The Hasmonean Memorial Day events at the Boys’ School were absolutely outstanding.
Years 7 and 8 took part in an incredibly moving and informative presentation by the Jewish Museum. Thanks to Benji Shebson for inviting the Jewish Museum to come to share his grandfather’s moving story with the boys.
Our Years 9 and 10 boys were assembled in the school hall and, for over an hour, they were taken through a journey by the world renowned Holocaust historian, Rabbi Aubrey Hersh – a Hasmonean alumni – on the meaning of hero.
He presented a fascinating film about a Hungarian Chassidish Jew, the son of a Rebbe, who at aged 18, disguised himself as an SS Officer and was responsible for saving 100’s (maybe 1,000’s) of lives during WW2. For the duration of the assembly, you could hear a pin drop.
Also, a number of students took part in a really outstanding inter-faith morning where students from St Mary’s school were entertained, educated and fed together with a number of our students. It was an exceptional morning and the feedback from the staff and students from St Mary’s was extremely complimentary. Thanks to Mrs Katz, the HIPE team and the teachers involved for delivering a fantastic morning. We have already been invited back to St Mary’s in the near future.