Mark Evison Foundation

The Mark Evison Foundation is an incredible organisation which provides students with funding to embark on a challenging project which takes students out of their comfort zone. Lots of girls signed up and we look forward to finding out more about their projects. Two of our Year 13 students came to inspire our Year 12’s by presenting their projects.

Sue Harris Trust – Jewish Swab Week

We are happy to be participating in the Sue Harris Trust initiative to create a donor register that will potentially help people in our community with forms of cancer that require stem cell treatment. We invited a guest speaker to discuss the initiative with our girls and the actual testing will take place on Tuesday 11th February.

Debbie Danon – Entrepreneur and Leadership coach

Debbie came in to talk to the girls about her career path. An academically successful person, she went to Cambridge but found that she was not interested in the career paths her peers were following. Instead she found that her strength was in fostering and coaching interpersonal relationships. Passionate about creating better understanding about diversity and its benefits to businesses she set up her own Consultancy that helped businesses to unlock the potential in all their staff and better recruit a diverse workforce. She spoke to the girls about the challenges of building a business and the value of taking calculated risks which will lead to a fulfilling career.

Gesher: Gateshead trip

Year 11:

On Thursday 30th January, some of our Year 11 students went on a Gesher trip to Gateshead. These trips enrich our girl’s experience of Hasmonean and fun was had by all!

EcoClub has started at the Girls’ School!

A group of students have begun work to develop a small corner of the Girls’ school into a garden space. The aim is to provide a flower habitat for bees, alongside a fruit, vegetable and herb garden to support our creative arts department and raise awareness of our responsibility to the environment.

So far, students have sown a range of seeds, which we hope to plant into the ground as spring approaches. The club is free and takes place in the science block during Monday lunchtime as part of our extra-curricular programme.

We are looking for support with this new project. If you wish to find out more information, please contact Miss Liley on

Makeup and Photography Workshop

On Tuesday 4th February, our Year 10-13 girls’ media students hosted Karen Wagner to run a makeup and photography workshop.

Karen Wagner is a London based Makeup Artist who was trained at The Christine Blundell Makeup Academy. Karen has experience working in film, TV and theatre. The students especially liked that Karen worked on the latest Aladdin film and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Students from Year 10 and 11 focused on the iconic styles of 1920s, 1960s and 1980s makeup. They brought in clothes and accessories which also evoked these eras for their photoshoot. Our Year 12 and 13 students worked on horror special effects. As part of the course is looking at different genres, the girls were very keen to understand what goes into the makeup behind the scenes of a horror film. This was a fantastic way that all students worked together as a department to understand the pre-production for a media production.

One of our Year 11 students wrote: “In class, I was granted the opportunity to explore on-screen makeup in a studio setting. First my class and I were introduced to a professional makeup artist, Karen Wagner, who specialises in film and TV. She taught us how to create fashionable looks from past decades, using mood boards, demonstrations, and a verbal tutorial.

Afterwards, we were able to experiment creating these past decades’ styles on each other. I chose to do an 80s punk theme look on my classmate, as I believe that this look would allow me to experiment with colour and contour more than the others. Altogether I found it really enjoyable as I was given an insight to the cosmetic side of the cinematic industry, as well as gaining a better understanding of how different makeup styles represent different characters. For example, a meaner, more intense character would be presented to have darker eye and lip colours, in order to suggest an internal toughness and create a sense of mystery for character. I have gained more skills and a better understanding to how makeup contributes to the overall mise-en-scène (setting the scene) to the film.

After the makeup, we were given the opportunity to take photographs of our classmates in a studio environment. We set up a black backdrop and professional studio lights in order to produce clear and professional photographs of each other. The pictures that were taken were mainly portrait and mid-shots of the subject, in order for the audience to clearly see the makeup designs on the models, however, I believe the mid-shots were more successful as they showed the body language of the models, including their facial expressions, whilst the portraits only contained the latter quality.

In conclusion, I found this workshop very successful as I have developed new photographic skills. I have also learnt how lighting is an essential part of cinematography, as it can drastically change the atmosphere of a photograph or scene. Additionally, now that I have gained personal experience, I feel like I can analyse other photographic work to a higher quality.


Trip to Imperial War Museum

The Year 10 Hasmonean girls visited a new temporary exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, which was curated by Mrs A Abecasis.

Students took part in specially created learning sessions developed for the IWM which focus on the efforts of Rabbi Dr. Solomon Schonfeld and Sir Nicholas Winton to rescue children and bring them to Britain prior to the outbreak of the Second World War.

The workshop included testimony and clips of Kinder who came to England during the years of 1938-1940.  The temporary display also included several personal items belonging to Rabbi Dr. Schonfeld and Sir Nicholas, kindly lent by their families for this partnership work.

The children were under severe threat from the Third Reich and sadly 1.5million children were killed due to the atrocities of the Nazi regime. The heroism of these two men, along with other members of the CBF/CCJR and the British Government, enabled 10,000 children to find a safe place and access to housing and education in Britain.

While visiting IWM, students also had the opportunity to explore the highly respected Holocaust Exhibition which includes powerful survivor testimony. The girls found the exhibition both informative and very moving – indeed the whole day was a very valuable learning experience for them.

Thank you to Mrs Abecasis for organising this event.

Girl’s Chanukah Fair

To conclude the very busy autumn term, HIPE along with Year 12 created a fabulous Chanukah Fair on Friday 20th December.

The girls enjoyed making photo keyrings, biscuit decorating, apple bobbing and hair styling. Food was on offer: doughnuts, popcorn and candy floss. Everyone had a simply marvellous time and it was wonderful to go into Chanukah in such a joyous way. Our Hasmo girls were certainly full of the Chanukah spirit!

Year 7-10 End of Term Concert

On the final day of term, Friday 20th December, our Year 7-10 boys were treated to an exclusive concert with world famous singer and Hasmonean alumnus, Eitan Freilich. He entertained the boys with a medley of Chanukah songs. There was lots of audience participation and the odd impromptu rekidah!

Thank you to Benji Shebson for organising and to Eitan for giving his time.

Rewards Trip for the Chesed House

Each term, the house with the highest attendance and highest number of net positives will be rewarded with an afternoon out of school for some fun. The winning House from term 1 was Chesed and they were rewarded with an afternoon at Hollywood Bowl. Chesed have set the early benchmark.