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30th September

This has been a very short week with us being off school for Rosh Hashana, despite this we still have all been very busy. Our School Improvement Partner, Mr Bedford visited us on Wednesday and we shared with him our STEM learning and development areas. It was so lovely to have many of our pupils speak so positively about their learning in this are of the curriculum. 

I have lots of children come and show me their work today and received Excellence Awards, well done to Sofia, Dylan, Toby, Gabriel and Anna, 


This morning in Kabbalat Shabbat Rabbi Neil taught us a song about being Sorry in preparation for Yom Kippur, our day of atonement. I also really enjoyed joining Rabbi Neil for Reception Kabbalat Shabbat this morning too.


Well done to all those that attended tea party today, we enjoyed a delicious cake from Mrs Berger.

Have a great weekend, Shabbat Shalom.

Mrs Cohen

23rd September 2022

As we start a new week following on from an emotional week in our country’s history, we begin to look towards Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah is a time for reflection, for setting goals and aspirations for the Jewish year ahead. In year 6, the children have been working on describing their own visions for the future.

Sloane "If it be your will oh g-d, please may everyone be happy and healthy"

Orli "I pray the world will be a peaceful place and there will be no bad behaviour and it is vital that everyone has a roof over their heads and hot food on the table"

Year 6 have also taken on the important roles of Tefillah leaders across the school, supporting children in all classes to say their morning prayers.

In Year 3, the children looked at ‘The Akeida’ (the story of Isaac) and why this is read at Rosh Hashana. This story helps children to think about their behaviours and what God wants of us.

As I have walked around the school this week I have heard fantastic renditions of ‘dip the apple in the honey’ as well as ‘I like to hear the shofar blast’, in preparation  which we shared with parents this morning in our first Kabbalat Shabbat service of the academic year. It was amazing to have such a great turnout this morning and having the community together creates a wonderful atmosphere and end to our week.

Well done to all these pupils who received awards for academic excellence this week

We hope the children enjoy their mini honey cakes, lovingly baked by our fantastic staff – thank you!


We wish all of you a healthy, happy and sweet new year – Shana Tova U’metukah. See you on Wednesday. 


Mrs Goldsmith

16th September 2022


As we come to the end of a very poignant week in our country’s history, there is a lot for us all to reflect upon. As you will know we will be closed on Monday as a mark of respect for Queen Elizabeth II, and for everyone to be able to watch her funeral. Whether we are royalists or not, there is so much to admire about a person who devoted over 7 decades of their life to serve others. It has been fascinating seeing the proceedings linked to The Queen’s passing, and I hope that you have taken the time to discuss and share this with your families at home.


“Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it has left you.”

We were honoured to receive 'The book of condolence from Shenley Parish Council' and have the opportunity to sign it. The book had been to Shenley primary school before us and we have all really enjoyed the opportunity to sign it. 


The Book of Condolence from Shenley Parish Council

We have also written and 'posted' letters to the royal family in our new postbox. These are just a few...


Dear Royal Family

It was wonderful to have a hall full of parents last night for our curriculum evening. Parents had the opportunity to hear from members of the senior leadership team and most importantly meet their new teachers and hear about the learning their children are going to be experiencing this year. Thank you to you for coming and thank you to all the staff for their hard work in preparation for this.

Watch out for parents coffee morning information and parent phonics workshops-coming soon!


Well done to all these children who demonstrated Academic Excellence!

Well done to all my tea party attendees today. We had delicious cornflake crispy cakes made my Mrs Bean!

Reception Jaxon, Year 1 Jodie, Year 2 Henry, Year 3 Mia J, Year 4 Ollie, Year 5 Abigail, Year 6 Alana.


I hope you have a lovely weekend, Shabbat Shalom. We will see you back at school on Tuesday. 

Mrs Cohen

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9th September 2022

Welcome back to a new school year.

I feel it only right to begin with the sad news that greeted us all yesterday evening. For most within our school community we have never known a world without Queen Elizabeth II, she has been a constant and consistent figure head for our country through tough times as well as the good. The celebrations earlier this year, for her Platinum Jubilee, went a long way to demonstrate how much love, affection and gratitude there is in our community, across the nation and in the wider world, for the role that she performed and the values that she embodied. There is much that we can learn from the selflessness, commitment and consistency that she showed throughout her reign as the longest serving monarch our nation has seen, and her life will be well remembered by those who have lived through it.


"When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all determined to struggle for a better future"-Queen Elizabeth II


All the staff started back to school last Thursday and Friday with two days of INSET. The first day was spent with a Read, Write Inc. trainer which is the early reading strategy we use in school to support our pupils develop their reading skills. The second day of our INSET, we reminded ourselves of school routines and looked at how each of us plays such an integral part of our team. We also discussed and shared thoughts of our school development plan and have some amazing ideas for the next year to make our school even better!

We were all so delighted to welcome back the children on Monday, and it was pure joy to see so many jumping out of cars and running into school with such big smiles and energy. A warm welcome to our new Reception class, they too have made a fantastic start to their Clore Shalom journey.

Walking through the corridors and popping in and out of class it is so pleasing to see children who are focussed with their learning and doing their best with their new teachers. What a fantastic start everyone has made!

Welcome to all of our new families. I hope you will get involved in our community. There is the PTA AGM on Wednesday 21st September at 7.30pm and we would love to have as many current and new parents there to volunteer for organising events. We are always looking for parents to hear children read (in English and Ivrit), help out on drive thru in the mornings and security rota. We value our relationship with our parents. In the coming weeks, Mrs Goldsmith will be holding a coffee (and cake!) morning-watch this space for details!

We are looking forward to welcoming parents to our ‘Curriculum Information’ meeting on Thursday 15th September and will be sending out our home school agreements after the meeting.

Congratulations to the following children who joined me for celebration tea party this morning, we enjoyed delicious 'garden' themed cakes: Rec Ella B, Year 1 Cody, Year 2 Amelia, Year 3 Lily, Year 4 Gautam, Year 5 Maxwell Year 6 Callum.


This week Henry received our Strive for Excellence award


Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom, Mrs Cohen