Editorial 09/05/19

Dear Parents,

Re: A Personal Thank You and Request for Ongoing Support

It was just over a month ago that the entire community came together in such a powerful way, for the Matched Funding Telethon, to help our major annual fundraiser achieve more than we ever envisaged. I therefore personally want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those that supported the campaign, whether that be through donations, joining us in the call centre on the day (including our outstanding Sixth Formers) or ensuring our message was shared as widely as possible.

Thank you.

Sadly, although possibly not surprising, the focus on the Telethon and the timing of Pesach meant that the amount raised through Voluntary Contributions dropped off in April, leaving the Charity below its target for the year. The financial reality for the School is that it cannot sustain an ongoing shortfall and needs the charity to succeed in raising sufficient VC donations. Please can every family make a concerted push between now and the end of the academic year to ensure that you donate as much of the Voluntary Contribution pledge as possible; £5,750 for the boys’ school and £4,950 for the girls’ school. Every extra £1 will make a difference.

Yours sincerely,

Mr J Feinmesser
Hasmonean Charity Trustee Chairman


Dear Parents,

We have experienced a range of emotions this week: it started with real concern about the safety of the residents of Israel, spanned the very moving Yom Hazikaron ceremony at the two schools presented by Rabbi Shaw and Rabbi Kenigsburg and ended with the excitement of celebrating Yom Haatzmaut.

This feeling of national identity was palpable at both schools this week and, with it, a real sense of achdus within our school community. This was very special to witness and experience.

The opening Perek of the Parsha reminds us of the supreme importance of looking after each other: our friends, our families, strangers within the community. It is only when this is paramount within a community that a true, balanced social order can be maintained. And it is only then that we are able to be a truly holy people.

Wishing you a peaceful Shabbos,

Mrs D Lebrett
Hasmonean High School for Boys