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3/7/2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

Reuben Sheldon who turned 11 this week.

Coco Hassan who turns 11 this week.

Zac Levy who turns 7 this week.

25/6/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Ariel Zisser who turned 6 this week.

AJ Abramson who turned 4 this week.

Joshua Grant who turned 4 this week.

Blake Akkerman who turns 8 this week.

Lielle Tanne who turns 4 this week.

Arya Knafo who turns 4 this week.

18/6/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Lily Seal who turned 11 this week.

Daniel Friend who turns 7 this week.

Joshua Arnold who turns 9 this week.

12/6/2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

Joseph Cohen who turned 10 this week.

Jared Morris who turned 11 this week.

1/6/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Rafaela Slutzkin who turned 4 last week.

Yael Marcus who turned 11 last week.

Joshua Abrahams who turned 5 last week.

Ethan Woolfe who turned 11 last week.

Lila Arnold who turned 11 last week.

Odelya Weinberg who turns 11 this week.

Maya Brass who turns 11 this week.

Ari Oshman who turns 7 this week.

Mila Rabie who turns 5 this week.

21/5/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Jenna Cesman who turned 11 this week.

Scarlett Ison who turned 9 this week.

Teddy Epstein who turns 11 this week.

Hillel Zisser who turns 8 this week.

Charlie Mark who turns 7 this week.

Lielle Salem who turns 10 this week.

Adele Sheykhetov who turns 7 this week.

14/5/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Jessica Hasson who turned 4 this week.

Roy Avital who turned 6 this week.

Jasmine Horwich who turned 6 this week.

Ari Gaon who turned 7 this week.

Zac Brass who turns 10 this week

7/5/2020

 

 

Happy birthday to:

Jake Cohen who turned 11 this week.

Lyla Elghanian who turned 6 this week.

Layla Gilbert who turned 6 this week.

Jamie Salem who turns 6 this week.

 

Happy Birthday to:

Ella Wagner who turned 10 this week.

Mia Gilbert who turned 5 this week.

Sophie Sloam who turned 4 this week.

Eli Pearlman who turns 5 this week.

Joshua Leigh who turns 4 this week.

22/4/2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

Anoushka Pearlman who turned 7 this week.

Isaac Bezalel who turns 11 this week.

Bella Elghanian who turned 8 this week.

Mia Morris who turns 8 this week.

Joshua Baliti who turns 6 this week.

 

17/4/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Lexi Hudaly who turned 9 last week.

Henry Lefton who turned 4 last week.

Ethan Slagel who turned 11 this week.

Olivia Murciano who turned 5 this week.

Rafael Murciano who turned 5 this week.

Seth Dagul who turned 11 this week.

Ollie Grant who turned 6 this week.

 

Kerem Staff Say Shabbat Shalom

Gratitude

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2/4/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Daniel Menashe who turned 9 this week.

27/3/2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

Rafi Hudaly who turned 11 this week.

Jemima Sims who turned 7 this week.

Mia Bloom who turned 10 this week.

Ollie Serruya who turned 8 this week.

Orli Osen who turned 11 this week.

Raymond Salem (EYU) who turned 4 this week.

Chloe Grant who turns 11 this week.

Raphael Salem who turns 8 this week.

Archie Lester who turns 11 this week.

18/3/2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

Daliyah Hirschfield who turned 5 this week.

Zak Durkin who turned 10 this week.

Yasmin Hassan who turned 8 today.

Max Jackson who turns 9 this week.

 

 

Celebration Tea Party 13.3.2020

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12/3/2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

Izzy Summers who turned 11 this week.

Zachary Geey who turns 5 this week.

Celebration tea party 5.3.2020

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5/3/2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

Rafi Baliti who turned 8 this week.

Ariana Hirschfield who turns 5 this week.

Jesse Horwich who turned 4 this week.

Sara Singer who turns 11 this week.

Amelie Teacher who turned 8 this week.

 

Champions! Year 6 win the Macabbi Netball Tournament

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28.2.2020 - Homework Forums

 

This week I was joined by just over 50 parents at the homework forums. Each discussion was different from the last but they were all full of rich conversation which has provided me with a real insight into the views of parents. I learnt a lot from what was shared with me and look forward to sharing a summary of responses with you in the near future. The next stage of this process is for the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) and me to work through the responses to understand how the parent body feels about homework. These will be discussed alongside the views of the SLT who will consider how this might impact our current homework policy. 

 

I really enjoyed the experience of open discussion with so many of you and hope that this is something I can build into life at Kerem. Should you have any thoughts on future forum topics, please contact Karen who will pass this information on to me. 

 

 

28.2.2020 - Friday celebrations - Tea Party and Alef Champ

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27.2.2020 Forest School

 

The Girl Guide in me knows that there is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing! Year 6 had a great time at Forest School. The last time the children attended Forest School it was the summer so it was great for them to see the environment in different weather conditions. Pop over to the Forest School blog to read up about what each class got up to there today. 

 

25.2.2020 - Jewish Interactive Year 6 workshop

 

This evening Year 6 and their parents were lucky enough to be joined by Sammy Morhaim from Jewish Interactive who ran a session on the theme of Purim. They were tasked with the challenge of creating a game for their iPads based on the theme of ‘Things are not always as they seem.’ Their Jewish knowledge, creativity and computing skills combined brilliantly to produce some excellent games. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Elijah Durkin who turns 4 this week.

Ava Nielsen who turns 11 this week.

 

 

14.2.2020

 

I am not sure I can remember such an action-packed week at school. The buzz around Book Week was great both at the EYU and the Norrice Lea site. 

 

The children debated, they read poems, they were visited by authors, they participated in a quiz, they hot seated characters (ask your child what this means),  parents wrote with their child and this was in amongst regular lessons! The number of minutes that the children reached in their reading was quite phenomenal and we hope that they continue to read with such enthusiasm long after the sponsored read has finished. 

 

It was also the last week of this first Forest School block for Year 3 and 4 so some of the children were joined by their parents to see what happens. 

 

I hope that everyone has a great break. I am looking forward to meeting with those of you who are attending the homework forums in the first week.

 

Shabbat shalom

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Today I was joined by these children at the tea party - congratulations to all of them for all of their efforts in class this week

Today I was joined by these children at the tea party - congratulations to all of them for all of their efforts in class this week 1

This week there were even more children showing the progress that they are making in the Hebrew reading. Congratulation to all of them for their hard work

This week there were even more children showing the progress that they are making in the Hebrew reading. Congratulation to all of them for their hard work 1

12.2.2020 - Author and illustrator Ted Dewan visits children at the EYU

 

The nursery and reception children had a wonderful morning when the author and illustrator Ted Dewan visited the EYU. They really enjoyed listening to some of his stories and were fascinated to see him draw the characters Bing and Flop. He was very impressed with the questions they had prepared for him and happily answered them. He also joined the reception children in the playground at break time and they were so excited to chat with him and share their thoughts. 

11/2/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

 

Leo Avital who turns 7 next week.

Chloe Crystal who turns 11 next week.

Shai Dagul who turns 9 next week.

Ariella Goldblatt who turned 5 this week.

Emily Gubbay who turns 5 next week.

Amelie Ison who turns 10 this week.

Freddie Lefton who turned 7 this week.

Ethan Wienburg who turns 5 next week.

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10.2.2020 - DfE health information ahead of half-term

 

We have received advice from the Department for Education (DfE) regarding the Coronavirus. The overall risk of Coronavirus remains moderate. The purpose of this letter is to share the guidance that we have received with you which emphasises the importance of good hygiene.

 

The DfE has advised that you should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus and there is no reason why your children should not continue to attend school as normal.

 

The DfE recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China or affected areas during the forthcoming half-term period. Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling or returning from the area. This can be found at:

 

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

www.gov.uk/government/news/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-and-avian-flu-advice-for-travel-to-china

 

What action we can take

 

A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.  Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses. 

 

The latest information can also be found at:

 

www.gov.uk/coronavirus  

 

We continue to monitor the wider situation and will keep you informed of any further guidance we receive.

 

7th February 2020

Congratulations to the children who reached the next level in Alef Champ and to the children who joined Mrs Sharman for the tea party.

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6th February 2020
Today we took part in Inside Out Day - children and staff chose to wear an item of clothing inside out to symbolise that how people look on the outside does not always mirror how they feel on the inside. £107 was raised for JAMI which supports mental health in the Jewish community.
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As part of the JNF Festival of Spoken Ivrit, we were privileged to be visited today by the Israeli Orna Porat Theatre Company. Years One to Four watched a fantastic presentation of Town Mouse and Country Mouse, performed mostly in Ivrit. This was followed this afternoon for Years Five and Six with an incredible performance of Herzl, Dream come True.   The children were totally captivated by these amazing performances and thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the production as well.

 

Happy Birthday to:

 

Mia Corin who turns 10 this week.

Sophie Martin who turned 11 this week.

Raphy Sims who turned 9 this week.

 

 

5.2.2020 - Hot off the press!

 

Our Celtic warriors return from their day out. Read the Year 3 blog later in the week to find out more about what they got up to. 

 

Book week

 

Preparations are well underway for our book week which is taking place next week. There is a book quiz, a debate, guest authors, a poetry recital and many other activities. 


JW3 is also holding a Children's Book Festival.

 

 

 

Here is a list of their activities. Below is a link should you wish to book any of the activities.

11.30 - 12:15   Helen Peters: Anna at War                       £6 9+   
12:00 - 12:45 Frann Preston:I am the seed that grew that tree                          £6  5+
1:00 -  1:45  Kate Pankhurst : Great women                    £6   6+  
1:30 -  2:15      Andy Stanton: Historical innacuracy Guaranteed                        £8   7+  
2:00 - 2:45   Helen Peters: An Otter Called Pebble                £6   5+  
3:00 - 3:45   Benji Davies: Meet Tad the Tadpole                £6   4+

 

 

 https://www.jw3.org.uk/bookniks-2020

4.2.2020 - Chaggigut Siddur

 

Wow! What a morning. It is events like this that leave me feeling so proud of everything that Kerem does. It was a joy to see how delighted the children were to receive their own siddur, they are so excited to use it during teffilah tomorrow. A big thank you to Mrs Roodyn, Mr Fingerhut, Morah Neta and Mrs Shannon for preparing the children for today. Thank you also to Mrs Borman, Mrs Rosenberg and Mrs Sassoon, the children’s confidence has really grown since they have been in Year 1. Final thanks must go to the parents for the time and effort they put into decorating the siddurim. I am sure the children will cherish them.

 

3.2.2020 E-safety evening

 

The many parents who attended the E-safety evening were both entertained and educated by Heather from ECP. She gave parents good advice about how to support their children to ensure that they are safe online. She was not advocating for children not being online, although there were some games and apps that she warned parents might not be as they seemed. She showed parents how to ensure security settings were at the right level and which search sites are safer alternatives to the mainstream ones. She signposted a number of good websites that parents can use, a particularly good one being one where you can type in the name of an app and it will give you all of the information you need to know if it is appropriate for your children. 

 

Thank you to all of the families who attended. Heather will be sending us the slides that she used and as soon as she does we will forward them on to you. If you were not able to attend, I recommend that you take the time to look through them. Thank you to Mr Moses for organising the day for the children as well as the evening for parents and to the PTA for supporting the event.

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Samuel Krasnik Green who turned 7 this week.

Maya Slagel who turned 5 this week.

Naomi Weinberg who turned 8 this week.

Shachar Avishai who turns 8 this week.

E-safety evening

 

On Monday evening from 7.30pm - 9.30pm we will be holding an e-safety evening for all parents. These evenings are incredibly informative and whatever stage of internet use your child is at, there is plenty to learn. I have attended these meetings in my capacity as a member of staff and a parent and I am always astonished/terrified by what I hear and learn. We hope to fill the room and for parents to leave feeling that they have a good understanding of the range of apps and games that are available to children of all ages and how best to ensure they are safe online.  

 

Mazel Tov to the following children who reached the next level in Alef Champ and who joined me this morning for the tea party

Mazel Tov to the following children who reached the next level in Alef Champ and who joined me this morning for the tea party 1
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30.1.2020

 

Kerem has a great reputation for netball. They train hard and play harder. Before, during and after school I see girls and boys coming in from or going out to train. Today I was lucky enough to watch the Year 6 team at Brookland School and I have to say, I was blown away. The speed and accuracy in which the children moved the ball down the court was quite something. I knew they were good but they were really good! What was also lovely to see was their sporting etiquette and when, after many shots, Brookland scored, our team clapped for them. Well done to all of the children and a big thank you to Shar, Debbie and Mr Moses for the time and energy they put into training. 

28.1.2020 

 

Year 3 trip to The Apple Store

 

Year 3 had a fantastic time on their outing to the Apple Store in Brent Cross, where they took part in a special workshop using iMovie. Led by some Apple facilitators, the children chose a film genre and created their own movie trailers. The children were very enthusiastic and engaged throughout their workshop and enjoyed watching their work on a huge screen. 

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28.1.2020

 

Journeys

 

The word journey can conjure many different images for us, relating to both physical and metaphorical journeys. It would appear that was also the case for our creative Year 6s as they embarked on their open homework. 

 

Pupils in Year 6 were asked to produce a project based on the theme of a journey. The finished products were quite spectacular and the range of topics they chose demonstrates their wide range of interests. Today, they exhibited and talked about their projects to their parents as well as pupils from Year 4 and 5. The buzz in the room was phenomenal and it was a real 'Kerem' moment that demonstrated the freedom and creativity that is encouraged and the high quality of work that is achieved. 

 

Kol ha Kavod Year 6 and thank you to their parents for supporting them with the work that they did. 

Tea Party 24.1.2020

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Happy Birthday to:

Ashton who turns 6 this week.

Emmi who turns 7 this week.

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I am thrilled to have been able to share with you the outcome of our recent ISI inspection. Below is the link to the report. 

 

https://www.keremschool.co.uk/isi/

 

 

 

 

Tea Party - 17.1.2020

 

A new invitation was used for today's tea party. This one was designed by Lily in Year 6. Keep an eye out for any other designs that might be used. At the tea party we talk about the week that is finishing and look forward to the next week. The children tell me about something they have really enjoyed, something that they have learnt or can now do that they could not do at the beginning of the week and something that they hope to focus on next week. I love spending this time with the children and getting an insight into their week.

 

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Today I visited Forest School with Year 4 and Reception

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16.1.2020

 

I am so proud of our Year 6 football teams. Not only did both teams make it to the final of the Barnet South League, with them both qualifying for the regional final, but they also won an award for good sportsmanship. 

 

A big thank you to Mr Moses for taking the teams. 

 

Well done boys!

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Happy birthday to:

Rafi Selig who turned 9 this week.

14.1.2020

 

Today I was in Year 3 for the unveiling of the new ukuleles!

 

The children, Mr Fingerhut, Mrs Collins, Mr Portnoi and I are all very excited about the children learning to play the ukulele. I am sure that Mrs Collins will keep the Year 3 blog updated with their progress as the weeks go on. I am sure that we will have a chance to hear the children play during the summer term show. 

 

 

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New Kerem Cards

 

Back in September, the children were invited to design greeting cards to be used by the school on different occasions. Dvorah's design was chosen and adapted for use for all occasions.

 

Congratulations Dvorah - we are all very excited about being able to use these new cards.

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Freeya Beenstock who turned 5 in the holiday.

Ori Zisser who turned 11 in the holiday.

Ofri Avishai who turned 6 in the holiday.

Annabelle Sloam who turned 6 in the holiday.

Nili Sadeh who turned 5 in the holiday.

Jonathan Glasenberg who turned 5 in the holiday.

Joey Green who turned 4 in the holiday.

Jordan Green who turned 4 in the holiday.

Jamie-Anna Friedman who turned 11 in the holiday.

Samuel Friend who turned 4 in the holiday.

Joey Dagul who turned 6 in the holiday.

Charles Wolfson who turns 11 this week.

Hannah Mantzur who turns 7 this week.

Eliana Sheldon who turns 8 this week.

Bella Witzenfeld-Saigh who turned 8 this week.

Bronze STARS Award

 

As a school, we have been working towards STARS recognition. STARS is Transport for London's Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe Programme. The travel initiative supports lowering congestion and pollution on Barnet's roads and promotes active lifestyle choices and behaviours. We have been using our daily travel tracker to assess how well we are doing. 

 

Achieving a bronze award is a really good start but always wanting to be the highest achievers means that we would now like to aim for the gold award. Each family can help to contribute directly to our achievement. It would be amazing if everyone who lived in the roads surrounding Norrice Lea and Kingsley Way were walking to school. For families that live further away, 'Park and Stride' is a great alternative which still promotes the values of the programme. 

 

7.1.2020

 

Welcome back!

 

I hope that everyone has had a marvellous break and is ready for all of the excitement of the Spring Term.

 

Staff have spent the last 2 days engaged in great training, allowing for time to consider and discuss as a whole staff team, different areas of school life. There was a focus on the school development plan, maximising the impact of teaching assistants, homework, assessment, developing the use of a new Jewish/Ivrit interactive programme and the development of characteristics of learning. We are excited to share more with you about the latter on the parent evening on May 6th. 

 

We are all excited about what the new term will bring. Years 3 and 4 get to have their first Forest School experience of the year and Reception continue with theirs. Amongst other things we have Book Week, Internet Safety Day, Tu Bishvat, Purim, STEM week and Pesach.

 

Our 3 Kerem Cares committees will be busy making suggestions and improvements and our Year 6s will continue to take on their roles and responsibilities. 

 

I hope to be able to share the published ISI report with you in the next couple of weeks. 

 

Wishing everyone a great term.

 

 

End of term shows

Primary Maths Challenge 12.12.19 A very big well done to all of our winners, especially Ella who goes through to the next round

Primary Maths Challenge 12.12.19 A very big well done to all of our winners, especially Ella who goes through to the next round 1

12.12.19 Year 6 sang to members of the HGSS community

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Happy Birthday to:

 

Alexa Mark who turned 4 this week.

Oliver Harris who turned 5 this week.

Maya Mansfield who turned 5 this week.

Ari Witkin who turned 9 this week.

 

Winners! Congratulations to our netball teams who came 1st and 3rd in the Maccabi Netball Tournament. What a great achievement.

Winners! Congratulations to our netball teams who came 1st and 3rd in the Maccabi Netball Tournament. What a great achievement. 1

More books!

 

Today (10/12/19), more children came to see me with their books. It was so lovely to see how keen the children are to come and show off their hard work. I can see just how hard they and their teachers have been working this term. 

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Bingo Books 9.12.19

 

Each week, different children come to see me with their books. We have a look at the work that they have been doing in each subject, they show me work that they are proud of, they tell me about what they have been learning and we talk about how they can make improvements to their work. Today, some of the children from years 4 and 6 who have already been to Bingo books, came back to see me, to tell me how they have used the feedback to make further improvements to their work. They were very excited to show me the piece of work that they are most proud of. 

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6.12.19

 

Wow!

 

What an amazing week it has been. There is nothing better than being able to show off something you are passionate about to a group of people who are keen to hear it and I can assure you, we more than showed them everything that is wonderful about Kerem. The children were also a credit to us and you, talking confidently and enthusiastically about life and learning at school. 

 

I want to thank you all for your supportive words before and during the inspection. Thank you also to those parents who took the time to fill in the questionnaires. The results were mainly positive which was lovely to see. If there was a question which you answered 3 or 4 to then please do come and talk to someone at school about how you feel. 

 

Inspection reports are normally available in 3 working weeks which means that due to all of the December bank holidays it will probably be early January before we hear anything. As soon as the report has been published it will be available on the ISI website and we will share it with you. 

 

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend.

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

 

 

 

Weekly Statistics - Week ending Friday 6th December

 

 

Number of children late: 39

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment: 8

Number of children out of school for a family event: 7

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 1

Tea Party 6.12.19

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It was such a joy to see muddy smiley children returning from Forest School yesterday. The children are really enjoying the experiences that they are having at Forest School each week and we can really see their skills developing. You can find out what has happened each week by reading the Forest School Blog. 

 

https://www.keremschool.co.uk/forest-school-1/ 


 

Tea party 29.11.19

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More Alef Champ success!

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Weekly Statistics - Week ending Friday 29th November

 

 

Number of children late: 26

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment: 10

Number of children out of school for a family event: 8

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 1

22.11.19

 

This week, staff in Years 1-6 have been preparing for parents’ evening. Part of this involves all staff who teach a year group meeting together to talk about the attainment and progress of the children. Everyone discusses how the children are getting on in all areas of their learning as well as socially and emotionally. These meetings allow for great dialogue between staff and ensure that everyone has the same expectations of all pupils. From hearing the conversations, I know that you are going to be hearing valuable feedback about your children when you meet with teachers in the coming weeks. 

 

On Wednesday we turned purple! Thank you for supporting this initiative. We raised £323.90 which we know that Grief Encounter are very grateful for. 

 

As the weather is getting colder, it is important that all children have coats in school. Please check your child's coat to see that it is named and that it has a hook to hang it on. 

Weekly Statistics - Week ending Friday 22nd November

 

 

Number of children late: 12

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment: 7

Number of children out of school for a family event: 3

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 2

It was a pleasure to hand out Alef Champ certificates today. Well done to the children for doing well with their hebrew reading. Lots of other children told me how hard they are working to make progress with their reading.

It was a pleasure to hand out Alef Champ certificates today. Well done to the children for doing well with their hebrew reading. Lots of other children told me how hard they are working to make progress with their reading.  1

I love the start of Fridays as I get to spend 20 minutes with the children who had been chosen to come to the tea party. We always talk about what has been great about the week and how children are looking to challenge themselves further next week.

I love the start of Fridays as I get to spend 20 minutes with the children who had been chosen to come to the tea party. We always talk about what has been great about the week and how children are looking to challenge themselves further next week.  1

Weekly Statistics - Week ending Friday 15th November

 

 

Number of children late: 23

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment: 6

Number of children out of school for a family event: 2

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 2

12.11.19

 

As part of Maths week, Mrs Collins ran a Maths quiz. Children represented their houses and it was great to see the enthusiastic buzz around Maths. There were even questions for the audience to answer too.

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11.11.19

This morning some of our Year 6 pupils led us in a Remembrance Day ceremony. They told us about the history of Remembrance Day as well and read some poems. The whole school observed a minute's silence.

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This week is Maths Week which will see the children engaging in lots of 'addition'al - pun intended - Maths activities. Maybe you can get involved at home by asking lots of number related questions or giving extra focus to an area of learning - eg number recognition, number bonds, times tables, prime numbers. The aim of the week is to engage children in maths activities outside of traditional maths lessons in order that they can see the value of maths in everyday life. I hope that they have lots of fun. Thank you to Mrs Collins who has led the staff team in the planning and preparation of this week.

10.11.19 We are all so privileged!

 

As I reflect on the Shabbaton, I keep coming back to one thought, and that is how privileged we all are. Although the experiences of the weekend highlighted it, the reality is that we are blessed every day.

 

The staff are privileged to have the opportunity to work with children and families who are enthusiastic and committed to learning and exciting new experiences. This weekend, parents were generous enough to trust us with giving their children a wonderful Shabbat experience away from home, being cared for by staff. The children engaged fully in their experiences, letting themselves be looked after by their teachers, who, in their words "are very different out of school!"

 

Similarly, our children and families are privileged to have staff who will go over and above to offer great experiences for pupils. To leave their own families for a weekend to be with the children speaks volumes about their care, commitment and dedication to the children and the families of Kerem School and I would like to take this moment to thank them all. 

 

With such a strong staff, parent and pupil team, it is no wonder that Kerem is a wonderful school. 

Shavua tov from everyone at the Shabbaton

Shavua tov from everyone at the Shabbaton 1

We have spent an amazing shabbat together. The ruach has been wonderful and great fun has been had. Before making havdalah the children reflected on their favourite part of shabbat and it was very special to hear many of them reflect on the learning and davening that they have done together. Now for our motzei shabbat activities and hopefully a little more sleep than last night! 

Shabbat shalom

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8.11.19

 

The weeks seem to be flying by and the fog this morning was a gentle reminder that winter is just around the corner. Please remember to send your children with appropriate clothing for the colder days.

 

The children have all been working hard and as I have visited each class I can see how their learning behaviours are developing and their focus and effort is increasing each week. Every week I meet a child from each class and they have an opportunity to show me their books. If you ask them about this, they will know it as Bingo Books. It is a great opportunity for them to show me how hard they have been working and how their skills and knowledge are increasing week on week.

 

This weekend sees our Year 4 and 5 children along with some very excited members of staff heading off to the Shabbaton. Spending Shabbat with your friends is very special and I know we are going to have a great time. I look forward to telling you all about it next week!

 

Thank you to those of you who have supported the poppy appeal. The Head Prefects enjoyed the opportunity to organise a rota for selling poppies for this great cause. You will see that an email has been sent out about the Camp Simcha toy drive. I know how generous everyone is and how lucky the children who receive the gifts are. 

 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

 

 

I was joined by these children at the tea party today. They were telling me the different curriculum areas that they are feeling more confident in this week.

I was joined by these children at the tea party today. They were telling me the different curriculum areas that they are feeling more confident in this week. 1

This week I was lucky enough to be at the EYU in time for Reception’s Shabbat Party

This week I was lucky enough to be at the EYU in time for Reception’s Shabbat Party 1

Children created a news reel at coding club this week

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Weekly Statistics - Week ending Friday 8th November

 

 

Number of children late: 12

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment: 6

Number of children out of school for a family event: 2

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 0

Steve McQueen: Year 3 Project at Tate Britain

 

Last year our current Year 4s took part in a special art project for Turner prize-winning artist Steve McQueen. He undertook a large scale project to capture a glimpse of the capital's future, a hopeful portrait of a generation to come. You can read more about the project here. 

 

https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/steve-mcqueen-year-3

 

A photograph of the class was taken and this has been put together with thousands of other class photos to create a single large-scale installation. The exhibition can be seen at Tate Britain between 12th November 2019 -3rd May 2020. These photos can also be seen on large billboards across London so if you see one of our children then please take a photo and send it into school.

 

 

PaJeS, together with the Jewish News, are delighted to announce the launch of the Jewish School Awards 2020. Taking place on 11th February 2020, we will be celebrating five years of this prestigious event.

 

Awards Categories

The last four years have seen teachers and non-teaching staff recognised in four categories. The 2020 awards will differ as they feature three new categories, focusing on collaboration in both primary and secondary education.  We would like to encourage you to urge your staff, colleagues, parents and students to nominate their teachers.

There are three categories in total and in each one, an award will be made both to a primary and a secondary school.  

 

Curriculum Collaboration Award
Collaboration between Jewish studies and secular studies

This award will recognise a team of Jewish or Ivrit studies and secular studies teachers who have implemented a joint initiative that has enriched teaching and learning across both Jewish and secular curriculum areas.

Beyond the Classroom Award
Learning about the wider community

This award will recognise a teacher or group of teachers who have initiated a programme that takes students out of the classroom in order to offer them a broader range of learning experiences.  This could include engagement with the wider community and initiatives that have contributed to a deeper understanding of British values.

Volunteer Award
Honouring school-based volunteering

This award will recognise an individual or group of volunteers, governors, parents or others, who are not employed by the school but who have significantly contributed and improved aspects of school life. 

 

If you feel that you would like to nominate anyone for any of these catergories then please click on the link below which will take you directly to the Pajes website.

 

https://www.pajes.org.uk/jewish_schools_awards_2020

1.11.19 These are the children who joined me at the tea party this week

1.11.19 These are the children who joined me at the tea party this week 1

Weekly Statistics - Week ending Friday 1st November

 

 

Number of children late: 5

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment: 8

Number of children out of school for a family event: 3

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 0

29.10.19 Today I visited Immanuel College and was lucky enough to have a catch up with ex Kerem pupils who are now in Year 7.

29.10.19 Today I visited Immanuel College and was lucky enough to have a catch up with ex Kerem pupils who are now in Year 7.  1

The children were very excited to play on the new equipment in the playground

The children were very excited to play on the new equipment in the playground 1
The children were very excited to play on the new equipment in the playground 2
The children were very excited to play on the new equipment in the playground 3

Weekly Statistics - Week ending Friday 25th October

 

 

Number of children late: 6

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment:2

Number of children out of school for a family event: 15

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 0

Pupil Voice

 

I am passionate about children making a meaningful contribution to school life. This year we have moved from all Year 6 pupils being a prefect to having a smaller number. Anyone who wanted to be considered for the role needed to fill in a detailed application about the attributes that they would bring to the role.  

 

In addition to this, we have expanded our school council into 3 groups, each with a specific purpose. We will be focusing on community, charity and the environment. Children who wanted to be in these councils needed to present a manifesto and were voted by children in the class. 

 

I am thrilled to announce children who are going to be representing the student body this year are.

 

Year 6 Prefects 2019/2020

 

Head Prefects

Chloe G

Archie 

Odelya 

 

JS Prefects

Lila 

Reuben 

Sara 

 

Library Prefects

Jenna 

Kitty 

Orli 

 

Office Prefects

Sophie 

Coco 

Ava 

 

Sport Prefects

Maya 

Leah 

Charles 

 

Technology Prefects

Chloe

Seth

Teddy

 

 


 
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Kerem Cares Committees

 
 

Kehilla  

Tzedakah

Tikkun Olam

Year 1

Ofri A

Ollie 

Ariel 

Annabelle 

 

Joey 

Sophia 

 

Year 2

Levi 

Anoushka 

Zara 

Hannah 

 

 

Louie 

Ari.G

 

 

Year 3

Sophie

Naomi

Ollie

Rafi

 

 

Amelie 

Josh

 

 

Year 4

Sarah

Daniel

Ella Bracha

Amelie

 

 

Max

Shai

 

 

Year 5

Mia B. 

Zac

Joseph

Zak

 

 

Amelie 

Mia C

 

 

Year 6TS

Raymond

Eva

Isaac

Ethan 

Leo

 

Dvorah

Isabella

 

 

Year 6W

Lily

Jamie-Anna

Ella

Keira

 

Izzy

Jake

 

11.10.19 - I was joined at the tea party by these children

11.10.19 - I was joined at the tea party by these children 1

Weekly Statistics - Week ending Friday 11th October

 

 

Number of children late: 17

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment: 4

Number of children out of school for a family event: 13

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 0

Thursday 10th October

Today Mr Moses took a large squad to the Barnet Cross Country Heat 1 event. There were between 70 and 90 participants in each race from over 35 schools.

 

Our runners did extremely well in the tough 1 mile course, with one Y6 boy qualifying to represent Barnet which is a great achievement.  Stay tuned to see where the school came overall. 

Thursday 10th October

 

Today parents from Years 1 and 2 were invited to join their children at Forest School. I was lucky enough to get to the Year 2 session. 

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4.10.19

 

At Kerem, a short week is no less busy than a regular week. I had an opportunity to get into every class this week and the children were all working hard. I saw children in a range of classes learning about Yom Kippur and could see how their knowledge progresses as they move up the school. I saw children creating non-fiction texts, other learning how to use their iPads to record their learning and a comprehension lesson being based on a video. Year 5 and 6 pupils participated in a Shakespeare workshop, really bringing their learning to life.

 

Democracy was also in action this week with children from Year 1 to Year 6 standing for a position on our new school councils. The councils are all going under the umbrella Kerem Cares and will give pupils a chance to have a real influence on decisions made at school. In addition to this, many Year 6 pupils have submitted their application forms for the position of prefect or Head prefect. All of these positions will be announced next week.

 

Wishing you Shabbat Shalom

 

 

Weekly Statistics - Week ending Friday 4th October

 

 

Number of children late: 15

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment: 2

Number of children out of school for a family event: 11

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 1

Tea Party and Lower School Kabbalat Shabbat

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3.10.19 Today I saw the amazing collaboration and determination at Forest School. I was with Reception as they used flints to create sparks and fires.

3.10.19 Today I saw the amazing collaboration and determination at Forest School. I was with Reception as they used flints to create sparks and fires. 1
3.10.19 Today I saw the amazing collaboration and determination at Forest School. I was with Reception as they used flints to create sparks and fires. 2
3.10.19 Today I saw the amazing collaboration and determination at Forest School. I was with Reception as they used flints to create sparks and fires. 3
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Friday 27th September

This week has flown by and I can't quite believe that the next time we come to school it will be October!

 

I am fast learning that in this role, no two days are the same! I have spent plenty of time in the office, working my way through policies and paperwork in order to develop a clear strategic development plan which will enable the Strategic Leadership Team, the Leadership Team and the rest of the staff, to implement good practice moving the school to the next stages of its success. 

 

'Pupil Voice' is really important to me and I am keen for the children to feel that they have a real impact on the school. This week also saw the launch of our new Kerem Cares school council structure and we are looking forward to announcing these groups after Yom Kippur and getting them started after Succot. We also gave out applications to Year 6 pupils for the role of prefect. Any pupil who wants to be considered for the role of prefect or Head Prefect needs to complete a detailed application form. We also gave the children the chance to design a new invite for the tea party as well as design greeting cards which can be sent to members of the community whether they have a birthday, a Simcha, bereavement or any other reason. I will be posting the winning designs on this blog when they have been chosen.

 

I have also spent time with every class this week, even going swimming with Year 3 and 4. In every class I found children who were engaged in learning, teachers who were delivering exciting lessons and assistants who were supporting teaching and learning. 

 

A highlight of my week was stepping out of my office in time to see the Year 2 children heading off to Forest School, with their wellie boots and bright smiles. It might have been raining but it did not dampen their spirits. 

 

Please take a moment to reflect on the statistics of the week and think about what you can do to avoid lateness, leaving school for appointments and missed security duties. 

 

I want to take this opportunity to wish you and all of your families, shana tova umetuka with only health and happiness for 5780 

 

 

Weekly Statistics - Week ending Friday 27th September

 

 

Number of children late: 14

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment: 9

Number of children out of school for a family event: 3

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 1

27.9.19 - It has been a busy day...Schlihot, Kabbalat Shabbat and Tea party!

27.9.19 - It has been a busy day...Schlihot, Kabbalat Shabbat and Tea party! 1
27.9.19 - It has been a busy day...Schlihot, Kabbalat Shabbat and Tea party! 2
27.9.19 - It has been a busy day...Schlihot, Kabbalat Shabbat and Tea party! 3
27.9.19 - It has been a busy day...Schlihot, Kabbalat Shabbat and Tea party! 4

I had a lovely treat today, Thursday 26th September, when some Year 4 pupils came to show me the Rosh Hashana artwork that they had completed

I had a lovely treat today, Thursday 26th September, when some Year 4 pupils came to show me the Rosh Hashana artwork that they had completed 1
20th September - 3 of the highlights of my week!
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Weekly statistics - week ending 20th September

 

Each week I am going to share the statistics of the number of children who have been late to school, left school for an appointment or have been absent from school for an event. Please remember, without your children here, it will be hard for us to maintain the high standards that I promised.

 

I am also including the number of missed security duties as these are vital to the safety of our community 

 

Number of children late: 10

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment: 7

Number of children out of school for an event:

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 2

Kabbalat Shabbat

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Today I had lunch with Reception

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Tea party 13.9.2019

 

It was really exciting to host my first tea party this morning. The children talked to everyone about why they had been chosen to come to the tea party. They then shared something that they had enjoyed in school this week.

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6.9.19

 

What a week!

 

It has been a great few days back at school. 

 

The Nursery team have enjoyed meeting families at home visits and the Reception team have enjoyed meeting children and their parents at the EYU.

 

Children from Years 1-6 got straight into their learning and 3 classes even had their first trip to Forest School.

 

I was lucky enough to be invited to a chocolate tasting lesson in Year 4 and got to experience two ruach filled Kabbalat Shabbats. Kol ha Kavod to the children who helped to lead those.

 

Don’t forget to have a look at the different class blogs to find out more about what the children have been up to.

 

Shabbat Shalom

Ms Simon

4.9.19 - WELCOME BACK!

 

There has been a fantastic buzz around school today. The day started with whole school teffilah and the ruach of Adon Olam was just amazing. The children then spent the day finding out about new routines in their classrooms, the playground and the dining room. I am sure that they have lots to tell you about.

 

I would like to thank everyone for their warm wishes for the start of the new year, I have been really touched by them. I look forward to working closely with all of you this year. 

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