Editorial – 24th July 2020

Dear Parents,

 

Thank you for all of your support during this difficult time.  Please can you take some time to read the new letters that have been posted on eNews as they contain important information about our return to school in September.

 

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

Editorial 16th July 2020

Dear Parents,

 

As you would expect, a great deal of thought is going into planning for how the full return to school in September can be managed as safely as possible. We are discussing our plans with staff tomorrow and will be sharing them with you next week.

 

Please note that the arrangements for the last week of term:

 

On Monday 20th, as was advertised in the calendar, there will be no teaching, nor will there be supervision in school until after break at 11:30. This is to allow for the traditional staff breakfast to take place where we thank staff for their hard work and say farewell to leavers.

 

Next week, we will be holding pastoral check-ins in school for all students as follows at both schools. Online lessons will not occur for year groups on the days when they are in school as outlined below:

 

Monday – Year 7 in school for their pastoral check-ins

 

Tuesday – Year 8 in school for their pastoral check-ins

 

Wednesday – Year 9 in school for their pastoral check-ins

 

Thursday – Year 12 in school for their pastoral check-ins – no live lessons for the whole school (see below)

 

Friday – Year 10 in school for their pastoral check-ins – no live lessons for the whole school (see below)

 

On Monday from 11.30am until the end of Wednesday, all other online lessons will be delivered as normal, with the exception of those outlined above.

 

Please note that the children of key workers and vulnerable children will continue to be supervised in school and pastoral check-ins will continue as scheduled throughout next week for all year groups except for Monday morning until 11.30am.

 

As previously mentioned, all staff who are not shielding will be coming in to school on the final two days of term, Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th July, to work in departments to prepare for September. They will therefore not be teaching live lessons on these days but instead giving students guidance to ensure they have completed all of the work covered during lockdown and will be signposting them to extension activities within the extension room on these final two days.

 

The Hasmonean High School Charitable Trust Kodesh programme will continue throughout next week as usual.

 

We are currently consulting on the Relationships and Sex Education Policy, the teaching of which is statutory from September 2020.

The policy can be found here: https://hasmoneanmat.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Hasmonean-RSE-policy-DRAFT.pdf

 

If you wish to comment on the policy, please do so here: https://forms.gle/BJFbtBhwDzTM29UB6 .  Comments should be submitted by 5pm on Monday 10th August

 

 

Good Shabbos to all,

 

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 9th July 2020

Dear Parents,

 

Please click above link to watch a video from the staff, governors, trustees and members of the Hasmonean 2020 fundraising committee to thank you for all your support with the campaign which has enabled us to ‘Preserve What’s Precious’.

 

With regard to our plans for September, we are currently working our way through extensive risk assessments and having discussions with other Barnet Headteachers and the local authority to ensure that the return to school for all students and staff is as safe as possible. Once we have finalised our plans, we will share them with you, as well as with unions, governors and the local authority.

 

We intend to do this before the end of term. However, please do bear in mind that guidance from the government may change over the summer holiday and our plans may be subject to change. If this is the case, we will let you know by email and via our website.

 

Wishing you a good Shabbos and a relaxing weekend,

 

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 2nd July 2020

Dear Hasmonean Community,

 

We did it! We have exceeded our £1.6m target!

 

On behalf of everyone at Hasmonean, thank you so much, so much.

 

The collective power of the Hasmonean community never ceases to amaze, a power that is in its achdut.  To witness the tremendous vision, skill and conviction within our Fundraising Committee, composed mainly of governors, trustees and parents, utterly focussed on safeguarding this amazing institution, is truly humbling. We are so grateful to all of the parents, staff, students, alumni, governors and trustees who played their part in this communal effort.

 

Our families, communities and alumni have risen to support us in our time of need. They have demonstrated the value that they put on a good education and the trust that they have in Hasmonean to deliver. We stand in awe of their kindness and support, give thanks that we can continue to provide for our children’s futures, and pray that we will now move from strength to strength, offering every child what they need to grow to become inspired and upstanding members of Am Yisrael.

 

Our sincere thanks to the matched funders, the pillars of the Hasmonean community:

Simon and Louise Abraham

Families Goldberg

Sharon and Daniel Green

Investream Charitable Trust

Shuli and Feigy Lerner

Family Noé

Katie and Ben Shooter

and those who wish to remain anonymous

 

Our deep thanks to the core Fundraising Committee who are governors/ Trustees or Members of the MAT: 

Mrs Jacqueline Benjamin – co-leader of last year’s campaign and lynchpin of this campaign

Mr Steven Blumgart – tireless supporter and preserver of all that is precious about Hasmonean

Mr Jonny Feinmesser – co-leader of last year’s campaign and lynchpin of this campaign

Mr Daniel Green – tireless supporter and preserver of all that is precious about Hasmonean

Mr Yossi Halberstadt – tireless campaigner for Hasmonean

Mr Maurice Klajman – tireless campaigner for Hasmonean

Mr Daniel Lyons – media strategist and tireless supporter of the schools

Mr Ben Shooter – Chair of The Fundraising Committee who has now raised an incredible £7.3m for Hasmonean

 

Our sincere thanks to parents, staff and alumni:

Mrs Jodi Benaim – Preserve What’s Precious Campaign Chairperson who has worked tirelessly on this campaign

Mrs Julie Goldberg  – new member of the committee who has who has given so much for this cause

Mrs Miriam Landau – new member of the committee who has who has given so much for this cause

Mr Joshua Lyons – media strategist

Mrs Dawn Murray – our tireless and wonderful co-ordinator upon whom we all depend

… and the whole team including Mr Yiannis Oskis and Mrs Harris Ellis who helped behind the scenes.

 

Our heartfelt thanks to all of the ambassadors, team leaders and donors. Without your energy, enthusiasm, commitment, none of this would have been possible.

 

Our genuine and long-lasting thanks to:

Our Elector Rabbonim Rabbi Greenberg and Rabbi Bixenspanner and to all the communal rabbonim who supported our campaign.

 

Special thanks to:

Rabbi Greenebrg, Rabbi Zobin and Mr and Mrs Kanzen who spoke at our launch event.

 

Together, we have preserved what is precious.

 

With sincere, deep and heartfelt thanks to all,

 

Gary Swabel – Chair, Hasmonean MA

Andrew McClusky – CEO, Hasmonean MAT

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Reminder

This is a reminder that next Thursday, 9th July is a Fast Day and school will finish for all students at lunchtime.

Editorial 25th June 2020

Dear Parents,

 

On Wednesday, to mark their virtual graduation in the evening, Mrs Paster, Mrs Hamer and the Informal HIPE team organised a special treat for the Y13 girls. A float was hired and decorated with a banners and balloons and it went round to every girl’s house. Each girl was presented with a box of goodies and a short speech was made in her honour to the accompaniment of music from the float. The event was carefully choreographed to ensure that social distancing was maintained and the staff followed the float in their own cars.  The sun shone and the delight on the faces of the girls and their parents spoke volumes about how important this gesture was to them which was funded from private donations and the HIPE budget.  The day ended with a very successful graduation event on zoom with live speeches and a beautifully constructed video put together by Hannah Benaim, the outgoing Head Girl, and her friends. This was composed of good wishes from the teachers, the girls’ memories  of their time at school and good wishes from some illustrious celebrities.

 

It was really inspiring to see how a thoughtful gesture could have such an impact and huge thanks are due to the members of HIPE- Racheli Wagner, Shira Rabson and Hodaya Schiff for their tireless energy in making this happen under the careful direction of Mrs Paster and Mrs Hamer. A short video of the event can be seen here:

https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/hasmonean-girls-brings-graduation-ceremony-to-six-formers-doorsteps/

 

Mrs Katherine Brice

Headteacher: Girls’ School

 

 

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Dear Parents,

 

On Tuesday morning you may have received an email regarding voluntary contributions. Due to a computer malfunction, this email was sent to you in error. Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

Should you have any queries relating to voluntary contributions, please contact Ms J Alleyne via email on j.alleyne@hasmonean.co.uk

 

Kind regards,

 

Ms T Luke

Acting Head of Finance & Premises

Editorial 18th June 2020

Dear Parents,

 

The response from the community to Tuesday night’s message has been amazing, with more and more parents signing up every day to become our Team Leader for our Fundraising campaign.

 

For those who were not able to attend, we hope that you have now had an opportunity to view the Zoom recording and feel empowered to sign up as a team leader.  The link to do this is here.

 

With 10 days to go until the live campaign opens on the Charidy platform, there’s no time like the present to get calling, messaging and tweeting your friends, family, colleagues and associates.  Who will be on your list?  Can you ask 4 or 5 parents that you know to be team leaders?  We can ALL make a difference!

 

We really need every family to form a team, play their part and help the cause. Thank you so much to all those families that have already signed up. To those that have not yet signed up, we really need your support as well.

 

If you have any questions, please email 2020campaign@hasmonean.co.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

 

Thank you in advance for your support!

 

Kind regards,

 

The 2020 Campaign Team

 

Editorial – 11th June 2020

Dear Parents,

 

As we explained last week, the government’s intention for the next phase is that ‘face-to-face support [should] supplement the remote education of Year 10 and Year 12 pupils, which should remain the predominant mode of education during this term for pupils in these year groups.” At Hasmonean, face-to-face online learning began to take place soon after lockdown and we significantly increased our face-to-face provision from June 1st.

 

We continue to risk assess a number of different models to bring in Year 10 and 12 pupils to supplement their online learning. To run regular lessons is not possible: a maximum of 25% are allowed in at any one time and we do not have enough teachers within each subject to teach classes small enough to enable the strict social distancing that is required to take place. We also have to bear in mind that the teachers who are supervising students in school cannot teach their online lessons at the same time which will have an adverse impact on the learning of the vast majority of students who are not in school each day. We are treading carefully so as not to disrupt the online provision that is now the bedrock of our children’s learning.

 

We will risk-assess and consult on our plans, and will share them in the next week or so. However, in the meantime, please be assured that children will continue to follow the online timetables to ensure that they benefit from a high standard of education. Details of next week’s HHCT Kodesh programme will sent to you as normal by Rabbi Golker tomorrow.

 

Wishing you a good Shabbos and a relaxing weekend,

 

 

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 – 4th June 2020

Dear Parents,

 

We hope that you had an enjoyable Shavuot and that you and your families are well.

 

Thank you so much to the very high number of parents who joined our Zoom meeting about online learning on Monday. It was very heart-warming to receive so many expressions of thanks for the effort our staff are putting into digital learning. While we know what we are doing is not perfect, we are certainly trying to offer the best education possible in the current circumstances and will continue to monitor and adjust our provision in the light of the feedback we receive.

 

On June 1st we re-opened both schools in response to the increased demand to educate vulnerable children and the children of key workers. We now have a small number of students in both schools who are being supported by our staff with their online learning timetables.

 

The government’s most recent advice in regard to the wider re-opening of secondary schools is as follows:

 

Face-to-face support [should] supplement the remote education of year 10 and year 12 pupils, which should remain the predominant mode of education during this term for pupils in these year groups. Our assessment, based on the latest scientific and medical advice, is that we need to continue to control the numbers attending school to reduce the risk of increasing transmission. Therefore, schools are able to have a quarter of the year 10 and year 12 cohort (for schools with sixth forms) in school at any one time.

 

Unlike many schools, and thanks to the generosity of our Trustees, Hasmonean is in the fortunate position of being able to ensure that all of our children have access to digital devices. The new online learning timetables also ensure that children in all year groups are benefitting from face-face teaching.

 

However, we are currently discussing amongst ourselves and with Headteachers from other schools how we can supplement our face-to-face provision for Year 10 and 12 in school. This is a far from straightforward process. Only one quarter of these year groups is allowed in school at any one time and class sizes will need to be very small to enable us to observe strict social distancing rules. We also need to ensure that we can sustain our online learning programme for students who continue to learn remotely so that they do not miss out. The government has also asked – for very understandable reasons – that a comprehensive risk assessment be undertaken before any wider re-opening is undertaken and for consultation to take place with the various unions, as well as with trustees and parents to ensure that children and staff are kept as safe as possible.

 

We will publish our plans so that you can see them in advance as soon as we are able to do so. However, in the meantime, please be assured that children will continue to follow the online timetables to ensure that they benefit from a high standard of education.

 

 

 

Wishing you a good Shabbos and a relaxing weekend,

 

 

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 21st May 2020

Dear Parents,

 

Please check your child’s relevant year group in eNews for a letter relating to increased online education from June 1st in response to the online surveys we recently carried out. This was also emailed out earlier today.

 

We are delighted that our teachers have familiarised themselves with our online learning platforms so quickly and are increasing the provision within such a short timeframe, especially given that many of them are working from home in challenging circumstances. Our provision will be reviewed and refined further, if need be, over the coming weeks to ensure that it is as effective as possible.

 

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 14th May 2020

Dear Parents,

Government Guidance Regarding Schools Re-opening

If the Government’s five key tests are met, secondary schools will be able to facilitate face-to-face contact for Year 10 and Year 12 before the summer break.  We are very keen to have your children back in school. However, we also need to manage this in a way which keeps them and our staff as safe as possible. The local authority are working on information, guidance and risk assessments for Barnet schools and we will be in touch with you again about our plans in due course.

Online Learning Surveys

We are grateful to you, your children and our teachers for completing our survey about online learning. There were many positive comments which is encouraging. We will be taking onboard the many helpful suggestions from staff, parents and students about online learning and producing an action plan to further refine the way in which we teach online.

 

Whereas 70% of parents thought that the amount of Kodesh being offered by the Hasmonean Charitable Trust programme was ‘about right’, 69% of parents and around half of students desired an increased amount of secular lessons. We will now be working with staff to find the best way to manage this, balancing the need to provide the best possible education with the fact that staff are teaching online from home, having to juggle home and work commitments until schools and childcare facilities return to normal.

 

Key Workers and Parents of Vulnerable Children

With lockdown partially lifting, we are aware that an increased number of parents may now need us to supervise their children in school.  Please be aware that the provision in school will be the same as that provided to students studying at home.  If you are a parent who is a key worker or a parent of a vulnerable child who now wishes their child to attend school, please inform the relevant headteacher:

 

Mrs Brice (Girls’ School): k.brice@hasmonean.co.uk

Mrs Lebrett (Boys’ School): d.lebrett@hasmonean.co.uk

 

Wishing you a good Shabbos and a relaxing weekend,

 

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