Editorial 16.12.2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Just two weeks ago we were enjoying the excitement and light of Chanukah and now we are plunged into the darkness of rising infections and another year of disruption to travel plans and family celebrations to say nothing of burst water mains. Some of us were fortunate enough to experience the joy and energy of the production of Matilda at the Girls’ School which lifted our spirits and sent us out with a spring in our steps.

I thought I could not do better than quoting from the most poignant song in the show – When I Grow Up.

It reminds us of the innocent preoccupations of childhood (eating many sweets/ watching cartoons), as well as the importance of adults shouldering the burden of life and by implication, shielding their children from too heavy a burden too soon.

When I Grow Up
I will be tall enough to reach the branches
That I need to reach to climb the trees
You get to climb when you’re grown up

And when I grow up
I will be smart enough to answer all the questions
That you need to know the answers to
Before you’re grown up

And when I grow up
I will eat sweets every day on the way to work
And I will go to bed late every night
And I will wake up when the sun comes up
And I will watch cartoons until my eyes go square
And I won’t care ‘cos I’ll be all grown up

When I grow up
I will be strong enough to carry all the heavy things
You have to haul around with you
When you’re a grown up

And when I grow up
I will be brave enough to fight the creatures that you have to fight
Beneath the bed each night
To be a grown up

I hope you all have a wonderful winter break with no creatures below the bed.

Shabbat Shalom!


Mrs K Brice,
Hasmonean High School for Girls