Bar Mitzvah Event

Our Year 8 boys celebrated their Bar Mitzvah year in style with a Drive Thru Ice-Cream Bonanza. This fantastic event was organised by the Boys’ School HIPE team: Yossi Fachler and Benji Shebson. It was wonderful to see the students and their families enjoying themselves in a socially distanced way! PHOTO-2020-07-07-19-19-57

Year 7 students Bat Mitzva

Every single year Hasmonean Girls has created a meaningful Bat Mitzva celebration for the Year 7 students and this year was no exception. Mrs (and Mr) Naylor, along with Mrs Paster and the HIPE team of Shira Rabson, Hodaya Schiff and Racheli Wagner delivered a special brunch to every single girl.  Later in the day, they all shared a Zoom celebration which was perfectly pitched for this special milestone in their lives.

Support our Boys!

A number of our boys are participating in a sponsored bike ride for the Shabbat Walk in August 2020.  For more information and to support them, please click the link here!

Blank CANvas Competition

Congratulations to Shira in Year 10 for coming Third in the Blank CANvas design competition. The task set was to design a can which would promote recycling. This is a great message for all of us.

Shira’s winning design can be found at https://everycancounts.co.uk

Hi33_Challenge Lag B’Omer: Lockdown style

Hasmonean Girls’ amazing Informal Education team concocted a plethora of 33 Challenges for the girls to do at home while raising much needed funds for future HIPE activities.

 

Lag B’Omer began with DWL’s Louise Leach running a zoom Zumba session for over 70 participants. Later on in the day, girls were encouraged to a number of other “33-related” challenges, such as:

  • Learn how to say 33 in three other languages,
  • Say 3 things they are grateful for,
  • Speak to a grandparent for 3 (or more!) minutes.

 

From 3.30pm – 5.30pm, 33 challenges faced our girls as they raced to reach their fund raising targets. In the space of less than 24 hours, over £15,000 was raised!

 

Thank you to Miss Rabson, Miss Schiff and Miss Wagner for a such a bonkers way of enjoying Lag B’Omer!

Challah Bake

Our HHCT Informal Education team having been keeping our girls busy. Events have included a zoom challah bake, partnering with Rebbetzin Joanne Dove in two sessions. Close to 100 students participated and lots of pictures of glossy brown challot were sent in.

 

HIPE have also launched a social media page for the students with exciting videos and clips, such as virtual Yom Ha’Atzmaut events. They have instituted a weekly “Thought for Thursday: a video of a JS teacher answering contemporary issues.

 

There is also a daily conference call with Mincha and daily inspiration from a different teacher each day, as well as Rosh Chodesh Hallel online for all.

 

Years 11-13 have had fun rapping with Rabbi Moshe Friedman … on zoom!

 

And look out for the Lag Ba’Omer event coming soon! ​

 

Trip to Oxford

A number of Year 11 and 12 girls were given the chance to attend a talk at Christ Church College Oxford on the 13th March. Ana Hastoy provided the girls with a personalised event which started with a talk about admissions and access to Oxford. Ana explained the College system and gave us an excellent run through of the dos and don’ts for Personal Statements for Oxbridge.

We had a tour of Christ Church where we were shown the Hogwarts stairs and dining hall. Later we were able to talk to the Oxford Rabbi and a Jewish student who gave the girls an insight into Jewish life in Christ Church and beyond. It was great to hear how well the Jewish students are provided for and how far the Colleges have gone to provide Kosher meals and facilities.

We met with a panel of First Year female students, including students from the Physics, Maths, Philosophy, Medicine and Music departments. They were able to provide us with a better understanding about what student life involves, including their personal application process, the work-life balance, and interesting events which the students get to partake in. Our Hasmonean girls asked pertinent and interesting questions which enabled us to better understand how STEM subjects are taught, as well as the options available in the Humanities and joint degrees.

Before we left we were able to tour the smaller College of Corpus Christi with its incredibly ancient library which was a highlight for some of our girls. Ana will be coming in later in the year to talk to a larger number of students as part of our Oxbridge programme.

Raffi Berg

Last week, Hasmonean had the privilege of welcoming Raffi Berg back to the school to talk to our Year 11 students. Raffi Berg is an author of an amazing new book about the Mossad secret operation. To evacuate thousands of Ethiopian Jews who had been languishing in refugee camps and the spiriting of them to Israel, the Mossad opened a new luxury holiday resort. Catering for divers, it attracted guests from around the world. Little did the holidaymakers know that the staff were undercover spies!

Raffi wrote this book in collaboration with operatives involved in the mission, endorsed as the definitive account and including the commander who went on to become the Head of the Mossad.

Our Sixth Formers were thoroughly mesmerised by this remarkable event!

Space and STEM Summer School: Mission Discovery

In 2018, one of our Year 10 students was part of the Space and STEM Summer School called Mission Discovery held at Kings College London (KCL). Students were competing to launch an experiment of their own design to the International Space Station (ISS).

Our student, Shiri, was in the team TITAN pHive and they had to present their idea in front of 250 people, as well as the board of judges. TITAN pHive won the competition! NASA is now preparing her experiment and it will be launched into space on Saturday 7th March where the ISS astronauts will conduct Shiri’s experiment! Her experiment will be handed over to SpaceX to be launched on SpaceX20, where astronauts aboard the ISS will conduct her experiment and send the recordings down to earth.

Shiri’s experiment is called ‘Planarian Flatworm Regeneration in Microgravity’, and will measure the rate of cell division in space using GFP.

Equine Therapy

Hasmonean High School for Girls have recently collaborated with the non-profit charitable organisation called Strength in Horses (SIH). Strength in Horses provides equine assisted therapy to children in order to promote personal growth and development, as well as improve their mental wellbeing.

On Wednesday 12th February, some of our girls attended their first session. They were introduced to the horses and had a very enjoyable afternoon, spending time in a rural environment and reconnecting with a more natural way of life.

Our programme will run for 6 to 8 weeks and is designed around the needs and challenges of our students. Our students will learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviours, and patterns. Our pupils work on the following targets:

  • Relational difficulties including building effective communication and trust
  • Problem solving, team work and developing more helpful interactions with others
  • Specific skills development including supporting engagement in education and work settings (e.g. listening, persistence, and patience)
  • Engagement with the therapeutic process
  • Confidence building, assertiveness and increased self-awareness
  • Emotional difficulties in particular aggression, emotional volatility, low mood and anxiety

This provision is a very rewarding and stimulating therapeutic experience for our pupils and is organised by our school’s SEN Department.