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27th June 2017
We loved having Darren Campbell MBE come in to school today. The children were inspired by Darren's story and enjoyed circuit training. All the children had the opportunity to have their photo taken with Darren. Thank you to all those families that have sent in sponsorship money, this will go towards much needed sports equipment for our school. If you haven't sent in your money please do so.
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22nd July 2017

Our fabulous contribution to the Borehamwood Art show at 96 Shenley Road. Please visit the exhibition, this weekend, as we have included many of our pupils' work.

Our fabulous contribution to the Borehamwood Art show at 96 Shenley Road. Please visit the exhibition, this weekend, as we have included many of our pupils' work. 1

20th June 2017

Please be reassured we have taken advice from Public Health England and followed their recommendations in trying to keep everyone cool and safe in this hot weather! Everyone enjoyed ice-lollies yesterday and we are all encouraging the children to drink enough water.

 

We would like to thank the new 'Gilberts Chemist' in Borehamwood for their kind donation of boxes of tissues for our children, we are sure our hayfever sufferers will put the tissues to good use!

Please make sure you visit your child's class blogs, regularly to have a look at photos, work and learning that has taken place this week.

 

We are very excited about our visit from Darren Campbell next week. Please remember to send in any sponsorship money raised. 

 

19th June

Well done to the Year 1 pupils who worked hard to complete their phonics tests this week. We are very proud of them and they enjoyed a fun pyjama party to celebrate!

 

Year 6 are busy practising for their fabulous end of year show 'Joseph'. If the rehearsals are anything to go by we are all in for a treat!

 

The teachers welcomed our colleagues from Summerswood Primary School here for the staff meeting this week, where pupils writing and good teaching practice was shared between our two schools.

 

Even though we have shared with the pupils who their teachers will be for the new academic year, we have also stressed to them that they still have a lot of learning to do in their current class. More details to follow regarding transition sessions..

 

This week Mr Conway met with the school council they shared some thoughts about what they think about 'Jewish life and learning' in our school. The school council brought with some ideas from their classmates that included:

  • Pupils enjoyed the Jewish learning days
  • Pupils felt it was important to pray together in the week
  • Pupils wanted to know more about other religions.

The school council also discussed the upcoming visit from athlete Darren Campbell and it was decided that the sponsorship money raised from the event would go towards much needed PE equipment.

 

Thank you to those families who have sent in Sainsbury's active tokens, the school council have decided to spend the vouchers on new games boxes for playtime.

 

Please remember we have class photos being taken on Monday.

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

12th June 2017

Some of the winners of last term's raffle prize enjoyed their gardening time with Mr Conway this afternoon. We are so pleased with the colourful plants they have planted. The other 'Gardening' winners will have their opportunity to plant later in the week.

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8th June 2017

We have had such an exciting day today...

We welcomed TV's Dr Ranj Singh and Jonny Benjamin to our school today. They were a big hit with all the children who recognised Dr Ranj from CBeebies! Our visitors talked to the children about 'Friendship'. The children came up with some great statements about being good friends;

"If you don't have anyone to talk to, it's like you are on a cloud" Amber(Year 2)

"You can tell a responsible adult, so they can help you" Samuel(Year 2)

"We need to be a good friend" Hazel (Reception)

"You need good friends" Rubert (Reception)

Picture 1 Dr Ranj and Jonny Benjamin
We also had our own 'General Election' today. Our Year 6 children prepared manifestos and presentations for the Conservative, Labour, Liberal and Green political parties, which they shared in our assembly this morning. The children were able to vote for their preferred political party and the winners were announced at the end of the day! If it were up to our children Labour would be the winners, with Liberal Democrats coming second, Green party were third, and Conservatives came fourth! We await to see the real results of the General Election over the next 24 hours!
Picture 1 Our own Clore Shalom Polling station

26th May 2017

We have all really enjoyed Creative Arts week, each year group have chosen a particular artist to study:

Nursery and Reception-Claude Monet

Year 1-Andy Warhol

Year 2-Van Gogh 

Year 3-Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Year 4-Georgia O’Keefe

Year 5 and Year 6-William Morris

The work that the children have produced from this week has been phenomenal. We welcome parents and visitors to our exhibition after school today.

 

 

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This week has also been tinged with sadness after the events in Manchester. We led some class assemblies and individual class circle times in Years 4,5,6 and the children showed such maturity and sensitivity in their discussions and questions. Our thoughts are with the families that have been affected by this tragedy.

 

We also welcomed Bracha and Dinka from the 'Israeli Guide Dog Centre for the Blind', to our assembly, where Brahcha described life working together with her guidedog and the resources and training that go in to training guidedogs. The Tzedakah council have selected this charity, as one they want to raise money for, as well as 'Guide Dogs UK'.

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We are all looking forward to celebrating Shavuot during our half term break and look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday 5th June, when we will be participating in anti-bulling week.

Wishing you Shabbat Shalom, Chag Sameach and a lovely half term holiday, 

Mrs Cohen

19th May 2017

 

One of the best things about my job is that every day is different. This week was no exception. I enjoyed spending time with Year 6 on their residential and it was just lovely to see them enjoy spending time outside of school life, having fun, singing songs, climbing walls, and just enjoying being together. It made me think about them coming to the end of their primary school experience and although they have lots of exciting things to look forward to after half term, life gets a bit more serious for them as they embark on the next stage of their education in secondary school.

 

I also enjoyed spending time with Year 5 this week, teaching lessons and also, together with Mr Conway, helping them to start preparing for their next school year as leaders of our school with the right behaviour attitude, sense of responsibility and a mutual respect for all.

 

I have also welcomed lots of visitors to the school this week, as I do often, and walking around the school, there is a sense of pride from the pupils and staff as they show visitors their work or share displays. I feel confident that we are turning a corner and although I have recently reported that our Hertfordshire Improvement Partner wrote a glowing report that we now have an improving school, we are all now beginning to believe it and ensure a positive consistent approach in all we do. 

 

Year 4 represented our school at the Hertsmere School Sports Partnership in the tennis competition this week and enjoyed participating.

 

Our British Values assembly, on Thursday, included a focus on whether or not fidget spinners proved a distraction or a useful tool in the classroom and there was an interesting discussion on other popular fads over the years such as 'slinky' toys and 'tamigotchi pets'!

 

The staff have been busy  preparing for 'Arts Week' next week to end our half term and we would like to invite parents to our 'Art Exhibition' next Friday 25th May after Kabbalat Shabbat.

 

We look forward to seeing many of you at the PTA supper quiz.

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and a lovely weekend, Mrs Cohen

 

12th May 2017

Well done to our Year 6 pupils for completing their SATS week in such a mature manner. They are enjoying their surprise trip today. 

The Year 4 football team represented our school in the Maccabi Football tournament this week, making it to the quarter finals! Well done!

The Tzedakah council was re-instated this week and met with Mrs Royle to identify how they can raise money for worthwhile charities.

 

NO FIDGET SPINNERS!

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We have made the decision to ban fidget spinners and any other 'fidget' toys in school. If your child needs strategies to support them to focus in class, please contact a member of our Inclusion team.  

 

Please remember to send your child in to school with a bottle of water and once the weather gets warmer, a sun hat.

Shabbat Shalom

5th May 2017

This week has been a varied week for many of us.

 

 I thoroughly enjoyed my time with year 5 children on their residential. It was just lovely spending time with the children and staff as they enjoyed the outdoor activities(even in the rain!)

The rest of the school participated in some wonderful celebrations for Yom Ha'Atzmaut on Tuesday of this week, enjoying craft, cooking and our traditional Israeli dancing in the playground.

I would like to personally thank the staff that have supported Year 5 on their residential, as well as those people who planned and supported our learning on Tuesday of this week, especially Mrs Yfrah who led Israeli dancing.

 

Those of you who have been checking the website updates will have seen some of the variety of activities that have been taking place, and the enjoyment of all of the pupils.

 

If you haven't already done so please check out your child's class blog page, you will find a range of pictures and images of work, alongside some useful information that will enable you to find out what is going on in their learning.

 

I know for a fact that some pupils have been sharing with you the themes and topics from our Thursday assemblies, these focus on a range of current affairs topics and heavily support in our promotion of British Values. Some of our recent assemblies have discussed life in North Korea, why people run marathons, why so many families have to flee their homes and is the NHS overstretched? Pupils are provided with a range of evidence to consider different factors, and are then given the opportunity to share their own opinion through our interactive display in the corridor. When reflecting on the assembly about life in North Korea, one pupil commented 'I am grateful because I have a choice,' another comment from Sienna stated 'they don't have elections that could be bad for their country,'. The children are really engaging with these assemblies, and it would be great for you to ask them about the topics and discuss it with them each week.

 

We would like to invite parents to our next coffee 'afternoon' on Friday 26th May at 2pm, where the focus of our informal meeting will be 'The Jewish Life and Learning of our school'.

 

We welcomed our Hertfordshire Improvement Partner to the school last week and were delighted to read her most recent report. She has supported us with the many developments that have been made recently and commented that 'This is now a rapidly improving school. Pupils' personal development, behaviour and welfare is now good and the quality of the leadership and management is also good.' Whilst this feedback recognises the fantastic efforts of our community to continue moving our school forwards, like us, she recognises that there is still further improvements to be made to ensure that this is a 'good' school. I would like to personally thank all members of the staff team for their hard work and unrelenting support.

 

I would like to wish our Year 6 pupils lots of luck with their SATS next week. We are sure they will do us all proud!

 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom.

PS Please can you leave fidget spinners at home unless your class teacher have agreed they can be brought in to school.

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Welcome to my blog! I hope to update you regularly on our news each week using this blog. We will still be producing Clore Chronicles, but that will be on a termly basis.

 

I hope you enjoy using our new school website. Have a look at all the class blogs to see what we have been up to. 

 

It has been a very exciting first week of the new summer term. Every class, from Nursery to Year 6 have been inspired to write, by reading the book 'Chalk' by Bill Thomson. Please click on the link below if you would like to buy your copy of the book. The pupils have written their own versions of the story, newspaper articles and even created freeze framed films (see Year 4 blog).

 

This week, the teachers all had training from Mr Conway on how to write their own class blogs and we are already so impressed at how creative they have been.  We have great plans for the blogs and would welcome suggestions from the children and parents about what they would like to see.

 

Children have enjoyed attending our breakfast club and we are pleased to have been able to offer families this provision, as requested.

 

We are delighted to announce our new Headboy and Headgirl, Micky Boyne and Keira Hyman.  They were selected because we all felt they were excellent role models, make good use of every opportunity that is presented to them and would be good ambassadors for our school. Huge 'Mazel Tov' to them and their families for this honour. Congratulations must also go to the Deputy Headboy and Deputy Headgirl and all the house captains (see news).

 

Next week I am looking forward to joining Year 5 on their residential and leave the school in the very capable hands of Mr Conway!

 

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend, Shabbat Shalom!

 

Mrs Cohen

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