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Editorial 14.10.2021

Dear Parents, We had our Open Evenings this week which provide an opportunity to reflect on what we are seeking to do as a school (or legally two schools). What came out in speech after speech was that achievement is great and we celebrate and encourage it, but what is really fundamental is how we […]

Simchat Beit HaShoevah – Girls’ School

On Thursday 23rd September, Chol Hamoed Succot, the Girls’ School Hall resonated with the sounds of music, laughter and song as around 200 girls (Years 7-8 followed by Years 9-13) had the most fantastic evening. With waffles on offer and the HIPE team to hand, everyone enjoyed a safe and fun-filled evening. Thank you to […]

Girls’ School Erev Yom Kippur

The Erev Yom Kippur Yom Iyun was short, yet perfectly formed. HIPE ran a fun, informative and interactive session with Years 7-9. They explored the three key concepts of Tefilla, Teshuva and Tzedaka. These words are repeated throughout the day, they are both simple and profound and unlock the intricacies of the Yom Kippur Tephilla. […]

A Trio of Cambridge Psychologists

This October, three alumni of Hasmonean Girls will be embarking on their next academic adventure. Hannah (Kings), Hannah (Jesus) and Aurelia (Lucy Cavendish) will all be taking their places at Cambridge to read Psychology. Hannah studied Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Psychology at A-level, following her academic success with a year at MMY. She wrote […]

Editorial 07.10.2021

Dear Parents, The Parsha this week focuses on keeping people safe during dangerous and treacherous times.  Noach built an ark which represented security and safety for him, his family and the animals during a world-changing flood.  The meforshim explain that “taiva,” the Hebrew word for “ark,” also means “word.” Interestingly, they can be viewed as […]

Editorial 17 09 2021

Dear Parents,   Although תעשה ולא מן העשוי is a halachic term to do with building the Succa, Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach would explain that it could also be understood quite literally. Namely, don’t be passive, rather be proactive.   Fresh from the serious and ethereal nature of the Yamim Noraim, we are thrust into […]

Editorial – 9th September 2021

Dear Parents, There is a striking problem about Vidui, the confessional prayer which is such a central part of our tefilla during the Yamim Noraim period. Vidui is phrased in the plural: “We have been guilty, we have betrayed etc.” Surely saying sorry for our sins is a very personal thing and everyone should focus […]

Erev Rosh Hashana

The Jewish Studies Department concluded 5781 with a perfectly designed Erev Rosh Hashana programme. Following Selichot, the Year 10 and 11 students remained in the hall to learn from Rabbi Bennett who discussed with students how we can merit a favourable judgement, focusing on the importance of davening for others. Our Years 7-9 attended Machzor […]

Editorial – 2nd September 2021

Dear Parents, Our INSET day yesterday was the first time all staff have been able to gather together in one place since the first lockdown and it has been really tremendous to welcome both them and all of the students back to school today. The atmosphere is truly wonderful… a sense of homecoming or a […]