It has been an absolute privilege and a great pleasure to welcome back students in all year groups at school over the past week. It has been wonderful to see classrooms filled with students learning and a powerful reminder of the importance of education on academic, social and personal development. We have missed our students immensely, and some have even been brave enough to admit that they have missed school over the past few months!
Of course, the school is operating in a very different way than we have done before. I would like to thank the students, staff and parents for following the new guidance carefully and taking the important steps to protect themselves and others by reducing the risk of transmission. As I have mentioned to all of the students, this is a form of secondary education which is very different than one they have seen previously. We are, by necessity, working in an imperfect world, as the Hasmonean Boys’ school building was simply not planned nor designed with a ‘bubbled’ system in mind. We continue to refine our systems in order to keep the students and staff as safe as we possibly can.
I would like to personally thank you for the many messages of support which I have received before the term started. In this important and auspicious month of Elul, it is important to remind ourselves that the middot of gratitude, positivity, kindness and resilience as well as respect for our fellow human beings are vital attributes which we all – adults and children alike – need to be showing at this time.
Wishing you all a relaxing and healthy Shabbat.
Mrs D Lebrett
Hasmonean High School for Boys