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Beit Shvidler to become Voluntary Adided
from January 3rd 2011
The governors are pleased to announce that the London Borough of Barnet has approved the school’s application to become a Voluntary Aided (VA) Nursery and Primary school. This takes effect from 3rd January 2011. This is a significant achievement, one which ensures the long-term financial stability for the school and has a number of other benefits.
When Beit Shvidler was established in 2006, it was always the intention of the Governors that the school become VA. Becoming VA is the culmination of 2 years of working in partnership with Barnet Council and we are all looking forward to the benefits that this will have for all of the staff and children at Beit Shvidler
Student Council Election
Beit Shvidler Primary School enjoyed a 100% turn out at their May 6th General Elections for their first ever Student Council. Hustings took place on Tuesday in Y1 – Y3 with candidates putting themselves forward on platforms campaigning for school improvements such as more french elastics in the playground, longer break times and chocolate on Rosh Chodesh. The children voted on Thursday morning, marking their two chosen candidates on class ballot papers that were posted into the school’s very own ballot box. There were no spoilt ballot papers. Although one class required a recount, the final clear results avoided a ‘hung’ council. The results were announced at a special assembly later in the day. The declared class reps were (Y1) Ilana Breuer-Weil and Tali Quint; (Y2) Benjamin Goldstein and Judah Yawitch; (Y3) Dina Parkus and Ariel Miron. They were applauded and congratulated by their peers who chanted the school mantra of “never mind – maybe next time.” The newly elected councillors, who will hold office until Autumn half term, are keen to assume the mantle of their responsibilities although commented afterwards that they know that the school may not be able to put in place everyone’s’ requests “especially if they are not fair or if the school does not have enough money.” One eager councillor has already made plans to keep a notebook in his pocket so that he can write down everyone’s views.
Chief Rabbi Visit
Healthy Eating Week
Monday 25th January 2010
Pupils this week combined their Healthy Eating Week and learning about Tu Bishvat with a healthy “Cook-In Lunch”. The entire school, from Nursery to Year 3 spent part of the morning preparing a lunch of soup, salad crudités, sandwiches, fruit salad and flapjacks for the pupils and staff. Head Teacher, Ms Sara Keen said, “The children had a fabulous time peeling, chopping, weighing, spreading and mixing and enhancing their fine motor skills. It was also a perfect opportunity for us to enhance their knowledge about different brachos and checking vegetables and fruits for bugs. In addition, the food was delicious!”
Later in the week, pupils will be visiting local supermarkets for a ‘Healthy Food Hunt’ and the school will welcome visits from a local greengrocer and a dentist who will teach them about looking after their teeth.
Healthy Eating Week culminated with a special Tu Bishvat Assembly on Friday with a presentation from the class.
A Visit from Blue Box Bob
Friday 22nd January 2010
BLUE BOX BOB, a new character from the JNF, designed to connect children in the UK to the land of Israel in a fun and engaging way, visited the children at Beit Shvidler Primary School on Friday 22nd January in the run up to Tu Bishvat. Blue Box Bob entertained the children and taught them about the important role that JNF has played in building the land of Israel and making the Negev bloom.
Blue Box Bob asked the children to help him with a special project: to help build a beautiful children’s playground in Sderot, which will have trees, play equipment & shelters.
Giant Chanukiah Presentation at Edgware Jewish Primary School
Tuesday 15th December 2009
This morning, Beit Shvidler Primary School received a giant chanukiah which had been made for them by Year 9 boys from the Hasmonean Boys School: Yair Halbertstadt, Yossi Holder, Aaron Rose, Netanel Fonteijn, Zak Chait and Zev Lider.
The Chanukiah, which was made during the boys’ Design and Technology lessons, was donated as a gift to the school by Mr and Mrs Eddy Breuer-Weil and their children, Ilana, Natan and Michal in memory of both their fathers, Mr Michael Samuels - Moshe Avraham Ben Eliezer and Mr Peter Breuer-Weil - Yisrael Ben Yitzchak Ephraim.
Rabbi David Meyer, Head Teacher of Hasmonean said “this was a great way for our boys to combine their Kodesh and Chol curricula. As well as looking at the particular design elements needed to make this a sound structure, they also needed to consider the halachos of making a chanukiah kosher.”
Mrs Sara Keen, head teacher of Beit Shvidler Primary School commented “this is a well-timed addition to our school - the children will be so excited to be able to light this during our week of Chanukah assemblies and celebrations. We are so grateful to the Hasmonean boys who undertook this challenge and to the Breuer-Weil families for their generous donation. We look forward to using the Chanukiah for many years to come.”
Inaugural Gala Dinner for EJPS
9th November 2009
Beit Shvidler Primary School (EJPS) held its inaugural fundraising dinner on Monday 9th November 2009, at the Marriott Swiss Cottage, raising £140k. The dinner was attended by over 250 friends and supporters with guest speaker, the Rt. Hon. Ruth Kelly MP, former Secretary of State for Education. In her address, Kelly referenced her visit to the school which she felt was being led by an exceptional team and filled with pupils imbued with a love of Judaism and of secular studies. She also paid tribute to the head teacher, Sara Keen, and the governing body for realising the vision for a new and innovative primary school in Edgware. She remarked that Beit Shvidler is a manifestation of how a school can combine excellent education in both secular and religious studies. She concluded that “many people are quick to write-off faith school – yet the Judeo-Christian values taught in faith schools are precisely what underpins all of Western Society.”