our British Values curriculum. The children asked excellent questions and he was very impressed with their knowledge.
As you are aware Mr Freer is our local Member of Parliament. He explained that his job is being a constituent MP for the community, a post which he has held for the last 8 and a half years. He is also a government whip - being responsible for 20 MPs.
Joshua, Daniel, Ollie and Jonah (KS1) challenged him with lots of questions about Brexit and what he thought of the Prime Minister’s deal.
Gershon asked him why he wanted to be an MP. Mr Freer felt that he has common sense and could enforce the great ideas other ministers had. He also felt some silly ideas needed to be addressed. He likes the Prime Minister - he feels Mrs May is honest, hard working, genuinely believes in public service, quiet and has a strong set of core principles.
He told Joshua how he became a Member of Parliament. He discussed the assessment tasks he had to complete to be an approved candidate. He was then able to apply to be a candidate. There were many people against him and he had to make speeches and be chosen by local party constituents.
Tamara asks if he ever gets a day off! Not many, that’s for sure! He wakes up at 5.15am and is at work for 6.15am. He often leaves after 11pm.
It was a fascinating session - we look forward to welcoming Mr Freer back to school again soon.
The EYU is getting ready to celebrate Tu Bishvat on Monday.
Don’t forget the children should come to school on Monday wearing green, brown (and a bit of pink) clothes and bring in fruit.
Well done for coming 2nd place in the whole of Barnet for the Year 5 'Virtual Skipping Challenge', Kiera! Year 5 came top in Barnet for their total scores too.
In today's assembly, Joseph was presented with his certificate from Jewish Care - having won the Stuart Epstein Mensch Award -as his favourite charity to support.
We had a visit from Gabriella Russo from the NSPCC. She spoke to Key Stage 1 and the Key Stage 2 about how to keep safe and who to turn to for help. The children were encouraged to ‘Speak Out’ if they were worried or felt unsafe in any way and were taught a fun way to remember the Childline number. See if your child remembers it!
In the afternoon, there were further workshops with Year 5 and Year 6 where they discussed different scenarios and what to do.
Kerem comes 2nd and 4th in the Barnet South League. Both teams have qualified for the regional finals in a month's time!
Good Luck today to the football boys today!
Well done to the football girls in their tournament yesterday. A, B and C teams all played very well. The A team even managed to reach the quarter finals.
Wednesday 16th January 2019
Good luck to the girls football team today!
Monday 14th January 2019
We look forward to seeing you all at 7:30pm for our E-Safety evening.
Today we held our E-safety day. Luke joined each class for a session explaining how to keep safe when on-line.
We also held a parent information evening.
Friday 11th January 2019
Today we launched our FACEBOOK page. (@keremschool). Please take a look and follow us. Share with your friends and family and don’t forget to ‘like’ our posts.
We had a very special Kabbalat Shabbat this week - see if you can spot the difference in my photo gallery! Well done Year 5F.
Next week we have a very special visitor coming to school. Check out my blog next Friday to see who it is!
Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom,
Tuesday 8th January 2019
The Nursery at work today.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES E-SAFETY EVENING - 14TH JANUARY - 7.30pm-9.00pm.
ALL parents are encouraged to attend this very special information evening.
Parents are often worried about what the children are accessing on the web. How they can support their children to make the right decision online and how to keep them safe. We will be offering parents the opportunity to hear from Luke Brent Savage, an expert in this field who presents across the country to parents and educational professionals. He is an excellent speaker and you will receive excellent advice.
Monday 7th January 2019
Welcome back to school and to the Spring Term. I hope everyone enjoyed the Winter Break. I am looking forward to hearing all about your adventures. The Year 6 children who are sitting for selective schools have started to take their examinations and I wish them all the best of luck. Just do your best and read the questions carefully! I am proud of each and every one of you!
Please do not forget to sign up for extra-curricular clubs for this term. We have a great array of clubs on offer - try something new? What will you choose?
Thursday 13th December 2018
It hard to believe that the Autumn term has finally come to an end. The children and staff have all worked so hard this term and deserve the Winter break. The children have had amazing learning opportunities and there is a great learning buzz around school. Please take the opportunity in the holidays for your children to have fun… but also to relax! They have worked so hard, we really want them to come back to school keen and ready to learn.
We bid farewell today to Mrs Haber, Mrs Blakeney and Miss Gorman and wish them all the best for the future. They will be missed.
We are looking forward to welcoming our new members of staff - Mrs Steinberg and Mrs Sassoon in January and are very excited to see what the year brings.
I hope all of you have a well-deserved, relaxing Winter break and look forward to seeing you all again in January!
Well done to Noah, Harry, Odelya, Charles, Ava, Alexander, Mia, Arielle, Amelie and Scarlett on their Commendation Awards for Autumn Term 2 and to Rafi for receiving the Headteachers Commendation Award!
Wednesday 12th of December 2018
A massive well done to Year 6 netball team for coming joint first with Akiva after a 0-0 draw in final after extra time.
Year 6 Prefect- Congratulations Ryan, Joshua and Yaakov.
Thursday 6th of December 2018
This morning Years 1-6 participated in an olive press workshop. All of the children enjoyed themselves and were each given a chance to squeeze, distil and spin olives in a centrifuge.
Wednesday 5th of December 2018
Good luck to Years 3 and 4 in their mixed football tournament today!
Years 1 - 6 sung a litany of Chanukah songs for the elderly members of the HGSS community, as they joined together for a communal candle lighting in the Max Weinbaum hall. After the brachot for candle lighting, the children sung ‘Hanerot Hallalu’ and ‘Maoz Tzur’ as well as particularly raptuous rounds of ‘Mi Yemalel’ and ‘Al hanissim’. A great time was had by all and it was lovely to see the older and younger generations coming together to celebrate the festival of light.
Tuesday 4th December 2018
Today we had our Chanukah Concert for Reception, Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6, it was a fantastic performance by all. During the Chanukah Concert we said goodbye and thank you to Mrs Haber, Mrs Blakeney and Miss Gorman, who are leaving at the end of term. They will certainly be missed and we wish them all the very best for the future.
We look forward to next week to see Nursery, Year 1, Year 3 and Year 5 performing in their Chanukah Concert.
A huge well done to Joseph for being awarded the Mensch Award.
Candle lighting- night 3
Monday 3rd of December 2018
As part of the Year 6 Jewish Studies Chanukah curriculum, the children were set the task of creating a kosher Chanukiah using whatever materials they wished to use. The results were incredible - imaginative, creative and enlightening! See the pictures below to enjoy the Chanukiot produced by our talented Year 6 children.
Friday 30th November 2018
Yesterday the Nursery children had their first Kerem school trip. They were joined by Reception (and some of their mummies) and went on the coach to the Lyric Theatre. They went to see 'Room With A Broom'. Many fell asleep on the way home.... a sign of a thoroughly enjoyable outing!
Today we had some very special visitors at the Junior Kabbalat Shabbat. 9 children and their teachers joined us from Gesher School. They came to present us with a special thank you certificate for raising nearly £1000 for the school. The children then joined Year 1 and Year 3 for some fun Chanukah activities.
Rabbi Ford led the assembly on Thursday. He talked about being proud to be Jewish and used the Chanukah story to explain how the Maccabees remained proud of their Judaism, even when the Greeks tried to convince people to follow their ways of life. By lighting our Chanukiot in the front window, we recall the miracles that happened during this time and how our faith in Hashem ensures our continued survival - even in moments of perceived darkness.
Thanks for leading assembly Rabbi Ford.
The school council are currently carrying out a very important piece of research.... about school lunches. They have devised an online questionnaire, with the help of Mrs Borman and Mr Moses. Pupil voice is very important at Kerem and I looking forward to hearing what the results are. We will be setting up a meeting with Zvi, our caterer, who is very interested to hear their opinions too. The school council will share their findings with the children (and on the blog) as soon as they have the results. Will roast beef, bolognaise or burgers be the most popular meal? What would you vote as your favourite meal?
Today we also carried out invacuation drills on both of our sites. The children and staff were excellent.
I am really looking forward to the first of our Chanukah shows next week and hearing from Reception, Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6 children, as I am sure you are too. We will be starting promptly at 9am. All children must therefore be in school at 8.45am in order for them to be ready. Please be in your seats ready for a 9am start too.
Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom.
WISHING YOU ALL CHANUKAH SAMEACH
Thursday 29th November 2018
I received this email this morning. I thought I would share it with you. It is wonderful to hear about our Alumni successes.
To the Miss Burns and teachers at Kerem school.
I thought that you may be interested to know that one of your Kerem pupils has been accepted to study for his masters degree at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He completed his dental degree at Manchester University and we have just heard today that he has been accepted to Study at Harvard in August 2019,
Thank you to Kerem School for his excellent education at primary school. This helped to send him on his way.
Wednesday 28th November
Today Year 6 played at the Girls' Maccabi Football tournament. All of the girls played extremely well especially considering the rainy weather conditions. Overall they came 2nd in their group. Well done girls, very impressive. Check out the sports section to find out more.
Monday 25th November
Year 3 took part in a very special project involving over 1000 Year 3 classes in London in conjunction with The Tate. The Tate have commissioned an installation which will involving displaying all the children in class photos. It will be exhibited in November 2019.
The photographer led a discussion and some short activities about art, creativity, individuality and what it means to be a Londoner, then she took some class photos.
How exciting. We will keep you posted next year when the exhibition opens so you can go along to see it.
Shabbat shalom from all of us at the Year 5 Shabbaton
Friday 23rd November 2018
Year 5 are soooo excited - as am I- as we are off on the Year 5 Shabbaton today! This is always greatly anticipated and a Kerem highlight. Mrs Hill ably leads a team of teachers - this year Mr Forbes, Ms V, Mr Moses and Rabbi Ford - and Tribe Madrahim to ensure the children have an amazing Shabbaton and weekend together. We even have 2 surprise guest teachers coming on motzei Shabbat ... ssssshhhhhh!
I am sure you will hear all about their adventures on their return. Check out my blog to find out more next week.
Wishing you all Shabbat shalom,
Year 6 Prefect- Congratulations Isaac, Daniel and Lilly.
Thursday 22nd November 2018
The Year 5 children had a very informative and exciting time at Houses of Parliament today. They enjoyed a tour, where the children observed proceedings in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. This was followed by a workshop where they were all very interested in discussing how people can get involved in politics and influence decisions. 5F also had the opportunity to briefly meet Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golders Green.
‘I liked all of the Victorian paintings because they are over 1000 years old. I also liked the Queen’s throne in the middle of the House of Lords and the paintings of all of the saints.’ – Isaac
‘I loved the House of Lords because it is decorated with gold.’- Rafi
‘The room we went into was nearly 1000 years old and apparently all of the kings from the past had parties there. The room was also used during World War 2 and the only public place that didn’t get bombed.’- Jenna
Congratulations goes to our Year 6 mixed netball team in their first league match. The boys and girls worked so well together and beat their opposition (St Mary’s) 9-0! An amazing result - well done!
Wednesday 28th November 2018
Congratulations to Mrs Shannon on the birth of her first Grandson. She used her Grandson’s recent Pidyon Haben celebration -(redemption of the first-born boy), as a learning experience for lessons with the children in Years 1-5. She explained what a very special ceremony it is, as only 3 per cent of Jewish boys have this ceremony due to various laws. She did a model ceremony and used children to re-enact being a Rabbi, a Cohen and parents.
Tuesday 20th November 2018
8 children from Year 5 and 6 were selected to represent Kerem at the Science Quiz Club Championship. Other schools included UCS, Highgate and Wetherby. Mr Forbes had helped the children prepare and was very impressed with the way they worked together as teams and answered questions. They tried very hard and did us proud. Well done team.
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
What do you do with your old toys?
A study sponsored by Sainsbury’s and Oxfam has calculated that more than 235 million articles of clothing were sent to landfill annually. Discarded clothing has been one of the fastest-growing sources of British waste over the past decade. The UK has had to more than double its domestic waste capacity since 2010 from 6.3 million tonnes to 13.5 million tonnes. In London, a series of "repair cafes" have been set up to encourage people to think before they throw.
Things to talk about at home...
· Make a list of everything you throw out in one day. Is it more than you thought?
· Do you think we should cut back on packaging- do all toys need to be in boxes?
WALK TO SCHOOL PROJECT- REMINDER
Many of you are fortunate to only live a 10-15 minute walk away from school. You are all aware that we are promoting the 'Walk to School' project ( WOW). We have already seen an increase with the number of children walking to school which is great news. However as the dark nights draw in, please be mindful that we want to keep this initiate running all year round.
Please consider the importance of exercise for the children, the effects on the environment and the pollution your cars are emitting and the congestion and dangers this can cause in the roads around the two sites. The children have been excited by this project but we need your support to sustain it. Please think twice before driving to school.
Please ensure your children are aware of road safety skills- especially for those who are travelling to and from school independently.
Please send in photos of your children walking to school so we can further promote this exciting project.
Friday 16th November 2018
The EYU was buzzing with Mitzvah Day excitement today. There was a hive of activity including upcycling furniture for Jami, decorating tissue boxes for a women's refuge and making and decorating biscuits for volunteers at Noah's Ark Hospice. What are you going to do for Mitzvah Day?
As part of Parliament week, Years 5 and 6 had a talk from Mrs Lester about Brexit. She has been working in this area and volunteered to speak to the oldest children in the school. I would like to thank her for her contributions. Next week Year 5 are off to the Houses of Parliament.
Year 6 Prefects - Congratulations to Zac and Racheli.
Thursday 15th November
Today our swimming team competed at the Barnet Swimming Gala. The team did an excellent job winning the Small School's trophy (for the 6th time!). Congratulations to all the children who competed.
Wednesday 14th November 2018
WE WON! Congratulations to the Year 5 girls for an excellent tournament. They did extremely well on both teams with the A team bringing home the trophy and the B team coming a close second. Check out the sports page here for the Captains' reports.
Wednesday 14th November
We would like to wish Year 5 girls good luck on their Maccabi Netball Tournament. We are sure they will do a great job!
Year 4 enjoyed themselves at Kew Gardens!
Hollie- 'We saw banana plants with a flower at the bottom. I smelt coco beans. It was very hot in the rainforest that they had. We did fun activities.'
Joseph-'The leaves were colourful. We went into a green house and it was very humid. We saw coco beans and ginger. We also saw sugar canes.'
What a busy week we have had at Kerem. See below for some of our earlier events in the week.
We also announced the winner of our ArTishrai competition. Congratulations goes to our winners - The Goodalls and Lipton families- for their 3D 'New life' chick in a nest. The two runner up prize entries went to Sarah (Year 3) for her lego creation of the world and Eva and Maya (Year 5) for their sunset picture. Well done to everyone who entered, it was a very difficult decision to make.
On Thursday Years 5 & 6 went to the Millfield Theatre to see a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It was a very colourful and modern adaptation which the children thoroughly enjoyed. It followed on from the workshop they had earlier in the term.
We celebrated Rosh Chodesh Kislev on Thursday and Friday. Today the Year 1 parents and children celebrated in style with a special learning session led by Miss Gorman. The children got excited about Chanukah and even had the opportunity, having completed a learning activity, to make a lava lamp. Thank you to Miss Gorman for organising and running the session, together with Mrs Hill. They then joined the rest of the school for tefilla.
Wishing you all Shabbat shalom,
Year 6 Prefects - Congratulations to Deni, Joseph and Abi
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War One. The first war that affected many
people around the world. On 11th November 1918, an agreement called the Armistice
was signed which silenced the guns after four years and four months of fighting. When this happened, many people celebrated, but it was also an extremely sad time as
people reflected on the terrible impact that the war had.
*Why do we think people wear poppies?
*When you see someone wearing a poppy or a poppy display what does it make you
*Do you know an elderly friend or relative who had a parent who remembered World
War One, what can they tell you?
Wednesday 7th November 2018
Mrs. Sondhelm held a fascinating reading meeting for parents to explain the importance of reading at home.
Monday 5th November 2018
Today we had a visit from 'The Punctuation Show'. All of the children were very engaged and singing the whole way through whilst building their Literacy knowledge. Teacher It proved to be very successful.
Friday 26th October 2018
We have finally come to the end of the first half term. As you can see from the various blogs, the children have had an action-packed week.
Year 2 have really enjoyed their topic on the Three 3 Little Pigs. As part of their STEM project they were asked to create a strong house for the pigs. They had visits from 2 architects - Mr Hirshfield and Mr Baliti - who discussed the merits of house building and who helped with the 'huff and puff' testing! The quality of the houses was excellent. Please see the Year 2 blog.
On Tuesday we held our Open Morning for prospective parents. The parents had the opportunity to join us for Tefilla in the shul, be taken around the school to see the children hard at work by Year 6 tour guides, hear some outstanding poetry from some of our Junior children and ask questions about the school to my 'expert Year 6 panel'. If you have friends who would like their children to join us at Kerem, it is not too late! Ask them to contact Jane on 0208 4550909 selecting the 'admission' option. She will be happy to assist them.
P.S. Look out on Monday the 5th of November for an exciting new development in the way we book parent consultation evenings.
Year 6 Prefects - Congratulations to Max, Noah G and Noah B
Soft start in Year 3- fine motor skills
On Wednesday I had the privilege of spending the day with the Year 3 children, Mrs Collins and Mrs Stahl. The children worked hard on dialogue and speech in Literacy, concentrating on their reading skills, learnt football skills in PE, tackled number problems in Maths and learnt Chumash in the JS lesson.
During their soft start lessons, the children have an opportunity to develop their fine motor skills with a range of activities on offer. Soft start ( arriving at 8.45am) is a great opportunity for the children to get ready for their day ahead. Please try and ensure your child arrives at that time too.
During Thursday's assembly, I awarded this half term's commendations for children in Years 3- 6. We have decided to make it even more aspirational by only awarding one secular award per half term per class and alternating one Jewish Studies and one Ivrit certificate. To find out who the recipients are, please see the 'achievement' section of the website. Congratulations to everyone who won!
Today, the Reception children have come to school dressed as 'What I want to be when I grow up' as the final part of their topic 'Marvellous Me'. We had a teacher, scientist, gardener, ballerinas, princess, footballers, athlete and many more.
Wherever you will be for half term, I wish you all a relaxing and enjoyable half term. I look forward to seeing the children back on Monday 5th November.
Wishing you all Shabbat shalom,
Tuesday 23rd October
Thank you to the PTA (and the Hirschfields) for hosting tonight’s Nursery Welcome Evening. It was so nice to see all the Nursery parents who were able to attend, together with the Nursery team. The children have settled so well into life at Kerem.
Friday 19th October 2018
As you can see from my ongoing blog this week we have been very busy at school.
One of the highlights of my week has been meeting some of our ex-pupils. I try very hard to maintain good relations with our secondary school partners. This week I was invited to two events one at Haberdashers' Aske's School for girls and one at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School. They both have very different formats. Mr Forbes and I were shown around the girl's school by Mia who told us all about her first few weeks at secondary school. It was lovely to hear how well she has settled in and how prepared for secondary school she felt she was. Unfortunately we didn't get to see other girls.
On Thursday I spent most of my day at the Prep Head's meeting at the Boy's school. I had an opportunity to meet their new Headmaster - Mr Lock. He has already heard about Kerem and our reputation! I heard about his vision for the school and how they are focusing on the Wellbeing aspect of school life. During my day I was given opportunities to speak to many of our ex pupils. Benjy N, a sixth former studying for his A-levels, Alex and Sam, thinking about their GCSEs and Benjy and Daniel- Samuel hard at work in DT and Science lessons. I had expert tour guides in Ezzie and Sasha. They even found Austin and Pinni in class and I was able to speak to them too about their few weeks at school. The school also shared the success of boys who left after completing their A-levels. The five boys' performance was outstanding and they are off to prestigious universities including Cambridge; I was very proud of them all. They all said - when I asked how we could have prepared them better - that they were well prepared but that the school was massive and they get lost (because Kerem is so small!!)
Visit from a Guide Dog
On Friday, the children had a visit from Einav and her guide dog, Jeff, who came all the way from Israel with his owner. The children learned how guide dogs are trained and of the excellent work done by the Israel Guide Dog Society.
Year 5 Science
Year 4 and 5 take part in world record attempt at GOSH
On Tuesday Year 4 and 5 headed to Great Ormond Street Hospital to participate in a world record attempt to train the most children at one time in how to do CPR. They learnt how to resuscitate, use a defibrillator and how to put someone into the recovery position.
Ms Rose led Thursday’s assembly with a theme of Divali. She shared the story of Rama and Sita with the children.
Wishing you all Shabbat shalom,
Year 6 Prefects - Congratulations to Annabelle and Joshua
Thursday 18th October 2018
Wishing our running team all the best at the Barnet Cross Country event this afternoon.
Check out how they did on our Sports page tomorrow!
UPCOMING EVENT -OPEN MORNING FOR 2019 ENTRY -PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS
Tuesday 16th October 2018
Thank you to the Reception parents and Staff who attended last night’s Reading information evening. Parents were able to hear from Miss Brand, Miss Gorman and the rest of the team about how we teach English and Hebrew reading at Kerem and how they can support their children at home.
Tuesday 14th October 2019
Year 5 and 6 are off to GOSH today to take part in a record breaking attempt. Come back to my blog on Friday to find out more about it! Good luck children.
Friday 12th October 2018
We have now had our first full week of school. The children have been very busy- check out the class blogs! We celebrated Rosh Chodesh on Tuesday and Wednesday - with a learning session for Year 3 parents and children led by Mrs Stahl and Mrs Hill.
On Monday, Years 1 and 2 had a wonderful outing to the Barbican to see the London Symphony Orchestra perform Prokofiev’s Peter and The Wolf. They were introduced to the different sections of the orchestra. Each section represented a different character from the story. The strings were Peter, the woodwind were the bird, the duck, the cat and grandpa. The brass represented the hungry wolf and the percussion made the sound of the hunter’s gun. The children enjoyed singing the two songs they had learnt. They also heard Prokofiev’s ‘The Classical’, ‘Morning’ and ‘The Moon is over the Meadow’.
In Thursday's assembly, Ms Vinokur and Year 5 gave a presentation on Black History Month. They discussed that Black History Month is a time set aside each year - in October- to celebrate the achievements of black men and women in the past and today. They spoke about the achievements of Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela and Usain Bolt. Check out my 'Thought of the Week' section below.
We have a lot of exciting activities planned for next week. I am looking forward to seeing Reception parents at the EYU on Tuesday night for the Reading Evening and, on Wednesday night, all parents at the PTA meeting.
Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom,
Year 6 Prefects - congratulations to Maytal and Jacob
Thought of the week
On October 16th, 50 years ago, African-American sprinters John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their gloved fists in a black power salute at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, while the American national anthem played during the presentation of their medals. Their gesture was a show of defiance against racism taking place in America.
•Do you think it’s ever ok to break rules if it’s for the greater good? Can you think of any examples where it might be considered acceptable?
•If you have any family, friends or neighbours who are over the age of 60, show them the image of Carlos and Smith and ask them what they remember about the incident and what the outcome was.
Wed 10th Oct - Year Three Rosh Chodesh parents and pupils learning session
Tuesday 9th October
Year 5F are enjoying their Drama session on ‘A Midsummers Night’s Dream’ with an actor from the Millfield Theatre.
Monday 8th October 2018
Year 1 and 2 had a fabulous time today at the Barbican. They learnt songs in advance and joined in with enthusiasm during the performance of `Peter and the Wolf'.
Friday 5th October 2018
I hope you all enjoyed the last days of Yom Tov. The children have adapted so well to these disruptive weeks and I am very proud of them. It will be strange to have our first full week of the term next week. Please ensure that the children have a good rest over the weekend - it may be a bit of a shock for some!
I spent the day with Year 2 on Thursday. In their Literacy lessons they are focusing on The Three Little Pigs. They have been reading a variety of versions including 'The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs', 'The 3 Little Wolves' and 'The Big Bad Pig as well as the ‘original’ traditional story. We had a ball skills P.E lessons and discussed the various brachot associated with food with Mrs Stahl. We even debated why the brachot for mushrooms was not ha'adama!
We are excited to announce another new healthy living initiative. In addition to our Walk to School project, we are launching 'The Virtual Challenge'. The Virtual Challenge is a Barnet run initiative where each year group has a challenge to perform. The results are sent to Barnet and we compare ourselves to the rest of the Borough. This will be led by Mr Moses. This year the challenges are skipping-related. Year 6 are up first and have until the 19th October to submit their results to their teachers! Details of the challenge are on the Year 6 Class blog. Look out for your year group challenge shortly.
Please take time to read my recent email about parking around Kerem.
Wishing you all Shabbat shalom,
THE JEWISH SCHOOLS AWARDS 2019
We are fortunate to have excellent staff at Kerem. Now is your chance to nominate them for an award at this year's Jewish Schools Awards.
The categories are-
Outstanding practice in Foundation Stage
Promoting excellence in Literacy
Please take a few minutes to nominate - I encourage ALL parents and pupils to nominate. http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/jewish-schools-awards-2019-form/
ALL NOMINATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED BY FRIDAY 26TH OCTOBER 2018.
FRIDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2018
We may have only been in school for a very short week but it has been very busy. In addition to regular Literacy and Numeracy lessons, the children on both sites have managed to fit in many exciting activities. As part of our ArTishrei project, the children in Key Stage 2 visited the Tate Britain (Wednesday) to see their pieces of artwork and the children in Key Stage 1 went to Kenwood House (Thursday) to see their paintings. Check out each Class Blog to see which piece of art each class studied.
The children have enjoyed going on Sukkah visits. Whilst there they sang songs, listened to stories, made their berachot and enjoyed a range of snacks. I would like to thank all the families who hosted classes for their kind hospitality (and flexibility!) Thank you also goes to Mrs Hill and the Office for organising the trips.
Each morning, Tefillah was made extra special with the inclusion of Hallel and hakafot. The children, many of whom were armed with Arba Minim, sang their hearts out. They especially enjoyed participating in the Hoshanot as they circled the Bimah, carefully and proudly holding on to their lulav and etrog.
A selection of Year 5 children sang to the guests at the Seniors' Tea party held by the shul on Thursday and their singing was throughly enjoyed by all who heard them.
Year 6 enthusiastically participated in the Tishrei's Got Talent programme, run by Tribe, in which they competed against each other in a number of Tishrei-themed puzzles and activities.
Tribe also presented us with a box of flags for Simchat Torah. If the children complete the activity on the flag and bring it to Shul on Simchat Torah, they will receive a small prize from the Rabbi!
Staff news- Shoshi will be leaving Kerem in 2 weeks. She will be pursuing her career ambition by doing an HR apprenticeship at Public Health England. I would like to thank her for all her hard work, enthusiasm and support in the office and, on behalf of everyone at Kerem, wish her all the best for the future. We will shortly be recruiting for her replacement. In the meantime, please bear with us.
Enjoy the rest of Yom Tov - I know the children are really looking forward to Simchat Torah.
Wishing you Shabbat Shalom,
PS DON'T FORGET TO ENTER THE ART 'NEW BEGINNINGS' COMPETITION (SEE BELOW).
PREFECTS - Week of the 28th September - CONGRATULATIONS TO EMMA AND LIRAN
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
September 27th, 2018 marks the 20th birthday of the biggest search engine in the world, Google. Twenty years ago, two students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin formed Google, Inc. in the garage of their friend Susan Wojcicki.
Over the next 20 years the search engine became the cornerstone of a digital empire that covers everything from images, maps, translation, video- streaming, tech accessories, smartphones, internet browser, and even driverless cars.
*Can you imagine not having any technology (phones, TV, tablets etc.) to find out information?
*What are some of the different ways you would be able to use to find out information?
Talk to a family member or friend who is over the age of 30, ask them about what life was like before we had the internet. What was harder and what did they think was better about a time before Google?
*What do you think the next 20 years of technology will bring?
FRIDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2018
I hope you all had an easy fast. The children have coped very well with the disjointed weeks we have been having. They settle back to work so quickly and easily; it is a delight to see.
We have now held Curriculum evenings for all classes from Year 1-6. Thank you to all the parents who joined us. I hope you enjoyed meeting the team who will be teaching your child/ren and found the session(s) beneficial.
I like to spend the day with classes throughout the school. I feel it is a vital and important part of my job and it is one of my highlights. The thing I miss most as a Headteacher is not having 'my own class'. It is always a very special relationship between teacher and pupil - I am however very fortunate to be able to get to know all your children in a variety of ways and this is just one of them. It gives me the opportunity to see the children at work and play and see how they learn and interact through a range of different subjects and situations.
On Thursday I spent the day with Year 4, Ms Rose and Rabbi Ford. We had a great day. As part of their ArTishrei project, they have been talking about Harvest. Ms Rose tasked the children with an exciting cross-curricular project. Each child was asked to design a new cereal. They needed to decide the ingredients they were going to include ( via a challenging maths problem), and create and make the cereal box packaging. They even weighed out the ingredients they had selected to add to their box. Their treat... to take it home today to taste!
I also joined them for their break-time and lunch ( always interesting!)-and went to the swimming pool with them and Year 3. We have started to use 'Poolside Manor' Swimming Pool this year for Years 3 and 4. They seemed to enjoy the lesson and their teachers worked them hard. In Jewish Studies, Rabbi Ford discussed the Arba Minim. They discussed the four species and what they symbolised. The children thought about whether they had a fragrance or you could eat them and the children designed an infographic. They are certainly ready for Sukkot. Thank you Year 4 and your teachers. Ensure you check out the class blogs to see how the other classes have been preparing for Sukkot too.
Thank you to all parents who have volunteered to host us at their Sukkot and to Mrs Hill and Miss Gorman for organising the visits. Don't forget to send your children to school with their Arba Minim (named boxes/bags please) on Wednesday - Friday. KS2 children are going on their trip on Wednesday - don't forget to bring a packed lunch and full school uniform (including caps) too. KS1 Children will need to bring theirs on Thursday for their school trip.
This week we launched ArTishrei at Kerem! All the classes are linking a particular piece of artwork with the themes of Tishrei! The children have begun exploring their pieces and will continue to do so next week, as well as seeing the actual pieces at Kenwood or The Tate Gallery. Check out your child’s class blog this week and next to find out more about what they have been doing for ArTishrei! It is going to be an exciting week next week ...... WATCH THIS SPACE!
On Thursday, the children had the opportunity to take part in a quiz about famous paintings and join in with an art activity at lunchtime where they could make trees decorated with buttons in the style of Gustav Klimt’s ‘Tree of Life’. These were led by Mrs Teacher (our Art Co-ordinator). Winners of the quiz will be announced shortly and prizes will be awarded.
We also launched a whole school Art competition - we would love as many children as possible to enter.
The children can work alone or with others to create a piece of artwork entitled ‘New Beginnings’. They can use any medium and there will be prizes for the winning entries!
Please can all entries be in by Monday 8th October (via the school office - don't forget to name the Art-work!)
PLEASE ENSURE YOU READ 'HOT OFF THE PRESS' - WHICH HAS LINKS TO EARLY FRIDAY FINISHING TIMES (STARTING NEXT FRIDAY), A PARENTAL INVITATION TO JOIN US AT ROSH CHODESH TEFILLA AND LEARNING SESSIONS AND MUCH MORE.
We would welcome comments about our new website.
Wishing you all Chag same'ach.
THE FIRST YEAR 6 PREFECTS FOR 2018. CONGRATULATIONS GOES TO TAMARA, HARRY AND MAYA
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
More than 300,000 people in Britain (one in every 200 people), are officially recorded as homeless, according to figures recently released by the charity Shelter. This is an increase of 13,000 over the past year. Last month, the government announced its strategy in response to the problem, the Homelessness Reduction Act, which comes into force next year. This requires local authorities to take steps to prevent households at risk of homelessness tipping into crisis.
(Please adapt the questions to meet the needs of your younger child/ren).
*What do you think when you see someone homeless on the street?
*Do you think you should help homeless people directly or do you think it is better to help by giving to charities or volunteering?
*People can become homeless for lots of different reasons, often it is because they can no longer afford to pay their rent or bills. Do you think the government should do more to make it easier for them to pay, what do you think they could do to change things?
WISHING THE YEAR 4, 5 and 6 GIRLS GOOD LUCK FOR THEIR NETBALL MATCH AGAINST CHANNING SCHOOL ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON (21ST SEPTEMBER). GO GIRLS!
Friday 14th September
What a great start to a new year - Welcome to our new school interactive website. This is an exciting new project. We will be posting information about the learning opportunities the children are experiencing inside and outside of the classroom.
We will also be sharing our achievements and successes - a celebration of all things Kerem! We are very proud of our school and all our children - this is our opportunity to sing from the rooftops!
There will be important information posted on the site so it is imperative that you check it regularly. We will signpost it to you via email. Please add the website to your ‘homepage’ so it is easy for you to access and try to look at it at least once a week - Friday will still be the key day for school communication.
Each class will have its own page and blog, as will I. This will replace the ‘traditional weekly newsletter’ emails. You will be emailed ‘Hot off the Press’ each week. We hope to send out less emails and post more information on the website.
You will be able to read about what your child(ren) has been doing each week. You are also welcome to see what the other classes do.
Please take time to explore the website. It is a 'work in progress'. We have lots of new innovations that we will be adding to the website over the upcoming weeks and months. We welcome all constructive ideas for improvement and inclusion and, of course, positive comments. This is in line with our Ha Karat Ha'tov theme for the year ('appreciating the good').
The website is password protected so please be assured that there will be sections - such as the blogs/dates for diaries - that will only be able to be viewed via a password.
The whole staff team and I are very excited about this project and I hope you are too.
Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom,
Thought of the week:
North and South Korean families have been reunited for the first time in nearly 70 years. A three day reunion took place at North Korea's Mount Kumgang resort. Emotions ran high as mothers and children were reunited. The reunions follow much better relationships between North and South Korea in recent months. Many Korean families were divided by the war nearly seven decades ago.
*Can you imagine how it would feel to be separated from your family?
*If you were reunited with family after a long time apart, what questions would you want to ask them and what would you like to learn about their lives?
*Do you think the families will have recognised each other after 70 years? Do you think you would recognise your family after such a long period?
DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
Today you were sent dates for your diaries for this term. Please ensure that you take note of relevant dates for your diaries - we hope you will be able to attend activities taking place in school and externally with us. You can add the school diary to your own diary via google calendar if you wish.