Editorial 30th April 2020

Dear Parents,

Chidon HaTanach – Success for Batsheva Schwab

Firstly, we would like to give Batsheva Schwab our warmest congratulations on making it to the final of the international Bible quiz which took place yesterday. We are very, very proud of her for representing the school so magnificently and incredibly grateful to Rabbi Silverman, Miss Simonsson and everyone in the Kodesh department who supported her to perform at this level. We are so, so delighted for her and her teachers. What a fabulous achievement!

Our New Digital World

We are approaching the end of a week in which the Multi-Academy Trust launched G Suite to run a new timetable of secular lessons and The Hasmonean High School Charitable Trust launched a new and exciting summer Kodesh programme.

We would like to thank all staff for leaping into our brave new digital world. We really are grateful to them for engaging with the training that has been offered and for being willing to ‘go live’ so soon afterwards. Their goodwill in these challenging times is never taken for granted.

We would like to remind you that they, like us, are familiarising themselves with G Suite’s functions. Consequently, the online delivery is not yet being delivered as smoothly as we hope it will be when we have all had more opportunity to use the platform.

We will soon be seeking feedback from staff, parents and students on how the digital launch is working for everyone. We would like as many of you as possible to send us feedback and will be sending out links to surveys next week. We will listen to all of the feedback from our surveys and refine our online timetable and teaching in the light of it. However, we will need to bear in mind that each family is in a very different position, as indeed are our teachers, and any refinements will need to take this into consideration.

In the meantime, if you wish to receive help or have any queries in regard to digital learning, please email: help@hasmonean.co.uk and we will be in touch to support you.

Finally, we would like to thank you once again for your patience and understanding during our launch.

With best wishes,

Mr A McClusky – CEO, Hasmonean MAT

Mrs D Lebrett – Headteacher, Hasmonean Boys’ School

Mrs K Brice – Headteacher Hasmonean Girls’ School

Rabbi J Golker – Menahel, Hasmonean MAT

Editorial – 23rd April 2020

Dear Parents,


We hope you are well and would like to begin once again by apologising for the amount of information we wish to share with you. The good news is that we are ready to launch our new G Suite digital learning platform and that the Hasmonean High School Charitable Trust is ready to launch an exciting and inspiring summer Kodesh programme.


We will be emailing three separate letters to parents today:​

  • A letter to parents who have children in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 or 12
  • A letter to parents who have children in Year 11
  • A letter to parents who have children in Year 13


They will include important information about:

  • Our plans for the launch of the G Suite digital learning platform from Monday 27th April for Years 7-12. This includes how your children can access their timetables for online learning, each of their online classes and the work which will be set to support their learning.
  • Information for Year 11 about their GCSE and BTEC results, re-sit examinations​, studies this term and plans for them to commence their A Level/ BTEC studies from next week.
  • Information for Year 13 about their A Level and BTEC results, re-sit examinations, university applications and how they will be supported by the school.


Please ensure that you pass on the information that you will receive in these letters to your children to enable them to access their online learning materials.


Please do bear in mind that staff have only very recently been trained in how to use G Suite.  Ordinarily we would have a much longer period to train staff and transition to this new platform. However, given that we want to provide students with the benefits that this platform can bring as quickly as possible, we have chosen to launch it sooner rather than later. Please bear with our teachers as they familiarise themselves with all of its functions: we are incredibly grateful to them for embracing this new technology at such short notice. We will also be monitoring students’ timetables and will be able to adjust it as we receive feedback from staff, parents and students.


A letter was sent to all parents yesterday about how we can support your children with their mental health and well-being.


Tomorrow, you will receive extremely exciting news about a summer Kodesh programme run by the Hasmonean High School Charitable Trust and an important message from the Trustees of Hasmonean Multi-Academy Trust.


With kind regards,


Mr A McClusky – CEO, Hasmonean MAT

Mrs D Lebrett – Headteacher, Hasmonean Boys’ School

Mrs K Brice – Headteacher Hasmonean Girls’ School

Rabbi J Golker – Menahel, Hasmonean MAT